The Early History of Boston Aspinwall Notarial Records, 1644–1651

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Author: William Aspinwall; Foreword by Alicia Crane Williams
Published: July 2014

William Aspinwall arrived with the Winthrop fleet in 1630, moved from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to Rhode Island, Connecticut, and back to Boston. As Recorder of the Suffolk County Court in Boston from November 1644 until October 1651, he kept careful records of every document he notarized-including letters of attorney, marriage contracts, and property and estate transactions. This compilation of those records provides invaluable insight to historians and genealogists alike. It is no wonder that it has served as a key source for the Great Migration Study Project and other genealogical investigations into early New England.