|EARLY SETTLEMENT OF BRIDGEWATER.||11|
[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]
|WILLIAM PAYBODY,||PHILIP DELANO,|
|FRANCIS SPRAGUE,||ARTHUR HARRIS,|
|WILLIAM BASSETT,||Mr.||JOHN ALDEN,|
|JOHN WASHBURN,||JOHN FOBES,|
|JOHN WASHBURN, Jr.,||SAMUEL NASH,|
|JOHN AMES,||ABRAHAM SAMPSON,|
|THOMAS GANNETT,||GEORGE SOULE,|
|WILLIAM BRETT,||EXPERIENCE MITCHELL,|
|EDMUND HUNT,||HENRY HOWLAND,|
|WILLIAM CLARKE,||HENRY SAMPSON,|
|WILLIAM FORD,||JOHN BROWN,|
|Mr.||CONSTANT SOUTHWORTH,||JOHN HAWARD,|
|JOHN CARY,||FRANCIS WEST,|
|EDMUND WESTON,||WILLIAM TUBBS,|
|SAMUEL TOMPKINS,||JAMES LENDALL,|
|EDMUND CHANDLER,||SAMUEL EATON,|
|MOSES SIMMONS,||SOLOMON LEONARD.|
To these fifty-four shares of the proprietors afterwards added two more, and granted one to the Rev. James Keith, of Scotland, their first minister, and the other to Deacon Samuel Edson, of Salem, who erected the first mill in the town, making in all fifty-six shares.
The grant of this plantation was considered by the court as preemptive merely, and as little more than an authority or right to purchase it of the natives: and accordingly Capt. Miles Standish, Samuel Nash, and Constant Southworth, were appointed to make the purchase, which service they performed as will appear by the following deed.
"Witness these presents, that I Ousamequin, Sachem of the county of Poconocket, have given, granted, enfeofed, and sold unto Miles Standish of Duxbury, Samuel Nash and Constant Southworth of Duxbury, aforesaid, in behalf of all the townsmen of Duxbury, aforesaid, a tract of land usually called Satucket, extending in the length and breadth thereof as followeth, that is to say, from the wear at Satucket, seven miles due east, and from the said wear seven miles due west, and from the said wear seven miles due north, and from the said wear seven miles due south; the which tract the said Ousamequin hath given, granted, enfeofed, and sold unto the said Miles Standish,
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