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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



TOWN CHARTERS 

Including Grants of Territory within the present 

LIMITS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, 



Made by the Government of Massachusetts, and a Portion of the Grants 
AND Charters issued by the Government of New Hampshire, 



WITH AN APPKNDIX, 

Consisting of Papers Relating to the Granting of the Various Lines and 
Bodies of Towns, with Acts in Regard to Town Bounds in General, 
and Many Documents Produced by Disputes between Towns 
concerning Their Boundary Lines, 

WITH ILLUSTRATIVE MAPS AND PLANS AND COMPLETE INDEXES. 



VOLUME XXIV. 

Town Charters, Volume L 



ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 

Editor of State Papers. 



CONCORD: 

EDWARD N. PEARSON, PUBLIC PRINTER. 
1894. 



JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions of 
the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire. 

Resolved by the Senate and Hojtse of Representatives in General Court conveiied: 

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empowered, with 
the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person — and fix his 
compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropri- 
ated — to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such por- 
tions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hamp- 
shire as the Governor may deem proper ; and that eight hundred copies of each 
volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows : 
namely, one copy to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the public 
libraries in the state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hamp- 
shire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state libra- 
rian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by 
other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



PREFACE. 



The disposition of the territory which is now included in the State of New Hamp- 
shire, and which was considered as vested in the crown by discovery and conquest, 
and the final assurance of undisputed titles among the people, was accomplished 
under peculiar conditions and after almost endless postponement. An early con- 
fusion and conflict of authority in the transmission of the patents affecting indefinite 
tracts, through the intervention of the Council of Plymouth in the first instance, and 
in the subsequent assumption and exercise of the right to hold and dispose of the 
same lands in the name of the King by the early governors of the province, was 
sufficient to keep the people of the province in long protracted difficulty over the 
titles to the soil which they occupied. Throughout the entire history of the province 
the title of Mason, the first patentee, was a potent element in affairs of the pioneer 
settlers and of the province, rendering all other titles uncertain, and constantly dis- 
turbing business and government. Interwoven with all this were the most determined 
assertions of rights by long continued occupancy, and by conveyances which had 
apparently been made in compliance with all the forms of law by the aboriginal masters 
of the domain. What of progress the towns of Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, and 
Exeter accomplished before the erection of the provincial government under President 
Cutt, in 1679, w^s '"^ the midst of the most embarrassing complications growing 
out of the confusion which prevailed in land titles accompanied by repeated changes 
in the conditions of colonial jurisdiction. The documentary history of these first 
towns is intimately involved in that of the state in its beginning. Papers illus- 
trating this epoch have been given in prior volumes. Those now to be presented 
relate more particularly to the individual towns in which settlements were effected 
at a later date than the formal establishment of the province in 1679. An excep- 
tional political history and character belonged to a group of towns of which 
Dunstable was the earliest settled. These were treated as Massachusetts territory 
without serious question for a considerable period, and for this reason much of their 
documentary history has been sought in the archives of that commonwealth. The 
papers which pertain to the towns of this group are here included under the general 
title of "Massachusetts Grants," although the term may not be exactly descriptive. 

As regards the mode of passing titles to the domain of the King in the province, 
in the period which followed the dateof a settled government, it will be remembered 



IV PREFACE. 

that the Governor and Council appointed by royal commission from time to time 
for purposes of administration in the province were empowered to dispose of lands 
in the King's name. As early as 1686, in the commission of Edmund Andros as 
Governor of the territory and dominion of New England, a specific grant and defini- 
tion of the authority delegated for this purpose is made in the following terms : 

•'AND WEE do likewise give and grant unto you full power and authority, by and 
« with the advice and consent of our said Council, to agree with the planters and inhab- 
"itants of our said territory and dominion, concerning such lands, tenements and 
' ' hereditaments, as now are or shall hereafter be in our power to dispose of, and them 
"to grant unto any person or persons for such terms, and under such moderate quit- 
" rents, services, and acknowledgements to be thereupon reserved unto us, as shall 
"be appointed by us, which said grants are to pass and to be sealed by our Seal of 
"New-England, and (being entered upon record by such officer and officers as you 
"shall appoint thereunto) shall be good and effectual in law against us, our heirs 
"and successors." — 2, Provi?icial Papers p. 9. 

The commission of Joseph Dudley as Governor of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire, issued in 1702, contains a similar declaration, viz., — 

"And wee doe hereby likewise give and Grant unto you full power and Authority 
by and with the advice of our said Councill, to agree with the Inhabitants of our 
Province and Territories aforesaid for such Lands, Tenements, and Hereditaments 
as now are, or hereafter shall be, in our power to dispose of and them to Grant 
to any person or persons for such Termes and under such moderate Quitt Rents, 
services and acknowledgements to be thereupon Reserved unto us, as you by and 
with the Advice aforesaid shall think fitt ; which said Grants are to pass and be 
Sealed by our Seale of New Hampshire, and being entered upon Record by such 
Officer or Officers as you shall appoint thereunto, shall be good and effectual in 
Law against us our Heires and Successors." — 2, Provincial Papers, p. 373. 

The New Hampshire grants made under these and succeeding administrations 
conform substantially to the form thus expressed. The quit-rents reserved were 
indeed "moderate." These clauses mention the payment for ten years of the rent 
of one ear of Indian corn only, and thereafter one shilling of proclamation money 
yearly for each hundred acres owned or possessed, and like nominal reservations. 

The grantees under a charter became a quasi corporation in each instance. They 
were generally known in common and legal parlance as "proprietors." In that 
capacity they effected and maintained organizations which disposed of the land taken 
in a large body under the charter of the proprietors or others as individuals. Thus 
the township, that is, the land which was the subject of the grant, was surveyed 
and divided into lots suitable for farms, mill privileges, or public uses. The indi- 
vidual obtained his title from the corporation, that is to say, from the proprietors or 
the proprietary, as it was sometimes termed. The distribution among the proprie- 



PREFACE. V 

tors of the fractional parts into whicli the township was divided might have been 
by lot, or by vote of the corporation, or by deed. In either event the individual 
grantee was invested as to his holding, with all the right and title which passed from 
the King to the corporation. As the division and distribution of the township as a 
territorial property progressed, the functions of the corporation were proportion- 
ately limited, and eventually ceased for want of subject-matter on which the 
corporate powers might operate. 

The records which will be included in this and subsequent volumes are generally 
termed "town charters." They may be considered as in three principal classes : 
first, those which conveyed title to townships and lesser tracts within the territorial 
limits of New Hampshire, but were issued under authority of the Massachusetts 
government ; second, those grants made by authority of the Governor and Council 
of the Province of New Hampshire, acting directly under royal commission ; third, 
the Masonian charters, or grants made by the proprietors of the Masonian title, 
which has been a familiar subject in New Hampshire history from its beginning. 

In the arrangement of the material which follows, the first in order are the so- 
called Massachusetts grants, which were a practical assertion of jurisdiction and the 
right of possession and disposal, comprehending, at onetime, all the territory south 
of an east and west line in which Endicott Rock at The Weirs is a monument, and 
afterwards a more limited area. These documents are principally from the Massa- 
chusetts archives, and were carefully selected and transcribed for this use by Mr. 
Otis G. Hammond, who personally made the copies, and subsequently compared the 
transcripts with the originals with the utmost care. Some of these papers are of a 
very early date, but the greater part belong chronologically in the few years immedi- 
ately preceding the settlement of the boundary line controversy in 1741 . The efforts 
of Massachusetts to plant settlements friendly to their interests in the disputed region 
were discontinued about this time, but petitions and other documents which were 
the aftermath of the principal contention are included, and placed in their proper 
town sections. The two towns of Rindge and Salisbury, in this class, weregranted 
to the same body of petitioners, and by one vote of the Massachusetts legislature. 
This vote will be found with the Salisbury papers. Reference should be had to 
Vol. XIX for the material which is of more general interest in the history of the 
boundary line controversy. Its later aspects may be studied in the recent reports 
of the commissioners of the two states principally interested, to whom the subject 
has been committed. 

The next in order are the charters granted by the provincial Governor and Coun- 
cil of New Hampshire, to which reference has already been made. The original 
instruments were issued to the grantees named, but copies were kept in the ofiice 
of the Secretary of the province. These are preserved in five volumes, which 
accompanied the last royal Governor, John Wentworth, into exile in 1775, but 
were considerately returned to the state after the Revolution. These grants will 



VI PREFACE. 

be presented in two sections, the first being those relating to lands within the 
present limits of this state, and the second comprising the so-called New Hampshire 
Grants, which are now within the jurisdiction of Vermont. 

The Massachusetts government, beset with numerous petitions for lands, finally 
came to the point of granting townships, not only singly, but in contiguous 
series, commonly termed "lines of towns," all the towns in a certain line 
being disposed of by a single act. These lines were planned to most effectu- 
ally protect the frontiers, and the four lines laid out within the present limits 
of this state, had they been completely settled, would have formed an irregu- 
lar quadrilateral, the sides extending from Old Dunstable to Northfield, Mass., 
thence up the east side of the Connecticut River, thence across the country in 
a comparatively straight course to Penacook, now Concord, thence clown the Merri- 
mack River to Dunstable again. The lines from Penacook to the Great Falls in 
Connecticut River and down the river on the east side are the only sides in 
which the idea was carried out to any important extent, according to the documents 
we have, the towns in the other two sides being afterwards disposed of singly. 
The towns in the north side of this figure were numbered from i to 9, and com- 
prised Warner, Bradford, Acworth, Alstead, Hopkinton, Henniker, Hillsborough, 
Washington, and Lempster, in the order named. The west side consisted of 
Chesterfield, Westmoreland, Walpole, and Charlestown, numbered from i to 4. 
The papers relating to these lines of towns in general and to no one town in 
particular, occupy the first place in the appendix. 

Besides these, there are three other instances of collective grants, though the 
townships under these grants were not laid out in lines, but rather in bodies or 
wherever suitable territory might be found. The Ashuelot townships, so named 
from their situation on the Ashuelot River, were our present towns of Keene and 
Swanzey. The Canada townships were granted to survivors and descendants of 
deceased participants in the Canada expedition of 1690. The towns of Dunbar- 
ton, Lyndeborough, New Boston, Richmond, Rindge, Salisbury, and Weare were 
originally granted to these men. The survivors of the Narragansett War and the 
heirs of those who lost their lives in the service, or of those who were otherwise 
deceased meantime, also received grants at the rate of one township of six mileS- 
square for every one hundred and twenty persons. A list of these claimants 
showed that eight hundred and forty persons were entitled to considera- 
tion, and afterwards two hundred and thirty-two more were found, making one 
thousand and seventy-two, calling for nine townships. Only three of these, 
Amherst, Goffstown, and Bedford, were in this state, and they were numbered 3, 
4, and 5. The others were located in Maine and Massachusetts. Papers relating 
to these three bodies of towns are also contained in the appendix. The remainder 
of the appendix is occupied by documents relating to the settlement of the boun- 
daries between various towns. 



TREFACE. Vll 

The third and last instahnent will include the grants made under authority of 
the Masonian Proprietors. The Masonian title extended over a considerable portion 
of that part of the state which had been relieved of the claim of Massachusetts by 
the King's decree in 1741, as well as to territory elsewhere within the bounds of 
the original Masonian patent. While the claim of Mason appears as an important 
factor in New Hampshire history for a hundred and fifty years or more from the 
publication of the Masonian patent, its existence had been more a subject of legal 
and political contention than a foundation for quiet and peaceable possession of 
lands by actual settlers, until it became the property of a syndicate of twelve persons 
in 1746. The history of the title is outlined in the early chapters of Belknap's 
History of New Hampshire, but the account of the transactions by which it passed 
to this proprietary is given in his chapter XXI. It appears that these parties for 
prudential reasons immediately quit-claimed title to certain towns within the limits 
of their purchase which had at that date been substantially settled. The original 
deed is in the Masonian Papers, Vol. i, page 57, dated July 31, 1746, and the 
towns named therein are Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Gosport, Kings- 
ton, Derry (Londonderry), Chester, Nottingham, Barrington, Rochester, Canter- 
bury, Bow, Chichester, Epsom, and Barnstead. 

It will not be timely here to extend the account of the proceedings of these 
new owners of the Masonian lands farther than to state that they exercised their 
rights of property by disposing of townships in a manner quite similar to that 
which had been followed in the grants by the Governor and Council in the latter 
part of the provincial period. The terms, conditions, and reservations of their 
grants are briefly stated by Belknap, Farmer's edition, p. 299, and the text of any 
of these instruments in its full extent may be examined with advantage to the student 
of the subsequent volumes, in which they will be reproduced. One of these charters 
is printed in full in the History of Rindge, chapter 11, which contams a clear and 
adequate exposition of the results which followed this revival and recognition of the 
Masonian title. It may be remarked that the grantees' and surveyors' plans which 
accompany the grants are in all cases copied and used as illustrations so far as avail- 
able. Whenever the record or text of the grant is unaccompanied by a plan, it is 
in the exceptional instance that none has been preserved. 

In the consideration of this work a marked distinction should be recognized be- 
tween the township charters and the acts of incorporation. A part of the charters 
emanating from the Governor and Council seem to combine some of the elements 
of the ordinary municipal act of incorporation with terms apt for the transmission 
of title to land, and various privileges respecting it. The charter of Kingston, 
1694, not only conveys to the inhabitants the township with the streets, lanes, and 
highways, but it also makes provision for the political organization of the town. 
The charter of New Castle, i6g6, is to the same effect. 

But in the Massachusetts grants and in those issued under the Masonian authority. 



Vin PREFACE. 

there is no attempt to confer political privileges on the grantees. It was understood 
that these privileges were to be derived from the general or special acts of thp 
assembly regulating the assumption of municipal organization by the people of the 
towns considered as a territorial unit. This was the theorj' on which town govern- 
ment was developed when settlements had been effected under the charters. It may 
not be possible in all cases to trace this development in its regular stages. The 
logical order was, first, the township charter, and, second, the act of incorporation. 
The authority for the assumption of the powers and privileges of municipal self- 
government is sometimes found in the terms of the charter, and sometimes in 
special legislative acts of incorporation. In a few instances the inhabitants of towns 
seem to have assumed the functions of organized towns without these usual legal 
pre-requisites. Bow v. Allensicnun, 34 N. H. Reports, 351, As a rule, how- 
ever, the histor)' of the origin of municipal government in the several New Hamp- 
shire towns is not obscure. The granting of bodies of land as townships to a 
number of grantees, whether by the intervention of province authority or through 
the Masonian proprietary-, was quite another affair. The act was by a formal 
instrument of conveyance to a number of persons duly named as grantees. In a 
large number of our own province charters it will be noted that the elements of an 
act of incorporation for the exercise of political powers are not included. 

As the towns became stronger and more populous, it was not infrequent that par- 
ishes were erected by acts of the assembly. The towns often covered a large terri- 
tor\-, hence the extension of settlements and changes in the centres of population 
demanded additional places for religious worship and consequent division of the 
the towns as church supporting establishments. This was one stage in the breaking 
up of the old towns, which preceded the erection of new ones upon the framework of 
the parish. The functions of this class of municipal corporations were well defined, 
and the transition from parish to town was the usual result of the parish establish- 
ment. (IX, Bout 071, Town Papers, 717.J 

A comparison of those township charters which were drawn simply for the pur- 
pose of passing a township of land to designated grantees, with acts incorporating 
towns and parishes, will indicate more clearly the radical distinction between the 
latter as municipal corporations established for the administration of political affairs, 
and the former as quasi corporations established, as was said in the case of Wells 
V. Burda?ik, 17 N. H. Reports, 393, for the sale and partition of lands. 

The publication of these instruments with the accompanying papers will open 
new opportunities for the study of features of local and state historj' which have 
hitherto been obscure. The original titles to the subdivisions of large areas will be 
made accessible to all who are interested in examining them. The movement of 
population on the several lines over which the settlement of regions outside the four 
ancient towns of the province of New Hampshire, can be more accurately and sys- 
tematically traced by the names of grantees, and by the dates of grants which mark 



PREFACE. IX 

the extension of emigration in all directions over New Hampshire and Vermont. 
Carefully prepared and complete indexes to the names of all persons and places 
mentioned in the volume will render their contents immediately available for refer- 
ence. The township maps which are prepared for this volume are copies of those 
of Blanchard and Langdon, Jeffries, and Holland. The papers in the body of the 
volume are arranged alphabetically under the modern names of the towns to which 
they relate. The preliminary note under each caption contains citations to the 
principal publications on the local history of the towns. There are many works of 
the gazetteer class which give summaries of town history and statistics. As these 
have not been cited in the town notes, it will suffice to mention them by titles in 
this connection. In the order of publication are Merriirs, 1817, pp. 231 : Farmer 
and ]\Ioore"s, 1823, pp. 276; Heywood's (New England, with treatment of N. H. 
towns), 1839; New Hampshire As It Is, by E. A. Charlton, 1856, pp. 592-4; 
Coolidge and Mansfield's History of New England (with N. H. section), 1858; 
Fogg's Gazetteer, 1874, pp. 647. The Walling series of county maps, i860, give 
town geography in minute detail, and are intended to name and locate each house- 
holder, most of the places of business, and the public and religious establishments. 
The Atlas of New Hampshire is a later eifort in the same direction but the results 
are presented in a different form. See mention of N. H. maps, by WiUiam Little. 
X, Granite Monthly, p. 360, and Hitchcock's Geolog}- of New Hampshire, chapter on 
topography, vol. i, p. 169. Other lines of New Hampshire historical literature are 
of necessity in part general and in part local in their subject-matter and method. 
Such are Potters " Militar}- History,'' i866-'68 ; Moore's "Printers and Printing,'' 
1886; Bell's "Bench and Bar," 1894; Chapin's " New Hampshire Poets," 1883; 
"Watson's "Physicians and Surgeons," in press: Carter's "Native Ministry,"' in 
preparation. Picturesque New Hampshire has been treated in a class of litera- 
ture which embodies much of local history and description. Among the more 
important are N. J. Bachelder's "Summer Resorts," and Sweetser's "White 
Mountains." See also the editor's note on historical literature of New Hampshire 
now in preparation. Vol. XIV of the Granite Monthly, p. 365. 

In the consideration of these towns as factors in government, and in the review 
or continuation of such studies as have been made by the authors of De Tocqueville's 
" Democracy in America," Bryce's "American Commonwealth," Joel Parkers "New 
England Towns," and Dillon's "Municipal Corporations," recourse should also be 
had to the reported decisions of the Supreme Court. So far as they relate to town 
histor)-, town government, and other subjects of local concern, they are readily acces- 
sible by the aid of the digests of decisions, in the municipal clerks' offices, and in 
law libraries, and are replete with information and suggestions. 

The more general questions of boundary, as that of Canada, affecting especially 
the Indian Stream territory, and that of Maine, of Massachusetts, and of Vermont, 
enter very largely into the history of the border towns, but a general reference to the 



X PREFACE. 

literature of those controversies, hereafter cited, suffices for the present purpose. 
The compilation of material for this series of volumes of town charters and the 
accompanying illustrations has necessitated extensive research, and has taken many 
directions and brought us in contact with, and placed us under obligations to many 
persons, in private as well as in official relations. With regret we find it imprac- 
ticable to make full mention of all who have cordially rendered aid by responding 
with important information, and by other active cooperation. But principal among 
these are Secretary Olin, of Massachusetts, Secretary Stearns, of New Hampshire, 
and Mr. Hammond, our efficient office assistant. Governor Smith and members of 
his council have manifested an interest in the undertaking which has made them 
familiar with its progress, and rendered its presentation in these and the suc- 
ceeding volumes more complete in form, and more satisfactory in substance. 

The next volume to be issued will be on the same general plan as this, and will 
be a continuation of the New Hampshire provincial charters. 

THE EDITOR. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS, 



MASSACHUSETTS GRANTS. 



Acworth .... 












3 


Alstead .... 












6 


Amherst .... 












8 


William Davis, Isaac Johnson 


, and 


others 








9 


Anna Lane . 












lO 


John Wilson . 












II 


Bedford .... 












13 


Boscawen .... 












21 


Bradford .... 












28 


Canterbury .... 












29 


Joseph Gerrish 












29 


Richard Kent 












30 


Concord .... 












31 


John Endicott 












62 


William Hawthorne 












64 


Samuel Sewall 












65 


Deering .... 












67 


Jonathan Butterfield 












68 


Thaxter, Turner, and Dudley 












70 


Dover ..... 












73 


Richard Beers 












76 


Emanuel Downing 












77 


Dunbarton . . . . . 












78 


Dunstable .... 












82 


Durham 












lOI 


Fitzwilliam 












104 


Goffstown .... 












105 


William Lund 












113 


Medford, Mass 












117 


Uxbridge, Mass . 












120 


Peleg Wiswall 












123 


Groton (old grant) 












126 


Hampton .... 












134 



Xll 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Hancock ..... 

Green, Walker, Lyde, and Green 
Henniker 
Hillsborough 
Hinsdale 

John Russell 
Hopkinton , 
Hudson 

Joseph Hills 
Isles of Shoals 
Keene 
Lempster 
Litchfield 

Richard Davenport 

Phineas Pratt 
Londonderry 
Lyndeborough 
Manchester . 

John Blaisdell 

Isaac Bradley 

Samuel Butterfield 

John Plaisted 

Robert Rand 

Jeremiah Stevens 

Thomas Tilestone 
Merrimack . 

Benjamin Smith 
Milford 

Charlestown School Farm 

Anna Cole 

Samuel Cole 
'Duxbury School Farm 
Nashua 

Boston Artillery Co. 

Richard Dummer 

Savage, Oliver, and others 

John Whiting 
New Boston 
Newington . 
New Ipswich 
Pelham 

John Endicott, Jr. 
Pembroke 
Peterborough 
Portsmouth . 



136 
137 
139 
140 
142 
143 
145 
146 
146 
149 
152 
154 

157 
167 
169 
170 
172 
178 
189 
191 
192 
195 
195 
199 
201 
203 
203 
204 
204 
205 
206 
208 
210 
210 
212 
214 
214 

215 
224 
225 
232 
232 

233 
249 

258 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



XIU 



Raymond 

Samuel Symonds 
Richmond . 

Josiah Willard 
Rindge 
Rochester 

Samuel and Mrs. Parnell Newell 

Samuel Sewall 
Salisbury 
Sharon 

Jeremiah Allen 

John Read . 

Robert Auchmuty 

Jeffry Bedgood 
Sullivan 

Aaron Denio 
Swanzey 
Temple 

Tyng, Nelson, and Alden 
Walpole 

Jonathan Belcher 
Warner 
Washington 
Weare . 
Winchester . 



UNLOCATED GRANTS. 



Valentine Hill 

William Hubbard 

Ann Mason, court decision 

Passaconoway 

Bryan Pendleton . 

Edward Rawson . 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CHARTERS AND GRANTS. 



Acworth 

Samuel Fitch 
Albany ..... 

Samuel Haven 

Daniel Rindge and Daniel Peirce 

Joseph Senter 

Alstead 

Amherst ..... 



XIV 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Ashland 

Atkinson 

Auburn 

Barnstead 

Barrington 

Bartlett 

Philip Bailey 
Robert Furniss 
James Gray . 
Andrew McMillan 
Vere Royse . 
William Stark 

Bath . 

Bedford 

Belmont 

Bennington 

Benton 

Ammi R. Cutter 
George King 
George Meserve 

Berlin . 

Bethlehem . 

Boscawen 

Bow 

Brentwood . 

Bridgewater 

Bristol 

Brookfield . 

Brookline 

Cambridge . 

Campton 

Canaan 

Theophilus Dame 

Candia 

Canterbury . 

Webster's Ferry 

Carroll 

Nash and Sawyer 

Center Harbor 

Charlestown 

Olcott's Ferry 

Chatham 

Henry Bellew 
Samuel Gilman 
Samuel Langdon 



418 
419 
419 
419 

423 
426 
427 
431 
435 

439 

441 

444 
447 
457 
460 
460 
460 
465 
469 

473 
477 
481 

485 
489 

493 
496 
496 
496 
497 
499 
504 

513 

520 

523 

523 
528 

529 
534 

537 
537 
543 
544 
550 
553 
557 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



XV 



Chatham : 

Thomas McDonough 

Sherburne, Sherburne, and Knight 
Chester 
Chesterfield . 
Chichester . 
Claremont . 

Joseph Wait 
Clarksville . 
Colebrook 
Columbia 

Seth Wales and others 
Concord 
Conway 

Sterling and Stark 
Cornish 

Moses Chase 
Coulerain 
Croydon 
Dalton 
Danville 
Deerfield 
Deering 
Derry . 
Dorchester . 
Dover . 
Dublin 
Dummer 
Dunbarton . 
Durham 
East Kingston 
Easton 
Eaton . 
Ellsworth 
Enfield 
Epping 
Epsom 
Errol . 

Erving's Location 
Exeter . 



560 
562 
566 

569 
576 
579 
584 
587 
589 
598 
606 
610 
650 
658 
662 
667 
669 
671 
678 
678 
679 
679 
681 
682 

69s 

701 

703 
708 
710 
712 
712 
712 
717 

723 
732 
732 
734 
739 
743 



APPENDIX. 



Lines of Towns : 

Dunstable to Northfield 



748 



XVI 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Lines of Towns : 

Dunstable to Penacook ....... 

Rumford to the Great Falls and on East Side of Connecticut 
River 
Ashuelot Townships 
Canada Townships 
Narragansett Townships 
Town Bounds, General 
Disputed Town Boundaries 
Indexes 



754 

761 
771 
787 

793 
821 
829 
927 



OR ANTS 



NKW HAMPSHIRK TKRRITORY 



GOVERNMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS. 



ORANTPS 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TERRITORY 



GOVERNMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS. 



ACWORTH. 



[This town was prol^ably Number 3 in the line of towns from Merrimack to 
Connecticut River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by New 
Hampshire as Burnet to Col. Sampson Stoddard and others, Dec. 28, 1752, and 
named in honor of Gov. William Burnet. Regranted as N'ew Burnet, Nov. 17, 
1 761, to Stoddard and others. Incorporated as Acworth (sometimes spelled 
Ackworth), Sept. 19, 1766, and named in honor of Lord Acworth. The charter 
was renewed May 30, 1772. 

See New Hampshire charters, following ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, i ; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation of this town in 
the movement by western New Hampshire towns in conjunction with towns in 
Vermont, for a new state composed of towns on both sides of the Connecticut 
River, or other rearrangement of state lines by a union of western New Hampshire 
towns with Vermont, or annexation of Vermont towns to New Hampshire; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, i ; Index to New Hampshire Laws, 9; History, by J. L. 
Merrill, 1869, pp. 306.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 24, i737-] 

A Petition of Joseph Weld, Joseph Ruggles, and Ebenezer 
Pierpont, a Committee of the Grantees o'r Proprietors of the 
Township Number Th^'ee in the Line of Towns, shewing that 



4 CHARTER RECORDS. 

upon a careful view of the said Township, it appears to be so 
Mountainous and Rocky &c. that is not fit for making a Settle- 
ment, which was their full Purpose, praying they may be released 
from their Obligations, and obtain a new Grant in Lieu thereof 
near the Great Menadmick'' s for the Reasons mentioned. Read 
and Ordered, That the Petition be continued to Tuesday next the 
28th currant. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 28, 1737.] 

A Petition of Joseph Weld and others, a Committee of the 
Grantees of the Township Number Three in the Line of Towns, 
praying for an Exchange &c. on Account of the roughness of the 
said Township, as entered the 25th. Read again, and after some 
debate, Ordered, That the Petition be referred to the next sitting 
of the Court for further Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, July i, 1737.] 

A Memorial of Joseph Weld, and others, a Committee of the 
Grantees of the Township Number Three in the Line of Towns, 
praying that for as much as their former Petition in the present 
Session for an Exchange of said Township, which proves very 
mountainous Land is referred over for Consideration, that one or 
more of the Court's Committee for laying out the Line of Towns, 
with some of the Petitioners to wait on them, may in the mean time 
be directed to take a careful View of the said Township, the 
Charge to be paid out of the Grantees Money remaining in the 
Hands of the Court's Committee paid at the admission of the 
Grantees ; in order that a true Information may be had of the 
Quality of the said Township, when that Affair shall come under 
consideration again. Read and Ordered, That the Prayer of the 
Petition be granted ; the Charge of the Committee's View to be 
paid out of the surplusage of the Grantees Money, as within men- 
tioned. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



ACWORTH. 5 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1737.] 

A Memorial of yosepk Weld and others, a Committee of the 
Grantees of the Township Number Three in the Line of Towns, 
praying they may obtain a Grant of a Township adjoyning to the 
Line of Towns, and lying upon the Township Number Six and 
Seven, in consideration of the extraordinary meanness and barren- 
ness of the said Township Number Three, formerly granted them, 
and as agreable to the Petition, as entred the 24//^ of yune last. 
Read and Ordered, That this Petition be considered on Wednes- 
day the seventh currant. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 7, 1737.] 

A Memorial of yoscfh Weld and others, a Committee of the 
Grantees of the Township No. 3, praying as entred the 3*^ Cur- 
rant; read again, and Ordered, that the Consideration of this 
Memorial be referred to the next May Session. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 16, 1737.] 

A Memorial of yoseph Weld and others, a Committee of the 
Township Number Three in the Line of Towns, praying that 
their former Petition to the Court in their present sitting, may be 
now considered, for the Reasons mentioned. Read, and the 
Question was put. Whither the Petition shall be sustained. 

It pass'd in the Negative. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1739-] 

A Petition of yosefh Weld, yosefh Ruggles, and Ebenezer 
Pierfont, a Committee of the Proprietors of the Township Num- 
ber Three in the Line of Towns, shewing the Land in said Town- 
ship Number Three, on a View of it in the Years 1737 and 1738, 
is so rough and mountainous, as renders it unfit for Settlement, 
altho' the said Proprietors have been at upwards of three hundred 
andffty Pounds Charge in using Methods for Setdement, pray- 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



ing they ma}'' be allowed a Grant of a new Township in lieu of 
said Number Th?'ee, for the reasons mentioned. 

Read and Ordered, That the Petition lie on the Table. 



ALSTEAD. 

[This town was probably N'lifjiber 4 in the line of towns from Merrimack to 
Connecticut River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by New 
Hampshire as Newton, Dec. 28, 1752, to John Towle and others. Regranted 
Aug. 6, 1763, to Samuel Chase and others, and incorporated as Alstead. The 
charter was renewed Jan. 25, 1772. 

See New Hampshire charters, following; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 5; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 394, 398, 400, as to movement for union with 
Vermont towns ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 21; Index to Laws, 17; historical 
sketch, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 114.] 



\_Petttwn of Proprietors of JVo. 4, for Equivalent Grant, lyyo.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 410.] 

Province of the ) To the Honorable Thomas Hutchinson Esq'^' 
Massachusetts Bay ) Lieutenant Governor and Commander in 
Chief of His Majesty's said Province, the Honorable Council, 
and House of Representatives, in General Court Assembled, 
March 15"' A D, 1770. 

The Petition of the Subscribers Humbly Sheweth, 
That Some of Your Petitioners and the Predecessors of the 
others Obtain'd a Grant, from the Great & General Court of a 
Township of Land, Several Years Since, Which was then Laid 
out between the Rivers of Connecticut and Merrimack in the 
Line of Towns ; That the House Lots in said Township were 
AUoted to the Proprietors, and some further Orders of the General 
Court Relative to the Settlement of said Township were (by the 
said Proprietors) Performed to the Satisfaction of a Committee 
from said Honorable Court, as may Appear by the Proprietors 
Book of Record Sign'd by the Honorable William Dudley Esq"^ 
Chairman of said Committee. And that said Proprietors were 
Resolutely Pursuing all other Proper Measures in order for a 



ALSTEAD. ^ 

Speedy Settlement, but very soon after to their great Damage and 
Disappointment, and after the Payment of One Hundred and 
Eighty Pounds to the Committee aforesaid, and a further Expence 
of more than Double that Sum, besides Expence of Time, they 
were Deprived of said Township, by its being Set off to the Prov- 
ince of New-Hampshire by the Determination of His Majesty 
King George the Second, in the Settlement of the Boundaries of 
the Provinces aforesaid ; And your Petitioners must Remain Rem- 
ediless in the Premisses without the Interposition of this most Hon- 
orable Court, they therefore most humbl}' Pray that Your Honors 
would be pleased to take the Same into Your wise Consideration, 
and According to Your known Justice and Clemency, to Grant 
them another Township in Lieu of that which they were deprived 
of, as a Retaliation for their great Loss, and Your most humble 
Suppliants (as in duty bound) shall ever Pray. 

Joshua Fuller 

Samuel Jackson on the Right of Cap' Samuel Jackson 
Jonathan Williams Jun^' on the Right of John Spring- 
Thomas Greenwood Ebenezer Stearns Oakes Ahgier 
Isaac Jackson on the Right of Isaac Jackson 
Thaddeus Trowbridge on the Right of William Trowbridge 
Jonathan Williams on the Right of William Williams 
Thomas Quinier 

Stephen Harris on the Right of Thomas Harris 
David Sanger on the Right of David Sanger 
Ephraim Burridge on the Right of John Burridge 
Peter Durrell Samuel Shattuck 

Nathaniel Smith William Coollidge 

Amos Livermore on the Right of Oliver Livermore 
Josiah Brown on the Right of William Brown 
Josiah Goddard 

William Park on the Right of Richard Park 
William Park Ebenezer Brown 

Jonas Coollidge on the Right of Jonas Coollidge 
Nathaniel Spring 

Christopher Grant Jun"^ on the Right of Christopher Grant 
Samuel Fuller on the Right of Isaac Fuller 
Jonathan Learned on the Right of Ebenezer Goddard 
William Dana Jonathan Learned 

Seth Storer on the Right of Jonathan Bemis 
Nathaniel Stone on the Right of Moses Hastings 
Josiah Mixer Daniel Robbins 



8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

James Hay on the Right of Richard Coolidge 
Joseph CooHdge Josiah Fuller 

Nehemiah Mason on the Right of Joseph Mason Esq'^ 
Daniel Bond on the Right of Daniel Bond 
Abraham Whitney on the Right of John Whitney 
Nathaniel Collidge on the Right of Thaddeus Coollidge 
Elisha Learned on the Right of David Learned 
Samuel Randall 

Ezekiel Whitney on the Right of David Whitney 
John Stowel Benjamin Bond James Dix 
George Harrington George Harrington Jun^" 

Josiah Bisco on the Right of Thomas Bisco 
Edmund Bernard on the Right of Samuel Stowel 
Samuel Hide on the Right of Richard King 
William Coollidge Jun'^' on the Right of Joseph Allen 
William Coollidge on the Right of John Coollidge 
Thomas Frost 

Thad^ Trowbridge on the Right of Caleb Trowbridge 
Samuel Jackson on the Right of Edward Jackson 
David Coollidge David Livermore Nathaniel Stone 
The Names of the Petitioners withinmentioned, were Entred 

Agreeable to a Vote of the Majority^ of said Petitioners at their 

Meeting on the 12^^ Day of March, A D, 1770. 

Joshua Fuller > Com**^ for said 
William Coollidg 5 Petitioners 



AMHERST. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as JVarragansett No. 3, Dec. 18, 1728. It was 
afterwards called Salem Narragansett and Soiihegan West. The grant was con- 
firmed by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. i, 1759. Incorporated as Amherst, 
Jan. 18, 1760, and named in honor of Lord Jeffry Amherst. The charter was 
renewed in April, 1762. A large part of Monson was annexed in 1770. A por- 
tion of the town was combined with parts of Hollis and Mile Slip to make up the 
town of Milford, Jan. 11, 1794. Mont Vernon was set off and incorporated Dec. 
15, 1803. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers, in this and following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 6; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 57; Index to Laws, 
18; historical sketch by John Farmer, 5, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 
79 ; petition of inhabitants, id., 253 ; history, by Daniel F. Secomb, 1883, pp. 978 ; 
sketch by same, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 219.] 



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[Mass. House Journal, Dec. i8, 1728.] 

A Plat of One of the Towns granted to the Narraganset Sol- 
diers, Surveyed and laid out by an Order of this Court of the 
Seventh of Jtinc last by Major Chandler, Mr. Shove, and Mr. 
Hohson, adjoining to Sozvheagen-'Kw&x , and lying on the North- 
side thereof, and of the Contents of Six Miles Square was pre- 
sented for Allowance. Read and Accepted and voted. That the 
Land protracted and described in the within Plan be and hereby 
is confirmed to the Officers and Soldiers belonging to this Prov- 
ince who were in the Service of their Country in the late Nar^-a- 
ganset War, and to their Heirs and Assigns or lawful Representa- 
tives, provided it exceeds not the Qiiantity of Land within men- 
tioned, nor interferes with any other or former Grant of this Court, 
provided also they comply with the Conditions mentioned in the 
said Vote of yiine "jth, for setling the said Town. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Grant to William Davis, Isaac Johnson, and others.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 28, 1659.] 

The Court also Judgeth It meete to Graunt to Cap* w"^ Davis 
Cap* Eliazer Lusher Cap* ffrauncis Norton & Cap' Isaac Johnson 
two hundred and fiffty acres apeece on the same termes as was 
Graunted to Cap* Savage Oliver &c 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 16, 1660.] 

Laid out to Cap* w'" Davis of Boston and to Cap* Isack Johnson 
of Roxbury to each of them two hundred & fifty acres of land 
more or lesse w*''' lyeth together in one platt in the wildernesse on 
the west of merremak River and about six miles by estimation 
from merremake at a place Called by the Indians quohquinnapass- 
kessanahnoy upon and on both sides sowheaganock River lying 
two hundred & forty pole in length upon a streight line downe 
the River and extends about halfe a mile on each side the River 



lO 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



being butteld and bounded on the west w"' land lately laid out for 
m''* Anna Lane and on the east w*^ a farme laid out for m'^ John 
Wilson sen^' the wilderness elswhere surrounding according unto 
the bound marked trees, w*^'^ are sufficiently marked w*^ P all 
which doth more fully appeare by a platt taken of this same by 
Jonathan Danforth surveior. 

The Court doth allow & Approve of this Returne. 



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[Grant to Anna Lane.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. i6, 1660.] 

Laide out to M'^ Anna Lane five hundred acres of land more or 
lesse in the wildernesse on the west of merremacke River and 
about seven miles by estimation from merremake at a place Called 
by the Indians Quoquina-passkessanahnoy which is upon sowhea- 
ganocke River lying two hundred & eighty pole in length upon 



AMHERST. II 

the River about two hundred acres lyeth on the north side and 
three hundred acres on the south side being bounded w*^ land laid 
out for m"^^ Davis and Capt Isacke Johnson on the east wilderness 
land elswhere surrounding the same as b}^ a plott taken of the 
same is more fully demonstrated by Jonathan Danforth surveyor. 
The Court doth Approove allow & Confirme this Returne. 



[Grant to John Wilson.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659.] 

whereas m"^ John wilson sen'" hath mett w*^ severall Disapoint- 
ments about laying out his thousand acres of land Graunted him 
by this Court above twenty yeares since It is ordered that m"" Dan- 
forth be desired & hereby Impowred by himself or his order to lay 
out the said thousand acres in one or two places where It shall be 
found. 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 16, 1660, and Maps and Plans, 

Vol. I, p. 12.] 

Laid out to m"^" John Wilson sen"^" of Boston one thousand acres 
of land more or lesse in the wilderness on the west of merremacke 
River; one part or parcell of the same Conteining seven hundred 
acres more or lesse lieth upon Sowheaganock River at a place 
Called by the Indians quohquima-paskessa-nahnoy w*^'^ is about 
five miles b}^ estimation from merremacke River lying three hun- 
dred sixty lower pole in length upon sowheaganuck river fower 
hundred acres more or lesse on the North side of the River and 
three hundred acres more or lesse on the South side being Butteld 
and bounded on the west w*^ land lately laid out for Capt w"^ Davis 
& Capt Isack Johnson of Roxbury the wilderness elswhere sur- 
rounding according to Bounded trees marked w*^ L Also one 
part or parcell more Conteining three hundred acres more or lesse 
lieth about one mile & halfe by estimation southward of the former 
farme upon the head of penichuck brooke being bounded by a 
great pond on the southwest called pennichuck pond, extending 
downe the brooke about two hundred & eighty pole in length lying 



12 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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BEDFORD. 13 

almost wholly on the northwest side of the said Brooke the wilder- 
ness, elswhere surrounding according unto bounded trees w''^ are 
marked w*'' L all which is more fully demonstrated by a platt 
taken of the same by Jonathan Danforth Surveior. 

The Court Allowes & Approoves of the land so laid out in this 
Returne. 

The magis*^ have past this w*^ Refference to the Consent of 
theire brethren y® deput^ hereto Alloing & Approoving of the Re- 
turne as above 
21 October 1660 Edw. Rawson Secret 

Consented to by the deputyes 

William Torrey Cleric. 



BEDFORD. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Narragansett No. 5, Feb. 12, 1733-4- After- 
wards called Souhegan East. The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprie- 
tors, Nov. 9, 1748. Incorporated as Bedford, May 19, 1750, and named in honor 
of the Duke of Bedford. A portion of the town was annexed to Manchester, July 

I, 1853- 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers, in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 50; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 176; Index 
to Laws, 51 ; topographical description, i. Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 
286; discourse by Thomas Savage, 1841, pp. 16; centennial address by Isaac O. 
Barnes, 1850, pp. 45 ; history, pub. by Alfred Mudge, 1851, pp. 364; historical dis- 
course, by Ira C. Tyson, 1876, pp. 31 ; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hills- 
borough County, 1885, pp. 265. 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 11, 1733-4-] 

Mr. Shove from the Committee appointed the 30//Z of yune 1732, 
for laying out the Narragansett Townships, presented a Plat of 
the Township Number Five, so called by the original Grantees 
lying on Merrimack River, of the contents of six Miles square and 
five hundred twenty one acres for poor Land, allowed and to 
satisfy a Grant made to Benjamin Smith. Read and Ordered, 
That the Plat be accepted, and that the Lands set forth and de- 
scribed in the within Plat of the Narragansett Township Number 
Five (exclusive of Berijamin Smith's Grant) be and hereby are 
confirmed unto one hundred and twenty of the original Grantees 
their heirs and assigns, viz. that Society of them of which Col. 
Thomas Tilestone and others were appointed a Committee for 



14 CHARTER RECORDS. 

regulating the said Township Number Five, so called at a general 
Meeting of the Grantees in Boston the sixth of Jiiiie last as by 
their Votes and Orders may appear, provided the Plat contains no 
more than the quantity of Land within mentioned, and that it does 
not interfere with any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 12, 1733-4.] 

A Plat of a Township for the Narraganset Soldiers being a 
Tract of Land lying on Merrimack & Sohegan Rivers, of the 
Quantity of six miles square with five hundred Acres allowed for 
poor Land & Benjamin Smiths Farm Being bounded as 
follows; viz. Beginning at a Pitch Pine Tree on the North Side 
of Sohegan River five miles from Merrimack, as said Sohegan 
River runs ; & running North six miles to the Township form- 
erly laid out to the Narraganset Soldiers to a Heap of Stones ; 
then running West on said Township one mile & eighty two 
rods to a Beach Marked ; then running North one mile & two 
hundred & sixty rods on Province Lands to a White Pine Tree, 
which is the South West Corner of the second Township for 
the Narraganset Soldiers on Merrimack ; then running on said 
second Township East, six miles & one hundred & ten rods to 
Merrimack River, nine miles above the Mouth of Sohegan River 
as Merrimack runs, & so running up Merrimack River to Sohegan 
River, & from thence along Sohegan River to y® Bounds first 
mentioned. 

In the House of Represenf^^^ Read & Ordered that the Plat be 
accepted, & that the Lands set forth «& described in the within 
Plat of the Narraganset Township Number Five (Exclusive of 
Benjamin Smiths Grant) be & hereby are confirmed unto one 
hundred & twenty of the Original Grantees, their Heirs & Assigns ; 
viz, that Society of them of which Coll. Thomas Tilestone & 
others were appointed a Committee for regulating said Township 
Number Five, so called, at a general Meeting of the Grantees in 
Boston the sixth of June last, as by their Votes & Orders may 
appear. Provided the Plat contains no more than the Quantity of 
Land within mentioned & that it does not interfere with any former 
Grant. 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; — 

Consented to, J Belcher 



BEDFORD. 15 

[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 4, 1736.] 

In Council whereas the proprietors or present possessors of the 
Narragansett Township, Called Number five, have voted & 
Agreed that the Several lotts, being One hundred and twenty in 
the whole, besides publick Lots, shall pay Sixty of them, each five 
pounds and the other Sixty Lots be Settled with a Family & built 
upon and brought to as Directed in the Grant from the General 
Court, the Lots being all Numbred and those which are to pay 
five pounds to be Distinguished from those which are to be Settled 
in the following manner, viz* Lot Number One to pay Five pounds 
Number two to Settle Number three to pay five pounds Number 
four to Settle And so Alternatly in the same order to pay five 
pounds or to Settle thro the whole Number of Lots being One 
hundred and twenty besides Publick Lots And whereas Sundry 
Charges have Already Arisen and must Necessaril}'- further Arise, 
to procure which Sums, as well as to Oblige the Settlers to Comply 
and the five pound lots to pay their Several Sums the Authority of 
this Court is thought Necessary wherefore It is Resolved and 
Ordered That the proprietors of the said Lots whether Setlers 
or those who are ordered to pay five pounds each do Settle and 
pay Respectivly According to the said Vote ; the five pounds to be 
paid into the hands of the Treasurer Already Appointed by the 
Proprietors for that purpose, and by him to be paid to the Settlers 
each five pounds : And in Case the Settlers fail in Settling Ac- 
cording to the Courts Grant and Votes of the proprietors then the 
proprietors at a meeting Regularly Assembled shall and may 
dispose of said Right or Rights to any other or others that will 
Settle, And whereas Sundry proprietors Neglect to draw their 
Lots and pay their proportion of Charges the Committee of said 
proprietors shall have power to sell their Lands for defreying the 
Charge Arisen or that may Arise Attending the Methods in the 
Disposition of the Lands to be Observed in Gathering Rates & 
Taxes Levied by Order of this Court on Unimproved Lands. — 
In the House of Represent^ Read & Concurr'd — 
Consented to J Belcher 



l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\^Grant€€s of Bedfo7'd^ ^757'~\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 844.] 

In Obedience to and Order inserted in Publick Print That the 
several Clerks of the respective Townships be and they are hereby 
directed to deposit attested Copies, under Oath, of all the Original 
Grants that have been Made Within these thirty years past, 
together With a List of the Names of the Grantees, & who have 
fulfilled the Conditions of their Grants into the secretarys Office by 
the Last day of March upon pain of the Displeasure of the Court 
&c. 

This May therefore Certifie that the Lowest Narraganset Town- 
ship on Merrimack River No. 5 bounded East on Merrimack 
River, South on sowbeeg (or sowhegan) River, West partly on 
salem Narraganset, or otherwise Called sowhegan West, partly 
on that which some have Called New Boston, bounded North on 
that which some have Called shovestown. Granted by the General 
Court of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay to 120 men. 
Whereof 60 Were to settle in such time as was then set. the said 
town hath been all Laid Out in 3 divisions beside meadow Each 
division Except the first hath 123 Rights Laid Out, Viz. One for 
Each proprietor, One for the first Minister, One for the Ministry, 
& One for the school, the Meadow Lotts are all Laid Out & 
Numbred, Each meadow Lott Coupled With some One of the 
third division Except such Lotts in the third division, as have 
meadow in them, the Lotts througout the town are all drawm, & 
most of them on Record. There is twenty Acres Laid out to build 
a Meeting house on, there is 120 acres Granted b}^ the proprietors 
to Deacon Jonathan Williams Our proprietors Treasurer And 120 
Acres to Captain Joseph Blanchard, he to Erect a Good sawmill 
& a Good Corn-mill, there is also suitable provision Made for 
ways, I am informed there is about 60 families setled in the town : 
but no minister setled, nor Meeting house built, the Late War 
hath been some discouragement, since the Town hath been Reck- 
oned in New-hampshire Government, it is divided not far from the 
Middle, & some addition Made to the south end, & Erected into a 
township And some addition to the North end, & that also made 
a township. 

There are 17 Gentlemen belonging to New-hampshire Which 
some Call Lord proprietors, Which pretend the Land is theirs, 
yet have Confirmed the Rights of the original proprietors, as the 



BEDFORD. 



17 



Lots have been already Laid out & surveyed. Excepting and 
reserving only 17 Rights or shares as According to said Laying 
out, the particular Rights or shares to be determined & ascertained 
hereafter. 

here is a true Coppy of their Vote transcribed 

PROVINCE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of 
John Tufton Mason Esq' in the Province of New Hampshire held 
at Portsmouth in said Province by Adjournment on the Ninth day 
of November anno Domini 1748 

Voted That the Rights of the Original Proprietors of souhegan 
East, Otherwise Called Narraganset No. 5 on Merrimack River, 
be and are hereby Confirmed to them according as the said Lots 
have been already surveyed and Laid Out, excepting and reserv- 
ing only seventeen shares or Rights as according to said Laying 
Out ; the Particular Rights or shares so Excepted and Reserved 
to be determined and ascertained hereafter : but that the Particular 
Rights and shares of Major Edward White and the Reverend 
Doctor Ebenezer Miller be not among the excepted and Reserved 
rights as aforesaid, but that their said Rights & shares among 
said Proprietors surveyed as aforesaid, be hereby Granted and 
Confirmed to them their Heirs and Assigns. 

Copy of Record 

attest Geo : Jeffrey jun' Propr" Clerk 

At a Proprietors Meeting of the Narraganset Town No 5 at the 
house of M"^ Samuel Knealand in Boston, & met accordingly on 
ye ^Qth j^^y Qf October 1734 at ten a Clock in the forenoon 
and Chose the Hono'^'*^ Samuel Thaxter Esq' Moderator of said 
meeting — 

Then they Proceeded to Draw the setlers Lotts as the}^ were 
Marked, the Even numbers were setlers and the Odd were non 
settlers. 

on pescataquog 
No I Governour Belcher Esq. 2 James Davenport 

on Merrimack 

No I Jacob Griggs 5 Samuel Hollis 

2 John Plimton 6 James yates 

3 Habijah savage 7 Israel Hubbard 

4 Thomas simpkins 8 Addington Davenport Esq' 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



9 Richard Bill 

10 John Dorrill 

11 John Richards 

12 Thomas Daws 

13 William Dinsdell 

14 Richard Foster 

15 Jabez Hunt 

16 Thomas Bernard 

17 Thomas Holbrook 

18 Benjamin Dyer 

19 William Clark Esq-^ 

20 Joseph Thorn 

21 Samuel Gill 

22 Paul Dudle}^ Esq'^^ 

23 Edmond Weld 

24 David Evans 

25 Thomas Beatle 

26 George Talbott 

27 John Baker 

28 John Barns 

29 Shadrach Thayer 

30 Ebenezer Williams 

31 John Wilson 

32 Henry Timberlake 

33 James Townsend 

34 Sarah Perkins 

35 Alford Butler 

36 John Morey 

37 Isaac Hatch 

38 John Langley 

39 Joseph Prince 

40 Samuel Gile 

41 Silence Allen 

42 Benjamin Williams 

43 William Davenport 

44 Edward White 

45 Robert Vose 

46 Joseph Savel 

47 Ebenezer Williams 

48 Nathanael Goodwine 

49 Samuel Miller 

50 John Arnoll 



51 John Pay son 

52 Samuel Pollard 

53 Samuel Wadsworth 

54 Owen Harris 

55 Henry Wilson 

56 Thomas Viccos 

57 Joseph Briggs 

58 Samuel Lyon 

59 Jonathan Gay 

60 Moses Ayers 

61 Thomas Jefferies 

62 Gamaliel Roggers 
6^ Gideon Terril 

64 Ebenezer Jones 

65 samuel Gurnet 

66 Cap* Ebenezer Dorr 

67 Joseph Benson 

68 Henry Leadbetter 

69 Jonathan Proutt 

70 Rebeccah Abbott 

71 Thomas Tilestone 

72 Benjamin smith 

73 Madam Levingston 

74 Benjamin Turner 

75 samuel Fisk 

76 John Lane for Ephraim 

77 samuel Bass 

78 William Oglebe 

79 Caleb stedman 

80 Zechariah smith 

81 Benjamin swain 

82 John Lane 

83 John Mears 

84 William Dean 

85 John Tuckerman 

86 Thomas Waymouth 

87 John Rice 

88 Andrew Oliver 

89 Jonathan Williams 

90 Joim Triscott 

91 Edward Tyng 

92 Israel Vicary 



BEDFORD. 



93 Ephraim More 

94 Joseph Gardner 

95 Benjamin Bates 



96 Zechariah Chandler 

97 John Ruggles 

98 Benjamin Langdon 



home lots on Babbosick 



1 John Burrill 

2 Samuel Belcher 
No 3 David Jacobs 

4 samuel Linkhorn 

5 Ebenezer Hartshorn 

6 John Leach 

7 sarah Warren 

8 samuel Williams 

9 John Gridley 
10 John Nelson 



11 Benjamin Bicknall 

12 John Chamberlin 

13 samuel Thaxter 

14 John Gridley 

15 Rebeccah Hannors 

16 William Hasey 

17 John Cutler 

18 Thomas Baker 

19 James Pitts 

20 Ephraim Colburn 



I am inclined to believe there Was One Lot Laid out for the 
Minister, & One for the school, in the first Division, between the 
fifty seventh, & fifty Lots on Merrimack River but they are not 
Numbred & Recorded, as i Can find, so that i fear they Will be 
Lost. The first Minister, the Ministry, & school Lots, in the sec- 
ond & Third Division are as followeth 



second Division 



Third Division 

no. 



Minister Lots No. > o^^Range ^ , % Ministry 

19 5 meadow 87 -^ 

Ministry Lots No. > o Range ^ , ^° School 

•^ lis ^ meadow 90 



21' 



school Lots No. ^^ i Q*''Range ^ , o First Minister 
22 S meadow 89 



I have No Account who are setled in the Town : but by Word 
of Mouth, according to that account, their names follow 



John Moor Robert Gilmore 
John Goft' Esq"^ Paterson 

Thomas Chandler Macdugal 

m'" Woods Bushnal 

samuel Vose now setling 

Eleazer Lyon Robert Gilmore 

widow Farmer Thomas Farmer 



Thomas Meglotherin 
David smith 
James Walker 
Lieu* Moses Barron 
Thomas Viccary 
John Robie 
Andrew Walker 



20 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Widow smith, once 
William Henry 
John Tom 
James Mathas 
Thomas Barus 
William Awls 
Robert Read 
William Corwell 
Deacon Orr 
Richard Macalister 
Robert Walker 
John Little 
John Maglotherin 
Matthew Patten 



Capt. lovels widow 
James Canady 
James Moor 
John Burns 
Thomas Viccary jun. 
William Arbuckle 
David Tompson 
Benjamin smith 
Widow Maquade 
Goyn Riddle 
Jonathan Lyon 
Forgos Canady 
Noah Thare 
Samuel Patten 
Patrick Taggard 



Captjohn Chamberlin 
John Moreland 

Wallice 
James Moor the Miller 
samuel Miller 
Robert Mecormick 
Garret Rowen 
John Maquig 
William Moor 
Hugh Riddle 
James Little 
John Bell 

Lin 
James Macknite 



I am informed there are four sawmills in the Town and two 
Corn Mills. I Cannot inform Who have Performed the setling 
Conditions, any Otherwise than I have Done. Humbly offered 
Milton march 25 1751 samuel Wadsworth Proprietors Clerk 

Suffolk ss. Boston 26^^ March 1751 

M"" Sam^^ Wadsworth appeared, & made solemn Oath that the 
foregoing Return is to the best of his knowledge just & true 

Before me Tho* Hubbard J. Pac^ 



\_Petition of yoseph yoscelyn for Equivalent Grants lyy^.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 763.] 

Province of > To His Excellency Tho^ Hutchinson Esq"^ 

Massachusetts Bay 5 Cap* General & Governor in Chiefe over 
Said Province to the Hon^^® his Majestys Council & House of Rep- 
resentatives in General Court assembled January the 26'^ i774 — 

The Petition of Joseph Josselyn of Hanover in the County of 
Plymouth Esq'' Humbly Sheweth that there was a Grant of a 
Township made by the Great & General Court in June AD. 1732 
To Benjamin Smith and Others for Services done in the Naragan- 
set Indian War. — 

which Township was laid out on Merimack River in the year 



BOSCAWEN. 21 

1733. and Commonly called No 5. Your Petitioner having Pur- 
chased of the Heirs of Benjamin Bates one of the Soldiers in that 
War his Right which was afterwards laid out in said Township to 
your Petitioner who has been at Considerable trouble and Cost 
from Time to Time in Bringing on the Settlement agreable to the 
terms of said Grant. — 

But after Some Years, upon Runing the Line Between this 
Province and that of New Hampshire, the whole of said Town- 
ship was taken into that Province, and Your Petitioner was thereby 
deprived & Excluded from all Propert}^ and Benefit of his said 
Lands. — Wherefore He Prays your Excellency and Honours to 
take this his Case into your Wise and Compassionate Consideration 
And in your Wisdom and Goodness make him Such a Grant of 
Some unappropriated Lands of this Province as shall appear to 
you Just & Reasonable or otherwise Relieve him in this Case as 
to you Seems meet. — 

And as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray &c 

Joseph Josselyn 

[In answer to this petition, the General Court granted the peti- 
tioner four hundred acres of land to the eastward of Saco River, 
March 3, 1774.] 



BOSCAWEN. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Contoocook, Dec. 8, 1732, to John Coffin and 
others, of Newbury, Mass. The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors, 
Jan. 10, 1758. Incorporated as Boscawen, April 22, 1760, and named in honor 
of Admiral Edward Boscawen, of the British navy. The charter was renewed Oct. 
7, 1763. Webster was set off and incorporated July 4, i860. This division was 
attempted in 1791, when the inhabitants of the west part of the town asked to be 
set off and incorporated by the name of Bristol. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 57 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 193 ; Index to 
Laws, 62; Descriptive and Historical Account of, by John Farmer, 1821, XX, 
Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 71-76; Chronological Register, by 
Ebenezer Price, 1823, pp. 116; Proceedings of Centennial Celebration, 1876, pp. 
27 ; History of Boscawen and Webster, by Charles Carleton Coffin, 1878, pp. 656 ; 
One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Settlement, 1883, pp. 211, pub. 1884; 
historical sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 169.] 



22 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 20, 1731-] 

A Petition of "John Coffin and others, Inhabitants of sundry 
Towns within this Province, praying, that they may have a Tract 
of Land above and adjoining to Pcnnicook, of the Contents of 
seven Miles square granted to them, under such Limitations as 
may compel them to settle the same, for which they are willing to 
pay, for the use of the Province, I^ive Hundred Pounds in Bills 
of Credit. 

Read, and Ordered^ That Mr. Welles^ Major Chandler, and 
Major Brattle, be a Committee to consider thereof, and Report 
what may be proper to be done thereon. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 22, 1731.] 

The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of yohn 
Coffin and others, entred the 20th Instant, Reported, Read, 
Accepted and 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far granted, as 
that the Petitioners be and hereby are impowered by a Surveyor 
and Chain — Men under Oath, to Survey and lay out a Township 
of the Contents of seven Miles square above and adjoining to the 
new Town at Pennicook, on both sides of Merrimack River, to 
extend three Miles on the East side, and four Miles on the West 
side of the said River, and return a plan thereof to this Court at 
their Session in May next for Confirmation ; at which time the 
Grantees shall pay into the Province Treasury, for the use of the 
Province, Five Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit, and that there- 
upon the Petitioners be impowered to chuse and appoint a Com- 
mittee for la3'ing out one Hundred Home-Lots, (which shall be 
drawn for by the Grantees) and such other Divisions as shall be 
agreed upon by the Major Part of them : the whole of the Charge 
to be equally paid by the said Grantees. And that, for the effec- 
tual bringing forward the Settlement of the said Township, the 
Grantees shall within six Years from the first Day of July next, 
have actually upon the Spot, Ninety Seven Families, each of 
which to have a Dwelling-House of eighteen Feet square, and 
seven Feet Stud, at least, and three Acres of Land well stock'd 
with English Grass, fit for Mowing and four Acres of Tillage 
Land brought to fit for Improvement, upon pain of forfeiting his 



BOSCAWEN. 23 

Interest to the Province, and the Sum of Ten Pounds, for which 
Security shall be given at the Payment of the said Five Hundred 
Pounds, to a Committee of the Court to be appointed for that Pur- 
pose ; and that there be Three Home-Lots, with all after Rights, 
part of the said One Hundred, sequestred, viz. One for the first 
settled Minister, One for the Ministry and one for the School. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 23, 1731.] 

A Petition of John Coffin & a great number of others praying for 
a Grant of a Tract of Land of Seven Miles square lying on each 
side of Merrimack River abover Penicook, for the Consideration 
of the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds to be paid into the province 
Treasury & the performance of such Conditions for y*^ Settlem* of 
s'^ Land as this Court shall Order. 

In the House of Represenf^'^* Read & Ordered that the prayer of 
the Petition be so far granted as that the Petition^'* be & hereby are 
impowered by a Surveyour & Chain men under Oath to Survey & 
lay out a Township of the Contents of Seven Miles square above 
& adjoining To the new Town at Penicook on both sides of Merri- 
mack River to extend three miles on the East side & four Miles 
on the West Side of the s'^ River & Return a Plat thereof to this 
Court at their Session in May next for Confirmation, At which 
Time the Grantees shall pay into the province Treasury for the 
Use of the Province Five Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit & 
that thereupon the Petition''* be Impowered to Chuse & Appoint 
a Comm^^*^ for laying out One Hundred home Lotts (which shall 
be drawn for by the Grantees) &. such other Divisions as shall be 
Agreed on by y^ Major Part of them y® whole of the Charge to be 
equally p*^ by the said Grantees, & that for the Effectual bringing 
forward the Settlem* of the s*^ Township the Grantees shall within 
six Years from the first day of July next have actually upon the 
Spot Ninety seven Families, Each of w*^^ to have a Dwelling 
House of eighteen foot square, «fe seven feet Stud at least & three 
Acres of Land well stock'd with English Grass fit for Mowing & 
four Acres of Tillage brought to fit for Improvement, upon pain of 
forfeiting his Interest to the Province & the Sum of Ten Pounds, 
for which Security shall be given at the Paym* of the s'^ £500, to 
a Comm*®® of this Court to be appointed for that purpose & that 



24 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



there be three home Lotts with all other Rights, part of the s*^ One 
Hundred sequestred viz* One for the first Settled Minister, one 
for the Ministry, & one for the School. 
In Council Read & Nonconcur'd. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 6, 1732.] 

On the Petition of John Coffin, "jfoseph Dole, and sundry others, 
praying for a Grant of a Tract of Land of seven miles square 
above Penny-Cook on the West side oi Merrimack- River whereon 
to make a Township, for the reasons mentioned. Read and in 
answer to this Petition, Ordered, That there be and hereby is 
granted to the Petitioners a Tract of Land of seven miles square 
at the place Petitioned for, viz. on the West side of Merrimack 
River, to be laid out by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, a 
Plan thereof to be presented to this Court at their next May Ses- 
sion for Confirmation, the said Land by them to be settled on the 
Conditions following, viz. that they within the space of four Year 
from the confirmation of the Plan, settle and have on the spot 
eighty-one Families, each setler to build a good convenient dwell- 
ing House one story high, eighteen feet square at the least, and 
fence clear and bring to four acres fit for improvement, and three 
acres more well stock'd with english Grass, and also lay out three 
shares throughout the Town, each share to be one eighty fourth 
part of the said Tract of Land, one of said shares to be for the first 
settled Minister, one for the Ministry, and one for the school ; and 
also to build a convenient Meeting House, and settle a learned 
and orthodox Minister within the term aforesaid. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 8, 1732.] 

A Petition of John Coffin of Newbury & eighty others pray- 
ing the Grant of a Tract of Land of Seven miles square lying on 
the West Side of Merrimack River adjoining to Penicook, to Set- 
tle themselves or their Children upon on such Conditions as this 
Court shall judge fit. — 

In the House of Represent''^^ Read & in Answer to this Petition 



BOSCAWEN. 25 

Ordered that there be & hereby is granted to the Petitio" a Tract 
of Land of Seven miles square at the place Petition'd for on the 
West side of Merrimack River to be laid out by a Survey"^ & 
Chain men on Oath, A plan thereof to be presented to this Court 
at their next May Session for Confirmation the Lands to be by 
them settled on the Conditions following viz. That within the 
space of four Years from the Confirmation of the Plan, they settle 
& have on the Spot eighty one Families, Each Settler to build a 
good convenient Dwelling House one Story high, eighteen feet 
square at the least, & fence, clear & bring to four Acres fit for 
Improvem* & three Acres more w^ell stock'd with English Grass, & 
also la}' out three Shares thro' out the Town Each Share to be one 
Eighty fourth part of the s*^ Tract of Land, One of s*^ Shares to be 
for the first Settled Minister, One for the Ministry & One for the 
School, & also to build a Convenient Meeting House & Settle a 
learn'd orthodox Minister within the Term aforesaid — 
In Council Read & Concur'd 



[Mass. Court Records, April 25, 1733.] 

In the House of Represent^'^^ Voted that M"^ John Coffin be & 
hereby is fully authorized & impowered to Assemble & Convence 
the Propriet'^ or Grantees of a Plantation lately made by this Court 
of a Tract of Land of Seven Miles square above Penicook on the 
West side of Merrimack River at such Time & Place as he shall 
appoint to Choose a Moderator & Clerk & to make such Orders & 
Rules as may be proper & needful to bring forward the Settlem' 
of the s^ Plantation according to the Conditions of the Granb. 

In Council Read & Concur'd : — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, April 25, 1733.] 

Voted, That Mr. yohn Coffin be and hereby is fully authorized 
and impowred to assemble and convene the Proprietors or Gran- 
tees of the Plantation lately made by this Court of a Tract of Land 
of seven Miles square above Penny-cook on the West side of Mer- 
rimack River, at such time and place as he shall appoint, to chuse 



26 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



a Moderator and Clerk, and to make such orders and rules as 
may be proper and needful to bring forward the Settlement of the 
said Plantation according to the Conditions of the Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 6, 1733.] 

A Plat containing the contents of seven Miles square of Land 
above Pcnny-cooke on the west side of Merrimack River laid out 
by order of this Court, pass'd last Decetnber surveyed by Mr. 
Richard Hazzen, jun. Surveyor and two Chain-men on Oath, in 
answer to a Petition of yohn Coffin, Joseph Dole, and others 
praying for a Township as entred the sixth of December last, was 
presented for allowance. 

Read and Voted, That this Plat be accepted, and that the 
Lands within delineated and described be and hereby are con- 
firmed unto the within named yohn Coffin, Joseph Dole, and the 
other Petitioners their Heirs and Assigns for ever ; they comply- 
ing with the orders and conditions in the Grant on their Petition, 
pass'd in December last provided it does not contain more than the 
Contents of seven Miles square, nor interfere with any other or 
former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 6, 1733.] 

A plat of a Township granted at the last Court to John Coffin 
& others lying on Merrimack River above Penicook, survey'd by 
Richard Hazzen jun^" & two Chain Men on Oath, being Bounded 
as follows ; Viz. Beginning at the Middle of Contoocook River 
where it empties itself into Merrimack, where it Joins on Penicook 
Plantation, Thence running West, 15°. 00, South adjoining on 
Penicook Line four Miles to a white Pine Tree, mark'd for Peni- 
cook Corner Bounds, thence further on the same Line three 
miles & Eight Poles to a Norway Pine mark'd for the Corner 
Bounds, Thence turned at right Angles & runs North, 15°. 00, 
West Seven Miles & eight Poles to a crotched white Birch Let- 
tered, Standing on the South East Side of a Hill which is the 
Northwest Corner, Thence turned «fe right Angles, & runs East^ 



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15°- 00", North, near Seven Miles & an half to a white Oak & two 
White Pines mark'd by Merrimack River & by s'^' River as it runs, 
to Contoocook River to y^ place, where it first began. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 8, p. 8.] 

Mr. John Coffin and others Proprietors of the Plantation of Con- 
toocook, Granted by the Great & Generall Court of their Session 
in the Month of April anno Domini 1733 — Requesting me the sub- 
scriber to Survey the same agreeable to the Courts order — I did 
in Obedience thereto attend the Service and on the 14th. of May 
last I repaired to the said Plantation, Run the lines thereof and 
bounded out the same as followeth : viz : — Beginning at the mid- 
dle of the mouth of the Contoocook River where it empties 
itself into Merrimack where it Joyns on Pennycook plantation 
thence running west 15° South and joyning on Pennycook Line 
four miles to a white pine tree marked for Pennycook Corner 
bounds, thence farther on the same line three miles & Eight 
poles to a Norway pine marked for y^ corner bounds — thence 
turned at Right angles & ran north 15° West seven miles & 8 poles 
to a crotched white birch lettered standing on the southeast side of 
an Hill which is in Northwest corner — thence turned at right angles 
& ran east 15° north near seven miles and an half to a white oak 
& two white pines marked by Merrimack river and by said river 
as it runs to the mouth of Contoocook river where we first begun : — 
the lines are well marked so as easily found. Laid out and 
finished May 28*"^ i733 "^ Richard Hazzen, Jun", Survey''. 

Memorandum : The Township is contained within the three 
prick* lines & the River Merrimack — the eight poles on two 
sides allowed for Sagg of chain & no more — N. B : The varia- 
tion Betwixt my compass & that by which Pennycook was laid is 
two degrees, though the lines agree well : & the quallity of the 
land described by the letters of the alphabet on the extreem 
Lines — thus from "a" at the mouth of Contoocook River to 
" b" is broken pitch pine Land — thence to " c" is good oak land — 
thence to " d " is oak & pine mixt — thence to " e" — is oak, beech 
& hemlock, from " e" to " f" is a low mossey swamp of white 
pine thence to " g" at the corner is oak pine and Beech Land — 
from " g " to " h " is Beech, Birch & white pine from " h " to " i " 
is a pine hill and plaine at the end of which plaine is a long meadow, 



28 CHARTER RECORDS. 

from thence to "k" is oak maple, beech & hemlock, thence to 
the Corner is beech, Birch, maple & white pine land mixt, rocky 
& broken land, thence toward Merrimack to the letter " m," tis 
broken rocky land, thence to the east and of Kiasarja tis good 
Land — the timber & wood growing thereon being Oak, Hemlock, 
Beech maple, white ash & poplar — thence to River is oak, white 
pine & Hemlock Hilly-Land — By Merrimack river tis partly 
pitch pine broken land & partly Intervall — where the line inter- 
sects the rivers tis put down exactly, in other places by guess. 
The Hills are stored with Deer & Moose & the land in generall 
very good & suitable for a Township according to the best obser- 
vation of 

Richard Hazzen — Ju"^ Survey"" 
N. B. The whole allowance more then y® exact measure is 
about 200 acres. 

In the House of Representatives, June 6^^, 1733 — 

Read & voted that the Plat be accepted and that the lands 
within delineated & described be and hereby are confined unto the 
within named John Coffin, Joseph Dole & others petitioners their 
heirs and assigns forever they complying with the orders and con- 
ditions in the Grant on their petition passed in Dec. last provided 
the Plat does not contain more than the contents of Seven miles 
square and does not interfere with any other or former grant — 
Sent up for Concurrence — J. Qiiincy — Sp'^'^ 

In Council June 6, 1733 — 

Read & Concurd — J. Willard — Sec'ry. 

June 6, 1733 — Consented to J Belcher — 



BRADFORD. 

[This town was probably Ntimber 2 in the line of towns from Merrimack to 
Connecticut River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Afterwards 
granted by the Masonian Proprietors. It was named New Bradford by settlers 
from Bradford, Mass. Incorporated as Bradford, Sept. 27, 1787, and included 
New Bradford, Washington Gore, and a part of Washington. A tract of land was 
severed from Newbury and annexed to Bradford, Dec. 6, 1796, and another, June 
22, 1859. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 219; 
Index to Laws, 65 ; history, by John M. Hawks, Hurd's History of Merrimack 
County, 1885, p. 185; Proceedings of Centennial Celebration, 1887, pp. no.] 



CANTERBURY. 29 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 8, 1738.] 

A petition of Mr. yohn HiUchins and Thomas Kimball, Esq ; a 
Committee in behalf of the Proprietors of the Township called 
Number Two in the Line of Towns from Rumford to the Great 
Falls on Connecticut River, shewing that the Lands in said Town- 
ship are so rocky and mountainous on a View thereof that renders 
the settlement impracticable ; praying they may be allowed to 
take up a Tract of Land in lieu of the aforesaid Township, lying 
West of a Canada Township and North of the Line of Towns, to 
be laid out in such Form and under such Regulations as to the 
Wisdom of the Court shall seem meet. Read and referred to the 
next sitting of the Court for further Consideration. 



CANTERBURY. 

[Granted May 20, 1727, to Richard Waldron and others, and then included the 
territory of Loudon and Northfield. Full town privileges were granted March 19, 
1 74 1. Named for an English town. An addition was made on the southwest 
side, June 13, 1765. Loudon was set off and incorporated Jan. 23, 1773. 
Northfield was set off and incorporated June 19, 1780. A small tract was severed 
from Canterbury and annexed to Concord, June 2, 1784, and another to Loudon, 
Jan. 7, 1852. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 86; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 261 ; Index to Laws, 
81 ; Sketches of the History of, by William Patrick, 4, Collections of the 
N. H. Historical Society, 174-193; Historical Sermon delivered Oct. 27, 1833, by 
William Patrick, 1834, pp. 39; sketch of, by J. N. McClintock, 4, Granite 
Monthly, p. 387; Births, Marriages, and Deaths in Granite Monthly, 4, pp, 391, 
431, 507, and 5, pp. 163, 195; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack 
County, 1885, p. 221 ; Concise History of the United Society of Believers 
Called Shakers, by Charles Edson Robinson, 1893, pp. 134.] 



[Grant to Joseph Gerrish.] 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 5, 1735-6.] 

A petition of 'Joseph Gerrish of Newbury , Esq ; praying for a 
Grant of Lands on the East side Merrimack River above Penny- 
cook ( now Riimford) adjoining to Col. Kenfs Farm, whereon he 
would actually settle by himself personally by ploughing fitting for 



30 CHARTER RECORDS. 

mowing and fencing &c. for the reasons mentioned. Read, and 
in answer to this Petition, Voted, Th^X the Petitioner have leave 
by a Surveyor «& Chainmen on Oath to survey and lay out two 
hundred & fifty acres of the unappropriated Lands of the Province 
on the East side oi Merrimack River, and adjoining to Col. Rich- 
ard Kenfs Farm, and return a Plat thereof to this Court within 
twelve months for confirmation to the Petitioner his heirs and 
assigns, provided the Petitioner by himself personally within 
three years from the confirmation of the Grant brings to and well 
subdues thirty acres of the granted premisses by ploughing or fit- 
ting the same for mowing, and well incloses it by fencing, and 
builds and compleatly finishes a good dwelling House of eighteen 
feet square and seven feet stud at least on the premisses. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Grant to Richard Kent.] 
[Mass. House Journal, June 6, 1735.] 

A Plat of three hundred acres of Land laid out b}'^ Mr. Richard 
Hazzen, Surveyor, and two Chain-men on Oath to satisfy the 
Grant of this Court of the sixth oi December last to Richard Kent, 
Esq ; adjoining to the Town of Riimford, and lying on the East 
side of Merrimack River, was presented for allowance. Read 
and Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein 
delineated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the said 
Richard Kent, Esq ; his heirs and assigns for ever, provided the 
Plat exceeds not the quantity of three hundred acres of Land, and 
does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 6, 1735.] 

A Plat of three hundred acres of Land Granted by the General 
Court to Richard Kent Esq', Surveyed by Richard Hazzen Sur- 
veyor & Chainmen on Oath ; lying Adjacent to the Town of Rum- 
ford ; begining at a Stake & Stones by Rumford line thence 
Runing West 17 deg. South on said line about two hundred and 
twenty five poles, to a white Ash Mark'd K, by Merrimack River 
thence Runing up said River about two hundred and Ninety two 
poles to a horn bean Marked R K thence East ten deg. North 



CONCORD. 31 

about two hundred & twenty five poles to a Pitch pine Mark'd R K, 
thence about two hundred & Eight poles to the bounds first men- 
tioned — 

In the House of Represent*^ Read & oj-dered that the Plat be 
Accepted and the Lands herein delineated and described be and 
hereby are confirmed to the said Richard Kent Esq' his heirs and 
Assignes forever ; Provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of 
three hundred Acres of land, and does not Interfere with any for- 
mer Grant — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



CONCORD. 

[This territory, known as Penacook, was granted by Massachusetts, May 18, 
1659, to Richard Waldron and others. Again granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 17, 
1725-6, to Ebenezer Eastman and others. Incorporated by Massachusetts as 
Ruiiifin-d, Feb. 27, 1733-4, Incorporated by New Hampshire as Concord, June 
7, 1765. The grant of Bow by New Hampshire, May 20, 1727, conflicted with 
this grant, and the dispute was decided by the king in favor oi Riimford, Dec. 27, 
1762. A gore of land was severed from Canterbury and Loudon and annexed to 
Concord, Jan 2, 1784. Portions of Bow were annexed Dec. 13, 1804, and July 10, 
1856. The State House was built in 1816, and remodeled in 1865. It was first 
occupied by the legislature in June, 18 19. A city charter was granted July 6, 
1849, but was not adopted until March 10, 1853. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 128; 
XI, Hammond Town Papers, 340; Index to Laws, 116; Historical Sketch, i. 
Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 153-218; History of, from first grant 
in 1725 to organization of city government in 1853, by Nathaniel Bouton, 1856, 
pp. 786; sketch of, by J. N. McClintock, 8, Granite Monthly, p. 263; historical 
sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 57.] 



\_Pet?twn for Grant of Land at Penacook^ i6jp.~\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 117.] 

To the Honred Generall Courte Now assembled at Boston &c : 

The humble petetyon of us whose names are under written beinge 
inhabytants in this Jurisdiction, & beinge senceable of y® need of 
multeplyinge of towneshippes for y*^ inlargement of y^ contrey 
And accommodateinge of such as want opportunity to improve 
themselves, have taken into our consideration a place w' is called 
pennecooke, w*' by reporte is a place fit for such an end, Now y® 



32 



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humble request of yo' petetioners to this honred Courte is y* wee 
may have y** grant of a trackte of land their to y** quantyty of 
twelfe miles square, w*^^ beinge granted we shall give up our 
selves to be at y® cost and charge of vewinge of it, & consider 
fully aboute it wheather to proseed on ffor y® settlinge of a towne or 
noe and for y* end shall crave the liberty of three yeares to give 
in our resolution And in case y* wee doe proseed then our humble 
request is y' we may have y® grant of our freedome from publique 
charge for y® space of seaven yeares after y® time of our resolution 
given in to this Hon'"ed Courte, for our incorragement to settle a 
plantation soe furre remote ; as Knowinge y* many will be our 
inconvenyences (for a longe time) w*=^ we must expeckt to meet 
w^^all, w*''' desires of ours beinge ansered yo'^' petetioners shall ever 
pray for that happynes of this Hon^'ed Courte rest yo'^ Humble 
petetioners 



Richard Walderne 

his 

John + Hird 

marke 

Edward woodman 
Benie Swett 
John Cheiney 
John Poore 
william Cotton 



Val: Hill: 

William ffurbur 

John Pike 
Jorge littell 
Nathaniell : weare 
Robertt Rogers 
John wolcot 
willim Titcomb 



Peter Coffin 

Roger Plaisteed 

Abraham Toppan 
John bayly 
Robard coker 
Edward Richison 
John Bond 



i8:(3) 59: The Committee do Judge meet that y® peticc'on*^ be 
granted a plantaccon of Eight mile Square, upon condiccon, that 
at the Sessions of the Gen'^all Court to be held in octo. 1660, they 
make report to that Court of their resolution to '^secute y*^ same, 
with a competent n** of meet persons that Will ingage to carry on 
the work of the Said place, in all Civill & Eclesiasticall respects, 
and that within two yeares then next ensueing, there be 20 families 
there setled. — Also that they may have Immunity from all pub- 
lique charges (excepting in cases Extreordinary) for seven yeares 
next ensuing the date hereof. 

Tho : Dan forth 
Edward Johnson 
Eleazer Lusher 
The Deputies approve of the returne of the Committee in answer 
to this pet. with reference to the Consent of o"^ hono^'*^ magis'^ 
hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 



CONCORD. 33 

S^Land at Pcnacook Reserved for a Plantation^ 1662.^ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 147.] 

16 : 3^ Mo 1662 : 

Upon Intbrmac'on that Pennie Cooke is An Apt place for A 
Townshipp ; And in Considerac'on of the lords great blessing upon 
the Countrie in multiplying the inhabitants & plantac'ons here ; 
And that Allmost All such places are Allreadie taken up — It is 
Ordered by this Court that the lands at Pennie Cook be reserved 
for A plantac'on till So many of such as have petic'oned for lands 
there or of others shall present to setle A plantac'on there, the 
Deputyes have past this desireing the Consent of o*" Hono^'^ magists 
hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 



[^Petition of Maiden, Mass., for Land at Penacook, 1662.'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 147.] 

To the honoured Court now Assembled at Boston the 7*'' of the 4'^^ 
M° 1662 : the Petic'on of the inhabitants of Maiden humbly Shew- 
ing. 

That the Bounds of our Town are Exceeding streight ; the most 
of our Improved Lands & Meadow being limited About two Miles 
in length and one in Breadth ; And that Allso the most part of it 
by purchase from Charlst*' wherof wee were A small Branch; 
from whom Allso wee had all the Commons wee have ; which is 
verie small & Rockie. 

That hitherto, wee have had no Inlargement from the Countrie; 
nor can wee have Any neere Adjoyning, being Surrounded by 
sundry Townshipps. 

That our Charges to the Countrie & Ministry ; much Exceedeth 
sundry others, who have many times our Accommodac'ons And 
as many here doe know. 

Our Teacher Allso hath been long visited with verie great 
weaknesses ; from which it is much feared he will not be recov- 
ered. 

For theis and other weightie Considerac'ons. Our most humble 
Petic'on to this much honoured Court is ; That A Tract of lands 
3 



34 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



of About fowre Miles Square at A place Called Pennycooke may 
be Granted As An Addic'on to us, for our better Support And 
Incouragement ; in the Service of Christ & the Countrie ; to be 
Layd out by m"^ Jonathan Danforth or some other Artist And Cap* 
Ed : Jonson or John Parker. 

So with our heartie prayers to God for your utmost peace & 
prosperitie, wee Crave leave to Subscribe ourselves y^" verie hum- 
ble Servants. 

Joseph Hills : Will : Brackenbury John Wayte 

John Sprague Abra°^ Hill Tho : Call 

Job Lane Peter Tuffs Robert Bardin 

In the name of the rest 
The Deputyes thinke not meete to grant this pet 

William Torrey Cleric. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 6, 1721.] 

A Petition of sundry Inhabitants in the County of £^sscx, Pray- 
ing for a Tract of Land on Merrimack-J^iver , Eight Miles square, 
extending from Suncook to Cimtacook River on both sides of 
3Ierrimack-Rtve7'. Read. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 9, 1721.] 

A Petition of 120 Inhabitants, in the County of Essex, praying 
for a parcel of Land lying on Meri'hnack River, between Cimta- 
cook and Suncook, to be Granted to them for a Township. Read 
and 

Ordered, That Capt. John Shcflcy, Col. Josef h Buckminster, 
and Mr. Josef h Wtnslow, be a Committee to take an exact Sur- 
vey of the Land on each side of Merrimack, between the rivers of 
Suncook and Cuntacook, and lay the same into two Townships, if 
the Land be capable thereof, taking with them a Surveyor and 
Chain-men ; & also that the said Committee view and report the 
quality and nature of the Land between Dunstable and that Land- 
intended for the two Townships ; and make their Report to this 
House the next Sessions. 



CONCORD. 3^ 

[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1722.] 

'Joseph Buckminstcr Esq ; Messieurs 'John Sheplc and Joseph 
Winslow a Committee appointed in Mai'ch last, to Survey the 
Land on each side Mcrrimack-River between Simcook and Cunta- 
cook. Reported, 

That they had Surveyed the said Land, and tind that there is a 
great Quantity of Waste Land, and some good Land in it. And 
are of Opinion that the same may be accommodable for Settling a 
Township, if laid out large enough. That they had also viewed 
the Lands on both sides the River between Amaskecg-FaUs and 
Dunstable^ where there is a great deal of poor Pine Land, and a 
considerable Quantity of good, and sufficient for a Township, if 
the Irish do not Interrupt their Settlement, &c. Read, And 

Ordered, That Mr. Dudley, Mr. Wainwright, Mr. Ward, Mr. 
Ftilluni, and Mr. Stoddard be a Committee to consider their 
Report, and the Petition of the Ipszvich People, for the Settlement 
of another Town on Merrimack River. To propose some Terms 
and Methods for the Settling them in a defensible manner, and lay 
the same before this House. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1722.] 

Whereas this House is informed by a Committee imployed at a 
Sessions in March last to survey the Lands on each side c^/*Merri- 
mack-River betzveen Suncook and Cuntacook. That in -perform- 
ing said Service they observed a Nezv Line tnarked upon several 
Trees, particularlv on one corner Tree marked with the Letter N, 
and several other Trees zvith other Letters, which tree is not more 
than One mile and a half from Merrimack-River : And discoursing 
■with some Irish People, they declared, that they had a Grant 
from the Government f?/" New-Hampshire, of the Land home to 
Merrimack-River from Amaskeeg-Falls, and that they were 
Resolved to make a speedy Settlement thereon. 

Ordered, That Joseph Buckminstcr Esq : Capt. Ward, and 
Capt. John Sheple, be a Committee to wait on His Excellency the 
Governour, and desire him to acquaint the House, whether the 
Goverment of New-Hampshire have Granted any such Tract 01 
Land, That this Government may prevent any such Incroach- 
ments on the Lands and Properties of this Province. 



36 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 38 A, p. 55.] 

Pennecook March 22, 1723 
March 19 Capt James Frie and Lieu* Stephen Barker with 
thirty men moved from Andover to go to Pennecook y® i' Day was 
Stormy but we went to Nutfield and lodg'd there that Night. The 
2*^ Day we Came to Amiskege and Lodg"d there, The 3"^ Day we 
Came to Suncook in Pennecook and built four Camps and Lodg'd 
there, the 4*^ Day we came to Pennecook Plains att y® Intervale 
Lands about 11 of the Clock. There we found five of those men 
which came from N Ireland : Mr Houston was one of them they 
came to us and we chose Cap* Frie to discourse them with 4 men. 
They Say that they have a Grant of this Pennecook on both Sides 
of the River, they call us Rebbells and Commands to discharge 
the Place both in the Kings name and In the Provinces, and if we 
don't in a fortnight they will gitt us off, we therefore desire you 
Justice Stevens with the Committe to Send us word whether we 
have any Encouragement to Stay or else draw off. Butt Cap* 
Frie's Courage is So that he will Stay allone rather than Let them 
userpers drive us off. 

A True Coppy of y^ Journall Sent from Pennecook and of Their 
Treatment when they got there. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 20, 1723.] 

In the House of Represent^ In Answer to the Petition of Sundry 
Inhabitants of Andover Bradford & Haverhill, presented Yester- 
day to the Court, & also the petition therein Refer'd to, Sign'd by 
Stephen Barker & Others for the grant of a Tract of Land at Pen- 
nicook, presented to this Court at their May Session 1721, & the 
proposals made by the petitioners ; 

Resolved that the Tract of Land lying & being on both sides 
of Merrimack River at a Place Call'd Pennicook, Lately Survey'd 
& Laid out by W"" Ward & John Jones in May 1722, Survey" 
upon oath by Order of the House of Represent^ be & hereby is 
Granted to one hundred persons such as shall be Admitted by the 
Committee hereafter Named, And that the said Tract of Land, as 
particularly delineated & Described in the plan herewith Exhibited 
be & hereby is Erected Into a Township. And that John Wain- 
wright of Ipswich Esq'' M'' John Saunders of Haverhill & Cap* 



CONCORD. 37 

James Fry of Andover be a Committee fully Authorized by this 
Court to Allot & Grant out to such persons as will Effectually 
Settle the same within three Years Next after the End of the pres- 
ent Indian War, giving the preference to Such of the Petitioners, 
as In their Judgem* may be Most Likely to Make a Settlemer|t : 
The Lotts & Settlements to be Laid out by the said Committee in 
Equal Proportion According to the bestjudgem* of the Committee, 
To be In as Regular & Defensible Manner as the Nature & Cir- 
cumstan*' of the Land will admit & Allow of. Each person or 
family to Whome a Lott with y® other Rights & Dividends are 
granted shall be Obliged to build a Good Dwelling House thereon 
& Inhabit it, & also break up & Sufficiently fence in three Acres 
of Land each, within the said Term of three Years, as foresaid; 
That there be Reserved and Laid out to the first settled Minister 
in the said Tow^n a Convenient Lot, also a Lot for the School, & 
a Ministerial Lott in the said Town, And that the setlers be 
Obliged to build a Convenient House for the Worship of God in 
the said Town, Within the Term of four Years ; the Charge of the 
Committee to be paid by the Grantees, And that the Committee 
give Publick Notice of the Time & Place of their Meeting to Grant 
Allotments ; Pi-ovided Nevertheless That In Consideration of the 
Extent of the Grant & goodness of the Soil & the Charge hitherto 
Arisen in Surveying the Same & taking the Aforesaid Plan, The 
Settlers «& Grantees shall be Obliged & hereby are Enjoyned at 
their own Cost & Charge to Erect & Build & finish by the first 
Day of May Next a Sufficient House well strengthen'd & fortified 
in Some Convenient Place on the premisses, & shall Also pay & 
Subsist twenty Ablebodied effective Men Well Equip'd with Arm's 
Amunition &c, In the said House to be posted by the Commander 
in Chief for the time being for the Defence & Security of the Set- 
tlers, to Cover and protect them from the Invasions of the Enemy, 
& Also a Guard & Defence to the Town, The Twenty Men as 
aforesaid to be subsisted «& Paid during the present Indian War 
& no Longer. 

In Council Read & Non Concurd. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 17, 1725.] 

In Answer to the Petition of Benjmnin Stevens, Andrew 
Mitchell, David Kimball, Ebenezer Eastman, yokn Osgood and 
Moses Day, a Committee appointed by and in behalf of the Peti- 



38 CHARTER RECORDS. 

tioners formerly for a Tract of Land at a place called Penny- 
Cooke, praying, That this House would Revive their Vote pass'd 
the igth. of ytine, 1724, for the Granting of the said Tract of 
Land, on a Petition then preferred by the Petitioners afore-named. 
Resolved, That the Tract of Land lying and being on both 
sides oi Merrimack River, at a place called Penny-Cooke, lately 
Surveyed and laid out by William Ward, and John Jones, in 
May, 1722, Surveyors upon Oath by Order, Be and hereby is 
granted unto One Hundred Persons, such as shall be admitted by 
the Committee hereafter Named, and that the said Tract of Land 
as particularly delineated and discribed in the Plan herewith 
Exhibited ; Be and hereby is Erected into a Township, and that 
yohn Wainwright oi Ipswich 'Esc{; Mr. J ohn Sanders o{ Haver- 
hill, and Capt. John Shepley of Groton, with such as the Honour- 
able. Board shall Appoint, be a Committee fully Authorized and 
Impowred by this Court to Allot and Grant out to such Persons, 
and only such as will Effectually SetUe the same within Three 
Years next after the Date of this present Grant, giving the prefer- 
ence to such of the Petitioners as in their Judgment may be most 
likely to make a Settlement, the Lotts and Settlements to be laid 
out by the said Committee, in equal Proportion according to the 
best Judgment of the Committee, to be in as Regular and Defens- 
ible a Manner as the Nature and Circumstance of the Lands will 
admit and allow of, each Person and Family to whom a Lott with 
the other Rights and Dividends are Granted, shall be obliged ta 
Build a good Dwelling House thereon, and Inhabit it, and also to 
Break up, and Sufficiently Fence in Three Acres of Land, each 
within the said Term of Three Years as aforesaid, that there be 
Reserved and laid out for the first Settled Minister in said Town \ 
a Convenient Lott, also a Lott for the School, and a Ministerial 
Lott in the said Town, and the Settlers be Obliged to Build a Con- 
venient House for the Pubhck Worship of GOD, in said Town, 
within the Term of Four Years, the Charge of the Committee to- 
be paid by the Grantees, and that the Committee give Publick 
Notice of the Time and Place of their Meeting to Grant Allot- 
ments. 

Provided Nevertheless, That in Consideration of the Extent of 
the Grant and Goodness of the Soil, and the Charge hitherto 
arisen in Surveying the same, and taking the aforesaid Plan, that 
each Settler and Grantee shall be obliged, and hereby is enjoyned 
to pay the Sum oi Five Pounds to the Committee aforesaid, to be 
by them paid into the Publick Treasury, for that there may be 



CONCORD. 39 

occasion to advance Money out of the Publick Treasury for the 
Encouragement of Setling a Line of Towns from this Grant to 
Connecticut River. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 21, 1725.] 

A Vote came up from the House for Granting a Tract of Land 
upon Merrimack River at Penycook to sundry Persons to settle 
thereon ; 

W*=^' Vote being Read in Council, was refer'd to the next Ses- 
sion of this Court : 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 22, 1725.] 

Ordered, That Mr. LindaJl go up with a Message to the Hon- 
ourable Board, to inquire whether they have pass'd on the Vote of 
the House for the Grant of a tract of Land at Penny-Cooke. Who 
returned, That the Board informed him, They had referred the 
Consideration thereof to the next 3Iay Session. 

Voted, That a Message be sent up to the Honourable Board, 
to desire they would Reconsider their Vote for referring the Con- 
sideration of the Vote of the House for Granting a Tract of Land 
at Penny-Cooke^ to the next May Session ; and that they would 
now pass on the said Vote of the House by Concurring or Non- 
Concurring, for that the House apprehend there is a great Probabil- 
ity that the said Lands will be Setled by others than the Inhabi- 
tants of this Province, before the next May Session, as it hapned 
in the Case of Ntitjield, Unless this Court do now take Effectual 
Order for preventing such Unjust Setlements. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 29, 1725.] 

In the House of Represenf'^' Ordered that M"" Cushing, M^' 
White, M' Shove & M^' Wilder be a Committee of the House 
to confer with a Committee of the Hon^^'' Board upon the Subject 
Matter of a Grant of Land for a Township on Merrimack River at 
a Place called Penycook ; The Committee to sit forthwith. 



40 CHARTER RECORDS. 

In Council : Read & Concur'd, And Nathaniel Byfield, John 
Clark & Elisha Cook Esq^"^ are a Committee of the Board to con- 
fer on the Affair above. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 6, 1725-6.] 

Edmund ^lincey Esq ; brought down the Vote of the House of 
the ijth. of Decemb. past, for the Grant of a Tract of Land at 
Penny-Cooke. Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council, December 
list, 1725. Read and Referred to the next May Session. Sent 
down for Concurrence, with 

A Message, That the Board desired the House to Concur with 
them in Referring the said Vote to the May Session. Read, and 
the Question was put. Whether the House would Concur with the 
Honourable Board in Referring their Vote to the next May Ses- 
sion. It pass'd in the Negative. And, 

Voted, That the House Adhere to their own Vote with the 
Amendment, Viz. Between the Words — by the Committee here- 
after Named — and that the said Tract of Land — add — with a sav- 
ing of the Right of all Persons by Virtue of any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 7, 1725-6.] 

Elisha Cooke Esq ; brought down the Vote of the House for the 
Grant of a Tract of Land at Penny-Cooke, sent up last Night with 
the following Vote of Council thereon, viz. In Council, yantiary 
jth, 1725. Read and Non-Concur'd and Voted, T\\?J{. Nathaniel 
Byfield, yohn Clark, Samtiel Brown and Elisha Cooke Esqrs ; 
with such as shall be appointed by the Honourable House of Rep- 
resentatives, be a Committee to consider what is proper for this 
Court to do on the Petition of Benjamin Stevens, d:c. within Re- 
ferred to. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concur'd and 
Ordered, That Mr. Lindall, Mr. Wainzvright, Mr. Wilder, Mr. 
Hale and Mr. Phillips be joyned in the Affair. 



CONCORD. 41 

[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 7, 1725-6.] 

A Vote was brought up from the House of Represent'^® re- 
specting the Settlem* of a Town upon the Lands on Merrimack 
River that are near the Phice called Penycook ; W*''^ Vote being 
Read at the Board, A Non Concurrence was Voted thereon. 

In Council ; looted that Nathaniel Bylield, John Clark Samuel 
Brown & Elisha Cook Esq*"^ with such as shall be appointed by 
the Hon^''*^ House of Represent^'*^ be a Committee to consider what 
is proper for this Court to do on the Petition of Benjamin Stevens 
&c, within refer'd to. 

In the House of Represent^'^^ Read & Concur'd & Ordered that 
M"^ Lindall M-" Wainwright, M' Wilder M^" Hale & M"^ Phillips be 
joined in the Atfair. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 17, 1725-6.] 

Nathaniel Byfield Esq'^ from the Committee of both Houses on 
the Petition of Benjamin Stevens & others Praying for a Grant of 
Land at Penicook gave in the following Report; Viz. 

The Committee appointed to consider what is proper for this 
Court to do on the Petition of Benjamin Stevens & others are hum- 
bly of Opinion That it will be for the Interest & Advantage of 
this Province that Part of the Lands petitioned for by the said 
Benjamin Stevens & Company be assign'd & set a part for a Town- 
ship, Provided the same be done in a good regular & defensible 
Manner to contain seven Miles square, & to begin where Conta- 
cook River falls into Merrimack River, & thence to extend upon 
a Course East seventeen Degrees North three Miles, & upon a 
Course West seventeen Degrees South four Miles, to be the North- 
erly Bounds of the said Township, & from the extream Parts of 
that Line to be set oft', Southerly at Right Angles until Seven 
Miles shall be accomplished from the said North Bounds ; And 
that the Petitioners may be encouraged & fully impowered to pros- 
ecute their intended Settlements ; Ordered that the Hon^'*^ William 
Tailer Esq"^ Elisha Cook Esq*" Spencer Phips Esq*" William Dudley 
Esq*^ John Wainwright Esq*" Capt. John Shipley, M^'John Saun- 
ders, Eleazer Tyng Esq'' & M"^ Joseph Wilder (any live of whom 
to be a Quorum) be a Committee to take special Care that the fol- 
lowing Rules & Conditions be punctually observed & kept by all 



42 CHARTER RECORDS. 

such as shall be admitted to bring forward the proposed Settle- 
ments ; Namely, 

That the aforesaid Tract of Land be allotted & divided into One 
Hundred & three equal Parts & Shares as to Qiiantity & Qiiality 
& that One Hundred Persons & Familys, such only as in the 
Judgement of the Committee shall be able to pursue & bring to 
pass their several Settlements on the said Lands within the Space 
of three Years at furthest from the first Day of June next, 

That each & every intended Settler to whom a Lot with the 
Rights & Privileges thereto be assign'd shall Pay into the Hands 
of the Committee for the Use of the Province the Sum of Five 
Pounds, & be obliged to build a good Dwelling House fit comfort- 
ably to receive & entertain a Family who shall inhabit the same, 
& also break up & fence in six Acres of Land for their House Lot 
within the Term afore said, And that the first fifty Settlements 
shall be begun & perfected on the East Side of the said River 
Merrimack, & the several Houses shall be erected on their Home 
Lots not above twenty Rods the one from the other where the 
Land will possibly admit of it in the most regular Manner the 
Committee in their best Prudence can project & order ; The 
Houses & Home Lots on each Side the River to be alike subjected 
to the above mentioned Conditions ; That a convenient House for 
the publick Worship of God be compleatly finished within the 
Term afore said for the Accomodation of all such as shall inhabit 
the afore said Tract of Land upon such Part thereof as shall be 
Agreed on by the aforesaid Committee for the Ease of the Commu- 
nity; And that there shall be reserved allotted & laid out for the 
first Minister that shall be lawfully settled among them one full 
Right Share & Proportion of & in the afore said Tract of Land 
with all the Rights & Privileges belonging thereto, his Home Lot 
next adjoining to the Land whereon the Meeting House shall 
stand, one other full Right Share & Proportion of & in the afore 
said Tract of Land to be appropriated for the Use of the School 
for ever, & one other Ministerial Lot of equal ' Value with the 
Rest, the Home Lot appertaining thereto affixed near to the 
Meeting House ; And for the better enabling the intended Settlers 
to perfect what they are hereby enjoined & impowering them to 
remove all such Letts & Impediments as they may meet with in 
the Progress of their lawful Undertaking, That when & so soon 
as there shall be one Hundred Persons accepted & allowed by the 
Committee to go and improve those Lands for the Ends & Uses 
above specified upon Application made to the above said Com- 



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mittee, It shall & may be lawful for them to Notify ihe Undertak- 
ers to meet at some convenient Time & Place, they being season- 
ably Notified of such Meeting; Who, when assembled shall make 
such necessary Rules & Orders as to them shall be thought most 
conducible for Carrying forward & Effecting the afore said Settle- 
ments, Provided that three fourth Parts of y® Persons present at 
such Meeting are consenting to what Rules or Orders shall be 
then proposed & agreed on, two or more of the Committee to be 
present at such Meeting ; Who shall enter into a fair Book to be 
kept for that Purpose all such Rules Orders & Directions Agreed 
on as afore said, & give out Copys thereof when required. 

The whole Charge of the Committee to be paid by the Settlers 
And that when they shall have performed the Conditions above 
expressed, Provided it be within the Space of three Years as before 
limited, That then the said Committee for & in Behalf of this 
Court execute good & sufficient Deeds & Conveyances in the Law 
to all such Settlers for the afore said Tract of Land with all the 
Rights, Members, Profits, Privileges & Immunties thereon stand- 
ing, growing or being for the sole Use of them their Heirs & 
Assigns for ever, with a Saving of all or any former Grant or 
Grants. 

(Sign'd) In the Name of y® Comm*^® 

Nath" Byfield 

In Council ; Read & Ordered that this Report be Accepted. 

In the House of Represent^*^® Read & Concur'd 

Consented to Wm Dummer 



[Mass. Council Records, March 3, 1725-6.] 

His Honour the Lieut* Gov communicated to the Board a Letter 
he received from the Plon'^^® John Wentworth Esq"^ L*^ Governour 
of New Hampshire complain^ of the order of the Gen^ Court pass'd 
at their last Session for opening a new town at Pennicook on Mer- 
rimack River «&: suggesting that Pennicook is within y® Province 
of New Hampshire 



[Mass. Council Records, March 5, 1725-6.] 

His Honour the Lieut*^ Governour havs communicated to the 
Board a Letter from the Hon'^^® John Wentworth Esq'" Lt. Gov'" of 



44 CHARTER RECORDS. 

New Hampshire dated the 23*''^ of February last touching a Vote 
of y** Gen^ Court of this Province granting a Township at Penni- 
cook & suggesting that the same encroached on y** bounds of that 
Province 

The Board are of Opinion the said suggestion is aUtogether 
groundless for that the Committee impowered to lay out the Town- 
ship cannot by that Vote extend above three miles Northerly from 
the River Merrimack or any part thereof for y® North Bounds of 
the said Township. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1726.] 

A Memorial of the Settlers admitted to bring forward the Settle- 
ment of the Township lately granted at Penny-Cook^ praying that 
they may be allowed to make their Settlements on the Western- 
side of the River Merrimack^ that they may have an Equivalent 
for 500 Acres of Land which falls within the Grant of the said 
Township on the East-side of the River, and was formerly con- 
firmed by this Court, to satisfy a Grant made to the late Honour- 
able Governour Endicott^ and also that the Five Pounds each 
Settler was Ordered to pay at the drawing of his Lott may be 
abated, for the Reasons mentioned. Read and referred to the 
next Fall Session for further Consideration. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 24, 1726.] 

William Tailer from the Committee on the Affair of Pennicook 
'Gave in the following Report Viz* : 

The Committee appointed by the Great and General Court in 
their Sessions begun and held in November last to bring forward 
a Settlement and admit one Hundred persons therein on a Tract 
of Land lying on Merrimack River at a Place there known by y® 
Name of Pennicook and having given Sufficient Notice to any 
Persons that were ready and would engage in the Settlement, To 
meet the Committee at Haverhill the first week in February last 
The Committee at that Time and Place admitted one Hundred 
Persons or Grantees into the Said Tract or Grant Giving Prefer- 
ence to the Petitioners that appeared to us most Suitable therefore, 
•& in May last we proceeded to the Place in Order to lay out y" 



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45 



whole Township, and the Lotts directed in the Order of the Gen- 
eral Court beginning at the Mouth of Contoocook River where 
that joyns Merrimack River, and thence ran a Line East 17 De- 
grees North three Miles and upon a Course West 17 Degrees 
South four Miles And So at Right Angles from the Extreams of 
Each of y® Aforesaid Lines Seven Miles Southerly Each, and 
thence from the Termination of the Seven Miles which compleats 
the Grant and is according thereto. And upon View and Strict 
Survey of the Lands on the East Side of Merrimack we find that 
there is little or no Water, — The Land near the River extream 
Mountainous and almost Impassible And very unlit for and uncap- 
able of Receiving Fifty Families as the Court has ordered, more 
especially considering That near y* Centre of the Town on y* East 
Side of the River Merrimack, The Hon^^*' Sam^^ Sewall Esq"" has a 
Farm of Five Hundred Acres of Good Land formerly granted by 
this Court and laid out to Governour Endicott, The Committee 
therefore with Submission to the Hon^^'' General Court thought it 
advisable and accordingly have laid out one Hundred & Three 
Lotts of Land for Settlements on the West Side contiguous to each 
other regularly and in a Defensible Manner, as by the Piatt of 
them and of the whole Grant (which is hereby presented) will ap- 
pear And inasmuch as the Generality of the Land answers not the 
Grantees Expectations and five Hundred Acres laid out as afores"* 
Humbly offer. That the like Number of unappropriated Lands ad- 
jacent to y*' Township made be made to the Settlers as an Equiv- 
alent therefor. 

In the House of Representatives Read and Ordered that this 
Report be so far Accepted as that the Settlers or Grantees be and 
hereby are Impowered and Allowed to make their Settlements on 
the West" Side of the River Merrimack according as is proposed 
in the Said Report, and projected in and by Said Plan the former 
Order of this Court Notwithstanding, and the Said Committee are 
directed to proceed Accordingly. 

In Council Read & Concur'd — 

Consented to W™ Dummer 



[Mass. Court Records and House Journal, June 28, 1726.] 

In Council, Voted That a Letter be prepared to be Sent to M"^ 
Agent Dummer, Advising him that this Court apprehend the 
Neighbouring Government of New Hampshire are or may be 



46 CHARTER RECORDS. 

sending Home a Complaint against a Grant of Land for a Town- 
ship at Pennycook on Merrimack River within this Province lately 
made and pass'd by this Government, And that he take effectual 
Care to Answer any such Complaint, And to enable him to justifie 
this Court in their proceedings on that Affair, That he be furnish- 
ed with Such Records Papers and other Matters as any Ways re- 
late thereto. And that he be Acquainted with the Measures taken 
by this Court to Adjust the Difference between the two Provinces 
as to the Line or Boundary, & that Nathaniel Byfield, Addington 
Davenport and Paul Dudley Esq^"* with Such as the House of Rep- 
resentatives Shall appoint be a Committee for the Said Service. 

In the House of Representatives Read and Concur'd and Or- 
dered that M"^ Ezekiel Lewis, Joseph Wadsworth John Ballantine 
& Charles Chambers Esq*"* be added to the Committee of the 
Hon^'*^ Board in y^ Affair. 

Consented to, W™ Dummer 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 6, 1726.] 

A Memorial of the Settlers admitted to bring forward the Town- 
ship lately granted at Penny— Cook, praying That an Equivalent 
for 500 Acres of Land which falls within the Grant of the Town- 
ship formerly made & confirmed to satisfy a Grant made to the 
late Honourable Governour Endicott may be made them as to 
Quantity & Qiiality ; and that the 1. 5 to be paid by each Setler at 
the drawing his Lot may be abated, as Entred the 15th of "Jtme 
last, and referred to this Session. Read. 

And the House took under Consideration the subject Matter of 
the said Petition ; and Unanimously Resolved, That in Considera- 
tion of the 500 Acres of Land, formerly Confirmed by this Court to 
satisfy a Grant made to the late Honourable Governour Endicott, 
which falls within the Lines of tfie said Township, the Petitioners 
be and hereby are allowed and impowred by a Surveyor and 
Chain-Men on Oath, to extend the South Bounds of their Town- 
ship One Hundred Rods, the full Breadth of the said Town; and 
the said One Hundred Rods of Land is hereby accordingly Grant- 
ed & Confirmed unto them as an Equivalent, and in Satisfaction 
of the aforesaid Five Hundred Acres confirmed to satisfy the 
Grant to the said late Governour Endicott. And in Consideration 
of the Distance of the Grant of the said Township from any Eng- 
lish Settlement and to Encourage the Setlers to make a speedy 



CONCORD. 



47 



and eftectiial Settlement of the Township, which may be of great 
Service and Security to some parts of the Western Frontiers ; 
That the Sum of J^irc Pounds Ordered to be paid by each Setler 
at the Time of drawing his Lot, shall be & hereby is Abated to the 
said Setlers ; and the Committee for Effecting and bringing for- 
ward the said Settlement, are hereby directed and impowred to 
admit the Setlers to draw their respective Lotts accordingly, the 
former Order of the Court notwithstandino-. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 20, 1726, and House Journal, June 

7, 1727.] 

A Memorial of the Persons lately admitted to bring forward a 
Settlem' at Penicook, Shewing that whereas this Court have been 
pleased to make a Grant of a Tract of Land of seven Miles square 
at a Place called Penicook on each Side of Merrimack River, It 
was Ordered that the Settlers at their own Cost should have the 
Land divided into One Hundred & three equal Parts as to Quan- 
tity & Qiiality, & that the first fifty Allotments should be begun & 
perfected on the Eastern Side of the River, the Memorialists would 
have cheerfully complied with the said Order & therefore waited 
on the Commitee of this Court with Surveyors & Chain men upon 
Oath to Survey the said Land according to the Grant ; But so it 
happen'd that in Laying out the Allotments on the East Side of 
the River, the}^ discovered a Tract of Five Hundred Acres of Land 
granted to the late Governor Endicot, Of which Two Hundred 
Acres are Interval, lying in the very Center of the said Eastern 
Part ; Which renders the Settlem* of the first fifty Lots impractic- 
able ; But the Lands on the Western Side of the River are very 
accomodable for making a handsom & regular Settletn' And 
therefore Praying that they may be allowed to settle (as they may 
in a regular compact & defensible manner) on the Western Side 
of the River (The Interval on the East lying convenient for Im- 
provem* in General Fields,) And also that this Court would please 
to allow an Equivalent for the said Five Hundred Acres formerly 
granted to the late Govern^' Endicot, And in Consideration of the 
Distance of the Place from any EngHsh Settlem^^ «& that in all 
Probabilit}^ it will be a Frontier for a long Time to come & will 
cover the Towns within, in Case of a Rupture with the Indians, 



48 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That the Court would please to remit the Payment of the Five 
Pounds ordered to be paid by each Settler at the Time of draw- 
ing his Lot. 

In the House of Represenf'*^* Read, And the House having 
taken into Consideration the Subject Matter of this Petition ; 

Unanimously Resolved that in Consideration of the Five Hun- 
dred Acres of Land formerly confirmed by this Court to satisfy 
a Grant made to the late Hon''^^ Govern*" Endicot ; Which falls 
within the Lines of the said Township, the Petitioners be & here- 
by are allowed & impowered by a Survey"" & Chain men under 
Oath, to extend the South Bounds of their Township One Hundred 
Rods the full Breadth of the said Town, And that the said One 
Hundred Rods of Lands is hereby accordingly granted & con- 
firmed as an Equivalent, & in Satisfaction of the aforesaid Five 
Hundred Acres confirmed to satisfy the Grant of the late Govern'^ 
Endicott. 

And in Consideration of the Distance of the Grant of the said 
Township from an}'^ English Settlem* & to encourage the Settlers 
to make a speedy & effectual Settlement of the Township; which 
may be of great Service & Security to some Part of the Western 
Frontiers, that the Sum of Five Pounds ordered to be paid each 
Settler at the Time of Drawing his Lot shall be & hereby is 
abated to the said Settlers, And the Committee for effecting & 
bringing forward the said Settlement are hereby directed & im- 
powered to admit the Settlers to draw their respective Lots accord- 
ingly ; The former Order of the Court Notwithstanding. 

In Council ; Read & Non Concur'd. 

[June 10, 1727, the same resolve was again passed by the 
House, and again non-concurred in Council.] 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 18, 1727, and House Journal,. 

Dec. 16, 1727.] 

A Petition of John Osgood in behalf of the Settlers at Peni- 
cook. Praying that this Court would please to allow them an 
Equivalent of Lands for five Hundred Acres, lying within their 
Bounds, formerly granted to Govern'" Endicot, And that the Five 
Pounds ordered to be paid by each Grantee or Settler may be 
abated, and also that the Number of the Committee appointed by 
this Court to direct the said Settlement may be reduced, they 



CONCORD. 49 

being put to great Charge by reason of the great Number of the 
said Committee, & that the Vote pass'd by the House on their 
Petition in June last may be revived. 

In the House of Represenf^^ Read & Resolved that in Con- 
sideration of the Five Hundred Acres of Land Confirmed formerly 
by this Court to satisfy a Grant made to the late Govern'' Endicot, 
which falls within the Lines of the said Township, the Petitioners 
be and hereby are allowed & impowered by a Surveyour and 
Chain men under Oath to extend the South Bounds of their Town- 
ship One Hundred Rods the full Breadth of their Town ; And the 
said One Hundred Rods of Land is hereby accordingly granted 
and confirmed to them as an Equivalent & in Satisfaction of the 
afore said Five Hundred Acres confirmed to satisfy the Grant to 
the said late Hon^^'^ Govern"^^ Endicott, & in Consideration of the 
Distance of the Grant of the said Township from any English 
Settlement ; And, to encourage the Settlers to make a speedy & 
effectual Settlement of the Township Which may be of great Ser- 
vice & Security to some of the Western Frontiers, That the Sum 
of Five Pounds ordered to be paid by each Settler at the Time of 
his drawing his Lot, & for which the Settlers have respectively 
given Security, shall not be insisted on at present, nor the Pay- 
ment of the Bonds they have given demanded till the further 
Order of this Court ; And for as much as the Settlers have been 
put to very great & extraordinary Expence for the Payment of the 
Committee of this Court, which consists of nine Persons, for their 
Time & Charges in bringing forward the said Settlement, that the 
W'hole Power & Authority invested in the said Committee shall 
from hence forward cease & determine, & the Settlers shall be & 
hereby are impowered to chuse a Committee to consist of three or 
more of such prudent & discreet Persons as they shall think fit, 
who shall have the same Power & Authority as was invested in 
the aforesaid Committee appointed by this Court for effecting & 
bringing forward the Settlement of the said Township only, The 
aforesaid Order of this Court Notwithstanding : 

In Council ; Read & Non Concur'd. 



