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19. Examples can also be found in the eighteenth century. In 1772, for example, Luke Hart (born in 1744), a “deaf and dumb man” from Rensselaer, New York, bought property with his two hearing brothers in Dartmouth. They sold the land in 1810. Bristol LR 91:554.

20. Charles E. Banks, The History of Martha’s Vineyard, Dukes County, Massachusetts, vol. 2, (Boston: George H. Dean, 1911), 53.

21. Samuel Sewell, Diary of Samuel Sewell, 1674–1729, vol. 2 (New York: Arno Press, 1972), 432.

22. Banks, History of Martha’s Vineyard, 53.

23. Ibid.

24. By the nineteenth century, in some areas of the island, deafness (from intermarriage) was occurring at an extremely higher rate compared with the national average.

25. D. H. Hurd, History of Bristol County Massachusetts with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co., 1883), 33.

26. Robert Calef, “More Wonders of the Invisible World, 1700,” excerpted in George L. Burr, ed., Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases (New York: Scribner’s, 2002), 359.

27. Mary Beth Norton, In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 (New York: Knopf, 2002), 226.

28. Anonymous, “A remarkable Account of two Children who were deaf and dumb from the Birth, being brought to speak articulately. From the Register of the Academy at Caen in Normandy,” The Gentleman’s Magazine 17 (December 1747): 610.

29. Anonymous, Extract of a Letter from Paris. The Gentleman’s Magazine 20 (January 1750): 5.

30. Benjamin Franklin, Extract from the Gazette, 1739. Poor Richard’s Almanac, October 18, 1740, 240–41.

31. Lyman Chalkley, Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1965), 52.

32. John Lednum, A History of the Rise of Methodism in America Containing Sketches of Methodist Itinerant Preachers From 1736 to 1785 (Philadelphia: John Lednum, 1859), 397.

33. John M. Passmore, Ancestors and Descendents of Andrew Moore, 1612–1897 (Lancaster, Penn.: Wickersham, 1897), 75.

34. Ibid, 74.

35. Ibid, 74.

36. Ibid, 63.

37. Ibid, 63–64.

38. Ibid, 74.


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