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MACHIN, Thomas, soldier, born in Staffordshire, England, 20 March, 1744; died in Charleston, Montgomery County, New York, 3 April, 1816. He was educated as an engineer, and employed in the construction of the Duke of Bridgewater's canal between Manchester and Worsley. In 1772 he was sent to New Jersey to examine a copper-mine, and remained in this country, settling in Boston, Massachusetts. He era-braced with ardor the cause of independence, was one of the party that threw the tea overboard in Boston Harbor, and fought as an officer of artillery at Bunker Hill, where he was wounded. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the New York artillery on 18 January, 1776, and during that year was employed in placing chains across the Hudson river at the Highlands. He was wounded at Fort Montgomery in October, 1777, where he held a commission as 1st lieutenant, and was attached to Colonel John Lamb's artillery regiment; he served as an engineer in the expedition of Colonel Goosen Van Schaick, which destroyed the settlements of the Onondaga Indians in the spring of 1779, and later in the year accompanied General James Clinton's expedition into the Genesee country. He was promoted captain of artillery on 21 August, 1780, employed on the siege-works at Yorktown, and in 1783 settled in Ulster county, New York Subsequently he established a mill west of Newburg, New York, and coined copper pieces for some of the states prior to the institution of a national coinage. He obtained patents for a large tract of land in the northern part of Oneida county, New York, and in 1797 removed to Mohawk, New York, where he was engaged for some time in surveying.--His son. Thomas, soldier, born in New Grange, Ulster County, New York, in 1796; died in Albany, New York, in May, 1875, served as a captain during the war of 1812-'15, and became a brigadier-general in the New York militia.
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