Notes by Sarah G. Bagnall regarding Benjamin Bagnall Senior property purchases
1 From Office of Registry of Deeds Court House Boston Benjamin Bagnall, Quaker, Native of England, born 1689, died July 11 1773 Aged 84 years Came to America (Boston 1711) evidently as soon as he was free at 21 years of age Either he brought money with him, or he was very successful for he began to buy property in 1725, when he was 36 years old. The first considerable purchase recorded has a deed of sale from Eliz. Pitts of Boston, Suffolk Co, Province of Mass. "in consideration of a sum of 865£ (over $4000 of American money) in good lawful Lublick bills of Credit on the Province duly laid by Benj. Bagnall of Boston, watch-maker etc. To Benj. Bagnall his heirs and assignees forever all that (etc., etc.,) certain Brick Tenement or dwelling house and land thereto belonging (etc.) founded on the [Front?] Westerly upon Cornhill Street, there measures 20 ft 2 in more or less Northerly fail by Land of Andrew Fannel fail by Land of John Gerrish measuring on that side 108 ft. Tenement and lands continue the full width of 20 ft 2 in for 81 ft and in length then 16 ft 10 in in width down to Pudding Lane (now Devonshire Street) This diagram is as near as I can trace it from the Register. You will see that the Cornhill Street was at the foot of Corn Hill tand I should say very nearly coincides with Washington Street. I'd judge that Corn Hill was a hill sloping down from Beacon Hill to King Street (over State Street) that the old Court House, the old State House, and the Old South, were all later built on the slope of that hill. The next time that I am in the Registry of Deeds Office I am going to [call?] from the old maps the exact limits of Corn Hill and the "Corn Exchange" 2a' The deed for this purchase as given on the other side of this sheet, after giving the boundaries and abutters, adds "together with all the houthouses, buildings, easements, fences, ways, wells, water, water-courses, rights, members, profits, privileges, and commodities, belonging in or on (etc., etc.) free and clear, fully acquitted (etc.) Sale Boston March 30 1725, Recorded April 2 1725 3 I do not find any record of real estate purchase from 1725 to 1733. In 1733 August 17 -- Vol. 48 -- Benj. Bagnall bought property from Wm. Cooper for 200£ cash ($1000) In 1734 June 27 -- Vol. 48 p. 277 -- property from one Samuel Sewall valued in case 260£ (about $2300). This entry says "land lying and being near the Training Field" (Boston Common) In 1735 Oct. 1 -- Vol. 51 p. 157 -- property from [Stephen?] [Minor?] (Price I do not know) Also in 1735 Oct. 1 -- Vol. 51 p. 158 -- property from [nezas?] Richardson for 50£ ($250) In 1738 April 19 -- Vol. 56 p. 60 -- from Mr. Greenleaf April 26 -- Vol. 56 p. 69 -- from Jas. Bowdoin May 10 -- Vol. 56 p. 81 -- from Joseph Turell These 3 sales are described on paper 4. 4 In 1738 the Wm Greenleaf property as given on 3 consisted of a Brick Tenement or Dwelling House fronting on Cornhill St, for which the record says he paid 2340£ cash, which unless [thane?] made a mistake means about $12,000 -- which seems an enormous price for that property. I may have copied wrong and perhaps it should read $2,340 cash or perhaps 234£. I shall look that up. Vol. 56 p. 60. In 1738 the sale by Jas. Bowdoin was for Building & Land on Cornhill St for 271£. (You know where Bowdoin Square and Revere House used to be when you go from Tremont Row to go out to Cambridge St.) In 1738 Turell [Turrel?] to Bagnall for 25£. "Part or Share of Outwharves and Seahalls with Right of the Flats." From the boundaries given and the names of the Abutters, I'd say that these flats & wharves were below Dock Square and near Faneuil Hall Market -- for $125 and down towards wharfs on Commercial Street or Atlantic Ave.