THIS DOCUMENT / LETTER HAS A LOT OF HISTORY BEHIND IT. BASED ON ONE OF THE ENTRIES, I BELIEVE THIS IS FROM HEBRON CONNECTICUT
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS DOCUMENT IS A VERY RARE PAROAL ( PAROLE ) FOR THE YEAR 1758, RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR
THIS DOCUMENT DEFINITELY REQUIRES MORE RESEARCH. I'M NOT SURE IF THE LIST IS FOR A REGIMENT, FOR A TOWN, OR FOR A COMPANY. THE DOCUMENT LISTS A CAPTAIN, LIEUTENANTS, SEARGENTS, CORPORALS, FIFER, DEPUTY COMMISSARY
IT MAKES REFERENCE TO SOME COMPANYS SUCH AS: "THOMAS PORT JUNIOR CORPORAL UNDER T....PHELPS CAPT" & "ICHABOD HINSKLEY ENNLISTED IN CAPTNOAH GRANTS COMPANY 1757 IN COL. FITCHER COMPANY IN 1759 AS QUARTER MASTER SERGENT".
THIS DOCUMENT WOULD TAKE SOMEONE WELL VERSED IN THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR TO PERHAPS IDENTIFY SOME NAMES
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT IS SOMETHING JUST AS COOL, IT IS A LETTER FROM GRANTING POWER OF ATTORNEY IN ORDER TO SECURE LANDS FOR SERVICE IN THE MILITARY IN THE "SO CALLED FRENCH WAR".
THE DOCUMENT READS: THESE CERTIFY THAT THE SUBSCRIBERS HAVE CONSTITUTED AN DAPPOINTED AND BY THESE PRESENTS USE TO CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT COL. ELIAKIM CHAPMAN OF TOLLAND OUR LAWFUL ATTORNEY TO ACT IN OUR BEHALF AT A MEETING OR MEETINGS OF THOSE WHO ARE ENTITLED OR MAKE CLAIM TO LANDS GRANTED TO THOSE SOLDIERS WHO SERVED IN THE FRENCH WAR SO CALLED, THAT IS TO SAY ROWLAND LATHROP EMPOWERS SAID CHAPMAN TO ACT FOR HIM IN APPOINTING AN AGENT OR AGENTS TO ENQUIRE INTO, ASCERTAIN AND PROSECUTE IN ALL LAWFUL WAYS THE RIGHT WHICH HE HAS AS HEIR TO JOHN LATHROP OF TOLLAND WHO SERVED IN THE FRENCH WAR, AND ALSO FOR HIMSELF AND HIS WIFE HANNAH DAUGHTERS AND HEIR TO BENJAMIN CROFTS OF POMFRET AND OZIAS BENTON & LADOCK BENTON EMPOWERS SAID CHAPMAN TO ACT IN THEIR BEHALF FOR ALL THE PURPOSES ABOVE MENTIONED IN APPOINTING AN AGENT TO ASCERTAIN AND PROSECUTE THE RIGHTS WHICH THEY HAVE AS HEIRS TO SAMUEL BENTON WHO ALSO SERVED IN SAID FRENCH WAR - SIGNED BRADLEY 1758, ROWLAND LATHROP, OZIAS BENTON.
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT THE LIST ON THE OTHER SIDE ARE THOSE WHO ARE GRANTING POWER OF ATTORNEY BUT THEN AGAIN I THINK IT MAY ALSO BE 2 SEPARATE DOCUMENTS ON THE SAME PAPER. VERY INTERSTING ORIGINAL PIECE FROM THE WAR!
CONDITION - AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE TAPE REPAIRS, SOME BROWNING, AND SOME MINOR LOSS - OVERALL FOR A 250+ YEAR OLD DOCUMENT IT'S PRETTY GOOD.
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