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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



TOWNSHIP GRANTS 



LANDS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 

INCLUDED IN THE 

MASONIAN PATENT 

ISSUED SUBSEQUENT TO 1746 BY THE MASONIAN PROPRIETARY. 

Arranged and Presented in Alphabetical Order and 

Comprising All from A to M Inclusive, with 

Plans, Bibliographical Citations, 

and Complete Indexes. 



VOLUME XXVII. 

Town Charters, Volume IV. 
Masonian Papers, Volume I. 



ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR, 

Editor ok State Papers. 



CONCORD: 

EDWARD N. PEARSON, PUBLIC PRINTER. 
1896. 



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 an d 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 appro- 
priated — to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such 
portions 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. 



In an analysis of the history of New Hampshire nothing is found more impor- 
tant than the Masonian element. John Mason, the first proprietor, may well be 
regarded as the founder of the state. To him and his successors the undertakings 
that resulted in state autonomy are fairly attributable. Without the Masonian 
titular interest in the patents which covered the territory and without the 
Masonian insistance upon rights of property and government in New Hampshire, 
pursued amidst a most determined opposition and against serious discouragements, 
there would have been no separate political province where the foundations of this 
state were planted in the American wilderness. It is only in the clearer atmos- 
phere of modern historical investigation and tolerance of historical truths that John 
Mason takes his proper place among the state-makers of the colonial period. His 
enterprise was certainly among the first efforts for colonization on the Pascataqua.* 
His associates and representatives effected the settlement of 1623. Through his 
devoted interest and from his personal resources these small beginnings became 
a permanent colonial establishment. The death of Mason in 1635 was the most 
serious calamity which could befall the enterprise which he inaugurated and which 
bears his name. There is now no longer room for doubt that in his purpose was 
ample promise of progress and success for the colony. He had encountered 
varying personal fortunes, but through all the years beginning with the inception of 
this particular project of English colonization he never faltered in the undertaking 
at Pascataqua, but held to it as among his most cherished designs. Indeed, until 
the near approach of his death, his opportunity for the greatest usefulness to the 
colony had not arrived. " Mason had hitherto," says Charles Wesley Tuttle, ''de- 
rived no profit from his efforts at colonization. In a letter to Ambrose Gibbons. 
his old and faithful agent, written in 1634, he says that he had never received a 
penny for all his outlay on his plantation in the Pascataqua." Mr. T tittle's nar- 
rative further states that "In 1634 Mason was appointed captain of the South Sea 
Castle, an ancient fortress commanding the entrance to the harbor at Portsmouth, 
England. This was a very important office. Most of such castles were commanded 
by noblemen of military skill, and who were well affected to the Sovereign. Mason's 

* There is evidence of an early settlement at Dover. This subject has place elsewhere in the State 
Papers series, and nothing is asserted here in disparagement of the claims made for the Hilton settle- 
ment at Dover Point as a fact in the planting of New Hampshire. See Prince Society publication, 
" Capt. John Mason," 18S7, p. 2S, note 18. Non nobis tantas componcre cites. 



IV PREFACE. 

old associate, Sir Ferdinando Gorges, had commanded the castle at Plymouth, 
but had now retired from it. About this time Mason was appointed by the Ad- 
miralty to visit annually the Forts and Castles in England, and make a report to 
the government. 1 ' 1 

'' In June, 1632, Mason was elected a member of the Great Council for New 
England, composed, as we have seen, of ' persons of honor and even of blood ; ' 
and in the November following, became Vice-President of the Council, the Earl of 
Warwick being then President. The Council often had meetings at Capt. Mason's 
house in Fenchurch street in London. This elevation shows the high estimation 
put on Mason by some of the foremost persons in England/' 

«« Early in 1635 tne Council for New England became satisfied of its inability to 
control affairs in New England. It had long had enemies at home as well as here. 
There was an unwillingness to recognize the powers granted by the Sovereign in 
the nature of government, and it had no strength to enforce its decrees. The 
Colony of Massachusetts Bay had become large and powerful, and disregarded al) 
authority, kingly as well as other, as far as they thought it prudent. Complaints 
against the Council were constantly made to the Privy Council, and they were 
cited to answer. They determined thereupon to surrender their great Charter to 
the king, and to divide the whole territory of New England among themselves. 
Pursuant to this resolve, Mason received a new grant from the Council, dated 
April 22, 1635, of the lands hitherto granted to him by the Council. This grant 
embraced all the land between the Naumkeag and Pascataqua rivers, extending 
threescore miles inland, with the south half of the Isles of Shoals, to be called New 
Hampshire ; also a further grant of ten thousand acres on the west side of the 
Kennebec river, to be called Masonia. Henry Josselyn and Ambrose Gibbons, 
both then on the Pascataqua, were authorized to give Mason possession of this new 
grant." 

" On the surrender of the New England Patent in 1635, it was the design of the 
king to set over that territory a general Governor, and Sir Ferdinando Gorges 
received the appointment. To complete the vice-regal government, Capt. John 
Mason was appointed, October 1, Vice-Admiral of New England. 11 

" Mason made every preparation to come to New Hampshire, looking forward to 
a visit to his plantation, as well as to the charge he had undertaken. In November 
he was taken ill, and died early in December, 1635, an event that proved disastrous 
to his interests in New England, which fell, by the terms of his will, to his widow 
and to his grandson, then not one year old." 

John Mason, son of John and Isabella Mason, was born in King^ Lynn or Lynn 
Regis in the western part of the maritime county of Norfolk. He was baptized 
Dec. 11, 1586. How he passed his years till 1610 his biographers do not relate. 
He then appears as commander of the king's fleet sent to control the turbulent 
people of the Hebrides. This squadron consisted of two ships of war and two 



PREFACE. V 

pinnaces. Mason fitted out this expedition at his own expense and was occupied 
in the undertaking fourteen months. It was agreed that he was to be reimbursed, 
but it does not appear that this was ever done directly from the royal treasury. As 
early as 1615 he was governor of the plantation of Newfoundland, begun in 1610. 
Possibly the appointment to this office was in a measure the result of the large 
debt due him on account of the Hebrides expedition. He remained at this post 
about six years, and was very efficient in his administration. He made the first 
English map of the island and wrote a "Brief Discourse of the New-found-land. 11 
He also held a royal commission as the king^ lieutenant to deal with the pirates 
then infesting the Newfoundland region. In 1621 he returned to England. It 
was about this date that he became intimately connected with Sir Ferdinando 
Gorges. From that time on they were largely and intimately associated in col- 
onial enterprises. March 9, i62i- 1 22, Mason procured from the Council for New 
England his grant of Mariana. At home Mason was much occupied in the public 
service, particularly in naval operations in the wars in which England was engaged, 
and in which he held high and responsible offices. Contemporaneously with such 
occupations he was directing his affairs in the new world with devoted interest. 
At length, when relieved of the imperative demands of public duties under govern- 
ment at home, he was about to give the colony on the Pascataqua the impetus of 
his personal presence and direction, but he died before his purpose could be ac- 
complished. 

Tuttle says, "Captain Mason had but one child, a daughter, Anne, who married 
Joseph Tufton, a connection of the noble family of Tufton of Sussex. Three 
sons and two daughters were born of this marriage, and were the only representa- 
tives of Capt. Mason. All except the eldest, who died young, are mentioned in 
Capt. Mason's will. The history of these grandchildren forms a subject of great 
interest, three of them being the devisees of Masons vast estates in New England. 
The eldest was only seven years old at the time of Mason's death. 11 

"John Tufton, the eldest son, died before he became of age, and his interest 
passed to his brother, Robert Tufton, who came to New Hampshire in 1680 and 
was a member of the Provincial Council. He was also of the Council of Dudley 
and Andros during the union of the New England States. Robert Tufton took the 
surname of Mason, as required by the will, in order to take the property of his 
grandfather. He died suddenly at Kingston, N. Y., Sept. 6, 1688, leaving 
descendants. To the efforts of Robert Mason New Hampshire is indebted for her 
independent existence for two hundred years." 

The death of Mason was regarded at the time, according to the point of view of 
interested parties. To his friends and associates it was a far-reaching calamity, 
but to the Puritan element it appeared in a very different light. To them, doubt- 
less, a formidable obstacle in the way of their designs on the Pascataqua planta- 
tions was removed. 



VI PREFACE. 

The lineal descendants of John Mason, given with reference to the passage of 
the title to the Proprietary in 1746, were as follows : 

1. Capt. John Mason, died December, 1635. 

2. Anne Mason, daughter, married Joseph Tufton. 

3. Robert Tufton, alias Mason, son of Anne, born 1635. Took surname of 
Mason by terms of his grandfather's will. 

4. Robert Tufton Mason, 2d son. He and his elder brother, John, undertook 
to pass their interest in New Hampshire to Samuel Allen in 1691. 

5. John Tufton Mason, son, died in Havana, 171 8. 

6. Col. John Tufton Mason, son, born in Boston, Mass., April 29, 1 7 1 3 ; sold 
title to lands in New Hampshire to the Masonian Proprietors in 1746, claiming 
that the transaction with Allen in 1691 conveyed only a life interest. 

The various charters to Mason, alone or with associates, are as follows : 

March 9, 162 1-2, Grant of Mariana. 

Aug. 10. 1622, Grant of Province of Maine. 

Nov. 7, 1629, Grant of New Hampshire. 

Nov. 17, 1629, Grant of Laconia. 

Nov. 3, 1 63 1, Grant of Pescataway. 

April 22, 1635, Grant of New Hampshire and Masonia. 

Aug. 19, 1635, Confirmation of Grant of New Hampshire and Masonia. 

In addition to these charters the Province of New Hampshire, by the same 
boundaries as described in the grant of April 22, 1635, was leased to John Wollaston 
April 18, 1635, f° r a term of three thousand years, and on the 1 ith of June following 
Wollaston, transferred his lease to Mason. This instrument states that the lease to 
Wollaston April 18, was " by & with the consent of the Said Cap 1 John Mason in 
trust only for the benefit & behoofe of him the Said Cap' John Mason his Executors 
& Assigns." 

Much controversy has arisen in regard to these instruments and the titles claimed 
under them.* In character these contentions were often acrimonious and their 
consequences far reaching. Other claims to the same soil were interposed, some 
taking date even in the brief period between 1621 and the death of Mason, and 
other claims to priority of settlement on the Pascataqua were asserted on impor- 
tant historical authority. As to these questions nothing further than the citation 
of facts and records, without argument, should be expected in this relation. 

The years following the death of John Mason and the period in which Robert 
Tufton Mason was passing his childhood and youth were times of misfortune and 
retrogression for the family interests in New Hampshire. In 1641 the New Hamp- 
shire towns were gathered into the Massachusetts Bay government, and the course 
of political affairs gave little promise of a successful revival of Masonian claims or 
the erection of a separate province for the New Hampshire colony. Robert Tufton 
•Capt. John Mason, by Tuttle and Dean, Prince Society, 1887, p. 355. 



PREFACE. Vll 

Mason, however, eventually proved himself to be a man of ability, capable of large 
influence on the public men and measures of his time. His efforts resulted in a 
vigorous reassertion of the Masonian rights in New Hampshire and the establish- 
ment of the separate provincial government of 1679, in which he stands as a con- 
spicuous central figure. From this date the Masonian affairs were prominent in the 
annals of the province. The conveyance by the heirs of Robert Tufton Mason to 
Samuel Allen in 1691 is an episode which interposed a new complication. The later 
reassertion of the Masonian claim in antagonism to the Allen title is also an important 
consideration. In this period a minute examination of the progress of Masonian 
affairs in the province involves the exposition of the principal history of New Hamp- 
shire from 1679 to 1739. Reference must be made in this connection to the work 
of Helknap and the documentary history in the previous volumes of this series, 
particularly Vol. 19. 

The tracing out of the course of the Masonian title to its historical conclusion in 
New Hampshire has exacted profound investigation for more than two centuries. 
It is a subject that is inseparably interwoven into the entire narrative of the devel- 
opment of the province and the establishment of a state. See Belknap's History of 
New Hampshire, chapters 6 to 1 1 ; Collections of N. H. Historical Society, Vol. 8, 
pp. 318 to 325, 380 to 394; N. H. Documents collected by John S. Jenness ; 
N. H. State Papers, Vol. 19; Province Papers, Vols. 1 and 2 ; History of Rindge, 
by Ezra S. Stearns, chapter 2 ; Memoir of Capt. John Mason, by Charles Wesley 
Tuttle and John Ward Dean, pub. by Prince Society, 1887. 

The documents which are the principal resource of the historians of this subject 
have long been in unsystematic and scattered forms and conditions of preservation 
and publication. A part of those of a more general character have been before the 
public for a long period. The existence of others in unlooked for custody or places 
of record has been made known in recent years. The great body of the Masonian 
papers in the original form were in the legal custody of the representatives of the 
associates in the corporation which finally came into possession of the claim by 
purchase from Col. John Tufton Mason in 1746. These associates successfully 
assumed and exercised the powers of disposal under that title. The Proprietary 
consisted of the following named persons : — Theodore Atkinson, who held three 
shares. Mark Hunking Wentworth, two shares, and Richard Wibird, John Went- 
worth, George Jaffrey, Nathaniel Meserve, Thomas Packer, Thomas Wallingford, 
Jotham Odiorne, Joshua Peirce, Samuel Moore, and John Moffatt, one share 
each. The deed was dated Jan. 30, 1746. In 1749 the proprietors took a second 
conveyance comprehending all the Masonian grants from Naumkeag to the Pascat- 
aqua. 

