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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



TOWN CHARTERS 



GRANTED WITHIN THE PRESENT 



LIMITS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Being the Continuation and Conclusion of the Grants of Townships 
Issued by the Provincial Government of New Hampshire, Pre- 
sented in Alphabetical Arrangement, and Including 
All Subsequent to the Letter E, with Illus- 
trative Maps, Plans, Bibliographical 
Citations and Complete 
Indexes, 

AND AN APPKNDIX 

Containing Documents Relating to the Most Ancient Towns of this 
State, and Historical Notes and Monographs. 



VOLUME XXV. 

Town Charters, Volume II. 

ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 

Editor of State Papers. 



CONCORD : 

EDWARD N. PEARSON, PUBLIC PRINTER. 

1895. 



JOINT RESOLUTION relating to the preservation and publication of portions 
of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hamp- 
shire. 
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened: 

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 
Hampshire 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 fol- 
lows : 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 Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of 
the state librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar 
publications by other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



PREFACE. 



The character of the papers published in the series of which this is the second 
volume, and their relations and value in the documentary history of the state, were 
the subjects of comment in the preface to the volume immediately preceding this. 
In that publication were included the township charters or grants issued by the 
government of Massachusetts in the period when its jurisdiction was asserted over 
territory north of the present boundary line, and a part of the charters emanating 
from the provincial government of New Hampshire. An alphabetical arrangement 
was adopted as one that would render the documents most readily accessible to such 
as might have occasion to consult them in the printed form. It was found that 
only a part of the New Hampshire charters proper, could be included in the preced- 
ing volume. Those falling under the letters A to E inclusive, however, found 
place there. Those remaining are included in the present volume. Important 
historical documents and the results of researches in the early history of the state 
by eminent students of that epoch are given in the appendix. The notes under 
each town title are of the same character as those which are found in the former 
volume. They contain numerous citations to authorities in local and general history 
relative to the several towns. While it is not to be presumed that a complete 
exposition of titles in our local history has been accomplished in these notes, it 
may be said that they are the result of a careful examination of the best accessible 
collections of works devoted to local history, and of an extensive correspondence 
with those supposed to be the best informed in this class of literature. The plan of 
illustration and indexing is that previously followed. The Blanchard and Langdon, 
Jeffries, and Holland maps of the province were reprinted for volume XXIV, and 
accompany it. They are useful as aids to an understanding of the grouping of the 
towns which were the subjects of grants by New Hampshire, Massachusetts, or 
Masonian authority, and which appear in the current series of publications. The 
volumes to follow will include, first, the grants made in the disputed territory west 
of the Connecticut River and known in history as the New Hampshire Grants, and 
next in order, the so-called Masonian Grants. 

In the prosecution of this work the editor has realized the value of official co-op- 
eration from His Excellency Charles A. Busiel and all the members of his council. 
To the other gentlemen named and to the many to whom, on former occasions, a 
more general allusion was made as efficient coadjutors in connection with the prepa- 
ration of preceding volumes, the assurance of a continuing sense of obligation is 
most cordially renewed. 

THE EDITOR. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS, 



Farmington . 

Fitzwilliam . 

Francestown 

Franconia 

Franklin 

Freedom 

Fremont 

Gilford 

Gilmanton . 

Gilsum 

Goffstown 

Gorham 

Grafton 

George King 
Grantham 

Green's Location 
Greenland . 
Greenville 
Groton 

Hale's Location 
Hampstead . 
Hampton Falls 
Hanover 

Dartmouth College and Eleazer Wheelock 

Dartmouth College Ferry 
Harrisville . 
Hart's Location . 
Haverhill 

John Parker . 

Johnson's Ferry 

Porter's Ferry 

Benjamin Whiting 
Hebron 

John Fenton 
Henniker 
Hillsborough 
Hinsdale 
Holderness . 



3 

3 

5 
6 

1 6 

i6 

i6 

i6 

17 

21 

3» 

33 

33 

43 
46 

54 

59 

59 

59 

70 

73 

77 

77 

85 
89 

90 

91 
93 

99 

102 

103 
104 
106 
107 
110 

113 

115 
124 



Vlll 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Mollis 

Hudson 

Jackson 

David Oilman 

Richard Gridley 

Charles Rogers 

Wentworth, Rogers, and 
Jaffrey 
Jefferson 
Keene . 
Kensington , 
Kilkenny 
Kingston 
Kingswood . 
Laconia 
Lancaster 

Joshua Barker 
Landaff 
Langdon 
Lebanon 
Lee 
Lempster 

James Hickey 
Lincoln 

Oilman and Waldron 
Lisbon 
Litchfield 
Littleton 
Livermore . 

Stephen Holland 
Londonderry 
Loudon 
Lyman 

John Hurd . 
Lyme . 

Benjamin Grant 

Greene's Ferry 

Matthew Stanley Parker 
Lyndeborough 
Madbury 
Madison 

Blair, McNeal, et ah. 
Manchester . 

Goffe's Ferry 

Merrill's Ferry 



Treadwell 



134 

137 
139 

140 

144 

£48 
152 

160 
169 

173 
174 

179 

183 
186 
187 
194 
197 
209 
209 
214 
214 
230 

233 
238 

241 

255 

257 
268 

269 

272 

278 

279 

285 

287 

293 
296 

297 

300 

302 

302 

303 
306 

312 
314 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



IX 



Marlow 

Martin's Location 

Mason 

Meredith 

Merrimack . 

Lutwyche's Ferry 

Milan 

Milford 

Millsfield . 

Milton 

Monroe 

Monson 

Mont Vernon 

Nashua 

Nelson 

New Boston 

New Castle . 

New Durham 

New Hampton 

Newington . 

New Ipswich 

Newmarket . 

Newport 

Newton 

Northfield . 

North Hampton 

Northumberland 

Northwood . 

Nottingham . 

Orange 

Orford 

William Simpson 
Simpson's Ferry 

Pelham 

Pembroke 

Peterborough 

Piermont 

Thomas Martin 

Pittsburg 

Pittsfield 

Plainfield 

Jonathan Chase 
Lemuel Smith 

Plaistow 

Plymouth 



315 
325 
33° 
332 
334 
338 
339 
343 
344 
349 
349 
349 
353 
353 
356 
358 
361 

364 
366 
366 
366 
372 
372 
383 
392 
392 

393 

401 

402 
404 
409 

415 
418 

419 

422 

423 
427 
432 
436 
436 
436 
442 
446 

449 

452 



X 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Plymouth : 

John Atkinson 
Samuel Holland 

Randolph 

Raymond 

Richmond 

Rindge 

Rochester 

Rollinsford 

Roxbury 

Rumney 

Elias Warner 

Rye 

Salem . 

Salisbury 

Sanbornton . 

Sandown 

Sandwich 

Seabrook 

Shelburne 

South Hampton 

South Newmarket 

Springfield 

Stark . 

John Winslow 

Stewartstown 

Stoddard 

Strafford 

Stratford 

Stratham 

Success 

Sullivan 

Sunapee 

Surry . 

Swanzey 

Tamworth 

Temple 

Thornton 

Tilton . 

Troy . 

Unity . 

Wakefield 

Walpole 

Theodore Atkinson 
Bellows's Ferry 



457 
460 

464 

468 

469 

476 

479 

480 

480 
481 
490 

493 
493 

SOI 
503 
505 
507 
513 
513 
521 
524 
524 
528 

533 
537 
541 
543 
543 
552 
553 
557 

557 
562 

562 

567 

571 

573 
582 

582 

582 

591 

593 
598 
600 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



XI 



Warner 

Warren 

Waterville 

Weare . 

Webster 

Wentworth 

Wentworth's Location 

Westmoreland 

Whitefield 

Wilmot 

Wilton 

Winchester 

Windham 

Woodstock 

John Goffe 



6oi 
603 
609 
610 
612 
612 
619 
621 
628 

633 

(>33 

637 
642 

643 
652 



APPENDIX. 



Boycott of John Hurd and Asa Porter . 
Notes on First Planting of New Hampshire . 
Thompson Indenture ...... 

Combinations for Local Government in N. H. 
Origin, Organization, and Influence of Towns in N. 
Index. 



659 
661 

711 

741 
749 



ORANTS 



NKW HANlPStiIRE TKRRITORY 



BY THE 



GOVERNMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



GRANTS 



OF 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TERRITORY 



GOVERNMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



FARMINGTON. 



[Set off from Rochester and incorporated Dec. i, 1798. The first proprietors' 
meeting was held Feb. 23, 1799. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 721 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 332 ; Index to 
Laws, 175; sketch, Kurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 620; j^apers 
under title Rochester ; Life and Public Services of Henry Wilson, by Elias Nason 
and Thomas Russell, 1876; Memorial Addresses on Life and Character of Henry 
Wilson, 1876; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 331.] 



FITZWILLIAM. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as i^(?««(/;wc-t No. 4, Jan. 15, 1752, to 
Roland Cotton and others. Regranted May 2, 1765, to Col. Sampson Stoddard 
and others, and sometimes called Stoddard^ s-towii. Incorporated as Fitzwilliam 
May 19, 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, 1815. The line be- 
tween Fitzwilliam and Rindge was established June 17, 1847. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
XI, Hammond Town Papers, 670 ; Index to Laws, 190 ; History, by John F. Nor- 
ton, 1888, pp. 829; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 200; 
sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 151 ; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 260; Deaths, 1802-22, i. Collections of N. H. Historical So- 
ciety, 235; Catalogue of the Instructors, Lecturers, and Members of the Cheshire 
County Teachers" Institute, April 17-29, 1865, pub. 1865, pp. 50; Confession of 
Faith and Covenant, Also a Brief History of the Congregational Church, with Cata- 
logue of Members, 1854, pp. 27; Census Report of the Town, 1877, pp. 36.] 



4 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[FiTzwiLLiAM Incorporated, 1773.] 

*4-i47 *Province of ) George the third by the Grace of God 

New Hamp' 5 of Great Britain, France & Ireland 

FiTZ=WiLLiAM King Defender of the Faith &c'* — 

formerly To all to whom these Presents shall 

Monadnoc N° 4 come — Greeting — 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract of 
Land within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 
commonly called & known by the Name of Manadnock Num- 
ber (4) containing by estimation about Six Miles Square have 
Humbly Petitioned & requested us that they may be erected & In- 
corporated into a Township & infranchized with the Same Powers 
& Priviledges which Other Towns within our Said Province by 
Law have & enjoy & it appearing unto us to be Conducive to the 
General good of our Said Province as well as of the Said Inhabi- 
tants in Perticular by maintaining good order & incouraging the 
Culture of the Land that the Same should be done — Know ye 
that We of our special Grace certain knowledge and for the In- 
couragement & Promotion of the good Purposes & Ends aforesaid 
by & with the Advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Went- 
worth Esq our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of our said Prov- 
ince & of our Council of the Same Have erected & ordained & by 
these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do will & 
*4-i48 ordain that the Inhabitants of y** said Tract of Land & 
others who shall Improve & Inhabit thereon hereafter 
the same being butted & bounded as follows (Viz) Begining at 
the West Line of Mason's Patent so called where that croses the 
Dividing Line between the Province of the Massachusetts Bav & 
the Province of New Hampshire & runs from thence South Eighty 
degrees East by Said Line Six Miles to the South West Corner of 
the South Manadnock from thence North by the Needle by said 
Township five Miles to the North West Corner of the South Man- 
adnock aforesaid from thence North Eighty degrees West by 
Midle Manadnock Township one Mile & a Qiiarter to the South 
West Corner thereof thence North by the Needle two Miles & 
forty Rods & from thence North Eighty till it comes to the Patent 
West Line as lately marked & from thence Southerly by that Line 
to the first Bounds mentioned Be and they are hereby declared to 

be a Town corporate by the Name of Fitz William to have 

continuence for ever with all the Powers Previledges Authorities 
Immuities & Franchizes which any other Towns in our said Prov- 



FITZWILLIAM. 5 

ince by Law hold & enjoy to the S*^ Inhabitants or those who shall 
hereafter inhabit there and to their Successors forever allways 
Reserving to us our Heirs & Successors all white Pine Trees that 
are or shall be found being & growing within & upon the Said 
Tract of Land fit for the Use of our Royal Navy reserving also to 
us our heirs & Successors the Power of Dividing said Town when it 
Shall be necessary & Convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Pro- 
vided nevertheless tis hereby declared that this Charter & Grant is 
not Intended and Shall not in anv Manner be construed to 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 the 
Voters Present to chuse all officers & transact such affairs as in the 
said Laws are declared and we do by these Presents nominate & 
appoint James Reed Esq to call the first Meeting of said In- 
habitants to be held within the said Town any Time within Thirty 
Days from the Date hereof giving legal Notice of the Time & De- 
sign of Holding Such Meeting, after which the Annual Meeting for 
Said Town shall be held for the Choice of such officers and the 
Purposes aforesaid on the Third Thursday In March Annually — 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our Said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Wittness our afores'' — Governour & Com- 
mander in Chieff the Nineteenth Day of May — in the Thirteenth 
Year of our Reign Annoq Domini One thousand Seven Hundred & 
Seventy Three — 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Com'and 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'-^ 

Province of New Hamp' 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 19"" Day of May-1773- 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



FRANCESTOWN. 

[This town included N'ew Bostoji Addition and a part of Society Land. Incor- 
porated June 8, 1772, and named by Gov. John Wentworth in honor of his wife 
whose maiden name was Frances Deering. A portion of Greenfield was annexed 
Dec. II, 1792, and a portion of Society Land, June 17, 1802. Another portion of 
Greenfield was annexed July 4, 1872. 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Sec IX, Bouton Town Papers, 299 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 680 ; Index to 
Laws, 195 ; sketch, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 297 ; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 165 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p. 22 ; Writings of Levi Woodbury, ed. by Chas. Levi Woodbury, 1852.] 



FRANCONIA. 

[Granted as Franconia, Feb. 14, 1764, to Jesse Searle and others. No settle- 
ments were made under this grant and the town was regranted June 8, 1772, to Sir 
Francis Bernard and others. The second grant included substantially the former 
territory of Franconia and Lincoln, and was named Morristowti in honor of Corbin 
Morris, one of the grantees. The name of Franconia was reassumed in 1782, the 
decision in the case of Dartmouth College against the proprietors of Landaff (first 
grant) being deemed decisive in the similar contention between the proprietors of 
Franconia and Lincoln on the one part and the proprietors of Morristown on the 
other; History of the Administration of the Law, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton Coun- 
ty, p. 32. The line with Lisbon was estabhshed June 27, 1826. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 300; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 
398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, 685 ; Index to Laws, 195 ; papers under titles Landaff 
and Lincoln; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 256; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 532; The Twin Mountain Range, by A. E. Scott, 3, 
Appalachia, 107 ; A Trip over Osceola, the Twin Mountain Range, and Mt. Gar- 
field, by W^ L. Hooper, id., 285 ; Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870, 
•p. 269; An Ascent of Mt. Haystack, by E. B. Cook, 3, Appalachia, 263; An 
Ascent of Mt. Garfield, by G. Lanza, 4, id., 265 ; Exploration of a Gorge on Mt. 
Lincoln, by C. E. Fay, 2, id., 286; The White Hills, by T. Starr King, 1859, p. 
106; Christus Judex, Greenleaf's edition, 1892, with notes by W. C. Prime; The 
White Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by Julius H. Ward, 1890, p. 
145 ; In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 237 ; Along 
New England Roads, by W. C. Prime, 1892.] 



[Franconia Charter, 1764.] 

*3-i02 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Franconia GEORGE, the third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britan, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to ivhom 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 and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 



L s 



FRANCONIA. f 

Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hamfshire^ in Nevj-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 of Neiv- 
Hafupshtre, 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 Three equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of New-Hampshire^ containing by Admeasurement 
24,000 Acres, which Tract is to coritain Something more than 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 Gov- 
ernor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and here- 
unto annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Begining at 
the North Easterly Corner of Chiswick a Town latly Granted & 
from thence Runing South twenty four Degrees West five Miles 
& one half Mile by Chiswick aforesaid to the South Easterly Corner 
thereof which is also the North Westerly Corner of Lincoln, 
then South 58 Deg* East about yf of Mile by Lincoln aforesaid to 
the North Easterly Corner thereof, thence North 24 Degres East 
5 Miles & i then Turning off & Runing on a Streight Line to the 
North Easterly Corner of Chiswick the Bounds begun at And that 
the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the 
Name of Franconia And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter 
inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchized 
with and Intitled to all and ever}^ 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 

followins the said 
and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of 
Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened and kept *3-i03 
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 



8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province, shall be held on the Second Tuesday in March next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by Isaac Searle who is here- 
by 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 Mai'ch annually, To Have and to Hold the 
said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all Priv- 
ileges 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 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 here- 
after shall be Enacted. 

ni. 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 Suc- 
cessors 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 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 1774 One shill- 
ing Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 



FRANCONIA. 9 

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 Wentv^orth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the 14'" Day of Feb''y 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, 

T Atkinson Jun' Sec'y 

Province of New Hampshire Feb'^ 14*'' 1764 
Recorded according to the Original charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec^^ 

*Names of the Grantees of Franconia *3-i03 

Isaac Searl William Shepperd Thomas Meekins 

His Excelly Francis Bernard Esq"' Joseph Richardson 

Thomas Hubbard Esq^ Fitch Pool William Mitchell Jun"^ 

William Brattle Esq Willis Hall Justin Wheeler 

Joseph Pincheon Esq"" Jeremiah Webb George Gardner 

Oxenbridge Thatcher Esq"' Giles Alexander Samuel Hopkins 
Harrison Gray Esq' Giles Alexander Jun"" Caleb Strong 
George Willis Esq' William Alexander Samuel Hunt 
Samuel Mather Esq"" \ Isaac Willard Thomas Allen 

John Mico Wendell Moses Graves Thomas Meekins Jun' 

Oliver Wendell Elisha Graves Eleazer Burt 

John Moftatt Boston Moses Graves Jun"" Wyseman Clagett Esq' 
Samuel Blodgett John Graves Samuel Mather Jun' 

Samuel Blodgett Jun' Jonathan Graves Daniel Hopkins 

Nathan Blodgett Samuel Dunbar Searl William Mather 

Caleb Blodgett Rev*^ John Searl Lewis Gray of Boston 

William Blodgett Titus King Jacob Wendell 

David West Joseph Hutchins Daniel Jones 



lO CHARTER RECORDS. 

Daniel Jones Boston Thomas Storr Hon^^^ John Temple 
Joseph Russell Daniel Castle Theod' Atkinson 

Richard Draper Zephaniah Piatt Mark H^ Wentworth 
WiUiam Taylor Zephaniah Piatt Jun' Theod' Atkinson j-- 
Sanderson West WiUiam Mitchell 



> Esq'' 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain five Hundred Acres as Markd 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 whole Share for a Glebe for the Church of 
England as by Law Established. One Share for the first Settled 
Minister of the Gospell & One Share for the Benefit of a School in 
said Town for ever 

Province of New Hampshire Feb^'J' 14*'^ 1764 
Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec'^^ 



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12 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[MoRRisTowN Charter, 1772.] 

*4-76 *Province of New > George the Third by the Grace 

Hampshire — 5 o^ God of Great Britain France and 

/A/r • TT \ Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

( Morris- i own) p ^ ^, 

^ ^ & so lorth. 

To ALL to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. 

Know ye that we of our special Grace certain knowledge & 
mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling a New Planta- 
tion within our said Province of New Hampshire by and with the 
advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth our 
Governor & Commander in Chief in and over our said Province of 
New Hampshire in New England & of our Council of the same 
Have upon the Conditions & Reservations herein after made given 
and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors 
do give and grant 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 im- 
mediate Settlement & to their Heirs and Assigns for Ever whose 
Names are enter'd on this Grant to be divided to & amongst them 
into Twenty eight Equal Shares, a certain Tract or parcel of Land 
situate lying and being within our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire, being more than Six Miles square, & containing by ad- 
measurement Thirty five thousand Acres, exclusive of the follow- 
ing Persons who are to have such Qiiantities of the said Land as 
are herein expressly assigned to each of them, that is to say, Sir 
Francis Bernard Bar* a lot of three hundred & fifty Acres, His 
Excellency Thomas Hutchinson Esq ; a lot of Five Hundred 
Acres, The Hon^^® John Temple Esq^' a lot of three hundred & 
Fifty Acres, Theodore Atkinson Esq: a lot of Eight Hundred 
Acres, Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq'" a lot of three Hundred & 
fifty Acres, Daniel Warner Esq*" a lot of Three hundred & Fifty 
Acres, The Hon''^® Corbyn Morris Esq*" a lot of Five hundred 
Acres, John Nelson Esq"" a lot of three hundred & Fifty Acres, 
John Wendell Esq"" a lot of Five hundred Acres, Thomas M*'- 
Donogh Esq' a lot of three hundred & Fifty Acres, Daniel Sher- 
burne a lot of three hundred & Fifty Acres, Samuel Sherburne a 
lot of three hundred & Fifty Acres and William Ferriman a lot of 
three Hundred & Fifty Acres, out of which said Tract an allow- 
ance is to be made for Highways & unimproveable Lands by Rocks, 
Mountains & Waters Three thousand Acres free according to a 
plan or Survey thereof exhibited by our Surveyor General of 



FRANCONIA. 13 

Lands for our said Province by our said Governor's Order 
& returned into the Secretary's *Office of our said Prov- *4-77 
ince, a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, butted & 
bounded as follows Viz* Beginning at a Stake standing in 
the Easterly Line of Landaff Two Miles Northerly of the South 
Easterly corner of said Landaff, from thence running North 
Twenty Degrees East Four Miles to the North Easterly corner of 
said Landaff which is also the South Easterly corner of Gunth- 
waite, thence North Twenty four Degrees East Five Miles and 
one half Mile to the North Easterly Corner of said Gunthwaite, 
from thence North fifty eight Degrees East Six Miles & one half 
mile to a Stake, from thence South Twenty three Degrees West 
Eleven Miles 'till it comes to Colonel John Goffe's Grant, from 
thence west on said Goffe's Land Two hundred & Twenty four 
Rods, from thence South Forty Eight Rods to a Stake, from 
thence North fifty eight Degrees West Two hundred & Seventy 
Rods to a Stake, from thence North Twenty Degrees East Two 
Miles to a Stake, from thence North Fifty eight deg« West Five 
Miles to the bound began at. To Have and to Hold the said 
Tract of Land as above express'd together with all Priviledges 
and Appurtenances to them the said Grantees & to their respective 
heirs & Assigns for ever by the Name of Morris-Town upon the 
following Conditions. Namely — 

First That the said Grantees at their own Cost shall cut clear 
bridge & make passable for Carriages of all kinds a Road of three 
Rods wide thro' the said Tract hereby granted, and this to be 
completed in Seven years from the date of this Grant, in failure 
whereof the premises & every pai't thereof shall be forfeited & re- 
vert to us our Heirs & Successors. — 

Second That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be Set- 
tled Five Families by the Eighth day of June 1776, who shall be 
actually cultivating some part of the Land & resident thereon, Si 
to continue making further and additional Improvement, Cultiva- 
tion & Settlement of the Premises so that there shall be actually 
Setded & resident thereon Thirty Families by the Eighth day of 
June 1779 on penalty of the forfeiture of any and every Delin- 
quent's Share and of such Share or Shares reverdng 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. 



14 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Third That all white and other Pine Trees within the said 
Township 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 penalty of the forfeit- 
ure of the Right of the Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to us our 
Heirs and Successors as well as being subject to the Pen- 
*4-78 alties 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 the 
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 one Acre. 

Fifth Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the Eighth day of June 1781, the Rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded 

Sixth That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant 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 hun- 
dred 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 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 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 Esquire 
our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the Eighth day of 
June in the Twelfth year of our Reign And in the year of our 
Lord Christ 1772. 

The Names of the Grantees of Morris-Town. 

Ebenezer Green Enos Stevens Noah Dewey 

Benjamin Grant Jon^ Hatch Joel Woodworth 

Benj^ Grant Jun^" Jon=* Childs John Wood 

Samuel Cary Abner Howard John Woodward 

Peters Grant Edward Howard Abraham Palmer 

Noah Grant Alex'' Phelps Samuel Phelps 

Thomas Swan Joel Phelps John Morey 



FRANCONIA. 



15 



Simeon Olcott Esq"" Benj'' Chamberlain Benjamin Baldwin Jun'' 
Andrew Bell Ichabod Palmer Jacob Marston. 

Samuel Hunt 



By his Excellencys Command 
with advice of Council 
Theodore Atkinson Sec'^' 



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L. S. 



Wentworth. 



*Province of New Hampshire. Portsm*' 6*^ June 1772. *4-79 

These Certify that this Plan of Morris-Town Beginning at 
a Stake standing in the Easterly Line of Landaff Two Miles North- 
erly of the South Easterly corner of said Landaff, from thence 
running N. 20° E. 4 Miles to the North East^^ corner of said Lan- 
daff thence N. 24° E. 5i Miles to the N. E^y corner of Gunth- 
waite, thence S. 58° E. 6i Miles to a Stake, thence S. 23° W. 11 
Miles 'till it comes to Land granted to Col*' John Goffe, thence W. 
224 Rods to the N. W^ corner of s*^ Goffe's Grant, thence S. 
48 Rods to a Stake, thence N. 58° W. 270 Rods to a Stake, 
thence N. 20° E 2 miles to a Stake, thence N. 58° W. 5 Miles to 
the bounds began at. Contains 35,000 Acres of Land, & is known 
by the Surveys of the several Towns & Tracts of Land bounding 
on said Morris-Town. 

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Province of New Hampshire. June 8^^^ i772« 

Recorded from, and according to, the Original Charter of Mor- 
ris-Town, under the Province Seal. 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

FRANKLIN. 

[Made up from parts of Andover, Salisbury, Northfield, and Sanbornton, and 
incorporated Dec. 24, 1828. Named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Parts of 
Franklin were annexed to Northfield, July 3, 1830, and to Salisbury, July 7, i86g. 
Parts of Northfield were annexed June 26, 1858, and June 27, 1861. The line 
with Andover was established July 13, 1864. A city charter was granted March 
29, 1893, and adopted March 13, 1894. 

See papers under titles of above named towns; Index to Laws, 197; sketch, 
by J. N. McClintock, 3, Granite Monthy, 132; Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apos- 
tles, by Parker Pillsbury, 1883, p. 196; sketch, Kurd's History of Merrimack 
County, 1885, p. 310; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 385; Central New 
Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 3 ; A Review of Ten Years, by W. T. Sav- 
age, 1859.] 



FREEDOM. 

[Set off from Effingham and incorpoi'ated as North Effingham June 16, 1831. 
The name was changed to Freedom Dec. 6, 1832. 

See papers under title Effingham; Index to Laws, 198, 407 ; sketch, Fergusson's 
History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 560; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, p. 375 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600.] 



FREMONT. 

[Set off from Brentwood and incorporated as Poplin, June 22, 1764. A num- 
ber of inhabitants in the south part were set off to Danville for parochial purposes, 
June 20, 1783. The name was changed to Fremont July 8, 1854, in honor of 
Gen. John C. Fremont. 

See papers under title Brentwood; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 250; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, 696; Index to Laws, 199, 439; sketch, Hurd's History 
of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 296; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 53.] 



GILFORD. 

[This was formerly a part of Gilmanton, known as Giinstock Parish. Set off 
and incorporated June 16, 1812. Six islands in Winnipiseogce Lake were an- 
nexed June 22, 1826. A portion of Gilmanton was annexed to Gilford, July 5, 185 1 , 
and a portion of Laconia, July 13, 1876. A part of Gilford was annexed to La- 
conia, July 2, 1874. Lakeport, formerly Lake Village, was included in the char- 
ter of the city of Laconia, March 24, 1893. 

See papers under title Gilmanton ; Index to Laws, 206 ; sketch, by J. P. Watson, 
Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 731; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, p. 162; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 
15 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 490.] 



GILMANTON. I7 

GILMANTON. 

[Granted May 20, 1727, to Nicholas Gilman and otliers. The grant was con- 
firmed by the Masonian Proprietors, June 30, 1752. Governor's Island was annex- 
ed Dec. 30, 1799. Gilford was set off and incorporated June 16, 181 2. A tract of 
land was severed and annexed to Gilford July 5, 1851. Belmont was set off and 
incorporated as Upper Gilmanton, June 28, 1859. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 302, 456, 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, i ; Index to Laws, 207 ; papers under title Kings- 
wood ; History, by Daniel Lancaster, 1845, PP- 304 i sketch by S. S. N. Greeley, 
Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 785 ; Glimpses of the History of Old 
Gilmanton, by J. E. Fullerton, 3, Granite Monthly, 304; Sketch of History, Geo- 
logy, etc., by William Prescott, i. Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 72 ; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, pp. 162, 302 ; Baptist Churches in N. 
H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 8; The Badger Homestead, by F. M. Colby, 6 
Granite Monthly, 76; Bills of Mortality, 1825-50, by Daniel Lancaster, 6, Col- 
lections of N. H. Historical Society, 244 ; Biographical Notices of Physicians in, by 
Daniel Lancaster, i, N. H. Repository, 65; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
pp. 490, 494, 496.] 



[Gilmanton Charter, 1727.] 

*George b}'' the Grace of God of *i-i03 

Gillmanton Great Britain France & Ireland King 

, ^ ^ Defender of the faith &c* — 

f "1 To all People to whom these Presents Shall 

L • P • S • I ^°"^^ Greeting— 

[ Know Ye that we of our Especial Know- 

led & mere motion for the Due Encouragement 

^^ V ' 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 lies do give & Grant in Equal 
Shares unto Sundry of our beloved Subjects whose names Are En- 
tred in A Schedule hereunto Annexed that Inhabid or Shall Inhab- 
it 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 Barnstead at the Corner of Said Town 
& next to the Town of Chichester And running from thence on a 
North West Line to Winnipisiockee Pond or the River that runs 
out of the Said Pond And from the first Place where it began to 
run North East Six Miles on the head of the Afore Said Town of 
Barnstead then North West Two Miles then West to Winni- 
pissiockee Pond then on the Said Pond & river to meet the first 
Line (Provided it do not intrench on Any former Legal Grant :) 



2 



l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and that the Same be a Town Corporate by the Name of Gill- 
MANTON to the Persons afore Said and Such associates as they 
Shall admit for Ever To have & to hold the Said Land to the 
Said Grantees & ihier Associates & thier heirs And Assignes 
forever upon the Conditions tollowing — 

i) That the Proprietors within three Years build Seventy Dwel- 
ling Houses & Settle a family in Each or Cause the Same to be 
don and Clear three Acres of Ground fit for Planting or mowing 
and that Each Proprietor pay his Proportion of the Town Charges 
when & So often as Occassion Shall require the Same 

2'"^' That A meeting house be built for the Publick Worship of 
God within the Term of four Years — 

3''^^' That upon Default of Any Particular Proprietor in Compl}?-- 
ing with the Conditions of this Charter upon his Part Such Delin- 
quent Proprietor Shall forfiet upon his Share of the said 
*i-i04 Land to the other *Proprietors which Shall be Disposed 
of According to the Major Vote of the Said Proprietors at 
a Legal Meeting — 

4) That a Proprietors Share be reserved for the first Minister 
of the Gospell that Shall be there Settled & Ordained And Anoth- 
er for a Parsonage — and another Proprietors Share for the benefit 
of a School in the Said Town — Provided nevertheless that the 
Peace with the Indians Continue for the Space of three Years But 
if it Shall happen A Warr with the Indians do break out before the 
Expiration of the afore Said Three Years that then the Said Term 
of three vears Shall be Allowd the Proprietors After the Expira- 
tion of the War for the Performance of the afore Said Conditions 
rendring & Paying therefor to us our hiers & Successors or Such 
officer or officers as Shall be Appointed to receive the Same the 
Annual Quitrent or Acknowledgment of one Pound of flax in the 
Said Town on the Last Thursday in March Yearl}^ forever (if 
Demanded) reserving also unto us our hiers & Successors all mast 
Trees (Growing on Said Land According to Acts of Parliament in 
that case made & Provided And for the Better order rule & Gov- 
ernment of the Said Town We Do by these Presents for our Selves 
our hiers & Successors Grant unto the Said men & Inhabitants or 
those that Shall Inhabit Said Town That Yearly & every Year 
upon the Second Thursday in March for ever Shall meet to Elect 
& Choose by the Major Part of the Proprietors then Present Con- 
stables Select men & other Town officers Accordincr to tlie Laws & 
usages of our afore Said Province with all the Power Previledges 
& Authoritys as other Towns & Town officers within our aforesaid 



GILMANTON. 



19 



Province have & Enjoy : And for the Notifying And Calling of the 
first Town Meeting We do hereby Appoint Major John Gillman 
Cap' John Gillman & Bartho' Thing to be Select men for the Said 
Town of Gillmanton & they to Continue in Said respective office 
as Select men until the Second thursday in the month of March 
which Shall be in the Year of Our Lord One thousand 
Seven hundred & Twenty Eight & until Other * Select *i-io5 
men Shall be Chosen & Appointed in their Stead in Such 
manner as is in thse Presents Expressed In Testimony whereof we 
have Caused the Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed 
Wittness John Wentworth Esq our Lieutenant Governour & Com- 
mander in Chieff in & over our Said Province of New Hamp"^ at 
our Town of Portsmoutlr in our Said Province the Twentieth day 
of May in the thirteenth Year of our reign Anno Domini 1727 — 

J Wentworth 

By order of his Hon'" the L' Governour with the Advice of the 
Council Rich^^ Waldron Cler : Con : 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Prov- 
ince Seal this 13"' July 1752 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

In Council December 17*^ 1729 

Ordered That whereas in the Charter of Gilmanton it is Express- 
ed that the Bounds of Said Town Shall run from the head of Barn- 
stead norwest two miles then West to Winnipiseockee Pond which 
Last Point of (West) Should have been Expressed North to the 
Pond the Same being So Intended by the Grantors & is hereby So 
Explained & Declared — Rich'' Waldron Cler Con 

Vera Copia Rich'' Waldron Cler Con 

Copyd & Entred from the Back of the Original Charter above 
recorded this 13"' of July 1752 — 

Theodore Atkinson Se""^ 

A Schedule of the names of the Proprietors of the Tow^n of 
Gillmanton — . 

Nicholas Gillman John Gillman John Odlin 

Samuel Thing Henry Rust James Levit 

Bartholmy Thing Jonathan Wadley Nicholas Dudley 

Jeremiah Conner Benj*^ Thing Eph"" Philbrick 

Peter Gillman James Sinclare Eliphalet Coffin 

Nich'' Gorden * Philip Conner Daniel Oilman *i-io6 

John Robinson Tho^ Webster Nich° Gillman ju"" 



20 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Nathaniel Webster 
John Foulsam 
Humph' Wilson 
James Jeffry 
William Doran 
Sam^^ Gillman 
Sam'' Norris 
James Levit jun*" 
Benj'"* Rollins 
Edward Gillman 
Robert Smart 
Caleb Kimball 
Samuel Gillman 3"^ 
Tim° Levit 
John Mudget 
Samuel Norris 
Edward Fifield 
Joseph Hall 
John Perkins jun'' 
Theop*^ Hardy 
Theop'' Smith jun"^ 
Joseph Sinkler 
Benj"' Hillton 
Michael Bowden 
Nath" Gillman jun^ 
Jerem'' Bean 
Samuel Sinclare 
Oliver Smith 
Andrew Glidden 
Jerem*" Calef 
Dudley Levit 
Tho^ Webster Jun"^ 
Nehemiah Gillman 
Richard Sinclare 
William Moore 
Alexander Gorden 
Rich" Dolloff 
Clement Hughes 
Benning Wentworth 
Rich'' Waldron jun'' 
William Wentworth 
James Davis 



Paul Hall 
Zebulon Giddins 
Nich° Gillman 3'' 
Richard Clark 
Joseph Thing 
Edward Colcord 
Ward Clark 
Jonathan Colcord 
Josiah Gillman 
Richard Smith 
Joseph Smart 
Ephr'' Levit 
Ebenez' Wear 
Leu* John Gillman 
John Odlin jun'' 
Benj-'^ Levit 
Henr}' Hale 
Joseph Robinson 
James Dudley 
Theop'' Smith 
Josiah Hall 
Rich'' Hilton 
Edward Hilton 
Stephen Sewell 
John Clark 
Cornelius Drisco 
Jon** Folsam 
Abraham ffoulsam 
Richard Glidden jun"" 
Moses Norris 
Abraham Sanborn 
Robert Gillman 
Eph'' Foulsam 
Jon'"^ Hilton Jun'" 
Nath" Bartlet 
R" Nath Ladd 
Thomas Willson 
Eleazer Russell 
Thomas Peirce 
Hunking Wentworth 
Peter Wear 
Andrew Wiggin 



Andrew Gilman 
Tliomas Gillman 
John Chipman 
Jethro Pearson 
Jon'^ Young 
Walter Neale 
Nath" Gillman 
Samuel Elkins 
John Gilman jun*' 
Treworthy Dudley 
Joseph Dudley 
Coffin Thing 
James JelTry jun"" 
John Scribner jun"^ 
Treworgy Gilman 
Joseph Scribner 
Edward Gillman jun"^ 
Jonathan Connor 
John Roberts 
Jere'" Gillman 
Edward Hall 
Samuel Hillton 
William Hillton 
Daniel Thing 
James Norris 
Stephen Lyford 
Jon'^ Robbinson jun'' 
Benj"' ftbulsam 
Cornelius Conner 
John Lord 
Caleb Gillman 
Moses Leavit 
Edward Foulsam 
Joseph Glidden 
Cyprian Jaftry 
Jon'^ Gillman 
Benj'^ Gamblin 
Cap' Henry Sherburn 
Jabez Fitch 
John Wentworth jun'' 
John Plaisted 
Cap' John Downing 



GILSUM. 21 

William Fellows Paul Gerrish John Sandburn 

John Redman Theodore Atkinson Ephr"^ Dennit 

Ebenez'' Stephens Richard Jennes Cap' Samuel Tibbets 

Richard Wibird jun'' George J aflrey un'' Mathew Plant 
Ephr^ Dennet jun^' Benj-' Clark Andrew Frost 

Jotham Odiorne jun^ Cap' John Gillman Benj"^ Walton 
William Odiorn Robert Auchmuty 

Sam^^ Shute Esq ) Each 500 : Acres 
John Wentworth 5 & a home Lot 
Coll Mark Hunking George Jaffrey Esq 

Richard Wibird ^ Jotham Odiorne ) 

Shadrach Walton V Esq""* Thos Westbrook > Esq" 
John Frost ^ Arch'^ Macphedris ) 

The Schedule Annexed to Gillmanton Cirtify'd 

^ Rich'i Waldron Cler : Con 
Entred And recorded According to the Original this 13"' July 
1752 f Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



GILSUM. 

[Granted as Boy/e Dec. 28, 1752, to Joseph Osgood and others. No settlements 
were made under this grant. Regranted July 13, 1763, to Samuel Gilbert, Thomas 
Sumner, and others, and incorporated as Gilsum by combining the first syllables of 
the two names. The west part of the town was combined with a portion of West- 
moreland to make up the town of Surry, March 9, 1769. The southeast part was 
combined with parts of Keene, Stoddard, and Nelson, to make up the town of 
Sullivan, Sept. 27, 1787. The line between Gilsum and Stoddard was settled 
June 21, 1797, by which Gilsum lost a tract of land. A small lot was taken from 
Sullivan and annexed to Gilsum July 7, 1874. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 303 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 
400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont Towns; XII, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 18 ; Index to Laws, 208 ; History, by Silvanus Hay ward, 1881, 
pp. 468; sketch, by same, 4, Granite Monthly, 439; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Cheshire County, 1886, p. 207; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 
1885, p. 164; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 263; Address, Centennial 
Celebration of Congregational Church, 1872, by Silvanus Hayward, pp. 63.] 



L :p :s- 



22 charter records. 

[Boyle Charter, 1752.] 

*i-ii5 * Province of New Hampshire 

Boyle George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 

Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &c^— 

To all Persons to whome these Presents Shall Come 
Greeting 

Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace Certain knowledge & 
mere motion for the Due Encouragem' of Settling a New Plan- 
tation within our said Province by & with the advice of our Trusty 
& well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour& Comander 
in ChietT of our said Province of New Hamp" in America & of 
our Council of the Said Province Have upon the Conditions & res- 
ervations 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 & his Maj*^^ Other Governm'^ & to their heirs and 
assigns forever whose names Are entered on this Grant to be 
Divided to and amongst them into Seventy Six 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 Rocks Mountains, 
Ponds & Rivers One thousand & forty Acres free according to a 
Plan thereof made & Presented by our s'' Governours Orders and 
hereunto Annexed Butted & bounded as follows (Viz) Begining 
at the South East Corner of Walpole & runs from thence South 
Seventy Eight Degrees East Two miles & one hundred & four 
rodds to the North Easterly Corner of Westmoreland & from 
thence South Six hundred & Twenty rods to the Nortli Line of 
the Upper Ashuelot township. So Called, from thence North Eighty 
four Degrees East six Miles & two hundred & twenty four rods to 
A Stake & Stones from thence North b}' the Needle four Miles & 
one half to A Stake & Stones from thence West by the Needle 
Eight Miles & three quarters & fifty Two Rodds to the Eastermost 
Line of Walepole as A Stake & Stones from thence South Two 
Miles two hundred & Eighty Eight Rods to the bounds first men- 
tioned and that the Same be & is incorporated into a Township by 
the Name of Boyle and that the Inhabitants that do or Shall Inhabit 



GILSUM. 23 

said Township are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with & 
Intituled to all & every the Priviledges & Im'unities that other Towns 
within our said Province by Law Exercize & Enjoy and further 
that the said Town as soon as there shall be fifty 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 Continue & be held then the respective days *i-ii6 
following the 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 tor the Choice of Town officers Agreable to the Laws of 
our said Province Shall be held on the Second Wednesday — in 
March next which Meeting Shall by Notifyed by 
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 forever here- 
after for the Choice of Such officers of said Town Shall be on the 
Second Wednesday in March Annually To have & to hold the said 
Tract of Land as above expressed Togeather with all the Previ- 
ledges & Appurtenances to them & their Respective heirs assignes 
for ever upon the following Conditions Viz That every Grantee his 
heirs & Assigns Shall Plant or 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 the Said Township and 
Continue to Improve & settle the same by Additional Cultivations 
on Penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant or Share in the said 
Township & its Reverting to his Maj*y his heirs & successors to 
be by him or them Regranted to Such of his Subjects as Shall 
Effectually Settle & 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 & none to be Cutt or 
felld without his Majestys Especial Lycence for so Doing first had 
& obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of y^ 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 shall be "Enacted — That before Any 
Division 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 and Marked out for Town Lotts 
one of which shall be Allotted to Each Grantee of the Contents of 



24 CHARTER RECORDS. 

one Acre Yielding & Paying therefor 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 
Jan'^y Annually if Lawfully Demanded the first Payment to be made 
on the first Day of Jan'y 1754 And every Proprietor Settler or 
Inhabitant shall Yield & Pay unto us our heirs & successors Yearly 

& Every Year forever from And after the Expiration of 
*i-ii7 the Ten Years from the Date hereof Namely on the *first 

Day of Jan'^y which will be in the Year of our Lord 
Christ One thousand Seven hundred & Sixt}' four 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 Per- 
sons above said their heirs or Assignes in our Council Chamber in 
Portsmouth or to such Ofhcer or Officers as Shall be Appointed to 
Receive the same and this to be in Lieu of all other Rents & 
Services whatsoever In Testimony hereof We have Caused the 
Seal of our s^ Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning 
Wentworth Esq"^ our Governour and Com'ander in Chiefl' of our 
Said Province the Twenty Eighth Day of December in the Year 

of our Lord Christ 1752 And in the 26 Year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Command with 
advice of the Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 

Entered & Recorded according to the Original under the Pro^ 
Seal the 30"' of December, 1752 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'"^ 

The Names of the Grantees of Boyle (Viz — 

Joseph Osgood, Ebenezer Harris, Ephraim Stevens, 

Nathaniel Davis, Jacob Farmer, Daniel Colburne, 

Stephen Poweres, Thomas Parker, William Parker, 

Joel Dix, Josiah Brown, John French, 

Joseph Barnes, Joseph Blanchard, Joseph I31anchard jun^ 

William Lawrence, Nathaniel Butterfield, Andrew Betty 

James Thompson, Andrew Spalding, James Dutton jun*" 

John Perry, Daniel Stickney, Daniel Foster, 

Benjamin Barrot, Benj'*^ Parker, Samuel Greele, 

Robert Nivins, Timothy Taylor, Sampson french, 

Sam" French, Zacheus Lovewell, John Coombs, 

William Coombs, John Varnum, John Kendall, 



GILSUM. 



25 



Abraham Kendall, Thomas Buxby, 

Zebediah Keys, John Chamberlain, 

Ezekiel Chase Esq, Jonathan Snow, 

Nathaniel Merrill, James Minot, 

Archibald Starke, Samuel Gibson, 

Joseph Danforth, Abel Laurence, Benjamin French, 

James Whitney, William Spaulding, *Jeremiah Lawrence 

Thomas Read, Joseph Fitch, Jonathan Cummins, 



Charles Barron, 
Joseph Kidder, 
Jonathan Chamberlain, 
Jonathan Coombs, 
John Goffe, 



1-118 



Robert Usher, 
Richard Wibird 
Sam*"^ Solley 



Jonathan Cummins jun"", John Usher, 
Henry Sherburne, Theodore Atkinson, 
Samuel Smith John Downing, 

Sampson Sheaffe John Wentworth jun^ his Excellency Ben- 
ning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to Contain five hundred 
Acres which is to be Accounted two of the within 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 the said Town one whole Share for A 
Glebe for the ministry of the Church of England as by Law 
Established — 

Entred & Recorded from the Back of the Charter of Boyle the 
30*^ Day of December 1752 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



■^^^^L£idi^^uu,i?,^^ 




^p'^i-zz 5J/'t^ f i''''jys.^s s 



Taken from the Plan on the back of the Original Charter of 
Boyle this 30"' of December 1752 — and recorded 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



26 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



P. S. 



[GiLSUM Charter, 1763. j 
*2-492 *Province of New- Hampshire. 

Gilsum GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to who7)i these Presents shall coinCy 
Greetinor. 

heretofore Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain 

Boyle Knowledge, and meer Motion, for the due Encourage- 

ment of settling a JYeiu Plantation within our said 
Province, by and with the Advice of our Trusty and Well-beloved 
Benning 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 Condi- 
tions 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-Hamf shire, 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 Nine equal 
Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being 
within our said Province oi A^ezv-Hanipshire, containing b}' Admeas- 
urement 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 Fort}^ Acres free, 
according to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said Gov- 
ernor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and hereunto 
annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Begining at the 
South Easterly Corner of Walpole and runs from thence South 
Seventy Eight degrees East Two Miles & one Hundred & four 
rods to the North Easterlv Corner of Westmorland, from thence 
South Six Hundred & Twenty rods to the North Line of Keen, 
and from thence North Eighty Four degrees East Six Miles & 
Two Hundred & Twenty four rods to a Stake & Stones, from 
thence North by the Needle Four Miles & one half Mile to a 
Stake & Stones, from thence West by the Needle Eight Miles & 
Three Quarters of A Mile & fifty two rods to the Eastermost 
Line of Walpole, from thence South Two miles Two hun- 



GILSUM. 27 

dred & Eighty Eight rods by Walpole to the Bounds first Above 
mentioned as bes^an at And that the same be, and hereby is Incor- 
porated into a Township by the Name ot" Gilsum And the Inhab- 
itants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are 
hereby declared to be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and 
every the Priviledsfes 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 *2-493 
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 First Tuesday of August next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by Samuel Gilbert 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 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 
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 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. 

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 



28 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 
amonrr 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 tor 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 tlie 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 Decembc?' annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth Day of December. 1763 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December^ namely, on the twenty-fifth Day 
of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1773 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 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 Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Penning Wentw^orth, Esq ; 
Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province, 
the 13''^ Day of July In the Year of our Lord Christ, One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty tliree And in the Third Year 
of Our Reign. B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson Jun' Sec'^ 

Pro^ N Hamp"" July 13"' 1763 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Pro' Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun-" Sec'y 

*2-494 *The Names of the Grantees of the Township of Gilsum 

Samuel Gilbert Jon^ Smith Josiah Kilborn 

Thomas Sumner Joshua Dart Joseph Wells 

Clem' Sumner Sam" Gilbert jun'" Sam'^ Phelps 



GILSUM. 



29 



Elijah Owen 
Nathaniel Dart 
William Dart 
Josiah Mack 
Icabod Smith 
David Taylor 
Ezra Lomis 
Duran Wade 
Ebenez*" Kilborn 
John Mack 
Joseph Spencer 
Benj'* Sumner 
Icabod Fisher 
James Spencer 
Seth Hall 
Abner Mack 
Edmund Wills 
Abner Brown 
Abner Skinner 
Abijah Rowle 
Jon** Brown 



James Noble 
Eliphalet Dart 
Benj^ Graves 
Abijah Mack 
Jon" Smith 
Ebenez*" White 
Jonathan Burge 
Josiah Blodget 
Abel Allen 
Ruben Sumner 
Thomas Pitkin 
Sam" Banning 
Jonathan Levet 
John Starling 
Seth Haize 
Stephen Griswold 
Thomas Wills 
Abner Waters 
John Skinner 
Levi Post 

Theodore Atkinson 
Nathaniel Barrel 
Theodore Atkinson 



William Sumner 
Jonathan Dart 
Ichabod Warner 
Thomas Smith 
Daniel Dart 
Sam'' Lord 
Jonathan Wright 
James Cox 
Joel Kilborn 
William Cox 
Josiah Kilborn 
Joseph Lothrop 
Eliphalet Young 
Joseph Becket 
Lemuel Wyly 
John Hooker 
Nathan Rowlee 
Roger Dewey 
Stephen Houghton 
Thomas Brown 



Esq^ 



un^ 



sp»j;.cfT. *^^ si,!^u^j, ^s-»^ 




One Tract of Land for his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 
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 Gos- 
pel in Foreign Parts one Share for A Glebe for the Church of 
England as by Law Established one Share for the first Settled 



30 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Minister of the Gospel & one Share for the Benefit of A School in 
Said Town — 

Province of New Hamp'' July 13"* 1763 — 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal 

^ T Atkinson Jun-^ Sec'> 

Province of N Hamp^'July 13 — 1763 

Recorded from the Plan on the Back of the original Charter 

^ T Atkinson Jun'' SeC-y 



GOFFSTOWN. 

[Granted by Massachusetts ?iS, Narragaiisett No. 4 February 9, 1733-34- Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors, December 3, 1748, to Rev. Thomas Parker, of 
Dracut, Mass., and others. It was also called SJw<.)e''s-toiv>i. Incorporated as 
Goffstovvn June 16, I76i,and named for Col. John Goffe. The charter was 
renewed April 5, 1763. A portion of the town was combined with parts of Dun- 
barton and Chester to make up the town of Hooksett, July 2, 1822. Some islands 
in Merrimack river were annexed June 28, 1825. A part of New Boston was 
annexed June 18, 1836. The line between Dunljarton and Goflfstown was estab- 
lished January 7, 1853. A portion of Goffstown was annexed to Manchester July 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 306; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 25 ; Index to Laws, 
209; sketch by Alonzo F. Carr, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1886, p. 
303 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 17 ; Brief History 
of the Congregational Church, by S. L. Gerould, 1881 ; Annual Records of the 
Church, pamphlets issued j'early ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 170; 
sketch, 12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 48, 81.] 



[Goffstown Incorporated, 1761.] 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great Britain 
*Province of New ^ France & Ireland King Defender of *i-233 

Hampshire 5 ^^e Faith &c — 

To all whom these Presents shall come 
GofTes Town Greeting. 

""^-^^^"N s^ Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabiting of a 

p ^ / Tract of Land within our Province of New Hamp- 
V shire by the name of Goft''s Town have humbly Peti- 

\.^^-\r-'^ tiond & Requested us that they may be Erected & 
Incorporated into a Township .& Infranchized w^^ the same 



GOFFSTOWN. 3 1 

Powers & Priviledges with other Towns within our said Province 
b_v Law have & Enjoy — And it appearing to us to be Con- 
ducive to the General Good of our said Province as well 
as to tlie said Inhabitants in Particular, by Maintaining good 
order and Incourageing the the Coulture of the Lands that the 
same should be done 

Know Ye therefore that we of our Special grace certain 
Knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoting the good ends 
& purposes aforesaid by & with the advice of our Trusty & well 
beloved Benning Wentworth Esq'' our Governor & Commander in 
Cheif & of our Councill for said Province of New Hampshire have 
Erected & Ordained & by these Presents for us our heirs & Succes- 
sors do will & ordain that our Loving Subjects Residing on the 
Tract of Land aforesaid or that shall hereafter Reside and 
Improve thereon, the same being Limited and Bounded as follows. 
Beginning at the North East corner of Souhegan East so called at 
the Main River and then runs west by said Souhegan line Seven 
Miles thence North Two degrees West Five miles thence East to 
the Main River then by said River as that runs to the place where 
the said Bounds begin, the same Extending seven Miles in Length 
and five Miles Breadth, shall be and by these Presents are declared 
& Ordaind to be a town Corporate & are hereby Erected & In- 
corporated into a Body Politic & Corporate to have a Continuance 
untill 25 March 1763 by the Name of Goff's Town with all the 
Powers & Authorities Priviledges Immunicties and Franchies 
which any other Town 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 the said 
Tract of Land fit for the use of our Royal Nav}^ — Reserving to us 
our heres & Successors the Power & Right of divideing said Town 
when it shall appear Necessary & Convenient for the 
Benefit of the Inhabitants *thereof *i-234 

Provided Nevertheless and it is hereby Declared that this 
our Charter & 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 afores''. 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 Votes present 
To chuse all such Officers & Transact such affairs as by the said 
Law are declared — We do by these Presents nominate & appoint 
John Gofte Esq*" to Call the first Meeting of said Inhabitants to be 
held in the said Town any time within Twenty days from the date 



32 CHARTER RECORDS. 

hereof giving legal notice of the Time, and Design of holding 
such meeting after which the Annual Meeting of said Town for the 
Choise of such Officers & Management of the Affairs aforesaid shall 
be held within the same on the First Monday in March — 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the seal of our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed 

Witness Benning Wentworth Esq*^ our Governour & Com- 
mander in Cheif of our said Province of New Ramps'" the i6 June 
in the first Year of our Reign & In the Year of our Lord Christ 
1761 B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command 
with Advice of Councill 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded According to the Original under the Seal of the Prov- 
ince this 17'*^ Day of June 1761- 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



[GoFFSTOw^N Incorporation Renew^ed, 1763.] 

1-259 *Goffes Town Province of New Hamp' 

Renw^ed George the third by the Grace of God 

of great Britain France & Ireland King Defender of 
the Faith «&<=* 
-, Whereas We of Our Special Grace & upon the 

/ Petition of the Inhabitants of A Tract of Land 
i in our said Province of New Hampshire Heretofore 
_-v-x^ -^ Known by the Name of Goffs Town and for the 
maintaining good Order & Encouraging the Culture of Said Lands 
there by Our Letters Patent or Charter under the Seal of our Said 
Province dated the 16*'' Day of June 1761 in the first Year of Our 
Reign did erect & Incorporate into a Body Politick & Corporate 
by the Name of Goffs Town 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 Pattent or Charter is expressed 
and was to have Continuence til the 25'^ of March 1763 which Time 
being Elapsed and the Inhabitants having again Petitioned to have 
the Said Charter Previledges renewd & it appearing Necessar}?- 
to answer the Good end Proposed as well as to Enable the Inhabit- 
ants aforesaid to assess & Collect their Rates & Taxes 

Know Ye that We being Willing to Promote the good end Pro- 
posed Have of Our Further Grace & Favour by & with the advice 



GRAFTON. 33 

of our Trusty and well beloved Benning Wentvvorth Esq our Gov- 
ernour & Com'ander in Chieffe & of our Council for Said Province 
revived & re^xranted unto the Said Inhabitants & there successors 
on the Said Tract of Land all the Powers & Authorit\'s Previledges 
Immunitys & Franchises in the Said Charter mentioned as they 
Enjoyd the Same while that Charter was in force and to have 
Continuence until we Shall Please to approve or Disallow the Same 
& Signify Such Our Approbation or Disalowence 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of the Prov- 
ince aforesaid to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth 
Esq our Governour & Com'ander in Chieft' this 5**^ D^iy of April in 
the Third Year of Our Reign Annoq Domini 1763- 

B Wentworth 

Bv his Excellencvs Com*^ 
with Advice of Council 

Theod' Atkinson jun' Sec^ 

Prov : of New Hamp' April 5'" 1763 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Prov® 
Seal Attest^ T Atkinson Jun^ Sec'^ 



GORHAM. 

[Granted as SJielbiinic Addition, November 21, 1770, to Mark Hunking Went- 
worth and others. Incorporated at Gorham, June 18, 1836. 

See Index to Laws, 211 ; History, by N. M. True, in files of The Moiintaineer, 
vol. 5, no. 45, to vol. 6, no. 23 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, 
p. 888; History of the White Mountains, by B. G. Willey, 1870, p. 255; The 
White Hills, by T. Starr King, 1859, p. 245 ; In the Heart of the White Moun- 
tains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 165.] 



GRAFTON. 

[Granted, August 14, 1761, to Ephraim Shearman and others. This grant was 
surrendered December 27, 1762. Regranted September 12, 1769, to Josiah Wil- 
lard and others. Incorporated November 11, 1778. The boundaries were estabhsh- 
ed June 18, 1802. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 48 ; 
Index to Laws, 216; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 275; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 302; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 10; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 580. 
3 



34 charter records. 

[Grafton Charter, 1761.] 

*2-i09 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Grafton GEORGE, The Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, Fiance and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 

To all Pe?'sons to zvJioin these Presents shall come. 
Greeting. 

Know 3'e, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a Nezu 
Plantation within our Said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in Nezv-England, and of our Council of the said Prov- 
ince ; 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 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 Sixty Eight equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of Nezv-Hampshirc , containing by Admeasurement, 
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 Secretary's Office, and 
hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows, Viz. Begining 
at the South Easterly Corner of Endtield from thence South 72 
degrees East Six Miles & one half Mile from thence North Thirty 
Six degrees East five miles & one half mile from thence North 65^' 
W : 6 miles & \ Mile to the North Westerly Corner of Endfield 
afores^ then South forty three deg* West five Miles & one half Mile 
by Endfield afore Said to the Bounds begun at And that the same 
be, and hereb}^ is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 
Grafton 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 Fiftv Families 



GRAFTON. -,H 



i^sident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holdinsj Two 
I' airs, 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 

,,, . , _ ^'incl that as soon as the said Town 

shall consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened *2-iio 
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 Monday of this 
Instant August which said Meeting shall be Notified by M^ Eph- 
raim ^hearman who is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the 
said first Meehng, which he is to Notify and Govern agreable to 
the Laws and Customs of Our said Province ; and that the annual 
Meeting lor ever hereafter for the Choice of such Officers for the 
said Town, shall be on the Second Tuesday of March annually, 

IZ^f"^ Z n S'-"^^ ^^^ '^'^ Tract of Land as above expressed, 
together wi^ all Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their 
respective Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Con- 
ditions, VIZ. 6 ^^ * 

cJiu'^l'^^f; ^^V^ Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and 
cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for 
every fifty Aci;es contained in his or their Share or Proportion of 
I^and in said Township, and continue to improve and settle the 
same by additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of 
his Grant or Share m the said Township, and of its reverting to 
..X^'^'f ^^''l^'u^ Successors, to be by Us or them Re-granted to 
such of Our Subjects as shall efTectuallv settle and cultivate the 
same. 

IL Tliat 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 

n I uu^^""^ °' ^^^^ °^ Parliament that now are, or here- 
after 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 lownship 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. 



J 



6 CHARTER RECORDS. 



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 o( December. 1762 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of Decetnber, namely, on the twent}— fifth 
Da}^ of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
One shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred iVcres 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 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 14'^ Day of August In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty one And in the First 
Year of Our Reign. B Wentworth 

B}^ His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^J' 

Recorded the 14"* of August 1761 According to the Original 
under the Pro^ Seal 

^ Theod"- Atkinson Sec-^J' 

Mem® the Original Charter of this Township of Graffton Surren- 
dred Delivrd & Cancelld Agreable to A Vote of the Grantees of 
the 27**^ December 1762 

f Sam^i Chase 

*2-iii *The Names of the Grantees of Grafton 

Eph"^ Shearman Nathan Parks Sam" Aldrich 

Jonathan Chase Isaac Willard Jon'' Aldrich 

Solomon Aldrich Eph™ Taft Eph"^ Shearman jun'" 

Moses Whipple John Harwood jun'' Noah Curtis 

Nahn" Shearman iun' John Whipple James M''Clennan 



GRAFTON. 37 

Silas Warner John Axtel Eph™ Lion 

Samuel Shearman James Freeman Daniel Fisher 

Jacob Whipple John Rokes Phineas Lealand 

John Sani^er Isaac Sanger John Stow 

Samuel Chase Elijah Allen Benj'*' Lealand 

Mark Batcheldor John Dun jun"^ John Dun 

John Marsh Samuel Powers Ezekiel Powers 

Joseph Whipple Joseph Whipple jun"^ Stephen Powers 

James Lealand Luke Drura Ebenez'" Wodsworth 

Ebenez"" Wadsworth jun'' Moses Lealand Solomon Lealand 
Josiah Lion Thomas Axdel.l Nath^* Cooper 

John Holbrook Moses Holbrook John Sibley 

Peter Harwood James Taylor Benj^ Webb 

Webb Harwood Hezekiah Hall Sevey Pond 

James Nevin Esq Joseph NewmarchEsqDaniel Jackson 
Joseph Frost & George Frost — 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain five hundred Acres as Marked B : W : 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 Said Town 

Pro'^ of New Hamp' August 14*'' 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Grafton — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



38 



CHARTER RECORDS. 







t*-' -^-^ 



^^e. 



Recorded from the Back of the Charter of Grafton this 14^'' Day 
of August 1 761 

% Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



[Grafton Regrant, 1769.] 

*4-i8 *Province of New ) George the Third by the Grace 

Hampshre > of God of Great Britain France and 
(Grafton.) Ireland King Defender of the ftaitli and so forth 

Know Ye that we of our special Grace, certain knowledge 
& mere motion for the due encouragement of setlinjr a new 
Plantation by and with the advice of our Trusty and well be- 
loved John Wentworth Esq"" our Governor and Commander 
in Cheif of our said Province of New Hampshire in New 
England, and of our Council of the same; Have upon the Con- 
ditions and reservations herein atler made, given & granted and 



GRAP'TON. 39 

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 have 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 & 
amongst them into Seventy equal Shares all that Tract or Parcel 
of Land known by the name of Grafton, Situate, lying and being 
within our said Province of New Hampshire, containing by admeas- 
urement Twenty six thousand Two hundred and Sixty three Acres 
Two Roods and sixteen Perches out of wdiich an allowance 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 of Lands by our said Governor's order and returned into 
the Secretary's Office, a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed, 
butted and bounded as follows Viz* Begining at a hemlock Tree 
marked L W. & running S° 65° E. six miles and one Half mile 
to a Birch Tree marked I. W. with stones round it, from thence 
So 36° W. 5 miles and one half mile to a beech tree marked as 
afores'', from thence N*' 72° W — Six miles and one half, from 
thence N° 11° West, 380 Rods to a small Beech Tree, with stones 
by it, from thence N*^ 43° E. live miles and one Half mile to the 
Hemlock tree began at. To have and to hold the said Tract 
of Land as above express'd together with all Privileges & appurte- 
nances to them & their respective Heirs and Assigns for ever, by 
the Name of Grafton: upon the following Terms & Condidons 
Viz' First That the said Grantees shall settle or Cause to 
be Setled Twelve Families who shall be actually *culti- *4-i9 
vating some Part of the land and resident thereon on or 
before the 29*" day of Sepf 1772 & so to continue making further 
& addidonal Improvement, Cultivation and Settlement of the 
Premises so that there shall be actually setled & resident thereon 
Slxty Families by the 29*" of September 1776, on Penalty of die 
forfeiture of such delinquent's Share and of such Share's reverdng 
to us our heirs and Successors to be by us or them enter'd upon 
andregranted to any of our Subjects who shall effectually setde & 
Culdvate the same/ Second — That all white & other Pine Trees 
fit for Masdng our Royal Navy within the said Township be care- 
fully preserved for that use, and none to be cut or fell'd without 
our special Licence for so doing first had & obtained upon the 
Penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of such Grantee his heirs & 



40 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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. 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 reserv'd & marked out for Town Lots one of which shall 
be allotted to each Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. Fourth- 
Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and Successors on or 
before the 29"' day of Sepf 1773, the Rent of one Ear of Indian 
Corn only if lawfully demanded. Fifth- That every Proprietor, 
Settler or Inhabitant shall yield and pay unto us our Heirs and 
Successors 3'early and every Year for Ever from and alter the ex- 
piration of One year from the abovesaid 29''^ day of Sepf namely 
on the 29"^ da}^ of Sept' which will be in the year of our Lord 
1774. One Shilling Proclamation money for ever}^ 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 b}' the respective Persons abovesaid, their heirs or Assigns 
in our Council Chamber in Portsm*' or to such Officer or Officers 
as shall be appointed to receive the same. Sixth That there be 
cut, cleared & made passable for Carriages &c thro' the said 
Township a Road not exceeding Eight rods wide and this to be 
completed by or before the 20^^ day of September 1770, in failure 
whereof the Premises and every Part thereof to revert to 
*4-2o us our Heirs and Successors : 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 of New Hampshire to be hereunto affixed Witness John 
Wentworth Esq' our Governor and Commander in Chief afors'^ 
the 12*'' day of Sept' in the 9"' year of our Reign Annoque Domni 
1769. 

J' Wentworth 

By his ExcelpJ' Command ) 
with advice of Council ) 

T : Atkinson Jun' Sec'^ 

Names of the Grantees of the Township of Grafton. — 

Josiah Willard Esq' William Sumner Benj-'^ Summer 

John Kilburn Joseph Taylor Isaac Temple 

Stephen Temple Samuel Ashley Oliver Ashley 

Samuel Ashley Jun Solomon Willard Micah Lawrence 

Jarahmael Powers Josiah Willard Jun' Will™ Simons 

Simon Davis John Larrabee Lois Butler 



GRAFTON. 



41 



Samuel Newton 
Benj'^ Barrett 
Simeon Olcott 
Enos Stevens 
Eph"" Baldwin 
Daniel Cass 
Elijah Medder 
Silas Gaskil 
Jon** Gaskil 
Stephen Kempton 
Daniel Reed 
Thomas Frink Esq'^' 
John Thompson 
Paul Richardson 



Nathan Thomas 
Daniel Jones Esq' 
John Church 
Joseph Lord 
Isaac Butterlield 
Joseph Cass 
Jon* Buffum 
Ezra Allen 
Ja"* Kingsly 
Jedediah Buffum 
Abner Aldrich 
Samuel Whitemore 
Tim° Thompson 
Prentice Willard 



John Hurd Esq"^ Theodore Atkinson Esq 
Peter Oilman Esq : Tho^ Cushing Esq 
James Otis Esq' One Right for a glebe tor 
by Law establish'd — One Right for the fir 
One Rio-ht for the benefit of a school in 



Oliver Barrett 

Benj** Emmons 

Samuel Hunt 

Samson Willard 

Samuel Smith 

Francis Norwood 

Nathaniel Taft 

Nathan^ Whiple 

Henry Ingalls 

Tho' Josslyn 

John Sprague 

Jeremiah Whitemore 

Roger Thompson 

Jon« Willard [Esq : 

Theod' Atkinson Jun' 

John Hancock Esq : 
the Church of England 
St settled Minister- 
said Town for Ever — 



LS 



Province of New Hampsh"" Sepf 13'^'' 1769- 

Recorded according to the Original charter of Grafton & 
Schedule annex'd. ?. Geo. King D Sec^ 



42 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Province of New Hampshire 9*'' of Sep* 1769. 
These Certify that this plan of Grafton containing Twenty Six 
thousand Two hundred & Sixty three Ac* 2 Roods 16 P* is a True 
Copy of an Original plan or Survey of said Township as taken & 
returned to me ^ M' Benj^ Sumner Dep^ Surv' 

Attesfi f Is : Rindge S' Gen^ 



GRAFTON. 43 

[Grant to George King, 1769.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. * 1-348 

George King's > George the Third by the Grace of God of 
Grant > Great Britain France and Ireland King De- 

fender of the ffaith and so forth. 

Know Ye that we of our special grace certain knovvlege, and_ 
mere motion and for encouraging the Settlement and culture ot 
our Lands within our said Province of New Hampshire. — Have 
(by and with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John 
Wentworth Esq"" our Governor & Com'and in Chief of our 
said province and of our Council of the same) given and granted 
and by these presents for us our Heirs and Successors Do give 
and grant unto our Loving Subject George King Esq' (who hath 
made application to us for the same in order to make a Settlement 
thereupon,) being about Fifty Acres each, to the number in his 
Family to him & his Heirs and Assigns forever upon the Terms 
herein particularly recited and express'd : a certain Tract or par- 
cel of Land lying between the Patent line so called & the Town- 
ship of Grafton in our said Province and containing by admeas- 
urem^ One thousand four Hundred & seventy three acres two 
roods and Twenty Perches as by a plan or Survey thereof exhib- 
ited by our Survey' Gen^ of Lands for our said Province by our 
said Governor's Order & returned into the Secretary's 
Office *a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed may more *i-349 
fully appear : butted and bounded as follows, Viz*. — 
Begining at the North East Corner of Grafton at a birch Tree 
with Stones by it, thence runing S° 65° East Seventy two Chains 
and fifty links to a beech Tree marked with stones by it standing 
by Masons Patent line so called, then turning off & runing South 
about Fifty degrees West, One Hundred and forty one chains to a 
beech Tree mark'd, then South about Forty five degrees West 
Four hundred & Sixty Chains to a hemlock Tree in the Patent 
line afores'^ with marks upon it, thfence turning off and runing 
South Sixty five degrees East Twenty seven rods to a beech tree, then 
turning off\ind runing North Thirty six degrees East five miles and 
one half mile to the birch Tree at "the North East Corner of Graf- 
ton the Station began at. To have and to hold the said Tract ot 
Land as above express'd to him the said Geo : King as aforesaid 
ibrever ; upon the following Terms Conditions and reservations, 
Videlicet First. That there be cutclear'd and made pass- 
able for Carriages «&c'» thro' the said Tract a road of Eight rods 



44 CHARTER RECORDS. 

wide as shall at any time hereafter be directed or Order'd by the 
Governor and Council aforesaid, which Road shall be completed in 
Six years from the date of such Order or Direction of our said 
Governor and Council 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 setled Five Fami- 
lies to be actually resident on the Premises by the expiration of 
Ten Years from the date of this Grant in failure whereof the said 
Tract to revert to us our Heirs and Successors to be by us or them 
enter'd upon and regranted to such of our Subjects as shall effect- 
ually settle & Cultivate the same. Third — That all white & other 
pine Trees being and growing within the said Tract fit for Mast- 
ing 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 & obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the right of the said 
Grantee in the said Tract of Land, & of its reverting 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 Parlia- 
ment. Fourth. Yielding and paying therefor to us our 
*"i-35o Heirs and Successors on or before *the 29"' day of Sep- 
tember 1778, the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if 
Lawfully demanded. Fifth. That the said Grantee his Heirs or 
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 abovesaid 29''^ day of September namely on the 29'^ day 
of Sept"^ which will be in the Year of our Lord Christ 1779, ^"^ 
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 Mone}^ shall be paid by the 
respective Owner, Proprietor 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 and services wliatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth 
Esq'^' our Governor and Commander in Chief in and over our said 
Province of New Hampshire the 17*^^ day of November in the 
3'ear of our Lord Christ 1769 and in the 10"' Year of our Reign. 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command . /-^^-^ 

with advice of Council < l. s. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ ^ ^^v-^. 



GRAFTON. 



45 



Province of New Hampshire, 24*'' Nov 1769 — 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

P' Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 










Jlt,4.\ 3*.. .I.„d.^r.„,l., 77 r ■„»„„.„,,, 



*M n. r.-.,!.: 



-»7n.ri.J.,.>„ 






Province of New Hamps' 11"' Sep^ 1769 

These Certify that this Plan contain^ 1473 Acres 2 Roods & 20 
Perches, bounded on the East by the Patent line & on the West by 
a Tract of Land called Grafton, is a true Copy of an Original Plan 
or Survey of said tract as taken & returned to me by M' Benj" 
Sumner D^ S' 

Attest^^ ^ Is : Rindge Sur"^ Gen^ 



46 CHARTER RECORDS. 

GRANTHAM. 

[Granted July 11, 1761, to John Kathan and others. No settlements were 
made under this grant. Regranted as New Grantliajn June 8, 1767, to Col. Wil- 
liam Simms and others. The westerly part of this town and the easterly part of 
Plainfield were made the parish of Meriden, June 23, 1780. Incorporated as 
New Grantliani, February 5, 1788. The line between this town and Cornish 
and Croydon was established December 3, 1808. Incorjiorated as Grantham June 
12, 18 1 8. A tract of land was severed from Grantham and annexed to Enfield, 
January 13, 1837. A portion was severed and annexed to Cornish, December 
25, 1844. A part of the gore between Grantham and Springfield was annexed 
June 25, 1858. A portion of the town was annexed to Plainfield July 12, 1856. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 318 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 
400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 56; Index to Laws, 218; sketch by L. D. Dunbar, Kurd's 
History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 170; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, p. 375; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 449.] 



[Grantham Charter, 1761.] 

*2-69 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Grantham GEORGE, the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to zvhoin these Presents shall come. 
Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer motion, for the due Encourasfement of settling a jVezv 
Plantation within our Said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in jVezu- En gland, 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 Neiv- 
Havipshire, 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-Hanifshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty three Thousand & Forty Acres, which tract is to contain 
Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allowance is 



GRANTHAM. 47 

to be made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, 
Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One Thousand and Forty Acres 
Iree, 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, V^iz. Beiiinning 
at the South West Corner of Endheld from thence South fifty 
Eight degrees East by the South Line of Endfield Six Miles & 
three Quarters of A Mile to the South East Corner thereof from 
thence South Forty One Degrees West Five Miles and Three 
Quarters of A Mile from thence North Sixty one degrees West 
Seven Miles from thence North Forty two degrees East to the first 
bounds Mentioned Six Miles — And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 
Grantham — 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 Im- 
munities 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 Lib- 
erty of holding Txvo J^a/'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 shall consist of Fifty 
Families, a Market ma}'^ be *opened and kept one or more *2-7o 
Days in each Week, as may be thought most advanta- 
gious 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 Tuesdav in September next which said 
Meeting shall be Notified by John Kathan 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 Mm-ch 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. 

I. 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 



48 CHARTER RECORDS. 

additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Foreiture 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. 

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 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 ten Years from the abovesaid 
twentj'-fifth Day oi December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, vv'hich will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 One shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 
settles or possess, 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 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 Eleventh Da}^ of July In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty one And in the First 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 



GRANTHAM. 



49 



By His Excellency's Command, 
With i\dvice of Council, 



Theodore Atkinson Sec''y 



Prov'' New Hamp-- July ii*'' 1761 

Recorded According to the Original under the Pro^ Seal 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



the Grantees of Granth 
Alexander Kathan 
Charles Kathan 
William Wallis 
John Lawson 
Elisha Hall 
Thomas Beard 
John Beard 
James Hart jun"" 
James Sloan 
Will'" Pearson 
John Carpenter 
John Bartholomew 
Robert Stewart 
Joseph Root 
Moses Root 
John Hazzan 
Robert Peasley 
Richard Wibird Esq 
John Gage Esq 
Mark Langdon 
& John Langdon 



*The Names of 
John Kathan 
Daniel Kathan 
Jonathan Wallis 
Thomas Wallis 
Mathew Paul jun^ 
Mathew Bolton 
Daniel Beard 
James Plart 
Theodore Atkinson jun^ 
Joseph Dyer jun' 
Mathew Thornton 
Joshua Tucker 
John Menily 
Martin Ashley 
Elisha Root 
James Stewart 
Eph™ Bayley 
Charles Kathan 
Tho* Wallingsford Esq 
Tho* Wibird Esq 
Cap* Joseph Langdon 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of Land 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 Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the 
Gospel in Foreign Partes 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 Hamp'July 11 — 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the 
Pro^ Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



am *2-7i 

John Kathan jun' 
David Wallis 
John Wallis 
John Lawson jun' 
Daniel Hall 
Thomas Beard jun' 
Isaac Beard 
Charles Hart 
Joseph Dyer 
Joseph Blanchard 
Will" Brady 
John Smith 
Oliver Smith 
Philip Root 
Joseph Root jun' 
William Hazzan 
Jacob Bayley 
James Nevin Esq 
Wiseman Claggit 

Esq 
John Griffith 



50 



CHARTER RECORDS. 





23owo aoT-ffs 



s»;'"^/ Al '7 S 




Prov* of New Hamp'' July ii — 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter 



Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



^3-185 



[New Grantham Charter, 1767.] 
*Province of New-Hampshire. 



New Grantham GEORGE, The Third, 

r^-^^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 

< p. s. > Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

^ s^sr^ ^ To all Persons to tuhoni these Presents shall conie^ Greet- 
ing. 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 and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our Govern- 
or and Commander in Chief of Our said Province oi New -Hamp- 
shire, 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 



GRANTHAM. 5 1 

Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province oi Nezv-Hanif shire, 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 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 & 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 Gover- 
nor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and 
hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows Viz. Beginning 
at the South west Corner of Enfield from thence South 58^88 
East by the South Line of Enfield Six miles I of a mile to 
the South East Corner thereof, from thence South 41 ''s* west 
5 miles & I of a mile, from thence North 61*^8* seven miles, from 
thence N** 42*^=* East 6 miles to the first bounds mentioned — And 
that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by 
the Name of New Grantham 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 Exer- 
cise and Enjo}^ : 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 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 

followinrj the said 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 3-186* 
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 first Day of December next which said Meeting shall be 
Notified by Daniel Jones 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 Appurte- 



52 CHARTER RECORDS. 

nances, 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 
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 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 here- 
after 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 Suc- 
cessors for the Space of five Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twent}'- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth Day of December. 

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 five 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 
shilling Proclamation Money for ever}^ 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 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 



GRANTHAM. 



53 



Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the 8^^ Day of June In the Year of our Lord Christ, One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and sixtv seven And in the Seventh 
Year of Our Reign. 

B : Wentworth 
By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

Province of New Hampshire June 9*'^ 1767 

Recorded according to the Original under the Provincial Seal : 

"^ : [no signature] 

*3-i87 *Names of the Grantees of New Grantham 



Coll. Will'" Simms Cap' Sam' Hunt 
Elisha Hunt M" Abigail Hall 

Elisha Williams Jun"" L* Sam' Ashley 
Capt : Joseph StebbinsElijah Stebbins 



James Dwyer 
James Stoodly Esq' 
Tho^ Williams jun"" 
James Stoodly jun' 
John Williams 
Moses Hawke 
Sam' Dickinson 
Eleaz"" Pomroy 
Charles Doolittle 
Israel Jones 
Benj'i Hall Esq-" 
George Field 
L* Sam' Hunt 
Oliver W^arner 
John Hunt iun' 



M'^ Packer 
L* David Field 
Daniel Jones 
Amos Tute 
Nath' Dickinson 
Martin Ashley 
Rufus Wells 
.Lucius Doolittle 
Simeon Alexander 
Elias Jones 
Bunkes Gay 
Rufus Field 
Oliver Barrett 
Sam' Partridge 
Gad Lyman 
Sameon Willard 



Cap* Jon : Hunt 
Elisha Williams Esq"" 
Oliver Ashley 
Eliakim Stebbins 
T : Atkinson Jun' Esq' 
Thomas Williams Esq: 
Josiah Jones 
Seth Catlin 
Col° John Hawke 
Tho^ Rockwood 
Medad Pomroy 
Oliver Doolittle 
Elisha Alexander 
Moses Belding 
Seth Field Esq' 
Arad Hunt 
Lois Butler 
John Hunt 
Phinehas Lyman 
William Palfrey 



Esq'"* 



Benj" Hall jun' Esq 
Benj" Barrett ' the Hon James Nevin 

Theod' Atkinson 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' a Tract of Land 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 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 



54 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



the Gospel, & One share for the Benefit of a school in said Town 
for Ever. — 

Province of New Hampshire June 9'^ i7^7 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal 

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Province of New Hampshire June 9"' 1767 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal 

■^ : [no signature.] 



[Green's Location, 1774.] 

^4-229 *Province of > George the third by the grace of 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and Ire- 

T^ ^ , land King defender of the Faith &c 

l^RANCis Greens rr. n ^ 1 ^.u *- 1 n 

T . 1 o all to whom these presents shall 

L/Ocation ,. ^ 

come greetmg 

Whereas We have thought fit by our proclamadon at S' James's 



GRANTHAM. 55 

the seventh day 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 & bravery of the Officers & Soldiers 
of our Armies & signified our desire to reward the same & have 
therein commanded & 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 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 afore- 
said Proclamation are particularly mention'd subject 
nevertheless to the same Quitrents *and conditions of *4-230 
cultivation & improvement as other our Lands are subject 
to in the Province in which they are granted. And whereas 
Francis Green of Boston in our County of SuffiDlk and Province 
of Massachusetts Bay Gentleman had our appointment as a Lieu- 
tenant and served in America during the late War and is now 
reduced & he having made personal Application & sollicited for such 
Grant agreable to our said Proclamation 

Know ye that We of our special Grace certain knowledge & 
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 and with the 
advice of our trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esq' 
our Governor in chief of our said Province of New Hampshire & of 
our Council of the same agreable to our aforesaid in part recited 
Proclamation & upon the conditions & reservations hereafter men- 
tion'd given & granted and by these Presents for us our Heirs and 
Successors do give & grant unto the said Francis Green and to his 
Heirs and Assigns forever a certain Tract or parcel of Land 
situate lying & being in our Province of New Hampshire afore- 
said containing by admeasurement Two thousand & thirty two 
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 & returned into the Secretary's Office of our said 
Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed may more fully 
appear butted & bounded as follows viz*. Begining at a Beech 
Tree marked standing on the South boundary Line of Thomas 
Martin's Location Sixty Chains South eighty two degrees East 
from Pebodys River so called thence runs South eight degrees 
West Two Miles to a Birch Tree marked thence North eighty 
two degrees West one Mile forty two Chains & fift}^ Links to 



56 CHARTER RECORDS. 

a Beech Tree marked from thence North eight degrees West 
twenty Chains to a Beech Tree marked from thence North eight 
degrees East one Mile & Sixty Chains to a Beech Tree marked 
& from thence South eighty two degrees East One Mile forty 
seven Chains & fifty Links along the South Line of said Mar- 
tins Location to the Beech Tree first began at To have and 
TO HOLD the said granted Premises as above expressed to him the 
said Francis Green his Heirs & Assigns forever upon the follow- 
ing Terms, conditions & reservations viz' 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make 
*4-23i passable 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 & Council aforesaid 
which Road is to be completed 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 four Families in three Years from the date of this Grant 
in failure whereof the Premises to revert to Us our Heirs and 
Successors to be entered upon & regranted to such of our Sub- 
jects as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same 

Thirdly That all white & other pine Trees fit for masting our 
royal Navy be carefully preserved for that Use & none to be cut or 
felled 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 subject to the Pen- 
alties prescribed by any present as well as future Act or Acts of 
Parliament. 

Fourthly That the Grantee 3'ield and pay therefor to Us our 
Heirs & Successors on or before the first day of Januar}^ 177^ the 
Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded 

Fifthly That the Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall yield 
& pay unto us our Heirs & Successors yearly & every Year for- 
ever from and after the expiration of eight Years from the afore- 
said first day of January 1776 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 

Sixthly That any part of the Premises appearing well adapted 
to the growth of Hemp & Flax or either of them shall be culti- 



GRANTHAM. 57 

vated with those useful Articles of produce in the proportion of 
Ten Acres in each & every hundred of these granted Premises 
within ten Years of this date 

Seventhly That this Grant shall not interfere with any of our 
Grants formerly made & 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 & Services what- 
soever 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth 
Esquire our aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief .JLt; 

the eleventh day of *November in the fifteenth Year of *4-232 
our reign, and in the Year of our Lord Christ i774 



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p. s. > Wentworth 



By His Excellencys command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded accordina- to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this twenty ninth day of November i774 

Attesf Geo : King DepJ' Sec^ 



58 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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*4-233 *Province of New Hampshire, Portsmouth October 21** 
1774 This certifies that the annexed Plan of a Tract of 
Land begining at a Beech Tree marked standing on the South 
boundary Line of M"" Thomas Martins Location Sixty Chains 
South eighty two degrees East from Pebodys River so called 
thence runs South eight degrees West two Miles to a Birch Tree 
marked thence North eighty two degrees West, one Mile fourty two 



GROTON. 59 

Chains & fifty Links to a Beech Tree marked from thence North 
eight degrees West twenty Chains to a Beech Tree marked from 
thence North eight degrees East one Mile & sixty Chains to a 
Birch Tree marked and from thence South eighty two degrees 
East one Mile fourty seven Chains & fifty Links along the South 
Line of said Martins Location to the Beech Tree first begun at 
contains two thousand and thirty two Acres including unimprove- 
able Mountains and Rivers and is a true Copy of an original 
Survey of said Tract made for M' Francis Green reduced as a 
Lieutenant from his Majestys fourtieth Regiment of Foot pursuant 
to an Order of Survey from his Excellency John Wentwort Esq' 
Governor and Commander in chief in and over the Province 
aforesaid — Surveyed June 30"^ i774 

Attest George Sproule Surv'" Gen^ 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 



GREENLAND. 

[Set off from Portsmouth as a parish in 1704, and granted full town privileges in 
1721. Parts of Stratham were annexed December 18, 1805, and July 2, 1847. The 
line between Greenland and Stratham was established June 23, 1859, and the act 
was amended June 27, i860. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 320; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 64; Index to 
Laws, 220 ; sketch, Hurd"s History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 299 ; Law- 
rence's N. H, Churches, 1856, p. 57; Contributions to a History of, by A. M. 
Haines, 22, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 451 ; Early Ministerial Records, by W. P. 
Haines, /d., vol. 28, p. 251, to vol. 29, p. 30.] 



GREENVILLE. 

[Set off from Mason and incorporated June 28, 1872. The line between Green- 
ville and Mason was established July 2, 1873. 

See papers under title Mason; Index to Laws, 221 ; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 518.] 



GROTON. 

[Granted as Cockermonth, July 8, 1761, to George Abbott and others. No 
settlements were made under this grant. Regranted November 22, 1766, to John 
Hale and others. The charter was renewed January 24, 1772. A portion of the 



6o CHARTER RECORDS. 

town was combined with a portion of Plymouth, to make the town of Hebron, June 
15, 1792. The name was changed to Groton, December 7, 1796. A portion of 
Hebron was annexed to Groton, June 26, 1845. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 328 ; XH, Hammond Town Papers, J2, ; Index to 
Laws, 221 ; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 228; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 10, 14; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 547.] 



[COCKERMOUTH CHARTER, I761.] 

*2-45 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Cockermouth GEORGE The Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to zuhoni 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, bv and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well -beloved Benning 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of 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 equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of New-Hampshire^ containing b}^ Admeasurement 
twenty Three Thousand and Six Hundred Acres, which Tract is to 
contain Something more then Six Miles square, and no more ; out 
of which an Allowance is to be made for High Ways and unim- 
provable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, Each 
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. BeijinincT at the South East Corner of 
Dorchester from Thence by the East line of Dorchester North 
twenty degrees East Six miles to the Northeast Corner of Dor- 



GROTON. 



6l 



Chester from Thence South Sixty one degrees East Seven miles 
trom Thence South thirty degrees West live miles and an half, 
from Thence North Sixt}^ four Degrees West Six miles to The 
first Bounds Mentioned — And that the same be, and hereby is 
Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Cockermouth And 
the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Town- 
ship, 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 resi- 
dent and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holding Tz^o 
Fah's^ 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 2-46* 
more Days in each Week, as maybe thought most advan- 
tagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for the 
Choice of Town OflScers, agreable to the Laws of our said Prov- 
ince, shall be held on the First Tuesday in August Next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by M' James Brackenridge of 
Palmer 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 
respective Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Condi- 
tions, viz. 

I. 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 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. 

II. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 



62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

that Use, and none to be cut or telled 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 Pen- 
alty 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 alloted to each 
Grantee of the Contents of one Acre. 

IV. Yielding and paying therefor to Us, our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors 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 Deconbcr 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 for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day oi December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day 
of December, which will be in the Year of our Lord 1772 — 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 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 Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Penning Wentw^orth, 
Esq; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the Eighth Day of July Inthe Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixtv one And in the first 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Prov^ of New Hamp' ^ Recorded According to the Original under 
July 8^'' 1 761 5 the Province Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'' 



GROTON. 



63 



*The Names of the Grantees of Cock 



George Abbot 
Joseph Peterson 
David Blackmore 
Benning Wentworth 
James Brakenridge 
David Cooley 
William Little 
Robert M^'Master 
Henry Thompson 
Moses Graves 
John M^Clethen 
Abner Towsley 



John Smith 
William Blackmore 
David Flemming 
William Sheres 
Thomas King 
Noah Thompson 
John Thompson 
Uriah Ward 
James Moor 
James Merike 
John Murrey 
Stephen Blackmore 



John Wentworth jun"" Reuben Towsley 



John Green 
Thomas Wentworth 
Thomas Beverly 
John Ley 

Theod"" Atkinson jun' 
Charles Blunt 



Charles Cavanah 
Robert Read 
John Nelson Merch* 
Thomas Warren 
William Kenady 
William Lancy 



George Firnald Theodore Atkinson Esq"" 



ermouth *2— 47 

Robert Smith 
Joshua M^Master 
John Sheares 
John Hill 
John King 
Moses Cooley 
Hugh M«Master 
James Thomson 
Aaron Graves 
Aaron King 
Alexand' Bothel 
Geo : Brakenridge 
Francis Brakinridge 
John Cutt 
John Libby 
John Clark 
Benj'* Davis 
William Blunt 
John Langdon 
Mk H8 Wentworth Esq^ 



Benning Wentworth John Nelson Merch' 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain five Hundred Acres as Marked in the Plan B : W. which 
is to be Accounted Tw^o of the within Shares One whole Share 
for the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 
in forreign Parts One Share for the first Settled Minister of the 
Gospel One Share for A Glebe for the Church of England as by 
Law Established One Share for the Benefit of A School in Said 
Town — 

Province of New Hamp'' Jul}^ 8^"^ 1761 — 

Recorded according to the Original from the Back of the 
Charter under the Province Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



64 CHARTER RECORDS. 




S »;iLt< ^ ^^(, A, /!/' 



Province of New Hamp' July 8*^ 1761 — 

Recorded from the Back of the Charter under the Seal of the 
Pr"— ^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



[COCKERMOUTH ReGRANT, I766.] 

