Fire destroys Jonathan Pierson's House and deed to land.

When Jonathan Pierson's house was destroyed in a fire in 1744, it touched off a controversy that was to foreshadow the American Revolution and prove the strength of the Mountain Society.

Destroyed with Pierson's house was the most important document in the settlement -the deed marking the sale of the land between the Indians and the settlers. Although the Indians offered to draw up a new deed, the English proprietors refused to recognize its legitimacy and claimed ownership of the land.

The settlers ignored the claim and didn't bother to pay the property taxes requested by the crown. Nothing happened until 1745, when the proprietors jailed Samuel Baldwin for not paying his 40-shilling tax per acre.

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