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John Gammell was born in 1751 and worked as a carpenter in Boston. He was an active patriot before the revolution and according to the History of Lexington, he engaged in the protest against the Stamp Act and in the Boston Tea Party. He enlisted in 1775 in the Revolutionary Army and after the Siege of Boston, he moved with his family and wife Margaret to Lexington. He later died in 1828 and is buried in the Central Burying Ground, Tomb 211.