• French & Indian War, Father Ralle's War -- Garrison Soldiers; Names Found in Early MA Documents

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    The FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR (1754-63) comprised the North American theater of the worldwide Seven Years’ War. The war pitted the British American colonies against those of New France, an area east of the Mississippi, with both sides supported by their parent countries’ armies of Great Britain and France and their American Indian allies. The war began as a dispute over the control of the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers, called the Forks of Ohio, and the site of the French Fort Duquesne within the present-day Pittsburgh. The dispute erupted into violence in the Battle of Jumonville Glen in May 1754 when Virginia militiamen under the command of 22-year-old George Washington ambushed the French patrol.


    Offering two documents, 1753 and 1763, involving men who fought the war. The first, 3 x 7, being an estate document of Josiah Woods of Brookfield, Worcester, MA (November 2, 1753) to certify that Capt. Solomon Kyes and Capt. Gershom Makepeace and Mr. Samuel Bascom of Western, Massachusetts, made solemn oath to the apprisement of the estate of Josiah Woods. Makepeace and Bascom were both involve in the war. [Research included from the History of Brookfield, MA] Verso carries the signature of John Chandler, who was a major in Father Ralle’s War, an earlier conflict with the Indians caused by French authorities in Canada. The principle field of operations was in the Province of Maine and New Hampshire, but Massachusetts frontiers were also involved. [Research included] The second document, 7 ¾ x 12, is a guardian bond relating to Maj. John Chandler. Toning, folds, some chipping, but very fine pieces relating to a number of garrison soldiers in both wars.


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