July 2, 1776, Oliver Ellsworth signed paytable document, salt-petre for colony

This item is a wonderful, original document dated two days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, where Oliver Ellsworth has paid Comfort Wildman Thaddeus Brunson for premium salt-petre. Signed on front by Oliver Ellsworth and on back by Amos Benedict. Document is 6x8, in overall excellent condition.

Oliver Ellsworth (April 29, 1745 – November 26, 1807) was an American lawyer and politician, a revolutionary against British rule, a drafter of the United States Constitution, United States Senator from Connecticut, and the third Chief Justice of the United States. While at the Federal Convention, Ellsworth moved to strike the word National from the motion made by Edmund Randolph of Virginia. Randolph had moved successfully to call the government the National Government of United States. Ellsworth moved that the government should continue to be called the United States Government.

Comfort Wildman was born on 9 April 1740, in Ridgefield, CT. Father: Thomas Wildman - Mother: Grace (Wildman). He married Rachel Rockwell, daughter of John Rockwell and Elizabeth Keeler, on Thursday, 12 July 1764 in Danbury, CT. Comfort Wildman was a farmer. Comfort lived in Danbury, CT, at Miry Brook. Comfort and Rachel had seven children.2 Comfort Wildman died on 2 April 1782 at Miry Brook in Danbury, CT, at age 41. The cause of

Benedict, Amos--Enlisted in 1775 in a Connecticut regiment; served seven months and was discharged on account of illness. In May, 1778, he again enlisted in a Massachusetts regiment for ten months. He was a blacksmith, sixty-two years old, and had a wife and five children. His assets were valued at $126.86 while he owed $1,000. In his pathetic story he said "Proceedings of ejectment have been commenced against me to put me off the farm, as it has been sold on execution." In 1806 Benedict had a blacksmith shop two miles north of Delphi.

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