Documents Recording Land Transactions with Native Americans in New Jersey [Manuscript]. [Native Americans]. [New Jersey]. [Manuscript Indentures and Related Survey Recording Land Transactions with Native Americans]. Monmouth County, NJ, 1744-1753. Four items in all comprising three 12" x 8" indentures and a 10" x 8" survey, all docketed on versos. Light browning and some spotting, fold lines, light edgewear, some tears along folds, one item split neatly along horizontal fold. $6,000. * Recognized by the colonial government of New Jersey, Indian land indentures allowed settlers to purchase land directly from Native Americans. In the first of these documents, Andrew Wolley, King of the Crosswicks Indians, sells land to John Lawrence "... lying on the S. side of Asanpink River beginning at Jacob Jameson's NE corner ... containing about 150 acres." The price was 3 pounds 7 shillings. The other indentures, also to John Lawrence, are from Peter Tule, dated June 10, 1747, and Peter Tewley, dated May 9, 1753. Tule and Tewley are also identified as "Indian," but no tribe name is given in any of the documents. John Lawrence was from a family of early settlers of Monmouth county who were known for being loyal Tories during the Revolutionary War. Andrew Woolley became King of the Crosswicks Indians after his uncle, Weequehela, was executed for murdering Captain John Leonard in 1727 while intoxicated.
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