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The Rediscovery and Remembrance of Robert Newman

For half a century after Robert Newman the Old North sexton killed himself in 1804, nobody much outside of his family remembered him. He wasn’t named in public accounts of Revolutionary Boston. He had no monument in the Copp’s Hill Burying...
From: Boston 1775 on 30 May 2019

Capt. Robert Newman, Freemason

I’m seeking to distinguish the two men named Robert Newman who lived in the North End and died two years apart in 1804 and 1806. According to the records of the St. John’s Lodge of Freemasons in Boston, a Robert Newman became a member in 1783....
From: Boston 1775 on 29 May 2019

Two Robert Newmans in the North End

On 13 Mar 1806, the Independent Chronicle of Boston ran this death notice:Mr. Robert Newman, aged 51. His funeral will be from his late dwelling-house, head of Battery-Wharf, north-end, this afternoon, at 4 o’clock; which the relations and friends...
From: Boston 1775 on 28 May 2019

Capt. Thomas Barnard and the Signal from Old North

Last spring I wrote a bunch of postings about the debate over who hung the signal lanterns from Old North Church on 18 Apr 1775, John Pulling or Robert Newman.My conclusion: They were both involved, and in fact the earliest stories told by their descendants...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Apr 2019

Another Robert Newman Story

As a postscript to last week’s discussion of the stories of hanging lanterns in Old North Church, I have to acknowledge yet another version of that tale from Robert Newman.This version was preserved by Edward Everett—later a governor, senator,...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Apr 2018

Shedding Light on the Lanterns Debate

There are two big reasons I think the late-1870s debate over whether sexton Robert Newman or vestryman John Pulling hung the lanterns in the Old North Church steeple on 18 Apr 1775 didn’t amount to much.The first is that the two family traditions...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Apr 2018

The Debate Over Newman and Pulling

The Rev. John Lee Watson was pretty relentless in arguing his claim that John Pulling, not Robert Newman, had hung the lanterns in Old North Church on 18 Apr 1775. On 20 July 1876, Watson published his letter in the Boston Daily Advertiser. In November...
From: Boston 1775 on 18 Apr 2018

John Pulling and the Lanterns in the Old North Steeple

In 1875 Old North Church celebrated the centennial of the start of the Revolutionary War and the role that its steeple had played in that event.The rector, the Rev. Henry Burroughs, credited Robert Newman, the church’s sexton, with hanging the two...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Apr 2018

Robert Newman and the Lanterns in the Old North Steeple

As I wrote yesterday, people paid very little attention to the question of who hung the signal lanterns in Old North Church on 18 Apr 1775 until after Henry W. Longfellow published “Paul Revere’s Ride” in 1860. Within a decade, a Boston...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Apr 2018

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