• Westchester County, NY, Revolutionary Soldiers, Officers Sign Early 19th Century Indentures; Helped Shape The New America

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    Prior to the Revolutionary War, Westchester County, NY, was considered the richest rural county in the state. By war’s end, most of the county would be devastated and most residents eventually left.  Those who remained witnessed frequent clashes between British and American troops. Often people, committed more to greed that patriotic passion, would switch sides with great ease, fighting both American and British forces equally.  Some research indicates that Joshua Purdy, Jr. was on both sides.  At one point, he, along with many others, were listed as supporters of the Crown and later as American patriots, calling on the colonies to support their suffering brethren at Boston “occasioned by the late unconstitutional, arbitrary and oppressive act of the British Parliament, for blocking up their port...imposing taxes...without their consent.” [Research included]


    Purdy’s signature appears a number of times in this assemblage of 29 Westchester County, New York indentures, various sizes, beginning in 1804, and related land documents, beginning in 1801 offered here.  The documents relate to land sales in Westchester County and carry a number of notable signatures, such as Ebenezer Purdy, a member of the County Committee from the Manor of Cortlandt (1776-77), who was also a second major in the North Battalion of Westchester County during the war;

    Aaron Brown, lieutenant colonel, and Lewis Brown, major, Ezra Baxter, lieutenant, Noah Newman, ensign, Lyman Cook, second major, in the 139th Regiment.


    A number of the indentures and documents are executed under the trust created by the renowned early American statesman John Jay (1745-1829), who was very involved in the formation of America, serving in early congresses, acting as a representative to the colonies in Europe, serving on committees dealing with the Revolutionary War, as chief justice of New York and the United States Supreme Court.


    The indentures and documents are in good to very good condition with normal wear with a few exceptions, being fold splits and tears. One document has what appears to be mouse chews.  A number of them have beautiful docketing and verifications on the verso. Each of the large indentures has been placed within plastic, which is easily removed without damage.  Overall a wonderful assemblage of early Westchester County, NY, documents with bearing the signatures of a number of notable early Americans who helped to shape the country in its infant stages of building independence.


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