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Claim of James Chase of Massachusetts

(New Claim)

Copy of James CHASE’s Claim sent to England by Mr. VANDERBURGH.

275 Acres of Land with a House a Barn and Orchard on the same.
One sixth part of a Sloop lost on Long Island.
Cord wood lost on Rhode Island.

St. John 7th March 1787.

Evidence on the Claim of James CHASE late of Massachusetts Bay.

Claimant Sworn,

Says he came from New York in June 1783, and soon after he went up to Maugerville and remained there ever since.

He sent his Claim by Captain VANDERBURGH which was the first Opportunity he had of sending a Claim home.

He is a Native of Freehold Massachusetts and lived there in 1775.

He joined the British Army at Rhode Island in 1778.

Before that time he had taken no part with the Rebels.

His Father George CHASE had Commanded the Militia before the war and did embody some Men in support of Government, he was frequently kept in Goal on account of his Principles.

He signed an Agreement to remain quiet at home.

After he came within the Lines he sailed in a Sloop in the wood Trade, he afterwards cut Hay on Rhode Island.

Afterwards he lived on Lloyd’s Neck until the end of the War.

He now lives in Maugerville.

He waves his Claim for Land as it is not lost.

One sixth part of the Sloop King’s Fisher bought from Lott STRANGE in 1778, he gave him 126 Dollars, says he worked for this Share.

She was cast away on Long Island in a Gale of Wind.

He got her off but the Rebels seized her and carried her across the Sound.

He Claims 126 Dollars.

Five Cords Wood left on Rhode Island he had paid 20 Dollars P Cord for it.

He left it at the Evacuation, he had bought it for his Winter’s Store.

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Bradford GILBERT Sworn,

Knows that Claimant owned the sixth part of a Sloop at Rhode Island during the War.

She was lost on Long Island Shore.

He left her on the Shore, some of the Vessels were carried off by the Rebels.

The Wood Trade was an advantageous Employment.

He thinks the Sloop might be worth £ 200 Halifax Currency.

Great Britain, Public Record Office, Audit Office, Class 12, Volume 11, folios 34-35.

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