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Birthplace: Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Occupation: Farmer, tavern keeper, recorded as a private in Captain Ephraim Manning's Company at Woodstock CT in Revolutionary War, Connecticut Militia Lieutenant c.1814-1826
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About Thomas Chafee (Chaffee)

From the Chaffee Genealogy:

322 Thomas ^ Chaffe (Samuel,* Joseph,^ Joseph,2 Thomas i) was born in Woodstock, Conn., February 22, 1756, and died in Thompson, Conn., June 28, 1826.

He married there Mary .

He was baptized in the First Congregational Church of Woodstock, May 9, 1756. In later hfe he became a member of the Universalist church.

He had a light complexion, blue eyes, was stocky in build and of medium height.

He probably moved to Killingly, Conn., with his father when a child, and was living there April 11, 1783, when he bought of Benjamin Morris of Dudley, Mass., for £154, land there. In 1787 he was of Thompson when he sold to Benjamin Morris for £198, thirty-eight acres of land in the western part of Thompson.

The Revolutionary records of Connecticut show that he was a Private in Captain Ephraim Manning's company of Woodstock, enlisting May 10, 1775, and being discharged December 15, 1775, but in a claim for pension made in 1818, he testifies that he served from April, 1775, until May, 1776.

He was a farmer and for many years a tavern keeper in Thompson in partnership with his son Joel. He died in this tavern, and he and his wife were buried in the Thompson burying-ground where their tombstones read :

"Sacred to the Memory of Lieut. Thomas Chafee who died June 28, 1826, aged 70."

"In memory of Mrs. Mary Chafee wife of Mr. Thomas Chafee who died March 27, 1814 in her 59th year."

It will be noted that though Thomas Chaffe's stone names him " Lieut." in 1826, he was "Mr." in 1814, and as the war and pension records show him to have fought as a Private in the Revolution, it is to be surmised that between 1814 and 1826 he received the title, perhaps for service in the Connecticut Militia. February 14, 1827, Elijah Crosby was appointed administrator of the estate of "Lieut. Thomas Chafee."

Children, the last four born in Thompson:

  • 838 i Polly ^ Chafee, born in Dudley, February 18, 1780; married about 1830, Hall, whom she met in Union, Conn., while visiting her sister Rhoda ; she was a tailoress by trade and before her marriage kept house for her father in Thompson.
  • + 839 ii Levi Chafee, born November 23, 1781; married Nancy Blackman.
  • + 840 iii Joel Chafee, born September 26, 1786; married Lavinia M. Morse.
  • 841 iv Rhoda Chafee, born November 14, 1737; died in Union; married Joseph Towne of Thompson, and moved to Union ; had eight or nine sons and daughters.
  • 842 V Nahum Chafee, born November 2, 1791; died in Thompson, August 7, 1809, and was buried there.
  • 843 vi Lurana Chafee, born October S, 1794; died in Thompson, September 4, 1809, and was buried there.
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Lt. Thomas Chafee's Timeline

February 22, 1756
Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
February 18, 1780
Age 23
Dudley, Worcester County, MA, USA
November 23, 1781
Age 25
September 26, 1786
Age 30
Thompson, Windham County, CT, USA
November 14, 1787
Age 31
Thompson, Windham County, CT, USA
November 2, 1791
Age 35
Thompson, Windham County, CT, USA
November 2, 1791
Age 35
Thompson, Windham County, CT, USA
June 28, 1826
Age 70
Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut, United States