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1762 David Towsey Tunxis Tribe American Christian Indian Soldier Bounty Pay

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1762 David Towsey Tunxis Tribe American Christian Indian Soldier Bounty Pay
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Colonial America
Tunxis Tribe Native American Indian David Towsey, Ct. Soldier Who Fought in the French & Indian War 1755-62
March 29, 1762-Dated French & Indian War Period, Manuscript Document Signed, “David Towsey”, Tunxis Tribe Native American Indian Christian Soldier’s “Bounty and first months Pay for wages,” as an British-American Soldier, Farmington (Connecticut), Choice Very Fine.
Original March 29, 1762-Dated French & Indian War Period Manuscript Document measures about 7” x 4.75”, 1 page, Farmington. Being a French and Inidan War payment request Signed, “David Towsey” at its conclusion. Towsey writes this request asking that a payment be made, “To Solomon Cowles Eight Pounds Ten Shilling and Eleven Pence Out of my Bounty first months Pay and the first of my wadges...”. Docket on reverse reads, “David Towsey Order new”. Noted on its reverse: “New Haven, May 19, 1762 Recd on the within Order Seven pound for Capt Solomon Cowles - (Signed) John Porter”. David Towsey and his wife Sarah were part of the Tunxis tribe and were influential Christian Native Americans. Towsey fought in the French & Indian War and was a soldier in Captain John Patterson's Company from 1755-1756, and later in Colonel Nathan Whiting's company in 1762.Boldly written on clean fresh period laid paper in rich brown ink and easily readable. A very rare document written and signed by a well known, highly educated and respected influential Christian Native American Indian soldier in excellent quality for display.
David Towsey and his wife Sarah were members of the Tunxis of Farmington, Connecticut. One of them was a descendant from the original 17th century Wangunk proprietors. The couple had at least two children, Benjamin (1765-before 1828) and Joseph (1769), both of whom were students of Eleazar Wheelock.

Towsey served in Captain John Patterson’s Company in 1755 and 1756 and in Colonel Nathan Whiting’s Company in 1762, the same year his name appeared on a Wangunk petition, requesting sale of the tribal reservation. By 1769, he and his family had removed to Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

In 1777 they were assigned land at Farmington, which may have brought them back to Connecticut, however temporarily, as David died shortly thereafter.

See: James Dow McCallum, The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians (Hanover, N.H.: Dartmouth College Publications, 1932), 242-245. Bates, Rolls of Connecticut Men in the French & Indian War, 15, 131-132, 169.

Died: c. 1778

Yale University - Indian Papers Project