Monday, February 7, 2011

Will the correct Isaac Wilson please stand up? - Amanuensis Monday

To all people to whom these presents shall come,
Know ye, that I Isaac Wilson of Salem in ye County of Essex
and province of ye Mass. Bay in New Enlgand Husbandman
For and in Consideration of the Sum of Ten pounds thirteen shillings and 4 pence
to me in Hand before the ensealing hereof, well and truly paid by John Osborn of Salem
affd. Husbandman the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and ?? sel therewith
fully satisfied and contented, and thereof, and of every Part and parcel thereof, do exonerate, acquit and
discharge him w/ said John Osborn his
Heirs, Executors and Administrators for ever by these presents: HAVE
Given, Granted, Bargained, Sold, Aliened, Conveyed and Confirmed, and by these Presents, Do freely
fuly and absolutely Give, Grant, Bargain, Sell, Aliene, Convey and Confirm unto him the said
John Osborn his Heirs and Assigns for ever,

source for this receipt -1751 Colonial Salem. Colonial document concerning Isaac Wilson of Salem in County of Essex & province of Mass. Bay in New England, sum of Ten pounds thirteen shilling to be paid by John Osbon of Salem. Dated Sept. 23rd, 1751. Signature of Isaac Wilson. Printed form filled in hand. 8 X 12-1/2" 
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This receipt is a family mystery.  There were five Isaac Wilsons and five John Osborns in Salem between 1700 and the mid 1800s.  Both sets of Isaac Wilsons and John Osborns were either my great grandfathers, their sons, their nephews or other descendants.   They lived in the part of Salem, Massachusetts that is now known as the town of Danvers or Peabody.   This slip of paper is not dated, making it even more confusing.  The Wilsons were potters and farmers (husbandmen).  There were several marriages between the Wilsons and Osborns, too, which makes this an even bigger tangle.

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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