Transcription of Original Document--The Indian Deed to Salem, 1686
EXCERPTS FROM THE Indian Deed to Salem, 1686
"-Know ye--That we ye above said David Nonnuphanohow, Sam Wuttaanoh, John Tontohqunne, Cicely's son, Cicely Petaghuncksq, Sarah Wuttaquatinnusk,
Thomas Ukqueakussennum, alias Captain Thom, James Quanophkownatt, alias James Rumney Marsh, Israell Quanophkownatt, Joane Quanophkownatt, Yawataw,
Wattawtinnusk--For and in consideration of ye full & just summe of twenty pounds, currant money of New England, to them in hand, at & before ye
ensealing and delivery of these presents, by John Ruck, John Higginson, Samuel Gardner, Timothy Lindall, William Hirst, Israel Porter, Selectmen and
Trustees for the Town of Salem in ye County of Essex within his Majesties territory and dominion of New England in America, will and truly paid, the
receipt whereof, they do hereby acknowledge, and themselves therewith to be fully satisfied and contented. . . . "
"--All ye said Township of Salem, viz: all that tract and parcell of land, lying to ye westward of Neumkeage River, alias Bassriver, whereupon ye
Town of Salem is built, so proceeding along to ye head of Neumkeage River, called by ye English, Bassriver, so comprehending all ye land belonging
to the Township of Salem according as it is butted and bounded with and upon ye towns of Beverly, Wenham, Topsfield, Redding, Linne and Marblehead,
down to ye sea - which said land is a part of what belonged to the ancestors of ye granters and is their proper inheritance or howsoever ye said
Township or any part or parcell thereof is butted and bounded, or reputed to be bounded together with all houses, edifices, buildings, lands, yards,
orchards, gardens, meadows, marshes. feeding grounds, rocks, stones, beach, flats, pastures, fences, commons, commons of pasture, woods, underwoods,
swamps, waters, watercourses, dams, ponds, headwares, fishings, fowlings, ways, easements, profitts, priviledges, rights, commodityes, emoluments,
royaltyes, hereditaments, and appurtenances, whatsoever--as also all mines, mettalls, mineralls, with all islands and priviledges of Neumkeage River
alias Bassriver, which the ancestors of said granters heretofore rightfully possessed. . . to be hereby granted & sold unto ye said John Ruck, John
Higginson, Samuel Gardner, Timothy Lindall, William Hirst, & Israell Porter, as trustees abovesaid and to their heirs & assignes for ever to and for
ye sole use, benefitt and behoof of ye Proprietors in & Purchasers of ye said Township of Salem."
"-- In witness--whereof the said David Nonnuphanohow, Sam Wuttaanoh, John Tontohqunne, Cicely Petaghuncksq, Sarah Wuttaquatinnusk, Thomas
Usqueakussennum, alias Captain Tom, James Quanophkownatt, alias James Rumney Marsh, Israell Quanophkownatt, Joane Quanophkownat, Yawataw,
Wattawtinnusk, have hereunto set their hands and seals the eleventh day of October Anno Domini One Thousand Six Hundred Eighty & Six---Annog Regni
Regis Jacoh II di Anglia, Scotia, Francia & Irylernia, Fidei Defensoris Secundo."
Andrew Elliott, SENR,
John Hill SR
Samll Hardie SR
"This instrument acknowledged by David Nonnupanohow [et al] to be their act and deed, this eleventh day of October 1686, before me, Bartholomew
Gedney, one of his majesty's council for his territory and dominion of New England in America."
(Used with permission of the Salem City Clerk's Office Salem, Massachusetts)