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Thomas Treat, Biography

Thomas Treat 1762-1847: Thomas Treat marries Rachel Welch 3 November 1791

From Thomas’ Pension File #W25502 the following information has been obtained.

Thomas served in the Yates Company of NY as a private commanded by Captain Lay under Colonel Wells for eight months and six days. His pension was granted the 4 March 1831 for $27.33 per annum.

His affidavit records the following information: I was born in the town of Glastonbury, CT September 4, 1761 as seen in the family bible a great many years ago. He was drafted from Glastonbury to guard and convey Burgoyne Troops through said state of CT. Time of service was six or eight days under Captain Wells. In the month of June 1780 he enlisted for eight months at Glastonbury as a private in company commanded by Captain Lee Lay McDowel under Colonel Wells. He marches from Glastonbury to New London and remained there until he was dismissed. In June 1781 he was called out on an alarm
when Arnold burned and destroyed New London.

He lived in Springfield, Middlefield, Ostego County, NY and in Italy, NY.

In a Department of the Interior Document dated 192_ it is noted that he served 7 days in 1777 as private under Captain Caleb Wells and in June 1780 for eight months under Colonel Wells and Captain Lee Lay and in 1781. He was engaged at the battle of the burning of New London, CT enlistment at Glastonbury, CT.

John Harvey Treat provides the following information:

“In 1855, she (Rachel) resided in Prattsburg, Steuben County, NY. Mr. Treat was a soldier in the war of the Revolution and received a pension. In May 1776, Thomas Treate and others presented a Memorial to the Assembly in regard to a Military Company in the First Parish, Glastonbury. While living in Glastonbury in 177, he was called our for six or eight days under Captain Wells to act as guard to the prisoners from General Burgoyne’s army on their way across the state to Rutland and Boston, MA. Her served a term of eight months from June 1780 under Captain Lay, in Colonel Wells’ Regiment at New London, CT and was there again I 781 at the alarm occasioned by the landing of Benedict Arnold, the burning of that place, the capture of the Fort in Groton, on the opposite side of the river Thames and the massacre of the garrison September 6, 1781. After the war he removed in Springfield and Middletown, both in Ostego, NY. In July 1812 he removed to Italy, Yates County, NY where he resided for over twenty years. The record of the births and names of the children are written on a small leaf and is illegible in some instances. According to the History of Yates County, NY, pg 422 he settled in Italy in 1817 on Lot 6, North Survey, and moved to Italy Hollow in 1823, settling on Lot 25, South Survey, where he lived till 1834 when he sold out and moved to Arcadia, Wayne County where he died. He and his wife Rachel were members of the Baptist Church in Italy when it was first organized. She died in 1857, aged eighty."

The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Tratt, Trott, and Treat. John Harvey Treat,
The Salem Press. 1893. pgs 62-63.


This file was contributed for use by the New London County CTGenWeb Project  by:
Karen Mazzola <evilburd@gmail.com>
January 19, 2011

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