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    Simon Kenton Signed Deposition Interesting content involving a colorful Revolutionary War figure, 2 pages, 7.75" x 12.75", Washington, Mason County, Kentucky, August 29, 1823. Virginia native Simon Kenton (1755-1836) was a frontiersman and good friend of the legendary Daniel Boone. In 1771, at age 16, he nearly beat a man to death for the hand of a local lass. Thinking he had killed him, Kenton, using the alias "Simon Butler," fled into the Kentucky wilderness, eventually serving as a scout and soldier in the Revolutionary War, the Ohio Indian Wars (1793-94), under the command of "Mad" Anthony Wayne, and the War of 1812. Since Kenton was illiterate, this 1823 deposition was taken from him at a tavern in Washington, Kentucky, to be used as evidence in a suit over a land contract signed in 1780. The second page includes the scrawled but legible signature "Simon Kenton" (the "t" in Kenton has been added in another hand). His signature is followed by an addition written by the witness, James Arthur, owner of the tavern. The document is now in two pieces of equal size, cleanly torn in half along the original center horizontal fold. The two-page text (front and verso) is half of a larger sheet that was folded over to provide an envelope, which includes the address "Clerk of Mason County Court". Aside from the tear, the document is in fair-good condition with some staining and a small hole left from the original wax seal.

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