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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Thayer, Simeon 1737-1800 (search)
Thayer, Simeon 1737-1800 Military officer; born in Mendon, Mass., April 30, 1737; he served with the Rhode Island troops in the French and Indian War, and in 1757 in the Massachusetts line, under Colonel Frye and Rogers the Ranger. He was taken prisoner in 1757 at Fort William Henry. He accompanied Arnold in his famous expedition to Quebec (1775), and was made prisoner; but was exchanged in July, 1777, and was prominent in the defence of Red Bank and Fort Mifflin, where he was major. He was wounded in the battle of Monmouth; served in New Jersey in 1780, and in 1781 retired from the service. He left a Journal of the invasion of Canada in 1775, which was published in 1867. He died in Cumberland, R. I., Oct. 14, 1800.