1772 Deed Signed by Lt Samuel Smith Revolutionary War Soldier Hatfield MA
This is an original deed for land from 1772 that is between Jonathan Morton (1746-1837) and Joshua Welding from Hatfield, Massachusetts. Hatfield is a small town above Springfield, MA in the western part of the state. Jonathan was selling his land that was next to the land of Deacon Elijah Morton (1718-1798) who was his paternal uncle (brother of his father, Jonathan Morton Jr).
The deed was written and signed only three years before the beginning of the Revolutionary War and Samuel Smith, who signed the deed as a witness, went on to become Lt Samuel Smith. He is on the rolls of the men from Hatfield who answered the call to defend our burgeoning country.
Jonathan was a contemporary of Samuel Smith - but 'was a man of a gentle refined nature, fond of reading, small of stature, and of delicate health. I remember hearing him say that he had never seen a well day yet by regular habits' from the book: A history of Hatfield, Massachusetts By D.W. Wells - so he never served in the military.
Jonathan Morton Jr - 1716-1788 - Jonathan's father and witness to this deed - was a 'justice' in the town which may mean that he was a JOP or a member of the town government of Hatfield.
There is foxing on this deed that occurs do to age and the acidic nature of the paper.
This is an excellent chance for you to own an amazing piece of our early history!
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