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To all men to whom these presents shall come Greeting, Know ye that John Willi=
ams (of Deerfld in the County of Hamshr in Her Majste Provnc of the Massachusetts
Bay in N=England Pastor of the Church in sd Town) with the consent of Abigail his
Wife, for valuable considerations him thereunto moving, hath given, granted, bargain
ed, and sold and doth hereby give, grant, and confirm unto John Sheldin of sd
Town and County his right and title to and interest in the one half of two Is=
lands granted unto sd Williams by the Genrl Assembly of this Provnc, lying in
Connectct River against Deerfld Town Plot they being two Islands next above
the mouth of Deerfld River to have and to hold the one half of the two
sd Islands to sd Williams belonging, with all the rights profits, priviledges
of the half of the sd two Islands, to sd Williams belonging or appertain
ing to him sd, Sheldin his Heirs and Assigns for ever free and clear from
all former bargains Sales, leases, Joyn Dowries or any other en-
cumbrance whatsoever hereby giving and granting unto sd Sheldin full
power and lawful authority to occupy and use the one half of the lands on
sd Islands to sd Williams belonging or to sell or any other way to dispose there=
of at his Will and pleasure and the sd Williams doth for himself and Heirs
Covenant and agree that he and they will and shall at all times warrant
and defend sd Lands to sd Sheldin against all persons claiming by from
or under him sd Williams, and no otherwise and for the further confir=
mation and assurance of the premises the sd William doth engage that he
and his Heirs shall doe and perform such act and act thing and things
device and devices as sd Sheldin by his Counsel learned in the law shall
advise devise or contrive at sd Sheldin proper cost and charge
and in confirmation of the premises the sd William hath set to his hand
and affixed his seal this twenty fourth day of March in the twelth
year of the Reign of our Sovergn Lady Anne of Great Brittain &
Queen Anno 9th Domni, 1712/3.
Signed and Sealed in presence
and witnes of us
  John Williams his
John Stoddard  
Edward Allon her mark
Samuel Williams Abigail [a?] Williams
  Mr Jno Williams and Abigail his Wife
  the Subscribers of the above Instrument perso-
  nally appeared before me the Subscriber one
Hamshr of Her Maj Justices of the Peace for the County
  of Hamphr [this twenty fourth day of March
  1712/3 and acknowledge the above written Instrument to
  be their Act and deed
  Corn John Stoddard

JW is the Redeemed Captive

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Although this sale of land was drawn up in 1712/13, it was not recorded by the courts until May 23, 1720. The document transfers one-half of two islands in the Connecticut River, near the mouth of the Deerfield, from Reverend Williams (1664-1729) and his wife Abigail (Bissel) Williams (c.1673-1754) to John Sheldon (1658-c.1733). It is signed by John Williams with his seal. Abigail, however, apparently cannot sign her name and instead makes her mark, an "a".


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Land transfer, John Williams to John Sheldon

creator   Reverend John Williams (1664-1729)
date   Mar 24, 1712
location   Connecticut River
height   12.0"
width   7.5"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Deed
accession #   #L99.078

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