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Revolutionary War soldier's legacy pieced together, item by item

Lois Boyd and three generations of descendants of Ishmael Coffee participated last week in a discussion about him with Marian Pierre-Louis at the Medway Historical Society. Lois Boyd and three generations of descendants of Ishmael Coffee participated last week in a discussion about him with Marian Pierre-Louis at the Medway Historical Society. (Wiqan Ang for the Boston Globe)
By Rachana Rathi
Globe Staff / April 21, 2008

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Like detectives, Marian Pierre-Louis and Lois Boyd piece together history. They travel from town hall to historical society to library, collecting court records, saving marriage, birth, and death certificates, and combing through books. An obscure reference in town documents or a newspaper obituary is greeted with excitement and delight, a clue to a puzzle that is identity. (Full article: 1108 words)

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