Massachusetts Minuteman, April 19, 1775, New Salem, MA document
Varney Pearce of New Salem, Massachusetts, was a Private in Capt. Ebenezer Goodall’s Co. of Minutemen that marched to the Alarm of April 19, 1775 to Lexington and Concord on the First day of our War for Independence. Pearce signs twice on this 1809 deed as a witness to the signing and as Justice of the Peace.
Two brothers Proctor and Noah Peirce (not sure if they are related to Varney) are selling a parcel of land in New Salem. Interesting that although not named within the body of the document, the wives of the two brothers have signed and sealed their names here as well, not something usually seen.
The document is in fine plus condition, and showing very little wear. There is a watermark bearing the Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Mass is present as well.
Varney Pearce later served over 3 months in the Camp at Cambridge during the Siege of Boston, under command of Gen. Washington.