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Jeremiah Meacham in East Hampton, Long Island 1653-1668
Posted by: Karen (ID *****7169) Date: February 06, 2006 at 01:22:32
  of 1562

Hi, here's some records of Jeremiah Meacham (the first) which I thought other researchers would find as interesting as I did. One record (in 1666) also mentions his son Jeremiah Meacham junior.

Jeremiah Meacham (the first), a weaver, fuller, and clothier by occupation, was born 6 March 1613/1614 in England. He and family lived at Southold, Long Island in 1650, then East Hampton from 1653 until 1666, when he moved (or returned) to Salem, Mass. The deeds showing the sale of his East Hampton property in 1668 indicate that he was no longer a resident. He died 11 November 1695 at Salem, Mass.


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February 1, 1653
"It is ordered (that) there shall bee an Invitacon sent to Goodman MECHEM of Southold if hee will Come and live here and weave all the townes worke hee shall Come in free from all former Charge and the towne will give him 5 pounds and breake him up (i.e. plow for him) 2 ackers of land."

24 May 1655
Book 2, page 178. --
....."Benjamine Price one aeker and halfe on the easterne end of the great plaine be it more or Less bounded with the hie way (highway) South and Robert Bond west & the hie way north or prsent Comon and JEREMIAH MECHAM east."
"JEREMIAH MECHAM the present Owner and possessor of the Land fformerly granted to Thomas Talmage Senior Deceased hath 4 akers & halfe on the great plaine be it more or Less bounded with the hie way South & Benjamine Price west and the hie way north and Richard Stratten east"
"Richard Stratten three and halfe one the great plaine be it more or Less bounded with the hie way South & JEREMIAH MECHAM west and the hie way or prsent north and Ananias Concline (Conklin) east."

July 6, 1665
Book 2, page 157. -- "It is also Ordered by the Major part that JEREMIAH MECHAM & Richard Brookes shall have all (that) medow allong by the the beach Calld the ffire place that is undevidad from Willim Mulfords lott to be Equally Devided between them as ther full pportion and share of all the medow undevided."


November 8th 1656
Book 2, page 168. -- "Steven hedges Declareth (that) he beinge at Georgica a keping goates & hearing some bodie a Driveinge cattell as he suposed he went to see who it was & findinge there Thomas Burnet a Driveing cattell & steven hedges seing at first sight of him one pied reded heifer wch he knew to be goodman MEACHEMs & when he came nere to him he saw one red cow more of Goodman MERCHEMs & (then) coming among (them) he saw 3 cowes more of his then steven hedges said unto Thomas Burnet thease cattell are none of yors saith Thomas Burnet unto me take (them) away whereupon Richard Benet & I Did Drive those cattell before mentioned from him then there was one more black heifer wch was not willinge to be Driven along by & wch Thomas Burnet (then) he asked me if I knew (that) black heifer. I tould him I did not (then) saith he I think this is one of our townes cattell & soe he went to Drive her away wth the other cattell (that) was before him but (then) she would not goe wth him but came back from him & (then) I knew her to be Goodman MEACHEMs by her eare marke....."

Book 2, page 12.
"It is the major vote that George Miller's addission shall lie next to goodman MECHEMs on the other side of the hooke pond"

Book 2, page 44. --
(list of townsmen and numbers for their land, including:

January 13th 1658
Book 2, page 82. -- "It is ordered (that) the Iindian (that) shall keepe the plaines shall have 3 ackers at the west end of the litell plaine and Goodman MECHEM shall have his land out of Mr James lott and Mr James shall have 4 ackers on the east side of hooke pond joyninge to his owne land and the towne to breeake it up the next Springe"

Aprill 19th 1659
Book 2, page 83. -- "It is ordered (that) JEREMY MECHEM Thomas Tomson & william Edwards shall veiw all generall fences for this yeare that is to say JEREMY MECHEM from the towne to Georgica and william Edwards from the Towne to the harbor, and Thomas Tomson the head fences of the East plaine..." (to see if the fences are secure, that the livestock should not escape and eat a neighbor's crops).

June 27th 1660
Book B, page 139. -- "Henry Ludlow marked a colt of a gray mare of Elis Cookes that had both eares Cropt and a slit the right eare before us JEREMY MECHEM John Osburne & Ben. Price Recorder"

Book 2, page 139. -- "Benjamine Price marked a horse colt of Arther Howels with a slitt in the neere eare beinge the Dunn mares colt the 16 of July 1660 witnese Mr James & JEREMY MECHEM"

Easthampton, February 5th 1660
Book 2, page 85. -- "At the court of Election Mr John Mulford and Mr Tho. Baker and Mr. Ror Bond are chosen Magistrates, Ben. Price Recorder and JEREMY MECHEM cunstabell (constable), and Thomas Talmage beinge chosen Liftenant by the band of the soldiars is confirmed by this court, and Thomas Chatfild Sarjant."