The state publication of Masonian papers now in progress contemplates an 
arrangement in three printed volumes of the series. The first and second (Vols. 
27 and 28 of the series), will contain the town charters or grants issued by the 



Vlll PREFACE. 

Proprietary subsequent to the deed of 1746, and all papers found relating thereto. 
This publication will be in all respects similar to that of the town charters directly 
from province authority (Vols. 24, 25, and 26), and will be accompanied by 
similar notes, maps, and indexes. The papers which constitute, explain, and 
relate to the Masonian title in general will be given in a separate volume. The 
purpose of the editor is to bring this class of documents together in systematic 
order, and to place them in one collection where they may be found in a form and 
arrangement which will facilitate the study of the Masonian element in our early 
history, making the entire body of authentic documentary material readily accessi- 
ble to the public. Almost the entire body of papers, including plans, to be pub- 
lished in this and the two succeeding volumes came into the possession of the state 
from Robert Cutts Peirce, of Portsmouth, in 1891. No donation of equal value 
and importance to its archives, or more deserving of the appreciation and gratitude 
of the government and the people, has ever been received by this state. 

Such special comments on this collection as may be deemed pertinent in a prefa- 
tory note will be reserved for the contemplated Vol. 29, and a treatment of certain 
facts relating to the administration of the affairs of the Proprietary in the disposal of 
lands and the erection of townships will constitute a preface to Vol. 28. His Excel- 
lency Charles A. Busiel and the honorable Council have constantly given this work 
practical encouragement, and have rendered to the editor valued cooperation. The 
Secretary of State, the officers of the State Library, and other custodians of 
books and documents relating to the subject-matter of these volumes, have supplied 
every aid by advice and accommodation which could contribute to the successful 
progress of the work. 

THE EDITOR. 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Albany 

Alexandria 

Allenstown 

Alton . 

Amherst 

Andover 

Antrim 

Barnstead 

Bedford 

Boscawen 

Bow . 

Bradford 

Brookfield 

Canterbury 

Centre Harbor 

Concord 

Conway 

Danbury 

Dublin 

Dummer 

Dunbarton 

Durham 

Eaton 

Effingham 

Epsom 

Fitzwilliam 

Gilmanton 

Gilsum 

Goffstown 

Greenfield 



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4 

43 

54 

62 

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92 

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118 

124 

140 

142 
149 

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1 70 
171 
180 
187 

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220 

2 35 
2 59 
2 59 
287 
294 

^95 

320 



TABLE OF CONTENTS. 



Hampton 

Henniker 

Hill . 

Hillsborough 

Hooksett 

Hopkinton 

Hudson 

Jaffrey 

Landaff 

Lyndeborough 

Manchester 

Marlborough 

Marlow 

Mason 

Meredith 

Middleton 

Milford 

Moultonborough 



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322 
333 
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356 
357 
377 
379 
397 
400 

436 
445 
465 
468 
476 
493 
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520 



GRANTS 



NEW HAMPSHIRE TERRITORY 



PROPRIETORS OF THE MASONIAN PATENT 



WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING THERETO. 



GRANTS 

OF 

NEW HAMPSHIRE TERRITORY 



PROPRIETORS OF THE MASONIAN PATENT. 



ALBANY. 



[Granted as Burton, Nov. 6, 1766, to Clement March and others. The line 
between Burton and Tamworth was established Dec. 30, 1796. Burton was taken 
from Grafton County and annexed to Carroll Nov. 27, 1800. The name of the 
town was changed to Albany July 2, 1833, probably for Albany, N. Y. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; XI, Hammond Town 
Papers, 7 : Index to Laws, 15, 76; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll County. 
1889, p. 782; Land of the Lingering Snow, by Frank Bolles, 1891, Chocorua 
chapter; At the North of Bear Camp Water, by Frank Bolles, 1893 ; Willey's His- 
tory of the White Mountains, 1870, p. 269; Was Chocorua the Original Piquacket 
Hill ?, by C. E. Fay, 4, Appalachia, 322 ; The Mountains between Saco and Swift 
Rivers, by J. R. Edmands, 3, id., 57; The Moat Path, by J. Worcester, 1, id., 
267; Mt. Passaconoway, by C. E. Fay, 6, id., 302 ; The Waterville Valley, by A. 
L. Goodrich, 6, id., 318; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600; The White 
Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by J. H. Ward, 1890, p. 131 ; In the 
Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 18.] 



[Petition of Samuel Haven, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers Vol. 5, p. 1.] 

To the Honorable the Proprietors of Mason's Patent So call'd. 

Gentlemen. 

For as much as it has pleased His Excellency Governor Went- 
worih with the Advice of the Hon ljle his Majest3 r 's Council to grant 
unto your Petitioner a certain Tract of Land Bounded on the East by 
Conway — West Line and on the South by the Patent — Curve Line 
So call'd — And whereas Your Petitioner has viewed part of Said 



4 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Tract & found but a small proportion of Arable Land — Whereas, 
moreover, he observed just within Said Curve, and adjoyning to Said 
Tract Some Beach Land capable of being improved for Tillage 

Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays You would grant him two 
or three Hundred Acres Adjoyning to his Location on Such Terms & 
with Such Restrictions as Your Honors in Your great Wisdom & 
Generosity shall See meet. 

And He will ever pray &c 

Samuel Haven 

April 20 1773 The Tract of land petitioned for in the above — being 
previously engaged, voted that y e Petition cannot be granted 

att. Geo. Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

[Samuel Haven again petitions for the same land, in the same form 
as above, June 30, 1773.] 



ALEXANDRIA. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, June i. 1753, to Joseph Butterfield, Jr., 
and others. The charter was renewed March 13, 1767. Regranted July 7, 1773, 
to Jonas Minot and others. Incorporated Nov. 23, 1782. A large addition was 
granted July 7, 1773, which was incorporated as New London June 25, 1779. A 
portion of Alexandria was severed and combined with a part of Hill to make up the 
town of Bridgewater, Feb. 11, 1788. Danbury was set off and incorporated June 
18, 1795- A tract was severed from Orange and annexed to Alexandria Dec. 7, 
1820. A portion of Alexandria was annexed to Hill Dec. 20, 1820. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 825; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 9; Index to 
Laws, 16; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Grafton County, 1886, p. 113; Biography 
of Luther C. Ladd, the First Union Soldier Who Fell in Baltimore in 1861 ; His- 
tory of the First N. H. Regiment, 1890, by S. G. Abbott, p. 193; Mt. Cardigan, 
bv H. Murdoch, 2, Appalachia, 239; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, 
p. 375 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 22 ; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 509.] 



[Charter of Alexandria, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 3.] 

Province of } Pursuant to the Power And Authority Granted 
New Hamp r \ And vested in me the Subscriber by the Prop 18 of Lands 

Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq in the Province of New Hamp r 

by their vote passed at their meeting held at Portsmouth in Said 

Province the Sixth Day of December 1751 — 

I Do by these Presents on the terms and Limitations with the 

Reservations hereafter expressed Give And Grant, all the Right Title 



ALEXANDRIA. 5 

property v.V possession of the Prop™ afores d unto Joseph Butterfield J r 
James Cowa Thomas Cowan Thomas M c Lauglin John Hutchinson 
Phinihas Underwood Timothy Taylor Joseph Barnes Ezekiel Greele 
John Starnes Zacheriah Starnes William M'Clure William Parker 
John Harvell Thomas Juel Zacheus Spaulding Joseph Wright Benoni 
.hh'l Reuben Butterfield Mark Gould Robert Fletcher Jonathan Per- 
ham Jacob Fletcher Elijah Fletcher Nehemiah Lovewell Henry Snow 
Jonathan Griffin Daniel Merriel Samuel Merriel Jun r John Wallis 
Matthew Wright Joseph Cochran James Gray Hugh Ramsy James 
Miller Andrew Clindinin Robert Clindinin Samuel Aleson J r David 
Crage John Wallis Jun r Samuel Steel Robert Livingston William 
Wallis David Clindinin David Burnside Nathaniel Hombs Matthew 
Thornton Robert Fletcher Jun' Jonathan Butterfield of In and unto 
that Tract of Land or Township Lying In the Province of New 
II amp 1 Aforesaid Containing Twenty three Thousand & forty acres 
Exclusive of ponds Bounded As folio weth Beginingat a Beach Tree 
Fifty Eight miles from the Province Line northerly in the western 
line of Mason Patent as lately run From thence South Sixty five 
Degrees East five miles and an half to a Beach tree Marked thence 
North fifty three Degrees East Seven miles & an half to a Hemlock 
tree marked thence North Sixty Degrees West to New Found pond so 
Called thence Crossing the pond and to Continue the Sam Course 
untill It Comes to Masons Patant Line five miles and an half to a 
maple Tree Marked thence westward on the said Patant Line Eight 
miles and a Quarter to the first Bounds — Which Tract or Township 
is Cal d Alexandria — To them Their Heirs And Assigns To Have And 
to Hold On the following terms And Conditions with the Reserva- 
tions herein After Expressed viz' That the tract of Land or Town- 
ship afores' 1 be Divided into One Hundred And Twenty Equall 
Shares, two lotts at the least in Each Share to be finished And Drawn 
for in Some Equitable And Publick manner At or before the last day 
of November Which will be in the Year of Our Lord 1755 

That three of the Afores' 1 Shares be and hereby are Granted free 
from Charge One for the first Settled minister One for the ministry 
And ( >ne for the School there forever One lot in each of the Said three 
Shares to be first Lay'd Out in Some Convenient place near the mid- 
dle of the town and lotts Coupled to them so as not to be drawn for — 

That twenty more of the S' 1 Shares be reserved for the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns for ever And Accquited from all Duty And 
Charge untill Improved by the Owners or Some Holding under them 
Respectively — 

That the Owners of the Other Shares make Settlement at their 
Own Expence in the following Manner viz 1 each Grantee at the 



O CHARTER RECORDS. 

expiration of five Years from the last clay of November next after the 
date hereof have three Acres parcel of his Right Respectively Clered 
Inclosed And fitted for Mowing And tillage three Acres more in like man- 
ner Clered Inclosed And fitted as afores' 1 then Next Annually for three 
Years And at the end of the S' 1 three Years which will be on the last 
day of November 1761 — have a Dwelling house built and finished fitt 
and Comfortable for a family to Dwell in, And a family or Some 
Person on Each Share to Inhabit and Continue Residency there for 
three years then next Coming That a Convenient Meeting house be 
Built in S (1 township as near the Centre as Convenience will Admitt 
within Eight years from this date And ten Acres of Land Reserved 
there for publick use — 

That the Lands in Said Township Belonging to Grantors and 
Grantees be Subjected to have all Necessary Hyways Lay'd thr6 
them as there Shall be Occasion for the future without Any pay or 
allowance for Damages Thereby — 

That the afores' 1 Grantees their Heirs or Assigns by a Major vote 
in publick meeting Called for that purpose Grant And Assess in 
Equall Proportion Such Sum or Sums of money As they Shall think 
necessary for Carrying forward And Compleating the Settlement 
afores 11 and every of the Grantees exclusive of the three publick lotts 
Who Shall neglect for the Space of thirty days after Such assessment 
Shall be Granted And made (to pay the Same) so much of Such 
Delinquents Rights Shall and may be Sold as will pay their Respec- 
tive taxes and all Charges Ariseing On the Sale by a Com tee to be 
Appointed by the Grantees for that Purpose — 

And in Case Any of the Grantees Shall Neglect or Refuse to 
Perform any of the Articles Matters and things afores cl by him 
Respectively to be done he Shall forfeit his Share And Right in S d 
Township And Every part thereof to those of the Grantees Who 
Shall have Complyed with the Conditions on their part herein 
Expressed & it Shall and may be Lawfull for them or Any person 
by there Authority to enter into And upon the Share Right or part 
of Such Delinquent Owner & any & every Part in the Name And 
Behalf of the Whole of the Grantees Who Shall Comply as afores' 1 
To Amove Oust And Expell for the Use of them their Heirs And 
Assigns Provided they Settle or Cause to be Setled each Such 
Delinquent Right Within the term of One Year at the Furthest from 
the Period that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be done as the 
Condition of this Grant And fully Discharge & Comply with the 
Whole Duty Such Delinquent Ought to have done, within One 
Year from time to time After the Respective Periods thereof And in 
Case the Grantees fullfilling their parts as afores' 1 Shall neglect 



ALEXANDRIA. 7 

full filling as afores d , the duty of any Delinq 1 Owner nor he himself 
Perform it As afores' 1 then Such Share or Shares Shall be forfeit 
Revert And belong to the Grantors their heirs And Assigns And be 
Wholly at their Disposall— 

Further that the Grantees Within thirty days after the said Town- 
ship is lotted out And Drawn for Shall Return apian and Schedule of 
Such Allottniciit And Draft Certified by the Clerk of Said Township 
On Oath into the Grantors Clerks office — 

Allways Provided there be no Indian war within Any of the terms 
Unfitted as afores' 1 for doing the dutv Conditioned in this grant to be 
Done And in Case that Should happen the Same time to be Allowed 
for the Respective matters afores' 1 After Such Impediment Shall Be 
Removed — 

Further that all White pine trees fitt for masting his Majestys 
Uoyall Navy Growing On S' 1 tract of Land be And hereby are 
Granted to his Majesty his heirs and Successors for ever To all Which 
Premises I Joseph Blanchard Agent for And in Behalf of y e Grant- 
ors have hereunto Sett my hand And Seal this first day of June in 
the 26 year of his Majestys Reign A Dom: 1753 — , — — 

Joseph Blanchard ) L. S. 



