The document is a 1793 Deed for a parcel of land in Rockingham, New Hampshire. Signed by three Revolutionary War Soldiers; Abraham Fitts (seller), Benjamin Cass (witness), and Nathan Emerson (Justice of the Peace). It was not signed by Jonathan Cass. The document is in very good condition overall; has light wear, fading in parts and areas of separation (have been repaired with acid-free tape).
The document is a 1793 Deed signed by three Revolutionary War Soldiers and is for a fourth Rev. War Soldier purchasing the land (did not sign). The deed is for a parcel of land sold by Abraham Fitts to Jonathan Cass in the county of Rockingham, New Hampshire. The document is signed by Abraham Fitts, Benjamin Cass (witness), and Nathan Emerson (Justice of the Peace). It was not signed by Jonathan Cass.
The document is in very good condition overall; has light wear, fading in parts and areas of separation (have been repaired with acid-free tape).
Jonathan Cass –(Not a signer but purchaser of the land being sold). Served as a Private at Bunker Hill, June 3rd 1775; Ensign in the 3rd N.H., 8 Nov. 1776; commissioned 2nd Lt., 4 Aug. 1777; 1st Lt., 1 May, 1778; transferred to the 2nd N.H. on 1 Jan. 1781; promoted to Captain, 8 Dec. 1782; served until the end of the war. On May 4, 1791 he was commissioned Captain in the 2nd U.S. Infantry; Cpt. 2nd Sub Legion Sept. 4, 1792; Major in 3rd Sub Legion, Feb. 21, 1793 (later became the 3rd U.S. infantry in 1796). He resigned in February of 1801. He died in 1830. (Heitman’s)
Benjamin Cass – Little was found on Benjamin; he was in the company from Candia that marched to Bennington, and saw other service during the Revolution. His son married Abraham Fitts’ daughter.
Nathaniel Emerson – Was a colonel in the militia; Led the company on the Lexington alarm April 19, 1775. Lieutenant Colonel in the Revolutionary Army at the Battle of Bennington; (From the “Granite Monthly” Vol. 10) After Military Service: “Member of 1st Continental Convention and served the town almost continuously as a Representative until 1798. He was a Justice of the Peace for twenty five years. For many years he was a land surveyor”.
Abraham Fitts – Born in Salisbury, MA. Moved to Candia, N.H. in 1764. (The Diary of Lt. Abraham Fitts, of Candia, N.H. – a state collection found online) – He enlisted on Saturday 27, 1777 – marched to Saratoga and joined the Northern Continental army. The following is a selection from the diary:
Inlisted Saturday ye 27 of Sept 1777.
Met & Drawd powder tuesday ye 30 of Sept.
Marcht from Browns on friday ye 3d of October to hoyts in amesburytown, Robies in perrytown 6 miles to Lanes in Fisherfield 22 miles from hopkinton meeting house. Hanika is Southerd from Lanes.
Lodgd at Clarks in fisherfield 5 mile from Lanes by Great Sunnepy.
Marcht Saturday ye 4th from Clarks to grouts 21 mile from Clarks, thro part of Saville by E Bradburys then in unity by Judkins * * * to grouts at No. 4.
Sabbath October ye 5th marcht from Grouts to No Joytown [?] 3 mile then over the ferry to Reeds in Rocking
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