Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet

NameJosiah BLOOD 49
Birth Date20 Jan 1716/7
Birth PlaceGroton, Massachusetts
Bapt Date7 Apr 1717
Will Date11 May 1764
Death Date16 Sep 17763
Death PlaceTiconderoga, New York
FlagsRevolution (1775-81)
FatherJames BLOOD (1687->1752)
MotherCatharine _____ (->1752)
Misc. Notes
Harris reports that “Josiah was in West Dunstable in 1738, his name appearing on the petition for the charter. Taxed Hollis 1744-45. On town records as a fence viewer and town collector.”946

Josiah Blood also served in the Revolution at Fort Ticonderoga, where he died of fever in the fall of 1776. Harris947 gives these details:

“In the summer of 1776 Josiah had written: ‘Loving wife and children after my love to you I would inform you that I am well thanks be to God for it and I hope this will find you all well. I want to inform you that we are a going to camp this day at South Bay a sitted above Ticonderoga and I got up much better than expected....’

“Josiah had volunteered in July 1776, joining a regiment of NH Volunteers sent to reinforce the army in Canada. In consequence of the retreat of the continental troops from Canada this regiment when no further north than Ticonderoga. Josiah was not a young man, but in his 60th year when the rigors of war proved too much for him and he succumbed to the ‘feaver and Ague’ shortly after sending this appeal:

“‘Camp Mount Independence 4th Sept 1776

“‘Loving wife and children,

“‘I take this opportunity to inform you that I am in something of low circumstances of health at present and by reason of old age I find myself unable to undergo the fatigues of a campaign therefore I entreat that you would hire a man and send up to take my place as soon as possible & furnish him with a horse so that I may ride home if God [p. 25] should be pleased to spare my life so long. The man that takes my place may have the use of my gun and accoutrements during the term I engaged for. Pray spare no pains or money and I will see that it is paid or order the same paid as my life is at stake if I continue here long. There is no prospect but the army will remain here till our enlistments are out. It is a sickly time at present with the feaver and Ague. So committing myself with my concerns to God and desiring your prayers for me I remain your loving husband and affectionate father till death.

“‘Josiah Blood.

“‘NB Thomas Patch desires that if any man should take my place that he would call at his house and bring up a sheep & pair of mittens for him. If you could send one pound of honey it would be of great service here for hunting bees.’”
Birth Date1 Aug 1721
Birth PlaceBillerica, Massachusetts
Death Date4 Jan 1754
FatherJoseph FARLEY (1683-1752)
MotherAbigail COOK (1688-1753)
Marr Date23 Jul 1741
Marr PlaceBillerica, Massachusetts
ChildrenJosiah (1743-1816)
 Ebenezer (1745-1800)
 Solomon (1747-1802)
 Sarah (1750-1839)
 Caleb (1752-1813)
Marr Date27 Nov 1755
Marr PlaceHollis, New Hampshire
ChildrenJacob (1762-1800)
 Elizabeth (Died as Infant) (1766-1766)
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