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AlexanderMillinerToday’s Tombstone Tuesday subject was one of the last six Revolutionary War veterans featured in Reverend Elias Hillard’s book, The Last Men of the Revolution, published in 1864.  At the time of the veterans’ interviews they were all over the age of one hundred.  Previous articles of three other veterans can be found here, here and here.  This week’s Surname Saturday article will feature William Hutchings and next Monday’s article will finish the series with Lemuel Cook’s story.

Alexander Milliner was born on March 14, 1760 in Quebec, Canada.  In Hillard’s account, Alexander’s parents’ names aren’t mentioned.  His father was an English goldsmith who came over with Major General James Wolfe as an artificer (a skilled craftsman or mechanic for the armed forces).  At the Battle of Quebec on September 13, 1759, Wolfe was killed.  Alexander’s father died the same day, but not from a battle wound.  At the end of the battle his father laid down to drink from a spring and “never rose again; the cold water, in his heated and exhausted condition, caus[ed] instant death.”

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