Would it not waste words to assail “the history of the flag, as received and believed in Bedford”? A specimen “fact” is (after alleging a man was a cornet about 1745): “This would account for the standard or flag being in possession of the Page family”; [*1] but this merely begs the question, nothing having been given to connect any of the family with this flag. [*2]
A specimen of the “words of mouth” is that a Minute Man “left his newly married wife and child” on April 19, 1775, though he had been married on Dec. 15, 1774. [*3] Is it worth while thus to asperse ancestors?
- “Notes and Queries” answer, signed “Rockingham” (1908) [ no scan ]
in The Boston evening transcript (18 January) Part Three: p 5
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- cf. Jenks’ “Notes and queries” answer (1908) [ no scan ]
in The Boston evening transcript (11 January) Part Three: p 7
- “Nothing having been given to connect any of the family with this flag”?
Jenks’ answer explains that the Bedford Flag was owned by Cyrus Page!
- “and child”: [ an error (on Jenks’ part) for ] with child