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1765 Colonial Pennsylvania Agreement Signed By Noted Indian Trader John Hart For Sale
1765 colonial Pennsylvania Agreement between Indian trader John Hart and his brother Philadelphia merchant Thomas Hart involving land willedJohn by his aunt Martha Bezaillion, widow of famed French frontier Indian trader and intrepreterPeter Bezaillion, first whitesettler in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The Agreement involves the transfer of 158 acres from John Hart to Thomas Hart. It references a township where Martha lived, probably Caln and the land which was gotten from her husband, Peter may be in present day Coatesville, Pennsylvania centering somewhere around the corner of 12th Avenue and Olive Street, Coatesville. A few interesting items in the Agreement are 1) Martha had used a "Vocal Will" 2) The land or use of land will be assignedfrom John toThomas who will pay 20 pounds now and another 500 poundsby June 10, 1766 in "like money." Dated January 8, 1765 It is signed and a red waxseal given by both brothers. Thomas Hart (?-1774) was a Philadelphia merchant who worked with frontier Pennsylvania Indian traders. One of his best suppliers/customers was Peter Bezaillion, Martha's husband. He supplied Bezaillion with goods for trading and bought peltries. John Hartwas a famous Indian trader who was first licensed to trade by colonial authories in 1744.In 1755 he returned from Canada where he had fledto escape prosecution for killing a man in Cumberland County. He was an intrpreter for the Cherokee when they came to Philadelphia in 1758. He is listed as a homeowner at Fort Pitt [Pittsburgh] in 1761 and was a licensed trader out of Fort Pitt in 1763. He reported about the Battle of Bushy Run in 1763 after arriving in Philadelphia. In 1765, he is listed at Fort Pitt representing Callender & Company.Hart established a campsite on the Kittaning Path in present day Cambria County, Pennsylvania. [see #3 & 4]. The two witnesses are James Marshall and George [Larone?]. They were probably residents of Chester County, Pennsylvania where document was signed. Martha Bezallion (1693-1764) [appears to be a bezaillion ways to spell Bezaillion] was born Martha Combe. Her brother, Moses Combe was an Indian trader in Donegal Township, Pennsylvania with a post on Coney Creek. Martha married Peter [she was his second wife] and they settled in the Susquehanna Valley. They retired a bit further east in Chester County where they patented the land in this agreement in 1740. Peter Bezallion (1662-1742) was a ProtestantFrenchman who came to Pennsylvania from Canada. He had traded down the Mississippi River, came to Pennsylvania, traded all over the Pennsylvania frontier, was arrested at least twice in 1708 and 1711 for suspicion of allying with the French and Indians [being French made him a constant suspect] and settledin the area near the Combe trading post. He was a well known interpreter for both the Shawnee and Delaware Indians in their negotiations with colonial authoriries. Martha was baptized late in life into the Church of England and donated lots of money to the St. Johns Church, Pequa, Chester County. Both she and Peter are buried at the church. Document is missing first few lines and folds on back have two pieces of archival tape. However most of it is there and the writing is dark and clear. It involves persons associated with or in the Indian trade on the Pennsylvania frontier c.1700 to the French and Indian War.It also seems to reference lands now in Coatesville, PA as Peter Bezaillion is considered the first white man in Coatesville. A fantastic 1760s Pennsylvania document. Sent flat.
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