Brent Carson will present the Ride of Paul Revere
to the Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 6:00 Tuesday, August 11,
at the Annual Old Fashioned Picnic. Admission to the program is free.
Paul Revere born December 21, 1734 or January 1, 1735 (depending on
which calendar is used.
The third of 12 children born to a French Huguenot who came to
Boston at the age of 13 to be a silversmith. At 13 Paul left school
and became an apprentice to his father but when he died, Paul was
too young to be master of the silver shop so he joined the army for
a short time. In 1757 he returned to Boston to take over the silver
shop in his own name. That year, he married Sarah Orne and they had
8 children. Sarah died in 1773, and on October 10 of that year,
Revere married Rachel Walker (1745–1813). They had eight more
From silversmith to soldier, to dentistry, to iron stoves, to church
bells, to copper products, Paul Revere made a name for himself
before he died at the age of 83 in 1818. In 1861, over 40 years
after Revere's death, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the midnight
ride the subject of his poem "Paul Revere's Ride" which many of us
learned in school.
Carson was born in Delaware, graduated from Hayes High School and
taught in Willis Jr. High until he retired. He has been the pillar
in the Delaware County Historical Society for many years and is
currently the president of the society. He co-chaired the Delaware
County Bicentennial Celebration with Rick Helwig in 2008.
Through the years, Carson has helped produce several DVDs and
programs on a variety of topics of local history. .
Today Brent can be found giving programs to schools and community
clubs, giving tours of the historical society and the surrounding
area, and always collecting history and stories of the county.