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1761,newburyport, Daniel Farnham, Signed Land Transfer, Davis Family For Sale
This item is a wonderful original document dated 1761, Essex County, Massachusetts, where Ephraim Davis of Boscowan, New Hampshire has been paid by Benjamin Davis of Newbury for the estate of their late uncle Samuel Davis of Newbury, weaver....signed at bottom by Ephraim Davis,Obadiah Davis,Josiah Davis, Jacob Buswell and Daniel Farnham as Justice. Document is 8x12, folds, minor paper loss, else in overall good condition.
Daniel Farnham was probably the first lawyer who set-
tled in Newbury, Mass. He was born in York, Maine, in
1719, and was fitted for college by Rev. Samuel Moody. He
graduated at Harvard in 1739, and married, in July, 1740,
Sibyll, daughter of Rev. Samuel Angier of Watertown, Mass.After completing his studies, he
removed to Newbury, and devoted himself to his profession.
He was the only lawyer living east of Salem at that date.
He soon became prominent in his profession, and had a
large practice as attorney in the court of common pleas and
as barrister-at-law in the court of general sessions. He was
interested in public affairs, and took an active part in the dis-
cussion that preceded and followed the division of the town
of Newbury and the incorporation of Newburyport.
In the struggle for American independence he was a loy-
alist, and opposed the separation of the colonies from the
mother country. He was moderator of the town meeting held March 8,
1774, and at the adjourned meeting held three days later,
but evidently considered it prudent to withdraw from public
life soon after that date.
Mr. Farnham died May 18, 1776, " after a short sickness,
in which the symptoms were violent and the progress
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