PRESCOTT FAMILY DEED SIGNED BY 3 REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS PRESCOTT, WILLIAM. Partly-printed Document Signed, "Wm. Prescott," granting the estate shared with his brother James to their younger brother Oliver. Additionally signed by James Prescott, and with a holograph endorsement signed by Ebenezer Bridge. 1 page, folio; silked on verso, complete separations at folds repaired with minor loss to text, faint toning at edges affecting signatures, some chipping to side edges, endorsements and witness signatures written at lower left and vertically along left edge, docketing on verso. Np, 9 May 1767
"That we . . . In Consideration of Four Hundred Pounds Lawful Money, paid us . . . do hereby give . . . all the Houses Buildings & Land which belonged to our Hon'd Father Benj'n Prescott Esq'r . . . ." William Prescott (1726-1795) was a farmer who led minutemen as colonel in 1775 and participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17. He is said to have ordered his troops to hold fire "until you see the whites of their eyes." Oliver Prescott (1731-1804) was a physician who served as Brigadier General for Middlesex County in 1776 and Major General for the MA militia in 1781. James Prescott (1721-1800) was a judge who served in the court of common pleas and later became a member of the provincial congress; he also served briefly as colonel of a Middlesex regiment in 1775. Ebenezer Bridge (1744-1814) was a MA senator, 1781-1800, and Middlesex Treasurer, 1783-1808. During the Revolutionary War, Bridge was not only selected to be Registrar of Deeds for Middlesex, he also led minutemen for the county as colonel in 1775 and fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
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