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Barzillai Lew

Musician from United States of America

Barzillai Lew (November 5, 1743 - January 18, 1822) was an African American soldier who served with distinction during the American Revolution. Barzillai Lew's story began with Primus Lew of Groton, Massachusetts ( a former servant of Captain Jonathan Boyden), and Margret Lew (a former servant of Samuel Scripture). As free-blacks, Primus and Margret Lew married in 1742 and they had two sons and two daughters. Primus served as a musician in the French and Indian War in 1747. In 1752, Primus married again to Rose Canterbury and bought a farm on the west side of Nashua River in the Pepperell section of Groton, Massachusetts and they had two children. Primus and Margret Lew's oldest son Barzillai (pronounced BAR-zeal-ya) often called "Zeal" or "Zelah," was born a free-black in Groton, Massachusetts November 5, 1743,. Following in his father’s footsteps, Barzillai Lew was a fifer in Captain Thomas Farrington’s Company from Groton, which marched northward for “the total reduction of Canada." From March 10, 1760 to December 1, 1760, he served with the English forces against the French and Indians and was probably present at the capture of Montreal, Canada by the British. Lew was known as  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1743-11-05
Place of birth
Groton
Nationality
United States of America
Children
Lucy Lew
Profession
Musician

Death

Date of death
1822-01-18
Place of death
Massachusetts

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