----- Fourth Generation -----
4. Amos Melvin Sr (John & Hannah Heald; Jonathan; John) b. 6/15/1751 Concord MA d. 8/13/1806 Concord MA m. Anna Flatt (Mr Flatt & Ann Beaton) b. abt 1763 d. 1/24/1830 Concord MA
"As a member of the Concord Minute Men, Amos Melvin was on guard the gray dawn of Apr 19, 1775 as the news came that the British regulars were coming, he sprang to the little meeting house and by his vigorous ringing of the bell roused the people to a lively sense of their approaching danger" ("Palmer Groups" - Emily Leavitt"). Also, Amos went with others from Concord to Boston on an alarm and to convey stores thence and returned with empty teams in 1777.
Amos Melvin appears among the lists of "6 weeks men" in Dec 1775 and Jan 1776, and among the men forming the first guard at Cambridge.
That Amos married Anna Flatt is well authenticated by their grandchildren, but the imperfect town books of Concord do not bear the record, only stating that "Amos Melvin, husband of Anna, died Aug 13, 1806".
Amos drew up his will Aug 9, 1806. In it he left his estate in charge of his wife, who was to take charge of his nine children. Besides property in Concord, he also owned land in Acton, the adjoining town.
From "Battle of Concord", published in "Our Country"
CONCORD had been aroused. Dr. Prescott had reached the town twenty minutes after he left Revere and Dawes in the hands of their captors. He told Amos Melvin, the sentinel at the Court-house, that the regulars were coming. It was then about two o'clock in the morning of the 19th of April, 1775. That scion of a heroic family, who had battled with the French and Indians in recent wars, seized the bell-rope and rung out such a vehement alarm that the villagers were all aroused from their slumbers, and soon filled the streets. (by Benson J. Lossing in 1877)
i. Amos Melvin Jr (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 10/15/1782 Concord MA
ii. Charles Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 11/4/1784 Concord MA d. 2/11/1846 Lowell MA
iii. Anna Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 9/1/1786 Concord MA d. 2/25/1805 Concord MA
iv. James Flatt Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 6/21/1788 Concord MA moved to Virginia.
v. John Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 7/15/1790 Concord MA m. Sally Chandler
vi. Joshua Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 12/28/1792 Concord MA m. Miss DURANT.
vii. Emerson Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 3/1/1795 Concord MA m. Eliza Rice
viii. Mary Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 6/14/1797 Concord MA
ix. William Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) b. 12/5/1800 Concord MA m. Eliza Williams
x. Phebe Melvin (Amos; John; Jonathan; John) m. David Lacy.
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