Jesse Whitmore Pew
This Quit claim deed transfers ownership of his pew in the Sunderland meeting house to Horatio Graves. The practice of ownership of pews generated income to the town for the maintenance of the meeting house. Only owners of pews were allowed to vote. Anyone visiting from outside of Sunderland was required to find seating within the gallery of the building. Ownership of a pew was was a way of displaying ones social status. Pews were often embellished with upholstery, unlike seating within the gallery.
December 8, 1823.
Quill written ink on press printed paper.
“Jesse Whitmore Pew,” Swampfield Historical Society, accessed August 9, 2022, https://swampfieldhistorical.org/items/show/200.