Deed of sale for land in Boston, sold by Mary Phillips to William Fairfield, drawn up and signed by Samuel Phillips, 1713 May 29

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Content Notes

This deed of sale appears to have been created on May 28, 1713; it was signed the following day, on May 29, 1713. The deed represents Mary Phillips' sale of a plot of land in Boston to William "Faierfeild" (William Fairfield) of Wenham, Massachusetts. Phillips, a widow, sold Fairfield the land for sixty pounds. The deed describes the plots surrounding the one being sold (including land owned by Mr. Gibs, Mr. Frogstik(?) and Richard Bills) and explains that Phillips had given her grandson, Eleazar Phillips, a neighboring plot "by deed of gift" in 1709. The deed specifies that this grandson will continue to have the right to share a pump on the property being sold, as well as the right to use a passage on the plot called Pudding Lane. There is also a postscript related to "the stoans lyinn upon and belonging to the [?] are excepted against as not belonging to the bargan befour the ensealler[?]." The deed is signed by Mary Phillips, Samuel Phillips, "Nathaneall" (Nathaniel) Waldron, and Justice of the Peace Paul Dudley. The verso of the document is signed by the Registrar of Suffolk County, Addington Davenport.

Biographical Notes

The individuals involved in the creation of this document have not been identified with certainty. Although their names are known and listed in this record, their genealogy and dates of birth and death are unknown. It appears that several individuals by the name of Samuel Phillips resided in Boston at the time of this deed of sale's creation. William Fairfield, who purchased the plot of land from Mary Phillips, may be the William Fairfield (1662-1742) who served as speaker in the House of Representatives of the Massachusetts state legislature. Eleazar Phillips, Mary Phillips' grandson, was possibly the bookseller in Charlestown, Massachusetts, often referred to as Eleazer rather than Eleazar.