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Home Town Relative Native American Deed Comment Original Deed(s) Text Translation(s)
Amesbury Haverhill Amesbury originally was part of Salisbury but its land is covered within the bounds of the Pentucket Deed Haverhill Original Deed Haverhill Deed Text
Andover Andover This was an action by the Mass Bay Colony General Court between a Chief and on behalf of the Inhabitants of Cochickawick (Andover)  NONE Andover Conveyance 1
Andover Conveyance 2
Beverly Beverly All lands bounded by the Town of Beverly about 15 square miles Beverly Original Deed Beverly Deed Text
Boxford Boxford Boxford had 2 deeds. One signed by Samuel English and one signed by John English and John Umpee, all decendants of Chief Masconomet Boxford Original Deed 1
Boxford Original Deed 2
Boxford Deed Text 1
Boxford Deed Text 2
Boxford Deed Text 3
Boxford Deed Text 4
Bradford Bradford Bradford was a town for 200 years including what is today Groveland, Georgetown and part of Rowley. Bradford had 2 deeds. One with the inhabitants and one with the owners of Phillips Farm Bradford Original Deed
Bradford/Phillips Farm
Bradford Deed Text 1
Bradford Deed Text 2
Bradford Deed Text 3
Danvers Salem Danvers was originally known as Salem Village and is included in the bounds of the Salem Deed Salem Original Deed 1
Salem Original Deed 2
Salem Original Deed 3
Salem Original Deed Depositions
Salem Deed Text 1
Salem Deed Text 2
Salem Deed Text 3
Essex Gloucester & Ipswich Essex and Rockport were originally part of Gloucester and its land was included in the Gloucester deed, however, the first Ipswich deed included lands to the Chebacco Creeke Gloucester Original Deed
Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Gloucester Deed Text
Ipswich Deed Text
Georgetown Bradford Bradford was a town for 200 years including what is today Groveland, Georgetown and part of Rowley. Bradford had 2 deeds. One with the inhabitants and one with the owners of Phillips Farm Bradford Original Deed 1
Bradford/Phillips Farm
Bradford Deed Text 1
Bradford Deed Text 2
Bradford Deed Text 3
Gloucester Gloucester & Ipswich Essex and Rockport were originally part of Gloucester and its land was included in the Gloucester deed, however, the first Ipswich deed included lands to the Chebacco Creeke Gloucester Original Deed
Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Gloucester Deed Text
Ipswich Deed Text
Groveland Bradford Bradford was a town for 200 years including what is today Groveland, Georgetown and part of Rowley. Bradford had 2 deeds. One with the inhabitants and one with the owners of Phillips Farm Bradford Original Deed 1
Bradford/Phillips Farm
Bradford Deed Text 1
Bradford Deed Text 2
Bradford Deed Text 3
Hamilton Ipswich Hamilton was originally a hamlet of Ipswich Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Ipswich Deed Text
Haverhill Haverhill Haverhill was originally settled as Pentucket named after the original inhabitants, encompassing the lands bounding Haverhill Merrimac and Amesbury. This Deed was recorded twice, once at the Ipswich Court and again at a Norfolk County Court. The original Norfolk County (1643-1677) abutted the north side of the Merrimack River from Haverhill up to Exeter, N.H. Haverhill Original Deed Haverhill Deed Text
Ipswich Ipswich Masconomet signed two deeds with John Winthrop Jr. The first was land for his personal use around Castle Hill and the second much larger up to the Merrimack River. Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Ipswich Deed Text
Lawrence Andover Lawrence was formed in 1841 as a town made up of parts of Andover, North Andover and Methuen. John Indian in 1701 transferred all his rights to a 10 square mile parcel near Haverhill Haverhill Original Deed
John Indian Deed
Haverhill Deed Text
John Indian Text
Lynn Lynn Reading, Two Nahants Lynn has two deeds from 1686. One with Lynn Selectmen and Reading Trustees including land bounded by Lynn, Reading, Lynnfield, Nahant and Swampscott. Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 2
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 2
Lynnfield Lynn, Reading, Two Nahants Lynnfield originally part of Lynn, has two deeds from 1686. One with Lynn Selectman & Reading Trustees including land bounded by Lynn, Reading, Lynnfield, Nahant & Swampscott. Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 2
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 2
Manchester Manchester Manchester had 2 deeds. One signed by Samuel English & one signed by John English & John Umpee all decendants of Chief Masconomet. Manchester Original Deed Manchester Deed Text 1
Manchester Deed Text 2
Marblehead Marblehead This deed is supported with several depositions and identifies many descendants of the original landholders. Marblehead Original Deed 1
Marblehead Original Deed 2
Marblehead Original Deed 3
Marblehead Deed Text 1
Marblehead Deed Text 2
