|Jonathan Felt, 1800, Wrentham, MA|
In memory of
Capt, JONATHAN FELT
who departed this life Nov. 5th
in ye 53d, Year of
Thro wars & fiery Battles safe I've fled,
Yet slow disease has lodg'd me mongst ye dead,
Mourn not ye loss my friends in tears and sighs
Since we shall meet again beyond ye skies.
This cumbersome verse makes reference to Jonathan Felt's extensive service during the Revolutionary War. He responded to the Lexington Alarm on April 19, 1775 and served through the war until the Yorktown campaign. After the war, Felt returned to Wrentham, where he served as a Justice of the Peace until dying of consumption in 1800. He was a member of the the Society of the Cincinnati.
Also of note: Jonathan's mother's name was Lovewell Wells Felt. Let me say that again: she was born Lovewell Wells and became Lovewell Felt. Is there room for her in my novel?