93 Captain Scottow’s Land Laid Out

    Falmoth, the 6th Aprill 1686

    Whereas we the subscribers were appoynted by the Governour and Company of Massachusetts to lay out for Capt. Joshua Scottow five hundred Acres of Land on any free Place in the Province of Main. These are to Certify that we layd out on a Neck of Land, commonly called Marikaneeg Neck in Casco Bay, the abovesaid tract, Bounded as followeth, Beginning at a Red Oak tree marked on the four sides, bearing Northeast Northerly from Pullpitt Island, coming in at New Damarascove Sound, and also to Run from the abovesaid Marked Tree North West and by North, to run over the first Creek unto a little River commonly called Little or Crooked Lane, Allso to Run from the first said Red Oak marked tree Northeast up by the Water side up the Bayword, to come up to Sandy Poynt taking in all that small Point of Marsh or Meadow, Further to Run up from the bend of Little River or Crooked Lane Northeast into the woods, and so far up along fronting to the Bay at Sandy Poynt to Run on a paralell Line untill two hundred Acres be expired being added to above parcel to make up the abovesd Summ or quantity. In witnesse hereof we have hereunto sett our hands.

    Edward Tyng

    Silvanus Davis

    The underwritten one of his Majesties Councill in the Territory and Dominion of New England doe assent my name to this writing above to be my subscription, and that Silvanus Davis did in my presence subscribe his witnessing hand: Blackpoint the 6th July 1686.

    Edward Tyng

    [On reverse]

    At a Generall Court held at Boston By the Governour and Company of the Massachusett Bay 27th of May 1685.

    Whereas in Answer to the petition of Capt. Joshua Scottow for payment of two hundred and odd pounds claymed by him on Account of his Disbursments by him made in the Last Indean Warr The Generall Court in the yeare 1684 granted him in full of all his Demands five hundred acres of Land to be laid out in the Province of Mayne in any free place, which vote not being entered said Scottow is uncapable of Receiving benefitt thereby. This Court doe hereby confirme the abovesaid Grant of five hundred acres to him his heires and Assignes for ever and Capt. Edward Tyng and Mr. Dominicus Jordan are Impowered to Lay out the abovesaid Grant. This is a true Copy taken out of the Courts book of Reccords as attests

    Edward Rawson Secretary

    I doe desire and appoint Capt. Silvanus Davis to officiate and perform the trust desired of mee in my place and stead witnes my hand.

    Dominicus Jordan

    Aprill 16th 1687

    Recorded this Instrument page 10 in New Booke of Records Attest, Thos. Scottow. Deputy Register

    College Papers, Suppl. to vol. i. 11 (No. 24). Joshua Scottow was a prominent merchant of Boston. For a sketch of his life, see CSM Publications, x. 370–374. The General Court had already granted this land to Harvard College, as Samuel Sewall discovered after he purchased it from Captain Scottow. CSM Publications, xv. 278–279.