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DUNBAR, Noses, soldier, born in Plymouth, Conn.; died in Hartford, Connecticut, 19 March 1777. He was a resident of Bristol (or, as some say, of Waterbury), and was convicted by the superior court in January 1777, of holding a captain's commission under Sir William Howe, and of enlisting men for the British army. While under sentence of death he knocked down the sentries and escaped, but was apprehended, and on the day appointed, after listening to a sermon at the jail, from Rev. Abraham Jarvis, of Middletown, was hanged in presence of "a prodigious concourse of people." It is charged by Thomas Jones, in his " History of New York," that there was no existing law in the colony making Dunbar's offence punishable with death, and that he was condemned under an expostfacto law. His young wife is said to have been treated inhumanly, being compelled to ride in the cart with her husband to his execution. Afterward she was expelled from Middletown, where she had taken refuge in a loyalist family. Four expresses were sent to Howe by Dunbar's friends urging him to stop the execution by threatening retaliation, but he was indifferent to their appeals.
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