Monday, October 26, 2015
1804 Freeport, Maine, Document: Jacob Reed Promises to Pay Nathaniel Hobart
Handwritten document, approximately 7-1/2" by 3-3/4".
Freeport Dec. 28th - 1804
Att Sixty days after date, I promise to pay Nath Hobart or his Order twenty Six Dollars & thirty Seven Cents. For Value received. Interest till paid -
Att J. Stockbridge [possibly Jas., abbreviation for James Stockbridge; or Jos., abbreviation for Joseph Stockbridge or Josiah Stockbridge; or possibly John Stockbridge, who was a town official previous to 1804.]
At least one payment, that of February 25, 1805 [and possibly another in May 1805], is noted on the reverse of the document.
From brief research, I found a Jacob Reed at Freeport, Maine, born in Maine in 1787. He married Celia Stockbridge, who was presumably a relative of the witness to this document.
I haven't found anything on a Nathaniel Hobart who lived at Freeport, Maine during that time, but he may have lived elsewhere in Maine or beyond.
Franklin Stanwood painted a Stockbridge homestead at Freeport, Maine, in 1880.
If you have information on Nathaniel Hobart, Jacob Reed or J. Stockbridge, or if you can interpret the handwriting on the reverse, please leave a comment or contact me directly.