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Mass. teacher finds 1792 document in classroom

By John Published: June 8, 2010
In this June 1, 2010 photo fourth-grade teacher Michelle Eugenio stands in front of her class at Center School in Peabody, Mass., as she displays a Revolutionary War-era document. Eugenio found the Colonial-era document, dated April 1792, in a pile of outdated textbooks and dusty scraps of papers. (AP Photo/Salem News, Ken Yuszkus) BOSTON OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teacher cleaning up her classroom in preparation for a move has discovered a Colonial-era document buried in a pile of outdated textbooks and dusty scraps of papers.

Michelle Eugenio, a fourth-grade teacher in Peabody, Mass., found the yellowed sheet of paper two weeks ago. Dated April 1792 and protected by plastic, it appears to document the payment of a debt by a Vermont man named Jonathan Bates.

Peabody Historical Society President Bill Power verified the paper's authenticity. He tells The Salem News he was thrilled with the discovery.

No one knows how the paper ended up at Peabody's Center School or how long it has been there.

Bates served in the Continental Army in 1780 and died in 1808 at age 63. He's buried in Williamstown, Vt.



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