Lot #8
Native American: Martha's Vineyard

Native Americans on Martha's Vineyard sell land to a colonist in 1704
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Native Americans on Martha's Vineyard sell land to a colonist in 1704

Manuscript DS, one page, 7.75 x 12, December 20, 1704. Incredibly rare deed signed by Native Americans from the Tackanash family, recording the sale of "a place commonly known by the native name of Paquay Neck lying at the southern point of said neck," from Joshua Tackanash, Isaac Tuhkimmy, and Elihu Tickknish to Samuel Smith of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard. The signatures of the Native American sellers Isaac and Joshua are scribed symbols, Elihu writes his own name, and the left margin is signed by Joseph Norton. Docketed and signed on the reverse by Mathew Mayhew. In very good condition, with edge tears, paper loss, and some light staining.

John Tackanash is mentioned in Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts, an account of the Christianized Indians of Martha's Vineyard. Tackanash was ordained by Hiacoomers in 1670, and was a capable pastor on the island. It seems likely that he gave his children the biblical names of Elihu, and Joshua. The location in question is adjacent to Paqua Pond in Edgartown.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: January 22 - February 10