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Aaron Briggs
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John Brown
Joseph Brown
Joseph Bucklin
Abel Easterbrooks
Nath. Easterbrooks
Capt. Samuel Dunn
Capt. Rufus Greene
Capt. Greenwood
Benjamin Hammond
Joseph Harris
Capt. John Hopkins
Justin Jacobs
Joseph Jencks
Hezekiah Kinnicut
John Kilton
Abner Luther
John Mawney
Simeon Olney
Ezra Ormsbee
Benjamin Page
Capt. S. Potter
Barzilla Richmond
Nath. Salisbury
Capt. Chris. Sheldon
Capt. Shepard
James Smith
Turpin Smith
Capt Swan
Robert Sutton
Capt. Jos.Tillinghast
Capt. Abr.Whipple
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Captain Shepard may have been was one of the Gaspee Raiders that attacked the English Navy ship Gaspee in 1772.

Williams, Catherine in her Biography of Revolutionary Heroes: Containing the Life of Brigadier Gen. William Barton and also of Captain Stephen Olney. Providence (Self published 1839)  p21. lists "he names of those brave and resolute citizens, as far as they have come to our knowledge, are as follows:

  • Captain Benjamin Dunn,      
  • John Brown,
  • Captain Benjamin Page,       
  • Com. Abraham Whipple,
  • Captain Turpin Smith,          
  • Colonel Ephraim Bowen,
  • Captain John B. Hopkins,    
  • Dr. John Mawney,
  • Joseph Bucklin,                     
  • Captain Harris,
  • Captain Shepard,                   
  • Joseph Jenckes,

We do not know were she got this information, but speculate it was from people alive in 1839 whose parents were active in Providence in 1772.  The fact that she did not give the first names of either Captain Harris or of Captain Shepard probably indicates that Williams did not know their first names.

Page and Smith were not ship captains in 1772.  However, as the years went by, they became ship captains.  We do not know whether Shepard was a ship captain at the time of the raid, was a military captain, or became a captain only later during the Revolutionary War.

That leaves only Bucklin and Jenckes without titles in the list of Williams.  Joseph Bucklin 5th was never a ship or military captain.

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