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Whereas Joshua Sweet of Deerfield by Reason of sundry Misfortunes
is rendered unable to satisfy ye Demands of his Creditors - at present-
and has proposed to convey to his said Creditors all the Estate of which he
is seized - they thereupon to discharge him from their respective
Demands - and to hold said Estate in such proporation as their
Demands respectively are to the full Value of the Estate is to
be conveyed -- We whose Names are underwritten hereby
certify that we are willing to discharge him from our Demands
upon the aforementioned principles -- provided all his Creditors
enter into the same Engagement -- the Estate proposed to be
Deerfield Jany 16th 1790 conveyed as above consists of Thirty
five Acres of Land in Deerfield--twenty Acres of which is under
good Improvement with a Dwelling House thereon & supposed
to be of the Value of £160..10 in the whole --
Deerfield Jany 17th 1792
 
Phineas Cary
3
13
4
X
 
£
X Jedediah Day
3
12
7
X
X Benjn Nash
25
5
5
Charles Ball
2
7
4
X
X Joseph Bulkley Note
49
6
12
Josiah Rogers
1
10
4
X
X Jos Bulkley book
5
0
5
Jesse Morgan
1
10
0
X
Joel Butler Note
2
10
--
Lucas Morgan
1
2
5
X
X Asa Deming Note
9
2
8
Joel Day
3
5
0
X
X Philemon Ames Note
11
10
0
X Gad Smith
2
18
7
X
X William Ames Note
10
10
0
X John Harris
1
10
0
X
Wm X G O Bull
8
15
9
X Elisha Chapin
2
2
6
X
Danll Fence by
X Jeremiah Ives
0
14
0
X
Recomend of Wm
7
0
0
X John Miller
2
15
10
2X
X G O Bull
X Caleb Smith
8
0
9
Noah W Childs Note
9
11
2
& Daniel bullets
__
__
__
__
Thomas Burt
15
12
3
 
35
3
2
2
Joseph Stebbins Jr
11
0
0
Wells Tuttle
3
1
6
0
David Whitney
£3
2
5 2
Noah Ball
3
0
0
0
 
168
8
3 #
Joseph Morgen
11
0
0
 
 
15
8
2
 
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The Court lists Joshua Sweet's debtors by name and the amount he owed to each of them. The total debt amounts to 168 pounds, 8 shillings, 3 pence. The explanation for such a large debt to a man who is only 29 is described as "by reason of sundry misfortune." We know little about Joshua Sweet except that he served in the Continental Army for 3 years beginning in 1781. He owned 35 acres of land in Wisdom, a section of Deerfield, Massachusetts, 20 of which is considered improved, with a dwelling house valued at 160 pounds, 10 shillings. The house was still standing 100 years later when George Sheldon mentions it in his "A History of Deerfield." Joshua Sweet later removed to Madison, Ohio.

 

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Legal document of Debtor Joshua Sweet

creator   Joshua Sweet
date   Jan 17, 1792
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   13.0"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
accession #   #L04.036


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