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Stark, John (1728-1822) [Charges to the confiscated estate of John Stinson, Jr.]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01412.42 Author/Creator: Stark, John (1728-1822) Place Written: Dunbarton, New Hampshire Type: Document signed Date: 19 May 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Countersigned by Jeremiah Page, Justice of the Peace of Dunbarton, New Hampshire, on verso. Bill written by Brigadier General Stark of New Hampshire. A conspicuous war hero, Stark served gallantly at Bunker Hill, Trenton, and Bennington and commanded the Northern Department twice during the Revolution. The bill was sent to the agents for the estate of Stark's Loyalist nephew, John Stinson, Jr., whose estate was confiscated by the Americans. Stark raised and educated Stinson and took him to Cambridge, Massachusetts at the beginning of the Revolution and when the fighting moved to New York, Stinson went over to the British (two other of Stark's nephews went over to the British as well). Both were originally from Dunbarton, New Hampshire, which is inferred as the place the document was written. Includes charges for boarding and nursing (over 32 pounds) from the ages of one and a half to seven with interest (over 39 pounds). Total is over 73 pounds. Note at bottom of the page is crossed out. Says "To Messrs Herriman, Page, & Hogg, Esqrs Agents or the disposal of Confiscated Lands." Hogg was Stinson's wife's maiden name and Page was the name of the Justice of the Peace. Examined and sworn before Jeremiah Page, Justice of the Peace. Stark's anger and betrayal is expressed through this bill, which charges for something given in love because of shifting political loyalties.

People: Stark, John, 1728-1822.
Page, Jeremiah, fl. 1771-1781.
Stinson, John, fl. 1771-1781.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Loyalist, Finance, Law, Government and Civics, Revolutionary War, Land Transaction

Sub Era: The War for Independence