A True Copy Examined ^ Robert Fletcher Prop ts Clerk 

June y e 19 th 1753— 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Alexandria, 1753.] 




This Plan Describes the Tract of Land Call' 1 Alexandria Granted 
to Joseph Butterfield Jun r and Others Laying in the Province of 
New Hamps 1 ' — Part of Masons Patent Containing 23040 acres Exclu- 
sive of Ponds the Course Lengths of Line as Described on the plan 
herewith Laid in a Scale of One Mile to an Inch — Dated June 1753 

°$ Rob 1 Fletcher Jun 1 ' Surve} r or 

The aforegoing plan & Return is a True Copy as on file Com- 
pared *$ 

June y e 19 th 1753— Rob 1 Fletcher Jun r Prop 18 Cler 1 " 



ALEXANDRIA. 9 

[Vote of Acceptance by Proprietors of Alexandria, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 6.] 

Whereas .lost'] >h Blanc-hard Esq. as agent for & in the Name & 
behalf of the Proprietors of the Lands in y' Province of New Hamp- 
shire Purchased by them of John Tufton IVLason Esq. Who Sold them 
under y e Title Made by a Common Recovery Did on the 1 th day of 
June 1753. Grant y 8 Quantity of a Six mill Square Exclusive of 
Ponds Pounded as followetli Begining at the Southwest Corner of 
the Premisess fiffty Eight miles Northwardly from the Province Line 
in the Western Line of Masons Pattent at a Beach Tree from thence 
South Sixty five Degrees East Fiv miles & one half to a Beach Tree 
thence North fiffty three Degrees east Seven Miles and. an half to a 
hemlock tree thence North Sixty Degrees West to Newfound. Pond 
so Call' 1 thence Crossing the Pond and. to Continue the Same Course 
untill it Comes to Masons Pattent Line five Miles and an half to a 
Maple Tree thence Westward on the Said Pattent Line Eight miles 
and a Quarter to the first Bounds Mentioned 

Voted — That we do hereby accept Said Title & for our Selves 
Our Heirs & Assigns do Acknowledge that we Hold Said Lands 
Under S' 1 Title Conditions & Limitations with y° Reservations 
Therein Mentioned. — as by s d Grant Referance thereto being had 
may appear Unto Joseph Butterfield Jun r James Cowin Thomas 
Cowin Thomas M'Gloughlin John Hutchinson Phinehas Underwood 
Timothy Taylor Joseph Barrons Ezekiel Greale John Starnes 
Zacheius Starns William M'Clure William Parker John Harvil 
Thomas Juel Zacheius Spaulding Joseph Wright Benoni Juel 
Reuben Butterfield Mark Gould Robert Fletcher Jonathan Perham 
Jacob Fletcher Elijah Fletcher Nehemiah Lovewell Henry Snow 
Jonathan Griffin Daniel Merrill Samuel Merrill Jun 1 " John Wallis 
Marthow Wright Joseph Cofrin James Gragg Hugh Ramsey James 
Millir Andrew Clindinin Robert Olindinin Samuel Allison David 
Craig John Wallis Jun Samuel Steal Robert Livingstone William 
Wallis David Clindinin David Burnside Nathanel Holms Marthow 
Thornton Robert Fletcher Jun Jonathan Butterfield — 

Extract From y e Votes of y" Proprit 18 of the Township Call' 1 Alex- 
andria at their Meeting the 12 th of June 1753 

Copy Examined ^ Robert Fletcher Jun r Prop™ Clerk 

Copy Examined f Robert Fletcher Jun r Prop 8 Clerk 



IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Proprietors of Alexandria for Extension of Time, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 7.] 

To The Proprietors of the Land Contained in the Patent of John 
Tnfton Mason Esq. in the Province of New Hampshire — 

John Tolford cV- Mathew Thornton Esq. Agents for & in Behalf of 
the Grantees of the New Township Called Alexandria, Granted by 
Joseph Blanchard Esq. Agent for the said Proprietors, Lying in the 
Province of New Hampshire Shews. That Whereas, by the Charter, 
the said Alexandria is Bounded Begining at a Beach Tree fifty Eight 
miles from the Province line, Northerly, in the Weserly line of 
Mason's Patent, as lately Run, from thence South Sixty five Degrees 
east, five miles & an half to a Beach Tree Marked thence north 
fifty three Degrees east Seven Miles & an half to a Hamlock tree 
marked, thence north Sixty Degrees west to new found pond so 
Called, thence Crosing the pond & to Continue the Same Corse Un- 
till it Comes to Mason's Patent line, five Miles & an half, to a maple 
Tree Marked, thence westerly on the said Paten line Eight Miles & a 
quarter to the first Bounds. — & Whereas by an Actual Survey of the 
abovesaid Township, it Appears that their are Sundry Mistakes in the 
Corses & Distances Mentioned in said Charter, which has prevented 
the Grantees from making' Settlement Agreeable to the Conditions of 
said Grant. Therefore in the Capacity aforesaid, in Behalf of the 
Grantees aforesaid We Humbly pray That Two years from this Date 
may be added to the time mentioned in said Charter, that the said 
Grantees may perform the Duties of every kind as Stipulated in the 
Charter thereof Also that the Bound, Corses, & Distances, of said 
Alexandria, may be Confirmed to the said Grantees Agreeable to the 
True Intent of said Grant, which we Beleive to be as follows (viz) 
Begining at a maple Tree in Mason's Paten line about forty Rods 
from New found pond thence Riming Over part of said pond South 
twelve Degrees East five Miles More or less, or to a Hamlock Tree 
marked, thence South fifty three Degrees west Seven Miles & an half 
more or less, to a Beach Tree marked, thence north twelve Degrees 
west, four Miles & an half to a Beach Tree marked in the westerly 
line of the Abovesaid Patent, thence Easterly, on said line to the 
Bounds first mentioned, & we Hereby Disclame, all the Land not 
Included in the Bounds last mentioned, all which is Humbly Sub- 
mite d 

"$ John Tolford ) Agents for the Proprie- 
Mathew Thornton \ tors of Alexandria 

Portsmouth, March 13 th A D 1767.— 



ALEXANDRIA. II 

[Extension of Time Granted to Alexandria Proprietors, 1707.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 9.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth March 13 th 1767. At a Meeting of 

New IIampsh r \ the Proprietors of the lands purchased of John 
Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' in New Hampshire held hy adjournment — 

Upon reading and Considering the Petition of John Tolford and 
Mathew Thornton Esq 1 ' 8 Agents for the Grantees of a Tract of land, 
within our patent called Alexandria. The Proprietors being willing 
to encourage all industrious Settlers, and to rectify any mistakes 
which operate to their prejudice and also to grant them Such further 
Privileges and advantages as will best promote the Settlement ac- 
cording to the original design. Therefore Voted that all that Tract 
of land contained in the bounds last mentioned and prayed for in Said 
Petition — viz* beginning at a Maple tree in Mason's Patent line about 
forty rods from new found pond, thence running over part of said 
pond, South twelve degrees east five miles, more or less to a hemlock 
tree marked, thence South fifty three Deg West Seven miles and a 
half more or less, to a beach tree marked thence North twelve Deg: 
West four miles and an half to a beach tree marked in the Westerly 
line of the Said Patent, thence easterly on the said line to the place 
where it begins, be called by the name of Alexandria and all the 
Right Title Claim and Demand of the Said Proprietors be and hereby 
is granted to the Grantees named in the former grant, made by 
Joseph Blanchard Esq r in behalf of Said Proprietors. To Hold to 
them in the Same manner with the Same Reservations, Terms and 
Limittations, as is therein expressed, with this further Benefit and ad- 
vantage viz* that the said Grantees have two years from this time to 
perform the Settlement and all the Several Matters and things by 
them to be done according to Said former Grant. Provided the Said 
Grantees shall have no right, Claim or Demand to any part of the 
Land contained in the Bounds Expressed in the above mentioned 
former grant, but only So much thereof as is contained in the above 
mentioned Bounds, and that they Relinquish and disclaim their Right 
and Demand to the said Premises within the said first mentioned 
bounds accordingly — 

Copy of Record Examine! 

^ Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI. 



12 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ / r ote of Acceptance by Proprietors of Alexandria, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 10.] 

Whereas, the Proprietors of the Lands in the Province Of New 
Hampshire, Purchased by them, from John Tufton Mason Esq. Who 
sold them Under the Title of a Common Recovery, Did on the thir- 
teenth day of March 1767, Regrant, the Quantity of Six Miles Squar 
part of said Land by the name of Alexandria, Begining at a maple 
Tree in Mason's patent line About forty Rods from Newfound pond 
thence Riming Over part of said pond, South Twelve Degrees East, 
five Miles, more or less, to a Hemlock Tree Marked, thence, South 
fifty three Degrees, west Seven Miles & an Half, more, or less, to a 
Beach Tree Marked thence North twelve Degrees, west, four Miles, 
& an Half to a Beach Tree Marked, in the Westerly line of Mason's 
Patent, thence Easterly on said line to the first Bounds mentioned to 
Joseph Butterfield Jun r James Cowen, Thomas Cowen Thomas 
M'laughlan, John Hutchison, Phineas Underwood, Timothy Taylor, 
Joseph Barron, Ezekiel Grele, John Stearns, Zacheriah Stearns, Jim 1 
William M' Clure William Parker, John Harvil, Thomas Juel, Rueben 
Butterfield, Mark Gould, Zacheriah Spaulding, Joseph Wright, 
Benoni Juel, Robert Fletcher, Jonathan Parliam, Jacob Fletcher, 
Elijah Fletcher, Nehemiah Lovewell, Henry Snow, Jonathan Griffin, 
Daniel Merril Jun r John Wallace, Mathew Wright, Joseph Cochran, 
James Gregg, Hugh Ramsey, James Miller, Andrew Clindinin, Rob- 
ert Clindinin, Samuel Alison, David Craige, John Wallace Jun r 
Samuel Steel, Robert Livingston, William Wallace, David Clindinin, 
David Burnside, Nathniel Holms, Mathew Thornton, Robert 
Fletcher Jun 1 " & Jonathan Butterfield. — Under Certain Condition, 
Limitations, & Reservations, Mentioned, in s' 1 Grant, as by Reference 
thereto will fully Appear. — 

Voted — That we Do Herby Except Said Title, & for Our Selves, 
our Heirs, & Assigns, Do Acknowledge that we Hold said Lands, 
under Said Title, Conditions, & Limitations, with the Reservations 
mentioned. 

At a meeting of the Proprietors, of Alexandria, Held at the House 
of Timothy Engil, Inn Holder in Chester in said Province the Third 
Tuesday of April, A D 1767.— 

The foregoing Vote Passed, Unanimously. — 

Robert MacMurphy Proppriaters Clark 



ALEXANDRIA. 



13 



[Schedule of Proprietors of Alexandria, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 12.] 
A Schedule of Alexandria Each Draft Stands thus — 



first D" 



Second 


third D n 




D n 






68 


00 




15 


ii6 


in y e 3 d D n 


45 


38 




28 


£76 


in y e first Devision 


5 1 


23 




J 9 


26 




3 


36 




21 


6 




47 


k,% 


in y e first 


72 


*I2 


in first 


16 


32 




33 


£78 


in first 


66 


d2 3 


in y e first 


60 


3° 




58 


£24 


in y e first 


22 


28 




11 


9 




38 


8 




52 


ii6 


in y e 3 <l D n 


65 


81 


in first 


17 


43 




6 


7 




70 


£23 


in y e first 


54 


18 




74 


39 




12 


24 




3° 


14 




63 


49 




9 


i3 


in y c 3 d D n 


10 


i2 S 


in y e first 


61 


40 




14 


44 




5 


5° 




3i 


34 




49 


42 




7 


20 




4 


i2 


in 3 d D n 


43 


il2 


in y e first 


5° 


42 


in V 3 d D n 



Mathew Thornton 

David Burnside 

John .Moffat 

Ezekiel Grealv 



N° 



Jonathan Buterfield — 
Samuel Merril Jun r — 
Zacheriah Spalding — 
Thomas Pecker — 

.Mark Gould 

Benoni Juell — 

Robert Livingstone 

Henry Snow 

Phineas Underwood — 
John Wentworth — 
Joseph Cochran — 
Thomas Walingsford — 

John Stearns 

Robert Fletcher — 
Mess Harvey & others- 
Jonathan Griffin 

John Hutchinson — 

Andrew Clendinen 

Robert Fletcher Jun r 
George Jaffrey — 
Joseph Boarns — 
Robert Clendinen 
Thomas Cowan — 
Joseph Buterfield Ju r 

Blank 

Nathaniel Holms — 

Elijah Fletcher 

John Wallace Jun r 
William McCluer- 

James Gregg 

Thomas Juell 

Joseph Wright- 



Thomelson & Mason — 

Soley & March 

David Craiee 



75 
9 
73 
14 
48 

7 
32 
65 
79 
28 

64 
68 
46 
70 
8 

19 
3° 
62 

63 

47 
1 

67 
36 
44 
22 
26 
35 
55 
80 
40 

43 
2 

21 

53 
3 

60 

7i 
59 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



first D" 



Second 



third D n 



Thomas McLaughlen — 

Hugh Ramsey 

Zecheriah Stearns — 
Reuben Buterfield — 
William Parker Es r 

John Hervill 

Daniel Merril 

Jonathan Perham — 

David Clendinen 

Joshua Peirce 

John Wallace 

James Miller 

Samuell Steel 



Timothy Tayler— 
Jacob Fletcher — 
William Wallace- 
Richard Wibird— 

John Rindge 

Samuel Alison — 



William Parker 

Nehemiah Lovewell- 

Peirce & Mores 

Joseph Blanchard — 

Mathew Wright 

Joatham Odiorn- 



Theodore Atkinson 

Mathew Livermore — 

James Cowan 

Mark Hunking Wentworth 
Blank 



69 
10 
52 
20 

34 
1 1 

5i 
57 
13 

T 5 

17 
72 

4i 
56 
29 

5 

4 

53 

16 

37 
39 
3' 
66 
18 

45 
61 

33 
38 

54 

27 



18 

59 
1 

2 5 
8 

46 
29 

39 
23 
69 

27 
42 
32 
57 
36 
13 
56 
35 
34 
53 
37 
41 
73 
26 

44 
67 
48 
64 
40 

24 



£24 

19 

4i 

46 

5i 
22 

4 

1 

37 
21 

25 
£16 

47 
52 
45 
13 
29 
h3 
10 

33 
3i 

&77 
12 

5 
17 
35 
48 

15 

27 



in y e firs 



in y e first 



in y e 3 d D n 



in y e first 
in v e first 



&c 



Londonderry May 20 th 1767 
The fore Going is a true Schedule 

p r Robert MacMurphy Proppriaters Clark 



ALEXANDRIA. 

