Jacob Town

Lieutenant Jacob Town, 2nd Massachusetts Continental Line – Original Member

A Son of Jacob and Mary (Campbell) Town, he was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, October 25, 1755, left to go to Europe and disappeared; sergeant, 4th Massachusetts, April 2, 1777; Ensign, August 18, 1779; transferred to 9th Massachusetts, January 1, 1781; Lieutenant, May 27, 1782; transferred to 2nd Massachusetts January 1, 1783, and served to November 3, 1783. He was a man of elegant tastes and accomplishments, and his love of military life far surpassed that of his brothers, Salem and Sylvanus, both of whom were militia officers during the Revolution. Jacob was so dazzled by the victories of Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy that he left home with the intention of joining his legions and was never heard from again.

Abstracted from James Archer O’Reilly III, Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati (Boston 2004), p. 392. Jacob Town was represented in the New Hampshire Society from 2005 to 2017.