Thursday, August 30, 2007

William Sawyer, Essex County, Massachusetts.

1708 NEWBURY MASSACHUSETTS Land Document Ordway Sawyer Item number: 160149968761

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Manuscript land document, one page on a 7.5 x 12 in. wove sheet, Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, February 14, 1707/08 [sic]. Typical scattered soiling (a few small marginal stains), intersecting folds (pinhole at central intersection), light wrinkling and a few small chips (not affecting any text), otherwise very good, darkly penned, and fully legible.
A quitclaim deed. The text reads, in part: "I, William Sawyer of ye towne of Newbury in ye County of Essex in ye province of Massachusetts Bay in New England ... for and in consideration of ye summ of fortye pounds .... which I ... have received of Hanahniah Ordway ... which is to my full satisfaction and consente have given granted ... bargained and sould and ... fully, freely, and absolutely give, grant ... and confirm unto Hanahniah Ordway ... all that my piece or parcel of meadow or salt marsh grould lying within the township of Newbury ... in a place commonly called Jericho marshes which peace of meadow was given to me ... by my grandfather William Sawyer late of Newbury deceased and is by estimation four acres ... more or less, bounded upon Mr. Coffin and John Stevens southeasterly to a stake and from thence to an other stake westerly which is on ye northerly side of a brooke and from thence Norwesterly to a stake standing by a dead creeke and ye same dead creeke is ye dividing line to Ephraim Plommer's marsh, Stephen Sawyer northeasterly and Richard Dole and Ephraim Plomer northerly and westerly which bounds may move at large appear in that division of said marsh which was made of all that meadow which is betwn Stephen Sawyer and me...."

The document is signed at the conclusion by William Sawyer, by Benjamin Morss (twice) and Samuel Morss as witnesses, and by Thomas Noyes as Justice of the Peace. The reverse of the conjugate leaf bears a handwritten clerical docket signed by Stephen Sewall ["Steph. Sewall"] as recorder. The lower right corner bears the remnant of a wax seal.

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