Richard Falley Jr. was a soldier who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He joined the Provincial Army at age 16. He was captured by Native Americans at the surrender of Fort Edward, taken to Montreal and adopted into the tribe. He was later ransomed from the tribe for 16 gallons of rum and returned to Westfield. He later joined Captain Park’s company as an ensign and commanded a company at the Battle of Bunker Hill where his 14 year old son, Frederick, served there as a drummer. During the American Revolution, Falley made guns for the Continental Army at an armory at the foot of Tekoa Mountain in Montgomery. Little remains of the armory but a few walls are still identifiable. Slag from the gun stock molds can still be found. He was either the maternal grandfather or maternal great grandfather of Grover Cleveland. He is buried at the Old Burying Grounds in Westfield. support the Hilltown Hikers become a member!
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