|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
Indians of North America
People associated with politics & government
|Title||Deed to Town of Marblehead|
|Creator||Town of Marblehead|
|Date||18 July 1684|
Nanepashmet, the Chief of the Naumkeag Indians
Ward, Captain Samuel
Read, Richard Walton,
Quanapohkonat James alies James Rummney Marshe
Quanophkonatt Joseph als Joseph English (Grandson of old John).
|Lexicon category||8: Communication Artifact|
|Lexicon sub-category||Documentary Artifact|