Thursday, August 30, 2007

Samuel Webb, Moses Cushing, Massachusetts 1741

COHASSET/HINGHAM/BRAINTREE MA Land Deed Document 1741 Item number: 170141105720

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FANTASTIC, ORIGINAL 1741 HANDWRITTEN MASSACHUSETTS REAL ESTATE DOCUMENT. This terrific Colonial manuscript records a real estate transaction between Samuel Webb"of Braintree in the County of Suffolk in New England Bay" and "Moses Cushing of Hingham in the County of Suffolk." The estimated one and a half acre tract "of Salt Marsh" located "in the Township of Hingham along a place called Cohasset" was sold [by Webb] "for Forty Pounds Bills of Credit." Desirable parcel was bordered on the north by "a Harbor called Little Harbor." Other names referenced in this early land deed include Benjamin Lincoln and Joseph Bate.

Notably, Cohasset was a part of Hingham until 1770. The town was originally situated in Suffolk County, and when the southern portion of that county became Norfolk County in 1793, it included the towns of Cohasset, Hingham and Hull. In 1803, Hull and Hingham opted out of Norfolk County and became part of Plymouth County. This left Cohasset as an exclave of neighboring Norfolk County, which it remains today. Again, a fantastic early American document revealing Massachusetts history.

Rare manuscript remains in good to fair condition (see scans). Document shows wear (soiling, folds, some minor tearing along folds and edges, scattered rubbing, etc) though generally sound, with ink remaining mostly bold and legible. Original wax seals still covered. Item measures approx 13" x 8 1/4". Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.

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