Anthony Wayne

Anthony Wayne Writes Over 1000 Words on a Deed in the Hand of 29-year-old Anthony Wayne after He Surveyed the Land His Parents Were Selling



Anthony Wayne Writes Over 1000 Words on a Deed in the Hand of 29-year-old Anthony Wayne after He Surveyed the Land His Parents Were Selling

Autograph Document with “Wayne” penned 10 times in the text, one page, 27” by 15.5”. On vellum. Three wax seals at lower right next to the signatures of Gen. Wayne’s parents, “Isaac Wayne” and “Elizabeth Wayne” and “Isaac Davis” as Justice. Soiling and rippling, common in such documents. Folded to 7” x 8” with docket by Anthony Wayne: “1774 Deed / Isaac Wayne ... / to / Benjamin Marpel...” Fine condition.



A lengthy document with over 1,000 words in Wayne’s hand as a surveyor. Wayne’s parents, Isaac Wayne, “Yeoman,” and Elizabeth Wayne sell “Forty Seven acres and half and ten perches” of land in Willistown Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, to Benjamin Marple, “Wheelwright,” for £256. The history of ownership is traced back to a 1000 acre “Patent of Confirmation bearing date the ninth day of July Anno Domini 1687” to Samuel Jobson with all the owners of the land since then mentioned with the date of each deed. In part, “...unto Gabriel Wayne in fee by Indenture of the Fifteenth day of May 1732 who with Elizabeth his wife by their Indenture of the twelfth day of May 1737 Granted the same unto Isaac Wayne partly hereto in Fee who with Elizabeth his wife by their Indenture of the Twelfth day of February 1739 Granted to same unto John Wayne in Fee who with Jane his wife by their Indenture of the first day of May 1741 Re-Granted the same Land & Premises unto the said Isaac Wayne in fee...”



Anthony Wayne has drawn and labeled a 2.5” x 2” rectangular map of the land involved at the lower left. Wayne has penned the names of the adjoining land holders: Joshua Evans, Sam McCue, Thomas Hall, and John Marple.



Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, Isaac Wayne (1699-1774) came to Pennsylvania in 1724 and married Elizabeth Iddings (1709-1793) three years later. A tanner by profession, after the defeat of Braddock, in the fall of 1755, Isaac Wayne raised a company in Chester County, of which he was commissioned Captain. He marched with the company to the defense of the frontiers of Northampton County. Wayne assisted in erecting a stockade called Fort Allen, also assisting in erecting other forts and stockades on the frontiers of Northampton county, during the fall and winter of 1755-1756. In February, 1756, his company was relieved and disbanded. Wayne, however, raised another company and participated with it in the Forbes campaign of 1757-58. He was a member of Provincial Assembly from Chester county from 1757-1763. Isaac Wayne died in November 1774, just six months after he signed this survey and deed.



Being a good student in mathematics, Anthony Wayne opened a surveyor's office in Chester County, Pennsylvania. In 1765, at the age of 20, he was sent to Nova Scotia to locate a grant of land from the Crown. They lands’ owners made Wayne superintendent of the settlement. He held this post until 1767, when he returned home and resumed his profession as surveyor. Wayne served as a Member of the Pennsylvania Provincial House of Representatives in 1774 and 1775, leaving when he was appointed Colonel of the Fourth Regiment of Pennsylvania troops in the Revolutionary Army.



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