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Parker, Jonas (d. 1775) [Receipt for Joseph Graves]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.237.01 Author/Creator: Parker, Jonas (d. 1775) Place Written: Massachusetts Type: Document signed Date: 22 December 1775 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 10 x 19 cm.

Summary of Content: States that Graves is owed one pound sixteen ounces for "entertainement given to let Jonas Parker and his men in bringing prisoners" over his land. Signed by Parker as "Captain of the Gaurd." Verso dated 22 December 1775, but the document must have been written earlier since Parker died in April 1775. Verso also states that document was examined and signed by Abraham Mason, Thomas Durfee, Jon Webster, and Joseph Locke. Verso also bears a second signature from Parker. A later note signed "Everett" tells the story of Parker's death at the battle of Lexington.

Background Information: Jonas Parker was one of the eight men killed at the battle of Lexington, making him among the first casualties of the American Revolution.

People: Parker, Jonas, d. 1775
Graves, Joseph, 1735-1796

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Lexington and ConcordRevolutionary WarMilitary HistoryPrisoner of WarMilitiaLoyalistBattle

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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