1752 Land Deed Signed by Revolutionary War Soldiers - Antique Manuscript
This is a land deed signed by Josiah French who was a Revolutionary War soldier and Caleb Cushing (Jr) who was also the Justice of the Peace of the Salisbury, MA area. Josiah was selling the land to his cousin, Moses French. Caleb Cushing and Caleb Cushing Jr are the same man and he would sometimes use his 'Jr' when signing documents and sometimes he would just sign as Caleb Cushing.
Below are their military records:
Josiah French: Salisbury, Corporal, Capt. Stephen Merrill's (Salisbury) co., Colonel Caleb Cushing's regt., which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 3 days.
Colonel Caleb Cushing Jr: MInuteman and soldier. It is Caleb Cushing Jr who was also a JOP when – on Dec 2, 1775 – he signed the muster roll of Capt. Thomas Noyes’ regiment in these words:
‘Then ye above named Thomas Noyes appeared and made oath to ye truth of ye above rolls.
Before me, Caleb Cushing, Jus. Peace.’
What he was signing was the approval for payment to the soldiers who were at the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.
Hon. Colonel Caleb Cushing Jr (1703 - 1797) was a Magistrate in Salisbury for upwards of 50 years, a great part of the time a Judge of the Court for the County of Essex, and for 27 years a Representative in the General Court. He was also a Deacon in the Church. One of the Governor's Council from 1771 to 1774 inclusive, and Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas. Although 75 years of age, was a delegate in 1778 to the Constitutional Convention. Served in the Provincial Congress.
Military: Caleb was Colonel of the Essex regiment (from which, in 1756, men enlisted for the
expedition against Crown Point). His Regiment marched on the call on April 19 and again on April 20, 1775.
All of their military information will be included with the deed.
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