About Thomas Welles
Defender of Fort Griswold, taken prisoner.
"Thomas Welles, born in Groton, September 12, 1753, we learn from the family history, had been a very successful privateersman - on part of his voyages at least; but in September 1781 was a gunner in the garrison at Fort Griswold. He was taken prisoner, carried to New York from whence he returned to duty in November. He was granted a pension in 1831, and died in Groton in 1848." source: The Battle of Groton Heights: A Collection of Narratives, Official Reports ...By William Wallace Harris, p. 247
GROTON VITAL RECORDS, Vol. 2, p. 22. Eagleton, Phebe of Stonington, m. Thomas Wells, of Groton, Mar. 21, 1782, in Stonington, by Eleazer Brown, Elder.
DAR PATRIOT INDEX, CENTENNIAL EDITION, PART III, page 3150. WELLS, Thomas, b. 9-12-1753 CT d. 1848 CT m. Phebe Eggleston, Pvt Matr CT PNSR (http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=nancn&id=I9869)