two companies were
enlisted with substantially the same men. In 1776 a regiment was raised
in this and adjoining towns under Col. Thomas Carpenter of Rehoboth,
which joined Washington at White Plains; and in all a large number, for
the small town, entered the Continental army, — most of them for three
years. Nor was Attleboro less patriotic. She raised many men who served
faithfully. Prominent among them were Col. John Daggett and Col. Elisha
May. The former rose from the rank of ensign to that of captain in
the militia before the war, and was sent to the legislature as Capt.
Daggett. For many years the representatives are recorded as "
Capt.," " Col.," " Esquire or "Deacon."
Col. May served in military and civil life, in both winning fame. He was
a member of the legislature for forty years. He was a friend of
Washington, and in all the relations of life appears to have been a
model man and citizen.
At the beginning of the
Revolution the regiment to which Daggett belonged, the Fourth, was
divided, and Daggett was made a
colonel; Ephraim Lane of Norton, lieutenant colonel; and Isaac Dean of
Mansfield, major. At one time the Committee of Safety gave notice that
Nathan Aldis of Franklin was selling
British goods contrary to the requirements of the General Court. Col.
Daggett sent four Attleboro companies, under Capts. Moses Wilmarth,
Stephen Richardson, Jonathan Stanley and Jacob me very cold night in
December, to his muse, which they surrounded, and ordered aim to come
out. He declined to do so it first; but threats of shooting soon induced
him to obey, and he took off his hat and swore not to sell any more
British goods during the trouble between the king and the colonies.
When the news of
Lexington and Concord reached the town, a company of minute men, under
Jabez Ellis, started at once, and marched to Roxbury, where they stayed
a week, and were then dismissed. Capt. Caleb Richardson raised i company
of sixty-four men, who served eight months. In 1776 a company, partly
from Attleboro and partly from Norton, took part in the battle of White
Plains, under Capt. Elisha May.
After the Revolution
the town grew rapidly, and was divided into several villages,
North Attleboro being the prominent one. The Attleboro of to-day was an
outlying village, with but little promise of its future growth. In 1830
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