[Mass. House Journal, Aug. 5, 1728.] 

Upon a Motion made and Seconded in behalf of the Penny- 
Cook Setlers, Resolved^ That in Consideration of the Five Hun- 



50 CHARTER RECORDS. 

dred Acres of Land formerly confirmed by this Court to satlsf}' a 
Grant made to the late Gov ernour liJid/co I, which falls within their 
Boundaries, the Setlers be and hereby are allowed and impowred 
by a Surveyor and Chainmen on Oath to extend the South bounds 
of that Township One hundred Rods the full breadth of their 
Town, and the said One hundred Rods of Land is accordingly^ 
granted and confirmed unto them as an equivalent for the afore- 
said Five hundred Acres. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Aug. 6, 1728.] 

In the House of Represent^'*^^ Upon a Motion made & seconded 
in behalf of the Pennicook Settlers ; Resolved that in considera- 
tion of the Five hundred Acres of Land formerly confirmed by this 
Court to satisfy a Grant made to the late Governor Endicot, which 
falls within their Boundaries, the Settlers be & hereb}^ are allowed 
& impowered by a Survey"^ & Chain men on Oath to extend the 
South Bounds of that Township One hundred & thirty rods the 
full breadth of their Town ; And the One hundred Rods of Land 
is accordingly granted & confirmed unto them as an Equivalent 
for the afore said five Hundred Acres of Land. 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; — 

Consented to, Wm Burnet 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 4, 1729.] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of Penicook Setting forth that they 
have made considerable Advances towards the Settlement of the 
said Place by clearing of the Land, building of Houses & erecting 
a Meetinghouse ; And therefore Praying that they may be vested 
with the Powers of a Township in order to their assessing & levy- 
ing a Tax on the Proprietors for the necessary Charges on the 
said Place, & that this Court would please to remit to them the 
sum of Five hundred Pounds which they are obliged to pay into 
the Province Treasury for their respective Lots there. 

In the House of Represent^'*^^ Read & In answer to this Petition, 

Voted \\\-A.\. the Committee of this Court be so far superseded as 

that the Lands granted to the Settlers at the new Town of Peni- 



CONCORD. 51 

cook be & hereby are incorporated into a Township, to have & 
enjoy all Privileges as other Towns within this Province do, And 
that INP William Burton, a principal Inhabitant there warn the 
Inhabitants to assemble as soon as may be, & chuse all Town Offi- 
cers, to stand until the Anniversary Meeting in March next ; And 
that the Five hundred Pounds to be paid by the Settlers of the said 
Town be for given & remitted & the Courts Committee are to con- 
form hereto accordingly & proceed in their Power as directed by 
this Court in giving a Deed of the said Tract of Land upon the 
Conditions of their Grant being performed ; which the said Com- 
mittee are hereby further directed to take Care of & see accom- 
plished according to the Trust reposed in them by this Court. 

In Council ; Read & Non Concur'd, & Ordered that Richard 
Hazzen John Chandler, William Parker & Nathaniel Symonds or 
any three of them, be & hereby are impowered to assess, levy & 
collect such sum or sums of Money as are or shall be granted 
agreed to be raised by & on the Settlers & Grantees of Penicook 
for carrying on the necessary Charges of the said Place. 

In the House of Represenf'*^^ Read & Concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, March 6, 1730.] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of Penicook, Setting forth that they 
have paid into the hands of the Committee of the General Court 
the Consideration Money for their Lots there, that they have been 
at very great Charge for building a Meeting house & settling a 
Minister, making High ways &c, and that they are like to meet 
with difficulty in gathering the Money they have thus laid out ; 
And therefore Praying that they may be made a Township & have 
the Privileges of other Towns within this Province, & that the 
Court would order that One hundred Pounds or more of the Money 
they have paid in as afore said may be reimbursed them for the 
extraordinary Charges they have been at. 

In Council ; Read & Ordered that this Petition be refer'd to 
the Session of this Court in May next, & that in the mean time 
Henry Rolfe Esq"^ give sufficient Warning by Notifications at Pen- 
icook & else where to the Inhabitants & Grantees of the said Tract 
of Land to assemble at their Meeting house on the last Monday 
(being the 29th) of this Instant March by ten of the Clock in the 
Forenoon, then & there to chuse a Clerk to enter all their Votes, 



52 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Elections, Orders & Rules by the Inhabitants made, to chuse 
Assessors, & Collectors of all such Ministerial Rates & Taxes 
granted & agreed on by the Settlers & Grantees, & any other 
Rates & Taxes that may be thought necessary for the Well being 
of that Plantation, who are impowered hereby thereunto; All the 
Rates & Taxes to be levied equally on all the Lots, Except the 
Ministery & School Lots ; A to chuse a Constable, Fence Viewers 
& Hogreves ; All to be sworn to their respective Offices by the 
said Henry Rolfe, hereby appointed Moderator of the said Meet- 
ing ; that the said Henry Rolfe take an exact Account of what is 
done in each Lot, in fencing, building & improving, & lay the 
same before this Court at the next May Session, That the Com- 
mittee for the settlement of this Plantation be fully impowered to 
grant anew any Lots, the Grantees whereof have not complied 
nor shall comply by the first of June next with the Terms of their 
Grants & the Orders of this Court to such other Persons as shall 
speedily & effectually fulfill the Conditions of their respective 
Grants, & that the said Henry Rolfe do notify all the Settlers & 
Grantees of this Order for impowering the Committee ; And that 
the said Plantation be & hereby is declared to ly in the County of 
Essex. 

In the House of Represent^*'* Read & Concur'd with the Amend- 
ment (to be inserted at A) viz, And paid into the hands of the 
Assessors, by them to be disposed of for defraying the Ministerial 
& other Charges of the Plantation as the Settlers shall agree. 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; — 

Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, July 2, 1730.] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of Penicook with the Order of the 
House Represent^*'^ thereon was read in Council & Refer'd to next 
Session. 



[Mass. House Journal, July 2, 1730.] 

A Memorial and Petition of Henry Rolfc Esq ; and 'John 
Pecker, in Behalf and by Order of the admitted Settlers of Pcnni- 
cook, pra3ang. That the payment of Pive Hundred Pounds to the 
Province may be abated, and that the Township may be endowed 



CONCORD. 53 

with equal Powers, Privileges and Immunities with the other 
Towns in the Province, and be declared to lie within the County 
of £^ss ex, for Reasons mentioned. 

Read and Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be granted, 
and the Lands together with the Inhabitants thereon, be and here- 
by are incorporated into and made a Township by the Name of 
and declared to lie within the County of Essex. Provided 
nevertheless that the Lands of such of the Grantees as shall not 
effectually settle on the Land within Twelve months from this 
Date, shall and hereby are declared subject to the payment of the 
Five Hundred Pounds to the Province, the first Grant notwith- 
standing : And that Mr. Ebenezer Eastman, a principal Inhabi- 
tant in said Town, be fully authorized and impowered to notify 
and warn the Inhabitants of said Town to assemble and convene 
as soon as may be to chuse Town-Officers, to stand until the next 
Anniversar}'^ Meeting. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 21, 1731.] 

A Petition of Plenry Rolfe Esq'^' in behalf of the propri*''* & Set- 
tlers of Penycook, Shewing that there are ab^ Eighty Families 
settled there & y® Duty performed on their Lots, but that ab* 
Twenty of the propri*""^ have failed of performing the Conditions of 
their Grants, so that their Lots are forfeited, praying y* Order of 
this Court referring to the s*^ Lots, as also that the s'^ place may be 
erected into a Township & the Inhabitants vested with the privi- 
ledges of a Town without which they can't carry on the Affairs of 
the s*^ plantation w*^ any regularity 

In Council, Read & Ordered that Benj"* Lynde & Jos : Wads- 
worth Esq" with such as the Hon^'® House of Represenf'^* shall 
appoint be a Comm'*^® to Consider & report w* they Judge proper 
for this Court to Do on this Petition — 

In the House of Represenf"'®^ Read & Concur'd & Ordered that 
M^' Tyng Major Epes & M^ Hobson be join'd in the Affair.— 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. i, 1731.] 

The Comm**^^ on the Affair of Penycook gave in y*' following 
Report Viz*. 



54 CHARTER RECORDS. 

The Comm*^^ having considered the Petition of Henry Rolfe 
Esq' in behalf of the Grantees or Settlers at Penicook together 
with the report of two of the General Courts Committees who last 
took a View of the Circumstanc* of the s'^ Grantees of their Sev- 
eral Improvem** thereof & there appearing by the s*^ Report that 
Eighty of the s*^ Grantees or others in their room are actual Inhab- 
itants or Settled there, And in as much as the s'^ Inhabitants labour 
Under many Difficulties for Want of Power to regulate themselves 
for the good Order & Benefit of the said plantation, We are hum- 
bly of Opinion that the said Inhabitants be vested with the same 
powers & priviledges that other Towns in this Province by Law 
have do or ought to Enjoy, And there appearing by s"^ Committ^ 
Report that there are Twenty Lots belonging to some of the s*! 
Grantees who have made considerable Improvem*^ on their s*^ 
Lots, but have not as yet fully complied with the Conditions of 
s^ Grant, are of Opinion that the space of Twelve months be 
allowed to such deficient Grantees on Condition they pay y^ full 
proportion to all Town & Ministerial Charges as to their Lands 
equal with such as have fully complied with their Grants ; But in 
Case such defici*^ Grantees, or any of them fail of fulfilling the 
Condition of s'^ Grant by the Time above expressed, & of paying 
their proportion of s'' Charges as they shall become due ; Then 
their said Grants be & hereby are declared to be absolutely void 
& forfeited, & be disposed of as this Court shall Order. — 
By Order & in behalf of the Committee 

Benj* Lynde 
In Council Read & Ordered that this Report be accepted 
In the House of Represent^^^ Read & Concur' d — 
Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 21, 1731-2.] 

'Jonathan Dowse Esq ; brought down from the Honourable 
Board, a Memorial of Henry Rolfe Esq ; in behalf and by Order 
of the admitted Settlers oi Pennicook, praying the Court, by some 
Act or Resolve^ to endow them with Powers, Privileges and 
Immunities equal to any Town in the Province, or such other 
Order taken for their Relief and Government, as may be thought 
best; as also that the Committee for bringing forward the Settle- 
ment, may have further Orders and Directions, forthwith to cause 
the deficient Grantees to comply with the Terms of the Grant, or 



CONCORD. 55 

in Default thereof, to be disposed of to others who shall forthwith 
settle the same, and compleat the Number of One Hundred Set- 
tlers ; that so the Committee may perfect what they were directed 
to in the Court's first Order for Settlement. Pass'd in Council, 
viz. In Council, January 21, 1731. Read, and Ordered That 
Benjamin Lynde and Joseph Wadszvorth Esqrs. with such as the 
Honourable House of Representatives shall appoint, be a Commit- 
tee to consider and Report, what they judge proper for this Court 
to do on this Petition, 

Sent down for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1732.] 

Capt. Josef h Hale reported that agreable to the order of the 
House of the \oth Currant he had prepared a Bill for erecting the 
Plantation at Penny-cook into a Township, which he laid on the 
Table. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1732.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a nezv Totvn zvithin the 
County of Essex at a Plantation called Penny-cook by the Name 
of . Read a first Time. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1732.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a new Town zvithin the 
County ^ Essex at a Plantation called Penny-cook hy the Name 

of . Read a second and a third Time, and pass'd to be 

Engross'd 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 24, 1732.] 

The Bill entitled An Act for Erectingr the Lands at Penicook 
into a Township by the Name of 

In Council Read a second Time & pass'd a Concurrence to be 
Engross'd. 



56 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 20, 1732.] 

yoseph Wadszvo7'th Esq ; brought down a Petition of Henry 
Rolfe Esq; in behalf of the Settlers oi Penny -cook e, praying some 
suitable Person may be appointed and impowred to call the first 
meeting of the Inhabitants for the ends and purposes and agreable 
to the order of the Court in 'January last, pass'd in Council, viz. 
In Council Decemb 20th, 1732., Read and Ordered, That Mr. 
Benjamin Rolfe one of the principal Inhabitants of the Plantation 
of Pennycooke be and hereby is fully impowred to assemble and 
Convene the Inhabitants of said Plantation to chuse Officers and 
to do all other matters in pursuance of an order of this Court at 
their Session begun and held at Boston the first day of December 
1 73 1, which Officers when chosen are to stand until the anniver- 
sary meeting in March next. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 21, 1732.] 

A Petidon of Benj=* Rolfe Esq"^ in behalf of the Inhabitants of 
Penicook Praying that some Person may be impowered by this 
Court to Summon a Meedng of the s'^ Inhabitants for the Choice of 
Officers of the s'^ Plantation in pursuance of the Order passd at the 
Session held in Dec^ 1731 — 

In Council Read Ordered that M"". Benjamin Rolf one of 
the principal Inhabitants of the Plantation of Penycook be & here- 
by is fully impowered to Assemble & Convene the Inhabitants of 
s^ Plantation to Chuse officers and to do other Matters in pursuance 
of an Order of this Court begun & held at Boston the first day of 
Dec''i73i. Which Officers when chosen are to Stand until the 
Anniversary Meeting in March next. — 

In the House of Represent^'*^* Read and Concurd. — 

Consented to J Belcher. — 



[Mass. Council Records, Aug. 21, 1733, and Archives Vol. 31^ 
p. 183.] 

Wanalawet Chief of the Penicook Indians and divers others of 
that Tribe attending, were admitted into Council. 



CONCORD. 57 

Wanalawet made demand of the Lands at Penicook from Sun- 
cook to Contocook as his Inheritance, saying that they were never 
purchased of him nor his Fathers ; and he Hkevvise in behalf of the 
Indians resorting to Penicook, prayed that a Trading house might 
be set up there. 

The Gov' thereupon acquainted the Indians, that Wanalanset 
Chief Sachem on Merrimack River had sold all those Lands to the 
English almost forty years agoe, and the Secretary shew'd the In- 
dians the Record of his Deeds ; with which they express'd them- 
selves fully satisfied and acknowledged that the English had a 
good right to the said Lands by those Deeds 

And then the Indians were dismiss'd. 

Voted, that Thomas Gushing and Ezekiel Lewis Esq'* be de- 
sired to provide and distribute among the Penicook Indians now 
in Town such things as they Judge most proper, to a value not 
exceeding fifteen pounds, besides a good Blanket to Abraham's 
Son, in consideration of his loosing his Cloaths in carrying a Mes- 
sage from this Government to the Indians at the end of the last 
War. 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 8, 1733.] 

An Accomft presented by Cpt. Joseph Kellog of the Claims of 
divers Indians to Lands at Pennicook, and to other Lands on Con- 
necticut River. 

In the House of Represent''^* Ordered that Col° Stoddard & Cpt. 
Israel Williams be desired to make Inquiry into y*^ s'^ Claims, & if 
they find y® Indian Right has not been already conveyed, to report 
on what Conditions they will accomodate the province with y® s*^ 
Lands. — 

In Council, Read & Concur'd. — 

Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 8, 1733-4-] 

Samuel Came, Esq ; brought down a Petition of Henry Rolfe, 
Esq ; for himself and the other Grantees of the Plantation oi Penny - 
Cooke, praying that they may be heard to make it appear to the 
Court that they have fulfilled the Conditions of their Grant, and 
that thereupon they may be allowed to bring in a Bill to erect the 



58 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Plantation into a Township, for the reasons mentioned, Pass'd in 
Council, viz. In Council Febr. Sth. 1733. Read and Ordered, 
That Thomas Ciishin^, and Edward Goddard, Esqrs ; with such 
as shall be joined by the honourable House be a Committee to 
consider of this Petition, and report as soon as may be what may 
be proper for this Court to do thereon. Sent down for Concur- 
rence. 

Read and concur'd, and Capt. Hill, Mr. Hobson, and Mr. Hall 
are joined in the affair. 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 9, 1733-4.] 

William Pepperrill, Esq ; brought down the Petition of Henry 
Rolfe, Esq ; in behalf of the Penny-Cooke Settlers and Grantees as 
entred yesterday, with the report of the Committee of both Houses 
thereon, viz. Febr. ()th, 1733. The Committee appointed to con- 
sider of the within Petition of Henry Rolfe, Esq ; report thereon 
as follows, viz. that it appearing to the said Committee that the 
several Grantees of the Lands at the Plantation called /'(?«;/_y-Ccc'-^e 
have fully complied with all the Articles and Conditions expressed 
in the Court's Grant respecting the Settlement of their respective 
Lotts, are therefore of Opinion that they be allowed to bring in a 
Bill as prayed for in said Petition, all which is humbly submitted 
by order of the Committee, Thomas Gushing. Pass'd in Council, 
viz. In Council Febr. gth. 1733. Read and accepted and 
Ordered, That the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 9, 1733-4-] • 

The Committee appointed to consider the Petition of the Grantees 
of Penicook gave in the following Report, viz. 

The Committee appointed to consider the within Petition of 
Henry Rolfe, Esq^ report thereon as follows ; viz. — 

That it appearing to the said Committee that the several Grantees 
of the Lands at the Plantation called Penicook have fully complied 
with all the Articles & Conditions as expressed in the Courts 
Grant respecting the settlement of their several Lots Are therefore 



CONCORD. - 59 

of Opinion that they be allowed to bring in a Bill as prayed for in 
the said Petition : All which is humbly submitted. 
By order of the Committee 

Tho. Gushing. 
In Council ; Read & Accepted, & Ordered that the Petitioners 
have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

In the House of Represenf*^* Read & Concur'd ; — 
Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 25, 1733-4.] 

Mr. Secretary brought dow^n a Bill Entitled An Act for erecting 
a new Town in the County <?/ Essex at a Plantation called Penny- 
Cooke by the Name of ... . Pass'd in Council, viz. In 
Council Febr. I2d. 1733. Read. 2^th. Read a second time and 
pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read a first time. 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 26, 1733-4.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a new Town within the 
County of Kssex at a place called Penny Cooke by the Name of 
Read a second and a third time and pass'd a Concur- 
rence. 



[Mass. House Journal, March i, 1733-4.] 

Ordered, That Mr. Benja^nin Rolfe, a principal Inhabitant of 
the new Township at the Plantation o{ Peujiy-Cooke, be and here- 
by is impowred and directed to assemble the Freeholders and 
other Inhabitants there lawfully qualified to vote, with all con- 
venient speed, to chuse Town Officers and do such other things as 
may be thought proper for the interest of the Inhabitants of the 
said Township and Plantation. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, March 4, 1733-4.] 

An Engross'd Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a neiu Town 
jvithin the County of Essex, at a Plantation called Penny-Cooke, 
by the name of Rumford. 



6o CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, March 23, 1735.] 

A Petition of Divers Inhabitants of the Town of Rumford for- 
merly Called Pennycook, Praying for an Addition to their Town- 
ship of a Tract of Province Land three Miles in bredth Adjoyning 
to their West bounds and of the same Extent in length — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & in Answer to this petition, 
Ordered thcit the pet^"^ have leave by a Survey*' and Chainmen on 
Oath to Extend the Westerly bounds of the Township of Rumford 
three Miles Westerly and that they Return a plat thereof to this 
Court within twelve months for Confirmation to them their heirs 
and Assignes Respectivly ; provided they do within four Years 
from the Confirmation of the Plat Settle Forty Good familys 
Upon the Granted premisses, each of which to have Six Acres of 
the Granted premisses fenced in and well Inclosed and plowed and 
fitted for Corn and English Grass and also to have a Dwelling 
house each thereon of Eighteen feet Square and Seven feet Stud 
at the least wherein the said Familys are Actually to Inhabit ; And 
provided also that this Grant do not Incommode the Settlement of 
the proposed lines of Townships between the Rivers of Connecti- 
cutt and Merrimack — 

In Council Read & Nonconcurr'd 



[Mass. House Journal, March 20, 1735-6.] 

A Petition of Capt. Ebcnezer Eastman and Benjamin Eolfe, 
Esq ; for themselves and upwards of forty others Proprietors and 
Inhabitants of the Town of Rumford, praying they may obtain a 
tract of three miles of Land Westward of the West Bounds of their 
Township, for the reasons mentioned. Read, and in answer to 
this Petition, Ordered, That the Petitioners have leave by a Sur- 
veyor and Chain men on Oath to extend the Westerly bounds of 
the Township of Eumybrd three miles Westerly, and that they re- 
turn a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve months for confir- 
mation to them their heirs and assigns respectively, provided they 
do within four years from the confirmation of the Plat settle forty 
good families on the granted premisses, each of which to have six 
acres thereof fenced in and well inclosed and ploughed, and well 
fitted for Corn & English Grass, as also each to have a dwelling 
House thereon of eighteen feet square &; seven feet stud at the least, 



CONCORD. 6l 

wherein the said families are actually to inhabit, and provided also 
that this Grant does not incommode the Settlement of the proposed 
Lines of Townships between the Rivers of Connecticut and Merri- 
mack. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



\_Petition of Timothy Walker, Jr., and Others for Equivalent to 
Penacook Grant, 1774.] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 751.] 

To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq'^' Captain General 
& Governor of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay 

To the Honorable His Majesty's Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives of said Province in General Court assembled Boston 
Jan^' 26. 1774 

The Petition of Timothy Walker Jun/ on behalf of himself and 
Associates humbly sheweth 

That They and their Ancestors in the year 1725 for a valuable 
Consideration purchased a Township of a little more than Seven 
Miles Square of this Goverment at a Place then called Pennicook 
afterwards Rumford on Merrimack River, That not at all doubt- 
ing the Authority of this Government to make the said Grant, the 
Grantees, notwithstanding the extreme difficulty «& Cost of effecting 
a settlement so far up in the Indian Country at that Time, yet so 
vigorously applied themselves thereto, that in the year 1733, con- 
sequent upon y*^ Report of a Committee sent by them to view the 
same, The then General Court of this Province declared that the 
Grantees had to full satisfaction fulfilled the Terms of their Grant, 
& incorporated them by the Name of Rumford, That by the deter- 
mination of the Boundary Line between this Province and that of 
New Hampshire by his late Majesty in the year 1740 the said 
Township fell near For^ Miles to the Northward of the dividing 
Line, That about the 1749 a Society under a Grant from the 
Province of New Hampshire began to molest us in our Possessions 
and sued us in several Actions of Ejectment and always recovered 
against us in the Courts of New Hampshire, In this distressed 
State of our Affairs we applied to this Goverment to enable us to 
lay our Case before his Majesty by Way of Appeal, That b}^ virtue 
of several Grants from this Goverment amounting in the whole to 
about the original purchase Consideration together with simple In- 



62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

terest for the same and also by much larger Sums raised amongst 
ourselves we have been enabled to prosecute two Appeals to his 
Majesty, and altho' in each we obtained a reversal ot" the Judg- 
ment that stood against us here, yet the Royal Order extending in 
express Terms no farther than the Land sued for, the advantage 
fell far short of the Expence, and our Adversaries went on troub- 
ling us with new suits. Thus exhausted and seeing no end of our 
Troubles, we have been reduced to the necessity of repurchasing 
our Township of our Adversaries at a Rate far exceeding its Value 
in its rude State, That we have been at considerable expence in 
taking a View of a Tract of Land on Ammoroscoggin River on the 
Easterly side of Fullers Town (so called) which we apprehend 
would answer for a Township. We therefore Humbly Pray, That 
your Excellency & Honours would be pleased so far to pity our 
hard Case as to make us a grant of a Township at the said Place 
to lie on each side of Ammoroscoggin River of equal extent with 
that formerly granted us by this Province on such reasonable 
Terms as you shall think proper. And your Petitioners shall as in 
Duty bound ever pray 

Timothy Walker Jun^ in behalf of himself & Associates 
[In answer to this petition, the General Court granted the peti- 
tioners the township of Rumford, Me., Feb. 3, 1774.] 



[Grant to John Endicott.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 27, 1668.] 

Laid out to Jn^ Endecot Esq'" Gov^'no^ five hundred acres of land 
in the wilderniss at Pennicooke one part or parcell of the same 
conteyning thirty six acres more or lesse lieth upon an Island in 
the said River of merrimacke which Island lyeth at the very 
farthest end of that place Called Pennicooke alsoe one part or 
parcell of the same Conteyning fower hundred sixty fower acres 
more or lesse lyeth upon the aforesaid River on the east side of it 
it begins at the North East End of that Intervaile, at a great pine 
standing by merrimack side marked w*'' J I and from this pine it 
runns doune the River by a crooked line five hundred thirty fower 
pole, where it is bounded by an elme a great one standing by the 
side of the bancke markt as before w"' J I from thence it runns to 
the high upland almost upon an East & by north Point two hun- 



CONCORD. 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 45, p. 228.] 



63 




64 CHARTER RECORDS. 

dred siventy six pole unto a stake standing in a swampish peece of 
Ground a tree standing behind it eastward marked w*^"^ J I : and 
from thence it runs to the first pine wch is fower hundred fifty 
fower pole also there is two very smale Islands laid to it one lieth 
betweene this land, & the great Island w°^ Conteins by estima- 
tion about twelve pole and another Island wch lieth on the north 
west of the first Conteyning about sixteene or twenty pole by esti- 
mation all wch is more fully demonstrated by a plott taken of the 
same by Jonathan Danforth Surveyor 

the Court Approoves of this returne/ 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 45, p. 228.] 

John Endicot Esq'" his farme at penicooke lying upon Merimack 
Riv"^ on y^ North east of s*^* river containing 464 acres, with y® Hand 
above it 36, acres y® whoU is 500 acres laid out by Jo : Danforth 
Survey** there was present at y® laying it out, Capt : Hull, Capt 
Hinchman and John Joanes of Concord 



[Grant to William Hawthorne.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 22, 1661.] 

This Court Considering the Good service of major william 
Hauthorne for severall yeares past in magistericall transactions for 
the Towne of Salem & marblehead and otherwise to the great hin- 
derance of his personall occasions & the dimunition of his estate 
doe hereby Graunt unto him five hundred acres of land in the wil- 
dernes where it may not hinder a Towneship to be laid out before 
the next Court of Election, by m'' Edmond Batler & Left Lathrop 
& some Approoved Artist./ 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 7, 1668.] 

Upon the motion of Capt Thomas clarke The Court Doeth order 
& Appoint Left Peter CoflTyn of Dover & Ralph Hall of Exeter to 



CONCORD. 65 

lav out the land granted formerly to major william Hathorne 
according to grant & to make returne thereof to the next Court of 
Election. 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 18, 1672.] 

In Ans^ to the motion of major w™ Hauthorne that whereas this 
Court in may 1661 granted him five hundred acres of land severall 
yeares since & not yet laid out that he may have liberty to lay it 
out a mile square at or About Penecooke. The Court Judgeth it 
meet to grant his request Provided it hinder not a Tounship as is 
exprest in that grant and that it Interfere not w*^ any former 
grants./ 



[Grant to Samuel Sewall.] 

\_Petttton of Samuel Sewall and Wife, i6g^.~\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 45, p. 227.] 

To the Honorable William Stoughton Esq^ Lieut Governour of 
his Majs Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England and 
to the honourable Council «& Representatives assembled in General 
Court at Boston Novemb^ 20*'' 1695 

The Petition of Samuel Sewall and Hannah his wife Daughter 
& Heir of John Hull Esqr late of Boston deceased, humbly shew- 
eth 

That wheras the late Governour & Comp* of the Masschusetts 
Bay in N. E. at a General Court held at Boston May 6, 1657, did 
Grant unto John Endicott Esq^ then Governour, one Thousand Acres 
of Land in these words, " In answer to the Motion of John Endi- 
" cott Esq^ our present Governour, this Court doth grant Him One 
"Thousand Acres of Land to be laid out unto Him in any place 
"not prejudicing former Grants: and is in lieu of Seventy five 
" pounds by him and his Wife in the general Adventure. 

And whereas the s*^ John Endicott Esqr & Elisabeth his Wife 
upon the ninth of March 1658. in Consideration of Fifty pounds, 
did sell and confirm unto the s'' John Hull and his Heirs for ever, 
their abovementioned Grant of Land and all the Benefit to be 
received by it, as by Deed under their Hands & Seals appears. 
5 



66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

And whereas no Land has been laid out & allowed nor other 
Compensation made to the s*^* John Endicott Esqr, Elisabeth his 
Wife, or to the s'^' John Hull Esqr or an}^ of their Heirs or Assigns. 
(That granted to your Petitioners Nov'" 8, 1693, being included in 
a Grant of all Mericoneg Neck to Harvard Colledge as now 
appears) 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray, That Five Hundred 
Acres of land at Pennicook on the North-East side of Merrimack 
River be Laid out by Capt Jonathan Danforth Surveyor, as by the 
Piatt hereunto anexed apeareth, may be Granted & Confirmed 
unto your Petitioners and their Heirs for ever in part of the afore- 
mentioned Grant of One Thousand Acres : And your Petitioners 
as in Duty bound shall ever Pray c^*^ 

Read & Voted in Council Nov'" 29, 1694 [1695] to be granted 
and sent down for concurrence 

Is^ Addington Secry 

Decemb'" 3'^ 1695. Voted a Concurrence in the house of Repre- 
sentatives 

William Bond Speaker 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 29, 1695.] 

Upon reading the Petition of Samuel Sewall Esq"" and Hannah 
his Wife, Daughter, and Heir of John Hull Esq'" Praying that five 
hundred Acres of Land lying at Pennicook on the North east side 
of Merrimack River, as in the Piatt thereof, therewith Presented, 
made by Capt Jonathan Danforth Surveyer, may be granted, and 
Confirmed to them in Part of a Grant of One thousand Acres Con- 
firmed to them upon an Ancient Grant made unto John Endicott 
Esq"" then Governour, and Purchased by the said John Hull, And 
formerly sett forth unto the Petitioners at Merriconeg neck in Casco 
bay upon the said Grant, Appearing to be before granted unto 
Harvard Colledge 

The Aforesaid Five hundred Acres Petitioned for is ordered to 
be granted, and Confirmed unto the Petitioners, and their Heirs 
forever 

I consent W"' Stouofhton 



DEERING. 67 

[Mass. House Journal, June 24, 1738.] 

Col. Aldcn from the Committee appointed the 14/'/^ currant, 
reported according to Order, on the Petition of Samuel Sewall, 
Esq ; and others, the Children &c. of Stephen Sewall, late of 
Salem, Esq; deceased, which was read and accepted, and in 
Answer to this Petition, Voted, That five hundred Acres of the 
unappropriated Lands of the Province be and hereby is given and 
granted to the Petitioner Samuel Sewall, Esq ; and the other Chil- 
dren and Heirs of their Father Stephen Sewall lute of Salem, Esq; 
deceased, and the legal Representatives and Descendants of such 
of them as are deceased, on account of the Services and Expence 
of their said Father, as within mentioned, and that the Grantees 
be allowed and impowred to survey the same by a Surveyor and 
Chain Men on Oath, and return a Plat thereof to this Court within 
twelve Months for Confirmation accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 5, 1738-9.] 

Samuel Sezvall Esq ; laid on the Table a Plat of five hundred 
Acres of Land laid out on the East side oi Merrimack River, oppo- 
site to the Plantation called Contoocook, to satisfy a Grant of this 
Court in their Session in May last to the Heirs &c. of his late hon- 
oured Father Stephen Sezvall, Esq ; deceased. Read and Ordered, 
That the Plat be referred to the next sitting for Consideration. 



DEERING. 

[This town was originally a part of Cu/nberland or Society Land. It was incor- 
porated Jan. 17, 1774, and named by Gov. John Wentworth in honor of his wife, 
whose maiden name was Frances Deering. 

See New Hampshire charters following; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 759; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, 490; Index to Laws, 146; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 366.] 



68 charter records. 

[Grant to Jonathan Butterfield.] 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. ii, p. 21.] 

On the Petition of Jonathan Butterfield Chelmsfd 
In the House of Represent"^'*^^ Dec"" 4, 1736 Read and in Answer 
to this Petition Ordered That the Petitioner have Leave by a Sur- 
veyor and chain-men on Oath to Survey and la}^ out three Hun- 
dred Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the Province adjoin- 
ing to Some Township, and return a plat thereof to this Court 
within Twelve Months for Confirmation to him his Heirs and 
Assignes : provided he or they do within three Years from the 
Confirmation build an House of Eighteen feet Square, and Seven 
Feet Stud at the least. Settle a Family therein, and bring to 
English Grass fit for Mowing Six Acres of Land. — 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^^' 

In Council January 15, 1736. Read & Concur'd 

Simon Frost Dep' Sec''^ 
18 Consented to, J Belcher 

A true Copy Exam^ '^ Simon Frost Dep' Sec^'J' 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 13, 1737, and House Journal, Dec. 

12, I737-] 

A Plat of Three Hundred Acres of Land laid out b}' Joseph 
Wilder Jun' Survey"" and Chain Men upon Oath, to fulfill a grant 
of this Court made to Jonathan Butterfield, lying adjacent to the 
Township Number Seven in the Line of Towns ; Beginning at a 
Hemlock Tree marked with the letter A standing in the South 
Line of the said Township three miles from the South East corner ; 
thence running South 11° 30' East by a line of marked Trees 
three hundred and twenty rods to a Stake and Stones B : thence 
East 5° 30' north, one hundred and sixty rods by a Line of marked 
Trees to a Hemlock Tree to the letter C; thence North 11° 30' 
East three hundred and twenty rods by a Line of marked Trees to 
a Stake and heap of Stones in the aforesaid Town Line to the 
letter D, and from thence in the said Line to the first mentioned 
Station. 



DEERING. 69 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 20.] 





September 15^^^ i737- Then Layed out a farm of three hundred 
Acres of Land, to Satisfie a Grant of the Great and Generall Court 
of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, Made to Jonathan 
Butterfield of Chelmsford December y*^ 4*'^ 1736 which lyeth 
Adjoyning to the Town Ship N'^ 7 in the line of Towns and began 
at a Hemlock tree marked with the Letter A Standing in the South 
line of the said Town Ship N*^ 7 three Miles from the South East 
corner, and from thence it ran South Eleven degrees and thirty 
Minutes west by a line of marked trees 320 rods to a Stake & 
Stones to the Letter B from thence East five degrees & thirty 
Minutes North One hundred and Sixty rods by a line of marked 
trees to a hemlock tree to the Letter C from thence North Eleven 
degrees and thirty Minutes East three hundred & Twenty rods 
by a line of marked trees to a Stake & heap of Stones in the 
aforesaid Town line to the Letter D and from thence with said line 
to where it began, in the lines above said Ten Acres is allowed for 
Swagg of Chain. 

■^ Joseph Wilder Jun*" Surveyer 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 20, and Court Records, Dec. 

13. I737-] 

In the House of Representatives December 12*'' 1737 Read and 
Ordered that the plat be Accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be and hereb}^ are confirmed to the said Jonathan 
Butterfield his Heirs and Assigns for Ever he or they performing 



70 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the Conditions of the Grant provided the plat exceeds not the 
quantity of three hundred Acres of Land and does not interfere 
with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^^ 

In Council Dec*" 13, 1737 Read and Concurr'd 

Simon Frost Dep^ Sec^^ 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 21.] 

Middlesex ss Dunstable Nov^y^ 23'' 1737 

Then M^ Joseph Wilder Jun^ as Surveyor & M'" Isaac Baldwin 
as Chainmen personally Appearing made Oath that in Surve3nng 
and measuring A tract of y*^ unappropriated Land of the province 
Containing Three Hundred Acres to Satisfie y** grant made by the 
great and Gen" Court to M^ Jon* Butterfield That they Acted faith- 
fully & Impartially According to their Respective trusts 

Jurat Coram me Joseph Blanchard Jus® pac^ 

Worcester ss* Shrewsbury dece^ i737 

John Clark Jun^ of Worcester of Lawfull age personally 
appeared before me the Subscriber One of his Majestys Justices of 
the Peace & made Oath that he Together with M^ Isaac Baldwin 
of Sudbury Carried the Chain in Measuring Three hundred acres 
of Land Adjoyning on a Town Ship called Number Seven in y® 
Line of Townes being a Grant made by the Gi-eat & General 
Court to Jonathan Butterfield of Chelmsford whereof Joseph Wilder 
Jun'' of Lancaster was the Surveyer to Measure the s^ Three 
hundred acres & that he the s*^ John Clark acted therein faithfully 
and truly according to his best Skill & Judgment Sworn before me 

John Keyes Just® peace 



[Grant to Thaxter, Turner, and Dudley.] 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 25, and Court Records, Dec. 

3> 1736.] 

In Answer to the Petition of Samuel Thaxter, John Turner, and 
William Dudley Esq^"^ 

In the House of Representatives Dec^ i*' 1736. Read & 
Ordered that the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and the 



DEERING. 71 

Petitioners are hereby allowed & Impovvered to Lay out the Said 
Eight Hundred Acres of Land in full satisfaction of the afores*^ 
Grant of Twelve hundred Acres of Land in three Equal Parts or 
Shares Accordingly, And that the Sanction of any Right or Tittle 
to the Eight hundred Acres, Laid out & Confirmed before the 
19*^^ of Dec'" 1735 be Superseded & Declared Null & Void and that 
they return the Platts thereof to this Court adjoyning to some 
Township or former Grant within Twelve Months for Confirm- 
ation. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^" 

In Council Dec'" 3'^ 1736 Read & Concurred 

Simon Frost Dep* Sec^ 

Consented to J Belcher 

A True Copy Ex^ f Simon Frost Dep' Sed^ 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 13, 1737.] 

A Plat of Eight Hundred Acres of land laid out by Joseph 
Wilder Jun'' and Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant made by 
the General Court to Samuel Thaxter, John Turner, and William 
Dudley Esq''^ ^''^^S South on the line of Towns and bounding 
North on the Township Number Six in said Line of Towns and 
every other way on Province Land ; Beginning at a Hemlock 
Tree marked for an Angle with the letter S standing in the South 
Line of the Line of Towns two hundred rods East from the Ten 
Mile Mark in said Line ; thence running South 5° 30' by a Line of 
marked Trees three hundred and twenty rods to a Beach Tree 
marked with the Letter T ; thence West 5° 30' South, by a Line of 
marked Trees four hundred and twenty rods to a Beach Tree 
marked with the letter W, and thence by a Line of marked Trees 
North 5° 30' West three hundred & twenty rods to a Stake in the 
Line of the Township Number Six marked D, and Stones at the 
bottom ; thence with the Line of said Township to the first Station. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 25.] 

July the ii**" 1737 Layed out Eight Hundred acres of Land 
to Satisfie a Grant Made to y® Hon'^^ John Turner Samuel Thaxter 
and William Dudley Esq'^ being in full Satisfaction of the 



72 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Remainder of a Grant of Twelve Hundred acres part where of 
being formerly Laid out, Said Eight Hundred acres Lieth South 
of the line of Towns and Bounds north on the Township N° Six in 
the Said line of Towns and Every other way on Province Land It 
began at a Hemlock tree marked for an angle mark and with 
y*^ Letter S Standing in y^ South line of y® Line of Towns two 
Hundred Rods East from the Ten mile mark in Said Line ; and 
from thence it Ran South five degrees thirty minutes East by 
a line of Mark trees Three Hundred and Twenty Rods to a Beach 
tree marked with y*^ Leter T and from thence it Ran West (by 
a line of Mark Trees) five degrees thirty m South four Hundred 
and Fourty Rods to a Beach tree marked with y*^ Letter W and 
from thence by a line of mark trees North five degrees thirty m 
West Three Hundred and Twenty Rods to a Stake in y® line of y® 
Township N° Six marked with D and Stons at the botom, and from 
thence with y® line of Said Township to the Hemlock Tree marked 
with y* Letter S where it began — There is alowed in the above 
said lines Thirty acres for sagg of Chane and fifty acres for a 
pond lying in it 

By Joseph Wilder j'^ Surveyor 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. ii, p. 25.] 




[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 25, and Court Records, Dec. 

13. I737-] 

In the House of Representatives December 12"' 1737 Read and 



DOVER. 73 

ordered that the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be and are hereb}- confirmed to the said John 
Turner Samuel Thaxter & William Dudley Esq'" their Heirs and 
Assigns respectively for Ever in full satisfaction of the Grant of 
twelve hundred acres of Land formerly made them by this Court, 
provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of Eight Hundred 
Acres, exclusive of the Allowance of thirty Acres for swag of 
Chain and fitty acres for a pond lying in it as within mentioned 
and interferes with no former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp'^'' 

In Council Dec"" 13, 1737 Read and Concurr'd 

Simon Frost Dep* Sec'^ 

Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 25.] 

Worcester ss 

July y^ 18'^^ 1737 Then Joseph Wilder jn appearing Made oath 
that in Surveying the Eight Hundred acres of Land above 
delineated He faithfully attended the Duity of a Surveyor accord- 
ing to the best of his Skill and Judgment — 

Before me Joseph Wilder Justice of y^ Peace 

Amos Rugg appearing y*^ day aforesaid before me y® Subscriber 
made oath that in the Surveying the above Said Eight Hundred 
acres of Land he faithfully performed y® service of a Chane man 
according to his best Judgment — 

Joseph Wilder Justice of y*' Peace 



DOVER. 



[Formerly known as CochecJio and N'ortham. The town was never formally 
incorporated, but early assumed a municipal organization. Submitted to the 
Massachusetts government in 1641. The name of Dover was taken from an 
English town. Newington was set off as a parish in 17 13, and was given town 
privileges in 1764. Somersworth, including Rollinsford, was set off as a parish Dec. 
19, 1729, and incorporated April 22, 1754. Durham, including Lee and a part of 
Aladbury, was set off and incorporated May 15, 1732. Madbury, made up partly 
from Dover and partly from Durham, was set off as a parish, May 31, 1755, ^'^'^ 
was given town privileges May 26, 1768. Dover was incorporated as a city June 
29, 1855, and the charter was amended the following year. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 153; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 506; Index 



74 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to Laws, 152 ; Farmer's Belknap's History of New Hampshire, chapters i and 2, et 
seq. ; Historical Memoranda, comprising 450 articles in the Dover Eftquirer, from 
1850 to 1890, principally by Alonzo H. Quint, a few being contributed by John 
Wentworth, Ballard Smith, Charles Wesley Tuttle, and Mary P. Thompson ; 
sketch of Dover, by Alonzo H. Quint, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 
1882, p. 758; The First Parish in Dover, 1633 to 1883, by Alonzo H. Quint, 
1884, pp. 148; The Wentworth Genealogy, by John Wentworth, 1878, in three 
volumes ; Landmarks in Ancient Dover, and the Towns Which Have Sprung 
Therefrom, by Mary P. Thompson, 1888, pp. 85 ; special papers relating to the 
early history of the town in the appendix to this volume : consult authorities cited 
under titles, Exeter, Hampton, Isles of Shoals, Gosport, New Castle, and Ports- 
mouth.] 



\_Petition of Dove?' and Portsmouth for Grant of Land^ a Mag- 
istrate, &c., i66y.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 172.] 

To y® Hon*''^ Gen^ Court now assembled In Boston May 1667 

The Humble petition of the Inhabitants of the two Townes of 
Dover & Portsm*^ on piscattaq River Humbly Sheweth : 

That whereas yo'^ petition''* both from y® Necessitie of o'^' Naked 
condic'on & Injuntion by this Hon®'^ Court to erect some ffortifi- 
cac'ons for defence in piscattaq Rivers mouth, the charge whereof 
Lying only upon the two s^^ townes & y® burthen heavier upon us 
then upon any part of the Countrie Considering the Numb'' of o'" 
Inhabitants As also considering the straitness of o'" townshipps 
especially that of portsm", being Crowded into a very Narrow, 
& o^ Inhabitants growing Numerous & wanting accomodations 
Humbly desires this Hon'^'^' Court to grant yo'' petition''* a tract of 
Land in the Wilderness upon the head of Dover bounds Not 3'et 
granted unto any towne or person w'^^' may be an enlargemen' to 
o'" Inhabitants & an Inabling them to carry on & '^ficting ofy*^ 
Sayd ffortificac'on begun, wherein the whole Collony is deeply 
concerned farther desireing this Hon'^'^ Court that they will please 
that some declaration may be made in the s'^ townes (or otherwise 
as their wisdoms shall see meete) for the quietting and quallifiing 
o'' Inhabitants concerning pattents & claimes made by Some per- 
sons disafected unto this Goverm* 

moreover Considering y* we for p''sent are & Still for a time 
may be without a Magestrate to Cohabit among us (w^^' we most 
earnestly desire) Humbly pray this Court for the Conhrmac'on of 
Magistratticall power as formerly, & Settleing of it upon some 



DOVER. 



75 



Meete persons whome yo^* wisdoms make choise of especially in 
the towne of portsm", that sin & wickedness may be Curbed w<^'» 
much abounds in these Licentious times, the Necessitie of w'^^ 
urgeth us to be begg, & we hope will Incline you to Grant, And 
y^ all farmes already granted or to be granted greater or lesser 
may belong to Such of the two townes till this court take furth^' 
ord"" ffinally this Hon"^^^^ Court the Last year were pleased to prom- 
ise that they would doe w* might be don for a supply of great 
Gunns w*''* is o'" great want, that if it be possible we may have som 
Lentt us untill we can buy or that they would be a meanes w^e 
might purchase som for such pay o'' River doth afford the Grant 
of all w*''^ will obleidg us as formerly So still to pray for a happie 
Success to all y^ most weightie affairs/ 



\^Grant of Land, and Magistrate Allozvcd, to Dover and Ports- 
mouth, i66y.^ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 173.] 

In Answ"" to y® petition of Dover & portsm° The Deputies Judg 
meete to Grant them a tract of Land of Six myles Square for a 
towne in Some Convenient place above Dover Bounds Not former- 
ly Granted./ And y* all farmes that are or shall be layd out there 
shall belong to the Jurisdicc'on of Dover & portsm** & y' no person 
or dweller shalbe Left w^^'out Goverm* to y® westward of Dover 
bounds or west & by North as s'^ Dover bounds doth run tell this 
Court take furth^ ord'' And y* Cap* Rich : Waldren M'' Ric : Cutt 
& M' Elias Stileman have Joyntly & Severally magestrattical 
pow'' granted unto them to act w^'^in y*^ bounds of either the two s'^ 
townes as matters & cases may p^'sent untill this Court take further 
ord^ 

And whereas this Covut hath been Informed y* there are some 
persons by theire meetings & consultacions who are disafected to 
this Goverm*^ apt to disturbe y® peace of y® place by endeavouring 
to introduce some other goverm* & This Court doth ord^ y* due 
Notice shall be taken of all & every such "^son, & their Names 
returned to Authoritie there established, that soe due course may 
be taken by those y* have magestratticall pow'^' to suppress & pre- 
vent the same & according to y® Nature of 3^* offence they are 
required to send such persons to answer here at Boston according 
to Law : 



76 CHARTER RECORDS. 

The Deputyes have past this with refterence to the Consent of 
o'^' Hono'^'^ Macrists hereto 

28 : 3"^* : 1667 Wilham Torrey Cleric. 

The magists Consent not hereto 

Edw : Rawson Secret'y 

3^et the magists are wilHng & doe hereby Judge it meet to Im- 
power Capt Richard Walderne m*' Rich : Cutt & m'" Ehas stileman 
jointly & severally w'^' magistrattical power enabling them to act 
w^'^in the bounds of either the said two Townes* as matters & cases 
may p'sent untill the next Court of Election : theire brethren the 
Deputies hereto Consenting : 

28 may. 67 Edw: Rawson Secret'y 

The Deputyes Consent hereto, so as in the 4*^' line next after the 
word Townes marked, be added (& all other places included 
within the Jurisdiction of the Court of Dover & Portsmouth o'^ 
Hono'*^ magists Consentinge hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

Consented to by y*' magists Edw : Rawson Secrety 



[Grant to Richard Beers.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 19, 1664.] 

In Ans'' to the peticion of Left Richard Beeres : having binn one 
of the first planters of this Colony & served this Country in their 
warrs ag*^ the pecquotts twice &c as is exprest in his petition w*^^ is 
on file This Court Judgeth it meete to Graunt him three hundred 
acres of land where it is to be had free of former Graunts accord- 
ing to lawe 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 17, 1673.] 

three hundred acres of land belonging to Left Richard Beers 
Graunted by the Generall Court and Joynes to m*' Georg Brough- 
tons land lying neere Dover according to this platt A. B. C. D. A. 
laid out b}' m'" Richard walderne 

The Court Approoves of this Returne — y® plat is on file / 



DOVER. ^J^J 

[Grant to Emanuel Downing.] 
[Mass. Court Records, May 13, 1651.] 

In Answer to the peticion of m'^' Emanuell Downing ftbr the lay- 
ing out his farme of sixe hundred ackers of land formerly graunted 
him by this Courte in sattisfaccion of fiffty pounds heertofore paid 
& laid out by him for the Country, Itt is Ordered that the said 
six hundred ackers of land be laid out to him by m' w™ Howard of 
Topsfeild and Roger shawe of hampton betweene Hampton and the 
River mouth of Pascataque at the charge of the said m"^ Downing 
Provided the said land specified heerein be not formerly graunted 
and that it be not p'judicial to any plantation Toune or village 
that heereafter may be errected :/ 



[Mass. Court Records, May 22, 165 1.] 

Whereas it appeares by the Records of this Court Numb: 436 
that six hundred Acors of Land was graunted to m"^ Emanuel 
Downinge which he affirmes was in Consideration of fifty pounds 
by him disbursed in England, in Answer to his petition It is Ordred 
that the sd six hundred Acors of land shalbe layd out to him by 
m"" william Howard of Topsfeild & Roger Shaw of Hampton be- 
tweene Hampton & the rivers mouth of Pascataque At the Charge 
of the sd m' Downinge ^^vided the sd land Specified herein be not 
formerly graunted & that it be not p'judiciall to any plantation 
towne or village that may hereafter be erected 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 10, 1653.] 

In Ans^ to the peticion of m'" Emanuell Downing Itt is Ordered 
that m' Samuell winsly m^" Thomas Bradbury and w™ Eastow they 
or any two of them m*" winsly being one shall and heereby are Ap- 
pointed and Authorized to la}^ out the farme of six hundred acres 
formerly graunted him (in sattisfaccion of fiffty pounds heereto- 
fore payd and layd out by him for the Countrie) on the further 
side of the River neere to Dover bounds being cleere of all 
rfr aunts. 



78 CHARTER RECORDS. 

DUNBARTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, June 19, 1735, to Capt. John Gorham's men and 
called Gor ham-town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. 17, 1748, to 
Archibald Stark and others, and called Stark''s-towfi. Regranted March 2, 1752. 
Incorporated as Dunbarton, Aug. 10, 1765, and named for a town in Scotland. A 
portion of Dunbarton was included in the limits of Hooksett, incorporated July 2, 
1822. The line between Dunbarton and Goffstown was established Jan. 7, 1853, 
and the line between Dunbarton and Weare, July 2, 1853. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 189 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 558 ; Index to 
Laws, 157; Early History, addresses by Amos Hadley, 1845, pp. 27; History 
from the Grant by Mason's Assigns in 1 751, to i860, by Caleb Stark, i860, pp. 
272; Centennial Celebration, 1865, pub. 1866, pp. 124; Dunbarton, Past and 
Present, by J. B. Connor, 4, Granite Monthly, p. 38 ; historical sketch Hurd's 
History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 291.] 



[Mass. Court Records, April 18, 1735, and House Journal, April 

17. I735-] 

A Petition of James Kitteridge and a Number of others who 
were Employed in an Expedition Against Canada under S^' Wil- 
liam Phips & the sons or Represent" of such of the said Souldiers 
as are deceased, Praying in Consideration of the Great hardships 
they Endured and that the Parents of divers of the pet"^ were lost 
in the said Expedition, that this Court would Grant them a Tract 
of land of Six Miles Square bordering on Suncook Plantation & 
the Town of Rumford for a Plantation 

In the House of Represent* Read and in Answer to this petition 
— Voted That a Tract of land of the Contents of Six Miles 
Square be laid out for a Township on the West side of Rumford 
in part and part on the West Side of Suncook, the Whole to be 
laid out into Sixty three Equal Shares one of which one to be for 
the first Settled Minister, one to be for the use of the Ministry, 
and one for the School, that on the other Sixty Shares there be 
Sixty Settlers Admitted and that in the Admission thereof, prefer- 
rence be given to the Pet" who are desendants of the officers and 
Soldiers who were lost in the Expedition to Canada in the year 
1690 on the same Terms and Conditions as were made for Settling 
the two new towns on Ashuelet and that at Paquoig, Excepting 
the Settlers paying five pounds. And that Henry Rolfe Esq : & 
M^' Samuel Chandler with such as the Hon^'^^ Board shall Appoint 



DUNBARTON. 79 

be a Committee fully Authorized and Impowred to see the Settle- 
ment of the Township brought forward, Admit Settlers, Return a 
plat of the Township to this Court within twelve Months for Con- 
firmation — 

In Council Read & Nonconcurr'd 



[Mass. Court Records, June 19, 1735, and House Journal, June 

18, 1735.] 

A Petition of Shubal Goreham Esq^ for himself & others that 
Served in the Comp-*^ of Cap*^ John Goreham in the Expedition 
Against Canada in the Year 1690, and the Descendants of such as 
are deceased praying for the Grant of Land for a Township in 
Consideration of the hardships they endured in said Expedition or 
their Ancestors 

In the House of Represent"^ Read & Voted that the prayer of 
the petition be Granted and that Shubal Goreham Esq'" and M^' 
Samuel Sturgis jun^ together with such as shall be Joined by the 
Hon^'*^ Board, be a Com**"*' at the Charge of the Governm* to lay 
out a Township of Six Miles Square, North of & Adjoyning to the 
Township Reported on in favour of Sundry petitioners of Salem 
& Marblehead ; and that they Return a Plat thereof to this Court 
within twelve Months for Confirmation, And for the more Effectual 
bringing forward the Settlement of the said New Town, Ordered 
that the said Town be laid out into Sixty three equal Shares, one 
of which to be for the first Settled Minister, one for the Ministry, 
and one for a School ; and that on each of the other Sixty Shares 
the petitioners do within three Years from the Confirmation of the 
plan have Settled One Good famil}^ who shall have a house built 
on his home lott of Eighteen feet Square, and Seven feet Stud at 
the least, and finished, that each Right or Grant have Six Acres 
of Land brought to & plowed or brought to English Grass and 
fitted for Mowing, that they Settle a Learned Orthodox Minister 
and Build and finish a Convenient Meeting house for the publick 
worship of God\ Provided that in case any of the Rights or Lotts 
are not fully Settled in all Regards as aforesaid, then such Lott 
with the Rights thereof to Revert to and be at the disposition of 
the Province — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Jeremiah Moulton Esq'" is 
Joined in the Affair — 



8o CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, June 28, 1736.] 

In the House of Represent"^ Ordered that twelve Months time 
more be Allowed to the Canada Officers and Soldiers Mentioned 
in the petition of Subal Goreham Esq"" as Entred the Eighteenth of 
June last, to take and Return a plat of their Township they Sur- 
vey'' on whom they Depended having faild them ; — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 13, 1736-7.] 

A Plat of 26,910 Acres of Land, Surveyed by Jerahmeel Cum- 
mins Survey'' and Chain men on Oath 2130 (part thereof) having 
been Granted to Zacheus Lovewell & 1680 Acres laid out to the 
proprietors of the Township Granted to Cap* William Tyngs 
Company, which leaves twenty three thousand & forty Acres ; 
beginning at Suncook South West Corner ; Running from thence 
Northerly by Suncook Town line five Miles and one hundred 
perch to the North West Corner of Suncook Township, and the 
Corner of Rumford & so on by Rumford town line One hundred 
& Seventy Rods to the Corner of the Township Granted to Hop- 
kinton petitioners ; thence South 34.30 West by said Township 
Eight hundred & fifty two perch to a Birch tree Mark'd ; thence 
by Province Land South 2 : 00 East four hundred & twenty Six 
perch to the North east Corner of Docf Hales Township so 
Called, and by said Township Six Miles to a white Oak being the 
South east Corner of said Township ; & the North east Corner of 
Boston Piscataquoag Township, then on the same Course by said 
Township Six hundred & thirty Nine perch to a heap of Stones 
thence East by the Needle Six Miles to a pine tree Marked on the 
Bank of Merrimack River, & so by the River to Suncook Town- 
ship and by the said Township to the first Station ; which is to 
Satisfy a Grant of a Township made by this Court to Cap* John 
Goreham & others — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & Ordered that the plat be 
Accepted & the lands therein Delineated & described (excepting 
the Grants within mentioned heretofore made by this Court) be 
Accordingly Confirmed to the officers and Soldiers in the Com- 
pany late under the Command of Cap* John Goreham dece'd, in 
the Canada Expedition Anno 1690 ; And to the heirs Legal Rep- 



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DUNBARTON. 8l 

resenf* & Descendants of such of them as are Since deceased, 
their heirs and Assignes Respectively forever ; they performing 
the Conditions of the Grant to all Intents and purposes ; provided 
the plat Exceeds not the quantity of Twenty Six Thousand Nine 
hundred & ten Acres of Land & does not Interfere with any other 
or former Grant as well those within mentioned as any other 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 13, 1736-7.] 

A Plat containing twenty six thousand nine hundred and ten 
Acres of Land inclusive of two thousand one hundred and thirty 
Acres formerl}^ granted to Zecheus Lovewell and others, as also 
one thousand six hundred and eighty Acres surveyed and laid out 
to the Proprietors of Old Harry Town so called, by ^erathnieel 
Ctimmings Surveyor and two Chain-men on Oath, to satisfy a 
Grant of this Court of June 1735, to the Officers and Soldiers &c 
of the Company under the Command of the late Capt. yohn Gor- 
hani deceased, in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, beginning at 
Suncook South West Corner, thence Northerly by said Town five 
Miles one hundred Perch to the North West Corner of that Town- 
ship granted to Hofkinton Petitioners, thence South eighty four 
gr. thirty m. West by said Township, eight hundred fifty two 
Perch to a Beach Tree marked, thence by Province Land South 
two gr West four hundred twenty six Perch, to the North East 
Corner of Dr. Hales Township so called, thence South two gr 
East by said Township six miles to a white Oak Tree the South 
East Corner of said Township and the North East Corner of 
Boston Piscataqiiiag Township and on the same Course, thence 
six hundred thirty nine Perch by said Boston Township to a heap 
of Stones, thence East by the Needle six miles to a Pine marked 
on Merrimack River Bank, and so by the River to Suncook Town- 
ship, and by that Township to the first bounds mentioned ; was 
presented for allowance. Read and Ordered, That the Plat be 
and hereby is accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and de- 
scribed (excepting the Grants within mentioned heretofore made 
by this Court) be accordingly confirmed to the Officers & Soldiers 
in the Company late under the Command of Capt yohn Gorham 
deceased, in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, and to the Heirs 
legal Representatives «& Descendants of such of them as are since 



82 CHARTER RECORDS. 

deceased, their Heirs and Assigns respectively for ever they per- 
forming the Conditions of the Grant to all Intents and Purposes, 
provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of twenty six thousand 
nine hundred and ten Acres of Land, and does not interfere with 
any other or former Grant, as well those within mentioned as any 
other. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 2, 1736-7.] 

In Council Voted that Shubal Goreham Esq'^' be Impowred and 
directed to Assemble the Grantees of the Tow^nship Granted to the 
Soldiers under the Command of Cap* John Goreham in the Canada 
Expedition in 1690, in such place and at such time as he shall 
think fit, then to Chuse a Moderator & proprietors Clerk to Agree 
Upon Rules Methods and Orders for the Division and Disposal of 
the Said Propriety in the Most proper Methods for the Speedy ful- 
fillment of the Conditions of their Grant and Agree Upon Methods 
for calling future Meetings. 

In the House of Represent'^ Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



DUNSTABLE [NASHUA]. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant made by Alassachvisetts Oct. 16, 
1673. Incorporated April i, 1746. "One Pine Hill," belonging to Dunstable, 
was annexed to Hollis Dec. 13, 1763. The farms of Daniel Merrill and Ebenezer 
Jacquith were taken from Dunstable and annexed to Hollis, May 14, 1773. The 
name was changed to Nashua Dec. 8, 1836. 

See New Hampshire charters following: IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193, 397, 
416; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 622; Index to Laws, 158; Scrap of History 
Relating to Hollis and Dunstable, i. Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, p. 
57 ; History of the Old Township of Dunstable, by Charles J. Fox, 1846, pp. 278 ; 
Bi-Centennial Celebration, 1873, P^ib. 1878, pp. 189; Historical Sketch of West 
Dunstable, by Charles S. Spaulding, 10, Granite Monthly, p. 165; sketch of 
Nashua, by John H. Goodale, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1886, 
P- I39-] 



DUNSTABLE. 83 

\_Charter of Old Dunstable, idyj.'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 232.] 

To THE Honoured Govern^' Dep* Gover' with the Magis*^ 
and Dep*^^ now assembled in the Gen^^ Court at Boston Sep' 15*^ 
1673 

The Petition of the proprietors of the farmes that are laid out 
upon Merrimack River and places adjacent ; with others who 
desire to joyne with them in the settlement of a plantation there 

Humbly Sheweth that whereas there is a Considerable tract 
of the Countrie land that is environed with the proprietyes of per- 
ticular persons and townes (viz) by the line of the towne of Chel- 
mesford, and by Grauton line and by M"" Brentons farme ; by 
Sowhegen farmes : And beyond Merrimack River by the outer- 
most line of Henery Kemballs farme and so to Chelmesford line 
againe all which is in little Capacity of doeing the Countrye any 
service Except the farmes bordering upon it, be adjoyned to the 
said land to make a plantation there : And there being a consider- 
able number of persons who are of a Sober and orderly conversa- 
tion that doe stand in great need of accommodacions who are will- 
ing and reddy to make pu'sent improvement of the said vacant 
Land : And the proprietors of the said farmes are therefore willing 
to joyne with, and give incouragem' to those that shall improve 
the said Land The farmes of themselves that are with in the 
tract of Land before discribed containe about fourteene thousand 
acres at the Least 

Yo'' Petitiono''s therefore humbly request the favour of this 
honoured Court that they will please to grant the said tract of 
Land to yo"" Petitioners and to such as shall joyne wdth them in the 
settlement of the land afforementioned so that those who have 
already improved their farmes there and others also who speedyly 
intend to doe the like : may be in away for the enjoyment of the 
publiq ordinances of god : ffor with out which the greatest part of 
the yeare they will be deprived of: the farmes lyeing so far re- 
moat from any townes : And farther that this Honoured Court will 
please to grant the like immunities to this plantacion as they in 
their favours have formerly granted to other new plantacions : So 
shall yo'^ Petitiono''s be ever engaged to pray &c. 

Tho^ Edwards Tho^ Wheeler sen'' Peter Bulkeley 

John Parker John morse jr Samuell koms 



84 CHARTER RECORDS. 

James Parrker jr Josiah Parker Joseph Parker 

Nalh Blood Rob* Parris John JolHfe 

Zabenia Long : Tho : Brattle Jonathan Tyng 

Joseph wheler James Parkersen Robert Gibbs 

John Turnor Sampson Sheafe Samuel Scarlett 

William Lakin Abraham Parker James knopp 

Robert Procter Simon willard 

The magists Judge it meet to Grant the peticoners Request 
herein Provided that a farme of five hundred acres of upland & 
meadow be layd out of this tract for the publick use & that they 
so proceed in settling y® plantation as to finish it once w"^ in three 
years & procure & maintayne an able & orthodox minister amongst 
them : the magis** have past this their brethren the Deputyes 
hereto Consenting 

16 October 73 Edward Rawson Secret'y 

The Deputyes Consent hereto 

William Torrey Cleric 



[Mass. House Journal, June 28, 1732.] 

A Petition of Capt. Robert Fletcher and sundry others of the 
Town oi Dunstable on the East side the ^wox JSIerrimack praying 
that that part of the Town may be set off a distinct Township agre- 
able to the Town Vote of the first of March 1730, i. and that they 
may not loose their proportionable parts of Land belonging to the 
Inhabitants, and that the Lands of the non-resident Proprietors 
on the East side the River may be subjected to the Ministerial 
Charge in the Town prayed for. Read and Ordered, That the 
prayer of the Petition be so far granted as that the Lands on the 
East side Merrimack in the Town oi Dunstable be set off a distinct 
Township, and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill 
accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 29, 1732.] 

A Petition of Robert Fletcher & others Inhabitants of the Town 
of Dunstable on the Easterly side of the River praying that they 
may be set off a distinct Township agreeable to the Vote of the 



DUNSTABLE. 85 

Town pass'd the first of March 1730 that the}^ may have their pro- 
portion of Lands belonging to the Inhabitants and that they may be 
impowered to tax the Lands of the Non Residents on y* side of the 
River towards the Ministerial Charges — 

In the House of Represent^*^* Read & Ordered that the prayer of 
the petition be so far granted as y* y® lands on the East Side of 
Merrimack River in the Town of Dunstable be sett off a distinct 
Township & that y*^ petition^'^ have Leave to bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly— 

In Council Read & Concur'd — 

Consented to J Belcher. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 9, 1732.] 

Francis Foxcroft Esq ; brought down a Bill Entitled An Act for 
erecting all the Lands on the Easterly side of the River Merrimack, 
belonging to the Tozvn ^Dunstable /«z^(9 a Tozunship by the Name 

of Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council Novemb. Sth, 1732. 

Read, gth Read a second time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent down for Concurrence Read a first time. 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 10, 1732.] 

The Bill entitled An Act for erecting all the Lands on the East- 
erly side of the River Merrimack belonging to the Town of Dun- 
stable into a Township by y*' Name of 

In Council read a second Time & pass'd to be Engross'd. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 10, 1732.] 

A Bill Entitled, An Act for Erecting all the Lands on the East- 
erly side of the River Merrimack, belonging to the Town ^Dun- 
stable, into a Township by the Name of Read a second 

and a third time, and pass'd a Concurrence. 



86 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 14, 1732.] 

An Engross'd Bill Entitled An Act Jor erecting all the Lands on 
the Easterly side of the River Merrimack, belonging to the Town 

^Dunstable, into a Township by the Name of Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill pass to be Enacted. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 28, 1734-] 

A Petition of Capt. "Josefh Blanchard in behalf of himself and 
the rest of the Committee for the Town and Proprietors oi Dtmstable, 
praying that a Committee of some suitable Persons may be 
appointed to run the Lines of the Township of Dunstable , including 
Nottingham, where the same joins to the unappropriated Lands of 
the Province, that the marks may be renewed, and that new ones 
may be raised, and marked where the old ones are down, or that 
such order may be taken in the Premises as to the Court shall seem 
meet. Read and Ordered, That fohn Wainwnght, William 
White, and Charles Church, Esqrs ; with such as the honourable 
Board shall join, be a Committee (any Three of whom to be a 
Quorum) in the name and behalf of this Province, to join with such 
Committee as shall be appointed and fully authorized by the Town 
and Proprietors of old Dunstable inclusive of Nottingham, to peram- 
bulate and renew the Line within mentioned, and make report to 
this Court with their doings herein as soon as may be. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 29, 1734-] 

A Petition of a Com*^'' for the Town and proprietors of Dunstable 
praying That this Court would Appoint some Suitable persons to 
Run the lines of the said Town including the Town of Nottingham 
where they Join to the Province Land and Renew the marks and 
make New Ones where the Old Marks are lost that so the bounds 
may be Clearly known. — 

In the House of Represent'* Read «& Ordered That John Wain- 
wright Will'" White and Charles Church Esq"^* with such as the 
Hon^'® Board shall Join be a Com**^** (^^y three of whom to be a 
Quorum) in the name and behalf of this Province to Join with such 



DUNSTABLE. 87 

Com*^^ as shall be Appointed and fully Authorized by the Town 
and proprietors of Old Dunstable inclusive of Nottingham to peram- 
bulate and Renew the line within mentioned and make Report to 
this Court of their doings thereon as soon as may be 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Samuel Thaxter and William 
Dudley Esq'® are Joined in the affair — 

Consented to J Belcher — 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 26, 1734.] 

The Committee of both Houses Appointed to Renew Dunstable 
line &c gave in the following Report Viz* — 

The Com'^^Appointed the 28"* of June last to Renew the line of 
old Dunstable, where the same Joins to the Unappropriated Lands 
of the Province, have attended that Service & Report thereon as 
follows viz*. We began at the Stump of a pine tree the Reported 
bounds of Dunstable Dracutt & Methuen, which had been formerly 
marked with the letter F the Tree fallen down which stood in Sight 
of Bever Brook ; from thence we Ran a Course two Degrees West- 
ward of the Northwest to Merrimack River The Bounds from the 
Stump we Renewed by heaving Stones about it from thence we new 
marked a pine from thence to an Old Marked Pine so Renewed 
the Marks on the aforesaid Course Severall Trees being Antiently 
marked with the Letter F to Merrimack River which we Renewed 
and marked with D on the Westerly Side & M on the Easterly : On 
the West side of Merrimack River we begun at a place Called Dram 
cup hill on the North west Corner of Charlestown School Farm at 
Souheag River and Ran from thence a South point by the Needle 
finding many old Marks and Renewing the same & were the old 
marks were down made new ones and we lettered many of them 
with D M, coming by the Westerl}^ end of Muscatanapus pond and 
so Continued the same Course till it intersected the Northerly line 
of Townshend which is submitted By Your Excellencys & Honours 
most obed* Servants 

Sam' Thaxter 
Jn*' Wainwright 
Charles Church 
In Council Read & Accepted 
In the House of Represent* Read & Concurr'd 
Consented to J Belcher 



88 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Petition of Inhabitants of Dunstable and Groton to Be Made a 
Separate Township, iyj8.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 268.] 

To His Excellency Jon^ Belcher Esq"^ Captain General and 
Governoiir in Chief &c The Hon^'^^ the Council and House of 
j^gptives jjj General Court Assembled at Boston November the 2g^^ 

^738- 

The Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants and Proprietors of 

the Towns of Dunstable and Groton — Humbly Sheweth — 

That your Petitioners are Situated on the Westerly side Dun- 
stable Township and the Northerly side Groton Township those 
in the Township of Dunstable in General their houses are nine or 
ten miles from Dunstable Meeting house and those in the Town- 
ship of Groton none but what lives at least on or near Six miles 
from Groton Meeting house by which means your petitioners are 
deprived of the benefit of preaching, the greatest part of the year, 
nor is it possible at any Season of the year for their familys in 
General to get to Meeting under which Disadvantages your pef^ 
has this Several years Laboured excepting the Winter Seasons 
for this two winters past, which they have at their Own Cost and 
Charge hired preaching amongst themselves which Disadvantages 
has very much prevented peoples Settling land there — 

That there is a Tract of good land well Situated for a Town- 
ship of the Contents of about Six miles and an half square 
bounded thus, beginning at Dunstable Line by Nashaway River 
So running by the Westerly side said River Southerly One mile 
in Groton Land, then running Westerly a Paralel Line with 
Groton North Line, till it comes to Townsend Line and then turn- 
ing and running north to Grotton Northwest Corner, and from 
Grotton Northwest Corner by Townsend line and by the Line of 
Groton New Grant till it comes to be five miles and an half to the 
Northward of Groton North Line from thence due east, Seven 
miles, from thence South to Nashua River and So by Nashua 
River Southwesterly to Grotton line the first mentioned bounds, 
which described Lands can by no means be prejudicial either to 
the Town of Dunstable or Groton (if not Coming within Six miles 
or thereabouts of either of their Meetinghouses at the nearest 
place) to be taken off' from them and Erected into a Seperate 
Township — 

That there is already Settled in the bounds of the aforedescribed 



DUNSTABLE. 89 

Tract near forty familys and many more ready to come on were 
it not for the difficulties and hardships afores'^ of getting to Meet- 
ing — These with many other disadvantages we find very trouble- 
some to Us, Our living So remote from the Towns We respec- 
tively belong to — 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray Your Excellency 
and Honours would take the premisses into your Consideration 
and make an Act for the Erecting the aforesaid Lands into a Sep- 
erate and distinct Township with the powers priviledges and 
Immunities of a distinct and Seperate Township under Such 
restrictions and Limitations, as you in your Great Wisdom Shall 
See meet — 

And Whereas it will be a great benefit and Advantage to the 
Non resident proprietors owning Lands there by Increasing the 
Value of their Lands or rendering easy Settleing the Same, Your 
Pet"^ also pray that they may be at their proportionable part 
according to their respective Interest in Lands there, for the 
building a Meeting house and Settling a Minister, and so much 
towards Constant preaching as in your wisdom Shall be thought 
proper — 

Settlers on the afores*^ Lands — 

Will™ Colburn Stephen Harris Tho* Dinsmoor 

Peter Pawer Abr"^ Taylor Jun"^ Benj* Farley 

Henry Barton Peter Wheeler Robert Colburn 

David Vering Philip Woolerick Nath^ Blood 

William Adams Joseph Taylor Moses Proctor 

Will"" Shattuck Tho* Navins Obadiah Parker 

Josiah Blood Jerahmal Cumings Eben'^ Pearce 

Non-Resident Proprietors. 
Samuel Browne W Browne Joseph Blanchard 

John Fowle Jun Nath Saltonstall Joseph Eaton 

Joseph Lemmon Jeremiah Baldwin Sam' Baldwin 
Daniel Remant John Malven Jon^ Malven 

James Cumings Isaac Farwell Eben^" Procter 

In Council January 4* 1738 — 

Read again and Ordered that the further Consideration of this 
Petition be referred to the first tuesday of the next May Session 
And that James Minot and John Hobson Esq*^ with Such as the 
Honourable Board shall joine be a Committee at the Charge of 
the petitioners to repair to the Lands petitioned for to be Erected 
into a Township first giving Seasonable notice as well to the peti- 



90 CHARTER RECORDS. 

tioners as to the Inhabitants and Non Resident Proprietors of 
Lands within the s'^ Towns of Dunstable and Groton of the time 
of their going by Causing the Same to be publish'd in the Boston 
Gazette, that they Carefully View the s*^ Lands as well as the 
other part of the s'^ Towns, so farr as may be desired by the 
Partys or thought proper, that the Petitioners and all others Con- 
cerned be fully heard in their pleas and Allegations for, as well as 
against the prayer of the Petition ; and that upon Mature Consid- 
eration on the whole the Committee then report what in their 
Opinion may be proper for the Court to do in Answer thereto — 
Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp'^ 

In Council Jan"^' 9*'^ 1738 

Read and Concurred and Thomas Berry Esq'" is joined in the 
Affair- 
Simon Frost Dep'y Sec'^y 

Consented to J Belcher 

A true Copy Exam'* ^ Simon Frost Dep^ Sec''^ 

\^Re^ort of Committee on Foregoing Petition, ijsg-^ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 272.] 

The Committee Appointed on the Petition of the Inhabitants 
and Proprietors Situated on the Westerly side of Dunstable and 
Northerly side of Groton, Having after Notifying all parties, 
Repaired to the Lands, Petitioned to be Erected into a Township, 
Carefully Viewed the Same, Find a very Good Tract .of Land in 
Dunstable Westward of Nashaway River and between s*^ River 
and Souhegan River, Extending from Groton New Grant and 
Townsend Line Six Miles East, Lying in a very Commodious 
Form for a Township, And on said Lands there now is about 
Twenty Families, and Many More Settling, that none of the 
Inhabitants live nearer to a Meeting House then Seven Miles and 
if the}^ go to their own Town have to pass over a ferry the great- 
est part of the Year. We also Find in Groton a Sufficient Quan- 
tity of Land Accommodable for Settlement, and a Considerable 
Number of Inhabitants thereon, that in Some short Time when 
they are well Agreed may be Erected into a District Parish ; And 
that it will be very inconvenient to Erect a Township in the 
Form prayed for or to Break in upon Either Town. The Com- 
mittee are of Opinion that the Petitioners in Dunstable are under 



DUNSTABLE. 



91 



such Circumstances as necessitates them to Ask Releif which will 
be fully Obtained by their being made Township, Which if this 
Hon^'® Courtt should Judge necessary to be done ; The Committee 
are Further of Opinion that it Will be greatly for the Good and 
Interest of the Township that the Non Resident Proprietors, have 
Libert}' of Voting with the Inhabitants as to the Building and 
Placing a Meeting House, and that the Lands be Equally Taxed, 
towards said House And that for the Support of the Gosple Minis- 
try among them the Lands of the Non Resident Proprietors be 
Taxed at Two pence per Acre for the Space of Five Years. 

All which is Humbly Submitted in the Name & by Order of the 
Committee. 

Thomas Berry 
In Council July 7 1739 

Read and ordered that the further Consideration of this Report 
be referred to the next Sitting, and that the Petitioners be in the 
meantime freed from paying any thing toward the support of the 
ministry in the Towns to which they respectively belong. 

Sent down for Concurrence J Willard Sec'ry 

In the House of Rep'*^'^^ June 7 : 1739 

Read and Concurred J Qiiincy Sp'*'^' 

Consented to, J Belcher 

In Council Decern*" 27, 1739. 

Read again and Ordered that this Report be So far Accepted as 
that the Land mentioned and described therein, with the Inhabi- 
tants there be erected into a Separate & distinct precinct, and the 
Said Inhabitants are hereby vested, with all Such Powers & Privi- 
leges that any other Precinct in this Province have or by Law 
ought to enjoy and they are also impowered to assess & levy a 
Tax of Two pence per Acre per Annum for the Space of Five 
Years, on all the unimproved Lands belonging to the Non resident 
Proprietors to be applied for the Support of the Ministry accord- 
ing to the Said Report. 

Sent down for Concurrence Simon Frost Dep* Sec*^ 

In the House of Rep*^^'^* Dec*" 28, 1739 

Read and concur'd J Quincy Sp*^*" 

Janu* I : Consented to, J Belcher 



92 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Petition of Richard Warner and Others, iy3'^''\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 274.] 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esquire Captain General 
and Governor in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay in New England, the Honourable the Council 
and House of Representatives of Said Province, in General Court 
Assembled, Dec-12*^' 1739 — 

The Petition of Richard Warner and Others, Inhabitants of 
the Towns of Groton and Dunstable. Most Humbly Sheweth. 

That Your Petitioners dwell very far from the place of Public 
Worship in either of the said Towns, Many of them Eight Miles 
distant, some more, and none less than four miles. Whereby Your 
Petitioners are put to great difficulties in Travelling on the Lords 
Days, with our Families — Your Petitioners therefore Humbly Pray 
Your Excellency and Honours to take their circumstances into 
Your wise and Compassionate Consideration And that a part of the 
Town of Groton, Beginning at the line between Groton and Dun- 
stable where it crosses Lancaster River, and so up the said River 
until it comes to a Place called and known by the name of Joseph 
Blood's Ford Way on said River thence a West Point 'till it comes 
to Townshend line &c. With such a part and so much of the 
Town of Dunstable as this Honourable Court in their great Wis- 
dom shall think proper, with the Inhabitants Thereon, may be 
Erected into a separate and distinct Township, that so they may 
attend the Public Worship of God with more ease than at present 
they can, by reason of the great distance they live from the Places 
thereof as aforesaid. 

And Your Petitioners, as in Duty bound, shall ever Pray, &c — 

Richard Warner Benjamin Swallow William Allin 

Isaac Williams Ebenezer Gilson Ebenezer Peirce 

Samuel Fisk John Green Josiah Tucker 

Zachariah Lawrence Jun'^' William Blood Jeremiah Lawrence 

Stephen Eames (Inhabitants of Groton) 13 

Enoch Hunt Eleazer Flegg Samuel Cumings 

William Blanchard Gideon Houe Josiah Blood 

Samuel Parker Samuel Farle William Adams 

Philip Wolrich (Inhabitants of Dunstable) 10 

In the House of Rept^^^ Dec*" 12"' 1739 

Read and Sent up. J Qiiincy Sp*"^ 



DUNSTABLE. 



93 



In Council Decern^' 14, 1739. 

Read & Ordered that the Petitioners Serve the Towns of Dun- 
stable & Groton with Copy's of the Petition that they respectively 
Shew Cause if any they have on Wednesday the Twenty sixth 
Currant if y® Court be then Sitting if not on y® first Tuesday of y® 
next Session why the Prayer thereof Should not be granted. — 

Sent down for Concurrence Simon Frost Dep* Sec'^ 

In the House of Rep*^''^ Dec' 14, 1739. 

Read and concur'd J Quincy Sp^' 

15 : Consented to, J Belcher 



\_Consent of Certain Inhabitants of Dunstable to JVew Township, 

n39''\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 277.] 

Wee the Sub'"^ Inhab*^ of y*^ Town of Dunstable & Residence in 
that part of it Called Nissitisitt Do hereby Authorize and Fully 
Impower Abraham Taylor Jun^ and Peter Power to Represent to 
Gen^^ Court our unwillingness that any Part of Dunstable Should 
sett off to Groton to make a Township or Parrish and to Shew 
forth our Earness Desire that a Township be made intirely out off 
Dunstable Lands Extending Six miles North from Groton Line 
which will Bring the on the Line on y® Brake of Land and Just 
Include the Present Setlers : or otherwise As y® Hon'^ Commitee 
Reported and Agreeable to the tenour thereoff as The Hon'*^ Court 
Shall See meet and as in Duty bound &c 
Dunstable Dece'" y® 21** i739 



Tho^ Dinsmore 
Will*" Adams 
Jame Whiting 
Joseph Mc. Daniels 
Robert Colborn 
Tho^ Navins 
Joshua Walch 



Joseph whitcmb 
William Nevins 
James Mc:Daniels 
William Colburn 
Peter wheeler 
Nath'i Blood 
Henry Berten 



Jonathan malven 
Moses Prctor 
Rundall Mcrdaniels 
Stephen Harris 
David Nevins 
Willum Shattack 
Jera* Cumings 



These may Sertifie to y^ Hon^ Court that there is Nomber of 
Eleven more y* has not Signed this Nor y® Petetion of Richard 
Worner & others) that is now Setled and About to Setle 



94 CHARTER RECORDS. 

l_Anstver to Richard Warner's Pctitio7i, //jp.] 
fMass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 278.] 

Province of the > To His Excellency The Governour The 
Massachusetts Bay > Hon^' Councill & House of Rep'^^^^ in Gener- 
all Court Assembled Dec"^ ^739 

The Answer of y® Subscribers agents for the Town of Groton to 
y® Petition of Richard Warner & others praying that part of Said 
Town with part of Dunstable may be Erected into a Distinct & 
Seperate Township — 

May it please your Excellency & Hon'' 

The Town of Groton Duely Assembled and Taking into Con- 
sideration y® Reasonableness of Said Petition have Voted their 
Willingness That the prayer of y® Petition be Granted as "^ their 
vote herewith humbly presented appears, with this Alteration 
Namely That they Include the River (viz^ Nashua River) over 
w*''' is a Bridge, built Intirely to Accomodate Said Petitioners here- 
tofore, & your Respondents therefore Apprehend it is but Just & 
Reasonable the Same should for the future be by them Maintain'd 
if they are Set of from us 

Your Respondents Pursuant to y*^ Vote Aforesaid humbly move 
to your Excellency & Hon'"^ That no more of Dunstable be Laid to 
Groton Then Groton have voted of, for one Great Reason that In- 
duced Sundry of y® Inhabitants of Groton to come into Said Vote 
was This Namely They owning a very Considerable part of the 
Lands Voted to be Set of as afores'^ were willing to Condesend to 
y® Desires of their neighbours Apprehending that meeting House 
being Erected on or near y® Groton Lands & a minister Settled it 
v'ould Raise their Lands in Vallue but should a Considerable part 
of Dunstable be set of more then of Groton it must of Course draw 
the Meeting House farther from y® Groton Inhabitants w^^ would 
be very hurtfull both to the people petitioners & those that will be 
Non Resident proprietors if the Township is made 

wherefore they pray That Said New Township may be Incor- 
porated Agreeble to Grotons Vote vizt made Equally out of both 
Towns & as in duty bound shall Ever pray 

NatM Sartell 
william Lawrance 



DUNSTABLE. 



95 



[ Vote of Dunstable Inhabitants^ ^739-\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 280.] 

Att a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable Reg- 
ularly Assembled at Dunstable on fryday the 21**^ day of December 

1739 

Unanimously Voted that none of the lands in Dunstable be sett 
offto Joyn with Groton to make a Seperate Township — 

Also Voted that Eleazer Tyng & Joseph Blanchard Esq'^^ Mess"^ 
John French John Kendall & Abra"^ Taylor Jun'" be a Com**^*^ De- 
sired & fully Impowered Joyntly & Severally, to Reply And make 
Answer to the Petition of Some of the Inhabitants of Dunstable 
And Groton Petitioning to be made a Seperate Township as enter- 
ed y*^ 12*^^ Curr* And to Shew reason why the prayer therof 
Ought not to be granted 

a true Copy Extracted from y*^ Votes of s*^ meeting 

Att*^ Joseph Blanchard Town Cler 



[ Vote of Gi'oton Inhabitants, i^jp-^ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 281.] 

At a Legall town meeting of the Inhabitants & freeholders of 
the town of Groton assembled December y® 24"^ i739 

voted and Chose Cap* William Lawrance Modderator for Said 
meeting &c : — 

In Answer to the Petion of Richard warnor & others voted that 
the Land with the Inhabitance mentioned in Said Petion Including 
the River from Dunstable Line to y^ ford way Called and Known 
by 3'*^ Name of Joseph Bloods ford way : be Set of from the town 
of Groton to Joyn with Sum of the westordly Part of the town of 
Dunstable to make a Distinct and Sepprate town Ship Provided 
that their be no : More taken from Dunstable then from Groton in 
macking of Said new town — 

Also voted that Nathaniel Sawtell Esq' and Cap' William Law- 
rance be Agiants In the affair or Either of them to wait upon the 
Great and Generial Cort : to use their Best inDeaver to Set off the 
Land as afores'^ So that the one half of y® Said new town may be 
made out of Groton and no : more : 



96 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Abstract Examined & Compaird of the town book of Record for 
Groton "^ 

Jona^ Sheple Town Clark 
Groton Decem^^' 24*^^ A : D : 1739 



S^Remonst ranee against a New Township, lyjg-'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol 114, p. 282.] 

Province of y® ) To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq'^ Gov- 

Mass"- Bay 5 ernour &c To The Hon' His Majesty's Councill 
& House of Representatives in Gen'^ Court Assembled Decem- 
ber 1739— 

Whereas Some few of the Inhabitants of Groton & Dunstable 
have Joyned in their Petition to this Hon' Court to be erected with 
Certain Lands into a Township As '^ their Petition entered the 
12*'^ Curr* which prayer if granted will very much Effect y*' Quiet 
& Interest of the Inhabitants on the northerly part of Groton 

Wherefore the Subscribers most Humbly begg leave To Remon- 
strate to y® Excellency & Hon^"^ the great & Numerous Damages 
that wee and many Others Shall Sustain if their Petition Shou'd be 
granted and would Humbly Shew — 

That the Contents of Groton is ab* forty Thousand Acres Good 
Land Sufficient & happily Situated for two Townships, And have 
on or near Two Hundred & Sixty Family's Setled there with 
Large Accommodations for many more — 

That the land pray'd for Out of Groton Could it be Spared is in 
a very Incommodious place, & will render a Division of the 
remaining part of the town Impracticable & no ways Shorten the 
travil of the remotest Inhabit"** — 

That it will leave the town from the northeast end to the South- 
west end at least fourteen miles and no possibillity for those ends 
to be Accommodated at any Other place w'^'^ will render the 
Difficulties we havelong Laboured under without Remidy — 

That part of the lands Petitioned for (will when This Hon' 
Court Shall see meet to Divide us) be in & near the Middle 
of one of y*^ Townships — 

And Altho the number of thirteen persons is there Sett forth to 
Petition. — it is wrong and Delusive Severall of them gave no 
Consent to Any Such thing And to Compleat their Guile have 



DUNSTABLE. 



97 



entered the names of four persons who has no Interest in that part 
of the town viz Swallow Tucker Ames & Green That there is near 
Double the number On y® Lands Petit^ for and Setled amongst 
them who Declare Against their Proceedings. & here Signifie the 
Same That many of us now are at Least Seven miles from Our 
meeting And the Only Encouragement to Settle there was the 
undeniable Accommodations to make An Other town without w*^'^ 
we Should by no means have undertaken — 

That if this their Pet*^ Shou'd Succed — Our hopes must Perrish — 
thay by no means bei^ifitted — & we put to all the Hardships 
Immaginable. That the whole tract of Land thay pray may be 
Taken Out of groton Contain about Six or Seven Thousand 
Acres, (the Quantity And Situation may be Seen on y*^ plan here- 
with And but Ab* four Or five hundred Acres therof Owned by 
the Peti''* And but ver}^ Small Improvements On that — Under all 
w''^ Circumstances wee Humbly Conceive it unreasonable for them 
to desire thus to Harass and perplex us. Nor is it by Any means 
for the Accommodation of Dunstable thus to Joyn who have land of 
their Own Sufficient and none to Spare without prejudicing their 
begun Settlement Wherefore we most Humbly pray Y® Excellency 
& Hon''^ to Compassionate — Our — Circumstances And that thay 
may not be Sett off And as in Duty bound &c 



Benj*^ Parker 
Samuel Shattuck jn 
Jonathan Shattuck 
John Chambrlen 
Thomas Fish 
David Shattuck 
John Scott 
John Swallow 
Enoch larwance 
wiliam Cumings 



John Woods 
Joseph Spoalden^ 
Nath^i Parker 
Jacob Lakin 
Henery gebes 
John Shattuck 
Samuel Wright 
Isaac Woods 
Jonathan woods 
James Green 
Joseph Blood 



Josiah Sartell 
juner James Larwance 
James Shattuck 
John Cumings 
Isaac Lakin 
Seth Phillips 
Benj* Robines 
William Spoalding 
John Blood 
Nathaniel Lawrence jr 



pS CHARTER RECORDS. 

[_Coiiseiii of Certain Dunstable Inhabitants to New Township, 

1739-1 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 285.] 

Province of y® }'^° ^^^ Excellency Jon^ Belcher Esq'' Gov' 
Massachusetts Bay >&c the Hon' his Majes^^' Council & House of 
New England ^R^P^'^sentatives in Gen'' Court Assembled 

December 26 : 1739 

Wee the Subscribers Prop"** of Lands in the Township of Dun- 
stable at and near Nissitisset wou'd hereby Signifie to Y*"^ Excel- 
lency & Hon""* Our Desire and Consent that the Lands there may 
be Erected into a Distinct and Seperate township According to the 
tenour and form of the Report made by the Gen" Courts Com*^® 
Appointed to view the Circumstances of that Place & As in Duty 
bound &c 

Joseph Blanch ard John kendall Isaac Farwell 

Oliver Farwell Ben : Farwell John Fowle Jun' 

Joseph Phillips Jos : French Jos Whitcomb 

John Rush by order Joseph Wise 

Dunstable Decem'' y® 22'^' i739' 

These May Certify Whom it may Concern y* I Whose Name is 
hereunto Subscribd Notwithstanding our Names are in 3^'' Petition 
of Richard Worner & others Inhab^* of Groton & Dunstable that 
we Never Signed nor were Concenting nor by any meens Gave 
order for y*^ Same 

his 

Will'" CO Adams 

mark 



[^Remonstrance of Certain Dunstable Inhabitants, //jp-] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 286.] 

Province of y*^ ) To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher 
Massachusetts Bay 5 Esq^ Governour «&;c To The Hon' his 
Majes*^'* Council & house of Representatives in Gen' Court Assem- 
bled December y® 26 1739 



DUNSTABLE. 99 

Whereas Some few of the Inhabitants of Dunstable And Groton at 
and near Nissitissett (so Called) have Joyned in their Petition to 
this Hon' Court, as entered the 12*'^ Curr* Praying that Certain 
Lands in Groton together with part of Dunstable may be erected 
into a township — 

Wherefore Wee the Subscribers being Authorized thereunto by 
The Town of Dunstable most Humbly beg Leave to remonstrate, 
the greate Difficulties And hardships (should their request be 
granted) it wou'd put us to 

first — Because the Lands in Dunstable (as reported by the 
Com*®* of this Hon' Court, who went to view) are in a Sutable & 
Commodious form to be a Seperate Township And good Land 
Sufficient to make a Compact & good Town And so Situated 
that Should the Southerly part be taken off to groton it would 
render it Improbable for many of the Inhabitants now Settled there 
and those who will hereafter — which many is prepareing to do, 
ever to be Accommodated to Any Other meeting — 

And Altho the Original Grant of Our Township Included a 
Large Quantity of Land, Yet greatest part therof was in farms 
before — nor had the grantees or Settlers very Little Benfit by 
any Excepting what Lyes in the Said tract at Nissitissett ; in all 
Other parts the Lands was mean And Slips Left amongst the farms 
all the good Lands on Merrimack Nashua & Souhegan Rivers and 
almost All Other good Spots, was before granted (Excepdng what 
Lay there) so that very Considerable part of Our first Divisions 
has been Lay'd Out at and near the s'* Nissitissett. — 

The Remoteness of those lands And the Lamentable Experience 
of the Danger of Indians Compelled us (in Order to Comply with 
y^ terms of Our grant, to buy the farms on Merrimack where we 
are now Settled, And Altho Our Town has been thus Settled this 
Sixty years Our Families & Estates we may say has usually Served 
for a yearly Sacrifice for the Heathen — 

That the Lands at and near Nissitissett which was all the bene- 
fit we Could promis Our Selves ; at so Dear a price, has now a 
fair prospect If we may not be hack't by Other Towns, when we 
can Settle those Lands (which has for Some time made Consider- 
able Progress) in some very Small degree make up for our former 
Sufferings, but if half a township Should be Sett to Groton Our 
hopes would prove Abortive And Our gains Immaginar}^ for very 
Considerable part of our Interest there, (which Our more then 
forty Years hardships in this wilderness has procured & those 
Lands never Accomodated to Any Other place And Altho the 



lOO CHARTER RECORDS. 

Contents in Dunstable is more then Six miles North And South. 
Yet ther's not more than that Distance from Groton line that can 
Admitt of Settlement, And Come that way by Reason of Mountain- 
ous & Barren Lands As by a Com*''*^ of Dunstable was Observed to 
the Hon^ Com^*^^ who went to view (when On the Spot) and a 
Further view Insisted on unless Groton, And the peti'''' would Alow 
& own, which they readily did — And that in Laying out our Lands 
we Suted our Division for the making a township wholly in Dun- 
stable And the present Inhabitants Are Settled there Accordingly 
under that Expectation Nor is there Any one Nonresident prop"^ 
whose Gen" Interest itwou'd be to have Any Off our Lands Joyned 
to Groton nor reason to Suspect it, unless Some wrong Sugges- 
tions has been made, and then twou'd only Touch the ears of those 
who never Saw the place 

When y® Com^®^ before ment"*^ was On y*^ Spot the nonresident 
Prop" had been Duly Notified, And many of them by them Selves 
or Agents Appeard And Signified their unwillingness And the 
Disadvantage itwou'd put them Under to be Joyned to Groton 

And Wee beg Leave farther Humbly to Shew That thay have 
pretended the Names of ten persons in Dunstable to that Peti'^ w*'^ 
is unfair And A Sham, for Some of them Never Consented to Any 
Such Request As "^ Certificates herewith. And two more of them 
has not One peneworth of Real Estate in Dunstable, viz* Gideon 
Houe & Phillip Olerick (or) Wolrick, the S'^ Gideon being a 
minor And only transiently there his Guardian nor Relations has 
no Interest in that part of the town nor knew of his Name being 
thus Used, by them in Any Peti" 

And had thay thus Increased their numbers Still, it would have 
Served for but A mere Amusement 

The Whole Qiiantit}^ of Lands Owned by them all in Dunstable 
Amounts to but About five Hundred Acres w*^'' is not more then the 
fortieth part. 

And tho thay have been pleased to Sett forth Samuel Parker as 
One of the Inhabitants of Dunstable, tis making their work all of a 
peice for their is no Such Inhabitant in the Town nor ever was 

And upon the whole we Humbly Conceive their Request to be 
altogether unreasonable. And that if desining men are thus 
■^mitted to force their Scheems & Perplex their neighbours without 
Any Umbrage or Shadow for what thay do 'twill give us Continual 
trouble — 

Wherefore we most humbly pray Your Excellency & Hon'"^ to 
take the premises into Your wise Consideration And that No part 



DURHAM. lOI 

of the Lands in Dunstable maybe Sett of to Groton And As in 

Duty Bound Shall ever pray — 

Eleazer Tyng 

Joseph Blanch ard 

John french )-Com^®*' 

John kendell 

Abraham Taylor Jun"^ 



DURHAM. 

[Petitioned to be set off from Dover as a parish by the name of Oyster Rive?', 
May 27, 1669. Incorporated as Durham, May 15, 1732. Lee was set off and 
incorporated Jan. 16, 1766. The south line of the town was established June 19, 
18 18. A portion of Durham was severed and annexed to Newmarket, July 2, 
1870. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
234; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 566; Index to Laws, 159; Life of John 
Sullivan, by Thomas C. Amory, 1868, pp. 320; Memoir of Ebenezer Thompson, 
by Mary P. Thompson, 1886, pp. 86; sketches of history, 5, Collections of N. 
H. Historical Society, p. 129: sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, 
p. 616.] 



[Mass. Court Records, May 31, 1660.] 

In Ans'' to the peticion of the Inhabitants of Oyster River It is 
Ordered that majo"" Atherton Joyne w"' Capt" Wiggens in keeping 
the next County Court at strawbery bancke & Yorke. And that 
he w*** the rest of the Comissioners Joyned w^*^ him for examining & 
setling the respective Interests & rights of M"^ ftoxwell Jourdan & 
Phillips, doe heare examine & determine the matter in difference 
betwene Dover & oyster River and that all parties Concerned 
therein doe Attend the same at Strawberry bancke at the afore- 
said Court, and that any three of the Comissioners Majo' Atherton 
being one be Impovvred to act in all the premisses./ 



[Mass. Court Records, May 19, 1669.] 

In Ans'^ to the petition of the Inhabitants of Oyster River. The 
Court, by y**"^ Comittee having heard y® petitioners w*^ what Cap* 
Walderne Alleadged in behalfe of Dover, that that Toune is not 



I02 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Informed of this motion & by perusing many papers presented in 
the case together w'^ what is granted & yeilded on both hands It 
is hopefull there may be an agreement & Setlement of things be- 
twixt themselves w*^^ this Court Comends to them Judging it best 
that they should jointly agree upon termes w''^ rnay be most 
advantagious to each other & for publick good and for that end 
Judge it meet to respit the case till next sessions of this Court 
when what they shall Agree upon may be confirmed by this Court 
or in case of non agreement the petitioners to give notice in due 
season to their neighbours & brethren of their Intendmts further to 
prosecute this motion of being a Touneship at the next sessions of 
this Court that so they may have an oppertunity to make answer 
thereto 



\Petitio7i of Oyster River to Be Made a Township, i66p.'] 
fMass. Archives, Vol. lo, p. 104.] 

To the much honoured Generall Court of the Massachusets 
assembled at Boston May 19 : 1669 : the humble petition of the 
inhabitants of oyster River is as followeth : 

The consideration of your prudent and pious care for the carry- 
ing on, the main end of planting this colonic, in the setling reli- 
gion, and promoting the welfare of souls in everie part of it sub- 
ject to your goverment, doth imbolden us (who are also in some 
measure sensible of the great end we came into the world for, the 
advancement of the glorie of god in our own salvation) to present 
this humble address unto your selves : It is not unknown to some 
of you that the inhabitants of Dover (of whom for the present we 
are a part) manie years since, taking into consideration the 
intolerable inconvenience of our travail, manie miles, part by land, 
part by water manie times by both, to the publick worship of god, 
and the necessarie stay of manie of us from publick worship, who 
cannot undergo the difficulties of travail to it, it was then publickly 
agreed and concluded, that there should be two ministers at Dover 
the one in oyster River, the other at Dover neck, as appears by a 
town act, bearing date the fourteenth of the fifth fiftie one, the 
means of calling and maintaining both which are one, yet while 
w^e continue with them there is noe power improved on our behalfe, 
to that end, nor have we anie of our selves, whereby we have a 
long time, and at present groan under intollerable inconveniences. 



DURHAM. 



103 



our ministrie being greatly weakened, yea and hazarded thereby 
having neither head, nor hand, to move in order to calling when 
without, or setling and mantaing when obtained, and it being 
so difficult for us to attend civill meetings there that often most of us 
cannot be there, whence we are in danger to be neglected, or not 
so taken care of, nor our affairs so well provided for as if we were 
a township of our selves, we being in all two hundred and twentie 
souls, nearfiftie families, seventy and od souldiers, a convenient num- 
ber of free men , humbly request this honoured Court to grant us that 
so benificiall a priviledge of becoming a township with such bounds, 
as have been alreadie granted us, or shall be thought meet by this 
honoured Court, and for this end we have sent John woodman an 
inhabitant among us and give him power to join anie with him, as 
he shall see meet for y® managing of this our petition, and prose- 
cution of our further reasons; committed to him, should this hon- 
oured Court whose care we know extendeth to us among the rest 
of this colonic, vouchsafe us a favourable answer to this request 
where as as now our hearts and hands are weakened, in the work, 
provision for the ministrie standing at a stay, the old and young in 
families too much neglected others of good use who would join with 
us discouraged, untill wee become a township, some readie to 
leave us if things stand as they doe, we trust upon your grant you 
would soon iinde our number increasing, our hearts and hands 
strengthened in the work of god, our care more vigorous for an 
able orthodox minister, our families instructed according to law, 
our selves growing in truth and peace to gods glorie, our content, 
and your good, and we shall not cease to pray to god almightie 
for a blessing upon you in all your weightie concerns and sub- 
scribe our selves yours in all humble observance 

Richard yorke. John : Davis. 

Robert : Burnam : Phillip : Chesly. 

Steven Jones. Walter Matthews. 

vid : Elizabeth : Drew : John Woodman 

Thomas : Willie John. Hill. 

William : Perkinson : Benjamin : Matthews : 

Thomas : Drew : 

John : Goddard : 

WilHam : Randall : 

Salathiel : Denbow 

John Smith 

Robert : Watson : 

Walter : Jacson : 



John Bicford. 
William Beard. 
Charles Adams. 
Nicolas Doe. 
John : Medar 
Thomas : Edgerlie 
Davie : Daniell 
Zacharias Field 
Edward : lethers 
Teag : Royall : 
Joseph : Stimson : 
James Huckins 
James : Thomas : 



Joseph : Field 
Matthew : williams : 
William Pitman 
Bernard. Pope. 
James : Smith : 
Patricke : Jenison : 
Francis : Drew : 



104 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Having heard the Petitioners, w"' what aleadged by Cap* Wald- 
rene in y® behalfe of Dover, That, that Towne is not informed of 
this Motion. And by 'fusing many Pages '^sented in y^ case, 
together w"* what is granted & yeilded on both Lands, we have 
grounds to hope, there may be an agreem* & settlem* of things 
betwixt y™selves, w*^*" we commend to y™, Conceiving it best that 
they should Jointly agree upon tearmes, y® w'''^ may be most advan- 
tagious to each other & for Publike good : & for y* end Judge it 
meete to respit y® case till next sessions of this Court, when what 
they shall agree upon may be Confirmed b}' this Court, or in case 
of Non agreem*. These Petitioners to give notice in due season to 
theire Neighbours & bretheren of their Intendm* further to '^secute 
this Motion of being a Township at the next sessions of this Court 
that so they may have opportunity to make answer thereto 

May 25, 1669 : John Pynchon :/ 

Edw : Johnson 
William. Parker 

The Deputyes approve of the returne of the Committee in 
answer to this pet" O"" Hono'^'^ magis*^ consenting hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

27 May 1669 Consented to by y® magists 

Edw : Rawson Secret'y 



FITZWILLIAM. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Monadiiock Afo. 4, Jan. 15, 1752, to 
Roland Cotton and others. Regranted May 2, 1765, to Col. Sampson Stoddard 
and others, and sometimes called StoddanVs-town. Incorporated as Fitzwilliam, 
May 17, 1773, and named in honor of the Earl of Fitzwilliam. A portion of this 
town was included in the limits of Troy, incorporated June 23, 181 5. The line 
between Fitzwilliam and Rindge was established June 17, 1847. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 670; Index to Laws, 190; historical sketch 
Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 200; History, from 1752 to 1887, by 
John F. Norton, 1888, pp. 829.] 



[Mass. House Journal, May 28, 1731.] 

Ezekiel Lezuis Esq ; brought down from the Honourable Board, 
a Petition of "Josef h Putney and sundry others, in behalf of them- 
selves and other Inhabitants and Proprietors of Land lying between 



GOFFSTOWN. IO5 

the Colony-Line & Oxford, praying, That the Inhabitants and 
Lands therein mentioned, may be erected into a seperate and dis- 
tinct Township, agreeable to the Boundaries set forth in the Peti- 
tion, for Reasons mentioned. Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council, 
May 28. 1731. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Oxford wnth 
a Copy of this Petition, that so they may shew Cause (if any they 
have) on the first T^'-rrt'^/y of the next Session of this Court, why 
the Prayer thereof should not be granted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurred. 



GOFFSTOWN. 

[Granted by Massachusetts 2& Narragatisett No. 4, Feb, 9, 1733-4. Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. 3, 1748, to Rev. Thomas Parker, of Dracut, 
Mass., and others. It was also called Shove' s-town. Incorporated as Goffstown, 
June 16, 1761, and named for Col. John Goffe. The charter was renewed April 5, 
1763. A portion of the town was combined with parts of Dunbarton and Chester 
to make up the town of Hooksett, July 2, 1822. Some islands in Merrimack River 
were annexed June 20, 1825. Isaac Parker's farm was severed from New Boston 
and annexed June 18, 1836. The line between Dunbarton and Goffstown was 
established Jan. 7, 1853. A portion of Goffstown was annexed to Manchester, 
July I, 1853. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 306; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 25; Index to 
Laws, 209; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1886, 
P- 303-] 



[Mass. House Journal, May 27, 1726.] 

A Petition of 'John Sargent, and others, praying for a Grant of 
a Tract of Land at Ainaskeeg-Falls on Merrimack-River , as 
Entred the \\th. oi April last, and referred to this Session. Read 
and referred to the next Session for further Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1732.] 

A Memorial oi Benjamin Woodbridge and Tho^nas Arnold iox 
themselves and Associates, praying that their former Petition for a 



I06 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant of a Tract of Land at a Place called Amaskeeg Falls on 
Merrimack River for a Township may be revived. Read and 
Ordered, That the Petition lie on the Table. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 24, 1732.] 

A Petition of Benjamin Woodbridge and Thomas Arnold for 
themselves and as Agents for sundry Inhabitants of Newhiiry, 
Haverhill, Almsbury , and Salisbury, praying for a Grant of a 
Tract of Land on the Westerly side oi Merrimack River at a Place 
called Amaskeeg-Falls of the Contents of about Seven Miles 
square, whereon to make a Township for the Reasons mentioned. 
Read and Ordered, T\i2X the prayer of the Petition be granted, 
and that John Chandler and Edward Goddard, Esqrs ; and Mr. 
Samtiel Chandler be a Committee to prepare some proper Vote 
for regulating the Township, and report thereon. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 6, 1732.] 

Major Chandler from the Committee appointed the i^th. ult. on 
the Petition oi Benjamin Woodbridge and others for a Township 
made report, which was read and accepted, and in Answer to the 
said Petition, Ordered, That there be and hereby is granted to 
the Petitioners a Tract of Land of seven Miles square at the place 
petitioned for, and to be laid out as follows, viz. to begin at the 
North East Corner of the JVarraganset Town laid out at Souhegan, 
and to extend the North bounds of said Town to Merrimack River 
and from the North east corner of said JSfarraganset Town to 
extend Westward bounding North on said Town, so as to make 
seven miles in the whole from Merrimack River aforesaid, and 
then to extend Northwest seven miles, and to bound easterly on 
said River, and from the extent of seven miles northerly to extend 
Westerly a parallel line with ^-^xA JVarragansetTosNxv till the com- 
plement be made up, said Tract of Land to be laid out by a Sur- 
veyor and Chainmen under Oath, a Plan thereof to be returned to 
this Court at their next May Session for confirmation, the said 
Land by them to be settled on the Conditions following, viz. that 
they within the space of four Year from the confirmation of the 



GOFFSTOWN. IO7 

Plan have on the spot eighty Families, each settler to build a good 
convenient dwelling House one story high, eighteen feet square at 
the least, and fence clear and bring to fit for improvement four 
acres, and three acres more well stock'd with english Grass, and 
also lay out three shares throughout the Town each share to be 
one eighty third part of the said Tract, one of said Shares to be 
for the first settled Minister, one for the Ministry and one for the 
School ; and also build a convenient Meeting House, and settle a 
Learned and Orthodox Minister within the term aforesaid ; and 
that there be reserved for the use of the Province 40 Acres of Land 
adjoyn'mg to A/}iaskeeg--jFal/s for the benefit of fishing, viz. Mty 
rods above and fifty rods below the Falls, and to extend Westward 
from the River sixty four perch. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 8, 1732.] 

A Petition of Benjamin Woodbridge & One Hundred & Nine- 
teen others praying for a Grant of Land of Seven miles square at 
a place called Ameskeog Falls on Merrimack River for Settling 
themselves or their Children thereon on such Conditions as this 
Court shall judge fit — 

In the House of Represent"^®* Read & in Answer to this Petition 
Ordered that there be & hereby is Granted unto the Petition''^ a 
Tract of Land of Seven miles Square at the place petition'd for & 
to be laid out as follows — viz — To begin at the Northwest Corner 
of the Narragansett Town laid out at Sohegan & to Extend to 
the North Bounds of s^ Town to Merrimack River, & from the 
North East Corner of s*^ Narraganset Town to extend Westward, 
Bounding North on s*^ Town, so as to make Seven Miles in the 
whole from Merrimack River afores'^ & then to Extend Northward 
Seven Miles, & to Bound Easterly on s*^ River, & from the Extent 
of Seven miles Northerly to Extend Westerly a Parallel Line with 
the said Narragansett Town till the Compliment be made up ; 
Said Tract of Land to be Laid out by a Survey"^ & chain Men on 
Oath a Plan thereof to be returned to this Court at their next May 
Session for Confirmation, The s*^ Land by them to be Settled on 
the following Conditions viz. that they within the Space of four 
Years from the Confirmation of the Plan have on the Spot Eighty 
Families, each Settler to build a good convenient Dwelling House 
one Story high. Eighteen feet Square at the least «fe fence, clear 



I08 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& bring to fit for Improvem* four Acres, & three Acres more well 
stock'd with English Grass, & also lay out three Shares, thro'out 
the Town, Each Share to be one Eighty third part of s^ Tract, One 
of the s*^ Shares to be for the first Settled Minister, One for the 
Ministry & one for the School, & also build a Convenient Meeting 
House & Settle a learned Orthodox Minister within the Term 
aforesaid And that there be reserved for the use of the province, 
forty Acres of Land, adjoining to Ameskeog Falls for the Benefit 
of fishing, Viz. fifty rods above & fifty rods below the Falls, & to 
Extend Westward from the River Sixty four Perch — 
In Council Read & Non Concur'd. 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 9, 1733-4.] 

One other Plat laid out to the Narragansct Grantees called by 
them the Township Number four laid out on Merrimack River, of 
the contents of six Miles square, exclusive of fifty acres allowance 
for the use of the Fishery at Amaskeeg Falls, and three thousand 
and seventy acres for poor Land and Ponds, in the whole twenty- 
six thousand one hundred and sixty acres, beginning at a Pitch 
Pine Tree standing on the westerly side of Merrimack River at 
the foot of Annahooksett Falls on Suncook Line. Read and 
Ordered, That the Piatt be accepted, and that the Lands set forth 
and described in the within Plat of the Township Number four be 
and hereby are confirmed unto one hundred and twenty of the 
original Grantees their heirs and assigns, viz. that Society of them 
of which y\x. Edxvard Shove and others were appointed a Com- 
mittee for regulating the said Township Number four, so called at 
a general Meeting of the JSFarraganset Grantees in Boston the 
sixth day of yime last, as by the Grantees Votes and Orders may 
appear, provided the Plat contains no more than the quantity of 
Land within mentioned, and that there be reserved such a quantity 
of Land at the fishing place at and near Amaskeeg Falls so called, 
as may be thought by this Court convenient for the respective In- 
habitants of the Province for taking making and packing Fish there, 
for which these Grantees are to be allowed an Equivalent, pro- 
vided also that it does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



GOFFSTOWN. IO9 

[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 13, 1733-4.] 

Ezekicl Lewis ^ Esq ; brought down the Petition of the Narragan- 
sett Township Number Four, with the Vote of the House of yes- 
terday thereon, Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council Febr. 12th. 
1733. Read and unanimously non-concur'd, and the Board insist 
on their own Vote, in as much as there is so large an allowance 
already made in the Plat, and the Grantees will be greatly advan- 
taged by the Fishery. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and concur'd with an Amendment, viz. in the room of the 
Amendment of the honourable Board, add, -provided, the Lands to 
he separated for the publick and common use of the Fishery on the 
West side the Fiver exceeds not the quantity of one. hundred acres, 
exclusive of the fifty acres within mentioned, and the House insist 
on the Vote as now amended. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 26, 1733-4.] 

A Plat of a Township for the Narraganset Soldiers of the Con- 
tents of six miles square, & fifty acres allowed for the Fishery at 
Ameskeag Falls, & Three thousand & twenty acres for poor land 
& Ponds ; the whole being 26160 Acres ; Beginning at a Pitch 
Pine Tree standing on the Westerly side of Merrimack River at the 
foot of Hannakooksy Falls being on Suncook Line & running on 
Suncook Township four miles West 17°. 00 South to a white Pine 
Tree being the Southwest Corner of Suncook ; then running West, 
four miles & forty rods on a Township on the West of Suncook & 
Penicook laid out for the Narraganset Soldiers to a Heap of Stones, 
& then running South, five miles & one hundred & forty rods on 
Province Lands to a white Pine Tree, being the North west Corner 
of the said Narraganset Township on Merrimack River, & then 
running on said Township six miles & one hundred & ten rods to 
Merrimack River, then on Merrimack as said River runs eight 
miles & one Hundred & forty five rods, to the Pitch Pine Tree 
where it first began. 

