Isaac Gleason, Worcester, Massachusetts Minuteman, April 19, 1775, document stating “IN THE FIRST YEAR OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”
Isaac Gleason of Worcester, Massachusetts, a private in Capt. Benjamin Flagg’s Co., marched on the Alarm of April 19, 1775, to Lexington and Concord, on the first day of our war for independence.
This is one of the most significant non-military documents that I have ever owned, and have had this one for over 25 years tucked away until now. As recorded, “In Witness whereof do hereunto set hand and Seal this 19th Day of November Anno Domini, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Six and in the first year of the United States of America.” I have seen thousands and thousands of early American paper, and This was the only piece that bore such a fabulous line.
The document, with exception to other signatures, is entirely in Isaac Gleason’s hand. He being the one buying the land has added his own memorandum to the deed below the seller’s signature. And with the only time that I have seen this, but not too terribly interesting to most, the paper seal is the actually the corner cut out below. Some light staining and holing in the junction of the folds.
Gleason was later commissioned a Lieutenant, in Capt. Cyrus Rich’s Co., May of 1776, and again in April of 1778. He was a Blacksmith.
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