Laban Lake, Minuteman

Revolutionary War Image


If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him – it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

LABAN LAKE (1751-1832), of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, was one of those “valiant young people” we now refer to as a patriot of the American Revolution. He served as a private during the war under Captain BLISS and Colonel WALKER. His grave-site at Newman Cemetery in East Providence, Rhode Island describes him as “A Concord Minute Man.” His wife, PATIENCE GOFF (1754-1835) is interred with him.

The image, Laban Lake, Minuteman, is subject to copyright by Mr. Ducke. It is posted here with permission via the Flickr API by barneykin, administrator of “The Revolution flickred” pool.

3 Responses to Laban Lake, Minuteman

  1. Some additional info:although the cemetery where this was taken is indeed now located in East Providence, RI, at the time of the Revolution it was in fact part of Rehoboth, MA. In 1812,the western half of “old Rehoboth” was set off as a separate township, Seekonk MA. In 1862, as part of the final resolution of border disputes between Massachusetts and Rhode Island, the western half of “old Seekonk” was ceded to Rhode Island, and incorporated as East Providence. Newman Cemetery was part of both transfers..

  2. nitsirt says:

    Since you’re on the topic, I thought I would mention that one of my ancestors, Daniel Parke, was a minuteman at Lexington. I also believe he survived the war. I don’t remember where he is buried, but I’m sure I have it written down somewhere.

  3. I found a “DANIEL PARKER” who was a private from Barnstable, Massachusetts.

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