Monday, October 14, 2013





Transcription of Land Document from William PENN to William FRAMTON

1684, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Definition of Amanuensis?  John Newmark who writes the Transylvanian Dutch Blog, started this Monday theme many months ago.  I want to give him credit for it, as many bloggers have now begun using this theme.  The definition given by John is this "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

With that in mind, I have below, a picture of a document photographed by a cousin. Since we have ancestors that hail from Pennsylvania, she was looking for evidence and documents during her visit.  She located this very interesting land transaction from William PENN to our ancestor, William FRAMTON also spelled FRAMPTON. 

NOTE:  William Framton/Frampton is my 8th Great Grandfather. 

Below is my first attempt at transcribing this document.  I have left blanks where I was unable to read the word or words and have highlighted in yellow words that I am unsure of.  Both my cousin Amy & my brother, John are also going to take a crack at transcribing this document.  Having more than one set of eyes will, I'm sure, give us more insight and help identify the words I have not been able to.  Between the three of us I hope we can fill in most of the blanks.

Finding documents like this can enhance your understanding your family and certainly enrich the stories behind the names.  Having a connection to William Penn, the founder of the province of Pennsylvania, and English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher and early Quaker, connects our family to a part of our countries early history. 
Here is a picture of William Penn 
To learn more about William Penn you can go to this link at Wikipedia.

So keep searching for those records and I hope you find some interesting documents.  Please let me know what you find.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl  

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