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John Thomas
Birth: Nov. 9, 1724
Marshfield
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1776
Chambly
Quebec, Canada

Revolutionary War General. He studied medicine with local doctors and became a physician, first in Marshfield and later in Kingston. Thomas was a Kingston Town Selectman from 1763 to 1775 and Town Clerk from 1764 to 1766. In 1746 he was commissioned a Surgeon in the colonial militia. Beginning in 1755 he saw active service in the French and Indian War, first as a Surgeon in William Shirley's regiment, and then as a line officer with the rank of Lieutenant. In 1759 he was appointed Colonel in command of a regiment, which he led in Nova Scotia and at Crown Point, New York. After the war Thomas continued to practice medicine and remained in the militia. At the start of the Revolution in 1775 the Massachusetts Provincial Congress named him head of the militia as a Lieutenant General. When the Continental Army was formed Thomas was commissioned as its senior Brigadier General, soon attained promotion to Major General, and commanded troops overseeing the British evacuation of Boston in March, 1776. Later that year Thomas assumed command of the siege at Quebec City, leading troops formerly commanded by Richard Montgomery. Expiring enlistments and disease caused them to retreat to Fort Chambly, where Thomas took ill and died. Thomas and other soldiers who died of smallpox were buried in unmarked graves. An oak marker erected to their memory stood from 1776 until it fell in a storm in the late 1800s. The oak slab was preserved by the fort's caretaker, and in 1925 a stone marker was erected in its place. (bio by: Bill McKern) 
 
Inscription:
In memory of General John Thomas
An American Officer
Born in Marshfield, Mass., 1724
Died of Smallpox, June 2, 1776
and other American Soldiers
buried in this ground
Erected by Saranac Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution
Plattsburgh, N.Y., U.S.A
1925
 
Burial:
Fort Chambly Military Cemetery
Chambly
Monteregie Region
Quebec, Canada
Plot: Monument is a memorial. The grave is unmarked.
 
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: May 27, 2010
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John Thomas
Added by: Bill McKern
 
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