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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To the Sherriff of our County of Hampshire or his deputy
(A Seal) Greetings
Whereas Martha Ruggles of Roxbury in the County of
Suffolk widow Executrix and Increase Sumner Esqr
and Joseph Ruggles trader Executrs of the last will and
Testament of Nathaniel Ruggles late of the same Roxbury
Esqr decd by the consideration of our Justices of our Court of
Common pleas holden at Boston within and for our
County of Suffolk aforesaid on the first Tuesday of July
last recovered Judgement against Ebenezer Wells of
Greenfield in the County of Hampshire Gentleman for
the sum of one hundred and thirty six pounds, two
shillings lawfull money damage and two pounds
seven shillings and four pence costs of suit as to us ap=
=pears of record whereof Execution remains to be done
We command you therefore that of the goods, chattles or
lands of the said Wells within your precinct you cause
to be paid and satisfied unto the said Ruggles, Sumner
and Ruggles Executors at the value thereof in money the
aforesaid sums being one hundred and thirty eight
pounds nine shillings and four pence in the whole
with two shillings more for this writ and duty and
there of also to satisfy yourself for your own fees and for
want of goods, chattles or lands of the said Wells to be by
him shewn unto you or found within your precinct
to the acceptance of the said Ruggles, Sumner and
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Nathaniel Ruggles was a storekeeper in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Ebenezer Wells (1723-1787) of Deerfield had run up a large debt with him or with his estate. Wells is ordered to pay the sum or be sent to jail in Northampton or Springfield and to stay there until he pays in full. As often happened in cases of this sort, the debtor could not produce the money so appropriate real estate was seized by the accuser. A certain tract of land with buildings in Greenfield, owned by Wells and lived on by Wells' son, Reuben, consisting of 29 plus acres was valued at 142 pounds, 3 shillings, 1 pence was seized to satisfy the debt.
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Writ of Martha Ruggles against Ebenezer Wells
| creator Martha Ruggles (1746-1829)
| author Ezekiel Price (1727-1802)
| date Aug 6, 1785
| location Roxbury, Massachusetts
| height 12.0"
| width 7.25"
| process/materials manuscript, paper, ink
| accession # #L04.038
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