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Circa 1782 Deposition of David Witmer - James Mercer Signature

Circa 1782 Deposition of David Witmer - James Mercer Signature


This is a deposition given by David Witmer (1752-1835) who was a witness to the loan given to James Porter of North Carolina by William Porter so James could buy a waggon and two horses. William Porter was well-known to James Mercer as they were members of the Leacock Presbyterian Church. James may have been a brother to William who had moved to North Carolina around the time of this deposition. William Porter is listed as dying before 1784 with his widow dying on Oct. 22, 1784.

The signatures on this deposition are:

James Mercer who was one of the delegates to the Convention of July 4, 1776 held at Lancaster, PA to elect Brigade Generals and was one of the Pennsylvania German Emergency Men in the Revolutionary War. He was in the Brigade of Gen. Hugh Mercer at the "Flying Camp" in New Jersey 1776, a Captain in the Fifth Battalion Lancaster Militia from 1777 to 1780, Major of the Seventh Battalion from 1780 to 1782 and retired a Colonel after 1782. He was member of the Legislature 1781 – 1784 and then was a Justice of the Quarter Session Courts of Lancaster County PA until the early 1800’s.

David Witmer who was born in Lampeter, PA and died in Paradise, PA in 1835. He came to Paradise in 1778 and by 1781 had built a home on what is now called the Creekside Inn B&B and can be found on Leacock Rd about a mile off Lincoln Hwy (Rt 30). This property was part of a tract of land that was originally sold to Mary Fierre by William Penn. Witmer was known as a great friend of George Washington and was visited by Washington on his way to his inauguration in 1789. Witmer was a farmer and miller with the mill still standing across from the Creekside Inn B&B. 

This deposition contains the signature of a man who wsa an officer in the Revolutionary War and in the Continental Army "Flying Squad".

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