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Thomas Knowlton
Birth: Nov. 30, 1740
Ipswich
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 16, 1776
Harlem
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Revolutionary War Continental Army Officer. The Father of American Military Intelligence. Born in West Boxford, Massachusetts, when he was eight, his family relocated to a farm in Ashford, Windham, Connecticut (current property of the June Norcross Webster Scout Reservation). In 1755, at fifteen, Knowlton served in the French and Indian War with his older brother Daniel. He enlisted in Captain John Durkee's company, and is known to have joined Daniel on scouting missions into enemy territory. He served during six campaigns in the war and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1760. He also fought in Israel Putnam's company against the Spanish at the Battle of Havana, Cuba in 1762. By 1762, Knowlton had returned home and married Anna Keyes. He and his wife raised nine children. At the age of thirty-three, Knowlton was appointed a Selectman of Ashford, Windham, Connecticut. Thomas Knowlton is considered America's first Intelligence professional, and his unit, Knowlton's Rangers, made a significant contribution to intelligence gathering during the early Revolutionary War. Knowlton was killed in action at the Battle of Harlem Heights. The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought in the New York Campaign of the American Revolutionary War. The action took place in what is now the Morningside Heights and west Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan in New York City on September 16, 1776. According to the Connecticut Society of Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Knowlton was buried with military honors in an unmarked grave at what is today the intersection of 143rd St. and St. Nicholas Ave. in New York City. (bio by: SMS) 
 
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 Parents:
  William Knowlton (1705 - 1753)
  Martha Pinder Dean (1709 - 1775)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Keyes Knowlton (1743 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Anna Knowlton (1760 - 1841)*
  Sally Knowlton Utley (1764 - 1852)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lucy Knowlton Brooks (1736 - 1820)*
  William Knowlton (1738 - 1784)*
  Daniel Knowlton (1738 - 1825)*
  Nathaniel Knowlton (1739 - 1742)*
  Thomas Knowlton (1740 - 1776)
 
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Burial:
Westford Hill Cemetery *
Ashford
Windham County
Connecticut, USA
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