In the House of Represent'^*'' Read & Ordered that the Plat be 
accepted, & that the Lands set forth «fe described in the within Plat 
of the Township Number Four be & hereby are confirmed unto 
One hundred & twenty of the original Grantees their Heirs ife 
Assigns ; viz, that Society of them, of which M' Edward Shove 



no CHARTER RECORDS. 

& others were appointed a Committee for regulating the said Town- 
ship Number Four, so called, at a general Meeting of the Narra- 
ganset Grantees in Boston the sixth of June last, as by the Gran- 
tees Votes & Orders ma}^ appear. Provided the Plat contains no 
more than the quantity of Land within mentioned ; & that there 
be reserved a Qiiantity of Land at the Fishing Place at or near 
Ameskeag Falls, as may be thought by this Court convenient for 
the respective Inhabitants of the Province for taking, making & 
packing of Fish there, Provided the Land so to be separated for 
the publick & common Use of the Fishery on the West side of the 
River, exceeds not the Quantity of One Hundred Acres, exclusive 
of the Fifty Acres allowed as within mentioned. Provided also that 
it does ftot interfere with any former Grant 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; 

Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1735.] 

On the Petition of William Bradbury Esq ; Elias Pike 'Jacob 
Stevens, and many others of Salisbury and Alnisbury , praying for 
a Grant of Lands on the Westerly side of Merrimaek River upon 
Piscataquoiag River so called, which was read and accepted, and 
the House came into a Vote for a Township of the contents afore- 
said, at or near the place petitioned for, on the same Conditions of 
Settlement with the former. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 16, 1735, and House Journal, Dec. 11, 

I735-] 

A Petition of John Foster & Edward Shove in behalf of the 
Grantees of the Tract of Land Granted to the Narragansett Sol- 
diers, which lies at Ameskeeg on the West side of Merrimack 
River Shewing, that upon their Viewing the Said Land, in Order 
to their laying it out into Lotts, they found it so poor & barren, as 
to be Altogether Uncapable of making Settlements ; and therefore 
praying that they may have Liberty to quit it & take up the said 
Grant in Some other province land — 

In the House of Represent* Read & Ordered that the prayer of 
the petition be Granted, & the pef® are hereby allowed & impow- 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol 7, Page 26.] 




This Plan Discribeth a Tract of Land Laid out for the Naragansett 
Solders Being the Second Town Ship for Said Solders Laid out on Mara- 
mack and Contains the Contents of Six miles Square and fifty acres Allow- 
ance for Fishery at amasceeg falls and Three Thousand and Twnty acres 
allowed for Poor Land and Pond. In the whole plan is 26160 acres bounded 
as folowes. Begining at a pitch pine Standing on the westerly Side of 
Maramack River at the foot of Hannah Hookses falls Being in Suncook 
Line and Runing on Said Suncook Town Ship four miles West Seventeen 
Degrees South to a white pine tree being the Southwest Corner of Suncook 
then Runing West Four miles and 40 Rods (on a Town Ship on the west 
of Suncook and penycook Laid out for the Naragansett Solders) to a heap 
of Stones) then Runing South Five miles and one hundred and fourty Rods 
on province Land to a white pine Tree being the North west Corner of ye 
1st Naragansett Town on Maramack River then Runing on Said Town Ship 
Six miles and one hundred and Ten Rods (East) to Maramack River then 
on Maramack as Sd River Runs Eight miles and 145 Rods to the pitch pine 
Tree at the foot of Hannah Hookses falls before mentioned 

Surveyed and Pland by order of the Great and General Courts Comittee 
In October A D 1733 

■^ Stephen Hosmer Jun Surveyor 



GOFFSTOWN. Ill 

red to look out for one other Tract of land for a Township, & 
Exchange for the S'^ Township Number four, & Return a plat 
thereof at their own Cost to this Court within twelve Months for 
Confirmation — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 7, 1736.] 

A Petition of John Foster in behalf of a Committee of the Pro- 
prietors of the Narragansctt Township, formerly laid out at 
Amaskeeg Falls, called Number Four, shewing that in Conse- 
quence of an Order of this Court, pass'd the nth. of December 
1 735' to Mr. Edward Shove and himself a Committee as aforesaid, 
they have been at considerable Expence in searching for Lands 
whereon to make a second Pitch in lieu of the former, and have 
finally laid out a tract of Land on t^e Branches of Szuift River 
at a place called ^lobbin in Part, and eleven thousand thirty eight 
Acres to compleat their Grant they have platted on the West of 
Hatfield Town, praying the Lands contained in the said two Plats 
may be confirmed to the said JVarragansett Proprietors in satis- 
faction of their Grant, for the reasons mentioned. Read and the 
Question was put, Whither the -prayer of the Petition shall be 
granted ? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 



fMass. House Journal, Dec. 21, 1736.] 

The House entred into the Consideration of the private or par- 
ticular Petitions for Lands ; and on a motion made and seconded 
by divers Members thereon, Ordered, That the Lands set forth 
and described in the Plat of the Township called Number Four, 
at or near Amaskeeg Falls on Merrimack River, exclusive of for- 
mer Grants of Lands in the said Plat, be and are hereby separated 
to satisfy such Grants as shall be made to be taken up out of said 
Lands after which several of the said private Petitions were read 
and considered, and some whereof were by the House granted 
and allowed to have a share in the Lands set forth in said Plat 
Number Four, and others dismiss'd. 



112 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 22, 1736.] 

Then the House entred further into the Consideration of the 
Petitions of particular Persons for Lands, some of whom were ad- 
mitted into the JSfarragansett Township Number Four^ according 
to the Plat at An laskeeo- Falls, and others dismissed. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 12, 1736-7.] 

The House having gone through the Consideration of the private 
Petitions for Lands, passed the following Vote on those admitted 
into the JSfaj-ragansett Township Number Four so called near 
Amaskeeg Falls viz. In answer to the Petitions of yohn Checkley, 
Asher Rice, 'John Slackpole, yoscp/i Barilet, Benjamin ^linby, 
Isaac Parker, Ebenezer Haywood, 'John Munroe, John Smith, 
William German, Eleazer Davis, Richard Tozer, and Caleb 
Con ant : 

Ordered, That the said Petitions be so far granted as that the 
Petitioners have leave by a Surveyor and Chain-men on Oath to 
survey and lay out four thousand seven hundred forty five Acres 
of the Province Land North of and adjoining to the Narragansett 
Town Number Five the whole Length of said Town, and to 
bound Eastward on Merrimack River, the North bounds thereof 
to be parallel with the North bounds of said Narragansett Town, 
and return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve Months for 
Confirmation, each Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to be intitled to 
have and enjoy equal Shares, or One thirteenth part thereof; the 
first Division or Home Lotts to be laid out in a proper and defen- 
sible manner, and the future and after Divisions to be laid out as 
the Grantees or the major part of them at a regular Meeting assem- 
bled for that purpose shall agree upon ; provided the said Grantees 
do respectively wathin the space of three Years from the confirma- 
tion of the Plat build a dwelling House of eighteen feet square and 
seven feet stud at the least on his Home Lot and clear and fence 
in five Acres thereof, and well stock the same with English Grass 
or subdue it by plowing planting or sowing the same, and have a 
Family settled in said House within the said term of three Years, 
and that each of said Grantees give Bond to the Province Treasu- 
rer, or his Successors in the Sum of Twenty Pounds for the per- 
formance of the Conditions of his Grant, and in case any of the 



GOFFSTOWN. II3 

Grantees shall neglect to comply with the Conditions aforesaid, 
such Grantees Right or Share in said Land shall revert and belong 
to the Province as tho this Grant had not been made. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Grants to William Lund.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 17, 1734, and House Journal, Dec. 5, 

I734-] 

A Petition of William Lund shewing that in the Year 1724, 
being in the Service of the Province he was taken by the Indian 
Enemy and Carried into Captivity where he Suffered Great hard- 
ships and was obliged to pay a Great price for his Ransom and his 
Estate was much hurt & deminished in his Absence ; Therefore 
praying for some allowance from this Court, in Consideration of 
his Losses & Sufferings — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & in Answer to this petition, — 
Ordered^ that the pef have leave by a Surveyor & Chainmen on 
Oath to Survey and lay out four hundred Acres of the Unappro- 
priated Lands of the Province on the Westerly side of Merrimack 
River, Adjoining to one of the Narraganset Towns and Return a 
Plat thereof to this Court within Twelve months for Confirmation 
to the Pet^ his heirs and Assignes forever, on Condition that the 
Pet^ his heirs or Assignes bring forward the Settlement of two 
familys on the Granted premisses in all Respects as to Manner 
and time that the Narragansett Grantees or Familys are obliged 
to Settle their Grants — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

A Plat of four hundred Acres of Land laid out by James Cum- 
mings Surveyor and Chainmen on Oath, to fulfill a Grant made 
by the General Court to William Lund ; the said land lying a 
Cross Piscataqwag River ; being bounded as follows viz* begin- 
ing at the North East Corner of the Township laid out to John 
Simpson and others ; thence Runing East 2 deg. North one hun- 
dred & Sixty Rods to a Chesnutt tree marked, then South 3 deg. 



114 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



East four hundred Rods to a white pine tree Marked ; then West 
two Deg. South One hundred & Sixty Rods to said Township 



Line and a Stake and Stones 
first mentioned — 



thence on said line to the bounds 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. ii, p. 3, House Journal Jan. 26, and Court 
Records, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

In the House of Representatives Jan^^ 26. 1736. 

Read and Ordered That the plat be Accepted, and the Lands 
therein delineated and described be and hereby are Confirmed to 
the said William Lund his Heirs and Assigns for Ever he or they 
performing the Conditions of the Grant provided the plat exceeds 
not the quantity of ffbur hundred Acres of Land and does not 
interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^*" 

In Council Feb^'^ 3<i 1736. 

Read & Nonconcur'd Simeon Frost Dep^ Sec''^ 



[Mass. Maps & Plans, Vol. 11, p. 3.] 



h(.fC I^ yd y ** 7^ wf t o A t/c. 



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I the Subscriber together with Jerahmuel Cumings & William 
Heath as Chainmen Have Measured Survea3"ed & Laid out unto 
William Lund of Dunstable by vertu of a Grant Made by the 
Grat & General Cort foure hundred Acres of Land Lying a Cros 
Pescataquag River so Called Bounded as follows begining at the 



GOFFSTOWN. II5 

Northeast Corner of a Township Laid out to John Simson & 
others Then riming East two degrees north one hundred & Sixty 
Rod to a Chesnut tree Marked then the Line turns & Runs South 
three degrees East foure hundred Rod to a white pine tree Marked 
then the Line turns & Runs West two degrees South one hundred 
& Sixty Rod to S*^ Township Line & a Stake and Stones & from 
thence on s^ Township Line to the Bounds first Mentioned being 
y® Corner of S*^^ Township as May be Seen prict on this plan this 
23 day of October. 1736 

Survayed "^ James Cumings 

Jerathmiel Comings personally apeared and made oath before 
me the subscriber that he together with William Heath as Chain- 
men and James Comings Survayer Measured And Surveyed foure 
hundred Acres of Land Adjoyning on the easterly side of a Town- 
ship Granted to John Simson & others begining at the Northeast 
Corner of said Township and so extending foure hundred Rod on 
the east side of Said Township runing a Cros Pescataquag River 
being half a Mild In Wedth & is don according to my Best Skill 
& Judgment 

Suffolk ss December 3'' Jurat Coram me 

Samuel Sewall J Pacis 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 4.] 

William Heath personally Appeared and Made oath before me 
the Subscriber that he together with Jerathmiel Comings as Chain- 
men and James Comings Survayer Measured And Survayed foure 
hundred Acres of Land Adjoyning on the easterly side of a Town- 
ship Granted to John Simson & others begining at the northeast 
Corner of Said Township and so Extending foure hundred Rod 
on the east Side of Said Township from s^ Corner a Cros pescata- 
quag River being half a Mild wide and is don according to my 
best Skill & Judgement 

Essex, ss — Joshua Bayley Jus : Peace 

Decem"" y® 9*^ 1736 

James Comings personally Apeared and Made Oath before me 
the subscriber as Survayer together with Jerathmiel Comings and 
William Heath as Chainmen measured & Survayed foure hundred 
Acres of Land Adjoyning on the easterly side of a Township 
Granted to John Simson & others begining at the Northeast Cor- 
ner of Said township and so extending foure hundred Rod on the 



Il6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

east Side of Said Township runing a Cros Pescataqueg River 
being half a Mild in Wedth & is don According to my best Skill 
& Judgment 

Jurat Coram me Samuel Sewall J Pacis 

Suffolk ss December 3*^ 1736 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 13.] 

I the Subscriber together with Benjamin Smith and Tho^ Lund 
as Chainmen have layd out to M^ Will°^ Lund of Dunstable (Pur- 
suant to a grant Made him by the greate & Gen^ Court xr 1734) 
four hundred Acres of the unapropriated lands of the province on 
the Westerly Side Merrimack River adjoyning to the Narragansit 
township N°. 5. so Call'd) Lying About one mile and three Quar- 
ters from Merrimack River Joyning South by the s'* Narragansit 
township else where by Province Land the Bounds Course and 
length of line as '^ y® figure annexed Lay'd Down in a Scale of 
Sixty perch to an Inch '^ me James Cumings Survey^ 

May y® 3i*'' 1737 

[Reverse] 

Middlesex ss Dunstable June the first 1737. 

personally appearing before me the Subscriber one of his Maj- 
esties Justices of the peace Jame Cumings Surveyor & Benjamin 
Smith & Tho® Lund Chainmen and made Oath that in Surveying 
and measureing a Tract of four hundred Acres of y® unapropriated 
Lands of y® Province for M'' Will™ Lund, Agreeable to the plan 
herewith they Acted faithfully and Impartially in each of their 
trust 

Jurat Coram me Joseph Blanchard 



[Mass. Court Records, June 22, 1737, and House Journal, June 

10. I737-] 

A Plat of four hundred Acres of Land, laid out by James Cum- 
mings Survey'" and Chainmen on Oath, to fulfill a Grant made by 
this Court to William Lund lying on the Westerly Side of Merri- 
mack River Adjoining to the Narragansett Town Number five, 
about One Mile and three quarters from the River Joining South 
by the said Narragansett Town elsewhere on Province land — 



GOFFSTOWN. 



117 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 13, House Journal, June 10, 
and Court Records, June 22, 1737.] 

In the House of Representatives June lo**^ ^737 

Read and Ordered that the plat be accepted and the Lands 
therein delineated and described be & hereby are confirmed to the 
said William Lund his heirs and assigns for ever ; provided he or 
they perform the Conditions of the Grant and that the plat exceeds 
not the quantity of Four Hundred Acres of Land and does not 
interfere with any former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence 

J Quincy Sp^^ 

In Council June 23 1737 Read & Concur^ 

Simon Frost Dep* Sec^^' 

July I Consent*^ J Belcher 



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[Grant to Medford, Mass.] 
[Mass. Court Records, June 20, 1735.] 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of the Tow^n of Medford, Shewing 
that the said Town is of the Smallest Extent of any in the Prov- 
ince, and yet their Town Charges Extreemly high, so that the 



no CHARTER RECORDS. 

Maintenance of the Ministry & School is very Chargable to them ; 
and therefore praying for a Grant of some of the waste lands of 
the province, to be Appropriated for the Support of a Minister & 
Schoolmaster in the said Town — In the House of Represent^ 
Read & Ordered that the Prayer of the petition be so far Granted, 
as that the Town of Medford is hereby Allowed & Impovvred by a 
Survey'' & Chainmen on Oath to Survey & lay out One Thousand 
Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the Province, and Return 
a plat thereof to this Court within twelve months for confirmation, 
for the uses within mentioned — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 31, 1736.] 

A plat of one thousand Acres of land, laid out by Caleb Brook 
Survey^ and Chainmen on oath, to fulfill a Grant made by this 
Court to the Town of Medford, Bounded Southerly by a Tract of 
land laid out to the Grantees of the Township called Old Harrys 
town, westerly by province land Northerl}'^ & Easterly by Piscata- 
quoag River ; begining at a pitch pine tree at the Bank of said 
River about two Miles West of Merrimack River Marked M F, 
then Runing West by the Needle with the line of Mark'd trees 
Six hundred & Ninety three perch then North 15 deg. East to a 
Maple tree on the Bank of said Piscataquoag River four hundred 
perch then Runing with said River to the pitch pine first men- 
tioned — 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 13.] 

By Virtue of A Grant made by the Great & General Court, to 
y® town of Medford, I the Subscriber have Surveyed and Laid 
out, (with the Assistance of L*^ John Goffe and m^ Ephraim Bush- 
nail Chane-men), one thousand Acres of Land in the following 
manner (Viz) bounded Southerly by a tract of Land Laid out to 
the Grantees of y® town-Ship Called by the Name of Old Harry*^^ 
town Westerly by Province Land, Notherly and Easterly by 
Pescataquogg River, the lines begining att a pitch pine tree on 
the bank of S'* River (about two miles west of Merrimack River) 
Markt M F Then Running Due West by y® Nedle with a line of 



GOFFSTOWN. 



119 



Markt trees : 693 perch, then turning No 15 Degrees E to a Maple 
tree Standing on the bank of the Afores*^ Pescataquogg River 
Markt M F 400 perch, then turning and Running with s** Pescata- 
quogg River untill it Corns to y*' pitch pine first Mentioned which 
plan is Protracted by a Scale of 80 poles or perch, to one Inch 
June the 16'^ 1736 

By Me Caleb Brooks \ Survey'" 
In Surveying this farm there was Given one Chain in fifty for 
Broken Land and Sagg of Chain 

In the House of Representatives June 22*^ 1736 Read and Ordered 
That the plat be Accepted and the Lands therein delineated and 
described be & hereby are confirmed to the town of Medford in 
the County of Middlesex the better to enable them to support the 
ministry and keep a School in said town agreeable to the prayer 
of the petition of said town presented to the Court in June last, 
provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of One thousand Acres 
of Land, and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^'' 

In the House of Representatives Dec'" 22"^ 1736. 

Read again and the Question was put whither the plat shall be 
Accepted? It passed in the Negative 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol 




I20 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Maps and Plans, Vol. lo, p. 13, and Court Records, Dec. 31, 

1736.] 

In the House of Representatives December 29*^ 1736 

Read again and on a Motion made & seconded by divers Mem- 
bers the Qiiestion was put whither the House will reconsider their 
Vote above? Resolved in the affirmative, and Ordered that the 
plat be accepted and that the lands therein delineated and described 
be & are hereby Confirmed unto the town of Medford in the 
County of Mid^ the Better to Enable them to Support the Ministry 
And keep a School in s*^* Town Agreable to the prayer of S^ Town 
to the Court in June 1735 provided the plat exceeds not the Qiian- 
tity of One Thousand Acres of Land and does not Interfere w*'^ 
Any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quinc}'- Sp^"" 

In Council Decem''3i, 1736 

Read & Concur'd Simon Frost Dep* Sec^^ 

Janu''' I ; 1736/7 Consented to J Belcher 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 13.] 

Middlesex ss June: 18"^ 1736 

Personally appearing before me the Subscriber Calap Brooks 
Survayar John Goff and Ephra™ Busnall Chanmen mad oath that 
in the survayin and measuring a thousen acrs of Land Granted b}^ 
the Gene^ Cort to theTown of Medford thay did deal faithfoully 
and Impertially 

Eleazar Tyng jus* Peaces 



[Grant to Uxbridge, Mass.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Dec. i, 1736, and House Journal, Nov. 

30. 1736.] 

A petition of Robert Taft and others a Com*®® for the Town of 
Uxbridge praying that the Grant of five hundred Acres of Land 
made by this Court to the said Town may be taken up Else where 
than in the County of Worcester and Some longer time Allowed 
them for Returning the plat of the said Land 

In the House of Represent^ Read & Ordc?-cd that the pef'^ be 



GOFFSTOWN. 121 



Allowed and Impowred by a Survey'" and Chainmen on Oath to 
Survey and lay out the Grant within mentioned in any of the 
Unappropriated Lands of the province Adjoining to some Town- 
ship, and that they return a plat thereof to this Court Sometime in 
the next May Session for Confirmation to the Town of Uxbridge 



& their Assignes 



In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, April 20, 1738.] 

A Plat of five hundred Acres of Land surveyed and laid out by 
yames Chandler Surveyor, and two Chain-Men on Oath, to sat- 
isfy a Grant of this Court, as entred the 30/// oi November 1736, 
in Answer to a Petition oi Robert Toft and others, a Committee 
in behalf of the Town of Uxbridge, beginning at William Lund's 
Corner on the Narragansett Town Number Five, one hundred 
and ninety Rods to Mr. WiswaWs Farm West, then on said Farm 
two hundred Rods North to a Maple on said Farm, West seventy 
five Rods to a Hemlock, then North on Province Land two hun- 
dred Rods to a black Oak, then on Province Land East two hun- 
dred and eight Rods to a Stake and Stones, then South eight 
Degrees twenty Minutes East, four hundred and four Rods to the 
first mentioned Bounds, was presented for Allowance. Read and 
Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described, be and hereby are confirmed to the Town of 
Uxbridge and their Assigns, in full Satisfaction of the Grant within 
mentioned, provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of five hun- 
dred Acres of Land and does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, April 21, 1738.] 

A Plat of Five Hundred Acres of Land laid out by James Chan- 
dler Survey*' and Chain men upon Oath to fulfill a grant made by 
this Court to the Town of Uxbridge Beginning at Mr"^ Williams's 
long Corner on the Narraganset Township Number Five ; thence 
running One Hundred and ninety rods West, then on said Farm 
two hundred Rods North to a Maple ; then on said Farm West 
Seventy five rods to a Hemlock ; then North on Province Land 



122 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



two hundred rods to a Black Oak ; then on Province Lands East 
two hundred and eight rods to a Stake and Stones ; then South 
8' 2° East four hundred and four rods to the Bounds first men- 
tioned. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. 11.] 







[Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. 11.] 

This Plat Contains five Hundred Acres of Land which was 
Layed out to satisfie a Grant made to y*' town of Uxbridge in De- 
cember 1736 In considration of y® Grate Number of Bridges in 
said town — I have survayed y® same with y** Asistance m'" william 
Lund and Doct John Barret and Drawn this Plat By a scale of 
sixty perch to one Inch and one Chane in thirty allowed for Lose 
of mesur and sage of Chane Survayed Joneuary y® [torn] 1737 

by James Chandler Survear 



GOFFSTOWN. 



123 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. 11, and Court Records, April 21, 

1738.] 

In the House of Representatives April 20th 1738 Read and Or- 
dered That the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be & hereby are confirmed to the town of Uxbridge 
and their assigns in full satisfaction of the Grant within mentioned, 
provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of fiive hundred Acres 
of Land and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^'^' 

In Council April 21 1738 

Read and Concurrd J Willard Sec'ry 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. 11.] 

Middlesex ss January 13*^ i737 

Personally appearing before me the subscriber James Chandler 
survayor and w^ Lund and John Barrot Chanmen and made Oath 
in Survaying and measuring five hundred acres of Land Grantted 
by the Gen'^ Courtt to the Town Uxbredge they did deal faithfully 
and Impertially 

Eleazar Tyng jus* P 



[Grant to Peleg Wiswall.] 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 26, 1736-7.] 

A Petition of Mr. Peleg Wiswall of Boston^ Gentleman, pray- 
ing the Consideration of the Court on account of the publick Ser- 
vices and Sufferings of his Father the Reverend Mr. Ichabod 
Wiswall, for many reasons mentioned. Read and Ordered^ That 
the Petition be considered to morrow Morning. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 4, 1736-7, and House Journal, Jan. 

27. 1736-7-] 

A petition of Peleg Wiswall of Boston Gent° Praying for a Grant 
of province Land in Consideration of the Services and Sufferings 



124 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of his father the Rev"^ M'' Ichabod Wiswall dec'ed in the Cause of 
this Province — 

In the House of Represent^ Read And the matter being fully 
debated and Considered, In Answer to the petition, Voted That 
three hundred Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the province, 
Adjoining to some former Grant, be and hereby are given and 
granted to the heirs of the within named M"" Ichabod Wiswall 
dec'ed, their heirs and assignes ; and that they be allowed and 
Impowred by a Survey"^ and Chainmen on Oath to Survey and lay 
out the same and Return a plat thereof to this Court within Twelve 
Months for Confirmation Accordingly — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, June 2, 1737.] 

A Plat of three hundred Acres of Land laid out by 'James 
Chandler, Surveyor, and two Chain-men on Oath to satisfy a 
Grant of this Court in their last Session, to Mr. Peleg Wiszvall of 
Boston, and the other Heirs of their Father Mr. Ichabod Wisiuall, 
deceased, in Consideration of the Services and Sufferings of their 
said Father, bounded on the North Line of the Na7-ragansett 
Township Number Five, marked W, being the S. W. Corner of 
the Premisses, then North-two hundred Rods to a black Birch 
marked W, which is the N. W. Corner, then on a right Angle 
East two hundred and forty Rods to a Maple mark'd W, the North 
East Corner, then running a right Angle South two hundred Rods 
to a Stake and Stones in the North Line of said Nar7-agansett 
Town the South East Corner, then on a right Angle West twenty 
four Rods ; was presented for Allowance, Read and Ordered, 
That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and 
described, be and hereby are confirmed to the Heirs of the within 
named Mr. Ichabod Wiswall deceased, their Heirs and Assigns 
respectfully forever, in full satisfaction of the Grant within men- 
tioned, provided the Plat exceeds not the quantit}^ of three hun- 
dred Acres of Land, and does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



GOFFSTOWN. 



125 



[Mass. Court Records, June 10, 1737.] 



A plat of Three hundred Acres of Land laid out by James 
Chandler Survey"" and Chainmen on Oath to fulfill a Grant made 
by this Court to the heirs of M' Ichabod Wiswall dec'ed, begining 
at a Beach tree in the North line of the Narragansett Town N** 
five Marked with W which is the South West Corner of the prem- 
isses, thence Runing North by the Needle two hundred Rods to 
a black birch Tree Marked W, thence East tw^o hundred & forty 
Rods to a Maple tree Mark'd W, thence South two hundred Rods 
to a Stake & Stones in the North line of said Narragansett Town ; 
thence West two hundred & forty Rods to the place first men- 
tioned — 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 10.] 



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[Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 10.] 

This Plat Discribeth three hundred acres of Land Layed oute 
the Twenty third Day of may A D 1737 to satisfie a Grant of the 
Great and General Court the 4th of february Last to the heirs of 
the Reverand m"" Ichabod wiswall it Begineth at a Beach Tree 
standing in the north Line of the narraganset Township number 5 
marked with W which is the south west Corner of the Premises 
then the Line Runeth north by the nedle 200 Rods to a Black 
Birch Tree marked W which is the northwest Corner then Turn- 
ing a Right Angle Runing East 240 Rods to a maple Tree 
marked W which is the northeast Corner then Turning a Right 
Angle Runing south 200 Rods to a stake and stones in the north 
Line of said narraganset Township which is the south East Corner 



126 CHARTER RECORDS. 

then Turning a Right Angle Runing west 240 Rods in said nar- 
raganset Township north Line to whare it first began it boundeth 
south by the narraganset township above named and all other 
ways on Province Land thare is one Chain in thirty allowed for 
Lose in measurer Potracted by a scale of fifty Rods to an Inch 

by James Chandler surveyor 



fMaps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 10, and Court Records, June 10, 

I737-] 

In the House of Representatives June 2^ 1737 Read and Ordered 
that the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delineated & 
described be & hereby are Confirmed to the Heirs of the w*^in 
named M'" Ichabod Wiswell & to their heirs and assigns respec- 
tively for Ever in full satisfaction of the Grant within mentioned, 
provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of three hundred Acres 
of Land and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp'^^ 

In Council June 10, 1737. 

Read & Concur'd, Simon Frost Dep' Sec'^ 

July I Consented to, J Belcher 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 11, p. 10.] 

Middlesex ss. Dunstable may y® 21** i737 

Personally Appearing James Chandler Surveyor, Joseph Dud- 
ley & Benjamin Davis Chainmen And made Oath that in Survey- 
ing and measureing a Tract of Land of three Hundred Acres 
granted by y® Gen" Court of this Province to the Heirs of the Rev^ 
M'' Ichabod Wiswall, they would Act faithfully And Impartially 
According to their best Skill & Judgment 

Jurat coram me Joseph Blanchard Justis. Pacis 



GROTON [OLD GRANT]. 

[This territory is now occupied principally by the towns of Mason and Wilton. 
See papers cited under those towns ; Boundary Lines of Old Groton, Granite 
Monthly, Vol. 7, p. 278, and Vol. 9, p. 52.] 



GROTON. 127 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 12, 1734.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee appointed the 2^th. ult. to 
consider the Petition of Benjamin Prescot, Esq ; in behalf of the 
Proprietors of Groton, made report, which was read and accepted, 
and in answer to this Petition, Voted, That a Grant of ten thou- 
sand eight hundred acres of the Lands lying in the Gore between 
Dunstable and Townshend, be and hereby is made to the Propri- 
etors of the Town of Groton, as an equivalent for what was taken 
from them by Littleton and Coyachus or Willard's Farm (being 
about two acres and an half for one) and is in full satisfaction 
thereof, and that the said Proprietors be and hereby are allowed 
and impowred by a Surveyor and Chain-men on Oath to survey 
and lay out the said ten thousand eight hundred acres in the said 
GorCy and return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve months 
for confirmation to them their heirs and assigns respectively. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. i, 1735-6.] 

A Petition of Benjamin Prescot Represent^ of the Town of Gro- 
ton [Mass.] in behalf of the said Town, Shewing that the original 
Grant of the said Town was for the quantity of Six Miles Square 
that altho a plat was taken yet it never was Confirmed till the Year 
1717 which was after the Town of Littleton [Mass.] was Granted 
which took 3000 Acres from Groton ; & Willards & Reads farm, 
lying within the bounds of Groton took of about 1300 Acres more 
so that the Proprietors of Groton have 4300 Acres of land less 
than they ought to have According to their Original Grant And 
therefore praying that this Court would Grant to the Proprietors 
of the Undivided Lands in Groton a Gore of Province Land lying 
between Dunstable & Townshend or some other Land as an 
Equivalent for what is taken from them as aforesaid — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & in Answer to this petition 
Voted That a Grant of Ten thousand Eight hundred Acres of 
land lying in the Gore between Dunstable and Townshend be and 
hereby is made to the Propriet'"^ of the Town of Groton as an 
Equivalent for what was taken from them by Littleton & Coyacus 
or Willards farm being about two Acres & an half for one, & is in 
full Satisfaction thereof & that the said Proprietors be & hereby 
are Allowed &. Impowred by a Survey'^ &. Chain men on Oath to 



128 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Survey & lay out the said Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Acres in 
the Gore, and Return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve 
months for Confirmation to them their heirs and assignes forever. — 
In Council Read & Nonconcurr'd 



\^Memorial of Groton.~\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 243, p. 39.] 

Province of y® X"^^ ^^^ Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq'" 

Massachusetts Bay > Cap* General & Governor in Chief in & 
over his Majesties Province of y® Massachusetts Bay to the Hon^^^ 
Council And House of Representatives in General Court assembled 
March 24^" 1735- 

The Memorial of Benjamin Prescott Representative of the Town 
of Groton in behalf of y® Proprietors of s'^ Town Humbly Sheweth 

That the Great & General Court in April Last past were pleased 
to Grant to y^ Said Proprietors of Groton Ten Thousand and 
Eight Hundred Acres of Land in the Gore between Dunstable & 
Townshend and order that the said Proprietors by a Surveyor and 
Chainmen on Oath Lay out y® Same and return a plat thereof 
within Twelve months for Confirmation Which has been Done 
Accordingly As by the Surveyors Return and Plat Discribed by 
the prickt Lines, herewith exhibited Appears Which Plat Inter- 
feres with the plat Exhibeted in behalf of y® Town of Ipswich, 
Accepted by your Exelency & Honours, and there not being Left 
a Sufficient Quantity of Land to Satisfye Said Grant The Commit- 
tee for the Town of Ipswich have Consented That the Course of 
their Easterly Line from Townshend north Corner Shall be North 
21 Degrees East instead of North Thirty four Degrees East pro- 
vided they may be Allowed to Take up an equivalent in Land 
adjo3ming to their West Line for what will be Taken oft' by Such 
an alteration Agreeable thereto Your memorialist caused the plat 
of y® Said Gore Taken by John Stevens Surveyor to be Altered and 
Reformed as Discribed by y** black Drawn Lines ; which Contains 
an equal Quaintity of Land to what is Contained within the Prickt 
Lines viz* Eleven Thousand Eight Hundred Acres as appears by 
the Said plat Which Plat of the Gore So altered and Reformed 
Your Memorialist most Humbly prays Your Exelency & Honours 
would be pleased to accept ; and Confirm the Land therein Dis- 



GROTON. 



129 



cribed and Contained (Except one thousand Acres belonging To 
y® Town of Cambridge formerly Layed out) To y® Proprietors of 
y® Town of Groton their heirs & assigns Respectively, According to 
their Several Interests forever and That the Com*^® for Ipswich be 
Im powered to Lay out an equivalent on their West Line for what 
will be Taken off by the alteration of their East Line as afores'^ 
And Your Memorialist as bound In Duty shall ever pray &c 

Benj'* Prescott 
In the House of Representatives March 25"* 1736 — 
Read and Ordered that the prayer of the Memorial be Granted, 
and the Committee for the New township granted to some of the 
Inhabitants of Ipswich are hereby allowed to lay out an Equivalent 
on the West Line of the said new township Accordingly 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp'^ 

Province of the ) To his Exelency Jonathan Belcher Esq^ 
Massachusetts Bay ^ Cap* General & Governor in Chief &c 
The Hon^'^ Council & Hon^^® House of Representatives in General 
Court Assembled June 3*^ 1736. — 

The Subscriber Agent for the proprietors of the Town of Groton 
&c Humbly prays the within memorial may be revived & Granted 
And as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Benj'* Prescott 

In the House of Representatives June 4*'^ 1736, Read and 
Ordered that the prayer of the memorial be granted, and in 
Answer thereto Ordered that the Committee for the new township 
granted to Some of the Inhabitants of Ipswich are hereby allowed 
to lay out an Equivalent on the West line of the said New town- 
ship Accordingly 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp^'^' 

In Council June 18. 1736 

Read and Concurrd Simon Frost Dep* Sec*^ 

22 : Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, March 25, 1736.] 

A Plat of eleven thousand eight hunred acres of Land (whereof 
one thousand was formerly laid out to the Town of Cambridge) 
laid out by yohn Stevens Surveyor and two Chain men on Oath, 
to satisfy a Grant of ten thousand eight hundred acres of Land 
made by this Court to the Proprietors of the Town of Groton in 



130 CHARTER RECORDS. 

April last, as the same is reformed, was presented for allowance. 
Read and Ordered, That the said Plat as reformed and altered by 
"Jonas Houghton Surveyor be and hereby is accepted, and the 
Lands therein delineated and described (excepting the said one 
thousand acres belonging to Cambridge School Farm and therein 
included) be and hereby are confirmed to the Proprietors of the 
Town of Groton their heirs and assigns respectively for ever, ac- 
cording to their several Interests ; provided the same do not inter- 
fere with any former Grant of this Court, nor exceeds the quantity 
of eleven thousand eight hundred acres ; and the Committee for 
the Town of Ipswich are allowed and impowred to lay out such 
quantity of Land on their West Line as is equivalent to what is 
taken of their East Line as aforesaid, and return a Plat thereof to 
this Court within twelve months for confirmation, and all Oar and 
Mines except Iron within the Land taken out of the Plat of the 
Township granted to some of the Inhabitants of the Town of Ips- 
wich aforesaid be and hereby is reserved to the said Grantees of 
Ipszvich their assigns as well as heirs respectively for ever. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

Which accompanied a Memorial of Benjamin Prescot, Esq ; 
Representative of the Town of Groton, in behalf of the Proprie- 
tors of said Town, shewing that the Court in April last, were 
pleased to grant the said Proprietors ten thousand eight hun- 
dred acres of Land in the Gore between Dunstable & Townshend, 
and order that the said Proprietors by a Surveyor and Chain men 
on Oath lay out the same and return a Plat thereof within twelve 
inonths for confirmation, which they had done accordingly, as ap- 
pears by the Plat described by the prick'd Lines, which Plat inter- 
fered with the Plats some of the Inhabitants of the new Township 
oi Ipswich accepted, there not being left a sufficient quantity of 
Land to satisfy said Grant, the Committee, for the Town of Ips- 
■wich have consented that the Course of their Easterly line from 
Tozunshend North Corner shall be North twenty one degrees East 
instead of North thirty four degrees East, provided they may be 
allowed to take up an equivalent in Land adjoining to their West 
Line to what shall be taken off" by such alteration, that agreeable 
thereto the Memorialist had caused the said Plat taken by the said 
Joiin Stevens to be altered and reformed by the black drawn 
Lines &c. praying the same might be accepted, and the Commit- 
tee for Ipswich be impowred to lay out an Equivalent on their 
West Line &c. Read and Ordered, That the prayer of the Me- 
morial be granted, and the Committee for the new Township 



GROTON. 



131 



granted to some of the Inhabitants of Ipszvich, are hereby allowed 
to lay out an Equivalent on the West Line of the said new Town- 
ship accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 4, 1736.] 

A Petition of Benjamin Prescot, Esq : Representative of the 
Town of Groton, and in behalf of the Proprietors there, praying 
that the Votes of the House on his Memorial, and a Plat of ten 
thousand eight hundred acres of Land lately granted to the said 
Proprietors, as entred the 25///. of March last, may be revived 
and granted, for the reasons mentioned. Read and Ordered, 
That the prayer of the Petition be granted, and further that the 
within Plat as reformed and altered by yonas Houghton Surveyor, 
be and hereby is accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and 
described (excepting the said one thousand acres belonging to 
Cambridge School Farm and therein included) be and hereby are 
confirmed to the Proprietors of the Town of Groton their heirs 
and assigns respectively for ever, according to their several Inter- 
ests ; provided the same do not interfere with any former Grant of 
this Court, nor exceeds the quantity of eleven thousand eight hun- 
dred Acres ; and the Committee for the Town oi Ipswich are allow- 
ed and impowred to lay out such quantity of Land on their West 
Line as is equivalent to what is taken off their East Line as afore- 
said, and return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve months 
for confirmation, and all Oar and Mines except Iron within the 
Land taken out of the Plat of the Township granted to some of the 
Inhabitants of the town oi Ipszvich aforesaid, be and hereby is re- 
served to the said Grantees of Ipswich, their assigns as well as 
heirs respectively for ever. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

And in answer to the said Memorial of the said Benjamin Pres- 
cot, Esq ; Ordered, That the prayer of the Memorial be granted, 
and the Committee of the new Township granted to some of the 
Inhabitants of Ipswich are hereby allowed to lay out an Equiva- 
lent on the Western Line of the said new Township accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



132 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, June 15, 1736.] 

A Memorial of Benj^ Prescott Esq"^ Represent* of the Town of 
Groton in behalf of the Proprietors there, praying that the Votes 
of the House on his Memorial & a plat of Ten Thousand Eight 
Hundred Acres of Land, lately Granted to the said Proprietors, as 
Entred in the House the 25 of March last, may be Revived and 
Granted, The bounds of which Tract of Land as Mentioned on the 
said Plat are as follows viz* ; begining at the North West Corner 
of Dunstable at Dram Cup hill by Sohegan River, and Runing 
South in Dunstable line last Perambulated and Run by a Com*®® of 
the General Court, two Thousand One hundred & fifty two poles 
to Townshend line, there making an Angle, and Runing West 
^li Deg. North on Townshend line & province Land Two Thou- 
sand and Fifty Six poles to a Piller of Stones then turning and 
Running by Province Land 31 2 deg North two Thousand & forty 
Eight poles to Dunstable Corner first Mentioned 

In the House of Represent** Read & Ordered that the prayer of 
the Memorial be Granted, and further that the within Plat as Re- 
formed and Altered by Jonas Houghton Survey'" be and hereby is 
Accepted and the Lands therein Delineated and Described (Ex- 
cepting the said One Thousand Acres belonging to Cambridge 
School Farm and therein included) be and hereby are Confirmed 
to the Proprietors of the Town of Groton their heirs and Assignes 
Respectivly forever. According to their Several Interests ; Provid- 
ed the same do not Interfere with any former Grant of this Court 
nor Exceeds the Qiiantity of Eleven thousand Eight hundred 
Acres And the Committee for the Town of Ipswich are allowed 
and Impowred to lay out such quantity of Land on their West line 
as is Equivalent to what is taken oft' their East line as aforesaid, 
and Return a plat thereof to this Court within twelve Months for 
Confirmation — 

In Council Read^& Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 

And in Answer to the said Memorial of Benj" Prescott Esq'" — 

In the House of Represent* Ordered that the prayer of the Me- 
morial be Granted and the Com'®" for the New Township Granted 
to some of the Inhabitants of Ipswich, are hereby Allowed to lay 
out an Equivalent on the West line of the said New Township Ac- 
cordingly — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



GROTON. 133 

\_Pclifiou of Prop}'ictors of Groton for Eqiiivalent Gj-ant^ lyyi.'] 
[Mass. Archives, "V^ol. 118, p. 532.] 

Province of the > To his Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq"^ 
Massachusetts-Bay 5 Capt General & Governour in Cheife in & 
Over the S*^ Province and to the Hon^** His Majesties Councel and 
house of Representatives in General Court Assembled at Cam- 
bridge June 1771 Humbly Shews — 

That The Great & General Court of this Province Did in April 
1735 make a grant of Ten thousand and Eight Hundred Acres of 
Land Lying to the North of Townshend to the Proprietors of the 
Town of Groton as an Equivolent for What was Taken from Them 
by Littleton & Major Willards & Reeds Farms, Which were Prior 
Grants : and also as a Compensation for the great Loss & Damage 
Sustained by the Inhabitants of S*^ Groton in the former Indian 
Warrs, whereby the Inhabitants were (After Twenty years Settle- 
ment) wholly Drove off and their Buildings Destroyed by Fire, 
Besides many of the said Inhabitants Being Killed and Others 
Captivated &c. And After the Town was Resettled they Did Build 
Fortifications at their Own Cost and Charge and Did as much 
Service in their own & Defence of the Province as the Soldiers 
that were Imployed and Paid by the Province 

That the Said Proprietors have Since been Intirely Dispossessed 
of the Ten thousand Eight hundred Acres of Land afores'^ by the 
Running of the Province Line Notwithstanding they had been at 
Very great Expence of time and money in Gitting Said Order of 
Court Confirmed and bringing forward the Settlement of S^^ Land : 
So that they Have been Plunged into Greater Difficulties instead 
of Receiving an Equivolent for Prior Grants or a Compensation 
for their Sengular Sarvices and Extream Sufferings in the Prov- 
ince — 

Therefore Your Petitioners in behalf of y® Proprietors afores*^ 
most Earnestly pray your Excellency & Honours Would take their 
Sengular Case into your Wise Consideration & make them the 
Said Proprietors and Adequate Grant of Some of the Unappropri- 
ated Lands in the Western Part of this Province And the Only 
Reasions we have Delayed Petitioning to this Hon^' Court for a 
Releife before was in Hopes of the Province Line Being Altered to 
its former Boundes again &c Or otherwise Grant us Such Releife as 



134 CHARTER RECORDS. 

you may think Proper — And Your Petitioners as in Duty bound 

Shall Ever Pray — 

Tosiah Sartell ") ^^ v^. r ^u 

•{ , r> n 1 f Committee lor the 
ohn Bulklev > -r> • , r r- ^ 

Nath" Parker ) Proprietors of Groton 

In The House of Representitives June — 1771 

On The Petition of Josiah Sartell and Others a Com**® for The 
Proprietors of Groton — Whereas it Appears to This Court That 
The Proprietors afores*^^ Had a Grant Made to Them by The Gen- 
eral Court in April 1735 of Ten Thousand Eight Hundred Acers 
of Land In Consideration of Land Taken from S'^ Groton by Lit- 
tleton Maj'^' Willard and Reads farms being Prior Grants and for 
their Extraordinary Suffering in the former Indian Warrs and in 
June 1736 Said Grant was Confirmed to Said Proprietors Sence 
Which time the Said Prop'"^ Have been Intirely Dispossed of Said 
Land by the late Runing of y® Line Between this Province and 
New Hampshire and Whereas it Appears there has Been no Com- 
pensation made to the Said Prop^'® of Groton for y® Lands Lost as 
afores'' Excepting Three thousand Acers Granted in November 
Last to James Prescott William Prescott & Oliver Prescott for their 
Proportion Thereof — Therefore Resolved In Leiu thereof there be 
Granted to the Proprietors of Groton their Heirs and Assigns for 
Ever Seven Thousand and Eight Hundred Acers of the unappro- 
priated Lands Belonging to this Province in y*^ Western part of y® 
Province to be Layed out Adjoyning to Some former Grant and 
that they Return a Plan thereof Taken by a Survayor and 
Chainmen under Oath Into y*^ Secretarys office Within Twelve 
Months for Confirmation &c — 

Sent up for Concurrence T Cushing Spk"^ 

In Council June i3*''-i77i — 

Read & Nonconcurred Jn° Cotton D. Secr'y 

In Council June 20"' 1771 — 

Read again, reconsidered, and Concurred 

Tho' Flucker Sec* 

Consented to Hutchinson 



HAMPTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Winnicininet, March 3, 1635. The name was 
changed to Hampton, Sept. 4, 1639. Hampton Falls was set ofif as a parish and 
incorporated Nov. 23, 1726. North Hill Parish was set off and incorporated as 
North Hampton, Nov. 26, 1742. 



HAMPTON. 135 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 331 ; 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 99; Index to Laws, 226; Farmer's Belknap's His- 
tory of New Hampshire, chaps, i and 2, d seq.; An Historical Address, by Joseph 
Dow, 1838, pub. 1839, PP- 43! historical manuscripts, by E. W. Toppan, in 
possession of Christopher G. Toppan, of Hampton ; History, now in press, by 
Joseph Dow ; papers relating to the town, in appendix of this volume ; historical 
sketch, compiled from Toppan manuscripts, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 
1882, p. 317. Consult authorities cited under titles, Dover, Exeter, Gosport, New 
Castle, and Portsmouth.] 



[Mass. Court Records, March 3, 1635.] 

Ordered, that there shalbe a plantac'on setled at wenicunnett & 
that m"" Dummer & m"" John Spencer shall have power to presse 
men to builde a howse forthw*^ in some convenient place, & what 
money they lay out aboute it shalbe repaide them againe out of the 
Tresury or by those that come to inhabite there./ 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov 2, 1637.] 

The inhabitants of Neweberry, haveing bene moved to leave their 
plantation, they have graunted them winnacunnet, or any other 
plantation upon Merrimack below the first falls, & to have sixe 
miles square, & those that are now inhabitants, & shall remove 
w^'^in one yeare, shall have three years immunity (as Concord 
hath) the three years begining the first of the first month next. 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 6, 1638.] 

The Court grants that the petitioners m'^ Steven Bachiler, 
Christo : Hussey, Mary Hussey, vidua, Thom : Crumwell, Samu- 
ell Skullard, John Osgood, John Crosse, Samu : Greenfeild, John 
Molton, Tho : Molton, Willi : Estow, Willi : Palmer, Willi : Ser- 
gant, RichM Swayne, Willi : Sanders, Rob't Tucke w"' diverse 
others, shall have libertie to begin a plantation at Winnacunnet ; 
& m'^' Bradstreete, m"" Winthrope Junior, & m'^ Rawson, or some 
two of them are to assist in setting out the place of the towne, & 
apportioning the severall quantity of land to each man, so as 



136 CHARTER RECORDS. 



nothing shalbee done therein w'^'^out alowance from them, or 2 of 
them./ 



[Mass. Court Records, May 22, 1639.] 

Winnacunnet is alowed to bee a towne, & hath power to choose 
a Cunstable, & other officers, & make orders, for the well order- 
ing of their towne, & to send a Deputy to the Court, & Christo : 
Hussey, Willi : Palmer, & Rich'^d Swaine to end all businesses 
under 20 sh^ for this yeare. the laying out of land to bee by those 
expressed in the former order 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 4, 1639.] 
Winnacunnet shalbee called Hampton./ 



[Mass. Court Records, May 6, 1657.] 

whereas the lands & proprieties of the Honnored Cap* wiggins 
hath not hitherto binn brought w*^in the limitts of any Toune nor 
binn liable to pay taxes & Assessments as other the Honored 
magistrates have donne It is therefore Ordered bv this Court that 
henceforth the now dwelling hovvse of the said Capt" Wiggin 
together w*^ the lands and proprieties thereunto Apperta3'ning shall 
belong to the towne of Hampton and by the selectmen of the said 
Toune to be Assessed in all rates according to lawe any Custome 
or usage to the Contrary notwithstanding & y* for the time past he 
allow only the somme of five pounds to the publicke Treasury : 



HANCOCK. 

[Originally a part of Society La)id. Incorporated Nov. 5, 1779, and named in 
honor of John Hancock. Joseph Putnam's farm was taken from Society Land and 
annexed to Hancock Jan. 16, 1794. John Flint's farm was taken from Antrim and 
annexed Jan. i, 1849. 



HANCOCK. 137 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 759; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 152; Index 
to Laws, 227; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
p. 350; History, 1764 to 1889, by William W. Hayward, 1889, pp. 1,070.] 



[Grant to Green, Walker, Lyde, and Green.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Vol. 17, Misc. p. 221, and Maps and Plans 

Vol. 35, p. 25.] 

June 1740. Then surveyed for Mess""^ Joseph Green & Isaac 
Walker Merchants, Byfield Lyde Esq'' and John Green Merchant, 
Eight thousand five hundred & seventy five Acres of Land lying 
on the South branch of Contookock River taking in said River, 
and Lyeth on the North side of a Township laid out to Samuel 
Harwood & Others, known by the name of Peterborough and buts 
South on it, which is laid out to satisfy a Grant of the Great and 
General Court made to the abovesaid Persons 10 January 1739 — 
to make to them an Equivalent for Lands by them respectively 
surrendered to the Government, lying in upper Housatannock, in 
Order to accommodate the Indian Town now Called Stockbridge. 

It began at Beech Tree the south West corner of said Tract of 
Land standing in the North line of said Peterborough Township 
about half a Mile West from the River, said Tree being marked 
with the Letter A, from thence it ran North by a line of Marked 
Trees 1920 Perch to the north west corner, being a Stake and heap 
of Stones, marked with the Letter B, from thence it ran East by a 
line of Marked Trees nine hundred and Sixty Perch crossing the 
River to a White Pine the North East corner marked with the 
Letter C, from thence it ran fourteen degrees West by a line of 
marked trees Eight hundred and eighty Perch to a Maple tree, 
from thence it ran East forty Perch to a poplar Tree Marked, from 
thence it ran South fourteen degrees West Eleven hundred and 
twenty b}'^ a line of marked trees to a Stake & Stones in said Peter- 
borough line being the South East corner marked with the Letter 
D, and from thence it runs West with said Township, by a line of 
marked trees 520 Perch to where it began. 

In the lines above described there is allowed four hundred and 
fifty Acres for sagg of chain and a Pond. The tract of Land 
described is bounded North, West, and East on unappropriated 

Lands. 

■^ Joseph Wilder Jun^' Survey'^ 



138 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Worcester ss : June 14, 1740. — 

Then Jacob Wilder and Joseph Osgood appearing made Oath 
that in surveying the above described Tract of Land they faithfully 
performed the service of Chainmen according to the best of their 
skill and Judgment. — before me 

Sami Willard Just. Pe^ 
Massachusetts Bay ss. June 17**^ 1740 — 

Then the aforenamed Joseph Wilder appearing made Oath that 
in surveying the above said tract of Land he faithfully performed 
the duty of a Surveyor without favor or Affection according to the 
best of his Skill and Judgment. 

Before me. Joseph Wilder Justice y® Peace 

In the House of Representatives June 18, 1740 — Read and 
Ordered, that the Plat be accepted and the lands herein delineated 
and described be and hereby are contirmed to the said Joseph 
Green, Isaac Walker, Byfield Lyde and John Green, their Heirs 
and Assigns — Provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of the 
Grant and does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence 

In Council July 18, 1740 Read & Concurred 

Consented to J. Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 35, p. 25.] 




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HENNIKER. I39 

HENNIKER. 

[This town was N'liinber 6 in the line of towns from Merrimack* to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. As some of the grantees came 
from Marlborough, Mass., it was sometimes called New Marlborough, or Marl- 
borough Town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, July 16, 1752, to Andrew 
Todd and others, and sometimes called TodiVs-tow^i. Incorporated as Henniker, 
Nov. 10, 1768, and named in honor of John Henniker, M. P. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 189; Index to Laws, 235; History, from 
1735 to 1880, by Leander W. Cogswell, 1880, pp. 807; historical sketch, Hurd's 
History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 340.] 



[^Petition of Prof victors of Henniker for Equivalent Grants 777./.] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 757-] 

Province of the ) To His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq"^" 
Massachusetts-Bay \ Captain General & Commander in chief In 
& over s*^ Province 

To the Honourable His majesties Council & To the Honourable 
House of Representatives in general Court assembled January 26"' 
1774 

The Petition of the Subscriber in behalf of ourselves and others 
Grantees of the Township Number Six in the Line of Towns 
humbly Sheweth 

That the Great & General Court of the Province at their Session 
A D 1735 Granted a Township of the Contents of Six Miles 
square being Number Six In the Line of Towns between Connect- 
icutt & Merrimack Rivers that the Grantees were at very consid- 
erable Expence in clearing Roads Building Mills &c in said 
Township, that by the late running of the Line Between this Gov- 
ernment & the Government of New Hampshire the said Township 
was taken into the said Goverement of New-Hampshire, & your 
Pet"^ and their associates have lost their whole Interest therein 
together with the money Expended in bringing forward the Settle- 
ment of said Township 

your Petitioners therefore most humbly request that your Excel- 
lency & Honours would in your known wisdom & Justice Grant to 
your Petitioner & the other Grantees and Proprietors of s'^ Town- 
ship Number Six in Lieu thereof a Township in some of the unap- 
propriated Land in the Eastward Part of this Province or otherwise 



140 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Relive your Petitioner as your Excellency & Hon'^' In your Wis- 
dom shall think proper & your Petitioner as in Duty bound shall 
ever pray 

John Gardner 
Stephen Maynard 
Seth Rice 
[In answer to this petition, the General Court granted the peti- 
tioners the township of Waterford, Me., Feb. 24, 1774.] 



HILLSBOROUGH. 

[This town was Number 7 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by the Masonian 
Proprietors, Jan. 26, 1748-9, to John Hill and others, and named in honor of Col. 
John Hill. Incorporated Nov, 14, 1772. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 379 ; 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 203 ; Index to Laws, 241 ; Annals, from first settle- 
ment to 1841, by Charles James Smith, 1841, pp. 72; sketch, by Frank H. 
Pierce, i, Granite Monthly, p. 369; historical sketch, by Harry Brickett, 
Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1886, p. 391.] 



\_Petttion of Sanmcl Brown fo7- Equivalent Grant, lySS.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. ^-o-li 

To His Exelency Francis Barnard Esq"" Captain General & Com- 
mander in Cheif in & Over his Majesties Province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay the Honourable the Council and House of Represen- 
tatives in General Court Assembled Jan^ 1768 

The petition of Samuel Brown of Stockbridge Humbly Sheweth 
That Whereas the General Assembly of this province Some Time 
before the Year A. D 1739 Granted to the people of Plymouth a 
Township of Land Called N*' 7, in the Line of Towns. Since Called 
by the Name of Hillsburg which Township was Since Sold to Coll. 
John Hills & Gershom Keyes than of Boston b}' Said Granttees, & 
Hills & Keyes afore Sd became Obliged to Do the Duty of Settle- 
ment in Sd Township as Injoynd by the General Assembly as the 
Condition of Sd Grant in pursueance whereof Said Hills & Keyes 
Soon after built a meetting house & mill or mills in Sd Township 



HILLSBOROUGH. I4I 

& also Gave a Considerable part of Sd Township to a proper Num- 
ber of persons to go on & Setle the Same according the Courts act 
whereby the whole Duty of Settlement was Securd to be Done & 
Save the Remaing part of Sd Lands of Sd Township free of 
Charges after which (viz) in the year A. D 1739, your Petitioner 
in Consideration of the afore mentioned things Respeting the Set- 
tlement of Sd Township being Done & also Esteeming the Grant 
of General Court a Good Title, Your Petitioner Purchas'^ One 
Thousand Acres of land in Sd Township of Sd Keyes as being free 
of Duty at the Price of £500 Cash in hand of the than Currancy of 
the province and Soon after Sold the Same for £550. the same Cur- 
rancy and warranted the Same, but Since that time the line between 
the Province & Newhampshire being Setled. Sd Township by Sd 
Line is Taken from this province & InCluded in Newhampshire 
and although Some part of Sd Township has been Released to 
Sundry Persons, by the proprietors of Newhampshire. Yet they 
uterly Refuse to Release any to 3-our petitioner, but hold that Indi- 
vidual Tract of land of one Thousand Acres afoementioned 
from your petitioner although full & proper Application has 
been made therefor, wherefore your petitioner is Damaged the 
Valine of £550. as afoe sd & now Obliged to pay y® Same with 
Sink of money & Interest to this time & Till it be paid which to 
this time by the Computation of one of our prinsaple Gentleman 
in the Law amounts to the Sum of more than Two thousand 
pounds old Tennor, wherefore Your Petitioner Humbly Prays Your 
Exelency & Honnours would be pleased to take your petitioners 
Case into your wise & Juditious Consideration & Grant to him an 
Equivalent in lands in the Western part of the province or Some 
other way make up to your petitioner his Damages as in your Great 
wisdom & Goodness Your Exelency & honnours Shall think fitt and 
your Petitioner as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray &c 

Sam Brown 

In the House of Representatives Febr 3 1768 

It Appearing by a Report of a Com*^® of this Court made in the 
year 1765 Accepted by the House & Concurred by the Hon''^® Board 
tho not Signed by his Excels the Governor there was allowed to 
Col" Hill & others Seventeen Hundred Acres of Land for land Lost by 
running the line of New Hampshire A Thousand Acres part thereof 
of right belongs to the pef^ Sam^ Brown. Therefore Resolved that 
there be granted to the S*^ Sam^ Brown his heirs & assigns One 
thousand Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the province lying 
in the County of Hampshire or Berkshire to be laid out in one 



142 CHARTER RECORDS. 

peice adjoining to some former Grant and that he return a plan 
thereof In twelve months for Confirmation 

Sent up for Concurrence T Cushing Spk"^ 

In Council FebJ" 4*^^ 1768— 

Read & Concurred Jn" Cotton D. Secr'y 

Consented to Fra. Bernard 



HINSDALE. 

[This town was included in the original grant of Northfield, Mass. Incorporated 
as Hindsdale, Sept. 3, 1753, and named in honor of Col. Ebenezer Hindsdale. Sep- 
tember 26, 1753, the Governor decided that the east line should extend to Chester- 
field, thus taking off a portion of Winchester. On the establishment of the State 
of Vermont and the final determination of its jurisdiction, the town lost all of its 
territory west of the Connecticut. 

See New Hampshire charters following ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 382; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 398,400, as to participation in movement for 
union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 212; Index to Laws, 
242; historical sketch, by J. M. Stebbins, Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 
1886, p. ■iSl-'\ 



[Mass. House Journal, July 4, 1727.] 

On a Memorial of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of the Town 
oi Northfield, praying, that as there has never yet been any Lines 
and Boundaries of their Town run and setled and returned to this 
Court for Confirmation, and as they have lately been at the Cost 
and Charge of a Surveyor and Chain-Men on Oath to Survey the 
same according to the Grants of this Court, that the Lands contained 
within the Lines of the Plat protracted as aforesaid and Exhibited 
with the Petition, may be Confirmed to them, for the Reasons men- 
tioned, which was Read and Accepted, and Ordc?'ed, That Col. 
Stoddard, Mr. Gunn, and Mr. Wright, be a Committee at the 
Charge of the Petitioners, to run the Lines of the Town oi North- 
field by a skilful Surveyor and Chain-men on Oath agreable to 
the several Grants made by this Court to the said Town, and 
return a Plat thereof to the Court in their next Fall Session for 
Confirmation. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



HINSDALE. 143 

[Mass. House Journal, July 6, 1727.] 

Theofhilus Btirrell Esq ; brought down the Memorial of the 
Proprietors and Inhabitants of the Town of JVortkJield, with the 
Vote of the House thereon, as entred the ^th. Currant, Pass'd in 
Council, viz. In Council yiily jth. 1727. Read and Concurr'd, 
The Survey of the first Grant of Eight Miles Square to begin at the 
East side of the River at the lower end of the Three little Meadows, 
and so to extend Eight Miles up the River. Sent down for Con- 
currence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 22, 1733.] 

A Plat of the Township of Northfeild in the County of Hamp- 
shire taken by Tim° Dwight Esq^ Survey^' — In the House of Rep- 
resent^'*'* Read & Voted that the within plat protracted by Tim° 
Dwight Survey^' be Accepted, & the Lands therein contained, con- 
firmed to the Town of Northfeild saving that on the East Side of 
Connecticut River they shall begin their Measure in laying out 
their first Grant at the lower End of the three little Meadows & 
from thence measure Eight Miles up Connecticut River, agreable 
to the Representation of M"" William Clarke the Survey"^ of the 
first Comm*^® who laid out that Township, And that so much be 
struck off' from the Nothern Part of the Plat on the East Side of 
Connecticut River as the Land shall measure from the Mouth of 
the Brook called Natani's or Bennet's Brook to the lower End of 
the three little Meadows — 

In Council Read & Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher. 



[Grant to John Russell.] 

[Mass. House Journal, Aug. 18, 1737.] 

A Petition of yohn Rtissell, Esq; 0/ Barnstable, in the County 
o{ Barnstable, Chyrurgeon, praying for a Grant of Land on Ac- 
count of his Service and Expences as Chyrurgeon in the late Ex- 
pedition against Po7-t-Royal, under Command of the late Col. 
March. Read and Ordered, That the Petition be considered at 
twelve o'clock this Day. 



144 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Aug. i8, 1737.] 

The Petition of Dr. yohn Russell read again and considered, 
and in Answer thereto, Voted, That two hundred Acres of the 
unappropriated Lands of the Province lying in the County of 
Hampshire, be and is hereby given and granted to the Petitioner 
yohn Russell, Esq ; in full Consideration of the Expence he was 
at, and his Service in the Expedition to Annapolis within men- 
tioned, and that he be allowed and impowred by a Surveyor and 
Chain-men on Oath to return a Plat thereof to this Court (adjoin- 
ing to some Township) within twelve Months for Confirmation. 

Sent up for Concurrence by Mr. Bird. 



[Mass. Court Records, Aug. 18, 1737.]. 

A Petition of John Russell Esq"^ praying for some consideration 
for his serving the Province in an Expedition to Port Royal in the 
year 1704 for which he has never yet received any thing by reason 
of his absence beyond Sea when the Roll was made up : — 

In the House of Represent^*^^ Read and Ordered, that two hun- 
dred Acres of the unappropriated lands of the Province lying in 
the County of Hampshire be and is hereby given and granted to 
the Petitioner John Russel Esq^" in full consideration of the ex- 
pence at, and his service in the Expedition to Annapolis within 
mentioned, and that he be allowed and impowered by a Surveyor 
and Chain men on oath, to return a Plat thereof (adjoining to some 
Township or former Grant) to the Court, within twelve months, 
for confirmation. 

In Council ; Read. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 23, and House Journal, June 22, 

1738.] 

A Plat of Two Hundred Acres of Land laid out by Nathaniel 
Kellog Survey^' and Chain men on oath, to fulfill a grant made by 
this Court to John Russell Esq' lying Westward and adjoining to 
the Town commonly called Arlington, North, and adjoining to a 
Township lying Eastward of and adjoining to Northtield ; bounded 
North and West on unappropriated land ; Beginning at a Heap of 



HOPKINTON. 



145 



Stones which is Arlington South West Corner ; thence running 
North 16°. 00. West two hundred and thirty two perch in ArHngton 
West Line ; thence West one hundred fourteen perch twelve feet 
to a stake and Stones ; thence South two hundred and twenty two 
Perch ; thence East one hundred and seventy seven perch, to the 
place first mentioned. 

In the House of Represent^''* Read and Ordered that the Plat be 
accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and described be and 
hereby are confirmed to the said John Russel Esq"^ his Heirs and 
Assigns in full satisfaction of the Grant within mentioned ; Provid- 
ed it exceeds not the quantity of two hundred Acres of land, and 
does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Li Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



HOPKINTON. 

[This town was Number 5 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Some of the grantees being 
from Hopkinton, Mass., the town was also called New Hopkintoii. Granted by 
the Masonian proprietors, Nov. 30, 1750, to Henry Mellen and others. Incorpor- 
ated as Hopkinton, Jan. 10, 1765, and named from Hopkinton, Mass. A portion 
of Bow was annexed Dec. 13, 1763, to settle a dispute between the two towns. 
The town was annexed to Merrimack from Hillsborough County on the incorpora- 
tion of the former in 1823. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 404 ; 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 255 ; Index to Laws, 247 ; historical sketch, Hurd's 
History of iMerrimack county, 1885, p. 391 ; Life and Times in Hopkinton, by C. 
C. Lord, 1890, pp. 583.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1735.] 

On the Petition of sundry Inhabitants oi Hopkinton, praying for 
a Grant of Land for a Township on the Westerly side of Rum ford 
and Sjincook, on that tract taken up and dropt by the JVarrag-an- 
sett Men, which was read and accepted, and the House came into 
the Grant at the place petitioned for on the same Conditions of 
Settlement as the last preceeding Grant was made. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



146 CHARTER RECORDS. 

HUDSON. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant, and was afterwards included in the 
limits of Nottingham. Incorporated as Nottinghavi West, July 5, 1746. The 
name was changed to Hudson, July i, 1830. The southwest part of Londonderry 
was annexed March 6, 1778. The line with Londonderry was established June 27, 
1857, and the line with Windham July 2, 1862. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193, 416; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 273; Index- 
to Laws, 251 ; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 
457. Consult authorities cited under title of Dunstable.] 



[Grant to Joseph Hills.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 14, 1656.] 

Granted to m'' Joseph Hills five hundred acres of land neere 
Norwottocke where m^ Bradstreet & others have graunts In Con- 
sideration of an Adventure of thirty three pounds and severall ser- 
vices to y® Countrye 



[Mass. Court Records, May 31, 1660, and Maps and Plans, Vol. 

I' P- 15-] 

In Ans^ to the petic'on of m'" Joseph Hills, The Court Judged 
meete to Graunt that m^ Jonathan Danforth & Jn° or Jam* parker 
be Impowered to lay out unto m'" Hill the five hundred acres for- 
merly in 1656 Graunted him in any place not formerly Graunted/ 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 15.] 

laid out to m^ Joseph Hill of Maldon, five hundred ace. of land in 
the wildernesse on y^ easterne side of merimack Riv^ one part or 
parsell of y® same Lyeth adjoyning to the Said River; begin'ing 
at wattannanuck right over against y® Island which Lyeth at y*^ 
mouth of Nashuway Riv'" run'ing up merimack: (457) pole; by 
the River; then Run'ing half a point Northward of y® east; (112) 
pole ; (cutting crosse a smale brooke ; which bounds it on the 
North: neer merimuck ;) then runing south and by East; (354) 



HUDSON. 147 

pole ; unto a pine tree marked with J : H : from thence y® closing 
line to merimuck runes south west : one hundred pole ; which par- 
sell of land containes (350) ace more or lesse ; all which is suffe- 
tiently bounded by marked trees and is more fully demonstrated 
by a plott taken of y® same ; 

also one part or parsell of y^ same Containincr (144) ace. more 
or lesse Lyeth south east of the former parsell, about two miles 
distant from it ; Lying under the North end of a great hill (called 
discovery Hill) and so also bounded by other great Hills, on 3'® 
North west and North east; lying as it were in a vayley, a brook 
passing through y^ same ; which Parsell of land is suffetiently 
bounded by marked trees ; 

also a smale patch of meadow of about Six ace. lying within 
sight of a pond ; which lyeth Northeast of the two former parsells 
and about one mile distant from each : Which is bounded by great 
pines, marked with J H : all which was laid out by 

Jonathan Danforth Survey'' 

The Deputies approve of this returne & orders it to be recorded 
desireinge the Consent of o'" Hon^*^ majists hereto 

William Torrey Cleric 

7 June 1661 : The magists Consent heereto 

Edw. Rawson secret 

graunted also to m'' Joseph Hills a Small Hand beinge in the 
mouth of Nashaway river as it falls in to merimack, Cont° about 
6 Acc'"^ provided he Compound with the Indians for their right 
with reference the Consent of o'" Hon^'^ magists hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

The magists Consent hereto so as that there be a Constantly a 
high way for y® Country & }'* the Indians be not hindered from 
their Constant fishing the deputs Consenting hereto 

22 May 1662 Edw : Rawson secrety 

Consented unto by the Dep^^ as Attest 

Thomas Savage Speak"" 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 15.] 

To the honoured Court. 

I understanding that the Surveyours returne of laying out the 

land formerly Granted mee on A double Considerac'on (i. e) for 

33^^ : 06^ : 08'^ Layd down in Engl : & for Severall Services to the 

Countrie hath not been acceptable to our honoured Magistrates 



148 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



because it is in 3 places and So much in Length beside the River, 
doe for their better Satisfacc'on hereby Signifie my willingness to 
accept of the bigger parsel of meadow onely for So many Acres as 
is of it and to make up the rest backward into the Countrie from 
the river behind the 300 and odd Acres and So it will be all in one 
place onely the Meadow A litle remote which is usual with most 
farmes in the Countrie. 

14 : 4 : 61 : Your verie humble Servant 

Joseph Hills : 

The magistrates grant this desire of m'' Hill w*'' reference to the 
consent of our Bretheren the deputies. 

Jo : Endecott Gov"^ 

Consented to by the Deputies William Torrey Cleric 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 14.] 




[Mass. Court Records, Vol. i, p. 15.] 

3'" 1662 

Acording to the order of the generall Court 14*'^ 4™ 1661. 
Ther is added unto the farme of m'^' Joseph Hill of Maldon, one 
hundr : ace. of land Joyning to the former parsell backward from 
y*' River ; Hence the buttings and boundings of his farme are as 
followeth ; 

Laid out unto m"" Joseph Hill of maldon (500) ace. of land in 
the wildernesse on the easterne side of merimack River, one 
Parsell of the same containing (450) ace. Joyneth to the said 
River ; begin'ing at wattan-na-nuck, right over against y® Island 
which lyeth at y® mouth of Nashuway river, run'ing up merrimack, 



ISLES OF SHOALS. 1 49 

457, pole by y® river, then run'ing halfe a point Northward of y® 
east ; 148, pole, cutting crooss a smale brook which bounds it on 
the North neer merimack then runing South and by east (406) 
pole unto a pine tree marked H : from thence ; the closing line to 
merimack is (no) pole, all which is suffetiently bounded by 
marked tree, the forme of which do better appear by a plott taken 
of the same ; 

also: one part or parsell of the same, containing fifty ace. of 
meadow Lyeth South east of the former Parsell about 2 miles dis- 
tant from it, lying under the North end of a great Hill (called dis- 
covery Hill) also bounded by other great hills on the North west 
& North east, a brook Passing through the same ; also ther is no 
other meadow neer unto this parsell. This was laid out : 

By Jonathan Danforth Survey'^' 

The deputyes approve of this returne desireing o' Hono'"'^ mag- 
ists Consent hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

Consented to by the magis*^ Edw Rawson secrety 



ISLES OF SHOALS. 

[These islands belong part to Maine and part to New Hampshire. The whole 
group was incorporated by Massachusetts, as a township by the name of Appledore, 
May 22, 1661. Star Island was incorporated as Gosport Dec. 24, 1715, and was 
annexed to the town of Rye, July 20, 1876. On the settlement of the boundaries 
of New Hampshire, 1737-1741, the commissioners in 1737, adjudged part of the 
islands to lie in the province of Maine and the remainder in New Hampshire, which 
judgment was confirmed by the King in 1741. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 313; Index to Laws, 211; Farmer's Belknap's 
History of New Hampshire, chapters i and 2, et seq. ; The Isles of Shoals, An His- 
torical Sketch, by John Scribner Jenness, first ed., Cambridge, 1873, second ed., 
1S75. Consult authorities cited under titles, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, New Castle, 
and Portsmouth ; special papers relating to early settlement in appendix to this 
volume.] 



150 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Petition of Isles of Shoals to he made a Township, i6^j.^ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 3, p. 215.] 

To the much honoured Court held at Boston y® iS*'^ of y® 3'^ 53 
The humble petition of the Inhabbitants in the Isles of Showles, 
Sheweth 

That whereas wee the said Inhabbitants, liveing so remote from 
the neighbour-townes upon the Maine, and having thereby all- 
ready sustained much wronge through want of a power deputed 
amongst our selves to helpe, whom it may concerne to their due 
Debts, and findinge alsoe by unsutable wind & weather, that wee 
cannot (upon occasion) visite the Town that wee might enjoy the 
benetitt of the Law, to recover our owne, in a way of righteous- 
nes. Wee therefore upon such like reasons, doe thinke it our dutie 
to make petition to this much honoured generall Court that you 
mought be pleased, to take our condition into your serious and 
sage consideration, & to grant us the priviledge of a Towneshipp, 
as farre as your wisdomes shall thinke us capable, as, that wee 
may have amongst us a Clarke of the writts, & some others 
authorizd to have the hearing & issueing of such causes as may 
fall out, under the summe of Ten pounds wee finding as wee sup- 
pose under your favour, more neede of such a priviledge then our 
neibour-townes, forasmuch as some of our transient ones, as it may 
fall out, they cannot tarrie untill their causes may be issued else- 
where. Alsoe, may it please this honourd Court to take notice, 
that our situation is such, as many times wee necessarilie shall not 
be able to Joyne with our neibours in militarie affaires through 
unseasonable weather, without great hazard or damage to our 
selves. Our request is therefore, that you would be pleased to 
make us a distinct company in that respect, we being upwards of 
a hundred men at this time, & that our loving friends John Arthur 
Lieut : & willia" Seely Ensigne so chosen amongst us, to beginne 
that service, they mought be instaled into such places, for the 
benefitt of the rest, according to your order Thus, wee nothing 
doubting, but yee will be pleased to pass by any of these our 
unsutable expressions, & grant us whatsoever your discretion shall 
see mostly conduceing to our best good. Wee (for your fatherlie 
ceare allready enjoyed, & yet expected) doe account ourselves in 
bounden dutie to be ready, to doe you any service to our abilitie, 
& to make supplications yet in 3'our behalfe, for the further influ- 
ences of the holie ghost upon your hearts, in those approaching & 



ISLES OF SHOALS. I5I 

all after agitations, for his owne glory, with his churches wellfare, 
We now humblie take our leave, & subscribe in the name, & with 
cjenerall consent. 

Hercules Hunkins Rice Cadogan Samuell Jewell 

Rice Joanes William Sealy William wren 

Peter Triforn John bickford John Bretnell 

John fabines John Arthur Edward Smale 

Benjamin Bickford Phillip Babb Peeter Gee 

walther Mathews Richard Sealy houmphry honewell 

matthew Giles George Sealy. 

The Deputyes thinke meete that the petition" be graunted liberty 
of determining Civill actions which shall concerne them, when 
either one or both partyes are inhabitants & taken there to the val- 
ue often pounds, & that m'' Brion Pendleton m^ Nicholas Shapley 
Herculus Himkins Richard Seely & Phillip Babb be Commis- 
sion""^ for such Cases, & y* they or any three of them m"" Pendle- 
ton or m'* Shapley beinge one may here & determine all such 
cases legally brought before them according to law till this court 
take further order therein, & for settleinge of the military Officers 
& Company The Court hath already ^vided in that case in 
their order for the settling of the militia made Anno, 1652 which 
gives the Chiefe officer of every Company power to appoynt as 
herein — & for Clark of the writts none being p'sented its left to the 
discretion of the Commission'"^ affioresd or the major pt of them to 
appoynt a meet man for y* service till the Court take further order 
therein voted by the depu^* who desire the Consent of o^ hono'"'^ 
magists heereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

The magists Consent hereto Edward Rawson Secret'y 



[Mass. Court Records, May 28, 1659.] 

In Ans^ to the peticion of the Inhabitants of the Isle of Shoales 
the Court doe not Judge the persons petitioning to be in a 
Capacity at present to make a Touneshipp. 



[Mass. Court Records, May 22, 1661.] 
ffiDr the better setling of order In the Isle of shoales It is Ordered 



152 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by this Court that henceforward the whole Islands apperteining 
there unto w'^^ doe lye partly in the County of York & the other 
parte in the Jurisdiction of Dover & Portsmouth shall be reputed 
& hereby Allowed to be a Touneship called apledoore & shall 
have gequall power to regulate theire Toune affaires as other 
Tounes of this Jurisdiction have./ 



KEENE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Upper Ashuelot, April 20, 1733. Incorporated 
as Keene, April 1 1, 1753, and named in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene. The north- 
east corner was comprised in the limits of Sullivan, incorporated Sept. 27, 1787. 
Another portion, with parts of Nelson and Marlborough, went to make up the 
town of Roxbury, Dec. 9, 1812. A part of Swanzey was annexed, Dec. 10, 1812. 
An act was passed July i, 1868, by which the town of Roxbury was to be annexed 
to Keene, whenever the provisions of the act were adopted by a majority of voters 
in both towns, but this has not yet been done. A city charter was granted in 1865, 
but was not accepted till July 3, 1873. 

See New Hampshire charters following; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 
394, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns ; XII, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 306; Index to Laws, 268; Annals of the Town, from 1734 
to 1790, 2, Collections of the N. H. Historical Society, p. 71 ; same, with cor- 
rections, additions, and a continuation from 1790 to 181 5, pub. 1851, pp. 120; 
sketch, by J. N. McClintock. Granite Monthly, Vol. 3, p. 548. and Vol. 4, 
p. 499; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 24.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 8, 1736.] 

A Petition of Elisha Root, Isaac Pozvcr, John Co?-hetl, and 
sundry others, Proprietors, and some of them Inhabitants of the 
upper Township on As/itielot River in the County of Hampshire, 
shewing that a Committee of this Court appointed in the Year 1733, 
to admit Settlers or Proprietors, on the 6th. of ynne 1734, received 
and admitted the Petitioners as Proprietors to the Number of Sixty, 
who received their Lots or Drafts and paid the Sum ordered at 
their Admittance, that by force there of they have assembled at 
sundry times since, under sundry Adjournments from their first 
meeting the yth. of yune 1734, and have made and passed several 
Votes for carrying on the Settlement of the said Township agre- 
able to the Intent of the Grant, an account of their Proceedings 
accompanying the Petition, praying the Order and Authority of 



KEENE. 



153 



the Court for Establishing the said Meetings and Orders, and 
Votes therein made, for the reasons mentioned. Read and 
Ordered, That Capt. Hohson, Col. Alden, and Col. Church, be a 
Committee to take this Petition under Consideration, and report 
their Opinion of what may be proper for the Court to do thereon. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 8, p. 15.] 




-r'^.-tVKA.l v'ry. .»,.<£< o... 



S-'i'%«.Fn ,»« y.,.^ 



154 CHARTER RECORDS. 



LEMPSTER. 

[This was Number 9 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut River, 
granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by New Hampshire as 
Duppliti, Jan. i, 1753, to Samuel Clark Pain and others. Regranted Oct. 5, 1761, 
to Benadam Gallop and others, and incorporated as Lempster. Regranted Jan. 5, 
1767, to Dudley Woodbridge and others. The charter was renewed Jan. 21, 1772. 
A portion of this town was included in the incorporation of Goshen, Dec. 27, 1791 . 
The line between Lempster and Washington was established Nov. 27, 1812. 

See New Hampshire charters following; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 466; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for 
union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 396; Index to Laws, 
285 ; historical sketch, by Helen Bingham, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 
1886, p. 185.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 8, 1737.] 

A Petition of Samuel Lyscofub, yonathan Dwight and Thomas 
Cutle?-, a Committee in behalf and by order of the Proprietors of 
the Township Number Nine in the Line of Towns between the 
Rivers of Connecticut and Mei'riniack, praying they may be 
allowed to make a Pitch of another Township, the said Township 
Number Nine upon a late View in order for laying out the Home- 
Lots being look'd on as impracticable for Settlement, according to 
the Conditions of the Grant. Read and referred to the May Ses- 
sion for Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journals, June 13, 1738.] 

Ordered, That the Petition of Samuel Lyscomb, yonathan 
Dwight, & Thomas Cutler, a Committee of the Proprietors of the 
Township Number Nine, in the Line of Towns, as entred the 
eighth of December last, and referred, be further referred to the 
next sitting of the Court. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 6, 1738.] 

Ordered, That the Petition of Samuel Lyscomb, and others, a 
Committee of the Proprietors of the Township Number Nine in 
the Line of Towns, as entred the %th oi December and 14M of yune 
last and referred, be further referred to the next sitting of the Court. 



LEMPSTER. 155 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 12, 1738.] 

A Petition oi Leonard Lockman^ Esq; shewing that he pur- 
chased, paid for, and gave Bond to settle divers Rights or Shares 
of Land in the Township Number Nine in the Line of Towns, 
since which it is manifest the said Lands are accounted not worth 
settling, so that he is without remedy if he cannot obtain Recom- 
pence, praying for an Equivalent in other Lands of the Province 
in such Quantity as to the Wisdom of the Court shall seem meet. 
Read and Ordered^ That this Petition be referred to the next sit- 
ting of the Court, to be considered with the Petition of Sanmcl 
Lyscomb, and others, a Committee in behalf of the other Proprie- 
tors of said Township, as entred the 6th currant. 



[Mass. House Journal, July 3, 1739.] 

The Petition of Sanmcl Lysconib, yonathan Dzuight, Thomas 
Cutler^ and others, for themselves and the other Grantees or Pro- 
prietors of the Township Number Nine, in the Line of Towns, 
praying they may obtain another Grant of a Township by reason 
of the badness of Number Nine, as entred the /\th of December 
1737, the 13//^ of June and 6th of December 1738. Read and 
Ordered, That the Petition be referred further to the next sitting 
of the Court for Consideration. 



[ Vote and List of Grantees of Lemfster, I750.'\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 839.] 

At a Great and General Court held in Boston, the Twenty 
Fourth Day of November, One Thousand Seven Hundred and 
Thirty Six, the following Vote passed the Two Houses, and was 
Consented to by the Governour — Viz* 

Voted, That m"" Samuel Lyscom be and hereby is fully Author- 
ized and Impowered to Assemble and Convene the Grantees or 
Proprietors of the Township Number Nine, lying in the Line of 
Towns between the Rivers of Connecticut and Merrimack, to 
assemble in such Place as they shall be Notified and warned to 
Convene and Assemble at, To Choose a Moderator and Clerk, and 



156 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Committee to Allot and Divide their Lands & to dispose of the 
same, and to pass such Votes and Orders as by them may be 
thought Conducive for the speedy fulfilment of the Conditions of 
their Grants, And also to agree upon Methods for calling of 
Meetings for the future, Provided None of their Votes concerning 
the Dividing or Disposing of their Lands, that shall be passed, 
while they are under the Direction of the Committee of this Court, 
shall be of Force before they are allowed of by the said Committee 
A True Copy taken from the Book of Records belonging to the 
Grantees of the Township Number Nine 

Attest Tosiah Peirce < ^ , r -Kjn 

•^ I Grantees of N° 9 — 

A List of the Names of the Grantees of the Township N'' 9 



Samuel Lyscom 
Edward Child 
Nathan Brig-ham 
Joseph Dvvight 
John Goddard 
Thomas Cutler jun' 
Ascan Lockman 
William Lockman 
Daniel Dwight 
John Harris 
William Cutler 
Jonathan Pool 
John Overing 
Ephraim Cutler 
Samuel Whitney 
Josiah Shattock 
Josiah Perry 
Josiah Peirce 
David Stratton 
Thomas Wellington 



Daniel Hastings 
Asher Rice 
Aaron Brigham 
Jonathan Dwight 
John Woodward 
Leonard Lockman 
Lewis Lockman 
John Ellis 
Nathanael Dwight 
Samuel Cutler 
Abraham Nickols 
Zechariah Filegg 
Amos Bond 
Zebulun Hastings 
John Fisk 
Peter Wyman 
Thaddeus Bond 
Joseph Wellington 
Jonathan Hammond 
Benjamin Lee 



Elisha Maynard 
John Warren 
Israel Walker 
Nathanael Sever 
Josiah Browne 
George Lockman 
Augustus Lockman 
Samuel Dwight 
Timothy Harris 
Joseph Winchester 
Henry Bright 
Isaac Snowe 
Henry Spring 
Benjamin Hastings 
Joseph Bridge 
Thomas Warren 
Ephraim Perry 
Ebenezer Davis 
Joseph Dix 
Ebenezer Stone 



I know not That any of the Grantees have fulfilled the Conditions 
of their Grants — The Reason of y® Neglect is. The Grantees em- 
ploy'd a Committee to view the Township, & to la}^ out House Lots : 
who after viewing the same, Reported to the Grantees, That in 
their Judgment it was Utterly Impossible to be Inhabited as a 
Town ; and therefore they laid out no Lots. Upon which the 
Grantees made Choice of a Committee to Petition the Great and 



LITCHFIELD. I57 

General Court for a New Township in the Room of Number Nine 
at a Meeting December 6, 1737. Which Committee, I have often 
heard, Obtained, That the Grantees should be saved harmless 
from their Bonds by a Vote of the Great and General Court. But 

have not been able to procure that Vote. 

Josiah Peirce Proprietors Clerk 
Hampshire ss ^Josiah Peirce Subscriber to the above Copies and 
Mar. 23. 1750 ^ Account relating to the Township Number Nine 
made Oath that they were True before me 

Rich'^ Crouch Jus* Peace 



LITCHFIELD. 

[This was originally a part of Old Dunstable, known as Naticook or Breiitoji's 
Farm. Granted by Massacusetts July 9, 1729, to John Richardson and others. 
The present name was adopted July 3, 1734. Incorporated as Litchfield, June 5, 
1749. 

See New Hampshire charters following: IX, Bouton Town Papers, 467; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 414; Index to Laws, 292; historical sketch, by E. F. 
McOuesten, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 486. Consult authori- 
ties cited under title of Dunstable.] 



[Mass. Court Records, July 9, 1729.] 

A Petition of John Richardson, Joseph Blanchard & divers 
others, being some of the Proprietors of a Tract of Land in the 
Town of Dunstable called Naticook or Brenton's Farm, Praying 
for a Grant of Province Lands adjacent to the said Farm, of the 
Contents of about twenty one square miles lying on both sides of 
Merrimack River. Beginning on the East Bank of said River, 
Northward of said Farm, & to extend as the Line of said Farm 
runs, three miles ; thence Northerly according to the general 
Course of the River, three miles ; thence Westerly to said River, 
& to continue on the same Point four miles Westerly of said 
River; thence Southerly on a Line parallel to the general Course 
of the said River till it meets with Merrimack River, Which Tract 
of Land they will settle with Families as soon as they can have 
Encouragement for the same. 

In the House of Represent^'^^ Read & Voted that the Prayer of 
the Petition be granted, & the Lands are hereby granted to the 
Petitioners & their associates accordingly ; Provided they shall 



158 CHARTER RECORDS. 

within three years lay out Sixty House Lots compacted & in a 
defensible manner, & set a part one Lot for the first settled Min- 
ister, one for the Ministry & one for the School, & settle fifty 
Families on the Place, each to build a House on his Lot, & Fence 
& break up three Acres of Land, & the Society settle a learned 
orthodox Minister, & build a Meeting house for the Worship of 
God within the Term ; And that Major John Chandler, & M' John 
Hobson be a Committee fully impowered to set off to the Grantees 
the Contents of Twenty one square miles ; & that then the 
Grantees have Power to chuse a Committee among themselves to 
manage the Aff'airs of the Plantation until they shall be erected 
into a Township by this Court ; The Charge of laying out the Land 
to be defrayed by the Grantees ; who are not allowed to make Sale 
of the Land within the said Term, & unless the Conditions be com- 
plied with within the Term, the Lands shall be forfeited to the 
Province. — 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd — 



[Mass. House Journal, June 9, 1731-] 

A Petition of yonas Clark, Josef h Under-wood and , Caleb 
Blog'gcf, in behalf of themselves and the other Subscribers, part 
of whom are Petitioners in a Petition called. The addition to Nati- 
cook Farm to make it a Towns hi/p ; and part belonging to a Peti- 
tion called, Amaskeeg Petition; praying. That they may have a 
Tract of Land granted them for a Township, agreeable to the 
Bounds set forth in the Petition, and that they may have a Com- 
mittee chosen among themselves, to lot out the same, and manage 
the Affairs thereof, for Reasons mentioned. Read. 



[Mass. House Journal, Aug. 13, 1731.] 

A Petition of Jonas Clark, Joseph Underzvood and Caleb 
Blogget, in behalf of themselves and the other Subscribers, part 
of whom are Petitioners in a Petition called The Petition to Nati- 
cook Farm to make it a Townshif, and part belonging to a Peti- 
tion called Amaskeag Petition, praying, That a Tract of Land 
within the following Bounds, may be granted them for a Town- 



LITCHFIELD. I59 

ship, viz. Southerly by Dunstable Line, and Soukegan River, 
Westerly bv the Na^-raganset Township, a parallel Line to Pis- 
cataquogy River, and by said River to Merimack River, and from 
Merimack River to run Eastzvard Three Miles, then turning about 
Southerly., according to the Course of said Me7-imack River, until 
it comes "to Dunstable Line first mentioned, for Reasons mentioned 
in the Petition. 

Read, and Ordered, That Mr. Chandler, Mr. Lynde and Capt. 
Goddard be a Committee to consider thereof, and Report what 
may be proper to be done thereon. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. lo, 1731.] 

A Memorial oi Benjamin Woodbridge and Thomas Arnold, for 
themselves and as Agents on behalf of the several Petitioners Sub- 
scribers to a Petition exhibited in the Year 1726 praying, that the 
Court would revive the said Petition, and that (for the Reasons 
therein mentioned, and what further may be added) they would 
grant the Prayer thereof. Read, together with the Petition above 
referred to, as also the Report of the Committee appointed the last 
Session, to consider of the Petition of Joseph Undei'wood and 
others, praying, that a Tract of Land North of Dunstable on both 
sides Merrimack River, may be granted for a Township, as entred 
the 13th of August, and 6th of October last, and the House came 
into the following Order, viz. 

Ordered, That Mr. Shove and Mr. Samuel Chandler, be a 
Committee to take a Survey of all the Land lying between Dun- 
stable North and Suncook South Line, Three Miles East of Mer- 
rimack River, and Four Miles West thereof, so as not to interfere 
with the Narraganset Township, view and consider the Nature 
and Quality of the said Land, and whether the same will accom- 
modate three Townships, and make Report as soon as may be. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 10, 1731.] 

A Memorial of Caleb Blogget, in behalf of himself and others. 
Petitioners for a Tract of Land for a Township on Mei-rimack 
River, joining to Dunstable, (as by a Petition in May 1731 will 



l6o CHARTER RECORDS. 

appear) praying, That their said Petition may be taken into Con- 
sideration, and that they may have the Land granted them, agree- 
able to the following Bounds, viz. Southerly on Dunstable Line, 
and Soiiheag River, and so to run up Mei-rhnack River, taking in 
Three Miles on the East side and on the West side, unto the 
Bounds of the JVarraganset Township, until it includes so much 
Land as will make up the Contents of Six Miles square, for 
Reasons mentioned. Read. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 26, 1731-2.] 

Orde7'ed, That Mr. Shove, Mr. Welles and Mr. Samuel Chan- 
dler, be a Committee to take under Consideration, the Memorial 
of Caleb Blogget, and the Petition therein referred to, entred the 
15th. as also the Memorial of George Brozun and others, entred 
the 19th Instant, and Report what may be proper to be done 
thereon. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 28, 1731-2.] 

Mr. Shove from the Committee appointed the 26th Instant, to 
consider of the Memorial of Caleb Blogget, the Petition of Josef h 
Underwood, and the Memorial of George Brotun and others, 
Reported, Read, Accepted, and Accordingly Ordered, That the 
Consideration of the said Memorials, and the several Petitions 
therein referred to, as also any other Petitions respecting the Land 
within mentioned, be and hereby are referred to the Session of 
this Court in May next ; and that in the mean Time Mr. Samuel 
Chandler and Mr. "John Longlev, with such as shall be joined by 
the Honourable Board be a Committee carefully to view the Land 
from Souhegan River and Brenton's Farm so called, on both sides 
of Merrimack River to Suncook Township, viz. Three Miles on 
the Bast side of the said River, and Four Miles on the West side 
thereof, at all places where it may be without infringing upon the 
JVarraganset Town, and by a Surveyor and Chain-Men under 
Oath, survey the same, and present a Plan thereof to this Court at 
their said Session, as also Report the Quantity, Qiiality and Con- 
veniency thereof, and how many Towns it will conveniently make : 
And if they find any Person or Persons improving or preparing to 
settle the said Land, without Leave from this Court, that they do 



LITCHFIELD. l6l 

in their Name forbid their Proceeding or continuing in such 
Improvement. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1733-] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of JVaticook Lands or Brent oil's 
Farm for themselves and the other Proprietors of said Lands and 
their associates, willing and ready to settle said Lands, praying 
that the additional Grant to said Farm on both sides Merrimack 
River of the contents of twenty one square Miles, passed both 
Houses in their favour in yulv 1729. may be now revived and con- 
firmed to them, and they be obliged to settle the same in the man- 
ner directed to in the vote of ytdy aforesaid, and that they may 
have liberty to chuse a Committee among themselves for bringing 
forward and perfecting the Settlement accordingly. Read and 
referred to the next sitting of the Court. 



[Mass. House Journal, March i, 1733-4.] 

A Petition of Caleb Lyman, Francis Borland, and sundry 
others Proprietors of Naticook Lands and Lands adjoining on 
each side Merrimack, partly in Dunstable , and partly in Notting- 
ham, praying that the said Lands as described in the Petition may 
be erected into a Township, for the reasons mentioned. Read 
and Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Towns of Dunstable 
and Nottingham with copies of this Petition, that they shew cause, 
if any they have, on the first Thursday of the next sitting of the 
Court, why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 5, 1734-] 

A Petition of the Heirs of Cap* Samuel Gallop Cap* of a Com- 
pany in the Expedition to Canada in the Year 1690 & of his sur- 
viving officers & soldiers and heirs of such as are deceased shew- 
ing the Hardships & Miserys the said Company underwent and 



l62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the little Consideration they have had therefor & Praying for a 
Tract of Land for a Township — 

In the House of Representatives Read & Ordered that the within 
Petition be Revived and in answer thereto Voted that there be 
allowed to the Cap* within mentioned or to his Legal Represent^ 
three hundred Acres and to the Lieut, or his Legal Represent* 
two hundred & fifty acres & to the Ensign or his Legal Represent* 
Two hundred acres & so to the Rest of the Ofiicers & Soldiers 
(excepting Will™ Hack) born on the Roll within mentioned or to 
their Legal Represent* One hundred & fifty Acres being in the 
whole seven Thousand & two hundred Acres of land not already 
Appropriated at a place Called Naticook (above the said place) 
On the Eastern side of Merrimack River not Extending above 
three Miles from the River & Return a Plat there of to this Court 
within twelve months for Confirmation Provided Nevertheless that 
in Case any one or more of the officers and Soldiers do not appear 
by himself or Legal Represent* within one Year that then his or 
their parts shall Remain & belong to the Province as if no such 
Grant had been made — 

In Council Read & Non Concurr'd 



[Mass. Court Records, June 6, and House Journal, June 5, 1734.] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of Naticook & Lands Adjoyning 
thereto on the East & west sides of Merrimack River partly in the 
Town of Dunstable & partly in the Town of Nottingham shewing 
that the said Lands are Commodiously Situated for a Township 
and the Proprietors have Supported a Minister there for some time 
past and therefore Praying that the said Lands may be Erected 
into a Township 

In the House of Represent* Read & ordered that the pet" Serve 
the Towns of Dunstable & Nottingham with Copys of this petition 
that they shew Cause if any they have on Wednesday the Nine- 
teenth day of June Currant if the Court be then Sitting if not on 
the first Tuesday of the next Sitting of the Court why the prayer 
thereof should not be Granted 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



LITCHFIELD. 163 

[Mass. House Journal, June 20, 1734.] 

"Jacob Wendell, Esq ; brought down the Petition of Messieurs 
Caleb Lyman and others, Proprietors oi Naticook Lands so called, 
and other Lands adjacent ; praying they may be erected into a 
Township, as entred the fifth currant, Pass'd in Council, viz. In 
Council Jzine 19, 1734. Read again, together with the answer of 
the Towns of Dunstable, and Nottingha^n, and Ordered, That 
the prayer of this Petition be so far granted, as that the Petitioners 
be and hereby are erected into a separate and distinct Township, 
conformable to the bounds mentioned in an agreement between the 
Petitioners, and the Towns aforesaid, and that the Petitioners have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concur'd. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 24, 1734.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting certain Lands at a place 
called Naticook, with other Lands adjoining lying on each side 
the River Merrimack, into a Township by the Name of 

Read a first time. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 25, 1734.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting certain Lands at a place 
called Naticook, with other Lands adjoining, lying on each side 

the River Merrimack, into a Township by the Natne of 

Read a second time and a third time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 27, 1734.] 

yosiah Willard, Esq ; brought down the Bill Entitled An Act 
for erecting certain Lands at a place called Naticook, with other 
Lands adjoining, lying on each side the River Merrimack, into a 
Township by the JVa^ne of — Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council 
yune 2^th. 1734. Read a first time. 27//^. Read a second time 
and pass'd a Concurrence with the Amendments. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concur'd. 



164 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, June 27, 1734.] 

A Bill Entituled an Act for Erecting Certain Lands at a place 
Called Naticook, with other lands Adjoyning, lying on each Side 
of the River Merrimack, into a Township by the name of 

In Council Read a first & Second time & Passed to be Engross'd 



[Mass. Court Records, July 3, 1734.] 

An Engross'd Bill Entituled an Act for Erecting Certain Lands 
at a place Called Naticook with other lands Adjoyning lying on 
each side of Merrimack River into a Township by the name of 
Litchfield — 

Having been Read three Several times in the House of Repre- 
sent^ and in Council — Passed to be Enacted by both Houses 

In the House of Represent*^ Ordered that M^' Aquila Underwood 
one of the principal Inhabitants of the New Township at Naticook 
and Lands Adjacent be and hereby is fully authorized & Impowred 
to Assemble the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town- 
ship lawfully Qualified to Chuse Town officers to stand untill the 
Anniversary Meeting in March next 

In Council Read and Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, July 3, 1734-] 

An Engross'd Bill Entitled An Act for erecting certain Lands 
at a -place called Naticook, with other Lands adjoyning^ lying on 
each side the River Merrimack, into a Township by the name of- — 

Read and Resolved, That the Bill pass to be Enacted. 

Ordered, That Mr. Aqiiilla Unde7-wood one of the principal 
Inhabitants of the new Township at Naticook and Lands adjacent 
be, and hereby is fully authorized and impowred to assemble the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Township lawfully qual- 
ified to choose Town Officers, to stand until the anniversary meet- 
ing in March next. Sent up for Concurrence. 



LITCHFIELD, 165 

[Mass. House Journal, July 4, 1734.] 

An Engross'd Bill Entitled An Act for erecting certain Lands 
at a ^lace called Naticook, with other Lands adjoyning, lying on 
each side the River Merrimack, into a Township by the Name of 
Litchfield. 



[Grant to Billerica, Mass.] 






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Billerica, their farme of five hundred acres, laid out on y® 
north of merimack [torn] Joyning to north & northwesterly part of 
y® farme of Richard Russell Esqui^". This is y® last parsell of that 
four thousand acres, formerly granted by this Honoured Court to 
y® Towne of Billerica. 

Laidout 3™ 67 : By Jonathan Danforth, Survey'^ 

[Mass. Map and Plans, Vol. i, p. 34.] 

Laidout to the towne of Billerica, five hundred acres of land, in 
the wilderness, on y® north side of Merimack River and on the 
east side of beaver Brooke, a little below Patuckett, It is bounded 
on the South and on y® South East wholly by lands formerly 
granted to Richard Russell Esqui*" : and on y*' west by y® aforesaid 
beaver brooke, else where by y** wilderness, y® line on y® east side 
of it, is 196 pole in length, runing half a point westward of y® 
north, which is (exactly) y® continuance of y® lo"g lii^e on y® east 
side M"^ Russells, farme, also both the line on the north side of it, 
are exactly parralell to y® lines on the south side of it, the most 
northerly of which is one hundred & sixty pole longe, & runes \ a 
point westward of y® west south west, the other line runes two de- 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



grees westward, of y® south west & by south four hundred & eighty 
seaven pole, which closeth to y*' brooke, all which are suffitiently 
bounded by mark't trees and pillars of stone, y® farme there of is 
more fully declared on y® other side by a plott taken of y® same by 
Jonathan Danforth, Survey^' Laidout 3™ 1667. 

The deputyes approuv of this returne of y® five hundred acors 
above mentioned with refterence to y® consent of hono*"*^ magisty 
hereto William Torrey, Cleric. 

The mag^' consent hereto 

15-8*1^ 1667 Tho Danforth 



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167 



[Grant to Richard Davenport.] 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 23, and Court Records, June 

I, 1665.] 

Laidout to Captin Davenport (of the castle) one parcell of med- 
dow in the wildernesse on y® east of Merimack River, a little on 
the North west of Naacook brook-head, which is about two miles 
from Merimack River; it containes fifty ace (more or lesse) being 
bounded by a swamp on the North ; the upland elsewhere Ser- 
rounding according to bound trees marked with <) : this patch of 
meadow is known by y® Name of half moone meadow, the forme 
of it is fully demonstrated by this plott which is above specified 

Laidout by Jonathan Danforth Surv^' 20"' octo : 1664 : 

The Deput3^es approve of this returne with refference to the con- 
sent of o"" Hon®*^ Magists hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 
Consented to by y^ magists 

Edw Rawson Secretv 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 23.] 



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To the much honered Generall Court now Assembled at Boston 
the humble Request of yo"^ devoted Servant Richard Davenport 



l68 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Sheweth That wheras yo' Servant about two or three years since 
was bold to move to this court for theire favo*" to grant mee a smale 
persell of meddow nere merimack River and found such encor- 
agmt from yo'^selvs that the said meddow was laid out in my name 
and a returne thereof made to this court In octob last but finding 
noe Record of Any granted there was an obstruction as to the 
ecceptance of the returne : Now may it please this court to grant 
yo'^' Servant the said meddow as it is laid out and more clearly 
demonstrated In a plot under M"^ Jonathan Danforths hand and 
also such a smale quantity of Upland convenient to the same (that 
soe I may improve the same for benifit to my wife and family) as 
you shal be pleased to give mee, and I shall with all thankfullnes 
eccept yo"^ love therin and Remaine yo"" most Humble 

Servant R : Davenport 
29 (3d) 1665 _ 

The Deputies Judge meete to grant this request with refference 
to the consent of o' Hono*^'^ magists hereto 

William Torrey Cleric 

29. 3, 1665 The Mag^ do consent hereto, and do grant him the 
petittaner 100. acre upland adjoyneing to his meadow their breth- 
ren the Deputyes hereto consenting 

Edw Rawson Secrety 
Consented to by the Deputyes 

William Torrey Cleric 



[Mass. Court Records, May 23, 1666.] 

Laid out according to the grant of the Honoured Court to Capt 
Richard Davenport one hundred acres of land in the wildernesse 
on the eastern side of merremak river next Adjoyning to a meadow 
called halfe moone meadow on the west side of it it begins at the 
most southerly bound mark of that meadow at a great white oake 
marked w*^^ D and from this tree the line runns due west ninety & 
six pole the line at the North end runns parrelell to the south end 
from another great white oake bounded w*'^ D standing at the north 
west end of the meadow eighty & fower pole the west side is one 
streight line from Corner to Corner which line is one hundred 
seventy & nine pole long ; the manner & forme of it lying and 
Adjoyning to halfe moone meadow is clearely demonstrated by a 
plott taken of the same. By Jonathan Danforth Surveyor 



LITCHFIELD. * 169 

The Court allowes & Approoves of this returne to be recorded in 
the Courts book of Records. 



[Grant to Phineas Pratt.] 
[Mass. Court Records, May 7, 1662.] 

In Ans"^ to y® petition of phineas Prat of charls Toune who pre- 
sented this Court w"^ a narrative of the streights & hardships that 
the first planters of this Colony underwent in their endeavors to 
plant themselves at plimouth & since whereof he was one The 
Court Judgeth it meet to Graunt him three hundred acres of land 
where it is to be had not hindering a plantation. 



[Mass. Court Records, June i, 1665.] 

Layd out to Phineas Pratt of Charls Toune three hundred acres 
of land (more or lesse) in the wilderness on the East of merremack 
River neere the upper end of Nacooke brooke on the South East 
of it it beging at a great sare Pine standing anent the midle of 
nacooke pond & Joyneth to the line of five hundred acres of land 
lately granted to the Towne of Billirrikey on the South of it ninety 
sixe pole & so continues a streight line two hundred & sixe pole 
further unto a white oake bounded* w**^ P from thence it turnes 
under the side of a great hill one hundred fifty & two pole unto 
another white oake marked w**^ P. which stands on the North side 
of an other great hill & on the South Corner of a litle Swampe./ 
from thence it runns neere the west & by South two hundred pole 
to a great Red oake bounded as before from thence the closing line 
to the first Pine is two hundred & ninety pole the exact forme of it 
together w^'' the rule of finding the exact lines is fully demonstrated 
by this inclosed platt taken of the same 20 8 m** 1664. By Jona- 
than Danforth Surveior. 

The Court Allows & approoves of this Returne./ 



170 CHARTER RECORDS. 

LONDONDERRY. 

[Formerly known as N'litfield. Granted June 21, 1722, to John Moor and 
others, and named Londonderry for Londonderry in Ireland. The town was di- 
vided into two parishes, Feb. 25, 1 740-1. Windham was set off and incorporated, 
Feb. 12, 1742-3. The northwest portion of the town, with other territory, was 
incorporated as Derryfield (now Manchester), Sept. 3, 175 1. A portion was 
annexed to Hudson, March 6, 1778. Another part of the town was annexed to 
Windham, Sept. 26, 1777, and Samuel Clark, with his estate, was also set off to 
Windham, Nov. 26, 1778. The line between these two towns was established, 
Nov. 22, 1782. A third section was annexed to Windham, Dec. 25, 1805. Derry 
was set off and incorporated, July 2, 1827. The line with Hudson was established 
June 27, 1857. 

See New Hampshire charters following: IX, Bouton Town Papers, 479; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 429 ; Index to Laws, 296 ; Farmer's Belknap's History of 
New Hampshire, p. 191 ; Petition of Inhabitants, 1719, 5, Collections of the N. H. 
Historical Society, 206 ; Century Sermon, containing historical sketch of town, by 
Edward L. Parker, 1819, pp. 44; History of, including Derry, by Edward L. Par- 
ker, 1851, pp. LV. and 358; Celebration of 150th Anniversary, 1869, compiled 
by Robert C. Mack, pub. 1870, pp. 124; Centennial Discourse, 1876, by Luther D. 
Pert, pp. 29 ; historical sketch, by Robert C. Mack, Hurd's History of Rockingham 
County, 1882, p. 565; sketch, 4, Granite Monthly, p. 125.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 15, 1720.] 

A Petition of Joseph Pike^ in behalf of himself and others, that 
Purchased a Tract of Land of yohn an Indian, Heir o( Penicook, 
in the year 1701. which Tract is Ten Miles Square, Lying to the 
Westward oi Haverhill. Presented to the House, And Read 

Shewing That sundry Ii'ish People have Settled thereon and call 
it Nutfield. 

Praying, That the said Purchasers may have the said Tract 
Confirmed to them, or so much as falls within this Government. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Capt. Gardner, and Col. Dudley, 
be a Committee to consider of the said Petition, and of the affair of 
JVutfield, and make a Report to the House what they think proper 
to be done. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 17, 1720.] 

Mr. Cooke from the Committee appointed, made Report on the 
Petition of Joseph Pike, Committed the 15th Currant, which was 
accepted by the House, And accordingly 



LONDONDERRY. I7I 

Ordered^ That whereas yamcs MacGregor, yames AlacKeen, 
and yames Gregg, on behalf of themselves, and sundry others, by 
their Petition to this Court, at their Sessions in May, 17 19. set 
forth that the Court in Octobe?' foregoing. Granted them a conven- 
ient Tract of Land, of six miles square, and appointed a Commit- 
tee to Lay it out for them in the Eastern Parts ; and upon further 
Inquir}^ the Petitioners found a more convenient Tract of Land, 
about fourteen Miles from Haverhill; and that they had begun a 
Settlement there, and had increased to the Number of Fifty Fami- 
lies ; and therefore Pray'd, that in case the Land should Lye with- 
in this Government, they might be formed into a Township, and 
till then, quietly possess and improve the said Lands unappro- 
priated, free and clear from any Disburse. Which Petition was 
rejected. 

And that some time since they have applied to the Government 
o{ Nevj-Hamf shire, and are made by them a Township, and have 
Civil OflScers among them, for Governing their Affairs ; which is 
a great and open breach upon the Jurisdiction of this Government, 
and may tend to deprive them of their just Rights, and Proprieties, 
if not speedily prevented. 

And whereas Joseph Pike, on behalf of himself, and others 
Inhabitants of this Province have made amplication, for a Grant 
of those Lands for a Township. 

Wherefore Resolved, That Capt. Gardner, Capt. Kimball, and 
Mr. Sanders, be Desired and Impowered (taking with them the 
Sheriff of the County of Essex ; and such a Number of Men from 
Haverhill, or those Parts as may be needful) to Repair to the 
aforesaid Land, and view the several Houses, and other Improve- 
ments that have been of late made by those people thereon ; and 
report the same to this House, & at the same time signifie to the 
said yames MacGregor, yames MacKcen, and yames Gregg, 
That they without delay come to the Court, and render the Rea- 
sons that induced them to proceed so far in their Settlements, with- 
out the leave or consent first had of the General Court. That this 
Court may take such further steps in this Matter, as they shall 
then think fit. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 2, 1720.} 

A Message from the Board, by yohn Wheelwright, Esqr. and 
Mr. Secretary Willard. Viz. 



172 CHARTER RECORDS. 

His Excellency observing a Mistake in the Votes of this Hon- 
ourable House, of JVovember 17. relating to JViitJield, in these 
words, Atid that some time since they have applied to the Govei'u- 
ment <?/" New-Hampshire, and are made by them a Tozunship, has 
directed us to acquaint you, that upon application made to him, 
and the Government of New-Hampshire^ That they might be 
made a Town ; his Excellency absolutely refused ; giving them for 
reason, that it was doubtful, in which Province the Lands they 
were Settled on would fall. 

And Col. Wheelwi'ight acquainted the House, That he was 
present when the Niitficld People, Addrest themselves to the Gov- 
ernour and Council at New-Hampshire., to be made a Town, and 
that they were denied. 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, June 19, 1735, to Capt. Samuel King and others, 
and C2\\t6. Salejii-Canada. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. 5, 1753, 
to Benjamin Lynde and others, and named Lyndeborough in honor of Benjamin 
Lynde. Incorporated April 23, 1764. A portion of the town, with other terri- 
tory, was incorporated as Greenfield, June 15, 1791. Another portion was an- 
nexed to Temple, June 11, 1796. The northeasterly part was annexed to Mont 
Vernon, Jan. 5, 1853. A tract from the southerly side was annexed to Milford, 
June 27, 1873, 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 535 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 509; Index 
to Laws, 301 ; historical sketch, by David C. Grant, Hurd's History of Hills- 
borough County, 1885, p. 498; Historical Address, 150th Anniversary of Settle- 
ment, 1889, by Frank G. Clarke, pub. 1891, pp. 68.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 18, 1735.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee for Lands, reported on the 
Petition of Satnuel King, and others, who were in the Expedition 
to Canada in the Year 1690, or the descendants of such as were 
lost or are since dead; which was read and accepted, and Voted, 
That the prayer of the Petition be granted, and that Mr. Samuel 
Chandler and Capt. yohii Hobson, together with such as shall be 
joined by the honourable Board, be a Committee at the Charge of 
the Government, to lay out a Township of the contents of six miles 
square. West o^ the: Narragansett-To\vr\s\n^, Number Three; and 



LYNDEBOROUGH. I73 

that they return a Plat thereof to this Court, within twelve months 
for Contirmation ; and for the effectual bringing forward the Set- 
tlement of the said Town ; Ordered, That the said Town be laid 
out into sixty three equal shares, one of which to be for the first 
settled Minister, one for the Ministry, and one for the School, and 
that on each of the other sixty shares the Petitioners do within 
three years from the Confirmation of the Plan, have settled one 
good Family, who shall have an House built on his Home-Lot of 
eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least, that each Right 
or Grant have six acres of Land brought to and plowed or brought 
to English Grass and fitted for mowing, that they settle a learned 
and orthodox Minister, and build and finish a convenient Meeting- 
House for the publick Worship of GOD, provided that in case an}"^ 
of the Lots or Rights are not duly settled in all regards as afore- 
said, then such Lot with the Rights thereof to revert to and be at 
the disposition of the Province. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 19, 1735.] 

A Petition of Samuel King & others, who were in the Expedi- 
tion to Canada in the Year 1690 and the Descendants of such of 
them as are dead, praying for a Grant of Land for a Township in 
Consideration of their or their Ancestors Sufferings in the said 
Expedition 

In the House of Represent^ Read & Voted that the prayer of 
the petition be Granted and that M"" Samuel Chandler & M"" John 
Hobson, together with such as shall be Joined by the Hon^^® Board, 
be a Com**^® at the Charge of the Government to lay out a Town- 
ship of the Contents of Six Miles Square and West of the Narra- 
gansett Town Called Number three and that they Return a Plat 
thereof to this Court within twelve Months for Confirmation ; and 
for the more Effectual bringing forward the Settlement of the said 
New town, Ordered that the said Town be laid out into Sixty 
three Equal Shares, One of which to be for the first Settled Min- 
ister, One for the Ministry, and one for the School, and that on 
each of the other Sixty Shares the Petitioners do within three 
Years from the Confirmation of the Plan have Settled One Good 
family who shall have a house built on his Home lott of Eighteen 
feet Square and Seven feet Stud at the least, and finished, that 
each Right or Grant have Six Acres of Land brought to and 



174 CHARTER RECORDS. 

plowed or brought to English Grass and fitted for mowing ; That 
they Settle a learned orthodox Minister and build & finish a Con- 
venient meeting house for the publick worship of God ; provided 
that in Case any of the Lotts or Rights are not duly Settled in all 
Regards as aforesaid, then such Lott with the Rights thereof to 
Revert to and be at the Disposition of the Province 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Samuel Welles Esq"^ is Joined 
in the Affair 



[Mass. House Journal, June i, 1736.] 

