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Joshua Wyeth

Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
Place of Burial: Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Ebenezer Wyeth, II and Mary Wyeth
Husband of Pauline Wyeth; Mary Elizabeth Wyeth and Elizabeth Wyeth
Brother of Ebenezer Wyeth, III; Jacob Wyeth and John Wyeth

Occupation: Boston Tea Party, DAR Ancestor #: A129015
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About Joshua Wyeth, Boston Tea Party

The first published account of the Boston Tea Party by a participant was recorded from the words of Joshua Wyeth. He was just sixteen when he joined other patriots in boarding the tea ships in Boston Harbor. Mr. Wyeth told his story to a journalist in Cincinnati where he lived during his later years. The account was published in 1826, 53 years after the event has occurred.

I had but a few hours warning of what was intended to be done… To prevent discovery we agreed to wear ragged clothes and disfigure ourselves, dressing to resemble Indians… Our most intimate friends among the spectators had not the least knowledge of us… At the appointed hour, we met in an old building at… the wharf, and fell in one after another, as if by accident, as not to excite suspicion. We placed a sentry at the end of the wharf, another in the middle, and one on the bow of each ship as we took possession. We boarded the ship moored by the wharf, and ordered the captain and crew to open the hatchways, and hand us the hoisting tackle and rope, assuring them that no harm was intended them. Some of our numbers then jumped into the hold, and passed the chests to the tackle. As they were hauled on deck others knocked them open with axes, and others raised them to the railings and discharged their contents overboard. All who were not needed on this ship went on board the others where the same ceremonies were repeated. We were merry, in an undertone, at the idea of making so large a cup of tea for the fishes but we used not more words than absolutely necessary. I never worked harder in my life. While we were unloading, the people collected in great numbers about the wharf to see what was going on. They crowded around us. Our sentries were not armed, and could not stop any who insisted on passing. Source:

Joshua Wyeth was a blacksmith born in 1757 and was only 16-years-old when he joined other patriots in boarding the ships in Boston Harbor on December 17, 1773. He was one of the two residents of Cambridge, MA who participated in the Tea Party; the other one being John Hicks. Wyeth was the first participant whose account was published. This occurred 53 years after the fact when Wyeth lived in Cincinnati and told his story to a journalist by the name of Timothy Flint. According to this account, he had only few hours warning of what the band of patriots were doing to do. - See more at:

DAR A 129015, Pvt. Patriotic Service, Pvt.

On April 19, 2014, at 1:00PM, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, with much pomp and circumstance, will dedicate, re-dedicate, and properly honor 59 Revolutionary War Soldiers and proudly leave a legacy forged in bronze so those who will come later may not forget them. An example of their courage is Joshua Wyeth, who began his service at the Boston Tea Party and ended as the others, a soldier struggling for his and our freedom, earning a memorial epitaph.

Location of the Memorial in Spring Grove Cemetery: 4521 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45232-1934; Lat. 39.1648029 Ln. -84.5228893. From the main entrance off of Spring Grove Avenue (not the Funeral Home to the South), go straight and follow the dashed white line for approximately 0.9 miles; just past the small lake at the bottom of a hill on the right, and the Woodlands on the left, to the intersection of Sections 100, 115 & 116. The memorial stone is on the left hand side of a four road intersection.

Subsequent to the dedication of the Memorial (approx.. 3:00PM) a second ceremony will take place in Section 131-E, Space 354, where CCSAR will dedicate a VA marker for Joshua Wyeth whose family worked diligently for a long time to secure a government stone and have it placed into Spring Grove Cemetery. CCSAR is proud to have assisted the Wyeth family getting the marker from the Veteran’s Administration and will be happy to help them honor their ancestor.


Ancestor #: A129015




Pension Number: S40734

Service Source: S40734; DRAKE, TEA LEAVES, PP 93,171


U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900 about Joshua Wyeth

Name: Joshua Wyeth

Pension Year: 1819

Application State: Ohio

Applicant Designation: Survivor's Pension Application File

Archive Publication Number: M804

Archive Roll Number: 2654

Total Pages in Packet: 12


4. Joshua Wyeth b. Oct. 1758; d. Feb. 1832; removed to Ohio where his descendants reside. Joshua Wyeth was one of the celebrated Boston Tea Party in 1773 at the time of the destruction of the British tea in Boston harbor; he was a journeyman blacksmith in Boston, living with a Tory master and owing to his being a young man, not much known in town, and not liable to be easily recognized, it was proposed that he and other young men, similiarly unknown, should lead in the business, therefore, he and his companions were dressed to resemble Indians and their faces were smeared with soot or lamp-black. Their most intimate acquaintances among the spectators "had not the least knowledge of them." "We surely resembled," said he in a narration of the affair,"devils from the bottomless pit, rather than men."

Find a Grave Birth: Oct. 6, 1758 Cambridge Middlesex County Massachusetts, USA Death: Jan. 22, 1829 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio, USA

m1. Pauline Jones

m2. 4/27/1780 to Mary Elizabeth Brewer at Watertown, MA, USA


Harriet Wyeth Polly Wyeth Elizabeth Wyeth Francis Wyeth Hannah Wyeth Nancy Wyeth Susanna Wyeth George Wyeth ? Wyeth Frank Wyeth ? Wyeth Joshua Wyeth (1784-1870) Elisha Wyeth (1792-1854) Henry Wyeth (1800- )

m3. 1808 to Elizabeth Richardson at Watertown, MA, USA


Anna Wyeth Adaline Wyeth Charles Wyeth Prentice Wyeth William Wyeth (1811- ) Amanda Wyeth (1818- )

Family links:

 Ebenezer Wyeth (1727 - 1799)
 Mary Winship Wyeth (1732 - 1798)

 Pauline Jones Wyeth
 Mary Elizabeth Brewer Wyeth (1761 - 1805)
 Elizabeth Richardson Wyeth

 Elizabeth Wyeth (____ - 1793)*
 William Wyeth*
 Ebenezer Wyeth (1752 - 1836)*
 Ebenezer Wyeth (1752 - 1836)*
 Mary Wyeth (1755 - ____)*
 Jonas Wyeth (1757 - 1817)*
 Joshua Wyeth (1758 - 1829)
 Susanna Wyeth Watson (1762 - 1788)*
 Jacob Wyeth (1764 - 1857)*
 Anna Wyeth Cutter (1766 - ____)*
 Gad Wyeth (1768 - 1843)*
 John Wyeth (1770 - 1858)*
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Joshua Wyeth, Boston Tea Party's Timeline

October 6, 1758
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Age 16
April 27, 1780
Age 21
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 7, 1808
Age 49
Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 22, 1829
Age 70
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH, USA