*3— 162 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Cockermouth GEORGE, The Third, 

^ B}^ the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 

( Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

( To all Persons to zuhoin these Presents shall come, 



p. s. 



Greeting. 



Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a IVezv 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province oi JVew- 
Hani^shire, 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 of JVew- 
Hanipshtre, 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 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 Six Hundred Acres, which Tract is to con- 



GROTON. 65 

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. Beginning 
at the South East Corner of Dorchester from thence by the E* 
Line of Dorchester N" 20 ds* E' Six miles to the N : E : Corner of 
Dorchester from thence S° 61*^^ East Seven miles from thence S** 
30 ds* West five miles & an half from thence North 64'^^ West Six 
miles to the bounds first mention'd And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Cocker- 
mouth 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 izvo 
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 *3-i63 
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 which 

said Meeting shall be Notified by 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 

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 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 
5 



66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Heirs and Successors, 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 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 that 
so doing first had and 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 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 onh' , on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day of Decemher. 1767 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pa}^ 
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 Decetiibe?', namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
Decetnber, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1777 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 re- 
spective Persons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council 
Ckambe?' 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 Penning Wentworth, 
Esq; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the Twenty Second 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 ExcELLENCYS Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

T : Atkinson j' Secr'y 



GROTON. 



67 



Prov® of New Hampshire 22** Novem'' 1766 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Prov 
Seal — 

^ T. Atkinson Jun Sec^^ 



*Names of th 
John Hall Esq"" 
Jn" Thompson 
Sam' Hobart 
Henry Thompson 
Stephen Powers 
Noah Thompson 
Benj"' Blanch ard 
Benj. Thompson 
Benj. Blanchard j' 
Rufus Thompson 
Jon^ Lovejoy 
Matt^^' Thompson 
Phin* Lovejoy 
Ja^ M^Lellan 
Hugh White 
Lemuel Blackmore 
Henry Thompson j"" 
Benj. Abbott 
Jon** Johnson 
Sam' Hazelton 
Beng Wentworth 



e Grantees of Cockermouth — 



Tho* Colburn 
Jos'h Lessley 
Will Prescott 
Amos Eastman 
Jon'* Eastman 



Thomas Patch 
Abr"^ Hunter 
Amos Fisk 
Abr"" Hunter j"" 
Tho" Wentworth 



'3-163 



Amos Eastman j' John Green 
Ja^ Taylor Isaac Williams 



Esq' 



Will™ Taylor 
Dan' Lovejoy 
Jon" Dan forth 
Will : Tenney 
S' Cummings j' 
Amos Phillips 
Caleb Farley 
Step" Ames 
John Atwell 
Ja* Goold 
Oliver Lawrence 
Eleazer Fisk 
Sam' Cutt 
Jon" Colburn 



Tho* Peverly 

Jn° Briard 

John Marsh 

Ja^ Hight 

Hall Jackson 

Jn^ Wentworth Esq' 

Amos Beck 

Joseph Welch 

Mich' Martin 

Sam' Hart i' 

Theo'^ Atkinson j' Esq' 

George Furnell 

Theo'^ Atkinson 

M'' H^ Wentworth [ Esq" 

John Nelson 



Five Hundred Acres for his Excellency Benns Wentworth as 
marked B. W. in the Plan, which is to be accounted two of the 
within Shares. One 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 Establish'd. One 
share for the first settled Minister of the Gospel. & One Share 
for the benefit of a school in s*^ Town for Ever — 

Province New Hampshire Nov' 22*^ 1766 
back of the Original Charter under the 



Recorded from the 
Province Seal — 



T Atkinson Jun' Sec'-"— 



68 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



S'/^/.-X'.- 



7 'miles 




597:^2^ 7^Ai A^A^ 



Prov® of New Hampshire 22*^ Novem' 1766 

Recorded from the Plan on the back of the Original Charter of 
Cockermouth under the Prov^ Seal — 

^ T Atkinson Jun Sec'y 



*i-400 

Province of New 
Hampshire 



[Cockermouth Charter Renewed, 1772.] 

*George the Third by the Grace of God 
of Great Britain France and Ireland King 
Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all to whom these Presents shall come 
Greeting 

Whereas we of our special grace certain 
knowledge & mere Motion for the due en- 
couraixement of settlincr a New Plantation 
within our said Province of New Hampshire 
by our Letters Patent or Charter under the Seal of our said 
Province Dated the 22'^ day of November 1766, in the seventh 
year of our Reign, Did grant a Tract of Land equal to Six 



L. s. 



(Cockermouth 
Extended) 



1 



GROTON. 69 

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 & Assigns on the Conditions therein 
declared to be a Town Corporate by the Name of Cockermouth 
as by referrence to the said Charter may more fully appear. And 
whereas the said Grantees have represented unto us that by reason 
of the jireat Inconveniencies which occur in the settlement of New 
Townships so remotely situated from any other Settlements that 
can afford any assistance hath render'd it impracticable for the 
whole Number of Grantees to perform that part of the Conditions 
that relates to the Cultivation of such a proportion of the said 
Grant ; that there is a considerable number of Families now resi- 
dent on the Premises, w*^'' affords them hopes of a final Settle- 
ment without delay & humbly supplicating us not to 
take advantage of the breach of said Conditions, *but to *i-40i 
lengthen out and grant them some further Time for the 
performance thereof; all which being duly Consider'd. 

Know ye that We being willing to encourage & promote the 
Cultivation and 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, & 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 from the date hereof for performing and 
fulfilling the Conditions Matters & Things by them to be done as 
aforesaid ; Except the Quit Rents, which are to remain due & pay- 
able as express'd & reserved 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 Cheif aforesaid the 2^^^ day of January in the 12"' year 
of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary 

Province of New Hampshire 24*^ Jan'^ i772- 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal, 

Attest' 



70 charter records. 

[Hale's Location, 1771.] 

*i-396 *Piovince of New ) George tlie Third by the Grace 
Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain France 

'->i.^s-»-N & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 
\ / To ALL to whom these presents shall come 

) S Greeting. 

^^~v-x^ Know ye that we of our special Grace certain 

Maj' Hale's knowledge & mere Motion for the due en- 
Grant couragement of settling & cultivating our Lands 
within our Province aforesaid by and with the advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor & 
Commander in chief of our said Province of New Hampshire & of 
our Council of the same Have (upon the Conditions and Reserva- 
tion herein particularly recited & express'd) given and granted 
and by these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do give and 
grant unto our leige and loving Subject Samuel Hale of Ports- 
mouth in our County of Rockingham in our said Province Esq : & 
to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever a certainTractor parcel of Land 
containing by Admeasurement One Thousand Two Hundred & Fif- 
teen Acres One Rood and Twenty five Perches, situate lying & 
being in our said Province as by a plan or Survey thereof, (exhib- 
ited by our Surveyor Gen' 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 annex'd) may more 
fully and at large appear, butted and bounded as Ibllows, Viz' 
Beginning at a Beech Tree standing in the west Boundar\' Line 
of the Township of Conway, from thence running West One Mile 
to a white Birch Tree, from thence North Ten Degrees West, 228 
Rods to a Spruce Tree by a Brook, from thence East 20 Rods to 
a Beech Tree, iVom thence North 96 Rods to a white ash Tree, 
from thence North 10 Deg' East 36 Rods to a Red birch Tree, 
from thence East 12 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence North 10 
Deg' East 260 Rods to an hemlock Tree, from thence North 10 
Deg' West 176 Rods to a Stake & Stones, from thence East 173 
Rods to a Stake & Stones, from thence turning off & running 
South 10 Deg'' East on said Conway West Boundarj' line 2 miles 
1-2"" to the Beech Tree began at. 

To HAVE and to hold the said Tract of Land as above ex- 
press'd to him the said Samuel Hale & to his Heirs & Assigns 
forever 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 Tract 



Co- 




GROTON. 71 

as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or order'd by the Gover- 
nor & Council aforesaid, which Road shall be completed 
in Two years from the date *of such Order or Direction * 1-397 
of the Governor and Council aforesaid on penalty of the 
forfeiture of this Grant, & of its reverting to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors. — 

Second. That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be set- 
tled Two Families in five Years from the date of this Grant ; in fail- 
ure 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 Sub- 
ject as shall etfectually 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 Licence for so doing first had and ob- 
tained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee in 
the Premises 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. 

Fourth. Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the 25^*^ day of March 1774, the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully Demanded. — 

Fifth. 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 & after the expiration of Five years from 
the date of this Grant ; One Shilling Proclamation Money for 
every Hundred Acres he so owns settles or possess, 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 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 & Commander in Chief the 27"' day of 
December in- the Twelfth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 
1 77 1. — J 'Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command > 

with advice of Council 5 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 
Province of New Hampshire. 27"' Decern"' 1771. 
Recorded according to the Orig' Grant under the Province Seal. 

Attest" [No signature.] 



72 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hampshire Portsm*' 9'^'' Decemb' 1771. These 
may Certify that this Plan Beginning at a Beech Tree standing 
in the West Boundar}^ Line of the Township of Conway, from 
thence running West i Mile to a White Birch Tree, from thence 
N. 10° W. 228 Rods to a Spruce Tree by a Brook, from thence 
E. 20 R. to a Beech Tree, from thence N. 96 Rods to a white 
Ash Tree, from thence N. 10° E. ;^6 Rods to a red Birch Tree, 
from thence East 12 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence N. 10° E. 
260 Rods to an Hemlock Tree, from thence E. 173 Rods to a 
Beech and Hemlock Trees from thence S. 10^ E. on said Conway 
Line 624 R. to the Bounds began at. Contains 1028 Acres of 
Land, & is a True Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said 
Tract of Land as taken & returned to me b}^ Cap* Hubartis Neal D^ 

Surv' And the Land represented by the dotted Lines 
*i-399 Beginning at *a Beech & Hemlock Trees, which Trees 

are the N. Easterly Corner Bounds of the above de- 
scribed Tract, from thence Running N. 10° W. 176 Rods to a 
Stake & Stones, from thence W. 173 Rods to a Stake & Stones, 
from thence S. 10° E. 176 Rods to a Hemlock Tree being N. W^ 
Corner Bounds of the described Tract, from thence west 173 Rods 
on the N. line of said Tract to the Bounds began at. Contains 
187 ^ I ' 25 P of Land, and is added to the abovementioned Tract 
by order of his Excellency Gov' Wentworth. 

Attest' Is : Rindge S' G' 



HAMPSTEAD. 73 



HAMPSTEAD. 

[This was formerly apart of Haverhill and Amesbury, Mass., known as Timber- 
lane. Incorporated as Hampstead Jan. 19, 1749. A portion of Atkinson was 
annexed June 23, 1859. -^ small tract was severed and annexed to Danville June 
28, 1877. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 331 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 82 ; Index to 
Laws. 226; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 313; Histor- 
ical Sketch, by John Kelly, 5, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 179; 
Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p, 7; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 61; Address, at centennial celebration, 1849, t)y Isaac W 
Smith, 1849.] 



[Hampstead Charter, 1749-] 

*Province of ^ George the Second by the Grace of 

New Hamp' ^ God of Great Brittain France & Ireland *i-52 

'"N^^^rf^ King Defender of the faith &c''* — 

/ To all to whom the Presents Shall come Greeting — 
* * ' C Whereas our Loyall Subjects Inhabitants of A 

\^^i>^r>^ ^ Tract of Land within our Province of New Hamp- 
Hampstead shire Afore Said Lying partly within that Part of our 
Province of New Hampshire called Haverhill District Have Hum- 
bly Petitioned & requested to us That they may be Errected & In- 
corporated into A Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers 
& Previledges which other Towns within our S*^ Province by Law 
have & Enjoy and it Appearing to Us to be Conducive to the Gen- 
eral 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 Don Know Ye therefore That 
We of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledg and for the Encourag- 
ment & Prompteing the good Purposes & Ends Afore Said By & 
with the Advice of our Trusty & well beloved Penning Went- 
worth Esq our Governour & Comanderin Chieffand of our Council 
for Said Province of New Hampshire Have Erected and ordained 
and by these Presents for us our heirs & Successors Do will & 
Ordain that the Inhabitants of A Tract of Land aforesaid or that 
Shall Inhabit & Iinprove thereon hereafter Butted & Bounded as 
follows (Viz) Begining at the South West Corner of Kimballs 
Land near the Island Pond thence runing by the Easterly Side of 



74 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Moses Clement's Land to his South Easterly Bounds & from thence 
by the Northerly Side of Caleb Heaths & John Dustons Land to 
the brook that runs from Emersons Mill and from thence by the 
Northerly Side of Cap' George Little & Thomas Littles Land to the 
Easterly Corner bounds of the Said Thomas Littles Land which is 
in Cloutrhs Meadow & from thence runinor to the North Westerly 
Corner of Thomas Hailes's Land And by the North Side of Said 
Hailes's Land to the North East Corner thereof and from thence 
to the South East Corner of Woodbridges Farm So called in 
Almsbury District And then North Easterly by S^' Woodbridges 
Land to Peter Morse's Corner Continueinij the Same Course to 

Shapleighs Line thence Westerly by Shapleighs Line 
*i-53 *Till it Intersects A North West Line from Holts Rocks 

in Angle Pond & from thence North West by Haverhill 
Line to Joseph Stevens's North East Corner thence North about 
Thirty rodds to the North East Corner of the Farm of Samuel 
Graves Deceased Purchassed of Kingstown from thence West 
Seventeen degrees North One Mile & Twenty Seven rodds to 
A Stake & Stones Standing on the Divideing line between Kings- 
town & London Derry from thence South five Degrees & 15™ 
about one hundred & Six rods to a great White Oak Tree Marked 
with Stones about it — which Stands on the Divideing line be- 
tween Kingstown & Derry thence runing South on Said Divide- 
ing line One hundred & five rodds to the Said West Corner of 
Jon** Hoggs land & from thence South to the Westerly Side of the 
Island in the Island Pond thence Includeing the Island to the 
bounds first mentioned And by these Presents Are Declared & 
ordained to be A Town Corporate & Are hereby Erected & Incor- 
porated into A Body Pollitick & a Corporation to have Continue- 
ance forever by the name of Hampstead with all the Powers & 
Authorities Previledges Immunities & Infranchizes to them the S^' 
Inhabitants and thier Successors for ever Always reserveing to 
Us our heirs & Successors all White Pine Trees growing & 
Being or that Shall hereafter grow & be on the Said Tract of 
Land fit for the use of our Royal Navy reserveing also the Power 
of Divideing the Said Town to us our hiers & Successors when 
it Shall Appear Necessary & Convenient for the Bennifit of the 
Inhabitants thereof — It is to be understood and is Accordingly 
hereby Declared that the Private Property of the Soil is in no 
manner of way to be Effected by this Charter And as the Several 
Towns within our Said Province of New Hampshire Are by the 
Laws thereof Enabled & Authorized to Assemble and by the 



HAMPSTEAD. 75 

Majority of Votes to Choose All Such Officers as Are Mentiond 
in the Said Laws We do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint 
Daniel Little Esq to Call the first Meeting of the Said Inhabitants 
to be held within the Said Town at Any time within twenty four 
Days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal Notice of the Time 
Place & Design of holding Such meeting After which the Annual 
Meeting in Said Town Shall be held for the Choice of Town offi- 
cers &c^ forever on the Last Wednesday in March Annually In 
Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our S'* Province 
to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq Our 
Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of our S'^ Province the 19*^ 
Day of Jan'y in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven 
hundred & foxty Nine And in the Tw^enty third Year of our reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original this 20''' Day of 
Jan'y 1749 

19 Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



76 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



A Plan of Hampstead — 




e-*^ 



Entred & Recorded According to the original on the Back of 
the Charter for Hampstead Jan^'y 20 1749 

19 Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



HANOVER. 77 



HAMPTON FALLS. 

[Set off from Hampton and incorporated November 23, 1726. Kensington was 
set off and incorporated April i, 1737, and Seabrook, June 3, 1768. A por- 
tion of South Hampton was annexed December 4, 1742. A small tract was sever- 
ed and annexed to Seabrook December 7, 1816. 

See papers under title Hampton; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 331 ; XII, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 130; Index to Laws, 227; History of the Baptist Churches of 
Seabrook and Hampton Falls, discourse, by H. H. Beaman, 1875 ! Lawrence's N. 
H. Churches, 1856, pp. 75, 134; sketch, Hurd''s History of Rockingham County, 
1882, p, 333 ; The Gov. Weare Estate, by F. M. Colby, 4, Granite Monthly, 409; 
Tax- Payers in 1709, by B. F. Brown, 28, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 373 ; Hamp- 
ton Falls and the Rev, Paine Wingate, 27, id., 61.] 



HANOVER. 

[Granted July 4, 1761, to Edmund Freeman and others. Dartmouth College 
was chartered December 13, 1769. An additional grant was made January 9, 
1775. Three hundred acres in the southwest corner were granted to Dartmouth 
College, December 19, 1771, and two hundred acres adjoining to Rev. Dr. Eleazer 
Wheelock. That part of the town in which the college was situated, had at one 
time, a separate municipal organization and was designated as Df-esden. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 379 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 
398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 159 ; Index to Laws, 228 ; Eleazer Wheelock's Narratives, 
1 763-1 765 ; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 295 ; History of 
Dartmouth College and the Town of Hanover, by Frederick Chase, ed. by John K. 
Lord, vol. I, 1891, pp. 682, vol. 2 in preparation; Bibliography of Dartmouth 
College, by Frederick Chase, 5, Granite Monthly, 321 ; Dartmouth Centennial, 1869, 
pp. loi ; History of Dartmouth College, by Baxter P. Smith, 1878, pp. 474; First 
Half Century of Dartmouth College, by Nathan Crosby, 1876; Dartmouth College 
and the State of New Connecticut, by John C. Rice, Connecticut Valley Historical 
Society Collections; same, 8, Magazine of American History, p. i ; Daniel Web- 
ster's Works, vol. 5, from p. 460, and vol. 6, from p. 349 ; The Dartmouth College 
Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States, by John M. Shirley, 1879, 
pp. 469; College Journalism at Dartmouth, by G. W. Wright, 3, Granite Monthly, 
67; The Dartmouth Cavalry, by J. Scales, 4, id. 463; Dartmouth College, by S. 
C. Bartlett, 4, id., 149; Dr. Wheelock and Dartmouth College, by S. C. Bartlett, 
II, id., 277 ; Petition Against Location of Dartmouth College at Hanover, 1770, 3, 
Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 286 ; Sketches of Alumni of Dartmouth Col- 
lege, N. H. Repository, vol. i, p. 108, to vol. 2, p. 64; Sketches of Graduates of 
Dartmouth College, 1 771 -'80, by John Farmer, Collections of N. H. Historical 
Society, vol. 2, p. 102, to vol. 4, p. 281 ; Tour to, 1795, by P. Coffin, 4. Collec- 
tions of Maine Historical Society, 293 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, p. 375; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 1 1 ; 



yS CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 533, 539; Memoir of My Own Life, by 
Stephen Burroughs, 181 1 ; Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, 
1883, p. 208 ; History of the Coos Country, by Grant Powers, 1841, p. 135 ; Han- 
over in the Convention of 1788, by Frederick Chase, 11, Granite Monthly, 310; 
Historical Sketch of Revivals of Religion in Dartmouth College, by H. Wood, 9, 
American Quarterly Register, 177; The College Cavaliers, by S. B. Pettingill, 
1883; A Dartmouth Commencement, Miss. Gilbert's Career, by J. G. Holland, 
chap. XXin.] 



[Hanover Charter, 1761.] 

*2-i3 ^Province of New-Hampshire. 

Hannover GEORGE, the Third, 

'■^^'^'^^^ . By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 
/ and Ireland, Kingf, Defender of the Faith &c. 
C Zb a/l Persons to zvhom these Presents shall come^ 

\^^-v-^^ Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a Nezu 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in Nczv-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 Ncw- 
HajufshJre^ 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 oi Nezv-Hamj^shirc^ <ZQ)ri\.?ax\\\\^ by Admeasurement, 
Twenty two thousand four hundred Acres, which Tract is to con- 
tain five Miles & five Six of Six Miles square, and no more ; out of 
which an Allowance is to be made for High Ways and unimprov- 
able Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One Thous- 
and 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 Hemlock Tree marked which is the 
North West Corner of Labanon from thence South Sixty four 
Degrees East Seven Miles by the North Line of Labanon to the 



HANOVER. 79 

Corner thereof from thence Nortli forty five degrees East Six 
Miles from thence North Sixty four degrees West Six Miles & 
Three Qiiarters to A white Pine Tree marked Standing on the 
Bank of the River Connecticut from thence down the river to the 
first Bounds mentioned — And that the same be, and hereby is In- 
corporated into a Township by the Name of Hannover And the In- 
habitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Towmship, 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 more Days in each Week, as *i-i4 
may be thought most advantagious to the Inhabitants. 
Also, that the first Meeting for the Choice of Town Offi cers 
agreable to the Laws of our said Province, shall be held on the 
Last Tuesday of August next which said Meeting shall be Noti- 
fied by M' Edmond Freeman 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 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. 

II. 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 felled without Our special Licence for 



8o CHARTER RECORDS. 

SO doing first had and 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 Parliament that now are, or hereafter shall be 
Enacted. 

HI. 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 lavvfull}'- demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day oi December. i']62 

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 5////- 
//V/^' 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 re- 
spective 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 fourth Day of July 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 Sec'^ 

Province of New Hampshire July 5"' 1761 
Recorded Accoi 
the Province Seal 



Recorded According to the Original Charter of Hannover under 



Theodore Atkinson Sec'' 



HANOVER. 8l 

*The Names of the Grantees of Hannover. *2-i5 

Edmond Freeman jun' Heman Attwood Nathaniel Freeman jun"^ 
Prince Freeman DeUvence Woodward John Parker 

Huckins Storrs William Woodward Ebenez'' Jones 

Huckins Storrs jun' Eleazer Stoddard Noah Jones 
Joseph Storrs Nath'^ Hopkins Oliver Barker 

Peter Aspinwall Sam^^ Storrs jun'' John Bissell 

Peter Aspinwall jun' Joseph Storrs jun' David Richardson 
Prince Aspinwall Stephen Freeman Amos Richardson jun' 

Daniel Allen William Gary John Walbridge 

Phineas Allen Stephen Walcott Samuel Herrick 

Malachi Gonant Moses Wolcot Elisha Addams 

Edmond Freeman Tertius Elijah Wolcot Nath^' Freeman 
Silvanus Freeman Jonathan Gurtis Ozias Strong 

Jonathan Freeman John Wright fun' Joseph Hatch jun' 

Otis Freeman Nathan Wright John House 

William Farewell Philip Squire Abraham Blackman jun"^ 

Joshua Sherwin Ebenez'' Dunham Docf Mathew Thornton 

John Sherwin the Hon^^® John Downing Esq. GoU Joseph Smith 
Edmond Freeman Sampson Sheaffe Esq. John Knight 
William Johnson Major John Wentworth Maj'' Joseph Smith 

Russell Freeman Georo-e March 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq five hundred Acres to 
be laid out as marked in the Plan B : W : one Share for the in- 
corporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign 
Parts — One whole Share for A Glebe for the Ghurch of England 
as by Law Established One whole Share for the first Settled Min- 
ister of the Gospel one Share for the Benefit of A School in Said 
Town 

Province of New Hampshire July 5*^^ 1761 

Recorded from the back of the original Charter of Hannover 
under the Prov® Seal 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 
6 



82 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Province of New Hamp' July 5^*^ 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Hannover 
under the Province Seal 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



[Hanover Addition, 1775.] 



4-233 



P. S. 



*Province of New 
Hampshire 



to 



George the third b}^ the grace of 
God of Great Britain France & Ire- 
land King Defender of the faith &c 
whom these Presents shall come 



To all 
greeting 

Whereas We did by Our Royal Charter under 
Hanover Addition the Seal of Our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire dated, the fourth day of July in the first 
Year of Our reign Annoque Domini 1761 grant to divers of our 
loving Subjects whose names are entered on the Charter thereof 
a Tract of Land within the Limits of Our said Province of the 
Contents of five Miles and five sixths of a Mile square by the 



HANOVER. 83 

name of Hanover under several Conditions and Reservations and 
enfranchised with divers Priveleges and immunites therein particu- 
laly expressed as by reference to the same will at large appear 
And whereas it hath been represented to Us by the said Grantees 
by their Petition dated the *eight day of October 
AD 1772 that by the original Survey of said Hanover *4-234 
the Boundaries on the Connecticut River were about two 
hundred & twenty Rods further distant from each other than 
the length of Lines as mentioned in said Charter and the 
Proprietors being ignorant of the same run each of said Lines 
South sixty four degrees East agreable to the Courses given in said 
Charter and have lotted out & settled on said Lands to each Line 
and have given considerable Tracts adjoining to each of said 
Lines for the Use of Dartmouth College and being now convinced 
that said Lines agreable to a Plan or Survey of said Tract of 
Land exhibited by the Surveyor General of Lands for the said 
Province and returned into the Secretarys Office a Copy whereof 
is hereunto annexed contain two thousand One hundred & ninety 
six Acres & One hundred & fifteen rods of Land more than the 
contents of said Charter which was intended to have conveyed the 
whole of said Land which if taken from said Proprietors of Hano- 
ver will put the Township into great confusion by breaking up 
Divisions removing Settlement &c In consequence of which 
Petition the Proprietors of the Township of Lime bounding on the 
said Tract of Land prayed for have been legally served with a 
Copy of the Petition of the said Proprietors of Hanover dated the 
eighth day of October 1772 as aforesaid but have never appeared to 
make any Objection thereto & all Parties appearing to acquiesce 
therein 

Know ye that We of Our Special Grace certain knowledge & 
meer Motion for the due encouragement of settling the Lands 
within Our said Province by & witli the advice of Our trusty 
& well beloved John Wentworth Esquire Our Governor & Com- 
mander in cheif of Our said Province & of Our Council of the same 
have given and granted & by these Presents for Us Our Heirs & 
Successors do give and grant unto the said Proprietors of the 
aforesaid Township of Hanover their Heirs and Assigns forever 
the said Tract of Land butted & bounded as follows viz* Begining 
at a Beech Tree marked for a Corner of Hanover from thence run- 
ing North forty five degrees East One hundred & eighty Rods to 
a large Hemloc Tree standing on the old Line between said 



84 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Hanover and Lime thence North sixty tour degrees West on said 
Lime six Miles & eighty Rods to a white Pine Tree standing on 
the Bank of Connecticut River opposite the lower end of 
*4-235 Grants Island and is the reputed bounds of Lime *and 
Hanover thence by the River South Seventy degrees & 
a quarter West two hundred & thirty Rods to a black Ash Tree on 
the bank of said River thence South sixty four degrees East to the 
Bounds began at Hereby declaring the said before bounden Tract 
to be part & Parcel of the said Township of Hanover And the In- 
habitants or those who shall hereafter inhabit thereon their Heirs 
and Assigns are and shall be subject to the same Conditions re- 
servations and Restrictions and endued and enfranchised with the 
same Powers & Priveleges as are particularly set forth in Our 
Charter of Hanover aforesaid 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our said 
Province of New Hampshire to be hereunto affixed Witness Our 
aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief the ninth day of 
January in the fifteenth Year of our reign Annoque Domini 1775 

J Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Province of New Hampshire. Recorded according to the orig- 
inal Charter under the Province Seal this 10'^ da}^ of January 
1775 Attest' Geo : King D Secy 

Province of New Hampshire 

Portsmouth Decem"" 20"' 1772 This certifies that this 
*Plan begining at Beech Tree marked for a Corner of *4-237 
Hanover tVom thence runing North forty five degrees 
East One hundred & eighty rods to a large Hemlock Tree standing 
in the old Line between said Hanover and Lime thence North 
sixty four degrees West on said Lime six Miles & eighty Rods to 
a white Pine Tree standing on the Bank of Connecticut River op- 
posite to the lower end of Grants Island and is the reputed Bounds 
of Lime and Hanover thence bv tlie River South seventv decrees 
& a Quarter West Two hundred & thirty Rods to a Black Ash 
Tree on the Bank of said River thence South sixty four degrees 
East to the Bounds began at contains Two thousand One hundred 
& ninety six Acres One hundred and fifteen Rods of Land and is 
known by an Original Plan or Survey of the Township of Han- 



HANOVER. 



85 



over and said Tract taken and returned to me by M'' John Howard 
D*y Surveyor 

Attest Is : Rindge S' G^ 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 




[Grant to Dartmouth College and Eleazer Wheelock, 

1771.] 



L. S. 



*Province of New ) George the Third by the grace * 1-389 

Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain France & 
Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c'^ — 

To all to whom these Presents shall come Greet- 
ing. 

Whereas we did by our Letters Patent, under the 
(College Grant.) Seal of our Province aforesaid dated the 13"^ day 
of December 1769, Erect & Incorporate a College within our said 
Province by the Name of Dartmouth College, for the laudable 



86 CHARTER RECORDS. 

purpose of spreading Christianity among the Indians ; and we did 
also thereby erect & incorporate certain of our loving Subjects 
therein Named into a Body politic & corporate, & their Successors 
to have Continuance for ever, & to be known & distinguished by 
the Name of the Trustees of Dartmouth College, & by that Name 
to receive, purchase possess and enjoy Lands Tenements, Here- 
ditaments Jurisdictions and Franchises for themselves & Succes- 
sors in fee simple, and to erect any Houses or Buildings as they 
may think needful & convenient for the purposes of the said Col- 
lege, all which will more fully appear by referrence to our said 
Letters Patent And it being represented unto us that the said 
Trustees have accordingly erected part of the Buildings of the 
said College on a Tract of our Land of about Five hundred Acres 
situate in the Southwesterly angle of the Township of Hanover in 
our said Province, which Tract as yet remains ungranted by us 
Know Ye therefore that we of our special Grace and favour, for 
reclaiming the Savages to virtuous Knowledge & by and with the 
advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esq' 
our Governor and Commander in chief in and over said Province 
and of our Council of the same Have upon the Conditions and 
Reservations herein after made given and granted & by these Pres- 
ents for us our Heirs and Successors do give & grant unto the 
Trustees of Dartm" College aforesaid and to their Successors in 
that Trust for the use & benefit of the said CoUeo-e, & to their 

Assigns Three Hundred Acres part of the said Five 
*i-390 Hundred Acres of Land, being the particular *spot on 

which the College stands, the same being Butted and 
bounded, as follows Viz' — Beginning at a Pine Tree standing on 
the bank of Connecticut River beincr the South west Corner of 
Hanover, from thence running South sixty lour Degrees East 
One hundred & Fifty Rods on the Boundary Line between 
Hanover & Lebanon to a Stake & Stones, from thence North 
Twenty six Degrees East Two hundred and sixty three Rods to a 
Pine Tree marked, from thence North fifteen Rods to a stake 
from thence West to a Pine Tree marked Ten Rods, from thence 
North Ten Rods to a Stake, from thence East Ten Rods to a 
large Pine Stub about Four Rods East of President Wheelock's 
House, from thence North Twenty Six Degrees East Thirty two 
Rods to a Beech Bush, from thence North Sixty four Degrees 
West one hundred & four Rods to a Birch Tree standing on the 
bank of Connecticut River, from thence Soutli Westerly as the 
River Runs to the pine Tree began at. To have and to hold 



HANOVER. 87 

the said Tract of Land as above express'd together with all the 
Priviledges and Appurtenances to them the said Trustees of Dart- 
mouth College in their said Capacity & to their Successors in that 
Trust and their Assigns for the use & benefit of the said College 
for Ever ; upon the Terms hereafter mentioned. And in Consid- 
eration of the faithful Endeavours of our Trusty & well beloved 
Eleazer Wheelock Doctor in Divinity, the present President of 
our said College to further & promote the general advantage & 
benefit of the same, particularly in his having generously made a 
Donation of Four Hundred Acres of Land in the said Town of 
Hanover to the said College, We have by and with the advice 
aforesaid, & by these presents do give & grant unto the said 
Eleazer Wheelock & to his heirs Heirs and Assigns for Ever, 
Two Hundred Acres af Land being the remaining part of the 
aforesaid five Hundred Acres, Butted and Bounded as follows 
Viz' — Beginning at the South East corner of the above described 
Premises at a stake and Stones, from thence running South Sixty 
four Degrees East Ninety Nine Rods to a Pine Tree mark'd B. W. 
from thence turning off at right angles & running North, 26, 
Degrees East one Mile to a beech Tree marked B. W. from 
thence turning off again at right Angles and running North 64, 
Degs West one hundred & five Rods to a Beech Bush at the North 
East Corner of the College Lot aforesaid, from thence by the East- 
erly side Bounds of the said College Lot, to the stake & stones 
began at. To have and to hold the said Two hundred Acres 
of Land to him the said Eleazer Wheelock & to his 
Heirs and Assigns for *Ever upon the following Terms *i-39i 
Conditions & Reservations. Viz*^ — 

First. That a Road of Three Rods wide be cut cleared & made 
passable for Carriages of all Kinds, thro' each of the Tracts of 
Land aforesaid, as may be hereafter directed or order'd by the 
Governor & Council aforesaid. — 

Second That Five Acres for every Fifty Acres of Land con- 
tained in the above described premises respectively be improved 
cultivated & planted within Two Years from the date of this Grant 
on penalty of the forfeiture of the Delinquent's Right in these 
Presents and of it's reverting to us our Heirs and Successors. 

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 felld without our specjal Licence for so doing first had & 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee 
in the Premises his Heirs & Assigns to us our Heirs and Succes- 



88 CHARTER RECORDS. 

sors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. — 

Fourth Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the 19^*^ day of December 1774, *^^ ^^'^^ 
of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifth That the said Trustees & their Successors in their 
Capacity aforesaid, & the said Eleazar Wheelock his Heirs and 
Assigns, shall respectively yield & pay unto us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors yearly and every year for Ever from & after the expiration 
of Five years from the Date of this Grant One Shilling Procla- 
mation money for every Hundred Acres contained in their respec- 
tive Rights in the Premises hereby granted, which Money shall 
be paid, as abovesaid, 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 whatso- 
ever. 

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 19*'' day of 
December in the 12^^ year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1771. — 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary — 



Province of New Hampshire — 19^'' December 177 1 
::ording 

Attest"^ 



Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 



Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 12**^ Decern'^ i77i 
These may Certify that this Plan, Beginning at a Pine Tree 
standing on the bank of Connecticut River, which Tree is the 
South Westerly Corner Bounds of the Township of Hanover, from 
thence running S. 64. Deg^ E. on the dividing line of Hanover & 
Lebanon 249 Rods to a Pine Tree, from thence N. 26. Deg^' E. 
one mile to a Beech Tree, from thence N. 64° W 249 Rods to a 
Birch Tree standing on the bank of Conn' River aforesaid, from 
thence down the River as that tends to the Bounds first mentioned 
— Contains 500 Acres of Land and is a True Copy of an Original 



HANOVER. 



89 



Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken & returned to me by M*" 
Jon'^ freeman D^ Surv' 

Att. Is. Rindge S. G. 



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[Dartmouth College Ferry, 1772.] 



*Province of } 
New Hampshire ^ 



L. s. 



George the Third by the Grace of *i-437 
God of Great Britain France and Ire- 
land King Defender of the Faith &c. 
To ALL to whom these Presents shall Come. 
Greeting. 

Know Ye that We of our special Grace certain 
knowledge and mere Motion, by and with the advice 
of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth 
Esq' our Captain General Governor & Commander 
in Chief in and over our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid in 
New England -Have given and granted and by these Presents for 
us our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto the Trustees 
of Dartmouth College in our said Province, and to their Suc- 
cessors in that Trust for the use and benefit of the said College, 
and to their Assigns, the Sole Privilege of keeping using and 
emplo3ang a Ferry-Boat or Boats for the Transporting of Men, 
Horses, Goods, Cattle, Carriages, &c. from the Shore of Hanover 
in our said Province, across the River Connecticut to the opposite 



Dart : Coll 
Ferry 



90 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Shore, and from thence back again to the Shore of said Hanover, 
& that the said Ferry be & hereby is established to extend the 
whole length of the said Township of Hanover, that is, 
*i-438 from the South *Westerly to the North Westerly Corners 
of the said Township as the same bounds upon the said 
River Connecticut To have and to Hold the said Ferry and Priv- 
ilege of a Ferr3% with all Ferryage Advantages, Emoluments, Per- 
quisites and Profits thereunto belonging, to them the said Trustees 
in their aforesaid Capacity in the manner and for the Purpose 
above expressed, from the day of the date hereof, for Ever ; upon 
the following Conditions. Viz. 

That they shall at all Times keep such Boat or Boats & give 
such attendance as the now (or any hereafter) Laws do or may 
require ; on Penalty of forfeiting this Grant, and of its reverting 
to us our Heirs & Successors. And as a further Encouragement 
in and about the Premises, We will that none of our loving Sub- 
jects do presume to molest or interrupt the said Trustees in their 
Privilege of said Ferry or set up any other Ferry upon or across 
the said River Connecticut, within the Limits above established. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor & 
Commander in Chief the Twenty Second day of June in the 
Twelfth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Went worth. 

By his Excell'^y'^ Command 
with advice of Council. 

Theod' Atkinson Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamps"" June 22^^ 1772. 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal. Attest^ 



HARRISVILLE. 

[Made up from parts of Dublin and Nelson and incorporated July 2, 1870, 
Named in honor of Milan Harris, who established mills there. 

See papers under titles Dublin and Nelson ; Index to Laws, 230 ; sketch, by S. D. 
Bemis, Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 210; sketch. Child's Gazetteer 
of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 175 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 267.] 



HARTS LOCATION. 9I 



HART'S LOCATION. 

[Granted to Thomas Chadbourne, April 27, 1772. A gore of land between 
Hart's Location and Bartlett was annexed. June 27, 1861. A small part of the 
Location was annexed to Bartlett, July 2, 1878. The exact boundaries of this 
grant have been in controversy for a long period, and have not yet been fully deter- 
mined. 

See Bartlett Land and Lumber Company v. Saunders, 13 Otto, (U. S. Supreme 
Court Reports,) 316; Index to Laws, 230; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll 
County, 1889, p. 942; Mts. Silver Spring and Tremont, by J. R. Edwards, 2, 
Appalachia, 282; Mt. Willey, by J. B. Henck, Jr., i, id,, 120; Mt. Tremont, by 
J. B. Henck, Jr., i, id., 124; Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870, p. 
58; In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 66; The 
White Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by Julius H. Ward, 1890, 
p. 26.] 



[Hart's Location, 1772.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the Grace * 1-430 

Hampshire 5 o^ God of Great Britain France 

■^^"-'^^^ >^ and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 

/ To ALL to whom these Presents shall come. 

L. s. > ^ 

V Greeting. 

.^^.■^v-N^ Know ye that we of our special Grace certain 

knowledge and mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling 
& cultivating our Lands within our province aforesaid, by and 
with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth 
Esquire, our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said Prov- 
ince of New Hamps & of our Council of the same Have (upon 
the Conditions and Reservations herein particularly recited and 
expressed) given & granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs 
and Successors do give & grant unto our leige and loving Subject 
Thomas Chadbourne of Portsmouth in our said Province Gentle- 
man, and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever a certain Tract or Parcel 
of Land containing by Admeasurement Three thousand Acres 
situate lying & being in our province aforesaid 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 here- 
unto annexed) may more fully and at large appear, butted & 
bounded as follows Viz' Beginning at a Birch Tree being the 



92 CHARTER RECORDS. 

South westerly Corner Bounds of a Tract of Land granted to M' 
Vere Royse, trom thence running North four Hundred & seventy 
Rods, from thence extending Westerly the same Breadth of Four 
Hundred & Seventy Rods, the distance of Two hundred & Eighty 
five Rods, from thence running North westerly Six hundred Rods, 
from thence running nearly a North course Thirteen Hundred 
Rods untill it meets the Notch or narrowest passage leading thro^ 
the white Mountains lying upon Saco River. To Have and to 
Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed to him the said 
Thomas Chadbourne & to his Heirs and 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 through the said 
Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or order'd by the 
Governor and Council aforesaid, 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. 
*i-43i *Secondly. That the said Grantee shall settle or 

cause to be settled Five 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 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 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 the 
Grantee in the premises 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 One Flundred in ever}' thousand Acres 
with that beneficial Article of Produce. 

Fifthly That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall 
yield and pa}^ unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every 
year for ever from and after the expiration of Five Years from the 
date of this Grant 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 Land aforesaid, which 



N 



HAVERHILL. 93 

Money shall be paid by the respective Proprietor Owner or Settler 
in ourCouncil 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 Gov' and Command' in Chief the Twenty Seventh 
day of April in the Twelfth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 
iy'j2. — . J' Wentworth. 

By His Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this Eleventh day of May 1772. 

Attest' 

*Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 7*^ April * 1-43 2 
1772. These Certify that this Plan Beginning at a Birch 
Tree being the S. W.^y corner Bound of a Tract of Land granted 
to M"" Vere Royse, from thence running N*' 470 Rods, from thence 
extending Westerly the same Breadth of 470 Rods the distance of 
285 Rods, from thence running N° Westerly 600 Rods, from thence 
running nearly a North course 1300 Rods untill it meets the notch 
or narrowest passage leading thro' the white Mountains lying 
upon Saco river — Contains 3000 Acres of Land agreeable to said 
Plan w°^ is a True Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of s'* 
Tract as taken & returned by Timothy Walker }■• Dy Surv' 

Attest' Is. Rindge S. G' 



HAVERHILL. 

[Formerly known as Lower Coos. Granted May 18, 1763, to John Hazzen and 
others, and incorporated as Haverhill. Named from Haverhill, Mass. The town 
was divided into two parishes June 21, 181 5. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 177; 
Index to Laws, 232; History of the Coos Country, by Grant Powers, 1841 ; re- 
print, 1880; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 339 ! discourse. 
Centennial Celebration, First Congregational Church, 1876, by J. Q. Bittinger; 
History, by J. O. Bittinger, 1889, pp. 442; Biography of John Hurd, by W. F. 
Whitcher, i. Proceedings of Grafton and Coos Bar Association, 467 ; Biography of 
Charles Johnston, by J.Q. Bittinger, 15, Granite Monthly, 85; Reminiscences of 
the Town, in mss., 18S8, by Arthur Livermore ; Reminiscences of the Town, by W. 



94 CHARTER RECORDS. 

H. Duncan, Chikrs Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 53; In the Heart of 
the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 256; Batchelder's History of the 
Eastern Diocese, P. E. Church, 1876, p. 271 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
pp. 542, 547; Spaulding Memorial, by Phineas Spaulding, 1887; Northern New 
Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 19; Coos Country, by L. W. Dodge, 7, 
Granite Monthly, 181 ; Coos Country, by W. A. Fergusson, 11, /V/., 268.] 



[Haverhill Charter, 1763.] 

*2-397 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Haverhil GEORGE, The Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 

and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to whom these Presents shall cotne. 

Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, and 
meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVczu Plan- 
tation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of our 
Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentvvorth, Esq: Our Gov- 
ernor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in Nezv-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 New- 
Hanipshire, 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 Eighty one equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of JVczv-Hampshire , containing by Admeasurement 

A res^ which Tract is to Contain More 
than Six Miles square, out of which an Allowance is to be inade 
for High Wa3's 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 Gov- 
ernor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and here- 
unto annexed, butted and bounded as follows, Viz. Begining at 
a Tree marked standing on the Bank of the Easterly Side of Con- 
necticut River and on the Southerly or South Westerly Side of the 
Mouth of Amonusock River opposite to the South Westerly Cor- 
ner of Bath from thence down Connecticut River as that runs til 
it comes to A Marked Tree standing on the Bank of the River & 



HAVERHILL. 95 

is about Seven Miles on A Strait Line from the Mouth of 
Am'onusock River aforej'* from thence South fifty three degrees 
East five Miles & Three Quarters of a Mile to A Stake & Stones 
thence North Twenty five degrees East about Eight Miles until it 
comes upon a Line with the Lower Side Line of Bath thence 
North 55 deg West as Bath runs to the Tree by the river the 
Bound began at And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated 
into a Township by the Name of Haverhill 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 Fair , 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 *2-398 
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 Second Tuesday in June next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by Cap* John Hazzen 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 
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. 

II. That all white and other Pine Trees within the said Town- 
ship, fit for Masting Our Royal Navy, be carefully preserved for 



96 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 Pen- 
alty of an Act or Acts of Parliament that now are, or hereafter 
shall be Enacted. 

HI. 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 here- 
of, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first Pay- 
ment to be made on the twenty-fifth day of December. 1763 

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 1773 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 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 Eighteenth Day of May 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 ]'" Se''^ 

Province of New Hamp*" May 18-1763 

Recorded according^ to the Oricrinal Charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec^ 



HAVERHILL. 



97 



*The Names of the Grantees of Haverhill 



2-399 



John Hazzan 
Jacob Bayley Esq 
Eph"" Bayley 
James Philbrook 
Gideon Gould 
John Clark 
John Sweat 
Thomas Emory 
Benoni Coleborne 
Reuben Mills 
John Hazzan jun' 



Maxi Hazletine 
Thomas Johnson 
John Mills 
John Trussel 
Abraham Dow 
Uriah Morse 
Enoch Hall 
Jacob Hall 
Benoi Right 
John Page 
Josiah Little 



David Hobart 
Simon Stevens 
John Moors 
Will"" Toborn 
David Page 
James White 
Benj^ Merrill 
Nathaniel Merrill 
John Church 
Hon^'® James Nevin 
John Nellson 



jumi iici/-/.d.ii juii ju&iaii inline juiiii x^ciiBuii I "p„~r3 

Edmond Colby John Taply Esq Theodore Atkinson jun' [ ^ 
David Hall " Jon^ Foster Nath" Barrell ^ 

Lemuel Tucker Joseph Blanchard Esq Coll W°^ Symes 
Edmond Moore Esq Rich-^ Pattee 



John White 
Benj** Moore 
William Hazzan 
Mose Hazzan 
Tim« Bedle 
Jaasiel Herriman 
Jacob Kent 
Ebenez"" Hale 
Sam" Hobart 
John Hale 



Moses Foster 
John Spofford 
Enoch Heath 
William Page 



W°i Porter 

John Hastings 

Cap* George March 

Maj'* Richard Emery 

Cap' Nehemiah Lovewell 

Joseph Kelly Hon^^^ Henry Sherburne Esq 

Aron Hosemore Maj"" John Wentworth 

John Herriman Sam" Wentworth Esq Boston 

John Lampson Byfield Loyde Boston and 

Stephen Knight his Excellency Gov Barnard 

John Hall Robert Peasley 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five hund'^ 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 Said Town 

Province of New Hamp*^ May i8 — 1763 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Haverhill 
under the Pro'*' Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun>- Sec'? 

7 



98 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Prov® of New Hamp' May i8 — 1763 



Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Haverhill 



under the Pro"^ Seal 



T Atkinson Jun' Sec'' 



HAVKRIIILL. 99 



[Grant TO John Parker, 1771.] 

*Province of New ^ George the Third by the Grace *i-393 

Hampshire ^ of God of Great Britain France and 
""^'^-^^ >^ Ireland King, Defender of the Faith &c. — 

/ To All to whom these Presents shall come 

L S ^ 

V Greeting — 

.^^-v^s^ ^ Know Ye that We of our special grace certain 

(John Parker's knowledge & mere Motion for the due encourage- 
Grant.) ment of settling and cultivating our Lands within 
our Province aforesaid by and with the advice of 
our Trusty and well beloved John Wentw^orth Esq' our Gov- 
ernor and Commander in chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire and of our Council of the same, Have (upon the 
Conditions & Resevations herein particularly recited & expressed) 
given & granted, & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our leige and loving Subject John 
Parker of Portsm° in our County of Rockingham and Province 
aforesaid Esq : & to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever a certain tract 
or Parcel of Land containing by admeasurement Five Hundred 
Acres, situate lying and being in our said Province 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 
and bounded as follows Viz* Beginning at a Pine Tree standing 
on the bank of Connecticut River at the Mouth of Ammonoosuck 
River on the Northly side thereof, from thence South 59 Degrees 
East 302 Rods to a stake, from thence turning off at right Angles 
& running South 31 Degrees West 300 Rods to a Pine Tree, then 
turning off again at right Angles and running North 59 Degrees 
West 196 Rods to a Bass Tree standing on the bank of Connecti- 
cut River aforesaid, thence by Connecticut River as the same 
tends to the Bounds began at. To have and to hold the said 
Tract of Land as above express'd to him the said John Parker and 
to his Heirs and assigns for ever upon the following Terms Con- 
ditions & Reservations Viz*. 

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 be at any time hereafter directed or order'd by the Gover- 



lOO CHARTER RECORDS. 

nor & Council aforesaid, which Road shall be completed in Two 
years from the date of such Order or Direction of the Governor & 
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 
Two Families in Three years from the date of this Grant ; in failure 
whereof the Premises to revert 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. 
*i-394 *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 & obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right 
of the Grantee in the Premises his Heirs and Assigns to us our 
Heirs & Successors as well as being subject to the Penalties pre- 
scribed by any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourthly, Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs & 
Successors on or before the 19"' day of December 1774, the Rent 
of One Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully 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 & after the expiration of Five 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 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 & Commander in chief the 19"' day of 
December in the 12*^ year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1771. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Secretar3^ 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this 19*^ Dec"^ i77i- 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



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Province of New } 

Hampshire ^ Portsm" lo*'' July 177 1. 

These Certify that this Plan Beginning at a Pine Tree standing 
on the bank of Connecticut River at the mouth of Ammonoosuck 
River on the Northerly side thereof, from thence S. 59° E. 302 
Rods to a Stake, from thence turning off at right Angles & run- 
ning S. 31 W. 300 Rods to a Pine Tree, then turning off again at 
right angles & running N. 59° W. 196 Rods to a Bass Tree stand- 
ing on the Bank of Con* River aforesaid, thence by Con*^ River as 
the same tends to the Bounds began at ; Contains 500 Acres & 
is protracted from an Original plan or Survey of the Township 
of Haverhill in said Province as taken & returned to me by M' 
Dudley Colman D^ Surveyor. 

Attest : Is. Rindge S' Gen^ 



I02 CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Johnson's Ferry, 1774.] 

*4-2 2i *Province > George the third by the grace of God of 
of New Hampshire ^ Great Britain France and Ireland King De- 
fender of the Faith &c^ 

'"^'"^-^ .. To ALL People to whom these presents shall 

/ come greeting 

V Know ye that We of Our special grace certain 

.,^%^v^ ^ knowledge and meer motion by & with the advice of 

Johnson's Ferry Our trusty and well beloved John Wentworth 
Esq' Our Governor and Commander in cheif in and over our said 
Province of New Hampshire in New England have given and 
granted & by these Presents for Us Our Heirs and Successors do 
give and grant unto Our Loyal & faithful Subject Thomas John- 
son of Newbury in our County of Gloucester & Province of New 
York Husbandman the Sole Right of keeping a Ferry and of 
keeping using and employing a Ferry boat or Boats for the 
transporting of Men Horses Goods Cattle Carriages &c 
*4-222 *across Connecticut River in the Town of Haverhill 
begining at the Place where the public Highway passes 
said River from said Haverhill to said Newbury near the new 
dwelling House of Richard Chamberlain in said Newbur}^ and to 
extend one Mile above and one Mile below the said Highway on 
the said River To hold the said Ferry & privilege of a Ferry with 
all ferriage advantages emoluments Perquisites «& profits thereunto 
belonging to him the said Thomas Johnson his Heirs Exe" Admin" 
and Assigns from the day of the date hereof to his and their only 
proper use benefit & behoof forever upon the following Conditions 
viz' That he «& they shall at all times keep such Boat or Boats & 
give such attendance & behave as the now (or any hereafter) 
Laws do or may require on Penalty of forfeiting this Grant and of 
its reverting to Us Our Heirs and Successors 

And as a further encouragement to the said Thomas Johnson 
in & about the Premises We will that none of Our loving Subjects 
do presume to molest or interrupt the said Thomas Johnson in his 
said Ferry or set up any other Ferry upon or across the said River 
Connecticut within one Mile above and one Mile below the Ferry 
of the said Thomas Johnson as the River runs 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Our aforesaid Governor 



HAVERHILL. IO3 

& Commander in cheif the eleventh day of November in the 
fifteenth Year of Our reign Annoque Domini 1774 

J Went worth 
By His Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Geo : King Depy Secy 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 11"' day of November 1774 

Attesf Geo : King Dep^ Secy 



[Porter's Ferry, 1772.] 

*Province of ') George the Third by the Grace of *i-420 
New Hampshire > God of Great Britain France and 

) Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 

''^'•^^^^^ . To ALL to whom these Presents shall come Greet- 

f ing. 
C Know Ye that we of our special grace certam 

s^^-v-s^ ^ knowledge and mere Motion, (by and with the advice 
of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire our 
Captain General Governor & Commander in Chief in and over our 
Province of New Hampshire aforesaid in New England) Have 
given and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our loyal and faithful Subject Asa 
Porter of Haverhill in the County of Grafton in our Province 
aforesaid Esquire the Sole Right of keeping a Ferry and of keep- 
ing useing and employing a ferry Boat or Boats for the transport- 
ing of Men, Horses, Goods, Cattle, Carriages «S:c. from the Shore 
of Haverhill aforesaid across Connecticut River to the opposite 
Shore of Newbury and from said Newbury to the opposite Shore 
of Haverhill within one Mile on a strait Line from that part of 
Haverhill called the point of the little Oxbow being a Point of 
Meadow Land now in possession of Captain John Hazen To hold 
the said Ferry and privilege of a ferry with all Ferryage Advan- 
tages Emoluments Perquisites and Profits thereunto belonging unto 
him the said Asa Porter Esq' his Heirs Executors Administrators 
& Assigns from the day of the date hereof to his and their only 
proper use benefit and behoof for Ever, upon the following Con- 
ditions Viz' 

That he and they shall at all Times keep such Boat or Boats, 
and give such Attendance, and behave as the now (or any here- 



I04 CHARTER RECORDS. 

after) Laws do or may require. And as a further encourage- 
ment to the said Asa Porter in and about the Premises We will 
that none of our Loving Subjects do presume to molest or inter- 
rupt the said Asa Porter in his said Ferry or set up any other 
Ferry upon or across the said River Connecticut, within One Mile 
above or below the Ferr}^ of the said Asa Porter. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
& Commander in Chief the Thirty first day of March in the- 
Twelfth year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth 
*i-42i *By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province- 
Seal this 1'' day of April 1772. 

Attest 



[Grant to Benjamin Whiting, 1769. J 



* 



1-325 *Province ) George the Third by the Grace of God 

of New Hampshire 5 of Great Britain France and Ireland King 

Defender of the ftaith &c'' 
Whiting's Grant To all to whom these Presents shall come 

of y® Geese Islands Greeting. 
between Haverhill Know Ye that we of our special Grace 

and Newbury certain knowledge & mere motion for the due 

encouragement of Setling a new Plantation within our said Prov- 
ince, by & with the advice of our Trusty and well=beloved John. 
Wentw^orth Esq'' our Governor and Comm' in Cheif of our 
said Province of New Hampshire in New England and of our 
Council for the said Province — Have upon y'' Conditions and reser- 
vations hereinafter made, Given and granted & by these Presents 
for us our heirs & successors Do give and grant unto our Loving 
Subject Benjamin Whiting of Charlestown in the said Province 
of New Hampshire Esq'^ & to his heirs and Assigns for ever : All 
those Islands (being live in Number) commonly call'd and known 
by the name of the Geese Islands situate & being between the 
Towns of Haverhill & Newbury in Connecticut River, the greater 
Island containing about 49 Acres, & the remaining Islands about 



HAVERHILL. IO5: 

15 Acres in all, as by a Plan and Survey thereof made by order 
of our said Governor and Returned into the Secretary's office & 
hereunto annexed may more fully appear- To have & to hold the 
said Geese Islands and every of them together with all Priviledges- 
and Appurtenances unto him the said Benj'^ Whiting his heirs and 
Assignes for ever : upon the following Conditions Viz* First that 
the said Benjamin his heirs or Assigns shall plant & Cultivate 15 
Acres of the said Land within the term of five Years and continue 
to improve & Settle the same by additional Cultivations on penalty 
of the forfeiture of his Grant in the said Islands and of their re- 
verting to us, our heirs and successors to be by us or them 
regranted to such of our Subjects as shall effectually Settle & Cul- 
tivate the same- Secondly That all white Pine trees 
*throughout all the said Islands fit for masting our *i-326 
Royal Navy be carefully preserv'd for that use and none 
to be cut or fell'd without our Special Licence first had & obtained 
for so doing, upon the penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant as 
well as being Subject to the present & future Penalties by act of 
Parliament- Thirdly Yielding & Paying therefor unto us our 
heirs and Successors for the space of two years from this date one 
Ear of Indian Corn onl}'^ on the 25*^ of December annually if 
Lawfully demanded (4*'') That the said Benj* his heirs and 
Assignes shall yield & pay unto us our heirs and Successors yearly 
and every year from and after the expiration of the said Two 
Years in our Council Chamber in Portsm° or to such Officer as 
shall be appointed to receive the same Two Shillings & six 
pence Proclamation money for ever, in lieu of all other rents and 
Services. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq"" our 
said Governor the 3*^ day of January in the year of our Lord- 
Christ 1769 and in the Ninth year of our Reign. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

T : Atkinson Jun Sec''^ 



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Recorded this 4*'' January 1769 - 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



io6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



*i-327 *This Plan represents the Geese Islands in Connecticut 
River situated between Newbury and Haverhill Towns in 
Coos protracted by a scale of lo Chains to an Inch 



Norfh. 




Province of New Hampshire. 

These Certify That this plan of the Geese Islands in Connec- 
ticut River is a True Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said 
Islands as taken & returned to me by M"^ Elijah King Dep^ Surv"^ 

Attest^ ^ Is : Rindge Surv' Gen^ 



HEBRON. 



[Constituted from parts of Cockertnouth and Plymouth, and incor];>orated June 
45, 1792. The line between Hebron and Orange was established December 13, 



HEBRON. 107 

1804, and again December 2, 1808. A portion of Hebron was annexed to Plym- 
outh June 26, 1845, and another piece to Groton the same date. 

See papers under titles Groton and Plymouth ; Index to Laws, 235 ; sketch, Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 384; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, pp. 10, 14; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 547; Memorial 
Addresses on Life and Character of Austin F. Pike, 1888.] 



[Grant to John Fenton, 1772.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the grace *i-4i7 

Hampshire ) of God of Great Britain France and 
■Capt" John Fenton's > Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 

Grant 5 To all to whom these presents shall 

come Greeting. 

Whereas We have thought fit by our Proclamation at S' James's 
the 7"^ day of October in the 3'"* year of our Reign Annoque Dom- 
ini 1763, among other Things to testify our Royal Sense & Ap- 
probation of the Conduct & Bravery of the Officers and Soldiers of 
our Armies & signified our desire to reward the same, And have 
therein Commanded & Impowered our several Governors of our re- 
spective 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 
teen or shall be disbanded there & shall personally apply for the 
same such Qiiantities of Land respectively as in & by our afore- 
said Proclamation are particulary mentioned, subject nevertheless 
to the same Qiiit Rents & Conditions of Cultivation & Improve- 
ment as other our Lands are subject to in the Province in which 
they are granted And whereas John Fenton of Charlestown in 
our Province of the Massachusetts Bay Esq' had our Appointment 
as Captain, & served during the late war & is now reduced, & he 
having personally applied & solicited for such Grant agreeable to 
our aforesaid in part recited Proclamation. 

Know Ye, that we of our special Grace certain knowledge and 
mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling and cultivating 
•our Lands within our said Province of New Hampshire, do sig- 
nify our Approbation as aforesaid, & have by and with the ad- 
vice of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire 
our Governor & Comm"" in Chief in & over our said Province, 



I08 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and of our Council of the same, agreeable to our said Procl^ and 
upon the Conditions & Reservations herein after mentioned given 
and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors do 
give & grant unto him the said John Fenton and to his Heirs & 
Assigns for Ever a certain Tract or parcel of Land situate lying 
& being within our said Province, containing by Admeasurement 
Three thousand Acres, as by a plan or Survey of said [tract] 
exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Prov- 
ince by our said Governor's Order & returned into the Secretary's 
office of our said Province, (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) 
may more tully and at large appear : Butted and 
*i-4i8 Bounded *as follows Viz* Beginning at a Hemlock Tree 
standing in Cardigan North Line, from thence running 
South Sixty four Degrees East Three Hundred & Sixty 
Rods to a Stake, from thence North Thirty Degrees East 
Four Miles and Sixty Rods to a Stake, from thence North Sixty 
four Degrees West Three Hundred & Sixty Rods to a Stake and 
from thence South Thirty Degrees West Four Miles and Sixty 
Rods to the Bound began at. 

To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above ex- 
pressed to him the said John and to his Heirs and Assigns for 
Ever upon the following Terms Conditions and Reservations, 
Videlicet. 

First. That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make passable 
for Carriages a Road of Three Rods wide thro' the said Tract as 
shall be at any time hereafter directed or order'd by the Governor 
& Council, which Road is to be completed in One Year from the 
date of such Order or Direction of the Governor and Council afore- 
said, 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 Six Families in Five Years from the date of this Grant ; in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Succes- 
sors to be by us or them enter'd upon & regranted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the same. 

Thirdly That all white & other Pine Trees 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 on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee in 
the said Tract of Land his Heirs and Assij^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 Parliment. 



HEBRON. 109 

Fourthly Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the 19"' day of Feb^ 1781, the rent of one Ear 
of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifthly That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall 
yield & pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and 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 
1782, One Shilling Proclamation Money for every 
Hundred Acres he so *Owns Settles or Possesses and so in *i-4i9 
proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of the Land afore- 
said, which Money shall be paid the respective Proprietor or Set- 
tler 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 of New Hampshire to be hereunto affixed Witness John 
Wentworth Esq"^ : our aforesaid Governor & Comm' in Chief the 
19"^ da}'^ of February in the Twelfth year of our Reign & in the 
year of our Lord Christ 1772. 

By his Excellency's Command J'. < l. s. > Wentworth. 

with advice of Council. ^ v^v-^^ ^ 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire. Portsmouth 17*** Feb^ 1772- 
These Certify that this Plan beginning at a hemlock Tree standing 
in Cardigan North Line, from thence running South 64° East 360 
Rods to a Stake, from thence N. 30 E. 4 Miles & 60° Rods to a 
Stake, from thence N. 64° W. 360 Rods to a Stake, from thence 
S. 30° W. 4 Miles & 60 rods to the Bound began at. Contains 3000 
Acres of Land & is found by a Survey or Plan of said Tract as 
taken & returned to me by M' Jotham Cummings Dep^ Surveyor. 

Att* Is. Rindge S. G^ 



no 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Province of New Hampshire. Feb^ 24^^ i77-* 

Recorded to the Original Patent, & plan annexed, under the 
Province Seal. — 



HENNIKER. 

[This town was Number 6 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts January 16, 1735-6. As some of the grantees 
came from Marlborough, Mass., it was sometimes called New Marlborough or 



HENNIKER. Ill 

Marlboroiigh-toivn. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, July i6, 1752, to 
Andrew Todd and others, and sometimes called TodiVs-town. Incorporated as 
Henniker November 10, 1768, and named in honor of John Henniker, M. P. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes;. 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 189; Index to Laws, 235; History, by L. W. 
Cogswell, 1880, pp. 807; sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 
340 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 22; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 387; address, 115th anniversary of Congregational 
Church, by J. M. R. Eaton, 1884; Historical Address, 66th Anniversary of For- 
mation of Bible Class. May i, 18 14, by L. W. Cogswell, pp. 16.] 



[Henniker Incorporated, 1768.] 

*Province of New Hampshire * 1-3 19 

Henniker. George the third by the Grace of God of Great Brit- 
ain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith and 
so forth. 

To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects inhabitants of a tract of land 
within our Province of New Hampshire known by the name of 
N*' 6) in the line of Towns & containing Six miles square, & 
bounded as hereafter mention'd Have humbly Petitioned & Re- 
quested us that they may be erected & incorporated into a Town- 
ship and infranchised with the same priviledges which other Towns 
within our said Province have & Enjoy by Law ; 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 & encourageing the Culture of the land, that the same 
should be done Know Ye therefore that we of our especial Grace,^ 
certain knowledge & for the encouragement & promotion of the 
good purposes &: ends aforesaid and with the Advice of our trusty 
& welUbeloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor and Com- 
mander in Cheif of our said Province, & of our Council of the 
same, have erected and ordained and by these Presents for us our 
heirs & Successors Do will and ordain that the Inhabitants of the 
Tract of land aforesaid and others who shall Inhabit and improve 
thereon here after (the same being butted and bounded as follows 
viz* Beginning at the North west corner (nearest) of New hopkinton 
so called then on a strait line to the North east corner of Hills- 
borough so called being by estimation Six miles, then by said 
Hillsborough line to the South east corner thereof, being supposed 



112 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to be Six miles then on a strait line to the south west Corner of 
said New Hopkinton, then by that to the corner where it begins, 
-all the said lines being supposed to be Six miles each — be & hereby 
are declared to be a town Corporate, and are here by erected and 
incorporated into a Body Politic and Corporate to have continuance 
and succession for ever : by the name of HENNiKER-with all the 

Powers and Authorities, Priviledges, Immunities and Fran- 
*i-320 chises which any *other Towns in said Province by Law 

have & Enjoy, to the said Inhabitants or who shall hereaf- 
ter inhabit there and their Successors for ever: (always reserving 
to us our heirs and Successors all white pine trees which are or 
shall be found growing and being on y® 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 and convenient for the Inhabitants thereof. 
Provided nevertheless and 'tis hereby declared that this Charter 
and grant is not intended and shall not in any manner be construed 
to affect the private property of y® Soil within the limi s aforesaid, 
and as the several Towns within our said Province are by the laws 
thereof enabled and Authorised to Assemble and bv the Majority 
of the Voters present, to chuse all officers & transact such 
affairs as in the said Laws are declared — We do by hese Presents 
nominate and appoint Eliakim How to call the first meeting of 
;said Inhabitants to be held within the said Town / at any time 
within three months from the date hereof giving leg ..^ notice of the 
time & design of holding such Meeting after which the annual 
meeting in said Town, shall be held for the choice of said Officers 
& the purposes aforesaid on the first Monda}' of March annually. 
In Testimony whereof we have caused y* Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
and Commander in Cheif this lo*^ day of November in the 9**^ j^ear 
of our Reign & in the year of our Lord Christ 1768 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command ^ '-^^^ ^ 

with advice of the Council } ' * 5 

T : Atkinson Jun : Sec'^^ 

Recorded according to the original Incorporation this lo"" 
J^Jovember 1768 

Attest : T : Atkinson Jun Sec''^ 



HILLSBOROUGH. Il3 



HILLSBOROUGH. 

[Tliis town was N'lnnber 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 Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 379; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 203; Index to Laws, 241 ; Annals, from first settlement 
to 1841, by Charles James Smith, 1841, pp. 72; sketch, by Frank. H. Pierce, i. 
Granite Monthly, 369 ; sketch by Harry Brickett, Hurd's History of Hillsborough 
County, 1886, p. 391 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings. 1836, p. 
17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 180, 182, 184; Life of Franklin Pierce, 
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1852; Biographical Notices of Physicians, by B. H. 
Phillips, I, N. H. Repository, 215 ; The Birthplace of a President, by F. M. Colby, 
4, Granite Monthly, 69.] 



[Hillsborough Incorporated, 1772.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *4-i20 

Hillsborough \ George the Third by the grace of God of 

Incorporated \ Great Britain France & Ireland King Defen- 

^ der ot' the Faith, and so forth. 

( To ALL People to whom these Presents shall 

C Come. Greeting. 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 
Tract of Land, within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, 
commonly called and known by the Name of Hillsborough, con- 
taining by estimation about Six Miles Square, have humbly Peti- 
tioned & requested us that they may be erected & Incorporated 
into a Township & enfranchised with the same Powers and Priv- 
iledges 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 of the said Inhabitants in par- 
ticular by maintaining good Order & 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 encouragement 
and promotion of the good purposes & Ends aforesaid by «& 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, have erected & Ordained & by these 
Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do will & ordain that the 
Inhabitants of the said Tract of Land & Others who shall improve 
s 



114 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& Inhabit tliereon hereafter, the same being butted and bounded 
as follows. Viz' Beginning at the South East Corner, at a Beech 
Tree marked 7, from thence South Eighty four degrees & thirty 
Minutes West about Six Miles by the Society Lands so called to a 
Beech Tree marked 7 and 8, from thence North Fifteen degrees 
West about Six Miles by Common Land so called to a Beech 
Tree, 7 and 8 mark'd, from thence North Eighty four degrees & 
Thirty Minutes East about Six Miles to a Beech Tree marked 7, 
from thence about Six Miles by the Town of Henniker to the 
Bounds first mentioned ; be and thev are hereby declared to be a 
Town Corporate by the Name of Hillsborough to have contin- 
uance for Ever, with all the Powers and Authorities, Priviledges, 
Immunities and Franchises, which anj'^ other Towns in our said 
Province by Law hold & enjoy to the said Inhabitants or those 
who shall hereafter inhabit there, and to their Successors for Ever 
Always reservin^j to us our Heirs and Successors all white 
Pine Trees that are or shall be found beincr and grow- 
*4-i2i ing *within and upon the said Tract of Land, fit for the 
use of our Royal Navy Reserving also to us our Heirs 
and Successors the Power of dividing said Town, when it shall 
appear necessary and convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Pro- 
vided nevertheless and 'tis hereb}' declared that tliis Charter and 
Grant is not intended & shall not in an}^ manner be construed to 
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 & by the majority of the 
Voters present to chuse all ofhcers and transact such Atlairs as in 
the said Laws are declared. 

We do by these Presents nominate and appoint M"" Isaac Bald- 
win to call the first Meeting of said Inhabitants to be held within 
the said Town at any Time within Thirty days from the date here- 
of, giving legal Notice of the Time & Design of holding such 
Meeting; after which the annual Meeting for said Town, shall be 
iield for the choice of said Officers, and the Purposes aforesaid on 
the last Thursday of March Annually. 

In Testimony w- hereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Aflixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
& Commander in Chief the Fourteenth day of November in the 
j^th Year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

By his Excellency's Command > 
with advice of Council. y J' Wentworth. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



HINSDALE. 115 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this 14"' November 1772. 

Attest^ 



HINSDALE. 

[This town was included in the original grant of Northtield, Mass, Incorporated 
as Hiiidsdnle September 3, 1753, and named in honor of Col. Ebenezer Hindsdale. 
September 26, 1753, the governor decided that the east line should extend to 
Chesterfield, thus taking off a portion of Winchester; and the town was incorpo- 
rated on that date. 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 Con- 
necticut. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; 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; sketch, by J. M. Stebbins, Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 
357; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 181 ; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 8, 13; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 270.] 



[Hinsdale Charter, 1753.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-i73 

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
^" '^" ^ taith «&c« 

To All Persons to whom these Presents Shall come 
Hindsdale Greeting 

Whereas Sundry of our Loveing Subjects before the Settlement 
of the Dividing Line of our Province of New Hampshire afore- 
said and our Other Government of the Massachusetts Bay had by 
Permission of our Said Government of the Massachusetts Bay 
Began A Settlement of A Tract of Land at A Place called North- 
field Lying Partly on the Dividing Line between the Provinces and 
Partly on Connecticut River on both Sides of said River and made 
Sundry Divissions of and Improvements upon the said Tract of 
Land and there remained untill this Time and our Said Subjects 
being Desireous to make an Imediate Settlement on the Premisses 
& haveing Petitioned our Governour & Council for his Majesties 



Il6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant of the Premisses to be So made as mi^ht not Subvert 
& Destro}' their former Surveys & I^aying out in Severalty 
made thereon as aforesaid Now Know Ye That We of our 
Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & mere Motion for the 
Answering the End Above said and for the Due Encouragement 
of Settling the Said Plantation B}' & with the Advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Govern"" & 
Com'ander in Chieff in & over our Said Province of New Hamp' 
in America and of our Council of our Said Province Have upon 
the Conditions & Reservations herein after made Given & 
Granted and by these Presents for us our heirs & Successors Do 
Give & Grant unto our Loveing Subjects Inhabitants of our said 
Province of New Hampshire and our Other Governments in New 
England and to their heirs and assignes for ever whose names are 
Entred on this Grant to be Divided to and Amouncjst them into So 
many & Such Shares & Proportions as they now hold or Claim the 
Same b}^ Purchass Contract Vote or Agreement made Amoungst 
themselves All that Tract or Parcel of Land Scituate Lying & being 
within our Said Province of New Hampshire Containing b}^ 
admeasurement Twenty three thousend & fort3^ Acres which Tract 
is to Contain Six miles Square & no more out of which 
*i-i74 an *Allowence is to be made for highways and unim- 
provable Lands by Rocks Mountains Ponds & Rivers 
One thousend & forty Acres free. According to A Plan thereof 
made & Presented by our Said Govornours Orders and hereunto 
Annexed Butted & bounded as follows (Viz) Begining on the 
Dividino; Line of the Provinces at the South West Ano-le of Win- 
Chester and runs Notherly on Winchester Line till it comes to An 
Anp-le in Said Line thence Turnino; Westerlv & Runs Still bv 
Winchester till it comes to Connecticut River thence Notherly by 
Connecticut River Aforesaid on the West Side thereof till it comes 
to Venters Brook thence West lo'' North two hundred & fifty 
Rods to A Stake & Stones thence to turn off at right Angles & run 
South lo'^ West till it comes to the Divideing Line aforesaid thence 
to the Divideing Line Cross Connecticut River to the Bounds first 
mentioned and whereas within the Bounds afores** there is In- 
cluded A Strip of Land Lying on the West Side thereof Run'ing 
from the Province Line Northwardly to Venters Brook Parte 
of which was not heretofore claimed by Any Private Person 
nor included within the Bounds or Claim of Northfield aforesaid 
which Said Parte of Said Strip of Land is Given & Granted to Such 
of the Grantees as Live now in New Hampshire to them their 



HINSDALE. 117 

lieirs & Assignes as abovesaid & upon the reservations aforesaid to 
be by them Divided in Such methods & Proportions as the Major 
Parte Shall Agree upon And that the Same be And hereby is 
Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Hindsdale and that 
the Inhabitants tliat Do or shall hereafter Inhabit the said Town- 
ship Are hereby Declared to be Enfranchized with & Entituled to 
All & Every the Previledges & Immunities that Other Towns 
witliin our Said Province by Law Exercize & Enjoy and further 
that the Said Town as Soon as there Shall be tiftv families there 
Shall have the Liberty to open & keep A market one or more 
Days in each Week as may be tho' most Advantagious to the In- 
habitants also that the first meeting for the Choice of Town officers 
& other affairs Agreable to the Laws of our said Province Shall 
be held on the Twenty fifth Day of September instant Which 
Meeting Shall be Notifyed by Cap' Orlando Bridgman who 
is hereby Also appointed the Moderator of the said first 
Meeting which he is to Notify & *Govern Agreable to *i-i75 
the Laws & Customs of Our Said Province and that the 
Annual Meetingf for ever hereafter for the Choice of such officers 
for the Said Town Shall be on the Second Tuesday in March To 
HAVE TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above Expressed 
togeather with all Previledges & Appurtenances to them & their 
respective heirs and assigns forever upon the following Condi- 
tions (Viz) That every Grantee his heirs and assignes Shall Plant 
or Cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five years for 
every fit'ty Acres Contained in his or their Share or Proportion of 
Land in the Said Township and Continue to Improve & Settle the 
Same by Additional Cultivations on Penalt}^ of the forfeiture of 
his Grant or Share in the Said Township and its reverting to his 
Majesty his heirs & Successors to be by him or them Regranted to 
Such of his Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle & Cultivate the Same 
That All White & Other Pine Trees within the Township fit for 
Masting our Royal Navy be carefully Preserved for that use and 
none to be Cutt or fell'd without his Maj'-^' Especial L3xence 
for So doing first had & obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeit- 
ure of the Rifcht of such Grantee his heirs or assicnes 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 shall be 
Enacted also reserveing the Power of Adding to or Divideing the 
Said Town so far as it Relates to Incorporations only to us Our 
heirs & Successors when it Shall Appear necessary or Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof — Also Subjecting the 



Il8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Unimproved Land within this Grant to the Annual Tax of one 
half Penny "^ acre for four years from the Date hereof for build- 
ing A Meeting house & Settling A Gospel Minister in the said 
Town That before any further Division of the Land be made to & 
amongf the Grantees A Tract of Land in the most Comodious 
Place 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 & Paying therefor 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 nexJt Ensueing the Date hereof if Law- 
fully Demanded And every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall 
yield & Pa}' unto us Our heirs & Successors yearly & every year 
for ever from and after the Expiration of y® Ten years from 
*i-i76 the Date hereof Namely on the first Day *of January 
which will be in the year of our Lord Christ one 
thousend Seven hundred & Sixty four 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 above- 
said their heirs & assignes in our Council Chamber in Portsm^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 
Wittness whereof We have caused the Seal of our Said Province 
to be hereunto affixed Wittness Penning Wentworth Esq our Gov- 
ernour & Commander in Chieff of our said Province the 3'' Day of 
September in the year of our Lord Christ 1753 and in the 27*'' 3'ear 
of our reign 

B Wentwortli 

By his Excellenc3''s Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal this 4*^' Da}' of September 1753 — 

%1 Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Names of the Grantees of Hinsdale (Viz — 

Ebenezer Allexander, Joseph Burt, Jonathan Belding, 

Sam' Hunt, Isaac Mattoon, Natiianiel Mattoon, 

Azariah Wright, Remember Wright, Nehemiah Wright, 

Bennony Wright, Phineas Wright William Wright, 

William Holton iun% William Holton, Ebenezer Severance, 



HINSDALE. 



119 



Benjamin Rose, 
Samuel Merry man, 
Seth Field, 
Ebenezer Field jun"". 
Paul Field, 
Sarah Petty, 
Philip Mattoon, 
Eleazer Paterson, 
Randal Evans, 
Amazi Doolittle, 
Hezekiah Stratton, 
John Stratton, 



Benj-'^ Brook, 
Samuel Smith, 
David Field, 
Moses Field, 
Rufus Field, 
Alexander Norton, 
Israel Warner 
Samuel Holton, 
Lydia Saiitle, 
Thomas Stebbins 
Joseph Stebens, 
Ebenezer Stratton, 
Eleazer Stratton, 



Aaron Burt, 
Nathaniel Dickinson's heirs 
Nathaniel Dickinson, William orvis, 
Piiilip Alexander, Abram Eloper, 
John Holton, Samuel Root, 

Joseph Petty's heirs, Bildad Andross, 
Josiah Foster, Margret Petty, 

Gains Field, Jonathan Morton, 

Jacob Elmor, Samuel Ashley, 

John Grand}', Daniel Elmor, 

Lydia Doolittle, Beriah Grandy, 

Pedajah Field, Lucius Doolittle, 
*i-i77 John Evens, Zeb'' Stebens, 

Daniel Shot- Ebenezer Hindsdale, 
tuck, Joseph Stebbins Jun'', 

Benony Wright, Hezekiah Elmor jun\ 



Peter Evans, 



Tho* Tavlor 



Daniel Brooks 
Jonathan Jones, 
Ebenezer Field, 
Samuel Field, 
Joshua Lyman, . 
Benjamin Miller, 
Ebenezer Warner, 
Moses Evans, 
Caleb How, 
Jonathan Ashley, 
Samuel Stratton, 
Hezekiah Stratton jun*" 
Moses Dickinson, 
Stephen Belding 
Asael Burt's heirs, 
Joseph Alexander, 
Simeon Alexander, 
Joshua Holton's heirs, 
Joseph Petty, 
Timothy Nash, 
Hezekiah Elmor, 
John Avory, 
Henry Kenny 
Orlando Bridgman, 
*Robert Cooper, 
Moses Belding, 
Samuel Burr, 
John Sargants heirs, 
Asa Childs, 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq one Tract of Land 
Containing five hundred Acres, one Sevent3^fifth Part of the 
Said Tract of Land for the Incorporated Society for the Prop- 
agation of the Gospel, in forreign Parts, one Seventy fifth Parte 
of the Said Tract of Land for the first Settled Minister of the 
the Gospel in the Said Town, one Seventy fifth Parte of the Said 
Tract of Land for A Glebe for the Church of England as bv Law 
Established — 

Recorded from the Back of the Charter for Hindsdale the 4"^ 
Dav of September 1753 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se'-y 



I20 



CHARTER RP:C0RDS 




T^ovince, J^irie JTas^ 'O'^S 



P^O^l "It* X t 



Taken from the Plan on the back of the Charter of Hindsdale 
the 4"' Day of September 1753 

f Theodore Atkinson Se'-" 



[Hinsdale and Winchester Incorporation, 1753.] 

*i-i78 *Province of New Hamp' 

Hindsdale George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
Brittain, France & Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &c-'^ 

To All Persons to wiiom these Presents Shall come 
Greeting. 

For as much as in & by our Charter made & Passed under the 
Seal of our said Province on the Seconday of July Last A 
Grant Passed to Sundry of our "Loveing Subjects of A Tract of 



HINSDALE. 121 

Land -Lyin<;" within our Said Province Scituate Partly on tlie 
Divideing Line between this & our Other Government of the 
Massachusetts Ba\^ and Partlv on Connecticut River which Said 
Tract is PerticuLirly Discribed & bounded in our Said Charter & 
therein called by the Name of Winchester-And Also — For as 
much as in & by one other Charter made & Passed as aforesaid 
on the Third Day of this Instant September A Grant was made of 
one Other Tract of Land to Sundry others of our Loveing Sub- 
jects Bounded parti}' on the aforesaid Tract called Winchester and 
Partly on the Province Line aforesaid and Partly on Connecticut 
River aforesaid which Said Tract is also Perticularly Discribed & 
bounded in our Said Charter and therein called by the Name of 
Hindsdale — In Both which Charters of Grant at the Especial Instance 
of the Respective s** Grantees a Clause Stands Incerted Reserving 
to us our heirs & successors the Power of Adding to or Divideing 
of the Said Townships respectively So far as related to Incorpora- 
tions onl}^ when it Should Appear necessary or Convenient for the 
Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof and for as much as the Said 
Inhabitants have requested an Alteration and it appearing unto us 
both Necessary & Convenient for the respective Inhabitants that 
an alteration Should be made in the Divideing Lines of the Said 
Townships tor the more Convenient & Easey Transacting thier 
Respective Town affairs as well in regard to their Building 
Meeting Houses & Settling Ministers as makeing Roads &c^ and 
to the Intent that these good Purposes for the benefit of the Said 
Inhabitants may be Effected — Know Ye that we of our Especial 
Grace & Certain Knowledge & for the Encouragment & Pro- 
moteing the good Purposes & Ends aforesaid By & with the advice 
of our Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Gov- 
ernour & Commander in Chieff' & of our Council of our Province 
of New Hampshire afores'' Have Errected Incorporated 
& ordained and by these Presents For us Our *heirs & *r-i79 
Successors Do Will & ordain That the Inhabitants of that 
Tract of Land that Lyes on the West Side of a Line Drawn 
Cross the Said Two Tracts of Land aforesaid called Winchester 
& Hindsdale Com'enceing at a stake standing in the Province Line 
aforesaid at the Distance of Eighty Rods East lo'^ South of the 
Easterly Side of Connecticut River where the s'' Province Line 
Crosses the said river and from said Stake run'ing North by the 
Needle of the surveyers Compass till it Intersects the Divideing 
Line between Winchester aforesaid and our Town of Chesterfield 
And they that Shall hereafter Inhabit the Same be & hereby are 



122 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Declared & ordained to be a Town Corporate and Are hereby 
Errected & Incorporated into a Body Politick and a Corporation 
to have Continuance forever by the Name of Hinsdale with all the 
Powers and aiithoritys Previledges Immunities & franchizes to 
them the Said Inhabitants and their Successors on Said Tract for 
ever reservin^^ also the Power & Right of Divideing the Said 
Tract of Land to us our heirs & Successors when it Shall appear 
necessary & Convenient for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof 
And as the several Towns within Our Said Province are by Laws 
thereof Enabled & Authorized to assemble and by the Majority of 
Votes to Choose all Such officers as are mentioned in the Said 
Laws and Whereas in the before mentio'd Charter for the Town 
of Hinsdale aforesaid Provision is made for holdincr A Meetinfj 
for the Choice of Town officers for Said Town for this Present 
3'ear and until the Second Tuesday in March next now to Prevent 
Any Mistake or Dispute that may arise in relation to the Annual 
Meeeting on Acco* of the alteration in the Times of Incorporation 
of V*' Said Towns We Do will & ordain that the Annual Meeting 
for the Choice of Town officers Shall be Constantly held on the 
said Second Tuesdav in March for ever hereafter And We Do 
hereby further Will & ordain that the Inhabitants of That Tract 
of Land that Lyes on the East Side of the said Line Drawn 
Cross the said Two Tracts from the Province Line till it intersects 
the Notherly Line of Winchester as aforesaid And those that Shall 
hereafter Inhabit the Same Be & hereby Are Declared to be a 
Town Corporate and are hereby Errected & Incorporated unto A 
Body Politick and A Corporation to have Continuance forever by 
the Name of Winchester with all the Powers And Authoritys 
Previledges Immunities & Franchizes to them the Said Inhabitants 
& their Successors on Said Tract for ever Reserving also the 
Power & Right of Divideing the said Tract of Land to us our 
heirs & Successors when it Shall Appear Necessary or Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof and as the Several 
Towns within our Said Province are by Laws thereof Enabled & 
Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of Votes to Choose all 
Such officers as Are mentioned in the Said Laws — And Whereas in 
the before mentioned Charter for the Town of Winchester afore- 
said Provision is made for holdincr A Meetinir for the Choice of 

Town officers for Said Town for the Present year and until 
*i-i8o the first Tuesdav in march next Now to Prevent anv *Mis- 

take or Dispute that may Arise in Relation to the Annual 
Meeting on Account of the alteration in the Lines of Incorpora- 



HINSDALE. 



123 



tion of the Said Town We Do hereby Will & ordain that the 
Annual Afeeting for the Choice of Town officers Shall be Con- 
stantly held on the Said first Tuesday in March forever hereafter In 
Testimony Whereof We have Caused the Seal of our Said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our 
Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of our Said Province the 
26'^ Day of September in the year of our Lord Christ 1753 iVnd 
in the 27^^ year of our reign — 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal this 26 of September 1753 

'^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 




Taken from the Plan on the Back of the originel Charter ot 
Incorporation for Hindsdale & Winchester 26 of September 1753 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



124 CHARTER RECORDS. 



HOLDERNESS. 

[Granted Nov. lo, 1751, to John Shepard and others. Regranted as New 
Hflhfeniess Oct. 24, 1761, to Alaj. John Wentworth and others. The town was 
named in honor of the Earl of Holderness. The name was changed to Holderness 
June 12, 1 816. The town was taken from Strafford County and annexed to Graf- 
ton, Sept. 14, 1782. Ashland was set off and incorporated July i, 1868. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 394; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 226; Index 
to Laws, 244, 402; Batchelder's History of the Eastern Diocese, P. E. Church, 
1876, p. 262; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 580; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, 
p. 391 ; Note on New Holderness, 13, Collections of Mass. Historical Society, 113 ; 
Holderness and the Livermores, by F. M. Colby, 4, Granite Monthly, 175 ; Biog- 
raphy of Samuel Livermore, by C. R. Corning, i. Proceedings of Grafton and 
Coos Bar Association, 365 ; Biography of Arthur Livermore, by E. S. Stearns, 
2, id., 429.] 



[Holderness Charter, 1751.] 