Merrimac Haverhill & John Indian Merrimac was originally know as West Amesbury, subsequently shares its history. Haverhill was originally settled as Pentucket named after the original inhabitants, encompassing the lands bounding Haverhill, Merrimac & Amesbury. This Deed was recorded twice, once at the Ipswich Court and again at a Norfolk County Court. The original Norfolk County (1643-1677) abutted the north side of the Merrimack River from Haverhill up to Exeter, N.H. John Indian in 1701 transferred all his rights to a 10 square mile parcel near Haverhill. Haverhill Original Deed
John Indian Deed
Haverhill Deed Text
John Indian Deed Text
Methuen John Indian John Indian, in 1701, transferred all his rights to a 10 square mile parcel near Haverhill. John Indian Deed John Indian Deed Text
Middleton Salem Middleton was formed in 1728 being comprised of parts of Salem, Boxford, Andover and Topsfield. However, it was entirely within the tribal territory of Naumkeag. Salem Original Deed 1
Salem Original Deed 2
Salem Original Deed 3
Salem Original Deed Depositions
Salem Deed Text 1
Salem Deed Text 2
Salem Deed Text 3
Nahant Lynn Reading, Two Nahants Nahant is our oldest 'deed' (1630) according to a deposition where by Black Will the Sagamore, there sold the land of Nahant for a suit of cloths. Nahant originally part of Lynn, has two deeds from 1686, one with Lynn Selectman and Reading Trustees including land bounded by Lynn, Reading, Lynnfield, Nahant and Swampscott. Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 2
Nahant Conveyance
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 2
Newbury Newbury Newbury originally known as Wessacuoon after the original inhabitants. The Newbury Deed included the lands of West Newbury, Newbury North & parts of Rowley & Ipswich, Masconomet's second Ipswich Deed included all his lands to the Merrimac River. Newbury Original Deed
Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Newbury Deed Text
Ipswich Deed Text
Newburyport Newbury Newbury originally known as Wessacuoon after the original inhabitants. The Newbury Deed included the lands of West Newbury, Newbury North & parts of Rowley & Ipswich, Masconomet's second Ipswich Deed included all his lands to the Merrimac River. Newbury Original Deed
Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Newbury Deed Text
Ipswich Deed Text
North Andover Andover This was an action by the Mass. Bay Colony General Court between a Chief and on behalf of the inhabitants of Cochickawick (Andover).  None Salem Deed Text 1
Salem Deed Text 2
Salem DeedText 3
Peabody Salem Peabody was formed from South Danvers, which was part of Salem Village. Salem Original Deed 1
Salem Original Deed 2
Salem Original Deed 3
Salem Original Deed Depositions
Salem Deed Text 1
Salem Deed Text 2
Salem Deed Text 3
Rockport Gloucester & Ipswich Essex and Rockport were originally part of Gloucester and its land was included in the Gloucester deed, however, the first Ipswich deed included lands to the Chebacco Creeke Gloucester Original Deed
Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Gloucester Deed Text
Ipswich Deed Text
Rowley Rowley In 1639 Ipswich formed a plantation called Rowley.  Not Available Rowley Deed Text
Salem Salem Salem in 1626 was the first location of the settlers which the Natives called Naumkeag. Salem Original Deed 1
Salem Original Deed 2
Salem Original Deed 3
Salem Original Deed Depositions
Salem Deed Text 1
Salem Deed Text 2
Salem Deed Text 3
Salem-Misery Island Salem-Misery Island Thomas Tyler was son of Masconomet, living in Martha's Vineyard at the time. Salem Misery Isl.Original Deed Salem Misery Isl.Deed Text
Salisbury Ipswich Masconomet signed two deeds with John Winthrop Jr. The first was land for his personal use around Castle Hill and the second much larger up to the Merrimac River. Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Ipswich Deed Text
Saugus Lynn Saugus Saugus was a Native American place by that name and part of Lynn. Lynn Saugus Original Deed
Lynn Saugus Deed Text
Swampscott Lynn Reading, Two Nahants Swampscott originally part of Lynn, has two deeds from 1686. One with Lynn Selectman and Reading Trustees including land bounded by Lynn, Reading, Lynnfield, Nahant and Swampscott. Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Deed 2
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 1
Lynn Reading TheTwo Nahants Text 2
Topsfield Topsfield In 1648, Village at New Meadows at Ipswich became Topsfield. In 1650 the court granted that Topsfield be a Town.  Not Available Topsfield Deed Text
Wenham Wenham In 1648 the court ordered that Enon be called Wenham.  Not Available Wenham Deed Text
West Newbury Newbury & Ipswich West Newbury originally part of Newbury. The Newbury Deed included the lands of West Newbury, Newburyport and parts of Rowley and Ipswich. Masconomet's second Ipswich Deed included all his lands to the Merrimac River. Ipswich Original Deed 1
Ipswich Original Deed 2
Newbury Original Deed
Ipswich Deed Text