[Plan of Alexandria, 1767.] 



J 5 




l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Note the first Devision Begins at the North East Corner or hem- 
lock tree and Contains nine Ranges being 81 Lotts — 

The Second Devision Contains nine Ranges being 74 Lotts 
The third Devision Lies at the South West End of S tl town and 
Contains 52 Lotts twelve of which are goreing Lotts adjoining the 
Pattent Line 



[Petition of Nathaniel Wliitaker and Ralph Wheelock, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 13.] 

To The Hon ble Theodore Atkinson and others the purchasers of 
Masons Propriety in the Province of N w Hampshire. 

The memorial of Nath 1 Whitaker and Ralph Wheelock 
humbly sheweth. 

That Your Memorialists have been long & labouriously engaged 
in different departments in promoting the important Institution Doct r 
Wheelocks Indian Accademy in which they with truth can say, they 
have not sought their own personal or family Emolument or Advant- 
age, & by which in part that Institution has not only become reputa- 
ble but is like to be of great Advantage to this Province as a Semi- 
nary of Learning in it, & that Your Memorilests are persauded that 
their former services will be no bar in the way of obtaining some 
fav rs for themselves & friends, nor their asking personal fav rs be con- 
stured as preceding from too selfish Spirit — 

That Your Memorilests have heard that there are several Townships 
of Land which have been granted many Years ago, & still remain 
unsettled, & therefore being forfited by the Negligence of the 
Grantees, must return into the hands of the Proprietors. 

That Your Memorilest have a Number of friends & Acquaintance 
who having large families & being desirous to provide for them in 
the farming way would in all likelyhood, make a speedy settlement 
of Lands which are inviting & of good Quality. 

That there is danger least a delay of a grant should disappoint the 
plan of a speedy settlement, as the principle undertakers of said set- 
tlement are in Such circumstances that they must speedily fix where 
to settle, & if they should be otherwise provided for, Your Memori- 
lests would be in danger of delaying the Settlement proposed — 

Therefore Your Memorialests humbly pray that You would be 
pleased to Grant to Your Memorilests & their Associates, the town- 
ship of Land lying within the Curve line or Masons Grant called 
Alexandria or that called Dantzick if they shall appear on 



ALEXANDRIA. 1 7 

enquiery to be vacated, or any other good Township of Land within 

Your purchase, on the most easy & beneficial terms, which in Your 

Wisdom & goodness Yon shall see meet. 

And Your Memorilests as in duty bound shall ever pray — 
Dated Portsmouth Nath 1 Whitaker 

Sept r 16, 1769— Ralph Wheelock 



[Petition of Jonas Minot, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 14.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and others Purchasers of 
John Tufton Mason Esq r ' s Patent 

The humble Petition of Jonas Minot for himself and in Behalf of 
others shews — 

That on the 24 th Instant he prefered a Petition praying the Grant 
of a Tract of Land call'd Hereford but being disappointed, of that, is 
desirous of some other Tract within your Claim and particularly of 
that commonly called Parry's Town or Elexandria or Hidleburg or 
Heidelbourgh upon such Conditions & Resevations as shall be here- 
after agreed on — 

Portsm June 28 th 1771 Jonas Minot 



[Petition of Benjamin Whiting, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 15.] 

To the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and others Purchasers of 
John Tufton Mason Esq r ' s Patent — 

The humble Petition of Benjamin Whiting for himself and in 
Behalf of others shews — 

That they are desirous of cultivating & Settling some of your 
unimproved Lands within your Claim and particularly that Tract of 
Land heretofore called Alexandria joining to New Chester and the 
Curve Line upon Smith's River, upon such Conditions Limitations & 
Reservations as shall be agreed on — 

Portsm June 28 th 1771- Benj a Whiting 



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[Petition of John Tolford and Daniel Ilindge, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 16.] 

Province of — \ To the Proprietors of the Patent called 
New Hampshire \ Mason's Patent in said Province — 

The Humble Petition of John Talford and Daniel Rindge In 
behalf of themselves & others Proprietors of the Township of Alex- 
andria in Said Province Shews — 

That the said Proprietors of the said Township have Done a Con- 
siderable part of the duty Incumbent on them according to their 
( 'barter tho" perhaps not so Soon as the Conditions of their Charter 
required yet as fast as considering the Impediments they met with 
was feasible and in Settling new Townships there are always acci- 
dents & events unforeseen that retard the progress of that work — but 
in this case the Proprietors will be able soon to Accomplish the whole 
having been at all or the Principle part of the Cost & Charge neces- 
sary and the lots woud have been Cleard up fit for Tillage had not 
the Season been uncommonly wet — 

That your Petitioners have been Informd that Some others have 
been Soliciting to obtain a New grant of Said Lands with the fruits 
of the Labour of your Petitioners without regarding the Injustice 
which would in that Case be done — But your Petitioners hope in 
your wisdom & Prudence as well as justice to prevent the Damage 
that woud Accrew to all parties Concernd to have instead of 
Improving the lands a dispute and wrangle about the Title — For 
your Petitioners in justice to themselves cannot think of giving up 
their Labour to the new grantees (if any Such should appear) with- 
out Compulsion and what claim coud be made by Such grant while 
your Petitioners were in Open Possession is Submitted to your wise 
Consideration — That as the whole duty of your Petitioners is so 
nearly accomplishd they humbly hope you will Suffer them to pro- 
ceed without disturbance which will be most advantagious to all par- 
ties & they Shall Pray &c 

John Tolford 
Daniel Rindsfe 



[Improvements in Alexandria, 1771.] 
[Extract from Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 4!*.] 

[torn] the 22 Day of July 1771 the Famelies in the Place Called 
Alexandria & the Improvements Made their & y e Lots workt on 
Nathan Corlis Housen 1 — Famely 1 — years 1 — Months 1 — Acres 



20 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Improved 17 Cheifly madclow — Acres Cut 2 — year — month 1 — No 14 
— Division 1 — under whom or whom Drawn by, william Baley — 

[torn] Corley Housen 1 — Famely 1 — years 1 — Months 1 — Acres 
Improved 12 Partly meddow — Acres Cut 2 — year — month 1 — No 23 
— Division 1 — under whom or whom Drawn by, william Baley — 

Joseph Basford Housen 1 — himself Liveing Cheefly in the Place 1 
year 3 acres — 

Non resident — 

Robert M c Murphy 1 Camp — Acres Improved 1£ — Acres Cut 5 — 

John Tolford Laid Some Logues togather in June Last which he 
Calls a House — Acres Cut 3 Cheefly Done this Summer — 

James Molton Cut about 5 acres of Trees Last Summer Built a 
Camp or House — 

Cristopher Bartlet Has Cut Down a few Trees within about a 
month — 

Robert Foresaith Cut Down Trees about two Howers work a few 
Days Since — 

William Powel Has Cut Down a few Trees Has a few Beens Corn 
& Taytors Planted Last fall & this Spring he Began to Cut — 

Edmond Buswell & John Buswell Cut a few Trees Last fall — 

Hastin & Rowel have Done the Same — 

Jeremiah Lad Cut down about 4 acres of Trees & Planted a Little 
Corn — 

Anthony Taylor Cut Trees Last fall & this Spring Near 4 acres 
Planted a few Taytors — 

W m Morrow Cut a few Trees & in this Present July Laid Some 
Logues togather which he Calls a House — 

Daniel McMurphey Cut a few Trees Last fall — 

Joshua Tolford Cut Some Trees & Laid Some Logues togather 
Last weak & this — 

the whole of the Land Now Improveable Exclusive of what Jonathan 
Corlis Moses Corlis & Joseph Basford Have Done Dos Not api3ear to 
us to be more than about four acres by the Best information we had 

July the 27 th 1771 the above Return and the accounts of the Housen 
Persons Liveing in and the Improvements maid in Each and Every of 
the Places Called Alexandria Newchester Newbriton Perrys Town & 
Herreford are according to the Best accounts I Had from the Inhabi- 
tants of those Plases to gather with my own observations on Many of 
the S d Improvements Excepting one Famely I was tould Lived in the 
Place Called Hereford and are according to my Best Judgment which 
is humbly Submitted 

ffl Jonas Minott 



ALEXANDRIA. 21 

Derryfield July the 27 1771 this may Certify that we weare Pres- 
ent with Jonas Minott the whole of the above mentioned Days and 
weare assisting in the Takeing the afore mentioned accounts of the 
above mentioned Places & that we Saw him Take the above Journall 
and that it is True according to our Best Judgment 

Cutting favour 
Samuel Atkinson 

Provence of Newhampshir j Derryfield July 27 th 1771 
County of Hillsborough Ss j Personal appeared the above named 
Jonas Minott & Cutting Favour & Samuel Atkinson & maid Solemn 
oath to the above Return by them Respectively Signed and that it 
Just and True according to The above Return 

Sworn Befor John Goffe Justice of Peace 

Agreable to a Vote of the Propriety, Impowering us to Employ a 
Person to take an Account of Settlers & c in the Towns of New Ches- 
ter, Alexandria, Hidlebourgh, Parrys Town, New Brittan, & to make 
a legal Entry on the same in behalf of the Propriety, We do present 
the Above Acco't & Reentry to the Propriety as our Return — 
Portsmouth 15 th August 1771 

J Fisher ) 

W m Whipple > Committee 

Peter Pearse ) 



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the Above Rights & Lotts to be Reserved to the Proprietors as 
they now Stand the Proprietors Reserving to them selves, two Lotts 
more to Each Proprietor, to be equally drawn for, which will make 
30 Lotts 40 Familys to be Settled in 3 Years, 15 within one Year, 
with proper Houses & 3 Acres of Land Cleared to each Settler. 2' 1 
Year 10 Familys more on the same terms as the first Settlers, 3' 1 
Year 15 Familys more, on same terms, the whole Constantly to reside 
there and Continue to make Improvements for Seven Years from the 
date — a Convenient House for Public Worship to be Built in 4 
Years, and constant Preaching 1 Right for the first Minister, 1 Right 
for the Ministry, 1 Right for the School, a Grist Mill & a Saw Mill 
to be built in 18 Months a Publick Road to be Cleared through the 
Town towards Connecticut River, in 1 Year — the Proprietors Rights 
& Lotts to be free from duty til Improved — a bond to be give of 
£500 Lawf Mony for the Performance of the Conditions Portsm 
Aug 1 16 th 1771— 

Oct r 4 th mem to have an Answer from M r Minot & M r Talford the 
14 th Nov r 

Portsm Nov r 1 th 1771 Voted-that when the Proprietors are ready 
to make a grant to Jonas Minot & c of a tract of land called alexan- 
dria, that it be made on y e terms written on y e other Side — 

Geo: Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[ William Bailey's Claim to Lots in Alexandria, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 19.] 

