1846 Sale of Parsonage Land Salisbury, MA
A deed for the purchase of a portion of parsonage land belonging to the East Parish Meeting House that was voted on by the elders of the church. Dr. Cyrus Dearborn as the head of the committee has signed with fee simple deed with Cyrus Dearborn Jr (the doctor's son and town selectman), and Jacob Blaisdell (from one of the early families in the town) as witnesses. They were selling it to Moses French who was a member of a long-standing and important family in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Land deeds like this one are sometimes the only information available to us about life during the 18th and early 19th centuries. From this type of document, we learn where people lived, their status in life, the amount of land they owned, who their neighbors were, and the names of their wives and children. Many times a child or wife's name will appear in these deeds that has been omitted from the genealogical records of our ancestors. To find the true story of your ancestors, land deeds and other contemporaneous documents are the most important documents to use.
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