Memorial of the Conveyance of Massacoe to John Griffin

Whereas our predecessor Mannahanoose did for a long time since devise and wittingly kindle a fire that consumed the estate of Sergeant John Griffin and made over all his right and interest of land at Massacoe unto the said John Griffin for due recompense of the damage done, and whereas our predecessors Youchett and Pawmattaquam by a deed of sale made over and sold another parcel of land adjoining to the aforesaid Massacoe, and being withing the bounds of the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury, which they, our predecessors, made sale of to some of the inhabitants of Massacoe alias Simsbury.  And whereas we, Nesahegen, Seacutt, and Totoo, Gentlemen, with Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash's squa, Wishowonoe's wife, and Mamanto's squa had common rights of those the aforesaid lands so sold and disposed by our predecessors, and also having right to some lands taken into and, being situate within the boundaries stated by the General Court of Connecticut as belonging to the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury for avoiding all differences that may hereafter arise or happen to between us the aforesaid Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash's squa, Wishowonoe's wife, and Mamanto's squa and our heirs and the inhabitants of Massacoe alias Simsbury and their assigns, having granted and made this indenture between us, Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Gentlemen, with Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squa, Wishowonoe's squa, and Mamanto's squa, and Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, and Sergeant John Griffin, all proprietors within the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury within the Colony of Connecticut in New England
 
March 26, 1680
 
Witnesseth that we, Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squa, Wishowonoe's squa, and Mamanto's squa, being the only rightful owners, successors, and surviving heirs that can make any challenge, claim or demand upon or of proprietors in that tract of land which is circumscribed by boundaries hereafter mentioned as being and belonging to the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury, having a common right in that do disposed and alienated by our predecessors Mannahanoose, Younghet, Pawmattaquam, and so many other good considerations and caused hereunto us, moving and for a valuable sum paid to us in hand in full satisfaction for all our rights in the aforesaid tract or parcel of land lying and being within the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury                           
                 
The receipt [1] thereof we do acknowledge and do by these presents freely, clearly, absolutely give, grant, bargain, sell, enfeoff, and confirm unto Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, Sergeant John Griffin in the behalf of the inhabitants andproprietors of the land belonging to the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury and their heirs and assigns forever all that tract of land lying and being situate on the Farmington bounds, southward and to run ten large miles northeast and from the bounds of Windsor town on the east to run ten large miles westward, the tract or parcel of land as it is now bounded with all the immunities, privileges, meadows, pastures, commonage, timber, trees, wood, underwood, stones, quarries, mines. minerals, brooks, ponds, rivers, fishings, profits, commodities, emoluments, and appurtences whatsoever is belonging therunto unto Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, and Sergeant John Griffin in the behalf of themselves and in the behalf of the inhabitants and proprietors of the land belonging to the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury to them, their heirs and assigns, for their own and only proper use, benefit, and behoof forever.  And we, Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash's squa, Wishowonoe's squa, and Mamanto's squa, do assure and warrant the said Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, Sergeant John Griffin, and the rest of the inhabitants and proprietors [of] the township of Massacoe alias Simsbury full power and authority to record the premises to themselves their heirs and assigns forever, and we, Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squa, Wishowonoe's squa, and Mamanto’s squa, so do promise covenant to and with the said Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, Sergeant John Griffen, and the rest of the inhabitants and proprietors of Massacoe alias Simsbury them, their heirs, and assigns [2] shall and may by force and virtue of these presents from time to time and at all times hereafter and forever lawfully and peaceably and quickly have, hold, use, occupy, possess, and enjoy the aforesaid tract and parcel of land with all its rights and appurtenances and have, receive, and take all rents, issue,s emollients, and profits thereof to their own proper use and behoove forever without any lawful let, suit, trouble, molestation, or disturbance whatsoever from us or any of us, the said Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squaw, and Mamanto’s squa, our heirs, successors, or assigns, or any person or persons whatsoever from, by, or under us, our successors, or assigns, or by our or their act, means, consent, privity or procurement and we, Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squa, Wishowonoe's squa, and Mamanto’s squa, both for ourselves, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns shall and do clear and do clearly acquit, exonerate, and discharge otherwise sufficiently save harmless the said Major John Talcott, Captain Benjamin Newberry, Captain Daniel Clark, Sergeant John Griffin, and the rest of the inhabitants and proprietors of Massacoe alias Simsbury, their associates themselves, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever from all former and other grants, gifts, bargains, tithes, troubles, demands and encumbrances whatsoever had made suffered committed or done by us, the aforesaid Nesahegen, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Mancomumpe, Nanapash’s squa, Wishowonoes squa, and Mamanto’s squa, upon the premises and in witness whereof we have hereunto signed, etc.
 
Witnessed to the signing, sealing, and delivery of the premises contained in this deed by us,
 
Wannoe, his mark
Wayump, his mark
Decoche Pason, his mark
Wehasetucks [ illegible ]
 
John Andrews                        
March 26, 1680                
 
Further, it is agreed and determined that where Mamanto hath a piece of land containing by estimation two acres lying and being situate in Weatogue that he, the said Mamanto, hath not sold his right in that said land but shall hold the same to himself and to his heirs and assigns forever notwithstanding anything in this deed contained to the contrary.
                 
And it is further always provided that the aforesaid Indians named in this deed of sale themselves and their heirs shall have liberty and may without molestation from time to time and at all times hereafter have full liberty to hunt fowl and fish within the bounds of Simsbury alias Massacoe notwithstanding anything in this deed to the contrary and hereunto have subscribed and set their names or marks the day and year aforesaid.
 
Nesahegen, his mark and seal
Seacutt, his mark and seal
Totoo, his mark and seal 
Aupes, his mark and seal
Mancomumpe, his mark and seal
Nanapash’s squa, her mark and seal
Wishowonoe's squa, her mark and seal
Mamanto’s squa, her mark and seal
 
 
Witness:
Waquaheag, alias Cherry, gave his full and free consent to this before-mentioned deed in all and singular the premises thereof, ratifying the same both for himself, heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, as witness his mark and seal.  Waquaheag. alias Cherry, his mark and seal
Certification:
Nesaheagan, Seacutt, Totoo, Aupes, Nanapash’s squa, [4] Wishowonoe's squa, Mamanto’s squa, and Mancomumpe personally appeared and acknowledged the before said instrument and deed of sale to be their act and deed, as attests, John Talcott, Assistant of his Majesty's Colony of Connecticut, March 27, 1680
Copy:
Copy
Miscellaneous:
Mount Philip so-called on page 36 red book, 1682.  Copper mines, pages 84 to 87. Book 2 of voter and [ illegible ] W.L. Hamason Linsley, Simsbury
 

[1] Deleted Text: of them
[2] Deleted text: forever
[3] Strickland served as interpreter in the matter.
[4] Deleted Text: Wishtonnisk squa