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James Reed, Brig. General

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: February 13, 1807 (84)
Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Place of Burial: Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Reed and Sarah Rice
Husband of Abigail Hinds
Father of Abigail Reed; Sylvanus Reed; Hinds Reed; Joseph Reed and Salome Willard

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About James Reed, Brig. General

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NEW HAMPSHIRE with the rank of BRIGADIER GENERAL. DAR Ancestor # A094344


James Reed (1724 or 1722–1807) was a military officer in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution, rising to the rank of brigadier general in the latter conflict.

Reed was born in Lunenburg or Woburn, Massachusetts. During the French and Indian War, he served as an officer in Col. Brown's Massachusetts Regiment, becoming a lieutenant colonel. He was at Fort Ticonderoga in both 1758 and when it fell in 1759.

In 1742, when he was about 22, James married Abigail Hinds, whose father was Hopestill Hinds. Abigail was born 4 March 1723 in Brookfield, Massachusetts, but is said to have been living in New Salem, Massachusetts.

He was the original proprietor of Monadnock Fort #4 (now Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire).

With news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, James Reed gathered the local militia and marched to Boston. James Reed was appointed Colonel of the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment and fought together with John Stark's 1st New Hampshire Regiment at the Battle of Bunker Hill. On April 26, 1776, the three New Hampshire regiments of the Continental Army were sent under Gen. John Sullivan to help in the Invasion of Canada. James Reed only made it as far as Crown Point on Lake Champlain where he contracted smallpox and lost his vision forcing him to retire from military service. James Reed would be promoted to Brigadier General in the Continental Army, but would never serve at that rank because of his failing health.

James Reed lived to the age of 83 before he died in 1807 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, where he was then buried. A sign erected by State of New Hampshire to James Reed's memory is in the town square of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. Find A Grave #68889159

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James Reed, Brig. General's Timeline

January 8, 1723
Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
January 2, 1744
Age 20
Brookfield, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Age 31
November 29, 1757
Age 34
Lunenburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
February 16, 1763
Age 40
May 17, 1766
Age 43
Keene, Cheshire, NH
February 13, 1807
Age 84
Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States