Charles Tillinghast (1729 - 1776) MP

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Birthplace: East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
Death: Died in Washington, Rhode Island, United States
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About Charles Tillinghast

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A115482
  • Service: RHODE ISLAND Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE
  • Birth: 4-5-1729 EAST GREENWICH PROVIDENCE CO RHODE ISLAND
  • Death: 11- -1776 BLOCK ISLAND KINGS CO RHODE ISLAND
  • Service Source: BARTLETT, RECS OF THE COLONY OF RI, VOL 7, P 359
  • Service Description: 1) ENLISTING OFFICER OF NORTH KINGSTOWN, APPOINTED 6-28-1775

Charles Tillinghast, the eighth child of John, was born April 5, 1729, at East Greenwich. His first marriage was to Mercy Green, born in 1729, who died in 1759, and his second marriage was to Abigail Allen, born in 1732, died in 1792. Charles Tillinghast located at North Kingston, R.I., about the time of his first marriage, but at the time of his death he lived at Quidnessett Neck, R.I., where he had located about 1771. At the outbreak of the war of Independence he was appointed by the General Assembly an officer to secure soldiers and arms for Washington’s army, then gathering near Boston. In this way he became a marked character, and one evening some masked Tories broke into his house after he and his family had retired, took Charles from his bed without permitting him time to dress, hurried him to a boat, and conveyed him to prison on Block Island, where he died in November, 1775, seventeen days after capture, from injuries inflicted by his enemies. The children born to this noble patriot were: By his first marriage: John, born at North Kingston, R.I., in 1757, also died in the hands of the Tories, in November, 1775; Charles, born in 1758, married Hannah Talbot, and died Oct. 10, 1791; Mercy, born in 1759, married Capt. George Spooner, who lost his life at sea; by the second marriage: Deacon Pardon, born in 1765, is mentioned below; Elder Joseph, born Feb. 10, 1767, died in Voluntown, Conn., on March 3, 1715, married Sarah Gorton and his son, Charles A., died in Moosup at an advanced age; Phoebe, born Sept. 15, 1769, married Simon James, and died May 3, 1848; Col. Allen, the first of the children born at Quidnessett Neck, was born in 1772, married Ruth Lewis, and died Aug. 18, 1843; Amy, born May 5, 1774, married Joseph Nichols, and died July 4, 1834.

Source: COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES. PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 332-335 http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/cowindham/records/biographies/com_bio_record/tillinghastfamily.html

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In 1775 Charles Tillinghast was appointed recruiting or enlisting officer by the General Assembly of Rhode Island and was very active in the work, so much so that the Tories informed him if he did not stop his active work in that direction they would kill him.

At Quitnesset Neck, Rhode Island (North Kingstown), in November of the year the Revolutionary War broke out (1775), he sent his son John on horse back to mill, and while on the way, the latter was seized by the Tories and made a prisoner, dying from rough treatment. In the same month four masked Tories entered his house at night. They held a pistol to his wife's head while she had a six-month old child in her arms. They took him out of bed, drove him naked to the beach, put him into a boat, and carried him prisoner to Block Island, where he died (from wounds?) seventeen days afterward.

Source: http://www.davidgorton.com/Genealogy/getperson.php?personID=I18182&tree=tree1

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Хронология Чарльза Tillinghast

1729
April 5, 1729
East Greenwich, Kent, Rhode Island, United States
1763
June 28, 1763
Age 34
North Kingstown, Kings County (Present Washington County), Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
1767
February 10, 1767
Age 37
North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
1772
March 1, 1772
Age 42
1776
November, 1776
Age 47
Washington, Rhode Island, United States
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