Descendants of Swan's Island's Moses Bridges

This summary has been derived from information in Dr. H. W. Small's 'History of Swan's Island' published in 1898.
Moses Bridges came to Swan's Island in 1847. He was born in Sedgwick in 1790. Here he married Emily Eaton; they lived a few years in Sedgwick, where their oldest child was born in 1818. He bought of Rufus B. Allyn, Swan's Agent, the eastern Calf Island, containing 162 acres, for which he paid $400. He was given a deed of the island by Allyn on May 23, 1823, and a mortgage was given; this mortgage was discharged in December 1839. He then disposed of this property and moved to Marshall's Island. Whether he had any legal title to the part of the island he occupied, we do not know, but in 1847 he exchanged his part of Marshall's Island with Silas Hardy for the 'Point' below Sadler's. It is claimed there was a mortgage on this place when Mr. Bridges bought it and later it was foreclosed, which turned Mr. Bridges out of doors in his old age. Mr. Bridges died in 1873, aged 83 years; his wife died in 1850, aged 54 years.
For the Swan's Island Education Society
Stephen C. Joyce
5616 Purnell Rd.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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