October 15th 1661
Book 2, page 87. --
"Thomas Chatfild John Stratton and JEREMY MECHEM are chosen by the towne to make orders for the good of the towne for this prsent yeare or leavine of rates and doeinge or cause to be donne of any publicke worke that they or ye major part of them apprhend to be for the good of the whole"

November 15th 1661
Book 2, page 88. -- "William Edwards hath exchanged his meadow in the Norwest meadow wth JEREMY MECHEM for his lott in the norwest Meadow and his necke lott at the fierplace. JEREMY MECHEM gives two divisions for one."

May 16th 1662
Book 2, page 2, of torn leaf, index end. -- "An agreement made betwene John Hand Stephen Hand and Isack Hedges, and the townesmen wth the assistance of the magistrats and most of the Inhabitants thet is to say that the three men first above named shall well and faithfully keepe the drie heard at Meantaquit (Montauk) both great Cattell & calves for the sume of twenty shillings a weeke to be payd in wheat at 5 shillings pr bushell or corne at 4 shillings pr bushell half one half the other or beefe or porke at price Currant or Cattell as Indiffrent men shall prise them from the day of the date here of till a month after Miheltide.
In Confirmacon where of we have here unto sett our hands
John Hand
Isack Hedges (mark)
Steeven Hand
Tho. Backer
John Stretton
Thomas Chatfeild
JEREMIAH MECHEMS (I - his marke)

September 20th 1662
Book 2, page 164. -- "Goody white marked a mare colt....witnesse JEREMY MECHEM & George Miller."

November 14th 1662
Book 2, page 163. -- "George Miller marked a horse colt of widow whites...witnesses JEREMY MECHEM and Ben. Price."

January 7th 1662
(Community rules for whaling):
"It is ordered and agreed (that) for the cutinge out of whales....the towne shalbe divided as followeth in to three parts:......the overseers for the south end is Tho. Osburne & JER. MEACHEM....and (whenever a whale shall be spotted) the overseers shall call out their Company and if any man be not to be found the overseers shall call some other man and the other that should have cut shall satisfie him what that company shall judge meet and whoe soever shall not doe his labor sufficiently shalbe judged by his company."

June 3rd 1663
Book 2, page 163. -- witnesses to a livestock mark: "JER. MECHEM & Ben. Price."

July 12th 1662 (1663)
Book 2, page 163. -- "Sorobabell Phillips marked 3 yearold horse...and sould it prsently to Isacke hedges brought up by JEREMY MECHEM & George Miller."

August 6th 1663
"JEREMY MECHEM marked a horse colt of John Cooppers..."

September 26th 1663
Book 2, page 92. -- "It is ordered that there shall 12 men goe to Meantaquit (Montauk) to make a yard to put up the drie Cattell a nights the next second day and 2 to make a shelter for the keepers: and John Straton and Tho. Talmage shall begin to drive and keepe them till they by the next two shalbe relived wch shalbe a tusday about sunn sett and soe evry two men shall keep 2 days & 2 nights and goodman MEACHEM shall over see the worke and men that they doe their labor diligently wch if any neglect he shalbe censured by his overseer and company: and whoesoever shall not pforme his duty accordinge to this order shall pay 5 shilllings and he that refuseth to goe when his turne comes shall pay 10 shillings and answer his tyme besides and evry man or men shall warne the next 2 to goe before they goe them selves: and when there is more cattell to be driven one of them that are to goe shall drive them and be paid for his tyme."

January 4th 1663 -- witnesses to a livestock mark: "JEREMY MECHEM & George Miller"

January 28th 1663
Book 2, page 29. -- "At a towne meeting it is ordered that John Straton & JEREMY MEACHEM shalbe Comittees for the matter next above written instead of mr Bond & Mr Mulford to Joyne wth Mr Backer & mr James to acte wth Southampton & Southold Comittes as abovesd. [This refers to Nov. 23rd and that resolution.]"

February 1663
Book 2, page 160. -- witnesses to a livestock mark: "George Miller and JER MECHEM"

Book 2, page 95. -- "It is ordered & agreed that any that will may dig in the hollow betwne Lift Talmages and JEREMYAH MECHEMs to make a Convenient wateringe and carring away the mud for their owne use."

Aprill 6, 1665
Book 2, page 96. -- "JEREMY MECHEM, John Straton, Tho. Tomson & Jeremy Concklin are Overseears."

October 26th, 1665: "JEREMYAH MEACHEM killed one black stere 3 yere ould.."

November 3th, 1665
Book F, 74. -- JEREMYAH MEACHEM killed 2 cattell..."

November 3th 1665
Book F, 79. -- JEREMYAH MEACHEM killed 5 swine white with black spotts on them marked with 3 slits on the hinder part of the right eare."

January 29th 1665-6
Book 2, page 9S. -- At a towne meetinge it is voted that JEREMY MECHEM shall have all the land in the point beyond the calfe paster in leue of addition land that he wants and if there be more than he wants to pay for it as two Indiffrent men shall vallue it:"

January 30th, 1665-6
"JEREMIAH MEACHEM junior and James Diament findinge a peece of pole Davice Contayninge nere Sixty yards or therabouts upon the Seaventh Day of December 1665 being prised by Mr Coop and Mr John Laighton and Mr Recompence Osburne at Eight pence a yard, and if the Owner appere paying for the Charge expended about it JEREMIAH MECHEM and Thomas Drainent being fathers of the above named are ready to satisfie for the foresd pole daies; the said Cloath was found at Meantacut (Montauk) at the first rocky point on this side the forte pond."

