Tea Party people have been (annoyingly) much in the news of late. I won't go into politics here, I have another blog for that. I've been thinking though of the real Boston Tea Party, no small wonder since I live in Boston. The real tea party was on December 16, 1773. None of my ancestors participated. My Boston ancestry starts in the beginning in 1630, but after a few generations, they had left and lived west and north of Boston. By 1740, they were all gone. I noticed one name in the list of known participants as Amariah Learned, the first cousin of my ancestor Benjamin Learned. Benjamin was in Sherborn and would answer the call in 1775 to Concord and Lexington as a Minuteman. There are other ancestral names, no doubt other more distant cousins.