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Manuscript Document, Signed "Steph Sewall" as Registrar of Deeds for Essex County for a land transaction between Zerubabell Endicott and Joseph Gould
Salem [MA], 1723. 1 pp. pen and ink on paper, docketed on verso. 1 vols. Folio. Old folds, minor tear on fore-edge not affecting text, toning, else fine. 1 pp. pen and ink on paper, docketed on verso. 1 vols. Folio. CLERK FOR THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS. A rare document signed by a key figure and eye witness to the Salem witch trials of 1692/93. Reading in part: "To all Christian people to whome (sic) these presents may or shall come greeting: Know ye that I Zorobabel Endecott of Boxford in the county of Essex and province of ye Massatuchets (sic) Bay in New England Husbandsman: for and in Consideration of ye Sum of thirty nine pounds fifteen shilling to me ye Sd. Zorobabel Endicott well and Truly paid by Joseph Gould of Topsfield in ye County and Province above Sd.: Husbandsman: Have Bargained with and Sold unto and do by these presents give grant Bargain Sell Aline (sic) Assign Sett (sic) over and Confirm unto ye Sd. Joseph Gould a certain peice (sic) or percel (sic) of River Medow (sic) Containing About Two Acers (sic) and Sixty five pole..." Stephen Sewall (1657-1725), son of Henry Sewall and Jane Dummer, was registrar of deeds for Essex Count, Massachusetts, and held numerous public offices including, most notably, Clerk of the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer which tried the witchcraft cases of 1692. Sewall was responsible for attesting to the accuracy of documents and transcripts produced by the court. Sewall was also a Major of the Militia and Justice of the Peace. Also signed by "Zerubabell Endicott" and witnessed by Joanna Curtis (who made her mark) and John Curtis. Zerubabell Endicott (1692-1737) was the son of Zerubabell Endicott, (who testified against Mary Bradford during the Salem Witch Trials) and Grace Symonds, he was also the great grandson of Governor John Endicott, the longest-serving governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
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