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Seth Nims (1762-1831) of Deerfield, Massachusetts, fought against the insurgents during Shays' Rebellion. He was appointed Ensign of the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Division of the Massachusetts Militia in April 1788. As Ensign, he was charged with leading, ordering, and exercising his Company in Arms. This commission is a standard government form with the signature of the Governor, John Hancock, and the seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.