THE GRAND DEED

To all to whom these presents shall come--------- Josiah Winslow Esq. Gov.r of the colony of new plymouth Major William Bradford Treasurer of the sd coloney Mr Thomas Hinkley & James Cudworth Assistants to the said Governor send Greeting.--- Whereas wee the said Governor - Treasurer Thomas Hinkley & James Cudworth or any two of us by virtue of an order of the General Court of the Colony aforesaid: bearing date November 1676: are Impowered in the sd colony's behalf to make sale of certain lands belonging to the colony aforesd & to make & seale Deeds for the confirmation of the same as by the said order remaining on record in the said court Roles more at large appeareth. Now Know Yee that wee the sd Governor, Treasurer, Thomas Hinkley & James Cudworth: As Agents. & in the behalf of the said Collony, for & in consideration of One Thousand one hundred pounds in lawful money of New England to us in hand before the ensealing & delivery of these presents, well & truly paid by Edward Gray of Plimoth, in the Colony aforesd Nathaniel Thomas of Marshfield in the colony aforesaid Benjamin Church of Puncatest in the colony aforesaid, Christopher Almy Job Almy Thomas Waite of Portsmouth in the Colony of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, Daniel Wilcox of Puncatest & William Manchester of Puncatest in the Colony of New Plymouth aforesd -- with which sum wee the sd Agents do acknowledge to be fully satisfyed & contented & paid and thereof doe acquit & discharge the sd Edward Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Benjamin Church, Christopher Almy, Job Almy, Thomas Waite Daniel Wilcox and William Manchester, their either & every of their heirs, executors, administrators & afsignes forever: By these presents: Have given, granted, bargained, sould, aliened, enfeofed, & confirmed: & by these presents for us & for the sd Colony of New Plimouth, Doe freely, fully & absolutely give grant bargain, sell, alien, enfeof & confirm unto the said Edward Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Benjamin Church, Christopher Almy, Job Almy, Thomas Waite, Daniel Wilcox & William Manchester; all those lands Situate, Lying & being at Pocafsett & places adjacent in the Colony of New Plimouth aforesaid: & is bounded as followeth. Viz. Northwards & Eastwards by the freemans Lotts, near the fall River: Westward by the bay or sound that runneth between the said lands & Rhode Island, Southward, partly by Succonit bound & partly by Dartmouth bounds, & Northward & Eastward up into the woods till it meets with the lands formerly granted by the court to other men, & legally obtained by them from the Natives, not extending farther than middlebury towne bounded & Quitquiefsett Ponds (only Excepting & Reserving out of this Bargain & saile one hundred acres of land, granted & laid out to Capt Roger Goulding & one hundred acres of land granted & laid out to David & Thomas Lake & the lands of Right appertaining to Punkatest Purchase, & the lands formerly granted by the Court of Plimouth to Capt Richard Morris) To have and to Hold, all the above mentioned and bounded lands, with all & singular the woods, coves, creeks, ponds, brooks, benefits, profits, priveleges & hereditaments whatsoever, in before arising accruing, belonging, or thereunto in anyways appertaining, or to any part or parcel thereof, to them the said Edward Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Benjamin Church, Christopher Almy, Job Almy, Thomas Waite, Daniel Wilcox & William Manchester: them & every of them, their heirs & assigns forever. (That is to say) To the sd Edward Gray, nine shares or thirtieth parts of the sd lands to him his heirs & afsigns forever:- To the said Nathaniel Thomas five shares or thirtieth parts of all the sd lands to him, his heirs & afsigns forever:- & to the sd Benjamin Church one share to him his heirs & afsigns forever: To the said Christopher Almy three shares & three quarters of one share to him, his heirs & afsigns forever: & to the sd Job Almy three shares & one quarter of one share to him, his heirs & afsigns forever: To the sd Thomas Waite one share, to him his heirs & afsigns forever: To the sd Daniel Wilcox two shares to him, his heirs & afsigns forever: & To the said William Manchester five shares, to him, his heirs and afsigns forever. And We the sd Governor, Treasurer, Thomas Hinkley, & James Cudworth, for us, as agents of the sd Colony of new plimouth, for the sucfesive governor & treasurer thereof To & with the sd Edward Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Benjamin Church, Christopher Almy, Job Almy, Thomas Waite, Daniel Wilcox & William Manchester, & every of them, their & every of their heires, executors, administrators & afsigns, Doe promis, covenant & grant in manner & form following, that is to say: that wee the sd agents have full power & lawful authority to bargain sell & confirm all & singular the above granted & bargained premises: & thereof to make a pure & perfect Estate of Inheritance, in fee simple, in manner & form above Exprefsed: and that the sd lands & every part & parcel thereof at the time of the ensealing & delivery of these presents is free & cleare, & freely & clearly acguitted of & from all other & former gifts, grants, bargains, sales, titles, troubles, charges, & inncumberances Whatsoever: & That We the sd Governor, Treasurer, Thomas Hinkley & James Cudworth & the Sucfefive Governor, Government & Treasurer of the Colony of new plimouth aforesaid, to the sd Edward Gray, Nathaniel Thomas, Benjamin Church, Christopher Almy, Job Almy, Thomas Waite, Daniel Wilcox & William Manchester, them & every of them, their & every of their heirs & afsigns, shall & will Warrant, all and singular, the above granted premises, & every part & parcel thereof, from all Lawful claims. And forever confirm the same by these presents, In Witnefs whereof wee the said Governor, Treasurer, Thomas Hinkley & James Cudworth have hereunto set our hands, and the publiqe seal of the sd Colony of Newplimoth the fifth day of March, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred & Seventy & in the Thirty 2d year of the Reigne of our sovraine Lord Charles the second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France & Ireland King - Defender of the faith & @. ----

 Signed Sealed & Del'd                    Josiah Winslow, Gov'r
        in the presence of us                    Will. Bradford, Treas'r
           John Freeman                      Tho's Hinkley
            Daniel Smith                     James Cudworth - Afsistants
        This Instrument was owned & acknowledged by
        Josiah Winslow Esq Governor - Wm. Bradford-         (SEAL)
        Tho's Hinkley & Ja's Cudworth March 6, 1679/80
        before me  John Alden Afsistant


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