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William Dana

Birthplace: Brighton, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Belpre, Washington, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dana and Mary Green
Husband of Mary Dana
Father of Charles Dana; Luther Dana; Deacon William Dana; Edmund Bancroft Dana; Stephen Dana and 3 others
Brother of Samuel Dana; Jonathan Dana; Sarah Dana; Benjamin Dana; Lucy Dana and 3 others

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About Capt. William Dana

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of CAPTAIN. DAR Ancestor #: A029500

  • a reader who is interested in an exhaustive history of the Danas is referred to: THE DANA FAMILY by Elizabeth Ellery Dana (Cambridge MA 1956)

• from a family genealogy "Archbold" by Don Lorenzo Stevens (1976)

Captain William Dana b. 9-29-1745 in Little Cambridge(now Brighton) Mass. Sergeant under Col. Artemas Ward at the Battle of Lexington. Later, Captain of artillery from Worcester under General Knox; Fought at Bunker Hill. Under General Knox, he served in several campaigns, including Battles of Kingsbridge and White Plains (New York).

Married Mary Bancroft, Pepperhill, 11/28/1770. Owned a house in Charlestown in 1770/?. WIth his wife and daughter Elizabeth he moved to Worcester where he bought a farm about 1775. In 1778 he sold his farm advantageously but for Continental money. As a result he was impoverished and had to give up his commission, moving with his family to Amherst, New Hampshire, where he rented a farm. He also did carpentry and was a deputy sheriff.

Went to Marietta Ohio in 1788 accompanied by his sons Luther and William, arriving two months after the first pioneers. Settled for a time in Marietta, while his wife and daughter Mary, than an infant, remained in Amherst, He joined the Belpre Associates and drew a good location in the upper settlement. With the aid of his sons, he built a rude hut and opened the forest along the river. He left behind his sons aged 13 and 15 and returned to New Hampshire. In 1789 he set out with his family in an ox cart, leading a cow, and accompanied by his new son-in-law, Joseph Barker, on horseback. Elizabeth Barker accompanied then to Belpre. His property has since been know as the Dana Farm. During the Indian Wars he lived in the "Farmers Castle". He died Belpre 10-30-1809.

• 11 children in all:

  1. Elizabeth (1771-1835)
  2. Luther (1773-1813)
  3. William (1775-1851)
  4. Edmund Bancroft (1778-1835)
  5. Stephen (1779-1834)
  6. John (1780-1817)
  7. Charles (1782-1817)
  8. Mary (1786-1871)
  9. George (1790-1865)
  10. Frances White (1793-1812)
  11. Augustus (unk.-1872/3)
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Capt. William Dana's Timeline

September 29, 1745
Brighton, Massachusetts
Age 25
Age 26
Age 27
August 16, 1775
Age 29
Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
February 22, 1778
Age 32
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
Age 40
Age 44
October 30, 1809
Age 64
Belpre, Washington, Ohio, United States