John Hart Document

 

John Hart, signer of the Declaration of Independence lived as a farmer in New Jersey. His dedication to his faith is evident in his giving land to the local Baptist church. With his strong reputation, commonly referred to as ‘honest John Hart,’ he was elected repeatedly to serve in public office. Even though his story was a tragic one of loss resulting from his signing the Declaration of Independence, John Hart “was always known as a sincere, but unostentatious Christian.” Below are two testimonies given by John Hart upon the administration of the estates of John Hobbs and [L. Horner]. Notice (as was customary of the day), that he recognizes he was “sworn in on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God.”


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John Hart Esq. one of the appraisers of the within inventory being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did depose that the goods and chattels and credits in the said inventory set down and specified were by him appraised according to those just and true respective [Goofert] and [Yaxely] after the best of his judgment and understanding and that William Bryant the other appraiser and whose name is hereunto subscribed every prof. of the same and consented in all things in the doing thereof and that they appraised all things that were brought to their view for appraisement.

Sworn the 24th day of March 1757

John Hart

Theo. Severns Jun.

 


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John Hart Esq. one of the appraisers of the within inventory being sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did depose that the within writings contains a true and perfect inventory of the goods and chattels of John Hobbs which were by him appraised according to their just and true respective [Earley] and [Valicey] according to the best of his judgment and understanding and that Joseph Powell consented in all things in the doing thereof and that they apprised all things that were brought to their view for appraisement.

Sworn the 24th day of March 1757

John Hart

Theo. Severns Jun.

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