Sunday, January 29, 2012

John Backus In A 1793 Document Found In A War of 1812 File

The information found here gave me the impetus to search the War of 1812 resources on the internet.  I was surprised to find a 1793 document in War of 1812 papers, but there it was, and with a name I research (John Backus).

Didn't find John Backus on this image with "search" feature at (which wasn't a surprise*).  The indenture document with John Backus's signature was Image #104 on the Ancestry file entitled Agreements for the Exchange of Prisoners of War, 1812, 1813.

THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH, That John Backus Jacob deWitt Zachariah Huntington & Jabez Perkins......of the select Men of Norwich....with the advise of Andrew Huntington, Esqr Justice of Peace for New London bind Thomas Williams, a poor Boy....Apprentice to Eliphalet of Accounts and of husbandry
9 December in the 18th year of American thousand seven hundred ninety-three (1793)...

Was it John Backus, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Tracy) Backus, who died 27 April 1814, and lived in Norwich, Connecticut?  Probably.

Even though I have three John Backus's in my lineage, it doesn't appear as though the John Backus in the document is mine (they were in NY by 1793).  All of the John Backus's (my 3 and the subject of this post) are descendants of the original immigrant, William Backus.

* War of 1812 Papers, 1789-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.  Original data: ‘War of 1812 Papers’ of the Department of State, 1789-1815; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M588, 7 rolls); General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59; National Archives, Washington. D.C.
This database contains a variety of papers relating to the War of 1812. The Returns of Enemy Aliens and Prisoners of War records are searchable by name. All of the other papers are only searchable by browsing the images.

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