An excerpt from the New York, Land Records, 1630-1975Dutchess Grantor index 1718-1950 B:
|In the Index: 1787 John Backus Ann Chambers 10-359|
And the deed: John Backus to Ann Chambers....10-359
"Know all Men by these presents that I, John Backus of Sheffield, in the County of Great Barrington in the Province of Massachusetts, for and in consideration....quit claim.....convey to...Ann Chambers of New York....in the county of Dutchess and Province of New York containing one hundred and twenty-five acres more or less it being the northwest quarter of Lot Number 61.....
Witnesses: John Sharp, Elijah Boo?s (Bookus?), *Elyshalet Ball
From Our County And Its People..., Saratoga County, New York:
*In 1770 Rev. Eliphalet Ball, with his three sons— John, Stephen and Flamen— and several members of his congregation, removed from Bedford, N. Y., and settled in the vicinity of Academy Hill. Mr. Ball was induced to settle here by a donation of 500 acres of land from the proprietors of the five-mile square. His father and Washington's mother, Mary Ball, were first cousins.
The John Backus referred to here was from Great Barrington.