*i-8i *Prov« of New Hamp' 

Holderness Georire the Second by the Grace of God of Great 



\ 



p-s 



Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith &c^ 

To All to whom these Presents Shall come Greet- 



\r\g- 



Know Ye that we of ovu" Special Grace Certain Knowledge & mere 
Motion for the dne Encouracjement of Settlino- A New Plantation 
within our Said Province by & with the Advice of our Trusty & well 
beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Govornour & Com'ander in 
Chieff of our Said Province of New Hampshire in America & of 
our Council of Said Province Have upon the Conditions & Reser- 
vations hereafter made Given & Granted And by these Presents 
for us our heirs & Successors Do give & Grant in Equal 
Shears unto our Loving Subjects Inhabitants of our Said 
*i-82 *Province of New Hampshire x^nd his Majesties Other Gov- 
ernments and to their heirs And Assignes for ever whose 
names Are Entred on this Grant to be Divided to and Amouno-st them 
into Si.xty Seven Equal All That Tract or P^arcel 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 



HOLDERNESS. 12 



D 



Allowence is to be made for high ways & unimproveable Lands 
bv Rocks Mountains Ponds & Rivers One thousend & forty Acres 
free, According to A Plan thereof made & Presented by our Said 
Governours orders And hereunto Annexed Butted & bounded as 
follows (Viz) Begining at A Red Oak Tree at the foot of the great 
falls Runing South Six Miles by Pemidgwasset river to A White 
Pine Tree from Thence Running East Six Miles to A White Pine 
Tree thence runing North Six Miles thence running West Six 
Miles to the Tree first mentioned and that the Same be & is In- 
corporated into A Township by the Name of Holderness and that 
the Inhabitants that Do or Shall hereafter Inhabit the said Town- 
ship Are hereby Declared to be Enfranchized with & Entituled to 
all & Ever}' the Previledges & Immunities that Other Towns 
within our Said Province b}^ Law Exercize & Enjoy : & further 
that the Said Town as Soon as there Shall be fifty families Resident 
& Settled thereon Shall have the Liberty of holding two fairs one 
of which Shall be held on the first Wednesday in June & the Other 
on the first Wednesday in October following Annuall}' which fairs 
Are not to Continue & be held Longer then. the respective Frydays 
following the s'' 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 s'^ Province Shall be 
held on the Twentyeth Day of November Instant which meeting 
Shall be Notifyed by Thomas Sheapard who is hereby Also Ap- 
pointed 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 on the Last Tues- 
day in March Annually To have & to hold the S'^ Tract of Land 
as above Expressed togeather with all the Previledges & Appurten- 
ances to them & their Respective heirs & assignes forever 
upon the following Conditions (Viz) That every Gran- 
tee his heirs or assignes Shall Plant or Cultivate five 
Acres of Land within the Term of five 3'ears for ever}' 
fifty Containd in his or *thier Shear or Proportion of *i-83 
Land in S'^ Township And Continue to Improve & Settle the 
Same b\' Aditional Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of his 
Grant or Share in the Said Township and its Reverting to his 
Maj'y his heirs & Successors to be by him or them Regranted 
to Such of his Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle & Cultivate the 



126 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Same — That All white & other Pine trees within the Said Township 
fit for Masting our Ro3^al Navy be carefully Preserved for that 
Use and none to be Cut or felld without his Majesties Especial 
L3'cence for So doing first had & obtaind upon the Penalty of the 
forfeiture of the right of Such Grantee his heirs or assignes to us 
our heirs & Assignes to us our heirs & Successors as well as being 
Subject to the Penalties of Any Act or Acts of Parliament that now 
Are or hereafter Shall be Enacted — That before Any Division of 
the s'^ Land be made to & Amoungstthe 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 
And also One Other Tract of Land Containing five hundred 
Acres Including the Neck of Land in the Plan hereunto Annexed 
Marked B : W : which Is hereby Granted unto Benning Wentworth 
Esq our Governour aforesaid & to his heirs & Assigns for ever 
Yeilding & Paying therefor to us Our heirs & Successors for the 
Space of Ten years to be Compleated from the Date hereof the 
rent of one Ear of Indian Corn onl}' on the Twent}^ fifth Day of 
December Annually if Lawfully Demanded : the first Payment to 
be made on the 25"' Day of December 1752 after the Date hereof 
every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield & Pay unto us 
our Heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year for ever from and 
after the Expiration or the Ten years from the Date hereof Namely 
on the 25"^ Day of December — which will be in the year of our Lord 
Christ One thousend Seven hundred & Sixty two One Shilling 
Proclamation money for every hundred x\cres 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 Per- 
sons above s'^ thier heirs or Assignes In our Council Chamber in 
Portsm" or to Such officer or officers as Shall be appointed to Receive 
the Same and this to be in Lieu of all Other Rents and Services 
whatsoever — In Testimon}' hereof We have Caused the Seal of Our 
s^ Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Com'ander in Chiefl'of ours'^ Province the Tenth 
Day of November in the Year of our Lord Christ 1751 and in the 
Twenty fifth 3'ear of our reign 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theod^ Atkinson Se'^ 



HOLDERNESS. 



127 



Entred & recorded according to the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal this 18"' Day of Nov : 1751 

"19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 




3d,SX ''''^' 7 £ f"r-'''^^'''Xf'">f'ri"^°i"!'"^''^S i^^M. 






White Pine Tr-et 3/LoHed f marled SI. 'yycT S TE 



TTiiiea to A Wkilt Tznt. Tm 



Names of the Grantees of Holderness — 

John Sheppard Sen% John Ellison Sen% Thomas Ellison, 
Thomas Sheppard, Samuel Sheppard Sen% Samuel Sheppard juns 
Charles BamYord, Joseph Ellison Sen% Joseph Ellison jun% 



128 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Richard Ellison, William Ellison, 

John Bamford, Henry Barnsley, 
Michael Henry Pascal, William Campbell, 

Henry Wallis, Rev'* Arthur Brown, 

George Mitchell Esq Henry Hill, 

William Kelsey, Thomas Yokes, 

James Kielly, William Cox, 

John Cox Edward Cox, 

William Cox jun% John Bergin, 



Will"^ Williams, 
Derry Pitman, 
Isaac Brown, 
Robert Harvey, 
Nicho" Gookin, 
John Simpson, 
Joseph Simpson 



Robert Bamford, 
William Smith, 
W'"^ Garrow, 
Will'" Jennes, 
John Sheppard jun% 
William Bruce, 
Charles Cox, 
Joseph Cox, 
John Wentworth Esq, 
Charles Cox jun"". 



Sam" Lamb, 

Coll : John Wentworth, George Lyons, 

John Wisdom, "' 

Samuel Sheppard y*^ 

John Mackleroy, 

David Simpson, 

Samuel Wentworth, 
Henry Sherburne Esq. Ellis Huske, 
Richd Wibird Sam" Smith, 

Sampson Sheafe Esq. — 

One whole Share to the first Settled Minister in s'^ Town, one 
whole Share for the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of 
the Gospel in forreign Parts, One Whole Share for A Glebe for 
the ministry of the Church of England as by Law Established — 

Entred & Recorded the iS"' Nov : 175 1 

1=) Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



Thomas Harvey, 
3'*, Joseph Baker 
William Simpson Sen' 
W™ Simpson jun"^ 
Murry Hamleton, 
Theod' Atkinson, 
John Downing 



[New Holderness Charter, 1761.] 

*2-289 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

New Holderness GEORGE the Third, 

^ By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France 
( and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 
( To all Persotis to zvJiom these Presents shall covie. 

Greeting;. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVczu 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq : Our 



p s 



HOLDERNESS. I29 

Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Haimpshire, in Nczu-Englaud^ 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 Neiv- 
Hanips/n're, 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 Sixt}^ Seven equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province o^ JVe2V-IIa7}ipshire, conicimmg by Admeasurement, 
about Twenty Three -Thousand Acres, which Tract is to con- 
tain about Six Miles square, and no more ; out of w^hich 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 bv Our said Governor's Order, and returned into the Secre- 
tar3^'s Office, and hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as fol- 
lows, Viz. Begining at a Red Oak Tree at the foot of the Great 
Falls in Pemidgewasset River thence runing East Six Miles then 
Turning oft^ at Right Angles and runing South Six Miles then 
Turning off again & runing Westerly Six Miles to A White Pine 
Tree Marked Standing on the Bank of the river afore Said then 
runing up Said River Nothely as that runs to the Bounds first 
above Mentioned as Bounds began at — And that the same be. and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of New Hold- 
erness And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit tlie said 
Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with and Intitled 
to all and every the Priviledges and Immunities that other Towns 
wnthin 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 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 more Days in each Week, as *2-290 
mav 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 
9 



130 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Third Tiiesda}'^ of November Next which said Meeting shall be Noti- 
fied by Lieu' Thomas Sheapard who is iiereby 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 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 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 elTectually settle and cultivate the same. 

n. 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 felled 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 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 au}^ 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 four 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 four Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December^ namely, on the twent3'-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1766 One shil- 
ling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so owns, 



HOLDERNESS. 13I 

settles or possesses, and so in Proportion for a greater or lesser 
Tract ot' the said Land; which Money shall be paid by the re- 
spective 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 wdiereof 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 24*^ Day of Octob' 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 Sec^ 

Prov® of New Hamp' Octob"" 24 — 1761 

Recorded According to the Original under the Province Seal 

-^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

*The Names of the Grantees of New Holderness Viz *2-29i 

Maj'" John Wentworth Sam'^ Sheapard 3*^ Thomas Vokes 

Thomas Harvey Edward Hall Bergin James Kielly 

Robert Harvey Will-" Curry William Cox 

Joseph Sheapard William Kennedy Charles Cox 

Joseph Baker Thomas Willee John Cox 

Nicholas Gookin John Sheapard Sen^ Edward Cox 

W"' Simpson Sen'' Thomas Sheapard Joseph Cox 

David Simpson Sam^^ Sheapard Sen'' William Cox jun"" 

W'" Simpson jun' Charles Bomford John Bergin 

Joseph Simpson Joseph Ellison Hercules Moony 

Samuel Wentworth Esq Rich'^' Ellison William Williams 

Murr}^ Hambleton William Ellison Samuel Lamb 

Theodore Atkinson Esq Robert Bomford Charles Cox jun"" 

Rich*^" Wibird Esq William Smith Derrv Pitman 

John Downing Esq William Campble Sam'^ Livermore 

M'^ Sarah Mitchell William Garrow Charles Bamford jun"" 
C ohn Kavanah & John ^ Henry Wallis Mark H= Wentworth Esq 
\ Innis 2 A Share Each \ Rev^ Arthur Brown Rich'^ Salter and 
Henry Lane Henry Hill Joseph Bartlet of Newtown 

Sam'^ Wentworth Esq > John Sheapard jun' John Mackleroy 
Boston 5 William Kellsy 



132 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



His Excellency Benning Wentvvortb Esq & his Son John 
Wentvvorth Esq Deceased Share, Eight Hundred Acres, the Neck 
Marked B — W — in the Plan to be Accounted Part of the Eioht 
Hundred Acres & alltogether be Accounted Three Shares, One 
Share for the Society for the Propagating the Gospel in Foreign 
Parts, One share for the Benefit of the School in said Town, One 
Share for the First Settled Minister in Comunion with the Church oi 
England, & One Share for a Glebe for for the Church of Enghind 
as by Law Established — 

Province of New Hamps' Octo' 24. 1761. 

Recorded from the Back of the Origional Charter of New Hold- 
erness under the Province Seal — 

x\ttested ^ Theodore Atkinson Se^^ — 




Z'asi- Si.y.'^^l'S ■ 






^ 



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(1. 



1 



"i<^lU ^■•9 i"M 



Province of New Hamps' Octo' 24, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of New Hold- 
erness under the Province Seal — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



holderness. i33 

[Regrant of Two Lots in New Holderness, 1771-] 

^Province of New ) George the third b}'' the Grace *5-344 

Hampshire 5 o^ God of great Britain France & 
Ireland kingr defender of the faith &^ 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. 

Know ye that whereas we by our Letters patent under the seal 
of our Province of New Hampshire bearing date the Twenty 
fourth da}' of October in the first year of our Reign Annoque 
Domini 1761 of our Especial Grace certain knowledge and mere 
motion for the due encouragement of settling a new plantation 
did give & grant unto William Campbel & William Garrow 
(among other our loving Subjects Inhabitants of our said Province 
of New Hampshire & our other Governments to each of them one 
Sixty Seventh part of a certain tract or parcel of land containing 
about Six Miles Square on the Easterly side of the Pemigawaset 
River by the name of New Holderness upon certain conditions in 
our said letters patent mentioned & expressed to be peformed by 
the said Grantees within the space of two years from the date of 
our said Letters patent on penalty of the forfeiture of their respec- 
tive grant or Shares of the said Township and of its reverting to 
us our heirs and Sucessors to be by us or them regranted to such 
of our loving Subjects as shall Effectually settle & cultivate the 
same — And whereas the said William Campbell & William 
Garrow have in no way fulfilled the conditions afores*^ but have 
altogether relinquished and forfeited their grants or shares afore- 
said as hath been made Sufficiently to appear to our Governour & 
Council of our Province aforesaid whereb}^ we are become 
reseized & possessed of the premisses aforesaid as if the before 
recited grant had never been made. We therefore of our 
further Especial grace certain knowledge and mere motion for the 
•due encouragement of Settling the aforesaid two shares of the 
said Campbell & Garrow forfeited as aforesaid by & with the 
advice of our trusty & well beloved John Wentworth Esquire 
governor & commander in chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire & of our Council of the said province have upon the 
conditions and reservations hereinafter mentioned given & granted 
and b}^ these presents for us our heirs & Successors do 
give and grant unto our loving Subjects *Samuel Liver- *5-345 
more Esquire and Richard Cutts Shannon Gentleman 
both of Portsmouth in the province afores'^' the said Two shares of 
Land of the said William Campbell & William Garrow forfeited as 



134 CHARTER RECORDS. 

aforesaid To have and to hold the said granted premisses 
with the appurtenances unto them the said Samuel Livermore & 
Richard Cutts Shannon their heirs and Assigns forever upon 
the following Terms conditions and reservations viz first that 
they pay all legal Rates and Taxes heretofore set on said Shares. 
Secondly That the said Grantees their heirs or Assigns shall plant 
and Cvdtivate five Acres for every fifty contained in the said 
Shares within the Term of five years from the date of this Grant 
on penaltv of the forfeiture of the said Shares hereby granted. 
Thirdly that all white and other pine trees being & grovving 
within & upon either or both of the said shares 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 & 
obtained on pain of forfeiting their respective right in the prem- 
isses as well as being Subject to the penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. Fourthly That 
the said Grantees their heirs or Assigns shall yeild & pay unto us our 
heirs and Successors on the Twenty fifth day of December annu- 
ally their Just proportion of all such Qiiitrents as are expressed & 
reserved in the Original Grant or Charter of the said Township of 
New Holderness — x\nd 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 hereto Affixed Witness John 
Wentworth esquire our afores^' Governour and commander in 
chief the nineteenth day of August in the Eleventh year of our 
Reign and in the year of our lord Christ one Thousand Seven; 
hundred & Seventy one . r^'-^s 

< p s > J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with the advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'-'" 

Received the 6"' day of Feb'-^' 1780 & recorded According to the 
original under the province seal 

Attest E Thompson Sec'-'' 



TIOLLIS. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable tyrant. Set off" by Massachusetts as Jl'esi 
Duns/a/>/e DeccmhcY 2S, 1739. Incorporated by New Hampshire as Holies, April 
3, 1746, and named in honor of Thomas Pelham Holies, Duke of Newcastle. 



HOLLIS. 135 

The name was changed to Hollis in honor of Thomas Hollis, benefactor of 
Harvard College. One Pine Hill was annexed December 13, 1763. A portion of 
the town was combined with part of Mile Slip to make up the town of Raby, now 
Brookline, March 30, 1769. The south part of Monson was annexed July 4, 
1770. A small portion of Dunstable was annexed May 14, 1773. Parts of Hollis 
were annexed to Brookline February 17, 1786, and January 12, 1787. 

See papers under title Dunstable; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 397; XH, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 231 ; Index to Laws, 245 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Hills- 
borough County, 1885, p. 435; Scrap of History Relating to Hollis and 
Dunstable, i. Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 57; Historical Sketch 
of West Dunstable, by C. S. Spaulding, 10, Granite Monthly, 165 ; Stewart's 
History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 57; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 12 ; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 
185; Brief History of the Congregational Church, 150th anniversary, 1893, by 
S. L. Gerould, pp. 62; address at centennial celebration, by Grant Powers, 1830, 
pp. 36; Discourse Occasioned by Centennial Anniversary of Hon. Timothy 
Farrar, LL. D., by Timothy Farrar Clary, 1847; History, by S. T. Worcester, 
1879, pp. 402 ; The Early History of, by S. T. Worcester, 28, New England Hist. 
Gen. Register, 52, 146, 261 ; History of the Old Township of Dunstable, 
by C. J. Fox, 1846, p. 229; Hollis in the Revolution," by S. T. Worcester, New 
England Hist. Gen. Register, vol. 30, p. 288, to vol. 31, p. 169; Hollis in 
the Battle of Bunker Hill, by S. T. Worcester, 1873, pp. 14; story relating to 
settlement of, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 172 ; The Town of 
Hollis, by S. T. Worcester, New England Hist. Gen. Register, vol. 27, p. 
337, to vol. 28, p. 332 ; History of the Cobs Country, by Grant Powers, 1841, p. 
229.] 




[HoLLEs Charter, 1746.] 

*Province of New ) *i-28 

Hamp' 5 

George the Second by the Grace of God of great 
Brittain ffrance & Ireland King Defender of the faith 
&c" 

To all to whom these Presents Shall Come 
Holies Charter Greetino- 

Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract 
of Land within the Antient Boundarys of A Town called Old Dun- 
stable in our Province of New Hamp'' on the Westerly Side of 
Merrimack River hereinafter Discribed Have Humbly Petitioned 
& requested of us that tiiey may be Errected & Incorporated into 
a Township & Infranchised with the Same Powers Authorities & 
Previledges which other Towns within our S'* Province by Law 
have & Enjoy and it appearing to us to be Conducive to the 



136 CHARTER RECORDS. 

General good of our S'^ Province as well as of the S^ Inhabitants 
in Perticular by maintaining of good order & Encouraging the 
Culture of the Lands That the Same Should be Done 

Know Ye therefore That We of Our Especial Grace Certain 
knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoting the good Pur- 
poses & Ends afores*^ by & with the Advice of Our Trusty & 
Well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Comander 
in Chieft'& of our Council for S'' Province Have Errected Incorpor- 
ated and Ordained and bv these Presents for us our heirs & Suc- 
cessors do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the Tract of Land 
afores^^ Bounded as follows Viz) Begining at Nashua River where 
the Notherly boundary Line of the Province of Massachuetts Bay 
Crosses that river runing North Eighty Degrees West on Said Line 
Six miles & ninty Six Rods then North b}'^ the Needle on Dun- 
stable Antient Plead Line four Miles & one hundred & 
*i-29 forty rods then South *Eighty Degrees East by the 
Needle to Muddy Brook then b}'^ Muddy Brook into 
Flints pond then by flints Brook unto Nashua River then by 
Nashua River to the Place where it first began and that Shall 
Inhabit the Same be & by these Presents Are Declared & ordained 
to be A Town Corporate & Are hereby Errected & Incorporatd 
into a Body Pollitick & Corporation to have Continueance for 
Ever by the Name of Holies with All the Powers & Authorities Prev- 
iledges & Imunites & Franchises which Other Towns within S^ 
Province or any of them by Law have & Enjoy To have & to 
HOLD the s*^ Powers And Authorities Imunities & Franchises to 
them the S'' Inhabitants & their Successors for ever Always re- 
serving to us our heirs & Successors all white Pine Trees Grow- 
ing & Being & that Shall hereafter Grow & be on the S'' Tract 
of Land fit for the use of our Royal Navy Reserving Alsoe tlie 
Power of Divideing the S'^ Town to us our heirs & Successors 
when it Shall x\ppear necessary or Convenient for the Benefit of 
the Inhabitants thereof and As the Several Towns within our S*^ 
Province Are by Laws thereof Enabled & Authorized to Assemble 
& by a Majority of Votes to Choose all Such OOicers As Are men- 
tioned in the S'^ Laws We do by these Presents Nominate And Ap- 
point Coll Joseph Blanchard to Call the first Meeting of the s^' In- 
liabitants to be held within the S'^ Town at Any Time within thirty 
])ays from the Date iiereof giveing Legal Notice of the Time Place 
& Designe of Holding Such Meeting In Testimony whereof we have 
Caused the Seal of our S'' Province to be hereunto afiixed Wittuess 



HUDSON. 137 

Benning Wentworth Esq Our Governoiir & Com'ander in Cliieft' 

•of Our S^ Province the Third Day of April in the 

year of Our Lord Christ 1746 and in the *Nineteenth *i-30 

Year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Com and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

Entred & Recorded According to the Original the Day of 

April 1746 — 

' f Theodore Atkinson Se^y 

Mem" See the Plan belonging to this Charter recorded in Page 
(25) with the Charter of Dunstable which Plan was alsoe on the 
Back of the Original Charter of Holies as recorded above 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



HUDSON. 

[Tins was a part of the Old Dunstable grant, and was afterwards included in the 
limits of Nottingham. Incorporated as N'ottinghain 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 Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193, 416; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 273; Index to 
Laws, 251, 410; sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 457; 
papers under title Dunstable; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 187; Hudson 
Soldiers in the War of Revolution, by Kimball Webster, 1888. pp. 7.] 



[Nottingham West Incorporated, 1746.] 

Province of New Hampshire *i-35 

^-^^-^^^ George the Second by the Grace of God 

Prov ( of Great Brittain France &Ireland King De- 

Seal C fender of the faith &c* 

v,,,<s/-s^ ^ To all to whom these Presents Shall come 

Nottingham West Greeting — Whereas Sundry of Our Loyal Sub- 
jects Inhabitants of a Tract of Land within the Antient Boundarys 



138 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of a Town Calld Old Dunstable In our Province of New Hampshire 
on the Easterly Side of Merrimack River herein after Discribed 
have Humbly Petitioned And Requested of us that they may be 
Errected & Incorporated into a Township & Infranchized with 
the Same Powers Authorities & Previledges which other Towns 
within our s'^ Province by Law have & Enjoy And it Appearing to 
us to be Conducive to the General good of our S'' Province as well 
as of the S*^^ Inhabitants in Perticular by maintaining good order 
and Incourageing the Culture of the Land that the Same Should be 
Done — 

Know 3'e therefore that We of our Especial Grace certain 
knowledge & for the Encourageing & Promoteing the Good 
Purposes & Ends Afores'^ by & with the Advice of Our Trust}- & 
Well beloved Penning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com- 
'ander in Chief!' and of our Council for S'^ Province Have 
Errected Incorporated & Ordained and by these Presents lor us 
our heirs & Successors Do will & ordain That the Inhabitants of 
the Tract of Land afores*^ (Bounded as follows Viz) Begining at 
the River Merrimack on the East Side thereof where the Line 
that Parts the Provinces of the Massachusetts Bay & New Hamp- 
shire Crosses the S** River & runs from S'' river East Ten degrees 
South by the Needle two Miles & Eighty rods Then North 
Twenty Degrees East five Miles & Eighty rods to Londondery 
South Side Line Then by Said Londonderr}- Line West North 
West to the South West Corner of Londonderry Township then 
North on Londonderr}^ West Side Line one Mile& Eight}^ rods — 
Then West by the Needle to Merrimack River then on S*" river 
Sourtherl}^ to the Place began at And that Shall Inhabit 
*i-36 the Same be And by these *Presents Are Declared & or- 
dained to be A Town Corporate and are hereby Errected & 
Incorporated into A body Pollitick and a Corporation to have Con- 
tinueance for ever b}^ the Name of Nottingham West with all the 
Powers and Authorities Priviledo-es & Im'unities and franchizes 
which other Towns within S'' Province or Any of them by Law have 
& Injoy To have & to hold the S'' Powers & Authorities Im'unities 
and franchizes to them the S*^ Inhabitants & their Succesors for 
ever Allways reserveing to us our heirs & Successors all white Pine 
Trees growing & being & that Shall hereafter grow & be on the 
S*^ Tract of Land tor the use of our Royal Navy — reserveing 
alsoe the Power of Divideing the S'' Town to us our heirs & Suc- 
cessors when it Shall be tho* Necessary or Convenient tor the 



JACKSON. 139 

Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof And As the Several Towns 
within our S*^ Province Are by Laws thereof Enabled & Author- 
ized to Assemble And by the Majority of Votes to Chuse All Such 
Ofikers as Are mentioned in the S'' Laws We do by these Pres- 
ents Nominate & Appoint Zacheus Lovel Gentleman to Call the 
first meeting of the S"^ Inhabitants to be held within S*^ Town at 
Any Time within Thirty Days from the Date hereof giveing 
Legal Notice of the Time & Place and Design of holding Such 
Meetincr In Testimony whereof w^e have Caused the Seal qi Our 
S'' Province to be hereuno Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth 
Esq our Governour & Comander In ChieiT of Our S** Province 
the fifth Day of July in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand 
Seven hundred & forty Six And in the Twentieth year of Our 
Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Com'and 
wath Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'-^' 

Entred & recorded According to the Original this 16"' Day of 
September 1746 — 

W^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



JACKSON. 

[Incorporated as Adams, December 4, 1800, in lionor of John Adams, and 
consisted of grants to Lieut. Samuel Gil man, Capt. Richard Gridiey, Capt. Robert 
Rogers, Wentworth, Rogers & Treadwell, Fowle's Location, and some state land. 
A tract of state land was granted the town for school purposes June 14, 1806. A 
small piece of land was severed from Adams and annexed to Bartlett, June 22, 
1819. A portion of Bartlett was annexed to Adams, July 3, 1822, and another 
small piece, July 3, 1839. The name was changed to Jackson July 4, 1829, in 
honor of Andrew Jackson. The west, and part of the south lines were established 
July 7, 1837. 

See Xn, Hammond Town Papers, 288 ; Index to Laws, 9, 261 ; sketch, Fergus- 
son's History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 945 ; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 600; A 
Partial Exploration of Mt. Wildcat, by M. M. Pychowska, 3, Appalachia, 271 ; 
Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870. p. 163; The White Mountains, 
A Guide to their Interpretation, by Julius H. Ward, 1890, p. 107 ; In the Heart of 
the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 117.] 



L. S. 



140 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Grant TO David Oilman, 1771.] 

*i-38o ^Province of New ) George the Third by the 

Hampshire ) grace of God of Great Britain 
ffrance and Ireland King defender of the Faith & so 
forth. — 

To ALL persons to whom these Presents shall come 
Lieu^ David Gilman Greeting. 
Whereas we have thought fit by our Proclamation at Saint 
James's the 7"' day of October in the third year of our Reign 
Annoque Dommini 1763 among other Things to Testify our Royal 
sense and approbation of the conduct & bravery of the officers & 
Soldiers of our Armies and signified our desire to reward 
the same and have therein Commanded & Inpowered our 
*i-38i *several Governor's of our respective Provinces on the Con- 
tinent of America to grant without fee or reward to such 
reduced officers as have served in North America durino; the late 
War and to such Private Soldiers as have been or shall be dis- 
banded there and shall personally appl}" tor the same such quant- 
ities of Land respectively as in and by our aforesaid Proclamation 
are particularly mentioned, subject nevertheless to the same Qiiit 
Rents and Conditions of Cultivation and Improvement as other 
our Lands are subject to in the Province in \Yhich they are granted 
And Whereas David Gilman of Pembroof in our said Province 
Gentleman, had our Appointment as Lieutenant and served 
during the late War, & is now reduced, and 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 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 will beloved 
John Wentw^orth Esq'' : our Governor and Commander in Chief 
of our said Province and of our Council of the same agreeable 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 David Gilman & to his heirs and assiirns for ever a 
certam Tract or parcel of Land situate lying and being within our 
said Province containing by admeasurement Two thousand 
[acres] as by a Plan & Survey of said Tract exhibited by our 
survey"" General of Lands for our said Province & returned into the 



JACKSON. 141 

SecretaiT's office (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) ma}' more 
fully appear Butted & Bounded as follows Viz* Beginning at a 
Beech Tree standing on tlie Easterl}' bank of the North branch of 
Saco River (commonly called Ellis's River) above the Falls and ' 
running South Seventy degrees East Three hundred and Twenty 
rods to a hemlock Tree spotted and marked D. G. from thence 
North Thirty degrees East Six hundred and Forty rods to a beech 
Tree spotted and marked D. G. iVom thence North Seventy degrees 
West Five hundred & Eight rods to a beech Tree spotted and 
marked D. G. from thence South 30 Deg^'*^^ West six hundred and 
forty rods to a beech Tree spotted and marked D. G. from thence 
South Seventy degrees -East a little below the bounds began at. — 
To HAVE AND TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above ex- 
pressed to him the said David & to his heirs and Assigns for ever 
upon the following Terms Conditions & Reservations-ViDELi- 
CET — 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make 
passable for Carriages &c. *a Road of Three Rods wide * 1-382 
thro' the said Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter 
directed or ordered by the Governor & Council aforesaid which 
road is to 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 & 
Successors. — 

Second — That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
settled Four Families in Two 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 and regranted to 
such of our Subjects as shall el^ectually settle & cultivate the 
same. — 

Third — That all White and other Pine Trees fit for masting our 
Royal Nav}' be carefully preserved for that use and none to be 
cut or feird 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 and Assigns to us our heirs & 
Successors as well as being subject to the penalties prescribed by 
any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. — 

Fourth — Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the Sixth day of June 1773 the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn onl}^ if Lawfully demanded. — 

Fifth — That the said Grantee his heirs and Assigns shall yield 
and pay unto us our heirs and Successors yearly and every year 



142 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 
Shilling 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 respec- 
tive Proprietor or Settler in our Council chamber in Portsmouth or 
to such officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the 
same ; & these to be in lieu 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 6*" da}' of June 
in the eleventh year of our Reign Anno : Dom : 1771. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellencv's Command } 
with advice of Council ) 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Recorded accordino- to the Orifjinal Grant under the Province 
Seal the 6*^ June 177 1. 

Atf Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



JACKSON. 



143 



A Plan of 2000 Acres of Land laid out for Lieu* David Gil- 
man. Protracted by a Scale of 200 Rods to an Inch : 



V<^ 







Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 14"' May 1771. 

These Cerdfy that this Plan Beginning at a beech Tree stand- 
ing on the Easterly bank of the North branch of Saco River 
(commonly call'd Elhs's River) above the falls & running S. 70° 



144 CHARTER RECORDS. 

E. 320 Rods to a hemlock Tree spotted & marked D. G. from 
thence North 30 degrees East 640 rods to a beech Tree spotted & 
mark'd D. G. from thence North 70 degrees 508 Rods West to a 
beech tree spotted & marked D. G. from thence S. 30 degrees 
West 640 Rods to a Beech Tree spotted & marked D. G. from 
thence S. 70 degrees East a Httle below the bounds began at. 
Contains Two Tliousand Acres of Land & is a True Copy of an 
Original Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken & returned to me 
by ]VP Vere Royse Depy S"" 

Att' Is : Rindge. — 



* 



[Grant to Richard Gridley, 1773-] 

4-133 *Province of New Hampshire. 

Rich'^ Gridly Esq"" George the Third by the grace of God of 
Great Britain France & Ireland King defender of 
the Faith &c^ — 

To all to whom these Presents Shall Come — Greet- 
ing— 

Whereas we have tho* fit by our Proclamation at S^ Jamess the 
Seventh day of October in the third Year of Our Reign Annoq. 
Domini 1763 among other Things to Testify our RoNal Sence & 
Approbation of the Conduct and Bravery of the officers & Soldiers 
of Our Armies & Signify our Desire to reward the Same & have 
therein Com'anded & Impowered our Several Governors of Our 

Respective Provinces on the Continent of America to 
*4-i34 Grant without Fee or *Reward to such Reduced Officers 

as have Served in North America durins the late War & 
to Such Private Soldiers as have been or Shall be disbanded there 
and Shall Personally Apply for the Same such Qiiantitys of Land 
respectively as in & by our afores'' Proclamation are Perticularly 
mentioned Subject nevertheless to the Same Quit Rents & Con- 
ditions of Cultivations And Improvement as Otiier our Lands are 
Subject to in the Province in which they are granted — And 
Whereas Richard Gridley of Boston in our Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay Esq. had our appointment as A Captain and 
Served during the late War & is now reduced x\nd lie having 
Personally Applyd And Sollicitated for such Grant Agreable to 
our afores*^ Proclamation Know Ye that We of our Special 
Grace certain Knowledge and mere Motion do Signify our appro- 
bation as afores'* and for encouraging the Settlement & Cultivation 



JACKSON. 145 

of our Lands within our Said Province of New Hampshire in 
New England — Have (by & with the advice of our Trusty and 
well beloved John Wentworth Esq our Governor and Com- 
'ander in ChiefF of Our Said Province and of Our Council of 
the Same agreable to our afores'^ in Part recited Proclamation & 
upon the Conditions & Reservations hereinafter mentioned) given 
& Granted and by these Presents for us our Heirs & Sucessors do 
give & Grant unto the Said Richard Gridley and to his Heirs And 
Assigns for ever a Certain Tract or Parcel of Land scituate Lying 
& being within Our Said Province and containing by Admeasure- 
ment Three Thousand Acres as by A Plan or Survey of Said 
Tract exhibited by Our Surveyer General of Lands for Our Said 
Province and returned into the Secretarys Office (A Copy where- 
of is hereunto annexed) may more fully Appear Butted and 
Bounded as follows. (Viz) begining at A Beach Tree bearing 
North 30 Degrees East eighty rods from the North Westerly 
corner bound of Land granted Leiu* David Gillman from thence 
running South thirty degrees West three miles to A Hornbeam 
Tree, thence North Sixt}' degrees West five hundred rodds, to a 
Yellow Birch Tree from thence North Thirty degrees East Three 
Miles to A Beech Tree thence South Sixty Degrees East five hun- 
dred rods to the Bounds first mentioned. To have & to hold 
the Said Tract of Land as above expressed to Him the Said Rich- 
ard & to his heirs and assigns forever upon the following Terms 
Conditions & Reservations (Viz) — 

First That the Said Grantee shall Settle or Cause to be 
Settled Six Familys in five Years from the Date of this Grant in 
failure whereof the Premisses to revert to us our heirs & Successors 
to be by us or them entered upon & Regranted to Such of our 
Subjects as Shall efiectually Settle & Cultivate the Same — 

Second That the S** 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 & ordred by the 
Governor & Council aforesaid — which road shall be compleated in 
One Year from the Date of Such Order or Direction on Penalty of 
the forfeiture of this Grant & of its reverting to us our heirs & 
Successors 

Third That all white & other Pine Trees fit of 
Masting Our Royal *Navy be Carefully Preserved for *4-i35 
that Use and none to be Cut or felled without our especial 
Licence for so doing first had & obtained on Penalty of the forfeit- 
ure of the Right of the Grantee in the Said Tract of Land his 
10 



146 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Heirs and Assignes to us our heirs & Successors as Well as being 
Subject to the Penalties prescribed by any Present as well as- 
future act or acts of Parliam* 

Fourth Yielding & paying therefor to us our heirs & Succes- 
sors on or before the first Day of January 1778 the rent of one Ear 
of Indian Corn only if Lawfully demand — 

Fifth That the s'^ Grantee his heirs And 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 1783 One 
Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred acres he so 
owns Settles or Possesses and so in Proportion of A Greater or 
lesser Tract of the Land afore Said which Money shall be paid 
by the respective Proprietor or Settler as afore Said 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 Vk^hatsoever — 

In Testimoney whereof we have caused the Seal of our S*^ Prov : 
to be hereunto affixed Wittness John Wentworth Esq Our 
Said Governor & Com'ander in Chieff the fifth day of February 
in the Thirteenth Year of Our Reign Annoq Domini 1773 — 

By his Excellency's Com'and } J Wentworth 

with advice of Council ^ 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^y 

Prov'' of New Hamp' } Recorded from the Original Grant 

Feb'^ 20**' 1773- 5 under the Pro"^ Seal. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hamp^" Portsmouth the 2"^ of December 1772. 

This Certifys that this Plan Begining at Beach Tree bearing 
North Thirty degrees East Eighty rods from the North Westerly 
Corner bound of Land granted to Lieu* David Gillman from 
thence run'ing South Thirty degrees West Three Miles to A 
Hornbeam Tree from thence North Sixty degrees West five 
Hundred rods to a Yellow Birch Tree from thence North Thirty 
degrees East Three Miles to A Beech Tree thence South Sixty 
degrees East five hundred rods to the Bound first mentioned 
Contains Three thousand Acres of Land & is a True Copy of an 
original Plan or Survey of Said Tract as taken And returned to 
me by M'' Vere Royse Deputy Surveyer and lays on the branches 
of Ellis's River so called 

Attest^ Is Rindge S — G^ 



JACKSON. 



H7 



A True Copy Taken from the Original Plan annexed to y 
Patent. 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 

See the Plan on the Other Side P** 136 




148 CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Grant to Charles Rogers, 1774.] 

*5-ii3 *Province of } George the third by the grace of 

New Hampshire ^ God of Great Britain France & Ire- 
hmd King Defender of the Faith &c 

To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting — 
Whereas We have thought 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 and approbation of the conduct & bravery of the Officers 
& Soldiers of our Armies and signified Our desire to reward the 
same and have therein commanded & impowered Our several 
'Governors of Oour 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 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 & by Our aforesaid proclamation are particu- 
larly mentioned subject nevertheless to Such Quitrents & condition 
of cultivation and improvement as other Our Lands are subject 
to in the Province in which they are granted. And whereas 
Charles Rofjers of in our Countv of and 

Province of New Hampshire aforesaid Gentleman had Our Ap- 
pointment as a Lieutenant and served in America during the late 
War and is now reduced and he having- made personal 
*5-ii4 application & sollicited for such Grant Agreable to* Our 
said Proclamation. 
Know Ye That We of Our special Grace certain Knowledge 
and meer Motion do signify Our approbation as aforesaid and 
for the encouragement settlement and cultivation of our Lands within 
Our said Province of New Hampshire in New England have and 
iby and with the advice of Our trusty and wellbeloved John 
Wentworth Esq' Our Governor and Commander in chief 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 & reservations hereafter mentioned (jiven & 
igranted & by these Presents for us Our Heirs & Successors do 
give and grant unto the said Charles Rogers and to his Heirs 
and Assigns forever a certain Tract or parcel of Land situate 
lying & being in our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 
-4:ontaining by admeasurement Two thousand and nine Acres 



JACKSON. 149 

of Land as by a Plan or Survey of' said Tract exhibitedi 
by Our Surveyor General of Lands for Our said Province of 
New Hampshire and returned into the Secretary's Office of 
our Said Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed may 
more 1\illy appear butted & bounded as follows Viz* Begin- 
ning at a Rock Maple Tree which is the northeasterly Corner 
Bound of a Tract of Land lately granted to Andrew 
M<=Mullin Esq^' frome thence* running North eighty two *5-ii5 
degrees West three hundred and ninety Seven Rods to 
a Yellow Birch Tree thence North eight degrees East five hun- 
dred Rods to a Rock Maple Tree thence South eighty two 
degrees East four hundred Rods to a Beech Tree thence South 
thirty degrees East five hundred & sixty Rods to a Beech Tree 
thence South eight degrees West One hundred & thirty Rods to a 
Hemloc Tree thence North eighty two degrees West three hun- 
dred forty eight Rods to a Hemloc Tree thence North eight 
degrees East sixty nine Rods to the bounds began at the same 
Trees being spotted & marked with the Letters V R. 

To HAVE AND TO HOLD the Said granted premices as above 
expressed to him the said Charles Rogers his Heirs & Assigns, 
forever upon the following conditions and reservations Viz* 

First That the said Grantee shall clear & make passable a 
Road through the said Tract of Land four rods wide fit for 
Carriages of all kinds as shall be at any time hereafter directed or 
ordered by Our Governer & Council aforesaid which Road is to 
be completed 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 & Succesors — 

Secondly That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
settled Five Familes in Five Years from the date of this Grant in. 
failure whereof the premises to revert to Us Our Heirs 
and Successors to be* entered upon & regranted to such *5-ii6 
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 and none to- 
be cut or felled without Our special leave & Licence for so doing 
first had and obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the right of 
the Grantee to Us our Heirs & Successors as well as being Sub- 
ject to the Penalties prescribed by any present as well as future 
Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourthly That the Grantee Yeild and pay therefor to Us Our 



150 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Heirs and Successors on or before the First day of July 1774, the 
rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifthly That the Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall yeild & 
pa}'^ unto Us Our Heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year for- 
ever from & after the expiration of Ten Years from the aforesaid 
First day of July 1774. one Shilling proclamation Money for 
every hundred Acres he so owns settles or possesses and so in 
proportion for a greater or lesser quantity of the Land aforesaid 
w^hich 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 premices appearing 
*5-ii7 *well adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax shall be 
cultivated with those useful Articles of produce in the 
proportion of ten Acres in each & every hundred of these granted 
Premices within ten Years of this date. 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 
Esquire Our aforesaid Governor and Commander in chief the 
Sixth day of June in the Fourteenth Year of Our reign Annoque 
Domini 1774 ^ .■>-\^ , 

By his Excellency's ^ < p s > 

command — 5 ^-^^^ ^ J Wentworth 

Theodore Atkinson Sec*y 

Received 27*^ December 1780 & recorded According to the 
original under the then province Seal 

Attest E Thompson Sec''y 



JACKSON, 



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Province of New ) Portsmouth 10"^ March 1774 
Hampshire 5 This Certifies that this plan beginning at 

a Rock Maple Tree which is the North Easterly corner Bound of 
a tract of land lately granted to Andrew M'^Millan Esq from 
thence running N 82° deg^^ West three hundred & Ninety Seven 
rods to a Yellow Birch tree thence North Eight degrees East five 
hundred Rods to A Rock Maple tree thence South Eighty Two 
degrees East four hundred Rods to a Beech tree thence South Ninty 
degrees five hundred & Sixty Rods to a Beech tree thence South 
Eight degrees West one hundred & Thirty rods to a hemlock tree 
thence North Eighty Two degrees West three hundred forty 
Eight rods to a hemlock Tree. Thence North Eight degrees 
East Sixty nine rods to the bounds began at the same trees are 
Spotted & marked with the letters V R contains Two Thousand & 
Nine Acres & is a true Copy of an Original plan or Survey of 



152 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said tract as taken & returned to me be Vere Ro3'se Dp^y S' N B 
the original plan or survej^ returnd to me Attest Is Rindge S"^ G — 
26*^ April 1772 



[Grant to Wentworth, Rogers, and Treadwell.] 

*4-2o6 *Province of — ) George the third by the grace of 

New Hampshire S God of Great Britain France and 
Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c 

To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting 
Know ye that we of our special grace certain knowledge & 
meer motion for the due encouragement of settling & cultivating 
our Lands within our Province of New Hampshire by and with 
the advice of our trust}- & well beloved John Went^vorth Esq"" 
Our Governor and Commander in chief of our said Province and of 
our Council of the same have upon the Conditions & reservations 
herein particularly recited & expressed given and granted & by 
these Presents for Us Our Heirs and Successors do give and 
grant unto Our leige & loving Subjects Mark Hunking Went- 
worth Daniel Rogers Esquirs and Jacob Treadwell all of 
Portsmouth in Our Count}^ of Rockingham, and Province afore- 
said and to their respective Heirs and Assigns 
*4-207 *forever equally divided a certain Tract or parcel of 
Land containing by admeasurement eight thousand seven 
hundred & forty Acres of Land situate lying & being in our Province 
aforesaid as by a Plan or Survey thereof — (exhibited by Our Sur- 
veyor General of Lands for our said Province b}^ our said Governors 
order and returned into the Secretary's Office of our said Province 
a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) may more fully and at large 
appear butted and bounded as follows viz* Begining at a 
Spruce Tree spotted & marked standing in the westerl}?^ bounds of 
a tract of Land laid out by Colonel Richard Gridley and is Sixty 
Rods from the Southwesterly Corner thereof, from thence runing 
North thirty degrees East two Miles & Two hundred & sixty Rods 
to a Beech Tree the northwesterly Corner of the same from thence 
South sixty degrees East One Mile & one hundred & forty five 
Rods to a Stake in the northerly side Line of said Gridle3''s 
Land from thence North ten deorrees East two miles & ten Rods 
to a Beech Tree from thence north thirty degrees East One Mile 
& one hundred Rods to a Red Birch Tree from thence North 
sixty degrees West one Mile to a red Birch Tree from thence 



JACKSON. 153 

South thirty degrees West eighty Rods to a Maple Tree from 
thence North sixty degrees West Two Miles one hundred & 
ninety Rods to a Birch Tree from thence South thirty degrees 
West One Mile & thirty Rods to a Birch Tree from thence South 
ten degrees East Two Miles & sixty Rods To a Beech Tree from 
thence North sixty degrees West forty six Rods to a Beech Tree 
from thence South thirty degrees West three Miles to a Rock- 
maple Tree from thence South sixty degrees East one Mile & 
one hundred and eighty Rods to the Bounds first mentioned, 
To HAVE & TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above expressed 
to them the said Mark Hunking Wentworth Daniel Rogers 
Esquires and Jacob Treadwell to their Heirs & Assigns forever 
upon the following Terms conditions & reservations viz* 

First That the said Grantees shall cut, clear, bridge and 
make passable for Carriages &c a Road of four rods wide through 
the said Tract as shall be at anytime hereafter directed or ordered 
by the Governor and Council aforesaid which Road shall be 
completed in one Year from the date of such order or 
direction of the *Governor & Council aforesaid on pen- *4-20& 
alty of the forfeiture of this Grant of its reverting to Us 
Our Heirs and Successors 

Secondly That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be 
settled nine 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 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 and none to 
be cut or felled without Our special Licence for so doing first had 
& obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of the right of such 
Grantee 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 Parliament 

Fourthly Yielding & paying therefor to Us Our Heirs & 
Successors on or before the first day of March 1780 the rent of 
one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfull}^ demanded 

Fifthly That the said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns shall 
yield & pay unto us our Heirs & Successors yearly & every Year 
forever from and after the expiration of Ten Years from the date 
of this Grant One Shilling proclamation Money for every hun- 
dred Acres he so owns settles or possesses and so in proportion for 



154 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 Ijeu 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 chief the fourteenth 
day of March in the fourteenth Year of Our reign Annoque 
Domini 1774 ^ /^"-^ . 

J < p. s. > Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command ^ >^v^/ ^ 

with advice of Council. The Words 
fully & forever being interlined previ- 
ous to signing & Sealing 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Province of New Hampshire Entered and recorded 
"*4-209 according *to the original Charter under the Province Seal 
this fifth day of July A D 1774 

Attest"^ Geo : King D Sec^ 



JACKSON. 



155 






• •cX 7"",. 




Bts»» 



Province of New Hamp' Portsmouth 10"' March 1774 
This certifies that this PLm *begining at a Spruce Tree *4-2io 
spotted and marked standing in the westerl}^ bounds of a 
Tract of Land laid out for CoP Richard Gridley and is Sixty 



156 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Rods from the Southwesterly Corner thereof — from thence runing^ 
North thirty degrees East Two JNIiles and two hundred and sixty 
Rods to a Beech Tree the Northwesterly Corner of the same 
from thence South sixty degrees East One Mile & one hundred 
and forty five Rods to a Stake in the Northerly side Line of said 
Gridley's Land from thence North ten degrees East two Miles 
and ten Rods to a Beech Tree from thence North thirt}' degrees 
East One Mile and One hundred Rods to a red Birch Tree from 
thence North Sixty degrees West One Mile to a red birch Tree 
from thence South thirty degrees West eighty Rods to a Maple 
Tree from thence North sixty degrees West Two Miles One 
hundred & ninety Rods to a Birch Tree from thence South thirty 
degrees West One Mile and thirty Rods to a Beech Tree from 
thence South ten degrees East two Miles sixty Rods to a Beech 
Tree from thence North sixty degrees West forty six Rods to a 
Beech Tree from thence South thirt}' degrees West three Miles to 
a Rock maple Tree from thence South sixty degrees East one 
Mile & one hundred & eighty rods to the Bounds first mentioned 
contains eight thousand seven hundred & forty Acres of Land 
and is a true Copy of an original Plan or Survey of said Tract as 
taken in October Anno Domini 1771 and returned to me by 
Mess'^^ Vere Royse & Hubartus Neal D^y S»'« 

Attest Is : Rindge S"^ G^ 

Copy examin'd by Geo : King D. Sec^ 



[Wentworth, Rogers, and Treadwell to John Brown,. 

I779-] 

*5-i44 *Know all Men be these Presents That We Mark 
Hunking Wentworth Esq' Daniel Rogers Esq'' Jacob 
Treadwell Marchant all of Portsmouth in the County of Rocking- 
ham in the State New Hampshire for and in Consideration of the 
Sum of five Thousand two hundred, & fbrt}^ four Pounds Lawfull 
Money to us in hand well, & truly paid by John Brown of provi- 
dence in the State of Rhode-Island Esq the receipt whereof We 
do hereby acknowledge, & ourselves there With Satisfied con- 
tented and paid, have released, quitclaimed, and Confirmed & by 
these Presents do release, quitclaim, and confirm unto the said 
John Brown, and his Heirs & Assigns forever all our & each of 
our Right Title Interest Claim property Challenge and Demand, ot~ 



JACKSON. 157 

an & to the within mentioned Grant of Eii^ht Thousand Seven hun- 
dred & forty Acres of Land be the Same more or less as will 
appear by the Survey's iVdmeasurement & plan thereof annex'd 
thereto, being Scituate lying & being in the State of New Hamp- 
shire aforesaid as it particularly set forth, butted, & bounded as in 
the within Grant full reference being had to the same, To Have 
and to Hold the Same unto him the said John Brown Esq"^ & his 
Heirs & assigns forever together with all the Priviledges & Appur- 
tenances thereunto belonging clear of all Governmental 
taxes or proprietary Taxes Costs & Expences for Surveys* *5-i45 
Roads or other Contingent Charges to this day to pos- 
sess hold & enjoy the- Same, in the same Manner, as We 
the said Mark Hunking Wentworth Daniel Rogers & Jacob 
Treadwell, have by Virtue of the within mentioned Grant, so that 
no Person claiming or holding by from or under Us or either of 
Us our or either of Heirs, Executors, Administrators or Asssigns 
shall ever hereafter have any Right Title Interest or Claim thereto 
under any Pretention, whatsoever : against all of whom we do 
hereby warrant & defend the same — x\nd We Elizabeth the wife 
of said Mark & Mehetable the wife of the said Daniel and Ann the 
wife of the said Jacob for & in Consideration aforesaid do hereby 
relinquish all our Right of Dower & power of thirds in the within 
mentioned premises. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our 
hand & seal the 27 Day of April 1779 — 

Signed Sealed & delievered > Mark Hs Wentworth s 

In Presence of us — 5 Daniel Rogers s 

the Words to this day } Jacob Treadwell s 

being first interlined ^ Eliz Wentworth s 

H : Wentworth Mehetable Rogers s 

Th° Martin Ann Treadwell s 

Rec*^ Decem*" 27"* 1780'^ E Thompson Sec'^ & recorded accord- 
ing to the Original Attest E Thompson Sy 

State of New Hampshire > Portsmouth april 26^^ i779 

Rockingham ss — S Then mark Hunking Wentworth 

Esq' Daniel Rogers Esq^ m' Jacob Treadwell Elizabeth Wentworth 
Mehitable Rogers & Ann Treadwell all appeared & acknowedged 
the above Instrement by them Subscribed to be their Free act & 
Deed Before H W.entworth Jus' Peace 



158 CHARTER RECORDS. 

JAFFREY. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Nov. 30, 1749, to Jonathan Hubbard 
and others, and variously known as Moiiadnock A'o. 2, Middle Monadnock, and 
Middletown. The grant was renewed March 13, 1767. Incorporated as Jaffrey 
Aug. 17, 1773, and named in honor of George Jaffrey. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 429 ; 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 291 ; Index to Laws, 262 ; History, by D. B. Cut- 
ter, 1881, pp. 648; sketch, Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 220: 
sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 204; Historical Address, 
by Joel Parker, 1873, centennial celebration; Universalism in America, by Rich- 
ard Eddy, 1886, vol. i, p. 171 ; Lawrence''s N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 272, 274.] 



[Jaffrey Incorporated, 1773.] 

*4-i64 *Province of ^George the third by the grace of God of 
New Hampshire > Great Britain France and Ireland King 

3 defender of the Faith &c^ 
To all People to whom these Presents 
shall come greeting 
L s ^ Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of 

a Tract of Land within our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid commonly called and 
Jaffrey known by the Name of Monadnoc Number two 

formerly containing by estimation about six Miles square 

Monadnoc N** 2 have humbly petitioned and requested us that 
they may be erected and incorporated into a Township and enfran- 
chised with the same Powers and Privileges which other 
*4-i65 Towns within our said *Province by Law have and enjoy 
and it appearing to 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 & for the encouragement and promotion of the 
good purposes and ends aforesaid by and with the advice of our trus- 
ty and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire our Governor and 
Commander in Chief of our said Province and of our Council of 
the same have erected and ordained & by these Presents for us 
our Heirs and Successors do will and ordain that the Inhabitants of 
the said Tract of Land and others who shall improve & inhabit 
thereon hereafter the same being butted and bounded as follows 
viz* Begining at the Southwest Corner of Peterborough Slip so 



JAFFREY. 159 

called from thence runing North eighty degrees West Seven 
Miles to a Hemloc Tree marked from thence runing North by 
the Needle five Miles to a Hemloc Tree marked from thence run- 
ing South eighty degrees East seven Miles to a Beech Tree 
marked in the-west Line of Peterborough from thence South by 
the Needle to the first bounds mentioned be and they are hereby 

declared to be a Town corporate by the Name of Jaffrey — to 

have continuance forever with all the Powers and Authorities Priv- 
ileges immunities and Franchises which any other Towns in our 
said Province by Law hold and enjoy to the said Inhabitants or 
those who shall hereafter inhabit there and to their Successors for- 
ever Always reserving to us our Heirs and Successors All white 
pine Trees that are or shall be found being and growing within 
and upon the said Tract of Land fit for the use of our Royal Navy 
Preserving also to us our Heirs and Successors the Power of 
dividing said Town when it shall appear necessary and 
convenient *for the Inhabitants thereof — Provided never- *4-i66 
theless and it is hereby declared that this Charter and 
Grant is not intended and shall not in any manner be construed to 
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 and authorized to assemble and by the ma- 
jority of the Voters present to chuse all Officers and transact such 
"Affairs as in the said Laws are declared We do by these presents 
nominate and appoint Jonathan Stanley to call the first Meeting of 
the said Inhabitants to be held within the said Town at any time 
within sixty — days from the date hereof — giving legal notice of 
the time and design of holding such Meeting after which the an- 
nual meeting for said Town shall be held for the choice of said 
Officers & the Purposes aforesaid on the last Thursday in March 
annually 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Govern- 
or and Comrhander in chief the Seventeenth day of August in the 
thirteenth Year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1773 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellencys command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 17*"^ of August 1773 

Attesf Geo : King Depy Sec^ 



l6o CHARTER RECORDS. 



JEFFERSON. 

[Granted as Dart)nojith, Oct. 3, 1765, to Col. John Goffe and others. Re- 
granted June 26, 1772, to Theodore Atkinson and others. Incorporated as Jeffer- 
son Dec. 8, 1796, and named in honor of Thomas Jefferson, A portion of Kil- 
kenny was annexed Dec. 7, 1842. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 430; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 303 ; Index 
to Laws, 263 ; sketch, by Abner Davis, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, 
p. 399 ; Biography of Col. Joseph Whipple, byC. B. Jordan, 2, Proceedings of N. H. 
Historical Society, p. 289 ; Joseph Whipple and the Dartmouth Plantation, by L. W. 
Dodge, 15, Granite Monthly, 20; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 
375 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 21 ; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610; The Presidential Range from Jefferson Highlands, 
by J. R. Edwards, 3, Appalachia, 203 ; Mt. Pliny, by E. B. Cook, id., ibi ; Round 
Mountain, by E. B. Cook, 4, id., 257; An Exploration of the Pilot Range, by 
W. H. Peek, id., 219; Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870, p. 58; 
The White Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by Julius H. Ward, 1890, 
,p. 205 ; In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 291.] 



[Dartmouth Charter, 1765.] 

*3-i38 *Province of New Hampshire. 

Dartmouth GEORGE, the Third, 

., By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
^ Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 

To all Persons to whom these Presents shall co77ie, 



L s 



S 



Greeting. 



Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVcw 
Plantation within our Said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province o( JVew- 
Hampshire, in Nezu- 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 of Nezv- 
Uampshire, 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 four equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of New-Hamfshire ^ containing by Admeasurement 



JEFFERSON. l6l 

Twenty three Thousand one hundred 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, 
Vt'z. Begining at A Pine Tree marked Standing on the Westerly 
Side of Israels River so called near the Second Crotch or Parting 
reckoning from the mouth of Said River where it Empties it Self 
into Connecticut River and from the Said Pine runs one Mile West 
to a Stake & Stones then turning off at Right Angles runs South 
Seven Miles to one other Stake & Stones then turning off again 
& runs East Five Miles & one half Mile to one other Stake & 
Stones and from thence North Seven Miles to one other Stake & 
Stones & from thence West to the Pine Tree the Bound began at — 
And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Town- 
ship by the Name of Dartmouth — 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 livo Fairs, one of which shall be 
held on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer than the res- 
pective 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-i39 
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 
Province, shall be held on the 25th Day of Decemb' next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by John Goffe 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 Privi- 

11 



l62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

leges 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 
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 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. 

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 often 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. ij66 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of Dece?Jiber, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1776 
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 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 



JEFFERSON. 



163 



Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the Third Day of October In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty tive And in the fifth 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 
By His Excellency's Command, 
with Advice of Council, 

T : Atkinson Jun' Se'y 

Province of New Hamp' Octob' 3*^ 1765 

Recorded according to the original Patten under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



*The Names of the Grantees of Dartmouth (Viz) 



3-140 



John Goffe Esq 
Samuel Moors 
William Holms 
Mathew LitUe 
Ebenez"" Couston 
Cap' Nath" Martin 
Mathew Pattin Esq 
William Barnat 
Robert Walker 
Francis Barnat 
Jon* Martin 



Cap' John Goffe 
John Kidder 
Alex^ Walker Esq 
James Patterson 
Adam Dickey Jun' 
Nathaniel Pattinson 
Daniel Martin 



Samuel Wilkins 
Solomon Hutchinson 
Rich*^ Tolpy Esq 
Samuel Goffe 
John Griffin 
David Page 
Jeremiah Alin 
Ameziah Polard 



Cap' James Walker 
John Shepard Jun"" Esq Stephen Powers 
Joseph Moors John Hale 

Samuel Pattin John Marsh 

Forgus Kennedy Noah Emery Esq The Hon^'^ Theodore 
Tho* Boise Charles Emerson Atkinson 

Cap' John Moors John Harvey Daniel Warner 

Silas Walker Maj' Samuel Moor M^^ Hunks Wentworth 



> Esq" 



Andrew Bradford 
Cap' James Karr 
John Bradford 
Joseph Ardaway 
John Bell 



Joshua Martin Theod"" Atkinson jun"^ 
W" M-^Clintock Nath" Barrell 
Stephen Holland Peter Levins & 

Coll Jacob Bayiey John Rand — 
Cap' James Stoodley Esq 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
contain Five Hundred Acres as marked B W in the Plan and also 
A Small Island Lying in the River opposite to the Said Five 
hundred Acres which are to be Accounted Two of the within 
Shares one whole Share for the Incorporated Society for the Prop- 



164 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



agation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts one whole Share for A 
Glebe for the Chuixh 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 forever — 

Province of New Hamp' October 3*^ 1765 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter for Dartmouth 
under thee Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'' — 




Province of New Hampshire October 3"^ 1765 
Copy of the Plan taken from the Back of the Charter of Dart- 
mouth the 3^ of October under the Province Seal 

Att' T Atkinson Jun See'? 



[Dartmouth Regrant, 1772.] 

*4-95 *Province of New Hampshire. 

George the Third by the grace of God of Great 
(Dartmouth.) Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the 

Faith &c. 
To ALL to whom these Presents shall Come, Greeting. 



JEFFERSON. 165 

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 by and 
with the Advice of our Trusty and Well beloved John Went- 
WORTH Esquire our governor and Commander in Chief in and 
over 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 & granted and by these 
Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto 
our loving Subjects Inhabitants of our said Province of New 
Hampshire and our other Dominions who have Petitioned us for 
the same, setting forth their Readiness to make immediate Settle- 
ment, and to their Heirs and Assigns for Ever whose Names are 
enter'd on this Grant to be divided to and amongst them into 
Seventy Equal Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land now 
commonly known by the Name of Dartmouth, situate, lying and 
being within our said Province of New Hampshire, being some- 
thing more than Six Miles Square, containing by Admeasurement 
Twenty four thousand Five hundred and Eighty one Acres, out of 
which an Allowance is to be made for Highways and unimprove- 
able Lands by Rocks Mountains and Waters One thousand & 
forty Acres free according to a Plan or Survey thereof exhibited 
by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province by our 
s** 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 White Pine Tree 
(marked L G. October 1765 &c.) standing on the Westerly side of 
Israel's River so called, nearly opposite the Second crotch from 
Connecticut River, and running West One Hundred & Sixty three 
Rods to Lancaster Easterly Line, thence South Sixty Nine 
degrees West One Hundred & Sixty Eight Rods by Lancaster, 
from thence South Six Miles and Two Hundred and Sixty Rods 
to a Rock Maple Tree (marked V. R. 1771.) then turning off 
and running East Five Miles and an half Mile, thence North 
Seven Miles, thence West Four Miles and one half Mile to the 
bound began at. 

*To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as */[-g6 
above expressed, together with all Priviledges and Appur- 
tenances to them the said Grantees and to their respective Heirs 
and Assigns for Ever by the Name of Dartmouth, upon the fol- 
lowing Conditions, Namely 



l66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

First That the said Grantees at their own Cost shall cut, 
clear, bridge and make passable for Carriages of all kinds a Road 
of Four Rods wide thro' the said Tract ; and this to be completed 
in Two Years from the date of this Grant, in failure whereof the 
Premises and evry part thereof thall be lorleited & revert to us our 
Heirs & Successors to be regranted to any of our Loving Subjects. 

Second That the said Grantees shall Settle or cause to be Set- 
tled Twenty Families by the first day of Decem' 1773, who shall 
be actually cultivating some part of the Land & resident thereon, 
& to continue making further & Additional Improvement Cultiva- 
tion & Settlement of the Premises so that there shall be actually 
Settled & resident thereon Sixty Families by the first day of De- 
cember 1777, on Penalty of the forfeiture of any and every Delin- 
quents Share & of such Share or Shares reverting to us our Heirs 
and Successors 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 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 doing first had & 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 Penal- 
ties of any Act or Acts of Parliam^ that now are or hereafter shall 
be Enacted. 

Fourth 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 & marked 
out for Town Lots, one of which shall be allotted to each Grantee 
of the Contents of one Acre. 

Fifth Yielding and Paying therefor to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the first day of January 1775, the Rent of one 

Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 
*4-97 *Sixth That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant 
shall Yield and Pay unto us our Heirs and Successors 
Yearly and every Year for Ever from & after the expiration of 
Five Years from the abovesaid First day of January, namely on 
the First day of January, which will be in the Year of our Lord 
Christ 1780, One Shilling Proclamation Money, for ever}' hun- 
dred 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 Persons abovesaid their [heirs] or 
Assigns in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer 



JEFFERSON. 



167 



or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same : & 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 
Esquire our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the Twenty 
Sixth day of June in the Twelfth Year of our Reign and in the 
Year of our Lord Christ 1772. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with Advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

The Names of the Grantees of the Township of Dartmouth, viz* 
The Hon^^^ Theodore Atkinson Esq: Ephraim Baldwin John Thompson 
The Hon^'^ Mark Hunkyn Wentworth Esq : Benjamin Sumner 
Augustus Le'sage of London Jonas Butterfield Samuel Hale Jun' 
Captain Thomas Brown Samuel Smith Edmund Roberts 

Thomas McDonogh Esq' Elijah Houghton Thomas Ransom 
David Copps Sampson Willard John Peirce John Raynes 
The Hon^'^Dan^ Warner Esq' Jonathan Willard Rich^* Wibird Pen- 
M-- William Reeve of Bristol Thomas Frink Joseph Peirce [hallow 
Col° Stephen Holland Esq : Joseph Hammond John Langdon 
Michael Lawrence Moses Wadkins Supply Clapp 

Nehemiah Houghton Henry Bond Robert Luist Fowle 

Abraham Scott Samuel Ashley Oliver Whipple 

Isaac Scott Edw^ard Ainsworth Jon-"^ Mitchell Sewall 

Josiah Willard John Church 

Solomon Willard Stephen Belding 
Josiah Willard Jun' John Hurd Esq' 
Prentice Willard John Parker Esq : 
Simon Davis Joshua Wentworth 

Reuben Alexander George Derbage 

Thomas Achincloss 

Daniel Fowle 

Elias Warner 

Jacob SheafFe Jun"" 

Temple Knight 



Paul Richardson 
Ichabod Fisher 
Isaac Temple 
Isaac Butterfield 
Joseph Lord 



Samuel Parker 
Paul Langdon 
*Joseph Ward 
Joseph Seaward 
Rich'' Cutts Shannon 
Thomas Lewis 
Joseph Bass 
George Craigie 
George Libbey 



*4-98 



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Wentw^orth. 



Recorded according to the Original Charter of Dartmouth under 
the Province Seal, this 24*'' day of August 1772. 

Attesf : Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



i68 



CHARTER RECORDS. 





*l^UC V.l^ i6»4A 



.^' 









"Br^iiarx Woodt 






Province of New Hampshire, Portsm" 23*^ June 1772- 
These Certify that this Plan of bc<^inning- at a white 

Pine Tree marked I. G. October 1765, &c. standino- on the West- 
erly side of Israel's River, (so calld) & nearly opposite the 2^ 
crotch from Connecticut River from thence running W. 163 
Rods to the Easty line of Lancaster, thence S. 69° W. 16S Rods, 
from thence S. 6 Miles & 260 Rods to a Rock Maple Tree, from 
thence East 5^ Miles to a Stake, from thence N. 7 Miles to a 
Stake, from thence W. 4^ M** to the bound began at. Contains 
24581 Acres of Land. N. B. The Bounds represented by the black 



KEENE. 169 

Lines of s^ Plan were actually Survey'd & mark'd out & returned 
to me by M' Vere Royse D^ Surv' & the bounds represented by the 
dotted lines are known by Calculation. — 

Attest : Is : Rindge S' G^ 



KEENE. 



[Granted by Massachusetts as Upper Ashuelot April 20, 1733. Incorporated as 
Keene April 11, 1753, and named in honor of Sir Benjamin Keene. The north- 
east corner was included 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, 181 2. A part of Swanzey was annexed Dec. 10, 181 2. 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 l:)y a majority of voters in 
both towns, but this has not yet been done. A city charter was granted July i, 
1865, but was not adopted till July 3, 1873. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; 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, by Salma Hale, 2, Collections of the N. H. Historical Society, 71 ; same, 
with corrections, additions, and a continuation from 1790 to 181 5, pub. 1851, pp. 
120; sketch, by J. N. McClintock, 3, Granite Monthly, 548, and 4, zV/.,499; 
sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 24; .sketch. Child's Gazetteer 
of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 223; Historical Address, by W. O.White, 1876, 
pp.34; Historical Sermon, by C. B. Elder, in TV. //. .5'^«//«^/, Jan. 31, 1894; 
Half Century Sermon, by J. S. Barstow, 1868, pub. 1873; Baptist Church, by 
W. H. Eaton; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 16; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 275.] 



[Keene Charter, 1753-] 

*Province of New riamp"" *i-i49 

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
Brittain France «& Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &C"' 

To all Persons to whom these Presents Shall come 
Greeting 

Keene Whereas Sundry of our Loveing Subjects before 

the Settlement of the Dividing Line of our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid and our Other Government of the Massachu- 
setts Bay had by Permission of our Said Government of the Mas- 
sachusets Bay begun A Settlement of A Tract of Land on Ashue- 
lot River so Called and made Sundry Divisions of & Improve- 




170 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ments upon the Said Tract of Land And there remain'd till the 
Indian Warr forced them off and our Said Subjects being Desire- 
ous to make an Immediate Settlement on the Premisses & haveing 
Petitioned our Governour in Council for his Majestys Grant of the 
Premisses to be so made as might not subvert & Distroy their for- 
mer Surveys & Laying out in severalty made thereon as afore- 
said Now Know Ye that we of our Especial Grace Certain Knowl- 
edge & mere motion for answering the Ends above Said and for 
the Due Encouragement of Settling the Said Plantation by & with 
the Advice of our Trusty & wellbeloved Benning Wentworth 
Esq our Governour & Commander in Chieff in & over our Said' 
Province of New Hampshire in America and of our Council of 
our s*^ Province Have upon the Conditions & Reservations herein 
after made Given & Granted and by these Presents for us our 
heirs & Successors Do give & Grant unto our Loveing Subjects 
Inhabitants of our Said Province of New Hampshire and our 
Other Governments in New England x\nd to their heirs and 
Assignes for ever whose names are Entered on this Grant to be 
Divided to & amoungst them into So many & Such Shares & Pro- 
portions as they now hold or Claim the same by Purchas Con- 
tract Vote or Agrement made amoungst themselves All that Tract 
or Parcel of Land Scituate Lying & being within our Said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire Containing by admeasurement Twenty 
three thousend & forty Acres which Tracts is to Contain Six Miles. 
Square & no more out of which an allowance is to be made for 
highways and unimprovable Land by Rocks Mountains Ponds & 
Rivers One thousend & forty Acres free According to a Plan^ 

thereof made & Presented by our Said Governours orders 
*i-i5o And *hereunto Annexed Butted & bounded as follows — 

Viz — Beginning at A Beach Tree the North West Corner 
& Runs South Six Degrees an an half East four miles & Seventy 
rods to A Beach Tree marked Thence runs East Ten Degrees & 
a half South Six miles & one hundred & Eighty Rods to A heap 
of Stones thence runs North Seventeen degrees East Six Miles & 
Eighty Rods to A Tree marked being the South East Corner of 
Bojde thence runs West five Degrees and an half South Eight 
Miles & Two hundred & fift}' rods to the Bounds first mentioned 
And that the Same be and hereby is Incorporated into A Town- 
ship by the name of Keene and that the Inhabitants that Do or 
Shall hereafter Inhabit the Said Township Are hereby Declared 
to be Enfranchized with and Intituled to all & every the Previ- 
ledges And Immunities that Other Towns within our Said Prov- 



KEENE. 171 

ince by Law Exercize & Enjoy and further that the Said Town as 
Soon "as there Shall be fifty families Shall have the Liberty to 
open & keep A Market 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 otTicers & other affairs Agreable 
to the Laws of our Said Province Shall be held on the first Wed- 
nesday in May next which Meeting Shall be Notifyed by M' Ben- 
jamin Bellows who is hereby Also Appointed the Moderator of 
the said first Meeting which he is to Notify & Govern Agreable to 
the Law & Custom 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 first Tuesday in March annually — To 
HAVE & TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above Expressed 
togeather with all Previledges and Appurtenances to them or 
their respective heirs and assigns forever upon the following Con- 
ditions (Viz) that every Grantee his heirs & assignes Shall Plant 
or 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 the Said Township & Continue to Improve & 
Settle the same by Aditional *Cultivations on Penalty of *i-i5i 
the forfeiture of his Grant or Share in the said Township 
and its reverting to his Majesty his heirs and Successors to be by' 
him or them regranted to Such of his Subjects as shall Effectually 
Setde & 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 & none to be Cutt or fell'd with- 
out his Majesties 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 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 

That before any further Division of the Said Land be made 
to and amoungst the grantees A Tract of Land in the most Com- 
odious Place 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 Yeilding & Paying therefor 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 next Ensueing the Date hereof — And 
every Proprietor Settler 'or Inhabitant Shall Yield & Pay unto us 
our heirs & Successors Yearly & Every Year for ever from & 
after the Expiration of the Ten years from the Date hereof 



172 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Namely on the first Day of Jan''y which will be in the Year of our 
Lord Christ One thousend seven hundred & Sixty three 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 assignes in our 
Council Chamber in Portsmouth 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 Wittness whereof We 
have Caused the Seal of Our said Province to be hereunto affixed 
Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com'ander 
in Chieff of our Said Province the 11''' Day of April in the year 
of our Lord Christ 1753 & in the 26*^ year of our reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com'and with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'y 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Prov- 
ince Seal the ii**^ Day of April 1753 — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



* 



1-152 *The Names of the Grantees of Keene — Viz — 



John Adams, Jacob Bacon, Thomas Bacon, 

Stephen Blake, Nathan Blake, Obediah Blake, 

Elijah Blake Sam" Brigham Nathan Bucknam, 

John Ballard's heirs, Isaac Clark, Ebenezer Daniels, 

Edward Dale, Eph"" Dorman, Sam" ElHs, 

Joseph Ellis, Gideon Ellis, Titus Belden, 

Eleazer Sanger, Benj^ Bellows, Joseph Fisher 

Samuel Fisher, Benj=* Gile, Ebenezer Forces's heirs, 

Jacob Gibbs, Sarah Green, Joseph Gile's heirs, 

Jeremiah Hall, Benjamin Halls' heirs, Daniel Hawse, 

Nathaniel Heaton, Seth Heaton Jabez Hill, 
Daniel Kingsbury, Richard Man, Henry Messenger's heirs, 

John Fairbanks, Michael Medcalf jun', Ebenezer Nims, 

Joseph Peabodys heirs, David Nims, Samuel Read, 

Israel Houghton, Timothy Puffer, John Richardson, 

Josiah Willard, Moses Richardson Asa Richardson, 

John Rogers, Will™ Smeed, Samuel Smith, 

Benj'* Twitchell, Jon"* Underwood, Andrew Wilder, 

Joseph Whitcome, John Whiteing, Amos Foster, 

David Foster, Jeremiah Hall jun', Jonah French, 



KENSINGTON. 



173 



John French, Philemon Chandler jun', His Excellency 

Benning Wentworth Esq one Tract of Land of the Contents of 
five hundred Acres One Sixty forth Parte of the Said Tract for the 
Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign 
Parts, One Sixty forth Parte of the Said Tract for the first Settled 
Minister of the Gospel in S"* Town One Sixty forth Parte of the 
said Tract for A Glebe for the Church of England as by Law 
Established Philemon Chandler, Ebenezer Day, — 

Recorded from the Back of the Charter for Keene the 11'^ Day 
of April 1753 — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Se'' 




\ 



Taken from the Plan on the back of the Charter of Keene & 

record the 11**' April 1753 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



KENSINGTON. 

[Set off from Hampton Falls and incorporated April i, 1737. Named from an 
English town. A mistake in the description of the bounds in the act of incorpo- 
ration was rectified Aug. 26, 1737. 

See papers under title Hampton and Hampton Falls ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
455; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 324; Index to Laws, 271; sketch, by G. 
Osgood, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 352 ; Bill of Mortality, 
by Jabez Dow, 1802, pp. 15 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 81.] 



174 CHARTER RECORDS. 

KILKENNY. 

[Granted June 4, 1774, to Jonathan Warner and others. Portions of the town 
were annexed to Jefferson Dec. 7, 1842, and to Lancaster Dec. 15, 1842. 

See Index to Laws, 271 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 
426; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610; An Exploration of the Pilot 
Range, by W. H. Peek, 4, Appalachia, 219; Willey's History of the White 
Mountains, 1870, p. 58.] 



[Kilkenny Charter, 1774.] 

*4-2io *Provinceof^ George the Third by the grace of 

New Hamp' ^ God of Great Britain France and Ire- 
Kilkenny land King defender of the faith &c 
To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting 
Know ye that We of our special grace contain certain know- 
ledge and meer motion for the due encouragement of settling a 
new Plantation within Our said Province by & with the advice of 
our trusty & wellbeloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor 
and Commander in chief of our said Province of New Hamp' in 
New England and of our Council of the said Province have upon 
the conditions & reservations herein after made given and granted 
& b}'' these Presents for Us Our Heirs and Successors do give and 
grant in equal Shares unto our loving Subj'ects Inhabit- 
*4-2ii ants of *Our said Province of New Hampshire & our 
other dominions who have petitioned Us for the same set- 
ting forth their readiness to make immediate Settlement and to 
their Heirs & Assigns forever whose names are entered on this 
Grant to be divided to and amongst them into sixty equal Shares 
all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate lying & being within Our 
said Province of New Hampshire containing by admeasurement 
Twenty six thousand nine hundred and eleven Acres out of which 
an allowance is to be made for Highways and unimproveable Lands 
by Rocks Mountains and Waters Two thousand Acres free accord- 
ing to a Plan or Survey thereof exhibited by our Surveyor Gen- 
eral 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 fol- 
lows viz* Begining at a Maple tree the North East Corner of 
Dartmouth and runs South eight Miles and eighty Rods to a Birch 
marked C I-N 1773, then runs East two hundred & eighty six Rods 
to a Birch marked as aforesaid then North two hundred & forty 



KILKENNY. I75 

eight rods to a Hemloc Tree the Corner of Durand, then by said 
Durand Line North eight degrees East six Miles to a Birch Tree 
the Corner of Maynebourgh then North thirty degrees East by 
said Maynebourgh & Paulbourgh Lines eight Miles to a Beech 
Tree marked as aforesaid then South seventy one degrees West 
Seven Miles two hundred sixty eight Rods to a red Birch Tree 
in Lancaster Line then South fifty degrees East about Seven hun- 
dred & forty Rods to a Beech Tree the South East Corner thereof 
then on the same Course ten Rods to a Beech Tree the Corner of 
Capt Joshua Barker's Location marked as aforesaid, then South 
five degrees West Six hundred & twenty Rods rods to the Maple 
Tree at the Corner of Dartmouth first mentioned To have and 
TO HOLD the said Tract of Land as above expressed together with 
all Privileges & Appurtenances to them and to their respective 
Heirs and Assigns forever by the Name of Killkenny upon the 
following conditions viz* 

First That the Grantees at their own Cost shall cut clear 
bridge and make passable tor 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 and Council 
which Road *shall be completed in one Year from the *4-2i2 
date of such direction 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 reentered upon & regranted 
to any of Our loving Subjects 

Secondly That all white pine and other pine Trees within the 
said Township fit for masting Our Royal Navy be carefull}^ pre- 
served for that Use and none to be cut or felled without our special 
licence for so doing first had & 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 Penal- 
ties 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 amono- the Grantees a Tract of Land as near the Center of 
the 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 one Acre 

Fourthly Yielding & paying therefor to Us Our Heirs & 
Successors on or before the first day of June 1778 the Rent of One 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded 

Fifthly That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall 



176 CHARTER RECORDS. 

yield & pay unto Us Our Heirs and Successors yearly & every 
Year forever from and after the expiration of Ten Years from 
the dale of this Grant 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 aboves^' 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 any part of the Premises appearing well 
adapted to the growth of Hemp and Flax or either of them shall 
be cultivated with those useful Articles of produce in the propor- 
tion of Ten Acres in each and every hundred of these granted 
Premises within Ten years of this date 

Seventhly That six Families shall be settled & actually resi- 
dent in the Town within three Years of this date 

Eighthly That additional settlements be made so as to com- 
pleat sixty Families in Seven Years from this date 

Ninthly Tliat this Grant shall not interfere with any of Our 

Grants formerly made & now in force nor interrupt the 

*4-2i3 Grantees *in their Improvements making thereon agre- 

able to the Conditions thereof — 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 Governor and Commander in chief aforesaid the fourth day 
of June in the fourteenth Year of our reign and in the Year of our 
Lord Christ 1774 

By His Excellency's command 
with advice of Council — 

Theodore Atkinson Sec' 

The Names of the Grantees of Kilkenny 

The Hon'''* Jonathan Warner Esq' John Giddinge Esq"" William Torrey Esq' 
John Wendell Esq'' Woodbridge Odlin Cap' Isaac Rindge 

George King Esq' Daniel Tilton George King Mariner 

Paul Langdon Gent" John Giddinge jun' John Rindge Merchant 

Edward Sherburne Merchant Dudley Odlin Joseph Seward Merchant 

Temple Knight Merchant Michael Reade John Briard Mariner 

George Libbey Merchant Thomas Hunscombe John Wall 
John Dennet, Blockmaker Samuel Stackpole Thomas Chadbourne 

Roger Hayes Yeoman Thomas Horn Humphrey Firnald 

Shadrach Hodsdon jun' Samuel Mills Henry Sherburne Blacksmith 



KILKENNY. I77 

John Penhallow Elias Elvvell Warner Thomas Martin Esq"' 

Samuel Penhallow Benning Wentworth John Peirce Merchant 

Thomas Peirce John Sherburne Esq' Joseph Peirce Merchant 

John Packer Esq' Samuel Macclintock David Call 

Daniel Lunt Supply Clap Richard Shearman 

William Welsh, Chaisemaker Daniel Fowle The Hon*"'* Paul Wentworth Esq' 
William Stanwood, Perukemaker James Playters King John Cochran Esq' 
John Sherburne, Chaisemaker Jeremiah Libbey James Bigby 
Richard Trewsdell, Butcher Isaac Smith Husbandman James Monk Esq' 
Joseph Walton, Cooper Thomas Scammel Esq' John Pingry Williams 



J: |P. s.^ 



Wentworth 



Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this fourth day of June A D 1774 

Attest' Geo : King D Secy 
12 



lyS 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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'«■'■'* 



-''"a/o 




KINGSTON. 179 

Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 30"' April 1774 
This certify s that *this Plan of Kilkenny beginning at a *4-2i5 
Maple Tree the Northeast Corner of Dartmouth and runs 
South eight Miles & eighty Rods to a Birch Tree marked C I-N 
1773 then runs East two hundred & forty eight Rods to a Hemloc 
Tree the Corner of Durand then by said Durand Line North 
eight degrees East Six Miles to a Birch Tree the Corner of 
Maynebourgh then North thirty degrees East by said Mayne- 
bourgh & Paulbourgh Lines eight Miles to a Beech Tree marked as 
aforesaid then South seventy one degrees West seven Miles two 
hundred sixty eight Rods to a red Birch Tree in Lancaster Line 
then South fifty degrees East about Seven hundred and forty Rods 
to a Beech Tree the South east Corner thereof then on the same 
Course ten Rods to a Beech Tree the Corner of Cap* Joshua 
Barker's Location marked as aforesaid then South five degrees 
West Six hundred & twenty Rods to the Maple Tree the Corner 
of Dartmouth first mentioned contains twenty six thousand nine 
hundred & eleven Acres and is a true Copy of an original Plan or 
Survey of said Tract or Township as taken and returned to me by 
Cap* Hubartus Neal Dep' Surveyor 

Attest Is : Rindge S : G' 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 



KINGSTON. 

[Granted as King" s-iown Aug. 6, 1694, to James Prescott and others, and was so 
called until about 1 800 when the present spelling came into general use. East Kings- 
ton was set off and incorporated as Kingston East Parish Nov. 17, 1738. The 
boundaries with East Kingston were established Aug. 7, 1740, and June 16, 1798. 
Sandown was set off and incorporated April 6, 1756. Danville was set off and 
incorporated as Hawke Feb. 22, 1760. A small piece of Kingston territory was 
annexed to Plaistow, June 28, 1831. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 431 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 330; Index 
to Laws, 272 ; sketch by J. Chapman, Kurd's History of Rockingham County, 
1882, p. 366; Mortality in, 1725-1832, by Ora Pearson, 5, Collections of N. H. 
Historical Society, 250; Historical Address, 150th Anniversary of the Congrega- 
tional Church, by J. H. Mellish, 1875, PP- 4°; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 82 ; The Bartlett Mansion, by F. M. Colby, 6, Granite Monthly, 261 ; Biograph- 
ical Notices of Physicians, i, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 95 ; Inscriptions Copied 
from Burying Ground, 10, id., 55.] 



l8o CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Kingstown Charter, 1694.] 

*i-i6 *Kingstown ) William & Mary By the Grace of God 

Charter 5 of England Scotlandfrance& Ireland King 

'^'^y^^^ & Qiieen Defender of the faith &c* To all People 

p q / to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting Knoav 

V YE That We of our Special Grace Certain knowl- 

s^,^^^->^ -^ edge & mere motion for the Due Encouraijement of 
Settling a New Plantation b}"^ & with the Advise & Consent of our 
Council Have given & granted & by these Presents as far as in us 
lyes do give & Grant unto our beloved Subjects James Prescot 
Sen"' Isaac Godfrey Thomas Philbrook Jun' Gersham Elkins Sam- 
uel Collcot Thomas Webster Samuel Derbon William Godfrey 
Jacob Garland John Mason Ebenez' Webster Nath" Sandburn 
Benj^ Sandburn John Movilton Daniel Moulton and frances Toale 
& Several others of their Majestys Loveing Subjects that Inhabit 
or Shall Inhabit within the Said Grant within our Prov- 
*i-i7 ince of New *Hampshire all that Tract of Land to begin 
Seven Miles Westward of the meeting House now Stand- 
ing in Hampton from thence to run A Due Course West & B : 
North Ten Miles into the Country for its Breadth four miles No- 
therly from the head Point of the West Line from the S** Meeting 
House & Southerlv within three Miles of the Nothermost Side of 
Merrimack River and that the Same be A Town Corporate by 
the name of Kingstown to the Persons above named or other of 
their majestys Subjects that do & Shall Inhabit Forever And we 
do by these Presents give & Grant unto the s^' men & Inhabitants 
of our S"* Town of Kingstown and to Such Others that Shall here- 
after inhabit all & Every the Streets & Lanes & high ways within 
the s*^ Town for the Publick use & Service of the men & Inhab- 
itants thereof & Travellers there togeather with full Power 
Lycence & Authority to the Said men & Inhabitants & Such as 
Shall Inhabit within the S*^ Town Forever to Establish Appoint 
Order & Direct the Establishing makeing Laying out ordering 
Amending & Repairing of all Streets Lanes High ways ferry 
Places & bridges in & thrO out the S** Town necessary needfull & 
Convenient for the men & Inhabitants of the S'^ Town and tor all 
Travellers & Passengers there Provided alwa3's that our s** 
Lycence So as above granted for the Establishing makeing & 
Laying out of Such Lanes Highways Fences Places & Bridges 
be not Extended nor Construed to Extend to the takeing away of 



KINGSTON. l8l 

Any Person or Persons Right or Property with out his her or 
their Consent or by Some Law of our s'' Province, To have & to 
HOLD & Enjoy all & singular the Premisses as afores*^ to the S*^ 
men & Inhabitants or those that Shall Inhabit the S*^ Town of 
Kingstown and their Successors for ever rendring & paying 
therefor to us our heirs & Successors or to Such other officer or 
officers as Shall be Appointed to receive the Same yearly 
the annual Qiiit rent or Acknowledgm^ *of one Peppercorn *i-i8 
in the S*^ Town on the five & Twentieth of October yearly 
forever & for the better order rule & Government of the S** Town 
We Do by these Presents Grant for us our heirs & Successors 
unto the S'' men & Inhabitants or those that Shall Inhabit the s"^ 
Town That Yearly & every year upon the first Tuesday in March 
for ever they the S'' men & Inhabitants and Such as Shall Inhabitt 
the S'' Town Shall Ellect & Chuse by the Major part of them Two 
Sufficient & Able men householders of S'^ Town to be Constables 
for the year Ensueing which s** men So Chosen & Ellected Shall 
be Presented to the next Quarter Sessions of tlie Peace to be held 
for the s*" Province there to take the Accustomed Oaths Appointed 
by Law for the Execution of their offices under Such Penalties as 
the Law in our S" Province Shall Direct upon refusal or neglect 
therein And we Do b}^ these Presents Grant for us our heirs & 
Successors unto the s"* Persons & Inhabitants And Such as Shall 
Inhabit in S'^ Town that Yearly & every year upon the first Tues- 
day In March forever they the s" men & Inhabitants or the Maj' 
Part of them Shall Ellect & Chuse three Inhabitants & House- 
holders within our S'* Town to be overseers of the Poor & high- 
ways or Select men for our s'' Town for the year Ensueing with 
Such Powers Previledges & Authoritys as any overseers or Select 
men within our s*^ Province Have & Enjoy or Ought to have & 
Enjoy In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our S*^ 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness John Usher Esq our Lieu- 
tenant Governour & Coma'nder in Chieff of our S** Province at 
our Town of New Castle the Sixth Day of August in the Sixth 
year of our reigne Annoq Domini 1694 

John Usher L* Governour 
William Redford Dep' Sec""^ 

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*Province of New Hampshire March i'* 1743 
Entred & Recorded According to the Original 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec""^ 



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KINGSWOOD. 183 

KINGSWOOD. 

FKiNGswooD Charter, 1737.] 

[Farmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 4, p. 73.] 
Province of New Hampshire 

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain 
France & Ireland King; Defender of the faith &c — 

To all People to whom these Presents shall come. Greeting, 
Know ye that we of our especial Grace certain Knowledge and 
meer motion for the due Encouragement of Setling a new Planta- 
tion for the Encrease of Naval Stores and for the better Defence of 
our said Province of New Hampshire by and with the advice of 
our Council for the Said Province of New Hampshire have given 
& granted and by these Presents as far as in us lies do give and 
grant unto Sundry of our beloved Subjects whose Names are 
enterd in a Schedule hereunto annexed and to their Associates 
in all to make up the Number of Sixty and to their Heirs forever 
in the manner hereafter Expressed a certain tract of land lying 
and being within our said Province of New Hampshire bounded 
as followeth viz* Begining at the South Easterly Corner of Barn- 
stead and from thence to run upon the Same Course as Barnstead 
Easterly Side line runs to Winnipisioky Pond from thence upon a 
Right Angle till it comes to the Boundary line between our Said 
Province of New Hampshire and that which was formerly called 
the Province of Main from thence as the said Boundary line run- 
neth to the North Easterly Corner of the Town of Rochester 
from thence by Rochester and Barrington head lines to the bounds 
first mentioned and that the same be a Town Corporate by the 
Name of Kincrswood to the Persons in Said Schedule mentiond 

• • • 

and their associates as aforesaid and their Heirs forever. To Have 
And To Hold the said Tract of land unto the Persons in said Sched- 
ule mentioned and their associates as aforesaid and their Heirs 
for ever, on the following Conditions viz* 

I** That Each Proprietor build a dwelling house within the said 
Town and settle a family therein within the space of Five years 
from the date hereof unless there should be a War and then the 
Space of five years from the End of Said Warr to be allowd for 
the same 



184 CHARTER RECORDS. 

2ndiy 'Yli^t a meeting house be built at the Charge of the Proprie- 
tors within the said Town within the space of Five years and an 
orthodox minister settled in said Town within seven years from the 
date hereof unless there should be a Warr and then the Term of 
Five years from the End of said Warr to be allowd for the same. 