A Plat of the contents of six miles square of Land with an 
allowance of one thousand and eighteen acres for Waste &c. sur- 
veyed and laid out by Stephen Hosmer, jun. Surveyor, and two 
Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this Court of the iSth. 
of yune last, in answer to the Petition of Sanmcl King and others. 
Officers and Soldiers in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, and 
their descendants &c. was presented for allowance. Read and 
Ordered^ That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the Officers 
and Soldiers mentioned in the Petition of the said Samuel King 
and others, and the heirs legal Representatives and Descendants 
of such of them as were lost, or deceased in or since the Canada 
Expedition Anno 1690, and to their heirs and assigns respectively 
for ever, they complying with the Conditions of the Grant ; pro- 
vided the Plat contain no more than the quantity of twenty four 
thousand and fifty eight acres of Land, and does not interfere with 
any former Grant ; the said Lands lying West of Salem JSfarra- 
gansett Town number Th7-ec^ on the North oi Soiihccg River ^ be- 
ginning at a Spruce Tree and runs North by the Needle two thou- 
sand one hundred ninety one Perch on Province Land, and then 
East on Province Land to said Township o{ Salem, South on the 
Township of yo/in Simpson and others. West on Diixbiiry School 
Farm. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 



175 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 21.] 





23040 acres and 1018 acres allowed for water, &c. 

Province of the Massachusetts Bay Sc* in the Township granted 
to Samuel King & others in the County of Middlesex May 4'^ 
1736 M'' Stephen Hossmer Jun"^ was Sworn to the faithfull dis- 
charge of his duty as Surveyor & Mess'^'^ Jonathan Mills, Joseph 
Dudley & James Chandler were Sworn to the faithful discharge of 
their duty as chainmen in surveying & laying out the Township 
delineated on this paper granted to Samuel King & others as 
aforesaid 

Coram Samuel Welles Just Pac* 



176 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Layd out In May 1736 a Township of the Contents of Six Miles 
Square or 23040 acres and 1018 acres allowed for water &c which 
was Lay'd out To Sam'^ King and others Canada Soldiers In the 
year 1690 Lying on the west of Salem Naragansett Town No 3 on 
the North Side of the Souheeg River Bounded as folows Begin- 
ing at a Spruse Tree and Runs North By the Needle 2 191 Perch 
on Province Land To a hemlock Tree marked then Runs East 
1558 Pearch on Province Land To a Township adjoyning To and 
Lying North of Salem Naragansett Town No 3 then Runs South 
on Said Township 640 perch to Township, granted to John Simp- 
son & Others Then Runs East on s*^ Town ship 402 perch To a 
stake & Stones then Runs South 1467 Perch on Said Salem 
Naragansett Town then Runs west 480 Perch on Duxbury 
School Farm to a stake and heap of Stones then Runs South 13 
Perch on Said Farm To a popler Tree Marked then Runs west 
1460 perch To the Spruse Tree First Named on Provence Land all 
which May appear By the plan above Layd Down by a Scale of 
216 Pearch To an Inch the Swagg of Chain In this Town ship 
is 3 perch In one Hundred : by order of the Honourable Sam^^ 
Welles Esq^' and Mr Sam" Chandler 

■^ Stephen Hosmer Junr Surveyor 

In the House of Representatives June i, 1736 Read and Or- 
dered that the plat be Accepted, and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be and hereby are confirmed to the officers and sol- 
diers mentioned in the petition of the said Samuel King and oth- 
ers, and the Heirs, legal Representatives and Descendants of such 
of them as are lost or deceased in or since the Canada Expedition 
Anno 1690, and to their Heirs & Assigns respectively for ever 
they complying with the Conditions of the Grant provided the plat 
contains no more than the quantity of twenty four thousand & 
fifty Eight Acres of Land, and does not interfere with any former 
Grant. The said Land lying West of Salem Narraganset town 
Number three on the North of Souheeg River begining at a spruce 
Tree & runs North by the Needle 2191 perch on province Land, 
& then East on province Land to Salem Narraganset Township 
Number three South on the township of John Simpson and others, 
West on Duxbury School ftarm 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Spkr 

In Council June 2 1736 Read and Concurred 

J Willard Sec'ry 

17 : Consented to, J. Belcher 



LYNDEBOROUGH. l77 

[Mass. Court Records, June 2, 1736.] 

A plat of a Township of the Contents of Six Miles Square, with 
the Allowance of One Thousand & Eighteen Acres for Water &c. 
Surveyed & Laid out by Stephen Hosmer jun^' and Chainmen on 
Oath, to Satisfy a Grant made by this Court in Answer to the peti- 
tion of Samuel King & others; lying on the West of Salem Nar- 
raganset Town Number three, on the North side of Soheag River ; 
bounded as follows, beginning at a Spruce Tree & Runs North by 
the Needle Two Thousand One hundred & Ninety One perch on 
province Land to a hemlock Tree Marked ; then Runs East one 
Thousand five hundred & fifty Eight perch on province Land to a 
Township Adjoyning to & lying North of the said Narragansett 
Town Number three ; then Runs South on said Township Six 
hundred and forty perch to the Township Granted to John Simp- 
son and others, then Runs East on said Township four hundred 
and two perch to a Stake & Stones then Runs South One Thou- 
sand four hundred and Sixty Seven perch on said Narragansett 
Town, then Runs West tour hundred & Eighty perch on Duxbury 
School farm to a Stake and heap of Stones ; then Runs South 
thirteen perch on said Farm to a poplar Tree marked ; thence 
Runs West One Thousand four hundred and Sixty perch to the 
Spruce tree first named on province Land — 



[Mass. Court Records, and House Journal, Dec. 17, 1736.] 

In the House of Represent* Ordered that Daniel Epes Esq^' : 
be and hereby is Authorized & Lnpowred to assemble & Convene 
as soon as may be in Some Convenient place in the Town of Salem 
the proprietors or Grantees of the Township granted by this Court 
in June 1735, in Answer to the petition of Samuel King & others, 
who were in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, to Chuse A Mod- 
erator & proprietors Clerk, & to pass such Votes & Orders &c as 
may be Agreeable to the bringing forward the Settlement of the 
Township, According to the Conditions of the Grant, as well as 
the Interest of the propriety ; and to Agree upon a method how to 
Call future proprietors Meetings, as well as to Admit the Grantees 
to a Draught of their Home lots 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



178 CHARTER RECORDS. 

MANCHESTER. 

[This territory was once known as Hanytoivji or Old Harry Town. Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors, April 17, 1735, to Capt. William Tyng's " snow-shoe 
men," and hence called Tyng's-Tmvn. Incorporated -as, Derryfield, Sept. 3, 175 1. 
The first town meeting was held in John HalFs house, Sept. 23, 1751. A gore of 
land was annexed to the north side, Dec. 4, 1795. The name of the town was 
changed to Manchester, June 13, 1810. A city charter was granted July 10, 1846. 
"Amoskeag " was severed from Goffstown, and " Piscataquog" or "Squog" from 
Bedford, and annexed July i, 1853. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volumes : 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 151; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 540; Index to 
Laws, 305 ; History, by Chandler E. Potter, 1856, pp. 764; History, by John B. 
Clarke, 1875, PP- 4^3; sketch, 4, Granite Monthly, p. 418; historical sketch, 
Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 40; brief historical sketch, com- 
piled by Manchester Board of Trade, 1890, pp. 83.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 6, 1733-4.] 

A Petition of E^hi-ahn Hildreth and yohn Shipley, for them- 
selves and other Voluntiers under the Command of Capt. William 
Zy«^ deceased, in his March to Winipisiocke Anno 1704, setting 
forth many difficulties and hardships they underwent in said March 
when they killed five Indians ; that the Government hath seen 
cause in their Wisdom to make a Grant to the heirs of the said 
Captain, praying that they may obtain a Grant of Lands for a 
Township on the West of Dunstable and North of Tozunshend or 
elsewhere of the unappropriated Lands, under such conditions and 
restrictions as shall be thought meet. Read and Oi'dered, That 
the prayer of the Petition be granted, and Mr. Welles, Major 
Brattle, Mr. Choate, Mr. Shove, and Mr. Hobson are desired to 
prepare a Vote for the Grant of Six Miles square of the unappro- 
priated Lands of the Province, in some convenient place for a 
Township to be made the Petitioners under proper conditions and 
regulations for settling a Town, and that they report thereon as 
soon as may be. 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 15, 1733-4.] 

Mr. Welles from the Committee appointed the 6th. currant to 
consider of the Petition of Efhrai7n Hildreth, John Shipley and 



MANCHESTER. I79 

Others under the command of Capt. William Tyng deceased, made 
report which was read and accepted, and Voted, That a tract of 
Land of the contents of six Miles square, West of Dunstable, and 
North of Tozvnshend be granted to the Petitioners ; and for as 
much as there were but forty six of those Voluntiers, it is hereby 
Ordered, That six more be admitted with them who were in the 
Country's Service under Capt. Lovezvell, and omitted in the Grants 
made to him and Company, and are wanting to the number of 
sixty to be made up of those that were at the I^ort Fight or Long 
]\farch in the Narragansett War or others admitted into this Grant 
by this Court these Grantees actually to settle the abovesaid tract 
with sixty Families within four years from the Survey of this Land 
and acceptance thereof by this Court, each Family to have an 
House of eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least and 
four acres brought to and plowed or stock'd with english Grass and 
fitted for mowing ; the said Grantees also to lay out three Lots to 
draw future divisions with other Lots, one for the first Minister, 
one for the Ministry, and one for the School, and within said term 
of four years to settle a learned orthodox Minister and build a con- 
venient House for the publick Worship of God; the above said 
tract of Land to be laid out under the direction of a Committee of 
this Court by a Surveyor and Chain-men on Oath, at the charge of 
the Petitioners. And whereas divers of the Persons for whose 
merit this Grant is made are deceased ; it is therefore further 
Ordered, That in such case, the Grant shall be and belong to some 
one of his Male descendants, wherein preference shall be given to 
the eldest ; and it is further Ordered, That those Persons shares 
in this Grant shall revert to the Province who shall not perform 
the Conditions of the Grant as above. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 14, and House Journal, Dec. 13, 

I734-] 

A Petition of Ephraim Hildreth & John Shipleigh for themselves 
& others Soldiers under the Command of Cap* Will'^^ Tyng dec'ed 
Shewing that they Served the Province as Voluntiers in the Indian 
War & in the Year 1703 performed a hard & difficult March in the 
winter Season with Snow Shoes as far as Winnepesocket Lake 
& Killed Six of the Enemy that the said Company were the first 
that attempted to March against the Enemy with Snow Shoes 



l8o CHARTER RECORDS. 

Since which the same Method has been followed with Great Suc- 
cess Against the Indians And therefore praying for a Grant of 
Land of Six miles Square for a Township for the officers & Sol- 
diers of said Company now living & the Represent^ of those that 
are Deceased — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & ordered That the peti"*^ have 
leave by a Surveyor and Chainmen on Oath to Survey & lay out 
between the Townships of Litchfield & Suncook or Lovels Town 
on the East side of Merrimack River the Quantity of Six Miles 
Square of Land Exclusive of Robert Rands Grant and the three 
Farms pitched Upon by the Hon''^^ Samuel Thaxter John Turner 
and William Dudley Esq'^' to Satisfy their Grants and also Exclu- 
sive of Two hundred Acres of Land at the Most Convenient place 
at Ameeskeeg Falls ; which is hereby Reserved for Publick use 
and benefit of the Inhabitants of this Province for the taking & 
Curing of Fish there And that they Return a Plat thereof to this 
Court within twelve Months for Confirmation to their Pef* & their 
associates their heirs and assignes Respectively Provided the Gran- 
tees do Settle the abovesaid Tract with Sixty familys within four 
years from the Connfirmation of the Plat each family to have an 
house of Eighteen feet square and Seven feet Stud at least and 
four Acres brought too & Plowed or Stocked with English Grass 
and fitted for Mowing and also lay out three lotts with the others 
one for the first Minister one for the Ministry and one for the 
School and within the said Term Settle a Learned Orthodox Min- 
ister and Build a Convenient House for the Publick Worship of 
God And whereas Divers persons for whose Merit this Grant is 
made are deceased It is further ordered That the Grant shall be 
and belong to some one of his Male Descendants wherein the pref- 
errence shall be Given to the Eldest son And further it is ordered 
that these persons Shares in this Grant shall Revert to the Province 
who shall not perform the Conditions as above — 

In Council Read & Non'curr'd — 



[Mass. House Journal, April 17, 1735.] 

'yohn yejfries. Esq ; brought down the Petition of Ephraim Hil- 
dreth & yohn Shipley, and others, Soldiers under the late Capt. 
William Tyng, Anno 1703, praying for a Grant of Land for their 
publick Services, being on the first March that was performed on 



MANCHESTER. ibl 

Snow Shoes, with the Vote of the House of the \'^th of Decemb. 
last thereon, Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council. December i/\th, 
1734. Read and nonconcur'd. In Council April i^t/i. 1735- 
Read & re-considered, and concur'd with the Amendments, viz. 
after the words — Alerriinack River — add — to extend three miles 
Eastzuard from the said River conformable to the Settlement 
of the divisional Line betwixt this Province and the Province of 
New Hampshire, made by order of King Charles the Second in 
Council in the twenty ninth Tear of His Reign, Anno Domini 
1677 — after the words — eldest Son — add — to be admitted by a Com- 
mittee of this Court., who shall take care that bonds be given for 
their respective f)erfo7'mance of the Conditions of this Grant to the 
Treasurer of the Province to the value <?/" Twenty Pounds at least 
by each Grantee, as zvell by such as personally appear as by those 
who are the Descendants as abovesaid, zuho may appear by their 
Guardian or next Friend — and Ordered, That William Dudley, 
Esq ; with such as shall be joined by the honourable House of 
Representatives be a Committee for the purposes within mentioned. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd, and Col. 
Prescott and Capt. Thompson are joined in the affair. 



[Mass. Court Records, April 17, 1735.] 

On the petition of Ephraim Hildreth and John Shipley and the 
order of the House thereon (which it was Nonconcurr'd by the 
Board) as Entred the 14^'' of Decem'' 1734. — 

In Council Read & Reconsidered and Concurr'd with the 
Amendments viz* That the Tract of Land therein Granted Ex- 
tend three miles Eastward from the River Merrimack conformable 
to the Settlement of the Divisional line betwixt this province and 
the province of New Hampshire Made by order of King Charles 
the Second in Council in the twenty Ninth Year of his Reign 
Anno Dom 1677, that the Grantees be Admitted by a Committee 
of this Court who shall take Care that Bonds be given for their 
Respective performance of the Conditions of this Grant to the 
Treasurer of the Province for the time being to the value of 
Twenty pounds for each Grantee, as well by such as personally 
Appear as by those who are Desendants as abovesaid who may 
Appear by their Guardian or next Friend, And that William Dud- 
ley Esq"^ with such as shall be Joined by the Hon^'® House of Rep- 
resent''^ be a Committee for the purpose above mentioned — 



I02 CHARTER RECORDS. 

In the House of Represent*^ Read & Concurr'd and Col** Pres- 
cott & Cap* Tomson are Joined in the Affair — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, March 26, 1736.] 

A Plat containing twenty four thousand nine hundred and sixty 
acres of Land laid out by Capt. yoseph Blanchard Surveyor, and 
two Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this Court passed in 
April last to Capt. William Tyng and Company the, first Snow 
Shoe Men, against the Indian Enemy, there being two thousand 
one hundred and fifty acres in the Plat formerly granted and re- 
served for taking Fish, and one thousand acres of Ponds, so that 
there wants one thousand six hundred and eighty acres to make 
up the contents of six miles square, lying on the East side Mei'ri- 
mack River Northerly on Suncook, West on Merriiiiack, South on 
Litchfield, and East on a parallel Line with the River three miles 
distant therefrom, was presented for allowance. Read and Or- 
dered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be and hereby are confirmed to the Grantees men- 
tioned in the Petition of Hildreth and Shipley in behalf of the 
Officers and Soldiers in the Company under the Command of the 
late Capt. William Tyng, deceas'd, their heirs and assigns respect- 
ively for ever, exclusive of the former Grants within mentioned, 
and the Land reserved for the common benefit of taking Fish at 
Atnaskeeg Falls, and provided it does not exceed the quantity of 
twenty two thousand three hundred and sixty acres of Land besides, 
and interferes with no other Grant ; and the Grantees are allowed 
to make a new^ pitch of sixteen hundred and eighty acres in the 
Province Lands elsewhere, and return a Plat thereof to satisfy the 
remainder of the Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, March 27, 1736.] 

A Plat of a Township of Six Miles Square, Granted to the 
Company formerly under the Command of Cap* William Tyng 
deced, laid out by Joseph Blanchard Survey'^ and Chainmen on 
Oath ; lying on the East side of Merrimack River Bounded north- 
erly on Suncook Township, West on Merrimack River, South on 



[Mass. Maps and Plj„s, Vol. lo, p. 22.] 




Midd" Ss. Groton, May S /9'ii 1735 

'Tis hereby certifyed that Mess" William Lawrance & Benjamin Parker appearing were Sworn Justly & faithfully to performe the buiseness & 
Duty of Chainmen in y' Survey and Mesuring of a Tract of Land on the East Side of Merrimack River Lately Granted to the Soldiers under the 
Late Cap' William Tyng Deceas"! for a Township, &c. Before me Benj« Prescott Jus' of peace 

This Plat of Land on the East side of Merrimack river contains Twenty four thousand nine hundred and Sixty Acres, which is one thousand 
nine Hundred and twenty Acres more then the Contents of Six miles Square granted to the Late Cap' Will"" Tyng and Company that were in the 
first I-:xpedition against tlie Indians on Snowshoes, the Last April Sessions of this Hontio Court, there being Comprehended within the platt two 
thousand One Hundred and Fifty Acres of Land granted to Several persons and Reserved for taking of fish &c and Upwards of one thousand 
Acres of ponds so that there is not a Sufficiency to make up the Contents of Six miles Square by 1630 Acres at the Least and the Said grant is 
Bounded Northerly on Suncook township west on Merrimack River South on Litchfield & East on a Line parralell to the River & three miles 
distant tlierefrom — being on this Side marked tiees many & other Monuments, And is Laid Down by a Scale of 150 perch to an Inch 

Marcli y 25"' 1736 '^ me Joseph Blanchard Surveyor 

Suffolk ss : Boston 26: March 1736 

personally appearing before mee the Subscriber one of his majestys Justices of the peace for the sd County Capt Joseph Blanchard and made 
Solemn Oath that in the survey of the township granted to the Late Capt Tyng & Company he acted truely & faithfully according to the best of 
his skill & understanding: W" Dudley 

In the House of Representatives March 26 1736, Read and Ordered that the plat be Accepted and the Lands therein delineated & described 
be and hereby are confirmed to the Grantees mentioned in the petition of Hildreth and Shipley in behalf of the officers and soldiers in the 
Company under the Command of the late Capt William Tyng deci their tars & assigns respectively forever, exclusive of the former Grants within 
mentioned, & the reserved Land for the Common benefit of taking fiish at Amaskeeg flails, and provided it does not exceed the quantity of twenty 
two thousand three hundred & sixty acr-es of Land besides, and interferes with no other Grant, and the Grantees are allowed to make a new pitch 
of Sixteen hundred and Eighty Acres in the province Lands else & return a plat thereof to satisfie the remainder of the Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence j Quincy Spk' 

In Council; Mar. 27, I73" 

Read & Concur'd j Willard SecVy 

Consented to ' J. Belcher 



MANCHESTER. 



183 



Litchfield & East on a line parralel to the said River, and three 
Miles distant from it, but by Reason of the Land Reserved by the 
Province within said Grant the Land is 1680 Acres Short of Six 
Miles Square — 



[Mass. Court Records, and House Journal, June 18, 1736.] 

In the House of Represent* Ordered that the New Township 
lately Granted to the officers and Soldiers in the Company under 
the Command of Major William Tyng dec'ed, lying on the East 
side of Merrimack River commonly Called Old Harry Town, be 
and hereby is declared & Determined to belong to and hence for- 
ward to be Accounted A part of the County of Middlesex — 

In Council Read and Concurrd — 

Consented to J Belcher 




[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 152.] 

I The Subscriber Together with John Coleburn & Benjamin Par- 
ker as Chainmen have Lay'd out to the prop'"^ of T3'ngs Township, 
so Called, or y^ grantees of a Tract of Land Between Litchfield 
And Suncook on y® Easterly Side Merrimack River, A Tract of 
Land Adjoyning to Piscataquag River Containing one Thousand 
Six Hundred And Sixty Eight Acres Butted and Bounded as by 



184 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the figure herewith w*^'' is plan'd by a Scale of one hundred And 
Sixty perch to an Inch, with a Small Island Containing Twelve 
Acres Lying in Merrimack River Between Crosby's Brook and 
Short falls so Called w*''' is in Pursuance of a grant of one thou- 
sand Six hundred and Eigty Acres made to the S'^ Prop""* 

October lo^'^ 1736 — Sam' Cumings Surv'^' 



Middlesex ss Dunstable December 3^*^ 1736 

Personally appearing before me the Subscriber Sam" Cumings 
Survayor John Colburn, and Benj'* Parker Chainmen, Made Oath 
that in survaying and measuring sixteen hundred and Eighty acres 
of Land Granted by the Generall Court to be new pitched for And 
Lay'd out by the Prop'* of Tyngs Township so Called on merri- 
mack River they Acted faithfully 

Jurat Me Eleazar Tyng jus* P 

In the House of Representatives January 14*^ 1736 Read and 
Ordered That the plat be Accepted, and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the Grantees 
or proprietors of the township Commonly Called Tyng's township, 
and their heirs & Assigns respectively for Ever, provided the plat 
with the Island contain no more than One thousand six hundred 
and Eighty Acres in the whole, and does not interfere with any 
former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp''' 

In Council Feb. 3, 1736. 

Read & Concur'd J Willard Sec'ry 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 14, 1736-7.] 

A Plat containing one thousand six hundred and sixty eight 
Acres of Land laid out by yoJiyi Colbiirne Surveyor, and two Chain 
Men on Oath, to the Proprietors of Tyng's Township, so called, 
adjoining to Piscataqtioiag River, together with a small Island 
containing twelve Acres, lying in Merrimack River, lying between 
Crosby's Brook and Short J^alls, so called, to satisfy a Grant of 
this Court to the Proprietors of the said Township, was presented 
for Allowance. Read and Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, 
and the Lands therein delineated and described, together with the 



MANCHESTER. 185 

Island within mentioned, be and hereby are confirmed to the Gran- 
tees or Proprietors of the said Township commonly called Tyng-'s 
Township, and their assigns respectively forever, provided the 
Plat with the Island contain no more than one thousand six hun- 
dred and sixty eight Acres in the whole, and does not interfere 
with any former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

A plat of One Thousand Six hundred and Eighty Acres of Land 
laid out on Piscataquoag River by Samuel Cummins Survey"^ and 
Chainmen on Oath to fulfill a Grant made to the Grantees of the 
Township commonly called Tyngs Township — 

In the House of Represent* Read and ordered that the plat be 
Accepted and the Lands therein Delineated & described be and 
hereby are Confirmed to the Grantees or Proprietors of the Town- 
ship commonly called Tyngs Township and their heirs and As- 
signs forever provided the plat with the Island Contain no more 
than One Thousand Six hundred and Eighty Acres in the whole 
and does not Interfere with any former Grant 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[ Vote ofProfrietors of Tyngstozvn to Petition for Reliefs ^7S^-~\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 116, p. 26.] 

Att a meeting of the Prop'^ of Tyngs Town (so Called) by 
ajournement from y® 6 Day of August 1750 To the 21 Day of 
January Following, held at y*' House of Co^^ Jonas Clark in 
Chelmsford 

Voted to prefer a Petition to the Great & General Court of the 
Massachusetts For Some Consideration or Releif in the Present 
Deficulties which S*^ prop*^ Labour under with Respect To S*^ 
Town Ship in Such way & maner as S'^ Court in their Great wis- 
dom Shall See meet 

Allso Voted that W™ Stickney be Desired to prefer The above 
mentioned petition as voted Above 

Billerica April y*' 4 : 175 1. 

A True Copy att* W"" Stickney Prop** Cler 



l86 CHARTER RECORDS. 

{^Petition ofProfi-ietorsfor Equivalent G?'aiit, ly^i.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. ii6, p. 22.] 

Province of the MassaChusett* Bay — 

To the Hon^ Spencer Phips Esq' Leu* Govenour & Comand"^ in 
Cheif in and over his Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay : 
The Hon^ his Majestys Councill And House of Representitives in 
Gener" Court Assembled at Boston y^ S*** Day of April 1751 : 

The Petition of Will'" Stickney Agent for and in the Behalf of 
the Prop** of a Tract of Land the East Side of Merrymake River 
Known by the Name of Tyngs Town Granted by this Hon^ Court 
(now falling in the Province of New Hampshi**"") Humbly Shew- 
eth 

That your Pet'"^ about the year 1726 made Application for a Town 
Ship of Some of the unappropriated Lands of The Province to 
Settle themselves & Famelys on to be Granted Them in Case their 
Services & Sufferings were thought worthy in their Arduos under- 
taking in the year 1703 Pursuing the Indian Enemy into their then 
own Country on Snow Shoes the First attempt of that Kind and 
attended with Success with Killing of Five Terryfieng & Prevent- 
ing them of their Comon Winter Inroads on us as the}^ had used 
before as ^ S'* Petit" & Revivell of it in the year 1734 : will Ap- 
pear upon Which this Hon'^ Court in the year 1735 Saw meet to 
Grant a tract of Land for a Town Ship the East side merrymack 
River Between & Adjoyning to Litchfield & Suncook or Love- 
wells Town in Consequence of that Peti" under Condition of Set- 
lement Subjecting the Grantees to Give Bond of Twenty Pounds 
Each Forfeiture And to Return a Plan According to the Ten"^ of 
s'' Grant all which was Complyed with by y® prop** in the year 
1736 — & in order to pursue the Intention of the Grant they Divided 
the whole Township into Convenient Lotts, Built a meeting house 
Cleared the Roads & there being Severale Large Streams Made 
Good Bridges at a Large Expence Through the Town which was 
very Longe being but three miles wide and a Great part of the 
prop** Soon Entered in Order For Complyance with the Condi- 
tions of the Grant, But the Unhappy Controversy between this 
Province and the Province of New Hampshire being brought for- 
ward and a Court of Comissoners in the year 1738 Sitting in 
order to Conclude that Affaire Some Desisted till they had their 
Determination, and that being Suspended for a further hearing 
before the King in Counc'^ Left y' Petitioners in Great Difficulty 



MANCHESTER. 187 

many having bestowed Large Sums of money in Building & Im- 
provements were Encouraged to pursue their Labour & others 
Entred in hopes of the Line being Setled in their Favour Till up- 
ward of Two Thousand pounds was Spent in Publick Charges of 
the Prop*^', besides all the Charges of Setlement 

That in the year 1740 the line was Determined against them 
And Deamed to be in the Province of New Hampshire — Where- 
upon they with Severall other towns Petit"*^ his Majesty to be Re- 
stored to the Massachussetts as they Expected at the time of their 
Grant, but with no Success — 

That Soon after the arivall of Goven'^ Wentworth and Hearing 
the Defeat of our Petition the Towms of Londonderry and Chester 
obtained orders From y® Gov"^ of N. Hamp' For Running out their 
Bounds according to their Charters which being Done it was found 
that the S^ Tyngs Town fell all to a Trifle into the S'^ Towns, their 
meeting house Sawmill and the Setlers being Included in them, 
which Towns Immediately Demanded the Possession and Entered 
Themselves 

That your Petitioners thereupon Advised with many of the prin- 
cipal Gentlemen of this Government as well as the best Councell 
in the Law they Could Obtain and were Incouraged to Dispute 
their property in the Law which they have Done in the most 
Effectual method they Could and have been Harrased allmost 
every Court from the year 1742 to this day and the said Towns of 
Londonderry & Chester has Recovered the Possession & Turned 
out Every one who has had a final Trial Excepting one who for 
Some Special Reasons Peculiar to that Case did Obtain The Re- 
mainder of the Setlers Seeing their Distressed Circumstances and 
no way for Releif have Either deserted their Habitations or Com- 
pounded and purchassed at an unreasonable and Severe Price, 
have Little for their own Labour, Excepting one w^ho is Yet in 
the Dispute, which Troubles in the Defence of their Rights has 
Cost them many thousands of pounds Exclusive of their Much 
greater Charges in Buildings and Improvements and now are 
Obliged to give over the Expectation of its Ever being any benifet 
to them 

That the S^ Tract of Land the East Side the River did not Con- 
tain the Complement of six miles Square by 1680 Acres which 
they Laid out (and was Approved of by this Court) The west 
Side merrymack River About five miles Distance From Namas- 
keeg falls and as that Did not fall in Neither of the Towns Granted 
by New Hampshire, they Hoped to Enjoy that but Since about 



l88 CHARTER RECORDS. 

two years ago Some Gentlemen Claiming the Right to the Lands 
Granted by the Crown To Cap* John Mason Have Granted a Town- 
ship to a Number of People there, which Includes the S*^ 1680 
Acres and they under S'^ Masons Right have Actually Setled with 
a Number of Familys the Lands there Granted to your Petitioners 
so that on the whole wee have as wee Apprehend Lost the Benefit 
of The Whole Grant as well as Such a Considerable part of our 
Own Estats as afore S"^ 

Butt being Sencible of the Design of this Hon*^ Court to Distin- 
guish them (not as Subjects of the Province but) for their Special 
merrit and Desert for their Suffering and Service in their Defence, 
to Grant that Land as a Reward, The Defeat therein Gives them 
Reason Humbly to Hope, that you will yet in this Respect take 
notice of us 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly pray, that they may 
be favoured with your Attention to these their Uncomon Circum- 
stances and that they may be Compassionately Helped Under their 
Extraordinary Loss and Disepointment and the Originall Design 
Obtained, by Granting them so much of the Unappropriated Lands 
of the Province in Some Convenient Place for Setlement under 
Such Conditions as may be tho* fit, As will be Equall to their Nec- 
essary past Charges which They are Ready to Shew by their 
Accompts, and the first Design of a Town-Ship or otherwaies 
Relieve them in the premises as Shall in your Great Clemency 
and Wisdom be Thought Equitable for them, and your Humble 
pete"^^ as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray — 

W"^ Stickney Agent for 
Tyngs Town Prop*^* 

In the House of Rep^^* April 17, 1751 Read and Ordered that 
this Petition be refer'd till the next May Session for Considera- 
tion 

Sent up for Concurrence T. Hubbard Spk^' 

In Council April 17 1751 Read and Concurr'd 

Sam^ Holbrook D^^ Sec'y 
Consented to Phips 

[The proprietors were granted the town of Wilton, Me., as an 
equivalent.] 



manchester. 1 89 

[Grant to John Blaisdell.] 
[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 4, 1734.] 

A Petition of Mr. yohn Blaisdell, Representative of the Town 
of Almshury , shewing that he has formerly enlisted himself into 
the Service of the Country in many marches against the Indian 
Enemy, wherein the Company he belonged to were so successful 
as to kill and captivate thirty one of the Enemy, that he is now 
advanced in years, having a numerous family and not Lands to 
settle them on, and having formerly petitioned this Court for some 
ungranted Lands, but not yet been favoured with a Grant, the 
Petitioner renews his request for some of the unappropriated Lands 
of this Province on the east side of Merrimack River, whereon 
to settle some of his Children. Read, and in answer to this Pe- 
tition, Ordered, That the Petitioner have leave by a Surveyor and 
Chain-men on Oath, to survey and lay out three hundred acres of 
the unappropriated Lands of the Province lying on the east side 
of Merri?nack River and to the northward of the one thousand 
acres granted to Robert Rand and return a Plat thereof to this 
Court within twelve months for confirmation to him his heirs and 
assigns for ever, on condition that the Petitioner his heirs or as- 
signs do within three years settle two Families ©n the granted 
Lands, and have each of them an House there of eighteen feet 
square, and five acres of Land brought to english Grass, or broke 
up by plowing, and well inclosed. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, April 16, and House Journal, April 10, 

I735-] 

A Petition of M' John Blaisdel of Amesbury shewing that the 
three hundred Acres of land on merrimack River which was 
Granted him on Condition of his Settling two familys is so mean 
as it is not Capable of Supporting two familys And therefore pray- 
ing for addition of Land to the Eastward of said Tract. — 

In the House of Represent* Read & in Answer to this petition 
Ordered That One hundred Acres of The Province Land lying 
Eastward of the three hundred Acres within mentioned be and 
hereby is Granted to the Pet"' his heirs and Assignes and that he 



[90 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Return a Plat of the whole to this Court within twelve Months for 
Confirmation — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 16, 1735.] 

A Plat of four hundred Acres of Land Granted by the General 
Court to John Blaisdel laid out by Samuel Emerson and two 
Chainmen on Oath being Situated on Merrimack River — 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 16.] 



on il<,:. nciih 7h' Tic^^.'t .Ka.,,-j /a , ,,^ 



Zyj '^da 










^ft. 



2' t 




U,u*?*u A<.,y .Ufct'yiicr ihe ■^''^/'yi/ rend on€ Au.niHit<i ac.»5 
Q' <l',(-dhi'>n A/i.vU ihi /o"^ /psr 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 16, House Journal and Court 
Records, Sept. 10, 1735.] 

In the House of Reptives Sepf^ 10*^' 1735 Read & ordered that 
the plat be accepted & the Lands within delineated & described be 



MANCHESTER. 



191 



& hereby are accordingly confirmed to y® s'^ John Blaisdale his 
heirs & assigns for Ever provided he or they comply with the Con- 
ditions of the respective Grants provided also the plat exceed not 
y* quantity of four hundred Acres of Land & does not interfere 
with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^*^ 

In Council, Read & Concurred. T. Mason Dep* Sec*^' 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 16.] 

Essex ss Almsbury July : y^ 18"^ 1735 

Appeared Samuel Emerson as Surveyer And Made oath that he 
surveyed y® within mentioned tracts of Land as Granted ; by scale 
and Compass and that y® within Mentioned plan is a true plan 
Missured According to Arte 

before me Orlando Bagly Justice apeac 

Essex ss Almsbury July y^ 18**^ 1735 

Appeared Jacob Sargent And Samuel Colby and Made oath as 
Chaine men that they Carefully Carryed y® Chaine for Laying out 
s*^ tracts of Land and allowed only for swage of Chaine and for a 
pond in s*^ Land of aboute sixteen acres 

before Me Orlando Bagly Justice apeac 



[Grant to Isaac Bradley.] 
[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 8, 1736-7.] 

A Petition of Isaac Bradley of Haverhill in the County of Essex ^ 
praying the Consideration of the Court on Account of his publick 
Services & Sufferings, for the reasons mentioned. Read, and in 
Answer to this Petition Ordered, That three hundred Acres of the 
unappropriated Lands of the Province, adjoining to some Town- 
ship, be and hereby are given and granted to the Petitioner Isaac 
Bradley, his Heirs and Assigns, and that he return a Plat thereof 
to this Court within twelve Months for Confirmation. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



192 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 2, and House Journal, Dec. i, 1737.] 

A Plat of Two Hundred Acres of land laid out by James Cum- 
mins Survey'^' and two Chain men on Oath, to fulfill a grant made 
by the General Court to Isaac Bradley, scituate on the Westerly 
side of Merrimack River, joining to the Northerly side of the 
Narraganset Township Number Five, being bounded as follows, 
viz*^ Beginning at an Heap of Stones by Merrimack River at the 
Corner of said Narraganset Township, thence running West by 
said Township, one hundred and forty five rods, ending on Piscat- 
aquay River, thence North by a line of marked trees bounded 
Westerly on Province Land to a Pine marked, being one hundred 
and eighty five rods ; thence East bounding Northerly on Province 
Land, two hundred and ten rods to a White Oak tree at Merri- 
mack River ; thence Southerly by said River to the Heap of Stones 
first mentioned ; with an allowance of eight '^ Cent for Swagg of 
Chain. 

In the House of Represenf^'®^ Read and Orde^-ed ; that the Plat 
be accepted and the lands therein delineated and described be and 
hereby are confirmed to the said Isaac Bradley his Heirs and As- 
signs for ever in satisfaction of the within grant : Provided he or 
they fulfill the conditions thereof and the Plat exceeds not the 
quantity of Two Hundred Acres of Land, with the said Allow- 
ance for swag of Chain, and does not interfere with any former 
grant. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J. Belcher. 



[Grant to Samuel Butterfield.] 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. i, 1735-6.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee for Lands, reported on the 
Petition of Samuel Butterjield of Chelmsford, praying as en- 
tred the 20*^ ult, which was read and accepted, and the facts being 
well vouched. Ordered, That the Petitioner have leave by a Sur- 
veyor and Chain-men on Oath to survey and lay out three hundred 
acres of the unappropriated Lands of the Province adjoining to 
same Town, and return a Plat thereof to the Court within twelve 
months for confirmation to him his heirs and assigns, provided he 
or they within three years from the confirmation of the Grant 



MANCHESTER. I93 

settle a family thereon, and also build a dwelling House of eigh- 
teen feet square and seven feet stud at least, and clear, fence in, 
and bring to six acres thereof by ploughing, or stocking the same 
with English Grass. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 22, 1736.] 

A Plat containing three hundred acres of Land laid out by Sam- 
uel Cmnings Surveyor, and two Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a 
Grant of this Court of the first of yanuary last to Samuel Butter- 
field of Chelmsford, lying on Merrimack River near JVamaskeeg, 
was presented for allowance. Read and Ordered, That the Plat 
be accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and described be 
and hereb}'^ are confirmed to the said Samuel Butterjield his heirs 
and assigns for ever, he or they performing the Conditions of the 
Grant provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of three hundred 
acres of Land, and does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 23, 1736.] 

A Plat of three hundred Acres of Land laid out by Samuel 
Cummins Survey'' and Chainmen on oath, to Satisfy a Grant of 
this Court of the first of January last to Samuel Butterfield of 
Chelmsford on Merrimack River, near Namaskeag ; bounded as 
follows, viz* begining at a pine tree by the River & Runing West 
22 deg. South two hundred & Eighty Nine Rods to a Maple 
Marked with C B, thence North 22 deg. West One hundred & 
forty Rods to a pine Marked C B from thence East 22 degs North 
four hundred Rods to a pine Marked ; from thence East 30 deg. 
South thirty Eight Rods to a pine Marked C B at Merrimack River 
and then by the River to the bounds first mentioned. — 

13 



194 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. lo. p. 14.] 




May The Eleventh, 1736 

I The Subscriber Sam^ Cumings together with James Cumings 
& John Goffe as Chainmen have Layd out to Sam^ Butterfield of 
Chelmsford of Mid'^ Three hundred Acres of The unappropriated 
Lands of y® Province on Merrimack River near Namaskeeg 
Bounded thus — Begining at a pine tree by y^ river and we run 
west Twenty two degrees South two hundred And Eighty nine 
rods to a maple marked w"' C B from thence we ran north twenty 
two deg® west one hundred and forty eight rods to a pine marked 
C B from thence east twenty two deg^ north four hundred rods to 
a pine Marked C B from thence east 30 g* South 38 rods to a pine 
marked C B at merrimack river from thence by y** River to the 
first Bounds mentioned 

Sam^ Cumings Surveyor 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 14, and Court Records, June 

23. 1736.] 

In the House of Representatives June 22*^ 1736 Read and 
ordered that the plat be Accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
& described be & hereby are confirmed to the said Samuel Butter- 
field his heirs & assigns for Ever he or they complying with the 
Conditions of the Grant provided the plat exceeds not the quantity 
of three hundred acres of Land and does not interfere with any 
former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^" 

In Council June 23, 1736 

Read and Concurrd Simon Frost Dep* Sec'y 

30 : Consented to J Belcher 



MANCHESTER. I95 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. lo, p. 14.] 

Middlesex ss June y® 10"^ 1736 

Personally Appearing before me y® Subscriber Samuel Cumings 
as Surveyor James Cumings and John Goffe as Chainmen made 
Oath that in Surveying and measureing three Hundred Acres of 
Land Granted by the Gen" Court to Sam^ Butterfield of Chelms- 
ford thay Did Deal faithfully & Impartially 

Eleazar T3'-ng Jus*'''® pacis 



[Grant to John Plaisted.] 
[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 17, 1734.] 

A Petition of John Plaistead of Amesbury, Shewing that he 
Served the Province in the Indian War in five Several Expedi- 
tions and in four of them as a Voluntier that he with others pe- 
titioned the Court for a Township at Ameskeeg and from some 
Encouragement he had built upon the Land but the Court were 
pleased to Grant a Township near the place to the Narragansett 
Soldiers, Praying for a Grant of the Unappropriated Lands on the 
East Side of Merrimack River. — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & in Answer to this Petition 
Ordered that the pet"^^ have leave to Survey and lay out by a Sur- 
veyor & Chainmen on Oath three hundred Acres of the Unappro- 
priated Lands of the Province lying on the East Side of Merri- 
mack River, and to the Northward of One Thousand Acres 
Granted to Robert Rand, and Return a plat thereof to this Court 
within twelve Months for Confirmation, to him and his heirs and 
Assignes forever, On Condition the Pet'^' his heirs or assignes do 
within three Years Settle two familys on the Granted Lands and 
have each of them a house there of Eighteen feet Square and five 
Acres of Land brought to English Grass or broke up by Plowing 
and well inclosed — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Grant to Robert Rand.] 

[Mass. House Journal, March i, 1733.] 

A Petition of Robert Rand of Boston Sail-maker, shewing 
that his great Uncle Thomas Goffe, Esq ; Deputy Governour of the 



196 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Company for settling the late Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay , 
was at great expence in bringing forward and planting the said 
Colony, and after large Adventures here, he took a Voyage for 
this Country, but died in the Passage, and never received any 
Gratuity from the Planters or Settlers, nor any Person for him ; 
that the Petitioners Grand-mother was Sister to the said Mr. Goffe ; 
and that he is eldest Son to her Daughter ; praying that forasmuch 
as the said Colony was greatly benefitted by the Expence or Es- 
state of the said Mr. Goffe^ and never received any thing therefor, 
and the Petitioner being reduced to low and necessitous Circum- 
stances, that the Court of their compassionate consideration would 
make him a Grant of some of the unappropriated Lands of the 
Province, for the reasons aforesaid. Read and referred to the 
next sitting of the Court for consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jul}^ 3, 1734.] 

A Plat of One thousand acres of Land laid out to satisfy a 
Grant of this Court made to Robert Rand in April last, lying on 
the East side Merrimack River to the Northward of little Cohass 
Brook, great Cohass River running through the same, was pre- 
sented for allowance. Read, and the Qiiestion was put. Whither 
the Plat shall be accepted. It pass'd in the Negative. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 4, 1734-] 

On a motion made and seconded by divers Members that the 
House would re-consider their Vote of the third of ynly last for 
not accepting a Plat of one thousand acres of Land, Surveyed 
and laid out by Satnuel Danforth Surveyor, and two Chain-men 
on Oath, lying on the east side of Merrimack River to the north- 
ward of little Cohass Brook, great Cohass River running thro' 
the same to satisfy a Grant of this Court made to Robert Rand in 
April last, the Question was put. Whither the House would re- 
consider their said Vote ! Resolved in the Affirmative, and there- 
upon Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein 
described and delineated be and hereby are confirmed to the said 
Robert Rand his heirs and assigns forever, in satisfaction of the 



MANCHESTER. I97 

Grant within mentioned, provided it exceeds not the quantity of 
one thousand acres of Land, and does not interfere with any 
former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 5, 1734-] 

'Jacob Wendell, Esq ; brought down the Plat of one thousand 
aci'es of Land granted to Robert Rand, with the vote of the 
House of the \th. currant thereon, Pass'd in Council, viz. In Coun- 
cil, Decemb. ^tli. 1734. Read and concur'd with an amendment, 
viz. add — provided also that this Grant shall no tuays affect the 
privilege of fishing in great Cohass River, but the same shall 
remain in common to all His Majesty^ s Subjects of this Province 
as heretofore, and no obstruction shall be given to the passage of 
the Fish up and down the said River. Sent down for Concur- 
rence. 

Read and Concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 5, 1734.] 

A Plat of One Thousand Acres of Land laid out by Samuel 
Danforth Esq"" and Chainmen on Oath to fulfill a Grant made by 
this Court to Robert Rand lying on each side of Merrimack River 
begining at a Great White Oak tree marked R Standing on the 
side of the said River and a little to the Northward of little Cohass 
Brook Thence Runing upon Merrimack River five hundred and 
Eighty Six poles to a great White Oak tree mark'd R being the 
North West Corner thence Runing Eastward two hundred and 
twenty three poles to a pine tree marked R which is the Northeast 
Corner thence Southward five hundred & Eighty poles to a pine 
tree mark'd R which is the South east Corner thence to the bounds 
first mentioned 

In the House of Represent*^ Read and Ordered that the plat be 
Accepted and the Lands therein Delineated & Described be and 
hereby are Confirmed to the said Robert Rand his heirs and 
assignes forever in Satisfaction of the Grant within mentioned 
Provided it Exceeds not the quantity of one Thousand Acres of 
Land and does not Interfere with any former Grant Provided also 
that this Grant shall no Ways afiect the priviledge of Fishing in 
Great Cohass River but the same shall remain in Common to all 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



his Majestys Subjects of this Province as heretofore and no Ob- 
struction shall be given to the passage of the Fish up and down 
the said River — 

In Council Read & Concurred — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 8, p. 35.] 




June 28 : 1734 Laid out to Robert Rand of Boston one thousand 
acres of land on y® east side of merimack River begining at A 
great white oak tree marked R : which stands by y® side of mer- 
imack River and A little north ward of little cohas Brook called 
and from sd white oak it bounds upon merimack River five hun- 
dred and eighty six pole to A great white oak tree marked R : 
which is y® north west corner, then it Runs east ward from sd 
white oak two hundred and twenty three poles to A pine tree 
marked R which is y*^ north east corner then it Runs south ward 
from sd pine tree five hundred and eighty poles to A pine tree 
marked R : which is y® South east corner, then it turns and Runs 
west ward to y^ first bound white oak tree where it began — 

Samuel Danforth Survayor : 



MANCHESTER. 



199 



In the House of Rep*'^'®^ July 3*^ 1734 Read & the Question was 
put Whether the Plat shall be accepted? It pass'd in the Negative 

Middelsex ss Dunstable June 28*'^ i734 

Sam" Danforth personally appeard before me and was sworn 
to the faithful Discharge of a Surveyer 

Eleazar Tyng jus* P 

Middelsex ss Dunstable June 2g^^ i734 

Cap* Henry Farwell and Zacheus Lovewell personally appeared 
before me and was sworn to the faithfull Discharge of Chanemen 

Eleazar Tyng jus' P 



[Grant to Jeremiah Stevens.] 
[Mass. House Journal, April 10, 1735.] 

A Petition of Cap* yereniiah Stevens of Salisbu7'y , praying that 
in consideration of his many Services to the Province against the 
Indian Enemy in the Eastern Country especially, as particularly 
therein set forth, he may obtain a Grant of some of the Province 
Lands, the better to enable him to settle some of his Sons who are 
grown up, he having but little Land of his own to settle them on. 
Read, and in answer to this Petition, Ordered, That four hundred 
and fifty acres of the Province Lands lying on the east side of 
Merrbnack River next the Grant lately made to Mr. ^Jonathan 
Blaisdell, be and hereby is granted to the Petitioner his heirs and 
assigns, on condition that the Petitioner his heirs or assigns do 
within three years settle three families on the granted Lands, and 
have each of them an House there of eighteen feet square and 
seven feet stud at least, and also five acres of Land brought to 
english Grass or broke up by plowing, and well inclosed ; the 
Petitioner to return a Plat of the Lands to the Court within twelve 
months for confirmation. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Sept. 11, 1735.] 

A Plat containing four hundred and fifty acres of Land laid out 
by Satmiel Emerson, Surveyor, and two Chain-men on Oath, to 



200 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



satisfy a Grant of this Court of the \oth. of April last to Capt. 
'Jeremiah Stevens, lying on the East side Merrimack River, next 
Mr. yokn Blaisdale's Grant, was presented for allowance. Read 
and Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands within 
mentioned be and hereby are confirmed to the said Capt. Jere- 
miah Stevens his Heirs and Assigns for ever, provided he or they 
comply with the Conditions of the Grant, provided also the Plat 
exceeds not the quantity of four hundred and fifty acres of Land, 
and does not interfere with any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 2.I 




Essex ss 

Almsbury July y« 18* 1735 

Appeared Samuel Emerson a Serveyer and Made oath that he 
serveyed y® within mentioned tract of land as Granted by Scale 
and Compass and that y® within Mentioned plan is a true plan 
Misured according to arte 

before me Orlando Bagly 

Justice of y® peace 



MANCHESTER. 20I 

Essex ss 

Almsbury July y® i8"' 1735 

Appeared Jacob Sargent and Samuel Colby And Made oath as 
Chaine Men that they Carryed y® Chaine for laying out sd tract 
of Land Carefully and Allowed only for Swage of Chaine 

before me Orlando Bagly 

Justice o peace 

In the House of Rptives Sepf 11, 1735 Read & ordered y* y® 
plat be accepted & y® Ids within mentioned be & hereby are con- 
firmed to y® sd Capt Jerimiah Stevens his heirs & assigns for ever 
provided he or they comply with the Conditions of the Grant pro- 
vided also the plat exceeds not the quantity of four hundred & 
fifty acres of Land and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Spkr 

In Council Nov"" 22 1735 Read and Concurred 

J Willard Sectry 

Dec 29 Consented to J Belcher 

[Grant to Thomas Tilestone.] 
[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 9, i735-6.] 

A Petition of Thomas Tilestone^ of Dorchester, Esq ; praying 
the consideration of the Court for a Grant of Lands on account 
of his publick services and sufferings, for the reasons mentioned. 
Read and Ordered, That the Petitioner have leave by a Surveyor 
and Chain men on Oath to survey and lay out two hundred acres 
of the unappropriated Lands of the Province adjoining to some 
former Grant, and return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve 
months for confirmation to the Petitioner his heirs and assigns, 
provided he or they do within the space of three years break up 
bring to and fit for mowing and ploughing and well inclose six 
acres of the granted premisses, and build an House thereon of 
eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least, and have a 
family actually dwelling therein within said term. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 7, 1736-7.] 

A Plat containing two hundred & twenty Acres of Land, sur- 
veyed & laid out by 'James Citmmings Surveyor and two Chain- 



202 CHARTER RECORDS. 

men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this Court to Ihomas Tilestone, 
Esq : as entred the ()tk. of January last, with an allowance for 
Ponds and swag of Chain, lying on the West side of Mei'rimack 
River at the Head of Amaskeeg Falls, beginning at a Pine Tree 
marked, then the Line runs up the River three hundred rods to a 
Pine Tree marked, was presented for Allowance. Read and 
Ordered., That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described, be and hereby are confirmed to the said 
Thomas Tilestone, Esq ; his Heirs and Assigns for ever, he or 
they performing the Conditions of the Grant, provided the Plat 
exceeds not the quantity of two hundred and twenty Acres, and 
does not interfere with any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 6%^^ 

I the Subscriber to gather with William lund and Cypron Pow- 
ers have survaid and laid out un to Coll Tho* Tilston a sarton farm 
or tract of land contaning 220 acars bounded thus as folios one 
the west side of Merimack river beginen att y® head of namoskeag 
falls att a pine tree marked then y^ line runs up the river 300 rods 
to a pine tre marked then line runs west 7 degree to the South 
sixty rods then y® line South twenty degres west 268 rods then 
y® line Runs South 30 degres Est Sixty rods to pine then y'' line 
runs Est 7° North 170 rds to ye bounds furst menchond all w*^^ 
with out allowance for Sagg of Chain and Ponds w*''* is abt 20 
acres. Survaid this 29 daye of December y^ 1736 Per me 

James Cumings 

Middlesex ss 

Dunstable January 3"* 1736 
Personally appearing be fore me the Subscriber James Comings 
Surveyor, Will Lund and Cypron Powers Chaine men made Oath 
that in the Surveying and Measuring Two Hundred acres of Land 
Granted b}'' the General Court to Thos Tileston Esq*^ of Dorchester 
they doe deal faithfull}^ and Impertially 

Jurat me Eleazar Tyng jus* Peace 

In the House of Representatives Jan the 17"' 1736 Read and Or- 
dered that the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be & are hereby confirmed to the said Thomas 
Tilestone Esq"" his heirs & assigns for ever he or they performing 



MERRIMACK. 2O3: 

the Conditions of the Grant provided the plat exceeds not the 

quantity of two hundred and twenty acres and does not interfere 
with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp*^*^ 

In Council Jan'"^' 10. 1736 

Read & Concurred Simon Frost Dep* Sec'y 

Consented to J Belcher 



MERRIMACK. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant. Incorporated April 2, 1746. Col. 
Joseph Blanchard was authorized to call the first meeting. An addition of all that 
part of the town north of the Souhegan river was granted Jan. i, 1750. 

See New Hampshire charters following ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 548 ; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 586; Index to Laws, 342 ; Centennial Address, 1846, by 
S. T. Allen, pub. 1846; historical sketch, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 527 ; consult authorities cited under title of Dunstable.] 



[Grant to Benjamin Smith.] 

[Mass. House Journal, June 17, 1731-] 

A Petition of Benjamin Smith, living on Land on Merrimack 
River near jVaticook, praying the Court, to make him a Grant of 
One Hundred Acres of Land (including an Island whereon he 
has built a House, & made Improvements) on the West side of 
the said River, adjoyning thereto, (to be laid out in a regular 
Form) or that it may be Sold to him on reasonable Terms, for 
Reasons mentioned. Read, and referred to the next Session for 
Consideration. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 20, 1733.] 

A Petition of Benjamin Smith Setting forth his great Services 
for the province in divers Marches against the Indian Enemy & 
Shewing that he has presumed to take up ab*^ Sixteen Acres of 
Province Land on Merrimack River, partl}^ on an Island about a 
Mile above Sohegan River, & partly on the Main adjacent there- 
to, & hath built an House thereon, & laid out ab* One Hundred & 



204 CHARTER RECORDS. 

fifty pounds To which Land he acknowledges he has no right & 
Praying a Grant of the s*^ Land & thirty four Acres more upon 
such Terms as this Court shall judge proper — 

In the House of Represent^®* Read & in Answer to this Petition, 
Ordered that the Petition' be allowed by a Survey"^ & Chainmen 
on Oath to Survey & lay out fifty Acres of the Province Lands, 
including the Island within mentioned & the other Land improved 
by the Petition"^ & that he return a Plat thereof to this Court within 
twelve Months for Confirmation — In Council; Read & Concur'd 
Provided the Petition*" pay into the Province Treasury The Sum 
of Ten pounds immediately upon y® Confirmation of the said Land 
by this Court — In the House of Represent^'^* Read «& Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



MILFORD. 

[Constituted from parts of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, and included 
Charlestown and Duxbury School Farms. Incorporated Jan. ii, 1794. Unsuc- 
cessful attempts at incorporation were made in 1779 and 1780. A portion of Am- 
herst was annexed Dec. 20, 1842, and a portion of Lyndeborough, June 27, 1873. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 397 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 603 ; Index 
to Laws, 345 ; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
P- 55-] 



[Charlestown School Farm.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659.] 

In Ans'^' to the peticon of Charles Toune & Cambridge The 
Court having Considered the Grounds of this peticion & of how 
great Concernment It is y* all due encouragement be given there- 
to, Judge meete to Graunt to each Toune a thousand acres of land 
upon Condicon y*^ they forever appropriate it to that use, & w"*in 
three yeers at farthest lay out the same & put it on Improovement, 
& In Case that they faile of mainetaining a Grammar schoole dur- 
ing the said time they shall so doe the next Gramar schoole of w* 
Toune soever shall have the sole bennefitt thereof;/ 



MILFORD. 205 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 16, 1660.] 

By virtue of an order of the Gennerall Court laid out for the use 
of the schoole of charles Toune one thousand acres of land, more 
or lesse, in the wildernesse on the westerne side of merremacke 
River at a place Comonly Called by the Indians Sowheaganucke 
begining at the ffoote of a great hill and so extending Eastward 
about two miles doune the said River and bounded w*^ the River 
North and by land laied out for m""* Anna Cole on the East the 
wildernes elswhere surrounding according to marked trees all w*^** 
are sufficiently bounded w^*^ C and is more fully demonstrated by 
a platt taken of the same by Jonathan Danforth surv'. 

The Court doth allow & approove of this Returne./ 



[Grant to Anna Cole.] 
[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659.] 

In Consideration of the late Cap* Robert Keaynes libberall 
guifts to the Country in his will the whole Court mett together 
voted ; that m*^ Anna Cole the late Relict of the said Cap* Robert 
Keaine and Anna Keayne the Grandchild shall have five hundred 
acres of land apeece laid out to them & theire heires where It is to 
be found./ 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 16, 1660.] 

Laid out to m"^* Anna Cole five hundred acres more or lesse of 
land in the wildernes on the westerne side of merremacke River at 
Souheaganuck being butted & bounded w*** land lately laid out for 
charlstowne schoole on the west sowheaganucke River on the 
North lying three hundred and forty pole long by the side of the said 
River the wildernesse elswhere surrounding according to bound 
mark trees w'''^ are marked w*'^ C. w*'^ is more fully demonstrated 
by a platt taken of the same by Jonathan Danforth surveyo'. The 
Court Judgeth it meete to Allow & Confirme the land returned to 
the said Anna Cole lately keayne hir heires & Assignes forever./ 



2o6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Grant to Samuel Cole.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 26, 1658.] 

In Ans' to the petition of Samuell Cole. The Court Judgeth it 
meete to Graunt the peticoner the necke of land desired lying 
w^'^in a mile & a half or two miles of nacooke beyond the Toune of 
Chelmsford & what is wanting there to make up the fower hun- 
dred acres formerly Graunted him he hath liberty to take up in any 
other place where he Cann finde it according to lawe 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 9, and Court Records, Nov. 

12, 1659.] 

Laid out to M*" Samuell Cole of Boston, four hundred acr of 
lands in y® wildernesse ; on y*' westerne side of Merimack River ; 
begining at Nacook one part of y® same ; about fifty and five 
ace : lying upon y® said Brooke and Joyning to Merimack River 
runing up y^ brook about two hundred & fifty two pole ; also one 
part or parsall of y® same adjoyning to y® said River beginning 
about three quarters of a mile above it ; and so runnes up y^ River 
two miles and 34 pole, as by this plott is demonstrated ; also 3 
patches of meadow lying distinck from y® aforesaid lands, about 2 
miles : two of y™ lying at forrest field hill : y® 3d som what distant 
from y™ also a small parsall of meadow lying upon a brook 
(called little Nacook) which brook runnes through y® said farme ; 
y® content or Superfitia of all y® aforesaid parsells are (400) ace 
of land, all which land are well and suffetiently bounded and 
marked with C : 

May II*'' 1659 By Jonathan Danforth Survey' 

The Deputyes approve of this return provided that this four hun- 
dred Acors be made up seven hundred Acors back from the river, 
out of which Capt Edward Johnson is to have his three hundred 
Acors indefifrently layd out respecting both meddow & upland & 
M' Cole to have his first choyce but Capt Johnson to beare halfe 
the Charge of laying of it out, relating to what hath bin already 
expended or what further remayned to be done & all with refer- 
ence to the Consent of o® Horn^** magists hereto 

10 (9) 1659 William Torrey Cleric 

Consented to by y® Magists 

Edw Rawson Sectey 



MILFORD. 



207 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i. p. 9. 




208 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. lo.] 




:^o»v .n t«. ■^^^ wA.cA. 6 




[DuxBURY School Farm.] 
[Mass. Court Records, March 4, 1733-4.] 

"A Petition of Col. John Alden — Represent^® of the Town of 
Duxbiiry Shewing that the said Town is obliged by Law to main- 
tain a Grammar School, but by reason of the fewness of the Inhab- 
itants & their Poverty the Charge of the School lies heavy upon 
them, and therefore Praying that this Court would make them a 
Grant of the Province Land the better to enable them to defray 
the said Charge — 

In the House of Represenf^^^ Read & Ordered that the Town of 
Duxbury be & hereby is allowed & impowered by a Survey"^ & 
Chainmen on Oath to survey & lay out Five hundred Acres of the 



MILFORD. 



209 



unappropriated Lands of the Province, & return a Plat thereof to 
this Court within twelve months for confirmation, for the mainte- 
nance & support of a Grammar School there — 

In Council Read & Concurred — 

Consented to — J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 24, 1734.] 

A plat containing five hundred acres of Land surveyed and laid 
out by order of the Court the 4//^ of March last by Capt. yonas 
Houghton Surveyor, and two Chain-men on Oath, to satisfy a 
Grant made to the Town of Diixhtiry for the use of a Grammar 
School there, bounded southerly on Soiihegan River East on the 
uppermost Narragansett Township on said River ; was presented 
for allowance. Read and accepted, and Ordered^ That the Plat 
be allowed, and that the Lands therein delineated and described 
be and hereby are confirmed to the Town of Duxbury for the use 
maintenance and support of a Grammar School there for ever, 
provided it exceeds not the quantity of five hundred acres, and 
does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Maps «fe Plans, Vol. 8, p. 27] 




2IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

July y® 4 & 5 : 1734 Laid out five Hundred acres of Land to 
fulfill a Grant made by the Great and General Court or Assembly 
to the Town of Duxbury March y** 4"^ i733 : which Bounds South- 
erly on Souhegan River : East on the upermost Narragonset 
Township upon Said River, North & West upon the unapropri- 
ated Lands It begins at a whitoak Marked (with a heep of stons 
nere to it) on the North side of said River : abought one Hundred 
and thirty Rods above the uper End of Chalstown Scool Farme 
and Runs North two Hundred Rods from thence East four Hun- 
dred Rods to Said Narraganset Township from thence South two 
Hundred & Seventeen Rods to Said Souhegen River and then it 
Runs up along by Said River to where it first began 

Survey'^ "§ Jonas Houghton 

In the House of Representatives December 24*^ i734' Read 
and accepted and ordered That the plat be allowed and the Lands 
therein delineated and described be and hereby are confirmed to 
the town of Duxbury for the maintenance and support of a gram- 
mer School there, provided it exceeds not the quantity of Five 
hundred acres and does not interfere with any former Grant 
Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp^" 

In Council Dec'' : 26 : 1734 Read & Concurred 

T : Mason Dep* Sec^ 
27 : Consented to J Belcher. 



NASHUA. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant. Incorporated as Dunstable, April 
I, 1746. " One Pine Hill," belonging to Dunstable, was annexed to Hollis, Dec. 
I3> 1763- The farms of Daniel Merrill and Ebenezer Jacquith were taken from 
Dunstable and annexed to Hollis, May 14, 1773. The name was changed to 
Nashua, Dec. 7, 1836. Nashville was set off and incorjDorated June 23, 1842, but 
was re-united and the two incorporated as a city, June 27, 1853. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 622 ; Index 
to Laws, 389; sketch, by O.C.Moore, i, Granite Monthly, 57; historical sketch, 
Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 139; consult authorities cited 
under title of Dunstable.] 



[Grant to Boston Artillery Company.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 31, 1670.] 

In Ans' to the motion of severall officers of the Artillery Com- 
pany in Boston Itt is Ordered that the thousand acres of land 



NASHUA. 



211 



form'"ly granted to them, & not laid out be laid out in any place 
where it may be found not already granted & returne thereof 
made to this Court 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 34, p. 9.] 




[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 34, p. 9, and Court Records, Oct. 

15' 1673.] 

Artilery of Boston Ther ffarme Lad out Sep*'' 22*^ 1673 Viz 
ffrom a Red oake tre marked a by a gully Side on the banke of 



212 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Marymak River, on a Straight Line W b S one mile & thre quart* 
by marked trees unto a pine at B : by a medow calld Speckticle 
Medow ifrom B to C. & about the Medow to D : taking in the sd 
two first patches of Medow w*'^ Medow is estimated at 30 Acors : 
ffrom D to E by the brooke Caled Specticle Brooke w* Brooke 
Runs into Nashua River ffrom E to F by Nashua or Watananok 
River into Marymak River. 

ly**" October, 1673 : 

The magists approove of this Returne and doe further Grant 
them as an Addition thereto y® Grant being above thirty yeares 
since The quantity of five hundred acres next Adjoyning The 
magists have pass this their brethren the Deputy es hereto Con- 
senting Edw Rawson Secret^ 

The Deputies Consent hereto provided that the Addition of five 
hundred Acre* be layd out in some Convenient place next Adjoyn- 
ing to the plantation now graunted there o^ Hono"^*^ magists Con- 
senting hereto 

Consented to by y® magists 

17^^ October 1673. Edw Rawson Secret 



[Grant to Richard Dummer.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 14, 1656.] 

In Ans' to the peticion of m"^ Richard Dummer Craving an 
Allowance of land for seventy three pounds by him long since 
given to the Countries use by the Appointm* of the Court in the 
yeares 1637 & 1639. This Court In Consideracion thereof doth 
graunt the Peticoner eight hundred acres of land in any place that 
is free from former graunts & not p'judiciall to a Plantacion Pro- 
vided it be laid out bounded & Retourne made by some surveyor 
w*Mn one yeare./ 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659, and Maps and Plans, 

Vol. I, p. 8. J 

Laid out to m' Richard Dummer ; eight hundred acres of land 
in the wildernes on the Northerne side of merremack River 
begining at weekasoak brook being bounded therewith, & merre- 



NASHUA. 



213 



mak River on y* west; Adjoyning to farmes lately laid out to 
Peter & James Oliver & some others on the South the wildernesse 
elswhere surrounding according to marked trees as by a plott 
taken of the same is more fully demonstrated w*^'^ is on file. 

By Jonathan Danforth Surveior 

The Court Approoves of this Returne so as It exceed not fiffty 
acres above the some of eight hundred acres/ 

The deputyes approve of this returne w**^ refference to the Con- 
sent of o"^ hono*^ magis*^ hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

The magis'* Consent hereto so as it exceede not fifty acres above 
the some of eight hundred acres theire brethren the deput^ Con- 
senting thereto : Edw : Rawson 

Consented to by the deputyes 

William Torrey Cleric. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. i, p. 8.] 







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214 charter records. 

[Grant to Savage, Oliver, and Others.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 28, 1659.] 

In Ans' to the peticion of Cap* Thomas Savage, Left Peter 
Oliver Capt James Oliver Capt James Johnson, Left w™ Hudson 
m"" Jeremiah Houchin and Ensigne John Evered Humbly Desiring 
the favor of this Court to Graunt unto them meete ffarmes The 
Court Judgeth it meete to Graunt the peticoners two hundred & 
fifty acres of land apeece on Condition that they observe the order 
propounded for the regulating in the laying out of all future 
Graunts that so places fitt for Touneships be not utterly spoyled : 
to the Great Damage of this Comon=wealth./ 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659.] 

Laid out to Capt Thomas Savage Cap* frauncis Norton Left w™ 
Hudson & m^ Jerremiah Houchin one thousand acres of land in 
the wildernesse on the westside of merremak River upon Samon 
Brooke begining at sagumskuffe and so Runing doune the River 
or brooke one part or parcell of the same Conteyning about nine 
hundred thirty fower acres more or lesse also one part or parcell 
Conteghning sixty six acres more or lesse nere adjoyning there- 
unto being bounded w**^ the wildernesse according to marked trees 
as by a plott taken of y® Same is more fully Demonstrated & is on 
file 

By me Jonathan Danforth surveior 

The Court approves of this Return e/ 



[Grant to John Whiting.] 
[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 12, 1659.] 

In Ans'" to the petic'on of m'' Samuell whiting in behalfe of his 
brother m'" John whiting & M'" Richard westland Aldermen of 
Boston for this Courts Graunt of fower hundred acres of land 
apeece In Consideration of fifty pounds apeece long since laid out 
in the Comon Adventure the Court Graunts his request i. e fower 



NEW BOSTON. 2l5 

hundred acres apeece to them the said John whiting & Richard 
westland & theire heires & Assignes & that It be laid out adjoyn- 
inge to such Lands as are taken up by order of this Court. 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. i6, 1660.] 

Laid out to m"^ John whiting fower hundred acres of land on the 
western side of merremacke river begining at the mouth of Sal- 
mon Brooke & so extending upwards one the same brooke about 
one mile & halfe being butteld & bounded by merremack River on 
the east, & by the upland side on the north of the said brooke els- 
where bounded by marked trees according to a platt taken of the 
same : The Court doth Approove & Confirme this Returne. 



NEW BOSTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 14, 1735-6, to John Simpson and others. 
The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors, Feb. 2, 1748-9. Some- 
times called Latie's-town and Boston Piscataqnog Towns/iip. Regranted Dec. 24, 
1 75 1, to Job Lewis and others, Incorporated as New Boston, Feb. 18, 1763, and 
named from Boston, Mass. The farm of Isaac Parker was severed and annexed to 
Goffstown, June 18, 1836. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 553 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 642 ; Index 
to Laws, 395; History, by Elliott C. Cogswell, 1864, pp. 470; historical sketch, 
by Neil McLane, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 585.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 5, 1734-] 

A Petition of Capt. Nathanael Bowman, and others in the pub- 
lick Service in the Canada Expedition under the command of the 
late Sir William Phipps, Knt. praying for a Grant of Land, as 
entred the 20ih, oiyime 1732, and i6ih. of June last, and referred. 
Read and committed to the Committee appointed to consider of the 
Petition of Abraham Tiltofi oi Ipswich, and others, and report 
what may be proper to be done thereon. 



2l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, i735-] 

On the Petition of 'John Shnpson, and others, praying for some 
Province Lands, which was read and accepted, and Voted, That 

the pra3^er of the Petition be granted, and that together 

with such as shall be joined by the honourable Board, be a Com- 
mittee at the charge of the Petitioners, to layout a Township of the 
contents of six miles square at the place petitioned for, or some 
other suitable place, and that they return a Plat thereof within 
twelve months for confirmation ; and for the more effectual bring- 
ing forward the Settlement of the said new Town, Orde7'ed, 
That the said Town be laid out into sixty three equal shares, one 
of which to be for the first settled Minister, one for the Ministry, 
and one for the School ; and that on each of the other sixty shares 
the Petitioners do within three years from the confirmation of the 
Plan, have settled one good family, who shall have a House built 
on his home lot of eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the 
least and finished, that each Right or Grant have six acres of 
Land brought to and plowed, or brought to english Grass and 
fitted for mowing, that they settle a learned orthodox Minister, 
and build and finish a convenient Meeting House for the publick 
Worship of GOD, and the said Committee are hereby directed to 
take bond of each Settler oi Foj'ty Pounds for his faithful comply- 
ing with and performing the Conditions of Settlement, and in case 
any of the said Settlers fail of performing the aforesaid Condi- 
tions, then his or their Right Share or Interest in said Town to re- 
vert to and be at the disposition of the Province. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1735.] 

On the Petition of Capt. Nathanael Bowman, and others, Can- 
ada Officers and Soldiers Anno 1690, as entred the 5M. of ynne 
1734, which was read and accepted, and thereupon the House 
came into a Vote for a Grant of a Township to the Petitioners of 
six miles square, lying North of the JVarraganselt Town called 
number Three, on the same Conditions of Settlement as the afore- 
said Grants were made. Sent up for Concurrence. 



NEW BOSTON. 2l7 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 14, 1735-6.] 

'Josefh Wilder, Esq : brought down the Petition of yohn Simp- 
son, and others, praying for a grant of a Township, as entred the 
3<f. ult, with the Vote of the House thereon, Pass'd in Council, 
viz. In Council yaniiary i^th. 1735. Read and concur'd with 
the Amendment, viz. at the end the Vote — add — and that the said 
Committee be and hereby are impowrcd to sue out the bonds and 
recover the possession of the forfeited Lots (if any be) at the ex-pi- 
ration of the three years, and to grant them over to other Persons 
that will C07nply with the Conditions within one year next after the 
said Grant, and the bonds to be made and given to the said Com- 
mittee and their successors in said trust. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 14, 1735-6.] 

In the House of Represent^ In answer to the petition of John 
Simpson & others Voted That the prayer of the petition be Granted 

& that together with such as shall be Joined by the Hon^^^ 

Board be a Com'^® at the Charge of the pef^ to lay out a Township 
of the Contents of Six Miles square at the place petitioned for^ or 
some other Suitable place and that they Return a plat thereof to 
this Court within twelve months for confirmation ; And for the 
more Effectual bringing forward a Settlement of the said New 
town Ordered that the said Town be laid out into Sixty three 
Equal Shares One of which to be for the first Settled Minister, 
One for the Ministry and one for the School and that on each of 
the other Sixty Shares The pet^^ do within three Years from the 
Confirmation of the Plan have Settled one Good Family who shall 
have a house built on his home lott of Eighteen feet Square and 
Seven feet Stud at the least, and finished, that each Right or 
Grant have Six Acres of Land brought to and plowed or brought 
to English Grass and fitted for Mowing that they Settle a Learned 
and Orthodox Minister and build and finish a Convenient Meeting 
house for the publick Worship of God, And the said Com*®^ are 
hereby directed to take Bond of each Settler of Forty pounds for 
his faithfull Complying with and performing the Conditions of 
Settlement, And in Case the said Settlers fail of performing any 

1 Lands lying near Lambstown, Paquoig, &c. 



2l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of the abovesaid Conditions of Settlement, then his or their Right 
Share or Interest in said Town to Revert to and be at the Dispo- 
sition of the province and that the said Com'^^ be and hereby are 
Impowred to sue out the Bonds and Recover possession of the for- 
feited Lotts if any be at the Expiration of the three Years and to 
Grant them over to other persons that will Comply with the Condi- 
tions within one Year next after the said Grant And the Bonds to 
be made and given to the said Com'" and their Successors in the 
said Trust — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. i6, 1735-6.] 

On the petition of John Simpson and others Entred Jan'ry 14, 

1735' 

Ordered that Cap' William Collins and M' Ebenezer Parker 
with such as shall be Joined with the Hon^^® Board, be a Com*^® to 
take a plat of the within Township & Effectual Care that the same 
be brought forward to all Intents & purposes Agreeable to the 
Conditions of the Grant — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and William Dudley Esq'' is 
Joined in the Affair — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 17.] 

Mid^ ss Dunstable Jan"^ y^ 28"^ 1735. 
Jerathmeel Cumings as Surveyor and Zacheus Lovewell & 
James Cumings as Chainmen personally appearing before me y® 
Subscriber one of his Majesties Justices of the peace for the 
County of Mid^ made Oath that in Surveying And measureing a 
Township granted by the Gen'^ Court to M"" John Simpson And 
Others, thay would deal truly and faithfully in their Respective 
trusts. Eleazer Tyng 

I The Subscriber together w'^ Zacheus Lovewell and James 
Cumings as Chainmen have Lay'd out Pursuant to the Grant of 
the Gen^^ Court, To M' John Simpson & Others Petitioners with 
him for a Tow^nship in the unappropriated Lands of the province of 



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[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9' P- 17-] 




T>.„ hUii- h,,t, 



,„i..:i.t,.^L 



NEW BOSTON. 219 

The Contents of Six miles Square with one thousand Acres Added 
for ponds that Lye within the S*^ township, and have bounded it 
thus Beginning at a Beach tree one of the Corners of the Narra- 
gansit town N*' 5 and in the north Line of y® Narragansit N^ 3 : 
from thence runing two degrees South of the West by y® S'^ Nar- 
ragansit Town N'' 3 four miles & three Quarters to the northwest 
corner of the s*^ Township from thence the Same Course one mile 
and one hundred and Twenty Rods to a Burch tree marked from 
thence the line turn's and run's North two degrees to the west By 
Province Land Six miles and fourty two rods to a white pine tree 
marked from thence the line turns & Run's East two Degrees 
north by Province Lands Six miles and fourty two Rods to a white 
Oake tree marked from thence we run South two degrees East 
Partly by Province Lands & partly by the Narragansit town afores'^ 
N*' 5 to the beach tree the first mentioned bound with two rods in 
Each hundred, Added for uneveness of Land and Swagg of Chain 
w*^'' said Lands Lye on the west side Merrimack river on the 
Branches of Piscataquag river. 

Jerahmeel Cumings — Surveyor 
February The 12^^' 1735 — 

In the House of Representatives March ip**" 1735. Read and 
Ordered That the plot be accepted and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the said John 
Simpson and the other Grantees mentioned in their petition passed 
the last Sitting of the Court their heirs & assigns respectively for 
ever provided the plot exceeds not the quantity of Six Miles 
Square and One thousand acres of Land an allowance for ponds 
within the Tract, and does not interfere with any other or former 
Grant, provided also the petitioners their heirs or assigns compl}^ 
with the conditions of the Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp*"" 

In Council : March 20, 1735, Read & Concur'd, 

Simon Frost Dep* Sec'ry 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, March 19, 1735-6.] 

A Plat containing six miles square of Land laid out by jerah- 
meel Cummmgs Surveyor, and two Chain men on Oath, to satisfy 
a Grant of this Court of the 3^ day of December last, made to 



220 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Joh7i Simpson and divers others, lying adjoining to the Naragan- 
set Towns Numb. Three, and Numb. Five, and on Province 
Lands, with an allowance of a thousand acres of Land for Ponds 
lying within the Plat, was presented for allowance, Read and 
Ordered, That the Plat be allowed, and the Lands therein deline- 
ated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the said yohn 
Simpson and the other Grantees mentioned in their Petition, 
passed the last sitting of the Court, their heirs and assigns respect- 
ively for ever, provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity of six 
miles square, and one thousand acres of Land an allowance for 
Ponds within the tract, and does not interfere with any other or 
former Grant, provided also the Petitioners their heirs or assigns 
comply with the Conditions of the Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, March 20, 1735-6.] 

A Plat of a Township of Six Miles Square, Granted by the 
General Court to John Simpson & others. Surveyed by Jarahmeel 
Cummins & Chainmen on oath ; begining at a Beach tree, being 
one of the Corners of the Narraganset Town Number five, and in 
the North line of the Narraganset Town Number three, thence 
Runing West 2 deg. South by the said Town Number three four 
Miles and three Quarters to the North West Corner of the said 
Township, then on the same Course One Mile & one hundred & 
twenty Rods, to a Birch tree ; thence North two deg : West by 
Province lands Six Miles & forty two Rods, to a white pine tree 
Mark'd ; Thence South 2 deg. east partly by province Land & 
partly by the Narraganset Town Number five to the Beach first 
mentioned — 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1736.] 

Ebenezer Pomroy, Esq ; brought down a Petition of yo/in 
Simpson and others, setting forth their grateful acknowledgments 
for the Grant of a Township made them by this Court in Decem- 
ber last, subjected to Conditions of Settlement, and praying they 
may be allowed by their Committee to give bond in a sufficient 
Sum for the fulfilment of the said Conditions of the whole sixty 
Grantees, so that if either of the Grantees shall fail of performing 



NEW BOSTON. 221 

the Conditions of the Grant, or complying with the Votes and 
Orders they may pass among themselves, for the effectual Settle- 
ment of the Township agreable to the intent of the Court, the 
Right of such Grantee shall be forfeit to the other Grantees, for 
the reasons mentioned, they having agreed to build the Houses 
«&c. by a joint Stock, which accompanied an unanimous Vote of 
the Grantees to the purposes aforesaid. Pass'd in Council, viz. 
In Council June \ith. 1736. Read and sent down. 

Read and the Question was put. Whither the prayer of the 
Petition shall he granted? It pass'd in the Negative, and Or- 
dered, That the Petition be dismiss'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 14, 1736-7.] 

A Complaint of Mr. Joseph Marion of Boston, setting forth 
that he signed a Petition called the Petition of yohn Simpson and 
others, for a Township, which Petition has been granted by the 
Court ; that he imagined he was equally intitled with the other 
Petitioners to the benefit of the said Township, but that Mr. An- 
drew Lane of Boston, as the Complainant says he doubts not to 
prove, cut off' his Name from the Petition ; whereby he conceives 
himself greatly injured ; that he did not within twenty Days after the 
present sitting of the Court discover that the said Lane had thus 
Mutilated the Record, praying his Name may be inserted among 
the said Petitioners, and have equal Benefit with them in the 
Grant, for the reasons mentioned. Read, and the Complainant 
was admitted into the House, but the said Lane not being present, 
the affair was referred to the afternoon for Consideration. 

Post Meridiem. 

The House entred into the Consideration of the Complaint of 
Joseph Marion, and the Complainant with Mr. Andrew Lane 
attending at the Door were admitted in and fully heard thereon, 
and then they withdrew ; and the matter being fully considered, 
the Qiiestion was put. Whither the Prayer of the Complainant 
shall he granted? It pass'd in the Negative, 7\^p;;z/«^ Contradi- 
cente. 



222 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, June 17, i737'] 

A Petition signed Andrew Lajie, in behalf of the present Pro- 
prietors of the Township granted to yohn Simpson and others, 
lying on the Banks of Piscataqiiioag River in the County of Mid- 
dlesex, praying they may obtain a Grant of some of the unappro- 
priated Lands, being Part of the Southermost Part of Narragan- 
set Number Four so called, from the Line of Col. Gorhani's 
Township to Narragansett Number Five, and from the Petition- 
ers Township East to Merrimack River, and that all the said 
Lands within the Lines above, which includes several private 
Grants maybe annexed to the Petitioners Township and accounted 
all one intire Township, and among other Duties, they are willing 
over and above to pay sixty Pounds towards building a Bridge over 
Nashua River in such Place as shall be ordered by the Court. 
Read and Ordered, That the Petition be considered on Thursday 
the 23^. Instant. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 23, 1737.] 

A Petition of the Proprietors of the Township granted to 'John 
Simpson and others, lying on the Banks of Piscatquoiag River in 
the County of Middlesex praying for an additional Grant to their 
Township, that they are willing to pay among other Duties sixty 
Pounds towards building a Bridge over JVashua River, as entred 
the i^th. currant. Read again, and the Question was put. Whither 
the Prayer of the Petition shall be granted? It pass'd in the 
Negative. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 841.] 

A List of the Names Subscribed to v*^ Aforementioned Petition 
Viz* 

Andrew Lane Byfield Lyde John Hill 

John Spooner John Read Sam^ Tyler 

John Boydell John Homans Jon'^ Williams Jun'' 

Joshua Henshawjun^ Benj* Clark Jacob Hurd 

James Townsend W™ Salter Tho* Downe 

Zac^Johonnot Dan' Loring John Crocker 

W™ Speakman Tho* Greene Gilbert Warner 



NEW BOSTON. 2 23 

John Larrabee John Green Rufus Greene 

Tho^ Forster John Arbuthnott James Gould 

Joseph Green Isaac Walker Robert Jenkins 

Benj* Bagnall Rich^^ Checkley John Maverick 

Joshua Thomas Tho^ Hancock John Simpson 

John Carnes James Halsey John Tyler 

John Steel Dan' Goffe Charles Coffin 

Eben^ Bridge Dan' Pecker W"" Lee 

Henry Howell Job Lewis Tho^ Bulfinch 

John Indicott John Erving James Day 
A True Copy Exam^ f 

Thad Mason Dep* Secr^ 

att a Meeting of y® Propriators Ap' 21^' 1736 W™ Dudley Esq'" 
Chosen Moderator W™ Salter Clerk Tho^ Greene Treasurer 

W™ Dudley Esq"" Josiah Willard Esq' of Lunenburgh John 
Chandler Jun' Esq' W'" Bant Gideon Ball Capt Edward Durant 
Gershom Keys Rob*- Auchmooty Esq' Admitted Associates to y® 
Originall Petitioners & y® other Lott to make up y^ 60 was Re- 
servd in Common 

Voted y* y® Committee Imploy a Surveyor & Chainman to Lay 
out y® home lotts which was Accordingly done 

built a Saw Mill Raised a Meeting house & built Sixty Houses 
Clear'd Roads built bridges &c y*" Committee upon y*' Whole 
Expended as much as Amounted to Each Share between Seventy 
& Eighty pounds Old Tennor which each owner paid Readily (& 
Nottwithstanding Said Grant on y*' Divisionall Line being Run 
between the Provinces s** Grant fell within y*^ Line of New hamp- 
shire) they were determin'd to Settle y'' Same Agreable to y*' 
Grant of this Province & Some Settlers were on y® Premises & 
many More Agreed with to go on, Some Hunters or Evill minded 
persons by Setting Fire to y*^ Woods many of Said houses & p* of 
y® Meeting house were burnt, which together with y^ Expectation 
of a French war & which did Soon After Happen putt a Stop to 
any further progress for y' time, the next lett or Discouragement 
was a Number of y® Gentlemen of y® Province of New hampshire 
purchasers of Masons Claim gave them to Understand they Should 
not allow them to go on under S'' Grant from this Province unless 
they would Come under them & Acknowledge their Purchase 
Legall & Valid whereupon they did by a Committee wait on s'' 
Claimers & finding their Demands as they thought Extravagant 
Nothing Since has been done as Proprietors some few have in 



224 CHARTER RECORDS. 

their own Right disposd of their Shares to Inhabitants of y* Pro- 
vince at a Less Sum Than they had Expended Rather than have 
any further Contention with s"^ Masons Claimers ; The Above 
Township Lyes on the branches of Piscataquaog River nigh Merri- 
mack Above Dunstable. 

With y*^ Above Grant is the Substance of y® Case as it now 
stands — 

Attest W"^ Salter Proprietors Clerk 

Suffolk ss Boston 2^^^ March 1751 

Cap* William Salter appeared & made solemn oath that the 
following Return is to the best of his knowledge just & true 

Before me Tho® Hubbard Just Peace 



NEWINGTON. 

[Formerly a part of Dover, known as Bloody Point. The date of incorporation 
is doubtful, but is given by some authorities as July, 1764. A small portion of 
the town was severed and annexed to Portsmouth, June 26, 1821. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 153; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 710; Index 
to Laws, 404; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, 
p. 392 ; consult authorities cited under title of Dover.] 



\_Petition of Bloody Point to Belong to Dover Instead of Ports- 
mo 21th. '\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 3, p. 442.] 

To the Right Wor" Governour and the Wor" Assistants of the 
Massachusetts 

The humble peticon of the inhabitants of Blody poynt in the 
River Pascataway. 

Humbly showing unto you' good WorPP^ that you' peticon'" the 
inhabitants of Bloody poynt being as they are informed ordered to 
be w"'in the Township of Strawberry Banck w*'^ was done alto- 
geather against our consent wee ever having beene w^'^in the towne- 
ship of Dover & in Combinatio'^ w*^ them at ou' entrance under 
you' gov'ment and had promise from yo" to enjoy all our lawfull 
libertyes of felling Timber & the like w*^^ you' petition" are De- 



NEW IPSWICH. 225 

barrd of w*^'^ is upon record in you' Books and have beene formerly 
to their great losse & dam mage, Alsoe you"" petion'* further shew 
unto you"" good WorPP^ that Strawberry Banck lyeth 4 Myles from 
them or therabouts wherby they shalbe Debarred from hearing 
the word by reason of the Tides falling out that wee cannot goe 
but once a tbrtnight & then can stay but "^te of the day w'='' will 
rather be a day of toyle & labour then rest unto the Lord & yet 
must be forced to pay for the mainetenance of their Minister And 
sithence the Court they have layd out to themselves 50. 100 : or 
200 Acres a pte round about us penning us up & deniing us falling 
of any Timber w'^out their leave & making every one that will 
have of the said Land to pa}' yearely 50^ for a C Acres & soe after 
the rate for more or lest they being some 14 or 15 familyes living 
remote from one another scatering upon the River 2 miles & 4 : 
5.06 myle from us yet have taken to themselves all ou' best land 
adjoyning to us 

Humbly Beseeching you' good Wori'P^ to be pleased to take ou' 
Case into you' cerious consideracons & to take some order for us 
that wee may enjoy ou' former libertyes & continue in the same 
Towneship we were of And that the order of Court may be con- 
firmed w*^'^ was that ou' Neck should be in Dover Towne other- 
wise wee shalbe forced to remove vv'^^' wilbe to ou' undoing being 
poore familyes And you' poore peticon" shalbe bound to pray for 
yo' Worpps &c ^ 

The names of the Inhabitants that agree to this peticon 
.The mke of James -f-}-|- Johnson Seba Godard (?) 

The mke of -|-(- Thomas Canning 
the mke of [x] Henry Langstaffe 

the mke of Thomas F ffurson John Fayer[weather?] 

the mke § of william [illegible] Oliver Frimington 

William Jones Whillie Lewis 

Thomas Trissel ( ?) the mark of [illegible] A H 



NEW IPSWICH. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 15, 1735-6, to John Wainwright, JohnChoate, 
and others, inhabitants of Ipswich, Mass. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, 
April 17, 1750, to Reuben Kidder and others. Incorporated as Ipswich, Sept. 9, 
1762. Incorporated as New Ipswich, March 6, 1766. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 604 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 730 ; Index 
to Laws, 402; Sketches of History, by Charles Walker, 5, Collections of N. H. 

15 



226 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Historical Society, p. 155; History from First Grant, 1736, to 1852, by F. Kid- 
der and A. A. Gould, 1852, pp. 488; Historical Discourse, by Samuel Lee, i860, 
pub. 1861, pp. 88; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 610.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1722.] 

A Petition Signed 'John Wainwright in behalf of himself and 
80 others Inhabitants of the Town oi Ipszvich, praying that as the 
Lands which they Surveyed by Order of this House is not suitable 
to make a Settlement for a Township. They are informed that 
there is a Tract between Sheiv-brook which is the Southermost 
bounds of the Land lately Surveyed between Suncook and Cunta- 
cook and Amaskeeg-Falls , consisting of good Land suitable for a 
Township. Praying that it may be granted to them, &c. Read, 
and referred to the Committee appointed to consider the Report of 
Mr. Buckminstcr, Mr. Sheple, and Mr. Winslew, to make their 
Report thereon also. And that the Accompt of the Expences 
given in by Col. Buckniinster^ &c. be also referred to them. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 14, 1735-6.] 

A motion was made by "John Wainwright, and yohn Choate, 
Esqrs ; Representatives of the Town of Ipswich in the County of 
Fssex in behalf of sundry Inhabitants of said Town, praying that 
a Grant of some of the unappropriated Lands of the Province for 
a Township may be made to some of the Inhabitants of the said 
Town ; which was seconded by divers Members ; and the House 
thereupon came into the following Vote, viz. In answer to the 
prayer of yohfi Wainwright, and John Choate, Esqrs ; Repre- 
sentatives of the Town of Ipszuich, in behalf of sundry Inhabitants 
of said Town, Voted, That the prayer be granted, and that fohn 
Wainwright, and yohn Choate, Esqrs ; together with such as 
shall be joined by the honourable Board, be a Committee at the 
charge of the Grantees, such of the said Inhabitants as they 
shall think most proper, to lay out a Township of the con- 
tents of six miles square, in some of the ungranted Lands of 
the Province, and that they return a Plat thereof to this Court 
within twelve months for confirmation ; and for the more effectual 
bringing forward the Settlement of the said new Town, Ordered, 



NEW IPSWICH. 227 

That the said Town be laid out into sixty three equal shares, one 
of which to be for the first settled Minister, one for the Ministry, 
and one for the School ; and that on each of the other sixty shares 
the Grantees do within three years from the confirmation of the 
Plat settle one good family, who shall have an House built on his 
home lot of eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least 
and finished, that each Right or Grant have six acres of Land 
brought to and ploughed, or brought to english Grass and fitted 
for mowing, that they settle a learned orthodox Minister, and 
build and finish a convenient Meeting House for the publick Wor- 
ship of GOD ; that the said Committee take bond of each Settler 
Q>i Fo7-ty Pounds for his complying with the Conditions of Settle- 
ment ; and that each Settler that shall fail of performing the afore- 
said Conditions, shall forfeit his Share or Right in said new Town 
to the Government, and the same shall be disposed of as they shall 
5ee cause. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 15, 1735-6.] 

In the House of Represent^ In Answer to the prayer of John 
Wainwright and John Choat Esq'^'* Represent''^ of the Tow^n of Ips- 
wich in behalf of Sundry Inhabitants of said Town, Voted that 
the prayer be Granted and that John Wainwright and John Choat 
Esq" with such as shall be Joined by the Hon^'® Board be a Com*®® 
at the Charge of the Grantees (such of the Inhabitants as they 
shall think most proper) to lay out a Township of the Contents of 
Six Miles Square in some of the Unappropriated Lands of the 
Province and that they Return a plat thereof to this Court within 
twelve Months for confirmation And for the more Eflfectual bring- 
ing forward a Settlement of the said New town Orde?'ed That the 
said Town be laid out into Sixty three Equal Shares one of which 
to be for the first Settled Minister One for the Ministry and one 
for the School and that on each of the other Sixty Shares the 
Grantees do within three Years after the Confirmation of the Plan 
Settle one Good family who shall have a house built on his Home 
lott of Eighteen feet Square and Seven feet Stud at the least and 
finished, that each Right or Grant have Six Acres of Land brought 
to and plowed or brought to English Grass and fitted for mowing, 
that they Settle a Learned Orthodox Minister and Build a Con- 
venient Meeting house for the Publick Worship of God, that the 



228 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said Com*^® take Bond of each Settler of forty pounds for his Com- 
plying with the Conditions of Settlement and that each Settler 
that shall fail of performing the aforesaid Conditions shall forfeit 
his Share or Right in the said New Town to the Government and 
the same to be Disposed of as they shall see Cause — 

In Council Read and Concurred & Thomas Berry Esq^ is Joined 
with the Com'®® of the House in the said Affair — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, March 20, 1735-6.] 

A Plat containing six miles square of Land laid out by yonas 
Houghton Surveyor, and two Chain men on Oath to satisfy a Grant 
of this Court, as entred the i^th of Jamiary last to sundry Inhab- 
itants of Ipszvich, bounded Southerly by the Canada Town lately 
granted on the petition of Thomas Ttleston, Esq; and others, 
Southerly partly on Totvnshend and partly on Province Land &c. 
was presented for allowance. Read and Ordered, That the 
within Plat be and hereby is accepted, as it is reformed by the 
prick'd lines within set forth so as the Township adjoins to Towns- 
hend', and the Lands wdthin mentioned and so described are con- 
firmed to the Grantees mentioned in the Grant of the Tow^nship 
made by this Court in their late sitting to sundry Inhabitants of 
the Township of Ipswich on the prayer of John Waimuright and 
yohn Choate^ Esqrs ; and to their heirs and assigns respectively for 
ever, they performing the Conditions of the Grant, provided the 
Plat exceeds not the quantity of six miles square of Land, and 
does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, March 20, 1735-6.] 

A Plat of a Tract of Land laid out by Jonas Houghton Survey"" 
and Chainmen on Oath to fulfill a Grant of Six Miles Square of 
Land for a Township made by the General Court to the Inhab- 
itants of the town of Ipswich Bordering Southerly on a Township 
laid out to Tileston & others Canada Soldiers and adjoyning to the 
Town of Townshend — 



NEW IPSWICH. 



229 



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In the House of Representatives, March 20^^ i735' Read and 
Ordered that the within plat be and hereby is Accepted as it is 
reformed by the prickt lines within set forth so as the township 
adjoins to Townshend and the Lands within mentioned and so 
described are confirmed to the Grantees mentioned in the Grant 
of the township made by this Court in their late Sitting to Sundry 
Inhabitants of the Township of Ipswich on the prayer of John 
Wainwright and John Choate Esq"^ ; and to their heirs and 
assigns respectively for Ever they Performing the Conditions of 
the Grant provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of Six Miles 
square of Land and does not interfere with any former Grant — 

Sent up for Concurrence J. Quincy Sp'^ 

In Council; March 20, 1735 — 

Read & Concurr'd Simon Frost Dep* Sec'ry. 

Consented to — J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, March 26, and House Journal, March 

25, 1736.] 

In the House of Represent* Ordered That Thomas Berry Esq' 
be and hereby is Authorized and Impowred to Assemble and 
Convene the Proprietors and Grantees of the New Township, 



230 CHARTER RECORDS. 

lately Granted to some of the Inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich, 
in Some Convenient place and Suitable time, to Chuse a Proprie- 
tors Clerk and pass such votes and orders as they shall Judge 
Necessary for Carrying on the Settlement of the new Township 
in the most Speedy Manner, Agreeable to the Conditions of the 
Grant and how to Call their Meetings for the future — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 2, and House Journal, Jan. 12,. 

1736-7.] 

In the House of Represent* Voted That Seventeen hundred 
Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the Province be and hereby 
is given & Granted to the proprietors or Grantees of the Town- 
ship lately Granted to Sixty Inhabitants of the Town of Ipswich, 
as an Equivalent for about that Qiiantity, being taken out of their 
plat by the proprietors of the Common Lands of Groton. And 
that the Ipswich Grantees be Allowed to take out the same on the 
Northern or Western line of the said New Township or on both, 
sides 

In Council Read & Nonconcurr'd — 



\JPetition of Profi'ictoj's of New Ipswich for Equivalent Grant ^, 

1767.1 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 267.] 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq"" to the Honourable His 
Majesty's Council, and to the Honourable House of Representa- 
tives, in General Court assembled May 1767. 

The Petition of sundry Persons Grantees of the Town of Nezv 
Jpsunch, lately so called, & the legal Representatives of Grantees 
of said Town, Humbly Shezveth 

That the Great & General Court or Assembly of the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay did in the Month of January Anno 
Domini 1735, grant unto Sixt}^ of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Ipswich a Township of the Contents of Six Miles square, which 
was called New Ipswich, that afterwards the said Township fell 
within the Province of New Hampshire, that your Petitioners,. 



NEW IPSWICH. 231 

after having been at very great & long continued Expence, lost 
their several Rights in said Township, & because very great Suf- 
ferers, they having built a Meeting House, a Saw-Mill, Bridges, 
&c*, besides expending a great Deal on their several Rights ; 
wherefore 3^our Petitioners humbly pray, that your Excellency & 
Honours would be pleased to take the Premisses into your Consid- 
eration, & grant unto them an Equivalent in some of the ungranted 
Lands of this Province, or make them such other Compensation 
as to your Wisdom shall seem meet ; and your Petitioners as in 
Duty bound, shall ever pray &c* 
Samuel Wigglesworth 

Nathaniel Rogers, for the Rev'^M'John Rogers late of Ipswich 
Deceas'd 

Nathaniel Rogers, in his own Right- 
Elizabeth Appleton Adm^"'' on Daniel Appleton Esq"^ Dec*^ 

Heirs of said Daniel, who owned five original 
John Walley Rights, namely, the Right of Daniel Ap- 

Elizabeth Walley V pleton Esq"^, John Appleton Esq"", John 
Mary Appleton | Wainwright Esq'', Thomas Cross, and Na- 

J thaniel Wells. 
John Smith 

Richard Brown on original Right of Jer^ Fitts 
Andrew Burley Ex^' on And^ Burley Esq*" Dec*^ 
William Brown 

Daniel Rogers for Rich*^ Rogers Esq' Late of Ipsw'' de'^ 
Thomas Dennis 
Isaac Appleton 

W™ Dodge Purchesed y^ Wright Joseph Abbe 
Jeremiah Perkins 
John Treadvvell 
Thomas Norton 

Francis Choat for my Farther Cap' Thomas Choat 
Thomas Choat ju"^ 
Francis Choat for him Self 
Jonathan Cogswell for M"^ William Cogswell 
John Kinsman for L* James Burnam 
Nehemiah Choat for Cap"^ Robert Choate 
Abraham Knowlton for Cp* Knowlton 
Thomas Smith 
Daniel Eveleth 
John Berry for Tho^ Berry Esq"* Decsed 



232 CHARTER RECORDS. 

PELHAM. 

[Constituted from parts of Old Dunstable and Dracut, Mass., and incorporated 
July 5, 1746. Named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holies, Duke of Newcastle. 
The charter was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors, April 27, 1774. The 
town was divided into two parishes, Jan. 4, 1787, but the act was repealed in 1792. 
The town was severed from Rockingham County and annexed to Hillsborough, 
Dec. 10, 1824. A gore of land between Pelham and Windham was annexed to 
Pelham, June 29, 1830. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volmes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 652; XHI, Hammond Town Papers, 142; Index to 
Laws, 424; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885; p. 
631.] 



[Grant to John Endicott, Jr.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 31, 1660.] 

In Ans^to the petition of m"" John Endecott Jun*' humbly Craving 
the Confirmation of a deed of Certaine lands to him Given by 
Pompassenoway alias old vvilliam &c The Court doe not Judge 
meete to Confirme the Indians deed but Considering y" many 
kindnesses y* were shewn to the Indians by o"^ Honnored Gov'^no' 
in the Infancy of these plantations for the pacifying the Indians 
tending to the Comon Good of the first planters In Consideration 
whereof the Indians were moved to such a Gratuity unto his Sonne 
doe Judge meete to Give y® petitioner fower hundred acres of land 
provided It be not formerly Graunted & be no prejudice to any 
plantacion to be sett out by such a Comittee as this Court shall 
appoint/ 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 16, 1660.] 

Laid out unto m"" John Endecott Jun'' fower hundred acres of land 
more or lesse in the wildernes on the east side of merremacke River 
about six miles Northward from Patuckitt falls and w*4n one mile 
of Beavor brook at a great hill Called by the Indians masheshat- 
tuck lying on the west of the forementioned brooke and as it were 
betweene two great hills and neare Adio3ming to a pond on the 
southwest Called by the Indians pemmemitte-quonnitt and is sur- 
rounded by wildernes land being sufficiently bounded by trees 



PEMBROKE. 233 

marked w'^ E : and is more fully demonstrated by a platt taken 
of the same 

B Jonathan Danforth Surveior 
The Court Allowes & Approoves of y® Returne./ 



PEMBROKE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, Aug. 6, 1728, to Capt. John Lovewell and others, 
and known as Suncook and LoveweWs-toum. Incorporated as Pembroke, Nov. i, 
1759, 3^"d named probably in honor of the Earl of Pembroke. The town was 
■divided into two parishes, Dec. 17, 1763. The boundary line was extended to the 
bank of Suncook River, Dec. 24, 1798, to settle a dispute between Pembroke and 
AUenstown. All that part of Bow on the east side of Merrimack River was an- 
nexed to Pembroke and Concord Dec. 13, 1804. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 657 ; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 153 ; Index to Laws, 424; historical sketch, by John N. 
McClintock, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 560; History, now in 
preparation.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 29, 1727.] 

Thomas Fitch Esq, brought down a Petition of David Melven 
and William Ayer, for themselves, and at the instance of Thirty 
others, Soldiers late in the Service of this Province, under the 
Command of Capt. yohn Lovezvell deceased, praying that in Con- 
sideration of the many hard Services and Fatigues, Wounds &c. 
they received in the Service, as particularly are Enumerated in 
the Petitition, they may have a Grant of a Tract of Land on each 
side Aferrimack — River next the Township lately Granted at 
Penny-Cook, of such Extent as may be thought Suitable for the 
Erecting the same into a Township for the reasons mentioned, 
Pass'd in Council viz. In Council yune ^7, 1727. Read and 
Sent down Recommended. Read. 



\_J\/'a7nes of LovczvelPs Men, i'j28.'\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 72, p. 367.] 

ADVERTISEMENT. 

These may Certify whom it may concern. That the General 
Assembly of this Province at their Session begun and held the 



234 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



29th of May 1728, Pass'd a Resolve for granting two Tracts of 
unappropriated Land for Townships of the Contents of Six Miles 
square each, to the Persons whether Officers or Soldiers, belong- 
ing to this Province, who were in the Service of their Country 
in the Narraganset War : And all such Officers and Soldiers now 
surviving, and the legal Representatives of those that are De- 
ceased, are desired to give or send into the Secretaries Office Lists 
of their Names and Descents, to be laid before the General Court 
at their next Fall Session. 

J. Willard, Seer. 

Ace*' of Persons w*^ y® 10 Indians were Killed — 



Jn" White 
Eben Wright 
Phin Foster 
Jn° Pollard 
Jn** Varnum 
Sam Shattock 
Jos : Wheelock 
Jon^ Houghton 
Jacob Gates 
Robt Phelps 
John Livingston 
Jacob Cory 
Ben* Parker 
Jn° Duncom 
Moses Chandler 
Joshua Webster 
Jacob Pearly 
Jon'"^ Ferren 
Benony Boynton 
Tho^ Farmer 
Jon"- Parks 



Sam Tarbol 
Jos : Read 
Fr* Doyen 
Ben Walker 
Rob* Ford 
Jacob Ames 
Sam Sawyer 
James Houghton 
Joseph Whitcomb 
Moses Graves 
Jeremi Pearly 
Oliver Pollard 
W^ Spalden 
Jethro Ames 
Josep Wilson 
Sam^i Johnson 
John Hazzen 
sam'^ Stickney 
Eph Farnsworth 
Rich Hall 
Caleb Dolton 



Jer : Hunt 
Sam Moor 
S Hilton 
Jos Wright 
Ben Parker 
Jn° Stephens 
Ezr^ Sawyer 
Heni"y Willard 
Sam" Learned 
Moses Hazzen 
W" Hutchins 
Sam" Trull 
Sam" Fletcher 
John Sawyer 
Jon* Parks 
Steph Murrill 
Eb : Brown 
Joshua Hutchins 
Ruben Farnsworth 
Neh. Robinson 
62 



at Killinp; the ten Indians Lovell & White 88 



\_Refort of Committee on Grants to LovewelTs Men, iy28.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 72, p. 369.] 

The Committee having seen the muster Roll of the within 
named Lovell and Company, finde that at the march to Pegwacket 
there were in all forty seven men, three of w^^ Returnd home 



PEMBROKE. 235 

Sick & Lame, and ten of them Stayed at Ossapy to build a shelter 
for retreat We also finde that on the march under the said Lovell 
When the ten Indians were Kil'd there were Eighty Eight men, 
twenty six of which were in the Expedition to Pegwacket and that 
Sixty Two of them did not go on the said march to Pegwacket 

The Comittee are therefore of opinion that the Land mentioned 
In the within petition Running the same wedth on Each Side of 
Merrimack River as the Town of Pennycook does and so to Ex- 
tend on the River from the South bounds of s'^ Town of Penny 
Cook as to make up the contents of six miles Square be Granted 
to the said forty seven men and to the Legal Representatives of 
such of them as are since deceased and that thirteen of the sixty 
two which were In the first march and not on the Pegwacket 
march which shall first offer & In their own persons Settle upon 
the s*^ Land shall be admitted Eaqual Sharers with the other forty 
seven which with one Lott or share w''^ shall be sett apart and 
given to the first minister that Settle there in y® worke of the min- 
istry and one Lott for the ministry and one for the Schooll will 
make the number of Sixty three Lotts the first sixty proprieters to 
pay their Eaquall proportion of the charge of petitioning and Sur- 
veying and that the petitioners Have Leave by a Surveyor & Chain- 
men under Oath to Lay out the said Land and Return a plan 
thereof to this Court at their Sessions In may next In Order to 
have the same settled as this Court shall then Direct 

In the House of Representatives June 29^" 1727 Read 

In the House of Representatives July 29"' 1728 

Read again & Committed to the Committee for petitions 

The Committee are of opinion that in Answer to this Petition a 
Survey at y^ Charge of the Province be Made on the Land within 
mentioned of the Contents of Six Miles Square, In order to make 
a Grant thereof to y'' Petif* and Such others as were in Capt : 
Lovel's Company in the Late Action at Pigwackett & their Legal 
Representatives Under Such Restrictions & Limitations as this 
Court Shall order John Quincy ^ order 

Not Accepted 



[Mass. House Journal, July 29, 1728.] 

A Petition of David Melven and William Ayer in behalf of 
themselves and sundry others Soldiers in the Service of the Prov- 
ince under the Command of the late Capt. Lovewell, praying for a 



236 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Tract of Land next the Township of Penny-Cook^ as entred the 
2gth of yiine 1727. Read again and Committed to the Commit- 
tee for Petitions. 



fMass. Court Records, Aug. 6, and House Journal, Aug. 5, 

1728.] 

A Petition of David Melvin & William Ayer for themselves & a 
Number of other Persons who served as Voluntiers against the 
Indians in the late War under the Command of Cpt. John Love- 
well, Praying that a Tract of the Province Land for a Township 
maybe granted them in consideration of their Services which they 
have done «& the great Difficulties which they have undergone in 
the War : 

In the House of Represenf^'^^ Read & In answer to this Petition, 

Resolved that the Contents of six miles square of Land lying 
& being on each side of Merrimack River, of the same breadth 
from Mermack River as the Township of Pennicook, to begin 
where Pennicook new Grant determines which is one hundred 
rods to the Southwards & thence to extend the Lines of the East 
-& West Bounds on Right Angles until the six miles square of 
Land be compleated as afore said ; be hereby is granted unto 
the forty seven Soldiers & the legal Represent^'*'* of such of them 
as are deceased, who marched out with the said Cpt. Lovewell 
(himself included) when he engaged the Enemy at Pigwacket; 
& also the first thirteen of the sixty two Men w^ho were in the first 
March with the said Lovewell «& not in the Pigwacket March who 
shall offer ; & in their own Persons settle upon the Land shal 
also be admitted equal Sharers & Proprietors with the forty seven 
above mentioned, making sixty in the Whole ; And that there be 
also granted three other full Shares or Lots out of the said six 
miles square equal to any of the sixty ; viz, One to the first settled 
Minister, One for the Ministry, & One for the Use of the School ; 
That the Petitioners have leave by a Survey"" & Chain men under 
Oath to survey & lay out the said Grant of Land, & return a Plat 
thereof to this Court in their next May Session, that so the same 
may be put under such Restrictions & Limitations for the effectual 
Settlement thereof as may be then thought proper, in Order to the 
Confirmation of the Grant; The whole Charge to be born by the 
sixty Grantees first mentioned. 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; — 

Consented to W" Burnet 



PEMBROKE. 237 

[Mass. Court Records, July 9, 1729.] 

A Plat of a Tract of Land granted by the General Assembly 
in August 1728, to the Voluntiers that were under Cpt. John Love- 
well at Pigwacket Fight &c surveyed by Jonas Houghton, bounded 
Northerly on the Addition of Land made to Penicook, & every 
way else by undivided Land ; It begins at a white Maple, the 
South east Corner of said Penicook Addition & runs West 17 De- 
grees South by the Needle seven miles to a Hemlock ; then South 
17 Deg. East tive Miles & ninety six Perch to a white Pine ; then 
East 17 Deg. North seven miles to a Heap of Stones ; then North 
17 Deg. West, five miles & ninety six Perch to where it first 
began ; There is allowed one Chain in thirty for uneven Land 
and Swag of Chain, & seven hundred Acres allowed for Ponds 
& Rivers. 

In the House of Represent^^^ Read & Ordered that the Lands 
in this Plan delineated & described be & hereby is confirmed to 
the Petitioners & their Associates their Heirs & Assigns for ever, 
Provided it exceed not the Contents of six miles square, nor inter- 
fere with any other or former Grant of this Court. And for the 
more regular «& effectual Settlement of the said Grant, That the 
Petitioners & their Associates be & hereby are obliged within the 
space of five years to have actually settled on the Land granted 
fifty families ; each of which shall within that space build an 
House of the Bigness of eighteen feet square at the least, & stock 
with English Grass fit for mowing, or break up & fit for plowing 
five Acres of Land, Excepting only the Children & Heirs of those 
Men who were killed in the Fight with the Indian Enemy at Pig- 
wacket (who are Minors) who shall have the Privilege of hold- 
ing one Lot with proportionable Divisions for each Man who lost 
his Life as above, they only paying their Proportion of the Charge 
that has or may arise in settling the Premisses : And the Petitioners 
& their Associates within the space afore said settle a learned or- 
thodox Minister, & build a convenient House for the publick Wor- 
ship of God : And for the accomplishing of these Ends, That 
David Melvin be impowered to assemble the Petitioners & their 
Associates together at their first Meeting, who shall there also act 
as a Moderator ; At which Meeting they shall be sworn well & 
truly to enter all their Votes & Orders, when they shall also agree 
upon the future Method & Place for warning & assembling their 
Meetings ; & also at the same first Meeting shall chuse a Com- 
mittee for surveying, & Ordering the Affairs of the Plantation, & 



238 CHARTER RECORDS. 

have Power to admit thirteen Men who will actually settle in their 
own Persons of those that were in Lovewells first March & not in 
the second ; which Committee shall be annually chosen. The 
Petitioners & their Associates to have Power to raise Money on 
the Lands granted for defraying the Charges that have or may 
arise in carrying forward the above said Settlement, & to chuse a 
suitable Person to collect it, who shall be sworn to the faithful dis- 
charge of his Trust, and make up his Accompts with the said 
Committee. 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd. 



[Mass. Court Records, Sept. 23, 1729.] 

On the Petition of David Melvin &c in behalf of Cpt. Love- 
wells Soldiers & the Order of the two Houses thereon as enter'd 
July 9, 1729. 

In the House of Represent^*^* Read & Ordered that this Petition 
& Vote above be revived with an Amendm* viz, after the words 
(and not in the second) add (giving the Preference to those who 
were actually with Cpt. Lovewell in the Engagem* where he 
killed the ten Indians) 

In Council ; Read & Concur'd ; — 

Consented to W™ Dummer 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 19, 1729.] 

A Petition of Thomas Richardson & others, Shewing that 
whereas this Court were pleased to grant a Tract of Land for a 
Township at a Place called Suncook to David Melvil [Melvin] & 
others, & impowered the said Melvil to call a Meeting of the 
Grantees in order to their carrying on the Settlement of the said 
Place, & a Meeting was accordingly called & convened at Chelms- 
ford on the tenth Instant, & a Clerk & Committee were then 
chosen, the Proceedings were very irregular & unwarrantable, 
many Persons voting who were no ways qualified, being only such 
as had purchased of the Grantees, by w*^*^ means the good Design 
of the Court in that Grant is like to be defeated ; And therefore 
Praying that the Proceedings of the Meeting of the tenth Instant 
may be declared to be null & void. 



PEMBROKE. 



239 



In the House of Represent^'^^ Read & Ordcj'ed that Petition be 
i^efer'd to the next May Session for further Consideration, & that 
in the meantime the Petitioners serve the Moderator & Committee 
within mentioned witli a Copy thereof, that they then shew cause 
why the Prayer thereof should not be granted, & tliat in the mean 
time no further Proceedings be had in Pursuance of the Votes of 
that Meeting. 

In Council ; Read & Council [Concurred] ; — 

Consented to W™ Dummer 



[Mass. House Journal, Oct. 22, 1730.] 

