• William Till, Philadelphia Colonial Mayor, Signs 1746 Spinster Deed; His Daughter Married Two Signers Of The Declaration Of Independence

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    WILLIAM TILL (1697-1766) was a colonial era American politician, jurist and merchant. He settled in Sussex County, Delaware, around 1720 and served in the provincial assembly and as a justice of the peace. He served as mayor of Philadelphia (1742-43), as chief justice of the Delaware Supreme Court (1743-45) and later served as an associate justice (appointed 1754). At his death, he held the post of Collector of the Port of New Castle.  He was a member of the Pennsylvania Provincial Council from 1741-1766.

     

    In 1720, Till married Mary Lillingston. They had two children, Thomas, who died before his father, and Mary. Thomas’ widow, Gertrude Ross Till, was the sister of Declaration of Independence Signer George Ross and later married another signer, George Read.

     

    His daughter, Mary Till, married Alexander Hamilton II, the son of the famous lawyer Alexander Hamilton, on December 24, 1741. They had two children, Andrew Hamilton III and William Hamilton, famous as a gentleman and for the landscaping of his property of The Woodlands.

     

    Offering a deed dated September 6, 1746, 8 ¾ x 12 ¾, 2 ½ pp, between Barbara Jones, a spinster, in Philadelphia County, and daughter of Jonas Jones and Frederick Smith of the City of Philadelphia, a hatter, “in consideration of twenty pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania…paid by…Frederick Smith…[for] one eighth part” of a parcel of land…”

     

    Wafer seal and wax seal present. Scalloped top.

     

    Toning, some foxing and some residue from early tape repairs. Piece removed from the last page, which contained no writing and was sometimes done to conserve paper. Still intact and a wonderful example of early American history signed by an important American while the colonies were under British rule.

     

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