Captain Abel Dinsmore, a revolutionary war hero, one of the first settlers of Conway, a leader in Shay’s Rebellion….his original home still stands on Cricket Hill and we stopped by to visit Saturday as part of our flash hike!

On the 10th of January, 1787, Gov. Bowdoin issued Warrants to the sheriff of Hampshire county for the arrest of Joseph Hinds of Greenwich. Capt. Joel Billings of Amherst.
Luke Day of West Springfield. Capt. Gad Sacket of Westfield. Capt. Asa Fisk of South Brimfield. Alpheus Colton of Longmeadow. Capt. Aaron Jewett of Chesterfield. Capt. Daniel Shays of Pelham Capt. John Brown of Whately Sam Morse of Worthington Obed Foot of Greenfield. Capt. Abel Dinsmore of Conway. John Powers of Shuteshury. Capt. Mathew Clark of Colrain. Samuel Hill of Charlemont. Capt. Thomas Grover of Montague.

These men were the leaders of the insurgents in Western Mass. of whom the governor wrote the sheriff as follows: “That the enlarge ment of the above named persons is dangerous to the Commonwealth, its peace and safety.” Sheriff Elisha Porter reported to the governor:”Day, Colton, Clark and Brown, jailed,-the others not found.”

Gov. Bowdoin found that calling out a few men here and there was having no good effect in quelling these rebellious citizens.

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