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1708, Wait Winthrop, Witch Trials, New London, Connecticut Signed Document For Sale
This is a wonderful, original document dated 1708, New London, Connecticut where Wait Winthrop has written and signed a receipt of payment from Anthony Ashby as part rent on the farm at Fort Hill (now part of Groton, Connecticut), for which a settlement between a Mr. Sabin and Ashby has been settled...signed Wait Winthtop. Document is 3x5, toned, else a scarce signature.Fort Hill was settled by Wait's Grandfather John Winthrop, the Elder, who moved to Boston with 100 Puritans. The Winthrop family continued to lease the land in the New London area, while becoming political giants in Massachusetts Bay.
Anthony Ashby born in 1636 at: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts .....
Married: ABT 1659 at: Salem, Essex, Massachusetts .....
Died: 1708 at: New London, New London, Connecticut .
Wait Winthrop (27 February 1641/2 – 7 November 1717) was a colonial magistrate, military officer, and politician of New England.
Wait Winthrop, born 27 February 1641/2 in Boston, the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was the son of John Winthrop the Younger and the grandson of John Winthrop, a leading founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Named Waitstill at birth, he preferred the shortened name "Wait". He was chief judge of the Massachusetts superior court (the highest court in the Province of Massachusetts Bay), and was a long-time councilor and contender for the governorship of Massachusetts. During King Philip's War in the 1670s and King William's War in the 1690s, he led the Massachusetts provincial militia. Politically populist, he worked against royal governors, especially Joseph Dudley, and sought the restoration of the first Massachusetts charter. In 1692 he was appointed by Governor Sir William Phips as one of the magistrates of the Court of Oyer and Terminer that heard the Salem witch trials.
When the provincial courts were organized under the new charter of the Province of Massachusetts Bay, Winthrop was one of the initial appointees as an associate justice of the Superior Court of Judicature, as the province's highest court was known. He held this position until the death of chief justice and acting governor William Stoughton, at which time the governor's council appointed him to be chief justice. Political forces allied to him were preparing to travel to London to lobby on his behalf for the position of governor when it was learned that Joseph Dudley had received the appointment. Winthrop then tendered his resignation as chief justice. In 1708 Dudley reappointed him to be chief justice, a position he held until his death in 1717.
Winthrop was also active in other pursuits. When not working at his public duties, he devoted himself to agriculture and the study of medicine, often providing assistance in these arts to his nei
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