Nathan William Pushee

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Nathan William Pushee

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Lunenburg, MA, United States
Death: October 31, 1838 (80)
Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathan Pushee and Elizabeth Pushee
Husband of Jane Pushee
Father of Sarah "Sally" Williams; David Pushee; Thomas Pushee; John Pushee; George Nathan Pushee and 2 others
Brother of David Pushee

Managed by: Roxanne M.R. Landry
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About Nathan William Pushee

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS (NONCOMM). DAR Ancestor #: A092341

Nathan Jr. b. 1758 d. 1838 (80 yrs) moved to Antigonish, NS in 1783 and married Jane Porter there in 1784. They had 10 children.

Progenitor of the Antigonish Pushee's.

George Washington, who held the chief command of the Virginia consigent in the ill-conducted campaign under General Forbes against Fort Duquesne, in 1758, was saved from being killed in the attack at Ticonderoga by the bravery of one of his soldiers named Nathan Pushee.

Washington held his savior in great esteem ever after, and on resuming command of the Revolutionary Army, Washington chose Nathan Pushee as one of his bodyguards.

In an issue of the Acadian Recorder of Halifax, in its Reminiscences of our lands, was as follows;

"A paragraph went the rounds of the United States press, at this period, to the effect that here were not more than tow or three at the most of General Washington's Life Guards in the land of the living, perhaps the only one, an old gentleman who then lived in Great Britian."

There turned out at least to be another, a Nathan Pushee, a hale and hearty old chap, who was living in Antigonish, NS, Canada. Nathan Pushee Jr., born in Winchendon, Mass 1758 had a most eventful career. He was at the battle of Bunker Hill in 1775 (17 yrs old) and in the month following was drafted into the Life Guards. At the end of the years enlistment in 1776, he enlisted for another three years. Was at the battle of Trenton, Brandywine and Monmouth.

On the 28 of Sept. 1778 he was one of Colonel Baylor's regiment, which was surprised while sleeping in a barn and cut up by General Gray of 104 privates, 67 killed, wounded or taken. Nathan Pushee was one of those that escaped. At the end of 1779 he enlisted again as trumpet major. In 1780 he was made prisoner at Monk's Corner, near Charleston and was not exchanged until after peace was declared.

In 1783 he moved to Antigonish, NS, Canada and married Jane Porter in 1784. He resided there until his death in 1838 at 80 yrs old.

In the autumn of that year (1838), Nathan was prevailed upon, contrary to his inclination, to undertake a journey to the United States for the purpose of recovering the pension to which his services entitled him.

On his progress he was received with extraordinary honor and attended a public dinner at Salem on his 80th birthday with an old comrade in Washington's Life Guards. Having in the evening of his life thus fought his battles over again, with his heart cheered by the bounty and respect of a grateful nation, the worn warrior turned towards his peaceful adopted home, with the determination to visit some long unseen friends on the way home but he was seized with a swelling heart caused by over excitement and he died at Newport, at the house of a friend whom he had gone to see.

He had 9 children.

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Nathan William Pushee's Timeline

October 1758
Lunenburg, MA, United States
November 7, 1788
Age 30
Antigonish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age 33
West River, NS, Canada
July 12, 1796
Age 37
Antigonish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age 39
Antigonish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age 42
Antigonish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Age 45
October 31, 1838
Age 80
Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada