Notes by Sarah G. Bagnall regarding Benjamin Bagnall Senior property purchases
Date Unknown

Transcribed by Erica Altschul, March 2008


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"


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


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.


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