1796 Deed - Mayflower Descendant Signature - Revolutionary War Signatures

1796 Deed - Mayflower Descendant Signature - Revolutionary War Signatures


This deed from 1796 is selling the land of Samuel French, who died in 1792 to his brother, Amos French. Samuel was the father of Sarah Stevens, Abigaill French, Phebe Carr, Elizabeth French, and Moses French. Sarah was married to John Stevens, a Minuteman who answered the call on April 1775 (military career below), and Phebe was married to Jesse Carr, a Revolutionary War soldier (military record below) and Mayflower descendant.
Jesse Carr's second great-grandfather George Carr of Salisbury arrived in the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. George was a shipwright and the town of Salisbury granted him Carr's Island in 1640 where he established a ferry in 1641. He built the first bridge across the Merrimack in 1655 and it was 270 feet long. For his bridge he received liberal grants of land in the town. 

Land deeds like this one are sometimes the only information available to us about life during the 18th and early 19th centuries. From this type of document, we learn where people lived, their status in life, the amount of land they owned, who their neighbors were, and the names of their wives and children. Many times a child or wife's name will appear in these deeds that has been omitted from the genealogical records of our ancestors. To find the true story of your ancestors, land deeds and other contemporaneous documents are the most important documents to use.
Below is some information on the two soldiers who signed this deed:

CARR, Jesse (Mayflower descendant). Private, Capt. Jonathan Evans's co.. Col. Samuel Johnson's regt.; enlisted Aug. 18, 1777; discharged Nov. 30, 1777; service, 3 mos. 26 days, travel included, in Northern department; roll sworn to in Middlesex Co.; also, Capt. Samuel Huse's co.. Col. Jacob Gerrish's regt. of guards; enlisted April 13, 1778; service to July 4, 1778, 2 mos. 22 days; also, same co. and regt.; muster roll dated Winter Hill, May 11, 1778.
Pension # S. 12408
He married Sarah French (1751-1832) on May 12, 1782, she was the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth French born May 10, 1752.

STEVENS, John, Jr. of Salisbury. Private, Capt. Jonathan Evans's co. of Minutemen, Col. James Frye's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 7 days; also, Capt. Evans's co., Col. Frye's regt.; receipt for advance pay, signed by said Stevens and others, dated Camp Cambridge, June 28, 1775; also, Private, same co. and regt.; company return dated Cambridge, Oct. 6, 1775; also, return of men who lost articles at the battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, and value thereof, dated Camp Cambridge; amounts allowed in Council June 13, 1776. 
Private, Capt. Richard Titcomb's co., Col. Nathaniel Wade's regt.; enlisted July 4, 1780; discharged Oct. 16, 1780; service, 3 mos. 26 days, including 13 days (260 miles) travel home; company raised in Newburyport, Salisbury, and Amesbury; regiment raised in Essex Co. to reinforce Continental Army for 3 months.
3d Sergeant, Capt. Joshua French's co., Lieut. Col. Enoch Putnam's regt.; engaged Aug. 13, 1781; discharged Nov. 27, 1781; service, 3 mos. 28 days, near West Point, including 13 days (260 miles) travel home; regiment raised in Essex and Plymouth counties to reinforce Continental Army for 3 months.

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