While Revere is often remembered and Dawes forgotten, his contributions should not be missed.
Dawes went a different route than Revere. He this route regularly for business, and it was not a surprise to see him riding the roads at this time of night. His patriot leanings were not as well-known as Paul Revere, which made him the perfect candidate for this rise.
Revere and Dawes arrived about the same time to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the British coming. The two then decided to ride to Concord and alarm the Minutemen in that area. However, along the way, they were noticed by British sentries and forced to flee.
Revere was captured, while Dawes escaped. It would be left up to the new recruit, Samuel Prescott, to finish the task, which he did.
By today's standards, William Dawes did not live long. In fact, his father outlived him by 3 years.
Dawes died at the age of 54 years old, around 6 years after his beloved wife passed away. The couple had six children, with four surviving to adulthood.
William and Mehitable had to endure the loss of two children months apart in 1776. While the nation was celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the couple was still mourning the loss of a son and daughter.
- William Dawes Sr.: 1719 - 1802
- Lydia Boone: 1718 - 1760
- Mehitable May: 1751 - 1793
- Hannah Dawes Newcomb: 1769 - 1851
- William Mears Dawes: 1771 - 1855
- Samuel May Dawes: 1773 - 1776
- Mehitable Dawes: 1774 - 1776
- Charles May Dawes: 1776 - 1853
- Lucretia Dawes: 1788 - 1855
- Hannah Dawes Lucas: 1743 - 1803
- Lydia Dawes Coolidge: 1747 - 1715
- Abigail Dawes Cogswell: 1752 - 1833
- Elisha Dawes: 1755
- Rebekah Dawes Ring: 1756 - 1836
- Sarah Dawes Hammond: 1768 - 1859