Portsmouth October 3 rd 1771 
My Lords I Should have Laid my Claim yesterday to five Rights in 
Alexandria But I hapned to be out of the Entry when major Tolferld 
was Called into the Room by Lordship, and when He Came out there 
Seamd to be Some Heat — - 

But Now I Would Give your Lordships a true accont of the pre- 
tentions I have to five Rights in Said alexandria On the Thirteenth 
Day of february 1761 I purchased the Said five Rights of one Robert 
Fletcher Jun r of Donstable for which five Rights He Receved 313 
Dollers & h Every penny in money then paid Down. Then I with 
The Rest of the propritors in the year 63: & 64 Laid out the Said 
town ship into Lotts for which Servis I paid Eight pound ten shil- 
lings Lawfull mony for my five Rights Then Immediatly to Encour- 
age the Settlement of Said Twon I Gave a Number of wiightings 
under my Hand Sufficiently Drawn all of one tenour and Date and 



24 CHARTER RECORDS. 

sent them to all tlie uper Towns for the Encouragement of Settlers 
the Contents were That I would Give as a bounty to any three per- 
sons that would undertake the Setlement of Said five Rights three 
Lotts of Land in Said Town and further I would Give three Barrils 
of pork 3 Do of Beaf & 3 of Bread and one Barrill of Rum But None 
apeord to Settle on those terms then I agred to Give the pick of any 
one Lott for the Setlement of one Right and Engagd one Mr Dan 1 
Young to Settle one Right for which I Gave him a Deed of Lott 
Nomber 4. in the 3 r,i Division he went the Same year on to said Lot 
and was there Near three weeks in the town falling trees when he 
was able all alome and Very Sick part of the time, yet as young was 
Not properrly assisted with other Setlers He Growd Discouraged and 
Give his Right to Jeremiah Lad. provided I Would take Lads Secur- 
ity for the Setlement of Said Right and by His Desire I Did Trans- 
fer the Security from young to Lad. and the Said Lad took the 
Risque to himself whether young Had fully Complyd with the Chr- 
ter or Not (the transfering of the Security has been within theis 
year) in april 1769 I agred with one Jonathan Corless and 
Engaged him to settle one Right for which I Engaged him Lot N° 14 
in the first Division June following I Engaged mooses Corless and 
Engagd him i Lott 23 in Said Division they Both imediatly moved 
on with their familys and there Continue, and then Last Spring one 
mr John Bartlet Came to me and Said he Had Sons that Wanted to 
settle in Said town I Gave him the Number of all my twelve Lotts 
and promised to Give them Either Two of Said Lotts if he would 
Settle the two Remaining Rights in May I Saw the Said Bartlet He 
Says his Sons was Gone into Said town to Live I then told him if 
his Sons would Settle on my Rights I Would Give him fifty acres 
more to Encourage him being then old. and Since I Here that the 
Said Bartlets are on my Lots but I Cannot Say but true it is that one 
of them is in the town — 

I Cannot tell what I Could have Done more to Encourage any Set- 
lement than I have without I had gone my self — but my occupation 
Did Not allow of that — But I Here by mr minot that your Lordships 
Have Voted that town to him with some Reservations) This is a true 
Relation and I Submitt to any Reasonable or Rational person to 
Judge of the Justice of my Claim to the five Rights in Said Alexan- 
dria — I am your Lordships Humble Ser 1 

William Bayley 

To the purchasers of John Tuften mason Esqr s Right to the prov- 
ince of Newhampsher 



ALEXANDRIA. 25 

[Jonas Minot to the Proprietors, about Alexandria, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 20.] 

Honrecl Sirs I Proceeded to Alexandria to Put on Setlers found 
that All Major Tolfords Pretences to Settle with us weare a peice of 
Deceit he wos Endeavouring to Possess him Self of the Town 
Eneourageing himself and oathers that when that is Done they will 
be Safe and Shore to Hold the Town I made Proclamation that all 
People that would then Ingage to Settle in that Place under the Pro- 
prietors the origenall Grantors Should be Received as their Setlers 
and Have one hundred acres to Each Setler their Performing Duty 
&c where uppon Jonathan Corless Moses Corless Joseph Basford 
William Corless James Taylor Jonathan Taylor Asa Hasting all 
Entered into written obligation to Settle under us & Timothy Stev- 
ens & Nathaniel Bartlet Signed for our Setlers but I found my Self 
Nessietated to wright a Line praying you to Give them a Title for 
Tolfords & Macmurphy Sons weare Present to use Every meens 
they Could to Prevent any Person Setling under the Grantors 
telling the People they Should undoubtedly Hold the Town that 
they Should Sew those that Setled under us that their Charter 
wos Not out that the Proprietors Could Not Take the Town from 
them that they had the advise of Good attorneys or attorney they 
made a mere Laugh of the Proprietors Pretences to Sew them Said 
they would Endemnify All Persons who would Go on under them 
Proceeded then to Cutting Roads in Alexandria & I have Not Time 
at Present Pirticularly to Acquaint your Honours with the one half 
of their ways to Discourage your Setlers I have a Number of People 
whow will Go on but Expect that I Save them Harmeless & if you 
think Best to Impower me to Give a Deed to Setlers & Indemnify 
them I Can Carry on Settlements with Grator Sucsess & if you Dont 
Give Stevens & Bartlett a Deed tis Provable you will Sattisfie them 
that they Shall have one — tis Said that my Takeing Possession of the 
Town as I did by Virtue of your Power of Attorney Did Not Rein- 
state you in the Lawfull Possession their of that you must Reject the 
Setlers or Reject the Grantees out — that the Power wos Not Legally 
Executed it wos Signed by your Committee and witnessed by James 
Stoodley & James Stoodley Juner Gentlemen if you Should Critecise 
on these things or Take the opinnion of an attorney I Should be Glad 
to hear the Result & if you Should forward the writs up So that they 
are Served Soon it may be for the Best I am under the Disagreeable 
Nesesity to Certify that Robert foesaith of Newchester In September 
Last Trespasset on Lot No 2 in the first Division witnesses Benjamin 
Shaw of Cordegan William Heath of Rumley — also Robert Mcmur- 



26 CHARTER RECORDS. 

phey on Lot No 13 in the first Division witnesses John McMurphey & 
Robert McMurphey Juner all of London Dery. I am hapily Prevented 
Sending you an account of two more Trespasses Done which are Like 
to be Setled I Pray to Hear from you by the Next Post as I have Peo- 
ple who want to go on but want to Know Something further & if you 
would have me Come to Portsmouth I Shall Instantly Come at your 
motion the People I Put on have the Promise to be Served and are 
Something ferefull of the Consiqueucies these from Gentlemen your 
most Obedient Humble Servant 

Concord November the 28 1771 Jonas Minot 

N B Cor 11 Thornton Has advised for Going on under Tolford tells 
that then they will be Safe Has thretned In Case of Nonconformity 
I Just Now heard that they are Sending Som famelys in to Alexan- 
dria to winter their — yours &c 

any thing Sent by the Post to me may be Left with Mr Samuel 
Minot Gould Smith in Boston 

To the Honnourable George Jaffrey Esqr at Portsmouth to Be 
Communicated to the Committee appointed to Imploy any Person to 
Put on Setlers in alexandria In New hampshire 



[Conditions of Settlement of Alexandria, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 21.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of Lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r called Mason's Patent situate in the Province of New- 
Hampshire, by their Grant bearing date March y e 13 th A D 1767 — 
convey'd to Joseph Butterfield jun r and others therein ment d a cer- 
tain Tract of Land within the Bounds of s' 1 Patent, called Alexandria 
— upon certain conditions in said Grant specified to be performed on 
the part of s' 1 Grantees — which Conditions not being performed the 
Grantors re-entered on the same Lands as by virtue of said Conditions 
they lawfully might and thereby became legally seized and possessed 
of s' 1 Lands, as tho' the same had never been granted. And Whereas 
the said Grantors at the instance of us the subscribers have agreed to 
Re-grant to Jonas Minott of Concord in the County of Middlesex and 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay Gentleman — one moiety of the 
Land aforesaid, and the other moiety thereof to the former Grantees 
of s d Alexandria, both of s' 1 moieties upon the Terms, Conditions, 
limitations and reservations to be Mentioned in said new Grant — viz 1 . 
The proprietors to reserve to themselves Twenty Rights in s 1 ' Alex- 



ALEXANDRIA. 1*J 

andria, reserv' 1 to s' 1 Grantors, numbered, and severed by, and in Con- 
sequence of said former Grant, and also Thirty unsettled Lots 
already Dotted and numbered to be drawn for by said Grantors at 
Portsmouth in s' 1 Province within fourteen days after the Return of 
the plan herein after-mentioned. The said Grantees to settle Forty 
Families within three years from the date of the new Grant — Fifteen 
in one year with proper Houses and Three Acres of Land cleared to 
each Settler — Ten Families the second year on the same terms. Fif- 
teen Families the Third Year, the Terms as before ment' 1 . The whole 
constantly to Reside on s (l Lands and continue to make improvements 
on the same for seven Years from the date of s' 1 Grant last men- 
tioned 

Said Grantees are also to build, within Four Years from s' 1 date a 
convenient House for Public Worship — and to maintain a Minister 
who shall constantly on Sabbath days preach in the same. — One 
Right in s' 1 Alexandria to be given to the first Minister — and one 
Right to the stated ministry, also one Right to the School. — A Grist 
Mill & Saw Mill to be built within Eighteen Months from the date 
of s d new Grant. A public Road to be cleared thro' said Alexandria 
towards Connecticut River in one Year And the said Grantors Rights 
& Lots to be free from duty 'till improved. And Whereas the said 
Grantors have further agreed to grant to the said Jonas Minott one 
moiety of another Tract of Land hereafter described, and to the said 
Grantees the other moiety thereof upon the Terms, conditions, limi- 
tations & reservations in this agreement after mentioned — s l1 Land to 
be bounded as follows viz 1 Beginning at the westerly corner of said 
Alexandria, upon the curve line, and following the said line until it 
comes to the Northerly Corner of Fisher's Field. Then from the 
Southerly Corner of said Alexandria running in a strait as nearly 
parrallel as possible to the said Curve line, until it strikes the North- 
erly sideline of Parry's Town, Then following s' 1 line of Parry's Town 
'till it comes to the northerly line of Fisher's Field, then follow 8 the 
said line of Fisher's Field, 'till you strike the Curve line at the second 
mentioned Bound. Except that in Case the lines of any former 
granted lands, sh' 1 interfere with the lower or second line before 
mentioned then to go round s' 1 other lines 'till it gets into the former 
Course. 

S' 1 Terms, Conditions, Limitations, & Reservations are as follow, 
viz' One third part of the last described Lands to be reserved to 
the Grantor's use which Land shall be held by them free of all Taxes 
and Charges whatsoever that may arise concerning the Roads, Build- 
ings, Ministry, Settlements and other public affairs whatsoever, until 
their said reserved Lands shall be improved, and then only the par- 



28 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ticular lot So improved to be liable. And all the white Pine Trees 
fit for his Majesty's use growing on s (1 Premises, be also reserved for 
that use. 

And said Grantees to have Forty families on every Twenty thou- 
sand acres in s' 1 last mentioned Land & in the same proportion for a 
greater or less quantity of Land And all the Setlers to be got on 
and reside on said Lands, within three years from the Return of the 
Plan of s d last Tract of Land Which being supposed of an Oblong 
Form shall be divided in the Center, into two Parishes, and that in 
each Parish shall be laid out in the centre thereof, or as near as may 
be, a Lot in a square form cont g at least ten acres, for a Burying 
yard, Training Field Meeting House, and other public uses forever 
And nearly adjoining to s d Lot another of One hundred and fifty acres 
for the use of a Public School forever. Also another Lot of One hun- 
dred and fifty acres for the use of the first settled Minister forever. — 
Another adjoin'g thereto of One hundred and fifty acres for the use of 
the ministry forever. — And that a House for Public Worship of Thirty 
six feet square at least shall be built on the s' 1 Ten acre Lot within 
Three years after the date of said Grant. — That a Saw Mill and Grist 
Mill shall be built in Three years after the date of said Grant in last 
ment' 1 Land. That the said Alexandria & last ment d Land shall be 
surveyed by a Person appointed by the Grautors, the Charge thereof 
to be borne by the said Grantees, and a plan, upon oath returned to 
the Grantors of the same, by the first day of June next. — S d last 
ment c ' Land to be divided b} r the said Surveyor, at the Grantees 
Expence, into equal Lots — every twenty thousand Acres to Contain 
One hundred and twenty Lots to be return'd with the Plan afore- 
said. And if at the Expiration of three years from the date of the 
Grant any of said Lots required by the Graut to be settled, shall be 
found unsettled and without a resident Family thereon, such Lots 
shall be forfeited to and for the use of the said Grantors. — The duty 
of settlement is understood to be — That upon each settling Lot is to 
be built a dwelling House, equal to Sixteen feet square, and six 
Acres improved in mowing, tillage and under Fence. — And that 
within fourteen days after the Return of the Plan of Survey of the 
Lots in s' 1 last mentioned Land shall be drawn at Portsmouth accord- 
ing to Custom in the presence and under the direction of the Grant- 
ors. — And in consideration of the premises, we promise & engage to 
give a Bond to the s' 1 Grantors in the penal Sum of Five hundrd 
Pounds L M y conditioned for the performance of Terms aforesaid. — 
And it is further agreed, that in Case said last Tract of Land upon 
the Return of the Plan and Survey thereof should appear not so 
good in quality as the neighbouring Towns in general, then s d Grant- 



ALEXANDRIA. 



2 9 



ors shall not exact s' 1 forty families to be settled in manner afores' 1 
but shall abate that Number in proportion to s a last Land appearing 
to be deficient in quality afores' 1 — 

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands the 25th day 
Sepf A D 1772 — 

Test J Pickering J r D Peirce ^ 

D Rogers i « 

r~i tj i ii y Committee 
John Penhallow [ 

W 1 " Whipple J 



\_Gra71t of Alexandria to Jonas Minot and Others, 1773.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 7, 1773.] 

