Thomas Lechford.

Note-book kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, from June 27, 1638, to July 29, 1641 (Volume 7) online

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meadow or pasture ground inclosed lying in Roxbury afore
said, conteyning five acres or thereabouts, abutting upon the
lands of M? Welles, pastor of Roxbury on the east, upon the
highway leading from Boston to Roxbury on the west, upon
a foot path leading from Roxbury to Dorchester on the north,
and upon the land of Mr Samuel Hagburne, late M. r Pinchions,
on the south, To have and to hold the said parcell of meadow
or pasture ground w th the appurtenances unto the said [Wal
ter] Blackbourne his heires and assignes for ever To the only
use and proper behoof of the said [Walter] Blackbourne his
heires and assignes for ever. In witnesse etc. *

To all to whom these presents shall come greeting, Whereas
Thomas Beech now remayning att the Dutch Plantation stand-
cth indebted unto me Peter Garland of New England Mariner
the sinnme of thirty three pounds fourc shillings and six pence
upon account between me and him in writing signed with my
hand the day of the date of these presents and whereas there is
due to me also divers other debts amounting [36] to the sinnnie
of six pounds three shillings and nyne pence from sundry per
sons as by the particulars at the foot of the said account ap-
pcareth w ch I have authorised the said Thomas Beech for me
and in my name to collect and take up, Now Know yee that
I have hereby appointed in my place put my trusty ffriend
Isaacke Allcrton of New England mariner my lawful Attorney

Cheney, of Roxbury. Richard was ad- Hum Cheney, Sopt. 30, 1639, describing

niitted an inhabitant of Boston, Sept. himself in the deed as "late of llox-

30, 1639. Nicholas had lived at Rox- bury." In 1640 or 1641 he returned to

bury, from his coming to New England, England (Stiff. Deeds, i. 20), whither

in 1633, until 1635 or 1636, when he his wife Elizalxjth probably soon fol-

removed to Boston. [T.] lowed him, as she made a letter of at-

" Walter Blackburne, of Boston, torney in July, 1641, to Joseph Wcldc

1640, had perhaps lived at Roxbury " and John Johnson, of Roxbury, to coi-

(Savage, in Gcncal. Did.). He sold Icct debts due her husband and remit

his house; and land in Roxbury to Wil- the money to him. [T.]



LECIIFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 61

for me & in my name to demand <fe recover the said surnmo
of the said Thomas Beech his executors and administrators
and also for me to receive the said six pounds three shillings
and nync pence of the said Thomas Beech from whome the
same is due to me, to my use ; and acquittances sufficient in
my place thereupon to make Ratcfying and allowing whatever
my said Attorney shall lawfully doe in the p r mises. In wit-
ncssc, cvc. nrn : Robto. Scdgwickc & mci. [Is.]

A coppy of the Account <f- Dehts, signed lij Peter Garland.

Thomas Beech, I prny you pay unto my good ffrcind Mf
Isaacke Allorton 1 the abovesaid somme of thirty three
pounds foil re shillings and six pence. And 1 further desire
you to demand, recover and receive for me the abovesaid
somme of 6/. 3*. 9t7. of the said partycs who owe the same
unto me, and upon payment give them acquittances, w ch when
you have received pay over to my said ffrcind M* Isaacke
Allcrton according to my Letter of Attorney to him made the
Day of the Date hereof in that behalfc. Witnesse my hand
the twenty nyneth day of March. Anno Dili 1G39.

At the foote of the account and note of the said particulare
Debts. Coram llbto. Scdgwickc tt me. [I*.]

