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Papers of this sort are filled with many lines of the legal language common in the 17th century. This is a land transfer, or sale, of a piece of land south of the village of Deerfield in the Stebbins Meadows adding up to 7 acres and 30 rods, more or less. The people involved are the buyer, Eliezer Hawks (1655-1727), who pays 14 pounds, 5 shillings, and the sellers, John Stebbins (1647-1724) and his wife, Dorothy (alive 1733). John Stebbins signs the paper as do the 2 witnesses, Samuel Partridge and Nathaniel Sutlief, but Dorothy Stebbins cannot write and makes "her Marke."


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Eliezer Hawks land contract

creator   Samuel Partridge (1645-1740)
date   1699
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   12.0"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Deed
accession #   #L99.072

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