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300 Yr Old Us Doc- Sgd Capt Chapman, Oyster River, Ct For Sale
1 pg. autograph document signed, March 16, 1708 (09), Oyster River Quarter, CT, by Captain Samuel Chapman (1672-1758) as Proprietors Clerk, being a bill for a survey in an area in Oyster Quarter called "Rawhill." The document reads (in Olde English, my translation attempt), in part: "... we whose names are underwritten laid out to ... James Wright another __ of land upon the hill called Rawhill the southwise corner in a walnut tree marked with j:w upon the date and month said and stones laid about it from thence it runs northerly 213 rods....from thence it runs east to a white oak... marked with j:w upon the west and ... runs 213 rods to a small chestnut tree marked with line runs west 60 rods to the first marked walnut tree in the boundary... about 80 acres ... of land are laid out for a stream road __ right 3rd Division and for 30 acres granted to him by the quarter and for 30 acres bought of Joshua Bushnell's note it also was granted to the said Joshua by the quarter laid out by his quarter measure. [sgd] Abram Chalker, Joshua Bushnell, Robert Chapman.-- A true copy of the records of Oyster River quarter- Attest Per me Samuel Chapman Proprietors Clerk." The reverse of the document is docketed: "Survey Bill of Rawhill" and "A Survey of 80 acres laid out for a 200 right, 3 Division & for 30 acres granted him by the quarter & for 30 granted by Joshua Bushnell w[hich] s[aid] Bushnell had granted him by the Quarter."
The Saybrook Colony was established in 1635 by an advance party for Governor John Winthrop of Mass, and his son, Gov. John Winthrop, Jr., (who was later Governor of the Connecticut Colony). In 1644 the Saybrook Colony was merged into the Connecticut Colony. Thus began the disintegration of the colony into smaller areas and communities. In 1648 Saybrook was divided up into quarters. One of the quarters was the Oyster River Quarter, an area around the Oyster River (4 mile river) that runs into Long Island Sound. In 1723, Oyster River Quarter was renamed Westbrook.
Captain Samuel Chapman (1672-1758), who signs wrote and signs this document as proprietor, was born at Saybrook, Colony of Connecticut. He was prominent in civil and military affairs of the Colony, being for some time the proprietor's clerk for Oyster River Quarter. He was married Margaret Griswold (1675-1750) of Killingsworth, who hailed form a prominent colonial family in Connecticut (and namesake of Griswold, CT).
James Wright (1643-1727), mentioned in this document, was the son of Benjamin Wright (1610-77) who came to Guilford, CT in 1639. Benjamin is the founder of the Wright family in Connecticut. In short, the Wright's were very "independent" minded, especially to the crown, the law, and to each other. While in Guilford, Benjamin was once arraigned before the Guilford authorities for being a "pestilent fellow." By 1660 he had "squatted" a large chunk of land in what is now Killingworth. When the settlers of Killingworth, in 1663, came to lay out their plantation, much to their chagrin, they found Benjamin already within their bounds. He was not ousted, but continued to lead a solitary life on his land, four miles away from the nearest white inhabitants. About 1704, boundaries were changed, placing part of his property in Saybrook, and another part in Killingworth. His son's didn't recognize Saybrook's territorial control over them. When Benjamin died, his sons John and James got most of his property... and they would later fight over this division of property. For his part, James, owned several hundred acres in Oyster River Quarter that he acquired between 1720-27. Descendant's of the Wrights include Silas Wright, Governor of New York and U.S. Senator.
A little worn and stained at the folds, but on heavy rag paper, so no threat of any eminent breaks, o/w in very good condition for a 300+ year old American document. Buyer pays $2.25 shipping.
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