Thomas Stanford served in the Revoltionary War in the Continental Line. In February 1776, Thomas was enrolled as a Private in the South Carolina Continental Line under Captain George Wade and Colonel Sumter. He joined the Army at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina and then marched to Charleston, South Carolina and then to Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
Thomas was a member of the 2nd Artillery Regiment, Continental Troops of South Carolina, serving as matross, or one of those who helped in sponging and firing of the guns. Thomas was then drafted in 1777 under Captain John Nixon and Colonel Edward Lacy, both residents of Rocky Creek, South Carolina. He marched to Augusta, served three months on this tour and was in the Battle of Rocky Comfort against the Indians. Later on in 1777, he volunteered under Captain John McClure, also of Rocky Creek and the Catholic Presbyterian Church and Colonel Edward Lacy and was in the Battle of Friday's Fort. He was also in the Battle of Camden against the British on 16 August 1780. During this battle a bare 600 fought off all attacks under Major General Horation Gates and lost badly.
In the book, "Women of the American Revolution", Volume 3, page 302, in the chapter on Jane White, is this note concerning Thomas Stanford: "One of the Whigs, Thomas Stanford, came alone in the dead of night to Tarleton's encampment on Rocky Creek and picked off some sentinels as he passed from one point to another, being so well acquainted with the ground that he easily avoided reconnoitering parties".
Thomas' name, along with 59 others of the Revolutionary War, is inscribed on a memorial stone erected in 1933 in the churchyard of the Catholic Presbyterian Church in Chester County, South Carolina.
This is taken from the book "Scotch-Irish Forever! The Stanfords" by Laverne M. Stanford.