3*^'^ If any particular proprietor or proprietors should not Com- 
ply with the Terms of this Charter within the time limited as 
aforesaid such delinquent Proprietor or Proprietors shall forfeit 
his or their respective Interest Right or share in the said Town 
unto the rest of the Proprietors, provided the rest of the Pro- 
prietors do and perform within Two years after the time lim- 
ited as aboves'^ shall be expired, what should have been done 
and performed by such delinquent Proprietor or Proprietors Any 
thing in this Charter contained to the Contrary thereof notwith- 
standincr Provided nevertheless that there be three hundred acres 



of land reserved in said Town for the first ordained minister in 
fee that shall be Settled in said Town by vote of the said Proprie- 
tors and three hundred acres be reserved for the Second ordaind 
minister in fee that shall be setled as aforesaid and six hundred 
acres for a Parsonage or Parsonages for ever and three hundred 
acres for the use of a School or Schools in said Town for ever all 
to be laid out for the uses aforesaid, and the nine hundred acres 
last mentioned to be applyed for the uses aforesaid by the Propri- 
etors or Major Part thereof. The Proprietors of said Tract of 
land Rendering and paying there for to us our Heirs and succes- 
sors or such officer as shall be appointed to Receive the same the 
annual Qiiit Rent or acknowledgment of Ten Pounds of Hemp 
upon the last day of October 3^early and every year if lawfully 
demanded in said Town Reserving also unto us our Heirs and 
successors all Mast Trees growing on said Tract of land. And for 
the better order and Government of tiie said Town We do by 
these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors Grant unto the said 
Town yearly & every year to hold Town meetings and to trans- 
act all their Town Affairs as fully and amply to all Intents and 
purposes as any Town in this our Province of New Hampshire 
doth or ought to do according to Law ; And to the said Proprietors 
to hold Proprietors Meetings distinct & Seperate from Town meet- 
ings in Any Town in our Province of New Hampshire and to 
Choose such officers as they shall think necessary. The first of 
which Proprietary meetings Shall be called by the Three Persons 
first mentiond in tlie Schedule hereunto annexed by a Notification 
in writing by them Signed and affixed to some publick place in 



KINGSWOOD. 185 

the Town of Portsmouth in said Province seven days at least 
before the holding of such meeting and Afterwards the said Pro- 
prietors meetings shall be called by such persons of said Proprie- 
tors and in Such manner as shall be agreed upon by Said Proprie- 
tors or the Major Part of them at any Proprietors meeting And it 
is hereby further provided that whensoever any sum or sums of 
money shall be voted to be raised by the major Part of the Propri- 
etors at any of their meetings for the use of the said Proprietors 
and any Proprietor or Proprietors shall neglect to pay the 
proportionable part of the same to the Person or Persons who 
shall be appointed to Collect and Receive the same for the space 
of Two months after it ought to be paid according to the Vote for 
raising it, The said Person or Persons shall be and hereby are 
impowered to make Sale of so much land of any Delinquent Pro- 
prietor or Proprietors that shall be in Severalty at Such time as 
shall amount to live times the Value of the sum or sums assessd 
on such delinquent Proprietor or Proprietors, The same to be sold 
at a publick Vendue by such Person or Persons as shall be 
appointed to Collect and receive the Same, after fifteen days pub- 
lick notice thereof given in the Town where the Majority of the 
Proprietors shall then live and then deducting the Charges that 
shall then have accrued upon such sale the Remainder shall be 
deposited in the Common proprietors Stock, and we do further by 
these Presents for us our Heirs and successors Give and Grant 
unto the said Town to Have Hold and enjoy Two fairs in said 
Town yearly and every year for ever not Exceeding Three days 
each the one to begin on the third Wednesday in May and the 
other on the third Wednesday in September and so de anno in 
annum for ever. In Testimony whereof w^e have Caused the 
Publick Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness 
Jonathan Belcher Esq' Governor and Commander in Chief in and 
over our said Province of New Hampshire the twentieth day of 
October in the Eleventh year of our Reign Annoque Domini one 
Thousand seven hundred and thirty Seven. 

J Belcher 

By His Excellencys Com'and 
with the advice of the Council 
Rich<i Waldron Sec'^ 

A true Copy from the Original Charter compared and tran 
scribed by 

Matthew Livermore 
Proprietors Clerk 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



A Schedule of the Persons names to whom the within Charter is 
granted viz* 



Eleaz*" Russell 
Nath' Rogers 
Matthew Livermore 
Tho* Peirce 
W™ Parker 
Benj** Walton 
Sam" Hart 
Jos : Molton 
Jn° Cut 
Tho« Wright 
Jn*' Ayers 
Solomon Cotton 



Dan" Jackson Jun"" 

Sam" Sherburn Merch* 

Henr}^ Sherburn Jun'' Ditto 

W" King 

Jn° Sherburn of little Harbour Henry Sherburn Jun 

Jos. Sherburn, Son to Jos. Sher- of the plains 



W™ Frost 

Benj=^ Miller 

Dan" Molton 

Benj* Gambling 

Jn'> "Pray 

Solomon Pike 

Mich" Whidden 

Jn° Fellows 

Tho^ Westbrook 

Dan" Rogers 

Sam" Sherburn Innhold'' 

Elliot Vaughn 

Peter Greley 

Ichabod Plaisted 

Tho' Newmarch 

Jn° Kennard 



burn Esq 
Nath" Mendum 
Geo Rofjers 
Jos. Whipple 
Jn° Ross 

Charles Frost N. Castle 
Jn° Shackford, Jun' 
Jn° Wood 
A true Copy from the original 
pared b}^ 



John Dennet son of 

Eph™ Dennet Esq"" 
Moses Dennet 
Jos : Langdon 
Sam" White 
Geo. Peirce 
Joseph Jackson 
Moses Noble 
Schedule transscribed & Com- 

Matthew Livermore 

Proprietors Clerk 



LACONIA. 



[Set off from Meredith and incorporated July 14, 1855. A portion of Gilford 
was annexed July 2, 1874, and a portion ofLaconia was annexed to Gilford July 
13, 1876. A further addition from Gilford was made March 24, 1893, and by the 
same act Laconia was incorporated as a city. 

See papers under title Meredith ; Index to Laws, 273 ; Account of Inscription on 



Endicott Rock, 4, 
Boundary of Mass. 



Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 194; The Northcrri 
and Its Relations to N. H., by Samuel A. Green, 1890, pp. 



LANCASTER. 187 

23; sketch, Kurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 808; sketch, by J. N. 
McClintock, 3, Granite Monthly, 95 ; Report of Committee on Endicott Rock, 
1893; Lawrence's N. H. Chnrches, 1856, p. 498; Central New Hampshire, by 
G. F. Bacon, 1890, pp. 66, 90; The City on the Lakes, by Geo. H. Moses, XVII,. 
Granite Monthly, p. 62.] 



LANCASTER. 

[Formerly known as Upper Cods. Granted July 5, 1763, to David Page and 
others, and incorporated as Lancaster. Named from Lancaster, Mass. The 
charter was renewed September 20, 1769. Barker's Location was annexed June 
22, 1819. A portion of Stark was annexed December 4, 1840, and a portion of 
Kilkenny December 15, 1842. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 463 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 
as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond 
Town Papers, 351; ludex to Laws, 275; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos 
County, 1888, p. 261 ; Lancaster Sketch Book, by Persis F. Chase, 1887, pp. 
114; History, by J. W. Weeks, H. O. Kent, and C. B. Jordan, in preparation; 
Centennial Celebration, 1864; Notes on, by C. Lowell, 13, Collections of Massa- 
chusetts Historical Society, 97 ; Biography of Richard C. Everett, by C. B. 
Jordan, i. Proceedings of Grafton and Coos Bar Association, jd. 437; same in 
pamphlet, 1888, pp. 32 ; An Old Sketch of, by J. W. Weeks, 2, Granite Monthly, 
245; Historical Sketch, by J. S. Brackett, 9, id., 351 ; same, pamphlet, pp. 26,-; 
Stevens's Memorials of Methodism, 1848, p. 462; id. 2d series, 1852, p. 287; 
Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 607; Baptist Churches in New 
Hampshire, by E. E. CummiRgs, 1836, p. 15 ; Address of Henry O. Kent, Dedi- 
cation of Masonic Temple, 1889, pp. 46; The White Hills, by T. Starr King,. 
1859, Connecticut Valley, p. 373 ; History of the Coos Country, by Grant Powers, 
1841 ; Northern New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 50; Coos Country, by 
L. W. Dodge, 7, Granite Monthly, 181 ; Coos Country, by W. A. Fergusson, 11, 
id., 268; A Prentice Boy's Choice: a Sketch of Lancaster, by George H. Moses,. 
16. Grattite Monthly, 329; Historical Sketch of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
at Lancaster, by J. A. Bowler, pamphlet; Centennial of the Congregational Church, 
1894.] 



[Lancaster Charter, 1763.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-^S^ 

Lancaster GEORGE, the Third 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to zuhoni 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 



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l88 CHARTER RECORDS. 

-our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire in Nctv — £>igland, and of our Council of the said 
Province ; Have, upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
after made, ^iven 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 New- 
Hamfsiiirc, 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 of Nezv-Hanif shire, containing by Admeasurement 
Twenty three Thousand i& 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 Secretary's Office, and 
hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows, Viz. Begin- 
ing at a Stake & Stones standing on the bank of the Easterly side 
of Connecticut River, which is the South Westerly Corner bounds 
of Stonington, thence runing South fifty five Deg* East seven 
Miles by Stonington To the South Easterly corner thereof, then 
turning- off & Runincr South Sixtv nine De<x'' West Ten Miles, 
then turning off again & Runing North twenty six Degrees West 
to Connecticut River thence up the River as that tends to the Stake 
& stones first above Mentioned the Bounds begun at And that the 
same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name 
of Lancaster 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 
Towns within Our Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And other 
further, that the said Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Fami- 
lies 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 

*2-485 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 OfUcers, agreable to the Laws of 



LANCASTER. 1 89 

our said Province, shall be held on the first Tuesday in August 
next which said Meeting shall be Notified by David Page 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 Privileges and Appurtenances, to them and their respective 
Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

L That every Grantee, his Pleirs 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 b}^ 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 culdvate 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 here- 
after 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 annuall3% if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth Day of December. 1763 

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 
Decetnber, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1773 One 



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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 
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 Fifth Day of July 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, 

T Atkinson Jun' Sec'"y 

Province of New Hamps"^ July6 1763 

Recorded according to the original under the Provinc Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun' Sec''^ 



^2-486 



*The Names of the Grantees Lancaster. 



David Page 
David Page Jun' 
Abraham Byam 
Reuben Stone 
John Grout 
John Grout Jun'' 
Jonathan Grout 
Solomon Willson 
Joseph Stowell 
Joseph Page 
William Page 
Nathaniel Page 
John Warden 
Silas Bennit 
Thomas Shattock 
Ephraim Shattock 
Silas Shattock 



Israel Hale 
Israel Hale Jun' 
Daniel Hale 
William Dagget 
Isaac Ball 
Soloman Fay 
Jotham Death 
John Sanders 
Elisha Crossby 
Luke Lincoln 
David Lawson 
Silas Rice 
Tho' Carter 
Ephraim Sterns 
James Read 
Timothy Whitney 
Thomas Rice 



John Sawyer 
John Wait 
Samuel Marble 
Joseph Marble 
Jonathan Houghton 
John Rogers 
Abner Holden 
Stanton Printice 
Benj^ Willson 
Stephen Emes 
John Phelps 
William Read 
Benj* Baxter 
Matt^ Thornton Esq 
And^ Wiggins Esq' 
Mesech Weare Esq' 
Maj'John Tolford 



LANCASTER. I9I 

Benj'' Man Daniel Searles Hon : Jos'' Newmarchl 

Daniel Miles Isaac Wood Nath' Barrel I Esq" 

Thomas Rogers Nath' Richardson Daniel Warner j ^ 
John Duncan Ebenezer Blunt James Nevin J 

Nathaniel Smith John Herriman Rev** M"" Joshua Wing*^ Weeks 
Charles How Ephraim Noyce & Benj=^ Stevens 

Benj** Sawyer 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"^ a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as marked B — W in the Plan w^^*" 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 

Prov^ of New Hamp"" July 6^^ 1763 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Lancaster 
under the Pro^ Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun' Sec^' 



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Pro'^ of New Hamp' July 6 1763 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Lancaster 
under the Pr° Seal 

T Atkinson Jun"" Sec*^ 



lancaster. i93 

[Lancaster Charter Renewed, 1769.] 

*Province of New ^ George the Third by the grace * 1-347 

Hampshire 5 o^ Gfod of Great Britain France and 

Ireland King Defender of the ffaith and so forth. 
( Lancaster ) Whereas we of our special grace and mere 
I extended 5 motion for the due encouragement of setling a 

r^'*-'^^^^ . new Plantation within our Prov : of New Hamp- 

T c I shire in New England by our Letters Patent or 
C Charter under the Seal of our said Province Dated 

v^^*-v-N^ the 5*^ day of July Annoque Domini 1763 in the 

Third year of our Reign ; a Tract of Land equal to six miles 
square bounded as therein expressd (& since survey'd, admeas- 
ured, marked & ascertained by our Order to Isaac Rindge Esq"" our 
Surveyor Gen^ of Lands for our said Province) Granted 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, and to be a Town Corporate by the name of 
Lancaster, as by referrence to the said Charter may more fully 
appear. And whereas the said Grantees have represented unto 
us that by reason of the great Inconveniencies which occur in the 
Settlement of New Townships so remotely situated from any other 
Townships or Settlements that can afford any Assistance hath 
render'd it impracticable for the whole number of Grantees to per- 
form that part of the Conditions that relates to the Cultivation of such 
a proportion of the said Grant. That there are a Considerable 
number of Families now resident on the Premises, which affords 
them hopes of a final Settlement without dela}^. And humbly 
supplicating us not to take advantage of the breach of said Condi- 
tion, but to lengthen out, and grant them some further Time for 
the performance thereof. Now Know Ye that we being willing 
to promote the end proposed Have of our further Grace and fav- 
our suspended our Claim of the forfeiture which the said Grantees 
may have incurr'd, and by these Presents Do Grant unto the said 
Grantee their Heirs and Assigns the further Term of Five Years 
from this Date for performing and fulfilling the Conditions, mat- 
ters and things by them to be done as aforesaid. -Except the Quit 
Rents, which are to remain due and payable as express'd and 
reserv'd in the Original Grant or Charter. 

*In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of * 1-348 
our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John 
Wentworth Esq' our Governor and Commander in Chief of our 
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194 CHARTER RECORDS. 

aforesaid Province This 20"* day of September in the 9*'^ year of 
our Reign Annoque Domini 1769. 

J' Wentvvorth. 
By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Prov° of New Hampshire 16^'' Nov"" 1769 — 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

P*" Theodore Atkinson Sec'' 



[Grant to Joshua Barker, 1773.] 



* 



4-174 *Province of > George the third by the grace 

New Hampshire ) of God of Great Britain France and 

Cap^ Joshua Ireland King defender of the Faith 

Barker's Grant &c^ 

To all to whom these Presents shall come greet- 
'>wA,•-^ ing 

p (-, / Whereas we have thought fit by our Proclama- 

C tion at S' James's the seventh day of October in the 

v^^-v/.^^ -^ 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 and Soldiers of our 
Armies and signified our desire to reward the same and have 
therein commanded and 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 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 never- 
theless to the same Quitrents and Conditions of cultivation & 
improvement as other our Lands are subject to in the Province in 
which they are granted. And Whereas Joshua Barker of Hing- 
ham in our Province of Massachusetts Bay Esq' had our appoint- 
ment as Captain and served in America during the late War and 
is now reduced and he having made personal Application & sollic- 
ited for such Grant agreable to our said Proclamation — 

Know ye that We of our special Grace certain Knowledge 



LANCASTER. I 95 

and meer Motion to signity our approbation as aforesaid for the 
encouragement Settlement and cultivation of our Lands within 
our said Province of New Hampshire in New England, Have and 
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 
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 & grant unto the said Joshua Barker and to his 
Heirs and Assigns *forever a certain Tract or Parcel of *4-i75 
Land situate lying and being in our Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid' containing by admeasurement three thousand 
and Twenty 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 & bounded as follows viz* — Begin- 
ing at a Maple Tree being the Northeast Corner of Dartmouth, 
so called, from thence runing North live degrees East six hundred 
and twenty rods to a Beech Tree, from thence South sixty nine 
degrees West ten rods to the North East Corner of Lancaster, 
thence b}^ said Lancaster five Miles and one hundred and fifty 
rods to a Hemloc Tree standing in Dartmouth Line, from thence 
running by said Dartmouth East five Miles to the Bounds first 
mentiond To have & to hold the said granted Premises as 
above expressed to him the said Joshua Barker his Heirs and 
Assigns forever upon the following Terms conditions and reserva- 
tions viz' 

First That the said Grantee shall clear and make passable a 
Road through the said Tract of Land four rods wide fit for Car- 
riages &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 afore- 
said on penalty of 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- 
tled 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 entered upon and regranted to such of our Subjects 
as shall effectually settle and cultivate the same 



196 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 felled without our special Leave and licence for so doing 
first had and 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 
*4-i76 *FouRTH That the Grantee yield and pay therefor to 

us our Heirs and Successors on or before the first day of 
January 1774 ^^^ ^^^^ of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully 
demanded 

Fifth That the Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall yield and 
pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and ever}' Year for- 
ever from and after the expiration of nine Years from the afore- 
said first day of January 1774 O^e 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 

Sixth 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 ot 
ten Acres in each and every hundred of these granted Premises 
within Ten Years of this date. And these to be in full of all other 
rents & services 

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- 
first day of October Anno Domini 1773 and in the thirteenth Year 
of our reign 

J. Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this Twenty first day of October Anno Domini 1773 

Attest^ Geo : King D : Sec^ 



LANDAFF. I97 




*Province of New Hampshire — Portsmouth iS"" October *4-i77 

^773— 

This certifies That this Plan begining at a Maple Tree being the 

North East Corner of Dartmouth so called, from thence runing 
North five degrees East Six hundred and twenty Rods to a Beech 
Tree, from thence South Sixty nine degrees West Ten Rods to 
the North East Corner of Lancaster, thence by said Lancaster 
five Miles and One hundred and fifty Rods to a Hemloc Tree 
standing in Dartmouth Line from thence runing by said Dart- 
mouth East five Miles to the Bounds first mentioned contains 
Three thousand and twenty Acres of Land and is a true Copy of 
an original Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken and returned to 
me by Cap' Hubartus Neal Dep^ Surveyor 

Attest Is : Rindge S G^ 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King Dep'' Sec^ 



-y 



LANDAFF. 

[Granted Jan. 31, 1764, to James Avery and others. Regranted to Dartmouth 
College Jan. 19, 1770. Incorporated Nov. 11, 1774. Settlements were made to 
some extent under the Dartmouth College grant. After the Revolution, the first 
grantees claimed that the forfeiture was illegal, and by the decision of the courts, 
the college lost its title. A portion of Lincoln was annexed July 2, 1845. All 
that part of Landaff northwest of Ammonoosuck River was annexed to Lisbon June 
23, 1859. Easton was set off and incorporated July 20. 1876. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 464 ; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in movement 
for union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 361; Index to 
Laws, 277; Sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 396; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 12; Stevens's Memorials of 
Methodism, 1852, p. 145; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 581; History of 
the Administration of the Law in Grafton County, by A. S. Batchellor, Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 41 ; History of Dartmouth College and 
Hanover, by Frederick Chase, 1891, vol. i, p. 603 ; History of Dartmouth College, 
by B. P. Smith.] 



ipS ' CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Landaff Charter, 1764.] 

*3-86 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Landaff GEORGE, the Third, 

-"^w^^^ -.^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 

p Q. / Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

~ C To all Persons to tuho7n 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 IVew 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire, in IVezu-En gland, 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 New- 
Hainjyshire, 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 Nczv-Hamf shire, 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 b}^ 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- 
ging at the South Easterly Corner Bounds of the Town of Bath 
which is y^ North Easterly Corner of Haverhil from thence 
Runing South Fifty live Degrees East Six Miles, then Turning 
off & Runing North Twenty four Degrees East Six Miles, then 
Turning off again & Runing in a Streight Line to the North East- 
erly Corner of Bath then Turning off Southerly & Runing by Bath 
to the South Easterly Corner thereof to the Bounds began at. And 
that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the 
Name of Landaff And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter in- 
habit the said Township, are hereby declared tobe Enfranchized with 
and Intitled to all and every the Priviledges and Immunities that 



LANDAFF. I99 

other Towns within Our Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And 
further, that the said Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Fami- 
lies resident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holding 
two J^ahs, 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 *3-87 
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 Second Tuesday in March 
next which said Meeting shall be Notified by M"" James Avery 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 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 
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 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 here- 
at"ter 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 



200 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 
Pa3^ment to be made on the twenty-fifth Day of Dcceinbir. 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 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 1774 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 Cha7nber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Province, 
the 31^* Day of Jan'"y In the Year of our Lord Christ, One Thou- 
sand Seven Hundred and Sixty four And in the Fourth Year of 
Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

T Atkinson Jun^ Sec'^y 

Province of New Hampshire Jan^y 31*' 1764 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec^y 



*3-88 *Names of the Grantees of Landaft'. 

James Avery John Holmes Jun' Nathan Reynolds Jun' 

John Grigg Samuel Penoyr Edward Brush 

John Fansher John Newman Shubel Brush 

Abraliam Weed Gary Leads Timothy Wood 

Thadeus Bell Isaac Hoit Jonathan Hobby Jun' 

Jonathan Bell * Benjamin Taylor Justus Knap 



LANDAFF. 



201 



Samuel Bates 
John Bates 
Eliphalet Sealey 
Gershom Bates 
Jeremiah Andrews 
James Talmage 
Joseph Stephens 
EHsha Leads 
Robert Andrews 
Jacob Shiwson 
Job Bishop 



Abraham Andrews 
John Bowton 
Daniel Bowton 
Walter Norris 
Ezekiel Hawley 
Nathan Reynolds 
Joshua Lounsbury 
John Greggs 
Samuel Gregg 
Henry Gregg 



Theophilus Peck 
Reuben Green 
Samuel Ferris 
Joseph Wood 
Ezekiel Finch Jun"" 
Ebenzer Finch 
Jonathan Knap 
Jonathan Knap Jun' 
Joshua Knap Jun"^ 
Ebenezer Seamore 
John Holmes 



> Esq^ 



William Gregg 
Ephraim Smith Justus Bush Gregg The Hon^'® Nath' Barrell 
Israel Leads Nathaniel Sherwood James Nevin 
John Waterbury Thomas Close Mark H^ Wentworth 
Thomas Waterbury Joseph Benedict Jos : Nevvmarch 
John Holmes Nathaniel Mead 

His E.xcellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain live Hundred Acres as Mark'd B W in 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 & one Share for the Benetit of a School in 
said Town forever. 

Province of New Hamp"^ Jan'^^ 31-1764 — 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal — 

f T. Atkinson Jun^ Sec^^— 



202 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Harr cfLaizdaff 



Sc-ui'h o'odty ■Eas^ t rniles 



l3-> 



Province of New Hamp'' Jan'^ 31 — 1764 — 

Recorded according to the Plan on the Back of the original 
Charter under the Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'-y 



[Grant of Landaff to Dartmouth College, 1770.] 

*4-38 *Province of New Hampshire. 

George the Third by the grace of God of Great 
(Landaff) Britain ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the 
faith & so forth. 

To all People to whom these Presents shall Come, Greeting. 

Whereas many liberal and pious donations both in Europe and 
America have been made for the purpose of civilizing and educat- 
ing Indians, and for the furtherance of learning & christian 
knowledge ; And whereas the most extensive good will undoubt- 
edly result from such a wise and generous design, both to the 
cause of Christianity and knowledge, and also to our Service 
and the permanent Security of our Colonies ; by reclaiming the 
Savaires to virtuous knowledge and social subordination to the 
Laws, and also enabling our good subjects in those remote parts 
of oin- Dominions to acquire Learning, and thereby preventing 



LANDAFF. 203 

their insensibly and unavoidably sinking into an illiterate and 
savage State, unhappy to themselves and dangerously dishonor- 
able to good Government : And whereas a College hath by us 
been Incorporated and erected by the name of Dartmouth College, 
under the great Seal of our said Province, for these and many 
other equally worthy and commendable purposes of the like nature 
Now KNOW YE that for these Purposes we of our special grace 
certain knowledge and mere motion, and for the due encourage- 
ment of setling a new Plantation within our said province by and 
with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Went- 
WORTH Esq"" our Governor and Commander in chief in and over 
our said Province of New Hampshire in New England and of 
our Council of the same. 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 as a Public 
Donation to the Trustees of Dartmouth College (lately incor- 
porated and erected within this our said Province) and to their 
Successors in that Trust for the use and benefit of said College 
and to their Assigns, a certain Tract or parcel of Land commonly 
called and known by the name of Landafl', situate, lying and 
being within our said Province and containing by admeasurement 
Twenty hve thousand two hundred and fort}' seven Acres, three 
roods and ten perches out of which an allowance is to be made 
for Highways and unimproveable Lands by rocks. Ponds, moun- 
tains and rivers One thousand and forty Acres free according to a 
plan and Survey thereof exhibited by our Surveyor 
General of Lands for our said Province *by our said *4-39 
Governor's Order and returned into the Sec''^^ Office a 
Copy whereof is hereunto annexed butted and bounded as follows 
Viz* Beginning at the Southeasterly corner of Gunthwaite at a 
beech tree and running North Sixty two degrees West by said 
Gunthwaite Eight miles and thirty six rods to a beech tree at the 
South Westerly corner of Gunthwaite and North Easterl}^ corner 
of Bath, from thence South Two degrees East Six miles and 
fifty six Rods to a Spruce Tree the South Easterly corner of 
Bath, from thence South fifty five degrees East six miles to a 
Stake, from thence North Easterly to the bounds first mentioned. 
To HAVE AND TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above 
expressed together with all the Priviledges and Appurtenances to 
them the said Trustees of said Dartmouth College in their 
said Capacity and to their Successors' in the said Trust & to their 



204 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Assigns for the use and benefit of the said College for ever ; by 
the name of Landaff, upon the following Terms, Conditions and 
Reservations Viz* 

First. That there shall be setled & resident on the Premises 
Sixty Families by the expiration of four Years viz*^ Twelve 
Families in One Year from the first day of March next ; also 
Twelve Families more in the next Year viz* by the first day of 
March 1772, also Twelve Families more in the Third year Viz* by 
the first day of March 1773, and also Twenty four Families more 
in the fourth year namely by the first day of March which will be 
in the year of our Lord 1774 ; on penalty of the forfeiture of any 
and every delinquent's Share and of such Share or Shares revert- 
ing to us our Heirs and Successors to be by us or them enter'd 
upon and regranted to such of our Subjects as shall et^ectually 
settle and 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 & none to be cut or felled without our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained ; on penalty of the forfeiture of 
the right of any Proprietor, Setler or Possessor 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. 

Third That a Site for a Town Plot be within one year laid out 
by the Trustees in such part of the said Township as they shall 
find best for Settlement of at least One Hundred and fifty families ; 
to each one Acre. — which Town Plot shall be laid out in Streets 
parallel to each other, so as to intersect at Right Angles ; 
*4-40 the Two *middle Streets to be one hundred and Thirty feet 
wide : and all other Streets to be at lest Sixty feet wide. 

Fourth That there be cut, cleared and made passable for Car- 
riages &c. a Road of Four Rods wide thro' the said Tract ; and 
this to be completed in Two Years from the date of this Grant, in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors. 

Fifth Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the first day of March 1779, the rent of one 
ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully demanded. 

Sixth That 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 one year from the above- 
said first day of March, namely on the first day of March, which 



LANDAFF. 205 

will be in the year of our Lord Christ 1780, one shilling Proclama- 
tion 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 and Assigns in our Council chamber in Portsm° or to 
such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same. — 

Seventh. That any part of the said Tract appearing to be well 
adapted to the growth of Hemp or Flax ; there shall be annually 
cultivated and improved a due proportion of the said Land, not less 
than ten Acres in every thousand Acres with that beneficial Article 
of Produce : and these to be in lieu of all Rents and services what- 
soever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Jn" Wentworth Esq' 
our Governor and Commander in chief in and over our said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire the Nineteenth day of January in the 10"* 
year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1770. 

By his Excell''^ *^ Command with advice of Council- 

Theo : Atkinson Sec^^ 

J < L. s. > Wentworth 

Province of New Hampshire 22*^ Jan^ 1770 

Recorded according to the Original Charter of Landaff under 
the Province Seal. 

Att : Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



2o6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 






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< 

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Province of New Hampshire Portsm" i8^'' Jan'^^ 1770. 

These Certify that this plan of Landaft' Beginning at the S. 
East'y corner of Gunthwaite, at a Beech Tree & riming N'^ 62 
deg' West by said Gunthw'"' 8 miles & 36 Rods to a Beech Tree 
at the S. West^ Corner of Gunthwaite & N** East^^ Corner of 
Bath — from thence S. 2° E. 6 miles & ^6 Rods to a Spruce Tree 
the S. East'^ Corner of Bath from thence S" 55 E. 6 miles to a 
Stake from thence North east^ to the Bounds hrst mentioned. 
Contains 25247 Acr^ 3 Roods 10 Perch'' & is found by actual 



I 



LANDAFF. 207 

Survey of the South line of Gunthvvaite & the East line of Bath 
and 3 & f miles of the N. Line of Coventry. — 

Attest-^' ^ Is. Rindge Surv"" General. 

Record'' according to the plan of Landaff annex'd to the Origi- 
nal charter thereof. 



[Landaff Incorporated, 1774.] 

Province of ) *George the third by the grace of God of *4-222 
New Hampshire 5 Great Britain France and Ireland King 

defender of the taith &c 

To all People to whom these presents shall 



P S 



come fjreetmcr 



Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 
*Tract of Land within Our Province of New *4-223 
Landaff Hampshire atbresaid commonly called & 

known by the name of Landaff containing by estima- 
tion about six Miles square have humbl}' petitioned & requested 
Us that they may be erected & incorporated into a Township and 
enfranchised with the same Powers & Privileges which other 
Towns within our said Province by law have and enjoy & it 
appearing to Us to be conducive to the general Good of our said 
Province as well as of the said Inhabitants in particular by main- 
taning 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 & 
for the encouragement & promotion of the good Purposes and 
ends aforesaid by & with the advice of our trusty & well beloved 
John Wentworth Esq"" our Governor & Commander in chief of our 
said Province and of Our Council of the same have erected and 
ordained and by these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors 
do will and ordain that the Inhabitants and others who shall 
improve and inhabit therein hereafter the same being butted & 
bounded as follows viz' Begining at the Southeasterly Corner of 
Gunthwait at a Beech Tree and runing North sixty two degrees 
West by said Gunthwait eight Miles & thirty six Rods to a Beech 
Tree at the Southwesterly Corner of Gunthwait & northeasterly 
Corner of Bath from thence South two degrees East six Miles & 
fifty six Rods to a Spruce Tree the Southeasterly Corner of Bath 
from thence South fifty five degrees East six Miles to a stake from 



208 CHARTER RECORDS. 

thence Northeasterly to the Bounds first mentioned be & they are 
hereby declared to be a Town corporate by the name of Landaff 
to have continuance forever with all the Powers & Authorities 
Privileges immunities & Franchises which any other Towns in 
our said Province by Law hold and enjoy to the said Inhabitants 
or those who shall hereafter inhabit there and to their Successors 
forever alwa3^s reserving to Us Our Heirs and Successors all 
white Pine Trees that are or shall be found being & growing 
within & upon the said Tract of Land fit for the Use of Our 
Royal Navy reserving also unto Us Our Heirs and Successors the 
Power of dividing said Town when it shall appear necessary & 
convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Provided nevertheless and 
it is hereby declared that this Charter and Grant is not 
*4-224 intended & shall not in any manner be construed to *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 and authorized to assemble & by the 
Majority of the Voters present to chuse all Officers and transact 
such AfTairs as in the said Laws are declared we do by these 
presents nominate & appoint Bezaleel Woodward Esq to call the 
first Meeting of the said Inhabitants to be held within the said 
Town at any time within One hundred & ninety days from the 
date hereof — giving legal notice of the time & design of holding 
such Meeting after which the annual Meeting for said Town shall 
be held for the choice of said Officers & the purposes aforesaid 
on the fourth Tuesday in the Month of March annually 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Our aforesaid Governor 
& Commander in cheif — this fourth day of November in the fif- 
teenth Year of our reign Annoque Domini 1774 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this twenty fifth day of November A D 1774 

Attest"^ Geo : King Dep'' Sec'' 



LEBANON. 209 



LANGDON. 

[Constituted from parts of Charlestown and Walpole, and incorporated Jan. 1 1, 
1787. Named in honor of John Langdon. In 1795, the town refused an addition 
extending to Connecticut River. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 96; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 367; Index- 
to Laws, 278; sketch, Kurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 181 ; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 449.] 



LEBANON. 

[Granted July 4, 1761, to Nehemiah Estabrook and others, and named from 
LeBanon, Conn., whence came some of the grantees. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 369; 
Index to Laws, 283; Historical Recollections, Thanksgiving discourse, 1830, by 
Phinehas Cooke, 1831, pp. 17; proceedings centennial celebration, 1861, pub. 
1S62, pp. 100; 16, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 97; Services at Dedication of Sol- 
diers' Memorial Building, 1890; Charter and Early History, 12, Granite Monthly, 
114, 145; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 403; Biography 
of Elisha Payne, by W. H. Cotton, i, Proceedings of Grafton and Coos Bar Asso- 
ciation, 497, 632; History, by C. A. Downs, in preparation; The Vermont Con- 
troversy, by C. A. Downs, 11, Granite Monthly, 320, 349; historical discourse, 
by A. 13. Rich, 25th anniversary of West Lebanon Congregational Church, 1874; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 8 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 549, 578 ; 
How They Built a Meeting House in Old Times, by C. A. Downs, 4, Granite 
Monthly, 328; Shakerism Exposed, by Mary M. Dyer, 1855.] 



[Lebanon Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-i 

Labanon GEORGE, the Third, 

'"^^^-^^ ^ By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
/ Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 
V To all Persons to whom these Presents shall come, 

.^y^r->^ Greeting. 
Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVeza 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
14 



2 JO CHARTER RE:C0RDS. 

* 

Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of Nj:\v 
Hampshire, in JVezv-EngJand^ 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 equil Shares, 
unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of 
JVew-Hanipshh'e, 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 Sixt}' Eight equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province oi Nevj-Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty three thousand 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 i\cres free, 
according to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said Gov- 
ernor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and here- 
unto annexed, butted and bounded as follows, Viz. Begining at 
A White Pine Tree marked with the figures 3 on one Side & 4 
on the other which Tree is about Eighteen Miles on A Point from 
the Uper End of Chalestown and Stands on the Bank of Connecti- 
cut River ; from thence South Seventy Two Degrees East Six 
Miles, from thence North Thirty Six degrees East five Miles & 
one half from thence Nortli Sixty four degrees West Seven 
Miles to Connecticut River to a hemlock Tree marked with 
4 & 5 that Stands Just at the Head of White River Falls 
from thence Down the river to the first Bounds mentioned 
And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Town- 
•^ ship by the Name of Labanon And the Inhabitants that do or 
shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereby declared to 
be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and ever}- the Priviledges 
and Immunities that otiier 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 Tzuo Fairs., one of which shall be 
lield on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer than the res- 
pective following the said 

and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fiftv 
*2-2 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 



LEBANON. 211 

Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said 
Province, shall be held on the last Wednesday in August next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by M'' John Baldwin 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 Privi- 
leges 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 
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 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 efl'ectually 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 Penalt}^ 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 an}- 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 of December. 1762 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December^ namely, on the twenty-fifth 



212 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
One shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so 
owns, settles or possesses, and so in Proportion lor 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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this to be in Lieu 
of all other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimon}^ 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 
Province, the 4'^ Day of July 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 Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamp' July 5*'' 1761 

Recorded According to the Original Charter of Labanon under 
the Province Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



2-3 



*Names of the Grantees of Lebanon. 



John Hunks 
Tho* Barrows jun"^ 
Joseph Dana 
John Salter 
Obadiah Loomass 
John Swift 
Elijah Huntoon 
Daniel Allen jun'' 
Hacking Storrs jun'' 
John Baldwin 
Robert Burrows jun' 
David Eldridge 
Jessee Richards 
Nathan Arnold 
Rich"' Salter 
Levi Hide 
Constant Southworth 



Hubart Easterbrooks 
John Allen 
Lemuel Clark 
Daniel Blodget 
Joseph Wood 
Thomas Storrs 
Moses Hubbard jun' 
Charles Hill 
John Hide 
Joseph Turner 
Jonah Storrs 
Jonathan Martin 
Nathan Blodget 
Samuel Storrs 
Robert Hide 
Joshua Blodget 
Jesse Birchard M« 



John Storrs 
Jonathan Yeomans 
Seth Blodget 
Jon** Wollcott 
Nath" Porter 
Jabez Barrows 
Nath" Hall 
Jon^ Murdock 
David Turner 
John Birchard 
Joseph Martin 
Daniel Blodget 
Judah Storrs 
Robert Martin 
Jedediah Dana 
William Dana 
Hunk. Wentworth Esq 



LEBANON. 



213 



John Birchard Nehemiah Easterbrooks James Nevin Esq 

Jonathan Blanchard Niel Lamont Clem^ Jackson Esq 

HughHallWentworth Sam" Penhallow & William Knight 

One whole Share for the incorporated Society for the Propaga- 
tion 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 Settled Minister & one Share for the Benefit of A School in 
Said Town His Excellenc}' Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of 
Land of five Hundred Acres as Marked B-W in the Plan which is 
to be Accounted two of the within Shares — 

Province of New Hamp' Jul}- 5 1761 

Recorded According to the Original under the Prov'' Seal from 
the Back of the Charter of Labanon. 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec''*' — 




Province of New Hamp' July 5"' 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Labanon 

'^ Theodore Atkinson Sec""-^' 



214 CHARTER RECORDS. 



LEE. 

[Set off from Durham and incorporated as a parish January i6, 1766. The 
south line was estabhshed June 19, 1818. 

See papers under title Durham; XII, Hammond Town Papers. 390; Index to 
Laws, 284; sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 639; Baptist 
Churches in New Hampshire, by E E. Cummings, 1836, p. 7; Lawrence's New 
Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 334.] 



LEMPSTER. 

[This was Ntimber 9 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut River, 
granted by Massachusetts January 16, 1735-6. Granted by New Hampshire as 
DHppli7i, January i, 1753, to Samuel Clark Pain and others. Regranted October 
5, 1761, to Benadam Gallop and others, and incorporated as Lempster. Regranted 
January 5, 1767, to Dudley Woodbridge and others. The charter was renewed 
January 21, 1772. A portion of this town was included in the limits of Goshen, 
incorporated December 27, 1791. The line between Lempster and Washington 
was established November 27, 181 2. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; 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; Inde.x to Laws, 
285 ; sketch, by Helen Bingham, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 
185; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 18; 
Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, pp. 457, 460; Incidents Connected 
with the History of, by C. S. Spaulding, 10, Granite Monthly, 267: Proceedings 
of Centennial Celebration of American Independence, July 4, 1876, pp. 15.] 



[DuppLiN Charter, 1753.] 

"Province of New Hampshire 

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &c* 

To All Persons to whom these Presents Shall 
Come Greeting 
Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge 
& mere motion for the due Encouragment of Settling A New 
Plantation within our Said Province by & with the Advice of our 




LEMPSTER. 215 

Trusty & Well beloved Benning Wentvvortii Esq our Govern- 
our And Com'ander in Chieff of our Said Province of New 
Hampshire in America & of our Council of the Said Province 
Have upon the Conditions & Reservations hereafter made given 
& Granted & by these Presents for us our heirs & Successors do 
give & Grant in Equal Shares unto our Loving Subjects of our 
Said Province of New Hampshire & his Maj'J* Other Govern- 
ments & to their heirs and assignes for ever whose names Are 
Entered on this Grant to be Divided to & among them into 
Seventy five Equal Shares all that Tract or Parcel of Land Scitu- 
ate Lying & being within our Province of New Hampshire Con- 
taining by admeasurement Twenty three thousend & forty Acres 
which Tract is to Contain Six Miles Square & no more out of 
which an allowence is to be made tor High ways & unimprovable 
Lands by Rocks Mountains Ponds & Rivers One thousend & fortv 
Acres free x\ccording to A Plan thereof made & Presented by 
our Said Governours order and hereunto Annexed Butted & 
bounded as follows (Viz) begining At A Stake & Stones at the 
South Easterly Corner of Burnett from thence Running North by 
the Needle Six miles and an half to A Stake & Stones thence 
East by the Needle Six miles & Sixty four Rods to A Stake & 
Stones from thence South Ten degrees West Six miles Two 
hundred & Twenty four Rods to A Stake & Stones from thence 
West by the Needle five miles & forty four Rods to the bounds 
first mentioned and that the Same be Incorporated into A Town- 
ship by the Name of Dupplin and that the Inhabitants that do or 
Shall Inhabit hereafter said Township Are hereby De- 
clared to be Enfranchized with and Intituled to all *and *i-i32 
every the Priviledges And Immunities that Other Towns 
within our Said Province by Law Exercize & Enfoy And further 
that the Said Town as Soon as there Shall be fifty families Resi- 
dent & 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 And 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 Tuesday in 



2l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

March next which Meeting Shall be Notifyed by Samuel Ashley 
who is hereb}'^ also appointed the Moderator of the Said first 
Meeting which he is to Notify & Govern According to the Laws 
& Customs of our Said Province And that the Annual Meeting 
for ever hereafter lor 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 & their Respective 
heirs and Assigns for ever 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 Containd in his or their Share or Proportion of Land in 
Said Township and Continue to Improve & Settle the Same bv 
additional Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant or 
Share in the Said Township and its Reverting to his Maj'^ his 
heirs & Successors to be by him or them Regranted to Such of his 
Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle & Cultivate the Same — That 
all white & other Pine Trees within the Said Township fit for 
Masting our Royal Navy be carefull}' Preserved for that Use & 
none to be Cutt or felld without his Maj'^* especial Lycence for so 
doing first had & obtained upon the Penalty of the forfeiture of 

the Right of Such Grantee his heirs and assignes to us 
*i-i33 our heirs & successors as well as being *Subject to the 

Penalty 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 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 Al- 
lotted to each Grantee of the Contents of one Acre Yielding & 
Paying therefor 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 Jan'' Annually if Lawfully 
Demanded the first payment to be made on the first Day of Jan'-^' 
next after the Date hereof And every Proprietor Settler or Inhabi- 
tant Shall Yield & pay unto us our heirs & Successors Yearly & 
every Year for ever from & after the Expiration of the Ten Years 
from the Date hereof namely on the first Day of Januar}' which 
will be in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousen Seven hun- 
dred & sixty four one Shilling Proclamation money for every hun- 
dred acres he so owns Settles or Possesses & So in Proportion for 
A Greater or Lesser Tract of the said Lands which money Shall be 
paid by the Respective Persons abovesaid their heirs & assigns in 



I.EMPSTER. 217 

our Council Chamber in Portsm" 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 Hereof We 
have Caused the Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed 
Wittness Benning Wentvvorth Esq our Governour & Comander 
in Chieff of our Said Province the first day of Jan'-^' in the year of 
our Lord Christ 1753 and in the 26 year of our Reign 

B Wentvvorth 
By his Excellency's Com'and 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'-''' 
Entred and Recorded according to the Original Charter under 
the Province Seal the^ i''' Day of Jan'^ ^753 

"^ Theodore Atkinson Se''^' 

Names of the Grantees of Dupplin (Viz) 

Samuel Clark Pain, John Waters, Nathaniel Green, 

Asa Moor Jeremiah Rice, James Putnam, 

Nathan Barrat, Samuel Brown, Josiah Prentice, 

John Prentice, Stephen Prentice, Daniel Prentice, 

Stanton Prentice, Hugh Boulton, Alexander Clark, 

Jory Clark Samuel Demay James M'fawland 

Jonathan Eaton, Joseph Gray, *Beniamin Barrat, *i-i34 

Adonijah Ryce, Enoc Cook, Robert Cook, 

John Harte, James Harte jun', Thomas Davenport, 

John Davenport Charles Harte, Solomon Gates, 

William Ward, James Trowbridge, Samuel Ashley, 

William Johnson, Luke Brown, Will'" M^Clelan 

Samuel M'Clelan, John Gates Benjamin Wait, 

Solomon Bixby, Benjamin Richardson, Charles Davenport, 

Samuel Dutton, Increes Moore, Ralph Harte, 

Abel Laurence, Stephen Power, Jonathan Snow, 

Sampson French, Benj-' Parker, Joseph Fuller 

Ebenez' Fletcher John Wentworth, John Nelson, 

John Wentworth jun^' John Osborne, Mathew Liver more, 

James Stoodley jun'' W" Symes, Henry Sherburne, 

Theodore Atkinson Ellis Huske, Richard Wibird 

Samuel Smith, John Downing, Samuel Solley, 

Sampson Siieaffe, His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A 
Tract of Land to Contain five hundred Acres which is to be 
Accounted two of the said Shares, One whole Share for the 



2l8 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in forreign 
Partes, One whole Share lor 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 — John 
Tolford, Peter Powers, James Hill — 

Entered & Recorded from the Back of the Charter of Dupplin 
the I'' Day of January 1753 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec''^' 



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[Lempster Charter, 1761.] 

*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 Pe7'so)is to -zvhoni these Prcsoits shall coniCy 
Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVezu 




LEMPSTER. 219 

Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New 
Hampshire in Ne-w-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 of Nezu- 
Hamf shire, 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 Seven equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of JVezv-Hampshit-e , containing by Admeasurement 
Twenty Three Thousand & Forty Acres, which Tract is to con- 
tain Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allowance 
is to be made tor 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 a Stake & Stones which is the South East Corner of a Town 
formerly granted in this Province by the name of Burnet from 
thence runing North by the Needle Six Miles &. One half mile to 
a Stake & Stones thence East by the Needle Six Miles & Sixty 
four Rods to a Stake & Stones from thence South ten Degrees 
West Six Miles & Two Hundred & Twenty four Rodds to a Stake 
& Stones from thence West by the Needle five Miles & Forty Four 
Rods to the bounds first Mention'd And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Lemp- 
ster And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said 
Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with and In- 
titled 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 Fami- 
lies resident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of hold- 
ing Two Flairs, 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 *2-2i8 
or more Days in each Week, as may be thought most ad- 



220 CHARTER RECORDS. 

vantagious 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 of november next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by M'' Benj'' Gallop 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 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 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 efTectually settle and cultivate the same. 

U. 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 Pen- 
alty 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 Suc- 
cessors 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, 1762 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearl^s and every Year forever, 
from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fif'th Day of 



LEMPSTER. 



221 



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 Portstnoiith, or to such Officer or Officers as shall be 
appointed to receive the same; and this 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 5'^ Day of October 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 Sec^y 

Province of New Hamps"" Octo"" 5, 1761 

Recorded According to the Origional Charter under the Prov- 
ince Seal 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 



*The Names of the Grantees of Lempster (Viz) 



'2-219 



Benadam Gallop 
Elijah Morgan 
William P^\ory 
Joshua Fanning 
Henry Gallop 
Oliver Woodbridge 
Caleb Haylee 
Nathaniel Williams 
Ebenezer Newton 
Nathan Smith 
Park Avory 
Ray Sands 
NatW Hewit Jun"" 
Elijah Wahvorth 
Paul Niles 
Sam^ Church 
Eph™ Brown 



John Stanton 
William Williams 
John Fanning 
David Willams 2'^ 
Benajah Chester 
Benj* Giles 



Dudley Woodbridge 
John Morgan 
John Fanning Jun"" 
Robert Allen 
Simeon Chester 
Nathan Gallop 



Nehem'*'^ Williams Jun'' Robert Geer 



William Halsey 
Paul Woodbridge 
John Nellson 
Dan^ Latham 
Jn" Cunningham -; 
Robert Stanton 
Jon=^ Copp 
John Winslow 
John Church 
Sam' Brooks 



John Bellows 
John Gardner 
Joseph Gallop 
WilHam Hull 
Sam' Edgcomb 
Will™ Wahvorth 
Isaac Shildon 
Josiah Colton 
Ezra Stiles 
Luke Brown 



222 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Jared Spencer Nehemiah Andrews Daniel Gates 

Elihu Spencer John Downing Esq"" James Nevin Esq' 

Sam' Wentvvorth Esq William Sheafe Cap* William Weeks 
Boston & Enoch Clark 

His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq' a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as Mark'd B : W : in the Plan 
which is to be Accounted two of the within Shares, One Share for 
the Incorporated Society for the Popagation 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 Setled Minister of 
the Gospel & One Share for the Benefit of a School in said 
Town 

Province of New Hampsh' Octo" 5"' 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of Lempster 
under the Province Seal 

Attested ^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^>' 



LEMPSTER. 



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Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of Lempster 
under the Province Seal 

"^ Theodore Atkinson Sec''^' 



224 charter records. 

[Lempster Regrant, 1767.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *3-i7o 

Lempster GEORGE, the Third, B}^ the Grace of God, of 

^-^"^^^^ . Great-Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender 
/ of the Faith &c. 

C To all Persons to whom these Presents shall come, 

>^^-N^v^ ^ Greeting. 
Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, and 
meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVezv 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; oi IVezv- 
Ham^shtre, in JVew-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 of JVew- 
Hampshire, 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 Seven equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of IVezv- Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twentv 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 Secretary's Office, and 
hereunto annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Beginning 
at a stake & stones which is the S" East Corner of a Town for- 
merly granted in this Province by the name of Burnet from thence 
runing N** by the needle 6^ Miles to a stake & Stones thence 
East by the Needle Six miles & 64 Rods to a stake & Stones from 
thence S° 10'^'' West Six miles & 224 rods to a stake & Stones from 
thence W' by the Needle 5 Miles & 44 rods to the bounds tirst 

mention'd And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into 

a Township by the Name of Lempster And the Inhabitants that 
do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are hereb}^ declared 
to be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and every the Priv- 
iledges and Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by 



LEMPSTER. 225 

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 izvo Fahs, 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 more *3-i7i 
Days in each Week, as may be thought most advanta- 
gious 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 - which said Meeting; shall 

be Notified b}^ 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 

of March annually, To Have and to Hold 
the said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all Priv- 
ileges 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 
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 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 Pen- 
altv of anv 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 
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226 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 of Dcccnibei-. 

V. Ever}' 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 re- 
spective 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 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 Fifth Day of January In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty seven And in the 
Seventh Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command 
With Advice of Council. 

T : Atkinson j'' Secretary 

Province of Newhamps' 5^'' January 1767 — 
Recorded according to the Original Patent under the Province 
seal 

Att*^ ^ : T Atkinson Jun Sec''^' 

*3-i72 *Names of the Grantees of Lempster 

Dudley Woodbridge Oliver Woodbridge Alexander Steward 

Alex'' Steward jun' Eleazer Prindle William Barnes 

Stephen Barnes John Steward John Steward jun'^ 

John Church Samuel Church William Church 

Joseph Church John Waters Daniel Foot 

Ebenezer Kellogue Ebenezer Dutton Ebenezer Spencer 



LEMPSTER. 227 

Alex*" Phelps Joseph Spencer Esq : Hobart Spencer 

John Borden Enoch Arnold Matthias Fuller 

Noadiah Fuller Daniel Fuller Samuel Fuller 

Daniel Gates Daniel Gates j' Stephen Scovel 

Samuel Barnes Hezekiah Brainerd Joseph Wells 

Harris Colt Joseph Jewett Elisha Harvey 

Elijah White S^ Philip Lord Jn» Harvey of E' Haddam 

Robert Harvey Isaac Ackley Israel Spencer 

Simeon Ackley Isaiah Barnes Jol^n Nelson 

Simeon Chapman j'" John Willey Lemuel Willey 

Silvanus Cone Matthew Smith Israel Champion 

Nathan Gates Silas Clark Theod' Atkinson ') 

Aaron Cleveland Nathaniel Cone James Nevin > Esq*^* 

Elkinah Fox Will"* Stewerd T : Atkinson jun'' ) 

John Church junior 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"^ a Tract of Land to 
Contain 500 Acres as mark'd B. W. in the Plan which is to be 
accounted two of the within Shares. One share for the Incorpo- 
rated Societ}"" for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. 
One share for the first settled Minister. One share for a Glebe 
for the Church of England as by law Establish'd, & One share for 
the Benefit of a school in said Town for Ever — 

Province of Newhampshire January 5*^ 1767 
Recorded from the back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal 

f . T Atkinson Jun Sec^y 



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Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of Lempster 
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L. S. 



[Lempster Charter Renewed, 1772.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the Grace 
Hampshire > o^ God of Great Britain France & 
Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 

To ALL to whom these Presents shall come 
Greeting. 

Whereas we of our special Grace certain Knowl- 
edge and mere Motion for the due encouragement 
of settling a New Plantation within our said Province 



(Lempster 

Extended.) 

of New Hampshire by our Letters Patent or Charter under the 

Seal of our said Province Dated the 5"^ day of January 1767 in 



LEMPSTER. 229 

the seventh 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 & Assigns on the Conditions therein declared 
to be a Town Corporate by the Name of Lempster, as by referr- 
ence to the said Charter may more fully appear. And whereas 
it hath been represented unto us that the difficulties which have 
hitherto occur'd in the Settlement of the said Township are prin- 
cipally owing to the remote situation of the said Tract from any 
other Settlements that can afford any necessary assistance to the 
Grantees in the effectual prosecution of the Duties stipulated in 
their Charter, and from the want of Roads which they had to cut 
and clear, which prevented their travelling to their respective 
Lots ; and also, the Improvement of the Premises was much 
retarded by the total delinquency of certain of the Grantees 
therein Named Viz* Alexander Steward, Alexander Steward 
Junior, Daniel Gates, Nathaniel Gates, Dudley Woodbridge, 
Oliver Woodbridge, John Steward and John Steward Junior, who 
have intirely neglected to cultivate improve or contribute in any 
wise towards the Settlement of the said Tract, by which means 
their respective Shares (agreeable to the Tenor of their Charter) 
are forfeited and revert to us to be regranted ; & it appearing also, 
that there are Eight Families now settled and resident on the 
Premises & the said Grantees having likewise supplicated us not 
to take advantage of the breach of said Condition but to lengthen 
out and grant them some further Time for the perform- 
ance thereof. *Therefore, * 1-409 

Know Ye that We being willing to encourage and 
promote the Cultivation & Settlement of the said Tract, do hereby 
signify our taking the advantage of the forfeiture aforesaid, so far 
as relates to the Eight Shares of the said Delinquents, & have and 
do hereby exclude them respectively and by these Presents do 
admit in the room & stead of the said Delinquents, Namely, 
Bozenger Salter, John Southmayd, James Dickson, Nathaniel 
Sparrow, Richard Sparrow, James Sparrow, Peter Spencer and 
Cp't John Langdon Jun'', and do grant to them the said admitted 
Grantees, the said Eight forfeited Shares to be equall}^ divided to 
and amongst them, and to be held & possess'd by them their Heirs 
& Assigns on the same Conditions Reservations and Duties by 
which the other Grantees hold & are subject to : And have of our 
further Grace and Favour suspended our claim of the forfeiture 
which the said Grantees may have Incurred, and by these Presents 



230 CHARTER RECORDS. 

do grant to them their Heirs and Assigns the Term of Three Years 
from the date hereof for performing & 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 express'd and 
reserved in the Original Grant or Charter, and Provided that one 
third of the Duty required by the said Original Grant be fully 
done the first Year, one third the Second Year, and the remaining 
third, the last Year. 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our said 
Provirice to be hereunto aflixed Witness John Wentworth Esq"^ 
our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire the 21*' day of January in the 12*^ Year of our Reign 
Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire January 2^^^ 1772. 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

Attesf. 



[Grant to James Hickey, 1772.] 

*4-i26 *Province of New Hampshire 

5 James Hickey's > George the Third by the grace of God of 
I Grant ^ Great Britain France and Ireland King De- 

"^^^^^ ^ fender of the Faith, &c. 

/ To all to whom these Presents shall come. 

L. s. > ^ 

V Greeting. 

^•-v'-N^ ^ Know Ye, that we of our special Grace 

certain knowledge and mere Motion for the due encouragement of 

settling and cultivate our Lands within our Province aforesaid, 

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 Hamps"" & of our Council of the same Have 

(upon the Conditions and Reservations herein particularly recited 

6 expressed) given & granted and by these Presents for us our 
Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto our leige and loving 



LEMPSTER. 231 

Subject James Hickey of Gosport in the County of Rockingham 
and Province aforesaid Merch^ & to his Heirs, and Assigns for 
Ever a certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing by admeasure- 
ment Five Hundred Acres, situate lying and being in the South 
Westerly angle of the Township of Lempster in our said Province 
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 ap- 
pear, butted & bounded as follows. Viz' Beginning at a Beech 
Tree being the Southwesterly corner Bound of the Township 
called Lempster, from thence running East Two hundred & Fifty 
Rods, thence North Three Hundred & Twenty Rods, thence west 
Two hundred & Fifty Rods, thence South Three Hundred and 
Twenty Rods to the Bounds first mentioned To Have and to 
Hold the said Tract of Land as above express'd to him the said 
James Hickey and to his heirs and assigns for ever, upon the fol- 
lowing Terms Conditions & Reservations. Viz*. 

First That the said Grantee shall 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 order'd by the Gov- 
ernor & Council aforesaid ; which Road shall be com- 
pleted in One Year *from the date of such Order or Direc- *^-i2'j 
tion, 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 set- 
tled Two Families in Two 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 any of 
our loving Subjects who shall effectualh'^ settle and cultivate the 
same. 

Thirdly. That all White and other Pine Trees fit for Mastingr 
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, 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 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 



232 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said Grant, not less than Five 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 ever}' 
Year for Ever from and after the Twenty fifth day of December 
1772, 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 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 Wentw^orth 
Esq'^ our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the Twenty 
Seventh day of September in the Twelfth Year of our Reign 
Annoque Dom' 1772* 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excell'"'*' Command ) 
with advice of Council. 5 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

Province of New Hamps'^'^ 21^'^ Novem' 1772. 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

Attest'' Theodore Atkinson Sec^'^' 

*4— 128 *Province of New Hampshire Portsm" 27^'' September 
1772. 
This Certifys that this Plan Beginning at a Beech Tree being 
the South westerly Corner bound of the Township or Tract of 
Land call'd Lempster, from thence running East Two hundred & 
Fifty Rods, thence North three H^undred & Twenty Rods, thence 
west Two hund*^ and fifty Rods, thence South three Hundred and 
Twenty Rods to the Bound first mentioned, Contains Five hun- 
dred Acres of Land, and is a true Copy of an Original Plan or 
Survey of s'^ Tract as taken and returned to me by Zephaniah 
Clark Dy Surv"- 

Attest: Is: Rindge S'' General. 



LINCOLN. 



233 



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Theodore Atkinson Sec"^ 



LINCOLN. 

[Granted January 31, 1764, to James Avery and others. This territory and 
that of Franconia were appropriated in a new grant to Sir Francis Bernard and 
others, June 8, 1772. This was done on the claim of a forfeiture of the first grant. 
The decision of the courts in the case of Landaff and Dartmouth College was fatal 
to the claim of- forfeiture in similar cases. A part of Lincoln was annexed to 
Landaff July 2, 1845. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 464; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 
as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond 
Town Papers, 404; Index to Laws, 291; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton 
County, 1886, p. 433; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 581 ; grant 
to John Goffe, with Woodstock papers ; An Ascent of Mt. Kinsman, by Gortend 
Lanza, 2, Appalachia, 168 ; Mt. Liberty, by E. C. Pickering, i, zV/., 122; Loon 
Pond Mountain, by L. D. Pychowska, 2, zd., 284.] 



234 charter records. 

[Lincoln Charter, 1764.] 

*S-go *Province of New-IIampshire. 

Lincoln GEORGE, the Third, 

'"^•''^-'^ >^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 

p q_ / Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

V Zb a/l Persons to whom these Presents shall come^ 

\«^%^v^ -^ Greeting. 

Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVew 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of Nezv- 
Hampshire^ in JSfeiv-Eu gland ^ 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 New- 
Hatnpshirc, 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 JVezv- 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. Begin- 
ing at the North Westerly Corner Bounds of the Township of 
Peeling thence Runing by Peeling South fifty five Degrees East 
about Seven Miles to the North Easterlv Corner Bounds thereof, 
then Turning oft' & Runing North Thirty Degrees East Six 
Miles, then Turning off'& Runing North about fifty Eight Degrees 
West about seven Miles & three Quarters to the North 
Easterly Corner of Lansdoft' a Township this Day Granted 
then Turning oft' again & Runing South about Twenty 
four Degrees West to the Bounds began at And that the 
same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the 
Name of Lincoln And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter in- 
habit the said Township, are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with 



LINCOLN. 235 

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 Fami- 
lies resident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holding 
tzvo 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 *3-9r 
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 Second Tuesday in March 
next which said Meeting shall be Notified by M"^ James Avery 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 3farch 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. 

I. 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 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. 

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 here- 
after 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 



236 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 of 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 of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
Dece7)iber, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1774 Otie 
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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Province, 
the 31^' Day of January In the Year of our Lord Christ, One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and 64 And in the 4"^ Year of Our 
Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

T Atkinson Jun' Sec''^ 

Province of New Hamp"^ Jan''^ 31-1764- 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec"-? 

*3-p2 *Names of the Grantees of Lincoln Viz 

James Avery John Addington Jun' Jabez Holmes 

Jeremiah Clement Oliver Rowell Ezra Moo 

James Hoit Elijah Weeks David Knap 

Jabez Weed Stephen Mangum Henry Meed 

Peter Finch Valentine Rowell Abraham Mead 

Samuel Andrews Jacob Conklin John Dixson 



LINCOLN. 



237 



David Slawson 
Eleazer Bowton 
Thadeus Hoit 
Azariah Wood 
Reuben Stephens 
Stephen Fountain 
John Pettit 
Asa Jones 
Samuel Sellut 
Ebenezer Bowton 
Seymore Bowton 
Zuriel Finch 
Abner Barron 
David Bowton 
Robert Arnold 



William M'^Horney 
David Whiting 
Caleb Merril 
Seth Whitnev 
Samuel Haight 
Joseph Foreman 
John Tuttle 



Daniel S' Johns 
Hezekiah Wiat 
Samuel Wiat 
Samuel Waterbury 
Henry Wiat 
Job S*John 
Ezra Bowton 



Reuben Reynolds Jun' Jeremiah Finch 
Peter Smith John Brown 

Abraham Ferris Timothy Ladd 

Jabez Holmes Joseph Hale 

Abraham Hoit The Hon^i<^ Rich^ Wibird '] 

Josiah Riggs Daniel Warner I p ,., 

Ebenezer Munson John Nelson & ' ^ 
Noah ParkingtonTheod' Atkinson j'' 
Abel Hoit 



David Sanford 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain five Hundred Acres as Mark'd 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 
foreicrn 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 One Share for the Benefit of a School in 
said Town lorever. 

Province of New Hamp^ Jan'^y 31-1764 

Recorded According to the Back of the Original Charter under 
the Prov® Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun' Sec'y 



238 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




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'Pla.n. of Jsincolri 




Province of New Hamp*^ Jan'^ 31 — 1764 — 

Recorded according to the Plan on the Back of the oricjinal 
Charter under the Prov® Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun^ Sec'y ■ 



[Grant to Oilman and Waldron, 1772.] 
*4-90 *Province of New Hampshire. 

^ Col" Oilman's & 1 George the Third b}- the Grace of 

\ M' Waldron's Grant. \ God of Great Britain, France & Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith &c. — 

To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greet- 
ing. 

Know ye, that we of our special Grace certain 
knowledge and mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling 



L. S. 



LINCOLN. 239 

a New Plantation within our Province of New Hampshire by and 
with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Went- 
AVORTH Esquire our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said 
Province, & of our Council of the same, Have (upon the Condi- 
tions and Reservations herein particularly recited & expressed) 
given and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors do give & grant in Equal Shares unto our leige & loving 
Subjects Peter Oilman & Thomas Westbrook Waldron, 
Inhabitants of our said Province, Esquires, & to their respective 
Heirs and Assigns for Ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land 
containing bv admeasurement Six Thousand Two Hundred & 
Sixty Acres of Land, situate, lying and being in our Province of 
New Hamps' aforesaid; as by a plan or Survey thereof (exhibited 
by our Surveyor Gen^ 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 Beech Tree, being the South Westerly Coi^ner 
Bound of a Township of Land within our said Province formerly 
called Lincoln, from thence running on the dividing line of said 
Lincoln & Landaff North Twenty Degrees East Two Miles, 
thence South Fifty eight degrees East Five Miles to a Stake, 
thence South Twenty degrees West Two Miles to a Stake, thence 
North Fifty Eight degrees West Five Miles to the bound began 
at. To Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above 
expressed to them the said Peter Oilman & Thomas Westbrook 
Waldron & to their Heirs & Assigns for Ever upon the following 
Terms, Conditions and Reservations Viz* — 

First. That the said Grantee shall cut, clear, bridge & make 
passable for Carriages &c. a Road of Four Rods wide thro' the 
said Tract as shall be at an}- Time hereafter directed or order'd 
by the Gov"^ & Council aforesaid, which Road shall be 
completed in One Year iVom *the Date of such Order or *4-9i 
Direction of the Governor & Council aforesaid on Penalty 
of the forfeiture of this Grant & of its reverting to us our Heirs & 
Successors. 

Secondly. That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be set- 
tled Six Families in Seven Years trom the date of this Grant; in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs & Succes- 
sors to be b}^ us or them enter'd upon & regranted to such of 
our Subjects as shall effectually Settle & cultivate the same. 

Thirdly. That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Mastincr 



240 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 Penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of such 
Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs & 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 Grantees shall 
sow & continue annually to cultivate a due proportion of the said 
Land, not less than One hundred Acres in every Thousand Acres 
with that beneficial Article of Produce. 

Fifthly. Yielding and Paying therefor to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the day of ^7 > the Rent of 

One Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Sixthly. That the said Grantees their Heirs & Assigns shall 
yield & pay unto us our Heirs and Successors Yearly and every 
Year for Ever from & 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, & so in propor- 
tion for a greater or lesser Tract of the Land aforesaid ; which 
Money shall be paid b}^ the respective Proprietor Owner or Settler 
in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer or Offi- 
cers 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 Chief the Fifteenth 
day of June in the Twelfth Year of our Reign Annoque Domini 
1772. 

J' Wentworth. 
*4-92 *By his Excellency's Command, with Advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this 8^^ day of August 1772. 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire. Portsm° — lo^'^ Jwne 1772. 

These Certify that this Plan, Beginning at a beech Tree being 
the South Westerly Corner bound of a Tract or Township of 
Land formerly called Lincoln, from thence running on the divid- 
ing Line of said Lincoln & Landaff N° 20° E, 2 Miles, thence S. 



LISBON. 241 



58° E. 5 Miles to a Stake, thence S. 20. W. 2 Miles to a Stake, 
thence N. 58° W. 5 Miles to the bound began at. Contains 6260 
Acres of Land & is known by a Plan or Survey of said Lincoln 
as taken & returned to me by M'' Dudley Colman D> Surveyor. 

Attest. Is. Rindge S. General : 



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[Granted as C^;/6W7;' August 6, 1763, to Joseph Burt and others. The same 
territory was granted as Chisiuick January 31, 1764, to John Fansher and others. 
The ChiswicJz grant was regarded as made by mistake and inefifectual. The grant 
of territory adjoining (now Littleton and Dalton) by the same name was supposed 
to be equivalent to the first Chiswick. Regranted as Giinthivaite October 20, 
1768, to Leonard Whiting and others. The Giinthivaite title gave way, and the 
C(?//(;77;7/ grant finally prevailed. The name was changed to Lisbon June 14, 1S24. 
The line with Franconia was established June 27, 1826. All that part of LandafF 
northwest of the Ammonoosuc River was annexed to Lisbon June 23, 1859. 

See i^apers under titles Landaff and Lincoln ; X, Bouton Province and State 
Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont 
towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 404; Index to Laws, 291; Littleton Cen- 
tennial Celebration, 305 ; Sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 
435 ; sketch, by Samuel Emery, 10, Granite Monthly, 95 ; Stewart's History of 
the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 302; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. 
16 



242 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Cummings, 1836, p. 15; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 581; 
In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 248; Northern 
New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 35; Life of Dan Young; Biog- 
raphies of Lorenzo Sabine: Historical Collections in MSS., by Samuel W. Emery.] 



[Co^xoRD Charter 1763.] 

*2-504 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Concord GEORGE, the Third, 

^'^-'^■^^ >^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
/ Ireland, Kinir, Defender of the Faith, &c. 
C To all Persons to zvhom these Presents shall come, 

\^^^/^^ Greetinof. 

Know 3'e, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVew 
Plantation within our said Province, b}^ and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of IVezv- 
Hanipshfre, 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 equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, h'ing and being within our said 
Province of JVexv-Hanif shire ^ containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty three thousand Acres^ which Tract is to contain About 
Six Miles 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 Bath which is the South East Corner 
of Lyman from thence runing South Sixty one degrees East 
Eight Miles from thence North thirty degrees East Eight Miles & 
one half Mile 10 the South East Corner of Lancaster from thence 
South Seventy deg* West Six Miles from thence North Twenty 
(jegs West one Mile & Two Hundred & Thirty rods to the North 



LISBON. 243 

East Corner of Lyman from thence by the Easterly Side of Lyman 
to the Bounds first began at And that the same be, and hereby is 
Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Concord 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 Enjo}^ : 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 more Days in *2-505 
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 Third Tuesday of August Currant which said Meeting 
shall be Notified by Joseph Burt 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 Appur- 
tenances, 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 
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 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. 

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 



244 . CHARTER RECORDS. 

Us, our Heirs and 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. 

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 Suc- 
cessors 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. 1763 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year for- 
ever, from and alter the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December., namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December., which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1773 
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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Sec''^' 

Pro"^ of New Hamp'' August 6^^' 1763 
Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Pro^' Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun'" Sec'^' 



LISBON. 



245 



*The Names of the Grantees of Concord Viz. 



■2-506 



Joseph Burt 
Aaron Burt 
Coll W°> S3-mes 
Benj'* Burt 
Will™ Horskins 



Ebenez"" Severence jun' Benj^ Sheldon jun' 



Stephen Balden 
Ebenez' Harvey 
Paniel Bull 
Sam^ Hunt 



Joseph Wheelwright Jon^ Hunt 
Henry Horskins Elisha Hunt 

Christopher Horskins Arad Hunt 
Jon''^ Burt Willard Stevens 

Enos Burt Gideon Lyman 

Sam'^ Clark ' Selah Wright 

Oliver Warner Phinehas Lyman 



John Moftat 
John Smith 
Ruben Smith 
Eleaz^' Burt 
Ebenez' Walbridge 
Josiah Pumroy 
Shammah Pumro}^ 
Eliphaz Right 
Eleaz' Pumroy 
Elijah Mattoon 
Hophny King 



Sam" Wiere 
Elijah Lyman 



John Hubbard 
Timothy Root 
Joseph Morsley 
Moses Harvey 
Joseph Blanchard 
Maj'' Rich'^' Emery 
Eldad Wright 
Jon'* Gillman 
Joseph Lyman 
Asel Burt 
Sam^' Root 
Philip Mattoon 
Nathan Harvey 



Jon^ Warner Hon'^'« Mark Hunks Wentworth ^ 
Hezekiah Elmer James Nevin [ 



Savage Truscott 
James Mathews 
Silas Hambleton 
W°* Lang 
Medad Pumroy 
Woolston Brockway 



Dan^i Warner & f" ^^^" 
W^ Temple J 



Phinehas Wright 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land of 
Five Hundred Acres as marked in 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 Towai & one for A 
School there for ever — 

Province of New Hamp'' August 6 — 1763 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Concord 
under the Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun' Sec'y 



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Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Concord 
under y® Pro"^ Seal 

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[Chiswick Charter, 1764.] 

'3-94 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Chiswick GEORGE, the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Po-sons to whom these Presents shall cojiie. 
Greeting. 

Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a Nczv 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of our 
Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of JVezu- 



P. S. 



LISBON. 247 

Hampshire^ in New-Eughind^ and of Our Council of the said 
Province; Have upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
after made, £jiven 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 uVezu- 
Hanipshire, 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 two equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of JVezt'-Hampskirc , containing by Admeasurement, 
24,000 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 tbllows. Viz. Begining at the North Easterly Corner 
of Bath which is also the South Easterly Corner of Lyman & 
also the North westerly Corner of Landolf, thence Runing South 
about Sixty two Degrees East by Landotl:' as that Runs to the 
North Easterly Corner thereof, then turning oft' & Running North 
twenty four Degrees East five Miles & one half Mile, then turning 
off again & Runing on a Streight Line to the North Easterly 
Corner of Lyman aforesaid then turning off again & Runing by 
Lyman aforesaid as that Runs, to the South Easterly Corner 
thereof the Bounds began at And that the same be, and hereby 
is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Chisw^ick 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 huo Fairs, one of which 
shall be held on the And the other on the 

annually, which Fairs are not to con- 
tinue longer than the respective following the said 

and that as soon as the said Towm shall 
consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened and *3-95 
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 Second Tuesday in March next 



248 CHARTER RECORD^. 

which said Meeting shall be Notified by Lieutenant John Fansher 
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 Alarch annuall}^ 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 Condi- 
tions, 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 fift}'' 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 vSubjects as shall eftectually 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 Penalt}^ of the P"or- 
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 annuall}', if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day of Decembc?-. 1764 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors 3'early, and every Year 
forever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day o^ December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day 
of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1774 One 



LISBON. 



249 



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 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, 

T Atkinson Jun' Sec'"'' 

Province of New Hamp' Jan''^ 31^' 1764- 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun"- Sec^y 



*Names of the Grantees of Chiswick — (Viz) 



'3-96 



John Fansher 
Jeremiah Clements 
Joseph Lockwood 
Reuben Lockwood 
Benjamin Jones 
James Hoit 
Gilbert Lyons 
James Lyons 
Christopher Avery 
Reuben Lockwood 
Ebenezer Lockwood 
William Avery 
Solomon Averv 
William Billings 
Jonathan Pierce 
Abraham Slawson 
William Fansher 
John Fansher 



Caleb Chapman 
John Fansher Jun'' 
Joseph Lockwood 
Asa Jones 
Samuel Ferris 
James Avery 
Samuel Averv 
Ebenezer Scofield 
Admer Stevens 
John Dan 
Christopher Avery 
Palms Aver}^ 
Benjamin Giles 
John Hoit 
Nathan Gallop 
Benadam Gallop 
Jesse Pearson 
Amos Meed 



Jeremiah Clements 
Peter Meed 
Daniel S* John 
Michail Wareing 
Jeremiah Finch 
Samuel Waterbury 
Thomas Mooit 
Jeremiah GiffiDrd 
Mathew Bow ton 
Hezekiah Bowton 
John Dixson 
William Reed 
Mathew Saymore 
Samuel Bowton 
Jahial Bowton 
Bernard Farrand 
Theophilus Rogers 
Uriah Rogers 



250 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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James Lyons Walter Norris Joseph Rose 

Ebenezer Green Samuel Stockwell The Hon'^^'* Theodore 
John Ambler William Goit [Atkinson 

William Stone Gershom Breed Mark Hs Wentworth | 

James Nevin J 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain five Hundred Acres as Mark B W in the Plan which is 
to be accounted two of the w^ithin Shares. One whole Share for 
the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in for- 
eign Parts. One whole Share for a Glebe for the Church of Eng- 
land 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 for Ever. — 

Province of New Hamp'' Jan''y 31^' 1764 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun"- Sec^>— 



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Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun"^ Sec^y 



LISBON. 251 

[GUNTHWAITE CHARTER, 1 768.] 

*Province of New > George the third by the Grace of 

Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and *i-3ii 
Gunthwaite Charter Irehand King Defender of the faith 

and so forth. 
Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain knowledge and 
mere motion for the due encouragement of setling a new Planta- 
tion within our said Province, by and with the advice of our Trusty 
and well beloved John Wentworth Esq'' Our Governor & Com- 
mand'' in Cheif 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^ 
& 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 New Hampshire and our other Governm** who 
have Petitioned us for the same setting forth their readiness to 
make immediate Settlement, and to their heirs & Assigns for ever, 
whose names are entered on this Grant to be divided to and 
amongst them into Ninety four equal Shares, all that tract or 
parcel of land known by the name of Concord, Situate, lying & 
being within our said Province of New Hampshire, containing by 
Admeasurement Twenty Six thousand one hundred & twenty 
nine Acres which is to contain something more than Six miles 
square & no more, out of which an allowance 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 Sec''^^ Office a Copy 
whereof is hereunto annexed butted & bounded as follows. Viz* : 
Begining at the Northeasterly corner of Bath which is also the 
Northwesterly corner of Landoff, thence runing South Sixty two 
degrees east eight miles and thirty six Rods by Landoff aforesaid 
to the Northwesterly corner of Lincoln, which is the southwesterly 
corner of Franconia, thence North Twenty four degrees East by 
Franconia five miles and one half mile to a spruce tree marked, 
thence North Fifty seven degrees 30' west Six miles and one 
quarter of a mile to the North easterly corner of Lyman to a maple 
tree marked, thence South Forty two degrees west to the bounds first 
abovementioned. To have and to hold the said tract of 
land as *above expressed, together with all Privileges *i-3i2 
and Appurtenances to them and their respective heirs 



252 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and Assigns for ever, by the name of Gunthwaite upon the fol- 
lowintj Conditions Viz' 

I-' That the said Grantees shall Settle or cause to be settled 
TWELVE Families who shall be actually cultivating some part of 
the land & resident thereon on or before the first dav of October 
1769 & to continue making further and 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 March 1775, on Penalty of the forfeiture of such delin- 
quent's share and of such Share's reverting to us our heirs and 
successors, to be by us or them entered upon and regranted to 
such of our Subjects as shall effectually Settle and Cultivate the 
same. 

2"'^ That all white & other pine trees within the said Town- 
ship 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 & 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 Parliament that now are or hereafter shall be enacted. 

3''' 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 Town- 
ship 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. 

^th Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and successors 
on or before the first day of October 1769 the rent of one ear of 
Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

5"' That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall yi^^ld and 
pay unto us our heirs and successors yearly and every year for ever 
from «& after the expiration of one 3rear from the abovesaid first day 
of October namely on the first day of October which will be in 
the year of our Lord 1770 One Shilling Procl** Money for every 
hundred Acres, he so owns settles or Possesses and so in 
*i-3i3 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 Portsm° or to such officer or officers as shall be appointed to 
receive the same, and this 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' 



LISBON. 



253 



our Governor & Command'' in Cheif of our said Province, the 
20*'' day of October in the year of our lord Christ 1768 and in the 



eighth year of our Reign. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Jun^' Sec^ 



J' Wentworth 



L. S. 



Recorded according to the Original under the Province Seal, 
this 20^^ Octob"" 1768 Attest : T : Atkinson p Secy 

Names of the Grantees of the Township of Gunthwaite. 
Leonard Whiting Nath^ Tuttle Richard Jenness 3*^ 



Benj^ Whiting 
William Shattock 
John Hadley 
John Hadley Jun"^ 
Ebenez'' Hadley 
John Lawrance 
Samuel Gilbert 
Isaac Spaulding 
Rich^^ Goldsmith 
Josiah Goldsmith 
Jeremiah Goldsmith 
Isaac Russell 



James King 
Paul Gates 
John Robbins 
John Robbins Jun"' 
Oliver Hartwell 
Isaac Whitcomb 
Robert Whitcomb 
Jerem*^ Temple 
John Trull 
David Trull 
Samuel Haseltine 
Timothy Browne 
Amos Stickney 



William Russell 

Eliphalet Densmoor Joseph Baker 

Israel Reed William Baker 

Samuel Rogers Parker Underwood 

Ebenezer Richardson Thomas Baker 

John Flint 

Oliver Whiting 

Moses Worster 

Will™ Worster 

Eldad Worster 

Thomas Clerk 

John Fox 

Oliver Warren 

Israel Hinds 

Robert Harris 

Samuel Corey 

Daniel Brewster 



John Porter 
Samuel Porter 
Job Dodge 
Jonas Minot 



Zadock Davis 
Richard Whitney 
John Mears 
Oliver Sterns 
Charles Furbush 
James Haskell 
Jonathan Moulton 
Richard Jenness 3*^* 
Zadoc Davis 
Richard Whitney 
John Mears 
Oliver Sterns 
Charles Furbush 
Aaron Blanchard 
Jacob Tilton 
Edmund Hobart 
Samuel Hunt 
Peter Hunt 



Abel Lawrence 
The Hon : Daniel Warner 

M'^ Hs Wentworth 
Joseph Lawrence James Nevin 
Abner Kent Jun'' Jon^ Warner 

Timothy Underwood Robert Temple 
Samuel Dudley Cpt John Clark 

Stephen Dudley Rev'^ D'' Samuel Langdon 

Robert Blunt of London 

John Parker 

Jacob Hurd 



Jon^ Oaks 
Samuel Meeds 
Lemuel Burton 



254 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



James Stoodley Esq'' Benj=' Mackay Daniel Kent 

Barth"' Stavers } 500 Acres to Satisfy these two Shares, to be 

John Nelson ^ laid out in S** W. corner 

Godtrey Bosville of London 
*i-3i4 *One whole Share for the incorporated Societ}- for the 

Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, one whole 
Share for a Glebe for the Church of England by Law established, 
one Share for the first setled Minister, and one Share for the bene- 
fit of a school in said town. 



Province of New Hampshire 5 Octob"" 20"' 1768 Recorded 
according to the Original Grantees, entered on the back of the 



charter of Gunthwaite 



Attest : T : Atkinson Jun Sec*'- 



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LITCHFIELD. 255 

This Plan represents the Township formerly called Concord. 

Province of New Hamps'' Portsm" Oct: 17"' 1768. 

These Certify that this Plan of Concord containing 26129 Acres 
3 roods and 27 perches is a true Copy of an original Plan or Sur- 
vey of said Township as taken & returned by M' Elijah King 

D> S' 

Attest : f Is : Rindge S. G^— 

Province of New Hampshire Octob' 20"' 1768 
Recorded from the Original Plan annexed to the Charter of 
Gunthwaite. 

Attest : T : Atkinson Jun Sec''^ 



LITCHFIELD. 

[This was originally a part of Old Dunstable, known as Naticook or BrentotCs 
Farm. Granted by Massachusetts July 9, 1729, to John Richardson and others. 
Th- present name was adopted July 3, 1734. Incorporated as Litchfield June 5, 
1749. 

See Massachusetts Charters preceding ; papers under title Dunstable ; IX, Bouton 
Town Papers, 467; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 414; Index to Laws, 292; 
sketch, by E. F. McOuesten, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 
486; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 190; History of the Old Township of 
Dunstable, by C. J. Fox, 1846, p. 220: Some Old Burial Places, by A. C. 
Andrews, 5, Granite Monthly, 115.] 



[Litchfield Incorporated, 1749-] 

*Province of New Hampshire. *i-4i 

George the Second by the Grace of God of 

^^ . Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender 

) Prov: ( of the Faith &c=^ 

\ Seal ( To all to whom these Presents Shall Come Greet- 

Lytchtield Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subjectsjnhabitants 

Charter of a Tract of Land within the Andent Boundarys of 

A Town called old Dunstable in our Province of New Hampshire 
on the Easterly Side of Merrimack River herein after Discribed 
have humbly *^ Pedtioned & requested of us That they may be 



256 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Errected & Incorporated into A Town Ship & Intranchized with 
the Same Powers Authorities and Previledges which other Towns 
within our Said Province by Law have & Enjoy And it Appearing^ 
to us to be Conducive to the General good of our Said Province 
as well as of the Said Inhabitants in Perticuler by maintaining 
good order and Encourageing the Culture of the Land That the 
Same Should be done — 

Know Ye therefore That We of our Especial Grace Certain 
Knowledge and for the Encourageing & Promoteing the good Pur- 
poses and Ends afore Said by & with the Advice of our Trusty & 
well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq Our Governour & Com- 
'ander in Chieft' and of our Council for our Said Province Have 
Errected Incorporated and ordained And by these Presents for us 
our heirs And Successors Do will & ordain That the Inhabitants 
of the Tract of Land afores'^ (Bounded as follows) Viz Begining 
one Mile & Eighty rods North of the South Corner of London- 
derry Township on the West Side of Said Town & to run trom 
thence North on the West Side of Said Londonderry five Miles & 
Seven furlongs & Twelve rodds & a half then North Twentv one 
Degrees West to Merrimack River then Down Said River till it 
meets with a West Line by the Needle that comes from the Place 
where it began — and that Shall Inhabit the Same be & b}' these 
Presents Are Declared & ordained to be a Town Corporate And 
Are hereby Errected & Incorporated into a body Pollitick and a 
Corporation to Have Continuance for ever by the name of Lytch- 
field with All the Powers & Authorities Previledges Immunities 
and Franchizes which Other Towns within Said Province 
*i-42 or *Any of them by Law have &' Enjo}' To have & to 
Hold the Said Powers And Authoritys Immunities and 
Franchizes to them the Said Inhabitants & their Successors for 
ever Always Reserveing to us our heirs & Successors all white 
Pine Trees growing & being and that Shall hereafter grow & be 
on Said Tract of Land for the use of our Royal Nav}' reserveing 
alsoe the Power of Divideinij the Said Town to us our heirs & 
Successors when it Shall Appear necessary or Convenient for the 
benefit of the Inhabitants thereof. And as the Severall Towns 
within our Said Province Are by Laws thereof Enabled And 
Autliorized to Assemble & by the majority of Votes to Choose all 
Such officers as Are mentioned in the Said Laws We do by these 
Presents Nominate And Appoint John Macmurphy Esq to Call the 
first meeting of the Said Inhabitants to be held within the Said 
Town at any Time within thirty Days from the Date hereof give- 



LITTLETON. 257 

ing Legall Notice of the Time Place & Design of Holding Such 
Meeting In Testimony Whereof We have Caused the Seal of our 
Said Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Went- 
WORTH Esq our Governour & Comander in Chieft' of our Said 
Province the fifth Day of June in the year of our Lord Christ One 
thousand Seven hundred & forty Nine & in the Twenty Second 
year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''''' 

Entred & recorded According to the Original the Seventh Day 
of June 1749 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'"'^ 



LITTLETON, 

[This was a part of Cheswick, (second grant, afterwards Apthorp,) which was 
granted Nov. 17, 1764, to James Avery and others. Regranted to Aptho7-p Jan. 18, 
1770, to Moses Little and others, and named in the honor of George Apthorp, of 
London, England, one of the grantees. Dalton was set off from Apthorp and 
incorporated Nov. 4, 1784, and the remainder of the town was incorporated as 
Littleton at the same time, receiving its name in honor of Moses Little. As to 
first grant of territory under the charter title of CJiiswick see Lisbon. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 123 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 
and Littleton Centennial, 37, as to participation in movement for union with Ver- 
mont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 424; Index to Laws, 294; sketch. 
Granite Monthly, vol. 5, p. 292, vol. 7, p. 60, vol. 8, p. 254; The White Hills, 
by T. Starr King, 1859, Connecticut Valley, p. 373 ; History of the Town, A 
Fragment, MS., by Adams Moore, 1863; Centennial Celebration, 1884, pp. 328; 
History, in preparation under the direction of a committee of the town; sketch, 
by J. R. Jackson, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 459 ; Acts of the 
Anti-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, 1883, pp. 88, 293 ; Relations of Town 
and State, address, 1884, by A. S. Batchellor, with appendix, pub. 1886, and three 
supplements, pub. 1887, 1888, 1894; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 556; 
Northern New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 3; The Response of the 
Town at the Declaration of War in 1 861, by A. S. Batchellor, Abbott's History 
of the First Regiment, p. 75 ; The W^ar Album at the State House, A Local Con- 
tribution, by A. S. Batchellor, 16 Granite Monthly, pp. 71, 168.] 

17 



L. S. 



258 charter records. 

[Chiswick Charter, 1764.] 

*3-i26 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Chiswick GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 
and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 

To all Persons to zuhoni 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 Nezu 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hampshire^ in Nczu-En gland ^ 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 New- 
Hanipshire, 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 Fifty Three equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of Nezv-Hamf shire ^ containing by Admeasurement, 
23040 Acres, which Tract is to contain Six Miles square, and no 
more ; out of which an Allowance is to be made for High Wa3's 
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- 
westerly Corner of Lyman on Connecticut River & thence to Run 
back from said River on the Line of Lyman to North Easterly 
Corner of Lyman afore Said from thence to turne of & run South 
70'' East about Three Miles & 92 Rods by the Line of Concord 
then turning off & runing by Concord North 20 Deg^ East ab' 
Six Miles to the South East Corner of the Town of Lancaster 
& then turning otT & runing by Lancaster North 26 deg" West 
about 7 Miles to Connecticut River And then turning & runing 
down the river as that Runs to the aforesaid North Westerly Cor- 
ner of Lyman aforesaid to the Bounds began at — And that the same 
be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 



LITTLETON. 259 

Chiswick 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 t-djo 
Fah's, one of which shall be held on the And 

the other on the annually, which Fairs are not 

to continue longer than the respective • follow- 

ing the said 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 each Week, as *3-i27 
may be thought most advantagious to the Inhabitants. 
Also, that the first Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers, agre- 
able to the Laws of our said Province, shall be held on the first 
Wednesday in January 1765 which said Meeting shall be Notified 
by James Avery 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 
respective Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the tbllowing Condi- 
tions, viz. 

I. 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 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 eftectually 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 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 here- 
after shall be Enacted. 



26o 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 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 of 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 of ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day of Decejiiber, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1774 ^^^^ shill- 
ing 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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers 
as shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Seventeenth Day of November In the Year of our Lord 
Christ, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Four And in 
the Fifth Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

Theod' Atkinson Jun' Sec'^ 

Recorded from the Original Charter under the Pro^ Seal this 
lyth Novemb' 1764 — 

^ T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 

*3-i28 *Names of the Grantees of Chiswick 

James Avery Barnard Farrand Solomon Morgan 

Jeremiah Clement Reuben Lockwood John Baldwin 

Benadam Gallop Joseph Lockwood John Fanchier 

Nathan Gallop Ebenezer Lockwood John Fanchier Jun' 

William Gallop Benjamin Giles William Fanchier 



LITTLETON. 261 

Humphrey Avery Jun'Elijah Morgan John Ambler 

William Avery Thomas Powers Theophilus Rogers 

Solomon Avery Amos Mead Uriah Rogers 

Samuel Avery Abraham Weed Joseph Williams 

Latham Avery Nathaniel Weed Tho* Prentis Gallop 

James Avery Francis Smith Ebenez' Gallop 

Palms Avery Lemuel Smith Asa Jones 

Christopher Avery Joseph Smith Henry Gallop 

Weightstill Avery Isaac Smith Humphrey Avery- 

Isaac Avery The Ho^*^^ Theod' Atkinson Esq 

William Billings Ma*^ Hung'^ Wentworth Esq & 

James Nevins 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain 500 Acres as marked B W — in the Plan which is to be 
Accounted two of the within Shares one whole Share for the 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospell in foreign Parts one 
whole Share for a Glebe for the Church of England as by Law 
Established one Share tor the first Settled Minister of the Gospell & 
one whole Share for the Benefit of the School in Said Town forever — 

Nov 17"' 1764 — Recorded from the Back of the Charter of 
Chiswick — 

Attest' ^ T Atkinson Jun Sec^y 



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262 charter records. 

