Thomas Challis

Ensign Thomas Challis, 2nd Regiment New Hampshire Continental Line

Thomas Challis was born July 6, 1749 in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He was the son of John and Miriam (Sargent) Challis. It is not known when he removed to New Hampshire.

On October 1, 1775, Thomas Challis enlisted in the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Continental Line. His residence is given as Kingston, New Hampshire. In January of 1777, Thomas was promoted to Sergeant. During the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, Thomas Challis is listed as a Sergeant in Captain Caleb Robinson’s company of the 2nd New Hampshire. He is further marked as “Present” from December 1777 to June 1778.

Sergeant Thomas Challis was commissioned as an Ensign in the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Continental Line on December 22, 1779. Ensign Challis resigned on May 20, 1780.

Ensign Thomas Challis died February 15, 1833 in Meriden, New Hampshire.

Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, (Baltimore, 1914), 149; Pension of Ensign Thomas Challis, pension number S. 16704; Selected Wartime Service Records for Ensign Thomas Challis.