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Title The 9th day of January 1670 agreed by my self and Kochanomin that the town of Mannitootan in Takemmy shall remain for ever in the possession of the praying men [manuscript]: [Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.], [between 1694 and 1710]
Author Mayhew, Thomas (c.1593-1682)
Document Type Official Record
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Contemporary copy of an agreement, Jan. 9, 1670, between Thomas Mayhew and the sachem Kochanomin (Josias?) confirming that Mannitootan would remain forever in the possession of the "praying men", that the town would be enlarged when twenty families had settled there, and that the government of the town would be placed in the hands of Thomas Mayhew and his posterity. Additional signatures were added to the original document, Jan. 5, 1694. This copy is attested to be "a true copy of that on file" by Matthew Mayhew, the elder Mayhew’s grandson and his successor as governor of Martha’s Vineyard.
Names Kochanomin [Josias?]; Mayhew, Matthew (1648-1710)
Places Mannitootan, Takemmy, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords Christianity, religion, missionary, settlement, land tenure
Theme American Indians and the European Powers
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Thomas Mayhew was a missionary and colonial governor of Martha’s Vineyard. Having received a grant to the island, Mayhew emigrated there in 1641 with his son, also called Thomas. Together they organised a mission to convert the Indians, which the elder Mayhew carried on following the death of his son in 1657. Mannitootan, or Christiantown, was started in 1659 when the sachem Josias of Takemmy granted the praying men (Christian Indians) of his sachemship one square mile for their exclusive use. When a decade later Josias began selling this land, Mayhew intervened and reached an agreement whereby the land was preserved for the Indians and the town government was placed under his control.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 589
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue