Fox Valley Chapter Patriot Profile


Private Thomas Matteson 1756 - 1840+

This page contains information on Thomas Matteson, one of the soldiers who fought in the American Revolution and who are buried in the counties served by the Fox Valley Chapter. This page contains his biography.


Biography of Patriot Thomas Matteson


Thomas Matteson was born in 1756 in West Greenwich, Newport County, Rhode Island. On June 8, 1776 he enlisted as a volunteer private in the militia at West Greenwich, Newport County, Rhode Island, in Lieutenant George Tennant's Company, under the command of Colonel Brown for an enlistment term of nine months.

The company of 60 remained at West Greenwich for about one week, and then the company was marched to South Kingston, Rhode Island to observe the movements of the enemy troops encamped on the Island of Rhode Island. Here, Thomas spent his entire 9 month enlistment serving in the capacity of Sentry.

At the end of his nine month enlistment, he was discharged, and he returned home to West Greenwich.

After the war, Thomas remained in West Greenwich, and then relocated to Sage, New York and remained there a number of years. In August 1836 he was residing in Hartgrove Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, and applied for a pension, which for reasons unknown was rejected.

At the time of the 1840 Federal Census, Thomas was residing with his son Stephen Matteson in DuPage county Illinois. Thomas’ exact date of death and location of his grave is unknown at this time.

Thomas Matteson’s Revolutionary War Pension File #R.7037
1840 Federal Census, Illinois, DuPage County
A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services, Sixth Federal Census
Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois, Illinois Genealogical Society, 1975