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 John Thomas

John Thomas

Birth
Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Jun 1776 (aged 51)
Chambly, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada
Burial Chambly, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada
Plot Monument is a memorial. The grave is unmarked.
Memorial ID 52924567 · View Source
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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


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 27 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52924567
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Thomas (9 Nov 1724–2 Jun 1776), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52924567, citing Fort Chambly Military Cemetery, Chambly, Monteregie Region, Quebec, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .