ESSEX CLAM BEDS MAP
Below, the Essex River flows from the lower left corner of the map past Cross Island and Conomo Point to the Atlantic Ocean in the upper right. In 1706, the Essex River was the Chebacco, and in 1819 Chebacco Parish was separated from Ipswich to become Essex.

The hay from salt marshes is prime fodder for farm animals.

This map provided some initial clues to finding the parcel described in the deed of December 19, 1706, because there are still a few recognizable landmarks. The map lists Lowe's Gully (Marsh of Deacon Thomas Low) as #45, and more importantly, Corbet's (Cobbets or Cobbits) Creek as #46, as mentioned in the deed itself.

The deed describes "...a Certaine parcel of Salt Marsh Ground Situated lying & being in the Township of Ipswich on the SouthEast Side of Chebacko river being by Estimation about Six acres as it is now Staked out be it more or lefs The One half of ye Said Marsh is Sold to ye Said John Stone both in quantity & quality & the other halfe of ye Said Marsh is Seald is Sold to ye Said Philip Lecody both in quantity & quality to them & to their heirs & Sucessors for Ever the above Said Marsh is butted & bounded as Followeth Viz Bounded on ye Southwest Side by ye Marsh of Deacon Thomas Low & from ye South Corner where Stands a Stake at ye Turne of a Creek Called Cobbets Creek running Streight Thirty two rods to another Stake Standing at ye East Corner & from thence running Northwest upon a Streight line to another Stake Standing by ye head of a little Creek thence runs into ye Said Cobbits Creek before named ye Said Marsh is bounded Southwest & Northwest upon Marsh of Samuel Knowlton & Jonathan Cogswell & Norwest bounded upon sd Cobbety Creek & where you come to ye Said Deacon Lows Stake on ye West Corner To Have & To hold ye Said parcell of Salt Marsh..."
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