History often produces an often inexact record and the Boston Tea
an excellent example. Unlike the Declaration of Independence,
signers, the Boston Tea Party was veiled in secrecy. In fact
it was not called the
"Tea Party," until many years later. It was
called "Destruction of the Tea in
Boston Harbor."1 Participants swore
themselves to secrecy and some did not
acknowledge each other even
when boarding the ships, breaking open the chests
and dumping the tea.
Some never talked about it except among close family
were produced, but were incomplete. So today, 225 years later, we
those incomplete lists, family oral tradition, and few artifacts to
trace participation (several artificacts are to be displayed at Old
Meeting House, Boston).
Even years later, some retained secrecy for fear of
possibly being brought by the British East India Company. Also, some of
the participants' families had become well to do and were not proud of
identifying with "civil disobedience," even though it was the most
leading to our nation's break with Great Britain.
Some 29 individuals thought to be in the Tea Party are buried in
Burying Ground. Either we know definitely or it is highly
likely they are
This list of 175 names was compiled from Boston Tea Party Chapter,
of American Revolution; from the 1973 Boston Globe 200th
Tea Party Special Section; and the book, Tea
Leaves, published in 1884 in
Boston by Francis S. Drake
In the book, Bold Face indicates the individuals either known to be
probably buried in Copp's Hill Burying Ground. Rank after name
Revolutionary War Service. The number which follows is the
page number in the
Whitemore Book in Section B. Age is age when in Tea
Party; MCMA indicates member of Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Assn,
Boston artisans and tradesmen of that
day; Mason indicates membership
in a Lodge of Freemasons; and then death date
Francis Akeley (Eckley), only one imprisoned for Tea Party.
Nathaniel Barber (Major) Tomb 28 Old Burial Ground (xiv), early
revolutionary and soldier, Mason, died 1787.
(Maj.), died 1782.
Henry Bass, early revolutionary, died 1813.
Joseph Bassett (Cpt.), Tomb 65 (xv).
Beals Jr. Thomas
(Cpt.), 38, died 1811.
(Cpt.), 31, died 1811.
Josiah Bradlee, 19, died 1798.
Nathaniel Bradlee, 27, MCMA, died 1813.
Thomas Bradlee, 29,
MCMA, Mason, died 1805.
James Brewer (Cpt.), possibly Tomb 22
Old Ground, MCMA, Mason, died 1805.
John Brown (Cpt.), entry
1718, 27, died 1782.
Seth Ingersoll Browne, 23, Bunker Hill,
Stephen Bruce, 356, Mason, died 1801.
Burton (Maj.), 24, died 1835.
Nicholas Campbell, 41, died 1929.
Thomas Chase, early revolutionary, Mason.
Benjamin Clark, Tomb 104, xvi, MCMA, died
1840, three sons may have been in
Tea Party also.
Clark (Sgt.), possibly Tomb 77 (Dana & Clark) xv.
Cochran, 24, died 1839.
Gilbert Colesworthy, 29, died 1818.
Gersham Collier, Mason, died 1825.
Adam Collson, 35, early
revolutionary, Mason, died 1798.
James Foster Condy, died 1809.
Samuel Cooper (LT), 18, died 1840.
Crafts (Col.), 33, early revolutionary, died 1799.
(Brig. Gen.), 29, early revolutionary, Mason, died 1805.
Thomas Dana, Jr. possibly Tomb 77
(Dana & Clark).
Robert Davis (Maj.), 26, early
revolutionary, Mason, died 1798.
Edward Dolbeare, died 1796.
John Dyar, Jr.
Joseph Eaton (Cpt.)
Eckley (see Francis Akeley)
Benjamin Edes, possibly
482, 41, early revolutionary, died 1803.
Samuel Fenno, died 1806.
Samuel Foster (Capt.), died 1778.
Thomas Fracker, Entry 884 (Charter St tombs), died 1806.
Nathaniel Frothingham, Jr. (LT.),Entry 1738, Tomb 27 (Thomas
others) Also possible 1837, Tomb 56; 27, died
John Fulton, 40.
John Gammell, revolutionary war
soldier, died 1827.
Eleazer Gay, possibly 1733 (Ebenezer Gay
Tomb 21, 1819)
Samuel Gore, probably Tomb 112
(1810) with brother Gov. Christopher Gore;
22, MCMA, Mason, died
Moses Grant, entry 1030, 30, MCMA, died 1817.
Nathaniel Greene, early revolutionary, MCMA.
Samuel Hammond, 24, died 1842.
William Hendley, 25, Mason, died 1830.
Twelves Hewes, 31, shoemaker, left diary of Tea Party, died
John Hicks, 48, killed at Arlington by British
Lexington-Concord, died April 19, 1775.
Samuel Hobbs, 23, died 1823.
John Hooton (Sgt.), possibly Tomb 15--Hooten & Watts Family
Evidence indicates the body may have been moved to
Mt. Auburn, Cambridge..
Elijah Houghton - Lancaster, Mass.