[Apthorp Charter, 1770.] 

*4-33 *Province of New Hampshire 

(Apthorp.) George the Third by the grace of God of Great 
Britain France & Ireland King defender of the faith 
and so forth 
To ALL Persons to whom these Presents shall come. Greeting — 
Whereas we of our special grace certain knowledge and mere 
motion for the due encouragement of setling a new Plantation 
within our said Province of New Hampshire by our Letters Patent 
under the Seal of our said Province Dated the 17''' day of Novem- 
ber One thousand seven Hundred and Sixty four in the fourth year 
of our Reio-n Did grant a tract of Land 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 Tovvm Corporate by 
*4-34 the name of Chiswick as by reference to the *said Patent 
or Charter may more fully appear. And whereas Moses 
Little Jun"^ of Newbury in the County of Essex & Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay Gentleman, Moses Little of Newbury port in 
said County Merchant, Israel Morey of Orford in the Province of 
New Hampshire Esq' and Alexander Phelps of Hebron in the 
County of Harford and Colony of Connecticut Esq"" Purchasers 
of the said Tract of Land from the former Grantees (exclusive of 
those hereinafter mentioned) for a valuable Consideration ; have 
represented unto Us that by reason of the great Inconveniences 
which have arisen from the uncertaintv of the Survey of said 
Tract, the want of Roads and the late great scarcity of Provisions, 
they have been unavoidably prevented from complying with the 
Terms of Cultivation and settlement of said Tract, although they 
have been at great expence in begin'ing the Cultivation thereof 
and have a reasonable prospect to complete the whole ; but the 
grant aforementioned being now expired, and the Premises for- 
feited and acknowledged to revert to us our Heirs & successors, 
the said Moses Little Jun% Moses Little, Israel Morey and Alexan- 
der Phelps purchasers as aforesaid are unable to proceed further 
herein and therefore pray that a grant may be made to them of 
the said Land by a certain Actual Survey & admeasurement for 
such further Time and upon such terms as they may safely pro- 
ceed eflectually to cultivate and settle the same. Now know Ye 
that we being willing to promote the end proposed Do of our fur- 



LITTLETON. 263 

ther grace and favour, and in consideration of the Premises by 
these Presents grant unto the said Moses Little Jun', Moses Little, 
Israel Morey and Alexander Phelps Purchasers as aforesaid, and 
also to the following Persons the quantities of land respectively 
assigned to each of them Viz* The Honorable Benning Went- 
worth Esq a lot of five hundred Acres, Theodore Atkinson Esq' a 
lot of five hundred Acres, Mark Hs Wentvvorth Esq"" a lot of five 
Hundred Acres, they being original Grantees in the former Grant 
of this tract ; George Apthorp of London Esq'' Nathaniel Carter, 
Benjamin Harris and Tristram Dalton all of Newbury Port and 
Samuel Adams of Boston who are admitted additional Grantees in 
in this our present Charter, the quantity of four hundred 
Acres each ; also four hundred Acres* to the Society for *4-35 
the Propagation of the gospel in ftbreign Parts ; and to 
their Heirs and Assigns forever ; the said Tract of Land contain- 
ing by admeasurement only forty thousand Eight hundred & fifty 
acres and forty eight rods, as by a plan of an accurate Survey 
thereof exhibited by our Surv'' General of Lands for our said 
Province by our Governor's Order and returned to the Sec'^" Office 
a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed may more fully appear, 
butted and bounded as follows Viz* Begin'ing at the North 
westerly corner bounds of the Township of Lyman, on the bank 
of Connecticut River, thence running according to the general 
course of said River North Seventy five degrees East 'till it comes 
to the South westerly corner of the Township of Lancaster on the 
bank of said River, then turning off" and running South Twenty 
Six degrees East fouf miles to a Stake, then turning otT and i^un- 
ning South fifty six degrees West Ten Miles and seventy Chains 
[to a] tree marked in the line of the Township of Gunthwaite, 
then turning oft' again and running North fifty seven degrees and 
one half West three miles and forty eight Chains by Gunthwaite 
to a tree being the South westerly corner of Lyman aforesaid, 
then pursuing the course of Lyman line Viz* North fift}^ seven 
degrees West Six miles to the South Westerly corner thereof the 
bounds first mentioned. To have and to hold the said Tract of 
Land as above expressed with all the Priviledges and Appurte- 
nances to them the said Grantees and their respective heirs and 
Assigns for ever, by the name of Apthorp upon the following terms, 
Conditions and reservations to be performed and duly comply ed 
with by the expiration of four Years from the date hereof Viz* 
First. That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be setled 



264 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Twelve Families who shall be actually setled and resident on the 
Premises by the 18"* day of January in the year of our Lord 1772, 
and that every grantee his heirs or Assigns shall plant and culti- 
vate five Acres of Land within the Term of four 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 it's reverting to us our Heirs & 
Successors to be by us or them enterd upon & regranted to 
such of our Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the 

same. 
*4-36 *Second — That all white and other Pine Trees within the 
said Township fit for masting our Royal Navy be care- 
fully 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 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. 

Third — That before an}' 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 and paying therefor to us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors on or before the 25"^ day of December 1773 the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully demanded. 

Fifth — That every Proprietor, Setler or Inhabitant shall yield & 
pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every Year for 
ever from the 25^^ day of 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 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 sucii Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; & these to be in lieu of all 
other rents & services whatsover. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereto affixed Witness Jn" Wentworth Esq' our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of our said Province the 18'^ 
day of January in the year of our Lord Christ 1770 in the lo^** 
year of our Reign, 



LITTLETON. 



265 



J' j L.S. ^Wentworth. 



By his Excell<^y'^ Command > 
with advice of Council ) 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire 20*'' Jan^ 1770 

Recorded according to the Original Charter of Apthorp under 
the Province Seal. Att : Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



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266 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hampshire January i8*** 1770 — 
These Certify that this Plan of Apthorp Viz* Beginning at the N. 
W^y corner Bounds of the Township of Lyman on the bank of 
Connecticut River, thence running according to the General course 
of said River N. 75° E. 'till it comes to the S. W'y corner of the 
Township of Lancaster on the bank of said River, then turning 
off & running S. 26° E. 4 miles to a stake, then turning off & run- 
ing S. 56° W. 10 m. & 70 ch* to a Tree marked in the line of the 
Township of Gunthwaite, then turning off again and running N. 
57>^° W. 3 m. 48 ch* by Gunthwaite to a tree being the S. W'y 
corner of Lyman aforesaid, then pursuing the course of Lyman 
Line, Viz* N« 57° W. 6 Miles to the N. W'y corner thereof the 
bounds first mentioned. Contains 40,850 Acres & 48 Rods of Land, 
& is found by actual Survey of 3 miles & 48 ch' on the N'' line of 
Gunthwaite & 6 miles on the N° line of Lyman, from thence by 
Conn* River to Lancaster S. Wy Corner, thence S. 26° E. 4 
miles, as taken & returned by Dudley Colman D^ Survevor — 

Attest^ ^ Is. Rindge"'S'Geni 



\^Incor^oratio7i of Littleton and Dalton, iy8^.'\ 
[Mss. Acts, Vol. 5, p. 10.] 

>. State of New Hampshire 

o / In the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred 

Seal > j • u * r 

V and eighty four — 

^^^^v-^ ^ An Act 

To divide the Town of Apthorp in the County of Grafton and 
State aforesaid and incorporate the same into two several Towns. — 

Whereas Tristram Dalton and Nathaniel Tracey Esq'* have pre- 
ferred a petition to the General Court of this State setting forth 
That the said Town of Apthorp is large and capable of being 
made into two Towns by a proper division ; That in its present 
situation the settlement and cultivation thereof must be attended 
with great difficulty ; That a division thereof would be exceedingly 
beneficial to the proprietors of said Town and to the Public. — And 
upon a hearing, the prayer of said petition appearing reasonable 
and just — 

Therefore be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Represen- 



[From Legislative Files for 1794. J 




LITTLETON. 267 

tatives in General Court convened That, the part of said Town 
included within the lines and boundaries, hereafter mentioned, that 
is to say, beginning at the easterly corner of said Town, thence 
running south fifty six degrees west, eighteen hundred Rods, on 
the Southeasterly line of said Town, thence turning off and run- 
ning North twenty six degrees west about six miles more or less 
until it comes to Connecticut River, thence by said River Easterly 
until it comes to the Northerly corner of said Town, Thence turn- 
ing off, and running North twenty six degrees east on the North 
easterly line of said Town, about five miles, until it comes to the 
easterly corner of said Town the bound began at. — Be, and hereby 
is erected and incorporated into a Town by the Name of Dalton ; 
And the Inhabitants of said tract of land are erected into a body 
politic and corporate to have continuance and succession forever 
and are hereby invested with all the powers and infranchised 
with all the privileges, rights benefits and immunities which any 
Town in this State by law holds and enjoys ; To hold to said 
Inhabitants and their Successors forever, and Capt John Young is 
hereby authorized and impowered to call a meeting of said Inhabi- 
tants for the purpose of choosing all necessary and customary 
Town Officers, giving fourteen days notice at least of the time, 
place, and design of such meeting, And the Officers then chosen 
shall be invested with all the powers and authority that the officers 
of any other Town in this State are by law invested with ; And the 
annual meeting of said Inhabitants shall be held in said Town, 
for that purpose on the third Tuesday of March forever — 

And be it further Enacted by the authority aforesaid. That the 
rest and residue of said Town of Apthorp, not included in the fore- 
going lines and boundaries, Be, and hereby is erected into a Town 
by the name of Littleton and the Inhabitants of said tract of land 
are erected into a body politic and corporate, to have continuance 
and Succession forever, and are hereby invested with all the 
powers and enfranchised with all the rights, privileges, benefits 
and immunities which any Town in this State, by law holds and 
and enjoys, to hold to the said Inhabitants and to their Successors 
forever — and Col^ Timothy Bedel is hereby authorized and impow- 
ered to call a meeting of said Inhabitants for the purpose of choos- 
ing all necessary and customary town officers, giving fourteen 
days notice at least of the time, place and design of such meeting. 
And the Officers then chosen shall be invested with all the power 
and authority, that the officers of any other Town in this State are 



268 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by law invested with ; And the annual meeting of said Inhabitants, 
shall be held in said Town for that purpose on the third Tuesday 
of March forever. 

State of New Hampshire ^In the House of Representatives 
Novem' 2*^ 1784 The foregoing Bill, having been read a third 
time, Voted, that it pass to be Enacted. — 

Sent up for Concurrence — 

Geo : Atkinson Speaker 

In Senate Novem*" 4"' 1784 — 

This Bill was read a third Time & Voted that the same be 
enacted. 

M Weare President 



LIVERMORE. 

[This town was composed of land granted or sold to Jasper Elkins, Sargent and 
Elkins, Hatch and Cleaves, John Raymond, and Bean and Gilman. Incorporated 
July II, 1876, and named in honor of the Livermore family. 

See Deeds of State Land, ms. vol., in office of Secretary of State; Index to 
Laws, 295 ; Corbett v. Norcross et als., 35 N. H. 99; Bartlett Land and Lumber 
Co. 7'. Saunders, 13 OUo {\] . S. Supreme Court Reports,) 316; sketch. Child's 
Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 511 ; Mt. Tremont, by J. B. Henck, Jr., i, 
Appalachia, 124; An Excursion from Mt. Whiteface to Greeley's by the Tri- 
Pyramid Ridge and Back Again via Black Mountain, by C. E. Fay, 6, id., 342 ; 
Concerning the Name of Black Mountain, by C. E. Fay, i, id., 90; Unnamed 
Mountains between Mt. Hancock and Scar Ridge, by Warren Upham, i, id., 252 ; 
Mt. Carrigain, by C. E. Fay, 2, id., 108; The Mountains between Saco and 
Swift Rivers, by J. R. Edwards, 3, id., 57 ; Mts. Silver Spring and Tremont, by 
J. R. Edwards, 2, id., 282 ; The East Branch of the Pemigewassett, by Warren 
Upham, I, id., 29; An Ascent of Scar Ridge, by F. W. Clarke and G. Lanza, i, 
id., 247; A Three Days Trip over the Hancock-Carrigain Range, by Webster 
Wells, 2 id., 164; Paths to Black Mountain and Mt. Tecumseh, by W. Wells, 2, 
id., 174; An Ascent of Mt. Nancy, by A. Matthews, 3, id., 2S0 ; Excursion over 
Mts. Nancy, Anderson, and Lowell, by E. B. Cook, 4, id., 262.] 



livermore. ^ 269 

[Grant to Stephen Holland, 1770.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. * 1-367 

Stephen Holland's } George the Third by the Grace of God 
Grant 5 of Great Britain France and Ireland King 

Defender of the faith and so forth. 

''^^^^^ ^ To All to whom these presents shall come 

y o / Greeting — 

i Whereas we have tho't fit by our Proclamation at 

v^^-v'^^ -^ Saint 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 and approbation of the conduct and 
bravery of the Officers and Soldiers of our Armies & signified 
our desire to reward the same, and have therein Commanded 
and Empowerd 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 Proclamation 
aforesaid are particularly mentioned subject nevertheless to the 
same Qiiit Rents and conditions of cultivation and Improvement 
as other our Lands are subject to in the Province in which they 
are Granted. And whereas Stephen Holland of Londonderry in 
our said Province Esq' had our Appointment as Lieutenant and 
serv'd during the late War, and is now reduced and he having person- 
ally applied and sollicited for such Grant agreable 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 & culti- * 1-368 
vation of our Lands within our said Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Have by and with the advice of 
our Trusty & well beloved John Wentworth Esq' our Governor 
and Commander in Chief of our said Province and of our Coun- 
cil of the same, (agreable to our aforesaid in part recited 
Proclamation, and upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
after mentioned,) given and granted and by these presents for us 
our heirs and Successors do give and grant unto the said Stephen 
Holland & to his heirs and Assigns for Ever a certain Tract of 
Land containing by admeasurement Two thousand Acres lying 
& being within our Province aforesaid as by a Plan or Survey 



270 CHARTER RECORDS. 

thereof exhibited by our Survey' General of Lands for our said 
Province by our said Governor's Order and returned into the 
sec'^' office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto 
annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz* Begining at a beech 
Tree in y® Easty side line of Thornton 8i R''** from y« N'^ side of 
a brook there call*^ the East branch & running South Sixteen and 
an half degrees East three miles and forty Rods to a beech Tree, 
from thence North seventy three and an half degrees to a spruce 
Tree, from thence North Sixteen & an half degrees West three 
miles and forty Rods to a spruce Tree, from thence South Sev'enty 
three and an half degrees West to the bounds began at : and 
also a strip of Land at y® North' end of the above described 
Premises, of one mile in length and Eighty one Rods in Breadth, 
as by the prick'd line in the Plan annexed is described. To have 
AND TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above expressed to him 
the said Stephen, and to his heirs and Assigns for Ever, upon the 
following Terms, Conditions and Reservations 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 at any time hereafter be directed or order'd by the Gov- 
ernor and Council afores*^ which Road is to be completed in Two 
years from the date of such Order or direction aforesaid on penalty 
of the forfeiture of the Right of the said Grantee and of it's 
reverting to us our Heirs and Successors. 

Second — That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be set- 
led three Families in three Years from the date of this Grant, in 
failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs and Success- 
ors to be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of our 

Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the same. 
*i.— 369 *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 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 his heirs and Assigns to us our heirs 
& Successors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed 
by any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth Yielding and paying therefore to us our heirs and suc- 
cessors 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 or Assigns shall yield 
and pay unto us our heirs and Successors yearly and every year 



LIVERMORE. 27 1 

for Ever from and after the expiration of One year from the above- 
said First day of March 1779, namely on the first day of March 
which will be in the Year of our Lord Christ 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 
Owner, Settler or Proprietor as aforesaid, in our Council Cham : 
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 Chief the 9*^ day of 
March in the 10*'^ year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1770. — 

J.' Wentworth 
By his Excell''^'^ Command 

with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

Province of New Hampshire, 9"' day of March 1770 — 
Recorded accord^ to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. Att' Theod' Atkinson SeC'' 

Province of New Hampshire Portsm° 8"^ March 1770. These 
Certify that this Plan Beginning at a Beech Tree, & running S° 
j6i E. 3 miles and 40 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence N. 73^" 
E. to a spruce Tree, from thence N. i6|° W. 3 miles & 30 Rods 
to a Spruce Tree from thence S. 73^° W to the bounds began at. 
contains 2000 Acres of Land & is a True Copy of an Original 
Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken and returned to me by John 
Tolford D-'' S"" & that the land represented by the dotted lines con- 
tains 160J Acres & is laid down by Order of His Excell'-'' John 
Wentworth Esq'' Gov"^ of said Prov" 

Attest*^ Is : Rindge sur"" Gen^ 



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LONDONDERRY 



[Formerly known as Niitfield. Granted June 21, 1722, to John Moor and 
others, and named Londonderry from Londonderry in Ireland. The town was 
divided into two parishes Feb. 25, 1739-40. This act was partially repealed Nov. 
6, 1778, and the bounds changed April 16, 1784. Windham was set off and 
incorporated as a parish Feb. 12, 1 741-2. The northwest portion of the town, 
with other territory, was incorporated as Derryfield (now Manchester), Sept. 3, 
175 I. A portion was annexed to Hudson, March 6, 1778. Another part of the 



LONDONDERRY. 273 

town was annexed to Windham Sept. 26, 1777, and Samuel Clark, with his estate, 
was also set off to Windham Nov. 26, 177S. 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 Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 479; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 429; Index to Laws, 296; Farmer's Belknap's History 
of N. H., p. 191 ; Petition of Inhabitants, 1719, 5, Collections of N. H. Histori- 
cal Society, 206 ; Century Sermon, containing historical sketch of town, by Edward 
L. Parker, 1819, pp. 44; History, including Derry, by Edward L. Parker, 1851, 
pp. LV and 358; Celebration of 150th Anniversary, 1869, comp. by Robert C. 
Mack, 1870, pp. 124; Centennial Discourse, 1876, by Luther D. Pert, pp. 29; 
sketch by Robert C. Mack, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 565 ; 
sketch, 4, Granite Monthly, 125 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p. 12; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 88; Memoir of John Stark, 
by Caleb Stark, 1868 ; Characteristics of the First Settlers, 12, Farmers' Monthly 
Visitor, 373 ; Some Old Burial Places, by A. C. Andrews, 5, Granite Monthly, 
118; The Scotch Irish and the Irish Scots, by John C. Linehan, 4, Granite 
Monthly, pp. 17, 50, 85 ; The Relations of the Irish Presbyterians to the Opposi- 
tion in N. H. to the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, by Orrin Grant Libby, 
in Bulletin of the University of Wisconsin on the Geographical Distribution of 
the Vote of the Thirteen States on the Federal Constitution, i787-'88, p. 9, Madi- 
son, Wis., published by the University, June, 1894.] 



[Londonderry Charter, 1722.] 

*George by the Grace of God of Great Brittain France *i-ii 
r'^-^^^^ . and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c'* 
Prov : / To All People to whom these presents Shall 
Seal V come Greeting — 
v^,^-vxw^ Know ye That we of our Special Knowledge & 

Londonderry meer motion for the Due Encouragement of Settling 
A new Plantation by & with the advise and Concent of Our Coun- 
cil Have given & Granted And by these Presents as far as in us 
lyes Do give & Grant in Equal Shares unto Sundry of our beloved 
Subjects whose names Are Entred unto A Schedule hereunto 
Annexed That Inhabit or Shall Inhabit within the S*^ Grant within 
our Province of New Ramps'^ All that Tract of Land within the 
following bounds being Ten miles Square or So much as amounts 
to Ten Miles Square & no more Beginning on the North East 
Angle at A beach Tree marked which is the South East Angle of 
Chester And running from thence due South on Kingston Line 
four Miles and an half And from thence on a West Line One Mile 
18 



274 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& three quarters And from thence South Six miles And an half 
and from thence West north West Nine Miles And an half & from 
thence North Eleven Miles And an half from thence North North 
East Three Miles from thence East South East One Mile & from 
thence South South West to the South West Angle of Chester And 
from thence on An East South East line bounding on Chester Ten 
Miles to the beach Tree first mentioned — And that the Same be A 
Town Corporate by the Name of Londondorry to the Per- 
I-I2* sons afores'* *forever Provided Nevertheless and the True 
Intent & meaning of these Presents is any thing to the Con- 
trary Notwithstanding that nothing in this Our Said Grant Shall 
Extend to or be understood to Extend to Defeat Prejudice or make 
Null & Void any Claim Title or Pretence which Our Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay may have to All or Any part of the Premises 
Granted as afores^ or the Right Claim Property or Demand of Any 
Private Person or Persons by reason & means of All or Any part 
of the S** Granted Premises falling within the Line or Boundarys 
of Our S'^ Province of the Massachusetts to have & to hold 
the S^ Land to the Grantees and their heirs And Assignes forever 
upon the following Conditions Viz 

I'* That the Proprietors of Every Shear build A Dwelling house 
within Three years and Settle A family therein & break up three 
Acres of Ground and Plant or Sow the Same within four years 
and Pay his or their Proportion of the Town Charges when & So 
often as Occasion Shall require the Same 

2^ That a Meeting house be built within four years 
3*1 That upon Default of Any Perticular Proprietor in Com- 
plying with the Conditions of this Charter on his part Such Delin- 
quent Proprietor Shall forfeit his Shear to the Other proprietors 
to be Disposed of by Vote of the Maj'' part of the Proprietors And 
in case of an Indian War within the S*^ four years the S*^ Grantees 
Shall have four years more after the S*^ War is Ended for the per- 
formance of these Conditions The Said men And Inhabitants alsoe 
rendring and paying for the Same to us Our heirs & Suc- 
*i-i3 cessors *Or to Such officer or officers as Shall be 
Appointed to receive the Same the Annual Qiiit Rent or 
Acknowledgement of One Peck of Potatoes on the first day of 
October yearly forever reserveing alsoe unto us our heirs and 
Successors All mast Trees growing on the S'^ Tract of Land 
According to the Acts of Parliament in that behalf made and Pro- 
vided & for the better order Rule & Government of the S'* Town 
We do by these Presents Grant for us our heirs and Successors 



LONDONDERRY. 



275 



unto the S'* Grantees that Yearly & every year upon the fifth day 
of march forever Except on the Lords day and then the monday 
next following they Shall meet to Ellect & Choose by the major 
part of the Ellectors present all Town officers According to the 
Laws And usage of Other Towns within our S<^ Province for the 
year Ensueing with Such powers Previledges And Authorities as 
other Town officers in Our Province afores** do Enjoy as allsoe that 
on Every Wednesday in the Week forever they may hold keep & 
Enjoy A Market for the Selling And buying of Goods Wares 
Merchandize And all kind of Creatures, Endowed with the usual 
Previledges Profits and Im'unities as Other Market Towns 
usually hold possess & Enjoy And Two fairs Annually forever 
the first to be held or kept within the S'' Town on the Eighth Day 
of October next & So De Anno in Annum forever, And the Other 
on the Eighth day of May following in like manner — Provided if 
it Should So happen That if At Any time either of those days fall 
on the Lords day then the s^ Fairs Shall be held & kept the day 
following, and that the s'' fair Shall have hold & possess the Liber- 
ties Previledges & Im'unitiesthatotherffairs in other Towns usually 
possess hold and Injoy In Wittness wereof we have Caused the 
Seal of our S*^ Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness 
Samuel Shute Esq Our Governour *And Com'ander in 1-14* 
ChiefF of Our S** Province the twenty first day of June 
Anno Domini 1722 And in the Eighth year of Our Reigne — 

Sam'^ Shute — 
By Advice of the Council Rich*^ Waldron Cler : Con 

A schedule of the names of the Proprietors of London Derry 

Shares Shares Shares 

John Moor — i Rob* Will son — i Sam" Moor — i 

John Asbell — i James Doak — i Henry Green — i 

Abel Merrel— i Randal Alexand' i Rob* Doak— i 

Alex' Walker — i John Clark — i James Anderson — i 

James Alexander — i James Morrison — i John Mitchell i 

Archi*^ Clandennin-i John Barnard — i JamesMckeen&Son 2 

Jon* Tyler — i Alex' Nichols — i James Nicholls— i 

W"" Nicholls— I W°» Humphry— i John Barr & Sons- 2 

David Crage & ) John Stewart — i Thomas Steel — i 

W™ Gillmore ) Sam" Alleson — i John Morrison — i 

Rob* Wear — i Allen Anderson i M'M^Gregore&Sons 3 

James Neasmoth i James Clark — i W"^ Gregg — i 



276 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



John Gregg — 
David Cargill Jun'' 
Hugh Montgomery' 
Rob' Bo3'ce — 
W°^ Cambel — 



James Gregg & Son 2 
W™ Thompson — i 
Rob' Moreson — i 
John M'^murphy i 
Cap* David Cargill 



^1-15 



I 
James M'=neal-i Dan" M«Dufe 
Coll Jn° Wheelwright i *Edward Procter-i Benj« Kidder i 



W" Willson & 
John Richy 

Alex' M'^neal — i 

John M*^neal — i 

John Asbel Jun"" — i 

Sam" Huston — i 



John Gray-i Joseph Kidder 
Sam" Graves — i John Cramy — 



James Lindsay 
James Blair 
John Shelds 
Elias Keyes — 
Rob* M«keen 
John Peter & 
Andrew Coughran 
James Aikins — 
Edward Aikins 
Andrew^ Todd — 
Sam" Morrison — 
W" Ayres — 



I James Lafaby 
I John Blair 
i James Rogers 
I John Roby — 
I Jennet Sam" & 
> John M*^keen 
\ David Bogle 
I W™ Aikins — 
I John Wallis — 
I John Bell— 
I Abra™ Holmes 



I Tho* Bogle 
Sam" Greves Jun' i John Goffe Jun'' 
Stephen Peirce i Andrew Spaulding 

> 1 Cap* Cargil for } 
5 " 2 Servents — 5 
i Nehem'' Griffin — 
I John Barnard Jun'' 
John Woodbarn — i John M^^lurg — 
Rich** Waldron Jun*" i Leiu* Gov : Wentworl 

Rob* Auchmuty — i 



James M^^gerore 

for Serv* — 
Tho« Clark— 
Parson** Lott — 



John Goff — I 

Mathew Clark i 

John Anderson i 

James Moor i 

Joseph S3'mons i 

John Center i 

W"' Coughran i 

James Gregg 
Sam" Graves 
Rob* Boyce 
Benj'^ Wilson 
David Morrison 
John Given 
EHz* Willson & 
mary her Daughf 
Alex"- M^'murphy 
James Leget 
George Clark — 
James M^'Gloughlen i 
John M'^Conoughy — i 
Bennincr Wentworth i 
h I Rob' Armstrong-i 



i 



Memorand'" over and Above what is allreadv <riven in this 



Schedule is Added to 

Acres 
M' M^gregore 250 

M' M^'keen 250 

M' David Cargell 100 



M' James Gregg 

M-^ Goff— 

for irood Service — 



Acres 
100 



And to the Two Last Mentioned namely Gregg & Goff A Mill 
Stream within the S** Town for their good Service In Promoteing 
the Settlement of s** Town R Waldron Cler Con 



LONDONDERRY. 277 

Prov^ N Hamp'' June 21 1722 

Admitted Proprietors & Com'oners in the Town of London 
Derry with the Persons mentioned in this Schedule — 

His Excelency Govern' Shute a house Lot & 500 Acres 
*i-i6 *His Hon"" Leiu* Governour Wentworth A house Lott & 
500 Acres 

Shear Shear 

Samuell Penhallow — i Rich*^ Wilbird — i 

Mark Hunking — i Tho* Westbrook — i 

George Jaffry — i Tho* Packer — i 

Shadrach Walton — i Archibald M'^pheadrise — i 

Rich'i Waldron Cler Con 

Province of New Hamp"^ 

Entred & Recorded According to the Original this 15*^ Day of 
June 1743— 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



\_Petttwn of David Car gil of Londonderry^ 1^28.'] 
[Mss. "Town Boundaries" p. 75.] 

To the Honourable John Wentworth Esq' Lieutenant Governour 
and Comander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire and to the Honourable the Counsel for Said. Province 

The Humble petition of David Cargill in behalf of the Propria- 
tors of London Derry in Said Province Humbly Sheweth 

That the Propriators of the town of London Derrv at their last 
anual meeting Made Choise of a Comitee to run the Line between 
their town and Kingstown, & Kingstown having Chose a Comitee 
to join our Comitee to run said lines the Comites accordingly met 
upon the place where said line Comences and the bounds specified 
in both our Charters being read, Kingstown line as by their 
Charter Saying Southerly the Comitee from Kingstown did hold 
that their point was South and by West and our Charter Saying 
South we did aledge that there was no Inconsistancie in the 
Charters and that the point was Realy South according to the 
Compass which they refusing to run the Comitee parted so the line 
lyeth not run — 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly Pray that your Honours 
would be pleased to Determine the mater in Controversie which is 



278 CHARTER RECORDS. 

set forth above that so the said line may be setled and run and that a 
comitee may be Chosen by your Honours to run it and to bound 
our town on the East, runing and setleing said bounds according 
to the Usual Custom and as your Honours did order the line to be 
setled Betwen our town and Chester and your Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound shall ever Pray 

May 16^^ 1728 David Cargill 

In Coun^ May 16 : 1728 — 

Ordered that y^ Within Petition be heard next thursday y® 23*^ 
Ins* at 3 a clock P : M : and that y* Petitioner Serve the Select- 
men of Kingston w*'* a Copy of S*^ Petitioner and this order in 
y® Mean time R Waldron Cler Con 

Upon hearing the within Petition May 25 1728 It is ordered in 
Coun^ That a Committe Repair to Kingstown north Corner 
bounds so call'd and Examine & see y® True Course of y® Divid- 
ing line between S** Town & Chester to y** South bound of S"* 
Kingston as y' Same is bounded marked & Settled & report 
y* exact course of s*^ line to y^ Coun^ board y® last day of y' M" 
and That Mess*^* Sam^ Palmer, James Grey & John Sweat be 
y* Committe for y® Service & y* y® Charge of S*^ Committe be 
defray'd by Kingston & Derry Joyntly 

R Waldron Cler Con 



LOUDON. 

[Setoff from Canterbury and incorporated as a parish Jan. 23, 1773. Named 
in honor of the Earl of Loudon. A portion of Loudon was annexed to Concord 
Jan. 2, 1784. A small tract of Canterbury territory was annexed to Loudon 
Jan. 7, 1853. 

See papers under title Canterbury; XH, Hammond Town Papers, 485; Index 
to Laws, 298; sketch by H. J. Osgood, Kurd's History of Merrimack County, 
1885, p. 477; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 7, 9; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, pp. 393, 399.] 



LYMAN. 279 

LYMAN. 

[Granted Nov. 10, 1761, to Daniel Lyman and others, eleven of whom bore the 
name of Lyman, and for whom the town was named. The charter was renewed 
July 20, 1769. Monroe was set off and incorporated July 13, 1854. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 492; 
Index to Laws, 300; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 512; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 581.] 



P s- 



[Lyman Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-333 

Lyman GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 

To all Persons to whoin these Presents shall conie^ 
Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
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 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of Nezv- 
Hamf shire, 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 equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of New-Hainpshire, containing by Admeasurement 
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 Gov- 
ernor's Order, and returned into the Secretary's Office, and here- 
unto annexed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Begining at a 



28o CHARTER RECORDS. 

Tree Marked that Stands on the Bank of the Easterly Side of Con- 
necticut River which is the North Westerly Corner of Bath & is Six 
Miles on a Straight Line from Am'onusock Rivers Mouth & from 
thence Runing by Bath to the North Easterly Corner thereof, 
then Begining again at the first Bounds & Runing up Conneticut 
River, so far as to make it Six Miles upon a Streight Line, thence 
Six Miles on such a Point as will be Six Miles from the North 
Easterly Corner of Bath aforesaid & thence to the said North 
Easterly Corner of Bath atbres'^ And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Lyman 
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 Tzvo 
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 follow- 

ing the said and that as soon as the said 

Town shall consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be 
*2-334 *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, agre- 
able to the Laws of our said Province, shall be held on the First 
Monday in December next which said Meeting shall be Notified 
by Gideon Lyman Esq who is hereby also appointed the Moderator 
of the said first Meeting, which he is to Notify and Govern agre- 
able 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 Afarch 
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. 

I. That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and 
cultivate fiv^e 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 



LYMAN. 281 

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 Nav3% 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 here- 
after shall be Enacted. 

HI. 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 Deccmbe?- annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be made on the twenty-fifth day of December. 1761 

V. Ever}^ 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 177 1 One shill- 
ing 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 Portsmouth or to such Officer or Officers 
as shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Tenth Da}^ of November 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 Se'' 



282 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Province of New Hamps"^ Nov lo 1761 — 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Prov 
Seal 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



re 



*2-335 *The Names of the Grantees of Lyman (Viz) 



Daniel Lyman 
Phineas Bradley 
Sam' Bishop Jun"" 
David Austin 
Thomas Willmot 
Sam' Munson 
John Mix 
Benj"* Bradley 
Moses Ford 
Amos Perkins 
John Austin 
Silvanus Bishop 
Sam' Austin 
Steph" Johnson 
Ezra Dodge 
Erastus Bradley 
Tim** Bradley 
Abra"' Augur 
Timo' Tallmage 
Medad Lyman 
Ruben Bradley 



Jacob Heaton 
Dan' Basset 
Ezekiel Hotchkins 
Zadoc Allin 
Isaac Thompson 
John Belcher 
James Bradley 
Joseph Thompson 
Eliakim Half 
Gad Smith 
Isaac Bishop 
Sam' Willmot 
Hezekiah Tuttle 
Punderson Austin 
And^ Bradley 
Tim« Peck 
Amos Shearman 
Israel Bishop 
Joseph Belcher 
Amos Morris 
James Blackby 
Tim** Rubefies 



John Johnson 3*^ 
Sam' Hannum 
Ezra Clark 
Gideon Lyman Esq 
Elijah Lyman Esq 
Phineas Lyman Esq 
John Beecher 
Joseph Miller 
Gideon Lyman Esq 
Phineas Lyman Esq 
Edw<i Cutf 
Gideon Lyman Jun"^ 
Elisha Lyman 
Naomi Lyman 
Elijah Southwell 
Joseph Root 
Eben' Philps 
Zina Bradley 
Rich'' Wibird Esq 
Joseph Newmarch Esq 
& Eli as Lyman 



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 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 Hamps"" Nov' 10, 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Origional Charter of Lyman 
under the Prov'' Seal 

Attested 19 Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



LYMAN. 



283 




Province of New Hamps'" Nov"^ 10, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of Lyman 
under the Prov^ Seal 

f Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 



[Lyman Charter Renewed, 1769.] 



'} 



George the Third by the *4-93 
Grace of God of Great Britain 
France and Ireland King Defender 
of the Faith, and so forth 
Whereas we of our special Grace and mere Motion for the 
due Encouragement of settling a New Plantation within our Prov- 



*Province of New 
Hampshire 
(Lyman Extension) 



284 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ince of New Hampshire by our Letters Patenter Charter under the 
Seal of our said Province dated the Tenth day of November One 
thousand Seven hundred & Sixty one in the Second Year of our 
Reign, a Tract of Land equal to Six Miles Square, bounded as 
therein expressed, (and since Survey'd, admeasured, marked and 
ascertained by our Order to Isaac Rindge Esquire our Surveyor 
General of Lands for said Province, granted 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, 
and to be a Town Corporate by the Name of Lyman as by refer- 
rence to the said Charter may more fully appear. And whereas 
the said Grantees have represented unto us that by reason of the 
great Inconveniencies which occur in the Settlement of New Town- 
ships so remotely situated from any other Settlements that can 
afford any Assistance hath render'd it Impracticable for the whole 
Number of Grantees to perform that part of the Conditions that 
relates to the cultivation of such a proportion of the said Grant, 
that there are a considerable number of Families settled on the 
Premises, which affords them hopes of a final Settlement, without 
delay. And humbly supplicating us not to take advantage of the 
breach of said Condition, but to lengthen out and grant them some 
further time for the performance thereof. Now know Ye, that we 
being willing to promote the end proposed have (of our further 
Grace and favour suspended our Claim of the forfeiture which said 
Grantees may have Incurred) and by these Presents do grant unto 
the said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns the further Term of 
Five Years from this date for performing and fulfilling the Condi- 
tions Matters and Things by them to be done as aforesaid. Except 
the Quit Rents which are to remain due and Payable as expressed 
& reserved in the Original Grant or Charter. 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 

Province to be hereunto Affixed Witness John Wentworth 

Esquire our Governor & Commander in Chief the Twen- 

*4-94 tieth day of July in the Ninth Year of our Reign, *Anno- 

que Domini 1769. J' Wentworth. 

By his Excell^^y'" Command > 

with advice of Council. 5 

Geo : King Dep^ Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire August 15'^ 1772. 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal. 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



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285 







fy 



S Si £ t "IW.s t. 4 B...AT-. 




•"*•« t— •"•s/.v.-.^ts/; 



Province of New Hampshire. 

These Certify that this Plan of Lyman, containing Twenty five 
Thousand four hundred and Thirty three Acres of Land is a true 
Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said Township as taken 
& returned to me by M'^ Benjamin Whiting Dep^ Survey' 

July 6^^ 1769. Attest. Is. Rindge S' Gen^ 



[Grant TO John Hurd, 1769.] 



*Province of New 
Hampshire 



(Jno Hurd's Grant 
of the Deer Islands) 



George the Third by the Grace *i-328 
of God of Great Britain France & 
Ireland King Defender of the faith &c* 

To ALL 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 setling a new Planta- 
tion within our said Province by and with the advice of our Trusty 
and well beloved Jn° Wentworth Esq*" our Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief of our said Province of New Hampshire in New 
England and of our Council for 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 



286 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant unto our Loving Subject John Hurd of Portsm° in our 
said Province of New Hampshire Esq'' and to his Heirs and 
Assigns for ever ; all those Islands (being 5 in Number) com- 
monly called and known by the name of the Deer Islands, situ- 
ate and being between the Towns of Lyman and Barnet in Con- 
necticut River ; the Contents and Numbers of the said Islands are 

A R P A R P 

respectively as follows Viz* N** 1-6.. 2.. 11- N" 2- 12.. o.. 32- N° 

ARP ARP AR 

3- 21.. o.. 6 N° 4- 16.. 2.. 2- N° 5- 2^.. 2- as by a Plan and 
Survey thereof made & returned by order of our said Governor 
into the secretary's office and hereunto annexed may more fully 
appear-To Have and to hold the said Deer Islands and every of 
them together with all Priviledges and Appurtenances unto him 
the said Jn" Hurd his heirs and Assignes for ever : upon the follow- 
ing Conditions Viz* First That the said John his heirs or Assigns 
shall Plant and Cultivate Ten Acres of the said Land within the 
Term of Ten Years and continue to improve and settle the same 
by additional Cultivations on penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant 
in the said Islands and of their reverting to us our heirs & succes- 
sors to be by us or them regranted to such of our subjects as 
shall effectually Settle and Cultivate the same Secondly that all 
white Pine trees throughout the said Islands fit for masting 

our Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that Use 
*i-328 and *none to be cut or fell'd, without our special Licence 

first had and obtained for so doing, upon the Penalty of 
the forfeiture of this Grant as well as being subject to the Present 
and future Penalties by Act of Parliament — Thirdly Yielding 
and paying therefor unto us our heirs and Successors for the space 
of Ten Years from this Date One Ear of Indian Corn only on the 
25*^ of December annually if lawfully demanded — (4**^) That the 
said John his heirs or Assigns shall yield & Pay unto us our heirs 
and successors yearly and every year from and after the expiration 
of the said Ten Years in our Council Chamber in Portsm" or to 
such officer as Shall be appointed to receive the same — Two 
shillings and Sixpence Lawful money for ever : in lieu of all other 
Rents and services. — 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our said 
Province to be hereto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' our 
said Governor the sixteenth day of January in the year of our 
Lord Christ 1769 and in the ninth year of our Reign — 

J' Wentworth 



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LYME. 287 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Jun : Sec'^ 

Recorded according to the Original Patent under the Province 
Seal the 28'^ Jan'y 1769. 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

*Province of New Hampshire Portsm^* 28*^^ Jan'^ 1769- *i-330 
These Certify that this plan of the Deer Islands in Con- 
necticut River lying between the Towns of Lyman and Barnet is 
a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey as taken & returned 
to me by Elijah King D^ Surveyor. 

Attest'' f Is : Rindge S' Gen' 

Province of New Hampshire 28*^ Jan''^ 1769. 
Recorded accords to the Plan, annex'd to the Original Grant 
under the Province Seal. — 



LYME. 



[Granted July 8, 1761, to John Thompson and others. Named from Lyme, 
Conn. The charter was renewed February 21, 1770. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 533 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 
398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers 501 ; Index to Laws, 301 ; sketch, by P. H. A. Clafiin, 
Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 517; History of the Cobs Country, 
by Grant Powers, 1841, p. 135; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, pp. 15, 22; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 
559 ; sermon at close of })'] years' ministry, by E. Tenney, 1868.] 



[Lyme Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. *2-37 

Lyme GEORGE the Third, 

^^-^^^^^ ^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 

Prov<=® / and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 
Seal C To all Persons to zvhom these Presents shall cotne, 

Vw^N-N^ Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVezv 
Plantation within our said Province, by. and with the Advice of 



288 CHARTER RECORDS. 

our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hampshire in JVezv-jEngland, 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- 
Hampshirc, 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 Nine equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of JVezv-Hanipshtre , containing by Admeasurement, 
twenty three Thousand one Hundred Ac?'es, which Tract is to 
contain Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allow- 
ance is to be made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands b}^ 
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 Northwest Corner of Hannover at a tree Marked 
with the Figures five and Six Standing on the Bank of Connec- 
ticut river, from Thence runing South Sixty four degrees East 
Six miles and Three Quarters of a mile from thence North 
twenty deg* East Six miles. Thence North Sixty three degrees 
West Six miles to a Tree marked with y® Figures Six and 
Seven Standing on the Bank of Connecticut River Thence down 
The river to the first Bounds Mentioned — And that the same 
be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 
Lime 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 Fami- 
lies 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, w^hich 

fairs are not to continue longer than the respective 

following the said 

and that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty 
*2-38 Families, a Market may be *opened and kept one or more 

Days in each Week, as may be thought most advantagi- 
ous to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meeting for the Choice 



LYME. 289 

of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our said Province, 
shall be held on the Second Tuesday in august next which said 
Meeting shall be Notified by Cap^ John Thompson 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 
Seconday of March annually, To Have and to Hold the 
said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all Privi- 
leges 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 
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 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 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 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 of December. 1762 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 

19 



290 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Eighth Day of July 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"^^ 

Province of New Hamp"^ July S^*" 1761 

Recorded According to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 

*2-39 *The Names of the Grantees of Lime Viz 

John Thompson W" M^^Nitt John Wentworth jun' 

Seth Shaw Tho* Johnson Thomas Wentworth 

Barnard M^Nitt Will™ Spear Thomas Peverly 

Thomas M'^Clethan W™ Bell jun' John Langdon 

Will™ Shaw David English Edward Kavannah 

Josh* Shaw, Brimf*^ Robert Braton Edward Ayers 

Stephen Hatch Francis Lamont John Green 

James Partrick Sam" Shaw,Brimfield Theod' Atkinson juii 

James Brown Robert Brown Will™ Kenedy 

Robert Hunter Benj" Thompson W™ Blunt 

Henry Thompson James M*=Nitt Charles Blunt 

W™ Sloan David Shaw jun' Nathaniel Fellows 

Tim^ M^ilvain David Spear John Nelson-Merch' 

William M^^Clethan Thomas Johnson jun'' John Clark 

W™ Bell William Brown John Ley 

Sam^ Shaw jun' James Lamont jun' Thomas Warren 



LYME. 



291 



Charles Gardner Sam" Shaw, Palmer Nath'^ Dowse 

W" Lament John Allen M^ilvain Theod' Atkinson Esq 

Dunkin Quantun John Cutt M"^ Hs Wentworth Esq 

Rufus Thompson George Firneld Benning Wentworth 

Noah Thompson John Libby & John Nelson merch' 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of Land as 
marked in the Plan B W to Contain Five hundred Acres which 
is to he Accounted Two of the within 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 — One Share for the Benifit of A School in Said Town — 
One whole Share for A Glebe for the Church of England as by 
Law Established — 

Province N. Hamp' July 8"' 1761 

Recorded According to the Back of Original Charter 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 




Province of New Hamp"" July 8^^ 1761 
Recorded from the Back of the original Charter 

W Theodore Atkinson Sec 



292 charter records. 

[Lyme Charter Renewed, 1770.] 

*i-364 *Province of New > George the Third by the grace 

Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain, France 

(Lime extended.) and Ireland King Defender of the 

faith and so forth 
To All to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 
Whereas we of our special grace certain knowledge and mere 
motion for the due encouragement of selling a new Plant* 
within our said Province of New Hampshire by our Letters 
Patent or Charter under the Seal of our said Province Dated the 
8*^ day of July 1761, in the first 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 Conditions therein declared to be a Town Corporate by the 
Name of Lime as by reference to the said Charter may more fully 
appear, — And whereas it hath been represented unto us that the 
difficulties which have hitherto occurr'd in the settlement of the 
said Township are principally owing to the remote situation of the 
said Tract from any other Settlements that can afford any neces- 
sary assistance to the Grantees in the effectual prosecution of the 
Duties stipulated in their Charter, & from the want of Roads, 
which they had to cut and clear, which prevented their Travelling 
to their respective Lots ; and also, that these delays are in some 
measure occasioned by sundry of the Grantees in the said Charter 
mentioned Viz* Joshua Shaw, Sam' Shaw Jun' Charles Gardner, 
Henry Thompson, Edw'^ Kavannah, James Patrick, Dunkin Quan- 
tun, Rufus Thompson, David Spear, David English and Samuel 
Shaw of Palmer, who have entirely neglected to cultivate, im- 
prove or contribute in any wise towards the settlement of the said 
Tract; by which means their respective Shares (agreable to the 
Tenor of their Charter,) are forfeited, and revert to us to be 
regranted ; and it appearing also, that there are Twent}'^ one 
families now setled & resident on the Premises — and the said 
Grantees having supplicated us not to take advantage of the 
breach of said Condition but to lengthen out & grant them some 
further time for the performance thereof. Therefore know ye that 
we being willing to encourage & promote the Cultivation 
* 1-365 & settlement of the said Tract, do hereby signify *our 
taking the advantage of the forfeiture aforesaid so far as 
relates to the Eleven Shares of the said Delinquents & have and 



LYME. 293 

do hereby exclude them respectively, & by these presents do admit 
in the Room & Head of the said Delinquents, Viz* Cap* Tho^ 
Martin, Thomas Westbrook Waldron Esq' Godfrey Malbone 
Esq% Isaac Fellows, Thomas Baker, Samuel Chandler, Amos 
Paine, Charles Nelson, Isaac Preston, John Bartholomew and 
John Hurd Esq' and do grant to them the said admitted grantees 
the said Eleven forfeited Shares, to be equally divided to and 
among them, and to be held and possess'd by them their Heirs 
and Assigns on the same Conditions, reservations and Duties by 
which the other Grantees hold, and are subject to ; and have of 
our further grace and favour suspended our further claim of the 
forfeiture which the said Grantees may have Incurred, and by 
these Presents do grant to them their heirs and Assigns the Term 
of Three Years from the date hereof for performing and fulfilling 
the Conditions, matters and things by them to be done as afore- 
said — Except the Quit Rents which are to remain due and payable 
as express'd and reserved in the Original Grant or Charter. In 
Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' our 
Governor and Commander in chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire the 21'' day of Feb^ in the year of our Lord Christ 
1770. and in the tenth year of our Reign. 

By his Excell^y* Command J' < l. s. > Wentworth 

with advice of the Council ^^^^ 

Theo : Atkinson Sec'' 

Province of New Hampshire 21** February 1770. 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal. 

Att' Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



[Grant to Benjamin Grant, 1769.] 

*Province of > George the Third by the Grace * 1-338 

New Hampshire > of God of Great Britain France and 
5 Benj'' Grants > Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

I Island I &c. — 

To All 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 Planta- 
tion within our said Province, by and with the advice of our Trusty 
and well-belov'd John Wentworth Esq" our Governor and Com- 



294 CHARTER RECORDS. 

mand'' in cheif of our said Province of New Hampshire in New 
England and of our Council for the said Province, Have upon the 
conditions and reservations herein after made given and granted, 
and by these Presents for us our heirs & successors Do give and 
grant unto our Loving Subject Benjamin Grant of Lime in our 
said Province Husbandman and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever ; 
That Island commonly called and known by the name of Grant's 
Island situate and being between the Towns of Thetford & Lime 

Acres Roods Perches 

in Connecticut River, containing 24 — 2 — 17 — as by a Plan and 
Survey thereof made and return'd by our said Governor's order 
into the Secretary's Office, a Copy whereof is hereunto annex'd, 
and may thereby more fully appear To have and to hold the 
said Granted Premises together with all Priviledges and Appurten- 
ances unto him the said Benj'* Grant his heirs and Assigns for ever ; 
upon the following Conditions Viz^ First That the said Benjamin 
his heirs or Assigns shall Plant and Cultivate Ten Acres of the said 
Land, within the Term of Two years and to continue to improve 
& Settle the same by additional Cultivations on penalty of the for- 
feiture of his Grant in the said Island and of its reverting^ to us our 
heirs and successors to be by us or them regranted to such of our 
Subjects as shall effectually settle and Cultivate the same. 

Secondly That all white Pine Trees throughout the . 
*i-339 said Island *fit for masting our Royal Nav}^ be carefully 

preserved for that use, and none to be cut or fell'd without 
our special Licence first had and obtaind for so doing, upon the 
penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant as well as being Subject to 
the Present and future Acts of Parliament. Thirdly yielding and 
paying therefor unto us our heirs and Successors for the space of 
one year from this date the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only on 
the 25'^ day of December annually if lawfully demanded Fourthly 
That the said Benj-' his heirs and Assigns shall yield & pay unto 
us our heirs and Successors, Yearly & every year from and after 
the expiration of the said one year in our Council Chamber in 
Portsm° or to such Officer as shall be appointed to receive the same, 
Five Shillings Sterling money for ever : in lieu of all other rents 
and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereto affix'd Witness John Wentworth Esq'^ our 
said Governor the 5"' day of April in the year of our Lord Christ 
1769 and in the 9"' Year of our Reign — 

J' Wentworth 



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295 



By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council /^w^^^ 

T : Atkinson Jun"" Sec'^' ^ l :s : ^ 

Recorded from the Original Grant under the Province Seal the 
5'^ April 1769. ^ Theodore Atkinson Se'>' 




296 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hampshire Portsm" 3'' April 1769. 

These Certify that this Plan of Grant's Island in Connecticut 
River lying between the Towns of Thetford and Lime is a True 
Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said Island as taken and 
returned to me by M'' Dudley Colman D>' Surv"' 

Attest' ^ . Is : Rindge S'' Gen^ 



[Greene's Ferry, 1772.] 

'1-436 *Province of New > George the Third by the 

Hampshire > Grace of God of Great Britain 
'"**^*>-^^ ^ France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 
/ To All to whom these Presents shall come 

V Greeting. 
v,>^v-N^ Know Ye, that we of our special Grace certain 

Greene's Ferry knowledge & mere Motion (by and with the 
advice of our Trusty and well belov'd John 
Wentworth Esquire our Captain General Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in and over our Province of New Hampshire 
aforesaid in New England) Have given and granted and by these 
Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto 
our Loyal and Faithful Subject Ebenezer Greene of Thetford 
in the County of Glocester and Province of New York Gentleman 
the Sole Right of keeping a ferry and of keeping using & employ- 
ing a ferry boat or Boats for the transporting of Men, Horses, 
Goods, Cattle, Carriages &c. from the Shore of Lime in the 
County of Grafton and Province of New Hampshire, near the 
Building of the said Greene, erected in said Lime for the purpose 
of making Pearl Ash, across the River Connecticut, to the oppo- 
site Shore of said Thetford To hold the said Ferry and privi- 
ledge of a Ferry, with all Ferryage Advantages, Emoluments, 
Perquisites and Profits thereunto belonging, to him, the said 
Ebenez' Green his Heirs, Executors, Adminstrators & 
*i-437 Assigns, from the *day of the date hereof, to his and their 
only proper use benefit and behoof for Ever, upon the fol- 
lowing Conditions Viz*. That he & they shall at all Times keep such 
Boat or Boats & give such attendance & behave as the now (or 
any hereafter) Laws do or may require, on penalty of forfeiting 
this Grant, and of its reverting to us our Heirs and Successors. 
And as a further Encouragement to the said Ebenezer Greene in 



LYME. 297 

& about the Premises We will that none of our loving Subjects do 
presume to molest or interrupt the said Ebenezer Greene in his 
said Ferry or set up any other Ferry upon or across the said River 
Connecticut, within Two Miles above or below the Ferry of the 
said Eben' Greene. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor & 
Command' in Chief the Thirtieth day of May in the Twelfth Year 
of our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Commmand 
with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Prov^ Seal, 
the 30th. day of May 1772. 

Attesf. 



[Grant to Matthew Stanley Parker, 1772.] 

*Province of New ) George the Third by the Grace *i-4io 
Hampshire S of God of Great Britain France 

->w^^^ -, and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. — 

/ To ALL to whom these Presents shall come, 

C Greeting. 
,.^^/->^ ^ Know Ye, that we of our special grace certain 
Matthew Stanley > knowledge and mere Motion for the due 
Parker's Grant 3 encouragement of settling & cultivating our 
Lands within our Province aforesaid by and with the advice 
of our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire our 
Governor & Commander in chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire, and of our Council of the same Have, (upon the 
Conditions and Reservations herein particularly recited and 
Expressed) given and granted and by these Presents for us our 
Heirs and Successors, do give and grant unto our leige and loving 
Subject Matthew Stanley Parker of Portsmouth in our County 
of Rockingham and Province aforesaid. Gentleman and to his 
Heirs and Assigns for Ever a certain Tract or parcel of Land con- 
taining by Admeasurement Five Hundred Acres, situate lying 
and being in our said Province as by a Plan or Survey thereof 
(exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province 



298 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by our said Governor's Order and returned into the Secretary's 
office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) 
may more fully & at large appear, Butted & Bounded as 
follows viz*. Beginning at a White Pine Tree standing on the 
bank of Connecticut River, which Tree is the Corner Bounds of 
the Township of Lime and Orford, from thence running South 
64° Degrees East 312 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence South 
26° Degrees West 230 Rods to a white Pine Tree, from thence 
North 64° degrees East 480 Rods to a Red Birch Tree, standing 
on the bank of Connecticut River aforesaid, from thence up said 
River to the Bounds first mentioned. To Have and to Hold the 
said Tract of Land as above express'd to him the said Matthew 
Stanley Parker and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever upon the 
following Terms Conditions and Reservations, Viz^ — 

First. That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make 
*i-4ii 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 aforesaid, which 
Road shall be completed in one Year from the date of such Order 
or Direction of the Governor and Council aforesaid on penalty of 
the forfeiture of this Grant & of its reverting to us our Heirs and 
Successors. — 

Second. That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be settled 
Two Families in Three 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 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 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 Succes- 
sors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourth. Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the 6^^ day of January 1773, the Rent of 
One Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully demanded. — 

Fifth. That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall yield 
and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors Yearl}- and every 3'ear 
for Ever from and after the expiration of Two Years from the date 
of this Grant, One Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hun- 
dred Acres he so Owns and Settles or Possesses and so in propor- 



LYME. 



299 



tion 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 & Commander in Chief the 6^^ day of 
Jan'^ in the 12^'' year of our Reign, Annoque Domini 1772. — 

By his Excellency's Command J' < l. s. > Wentworth. 

with advice of Council ^ \-^-v^^ ^ 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 
*Province of New Hampshire 7*^^ Feb^ 1772. *i-4i2 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the 
Province Seal — 




dttt}Kiv-S»^t jyjg>t»» 



%. 



?> 



Province of New Hampshire. Portsmouth 6"^ Jan^ 1772. 

These may Certify that this Plan Beginning at a White Pine 
Tree standing on the bank of Connecticut River which Tree is 
the Corner Bounds of the Townships of Lime & Orford, from 
thence running S. 64° E. 312 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence 
South 26° W. 230 Rods, to a White Pine Tree, from thence N. 
64° W. 480 Rods to a Red Birch Tree standing on the bank of 
Connecticut River aforesaid, from thence up said River to the 
Bounds first mentioned. Contains Five Hundred Acres of Land 
& is a true Copy of an Original plan or Survey of said Tract as 
taken and returned to me by M' Jotham Cummings Dep^ Surveyor 

Attest : Is : Rindge S. G^ 



300 CHARTER RECORDS. 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 

[Granted by Massachusetts June 19, 1735, to Capt. Samuel King and others, 
and called Salein-Catiada. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors December 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 territory, was incorporated as Greenfield June 15, 1791. Another portion 
was annexed to Temple June 11, 1796. The northeasterly part was annexed to 
Mont Vernon January 5, 1853. A tract from the southerly side was annexed to 
Milford June 27, 1873. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 535; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 509; 
Index to Laws, 301 ; sketch, by David C. Grant, Hurd's History of Hillsborough 
County, 1885, p. 498; Historical Address, 150th Anniversary, 1889, by Frank 
G. Clark, 1891, pp. 68 ; Proceedings of 150th Anniversary, mss.. in possession of 
VV. H. Grant, St. Paul, Minn. ; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, p. 19; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 192; 
The First Settlers, by J. Clark, 21, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 277; Materials for 
a History, 8, id., 94; manuscripts in possession of W. H. Grant, St. Paul, 
Minn.] 



[Lyndeborough Incorporated, 1764.] 

*i-26i *Prov of New Hamp' 

Lyndsborough George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
r-*-^^.^^ Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
/ Faith &c^ 
C To all to whom these Presents shall come greet- 

Whereas our Loving Subjects Inhabitants on a Tract of Land 
within our Province of New Hamp' afore Said by the Name of 
Lyndsborough have Humbly Petitioned & Requested that they 
may be erected & Encorporated into a Township & Infrancized 
with the same Powers & Previledges which Other Towns have & 
Enjo3' within our Said Province by Law have & Enjoy & it 
appearing to us to be Condusive to the General good of our Said 
Province as well as to the Said Inhabitants in Perticular by main- 
taining good order & Encouraging the Culture of the Said Lands 
that the Same should be done Know Ye therefore that we of our 
Especial Grace certain Knowledge & for the Encouragement & 
Promotion of these good Ends & Purposes by & with the Advise 
of our Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Gov- 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 3OI 

ernor & Com'ander in Chieff & of our Council for Said Province 
of New Hamp' have erected & ordaind & by these Presents for 
us our Heirs & Successors do Will & ordain that our Loving Sub- 
jects Residing on the Tract of Land aforesaid or that Shall here- 
after reside & Improve thereon the same being Limited & 
Bounded as follows Viz — begining at the North East Corner of a 
Tract of Land called Duxbury School Farm & in the Line of the 
Township of Amherst from thence runing West by the Needle 
one Mile Two Hundred & Eighty Rodds to the East Line of the 
Township of Wilton from thence North by the Needle four Hun- 
dred & Ninety Eight Rods to the North East Corner of Wilton 
aforesaid from thence West by the Needle by Wilton aforesaid 
five Miles to A White Ash marked the Corner of Peterboroucrh 
Slip & Wilton Aforesaid & from thence West by the Needle Two 
Hundred & forty Rods by s*^ Peterborough Slip to a Beach Tree 
marked from thence North by the Needle Six Miles & Three 
Quarters to a Tree marked for the Corner of Said Tract from 
thence East by the Needle Three Miles & one Quarter to A Tree 
marked in the Western Line of New Boston from thence South 
by that Line one Mile & an half to the most South Westerly 
Corner of New Boston aforesaid from thence East by the said 
New Boston Line Three Miles one Hundred & Twenty Rods to a 
Black Oak marked Still by s** New Boston Line & Runs South 
Two Miles & an half to A Sump & Stones from thence East one 
Mile & Eighty Rods to the North West Corner of Amherst afore- 
said from thence south by the Line of Amherst four Miles one 
Hundred & Twenty three Rods to the Bounds first mentioned 
Shall be & by these Presents are Declared & ordaind to be a 
Town Corporate & are hereby erected and Incorporated into A 
Bdy Politick & Corporate to have Continuence until his Maj'^'* 
Pleasure shall be Signified to the Contrary by the Name of 
Lyndsborough with the Powers and Authoritys Previledges & 
Immunities & Franchizes which any Other Towns in Said Province 
by law hold & Enjoy allways Reserving to us our Heirs & 
Successors all white Pine Trees that are *or Shall be *i-262 
found growing or being on the Said Tract of Land fit for 
the Use of our Royal Navy Reserving also the Power & Right of 
Dividing the Said Town when it Shall Appear Necessary & 
Convenient for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof Provided 
nevertheless & it is hereby Declared that this, our Charter & 
Grant is not Intended or Shall in any Man'er be Construed to 
extend to or Affect the Private Property of the Soil within the 



302 LYNDEBOROUGH. 

Limits aforesaid and as the Several Towns within Our Said 
Province of New Hamp' are by the Laws thereof enabled & 
authorized to Assemble and by the Authority of the Voters Pres- 
ent to Chuse all Such Officers & Transact such Affairs as by the 
Said Laws are declared We do by these Presents Nominate and 
Appoint M' John Stephenson to call the first Meeting any Time 
within Thirty Days from the Date hereof giving Legal Notice of 
tlie Time Place & Design of Holding such Meeting after which 
the annual Meeting for Said Town for the Choice of officers & 
Management of the affairs aforesaid Shall be held within Said 
Township on the Second Tuesday of March Annually — 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of the our Said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governor & Com'ander in Chieff in & over our Said Prov- 
ince of New Hamp' the 23*^ Day of April in the Fourth Year of 
our Reign Annoq Domini 1764 — 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Com'^ 
with advise of Council 

Theod' Atkinson Sec^y 

Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Prov® 
Seal this 23** Day of April 1764 

^^ T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



MADBURY. 

[Constituted from parts of Dover and Durham and incorporated as a parish May 
31, 1755. Granted full town privileges May 26, 1768. This territory was called 
Madbury previous to its incorporation. An unsuccessful attempt was made to 
procure an act of incorporation in 1743. 

See papers under titles Dover and Durham ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 541 ; 
XII, Hammond Town Papers, 536; Index to Laws, 304; sketch, Kurd's History 
of Strafford County, 1882, p. 641; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cum- 
mings, 1836, p. 5 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 334.] 



MADISON. 

[Set off from Eaton and incorporated Dec. 17, 1852. Named in honor of James 
Madison. This included, also, land belonging to various proprietors between 
Eaton and Albany. 

See papers under title Eaton; Index to Laws, 304; sketch, Fergusson's History 
of Carroll County, 1889, p. 802 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, 
pp. 162, 252; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600.] 



MADISON. 303 

[Grant to Blair, McNeal, and Others, 1765.] 

*Province of New Hamp'' * 1-286 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith i&c'* 
To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting — 

Grantees Whereas we have tho* fit by our Proclamation 

(Viz) Blair given at S* James's the Seventh Day of October in 
M*^Neal the third Year of our reign Annoq Domini 1763 

Stark amoungst Other Things to Testify our Royal Sence 

Colwall & Approbation of the Conduct & Bravery of the 

Martin officers & Soldiers of our Armies & to Signify our 

Martin desire to reward the Same & have therein Com- 

'anded and 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 
durincr the late War and to such Private Soldiers as have been or 
Shall be disbanded there & Shall personally Apply — such Quan- 
tities of Land respectively as in & by our afore Said Proclamation 
are perticularly mentioned subject nevertheless to the Same Quit 
Rents & Conditions of Cultivations & Improvements as other our 
Lands are Subject to in this Province within which they are 
Granted And whereas Alexander Blair of Londonderry Gentle- 
man in our Province aforesaid had our appointment And Daniel 
M'^Neal of Derryfield in our Province aforesaid Gentleman had 
our appointment as Lieutenant and Samuel Stark of Derryfield 
aforesaid Gent — had our Appointment as Ensign and John Calwall 
of Londonderry aforesaid Gentleman had our Appointment as 
Ensign and Joshua Martin of Goffs Town, and Nathaniel Martin 
of Weare Gentlemen both within our Said Prov'^® of New Hamp- 
shire had our appointment as Lieutenant, all of them in Our 
Companys of. Independents and Served during the late War in 
North America and are now reduced and they having (agreable 
to our Aforesaid Proclamation Personally Solicited such Grants 
Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace certain Knowledge & 
mere motion do Signify our approbation as aforesaid and for 
encourageing the Settlement & Cultivation of our Lands within our 
Province of New Hampshire in New England have by & with the 
advice of our Trusty & well beloved Penning Wentworth Esq 
Our Govern'' & Com'ander in Chieff of our S*^ Province and of 



304 CHARTER RECORDS. 

our Council for the Same (Agreable to Our aforesaid Proclama- 
tion and upon the Conditions & reservations herein after men- 
tioned) given & Granted and by these Presents for us our heirs & 
Successors Do give & Grant unto them the Said Alexander, Daniel, 
Samuel, John, Joshua & Nathaniel, and to their Several & 
Respective Heirs and assigns forever the Several Tracts & Par- 
cells of Land following lying & being within the said Province 

of New Hampshire (Viz) unto the Said Alexander 
*i-287 *tow Thousand Acres begining at the South West Corner 

of Conway and runing N° 82 degrees West four hun- 
dred rods to a Stake & Stones thence South 8 Degrees West Eight 
hundred rods Thence South 82 degrees East four hundred rods 
thence North 8 degrees East 800 rods to the South West Corner 
of Conway where it began and unto the Said Daniel other Two 
Thousand acres begining at the South West Corner of Conway & 
runing South 8 degrees West 800 rods then S — 82 Degrees East 
400 rods thence N° 8 degrees East 800 rods to Conway Southerly 
Side Line thence on Said Line N° 82 degrees West 400 rods to 
the South West Corner of Conway where the Bounds first began* 
And to the Said Samuel Other Two Thousand Acres begining at 
the South Side Line of Conway afore Said at the N : E : Corner of 
the wSaid Daniel McNeals thence South 8 degrees West by Said M^- 
Neals Land 800 rods thence South 82 ''^s^ East 400 rods thence 
North 8 degrees East 800 rods to Said Conway Southerly Side 
Line thence on Said Line North Eighty two degrees West 400 
rods to where it began And to the Said John Other Two Thou- 
sand Acres begining at the South West Corner of the Said Allex- 
ander's Land & runs South Eight Degrees West 800 rods thence 
South Eighty Two Degrees East 400 rods thence North 8 degrees 
East 800 rods to the South East Corner of the Said Alexander's 
Land then North 82 deg^ West 400 rods to Where the Bounds 
began And to the Said Joshua other Two Thousand Acres 
begining at the S — W — Corner of the Said Daniels Land & runs S 
— 8 degrees West 800 rods by John Colwalls Land then S — 82 
degrees East 400 rods thence N — 8 — degrees East 800 rods to the 
S — E — Corner of said M^'Neals Land thence by s'* M'^Neals Land 
N° 82 degrees west 400 rods to the Corner where the Bounds 
began — And to the Said Nathaniel other Two Thousand Acres 
begining at the S-W-Corner of the Said Samuel Starks Land & 
runs North 8 degrees West 800 rods thence South 82 degrees 
East 400 rods thence N — 8 degrees East 800 rods to the South East 
Corner of Said Starks Land thence N — 82 — degrees West 400 rods 



MADISON. 305 

by Said Starks to the Corner where the Bounds first began. To 
HAVE & TO HOLD the Said Several Tracts of Land as above 
expressed unto them the Said Grantees & to their Several & 
Respective heirs & assigns in Severalty for ever Upon the follow- 
ing Conditions & Reservations (Viz) First that the Said Grantees 
thier Heirs & assigns shall Plant & Cultivate Five Acres of Land 
within the Term of five years for every fifty acres Containd in 
Each of thier Grants & continue to Lnprove & Settle the Same by 
aditional Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of this their Grant 
and of the Same reverting to us our Heirs & Successors to be by 
us or them regranted to such of our subjects as shall effectually 
settle & Cultivate the Same (Second) That all White & other 
Pine Trees within said several Tracts fit for Masting our Royal 
Navy be carefully Preserved for that use & none to be Cut or 
Felled without our Especial Lycence for so doing first had & 
obtaind Under the Penalty of the forfeiture of the Right 
or Rights of the Grantee *or Grantees his or their Heirs *i-288 
or Assigns in the Premises unto us our Heirs & Succes- 
sors, as well as being Subject to the Penalties of any Act or Acts 
ofParliament which now are or Shall be Enacted (Third) Yielding 
& paying therefor unto us our Heirs & Successors for the Space 
of Ten Years to be computed from the Date hereof the rent of one 
Ear of Corn only on the 25''' Day of December Annually (if law- 
fully Demanded) (Fourth) the Said Grantees each & every of 
their Heirs or Assigns shall Yield & Pay unto us our Heirs & 
Successors Yearly & every Year for ever from & after the Expira- 
tion of Ten Years from the Above 25"^ Day of December Namly 
on the 25*^^ Day of December which will be in the Year of our 
Lord 1775 One Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred 
Acres he or they shall own Settle or Possess & so in Proportion 
for a Greater or Lesser Tract of the S** Lands which money shall 
be paid by the respective owner Settler or Possessor as aforesaid 
in our Council Chamber in Portsm° 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 Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our 
aforesaid Governour the Thirty first Day of October in the Year of 
our Lord Christ 1765 and in the Sixth Year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
20 



3o6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

By His Excellencys Com'and 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Jun>* Sec^y 

Entred & recorded according to the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal the 31 Octo. 1765 

f T : Atkinson Jun Sec^^ 

Province of New Hampshire Portsm" 31 — October 1765 
Then the above Grantees viz Alexander Blair Daniel M'^Neal 
Samuel Stark — John Calwall — Joshua Martin & Nathaniel Martin 
Personally Appeared & made Solemn Oath that the above Grants 
of Land to them Respectivly made as above are bona Fide all the 
Lands they each or either of them have received by Virtue of his 
Majestys Proclamation in the above Grant mentioned & they nor 
either do expect any further Grant for Services therein men- 
tioned — 

All Sworn before me Wyseman Clagett Jus : Peace 

Recorded from the Bottom of the original Charter this 31 Day 
of October 1765 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'y 

[For plan of these grants, see Vol. 24, p. 661. Ed.] 



MANCHESTER. 

[Granted by Massachusetts April 17, 1735, to Capt. William Tyng's "snow- 
shoe men," and hence called Tyng's-town. Also known as Harrytowii or Old 
Harrytoivii. Incorporated as Derryfield Sept. 3, 175 i. The first town-meeting 
was held in John Hall's 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 Manches- 
ter 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 Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 151 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 540; Index to 
Laws, 3t)5 ; History, by Chandler E. Potter, 1856, pp. 764; History, by John B. 
Clarke, 1875, pp. 463; sketch, 4, Granite Monthly, 418; sketch, Hurd's History 
of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 40; brief historical sketch, compiled by Man- 
chester Board of Trade, i8go, pp. 83 ; Dedication of Masonic Temple, 1870, pub. 
1871, pp. 32 ; Dedication of Masonic Hall, address, by H. E. Burnham, 1890, pp. 
40; Bibliography, by S. C. Gould, 1885; Dedication of Soldiers' Monument, 
1879; Memoir of John Stark, by Caleb Stark, 1870; Life and Public Services of 
Frederick Smyth, by B. P. Poore and F. B. Eaton, 1885 ; Dedication of Franklin St. 



MANCHESTER. 



307 



Congregational Church, 1847; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 198, 202, 
205 ; Centennial Sermon, by J. M. Durell, 1884; Account of, History of the Mer- 
rimack Valley, by A. Poore, 1857, p. 209; History and Present Condition of the 
Manufiictures, i, Granite Monthly, 21 ; " Namaooskeag" Falls and the Amoskeag 
Manufacturing Co., 12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 289; Quarter Centennial Pas- 
torate of First Congregational Church, by C. W. Wallace, 1865 ; Letter of Resig- 
nation and Commemorative Discourse, by C. W. Wallace, 1873; Report of First 
Unitarian Society, 1893.] 



\_List of Ca^t. William Tyng's Snow-Shoe Men, iyoj.'\ 

[From Mss. Records of Proprietors of Tyngstown in Possession 
of the Town of Jaffrey.] 

A List of the Souldiers that went out under the Com'and of 
Cap^ W"^ Tyng to Winepiscocheag the year 1703 

Admitted 



John Shepley 
Nathaniel Woods 
Thomas Lund 
Joseph Perham 
John Spalding Jun 
William Longley 
Joseph Lakin 
Jonathan Page 
John Hunt 
Peter Talbird 
Benony Perham 
Josiah Richardson 
James Blanchard 
John Richardson 
Sam' Chamberlain 



Joseph Parker 
Joseph Blanchard 
William Whitney 
Joseph Butterfield 
Sam' Spalding 
Eben"" Spalding 
Nath" Blood 



Richard Warner 
John Cumings 
John Longley 
John Spalding 
Henry Spalding 
Sam' Davis 



John Holdin 
Nathaniel Butterfield Jonathan Butterfield 
Jona"' Hill Jonathan Parker : Thomas 



G. Talbird 
Sam' Eleazer Parker 
Tho« Tarble 
Henry Farwell 
Sam' Woods 
Stephen Peirce 



Stephen Keyes 
Thomas Cumings 
Jonathan Richardson 
Joseph Guilson 
Ephraim Hildreth 
Timothy Spalding 



Paul Fletcher 

The Above Named persons were all Admitted And gave Bond 
(Except Will"" Whitney) into the grant made to the Company 
under Cap* William Tyng the 20"^ & 21*' of may 1735 



3o8 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



\praft of Lots in Tytigstown, Jttne 22, 1736.] 
[Tyngstown Proprietors'' Records.] 





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Cap' Henry Farwell 


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John Richardson 


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52 


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Capt. William Lawrence 


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Nathaniel Woods 


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Zachh Hildreth \ 


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The Hon' W" Dudley Esq^ 


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Jonathan Hartwell 


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Jonathan Richardson 


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Jonas Clark Esq"" 


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Eben'' Spalding 


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Thomas Lund 


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50 


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41 


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55 


4 


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Andrew Belcher Esq"" 


13 


6 


2 


12 


3 


42 


3 


56 


4 




Mess''6 Thos Parker & W"" Read 


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Jonathan Page 


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Joseph Guilson 


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Richard Warner 


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16 


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50 


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25 


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Stephen Kyes 


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51 


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23 


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Joseph Blanchard 


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38 


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75 


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Thomas Cumings 


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39 


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25 


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William Whitney 


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34 


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19 


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63 


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Timothy Spalding 


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35 


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18 


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28 


3 


74 


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Samuel Woods 


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66 


4 


31 


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Eleazer Tyng Esq^ 


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65 


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32 


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Nathaniel Butterfield 


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The School Lot 


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Tho» Tarble 


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Benj'* Prescott Esq' 


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Peter Talbirt 


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Josiah Richardson 


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John Colburn 


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Paul Fletcher 


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Stephen Peirce 


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Joseph Laken 


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Caleb Blodget 


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John Tyng 


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[Derryfield Incorporated, 175 i.] 
*Prov New Hamp"' 



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George the Second by the Grace of God of 
Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender 
of the faith &c^ 

To all to whom these Presents Shall come 
Derrj'field Greeting — 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects inhabitants of a Tract of Land 



3IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

within our Province of New Hamp' aforesaid lying partly within 
that Part of our Province of New Hampshire calld Londonderry in 
Part & in Part in Chester & in part of Land not heretofore granted 
to Any Town within our Province aforesaid have Humbly Peti- 
tioned & requested to us that they may be errected & Encorporated 
into a Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers and Previ- 
ledges which other Towns within our Said Province by Law have 
& Enjoy — And it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the General 
good of our Said Province as well as of the Lihabitants in Per- 
ticular by maintaining good order & encouraging the Culture of 
the Land that the Same Should be don — Know ye therefore that 
We of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & for the Encour- 
agement & Promoteing the good Purposes & Ends aforesaid by 
& with the Advice of our Trusty & well beloved Benning Went- 
WORTH Esq our Governour & Comanderin Chieft' & of our Council 
of our Province of New Hamp' aforesaid have Errected & 
ordained & by these Presents for our heirs & Successors Do will 
& ordain that the Inhabitants of A Tract of Land afore Said or 
that Shall Inhabit & Improve thereon hereafter butted & bounded 
as follows Viz begining at a Pitch Pine Tree Standing upon the 
Town Line between Chester & Londonderry Marked (134) 
being the bounds of One of the Sixty Acre Lotts in Said Chester 
being the South East Corner of Said Lott Thence runing South 
into the Township of Londonderry One hundred & Sixty rods to 
a Stake & Stones thence runing West to Londonderrvs North & 
South Line thence running South upon Londonderry Line to the 
head line of Litchfield to a Stake & Stones thence running upon 
the head Line of Litchfield to the Banks of Merrimack River 
thence running up Said River as the River Runs Eight miles to a 
Stake & Stones Standing upon the Bank of the Said River thence 
running East South East one Mile & three Quarters thro Land not 

Granted to Any Town untill it comes to Chester Line 
*i-8o thence running Two Miles and an half & fifty *Two 

rods on the Same Course into the Township of Chester to 
a Stake & Stones thence runnin^r South four Miles & an half to 
the bounds first mentioned All which Lands within the Said 
Bounds which Lyes within the Township of London Derry & 
Chester aforesaid not to be Lyable to Pay any Taxes or rates but 
as they Shall be Settled And By these Presents Are Declared and 
ordained to be A Town Corporate & Are hereby Errected & 
Incorporated into A Body Pollitick & a Corporation to have Con- 



MANCHESTER. 3II 

tinuance forever by the Name of Derryfield with All the Powers 
& Authorities Previledges Imunities & Infranchizes to them 
the Said Inhabitants & thier Successors forever always reserveing 
to us Our heirs & Successors all white Pine Trees growing & 
being or that Shall hereafter grow & be on the Said Tract of Land 
fit for the use of Our Royal Navy reserveing also the Power of 
Divideing the Said Town to us our heirs & Successors when it 
Shall Appear necessary & Convenient for the Benefit of the 
Inhabitants thereof And As the Several Towns within our S*^ 
Province of New Hamp' Are by Laws thereof Enabled & Author- 
ized to Assemble & by the Majority of Votes to Choose all Such 
Officers as Are Mentioned in the Said Laws We Do by these 
Presents Nominate & Appoint John M'^murphy Esq to Call the first 
Meeting of the Inhabitants to be held within the Said Town at Any 
Time within Twenty Days from the Date hereof Giveing notice of 
the Time Place & Design of holding Such Meeting in Said Town 
after which the Annual Meeting in Said Town Shall be held for 
the Choice of Town Officers Szc^ forever on the first monday in 
March Annuall^^ In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal 
of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning 
Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com'ander in ChiefF of our 
Said Province the third Day of September in the Year of Our 
Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & fifty One And in the 
Twenty fifth year of our reign — 

B Wentworth — 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'^y — 

Prov® N Hamp' Entred & recorded According to the Original 
Charter under the Province Seal this 3*^ Day of September 1751 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



312 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



A Pl.AN OF DeRRYFIELD 




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[Goffe's Ferry, 1766.] 

*Province of New Hampshire — 

George the third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France «& Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith &c* 

To all to whom these Presents shall Come Greet- 
ing 
Know ye that we of our Especial Grace, Certain Knowledge 



*i-293 
Goffes Ferry. 



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MANCHESTER. 313 

& mere Motion (by & with the advice of our Trusty & Well- 
beloved Benning Wentworth Esq' our Capt. General Governor & 
Command'' in Cheif in & Over Our Province of New Hampshire in 
North America) Have giv'n & granted And by these Presents for 
Us our heirs & successors Do give & grant unto Our Loyal & 
most faithful Subject John Goffe of Derryfield in our said Prov : 
of New Hampshire Esq' the sole Right of Keeping a Ferry and 
of Keeping Useing & Employing a ferry boat & boats for the 
transporting of Men, Horses Goods Cattle Carriages &c'^ from the 
Shore of Derryfield afores*^ where the said John Goffe's dwelling 
House now stands, Across Merrimack River to the opposite Shore 
of Bedford, & from Beford Shore Opposite his Said House unto 
Derryfield Shore afores** To Hold the said Ferry and Priviledge 
of a Ferry, with all Ferryage Advantages Emoluments perquisites & 
Profits thereunto belonging unto him the s*^ John Goffe Esq' His 
heirs. Executors, Administrators & Assigns from the Day of the 
date Hereof for Ever to his & their only Proper Use & behoof for 
Ever Upon the following Conditions Viz* that he & they do & 
shall at all times Keep such boats & give such Attendence & behave 
as the Now (or any hereafter) Laws do or may Require. And as 
a further Encouragement to the s^ John Goflfe in and about the 
Premises We Will that none of our Loving Subjects do presume 
to molest or Interrupt the s"* John Goflfe in his s** Ferry or set up 
any other ferry upon or across the s'^ River Merrimack within the 
space of Two Miles above or below the Ferry of the s"^ John Goffe 
In Testimony whereof w^e have Cans'' the Public Seal of our 
s^ Prov to be hereunto afiixd Witness our s'^ Governor B Went- 
worth Esq' the 7*'' day of Novem' in the 7'" Year of our Reign 
Anno : Domini 1766 

B Wentworth 
By His Excellency's Comm'^ 

T : Atkinson Jun. Sec'^ 

Province of- New Hampshire 7"" Nov 1766- 
Recorded according to the Original, under the Province Seal 

Attest : T : Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



314 charter records. 

[Merrill's Ferry, 1767.] 

*i-297 *Province of New Hamp' 

Merrells George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

Ferry Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 

Faith &* 

To all to whom these presents Shall come 



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Greeting 



Know Ye that We of our Special Grace certain 
Knowledge & Mere Motion by & with the advice of our Trusty 
& well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Cap' General Gov- 
ernour & Comand'^ in Chieff in & over Province of New 
Hamp' in North America Have Given & granted & b}^ these 
Presents for us our heirs & Successors do give & Grant unto our 
Loyal & Most Faithfull Subject Abraham Merrel of Derrylield in 
our Yoeman the Sole Right of keeping a Ferry & of keeping 
useing & Employing a Ferry Boat & Boats for the Transporting of 
Men Horses Goods Catties Carriages &=* from the Land where he 
now Dwells a Cross Merrimack River to the opposite Shore of 
Bedford & from Bedford Shore opposite his Said Land unto 
Derryfield aforesaid To Hold the Said Ferry & Previledges of a 
Ferry with all Ferryage advantages Emoluments Perquisites & 
Profitts thereunto belongincr unto him the Said Abraham Merrell 
his Heirs Executors Admistrators & Assigns from the Day of the 
Date hereof for ever to his & there only Proper Use & behoof for 
ever upon the following Conditions Viz that he & they do & Shall 
at all Times keep Such Boats & give such Attendence & behave 
as the Now (or any hereafter) Laws do or may Require and as a 
further Encouragement to the Said Abraham Merrill in & about 
the Premises we will that none of our Loving Subjects do presume 
to Mollest or Interrup the Said Abraham Merrill in his Said Ferry 
or Sett up any other Ferry upon or across the Said River Merri- 
mack within the Space of Two Miles above or below the ferry of 
the Said Abraham Merrill 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Publick Seal of 
our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness our Said Gov- 
ernor Benning Wentworth Esq the 28**' Day of May in the Seventh 
Year of Our Reign Annoq Domini 1767 B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Com'' 

T : Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 

Recorded According to the original under the Province Seal 
this 28'" Day of May 1767 f T : Atkinson Jun Sec"^-^ 



MARLOW. 315 



MARLOW. 

[Granted as Addison January i , 1753, to Elias Alexander and others. Regranted 
as Marlow October 7, 1761, to William Noyes and others. The charter was 
renewed January 24, 1772. All that part of the town east of the "Curve Line" 
was annexed to Stoddard June 21, 1797. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 546; X, 
Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in movement for 
union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 572 ; Index to Laws, 334 ; 
sketch, Kurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 314; sketch. Child's 
Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 311 ; Something About Marlow, by G. B. 
Griffith, 4, Granite Monthly, 61 ; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. 
E.Cummings, 1836, p. 8; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 
283.] 



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[Addison Charter, 1753.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-i27 

Addison George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 

Brittain France «& Ireland King Defender of the 
faith &c'^ 

To all Persons to whom these Presents Shall Come 
Greetincr 

Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & 
mere motion for the Due Encouragement of Settling A New 
Plantation within our Said Province By & with the Advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved Penning Wentwoth Esq our Govern"" 
& Comander in Chieff" of our Said Province of New Hampshire 
in America & of our Council of the Said Province Have upon 
the Conditions & Reservations hereafter made Given & Granted 
& 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 & his Maj*^* Other Govern- 
ments and to their heirs and assignes for ever whose names Are 
Entered on this Grant to be Divided to & amongst them into Seventy 
five 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 «fe no more out of which an 
allowance is to be made for high ways unimprovable Lands by 
Rocks Mountains Ponds & Rivers One thousand & forty Acres 



3l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

free According to A Plan thereof made & Presented by our Said 
Governours orders And hereunto Annexed butted & bounded as 
follows (Viz) Begining at the South East Corner of Newton & 
Runing from thence North by the Needle Six Miles And one 
hundred & ninety two Rods to a Stake & Stones from thence 
East by the Needle Six Miles & three quarters to A Stake & 
Stones from thence South 20"^ West Six miles 288 Rods to A 
Stake & Stones from thence West by the Needle four Miles 128 
Rods to the first bounds mentioned & that the Same be and is 
Incorporated into A Township by the Name of Addison and that 
the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit s*^ Township Are 
hereby Declared to be Infranchized with & Intitled to all & Every 
the Previledges and Im'unities that other Towns within our Said 
Province by Law Exercize & Enjoy & further that the Said Town 
as Soon as there Shall be fifty families Resident & Settled 

thereon Shall have the Liberty of Holding two fairs one 
*i-i28 of which Shall be held on the *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 s*^ 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 Tuesday 
in March next which meeting Shall be Notifyd bv Elias Alex- 
ander who is hereby Also Appointed the Moderator of the 
S** 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 on the first Tuesday in March Annually To have 
& TO HOLD the Said Tract as above Expressed togeather with all 
the Previledges & Appurtenances to them & thier Respective heirs 
& 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 
Containd in his or their Share or Proportion of Land in Said 
Township and Continue to Improve & 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 & Successors to be by him or them Regranted to Such of his 
Subjects as Shall Etlectually Settle & Cultivate the Same — That 



MARLOW. 317 

All white & other Pine Trees within the Said Township fit for 
Masting Our Royal Navy be Carefully Preserved for that use & 
none to beCutt or felled without his Majesties Special Lycence for 
So doing first had & Obtaind upon the Penalty of the forfeiture 
of the Right of such Grantee his heirs or assignes 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 Shall be Enacted 
— That before Any Divission of the Said Lands be made to and 
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 & Paying therefor 
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 *i-i2g 
the first Day of January after the Date hereof & Every 
Proprietor Setler 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 Jan'^ which will be in the Year of our Lord Christ 
one thousand Seven hundred & Sixty four One Shilling Procla- 
mation 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 mone}'^ Shall be paid by the Respective 
Persons above Said their heirs or assignes in our Council Chamber 
in Portsmouth 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 Testamony hereof we have Caused the 
Seal of Our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Ben- 
NiNG Wentworth Esq Our Governour & Comander in Chieff' 
of our Said Province the first Day of January in the Year of our 
Lord Christ 1753 and in the 26"* year of Our Reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com'and 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec"^ 

Entered & Recorded According to the Original under the 
Province Seal this first day of Jan'^ i753 — 

10 Theodore Atkinson Sec'' 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



The Names of the Grantees of Addison- 



Elias Alexand, 
John Stucklor, 
EHsha Allis, 
Nathaniel Hawks, 



Jonathan Hubbard, 
Joseph Billings 
Elijah Allis jun-" 
Zadoc Hawks, 



Jonathan Ashley iun"^ Elihu Ashley, 



Job Marsh, 
James Thompson, 
Moses Marsh, 
Andrew Warner 
Peter Marsh 



Ezekiel Jones, 
Phineas Ashle}^ 
Moses Marsh jim% 
Samuel Marsh, 



Daniel Eastbrook 
Elsha Martin, 
John Taylor, 
Samuel Stebbins, 
John Wentvvorth jun' 
Edward Smith 
Jotham Buck, 
Oliver Warner, 
Daniel Montague, 
Samuel Partridge 



1-130 



Sam' Cleveland 
John Hutchins, James Hutchins, John Clark 
*Benjamin Clark, Benjamin Bellows, Joseph Clark, 



Aaron Scott, Moses Scott, 
James Akins, John Brabrooks, 



Benj'* Brooks, 
Aaron Porter, 
Elisha Alexander, 
John Cuming, 
William Symes, 
Mathew Livermore, 
Robert Boyce, 
Theodore Atkinson, 
Samuel Smith, 
Sampson Sheaffe, 



Aaron Brabrooks 
John White, 
Josiah Brown 
Elnathan Blood, 
Samuel Kenady, 
Oreb Taylor, 
Mathew Thornton, 
Ellis Huske, 



Moses Brewer, 
Daniel Brooks 
William Porter, 
Jonathan White, 
Thomas Read, 
William Spauldin, 
Samuel Gilchrist, 
Joseph Read, 
Henry Sherburne, 
Richard Wibird, 
Samuel Solley, 



John Downing, 

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 from the Back of the Charter of Addison 
this first day of Jan'^ i753 — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



MARLOW. 



