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The memorial marking his place of burial in Star Cemetery
gives us the following information:

In memory of
Samuel Lovejoy
Born in Essex County
He served in the war of the
revolution, was at the battle
of Lexington, the taking of
Ticonderoga. Died in
Decatur County, Indiana
Sept 13, 1822
Aged 69 years.

Born: 1753 Essex Co., Mass

Died: Sept 13, 1822

Burial: Downeyville Cemetery/Star Cemetery, Decatur County, Indiana

Service: Private under Capt Holts, Johnson and Bluffington
He was one of the Minutemen. On Lexington Alarm April 19, 1775
Enlisted Aug 19, 1777 and discharged Nov 30, 1777

Proof: Records of Secretary of the Commonwealth of Mass, vol 12, page 136;
Vol 17, page 65; Vol 20 page 105. Letters of Enoch Morse, Boston, Mass.
Pension Claim reject 6472. Widows pension rejected account no proof of 6 months service.

Married: Ester Morse 1788 (1766-1854)


Nanny: Born 1789, married Ebeneze Watson





William: Born 1803


James: Born 1806

Some information was from the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter DAR

Information courtesy of John and Marty Green of Indiana.
This information came from "Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County".

The Decatur Bicentennial Committee takes great pride in helping with the piblishing of this pertinent series of articles. The committe feels these fatcs concerning Decatur County's Revolutionary War Soldiers are a very important part our our county's history. Every effort should be made to preserve our heritage, and this record will certainly be of great help.

Signed by Mr and Mrs Van P. Patterson,
co-chairmen, Decatur County
Bicentennial Committe.

This series of headstones and records of the Revolutionary War Veterans buried in Decatur County was started in July 1975, by Smith Monument Works as their project for the bicentennial.

The series would have been impossible wwithout the records kept by the Lone Tree Chapter, D.A.R.

We at Smith Mounment Works would like, once again, to express appreciation to the Lone Tree Chapter D.A.R. for their dedication to the presevation of the history of Decatur County.

We would also like to thank the Bicentennial Commission for preserving this series in booklet form.

Patricia Smith, James F Smith

Samuel Lovejoy, born in 1753, was one of the Minute Men who fought at Lexington April 19, 1775. This battle resulted from Paul revere's famous ride. The British had been instructed to arrrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock at Lexington. The minutemen had drilled regularly and were ready to go into action on a minute's notice.

A month later, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold captured Fort Ticonderoga. Samuel Lovejoy also took part in this important battle. He enlisted in 1777.

It could be assumed that Samuel Lovejoy came to this area when it was still part of the Northwest Territory. He died the year Decatur County was established as a county (March 4, 1822), Greensburg was selected as the county seat (June 18, 1822) and just 12 days after the lots went on sale in the new city (Sept 1, 1822).



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