Offered here are two documents relating to the death of
Revolutionary War soldier WILLIAM WATERS, who fought in the 2nd
Continental Artillery Regiment, also known as Lamb’s Continental Regiment,
authorized on January 1, 1777. The documents
contain the name of Abraham Davenport and are signed by James Davenport and Jabez
Fitch. These three men were deeply
involved in the Revolutionary War.
The bulk of the 2nd REGIMENT served in the Hudson Highlands, though some companies fought with George Washington’s main army from 1777 to 1779. Lamb went to Canada with Richard Montgomery as part of Benedict Arnold’s expedition to Quebec. Lamb and his unit were captured at the Battle of Quebec on Dec. 31, 1775. Lamb was paroled a few days later. Lamb was artillery commander at West Point, New York, in 1779 and 1780, including when Arnold attempted to betray the fort to the British. After Arnold’s treason, Washington ordered Lamb to assume command over King’s Ferry, New York, because he didn’t trust other officers.
ABRAHAM DAVENPORT (1715-1789) was an American politician who served on the Connecticut Governor’s Council during the Revolution and as a colonel in the Connecticut State Militia. He is famous for his response during “New England’s Dark Day,” a day when there was an unusual darkening of the sky, which some now attribute to forest fires. Davenport remarked, “I am not against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty.”
LIEUTENANT JABEZ FITCH (1732-1812) of Norwich, Connecticut and Hyde Park, Vermont, served as a soldier in the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, 17th Connecticut. (Signed the first document)
JAMES DAVENPORT (October 12, 1758-August 3, 1797) was a lawyer, politician and judge. He was elected as a Federalist candidate to the Fourth Congress and was re-elected to the fifth Congress. Davenport was the son of Abraham Davenport. James graduated from Yale College in 1777 and served in the commissary department of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.
First document, part-print, 6 ½” x 6 ½” is dated at Harford, January 31, 1783, states:
“Received of Pay-Table Committee, their order on the Treasurer of this State to secure the payment of Forty-five pounds, six shillings and two (pence) Administration on Estate of Wm Waters deceased it being the Balance due to Martha Waters, on the fifth Day of January, 1780 at stated by the Committees of the State and the Army in behalf of said Waters…
Nice docketing on verso.
Second document, 3 ¾” x 8”, involves the appointment of Martha Waters as Administratix.
“To whom it may concern
“This certifies that Martha Waters was appointed Administratrix on the Estate of Will’m Waters, late of Greenwich, dec’d at a Court of Probate holden (sic) at Stamford in and for the District of Stamford.
“Abr’m Davenport, Esq., Judge present, holding said Court on Nov. 11th, 1782
“Test: James Davenport, Clerk”
Folds reinforced with archival tape on the first document. One small hole affecting the word “the.” Some ink offset. Second document has folds.
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