Province of New Hamp r Portsmouth July 7 th 1773 Wednesday 
five of the Clock afternoon at the dwelling house of James Stoodly 
Esq r Innholder — The Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 

Whereas the Said Proprietors by their Grant bearing date March 
13 th 1767 conveyed to Joseph Butterfeild jun 1 ' and others therein 
mention'd a certain tract of Land situate within the bounds of the 
Patten t Line, in the Province of New Hampshire called Alexandria, 
upon certain conditions in said Grant specified, to be performed on 
the part of said Grantees, which Conditions not being peformed, 
the Grantors reenter'd into the same Lands, as by virtue of said con- 
ditions They Lawfully might and thereby became Legally seized 
and possessed of the said Lands, as tho' the same had never been 
granted. And Whereas the said Proprietors by the desire of 
Jonas Minot of Concord in the County of Middlesex, Gentleman, 
Jonathan Bagley Esq. and William Bailey Gentleman both of Alms- 
bnry in the County of Essex, and all in the province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay, Matthew Thornton Esq & Robert M' Murphy Gent' 11 
both of Londonderry John Talford Esq. William Talford Gent" 1 both 
of Chester, Daniel Rinclge of Portsmouth Esq all in the County of 
Rockingham & Province of New Hampshire, and Joshua Talford 
of New Chester in the County of Grafton and Province last men- 
tion'd husbandman, Have agreed to grant said tract of Land situate 
in the County of Grafton and Province of New Hampshire, to the 
said Minot, Bagley, Bailey, Thornton, M'Murphy, John Talford, 
William Talford, Rindge & Joshua, the one moiety of said Lands 
to the said Minot, and the other moiety thereof to the said Bagley 
Bailey, Thornton, M c Murphy, John Talford, William Talford, 
Rindge and Joshua Talford, which said Last Moiety is to be granted 
to the said Bagley Bailey, Thornton, M'Murphy John Talford, 



.30 CHARTER RECORDS. 

William Talford, Rindge & Joshua Talford, in proportion to the 
Rights and Shares they owned under said forfeited Grant, and the 
whole of the Land herein after granted to be upon the conditions, 
Limitations & reservations herein after mention'd, Therefore 
Voted That there be and hereby is granted, to the said Minot his 
Heirs and assigns forever, the one moiety of the after mention'd 
Lands according to quantity and Quality, and the other moiety 
thereof to the said Bagley, Bailey, Thornton, M* Murphy, John Tal- 
ford, William Talford, Rindge & Joshua Talford, and to their res- 
pective Heirs & Assigns, in Proportion to the rights and Shares 
owned by them under said Grant, Viz 1 to the said Matthew Thornton 
Twelve forty ninths of the said Moiety Last mention'd, to the said 
Jonathan Bagley five forty ninths, to the said William Bailey five 
forty ninths, to the said John Talford Seven forty ninths, and one 
third, to the said William Talford Eight forty ninths & one third, to 
the said Robert M'Murphy eight forty ninths and one third, to the 
said Daniel Rindge two forty ninths, and to the said Joshua Talford 
one forty ninth part of said Last moiety, the tract of Land hereby 
granted is bounded as follows viz 1 — begining at a Maple tree in 
Masons Pattent Line about forty rods from Newfound Pond, thence 
runing over part of said Pond South twelve degrees East five miles 
and an half more or Less to the place where a Hemlock tree for- 
merly stood, and marked for the easterly corner bound of Alexan- 
dria, from thence South fifty three degrees West about eight and 
half miles more or Less to a Beach tree marked, from thence North 
twelve degrees West, four and half Miles more or Less to the Pattent 
Line aforemention'd, from thence easterly on said Line to the Place 
first mention'd Excepting and reserving out of said tract of Land the 
Rights & Lotts herein after mention'd, which are hereby expressly 
reserved for the use of said Grantors their heirs and Assigns forever, 
Viz 1 — Lot Number Nine in the first, forty five in the second & thirty 
eight in the third Division, in said Alexandria, Lot number thirty 
two in the first twenty one in the second, and Six in the third divi- 
sion. Lot number forty six in the first, sixty in the second, thirty in 
the third division, Lot number eight in the first, twenty two in the 
second, Twenty eight in the third division, Lot number sixty two in 
the first, fifty two in the second, & one half N° Sixteen in the third 
Division, Lot thirty six in the first, fifty four in the second eighteen 
in the third Division, Lot Number fifty five in the first, nine in the 
second half of N° three in the third Division, Lot Number Sixty in 
the first, four in the second, half of Lot Number two in the third divi- 
sion, Lot number seventy one in the first, and half of Number Twelve 
in the first, forty three in the second division, Lot number thirty four 



ALEXANDRIA. 31 

in the first eight in the second, fifty one in the third division, Lot 
Number fifteen in the first, Sixty nine in the second, twenty one in 
the third division, Lot number four in the first, fifty six in the sec- 
ond, twenty nine in the third division, Lot number fifty Eight in the 
first, thirty five in second, half of three in the thiid division, Lot 
number thirty one, & half of twenty five in the first, forty one in the 
second division, Lot Number forty five in the first forty four in the 
second five in the third division, Lot number sixty one in the first, 
sixty seven in the second, seventeen in the third division, Lot num- 
ber thirty three in the first, forty eight in the second, thirty five in 
the third division, Lot Number fifty four in the first, forty in the 
second, fifteen in the third Division, Lot number twenty seven in the 
first, twenty four in the second, twenty seven in the third division, 
Lot number sixty six in the first, seventy three in the second, 
Seventy seveu in the first division, according as the same Lotts were 
numbered and entered in a Schedule by said proprietors under the 
said Grant of Alexandria, as will fully appear by reference had to 
said Schedule, and also the Lotts following are reserved to said Pro- 
prietors under this Grant, viz 1 Lott Number fourteen in the second 
division, number thirty four in third division, number twenty three 
in second Division, Number seventy in first division, Number Sixty 
four in first division, Number eight in third division, number fifteen 
in second division, Lot number twelve in third division, number ten 
in first division, number thirty three in third division, number Sixty 
one in second division, number forty one in first division, number 
twenty eight in first division, Number one in third division, number 
twenty seven in second division, number sixty nine in first division, 
number twenty nine in first division, number seventy six in first 
division, number forty in first division, number Eleaven in the first 
division, number Seven in third division, number forty nine in third 
division, number forty eight in first division, number Eighty one in 
first division, number thirty one in third division, number twenty 
two in third division, number seventy nine in first division, number 
six in second division, number forty seven in third division, and 
number seventy eight in first division — 

To Have & Hold the said Premises, except what is herein re- 
served to them the said Jonas Minott, Jonathan Bagley, William 
Bailey, Matthew Thornton, John Talford, William Talford, Robert 
M'Murpliy, Daniel Rindge & Joshua Talford, their Heirs & Assigns 
forever in manner and proportion as aforesaid upon the Terms, con- 
ditions, Limitations & Reservations following viz 1 — That twenty 
rights in said Tract of Land are hereby expressly reserved to said 
Grantors, numbered & severed in consequence of said former Grant, 



32 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and Also thirty unsettled Lotts, already Lotted & Numbered as 
aforesaid — That said Grantees shall settle upon said Granted Lands 
forty Families within three years from the date of this Grant, 
fifteen in one year, With proper houses built thereon, and three 
acres of Land cleared to each settler, Ten Families the second year 
on the same terms, fifteen families the third year on the Terms 
before mention'd, The whole shall constantly reside on said Land, 
and continue to make improvements on the same for seven years 
from the date of this Grant, That said Grantees shall within 
four years from the date hereof build a Convenient house for 
the Publick Worship of God, and Maintain a Minister who shall 
constantly on Sabath days preach in the same, That three of 
the aforesaid Rights besides those already Reserved, shall be and 
hereby are granted free from charge, One for the first settled 
Minister, One for the Ministry, and One for a school there forever — 
That a Gristmill & Saw Mill shall be built by said Grantees within 
eighteen months from the date hereof ; a Publick road be cleared 
through said Land towards Connecticutt River in one year, and that 
the said Grantors Rights and Lotts aforemention'd be free from 
Duty untill improved Provided that said Grantees or any of them, 
shall Neglect to perform the conditions on his and their part to be 
performed according to the true Spirit and meaning of the terms 
upon which this Grant is made, then and in such Case it shall and 
may be Lawfull for the Grantors their heirs and Assigns, by them- 
selves or attorney duly appointed to Reenter into each & every such 
delinquent Grantees Right or Rights, Lott or Lotts & become 
reseised & repossessed thereof, as tho' this Grant had never been 
made — And further all White Pine trees on Said Tract of Land fit 
for Masting His Majesty's Royal Navy be and hereby are granted to 
his Majesty his heirs & Successors forever — 

Voted Also That there be and hereby is granted unto the before- 
named Jonas Minott, Jonathan Bagley, William Baile} 7 , John Tal- 
ford, William Talford, Matthew Thornton, Robert McMurphy, 
Daniel Rindge and Joshua Talford, on the Terms, conditions, 
Limitations & reservations herein after exprest, a Certain tract 
of Land situate in the County of Hillsborough & Province of 
New Hampshire, bounded as follows viz 1 begining at the South- 
westerly Corner of Alexandria aforesaid on the Patent Line, 
and Runing on said Pattent Line to Fishersfield Corner, in 
Great Sunnipe Pond, from thence East, on the Northerly side 
Line of Fishersfield, four hundred seventy two Rods to Parrys 
Town Corner, then North eighty five degrees East about four miles 
to a beach tree marked, on Parrystown Line, from thence North 



ALEXANDRIA. 33 

thirty nine degrees East, about Sixteen hundred & seventy two rods 
to a beach tree marked in Alexandria Corner, from thence North 
twelve degrees West to the Pattent Line aforemention'd on the west- 
erly side of said Alexandria, To Have & to Hold to the said 
Minot his heirs ^v. assigns forever the one moiety of said Land, and 
to the said Jonathan Bagley, William Bailey, John Talford, William 
Talford, Matthew Thornton, Robert Mc Murphy, Daniel Rindge, & 
Joshua Talford, and to their respective heirs and Assigns forever, 
the other Moiety thereof, according to their respective Rights and 
shares in said Alexandria, upon the following Terms, Conditions, 
Limitations cV Reservations, That is to Say, That one third Part of 
said Land, is herebv reserved to the said Grantors, their heirs and 
assigns forever— Viz 1 Lott Number 74, N° 40, N° 128, N° 38, N° 49, 
N° 122, N° 24, N° 94, N° 119, N° 121, N° 70, N° 95, N° 58, N° 10, N° 
50, N° 36, N° 55, N° 67, N° 136, N° 126, N° 3, N° 84, N° 125, N° 
17, N° 42, N° 29, N° 61, N° 90, N° 18, N° 37, N° 83, N° 102, N° 120, 
N° 43, N° 92, N° 118, N° 4, N° 106, N° 19, N° 14, N° 71, N° 7, N° 15, 
N° 39 & N° 46, and two Lotts in the Plan return'd of said Tract, a 
third of which said two Lotts is reserved to said Grantors, and belongs 
to their said third part, of said Land, besides the particular Lotts 
beforemention'd, which said reserved third part shall be held by said 
Grantors, free from all Taxes, and charges whatever, that may arise 
concerning the Roads, buildings, Ministry, settlements and other 
Publick affairs, whatever, untill the Grantors Lands shall be improved, 
& then only the particular Lott so improved, shall be Liable, and all 
the white Pine trees fit for his Majesty's Use, for Masting his Royal 
Navy, growing on said Premises are hereby reserved for that Use. — 
That said Grantees shall have thirty Families on every twenty thou- 
sand Acres on said Tract hereby granted, and so in the same proportion 
for a greater or Less quantity of Land, and all the Settlers to be got 
on and reside on said Land within three years from the date of this 
Grant, which tract of Land being supposed of an Oblong form, shall 
be divided in the Centre into two Parishes, and that in each Parish 
shall be Laid out in the center thereof, or as near as may be, a Lot 
in a square form, containing at Least ten Acres, for a Burying Yard, 
Training Field, Meeting house and other Publick Uses forever, And 
nearly adjoyning to said Lot, another of one hundred & fifty Acres, 
for the use of a Publick School, also another Lott of One hundred & 
fifty Acres, for the use of the first settled Minister forever, another 
Lott adjoyning thereto of one hundred & fifty acres for the use of the 
Ministry forever, That said Grantees build an house for Publick 
Worship, of thirty Six feet square at Least On said ten Acre Lot 
within three years from the date hereof and Also within that time 



34 CHARTER RECORDS. 

shall build a Saw Mill and Grist Mill, and if any Grantee or Grantees, 
in three years from this date, shall not settle the Number of Families 
required to be settled, by this Grant in proportion to his Right or 
Share in said Land, such delinquent Grantee or Grantees shall for- 
feit to said Grantors their heirs and assigns so much of such delin- 
quents Right or shares in said Land, as shall amount to one thirtieth 
part of the whole of said Grant, for the use of said Grantors, as if 
this Grant had never been made, and it shall be Lawfull for them 
their Heirs & Assigns, or their attorney duly appointed to reenter 
into an}- such Rights or Lands and become reseised & repossessed of 
the same, The Duty of Settlement is hereby meant, that upon each 
settling Lott there shall be built a dwelling house equal to sixteen 
feet square, and six Acres improved in Mowing, Tillage and under 
fence, — That within Ninety days from this date, the Lotts of said 
Grantees, shall be drawn or divided, and a Schedule of the Numbers 
returned to the said Grantors within that time, with a List of the 
settling Lotts, & the Lotts thereto belonging, and that said Grantees 
within said ninety days, shall Vote an Acceptance of both said 
Grants, and make a record of such Acceptance, — The Land in said 
Tract given to the abovenamed William Bailey is to be understood 
as granted to him, upon this condition, that in case he consent to take 
his part given in said Alexandria, as in the Grant thereof of even date 
with this, and to draw for the share given herein to him, in Proportion 
to his Right or Share before mention'd, Then he shall be in titled to 
what is herein given to him, otherwise the same is hereby granted, to 
the other Grantees and to their heirs and Assigns in the same Propor- 
tion as the other Lands herein given them, — That each Grantee Shall 
give to the Grantors Bonds in the penal sum of five hundred pounds 
Lawfull Money in the whole, for the performance of the said terms 
and conditions of Settlement according to this Grant, which Bonds 
shall be given within three months in proportion to each Grantee's 
Right in said Lands, and if any Grantee or Grantees, shall refuse or 
neglect to sign such Bonds within that time, his or their Rights or 
Shares, shall be forfeited for the use of the Grantees who shall sign 
such bond, To Hold to them their Heirs & assigns in Proportion to 
each Grantees Right in said Grant — 



[Proprietors Reservations in Alexandria, 1773.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 14, 1773, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol 5, p. 22.] 

