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1748 Rhode Island Indenture

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

1748 Rhode Island Indenture

Kings County. June 10, 1748. The document is an indenture between John Brown and the Trustees of the Rhode Island Colony for “ … a certain tract of land lying in Westerly … Containing sixty acres bounded Northerly on George Babcocks land Eastern on Benjamin Halls Junr. Land Southerly on Joseph Halls Land & Westerly on ye Grantors Land … ” The document is signed by WILLIAM BABCOCK (1708-1751).

Babcock served as town clerk of Westerly for a period of about twenty years. He was also a justice of the peace and represented Westerly in the General Assembly of Rhode Island in 1744. In addition, the document notes that it was “Signed, Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of both Babcock and SILAS GREENMAN (1690-1760) Justice of the Peace from Kingston.

In 1718, Greenman was found guilty of counterfeiting, which led to his removal from his post. Greenman went on to serve as Town Councilor, clerk and moderator for Westerly, Rhode Island. Greenman was also a slave holder who estate inventory included seven slaves. Usual folds.

Partially Printed Indenture
Size: One page, 13” x 16 5/8”
Condition: Extremely Fine

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