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This 1672 deed is in payment for 10 large beavers and other things owed to John Pynchon by the Pocumtuck woman, Mashalisk. Mashalisk did not have and could not get the beaver skins that she owed, so she paid off her debt to Mr. Pynchon in land. The land involved included areas around Sugarloaf Mountain, running from the Connecticut River to the Deerfield River. To even out her debt, Pynchon gave her "sixty fada of wampum," 2 coats, some cotton and several other small things. She signed the paper with her mark, as did her relative, a witness.


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Deed of Pacomtuck land granted by Mashalisk to John Pynchon

creator   Mashalisk the Old Woman, Mother of Wuttawwalun (1591-1676)
date   Aug 26, 1672
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   11.5"
width   7.5"
process/materials   printed paper, ink with manuscript
item type   Legal Documents/Deed
accession #   #L98.014

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