Two Minutemen, April 19, 1775 from Newburyport, MA document
Samuel Clark and Daniel Somerby both of Newburyport, Massachusetts, was a Sergeant in Capt. Moses Nowell’s Co. of Minutemen that marched on the Alarm of April 19, 1775, to Lexington and Concord, our First day in the War for Independence. Clark and Somerby signs this 1789 agreement involving the conveyance of small tracts of land, some 12 feet wide for a “way” between the various signers, for their own use, and the use of future generations. Each of the signers have their occupations listed, Daniel Somerby being one of them is listed as a chair maker. Clark has signed as a witness to the signing of the agreement.
This document is a full sheet, and if used as a letter, would be a full 4 pages long, but only one of those being used here. The condition overall is fine, with some staining and age marks in the folds and overall. Some paper chipping at the bottom of the page. The signatures of the neighbors are all accompanied by their seals affixed to the right of their names, and with the lack of space are stacked one atop of the others, with red sealing wax having oozed from beneath.
Daniel Somerby shows having other service as a Seacoast man on Plum Island for Coastal Defense.
Also signing the agreement are Benjamin and Joshua Davis of Newburyport, who also had service in the Revolutionary War, but were not present on April 19th, 1775.