Province of New Hampslv" — Portsmouth July 14 th 1773 Wednes- 
day three of the Clock afternoon at the dwelling house of James 



ALEXANDRIA. 35 

Stoodly Esq 1 Imiholder the Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment 

Whereas the Proprietors, at their Meeting held on the 7 th day of 
July 1773 passed a Grant to Jonas Minot Jonathan Bagley William 
Bavley Matthew Thornton and others, of a tract of land called Alex- 
andria described and bounded in Said Grant, and in which Grant 
Twenty Rights or Shares in Said Tract of land are reserved and 
described by the numbers of the Lots for the use of the Grantors, and 
were drawn by Lot in Common with the Lotts of the Grantees of a 
former Grant, and Severed to each Proprietor as by a Schedule of 
the Drafts of the Lots — but said former Grant being forfeited to the 
Grantors and they having resumed and reentered the Land in their 
former Estate — and as the appropriation to each Proprietors right, 
to the said twenty shares reserved, is not particularly expressed in 
their Grant and Reservation — which passed the Seventh day of July 
1773 — Therefore Voted that the Said twenty Rights or Shares be 
and hereby are Severed and appropriated to the Rights of the Pro- 
prietors the Grantors, agreable to the draft of the Rights and Lotts, 
as entered in the Schedule before mentioned, and shall be as follow's 
— viz 1 — 

To John Moffatt Esq r — N° 9 in first division N° 45 in 2' 1 divis" N° 38 
in 3' 1 division 

To Thomas Packer Esq r — N° 32 in D° N° 21 in d° N° 6 in d° 
To John Wentworth Esq r — N° 46 in d° N° 60 in d° N° 30 in d° 
To Thomas Wallingford Esq r — N° 8 in d° N° 22 in d° N° 28 in d° 
To Mess rs Meserve Blan chard &c a N° 62 in d° N° 52 in d° half of 
N° 16 in d° 

To George Jaffrey Esq r — N° 36 in d° N° 54 in d° N° 18 in d° 
To the Proprietors in common N° 55 in d° N° 9 in d° half N° 3 in 
d° 

To Thoralinson and Mason N° 60 in d° N° 4 in d° half N° 2 in d° 
To Solly & March— half N° 12 in d° ( N° 43 in d°— 

N°71ind° \ 
To William Parker Esq r N° 34 in d° N° 8 in d° N° 51 in d° 
To Joshua Peirce Esq r N° 15 in d° N° 69 in d° N° 21-in d° 
To Richard Wibird Esq r N° 4 in d° N° 56 in d° N° 29 in d° 
To John Rindge— N° 58 in d° N° 35 in d° half N° 3 in d° 
To Peirce & Moore half N° 25 in d° ) N° 41-in d°— 

N° 31 in d° j 
To Jotham Odiorne Esq r N° 45 in d° N° 44 in d° N° 5 in d° 
To Theodore Atkinson Esq r N° 61, in d° N° 67 in d° N° 17 in d° 
To Mathew Livermore Esq r N° 33 in d° N° 48 in d n N° 35 in d° 
To Mark Hunk 8 Wentworth Esq r N° 54 in d° N° 40 in d° N° 15 
in d° 



2)6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

To the Proprietors in Common N° 27 in d° N° 24 in d° N° 27 in d & 
To Joseph Blanchard Esq r N° 66 ) 

N° 77 J in d° N° 73 in d°— 

And The above Said two Rights reserved to the Proprietors y e 
Grantors in Common be disposed of as the Said Proprietors shall 
hereafter order and determine and whereas there are also other 
thirty Lots in Said Tract of land called Alexandria granted July y e 
7 th 1773, which be reserved to the Proprietors the Grantors the 
Numbers of which are mentioned in the Grant — 

Voted that the Same be drawn for instantly, two Lots to each 
Proprietor, and that the two Lots drawn to the proprietor's Share, to 
whom drawn, shall be So Severed to them their heirs and assigns in 
Severalty ; and are drawn and entered as follow's viz' 

1 st To John Moffatt Esq r N° 31 -in 3' 1 division -N° 1-in 3 d division 
2 d T° Mark Hunk 8 Wentworth Esq r N° 64 -in 1 st d°-N° 15 in 2 d d° 

3 To Theodore Atkinson Esq r N° 81 -in 1 st d°-N° 33 -in 3 d d° 

4 To Jotham Odiorne Esq r N° 11-in 1 st d°-N° 22 -in 3 fl d° 

5 To Solley and March-N° 69 -in 1 st d°-N° 61 -in 2 d d° 

6 To Meserve Blanchard &c N° 28 -in 1 st d°-N° 40 -in 1 st d° 

7 To George Jaffrey Esq r N° 10 -in 1 st d°-N° 41 -in 1 st d° 

8 To Joshua Peirce Esq r N° 78 -in 1 st d°-N° 79 -in 1 st d° 

9 To Peirce & Moore N° 49 -in 3 <l d°-N° 34 -in 3 d d° 

10 To Thomas Packer Esq r N° 47 -in 3 d d°-N° 70 -in 1 st d° 

11 To John Rindge- N° 27 -in 2 d d°-N° 76 -in 1 st d° 

12 To Richard Wibird Esq r N° 29 -in 1 st d°-N° 8 -in 3 d d° 

13 To Thomas Walingford Esq r N° 48 -in 1 st division N° 7 -in 3 d 
division 

14 To John Wentworth Esq r N° 14 -in 2 d d°-N° 12 -in 3 d d° 

15 To Thomlinson & Mason N° 23 -in 2 d d° N° 6 -in 2 d d° 

There being also another Tract of Land granted to the aforesaid 
Minot Bagley Bailey Thornton and others, on the aforesaid Seventh 
day of July in which Grant there being reserved to each of the Pro- 
prietors the Grantors three Lots to each Proprietors Right or Share 
in Said Tract of land, which Tract is adjoining to Alexandria afore- 
said, and described and bounded in Said Grant, and the numbers of 
the Said reserved Lots are also mentioned in Said Grant — Therefore 
Voted That three of the Said reserved Lots be instantly drawn for, 
to each of the Said Proprietors Shares or Right in Said Tract of 
land, and being So drawn, and entered to each of the Proprietors 
respectively, that each of the three Lots shall be a Severance of the 
Same as drawn to the Right of Said Proprietors, their respective 



ALEXANDRIA. 37 

Heirs and Assigns — The draft of the three Lots to each Proprietor's 
Share or Right is as follow's — viz 1 — 

1 8 « To George Jaffrey Esq r N° 106- N° 49-N° 55 

2 a To John Wentworth Esq r N° 39 -N u 70 -N° 125 — 

3 d To Mark Hunk« Wentworth Esq r N° 38-N° 36-N° 01 — 

4 th To Richard Wibird Esq r N° 121 -N° 84 -N° 120 

5 th To Solley and March- N° 74 -N° 58 -N° 17 

6 To Thomlinson & Mason N° 42-N° 118 -N° 128 — 

7 To Jotham Odiorne Esq r N° 71 -N° 94 -N° 126 

8 To Peirce and Moore N° 50 -N° 29 -N° 4 — 

9 To Thomas Packer Esq r N° 24- N° 136-N 37 — 

10 To Joshua Peirce Esq r N° 43 - N° 40 -N° 95 

11 To Meserve Blanchard & ra N° 83 -N° 7-N° 119 — 

12 To John Riudge— N° 3-N° 102 -N° 15 — 

13 To John Moffatt Esq r N° 92 -N° 40 -N° 10 

14 To Theodore Atkinson Esq r N° 67 - N° 18 - N° 14 

15 To Thomas Walingford Esq r N° 90 -N° 19 -N° 122 



[Grantees' Lots in Alexandria and Alexandria Addition, 1773i\ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 24.] 

At a Legal Meeting of the Proprietors, of the Township of Alex- 
andria, & Alexandria Addition Held at the Dwelling House of 
Col. Stephen Holland Esq. in Londonderry, in the County of Rock- 
ingham. & Province of New Hampshire, Sep r 6 th A D 1773. — The 
Proprietors Drew the Lots, Annexed to their Names in the follow- 
ing schedule (viz). — 



38 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Jonas Minot Gent, in Alexandria 



N° 



Said Minots Lots in Alexandria Addition 2,, 32,, 
124,, 130,, 76,, 47,, 93,, 100,, 112,, 115,, 36,, 
25,, 23,, 44,, 101,, 107,, 138,, 63,, in,, 134,, 
64,, 137,, 77,, 59,, 60,, 65,, 66,, 31,, 28,, 



Matthew Thornton Esq in Alexandria 

D° in Alexandria Addition 96,, 91,, 34,, 21 ,, 54 

,,87,, 133,, 26,, 113,, 116,, 129^. 



Maj r John Tolford^ Lots in Alexandria 

D° in Alexandria Addition 27,, 79,, 16,, 88,, 78, 

105,, 

Deacon William Tolford's Lots in Alexandria 



D° in Alexandria Addition 2: 
117,, 20,, 6,, 



,, 132,, 33,, 103, 



Robert Macmurphy's Lots, in Alexandria 

D° in Alexandria Addition 69,, 7^,, 56,, 1,, 30, 

97,, 108,, one third of the Half of 129 — 



N° 


l D n 


N° 


D n 


No 


1 


I 


16 


2 


42 


17 




17 


't 


40 


23^ 




3° 


2 


52 


21 




3i 


2 


26 


22 




32 


2 


16k 


39 




33 


2 


4 


25i 




34 


2 


39 


63 




57 


2 


48 


24^ 




59 


2 


50 


5 1 




20 


2 


2i 


75 




58 


2 


43 


26 




65 


2 


9 


47 




38 


2 


44 


3° 




29 


2 


4i 


65 




13 


2 




43 




!9 


2 




59 




53 
74 
66 
12 
50 

25 
26 

5 
49 
63 

7 
10 


2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 
2 




6 




18 


2 


32 


16 




42 


2 


36 


18 




68 


2 


46 


24^ 




28 


2 




72 




72 


2 




12^ 










38 




36 


2 


J 9 


37 




64 


2 


37 


68 




1 1 


2 




73 




1 


2 




'9 




46 


2 




56 










52 










80 








10 


3 




3 


2 


13 


5 




47 


2 


14 


7 








45 


13 











D n 
3 



ALEXANDRIA. 



No 

53 



The Hon l,le Daniel Rindge Esq's Lots, in Alex- 
andria 

D° in Alexandria addition 13 & 89 

Joshua Tolford Esq's Lot in Alexandria. 

D° in Alexandria addition. 1 1 — 

To be Divided between the Grantors, & Grantees. — 

in Alexandria Addition 45 & 85. 

Col. Jonathan Bagley's Lots, i:i Alexandria 

D° in Alexandria Addition 131,, 99,, 109,, 135,, 
I2d — 

Cap' William Bailey's Lots in Alexandria 
the two Rights Reserved, which if he takes he, is 
to have no part in Alexandria addition & in Case 
s d Bailey takes only his Proportion as other Gran- 
tees in Alexandria, he is to have in Alexandria 
Addition 57,, 98,, 86,, 35,, & 12^. — Otherwise 
the last mentioned numbers, to be Divided amoung 
the other Grantees. — > 



Publick Lots in Alexandria Addition, 57,, 68,, 75,, 81,, 82,, 98 — 

John & William Tolford, & Robert Macmurphy, one Half, no,, 129 in Alexandria 

Addition 



JO 

20 
57 
14 
67 

2 3 h 



D" 

1 



No 


D" 


N° 


D« 






2 5 


3 






24 


3 


37 


2 






39 


2 






5i 


2 


23 


3 


7° 


2 







[Matthew Thornton to Proprietors, about Alexandria, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 25.] 

Londonderry, Oct r 2« l A D 1773. 

Hon' 1 Sir/ 

The Bearer, M r Macmurphy, Can inform } r ou that I have Drawn 
my Lots in Alexandria & Alexandria addition. My Circumstauces 
Makes it impossible for me to be at Portsmouth, to Signe &c 
a Bond for my part of the five Hundred Pound. I would have 
Signed, & Sealed one & Sent it, but I doe not know the form that 
you Chuse to have them Drawn, I intend to be at Portsmouth the 
week After next, or very Soon, & Sign a Bond for my part to all 
your Satisfactions, pray Sir dont let my not being Able to Come 
Sooner, Make me losse my Interest. Excuse my giving you this 
trouble. I am Sir your very Hble ser 1 

Matthew Thornton 

The Hon' 1 '' Daniel Rogers Esq Portsmouth 



4° 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Petition of Jonas Minot, 1780.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 26.] 

