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MS Am 623

Boden, William, 1735-1807. William Boden legal documents from Natick, Massachusetts and other documents, 1729-1805: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 623
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Boden, William, 1735-1807.
Title: William Boden legal documents from Natick, Massachusetts and other documents,
Date(s): 1729-1805.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 linear feet (14 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily legal documents issued by Natick, Massachusetts Justice of the Peace, William Boden. Also includes legal documents drafted by others in Natick and some issued by other towns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Elijah Clark, Esq. of Brighton, Massachusetts; received: 1844 July 22. Formerly cataloged as US 13370.6.5*.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Boden Legal Documents from Natick, Massachusetts and Other Documents, 1729-1805 (MS Am 623). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

William Boden (1735-1807) was a justice of the peace in Natick, Massachusetts. He was married in 1757 to Kezia Kendall Boden (1732-1809). Boden was a blacksmith, a farmer, and though without formal legal training, he served as the King's Justice during the American colonial years. After the Revolutionary War, he was elected as Natick town Justice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boden also served as a Captain in the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War. He is buried in Natick in old Boden Lane Cemetery, the land for which he gave to the town. He also gave land to the town for a site for a school house. Boden was "held in high esteem by the town and his decisions were known as models of fairness and insight." [Source: The Story of Natick, 1948, by Natick Federal Savings and Loan Association].


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Scope and Contents

Includes writs, certificates of intentions to marry, warrants, deeds, indentures, petitions, financial papers, Justice register books of cases and writs, guardian books of accounts, and manuscript site plans reflecting the work of Justice Boden in late 18th-century Natick, Massachusetts (relating to "white and Indian inhabitants"). Many cases concern debts or domestic relations. Legal documents are primarily issued by Justice William Boden of Natick, and primarily concern the town of Natick, but there are also some materials issued by other justices and clerks in other locations. There are also a few legal papers concerning the Boden family, a recipe, and printed broadsides.

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