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Col. John Gorham[1]

Male 1709 - 1751  (42 years)


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  • Name John Gorham 
    • Colonel John Gorham was born in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British North America on 12 December 1709 to Shubael and Mary (Thacher) Gorham. John Gorham married Elizabeth Allyn in Barnstable on 2 March 1731 and had 15 children. He was one of a few New England Rangers to earn a commission in the British Army during the prelude of the French and Indian War in North America. He established the famous unit "Gorham's Rangers during the Conquest of Arcadia (Nova Scotia. He served in the Massachusetts provincial Infantry Regiment during King George's War at the Siege of Annapolis Royal (1744) and at the Siege of Louisbourg (1745). In 1748 he received a commission in the British Army to defend Nova Scotia. During this time he was in command of Gorham's Independent Company of Rangers and successfully destroyed the Acadian resistance and brought Nova Scotia under British control. In 1749 he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Council. With the outbreak of Father Le Loutre's War in 1749 he built Fort Sackville at the present-day sire of Bedford, Nova Scotia. He participated in the Battle at St. Croix as well as the Battle of Chignecto. There has been much public attention during the 21st century of his use of Frontier warfare or total war during these conflicts but little has been said of the frontier warfare as the standard practice of both sides during the conflict. Gorham held his position on the Council for two years and then left Nova Scotia for England in August of 1751. John Gorham died in London in December 1751 of smallpox.
    Title Col. 
    Born 12 Dec 1709  Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Dec 1751  London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • probably of smallpox
    Person ID I105003  tree1
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 

    Father Shubael Gorham,   b. 2 Sep 1686, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1745/46, Louisberg, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Mary Thacher,   b. 5 Feb 1686, Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1778, Harwich Port, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 23 Dec 1708  Yarmouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Family ID F2126  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Allyn,   b. 8 Jun 1713, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1786, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 9 Mar 1732  Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Susannah Gorham,   b. 21 Nov 1732, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1738, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     2. Mary Gorham,   b. 03 Dec 1733, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jan 1738, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     3. Anna Gorham,   b. 28 Jul 1735, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1738, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
     4. John Gorham,   b. 26 Dec 1736, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1758  (Age 21 years)
     5. Christopher Gorham,   b. 10 Jan 1738, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1762, Havana, Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     6. Elizabeth Gorham,   b. 10 Dec 1739, Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1769, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     7. Daniel Gorham,   b. 26 Feb 1740/41, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1741, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. James Allyn Gorham,   b. 23 Aug 1742, Casco Bay, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Sep 1742, Casco Bay, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Charles Gorham,   b. 10 Aug 1743, Casco Bay, Cumberland County, Maine, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1762, Grenada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
     10. Sea Deliverance Gorham,   b. 10 Jul 1744,   d. 30 Aug 1745, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     11. James Allyn Gorham,   b. 03 Aug 1745, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Apr 1746, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     12. Mary Gorham,   b. 10 Mar 1747, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1810  (Age 63 years)
     13. Solomon Gorham,   b. 31 Oct 1748, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. EITHER 20 Dec 1795 OR 21 Dec 1795, Gloucester, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     14. Susannah Gorham,   b. 24 Oct 1749, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 1749, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     15. Susannah Gorham,   b. 29 Jun 1751, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1832, Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F3101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 131, 209.

    2. [S182] Descendants of Thomas and Anthony Thacher, Allen, D. W., (Independent Printing House, Vineland NJ, 1872), 35.

    3. [S192] Thacher-Thatcher Genealogy Yarmouth Branch, Totten, John R., (New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, New York, 1910), pp. 93, 130.