John Richardson and Edward Jessup were conveyed land that became known as West Farms, Westchester County, New York. In 1663, it was claimed by Shonearockite and nine other Chiefs that I believe were from the Mohegan Tribe. I have not found what John Richardson and Edward Jessup paid the Indians for the land at this time.
The following is the deed:
Indian Deed of West Farms
West Chester, March the 12th, 1663
" This may certify whom it may concerne that we Shonearockite, Wapomoc Tuckorre Whawhapechucke, Capahase, Quanusco, Shaquiske, Passachahenue, Harrawooke, have aliened and sold unto Edward Jessop and John Richardson, both of the place above said, a certain Tract of land bounded on teh east by the River Aqachung or Bonxkx to the midst of the River, on the northward by the Trees marked, &c., by a piece of a hasock meadow, westward by a little brooke called Sackwrahung, southward by the sea with a neck of land called Quinnahung, with all the meadows, &c., whatever else besides bee upon ye said parcell of lands with all other commodities belonging to the same quietly to possess and enjoy the same from us our heires or successors, to them their heires and successors for ever, and for their cattle range in the woodsw so farre as they please without any Molestation or Infringement, &c, and that this is our true Intent and Meaning wee have sett to our hands the day and Yeare above written. 1. SHONEAROCKITE, his marke, 2. WAPOME, his marke, 5. TUCKORRE, his marke, 3. WHAWHAPEHUCKE, his marke, 4. CAPAHASE, his marke, 8. QUANUSCO, his arke, 7. SHAQUISKE, his marke, 6. PASSACHANENNE, his marke, 9. HARRAWOOKER, his marke. Signed in presence of EDWARD WALTER, RICHARD PONTON, NATHAN BAILEY.
Another deed from the same Indians to Edward Jessup and John Richardson is dated March 12th, 1664, which was recorded for Mr. Richardson, April 5th, 1667.
March 12th, 1664, I Shawnarockett in the name and behalf of the rest doe acknowledge to have received of Edward Jessup and Mr.Richardson full satisfaction for the tract of land in this bill specified. Witness: SHAWNAROCKETT, his mark. EDWARD WALTERS, RICHARD PONTON, NATHAN BAILEY, Entered at Hampstead at ye time of the general meeting there the 9th day of March, 1664.
The Indian purchases were patented in 1666, to Edward Jessup and John Richardson of Westchester:
THE ROYAL PATENT OF WEST FARMS
"Richard Nicolls, Esq., governor genereal under his royal highness, James Duke of York and Albany, &c., of all his territoryes in America, to all to whom these presents shall come, sendeth greeting: whereas, there is a certain tract or parcel of land within this government, situate, lying and being neare unto and within the liits of the towne of Westchester. Upon ye aine being bounded to the east by the river commonly called by the Indians Aquehung, otherwise Broneke river, extending to the midst of said river to the north, by the mark't trees and by a piece of hassock meadow, westwardly a little brook called by the natives Sackurahung, and southward by the Sound or East River, including within a certain neck of land called Quinnahung, which said parcel or tract and neek of land with the appurtenances, together with commonage and liberty for range of horses and cattle, as free as they please into the woods, hath heretofore been joint purchased of the Indyan proprietors by Edward Jessup and John Richardson of Westchester aforesaid, and due satisfaction hath ye then been given for the same, as by the deed remaining upon record, more at large doth and may appear , now it being mutually agreed upon ye both the aforesaid purchasers, that an equal division shall be made of the said parcel or tract of land and appurtenences between them the said Edward Jessup and John Richardson, their heirs and assigns, and to the end that the said lands may be better manured and planted for a further confirmation unto each and either of them, in their possession and enjoyment of the premises. Know ye, that by virtue of the commission and authority unto me given by his royal highness, I have ratified, confirmed and granted, and by these presents do ratify, confirm and grant, unto John Richardson aforesaid, his heirs and assigns, the moiety or one-half of the aforesaid parcel or tract of land premises, together with the moiety or one-half of all the woods, meadows, pastures, waters, commonage, marshes, rivers or lakes thereunto belonging, within their and every of them, appurtenances and every part and parcel thereof, to have and to hold their said moiety, or one-half of the paid parcel or tract of land, commonage and premises, with all and singular the appurtenances to the said John Richardson, his heirs and assigns, unto the proper use ande behoof of the said John Richardson, his heirs and assigns, unto the proper use and behoof of the said John Richardson, his heirs and assigns forever, he or they rendering and paying such duties and acknowledgements as now are or hereafter shall be constituted and established by the laws of the government, under the obedience of his royal highness, his heirs and successors. Given under my hand and seal at Fort James in New York, on the island of Manhattoes, 25th day of April, in the eighteenth year of his majesties reign, A.D. 1666.
Upon Edward Jessups's death in June 1668, his wife Elizabeth inherited his share in West Farms. She then sold West Farms to Thomas Hunt of Westchester. John Richardson and Thomas Hunt then divided divided the land between them.
John Richardson and his wife Martha had 3 daughters who were: Bertha (Bethia), wife of Joseph Ketcham, of Newtown, Long Island; Mary, wife of Joseph Hadley, of Yonkers; and Elizabeth, wife of Gabriel Leggett who descendants are the Leggetts of West Farms.
The following is John Richardson's will dated 16th November, 1679:
"To his beloved wife, Martha, all his housing and orchard, and all moveables without and within, and all live stock, also all his land and meadow on the planting neck, and all the Long Neck, that runs southward from Thomas Hunt's new dwelling house to the Sound, and this during her life to act and dispose as she shall see cause." "To his son-in-law, Joseph Hadley, a pasture of three acres already laid out, &c., at or about the first spring, and all the meadow that is already divided, that is on this side of the river above ye planting neck." "To his three daughters, two hundred acres of land each;" "and to his brother's son, in Endland, Joseph Richardson, one hundred acres, if he come within the space of one whole year to receive it; and if he come not within the time prefixed, it shall remain in Martha my wife's hands." "In conclusion, he constitutes and appoints his well-beloved friends, William Richardson and Richard Ponton, both of Westchester, and Jonathan Hayward, of Newtown, Long Island, overseers of his last will and testament, and that it is his whole will and testament after his decease, he witnesses it under his own hand the 16th day of November, 1679-1680."
Signed, John Richardson."
The above information contains a few excerpts from the book "The History of the Several Towns, Manors, and Patents of the County of Westchester, From Its First Settlement to the Present Time" Volume II by the Late Rev. Robert Bolton; New York, 1881, pgs. 433-437.
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