• Revolutionary War CT. Regt. Soldier, Richest Man in Parish, Seeks Death Benefit for Friend

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    ROGER RILEY commanded a Connecticut Regiment during the Revolutionary War and was later Justice of the Peace in Berlin, CT. In 1790, he was listed as the wealthiest man in Worthington Parish. His taxable property rate was $425.44. In this one-page manuscript pay order, he attests to the participation of a fellow patriot, John Hulbert, who was killed during the war, and seeks to secure his pension, likely for Hulbert’s father, Dr. James Hulbert. [Background on Riley included.]

    The order was requested by JONATHAN HEART, who fought in the war, participating in the Battle of Bunker Hill and was later with George Washington at Newburgh and Verplanck’s Point in New York.  Heart was killed on the frontier after the war in a battle with the Indians when a musket ball struck him in the head.


    “Please draw an order in favor [of] Capt. Jon’n Heart on the Treasury for the balance found due to Mr. John Hulbert, deceased, for his services in the Old 6th CT Regiment, Col. Jon. Meigs, Comd’r., in the years of 1778-79 & 80 and oblige your humb’l serv’t

    “—James Hulbert

    “This certifies that the above named John Hulbert served in the Old 6th CT Reg’t., the campaigns of 1778-79 and part of 1780 and that he died in service, was a Miner at the time of his death, and that Doc. James Hulbert, signer of the above order, is his respected father and signed the above order in my presence.

    “—Worthington, Ap’l 5th, 1784

    “Roger Riley, Justice/Peace”

    Toning, folds, one chip at the top center, not affecting anything. A couple of small tape remnants on the verso.

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