1768 Virginia Minutemen Soldier Signed Document PENN

You are bidding on a Very Scarce Original Virginia Historical Document from 1767 signed by Daniel Burford , who was sherriff of Amherst County , Virginia. Daniel Burford's daughter married John James Floyd, a tough Indian Fighter who was later scalped by the Indians in an Indian Raid! Gabriel Fleming Penn is listed in the document as paying in cash to the Sherriff! Gabriel Penn "Esquire" was MEMBER OF THE VIRGINIA CONVENTION OF 1776~! Gabriel Penn was a Colonel in the Amherst County Militia & served at the SURRENDER OF YORKTOWN~!

He was one of the ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE "MINUTE MEN!" Gabriel Penn participated in the North Carolina campaign. Was paymaster of Buckinham Batallion. Also, sgt. 1st Va Reg't in 1764. Lt Mil., 1769 he was Captain of the Minute Men in 1775; Lt. Col., 2nd Batallion, VA. militia in 1782; from the Penn Family of Virginia chronological record. On April the 20th, 1764 Gabriel Penn gave Spotsylvania County to JOHN PENN~ SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!

John Penn


Representing North Carolina at the Continental Congress

by Ole Erekson, Engraver, c1876, Library of Congress

Born: May 17, 1741 Birthplace: Near Port Royal, Virginia Education: Informal (Lawyer) Work: Law Practice in Virginia, 1762; Accepted to the North Carolina Bar, 1774; Member of Continental

John Penn was born in Caroline County, Virginia, to a family of means. His father died when he was eighteen years old, and though he had received only a rudimentary education at a country school, he had access to the library of his relative Edmund Pendleton . He was licensed to practice law in the state of Virginia at age twenty-two. In 1774 he moved to Granville County, North Carolina, w he established a law practice and soon became a gentleman member of the political community. He was elected to attend the provincial Congress in 1775 and elected to the Continental Congress that same year. He served t until 1777, participating in committee work. He was again elected in 1779, appointed to the Board of War, w he served until 1780. He declined a judgeship in his native state around that time, due to failing health. In retirement he engaged in his law practice. He died at the age of 48. Signer of the Declaration of Independence~!


William Penn ( October 14 , 1644 âe" July 30 , 1718 ) was founder and "Absolute Proprietor" of the Province of Pennsylvania , the English North American colony and the future U.S. state of Pennsylvania . He was known as an early champion of democracy and religious freedom and famous for his good relations and his treaties with the Lenape Indians. Under his direction, Philadelphia was planned and developed.

As one of the earlier supporters of colonial unification, Penn wrote and urged for a Union of all the English colonies in what was to become the United States of America . The democratic principles that he set forth in the Pennsylvania Frame(s) of Government served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution . As a pacifist Quaker , Penn considered the problems of war and peace deeply, and included a plan for a United States of Europe , "European Dyet, Parliament or Estates," in his voluminous writings.

[ edit ] Biography [ edit ] Early life

Penn was born in London in 1644, the son of Admiral Sir William Penn and Margaret Jasper, previously widowed and the daughter of a Rotterdam merchant. [1 ] William Penn, Sr. served in the Royal Navy during the English Civil War and was rewarded by Oliver Cromwell with estates in Ireland . The lands were seized from Irish Catholics, supposedly as punishment for an earlier massacre of Protestants. Admiral Penn took part in the restoration of Charles II and was eventually knighted. At the time of his sonâe(tm)s birth, Captain Penn was twenty-three and an ambitious naval officer in charge of quelling Irish Catholic unrest and blockading Iris...

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