Captain George Bedford Chase and Mary Strange

My 7x Great Grandparents, George Chase and Mary Strange lived in Freetown, MA. George, born 14 April 1719 in Freetown, MA to Walter Chase and Deliverance Simmons. Mary Tilley, born 14 Nov 1725 in Freetown to Lot Strange and Hannah Hathaway.

George and Mary married 17 Sep 1741 in Freetown, MA. They had 16 children: Edward 1742, James 1743, Walter 1745, Mary 1747, Sylvester 1748, Drusilla 1750, Greenfield 1752, Gilbert 1753, George 1755, Sybil 1757, Permacy 1758, Olive 1759, Pamilla 1761,  Hannah 1761, Elizabeth 1763,  and Augustus.

George was an Innkeeper in Assonet Village in Freetown, MA. He held several offices: Selectman 1752-53, 1772-74, and 1782, Assessor 1752-53, 1771, and 1773-74, Treasurer in 1752-53. He had a lot of land and many deeds have been found. Notable are multiple land tracts obtained from his father, Walter in 1741 and 1750. He also obtained land from Mary’s father Lot Strange in 1773. There were 26 deeds registered between 1741 and 1776. After he died, sons Edward and Augustus were executors and were selling land. I have not found his will but found a deed showing that his sons were in charge of all the Good, Chattels, rights and debts of the estate.

George was a Captain in the Tory battalion lead by Col Thomas Gilbert. He was a Loyalist and on May 31, 1777, he was one of 26 men in Freetown that were voted for trial. They were trying to rid the town of the Tories. Below is muster role showing that George was on a Prison ship called the Adams from 12 Jul 1777 to 8 Sep 1777.

Below shows a little more information. The RM & L 1778.  L means that he left in 1778 but RM means he remained. It is possible some of his family remained since most were Patriots. I have seen that he died in Smithfield, RI but I haven’t verified this. I know that at least one son (James) and one daughter ( Pamilla) moved to Canada after the war. The J & PA mean jailed and suffered physical abuse. The T indicates that he was cited by the town as a Tory. LC indicates that he served in the Loyalists corps during the American Revolution.


personal photo
personal photo

Sacred to the Memory of
Capt George Chase who departed
This life Feb 25th AD 1784
In the 65th year of his age
This is the End of all that lives
This is my dark long home


These are photos I took January 27, 2018 in Plummer Burial Ground, Freetown, MA. I have not heard back from the person who photographed the grave about 2006 but at that time the tombstone was intact. If you would like to see the unbroken tombstone, click the link on the last reference (be sure to click on the Memorial no. 16345535 below).

George died 25 Feb 1784. I don’t know when or where Mary died.



George Chase and Mary Strange, their son,

Edward Chace and Abigail Paine, their son,

Walter Chace and Barbara Brown, their son,

Edward Chace and Julia Goodrich, their daughter,

Sarah Jane Chace and Jabez Bostwick, their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby, their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins, their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910,” database, FamilySearch( : 4 December 2014), George Chase and Mary Straing, 17 Sep 1741; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 904,379, 904,380, 904,381.

The New England historical & genealogical register Author New England Historic Genealogical Society Volume 19 p 326.

Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783,” database with images,FamilySearch( : 27 January 2017), Chapman, Gershom – Cheney, Thomas > image 905 of 2638; citing Massachusetts Archives, Boston.

A History of the town of Freetown, Massachusetts : with an account of the Old Home Festival, July 30th, 1902
Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 1891, Volume 3
Jones EA, The Loyalists of Massachusetts Their Memorials, Petitions and Claims 1969.
Maas, David, Divided Hearts – Massachusetts Loyalists 1765-1790 published 1980.

Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 30 January 2018), memorial page for Capt George Bedford Chase (14 Apr 1719–25 Feb 1784), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16345535, citing Plummer Burial Ground, Freetown, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Ron Kinney (contributor 47307361) .

One thought on “Captain George Bedford Chase and Mary Strange

  1. Thanks very much to my cousin for posting this information about our great-grandfather Captain Chase. Pamilla (1761) was my great-grandmother. All the best from Toronto, Canada.


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