20 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

   The following is a document made and given by that renowned Indian chief, King Philip:
   "This may informe the honord court that I Phillip ame willing to sell land within this draught, but the Indians that are vpon it may live upon it still, but the land that is (waste) may be sold and Wattachpoo is of the same mind; I have set downe all the principall names of the land wee are not willing should be sold.   ffrom Pacanankett
the 24th of the 12th Month 1668
                        "Philip :P: his mark."
   Another deed from the Indians:
   "Know All men by the presents that I Quachattasett Sachem of Manmomet doe sell vnto Hope of certaine pcell of Land lying att Pokasett; bounded as followeth viz: of land lying betwixt the Rivers or brookes called Annussanatonsett and another called Wakonacob; and soe downe to the sea and to the old way as they goe, to Saconeesett; all which the premises, I the aforesaid Quachattasett doe freely sell from mee and myne vnto him and his heirs foreur all privilidges, libertie of the sea and what ever is prmises; I doe confeirme this prsent day being the 9th of June in the yeare 1664.
Witness my hand   (Signed) Qachattasett—his mark.
Witness Richard Bourne
   Paumpunitt—James Attukoo"
   In consulting the old Plymouth Colony Records, I find between two and three dozen conveyances of lands which the Indians in their own right possessed, and in quite a number of instances deeds were conveyed and recorded in the Plymouth Colony Records in Colonial times, conveying from father to son or from father to daughter, or to some friend, without any consideration or price, and these Indians had them recorded on the Plymouth record book, so that the lands they owned would be passed from one Indian to another and held sacred by the Colony as lands belonging to these Indians in severalty.

 

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