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Sowams: With Ancient Records of Sowams and Parts Adjacent (download)
Sowams: With Ancient Records of Sowams and Parts Adjacent (download)
Product Code: US0307-DL
Number of CDs: 0
Author: Thomas W. Bicknell
Pages: 280 + map
Pub. Date: (1908) 2007
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Bicknell transcribes and analyzes the records for Sowams, a tract of land then in Plymouth Colony, on the northeast edge of Narragansett Bay, purchased from the local Native Americans in early 1653, a parcel of land that comprised the major part of what is now the town of Barrington, Rhode Island.  

The core of this volume is the transcription of the proprietors' records for the Sowams land, from a volume which had been mislaid but was found by the author and restored to the town of Barrington. The records covered here run from 1653 to 1797, and begin with the transactions between the purchasers (all from Plymouth Colony) and the Indians. In addition, there are records of the agreements with the town of Rehoboth, within whose boundaries the land originally fell. Of most importance are the records of the divisions of the Sowams land to the individual proprietors. Many of these records of divisions state explicitly the transfers of proprietary share from one owner to another, transfers which should have been, but were not always, recorded in the county deeds.

Bicknell also included sections on the Indians who had resided in this area in the seventeenth century, on the original proprietors themselves (with brief biographies of each) and on the institution of proprietors in New England.

Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
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The CD includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.

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