Any descendants of this man are eligable for membership in the DAR or the SAR.
Before the Revolution he was a hatter by trade.
The following sketch for his service in the Revolutionary War appears in Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (15:783-784)
James Tisdale, Medfield. Sergeant, Capt. Sabin Man's co. of Minute-men, Col. Greaton's Regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; Lieutenant; of Capt. Mann's co. of Medfield militia, enlisted April 19, 1775, for 8 months service when Capt. Cheney had command, Capt. Mann's co. of Medfield militia; June 10, 1776; reported in the army; served for 3 years during the war in the Continental Army, being of Capt. Mann's co.; residence, Medfield; joined Capt. Foster's co., Col. Groton's (Greaton's) Regt.; term, 3 years; return made to Col. Benjamin Hawes Sept. 8, 1777, in accordance with warrant of said Hawes of same date; also, list of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Col. Benjamin Hawes's (4th Suffolk Co.) Regt.; residence, Medfield; engaged for town of Medfield; joined Capt. Foster's co., Col. Greaton's Regt.; term, 3 years; also, list of men raised in Suffolk Co. for Continental service, as returned by Maj. Metcalf, of Col. Wheelock's Regt., dated June 18, 1777; also, Captain, Col. Greaton's (3rd) Regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1780, to Dec. 31, 1780; also, muster roll for July, 1780, sworn to at Steenrapie; also, Captain, 5th co., Col. Greaton's (3rd) Regt.; muster roll for Aug. and Sept., 1780, dated Camp Orangetown; appointed May 3, 1778; also, Captain; return of officers belonging to late 3d Mass. Regt. commanded by Col. Greaton who were to continue in the service, dated Boston, Jan. 19, 1781; also, Captain, Col. Greaton's Regt.; muster rolls for Feb., March, and April, 1781, dated West Point; reported on furlough from Dec. 18, 1780; also, muster roll for June, 1781, dated Camp Phillipsburgh; also, muster rolls for Aug. and Sept., 1781, dated Camp Peekskill; also, muster roll for Oct. and Nov., 1781, dated Camp Highlands; also, muster rolls for Dec., 1781, Jan. and Feb., 1782, dated Hutts New Boston; also, Captain, 3d co., Col. Greaton's Regt.; muster rolls for Sept. and Oct., 1782; also, Captain, 3d co., 3d Mass. Regt. commanded by Lieut. Col. James Mellin; muster rolls for Jan. and Feb., 1783; also, Captain, in a detachment from 3d Mass. Regt. commanded by Maj. B. Porter; returns of effectives between July 11, and July 31, 1783; also, return of effectives, dated Aug. 21, 1783; reported attending general court-martial; also, Captain, 4th co., 3d Mass. Regt. commanded by Col. Michael Jackson; muster roll for Aug. and Sept., 1783; also, regimental return dated Oct. 31, 1783; reported at West Point with wood-cutters.
James served to 3 November 1783. After the war he bought a farm in Walpole at the point where that town meets Dover and Medfield; worked it until old age made activity impossible.
James was an Original Member of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati from 1783 until 1832. He was granted a Bounty Land Warrant 1 April 1790, and was listed as "totally blind" in 1830 and had a wife and three daughters.