Petition of Desire Sepit to the Massachusetts General Court

Commonwealth of Massachusetts                             

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To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court Assembled, January 16, 1782

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Humbly shews Desire Sepit of Plympton in the County of Plymouth, Indian woman, that she is far advanced in life and thereby unable to support herself by labour and your petitioner, being in debt to the Widow Sarah Cushman[1] of Plympton on a note of hand for six pounds, thirteen shillings, and fourpence silver money and on book to Thomas Drew[2] for two pounds, nineteen shillings, and

sixpence silver money. Your petitioner, being the owner of about two hundred acres of poor pine land lying in Plympton,[3] which is but of little service to her.  Wherefore, your petitioner prays that Your Honours would take her distressed case into your wise consideration and grant your petitioner power to make sale of the two hundred acres or some part thereof as you in your great wisdom shall think proper.

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And as in duty bound shall ever pray,

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Desire Sepit, her mark                                       

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Certification:

This may certify that we, the subscribers, the major part of the guardians to the Indians for the County of Plymouth are of the opinion that the facts set forth in the above petition are true and that it will be for the benefit of the petitioner that the whole of the abovementioned land should be sold.  John Turner, David Kingman

Endorsement:

Resolve on the petition of Desire Sepit empowering John Turner E [ illegible ] and other Guardians to the Plymouth Indians to make sale of the land mentioned.  March 7, 1782

The Petition of Desire Sepit, Indian woman, Captain Turner, Mr. Crane, Mr. Frye.  Entered

Recorded:

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Cataloguing:

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[1] Possibly Sarah (Bell) Cushman (1694-1783), widow of Benjamin Cushman (1691-1770).  They married in Plympton in 1738.  Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, Ancestry.  The family resided on the Cushman family farm on the south side of and near to Colchester Brook in Plympton.  Henry W. Cushman, A Historical and Biographical Genealogy of the Cushmans (Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1855)126.

[2] Possibly Lt. Thomas Drew who was a Plympton resident in 1783.  Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Ancestry.

[3] According to one town historian, the Sepit land was located on the southerly side of Sampson’s pond in what is now South Carver, Massachusetts.  A large part of it was sold to satisfy the debt discussed here. John Shaw, "Indian Lands at Sampson's Pond, South Carver, Massachusetts, from the Earliest Grants to the Last Transfer of Native American Ownership (1640-1915)," Bulletin of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society 58(Fall 1997):42.