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Women share stories of Colonial lives

  • Diana Duckoff, Sheila Knight, Linda Miccio, Connie Guerin present. Courtesy

  • Sheila Knight and Linda Miccio —Courtesy

  • The audience watched the reenactment. —Courtesy

Published: 10/20/2021 10:05:08 PM

On Oct. 12, members of the Buntin-Rumford-Webster Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, met at the Old Fort Cemetery for a reenactment program to bring to life some of those who are buried there and who were connected with the American Revolution.

The four BRW members dressed in costume and portrayed Elizabeth Eastman (Connie Guerin), Sarah Bradley (Sheila Knight), Ruth Bradley (Diana Duckoff), and Lucy Kimball (Linda Miccio). The women gave those attending a glimpse in to their lives.

For example, Ruth Bradley Eastman spoke of her husband, Nathaniel Eastman, Jr., who served as a soldier, who enlisted on July 20, 1775 at the age of 19. He served in Major John Brown’s detachment in Quebec, Canada. He received a pension of $33.66 per month in 1831. Ruth married Nathaniel and they build a house on the bluff near the Eastman School. Together they had eight children.

Ruth’s husband’s uncle’s wife, Elizabeth Kimball Eastman, spoke of her parents, who died eight days apart when she was 7 years old. Elizabeth married Moses Eastman in 1756. She and her husband lived on Oak Hill on 80 acres acquired by Moses’ father, Ebenezer. The house was “said to be the center of hospitality and good cheer.” Moses was a soldier in the French and Indian War and he enlisted as a soldier in April 1775 and fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He served until 1778. Elizabeth and Moses had seven children.

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