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Addison the i'' Jan'^ 1753 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se^^ 



[Marlow Charter, 1761.] 
^Province of New-Hampshire. 



'2-225 



Marlow GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 
and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 
. To all Persons to whom these Preseiits shall come. 
Greeting. 

Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a Nezu 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hampshire, in jYezv-Engla7id, and of our Council of the said 
Province ; Have upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 



320 CHARTER RECORDS. 

after made, given and granted, and by these Presents, for us, our 
Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant in equal Sliares, unto 
Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of New- 
Hamfshire^ 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 equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of Nezv-Ham-pshire , containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty Three Thousand & Forty Acres^ which Tract is to con- 
tain Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an x\llowance 
is to be made for High Ways and unimprovable Lands by Rocks, 
Ponds Montains and Rivers, One Thousand and Fortv 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 of A Township Formerly granted in 
this Province by the Name of Newton & Runing from thence 
North by the Needle Six Miles & One hundred & Ninty two 
Rods to a Stake & Stones from thence East by the Needle Six 
Miles & three Quarters of a Mile to a Stake & Stones, from 
thence South Twenty Degrees West Six Miles & Two Hundred 
& Eighty Eight Rods to a Stake & Stones, from thence West by 
the Needle Four Miles & One Hundred Twenty Eight Rods to 
the Bounds first above Mention'd And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Marlow 
And the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said 
Township, are 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 Libertv of holdinfj Ttvo 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 
*2-226 consist of Fifty Families, a Market may be *opened and 
kept one or more Days in each Week, as maybe thought 
most advantagious to the Inhabitants. Also, that the first Meet- 
ing for the Choice of Town Officers, agreable to the Laws of our 
said Province, shall be held on the Third Tuesda}' in Nov' next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by M' Ezra Selldon who is 
hereby also appointed the Moderator of the said first Meeting, 



MARLOW. 321 

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 forever, upon the following Condi- 
tions, 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 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. 

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 here- 
of, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first Pay- 
ment 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 for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
One Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres he so 

XXI 



322 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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 Chajnbei' in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Seventh Day of October In the Year of our Lord 
Christ, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One And in 
the First Year of Our Reigrn. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson Se"-'' 

Province of New Hamps' Octo' 7, 1761 

Recorded According to the Origonal Charter under the Province 
Seal 

^ Theodore Atkinson SeC^ 

*2-227 *The Names of the Grantees of Marlow (Viz*) 



William Noyes 
William Matson 
Ezra Selldon 
Eph'" Brockway 
Marshfield Parson 
Samuel Ely 
Edward Brown 
Jabez Dewolf 
William Lay 
Elishu Ely 
John Bull 
John Nelson 
John Peck 
Phinaes Chapman 
Dan^ Bushnell 
Stephen Nott 
Hopestill Cruttenden 
Lemuel Bushnell 
Edward Lay 



John Sill 

Wolston Brockway 
Benf Hide 
Evi Rowland 
Jon^ Alger 
Elijah Hudson 
Nehemiah Rice 
Phineas Beckwith 
Giles Lee 
Daniel Williams 
Elihu Ely 
Isaac Hall 
Rich'^ Sill 
Stephen Clerk 
Jabez Chalker 
Joseph Canfield 
Gideon Jones 
Israel Spencer 
Jared Spencer 



Jasper Peck 
William Brockway 3^ 
Sam^ Mathur Jun"^ 
John M'Curdy 
Nathan Brockway 
Sam^ Guston 
Nathan' Peck 
Joseph Clerk 
Thomas Clerk 
Edmond Snow 
Sam' Holden Parson 
John Beckwith 
Stephen Wilcox 
Nath' Jones 
Gideon Waters 
Joel Canfield 
Josiah Nott 
Sam' Seldon 
John Cirtland 



MARLOW. 



323 



Richard Wibird Esq"" Joseph NewmarchEsq'' Cap* George King 
John Bettingham Ebenezer White Joseph White & 

William Ayres 

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 Share for a Glebe for the Church of England 
as by Law Established, 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 Octo'' 7. 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origrional Charter of Marlow 



under the Province Seal — 



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324 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hamps"" Octo"" 7"' 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of of Marlow 
under the Province Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



* 



[Marlow Charter Renewed, 1772.] 

1-399 *Province of New ) George the Third by the Grace 
Hampshire > o^ God of Great Britain France and 

'^-^^^^^^ ^ Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. — 

y o f To ALL to whom these Presents shall 

V come Greeting 

^^-v»^/ ^ Whereas We of our special Grace 

(Marlow extended) certain knowledge and mere Motion for 

the due encouragment of settling a New Plantation within our said 
Province of New Hampshire by our Letters Patent or Charter under 
the Seal of our said Province, dated the 7'''^ day of October 1761, in 
the first Year of our Reign did grant a Tract of Land, equal to 
Six Miles sq^*^ 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 & assigns on the Conditions therein declared ta 
be a Town Corporate by the Name of Marlow as by referrence to 
the said Charter may more fully appear. And whereas the said 
Grantees have prefer'd a Petition to our Governor of our said 
Province in Council, specifying sundry Difficulties which prevented 
of their full compliance with the Terms of the Grant aforesaid, and 
that the said Town is in great forwardness of being completely 
settled & therefore Praying that no advantage may be taken of the 
breach of the Conditions aforesaid, but that some further Time may 
be allowed them to fulfill the same ; All which being duly Con- 
sider'd, 

Know Ye that we being willing to encourage & promote the 
Cultivation & Settlement of the said Tract, Have of our further 
Grace & favour suspended our Claim of the forfeiture which the 
said Grantees may have Incurred & by these Presents for us our 
Heirs & 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 from the date hereof for performing and ful- 



martin's location. 325 

filling 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 * 1-400 
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 Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council — 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire 24"' Jan""^' 1772. 
Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal. 

Attest : 



MARTIN'S LOCATION. 

*Province of New Hampshire *4-i40 

Cap* Tho' Martin ) George the third by the Grace of God of 
Grant 5 gi*eat Britain France & Ireland King De- 

fender of the Faith &c^ — 

To all to whom these Presents shall come — 
Greeting — 

Whereas we have tho* fit bv our Proclamation at 
S* James's the Seventh Day of October in the third Year of 
Our Reign Annoq Domini 1763 among other things to Testify 
our Royal Sence & Approbation of the Conduct & Bravery of 
the officers & Soldiers of our Armies and Signified our Desire 
to reward the Same & have therein com'anded & empowered 
our Several Governours of our respective Provinces on the Con- 
tinent of America to grant without fee or reward to Such Re- 
duced Officers as have Served in North America during the 
late War & to Such Private Soldiers as have or Shall be 
disbanded there & shall Personally Apply for the Same such 
Quantities of Land respectively as in & by our afores*^ Proclama- 
tion Are Perticularly mentioned subject Nevertheless to the 
Same Quit Rents & Conditions of Cultivation & improvement 



326 CHARTER RECORDS. 

as other our Lands Are Subject to in the Provinces in which they 
are granted and Whereas Thomas Martin of Portsmouth in Our 
County of Rockingham And Province afore Said Merch' was 
appointed A Conductor of Artilary Stores & Served under General 
Amherst in America and is now reduced and he having person- 
ally Applyed & Sollicited for such Grant Agreeable to our afores** 
Proclamation Know Ye that we of Our Special Grace, Certain 
knowledge and Mere Motion do Signify Our Approbation as 
Aforesaid and for Encouraging the Settlem^ & Cultivation of our 
Lands within Our Said Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land have by & with the Advice of our Trusty and well beloved 
John Wentworth Esq Our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of 
Our Said Province & of Our Council of the Same Agreable to 
our aforesaid in Part recited Proclamation & upon the Conditions & 
Reservations hereafter mentioned) given & granted and by these 
Presents [for us] our Heirs & Successors do give & Grant unto 
the Said Thomas Martin & to his heires & Assigrns forever A Cer- 
tain Tract or Parcell of Land Situate Lying & being within Our 
Said Province of New Hampshire & containing by Admeasure- 
ment Two Thousand Acres according to a Plan or Survey thereof 
exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our Said Province 
by our Said Governor's Order & Returnd into the Secretary's 
office of our Said Province a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed 
butted & bounded as follows (Viz) Begining at a Beach Tree 
Standing in the South Boundary Line of Shelburne Adition Two 
Hundred & Ten Rodds Easterly of Pebody River so called from 
thence runing South Twenty degrees West five Hundred & Sixty 
four Rodds to A red Birch Tree thence North Eighty Two 
degrees West five Hundred & Eight}^ Two rods to a red Birch 
Tree, thence North Twenty degrees East five Hundred & Sixty 
four rods to a hemlock Tree thence South Eighty two deg* East 
five hundred & Eighty Two rods to the bound first mentioned. — 
To Have & to Hold the S*^ Tract of Land as above expressed 
with the appurtenances to him the S'' Tho* Martin & to his heirs & 
assigns forever upon the following Terms (Viz) 

First That the Said Grantee shall Cut clear & make 
*4-i4i Passable for Carriages &c* *A Road of three rods wide 
thro' the Said Tract as shall at any Time hereafter be 
directed or ordered hy the Govern"" & Council afore Said which 
Road shall be Compleated in one Year from the Date of Such 
Order or Direction afore Said on Penalty of the forfeiture of this 
Grant and of its reverting to us our Heirs & Successors — 



martin's location. 327 

Second That the Said Grantees Shall Settle or cause to be 
be settled Four Families in Five Years from the Date of this 
Grant in falure whereof the Premises to us our heirs and Suc- 
cessors to be by us or them entered upon & regranted to such of 
our Subjects as Shall effectually settle & cultivate the same — 

Thirdly That all White & other Pine Trees fit for masting our 
royal Navy be carefully Preserved for that Use & none to be Cut 
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 Premises his heirs & assigns to us our heirs & Succes- 
sors as well as being subject to the Penalties prescribed by any 
Present as well [as] future Act 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 fifty Acres in every thousand Acres 
with that Beneficial article of Produce. — 

Fifthly. Yielding & Paying therefor to us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors on or before the first Day of January 1775 ^^^ ^^^^ ^^ ^''^^ 
Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully Demanded. 

Sixthly That the said Grantee his heirs or assignes 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 which will be in the Year of our Lord Christ 
1783 One Shilling Proclamation Money for every Hundred Acres 
he so owns Settles or Posses and so in Proportion for A greater 
or lesser of the Land aforesaid which Money shall be paid by the 
Proprietor owner or Settler in our Council Chamber in Portsm° or 
to Such officer or officers as shall be appointed to receive the 
Same an these to be in Lieu of all other rents & Services whatso- 
ever. — In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness John Wentworth Esq 
our afores^ Governour & Com'ander in Chieflf the 25^^ Day of 
Jan'^ in the Thirteenth Year of Our Reign Annoq Domini 1773. 

J Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Comand 
with Advice of Council — 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

Recorded According to the Originall Under the Province Seal 
the 24^^^ Day of Feb'"^ 1773 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

See y® Plan on the Other Side 



328 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




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Province of New Hampshire, 4'^ Decemb'' 1772 This Certifies 
that this Plan begining at a Beach Tree Standing in the South 
Boundary Line of Shelburne addition Two Hundred & Ten 
Rods Easterly of Peabody River so Called from thence Run- 
ing South Twenty degrees West five hundred & Sixty four 
rods to a Read Birch Tree, thence North Eighty Two degrees 
West five hundred & Eighty Two Rods to a red Birch Tree 
thence North Twenty degr* East five hundred & Sixty four 
Rods to a Hemlock Tree, thence South Eighty Two East five 
hundred & Eighty Two rods to the bound first Mentioned Con- 
tains Two thousand Acres of Land And is a True Copy of an 
original Plan or Survey of Said Tract as taken & returnd to me 
by Cap* Hubartus Neal Dep*^ Surveyer 

Attesf Is Rindge S— G" 

Copy Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



martins location. 329 

[Thomas Martin to John Brown, 1779.] 

*5-i7i *Know ALLMENby these Presents that I Thomas Martin 

of Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham in the State 
of New Hampshire Esq"^ for and in Consideration of the sum of 
one thousand two hundred Pounds lawful money of said state to 
me in hand paid by John Brown of Providence in the State of 
Rhode Island Esq"^ have given quitclaimed released and Confirmed 
and by these Presents do give quitclaim, release & confirm unto 
the said John Brown and his Heirs & Assigns all my Right Title 
Intrest Claim Challenge & Demand of in and to the Within 
mentioned Two Thousand Acres of Land be the same more or 
less with all the Priviledges and appertinances thereto belonging 
To have and to hold the same clear of all Govermental Taxes or 
any other Costs or Expences whatsoever unto this Day, 
5-172 unto him the said John Brown and his Heirs & Assigns 
for ever to hold possess and enjo}^ the same in the same 
manner as I my self could have done by Vertue of this within 
mentioned Grant so that no person holding or Claiming by from or 
under Me my Heirs, Executors Administrators or Assigns Shall 
ever hereafter have Right or Claim to the Premises which are 
particularly described admeasured & pland as may appear by 
the Annexed Plan thereof Referrence being had thereto, and 
Ann the Wife of the said Thomas for the Consideration aforesaid 
do hereby acquit all her Right of Dower & Power of Thirds in and 
to the Premises In witness Whereof we have hereunto set our 
Hands and Seals this 27"' day of April 1779 

Signed sealed and delivered ) 
In the presence of Us > 

John Wendell > t Ann Martin 

Geo® Gains 5 '^ ^-^v^w -* 

State of New Hampshire ) Portsmouth April 26 1779 

Rockingham ss 3 Personally appeared the above 

Named Thomas Martin & Ann his wife & acknowledge this 
Instrament to be their Voluntary act & Deed 

Before Geo" Gains Justice Peace 

Recorded According to the Original 

Attest E Thompson Scy 




23^^ CHARTER RECORI>S. 



MASON. 



[Granted by the Alasonian Proprietors as Number i, Nov. i, 1749, to William 
Lawrence and others. Incorporated as Mason, Aug. 26, 1768, and named in honor 
of Capt. John Mason. The inhabitants voted, June 22, 1768, to call the town 
"Sharon,'" but the governor named it Mason. Greenville was set off and incor- 
porated June 28, 1872. The line with Greenville was established July 2, 1873. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; papers under title Groton (old 
grant) in Massachusetts charters preceding; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 577; 
Inde.x to Laws, 336; History, by John B. Hill, 1858, pp. 323; sketch, Hurd's 
History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 513; Two Lectures on History of 
Mason, by Ebenezer Hill, 1846, pp. 16; Memoir of Rev. Ebenezer Hill, with his 
discourse on history of the town, by John B. Hill, 1858, pp. 114; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 11, 20; Lawrence's New Hampshire 
Churches, 1856, pp. 206, 209; Centennial Celebration, 1868, pub. 1870, pp. 115 ; 
Celebrations, 23, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 354.] 



[Mason Incorporated, 1768.] 

'i_oo3 *Province of New > George the Third by the 

Hampshire 3 Grace of God of Great Britain 

Mason France & Ireland King Defender 

^^^^ >^ of the faith &c* 

/ To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

C Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 

v,**^^-x^ Tract of Land within our Province of New Hamp- 
shire known by the Name of N** One and containing about Five 
miles square and bounded as here after mentioned. Have humbly 
Petitioned and Requested us that they may be erected and incorpo- 
rated into a Township and infranchised with the same Privileges 
with other Towns within our said Province have and Enjoy by Law 
— 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 & encourageing the Culture of the 
Land, that the same should be done Know Ye therefore that we 
of our especial Grace, certain Knowledge and for encouraging 
& promoting the good purposes and ends aforesaid, and with the 
advice of our Trusty and well-beloved John Wentworth Esq"^ 
Our Gov' and Commander in Cheif of ovn- Council for said 
Province Have erected & ordained and by these Presents for us. 



MASON. 331 

our heirs & successors, Do will and ordain that the Inhabitants 
of the Tract of Land aforesaid and others who shall inhabit & 
improve thereon hereafter (the same being butted and bounded as 
follows Viz. Begining at a Stake and stones on the said Province 
Line, then runing on the same line five miles and Twenty Rods 
to the South east Corner of New Ipswich then runing N^ on New 
Ipswich line five miles to a white Pine tree to Wilton Corner, then 
runing East on the South line of Wilton five miles to a Hemlock 
tree, then runing S° 5 miles by the needle to the bounds first 
mentioned.) be and hereby are 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 Mason 
with all the Powers and Authorities, Privileges, Immunities and 
Franchises, which any other Towns in said Province by law have 
& Enjoy, to the said Inhabitants or who shall hereafter Inhabit 
there and their Successors for Ever, (always reserving to us our 
heirs and successors all white Pine Trees which 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 Succes- 
sors the Power and right of dividing the said Town when it shall 
appear necessary and convenient for the Inhabitants 
thereof. Provided Nevertheless and it is *hereby * 1-304 
declared that this Charter and Grant is not intended nor 
shall in any manner be Construed to extend or affect the private 
property of the Soil within the Limits aforesaid — And as the 
several Towns within our said Province are by Laws thereof 
enabled & Authorised to Assemble and by a Majority of the 
Voters present to chuse all such Officers and transact all such 
affairs as in the said Laws are declar'd — We do by these Presents 
nominate & appoint Obadiah Parker Gent, to call the first meet- 
ing 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 and design of holding such meeting, after which the 
annual Meeting of said Town shall be held for the Choice of said 
Officers and the purposes aforesaid on the 2"*^ Monday in March 
annually. In Testimony whereof we have caused the Public 
Seal of our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John 
Wentworth Esq : our aforesaid Governor the 26''* day of August 
in the Eigth year of our Reign Annoque domini 1768. 

J' Wentworth. 



33^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Jun' Sec^ 
Recorded according to the Original, this 30*"^ Aug^* 1768. 

Attest. T : Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



MEREDITH. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors Dec. 31, 1748, to Samuel Palmer and 
others, and called PalMer''s-iown, afterwards Ad'w Salem, some of the settlers 
coming from Salem. This territory was previously mentioned as Second Township. 
Incorporated as Meredith Dec. 30, 1768. Two islands in Winnipiseogee Lake 
were annexed Dec. 30, 1799. Laconia was set off and incorporated July 14, 1855. 
A part of Meredith was annexed to Centre Harbor July 3, 1873. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes : XII, Hammond Town Papers, 581 ; 
Index to Laws, 340; sketch, Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 833; 
Glimpses of the History of Old Meredith, by J. E. FuUerton, 3, Granite Monthly, 
437 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, pp. 252, 302 ; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 7. 9, 22; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 501 ; Central New Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 37.] 



fMEREDiTH Incorporated, 1768.] 

*i-323 *Province of New ) George the Third by the Grace 

Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain France & 

Meredith. Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

&c=* 
To ALL to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 
Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a tract of Land 
within our Province of New Hampshire known by the name of 
New Salem and containing Six miles square, and bounded as 
hereafter mentioned, have humbly Petitioned us that they may be 
erected and Incorporated into a Township and infranchised with 
the same Priviledges which other Towns within our said Province 
have & enjoy by Law, 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 Cul- 
ture of the land that the same should be done Know Ye that we 
of our special grace certain knowledge &. for the encouragement 
and promotion of the good purposes and ends aforesaid, and with 
the advice of our Trusty and well-beloved John Wentworth 
Esq'^ our Governor and Commander in Cheif of our said Province 



MEREDITH. 333 

& of our Council of the Same, have erected and ordained, and by 
these Presents for us our heirs and Successors Do will and ordain 
that the Inhabitants of the Tract of Land aforesaid and others who 
shall improve thereon hereafter, the same being butted and bounded 
as follows Viz*^ Begining at a Hemlock tree mark'd with Sundry 
Letters and spotted on 4 sides, standing at the Great Bay on 
Winipesiokee River at the N: E: side line of Sanborn Town, 
where Said line leaves said Bay, thence runs North westerly 
bounding on said Sanborn Town Five miles & 124 rods to a beach 
Tree marked, it being the corner bounds between said Towns, 
thence N° 55 Degrees East ten miles and 226 Rods to an hemlock 
tree and Spruce tree marked both standing on a Rock, thence S" 35 
Degrees East 30 Rods to a Pine tree markd standing on a ledge 
of Rocks by the side of Winipesiokee Pond where a small brook or 
branch runs into said Pond on the Easterly side of said Pine tree, 
then bounding on said Pond, River & Bays till it comes to the 
bounds began at. be & hereby are declared to be a Town 
Corporate, and *are hereby erected and Incorporated into *i-324 
a Body Politic and corporate to have Continuance & Suc- 
cession for ever : by the Name of Meredith with all the Powers 
and Authorities, Priviledges, Immunities & Franchises which any 
other Towns in said Province by Law have & Enjoy, to the said 
Inhabitants or who shall hereafter Inhabit there, and their Suc- 
cessors for Ever: (always reserving to us our heirs & Successors 
all WHITE PINE trees which 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 & Successors the Power & Right of 
dividing said Town, when it shall appear necessary and Convenient 
for the Inhabitants thereof: Provided nevertheless and 'tis hereby 
declared that this Charter and grant is not intended and shall not 
in any manner be construed to affect the Private property of the 
Soil within the Limits aforesaid, & as the several Towns within 
our said Province are by the Laws thereof enabled & Authorised 
to Assemble & by the Majority of the Voters present to chuse all 
Officers and transact such affairs as in the said Laws are declared. 
We do by these Presents nominate & Appoint Eben'" Smith to 
call the first meeting of said Inhabitants to be held within the said 

o 

Towm at any time within three months from the date hereof, giving 
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 said Officers and the Purposes afores'^ on the first monday 
in April annually 



334 CHARTER RECORDS. 

In Testimony whereof we have caus'd the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereto affixed Witness our afores'^ Gov"^ & Com- 
mander in Cheif this Thirtieth day of Decem^ in the 9"' year of our 
Reign Annoque Domini 176S 

J Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council . /^'^v . 

T : Atkinson Jun. Sec"^*' < L.S. > 

Recorded according to the Original Incorporation this 30^'' Dec'^ 
1768 

Att : Theodore Atkinson Sec'''' 



MERRIMACK. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant. Incorporated April 2, 1746. An 
addition of all that part of the town north of the Souhegan river was granted Jan. 

1, 1750- 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 548; XII, 

Hammond Town Papers, 586; Index to Laws, 342 ; Centennial Address, by S. T. 
Allen, 1846; sketch, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 527 ; His- 
tory of the Old Township of Dunstable, by C. J. Fox, 1846, p. 223 ; papers under 
title Dunstable; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 210, 211 ; Proceedings at 
the Dedication of the Thornton Monument erected to the memory of Matthew 
Thornton, September 29, 1892, pub. by authority of the state, 1894.] 



[Merrimack Incorporated, 1746.] - 

*i-26 *Province of ) George the Second by the Grace 

New Hampshire ) of God of Great Brittian ffrance & 
"^^/^^^ ^ Ireland King Defender of the faith 8iC^ 
p o if To all to whom these Presents Shall Come 

V Greeting 
>,x'%^«v-' Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants 

Merrimack Charter of a Tract of Land within the Antient Bound- 
arys of A Town Called Old Dunstable in our Province of New 
Hampshire on the Westerly Side of Merrimack River herein after 
Discribed have Humbly Petitioned & Requested of us that they 
may be Errected & Incorporated into a Township and Infranchised 
with the Same Powers Authorities & Previledges which Other 



MERRIMACK. 335 

Towns within our S*^ Province by Law have & Enjoy and it 
Appearing to us to be Conducive of the General good of our S'' 
Province as well as of the S*^ Inhabitants in Perticular by main- 
taining of Good order And Encouraging the Culture of the Land 
that the Same Should be done — Know ye therefore that we of Our 
Especial Grace Certain Knowledge & for the Encouragement & 
Promoteing the good Purposes & Ends Afore S*^ by & with the 
Advice of Our Trusty & Wellbeloved Benning Wentworth Esq 
Our Governour & Com'ander in Chieft' & of our Council for S*^ 
Province Have Errected Incorporated & ordained & by these 
Presents for us Our heirs & Succesors do will & ordain that the 
Inhabitants of the Tract of Land Afore S*^ (Bounded as follows 
Viz) begining at the River Merrimack Where Penichuck Brook 
comes into that river then by S*^ Penichuck brook to Penichuck 
Pond then Due North by the magnet to Sougheag River then by that 
river to Merrimack River then on the West Side Merrimack River 
to the Place where it first began & that Shall Inhabit the Same be 
& by These Presents Are Declared and ordained To be a 
*Town Corporate & Are hereby Errected & Incorporated *i-27 
into a Body Pollitick & a Corporation to Have Contin- 
uence forever by the Name Merrimack with All Powers And 
Authorities Previledges Immunities & Franchises which other 
Towns within S^ Province or any of them by Law have & Enjoy 
To have & to hold the S*' Powers And Authorities Immunities & 
franchises to them the S*^ Inhabitants & their Successors for ever — 
Allways reserveing to us our heirs & Successors all white Pine 
Trees growing & being & that Shall hereafter grow & be on the 
Said Tract of Land fit for the use of our Ro3^al Navy — Reserve- 
ing Also the Power of Dividing the S^ Town to us our heirs & 
Successors when it Shall Appear Necessary or Convenient for the 
benefit of the Inhabitants thereof And as the Several Towns 
within our S** Province are by Laws thereof Enabled and Author- 
ized to Assemble & by the Majority of Votes to Choose all Such 
Officers as Ar« mentioned in the s*^ Laws We do by these Presents 
Nominate & Appoint Coll Joseph Blanchard to Call the first meet- 
ing of the Said Inhabitants to be held within the S'^ Town at Any 
Time within Thirty Days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal 
notice of the Time Place & Designe of Holding Such meeting 
In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our S*^ Prov- 
ince to be hereunto affixed Witness Benning Wentworth Esq our 
Governour & Com'ander in Chieft' of our S*^ Province the Second 



2S^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Day of April in the Year of our Lord Christ 1746 & in the 19'^ 
year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 

Entred & Recorded According to the Original the 5**^ Day of 
April 1746 

f Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

Mem^ See the Plan belonging to this Charter recorded in Page 
25 with the Charter of Dunstable which Plan was upon the Back of 
the Original Charter of Merrimack as above recorded — 

Attest"^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 



[Merrimack Addition, 1750.] 

*i-6g *Province of ) George the Second by the Grace 

New Hamp'" ) of God of Great Brittain France & Ire- 
Merrimack's land Kincr Defender of the faith &c^ — 

O 

Addition — To all Persons unto whom these Presents Shall 
Come Greetincr 

Whereas By our Charter bearing Date the Second 

•pes •' , c3 

Day of April in the year of our Lord Christ one 
thousand Seven hundred & forty Six and in the 
nineteenth year of his Present Majesties Reign — We Did Incor- 
porate a Certain Town in our Said Province by the Name Merri- 
mack by Such boundaries, with Such Previledges and under 
Such Limitations as Are Expressd in the Said Charter the 
Quantity of Land therein being about Eight thousand Acres — 
And whereas the Inhabitants thereof have Lately represented to 
us that the Said Lands is very mean & ordinary and therefore 
Incapable of Supporting Such a Number of Inhabitants as will 
Enable them to Support the Charge of a Town without a further 
adition of Land & Inhabitants 

Wherefore they Humbly Pray that an Adition may be made 
to the Said Town of Merrimack on the Notherly Side thereof of a 
Track of Land of about Three Miles in breadth & about four 
Miles & an half in Length which being tho' for the benefit of our 
Said Subjects & for the Mutual advantage of the w^hole Inhabitants 
We Do by these Presents By & with the Advice of our Trusty & 
Well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour and Com- 
'ander in Chieff & of our Council for Said Province of New 



MERRIMACK. 337 

Hampshire Will & ordain that A Certain Tract of Land in Breadth 
about Three miles & in Length about four miles & an half 
Bounded as followeth (Viz) begining at a Place three miles north 
of the bridge over Sovvhegon River at John Chamberlains House 
and from thence to run East by the Needle to Merrimack River 
and to Extend that Line West from the Place three miles North 
from the bridge afore Said until in Intersects A Line on a Point 
North by the needle from the North West corner bound of the 
Town of Merrimack heretofore Incorporated To bound Westerly 
on that Line & on Merrimack River Easterly & on Sowhegon 
River Southerly Shall be & hereby is Annexed to And United 
with the Said Town of Merrimack with all the Inhabitants 
that Are or Shall be thereon and that the Shall be & 
hereby is *Incorporated with the Said Town with the *i-7(> 
respective Inhabitants that Are or Shall be on Each of the 
Said Parcells of Land and is hereby Declared to be one Intire Cor- 
poration or body Pollitick by the Name of Merrimack (to go in 
Succession forever) With all the Priviledges Powers Franchizes & 
Im'unities that any other Town within this Province has holds & 
Enjoys by Law Excepting as hereafter Excepted To have & to 
hold to the Said Inhabitants & to their Successors for ever only 
hereby reserving all white Pine Trees that Are growing or Shall 
hereafter grow thereon to his Majesties Use reserveing also the 
Power of Divideing the Said Town When it Shall be tho* Neces- 
sary to us our heirs & Successors forever 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our Said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Com'ander in Chief!' of our Said Province the 
first Day of June in the Twenty third year of our reign Annoq 
Domini 1750 — 

B Wentworth 

By his Excelencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se^y 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Prov- 
ince Seal this 5"' of June 1750 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 



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^Theodore Atkinson Se^J 



[Lutwyche's Ferry, 1766.] 
^1-292 *Province of New Hampshire 



Lutwych 



PS 



Ferry 



George the third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith &='° 

To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

Know Ye that We of our Especial Grace certain 

Knowledge & Meer Motion have Willed Given & 



MERRIMACK. 339 

Granted and by these Presents do for us our Heirs & Successors 
give & Grant unto our Leige Subject Edward Goulstone Lutwych 
of Merrimack within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 
Esq the Sole Previledge of keeping a Ferry & of keeping using 
& Employing a Ferry Boat & Ferry Boats for Transporting Men 
Horses & Carriages goods & things from the Shore of Merrimack 
aforesaid where the Said Edward Goulstone Lutwych now Dwells 
cross the River Merrimack to the opposite Shore of Litchfield & 
from that last Mentioned Shore to Merrimack Upon the following 
Conditions Viz that the Said Grantee does & Shall at all Times 
keep such Boats & Such Attendence as the Law now doth or may 
require To Have & to Hold the Said Ferry & Previledge of a Ferry 
on both Sides of the Said River as aforesaid with all Ferriages 
Profitts & Advantages & Appurtenances unto him the Said Edward 
Goulstone Lutwyche his heirs Executors Administrators & Assignes 
from the Day of the Date hereof to his & their only Proper Use & 
behoof forever and for the Encouragement of the Said Edward 
Goulstone Lutwyche to keep Such Boats & give such Attendence as 
aforesaid We do strictly forbid our Loving Subjects to Interfere 
with the Same Ferry or set up any other Ferry within the Space 
of Two Miles above or below the Same before granted Ferry upon 
or across the Said River Merrimack In Testimony whereof We 
have caused the Publick Seal of our Said Province of New Hamp- 
shire to be hereunto affixed Wittness Our Trusty & Well beloved 
Benning Wentworth Esq our Captain General Govern'" & Com- 
mander in Chieff in & over Our afores*^ Province & Vice Admiral 
of the Same The Eighth Day of July in the Sixth Year of Our 
Reign Annoq Domini 1766 — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com*^ 

Theod-" Atkinson Jun^ Sec^'' 

Entered & Recorded according to the Original Patent under the 
Province Seal, this Nineth Day of July Anno Domini 1766 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



MILAN. 



[Granted as Paulsbojirg Dec. 31, 1771, to Sir William Mayne and others. In- 
corporated as Milan Dec. 16, 1824. 

See Index to Laws, 345 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 
830; Inscriptions from the Burying Ground, by W. B. Lapham, 5, Granite 
Monthly, 220; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610.] 



340 charter records. 

[Paulsbourg Charter, 1771.] 

*4-63 *Province of New > George the Third by the Grace 

Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain France and 

(Paulsbourg) Ireland, 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 & 
mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling a new planta- 
tion within our said Province of New Hampshire in New England 
by and with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John 
Wentworth Esquire our Governor & Commander in chief in and 
over our said Province of New Hampshire & of our Council of the 
same Have upon the Conditions & Reservations herein after made 
given & granted and by these Presents for us our heirs & Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our leige & loving Subjects Sir 
William Mayne Bar' 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 Gra- 
ham Esq'" David Scrymgeour Esq'^ Colin Mackenzie Esq'^ Thomas 
Mayne Esq"" Edward Mayne Esq" William Scrwns Esq : The Hon''^*^ 
Robert Needham Samuel Smith Esq: & Thomas Evans Esq: & 
William Wentworth of Barbadoes Esq"" who have made Applica- 
tion to us for the same, setting forth their readiness to enter upon 
& improve the Premises immediately, and 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 Hamp- 
shire containing something more than Six Miles Square, and is by 
admeasurement Thirty one Thousand One Hundred and Fifty 
four Acres being about Fifty Acres to each in their Families 
(exclusive of, &) out of which an allowance is to be made for 
highways & unimproveable Lands by Rocks Mountains & Waters 
One thousand & Forty Acres free according to a plan thereof 
exhibited by our Survey'" General of Lands for our said Province 
by our said Governor's Order & returned into the Secretarys office 
of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto annex'd Butted 
and Bounded as follows Videlicet Beginning at a Beech Tree 
being the South East corner of Maynesborough & runs North 30 
Degrees East 5 Miles & 80 Rods to a rock maple Tree spotted and 
marked with the letters P. B. then turning off & running North 82 
Deg^ West 10 Miles to a Beech Tree spotted & marked as afore- 



MILAN. 341 

said, then turning off and running South 30 Deg*" West 5 Miles & 
80 Rods to a Rock maple Tree spotted & marked as aforesaid, 
then turning off & running South 82 Deg^ East 10 Miles by 
Maynesborough aforesaid to the Beech Tree began at. To have 
& TO HOLD the said Tract of Land as above expressed, to- 
gether with all the Privileges & Appurtenances to *them *4-64 
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 Needham, Samuel Smith, & Thomas Evans and 
William Wentworth «& to their respective heirs and Assigns for 
ever by the Name of Paulsbourg 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 through 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 & every part thereof 
shall be forfeited and revert to us our Heirs and Successors to be 
by us or them reenter'd upon and regranted to any of our loving 
Subjects. 

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 & 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 Sixt}^ Families by the i^* day of January 
1782 on penalty of the forfeiture of any and every Delinquents 
Share & of such Share or Shares reverting to us our Heirs and 
Successors 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 & 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 & that none be cut or fell'd 
without our special Licence for so doing 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 sub- 
ject to the Penalty 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 Grant* a Tract of Land as near the centre of the said 



342 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 
and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly & every 
*4-65 year forever from *and after the expiration of one year 
from the abovesaid i** day of January nam.ely on the i^' day 
of 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 Coun- 
cil 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 whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof 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 
December in the \^ear of our Lord 1771, & in the 12^^ year of 
our Reign. — -^-^-v 

J' < L s. i Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command ) ^ ^^n^- ^ 

with advice of Council 3 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire Dec'" 31*' 1771 

Recorded according to the Original Charter of Paulsbourg 
under the Province Seal. Attest : Theodore Atkinson Sec'^y 



MILAN. 



343 




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Province of New Hampshire Portsm** 29"^ Dec"" 1771. 

These may Certify that this Plan of Paulsbourg (so called) 
Beginning at a Beech Tree, being the N. Easterly corner Bounds 
of Maynesborough, from thence running N. 30° E, 5 Miles & 80 
Rods to a Rock Maple Tree, from thence running N. 82° W. 10 
miles to a Beech Tree, from thence running S. 30° W. 5 Miles & 
80 Rods to a Rock Maple Tree, from thence running S. 82° E. 10 
Miles to the Bounds first mentioned. Contains 31,154 Acres of 
Land, and is a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said 
Tract or Township as taken & returned to me by Cap* Hubartis 
Neal Dy Surveyor. 

Attest : Is : Rindge S' 



MILFORD. 

[Constituted from parts of Hollis, Amherst, and the Mile Slip, and included 
Charlestown and Duxbury School Farms. Incorporated January 11, 1794. 
Unsuccessful attempts at incorporation were made in 1779 and 1780. A portion 
of Amherst was annexed December 20, 1842, and a portion of Lyndeborough June 
27. 1873. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 397; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 603 ; Index to Laws, 345 ; sketch, Kurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 55; History, by G. A. Ramsdell, in press; Bill 
of Mortality, 1806-21, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 32; sketch, 
by J. B. Connor, 5, Granite Monthly, 175; Milford Springs, 8, id., 207; Baptist 
Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 15; Lawrence's 
New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 213; sermons, by Humphrey Moore, 1836, 



344 CHARTER RECORDS. 

pp.24; Report of Proceedings at Centennial Celebration, 1894, The Farmers' 
Cabinet, June 28, 1894; "One of Many: A Sketch of Milford/' by G. H. Moses, 
XVI, Granite Monthly, 389.] 



MILLSFIELD. 

[Granted March i, 1774, to George Boyd and others, and named in honor of 
Thomas Mills. 

See Index to Laws, 351 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 
955 ; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 610.] 



[MiLLSFiELD Charter, 1774.] 

*^-ig6 *Province of ) George the third by the Grace 

New Hampshire > of God of Great Britain France and 
MiLLSFiELD Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

&c. 
To ALL 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 Planta- 
tion 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 loving Subjects 
Inhabitants of our said Province of New Hampshire and 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 eighty two 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 two hundred Acres Out of which an 
allowance is to be made for Highways and unimprovable Lands 
by Rocks Mountains and Waters One thousand Acres free 
according to a Plan or Survey thereof exhibited b}^ 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 



MILLSFIELD. 345 

a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed butted and bounded as 
follows viz' Begininfj at a Red Birch Tree whicli is the North- 
westerly Corner bound of Dummer (so called) from thence 
1 uning South eighty two degrees East five Miles by said Dum- 
mer to a Spruce Tree which is the Southwesterly Corner Bounds 
of Errol, thence North eight degrees East Seven Miles and 
eight}^ rods by said Errol — to a red Birch Tree being the North- 
westerly Corner thereof thence North eight}^ two degrees West 
five Miles to a Rock Maple Tree & thence South eight degrees 
West Seven Miles & eighty Rods to the red Birch Tree first 
mentioned To have and to hold the said tract of land as 
above expressed together with all privileges & appurtenances to 
them and to their respective Heirs and Assigns forever by the 
Name of Millsfeild upon the following conditions viz' 

*FiRST That the Grantees at their own Cost shall cut */^-ig'j 
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 and Council which road shall be completed in one Year 
from the date of such directions 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 reentered upon and regranted 
to any of our loving Subjects 

Secondly That all white pine and other pine Trees within the 
said Township fit for masting our Royal Navy be carefully pre- 
served 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 & 
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 and 
Successors on or before the first da}^ of March 1780 the Rent of 
one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfull}' demanded 

Fifthly That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall 
yield and pay unto Us our Heirs and Successors yearly & every 
Year forever from and after the expiration of ten Years from the 



34^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

date of this Grant One Shilling proclamation Mone}'' 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 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 

Sixthly That any part of the Premises appearing well adapted 
to the growth of Hemp and Flax or either of them shall be culti- 
vated with these useful Articles of produce in the proportion of 
ten Acres in each and every hundred of these granted Premises 

within ten Years of this date 
*4-i98 *Seventhly That ten Families shall be settled and 
actually resident in the Town within two Years of this 
date 

Eighthly That additional Settlements be made so as to com- 
plete sixty Families in six Years of this date 

Ninthly 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 Governor and Commander in chief aforesaid the first day of 
March in the fourteenth Year of our reign and in the Year of our 
Lord Christ 1774 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'"-^ 

The Names of the Grantees of Millsfeild. 

George Bo3^d Esq'" Daniel Tilerson jun' Peter Grant 

James Richardson Esq' John Wood Samuel Smith 

Timothy White Rev*^ Obadiah Noble Jonathan Child 

Robert Peaslee Shubael Cross Amasa Woodworth 

Amos Peaslee John Woodward Joel Woodworth 

Israel Morey Esq'' Solomon Morey Elisha Woodworth 

John More}^ Benjamin Baldwin j"^ David Thompson 

Ebenezer Swan Ebenezer Baldwin William Thompson 

Frederick M. Bell Nathan Dewey William Marston 

Abijah Willard Esq' Abraham Palmer Jacob Marston 



MILLSP-IELD. 



347 



John Sprague Esq"" 
Luther Richardson 
Ebenezer Green 
Daniel Tillerson 
Aaron Stiles 
Benjamin Stiles 
Jonathan Derby 
Amos Palmer 



Samuel Phelps 
Zenos Morey 
John Morey 
Joel Phelps 
John White 
James Reed jun'^ 
James Reed Esq'' 
Benjamin Grant 



Moses Palmer Benjamin Grant j"" 
*Noah Dewey Samuel Hunt 
Manasseh Divell Reuben Grant 



John Sullendine 
Azariah Webb 
Elijah Dayley 



John Man 
Abel Skinner 
Walter Fairfield 



William Marston jun"" 
Matthew Miller 
James Miller 
Timothy Bartholomew 
Benjamin Chamberlin 
Noah Grant 
Silvanus Owen 
John Roberts 

Andrew Bell 

Thomas Macdonogh *4-i99 

John Pingry Williams 
Moses Ross 
Charles Waldron 
Wentworth Brinley 
Benning Wentworth 



Robert Kennedy jun*' S"^ Thomas Mills Kn 
Ichabod Palmer George Sprowle 

John Burnam Hanson Samuel Cutts 

One Right for a Glebe for the Church of England by Law 
established One Right for the benefit of a School in said Town 
One right for the incorporated Society for the propagation of the 
Gospel in foreign parts. 

J ^ p. s ^ Wentworth 



Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this fourteenth day of March 1774 

Attesf Geo : King D Sec^ 



48 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




Province of New > Portsmouth 20*'^ J^n^ ^774 This certify s 

Hampshire 5 that this PLin of Millsfeild begining at a Red 

Birch Tree which is the Northwesterly Corner Bound 
*4-200 of Dummer (so called) from thence *runing South eight}'' 

two degrees East five Miles by said Dummer to a Spruce 
Tree which is the Southwesterly Corner Bound of Errol thence 
North eight degrees East Seven Miles and eighty rods by said 
Errol to a red Birch Tree being the Northwesterly Corner thereof 
thence North eighty two degrees West five Miles to a Rock Maple 
Tree and thence South eight degrees west Seven Miles and 
eighty Rods to the red Birch Tree first mentioned contains twent}" 
three thousand two hundred Acres and is a true Copy of an 



MONSON. 349 

original Plan or Survey of said Tract or Township as taken and 
returned to me by Cap* Hubartus Neal Dept^ Surv'' 

Attest Is Rindge S : G^ 
Copy examin'd by Geo : King Dep^ Secy 



MILTON. 

[Set of from Rochester and incorporated June ii, 1802. A portion of the town 
was annexed to Wakefield, June 23, 1858. 

See papers under title Rochester; Index to Laws, 351 ; sketch, by C. C. Hayes, 
Hurd''s History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 644; Baptist Churches in N. H., 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 21, 22 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 335.] 



MONROE. 

[Set of from Lyman and incorporated July 13, 1854. This territory is naturally 
separated from Lyman by Gardner Mountain. 

See papers under title Lyman ; Index to Laws, 354 ; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of 
Grafton County, 1886, p. 551 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 581.] 



MONSON. 

[Incorporated April i, 1746, and comprised the northwest part of the Old Dun- 
stable grant. On the 4th of July, 1770, in accordance with the desire of the 
inhabitants, the north part of the town was annexed to Amherst and the remainder 
to Hollis. An unsuccessful attempt was made in 1782 to secure the reincorpora- 
tion of the town by its original boundaries. 

See papers under title Dunstable; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 609; Index to 
Laws 354.] 



[MoNsoN Incorporated, 1746.] 

*Provinceof> George the Second by the Grace of *i-3o 

New Hamp' ) God of Great Brittain France & Ireland 
— ^ King Defender of the faith &c'* 
L I To all to whom these Presents Shall come 

Seal [ Greeting 

-^ ^ Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subj'ects 

Monson : Charter Inhabitants of a Tract of Land within 
the Antient Boundarys of A Town Called Old Dunstable in 



350 CHARTER RECORDS. 

our Province of New Hampshire on the Westerly Side of Mer- 
rimack River herein after Discribed Have Humbly Petitioned & 
requested of us that they may be Errected & Incorporated into A 
Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers Authorities & 
Previledges which other Towns within our S'^ Province by Law 
have & Enjoy And it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the General 
good of our S*^ Provmce as well as of the S*^ Inhabitants in 

Perticular by maintaining of good Order & Encourageing 
*i-3i *the Culture of the Land that the Same Should be done 

Know ye therefore that we of our Especial grace Certain 
knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoteing the Good 
Purposes & Ends Atores'* by & with the Advice of our Trusty & 
well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com- 
'ander in Chieff And of our Council for S"* Province have 
Errected Incorporated & ordained & by these Presents for us our 
heirs & Successors do Will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the 
Tract of Land afores** bounded as follows Viz — Begining at the 
Line of Dunstable old Town four miles & one hundred & forty 
rods North by the Magnet of the Nothern Boundary line of the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay then South Eighty Degrees 
East to Muddy Brook then by that brook to Penichuck Pond & 
from the North End of S*^ Pond North by the Magnet toSouhegon 
River then by the S** river to the head Line on the West Side of old 
Dunstable then South by the magnet on that Line to the Place 
where it began and that Shall Inhabit the Same be And by these 
Presents Are Declared And ordained To be a Town Corporate & 
Are hereby Errected & Incorporated into A Body Pollitick & a 
Corporation to Have Continueance for ever by the name of Monson 
with All the Powers & Authoritys Previledges Imunities & Fran- 
chises which other Towns Within S*^ Province or Any of them by 
Law Have & Enjoy To have & to hold the s** Powers And Authori- 
ties Immunities & franchises to them the S** Inhabitants And their 
Successors for ever — Allways reserveing to us our heirs & Succes- 
sors all white Pine Trees growing & being & that Shall hereafter 
Grow & be on the S*^ Tract of Land fit for the use of our Royal 
Navy reserveing Alsoe the Power of Divideing the S*' Town to us 

our heirs & Successors when it Shall Appear Necessary 
*i-32 or Convenient for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof *And 

as the Several Towns within our S'^ Province Are by Laws 
thereof Enabled & Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of 
Votes to Choose All Such Officers As Are mentioned in the S'^ Laws 
We do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint Coll Joseph Blan- 



MONSON. 351 

chard to Call the first meeting of the S^' Inhabitants to be held 
within thirty days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal Notice of 
the Time Place & Designe of Holding Such meeting In Testimony 
whereof We have Caused the Seal of Our S** Province to be here- 
unto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & 
Com'ander In Chieff of Our S'^ Province the first Day of April in 
the Year of our Lord Christ 1746 & in the Nineteenth Year of Our 
Reign — 

B Wentworth 

By^ his Excelencys Com'and 
with Advice of the Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'y 

Entred & Recorded According to the Original the 
Day of April 1746 — 

^ Theod' Atkinson Sec'^ 

Mem" See the Plan belonging to this Charter recorded in Page 
(25) with the Charter of Dunstable which Plan was alsoe on the 
back of the Original Charter of Monson as recorded Above — 

Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



L. s. 



[Monson Divided, 1770.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-373 

George the Third by the grace of God of Great 
Britain ffrance and Ireland King defender of the 
faith and so forth. 

To ALL to whom these Presents shall come 
(Monson Greeting — 

divided) Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract 

of land heretofore Incorporated by the Name of Mon- 
son have Petitioned our Governor and Council of our said Province, 
setting forth, that in and about the centre of said Township, the 
land is so very barren & broken as to admit of scarce any Improve- 
ment, which renders it impracticable for their Civil or religious 
Polity and therefore humbly Pray that the said Town may be 
divided, and annexed to and Incorporated with the Towns of 
Amherst & Holies as is herein after expressed, said Town of Mon- 
son being between those Townships and adjoining to them respec- 
tively, and the said Towns of Amherst and Holies having been 
notified of said Petition, have signified their consent and desire that 



352 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the Prayer thereof may be granted : 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 & 
encouraging the culture of the Land. — That the same should be 
done — Therefore know Ye that we of our special grace and mere 
motion and for encouraging and promoting the good purposes and 
ends afores*^ (by and with the advice of our Trusty and well- 
beloved John Wentworth Esquire our Governor and Commander 
in Chief, & of our Council of our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire) have ordained & declared and by these Presents do will, 
ordain & declare, that the said Town of Monson be and hereby is 
divided, and the Present Inhab" and those who shall here after In- 
habit thereon, are accordingly set off in the following manner Viz' 
Beginning at the North east corner of said Town of Monson, then 
extending South by the Town of Merrimack two miles, then 
West, to the West line of said Monson, then North to Souhegan 
River, then down said River to the bounds first mentioned : be 
annex'd to the Town of Amherst: and that the remainder of said 
Monson be annexed to the Town of Holies. And the Inhabitants 
aforesaid according to the above division shall be held and deemed 
as part of the body politic of said Towns respectivel_v, and are 
hereby entitled to hold«& enjoy all Town Priviledges &c which any 
other of the Inhabitants of said Towns by Law hold and Enjoy. 
And shall also be subject to all the same Duties &c Provided 
nevertheless that nothing herein contained shall be construed to 
prevent the assessing and collecting the Province Taxe or Taxes 
that are or may be demanded for this present year, but that the 
same shall be Assessed and Collected as tho' these Presents had 
not issued. — In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of 
our said Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Went- 
worth Esquire our Governor and Commander in chief aforesaid, 
the 4**^ day of July in the lo*^ year of our Reign Annoque Domini 
1770. J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council — 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'" 

Recorded according to the Original under the Province Seal 
this 5'" July 1770: 

Attest : Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



NASHUA. 353 



MONT VERNON. 

[Set oft" from Amlierst and incorporated Dec. 15, 1S03. A part of Lyndeborough 
was annexed Jan. 5, 1853. 

See papers under title Amherst ; Index to Laws, 354 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 215; sketch, by C. J. Smith, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 730 ; Proceedings at Quarter Centennial of Appleton Academy and McCol- 
lom Institute, 1876.] 



NASHUA. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant. Incorporated as Dunstable April 
I, 1746. One Pine Hill belonging io Dunstable \v2i?, annexed to Hollis Dec. 13, 
1763. Two farms were taken from Dunstable and annexed to Hollis May 14, 1773. 
The name was changed to Nashua Dec. 8, 1836. Nashville was set oft" and incor- 
porated June 23, 1842, but was re-united and the two incorporated as a city June 
27, 1853. 

See papers under titles Dunstable and Nashua in Massachusetts charters preced- 
ing; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 193; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 622; Index 
to Laws, 158, 389, 392 ; Farmer's Belknap, note, p. 116; sketch, by O. C. Moore, 
I, Granite Monthly, 57 ; sketch, by J. H. Goodale, Hurd's History of Hillsborough 
County, 1886, p. 139; Dedication of Soldiers' Monument, 1889, pp. 124; Scraps 
of History, i. Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 57 ; History of the Old 
Township of Dunstable, by C. J. Fox, 1846; Bi-Centennial Celebration, 1873, 
pub. 1878, pp. 189; History of the Church of Christ in Dunstable, by F. Alvord, 
1876, pp. 41 ; abstract history of same, etc., 1885; Baptist Churches in N. H.,. 
by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 18; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 222, 
225,228; History of the Congregational Church and Exercises at the Dedication 
of the New Church Edifice, 1894; Indian Troubles at Dunstable, 2, Farmer and 
Moore's Historical Collections, 303 ; Autobiography of Amos Kendall, edited by 
William Stickney, 1872 ; Account of Nashua, Poore's History of Merrimack Valley, 
p. 217; History of Education, i. Granite Monthly, 220.] 



[Dunstable Incorporated, 1746.] 

*Province of) George the Second by the Grace of God *i-23 

New Hamp"" \ of Great Brittain ffrance & Ireland King 

Defender of the faith &c'* 

To All to whom these Presents Shall 
Come Greeting — 

Whereas Sundry of Our Loyal Subjects 
Dunstable Charter Inhabitants of a Tract of Land within the 

Antient Boundarys of a Town Called old Dunstable in our Prov- 
23 



354 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ince of New Hampshire on the Westerly Side of Merrimack River 
herein after Discribed Have Humbly Petitioned & Requested of 
us that they may be Errected & Incorporated into a Township & 
Infranchised with the Same Powers Authorities & Previledges 
which Other Towns within our S** Province by Law have & Enjoy 
and it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the General good of 
Our S*' Province as well as of the S*^ Inhabitants in Perticular by 
maintaining good order & Encourageing the Culture of the Land 
that the Same Should be Done — 

Know ye therefore that We of our Especial Grace Certain 
Knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoteing the good 
Purposes & Ends Afore S*^ by & With the Advice of Our Trusty 
■& Well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & 
Com'ander in Chieff And of Our Council for S*^ Province have 
Erected Incorporated & ordained & By these Presents for us our 
heirs & Successors do Will & ordain that the Inhabitants 
*i-24 of the Tract of Land afore S*^* (Bounded as follows Viz) 
begining at the rever Merrimack at the Nothern Boundary 
Line of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay & runs from the S*^ 
river Merimack North Eighty Degrees West live miles & forty 
rods to Nashua River Then by S'^ river to flints Brook then 
by flints brook into flints Pond then by a run of Water into 
Muddy Brook & Down Muddy brook into Penichuck pond 
then by Penichuck brook into Merrimack River to the Place 
where it first began And that Shall Inhabit the Same be & 
by these Presents Are Declared & ordained To be A Town 
Corporate And Are hereby Erected & Incorporated into A Body 
Pollitick & a Corporation to have Continueance for ever by the 
Name of Dunstable with all the Powers and Authorities Previ- 
ledges Immunities & franchises to them the S'^ Inhabitants & their 
Successors forever — Allways Reserveing to us our heirs & Suc- 
cessors All white Pine Trees Growing & being & that Shall here- 
after grow & be on the S'* Tract of Land fit for the use of our 
Royal Navy Reserveing alsoe the Power of Divideing tiie S'^Town 
to us our heirs & Successors when it Shall Appear necessary or 
Convenient for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof and As the 
Several Towns within our S'' Province Are by Laws thereof 
Enabled & Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of votes to 
Choose All Such Officers as Are Mentioned in the s'' Laws We Do 
by these Presents Nominate & Appoint Coll Joseph Blanchard to 
Call the first Meeting of the S'' Inhabitants to be held within the S'' 
Town at any Time within Thirty Days from the Date hereof give- 



NASHUA. 



355 



ing Legal notice of the Time Place & Design of Holding Such 
Meeting In Testamony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our 
S'^ Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning 
Wentworth Esq Our Govern'^ *And Com'ander in Chieff *i-25 
of Our S'* Province the first day of April in the year of 
Our Lord Christ 1746 & in the nineteenth year of our reigne 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec"'^ 

Entred And Recorded According to the Original this 5'^ Day of 
April 1746 — 

T<heodore Atkinson Sec"^^ 




Copy'of a Plan on the back'of the Original Charter this 5*^ Day 
of April_i746 Attest' Theodore Atkinson Sec"' 



356 CHARTER RECORDS. 

NELSON. 

[Granted by the Alasonian Proprietors as Monadnock No. 6, May 10, 1752, to 
John Hutchinson and others. The grant was renewed Sept. 30, 1767, and again 
Feb. 23, 1774. Incorporated as Packer sfieldY€<i. 22, 1774, and named in honor 
of Thomas Packer. The present name was adopted June 14, 1814, to take effect 
Oct. I, 1814. In 1777 an unsuccessful attempt was made to change the name to 
Sullivan. The northwest part of the town, combined with the other territory, was 
incorporated as Sullivan Sept. 27, 1787. The southwest corner was combined 
with other territory to form the town of Roxbury Dec. 9, 18 12. The line between 
Nelson and Roxbury was changed June 15, 1820, by which Nelson lost a small 
tract. A small piece of land was severed from Stoddard and annexed to Nelson 
June 25, 1835. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 635 ; 
Index to Laws, 394, 416; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 
318 ; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 340 ; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 283 ; Biographical Notices of Physicians, by O. P. Newell, i, N. H. Repository, 



[Packersfield Incorporated, 1774. J 

^4-189 *Province of > George the third by the grace of 

New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & 
^->.^^*^-\ Ireland King defender of the Faith &c 

\ / To all People to whom these Presents 



shall come greeting 



Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants 
Packerfeild of a Tract of Land within our Province of 

New Hampshire aforesaid commonly called and known by the 
name of Monadnoc number Six containing by estimation about 
six Miles square have humbly petitioned and requested Us that 
they may be erected & incorporated into a Township and enfran- 
chized with the same Powers and Privileges which other Towns 
within our said Province by Law have and enjoy and it appearing 
to 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 & 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 encouragement and promotion of the good purposes and 
ends aforesaid by and with the advice of our trusty and 
*4-i90 *well beloved John Wentworth Esquire Our Gov- 
ernor & Commander in cheif of our said Province and 



NELSON. 357 

of our Council of the same have erected and ordained and by 
these Presents for Us our Heirs and Successors do will and ordain 
that the Inhabitants of said Tract of Land and Others who shall 
improve and inhabit thereon hereafter the same being butted & 
bounded as follows viz*^^ Begining at the Northwest Corner of 
Monadnoc number five so called at the Patent Line from thence 
runing South eighty degrees East on Monadnoc Number five & 
Dublin eight Miles from thence North ten degrees East by the 
Society Land five Miles from thence North eighty degrees west 
partly by the Society Land and partly by Monadnoc Number 
Seven eight Miles to the Patent Line from thence South ten 
degrees West by said Patent Line to the Bound first mentioned be 
and thev are hereby declared to be a Town corporate by the Name 
of Packerfeild to have continuance forever with all the Powers 
and Authorities priveleges immunities & franchises which any 
other Towns in our said Province b}^ Law hold & enjoy to the 
said Inhabitants or those who shall hereafter inhabit there and to 
their Successors forever Always reserving to Us our Heirs and 
Successors all white Pine Trees that are or shall be found being 
and growing within and upon the said Tract of Land fit for the 
use of our Roval Navy reserving also unto Us Our Heirs and 
Successors the Power of dividing the said Town when it shall 
appear necessary & convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Pro- 
vided nevertheless and it is hereby declared that this Charter and 
Grant is not intended and shall not in any manner be construed to 
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 and authorised to assemble and by the 
Majority of the Voters present to chuse all Officers and transact 
such Aff'airs as in the said Laws are declared We do by these 
presents nominate & appoint Breed Batcheller Esq to" call the first 
Meeting of the said Inhabitants to be held within the said 
Town at any time within Sixty days from the date hereof giving 
legal notice of the time & design *of holding such Meet- 
ing after which the annual meeting for said Town shall *4-i9i 
be held for the choice of said Officers and the Purposes 
aforesaid on the first Tuesday in the Month of August annually _ 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
and Commander in chief the twenty second day of February in 
the fourteenth Year of our reign Annoq. Domini 1774 

J Wentworth 



358 CHARTER RECORDS. 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this twenty second day of February 1774 

Geo : King D : Sec^ 



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. Sometimes called 
Latie's-Town 2in^ Boston Piscataquog Township. Regranted Dec. 24, 1751, to Job 
Lewis and others. Incorporated as New Boston Feb. 18, 1763, and named from 
Boston, Mass. A small tract of land was severed and annexed to Goflfstown June 
18, 1836. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 553 ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 642 ; Index to 
Laws, 395 ; History, by Elliott C. Cogswell, 1864, pp. 470 ; sketch, by Neil Mc- 
Lane, Kurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 585 ; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 229; Articles of Faith and Covenant of First Presbyterian 
Church, with history of church and catalogue of members, i86g, pp. 32 ; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 14, 19.] 



P S 



[New Boston Incorporated, 1763.] 

* 1-256 *Province of New Hampshire 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
Brit" France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith 
&c 

To all to whom these Presents shall Come Greeting 
New Boston Whereas Our Loyal Subjects inhabiting a Tract 
of Land within Our said Province of New Hampshire by the name 
of New Boston have humbly petitioned & requested Us that they 
may be Erected & Incorporated into a Township & infranchised 
with the same powers «& priviledges with other Towns within Our 
said Province & which tiiey by Law^ have & Enjoy And it appear- 
ing unto us to be Conducive to the General Good of Our said 
Province as well as to the said Inhabitants in particular by Main- 
taining good Order & Encouraging the Culture of the Lands that 
the same sho*^ be done Know ye therefore that We of Our Especial 



NEW BOSTON. 359 

Grace certain Knowledge & for the Encouragement & promotion 
of the good End and purpose aforesaid b}'^ & with the 
Advice of Our Trusty & well beloved *Benning Wentworth * 1-257 
Esq"" Our Gov' and Comm"* in Chief; and of Our Council 
for said Province of New Hampshire Have Erected & Ordained 
And by these presents for Us Our Heirs & Successors do will & 
Ordain That Our Loving Subjects residing on the Tract of Land 
aforesaid or that shall hereafter reside & improve thereon (the 
same being limited & bounded as follows Viz* beginning at a 
Beech Tree the South East Corner & from thence North by the 
Needle two Degrees Westward Six Miles or until it Comes into 
the N : E. Corner formerly made under the Massachusetts Grant 
for the N: E. Corner of said Tract & from thence West by the 
Needle two Degrees to the Southward, and from the first bounds 
mentioned West by the Needle two degrees Southward Six Miles or 
until it meets with Salem Canada line So Called & turning & run- 
ing N*' b}' the Needle two degrees Westward two Miles or until it 
comes to the most N° Easterly Corner of Salem Canada Township as 
formerly laid out, then turning & running West as aforesaid two 
degrees Southerly so far & Extending the N° line of the premises 
likewise Westw^ard untill a Line paralel with the East Line will 
Liclude the Contents of Seven miles long & Six miles broad as 
aforesaid) shall be & by these presents are declared & ordained to 
be a Town Corporate and are hereby Erected & Incorporated 
into a Body Politic & Corporate to have a Continuance untill His 
Majestys pleasure shall be Signified to the Contrary by the Name 
of New-Boston with all powers Authorities priviledges Immuni- 
ties & franchises which any other Towns in said Province by Law 
holds & Enjoys always reserving to Us Our heirs & successors All 
White Pine Trees that are or shall be found growing & being on 
said Land fit for the Use of Our Royal Navy & reserving the 
right & power of dividing said Town when it shall appear necessary 
& convenient for the benefit of the Inhabitants thereof Provided 
Nevertheless And it is herebv declared that this Our Char- 
ter & Grant is not intended or shall in anv manner be Construed to 
Extend to or efiect the private property of the Soil within the 
Limits aforesaid And as the several Towns within Our said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire are by the Laws thereof Enabled and 
authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of the Votes present 
to Chuse all such Officers & transact such Affairs as by the said 
Law are declared We do by these presents Nominate & appoint 
John Goffe Esq'' to Call the first Meeting anytime within Twenty 



360 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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 afores'^ shall be held within the same on the first Monday 
in March Annually In Testimony whereof We have Caused the 

Seal of Our said Province to be hereunto affixed Wit- 
*i-258 NESS Benning Wentworth Esq' *Our Governor and 

Commander, in Chief in & over Our said Province of 

New Hampshire the iS**" day of February in the third Year of Our 

Reign Annoque Domini 1763 

B Wentworth 

Bv his Excellency's Command. 

T. Atkinson Jun"^ Sec^^' 

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NEW CASTLE. 361 



NEW CASTLE. 

[Originally a part of Portsmouth kncwn as Great Island. Set off and incorpo- 
rated as New Castle May 30, 1693. That part of the town southwest of the river 
was annexed to Rye December 22, 1791. 

See papers under titles Portsmouth, Dover, Exeter, Hampton and Isles of 
Shoals; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 558; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 670; 
Index to Laws, 404; Farmer's Belknap's History of N. H., chapters i and 2, et 
seq. ; New Castle, Historic and Picturesque, by John Albee, 1884, pp. 155 ; spec- 
ial papers in appendix to preceding volume ; sketch, Hurd's History of Rocking- 
ham County, 1882, p. 388; sketch, 3, Granite Monthly. 446; New Castle and 
the Piscataqua, 12, id., 73; Bi-Centennial Souvenir, 1893, pp. 51; Review of 
Early Records, by John Albee, i, Proceedings of N. H. Historical Society, 413; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 95.] 



[New Castle Incorporated, 1663.] 

[Original in Possession of the Town.] 

William and Mary, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, 
France and Ireland, King and Qiieen, Defenders of the Faith, 
&c., to all people to whom these presents shall Come Greeting. 
Know yee that Wee of our especiall Grace, certain knowledge, 
and meer motion, have Given and Granted And by these presents 
as farr as in us lyes, Doe give and Grant to our beloved Subjects, 
Men and Inhabitants, within and upon Great Island, within our 
Province of New Hampshire, in New England, and the lands to 
them belonging. Running from a point of Land there on the South 
side of Saggamores Creek, called Sampsons point, and from 
thence Southwest by the outside of the fenced land of Saggamores 
Creek to the head of Aaron Moses field to an old Hemlock Tree 
by the side of the Road way, and from thence upon the aforesaid 
Southwest point to the Road way, between Sandy Beach and 
Greenland, leaving Greenland about three miles to the Westwards 
soe forwards upon the same point Hampton Bounds, and then 
East to the Sea, that the same be a Towne Corporate by the name 
of New Castle to the men and Inhabitants thereof forever. And 
Wee doe by these presents Give and Grant unto the said Men and 
Inhabitants of our towne of New Castle, all and every, the streetes, 
lanes and highways within the said Towne for the Publique use 
and service of the Men and Inhabitants thereof and travellers 



362 CHARTER RECORDS. 

there together with full power, lycence and authority to the said 
men and inhabitants within the said town forever, to establish, ap- 
point, order and direct the establishing, making, laying out, order- 
ing, amending and repairing of all streetes, lands, highways, ferry 
places and Bridges, in and throughout the said Towne, necessary, 
needful and convenient for the Men and Inhabitants of the said 
towne and for all travellers and passengers there : Provided 
always that our said Lycence soe as above granted for the estab- 
lishing, making and laying out of streetes, lanes, highways, ferry 
places and Bridges, be not extended or constructed to extend to 
the taking away of any person or persons Right or Property with- 
out his, her, or their consent, or by some knowne law of our Prov- 
ince : To have and to hold and enjoy, all and singular, the prem- 
ises aforesaid, to the said Men and Inhabitants of the said Towne 
of New Castle and their successors forever. Rendering and paying 
therefore unto us, our heirs and successors, or to such other office 
or officers as shall be appointed to receive the same yearly, the 
annual quitt rent of acknowledgement of Owne Peppercorn in the 
said Towne, on the five & twentieth day of October, yearly, for- 
ever. And for the better order, rule and government of the said 
Towne Wee doe by these presents Grant for us and our successors, 
unto the men and Inhabitants of the said Towne, That yearly and 
every year upon the first Tuesday of March, forever, they, the 
said men and inhabitants of our said Towne shall elect and 
choose by the major part of them, two sufficient and able men, house- 
holders in the said Towne, to be Constables for the year insuing, 
which said men so chosen and elected shall be presented by the 
then next preceding Constables to the next Qiiarter Sessions of the 
Peace, to be held for the said Province, there to take the accus- 
tomed oaths appointed by Law for the Execution of their offices, 
under such penaltyes as the Law of our said Province shall ap- 
point and direct upon refusall or neglect therein. 

And Wee do by these presents Grant for us, our Heirs and 
successors, unto the men and Inhabitants of the said Towne, That 
yearl}' and every year upon the said first Tuesday of March, for- 
ever, they, the said men and Inhabitants of our said Towne, or 
the major part of them, shall elect and choose three men. Inhabi- 
tants and house holders, within our said Towne, to be overseers 
of the poor and highways, or selectmen for our said Towne, for 
the year ensuing, with such powers, privileges and authorities as 
any overseers or selectmen within our said Province have and 
enjoy or ought to have and enjoy. 



NEW CASTLE. 363 

And wee doe farther by these presents Give and Grant for us, 
our Heirs and successors, unto the men and Inhabitants of the 
said Tovvne and their successors, forever. That they shall have 
and enjoy and use the Ferry the days of the Fairs of New Castle, 
aforesaid, forever, to be held there every Wednesday, and one 
Fair for two dayes, to witt, on the first Tuesday and Wednesdayes 
of July, forever togather with all issues and profits to the said 
Market and Fair accrewing or happening, and all liberties and free 
customs, privileges and emoluments to the said Market and Fair 
belonging or appertaining : 

To have and to hold the said Market and Fair with issues and 
profits and liberties and free customs, privileges and emoluments 
to the same or either of them accrewing or happening, belonging 
or appertaining to the said men and Inhabitants of our said Towne 
of New Castle and their successors, forever. 

In testimony whereof Wee have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed. Witness, John Usher Esqr. our 
Lieuetennt, Govenor and Commander in Cheife of our said Prov- 
ince at our said Towne of New Castle, the thirtyeth day of May, 
in the fifth year of our Reigne, Annoque Domi, 1693. 

Jn. Usher. 
By the Leiut. Governours Command, 

Theo. Davis Sec'ry. 



[^Bounds of New Castle.'] 
[Mss. "Town Boundaries." p. 11.] 

The Bounds of The Town of New Castle — 

Contayning Greatisland The South Side of Saggamores Creek as 
far as a A Point Comonly Called Sampsons point Thence Southwest 
by The fenced. Land of Saggamores Creek To The head of Aaron 
Moses his feild to An old hemlock tree by The Side of the road 
Way and from Thence On the Afores*^" South West point to the 
Roadway betwen Sandy Beach and Greenland leaveing Green- 
land About Three Miles Westward Soe forwards On The Same 
point to Hampton Bounds Soe East to the Sea — 

Taken from the originall Grant By 

James Leach ) Select 
Theo : Attkinson S Men 



364 CHARTER RECORDS. 



NEW DURHAM. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors May 5, 1749, to Jonathan Chesley and 
others, and sometimes called Coc/iec/to Totv/is///p. Incorporated Dec. 7, 1762. The 
town was settled partly by people from Durham whence it derived its name. The 
Free Baptist denomination had its origin here. New Durham Gore was incorpor- 
ated as Alton June 16, 1796. 

See iVlasonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 127, 456, 
569; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 701 ; Index to Laws, 395 ; papers under titles 
Kingswood and Coulerain ; sketch, Kurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 
658; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 53; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 338; Free Baptists in N. H., by Joseph FuUonton, i. Granite 
Monthly, 277; Souvenir of the Centennial Yearly Meeting of N. H. Free Baptists 
Association, 1892, pp. 154; Life of Benj. Randall.] 



[New Durham Incorporated, 1762.] 

*i-253 *Province of New Hampshire 

New Durham George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great 
'^"•"'■-'•'^^ ^ Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith 

/ &c — 

PS ?■ 

V To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

>_^^^v-/ Whereas our Loyal Subjects, Inhabiting a Tract 

of Land within our Province of New Hampshire, by the Name of 

New Durham have humbly Petitioned & requested us, that they 

may be Erected & Incorporated, into a Township & infranchised 

with the same Powers & Priviledges with other Towns within our 

said Province, & which they by Law have & Enjoy : And it 

appearing to us to be Conducive to the General good of our said 

Province, as well as to the said Inhabitants in Particular bv Main- 

taining good order & Encouraging the Culture of the Land that 

the same should be done — Know Ye therefore that we of our 

Especial Grace certain Knowledge, & for the Encouragem' & 

Promotion of the Good end & Purposes aforesaid, by & with the 

Advice of our Trusty and well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq 

our Governour, & Commander, in Cheif & of our Council lor said 

Province of New Hampshire, Have Erected & Ordain'd, & by 

these Presents for us our Heirs & Successors, Do will, and 

Ordain that our Loving Subjects, residing on the Tract of Land 

aforesaid, or that shall hereafter reside & improve thereon, the 

same being Limited & bounded as follows, Begining at the South 



NEW DURHAM. 365 

Westerly corner of a Tract of Land Granted unto Eben' Verney— 
W'" Wentvvorth, & others upon & at Rochester head Line & from 
thence Running Westerl}'^ by said head Line five Miles & to con- 
tinue the breadth of five Miles extending from the said head Line 
so far Northwardly as to make a Tract of Land equal to Six Miles 
Square, adjoining to the said Tract of Land Granted to the said 
Eben'" Verney, W'" Wentworth, & others, & the Head Line of the 
said Tract of Land, hereby granted to be a Parralell Line, with the 
Head Line of Rochester & the said Lines to be parralell with each 
other, shall be & by these Presents are declared, & ordain'd to be 
a Town Corporate, & are hereby Erected, & Incorporated into a 
Body Politic & Corporate to have a Continuance untill his Majes- 
ty's Pleasure shall be Signified to the Contrary, by the 
Name of New Durham with *all the Powers, Authority's, *i-254 
Priviledges, Immunitys, & Franchises which any other 
Town in said Province, by Law hold & Enjoy always Reserving 
to us our Heirs & successors All White P.ine Trees, that are or 
shall be found growing & being on the said Tract of Land, fit for 
the use of our Royal Navy, reserving to us, our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors, the Power & right of dividing said Town when it shall 
appear necessary & Convenient for the benefit of the Inhabitants 
thereof — Provided Nevertheless and it is hereby Declared, that 
this our Charter & 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 aforesaid, &, 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 
Votes Present to choose all such Officers, & Transact such Affairs, 
as by the said Law, are declared ; We do by these Presents nomi- 
nate & appoint Major Tho** Tash, to call the first Meeting any 
time within Twenty 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 choise of such Officers, & 
management of the Aff'airs aforesaid shall be held within the same 
on the first Monday in March — 

In Testimony whereof, We have Caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed — Witness Penning Wentworth 
Esq. our Governor & Commander in Cheif in & over over our 
said Province of New Hampshire the seventh Day of December 
in the Third Year of our Reign, Annoque Domini 1762 — 

B Wentworth 



366 CHARTER RECORDS. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with Advice of Council 

T : Atkinson jun Sec'^^' 

Province of New Hampshire DecenV 10'^ 1762 
Recorded from the Origional under the Province seal 

f T : Atkinson Jun"^ Sec^^ 



NEW HAMPTON. 

[Granted as Moultonborough Addition Jan. 24, 1765, to Jonathan Moulton and 
others, proprietors of MouUonborough. Incorporated as New Hampton Nov. 27, 
1777, and named from the town of Hampton. Centre Harbor was set off and in- 
corporated Dec. 7, 1797. 

See papers under title MouUonborough; XH, Hammond Town Papers, 706; 
Index to Laws, 401 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 870; 
Reminiscences of, by F. H. Kelley, 1889, pp. 147; Stewart's History of the Free 
Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 
18; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 503; Historical Sketch of the Academi- 
cal and Theological Institution, by W. E. Wording, 14, American Quarterly 
Register, 351 ; Historical Sketch, 1876; The Town of New Hampton and Her 
Two Celebrated Revolutionary Officers, by G. W. Nesmith, 3, Granite Monthly, 
221.] 



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 annexed to Portsmouth June 29, 1821. 

See papers under title Dover; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 153; XII, Hammond 
Town f'apers, 710; Index to Laws, 404; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham 
County, 1882, p. 392 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 100 ; Church Records, 
1716-1731, by C. W. Tuttle, N. E. Hist. Gen, Register, vol. 22, p. 23, to vol. 
25, p. 284. Report of an Indian Massacre, at Fox Point, Newington, New Hamp- 
shire, by Chas. Wesley Tuttle, Historical Papers, edited by Albert H. Hoyt, 1889.] 



NEW IPSWICH. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Jan. 15, 1735-6, to John Wainwright, John Choate, 
and others, inhal^itants of Ipswich, Mass. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors 
April 17. 1750, to Reuben Kidder and others. Incorporated as Ipsivich Sept. 9, 
1762. Incorporated as New Ipswich March 6, 1766. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following vol- 



NEW IPSWICH. 367 

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. 
Historical Society, 155 ; History, by F. Kidder and A. A. Gould, 1852, pp. 488; 
Historical Discourse, centennial celebration of First Congregational Churcli, i860, 
by Samuel Lee, 1861, pp. 88; sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 
1885, p. 610; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 16; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 231, 236.] 



[Ipswich Incorporated, 1762.] 

*Province of New Hamp'^ *i-25i 

New George the Third by the Grace of God of great 

Ipsvvhich Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith &c* 

To all to whom these Presents Shall come Greet- 



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Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract 
of Land within our Province of New Hamp"^ known by the Name 
of New Ipswhich Being on the Branches of Sowhegon River 
between N° (i) & Rowley Canada so Called and Containing 
Thirty Square Miles Have Humbly Petitioned & Requested us 
that they may be errected & Incorporated into A Township & In- 
franchized with the Same Previledges with Other Towns within 
our Said Province by Law have & 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 Perticular by maintaining good 
order and Encourageing the Culture of the Land that the Same 
should be done, Know Ye therefore that we of Special Grace cer- 
tain Knowledge and for the Encouragem' & Promoteing the good 
Purposes & Ends aforesaid & with the advise of Our Trusty & 
well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com- 
'ander in ChiefT & of our Council for said Province of New 
Hamp"^ Have errected & ordaind & by these Presents for Us our 
heirs & Successors Do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the 
Tract of Land aforesaid & others who Shall Inhabit & Improve 
thereon hereafter The Same beincj butted & bounded as follows 
Viz Begining at A White Pine Tree being the South West Corner 
of the Town of Wilton thence Runing West Six Miles thence Runing 
South to the Province Line five Miles then 6 Miles East upon the 
Province Line then runing North five Miles to the Bounds first 
Mentioned Be & hereby are declared to be A Town Corporate & 



368 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Are hereby errected & incorporated into a Body Politick & Cor- 
porate to have Continuence until the first Da}^ of Jan'^ 1766 by the 
Name of Ipswich with All the Powers & Authority Previledges 
Immunities & Franchises which any Other Towns in s'^ Province 
by Law have & Enjoy to the Said Inhabitants or who Shall here- 
after Inhabit there & their Successors for Said Term always 
reserving to us our heirs & Successors all white Pine Trees that 
are or Shall be found growing & 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 tis hereby Declared that this Charter 
& Grant is not Intended or Shall not in Any Man'er be Construed 
to Extend to or affect the Private Property of the Soil within the 
Limits afores'^ and as the several Towns within our s'^ Province are 
by Laws thereof enabled & authorized to Assemble & by the 
Majority of the Voters Present to Chuse all Such officers 
*i-252 & Transact Such Affairs as in the Said *Laws Are de- 
clared We do by thes Present Nominate & Appoint 
Ruben Kidder Esq to call the first Meeting of Said Inhabit- 
ants to be held within the Said Town at Any Time within 
Forty Days from the Date hereof giving Legal Notice of the Time 
& Designe of Holding Such Meeting after which the annual Meet- 
ing of 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 Penning Wentworth Esq 
Our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff* of Our Said Province the 
Ninth Day of September in the Second Year of Our Reign Annoq 
Domini 1762 — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys com** 
By Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'^y 

Recorded from the Original Charter und the Province Seal 
this ^^^ of September 1762 — 

f Theodore Atkinson j Se^y 



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George the Third By the Grace of God of great 
Britain, France & Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith— 

To all to whom these Presents shall come greeting 
New Ipswich Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a Tract 
of Land within our Province of New Hampshire known by the name 
of New Ipswich lying on the branches of Souhegan River, between 
(N° I) & Rowley Canada (so Called) & Containing Thirty square 
miles, have Humbly Petitioned & Requested us that they may be 
Erected and Incorporated into a Township &: Enfranchized w^ith 
the same Powers & Priviledges which other Towns within our said 
Province by Law have & Enjoy & it appearing to us to be Con- 
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370 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ducive to the General good of our said Province, as well as of the 
said Inhabitants in particular by maintaining good Order & 
Encouraging the Culture of the Land, that the same should be 
done. Know Ye therefore that We of our Especial Grace 
Certain Knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promotion of the 
good Purposes & Ends aforesaid by & with the Advice of our 
Trusty & Well-beloved Penning Wentworth Esq"" Our Gov- 
ernor & Comma'' in Cheif & of our Council for our said Prov- 
ince have Erected & Ordained & by these Presents for us Our 
heirs & Successors Do Will & Ordain that the Inhabitants of the 
Tract of Land aforesaid & others who shall Inhabit & improve 
thereon hereafter (the same being butted & bounded as follows) 
Viz*. Beginning at a White Pine Tree at the South West Corner 
of the Town of Wilton thence runing West 6 miles thence runing 
South to the Province Line 5 Miles, then Six miles East upon the 
Province line, thence runing North 5 Miles to the bounds first 
mentioned Be & they are hereby declared & Ordained to be 
a Town Corporate & Are hereby Erected & incorporated into 
a Body Politic & Corporate to have Continuence during Our 
Pleasure by the Name of New Ipswich with all the Powers 

and Authorities Priviledges & Immunities & Franchizes 
* 1-295 which anv *other Towns in this Province by law have 

& Enjoy to the said Inhabitants & those who shall here- 
after Inhabit there & their successors for said Term Always 
reserving to us our Heirs & Successors all White Pine Trees 
which are or shall be found growing & being on the said 
Tract of Land fit for the use of Our Royal Navy Reserving 
also unto us our heirs & Successors the Power & Right of divid- 
ing said Town when it shall appear Necessary & Convenient 
to the Inhabitants thereof Provided Nevertheless & it is here 
bv declared that this Charter & Grant is not Intended & shall 
not in any manner be Construed to Extend to Or Effect the 
Private Property of the Soil within the Limits afores*^ And as the 
Several Towns within Our said Province are by Laws thereof, 
Enabled & Authorized to Assemble & by the Majorities of the 
Voters present to Chuse all such Officers & Transact such affairs 
as in the said Laws are declared. We do by these Presents Nomi- 
nate & Appoint Reuben Kidder Esq' to Call the first meeting 
of the 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 meeting of said Town shall be held for the Choice of said 



NEW IPSWICH. 



371 



Officers & the Purposes aforesaid on the 2^ Tuesday in March 
Annually In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of 
Our said Province to be hereunto Affixed. Witness Benning 
Wentworth Esq'' our afores^ Governor, the Sixth day of March 
in the Sixth year of Our Reign Annoque Domini 1766 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Command 

T : Atkinson j'^ Sec'^y 

Entered and Recorded according to the Original Incorporation 
under the Province Seal this 6'^' day of March Annoque Domini 
1766 

• Attest : T : Atkinson Jun Sec^ 




Provxncc /.iTie 



372 CHARTER RECORDS. 



NEWMARKET. 

[Set off from Exeter and incorporated as a parish Dec. 15, 1727. Granted 
town privileges Aug. 26, 1737. The boundary line was extended Dec. 28, 1805. 
This act was repealed June 17, 1807. The north line was established June 19, 
1818. South Newmarket was set off and incorporated June 27, 1849. -^ small 
tract of land was severed from South Newmarket and annexed Dec. 17, 1852. A 
portion of Durham was annexed July 2, 1870. A small tract of land was set off 
and annexed to South Newmarket Sept. 14, 1883. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 570 ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 9 ; Index 
to Laws, 404; papers under title Exeter; sketch, by A. L. Mellows, Hurd's His- 
tory of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 395 ; discourse, semi-centennial of Congre- 
gational Church, by I. C. White, 1878, pp. 17 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 100.] 



NEWPORT. 

[Granted as Grenville Jan. i, 1753, to Isaac Pennell and others. Granted Oct. 
6, 1761, to Nathaniel Fish and others, and incorporated as Newport. Named 
from Newport, R. I. The charter was renewed Feb. 2, 1769. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 394, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 46; 
Index to Laws, 405; History, by Edmund Wheeler, 1879, PP- 600; sketch, by 
J. W. Parmelee, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 200; sketch, by J. 
W. Parmelee, 3, Granite Monthly, 228, 269; address, centennial of Congrega- 
tional Church, 1879, by A. S. Wait; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1S62, 
p. 302; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 9, 11, 17; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 456; Great Whirlwind, 1821, i. Collections 
of N. H. Historical Society, 241.] 



[Grenville Charter, 1753-] 

*i-i35 *Province of New Hampshire 

Grenville George the Second by the Grace of God of 

Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of 
the faith &c 

To All Persons to whom these Presents Shall 
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 iS: with the advice of our Trusty 



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NEWPORT. 373 

& well beloved 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 & 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 & his Maj^^^ Other Governments and 
to their heirs and assignes for ever whose names Are Entered on 
this Grant to be Divided to and amongst them into Seventy five 
Equal Shares All that Tract or Parcel of Land Scituate Lying & 
being within our Province of New Hampshire Containing by ad- 
measurement Twenty three thousend & forty Acres which Tract is 
to Contain Six miles Square & no more out of which an allowence 
is to be made for high ways & unimproveable Lands by Rocks, 
Mountains Ponds & Rivers One thousend & forty Acres free Ac- 
cording to a Plan thereof made & Presented by our said Govern- 
ours Orders and hereunto annexed Butted & bounded as follows 
(Viz) Begining at a Stake & Stones at the South East Corner of 
Buckingham & runs East by the Needle five Miles and an half to 
A Stake & Stones thence Runing North by the Needle Six Miles & 
Two hundred & forty Rods to a Stake & Stones thence Running 
West by the Needle five miles & an half to a Stake thence run- 
ning South by the Needle Six miles & two hundred & forty rods to 
the first mentioned bounds And that the same be and is Incor- 
porated into A Township by the Name of Grenville and that the 
Inhabitants that do or Shall hereafter Inhabit Said Township Are 
hereby Declared to be Enfranchized with And Intituled to all & 
Every the Previledges & Immunities that other Towns within our 
s'' Province by Law Exercize & Injoy and further that the Said 
Town as Soon as there shall be fifty families resdent & 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 
& be held Longer that the respective *fol- *i-i^6 

lowing the said respective Days and as Soon as the Town 
Shall Consist of fifty families A Market Shall be Opened & kept 
one or more Days in each Week as maybe 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 Tuesday of March next which Meeting shall be Noti- 
fied by Thomas Taylor who is hereby Also Appointed the Moder- 
ator of the Said first Meeting which he is to Notify & Govern 



374 CHARTER RECORDS. 

agreable to the Laws & Customs of our Said Province and that 
the annual Meeting forever hereafter for the Choice of Such 
Officers of Said Town Shall be on the Last Wednesday in March 
Annually To have & to hold the Said Tract of Land as above 
Expressed togeather with all the Previledges & appurtenances 
to them & their Respective heirs & Assignes forever upon the fol- 
lowing 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 Contained in his or thier Share or 
Proportion of Land in Said Township and Continue to Improve 
& Settle the Same by Additional Cultivations on Penalty of the 
forfeiture of his Grant or Share in the Said Township and its re- 
verting to his Majesty his heirs & Successors to be by him or them 
regranted to such of his Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle &■ 
Cultivate the Same 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 felld without his 
Maj'^* Especial Lycence for So doing first had & Obtained 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 Sub- 
ject to the Penalty of Any Act or Acts of Parliament that now 
Are or hereafter Shall be Enacted — That before Any Division of 
the Said Lands be made to & Amonorst 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 & Paving therefor to us our heirs & Sucessors for the 

Space of Ten Years to be Computed from the Date hereof 
*i-i37 the Rent of one *Ear of Indian Corn only on the first Day 

of January Annually if Lawfully Demanded the first Pay- 
ment to be made on the first Day of January 1754- And Every 
Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield & Pay unto us our 
heirs & Successors Yearly & Every Year from & after the Expira- 
tion of the Ten Years from the Date hereof namely on the first 
Day of Jan'^ which will be in the Year of Our Lord Christ one 
Thousend Seven hundred & Sixtv Four One Shillincr Proclama- 
tion 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 above 
Said their heirs or Assigns In our Council Chamber in Portsmoutli 
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 what- 



NEWPORT. 



375 



soever In Testimon}^ hereof We have Caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff of our Said Province the 
first Day of Jan" in the Year of our Lord Christ 1753 and in the 
26 Year of Our Reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excellencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se""^' 

Entered & recorded According to the Original under the Prov- 
ince Seal this first Day of Jan'^' 1753 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se'" 

The Names of the Grantees of Grenville (Viz) 



Isaac Pennel, 
John Chapman, 
Peter Russell, 
Robert Morrison, 
John Clark, 
John Henry, 
John Pannel, 
John Pennel jun% 
William Otterson, 
John Anderson, 
Thomas Taylor 
Isaac Foster, 
Eli Denio, 
George Hauland, 
Eleazer Wells, 
James Steward jun' 
James Steward, 
Samuel Cummins, 
John Wentworth jun'' 
William Symes 
Ellis Huske, 
John Downing, 



Robert Fulter, 
James Edwards, 
Joseph Winn, 
Hugh Morrison, 
Samuel Hunter, 
Samuel Eaps 
James Addison, 
Josiah Stewart 
Moses Pennel, 



Samuel Ashley jun% 
John Stanley, 
Elnathan Stanley, 
Hugh Morrison jun'' 
Andrew Luckes, 
Hugh Morrison, 
Thomas Morris, 
John Thompson, 
Robert Pennel, 



Mathew Boulton, Abraham Pannel, 
*William Tems, George Corse, 
Joseph Denio, Jeddiah Deeand, 
Battis Denio, Seth Denio 

William M^'Cheeless, Aaron Denio 



*i-i38 



John Cockran, 
Daniel Graves, 
Tho^ M*=Gee, 
James Whitney, 
William Johnson, 
Henry Sherburne, 
Rich'^ Wibird, 
Sam" Solley, 



Oliver Avory, 
Nathaniel Brooks, 
John M^Creelis, 
Archibald Pennel, 
Mathew Livermore, 
John Digging, 
Theodore Atkinson 
Samuel Smith, 
Sampson Sheafte 



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 



376 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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 — George Hodge, John Wins- 
low Joseph Austin 

Prov. N Hamps^^ )> Entered & recorded from the Back of Green- 
ville the i^' Day of Jan'^'' 1753 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se^^ 



^^ Fa^nyO^J^JU ymUtsy 




Taken from the Plan on the Back of the Original Charter of 
Greenville 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec"' 



NEWPORT. 377 

[Newport Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-22i 

Newport GEORGE the Third, 

/-v^^^^ By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France 

S / Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 

/ \ T^o all Persons to whom these Pi'esents shall come, 

\^^^w^^ Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a Nezv 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of Nezv- 
Hamjbshire, 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 oi New-Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty Three Thousand & Forty Acres, 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, V^iz. Begining 
at a Stake & Stones which Stands South Seventy Eight Degrees 
East at the Distance of Six Miles & One half Mile from the North 
Westerly Corner of Charleston a Town formerly Granted in this 
Province & Runs from the said Stake & Stones North Eight De- 
grees East Five Miles & Seven Eighths of a Mile to a Stake & 
Stones then South Sixty Six degrees East Six Miles & one Quarter 
of a Mile then South Ten Degrees West Six Miles to a Stake & 
Stones, then North Sixtv Three Degrees West Six Miles & One 
Quarter of a Mile to a Stake & Stones the Bounds first Mention'd 
being Six Miles & One half Mile from the Bank of Connecticut 
River — And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a 






37^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

Township by the Name of Newport And the Inhabitants that do or 
shall hereafter inhabit the 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 Exer- 
cise 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 
*2-222 Families a Market maybe *opened and kept one or more 

Days in each Week, as may be thought most advan- 
tagious 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 First Tuesday of November next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by M' George Harris 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 o( 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. 

