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Revolutionary War Soldier Ephraim Douglass ADS, Plus Signatures of Virginia Governors Wood and Preston

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ADS, Fayette County, PA, 4 Dec. 1799, 6.25 x 7.5 in. Signed "Ephraim Douglass," as clerk of court. Born in 1750 in Carlisle, at 18 he went to Fort Pitt where he eventually worked in the Indian trade. In 1776 he was appointed quartermaster of the 8th Penn. regiment. Captured in April 1777, he spent two years as a POW in New York. By the time his exchange was effected, his health had suffered and he held the early equivalent of a "desk job" for a short period to recover. In 1781 he was sent on a mission into "Indian country" in Southern Ohio that lasted three-quarters of the year. Then, after the war, settlers who had hoped peace had finally arrived were being attacked by various Indian groups. Thinking that word had not yet reached these allies of the British that the war was over, Douglass, along with an associate from the Indian trade before the war and a guide, went to the Sandusky River and the principal town of the Delawares to bring word of the end of the war. He then went to Detroit where the British had called together their Indian allies from the Northwest Territories. Although he encountered many roadblocks, some by the Indians, some by the British, just spending time with many of the chiefs seemed to defuse the situation. By the time Douglass returned to Princeton (where the Federal Government was at the time), peace had been established on the frontier of New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

ANS, Montgomery, VA, 17 July 1814. Bounty claim for the head of a wolf. Signed "Preston." James P. Preston (1774-1843) would serve as governor of Virginia from 1816 to 1819.

ADS, true copy of a land deed, dated 28 September 1791, signed James Wood as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. James Wood (1741-1813) was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Frederick County militia in 1776, and in 1777 became commander of the 12th Virginia Regt. (redesignated the 8th VA Regt. in 1778). After the war he was made Brig. Genl. of the Virginia militia. He served for over a decade on the Executive Council. He was elected as the state's 11th Governor in 1796, serving for three years. He was a founding member and later President of the Society of the Cincinnati and an early abolitionist in his state.

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