Samuel Howard (born Hayward), Tomb 120 Old Ground, 21, died
Edward Compton Howe, 31, died 1821.
Hunnewell, possibly Copp's Hill , 14, 1st president MCMA, died
Richard Hunnewell, probably Copp's Hill Tomb 36,
Mason, MCMA, died 1805.
Richard Hunnewell, Jr., possibly Copp's
Thomas Hunstable, 20, Mason.
Abraham Hunt (Col.),
25, Valley Forge, died 1793.
Daniel Ingersoll, 23, Mason, died
David Kinnison (doubtful he was in Tea
Party), died 1852.
Robert Lash, probably because wife Johanna
buried here (1114).
Joseph Lee (Cpt.), 28,
Mason, died 1831.
Nathaniel Lee (Cpt.)
Amos Lincoln (Lt.
Col.), Tomb 7 (1805) Old Burial Ground (697), 20, Bunker
married 2 daughters of Paul Revere, MCMA, Mason, died 1829.
Matthew Loring, possibly Tomb 88; Loring Family
Tomb, 1806; 23, died 1829.
Joseph Lovering, 15, MCMA, died 1848.
Joseph Ludden (Sgt.)
Thomas Machin (Cpt.),
29, Bunker Hill, Mason, died 1816.
Ebenezer MacIntosh, 36, early
revolutionary, died 1812.
23, died 1840.
John Marston (Bombadier), J. B. Marston Tomb,
Martin, probably Wm. P., MCMA.
(LT.), 31, Concord, Bunker Hill, died 1835.
John May (Col.), 25,
Mead, probably John, probably Copp's Hill Tomb 22 New
Thomas Melville (Maj.), 22,
early revolutionary, Mason, MCMA, died 1832.
Aaron John Miller
William Molineaux, 57, early
revolutionary, died 1774.
Thomas Moore, 20,
Anthony Morse (LT.)
Joseph Mountfort (LT.), 23,
MCMA, died 1838.
Eliphalet Newell, 38, artillery officer, Mason.
Joseph Pearse Palmer (Major),
Mason, died 1788.
Jonathan Parker of Roxbury,
Joseph Payson, 30.
Samuel Peck, early revolutionary,
John Peters, 41, Lexington, Bunker Hill, died 1832.
William Pierce, 29, barber, MCMA, died 1840.
Lendall Pitts, 26, early revolutionary, MCMA, died 1787.
Samuel Pitts, 28, also early revolutionary.
Henry Prentiss (Cpt.), 24, MCMA, Mason, died 1821.
Nathaniel Prentiss, probably 1626 (N. S. Prentiss).
John Prince, 22, Mason, died 1836,later said he was a witness and
not a Tea Party participant.
Edward Procter (Col.), 40, early
revolutionary, Mason, died 1811.
Henry Purkitt (Col.), 18, MCMA,
Mason, died 1846.
Paul Revere (Col.), 38, early revolutionary, MCMA
founder, Mason, died 1818.
Benjamin Rice (Cpt.)
John Russell, MCMA, Mason, died
William Russell (Sgt.-Maj.), 25, Mason, died 1784.
Robert Sessions (LT.), 21, died 1836.
Shed, 41, died 1812.
Benjamin Simpson, soldier, died 1849.
Peter Slater, Jr. (Cpt.), 14, died 1831.
Josiah Snelling, Tomb 31 (1803)(xiv,1681),
MCMA, died 1873.
Thomas Spear, died 1789.
(Sgt.),19, MCMA, died 1844.
John Spurr (Maj.), 25, died 1822.
James Starr, 32, died 1831.
Phineas Stearns (Cpt.)32,
Lexington, Dorchester Hts., died 1798.
Was one of the Boston Tea Party and a Captain of a
in Dorchester Heights when the British evacutated Boston. He
died in 1798
Ebeneezer Stevens (Gen.), 22, Revolution + War of 1812, died
Elisha Story (Dr.), 30, Lexington,
Bunker Hill, died 1805.
James Swan (Col.), 19, Bunker Hill,
Mason, died 1831.
Abraham Tower (Sgt.)
John Truman, xvi, Tomb 118 Old Ground.
Thomas Urann (Cpt.), Mason, died 1791.
Henry Wells (Cpt.), Mason.
probably Tomb 18, 26, Tea Party evidence at Old South Meeting
House, died 1810.
Josiah Wheeler (Cpt.), 30, Dorchester
Hts., died 1817.
John Whitehead (LT.)
Thomas Williams (Sgt.),
19, Lexington, died 1817.
Nathaniel Willis, 18, MCMA, died 1831.
Joshua Wyeth, 16, Revolutionary soldier, died after 1827.
Thomas Young (Dr.), 41, early revolutionary, Army svc., died
NOTE: Introductory information was taken from discussions 2 October,
with Albert F. Young of Oak Park, IL, senior research fellow at
Library, Chicago, and author of the upcoming books, The
Shoemaker and the Tea Party and
Masquerade: The Adventures of Deborah
Sampson Gannett in the American Revolution.
Transcribed by Janice