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Phineas Stearns was a farmer and blacksmith of Watertown, born February 5th, 1736. In addition to participating in the Boston Tea Party, he was a soldier at Lake George in 1756, commanded a company of militiamen at Dorchester Heights, attained the rank of Captain at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and was eventually offered a colonel’s commission, but had to decline on behalf of his wife, who had died and left five children. He later died in 1798.