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Reserving the Apples: Part III

It’s still about the apples for Mary Rice in late 18th century Massachusetts. That’s fortunate because her insistence on keeping the fruit of her apples for the duration of her natural life left me with with a genealogical clue that did not require too much peeling. The apples are mentioned in two deeds recorded consecutively […]


Reserving the Apples: Part I

On 1 July 1788 Jonathan and Jamime Puffer, along with Matthias Rice and Mary Rice, deeded eight acres in Stow, Massachusetts, to Luke Brooks. Like most deeds during this time and place, a metes and bounds description of the property is included. There’s an interesting phrase after the description of the property’s location: Reserving to […]