To all Christian people to whome these presents shall come,
I William Coddington 2 of Aquedneckc in New England, gen-

1 Isaac Allerton, formerly of Ply- the Massachusetts Colonial Records in

mouth, came in the " Mayflower," and regard to a debt of his for 100. In

was one of the signers (the fifth in order) Lechford he is twice mentioned as being

of the Cape Cod Compact. He was sued for debt. His fishing operations

Assistant at Plymouth for some time, at Marblehead wore not very successful

and at this period of his life was one (see 3 Mnxs. Hist. Coll., vii. 249, and

of the richest of the Pilgrims. Subse- Mass. Records, i. 1 10). He had ivla-

quently his affairs became disturbed, tions with Virginia, naturally enough,

He was embarrassed, for instance, by and also with " New Holland," as here

the loss of a trading wigwam at Machias appears (sec also p. 151, footnote) ; but

in 1633 ; " by the wreck of his pinnace lived towards the end of his life at

from Port Royal in 1634; and still further New Haven, where he died in debt,

impoverished by the loss of his bark at 1659.

Cape Ann, in 1635" (3 Mass. Hist. Coll., 2 William Coddington, formerly of

vii. 241). In 1634 he is mentioned in Boston, at this time of Aquidneek.



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tleman, send greeting in our Lord God everlasting, Knowe yee
that I for and in consideration of the summe of one thousand
and three hundred pounds of lawfull money of England, to me
in hand satisfyed and pay d before the sealing and delivery
hereof by William Tynge l of Boston in New England, mer
chant, Doc by these presents grant [37] bargaine and sell
unto the said William Tynge, all that my Dwelling house situ
ate in Boston aforesaid adjoyning to the house of Richard
Bellingham Esq r , w th the garden and the orchard, and a cer-
tainc parcell of land, meadow or pasture, thereto adjoyning
<fe belonging, and all outhouses, yardcs, wayes & easements
thereunto belonging, And all my land in the Forte Field
in Boston-neckc, and all my right in Spectacle Island, 2 and
my ffanne house at Mount Wollaston and all outhouses,
barncs, stables, yards, gardens and orchards thereto belong
ing, as well on the one syde as on the other of Mount Wollas
ton river there and two acres of ground be it more or lesse
allrcady marked out neare adjoyning to the barne on the



Chosen assistant, in 1630, in England.
He was Treasurer of the Colony from
1633 to 1636, and was then left out of
ofliee on account of his religions opin
ions, and early in 1638 went to Rhode
Island, where he was first made judge
of the settlement at Portsmouth ; but
shortly being driven thence with his
supporters by some faction, he removed
with them and settled at Newport.
The people at Portsmouth desiring to
unite again, Coddington was chosen the
first governor of the Colony in 1640.
He was again chosen in 1678, and died
in the same year. Articles upon him
are printed in the Hist. & Gcncal. Reg.
for January, 1874, p. 13, and for April,
1882, p. 138.

As for this land at Mount Wollaston,
the reader may gain some additional
knowledge thereon by comparing this
deed with a purchase made by William
Tyng, of the Hutchinsons, who owned
land just beyond " Mr. Coddington a
farm and Mr. Wilson s " (Boston Town



Records, i. 7), note of which may be
found pp. 212, 214, post, as well as by
referring to the Records, as above. The
bounds are so vague that it is hardly
possible to place the lots with any ac
curacy; but a general idea of their posi
tion may be obtained. The land here
spoken of as belonging to Judith Quin-
sey is, in the references made, called
land of Edward [Edmund] Quinsey,
her husband.

1 William Tyng was a prominent
Boston merchant. He arrived in New
England about a week after Lech ford,
in his own ship. He became one of
the first men of the town, frequently
its representative in the General Court.
In his later days he moved to Braintree,
wherein may be seen, throughout the
Note-book, ho had many dealings in
lands. He died Jan. IS, 1652.

- What follows in the draught is
crossed out, with the direction " vcrte
fol." and re-written on the fourth page
following, from which I copy. [T.]



