|Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution|
American Revolutionary War Patriot
StephenTainter (1769-1847) was born October 13, 1760 in Westboro, Massachusetts. At age 16, he enlisted in Captain Timothy Brigham's Company of Colonel Jacob Cushing's Regiment serving from July 27 to August 29, 1777 serving as a drummer boy and participated in the battle of Bennington. He re-enlisted in Captain Joseph Warren's Company of Colonel Wheelock's Regiment, where he also served as a drummer from September 27 to December 31, 1778. He re-enlisted again as a drummer in Captain Nathan Fisher's Company of Colonel Nathaniel Wade's Rhode Island Regiment from July 24 to December 31, 1778. Six month later Tainter enlisted again in Captain Fisher's Company, this time serving in Colonel Cushing's Regiment stationed at Shrewsbury. After the expiration of his six month enlistment, Tainter did not serve again until 1782, at which time he enlisted for five days in Captain Josiah Fish's Company of Foot, of Colonel Stephen R. Bradley's First Vermont Militia in General Fletcher's Brigade. Tainter's final service was with Captain Benjamin Whitney's Company stationed at Guilford, Windham County, Vermont, where he served from October 30, 1783 to March 1, 1784.
After the war Stephen Tainter became a physician and lived at Whittingham, Vermont, and Gainsville, New York, where he practiced medicine for twenty-three years. In 1833 Dr. Tainter moved to Prairie du Chien, where he lived with a son until 1846. The family moved to Utica, Crawford County, and there Stephen died on July 11, 1847, at the age of 97. Later his body was moved by his grandson, Captain Andrew Tainter, to the Tainter family plot in the Evergreen Cemetery in the City of Menomonie, Dunn County. .
The Evergreen Cemetery (one of four with that name in Dunn County and 38 in the state) occupies an entire island on the eastside of Lake Menomin on the eastside of Menomonie. Stephen's grave is located in Lot 1, Section 4. A large "Tainter" stone marker marks the plot itself. Stephen has a bronze government marker and a homemade wooden cross. The entrance of the cemetery gives directions to the gravesite. Andrew Tainter was a "lumber baron" and the Tainter name is everywhere throughout the community. A Wisconsin Historic Marker to Tainter is located near the cemetery entrance.
GPS coordinates -- N44.53336°; W091.54336°
(Portions reprinted from Solders of the American Revolution Buried in Wisconsin by Robert G. Carroon, who was Curator of Research Collections for the Milwaukee Country Historical Society in 1975.)