Petition of Job Ahaton to the Massachusetts General Court

Province of the Massachusetts Bay

To his Excellency William Shirley, Esq., Captain General and Governour and in Chief in and over His Majesty’s Province Aforesaid, to the Honorable His Majesty’s Council and House of Representatives in General Court Assembled at Boston, October 20, 1743


The humble petition of Job Ahaton of Titicut in the Township of Middleborough in the County of Plymouth and Province aforesaid, humbly sheweth that whereof your petitioner is near or about two hundred pounds old pounds in debt to English people which he was obliged [ illegible ] leasing of his [ illegible ] the [ illegible ] and [ illegible ] which [ illegible ] of your petitioner was [ illegible ] able to pay his abovesaid debts, and your petitioner having leased out by the approbation of the court of General Sessions of the peace at Plymouth unto [ illegible ] of Ray[ illegible ] about sixty acres of land which lease will be expired in about seventeen years and said land being leased for five pounds old tenour per year, and your petitioner being obliged to pay [ illegible ] pounds old tenour per year interest, your petitioner would, therefore, humbly pray that Your Excellency and Honors would be pleased to take those things into your wise and just consideration and grant to your petitioner with the assistance of the [ illegible ] liberty to [ illegible ] [ illegible ] that your petitioner may be enabled to pay his just debts and may not be exposed to suffer the [ illegible ] and hoping your petitioner will be his [ illegible ] to keep out of debt for the future.


And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray.


Job Ahaton, his mark


Legislative Action:

In Council, November 1, 1743. Read and ordered that George Leonard, Esq., with such as will be joined by the Honorable House be [ hole ] Committee to examine into and adjust the debts of the petitioner within mentioned, and that the petitioner (upon the adjustment thereof ) be allowed and empowered to sell the whole of the estate within mentioned, or so much thereof as shall be sufficient to pay his just debts to such person or persons as shall bid most for the same and to return the overplus if any there be to the Guardians of the Titicut Indians, by them to be disposed of in such manner as shall be most for the benefit of the petitioner.  Sent down for concurrence. J. Willard, Secretary. In the House of Representatives, November 8, 1743.  Read and concurred and Captain Bradford and Mr. Clap are joined in the affair. Thomas Cushing, Speaker/  Consented to, William Shirley


Province of the Massachusetts Bay.  Job Ahaton’s Petition filed in Court.  [1]Paid November 8, 1743




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