VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- You could say, he is the lesser-known Thorowgood.

He's even got a different spelling than his more famous ancestor.

He is Colonel John Thorowgood, Junior, and today, he got his due.

"A patriot in the Princess Anne Militia, who stood up against tyranny, who valued freedom, who we give a debt of gratitude to," said Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story's Commanding Officer, Captain Joey Frantzen.

Thorowgood was the great-great-great grandson, of Adam Thorougood.

He served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He fought in the Revolutionary war, and he worked with his cousin George Mason, to write the Declaration of Rights, a document which heavily influenced Thomas Jefferson when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.

"John Thorowgood Junior helped to shape both Virginia and our nation's history," said Delegate Chris Stolle.

The younger Thorowgood lived on an 840-acre plantation, on the site of what is now Gate Two at the Navy's Little Creek Amphibious Base.

"He gave selfless service and he did that even though he was a man of means, a man of wealth," said Mark Reed, Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Planner. " He didn't really need to do but he did it because he had the passion and the personal belief that it was necessary for the future."

Now, Thorowgood's story will be there, for future generations to learn about, by way of a new state historical highway marker, along Northampton Boulevard, much to the delight of local history buffs.

"And the fact that our local history connects with what they study in the national history is very important for them to feel a part of," said Drummond Ball of the 7th Virginia Regiment.

Thorowgood was taken as a prisoner of war in 1781 when he was 35.; He only lived to the age of 41.

His marker is one of approximately 2,500 official state historical markers in Virginia. The program dates back to 1927, and is believed to be the oldest such program in the country.