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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Paper Dated March 20, 1731/32 in Which Thomas Pell Renounced Right To Serve As Executor of Will of Thomas Parsal

As I noted in last Friday's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog, recently, while preparing for a workshop presentation on using the Web to find "primary" sources to support historical research, I ran across a couple of fascinating Pelham-related items in the "Witness to Early American Experience" collection developed jointly by the New-York Historical Society and New York University. One of those items was a paper bearing the signature and seal of Thomas Pell executed on March 20, 1731/2 in which he renounced his right to serve as Executor of the last will and testament of Thomas Parsal. The paper is from The Richard Maass Collection, Fales Library, NYU (Identifier No. 055-002-a-0230).

Below is a link to an image of the item, followed immediately by a transcription of the item:


"Mannor of Pelham in Westchester
County D: 1731/2 this 20 Day
of March

These are to notify all whom it may concern that I Thomas Pell one of the Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Parsal and for diverse good reasons having renounced my right of Executorship to the Said Will per this [illegible] whereof I have hereunto set my hand the day & year first above written

Sealed and Delivered
in the presence of

Tho: Pell [Pell Seal on Red Wax]"

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