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 63

south syde of tlic said river, and all my land, meadow, pasture
and wooddy ground conteyning five hundred acres be it more
or lesse lying at Mount Wollastou aforesaid in two parcells,
the one greater, bounding on the common sewer there towards
the north and north cast, on Mount Wollaston River aforesaid
towards the south and on a parcell of land belonging to Judith
Quinsey towards the northwest, the lesser parcell thereof
bounding on the common sewer aforesaid towards the north
east, on the other syde of the said land belonging to the said
Judith Quinsey towards the south east, and on the lands of
John Wilson, 1 pastor of the Church of Boston, towards the
northwest, And also a parcell of land wooddy ground and
pasture conteyning thirty acres be it more or lesse lying on
the south syde of the said river, bounding on the proper allot
ment of Samuel Wilbore 2 towards the south and on another
parcell of land belonging to the said Judith Quinsey towards
the west, And all wayes, easements, proffits and commodities
thereto belonging w tb the appurtenances, To have and to hold
all the said houses, lands and Tenements and all and singu-
lare the premises w th the appurtences unto the said William
Tynge his heires and assignes for ever. In witncssc whereof,
I have hereunto set my hand and scale, the nyneth day of
Aprill, in the fifteenth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne
Lord Charles King of England <fcc. Annocf Dili 1639, in p r ncia
nrii. Johis Oliver, Georgii Gardiner & mei.

1. A bond for the payment of 5001 to Mr Coddington.

Me Willin Tynge de Boston in Nova Anglia mcrcatorem
tener & firmiter obligar Willo Coddington gen in Mille libris
etc. Condiconed to pay 500 1 at M? Tynge s house in Boston,
1 Maij, 1639.

2. Me WilliTi Tynge, de Boston in N. A. mercatorcm, tener
&c. Willo Coddington geiT in 4001, condicon ad sol vend 2001

1 John Wilson. This land was 2 Samuel Wilbore was also one of the

granted him in 1H34, or perhaps before, settlers of Rhode Island (see Savage).

See Boston Toicn Records, pp. 2, 4, 6, 9, lie married Elizabeth, widow of Lech-

where is much mention of his lands at ford (Hist. & Gencal. licg., 1876, xxx.

Mount "\VoUaston. 202).



64 LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

loco Deo 1 Maij, 1640, si non sit Dies Dominicus, sin sit,
tune Die pp. sequen .

3. Me Williii Tynge de Boston in N. A. M. ten eidem in
400 h Condicon ad solvend 200* loco Deo 1 die Maij, 1641, si
non &c.

4. Me eundem ten eidem in 400 1 <fcc. ad solvend 2001 1
Maij, 1642, ut supra.

5. Me eundem ten eid in 4001 ad solv 2001 1 Maij, 1643,
ut supra.

[This entry, from 1 to 5, seems to be crossed out.~\

This Indenture made the tenth day of Aprill in the ffif-
tecnth ycarc of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles
King of England &c. Annocp Dni 1639, Betweene William
Tynge of Boston in New E. merchant, of the one partc, and
William Coddington of Aquednecke in New England, gent, of
the other parte witnesseth that the said William Tynge for
and in consideration of the summe of eight hundred pounds
[38] of lawfull money of England w ch he oweth unto the said
William Coddington Doth by these presents mortgage and
grant unto the said William Coddington all those lands tene
ments & hereditaments at Mount Wollaston in New England
w ch he the said William Tynge lately purchased of the
said William Coddington To have and to hold the said lands
& Tenements and all and singulare the prmiscs w th the ap
purtenances unto the said William Coddington his hcires and
assignes for ever. Provided allwayes that if the said William
Tynge his hcires executors admors or assignes shall pay or
cause to be payd unto the said William Coddington his exe
cute ad : or assignes or to his ctaine Atturney the summe of
eight hundred pounds of lawfull money of England at or in
the now dwelling house of the said William Tynge situate in
Boston aforesaid in manner and forme following that is to say
two hundred pounds thereof on the first day of May w ch shall
be in the yeare of our Lord 1640. two hundred pounds more
thereof on the first Day of May w ch shall be in the yeare of
our Lord 1641. two hundred pounds more thereof on the
first Day of May w ch shall be in the yeare of our Lord 1642.



