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Richard Knott v. Job Tookey

Source: Henry F. Waters, “Genealogical Gleanings in England: The Ancestry of Washington: No. II,” New
England Historical and Genealogical Register

At a County Court held the 27 June 1682

Richard Knott, plt:, agst: Job Tookey, deft:, in an action etc. acco: to atachmt: dated 24 March 168½: withdrawne. The writ was issued by Moses Mavericke Esq. per curiam for the town of Marblehead and directed to the constable of Marblehead. The return on the back of the writ was made by Elias Henly, constable of Marblehead, who declared that for want of security he had delivered the body of Job Tookie to Benjamin Felton, Goale keeper of Salem. It seems that an agreement had been made between Knott and Tookey (the latter then of Boston) 21 February 1681, under which the defendant was bound to go in the service of the said Knott on a fishing account for seven months, in consideration of which time and service was to be paid the sum of forty shillings per month in fish as money and was to be found in meat, drink, washing and other necessaries for a fishing voyage, as lines, hooks, lead &c. And the said Knot agreed to pay Samuel Mattocks of Boston the sum of thirty-seven shillings and Mr. Wintworth of Great Island in Pascataqua river seven pounds per order and agreement with said Tookey.

From the evidence of Nicholas Puckett it would appear that when Tookie and he took some ballast aboard Dr. Knott’s Ketch the hatches being open “Tookie” ran to a hogshead of rum that stood in the Hold and tooke out the bounge, took the steme of an Indian tobaco pipe which was like a read and drank out of the bounge of the Hoggh soe terrible that in a short tyme hee was uncapeable for to doe any bisiness.

June the 23th: 82 Doctor Knott came to Goodm:Feltons house for a Coppy of ye Attachment I hearing his Tongue (may it please ye honored Court) callid unto him & desired him to send me my shirt & Drawers Whereupon he came to Goodm:ffeltons back Door rayling and reuiling at me most sadly calling of Rogue and Sirrah telling of me he had better at home to wipe his shoes then euer my father was for he said he was an Annybaptisticall Quakeing Rogue that for his maintainence went up & down England to delude soules for ye Diuell wch is no small Greife to me, to Thinke that he has not Onilye abused me in keeping of me in clos Prison almost this fourteen weekes but abuse him whom he neuer knew but was well knowne to be a religuous Godly man by seuerall good Godly people here in New England; likewise his Library wch I brought ouer to This Country Proues him (may it please ye honourd Court) not to be neither Quaker nor Anny baptist. Wch ye Reuerend Mr Madder of Boston & ye Worshipf Mr Danford of Cambridge are Sensible of besides a great many Scollers of Cambridge wch bought seuerall of ye Bookes pertaining to my fathers Library. . .

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