Thursday, February 21, 2019

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1780 Military Payment Record for John Underhill Jr. in Chester, N.H.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1780 military payment record of John Underhill Jr. in the Revolutionary War Service Records:

The transcription of this record is:

State of New }     Chester  July 12^th 1780
Hampshire     }    In Obedience to orders from the
                             Hon^le Committee of safty for
said State dated at Exeter the 27 of June 1780
Directing me to Raise and Muster and send 
forward to Haverhill in ????? six men
to serve untill the last day of December
next and to pay them two Dollars per mile
from their home to said Haverhill as travel
money accordingly we the Subscribers
do acknowledge that we have Received it
by order of the said John Webster Muster master
or from him as witnesseth or hand

Mens Names            Towns belong    Towns they  Number    Number
                                      to                      go for       of miles    of dollars
Nathaniel Bartlett       Chester            Chester          100          200
John Underhill Junr    Chester              Ditto            100          200
Moses Presson            Chester              Ditto            100          200

 The above said money was advanced by the Select
men of Chester which was the prepotion for said
Chester.  Candias prepotion was two and Raymond
one but the maid ??? due Return to me thearfor
I can maik none a True Return ??????
Excepted as per me - John Webster Capt.

The source citation for this record is:

National Archives, "U.S. Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783," digital image, ( : accessed 14 December 2016), New Hampshire > Walkers Company, 1777 (Folder 160) - Various Organizations, Nos 1-169 (Folders 175-177), image 52 of 778, John Underhill Junr payment entry.

This payment record for going 100 miles from Chester to Haverhill and back is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence that John Underhill Junior performed the task assigned.  In addition, there is his signature on the record!

John Underhill (1741-1816) is the son of John and Joanna (Healey) Underhill  of Chester, New Hampshire.  He is my 5th great-grandfather.  He married Hannah Colby (1745-????) in about 1767, and they had seven children, including my 4th great-grandfather, Amos Underhill (1772-1865), who married Mary Metcalf (1780-1855) in 1801 in Piermont, New Hampshire.


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