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Catalog Number 1684-001-001
Object Name Deed
Collection Marblehead Town History
Scope & Content In 1619 Nanepashmet, the Chief of the Naumkeag Indians was killed in a battle and the government of the tribe devolved upon his widow who in turn made each of her three sons a sachem (chief).

In 1684 a meeting of the Commoners in Marblehead, Indian James claimed that the town was passing out land that belonged to him.

A committee was formed of Moses Maverick, John Deverix, Captain Samuel Ward, Thaddeus Ridden, William Beall, Thomas Pittman, Richard Read, and Nathaniel Walton to investigate the claim that was found to be true.

Since the Indians did have a claim another committee of John Deverix and Captain Samuel Ward was appointed to bargain with the Indians to settle it. They agreed on a purchase price of 14 pounds and 13 shillings plus other cost which brought the total to 20 pounds, 15 shillings and three pence or about five dollars and 72 cents. Other accounts say the amount was 16 pounds.

A deed was prepared and on 18 July 1684 it was signed and sealed by:
Joane Quanophkonat, Susanah Wenepawweekin, Israell Quanapahomatt, James Quanophkonatt, Jone Ahawayetsquaine, Sarah Wanapawequin, James Quanapohkonat alies James Rummney Marshe, and Joseph Quanophkonatt als Joseph English (Grandson of old John).
Each Indian made his or her mark on a ribbon that was attached to the deed and had a red wax seal. From left to right they are:
James Quanapohkonat alies James Rummney Marshe with a Lion Rampant
Joane Quanophkonat with a Pelican in its Piety
Name Unreadable with a Raven
Jone Ahawayetsquaine with a Lion Rampant
Susanah Wenepawweekin with a seal with an "H" and a cross above it.
Sarah Wanapawequin with a Pelican in its Piety
Israell Quanapahomatt with a Raven
Name Unreadable with a Lion Rampant
Subjects Government ownership
Governmental investigations
Indigenous peoples
Indians of North America
Land
Land grants
Paperwork
Parchment
People associated with politics & government
Document signings
Documents
Title Deed to Town of Marblehead
Creator Town of Marblehead
Date 18 July 1684
People Nanepashmet, the Chief of the Naumkeag Indians
Indian James
Maverick, Moses
Deverix, John
Ward, Captain Samuel
Ridden, Thaddeus
Beall, William
Pittman, Thomas
Read, Richard Walton,
Nathaniel
Quanophkonat, Joane
Wenepawweekin, Susanah
Quanapahomatt, Israell
Quanophkonatt, James
Ahawayetsquaine, Jone
Wanapawequin, Sarah
Quanapohkonat James alies James Rummney Marshe
Quanophkonatt Joseph als Joseph English (Grandson of old John).
Search Terms Marblehead History
Marblehead Deed
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
Lexicon sub-category Documentary Artifact
Condition Good