A Petition of Stcfheji Richardson and Fifteen others. Inhabi- 
tants of this Province, praying for a Tract of Land agreeable to 
the following Mets and Bounds, viz. to extend the North and 
South Lines of the Township lately granted to Capt. LovezveWs 
Officers and Soldiers, on the West side of Merrimack River, two 
Miles, so that by the Enlargement of the Boundary of that Town- 
ship, their Lines will be six Miles on the Westerly side of the 
River, and five Miles up and down the same, which may be big 
enough for the Settlement of a comfortable Township, for Reasons 
mentioned. Read and referred (with the other Petitions for 
Land) to the next Session for further Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 14, 1731-2.] 

A Memorial and Address of Jeremiah Pearlcy and Twelve 
others, praying for a Grant of Land either adjoining to a Grant 
lately made to some Soldiers who were under the Command of 
Capt. LoveU or in some other place the Court shall think fit, for 
their Service of the Country in the late Indian Wars, for Reasons 
mentioned 

Read, and referred for Consideration to the next Session of this 
Court. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 9, 1732.] 

A Memorial of Jeremiah Perley and others Soldiers in the Ser- 
vice of this Province under the late Capt. Lovewell praying for a 



240 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant of Land at Simcook as entred the i^th of 'January last and 
referred ; And also a Petition of yohn Bcnnet for himself and 
forty others Voluntiers in the Service of this Province late under 
the command of Capt. Lovcwell and Capt. While, praying for a 
Grant of some of the unappropriated Lands of the Province, for 
the Reasons mentioned, both read and committed to the Commit- 
tee for Lands. 



[Mass. House Journal, April 13, 1733.] 

A Memorial and Petition of William Lovejoy, and yosiah 
Chandler, in the name and behalf of the Proprietors and Grantees 
of the Plantation of Simcook on both sides Merrimack-River , 
shewing that notv^ithstanding they have obtained a fair and good 
Grant from this Court, as a reward for their Services under the 
late Capt. Lovexvell, they are unreasonably trespassed upon and 
insulted by a number of People from Nezv-Hamf shire, who pre- 
tend to the right of Soil under colour of a Grant from that Govern- 
ment praying for such relief as to the wisdom of the Court shall 
seem meet. Read and committed to the Committee for Petitions. 



[Mass. House Journal, April 14, 1733.] 

The Memorial of William Lovejoy, and yosiah Chandler, in 
behalf of the Grantees and Proprietors of the Plantation of Sun- 
cook, praying as entred the 13///. currant. 

Read again and in answer thereto Voted, That the Lands set 
forth and described in the Grant, be and hereby are declared to 
be within the County of Middlesex , and the Grantees or Proprie- 
tors are hereby fully authorized and impowred to bring their 
Action or Actions at Law in any Court proper to try the same 
within the said County of Middlesex in Trespass or Trespass and 
Ejectment, against any Person whomsoever that shall trespass upon 
them, or unlawfully hold them out of possession of the granted 
Premises, and to defend the same also as the case may require 
until final issue. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



PEMBROKE. 



241 



[Mass. House Journal, June 20, 1733.] 



Mr. JJ^e/les from the Committee appointed the 9M. currant to 
consider of the Lists, and Petitions of the Voluntiers under the 
late Capt. Lovezvell, made report on the Petitions of Jereiniah 
Pearlcy and yohn Bcnnet and also that of Tho7nas Farmer and 
eight others of said Voluntiers, which was read and accepted, and 
Voted, That one of the Petitioners be admitted in the room of Ed- 
zvard Hartzuell who has been enter'd on the List of Capt. Love- 
zveWs Voluntiers, but was not in the Service, and therefore not 
entitled to any part of the Reward, and that four more be admitted 
in the room of yoseph Wright, yoseph Wheelock, Robert Phelps, 
and yonathan Houghton, jun. who have been admitted to a share 
in the Township at Suncook, and therefore ought not to have to 
have a right in this Grant. And whereas there are four more of 
the Petitioners not yet provided for, Ordered, That there be laid 
out twelve hundred and sixty acres of Land in a regular form, to 
be added to the Northwesterly part of said Township, and that 
these remaining four be added to the original number, making 
with them in the whole sevent}'^ two, all to be equal in their Right 
or Proportion of Lands in said Township : The Names of Volun- 
tiers now to be admitted are Thomas Farmer, Henry Colburn, 
and the Seven other Petitioners on the other side. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 20, 1733.] 

A Petition of Tho* Farmer, Henry Colburn, Jonathan Farren, 
Samuel Shaddock Samuel Trull Jacob Corey, Joshua Webster, 
Abiel Forster, & Samuel Tarbal, Shewing that they served as 
Voluntiers in the late Indian War under Cp* John Lovewell & Cp' 
John White, & were omitted in the Grant made by this Court of a 
Township* to the Officers & Soldiers in those Companies & pray- 
ing that they may be admitted into that Township, & that the 
Grant may be Enlarged accordingly — 

In the House of Represent^'^^ Read & in Answer to this Peti- 
tion, Voted that one of the Petition''* be admitted in the room of 
Edward Hartwell who has been Enter'd in the List of Cp^ Love- 

* Petersham, Mass., originally Voluntierstown. 
16 



242 CHARTER RECORDS. 

well's Company, but was not in y® Service & therefore not entitled 
to any part of the reward & that four more be admitted in the 
room of Josept Wright Joseph Wheelock, Robert Phelps, & Jona- 
than Houghton Jun' who have been admitted to a Share in the 
Township of Suncook, & therefore ought not to have a right in 
said Grant, & whereas there are four more of the Petitio" not yet 
provided for, Ordered that there be laid out twelve Hundred Acres 
of Land in a regular Form to be added to y* Northwesterly part 
of s** Township, & that these remaining four be added to y® Orig- 
inal Number, making with them in the whole Seventy two, All to 
be equal In their right or proportion of Lands in said Township 
the Names of the Voluntiers now to be Admitted are Thom^ 
Farmer & the Eight other Petition'^* on y® other Side — 

In Council, Read & Concur'd — 

Consented to J Belcher. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 18, 1734.] 

A Petition of Thomas Cuningham and Eight other Inhabitants 
of the Plant"^ Called Suncook, Complaining of the Great Neglect 
of most of the Proprietors to Compl}^ with the Terms and Condi- 
tions enjoyned by the General Court for Settling the same ; by 
which means the Pef^ who have Actually Settled themselves and 
their familys Upon the place are put to Great difficultys more 
Especially in their not Enjoying the preaching of the Gospel 
among them praying that this Court would Grant them Relief in 
the premises — 

In the House of Represent* Read & ordered that the Pet" serve 
William Lovejoy and the Rest of the Com*^® of the Proprietors of 
the Planf* of Suncook with a Copy of this petition ; And that the 
said Committee be and hereby are Required and directed to 
Assemble and Convene the said Proprietors as soon as may be, 
and that they take into consideration the Subject Matter of the 
petition and Shew Cause, if any they have, to this Court on the 
first Tuesday of the next May Session, why the prayer thereof 
should not be Granted, and that the petition be Referr'd in the 
mean time Accordingly — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



PEMBROKE. 243 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 5, 1735-6.] 

A Petition of Zcchctis Lovczvell, and five others, Soldiers in the 
Service of this Province, and Voluntiers under the late Capt. yohn 
Lovetuell, deceas'd, setting forth that they have not hitherto re- 
ceived anything of the bount}^ of this Court, which has been 
bestowed on the rest of their fellow Soldiers under the said Capt. 
jLovewell, praying they may now obtain a Grant of some of the 
Province Lands, for the reasons mentioned. 

Read and committed to the Committee for Lands. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 12, 1735-6.] 

On the Petition of Zecheus Lovewell^ and others, as entred the 
<^th currant, which was read and accepted, and Voted,, That 
twenty one hundred and ninety acres of the unappropriated Lands 
of the Province adjoining to the Township of Siincook, be and 
hereby is given and granted to the six Petitioners within mentioned, 
their heirs and assigns respectively, and that they be allowed and 
impowred by a Surveyor and Chain men on Oath to return a Plat 
thereof in a regular form to this Court within twelve months for 
confirmation accordingly, provided they settle six families thereon 
within four years from the confirmation of the Grant, each family 
to have a dwelling House of eighteen feet square and seven feet 
stud at least and well finished, and each family or settler to clear 
fence and bring to english Grass or tillage six acres, and on fail- 
ure thereof such Right or Interest of such defective Grantee to 
revert to the Province ; and said Land to be annexed to said 
Township at Simcook, to do duty and receive privilege accord- 
ingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, March 25, 1736.] 

A Petition of Zacheus Lovewell, Thomas Colburn, Peter Pow- 
ers, Josiah Cummins Henry Farew^ell jun"" and Nicholas Crosby, 
Shewing that they Served as Voluntiers Against the Indian 
Enemy under Cap* Lovewell either in his first or second March 
that all the Rest of Cap* Lovewell's Soldiers have had Land 



244 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Granted them by this Court but the pef* have as yet had none 
And therefore Praying for a Grant of Province Land — 

In the House of Represent* Read & Voted That Twenty one 
hundred and Thirty Acres of the Unappropriated Lands of the 
province Adjoyning to the Township of Suncook be and hereby is 
Granted to the Six petitioners within mentioned, their heirs and 
Assignes Respectivly, and that they be Allowed and Impowred 
by a Survey' and Chain men on Oath to Return a plat thereof in 
a Regular form to this Court within twelve months lor Confirma- 
tion Accordingly ; Provided they Settle Six familys thereon within 
four years from the Confirmation of the Grant ; each Family to 
have a Dwelling house of Eighteen feet Square and Seven feet 
Stud at the least, and well finished, & each family or Settler to 
Clear fence and bring to English Grass or Tillage Six Acres ; 
And on failure thereof such Right or Interest of such Defective 
Grantees to Revert to the Province ; The Pef^ to give Bond to the 
Province Treasurer and his Successors in the said office in the 
sum of Forty pounds each to fulfill the Conditions of this Grant 
and said Land to be Annexed to the Township of Suncook for the 
present and to do duty & Receive priviledge Accordingly. — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[ Vote of Pi'oprieiors of Pembroke to Petition for Equivalent 

Grant, ly^.y.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 219.] 

Andov*" April S, 1747. 

At a Meeting this Day of Some of y® Proprietors of the Plan- 
tation of Suncook, Voted, 

That we the Proprietors of s*^ Township present, in our own 
Names, and in y® Name of Several other Proprietors, will, as soon 
as may be. Petition the great & general Court of the Massachu- 
setts bay, (by the Authority of which y^ s^ Tract was Granted to 
Capt : Lovewell and Company) viz for their Speedy advice what 
course to take under our very Difficult Circumstances, JVamely i. 
The Whole of s^ Tract or Grant of Land falling within y® Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire. And moreover, 2. It, Or y® most of it, 
being Claimed by a Number of New Hampshire men by vertue 



PEMBROKE. 



245 



of a Prior Grant made to y™ by the General Court of S'^ province, 
which Proprietors having tryed Title have already Recovered 
Judgment against one of our Brethren. And 3. Because we are 
under very great Difficulties with respect to y^ payment of the 
Ministers Salary, who (according to y^ Order of the General 
Court) has been Setled there for y^ Space of nine years, and has 
Recovered Judgment ag* us at y® Quarter Sessions in Charlestown 
on Dec"^ Last, for his Said Salary. 



William Lovejoy Mod"* Samuel Phillips 
Nicoles Holt Josiah Chandler 

Peter Ayer Jonathan Abboott 

Jeremiah Swain James Kittredg 

Oliver Holt Benj-^ Gale 

Joshua Andrew oliver Barrron 



John Barnard 
Hanery Lovejoy 
Joseph Mulichen 
John Pollard 
Abisha Brown 
Braveter Gray 



\_Petition of Profrietoi's of Pembroke for Equivalent Grants 

1773-'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 824.] 

Province of the ) To His Excellency the Governor, To the 
Massachusetts-Bay 5 Honourable His Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives in general Court Assembled 

The Petition of the Subscribers hereto, Humbly Shews — 
That in the Time of the War with the Indians called the three- 
year War, Cap* John Lovewell and a number of Men under his 
Command, Voluntarily Engaged in the Service of Their King 
and Country, and bravely Exei^ted Themselves therein, by Pur- 
suing the Indians in the Wilderness, where They repeatedly met 
with «& Destroy'd some of Them ; And finally, viz on the 8*^ Day 
of May AD 1725, He, with thirty four Men, met with a Large 
Body of Them at Pigwacket, and had a Long & very warm En- 
gagement with Them, in which He, and a Considerable part of 
His Men lost Their Lives. But the Indians were so Severely 
handled in this Engagement, It Struck Them with so much Ter- 
ror, That the Government looked upon Lovewell & His Men so 
Eminently Serviceable by This & Their former Bravery, as That 
They were worthy of some particular Regard from the Publick — 
In Consideration whereof, The Government granted a Township 



246 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of Wilderness Land at Suncook, To the Heirs of the said Cap* 
John Lovevvell, To the Heirs of those of His Men that fell with 
Him in the Engagement, To those of Them who Liv'd thro' it, 
and to a number of such other Men as the Government then 
thought were the most Proper to be admitted with Those who had 
been in said Engagement, and to make a Suitable Society for the 
Settlement of a New Township — 

That in Consequence of said Grant, and in Compliance with the 
Conditions thereof, The Grantees Settled said Township, some by 
Their own Persons, and others by Their Assigns ; And as no 
Body at that Time, had any Suspicion of Danger in the Title of 
the Land, the People who Settled thereon, carried all the Interest 
They had in the World with Them, and Laid it out on Their Re- 
spective Rights, and therewith bestow'd a great deal of Labour 
with Their own hands to bring Their Lands to be Profitable to 
Them, Trusting that They, and Their Posterity Should Enjoy the 
Fruit of Their Labour without Interruption — But by the running 
the Line for a Divisional Line between this Province and the 
Province of New Hampshire, said Township was taken into the 
Latter — Soon after This, there came a number of Men and laid 
Claime to the same Land, Alledging it was a Township granted 
by the Province of New Hampshire to Them, by the Name of 
Bow, And from thence forward Sues for the Land, and so worried 
the Massachusetts Grantees and Their Assigns from Time to Time 
in Law, That They found Themselves obliged, either to leave 
Their Possessions or buy Them — And being in Such an unhappy 
Situation, They knew not well what to do. Some bought the 
Lands They had Subdu'd & lived upon, but others, who would 
not buy, were Intirely Ousted of Theirs, so that upon the whole, 
the Massachusetts Grant has been obliged (by the Laws in Hamp- 
shire) to give way to the Hampshire Grant, and the Township 
is (by that means) wholly Lost to Those of the original Grantees 
who never Sold Their Rights, and in a great Measure to Those 
who Settled therein by Purchase. Some of the Latter having 
had some Considerations from those of the original Grantees of 
whom They Purchas'd Their Lands, They did not wholly Loose 
Their's but as the Considerations They Rec'^ were much Short of 
the Damages They Sustain'd They were greater Loosers than 
Those were that They Purchas'd of — But in Fact both are Loosers, 
so there is become more than one Sufferer on one «& the same 
of many of the Rights in said lost Township — wherefore your 
Petitioners, who are Some of the immediate Sufferers by said 



PEMBROKE. 



247 



Loss, take leave to Pray, That in Lieu of said Township, your 
Excellency & Honours would be Pleas'd to grant a Tract of 
Wilderness Land belonging to the Province Sufficient for a Town- 
ship, to such of the original Grantees of said Lost Township as 
are Living, To the Heirs of such of Them as are Dead, and to 
Those who Settled therein by Purchase, So that the same may be 
Shar'd among all the Loosers, in Proportion to the Damages They 
have Respectively Sustain'd ; with Liberty to Lay it out to the 
Eastward of Saco River, adjoining to the Northwardly part of the 
Township, granted to Benjamin Mullikin Esq"" and others. And 
as in Duty bound Prays — 



Noah Johnson 
Thomas Harwood 
Francis Doyne 
Joseph Baker 
John Whittemore 
Benjamin Hall 
Patrik Gault 
Andrew Gait 
Ephriam Blunt 
Moses Foster 
Benjamin Holt 
Abiel Austin 
Thomas Barnard 1 
Edward Barnard S 
John Tucker ) 



John Chamberlin 
James Whitney 
John Knox 
David Abbot 
Andrew Bunten 
David Lovejoy 
James Cuningham 
Ephriam foster 
John Man 
Nathanael Holt 
Benj'* Stevens Jun"^ 
Zebadiah Austin 



John Lovewell 
Richard Eastman 
Joseph Brown 
Samuel Abbot 
Moses Tyler 
Robert White 
Caleb Lovejoy 
Sam" mcConnell 
Robert Moore 
David Chandler 
William Ayer 



Heirs of Rev'^ M"^ Barnard late of Andover 



Stephen Holt of Lawful Age Testitieth & Saith That he was one 
of the first Settlers in a Township Granted to Capt" John Lovewell 
& others known by the Name of Suncook — That the Grantees 
with great Labour & Expence brought forward their Settlements 
Soon after the grant of s*^ Township was made Notwithstanding 
the opposition made by the Proprietors of Bow who Claimed a 
Tract of Land by Virtue of a grant made by the Goverment of 
New Hampshire of the Contents of Twelve miles Square which 
Included Suncook & was made near the Time of the Massachu- 
setts grant — That they were Encouraged by the People of the 
Massachusetts Government to Perfect their Settlements Notwith- 
standing the opposition made by Bow & Accordingly Persevered 
in their undertakeing & Endeavoured to Defend their Rights in 



248 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the Common Law of New Hampshire when many of them were 
held to Answer there by Process or be Defaulted — 

That many Actions were Continued from Term to Term 'till the 
Defendants were Almost Ruin'd — That the Proprietors of Penni- 
cook being under like Circumstances (Saving only that Pennicook 
was purchas'd with money & Sun cook was the Price of Blood) 
Apply'd to the great & General Court of the Massachusetts Prov- 
ince for Relief & obtained a grant of one hundred pounds Sterling 
to Defend their Cause in England and the Suncook Proprietors 
Embark'd in the Same Cause According to their Ability Contrib- 
uted to the Pennicook x^gent for his Aid to them in the Common 
Cause. But So it is though the Actions at home were Determin'd 
in Some Sort in favour of the Massachusetts Grantees yet the 
point of Property most Essencial to be Determin'd was Carefully 
Avoided ; and after this New Actions were Commenced So that 
the Proprietors of Suncook as well as those of Pennicook have 
been Continually Harrassed & Worried in the Law from their 
Infant State 'till within these two or three years last past they have 
Almost all of them Purchased their Improvements & them only at 
an Extravagant Lay, and all the unimproved Lands Revert to the 
Proprietors of Bow The Deponant further Saith that he was an 
Inhabitant of Suncook for the Term of Ten Years & Since his 
Removal he has been Conversant with the Proprietors, been Con- 
cern'd in Defending Sundry Rights & that he has no Knowledge 
of any one of the Inhabitants haveing Received any Consideration 
from the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, nor from New 
Hampshire, on Account of their Loss in Suncook ; but on the 
Contrary is well Assured that there is not one Individual of s*^ 
Prop'^* of Suncook but what has Sustain'd more Loss than Double 
the Value of his Right when Granted, and that many Others have 
been Entirely Ruined And were Obliged to part with their Farms 
Valued at more than £100 Sterling to Defrey the Charges of their 
Vexatious Lawsuits 
Andover May 31 : 1773 — Stephen Holt 

Essex ss Andover May 31. 1773 

Then M' Stephen Holt appear*^ personally & made Oath to the 
fore written Deposition by him Subscrib'd 

Before me Samuel Phillips Just® Pacis 

I the Deponant aged Sixty four Years, Testify & Say, That I 
was the Lawful owner of the Substance of three Rights in the 



PETERBOROUGH. 



249 



Township at Suncook which was granted to Cap* John Lovewell 
& others — That I Settled upon a Tract of my Said Land, and 
have lived in said Township about thirty nine years, and have 
been knowingr to, and have been a larcje Sufferer in the Loss of 
said Township, which has been recovered & taken from the Inhab- 
itants who Settled therein under the Government of the Massachu- 
setts-Bay, by a number of Persons, who Claim'd the greatest Part 
of it by virtue of a grant (as They said) from the Government 
of New-Hampshire for a Township by the name of Bow — By the 
Proprietors of the Mason Patent, and by the Proprietors of the 
Township of Chester. That I know of no Compensation being 
ever made to the Sufferers for that Loss, by the Government of 
Massachusetts-Bay or New-Hampshire, Except Ross Wyman, 
who (as I have heard) has had a Grant of some land from the 
Government of the Massachusetts-Bay in lieu of his Loss — Also 
That the Bow Proprietors gave (as I have been told) the Late 
Rev** M* Whittemore fifty acres of Land He was Settled upon, 
and to one Francis Doyne twenty acres He was Settled on in s^^ 
lost Township — And as lor my Self, besides the loss of my Lands, 
I have been put to greater Expence than I can readily tell having 
been Ejected out of two Tracts of Land, by two Actions which 
were continued in the Law for about fifteen years — 

Benjamin Holt 

York ss Fryeburg Octo'' 23"^^ AD 1773 the above named Benj* 
Holt, Personally Appear'd and made Solemn Oath to the Truth of 
the foregoing Deposition by Him Subscribed 

Before me J Frye Jus* Peace 



PETERBOROUGH. 

[Formerly known as Soiihegan. Granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1737-8, to 
Samuel Heywood and others. Incorporated as Peterborough, Jan. 17, 1760, and 
named probably in honor of the Earl of Peterborough. The charter was renewed, 
Jan. 8, 1762. A small portion of the southeast corner was annexed to Temple, 
Jan. 29, 1789. A part of this town was included in the limits of Greenfield, in- 
corporated June 15, 1 79 1. An act was passed July 5, 1867, by which Sharon was 
to be annexed to Peterborough, whenever a majority of voters in both towns should 
adopt the provisions of the act, but this has never been done. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 665 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 174; Index 
to Laws, 427; Ecclesiastical History, i. Farmer and Moore's Historical Collec- 
tions, p. 55 ; Topographical and Historical Account, by Elijah Dunbar, id. p. 



250 CHARTER RECORDS. 

129; Centennial Address, by John H. Morrison, 1839, pp. 99; History, by 
Albert Smith, 1876, pp. 375 ; historical sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough 
County, 1885, p. 650; Proceedings at Sesqui-Centennial Celebration, 1889, pub. 
1890, pp. 131; numerous historical articles and documents in the files of the 
Peterboroiigh Transcript r^ 



fMass. House Journal, May 27, 1726.] 

A Petition of Samuel Ueywood, Christopher Page, and sundry 
others, praying for a Grant of a Tract of Land on both sides 
S 02V he gen- River, as entred the 14th of December past, and re- 
ferred to this Session. Read and referred to the next Session of 
this Court for further Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 23, 1732.] 

A Petition of Ephraim Hildreth for himself and Associates, 
praying that their former Petition for a Grant of Land for a Town- 
ship at Souhegan may be revived for the reasons mentioned. 

Read and Ordered, That the Petition lye on the Table. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 8, 1732.] 

A Petition of Sa?7itiel Haywood and Thomas Cutler for them- 
selves and sundry others, praying for a Grant of a Township at 
a place called Souhegan agreeable to their former Petitions. Read 
and referred to the next May Session for further Consideration. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1735.] 

On the Memorial of Williain Rand and others, Canada Soldiers 
Anno 1690, as entred the 25th ult., which was read and accepted, 
and Voted, That the prayer of the Petition be granted, and that 
together with such as shall be joined by the honour- 
able Board, be a Committee at the charge of the Government to 
lay out a Township of the contents of six miles square West of 
the Narragansett Town called number Three, viz. leaving one 



PETERBOROUGH. 25I 

Town of six miles square and adjoining thereto, and that they 
return a Plat thereof to this Court within twelve months for confir- 
mation ; and for the more effectual brincrinor forward the Settle- 
ment of the said Town, Ordered, That the said Town be laid out 
into sixty-three equal shares, one of which to be for the first set- 
tled Minister, one for the Ministry, and one for the School, and 
that on each of the other sixty shares the Petitioners do within 
three years from the confirmation of the Plan have settled one 
good family, who shall have an House built on his home lot of 
eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least and finished, 
that each Right or Grant have six acres of Land bro't to and 
plowed or brought to english Grass and fitted for mowing, that 
the}' settle a learned orthodox Minister, and build and finish a 
convenient Meeting House for the publick Worship of GOD, and 
that each Settler give bond of Txventy Pounds to the Province 
Treasurer for fulfilling the Conditions of the Grant ; provided 
that in Case any of the Lots or Rights be not duly settled in all 
regards as aforesaid, then such Lot or Right to revert to and be at 
the disposition of the Province. Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 6, 1737.] 

A Petition of Samuel Haywood, 'Josefh Wheeler, yosepk Bar- 
rett, and sundry others, shewing that they have ever since the 
Year 1721, been solliciting the Favours of this Court for a Grant 
of Lands for a Township, and have met with Encouragement at 
sundry Times, and particularly were in great Hopes of obtain- 
ing a Grant of a Township in the Line of Towns, but that Town- 
ship they had in View, was finally assigned to the Petitioners from 
Ho^kinston, so that they have hitherto failed in their Sollicitations, 
which for so long a Time have been attended with considerable 
Expence, praying they may be now favoured with a Grant of some 
of the unappropriated Lands for a Township to them and their As- 
signs, under such Conditions and Regulations as to the Court shall 
seem meet. Read and Ordered, That this Petition be considered 
this afternoon. 

Post Meridiem. 

The House according to order entred into the Consideration of 
the Petition of Santtcel Heywood, and others, praying for a Grant 
of unappropriated Lands of the Province for a Township, as 



252 CHARTER RECORDS. 

entred in the Morning, and after a full debate thereon, Votedy 
That the Prayer of the Petition be granted, and yohn Chandler, 
"Josiah Wtllard, and Nahum Ward, Esqrs ; are a Committee to 
consider of some suitable Place of the Contents of six Miles square 
of the unappropriated Lands of the Province for the Petitioners 
and their Associates to bring forward the Settlement of said Town- 
ship upon, of the Contents of six Miles square, under such Con- 
ditions and Regulations as may be proper, the Committee to 
report hereon as soon as may be. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 8, 1737.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee appointed the sixth Currant 
on the Petition of Samuel Hayzvood and others, made report 
thereon, which was read and accepted, and Voted, That the 
Petitioners and their Associates be and hereby are impowred by 
a Surveyor and Chain-men on Oath to survey and lay out a Town- 
ship of the Contents of six Miles square eastwardly of the great 
Menadnuck Hills, and betwixt the Line of Towns an Ipsivich 
Canada Town, where a Town may be best accommodated, so as 
not to interfere with the Town granted to Capt. Nelson and other 
Canada Soldiers, and that they return a Plat thereof to this Court 
within twelve Months for Confirmation : And for the more effectual 
bringing forward the Settlement of the said new Town : Ordered', 
That there be sixty three Lots laid out in a suitable and defensible 
manner, one of which to be for the first settled Minister, one for 
the second settled Minister, and one for the School, each of said 
three Lots to draw equal Divisions with the other Grantees of the 
said sixty Lots ; that the Grantees do within three Years from the 
Confirmation of the Plan, have settled on each Home-Lot a good 
Family, and in order thereto that they build thereon a dwelling 
House of eighteen Feet square and seven Feet stud at least, and 
finish the same, and have well fenced and brought to english Grass 
and ploughed six Acres on each of the Home Lots, that they 
settle an orthodox Minister and build a convenient Meeting House 
for the pubHck Worship of GOD; and that Col. Josiah Willard 
and Capt. John Hohson, with such as shall be appointed b}^ the 
honourable Board, be a Committee for admitting the Grantees or 
Settlers, and that they take effectual Care that no Persons are 
admitted as such, who have had any Grant for the space of three 



PETERBOROUGH. 253 

Years, and that each Grantee give Bond to the Province Treas- 
urer or his Successor in the Sum oi forty Pounds for his faithful 
fulfilling or complying with the Terms or Conditions of the Grant, 
and if any of the said Settlers fail of performing the said Con- 
ditions, then his or their Right or Share to revert to, and be at 
the disposition of the Province. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 15, 1737-8.] 

A Motion was made and seconded by divers Members, that an 
Alteration might be made in the Vote of the eighth of December 
last, for granting a Township to Sanmel Haywood and others, as 
to the Situation of the Grant, viz. dele the Words from — East- 
luardly of the great Menadnuck — to the Words — Canada Soldiers 
— and instead thereof to insert these Words, — in some of the un- 
appropriated Lands of the Province, suitable for a Township, — 
and thereupon Ordered, That Col. Chandler go up with a Mes- 
sage to the honourable Board, to propose the said Alteration may 
be made, which he did, and informed the House, that the honour- 
able Board agreed therein. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 16, 1737-8.] 

A Petition of Samuel Haywood and about fifty others Shewing 
that they often petitioned this Court for a Tract of Land to settle 
themselves and their Children upon, and altho' they have divers 
times received encouragement yet they have not hitherto obtained 
the favour of a Grant ; Praying for a Tract of Land of six miles 
square to settle themselves and associates on. 

In the House of Represent^''* Read and Ordered that the Prayer 
of the Petition be granted and that the Petitioners and their Asso- 
ciates be and hereby are impowered by a Survey"^ and chain men 
on oath, to survey and lay out a Township of the contents of Six 
miles square in some of the unappropriated Lands of the Province 
suitable for a Township, and that they return a Plat thereof to this 
Court within twelve months for Confirmation ; And for the more 
effectual bringing forward the Settlement of said new Town — 



254 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Ordered; that there be sixty three Home Lots laid out in a 
suitable and defensible manner, one of which to be for the first 
settled Minister, one for the second settled Minister, and one for 
the School ; and each of said three Lots to draw equal divisions 
with the other Grantees of the said Sixty Lots, that the Grantees 
do within three years from the Confirmation of the Plan have 
settled on each Home Lot a good family, and in order thereto that 
they build thereon a Dwelling House of Eighteen feet square and 
seven feet stud at the least, and finish the same and have well 
fenced and brought to English Grass or plowed six Acres on each 
of the Home Lots, that they settle an orthodox minister and build 
a decent convenient Meeting House for the Publick Worship of 
God ; and that Coll : Josiah Willard and Cpt. John Hobson with 
such as shall be appointed by the Hon^^® Board be a Committee 
for admitting the Grantees or Settlers ; And that they take effect- 
ual care that no persons are admitted of such who have had any 
grant for the space of three years ; And that each Grantee give 
Bond to the Province Treasurer in the sum of Forty Pounds for 
his faithtlil fulfilling or complying with the terms or Conditions of 
the Grant ; And if any of the said Settlers fail of performing the 
said conditions, then his or their Right or Share to revert to or be 
at the disposition of the Province. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd ; and William Dudley Esq*^ is 
joined in the affair 

Consented to J. Belcher. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. 4.] 

May y** 21^* 1738. Then Finished the Surveying and Laying 
out of a Township of y® Contents of Six miles Square. To Satisfie 
a Grant of y® Great and General Court of y*^ Province of y® Massa- 
chusets Bay made y® 16"^ Day of January 1737 on the Petition of 
Samuel Haywood and others and their Assotiates ; Lying on the 
Easterly Sid of a Great Hill Called Manadnock Hill between 
Said Hill and a Township Laidout to y® Inhabitants of Salam 
and others who Servid in y^ Expedition to Canada anno 1690 and 
Lyeth on the Southerly branch of Contokock River near the hed 
there of said Branch Runing throughit. It began att a Black 
Burch tree y® South East Corner and from thence it Ran West 
Six Miles and Sixty Eight Rods by a line of marked trees to a 
Spruse tree marked for y® South west Corner, from thence it Ran 



PETERBOROUGH. 



255 



north by a line of markd trees six Miles and Sixty Rods to a 
Stake and Filler of Stons y® northwest Corner and from thence it 
Ran East by a line of Markd trees Six Miles and Sixty Eight 
Rods to a Stake and heep of Stons the Northeast Corner and from 
thence Straight to where it began Six Miles and Sixty Rods, the 
Lines above said Contains y® Contents of six miles Square with 
y® alowance of one Chane in thirty for Sagg of Chane and fifty 
acres for apond 

■^ Joseph Wilder Jun Surveyr 




Suffolk ss Boston 8'^ June 1738 

Joseph Wilder Ju' Surveyour Joseph Richardson & Zacheus 
Lovewell Chain men all personally appearing before the Sub- 
scriber one of His Majestys Justices of the peace & Severally 
made Solemn oath that in Surveying and meassureing the town- 
ship above represented by this platt they respectively acted faith- 
fully and impartially according to their best Skill & understanding 

W° Dudley Just of Peace 



256 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Reverse.] 

In the House of Represent^^^ June 14*^ 1738 

Read and Ordered That the plat be Accepted and the Lands 
therein delineated & described be and hereby are confirmed to the 
Grantees the petitioners mentioned in the petition of Samuel Hay- 
wood and others, and their associates agreable to the Grant of this 
Court of the said township made them at the setting begun & held 
the thirtieth of November last past ; and to their heirs and assigns 
respectively for Ever : they effectually complying with & fullfilling 
the Conditions of the Grant, provided the plat exceeds not the 
quantity of six Miles Square of Land and does not interfere with 
any former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^ 

Ex per E Burrill 

In Council June 16*^ 1738 

read & Concurr'd J Willard Sec'ry 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1738.] 

A Plat of the Contents of six Miles square of Land, surveyed 
and laid out by 'Joseph Wilder, jun. Surveyor and two Chain 
Men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this Court of the sixteenth of 
yamiary last, in answer to a Petition of Samuel Haywood and 
others, lying on the Easterly side of a Great Hill called Mcnad- 
nock Hill, between said Hill and Salem Canada new Township, 
and lieth on the Southerly Branch of Contoocook River near the 
Head thereof the Branch runneth through it ; it begins at a black 
Birch Tree the South East Corner, thence West six miles sixty 
eight Rods by a Line of mark'd Trees to a Spruce Tree mark'd 
for the South West Corner, thence North by a Line of mark'd 
Trees six Miles sixty Rods to a Stake and Pillar of Stones the 
North West Corner, thence East by a Line of mark'd Trees six 
Miles, sixty eight Rods to a Stake and heap of Stones the North 
East Corner, thence to the first mentioned Bounds ; an allowance 
being made of one Chain in thirty for swagg of Chain, and fifty 
Acres for a Pond ; was presented for Allowance Read and 
Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described, be and hereby are confirmed to the Grantees 



PETERBOROUGH. 257 

the Petitioners mentioned in the Petition of Samuel Haywood and 
others and their associates, agreable to the Grant of this Court of 
the said Township made them at the sitting began and held the 
thirtieth of November- last past ; and to their Heirs and Assigns 
respectively for ever, they effectually complying with and fulfill- 
ing the Conditions of the Grant, provided the Plat exceeds not the 
Qiiantity of six Miles square of Land, and does not interfere with 
any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrance. 



[Mass. Court Records, June i6, 1738.] 

A Plat of a Township of the Contents of Six Miles square 
granted to Samuel Haywood and others laid out by Joseph Wilder 
Esq"^ Survey' and Chain men on oath, l3^ing on the Easterly side 
of Menadnuck Hill, between that and the Township laid out to 
Salem Inhabitants and others that served in the Canada Expedi- 
tion in the year 1690, and lying on the Southerly Branch of Con- 
tocook River, which Branch runs thro the Tract ; Beginning at a 
Black Birch Tree, being the South East Corner ; thence running 
West Six miles and sixty eight rods by a line of mark'd Trees to 
a Spruce Tree mark'd ; thence North by a line of mark'd Trees 
six miles and sixty rods to a Stake and Pillar of Stones ; Thence 
East by a line of mark'd Trees six miles and sixty eight rods to a 
Stake and heaps of stones ; thence to the Bounds first mentioned 
six miles and sixty Rods. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 20, 1738.] 

In the House of Represent^"®^ Ordered that M'' Jonathan Prescot, 
on of the Grantees of the new Township granted to Samuel Hay- 
wood and others, be and hereby is fully authorized and impow- 
ered to notify and warn the said Proprietors or Grantees to 
assemble and convene as soon as may be in some convenient place 
to chuse a Proprietors Clerk and pass such Votes and Orders for 
the effectual bringing forward the Settlement of said Township 
agreable to the conditions of the Grant, and also to chuse such 
other officers as they may think proper, and to agree upon a 

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258 CHARTER RECORDS. 

method for calling future Meetings, agreeable to the rules of the 
Law. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, June 28, 1738.] 

Ordered^ That Mr. 'Jonathan Prescot one of the Grantees of 
the new Township granted to Samuel Heywood and others, be 
and hereby is fully authorized and impowred to notify and warn 
the said Proprietors or Grantees to assemble and convene as soon 
as maybe in some convenient Place, to chuse a Proprietors Clerk, 
and pass such Votes and Orders for the effectual bringing forward 
the Settlement of said Township, agreable to the Conditions of the 
Grant, and also to chuse such other Officers as they may think 
proper to agree upon a Method for calling future Meetings, agre- 
able to the Rules of the Law. 

Sent up for Concurrance. 



PORTSMOUTH. 

[This territory was granted for a township l)y the Council of Plymouth in 1631, 
and was called Piscataqtia and Stra^vberry Bank. Submitted to Massachusetts 
government in 1641. Incorporated by Massachusetts as Portsmouth, May 28, 
1653. New Castle was set off and incorporated, May 30, 1693. Greenland was 
set off partially in 1704, and completely in 172 1. A city charter was adopted in 
1849. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes : IX, Bouton Town Papers, 688 ; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 236; Index to Laws, 440; Farmer's Belknap's 
History of New Hampshire, chapters i and 2, et seq. ; Annals of Portsmouth, 
Comprising a Period of Two Hundred Years from the Settlement of the Town, by 
Nathaniel Adams, 1825 ; republished, with annotations by George E. Hodgdon, in 
files of Portsnioitth Joiirnal ; Rambles about Portsmouth, Sketches of Persons, 
Localities, and Incidents of Two Centuries, Principally from Traditions and Un- 
published Documents, by Charles W. Brewster, first series, 1859; second edition, 
1873; second series, by same author, 1869; Portsmouth Records, 1645-1656, A 
Transcript of the First Thirty Five Pages of the Earliest Town Book, with Notes, 
by Frank W. Hackett, privately printed, 1886; Centennial History of the United 
States Navy Yard at Portsmouth, by Walter E. H. Fentress, 1876, pp. 84; His- 
tory of the U. S. Navy Yard, Portsmouth, by George Henry Preble, 1892 ; p. 219 ; 
Life of John Mason, by Chas. W. Tuttle and J. W. Dean, 1887 ; historical sketch, 
by James De Normandie, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 41 ; 



PORTSMOUTH. 



259 



The Isles of Shoals, An Historical Sketch, by John Scribner Jenness, 1873, sec- 
ond edition, 1875; New Castle, Historic and Picturesque, by John Albee, 1885; 
Methodism in Portsmouth, by Thomas L. Tullock, Granite Monthly, Vol. 7, pp. 
209, 229, 314, 347; petition of Dover and Portsmouth for grant of land, 1667, 
published with Dover papers, this volume ; special papers, relating to early grants, 
settlement, and boundaries in appendix to this volume ; consult authorities cited in 
this and previous volumes, under titles, Dover, Exeter, Hampton, Gosport, and 
Newcastle, and especially documents printed in Vols, i and 2, this series; also 
Vol. 17, pp. 475-603, and Vol. 22, containing a calendar of documents relating to 
New Hampshire in the English archives ; numerous historical articles, and a series 
of "Historical Notes," by C. H. Cutts Howard, have been printed in the Ports- 
viottth Jojirnair^ 



\_Transfc}'s of Pi'oferty in Piscataqiia Adventure, 16^0.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 3, p. 440.] 

Received by me Obadiah Bruen of Thomas Larkham for my 
share in the plantation of Pascataquake Imp* in money & bevar 
three pound in Corne five bushells twenty shillings sixe yards of 
woollen cloth forty shillings and a heifer Cow fower pound in all 
the sume of tenn pounds wittnes my hand this 21 of June 1642. 

Obadiah Bruen 
This is A true Copie Compared w^^ the orignall that was on file 
& left in its steed as Attests 

Edw Rawson Secrety 
Nich : Scammon 

The Accompt of goods in the Custody of m"" Larkham w''^ doe 
belong unto the whole Adventure'"s. 

Imp* one great Iron Pott. 

Itt one fouling peece the barrell five foote 

Itt 3 p'' of musket moulds, one p' sheep sheres. 

It 2 brasse tobacco pipes one Great knife : 2 '^ sissors 5 
dozen Awle blades i dozen Cod hookes 4H lead one sickle one 
brasing bill — 

It one tem'' sawe & two moose Coates 

It a key of the barn : dore I acknowledge it 

Vera Copia Thom. larkham 

The key nicolas hiltonn got of m"' Larkam & is in his Custody 

This is a true Copie Compared w*^*^ the originall y* was on file 
& in its steed as Attests 

Edward Rawson Secrety 
Nich : Scammon 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



know all men by these presents that wee whose names are sub- 
scribed partners in the plantation of Pascataquake in New Eng- 
land are acquainted w^'^ a writing drawne by Richard Percyvall 
of shrewsbery draper wherein he doeth upon Just & valluable 
Consideration devolve all that adventure which he the said Richard 
Percivall hath in the aforesaid Plantation according to the writing 
expressed Unto Obadiah Bruen of the same Toune of Shrewsbury 
draper & to his execcutors administrators and Assignes and to his 
& their propper use & behooffe forever w"^out giving any account 
unto the said Richard Percivall or to any other in his behalfe wee 
doe also approove of this act passed by bill of sale betwixt the said 
Richard Percivall and Obadiah Bruen and doe willingly accept 
of the said Obadiah Bruen as partner with us in the roome of the 
said Richard Percivall according to the proportion expressed in 
the said bill of sale under the hand & Scale of the said Richard 
Percivall In Witness hereof we have put to our hands this 4* day 
of may Ann" Dom 1640. 

II June 1666. That this is A true Copie Compared w^'^y^originall 
then on file & left in its steed as Attests 

Edw. Rawson secrety Richard Hunt 

Nich : Scammon Tho : Wingfeild 

Tho : Knight 
Thomas Hunt 
william Rouley 



\_Deed from Thomas Larkham to William Waldron, i6^2.'\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 3, p. 441.] 

To all xpian people to whome this p^nt writting shall come I 
Thomas Larkeham Pastor of the church of Northam in Piscata- 
quake in New England send Greeting Whereas I the said Thomas 
Larkham w**^ divers others have an adventure or stocke in the 
Patents & plantation at Pascataquak graunted sold Assigned & sett 
over by one Obadiah Brewen of Cape Anne Alias Glocester in 
New England aforesaid to the propper use of me my executors & 
administrators & Assignes which was granted sold assigned & 
sett over unto the said Obadiah Bruen by Richard Percivall now 
or heretofore of Shrewsbury in old england as by a writting of sale 
draune by Richard Percivall above named bearing date the 22*"^ 
day of October 1635 Annoq. Regni Caroli undecimo more at large 



PORTSMOUTH. 261 

it may & doeth Appeare approved by Richard Hunt Thomas 
Wingteild Thomas Knight & other adventm-ers & partners in the 
above mentioned Patents & plantation as by a writting bearing 
date the 4"' of may Ann° Dom 1640. appeareth. Now know yee 
that I the said Thomas Larkham for & uppon a certaine valluable 
some of money by me received of Wilham Walderne & for divers 
other good causes & Considerations me hereunto mooving Have 
Granted Bargained sould Assigned & sett over and by these 
presents doe full}^ grant bargaine Assigne & sett over Unto the 
afore named WilHam Walderne to his owne propper use & to the 
use of his execcutors adminstrators & Assignes all my said Adven- 
ture or stock by me bought as afore said & all the procedue & in- 
crease by me also bought as aforesaid and all sithence Coming of 
the said Adventure & stock to have hold receave perceave take & 
enjoy the premisses to me granted & every parte to the said William 
Walderne his execcutors adminstrators & Assignes together w^^ all 
such writtings as concerne the same. In Witnes thereof I have 
put to my hand & scale the 13^^ Day of September ann" Dom 1642 

Thom : Larkham. & (a Scale) 

sealed & delivered in presence of 
William Ballew 

sig. 

Phillip X cheslin 
That this is A true Copie Compared w''^ its originall left on file 
& in its steed : left to Remaine on file Attests 

Edw : Rawson Secrety 
Nich. Scammon 



[_Gov. Winthrofs Authority to Thomas Wiggiii to Suppress 

Seditio n, / (5^ / . ] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 3, p. 443.] 

S"^ We are given to understand That there is an intent of divers 
of the Inhabitants of Strawberie Banck seditiously to w"'draw their 
subjection from this Gov'^m'^ to sett up a new Goverm' their over 
them w%ut & contrarie to o*" consent, & contrarie to their in- 
gagem*^^& oathes. And to that end, they have (as we are informed) 
called a Towne meetinge to Joyne together in their way to appoint 
such a Gov' : we have therefore sent unto yo" (knowing yo*"® 
fidelitie & care) to seech out the truth of theise actings & to finde 



262 CHARTER RECORDS. 

out the ^ ticular '^ sons that are interested in this designe & the '^ tie 
whom they nominated to be their Governo'. That accordinghe 
we may put forth that power w^'* God hath given us to prosecute 
legalHe against them. And to that end we desire yo" to tak such 
helpe unto yo" both of such as are in comission w^^ yo" & such 
officers &c. as are neere yo" to assist yo" in what yo" shall require 
them, according to Law & Justice, And that the names of such 
as are interested in this sedition espetiallie the chiefe acto" therein 
may be sent unto us together w**^ the best testimonie yo" can pro- 
cure : And if yo" shall upon search & good testimonie observe 
any to be resolute in their way & high in their expressions That 
yo" forthw^*^ send one or more of the chiefest we meane that are 
principall acto"^® therein to the prison at Boston who shall answere 
their rebellion at the generall Court the next Month. Alsoe we 
must tell yo'^ that we are verie sensible of theise motions w*^^ tend 
to the subversion of this Common wealth & alteration of this 
goverm' established amongest us. & what is further aymed at in 
this designe we shall further acquaint yo" at yo' comming to the 
generall Court w*^*^ we desire yo" will be present at. Not else 
but o"^ due respects to yo" wee rest. 

You'' Love§ ffreind 
Boston 6 7m°(5i.) Jo : Endicott Go' 

in y® name of y^ whole Courte 

To his hono'*^ & very Lovinge ffriend Captn Thom^ Wiggins 
at his howse at Swampscott in Pascataque, bee these./ 



\_Portsmotith Received imder Massachusetts Government, 1641.^ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 48, and Court Records, Oct. 9, 

1641.] 

whereas it appeareth that by the extent of the line (according to 
our patent) that the River of Pascataquake is w^'^in the Jurisdiccion 
of the massatusetts. and conference being had (at severall times w'** 
the said people and some deputed by the generall courte ffor the 
setling and establishing of order in the administrac'on of Justice 
there, Itt is now ordered by the Generall Courte houlden at boston 
the nynth of the eight month 1641 and w^*^ the consent of the In- 
habitants of the said river as followeth./ 

Imp^ that from henceforth the said people inhabiting there are 



PORTSMOUTH. 263 

and shall be accepted, and reputed under the Goverment of the 
massatusetts, as the rest of the Inhabitants w^^in the said Jurisdic- 
c'on are Also that they shall have the same order and way of Ad- 
ministration of Justice ; and way of keeping Courte as is established, 
at Ipswich and Salem Also they shall be exempted from all pub- 
licke chardges other then those that shall arise, for or from amongst 
themselves, or from any occac'on or courses that may be taken to 
procure their oune propper good or bennefitt : Also they shall en- 
joy all such lawfull liberties of fishing, planting, ffelling timber, as 
formerly they have enjoyed in the said river m"^ Simon Bradstreete, 
m'^ Israeli Stoughton ; m"^ Samuell Simonds, m'' w™Ting m"^ ftVancis 
Williams, and m^" Edward Hilton ; or any fower of them, whereof 
m"^ Bradstreet or m"" Stoughton to be one, these shall have the same 
power that the quarter Courts at Salem and Ipswich have, also the 
Inhabitants there are allowed to send two Deputyes from the whole 
rivir to the Courte at Boston Also m*' Bradstreet m^' Stoughton and 
the rest of the Comission"^^^ shall have power at the Courte at Pas- 
cataquacke to appoint two or three to Joyne w*** m"^ williams, and 
m'" Hilton to governe the people as the magistrates doe heare till 
the next generall Courte, or till the Courte take further order :/ 

Itt is further ordered that untill ou' comissioners shall arive at 
Pascataquacke those men who already have Authority by the late 
combination to governe the people there, shall continew in the 
same Authority and power to be determined at the Comming of 
the said Comissioners, and not before 

This is a true Coppy of the court order Concerning the Receav- 
ing Pascataquak under the Jurisdicc'on of the massatusetts Gov''- 
ment taken out of the Court Records 

8 month (41) '^ Edward Rawson Secrty 



\_Portsi)ioutk Petition for Magistrates &c., i6^i.~\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 2^-'] 

Straberye Bancke 20*'' of Occto"" 165 1 
To the Honnered Courte Nowe holden at Boston ; — 
The Humble pettetion of the Inhabytants of Straberye Banke — 
In all dewe Respects Humblye praye ; That whereas wee ffynde 
by y® answere to a former made by some of y® pettetion*'* in the 
yere 1641. That you Accept of the orderinge and Gover'inge y® 



264 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said pettetion''^ ; by wave of there pettion ; and by straitninge of y® 
Lyne ; that pascataquacke is w^^'in y® Juresdection w*^ it for wee 
are p" by straitninge of y^ Lyne ; That you oulde bee pleased to 
give order for the Lying out our township ; for want of w*^'^ wee 
deeplye suffer ; and to Conferme the same unto us ; w^^ other the 
Condetions fformerly Agreed one And likewise that wee maye 
have here and at Dover ; two Courts every yere w*^ two Majis- 
trates ; and three Assestants ; whereof this Barer m'' Bryant pen- 
dleton to bee one of the asestants Chossen for this place ; And 
where as by Reason of divers shipinge and others Comminge into 
this harbour ; as likewise some of our owne Inhabytants ; severall 
abuses are committed ; and noe Majestrate were at hand to Ad- 
mester Justice upon the "^tyes soe offendinge ; That before Justice 
Cann bee donne many departe hence w^'out punneshment ; and 
others suffer Rather then to seeke soe ffarr for Justice ; Humblye 
praye that said m^" Pendleton maye have more then ordynary power 
what other asestants have ; for the rectyfienge and puneshinge of 
such abuses to be Committed — And Lastlye our desire is that 
where as m" Mason ; hath here an Agent whoe Lyith Clayme to 
some of those Lands wee Inhabitt in the behalfe of Cap : John 
Masons hearse ; That 3'ou will be pleased to mentayne the same 
unto us ; agaynst any shall hereafter oppose us — if by straitninge 
of y® Lyne the Lands are w^'^in y^ Juresdection ; if not There to 
Leve both our '^sons Lands and all freelye to our selves as ffor- 
merlye wee were before you took us into y"" Goverm' To menta3me 
our owne Rights ; or to submitt our selves to those to whome it 
maye appere Justlye don ; In Confermation of our desires herein ; 
wee whose names are hereunder subscribde p''sent this in the 
behalfe and by the ffree consent of all the said Inhabytants ; pray- 
ing this Barer m'" pendleton to p''sent this to your honnored Courte ; 
Cravinge y favorable answere herein — which wee Leave to y^ 
more serious Judgments — for whose prosperytie shall daylie praye 

&c 

Amb Lane 
Renald Fernald 
William Hevenor ( ?) 
Henrie Sherburne 
John Webster 



PORTSMOUTH. 265 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 14, 1651, and Archives Vol. 112, 

p. 38.] 

In Answer to a petition of the Inhabitant* of Strabery banke for 
the Layinge out of theire Townshippe & several! other thinges ex- 
prest therein This Court thinkes meete to graunt the petitiono" all 
the Land betweene Hampton and them that is not already graunted 
to Townes or persons, (Squamset pattent excepted) 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 23, 165 1.] 

In Answer to the peticion of the Inhabitants of strawberry bancke 
the Courte Graunts the peticioners all the land betweene Hampton 
and them that is not already graunted to Tounes or persons 
Squamscott pattent excepted 2'^'5- That m"^ Ambrose Lane M"" Brian 
Pendelton and Henry sherborne are heereby for one whole yeere 
Invested with Ample power and be enabled as associates w*"^ Capt 
Thomas wiggin to keepe one Courte in a yeere at straweberry 
bancke viz., at such time as Cap* wiggins shall appointe to trye 
all civill & Criminall accions as other theire Courts within this 
Jurisdiccion doth As also the three aforesaid Comissioners, or each 
of them shall have power to Administer oathes keepe the peace 
amongst the Inhabitants and to graunt warrants to bring before 
them such as shall break the poenall lawes, the poenalties whereof 
exceede not fforty shillings and all offenders whose pcenalty shall 
exceede the somme aforesaid to binde over to the County Courte 
or send them to some magis** to be provided with according to lawe 
And they have further power to end smale Cawses as three men 
in Tounes have and for what else is mentioned in the petition The 
Courte referrs it to the next gennerall Courte of Eleccion to be con- 
sidered and determined, Provided they have or shall take the oath 
of fidellitie to this government before they act according to this 
Commission. 



[Mass. Court Records, May 26, 1652.] 

In Ans"" to the peticion or letter of M*^ Brian Pendleton : in behalfe 
of the Inhabitants of strawbery bancke the Courte is willing to 
Consider of their enlargment when they propound any thing to 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



Consideration And doe order, that Rich Bellingham Esq'' and 
M' Pendleton w*^ the Judges of Dover Courte shall keepe Court at 
Straweberybancke till the inhabitants of strawberry bancke doe 
present such persons that have taken the oath of iidellitie to this 
Court to be Allowed and confirmed :/ 



[Mass. Court Records, May 31, 1652.] 

In answer to a letter sent to the court from m"" Brian Pendleton 
of Strabery banke Concerning theire Enlargment The court is 
willing to consider thereof when they "^pound any thing to theire 
consideration which may be suteable to such an End, And doe 
desire & order that m"" Bellingham & m' Pendleton with the Judges 
of Dover court may keepe court at Strabery banke till the In- 
habitant* of Strabery banke doe p'sent some "^sons y' have taken 
the oath of fidelitie to this court to be allowed & Confirmed. 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 19, 1652. J 

The Inhabitant' of Strabery banke p^'fering a petition for the 
enlargm* of theire Towne bounds are referd to the next Court of 
Election for further answer when Capt. Wiggan is to shew his 
Pattent This Court further graunts that m' Henry sherbourne & 
m' Reynold fernald be admitted as Associates according to theire 
petition 



[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 26, 1652.] 

In Ans' to the petition of the Inhabitants of strawberry bancke 
The Court seeth not how they cann Graunt further accomodation 
to the petitioners till Capt wiggins Pattent be scene which will be 
brought to the next Court of Election and then accordingly it may 
be supplied, but doe Graunt that M' Henry sherborne and m' Rei- 
nold ffernald be Admitted Associates according as in the peticion 
is desired. 



PORTSMOUTH. 267 

\_Po}'ts)notiih Petition Jor Grant of Land and Cliangc of Name ^ 

1653-1 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 58.] 

To the Honnoured Generall Court assembled att Boston this 
present Month of May 1653 :/ 

The Humble petition of the inhabitants of the towne att present 
Called Strabery banke ;/ 

Sheweth ; that whereas your petitioners petitioned to the last 
Generall Court, to graunt unto y® said Inhabitants A Competent 
portion of Lands to make us a Towneshipp whereby wee may be 
inabled to subsist, & bee usefull to the Church & Comonwealth ; 
our deseire is that this Honnoured Court will bee pleased, to shew 
theire favour & good will towards us and willingnesse to accom- 
modate us to the uttermost, And for that purpose hath deseired the 
honno'^d Capt Wiggines to bringe in his Pattent to this present 
Court : 

Now may it please this honnoured Court to take our case into 
Consideration And to consider of our exstreame necessities ; first 
in respect of y® number of ffamilyes wch are between 50, & 60, of 
wch some are Constrained to remoove for want of Land to accom- 
odate them with theire stockes, secondly the qualitie of the land 
wee live uppon is soe badd its incredible to beleeve except those 
wch have scene it which they being settled a plantation the first of 
any in these parts & our willingnesse in submittinge to your Gov- 
ernment ; fourthly y* all y® Neighbouringe plantations about us 
wch were settled since wee ; have theire Townshipps setled & 
bounded onely wee as yett have none, fiftly that wheras there is 
much benefitt by Sawmills in other townes in this River and ad- 
jacent Townes ; there is none in this Towne but only one wch was 
never perfected ; nor like to bee. 

Wee humbly intreat this honnoured Court to take into theire 
View this necke of Land wch we live uppon ; wch nature it selfe 
hath bounded with y^ maine Sea & River as may be scene by y® 
draught of y® River wch was presented to the Last Generall Court ; 
& now p'"sented againe by our deputie ; wch necke of Land is farre 
Lesse than any Neighbouringe towne about us ; 

The deseire of your Humble petitioners is that this Honnoured 
Court would graunt us the necke of Land begininge in the great 
bay at a place called Cotterills Deleight soe Runninge to y® sea 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



Accordinge to y® former petition presented to y® Last Generall 
Court : 

And whereas y® name of this plantation att present beinge Stra- 
bery banke accidentally soe Called by reason of a banke where 
straberies was found in this place ; Now your petitioners Humble 
deseire is to have it Called Portsmouth beinge a name most suta- 
ble for this place it being the Rivers mouth & a good harbour as 
any in this Land ; And your petitioners shall Humbly pray 

Brian Pendleton Rich : Cutt 

Renald Fernald Samuell Gaines 

John Sherbourn In the behaulfe of the rest 

We Conceive the Answer to this Petition must be respited be- 
cause of m' Masons claime to the Lands only so far as relates to 
Capt : wiggins Patent the Committe of the Last Court or so many 
of them as being p'sent had thru the hearing of the Case are fittest 
to be employed now 

Daniel Denison 
Jos : Hills 
Edw. Johnson 

The magis*^ Approove of the Comittees Retourne for respitting 
of this petic'on, to y® next Court if theire bretheren the Depu*^ Con- 
sent heereto 

Edward Rawson Secret'y 

The Deputyes Consent hereto & doe further graunt the petition" 
request viz* that theire Towne shalbe called Portsmouth if o' hon- 
n'" magistrates please to Consent hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 

The magis** Consent heereto w*'' y** name of Portsmouth 

Edward Rawson Secret :/ 
The magists Considering further of y® petic'on desire a present 
Committee may be chosen to whom y^ setling of y^ Toune of Ports- 
mouth maybe Referred & theire thoughts thereabouts Retourned 
to this Court if theire bretheren the depu*^ Consent heereto 

Edward Rawson secret'y 

28 May 1653. m' Symonds is Appointed to be of y*' Comittee for 
y^ peticon 



PORTSMOUTH. 269 

m'" Samuell vvinsley m"" Joseph Jewet & Shergent Sherman are 
appoynted to be of this Committee 

William Torrey Cleric 

The magis'* Consent heereto Edward Rawson Secret'y 

The Committee (in answer to this peticion) doth conceive that 
the line of the Towneship of Porchmouth, should reach from the 
sea by Hampton lyne, to winnacout River. Leaving the proprieto" 
to their just right & interest. 

Samuel Symonds Samuel Winsley 

Joseph Jewit John Sherman 

The Deputyes approve of the returne of the Committee in 
answer to this pet. w^ reference to the Consent of o' hono"* 
magistrates hereto 

William Torrey Cleric. 



[Mass. Court Records, May i8, 1653.] 

In Answer to the petition of Strabery banke it is ord*^ that there 
Towne shalbe Called Portsmouth & that the Lyne of theire Town- 
shipp should reach from the sea by Hampton Lyne to Winnacout 
river leaving the "^prietors to theire Just rights & intrests 



\_PortsmotUh Petition for Certain Privileges, i^55'^ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 56.] 

To the Honnovn-ed Generall Court assembled at Boston in 
y« Mounth of May 1655 

The Humble petition of y** Inhabitants of the Towne (att present) 
called strabery banke 

sheweth that whereas there are Certaine Townes about us wch 
enjoyes y® priviledg of freemen & have theire votes in chusinge 
Governo'" Magistrates and other officers for the Administration of 
justice ; our Humble request is that this Honnoured Court will be 
pleased to graunt unto us equall priviledge with Kittery and Yorke, 
And Likewise that you will give power to those Magistrates that 



270 CHARTER RECORDS. 

are to keepe Court amoungst us to Nominate & appoint Com- 
issioners for the endinge of differences under tenn pounds haveing 
great need of such ffor maney times wee loose our right, by reason 
wee Cannot summon those that are delinquents to any other 
Courte except it be for greater summes And likewise that you will 
be pleased to Conlirme our Millitarie officers that they may be 
Established by power from your selves for wee have betwixt 70 & 
80 men able to beare Armes, within our presincts although wee 
Cannot as yett Call it a Townshipp, but wee hope you will be 
mind full of us, in all y^ p''mises, which if you bee it will bee a 
great encouragement for your poore petitioners to goe on in theire 
Imployments & to follow it with more Chearfullnesse whereby wee 
may be usefuU in the Common wealth & ready att all times to sett 
our selves forward for y® good of y® Countrey & the benefitt of 
those amoungst whome wee live & your petitioners shall humbly 
pray &c 

John Sherburn Renald Fernald 

Rich : Cutt Samuell Gaines 

we Conceive the Inhabitants of strawbery Banke should be satis- 
fied w^'' the privilidges granted by the Court at their Comming 
under this goverment 

2diy That the Court of Dover or strawbery Bancke may nomi- 
nate & confirme Commissioners for the ending of smal Causes 
under 40^ as in other Towns 

3 That the sd Court may Confirme such millitary officers as 
they shall p'sent 

Daniel Denison 
Edw : Johnson 
Jos : Hills 

The magists Approove of the Retourne of the Committee as An 
Ans"" to y® petic'on w*^ Reference to y® Consent of their bretheren 
the Depu*^ heereto 

Edw Rawson sec^ 

The Deputyes Consent to o"' hon"^ magists in Answer to this 
petition 

William Torrey Cleric 



RAYMOND. 271 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 11, 1672.] 

Whereas this Court granted to the Inhabitants of Portsmouth 
land for a village the last session & having now brought in a platt 
of a tract of land above Dover bounds the said land so laid out is 
hereby confirmed to the Inhabitants of Portsmouth Provided a 
farme of three hundred acres of upland & meadow be laid for the 
use of the Countey by Ensigne Davis of Dover & m"" wincoll as 
also that the said plat entrench not on any former grants laid out 
and that the said land be improoved for a village in five yeares w^'^ 
twenty families such as shall mainteyne an able & approoved min- 
istr}'- and that this land & village be liable to Countey Rates as 
other Tounes in this Colony are Y® plat is on file. 



RAYMOND. 

[This territory was purchased of an Indian, in 17 17, by Col. Stephen Dudley, 
and was called Freetown. It was included in the incorporation of Chester, Aug. 27, 
1826, and so remained until set off and incorporated as a parish by the name of 
Raymond, May 9, 1764. The boundary line between Raymond and Candia was 
established June 23, 1848. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 717 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 307 ; Index 
to Laws, 465; History, by Joseph Fullonton, 1875, pp. 407; historical sketch, 
Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 443.] 



[grant to SAMUEL SYMONDS.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 19, 1658.] 

June 3, 1657 : M' Symonds land Confirmd. 

Memorandum that upon the day & yeare abovewritten, Samuell 
Symonds of Ipswich in the shire of Essex in New England Gen* 
did take possession of sixe hundred & forty acres of Ground 
Graunted to him by the Honnored Generall Court in the presence 
& w*^ the Consent of mohermite Sagamore of those parts The 
place & farme is now Called The Island ffalls. there is a tree close 
by that falls marked w*^ two SS, and a litle Island in the River 
by the falls, there douneward conteyning in length one full mile, 
from the lower end of that litle Island aforesaid up the River and 



272 CHARTER RECORDS. 

halfe a mile in breadth on each side of the said River w^'^ River is 
Called Lamper eele River. That place or part of Lamper Ele 
River is betweene the Tonnes of Dover and exetur up into the 
Countrie beyond the bounds of either of those Tounes in that place 
and about sixe miles Douneward by land to the mouth of the said 
Lamper Ele : River which emptieth itself there into the Great Bay : 
And to this wee give our Testimony. 

The m^'ke of John i Gage 
Daniell Epps 

Wee also were present when the land above mentioned was laid 
out & possession taken 

Edward Hilton sen' 
Edward Hilton Jun' 

This Retourne being presented to the Generall Court for their 
Allowance & Confirmation by m"" Samuell Symonds : 

The Court Judgeth it meete to Allow & Confirme this Retourne 
so as the River herein mencioned be & Remaine in Comon as in 
times past & y* the land be free from former Graunts :/ 

In Ans' to m"" Samuell Symonds further Request y* this Court 
would explaine theire proviso in theire Graunt so as It may 
not extend to p''judice his right & liberty in the said River 
for the Conveniency of his mills although in all other Respects y® 
said River be at liberty : The Court declares in Answer thereto 
that It is not theire Intent to prohibitt the setting up of a mill so as 
the River be free in other Respects./ 



RICHMOND. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, June 20, 1735, to Capt. Joseph Sylvester's men, 
and called Sylvester-Canada. Granted Feb. 28, 1752, to Joseph Blanchard and 
others, and incorporated as Richmond. The charter was renewed June 11, 1760. 
A triangular tract in the north part of the town was severed and annexed to Swan- 
zey, Dec. 11, 1762. Another portion was taken off June 23, 18 15, and combined 
with portions of Marlborough, Fitzwilliam, and Swanzey, to make the town of 
Troy. The northwest corner was severed and annexed to Winchester July 2, 1850. 

See New Hampshire charters following : X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 
394, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 312; Index to Laws, 475; History, by William 
Barrett, 1884, pp. 578; historical sketch, Hurd\s History of Cheshire County, 
1886, p. 322.] 



RICHMOND. 273 

[Mass. Court Records, June 20, and House Journal, June 19, 

I735-] 

A Petition of Major James Warren, for himself and others, that 
Served in the Expedition against Canada in the Year 1690, Under 
Joseph Sylvester, or are the Representatives of such of the said 
Soldiers as are deceased ; Praying for a Tract of the Province 
Lands of the Contents of Six Miles Square for a Township to Set- 
tle on, in consideration of the great hardships they or their Ances- 
tors endured in the said Expedition — 

In the House of Represent^ Read & Voted That a Tract of the 
Unappropriated Lands of the Province of the Contents of Six 
Miles Square be and hereby is Granted to the Pet" their heirs and 
Assignes Respectivly forever for a Township, to lye in some Suit- 
able place ; That the Grantees be and hereby are obliged to bring 
forward the Settlement of the said Township, in as Regular a man- 
ner as the Situation and Circumstances of the said Town will 
Admit, in the following manner viz* That each Grantee his heirs 
or assignes build an house on his Respective Lott or share of 
Eighteen feet Square & Seven feet Stud at the least, and plow & 
bring to English Grass & fit for mowing Six Acres of land : and 
that they Settle a Learned Orthodox Minister, & build a Conven- 
ient Meeting house for the Publick Worship of God ; that one 
Sixty third part of the said Township be and hereby is Granted to 
the first Settled Minister, the like quantity for the use of the Min- 
istry, & the like quantity for the use of the School, in all the Divi- 
sions of the said Township; that the Grantees be and hereby are 
obliged to give a Bond of Twenty pounds for the Fulfilment of the 
Conditions aforesaid ; the Bonds to be made to the Treasurer of 
the Province, and in Case any of the Grantees shall fail of the per- 
formance of his Grant, such person shall forfeit all Right Title & 
pretence thereto in the Province, to be disposed of as this Court 
shall think proper In Council Read & Conaurr'd — 



[Mass. Court Records, June 21, and House Journal, June 20, 

I735-] 

In the House of Represent* Voted that John Cushing jun' & 
James Warren Esq'' with such as the Hon^^® Board shall Appoint 
be a Com*^® to lay out the Township lately Granted to the officers 



274 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& soldiers & the Represent^ of such as are deceased, who were in 
the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, Under the particular Com- 
mand of Cap* Joseph Silvester late deced, and that the Com*®** Re- 
turn a plat of the Township to the Court within twelve months for 
confirmation, and take Effectual Care that the Grantees comply 
with the Several Conditions of the Grant — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Samuel Thaxter Esq'^' is 
Joined in the Affair — 

Consented to J Belcher 



\_Pctitton of Committee for Laying Out Richmond, iyj6.^ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 105, p. 147. J 

To His Exceley Jon'^ Belcher Esq*" Gov & Comand' in Chief &c 
To y® Hon'*^ Council — 

The Memorial & Petition of Sam'^ Thaxter In the Name & by 
order of the Comitte for Laying out a Canada Township so Called 
Granted to the officers & Souldiars belonging to the Company 
under y*' Comand of Cap^ Joseph Silvester Humbly Sheweth 

That By order of the Gen^' Court passed in their Sessions May 
1735, Fifty pounds was allowed to be Drawn out of the Publick 
Treasury & paid to the Respective Comittes for 3-^ La3ang out &c 
the Canady Townships so Called — That y*" Memorialists have Ex- 
pended a Considerable sum in y® Service for Laying the Town- 
ship Granted to s^ Silvester & Company & Desire yo"" Excele^ & 
Hon""^ will order a warr* to y® Treasurer for paym* of Fifty pounds 
allow'd as afores*^ to y® s** Comitte — & yo"" Memorialist shall pray 
&c — 

June 30, 1736 Sam' Thaxter 



[Mass. House Journal, July 6, 1736.] 

A Plat of the contents of six miles square, with an allowance for 
swag of Chain and Ponds, and one hundred acres of Land granted 
to Col. yosiah Willard surveyed and laid out by yosiah Willard 
Surveyor, and two Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this 
Court to the Officers and Soldiers in the Company late under the 
Command of Capt. yoscpk Sylvester, deceased, &c. lying East- 
erly of the Township oi Earlington, so called, was presented for 



RICHMOND. 275 

allowance. Read and Ordered, Thzit the Plat be accepted, and the 
Lands therein delineated and described be and hereby are con- 
firmed to the Officers and Soldiers in the Caiiada Expedition An/JO 
1690, in the Company late under the Command of Capt. fosepA 
Sylvester, deceased, and to their Heirs and Assigns, and to the 
Heirs, legal Representatives and Descendants of such of them as 
are since deceased, and to their Heirs and Assigns respectively 
for ever, they complying with the Conditions, provided the Plat 
■exceeds not the quantity of six miles square of Land, exclusive of 
the Grant of one hundred acres to Col. Willard, and the allow- 
ance for swag of Chain and Ponds as within mentioned, and does 
not interfere with any other former Grant 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, V"ol. 10, p. 20.] 

June the 12, 1736 — Then Cap* Josiah Willard Survey"^ & 
George Macfarland & James Johnson Chainmen were sworn to 
Deal faithfully & Impartially In Surveying & measuring The 
Township Granted by the Gen" Court to Cap* Joseph Silvester & 
Company &c — 

Before me Sam' Thaxter Js peace 

June y^ ip*"^ 1736. 

Then finished the Laying out a Tract of Land on the Easterly 
Side of Arlington Granted by the Great and General Court held 
at Boston In June 1735 — for a Plantation or Township of the 
Contents of Six Miles Square and is Granted to Capt Joseph Sil- 
vister and his Company and is bounded thus beginning at a piller 
of Stones Erected for the South Easterly corner of Arlington from 
thence runing East Six miles partly on a Town Ship Lately Laid 
out and partly on province Land — to a Hemlock tree marked 
with J. S. from thence Running North Six miles & fifty Six 
Perches to a maple tree marked with J. S — from thence West 44 
degres North Seven hundred and thirteen Perch to an heap of 
Stones on the Lower ashewelot line and from thence South forty 
three deg. West on the ashewelot line one thousand one hundred 
and ninety three perch to a piller of Stones then West Eighteen 
deg. North Six hundred & fourty Perch to a piller of stones then 
Running South on Arlington line five miles and one hundred and 
fifty one Rods to a piller of Stones the first mentioned Bounds 



276 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



there's allowed about one Rod in thirty for uneven land and Swag- 
of Chain, also there is allowed one hundred acres for a farm all 
ready Granted to Coll. Josiah Willard with five hundred acres for 
ponds — 



a scale of 310 perch to an inch 



Josiah Willard Surveyor 




Province of the Massachusetts Bay ss. June 19, 1736. 

Wee the subscribers being the Maj'' part of a Comitte of the Great 
& Gen'^ Court of the s'' Province appointed to Lay out the Town- 
ship Lately Granted to Cap* Joseph Silvester & Company & the 
representatives of Such as are Deces*^ Have according to Orders 



RICHMOND. 277 

Survey*^ & Lay'd out a Township of the Contents of Six miles 
Square as Described by this Piatt & have also agreed to notifie the 
Prop" to meet in order to become Bound to fullill the Condition 
according to the Direction of the Gen'^ Court — 
All which is most Humbly Submitted By 

Sam^ Thaxter 
]n'^ Cushing Jun' 

In the House of Representatives July 6th 1736- Read and Or- 
dered that the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delineated 
and described be and hereby are confirmed to the officers & 
Soldiers in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690 in the Company 
late under the Command of Capt Joseph Sylvester deceased and 
to their heirs and assigns and to the Heirs legal Representatives 
and descendants of such of them as are since deceased and to 
their heirs and assigns respectively for ever they complying with 
the Conditions of the Grant, provided the plat exceeds not the 
quantity of Six Miles square of Land exclusive of the Grant of 
one hundred acres to Col° Willard & the allowance, for swagg of 
Chain and ponds as within mentioned, and does not interfere with 
any other former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^' 

In Council July 6, 1736 — 

Read & Concur'd Simon Frost- D. Sec : 

Consented to J. Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records, July 6, 1736.] 

A plat of the Contents of Six Miles Square, with the Allowance 
of One Rod in thirty for Swag of Chain & Uneven lands as 
also for one hundred Acres of Land, Granted to CoP Josiah Wil- 
lard & five hundred Acres for ponds, Surveyed and laid out by 
Josiah Willard Survey'' and Chainmen on Oath, to Satisfy a Grant 
of this Court made to the officers and Soldiers in the Company, 
late Under the Command of Cap' Joseph Sylvester dec'ed, and ly- 
ing Easterly of the Township of Arlington so Called, & bounded 
as follows viz' Begining at a piller of Stones erected for the South 
Easterly Corner of said Arlington ; thence Runing East, Six 
Miles to a hemlock tree Marked with J S from thence Runing 
North Six Miles & fifty Six perch to a Maple tree Marked J S ; 
thence West 44 deg. North Seven hundred & thirteen perch to a 



278 CHARTER RECORDS. 

heap of Stones on the lower Ashuelet line from thence S° 13 Deg. 
West on the Ashuelet line One thousand one hundred & Ninety 
three perch to a piller of Stones ; then West 18 deg. North Six 
hundred forty perch to a piller of Stones : and then Runing 
South on Arlington line, five Miles & One hundred and fifty Rods, 
to the pillar of Stones first mentioned ; which plat Accompanied 
the Report of the Com*^® Appointed to lay out the said Town- 
ship — 



[Mass. Court Records and House Journal, Jan. 18, 1736-7.] 

In the House of Represenf^ Whereas a Grant of a Township of 
the Contents of Six Miles Square w^as made by this Court at their 
Session in June 1735 to the officers & Soldiers in the Canada 
Expedition Under the Command of Cap* Joseph Sylvester and to 
the heirs legal Represent** & descendants of such of them as are 
deceased, But for as much as a Sufficient Number of said Gran- 
tees do not Appear to give Bonds for fulfilling the Conditions 
Agreeable to the directions of the said Grant 

Therefore ordered that the Com*®® Appointed to Admit Settlers 
in said Township be Impowred to Admit any others that were 
Either officers & Soldiers in any other Company in the said Can- 
ada Expedition, or the heirs Legal Represent* or Descendants of 
any of them who are Since deceased, who have not been Admitted 
Grantees into other Towns ; So as to make the Number of Sixty 
Settlers in all ; and that upon their giving Bond as aforesaid, they 
each of them be entitled to a Sixty third part of said Township, 
provided they perform the Conditions of said Grant, Unless a Suf- 
ficient Number of the said Company so as to make up in the whole 
of the said officers and Soldiers or of the heirs legal Represent* or 
Descendants of such of them as are since dec'ed Appear to make 
their Claim to said Grant before the Com**''^ Appointed to admit 
Grantees at or before the Eighteenth day of March next and that 
the said Com'^® give publick Notice Seasonably of this Order — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd — 

Consented to J Belcher 



RICHMOND. 279 

[Mass. Court Records, June 18, and House Journal, June 16, 

I737-] 

In the House of Represent** Ordered That James Warren Esq"" 
be and hereby is fully Authorized and Impowred to Assemble and 
for the first Meeting to Convene the Grantees of a Township 
lately Granted by this Court to the officers and Soldiers in the 
Canada Expedition Anno 1690, Under the Command of Cap*- 
Joseph Silvester dec'ed their heirs legal Represent^ &c in some 
Convenient place in the Town of Plymouth when and where the 
Grantees under the Direction of the said James Warren Esq"" are 
to make Choice of a proper Clerk and to pass such votes and 
Rules & orders for bringing on the Settlement as may be Agree- 
able to the Conditions of the Grant and also to Agree Upon some 
Regular Methods for to call proprietors Meetings for the future — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Grant to Josiah Willard.] 
[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 11, 1736.] 

A Plat containing one hundred Acres of Land laid out by Ben- 
jamin Prescot, Esq; Surveyor, and two Chain-men on Oath, to 
satisfy a Grant of this Court to Col. yosiah Willard on his Peti- 
tion as entred the ()th. of yanuary last, the Land lying East from 
Arlington so called, on both sides of Roaring Brook., (it being 
for raising a Head or Pond of Water for his Mill) was presented 
for allowance. Read and Ordered., That the Plat be accepted 
and the Lands therein delineated and described be and hereby are 
confirmed to the said Col. yosiah Willard his Heirs and Assigns 
for ever, he or they performing the Conditions of the Grant, pro- 
vided the said Plat exceeds not the quantity of one hundred Acres, 
and does not interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Dec. 13, 1736.] 

A plat of One hundred Acres of Land Granted by this Court to 
Col° Josiah Willard lying East of Arlington on both Sides of 
Roaring Brook so Called, laid out by Benjamin Prescott Esq' Sur- 



28o 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



vey"" and Chainmen Upon Oath, begining at a Stake and Stones 
for the Northerly Corner, thence Runing South 45 Deg. East one 
hundred & thirty two poles ; to a Hemlock tree marked ; thence 
South 45 Deg West one hundred & twenty poles, to a Hemlock 
tree; thence North 45 Deg. West one hundred & thirty two Rods 
to a black birch ; thence North 45 Deg. East one hundred and 
twenty poles to the bounds first mentioned 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 25.] 




Fort Dummer June 25*^ 173^ 
Cap* Josiah WilHard being Apointed Surveyor, and Enoch Hall, 
And Joseph Alaxander Jun' Chainmen For the Laying out of a 
Grant of one hundred acres of Land Granted by y® General Court 
or assembley to Col^ Josiah Williard of Leuningburg Jan"'^ 9, 
1735/6 On A Brook Called Roaring Brook Eastward of Arlington, 
The Aboves*^ Josiah Williard Surveyor & Joseph Alaxander & 
Enoch Hall Chainmen, Appear'd And made Solemen Oath that 
they would Truely And faithfully According to their best Skill & 
Judgment Survey & Lay out y® abovmentioned Tract of Land 

Cor™ me Joseph Kellogg Justice piece 



RICHMOND. ■ 281 

August 31*^ 1736. 

Layed out a Tract of Land East from Arlington So called on 
both Sides of Roaring Brook (So called) Containing One Hun- 
dred Acres Discribed in the Above Piatt To Satisfye a Grant 
Made to Col' Josiah Willard by the Great & Gen' Court in Janu- 
ary Last, which is Bounded as follows viz* At the Northerly 
Corner On a Stake and Stones Thence Runing South 45 Degrees 
east One Hundred & Thirty Two poles To a Hemlock Tree 
Marked for a Corner There Turning A Right Angle & Runing 
South 45° West One Hundred & Twenty Poles To a Hemlock 
Tree There Turning A Right Angle and Runing North 45° West 
One Hundred & Thirty Two Poles To a Black Burch Thence 
Runing North 45° East One Hundred and Twenty Poles To y® 
Bound first mentioned all of which Corners with many Trees in 
the Line are Sufficiently marked platted by a Scale of forty pearch 
in an Inch Enoch Hall & Joseph Alexander assisting as Chainmen 
having been Sworn for That Purpose before M"" Justice Kellog 

"^ Benj^ Prescott Surveyor 

Province of the Massachusetts Bay 

Middlesex ss Woburn Dec' 8*'' 1736 Benjamin Prescott Esq"" 
Personall}^ Appearing made oath that in the surveying One hun- 
dred acres of land Granted by y'' Generall Court to Josiah Willard 
Esq' as described by y*^ above Plan he therein Acted faithfully & 
Impartially according to the best of his Skill & Judgment 

Before me Joseph Wilder Justice of y* Peace 



[Maps and Plans, Vol. 10, p. 25, and Court Records, Dec. 13, 

1736.] 

In the House of Representatives December 11^'' 1736 

Read & ordered that the plat be Accepted and the Lands 
therein delineated and described be & hereby are confirmed to the 
said Col° Josiah Willard his heirs & assigns for Ever he or they 
performing the Conditions of the Grant provided the plat exceeds 
not the Contents of One hundred Acres, and does not interfere 
with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp'^'^' 

In Council Decem"^ 13, 1736 

Read & Concurrd Simon Frost Dep Sec''^ 

15 ; Consented to J Belcher 



282 CHARTER RECORDS. 



RINDGE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, Feb. 3, 1736-7, to inhabitants of Rowley, Mass., 
who were in the Canada expedition. Hence called Rowley-Canada. Granted by 
the Masonian Proprietors, Feb. 14, 1749-50, to Solomon Stewart and others, and 
known as Mo^iadiwck No. i, ox SoiitJi Monadnock. Incorporated as Rindge Feb. 
II, 1768, and named in honor of Daniel Rindge. The line between Rindge and 
Fitzwilliam was established June 17, 1847. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 720; XllI, Hammond Town Papers, 320; 
Index to Laws, 476; History, by Ezra S. Stearns, 1875, pp. 788; historical 
sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 532.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 2, 1736.] 

A Petition of yoscph Pike for himself and sundry others, 
Officers and Soldiers in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, shew- 
ing that they have formerly petitioned this Court for a Township, 
which has never yet had the favour of passing thro' the whole 
Court, praying they may now obtain the Grant of a Township in 
some suitable place in consideration of their services and sufferings 
in that Expedition, for the reasons mentioned. Read and Ordered, 
That this Petition be taken under consideration to morrow morn- 
insf. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 4, 1736.] 

The Petition of yoseph Pike for himself and others, Canada 
Officers and Soldiers, as also the Petition of yo/i'i Piatt s and yohn 
Stewart, Canada Officers and Soldiers Anno 1690, praying for 
Lands, as entred the second currant. Read again, and Ordered, 
That Capt. Hobson, and Capt. Rolfe, be desired to prepare proper 
Votes in favour of the Petitions, subjecting the Settlement of the 
Lands to the Usual Conditions of Settlement. 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 9, 1736.] 

A Petition of yoJin Tyler and yoseph Pike, and other Canada 
SoXdxQvs, Anno 1690, as entred the 27 //. oi yune 1735 was read, 
and the House came into the Grant of a Township of the contents 



RINDGE. 283 

of six miles square, in some suitable place, on the same Conditions 
of Settlement with the former, and Capt. Hohson, and Major 
Charles Pierce, with such as the honourable Board shall join be the 
Committee. 

Sent up for concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 20, 1738-9.] 

A Plat containing six Miles square of Land, with an Allowance 
of ten thousand Acres for ten large Ponds and a large shrub 
Swamp about four Miles in length, surveyed and laid out by 
JVathanael Haywood, Surveyor, and two Chain-Men on Oath, to 
satisfy a Grant of this Court made to yohn Tyler, yoseph Pike, 
and others, that were either Officers or Soldiers in the Canada 
Expedition Anno 1690, bounded as follows, viz. Beginning at a 
Maple Tree the northerly Corner oi Dorchester Canada Town- 
ship, from thence running North 32 gr. East two Miles and 100 
Poles to a heap of Stones, Thence North 22 gr. East four Miles 
thence North one Mile till it meets with the said Township granted 
to Saiiniel Heyzuood &c., thence West four Miles by the said 
Township to the southwesterly Corner thereof, thence North by 
said Township three Miles and 220 Poles, thence West 30 gr. 
South five Miles and 180 Perch to a wild Cherry Tree on the 
Southward of the great Monadnuck aforesaid, thence South 
180 Perch, thence East 41 gr. South 2500 Perch to a heap 
of Stones, then North 12 gr. East one Mile to the northwardly 
Corner of Dorchester Canada Township, being the Maple Tree 
first mentioned. Read and Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, 
and the Lands therein delineated and described, be and hereby are 
confirmed to the Grantees, their Heirs and Assigns respectively 
forever, they effectually complying with the Conditions of the 
Grant, provided the Plat exceeds not the contents of six Miles 
square, with the Allowance of ten thousand Acres for ten large 
Ponds and a large shrub Swamp included therein, and does not 
interfere with any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 23, 1738-9.] 

yohn Osborne, Esq ; brought down the Plat of a Township laid 
out to satisfy a Grant of this Court made to yohn Tyler, yoseph 



284 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Pike, and others, as enter'd the 10th current. Pass'd in Council, 
viz. In Coucil, 'Jamiary 2'^d 1738. Read and non concur'd, and 
Ordered, That five thousand Acres only be allowed tor Ponds, &c. 
and that the Committee be directed to reform the Plat upon the 
Spot accordingly at the Charge of the Grantees, and report to this 
Court at the next May Session. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 262.] 




RINDGE. 285 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, pp. 262-264 ^"^^ Court Records, Jan. 

23, 1738-9.] 

Mass" Sc. Nov^ i^' 1738 

Then Nathan Heywood as Surveyor Ephraim Wetherbee and 
Abel Platts as Chainmen personally Appearing Made Solemn 
Oath that in Surveying the Township Granted to John Tyler 
Joseph Pike and Others, officers and Soldiers in the Expedition to 
Canada Anno, 1690 — they would proceed Accordingly to their 
Best Skill and Judgement therein. 

Before Thomas Berry, J* P^ 

A Plat of a Tract of Land of the Contents of Six Miles Square 
laid out by Nathan Heywood Surveyor & Chainmen on Oath to 
Satisfie a Grant made by the Great & General Court of the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, held at Boston the 24*^ of 
Novem' 1736. to John Tyler, Joseph Pike & others, that were 
either Officers or Soldiers in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, 
or the Descend'^ of Such of them as are Dec^, which Tract lieth to 
the Southward of the Grand Monadnuck so called, & adjoining to 
the Township lately granted by S*^ Court to Sam'^ Haywood &c. 
Beginning at a Maple Tree the North Easterly Corner of Dor- 
chester Canada Township from thence running North 32 Deg'' 
East two Miles & one Hundred poles to a Heap of Stones, Thence 
North 22 Deg" East four Miles, Thence North One Mile till it 
meets with the S'^ Township granted to Sam'' Haywood &c ; 
thence West four Miles by the Said Township to the South Westerly 
Corner thereof, thence North by the Said Township, Three Miles 
& 220 poles, thence West 20 Deg" South five Miles & 180 perch 
to a Wild Cherry Tree on the Southward of the Grand Monad- 
nuck afores*^*. Thence South One Thousand & eighty perch ; 
Thence East 41 Deg" South Two Thousand five Hundred Perch, 
to a Heap of Stones Then North Twelve Deg ; East one Mile to 
the Northeasterly Corner of Dorchester Canada Township being 
the Maple Tree first mentioned — With the allowance of One Rod 
in Thirty for uneven Land & Swag of Chain ; And there is a fur- 
ther allowance within the Said Tract for Ten large ponds and 
a large Shrub Swamp about four Mile in Length & a Mile in 
Wedth— 

Nathan Heywood Sur' 

Exam*^ & Approv'\ Eben' Burrill 

We the Subscribers Appointed a Committee to Lay out a Town- 



286 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ship of the Contents of Six Miles Square To John Tyler, Joseph 
Pike and others, Are of Opinion that the Allowance made in this 
Plat Surveyed by Nathan Haywood, and returned to this Court, 
being about Ten Thousand Acres is but a reasonable and Just 
Alowance. 

Thomas Berry ^ 

Charles Peirce > Committee 

John Hobson ) 

In the House of Rep"^'^ Jan^ 20*^ 1738 

Read and ordered that the Plan be Accepted and the lands 
therein delineated and described be and hereby are Confirmed to 
the Grantees their heirs and Assignes Respectively forever they 
Effectually Complying with the Conditions of the Grant provided 
y*^ Piatt Exceeds not the Contents of Six mile Square with y® Allow- 
ance of Ten Thousand Acres for Ten large ponds & y® Large 
shrub Swamp Included therein and does not Interfere wdth any 
former Grant Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^ 

In Council Jan^'y 23*^ 1738 

Read & Nonconcurr'd and Ordered That five thousand Acres 
only be allowed for Ponds &c^ And that the Committee be directed 
to reform the Plat upon the spot accordingly, at the Charge of the 
Grantees, and report to this Court at the next May session 

Sent down for Concurrence 

J Willard Sec'ry 

In the House of Rep"^'^^ Jan"" 23*^ 1738 

Read and Concurred J Quincy Sp^ 

24 : Consented to, J Belcher 



{^Petition of Profrieto7-s of Rindge, iy6o.'\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 117, p. 611.] 

To His Excellency Francis Bernard Esq'" Governour & Com- 
mander in Chief of His Majesties Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay in New England «&c — 

To the Hon*^'*^ His Majesties Council & House of Representa- 
tives in General Court Assembled the Seventeenth Day of Dec"" A. 
D. 1760— 



RINDGE. 287 

The Petition of Benjamin MuUickin Thomas Perly & Moody 
Bridges Agents for the Proprietors of a Township Called & known 
by the Name of Rowly Cannada — Humbly Sheweth — 

That the (jreat & General Court of the Province Afores*^ Made 
a Grant of a Tract of Land of the Contents of Six Miles Square 
to John Tyler Joseph Pike & others officers & Soldiers in the 
Cannada Expedition A D 1690 As a Gratuity for their Service in 
5;'^ Expedition 

That on the 23'' Day of January AD 1739 a Plot of s*^ Town- 
ship was Return'd to the Court by the Com**'® Appointed to Lay 
out the Same, which was made Large On Account of Sundry 
Ponds & a Large Shrub Swamp Contain'd in the Bounds thereof 
Which was Accepted with this Restriction that Five Thousand 
Acres Only Should be Allow'd for ponds &c & the Com*''® were 
Directed to Conform the Plot Accordingly, Which Business of 
s*^ Com'®® in Correcting s*^^ Plot was postpon'd 'till A. D. 1741 
When the Dividing Line between s'^ Province & the Province of 
New Hampshire was Run which took the Greatest Part of s*^ Town- 
ship into s*^ province of New Hapshire Therefore s'^ Com"^® Never 
Conformed s*^ Plot According to Court order — 

But may it Please Your Excellency & Hon""* The Proprietors of 
s"^ Township Look'd upon themselves as Haveing Good Right to a 
Township of the Contents of Six Miles Square within the Limmits 
of s^^ Plot Nothwithstanding the Neglect of s*^ Com"®® in Conform- 
ing s*^ Plot to the order of Court & Notwithstanding the greatest 
part of it Fell into the Government of New Hampshire by the 
Settlement of s*^ Line For Haveing had Recourse to the Commission 
of His Majesty For Marking out the Dividing Line of s*^ Provinces 
they were Inform'd that His Majesty was Graciously Pleased to 
make a Declaration Against private Property being Affected 
thereby And they were Secure that Nothing would Impeach or 
Affect their Right to that part of s** Township that Remain'd in 
the province of the Massachusetts Bay — 

Wherefore the better to Extend His Majesties Dominions & 
to promote their own Interest the s^ prop""* took Courage & began 
to make Improvements A D 1742 And by great Labour & Expence 
in Clearing Roads Building of Mills & Provideing Materials for a 
Meeting House for the Publick Worship of God the Charges of 
the prop" were greatly Augmented But the Commencement of a 
War with the Savages greatly Retarded the Settlement of s'^ Town- 
ship But as Soon as the war was over they Return'd to their 
Possessions & made good progress in Bringing Forward Settle- 



250 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ments till A. D. 1749 When the Hon^'^ Joseph Blanchard Esq' of 
Dunstable Signified to s^' prop" that s*^ Township was Claim'd by 
Certain Gentlemen in New Hampshire Afores*^ by Virtue of an 
Ancient Patent Called Masons Patent which Moved s^ prop" to 
Send a Com^^® to Treat with the s^ Joseph Blanchard Esq' (Who 
Represented s** Gentlemen) In order For an Accomodation Whom 
when they had Treated upon the premises were in Suspense 
whither s*^ Township was Included in s'* patent and So they let the 
Matter Subside till they Could Measure from the Sea Sixty Miles 
west to find the Extent of it which Accordingly was Done at the 
Expence of s*^* prop"* and they found that a Township of the Con- 
tents of Six Miles Square Might be made within the Limmits of 
s'^ plot which s*^ patent Could Not Affect and Accordingly Return 
was made to Col° Blanchard that s*^ Sixty Mile Line took so 
Inconsiderable a part of What was Included in s*^ Plot that they 
tho't it Not Convenient to Ask tor it Seeing thev Had Enough for 
a Towmship without it 

And Now may it Please your Excellency & Hon'^^ Notwithstand- 
ing the Caution of s'^ Prop" in Labouring to Secure to themselves if 
possible the Benefit of their Labour Said Township was Granted 
by the proprietors of s'^ Patent to a Number of Men who were not 
of the Prop" of Rowly-Cannada Afores** Nor had s*^ Proprietors 
Ever after s** Treaty with Col** Blanchard An offer of s"^ Township 
But were Utterly Excluded by the Afores*^ Grant and on the 5*^ Day 
of Sepf A D 175 1 An Action was Commenced Against One 
Joseph Plats of the proprietors Holding Under the Massach** Gov- 
ernment by One Sam'^ Johnson Holding under the Proprietors of 
s'' patent which after Several Years Continuance from Term to 
Term Judgment was Finally made up in the Superiour Court in 
Favour of s*^ Johnson & Execution Issued in the Imprisonment of 
s*^ Plats & Terminated in great Cost & Expence to s*^ prop" & in 
the Loss of s*^ Township For Notwithstanding s*^ proprietors Prov'd 
their Right to s*^ Township as Granted by the province of the 
Massachusetts Bay & that it Laye without s"^ Patent & prov'd their 
Right to the Soil by Virtue of the Deed of the Massachusetts 
province from the Council of Plymouth & his Majesties Direction 
Against private Property being affected by the Settlement of the 
Line as Afores*^ Yet it was Alledged & strongly Urg'd that the 
Massachusetts Government was None other than a Corporation 
and that therefore they had No Right in Fee to the Soil of their 
own Province Much less to Rowly Cannada which Lay in New 
hampshire So that the proprietors were Discouraged from Make- 



RINDGE. 289 

ing any Further Trial in the Courts of New hampshire And were 
Obliged to Evacuate their Settlements And the prop" Holding 
Under the Lords of s** Patent Have taken Possession of the Houses 
& Lands of the prop'" of s** Rowly Cannada Nor have they been 
Able to Obtain Any Redress Haveing Apply'd to the Prop" of 
s*^ Patent & to the prop"^^ Holding Under them but all to No purpose 
The prop™ Also as Individuals have Apply'd to those who Enjoy 
their Houses & the Benefit of their Labour But there is Not a Single 
Instance wherein any one of them have Rec*^ Any Consideration — 
That the Great & General Court of the province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay Through Some Miss Information (as Your Petition- 
ers Conceive) Did in the Year 1752 make Sale of Several Thous- 
and Acres of Land Included in the atbres*^ Plot which Lay in the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay Afores** & was Not taken oft' 
by the Dividing Line of s'^ Provinces So that the prop""* Have Now 
No Dependance but upon the Interposition of the great & General 
Court afores'^ for Relief in their Unfortunate & Distressing Cir- 
cumstances — 

Therefore Your Petitioners in Behalf of the prop" of Rowly 
Cannada Afores*^ Humbly Intreat Your Excellency & Hon''* to Take 
the premises into your Wise Consideration and in Your great Wis- 
dom & Justice Grant them the Relief which they Humbly Crave 
(viz) That the Charges S^ prop'* have been at in Bringing for- 
ward the Settlement of s^ Township may be Reimbursted to them 
By An Act of the Great & General Court Afores'^ To Enable them 
to Raise the Sum of Twelve Hundred & Eighty two pounds Six 
Shillings & Nine pence by a Lottery which they have Expended 
in the Concerns of s*^ Township (viz) Six Hundred & Eighty two 
pounds Six Shillings & Nine pence thereof in Taxes which Have 
been Levied upon s^ proprietors & Six Hundred thereof (at the 
Lowest Computation) which hath been Expended in Buildings & 
Bringing forward Settlements Also That the Court would be Gra- 
ciously pleased to Make them a Grant of 2745 Acres of Land to 
betaken up in the Unappropriated Lands of the Government in 
Lieu of So much Land Included in the Afores*^ Plot Lying in s*^ 
Massachusetts Province Sold by the Court as Afores*^ or Some 
other way Relieve s*^ proprietors as to your Excellency & Hon" 
Shall Seem Meet And Your Memorialists as in Duty Bound Shall 
Ever Pray — 

Benj* Mullicken ^Agents for the 
Thomas Perley > Propr" of 
Moody Bridges ) Rowly Cannada 



290 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Sworne to by Benj" Mulliken Esq' Moody Bridges Esq' about 
2700 Acres Lying on this Side the Line Sold by this Province to 
Royalshier 



\^Amo7ints Expended by Rindge Proprietors. '\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 117, p. 615.] 

Att a Meeting of the Grantees of a Township Granted to John 
Tyler Joseph Pike & others officers & Soldiers in the Expedi- 
tion to Canada anno 1690 — at Rowley the fourteenth Day of Feb' 
1738- 

Voted £3 = 18=6 to be Paid on Each Right to Defray the Charg 
of Runing the Line Round the Township & marking the Same 
and Viewing for the first Division Lots &c 

at a meeting of s'^ Prop" January 26: 1742/3 Voted £1=00 
old Tenor to be Paid on Each Right to him that Shall Build a 
Sawmill in s'^ Township — 

att a meeting of s*^ Proprietors on the 22 Day of June 1743 
Voted that £3=00 old Tenor Be Paid on Each Right to Defray 
the Charge of Building a meeting House In Said Township — 

at a meeting of s'^ Prop" Nov' 7 : 1749 Voted £4/ old Tenor to 
be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges — 

At a meeting of s'^ Prop'' March 28 : 1750 Voted one Pound old 
Tenor to be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges — 

At a meeting of s'^ Prop" Dec' 25 : 1750 Voted £1=47 Lawful 
money to be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges — 

At a meeting of s'^ Prop" October y*^ 22 : 1751 Voted £4:^:0^8 
to be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges — 

At a meeting of s'^ Prop" on y^ 11 Day of June 1754 Voted that 
£4/ be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges — 

At a meeting of s'' Prop" on y^ 16 Day of Dec"" 1758 Voted that 
Six Shillings be Paid on Each Right to Defray Charges 

Attest Tho' Perley Prop : Clerk 

The Several Sums Voted as abovs^ amounts to £11=5=22 on 
Each Right There being 61 Rights in s" Township the Sum total 
is 686 = 15 = 2 Lawful mony 



RINDGE. 29I 

\_Statevient of Abel Lazv7'encc.'\ 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 117, p. 619.] 

In Compliance with your Desire that I would Committ to 
wrighting the Princaple Facts I recollect relating to Abel Platts 
Joseph Platts, and Josiah Ingalls, Sufturings and losses on account 
of their lands in Rowley Cannada being Taken from them by the 
Propriators Claiming under Jn° Tufton Mason Esq" in the 
Province of New Hampshire — I have to Inform you that I am 
Knowing that Abel Platts, Joseph Platts & Josiah Ingalls, with 
their famileys were Some of, if not y® very first Settlers in that 
Township under the Grant of this Province that Each of them have 
made Considerable Improvements and have Considerable Build- 
ings on y® Same — That Since the Claimers from y® Side of New 
Hampshire Entered on the Township and Possessed themselves 
of the Greatest Part of it Abel & Joseph Platts kept the Possession 
of their Farms for Sundry Years, after and Even untill the Titles 
of those lands were Settled by a Judgment of the Superiour Court 
of the Said Province of New Hampshire, against the Said Joseph 
Platts, and he was Ejected out of the Possession of Said lands and 
not being able to pay the Charges was Imprisoned in Portsmouth 
Goal, if I mistake not more than Six months when he was releived 
by the help of his friends — That aboute this time I Purchased a 
Right in Said Township, from those who held under M"' Mason 
which happned to be a part of the Same lands which M' Ingalls, 
had Improved by virtue of the Grant of this Goverment — which 
lands I have Since Sold s*^ Ingalls — now being a Propriator under 
Mason was Chosen Clerk for y'^ Propriators of Said Township & 
Served for them Several Years — and am Certain that nither Abel 
Platts, Joseph Platts, nor Josiah Ingalls, nor Either of them were 
Ever favoured or Ever had in that township : (I never heard 
they had in any other) any allowance or Consideration for their 
losses Either from New Hampshire or this Province, I also am 
knowing to the Piatt's Living on those Lands when Fitchs Gar- 
rison fifteen miles on this side was Taken Two Soldiers kilP & 
Fitch & family Captavatied I have heard the Petitions red think 
the facts are true & that they are no wa3's Exaggerated & that the 
Petitioners are amoung the greatest Sufferres occation by the run- 
ing of the line &c &c &c — I am Gentlemen your most obedient 
Humble Servant — 

Abel Lawrence 



292 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ROCHESTER. 

[This town, as incorporated May 10, 1722, included the present towns of Farm- 
ington and Milton. The westerly part was set off and incorporated as Farming- 
ton, Dec. I, 1798. Milton was set off and incorporated, June 11, 1802. A part 
of Rufus C. Varney's farm was severed and annexed to Barrington, July 10, 1846. 
A city charter was granted March 31, 1891. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 721 ; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 332 ; Index to Laws, 479 ; Historical Notices, by 
Joseph Haven, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, p. 169; historical 
sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 719; History, by Franklin 
McDuffee, in two volumes, 1892, pp. 688.] 



[Grant to Thomas Lake.] 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 2, p. 15, and Court Records, Oct. 

II, 1672.] 

Laid out unto Capt Richard Walderne for the use of Capt 
Thomas Lake and partners (by vertue of an order of the generall 
Court held at Boston the 31*^^ day of may 167 1) one thousand two 
hundred and eightie acres of land on the southwest side of the river 
of Newichawanock about a mile above the head line of the towne 
ship of Dover as followeth viz : Beginning at a certain elboe of 
the said river Knowne by the name of the Greate Eddie neare to 
a point of land Called Goliahs Neck and from the said Great 
Eddie six hundred and fortie rods west and by south in the length 
of the said lands and from the said Great Eddie three hundred 
and twentie rods and by the west for the breadth of it. 

■^ me John Wincoll 

April 26, 1672 

May 2/\}^ The Deputyes allow of this returne 1672 as a pt of the 
400 acr*'* graimted them by this Court o*' Hono'''^ magists consent- 
ing hereto William Torrey Cleric 

16.8.72 The magists Consent hereto Provided y® Grant In- 
trench not in y® least [on] y® land confirmed by this Court to D^" 
Whitchcotte or his sucessors & that this land be liable to pay 
Country rates as other Townes The magists hand past this their 
brethren the Deputs hereto 

Edw Ravvson Secrety 
Consented to by the Deputyes William Torrey Cleric 16*^^ (8) 72 



ROCHESTER. 293 

Att A General Court held at Boston 31*^ may 167 1 In Ans*" to 
the motion & request of Capt Thomas Lake & partners It is 
ordered that Capt John Wincoll & John Hall shall & hereby are 
Impowerd to Lay out the fouer thousand acres one hundred 
twenty & ffive acres of land form*'ly Granted them : making there 
returne to this Court — 

This is A true Copie of the Courts Grant taken out of the Courts 
booke of Reccords as Attest 

Edw Rawson Secret'y 



[Grant to Samuel and Mrs. Parnell Nowell.] 
[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 14, 1656.] 

The Court being sencible of the lowe Condicion of the late 
Honnored m"^ Nowells family & Remembring his long service to 
this Commonwealth in the place not only of a magistrate but Secre- 
tary also, for w*'^ he had but litle and slender Recompenc, & the 
Countries debts being such as out of the Country Rate they Can- 
not Comfortably make such an honnorable recompenc to his family 
as otherwise they would Judge meete therefore do Give & Graunt 
to m'* Nowell and hir sonne Samuell two thousand acres of land 
to be laid out by m' Thomas Danforth and Robert Hale in any 
part of the Countrie not yet Graunted to others in two or three 
farmes that may not hinder any plantacion to be erected — 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 18, 1656.] 

Wee, whose names are subscribed according to An order and 
Graunt made by the Generall Court held at Boston octob. 14, 
1656. Have laid out to M"^* Parnell Nowell one thousand acres of 
Land lying beyond Dover bounds on the Northwest & lyeth upon 
the quochecho River on both sides thereof begining on the North 
east side of a brooke that runneth into the said River on the north 
west side of Scohomogomocks Hill lately planted by Indians and 
lying two miles in length up the same upon the said River and 
half a mile in breadth Also on the southwest side of the said River 
begining at a Pine tree, marked standing Anent the Aforesaid 
scohomogomocke Hill and from thence Runing Southwest three 



294 CHARTER RECORDS. 

quarters of a mile and in length up the same one mile and a halfe 
and at the upper end of the said line lying in breadth from the 
River halfe a mile being parralell to the lower lyne./ 

Also laid out unto m^' Samuell Nowell one thousand acres lying 
on y® south and east side of the aforesaid schohomogomocke Hill 
and is bounded with the wildernes land Annent the great Pine 
Swamp on the North east side thereof and continewed betweene 
that and chochecho River towards Dover bounds, the which south 
east line wee could not cleerely Determine becawse Dover bounds 
is as yett unlaid out : 

Given under our hands. Thomas Danforth 

Ap"" 28 : 1657. Robert Hale 

The Court Accepts of this Returne of the Commissioners : in 
Reference to the lands therein mencioned 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 45, p. 172.] 

In observance of an order of y® Hon''^ Councill march 4*'* 167I 
The farmes of M" Parnell Nowell & of m^ Samuel Nowell lying on 
y" North of Dover bounds were surveyed & well bounded as fol- 
loweth 

j^rs Parnell Nowell her farme is bounded by Dover line on y* 
South 456 pole by cocheco River west 376 pole perpendicular, by 
the wilderness north 456 pole, which line runes North 54 degre : 
eastward being a paralell line to dover line, bounded on y* east 
by her son m' Samuel Nowell, 376 pole which dividing line from 
Dover bounds runes North, 24 degres westward, the most norther- 
ly corner is a great pine marked with N : y^ most southerly bounds 
is a pine near cocheco River, marked N : D. y'' west corner is a 
pine by y" River Side marked N. y^ east corner is a great claboord 
tree marked N : D : this containes one thousand acres all well 
bounded by markt trees. 

Also m"^ Samuel Nowell his farme containing one thousand 
acres is bounded by Dover line Southward two miles long, the line 
runing South 54 degres westward and by Negewonnick River 
on y' east half a mile, by his mother m'' Parnell Nowell her farme 
on y' west side 376 pole, the dividing line between them runes, N : 
twenty four degrees west, bounded by wilderness land northward 
186 pole, and by m' Rawson his farme 62 pole on y* north east. 



ROCHESTER. 



295 



w^*^ came to y® most Southerly Corner of m' Rawsons farme, to a 
black oake marked with B and from this black oake, it runes in a 
direct line to Negewonnick river as aforesaid. The most South- 
erly Corner is a great claboard tree marked : D : N : the west Cor- 
ner is a great pine marked N : which pine stands about 20 pole 
westward of Schohomogocks Hill y* most northerly bounds is a 
red oak marked N : which joyneth it to m' Rawsons line on y' 
west side of his farme, all which was surveyed and well bounded : 
3. 2m. 1679: By us Jonathan Danforth Survey 

John Evens 
A true platforme of y* same is affixed to this Scadell 

The magists Doe allow & Approove of this Returne their breth- 
ren the Deputyes hereto Consenting Edw Rawson Secret 30^^ may 
1679; 

Consented to by the Deputyes William Torrey Cleric 



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[Grant to Samuel Sewall.] 

[Mass. House Journal, June 24, 1738.] 

A Petition of Samuel Sezvall, Esq ; and others, Administrators 
on the Estate of their late honourable Father Samuel Sewall of 
Boston, Esq; deceased, and o( yacob Sheave of Boston, aforesaid, 
Gent, shewing they are the legal Representatives of the Assigns 
oi Benjamin Whichcot and Rebecca his Wife, deceased, to w^hom 
this Court on the wth of October, A. D. 1670, at their second 



296 CHARTER RECORDS. 



Session, were pleased to Grant one thousand Acres of Land in any 
free Place, on Condition they gave the late Massachusetts Colony 
a Release and full Acquittance from all after Claims and Demands 
referring to the Grounds of a Petition delivered the said Court, 
which the Petitioners say was fulfilled in the Year 167 1 ; and the 
said Grantees afterwards, viz. in 1672, laid out in the Province of 
New Hampshire, and is part of a Town there known by the Name 
of Rochester., that they are without any benefit of the Grant by 
reason of its being so laid out, without the Aid of this Court, pray- 
ing for Relief by a new Tract of the unappropriated Lands in this 
Province being made them, to hold in equal Halves, to satisfy the 
first Grant, for the Reasons mentioned Read and Ordered., That 
this Petition be considered on Tuesday the twenty seventh cur- 
rant. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 2, 1739.] 

A Petition of Saimiel Scjvall, Esq ; and others, Administrators 
on the Estate of the late honourable Samuel Sewall., Esq ; de- 
ceased, and of yacob Sheaf e of Boston, shewing they are the 
Representatives of the Assigns of Benjamin Whitchcot and 7?^- 
hecca his Wife, deceased, who in the Year 1670, obtained a Grant 
of one thousand Acres of Lands in any free Place, on Condition of 
releasing to the late Massachusetts Colony all after Claims and 
Demands referring to the Grounds of a Petition delivered the said 
Court, which the Petitioners say was fulfilled Anno 167 1, and the 
said Grant afterwards, viz.., Anno 1672, laid out in New Hamp- 
shire Province, and lays in a Town now called Rochester, that 
they shall intirely loose the Benefit of said Grant, without the Aid 
of this Court, praying for Relief, and that they may hold the 
Grant in equal Halves, as entred the 24/// of "June, and sixth of 
December last. Read and comitted to Thomas Greaves, yohn 
Alden, and Ebenezer Pornroy, Esqrs ; to inquire into the Difficul- 
ties the Petitioners suggest, and report what may be proper for the 
Court to do on the Petition. 



SALISBURY. 297 



SALISBURY. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, Feb. 3, 1736-7, and called Baker^s-towii. Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors, Oct. 25, 1749, to Ebenezer Stevens and others, and 
called StcvnCs-toivn. Also called at times, Gerrish-town and N'eiv Salisbury. 
Incorporated as Salisbury, March i, 1768. A tract of land from the east part of 
the town, with portions of Andover, Northfield, and Sanbornton, was erected into 
the town of Franklin Dec. 24, 1828. A part of Franklin was severed and an- 
nexed to Salisbury, July 7, 1869. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 753; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 381; In- 
dex to Laws. 486; Topographical and Historical Sketch, 3, Farmer and Moore's 
Historical Collections, p. 296; History, collated by John J. Dearborn, edited by 
James O. Adams and Henry P. Rolfe, 1890, pp. 888; historical sketch, Hurd's 
History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 602.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1734.] 

A Petition of 'John Tyler and 'Joseph Pike, for themselves and 
sundry others ; who enlisted themselves into the publick Service 
Anno 1690, in the Expedition against Canada, under the command 
of the late Sir William Phipps, Knt. deceased, praying that in 
consideration of their services and difficulties they then underwent, 
they may obtain a Grant of Land of the contents of six miles 
square of the ungranted Lands of the Province on the east side of 
Merrimack River, southerly on Riimford Township, and to extend 
three miles east from the River, or some other suitable place for a 
Township for the reasons mentioned. Read and Ordered, That 
Col. Chandler, Col. Kent, Mr Hale Capt. Hobson Col. Wain- 
wright. Col. Church, and Capt. Wellsho. a. Committee to take this 
Petition, and the other Petitions for Lands now before the Court 
under consideration, and report their opinion what may be proper 
to be done in aswer thereto. 



[Mass. House Journal, April 17, 1735.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee for Lands, reported on the 
Petition of John Tyler and Joseph Pike for themselves and other 
Canada Soldiers Anno 1690, which was read and accepted, and 
in answer to this Petition, Voted, That a tract of Land of the con- 



298 CHARTER RECORDS. 

tents of six miles square be laid out for a Township on the further 
side oi Merrhnack River adjoining to the north side of Ruuiford, 
extending three miles from the River, the whole to be laid out into 
sixty three equal shares, one of which to be for the first settled 
Minister, one to be for the use of the Ministry, and one for the 
School, that on the other sixty shares there be sixty Settlers ad- 
mitted, and that in the admission thereof preference be given to 
such Officers and Soldiers as were in the Canada Expedition 
Anno 1690, or to the Descendants of those that are deceased since ; 
the Settlers to be admitted on the same terms and conditions as 
were made for settling the two new Towns on Ashiielot, and that 
at Paqnoiag, excepting each Settler's ^2iy\r\gjivc founds, and that 
Col. Richard Kent and Capt. yo/m Hobson, with such as the hon- 
ourable Board shall appoint, be a Committee fully authorized and 
impowred to bring forward the Settlement of the Plantation, admit 
the Settlers, and return a Plat of the Township to this Court within^ 
twelve months for confirmation to the Grantees their heirs and 
assigns respectively. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 27, 1735.] 

