Revolutionary War Colonel Francis Johnston Signed Receipt
FRANCIS JOHNSTON (1748-1815). Revolutionary War Colonel, twice appointed a Commissioner to negotiate treaties as Indian Commissioner, Receiver General of Land Office, Member of the Society of the Cincinnati.
March 18, 1791-Dated Federal Period, Manuscript Document Signed, “Fras. Johnston R. G.”, (Receiver General), 1 page, measuring 8” x 9.75”, Choice Very Fine. This is a receipt of Payment from William Hall for land surveys done in Northumberland Co. (PA) back in 1774. This well written Document is in receipt for various land surveys done for seven warrent holders; James Humphreys, John George, Henry Miller, William Sellers, Francis Wrigley, Joseph Johnstone and John Seacock. Officially recorded at bottom left and having a beautiful signature “Fras. Johnston R.G.” at lower right being bold and vivid in appearance.
BIRTH 17 Oct 1748 - Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 22 Feb 1815 (aged 66) - BURIAL - Mount Vernon Cemetery
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Johnston's carreer was summarized in his obituary from Poulson's American Daily Advertiser (PA), Feb. 28, 1815, p. 3. He was originally interred in the Presbyterian Burial Ground:
DIED-- On Wednesday, the 22d instant, Colonel FRANCIS JOHNSTON, aged sixty-six years, a native of Chester County, in this state, and since the Peace of 1783, a resident in this city. On Saturday last, his remains, attended to the grave by a train of mourning relatives and friends, his brethren of the (Society of the) Cincinnati, Colonel Irvine, and the Officers of the 42d United States' Regt. and the Washington Benevolent Society, were interred in the Presbyterian Burial Ground, in Arch street.
Mr. Johnston, leaving the Practice of Law, and entering the commencement of the Revolution, into the Military service of his country, as Lieut. Colonel of the fifth regular regiment of Pennsylvania, he succeeded to the command on the promotion of the Colonel, (the late Major-General Anthony Wayne) and in that capacity, honorably performed his duty during the war. At its close, he was twice appointed a Commissioner to negotiate treaties with the Indian tribes--he was for many years, Receiver-General of the Land Office of Pennsylvania--and in the Election of 1812, he was, by the suffrage of a large majority of his fellow-citizens, chosen Sheriff of the City and County of Philadelphia--uniting in the discharge of those several offices, a struct attention to his trust, with the best exercise of those dispositions which do honor to humanity.
Distinguished by urbanity of manners and benevolence of heart, Col. Johnston was cherished as an acquaintance, esteemed as a friend, and beloved in all the relations of domestic life.