Warren’s children

Miss Mercy Scollay, widower Joseph Warren’s fiancée at the time of his demise, campaigned to raise Warren’s four orphaned children – Elizabeth (“Betsey “ born about 1765, Joseph (IV, “Jose” born 1767), Richard (“Dickie” born 1769), and Mary (“Polly” born 1772). The children’s lots in life were rocky, particularly right after their father’s death at […]

Author: Mercy Scollay Date: November 26, 1776 [to Mrs. Dix] “I have been to see my little ones [Joseph Warren’s orphaned children] twice since I came home and found them well and as glad to see me as ever; the last time I was there the old lady [Mary Stevens Warren, Joseph’s mother] bed’d me […]

Date: May 10, 1775 Posted from Cambridge [MA] to my “dear friend, Miss Mercy Scollay [at Worcester] [I] am happy in hearing you with the Family are all in Health. Dr. Dix wanted to be informed respecting the sowing some wheat, let the Dr. know I shall acquiesce in his Judgment. I think it will […]

Author: Mercy Scollay Date: April 26, 1776 [Boston, to Dr. Elijah Dix] “My Good Friend I have this moment heard that Mr Williams sets of[f] for Worcester on Monday, and tho’ I have nothing of consequence to communicate I cant help beginning a whole sheet of paper in hopes my firtile brain will supply me […]

Author: Mercy Scollay Date: May 21, 1776 Will Mr. Hancock permit an obscure Friend to intrude upon him in those moments that he retires from the complea affairs of his country to taste the sweets of sociability that ever attends Domestic happiness? If he will, Miss Scollay puts in her claim and begs an audience. […]

Date: July 22, 1776 Author: Elizabeth (Betsey/Mrs. Charles) Miller “It is with pleasure I inform your your Niece Betsey is with me. She was inoculated for the small pox 14 days agone, & is like to have it very light, the other Children are at Mr. Scolley, it was with some difficulty I was favor’d […]

Date: August, 17, 1775 Author: Miss Mercy Scollay [To Dr. Dix, posted from Watertown, Massachusetts] “I look upon the promise made my friend of writing him by first opportunity too sacred to omit, tho’ I’ve nothing yet of any consequence to say – My journey down [from Worcester] was safe and my little girls [Joseph […]