A Petition of yohn Tyler & Joseph Pike, for themselves and 
other Canada Soldiers Anno 1690, praying as entred the 17///. of 
April last & referred. Read again, and the House resumed the 
consideration of this Petition, and in answer thereto, Voted, That 
a Tract of Land of the contents of six miles square be laid out for 
a Township on the further side Merrimack River, adjoyning to 
the north side oi Runiford, extending three miles from the River, 
the whole to be laid out into sixty three equal shares, one of which 
to be for the first settled Minister, one to be for the use of the Min- 
istry, and one for the School, that on the other sixty shares there 
be sixty Settlers admitted, and that in the admission thereof prefer- 
ence to be given to such Officers & Soldiers as were in the Canada 
Expedition Anno 1690, or to the Descendants of those that are 
since deceased, the Settlers to be admitted on the same terms and 
conditions as were made for the two new Towns on Ashuelot and 
that at Paquoiag, excepting each Settlers paying Rive Pounds, and 
that Joseph Gerrish, Esq; and Capt. John Hobson, with such as 
the honourable Board shall appoint be a Committee fully author- 
ized and impowred to bring forward the Settlement of the Planta- 



SALISBURY. 299 

tion, admit the Settlers, and return a Plat of the Township to this 
Court within twelve months for confirmation to the Grantees their 
heirs and assigns respectively. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

A petition of John Tyler Joseph Pike and many others that were 
Either officers and Soldiers in the Canada Expedition Anno 1690, 
or the Descendants of such of them as are deceased, praying for a 
Grant of some of the Unappropriated Lands of the Province for a 
Township, in consideration of their Services aforesaid as well as 
for their Service in the late Indian Wars — 

In the House of Represent'^ Read & Ordered that the petition be 
Revived, and Voted That two Tracts of the Unappropriated Lands 
of this Province, of the Contents of Six Miles Square, Each be 
and hereby are Granted to the pet'' of the Companys under the late 
Cap* John March Cap* Steph"^ Greenleaf and Cap* Philip Nelson 
dec'ed Anno 1690, their heirs & assignes Respectivly and the heirs 
Legal Represent'' and Descendants of such of them as are deceased 
and their heirs and Assignes forever, for two townships to lay in 
Some Suitable place ; That the Grantees be and hereby are Obliged 
to bring forward the Settlement of the said Townships, in as Reg- 
ular a Manner, as the Situation and Circumstances of said Town- 
ship will Admit of in the following Manner, viz* That each Gran- 
tee, his heirs and Assignes, build an house on his Respective Lot 
or Share of the Contents of Eighteen feet Square and Seven feet 
Stud at the least, and plow and bring to Grass fit for Mowing Six 
Acres of Land, and that they Settle in each Town a Learned 
Orthodox Minister, and build a Convenient Meeting house for the 
publick Worship of God, and that one Sixty third part of each of 
the said Townships be and hereby is Granted to the first settled 
Minister, the like Qiiantity for the use of the Ministry, and the like 
quantity for the use of the School, in all the Divisions of the said 
Townships ; That the Grantees be and hereby are obliged to give 
a Bond of Twenty pounds for the Fulfillment of the Conditions 
aforesaid, within five Years after the Return and Confirmation of 
the plan of said Townships; x\nd that Cap* John Hobson and Maj"^ 
Charles Pierce be a Com*^*' with such as the Hon^^® Board shall 
join to lay out said Townships and to Return plats thereof within 
one Year for Confirmation and the said Committee to Observe 



300 CHARTER RECORDS. 

such Rules and directions for the taking of Bond and Admission 
of the Grantees, Agreeable to the Order of the Court in March 
last, and said Committee to Receive Thirty three pounds Sixteen 
shillings and Eight pence of the New projected Bills viz* Sixteen 
pounds thirteen shillings and four pence for Each of the said 
Townships out of the publick Treasury to enable them to lay out 
said Townships 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Thomas Berry Esq"" is Joined 
in the Affair — 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

The Petition of yo/i7i Tyler 'Joseph Pike, and others, Canada 
Officers and Soldiers Anno 1690, wdth the Vote of the House of 
the ()th. oi December last thereon, Pass'd in Council, viz. In Coun- 
cil February '^d 1736. Read and concur'd with Amendments, viz. 
at C-dele-« Z)-«c/-and a.dd-l2vo Traces, at D- after the Word- 
s^uare-add-eac/i-for-is-before the Word-oran/ed add at O-are- 
at E.-for-« To7vns/iiJ)-mseri two Tozunshi-ps—'AX A-after the Word- 
settle-add-in each Tozun-ai H-after the Words-5£v(y third Part- 
add-oy each-at I. K. L.-for Township \x\'s,ttx\.-Township)s-a\. N.— 
for-ff Plan-add Plats-and Thomas Perry, Esq ; is joined in the 
affair. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd with the fur- 
ther Amendments, viz. dele the Words at 0~Fifty Pounds-and 
add— Thirty three Pounds six shillings and eight pence of the new 
projected Pills, viz. SixteenPounds thirteen shillings & four pence 
for each of the said Townships-delQ the last Word in the Vote at 
V-Tozvnship and insert Townships. 

Sent up for Concurrence, and also, 

The Petition of fohn Platts, fohn Stezuard and others, Canada 
Soldiers Anno 1690, with the Vote of the ()th of December last 
thereon, Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council February '^d, 1736. 
Read and nonconcur'd. Read. 



SALISBURY. 301 

[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 10, and House Journal, Jan. 9, 

1737-8.] 

In the House of Represent^®* Ordered that Twelve months time 
more for returning Plats be allowed to the Grantees of the two 
Canada Townships granted by this Court and as Entered the ninth 
of December 1736 to the Companys under the command of the 
late Cpt. Nelson, Cpt March, and Cpt. Greenleaf and their lawful 
representatives, &c, and that the Committees for taking the Plats 
be and hereby are directed and required to take Surveys of the 
same by a Survey'' or Survey''* with Chain men on oath, & return 
the same to this Court respectively within twelve months for con- 
firmation accordingly. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Court Records and House Journal, Dec. 5, 1738.] 

In the House of Represenf^* Whereas this Court hath received 
information that a Committee of theirs, namely Thomas Berry 
Charles Pierce and John Hobson Esq""^ appointed to lay out a 
Township of the contents of six miles square granted in February 
1736 to John Tyler, Joseph Pike and others, officers and soldiers 
in the Canada Expedition, anno 1690 in the Companies late under 
the command of Cpt John March dec'' and Cpt. Stephen Greenleaf 
and the Representatives of such of them as are since deceased 
have fixed a station lately in order to the laying out their grant, on 
Merrimack River, between the Northerly Bounds of Contoocook 
Township or Plantation (so called) and Pemiggevvasset River, and 
the Winter season advancing hath made it difficult for the Commit- 
tee to finish the Survey ; and for as much as the Grantees have 
been exposed to charges and trouble therein : — 

Voted that they be allowed twelve months from this time to 
return their Plat, preference of the Land in order to satisty the 
grant being hereby allowed the Grantees to be taken from the said 
station, and that it be an instruction to the aforesaid Committee in 
proceeding to take a Plat of the granted Township to govern them- 
selves accordingly. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



302 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 24, and House Journal, Jan. 23, 

1738-9-] 

In the House of Represent^®^ 07-de?-ed that Thomas Berry Esq"" 
be and hereby is impowered to assemble the Grantees of the Town- 
ship granted to John Tyler, Joseph Pike and others Officers and 
Soldiers under the command of Cpt. Stephen Greenleaf and Philip 
Nelson in the Expedition to Canada Anno 1690, in such place and 
at such time as he shall think fit, then to chuse a Moderator and 
Proprietors Clerk, to agree upon Rules Methods and Orders for 
the Division and disposal in the most proper method for the speedy 
fulfilment of the Conditions of their grant, & agree upon Methods 
for the calling of future Meetings. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



\_Propricto7's 0/ Salisbury, 1739-'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 178.] 

A list of the Propriators of the Township Granted to Pike and 
others officers and Soldiers in the expedition to Canada Anno 1690 
under the Command of Cap' John March Cap' Stephen Greenleaf 
and Cap' Philip Nelson and was laid Westerly of merrimack River 
and Northerly of and adjoyning to Contoocook by Richard Haz- 
zen Surveyer at the Direction of the Honourable Thomas Berry 
Esq"^ Charles Peirce & John Hobson Esq" October 23*^ i739 who 
were allowed and approved of by the Honourable Thomas Berry 
Esq' Charles Peirce & John Hobson Esq' Nov' 30, 1739 and are 
as followeth Vizt — 

Cap* Stephen Greenleaf Deacon Joshua Moody Joseph Gould 

Joseph Sage Ju' Elisha Sweat John Kent 

Caleb Moody Nath" Clerk John Thurlo 

Joseph Osgood Samuel George Hannah Bolton 

Cap* John Scargeant Benj* Hoeg John Badger 

Sam^ Smith Ju' Jonathan Marsh Joseph Ilsley 

Gideon Lowel Stephen Chase Joseph Short 

Thomas Huse John Lunt Abraham Titcomb 

Joseph Pike James Brown Stephen Longfellow 

Stephen Longfellow Samuel Bartlet 3*^ Nathaniel Bernard 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 34- "P- ^3 ] 




SALISBURY. 303 

Cap* Thomas Hale Jeremiah Gutteridge Cap*Tho** Wallingford 

John March Rev^'WilHam Johnson W™ Huse 

Joseph Davis Henry Dow Sam^ Scargeant 

Sam' Silver Robert Savory Tristram Greenleaf 

Eleazer Hudson D' Joseph Hills Thomas Challis 

Jonathan Blaisdall James Toppon Dan" Bradley 

David Bartlet Peter Ayers Eleazer Johnson 

Lazarus Goodwin James Anderton John Littlehale 

Edward Emerson Zechariah Beal Cap*^ John Sergeant 

Percival Clark Ebenezer Stuort Joseph Holland 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 34, p. 13.] 

By the Direction of the Hon''^^^ Thomas Berry Esq' Charles 
Pierce and John Hobson Esq" a Committee &c I have Laid out a 
Township on the Northerly Side of Contookook Township & ad- 
joyning on the Same which is butted & bounded as foUoweth viz* at 
the Southeast corner with a great white Oak and Two white pines 
marked which is the Northeast Corner bounds of Contookook 
Township by Merrimack River, thence i-uning up Said River till 
it comes against y® River coming out of Winnipisseog pond, & 
further up by the Side of the Westerly branch Commonly called 
Pemitchewasit in the whole about six miles & an half to a Large 
Pitch pine marked thence turning west about 15° South & runing 
Nine Miles to a Large Hemlock marked, thence turning at Right 
Angles & runing about four Miles and three quarters to a stake 
and stones by Contoocook Township, exactly One Hundred and 
fifty Two poles from the Northwest Corner bounds of it & thence 
to the first bounds which Line measures about Seven Miles all 
which is more perfectly described in the plan Above. — 

Laid out October 29*^ i739- — 

"^^ Richard Hazzen Surveyor 

N B. within the boundaries described in this Plann is the Con- 
tents of Six Miles Square, with the allowance of about five Hun- 
dred & Seventy one Acres for ponds &c. 

R Hazzen Survey"^ — 

In the House of Rep*^^^ Dec"" i8th 1739 Read and Ordered that 
the Plat be accepted and the lands therein delineated and described 
be and hereby are confirmed to the Said Officers and Soldiers 



304 CHARTER RECORDS. 

under the Command of Cap' John March Cap* Stephen Greenleaf 
and Cap* Philip Nelson to their Heirs and Assigns forever. Pro- 
vided the Plat exceeds not the Quantity of the Grant and does not 
interfere with any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^' 

In Council Jan i. 1739 

Read & Concur'd J Willard Sec'ry 

2 : Consented to J Belcher 

Exam'^' & Approval Eben'" Burrill 

Essex ss. Rumford Oct' 27, 1739 

Then Richard Hazzen Surveyor Ebenezer Virgin Thomas 
Prince, as chainmen Were Severally Sworn That in Surveying the 
Township, Granted To Tyler, Pike and others officers & Soldiers 
in the Expedition To Canada Anno 1690 under the Command of 
Cap* John March Cap* Stephen Greenleaf and Cap* Philip Nelson, 
they would Severally proceed, according to their Best Skill and 
Judgement therein. 

Before Tho* Berry J^ Peace 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 18, 1739.] 

A Plat of a Township laid out by Richard Hazzen Surveyor, 
and two Chain-Men on Oath to satisfy a Grant of this Court to 
Tyler Pike and others. Officers and Soldiers in the Expedition to 
Canada, Anno 1690, under the Command of Capt. yohn 3farck, 
Capt. Stephen Greenleaf, and Capt. Philif Nelson, on the northerly 
Side of Contoocook Township, and adjoining on the same, begin- 
ning at the South East Corner with a great white Oak, and two 
white Pines marked, which is the North East Corner Bounds of 
Contoocook Township by Meriniack River, thence running up said 
River, till it comes against the River coming out of Winnipesioo- 
Pond and further up by the side of the westerly Branch commonly 
called Pemitchi'ivas.set, in the whole about six Miles and an half to 
a large Pitch Pine marked, thence running West about fifteen 
Degrees South and running nine Miles to a larofe Hemlock marked, 
thence running at right Angles, and running about four Miles and 
three Qiiarters, to a Stake and Stones by Contoocook Town- 
ship exactly one hundred and fifty two Poles from the Northwest 
Corner Bounds of it, and thence to the first Bounds, which Line 
measures about seven Miles ; all which is more perfectly described 



SALISBURY. 305 

in the said Plan. Read and Ordered,, That the Plat be accepted, 
and the Lands therein delineated and described be and hereby are 
confirmed to the said Officers and Soldiers under the Command of 
Capt. John March,, Capt. Stephen Grcenleaf, and Capt. Philif 
JVcIsoii, and to their Heirs & Assigns for ever, provided the Plat 
exceeds not the quantity of the Grant, and does not interfere with 
any former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. i, 1739/40.] 

A Plat of a Township laid out by Richard Hazzen Survey and 
Chain men upon Oath, to satisfy a grant made by this Court to the 
Officers and Soldiers in the Canada Expedition, under the com- 
mand of Cpt John March, Cpt Stephen Greenleaf, & Cpt. Philip 
Nelson ; lying on the Northerl}^ side of Contookook Township and 
adjoining to the same, being bounded as follows viz' At the South 
East Corner with a great White Oak and two white Pines marked, 
which is the North East Corner of said Contookook Township by 
Merrimack River ; thence running up said River till it comes 
against the River that comes out of Winnepesaket Pond, and fur- 
ther up by the side of the Westerly branch commonly called Pem- 
itchawasset, in the whole about six miles and an half to a large 
Pitch Pine marked ; thence turning West, about 15 Deg. South, 
and running nine miles to a large Hemlock marked ; thence turn- 
ing at right Angles and running about four miles and three quar- 
ters to a Stake and Stones by Contookook Township, exactly one 
hundred and fifty poles from the North West Corner bounds of it, 
and thence to the first bounds ; which Line measures about seven 
miles. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 10, 1739/40.] 

Ordered, That Thomas Berry, Esq ; be and hereby is impowred 
to assemble the Grantees of the Township lying on Merrimack 
River granted to the Officers and Soldiers in the Expedition to 
Canada, Aidio 1690, under the Command of Capt. yohn March, 
Capt. Stephen Greenleafe, and Capt. Philip Nelson, in such Place 
and at such Time as he shall think fit, then to chuse a Moderator 
and Proprietors Clerk, to agree upon Rules Methods and Orders 



306 CHARTER RECORDS. 

for the division and disposal of the said Propriety in the most proper 
Methods for the speedy fulfilment of the Conditions of their Grant, 
and to agree upon Methods for the calling future Meetings. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 179.] 

ord' for Col° Tho* Berry to Call a meeting of Grantees of the 
Township Laid out Westerl}^ of Merrimack River and Northerly 
of and adjoyning to Contoocook January 10, 1739 — 

In the House of Representatives January 9* 1739 — 

Ordered that Thomas Berry Esq'"be and hereby is impowered to 
assemble the Grantees of the Township Lying on Merrimack 
River Granted to the Officers & Soldiers in the Expedition 
to Canada Anno : 1690 — under the Command of Cap* John 
March Cap* Stephen Greenleaf and Cap' Philip Nelson in Such 
Place and at Such time as he Shall think fit then to Chuse a Mod- 
erator and Proprietors Clark to agree uppon Rules Methods & 
orders for the Division and Disposal! of Said Propriety in the most 
proper methods for the Speedy fullfillments of the Conditions of 
there Grant and to agree uppon methods for the Calling future 
meetings — 

Sent up for Concurrence 

Ebenezer Pumroy Spk*" Pro tempore 

In Councill January 10*'* i739 

Read and Concurred Simon Frost Dep* Sec^ 

Consented to Jonathan Belcher — 

A true Copy Examined by Simon Frost Dep* Sec^ 

Essex ss Ipswich January 26*'' 1739 

In obedience to the foregoing ord"" I have Caused notifications 
to be Posted in the towns of Newbury Almsbury and Haverhill 
appointing the meeting to be February 12''* 1739 at the House of 
m' Tristram Greenleaf in Newbury at ten of the Clock before 
noon. 

Thomas Berry 

February 14*^^ 1765 The aforegoing Copys when Compared the 
with Original Book of the Proprietors Records & Agreed there 
with 

by John Winslow one of the Committee 

Samuel Gerrish Sworne 



SHARON. 307 

SHARON. 

[Constituted from a part of Peterborough Slip, and incorporated June 24, 1791. 
Incorporation was petitioned for, May 27, 1777, but not granted. By an act 
passed July 5, 1867, the entire town was to be annexed to Peterborough, 
when the provisions of the act were adopted by a majority of voters in both towns. 
This has not yet been done. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes : XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 
547; Index to Laws, 500; sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
p. 670.] 



\^Grant to yeremtah Allen.'] 
[Mass. House Journal, Feb. 3, 1736-7.] 

Ordered, That five hundred Acres of the unappropriated Lands 
of the Province, adjoining to some former Grant or Township, be 
and hereby is given and granted to yeremtah Allen, Esq; late 
Treasurer and Receiver General of this Province, his Heirs and 
Assigns, in full Consideration of his long, good, and faithful 
Services in the Treasur}^ and that he be allowed and impowred by 
a Surveyor and Chain Men on Oath, to survey the same, and re- 
turn a Plat thereof to this Court wdthin twelve Months for Confir- 
mation accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 19, 1738.] 

A Petition of yeremiah Allen, Esq ; late Treasurer of this 
Province, praying the Justice of this Court in Consideration of his 
Services, and that a Grant of some of the unappropriated Lands of 
the Province may be made him, for the Reasons therein men- 
tioned. Read and referred to the next May Session for further 
Consideration. 



\Petition 0/ yere?ntah Allen Jor Grant of Land, i/jp-l 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. loi, p. 622.] 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq"^ Governour and Com- 
mander in Chief The Honourable His Majesties Council and The 



308 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Honourable House of Representatives The Memorial of Jeremiah 
Allen Esq'' Sheweth 

That Your Memorialist had y® Honour of being Twenty Three 
Years successively, Elected Treasurer of this Province. x\nd that 
He served his Country in that Hon^'® Office Twenty Tw^o Years, 
as he humbly hopes, to Their general Satisfaction, in which Time, 
he chearfully performed many Publick Services, not belonging to 
y® Duty of a Treasurer ; Too numerous to trouble Your Excell'^y & 
Your Honours wath a Repetition of And for which, he has as yet 
received no Gratuity. Your Memorialist would beg leave to men- 
tion one perticular Service, among y^ many, he did his Country, 
which was ; The advancing several Thousand Pounds without 
any y® least View of Profitt (althoo Your Mem°^*^ Estate was sub- 
ject for y® Repayment of said Money) to support y® Government, 
during y® Dispute about supplying y'' Treasury whereby, not only, 
His Maj*y^ Garrisons were maintained to y^ great Security of y® Pub- 
lick in all Regards ; But also many Oppressions were prevented, 
which, otherwise, y® poor Creditors of y® Province must have suf- 
ered, had Your Mem*> denied his Assistance, when Asked. 

The Hon^^** House of Representatives Anno 1736 at Their Ses- 
sions in Nov' were pleased, not only to Grant Your Mem** his 
Salary for Six Months after he was Negatived by Your Excell'^^, 
all which Time, he was Employed in y^ Publick Service, but also 
as a Mark of their Approbation of his past Services, to make him 
a Grant of some of y® Unappropriated Lands of y® Province, altho 
by y® Same not passing through y® Whole Court, Your Mem° lost 
y® Benefitt of that Hon^^® Houses Justice & Generosity. 

Wherefore Your Memorialist hopes from Your Excell*^^'' & Your 
Honours known Justice, That You will be pleased, to allow him 
his Salary for y^ Six Months, he was Employed in y* Publick Ser- 
vice, as also to make him a Grant of some of y® Unappropriated 
Lands of y^ Province. And Your Memorialists shall Ever pray — 

Boston Jan'^ I S*"^ 1738/9 Jer. Allen 

In the House of Rep"^^ Jan'^ 19-1738 

Read & Referred to y® Next May sessions for further Consider- 
ation Sent up for Concurrence 

J Qiiincy Sp'" 
In Council January 19, 1738. 

Read & Concur'd Simon Frost Dep^ Sec'y 

22 : Consented to, J Belcher 

In the House of Representatives July 5''' 1739- Read & in 



SHARON. 



309 



Answer to this Memorial Ordered That the sum of seventy pounds 
in Bills of the New tenor be granted & allowed to be paid out of 
the publick treasury to Jeremiah Allen Esq"" late Treasurer of this 
province in full satisfaction for his Services therein 

And as a mark of the approbation of this Court, and as a Gratuity 
to him for his faithfulness therein Voted that Five Hundred Acres 
of the Unappropriated Lands of the province be and hereby is 
given & granted to the said Jeremiah Allen Esq' his Heirs & As- 
signs, and that Accordingly he be allowed and impowred by a sur- 
veyor & Chain men on Oath to survey and lay out the same Ad- 
joining to some former Grant, and that he return a plat thereof to 
this Court within twelve Months for Confirmation 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^ 

In Council July 5*'^ 1739 

Read & Concur'd Simon Frost Dep* Sec"^ 

6 : Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 95.] 



^,!i moL^U 3dilt*sf. 







{Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 95, and Court Records, Vol. 17, 

Misc. p. 121. 

September 1739 Then Surveyd And Laid out Five Hundred 
Acres in the unappropriated Lands of this Province to satisfie A 
Grant of the Greait And General Court Made to Jeremiah Allen 
Esq"" July 1739 And is Laid Adjoining to A New township 
Called Peters Burrer And Bounds North upon it and it begins 
-att two small Beaches on the Road that Leads to sd Peters Burrer 
Att the Corner of A Lot No : i, the North West Corner of the 



3IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

Farm And From thence itt Runs East on the Town line Four Hun- 
dred And Thirty six Rods to A Line Wood tree Marked And 
Cornerd the North East Corner And from thence itt Runs South 
By a Line of Marked trees on unappropriated Land Two hun- 
dred and Fourteen Rods to A White Maple stake and stones 
marked and Cornerd the South East Corner And From thence itt 
Runs North seventy two Degrees West by a Hne of Marked trees 
on a pich Maid for M"" Reed two hundred and Forty Rods And 
two hundred and Forty Rods on A Pich Maid for Robert Auch- 
muty Esq"" and Ninety seven Rods on Cp*^ Bedgoods Farm to A 
beach Marked And Cornered And From thence itt Runs West 
one Hundred And sixty Eaight Rods to the South West Corner 
And From thence itt Runs North By A line of Marked Trees One 
hundred And thirty two Rods to the First Mentioned Corner in the 
Lines Above Discribed thare is Twenty Nine Acres A Lowed for 
sag of Chain 

■^ Joseph Wilder Jun^ surveyor 

In the House of Repr^^^ Oct' 4, 1739 Read and Ordered that 
the within Piatt be accepted and the lands therein delineated and 
described be and hereby are confirmed to the Said Jeremiah Allen 
His Heirs and Assigns Provided the Piatt exceeds not the Quantity 
of the Grant and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for concurrence J. Quincy Sp'^'' 

In Council ; October 5, 1739 

Read & Concur'd Simon Frost Dep* Sec'^ 

9 : Consented to J Belcher 

Exam*^ & Aprov'^ Eben*" Burrill 

Worcester ss Lunenburg September the 28"^ i739 

Then Joseph Wilder Ju' Survayer and David Johnson and Wil- 
liam Sevens Chainman personally appeared and made oath that in 
the Survaying and measuring of the five hundred acres of Land 
Exhibited by the above plan they had truly and faithfully per- 
formed their Respective trust Reposed in them 

Sworn Before me Edward Hartwell Justice of the peace 



[Mass. House Journal, Oct. 4, 1739.] 

A Plat of two hundred Acres of Land surveyed and laid out 
by Joseph Wilder^ jun. and two Chain Men on Oath, to satisfy a 
Grant of this Court, as entred the ^th of yuly last to Jcremiak 



SHARON. 311 

Allc7i, Esq; adjoining to a new Township called Peterborough, 
and bounds North upon it, beginning at two small Beaches on the 
Road that leads to Peterborough at the Corner of a Lot Numb. 
one, the North West Corner of the Farm, and from thence it runs 
East on the Town Line four hundred and thirty six Rods to a Tree 
marked and corner'd the North East Corner, and from thence it 
runs South by a Line of marked Trees on unappropriated Land 
two hundred and fourteen Rods to a White Maple Stake and 
Stones marked and corner'd the South East Corner, and from 
thence it runs North seventy two Degrees West by a Line of 
Marked Trees on a Pitch made for Mr. Read two hundred and 
forty Rods, and two hundred and forty Rods on a Pitch made for 
Mr. Auchmuty , and ninety seven Rods on Capt. BedgoocTs Farm 
to a Beach marked and cornered, and from thence it runs West 
one hundred and sixty eight Rods to the South West Corner, and 
from thence it runs North by a Line of marked Trees one hundred 
and thirty two Rods to the first mentioned Corner in the Lines 
above described, there are twenty nine Acres allowed for swag of 
Chain, was presented for Allowance, Read and Ordered, That 
the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and de- 
scribed be and hereb}^ are confirmed to the said 'Jeremiah Allen, 
his Heirs and Assigns, provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity 
of the Grant, and does not interfere with any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Grant to John Read.] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 102.] 




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September 1739 Then Surveid And Laid out. Two hundred 
Acres in y® unappropriated Lands of this Province to Satisfi A 



312 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant of the Grait And General Court Maid to John Read Esq' of 
Boston on December 9**^ 1738 And is Laid Adjoining to A Grant of 
Land Made & Laid out to Robert Actmute Esqr of Boston Contain- 
ing Two hundred Acres And Bounds West on itt itt began att a 
stake And stones the South West Corner And from thence itt Runs 
North by a line of Marked trees Two hundred And fourty Rods to 
A stake and stones the North West Corner And from thence 
Itt Runs South Seventy two Degrees East One hundred and 
Fourty Rods By A line of Marked trees to A stake And stones 
the North East corner and from thence it Runs South two hun- 
dred And fourt}'" rods By A line of Marked trees to the South East 
Corner and from thence it Runs strait to the fust mentioned Corner 
One hundred And forty six Rods in the Lines A Bove Discribed 
thare is ten ACres Allowed for Sag of Chaine. 

^ Joseph Wilder Jun^ Surveyor 

In the House of Rept''^« Dec' S*'^ 1739. Read and Ordered that 
the within Plat be accepted and the lands therein delineated and 
described be and hereby are confirmed to the said John Read Esq' 
His Heirs and Assigns. Provided the Plat exceeds not the Quan- 
tity of the Grant and does not interfere with any former Grant 
Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^ 

In Council Decern' 12. 1739 

Read & Concurr^ Simon Frost Dep* Sec'y 

Exam*^ & Approv^ Eben' Burrill 

26 Consented to J Belcher 

Mr Welders Survey of 200 acres of land granted to John Read 
in 1738. 

A Piatt of 200 Acres of land to John Read Esq"^ Read and or- 
dered to lie on the Table Decern^ 26 1739 

Worcester ss Lunonburg September the 28*^ i739 

Then Joseph Wilder Ju' Survayer David Johnson and William 
Stvens Chain men personally appeared and made oath that in their 
survaying and measuring two hundred acres of the unappropriated 
Lands in this province to Satisfy a Grant Lately made to John Reed 
Esq"" of Boston Esq'^ that they had faithfully and Impartially per- 
formed their Respective trust according to the Best of their Skill 
and Judgement 

Before me Edward Hartwell Justice of Peace 



SHARON. 313 



[Grant to Robert Auchmuty.] 

[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 32, p. 3.] 




3uixASfi.*<«3?«,>e 




[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 97, Maps and Plans, Vol. 32, p. 3, 
and Court Records, Vol. 17, Misc. p. 122.] 

August 1739 Then Laid outt Two Hundred Acres In the Unap- 
propriated Land of this Provence to Satisfie a Grant of the Great 
and General Court Made to Robert Auchmudy Esq' On the 
Twenty ninth Day of November 1738: It is Laid Adjoyning to 
New Ipswich North Line It begins att a Red ash Tree. The North 
West Corner And from thence It Runs North Seventy Eaght De- 
grees East By a line of marked trees One Hundred and forty 
Rods on unappropriated Land to a Stake and Heap of Stones the 
North East Corner and from thence It Runs South By a line of 
Marked trees on unappropriated Land Two Hundred And Forty 
six Rods to a White Maple Standing in New ipswich North Line 
Marked for the South East Corner of the Farm And from Thence 
it Runs South Seventy Eaght Degrees West one Hundred and 
Forty Rods By a line of Marked trees With New Ipswich line to a 
White Maple the South West Corner and from thence itt Runs 
North By a line of Marked trees on G Bedgoods Farm Two Hun- 
dred And forty Six Rods to the ash Where itt Began in the lines 
A Bove Describ"^, there is ten Acres Alowed for sag of Chane 

■^ Joseph Wilder Ju'' Surveyor 



314 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 97.] 

Worcester ss Sept y^ 3'^ i739 Then y® afore named Joseph Wil- 
der appearing made oath that in y® Sirveying of the above Track 
of Land Hee faithfully and Impartially performed the Service of 
Surveyer according to y® Best of His Skil and Judgment David John- 
son and William Scott also and made oath that they faith fuly 
performed y® Service of Chane men and that with out Either favor 
or affection 

Before me Joseph Wilder Justice of y® Peace 

In the House of Repr"^®^ September 27^^^ i739 

Read and ordered that the within Piatt be accepted and the lands 
therein delineated and described be and hereby are confirmed unto 
the Said Robert Auchmuty his Heirs and Assigns. Provided the 
Piatt exceeds not the Quantity of the Grant and does not interfere 
with any former Grant 

Sent up for concurrence J Quincy Sp'^' 

In Council October 3** 1739 

Read & Concurd Simon Frost Dep^ Sec"^ 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Grant to Jeffry Bedgood.] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 46, p. 93.] 

Order on the petition of Jeffry Bedgood of Boston Marriner — 
In the House of Representatives December 5*^ 1738 Read and 
ordered That the prayer of the above petition be Granted, and the 
first petition within written is revived & in Answer thereto Voted 
That Three hundred Acres of the unappropriated lands of the 
province be and are Given and Granted to the petr Capt Jeffry 
Bedgood his heirs & assigns in full Satisfaction of his Services 
Expence & trouble within mentioned, and that he return a plat 
thereof to this Court within twelve months for Confirmation — 
Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^^" 

In Council Deer 5'*" 1738 

Read & Concurrd JWillard Sec'ry 

Consented to J Belcher 

A true Copy Examd*^ Simon Frost Dep* Sec'^ 



SHARON. 315 

May the 24"' 1739 Then Survayed and Laid out a peice of Land 
Containing three Hundred Acres in the Unapropriated Lands of 
this Province to Sattisfie a Grant of the Great and General Court 
made to Capt Jeffery Bedgood of Boston Marrinor December y® 5"" 
1738 which lyeth ajoyning to a Township Called New Ipswich. 
It begins at y" north Corner of Said Township ; and is the South- 
west Corner of this Farme, at a Great Hemlock tree Marked and 
Cornered and from thence it Runs North by a line of mark'd trees 
one Hundred and Seventy Rods to a beach tree Marked and Cor- 
nered and from thence it Runs South Seventy Eight Degrees East 
by a line of mark trees one Hundred and Seventy Rods to a beach 
tree Marked and Cornered, and from thence it Runs north by a 
line of Marked trees ninty Rods to a beach tree Marked and Cor- 
nered, and from thence it Runs South Seventy Eight degrees East 
by a line of Marked trees Ninty Seven Rods to a Red Ash y^ north 
East Corner marked and Cornered and from thence it Runs South 
by a line of marked trees two Hundred and fifty Eight Rods to a 
White Maple Marked and Cornered being the South East Corner 
and from thence It Runs North Seventy Eight degrees west by a 
line of Mark trees on said Ipswich line to the Great Hemlock 
where it began, there is alowed in the above said Plan fifteen acres 
for Sagg of Chane 

"^Joseph Wilder Juner Survey er 

May y^ 30*^ i739 Then the aforenamed Joseph Wilder appear- 
ing before me the Subscriber made oath that in Surveying the 
farme above Described he faithfully performed the Service of a 
Surveyer and that with out favor or affection according to the best 
of His Scil & Judgment 

Joseph Wilder Justice of y*^ Peace 

Worcester ss Lunenburg may the 25**^ i739 

Then personeelly appeared William Scott and William Carlyl 
and made oath that in the measuring the several Lines of the 
above Discribed plat of Land they had truly and faithfully per- 
formed the duty of Chainmen according to the best of their skill 
and understanding 

sworn before me Edward Hartwell Justice of the peace 

In the House of Representatives June 20"' 1739, Read and 
Ordered That the plat be Accepted, and the Lands therein deline- 
ated and described be & hereby are confirmed to the said Jeffry 
Bedgood his heirs & assigns forever, provided that the plat exceeds. 



3l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

not the quantity of Three hundred Acres of Land & does not inter- 
fere with any former Grant tlie swag of Chain within mentioned 
allowed 

sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^"" 

In Council June 26 1739 

Read and Concurr'd J Willard Sec'ry 

27 : Consented to J Belcher 

Exam^ & Approv-i Eben'^ Burrill 



SULLIVAN. 

[Constituted from portions of Keene, Gilsum, Stoddard, and Nelson, and incor- 
porated Sept. 27, 1787. Named in honor of Gen. John Sullivan. A portion of 
Keene was annexed to Sullivan, Jan. 10, 1794. A few acres of land were severed 
and annexed to Gilsum July 7, 1874. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 490; Index to Laws, 528; sketch, Kurd's 
History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 340.] 



[Grant to Aaron Denio.] 
[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 28, i735-] 

On the Petition of Aaron Denio of Dccrficld^ who was Capti- 
vated when that Town was taken by the Indian Enemy Anno 1702, 
and carrifed to Canada, which was read and accepted, and in 
answer to the Petition, Voted, That two hundred acres of the Un- 
appropriated Lands of the Province in the County of Hampshire, 
be and hereby is granted to the Petitioner his heirs and assigns, 
in consideration of the misfortunes and sufferings within mentioned, 
certified by Joseph Kellogg and Thomas Wells, Esqrs ; that the 
Petitioner or his Assigns be obliged to bring forward a Settlement 
on the Lands within three years by building an House thereon of 
eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at the least, and plowing 
and bringing too and fit for mowing or planting six acres at least 
of the granted Premisses, and have a family dwelling on said 
Land in said House ; and that he return a Plat thereof to this 
Court within twelve months for confirmation accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



SULLIVAN. 317 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1736.] 

The Petition of Aaron Dcnio of Deerjield^ Captivated by the 
Indian Enemy Anno 1702, as entred the 2Stk. of uYovemder \a.sty 
Read, and in answer to the Petition, Voted, That two hundred 
acres of the unappropriated Lands of the Province in the County 
o{ Hampshire, be and hereby is given and granted to the Petitioner 
his Heirs and Assigns, in consideration of the Misfortunes & Suf- 
ferings within mentioned. Certified by yoseph Kellogg &, Thomas 
Wells, Esqrs ; that the Petitioner or his Assigns be obhged to bring 
forward a Settlement on the Lands within three Years, by building 
an House thereon of eighteen feet square and seven feet stud at 
the least, and plowing and bringing to and fit for mowing or plant- 
ing six acres at least of the granted Premisses, and have a Family 
dwelling on said Land in said House, and that he return a Plat 
thereof to this Court within twelve months for Confirmation accord- 
ingly- 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 23, and House Journal, June 21, 1738.] 

A Plat of Two Hundred Acres of Land laid out by Seth Field 
Survey"" and Chain men on Oath, to fulfill a grant of this Court to 
Aaron Denio ; Beginning at a Hemlock Tree five rods to the West- 
ward of the North East corner of the Upper Ashuelet Township, 
marked S.F. EF. JN. ^ ; thence running North 20°. 00' East two 
hundred and forty rods to a Beach Tree mark'd % S F. J N. then 
running East 20°. 00' South one hundred and thirty four rods 
to a Beach Tree mark'd as the last; then South 20°. 00' West, two 
hundred and forty rods to a Poplar Tree mark'd ^ J N. then West 
20°. 00' North, to the first Station. 

In the House of Represent^'®^ Read and Ordered that the Plat be 
accepted, and the lands therein delineated and described be and 
hereby are confirmed to the said Aaron Denio his Heirs and 
Assigns he or they complying with and fulfilling the conditions of 
the Grant effectually : Provided the Plat exceeds not the quantity 
of Two Hundred Acres of land, and does not interfere with any 
former Grant. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



.3l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 



SWANZEY. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, April 20, 1733, to Nathaniel Hammond and others, 
and known ?i?> Lmver Ash7(elot . Incorporated as Swanzey, July 2, 1753. Named 
from Swanzey, Mass. A triangular tract of land was severed from Richmond and 
annexed to Swanzey, Dec. 11, 1762. A portion of the northeast section was sev- 
ered and annexed to Marlborough, Jan. 8, 1794. Thomas Thompson and Thomas 
Thompson, Jr., with their estates, were set off and annexed to Keene, Dec. 10, 
1812. A tract was taken off and combined with portions of other towns to make 
up the town of Troy, June 23, 18 15. A small tract was severed and annexed to 
Marlborough, Dec. 15, 1842. 

See New Hampshire charters following : IX, Bouton Town Papers, 785 ; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 520 ; Index to Laws, 533 ; historical sketch, by Benjamin 
Read, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 375 ; History, by Benjamin 
Read, 1892, pp. 586; as to relations of the town to the Vermont controversy, see 
Read's history, pp. 67, 68, and 72.] 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 8, p. 19.] 

A Plat of a Sartain tract of Land Called the loer township on 
ashowelet in the countey of hampshire in the province of the 
Massachusets Bay in new england laid out by order of the Gen- 
eral Cort to gether with the house lots in number 63 y' 6 acres a 
piece in Each lot Protrackted by a Scale of one hundred perch to 
ane inch. Surveyed by the neadle of the instrument hoase lots 
laid out 

May the 16 1734 "^ Nathanael Dwight Surveyer 

In the House of Representatives June 15 1734 Read and ordered 
that this plat with the House lots therein protracted & described 
be accepted Sent up for Concurrence 

J Quincy Sp'^ 
In Council June 18 1734 Read & concurred 

Thad Mason Dep* Sec 
22 Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, June 15, 1734.] 

The Plat of the lower Township at Ashuelot with the House 
Lots therein, delineated, described and protracted by Nathanael 
Z)wight, Surveyor. Read and accepted. Sent up for Concurrence. 



SWANZEY. 319 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 259.] 

Feb"^ 27 : 1737/8 
Seth Field Surveyor, Hezekiah Stratton & Gains Field Chain- 
men under y® Afores*^ Surveyor Personally Appearing made oath 
faithfully & truly according to their best Skill & understanding to 
run and measure y® Line from y® Lower end of merries Medow to 
Arlington North West Corner & from thence East twelve Degrees 
South on Arlington North Line 

befor me Joseph Kellogg Ju^* Peace 



[Mass. House Journal, June 16, 1738.] 

A Plat of the Town of Hatjield, and a Plat of the Town of 
Deerjield, both in the County of Hampshire, were presented for 
Confirmation. And also 

Another Plat of the Lower Ashuelot Township, so called, accom- 
panying a Memorial of Capt. JSfathanael Hammond & Ej)hraiin 
yones, in behalf of the Proprietors of said Township, shewing that 
the Township o{ Arlington, so called, greatly interferes with the 
Lands set forth in the Memorialists Plat, praying the Consideration 
of the Court, that Equity and Justice may be done thereon All 
read, and Ordered, That Col. Prescot, Col. Chandler, and Capt. 
Hohson, be a Committee to inquire into and consider of the Said 
Plats and Memorial, and Report what may be proper for the 
Court to do thereon respectively. 



\_Re^ort of Committee on Szvanzey Petition, 1738.'] 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 259.] 

The Com*«« On The Petition of Nathaniel Hammond & Ephraim 
Jones In behalf of y^ proprietors of y'^ Township Called the Lower 
Ashuelot, having considered the Same And heard the Petitioners 
thereon find that part of y® Land included in the Plat of S** Town- 
ship Taken by order of y® Com*^^ Appointed for that purpose and 
accepted by this Court is within the Bounds and Plat of Arlington 
Township Confirmed Some Time before but it not being Duly 



320 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Certifyed that y® Siirve3^or & Chain men Imployed in y® measure 
and Survey thereof were under Oath Are of Opinion That a Com*®® 
of this Court be appointed at y® Charge of y® Petitioners (by a 
Surveyor and Chain men on oath) to take a True Survey of y* 
Land included within y^ bounds of Arlington as afores*^ and Lay 
out in A Reguler form an equivalent thereto Adjoyning to said 
Township if 3'® Land will allow thereof or otherwise in Some of y® 
unappropriated Land of y® Province Adjoyning to some Township 
and Return a plat thereof to this Court within Twelve months for 
Confirmation to y® Said Proprietors, which is humbly Submitted 
In the name And by order of y® Com^®® 
June 20'*^ 1738 Benj* Prescott 

20^^ Acceptd & CoP prescot & Cap* Hobson with such be a 
Com*®® for the purpose &c sent up &c 



[Mass. House Journal, June 20, 1738.] 

Col. Prescot from the Committee appointed on the Petition of 
Capt. Nathanael Ham^nond and E^Jwaim yones, in behalf of the 
Proprietors of the Lower Ashuelot Township, praying for Relief 
on Account of the enterfering of Arlington Township so called, 
with the said Proprietors Town, which was read and accepted ; 
and for as much as Part of the Land included in the Plat of the 
said Ashuelot Township taken by Order of this Court is within 
the Bounds and Plat of Arlington Township, confirmed some 
time before, but it not being duly certified that the Surveyor and 
Chain Men employed in the Measure and survey thereof were 
under Oath, Ordered^ That Beujamin Prescot^ and yohn Hobson 
Esqrs ; with such as the honourable Board shall join, be a Com- 
mittee at the Petitioners Charge, by a Surveyor and Chain Men 
on Oath, to take a true Survey of the Land included within Arling- 
ton Bounds as aforesaid, and lay out into a regular Farm an 
equivalent thereto adjoining to said Township, if the Land will 
allow thereof, or otherwise in some of the unappropriated Land of 
the Province adjoining to some Township, and return a Plat there- 
of to this Court within twelve months for confirmation to the said 
Proprietors. 

Sent up for Concurrance. 



SWANZEY. 321 

fMass. House Journal, June 21, 1738.] 

"Jacob Wendell^ Esq ; brought down the Petition of Capt. 
Nathanael Hammond and Efhraim Jones, in behalf of the Zc?z£/(?r 
Ashuelot Township, with the Vote of the House of the twentieth 
currant thereon. Pass'd in Council, viz. In Council Ja^ie 21st 
1738. Read and concur'd, and yohn Stoddard, Esq ; is joined in 
the Affair, and that any two of the Committee be a Quorum. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and concur'd. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 254, and Court Records, June 21, 

1738.J 

In the House of Rep^^^ June 20*^ 1738 

Read and forasmuch as part of the Land included in the plat of 
the said Ashuelot township taken by order of the Court is within 
the bounds and plat of the township, confirmed some time before 
to Josiah Willard Esq"' & others, but it not being duly certified that 
the surveyor & Chain Men employed in the Measure & survey 
thereof were under Oath Ordered that Benjamin Prescot and John 
Hobson with such as the honorable board shall joine be a Com- 
mittee at the petitioners Charge by a surveyor & Chain Men on 
Oath to take a true survey of the Land included within the bounds 
of said Township last mentioned as aforesaid ; and lay out into a 
regular ftbrm an Equivalent thereto Adjoining to said township, if 
the Land will allow thereof, or otherwise in some of the unappro- 
priated land of the province adjoining to some township, and re- 
turn a plat thereof to this Court within twelve Months for Confir- 
mation to the said proprietors. 

Sent up for Concurrence. J Quincy Sp'"' 

In Council ; June 21, 1738 ; Read & Concur'd, And John Stod- 
dard Esq'' is joined in the Affair, And that any two of the Com- 
mittee be a Quorum. 

Sent down for Concurrence J Willard Sec'ry. 

In the House of Rep"^®^ June 21* 1738 

Read and Concurd J. Quincy Sp'^'" 

28 : Consented to, J Belcher 



322 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. i, 1738-9.] 

On a Motion made and seconded by divers Members, Ordered, 
That Charles Peirce, Esq ; be added to the Committee on the 
Petition of Messieurs Hanmiond and yoncs, in behalf of the Pro- 
prietors of the Lozver-Ashiielot Township, praying for relief on 
Account of the interfering of Arlington Township so called, with 
the Petitioners, appointed the last Session of the Court; Benjamin 
Prescot, Esq; one of the said Committee being since deceased. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 260, and Court Records Jan. 5, 

1738-9.] 

In the House of Rep^^« Jan'^ i^* 1738 

On a Motion made and seconded by divers Members Ordered 
that Charles peirce Esq"" be Added to the Committee on the petition 
of Mess" Hammond and Jones in behalf of the proprietors of the 
lower Ashuelot township praying for relief on Account of the in- 
terfering of Arlington township so called with the petitioners town- 
ship, appointed the last Session of the Court, Benjamin prescot 
Esq' one of the said Committee being Since deceased. 

Sent up for Concurrence J. Quincy Sp'"' 

In Council January 5, 1738. 

Read & Concur'd. And Thomas Berry Esq' is added to the 
Said Committee in the Room of John Stoddard Esq' who has ex- 
cused himself from that Service. 

Sent down for Concurrence Simon Frost D. Sec''^ 

In the House of Rep^'^ Jan^ 5 1738 

Read & Concurd. J. Qiiincy Sp'" 

8 : Consented to J Belcher 



[^Report of Committee on Dis-puted Territory , lyjp.'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 440.] 

The Committee Appointed to take a Survey of the Lands in- 
cluded in the Bounds of the Lower Ashuelot, that Lyes within the 
Township of Earlington so Called now Winchester and Lay out an 
Equivalent thereto. Have attended the said Service Carefully 



SWANZEY. 



323 



Viewed the Lands and Caused the same to be Measured and find 
it Contains 3 141 Acres and as an Equivalent therefor have caused 
to be Laid out 9423 Acres adjoyning to said Ashuelot Township a 
plan whereof is herewith Exhibited. 

all which is humbly Submitted 

in the Name and by order of the Committee 

Boston July 6^^ 1738 Thomas Berry — 



In Council July 6, 1739 
Read & Send down 



Simon Frost Dep* Sec' 



In the House of Rep^'^' July 6^^ i739 Read & the Qiiestion was 
put whither the plat shall be Accept^ 
It passed in the Negative 

Mass : ss. April 20 1739 

Then John Stevens as Surveyor, Jeremiah Hall and Seth Heaton, 
as Chainmen made Solemn Oath that in Surveying the Lands in- 
cluded in the Plat of the Lower Ashuelot that Lyes within the 
Township of Earlington so Called, and in Surveying and Laying 
Out an Equivalent therefor they would Severally Act according to 
their Best Skill and Judgement therein 

Before Thomas Berry J Pacis 



\_Descri^tion of Equivalent Land, i'J3g-'\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 441-] 



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324 CHARTER RECORDS. 

This Plot Contains Nine thousand four hundred and Twenty 
three acres of Land and was Laid out by the order of Thomas 
Berry Esq' and others In Considerration of Three thousand and 
one hundred and forty one acres of Land Taken out of the Lower 
Ashuelet by Earhngton Hue and Bounded as folows — (viz) — Be- 
gining at A Beach Tree marked In the line of Said Lower 
Ashuelet about Three miles and forty Pole from the North East 
Corner and Run East : 38 Degrees South : 5 miles To a Large 
white Burch and from thence Run North 38 East Two Miles Three 
hundred and Two pole To a White Oake Corner from thence Run 
West 38, Degrees North five miles To the line of ashuelet afore 
Said To a Beach Tree a bout Sixty Pole from the Corner of Said 
Town Then on Said Town line To the Corner whear it first Be- 
gun with the Common Allowance of aboute Twelve Chains To a 
mile for Sagg of Chain — 

Surveyed Aprile 1739 ^ John Stevens Surveyer 



TEMPLE. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, June 30, 1750, as Peterborough Slip, 
also known as Sliptown, which included the town of Sharon. Incorporated as 
Temple, Aug. 26, 1768. Named in honor of John Temple. A dispute about a strip 
of land between this town and New Ipswich, terminated in favor of Temple. 
"Borland's Farm" was annexed Jan. 12, 1781. A portion of Peterborough was 
annexed to Temple, Jan. 29, 1789. A large tract was severed from Lyndeborough 
and annexed to Temple June 1 1, 1796. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following volumes ; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 547 ; Index to Laws, 540 ; historical sketch, HurcFs 
History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 672.] 



[Grant to Tyng, Nelson, and Alden.] 

[Mass. House Journal, June 9, 1736.] 

The Petition of Edward Tyng of Boston, Merchant, Temple 
JVelson, and Nathanael Alden of Boston, for themselves and 
others, the heirs of Col. Edward Tyng deceased, John Nelson, 
Esq; deceased, and Capt. yohn Alden, deceased, praying the con- 
sideration of the Court for the deceased's extraordinary services 
and sufferings, they having suffered a long and tedious Captivity 
in France, the said Col. Tyng dying in a Dungeon there, as entred 



TEMPLE. 325 

the 2(ith oi March last, and the 4///, currant. Read again, and the 
subject matter there of being duly considered, Voted, that twelve 
hundred acres of the unappropriated Lands of the Province be and 
hereby is granted to the Petitioners their heirs and assigns respec- 
tively, that is to say, to the heirs of the said Col. Tyng, deceased, 
and their assigns four hundred acres part thereof; to the heirs of 
the said yokn Nelson, Esq; deceased, and their assigns, four 
hundred acres part thereof: and to the heirs of the said yohn Alden 
deceased, and their assigns, the residue and remainder thereof; 
and that the Petitioners be allowed and impowred to return a Plat 
thereof to this Court within twelve months for confirmation accord- 
ingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 22, 1736.] 

The Petition oi Edivard Tyng oi Boston, Merchant, and others, 
praying the Consideration of the Court on account of the Services 
and Sufferings of Edward Tyng, Esq ; John Nelson Esq ; and 
Capt. John Alden, all oi Boston, with the Vote of the House of the 
ninth of yune last thereon. Read again, and in answer to the 
Petition, Voted, That two thousand one hundred Acres of the un- 
appropriated Lands of the Province lying West of Salem Canada 
Town, and Northerly oi Ipswich new Township, be -and hereby is 
granted to the Petitioners the Heirs and legal Representatives of 
-the within named Edward Tyng Esq; yokn Nelson, Esq; and 
Capt. John Alden, deceased, and that they be allowed and im- 
powred by a Surveyor and two Chain-men under Oath to take a 
Plat thereof, and return the same to this Court within twelve 
months for confirmation to the said Petitioners, to be held in three 
equal Parts by them, viz, seven hundred Acres to the Heirs and 
legal Representatives of the said Edward Tyng, Esq ; and the 
like quantity to the Heirs and legal Representatives of the said 
"John Nelson, Esq; and the residue of the Grant to the Heirs and 
legal Representatives of the said John Alden, deceased. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 12, 1736-7.] 

The Petition oi Edward Tyng of Boston, and others, the Heirs 
of Col. Edward Tyng, yohn Nelson, Esq ; and Capt. John Alden, 



326 CHARTER RECORDS. 

all oi Boston, deceased, with the Vote of the House of the 22^ ult. 
thereon, Pass'd in Council viz. In Council 'January 12th 1736. 
Read and concur'd with the Amendments, viz. dele at h.-tivo 
thousand one htmdred-^nd add-onc thousand two hundred-dQ\e. at 
^— seven hundred— and add-^/our hundred. Sent down for Con- 
currence. Read and concur'd with the further Amendments, viz. 
dele the Words at Y-a7id northerly of Ipswich new Township. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 12, 1736-7.] 

A petition of Edward Tyng Temple Nelson & Nathanael Alden, 
praying for a Grant of a Tract of province Land for themselves 
and the other heirs of their Respective fathers, in consideration of 
the Great Charge & Sufferings of their said Fathers in a long 
Captivity in France being in the Service of the province when 
taken — 

In the House of Represent^ Read and In Answer to this petition 

Ordered that twelve hundred Acres of the Unappropriated 
Lands of the province, lying West of Salem Canada Town, be & 
hereby are granted to the pet" the heirs & legal Represent* of the 
within named Edward Tyng Esq"' John Nelson Esq'' & Cap* John 
Alden dec'ed and that they be Allowed by a Survey"^ and two 
Chainmen on Oath to take a plat thereof and Return the same to 
this Court within twelve months for confirmation to the said pet''* to 
be held in three Equal parts viz* four hundred Acres to the heirs & 
Legal Represent* of the said Edward T3mg Esq' the like quantity 
to the heirs & legal Represent* of the said John Nelson Esq' and 
the Residue of the Grant to the heirs and Legal Represent* of the 
said Cap* John Alden dec'ed — 

In Council Read & Concurr'd 

Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 29, 1737.] 

A Plat of twelve hundred Acres of Land Surveyed and laid out 
by 'James Chandler Surveyor, and two Chain-Men on Oath, to 
satisfy a Grant of this Court, as entred the 12th. of January last, 
made to the Heirs and legal Representatives of Edward Tyng, 



TEMPLE. 327 

Esq ; 'John Nelson, Esq : and Capt. 'John Aldeji, deceased, adjoin- 
ing to Salem Canada Town, &c. Read and Ordered, Tliat the 
Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein delineated and described 
be and hereby are accordingly confirmed, viz. Four hundred 
Acres thereof at the southerly End called Number One, to the 
Heirs and legal Representatives of the said John Alden, deceased, 
and to their Heirs and Assigns respectively for ever ; Four hun- 
dred Acres thereof adjoining to Number One, called Number Two, 
to the Heirs and legal Representatives of John Nelson, Esq; de- 
ceased, and to their Heirs and Assigns respectively for ever; and 
the other four hundred Acres called Number Three, to the legal 
Heirs and Representatives of Edzvard Tyng, Esq ; deceased, and 
to their Heirs and Assigns respectively for ever ; provided the Plat 
exceeds not the quantity of twelve hundred Acres of Land, ex- 
clusive of swag of Chain, and does not interfere with any former 
Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Jan. 12, 1737-8.] 

A Plat of Twelve Hundred Acres of Land laid out by James 
Chandler Survey"^ and Chainmen on Oath, to fulfill a Grant made 
by this Court to the Heirs of Edward Tyng Esq"" John Nelson Esq' 
and Cpt. John Alden ; Beginning at a Hemlock Tree twenty 
three rods South of Salem Canada Township South West corner ; 
thence running North by the needle Six Hundred rods (577 rods 
on the West Line of said Town) to a Beach Tree raark'd ; then 
West Three hundred and twenty Rods to a Maple Tree marked ; 
then South six hundred rods to a Beach Tree mark'd ; then East 
Three hundred and twenty rods to the Hemlock Tree where it 
first besfan. 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. i.] 

The within Plats Describeth Twelve hundred Acres of Land 
Layed out the seventh Day of September 1737 to satisfie a Grant 
of the Great and General Courte the twelth Day of January 1736/7 
to the heirs of Cor^ Edward Ting John Nelson Esq' and Capt 
John Aldin all of Boston Deceased It begneth at a hemlock Tree 



328 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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TEMPLE. 329 

23 Rods south of salam Canada Township south west corner then 
Runing north by the nedle 600 Rods 577 Rods on salam Canada 
Town west Line to a Beach Tree marked then west 320 to a maple 
Tree marked then Runinij south 600 Rods to Beach Tree marked 
then East 320 Rods to a hemlock Tree whare it first began it is 
bound'^ East on salam canada Town 577 Rods Every other way 
Bounded on Province Land thare is one Chain allowed in thirty 
for swag of Chain Protracked by a scale of forty Rods to an Inch 

by James Chandler survayr 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. i, and Court Records, Jan. 

12, I737-8-] 

In the House of Rep"^'®* Dec"" 29*'' 1737 Read and Ordered that 
the plat be Accepted and the Lands therein delineated and de- 
scribed be and hereby are accordingly Confirmed viz* fFour hundred 
Acres thereof at the southerly End called Number One to the Heirs 
and legal Representatives of the said John Alden dec** and to their 
heirs and assigns respectively for Ever ; Four hundred Acres 
thereof Adjoining to Number One called Number Two, to the 
heirs and legal Representatives of the said John Nelson Esq' dec*^ 
and to their heirs and Assigns Respectively for Ever; and the 
other Four hundred Acres called Number Three to the legal Heirs 
and Representatives of said Edward Tyng deceased and to their 
heirs and Assigns respectively for Ever ; provided the plat exceeds 
not the quantity of twelve hundred Acres of Land exclusive of 
Swagg of Chain and does not interfere with any former Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp""" 

In Council Jan'y 12. 1737 

Read and Concurr'd J Willard Sec'ry 

13 : Consented to J Belcher 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 12, p. i.] 

middlesex ss : Concord Sep* lo*** i737 

The above named James Chandler personaly appeared & maid 
oath that the within Survay of the within mentioned Twelve 
hundred acers is don Justly & truly according to the best of his 
Scill and Judgment 



330 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and that James Barrett & daniell Toms personally appeared & 
maid oath that in Carying the Chain in the within Survay that 
they had don it Justly & truly accord to the Best of their Scill and 
Judgment 

Before me John Flint Justice of peace 



WALPOLE. 

[This town was Number 3 in the line of towns on the east side of Connecticut 
River. Granted by Massachusetts, Nov., 1736, to John Flint and others. 
Granted by New Hampshire, Feb. 13, 1752, to Benjamin Bellows and others, and 
incorporated as Walpole. Named from an English town. It was also sometimes 
called Great Falls and Bellcnvs-toivn. The charter was renewed March 12, 1761. 
The privilege of a ferry across the Connecticut at this place was granted to Ben- 
jamin Bellows, Aug. 18, 1773. Col. Enoch Hale, of Rindge, was authorized to 
build a toll-bridge over the Connecticut at Bellows Falls, Dec. 31, 1783. A tract of 
land from the north part of the town was combined with a part of Charlestown to 
make up the town of Langdon, Jan. 1 1, 1787. 

See New Hampshire charters following ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 
394, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns ; XIH, 
Hammond Town Papers, 592 ; Index to Laws, 566; sketch, by M. A. Bellows, 4, 
Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, p. 124; Walpole As It Was And As 
It Is, 1749 to 1879, by George Aldrich, 1880, pp. 404, particularly p. 20, as to 
grant of Walpole territory by authority of New York; historical sketch, by same 
author, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 405 ; History and Antiquities 
of the Name and Family of Kilbourn, by Payne Kenyon Kilbourne, 1856, pp. 444 
and 44, particularly p. 81, as to settlement of Walpole by John Kilbourn ; Narratives 
and Traditions of the Bellows Family, by Emily R. Barnes, 1888, pp. 384.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Oct. 14, 1730.] 

A Petition of yohn Flint Esq ; and others, Inhabitants of the 
Towns of Concord^ Groton, Littleton^ Lexington and Westford, 
praying for a Tract of Land of six Miles square on the West of 
Monadnock, on the Easterly Branch oi Ashawelet River, or in any 
other Place as shall be thought fit, for the Ends and Reasons there- 
in mentioned. 

Read, and referred to the next Session for further Consideration. 



WALPOLE. 331 

[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 3, 1735.] 

On the Petition of yohn Flinty Esq ; and others of Concord, 
Groton, Littleton, &c. praying for Lands, as entred the \i\th. of 
October 1730, and referred, which was read and accepted, and 
the House came into the Grant of a Township of the contents 
aforesaid, on the East side of Connecticut River below the great 
Falls, on the same Conditions of Settlement with the former Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. House Journal, Sept. 27, 1739.] 

A Petition oi Benjamin Reed, Samuel Whittemore, ^.Vid. Nathan- 
ael Ball, a Committee of the Proprietors of the Township Number 
Three, lying on the Eastward side of Connecticut River, for and 
in behalf of said Proprietors, praying the Favour of this Court that 
they may be allowed three Years longer to fulfil the Conditions of 
the Grant of said Township, for the Reasons mentioned. 

Read and referred to the next sitting of this Court. 



\Petition oj" Proprietors of Walpole for Equivalent Grant, 12/2.'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 118, p. 610.] 

Province of the Massachusetts-Bay 

To His Excellency Tho^ Hutchinson Esq^ Cap* General & Gov"^ 
in Cheife in and over his Majesties Province afores'^ & to the Hon^® 
his majesties Council & house of Representatives in Gen^ Court 
assembled at Cambridge May 1772 — Humbly shews — 

That the great & general Court for s*^ Province at their sessions 
in Nov 1736, did grant To Jn° Flynt Esq"" & others a Township of 
Six miles Square on the East side of & adjoining to Connecticut 
River, Called by the name of N** 3. — That S^* Court did fully Im- 
power the s'^ Jn° Flynt Esq'' to assemble the Grantees of s*^ Town- 
ship N° 3. — in order to Choose a Com**^® to allot out and Divid the 
S*^ Lands & to pass such Votes & ordors as they sh<* think most 
Conducive for the Speedy fullfillment of the Conditions of s*^ Grant 
— That s*^ Prop""* did accordingly proceed & Choose a Com*®® for 



332 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



the purposes afores^ & with great Expence of Time & mony lay 
out s*^ Township, & allot out the same agreeable to the ordor of 
the s*^ Cort — That s*^ Prop" did after Wards with great Expence 
of Time and money as afores** proceed & lay out Convenient 
Roads Clear Land & Endeavour the bringing forward the Settle- 
ment of s*^ Township untill the Indian War prevented their farther 
proceedings & afterwards your Petitioners were intirely Dispos- 
sessed of the same by the Running of the province Line to their 
great Detriment & Loss — Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of 
themselves & s*^ prop'* of s'^ Township humbly pray y*" Excellency 
& hon'* would take their Case into y"" wise Consideration & make 
them a grant of some of the unappropriated Lands of this province 
adequate to their Loss and your Petitioners as in Duty bound 
shall Ever Pray 

Sam' Whittemore Amos Lawrance Will™ Munroe 
William Cutler Joseph Adams Tho' Adams 



The Names of the Grantees of Walpole viz* 



Benjamin Bellows 
Joshua Moor 
John Stearns 
Benj* Gary 
Amos Kimball 
William Stearns 
Robert Clerk 
Joseph Goodridge 
Moses Gould Jun"" 
Benj* Taylor 
Benj** Bellow^s Jun"^ 
John Averill 
Jerath' Powers 
John Taylor 
Jon* Bradstreet Jun'' 
John Darling Jun"" 
Thomas Brown 
Joseph Win 
William Nutting 
Society Share 
Theodore Atkinson 
John Downing 



Eben' Harris 
Levi Willard 
Thorn* Stearns 
Tim*' Bancroft 
Ephraim Kimball 
John Litch 
John Spafford 
Nehem*' Gould 
Jon* Weatherby 
Samuel Johnson Jun"^ 
Tim'' Harrington 
Stanton Prentice 
Sam" Moor 
Joseph Bellows 
Moses Gould 
Paul Crocker 
William Spear 
Joseph Blodgit Jun"^ 
John Darling 
Ministerial Share 
Rich'i Wibird 
Sampson Sheaffe 

Copy 



Abijah Willard 

Abel Willard 

Sam" Gibbs 

Samuel Hunt 

Paul Weatherby 

Jon* Willard 

Barzilli Willard 

Caleb Willard 

Peter Bellows 

William Down 

Abijah Stearns 

John Bellow^s 

Jonah Moor 

Joseph Stearns 

Benj* Stearns 

John Russell 

Sampson French 

Josh* Willard 

BennS Wentworth 500 ac* 

Glebe Share 

Samuel Smith 

Jn° Wentworth Jun' 

Theod-^ Atkinson Sec'-^' 



WALPOLE. 333: 

In the House of Representatives June 29, 1773 

on the Petition of Sam' Whittemore & others In behalf of them- 
selves & others Propriators of a Township of the Contents of Six 
Miles Square, Granted to John Flint Esqr & others on the East 
Side of Connecticut river known by the name of N^ 3 It appearing 
that the Propriators of S** Township Expended Much Labour & 
Money in Clearing Roads & bringing forward the Settlement of 
S** Township, & that the whole of S^^ Township fell within the lim- 
mits of Newhampshier on Runing the line between this Province 
& Newhampshier for which the Grantees have Receiv'd no Con- 
sideration from this Province or the Province of Newhampshier 

Therefore Resolved in lieu thereof, there be Granted to the 
Petitioners & the legal Representatives or assigns of the origanal 
Grantees, a Township of Seven Miles Square in the unapropri- 
ated lands belonging to this Province Provided that the Grantees 
within Six years Settle thirty families in S*^ Town 

And lay out one Sixtyfourth part of S*^ Township for the first 
Setled Minister, and one Sixtyfourth part for the Ministry & one 
Sixtyfourth part for the Grammer School and one other Sixty- 
fourth part for the use of Harvard College 

Provided also that the S*^ Township be lay'd out on Such a part 
of the unapropriated lands belonging to this Province (excepting 
the Tract petition*^ for by the proprietors of Suncook) adjoyning 
to Some former grant to the Eastward of Saco River, & that they 
return a plan thereof into the Secretary's office, by a Surveyor 
and Chainmen under oath within twelve monts for Confirmation 

Sent up for Concurrence T Cushing Spk"" 

In Council June 29*^ i773 read & ordered that the Consideration 
of this Grant be referred to the Next Sitting of the General Court 
Sent down for Concurrence Tho* Flucker Sec*^ 

In the House of Representatives June 29, 1773 

Read & Nonconcurred & the House Adhere to their own Vote 
Sent up for Concurrence T Cushing Spk'^ 

In Council June 29*'' 1773- 

Read & Nonconcurred Jn** Cotton D. Secr'y 

[In February 1774, Samuel Whittemore and Amos Lawrence 
again petitioned the General Court, and were granted the town- 
ship of Baldwin Me., under the same conditions as above ex- 
pressed.] 



334 charter records. 

[Grant to Jonathan Belcher.] 

[Mass. House Journal, Jan. 5, 1735-6.] 

Two Plats containing one thousand acres of Land lying on each 
side of Connecticut River ^ viz. six hundred acres thereof lying on 
the East side of the River, and begins at two Butter nut Trees 
marked J. B. standing on the Bank of said Connecticut River at 
the lower end of the third Interval Meadow from Cold River, 
from whence it runs an East Line one hundred thirty-four perches, 
then North four hundred and seventy perches to a Corner, 
thence West ninety five perches to a Butter nut Tree marked J. B. 
on the bank of the River ; the Plat containing four hundred acres 
being opposite to the former tract on the West side the River of 
Connecticut, beginning at two white Pines marked J. B. about one 
hundred and thirty perch above the Brook in the lower part of the 
second Interval Meadow below the Great Falls, from thence West 
two hundred and twenty perch, thence South three hundred and 
five perch, thence East thirteen degrees and thirty minutes North, 
two hundred and seventy perch to a Pitch Pine on the bank of the 
River, formerly surveyed and laid out by Ebenezer Hinsdale, 
Surveyor, and two Chain men on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of the 
Court to His Excellency the Governour, as equivalent for what 
was laid out at a place called by the name oi Merry Meadow, but 
not confirmed, was now presented for allowance to satisfy a Grant 
of one thousand acres of Land made to His Excellency in the 
present sitting of the Court, for the reasons therein mentioned. 
Read and Ordered, That these Plats be and hereby are accepted, 
and the Lands therein delineated and described, and lying on 
each side of Connecticut River, be and are hereby confirmed to 
His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER, Esq ; Captain General 
and Governour in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay and to his heirs and assigns for ever, in satis- 
faction of a Grant of this Court in their present sitting of one 
thousand acres of Land made to His Excellency, for the Services 
of His Brother Mr. Andrew Belcher, deceas'd, in the Canada 
Expedition Anno 1690, provided the Plats exceed not the quantity 
of one thousand acres of Land, as it lays on each side of Connecti- 
cut River, and does not interfere with any former Grant, an3^thing 
contained in the form of the return notwithstanding. Sent up for 
Concurrence. 



WARNER. 335 



WARNER. 

[This town was N'umber i in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, and was granted Jan. i6, 1735-6, to Thomas Stevens and others, many of 
whom were from Amesbury, Mass The town was called New Atnesbury. 
Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, March 14, 1749-50, to Richard Jenness and 
others, inhabitants of Rye, and called Jenness-toivn and Rye-iotvn. Regranted 
Dec. 24, 1767, to Jonathan Barnard and others. Incorporated as Warner, Sept. 
3, 1774, and named in honor of Col. Jonathan Warner, of Portsmouth. Kear- 
sarge Gore was annexed June 13, 18 18. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 789; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 612; 
Index to Laws, 568 ; historical sketch, by Moses Long, 3, Collections of N. H. 
Historical Society, 179; History, by Walter Harriman, 1879, pp. 581; historical 
sketch, by Fred Myron Colby, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1886, p. 653.] 



\^List of Pro;p7'?etors of No. /, ijj6.'\. 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 571.] 

At a meeting of y® propriators of y® Township No i ocf" y® 7 : 
1736 at y^ same meeting mr Edmund March was Chosen mod- 
rator for s^ meeting — 

at y® same meeting voted to Chuse five men to Lay out 63 Lots 
in s** Township 

at y^ Same meeting David Ring & others was Chosen a Com- 
mittee to Lay s*^ Lots — 

at y® same meeting voted to Leave it to y® Commitee to Lay out 
s* Lots in Quantity & Quality as y® Land will best allow of — 

at a meeting of y® propriators of y® Township N** i Novem*" y® 
25 : 1736 mr pain Winget was Chosen modrator for s*^ meeting — 

at y® Same meeting y^ Com*''® Brought in a Returne that they 
had Laid out 61^ Lots of 40 acres to Each Lot in four Ranges 
which was Rec** in & voted & y^ Lots Drawn as followeth 



33^ 


CHARTER 


RECORDS. 








the first Range 


acrs the second Range 


acrs 


Cap* Richard Currier 


ye 


J St 


40 


John Pressey 


ye 


I 


40 


Tho^ Stevens 


ye 


2 


40 


Jona**^ Pressey 


ye 


2 


40 


Elezar Wells 


ye 


3 


40 


Sam" Colby y^^ 3*^ 


ye 


3 


40 


Jacob Currier 


ye 


4 


40 


David Rines 


ye 


6 


40 


Daniel Ring 


ye 


5 


40 


Joseph Currier 


ye 


7 


40 


Moses Sargent 


y" 


6 


40 


Sam'i Barnard J 


ye 


8 


40 


Jerem^'^ Flanders 


ye 


7 


40 


Jona'^ Blasdel 


y*^ 


9 


40 


Ichabod Colby 


ye 


8 


40 


Sam" Parsons 


ye 


10 


40 


mr pain Winget 


ye 


9 


40 


John Hoyt J 


y^ 


II 


4a 


Jona*'' Barnard 


ye 


10 


40 


Willi"! Nickalls 


ye 


12 


40 


James ordway 


y^ 


II 


40 


Jarves Ring 


y" 


13 


40 


Philip Quimby 


ye 


12 


40 


Sephen Patten 


ye 


14 


40 


John Sargent 


ye 


13 


40 


Willi"! Straw 


ye 


15 


40 


Nemiah ordway 


ye 


H 


40 


John Jewell J 


ye 


16 


40 


y« scholl Lot 


ye 


15 


40 


Daniel Currier 


ye 


17 


40 


Joseph Quimby 


ye 


16 


40 


Joseph Peaslea 


y" 


18 


40 










Sam" Straw 


ye 


19 


40 










John Allen 


ye 


20 


40 


the third Range 


the fourth Range 




Joseph Jewell 


ye 


I 


40 


John Nickalls 


ye 


I 


40 


John Hoyt 


ye 


2 


40 


Isaac Chandler 


ye 


2 


40 


John Jewell 


ye 


3 


40 


Benj** Tucker 


y^ 


3 


40 


Elihu Gould 


ye 


4 


40 


Jacob Fowller 


ye 


4. 


40 


Caleb Clough 


ye 


5 


40 


Timoti! Colby 


ye 


5 


40 


y^ first minestr 


ye 


6 


40 


Timo*^ Sargent 


y^ 


6 


40 


Stephen Merrel 


ye 


7 


40 


Gideon Rowell 


ye 


7 


40 


Nath" Chandler 


y^ 


8 


40 


Tho« Rowell 


y" 


8 


40 


John Challis 


ye 


9 


40 


Stephen Sargent 


y^ 


9 


40 


Aaron Rowell 


y^ 


10 


40 


Jacob Sargent 


ye 


10 


40 


M^ Edumond March 


ye 


II 


40 


Joseph Jones 


ye 


II 


40 


Jona*^ Currier 


y^ 


12 


40 


Sam" Flanders 


ye 


12 


40 


Tho« Meekins 


y^ 


16 


40 










Orlando Colby 


ye 


17 


40 










y* second minestry 


ye 


18 


40 










John Stevens 


y^ 


19 


40 










Francis Davis 


ye 


20 


40 










At a meeting of y" propriators of y" Township N° i 


March y'' 


15: 1737— 






at y* Same meeting 


John Hoyt was chosen Modrator for s*^ 


meeting — 






at y* Same meeting 


it 


wa 


s 


proposed whither Jose; 


3h J 


ew 


ell 



WARNER. 



337 



Timo*'* Colby & Isaac Chandler shall be a Com"=« to go & view s*^ 
Township & acording to their best descression Lay out Sixty three 
Lots in order for setlment & make their Return within three 
months to y* propriators of s*^ Township — 

Voted on y*" affermative — 

at a meeting of y' propriators of ye Township N° i June y" 23 : 
1738 John Hoyt was Chsen Modrator for s'^ meeting : at y* same 
meeting y'' Com*^^ Brought in their Return that they had Laid out 
6;^ Lot in s*^* Township of about five acres to Each & was Rec'^ in 
& voted & y^ Lots Drawn which are as followeth viz 



Cap' Richard Currier 


y' 


I 


Joseph Jones 


ye 


20 


John Allen 


ye 


2 


Jona"^ Blasdel 


ye 


21 


John Hoyt J 


y^ 


3 


Sam^' Flanders 


y^ 


22 


Jacob Currier 


y^ 


4 


John Nickalls 


y^ 


23 


first Minister 


y^ 


5 


David Ring 


y^ 


24 


Willim Nickalls 


y^ 


6 


Orlando Colby 


y^ 


25 


Joseph Quimby 


ye 


7 


Elihu Gould 


ye 


26 


Sam^^ Barnard J 


ye 


8 


Stephen Merriel 


y^ 


27 


John Challis J 


ye 


9 


John Pressey 


y! 


28 


Joseph Parsons 


y^ 


10 


John Stevens 


y' 


29 


Edmund March 


ye 


II 


Caleb Clough 


y^ 


30 


v^ school Lot 


ye 


12 


Stephen Sargent 


y^ 


31 


Elezer Wells 


ye 


13 


Willi™ Straw 


y' 


32 


Stephen Patten 


y^ 


14 


Benj-'i Tucker 


y^ 


33 


Neam"^ ordway 


ye 


15 


Aaron Rowell 


ye 


34 


Jona**^ Currier 


yc 


16 


Jon a"* Pressey 


y^ 


35 


John Jewell J 


ye 


17 


Gideon Rowell 


y^ 


S6 


Daniel Currier 


y^ 


18 


John Hoyt 


ye 


37 


Daniel Rincr 




y^ 


19 


Jarves Ring 


ye 


38 


for the second ministry 




39 


Sam" Colby 


the 


52 


francis Davis 


the 


40 


M^ Pain Wingeate 


the 


53 


m' Sam" Persons 


the 


41 


Sam" Straw 


the 


54 


Jacob fouller 


the 


42 


Philip Quenby 


the 


55 


Tho* Stevens 


the 


43 


Ichabod Colby 


the 


56 


Joseph jewel 


the 


44 


Natha" Chandler 


the 


57 


Joseph Currier j 


the 


45 


Isaac Chandler 


the 


58 


Cap' John Sargant 


the 


46 


Jacob Sargant 


the 


59 


Moses Sargant 


the 


47 


Jeremiah flanders 


the 


60 


Jonathan Barnerd 


the 


48 


Timothy Colby 


the 


61 


John Jewell 


the 


49 


Tho* Meekings 


the 


62 


Timothy Sargant — 




50 


Tho^ Rowell Esq^ 


the 


6S 


James ordway 


the 


51 









338 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ VoUs of Proprietors of No. i, iyj8.'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 115, p. 568.] 

at a meeting of y* propriators of y'' Township N** i March 21, 
1738 at y*^ same meeting Tho* Rowell was Chosen Modrator for sd 
meeting : at y^ same meeting voted to pay orlando Colby Joseph 
Jewell & John Challis one Hundred pounds in province Bills of y^ 
old tener to Build a good & serviseble Saw mill on y*" Township 
No I on y^ falls Called Blackwater River by y* Last day of 
august next 

at a meeting of y" propriators of y^ Township No i March y* 
21, 1738 at y same meeting Capt Tho' Rowell was Chosen mod- 
rator for I meeting — 

at y* same Jona*^ Blasdel & Jona*^ Barnard was Chosen to goo 
to y^ Township No i & view y*" saw mill now in Building & y^ 
high way now Cleard to sd township & y"^ place for y* Dam 

at a meeting of 3'* propriators of y'^ Township No i May y^ 12, 
1740 Joseph Jewell Chosen Modrator for sd meeting at y^ same 
meeting voted & Resolved to give Ezekel Morrel Sixty pounds 
Bills of Credit for Building a Dam & floom at y* saw mill in y<= 
Township N° i according to Bond. 

at a meeting of y* propriators of y* Township N'' i December y^ 
18 1749 Cap*^ John Hoyt Chosen modrator for sd meeting — 

at y^ same meeting voted to Build five houses on sd Township 
at y'' Corst of y^ propriators of y^ Dimentions according to y^ Cort 
act — 

at y* same meeting voted that y* five houses voted to be Built on 
y* s*^ Township shall be compleated on or Before y'' Last day of 
January next — 

January 26 : 1749 ^'^'^ y*" subscribers persuant to y* above s*^ vote 
have Built four houses on s*^ Township agreable to y* order of 
Court & according to y* above s*^ vote 

Tho* Colby Jarves Ring 

Moses Morriel Gidon Straw 

the afore going is a True Copy taken out of y^ propriators Book 
in y* Township N*' i attest Jona**" Barnard propriators Clark — 

Essex ss March y* 20 : 1750 

the above named Jonathan Barnard was Sworn Before me Tho* 
Rowell Justice a peace 



WE ARE. 



339 



WASHINGTON. 



[This town was Nimiber 8 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. i6, 1735-6. Granted by the Masonian Pro- 
prietors, Dec. II, 1752, to Capt. Peter Prescott and others. Regranted March 
17, 1768, to Reuben Kidder and others. The charter was renewed Feb. 5, 1772. 
The town was variously known as Monadnock No. 8, New Concord, and Camden, 
until it was incoiporated as Washington, Dec. 13. 1776, and named in honor of 
George Washington. A portion was combined with New Bradford and Washing- 
ton Gore to make up the town of Bradford, Sept. 27, 1787. The line between 
Washington and Lempster was established Nov. 27, 1812. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 626 ; 
Index to Laws, 569 ; The Late Centenarian of, with a Brief History of the Town, 
by George Bancroft Griffith, 3, Granite Monthly, p. 536; History, 1768-1886, 
compiled by a committee chosen by the town, 1886, pp. 696; historical sketch, by 
George M. Gage, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 391.] 



[Mass. House Journal, Dec. 27, 1738.] 

The Petition of Caleb Bloggett, in Behalf of the Proprietors of 
the Township called Number JSight, in the Line of Towns from 
Rttniford to the Great Falls on Connecticut River, shewing that 
the Lands in said Township are so rocky and mountainous on a 
View thereof, that renders the Settlement impracticable, praying 
they may be allowed to take up a Tract of Land in lieu of the 
aforesaid Township, lying southward thereof, &c. 

Read and Referred to the next sitting of the Court for consider- 
ation. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 26, 1739.] 

A Petition of Caleb Bloggett for himself and the other Propri- 
etors of the Township Number Eight, in the Line of Towns, 
shewing that the Land there is so rough and mountanous that 
upon a careful View thereof it has been found impracticable to 
make a Settlement agreeable to the Conditions of the Grant, as 
entred the 27M of Decembe?- last and referred. 



WEARE. 

[This town was granted by Massachusetts, June 19, 1735, to Robert Hale, peti- 
tioning for Capt. William Raymond's men, and was called Bevei'ly-Canada, and 
Hale's-town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Sept. 20, 1749, to Ichabod 
Robie and others, and called at times Robie'' s-town and Weare's-town. Incorpor- 



340 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ated as Weare, Sept. 21, 1764, and named in honor of Meshech Weare. The 
line between Weare and Dunbarton was established July 2, 1853. 

See New Hampshire charters and Masonian Papers in this and following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 791 ; XllI, Hammond Town Papers, 637 ; Index 
to Laws, 571 ; historical sketch by William Little, Hurd's History of Hillsborough 
County, 1885, p. 678; History, 1735 ^^ 1888, by town committee, 188S, pp. 1064.] 



[Mass. House Journal, April 11, 1735.] 

A Petition of Robert Hale of Beverly, Esq ; in behalf of the 
Canada Soldiers under the more immediate command of Capt. 
William Rayment oi Beverly, and also of such other Soldiers, In- 
habitants of said Town, who were in the Canada Expedition at 
the same time, viz. Anno 1690, praying that in consideration of 
the great hardships and fatigues they then underwent in and for 
the Service of their Country, they may obtain a Grant of six miles 
square of Land under such restrictions and limitations as to the 
Court may seem meet. Read and Ordered, That yohn Chandler , 
Samuel Welles, and Daniel Epes, Esqrs ; and Mr. Webb, are de- 
sired to prepare a proper Vote for bringing forward the Settle- 
ment of the premisses, and make report thereon. 



[Mass. House Journal, April 16, 1735.] 

Col. Chandler from the Committee appointed the 11th. currant, 
on the Petition of Robert Hale, Esq ; in behalf of some Canada 
Soldiers, under the Command of the late Capt. William Rayment 
of Beverly, deceased, and others, made report, which was read 
and accepted, and Voted, That a tract of the unappropriated 
Lands of the Province of the contents of six miles square be and 
hereby is granted to the Petitioners their heirs and assigns respec- 
ively, for a Township, to lay in nome suitable place so as not to 
spoil or incommode the Settlement of another Town, and that the 
Grantees be and hereby are obliged to bring forward the Settle- 
ment of the said Township in as regular and defensible manner 
as the situation and circumstances of the place will admit of in the 
following manner, viz. That each Grantee his heirs or assigns 
build an House on his respective Lot or Share, of eighteen feet 
square and seven feet stud at the least, and plow and bring to 
english Grass and fit for mowing six acres of Land, and that they 
settle a learned and orthodox Minister, and build a convenient 
Meeting House for the publick Worship of GOD and lay out one 



WEARE. 341 

sixty third part of the Township for the first settled Minister, one 
for the Ministry, and one for the School, and that they comply 
with all these Conditions within five years. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 19, and House Journal, June 10, 

I735-] 

A Petition of Robert Hale Esq"" in behalf of the officers & Sol- 
diers that were in the Expedition Against Canada in the Year 1690 
Under the Command of Cap' William Raymond, most of whom 
belonged to the Town of Beverly, which Town has had no Grant 
of land from the Province excepting, some few Narragansett 
Soldiers, and the heirs of the Pet" Grandfather, that the said 
Soldiers in the Canada Expedition endured Great hardship ; And 
therefore praying for a Grant of land of Six miles Square for a 
Township for the said Soldiers & their Represenf*- 



In the House of Represent* Read & in Answer to this petition 

Voted That a tract of the Unappropriated Lands of the Prov- 
ince of the Contents of Six Miles Square be & hereby is Granted 
to the pef* their heirs and assigns Respectivly for a Township, to 
lye in some Suitable place so as not to Spoil or incommode the 
Settlement of another Town, and that the Grantees be & hereby 
are obliged to bring forward the Settlement of the said Township 
in as Regular and Defensible a manner as the Situation & Cir- 
cumstances of the place will Admit of, in the following manner, 
viz' that each Grantee or his heirs or assignes build an house on 
his Respective Lot or share of Eighteen feet Square and Seven 
feet Stud at the Least, and plow and bring to English Grass & fit 
for mowing. Six Acres of Land ; and that they Settle a Learned 
Orthodox Minister and Build a Convenient Meeting house for the 
Publick Worship of God, That one Sixty third part of the Town- 
ship be and hereby is Granted to the first Settled Minister, the like 
quantity for the use of the Ministr}^ and the like quantity also for 
the use of the School ; in all the divisions of the said Township ; 
That the said Grantees be and hereby are obliged to Comply with 
all the Conditions within five Years ; and that Robert Hale and 
John Wainwright Esq""* with such as shall be Appointed by the 
Hon^^® Board, be a Com'*® to lay out the said Township, at the 
Charge of the Province ; and the committee is directed to take 
Bond of each Grantee of Twent}^ pounds for the fulfillment of the 



342 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Conditions aforesaid, the bonds to be made to the Province Treas- 
urer and in Case any of the Grantees fail of the performance of 
his Grant, such person shall forfeit all Right Title or pretence 
thereto to the Province to be disposed of as this Court shall think 
proper ; The Com*®^ to Return a Plat of the said Township to this 

Court within twelve months for Confirmation 

In Council Read & Concurr'd and Ebenezer Burrill Esq' is 
Joined w*^ the Com'®^ of the House for the above Affair. — 



[Mass. House Journal, June 19, 1735.] 

yohn Jeffries ^ Esqr ; brought down the Petition of Robert Hale^ 
Esq ; in behalf of sundry Canada Soldiers and Officers of Beverly, 
Anno 1690, with the Vote of the House of the \oth. currant 
thereon, Pass'd in Council viz. In Council June \c^th 1735. Read 
and concur'd with the Amendment, viz. dele the words — with the 
'first Divison or Home-Lots — and insert — at the Charge of the 
Province, and the Committee is directed to take Bond of each 
Grantee of Twenty Pounds for the fulfilment of the Conditions 
aforesaid, the Bonds to be made to the Treasurer of the Province 
and in case any of the Grantees shall fail of the -performance of 
his Grant, such Person shall forfeit all his Right Title and 
Pretence thereto to the Province, to be disposed of as this Court 
shall think -proper; and that Ebenezer Burrell, Esq: be joined 
"With the Committee of the House on the affair. 

Sent down for Concurrence 

Read and concur'd 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 9, p. 14.] 

This plan is the Draught of a track of Land laid out Laiying on 
the Wast sid of Mereymak River adjoning the South sid to a 
Township Latly Surveyd by Jerahmeel Cummings and laid out to 
setesfy a grant made by the General Courtt to Cap' William Ray- 
ment and others at there sessions in May 1735, and Contains 24682 
acres being of Contants of six miles square with the adition of 
1642 acars allowed for Swag of Chaine and Bad Land. 

Sorveyed by me William Gregg — Sorveyer 

Londondery febrwary 17''^ i735 



WEARE. 



343 




Essex ss : ffebruary 17*'' i735- Then William Gregg as Sur- 
vey' and Isaac Gray and Jeremiah Butman as Chainmen who laid 
out the Land above described made Oath that in performing said 
Service they acted faithfully and truly according to the Several 
Trusts respectively reposed in them. 

before Rich^ Saltonstall Jus Pac^ 

In the House of Representatives March 19"' i735' Read and 
Ordered that the plat be accepted and the Lands therein delin- 
eated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the officers 
and soldiers or to the Heirs, descendants, or lawfull Representa- 
tives of Such as are deceased in the Comp^ of the said Cap* 
William Rayment late of Beverly deceased and the other Grantees 
mentioned in the petition of Robert Hale Esq"^ in their behalf 
passed this Court in their late Sitting, and to their Heirs and 
assigns respectively for Ever, provided the plat exceeds not the 
quantity of Six Miles square, and sixteen hundred and forty two 
Acres allowed for swag of Chain and bad land within the Tract, 



344 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and does not interfere with any former Grant, provided also the 
petitioners, Grantees their heirs or assigns comply with the Condi- 
tions of the Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^"^ 

Mar: 20, 1735 — In Council Read & Concurd 

Simon Frost Dep' Sec''^ 

24 : Consented to J Belcher 



fMass. House Journal, March 19, 1735-6.] 

A Plat containing six miles square of Land and one thousand 
six hundred forty two acres allowance for swag of Chain and bad 
Land, laid out by William Gregg^ Surveyor, and two Chain men 
on Oath, to satisfy a Grant of this Court of the 19//^. of ywie last 
to Capt. William Rayment and others oi Beverly ^ Canada Officers 
and Soldiers, lying on the West side of Alerrimack River, adjoin- 
ing to the South side of the Township lately granted to John 
Simpson and others, and surveyed by 'Jerathmeel Ctimmings and 
others Chain men on Oath, was presented for allowance. Read 
and Ordered, That the Plat be accepted, and the Lands therein 
delineated and described be and hereby are confirmed to the 
Heirs, Descendants or lawful Representatives of the said Capt. 
William Rayment late oi Beverly deceased, and the other Grantees 
mentioned in the Petition of Robert Hale, Esq ; in their behalf, 
passed this Court at their late sitting, provided the Plat exceeds 
not the quantity of six miles square of Land, and sixteen hundred 
and forty-two acres allowed for swag of Chain and bad Land 
within that tract, and does not interfere with any former Grant, 
provided also the Petitioners and Grantees their heirs or assigns 
comply with the Conditions of the Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence 

Ordered, That Robert Hale, Esq ; be and hereby is fully au- 
thorized and impowred to call the first meeting and assemble the 
Grantees of the Town lately given to the Heirs and lawful Repre- 
sentatives of Capt. William Rayment deceased, and other Canada 
Soldiers &c, in some convenient time and place, to chuse a Mod- 
erator and Clerk, and pass such Votes and Orders as they may 
judge necessary for compliance with the Conditions of the Grant, 
and how future meetings shall be called. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



WINCHESTER. 345 

[Mass. Court Records, March 20, 1735-6.] 

A Plat of a Tract of Land laid out by William Gregg Survey*^ 
and Chainmen Under Oath, of Six Miles Square, to fulfill a Grant 
of a Township made by this Court to the Officers and Soldiers in 
the Canada Expedition under Cap* William Rayment &c lying on 
the West Side of Merrimack River Adjoyning to the South side 
of the Township Surveyed by Jer. Cummins — 



WINCHESTER. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, April 6, 1733, to Josiah Willard and others, and 
called Earlington, afterwards Arlington. Incorporated as Winchester, July 2, 
1753- Named from an English town. The line between Winchester and Hinsdale 
was established Sept. 26, 1753. The north-west corner of Richmond was annexed 
to Winchester, July 2, 1850. 

See New Hampshire charters following ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 798 ; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 394, as to participation in movement for union 
with Vermont towns ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 687 ; Index to Laws, 585 ; 
historical sketch, by George W. Pierce, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, 
p. 541.] 



[Mass. House Journal, June 9, 1732.] 

A Petition sign'd Josiah Willa^'d for himself and sundry others, 
Inhabitants of this Province, praying for a Grant of a Tract of the 
unappropriated Lands for a Township on the Eastern side of 
Connecticut River, and adjoining to the Northerly or Northeasterly 
part of Northjield, for the Reasons mentioned. 

Read and Ordered^ That the Petition lye on the Table. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 3, 1732.] 

A Petition of Col. Josiah Willard, for himself and sundr}^ 
others. Inhabitants of this Province, praying they may obtain a 
Grant of a Tract of Land on the Easterly side of Connecticut 
River above Northjield, and below the Truck-House, of the Con- 
tents of Six Miles square for a Township for the Reasons mentioned. 

Read and Ordered, That Mr. Welles, Mr. Choate, Mr. Chand- 
ler, and Capt. Goddard, be a Committee to take the said Petition 
into Consideration, and report what they may think proper for the 
Court to do thereon. 



34^ CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Mass. House Journal, Nov. 4, 1732.] 

The Committee to whom was referr'd the Petition of 'Josiah 

Willard Esq : of Lunenburg^ in behalf of himself and sundry 

others, as entered yesterday, Praying for a tract of Land, whereon 

to settle a Town, Reported, Which was read and accepted, and 

thereupon 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be so far granted, as 
that the Petitioners be allowed by a Surveyor and Chain-men 
under Oath, to lay out a tract of Land of the contents of six Miles 
square, on the East side of Connecticut River, adjoyning to the 
Northern Bounds of Northfeld, under the limitations following, 
viz. That the Tract be laid out and a Plan thereof presented to 
this Court for Confirmation, within eight Months next after the 
date of the Grant, and that within six Months after Confirmation 
of the Grant, there be sixty seven House lots laid out, to draw 
equal future divisions ; and that there be within two Years from 
the Confirmation aforesaid, forty Families settled on forty of the 
aforesaid Lots, each Family having an House of eighteen feet 
Square, and seven feet Stud at the least, and four Acres of Land 
fitted for Plowing or Mowing ; and that within three Years from 
the Confirmation aforesaid, they build a Convenient House for the 
Publick Worship of God, and settle a Learned and Orthodox Min- 
ister, and that twenty four Lots more be settled with a suitable 
Family on each Lot within ten Years from the Grant, and that 
within two Years from the Grant, the Petitioners clear and make a 
convenient travelling Road of eight feet wide, from Lzmenhurg 
to Northfield, and build a convenient House for Receiving and 
Entertaining Travellers on said Road, about midway between 
Northfield and Lunenburg aforesaid, and for the encouragement 
of a suitable Family to settle in said House ; It is Resolved, That 
there be granted to him that shall dwell in said House for the 
space of seven Years from the Grant, one hundred and fifty Acres 
of Land, about midway on the road aforesaid. And that the 
aforesaid Petitioner be allowed within six Months from the date of 
this Grant, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, to lay out 
the aforesaid one hundred and fifty Acres, and a Plan thereof to 
be presented to this Court for Confirmation within two Months 
after the Survey. And it is further Ordered That three of the 
aforesaid sixty seven Lots be for public Uses with all future 
Divisions belonging to each, one Lot to the first settled Minister, 



WINCHESTER. 347 

another to the Ministry, and the other to the uses of the School, or 
otherwise to the three first settled Ministers successively each a 
Lot, to be disposed of either the one way or the other as the 
Petitioners or Inhabitants shall think most for the public good of 
the Town. And it is further Orde7''d^ That the Petitioners be 
impowered to make such Orders and Rules as may be needful and 
conducive to bring forward the settlement, according to the true 
intent and meaning of this Order. And it is further Resolved, 
That in case the Petitioners do not well and truly comply with the 
Terms and Conditions aforementioned, the Lands hereby granted, 
shall revert to the Province, and be and belong to it as if this 
Grant had never been. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, Nov. 9, 1732.] 

A Petition of Coll : Josiah Willard & Sixty two others. Praying 
for a Grant of Land of six miles square lying on the East side of 
Connecticut River, between Northfeild & the Truckhouse to be by 
them settled into a Township under such Regulations as the Court 
shall Order. — 

In the House of Represent''** Read & Ordered that the prayer 
of the petition be so far granted as y* the petitioners be allowed by 
a Survey' and Chainmen under Oath to lay out a Tract of Land 
of the Contents of six miles square on y® East side of Connecticut 
River, adjoining to the Northern Bounds of Northfeild under the 
Limitations following. Viz. that the Tract be laid out & a Plan 
thereof presented to this Court for Confirmation within eighteen 
Months next after the date of the Grant, & that within six months 
after the Confirmation of the Grant there be sixty seven house 
Lots laid out to draw equal future Divisions, & that there be within 
two Years from the Confirmation afores^ forty Families settled on 
y^ afores'^ Lots, Each Family having an house of Eighteen feet 
square, & seven feet Stud at y*' least & four Acres of Land fitted 
for plowing & mowing, & that within three Years from y*^ Con- 
firmation afores*^ they build a Convenient House for y*' publick 
Worship of God, & settle a learned & orthodox Minister And 
that twenty four Lots more be settled with a Sutable Family on 
each Lot Within ten Years from the Grant & that within two 
Years from the Grant the petition" clear and make a convenient 
travelling Road of Eight feet wide from Lunenburg to Northfeild 



348 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& build a Convenient House for receiving & entertaining Trav- 
ellers on s^ Road ab' Midway between Northfeild & Lunenburg 
afores*^ & for the Encouragem^ of a sutable Family to settle in s'^ 
House, It is Resolved that there be granted to him that shall 
dwell in s'^ House for the Space of seven Years from the Grant, 
One Hundred & fifty Acres of Land ab* midway on the Road 
afores*^ And that the afores*^ Petition" be allowed within Six 
months from the Date of this Grant by a Survey'' & chainmen 
under Oath to lay out the afores'^' One Hundred & Fifty Acres & a 
plan thereof to be presented to this Court for Confirmation within 
two Months after the Survey, And it is further Ordered that 
three of the afores*^ Sixty seven Lots be for publick Uses with all 
future Divisions belonging to Each One Lot for the first Settled 
Minister, another to the Ministry & the other to the Use of 
the School, or otherwise to the three first Settled Ministers succes- 
sively Each a Lot, to be disposed of, either the one Way or the 
other as the petition" or Inhabitants shall think most for y^ pub- 
lick good of the Town, And it is further Ordered y* the peti- 
tion" be impowered to make such Orders & Rules as may be 
needful and conducive to bring forward the Settlem* according to 
the true Intent & Meaning of this Order & it is further Resolved 
y* in Case the petition" do not well & truly comply with y® Terms 
and Conditions before mentioned the Lands hereby granted shall 
revert to y® province & be & belong to it as if this Grant had 
never been made — 

In Council Read & Nonconcurr'd 



[Mass. House Journal, April 6, 1733.] 

A Petition of Col. yosiah Willard, for himself & sundry 
others. Inhabitants of this Province, praying they may obtain a 
Grant of a Tract of Land on the Easterly side of Connecticut 
River above JVorthficld, for the reasons mentioned. Read, 
and in Answer to this Petition Ordered^ That the prayer of the 
Petition be so far granted, as that the Petitioners be allowed by a 
Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, to lay out a Tract of Land 
of the contents of six Miles square, on the East side of Connecti- 
cut River, adjoyning to the Northern Bounds of JVort/iJield, under 
the Limitations following, viz. That the Tract be laid out and a 
Plan thereof presented to this Court for confirmation within 



WINCHESTER. 349 

eighteen Months next after the date of the Grant, and that within 
six Months next after the confirmation of the Grant there be sixty- 
seven House Lots laid out to draw equal future divisions ; and 
that there be within two Years from the confirmation aforesaid, 
forty Families settled on forty of the aforesaid Lots, each Family 
having an House of eighteen feet Square and seven Feet stud at 
the least, and four Acres of Land fitted for Plowing or Mowing ; 
and that within three years from the confirmation aforesaid, they 
build a convenient House for the publick Worship of God, and 
settle a learned and orthodox Minister, and that twenty four Lots 
more be settled with a suitable Family on each Lot within ten 
years from the Grant, and that within two years from the Grant 
the Petitioners clear and make a convenient travelling Road of 
twelve Feet wide, from I^tmcnburg to IVortkJield, and build an 
House for receiving and entertaining Travellers on said Road, 
about midway between JVorthjicld and Luncnbiii'g^ aforesaid ; and 
for the encouragement of a suitable Family to settle in said House, 
it is Resolved^ That there be granted to him that shall dwell in 
said House for the space of seven years from the Grant, one 
hundred and fifty Acres of Land, about midway on the road 
aforesaid. And that the aforesaid Petitioners be allowed within six 
Months from the date of this Grant, by a Surveyor and Chain- 
men under Oath, to lay out the aforesaid one hundred and fifty 
acres, and a Plan thereof to be presented to this Court for con- 
firmation within two Months after the Survey. And it is further 
Ordered, That three of the aforesaid sixty-seven Lots be for pub- 
lick Uses with all future Divisions belonging to each, one Lot 
for the first settled Minister, another to the Ministry, and the other 
to the use of the School, or otherwise to the three first settled 
Ministers successively, each Lot to be disposed of either the one 
way or the other as the Petitioners or Inhabitants shall think most 
for the publick good of the Town. And it is further Ordered, 
That the Petitioners be impowred to make such orders and rules 
as may be needful and conducive to bring forward the Settlement 
according to the true intent and meaning of this Order. And it is 
further Resolved, That in case the Petitioners do not well and 
truly comply with the terms and conditions aforementioned, the 
Lands hereby granted shall revert to the Province, and be and 
belong to it as if this Grant had never been. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



350 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, April 6, 1733.] 

A Petition of Josiah Willard Esq"" & Sixty three others, praying 
for a Grant of a Tract of Land of six miles square lying on the 
East Side of Connecticut River, between Northfeild & the Truck- 
house to be by them settled into a Township under such Regula- 
tions & upon such Conditions as this Court in y' wisdom shall 
judge most fit. 

[In answer to this petition, the House again passed the fore- 
going vote, which was this time concurred by the Council, and 
consented to by the Governor.] 



[Mass. House Journal, April 25, 1733.] 

Voted That Col. josiah Willard be and is fully authorized and 
impowred to assemble and convene the Proprietors or Grantees 
of the Plantation lately made by this Court of a Tract of Land on 
the Easterly side of Connecticut River above Northfield^ at such 
time and place as he shall appoint, to chuse a Moderator and 
Clerk, and to make such orders and rules as may be proper and 
needful to bring forward the Settlement of the said Plantation ac- 
cording to the Conditions of the Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, April 25, 1733.] 

In the House of Represent^^^ voted that Coll : Josiah Willard be 
& hereby is fully authorized & impowered to Assemble & Con- 
vence the Proprief^ or Grantees of the Plantation lately made by 
this Court of a Tract of Land on the Easterly side of Connecticut 
River above Northfeild at such Time & Place as he shall appoint 
to choose a Moderator & Clerk & to make such Orders & Rules as 
may be proper & needful to bring forward the settlem' of the 
Plantation according to the Conditions of y® Grant. — 

In Council Read & Concur'd — 

Consented to J Belcher. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 21, 1733.] 

A Plat containing the contents of six Miles square laid out by 
order of this Court for a Township in April last, in answer to a 
Petition of Col. 'Josiah Willard for himself and others, lying on 



WINCHESTER. 



351 



the East side of Connecticut River adjoining on the Northern 
bounds of JVorthfcId Surveyed and laid out by yoscph Blanchard 
Surveyor and two Chain-men on Oath, was presented for allow- 
ance. Read and accepted, and Voted, That the Lands within de- 
lineated and described be and are hereby confirmed unto the said 
yosiah Willard, Esq ; and the other Petitioners their Heirs 
and Assigns respectively for ever, provided it exceeds not the 
quantity of six Miles square, and does not interfere with any 
former Grant, and that the Petitioners comply with the Conditions 
of the Grant 

Sent up for Concurrence 



[Mass. Maps and Plans, Vol. 8, p. 5.] 




352 CHARTER RECORDS. 

May y® lo*^^ ^733 Then finished the Laying out a tract of Land 
at Connecticut River Above Northfield Granted By the Great & 
General Court held at Boston April y*" 4th — 1733 — of the contents 
of six miles squair for a Plantation or Township in answer to the 
Petition of Col" Josiah Willard & others and is Bounded thus — Be- 
ginning at y® River att a Maple tree the Southwesterly corner of 
His Excellency's Governour Belchers Farm — Said to be the 
Northern Bounds of Northfield from thence runing up the said 
Connecticut River fours miles and an half and twenty perches — 
taking in two Small Hands at the uper end from thence East 
twelve degrees to the south eight miles and a half and twenty 
perches to an heap of stones then south six miles one Qiiarter and 
fifty-two rods to an heap of stones — Then west two miles and an 
half to a white pine tree marked — from thence North eighteen and 
an half degrees west three miles one quarter and sixty perches, to 
a black oake tree marked — then north one mile and an half and 
forty perches to an heap of stones then west three miles and three 
Quarters to the maple tree the first mentioned bound — there's al- 
lowed about one rod in twenty for uneven land and swag of chain, 
also ther's allowed 739 acres for Farmes aready layd out with two 
hundred acres allowed for ponds & rivers — 

"^ Joseph Blanchard Surveyor — 

Scale 213S in an Inch — 



[Mass. Court Records, June 21, 1733.] 

A Plat of a Tract of Land granted by this Court at their last 
Session to Col*' Josiah Willard & others for a Township Surveyed 
by Joseph Blanchard Survey' & two Chain men on Oath lying on 
the East Side of Connecticut River above Northfeild being bound- 
ed as follows viz. Beginning at the River at a Maple Tree, the 
Southwesterly Corner of Govern' Belcher's Farm, said to be the 
Northern bounds of Northfeild, from thence running up Connecti- 
cut River four Miles & an half & Twenty Perches taking in two 
small Islands at the upper End from thence East twelve Degrees 
to the South eight Miles & an half & twenty Perches, to an heap 
of Stones, the South Six miles, one quarter & fifty two rods to an 
heap of Stones, the West two Miles & an half to a White Pine 
Tree marked, from thence North Eighteen & an half Degrees 
West, three miles one quarter & Sixty Perches to a black Oak 
Tree mark'd. Then North one Mile & an half & forty Perches to 



WINCHESTER. 



353 



a Heap of Stones, then West three Miles & three Quarters to the 
Maple Tree first mentioned 



[ Vote ofProfrietors of Winchester ^ ^735 -I 

[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 432.] 

August y^ 26 : 1735 
At a Legal meeting of y® Proprietors of y^ New : Township 
called Arlington Held at y® meeting House in Arlington being 
Duely warned met & formed & then voted & Chose Colonel Josiah 
Willard Esqr to preferr a petition to y® General assembly of this 
Province for an Equivalent in Lands for w* y® bounds of Northfield 
takes off from y^ S'' Township of Arlington ; on y' behalf & to pitch 
upon y® place where in case such grant be made 

Voted also That Colonel Josiah Willard be y® person to make a 
Return of y® doing of y® Proprietors of S** Township to y® General 
Court for Acceptance ; with a Petition to be incorporated with y® 
previledges of other Towns : as also to preferr a Petition to y^ s** 
Court to have y® Unimproved Lands subjected to bear publick 
Charges. 

A true Copy from y® files of y^ votes of y® Proprietors Compar*^ 
& Exam** as attest 

Benjamin Doolittle Propr*" Clerk 



[ Vote of Proprietors of Winchester , //Jj.] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 390.] 

At a meeting of y® Proprietors of y® New Town above North- 
field Granted To Colonel Josiah Willard & others Now Called 
Arlington August 26, AD : 1735. Then voted 

To Desire Colonel Josiah Willard Esq^' To preferr a petition to 
y^ General assembly of this Province in behalf of y® proprietors ; 
Requesting An Equivalent in lands in Some suitable & Conven- 
ient place near or adjoyning to this New Township as Shall be 
tho't most Convenient & proper in Consideration of y® lands w*' 
the bounds of Northfield has taken off from y^ S'* New : Township 
as y^ bounds of y® S*^ New : Township was first thro mistake Laid 
out 

A true Copy of y® propr'''''^ vote 

Examin'd ^ Benj" Doolittle Propr*""^ Clerk 



354 CHARTER RECORDS. 

{^Petition of yosiah Willard, //jp-] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 390.] 

To His Excellency Jon* Belcher Esq''Cap* Gen' & Gov^ in Chief 
in & over His Maj^y« prov. of the Mass^ Bay the Hon^'^ His Maj^y^ 
Council, & y^ Hon^'« H^ of Rep^^* Assembled in Gen' Court May 

30 1739 

Josiah Willard Agent for «& in behalf of the Grantees & Inhabi- 
tants of the New plantation or Township sometimes called Arling- 
ton in the County of Hampshire 

Humbly shews that Notwithstanding they are a very young and 
infant Settlement of but few years standing, yet by the Blessing 
of God on their very hard Labour & honest Industry they have 
tho' with great fatigue effected the Conditions of settlement, hav- 
ing a good & Convenient Meeting house, as well as an Orthodox 
Minister among them ; and this at great charge considering the 
shortness of the time wherein it was done ; & forasmuch as by the 
Labour & Industry of the Inhabitants there, the Nonresident pro- 
prietors unimproved Lands as well as the residents much increases 
in value but not subject to tax, y"" Mem^ in behalf of said Inhabi- 
tants & for their Ease & relief in support of the Gospell Ministry 
as well as town Charges among them prays they may be enabled 
to Assess a tax of one penny "^ Acre on all the unimproved Lands 
in said plantat" or township for the space of three years next & 
that said Lands may be subjected to said tax 

& forasmuch as by a mistake & for want of a true knowledge 
of Northfield Bounds in taking a plat of s*^* plantation the surveyor 
interfered with Northfield Grant so as to Include in s*^ plat the 
quantity of two or three thousand Acres of Land, for which Y' 
Mem° prays an Equivalent in other land as to the Justice of the 
Court shall seem meet, & shall Ever pray &c 

Josiah Willard 

In the House of Repret"^^^ June 20*** 1739- Voted that in Consid- 
eration of the Infant state of the said plantation there be & hereby 
is granted a tax of one V/«//'penny in Bills of the ^Nezv Tcnoitr or 
three half ^ence in Bills of the old tenour on each acre of the un- 
improved Lands within the said plantation or township to be paid 
by each proprietor yearly for the space of three years next comieng 
for, and towards the support of the Gospel Ministry there and the 
said Lands are subjected to the payment of said tax and forasmuch 



WINCHESTER. 355 

as it is probable that the pkit of said phintation or township re- 
turned to & confirmed by this Court infringes upon the township of 
Northfield Ordered that Eleazer porter Esq'^ and Mr Eleazer 
partridge be & hereby are Appointed a Committee & impowred 
at the Charge of the Grantees to repair to the spot & survey the 
Lands belonging to the said township of Northfield and taken into 
the plat of the said plantation, & make return to this Court at their 
next Session of the Contents of the Land so platted & of their 
Opinion what may be proper for the Court to do thereon 

Sent up for Concurrence J Qiiincy Sp""^ 

C. dele 

D. dele 

In Council June 20 1739 

Read and Concurr'd with the Amendment 

Sent down for Concurrence Simon Frost Dep*^ Sec'^ 

In the House of Rep"^^* June 22*^ i739 

Read and Nonconcurd, & the House insist on their own vote 
sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'" 

In Council June 22, 1739 

Read and Nonconcurr'd and the Board adhere to their 
own vote 

Sent down for Concurrence J Willard Sec'^ 

In the House of Rep'^*^ June 22"^ 1739 

Read & Concurd J Quincy Sp'^'' 

26 : Consented to J Belcher 



\^Petttion of 'Josiah Wtllard, i73Q-~\ 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 431.] 

To His Ex*=y Jon^ Belcher Esq' Cap* Gen^ »& Gov' in Chief of y« 
prov of the Mass^ Bay, the Hon^^^ the Council & hon^'^ H** of 
Rep'^^^ in General Court assembled May 30, 1739 

The Mem° of the subscriber in behalf & by order of the pro- 
prietors or Grantees of a New township or plantation above Northf<* 
in the C** of Hampshire sometimes Called Arlington Humbly 
Shews 



356 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That forasmuch as they have complied with the Conditions of 
settling the said plantation Which they are ready to make Appear 
to yo' Ex'^y & this hon*''* Court, they pray they may be allowed to 
prepare & bring in a Bill for incorporating the plantation into a 
seperate & distinct township, that so the Inhabitants thereof may 
hold & enjoy equal powers & privileges with the Inhabitants of the 
other towns of the province & as in duty bound shall pray &c 

Josiah Willard 

In the H" of Rep^^^ June 8, 1739. Read & ordered that the 
prayer of y*^ pet" be granted & y® pef is allowed & impowred to 
prepare & bring in a Bill Accord'^' 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp^"" 

In Council June 9 1739 Read and Concurr'd, 

Simon Frost Dep* Sec'^ 

15 : Consented to, J Belcher 



[Mass. House Journal, June 8, 1739.] 

A Memorial of Col. yosiah Willard, in behalf and by order of 
the Proprietors or Grantees of a new Township or Plantation 
above JVorthJield, in the County of Hampshire, sometimes called 
Arlmgton, shewing they have complied with the Conditions of 
Settlement, and praying Leave to prepare and bring in a Bill for 
incorporating the said Plantation into a distinct Township. Read 
and Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be granted, and the 
Petitioner is allowed and impowred to bring a Bill accordingly. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 9, 1739.] 

A Petition of Coll. Josiah Willard in behalf of the Inhabitants 
of the Plantation commonly called Arlington, Setting forth that 
they have performed the conditions of their Grant, and therefore 
Pra3ing that they may be constituted a Township, and have the 
Powers and Privileges of other Towns within this Province. 

In the House of Represent^'®* Read and Ordered that the Prayer 
of the petition be granted, And the Petitioner is allowed and 
impowered to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

In Council ; Read and Concur'd 

Consented to J : Belcher 



WINCHESTER. 357 

[ Winchcstc?' Incaj'^orated as a Town, lyjQ-'] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 429.] 

Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Decimo Terlio 
An Act for Erecting a Plantation In y® County of Hampshire 
called Arlington into a Township by y^ Name of 

Whereas the New Plantation of Arlington So Called in the 
County of Hampshire is Competently filled with Inhabitants have 
built a Convenient Meeting house & settled an Orthodox Minis- 
ter & yett Labour Under Divers Inconveniencys and Difficultys 
for want of power to Exercise Town Privileges among them and 
have Adres'd this Court Seting forth the Same and praying for 
Relief therein. 

