|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1853|
Revolutionary War Patriot & Merchant. Colonel John Thomas, a successful merchant and colonel in the Massachusetts Militia, is best remembered by the story he told of his experience "as a sentry" during the Revolutionary War. John Thomas was the son of General John Thomas, a Kingston physician-turned-soldier and town Selectman, who was considered the most capable officer on General George Washington's staff. At the age of ten, the young Thomas joined his father, whose command executed one of the smoothest and amazing engineering feats of the war. The General had his men construct heavily armed gun emplacements overnight. These emplacements, which blocked the British from overtaking the city and surrounding area, withstood the constant bombardment of the British military, and eventually compelled the evacuation of Boston by British troops. The younger Thomas recalls seeing two finely dressed gentlemen observing the British lines from the parapets of one of these emplacements. As cannon balls whistled by, the young Thomas climbed a ladder and grabbed hold of his father's hand. As he stood watching the British forces, he later remarked of his pride in standing sentry with his father and the other man on the parapet, George Washington.
John Thomas (1724 - 1776)
Hannah Thomas (1731 - 1819)
Waity Thomas (1763 - 1802)
Judith Drew Thomas (1769 - 1836)
Saba Thomas (1792 - 1802)*
William Appleton Thomas (1800 - 1828)*
Hannah T. Thomas Cunningham (1809 - 1891)*
Note: The tablet underneath shows Cunningham and Willis on it.
Old Burying Ground
Plot: General John Thomas Tomb
Created by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Record added: Jul 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39851703