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Dayton, Elias (fl. 1765) [Certificate of service and of disability].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02498.04 Author/Creator: Dayton, Elias (fl. 1765) Place Written: s.l. Type: Document signed Date: 20 February 1765 Pagination:

Summary of Content: "This is to certify that the bearer, John Williams, has served in the New Jersey Regiment [illegible] the command of Col. McDonald and Serjent in Capn Draytons Company and in the service has lost the use of [illegible] thumb. Given under my hand and seal." Signed as Captain of the New Jersey Regiment. An important Revolutionary War military figure, Drayton was a member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788.

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Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Military HistoryInjury or WoundHealth and Medical

Sub Era: Road to Revolution

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