Dr. John Thomas was a medical student under his care, and, at the commencement of the Revolution, commanded at Dorchester Heights, and afterwards at Ticonderoga, where he died of the smallpox. The following lines were from the pen of his son, Dr. Cotton Tufts, of Weymouth :--
Rev. Dr. Colman, of Boston, in his sermon, preached at Medford, April 6, 1735, after the death of his daughter, Mrs. Jane Turell, speaks thus of Dr. Tufts: “I leave a grateful record of my particular obligation to the pious and beloved physician of the town, who, to and even beyond his power, has always ministered gratis to the pastor and his family. The Lord show kindness to the house of his servant!” 1725, he built the house, which yet stands, on the southeast corner of Forest and Main Streets, in the market, fronting the bridge; and it well represents the second style of building adopted by our ancestors.