|And the next day (Wednesday), Grandpa William Munroe recruited the Russell brothers from the Cambridge farm adjoining “Scotland” to help him look for the one sow that was still missing.|
|His choice of corroborating witnesses is particularly interesting to our family. Thirty-year-old Cambridge farmer Benjamin Russell,* son of William and Martha, is my 9th great-grandfather. A century later, his great-great-grandson Oliver (II) Wheeler would marry William and Mary Munroe’s great-granddaughter Hepzibah Munroe and wear a sword at Concord Bridge.
Like the Munroes, both Russells signed their affidavits by mark. Middlesex farming doesn’t seem to have required literacy. I wonder whether William had to learn to read and write before he could serve as a selectman.
*About eight years later, Grandpa Benjamin would build a house in Concord (now Carlisle) that would remain a landmark into the 20th Century. The grave of his son, our eighth great-grandfather William Russell, occupies Plot #1 in Concord’s historic Hill Cemetery.
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