THOMAS EDWARDS 1753-1806
- MM 1779, Lodge of St. Andrew
- WM 1784, Washington Army #10
- WM 1785, Rising States
- Proxy 1796, Cincinnatus
From New England Craftsman, Vol. VI, No. 6, March 1911, Page 189:
Lt. Col. Thomas Edwards was born in Boston, Aug. 3, 1753, and died in Boston, Aug. 4, 1806.
He was in Boston Public Latin School in the Class of 1760 and graduated at Harvard College in 1771. He read law with John Willis, Esq.. and was admitted to the bar.
He was a private in Gen. John Hancock's Independent Co., and participated in the expedition to Rhode Island in April, 1777. He was a Lieutenant in the Sixteenth Mass. Regiment, Col. Henry Jackson, from May 17 during 1777-1780, and was subsequently promoted to be Lieut. Colonel. In 1782 he was Judge Advocate at West Point, and October 2 of that year was appointed Judge Advocate General of the Army and served to the close of the War.
Lieut. Col. Edwards was Secretary of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1786 to 1806, the year of his death. He delivered the Fourth of July oration in 1792, in Boston.
Thomas Edwards received the Masonic degrees in the Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston, in Jan. and Feb., 1779, when at home on a furlough. He was reported June 2, 1785, as being the Master of Rising States Lodge, Boston. He is recorded as a visitor to American Union Lodge at Morristown, N. J., Dec. 27, 1779. He was Junior Grand Warden of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge in 1787 and 1788, and Senior Grand Warden in 1791. In 1802 he attended Grand Lodge as a proxy for Cincinnatus Lodge. The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati attended the funeral services Aug. 6, 1806.