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Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

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  • Col. Giles Dyer (1655 - 1713)
    Giles Dyer Birth: 1645 - perhaps Sheepscot, Maine / perhaps 1655 - London, England Death: Aug 12 1713 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts biography From page 261 of History of the Military Com...
  • John Cotta (1645 - 1723)
    COTTA:—John, of Boston, freeman 1671, married 1668, Mary, daughter of Jeremiah Moore, artillery company 1679, died Nov. 20, 1723, aged 77. Robert Cotta, of Salem, freeman May 6, 1635, probab...
  • John Cotta, Jr. (1671 - 1728)
    John Cotta (son of John Cotta and Mary Moore) was born November 23, 1671 at Boston and died there on June 9, 1728. He married, May 4, 1698 at Boston to Sarah Wharton (daughter of Richard Wharton and Sa...
  • John Wharton (c.1676 - d.)
    Sarah, daughter of John Ballentine and Lydia Barrett, was born about 1675 at Boston. She married John Wharton. He was not the son of Richard Wharton of Boston & Martha Winthrop; that was a younger man....
  • Nehemiah Pierce (c.1632 - 1691)
    In 1661 Nehemiah was a setwork cooper, and in 1671 was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. [1] notes From the references listed below some stating two John Pearce's hav...

The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts is the oldest chartered military organization in North America and the third oldest chartered military organization in the world. While it was originally constituted as a citizen militia serving on active duty in defense of the northern British colonies, it has become, over the centuries primarily an honor guard and a social and ceremonial group in Massachusetts. Today the Company serves as Honor Guard to the Governor of Massachusetts who is also its Commander in Chief.

Please add profiles of members of the AHAC who joined between 1637 and 1774 (see link to lists below). Please do not add descendants or current members.

Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts:

National Society of Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company:

Lists of Eligible Ancestors:

Robert Ayer Oliver's History of the Military company of the Massachusetts, now called the Ancient and honorable artillery company of Massachusetts. 1637-1888 (1895) has interesting biographies of early members.