Compilation of Wangunk Land Records

At a Town Meeting, May 4, 1666, it was voted by the Town that Sergeant Cornwell, Ensign White, Thomas Whetmore, Samuel Stocking, and John Hall, Jr. should treat with the Worshipful Mr. Wyllys and Mr. Richards respecting the business committed to them by the honored Court respecting the Indian land. Nathaniel Bacon likewise was jointly added in commission with these men, and that these men shall have full power to make a full conclusion with them respecting all Indian lands or claim to land within our bounds granted us by the Court, and the Town wi[ torn ] stand to their conclusion, this above written was voted to be the Town’s mind the day and year above written.
May 11th 1757.   A true copy of record in Middletown.  Test, William Rockwell, Town Clerk
March 30th 1670.  At a town meeting the town made choice of Sergeant William Cornwell and John Wilcox and Thomas Whetmore to go along with the Worshipful Gentlemen Mr. Wyllys and Mr. Richards to show them the bounds of the Indian land of Wangunk.
May 11th 1757.   A true copy of record in Middletown.  Test, William Rockwell, Town Clerk
April 24th 1670.  The Indian land at Wangunk, the upland with two acres of meadow within that square is thirty three acres, being 136 rods long on the longest side, beginning at a beach tree by the river side, west abutting on a highway south and the river north, and on a highway east, the depth of the east end is fifty-four rods.
The rest of the meadow belonging to the Indians at Wangunk is nine acres, lying in divers parcels, intermixed amongst the Englishs’ meadow there, and Otter Island is six or seven acres, all which land was given to the Indians by the honored Mr. Haynes and Mr. Hopkins in the year fifty adjudged by those gentlemen as a sufficient allowance for them.
Middletown, May 11th 1757.  A true copy of record.  Test, William Rockwell, Town Clerk
June 18th 1672.   It was agreed between the Town and Ensign White and John Savage, and Thomas Ranny, and Richard Hall, that in case the Town shall need their lots or any of them lying on the east side the Great
River upon the south of Wangunk Meadow, near the Indians’ land that they shall be made up as good elsewhere on that side in the undivided land where they shall choose, for quantity and quality, as three indifferent men shall judge as may not mar the form of lots.  It was also agreed at the same town meeting by the Town to gratify the Indians, in order to acquit all claims and title to any lands within our bounds that they should be either suited with land in undivided land, if they like, or in the land they propound for, so they give
us assurance of all within our bounds from all Indian title or claim as the honored gentlemen with whom we left this matter shall agree with them.
May 11th 1757.  A true copy of record in Middletown.  Test, William Rockwell, Town Clerk
Richard Ranney’s Memorial