Here is the last deed showing Jeremiah Meacham selling off his land at East Hampton, Long Island in 1668. This was his home lot, including his house, barn, orchard, garden, etc.; also included in this deed was his share of whales cast up on the town's beaches:
Book B, page 62. -- This Indenture made this fifteenth day of Aprell in the Twentyth yeare of our Soveraine Lord Charles ye Second King of great Brittaine france & Ireland defender of the faith &c. and in the yeare of our Lord 1668 Betwene JEREMIAH MEACHAM Late of Easthampton one long Island in Comt. Noua yorke of the one party and george Miller of the said easthampton of the other pte. Wittneseth that ye said JEREMIAH MEACHAM for and in Consideration of A Valuable some of Money Already in hand reseved Have and by these presents doe Alinate Bargaine and Sell and Have allinated Bargained and sould All that my house and Home Lotte situate Lying and Being in Easthampton aforesaid being Bounded on ye north by george Millers owne home Lotte and on ye south by the Lotte of William hedges and East by a great pond Commonly known by the name of Huck pond and west by the street together with all housinge Barnes stables fencings orchards gardens or trees Whatsoever aither growing standing or being or in any wise Apptaining unto the sd home Lotte, together with two eackers of Land be the same more or less lying Eastward of the sd Huck pond Runing northeast and southwest bounded Eastward by Mr Tho Beacker and westward by george Miller above sd, also my shear of Wheales or other Rakes whatsoever belonging to said hous & home Lotte With all Commonage and Privelidges in Devisions of Land Acording to the Valew of six eackers of Land. To him the said george Miller and his Haires for ever. To have and to hould peaceably and quietly to psses and Injoy for every Without the Lett (least) trouble hindrance or Molestation of mee the said JEREMIAH MEACHAM my Haires or Any other pson or psons by from or under mee, Laying any mannor of Claime either by Right of inheritance gift grant bargaine Sale or Mortgage Whatsoever Laying any Mannor of tittle or Claime there unto.
Also at any time or times here after to Make unto him the said George his Haires or asignes, such further asurance or asureances as shall by Learned Councell in the Law bee thought meett for his better security and safty. In Witnes Whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and fixed my seale the day and yeare first above Written.
JEREMIAH (I, his marke) MEACHAM
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presenc of
Robert (RD, his marke) daiton
A True Coppy by mee, Samuell Mulford, Recor.
(from RECORDS OF THE TOWN OF EAST-HAMPTON, LONG ISLAND, SUFFOLK CO., N.Y., with other ANCIENT DOCUMENTS OF HISTORIC VALUE (published 1887 at Sag-Harbor, N.Y.), p. 278-279)
(Online at Ancestry.com)
footnote: The deed just previous to this one, Jeremiah Meacham selling to John Stretton, also dated 15 April 1668, was witnessed by Jeremiah Conckling, Samuell Mulforde, and George Miller (I forgot to include these witnesses' names in the original posting).
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