1762 French & Indian War Capt. Wm. Seven Muster Roll1762, French and Indian War, Manuscript Muster List with over 100 Names, Choice Fine.
1762, Handwritten Muster Roll, Headed: A List of Soulders (sic) under the Command of Capt. William Seven, Leut. William Rand, (and) Ensighn (sic) John Gray." This undated list fills one side of an 11.75" x 7.5" page, while the other side has a list of accounts for this unnamed unit during November and December 1762. Most of the account items are for boarding the men, either by a man named Dunham, or at a place called Dunham. Besides the officers mentioned, this list contains the name of Sergents Benjamin Bradford, Thomas Curhm, Judah Hall, and Benjamin Cooke. The Corporals are Elisha Bradford, John Gray, and Ebenezer Cobb, Junior. Among the enlisted men are more Bradfords, more Cobbs, more Cookes, and several Washburns. Because there are so many men with the same last names, this is probably a list of local militia. We were unable to locate any information on William Seven (or Leven), but searching for the other 2 officers together turned up their names in North Carolina in the 1750’s and in 1777 (as county representatives to the General Assembly). A little more research may pin this list to a specific company during the French and Indian War. The list is well written and easy to read. The document itself is in nice condition, with one ink burn and a couple pin holes. An important historical document, waiting to be researched.
The French & Indian War (1754-1763) was the North American phase of a war between France and Britain to control colonial territory. The war was part of the more complex European Seven Years' War. The North American dispute was whether the upper Ohio River valley belonged to British or to France. British settlers were the majority in the area, but French exploration, trade, and Indian alliances predominated there. In 1754 the French ousted a British force, including a colonial militia under Col. George Washington, at Fort Necessity, Pennsylvania. Until 1757 the French continued to dominate, but in 1758 Britain increased aid to its troops and won victories at Louisbourg, Fort Frontenac, and Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh). The final British victory at the Battle of Quebec (1759) led to the fall of New France (1760). In the Treaty of Paris (1763) France ceded its North American territory to Britain.
Some of the enlisted men named in this muster include: Peleg Bradford, Cornelius Samson, Nathan Bradford, Josiah Fuller, Charles Cooke, John Bradford, Peter West, John Weston, Simeon Hall, George Ring, Simeon Cooke, Charles Forter, Hopestill Delano, Thomas Brewsten, James Drew, John Gray, Ephraim Homes, Jonathan Holmes Jr., Joseph Holmes, Samuel Gray, Joshua Ripley, Robert Cushman, Samuel Drew, Joseph Bartlett, Jr., Joshua Adams, Joseph Adams, William Cobb, Seth Cobb, Rufus Ripley, William Lawson, Lincoln Holmes, John Adams, Jr., John Stetson, Edward Atwood, John Washburn, Cornelius Drew, Francis Holmes, Job Drew, Malatiah Holmes, Joshua Dilano, Isaac Cushman, Isaac Delano, Thomas Fain, Josiah Holmes, jr., Joshua Ramson, Joseph Bradford, Joshua Bryant, Josiah Cooke, Peleg Cooke, Judah Washburn, and more."