Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Early Native American Deeds in Essex County MA

A new web site named has been created to present the deeds, in handwriting form and in transcription form, between the early European settlers of Essex County, Massachusetts and the Native Americans that dwelled on the land.

For each town in Essex County, a deed is presented. They are extremely interesting. If you look closely, many of them were executed after King Philip's War ended in 1676.

Here is a summary of the information on this web site:

Welcome to the Native American Deeds website. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you the most culturally significant documents ever recorded in Essex County. We refer to them as the "Native American Deeds Collection." These deeds directly link us to the days when Native American Indians lived on this land.

I invite you to take this journey with me over our landscape in the moccasins of our Native Americans, who had to sell their lands to survive. The "Native American Deeds" will lead the way. I hope that you will find this journey as interesting and exciting as I did.

Register of Deeds, John L. O'Brien

I scanned many of the transcriptions for my Essex County ancestors, but didn't see any of them in these deeds.

However, I found some wonderful maps of early Beverly and Andover in the Maps section of the web site.

Click on all the links and see the absolute beauty of this web site, especially if you have ancestry from Essex County MA.

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