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Did the militiamen sign these militia commitment (“covenant”) documents, or are they lists of names, prepared in one or more other hands?
Oliver Signature
This is Oliver’s signature from a legal document that he signed before moving to New Hampshire in 1778…
Oliver Signature
Oliver Signature
…and here’s his name as it appears on the two militia commitment documents.
You decide whether these reflect one, two, or three hands. I’m glad I don’t have to.

The names on the September document do appear to be written in one hand. It’s less clear for the other list. The legal signature looks less sophisticated than the others, which were apparently written with a broad-nibbed quill. To my inexpert eye, though, the three “Olivers” differ very little.

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