"Easthampton, November 1666, Book F, 62. -- George Miller have exchanged 2 steres unto Mr Perigrine black one wth a white face wth Goodman MEACHEMs eare marke..."

"It is also ordered by a Joynt consent yt Mr. Thomas Backer shall have a certaine peece of Lane Lying to Goodman MECHAMs Lot and Joyning also to his owne land there behind hoock pond; and Mr Backer doth promise to let ye high way by his lott to run straight along as it did formerly"

Book B, page 56. -- Rich Straton hath exchanged his Lott in ye Mill Plaine containing five ackers, be it more or lese bounded east by Georg Millrs lott East & : JERIMY MECHUMs lott west and ye high way north, with Jeremy Concklin; for his Lott lay out to him in this Last devision of Land Layd out to him East warde; bounded by the lott of the fay (said) Richard strattons East and the common North; and with thomas osbones Junior, west.
Acknowledged before me John Mulford
pr Jeremyah osborne, Recorder.

Book A. page 7 and 3/4 -- "This Indenture made betwene JEREMYAH MEACHEM sometime Inhabitant of Easthampton one partie & Thomas James of Easthampton the other In the Twentieth yeare of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second; & witneseth That JEREMYAH MEACHEM aforesaid doth make sale of & alienate to Thomas James aforesaid Sixe ackers of land which Comonly is called the second home lotts lyeng at the end of the towne of Easthampton Norward to have and to hould: the said Thomas James: to him his heires & assignes for ever with soe much Comonage as is proportionable to the same viz for sixe ackers of land; with what prveledges or appurtenances may at any tyme blonge to the same: The Condistion of this agrement is as ffolloweth, That the aforesaid Thomas James doth engage to pay to the said JEREMYAH MEACHEM for the aforesaid land the full sume of five pounds to be paid in Boston from the Marchant there viz Mr. Hezekiah Usher: in Currant pay at his returne home; but in defect hereof; viz non payment this yeare. The said Thomas James doth engage himselfe heires or assignes to pay to the said JEREMYAH MEACHEM six pounds the next yeare in price Current here in provisions know yee by Comonage in view the tenth part onely of what belongeth to JEREMYAH MEACHEM here in Easthampton lymits, and the tenth part of what land may hereafter bee laid out to JEREMYAH MEACHEMs allotment according to former agrement with George Myller viz a fifth part of both of them.
In witnes of the premyses I set to my hand & seale know ye those words to have & to hould being left out were interlyned by consent of the seller.
Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of us
Jeremyah Conkling
Steven Hand
Easthampton, Aprill the 13, 1668

This agrement was owned by both parties before me. A true Coppy.
John Mulford

Book B, page 60. -- JEREMIAH MEACHEMs Convaianc to John Stretton. This Indenture made this fifteenth day of Aprill in the Twentyeth yeare of the raingne of our Sovaraine Lord Charles the second King of great Brittain France and Ireland &c. and anodom 1668. Betwene JEREMIAH MEACHAM late of Easthampton on Long Island in Comt. Noua. Yorke of the one party and John Stretton of the sd easthampton of the other pte. Witneseth that the said JEREMIAH MEACHAM for and in Consideration of A valewable som of money Alredy in hand reseved Have, and by these prsents do Allniate bargaine and sell and by these prsents have Alinated Bargained and Sould unto John Stretton aforesaid, All my Acomidations of Land boath upland and medow that I have in the bounds of Easthampton Aforesaid, excepting ayght eackers of Land and Commonage for six eackers of land I sould to george Miller specified in a convayance betwene mee the said JEREMIAH MEACHAM and george Miller, and six eackers More sould to Mr Tho. Jeames With Comanage proportinable to the same which six acers is the second home Lotte lying in the wodes northward of East hampton. All the Rest of my acomidations boath upland and Medow being by estimation forty aight eackers of upland bee the same More or less together with commanage proporsionable, and six eackers and a halfe of medow bee the same more or less acording as the severall prsells ere bounded in the publique records of Easthampton Togeather with my pte in the Mille at Easthampton, to him the said John Stretton and his heires for ever To Have and to hold peaceably and quietly to posses and Injoy forever, without the Lett trouble hindrance or Molistation of of Mee the said JEREMIAH MEACHAM or my heires or any other pson or psons by from or under mee laying any Manor of Clayme or title either by in heritance bargaine Contract or Mortgage What soe ever Also soe often as need shall requier to signe and deliver unto the said Joh Stretton or his Hiares any further or beter Assurance or assurances according to the best advise of any Learned Councell in the Law.
In Witnes Whereof I have hearunto sett my hand and fixed my Seale the day and yeare above Writen.

(one more deed of Jeremiah Meacham follows)

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