Be it Enacted by His Ex°'y the Gov"^ Councill and Representa- 
tives in Generall Court Assembled And by the Authority of the 
Same 

That the Said Plantation of Arlington as the Sam.e is hereafter 
bounded and Discribed be and hereby is Constituted and Erected 
into a distinct and Seperate Township by y® name of 
viz* begining at a Certain heap of Stones on the East bank of 
Connecticutt River at the Uper end of Two Small Islands being 
the North West Corner and is now the South West Corner of the 
Township N" i on y® East Side of said River & from thence the 
Hne to Extend E 12° 00' S Eight Miles & an half & Twenty perch 
to a heap of Stones then South Six miles one Qiiarter and fifty 
Two Rods to an heap of Stones Then West Two miles and an half 
To a white Pine Tree Marked from thence North Eighteen and an 
half Degrees West Three milestone Qiiarter and Sixty perches to 
a black oak Tree Marked then North one Mile and an half & 
fourty perch To a heap of Stones Then West Three miles & Three 
Quarters to the Connecticutt River & from thence To the Corner 
first mentioned bounding Westerly on Said River & to Include 
Said Two Islands, and that the Inhabitants thereof be and hereby 
are Vested and endowed with Equall Powers previledges and 
Imunitys as Generally Other Towns in this province have and do 
enjoy- 
In the House of Rep*^^'^* June- 12-17 39 Read a first time 
13'^ Read a second time, 14**^ Read a third time and passed 
to be Engrossed 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^' 



35^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

In Council June 14 A. M. 1739 Read a first time P. M. a second 
time and passed a Concurrence J Willard 



[Mass. House Journal, June 12, 1739.] 

A Bill Entitled A7i Act fo7' ei'ecting a Plantation in the County 
of Hani^shii'e called Arlington into a Township by the Name of- — 
Read a first time. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 13, 1739.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a Plantation in the County 
of Hampshire, cr?//^^ Arlington, into a Township by the Name of- — 
Read a second time. 



[Mass. House Journal, June 14, 1739.] 

A Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a Plantation in the County 
<?/ Hampshire, c«//^^ Arlington, into a Township by the Name of — 

Read a third time, and pass'd a Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill Entitled An Act for erecting a Plantation in 
the County of Hampshire, called Arlington, into a Township by 
the Name of 

Read and Resolved That the Bill pass to be Enacted. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 14, 1739.] 

A Bill entitled an Act for erecting a Plantation in the County of 
Hampshire called Arlington into a Township by the name of 
-----; Having been read Three several times in the House of 
Representatives & there Pass'd to be Engross'd : 

In Council : Read a First and Second time, and pass'd a Con- 
currence. 



[Mass. Court Records, June 16, 1739.] 

An Engross'd Bill entitled An Act tor erecting a Plantation in 
the County of Hampshire, called Arlington, into a Township by 



WINCHESTER. 359 

the name of ------ ; Having been read Three several times 

in the House of Represent^*^* and in Council 
Pass'd to be Enacted by both Houses. 



[Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, p. 433. J 

In the House of Rep''«^ June 18''' 1739 

Ordered That Col° Josiah Willard one of the principal Inhab- 
itants of the New plantation or township called Arlington be, and 
hereby is allowed & impowred to Notifie & warn the Inhabitants 
of Said plantation to assemble & convene in some convenient pub- 
lick place in said plantation to make choice of a town Clerk & 
other town officers to stand until the Anniversary Meeting in 
March next 

Sent up for Concurrence J Quincy Sp'^ 

In Council June 18 1739 

Read and Concurr'd J Willard Sec'ry 

Consented to : [no signature] 

Exam<i & Approval ^ Eben^ Burrill 

[June 22, this order was repeated and signed by Gov. Belcher.] 



UNLOCATKD ORANTS 



NKW HAMPSHIRE TPKRRITORY 



GOVERNMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS, 



Grants Which Cannot be Located within the Limits of Any 
Particular Town. 



UNLOCATED GRANTS. 



[Grant to Valentine Hill.] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 112, p. 49.] 

To y® Honred Gov"' Deputy Gov' w'^ y® generall Courte now 
Assembled 

The humble petetion of Valentine Hill sheweth, y^ whereas yo"" 
petetioner hath bought a parsill of land granted to Major generall 
gibons (iny^ time of his Captanshippe) by y'' generall Courte as by 
his sayle y'of will appeare, w* land I have made Choyse of as ffoll : 

By y® upper & lower falls of lampreele River containeinge three 
hundred acres off land in }•* pine swampe above y® upper ffall of 
y* sayd River uppon y® south side from y^ begininge off y® east- 
ermost end of the swampe alonge y" River side in breadth one 
hundred & sixty rodd, & three hundred rodd in length by y* sayd 
River side w* makes three hundred Acres : Now my request is to 
this Hon"^"^ Courte y* accordinge to my Choyse y' s'* [torn] will be 
pleased to favour me soe ffar as by y® power to confirme ye same 
to me & mine for ever, for w' I shall bee ingaged & shall be ready 
to my power to serve you resting Yo' humble petetioner to comm 

17. 8. 49: Val: Hill 

The Magistrates grant this petition w*** reference to the consent 
of o"" brethren the Deputies provided it be not w*^in any former 
grant. And that the Deputies will appoint some sufficient & indif- 
ferent men for the Laying of it out according to the petitio" 

Jo : Endecott Gov' 

The depu** Consent heereto : so as the land menc'oned be not 
Controv'sall w*^ Respect to dover : & desier y* Hate Evill Nutter 
John Damme be Appointed to lay it out acordingly w''^ Referenc 
to the Consent of our honoured magis** hereto. 

Edward Rawson cler 



3^4 charter records. 

[Grant to William Hubbard.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Oct. 14, 1656.] 

In Ans"" to the peticion of m'' wilHam Hubbard of Ipswich sen'. 
The Court Judgeth it meete to Graunt him a thowsand acres of 
land in any place or places that he Cann finde lying out of any 
former Graunts or Touneships beyond Exitur River toward the 
East or North East to be laid out to him by m"^ w™ Bartholmew m'' 
Thomas Bradbury & m' Samuell Hall or any two of them this 
being in Sattisfaction of fivety pounds disbursed by him in Eng- 
land and also the land Graunted to him by this Court in the yeare 
1652, w'^'^ he hath Resigned up to the Courts hands Againe / 



[Mass. Court Records, May 6, 1657.] 

wee whose names are heere under written being Appointed by 
the Generall Court held at Boston the 15^^ of October 1656, to lay 
out to m' w™ Hubbard of Ipswich, senior one thousand acres of 
land in any place or places beyond exiter River East or North 
East, have Accordingly laid out the said land as ffolloweth viz 
upon the North side of Quochecha : River about eight or nine 
miles from the mills as wee Judg the noumber of eight hundred 
& ninety acres in a Pine swampe, begining at the westermost end 
of the said swampe at a great Red oake, marked on fower sides & 
from thence eighty Rods East & by South to a great white pine 
tree upon the westermost end of a great old Indian feild and from 
thence along the same line through the said feild three hundred 
and twenty Rod to a great Pine tree marked on fower Sides and 
from thence upon a North East line, two hundred and forty Rods 
to a great Pine tree upon the top of a hill marked on fower sides 
and from thence west and by North three hundred and twenty 
Rod to a Red oake marked on fower sides and from thence three 
hundred and twenty Rod to the first marked Red oake and upon 
the Eastmost end of the Aforesaid divicion two hundred Rod 
square upon each Corner bounded w^^ a great Pine tree marked 
on fower sides And the Remainder of the thousand acres laid out 
in two smale parcells of land on both sides the River that on the 
north side Conteyning about seventy Acres bounded w*"^ the River 
& a great Hemlocke tree markt upon fower sides w^^ a T «& a W & 



UNLOCATED GRANTS. 365 

three pine trees and a litle white oake all the trees markt on 
fower sides that parcell of land on the south side about forty acres 
bounded w"' the River and two Pine trees a hemlock & a beech 
all the trees markt on fower sides these two latter parcells lying 
about three or fower miles from the mills, upon Quochecho 
River as wee suppose all the said parcells Conteyning as Ap- 
pears a thousand acres, Dated y® 28"^ of Aprill 1657 

Samuell Hall 
Thomas Bradbury 

The whole Court mett together 15 may 1657. By theire vote 
they Allowed & Approoved of the eight hundred & ninety acres in 
a Pine Swampe as above is exprest laid out to m' w™ Hubbard and 
to his heires forever and for the hundred & tenn Acres, exprest in 
the Retourne It was Voted to belong to y' Secretary Edward 
Rawson & therefore he is at his liberty to lay so much as Com- 
pleats that Graunt according to the said Graunt / 



[Decision of Court on Claim of Ann Mason.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Aug. 30, 1653.] 

The Courte Uppon examination of the case Respecting m" 
Ann Mason and m"^ Richard Leader on A hearing of m' Joseph 
Mason and m"^ Thaddeus Riddan Agents and Attorneys for either 
partie Considering also the late Retourne of the committee touch- 
ing the extent of the northerly line of theire Pattent Doe fynd that 
the lands Claimed in the right of Cap' ]n° mason and now pos- 
sessed by m"" Richard Leader or others for or under him together 
with other the lands pretended unto, b}' m''* Ann Mason are w'^^in 
this Patent, And that m"^ Joseph Mason as Attourne}' for and on 
the behalfe of m" Ann Mason as also most of the people there 
inhabitting have voluntarily submitted to the Jurisdiction of Gov- 
ernment to this Colony of the Massachusetts. And that some 
lands at newitchawonnickewith the Rivers there was by agree- 
ment of s"" fferdinando Gorges and others Apportioned unto Cap' 
Jn° Mason and that he also hath right by purchase of the Indians 
to some lands there as also by possession and Improovement by 
building and otherwise. And that Capt John Mason did bequeath 
unto his wife m" Ann Mason During her life all lands & heredit- 



366 CHARTER RECORDS. 

taments not otherwise ^ticculerly disposed of by his will And 
that the lands in Question betwixt m** Ann Mason and m"^ Leader 
are not peticularly disposed of by Capt Jn° Mason or otherwise 
then they are in the gennerall bequeath : in the will given to hir 
during hir life and that the sd lands possessed by m^' Leader as 
aforesaid are pte of the lands disposed to the said m''* Ann Mason 
for terme of hir life. And doe therefore Judge, that m"^ Leader 
hath unjustly entred uppon and dispossessed m''^ Anne Mason of 
that "^t of the River and of some lands where he hath erected A 
sawemill in his oune wrong And orders that a quantitie of land 
with priviledge of the River at newitchawannicke '^portionable to 
Capt Jn° Masons disbursments be laid out by order of this Court 
to the use of m'"* Ann Mason and other the heires of Capt Jn° 
Mason. 

And the Court Graunts the bill of Costs presented by m' Joseph 
Mason of sixe pounds tenn shillings and fower pence ag* m^ 
Richard Leader. 



[Grant to Passaconoway.] 
[Mass. Archives, Vol. 30, p. no.] 

To the hon^'ed John Endecot esq' Go'^nr together with the rest of 
the hon^'ed Generall Court Now Assembled in Boston the petition 
of papisseconewa in the behalfe of him Selfe as also of many 
other Indians whoe were for a longe time o"" Selves and o' progen- 
ators Seated Upon a tract of Land Called Naticot and is Now in 
the possetion of m"" William Brenton of Rhode Island marshaule ; 
and is confirmed to the saide m' Brenton to him' his heires and 
assignes ac'ordinge to the Lawes of this Jurisdiction (by reason 
of which tracte of Land beinge taken up as aforesaide) and 
thereby y' pore petition"^ with many others in an Unsetled Condi- 
tion and must be forced in a short time to remove to sum' other 
place : 

The Humble request of y' pore petition' is that this honrd Courte 
wolde please to grante Unto Us a parsell of Land for o' com'fort- 
able cituation ; to be stated for o' Injoyment : as also for the com- 
fort of o's after Us ; as also that this honrd Court wolde please to 
take intoy' Serious and pious considration the condition and also 
the requeste of y' pore Supliante and to apoynte two or three 



UNLOCATED GRANTS. 367 

persons as a comitte to Assiste sum'e one or two Indians to Vew 
and determ'in of sum' place and to Lay out the sam'e. 

Not furder to trouble this hon'd Assem'bly hm'bly Craveinge 
an expected Answer this present Setions I shall Still remain y' 
Humble Servante Wherein y" Shall comande. 

Boston : 9 : 3™** 1662 : Papisseconewa : 

In Ans' to this peticon the m agists Judge meete to Graunt Unto 
papisseconeway & his men or Associates about Natticott above 
m' Brentons lands where it is free a mile & a halfe on either side 
merremack River in breadth a 3 miles on either side in length 
provided he nor they doe not Alienate any part of this Graunt 
w%ut leave & licence from this Court first obtained if theire 
brethren the depu** Consent heereto 

9 may 1662 Edward Rawson secre' 

Consented to by the deputyes 

William Torrey Cleric 



[Grant to Bryan Pendleton.] 

[Mass. Court Records, May 26, 1658.] 

In Ans' to the Peticion of Capt Byran Pendleton. The Court In 
Refferenc to his service "^ formed w'^ other Gent'^ in taking in the 
Easterne parts &c The Court doth Graunt him two hundred acres 
of land on chochecha River above Dover bounds as neere to the 
land layd out to m' Edward Rawson as may be to be laid out 
by m"" Edw Starbuck & Peter Coffyn. 



[Grant to Edward Rawson.] 

[Mass. Court Records, Nov. i, 1654.] 

In Ans' to the peticion of Edward Rawson. The Court in Refer- 
ence to his service w^^ other Gentm"^ Imploied by this Court to 
wells &c. doth Graunt him the sd Edward Rawson two hundred 
ackers of upland and meadow out of all Toune bounds on Quo- 
checho River above Dover Bounds and orders Capt Brian Pendle- 
ton & Peter Coffyn to lay it out. 



368 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mass. Court Records, May 15, 1657.] 

wee whose names are under written being Appointed by the 
Generall Court to lay out two hundred acres of land for m' 
Edward Rawson Secretary, have Donne accordingly as followeth. 
on the East side of Quochecho River wee have Ordered one 
hundred acres, begining at a beech tree neere the River marked 
as in the margent and from thence to Runne North ward fower 
score Rod and from the marked tree eastward two hundred Rods, 
and one hundred acres on the west side the River a litle below the 
Indian Path begining at a white Pyne marked as aforesaid and 
from thence to Runne Southward but Could not further Determine 
untill Dover hath layd out theire bounds, the afore path lyeth 
about three miles above Peter Coftyns house Dated this 4*^ of 
may. '^ us 

Bryan Pendleton 
Peter CofFyn : 

The whole Court mett together 15*^' of may 1657 : by theire 
Generall vote Allowed and Approoved of the two hundred acres so 
laid out as abovesaid to y® said Edward Rawson and his heires 
forever/ 



GRANTS 



NKW^ HAIVIPSHIRK TTKRRITORY 



GOVERNMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



ACWORTH. 3^1 

ACWORTH. 

[This town was probably Number 3 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecti- 
cut River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by New Hampshire 
as Burnet to Col. Sam^Dson Stoddard and others, Dec. 28, 1752, and named in 
honor of Gov. William Burnet. Regranted as New Burnet, JSIov. 17, 1761, to 
Stoddard and others. Incorporated as Acworth (sometimes spelled Ackivorth') 
Sept. 19, 1766, and named in honor of Lord Acworth. The charter was renewed 
May 30, 1772. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, i ; X, Bouton 
Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union 
with Vermont towns; XI, Hammond Town Papers, i ; Index to Laws, 9; History, 
by J. L. Merrill, 1869, pp. 306; sketch, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 18S6, 
p. 19; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 419; History of the First Baptist 
Church, by Charles H. Eveleth, pp. 5 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cum- 
mings, 1836, p. 15.] 



[Burnet Charter, 1752.] 

*Province of New Hamp' *i-i23 

Burnet George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Brit- 



L : p : s 



tain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith &c^ — 
To all Persons to whome these Presents Shall Come 

Greeting 

^ \-^-v-v^ ^ Know Ye that we of our Especial Grace Certain 
knowledge & Mere Motion for the Due Encouragement of Set- 
tleing a New Plantation within our said Province by «& with the 
Advice of our Trusty & wellbeloved Benning Wentworth Esq our 
Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of our Said Province of New 
Hampshire in America and of our Council of the Said Province 
have upon the Conditions & Reservations hereafter made Given 
& Granted and by these Presents for us our heirs & Successors do 
give & Grant in Equal Shares unto our Loveing Subjects Inhabi- 
tants of our Said Province of New Hampshire & his Maj*y^ other 
Governments and to their heirs & Assignes for ever whose names 
Are Entered on this Grant to be Divided to and Amongst them 
into Seventy Seven Equal Shares All That Tract or Parcel of 
Land Scituate Lying «& being within our Province of New Hamp- 
shire Containing by admeasurement Twenty Three thousend & 
forty Acres which Tract is to Contain Six Miles Square & no 
more out of which an allowance is to be made for highways and 
Unimproveable Lands by Rocks, Mountains Ponds & Rivers One 



372 CHARTER RECORDS. 

thousand & forty Acres free According to A Plan thereof made & 
Presented by our Said Goveniours orders and hereunto Annexed 
Butted and Bounded as follows (Viz) begining at A Stake & 
Stones & runs North two degrees West Six Miles & an half to A 
Stake & Stones the South West Corner of Buckingham from 
thence run'ing East by the Needle five miles & Three quarters to 
a Stake & Stones from thence South by the Needle Six Miles & 
an half to A Stake & Stones, from thence West by the Needle five 
Miles & three quarters to the bounds first mentioned Arid that the 
Same be & is incorporated into a Township by the Name of Bur- 
net and that the Inhabitants that do or Shall hereafter Inhabit Said 
Township Are hereby Declared to be Enfranchized with and En- 
tituled to all & Every the Previledges & Immunities that other 
Towns within our Said Province by Law Exercise & Enjov and 
further that the Said Town as Soon as there Shall be fifty families 
Settled & resident thereon Shall have the Liberty of Holding two 

fairs one of which Shall be held on the 
*i-i24 And the other On the Annually *which 

fairs are not to Continue & be held Longer than the 
Respective following the Said Respective 

Days and as Soon as the Said Town Shall Consist of fifty families 
A Market Shall be opened & kept one or more Days in Each 
Week as may be tho* most Advantagious to the Inhabitants also 
that the first Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers Agreable to 
the Laws of our Said Province Shall be held on the first Tuesdays 
in march next which meeting Shall be Notifyed by Sampson Stod- 
dard Esq who is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the Said 
first Meeting which he is to Notify And Govern Agreable to the 
Laws & Customs of our Said Province and that the Annual Meet- 
ing for ever hereafter for the Choice of Such Officers of said Town 
Shall be on the first Tuesday in March Annually To have & to 
hold the Said Tract of Land as above Expressed Togeather with 
all the Previledges & appurtenances to them «& thier Respective 
Heirs and assignes for ever upon the following Conditions (Viz) 
that every Grantee his heirs or Assigns Shall Plant or Cultivate 
five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for ever}^ fifty 
Acres Contained in his or thier Share or Proportion of Land in 
the Said Township And Continue to Improve «fe Settle the Same 
by Additional Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of this 
Grant or Share in the Said Township i\nd its Reverting to his 
Majesty his heirs And Successors to be by him or them Regranted 
to Such of his Subjects as Shall effectually Settle & Cultivate the 



AC WORTH. 373 

Same That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship tit tor masting Our Royal Navy be Carefully Preserved for 
that Use & none to be Cutt or felld without his Majestys especial 
Lycence for So Doing first had & obtained upon the Penalty of 
the forfeiture of the Right of Such Grantee his heirs Or assignes 
to us our hiers & Successors as well as being Subject to the Pen- 
alty of Any Act or Acts of Parliament that now Are or hereafter 
Shall be Enacted That before Any Division of the Said Land be 
made to And Amoungst the Grantees A Tract of Land as near the 
Center of the Township as the Land will Admit of Shall be re- 
served & marked out for Town Lotts one of which Shall be allot- 
ted to Each Grantee of the Contents of one Acre Yields and Pay- 
ing there for to us our heirs & Successors for the Space of Ten 
years to be Computed from the Date hereof the rent of 
one Ear of Indian Corn only on the first Day *of January *i-i25 
Annually if Lawfully Demanded the first payment to be 
made on the first Day of January 1754 And every Proprietor Set- 
tler or Inhabitant shall Yield & Pay unto us our heirs & Success- 
ors Yearly & every Year for ever from & after the Expiration of 
the Ten Years from the Date hereof Namely on the first Day of 
January which will be in the Year of Our Lord Christ one thou- 
sand Seven hundred & Sixty four One Shilling Proclamation 
Mone}"" lor every hundred Acres he So owns Settles or Possesses 
and so in Proportion for A Greater or A Lesser Tract of the Said 
Lands which money Shall be paid by the Respective Persons 
above Said their heirs or Assigns in Our Council Chamber in 
Portsmouth or to such Officer or Officers as Shall be Appointed 
to Recieve the Same And this to be in Lieu of all other Rents & 
Services whatsoever In Testimony hereof We have Caused the 
Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto Afiixed Wittness 
Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff 
of our Said Province the Twenty Eighth of December in the Year 
of our Lord Christ 1752 and the 26"^ Year of our Reign 

Province of New Hampshire 

Entered & Recorded According to the Original Charter under 
the Province Seal the 30^^ Day of December 1752 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

The Names of the Grantees of Burnet (Viz) 

Sampson Stoddard, Daniel Emerson, James Stewart, 
Francis Worster, David Nevins, Jonathan Taylor, 

Amos Phillips, Peter Wheeler, Jonah Brown, 



374 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



David Willson 
Robert Colburn, 
John Boyenton jun', 
Thomas Nevins 
Steven Harris, 
Joseph French, 
Samuel Brown, 
Stephen Powers, 
James McDoniel, 
WilP Adams 
William Cummings, 



Joshua Boyonton, 
James Whiting 
John Martin, 
Zedekiah Drury, 
Will'" Spaulding, 



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Isaac Farwell, 
William Nevins, 
John Martin jun', 
William Tinney, 
Jonathan Lovejoy, 
Moses Thurston, Nathaniel Townshendjun' 
Benjamin Farley, Samuel Farley, 
Randal McDoniel, Thomas Patch, 
Peter Powers, Jeremiah Lawrence, 

Benj^ Parker, Peter Powers jun' 

Amasa Parker, David Hubbard, 

Elnathan Blood, John Lovewelljun% Jonathan Cumings, 
Thomas Read, *John Usher, Samuel Greele, 

Robert Usher, Jon^ French John Combs, 

James Whitney, William Lawrence, Samuel Searls, 

Jonathan Cumingsjun% Ephraim Adams, John Troth, 
Benjamin French, iVllexander Black, Samuel Cumings 

Zepheniah Harte, Roland Cotton, Henry Sherburne, 

Samuel French, Richard Wibird, Ellis Huske, 

Theodore Atkinson, John Downing, Samuel Solley, 

Samuel Smith, Sampson Sheaffe, 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of Land to 
Contain five hundred Acres which is to be Accounted two of the 
within Mentioned Shares, one whole Share for the Incorporated 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in forreign Parts One 
whole Share for the first Settled Minister of the Gospel in Said 
Town, One whole Share for A Glebe for the Ministry of the 
Church of England as by Law Established 

Entered & Recorded According to the Original Under the Prov- 
ince Seal the 30*^ Day of December 1752 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



ACWORTH. 



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[New Burnet Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. *^-337 

New Burnet GEORGE, the Third, 

^ /^v.,'\-^-\ By the Grace of GOD, of Great-Britain, France 

f and Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith &c. 
^ To all Persons to whotn these Presents shall come, 

^ ^^-'^rx^ ' Greeting 

Know Ye, that We, of Our special Grace, certain 
Knowledge, and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of set- 
tling a JVezv Plantation within our said Province, by and with the 



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37^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Advice of our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince of New-Hampshire, in New-England^ and of Our Council 
of the said Province; Have, upon the Conditions and Reserva- 
tions herein after made, given and granted, and by these Pres- 
ents, for Us, Our Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in 
equal Shares, unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said 
Province o{ JVew-Hampshire, and Our other Governments, and to 
their Heirs and Assigns for ever, whose names are entred on this 
Grant, to be divided to and amongst them into Sixty Eight equal 
Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being 
within our said Province of New-Hampshire, containing by Ad- 
measurement Twenty Three Thousand & Forty Acres, which 
Tract is to contain Six Miles square, and no more; out of which 
an Allowance is to be made for High Ways and unimprovable 
Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One Thousand 
and Forty Acres free, according to a Plan and Survey thereof 
made by Our said Governor's Order, and returned into the Secre- 
tary's Office, and hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as fol- 
lows. Viz. Begining at a Stake «& Stones, & Runs North two 
Degs West, Six Miles & a half to a Stake & Stones the south 
West Corner of Buckingham a Town formerly Granted, from 
thence Runing East by the Needle, Five Miles & Three Quarters 
to a Stake & Stones, From thence south b}^ the Needle Six Miles 
& a half to a Stake & stones, From thence West by the Needle 
five Miles & Three Quarters to the Bounds first Mention'd 

And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Town- 
ship by the Name oi New Burnett And the Inhabitants that do or 
shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to 
be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and every the Priviledges 
and Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by Law 
Exercise and Enjoy : And further, that the said Town as soon as 
there shall be Fifty Families resident and settled thereon, shall 
have the Liberty of holding Two Fairs, one of which shall be held 
on the And the other on the 

annually, which fairs are not to continue longer than the respective 

following the said 

and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty 
*2-338 Families, a Market may be *opened and kept one or 

more Days in each Week, as may be thought most ad- 
vantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for 
the Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said 



ACWORTH. 377 

Province, shall be held on the Second Tuesday in Decern'' next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by Sampson Stoddard Esq' 
who is hereb}'" also appointed the Moderator ot'the said first Meet- 
ing, which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to the Laws and 
Customs of Our said Province ; and that the annual Meeting for 
ever hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the said Town, 
shall be on the Second Tuesday of March annually, To Have 
and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed, together 
with all Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their respect- 
ive Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

L That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and 
cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term of Two Years for 
every fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of 
Land in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the 
same by additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of 
his Grant or Share in the said Township, and of its reverting to 
Us, our Heirs and Successors, to be by Us or Them Re-granted 
to such of Our Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the 
same. 

n. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to Us, 
our Heirs and Successors, as well as being subject to the Penalty 
of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

in. That before any Division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the 
said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and 
marked out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefore to Us, our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors for the Space of four Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fitth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth Day of December, 1762. 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of four Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day o{ December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1766 One 



378 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so 
owns, settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or 
lesser Tract of the said Land ; which Money shall be paid by the 
respective Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Coun- 
cil Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall 
be appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu of all 
other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the 17*^ Day of Novem' In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One And in the Second 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamps"" Nov 17, 1761 

Recorded According to the Origional Charter under the Prov- 
ince seal — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



^2-339 *The Names of the Grantees of New Burnett (Viz) 



Sampson Stoddard 
David Nevins 
Benj*^ Abbot 
Robert Fletcher 
John Boyntonjun' 
Zedekiah Drury 
Jon* Fowler 
Nath^ Townshend 
Sam^ Farley 
Nath' Parker 
David Hubbard 
Jon** Cumings 
Sam^ Greele 
Will'" Lawrence Esq 
John Searls 
Sam' Cumings 



Dan' Em.erson 
Jon* Butterfield 
Josiah Brown 
William Nutting 
James Blood 
Will'" Wright 
Sam' Brown 
Steph" Powers 
Nath' Merriel 
Jon* Blanchard 
Tho^ Cowan 
Robert Usher 
John Combs 
Benj* French 
John Harvell 
Sam' Caldwell 



Theodore Atkinson EsqRichard Wibird Esq 
Sampson Sheafe Esq Will'" Sims 



Francis Worster 
Amos Phillips 
Joshua Boynton 
Thomas Nevin 
Samuel Bowers 
Wiir Spaulding 
Matt^^ Thornton Esq 
Oliver Fletcher Jun' 
Benj* Parker 
Amasa Parker 
John Lovewell Jun' 
John Usher 
Jon* Cumings Jun"^ 
Eph'" Adams 
Abel Lawrence 
Roland Cotton 
John Downing Esq 
George Jaffery Esq 



ACWORTH. 



379 



Lieu' John Parker Joseph BLinchard Esq Benning Wentworth 
Maj' John Wentworth Esq Sam^ Wentworth Maj' Jon^ Greeley 
Tho^ Smith Sam^ Wentworth Esq, Boston 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as Marked B- W- in the Plan which 
is to be Accounted two of the within Shares, One whole Share for 
the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospell in 
Foreign Parts, One Share for a Glebe for the Church of England 
as by Law Established, One Share for the First Settled Minister 
of the Gospel & One Share for the Benefit of a School in said 
Town — 

Province of New Hampshire Novem' 17. 1761 
Recorded from the Back of the Origional Charter of New Bur- 
nett under the Province Seal — 

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Province of New Hamps' Novem' 17. 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of New 
Burnett under the Province Seal — 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec''-'' 



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[AcwoRTH Charter, 1766.] 

*3-i42 *Province of New Hampshire. 

Acworth GEORGE, the third, 
^ /•^s^^^^^ ^ By the Grace of GOD, of Great Britain France and 

Ireland, KING, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to zv/iom these Presents shall come, 
^ v^^^v'-v^ ^ Greeting-: 

Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain 
Knowledge, and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of set- 
tling a JVew Plantation within our said Province, by and with 
the Advice of our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Went- 
WORTH, Esq; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said 
Province of New- Hampshire, in Nezu-England, and of Our Coun- 
cil of the said Province ; Have, upon the Conditions and Reserva- 
tions herein after made, given and granted, and by these Presents, 
for Us, Our Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal 
Shares, unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Prov- 
ince oi New-Hampshire, and Our other Governments, and to their 
Heirs and Assigns for ever, whose names are entred on this 
Grant, to be divided to and amongst them into Seventy One equal 
Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being 
within our said Province of Nezu-Hampshire, containing by Ad- 
measurement 23040 Acres, which Tract is to contain Six Miles 
square, and no more ; out of which an Allowance is to be made 
for High Ways and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Moun- 
tains and Rivers, One Thousand and Forty Acres free, according 
to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said Governor's Or- 
der, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and hereunto an- 
nexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. begrinnincr at a stake 
& Stones & runs North two Degrees West Six miles and an half 
to a Stake & stones the South West Corner of Unity, from thence 
running East by the Needle five miles & three Quarters to a stake 
& stones from thence S" by the Needle six miles & an half to a 
Stake & Stones from thence West by the Needle five miles & | to 
the bounds first mention'd. 



AC WORTH. 381 

And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Town- 
ship by the Name of Ackzvorth And the Inhabitants that do or 
shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to 
be Enfranchised with and Intitled to all and every the Priviledges 
and Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by Law 
Exercise and Eni'oy : And further, that the said Town as soon as 
there shall be Fifty Families resident and settled thereon, shall 
have the Libert)'' of holding tzuo Fairs, one of which shall be held 
on the second Tuesday in October And the other on the second 
Tuesday in May annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer 
than the respective Days following the said Tuesday and that as 
soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty Families, a 
Market may be *opened and kept one or more Days in *3-i43 
each Week, as may be thought most advantagious to the 
Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for the Choice of Town 
Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said Province, shall be held 
on the second Tuesday in October next which said Meeting shall 
be Notified by CoP Sampson Stoddard who is hereby also ap- 
pointed the Moderator of the said first Meeting, which he is to 
Notify and Govern agreable to the Laws and Customs of Our said 
Province ; and that the annual Meeting for ever hereafter for the 
Choice of such Officers for the said Town, shall be on the Second 
Tuesday of March annually, To Have and to Hold the said 
Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all Privileges and 
Appurtenances, to them and their respective Heirs and Assigns for- 
ever, upon the following conditions, viz. 

L That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and cul- 
tivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for every 
fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of Land in 
said Township, and continue to improve and settle the same by 
additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his Grant 
or Share in the said Township, and of its reverting to Us, our 
Heirs and Succesors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same. 

II. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special License 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to 
Us, our Heirs and Successors, as well as being subject to the Pen- 
alty of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter 
shall be Enacted. 



382 CHARTER RECORDS. 

III. That before any Division of the Land be made to and among 
the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the said 
Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and marked 
out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each Grantee 
of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefor to Us, our Heirs and Success- 
ors for the Space of ten Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day of December. 1766. 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December, namely on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1776 One shil- 
liiig Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 
settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser 
Tract of the said Land ; which Money shall be paid by the respec- 
tive Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council 
Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall be 
appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto aflSxed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province, 
the 19"^ Day of Sept"^ In the Year of our Lord Christ, One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six And in the Sixth Year 
of Our Reign. 1766. — 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council, 

T. Atkinson Jun"" Seciy. — 

Province of New Hampshire Sept"^ 19'^' 1766 
Recorded according to the Original Pattent under the province 
seal 

1 T Atkinson jun Sec^^' 

*3-i44 *The Names of the Grantees of Acworth. — 

Col'' Sampson Stoddard William Stacey John Byam 

Reuben Goold Oliver Peirce Samuel King 

Jacob Farmer Ebenezer Goold David Brown 



ACWORTH. 



383 



Moses Easterbrooks Samp" Stoddard Jun 
Jonathan Blanchard William Thompson 



Oliver Farwell 
John Hardy 
Tho^ Davis 
James Rodgers 
Tho* Craiiie 
Ja* Miltimber 
Daniel iAPFee 
Stephen Powers 
Tho' Blancherd J' 
Benj" Byam 
Benj" Butterfield 
Rob' Fletcher 
Nath^ Butterfield 



Oliver Farwell Jun' 
James Blancherd 
Reuben Killecutt 
David M'^GrejTore 
Robert Adams 
Alexander Clark 
Edw** Gold : Lutwyche 
Will™ Robey 
David Burge 
Will™ Peirce 
Benj" French 



Vryling Stoddard 
Timothy Dustin 
Nath' Gearfield 
Ephraim Adams 
Augustus Blanchard 
Ja^ M^Gregore 
Ja" M'^Gregore Jun' 
John Gilmore 
Samuel French 
Jon** Hardy 
Sam' Barron 
Jos'h Peirce 
Matthew Thornton 
Moses Parker 



Sam' CuminjTs 

Wyseman Claggett Esq"^ Major Jn" Wentworth 
Sam'WentworthEsq' Hon^'^Ja^Nevin 1 Will™ Parker Esq' 

Rev"^* Ebenezer Bridge Theod' Atkinson > Esq'^Benning Wentworth 
Col° Jon'^ Greely Peter Livius ) Lieu"^ Jn° Parker 

George Jatfrey Esq' Col" Will™ Simms Esq' 

His Excellenc}^ Benning Wentworth Esq' a Tract of Land to 
Contain five hundred Acres as marked B W in the Plan which is 
to be accounted two of the within shares One whole share for the 
Incorporated Society for the propagation of the Gospel in Foreign 
parts One share for a Glebe for the Church of England as by law 
established. One share for the first settled Minister of the Gospel. 
& one share for the benefit of a school in s'^ Town for Ever. 

Province of New Hampshire Sept' 19*^ 1766. 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of Ac worth, 
under the province Seal 

'§ T Atkinson Jun Sec'y 



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Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the Prov- 
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f T Atkinson Jun Sec'y 



[AcwoRTH Charter Renewed, 1772.] 



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*Province of New Hampshire. 
George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith &c. 

^-^-^v^s^ To ALL to whom these presents shall come Greet- 

Ac worth iNG. 

Whereas we of our special Grace certain knowledge and 
mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling a new plan- 
tation within our said Province of New Hampshire by our Letters 
Patent or Charter under the Seal of our said province, Dated the 



AC WORTH. 385 

Nineteenth day of Sepf 1766, in the sixth year of our Reign, did 
grant a Tract of Land of Six Miles Square, bounded as therein 
expressed to a Number of our Loyal Subjects, whose Names are 
enter'd on the same, to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns on 
the Conditions therein declared to be a Town Corporate by the 
Name of Acworth as by referrence to the said Charter may 
more fully appear And whereas the said Grantees have pre- 
ferred a Petition to our Governor of our said Province in Council 
specifying sundry difficulties which prevented their full compliance 
with the Terms of the Grant aforesaid ; and it having been made 
to appear to our said Governor & Council (by an actual Inspection 
made and Returned, of the Settlements in said Acworth) that the 
said Township is in considerable forwardness towards a com- 
plete fulfillment of the Terms aforesaid ; the said Grantees therefore 
Pray'd some further Time to accomplish the same ; all which being 
duly Considered. 

Know Ye, that we being willing to encourage and promote the 
Cultivation & Settlement of the said Township, Have of our 
further Grace and favour suspended our claim of the forfeiture 
which the said Grantees may have Incurred, & by these Presents 
for us our heirs and Successors (by and with the advice of our 
Trusty and well-beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor & 
Commander in chief of our said Province, & of our Coun- 
cil of the same) do grant *unto the said Grantees, their *i-436 
Heirs and Assigns the further Term of Two Years from 
the date of this Grant for performing and fulfilling the Conditions 
Matters and things by them to be done as aforesaid ; Except the 
Quit Rents which are to remain due and payable as expressed and 
reserved in the Original Grant or Charter of said Acworth. 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief aforesaid, the Thirtieth day of May — in the 
Twelfth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command 
With advice of Council — 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal the 30^^ day of May 1772. 

Attest 



ING. 
L. S. " 



^86 charter records. 

[Grant to Samuel Fitch, 1772.] 

*4-io8 *Province of New Hampshire. 

C Sam' Fitch i George the Third by the Grace of God of 

} Esq"" his > Great Britian France & Ireland King Defender 

( Grant. ) of the Faith, &c. 

^ /-v./N,i^-\ To all to whom these Presents shall Come Greet- 

( Know Ye, that we of our special Grace, cer- 

^ ^^^-v-s^ tain Knowledge and mere Motion for the due en- 

couragement of settling and cultivating our Lands 
within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid by & with the 
Advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esq"^ 
Our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said Province, and 
of our Council of the same Have (upon the Conditions & Reser- 
vations herein particularly recited & express'd) given and granted 
& by these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do give and 
grant unto our leige & loving Subject Sam' Fitch Esq^ our Advo- 
cate General for our Province of Massachusetts Bay, and to his 
Heirs & Assigns for Ever a certain Tract or Parcel of Land contain- 
ing by Admeasurement Five hundred Acres, Situate, lying and 
being within the Township of Acworth in our said Province of 
New Hampshire, as by a plan or Survey thereof, (exhibited by 
our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province, by our said 
Governor's Order & returned into the Secretary's Office of our 
said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto Annexed) may more 
fully and at large appear, butted & bounded as follows. Viz' 
Beginning at a hemlock Tree standing in the Easterly Line of 
Charlestown, from thence running East Two hundred & Eighty 
one Rods to a Beech Tree, thence South Two hundred & Ninety 
four Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence West Two hund'^ & Sixty 
Seven Rods to a Spruce Tree standing on the Easterly Line of 
Charlestown, from thence North Two Degrees west on said Line 
Two hundred & Ninety five Rods to the Bound first mentioned. 
To Have and to hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed 
to him the said Samuel Fitch & to his Heirs & Assigns for Ever, 
upon the following Terms, Conditions & Reservations Viz' 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make Passable for 

Carriages, &c. a Road of three Rods wide thro' the said 
*4-i09 Tract, *as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or 

Order'd by the Governor & Council aforesaid, which Road 
shall be completed in One Year from the date of such Order or 



AC WORTH. 387 

Direction, on Penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant and of its 
reverting to us our Heirs & Successors. 

Second That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be Settled 
Two Familes in Four Years from the date of this Grant ; in fail- 
ure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs & Successors to 
be by us or them enter'd upon & regranted to any of our loving 
Subjects who shall effectually Settle & Cultivate the same. 

Third That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use, & none to be 
cut or fell'd without our special License for so doing first had & 
obtained, on Penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee 
in the Premises, his Heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors as well as being Subject to the Penalties prescribed b}'^ any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth That any part of the said Tract appearing to be well 
adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax, the said Grantee shall 
sow & continue annually to cultivate a due proportion of the said 
Land not less than Five Acres, in every hundred Acres with that 
beneficial Article of Produce. 

Fifth That the said Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall Yield 
& Pay unto us our Heirs and Successors Yearly and every Year 
for Ever from & After the expiration of One Year from the Twenty 
fifth day of December 1775, One Shilling Proclamation Money 
for every hund'^ Acres he so own Settles or Possesses and so in pro- 
portion for a greater or lesser Tract of the Land aforesaid ; which 
money shall be paid by the respective Proprietor Owner or Settler 
in our Council Cham*" in Portsmouth or to such Officer or 
Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same And these to be 
in lieu of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' 
our aforesaid Governor & Comm'' in Chief the Twentieth day of 
August in the Twelfth Year of our Reign Annoq : Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excelpy^ Command > 
with advice of Council. 5 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

*Province of New > August 25*^ i772- 
Hampshire 5 Recorded according to the Original *4-iio 

Grant under the Province Seal. 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



388 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Province of New Hampshire. Portsm** lo*^ August 1772. 

These Certify that this Plan Beginning at a hemlock Tree stand- 
ing on the Westerly line of Charlestown, from thence running 
E. 281 Rods to a beech Tree, thence South 294 Rods to a Stake 
and Stones, thence W. 267 Rods to a Spruce Tree standing on the 
East^ Line of Charlestown, from thence North 2° W. on said 
Line 295 Rods to the bound first mentioned. Contains 500 Acres 
of Land & is a True Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said 
Tract as taken & returned to me ^ M"" Elijah King Dy Sur- 
vey' 

Attesf Is Rindge Surv' Gen^ 




■aan^T/g 



ALBANY. 389 



ALBANY. 

[Granted as Burton, Nov. 6, 1766, to Clement March and others. The line 
between Burton and Tamworth was established Dec. 30, 1796. Burtoti was 
taken from Grafton County and annexed to Carroll, Nov. 27, 1800. The name of 
the town was changed to Albany, July 2, 1833, probably for Albany, N. Y. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 7 ; In- 
de.x to Laws, 15, 76; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 782; 
Land of the Lingering Snow, by Frank Bolles, 1891, Chocorua chapter; At the 
North of Bear Camp Water, by Frank Bolles, 1893 ; Willey's History of the White 
Mountains, 1870, p. 269; Was Chocorua the Original Pigwacket Hill? by C. E. 
Fay, 4, Appalachia, 322 ; The Mountains between Saco and Swift Rivers, by J. R. 
Edmands, 3, id., 57; The Moat Path, by J. Worcester, i, id., 267; Mt. Passa- 
conaway, by C. E. Fay, 6, id., 302 ; The Waterville Valley, by A. L. Goodrich, 
6, id., 318; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600; The White Mountains, A 
Guide to Their Interpretation, by J. H. Ward, i8go, p. 131 ; In the Heart of the 
White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 18.] 



P. S. 



[Burton Charter, 1766.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *3-i58 

Burton GEORGE, the Third, by the Grace of God, of 

^^-^^■^^ ^ Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender 
of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to xvhoni these Presents shall come, 
^ v-^-v-v^ ^ Greeting. 

Know Ye, that We, of Our special Grace, certain Knowl- 
edge, and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling 
a JVezv Plantation within our said Province, by and with the 
Advice of our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentw^orth, 
Esq; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Pro- 
vince of JVeiv-IIanipshire, in JSfew- En gland, and of Our Council 
of the said Province; Have, Upon the Conditions and Reserva- 
tions herein after made, given and granted, and by these presents, 
for Us, Our Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal 
Shares, unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Pro- 
vince of N^ezv-Hampshire , and Our other Governments, and to 
their Heirs and Assigns for ever, w^hose Names are entred on this 
Grant, to be divided to and amongst them into Sixty Six equal 
Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being 



390 CHARTER RECORDS. 

within our said Province of Nezv-Hampshirc ^ containing by Ad- 
measurement Twenty three thousand Acres^ which Tract is to 
contain about Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an 
Allowance is to be made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands 
by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One Thousand and 
Forty Acres free, according to a Plan and Survey thereof, made 
by Our said Governor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's 
Office, and hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows, Viz. 
Begin'ing at the middle of the West Side Line of Conway & 
from thence to run W untill the Line so Run W shall Intersect a 
Line run N° from the N" Easterly Corner of an Additional Grant 
to the Township of Sandwich thence by s"^ Last mention'd Line S° 
to the Addition of Sandwich afores"* & thence on to Tamworth, 
thence Easterly by Tamworth to the North East Corner thereof 
thence a Strait Line by the Township of Eaton to the North 
Westerly Corner of a Tract of Land granted to Officers Late in his 
Majesty's Service, thence by s'' Officers Lands to the South West- 
erly Corner of Conway then North S"** East by Conway to the 
bounds first mention'd And that the same be, and hereby is In- 
corporated into a Township by the name of Burton And the In- 
habitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are 
hereby declared to be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and 
every the Priviledges and Immunities that other Towns within Our 
Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And further, that the said 
Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Families resident and settled 
thereon, shall have the Libert}^ of holding tiuo Fairs, one of which 
shall be held on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer 
than the respective following the said 

and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty 
*3-i59 Families, a Market may be *opened and kept one or 

more Daj^s in each Week, as may be thought most ad- 
vantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for the 
Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said Prov- 
ince, shall be held on the Second Tuesday in December next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by Walter Bryent Esq'' who 
is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said first Meeting, 
which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to the Laws and Cus- 
toms of Our said Province ; and that the annual Meeting for ever 
hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the said Town, shall 
be on the Second Tuesday of March annually. To Have and to 
Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all 



ALBANY. 391 

Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their respective Heirs 
and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

I. That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and cul- 
tivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for every 
fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of Land 
in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the same by 
additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his Grant or 
Share in the said Township, and of its reverting to Us, our Heirs 
and Successors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same. 

n. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to Us, 
our Heirs and Successors, as w^ell as being subject to the Penalty 
of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

in. That before any Division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the 
said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and 
marked out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying thereof to Us, our Heirs and Succes- 
sors for the Space of ten Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day of Dcce7nbcr annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day oi December. 1767 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December., namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December., which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1777 07te shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 
settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser 
Tract of the said Land ; which Money shall be paid by the respec- 
tive Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council 
Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall be 
appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, Esq ; 



392 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province, the 
Sixth Day of November In the Year of our Lord Christ, One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six And in the Seventh Year 
of Our Reign. 

B. Wentworth 
By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council, 

T : Atkinson j"" Secr'y 

Prov : of New Hampshire lO*'' Nov' 1766 — 
Recorded from the Original Pattent under the Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec^^ 



'3-160 



*Names of the Grantees of Burton — 



Clem* March Esq' 
Joseph Senter 
Sam' Oilman 
Sam' Senter 
Moses Senter 
Reuben Senter 
Benj" Senter 
Aaron Senter 
W" Butterfield 
Medad Combs 
Winkel Wright 
Rob' Flatcher 
David Senter 
Philip Fowler Jun"^ 
Jacob Fowler 
Hubartis Mattoon 
Jacob Oilman 
Sam' Peas 
Capt : Israel Oilman 
Rob' Barber 
Rob' Pike 



Walter Bryent Esq' 
Capt : Israel Oilman J 
Nath' Tilton 
Bradstreet Oilman 
Jerem" Oilman 
Simon Oilman 
Peter Folsom 
Jeremy Bryent 
John Bryent 
John Judkins 
John Pike 
Nath' Roberson 
David Oilman 
Stephen Mason 
Oeo : Place 
John M'^Duffee 
L' John Burleigh 
Walter Bryent J' Esq'' 
John Pickering- 
s' Livermore Esq"" 
Edw'd Smith 
Theodore Atkinson j' 



E'd Hall Bergin 
■■ John Folsom 

Capt : Jerem'' Folsom 

Jerem'' Folsom j' 

Jon^ Moulton Esq"" 

Josiah Moulton 

Charles Rogers 

Ja^ Rogers 

Ephraim Berry 

Will"' Rogers 

S' Tibbitts 

Oliver Pevey 

Josiah York 

Zach^ Foss 

Joshua Furber 

John Mason 

John Smart J' 

Oiles Seaward 

Jon" Warner Esq' 

Paul March Esq' 

Dan' Pierce Esq' 
Esq' 



Five Hundred Acres for his Excellency Penning Wentworth 
Esq' as mark'd B. W. in the Plan which is to be accounted two of 
the within Shares, one Share for the first settled Minister of the 
Oospel in s'' Town. & One Share for the benefit of a school in s** 
Town for Ever — 



ALBANY. 



393 



Prov : New Hampshire Novem'' lo"^ 1766 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of Burton under 
the Prov* Seal — 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'' 



Y^T.'jc<^^a:-^'p"^^^zt^ 




394 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Prov : of New Hampshire Novem lo**^ 1766 

Copy of the Plan taken from the back of the Original Char- 
ter of Burton under the Province seal 

^ T Atkinson Jun Sec^y 



£Grant to Samuel Haven, 1772.I 

*4-84 *Province of New Hampshire. 

/^N^^^^-\ George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

\ / Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the 

) ^' ^' C Faith &c. 

v-^'^r'N-/ To ALL to whom these Presents shall come 

(D' Haven's Greeting. 

Grant.) Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain knowl- 

edge & mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling and cul- 
tivating our Lands within our Province aforesaid by and with the 
advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esq"" our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire & of our Council of the same, Have (upon the Con- 
ditions & Reservations herein particularly recited and expressed) 
given and granted & by these Presents for us our Heir^ and Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our leige and loving Subject Sam- 
uel Haven of Portsm° in our County of Rockingham and 
Province aforesaid D. D. and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever, 
a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, situate, lying and being in our 
Province aforesaid, containing by Admeasurement Sixteen Hun- 
dred & Seventy Two Acres, being about Fifty Acres each to the 
number in the Family of the said Grantee, exclusive of, and out of 
which, an Allowance is to be made for Highways and unimprove- 
able Lands by Rocks, Mountains, and Waters Six hundred and 
Seventy Two Acres free, according to a plan or Survey thereof 
exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Prov- 
ince Dy our said Governor's Order & returned into the Secretary's 
Office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, 
butted & bounded as follows Viz*. Beginning at a Poplar Tree 
standing in the West Line of Conway, from thence running West 
Two Miles & Ninety five Rods to a Hemlock Tree, from thence 
North Two hundred and Twenty Six Rods to a Beech Tree 
standing on the bank of Saco Swift River, thence Northwest- 



ALBANY. 395 

erly by said River Two hundred and Sixty five Rods to a Spruce 
Tree, then South Forty degrees West Three hundred and Sixty 
Rods to a Stake, thence South Thirty seven Degrees East Three 
hundred and Forty Two Rods to a Beech Tree standing in the 
Patent Hne, so called, from thence on said Patent Line as that 
runs about North Eighty four Degrees East, Three Miles and 
Thirty Two Rods to a Beech Tree, thence North Ninety five 
Rods to the bound began at. 

*To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above *4-85 
expressed to him the said Samuel Haven and to his Heirs 
and Assigns for Ever upon the following Terms & Conditions, Viz* 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear and make passable 
for Carriages a Road of Four Rods wide through the said Tract 
as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or Order'd by the Gov- 
ernor & Council afores^ which Road shall be completed in one 
Year from the date of such Order or Direction of the Governor & 
Council aforesaid, on Penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant and 
of its reverting to us our Heirs and Successors. 

Secondly That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
settled Two Families in Six Years from the Date of this Grant, in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors to be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually Settle and cultivate the same. 

Thirdly That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use and none to 
be cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had 
and obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the 
Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs and Successors as 
well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any present as 
well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourthly That any part of the said Tract appearing to be 
well adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax, the said Grantee 
shall sow & continue annually to cultivate a due proportion of the 
said Land, not less than Ten Acres in every hundred Acres with 
that beneficial Article of Produce. 

Fifthly That the said Grantee his heirs and Assigns shall 
yield and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every 
Year for ever from and after the expiration of Ten Years from 
the date of this Grant, One Shilling Proclamation Money for 
every hundred Acres he so Owns Settles or Possesses, and so in 
proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of the Land aforesaid ; 
which Money shall be paid by the respective Proprietor Owner or 



39^ 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Settler in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer 
or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same : And these 
to be in lieu of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Witness our Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief aforesaid, the Twelfth day of June, in the 
Twelfth year of our Reign, Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 
*4-86 *By his Excellency's Command, 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this 18^^ June 1772. 

Attest'' Theodore Atkinson SeC^ 




Province of New Hampshire. Portsm^' 6"^ June 1772. 

These Certif}^ that this Plan Beginning at a Poplar tree, stand- 
ing in the West line of Conway, from thence running West 2 
Miles & 95 Rods to a hemlock Tree, from thence N° 226 Rods to 
a Beech Tree standing on the bank of Saco Swift River, thence 



ALBANY. 397 

N. W'y by said River 265 Rods to a Spruce Tree, thence S. 40° 
W. 360 Rods to a Stake, thence S. 37° E. 342 Rods to a Beech 
Tree standing in the Patent Line (so call'd), from thence on said 
Patent line as that runs about N° 84. E. 3 Miles & 32 Rods to a 
Beech Tree, thence North 95 Rods to the Bound began at. Con- 
tains 1672 Acres of Land, and is known by a Plan or Survey of 
said Tract taken & returned to me by Ebenezer Smith Esq' Dep^ 
Surv'' 

Attest. Is. Rindge S. G' 



[Grant to Daniel Rindge and Daniel Peirce, 1772.] 

*4-i85 *Province of ) George the third b}^ the grace of 
New Hampshire ) Godof Great Britain France & Ireland 
/-"s./^*^ King defender of the Faith &c. 

S / To all to whom these presents shall come 

i C Greeting. 

^ v-^%^s^ Know ye that we of our special grace certain 

D. Ringe & knowledge and meer motion for the due encour- 
D Peirce Esq" agement of settling and cultivating our Lands 
within Our Province of New Hampshire by and with the advice 
of our trusty and wellbeloved John Wentw^orth Esquire 
*4-i86 our Governor and Commander in chief *of our said Pro- 
vince and of our Council of the same Have upon the 
conditions and reservations herein particularly recited and ex- 
pressed given and granted by these Presents for Us our Heirs and 
Successors do give and grant unto our liege & loving Subjects 
Daniel Rindge and Daniel Pierce both of Portsmouth in our 
County of Rockingham & Province aforesaid Esq" and to their 
respective Heirs and Assigns forever equally divided a certain 
Tract or Parcel of Land containing by admeasurement Five thou- 
sand one hundred and fourteen Acres of Land situate lying and 
being in our Province aforesaid as by a Plan or Survey thereof 
(exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Pro- 
vince by Our said Governor's order & returned into the Secretary's 
Office of our said Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) 
may more fully and at large appear butted & bounded as follows 

viz^ Begining at a Beech Tree standing southerly about fort}'" 

Rods from the head of Saco Swift River so called from thence 
running South twenty degrees East two Miles and an half to a 
Hemloc Tree from thence North seventy degrees East One Mile 



39° CHARTER RECORDS. 

and eighty Rods to a Hemloc Tree from thence North sixty four 
degrees East Two Miles & one hundred and thirty two Rods to a 
Maple Tree from thence North thirty five degrees West two hun- 
dred and thirty six Rods to an Hemloc Tree from thence South 
seventy degrees West One mile & eighteen Rods to a Spruce 
Tree from thence North twenty degrees West one mile & three 
hundred and ten Rods to a Beech Tree from thence South seventy 
degrees West two Miles & two hundred & two Rods to a Spruce 
Tree, from thence South twenty degrees East one hundred & sixty 
Rods to a Birch Tree, from thence North seventy degrees East 
eighty Rods to the Bound first mentioned To have and to hold 
the said Tract of Land as above expressed to them the said Daniel 
Rindge & Daniel Peirce Esquires and to their Heirs and x^ssigns 
forever upon the following Terms conditions and Reservations viz* 

First That the said Grantees shall cut clear bridge & make 
passable for Carriages &c a Road of three Rods wide through 
the said Tract as shall be at any time hereafter directed or ordered 
by the Governor & Council aforesaid which Road shall be com- 
pleted in one Year from the date of such order or direction of the 
Governor & Council aforesaid on Penalty of the forfeiture of 
this Grant and of its reverting to Us our Heirs and Succes- 
sors 
*4-i87 *Secondly That the said Grantees shall settle or cause 
to be settled Six Families in five Years from the date of 
this Grant in failure whereof the Premises to revert to Us Our Heirs 
and Successors to be by Us or them entered upon & regranted to 
such of our Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the 
same 

Thirdly That all white and other Pine Trees fit for masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that Use & none to be 
cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had and 
obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of the right of such 
Grantee his Heirs and Assig-ns to Us our Heirs and Successors as 
well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any present as 
well as future Act or Acts of Parliament 

Fourthly Yielding and paying therefor to Us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the first day of March 1779 the Rent of 
One Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded 

Fifthly That the said Grantees their Heirs & Assigns shall 
yield & pay unto Us our Heirs & Successors yearly & every Year 
forever from & after the expiration of ten Years from the date of 
this Grant One Shilling proclamation Money for every hundred 



ALBANY. 



399 



Acres he so owns settles or possesses & so in proportion for a 
greater or lesser Tract of the Land aforesaid which Money shall 
be paid by the respective Proprietor Owner or Settler in our 
Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same And these to be in lieu of 
all other Rents and Services whatsoever 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' 
our aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief the twentieth 
day of April in the twelfth Year of our reign Annoque Domini 
1772 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

The words "equally divided" being interlind previous to 
signing & sealing 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 




400 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hampshire Recorded according to the 
Original Grant under the Province Seal this eleventh day of 
February 1774 

Attest' Geo : King D Sec^ 

Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 20^^^ April 1772 — 
These certify that this Plan begining at a Beech Tree standing 
southerly about forty Rods from the head of Saco swift River so 
called from thence runing South 20 degrees East Two miles and 
an half to an Hemloc Tree from thence North seventy 
*4-i89 degrees East one Mile & eighty Rods to *a Hemloc 
Tree from thence North sixty four degrees East Two 
Miles and one hundred and thirty two Rods to a Maple Tree from 
thence North Thirty five degrees West Two hundred and thirty 
six Rods to an Hemloc Tree from thence South seventy degrees 
West One Mile and eighteen Rods to a Spruce Tree from thence 
North twenty degrees West One Mile and three hundred and ten 
Rods to a Beech Tree from thence South seventy degrees West 
two Miles & two hundred and two Rods to a Spruce Tree, from 
thence South twenty degrees East One hundred and sixty Rods to 
a Birch Tree from thence North seventy degrees East eighty 
Rods to the Bound first mentioned contains fiv^e thousand one 
hundred & fourteen Acres of Land and is a true Copy of an 
original Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken and returned to 
me by Ebenezer Smith Esq' Dep^ Surveyor 

Attest Is : Rindge S G' 
Copy examined by Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 



[Grant to Joseph Senter, 1771.] 

*i-387 *Province of > George the Third by the Grace of 

New Hamp"" 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 

.'-•s^^^^^ King Defender of the Faith &c^. — 

S / To all whom these Presents shall come Greet- 

< L. s. > 

) ( mg— 

^ \-^^r^^ Whereas we have tho* fit by our Proclamation at S' 

Senter's Grant. James's the 7'** Day of October in the third Year of 
our Reign Annoque Domini 1763 among other Things to testify our 
royal Sence & Approbation of the Conduct & Bravery of the offi- 
cers & Soldiers of our Armies & Signified Our Desire to reward 



ALBANY. 401 

the Same & have therein Com'anded & Impowered our Several 
Governors of our respective Provinces on the Continent of America 
to grant without Fee or reward to such reduced officers as have 
Served in North America during the late War & to such Private 
Soldiers as have been or Shall be disbanded there & shall person- 
ally apply for the same Such quantities of Land respectively as in 
& by our afores'^ Proclamation are Perticularly mentioned, Subject 
nevertheless to the Same Qiiit Rents and Conditions of Cultiva- 
tion & Improvement as other our Lands are Subject to in the 
Province in which they are granted And Whereas Joseph Senter 
of Meridith in our Said Province Gen* had our appointment as 
Leiutenant & served during the late War & is now reduced & he 
having Personally apply*^ & Solicited for Such Grant agreable to 
our aforesaid in Part recited Proclamation — Know ye that we of 
our special Grace certain Knowledge & mere motion do Signify 
our approbation as aforesaid & for encouraging the Settlem* & 
Cultivation of our Lands within our Said Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England have by & with the Advice of our Trusty 
& well beloved John Wentworth Esq our Govern'^ & Com'ander 
in ChiefT of our s*^ Province & of our Council of the Same agrea- 
ble to our afores*^ Proclamation & upon the Conditions & reserva- 
tions hereafter mentioned given & granted & by these Presents for 
us our Heirs & Successors do give & grant unto the Said Joseph Sen- 
ter & unto his Heirs & assigns forever a Certain Tract or parcel of 
Land Scituate Lying & being within Our Said Province contain- 
ing by Admeasurement Two Thousand five Hundred & fifty Acres 
as by A Plan & Survey of the s^ Tract exhibited by our Surveyer 
General of Lands for our s*^ Province by our Said Governours or- 
der & returnd into the Secretarys office of our s*^ Province a 
Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) may more fully appear 
Butted & bounded as follows (viz) — begining at a Beach Tree 
standing in the West line of Conway which Tree is the South 
Easterly Corner Bounds of a Tract of Land lately laid out for 
Major Samuel Hale, from thence Running West one Mile & sixty 
rods to a red Oake Tree, from thence running South Thirty Eight 
degrees West one Mile & Two hundred & forty four rods to a 
Hemlock Tree standing on the northerly Side of Saco swift 
River so called, from thence South Two Hundred rods to a Hem- 
lock Tree, from thence East Two Miles & Ninety four rods to a 
Poplar Standing in Conway West Line, from thence North two 
miles to the Bounds began at To have & to Hold the said Tract 
of Land as above expressed to him the Said Joseph & to his Heirs 



402 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& assigns forever upon the following Terms Conditions & Reser- 
vations (Viz) 

first That the Said Grantee shall cut clear & make Passable for 
Carriages &c^ a Road of Three rods wide thro' the Said Tract as 
shall be at any Time hereafter directed or ordered by the Gover- 
nour & Council aforesaid which road is to be compleated in one 
Year from the Date of such Order or Direction of the Govern' & 
Council aforesaid on the Penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant & 
of its reverting to us our Heirs & Successors. 

2diy That the Said Grantee shall settle or cause to be Settled 
five families in Three Years from the Date of this Grant in failure 
w^hereof the Premisses to revert to us our heirs & successors to be 
by us or them entered upon & regranted to such of our Sub- 
*i-388 jects as Shall *Eftectually Settle & Cultivate the Same — 
-^iJiy That all white and Other Pine Trees fit for Masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that Use & none to be 
Cutt or felld without our Special Licence for so doing first had & 
obtaind on Penalty of the forfeiture of the right of the Grantee 
in the Said Tract of Land his hirs & Assignes to us our Heirs and 
Successors as well as being subject to the Penalies prescribed by 
any Present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament — 

4'y Yielding & paying therefor to us our Heirs & Successors on 
or before the first Day of January 1773 the rent of one ear of 
Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded — 

5^y That the S*^ Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall Yield & Pay 
unto us our Heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year for ever 
from & after the Expiration of Ten Years from the Date of this 
Grant which will be in the Year of our Lord Christ 1781 one Shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns 
Settles or Possesses & So in Proportion for a greater or lesser Tract 
of the Land aforesaid which Money Shall be paid by the respect- 
ive Proprietors or Settlers in Our Council Chamber in Portsmouth 
or to Such officer or officers as Shall be Appointed to receive the 
Same and these to be in Lieu of all other rents & Services what- 
soever 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our s*^ 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness John Wentworth Esq 
our afores*^ Governor & Commander in Chief! the 20"^ Day of 
November in the Twelfth Year of Our Reign Annoque Domini 1771 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Com'and ) 
with advice of Council 5 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



ALBANY. 



403 



Recorded according to the Original Patent under the Province 
Seal the 21** Day of December 1771 — 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



r^ .r. 




jrW Sn<l Tw. mUii 



/.u-'S-Ji t, &„^ura.y'7Vt,t Z\r,t~^%. 



Province of New Hampshire Portsm° 20*^ November 1771 

These may Certify that This Plan begining at a Beach* * 1-389 
Tree standing in the West Line of Conway which Tree is 
the South Easterly Corner Bounds of a Tract of Land lately laid out 
for Maj' Samuel Hale from thence runing West one Mile & Sixty 
Rods to a red oak Tree, from thence runing South Thirty Eight 
degrees West one Mile & two Hundred & forty four rods to a 
Hemlock Tree Standing on the Notherly Side of Saco swift 
River so called from thence runing South two Hundred rods to an 
Hemlock Tree, from thence runing East Two Mile & Ninety 
four rods to a Poplar Standing in Said Conway West Line from 
thence North two Miles to the Bound first began at contains 
two Thousand five Hundred & fifty Acres of Land & is a True 
Copy of an original Plan or Survey of Said Tract of Land as 
taken & returned to me by Ebenez"" Smith Esq Deputy Survey'' 

Attest' Is — Rindge 



404 CHARTER RECORDS. 



ALSTEAD. 

[This was probably Number 4 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecti- 
cut River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by New Hamp- 
shire as Newton, Dec. 28, 1752, to John Towle and others. Regranted Aug. 6, 
1763, to Samuel Chase and others, and incorporated as Alstead. The charter was 
renewed Jan. 24, 1772. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 5 ; X, Bouton 
Province and State Papers, 394, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for 
union with Vermont towns; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 21 ; Index to Laws, 17 ; 
sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 114; sketch, Child's Gazet- 
teer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. "j"^ ; historical sermon, by Seth S. Arnold, 1826, 
pp. 48; id. with additions, 1836; Paper Mill Village, A Historical Sketch; 
Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 11 ; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, pp. 247, 250, 253.] 



[Newton Charter, 1752.] 

*i-ii9 *Province of New Hamp® 

Newton George the Second by the Grace of God of 

-^N.^^,^^ Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of 

\ . . / the faith &c. 

f \ To all Persons to whom these Presents Shall 

^^•^■-x-/ Come Greeting 

Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & 
mere motion for the Due Encouragement of Settling a New Plan- 
tation within our Said Province by & with the advice of our Trusty 
& Wellbeloved Penning Wentworth Esq our Governour And Com- 
mander in ChiefT of our Said Province of New Hampshire in 
America and of our Council of the Said Province Have upon the 
Conditions & Reservations hereafter made Given & Granted and 
by these Presents for us our heirs & Successors do give & Grant 
in Equal Shares unto our Loveing Subjects Inhabitants of our said 
Province of New Hampshire and his Majesties other Governments 
and to thier heirs and assigns for Ever whose names are Entered 
on this Grant to be Divided to & Amongst them into Sixty Eight 
Equal Shares All that Tract or Parcel of Land Scituate Lying & 
being within our Province of New Hampshire Containing by 
Admeasurement Twenty three thousand & forty Acres which 
Tract is to Contain Six Miles Square & no more out of which an 
allowance is to be made for highways & unimprovable Lands by 



ALSTEAD. 405 

Rocks mountains Ponds & Rivers One thousend & forty Acres 
free According to A Plan thereof made & Presented by our said 
Governours Orders & hereunto Annexed Butted & bounded as fol- 
lows (Viz) Begining at the North Easterly Corner of Walepole 
from thence South by the Needle Six Miles & Thirty two Rods to 
A Stake & Stones the North West Corner of Boyle from thence 
East by the Needle five Miles Two hundred & fifty six Rods to A 
Stake & Stones from thence North by the Needle Six Miles & one 
hundred and ninety Two rods to A Stake & Sones from thence 
West by the Needle three Miles & two hundred & Eighty Eight 
Rods to a Stake & Stones from thence South One hundred & 
Sixty Rods to a Stake & Stones from thence West by the Needle 
one mile & two hundred & Eighty Eight Rods to the bounds first 
mentioned And that the Same be & is incorporated into a Township 
by the Name of Newton and that the Inhabitants that do 
or shall *hereafter Inhabit said Township Are hereby *i-i20 
Declared to be Enfranchized with and Entituled to all & 
every the Priviledges and Immunitys that Other Towns within 
our said Province by Law Exercize & Enjoy And further that the 
Said Town as soon as there Shall be fitty families Resident & Settled 
thereon shall have the Liberty of holding two fairs one of which 
Shall be held on the And the Other on 

the Annually which fairs are not to Con- 

tinue & be held Longer than the Respective days fol- 

lowing the Said Respective days and as soon as the said 

Town Shall Consist of fifty families A Market Shall be Opened & 
kept one or more Days in Each Week as may be tho* most 
Advantagious to the Inhabitants Also that the first Meeting for the 
Choice of Town Officers Agreable to the Laws of our said 
Province Shall be held on the first Wednesday in March Next 
which Meeting Shall be Notifyed by John Fowle who is hereby 
Also Appointed the Moderator of the said first Meeting which he 
is to Notify & Govern Agreable to the Laws & Customs of our 
said Province And that the Annual Meeting for ever hereafter for 
the Choice of such Officers of said Town Shall be held on the first 
Wednesday in March Annually To have & to hold the Said 
Tract of Land as Above Expressed Togeather with All the Previ- 
ledges and Appurtenances to them & thier Respective heirs and 
Assignes forever upon the following Conditions (Viz) That every 
Grantee his heirs or Assignes shall Plant or Cultivate five Acres 
of Land within the Term of five Years for every fifty Acres Con- 
tained in his or their Share or Propotion of Land in the Said 



406 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Township and Continue to Improve and Settle the Same by Addi- 
tional Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant or 
Share in the Said Township & its Reverting to his Majesty his 
heirs and Successors to be by him or them regranted to Such of 
his Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle and Cultivate the Same 
That All white & Other Pine Trees within the Said Township fit 
for masting our Royal Navy be Carefully Preserved for that Use 
And none to be Cutt or felld without his Majestys Especial 
Lycence for so Doing first had & obtaind upon the Penalty of the 
forfeiture of the Right of Such Grantee his heirs or Assigns to us 
our heirs & Successors as well as being Subject to the Penalty of 

any Act or Acts of Parliament that now Are or hereafter 
*i-i2i Shall be Enacted *That before Any Devission of the Said 

Lands be made to & Amongst the Grantees A Tract of 
Land as Near the Center of the Township as the Land will Admit 
of Shall be Reserved & Marked out for Town Lotts one of which 
Shall be Allotted to each Grantee of the Contents of One Acre 
Yielding and Paying there fore to us our heirs & Successors for 
the Space of Ten Years to be Computed from the Date hereof the 
Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only on the first Day of January 
Annually if Lawfully Demanded the first payment to be made on 
the first Day of Jan''^ one thousand Seven hundred & fifty four — 
And every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield & Pay 
unto us Our heirs & Successors Yearly And every Year for ever 
from & After the Expiration of the Ten Years from the Date 
hereof — Namely on the first Day of January which will be in the 
Year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & Sixty 
four One Shilling Proclamation money for every hundred Acres 
he so owns Settles or Possesses & So in Proportion for a Greater 
or Lesser Tract of the said Land which Money shall be paid by 
the Respective Persons above said their heirs or assigns in our 
Council Chamber Portsm° or to such officer or officers as Shall be 
Appointed to recieve the same and this to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents & Services whatsoever In Testimony hereof We have 
Caused the Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witt- 
ness Benning Wentworth Esq our Govern"" and Commander in 
Chieft'of our Said Province the 28^*" Day of Decemb"^ in the Year 
of our Lord Christ 1752 & in the 26^^ year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Comand 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'' 



ALSTEAD. 



407 



Entered & Recorded According to the Original under the Prov 
Seal this 30*^ Day of December 1752 — 

f Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

The Names of the Grantees of Newton — (Viz) 
John Fowle, Josiah Convers, John Skinner, 

Jon^ Bradish, Benjamin Belknap 

John Hill, Isaac Kidder, 

Caleb Brooks, John Martin, 

Nathan New Hall, Francis Whitmore, 
William Whitmore, Abiel Richardson, 
Unite Moseley, William Harwell, 

Benjamin Furnice, William Crombie, 

Ebenezer Field, 

John Douglass, 

Timothy Winchip, 

Thomas Draper, 

Samuel Smith, 

Jonathan Bryant, 

Jacob March, 

Tho" Lambert, 

Isaac Phillebrows, 

John Varnum, 
Caleb Trowbridge, James Hills, 
John Sterns Timothy Taylor 

Joseph Blanchardjun' Eleazer Blanchard, William Symes, 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of Land to 
Contain five hund*^ Acres which is to be Accounted Two of the 
within mentioned Shares, One whole Share for the Incorporated 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Forreign Parts, One 
whole Share for the first Settled Minister of the Gospel in Said 
Town, One whole Share for A Glebe for the Ministry of the 
Church of England as by Law Established 



Joseph Scott, 
Robert Hill, 
William Fisher, 
*David Whiteing, 
Samuel Winchip, 
David Comey, 
Joseph Newhall, 
John Bishop, 
James Pigze, 
Ebenezer Bridge, 



Roland Cotton, 
William Dunlop, 
Noah Richardson, 
Ebenezer Frances, 
Seth Blodget, 
Samuel Servis, 
Nathaniel Wales, 
Archibald McNeal, 
Francis Shaw, 
John Fulton, 
William Field, 
John Bathrick, 
Jason Winchip, 
Thomas Bennet, 
Ebenezer Shattuck, 
Thomas Parker, 
Nathaniel Russell 
John Marshall, 
Joshua Hamblet, 



1-122 



Entered & Recorded from the back 
the 30'^ Day of December 1752 — 



of the Charters of Newton 
Theodore Atkinson Sec'"^ 



4o8 



CHARTER RECORDS. 






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Taken from the Back of the Original Charter this 30*^^ Decem- 
ber 1752 

■59 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



[Alstead Charter, 1763.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. 
George, the Third, By the Grace of God, of 
Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender 
of the Faith, &c. 

To all Persons to zvhom these Presents shall 
conic, Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain 
Knowledge and meer Motion, for the due Encourage- 
ment of settling a JVezv Plantation within our said Province, by and 



'2-500 
Alstead 



< p s — 

heretofore 
Newton 



ALSTEAD . 409 

with the Advice of our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Went- 
WORTH, Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said 
Province of New Hampshire, in New England, and of Our Coun- 
cil of the said Province ; Have, upon the Conditions and Reserva- 
tions herein after made, given and granted, and by these Presents, 
for us, our Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal Shares, 
unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province oi New^ 
Hampshire, and Our other Governments, and to their Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, whose Names are entred on this Grant, to be 
divided to and amongst them into Seventy Six equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province o( JVczu-Hampshtre, containing by Admeasurement 
Twenty Three Thousand & forty Aci-es, which Tract is to con- 
tain Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allowance is 
to be made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, 
Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One Thousand and Forty Acres 
free, according to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said 
Governor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and 
hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Begining 
at the North East Corner of Walpole at A Stake & Stones stand- 
ing in the Southerh^ Side Line of Charlestown from thence run- 
ing South by Walepole to the North West Corner of Gilsum 
Six Miles & about Thirty Two Rods thence East by Gilsum 
afore S'' five Miles Two Hundred & fifty Six Rods to A Stake & 
Stones the South West Corner of Marlow from thence North by the 
Needle Six Miles & One Hundred «& Ninety Two Rods to the North 
West Corner of Marlow from thence West by the Needle Three 
Miles & Two Hundred and Eighty Eight Rods to a Stake & Stones 
in Charlestown Side Line from thence South One Hundred & 
Sixty Rods to the South East Corner of Said Charlestown thence 
Westerly by Said Charlestown to the Bounds began at 

And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Town- 
ship by the Name of Alstead And the Inhabitants that do or 
shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to 
be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and every the Priviledges 
and Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by Law 
Exercise and Enjoy : And further, that the said Town as soon as 
there shall be Fifty Families resident and settled thereon, shall 
have the Liberty of holding Two Fairs, one of which shall be held 
on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue 
longer than the respective following the said 



4IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

and that as soon as the said Town shall 
*2-50i consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened 
and kept one or more Days in each Week, as may be 
thought most advantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first 
Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws 
of our said Province, shall be held on the last Tuesday in Novem- 
ber next which said Meeting shall be Notified by M' Samuel Chace 
who is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said first Meet- 
ing, which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to the Laws and 
Customs of Our said Province ; and that the annual Meeting for 
ever hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the said Town, 
shall be on the Second Tuesday oi March annually. To Have and 
to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with 
all Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their respective 
Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

L That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and cul- 
tivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for every 
fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of Land 
in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the same by 
additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his Grantor 
Share in the said Township, and of its reverting to Us, our Heirs 
and Successors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to such of Our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same. 

IL That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to Us, 
our Heirs and Successors, as well as being subject to the Penalty 
of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

in. That before any Division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the 
said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and 
marked out For Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefor to Us, our Heirs and Succes- 
sors for the Space of ten Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day oi December. 1763 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 



ALSTEAD. 



411 



unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord i773 One shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 
settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser 
Tract of the said Land ; which Money shall be paid by the respec- 
tive Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council 
Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall be 
appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the Sixth Day of August In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty three And in the Third 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson jun' Se'^ 

Pro^ of New Hamp' August 6th 1763 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Pro" Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec^^ 

*The Names of the Grantees of Alstead — Viz *2-502 



Samuel Chase 
Offin Burnam 
Stephen Chase 
Daniel Putnam 
Joshua Swinington 
Thomas Hall 
James Richardson 
Silas Hazleton 
Samuel Chase Jun' 
Nathaniel Gowen 
Daniel Chase Jun' 
Ebenz' Bridge 
Benj* Leeland 
Benj* Garfield 
Bradford Chase 
Jonathan Dudley Jun"^ 



Ephraim Sherman 
John Holland 
Jonas Brown 
Moses Chase 
Moses Chase jun' 
David Dudley 
Jonathan Chase 
Moody Chase 
Dudley Chase 
David Lilly 
Paul Chase 
Moses Leeland 
Joseph Mosly 
John Hollbrock 
James M'Clelaton 
Jacob Gibbs 



Abraham Batcheldor 
Benoni Chase 
Daniel Chase 
Josiah Brown 
Caleb Chase 
Ebenez'' Rawson 
March Chase 
Simon Brooks 
Solomon Chase 
David Lilly Jun"' 
Thomas Parker Jun"" 
Samuel Richardson 
Eliakim Garfield 
Nath'i Whitmore 
Joseph Whipple 
Asa Walker 



412 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Daniel Burbank 
Ebenez' Burnet 
Ebenez' Sadler 
Moses Whipple 
David Temple 
John Whipple 
John Marshall 



John Varnum Coll W"" Symes 

Ephram Sherman Jun"' Luke Drewrey 
Nathaniel Sherman Hezekiah Taylor 
Moses Hollbrook Samuel Sherman Jun' 
Antipas Holland Abraham Temple 

James Whipple Stephen Hall 

Hon'''^ Theodore Atkinson ") 
Nath" Barren & i Esq" 

Theodore Atkinson jun' ) 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land of 
Five Hundred Acres as marked on the Plan B — W — which is to 
be Accounted two of the within Shares one Share for the Society 
for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign Parts one Share for A 
Glebe for the Church of England as by Law Established — one 
Share for the first Settled Minister in said Town And one for A 
School there for ever 

Pro"" New Hamp' August 6*" 1763 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Alstead un- 
der the Pro'' Seal 

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ALSTEAD. 413 

Prov* of New Hamp' August 6 — 1763 
Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of alstead un- 
der the Pro'' Seal 

^ T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



[Alstead Charter Renewed, 1772.] 

*Province of } George the Third by the Grace of *i-40i 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith &c. 
r>^-^^^ To ALL whom these presents shall come Greet- 

S f ING. 

> ' \ Whereas we of our special grace certain knowl- 

v-x'N'-v^/ edge & mere Motion for the due encouragement of 
5 Alstead ) settling a New Plantation w^^in our said Province 
\ extended ) of New Hampshire by our Letters Patent or Char- 
ter under the Seal of our said Province Dated the 6^^ day of 
August 1763, in the Third year of our Reign, did grant a Tract 
of Land equal to Six Miles square, bounded as therein express'd, 
to a Number of our Loyal Subjects whose Names are enter'd on 
the same, to Hold to them their Heirs and Assigns on the Condi- 
tions therein declared to be a Town Corporate by the Name of 
Alstead as by referrence to the said Charter may more ful- 
ly appear. And whereas the said Grantees have *prefer'd *i-402 
a Petition to our Governor of our said Province in Council, 
specifying sundry Difficulties which prevented their full compliance 
with the Terms of the Grant aforesaid, And that the said Town is 
in great forwardness of being completely settled And therefore 
Praying that no advantage may be taken of the breach of the Con- 
ditions aforesaid, but that some further Time may be allowed 
them to fulfill the same : all which being duly Consider'd. 

Know Ye that We being willing to encourage & promote the 
Cultivation & Settlement of the said Tract Have of our further 
grace and favour suspended our Claim of the forfeiture which the 
said Grantees may have Incurred and by these Presents for us our 
Heirs and Successors, (by and with the advice of our Trusty and well 
beloved John Wentworth Esq : our Governor & Commander in 
chief of our said Province & of our Council of the same) do grant 
unto the said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns the further Term of 
Three Years for performing and fulfilling the Conditions Matters 
and things by them to be done as aforesaid ; Except the Quit Rents 



414 CHARTER RECORDS. 

which are to remain due & payable as express'd and reservd in 
the Original Grant or Charter. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief aforesaid, the 24*^ day of January in the 12"^ year 
of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire 25*^^ January 1772. 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Provmce 
Seal. 



AMHERST. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as N'arragansett No. 3, Dec. iS, 1728. Afterwards 
called Salem Narrao;a7isett and Soiihegan West. The grant was confirmed by the 
Masonian Proprietors, Dec. i, 1759. Incorporated as Amherst, Jan. 18, 1760, 
and named in honor of Lord Jeffry Amherst. The incorporation was renewed Jan. 7, 
1762. A large part of Monson was annexed in 1770. A portion of the town was 
combined with parts of HoUis and Mile Slip to make up the town of Milford, Jan. 
II, 1794. Mont Vernon was set off and incorporated Dec. 15, 1803. A part of 
Milford was annexed Dec. 20, 1842. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 6; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 57; Index to Laws, 
18 ; Historical Discourse, loo*'^ Anniversary of Dedication of Congregational Meet- 
ing House, by J. E. Davis, 1874; Proceedings of Revolutionary Committees of 
Safety for Hillsborough County, by E. D. Boylston, 1884; History, by Daniel F. 
Secomb, 1883, pp. 978; sketch by same, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 219; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 21; 
Recollections of Busy Life, by Horace Greeley, 1873 ; Life of Horace Greeley, by 
James Parton, 1885; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 150; Rambles about 
Amherst, by W. B. Rotch, 1890, pp. 67; Bills of Mortality, 1805-14, by John 
Farmer, 14, Mass. Historical Society Collections, ']-^\ id., 1805-1819, i. Farmer 
and Moore's Historical Collections, 80 ; id., 18 15-1826, 22, Mass. Historical Society 
Collections, 298; sketch, by John Farmer, 12, id., 247; revised as Historical 
Sketch of Amherst, 1820, pp. 35; 2d edition, continued, 1837, pp. 52; id., 5, 
Collections N. H. Historical Society, 79 ; petition of inhabitants, id., 253 ; History 
of Purgatory, by C. J. Smith, 1889, pp. 8.] 



Amherst 
p seal > 



AMHERST. 415 

[Amherst Incorporated, 1760. J 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-2i2 



George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

^ \^^'\^->^ To All to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of A 
this Charter Tract of Land within Our Province of New 
Renewed See Hampshire known by the Name of Sowhegon 
Page 244 West on the Westerly Side of the River Merri- 
mack have Humbly Petitioned & Requested us that they may be 
erected & Incorporated into A Township & Infranchized with the 
Same Powers & Previled^jes which Other Towns within Our Said 
Province by Law have & Enjoy and it Appearing to us to be Con- 
ducive to the General Good of Our Said Province as well as of 
the Said Inhabitants in Perticular by Maintaining good Order and 
Encouraging the Culture of the Land that the Same Should be 
done Know Ye therefor that We of Our Special Grace Certain 
Knowledg and for the Encoragement & Promoting the 
Good Purposes *And Ends afores"^ by & With the * 1-2 13 
Advice of Our Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth 
Esq Our Governor & Commander in Chieff and of our Council for 
Said Province of New Hampshire Have errceted & ordain*^ & by 
these Presents for us our heirs & Successors Do Will & ordain that 
the Inhabitants of the Tract of Land aforesaid & who Shall 
Inhabit & Improve thereon hereafter the Same being Butted & 
Bounded as Follows Viz Beginning at Sowhegon River thence 
Runing North one degree West on the Town Ship of Merrimack & 
Bedford Six Miles thence running West on Bedford and a Tract 
of Land called New Boston Six Miles then South about five miles 
& an half to Sowhegon River aforesaid than by Said river to the 
Place where it began be and hereby are Declared & ordaind to 
be a Town Corporate and are hereby Erected & Incorporated 
into a Body Politick & Corporate to have Continuence until the 
first of January 1762 by the Name of Amherst with all the Powers 
and Authoritys Previledges Immunity & Franchises which any 
Other Towns in Said Province by Law hold & Injoy to the Said 
Inhabitants or who Shall hereafter Inhabit there & their Succes- 
sors for Said Term Allways reserving to us Our heirs & Succes- 
sors All white Pine Trees that are or Shall be found growing & 



4l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

being on the Said Tract of Land fit for the Use of Our Royal 
Navy Reserving also to us Our heirs & Successors the Power & 
right of Dividing the Said Town when it Shall Appear Necessary 
& Convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Provided Nevertheless 
and it is hereby declared that this Charter & Grant is not Intended 
and Shall not in any Manner be Construed to Extend to or affect 
the Private Property of the Soil within the Limits aforesaid And as 
the Several Towns within Our Said Province Are by the Laws 
thereof Enabled & Authorized to Assemble and by the Majority 
of Voters Present to Chuse all such Officers Trans Act Such Affairs 
as in the Said Laws Are Declared We do by these Presents 
Nominate & Appoint Leiu' Coll'^ John Goffe to call the first 
Meeting of said Inhabitants to be held within the said Town at 
Any Time within Forty Days from the Date hereof giving Legal 
Notice of the Time & Design of holding such Meeting after which 
the Annual Meetincf in Said Town Shall be held for the Choice of 
Said officers & the Purposes aforesaid on the Second Monday 
in March Annually In Testimony whereof We have caused the 
Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed 

Wittness Benning Went"worth Esq our Governour & Com'ander 
in Chieff of Our Said Province the Eighteenth Day of January in the 
thirty third Year of Our Reign & in the Year of our Lord Christ 
One thousand Seven hundred & Sixty 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command 
with Advice of y® Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal the 19"^ of January 1760 

f Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

This Plan describes a Tract of Land called Sowhegon West or 
N** (3) and is Bounded (Viz) begining at Sowhegon River & 
thence Runincr North one Degree West on Merrimack & Bed- 
ford Six Miles then Runing West on Bedford & New Boston Six 
Miles then South about five Miles and & half to Sowhegon River 
afore Said then by Said River to the Place where we began 



AMHERST. 



417 



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Taken from the Back of the Original Charter of Amherst & 
Recorded here this 19^^^ Day of Jan'^y 1760 — 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec""^ 



p s 



Amherst Chat 
Prolonged 
See the original 
Charter Record- 
ed in Page (212) 

26 



[Amherst Incorporation Renewed, 1762.] 

*Province of New Hamp'' *i-244 

>. George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

/ Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith 
\ &c 

Whereas our Late Royal Grand Father King 
George the Second of Glorious Memory of his 
Special Grace & upon the Petition of the Inhab- 
itants of A Tract of Land in our S*^ Province of 
New Hamp"" heretofore known by the Name 
of Sowhegon West and for the Maintaining 



4l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

good order & Encouraging the Culture of the Land there by his 
Letters Patent or Charter under the Seal of our Said Province 
Dated the i8"' Day of Jan'^ in the 33*^ Year of his Reign did Erect 
& Incorporate into A Body Politick & Corporate by the Name of 
Amherst the Inhabitants of the Said Tract of Land or those that 
Should thereon Inhabit thereafter which Tract is butted & 
bounded as in the said Patent or Charter is Expressed and was to 
have Continuence til the first Day of Jan'^ 1762 which Time being 
elapsed and the Inhabitants having again Petitioned to have the 
Said Charter Previledges renewd and it Appearing Necessary to 
answer the good End Proposed as well as to Enable the Inhab- 
itants aforesaid to Assess and Collect their Rates & Taxes 

Know Ye that We being Willing to Promote the good End pro- 
posed have of our Father Grace & Favour By & with the advice of 
our Trusty & wellbeloved Penning Wentworth our Governor & 
Com'ander in Chiefle & of our Council for said Province Revived 
& Regranted unto the said Inhabitants and their Successors on the 
s*^ Tract of Land all the Powers & Authoritys Previledges Immuni- 
ties & Franchises in the Said Charter Mentioned as they Enjoyd 
the Same while that Charter was in force And to have Continu- 
ence until We Shall Please to Approve or Disalow the Same & 
Signify Such our Approbation or Disalov^^ence 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of the Province 
aforesaid to be hereunto affixed Witness Penning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Commander in Chieff' this 7*^ day of Jan'^ in the 
2^ Year of Our Reign Annoq Domini 1762 — 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamp' January 8*** 1762 
Recorded from the original under the Province Seal 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



ASHLAND. 

[Set off from Holderness and incorporated, July i, 1S68. Named from Henry 
Clay's home. 

See papers under title Holderness; Index to Laws, 25 ; sketch. Child's Gazetteer 
of Grafton County, 1886, p. 123; Central New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, 
p. 50; Asquam Lake and its Environs, 10, Granite iMonthly, 68.] 



BARNSTEAD. 419 

ATKINSON. 

[This town was a part of a tract of land purchased from the Indians by inhabi- 
tants of Haverhill, Mass., Nov. 15, 1642. Set off from Plaistow and incorporated 
by its present name, Sept. 3, 1767. Named in honor of Theodore Atkinson. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 26; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 120; Index to 
Laws, 27; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 117; History, 
by William Cogswell, 6, Collections of N. H. Historical Society. 56; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 16; note on Plaistow post; discourse, centennial of 
Congregational Church, by C. F. Morse, 1875; Atkinson Academy, by W. C. 
Todd, 26, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 122, 332; Biographical Notices of Physi- 
cians, I, N. H. Repository, 134.] 



AUBURN. 

[This town was a part of Chester known as Long Meadow. Set off from Ches- 
ter and incorporated, June 23, 1845. 

See papers under title Chester ; Index to Laws, 29; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Rockingham County, 1882, p. 126; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 18; 
History of Chester by Benjamin Chase, i86g, p. 186; Acts of the Anti-Slavery 
Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, 1883, p. 182.] 



BARNSTEAD. 

[Granted by Lt. Gov. John Wentworth, to Rev. Joseph Adams, of Newington, 
and others, May 20, 1727. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 136; 
Index to Laws, 45; sketch, Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 711; 
Reunion, i. Granite Monthly, 303; id., ed. by H. N. Colbath, 1884, pp. 132; 
History, by J. P. Jewett, 1872, pp. 264; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, pp. 252, 375 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 481.] 



[Barnstead Charter, 1727.] 

*George by the Grace of God of great Britain France *i-230 
Barnstead & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c"^ 
/->^^.^^ To all People to whom these Presents Shall come 

S / Greetinpf 

y C Know Ye that we of our Special Knowledge & Mere 

v-^^r-s^ Motion for the due Encouragment of Settling A New 

Plantation by & with the advice & Consent of our Council 

Have given & granted & by these Presents as far as in us 



420 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lyes do give & grant in Equal Shares unto Sundry of our beloved 
Subjects whose names Are entred in A Schedule here unto An- 
nexed that inhabit or Shall Inhabit within the Said grant within 
our Province of New Hampshire all that Tract of Land within the 
following Bounds (Viz) to begin on the Head of the Town of Bar- 
rington on the South West Side of the Town ofCoulraine and run- 
ing by the Said Town ofCoulraine Eight Miles & from the Said 
Town of Coulraine to Run on the Head of Barrington Line South 
West forty Two Degrees Six Miles & then North West Eight 
Miles then on A Straight Line to the head of the first Eight Miles 
and that the Same be a Town Corporate by the Name of Barn- 
stead to the Persons aforesaid for ever To Have & to hold the 
Said Land to the Grantees & their heirs and assignes for ever & 
to Such associates as they Shall admit upon the following Conditions 

That every Proprietor build a Dwelling House within three Years 
& Settle a Family therein and brake up three acres of Ground & 
Plant & Sow the Same within three Years & Pay his Proportion of 
the Town Charges when & so often as occasion shall require the 
same — 

2-"^ That A Meeting House be built for the Publick Worship of 
God within the Term of four Years — 

•^diy 'phat upon default of any Perticular Proprietor in Complying 
with the Conditions of this Charter upon his Part Such dilinquent 
Proprietor Shall forfeit his Share to the Other Proprietors which 
Shall be disposed of according to the Major Vote of the s"^ Com- 
oners at a legal meeting 

4'y That a Proprietors Share be reserved for a Parsonage & an 
Other for the first Minister of the Gospel that is there Settled & 
ordaind & another Proprietors Share for the Benefit of A School 
in the Town 

Provid Nevertheless that the Peace with the Lidians continues 
for the Space of Three Years But if it Should happen that a War 
with the Indians should Comence before the Expiration of the 
aforesaid Term of three Years then the Said Term of three Years 
shall be Allowed to the Proprietors after the Expiration of 
*i-23i the War for the Performance of the *afores'^ Conditions 
Rendring & Paying therefor to us our heirs & 
Successors or Such officers or officer as Shall be appointed 
to recieve the Same the Annual Quit Rent or Acknowledge- 
ment of one Pound of Hemp in the Said Town on the 20"' Day of 
December Yearly forever (if Demanded) reserving also unto us 
our heirs & Successors all Mast Trees growing on the Said Tract 



BARNSTEAD. 



421 



of Land according to the Acts of Parliament in that Case made & 
Provided & for the better order rule & Government of the Said 
Town We do by these Presents for ourselves Our heirs & Succes- 
sors grant unto the Said men & Inhabitants or those that Shall In- 
habit the Said Town tliat Yearly & every year upon the last Tuesday 
in the Month of March forever Shall Meet to Elect & Choose by the 
Major Part of them Present Constables Select Men & other Tow^n 
officers according to the Laws & usages of our afores*^ Province 
and for the Calling & Notifying the first Town Meeting we do 
here by Appoint John Downing Jun"" John Fabins & John Knight 
to be the first Select Men & they to Continue in Said Respective 
office as Select Men until the last Tuesday in the Month of March 
which Shall be in the year of Our Lord 1728 & until other Select 
men Shall be Chosen & Appointed in their Stead in Such Manner 
as in these Presents expressed In Wittness whereof We have 
caused the Seal of our Said Province of New Hampshire to be 
hereunto affixed Wittness John Wentworth Esq Our Lieutenant 
Governour & Comander in Chieff in & over our Said Province at 
our Town of Portsmouth in our s"^ Province of New Hamp'" the 
Twentyeth Day of May in the Thirteenth Year of our reign annoq 
Domini 1727 — 

J Wentworth 
By order of his Hon' the Lieu* 
Govern' with Advice of Council 

Richi Waldron Cl"^ Con 

Recorded According to the original under the Province Seal this 
28'" Day of March 1761— 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



A Schedule of the Proprietors of the Tow 
The Rev"^ Jos Addams John Downing jun 



John Walker 
Tho° Pickring 
James Nutter 
Joshu'"* Pickring 
Hatevil Nutter 
Eleaz' Coleman 
George Walton 
Joshua Downing 
Joseph Fabins 
Moses Furbur 
John Knight jun"" 



Rich'^ Dow^ning 
Sam" Nutter 
John Fabins jun"" 
John Knight 
Henry Nutter 
Joseph Downing 
Samuel Walton 
George Walton jun' 
William Furbur 
Benj" Downing 
Tho' Trickey 



n of Barnstead 
James Pickring 
John Nutter 
John Fabins 
Mathias Nutter 
Hateevil Nutter jun' 
John Trickey 
Lemuel Bickford 
Jon" Downing 
John Hodgdon 
Sam" Fabins 
John Decker 
Cyprean Jelfry 



422 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



John Walton Andrew Peters Jethr' Furbur N°ton 

Tho' Bickford Sam" Thompson Clem* Meserve 



•1-232 *John Thompson 
Harrison Downing 



Seth Ring Thomas Leighton 

Josiah Downing Shadrach Walton 

Hunking Wentworth Jn° Wentworth jim"^ 
Benjamin Wentworth James Jeffry jun"" 



Benj* Walton Moses Dam 

John Walingsford Henry Allard 



RicM Wibird jun"" 
Jeremiah Miller 
Matt Plant 
John Dam jun' 
Elnathan Dam 
Hatevil Nutter 



Rich*^ Waldron jun"" 
Frances Jennes 
Robert Auchmuty 
Zebulon Dam 
Jethro Bickford 
John Rindge 



Tho' Ayers son of Tom John Brock 



Sam" Hunt 
Sam^^ Shackford 
John Plaisted 
Andrew Wifjffin 



John Hunt 
John Shackford 
James Davis 
Cap* John Downing 
Paul Gerrish 
Theodore Atkinson 
Rich'* Jennes 
Gill : Macpheadris 



Joseph Rollings 
Bennincr Wentworth 
David Wentworth 
George Jaftrey jun' 
Ebenez' Weare 
Sampson Sheaffe 

John Dam 

Rich-i Dam 
Mark Ayers 
Nath" Morrel 

John Downing jun"" 

Tim" Gerrish jun"' 

Peter Weare Esq 

Jn° Gillman Esq 

W"" Fellows 

Sam" Tibbets 

John Sanburn 

James Jeffry 

Benj* Clark 



Cap* John Gillman 

M' Eph'" Dennet 

Ebenez"' Stevens 

Nath" Showers 

Ebenez' Wentworth 

Admitted Associates his Excellency & Honour Samuel Shute 

Esq John Wentworth Esq Each of them 500 Acres & A Home 

Lott. 

Coll Mark Hunking Tho' Westbrook 

Shadrach Walton Archibald Macpheadris 

George Jaffrey ]n° Frost 

Rich*^ Wibird Jotham Odiorne 

Each A Proprietors Share 

Entred & Recorded from the original Schedule of the Proprie- 
tors of the Township of Barnstead as the Same was Certified by 
Rich-^ Waldron Cer — Con — this 28"" March 1761 — 

Attest"" Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



BARRINCxTON. 423 



BARRINGTON. 

[Granted by Gov. Samuel Shute, May 10, 1722, to the proprietors of the Iron 
Works on Lamprey River, John Wentworth, George Jaffrey, Archibald McPheadris, 
and Robert Wilson. Strafford was set off, and incorporated June 17, 1820. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 41 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 136; Index to 
Laws, 46; sketch, by C. F. Buzzell, Hurd's History of Stratford County, 1882, 
p. 607; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Lawrence's N. H. 
•Churches, 1856, p. 315.] 



[Barrington Charter, 1722.] 

*George by the Grace of God of Great Britain *i-205 
Barrington France & Ireland King Defender of the faith &c^ 

Charter To All People to Whom these Presents Shall 

Come greeting Know Ye that We of Our Especial Knowledge 
& Mere Motion for the Due Encouragement of Settling a New 
Plantation by & with the Advice & Consent of our Council have 
given & Granted and by these Presents (as far as in us lyes) do 
give & Grant unto all Such of our Loving Subjects as are at 
Present Inhabitants of our Town of Portsm° within our Province 
of New Hamp"^ and have paid Rates in the Said Town for four 
Years Last Past to be Divided amoung them in Proportion to their 
Respective town Rates which they paid the Year last Past and the 
record of which is to be found, in their Town book and is agreeable 
to their Petition preferrd for that Purpose — All That Tract of 
Land containd within the following Bounds (Viz) to begin at the 
End of Two miles upon A line Run upon A Northwest point half a 
Point more Northerly from Dover head line at the End of four 
Miles and an half westward from Dover North East Corner 
Bounds & run upon the aforesaid Point of Norwest half A Point 
more Northerly Eleven miles into the Country and from thence 
Six miles upon a Streight Line to Nottingham Northerly corner 
bounds then to begin Again at the End of the Two miles afore- 
said & to run upon a Parallel line with Dover head line Six miles 
to Nottingham Side line and from thence Eleven Miles along Not- 
tingham Side Line to Nottingham Northerly Corner bounds And 
also we give & Grant in Manner as aforesaid all that Tract of 
Land lying between Dover head line & the afore granted Tract of 
Land it being in Breadth six miles upon Dover head Line afore- 
said and two miles in Depth from Said Dover head line to the afore 



424 CHARTER RECORDS. 

granted Tract of Land To our Loving Subjects the Present Pro- 
prietors of the Iron works lately set up at Lamprey River (Viz) 
The Hon^^® John Wentworth Esq George Jaftrey Esq & Archibald 
Macpheadrize Esqs & Mr Robert Willson for their Encourage- 
ment & Accommodation to Carry on & maintain the aforesaid L^on 
works the aforesaid Two Tracts of Land to be A Town Corporate 
by the Name of Barrington to the Persons aforesaid for ever — 
To have & to hold the said Two Tracts of Land to the Grantees 
& their heirs & assigns for ever upon the following Conditions — 

i^* That they build fifty Dwelling Houses & Settle A 
*i-2o6 family* In each within Seven 3'ears and break up three 
Acres of Ground for each Settlement and Plant or Sow 
the Same within Seven years — 

2diy That A Meeting House be built for the Publick Worship 
of God within the Term of Seven Years 

^diy Xhat two hundred Acres of Land be reserved for a Parson- 
age two hundred Acres for the first Minister of the Gospel & one 
hundred Acres for the Benefit of a School — 

Provided Nevertheless that the Peace with the Indians Continue 
duering the aforesaid Term of Seven years But if it Should so 
happen that A War with the Indians Should Com'ence before the 
Expiration of the Term of Seven Years aforesaid there Shall be 
Allowed to the aforesaid Proprietors the Term of Seven years 
after the Expiration of the War for the Performance of the afore- 
said Conditions 

Rendring & Paying therefor to us our heirs & Successors or Such 
Other officer or officers as Shall be Appointed to Recieve the 
Same the Annual Quit Rent or Acknowledgment of one Pound of 
Good Merchantable hemp in the said Town on the first Day of 
December Yearly forever if Demanded Reserving also unto us 
our heirs & Successors all Mast trees growing on the Said Land 
According to the Acts of Parliament in that case Provided And 
for the better order rule & Government of the Said Town we do 
by these Presents Grant for us our heirs & Successors unto the 
Said men & Inhabitants or those that Shall Inhabit the Said Town 
that yearly & Every year upon the Last Wednesday in March 
they Shall meet to Ellect & Chuse by the Major Part of them 
Constables Selectmen and All Other Town Officers According to 
the Laws & usage of our aforesaid Province for the year Ensueing 
with Such Powers Previledges & Authoritys as other Town Offi- 
cers within our aforesaid Province have & Enjoy In Testimony 
whereof we have Caused the Seal of our said Province to be here- 



BARRIXGTON. 425 

unto Annexed Wittness Samuel Shute Esq our Governour & 
Commander in Chieft' of our Said Province at our Town of 
Portsm° the Tenth Day of May in the Eighth year of our reign 
Annoq Domini 1722 — 

Samuel Shute 
By his Excellencys Command 
with Advice of the Council 
Richard Waldron Clerk — Con — 

\ Prov® / 
> Seal V 

*A True Copy of Barrington Charter Compared with * 1-207 
the Original 

Richd Waldron Cler Con 

Entred & Recorded According to An Attested Copy which 
haveing been Exhibited by Capt W"^ Cate of Barrington & Laid 
before the Governour & Council & it Appearing to them to be A 
genuine Copy & On a suggestion that the original was burn in 
the Sec'-^' office twas ordred that the Same be here recorded in 
obedience to which tis here recorded the 10 Jan'^y 1756 

Attesta' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



[Bounds of Barrington, 1725.] 

[Mss. "Town Boundaries," p. 67.] 

Prov : of > At a Publick Meeting of the Propriators of the 
New Hamp' 5 Town of Barrington held the 6*^ Day of Decem- 
ber 1725. — 
We whose names are under written being appointed a Com- 
mitte to Run Out the Bounds of the Town of Barrington 
According to the Charter make Return of our Doings herein as 
followeth — 

We began at a Red Oak Tree Next Exeter Bounds at the head 
of Dover Township and Run North 42. Degrees East on Dover 
head Line Four miles & a Quarter to a Pitch Pine Tree Marked 
on the South Side with the Letter N. for Nottingham and on the 
North Side with the Letter B. for Barrington with the Date of the 
Year 1725, upon the Same Course upon Dover head Line Six 



426 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Miles & a Quarter more until we came to Rochester Side Bounds 
where we marked a Pitch Pine Tree B. for Barrington on the 
South Side and R for Rochester on the North Side which Six 
Miles & a Quarter is the Breadth of Barrington and from the 
Said Pitch Pine Tree N" W. half a Point more Northerly Thirteen 
Miles to a Hemlock Marked B. for Barrington on the South Side 
and R. for Rochester on the North Side and from Said Hemlock 
S. 42. Degrees West Six Miles & a Quarter to a Red Oak marked 
B. for Barrington on the North Side and N. for Nottingham on 
the South Side and from Said Red oak S E. half a Point South- 
erly Thirteen Miles to the Bound Tree between Barrington and 
Nottingham on Dover head Line — 

Tobias Langdon 
John Cutt 
A True Copy Taken Out of Barrington Town Book 

atf H Wentworth Prop" Cle' 



BARTLETT. 

[Made up of grants to Lieut. Andrew McMillan, Capt. William Stark, Lieut. 
Vere Royce, Adjt. Philip Bailey, and Maj. James Gray. Incorporated June 16, 
1790, and named in honor of Josiah Bartlett, then President of the state. A tract 
of land belonging to the state, situated in Jackson, was annexed June 19, 1806. 
Another small tract was annexed from Jackson, June 22, 18 19. Land owned by 
Nathaniel Carlton was severed from Bartlett and annexed to Jackson, July 3, 1822. 
A large tract of land on the west and south was annexed July i, 1823. Land 
belonging to Jonathan Mclntire was annexed June 18, 1836. The farms of 
Nathaniel Tufts and Stephen Carlton, 2d, were severed from Bartlett and annexed 
to Jackson, July 3, 1839. A tract of land was taken from Chatham and annexed 
to Bartlett, June 30, 1869, and another from Hart's Location, July 2, 1878. Bart- 
lett was annexed to Carroll County, from Coos, Jan. 5, 1853. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 159; Index to Laws, 47; sketch, Fergusson's 
History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 909; In the Heart of the White Mountains, 
by Samuel Adams Drake, 1882, p. 55 ; Willey's History of the White Mountains, 
1870, p. 147; Account of First Settlement, Crawford's History of the White 
Mountains, 1883, p. 184; Early Pioneers, by E. A. Philbrick, 5, Granite 
Monthly, 124; The White Hills, by T. Starr King, 1859, p. 137; The Moat 
Path, by J. Worcester, i, Appalachia, 267; Mt. Silver Spring and Tremont, by 
J. R. Edmands, 2, id., 282; The Mountains between Saco and Swift Rivers, by 
J. R. Edmands, 3, id., 57 ; An Ascent of Mts. Langdon and Parker, by A. Mat- 
thews, 3, id., 282; Bear Mountain, by J. R. Edmands, 3, id., 69; Humphrey's 
Ledge and Its View, by J. Worcester, 4, id., 130, and 5, id., 30, 215 ; Mountains 
near New Zealand Notch, by E. B. Cook, 5, id., 194; Stewart's History of the 
Free Baptists, 1862, p. 302; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600; The 
White Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by J. H. Ward, 1890, p. 26.] 



bartlett. 427 

[Grant to Philip Bailey, 1770.] 

*Province of ^ George the Third by the grace of 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and Ire- * 1-375 

Land King defender of the Faith &c*. 
( Adj* Phihp Bailey's > To all to whom these Presents shall 

( Grant. ) come Greeting — 

Whereas we have tho't fit by our Proclamation at S* James's 
the seventh day of October in the 3"^ Year of our Reign, Annoque 
Domini 1763, (among other Things to testify our Royal sense & 
approbation of the conduct and bravery of the Officers and 
Soldiers of our Armies, and signified our desire to reward the 
same, and have therein commanded & Impowered our several Gov- 
ernors of our respective Provinces on the Continent of America to 
Grant without Fee or Reward to such reduced officers as 
have served in North America during the late War, and to such 
Private Soldiers as have been or shall be disbanded there, and 
shall personally appU' for the same such quantities of Land 
respectively as in and by our afores*^* Proclamation are particularly 
mentioned ; subject nevertheless to the same Quit Rents & Condi- 
tions of cultivation & Improvement as other our Lands are 
subject to* in the Province in which they are granted. *i-376 
And Whereas Philip Bailey of Portsmouth in our said 
Province Gentleman, had our appointment as Adjutant of our 72'^ 
Regiment, employed in our Service at the Reduction of Louis- 
bourg and Seige of Quebec ; & served in that Capacity during the 
late War in North America, and is now reduced, & he having 
Personally applied and sollicited for such Grant agreeable to our 
aforesaid Proclamation — 

Know Ye That we of our special grace certain knowledge and 
mere motion, do signify our approbation as aforesaid, and for 
encouraging the settlement and cultivation of our Lands within 
our said Province of New Hampshire in New England, Have (by 
and with the advice of our Trusty and well-beloved John Went- 
WORTH Esquire our Governor and Commander in Chief of our 
said Province of New Hamps' and of our Council of the same, 
agreable to our aforesaid in part recited proclamation, and upon 
the Conditions & reservations hereafter mentioned) Given and 
granted, and by these Presents for us our heirs and Successors do 
give and grant unto the said Philip Bailey and to his heirs and 
Assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of Land, situate lying and 
being within our said Province, containing by admeasurement 



428 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Two THOUSAND AcRES, as by a Plan or Survey of said Tract 
exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province 
of New Hampshire & returned into the Secretary's Office, (a 
Copy whereof is hereunto annex'd) may more fully appear : but- 
ted & bounded as follows Viz' Beginning at the crotch between the 
main branch of Saco River & middle branch commonly called 
Ellis's River & running North Seventy Eight degrees West Four 
hundred & sixteen Rods to a hemlock Tree spotted & marked V. 
R. & P. B. from thence North Ten deg* East Five hundred & 
thirty Two Rods to a Beech tree from thence South Seventy Eight 
deg^ East Four hundred & Sixteen rods to a Beech Tree, from 
thence South ten deg* West five hundred & thirt}^ Two Rods to the 
bounds first began at, which Premises above described contain Thir- 
teen hundred & Eighty Acres, and also another Tract, Begin- 
ning at a beech Tree South Ten deg' West Twenty four Rods 
from the South west corner of the abovesaid Tract, & running 
said course of South ten deg* West two hundred & seventy six 
Rods to a hemlock Tree, thence West Four hundred & thirty four 
Rods to a Beech Tree, thence North ten deg* East One hundred 
& Eighty eight Rods to a Beech Tree, thence North seventy five 
deg* East Four hund'^' & seventy two Rods to the beech Tree first 
mentioned : & Contains Six hundred & twenty Acres. To have 
AND TO HOLD the Said Land as above express'd to him the said 
Philip & to his Heirs and Assigns forever upon the following 
Terms, Conditions & Reservations Viz* 

First That the said Grantee shall cut, clear & make 
*i~377 Passable for carriages &c. *a Road of Three Rods wide 
through the said Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter 
directed or Order'd by the Governor & Council afores*^ which 
Road is to be completed in Two Years from the date of such Order 
or direction of the Gov' & Council aforesaid on Penalty of the for- 
feiture of this Grant & of it^s reverting to us our heirs & Successors. 

Second That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
setled Ten Families in Four Years from the Date of this Grant ; 
in failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our heirs & succes- 
sors to be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the same. — 

Third That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Masting our 
Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use & none to be cut 
or fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had & 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee in 
the said Tract of Land his heirs & Assigns to us our Heirs and 



BARTLETT. 



429 



Successors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by 
an}' present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth Yielding & paying therefor to us our heirs & Succes- 
sors on or before the Ninth day of August 1779, the rent of one 
ear of Indian corn only, if lawfully demanded. 

Fifth That the said Grantee his heirs and Assigns shall yield 
& pay unto us our heirs & successors yearly & every Year for ever 
from & after the expiration of one year Irom the abovesaid Ninth 
day of August, namely on the Ninth day of August which will 
be in the year of our Lord 1780, One Shilling Proclamation 
money for every hundred Acres he so owns, Settles or Possesses 
and so in proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of the Land 
aforesaid ; which money shall be paid by the respective Propri- 
etor or Setler as aforesaid in our Council Chamber in Portsm° 
or to such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive 
the same, and these to be in lieu of all other rents & Services. — 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness John Wentworth 
Esquire our aforesaid Governor & Commander in chief the 9"' day 
of August in the lo^'^ year of our Reign, Annoque Domini 1770. — 

J' Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 
[No signature] 

Recorded according to the Original under the Province seal this 
9th Aug*' A. D. 1770. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



430 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

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Province of New 

Hampshire ^ Portsmouth 6. of Aug*' i77o — 
These Certify that the Plan beginning at the crotch between the 
main Branch of Saco River & Middle Branch commonly called 
Ellis's River & running N. 78 deg* W. 416 rods to a hemloc Tree 
spotted & marked V. R. & P. B. from thence N. 10° E. 532 Rods 
to a Beech Tree, from thence S. 78° E. 416 Rods to a beech Tree, 
from thence S. 10° W. 532 Rods to the bounds first began at — 
contains 1380 Acres of Land and that the Plan beginning at a 



beech Tree S. 10 deg^ W. 24 Rods from the S 
abovesaid Tract, & running said course of &. 10' 



W. corner of the 
W. 276 rods to a 



BARTLETT. 43 I 

hemloc Tree, thence West 434 Rods to a Beech thence N. 10" E. 
188 Rods to a Beech Tree, thence N. 75° E. 472 Rods to the beech 
Tree first mention'd — contains 620 Acres of Land, & are true 
Copies of the Original Plans or Surveys of said Tracts as taken & 
returned to me by i\P Vere Royse D^ Surv"^ 

attesfi f Is : Rindge S' Gen^ 



[Grant to Robert Furniss, 1775.] 

