From the Josiah Snelling Papers:
May and June, 1780.
Printed act of the Assembly to raise recruits for the Continental Army (May). The reverse contains a letter from Zabdiel Rogers, colonel 20th Regiment, to Captain Elijah Backus directing him to raise "Two Able Bodied Effective Men."
Zabdiel Rogers married Elizabeth Tracy. Was Elijah Backus a relative? Elijah was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Tracy) Backus*. They are both in this family tree.
A prized possession of the Rogers family was a letter from George Washington to Zabdiel Rogers.
Backus family papers* are housed at Yale University.
Note: Captain Elijah Backus and I are both descendants of William Backus, the original immigrant.