Nathaniel Mulliken (II) of Lexington, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Jr or II was a member of a very important family of American clock makers. He was born on March 30th, 1752. His parents were Nathaniel Mulliken I (b. 1722 – d. 1767) and Lydia Stone. Lydia was the daughter of Deacon John Stone of Lexington. Nathaniel was one of seven children and learned the art of clockmaking from his father Nathaniel I. After his father’s death in 1767, he and his mother as well as Benjamin Willard maintained the family business in Lexington. That is until the shop and the house were burned to the ground on April 17, 1775. The property looted and then was burned by the British troops while retreating back to Boston from Concord. The British had planned to march 800 men to Concord to confiscate the arms and munitions stored there. They were also hoping to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock who were staying in Reverend Clarke’s Home in Lexington. As it turns out, the arms and munitions were moved before the British arrived. They were confronted by Captain Parker and his assembled men. Nathaniel Jr. was under Captain Parker’s command. They confronted the British that afternoon and the rest of the story is well known. As the British soldiers retreated to Boston, Parker’s men and many others actively pursued them, shooting at them from the woods and from behind obstacles. A signed Mulliken musical movement designed to play lively tunes during the week and a Psalm tune on Sunday was reportedly found in the knapsack of a wounded British soldier lying on the Boston Road in Malden or Medford. Nathaniel Jr. died the next winter at the age of 24 of camp fever.