I. 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 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. 

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 here- 
after shall be Enacted. 

III. That before any Division of the Land be made to and 



NEWPORT. 379 

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 Suc- 
cessors for the Space often Years, to be computed from the Date 
hereof, the Rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only, on the twenty- 
fifth Day oi 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 for- 
ever, from and after the. Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth day o( December, namely, on the twenty-fifth Day 
oi December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 October In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One And in the First 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentw^orth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 

Province of New Hampshire Octo'' 6, 1761 

Recorded Acording to the Origional Charter under the Province 
seal 1^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

*The names of the Grantees of Newport (Viz^) *2-223 

Nathaniel Fish Eben' Fames Jos'' Fames 

Benj'^ Harris George Harris Nath' Comstock 

Benj'^ Gardner Isaac Avory Jesse Burchard 

John Burchard Richard Downer Enoch Bolls Jun' 



38o 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Isaac Tracy Jun"^ 
Nehemiah Andrews 
Sam' Church 
Jesse Woodworth 
Micah Scovel 
Theo^'-^ Topham 
Jeremiah Clement 
Jonath" Harris 
Matthew Dorr 
Tho^ Hall 
William Cone 
Elipha' Lester 
Eliphalet Gustin 
Peter Bulkley 
Levi Crossley 



Daniel Fuller 
John Nelson 
Will'" Manwarincr 
William Fox 
Guy Richards 
Ebenezer Cone 
Joshua Isham 
Nath' Kay 
Noadin Warner 
Levi Wells 
Joseph Cone 
Thomas Lester 
Tho' Cane 2'' 
Elisha Clark 
John Olmstead 



JosephNewmarchEsq'Dan' Warner Esq'' 
Moses Yeoman Jun' & John Chapman — 



Elijah Ackly 
John Church 
Joseph Fox 
Nath' Hungeford 
Nicholas Hallom 
Harris Coult 
Nath' Beckwith Jun' 
Aaron Cady 
Moses Yeoman 
Jos'' Beckwith 
Joseph Cone Jun"^ 
Nehemiah Gates 
Abraham Ackley 
Josi'^ Beckwith 
Ben^ Alcot 
Lemuel Hungerford 



His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land to 
Contain Five Hundred Acres as Marked in the Plan B — W — 
which is be Accounted two of the within Shares, One 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 
Gospell & One Share for the Benefit of a School in said Town — 

Province of New Hamps'" Octo'' 6, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of Newport 
under the Province seal 

Attested ^ Theodore Atkinson Sec*'^ 



NEWPORT. 



381 



SoxLi/i ^^f ^4.ti JK rnnta 




'Pla.n of Nt,^7^oTi 







Province of New Hamps'' Octo"^ 6, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter of Newport 
under the Province Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



L s. 



[Newport Charter Renewed, 1769.] 

*Province of New > George the Third by the Grace *i-33i 

Hampshire 5 of God of Great Britain France and 

Ireland King Defender of the Faith &<'"^ 

Whereas we of our special Grace and mere 
motion for the due encouragement of setling a New 
Plantation within our Prov*^*^ of New Hampshire 
(Newport -by our Letters Patent or Charter under the seal of 
extended) our said Province Dated the 6"^ day of October 1761 
in the first year of our Reign, a Tract of Land equal to six miles 
Square bounded as therein expressed (and since survey'd, 
Admeasured, marked and ascertain'd by our Order to Isaac 
Rindge Esq"^ our Surveyor General of Lands for said Province) 
Granted to a number of our Loyal Subjects whose Names are 
entered on the same to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns on 
the Conditions therein declar'd, and to be a Town Corporate by 



382 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the name of Newport as by referrence to the said Charter may- 
more fully appear — And whereas the said Grantees have repre- 
sented unto us that by Reason of the great Inconveniencies which 
occur in the settlement of New Townships so remotely situated 
from any other Townships or settlements that can afford any 
Assistance, hath rendered it impracticable for the whole Number 
of Grantees to perform that part of the Conditions that relates to 
the Cultivation of such a proportion of the said Grant — That there 
are Fifteen Families now Setled on the Premises ; which affords 
them hopes of a final Settlement without delay- And Humbly 
Supplicating us not to take advantage of the breach of said Con- 
dition, but to lengthen out and grant them some further time for 
the performance thereof. 

Now KNOW YE that we being willing to promote the end pro- 
posed Have of our further Grace and favor suspended our Claim 
of the forfeiture which the said Grantees may have Incurr'd, and 
by these Presents Do Grant unto the said Grantees their heirs and 
Assigns the further Term of Four Years from this Date for per- 
forming & fullfilling the Conditions, matters and things by them to 
be done as aforesaid Except the Quit Rents which are to remain 
due and Payable as express'd and reserved in the Original 
Grant or Charter. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 

Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq' 

our Governor and Commander in Chief this 2*^*^ day of 

*i-33i February* in the g^^ Year of our Reign Annoque Domini 

1769— 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Jun'" Sec'y 

Recorded according to the Original this 2"*^ Feb^^ 1769 

Att Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



NEWTON. 



383 




Rni- 



Protracted by a Scale of one Inch to a Mile. 



NEWTON. 



[Incorporated as Newtown Dec. 6, 1749. An addition was granted March 22, 
1749-50. The boundary line between Newton and South Hampton was estab- 
lished Jan. 4, 1772. A portion of East Kingston was annexed July 2, 1845. The 
name of the town was changed to Newton July 10, 1846. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 607; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 53; Index 
to Laws, 406; sketch, by J. Hoitt, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, 
p. 403 ; Early History of the Baptists in N. H., by Joseph Fullonton, i. Granite 
Monthly, 156; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 5 ; dis- 
course, centennial of Baptist Church, 1855, by William Lamson; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 466.] 



384 charter records. 

[Newtown Incorporated, 1749.] 

*i-43 *Province of New Hampshire 

George the Second by the Grace of God of 
Great Brittain France & Ireland King De- 



fender of the faith &c 



To all to whom these Presents Shall come 
Newtown Whereas our Loveing Subjects Inhabitants 

Charter of a Tract of Land within our Province of 

Vede Page 58 & 59 New Hampshire afore Said Lying to the 
for Sundr}^ Persons Northward of the Divideing line between our 
Polld off from Said Province of New Hampshire and our 

South Hampton Other Province of the Massachusetts bay and 

to New Town to the Westward of the Town of South Hamp- 

ton in our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid Have Humbly 
Petitioned & requested of us that they may be Errected & Incor- 
porated into a Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers & 
Previledges which other Towns within our Said Province by Law 
have & Enjoy and it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the 
General Good of our Said Province as well as of the Said In- 
habitants in Perticular by maintaining good order & Incouraging 
the Culture of the Land that the Same Should be Done — 

Know ye therefore that We of our Especial Grace Certain 
knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoteing the good Pur- 
poses & Ends aforesaid by & with the Advice of our Trusty & 
Well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our -Governour & Com- 
ander in Chieff & of our Council for Said Province of New Hamp"" 
Have Erected & ordained and by these Presents for us our heirs & 
Successors Do Will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the Tract of 
Land aforesaid or that Shall Inhabit or Improve thereon hereafter 
butted & bounded as follows Viz beginning at the South West 
Corner of the Town of South Hampton where South Hampton 
Line Intersects the Curve Line that is the Northern Boundary of 
our Province of the Massachusetts Ba}^ & bounding on the Said 
Curve Line & runing on the Same South West nine Degrees West 
One Mile then South Twenty Eight Degrees West (by Said Curve 
Line) one mile to Haverhill Line So Called at a Place Called 
*i— 44 Brandy Brow then by Haverhill Line afore S'^ *North 
West Three Degrees West Two Miles then North East 
Seven degrees East one hundred & fifty rods to Peasle3's Barn So 
called then North East Three hundred & Six rods to the Long 
Causey So called in the Country road then North Three Degrees 



NEWTON. 385 

East one hundred & Seventy rods to A Place called Long cove in 
Country Pond So called then North East Cross Said Pond to the 
Pounds Moutii So called then East five degrees South Two hun- 
dred & forty rods to the North West Corner bounds of South 
Hampton afore Said then South Two Miles & Sixty Rods by South 
Hampton Line to the bounds first above mentioned — And by these 
Presents are Declared & ordained to be A Town Corporate and 
Are hereby Erected & Incorporated into a body Pollitick & Cor- 
poration to have Continueance for ever by the name of New Town 
with all the Powers & Authorities Previledges Imunities & 
Infranchizes to them the Said Inhabitants and their Successors for 
ever Allways reserving tt) us our heirs & Successors all White 
Pine Trees growing & being or that Shall hereafter grow & be on 
the Said Land fit for the use of our Royal Navy reserveing alsoe 
the Power of Divideing the Said Town to us our heirs & Successors 
when it Shall Appear Necessary & Convenient for the Benefit of 
the Inhabitants thereof and as the Several Towns within our Said 
Province of New Hampshire are by the Laws thereof Enabled & 
Authorized to Assemble & by the Majorit}' of Votes to Choose all 
Such officers as Are mentioned in the Said Laws We do by these- 
Presents Nominate & Appoint Captain Joseph Bartlet to call the- 
first meeting of the 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 Place & Design of Holding Such meet- 
ing after which the Annual Meeting in Said Town Shall be held 
for the choice of officers &:c^ for ever on the Last Wednesday in^ 
March Annually In Testamony whereof We have caused the SeaH 
of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Benning 
Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com'ander in Chieft' of 
our Said Province the Sixth Day of December in* the year *i-45 
of our Lord Christ 1749 ^ ^'^ ^^^^ Twenty third Year of our 
Reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with the Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''*' 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Province 
Seal this 15*^^ Day of December 1749 — 

Per Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of South 
Hampton July 7"^ 1848— John Page Esq w^as Chosen Moderator 

24 



386 CHARTER RECORDS. 

At the Same Meeting it was Considered That whereas there was 
A Number of Persons that lives at the West End of this Town that 
think they can better Accomodate themselves by Joyning with their 
Neighbours for a Meeting House than Constantly to Assemble with 
us and we being Willing to Shew them All Christian Regard and 
kindness Vote that all those Persons that Lives at the West End of 
this Town that have A minde to goe off Shall have the Liberty to 
Poll of themselves & their Estates which they now have & Jovn 
with their Neighbours in the District for A Parish in all affairs 
Provided they Poll off or tile a list of their names with his Excelenc}'^ 
the Governour within Thirty Da^'S from the day of the Date hereof 
— Voted in the Affirmative 

A. True Copy Attest Reuben Dimond Town Clerk 

Jonathan Farron Michale Hoit Tho^ Tuexbury 

Tho* Carter Benj'^ Carter Orlando Carter 

Benj" Kimball John Carter Sam" Carter 

Jacob Coleby Rogles Coleby Nathan Coleby 

Jon** Watson Roger Eastman Sam" Goodwin 

Robert Martin James George David Coleby 

Zacheus Coleb}'' Jon'^ Kimball Aron Currior 

Tho* Jewell Philip Challis Daniel Goodwin 

1-46* Tho** Greenfield *Nathaniel Ash Abraham Merrell 

David Goodwin Zebulon Farren John Eliot 

Province of New Hampshire 

These Certify That the List of the Men's Names above mentioned 
were Entred with his Excelencv the Governour and Lod<:red in the 
Sec''^^ office the Secon day of August 1748 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec'"'' 



NEWTON. 



387 







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The above is the Plan of New Town as ordred to be Planed on 
the Original Charter — Entred here the 15 December 1749 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 



388 charter records. 

[Newtown Addition, 1749.] 

*i-58 *Province of New Hampshire 

Thirty South George the Second by the Grace of God of 

Hampton men Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of 
Polld to New the faith &c^ 

Town To All People to whom these Presents Shall 

Come Greeting — 

Whereas the Town of South Hampton within Our 
Province of New Hampshire Afore Said for Diverse 
good & Laudable Motives and Considerations them 
thereunto moveing Did Voluntarily at a Town meeting held in Said 
Town by the Inhabitants thereof On the Seventh Day of July 
Anno Domini 1748 Pass A Vote in the following words Viz That 
"all those Persons that Lives at the West End of this Town that 
" have A mind to go off Shall have the Liberty to Poll off them 
"Selves & thier Estates Which they now have & Joyn with thier 
"neighbours in the District for a Parish in all Affairs Provided 
"they Poll off or file a List of their names with his Excelency the 
" Governour within thirty Days from the Date hereof — and for as 
much as Jonathan Farren Michael Hoit, Thomas Tuexbury, 
Thomas Carter Benj'' Carter, Orlando Carter, Benj'' Kimbal, 
John Carter, Sam'^ Carter, Jacob Coleby, Ruggles Coleby, Nath'^ 
Coleby, Jon* Watson, Roger Eastman, Samuel Goodwin, Robert 
Martin, James George, David Coleby, Zacheus Coleby, Jonathan 
Kimbal, Aron Curriour, Thomas Jewell, Phillip Challes, Daniel 
Goodon, Thomas Greenfield, Nath" Ash, Abraham Merrill, David 
Goodwin, Zebulon Farren, & John Eliot, All Inhabitants in the 
West End of Said Town of South Hampton Did file a List of thier 
Names with Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour of our Said 
Province and the Same was filed in the Secretarys office of our 
aforesaid Province on the Second Day of August 1748 within the 
thirty Days in the above recited Vote of the afore Said Town of 
South Hampton mentioned and Agreable to the Intent & Ten'er 
thereof — Now Know Ve that for & in Consideration of the above 
mentioned Vote and at the request of the Several Parties therein 
Concernd We have tho* fit by & with the Advice of our Trusty & 
well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & of Our 
Council of Our Said Province of New Hamp' To Order & ordain 
that the afore Said Jonathan Farren, Michael Hoit, Tho* Tuex- 
bury, Thomas Carter, Benj" Carter, Orlando Carter, Benj" Kim- 



NEWTON. . 389 

bal, John Carter, Samuel Carter, Jacob Coleby, Ruggles Colby, 
Nath" Colby, Jon" Watson, Roger Eastman, Samuel Goodwin, 
Robert Martin, James George, David Coleby, Zacheus Coleby, 
Jonathan Kimbal, Aron Curriour, Thomas Jewel, Philip Challis, 
Daniel Goodwin, Thomas Greenfield, Nathaniel Ash, Abraham 
Merrell, David Goodwin, Zebulon Farren, & John Eliot, 
With thier & Each of their Estates *they now have in Said *i-59 
Town of South Hampton Be & hereby Are Ordred De- 
clared & Ordained to be Polld & Sett oft' from Acting or Voteing 
with the Town of South Hampton aforesaid in Any of thier Tow^n 
Affairs, Excepting what does or may relate to the repairing or 
mending the High ways within the Limits of the Said Town of 
South Hampton aforesaid with respect to which affairs they are to 
Act & be Governd as tho' no vote or Oder had Passd thereon 
And Are hereby (togeather with the Estates they now have in 
South Hampton as also all Persons that Shall Succeed them or 
any or Either of them in the Improveing of Said Estates) Declared 
to be Polld off' & Annexed to New Town within our Province 
aforesaid there to Vote & Act with Said New Town in all thier 
Town affairs as fully to all Intents & Purposes as Any other the 
Inhabitants of Said Town can or may do Excepting what Does or 
may relate to the Mending or repairing the Highways within the 
Limits of New Town which they & Each of them Are hereby 
Exempt from they haveing the Liberty of Voteing with and Are 
Subject to the Legal Dh-ections of the Town of South Hampton 
aforesaid of All which All Persons Concerned are to take Due 
notice & Govern themselves Accordingly — 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our Said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff" of our Province of New 
Hamp'^ afores'* the 22'' Day of March in the year of our Lord 
Christ 1749 ^ ^^ ^^^^ Twenty third year of Our Reign — 

B Wentworth — 

By his Excelencys Com'and 
with the Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Entred & recorded Acording to the Original under the Province 
Seal this 23'^ Day of March 1749 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



390 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Mss. "Town Boundaries," p. 148.] 



*'/V»»s 




NEWTON. 391 

[Petition from Selectmen of Newtown, 1771.] 
[Farmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 6, p. 237.] 

Province of New > To his Exxellency John Wentworth Esq : 
Hampshire 5 Captain General, Governor, & Commander 
in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New Hampshire ; & 
the Honourable his Majesty's Council ; & House of Representa- 
tives, in general Assembly convened. 

We the subscribers, being the Selectmen of Newtown, & acting 
on behalf of said Town, do hereby signify that we can by no 
means consent that a Committee be sent to run a line between us 
& South Hampton, laid under the restrictions which South Hamp- 
ton hath, in their Petition propos'd. For, whenever there is a line 
established between us & them we hope to be strengthned by it, 
& think it highly reasonable that we should. 

There is a number of Families between Poe River & our meet- 
ing house, (now of South-Hampton) whom we apprehend should 
of right belong to us. 

We exceedingly need them (being much weakened by a large 
separation) ; while South-Hampton, we suppose, can well enough 
spare them, their Ministerial charges being quite low compared 
with ours. 

They were originally of us, & would have been so now if a 
Minister had been settled here at the time there was one there ; or, 
had there been at that time only a good prospect of the Settlement 
of one. 

They desire to belong to us, & for this have earnestly Peti- 
tion'd — They owe their religious Priveledges, of a publick nature 
to us — They are more convenient to our Meeting House than to 
their own ; the far greater part in regard to length of way, & all, 
a great deal, in regard to the goodness of it. 

Therefore, we imagine tis fitting that we should have such a 
line as will annex these People to Newtown. 

And we not only think so ourselves, but a Committee formerly sent 
by the general Court, to judge of this matter, thought so too, 
observing that nature had marked out a line between said towns, 
& made report that Poe River should be it. 

And it seems that South-Hampton are at least suspicious, that 
any honest impartial Committee, would be of the same Mind, or 
else (considering the mighty inconveniences, of which they com- 
plain in their Petition, on account of there not being a line) they 






392 CHARTER RECORDS. 

would consent to submit this matter to the judgment of an 
unbiased Committee of the Courts appointing, without laying it 
under any restrictions at all ; which is a proposal that we have 
often made them ; and what we would now be glad to do — 

And, therefore, we take this opportunity to humbly request that 
the Honourable Court would send a Committee upon the business 
above Mention'd, free from all confinement, excepting that of 
reason & Conscience — And your humble Petitioners will, as they 
are in duty bound, ever pray &c 

Newtown Janu''^ i. 1771. William Rowell ^Select men 

Aaron Currier > for 
Moses Carleton N Newtown 



NORTHFIELD. 

[Set off from Canterbury and incorporated as a parish June 19, 1780. A por- 
tion of the town was combined with other territory to form the town of Franlvlin 
Dec. 24, 1828, but the same territory was reannexed to Northfield July 3, 1830, 
and again restored to Franklin June 26, 1858. Two farms were severed and 
annexed to Franklin June 27, 1861. 

See papers under title Canterbury; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 70; Index 
to Laws, 408; sketch, by L. Hunt, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, 
p. 517; centennial address, by Lucian Hunt, 4, Granite Monthly, 16; Stewart's 
History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 401.] 



NORTH HAMPTON. 

[Set off from Hampton z.% North Hill Pm-ish Nov. 17, 1738. Incorporated as 
North Hampton Nov. 30, 1742. The line between this town and Rye was estab- 
lished Dec. 17, 1792. 

See papers under title Hampton; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 76; Index to 
Laws, 407; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 407; Life of 
Henry Dearborn, by H. A. S. Dearborn; discourse, 1821, 20th anniver- 
sary of author's settlement in ministry, by Jonathan French, 1822, pp. 11 ; Rem- 
iniscenses of 50 Years Pastorate, 1851, by same, 1852, pp. 46; sketch, by same, 
14, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 189; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 106; 150th Anniversary of Formation of North Hill Parish, by T. V. 
Haines, 1889.] 



NORTHUMBERLAND. 393 



NORTHUMBERLAND. 

[Granted as Stoningtoii Oct. 20, 1761, to John Hogg and others. Regranted 
Jan. 25, 1771, to Daniel Warner and others, and incorporated as Northumberland 
Nov. 16, 1779. Parts of Stark were annexed July 13, 1855, and June 26, 1863. 

See XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 88; Index to Laws, 408, 524; sketch, by 
E. F. Bucknam, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 539; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 21 ; Northern New Hampshire, 
by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 67.] 



P. S. 



[Stonington Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-285 

Stonington GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France 
and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to whom these Presents shall come, 
Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the the due Encouragement of settling a 
JVew Plantation within our Said Province, by and with the 
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 presents, 
for Us, Our Heirs, and Successors, do give and grant'in equal 
Shares, unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Prov- 
ince of 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 equal 
Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being 
within our said Province of Nezu-Hamf>shire, containing by 
Admeasurement, about Twenty four thousand Acres, which Tract 
is to contain Something more than 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 Riv- 
ers, 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 



394 CHARTER RECORDS. 

bounded as follows, Viz. Begining at A Maple Tree which 
Stands on the Easterly Side ot" Connecticut River and is about 
Thirty Miles on A Straight Line from Ammonusek Rivers Mouth 
and from thence Notherly up Connecticut River as that runs 
about Nine Miles on a A Strait Line to an Elm marked Standing 
on the Southerly Side of the Mouth of A Small Brook runing 
into Connecticut River & carrying that Breadth Back between 
Two East Lines so farr as that A Parrellel Line to the Strait Line 
from the Maple afore Said to the Elm afore Said will make the 
Contents of Six Miles Square And that the same be, and hereby 
is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Stonington 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 
*2-286 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 fourth Tuesday of October Current 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by M'' John Hogg who is here- 
by also apppointed 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 annuall3s To Have and to Hold the 
said Tract of Land as above expressed, together with all Privi- 
leges 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 
cultivate five Acres of Land within the Term of five Years for 
ever}^ fifty Acres contained in his or their Share or Proportion ot* 
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 



NORTHUMBERLAND. 395 

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 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 here- 
after 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 for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
Otie 5///7//;/_^ 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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Province,, 
the Twentieth Day of October 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 Sec''^ 



396 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Province of New Hamp'^ Octob'' 20"' 1761 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 

*2-287 *The Names of the Grantees of Stonington Viz — 



John Hogg 
Daniel Fowle 
Samuel Evens 
John Johnson 
John Muzzy 
Edmund Morse 
Jesse Johnson 
Ebenez' Gile 
Peter Ea^stman 
Samuel Palmer 
Benj'"^ Hale 
Reuben Herriman 
Jacob Kent 
Joseph White 
William Moulton 
Stephen Herriman 
Maxey Haseltine 
Jacob Sawyer 
William Marshall 
Abraham Burnam 
Plumer Hadley 



Ebenez"" Noyse 
George Hadley 
Peter Morse 
John Ingalls 
Moses Morse 
Daniel Johnson 
John Bartlett 
John Atwhood 
John Mills 
John Mudget 
Reuben Mills 
John Hale 
Ebenez' Mudget 
Caleb Johnson 
Joshua Howard 
Benj'' Kimball 
Jeremiah Johnson 
William Page 
Abraham Dow 
Obediah Eastman 
Jon'^ Kimball 



Henry Trew 
Asa Foster 
Stephen Emerson 
Stephen Knight 
Benj"^ Emerson 
Samuel Messer 
Joseph Pillsbury 
Mathew Patten" 
Robert Macmurphy 
John Webster 
John Muzzey Jun' 
Abiah Muzzey 
Abiah Webster 
Joseph Webster 
John Hogg jun'' 
John Fowle 
John Noble 
Rich'* Champnev 
Rich'* Wibird Esq 
Daniel Warner Esq 
Samuel Heath 



Simeon Goodwin 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract 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 Said Town — 

Province of New Hamp"" October 20 — 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Stonington 

under the Province Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



NORTHUMBERLAND . 



397 




Province of New Hamp^ Octob' 20 1761 



R^ToVded from the Bac^k of the Original Charter of Ston.ngton 
under the Province Seal ^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'> 



_398 charter records. 

[Northumberland Charter, 1771.] 

*4~55 *Province of New > George the Third by the grace 

Hampshire ) of God of Great Britain France and 
(Northumberland.) Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. 

Know ye that we of our special grace certain knowledge and 
mere motion for the due encouragement of settling a new planta- 
tion within our said Province by and with the advice of our Trusty 
and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire our Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over our said Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, and of our Council of the said Prov- 
ince 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 unto our loving Subjects Inhab- 
itants of our said Province of New Hampshire and our other 
Dominions who have 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 Seventy Two Equal Shares all 
that Tract or parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of New Hampshire called and known by the name 
of Stonington being about Six miles Square & containing by 
admeasurement Twenty three Thousand & Forty three Acres, 
out of which an allowance is to be made for Highways and unim- 
proveable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains & Rivers One 
thousand and Forty Acres free according to a Plan & Surve}^ 
thereof exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands tor our said 
Province by our said Governor's Order and returned into the Sec- 
retary's Office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is hereunto 
annex'd butted and bounded as follows Videlicet Beginning 
at an Ash tree standing on the Easterly side of Connecticut 
River being the North Westerly Corner Bounds of Lancaster 
from thence running up said River as that tends to an Elm Tree 
standing on the Southerly side of the Mouth of a small brook that 
runs into said River, being Nine miles on a strait line from the 
said Ash Tree, from thence South Fifty five degrees East Four 
Miles sixty Eight Chains and Seventy five Links to a Spruce 
Tree, from thence South Seven degrees West Nine Miles to a 
Spruce Tree, from thence North Fifty five Degrees West Four 
miles Sixty Eight chains and Seventy five Links to the Ash Tree 
.began at. To have and to hold the said Tract of Land as 



NORTHUMBERLAND. 399 

above express'd together with all the Priviledges & Appurtenances 
to them the said Grantees & to their respective heirs and Assigns 
for Ever by the Name of Northumberland, upon the following 
Conditions — Videlicet 

*First That the Grantees at their own Cost shall cut, *4-56 
clear bridge and make passable for Carriages of all kinds 
a Road of Eight Rods wide through the said Tract hereby granted, 
and this to be completed within Two years from the date of this 
Grant, in failure of which the Premises and every part thereof 
shall be forfeited & revert to us our heirs and Successors to be 
hy us or them reenter'd upon and regranted to any of our Loving 
■Subjects. 

Second That the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be 
settled Twelve Families by the Twentieth day of March 1772, 
who shall be actually cultivating some part of the Land and resi- 
dent thereon, to continue making further and additional Improve- 
ment, cultivation and Settlement of the Premises so that there shall 
be actually Settled and resident thereon Sixty Families by the 
First day of March 1776 on penalty of the forfeiture of any and 
every delinquents Share and of such Share or Shares reverting to 
us our heirs and Successors to be by us or them enter'd upon and 
regranted to such of our Subjects as shall eftctually settle & culti- 
vate the same. 

Third That all White and other Pine Trees within the said 
Township fit for masting our Royal Navy be carefully preserved 
for that use, & that none be cut or fell'd without our special Licence 
for so doing first had and obtained upon the penalty of the forfeit- 
ure 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. 

Fourth 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 & marked out 
for Town Lots, One of which shall be allotted to each Grantee of 
the Contents of one Acre. 

Fifth Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and Suc- 
cessors on or before the First day of January 1772 the rent of one 
Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Sixth That every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant 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 afore- 



400 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



said First day of January, namely on the first day of Januar}^ 
which will be in the year of our Lord Christ 1774, One Shilling 

Proclamation money for every hundred Acres he so Owns, 
*4— 57 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 aboves'^ their Heirs or Assigns in our 
Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such officer or officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same : & 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 aforesaid Governor 
& Commander in Chief the Twenty fifth day of January in the 
Eleventh year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1771. 



By His Excellencys Command 
with advice of Council. 
Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



J 



L. S. 



Wentworth.T — 



The names of the Grantees of Northumberland. 

Daniel Warner Esq* Daniel Rindge Rogers Benjamin Currier 
John Penhallow Thomas Martin William Marshall 

Thomas BurnsideEsq'^Leveret Hubbard 



James Burnside 
Samuel Burnside 
Daniel Spaldwin 
WilHam Moulton 
Benjamin Sawyer 
George Gains 
Daniel Fowle 
Edward Ayers 
Joseph Peverly 
John Noble 



Samuel Lear 
William Stanwood 
Isaac Williams 
William Brewster 
Peter Porter 
Mark Rogers 
David Brewster 
Cap"^ John Parker 
Daniel Davis 
John Redin 



Caleb Marshall 
Edmund Morse 
Jeremiah Eames 
Benjamin Kimball 
John Canadey 
Reuben Harriman 
Caleb Johnson 
John Webster Esq"^ 
Joseph Webster 
Enoch Moulton 



T 1 AT u S ofNewb^Port 
Joseph Moulton I .^ j^^^^^,^ 

William Simpson Caleb Tappen 

Richard Mills Edmund Moulton 

Joseph Shillabar J'' Jacob Sheaffe Joseph Moulton C of Newb^' Port 

Jun"^ Jun' I in Mass*^. 

Matthew Stanl^ Parker Jesse Johnson 
Clement March of Portsm" James Jewett 
Nathaniel Treadwell Jun"" James Pearce 
Moses Bartlett James Flanders 



Jacob Treadwell 
Joseph Shillabar 



Mark Seavy 
Nehemiah Wheeler 
Daniel Lunt 
Jacob Tilton 



NORTHWOOD. 4OI 

Jonathan Shillabar Ebenezer Noyce Phinehas Sargent 

Nathaniel Treadwell Samuel White Esq"" Jonathan Duston 
Ammi Ruham^ Cutter Peter Morse James Paul 

One Right for the benefit of a School in said Town. One Right 
for the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 
Foreign Parts. One Right for the first setled Minister in said 
Town. 

Province of New Hampshire March 4"' 1771 — 
Recorded according to the Original Charter of Northumberland 
under the Province Seal. 

Att' Theodore Atkinson Sec""^ — 

*Province of New Hampshire, Portsm" 21*' January 1771 — *4-58 

These Certify that this plan of Stonington Beginning at 
an Ash Tree on the Easterly side of Connecticut River being the 
North westerly corner Bounds of Lancaster, from thence running 
up said River as that Tends to an Elm Tree standing on the South- 
erly side of the Mouth of a small Brook that runs into Connecticut 
River aforesaid being nine miles on a strait line from the said Ash 
Tree, from thence South Fifty five degrees East Four miles sixty 
Eight chains and seventy five Links to a Spruce Tree, from thence 
South seven degrees West nine miles to a spruce Tree, from thence 
North Fifty five degrees West four miles, sixty eight chains and 
seventy five Links to the Ash Tree first mention'd, being the 
Bounds begun at. Contains Twenty three Thousand & Fifty three 
Acres & sixteen Rods of Land & is a True Copy of an Original 
Plan or Survey of said Tract or Township as taken & returned to 
me by M' Dudley Coleman D""' Surv'' 

Attest : Isaac Rindge Surv'' Gen' 



NORTHWOOD. 

[Originally known as North-woods. Set off from Nottingham as a parish Feb. 

6, 1773- 

See papers under title Nottingham; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 93; Index 
to Laws, 408 ; sketch, by E. C. Cogswell, Hura"s History of Rockingham County, 
1882, p. 425; History of Nottingham, Deerfield, and Northwood, by E. C, 
Cogswell, 1878, pp. 790; Recollections in the History of, 3, Collections of N. H. 
Historical Society, 67 ; Historical Summary, by A. E. Cotton, 6, Granite Monthly, 
120; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 7, 9, 20; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 113; Sketches of, by A-n B-e, 1830.] 
25 



402 CHARTER RECORDS. 



NOTTINGHAM. 

[Incorporated May lo, 1722. The inhabitants desired to have the town named 
New Boston. Deerfield was set off" and incorporated Jan. 8, 1766, and North- 
wood Feb. 6, 1773. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 630; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 99; Index 
to Laws, 409; sketch, by E. C. Cogswell, Kurd's History of Rockingham County, 
1882, p. 433; History of Nottingham, Deerfield and Northwood, by E. C. Cogs- 
well, 1878, pp. 790; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 7; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 114; Men of Old Nottingham at Bunker 
Hill, by J. Scales, 2, Gratiite Monthly, 204.] 



[Nottingham Charter, 1722.] 

fFarmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 5, p. 168.] 

George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
King Defender of the Faith &c 

To all People to whom these p''sents Shall come Greeting, 
Know ye, That We of our Special Knowledge and meer 
motion for the Due encouragement of Settling a new Plantation 
by and with the advice & Consent of our Council have Given 
and Granted and by these p^^sents as far as in us Lies do Give and 
Grant in Equall Shares unto Sundry of our Beloved Subjects 
whose Names are Entred in a Schedule here unto Annexed 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 at Dover Westerly Corner Bounds Running 
along Exeter Northerly line West and by North two miles then 
along Exeter Head Line South west half a point more Southerly 
one mile and Three Quarters and from thence upon a West North 
West point of the Compas Ten miles into the Countrey, Then to 
Begin Again at the afores'^ Dover Westerly Corner Bovmds and 
Run North East half a point more Easterly Four miles and a 
quarter along along Dover Head line Then upon a North West 
point half a Point more Northerly Thirteen miles into the Countrey 
And from that Bounds upon a Straight line to the End of tiie afore- 
said Ten Mile line, And That the Same be a Town Corporate by 
the Name of Nothingham To the persons afores'' for ever. To have 
and to hold the Said Land to the Said Grantees and their Heirs & 
assigns forever and to Such Associates as they Shall admit upon 
the Following Conditions — 



NOTTINGHAM. 4O3 

1^* That every proprietor build a Dwelling House within Three 
Years & Settle a family therein and breack up three Acres of Ground 
and plant & Sow the Same within four years and pay his propor- 
tion of the Town Charoe when & So offten as Occasion Shall Re- 
quire the Same 

2^^' That a meeting House be built for the Publick Worship of 
God within the Said Term of four years 

3^-^' That upon Default of Any perticular proprietor in Com- 
pl3'ing with the Conditions of this Charter upon his part, Such 
Delinquent proprietor shall forfeit his Share to the other proprie- 
tors which Shall be Disposed of According to the Major Vote of 
the said Commoney at a Legall Meeting. 

4^^ That a Proprietors Share be Reserved for a Parsonage, 
another for the first Minister of The Gospel, Another for the Bene- 
fit of a School 

Provided nevertheless that the Peace with the Indians Continue 
during the afores'^ Term of Three Years, But if it Should So 
hapen that a warr with the Indians Should Comence before the 
Expiration of the albres'^ Term of Three years, The said Term of 
Three years Shall be Allowed to the Proprietors after the Expira- 
tion of the warr for the Performance of the afores'^ Conditions — 
Rendring & paying therefor to us our hiers & Successors or Such 
other officer or Officers as Shall be Appointed to Receive the 
Same the Annual Quit Rent or Acknowledgement of one Ear of 
Indian Corn in the Said Town on the Twentieth day of December 
yearly forever Resarving also unto our Heirs & Successors all 
mast Trees growing on the said Tract of Land (according to the 
acts of Parliament in y* case made & provided) And for the better 
Order Rule & Government of the said Town we do by these p''sents 
for our selves our Heirs & Successors Grant unto the Said Men & 
Inhabitants or those that Shall Inhabit the s'^ Town That Yearly & 
Every year upon the Last Tuesday in the month of March for ever. 
Shall Meet to Elect & chuse by the Major part of them, Constables 
Select Men and other Town otlicers Accordinor to the Laws & 
usuage of our afores'^' Province for the year ensuing, with Power & 
Priviledges & authorities as other Towns and Town officers within 
our afores'^ Province have & enjoy In Testimony whereof we 
have caused the Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto annexed 
Wittness Samuel Shute Esq' our Governour and Command"^ in 
Cheif of our said Province at our Town of Portsmouth the Tenth 
Day of May in the Eighth Year of our Reign Annoqe Domini 
1722 Sam" Shute 



404 CHARTER RECORDS. 

By his Excellency's Command 
w^'^ advice of the Council. 

Rich*^ Waldron Cler Con 



ORANGE. 

[Granted as Caj-digan February 6, 1769, to Isaac Fellows and others. Incor- 
porated as Orange June 18, 1790. The inhabitants petitioned to have the town 
incorporated as " Bradford " in 1779 ; as "Middleton" in 1783; as " Liscomb " 
in 1789. »'Liscomb"' was crossed out and Orange inserted in the last petition. 
A portion of Orange was annexed to Hebron, and a portion of Hebron to Orange 
December 13, 1804. The line between the two towns was established December 
2, 1808. A portion of Orange was annexed to Alexandria December 7, 1820. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 112; 
Index to Laws, 81, 413; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 
555; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Lawrence's New 
Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 581 ; A Trip to Cardigan, — Elisha Paine, by Walter 
Harriman, 4, Granite Monthly , 10; Mt. Cardigan, by H. Murdock, 2, Appalachia, 

239-] 



[Cardigan Charter, 1769.] 

*4-5 ^'Province of New > George the Third by the Grace of 
Hampshire — ) God of Great Britain France & Ire- 
(Cardigan) land King Defender of the .Faith dec"- 

Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain knowledge & 
mere motion for the due encouragment of selling a New Plantation 
within our said Province by and with the Advice of our Trusty 
and well-belov'd John Wentworth Esq'' our Governor and 
Commander in Cheif 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 grant- 
ed 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 Prov'*^ of New Hampshire and our other Governmients 
who hath Petition'd us for the same, setting forth their Readiness 
to make immediate Settlement and to their Heirs & Assigns for 
ever whose Names are enter'd on this Grant to be divided to and 
amongst them into One hundred & two equal Shares all that 



ORANGE. 405 

tract or parcel of Land known by the Name of Cardigan situate, 
lying and being within our Province of New Hampshire contain- 
ing by Admeasurement Twenty four Thousand Acres which is to 
contain something more than six miles square, out of which an 
Allowance is to be made for Highways and unimproveable Lands 
by Rocks, Ponds, mountains & Rivers One thousand and 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 annexed, butted and 
bounded as follows. Viz* — Beginning at the southeasterly corner of 
Cockerm° and runing N'' 64° West Six miles and one Quarter of a 
mile, then turning oft^ and runing South 41° West six miles by 
Canaan, then turning off again and runing South 65° East six 
miles & three quarters of a mile on Grafton Line to a spruce tree 
mark'd, from thence runing North 32° East 5 miles and three 
Qiiarters of a mile by Plymouth to the bounds began at — To 
HAVE AND TO HOLD the Said Tract of Land as above express'd 
together with all Priviledges and Appurtenances to them & their 
respecdve heirs and Assigns for ever, by the name of 
Cardigan *upon the following Conditions v' (First) That *4-6 
the said Grantees shall settle or cause to be Setled Twelve 
Families who shall be actually cultivating some part of the Land, 
and resident thereon on or before the i'' day of March 1770 and 
to continue making further and additional Improvement, cultiva- 
tion and Settlement of the Premises, so that there shall be actually 
setled and resident thereon Sixty Families by the i'' day of 
March 1774 on Penalty of the forfeiture of such Delinquent's 
Share, and of such Share's reverting to us our heirs and succes- 
sors to be by us or them enter'd upon and regranted to such of 
our subjects "as shall effectually Settle and Cultivate the same. 
(Second) That all w^hite and other Pine Trees within the said 
Township 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 obtain'd 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 Pen- 
alty of any Act or Acts of Parliament 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 



406 CHARTER RECORDS. 

allotted to each Grantee of the contents of one Acre — (Fourth) 
Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and sucessors 
on or before the first day of March 1770 the rent of one Ear 
of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded — (Fifth) That every 
Proprietor, Setler or Inhabitant 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 i'' day of 
March namely on the first day of March which will be in the year 
of our Lord 1771 One Shilling Procl''^ money for everv 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 
*4-7 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 appointed to receive the same, (6"') 
and that a good Waggon Road not less than two Rods wide be 
laid out and Cut thro' the Town by or before the i^' day of March 
1770 on penalty of the forfeiture of the Premises — 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 Governor and Commander in Cheif of our said 
Province the 6"' day of February in the 3ear of our Lord Christ 
1769 and in the 9*^ year of our Reign. 

J' Wentworth 

By his Excellency's Command > . ^^-^ 
with advice of Council 5 ■> -^ ^* c 

T. Atkinson Jun'' Sec^^ ' v^-v^/ ^ 

Province of New Hampshire 7'^ Feb'y 1769 — 
Recorded according to the Original under the Province Seal. 

Atf^ Geo : King D. Sec^ 

Names of the Grantees of the Township of Cardigan — Viz : 

Isaac Fellows Elisha Paine Esq : Varney Fellows 

John Larrabe Andrew Backus Jacob Fellows 

Hon: Eliph' D}' ar Esq : Joseph Shepherd Jun'' Samuel Payne 

Samuel Gray Esq'" Daniel Clark C'pt Dan Paine 

Jn^' Wendell Esq' Ephraim Jones Amos Paine 

Rozel Morgan Benj-' Spaulding Jn° Bartholomew 

Isaac Morgan James Brown Thomas Baker 

Rozel Stevens James Bradford Ebenezer Child 

W" Robinson Nathan Waldo Sam' Chandler Jun'' 



ORANGE. 



407 



Joseph Eaton 
W" Farnham 
Ezekiel Pierce 
John Pierce 
Ehsha Perkins 
Perry Clark 
Jesse Spaulding 
John Douglass 
Tho® Stevens 
Nehem'' Stevens 
Rob' Washburn 
Jerem'' Cady 
Joshua Dunlap 
Ephraim Spaulding 
Joseph Spaulding 
Edw'' Ayres 



Daniel Foster 
Jabez Aynsworth 
Zachariah Waldo 
Elkinah Cobb Jun^ 
Simon Fobes 
David Payne 
Rich'^ Smith 
Aaron Cleveland 
Samuel Adams 3** 
Ebenezer Brown 
Theophilus Clark 
W" Ferriman 
Elkinah Cobb 
Rev'' Abiel Leonard 
Rev'' Jn° Fuller 



Ebenezer Craft 
Daniel Paine Jun' 
Ebenezer Paine 
Sam' Chandler Esq : 
Silas Bowen 
Geo : Hodges 
Eben"^ Gray 
Tho^ Gray 
Jn'^ Green 
Tho^ Sumner 
Geo : Wentworth 
David Shepherd 
Nathaniel Pierce 
W'" Darby 
Curtis Spaulding 



Rev'' Alexander Miller Andrew Spaulding 



Zadock Spalding 

Joseph Spaulding Jun'' Rev'' Samuel Drowne John Cady 

*Ichabod Olmsby Samuel Adams Jun"" Hezekiah Spaulding *4-8 

Benjamin Cary John Williams James M'Hard Esq'' Haverhill 

Oliver Spaulding Timothy Larrabe Arthur Moloy 

Eph : Spaulding Jun'^ Nath : Rogers Esq'' Boston Hon : Dan' Rindge 

Joseph Shepherd W" Bourn Esq' M' Head Theo : Atkinson 

Isaac Coit Benj'^ Whiting Esq'' N" 4. Theo : Atkinson Jun"" 

Benj'' Hurd Rich*^ Saltonstall Esq. Haverhill Vere Royse 

Daniel Warner Esq'" 

Glebe lot for the church of England. 

Enter'd and Recorded from the Original Charter of Cardigan 
this 7"' Feb'> 1769 

Geo : King D Sec'' 



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ORFORD. 409 

Province of New Hamps'' Portsmouth i^' of Feb'-'' 1769. 

These Certify that this Plan of Cardigan, containing 24000 Ac* 
of Land is a True Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said 
Township as taken & returned to me by M*^ Jotham Cumings D^ S"^ 

Attest: f Is : Rindge. 



ORFORD. 

[Granted Sept. 25, 1761, to Jonathan M'oulton, Jr., and others. The charter 
was renewed Feb. 8,1772. A small tract of land was severed from Orford, and 
annexed to Wentworth June 28,1837. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 277, 400, as to participation in move- 
ment forunionwith Vermont towns; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 126; Index to 
Laws, 414; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 558; History 
of the Coos Country, by Grant Powers, 1841, p. 127; Centennial Celebration, 
1865 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 565, 569.] 



L S 



[Orford Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-209 

Orford GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Pci'sons to zvhoin these Presents shall come, 
Greeting. 

Knovv^ ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a IVe-w 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hampshire in ]Yezv-£ngland, 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 A^ezv- 
Hampshn'e, and Our other Governments, and to their Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, whose Names are entred on this Grant, to be 



4IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

divided to and amongst them into Seventy equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of New-Ham f shire ^ containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty three thousand Six hundred & Sixty Acres, which Tract 
is to contain Six Miles square, and no more ; out of which an Allow- 
ance 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 a Tree standing near the Bank of Connecticut River 
marked with the Figures 6 &: "] and is the North Westerly Corner 
of Lime a Town Lately Granted within this Province from thence 
South Sixty Three degrees East Six Miles to the North Easterly 
Corner of Lime afore Said then North forty five degrees East Six 
Miles then North fifty Eight degrees West Six Miles & one Qiiarter 
of A Mile to a Tree Standing on the Bank of Connecticut River 
afores'^ marked with the figures 7 «& 8 thence down the Said River 
as that runs to the Bound first Mentioned And that the same be, 
and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Orford 
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 Tzvo 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, 
*2-2io 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 Fifth Day of October next which said Meeting shall be 
Notified by Jonathan Moulton Esq who is hereby also appointed 
the Moderator of tiie 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 



ORFORD. 411 

above expressed, together with all 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 
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 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 Forfei- 
ture 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. 

UL 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 Town- 
ship as the Land will admit of, siiall be reserved and marked out 
for Towai 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 
Pa3^ment 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 ten Years from the abovesaid 
twenty-fifth Day oi December, namelv, on the twenty-fifth Day of 
December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 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 Per- 
sons abovesaid, their Heirs or Assigns, in our Council Chamber in 
Portsmotith, or to such Officer or Officers as shall be appointed to 
receive the same ; and this to be in Lieu of all other Rents and 
Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Pro- 



412 CHARTER RECORDS. 

vince to be hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentworth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province, 
the 25 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 Sec'^y 

Province of New Hamp"^ September 25*'' 1761 
Recorded According to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal f Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

*2-2ii *The Names of the Grantees of Orford — (Viz) 

Jonathan Moultonjun''Will°i Smith Thomas Rand 

Jeremiah Marston Josiah Moulton jun*" John Weeks jun'^ 

Ephraim Marston Joshua Lane jun'' Nath' Showers 

Benj** Staniford Randell Jonah" Sanbrune jn'' Jon^ Moulton 4*'' 

Jonathan Leavit John Moulton 3^1 Joshua Towle 

Philip Towle Nathan Moulton jun"" Theodore Atkinson jun"" 

Samuel Garland William Lane Clem*^ March 

William Marston Walter Neal George March 

Josiah Dearborn John Nellson Wyseman Claggit Esq 

Thomas Nudd Edmond Mason Theodore Atkinson Esq 

John Moulton Sam" Perkins M^ Hunks Wentworth Esq 

Jacob Brown Josiah Lane John Wason 

Simon Marston John Moulton jun'' William Wallace 
Worthington Moulton Ward Cotton Thornton Wason 

Joseph Pahiier Cotton Ward Benning Wentworth 

Jon'* Towle Jonathan Marston jun*' Sam'^ Wentworth Esq 

James Brown Christop' Toppan of Boston 

Joseph Philbrick Samuel Blake Byfield Lo3'd Esq 

Samuel Dow Benj'* Batcheldor Nich° White Esq and 

Edward Moulton Jon'' Philbrick Meshech Wear Esq 

Jeremiah Dow Ab™ Perkins Towle 

Jeremiah Sanburne Josiah Moulton 3'^ 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq A Tract of Land to 
Contain five hundred Acres as Marked I^ : 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 for- 
eign 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 — 



ORFORD. 



413 



Province of New Hamp'' September the 25"' 1761 
Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Orford 
under the Province Seal 

■39 Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



_^ v^-^^y 




414 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hamp'- Septemb"" 25'^ 1761 
Recorded from the Back of the original Charter for Orford Page 
(212) 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 



[Orford Charter Renewed, 1772.] 

*i-4i3 *Province of New ^ George the Third by the Grace of 
Hampshire ^ God of Great Britain France and Ire- 
land King Defender of the Faith &c 
To All to whom these Presents shall come 
Greeting — 

Whereas We of our special Grace certain 
(Orford extended) Knowledge & mere Motion for the due en- 
couragement of settling a New Plantation 
within our said Province of New Hampshire by our Letters Patent 
or Charter under the Seal of our said Province, Dated the 25"* 
Day of Sepf 1761, in the first year of our Reign, Did grant a 
Tract of Land of about 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 Orford as by referrence to the said Charter may more 
fully appear And Whereas the said Grantees have prefer'd a peti- 
tion 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 if the breach of said Conditions, 
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 & successors, (by and with the advice of our Trusty and 
wellbeloved John Wentworth Esquire our Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief of our said Province & of our Council of the 
same) do grant unto the said Grantees, their Heirs & Assigns the 



ORFORD. 415 

iurther Term ot Three Years from the Date hereof for perform- 
ing and fulfilling the Conditions Matters & Things by them to be 
done as aforesaid ; Except the Quit Rents which are to remain due 
and payable as expressed & reserved 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 and Com- 
mander in Chief aforesaid the 8"^ day of February in the 12*'' 
Year of our Reign, Annoque Domini' 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 

*By his Excellency's Command *i-444 

with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. 

Province of New Hampshire. 8^*^ February 1772. 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Prov. Seal. 



S 



[Grant to William Simpson, 1772.] 

*Province of New Hampshire. *i-424 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the 
<. L. s. S- Faith &c^ 
^ ) To All to whom these presents shall Come, 

v^^^v-N^ Greeting. 

Know Ye that we of our special Grace certain knowledge and 
mere Motion for the due encouracjement of settlino- and cultivatinp; 
our Lands within our Province aforesaid by and with the advice of 
our Trusty and well beloved John Wentworth Esquire our 
Governor & Commander in Chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire and of our Council of the same. Have (upon the 
Conditions &' Reservations herein particularly recited & expressed) 
given and granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our Leige and loving Subject 
William Simpson of Orford in our said Province Esq'" — and to 
his Heirs and Assigns for Ever a certain Tract or Parcel of Land 
containing by Admeasurement Five Hundred Acres, situate, lying 
and being in our said Province, as by a Plan or Survey thereof 
(exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said Province 



4l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 on the bank of Con- 
necticut River & is the Northwesterly Corner bound of Orford, 
from thence running by Orford and Piermont South Sixty Two 
Degrees East Three Hundred & forty Rods to a hemlock Tree, 
from thence running South Twenty Eight Degrees West Two 
Hundred & Twenty Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence running 
North Sixty Two Degrees West Four Hundred & Five Rods to a 
hemlock Tree standing on the bank of Connecticut River afore- 
said, from thence up said River to the Bounds first mentioned. 
To Have And To Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed 
to him the said William Simpson and to his Heirs & Assigns for 
Ever upon the following Terms Conditions & Reservations Viz* 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear bridge & make 
passable for Carriages &c, a Road of Four Rods wide thro' the 
said Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or ordered b})' 
the Governor & Council aforesaid, which Road shall be completed 
in One Year from the date of such Order or Direction of the Gov- 
ernor & 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 
*i-425 be Settled Tw^o * Families in Two 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 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 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 Premises 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 Yielding and paying therefor to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the 25"^ day of December 1772? the Rent 
of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifthly That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns shall 
yield and pay unto us our Heirs and Successors 3'early and every 
year for ever from & after the expiration of One year from the date 
of this Grant One Shilling Proclamation Mone}- for every Hun- 



ORFORD. 417 

dred 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 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 
Esquire our aforesaid Governer & Commander in Chief the 
Twenty third day of April 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 this 27"' day of April 1772. 

Attest*" Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire. Portsm** 7^'' April 1772. 

These Certify that this Plan beginning at a hemlock Tree 
standing on the bank of Connecticut River & is the Northwesterly 
Corner bound of Orford, from thence running by said Orford and 
Piermont S. 62° E. 340 Rods, to a hemlock Tree, from thence run- 
ning S.28° W. 220 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence 
running N. 62° W. 405 Rods to a Hemlock *Tree standing *i-426 
on the Bank of Connecticut River aforesaid, from thence 
up said River to the Bound first mentioned Contains Five hundred 
Acres of Land and is a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey 
of said Tract as taken & returned to me by M"^ Jotham Cummings 
Depy Surveyor. 

Att* Is. Rindge S^ Gen^ 

26 



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So-^^^ tj'X'fli* 5,f 'C'od'. 



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[Simpson's Ferry, 1775.] 

'4-237 *Province of ) George the third by the grace of 
New Hampshire ) God of Great Britain France & Ireland 

King Defender of the Faith &c''' 
To all People to whom these presents shall 
come greeting 

Know ye that We by & with the advice of Our 
trusty and wellbeloved John Wentworth Esquire 
Simpson's Our Governor and Commander in chief in and 
Ferry over Our said Province of New Hampshire in 

New England have given and granted and by these Pres- 
ents for Us Our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto Our 
loyal & faithful Subject William Simpson of Plymouth in our 
County of Grafton and Province aforesaid Esquire the sole right 
of keeping a Ferry and of keeping using and employing a Ferry 
boat or Boats for the transporting of Men Horses Goods Cattle 
Carriages &c across Connecticut River in the Town of 
*4-238 Orford in the Countv afores'' *begining at the Landing- 
place in said Orford & extending on the River two Miles 
above and two Miles below the same as the said Connecticut 



PELHAM. 419 

River runs to hold the said Ferry & Privelege of a Ferry with all 
Ferriage advantages emoluments perquisites and profits thereunto 
belonging to him the said William Simpson his Heirs Exec"^* Ad- 
min" and Assigns from the day of the date hereof — to his & their 
only proper use benefit & behoof forever upon the following Con- 
ditions viz*^ That he and they shall at all times keep such Boat or 
Boats and give such attendance at any Place or Places within the 
Extent above granted as the Governor or Commander in chief for 
the time being shall order with advice of Council and behave as 
the now (or any hereafter) Laws do or may require on Penalty of 
forfeiting this Grant and of its reverting to Us Our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors — 

And as a further encouragement to the said William Simpson 
in & about the Premises We will that none of Our loving Subjects 
do presume to molest or interrupt the said William Simpson in his 
said Ferry or set up any other Ferry upon or across the said River 
Connecticut within two Miles above & two Miles below the afore- 
said Landing place at Orford as the River runs 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness Our aforesaid Governor 
and Commander in cheif the third da}^ of March in the fifteenth 
Year of Our reign Annoque Domini 1775 — 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellency's command 
with advice of Council 

Geo : King Dep^ Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 3'^ day of March 1775 

Attesf Geo : King D : Sec'' 



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 taken 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 Massachusetts charters preceding, and Masonian Papers in following vol- 
umes ; papers under title Dunstable; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 652 ; XIII, Ham- 



420 CHARTER RECORDS. 

mond Town Papers. 142 ; Index to Laws, 424; sketch, by A. Berry, Hurd's His- 
tory of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 631; Instances of Longevity, 1799-1824, 
by Dr. Church, 2, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 36; Life of William M. 
Richardson, 1839; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 237.] 



[Pelham Incorporated 1746.] 

*i-33 Province ) George the Second b}'^ the Grace of God 
of New Hamp'^ 5 of Great Brittain ftrance & Ireland King 

Defender of the faith &c" 
''^"•'""-^^ >^ To all to whom these Presents Shall Come Greet- 

P :Seal i '"S" 

C Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants 

\^y-v^^ of a Tract of Land within the Antient Boundarys of 

Pelham the Town of Old Dunstable & Dracutin our Province 

Charter of New Hampshire two Miles «fe Eighty Rods East of 

Merrimack River hereinafter Discribed have humbly Petitioned & 

requested of us that they may be Errected & Incorporated into a 

Township And Infranchized with the Same Powers Authorities 

& Previledges which other Towns within our S'^ Province by Law 

have & Enjoy — And it Appearing unto us to be Conducive to the 

General Good of our S'^ Province as well as of the S'' Inhabitants 

in Perticular by Maintaining good order and Encouraging the 

Culture of the Lands that the Same Should be Done — 

Know ye therefore that we of our Especial Grace Certain 

knowledge and for the Encourageing & Promoteing the good 

Purposes and Ends Afores'^ by & with the Advice of our Trusty 

& well beloved Penning Wentworth Esq our Governour & 

Com'ander in Chieff and of our Council for S'' Province have 

Errected Incorporated & ordained and by these Presents for us 

our heirs & Successors do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of 

the Tract of Land afores'^ (Bounded as follows Viz) Begining at 

the Boimdary Pitch Pine Tree made by M'' Mitchell and runing 

on the North Boundary Line of the Massachusets untill it comes 

within two Miles & Eighty Rods of Merrimack River Then North 

Twenty Degrees East to Londonderry then by London Derry 

East South East five Miles & one hundred & fortv rods then South 

to Methuen Line and to Meet the Curve Line called Mitchells 

Line then by S'^ Curved Line to the Pitch Pine Tree where it 

began and that Shall Inhabit the Same be & by These Presents 



* 



PELHAM. 421 

*Are Declared & ordained to be A Town Corporate And *i-34 
Are hereby Errected & Incorporated into a Body Polli- 
tick and A Corporation to liave Continuance for ever by the name 
of Pelham with all the Powers & Authorities Previledges Im'uni- 
ties and franchizes Which other Towns within our S'^ Province or 
any of them by Law have & Enjoy — 

To HAVE & TO HOLD the S'^ Powers Authorities Im'unities And 
Franchizes to them the S'^ Inhabitants and their Successors for 
ever Allways reserving to us our heirs & Successors all white 
Pine Trees growing and being and That Shall hereafter grow & be 
on the S'^ Tract of Land for the use of Our Royal Navy reserve- 
ing alsoe the Power of Divideing the S'^ Town to us our heirs & 
Successors when it Shall Appear Necessary or Convenient for 
the Inhabitants thereof, And as the Several Towns within our S'^ 
Province are by y" Laws thereof Enabled & iVuthorized to Assem- 
ble & by the Majority of Votes to chuse all Such officers as are 
mentioned in the S'* Laws We do by these Presents Nominate & 
Appoint Zacheus Lowell Gentleman — to Call the first Meeting of 
the S'^ Inhabitants to be held within the S'^ Town at Any Time 
within Thirty days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal Notice of 
the Time Place & Designe of Holding Such Meeting In Testimony 
whereof We have Caused the Seal of our S*^ Province to be here- 
unto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & 
Com'ander in Chieff of Our S'' Province the fifth Day of July in 
the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & forty 
Six and in the Twentieth year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By his Excelencys Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original the 16''' Day of 
September 1746 — 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^y 



422 CHARTER RECORDS. 



PEMBROKE. 

[Granted by Massachusetts Aug. 6, 1728, to Capt. John LovewelPs men, and 
known as Siiticook and LoveweW s-towti . Incorporated as the parish of Pembroke, 
Nov. I, 1759, ^nd 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 Allenstown. All that part of Bow on the east side of Merrimack River was 
annexed to Pembroke and Concord, Dec. 13, 1804. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 657; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 153 ; Index to Laws, 424; sketch, by J. N. McClintock, 
Kurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 560; History, in preparation; Brief 
History of First Congregational Church, by Isaac Willey, 1876, pp. 48; discourse, 
fortieth anniversary of ministry, by Rev. Abraham Burnham, 1848, pp. 20; Pem- 
broke Academy, XI, Granite Monthly, 397 ; Proceedings of sixtieth anniversary of 
Pembroke Academy, in catalogue of 1879.] 



[Dix's Ferry, 1774-] 

*4-200 *Province of > George the third by the grace of 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 

King Defender of the Faith &"' 
"^^.^^^^ . To ALL People to whom these Presents shall 

/ come greeting 

C Know ye that we of our special Grace certain 

.^.^^.^N^ ^ knowledge and meer Motion by & with the advice of 
Dix's Ferry our trusty and well beloved John Wentworth 
Esquire Our Governor and Commander in chief in 
and over our said Province of New Hampshire in New England 
have given and granted and by these Presents for Us our Heirs and 
Successors do give and grant unto our loyal and faithful Subject 
Jonathan Dix of Pembroke in our Count}' of Rockingham and Pro- 
vince aforesaid Esq the sole right of keeping a Ferry and of keeping 
using and employing a Ferry boat or Boats for the transporting of 
Men Horses Goods Cattle Carriages &c across Merrimac River 
between the Towns of Pembroke and Bow to extend one half Mile 
above and one Mile & one half Mile below the Mouth of Suncook 
river to be measured on Merimac River as said Merimac River 
runs to hold the said Ferry & Privilege of a Ferry with 
*4-20i all ferriage advantages emoluments *perquisites & profits 
thereunto belonging to him the said Jonathan Dix his 



PEMBROKE. 423 

Heirs Exec^® Admin" & Assigns from the day of the date hereof to 
his and their only proper use benefit and behoof forever upon the 
following conditions viz' That he and they shall at all times keep a 
Boat or Boats at the Place where the Road comes to the River 
within this Patent or at any other Place that may hereafter be 
ordered by our Governor or Commander in chief of our Province 
aforesaid with advice of Council and give such attendance and be- 
have as the now or any hereafter Laws do or may require on pen- 
alty of forfeiting this Grant and of its reverting to us our Heirs & 
Successors 

And as a further encouragement to the said Jonathan Dix in and 
about the Premises We will that none of our loving Subjects do 
presume to molest or interrupt the said Jonathan Dix in his said 
Ferry or set up any other Ferry upon or across the said River 
Merimac within one half Mile above and one Mile and one half 
Mile below the Mouth of Suncook River as the said Merimac 
River runs — 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
and Commander in chief the twenty ninth day of March in the four- 
teenth Year of our reign Annoque Domini 1774 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellencys command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^ 

Recorded according to the original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 29'^ day of March 1774 

Attest"^ Geo : King D Sec^ 



PETERBOROUGH. 

[Formerly known as Souhegan. Granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1737-8, to 
Samuel Hayward 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 incor- 
porated 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 not yet been done. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following vol- 
umes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 665; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 174; In- 



424 CHARTER RECORDS. 

dex to Laws, 427; Ecclesiastical History, I, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collec- 
tions, 55 ; Topographical and Historical Account, by Elijah Dunbar, id., p. 129; 
Centennial Address by John H. Morrison, 1839, PP- 99- Centennial, New Hamp- 
shire Book, 1841, p. 122; History, by Albert Smith, 1876, pp. 375; 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 Peterborough Transcript \ Baptist Churches in N. 
H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 17 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 240; 
Life of Jeremiah Smith, by John H. Morrison, 1845 \ Town Library of Peter- 
borough, by J. F. Brennan, 1893, pp. 28; Petition for Defence, 1750, 6, N. E. 
Hist, Gen. Register, 367; Recollections of, by J. Wilson, Jr., New Hampshire 
Book, 1844, p. 109.] 



P S 



[Peterborough Incorporated, 1760.] 

*i-2i8 *Province ) George the second By the Grace 

of New Hamp"" 5 ^^ God of Great Brittain France & 

Ireland King Defender of the Faith 
&c 
To ALL To whom these Presents shall come 
Greeting 

Petersborough Whereas our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 
Tract of Land within our Province of New Hampshire known by 
the Name of Peterborough have humbly Petitioned & Requested 
us that they may be Erected & Incorporated into a Township & 
Infranchised with the same Powers & Privileges which other 
Towns within our said Province by Law have & Enjoy, and it 
Appearing to us to be Conducive to the General Good of our said 
Province as well as to the said Inhabitants in particular by Main- 
taining good order & Encouraging the Coulture of the Land that 
the same should be done 

Know Ye therefore that We of our Special Grace Certain 
Knowledge & for the Encouragem' & Promoting the good Ends 
& Purposes aforesaid by & with the advice of our Trusty & well 
beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governourt& Command- 
er in Chief & of our Council for said Province of New Hamp- 
shire Have Erected & Ordained & by these Present for us our 
Heirs & Successors Do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of The 
Tract of Land aforesaid or that shall Inhabit or Improve thereon 
the same being Limitted & Bounded as follows begining at a 
Burch Tree Marked standing at the South East Corner of the 



PETERBOROUGH. 425 

Premises thence Running West Six miles by the North Line of a 
Tract of Land called Peterborough Slip to a Beach Tree marked 
thence North by the East Line of Two tracts of Land called the 
Middle & North Menadnack Six miles to a Red oak Tree marked 
from thence East Six Miles by Land Claimed by Mark Hunk^ 
Wentworth Esq & by Land Claimed by the Heirs of Joseph Blanch- 
ard Esq Deceased to a Hemlock Tree Marked & from 
thence South *Six miles to the Tree first mentioned shall *i-2i9 
be & by these Presents are Declared & ordained to be 
a Town Corporate & are hereby Erected & Incorporated into a 
Body Politic & Corporate to have a Continuance two Years only by 
the Name of Peterborough with all the Powers & Authorities Priv- 
iledges Immunities & Franchises which any other Town in said 
Province by Law Hold & Enjoy allways Reserving to us our 
Heirs & Successors all white Pine Trees that are or shall be 
found growing & being on said Tract of Land fit for the use of 
our Royal Navy Reserv^ 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 Nevertheless & it is hereby Declared that this Our 
Charter & Grant is not Intended or shall in any manner be Con- 
strued to Extend to or Effect the Private Property of the Soil 
wathin the Limits aforesaid 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 Pres- 
ent to Choose all Such Officers & Transact such affairs as by the 
said Laws are Declared. We do by these Presents Nominate & 
Appoint M'^ Hugh Willson to call the First Meeting of said Inhab- 
itants to be held within the said Town at any time within Sixty 
Days from the Date hereof giving Legal Notice of the time & 
Design of Holding such Meeting after which the Anual 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 January Annuall}^. In Testimony Whereof we have 
Caused the Seal of our Said Province to be hereunto affixed Wit- 
ness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governor & Commander in 
Cheif of our said Province of New Hampshire the 17'" Day of 
Jan""^' in the 33'* Year of our Reign & in the Year of our Lord 
Christ 1760 

B Wentworth 



426 CHARTER RECORDS. 

By his Excellencys Command 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire Feb'^'' 5*" 1760 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Prov- 
ince Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec"^ 



[Peterborough Incorporation Renewed, 1762.] 
*i-245 *Province of New Hampshire 

Peterborough George the Third by the Grace of God of 

"^-''^•^^ >. Great Britain France & Ireland King Defender 

p c / of the Faith &c — 

V Whereas our late Royal Grandfather King 

^--'^^N^' George the Second of Glorious Memory of 

See the original Special Grace & upon the Petition of the 
Charter Page 218 Inhabitants of a tract of Land in our sd Prov- 
ince known by the Name of Peterborough & for the maintaining 
good order «& Encourageing the Culture of the Land there by his 
Letters Patent or Charter, under the seal of our said Province, 
dated the 17"' day of January in the 33'' Year of his Reign, did 
Erect & Incorporate with a Body Politick & Corporate by the 
Name of Peterborough the Inhabitants of the said Tract of Land 
or those that should thereon Inhabit thereatl;er, which Tract is 
Butted & Bounded as in the said Patent or Charter is Express'd, 
& was to have Continuance untill the Expiration of Two Years & 
no longer which time being now Elapsed & the Inhabitants having 
again Petitioned to have the said Charter Previiedges Renew'd & 
it appearing necessary to answ^er 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 pro- 
posed, have of our further grace & Favour b}^ & with the Advice 
of our trusty & Well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq. our 
Governour & Commander in Cheiff & of our Council for said 
Province, Revived & Regranted & by these Presents do Revive & 
Regrant unto the said Inhabitants & their successors on the said 



PIERMONT. 427 

Tract of Land, all the Powers & Authorities Priviledges & Im'u- 
nitys & Franchizes in the said Charter Mentioned, as they 
Eniov'd the same, while that Charter was in Force, & to have 
Continuance, untill we shall approve or Disallow the same & sig- 
nify such our Approbation or Disalowance & to Obviate any Dis- 
pute that may arise about the Authority in calling a Meeting of 
the Inhabitants &c, the Select Men or those that were appointed to 
to that Office, & served therein the Last Year, are hereby author- 
ized in the usual Form & method to Notify & Call a Meeting of 
the Said Inhabitants for the Choice of Town Officers & other 
affairs of said Town — 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of the Province 
afores'^ to be hereunto Affixed — Witness Benning Wentworth 
Esq"^ our Governour & Commander in Cheiffthis day of Aprill 
in 1^ Year of our Reign A : D : 1762 B Wentworth 

By his Excell'-^'* Command 
with Adv : of Councill — 

Theodore Atkinson jun"^ Se'^'' 

Recorded April 1762 "^ Theodore Atkinson 



PIERMONT. 

[Granted Nov. 6, 1764, to John Temple and others. A portion of Piermont 
was annexed to Wentworth Jan. 15, 1787, and the same was reannexed to Pier- 
mont July I, 1 8 19. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 684; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 
"^n ■< 398, 400, as to participation in movement for union with Vermont towns; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 190; Index to Laws, 421 ; sketch. Child's Gazet- 
teer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 370; History of the Coos Country, by Grant 
Powers, 1841 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 570.] 



[Piermont Charter, 1764.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *3-i22 

GEORGE, THE Third, 
Bv the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to luhoni these Presents shall comey 
Piermont Greeting. 
Know Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 



428 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a New 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hamf shire, 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 of vVi^zt^- 
Haiiif shire, 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 three equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province oi New- Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
23,000 Acres, which Tract is to contain Almost 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 a Marked 
Tree Standing on the Bank of the Easterly Side of Connecti- 
cut River which is the North Westerly Corner Bounds of the 
Town of Orford «& from thence about Six Miles on a Strait 
Line up Conneticut River North Easterly to the South Westerly 
Corner Bounds of Haverhill the River as that Runs being the 
Bounds on that Side. Then Turning off& Runing South fifty three 
Degrees East five Miles & | of a Mile by Haverhill aforesaid to 
the South Easterly Corner thereof which is also the North West- 
erly Corner of Warren then Turning oft' & Runing South 20'^"^* 
West five Miles & f of a Mile by Warren aforesaid to the South 
Westerly Corner of Warren aforesaid which is also the North 
Easterly Corner of Orford then North fifty Eight Degrees West 
Six Miles & one Quarter of a Mile by Orford aforesaid to the 
North Westerly Corner thereof the Bounds Began at & Col" John 
Goffe & Sam''^ Emerson Esq'^ are hereby Appointed to Lay out 
said Town And that the same be, and hereby is Incorporated into 
a Township by the Name of Piermont 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 Privi- 
ledges and Immunities that other Towns within Our Province by 
Law Exercise and Enjoy : And further, that the said Town as 



PIERMONT. 429 

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 res- 
pective 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-i23 
Days in each Week, as may be thought most advantagi- 
ous 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 fourth Tuesday in Jan""^' next which said 
Meeting shall be Notified by The Hon^^*' Theodore Atkinson Esq 
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 respec- 
tive 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 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. 

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 



430 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 onljs on the twenty- 
fifth Day of December annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Pa3'ment to be made on the twenty-fifth day oi Deceviber. 1765 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, 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 above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1775 
Otie 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 Cotin- 
cil Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall 
be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 November In the Year of our Lord Christ, 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty four And in the fifth 
Year of Our Reign. 

B Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
with Advice of Council, 

T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 

Province of New Hampshire Nov' 7'^ 1764 
Recorded from the Original Charter under the Province Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec"^-^ 



PIERMONT. 



431 



*Names of the Grantees of Piermont Viz 



3-12 



The 
HonWei 



John Temple 
Theodore 

Atkinson 
Richard Wibird 
John Downing 
Daniel Warner 
Joseph 

Newmarch 
Mark Hs 

Wentworth 
James Nevin 
Theodore 

Atkinson f 
Nath' Barrel! 
Henry 

Sherburne 
Meshech Weare ^ 
William Parker Esq 
Andrew Clarkson 
Cap' Thomas W*^ Waldron 
Cap' Howard Henderson 



Wiggin Esq 



Jonathan Moulton Esq 
Christopher Toppin Esq 
Peter Oilman Esq 
Zebulon Giddinge 
George Frost Esq 
Rich<i Jenness Esq 
Benjamin Stevens 
Richard Downing Esq 
Esq" Andrew 

Samuel Barr Esq 
Maj'' Joseph Smith Esq 
Clement March Esq 
Colo Joseph Smith Esq 
John Page Esq 
Samuel Emerson Esq 
Jon*! Carlton 
Joseph Wright Esq 
Docf John Hale 
Cap' John Wentworth 
Joseph Blanchard Esq 
Cap' Samuel Greely 



John Goffe Esq 
Cap' Ezekiel Worthen 
Jonathan Church 
John McDuiTee 
Robert Temple Esq 
Cap' Timothy Beedle 
Nathan Whiting Esq 
John Fisher Esq 
George Jaffrey Esq 
Wyseman Clagett Esq 
Maj'' John Wentworth Esq 
Leverett Hubbard Esq 
Thomas Packer Esq 
Samuel Wentworth 
Esq Boston 
Peter Livius Esq 
John Tufton Mason Esq 
George Livius 
Hall Jackson 
Charles Paxton Esq & 
Robert Auchmuty Esq 



His Excellency Banning 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 whole Share for the first 
Settled Minister of the Gospel in s'^ Town and One Whole Share 
for the Benefit of a School in said Town forever 

Province of New Hampshire Nov'' 7"' 1764 

Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal. 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec"-^— 



432 



CHARTER RECORDS. 







Province of New Hampshire November 7"' 1764 
Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter under the 
Province Seal .~~2 

f T Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



[Grant to Thomas Martin, 1772.] 

'1-427 *Province of New ) George the Third b}' the Grace 
Hampshire ) of God of Great Britain France 
and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. — 

To ALL to whom these Presents shall Come, 
Greeting. 

Know ye that we of our special Grace certain 
knowledge & mere Motion for the due encouragement of settling 
and cultivating our Lands within our Province aforesaid by and with 
the advice of our Trusty & well beloved John Wentworth Esquire 



L. s. 



PIERMONT. 433 

our Governor & Commander in Chief of our said Province of New 
Hampshire, & of our Council of the same, Have (upon the Con- 
ditions and Reservations herein particularly recited and expressed) 
given and granted and by these presents for us our Heirs and Suc- 
cessors do give and grant unto our leige and loving Subject Thomas 
Martin of Portsmouth in our County of Rockingham and Province 
aforesaid Merchant and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever a certain 
Tract or parcel of Land containing by admeasurement Five Hun- 
dred Acres situate lying and being within the Township of Pier- 
mont in our said Province as by a plan or Survey thereof (ex- 
hibited by our Survey'' 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) may 
more fully and at large appear, Butted & Bounded as follows Viz' 
Beginning at a Birch Tree standing on the bank of Connecticut 
River, from thence running South Fifty three Degrees East Four 
Hundred and Sixty Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence running 
North Thirty Seven degrees East one Hundred & Eighty Rods to- 
a Maple Tree, from thence running North Fifty three Degrees 
West Four Hundred and Ninety five Rods to a white Maple Tree 
standing on the Bank of Connecticut River aforesaid, from thence 
down said River as that tends to the Bounds first mentioned. To 
Have and to Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed to 
him the said Thomas Martin & to his Heirs and assigns for Ever 
upon the following Terms Conditions & Reservations Viz'. — 

First That the said Grantee shall cut clear and make pas- 
sable for Carriages &c. a Road of Three Rods wide thro' the said 
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 Direction of the Governor 
& Council aforesaid, on penalty of the Forfeiture of this Grant and 
of its revertinp; to us our Heirs & Successors. 

Secondly That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
settled Two 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. 

*Thirdly That all white and other Pine Trees fit for * 1-428 
Masting our Ro3^al 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 
27 



434 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of the Grantee in the premises his Heirs & Assigns to us our 
Heirs and Successors as well as being subject to the penalties pre- 
scribed by any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parliament. 

Fourthly Yielding and Paying therefore to us our Heirs and 
Successors on or before the Twenty fifth day of December 1774, 
the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifthly. That the said Grantee his Heirs and Assigns to us 
our Heirs and Successors, shall yield and pay, yearly and every 
Year for Ever from and after the expiration of Four Years from 
the date of this Grant One Shilling Proclamation Money for every 
Hundred Acres he so owns Settles or possesses and so in propor- 
tion 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 & 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 Chief the Twenty second 
day of April 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 accordino- to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal this 27*^ day of April 1772. 

Attest' 

Province of New Hampshire, Portsmouth 6"^ april 1772. 

These Certify that this Plan Beginning at a Birch Tree standing 

on the Bank of Connecticut River, from thence running South 

Fifty three Degrees East 460 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence 

running N. 39° E. 180 Rods to a Maple Tree, from thence running 

N. 53° W. 495 Rods to a White Maple Tree standing on the Bank 

of Connecticut River aforesaid, from thence down said River as 

that tends to the Bound first mentioned, lying within 

*i-429 *the Township of Piermont, Contains Five hvmdred 

Acres of Land, & is a True Copy of an Original Plan or 

Survey of said Tract as taken and returned to me by M'' Jotham 

Cummings D*^^ Surveyor. 

Attest'" Is. Rindge Surv'' Gen^ 



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PITTSBURG. 

[This was formerly known as the Indian Strca7ii territor}'. Incorporated as 
Pittsburg, December 10, 1840. The north and west Hnes were established July 
I, 1841. The boundary lines were established December 30, 1848. This is the 
most northerly town in the state, and includes the tracts known as Carlisle, Hub- 
bard, and Webster. 

See Index to Laws, 255, 435 ; Historical Sketch of the Northern Boundary, 2, 
Collections of New Hampshire Historical Society, 267 ; sketch, by David Blanch- 
ard, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 696; Report of Judiciary Com- 
mittee on Indian Stream Affairs, House Journal, June, 1835, p. 177; Report, of 
Commissioners to Indian Stream, November, 1836, pp. 72; Military History of 
New Hampshire, by C. E. Potter, Adjutant General's Report, 1868, p. 269; From 
the Sources of the Connecticut to the Rangeley Lakes, by R. B. Lawrence, 4, Appa- 
lachia, 105; CamePs Hump and the Rangeley Lake Mountains, id., 294; Law- 
rence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 610. The Northern Boundary and 
the Indian Stream Settlement, Annual Address before the New Hampshire His- 
torical Society, by Edgar Aldrich, September, 1894.] 



PITTSFIELD. 

[Set off from Chichester and incorporated March 27. 1782. 

See papers under title Chichester; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 123 ; XIII, Ham- 
mond Town Papers, 197; Index to Laws, 435 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Merri- 
mack County, 1885, p. 587 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 162 ; 
Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 17; Law- 
rence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 404; Pittsfield in the Great Rebel- 
lion, by H. L. Robinson, 1893.] 



PLAINFIELD. 

[Granted August 14, 1761, to Benjamin Hutchins and others, and named from 
Plainfield, Conn. Portions of this town and Grantham were constituted the 
parish of Meriden, June 23. 1780. The Grantham portion of this parish was 
annexed to Plainfield, July 12, 1856. 

See X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 199: 
Index to Laws, 436; Baptist Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p. II; Lawrence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, pp. 461, 470; His- 
tory and Catalogue of Meml)ers of Congregational Church, Meriden, 1780-185S; 
sketch, Hurd's History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 310; Rambles about Plain- 
field, by F. A. Briggs, in files of Clareviont Eagle ; General Catalogue of Kimball 
Union Academy. 1880.] 



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plainfield. 437 

[Plainfield Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-ii3 

Plainfield GEORGE the Third, 

B}' 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, 
Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVew 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of TVeze/- 
Hamf shire, 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 Six equal Shares, all 
that Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our 
said Province of Neiv-Hamf shire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty Two thousand three Hundred Acres, which Tract is 
to contain Almost 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 A Pine Tree Marked with the 
figures 3 & 4- Standing near the Bank of Connecticut River ab' 
Eighteen Miles from the Notherly End of Charlestown, and 
in the South West^^ Corner of Labanon from thence South 
Seventy Two Degrees East Six Miles to the South Westerly 
Corner of Endfield then South forty Two degrees West Six 
Miles to the South Westerly Corner of Grantham, thence North 
Seventy Six degrees West Six Miles to Connecticut River 
afore Said to a Tree marked with the figures 2 & 3 thence up 
the river as that runs to the Bounds first Mentioned — And that the 
same be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name 



43^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

of Plainfield 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 
*2-ii4 consist of Fifty Families, a Market ma}^ be *opened and 
kept one or more Days in each Week, as ma}^ 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 of September Next 
which said Meeting shall be Notified by M"" John Stevens 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 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 respec- 
tive Heirs and Assigns forever, upon the following Conditions, 
viz. 

I. 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 b}^ 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. 

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 
tor 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. 



PLAINFIELD. 439 

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 
Pa^^ment 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 for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December^ namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December^ which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
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 Coun- 
cil Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as shall 
be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 14**^ Day of August 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 Sec'^ 

Province of New Hamp' August 14'^ 1761 
Recorded According to the Original under the Province Seal 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 

*The Names of the Grantees of Plainfield Viz *2-ii5 

Benjamin Hutchins Daniel Woodward Eleaz"" Cady 

James Bradford Robert Dixson Esq-Valentown 

John Stevens Thomas Gallop William Kennady 

John Hall Joseph Spaulding John Gallop 



440 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



James Dean 
Stephen Hall 
Andrew Spaulding 
Tho* Heard 
Stephen Kingsley 
Ebenez'' Gallop 
Jeremiah Cady 
Moses Tufts 
Amos Frink 
Sam'^ Kingsberry 



Joseph Farnum jun' Jonathan Phillips 



Curtis Spaulding 
Jonas How 
Stephen Warren 
William Edwards 
Samuel Hill jun' 
James Mathews 
Elias Woodward 



William Cutler 

John How 

Zach'' Frink 

Joshua Frink 

Daniel Clark 

John Spaulding 

Waterman Clitt 

Benj'^ Hutchens jun'' Joseph Williams 

Nath" Main Cyprean Stevens-Killingsly 
Benj-' Spaulding Killingsly Caleb Sheapard John Nellson 
Martha Smith Moses Smith-Canterbury John Stevens jun"^ 

Samuel Gorden Samuel Spaulding Joshua Dunlap 

Jesse Spaulding Abel Stevens Josiah Spaulding 

Moses Warren Francis Smith Joseph Smith 

Theod'' Atkinson Esq M"" H Wentworth Esq Benning Wentworth 

& John Wentworth Esq 
His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of Land 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 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 the Said 
Town — 

Province of New Hamp'' August 14"' 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Orio;inal Charter of Plainfield 

"^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^'y 



PLAINFIELD. 



441 




Province of New Hamp*^ x\ugs' 14-1761 

Recorded from the Back of the original Charter of Plainfield 
under the Pro'' Seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^^ 



442 charter records. 

[Grant to Jonathan Chase, 1772.] 



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1-402 *Province of > George the Third by the Grace of 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France & Ireland 
(Jon'' Chase's Grant of 2 King Defender of the Faith &c. 
Islands in Connect*. River) To all to whom these Presents shall 
■^•"'^^^ -. come Greeting. 

/ Know ye that we of our special grace certain 

C knowledge and mere Motion for the due encourage- 
x^v-s^ -^ ment of settling a New Plantation within our said 
Province, 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 in New Eng- 
*i-403 land, *and of our Council for the said Province, Have 
upon the Conditions & Reservations herein after made 
given and granted and by these Presents for us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors Do give and grant unto our Loving Subject Jonathan 
Chase of Cornish in our County of Cheshire in our Province 
aforesaid Gentleman, and to his Heirs and Assigns forever, those 
Two Islands in Connecticut River within our said Province, com- 
monly called known & distinguished by the Names Hart Island 
and Buck Island, the Contents & situation of said Islands being 
respectively as follows, that is to say, Hart Island, containing 
A R r 

19- o- 5, situate lying and being between the Towns of Plain- 
field on the East side of said River, and Hartford on the west side 

A R p 

thereof, also, Buck Island containing 8- i- 11, situate lying and 
being between the Towns of Windsor on the west side, and Cor- 
nish on the East side of said River ; all which will more fully appear 
by a seperate Plan or Survey of each of said Islands, 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, Copies whereof are hereunto annexed. To have 
AND TO HOLD the Said Granted Premises with all Privileges and 
Appurtenances unto him the said Jonathan Chase his Heirs and 
Assigns for Ever, upon the following Conditions Viz^ 

First That the said Jonathan his Heirs and Assigns shall 
plant and cultivate Six Acres on each of the said Islands, within 
the Term of Two Years, and to continue to improve & settle the 
same by additional Cultivations on penalty of the forfeiture of his 
Grant in either or botli of the said Islands and of their revertincr to 



PLAINFIELD. 443 

US our Heirs and Successors to be by us or them regranted to 
such of our Subjects as shall effectually settle & cultivate the 
same. 

Secondly That all white and other Pine Trees throughout the 
said Islands fit for Masting our Royal Navy be carefully pre- 
served for that use, and none to be cut or fell'd without our spe- 
cial Licence for so doing first had & obtained upon the penalty of 
the forfeiture of his Grant by these Presents & of its reverting to 
us our Heirs and Successors as well as being subject to the Penal- 
ties of any present as well as future Act or Acts of Parlia- 
ment. 
* 1-404 *Thirdly Yielding and Paying therefor unto us our 
Heirs & Successors for the space of Three Years from this 
Date, the Rent of One Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully 
demanded. 

Fourthly That the said Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall 
yield and Pay unto us our Heirs and Successors yearly and every 
year for ever from and after the expiration of the said three years 
in our Council Chamber in Portsmouth or to such Officer or 
Officers as shall be appointed to receive the same, Five Shill- 
ings Sterling ^ . Annum for Ever : 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 aforesaid Governor 
& Commander in Chief the 24''' day of January in the 12'^' year of 
our Reign Annoque Domini 1772. J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary 

Province of New Hampshire 25'^ January 1772. 
Recorded according to the Original Patent under the Prov- 
ince Seal. 



444 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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446 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province of New Hampshire 

Portsmouth 21^'Jany ^772 

These may Certify that this Plan of Buck Island so called lying 
in Connecticut River between the Towns of Cornish & Windsor 
contains Eight Acres one Rood & eleven Rods of Land & is a 
true Copy of an Original plan or Survey of said Island as taken 
and returned to me by Benj'* Sumner D^ Survey'' 

attest : Is : Rindge S. G' 

Province of New Hampshire Portsmouth 21^' Jan^ 1772. These 
may Certify that this Plan of Hart Island so calld lying in Con- 
necticut River between the Towns of Plainfield & Hertford con- 
tains Nineteen Acres & five Rods & an half of Land & is a true 
Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of said Island as taken & 
returned to me by Benjamin Sumner Dep^ Surv"^ 

Attest: Is :Rindge S. G^ 



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L. S. 



TGrant to Lemuel Smith, 1772.] 

4-129 *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 to whom these Presents shall come. Greet- 

I 1 ^ ^^^ 

^ . , , / Know Ye, that we ofour special Grace certain 

P V knowledge and mere Motion for the due encourage- 

■^ ment of settling and cultivating 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, & ofour Council 
of the same Have (upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 
particularly recited and expressed) given and granted, and by these 
Presents for us our Heirs and Successors do give and grant unto 
our liege and loving Subject, Lemuel Smith of Plainfield in our 
County of Cheshire and Province aforesaid, and to his Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, containing by 
admeasurement Five Hundred Acres, situate lying and being in 
the North west corner of Plainfield, as by a Plan or Survey there- 
of (exhibited by our Surveyor General of Lands for our said 
Province by our said Governor's Order, and returned into the 



PLAINFIELD. 447 

Secretary's Office of our said Province, a Copy whereof is here- 
unto annexed) may more fully and at large appear, butted & 
bounded as follows, Viz^ Beginning at a white Pine Ti-ee standing 
on the Easterly bank of Connecticut River, which is the South 
west corner of Lebanon, from thence South Sixty five Degrees 
west Fourteen Perches, then West Four degrees South Sixteen 
Perches, thence South Seventy seven degrees West, Twenty Two 
Perches, thence South Seventy Two degrees west Twenty Perches, 
thence South Sixty degrees West Eighteen Perches, thence South 
Forty degrees West, Seventy six Perches, thence South Seventy 
one degrees West Eighteen Perches, thence South Fifty degrees 
West Ten Perches, thence South Thirty five degrees West Fifty 
six Perches, thence South Fifty one degrees West Forty five 
Perches, thence West Thirty four Perches (being the several 
Courses and Distances upon the River) to a White Pine Tree 
marked B. W. from thence South seventy two degrees East Three 
Hundred and Nineteen Perches to a Hemlock Tree, from thence 
North Fifty six deg' East Three Hundred and Twent}^ Perches to 
a Beech Tree in Lebanon line, and from thence North sevent\^ two 
degrees west to the first mentioned Bounds. To Have and to 
Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed to him the said 
Lemuel Smith and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever upon the 
following Terms, Conditions and Reservations. Viz* 

First. That the said Grantee shall cut clear & make 
passable for Carriages* &c. a Road of three Rods wide *4-i3o 
thro' the said Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter 
directed or order'd by the Governor and Council aforesaid, which 
Road shall be completed in One Year from the date of such Order 
or Direction, 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 Two 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 any of 
our loving Subjects as shall eflfectually settle and cultivate the 
same. 

