DescriptionLevi Todd, Grandfather of Mary Todd Lincoln, Autograph Document Signed, 1 page, 7.5" x 7.5", Fayette Co., Kentucky, May 1784. A certified copy of a court determination that James Montgomery "is entitled to the pre-emption of one thousand acres of land...on Licking Creek...by virtue of his improving the same...and his being in publick service at the time the commissioners sat in Kentucky District." Todd (1756-1807) served on the frontier as an Indian fighter and as a lieutenant under George Rogers Clark during the Revolution helped capture the Illinois outpost of Kaskaskia on the Fourth of July 1778. Todd led the escort which took its French commandant, Rocheblave, to Virginia as a prisoner-of-war. Todd was later a Kentucky legislator, delegate to the state's several constitutional conventions, and helped found what is now the city of Lexington. Fold wear, foxing; vertical split and small losses at left side inexpertly repaired with cello tape (far from signature) resulting in some staining. Despite faults, a very rare holograph by the pioneer ancestor of the Todd family.
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