*Province of ) George the third by the grace of *^-2^^ 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith &c 
/^N«'^•-^ To all to whom these presents shall come greeting 

S / Whereas We have thought fit by Our Proclama- 

} C tion at S* James's the seventh day of October in the 

\-^^rN^ third Year of Our reign Annoque Domini 1763 

Robert among other things to testify Our royal Sence & ap- 
FuRNiss's probation of the conduct & bravery of the Officers and 
Grant Soldiers of Our Armies & signified Our desire to re- 

ward the same and have therein commanded and impovvered Our 
several Governors of Our respective Provinces on the Continent of 
America to grant without Fee or reward to such reduced Officers 
as have served in North America during the late War and to such 
private Soldiers as have been or shall be disbanded there & shall 
personally apply for the same such Quantities of Land 
respectively as in & *by our aforesaid Proclamation are *4-245 
particularly mention'd subjects nevertheless to the same 
Quitrents & Conditions of cultivation & improvement as other Our 
Lands are subject to in the Province in which they are granted 
And whereas Robert Furniss of Portsmouth in Our County of 
Rockingham & Province of New Hampshire had Our Appoint- 
ment and served as a Mate in Our Navy in America during the 
late War and is now reduced & he having made personal Applica- 
tion & sollicited for such Grant agreable to Our said Proclama- 
tion 

Know ye that We of Our special Grace certain knowledge and 
meer Motion do signify Our Approbation as aforesaid and for the 
encouragement settlement & cultivation of Our Lands within Our 
said Province of New Hampshire have and by & with the advice 
of Our trusty & well beloved John Wentworth Esquire Our Gov- 



432 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ernor and Commander in chief of Our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire & of Our Council of the same agreable to Our aforesaid in 
part recited Proclamation & upon the conditions & reservations 
hereafter mentioned given and granted & by these Presents for Us 
Our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto the said Robert 
Furniss and to his Heirs and Assigns forever a certain Tract or 
Parcel of Land situate lying & being in Our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid, containing by admeasurement Five hundred 
& eighty Acres of Land as by a Plan or Survey of said Tract ex- 
hibited by Our Surveyor general of Lands for Our said Province 
of New Hampshire & returned into the Secretary's Office of Our 
said Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed may more fully 
appear butted and bounded as follows viz* Begining at the 
Northwesterly bound of Conway Township and runing by Major 
Gray's Location N 6ii degrees West two hundred 
*4-246 *twenty eight Rods to a Beech Tree marked V R R F 
then runing S fifty degrees W one hundred forty rods to 
a Beech tree marked as above then runing S fourteen degrees W 
two hundred ninety seven Rods to a birch Tree marked as above 
then runing N seventy six & one half degrees E three hundred 
eighty three rods to a Hemloc Tree standing in the western 
boundary Line of Conway Township and lastly runing by Conway 
Township N two and one quarter degrees E one hundred & 
seventy-nine Rods to the Bounds first began at to have and to 
HOLD the said granted Premises as above expressed to him the 
said Robert Furniss his Heirs and Assigns forever upon the fol- 
lowing Terms Conditions & reservations viz* 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear and make pass- 
able a Road through the said Tract of Land four rods wide for 
Carriages &c as shall be at any time hereafter directed or ordered 
by the Governor and Council aforesaid which Road is to be com- 
pleted in one Year from the date of the order or direction aforesaid 
on penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant and of its reverting to Us 
Our Heirs & Successors 

Secondly that the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
settled One Family in six Years from the date of this Grant in fail- 
ure whereof the Premises to revert to Us Our Heirs and Successors 
to be entered upon and regranted to such of Our Subjects as shall 
effectually settle & cultivate the same 

Thirdly That all white and other pine Trees fit for masting 
our royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use & none to 
be cut or felled without Our special Licence for so doing first had 



BARTLETT. 433 

& obtained on Penalty of the forfeiture of the right of the Grantee 
to Us Our Heirs and Successors as well as being subject to the 
Penalties prescribed by any present as well as future Act or Acts 
of Parliament 

Fourthly That the Grantee yield and pay therefor to Us Our 
Heirs and Successors on or before the first day of Jan- 
uary *i777 the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if *4-247 
lawfully demanded 

Fifthly That the Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall yield & 
pay unto Us Our Heirs & Successors yearly & every Year for- 
ever from and after the expiration of eight Years from the aforesaid 
first day of January 1777 one Shilling proclamation Money for 
every hundred Acres he so owns settles or possesses and so in pro- 
portion for a greater or less quantity of the Land aforesaid which 
Money shall be paid by the respective Proprietor or Settler as 
aforesaid in Our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer 
or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same 

Sixthly That any part of the Premises appearing well adapted 
to the growth of Hemp and Flax or either of them shall be cul- 
tivated with those useful Articles of produce in the proportion of 
ten Acres in each & every hundred of these granted Premises with- 
in ten Years of this date 

Seventhly That this Grant shall not interfere with any of Our 
Grants formerly made and now in force nor interrupt the Grantees 
in their improvements making thereon agreable to the Conditions 
thereof — These to be in Lieu of all other rents and Services what- 
soever 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth 
Esq' Our aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief the twenty 
fifth day of May in the fifteenth Year of Our reign Annoque 
Domini 1775 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Geo : King D : Sec^ 

Recorded according to original Charter under the Province 
Seal this seventh day of June 1775 

Attesf Geo : King D Sec^ 

Protracted by a Scale of 80 Rods to one Inch 

27 



434 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Province of New Hamp'''' Portsmouth 23"^ May 1775. 

These certify that this Plan of a Tract of Land begining at the 
north-westerly Corner Bound of Conway Township & runing by 
Major Gray's Location Northwest sixty one & One Qiiarter degrees 
two hundred twenty eight Rods to a Beech Tree marked V R R F 
next runing South West fifty degrees One hund"^ forty Rods to a 
Beech Tree marked as above next runing South west fourteen 
degrees two hundred ninety seven Rods to a Birch Tree marked 
as above next runing North East seventy six one half degrees 
three hundred eighty three rods to a Hemloc Tree standing in the 
western boundary Line of Conway Township and lastly runing by 



BARTLETT. 435 

Conway Township North East two and one quarter degrees One 
hundred seventy nine rods to the Bounds first began at contains 
five hundred and eighty Acres of Land as appears by the 
original Survey and Plan taken and returned into the 
*Surveyor Generals Office by M' Vere Royse Deputy *^-2/^g 
Surveyor 

Attest Joseph Peirce pro Surveyor General 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King D : Sec^ 



[Grant to James Gray, 1772.] 
*Province of New Hampshn-e. *4-8o 

S / George the Third by the Grace of God of 

) ' ' \ Great Britain France and Ireland King De- 
^^i^"\^>^ fender of the Faith &c. — 

( Major Gray's > To all to whom these Presents shall come, 

I Grant ) Greeting. 

Whereas We have tho't fit by our Proclamation at S* James's 
the Seventh day of October in the Third Year of our Reign 
Annoque Domini 1763, among other Things to testify our Royal 
Sense & approbation of the Conduct and Bravery of the Officers 
and Soldiers of our Armies, and signified our desire to reward the 
same, and have therein Commanded and Impowered our Several 
Governor's of our respective Provinces on the Continent of Amer- 
ica to grant without fee or reward to such reduced Officers as 
have served in North America during the last War, and to such 
private Soldiers as have been or shall be disbanded there, and 
shall personally apply for the same, such quantities of Land 
respectively as in and by our aforesaid proclamation are 
particularly mentioned, subject nevertheless to the same Quit 
Rents and Conditions of Cultivation & Improvement as other 
our Lands are subject to in the Province in which they are 
granted And whereas James Gray of Stockbridge in our 
County of Berkshire and Province of the Massachusetts Bay, 
had our Appointment as Major Brigade under his Excellency 
General Amherst during the last War in North America and is 
now reduced, and he having made Personal Application and 
Sollicited for such Grant agreeable to our said Proclamation. 

Know Ye, that We of our special Grace certain knowledge and 
mere Motion, do signify our Approbation as aforesaid, and for the 



43^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Encouragement, Settlement and Cultivation of our Lands within 
our said Province of New Hampshire, in New England, Have, & 
by and with the Advice of our Trusty and Well beloved John 
Wentworth Esq' our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said 
Province of New Hampshire, and of our Council of the same, 
agreeable to our aforesaid in part recited Proclamation, and upon 
the Conditions and Reservations hereafter mentioned given & 
granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do 
give and grant unto the said James Gray and to his Heirs and 
Assigns for Ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, situate lying 

and being in our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, 
*4-87 Containing by admeasurement Three Thousand Eight* 

Hundred and Fifty Six Acres of Land as by a Plan or 
Survey of said Tract exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands 
for our said Province of New Hampshire, and returned into the 
Secretary's Office of said Province of New Hampshire, a Copy 
whereof is hereunto annexed may more fully appear, butted and 
bounded as follows, Viz* Beginning at the North Westerly Cor- 
ner of Conway, from thence running North Eight Degrees East 
Four Hundred and Eighty Rods into a Beaver Pond, thence 
North Twenty three Degrees West Fifty Nine Rods in said 
Beaver Pond, thence South Ten Degrees West Eighty Six Rods 
to the crotch of Ellis's and Saco Rivers, thence North Seventy 
Eigrht Degrees West Four Hundred and Sixteen Rods to an Hem- 
lock Tree, thence North Ten Degrees East Five hundred & 
Thirty two Rods to a Beech Tree, thence South Seventy Eight 
degrees East Four Hundred & Sixteen Rods to a Beech Tree, 
thence North Forty Six and an half degrees East Two hundred & 
four Rods to a hemlock Tree, thence North Seventy Degrees 
West Five hundred and Eight Rods to a Beech Tree, thence South 
Thirty Degrees West Two Hundred & Forty Rods to a Hornbean 
Tree, thence North Sixty Degrees West Five Hundred Rods to a 
yellow Birch Tree, thence South Two and a quarter Degrees 
West Nine Hundred and Sixty Rods to a Beech Tree being a 
corner bound of a Tract of Land granted to Philip Bailey, thence 
by said Bailey's Land North Seventy Five Degrees East Four 
Hundred and Seventy two Rods to a Beech Tree, thence South 
Ten Degrees West Two hundred & Seventy Six Rods to a hem- 
lock Tree, thence South Sixty one Degrees and a quarter East 
four hundred & Ninety Rods to the first mentioned bound began 
at. To Have and to Hold, the said granted Premises, as above 
expressed, to him the said James Gray, his Heirs and Assigns for 
Ever upon the following Terms Conditions and Reservations Viz* 



BARTLETT. 437 

First That the said Grantee shall clear and make passable a 
Road thro' the said Tract of Land, four Rods wide, fit for Car- 
riages &c. as shall be at any time hereafter directed or order'd by 
the Governor & Council aforesaid, which Road is to be com- 
pleted in one Year from the date of the order or Direction afore- 
said, on penalty of tbrfeiture of this Grant and of its reverting to 
us our Heirs and Successors. — 

Second That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be Set- 
tled Six Families in Four Years from the date ,of this Grant, in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and 
Successors to be enter'd upon *and regranted to such of *4-82 
our Subjects as shall effectually Settle and cultivate the 
same. — 

Third That all White and other Pine Trees fit for Masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use and none to 
be cut or fell'd without our special leave & Licence for so doing 
• first had & obtained, on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of 
the Grantee to us our Heirs and Successors as well as being sub- 
ject to the penalties prescribed by any present as well as future 
Act or Acts of Parliament. — 

Fourth That the Grantee yield and pay therefor to us our 
Heirs and Sue [cessors] on or before the First day of January 
1773, the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully de- 
manded. 

Fifth That the Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall yield and 
pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every Year for 
Ever, from and after the expiration of Nine Years from the afore- 
said First day of January 1773 One Shilling Proclamation Money 
for every hundred Acres he so owns Settles or possesses and so in 
proportion for a greater or less Quantity of the Land aforesaid, 
which Money shall be paid by the respective Proprietor or Settler 
as aforesaid in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such 
Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same : And 
these to be in full of all other Rents and Services. 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' 
our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the 12*'^ day of 
June A. D. 1772, and in the 12th Year of our Reign. 

J' Wentworth. 
By his Excellency's Command > 
with advice of Council. 5 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 



438 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this i8'^ day of June 1772. 

P' Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 







Province of New Hampshire. Portsm" : 5*^ May 1772. 

These Certify that this Plan Beginning at the N. W'^ Corner of 
Conway, from thence running North 8° E. 480 Rods into a 
Beaver Pond, thence N. 23° W. 59 Rods in said Beaver Pond, 
thence S. 10° W. 86 Rods to the crotch of Ellis's and Saco 
Rivers, thence N. 78° W. 416 Rods to a hemlock Tree, 
*4-83 thence N. 10° E. 532 Rods to *a Beech Tree, thence S. 
78° E. 416 Rods to a Beech Tree, thence N° 46^° E. 204 
Rods to a hemlock Tree, thence N. 70° W. 508 Rods to a Beech 
Tree, thence S. 30° W. 240 Rods to a horn Beam Tree, thence N. 
60° W. 500 Rods to a Yellow Birch Tree, thence thence S. 2i° W. 
960 Rods to a Beech Tree being the corner bound of a Tract of 
Land granted to Philip Bailey, thence by said Bailey's Land N. 
75° E. 472 Rods to a Beech Tree, thence S. 10° W. 276 Rods to 
a Hemlock Tree, thence S. 6ii° E. 490 Rods to the bound began 



BARTLETT. 439 

at. Contains 3856 Acres of Land and is a True Copy of an 
Original plan or Survey of said Tract as taken and returned to 
me by Vere Royse D^ Surv"^ 

Attest"" Is. Rindcre Surv"* General. 



[Grant to Andrew McMillan, 1765.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-284 

Leiu* McMillan 

George the Third by the Grace of God of great 
^ /"N^^^x-N Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

\ I &c* To all to whom these Presents shall come — 

i i Greetmg 

^^^i^-^r"^ Whereas We have tho* fit bv our Proclamation given 
at S* Jamess the Seventh Day of October in the Third Year of Our 
Reign Annoq Domini 1763 (amoung Other Things to Testify our 
Ro3'al Sence and appi-obation of the Conduct & Bravery of the 
officers & Soldiers of Our Armies and Signify our Desire to reward 
the Same and have therein Com'anded & Impowered our Several 
Governours of Our Respective Provinces on the Continent of 
America to Grant without fee or Reward to Such reduced officers 
as have Served in North America during the late War and to such 
private Soldiers as have been or Shall be disbanded there & Shall 
personally Apply for the Same Such Qiiantities of Land respectiv- 
I7 as in & by our afore-Said Proclamation are Perticularly Men- 
t:oned Subject nevertheless to the Same Quit Rents and Conditions 
cf Cultivation & Improvement as other our Lands are subject to in 
the Province in which they are Granted And Whereas Andrew 
McMillan of Bow in our Province afore Said Esq had our appoint- 
ment as Lieutenant of one of our Independent Companys of Rang- 
ers & Served during the late War in North America And is now 
Reduced & he having Personaly Appeard agreable to our afore 
Said Proclamation and Solicited Such Grant Know Ye that We of 
our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & mere motion do Signify 
our Approbation as afore Said and for the Encouraging the Settle- 
ment & Cultivation of our Land within Our Province of New 
Hamp"^ in New England Have «&: with the Advice of our Trusty & 
well beloved Penning Wentworth Esq our Cap' General Govern- 
our & Com'ander in ChiefT in & over our Said Province of New 
Hampshire and of our Council for Said Province (agreable to our 



440 CHARTER RECORDS. 

afore Said in Part Recited Proclamation & upon the Conditions & 
Reservations herein after mentioned Given and Granted and by 
these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do give & Grant un- 
to the Said Andrew McMillan & to his Heirs & Assigns forever a 
Certain Tract or Parcel of Land Containing Tow Thousand 
Acres Lying & being within the Province of New Hampshire 
aforesaid & butted & bounded as follows (Viz) Begining at a Stake 
& Stones on the North Side Line of Conway and is the South 
Easterly Corner Bounds of Land this Day granted to Cap* William 
Stark & from thence South Eighty Two Degrees East Three Hun- 
dred & Thirty four Rods to an other Stake & Stones Standing in 
Conway Line aforesaid then Turning oft' at right angles & Run- 
ing North Eight Degrees East Three miles to a Stake & Stones 
from thence turning oft' & Runing North Eighty Two Degrees 

West Three Hundred & Thirty four Rods to a Stake & 
*i-285 Stones which is *the North Easterly Corner Bounds cf 

the afore Said Tract of Land granted to Cap* Stark then 
turning of at right Angles & runs by Said Starks Land Soutii 
Eight Degrees West three Miles to the Stake & Stones in Conway 
Line aforesaid which it began at To Have & to Hold the Said 
Tract of Land as above expressed to him the Said Andrew & to 
his Heirs & Assigns forever upon the following Conditions & Re- 
servations (Viz) First That the Said Andrew his Heirs or as- 
signs shall Plant & Cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term 
of five Years for every Fifty acres Contain*^ in this Grant & con- 
tinue to Improve & Settle the Same by aditional Cultivating on 
Penalty of the forfieture of this his Grant & of its reverting to us 
our heirs & Successors to be by us or them regranted to such of 
our Subjects as shall Eftectually Settle & Cultivate the Same 2'^ 
That all white & other Pine Trees within said Tract fit for masting 
Our Royal Navy be carefully Preserved for that use & none to be 
Cutt or Felld without our Especial Licence for so doing first had & 
obtaind upon the Penalty of Forfeitting the right of the Grantee his 
Heirs or assigns to us our Heirs & Successors as well as being 
subject to the Penalty of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now 
are or shall be Enacted hereafter (3^'^) Yielding & Paying there- 
for unto us our Heirs & Successors for the Space of Ten Years to 
be Computed from the Date hereof the rent of one Ear of Indian 
Corn only on the 25"' day of December annually if Lawfully de- 
manded (4'y) The Said Grantee his Heirs or Assigns shall Yield 
& Pay unto us our Heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year for- 
ever from and after the Expiration of Ten Years from the above 



BARTLETT. 44I 

Said 25*** Day of December Namely on the 25"' Day of December 
which will be in the Year of our Lord 1775 One Shilling Procla- 
mation Money for every Hundred acres he so owns Settles or Pos- 
sesses and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of the 
Said Land which Money shall be paid by the respective owner 
Settler or Possessor as aforesaid in our Council Chamber in Ports- 
m° in the Province aforesaid or to such officer or officers as Shall 
be appointed to receive the Same, and this to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents & Services whatsoever In Testimony whereof We have 
caused the Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Witt- 
ness Benning Wentworth Esq our aforesaid Governour the 25^^^ 
Day of October in the fifth Year of our Reign and in the Year of 
our Lord Christ 1765 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Comand 
with advice of Council 

Theod"" Atkinson Jun' Se'^ 

Prov® of New Hamp"^ ss Portsm*' Octobe 25*'' 1765 
Then Lieu* Andrew McMillan the above mentioned Grantee 
Personally Appeared & made Solemn Oath that the above Grant 
for Two Thousand Acres of Land is bona Fide all the Land he 
has Receivd any Grant of by Virtue of his majestys Proclamation 
in the Above Grant mentioned and that he doth not Expect any 
further Grant for Services therein mentioned 

Sworn coram Wyseman Clagitt Justice of Peace 



[Grant to Vere Royse, 1769.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. *i-344 

Vere Royse's George the Third by the Grace of 

Grant God of Great Britain France and Ireland King 

defender of the Faith and so forth. 

To ALL to whom these Presents shall come. 
Greeting. 

Whereas we have tho't fit by our Proclamation at 
S*^ James's the 7*^ da}^ of October in the Third year of our Reign 
Annoque Domini 1763 (among other Things to Testify our Royal 
sense and approbation of the Conduct and Bravery of the Officers & 




44^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Soldiers of our Armies, & signified our desire to reward the same ; 
and have therein Commanded and Impowered our several Govern- 
or's of our respective Provinces on the Continent of America, to 
Grant without fee or reward to such reduced Officers as have 
served in N*» America during the late War and to such Private 
Soldiers as have been or shall be disbanded there & shall person- 
ally apply for the same, such Qiiantities of Land respectively as 
in and by our aforesaid Proclam^, are Particularly mentioned, sub- 
ject nevertheless to the same Quit Rents and Conditions of Culti- 
vation and Improvement as other our Lands are subject to in the 
Province in which they are granted. And whereas Vere 
RoYSE ofPortsmo in our said Province Gentleman had our Ap- 
pointment as Lieutenant in our Service ; and served during the 
late War in N° America, and is now reduced & he having person- 
ally applied & Sollicited for such Grant agreable to our afores*^ 
Proclamation. Know ye that we of our special Grace, certain 
Knowledge & mere Motion, do signify our approbation as afore- 
said, and for encouraging the Settlement & Cultivation of our 
Lands within our said Province of New Hampshire in New 
England, Have (by and with the advice of our Trusty and well- 
beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor and Commander 
in Cheif of our said Province of New Hampshire, and of our 
Council of the same, agreable to our aforesaid in part recited 
Proclamation, and upon the Conditions and Reservations hereafter 
mentioned,) Given and Granted, and by these Presents for us our 
Heirs and Successors, Do Give and Grant unto the said Vere 
Royse and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever, a certain 
*i-345 Tract or Parcel of Land, situate, lying *and being with- 
in our said Province, containing by admeasurement Two 
thousand Acres, as by a Plan or Survey of said Tract exhibited by 
our Survey'' General of Lands for our Province of New Hampshire 
aforesaid, and returned into the Secretary's Office (a Copy whereof 
is hereunto annex'd,) may more fully appear : butted and bounded 
as follows Viz* — Begining at a Bass wood Tree spotted and marked 
V. R. standing at the distance of 892 rods S. 81° W. from y® crotch 
where the N° branch com'only call*^ Ellis's River empties itself 
into Saco river thence runing N" 80° West Two Miles and an 
half mile to a beech Tree, spotted and marked V. R. from thence 
runing S** 10° W. one mile and a quarter of a Mile to a Red birch 
Tree spotted & mark'd V. R. then turning oft^ at right Angles and 
runing S** 80° E. Two miles and an half mile to a spruce Tree 
spotted and mark'd V. R. then turning oft' at Right Angles and 



BARTLETT. 443 

runing N*' io° E. one mile & a Quarter of a Mile to the Bass Tree 
began at. To have and to hold the said Tract of Land as 
above express'd to him the said Vere and to his Heirs and 
Assigns for Ever, upon the following Terms, Conditions and Reser- 
vations, Viz* 

First — That the said Grantee shall cut, clear and make passable 
for Carriarres &c'' a Road of three Rods wide thro' the said Tract 
as shall at any Time hereafter be Directed or Order'd by the Gov- 
ernor & Council aforesaid, which Road is to be completed in Two 
Years from the date of such Order or direction of the Governor 
and Council aforesaid, on penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant, 
and of its reverting to us our Heirs and successors. — 

Second — That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be set- 
led Ten Families in Four Years from the date of this Grant in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors to be by us or them enter'd upon & regranted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually settle & Cultivate the same. — 

Third — That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Masting our 
Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that use, and none to be 
cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had and 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee 
in the said Tract of Land his heirs & Assigns to us our Heirs and 
Successors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by 
any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliam* — 

4^^* Fourth — Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the 29"^ day of Sepf — 1778, the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

5*^. That the said Grantee his heirs or Assigns shall yield 
& pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every Year 
for Ever from and after the expiration of one year from the above- 
said 29*^ day of September namely on the 29**^ day of 
Sept' Which will be in the year of our Lord 1779, *One *i-346 
Shilling Proclamation money for every hundred Acres 
he so owns, Settles or Possesses and so in proportion for a greater or 
lesser Tract of the Land afores*^ — which money shall be paid by the 
respective Proprietor or Setler as aforesaid in our Council Cham- 
ber in Portsm° or to such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed 
to receive the same ; and these to be in lieu of all other Rents and 
services whatsoever. — 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth 
Esq"" our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Cheif the 6^'* day 



444 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



of September in the Ninth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 
1769. 

J' Wentworth. 
By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Prov. of New Hampshire Sepf 6^^ 1769 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal 

Atf Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 










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S.ro E 1 ntiUs ii,i, ^ 



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[Grant to William Stark, 1765.] 

*i-282 *Province of New Hamp"^ 

Cap' W" Starks 
Grant of 3000 Acres — 

/-N^A,*^ George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

\ / Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

j V &C'* 

^ \.^-\r-^ To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

Whereas we have tho* fit by our Proclamation at St. Jamess the 



BARTLETT. 445 

7 Day of October in the Third Year of our Reign Annoq Domini 
1763 (amoungst Other Things to Testify our Royal & approbation 
of the Conduct & Bravery of the officers & Soldiers of our Armies 
and to Signify Our Desires to reward the same & have therein 
Comanded & Impowered our Several Governours of our respective 
Provinces on the Continent of America to Grant without Fee or 
Reward to such reduced officers as have Served in North America 
during the late Warr & to Such Private Soldiers as have been or 
Shall be disbanded there and Shall Personally apply for such 
Quantys of Land Respectivly as in & by our aforesaid Procla- 
mation are Perticularly mentioned Subject nevertheless to the 
Same Qiiit Rents & Conditions of Culture & improvment as 
other our Lands are Subject in the Province within which they 
are Granted — and Whereas William Starke of Dunbarton in our 
Province aforesaid Esq had Our Appointment as Captain of one 
of our Independent Companys of Rangers and Served during the 
late War in North America and is now reduced & he having Per- 
sonally Applyed & Sollicited such Grant agreable to our aforesaid 
Proclamation Know Ye that we of Our Special Grace certain 
Knowledge & mere motion do Signify our approbation as afore- 
said and for Encourageing the Settlement & Cultivation our 
Land within our Said Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land have by & with the Advice of our Trusty & Well beloved 
Benning Wentworth Esq Governour & Comander in Chieff of our 
Said Province of New Hampshire & of our Council for the Said 
Province (agreable to our aforesaid in Part Recited Proclamation 
and upon the Conditions & Reservations hereafter mentioned) 
given & granted & by these Presents for us our hiers & succes- 
sors do give & grant unto the Said William Stark and to his Heirs 
& Assignes forever a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing 
Three Thousand Acres lying & being within our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid, & butted & bounded as follows Viz begin- 
ing at the North Westerly Corner of Conway being a Beach Tree 
marked from thence South Eighty two Degrees East Five Hun- 
dred Rodds to a Stake & Stones in Conway Line aforesaid thence 
Turning of at right Angles & runing North Eight Degrees East 
Three miles to a Stake & Stones then turning off again & Runing 
North Eighty two degrees West five Hundred rodds to a Stake & 
Stones then turning off again & runing South Eight degrees West 
Three miles to a Beach Tree at the Corner of Conway aforesaid the 
Bounds began at to have & to Hold the Said Tract of Land as 
above Expressed to him the Said William & to his Heirs and 



44^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

assigns for ever upon the following Conditions & reservations (Viz) 
(First) That the Said William his Heirs or assigns shall Plant & 
Cultivate five acres of Land within the Term of Five Years for 
every fifty acres containd in this his Grant & Continue to improve 
& Settle the Same by Aditional Cultivations on Penalty of the 

forfieture of this his Grant & of its reverting to us our 
*i-283 Heirs & *Sucessors to be by us or them regranted to 

such of our subjects as shall Effectually Settle & Cultivate 
the Same — (2*^'y) That all White & other Pine Trees within Said 
Tract fit for masting our royal Navy be carefully Preserved for 
that Use & none to be Cutt or felld without Our Special Licence 
for so ding first had & obtaind upon the Penalty of the forfeiture 
of the right of the Grantee in the Said Land his Heirs & Assigns 
to us our Heirs & Successors as well as being Subject to the 
Penalty of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are or here- 
after Shall be Enacted — (3*^'^) Yielding & Paying therefor to us 
our heirs & Successors for the Space of Ten years from the Date 
hereof the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only on the 25*'' Day of 
December Annually (if Lawfully Demanded (4) the Said 
Grantee his Heirs or Assigns shall Yield & Pay unto us our Heirs 
& Successors Yearly & every Year for ever from & after the 
Expiration of Ten Years from the above Said 25*^ of December 
Namely on the 25''' Day of December which will be in the Year of 
our Lord 1775 One Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hun- 
dred Acres he so owns Settles or Possesses and so in Proportion 
for a greater or Lesser Tract of the Land atbresaid which money 
Shall be paid by the respective owner Settler or Possessor as afore 
Said in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth in the Province afore 
Said or to such Officer or officers as Shall be appointed to 
recieve the Same & this to be in Lieu of all other Rents & Serv- 
ices whatsoever In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal 
of our Said Prov^ to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning 
Wentworth Esq Our albresaid Governour the 25*^* Day of October 
in the Fifth Year of our Reign & in the Year of our Lord Christ 

1765 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Comand 

with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson jun"" S''^ 

Province of New Hampshire ss Portsm'' Octob' 25 1765 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal ^ T Atkinson jun Sec'y 



BARTLETT. 447 



BATH. 

[Granted Sept. 10, 1761, to Rev. Andrew Gardner and others. Regranted 
IVIarch 29, 1769, to John Sawyer and others. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 164; In- 
dex to Laws, 49; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 132; His- 
torical Sketch, by David Sutherland, 13, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 105 ; 
Historical Address, by David Sutherland, 1854, with supplementary notes by 
Thomas Boutelle, 1855, pp. 135 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 509.] 



[Bath Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-i8i 

Bath GEORGE, the Third, By the Grace of 

/^s^^^^-\ God, of Great-Britain, France and Ireland King, 

\ / Defender of the Faith &c. 

) C To all Persons to zvhom these P?'esents shall come, 

\.^-\^^s^ Greeting. 

Know 3^e, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, and 
meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVeza Plan- 
tation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of our 
Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our Gov- 
ernor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in JYew-Engiand, and of our Council of the said 
Province ; Have, upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
after made, given and granted, and by these Presents, for us, our 
Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal Shares, unto 
Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of JVezv- 
Hani^shire, and Our other Governments, and to their Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, whose Names are entred on this Grant, to be di- 
vided to and amongst them into Sixty Eight equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province oi New-Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement 

Ac7-es, which Tract is to contain 
Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allowance is to be 
made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, 
Mountains and Rivers, One Thousand and Forty Acres free, ac- 
cording to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said Govern- 
or's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and hereunto 
annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Beginning at a 



448 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Norway Pine Tree Standing on the Banks of Connecticut River on 
the North Side of the Mouth of Ammonoosock River whicii Tree 
is Marked with the Figure 10 From thence Running South fifty 
Five degrees East Six Miles & One Quarter of a Mile — Then Be- 
gining at the aforesaid Tree & Running up Connecticut River as 
that Runs so far as to Make it Six Miles on a Strait Line, thence 
Six Miles on such a Point as will be Six Miles from the End of the 
Six Miles & a Quarter first above Mention'd And that the same 
be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 
Bath And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said 
Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with and Inti- 
tled to all and every the Priviledges and Immunities that other 
Towns within Our Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And 
further, that the said Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Families 
resident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holding Tzvo 
jFat'rs, one of which shall be held on the And 

the other on the annually, which Fairs are not to 

continue longer than the respective following the 

said and that as soon as the said Town 

*2-i82 shall consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened 

and kept one or more Days in each Week, as may be 
thought most advantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first 
Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of 
our said Province, shall be held on the last Tuesday of this Instant 
September which said Meeting shall be Notified by M'' Andrew 
Gardner who is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said 
first Meeting, which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to the 
Laws and Customs of Our said Province ; and that the annual 
Meeting for ever hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the 
said Town, shall be on the Second Tuesday of Afarc/i annually. 
To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed, 
together with all the Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and 
their respective Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following 
Conditions, viz. 

I. That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and cul- 
tivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for every 
fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of Land 
in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the same by 
additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his Grant or 
Share in the said Township, and of its reverting to Us, our Heirs 
and Successors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same. 



BATH. 449 

II. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to Us, 
our Heirs and Successors, as well as being subject to the Penalty 
of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

III. That before any Division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the 
said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and 
marked out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefor to Us, our Heirs and Succes- 
sors for the Space of ten Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day oi December. 1762 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 One shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 
settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser 
Tract of the said Land ; which Money shall be paid by the respec- 
tive Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council 
Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer or Officers as shall be 
appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu of all other 
Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq : Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the Tenth Day of September In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One And in the First 
Year of Our Reign. 

B "Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

28 



4SO 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Province of New Hampshire Sep'' to*'' 1761 

Recorded According to the Origonal Charter under the Province 
Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

*2-i83 *The Names of the Grantees of Bath (Viz) 



Andrew Gardner 
John Gardner 
Robert Lord 
Nathan Lynde 
Benjamin Lord 
Willoughby Lynde 
William Grimes 
Joseph Peirce 
Julian Frye 
Zephania Temple 
Job Spooner 
Ezra Fox 
Simon Fox 
John Fitch 
John Coult 
Peter Coult 
John Gardner 
James Raymond 
Noah Harris 
Simon Harris 
Dudley Boilston 



Zebdiel Boylston 
Moses Coope 
John Coope 
William Kenady 
Simon Tucker 
Oliver Tucker 
Noah Boman 
Hezekiah Rider 
Oliver Rider 
Jehiel Faster 
Jareb Faster 



Ezra Frost 
Peleg Frost 
Reuben Frost 
William Simons 
WiUiam Willard 
Peter Freeman 
Ezra Woodcock 
Amos Brent 
Simon Rust 
John Harkman 
Nathaniel Powers 
Robert Parker 



Obediah Southmel 

Silvanus Maccumber Joel Mathews 

Nathaniel Fellows Simon Stevens 



John Bacon 
Ruben Bacon 
Ruben Darling; 
Judah Adams 
Roger Ayres 
Job Ayres 
John Hawley 



Theodore Atkinson Esq' 
Joseph Newmarch Esq' 
Benning Wentworth [ton 
Samuel Wentworth Esq Bos- 
John Nelson & 
Theodore Atkinson Jun"^ Esq 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' a Tract to Contain 
Five Hundred Acres as Marked in the Plan B-W — which is to be 
Accounted Two of the within Shares, One whole Share for the 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, One 
Share for a Glebe for the Church of England as by Law Estab- 
lished, One Share for the first Setled Minister of the Gospel, & 
One Share for the Benefit of a School in said Town 

Province of New Hampshire Sep"^ 10, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter for Bath under 
the Province Seal 

Attested '^ Theodore Atkinson Se^y 



BATH. 



451 




VlaLTL of BcLiTz 



^outh 6^'d-e-<^ H at i>'/*^77li1^ 



Province of New Hamp'' Sepf 10-1761 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Bath under 
the Pro^ Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



[Bath Charter, 1769.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the Grace of *4-9 

Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and Ire- 

(Bath.) land King Defender of theffaith & so forth — 

Whereas by the Petition of Nehemiah Lovewell and others his 

Associates Proprietors in the Township of Bath, acknowledged to 



452 CHARTER RECORDS. 

be forfeited by not complying with the Terms of Settlement in the 
Charter, and praying for a renewal of the same — that they may be 
quieted in their several Settlements & the delinquent Shares be 
granted to them, which being Consider'd, — 

Therefore, Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain 
knowledge and mere motion, for the due encouragment of setling a 
new Plantation within our said Province, by and with the advice of 
our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor 
and Commander in chief of our said Province of New Hampshire 
in New England, and of our Council of the said Province — Have 
upon the Conditions and reservations herein after made, given and 
granted, and by these Presents for us our heirs and Successors Do 
give and grant in equal Shares unto our Loyal Subjects inhabitants 
of our said Province of New Hampshire and our other Governments 
who hath Petitioned us for the same, setting forth their readiness 
to make immediate settlement, and to their heirs and Assigns for 
ever, whose Names are enter'd on this Grant to be divided to and 
amongst them into One hundred equal Shares, all that Tract or 
Parcel of Land known by the name of Bath, situate, lying and 
being within our Province of New Hampshire containing by 
admeasurement Twenty thousand & ninety Acres which is to con- 
tain something less than Six miles Square ; out of which an allow- 
ance is to be made for Highways and unimproveable Lands by Rocks, 
Ponds, mountains and Rivers, One thousand & forty Acres free 
according to a Plan and Survey thereof, exhibited by our Surveyor 
General, by our said Governor's Order, and Returned into the 
Secretary's Office, and hereunto annex'd, butted and bounded as 
follows. Viz* — Begining at the mouth of Ammonoosuck River at 
a Pine Tree marked with the figures 9 & 10, and with the Letters 
B W, thence up Connecticut River as that tends to a Pine Tree 

marked with the figures 10 & 11, which is also the South 
*4-io west corner bounds of Lyman, then turning *off, and 

runing South fifty five degrees East Six miles to a Beech 
tree marked B L, C. L D, o Surveyor's mark, from thence 
South Two degrees East six miles and 14 Chains to a spruce Tree 
marked B B, ° then turning off' again and runing North Fifty 
five degrees West, six miles and one Quarter of a mile to the 
bounds first mention'd. — To have and to hold the said Tract of 
Land as above expressed, together with all Priviledges and Ap- 
purtenances to them & their respective heirs and Assigns for ever, 
by the Name of Bath aforesaid, upon the following Conditions, 
Viz*. First — That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be 



BATH. 453 

setled Twelve families who shall be actually cultivating some part 
of the land, & resident thereon, on or before the first day of May 
1770, and so to continue making further & additional improvement, 
cultivation and settlement of the Premises, so that there shall be 
actually setled and resident thereon Sixty families by the first day 
of May 1774, on penalty of the forfeiture of such delinquent's 
Share, & of such Shares reverting to us our heirs & Successors, 
to be by us or them enter'd upon, & regranted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually Settle & Cultivate the same — Second 
That all white and other Pine trees within the said Township fit 
for masting our Royal navy, be carefully preserved for that use, 
and none to be cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so do- 
ing, first had & obtained, upon the penalty of the forfeiture of 
the right of such Grantee his heirs and Assigns to us our heirs and 
successors as well as being subject to the penalty of any Act or 
Acts of Parliam* that now are or hereafter shall be Enacted. 
Third That before any division of the land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a tract of land as near the centre of the said 
Township as the land will admit of, shall be reserved and marked 
out for Town lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the contents of One Acre Fourth. * Yielding *4-ii 
and paying therefor to us our heirs and Successors on or 
before the first day of May 1770, the rent of one ear of Indian 
Corn only if lawfully demanded. Fifth — That every Proprietor 
Settler or inhabitant shall yield & pay unto us our heirs & Succes- 
sors yearly and every year for ever, from and after the expiration 
of one Year from the abovesaid first day of May, namely on the 
first day of May which will be in the year of our Lord 1771? one 
shilling Proclamation money for every hundred Acres he so owns, 
Settles or Possesses, and so in proportion for a greater or lesser 
tract of the said Land, which money shall be paid by the respec- 
tive Persons abovesaid, their heirs or Assigns in our Council 
Chamber in Portsm" or to such Officer or Officers as shall be ap- 
pointed to receive the same, Sixth — and that a good Waggon road 
not less than Two rods wide be laid out and cut thro' the said 
Town by or before the first day of May 1770, on penalty of the 
forfeiture of the Premises ; and this to be in lieu of all other rents 
& services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereto afiix'd. Witness John Wentworth 
Esquire our Governor and Commander in Cheif of our said 
Province of New Hampshire the 29th day of March in the 



454 CHARTER RECORDS. 

year of our Lord Christ 1769, and in the 9th. year of our 
Reign. 

J Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Com- , '-"^•^-^-s 

mand with advice of Council. \ / 

T : Atkinson Jun^ Sec'^ ) ^ ' ^ * ( 



Ent** & Recorded according to the Grant of Bath under the 
Province Seal this 29^^ March 1769. 

f Geo : King D. Sec' 

Names of the Grantees of the township of Bath. 

John Sawyer James Dogge Deliverance Sawyer 

William Hayward Ebenezer Richardson Joseph King 
John Hazzen Joshua Bayley Nehemiah Lovewell 

jNIoses Pike Edward Blair John Hazzen Jun"^ 

Andrew Savage Crocker Timothy Barron John Taplin 
John Hugh Benj** Sawyer Jacob Hall 

Robert Bedel John Hastings Luther Richardson 
*4-i2 *Samuel Sanborn James Haslett John Peters 

Benjamin Sanborn Thomas Akencross Shubael Cross 
Benjamin Sanborn Jun'Daniel Lunt Bradbury Richardson 

Samuel Sanborn Jun*" Nehemiah Wheeler Peter Garland 
Daniel Been Theod' Moses Charles Hinkley 

Timothy Bedel Mark Sevey Clement March Esq : 

Nathaniel Merrill W™ Appleton Samuel Phelps 

Cyrus Bedel Alexander Morrison David Barber 

Moody Beedel Eliphalet Daniels John Mason [son Esq : 

Joseph White Rich'^Cutts Shannon The H^^^Theod^ Atkin- 

Jacob Kent Perkins Ayres Theod"" Atkinson Jmy. Esq : 

James Bayley Benjamin Miller Henry Prescott [Boston 

Abner Bayley George Waldron Benning Wentworth of 

Samuel Hale Cornelius Sullivan Robert Harold 

Jon*^ Fowler Joseph Wright Esq'John Hurd Esq : 

Nehemiah Lovewell Jun' Jotham Rindge John Mascarene Esq : 
Jaasiel Herriman David Copp Jon^ Clarke Jun"^ of Bos- 

Joseph Herriman Jun^ Jn^ Sherburne Jun' James Bigbie [ton 

Benj'"* Slade Alexander Phelps Esq'. Benj** Yetton 

Joseph Simes Jacob Bayley Esq John Bacon 

Robert Gilman Israel Morey Esq : Thomas Abby 

Philip Gilman Ichabod Palmer Samuel Rogers 



BATH. 455 

Paul March Ebenezer Somes John Pierce 

Joseph March Nathan Caswell Samuel Dyer [Esq : 

William Welch Jon'' Bagley Esq : Nath^ Peaslee Sargent 

Isaac Rindge Esq"^ Elijah King W™ Belknap of Bath. 

Glebe for the Church of England, 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of Bath under 
the Province Seal the 29th March 1769. 

Att' Geo : King D Sec^ 

Province of New Hampshire. 

These may Certify that this Plan of Bath Beginning at the 
Mouth of Ammonoosuck River at a Pine Tree marked with the 
figures 9 & 10 & with the letters B W. thence up Connecticut River 
as that tends to a Pine Tree marked with the Figures 10 & 11, 
which is also the South west corner Bounds of Lyman, then turn- 
ing off & running South Fifty five Degrees East Six Miles to a 
Beech Tree marked B L, C, L D, ° Surveyor's Mark, from 
thence South Two Degrees East Six Miles and 14 Ch^ to a Spruce 
Tree marked B B o then turning off again & running North 55 
Deg" West 6 Miles & one quarter of a Mile to the Bounds first 
mentioned Contains Twenty thousand & Ninety Acres and is a 
true Copy of an Original plan or Survey of said Tract as taken 
& returned to me by Elijah King D^ Survey"^ 

Attest. Is. Rindge S. G^ 



456 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




BEDFORD. 457 



BEDFORD. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as IVarragansetlNo. 5, Feb 12, 1733-4. Afterwards 
called Souhegaii East. The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors, 
Nov. 9, 1748. Incorporated as Bedford, May 19, 1750, and named in honor of 
the Duke of Bedford. A portion of the town was annexed to Manchester, July i, 

1853- 

See Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following volumes : 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 50; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 176; Index to Laws, 
51 ; Topographical and Historical Sketch, i. Collections of N. H. Historical 
Society, 288; discourse, by Thomas Savage, 1841, pp. 16; centennial address, by 
Isaac O. Barnes, 1850, pp. 45; History, pub. by Alfred Mudge, 1851, pp. 364; 
historical discourse, by Ira C. Tyson, 1876, pp. 31 ; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 265; History of the Catholic Church in the United 
States, by John G. Shea, 1890, Vol. 3, p. 108; Baptist Churches in N. H., by 
E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 22 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 156 ; Memorial 
Addresses on Life and Character of Zachariah Chandler, 1880; Life of Zachariah 
Chandler, 1880; sketch, 12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 47.] 



[Bedford Incorporated, 1750.] 

*Province of New Hamp"' *i-67 

Bedford George the Second by the Grace of God of 

/-v•^x-^ Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender 

/PS 1 V °^ ^^^ Faith &c* 

/ \ To all to whom the Presents Shall come 

v-^-w^ Greeting — 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract of Land 
within our Province of New Hampshire afores*^ Lying at or near A 
Place called Sowhegon on the West Side of the River Merrimack 
have Humbly Petitioned and requested to us that they may be 
Erected & Incorporated into A Township & Infranchised with the 
Same Powers & Previledges which other Towns within our S*^ 
Province by Law have & Injoy and it Appearing to us to be Con- 
ducive to the General Good of our Said Province as well as of the 
Inhabitants in Perticular by maintaining good order & Encourage- 
ing the Culture of the Land that the Same Should be Don Know 
ye therefore that we of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge and 
for the Encouragem* & Promoteing the good Purposes & Ends 
afores^ By & with the Advice of our Trusty & well beloved 
Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Comander in Chieff 
& of our Council for Said Province of New Hampshire Have 



45^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Erected & ordained and by these Presents for us our hiers & 
Successors Do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of A Tract of 
Land Aforesaid or that Shall Inhabit & Impi-ove thereon hereafter 
Butted & Bounded as follows (Viz) begining at A Place Three 
miles North from the bridge over Souhegon River at John Cham- 
berlains house & thence to run East by the needle to Merimack 
River to A Stake & Stones and to Extend that Line West until it 
Intersects A Line known by the name of the West Line of Souhegon 
East and from thence to run North Two Degrees West about Three 
miles & an half to A Beach Tree marked Called Souhegon West's. 
North East Corner, thence South Eighty Eight Degrees West by 
an old Line of marked Trees to A Chesnut Tree marked, from 
thence North Two Degrees West Two miles to an Hemlock Tree 
marked called the North West Corner of Said Souhegan East, 
thence East by the Needle to Merrimack River to a Stake & Stones 
thence Southerly as Merrimack River Runs to the Stake & Stones 
first mentioned And by these Presents Are Declared & ordained to 
be A Town Corporate & Are hereby Erected & Incorporated into a 
body Pollitick & A Corporation to have Continueance for Ever by 
the name of Bedford with all the Powers And Authorities Previ- 
ledges Immunities & Infranchizes to them the Said Inhabitants & 
thier Successors forever always Reserveing to us our hiers & Suc- 
cessors all white Pine Trees growing & being or that hereafter Shall 
grow& be on the Said Tract of Land fit for the use of our Royal 

Navy Reserving also the Power of Divideing the Said 
*i-68 Town to us our hiers & *Successors when it Shall Appear 

necessary & Convenient for the benefit of the Inhabitants 
thereof — It is to be understood & is Accordingly hereby Declared 
that the Private Property of the Soil is in no manner of Way to be 
Affected by this Charter and as the Several Towns within Our 
Said Province of New Hampshire Are by the Laws thereof Enabled 
& Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of Votes to Chuse all 
Such Officers as Are mentioned in the Said Laws We Do by these 
Presents Nominate & Appoint John Goffe Esq to call the first meet- 
ing of Said Inhabitants to be held within the Said Town at Any 
time within Thirty Days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal 
Notice of the Time & Design of Holding Such Meeting after which 
the Annual Meeting in Said Town Shall be held for the Choice of 
Town officers &c* for Ever on the Last Wednesday in March 
Annually — 

In Testimony Whereof We have Caused the Seal of our Said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Benning Wentworth Esq 



BEDFORD. 



459 



Our Governour & Comander in ChiefF of Our Said Province the 
nineteenth Day of May in the year of Our Lord Christ One 
thousand Seven hundred & fifty & in the Tw^enty third Year of 
Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Command 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Province 
Seal this 21 Day of May 1750 — 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



Easl2>>-/ lhe.ntti.le. 




~Pl.CLn of IBe^dJo-rci 



v? JlaiiJjiJ the -needle- ^'- rn.iles i-^/^ — 



.■A' 




'Stale l-Si ones 



Entred & Recorded According to the Original Plan on the back 
of the Charter the 21^* May 1750 

1^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



460 CHARTER RECORDS. 



BELMONT. 

[Set off from Gilmanton and incorporated as Upper Gihnanton, June 29, 1859. 
The name was changed to Behiiont June 24, 1869, in honor of August Belmont. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 302 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, i ; Index to 
Laws, 53; sketch, by A. J. Hackett, Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 
717; History of Gilmanton, by Daniel Lancaster, 1845, pp. 304.] 



BENNINGTON. 

[This town was constituted from parts of Greenfield, Francestown, Deering, and 
Hancock, and was incorporated Dec. 15, 1842. A part of Society Land was 
annexed Dec. 20, 1842. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 299; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 490, 680; 
XII, id., 152; Index to Laws, 57; sketch, by James Holmes, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 284; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 
160.] 



BENTON. 

[Granted as Covent?y, Jan. 31, 1764, to Theophilus Fitch and others. The 
name was changed to Benton, Dec. 4, 1840, in honor of Thomas H. Benton. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 192 ; Index to Laws, 57 ; sketch, Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 148; History, in manuscript, by William F. 
Whitcher; The Benton Range and Mt. Moosilauke, by H. E. Spalding, 2, Ap- 
palachia, 28 ; Mt. Waternomee and the Blue Ridge, by M. I. Stone, 4, id., 75 ; A 
Day and a Night on the Benton Range, by F. O. Carpenter, 5, id., 128, 151 ; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 580.] 



[Coventry Charter, 1764.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire *3-82 

Coventry GEORGE, the Third, 

^-^,.\.^-N By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
\ / Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

f * C To all Persons to -whom these Presents shall come,, 

^^^"^v-s^ Greeting. 

Know Ye, that We, of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a New 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 



BENTON. 461 

our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province oi New- 
Hampshirc, in New-England^ and of Our Council of the said 
Province ; Have upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
after made, given and granted, and by these Presents, for Us, Our 
Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal Shares, unto 
Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province oi Nezv- 
Hampskirc, and Our other Governments, and to their Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, whose Names are entred on this Grant, to be 
divided to and amongst them into Seventy one equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province oi New-Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
24000 Acres, which Tract is to contain Six Miles square, and no 
more ; out of which an Allowance is to be made for High Ways 
and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, 
One Thousand and Forty Acres free, according to a Plan and 
Survey thereof, made by Our said Governor's Order, and returned 
into the Secretary's Office, and hereunto annexed, butted and 
bounded as follows. Viz. Begining at the South Easterly Corner 
Bounds of the Town of Haverhill thence running South fifty Eight 
Degrees East Six Miles & one half Mile thence North Twenty 
four degrees East about Seven Miles & three Quarters of a Mile 
thence North fifty five Degrees West about Six Miles to the North 
Easterly Corner of Haver Hill afore Said then South Twenty five 
Degrees West by Haver Hill afore Said to the Bounds began at 
And that the same be and hereby is Incorporated into a Township 
by the Name of Coventry And the Inhabitants that do or shall 
hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to be 
Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and every the Priviledges and 
Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by Law 
Exercise and Enjoy: And further, that the said Town as soon as 
there shall be Fifty Families resident and settled thereon, shall 
have the Liberty of holding two Fairs, one of which shall be held 
on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer 
than the respective following the said 

and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty 
Families, a Market may be *opened and kept one or *3-83 
more Days in each Week, as may be thought most ad- 
vantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for the 
Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said Prov- 
ince, shall be held on the Second Tuesday of March next which 



462 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said Meeting shall be Notified by Theophilus Fitch Esq who is 
hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said first Meeting, 
which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to the Laws and 
Customs of Our said Province ; and that the annual Meeting for 
ever hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the said Town, 
shall be on the Second Tuesday of March annually. To Have 
and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed, together 
with all Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their respect- 
ive Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

L That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and 
cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for 
every fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion of 
Land in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the 
same by additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his 
Grant or Share in said Township, and of its reverting to Us, our 
Heirs and Successors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same. 

H. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 
that Use, and none to be cut or felled without Our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained, upon the Penalty of the For- 
feiture of the Right of such Grantee, his Heirs and Assigns, to Us, 
our Heirs and Successors, as well as being subject to the Penalty 
of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

HL That before any Division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees, a Tract of Land as near the Centre of the 
said Township as the Land will admit of, shall be reserved and 
marked out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefor to Us, our Heirs and Succes- 
sors for the Space of ten Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
payment to be made on the twenty -fifth day oi December. 1764 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year 
forever, from and after the Expiration often Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely on the twenty-fifth Day 
o{ December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1774 One 
shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so 
owns, settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or 



BENTON. 



463 



lesser Tract of the said Land; which Money shall be paid by the 
respective Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our 
Council Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this is to be in Lieu 
of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the 31 — Day of January In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty four And in the Fourth 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson Jun"^ Se'^ 

Pro^ N Hamp' Jan'y 31-1764 

Recorded According to the original Charter under the Pro'^ 
Seal 

^ T Atkinson Jun"^ Sec'y 
*Names of the Grantees of Coventry — 



Theophilus Fitch Esq Ephraim Smith 



^3-84 



John Fransher 
Elipalet Sealey 
James Banks 
Daniel Stevens 
Joshua Ambler 
Amos Weed 
Samuel Weed 
Benj* Weed 
Isaac Weed 
Peter Weed 
Ebene?/ Hoit 
Hezekia Weed 
Joshua Waterbury 
Joseph Davenport 
Gideon Leads 
Samuel Crissey 



James Smith 
John Battes 
Jessee Smith 
Peter Husted 
Samuel Bowton 
Jahial Bowton 
Zebulon Husted 
David S' Johns 
Joseph Ambler 
Charles Smith 
John Bates 
Abraham Weed 
Ruben Weed 



Sylvanus Sealey 
Silas Hoit 
Will™ Fansher 
Daniel Benedict 
Nathaniel Hoit 
Enos Weed 
Theophilus Hanford 
Hezekiah Davenport 
Nath^i Waterbury 
James Scofield 
James Bates 
Thomas Saymore Jun' 
John Fansher Jun' 



Silvanus Weed 
Nathaniel Loundsbury Mathew Fountain 
Admer Stephens Joseph Lockwood 

Obediah Stephens Adonijah Brown 
Obedia Sealey Obediah Stephens jun'' The Hon^^® John Temple' 
Deodat Davenport Nathaniel Weed Theod' Atkinson 

Ebenez' Schofield Eleaz' Bowton M'^ Hu^ Wentworth 

Isaac Amsdale Eliphalet Sealey jun' Theod*^ Atkinson Jun' 

Samuel Belding Wix Sealey Esq' 



464 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as Marked B W — in the Plan which 
is to be Accounted two of the within Shares One whole Share for 
the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 
Foreign Parts One whole Share for A Glebe for the Church of 
England as by Law Established One Share for the first Settled 
Minister of the Gospel and One Share for the Benefit of A School 
in Said Town forever 

Pro^ of New Hamp' Jan'^' 31 1764 Recorded from the Original 
on the Back of the Original Charter under the Pr° Seal — 

T Atkinson Jun' Sec'^' 




S/er 






Prov* of New Hamp' Jan'^ 31 — 1764 

Recorded from the Plan on the Back of the Original Charter 
under the Pro^ Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec'y 



BENTON. 465 

[Grant to Ammi R. Cutter, 1770.] 
*Province of New Hampshire. * 1-357 

C Y) r^ tt -' } George the Third by the grace of God 

} p - f 1 ^^ Great Britain, France and Ireland King 

^ ' ^ Defender of the ffaith &c^ — 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. 

Whereas we have tho't lit by our Proclamation at S' James's 
the 7'^ day of October in the 3** year of our Reign Annoque 
Domini 1763 (among other Things to testify our Royal sense and 
approbation of the conduct and bravery of the Officers and Soldiers 
of our Armies, & signifying our desire to reward the same, and 
have therein commanded and impower'd our several Governors of 
our respective Provinces on the Continent of America to grant 
without fee or reward to such reduced Officers as have served in 
North America during the late War and to such Private Soldiers 
as have been or shall be disbanded there, and shall personally apply 
for the same, such quantities of Land respectively as in and by our 
aforesaid Proclamation are particularly mentioned, subject never- 
theless to the same Quit Rents & conditions of cultivation & im- 
provement as other our Lands are subject to in the Province in 
which they are granted And whereas Ammi Ruhamah Cutter 
of Portsm** in our said Province Physician had our appointment as 
Surgeon of one of our Regiments and serv'd during the late War, 
and is now reduced ; and he having personally applied & solicited 
for such Grant agreable to our aforesaid Proclamation, Know 
Ye therefore that we of our special grace, certain knowledge and 
mere motion do signify our approbation as aforesaid and for 
*encouraging the Settlement and cultivation of our Lands *i-358 
within our said province of New Hampshire Have by and 
with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth 
Esq' our Governor and Commander in chief of our said Province 
and of our Council of the same (agreable to our aforesaid in part 
recited Proclamation and upon the Conditions & reservations herein 
after mentioned) Given and granted and by these Presents for us 
our Heirs and Successors do give & grant unto the said Ammi 
Ruhamah Cutter and to his heirs and Assigns for Ever, a certain 
tract of Land containing by admeasurement three thousand seven 
hundred and ninety six Acres one Rood & sixteen Perches out of 
which an allowance is to be made for Highways and unimproveable 
Lands, Seven hundred and ninety six Acres one Rood & sixteen 

29 



466 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Perches which said Tract is situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of New Hampshire as by a Plan or Survey thereof 
exhibited b}'^ our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province 
by our said Governor's Order and returned into the Secretary's 
Office of our said Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, 
butted and bounded as follows Viz^ Beginning at a stake and 
stones on the East line of Haverhill & runing North Twenty five 
degrees East three miles and One Hundred and forty one Rods to 
a beech Tree, thence turning off & runing South Fifty five degrees 
East (by Landaff) one mile and three quarters of a mile to a 
hemlock tree marked C. C. DC. thence turning oft' and running 
South Twenty five degrees West three miles and One hundred and 
forty one Rods to a spruce Tree, thence turning oft" and running 
North Fifty five degrees West one mile and three quarters of a 
mile to the bounds begran at. To have and to hold the said 
Tract of Land as above expressed to him the said Ammi Ruhamah 
and to his heirs and Assigns for Ever upon the following 
Terms Conditions and Reservations Viz* First — That the said 
Grantee shall cut, clear and make passable lor Carriages &c a 
Road of four Rods wide thro' the said Tract as shall at any 
time hereafter be directed or order'd by the Governor and Council 
aforesaid which Road is to be completed in Two years from the 
date of such Order or direction of the Governor and 
* 1-359 Council aforesaid on penalty of the *forfeiture of this 
Grant and of it's reverting to us our Heirs and Successors. 

Second. That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be settled 
Five Families in Five years from the date of this Grant in failure 
whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Successors to 
be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of our Subjects 
asshall effectuall}^ settle and cultivate the same. 

Third. That all white and other Pine Trees being and growing 
within and upon the said Tract of Land fit for masting our Royal 
Navy be carefully preserv'd for that use and none to be cut or 
fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had and 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the right of the Grantee 
in the said Tract his heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors as well as being subject to the penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth Yielding paying therefor to us our Heirs and Successors 
on or before the first day of March 1779, the rent of one Ear of 
Indian Corn only if Lawfully demanded. 

Fifth That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall yield 



BENTON. 467 

and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every 
year for Ever from and after the expiration of one year from the 
abovesaid tirst day of March, namely on the first day of March 
which will be in the 3'ear of our Lord Christ one thousand seven 
hundred & Eighty, One Shilling Proclamation money for every 
Hundred Acres he so owns Settles or Possesses and so in pro- 
portion for a greater or Lesser tract of the said Land, which money 
shall be paid by the respective Owner, Settler or Proprietor as 
aforesaid in our Council chamber in Portsm*' or to such Officer or 
Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same ; and these to 
be in lieu of all other rents and services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth 
Esq' our aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief of our said 
Province of New Hampshire the fifth day of February in the 10* 
year of our Reign and in the year of our Lord Christ 1770. 

By his Excellency's Command with advice of Council. 

Theo : Atkinson Sec'^ 

J' j L.S. I Wentworth. 

Province of New Hampshire Feby 5"^ 1770 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

P' Geo : Kincr D Secy 



468 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[This plan is taken from Vol. 5, p. 34.] 




Province of New Hampshire. Portsmouth 4"" Jan'^ 1770 
These Certify that this Plan beginning at Stake and Stones on 
the East line of Haverhil & running N 25° East 3 Miles and 141 
Rods to a Beach Tree thence turning off & Running So 55° East 
by Landaff one Mile & f to a hemlock Tree Marked C C DC 
thence turning off & running So 25° West 3 Miles & 141 rods to 
a Spruce Tree thence turning off again & Runnmg N 55° W one 
Mile and three Qiiarters to the Bounds began at. contains Three 
Thousand Acres of land besides an Allowance of Seven hundred 
Ninety Six Acres one Rood & Sixteen perch for unimprovable 
land & is a True Copy of an Original plan or Survey of said Tract 
as taken & returned to me by M' Dudley Colman Dep'^ Sur' 

Attest f Is Rindge S. G'— 

Recorded According to the Original 

Attest E Thompson Sec'^' 



BENTON. 469 

[Grant to George King, 1770.] 

^Province of *i-36o 

New Hampshire George the Third by the 

_ ^ "^ grace of God of Great Britain France and 

o 4 s Ti-plnnrI TCnvrn ripfpnrlpr nf fhf> fFnitli R-^r • 



his Grant 



To ALL to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. 

Whereas we have tho't fit by our Proclamation at S* James's 
the seventh day of October in the Third year of our Reign Anno 
domini 1763 among other things to Testify our Royal sense and 
approbation of the conduct and bravery of the Officers and Sol- 
diers of our Armies and signified our desire to reward the same 
and have therein commanded & impower'd our several Governors 
of our respective Provinces on the Continent of America to grant 
without fee or reward to such reduced Officers as have served in 
North America during the late War and to such private Soldiers 
as have been or shall be disbanded there and shall personally 
apply for the same, such quantities of Land respectively 
as in and by our *aforesaid Proclamation are particularly *i-36i 
mentioned, subject nevertheless to the same Qiiit rents 
and Conditions of cultivation and improvement as our other Lands 
are subject to in the Province in which they are granted. And 
whereas George King of Portsm" in the Province aforesaid, 
Esq' had our appointment as an Overseer of Artificers at the 
Siege of Louisbourgh and served in that and other Capacities dur- 
ing the late War, and is now reduced : & he having personally 
applied & solicited for such Grant agreable to our aforesaid Proc- 
lamation Knoav Ye that we of our special grace, certain knowl- 
edge and mere motion do signify our approbation as aforesaid and 
for encouraging the settlement and cultivation of our Lands 
within our said Province of New Hampshire in New England by 
and with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved Jn*' Went- 
worth Esq' our Governor and Commander in chief of our said 
Province and of our Council of the same, agreeable to our afore- 
said in part recited Proclamation and upon the Conditions and 
reservations herein after mentioned given and granted and by 
these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do give and grant 
unto the said George King his Heirs and Assigns for ever a cer- 
tain tract of Land containing by admeasurement Three thousand 
Four hundred and seventy Eight Acres out of which an allowance 
is to be made of Four hundred & sevent}^ Eight Acres free of Qiiit 



470 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Rent for Unimproveable Land situate, lying and being within our 
Province of New Hampshire aforesaid as by a Plan or Survey 
thereof exhibited by our Survey"" of Lands for our said Province 
by our said Governor's Order & returned into the Secretary's Office 
a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows 
Viz* Begining at a Hemlock Tree marked C C. G K Surveyor's 
mark DC, standing in the line on the Southwesterly side of the 
Township of Landaff thence runing South Fifty five degrees 
East two miles to a maple tree marked G K Surveyor's mark DC, 
thence turning off and running South Twenty five degrees West 
two Miles and three quarters of a Mile to a Spruce Tree marked 
G K. Surveyor's mark DC, thence turning off and runing North 
fifty five degrees West Two miles to a birch Tree mark'd G K, 
Surveyor's mark DC, thence turning off' and runing North 
Twenty five degrees East Two miles & three Qriarters of a mile 
by Land lately Survey'd & now about to be granted to Ammi 
Ruhamah Cutter to the Hemlock Tree began at. To Have and 
TO HOLD the said Tract of Land as above expressed to him the said 
George King and his heirs and Assigns tor Ever upon the fol- 
lowing Terms, Conditions & reservations Viz^ — 
*i-362 *FiRST That the said Grantee shall cut, clear & make 
passable for Carriages &c. a Road of Four Rods wide 
thro' the said Tract as shall at any time hereafter be directed or 
Order'd by the Governor & Council atbresaid which Road is to be 
completed in Two Years from the date of such Order or direction 
of the Governor and Council aforesaid on penalty of the forfeit- 
ure of this Grant and of it's reverting to us our Heirs and Sue- 
cessors. 

Secondly That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
setled Five Families in five years from the date of this Grant, in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors to be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the same. 

Thirdly That all white and other Pine Trees being and 
growing within & upon the said Tract of Land fit for masting our 
Royal Navy be carefully preserv'd for that use and none to be 
cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had and 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee in 
the said Tract his Heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs and Succes- 
sors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourthly Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and 



BENTON. 471 

Successors on or before the first day of March 1779, the Rent of 
one Ear of Indian Corn only if huvfully demanded. 

Fifthly That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall 
yield and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every 
Year for Ever from and after the expiration of one Year from the 
abovesaid first day of March namely on the first day of March 
which will be in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven 
hundred and Eighty ; One Shilling Proclamation Money for 
every hundred Acres he so Owns, Settles or Possesses and so in 
proportion for a greater or less Tract of the Land aforesaid ; 
which money shall be paid by the respective Owner, Settler or 
Proprietor as aforesaid in our Council Chamber in Portsm" or to 
such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same ; 
and these to be in lieu of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 
In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq"^ our 
aforesaid Governor and Commander in Chief the Fifth day of Feb- 
ruary in the Tenth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1770. 

J /^-^x Wentworth. 
< L. s. > 

*By his Excellency's Command > *i-^6;^ 

with advice of Council > 

Theo : Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire 5'^ Feb^ 1770 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

Att' Theodore Atkinson Se^^ 



472 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




BENTON. 473 

[Grant to George Meserve, 1769.] 

*Province ^ George the Third by the Grace of God 

of New > of Great Britain France and Ireland King *i-34i 
Hampshire ) defender of the faith & so forth. 

/^N^'w'^ To all to whom these Presents shall come ; 

\ J q / Greeting. 

> ' * S Whereas we have tho't fit by our order in Council 

^ v-x^v--N>/ at S*. James's the 17^^^ day of February in the 6^^ 

(Geo : Me- year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1766, upon Ap- 
serve's Grant) plication made to us by George Meserve Esq"^ 
Praying for a Grant of Lands in our Province of 
New Hamps^ afores*^ in order to make a settlement thereupon. 
Therefore Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain 
knowledge and mere Motion, & for encouraging the Settlem' and 
Culture of our Lands within our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire, HAVE (by and with the advice of our Trusty and well 
beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor and Command"" in 
Chief of our said Province, and of our Council of the same, 
agreeable to our aforesaid order in Council & upon the Conditions 
and Reservations herein particularly recited & express'd;) Given 
& granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors, do 
give and Grant unto the said George Meserve and to his Heirs 
and Assigns for Ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing 
by admeasurement Five thousand Acres, with an Allowance of 
Thirteen hundred & Twenty seven Acres and one quarter of an 
Acre, for Unimproveable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and 
Rivers, which said Tract is situate, lying and being within our 
Province aforesaid as by a plan or Survey thereof exhibited by 
our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province, by our said 
Gov"^^ Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office (a Copy 
whereof is hereunto annexed,) may more fully appear, butted and 
bounded as follows. Videlicet — Begining at the South East 
corner of Haverhill, and runing on the East Line of said Haverhill 
N° 25° E. Five Miles, 47 chains & 50 Links, from thence S° 55° E. 
by Land laid out to Docf Ammi Ruhamah Cutter, one Mile and 
three quarters of a Mile, from thence S^ 25° W. 5 miles, 39 chains 
& 50 Links to a birch Tree, then turning off at Right Angles & 
runing N** 58° W. one mile & three Quarters of a mile to the 
S : E. corner of Haverhill the bounds began at. To 
have AND TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as *above *i-342 
express'd to him the said George Meserve & to his 



474 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Heirs and Assigns for ever upon the following Terms, Conditions 
and Reservations, Viz* — 

First — That there be cut, cleared and made passable for Car- 
riages &c^ thro' the said Tract a Road of three Rods wide to be 
completed within six years from the date of this Grant on penalty 
of the forfeiture of the Premises hereby Granted, & of their revert- 
ing to us our heirs and Successors. — 

Second — That the said Grantee do settle the said Tract with 
Protestant Inhabitants within Ten years from the date of this 
Grant, in the Proportion of one Person for every Two hundred 
Acres, in failure whereof the said Tract to revert to us our Heirs 
■& Successors. — 

Third — That all white & other Pine Trees fit for Masting our 
Royal Navy within the said Tract be carefully preserv'd for that 
Use, and none to be cut or fell'd without our special Licence for so 
doing first had & obtained on Penalty of the forfeiture of this 
Grant and of its reverting to us our Heirs and Successors, as well 
as being subject to any Penalties prescribed by any present as 
well as future act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth — That there be reserv'd to us our Heirs and Successors 
such Parts of the Woodland as may be proper and Sufhcient for 
the Supply of the Garrisons, Forts and Fortifications (in case any 
shall be erected within the said District) with Fuel, and for such 
other Purposes as we shall think proper to direct. 

Fifth — That there be reserved to us our heirs and Successors all 
Mines of Gold, Silver and Coals, within the said Tract. 

Sixth — That any part of the said Tract appearing to be well 
adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax, the said Grantee shall 
sow and continue annually to cultivate a due proportion of the said 
Land, not less than one Rood in every Thousand Acres with that 
beneficial article of Produce. 

Seventh — That there be reserved to us our Heirs and Successors 
an Annual Quit rent of one farthing p' Acre Sterling payable on 
the feast of S*^ Michael in every year; one half of which 
* 1-343 to commence & become Payable on the said Feast *of 
S* Michael which shall first happen after the Expiration 
of Five years from the date of this Grant, and which will be in the 
year of our Lord 1774, and to be payable on every ensuing Feast 
of S' Michael or within Fourteen days after, and the whole to be- 
come Payable at the expiration of Ten years, namely on the 
Feast of S* Michael in the year of our Lord 1779; which money 
shall be paid by the respective owner. Proprietor or Setler in our 



BENTON. 475 

Council Chamber in Portsm*', or to such officer or officers as shall 
be appointed to receive the same ; and these to be in lieu of all 
other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' 
our afores*^ Governor and Commander in Cheif in and over our 
said Province of New^ Hamp' the 5^*^ day of Sept' in the 9*^ 3'ear 
of our Reign, Annoque Domini 1769. 

J' Wentworth. 



By his Excellency's Command > 
with advice of Council ) 

T : Atkinson Jun-- Sec^^— 

Prov® of N. Hamps' Enter'd and Recorded according to the 
Original Patent under the Province Seal — the 5^^^ Sept' 1769. 

Atf Theodore Atkinson Sec'J" 



476 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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Province of New Hampshire Aug*' 27. 1769. 

These Certify that this Plan, beginns at the S. E. corner of 
Haverhill & running on the East line of said Haverhill 5 miles 
47^"^ & 50^'^* N. 25 E. from thence S. 55 E. by Land laid out for 
Docf^ Cutter if miles, from thence S. 25. W. 5 miles 39*^''* & 50''^' 



BERLIN. 477 

to a Birch Tree, then turning off at right angles & running N. 58. 
W. if miles to the bounds began at. contains 5000 Ac* with an 
allowance of 13274 Acres of Land, for Mountains & Waste Lands 
— & is a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said Tract as 
taken & ref to me by M' Dudley Col man D^ Surv' 

Attesr^ ^ Is : Rindge S^ Geni— 



BERLIN. 

[Granted, Dec. 31, 1771, to Sir William Mayne and others, and named Maynes- 
borongh in honor of Sir \Villiam. Incorporated as Berlin, July i, 1829. 

See Index to Laws, 57 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 
783 ; The White Hills, by T. Starr King, 1859, p. 263 ; Round Mountain, by E. 
B. Cook, 4, Appalachia, 257 ; An Exploration of the Pilot Range, by W. H. 
Peek, id., 219; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610; In the Heart of the 
White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 172; Northern New Hampshire, by 
G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. ']'i-'\ 



[Maynesborough Charter, 1771.] 

*Province of New ) George the Third by the Grace of *4-66 

Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
(Maynesboro') King Defender of the Faith &c^ 

To ALL People to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. 

Know ye, that we of our special grace certain knowledge and 
mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling a new plantation 
within our said Province of New Hampshire in New England by 
and with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Went- 
worth Esq"" our Governor & Commander in Chief in and over 
our said Province of New Hampshire & of our Council of the 
same. Have upon the Conditions and Reservations herein after 
made given and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and 
Successors do give and grant unto our elige and loving Subjects 
Sir William Mayne Baronet, Robert Mayne Esq"^, George Gray 
Esq : John Graham Esq : Walter Kennedy Esq : William Botts 
Esq : Paul Wentworth Esq : John Nelson Esq ; John Ward Esq : 
Robert Graham Esq : David Scrymgeour Esq : Colin Mackenzie 
Esq : Thomas Mayne Esq : Edward Mayne Esq : William 



478 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Scrwens Esq: The Hon^'® Robert Needham, Samuel Smith Esq: 
and Thomas Evans Esq : & William Wentvvorth of Barbadoes 
Esq : who have made Application to us for the same, setting forth 
their readiness to enter upon & improve the Premises immediately, 
& to the respective heirs and assigns of the said Grantees for Ever 
to be equally divided to & amongst them a certain Tract or parcel 
of Land situate lying and being within our said Province of New 
Hampshire, containing something more than Six Miles Square, 
and is by admeasurement Thirty one Thousand one hundred and 
Fift}'' four Acres, being about Fifty Acres to each in their Families 
(exclusive of &) out of which an allowance is to be made for High- 
ways & unimproveable Lands by Rocks Ponds Mountains and 
Waters One thousand and Forty Acres free according to a Plan 
thereof exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said 
Province by our said Governor's Order & returned into the 
Secret'-^'^ Office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto 
annexed. Butted and Bounded as follows Videlicet Begin- 
ning at a Spruce Tree being the South East corner of the addition 
of Shelburne, & runs North 30 Deg* East 5 Miles & 80 Rods to 
a Beech Tree spotted & marked with the Letters M. B. P. B. 
thence running North 82 Deg* West Ten Miles to a Rock Maple 
Tree spotted & marked as atbresaid, then South 30 Deg^ West 5 
Miles and 80 Rods to a Red Birch Tree, spotted and marked as 
aforesaid, thence South 82 Deg* West bounding on a Tract of 

Land known by the Name of Durand & on the said Ad- 
*4-67 dition of Shelburne to the Bounds began it. *To Have 

AND TO hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed 
together wath all Priviledges and Appurtenances to them the said 
William Mayne, Robert Mayne, George Gray, John Graham, 
Walter Kennedy, William Botts, Paul Wentworth, John Nelson, 
John Ward, Robert Graham, David Scrymgeour, Colin Mackenzie, 
Thomas Mayne, Edward Mayne, William Scrwens, Robert Need- 
ham Samuel Smith, & Thomas Evans & William Wentworth and 
to their respective Heirs and Assigns for ever by the Name of 
Maynesborough upon the following Terms Videlicet 

First That the said Grantees at their own Cost shall cut clear 
& make passable for Carriages of all kinds a Road of Five Rods 
wide thro' the said Tract hereby granted, which said Road shall be 
completed in Two Years from the date of this Grant, in failure of 
which the Premises and every part thereof shall be forfeited and 
revert to us our Heirs and Successors to be by us or them reenter'd 
upon & regranted to any of our loving Subjects. 



BERLIN. 479 

Second That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be 
settled Fifteen Families by the i"^ day of January 1774, who shall 
be actually cultivating some part of the said Land and resident on 
the same, & to continue making further and additional Improve- 
ment. Cultivation & Settlement of the Premises so that there shall 
be actually settled thereon Sixty Families by the i*' day of Jan- 
uary 1782, on penalty of the forfeiture of any and every Delin- 
quent's Share and of such Share or Shares reverting to us our 
Heirs and Successors to be by us or them enter'd upon and re- 
granted to such of our Subjects as shall effectually settle & culti- 
vate the same. 

Third That all white & other Pine Trees being and growing 
within & upon the said Tract of Land fit for Masting our Royal 
Navy be carefully preserved for that use & none to be cut or fell'd 
without our special Licence for so doing first had & obtained upon 
the penalt}'^ of the forfeiture of the Right of such Grantee his Heirs 
and Assigns to us our Heirs and Successors as well as being sub- 
ject to the penalt}^ of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now are 
or hereafter shall be enacted. 

Fourth That before any Division of the Land be made to & 
among the Grantees a Tract of Land as near the centre of said 
Township as the Land will admit of shall be reserved & marked 
out for Town Lots one of which shall be allotted to each Grantee 
of the Contents of Four Acres. — 

Fifth. Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and suc- 
cessors on or before the i** day of January 1781, the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Sixth That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall yield 
& pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every year 
forever from & after the expiration of one year from the 
abovesaid i^* day of January, namely on the i** day *of *4-68 
January which will be in the year of our Lord Christ 1782, 
One Shilling Proclamation money for every Hundred Acres he 
so owns Settles or Possesses and so in proportion for a greater or 
lesser Tract of the said Land, which Money shall be paid by the 
respective Persons abovesaid their Heirs or Assigns in our Council 
Chamber in Portsm° or to such officer or officers as shall be ap- 
pointed to receive the same ; And these to be in lieu of all other 
Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony w^iereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province of New Hampshire to be hereunto affixed Witness our 
Governor & Commander in chief aforesaid the 31*' day of De- 



480 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



cemb' in the year of our Lord 1771 and in the 12^^ year of our 
Reign. — 

J' (l :s.) Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Command } 
with advice of Council. 5 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary — 
Province of New Hampshire Dec' 31, 1771. 

Recorded according to the Original Charter of Maynesborough 
under the Province Seal 

Attest Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 




Province of New Hampshire Portsm" 2g^^ Dec*" 1771. 

These may Certify that this Plan of Maynesborough (so called) 
Beginning at a Spruce Tree being the N. Easterly corner Bounds 
of a Tract of Land granted in addition to the Township of Shel- 
burne, from thence running North 30° E. 5 Miles & 80 Rods, from 
thence running N. 82° W. 10 Miles to a Rock Maple Tree, from 
thence running S. 30° W. 5 Miles & 80 Rods to a Red Birch Tree, 



BETHLEHEM. 481 

from thence runnincr S. 82° E. 10 Miles to the Bounds first men- 
tioned, Contains 31,154 Acres of Land & is a True Copy of an 
Original Plan or Survey of said Tract or Township as taken & 
returned to me by Cap' Hubartis Neal Dep^ Surveyor. 

Attest : Is. Rindge S^ Gen' — 



BETHLEHEM. 

[Granted as Lloyd Hills in 1774. Incorporated by the name of Bethlehem, Dec. 
27, 1799. Additions of territory were made in 1848 and 1873. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 190 ; Index to Laws, 57 ; History, by Rev. 
Simeon Bolles, 1883, pp. 108; 10, Granite Monthly, 299; sketch, Child's Gazet- 
teer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 154; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 512; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 302 ; historical notes and sketches 
in White Mountain Echo, ii'j%-()T,, passim ; Mt. Willey, by J. B. Henck, Jr., i, 
Appalachia, 120; Mt. Hale, by E. B. Cook, 3, id., 257; The Twin Mountain 
Range, by A. E. Scott, id., 107 ; A Trip over Osceola, the Twin Mountain Range, 
and Mt. Garfield, by W. L. Hooper, id., 285 ; Incidents in White Mountain His- 
tory, by B. G. Willey, 1857, p. 279; The White Mountains, A Guide to their In- 
terpretation, by Julius H. Ward, 1890, p. 205 ; In the Heart of the White Moun- 
tains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 276; Historical Note, 7, Granite Monthly, 29.] 



[Lloyd Hills.] 

Holland's map of New Hampshire gives a place for a township 
designated as Lloyd Hills, which occupied a considerable portion 
of the territory now in Bethlehem. The charter records, in the 
office of the Secretary of State, contain nothing relative to the town- 
ship of Lloyd Hills, except a reference to it as a boundary of the 
town of Whitefield, which was granted in 1774. 

Tw^o documents are now accessible to the public, which throw 
some light upon the matter. 

First is the lecture on the early history of Littleton and vicinity, 
by the late Dr. Adams Moore, in which are the following passages 
relating to the subject: "It appears by the charter of Whitefield 
that that town was bounded on the Southwest by a town named 
Lloyd Hills. 

Some person interested in land matters and finding no record of 
it in the office of Secretary of State, wrote to Governor Wentworth, 
who, it appears, lived at a place in England called Hammersmith. 

30 



482 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I have seen his answer, which, from sinister motives, was kept 
rather private, as it was the key to some land disputes, and if seen 
would operate against the parties holding it. It contained a cor- 
rect plan of the town of Lloyd Hills, now Bethlehem. 

The Ammonnosuc river was laid down with great accuracy, 
the line between that town and this [Littleton] distinctly placed as 
a crossing a certain bend in the river, near the Alder Brook Mills, 
where the proprietors of this town have supposed it to be, but from 
which they have been crowded back this way -about fifty rods. 
The survey purported to have been made in 1774, by Dudley Cole- 
man, who had surveyed this town [then Apthorp] four years be- 
fore. The Governor must have taken from this country a book of 
plans of all these townships, furnished him by the deputy survey- 
ors of his time, which would unravel the snarls of many a lawsuit 
past, and perhaps to come." 

Second, the following matter relative to Lloyd Hills was copied 
by Philip C. Wilkins, of Littleton, at Portsmouth, Aug. 8, 1850, 
from a paper purporting to be the original in the handwriting of 
Gov. John Wentworth. It was in the possession of counsel in a 
case when pending at Portsmouth relating to lands in Bethlehem. 
One of the counsel in this case was the late Ira Goodall, Esq., of 
Bath, whose professional papers were sold to paper-makers during 
the late war, and it is not improbable that the original of Gov. 
Wentworth's communication concerning Lloyd Hills was among 
them, as no one appears to have known of its existence in recent 
years. Mr. Wilkins's record of survey contains his memoranda 
and copy, which is substantially as follows : 

" Province of New Hampshire 

"Portsmouth 3'^ January, 1774 

" This certifies that this plan, beginning at a Beech Tree, stand- 
ing in the northeasterly line of Gunthwaite, which is the south- 
westerly corner of Apthorp [thence running south fifty-seven and 
one half degrees east, two miles and fifty-six rods, to a spruce 
Tree, which is the northeasterly corner of Gunthwaite :] thence 
south fifty-eight degrees east, three miles and two hundred sixty- 
four rods, to a Birch Tree ; thence north fifty-six degrees east, 
five miles and one hundred sixty-two rods, to Bretton Woods, so 
called ; thence by said Bretton Woods, north one mile and twenty- 
five rods, to a stake ; thence north fifty-eight degrees west, five 
miles and ten rods, to a Fir Tree ; thence south fifty-six degrees 
west, six miles and one half, to the bound began at, containing 
twenty-two thousand seven hundred and sixty acres, is known by 



BETHLEHEM. 483 

an original plan or survey of said tract or township as returned to 
me by Dudley Coleman Dep* Surveyor. 

" Attest Is : Rindge S. G." 

"It is hereby certified that the within discribed land in the 
Province of New Hampshire was surveyed to Joseph Loring and 
others by authority of Government, parte by His Majesty's man- 
damus and parte on conditions of settlement and cultivation ; and 
that the grant of said lands was called in council according to the 
usual forms ; also that an order was issued to the secretary of the 
said Province, for engrossing the patent, but I cannot recollect 
whether the patent was perfected, although the said tract of land 
was actually granted, and I do remember that about twenty thou- 
sand acres was property of Mr. Loring and that the township was 
called or named Lloyd Hills. 

" Hammersmith 15 June 1783. 

"J. Wentworth." 

[Note : The bound given in brackets, in the suryeyors general's certificate, is 
inserted as it appears on the plan. The omission probably first occurred in one of 
the unofficial transcriptions of the return as made by Mr. Coleman. 

The original plans of surveys, made by the deputy surveyors, are possibly still in 
existence ; and if so probably in England ; they would make a valuable addition to 
our ancient state records, and some means ought to be employed to obtain them if 
possible.] 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



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BOSCAWEN. 485 



BOSCAWEN. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Contoocook, Dec. 8, 1732, to John Coffin and 
others, of Newbury, Mass. The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprietors 
Jan. 10, 1758. Incorporated as Boscawen April 22, 1760, and named in honor of 
Admiral Edward Boscawen of the British navy. The charter was renewed Oct. 7, 
1763. Webster was set off and incorporated July 4, i860. This division was 
attempted in 1791, when the inhabitants of the west part of the town asked to be 
set off and incorporated by the name of Bristol. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 57; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 193; Index to Laws, 
62; sketch, Kurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 169; Descriptive and 
Historical Account, by John Farmer, 20 ; Mass. Historical Society Collections, 71 ; 
Indian Troubles, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 375 ; Chronological 
Register, by Ebenezer Price, 1823, pp. 116; Centennial Celebration, 1876, pp. 27 ; 
History of Boscawen and Webster, by Charles Carleton Coffin, 1878, pp. 656; 
One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Settlement, 1883, pub. 1884, pp. 211 ; 
Memorial Addresses on Life and Character of William Pitt Fessenden, 1870; 
Memoirs of John Adams Dix, by Morgan Dix, 1883; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, pp. 348, 355.] 



[Boscawen Incorporated, 1760.] 

*Province of ) George the Second by the Grace of *i-220 

New Hamp'" 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith «&c^ 

r^>.j\^^ To all to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting 

\ p_ c I Whereas Our loyall Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract 
> S °^ Land within Our Province of New Hamp' known 

\^^^^r>^ by the Name of Contoocook have Humbly Petitioned 
Boscawen & requested that they may be errected & incorporated 
into a Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers & Pre- 
viledges which other Towns within Our Said Province by Law 
have and Injoy and it appearing to us to be conducive to the Gen'^ 
good of our Said Province as well as to the said Inhabitants in 
Perticular by maintaining good Order and Encouraging the Cul- 
ture of the Lands that the Same Should be don 

Know Ye therefore that We of Our Special Grace Certain 
Knowledge & for the Encouraging and Promoting the good Ends 
& Purposes afores*^ by & with the Advice of Our Trusty & well 
beloved Benning Wentworth Esq Our Governour & Com'ander in 
Chief!' & of Our Council for Said Province of New Hamp"" Have 



486 CHARTER RECORDS. 

erected & ordain'd and by these Presents for us our heirs & 
Successors do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the Tract of 
Land afores*^ or that Shall Inhabit or Improve thereon the Same 
being Limited & Bounded as follows Beginning at the Southerly 
Side of Contoocook Rivers Mouth where the Same falls into 
Merrimack River & running thence on A Course West Seventeen 
Degrees South Seven Miles & One Hundred Rodds Measured 
from A Forked white Pine near the Mouth of Contoocook River to 
a Pitch Pine & Heap of Stones & from s"^ Pitch Pine & heap of 
Stones Running North Seventeen degrees West Seven Miles to A 
forked Beach Marked & thence on a Course East Seventeen 
degrees North to Merrimack River to a heap of Stones & thence 
by the River (as the Same runs) to the Mouth of Contoocook 
River again where it began Shall be and by these Presents Are 
Declared and Ordain'd to be a Town Corporate and Are hereby 
Errected & Incorporated into A Body Politick & Corporate to have 
a Continuence two Years Only by the Name of Boscawen with all 

the Powers and Authoritys Previledges Immunities & 
*i-22i Franchises which *Any Other Towns in Said Province by 

Law hold & Enjoy always Reserving to us Our Heirs & 
Successors all white Pine Trees that are or shall be found growing 
& being on s"^ Tract of Land fit for the Use of our Royal Navy 
Reserving to us Our heirs & Successors the Power & Right of 
Dividing Said Town when it Shall Appear Necessary & Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof Provided Neverthe Less 
and it is hereby Declared that this our Charter and Grant is not 
Intended or Shall in any manner be Construed to Extend to 
or effect the Private Property of the Soil within the Limits afore- 
said And as the Several Towns within our Said Province of New 
Hampshire are by the Laws thereof Enabled & Authorized to 
assemble & by the Majority of the Voters Present to Choose all 
Such Officers & Transact such affairs as by the Said Laws Are 
declared We do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint Colonel 
Joseph Coffin Esq to Call the first Meeting of said Inhabitants to 
be held within the s"^ Town at any Time within 60 days from the 
date hereof giving Legal Notice of the Time & Design of holding 
such meeting after which the Annual Meeting of said Town for the 
Choice of Such officers & management of the Affairs aforesaid 



Shall be held within the Same on the first Tuesday of March 
Annually In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of Our 
Said Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Went- 
WORTH Esq Our Governor & Com'ander in Chieff of Our Said 



BOSCAWEX. 



487 



Province of New Hampshire the Twenty Second Day of April in 
the Thirty third Year of Our Reign and in the Year of Our Lord 

Christ 1760 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellency s Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 
Entred & Recorded the 23** Day of April 1760 

m Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



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488 CHARTER RECORDS. 



[BoscAWEN Incorporation Renewed, 1763.] 

*i-26o *Province of New Hampshire 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain 
France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c 

Whereas our Late Ro3^al Grandfather King George the 
Second of Glorious Memory did of his Special Grace & upon the 
Petition of the Inhabitants of a Tract of Land in our said Province 
known by the Name of Boscawen & for the Maintaining good 
order & Encouraging the Culture of the Land there by his Letters 
Patent or Charter under the Seal of of our said Province dated the 
22*^ day of Aprill in the Thirty Third Year of his Reign, & in the 
Year of our Lord 1760, did Erect & Incorporate into a Body 
Politick & Corporate by the Name of Boscawen the Inhabitants of 
the said Tract of Land, or those that should thereon Inhabit there- 
after which Tract is Butted & Bounded as in the said Patent or 
Charter is Expressed & was to have Continuance untill the 
Expiration of Two Years & no longer, which time being now 
Elapsed & the Inhabitants having again Petition'd to have the said 
Charter Priviledges Renew'd & it appearing Necessary to Answer 
the good End Proposed as well as to Enable the Inhabitants afores*^ 
to Assess & Collect their Rates & Taxes — 

Know Yee that we being Willing to Promote the good end 
Proposed, have of our farther grace & Favour by & with the Advice 
of our trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq. our 
Governor & Commander in Cheif & of our Council for said 
Province Revived & Regranted & by these Presents do Revive & 
Regrant unto the said Inhabitants & their Successors on the said 
Tract of Land, all the Powers & Authoritys Priviledges & 
Immunity's & Franchises in the said Charter mention'd, as they 
Enjoy'd the same while that Charter was in force, & to have 
Continuance untill we shall approve or Disallow the same & 
signify such our Approbation or Dissallowance, & to Obviate any 
dispute that may arise about the Authority in calling a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants &c, the Select Men or those that were appointed to 
that Office & served therein the last time or the Town Clerk are 
hereby Authorized in the usual form & Method to Notify & 
call a Meeting of the s'^ Inhabitants for the Choise of Town officers 
& other Affairs of said Town 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of the Province 
atbres'' to be hereunto Affixed — Witness Benning Wentworth Esq. 



BOW. 489 

our Governor & Com* in Chief this 7*^ Day of Octo'' in the 3*^ Year 
of our Reign Anno : Domini 1763 — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theo : Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamps"' Octo' 8. 1763 

Recorded According to the Origional under the Prov. Seal 

f T : Atkinson Jun Sec'y 



BOW. 



[Granted by Lieut. Gov. John Wentworth, May 10, 1727, to Jonathan Wig- 
gin and others, and was so named on account of a bend in the river within the 
town limits. A portion of Bow was combined with Suncook and Buckstreet to 
make the parish of Pembroke, Nov. x, 1759. Two tracts of land were severed 
from Bow, and annexed, one to Concord, and the other to Pembroke, Dec. 13, 
1804. A portion was severed and annexed to Allenstown, June 22, 1815. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes: IX, Bouton Town Papers, 62 ; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, 209 ; Index to Laws, 64 ; sketch, by Harrison Colby, 
Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 263; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 12, 16; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 357.] 



L. S. 



[Bow Charter, 1727.] 

*George By the Grace of God of Great Brittain *i-7 
-, ffrance & Ireland King Defender of the ffaith &c^ — 
/ To ALL People to whom these Presents Shall 
(Come Greeting Know ye that we of our Special 
^ v-^^.'-v^ ' Knowledge & mere motion, for the Due Encourage- 
-D , } m* of Setling a New Plantation, By & with the 
5 Advise & Concent of Our Council have given & 
Granted And by these Presents as liar as in us lyes do give & Grant 
in Equal Shares unto Sundry of our beloved Subjects whose names 
Are Entred in a Schedule here unto Annexed that Inhabit or Shall 
Inhabit within the s*^ Grant, within our Province of New Hamp- 
shire all that Tract of Land within the following Bounds Viz — 
Beginning on the South East Side of the Town of Chichester & 
runing nine miles by Chichester, And Canterbury And Carrying 



490 CHARTER RECORDS. 

that Breadth of Nine Miles from Each of the afores** Towns South- 
west untill the ful Complyment of Eighty one Square Miles Are 
fully made up & that the Same be A Town Corporate by the 
Name of Bow to the Persons afores*^ and their Associates for- 
ever — To HAVE & TO HOLD the s*^ Land to the S*' Grantees and to 
Such Associates as they shall admitt for ever — upon the Conditions 
following — 

i) That the Proprietors build or Cause to be built Seventy five 
Dwelling houses on S** Land & Settle a family in Each House & 
Clear Three Acres of Land fitt for Mowing or Plowing within 
Three years And that Each Proprietor pay his Proportion of the 
Town Charge When & So often as Occasion Shall Require the 
Same 

2) That A meeting House bee built for the Publick Worship of 
God within the Term of four years — 

3 That upon Default of any Perticular Proprietor in Complying 

with the Conditions of the Charter upon his part Such Dilinquent 

Proprietor Shall forfeit his Shear to the other Proprietors 

*i-8 which Shall be *Disposed of According to the Maj' Vote 

of the S*^ Proprietors at a Legal Town meeting — 

4) That a Proprietors Shear be reserved for a Parsonage 
another for the first minister of the Gospell : which Shall be 
Settled and ordained in S*^ Town Another Such Share for the 
benefit of the School in S"* Town Provided nevertheless that the 
Peace with the Indians — Continue Duering the Space of Three 
Years but if it Should So happen that A War with the Indians 
Shall Com'ence before the Expiration of the S** Three years then 
the Term of three years Shall be Allowed the Proprietors after the 
Expiration of the War for the Performance of the afores*^ Con- 
ditions — rendring & Paying therefor to us our heirs & Successors 
or Such officer or officers as Shall be Appointed to recieve the 
Same The Annual Quit Rent or Acknowledgment of One Ear of 
Indian Corn in the S*^ Town on the first fryday In December Yearly 
for Ever (if Demanded) reserveing alsoe unto us our heirs & Succes- 
sors all mast Trees Growing on y^ S'^ Land According to Acts of 
Parliament in that case made & Provided & for the better order rule 
& Governm' of the S** Town We do by these Presents for our Selv^es 
our heirs & Successors Grant unto the S*^ men & Inhabitants or 
Those that Shall Inhabit the S<^ Town That yearly & Every year 
upon the first Thursday in April forever Shall meet to Effect & 
Choose by the maj"" part of the Proprietors then Present Constables 
Select men and other Town Officers According to the Laws & 



BOW. 



491 



ussages of Our S"* Province & we do Appoint Andrew Wiggin 
Esq George Veazey & W'" Moor to be Select men of Our S<^ Town 
untill the first Thursday in April which will be in the year of Our 
Lord 1728 with full power & Authority as other Town Select 
men have to Call a Town meeting or meetings as there may be 
Occasion And to Continue untill other Select Men Shall 
be Chosen in their Steed in Such Manner as is in *These *i-9 
Presents Expressed In Testimony whereof we have 
Caused the Seal of our S"^ Province to be hereunto affixed Witt- 
NEss John Wentworth Esq our Leiu* Governour & Com'ander in 
Cheiff in & over our S*^ Province at our Town of Portsm^ in our 
S'i Province to the 20*'^ Day of may in the is^^ year of Our 
Reigne Anno Domini 1727 J Wentworth 

By the U Gov' Command 
with advice of the Council 

Rich'J Waldron Cler Co'n 

A Schedule of the Proprietors of the Town of Bow — 



Jon* Weggins 
Thomas Veyse 
Edward ffifield 
Jon''' Chase 
Thomas Rollings 
Thomas Piiper 
Joseph Mason 
Zachel Rundlet 
Nathaniel Stephens 
Joseph Merril Jun'' 
John Piper 
John Sinkler 
Benj* Hoeg 
Benj'^ Palmer 
Thomas ffrench 
John Hill 
Rich*^ Colley Jun' 
Edward ffifield 
Benj* Veasey 
Jon* Clark 
Symon Weggins 
John Speed 
Thomas Wiggin 3*^ 
Walter Weggin 



Thomas Weggins 
George V^eysey 
William ffrench 
Moses Leavit 
Rich'i Crochet 
Rich*^ Colley 
John Hanniford 
John Mead 
David Robinson 
Jude Allen 
Sam'i Veasey 
Sam^i Green 
Sam" Hillton 
Owen Renals 
Nath" Piper 
Thomas Odell 
Thomas Bryer 
W"^ ffrench Jun"" 
Thomas Veasey Jun"^ 
George Veasey Jun' 
Sam^' Stevens 
Sam" Piper Jun' 
Benj* Mason 
Caleb Rowlings 



Sam" Piper 
William Moore 
James Palmer 
Joshua Hill 
Isaac ffoss 
Sam" Goodhue 
Joseph Rollings 
Joseph Merrill 
John* Derburn 
James Merril 
James Kenniston 
W" Burley 
Mathew Thompson 
Joshua Neal 
Joseph Jewet 
Abraham Stockbridge 
Joseph Mason Jun' 
Eph°i Leavit 
Nathan Taylor 
John Levet 
John Sachell 
Chace Weggin 
Joshua Kenniston 
Joseph Palmer 



492 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Edward Taylor Benj^ Norris John Green 

Joshua Stephens Tho^ Piper Jun"" Nath" ffolsham 



'^i-io Henry Weggin Joseph Pevey 
John Palmer James Norris 

Broadstreet Weggin Thoph^ Smith 
Rob' Willson 
Benj** Taylor Jun"" 
Benning Wentworth 
Mark Wentworth 



Henry Rust 
Rob* Auchmuty 
George Long 



"^Jeremiah ffolsham Jun' 
Abra°i Morgan 
Stephen Thurstin 
Joseph Hoeg 
Nathan White 
W™ Wentworth 
George Jaffrey Jun' 
Ebenez' Wear 
Sampson Sheaff 



John Avery 

Benj^ ffollet 

Hunking Wentworth 

Rich^' Wibird Jun' 

Cyprean Jaffry 

John Read Atf 

Rich^ Waldron Jun' 

Admitted Associates 
His Ex'celency & Hon' — Sam^^ Shute Esq John Wentworth Esq 
Each of them 500 Acres of Land And a home Lot 
Coll Mark Hunking Coll Walton George Jaffrey 

Rich<i Wibird Coll Tho* Westbrook Archibald M^pheadris 

John ffrost Jotham Odiorne Esquirs 

Each A Proprietors Shear — 



Peter Wear 
John Gillman 
Cap* John Gillman 
M' Eph™ Dennet 
Eben"^ Stevens 
James Jeffry 
Zah Hanahford 



Bow Schedule Certifyed 



John Plaisted 
Andrew Wiggin 
Sam^' Tibbets 
John Sanburn 
Rich*^ Jennes 
Jos Loverin 
Jos Wiggin 



James Davis 
Cap' John Downing 
Paul Gerrish 
Theod' Atkinson 
Cap* W° ffellows 
Dani^^ Loverin 
Peirce Long 



Richard Waldron Cler Con 



Joseph Low 
George Clark 
John*^ Rowlings 
W^ Moor Jun' 
Mary Jones 



James Robinson 
Daniel Moody 
Holdrge Cilley 
Abigrail Powel 
Kathorin Wiggans 
Benj^ Taylor 
The Sixteen "^sons above named Are 
Added 1i^ order of the L' Gov' & Council 



Noah Barker 
Tho^ Wiggin Jun' 
Daniel Davis 
Mary Smith 
Nich** Wiggins 

A Part of the Schedule 

R Waldron Cler Con 



Prov® of New Hamp' November 25''^ 1742 

the Orig 
^ Theodore Atkinson Sce'^ 



Entred & Recorded According to the Oriirinall 



BRENTWOOD. ^go 

BRENTWOOD. 

[Set oft" from Exeter as the parish of Brintivood, June 26, 1742. Incorporation 
was asked for May 26, 1744, and Oct. i, it was voted to advise the Governor to 
grant it. Poplin [Fremont] was set off and incorporated as a parish, June 22, 
1764. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 76; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 223 ; Index to 
Laws, 66; BelTs History of Exeter, passim; sketch, Hurd's History of Rocking- 
ham County, 1882, p. 129; Baptist Churches in N. H., byE.E. Cummings, 1836, 
p. 7; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 20; Annals of the Congregational 
Church and Parish, by Benjamin A. Dean, 1889, pp. 43.] 



[Keeneborough Charter, 1744.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-i9 

/^N*^^^~\ George the Second by the Grace of God of 

\ Pro^ / Great Brittain ffrance &. Ireland King Detender of 
f Seal V the faith &c* — 

^ ^^•^v-v^ To all to whom these Presents Shall come Greet- 

Keeneborough ing 

Forasmuch as it hath been Represented to us by Cap*^ Andrew 
Gillman & others Inhabitants of the Parish of Brintwood that great 
disorders have Arisen in S*^ Parish respecting their Parish affairs 
in General and that All Proposals heitherto Attempted have Proved 
Ineffectual to restore peace & good order amoungst them Where- 
fore the S'' Cap* Andrew Gillman in behalf of him Self & others 
humbly Prays that a New Parish may be Errected in S*^ Parish of 
Brintwood And to the End that Peace & good order may be 
Established Know ye Therefore that we of our Especial Grace 
Certain knowledge & mere motion by & with the Advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Captain 
General Govern' & Com'ander in Chieff of our Province of New 
Hampshire in New England & of our Council of S*^ Province Have 
Incorporated Ordained Declared And Appointed And by these Pres- 
ents for us our heirs & Successors do Incorporate ordain Declare & 
Appoint out of the Parish of Brintwood All that Tract or Parcell 
of Land Lying & being in the Parish of Brintwood in our Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire afores*^ Containing by Admeasure- 
ment Twelve thousand five hundred & Ninty five * Acres *i-20 
And One Quarter of An Acre According to A Plan & 
Survey made by order of our S** Governour by George Mitchell Esq 



494 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& Cap' Dudley Odlin hereunto Annexed Abutting & bounding as 
by the S'^ Plan or Survey may Appear And we Do hereby ordain & 
Appoint that the S*^ respective Inhabitants that now Are or that 
Shall hereafter be In Possession of the Lands within the Plan or 
Survey afores'' Shall be one Society Corporation & Body Pollitick to 
have Continueance for Ever by the name of Keeneborough & that 
they & there Successors Shall by that Name be Able & Capable in 
Law to Call Parish Meetings, The first of which is to be Called 
within Thirty days from the Date hereof by Cap* Andrew Gillman 
& Humphry Willson & Benj'* Gillman & the Meetings hereafter 
Shall be on the first monday of April Annually And we do here- 
by give & Grant unto the S'^ Society or Corporation full Power 
And Authority to make Choice of Proper Officers to Levy Taxes 
on the Inhabitants for the Support of the Society Agreable to the 
Laws of Our Province of New Hampshire made for Regulateing 
Town & Parish affairs And we Do further give & Grant to the 
S<^ Society full Power to Call & Settle A regular And Orthodox 
Minister of the Gospell & to Levy Taxes on the Inhabitants Con- 
formable to the Laws afores*^ of our Province Afores"* for his Sup- 
port Reserveing only the recomending the first Minister to the Presi- 
dent & Senior fellows of Harvard Colledge in New England or the 
Reverend Jabez ffitch & the Reverend John Odlin And we Do 
alsoe reserve to his Most Sacred Majesty his heirs & Successors 
All White Pine Trees growing Standing or being within the Plan 

or Survey above mentioned the Preservation whereof for 
*i-2i his Majesty s Royal Navy is the Tennure by which *you 

hold & Enjoy your Incorporation And Lastly we do De- 
clare & ordain That these Our Letters Pattent and Every clause 
Sentence And Article herein Contained Shall be in all things firm 
Valid & Effectual in the Law unto the S"^ Society & their Succes- 
sors According to the Purport & Tennour thereof Provided Always 
that these our Letters Patent be recorded within one month from 
the Date hereof in Our Recorders office Appointed for that Pur- 
pose in our S** Province of New Hampshire In Wittness whereof 
We have Caused these our Letters to be made Patent — Wittness 
our S"^ Governour & Comander in Chieff of our S*^ Province at 
Portsmouth the 27*^ Day of October in the Eighteenth Year of Our 
Reigne Annoq Domini 1744 — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theod^ Atkinson Se'^ 



BRENTWOOD. 



495 



Province of NewHamp'" November the lo* 1744 
Entred & Recorded According to the Original 

Attes'' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



*A Plan of the Parish of 



Taken by order of his *i-22 



Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq &c'^ &c=^ By 
his Excelencys most Obedient Humble Serv" 

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Begining at the South "West Corner of Newmarket runing Due 
South till That line Strikes Exeter River near Pickpocket upper 
Mills 

From thence to follow the Course of s*^ River to the bottom of 
the little falls — 



49^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

From thence North one Degree East to the South Side of Deer 
hill Mill pond 

From thence West & by North or Parralel with Kingstown line 
till that Course Strike the Spruce Swamp So called — 
From thence North till it Strikes Epping Line 
*i-23 *From thence to Continue in Epping Line to New market 
Corner afores*^ — 
Entred & Recorded According to the Original this lo*^ day of 
November 1744 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson SeC^ 



BRIDGEWATER. 

[Set off from Hill and incorporated, Feb. 12, 1788. The southerly portion of 
the town was combined with the northerly part of Hill to make up the town of 
Bristol, June 24, 18 19. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 238 ; Index to Laws, 69 ; sketch. Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 170; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, p. 252; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 514; Stevens's Memorials of 
Methodism, 2d series, 1852, p. 234.] 



BRISTOL. 

[Constituted from parts of Bridgewater and Hill, and incorporated June 24, 
1819. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 238; XII, id., 195; Index to Laws, 70; 
sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 176; History, by R. W. Mus- 
grove, in preparation ; sketch, 5, Granite Monthly, 262; Guide to Bristol and Pas- 
quaney Lake, by R. W. Musgrove, 1892; Pasquaney, A Study, by F. L. Pattee, 
1893, pp. 83; History of the M. E. Church by R. W. Musgrove and Otis Cole, 
1890; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 515; Central New Hampshire, by 
G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 43.] 



BROOKFIELD. 

[Set off" from Middleton and incorporated Dec. 30, 1794. These towns area 
part of the territory included in the proposed grant of the township of Coulerain, 
1726. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 127; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 594; Index 
to Laws, 70; sketch, by Dudley C. Colman, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 
1889, p. 450; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p, 600; papers under title Coulerain.] 



BROOKLINE. 497 

BROOKLINE. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant. Incorporated by the name of 
Raby, March 30, 1769, and included parts of Hollis and Mile Slip. The present 
name was adopted Dec. i, 1798. A portion of Hollis was annexed Feb. 17, 1786. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 240; Indexto 
Laws, 70; sketch, by I. B. Sawtelle, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
p. 289; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 160.] 



[Raby Incorporated, 1769.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the grace of *i-335 
Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and Ire- 
land King defender of the Faith and so forth. 
■ /-v^A^^^ To all to whom these Presents shall come, 

\ -r o / Greeting. 

f V Whereas our Loyal Subjects inhabitants of the 

\-^-\'>w' westerly part of the Town of Holies and the mile Slip 
Raby — ^ so called in our Province aforesaid Have humbly 
now > Petition'd and requested us that they may be erected 

Brookline. } and incorporated into a Township and enfranchised 
with the same Powers and Privileges which other Towns within 
our said Province by Law have and Enjoy and it appearing unto 
us to be conducive to the general good of our said Province as well 
as of the said Inhabitants in particular by maintaining good order 
and encouraging the culture of the Land that the same should be 
done-KNOw Ye that we of our special grace certain knowledge 
and for the encouragm* and promotion of the good Purposes 
and Ends aforesaid (by and with the advice of our Trusty and 
well-beloved John Wentworth Esq : our Governor and Com- 
mander in cheif, and of our Council for the said Province of New 
Hampshire) have Erected and ordain'd and by these Presents for 
us our heirs & Successors do will and ordain that the Inhabitants 
of the aforesaid Tract of Land, and others who shall improve and 
inhabit thereon hereafter, the same being butted and bounded as 
follows viz* Begining at a Stake and Stones in the South side 
line of the Town of Holies, (which is also the Province Line) 
which stake stands about two miles due East from the South West 
corner of said Holies, thence runing North by the Needle 'cross the 
said Town to one other stake and Stones standing on the North 
side line of said Holies, leaving the meeting house in the middle 



498 CHARTER RECORDS. 

between this Line, and the East side line of Holies then runing 
from the last mention'd stake Westerly by Holies to the North 
west corner thereof then continuing that line 'cross a tract of 

land call'd the mile slip to the Easterly side line of 
*i-336 *Mason, then turning off and runing South by the needle 

on the Easterly side line of Mason aforesaid to the 
Province line then due east partly on the Province Line and partly 
on the South side line of Holies aforesaid to the stake began at. be 
and they are hereby declared to be a Town Corporate and are 
hereby erected and Incorporated into a Body Politic and corporate 
to have continuance for ever by the name of Raby with all the 
Powers and Authorities, Priviledges, Immunities and Franchises 
which any other Towns in said Province by Law hold & enjoy — to 
the said Inhabitants or who shall hereafter inhabit there & their 
Successors for ever — always reserving to us our heirs and 
Successors all white pine Trees that are or shall be found 
growing and being on the said Tract of land, fit for the use of our 
Royal Navy, reserving also to us our heirs and Successors, the 
Power and right of dividing said Town, when it shall appear 
necessary & convenient for the Inhabitants thereof. Provided 
Nevertheless & tis hereby declar'd that this Charter and Grant, is 
not intended and shall not in any manner be construed to aftect the 
Private property of the Soil within the limits aforesaid and as the 
several Towns within our said Province, are by the Laws thereof, 
enabled and Authoriz'd to assemble and by the Majority of the 
Voters present to chuse all such Officers & transact such affairs 
as in the said Laws are declar'd — We do by these Presents nominate 
and appoint Samuel Farley to call the first meeting of said 
Inhabitants to be held within the said Town at any time within 
Thirty days from the date hereof, giving legal notice of the Time 
and design of holding such meeting, after which the annual meet- 
ing in said Town shall be held for the choice of said Officers and 
the Purposes aforesaid on the first Wednesday of March annually. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our 
*i-337 said Province to be hereunto affix'd *Witness John 

Wentworth Esq. our aforesaid Governor and Com- 
mander in cheif the 30*^^ day of March in the 9*^ year of our Reign 
Anno: domini 1769. 



By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

T : Atkinson Jun' Sec'^ 



J' Wentworth 



CAMBRIDGE. 499 

Enter'd and Recorded according to the Original Incorporation 
this i^' day of April 1769 — 

Attest : Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



CAMBRIDGE. 

[Granted to Nathaniel Rogers and others, May 19, 1773. Never incorporated. 
See Index to Laws, 78.] 



[Cambridge Charter, 1773.] 

*Province of > George the third by the Grace of God of *4-i49 
New Hamp'^ 5 Great Britain France and Ireland King 

Defender of the Faith &c 
Cambridge. To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting 
Know ye that we of our special Grace certain Knowledge and 
meer motion for the due encouragement of settling a new Plantation 
within our said Province by and with the advice of our trusty & 
well beloved John Wentworth Esq'' our Governor and Com- 
mander in chief of our said Province of New Hampshire in New 
England and of our Council of the said Province Have upon the 
conditions & reservations herein after made given and granted and 
by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do give & grant 
in equal Shares unto our loving Subjects Inhabitants of our said 
Province of New Hampshire & our other Dominions who have 
petitioned us for the same setting forth their readiness to make 
immediate Settlement and to their Heirs and Assigns forever whose 
names are entered on this Grant to be divided to and amongst them 
into Sixty seven equal shares all that Tract or Parcel of Land 
situate lying and being within our said Province of New Hampshire 
containing by admeasurement twenty three thousand one hundred 
and sixty Acres out of which an allowance is to be made for High- 
ways and unimproveable Lands by Rocks Mountains and Waters 
one thousand one hundred and sixty Acres free according to a 
Plan or Survey thereof exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands 
for our said Province by our said Governor's order and returned 
into the Secretary's Office of our said Province a Copy whereof is 
hereunto annexed butted and bounded as follows viz* Begining 



500 CHARTER RECORDS. 

at a red Birch Tree standing in the East Boundary Line of said 
Province and is the North East Corner bound of Success (so 
called) the same Tree being marked HN 1772 from thence 
running on said Line North eight degrees East six 
*4-i50 Miles* to a Stake in a Meadow sixteen Rods distant from 
the northerly Bank of a little river that runs into Umbagog 
Lake then running North eighty two degrees west six Miles and 
twenty Rods to a Red Birch Tree then South eight degrees West 
six Miles to a Spruce Tree from thence South eighty two degrees 
East six Miles and twenty Rods by the Towns of Paulsbourg & 
Success to the Bound first mentioned. To have and to hold the 
said Tract of Land as above expressed together with all Privileges 
and appurtenances to them and their respective Heirs and Assigns 
forever by the Name of Cambridge upon the following Conditions 
viz* 

First That the Grantees at their own Cost shall cut clear bridge 
and make passable for Carriages of all Kinds a Road of Four rods 
wide through the said Tract hereby granted as shall be at any time 
hereafter directed by our said Governor & Council which Road 
shall be compleated in one Year from the date of such directions in 
failure of which the Premises & every part thereof shall be forfeited 
and revert to us our Heirs and Successors to be by us or them re- 
entered upon and regranted to any of our loving Subjects 

Second That all white Pine and other Pine Trees within the 
said Township fit for masting our royal Navy be carefully preserved 
for that use and none to be cut or felled without our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture 
of the Right of the Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to Us our Heirs 
and Successors as well as being Subject to the Penalties of any 
Act or Acts of Parliament that are or hereafter shall be enacted 

Thirdly that before any division of the Land be made to and 
among the Grantees a Tract of Land as near the Center of the said 
Township as the Land will admit of shall be reserved and marked 
out for Town Lots one of which shall be allotted to each Grantee of 
the Contents of one Acre 

Fourthly Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs & 
Successors on or before the nineteenth day of May 1783 
*4-i5i the *Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully 
demanded 

Fifthly That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall yield 
and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors Yearl}^ and every Year 
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this Grant one Shilling proclamation Money for every hundred 
Acres he so owns settles or possesses and so in proportion for a 
greater or lesser Tract of the said Land which Money shall be 
paid by the respective Persons aforesaid their Heirs or Assigns in 
our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer or Officers 
as shall be appointed to receive the same 

Sixthly That this Grant shall not interfere with any of our 
Grants made as aforesaid and now in force nor interrupt the 
Grantees in their improvements making thereon agreable to the 
Conditions thereof 

Seventhly That the Grantees shall cultivate and improv