Two Massachusetts Minutemen, April 19, 1775 from South Hadley, MA document
Noah Goodman & Josiah Smith both of South Hadley, Massachusetts Minutemen answered the Alarm of April 19th, 1775, marching with their companies to Lexington and Concord. Both of these men signed this land deed, dated May 23, 1783 as witnesses to the signing of this contract.
The deed is for 3 acres in South Hadley, being sold by a Daniel Nash, to the Reverend Mr. Joel Hayes of South Hadley as well. This is a partially printed form document, and bears a simple paper seal affixed next to the name of the seller, Daniel Nash.
On the reverse, is the signature of Wm. Pynchon of Springfield, the Registrar, examined and recorded the deed in Hampshire Co. records. Wm. Pynchon was appointed as 1st Major of the 1st Hampshire Co. Regt. In1776, but later unable to perform military duty asked for a resignation. He also known as Junior, and was related to the Pynchon family, some of the earliest settlers in Western Mass.
Also signing the reverse side is Noah Goodman with his second autograph appearing on this document, signing as the Justice of the Peace, witnessing the signing of the deed.
Condition is very good, with some wear and small separations in the folds, the document being sound, but should be handled with care. Some staining, soiling, and general wear to the edges.