1779 Land Deed - French Family - Revolutionary War Soldiers Signatures
This is an 18th century completely handwritten deed that contains the names of Moses French, Morrison French, Jemima French (his wife), Nicholas French, Moses Walton and Martha Walton (his wife and daughter of the elder Moses French) and other heirs of the elder Moses French whose names are on the deed but not listed here, are selling their family home to their brother, Amos French. The two witnesses are Henry Eaton and Eliphalet Swett.
Signatures on this deed include that of 3 Revolutionary War soldiers and their records, and references, are below. There is some damage to the deed but pH neutral document repair tape has been used to repair the tears along the seams. Three signatures of three patriots who fought for our new country are included on this deed.
When these deeds were written, the original went to the court house and the copies of the original deed were given to each person or couple who signed the deed. In this case there are wax seals for all the names but not all of the people named signed this deed.
In 1769, the elder Moses French, who was a cordwainer (maker and repairer of fish nets), drowned at Salisbury Beach and these were his children who were also his heirs:
1.Sarah French, born November 22, 1744 in Salisbury, MA. She married Israel Pike October 25, 1768.
2. Nicholas French, born November 28, 1747 in Salisbury, MA, died January 17, 1826 in Montville, Maine was a Revolutionary War soldier (DAR Patriot Index, pg. 252) His Record:
Sergeant, Capt. Stephen Merrill's (Salisbury) co., Col. Caleb Cushing's regt., which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 3 1/2 days; also, 1st Lieutenant, Capt. John Merril's (also given Morrill's) 2d co., Col. Jonathan Titcomb's (2d Essex Co.) regt. of Mass. militia; list of officers chosen in said regiment, dated Watertown, April 30, 1776; ordered in Council May 3, 1776, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned May 3, 1776. SOURCE:  Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 6, page 88.
3. Mary French, born November 6, 1749; died May 24, 1829 in Salisbury, MA. She married Captain James Pike August 23, 1768.
4. Moses French, born October 11, 1751; died September 9, 1825 in Gilmanton, NH. He married Sarah Greenleaf August 12, 1773. Was also a RW soldier. His record:List of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt. Benjamin Evans's co., sworn to in Essex Co., Feb. 13, 1778; residence, Salisbury; engaged for town of Salisbury; joined Capt. Farnum's co., Col. Michael Jackson's regt.; term, 3 years; also, Private, Capt. James Varnum's co., Col. Michael Jackson's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from April 2, 1777, to April 2, 1780; residence, Amesbury; also, descriptive list of men raised to reinforce the Continental Army for the term of 6 months, agreeable to resolve of June 5, 1780; age, 18 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 6 in.; complexion, light; engaged for town of Salisbury; arrived at Springfield July 5, 1780; marched to camp July 5, 1780, under command of Capt. Frothingham of the artillery; also, list of men raised for the 6 months service and returned by Brig. Gen. Paterson as having passed muster in a return dated Camp Totoway, Oct. 25, 1780; also, pay roll for 6 months men raised by the town of Salisbury for service in the Continental Army during 1780; marched to camp June 28, 1780; discharged Dec. 14, 1780; service, 5 mos. 29 days, travel included. SOURCE:  Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 6, page 85.
5. Martha French, born July 17, 1753; died November 16, 1828 Chesterville, MA. She married Moses Walten November 26, 1772. Moses Walton (signature on deed) was also a RW soldier. His Record:
Private, Capt. Stephen Merrill's co. of Minutemen, Col. Caleb Cushing's regt., which marched April 20, 1775, in response to the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 3 1/2 days; company served until April 27, 1775; also, Capt. Joshua French's co., Col. Edward Wigglesworth's regt.; pay abstract for travel allowance, etc., from Albany home; 245 miles travel allowed said Walton; warrant allowed in Council Jan. 30, 1777. SOURCE:  Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 16, page 516.
Amos French is not listed as a child of Moses French in most of the genealogy of the French family but must have been a sibling because he is referred to as their brother in this contemporaneous document. Amos was also a RW soldier and died in 1814. His Record: Private, Capt. Joshua French's co., Col. Edward Wigglesworth's regt.; pay abstract for mileage from Albany home; warrant allowed in Council Jan. 30, 1777. SOURCE:  Secretary of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 6, page 62.
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