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and two hundred pounds the residue thereof on the first d;iy
of May w ch shall he in tlie yeare of our Lord 104 >. (Saving
that if any of the said Daves of payment shall fall out to he
upon the Lords Day then the payment to he made the next
day after respectively) Then this mortgage & grant shall
he voyd and of none effect or els it shall stand in full force &
vertue. Provided also that the said William Coddington his
hcires executors administrators or assigncs shall not enter
upon the premises to enjoy the same (excepting on some partc
thereof for this next winter as is expressed in certainc arti
cles of agreement indented made hetwecne the said partyes
hearing date the Day before the Date of these presents) un-
lesse the said William Tyngc his heires executors admdrs or
assigncs shall make Default in payment of the said summes
of money or one of them And lastly it is concluded and
agreed betweene the partyes to these presents that the said
Wm Coddington his executors admrs or assigncs or his cer
taine Attorney receiving the said summes of money shall
upon the said severall payments made give a sufiicient Dis
charge in writing unto the said Willm Tyngc his heires exe
cutors admrs <fe assignes for so much money as lie or they
shall pay and that upon the last payment above mentioned
this present mortgage shall ho delivered up to the said Wm
Tyngc his heires or assignes to he cancelled. In witnesse <fcc.
[All these writings 15s.]

[39] Articles of agreement indented made the nynetli Day of
Aprill Anno Dm 1G39, betweene WILLIAM TYNGE of Boston
in New England, merchant, of the one parte, and WILLIAM
CODDINGTON, of Aquednecke in New England, gent, of the
oilier partc.

Whereas the said William Coddington hath sold unto the
said William Tyngc his farmehouso <fe outhouses and cer
taine lands at Mount Wollaston in New England, among other
things It was and is originally and now agreed bctwccne the
said partyes in manner and forme following :

Imprimis, that the said William Coddington shall have

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liberty and free ingrcssc, crgresse & rcgrcsse to and for him
<fc his servants to cut, reape and thresh all his conic now upon
the said lands sowen or planted.

Item, that the said William Coddington shall have lib
erty, this spring, to sowe and plant all the land that hath bin
there by him broken up (except thirty acres,) and to reape
and in the conic thereof.

Item, that the said William Coddington shall have barne
roomc for his corne there planted or sowen or to be sowen or
planted this yearc, & liberty therein to thresh the same and
chamber roomc to put it in when it shall be threshed.

Itm, Tliat the said William Coddington shall have one of
the cellers for milkc, and house roomc for his servants and
house roome for thirty head of cattcll and roomc to fodder
them in, until the end of the next winter, and liberty during
one yearc next ensuing the date hereof for to remove and
fetch away, or cause to be fetched away, at seasonable times,
all his cutt wood, timber and trees now felled on the said
lands, and all his moveablc goods whatsoever that now are
or at the end of the said tcrme shall be, upon or in the
premises, except the Dungc that shall be made thereupon.

Item, Whereas the said William Coddington hath granted
unto the said William Tynge twenty acres of land on the
other side of Mount Wollaston river, over and above [40] the
five hundred acres on this sydc the said river, next the said
farme house and the lands of M^ John Wilson, pastor of the
Church of Boston, as by the said grant bargainc . sale in
writing appcarcth, the said William Coddington shall lay
forth and assignc the said twenty acres of good ground con
veniently for the use of the said William Tynge. In witnesse

&C. 1

Itm, that the said William Coddington, his hcires executors
admrs and assigncs shall have and enjoy the wood and tim
ber trees growing on the soyle of thirtcenc acres parte of the
parccll of land, wooddy ground or pasture, conteyning thirty

1 Tho last paragraph is crossed out. lineations and cancellings ; so that it is
This was evidently the first draught of not possible to decide, in every instance,
the agreement, and has numerous inter- what was the final reading. [T.]



