Handwritten1777 (1788) Document Regarding Pay for Continental Service

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Handwritten1777 (1788) Document Regarding Pay for Continental Service

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New York. 1788. Handwritten document that follows (with corrected spelling): "November the 18 day, 1777. This day I left home with my wagon & horses to White Marsh in the Continental Service and continued in said service til the 11 Day of December. For this service I received a certificate and I delivered said certificate to Col: Wilm. Cass (possibly Carss) for which Mr. Cass paid me all except twenty dollars and promised to pay me the twenty dollars within a fortnight or three weeks, the said twenty is yet due to me. Sworn before me, the 28 day of January, 1788"; includes a pair of names at bottom. On the back appears John Suffern's name in an estate payment. The village of Suffern was founded in 1796. John Suffern, first Rockland County judge, 1798Ð1806, settled near the base of the Ramapo Mountains in 1773, and called the place New Antrim, after his home in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. New Antrim's location was considered strategically important in the Revolutionary War because it was at an important crossroads near Ramapo Pass. General George Washington and other important military leaders used John Suffern's home as headquarters when they were in the area. The White Marsh mentioned in this piece may be related to the Battle of White Marsh (or Battle of Edge Hill), which was a battle of the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought December 5-8, 1777, in the area surrounding Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania. The battle, which took the form of a series of skirmish actions, was the last major engagement of 1777 between British and American forces. (From the Suffern Family Archives).