Thirdly. That all white and other Pine Trees fit for Masting 
our Royal Navy be carefully preserved tor 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 Premises his Heirs and Assigns to us our Heirs 



448 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 
Succcessors on or before the dav of 

17 , the rent of one Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully 

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 & after the Twenty-fifth day of December 1772 
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 Settler in our Coun- 
cil 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 afores*^ Governor & Com- 
mander in chief the first day of August in the 12"' Year of our 
Reign, Annoque Domini 1772. 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excell''^'^ Command 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire. Jan^ i"' 1773* 
Recorded according to the original Grant under the Province 
Seal. Attest'" 

*4-i3i *Province of New Hampshire. Portsmouth 5"' January 
1773. This Certifies that this Plan Beginning at a White 
Pine Tree, standing on the Easterly bank of Connecticut River, 
which Tree is the Corner bound of the Towns of Lebanon and 
Plainfield, from thence running S. 65° W. 14 Perch'' then W. 4° 
S. 16 Perches, then S. 77° W. 22 Perches, S. 72° W. 20 Perches, 
S. 60° W. 18 Perch^ S. 40° W. 76 Perches, S 71 W. 18 Perch* 
S. 50° W. 10 Perches, S. 35° W. 56 Perch^ S. 51 W. 45 Perch* 
West 34 Perches to a white Pine Tree marked B. W., from thence 
S. 72° E. 319 Perches to a Hemlock Tree, from thence N. 56° 
E. 32 Perch* to a Beech Tree in s'' Lebanon line, from thence N. 
72° W. to the first mentioned Bounds, Contains Five Hundred 
Acres of Land, and is a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey 
of said Tract as taken & returned to me b}' Francis Smith D^^ 
Surveyor. 



PLAISTOW. 449 



PLAISTOW. 

[This was originally a part of Haverhill, Mass., and after the settlement of the 
province line was a part of Haverhill District until incorporated as Plastow, Feb- 
ruar)' 28, 1749. Atkinson was set off and incorporated as a parish, September 3, 
1767. A small part of Kingston was annexed June 28, 1831. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 673; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 210; 
Index to Laws, 436; sketch, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p, 
436; Biographical Notices of Physicians, i. New Hampshire Repository, 138; 
Account of, Poore's History of the Merrimack Valley, 1857-58, p. 237; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 115.] 



Plastow 
Charter 




L 
Prov : Seal 



[Plaistow Incorporated, 1749.] 

*Province of New Hampshire — *i-54 

George the Second by the Grace of God of 

Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender 

of the faith &c'^ 

To all to whom these Presents Shall Come — 

Greeting 

Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 

Tract of Land within our Province of New 
Hampshire afores'^ Lying Partly within that Part of Our Province 
of New Hampshire Called Haverhill District Have Humbly Peti- 
tioned & requested to us that they may be Erected & Incorporated 
into A Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers & Previ- 
ledges which Other Towns within our Said Province by Law 
have & Enjoy — and it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the 
General Good of our Said Province as Well as of the Said 
Inhabitants *in Perticular by maintaining good order & *i-55 
Encourageing the Culture of the Land that the Same 
Should be done Know Ye therefore that we of our Especial Grace 
Certain Knowledge And for the Encouragement & Promoteing the 
Good Purposes & Ends afores'^ by & with the Advice of our 
Trusty and well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Gov- 
ernour & Com'ander in Chieff, and of our Council for Said 
Province of New Hampshire Have Erected And Ordained, And 
b}^ these Presents for us Our Heirs & Successors Do will & ordain 
that the Inhabitants of A Tract of Land afore Said, or that Shall 

28 



450 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Inhabit & Improve thereon hereafter Butted & bounded as follows 
(Viz) Begining at A Stake Com'only Called or known by the 
name of Brandy Brow thence runing Six hundred rods in the 
Province Line to A Stake & Stones, thence runing One thousend 
rods to A Stake & Stones by Jonathan Clements's Land in the 
Province Line thence runing West South West live hundred rods 
to a Stake near Cap'' Pond in the Province Line, thence runing 
Northerly about Twenty two Degrees West Three Miles & a half 
(Including the whole of Theodore Atkinson Esq Farm Scituate 
Lying & Being in Said last mention'* Line) to a black Oak Tree 
Near Joseph Palmer's which is Londonderry Bounds, thence run- 
ing by Londonderr}^ Line about one hundred & fifty rods till it 
comes to the Island Pond, thence runing About Three Quarters 
of A Mile to A blak Oak Tree Which is Kimbals South West 
Corner boun.ds by Hampsteeds Line thence run'ing by the East- 
erly Side of Moses Clemonts's Land to his South Easterly bounds 
and from thence by the Northerl}^ Side of Caleb Heaths & John 
Dustons Land to the brook that runs from Emersons Mill and 
from thence by the Notherly Side of Cap* George Little & 
Thomas Little's Land to the Easterly Corner bounds of the Said 
Thomas Littles land which is in Cloughs Meadow & from thence 
runing to the North Westerly Corner of Thomas Hales Lands and 
by the North Side of Said Hales Land to the North Easterly Cor- 
ner thereof and from thence to the South East Corner of Wood- 
bridges Farm So called in Almsbury District and from thence 
about one hundred & forty rods to A black Birch Tree near Said 
Woodbridge's farm & from thence running South Easterly Two 
miles & Twenty Rods to A Stake which is Jonathan Carletons 
bounds and from thence Southerly fifty five rods to an Elm Tree 
In Newtown Line and from thence runing South Westerly One 
hundred rods till it comes to the North West Corner bounds of 
New Town near Joshua Herrimans barn and from thence South 
Easterly Two miles & forty rods by Newtown Line to A Stake & 

Stones to the bounds first mentioned And by these Presents 
*i-$6 Are Declared & ordained to be a *Town Corporate & Are 

hereby Erected & Incorporated into A body Politick & a 
Corporation To have Continuance for Ever by the Name of 
Plastow — with all the Powers & Authorities Previledfjes Immuni- 
ties & Infranchizes to them the Said Inhabitants and their Suc- 
cessors for ever Allways reserveing to us our hiers & Successors 
All White Pine Trees growing & being or that Shall hereafter 
grow & be on the Said Tract of Land fit for the Use of our Royal 



PLAISTOW. 



451 



Navy reserveing also the Power of Divicleing the Said Town to 
us our hiers & Successors when it Shall Appear necessary And 
Convenient for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof, And as the 
Several Towns within our Said Province of New Hampshire Are 
by Laws thereof Enabled & Authorized to Assemble And by the 
Majority of Votes to Choose all Such officers as Are mentioned in 
the Said Laws We Do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint 
Nicholas White Esq to Call the first meeting of the Said Inhab- 
itants to be held within the Said Town at Any time within thirty 
Days from the Date hereof Giveing Legal Notice of the Time 
Place & Design of holding Such meeting After which the Annual 
Meeting in Said Town Shall be held for the Choice of Town offi- 
cers &c* for ever on the Last Wednesday in March Annually — In 
Testimou}' Whereof We have Caused the Seal of Our S"' Province 
to be hereunto Affixed — Wittness Penning Wentworth Esq our 
Governour & Com'ander in Chieff" of our Said Province the 28"' 
Day of Feb'- in the year of Our Lord Christ one thousend Seven 
hundred & forty Nine And in the Twenty third year of Our Reig.- 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with the Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se""^' 

Entred & recorded According to the Original this i^' of March 
1749/50 ^ Theodore Atkinson Se''^' 




inatojum 



452 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Entred & Recorded According to the Original on the Back of 
the Charter of Plastovv March i"' i749 

f^ Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 



PLYMOUTH. 

[Granted July 15, 1763, to Joseph Blanchard and others, and sometimes called 
New Plymouth. Portions of Plymouth and Cockermouth were combined and in- 
corporated as Hebron June 15, 1792. A tract of land formerly severed by a 
boundary line committee was restored to Plymouth' June 21, 1793. The "Everett 
Farm " and " Withey Lot," owned by Nathaniel Peabody, were annexed at the 
same time. A portion of Hebron was annexed June 26, 1845, '^'^^ '^ portion of 
Campton June 27, i860. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers. 685; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 222 ; Index to Laws, 437; sketch. Child's Gazetteer 
of Grafton County, 1886, p. 2)11 \ Organization of Church, 28, N. E. Hist. Gen. 
Register, 88 ; discourse, centennial of Congregational Church, by H. A. Hazen, 1865, 
pp.38; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 571; History of the Coos Country, by 
Grant Powers, i84i,p. 168; Note, 13, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 109; 
Biography of John Fenton, by C. R. Corning, i, Proceedings of Grafton and Coos 
Bar Association, p. 9(153); Life and Writings of N. P. Rogers, 1847; In the 
Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 209; Central New 
Hampshire, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, p. 54; History of Hollis, by S. T. Worcester, 
p. 126.] 



[Plymouth Charter, 1763.] 

*2-496 *Province of New-Hampshire. 

Plymouth GEORGE, the Third, 

'•"•^-^"-'^ >, Bv the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
/ Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 
( To all Persons to whom these Presents shall come^ 

\^^-\r*^ 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, hy and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of New- 
Hampshire in Netv-Enoiand, 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, 



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PLYMOUTH. 453 

unto Our loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of 
Nczu-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 oi Nezv-Hampshire, containing by Admeasure- 
ment, Seventeen thousand Acres, which Tract is to contain five & 
An Half 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 
on y'^ Westerly Side of Pemidgwaset River opposite to the North 
West Corner of Holderness where the Line of Campton comes to 
the Said River from thence Westerly about Three Miles by the 
South Line of Campton to the South West Corner thereof which 
is the North East Corner of Cockermouth from thence South 
thirty Degrees West five Miles & one half Mile by Said Cocker- 
mouth to the South Easterly Corner thereof from thence South 
Thirtv Seven degrees West by a Tract of Land calld Cardigan 
Six Miles to the Notherly Line of New Chester so called from 
thence North Easterly by the Line of New Chester about Eleven 
Miles to Pemidgwasset River from thence up Said River as the 
Same Trends to the Place begn at — And that the same be, and 
hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Ply- 
mouth — 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 Fam- 
ilies resident and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of hold- 
ing Tzuo F'at'rs, one of which shall be held on the 

And the other on the 
annually, which Fairs are not to continue longer than the respec- 
tive following the said and 
that as soon as the said Town shall consist of Fifty Fami- 
lies, a Market may be *opened and kept one or more *2-497 
Days in each Week, as may be thought most advan- 
tagious 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 First Tuesday of August next which 



454 CHARTER RECORDS. 

said Meeting shall be Notified by Joseph Blanchard 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 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 
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 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 here- 
after 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 oi Dece^nber annually, if lawfully demanded, the first 
Payment to be make on the twenty-fifth day oi December. 1763 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration often Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day oi December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1773 
One shilling Proclamation Mone}- for every Hundred Acres he 



PLYMOUTH. 455 

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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Officers as 
shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 fifteenth Day of July 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 Sec'^y 

Province of New Hamp''July 15"' 1763 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Pro^ Seal 

f T Atkinson Jun-- Sec''^ 

*The Names of the Grantees of Plymouth *2-/^gS 

Joseph Blanchard Esq James Underwood Thomas M'Clure 
William Read Nahum Powers David Hobart [ble 

Oliver Lawrence Jonathan Johnson Samuel Cumings of Dunsta- 
William Nevens James Cowan Abner Keys 

Onesepherous Marsh Stephen Ames John Brown 

Samuel Goodhew Phinehas Lund John Harvel 

Samuel Cumings Esq James Nahor James Hobart 

Samuel Hale William M'Clure Mathew Patten Esq 

Joseph Warner Abel Webster Francis Powers 

Daniel Emerson Jun'" Ebenezer Hartshorn Peter Hobart 
Thomas Merrell William Cumings William Nutting 

Stephen Powers Jonathan Hobart Thomas Daves 

Elnathan Blood Jun^ Benj''' Parker Nathiel Garfield 

John Willoby Jun"^ Samuel Thomson Jacob Hilldreth 
Ebenezer Cumings Josiah Brown Oliver Parker 

Richard Pierce Elnathan Blood The Hon''^® Theodore At-"] 
Jonas Keys Moses Merrell kinson J p 

John Hobart Zacheriah Parker William Temple \ ^ 

John Phelps Amos Philips Theo'' Atkinson jun'' j 

Jotham Cumings John Willoby Meshech Wear Esq 

Gershom Hobart David Wrigh & Col° Joseph Smith — 



456 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



one Tract of land for his Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq 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 and one Share for the Benefit of a School in Said Town — 

Province of New Hamp' Jul}' i^^^ 1763 

Recorded according to the back of the Original Charter under 
the Pr^' Seal— 

f T Atkinson Jun"-— Sec^^ 



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Pro'' N Hamp'^ July 15'" 1763 

Recorded from the Plan on the Back of the oricrinal Charter of 
Plymouth 

^ T Atkinson Jun"" Sec"" 



plymouth. 457 

[Grant to John Atkinson, 1771.] 

*Province of ) George the Tihrd by the grace of * 1-384 
New Hampshire 5 God of Great Britain France and Ire- 

'^**^'--^^ -^ land King Defender of the Faith &c. — 

/ To all to whom these Presents shall 

( come. Greeting. — 

v^^-v'-s^ ^ Know Ye that We of our special grace 

< John Atkinson's > certain knowledge and mere motion for 
( Grant of 1000 Acres 5 the due encouragement of settling & 
Cultivating our Lands within our Province aforesaid 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 & of our Council of the same, Have (upon 
the Conditions and Reservations herein particularly recited & 
express'd) given and granted & by these Presents for us our heirs 
and Successors do give & grant unto our leige and loving Sub- 
ject John Atkinson of Newbury in our County of Essex and 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay Gen' and to his Heirs and 
Assigns t"or Ever Two Certain Tracts or Parcels of Land contain- 
ing by admeasurement Five Hundred Acres respectivel}'^ situate 
lying and being in our said Province, as by seperate Plans or 
Surveys 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, Copies whereof are 
hereunto annexed) may more fully and at large appear : One of 
which Tracts being butted & Bounded as follows Viz* 

Beginning at a Stake and Stones on the bank of Pemigewasset 
River, from thence running West Four degrees & an half South 
Four hundred & Sixty rods to a Poplar Tree, from thence South 
Eight degrees West Two hundred & Fifty five rods to a hemlock 
Tree, from thence East Four degrees & an half North One hun- 
dred & Ninety one Rods to a White Pine standing on the bank of 
Pemigewasset River from thence up said River as that tends to 
the Bounds first mentioned. The other of said Tracts being thus 
bounded Viz*^ Beginning at the North East Corner of Cocker- 
mouth at a hemlock Tree from thence running East lour degrees 
& an half North Three hundred & Twenty rods by Plymouth to a 
Spruce Tree from thence North Thirty degrees East Two hun- 
dred & Eighty rods to a beech Tree from thence West Four 
degrees & an half South Three hundred & Twenty rods to a 



458 CHARTER RECORDS. 

hemlock Tree, from thence South Thirty degrees West 

*i-385 to the Bounds first mentioned. *To have and to hold 

the said Tracts of Land as above express'd to him the 

said John Atkinson and to his heirs and 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 Four Rods wide thro' the said Tract 
as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or Ordered by the Gov- 
ernor & Council afores'^ which Road shall be completed in Two 
Years from the date of such Order or direction of the Governor & 
Council aforesaid on Penaltv 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 Four Families in Two 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 Entered 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 & 
obtained on penalty of the forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee 
in the Premises 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. — 

Fourth Yielding and paying therefor to us our heirs and 
Successors on or before the i''' day of March 1772 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 and Successors yearly and every year for 
Ever from and after the expiration of one year from the above- 
said first day of March namely on the first day of March which 
will be in the year of our Lord Christ 1773 One Shilling Proc- 
lamation 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 
Owner Settler or Proprietor in our Council Chamber in Ports- 
mouth or to such officer or officers as shall be appointed to 
receive the same : & these to be in lieu of all other Rents & Ser- 
vices whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentvvorth 



PLYMOUTH. 



459 



Esq: our aforesaid Governor & Co mm'" in Chief the ii"' day of 
July in the eleventh year of our Reign Annoque Domini 1771. — 

J' Wentworth. 

By his Excellency's Command > 
with advice of Council 5 

Theodore Atkinson Secretary. — 

*Recorded according to the Original Patent under the * 1-386 
Province Seal, the 6"' day of August 1771. — 

Atf" 




Province of New Hampshire, Portsm" 8^^ July i77i- 
These Certify that this Plan beginning at a Stake & Stones on 
the bank of Pemigewasset River from thence running West 4 deg^ 
& an i South 460 rods to a Poplar Tree, from thence S. 8° W. 255 
Rods to a hemlock Tree, from thence E. 4^ deg'' N. 191 Rods to 
a White Pine standing on the bank of Pemigewasset River, from 
thence up said River as that tends to the bounds first mentioned. 
Contains 500 Acres, & is a True Copy of an Original Plan or 
Survey of said Tract as taken & Returned to me '^ M'' Jotham 
Cummings D*'' Surv'' — 

Att*. Is : Rindge S"" Gen^ 



460 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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Province of New Hampshire, Portsmouth 8"' July 1771. 

These Certify that this Plan beginning at the N. E. Corner of 
Cockermouth at a hemlock Tree, from thence running E. ^h deg^ 
N. 320 rods by Plymouth to a Spruce Tree, from thence N. 30. E. 
280 Rods to a Beech Tree, from thence West 4^ degs S. 320 rods 
to a hemlock Tree, from thence S. 30 W. to the Bounds first men- 
tion'd. Contains 500 Acres of Land & is a True Copy of an 
Original Plan or Survey of said Tract as taken & return'd to me 
by M'" Jotham Cummings D*^' Surv'' 

Atf . Is : Rindire Surv"" Gen' 



[Grant to Samuel Holland, 1773.] 

*4-i43 *Province of New Hampshre. 

Sam'' Holland Esq. — George the third by the Grace of God 

of Great Britain France «& Ireland King 

Defender of the Faith & So forth. — 

To all to whom these Presents shall come — Greeting — 
Whereas We have thot : fit by our Proclamation at S^ James's 

the Seventh Day of October in the Third Year of Our Reign 

Annoq Domini one thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty Three 



PLYMOUTH. 461 

among other things to Testify Our Royal Sence & Approbation of 
the Conduct & Bravery of the officers & Soldiers of our Armies & 
Signified Our Desire to Reward 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 And to Such Private Soldiers as have been or 
Shall be disbanded there & Shall Personally Apply for the Same 
such Quantitys of Land respectivly as in & by our afore Said 
Proclamation are Perticularly mentioned Subject nevertheless to 
the Same Qiiit Rents & Conditions of Cultivations & Improvement 
as other Our Lands are Subject to in the Province in which they 
Are Granted and Where as Samuel Holland of Portsm" in our 
Province of New Hampshire afores'^ Esq had our appointment as 
Cap'' & Engineer And Served during the late War and is now 
reduced & he having personally Applyed & Solicited for such 
Grant Agreeable to our afores'^ In part recited Proclamation 
Know ye that We of our Special Grace Certain Knowlege & 
Mere Motion for the Due Encouragement of Settling & Cultivating 
our Land within our s'^ Province of New Hampshire do Signify 
our approbation as Afores'^ & have by & with the advice of our 
Trusty & Well beloved John Wentworth Esq our Governor & 
Com'ander in Chieff" in & over Said Province & of Our Council 
of the Same Agreeable to our s'^ Proclamation & upon the Con- 
ditions & Reservations herein after Mentioned, Given & Granted & 
by these Presents for Us Our Heirs & Successors do give & Grant 
unto him the Said Samuel Holland & to his Heirs & Assigns for- 
ever A Certain Tract or Parcel of Land Situate lying & being 
within Our Said Province Containing by admeasurement Three 
thousand One Hundred & five Acres including A Pond containing 
about one hundred & forty Acres as by a Plan or Survey of s'^ 
Tract exhibited by Our Survey' General of Lands for Our Said 
Province (a Copy whereof is hereunto Annexed) may more fully 
and at large x^ppear, Butted & bounded as follows Viz begining 
at A Beech Tree which is the South East Corner of Romney & is 
known by the name of Fletchers Corner & runs North Thirty 
Degrees East four Miles & Twenty Five Chains to A Beach Tree 
thence South Sixty one degrees East ninety Chains to a Beach 
Tree, thence South Thirty degrees West four Miles & Twenty- 
five Chains to a Hemlock Tree & thence North Sixty one Degrees 
West to the Bounds first Mentioned — To Have & to Hold the 
said Tract of Land as above expressed to him the s'' Samuel & to 



462 CHARTER RECORDS. 

his heirs & assigns for ever upon the following Conditions & 
reservations Viz First That the Said Grantee shall cut Clear 
& make Passable for Carriages a road of three rods Wide thro' the 
Said Tract as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or ordered 
by the Governour & Council which road is to be compleated in 
one Year from the Date of Such Order or Direction of the Governor 
& Council aforesaid on Penalty of the forfeiture of this Grant & of 
its reverting to us Our Heirs & Successors — 

Seconly That the Said Grantee 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 & Successors 

to be by us or them entred upon & regranted to Such of 

*4-i44 Our Subjects *as Shall effectually Settle & Cultivate the 

Same — 

Thirdly That all white & other Pine Trees fit for Masting Our 
Royal Navy be carefully preserved for that Use & none to be cut 
or felld without our Special Licence for so doing first had & ob- 
taind on Penalty of the forfeiture of the right [of said] 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* — 

Fourthly Yielding & paying therefor to us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors on or before the fourth Da}^ of March one thousand Seven 
Hundred & Eighty Two the Rent of One Ear of Indian Corn only 
if lawfully Demanded — 

Fifthl}' — That the Said Grantee his Heirs & Assignes 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 one 
thousand Seven Hundred & Eighty three One Shilling Proclama- 
tion 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 siiall be paid by the respective Pro- 
prietors or Settlers 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 whatsoever — 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of Our Said 
Province of New Hampshire to be hereunto affixed — Wittness John 
Wentwortii Esq our afores'^ Governor & Com'ander in Chieff 
the Fourth Day of March in the Thirteenth Year of Our Reign 
And in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred 
& Seventy three 



PLYMOUTH. 



463 



By his Excellency's Com^ ^ \^-'\ ^entworth 

Theodore Atkinson Sec-^^ -^^v^ 

Recorded According to the Original Grant under the Province 

Seal this 8"' Day of March 1773.— 

^eai o J Attest-^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



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*Province of New Hamp^ Portsm" 27"' of Feb^'^ i773— *4-H5 
This Certifys that this Plan begining at a Beach Tree which is 
the South East Corner of Romney and is known by the Name of 



464 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Fletcher's Corner & Runs North 30 Degrees East Four Miles & 
Twenty five Chains to a Beach Tree, thence South Sixty one 
degrees East Ninety Chains to a Beach Tree, thence South Thirty 
degrees West four Miles & Twenty five Chains to A Hemlock Tree 
& thence North Sixty one deg* West to the Bounds first mentioned : 
Contains Three thousand One Hundred & five acres of Land in- 
cluding A Pond containing about One hundred & forty Acres And 
is A True Copy of An Original Plan or Survey of Said Tract as 
taken & Returnd to me by M'^ James Grant Deputy Surveyer 
Agreable to a Warr* for that Purpose and lays between the Town- 
ships of Romney & Campton in S'' Province. — 

Attest^ Is— Rindge S : G' 
Copy Attest Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



RANDOLPH. 

[Granted Aug. 20, 1772, to John Durand and his son, Edward Parry, Thomas 
Brown, and Charles Henzell, and named Durand in honor of its principal pro- 
prietor. Incorporated by the name of Randolph June 16, 1824. Named in honor 
of John Randolph. 

See Index to Laws, 158, 464; sketch, by C. E. Low, Fergusson's History of 
Coos County, 1888, p, 935; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610; Ran- 
dolph, by L. D. Pychowska, 3, Appalachia, 216; Crescent Mountain, by same, 4, 
id., 72)\ The Ice Gulch, by W. H. Peek, 4, id., 78; Willey's History of the 
White Mountains, 1870, p. 58; In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. 
Drake, 1882, p. 291.] 



[Durand Charter, 1772.] 

*4-99 *Province of New Hampshire. 

(Durand.) George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

Britain France & Ireland 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 & 
mere Motion for the due Encouragement of settling a New Planta- 
tion within our said Province of New Hampshire in New England 
by and with the advice of our Trusty and well beloved John 
Wentworth Esquire our Governor & Commander in Chief in 
and over our said Province of New Hampsliire and of our Council 
of the same Have upon the Conditions herein after made, given 



RANDOLPH. 465 

and granted and b}^ these Presents for us our Heirs and Successors 
do give and grant unto our leige and loving Subjects John Durand 
and John Durand Junior, both of London in our Kingdom of 
Great Britain, Esquires, in Equal Shares and to their respective 
Heirs and Assigns for Ever, a certain Tract or Parcel of Land, 
situate, lying and being within our said Province of New Hamp- 
shire, being about Six Miles Square, (the said Grantees having 
Petitioned us for the same, Setting forth their Readiness to make 
immediate Settlement,) Containing by Admeasurement Twenty 
three Thousand Six hundred & Eighty Acres, being about fifty 
Acres each to the Number in the Families of the said Grantees, 
exclusive of the following Quantities of the said Land herein ex- 
pressly assigned to the Persons hereafter Named, that is to Say, 
unto Edward Parry, Thomas Brown & Charles Henzell a 
lot of Five hundred Acres each ; out of which said Tract an Allow- 
ance is to be made lor Highways and unimproveable Lands by 
Rocks Mountains & Waters One thousand & 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 & re- 
turned into the Secretary's Office, a Copy whereof is hereunto 
Annexed, butted & bounded as follows Viz^ Beginning at a Red 
Birch Tree standing in the Westerly Line of a Tract of Land 
granted in Addition to the Township of Shelburne, from thence 
running North Eighty Two Degrees West one Mile to a Spruce 
Tree, thence North Eight Degrees East Two Hundred Rods to a 
Red birch Tree, thence North Eighty Two degrees West [five] 
Miles and Twenty Rods to a Hemlock Tree, thence North Eight 
degrees East Six Miles to a Red birch Tree, thence South Eighty 
Two degrees East Six Miles and Twenty Rods to a Birch Tree, 
thence South Eight degrees West Six Miles and Two 
hundred Rods to the bound *began at. To Have and *4-ioo 
TO Hold the said Tract of Land as above expressed to- 
gether with all Priviledges and Appurtenances to them the said 
Grantees & to their respective Heirs & Assigns for ever by the 
Name of Durand upon the following Terms, Conditions & Reser- 
vations. Videlicet. 

First. That the said Grantees at their own Cost shall cut, clear, 
bridge & make passable for Carriages of all kinds a Road of three 
Rods wide, thro' the said Tract hereby granted ; which said Road 
shall be completed in three Years from the date of this Grant ; in 
failure of which the Premises & every part thereof shall be for- 
29 



466 CHARTER RECORDS. 

feited & revert to us our Heirs & Successors to be by us or them 
reenter'd upon and regranted to any of our loving Subjects. 

Second. That the said Grantees shall Settle or cause to be 
Settled Six Families by the first day of January 1774, who shall 
be actually cultivating some part of the Land & resident on the 
same, & to continue making further & Additional Improvement 
Cultivation & Settlement of the Premises so that there shall be 
actually Settled thereon Sixty Families by first day of January 
1780 on Penalty of the forfeiture of any and every Delinquents 
Share & of such Share or Shares reverting to us our Heirs & 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 being and growing 
within and upon the said Tract of Land 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 ob- 
tained 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 Penalt}^ of any Act or Acts of Parliam^ 
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 the 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 Pavincj therefor us us our Heirs 
*4-ioi on or before the first *day of January 1776, the Rent of 
One Ear of Indian Corn only if Lawfully demanded. 

Sixth That every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant shall Yield 
and Pay unto us our Heirs and Successors Yearly and every Year 
for Ever from and after the expiration of Six Years from the above- 
said first day of January, nameh^ on the first day of January which 
will be in the year of our Lord Christ 1782, One Shilling Procla- 
mation Money for every hundred Acres he so owns settles or 
possesses and so in proportion for a greater or lesser Tract of the 
the Land aforesaid ; which Money shall be paid by the respective 
Persons abovesaid their Heirs or Assicrns 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 whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed Witness John Wentworth 



RANDOLPH. 467 

Esq"^ our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the Twentieth 
day of August in the Year of our Lord Christ 1772 and in the 
Twelfth Year of our Reign. 

By his Excellency's Command > J' < L. S. S- Wentworth. 

with advice of Council. > v^\^^ ^ 

Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Recorded according to the Original Charter of Durand under 
the Province Seal this 24"' day of August 1772* 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 

Province of New Hampshire, Portsmouth 10"' Aug^' i772- 
These Certify that this Plan of Beginning at a Red 

birch Tree standing in the Westerly Line of a tract of Land 
granted in Addition to the Township of Shelburne, from thence 
running N. 82° W. i Mile to a Spruce tree, thence N. 8° E. 200 
Rods to a Red birch Tree, thence N. 82° W. 5 Miles & 20 Rods 
to a hemlock Tree, thence N. 8° E. 6 Miles to a Red birch Tree, 
thence S. 82° E. 6 Miles & 20 Rods to a Birch Tree, thence S. 8° 
W. 6 Miles & 200 Rods to the bound began at. Contains 23680 
Acres of Land & is a true Copy of an Original Plan or Survey of 
said Tract or Township as taken & returned to me by Captain 
Hubartis Neal D^ Survevor. 

Attesf^ Is : Rindge S"^ G^ 



468 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




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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, 1726, and so remained until set oiT 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 Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 717; XIII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 307 ; Index to Laws, 465 ; papers under title Chester ; 
History, by Joseph Fullonton, 1875, PP- 4°7 i Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862, p. 375; History of Chester, by Benjamin Chase, 1869, p. 654; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 123; sketch, by Joseph Fullonton, Hurd's History of 
Rockingham County, 1882, p. 443.] 



RICHMOND. 469 



RICHMOND. 

[Granted by Massachusetts June 20, 1735, to Capt. Joseph Sylvester's men, and 
called Sylvester-Caiiada. Granted by New Hampshire Feb. 28, 1752, to Joseph 
Blanchard and others, and incorporated as Richmond. The charter was renewed 
June II, 1760. A triangular tract in the north part of the town was annexed to 
Swanzey Dec. 11, 1762. Another portion was taken off June 23, 181 5, and com- 
bined with parts of Marlborough, Fitzwilliam, and Swanzey, to make the town of 
Troy. The northwest corner was severed and annexed to Winchester July 2, 1850. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; 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 
Bassett, 1884, pp. 578; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 322 ; 
sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 352; Stewart's History of 
the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E, E. Cummings, 
1836, p. 8 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 284; Universalism in America, 
by Richard Eddy, 1886, vol. i, p. 171.] 



[Richmond Charter, 1752.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i-99 

^ George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
p t^ / Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith 

.^•-^/s^ ^ To ALL Persons to whom these Presents Shall 

Richmond come Greeting — 

Know ye that we of our Especial Grace certain Knowledge & 
m.ere Motion for the due Encouragement of Settling A New 
Plantation within our Said Province by & with the Advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour 
& Commander in Chieff of our S'^ 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 and Successors do give & Grant 
in Equal Shares unto our Loving Subjects Inhabitants of our Said 
Province of New Hampshire and his Majestys Other Governments 
And to thier heirs and Assigns forever whose names Are Entred 
on this Grant to be Divided to and Amongst them into Seventy 
One Equal Shares, All that Tractor Parcel of Land Scituate Lying 
& being within our Province of New Hampshire Containing by 
Admeasurement twenty three thousend & forty Acres which Tract 
is to Contain Six miles Square & no more out of which and allow- 



470 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ence is to be made for high ways & Unimprovable Lands by Rocks 
Mountains, Ponds & Rivers One thousend & forty Acres free 
According to A Plan thereof made & Presented by our S'^ Govern- 
ours orders, & hereunto Annexed Butted & bounded as follows 
(Viz) it begins at the Southeast Corner of the Premisses at A Beach 
Tree in the Province Line & runs in that Line North Eighty de- 
grees West five Miles and an half to Wenchester line (So Called) 
to a Beach Tree marked and from thence North by the Needle in 
S'^ Wenchester line five miles & an half to A Stake & Stones the 
Corner of Wenchester afores'^ in Ashuelot line from thence South 
Seventy Eight Degrees East to a Red Oak marked the Corner of 
Ashuelot from thence North Thirty nine degrees East Seven Miles 
to A Maple thence South Six degrees West Six miles One hundred 
& Thirty rodds to A beach marked, thence South by the Needle 
five Miles to the first Bounds, And that the Same be & is Incor- 
porated into A Township by the Name of Richmond And that 
the Inhabitants that do or Shall hereafter Inhabit Said Township 
Are hereby Declared to be Enfranchized with and Intituled to All 

& Every the Previledges & Im'unities that Other Towns 
*i-ioo within our *Said Province by Law Exercize & Enjoy 

And further that the Said Town as Soon as there Shall 
be fifty families resident & Settled thereon Shall have the Liberty 
of holding two fairs one of which Shall be held on the first Tues- 
day in June — And the other on the first Tuesday in November 
— Annually which fairs Are not to Continue & be held Longer than 
the respective Wednesda3^s following the Said respective Days and 
as Soon as the Said Town Shall Consist of fifty families A Market 
Shall be Opened And 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 Prov*" Shall be held on the Last Wednesday in March 
Next which Meeting Shall be Notifyed by Coll : Joseph Blanchard 
who is hereby also appointed the Moderator of the Said first meet- 
ing 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 on the last Wednesday of March Annually To have & to hold 
the Said Tract of Land as above Expressed togeather with all the 
Previledges And appurtenances to them & their 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 every fifty Acres 



RICHMOND. 471 

Contain'd in his or their Share or Proportion of Land in Said 
Township & Continue to Improve & Settle the Same by Aditional 
Cultivations on Penalty of the forfeiture of his Grant or Share in 
the Said Township and its reverting to his Maj^^ his heirs & Suc- 
cessors to be by him or them regranted to Such of his Subjects as 
Shall Effectually Settle & 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 & none to be Cut 
or felld without his Majesties 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 Parlia- 
ment that now Are or hereafter Shall be Enacted That before Any 
Division of the Said Lands be made to And amongst the Grantees 
A Tract of Land as Near the Center of the Township as the Land 
will admit of Shall be reserved And Marked out for Town lotts 
one of which Shall be Allotted to Each Grantee of the Contents 
of One Acre — Yielding & Paying therefor to us our heirs 
& Successors *for the Space of Ten years to be Computed *i-ioi 
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 next Alter 

the Date hereof Every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield 
& pay unto us our heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year for 
ever from & after the Expiration of the Ten years from the Date 
hereof namely on the first day of Jan"^^' which will be in the Year 
of our Lord Christ one thousend Seven hundred And Sixty Two 
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 person 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 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 Wittness 
Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Com'ander in Chieff 
of our Said Province the Twenty Eighth of ftebruary in the year 
of our Lord Christ 1752 And in the Twenty fifth year of our reign — 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Command 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se''^' 



472 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Entred And recorded According to the Original under the 
Province Seal this 29'^' Day of Feb'' Anno Domini 1752 — 

"f Theodore Atkinson Sec-^^ 



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*The Names of the Grantees of Richmond- 



Joseph Blanchard 
Joseph Winn jun'' 
Joseph Winn 
William Cumings 
Samuel Cumings 
Peter Powers jun'' 
Samuel Farley 
John Lovewell jun 
John Searles 
John Butterfield 
Sampson French 
Eleaz'' Blanchard 
Gideon Honey 
Thomas Parker jun"' 
Jonathan Cumings j 
Joel Dix 



Charity Lund 
Peter Powers 
Joseph French 
Daniel Emerson 
John Chamberlain 
Thomas Harwood 
Thomas Colburn 
Temple Kendall 
Jonathan Snow 



Zacheus Lovewell 
John Marshall 
Joseph Barns 
Samuel Kenny 
Josiah Brown 
Samuel Greele jun^ 
Stephen Powers 
Stephen Chase 
Ephaim iVdams 



William Cumins jun'" Elnathan Blood 
Benjamin Parker Benjamin French 

Joseph Blanchard jun'" Thomas Blanchard 
Jonathan Chamberlain Jonathan Parker 
William Parker Jonathan Cumings 

un' Phinehas Underwood John Usher 
Joseph Read Eazer Read 



RICHMOND. 473 

Daniel Rindge Samuel Greele Benjamin Whittemore 

John Combs John Brown John Hunt 

Joseph Ashley Elijah Alexander John Rindge 

Joseph Blodget William Lund jun"^ Robert Usher 

His Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq a Tract of the Said 
Land to Contain five hundred Acres which is to be Account Two 
of the Said Shares, One Whole Share for the Incorporated Society 
for the Propogation of the Gospel in forreign Parts, One whole 
Share for the first Settled Minister of the Gospel in Said Tow^n, 
One whole Share for A Glebe for the ministry of the Church of 
England as by Law Established, Theodore Atkinson, Richard 
Wibird, John Downing, Sam" Smith, Sampson Sheaffe, John 
Wentworth jun'' — 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 

Entred & recorded from the back of the Originall Charter for 
Richmond the 29^" Day of Feb'^' 1752 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'"^ 




fRiCHMOND Charter Renewed, 1760.] 

*Prov'' of New Hamp'^ *i-228 

Richmond George the Second by the Grace of 

Chart"" Lengthned Out God of Great Britain France & Ireland 

King Defender of the faith &c'' 

To All People to whom these Presents 

Shall come Greeting 

Whereas We of Our Special Grace & 
See Page (99) Mere Motion for the due Encouragement 

of Settling A New Plantation within our Province of New Hamp- 
shire by Our Letters Patent or Charter under the Seal of our Said 
Province dated the 28"' Day of Feb"'^' in the 25"' Year of Our 
Reign Granted a Tract of Land equal to Six Miles Square boun- 
ded as therein Expressed to A Number of Our Loyal Subjects 
whose Names are entered on the Same to hold to them their Heirs 
and assignes on the Conditions therein declared To be a Town 
Corporate by the Name of Richmond as by referrence to the Said 
Charter may more fully appear 

And Whereas the Said Grantees have represented that by the 
Intervention of an Indian Warr since the making the s'' Grants it 



474 CHARTER RECORDS. 

has been impracticable to Comply with & fullfill the Conditions 
aforesaid & Humbly Supplycated us not to take advantage of the 
Breach of s'' Conditions but to Lengthen out & grant them Some 
reasonable Term for Performance thereof after the Said impedi- 
ment Shall Cease 

Now Know Ye that We being Willing to Promote the End Pro- 
posed have of our further Grace & favour Suspended our Claim of 
the forfeiture the said Grantees may have Incurrd and by these 
Presents do Grant unto the Said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns 
the Term of one Year for Performing & fulfilling the Conditions 
Matters & things by them to be done which Term is to be renewd 
Annually until His Maj'-'''*' Plenary Instructions Shall be recieved 
relative to the Incident that has Prevented a Complience with the 
Charter according to the True Intent & Meaning thereof 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our s'^ 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq 
our Governour & Commander in Chieff the ii"' Day of June in 
the Thirty third Year of our reign annoq Domini 1760 — 

B Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Com'and 
with advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'"^ 

Prov of New Hamp"" 

Recorded According to the original under the Province Seal the 
12*^ Day of June 1760 

Theodore Atkinson Sec^^^ 



[Part of Richmond Set off to Swanzey, 1762.] 

*i-255 *Province of New Hampshire 

Richmond George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 

& Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the 

Swansey Faith &c 

'"^•^^^^ ^ To all whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

PS V Whereas our Loyall Subjects Inhabiting the Towns 

C of Richmond & Swanzey within our Province of New 

v,^^'^^ ^ Hampshire have humbly represented to us that it 

will be of Advantage and utility to them the said Inhabitants to 

have part of the said Town of Richmond taken off and annexed to 



RICHMOND. 475 

Swanzey aforesaid, without making any Alteration in the Private 
Property of either Communities And Praying that the dividing 
Line of said Towns be altered in the following manner (Viz) Begin- 
ning at the North West Corner of Lott N'' 23 in the Seventh 
Range of Lotts in said Richmond, Then running due East to the 
Easterly line of the same Town, then running on the East line of 
said Richmond to the North East Corner of the said Town of 
Swansey Know Ye theret'ore that we having taken the Matter of 
the said Petition into our Consideration, & it appearing Conductive 
to the ease & good order of both Communities, as well as forward- 
ing the Cultivation of the Lands there Have by & w^ith the Advice 
of our trusty & well beloved Penning Wentworth Esq our Cap- 
tain General, Governor & Commander in Cheif of our Council for 
the said Province of New Hampshire And by these Presents Do 
alter the Dividing Line between the said Towns of Richmond & 
Swanzey agreeable to the said Petition, & in manner as before set 
forth & also agreeable to the Plan, hereunto Annexed 

In Testimony whereof we have Caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto Affixed, Witness Penning Wentw^orth 
Esq. our aforesaid Governour & Commander in Cheif in & over our 
said Province of New Hampshire the 11^^ day of December, in the 
Third Year of our Reign. Annoque Domini 1762 

B Wentworth 

By his Exceir>"' Com'and 
with Advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Junr Sec'^-' 

Province of New Hamp'^ Decem"" 13"^ 1762 — 
Recorded According to the Origional, under the Province Seal 

f T : Atkinson jun"^ Sec'^^ 



476 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




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Recorded from the back of the Origional under the Province 
seal — 

^ T Atkinson Jun Sec^^ 



RINDGE. 



[Granted by Massachusetts Feb. 3, 1736-7, to inhabitants of Rowley, Mass., 
who were in the Canada expedition. Hence called Roivley-Canada. Granted by 
the Mascuiian Proprietors Feb. 14, 1749-50, to Solomon Stewart and others, and 
known as Monadnock No. i or South 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 Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 720; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 320; Index to 
Laws, 476; History, by Ezra S. Stearns, 1875, P P- 7^8; sketch, Hurd's History 
of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 532; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 
1885, P- 361 ; discourse, 40th anniversary of pastorate, by A. W. Burnham, 1862 ; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 285 ; The Offering of Lunenburg, Mass., to 
Cheshire County, by Ezra S. Stearns, 2, Proceedings of N. H. Historical Society, 
92 ; John Fitcli, a Historical Address by Ezra S. Stearns, on the occasion of the 
dedication of the Pitch Memorial Tablet July 4, 1894.] 



RINDGE. 477 

[RiNDGE Incorporated, 1768.] 

*Province of > George the third by the Grace of *i-299 

New Hamp"^' 5 God of Great Britain France and Ireland 
''^^"-^^ . King Defender of the Faith &c 

/ To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting 

V Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 

v^^^.'v-/ Tract of Land within our Province of New Hamp- 
Rindge shire aforesaid known by the Name of Monadnock 
N° I lying between Mondnock N° 4 and New Ipswitch on the 
Province Line and contains by Estimation Thirty five Square Miles 
Have humbly petitioned and requested us that they may be erected 
and Incorporated into a Township and infranchized with the same 
Powers and Priveledges which other Towns within our said Prov- 
ince by Law have and enjoy and it appearing unto us to be con- 
ducive 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 therefore that We of our especial Grace certain Knowl- 
edge and for the Encouragement and promoting the good Purposes 
and Ends aforesaid by and with the advice of our trusty and well- 
beloved John Wentworth Esquire Our Governor and Commander 
in Cheif and of our Council for said Province of New Hampshire 
have erected and ordained and by these Presents for us our Heirs 
and Successors do will and ordain that the Inhabitants of the Tract 
of Land aforesaid and others who shall inhabit and improve thereon 
hereafter the same being butted and bounded as follows (Viz') 
Beginning at the South West Corner of New Ipswitch then running 
on the Province Line west ten degrees North Seven Miles to 
the South East Corner of N'' 4 then turning off and running 
North by the Needle by N° 4 aforesaid five miles then 
turning off again and running East ten Degrees South 
seven *miles to New Ipswitch then turning oft' again & *i_3oo 
running South by the needle by New Ipswitch aforesaid 
five miles to the Bounds began at be and hereby are declared and 
ordained to be a Town corporate and are hereby erected & incorp- 
orated into a Body Politic and Corporate to have Continuance 
during our Pleasure by the Name of Rindge with all the Powers 
and Authoritys Preveledges Immunitys and Franchizes which any 
other Towns in said Province by Law hold and enjoy to the said 
Inhabitants or who shall hereafter inhabit there and their Succes- 
sors for said Term always reserving to us our Heirs and Successors 



478 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 the said Town when it shall appear necessary 
and convenient for the Inhabitants thereof Provided Nevertheless 
and 'tis hereby declared that this Charter and Grant is not intended 
and shall not in any Manner be construed to afi'ect the private Prop- 
erty of the Soil within the Limits aforesaid and as the several 
Towns within Our said Province are by the Laws thereof enabled 
and authorized to assemble and by the Majority of the Voters 
present to chuse all such Officers and transact such Affairs as in 
the said Laws are declared We do by these Presents nominate & 
appoint Enoch Hale Esq"" to call the first meeting of said Inhabit- 
ants to be held within the said Town at any time within Eighty 
days from the Date hereof giving legal notice of the time and 
Design of holding such meeting after which the annual Meeting in 
said Town shall be held for the Choice of said Officers and the 
Purposes aforesaid on the Third Thursday in the Month of March 
annually 

In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Witness our aforesaid Governor 
and Commander in Cheif this eleventh day of February in the 
Eighth Year of our Reign and in the year of our Lord Christ 

1768 

J Wentworth 

By his Excellencys Command 
with Advice of Council 

T Atkinson jun Sec''^ 

Province of New Hamp Portsm'' Feb'^^' 12, 1768 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal 

Geo King Dep'^ Sec'^'^ 



ROCHESTER. 



ROCHESTER. 



479 



[This town, as incorporated May lo, 1722, included the i^resent towns of Farm- 
ington and Milton. The westerly part was set off and incorporated as Farmington 
Dec. I, 1798. Milton was set off and incorporated June 11, 1802. A part of the 
town was annexed to Barnngton July 10, 1846. A city charter was granted March 
31, 1891. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; 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, 169; sketch, by Franklin 
McDuffee, Hurd's History of Strafford County, 1882, p. 719; History, by Franklin 
McDuffee, in two volumes, 1892, pp. 688 ; Bill of Mortahty, 1776-1824, by Joseph 
Haven, i. Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 283; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 338; Biographical Notices of Physicians, i, N. E. Hist. Gen. 
Register, 276.] 



\^Rochester Taxes.'\ 

[Farmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 6, p. 115.] 

Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Nono 

Whereas the Inhabitants of the Town of Rochester in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire have Address'd this Court, Setting forth, 
that Considering there present Poverty, & the Difficulties which 
they have, and are Still like to undergo in Settling & Subduing a 
Wilderness, they were not, nor could for Some time be able to 
maintain a Gospel Minister among them. Wherefore they pray 
that the Non Resident Propriet''' of the Said Town may be Obliged 
to Assist them therein — And that proper Persons may be Appointed 
by this Court to call the Inhabitants of the Said Town together 
this Year to make Choice of Town Officers as in other Towns in 
this Province — 

Be IT THEREFORE ENACTED by His Excellency the Governor, 
Council, & Representatives in General Court Convened & by the 
Authority of the Same, that from & after the Publication of this Act 
that Every Proprietor of a whole Right or full Share of Lands in 
the Said Town of Rochester, according to their Charter, being a 
non Resident therein shall be, & is hereby ordered to pay, to the 
Inhabitants of the Said Town, or Such Person, or Persons, as thev 
shall from time to time make Choice of and Appoint to Receive the 
Same, the Sum of fifteen Shillings per annum for& during the full 



480 CHARTER RECORDS. 

term of Seven Years, towards the support of a Gospel Minister in 
the Said Town ; And every Such Proprietor of a Greater or lesser 
Propriety or Interest in lands in the Said Township shall pay for 
the use aforesaid, and in manner as aforesaid, after the Rate & 
proportion of fifteen Shillings per Annum for one whole Right or 
Share of Lands as aforesaid, during Said term — 

Provided the Inhabitants of the Said Town Shall, during the 
Said Term, procure and keep an Orthodox Minister of the Gospel 
to preach the Same to them in the Said Town — 

And be it farther Enacted by the Authority aforesaid that 
the Rev'^ Joseph i\.dams, John Jenniss & William Chamberlane be 
and hereby are Appointed and Impowered to call the Inhabitants 
of the Said Town of Rochester together as Soon as may Conven- 
iently be done to Chuse Town officers for the Said Town for the 
Present Year, and all officers Chosen to Serve the Said Town at 
that meeting, of the Said Inhabitants, & by virtue hereof shall have, 
& hereby are Invested with all the powers & Authorities to all 
Intents & purposes that any other Town officers have by Law in 
any Town within this Province any Law usage or Custom to the 
Contrary hereof notwithstanding — 



ROLLINSFORD. 

[Set off from Somersworth and incorporated July 3, 1849. Named in lienor of 
the Rollins family. A small part of the town was annexed to Dover July 16, 1879. 

See papers under title Somersworth ; Index to Laws, 482 ; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 344; sketch, by A. W. Pike, Kurd's History of Strafford 
County, 1882, p. 660.] 



ROXBURY. 

[This town was constituted from parts of Nelson, Keene, and Marlborough, and 
incorporated Dec. 9, 1812. The line between Roxbury and Nelson was established 
June 15, 1820. By an act passed July i, 1868, the entire town was to be annexed 
to Keene, but the provisions of the act were not adopted by a majority of voters in 
each town, and Roxbury still remains separate. 

See papers under titles Nelson, Keene, and Marlborough ; XIII, Hammond Town 
Papers, 351; Index to Laws, 483 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Cheshire County, 
1886, p. 329; sketch. Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 377 ; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 289.] 



RUMNEY. 481 



RUMNEY. 

[Granted Oct. 4, 1761, to Samuel Olmstead and others. Regranted March 18, 
1767, to Daniel Brainard and others. 

See Alasonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 730 ; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 354 ; Index to Laws, 483 ; sketch, Child's Gazetteer 
of Grafton County, 1886, p. 601 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 581 ; 
Biography of Josiah Quincy, by J. E. Sargent, i, Proceedings of Grafton and Coos 
Bar Association, 43; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 
9; grant to Samuel Holland with Plymouth papers; Proceedings of Celebration, 
July 4, 1876.] 



[RuMNEY Charter, 1761.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *2-2i3 

Rumney GEORGE the Third, 

'"^-''"-^N ^ By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France 

f and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. 
P s ^ 

C To all Persons to whom these Presetits shall come, 

\^^'sr-^ Greeting. 

Know ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
and meer Motion, for the due Encouragement of settling a JVew 
Plantation within our said Province, by and with the Advice of 
our Trusty and Well-beloved Benning 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 loving Subjects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of 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 equal Shares, all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land situate, lying and being within our said 
Province of New-Hampshire , containing by Admeasurement, 
Twenty Tree Thousand & Six Hundred Acres, which Tract is to 
contain Something more than Six Miles square, and no more ; out 
of which an Allow^ance is to be made for High Ways and unim- 
provable Lands by Rocks, Ponds, Mountains and Rivers, One 
30 



482 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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 tiie North Easterly Corner of Dorchester 
from thence Runing North Forty Five Degrees East Six Miles, 
thence South Fifty Nine Degrees East, Five Miles & One half 
Mile, Thence South Thirty Degrees West Five Miles & Three 
Qiiarters of a Mile to the North Easterly Corner of Cockermouth, 
Thence North Sixty One Degrees West by Cockermouth Seven 
Miles to the North Easterly Corner of Dorchester afores'' being 
the Bound first above Mention'd — And that the same be, and here- 
by is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of Rumney And 
the Inhabitants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Town- 
ship, 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 Tzvo 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 

*2-2i4 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 Second Wednesday in 
November next which said Meeting shall be Notified b}^ M'' Sam' 
Olmstead 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 express- 
ed, together with all 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 
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 Townshi]"), and continue to improve and settle the 
same by additional Cultivations, on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his 



RUMNEY. 483 

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. 

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 here- 
after 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 Suces- 
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 for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of ten Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December^ namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day of December, which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1772 
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 Coun- 
cil Chamber in Portsmouth, or to such Officers or Officers as shall 
be appointed to receive the same ; and this to be in Lieu of all 
other Rents and Services whatsoever. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said 
Province to Idc hereunto affixed. Witness Benning Wentw^orth, 
Esq ; Our Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Prov- 
ince, the 4"' Day of October 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"^^' 



484 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Province of New Hamps"" Octo'" 4. 1761 

Recorded According to the Origional Charter under the Prov- 
ince seal 

19 Theodore Atkinson Se'^ 



'2-215 *The Names of the Grantees of Rumney (Viz) 



Samuel Olmstead 
Simon Ely 
Richard Andrews 
Mathew Smith 
Jon'* Bebe 3*^ 
Samuel Mack 
Jared Spencer 
John Topham 
John Borden 
Jonah Cone 
Ezra Seldon 
Rich-* Mather 
Isaac Clark 
Joshua Chappel 
Sam' Fuller 
Dan' Brainard 
Ichabod Olmstead 
Abner Bebe 
John M'Call 
John Sparrow 
Nath' Sparrow 
Richard Sparrow 

His Excellency Benning Wentworth a Tract of Land to Con- 
tain Five Hundred Acres as marked B : W : in the Plan which is 
to be Accounted two of the within shares One Share for the Incor- 
porated Society for the Propogation 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 Setled Minister of the 
Gospel, One Share for the Benefit of a School in said Town — 

Province of New Hamps'' Octo'^4, 1761 

Recorded from the Back of the Origional Charter for Rumney 
under the Province Seal 

Attested ^ Theodore Atkinson Se''^ 



James Sparrow 
Simeon Ackly 
Nath' Fellows 
Habert Spencer 
Nathan Burnham 
Matthias Fuller 
Green Hungerford 
Aaron Cleaveland 
Jonas Betton 
Sam' Jones 
John Olmstead 
Edward Bull 
Hezekiah Ackly 
Joseph Brooks 
Jabez Chapman 
Timothy Booge 
Benj'* Peck 
Isaac Spencer 
Joseph Spencer 
Israel Spencer 
John M'Curdy 



Benadam Gallop Jun"" 

Sam' Peck 

Stephen Olmstead 

Joseph Arnold 

Ebenezer Dutton 

Jehiel Fuller 

Ebenezer Spencer 

John Passival 

Nun Clark 

John Holmes 

William Woodbridge 
Matthew Griswold Esq"" 

Noadiah Fuller 

Silas Dunham 
Theodore Atkinson Esq' 
Mark H*^ Wentworth Esq"" 

George March 

John Wentworth Esq"" 

Benning Wentworth 

Byfield Lloy'd Esq^ & 

Maj"' Jos" Blanch ard 



RUMNEY 



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Province of New Hamps"" Octo"" 4, 1761 

Recorded from the back of the Origional Charter for Rumney 
under the Province Seal — 

■^ Theodore Atkinson Sec''^ 



[Rumney Regrant, 1767.] 

*Province of New-Hampshire. *3-i82 

Rumney GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all Persons to -whom these Presents shall co?ne, 
Greeting. 

Know^ Ye, that We of Our special Grace, certain Knowledge, 
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 Wentworth, Esq ; Our 
Governor and Commander in Chief of Our said Province of JVew- 
Ham^shire, in New-England., and of Our Council of the said 
Province ; Have upon the Conditions and Reservations herein 



486 CHARTER RECORDS. 

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-Hatnpsktre, 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, 13'ing and being within our 
said Province of Nezv- Hampshire, containing by Admeasurement, 
Twent}' three thousand Six hundred Acres, which Tract is to 
contain Something more than Six Miles square, and no more ; out 
of which an Allowance is to be made for High Ways and unim- 
provable 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 Easterly Corner of Dor- 
chester from thence runing North 45'^''''' East Six miles thence 
South 59''^'" East 5 Miles & one half mile, thence South 30 degrees 
West 5 miles & three Q^^ of a mile to the North Easterl}' Corner 
of Cockermouth, thence N'' 61''^* West by Cockermouth 7 miles 
to the North Easterly Corner of Dorchester being the bounds first 
above mentioned. — And that the same be, and hereby is Incorpo- 
rated into a Township by the Name of Rumney And the Inhabi- 
tants that do or shall hereafter inhabit the said Township, are here- 
by declared to be Enfranchized with and Intitled to all and every 
the Privileges and Immunities that other Towns within Our Prov- 
ince by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And further, that the said Town 
as soon as there shall be Fiftv Families resident and settled there- 
on, shall have the Liberty of holding tzvo 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-i83 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 Prov- 
ince, shall be held on the Second Tuesday in May next which 
said Meeting shall be Notified by Daniel Brainard 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 here- . 



RUMNEY. 487 

alter 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 As- 
signs forever, upon the following Conditions, viz. 

I. That every Grantee, his Heirs or Assigns shall plant and 
cultivate five Acres of Land within tiie 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 Li- 
cence for so doing first had and 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 Parliament that now are, or here- 
after 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 Success- 
ors for the Space of five 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. 1767 — 

V. Every Proprietor, Settler or Inhabitant, shall yield and pay 
unto Us, our Heirs and Successors yearly, and every Year for- 
ever, from and after the Expiration of five Years from the above- 
said twenty-fifth Day of December, namely, on the twenty-fifth 
Day o'i December^ which will be in the Year of Our Lord i77^ 
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 Portsmouth, or to such Officer or Oflicers as 



488 CHARTER RECORDS. 

shall be appointed to receive the same ; and this 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 Eighteenth Day of March In the Year of our Lord 
Christ, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty seven And in 
the Seventh Year of Our Reign. 

B : Wentworth 

By His Excellency's Command, 
With Advice of Council, 

T : Atkinson j'' Sec""^ 

Province of New Hampshire March 19'^ 1767 — 
Recorded according to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal — 

Attest'^ ^ . T Atkinson Jun Sec'*' 

*3-i84 *Names of the Grantees of Rumney — 

Daniel Brainard Samuel Gates Thom^ Niles Clark 

Hobart Spencer Ebenezer Dutten Daniel Brainard 3"^'' 

Timothy Booge Thomas Mosley Henry Champion 

Isaac Spencer Joshua Gates Asahel Brainard 

Joseph Spencer Esq' Daniel Gates j'' Joseph Wright 

Israel Spencer Samuel Emons Miles Wright 

Joseph Arland Samuel Selden Ebenezer Cone j'' 

Ebenezer Spencer Chrisf^ Holmes Barzillai Brainard 

Matthew Griswold Esq'" Abraham Libbey Israel Champion 

Rich'' Jeness 3'''' Esq"^ Nath' Rand Ebenezer Brainard 

Joseph Welch Bickford Lang Trist'" Coffin Sleeper 

John Wright Capt. Henry Champion j'^ Ephraim Rand 

Joshua Brainard Moses Smart Moses Sevey 

Amasa Brainard James Hearth Ozin Dowst jun'" 

Humphrey Lyon Alex"" Craigge Samuel W^ells 

Silvanus Tinker Edmund Elliott John Wells 

Jabez Chapman j' Charles Clark Joseph Brown 

Daniel Brainard 3'"'' Aaron Brainard Francis Lock 

Joseph Clark William Preston Theodore Atkinson ') 
Capt : Hezekiah Brainard Humphrey Colebey Mark H'g>Esq"* 

Joseph Wells George Shannon Wentworth ) 

Ben**' Wentworth Cp" Geo : March John Wentworth Esq' 



RUMNEY. 



489 



His Ex'cellency Benning Wentworth Esq"^ a tract of Land to 
Contain 500 Acres as marked B : W : in the plan, which to be 
accounted 2 of the within Shares. One share for the Incorporated 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Forreign Parts. One 
share for a glebe for the Church of England as by Law Estab- 
lished. One share for the first Settled Minister of the Gospel, & 
One share for the benefit of a School in said Town for Ever — 

Province of New Hampshire March 19"^ 1767 — 

Recorded from the back of the Original Charter of Rumney 
under the Province Seal. 

Attest'^' '^^ T Atkinson Jun Sec'">— 






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Attest*^ ^ : T Atkinson Jun Sec""y 



490 charter records. 

[Grant to Elias Warner, 1772.] 

*4-ii4 *Province of New Hampshire. 

(Elias Warner's George the Third by the Grace of God of 
Grant.) Great Britain France and Ireland King De- 

"^^^^^ -. fender of the Faith, &c. 

( To ALL to whom these Presents shall come, 

V Greetmg. 

s^x-v^*^/ Know Ye, That we of our special Grace cer- 

tain knowledge & mere Motion for the due encouragement of set- 
tling and cultivating our Lands within our Province aforesaid, by 
and with the Advice of our Trusty and well beloved John Went- 
WORTH Esquire our Gov'' & Commander in Chief of our said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire & of our Council of the same. Have (upon 
the Conditions & Reservations herein Particularly recited and ex- 
press'd) given & granted & by these Presents for us our Heirs and 
Successors do give and grant unto our leige and loving Subject Elias 
Warner of Portsmouth in our Count}'^ of Rockingham and Province 
aforesaid Gentleman & to his Heirs and Assigns for ever a certain 
Tract or Parcel of Land containing by Admeasurement Five hun- 
dred Acres, situate lying & being within the Township of Rumney 
in our said Province 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 an Hemlock Tree, being the South Westerly corner bound of 
the Township of Rumney, from thence running South Sixty 
Degrees East, one Mile, thence North Thirty degrees East Two 
hundred & Ninety two rods to a Beech Tree, thence North Sixty 
degrees West Two hundred & Forty Rods to a Spruce Tree, 
thence South Forty five degrees West Three hundred Rods to the 
bound first mentioned. To Have and to Hold the said Tract of 
land as above expressed to him the said Elias & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for Ever, upon the following Terms Conditions & Reser- 
vations. Viz' 

First. That the the said Grantee shall cut clear & make pass- 
able for Carriages, &c. a Road of Two Rods wide thro' the said 
Tract, as shall be at any Time hereafter directed or Order'd by 
the Governor and Council aforesaid, which Road shall be com- 
pleted in Two Years, from the date of such Order or Direction of 



RUMNEY. 491 

the Gov'" & Council aforesaid, on Penalty of the forfeiture 

of this Grant, & of its reverting to us *our Heirs and Sue- *4-ii5 

cessors. 

Secondly. That the said Grantee shall settle or cause to be 
Settled Two Families in three Years from the date of this Grant ; 
in failure whereof the Premises to revert to us our Heirs & Suc- 
cessors to be by us or them enter'd upon & regranted to any of 
our loving Subjects, who 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 fell'd without our special Licence for so doing first had & 
Obtained, on Penalty ofthe forfeiture of the Right of the Grantee 
in the Premises his Heirs & i^ssigns to us our Heirs and Success- 
ors as well as being Subject to the Penalties prescribed by any 
present as well as future Act or Acts or Parliament. 

Fourthly. Yielding and Paying therefor to us our Heirs & 
Successors on or before the Fifteenth day of July 1775, the Rent 
of one Ear of Indian Corn only if lawfully demanded. 

Fifthly. That the said Grantee his Heirs & Assigns shall 
yield & pay unto us our Heirs & Successors Yearly and every 
Year forever from and after the expiration of Five Years from the 
date of this Grant, one Shilling proclamation Money for every 
hundred Acres he so owns Settles or Possesses, and so in propor- 
tion 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 Offi- 
cers as shall be appointed to receive the same And these 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. Witness John Wentworth 
Esquire our aforesaid Governor & Commander in Chief the Fif- 
teenth day of July in the Twelfth Year of our Reign, Annoq Dom- 
ini 1772. 

J Wentworth. 

Bv his Excell'-^* Command > 

ml \ 

with Advice of Council. 5 

Theodore Atkinson Sec""^ 

Recorded according to the Original Grant under the Province 
Seal, this 27"' day of August 1772. 

Attesf Theodore Atkinson Sec" 



492 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



*4-ii6 *Province of New Hampshire. Portsm° 20"' May 1772- 
These Certify that this Plan Beginning at an Hemlock 
Tree being the S. W^^' Corner of the Township of Rumney, from 
thence running S. 60° E. i Mile, thence N. 30° E. 292 Rods to a 
Beech Tree, thence N. 60° W. 240 Rods to a Spruce Tree, thence 
S. 45° W. 300 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' Jotham Cummings D>' 
Surv'^ 

Attest. Is. Rindge Surv'" General 

[This plan is taken from Vol. 5, p. 309.] 





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RYE. 



[First known as Sandy Beach. It was a part of Portsmouth until the incorpora- 
tion of New Castle, May 30, 1693, after which it was a part of the latter until 
separated, and, with portions of Portsmouth and Hampton, incorporated as Rye 
April 30, 1726. All that part of the town southwest of the river was annexed from 
New Castle Dec. 22, 1791. Gosport, or Star Island, was annexed July 20, 1876. 

See papers under titles Portsmouth, New Castle, Hampton, and Isles of Shoals; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 313, 734; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 360; Index 
to Laws, 211, 484; sketch Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 455 ; 
address, by J. K. Aldrich ; discourse, by Huntington Porter, 1801, pp. 38; Half- 
Century Sermon, by same, 1835, pp. 24; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 
127; Isles of Shoals in 1653, by C. W. Tuttle, 25, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 
162; Descriptive and Historical Account of Isles of Shoals, 7, Mass. Historical 
Society Collections, 242 ; Among the Isles of Shoals, by Celia Thaxter, 1893 ; An 
Island Garden, by same, 1894.] 



SALEM. 



[This town was constituted from parts of Haverhill District, Methuen, and 
Dracut, Mass., and was incorporated May 11, 1750. A new line between Salem 
and Windham was established Jan. 9, i752-''3. The charter was confirmed by 
the Masonian Proprietors March 8, 1759. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 744 ; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 371; Index to Laws, 486; sketch, by A. H. 
Merrill, Hurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 469; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 130; Two Sermons, 1816, by John Smith, 1817, pp. 30; 
Account of, Poore's Merrimack Valley, 1857-58, p. 239; Proceedings of 150th 
Anniversary of Congregational Church, 1890.] 



[Salem Incorporated, 1750.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *i~59 

Salem Charter George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 
^^^^^^^ . Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith 
/ Sad" 

C To ALL to whom these Presents Shall Come 

v^^-v^^ Greeting — 

Whereas our Loyall Subjects Inhabitants of A Tract of 

*i-6o Land *Within our Province of New Hamp'' aforesaid 

lying Partly within that Part of Our Province of New 

Hampshire called Haverhill District Have humbly Petitioned & 



494 CHARTER RECORDS. 

requested to us, that they may be Erected & Incorporated into a 
Township & Infranchized with the Same Powers & Previledges 
which other Towns within our Said Province by Law have & Enjoy, 
And it Appearing to us to be Conducive to the General good of 
our Said Province as well as of the Said Inliabitants in Perticular by 
Maintaining good order & Encouraging the Culture of the Land 
that the Same Should be Don- Know Ye therefore That We of our 

Especial Grace Certain knowledg & for the Encouragement 

of & Promoteing the Good Purposes & Ends afores'^ by & with the 
Advice of our Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our 
Governor & Comander in Chieff & of our Council for Said Province 
of New Hampshire Have Errected and ordained and b}^ these 
Presents for us Our Heirs & Successors Do will & ordain that the 
Inhabitants of the Tract of Land afores'^ or that Shall Inhabit & 
Improve thereon hereafter Butted & bounded as follows (Viz) 
Begining at A Stake by the Captains Pond in the Province Line 
which is a bound by the Town of Plastow Thence North 22'' ^ West 
about Three Miles & an half (Excluding the whole of Theodore 
Atkinson Esq'** Farm Scituate lying & being on the Said Line) to 
A black Oak Tree near Joseph Palmers land in Londonderry 
Bounds then South Ninty Degrees West by Londonderry Bounds 
one Mile & three Quarters to A White Oak Standing in An 
Angle of Londonderry Line Thence Two hundred Ninety Six 
rods by Londonderry line to A Stake Standing in Said Line 
thence South 39 Degrees West Nine hundred & fifty two rods to 
A Stake & Stones thence South Twenty Degrees East One hun- 
dred & fifty Two rods to A Pitch Pine Marked — Thence South 
Three Degrees East Seven hundred & twenty rods to A White Oak 
in the Province Line thence as the Province Line runs to the Stake 
by the Captains Pond first mentioned And by these Presents Are 
Declared & ordaind to be A Town Corporate And Are hereby 
Errected & Incorporated into a body Pollitick & a Corporation to 
have Continueance for ever by the Name of Salem with all the 
Powers & Authorities Previledges Immunities & Infranchizes to 
them the Said Inhabitants & thier Successors for ever Allways 

reservincr tons our hiers & Successors all white Pine trees 
*i-6i growing & being or that Shall *hereafter grow & be on 

the Said Tract of Land fit for the Use of our Royal Navy 
reserveing also the Power of Divideing the Said Town to us our 
Heirs & Successors when it Shall Appear necessary & Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof — it is to be understood and 
it is Accordingly hereb}'^ Declared that the Private Property of the 



SALEM. 495 

Soil is in no manner of way to be Effected 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 Choose all Such Officers as Are mentioned 
in the Said Laws We do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint 
•Cap* Richard Kelly to Call the first meeting of the Said Inhabit- 
ants to be held within the Said Town at Any time within Thirty 
Days from the Date hereof giveing Legal notice of the Time Place 
& 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 Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour 
& Com'ander in Chieff of our Said Province the ii"' Day of May 
in the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred & 
fifty & in the Twenty third year of Our Reign 

B Wentworth 
By his Excelencys Comand 
with Advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec""^ 

Entred & recorded According to the Original under the Province 
.Seal this Eleventh Day of May 1/50 — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec'^ 



496 



CHARTER RECORDS. 




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Entred And Recorded According to the Originall on the Back 
of the Charter this ii"' Day of May 1750 

^ Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 

Septemb'' 25'" 175 1 In Council Mem° 

The Pricked Line is the Line of Alteration agreable to Vote of 
this Day 

Theodore Atkinson Se"' 



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SALEM. 497 

[Salem Bounds Altered, 1752.] 

*Province of New Hamp"" *i-85 

George the Second by the Grace of God of 
Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender 
of the Faith &c' 

To All to whom these Presents Shall come 
Salem Charter Greeting — 

Altered — Whereas Diverse Disputes have Arisen between 

the Inhabitants of our Town of Salem and the Inhabitants of our 
Parish of Windham within our Province afore Said Touching the 
Divideing Bounds between them as the Same Are Discribed in 
our Charter of Incorporation for the Town of Salem aforesaid of 
the 11'^ of May in the 23'' year of our reign which Said Disputes 
have Occassioned maney Petitions & Complaints from both Parties 
to our Governour & Council of our Said Province and whereas 
the Said Parties have Each of them at thier respective meetings 
regularly Warned for that end Agreed upon Voted & Desired an 
alteration in the Lines of the Said Town of Salem as the Same 
Are Disci'ibed in the Charter aforesaid and have Exhibited the 
Votes of the Said Town & Parish respectively thereon togeather 
with a Plan of the Said Town of Salem with the Desired Altera- 
tion thereon Discribed and also requesting that all Such Persons 
who now Inhabit or hereafter Shall Inhabit on that Parte of Salem 
which heretofore was in the Parish of Windham or Paid Rates & 
Taxes there may have the Liberty to joyn with the Said Parish 
in Such affairs Only as relate to the minister & Ministry in Said 
Parish if they or any of them Shall See cause so to do — 

Now Know Ye That as well for & in Consideration of the respec- 
tive requests of the Town & Parish aforesaid as for Quieting the 
Said Parties & Putting a Stop to Any further Strife or Complaints 
Touching the Premises We have tho'^ fit by & with the Advice of 
our Trusty & wellbeloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Gov- 
ernour & of- our Council of our Said Province To order & 
ORDAIN & Do by these Presents Order & ordain that in that Parte 
of the Bounds of the Said Town of Salem which Divides the Said 
Town & the Said Parish An Alteration Shall be made thus — Viz — 
begining at the White Oak mentioned in Salem Charter afore 
Said as Standing in an Angle of Londonderry Line from thence 
runing South about five hundred & Twenty Six rods to Hitty Titty 
Pond So Calld Thence South Thirty two Degrees & one half 
31 



498 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Degree West about four hundred rods to A Hemlock Tree 
Marked S : W Standing near the South West Angle of Pollicy 
Pond so Called from thence South forty Degrees West to a White 

Pine Standing in Pelham Line thence by Pelham Line 
*i-86 South Thirty four Degrees & one *half Degree East to a 

White Oak Standing in the Province Line and is a Bound- 
ary mentioned in the Charter afore Said Thence (without Any 
Alteration from the Bounds Mentioned in the Charter afore Said) 
by the Province Line as that runs till it comes to the Stake by the 
Captains Pond being the first bound Mentioned in the Charter 
aforesaid thence following the bounds mentioned in the Said 
Charter till it comes to the white Oak Standing in the Angle of 
London Derry Line being the bound Tree where the Altera- 
tion made began And that the Said Tract of Land Circumscribed 
within the Bounds Above mentioned as they Stand Altered from 
the Lines in the Charter afore Said Shall be & hereby are made 
the Bounds of the Town of Salem the former bounds in the Char- 
ter Above mentioned notwithstanding and the Inhabitants that now 
Are or hereafter Shall be Settled upon the Said Tract of Land & 
Such only Shall be Deemed & held to be the Inhabitants of Salem 
to all Intents & Purposes Excepting Such Inhabitants as now Are 
or hereafter Shall be upon that Parte of Salem which heretofore 
was Deemd Parte of Windham or that Paid Rates & Taxes there 
who Shall have the Liberty (if the}^ See cause) to joyn with the 
Inhabitants of Windham in all matters & things which relate to 
the Minister or ministry in Said Parish and those only — Provided 
nevertheless that all those Inhabitants of Salem that Paid thier 
Province Tax to Windham Proportion Shall Continue So to Do 
till a New Proportion Shall be made or Some father order thereon 
Provided Also that All Such of the Present Inhabitants as Shall 
Desire to joyn in the above mentioned Perticulars with the Inhab- 
itants of Windham Shall within Six months from the Date hereof 
Signify Such their Desire under his her or their hands to the 
Select men of Salem and also to the Select men of Windham 
respectivly & that All Such Persons as Shall hereafter become 
Inhabitants of the Said Tract Last mentioned Shall in the Same 
manner Signify thier Desire to both Setts of Select men afore 
Said within Six months after their first Enterence as Inhabitants 
there And when they have So don they Shall be & hereby Are 
Excluded from the Previledg of Voteing in those aflairs above 
mentioned with Salem & Shall be & hereby Are Exempted from 
Any Rates or Taxes that Shall be Laid for the Support of the 



SALEM. 499 

Minister or Ministry as Afore Said in the Said Town And Shall 
Enjoy the Previledge ofVoteing with & be Obleidged to 
Do the *Duty that Other the Inhabitants in Windham do *i-87 
Enjoy or Are Obleidged to do in relation to the minister or 
Ministry as Afore Said — 

Of All Which All Persons Concerned Are to take Notice of 
And Govern them Selves Accordingly — 

In Testimoney whereof We have Caused the Publick Seal of 
our Said Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness BenningWent- 
worth Esq our Governour & Comander in ChiefFof our Said Prov- 
ince the 9*^ Day of Jan''^ in the year of our Lord Christ 1752 & in 
the 25'^ year of our reig:n 

B Wentworth 

By his Excelencys Comand 
with advice a Council 

Theodore Atkinson Se'''' 

Entred & recorded According to the Oricrinal under the Prov- 
mce Seal this Ninth Day of Jan''^ 1752 — 

19 Theodore Atkinson Sec^^ 



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SALISBURY. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, February 3, 1736-7, and called Baker'' s-town. 
Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, October 25, 1749, to Ebenezer Stevens 
and others, and called Stevens-toivn. Also called at times, GerrisJi-town and 
New Salisbury. Incorporated as Salisbury, March i, 1768. A tract of land from 
the east part of the town was combined with portions of Andover, Northfield, and 
Sanbornton, and incorporated as Franklin, December 24, 1828. A part of Frank- 
lin was annexed to Salisbury, July 7, 1869. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding and Masonian Papers in following volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 753; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 381 ; Index to 
Laws, 486, 522 ; Topographical and Historical Sketch, by M. Eastman, 3, Far- 
mer and Moore's Historical Collections, 296; History, collated by John J. Dear- 
born, edited by James O. Adams and Henry P. Rolfe, 1890, pp. 888; sketch by 
J. J. Dearborn, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 602 ; Life of Dan- 
iel Webster, by George Ticknor Curtis, i88g; Reminiscences of Daniel Webster, 
by Peter Harvey ; Letters Explanatory of Difficulties Existing in the Baptist 
Church, 1827; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist 
Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 7, 12, 15 ; Law- 
rence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 409.] 




[Salisbury Incorporated, 1768. J 

^Province of New Hampshire *1-301 

George the Third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the 
Faith & so forth 

To all to whom these Presents shall come 
Greeting 
Whereas Our loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a tract of land 
within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid known by the 
name of Stephens Town lying between Boscawen on the East & 
New Briton (so called) on the West, & contains by estimation Six 
miles Square. Have Humbly Petitioned & Requested us that they 
may be erected & Incorporated into a Township & infranchized with 
the same Powers and Privileges which other Towns within our said 
Province by law have & enjoy & it appearing unto us to be Condu- 
cive to the general good of our said Province as well as of the said 
Inhabitants in particular by maintaining good order & encouraging 
the Culture of the land that the same should be done, Know Ye 
therefore, that We of our especial Grace certain Knowledge & for 
the encouragement & promoting the good purposes and ends afore- 
said (by and with the Advice of our trusty and well-beloved John 



502 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Wentworth Esq'' our Gov"" and Comra'' in Cheif & of our Council 
for said Province of New Hampshire) have erected & ordained & 
by these Presents for us our heirs and successors do will & ordain 
that the Inhab^* of the Tract of land aforesaid & others who shall 
Inhabit and improve thereon hereafter, the same being butted & 
bounded as follows (viz "begining at a white oak tree standing on 
the bank of Merrimac river six rods southerly from a deep Gutter 
runing into the River said tree being marked on four sides, thence 
runing West 17''^* S" nine miles, then begining again at the river at 
the said White oak & runing upon the River Northerly about a mile 
above the crotch upon Pemigewasset river to a large rock in the 
bank of the River at the head of Pemigewasset Great falls, thence 
runing West 15'^^^ South nine miles, thence on a strait line from the 
westerly end of this line, to the Westerly end of the line first men- 

tion'd " be & hereby are declared & ordained to be a 
*l-302 Town Corporate, & are hereby erected *& incorporated 

into a body Politic & Corporate to have Continuance dur- 
ing our Pleasure by the name of Salisbctky, with all the Powers & 
Authorities, Privileges, Immunities & franchizes which any other 
Towns in said Province by law hold & enjoy to the said Inhab'- or 
who shall hereafter Inhabit there & their Successors for said Term 
always reserving to us our heirs and Successors all White Pine 
trees that are or shall be found growing & 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 said Town when 
it shall appear necessary and Convenient for the Inhab^"* thereof. 
Provided nevertheless & 'tis hereby declared that this Charter & 
Grant is not intended & shall not in any manner be Construed to 
affect the Private Property of the Soil within the limits aforesaid & 
as the several Towns within our said Province are by the laws 
thereof enabled & Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority of the 
voters present to chuse all such Officers and transact such affairs as 
in the said laws are declared — We do by these Presents, nominate 
& Appoint Cap^ Jn"* Webster Esq'^ to call the first meeting of said 
Inhab** to be held within the said Town at au}^ time within Fifty 
days from the date hereof giving legal notice of the time & design 
of holding such meet''' after which the Annual meeting in said 
Town shall be held for the choice of said Officers & the Purposes 
aforesaid on the 2"'' Tuesday of March annually. 

In Testimony whereof We have caus'd the Seal of our saidProv''^ 
to be hereunto affixed. Witness Our aforesaid Gov"^ & Comm"" in Cheif 
this 1'^ day of March in the 8"' vear of our Reign & in the year of 
Our Lord"Christ 17G8 "" J : Wentworth 



SANBORNTON. 503 

By his Excellencys Com'and with advice of Council 

T : Atkinson Jun"" Sec'^ 
Province of New Hampshire 
Recorded from the Original Charter this 1*" March 1768 

Attest: T: Atkinson Jun Sec'^ 



SANBORNTON. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, December 31, 1748, to John Sanborn 
of Hampton, and others, and called Sanborntowii. This territory was previously 
mentioned as First Towtiship. Incorporated as Sanbornton March i, 1770. 
Sanbornton Bridge was set oft' and incorporated as Tilton, June 30. 1869. Part 
of Tilton was annexed to Sanbornton, July i, 1870, and parts of Sanbornton 
were annexed to Tilton July i, 1870, and July 3, 1872. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 755; 
XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 392; Index to Laws, 488; Historical Sketch, 3, 
Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 351 ; sketch, Hurd's History of Bel- 
knap County, 1885, p. 893 ; History, by M. T. Runnels, two volumes, i88i-''82; 
Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsbury, 1883, p. 105 ; Baptist 
Churches in New Hampshire, by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 9, 18, 22; Law- 
rence's New Hampshire Churches, 1856, p. 507.] 



[Sanbornton Incorporated, 1770.] 

*Province of New Hampshire *l-365 

Sanbornton ) George the Third by the grace of God of 

Incorporaf' ) great Britain ffrance and Ireland King defender 
, — ^-^^ , of the faith and so forth. 

) / To all People to whom these Presents shall come 

i ^' ^' I Greeting. 

^ ^^ — V — ^ ^ Whereas our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of a 

Tract of Land within our Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 
known by the Name of Sanborn Town containing by estimation six 
Miles square, have humbly Petition'^ and requested us that they 
may be Erected 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 main- *1— 366 
taining good Order and encouraging the Culture of the 
Land — that the same should be done — Know Ye that we of our 



504 CHARTER RECORDS. 

special Grace certain knowledge and for the enconragement & pro- 
motion of the good Purposes and Ends aforesaid (by and with the 
advice of our Trust}' and well beloved Johivt Wentwoeth Esq'' 
Our Governor and Commander in Chief, and of our Council of the 
same,) Have Erected and Ordained & by these Presents for us our 
heirs and Successors do will and Ordain that the Inhab*^ 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 hemlock Tree standing by the great Bay of Win- 
nipesiokee River marked with the Letter B, and several other Let- 
ters and the date of the year 1748, and spotted on four sides, then 
running North sixt}' five degrees West to a beech tree, Six Miles, 
marked on four Sides, then running South sixty five degrees West 
to Pemigewasset River, then running as said River runs bounding 
on the same to the crotch made by said Rivers, thence Easterly up 
Winnipesiokee River to the Bay aforesaid, then by said Bay to the 
Tree first Bounds mentioned where it begins. Be and they are 
hereby declared to be a Town Corporate and are hereby Erected & 
Incorporated into a body Politick and corporate to have Continuance 
for Ever by the Name of Sanbornton with all the Powers & Authori- 
ties, Priviledges Immunities and Franchises which any other Towns 
in said Province by Law hold and Enjoy, to the said Inhabit'* or those 
who shall hereafter Inhabit there and to their Successors for Ever. 
Always reserving to us our heirs and Successors all white pine Trees 
that are or shall be found being and growing on the said Tract of 
Land fit for the use of our Royal Navy ; reserving also to us our 
heirs and Successors the Power & Right of Dividing said Town, 
when it shall appear necessary and convenient for the Inhab'* thereof 
— Provided nevertheless and 'tis hereby Declared that this Charter 
and grant is not intended and shall not in any manner be construed 
to 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 and authorized to assemble and by the majority 
of the Voters present — to chuse all such Officers and trans- 
*l-367 act such Affairs *as in the said Laws are Declared We do 
by these Presents nominate and appoint Daniel Sand- 
born to call the first meeting of said luhab'" to be held within the 
said Town at any time within seventy days from the date hereof 
giving 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 said Officers and the Purj)0ses aforesaid on the last Tues- 
day in March annually. 

In Testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of our said Prov- 



SANDOVVN. 505 

ince to be hereunto affixed Witness John Wentworth Esq"^ our 
aforesaid Gov"" and Commander in Chief the First day of March in 
the Tenth year of our Reign Anno : Domini 1770. 

J' Wentworth 
By his Excellency's Command 
with advice of Council 

Theo : Atkinson Sec'"^ 
Province of New Hampshire P' March 1770 
Recorded accord^ to the Original under the Province Seal. 

Att* Theodore Atkinson Sec'^^ 



" SANDOWN. 

[Set off from Kingston and incorporated as a parish April 6, 1756. 

See papers under title Kingston; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 404; Index to 
Laws, 489; sketch, Kurd's History of Rockingham County, 1882, p. 484; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 132. 



[Sandown Incorpoeated As A Parish, 1756.] 

*Province of New Hamp"^ *1-211 

Sandown George the Second by the Grace of God of Great 

/-'.^^^ ^ Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the faith 
/ &c^ 
( To all People to whom these Presents Shall come 

^-^.-"-^ ■' Greeting 

Whereas Sundry of our Loyal Subjects Inhabitants of A Tract of 
Land within the Antient Boundarys of a Town called Kingstown in 
our Province of New Hamp'' on the Westerlj^ End of the Said 
Kingstown herein after discribed have humbly Petitioned & Re- 
quested of us that they may be Incorporated into a Parish and 
Infranchised with the Same Powers Authoritys & Previledges 
which other Parishes within our Said Province by Law have & 
Enjoy & it appearhig to us to be Conducive to the Gen^' 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 therefore that we of our Special Grace Certain 
Knowledge & for the Encouragement & Promoting the good Pur- 
poses & Ends aforesaid by & with the advice of our Trusty & 



5o6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Comaiider 
ill Chieff and of our Council for Said Province have Errected 
Incorporated & ordaind and by these Presents for us our heirs 
& Successors do will & ordain that the Inhabitants of the Tract 
of Land aforesaid Bounded as follows Viz) Begining at Ches- 
ter Bridge so Called on the West end thereof then Running North 
to a White Pine on or Near Exeter line then Begining again at Said 
Bridge runing a South point by the Needle to A great Cragged Rock 
with a Poplar Tree on said Rock marked on four Sides being near 
the Line Called Hamstead Line thence running upon Said Harastead 
Line to A Great white Oak Tree marked which Tree Stands upon 
Londonderry line thence by a beach Tree Standing upon Londerry & 
Chester Corner along upon Chester line to a white Pine Tree marked 
Standing upon the North West Corner of old Kingstown & from said 
white Tree runing upon Exeter Line to the Bounds first mentioned 
And that Shall Inhabit the Same Be & by these Presents Are 
Declared & ordred to be A Parish & Are hereby Errected & Incor- 
porated into a Body Politick & A Corporation to have Continuence 
for ever by the Name of Sandown with all the Previledges Powers 
Authoritys Immunities & Francizes to them the Said Inhabitants & 
their Successors for ever — Always Reserving to us our heirs & Suc- 
cessors all white Pine trees growing & being & that Shall hereafter 
grow & be on the Said Tract of Land fit for the use of our Royal 
Navy reserving also the Power of Dividing the said Parish to us our 
heirs & Successors when it Shall appear Necessary & Convenient for 

the Benefit of the Inhabitants thereof and as the Several 
*1-212 *Parishes within our said Province Are by Laws thereof 

Enabled & Authorized to Assemble & by the Majority .of 
Votes to Choose all Such officers as Are mentioned in the Said Laws 
we Do by these Presents Nominate & Appoint Coll Ebenezer Stevens 
to Call the first Meeting of the Said Inhabitants to be holden within 
the Said Town at Any Time within Twenty Days from the Date 
hereof Giveing Legal Notice of the Time Place & Design of Holding 
Such meeting 

In Testimony whereof We have Caused the Seal of our Said 
Province to be hereunto affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth 
Esq our Governour & Comander in Chieff of our Said Province the 
Sixth Day of April in the Year of our Lord Christ one thousand 
Seven hundred & fifty Six & in the Twent}^ ninth year of our reign 

B Wentworth 

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Province 
Seal this 6^*' Day of April 1756— 

1^ Theodore Atkinson Sec'''' 



SANDWICH. 507 



SANDWICH. 

[Granted Oct. 25, 1763, to Samuel Gilman, Jr., and others, and incorporated. 
Part of the town being mountainous and rocky. Sandwich Addition was granted 
Sept. 5, 1764. A committee was appointed Feb. 22, 1785, to fix the lines between 
Sandwich, Tamworth, and Moultonborough. Another committee was appointed 
Dec. 23, 1808, to establish the lines between Sandwich, Tamworth, Eaton, and 
Albany. The committee reported in favor of no change and the report was adop- 
ted. A small part of Waterville was annexed July 16, 1864. 

See Masonian Papers in following volumes ; XIII, Hammond Town Papers, 410 ; 
Index to Laws, 490; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 644; 
Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 162; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, pp. 587, 590; Stevens's Memorials of Methodism, 2d series, 1852, p. 240; 
Black Mountain, by C. E. Fay, i, Appalachia, 119.] 



L. S. 



[Sandwich Chaiiter, 1763.] 
*Province of New-Hampshire. *3-70 

Sandwich GEORGE the Third, 

By the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France and 
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all J'ersons to wftom 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 JVetv 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-Hamp- 
shire, \n New-Enc/lancl, 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 Sub- 
jects, Inhabitants of Our said Province of New-Hampshire, and Our 
other Govermuents, and to their Heirs and Assigns for ever, whose 
Names are entred on this Grant, to be divided to and amongst them 
into Seventy two equal Shares, all that Tract or Parcel of Land 
situate, lying and being within our said Province of NeAv-Hampsldre, 
containing by Admeasurement, 23040 Acres^ 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, accord- 
ing to a Plan and Survey thereof, made by Our said Governor's 



5o8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Order, and returned into the Secretary's OtSce, and hereunto annex- 
ed, butted and bounded as follows. Viz. Begining at the North East 
Corner of New Holderness & from thence Runing East Six Miles 
then turning off & runing North Six Miles, then turning off again 
& Runing West, Six Miles, then turning off & runing South to the 
North East Corner of Campton, then by Caiupton to the North East 
Corner of New Holderness the Bounds begun at And that the same 
be, and hereby is Incorporated into a Township by the Name of 
Sandwich 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 Privil edges and Immunities that other 
Towns within Our Province by Law Exercise and Enjoy : And furtli- 
€r, that the said Town as soon as there shall be Fifty Families resi- 
dent and settled thereon, shall have the Liberty of holding two Fairs, 
one of which shall be held on 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 
*3-71 consist of Fift}^ Families, a Market may be *0])ened 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 which said Meeting shall 

be Notified by Samuel Gilman J"^ Esq who is hereby also apj)ointed 
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