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. 67

acres be it more or lesse lying on the south sydc of Mount
Wollaston River, and shall have liberty from time to time at
seasonable and fitt times to cut, fell and carry away the sayd
wood and timber trees, and shall have free ingressc, egresse
& regrcssc for him and them & his servants and theirs to
that end, the said thirteene acres to be measured w th equall
distance as neare as conveniently may be from the swampe
there.

[41] I Sergeant Collacot l of Dorchester in N. E. doe owe
&c. to Willm Coddington gent. 1231 5* 9* , 1 Maij, 1689.
Dat 12 April 1639, in p r ncia Georgii Gardiner & mei. [Gd.~\

Rec d of M* Keaync 2 for a silver laced coate and a gold

wrought cap. [2* 10s.]

Rec d of my Lady Moody 3 22. 2. 1639. [11 11s.]

I borrowed 6* of M. Story, whereof I payd him 41; 27" 2i

[Crossed out.] [21 0.]

[42] Knowe all men by these presents that 1 John Throck-
morton 4 of New Providence, gent., for and in Consideration
of the summe of ffifty pounds of lawfull money of England

1 Richard Collacot was a prominent 8 Deborah, Lady Moody, most prob-
man in Dorchester, of whom the reader ably, who removed from Lynn to Long
will find frequent mention in the latter Island about 1(543. "Winthrop s earliest
pages of the Note-book. He had been a mention of her, as " a wise and an-
sergeantin the Pequot Avar, just finished, ciently religious woman," is under date
and held also at various times the offices of June, 1643 (vol. ii. p. 123). The
of selectman and of representative. Colony had granted her, three years

2 Mr. Robert Keayne was a public- before, four hundred acres of land
spirited and prominent merchant at this (J/a.s.s. Records, i. 290). [T.]

time. His house and garden were, on 4 John Throckmorton, already men-

the south side of the market-place, where tioned (p. 1), was excomrftunicated from

the Old State House afterwards stood the church at Salem when Hugh Peters

(Book of Possessions, p. 102). He was was minister there, and wenjt to Provi-

oneof the charter members of the Ancient dence with Roger Williams, where he

and Honorable Artillery Company, and, lived until his death. His daughter

indeed, is usually spoken of as Captain married John Coggeshall, one of the

Robert Keayne. His name constantly settlers on Aquidneck, who moved

occurs in the Colonial and Boston Town thither after the Hutchinson persecu-

Records, as well as in the Note-book. tion.



68 LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK.

to me in hand payd by Richard Parker of Boston in New
England, merchant, whereof and wherewith I acknowledge
my selfe satisfied and payd, and thereof and of every parte
thereof Doe acquit release and discharge the said Richard
Parker his heirs executors and administrators by these pres
ents, Doe hereby grant, bargaine and sell unto the said Richard
Parker the One moiety or halfendealc of all that Island here
tofore called by the Indians Chibatchuwese, now called Pru
dence, 1 lately purchased of Canonicus and Miantinomie, Clieife
Sachems of the Narrigansctts, w th all and singulare the appur
tenances, writings and escripts thereunto belonging, To have
and to hold the said moiety and halfcndeale of the said Island
and all and singular the premises w th the apurtenances what
soever unto the said Richard Parker his heires and assigns
for ever. In witnessc tc. [2s.]

This Indenture made the 2 Day of the 3 d month, 1639,
bctweene John Winthrop Esqr. Governor of the Massachu-
sets bay in New England, and Richard Parker 2 of Boston in
New England merchant, of the one parte, and John Throek-
morton gent, of the other parte, Witnesseth, that the said
John Winthrop and Richard Parker for divers good causes
and considerations them thereunto moving, Doe by these
presents demise, grant & to fannc lett unto the said John

1 Chibatchuwese, or Prudence Isl- (Boston Town Records, i. 42, 48). He
and, was purchased of Cunonicus by was a prominent merchant for many
Roger Williams, jointly with Governor years ; first selectman in 1651.
Winthrop, in November, 16.37. Mr. By the indentures immediately fol-
Williams hud sold his half of the isl- lowing it appears that Mr. Parker,
and. Governor Winthrop retained his having purchased Mr. Throckmorton s
interest, which he l:ft by will to his half of Prudence Island, joined with
son Stephen (ll inth., ii. 2, app. i.)- Governor Winthrop in a lease of the

