Sgt. Joseph Converse

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Sgt. Joseph Converse

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: East Merrimack, NH, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Joshua Converse and Rachel Fitch
Husband of Elizabeth Converse
Father of William Converse and James Converse
Brother of Rachael Converse; Jesse Converse and Zebulon Converse
Half brother of Eleazer Blanchard Fitch and Thaddeus Fitch

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About Sgt. Joseph Converse

Sergeant in Captain Moore's company, Colonel Baldwin's regiment, Massachusetts troops; marched on Lexington Alarm of April 19, 1775, from Bedford, Massachusetts; War of the Revolution.

This part of Litchfield NH had been Naticook, then Merrimack later set off as Litchfield. Alt. birth: 13 Nov (Thirty Dunstable Families, Stearns). He lived many years in Bedford. He was a soldier in the Revolution. In 1794, he removed to Chesterfield, NH. He was styled "tanner" in the deed. He settled in the town in 1794 or '95, and lived many years on the farm previously owned and occupied by Nathaniel Bingham, situated north of the Centre Village.

DARA A 025180, CT


JOSEPH (Joshua, John, James, James, Edward); the first son of Joshua; born in Merrimack, N. H. (now Litchfield), Nov. 13, 1739; married Mary 27, 1762, ELIZABETH DAVID, born 1742. Resided many years in Bedford, Mass., where his ten children were born. Removed to Chesterfield, N. H., in 1794 or 1795, where he died Feb. 16, 1828. His wife died Aug. 10, 1817.

The residence of the family in Chesterfield was on an eminence one-half mile north of the village. The estate was purchased of its former occupant, Nathaniel Brigham. The Convers family burial ground was part of the farm, and is pleasantly located near the main road.

Joseph was an industrious and useful citizen in Bedford, and served the town in various functions. Born in New Hampshire, and returning to his native sate at the age of fifty-five, his connection with Bedford was severed a little past middle life.

The following CERTIFICATE tells authentically of military heroism; - an inspired passion that had to do with the founding of the American government.


JOSEPH CONVARS: Appears with rank of Sergeant on Lexington Alarm Roll of Capt. John Moore’s Co., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775, from Bedford. Service, 4 days. Residence, Bedford. JOSEPH CONVARS: Appears among a list of men from Bedford as Sergeant in Col. Baldwin’s Regt. I certify the foregoing to be true abstracts from the Record Index in the Revolutionary War Archives deposited in this office. Witness seal of the Commonwealth.

                                                           Wm. M. Olin, Secretary.

In the collection of relics exhibited at the centennial celebration at Concord, 1875, was a sword of Lieutenant Davis, of the Bedford militia, worn by him at North Bridge. Where the second lieutenant of the company was, the first sergeant may be supposed to have been; and the descendants of an ancestor who took part in that engagement may well note the circumstances with patriotic pride. It was there the shot was fired “heard ‘round the World.” The “embattled farmers,” unskilled in warfare, but bold for freedom, near their homesteads and firesides won the first of the victories that led to national independence.

Note: All lineal descendants of Joseph Convers are eligible to membership of the Societies of the Sons or Daughters of the Revolution, now doing so much to awaken a true patriotic feeling throughout the country.

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Convers:

  • VII – 1. BETSEY; born March 7, 1763; died Dec. 4, 1842
  • VII - 2. JOSEPH, born Jan. 26, 1765; died Sept. 4, 1841
  • VII - 3. SARAH; born May 4, 1767; died March 2, 1849
  • VII - 4. JOSIAH; born May 10, 1769; died Nov. 20, 1827
  • VII - 5. JAMES; born July 26, 1772; died Jan. 14, 1839 (See Page 52)
  • VII - 6. WILLIAM; born Oct. 12, 1774; died Dec. 31, 1831
  • VII - 7. MARY; born July 13, 1777; died Sept. 4, 1853
  • VII - 8. THADDEUS; born Sept. 26, 1779; died 1788.
  • VII - 9. JOSHUA; born Aug. 19. 1786; died Sept. 4, 1833
  • VII - 10. JOHN; born April 2, ___; died four days later.

Source: FAMILY HISTORY IN THE LINE OF JOSEPH CONVERS OF BEDFORD, Massachusetts 1739 - 1828 John Jay Putnam Compiler and Editor, WORCESTER, F. S. BLANCHARD & COMPANY, (1897), page 23-24.

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Sgt. Joseph Converse's Timeline

November 13, 1739
East Merrimack, NH, USA
Age 32
Bedford, Middlesex, MA, USA
Age 34
Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Age 88