Thomas Gage was both a husband and father when he died in 1787, according to Land of the Brave. He was a British military leader and commander in the American Revolution.Continue Reading
Thomas Gage was born in Sussex, England, where his family had lived since the 15th century. Gage had two siblings. He joined the British Army in 1741 and served until his promotion to lieutenant colonel in 1751.
In 1750, however, he became engaged to a noblewoman, but the engagement was broken, and Gage's father died in 1753. In 1758, Gage married Margaret Kemble, a famous woman of the era known for her looks whom he had met in Albany. Gage was promoted to general in 1782. After the War of Independence, Gage returned to Britain and settled with his wife in London, and his military activity greatly declined.
When Gage died in 1787 of poor health, his son Henry inherited the family title and became one of the richest men in England. Gage's youngest son became an admiral in the Royal Navy, and all three of his daughters married into well-known wealthy families. His wife Margaret survived him by almost 40 years. After Gage's death, the town of Gagetown, New Brunswick, was named after him.Learn more about US History