Sunday, June 16, 2024

A costumed actor holds a marker to honor Boston Tea Party participants. (Photo: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum via Facebook)

Two Boston Tea Party participants will be honored with plaques from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge, said the Revolution 250 consortium, which is preparing for the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party – an inciting event for the American Revolution in 1773 – on Dec. 16.

The free event was organized with the City of Cambridge and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in Boston. There are a little over 125 known Boston Tea Party participants buried throughout New England and the United States; the 120th and 121st commemorative plaques placed will be in Cambridge for Peter Mackintosh and Joseph Mountfort, whose graves (and ceremonies) are about a 15-minute walk apart on the cemetery grounds.

According to biographies provided by the organizers:

Mackintosh was born Oct. 6, 1757, and was a 16-year-old blacksmith apprentice working the night of Dec. 16, 1773, when a group of young men rushed into the shop, grabbed ashes from the hearth and rubbed them on their faces. He joined them to run to Griffin’s Wharf and throw tea into the harbor as part of the Boston Tea Party. He went on to serve in the Revolutionary War, enlisting in July 1775 and serving in the Continental Artillery as an artificer – a crafter attached to the army who shoed horses and repaired cannons, including one mortar whose repair was overseen by Gen. George Washington. Mackintosh married Sybil Hayden in 1780 and had six children. He died in 1846.

Mountfort was born Feb. 3, 1750, and was a cooper by trade and 23 when he participated in the Boston Tea Party. He married Sarah Gyles in February 1777 and a month later began serving about 18 months at sea during the American Revolution, joining the armed schooner Lynch, part of a small American fleet carrying important dispatches. The English HMS Foudroyant intercepted the Lynch leaving France; it was captured and its crew taken to Plymouth, England. Mountfort, along with 16 other prisoners, broke free from prison, crossed the English Channel to France in an open boat and returned to Boston on the frigate Deane, according to accounts by his son, George Mountfort, who called the sailor a “zealous patriot.” Joseph Mountfort died in Boston in 1838 and was originally buried in Copp’s Hill Cemetery; in 1855, with the remains of his wife, he was moved to a new family tomb in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

This post was written from a press release.