2 Richard and Nicholas Parker, who whole island to Mr. Throckmorton for
were probably brothers, sold their three years and a half; that at about
house and land in Roxbnry in July, the same time he purchased "the
1639 (see p. 76, /*>/), having for some wharf, crane, and warehouses in Boston,"
time previously resided in Boston, and conveyed one half of the same to
Richard was admitted an inhabitant Mr. Edward Bendall, who had been one
of Boston, Sept. 30, 1639 ; and in Fcb- of the former proprietors, and by whose
ruary, 1640, had a grant of four hun- name the wharf was lor many years
dred acres "at the Mouiit " Wollustou afterwards called. [T.]



LECHFORD S MANUSCRIPT NOTE-BOOK. C9

Throckmorton, All that their Island called Prudence, w th the
appurtenances To have and to hold said Island w th the appur
tenances unto the said John Throckmorton his executors,
administrators and assigncs, from henceforth forth untill
the first Day of November next ensuing the date hereof, and
after for and during the space of three yearcs from the last
Day of October next ensuing the Date hereof fully to be com-
pleate and ended, yeelding and paying therefore yeurely unto
the said John Winthrop and Richard Parker their hcires and
assigncs the full summe of forty pounds by the ycare at one
entire payment upon the last clay of October in every of
the said three yeares. And it is covenanted, concluded and
agreed by and betweene the parties to these presents that the
said John Winthrop and Richard Parker shall presently deliver
unto the said John Throckmorton the summc of forty pounds
to stock the said Island w th swine, these to remaine during
both the said tonnes, [43] and in the end thereof the said
John Throckmorton shall yeild up the said Island w th the
appurtenances unto the said John Winthrop <fc Richard
Parker, their heires and assigncs, fully stocked w th forty
pounds worth of swine. And if the said John Throckmor
ton, his executors, adm or asss shall build upon and im
prove the ground of the said Island, as it shall be lawfull
for them to doe, then in the end of the said terme of
three yeares he or they shall be reasonably satisfyed for
the same by the said John Winthrop and Richard Parker,
their heires or assignes. Provided allwaycs that the said
John Throckmorton his executors administrators and as
signcs shall not Doe any wast upon the premises and shall
Duely pay the rent aforesaid at Boston aforementioned. In
witncssc etc. [5$-]

To all Christian people to whome these presents shall
come We Thomas Lcverit one of the Elders of the Church of
Uoston in New England, William Ilutchinson gent., John
Cogan merchant, John Coggeshall, John Newgate, James
Pennc, Edward Ilutchinson, Thomas Savage, Edward Bcndall
m r cht., [William] Dyer, Thomas OrifTeii, [Richard] Tuthill,



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[Thomas ?] Flint, and [Mary ?] Hudson, 1 widdow [of Ralph ?]
send greeting in our Lord God everlasting, Knowe yee, that
we for and in consideration of the summe of One hundred and
seventy pounds of lawful 1 money of England to us in hand payd
before the sealing and delivery of these p sents, by Richard
Parker of Boston, aforesaid, Merchant, whereof and where
with we acknowledge ourselves satisfied and payd and thereof
and of every parte and parcell thereof Doe remise release
and discharge the said Richard Parker his heires executors
administrators and assignes by these presents, Have granted,
bargained and sold, and by these presents Doe graunt,
bargaine and sell unto the said Richard [44] Parker all
that our wharfe, Crane and warehouses lying in Boston 2
aforesaid, w th all Customes, rights, privileges and appurten
ances whatsoever thereunto belonging and all our right, title,
interest and demaimd of, in and to the same To have and to
hold, receive, perceive and take, the said wharfe Crane and



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