Martha's Vineyard Deed Dated 1704, Signed by Native Americans from the Tackanash Family.
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Martha's Vineyard Deed Dated 1704, Signed by Native Americans from the Tackanash Family. Manuscript document on laid folio format paper, December 20, 1704, inscribed on one page, recording the sale of "a place commonly known by the name of Paquay Neck, lying at the southern point of said neck" from Joshua Tackanash, Isaack Tuhkimmy, and Elihu Tickknish to Samuel Smith of Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, with the signatures of the Native American sellers Isaack, and Joshua as a scribed symbol, Elihu Tickknish wrote his own name, red wax seal, portion torn away from the top right corner, subsequent docketing along left vertical margin signed by Joseph Norten, docketed and signed by Matthew Mayhew on verso, December 24, 1704.
N.B. John Tackanash (d. 1684) is mentioned in Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts. Tackanash was ordained by Hiacoomes in 1670, and was a capable Pastor on the island. It seems likely that he might name his children Isaac, Elihu, and Joshua. Location in question may be adjacent to Paqua Pond, in Edgartown. "Paqua. --This is a neck of land adjoining Paqua Pond, called at the present time Faqua. It is mentioned as early as 1704, under the orthograph of Paquay. (Deeds, II, 52; III, 10; IV, III)." Charles E. Banks, The History of Martha's Vineyard, vol. 2, Boston: Dean, 1911, p. 20.
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