Declaration Signer William Williams, Thrice Signed Land Grant for Johnathan Trumbull, Famous Governor of both an English and American state, and Father of the Famous Rev. War Painter.
Partially printed document, as a Land Grant, signed by William Williams in three locations of the document. 7.25" x 11.75". Dated "September 29th, 1761", and signed by William Williams as "Wm Williams", as a witness, then again "Wm Williams" along the bottom of the document, and a third time on the verso 'Wm Williams Registry" within the docket. Evenly toned with vibrant dark ink. Near Fine.
A unique document Signed by this Declaration Signer. William Williams held the position of Town Clerk in Lebanon Ct, in addition to that of Selectman and soon thereafter was chosen a member of the Connecticut Assembly as Speaker of the lower house. But perhaps more intriguing is the Land Grant was issued to Jonathan Trumble, also known as Jonathan Trumbull, (the original spelling "Trumble" was changed for an unknown reason to "Trumbull"), who was the only man who served as governor in both an English colony and an American state, and he was the only governor at the start of the American Revolutionary War to take up the Patriot cause. Governor Trumbull was to become William's father-in-law only 10 years later when he marries his daughter, Mary Trumbull. To further the intrigue of this document is that his future brother-in-law was to become the famous Revolutionary War Painter, Johnathan Trumbull whose works include four large paintings of the Revolution now hanging in the Rotunda of the U. S. Capitol.
The document states in part:
'"For the Consideration of One other Tract of Land containing Four Acres + Three Quarters of Land … Do Give, grant, Bargain, Sell and Confirm unto the said Jonathan Trumble his Heirs + Assigns One Certain Tract of Land lying in Lebanon … "
An incredible document tying together future Patriots and In-laws, William Williams and Johnathan Trumbull. Trumbull became a friend and advisor of General Washington throughout the revolutionary period, dedicating the resources of Connecticut to the fight for independence. Washington declared him "the first of the patriots; and William Williams replaced Oliver Wolcott and signed the Declaration of Independence. Williams later served on the committee which ratified the Articles of Confederation.
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