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John Kneeland
Abigail Martin
(1716-Bef 1790)
Edward Kneeland


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Edward Kneeland
  • Born: 20 Oct 1747, Boston MA

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  • He worked circa 1770 as a pewtersmith in Boston MA
  • Letter To the Tax Assessors 20 Oct 1783
    Boston MA

    To the Gentlemen Assessors
    Edward Kneeland begs leave to inform the Gentlemen Assessors that he is taxed July 18th 1782 7.12.3 March 14th 1783 5.5.6 and July 24, 1783 10.17.10 1/2 amounting in the whole to 23.15.7 1/2 all which remain unpaid.
    I have spent much time and money in Public Service as an Officer of Militia and have sent into Actual Service not Less than Four hundred men for a Longer or Shorter time.
    I have punctually adhered [to] the Several regulation Schemes I have met with Losses by bad Debts & by Sea The Peace has nearly destroyed My Present Business (a Pewterer) by the Great importations of Pewter from England From all which Causes I have sunk Four Tons of Stock.
    Finally I owe more money that I (at Present) am worth.
    I am now depending on my Friends and my Own Exertions to Enter on some other Business in addition to my Own.
    A vigorous Exaction of Taxes at this Time will severely Check my Exertions and perhaps incapacitate me from paying Taxes in future I pray your attention to the above Circumstances, and that I may be relieved as in your Wisdom may seem meet.
    I am Gentlemen your humble Servant

    Edward Kneeland

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