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March 2011 Issue Volt, me. !6 Issue 12 Page 4 i Early Wilder Settlers in the 3 rd Precinct (Including Revolutionary Participants) By Robert Wilder ABEL WILDER--Great grand uncle of the present Wilders. Abel was born 31 August 1736. He married Martha Peeters of Brookfield, (she was the daughter of Asael and Elizabeth (Parsons) of Spencer), November 1759. They both lived on the Peeter s farm, off Long Hill Road until the Revolutionary War was over. Their children were all born in Brookfield, the 3 rd Precinct: Peter, born October 24, 1761, Joshua, born December 20, 1763 and Joseph, born May 1768. EPHRAIN WILDER IV--He lived in Brookfield and married Hannah Reed. Their children were all born in Brookfield, the 3 ' Precinct. Nathaniel was born November 11,1763 and Ephrain V was born May 1788. SOLOMON WILDER--He was the youngest brother of Abel and came to Brookfield during January 1762 after his father died in Cold Springs (Belchertown). He lived with his brother Abel. Revolutionary War (Wilder participation) ABEL WILDER: A minuteman. He responded to the alarm of 17 April 1775 and left for Boston to fight the British Army. PETER WILDER: Abers son left Brookfield the same day, he was 14 years old. SOLOMON WILDER: Abers brother and Peter's uncle accompanied Abel east on the Post Road toward Boston. It is significant to note Abel, Peter and Solomon all served during the same period and from the same town. Solomon was 23 years old. Solomon served as a Ranger (Indian Style Fighters) in Captain Woolcot's Company through the entire war. His last service was in Captain Hamilton's Company, a portion of Colonel Brewer's Regiment at Ticonderoga Mills from June 1, 1776 until February 1,1777. All three Wilders returned to Brookfield at the end of their service. They left Brookfield as angry Englishmen and returned as proud Americans. In conclusion, Abel and Solomon's brother and my grandfather to the fifth generation, Nathaniel, was a corporal of the 9 th Volunteer Regiment from Ware, Massachusetts. He departed from his home and headed east on the Post Road that winds through the Brookfields on its way from New York to Boston. It s thrilling to me to know that four close members of the Wilder family were on their way east to free this colony and help to forge a new nation, the United States of America. _, b : THE000000CENTER AT EAGLE HILL An Evening with Ellen Jeweli Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 PM "Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition...She's mighty good." LUNASA Thursday, March 17 @ 7:30 PM The Cultural Center celebrates St. Patrick's Day with "the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet". Add world-class step dancers hand-picked by the band, and you've got an evening of magic and joy not to be missed. Pinocchio's Adventures in Funland Performed by the Worcester Chamber Music Society Sunday, March 20 @ 3:00 PM An adventure for the young and the young at heart. Art Teas at the Center lan Callahan - Graphic Designer lan is interested in the relationship between philosophy and visual culture. For more information: www.thecenterateaglehill.org Elephant Man By Bernard Pomerance February 25 - March 13 Each Friday & Saturday at 8:00 Each Sunday at 2:00 Gillian's Island - the Musical March 18 - April 3 Each Friday & Saturday at 8:00 Each Sunday at 2:00 We are proud to be staging the regional premiere of this musical. We've got the whole gang: Gilligan, the Skipper, the Howells, Mary Ann, Ginger and all the crazies that visit the island. Join us for a romping good time. For more information: www.stageloft.com or call 508-347 9005