Thomas Treat1,2

(11 September 1758 - 10 October 1832)

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Relationship5th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
FatherTimothy Treat3 (c. 1731 - 24 Apr 1776)
MotherRuth Hamlin4 (2 Dec 1736 - 10 May 1778)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildThomas Treat was born on 11 September 1758, in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.3,5,6,7
GroomHe married Jemima Calkins, daughter of David Calkins and Jemima Wright, circa 1782.6,7
WidowerHe became a widower at 57 years of age when his wife Jemima died on 11 June 1816.6,8,2
GroomHe married Betsey Blair on 25 December 1816 in Aurora, Erie Co., New York. She was the widow of Joel Boies whom she had married 18 Oct 1781. Joel Boies died 29 March 1809.6,8,9
DeceasedHe died on 10 October 1832 in Aurora, Erie Co., New York, at the age of 74. It's not clear whether Thomas died 6 or 10 Oct 1832 - both dates appear in the Pension file - 10th is the date on his tombstone.6,10,2
InterredHe was buried in Griffins Mills Cemetery, Griffins Mills, Aurora, Erie Co., New York.10

Children with Jemima Calkins:


Military PensionThomas Treat applied for a Military Pension based on his service in the Received a pension for service as a Private & Minute Man during Revolutionary War. Pension Application & Supporting documents are on file. Thomas resided in: Sharon, CT; Lenox, Berkshire Co.,MA 1776,77, &78; Lee, Berkshire Co.,MA 1780; After Rev War -Willsboro (later called Champlain), Clinton Co., N.Y;Georgia, Franklin Co.,VT; Aurora, Erie Co., NY, abt 1812.
Military ServiceIn September 1776, while living Lenox, Berkshire Co., Province of Massachusetts Bay, New England,Thomas Treat, 17 years and 11 months old, enlisted for service in the Revolutionary War. He served first for three months in the 7th Company of Col. Simonds' Regiment of Militia under Captain Oliver Belding. They marched through the town of Redding old Fairfield, Connecticut, and then Hackinsack, New Jersey. From there they marched to Valentine's Hill in Yonkers, New York, where they joined the rest of Col. Benjamin Simonds' 2nd Berkshire County Regiment of Massachusetts Militia near White Plains. There Thomas was employed a short time in the ongoing construction of a fort. After a time the regiment left Valentine's Hill in the night to march to Tuckahoo, where the next morning they found the enemy forces were in sight. The next night, under cover of darkness and “leaving however our own fires burning for the satisfaction of our enemy”, the regiment removed to White Plains, a distance of fifteen miles. Arriving there about an hour before daylight their regiment joined the main army under General Washington. The second or third day after their arrival, Oct. 28, 1776, the Americans were driven from their entrenchments by the enemy to another position contiguous on the hill where a cannonading ensued. Thomas remained there and in that vicinity until the expiration of his term of enlistment, about the end of December, when he returned home to Lenox.
     Around May, 1777, he joined a company of “Minute Men” in Lenox, whose duty was to turn out on all alarms; he “was called to service from say ten or fifteen times in cases of emergency, sometimes only absent from home one or two days at a time”. The most important services rendered during this term were at the Battles of Hubbardton (Vermont - July 7, 1777) and Bennington (Vermont - Aug. 16, 1777).
     His service was called for again September, 1777, in Captain Belding's Company, this time in Colonel John Brown's Reg't. of the Berkshire Co. Militia. They marched from Lenox to Albany and then to Stillwater, New York, and were stationed at Tull's Mill where Thomas remained until the surrender of Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, just north of Stillwater, Oct. 17, 1777. The official records show he entered service 21 September 1777; was discharged 14 Oct. 1777; and credited for service of 24 days at Northward.
     On 3 July 1778 Thomas was enlisted for six months by Lieut. Churchill of Lenox. He went with the Lieutenant to Springfield, Massachusetts, and joined up with Captain Enos Parker's Company, Colonel Jacob Gerrish's Reg't. This company was detached from the Berkshire County militia to go to Springfield and guard to the Arsenal there. He was discharged 1 Jan. 1779 and credited with service of 6 mos., 1 day, including 3 days (60 miles) travel home;
     By the next year (1780) he had removed to Lee, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts and he appears on the payroll for “6 months men” raised by the town of Lee for service in the Continental Army during 1780. He marched to Peekskill, New York, in the company of Captain Mains, in Colonel Sprout's Reg't., General Nickson's Brigade and while stationed in that vicinity Major André
was captured and executed as a spy. Enlisted 28 July 1780 – discharged 14 December 1780; he was credited for service of 4 mos. 22 days, travel (120 miles) included.11,12,6

Residences and Censuses

Thomas Treat appeared on the census of 1810 in Georgia, Franklin Co., Vermont. About 10 miles sse of Rutland. 1810 Franklin County Census Index pg.292 - Rootsweb.

Sources - Citations

  1. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002).
  2. [S210] Find A Grave, online at; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  3. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Barbour Collection, Sharon Vital Records pg. 332 - vol. LR4, pg. 129.
  4. [S898] H. Franklin Andrews, The Hamlin Family : A Genealogy Of James Hamlin Of Barnstable Massachusetts : Eldest Son Of James Hamlin, The Immigrant, Who Came From London, England, And Settled In Barnstable, 1639 : 1639-1902 (Exira, Iowa: The Author, 1902), pg. 140.
  5. [S901] Treat, Thomas, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; NARA microfilm publication M804 (Washington D.C.: National Archives), states age and birthdate.
  6. [S350] John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family: A Genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat; for Fifteen Generations, and Four Hundred Years in England and America; Containing More Than Fifteen Hundred Families in America (Salem, Massachusetts: The Salem Press Publishing & Printing Company, 1893), ppg. 53, 54.
  7. [S898] H. Franklin Andrews, The Hamlin Family, pg. 228 - date and place.
  8. [S898] H. Franklin Andrews, The Hamlin Family, pg. 228 - date.
  9. [S16] Jay and Delene Holbrook, Compilers, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 (Collections by Town) (Provo, Utah: Holbrook Research Institute, 2011), Rutland - Vital Record Transcripts, Rutland Marriages-pg. 115.
  10. [S873] Veterans buried in the Griffiths Mills Cemetery, Town of Aurora, Erie County, New York, online at: Accessed: 1 Sep 2016, Revolutionary War Veteran; gives year of death and location.
  11. [S901] Treat, Thomas; NARA microfilm publication M804.
  12. [S900] Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War : A Compilation From The Archives, 16 of 17 vols. (Boston: Secretary of the Commonwealth, 1907), ppg. 38, 41.
  13. [S898] H. Franklin Andrews, The Hamlin Family, pg. 229 - date.
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