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  • Born 6 April 1745 - Boston, Suffolk Co., MA
  • Deceased 25 February 1799 - Marlborough, Middlesex Co., MA,aged 53 years old



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Linked to: Timothy Michael Dowling, Spouse of 11th cousin 7x removed
"William Dawes (1745 - 1799) was one of three men who alerted colonial Minutemen of the approach of British army troops with the intent of seizing munitions stores prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Dawes and Paul Revere were assigned by Doctor Joseph Warren to ride separately from Boston, Massachusetts to Lexington. Though Revere's importance would later be exaggerated and Dawes overlooked in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem eulogizing the event, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, Dawes nevertheless did have a major role in organizing the manufacture and storage of gunpowder for the militia and the alert system used during the Powder Alarm raids.
Dawes avoided a group of British guards by jumping over a wall. He reached Lexington at about 12:30 a.m on the April 19, 1775, about half an hour after Revere arrived, where he alerted the Minute Men as well as colonial leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams, who were spending the night at the Hancock-Clarke House. At 1:00 a.m. they rode on together toward Concord, joined by another messenger, Samuel Prescott. Soon after departure from Lexington, they were caught by British guards. Dawes and Prescott escaped, though Dawes's horse bucked him off and ran away; Dawes had to walk back to Lexington. Prescott made it to Concord. Revere was detained and like Dawes returned to Lexington on foot.
The alert that Dawes and Revere sounded succeeded in mustering a sufficient force for the first open battle of the revolution, and the first colonial victory. British military objectives were blocked, and the Redcoats were forced to retreat to under guerrilla fire.
Dawes was born in Boston in 1745. He became a tanner. He may have fought in a Bay war. He died in 1799. His great-grandson, Charles Gates Dawes, would serve as Vice President."


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                                                                             _____|16_William Dawes 1620-1703
                                                   _____|8_Ambrose Dawes 1642-1705
                                                  /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|17_Susanna Mills 1625-1687
                         _____|4_Thomas Dawes 1680-1750
                        /                        \                          _____|18_Thomas Bumstead 1606-1677
                       /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|9_Mary Bumstead 1642-1706
                      /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|19_Susannah Chambers 1612-1688
|2_William Dawes 1719-1802
|                    \                                                     _____|20_William Story 1614-1702
|                     \                           _____|10_William Story 1650-1721
|                      \                         /                         ¯¯¯¯¯|21_Sarah Foster 1620-1692
|                       ¯¯¯¯¯|5_Sarah Story 1679-1759
|                                                \                          _____|22_John Fuller 1611-1666
|                                                 ¯¯¯¯¯|11_Susannah Fuller 1650-1707
|                                                                           ¯¯¯¯¯|23_Elizabeth Emerson /1623-1666
|--1_William Dawes 1745-1799
|                                                  _____|12_Nicholas Boone 1640-1690
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|                       _____|6_Nicholas Boone 1679-1738
|                      /                        \                          _____|26_Thomas Linsford 1610-1655
|                     /                          ¯¯¯¯¯|13_Elizabeth Linsford 1649-1697
|                    /                                                     ¯¯¯¯¯|27_Elizabeth Kemp 1615-1655
|3_Lydia Boone 1718-1760
                         ¯¯¯¯¯|7_Hannah Wing 1683-1742