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Lexington historian has studied little known Colonial family

Jacob Whittemore lived in Lexington on April 19, 1775; his modest home is one of the area’s few remaining structures that date to the start of the American Revolutionary War.

Yet, for some reason, neither the farmer nor any of the men in his family were with the local militia during the first fight against the British on the Lexington Green, and they didn’t participate in other skirmishes that day even as soldiers passed directly by their home along what came to be known as “Battle Road.”

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