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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 13., Ancient legal contentions in upper Medford. (search)
son, James Convars, Nathaniel Hilton and Isaac Brooks. As neither plaintiff or defendant were allowed to testify in their own behalf in 1670, neither Collins or Converse personally appear as witnesses in the case. The Converse witnesses testified that the mare would not leave the Converse farm as it was her home. When taken away five miles to better feed shee returned home againe and futher shee hath all the qualities of the breed she came of. They testified that the mare is the mare Josiah Convars bout of his owne and had not been ridden except once or twice or thereabouts. Shee was as unrewly as colt never broken & shee would rune backwards, fowards, to ye right hand or to ye left and shee is but 4 1/2 years old or under, not like other mares. James Converse and Isaac Brooks testified that shee hath not the least part of a brand on her neare shoulder. Notwithstanding that the mare was not like other mares, the jury decided the mare and colt belonged to Collins, and both were