February 15 1780 To the Hon rble Proprietors of the Lands Pur- 
chased of John Tufton Mason Esqr Lying in Newhampshire the 
Petition of Jonas Minot in behalf of M r Merril, M r Ardeway & M r 
Day-humbly Shewing — that those Persons are Desireous of Setling 
on the Proprietors Land adjoyning Newlondon in the County of 
hillsborough-& pray that the Proprietors would Grant to Each of 
them Severally fifty Acres of Land wheare they have made Improve- 
ments — uppon Such Terms of Settlements as they May See Cause — 
and Sell to Each of those Persons fifty acres of Land adjoyning 
those Settlements uppon Terms agreed uppon — and as In Duty 
Bound in behalf of those Persons Shall Ever Pray 

Jonas Minot 

an answer Inclosed and Directed to M r Samuel Minot Goldsmith 
in Boston is Earnestly Desired — 

[Endorsed] to write Minot that y e 3 men may have 100 Acres 
each to pay one Silver dollar an acre for each 100 Acres to keep con- 
stant setlem 1 and have a good dwelling house &c a 

wrote dated March 28 th 1780 



[ Grantee 


s' Lots in 


Alexand) 


ia.~\ 




[Masonian Papers, Vol. 


5, p. 


27.] 






^st 


2 a 


3' 1 division 


Matbew Thornton Esq 1 ' N° 


6. 


68. 


— and no more 


David Burn side 






75. 


15. 


£16 


John Moffatt Esq r 








X 


9. 


45. 


38 


Ezekiel Grealy . 










73. 


28. 


£76 in y e first 


Jonathan Butterfield 










14. 


51. 


23. 


Samuel Merrel Jun r 










48. 


19. 


26 


Zachariah Spalding 










7. 


3. 


36 


Thomas Packer Esq 1 








. X 


32. 


21. 


6 


Mark Gould 










b5. 


47. 


£78 in y e first 


Benoni Juel 










79. 


72. 


£12 in y e first 


Robert Livingstone 










28. 


16 


32 


Henerey Snow . 










64. 


33. 


£78 in y e first 


Phineas Underwood 










68. 


66. 


£23 in y e first 


John Wentworth Esq r 






X 


46. 


60. 


30— 


Joseph Cockran 








70. 


58. 


£24 in y e first 


Thomas Wallingford '. 


Esq 






X 


8. 


22. 


28 







ALEXANDRIA. 






4 


John Sterns . . . 19. 


11. 


9 




Robert Fletcher 








30. 


38. 


8 




Meserve & Others 








X 62. 


52. 


£16 




Jonathan Griffin 








63. 


65. 


81 


in the first 


John Hutchinson 








47. 


17. 


43. 




Andrew Clandining 








1. 


6. 


7. 




Robert Fletcher Jun r 








67. 


70. 


£23 


in y e first 


George Jaffery Esq r 








X 36. 


54. 


18. 




Joseph Barons . 








44. 


74. 


39 




Robert Clandining 








22. 


12. 


24. 




Thomas Cowan . 








26. 


30. 


14 




Joseph Buterfield Jun 


r 






35. 


63. 


49 




Blank Prop" 








X 55. 


9. 


£3 




Nathaniel Holmes 








80. 


10. 


£25 


in y e first 


Elijah Fletcher . 








40. 


61. 


40. 




John Wallace Jun r 








43. 


14. 


44 




William M c Clure 








2. 


5. 


50 




James Gregg 








2l! 


31. 


34 




Thomas Juel 








53. 


49. 


42. 




Joseph Wright . 








3. 


7. 


20. 




Tomlinson & Mason 








X 60. 


4. 


£2. 




Sole} T & March . 








X 71. 


43. 


£12 


in y e first 


David Craig 








59. 


50 


£2. 




Thomas MacGlauglan 


L 






69. 


18. 


£24 


in y e first 


Hugh Ramsey . 








10. 


59. 


19.- 




Zacariah Sterns . 








52. 


1. 


41 




Ruben lUitterfield 








20. 


25. 


46 




William Parker Esq 








X 34. 


8. 


51 




John llarvill 








11. 


40. 


22 




Jonathan Peram 








57. 


39. 


1 




Daniel Marel 








51. 


29. 


4 




David Clandining 








13. 


23. 


37. 




Joshua Peirce Esq 1 








X 15. 


69. 


21. 




John Wallace 








17. 


27. 


25. 




James Miller 








72. 


42. 


£76 


in y e first 


Samuel Steel 








41. 


32. 


47. 




Timothy Taylor 








5^. 


57. 


52. 




Jacob Fletcher . 








29. 


36. 


45. 




William Wallace 








5. 


13. 


13. 




Richard W'iberd Esq r 








X 4. 


56. 


29 




John Rindge 








X 58. 


35. 


£3. 




Samuel Alison . 








16. 


34. 


10. 




William Parker . 








37. 


53. 


33. 





4 1 



4 2 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Nehemiah Lovel 
Peirce & More . 
Joseph Blan chard Esq 1 
Mathew Wright 
Jotham Ocliorne 
Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' 
Mathew Livermore Esq r 
James Cowan 
Mark H g Wentworth Esq r 
Blank Prop rs 
Mill Lotts . 
School Lots 
Ministerial Lots 
Parsonage . 

The above is a true Copy of the Schedule & Drafts of the Lotts of 
Alexandria attested by 

Robert MacMurphy Propriater's Clark 



39. 


37. 


31. 


X 31. 


41. 


J25 in y e first 


X QQ. 


73. 


77. in y e first 


18. 


26. 


12. 


X 45. 


44. 


5 


X 61. 


07. 


17. 


X 33. 


48. 


35. 


38. 


64. 


48. 


X 54. 


40. 


15. 


X 27. 


24. 


27. 


74. 


2. 


— 


49. 


62. 




42. 


71. 


11. 


50. 


55. 


20 



[A Fragment Relating to Alexandria.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 28.] 

be appropriated to the Use & Benefit of the Proprietors — reserving 
to certain Persons inhabiting and improving in the said Town as fol- 
lows 

We a Committee for rendring a State of the Affairs of the Pro- 
prietors as will appear by Vote the 28 th June 1771. 

Do make the following Report of the State of the Township 
called Alexandria 

That it appears to us the s d Township being forfeited for non Com- 
pliance &c a &c a 

That there are three Houses with Families resident in the said 
Town &c a 

That there are 5 Persons who have some land improved &c a 

[on the reverse is] 
Perry's Town 7 Families & Houses 8 Persons begun 
New Brittain 14 Families & Houses 8 Persons begun 



ALLENSTOWN. 43 

[Report on Lots in Alexandria, 1822.] 

[Extract from Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 52.] 

List of Lands in Alexandria 

Lot Number 49 in 3' 1 Division M idling lot with two Setlers on it 
John Lock, & John Woodbury, Lock has Cleared about Ten Acres is 
i n low Circumstances. Woodbury has Cleared about twenty Acres, 
has a Decent Dwelling house & born 

N° 79 in the first Division Midliug lot hardwood 

Groth 110 Acres 3:50 Per acre 

N° 78 in first D 11 Poor 2 

N° 6 in 2 div n very Poor 1 

N° 60 in first Div" Occupied by Eliphalet Blake, about twelve 
Acres Cleared not more than Midling, he Says he Purchaised of 
Peirce & haven 2 



ALLENSTOWN. 

[Granted, May u, 1722, to the children of Gov. Samuel Allen, and named in 
honor of Gov. Allen. Incorporated July 2, 1831. A portion of Allenstown was 
included in Pembroke, incorporated Nov. 1, 1759. A P art °f Bow east °f tne 
Merrimack River was annexed to Allenstown in June, 181 5. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 39; Index to Laws, 17; sketch, Hurd's His- 
tory of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 163 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists,, 
1862, p. 302.] 



[ Votes Relating to Allenstotvn, 1750.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, April 25, 1750, and Papers, Vol. 

5, p. 29.] 

Province of New J Portsmouth April 25 th 1750 — wen'sday five of y e 
Hampshire j Clock afternoon at the house of Ann Slay ton 
The Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 

Whereas Thomas Packer Esqu r on y e Eleaventh of April Instant 
was appointed in behalf of this Propriety to grant part of a tract of 
land belonging to this Propriety at a place known by the name of 
Aliens Town & y e Gore of land lying between that tract & How So 
called to Such persons as he shall see cause, under such Conditions 
&' as he shall think best for y e Interest of the Proprietors provided 
he gives no more to the grantees than one thousand Acres of Said 
Land, — Voted That James Cochran of Londonderry be one of the 
Grantees & that M r Packer be desired to insert his name in the 
grant he Shall make by virtue of y e Vote aforesaid. 



44 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Mason ian Proprietors' Records, Sept. 13, 1750.] 

Province of New ) Portsmouth September 13 th 1750 Thursday Six 
Hampshire ) of the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann 
Slayton — The Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 

Voted That Joshua Peirce & Thomas Packer Esqu rs be a Committee 
to employ a Surveyor &c a to lay out and make a Division of the tract 
of land called Aliens Town into fifteen equal Shares and only two 
Lots to a Share to be coupled in equal value as near as may be, and 
planning suitable high ways, and return a Compleat Plann thereof and 
then the Said shares to be drawn for by Said Proprietors — 



[Agreement for Fencing Allenstoivn, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 30.] 

Articles of Agreement made the Sixteenth Day of May one thou- 
sand seven hundred & fifty Between Thomas packer of Portsmouth 
in province of New hampshire Esq r as Agent for & in the behalf of 
the propritors of the land in said province purchasd of Cap 1 John 
Tuf ton mason Esq r of the one part and Daniel Marston of North 
hampton Andrew M c Clary Samuel Blake Dearbon Blake of Epsum 
William brown Clough Benjamin potter of nottingham Nathan 
Clough of Kensington Daved Conner & Cap* moses foster of Bow 
Samuel Conner thomas Lucas James Lucas Kingsly hall James 
Joseph Conner Gil man Dudley & William fulliugton all of Exeter & 
John Cochran of Londonderry all said places being in the Province 
of new hampshire of the Other part as follows Viz the said thomas 
packer By Virtue of & pursuant to a Vote of the Said propritors 
him thereunto authorizing & Impowering Hath Given & Granted & 
by these presents Doth Give Grant Bargain & Convey Unto the 
Said Parties for & in Consideration of the Several Matters & things 
by them to Be Done as is herein after Set forth & on the terms & 
Conditions herein after set forth all the Right title Intrest Estate & 
property of the said propriters of in & Unto One Thousand acres of 
Land in said province out of a Tract of Land lying at & Compre- 
hending a Tract of Land heretofore Called Allen Town which 
Larger Tract of which the said thousand acres is parcle is Bounded 
as follows viz — Beginning at the south East Corner of Epsum whare 
It joins to Nottingham thence Runing on Epsum line the same point 
till it Intersets the line of Bow thence Runing on Bow line till it 
intersects a line Continued from the Northerly side of Chester on 



ALLENSTOWN. 45 

the same Course that side line runs thence Riming by the side of 
Chester till it Comes to the head line of Nottingham & thence Upon 
that line to the place Whare it begins & the said thousand acres are 
bounded as follows viz — Begining on Bow line aforesaid so far to 
the North East as to be Clear of the Improvements of those persons 
who have Entr a Upon the tract of land aforesaid thence Run on 
their line which thay have Improved tonamlv South South East so 
far as that two lines the one perallel to the line of Bow and the 
other perallel to that next to Epsuin runing to the line of Bow Shall 
make Up the said Quantity of one thousand acres to have & to hold 
to the Said parties the Grantees & their Respective heirs & assigns 
Equally Divided into Equal shares on the Terms & Conditions fol- 
lowing that is to say that the said Grantees their Heirs or assigns 
Shall within two months from the Date hereof Enclose the said 
Larger Tract with a Good fence Sufficient to perserve the harbage 
thereof or make so much fence as that with other peoples fences the 
whole of the Said tract may Be Enclosed and that a Bridge be built 
by them their heirs or assigns over Great Suncook River at the 
Island their within one year from the date hereof that thay keep Up 
the said fence seven year from the first making & perfecting the 
same — that thay the said Grantees their heirs & assigns shall not fall 
or Destroy the timber Growing on the said larger tract and shall Do 
what thay Can to prevent the same from being Dun by others by 
forbidding the same & by Giving notis of the same to the propritors 
that Each of the said Grantees their heirs or assigns have a hous 
Upon sum part of his lot or share aforesaid built & a family setled 
their within two years from the Date hereof 

And in Case an} r of the said Grantees shall fail of Doing his pro- 
portion of the labour service & pay his part of the Cost & Charge 
which the said Grantees shall Be at he shall forfit his Share of said 
Grant to those of them who shall Do & perform the same according 
to the Intent & meaning hereof but in Case the said matters & things 
hirebefore mentioned Shall not Be done by the said Grantees their 
heirs or assigns according to the true Intent & meaning hereof 
within the times & periods before limited & fixed herein as aforesaid 
then the said Grantees shall hereby forfit their Right Share & Intr- 
est herein to the said propritors & this Grant shall become Utterly 
Null & Void as tho it had never been made In witness whareof the 
parties to these presents have hereunto Inter changeably set their 
hands & seals the Day & year first above written Signed Scaled & 
Delivered in presence of us 

moses foster Thomas ""Luckas kingsly hall jams 

Daniel mars ton James Luckas Sam" Connor 



46 CHARTER RECORDS. 

W" brown Clough William fullerton Oilman Dudely 

Samuel Blake David Connor James Cockron 

Darbon blak Nathan Clough Joseph Conner 

Benjamin Potter Andrew mc Clery 

[A duplicate of the foregoing document on p. 29 of the manuscript 
volume, bears the following certificates :] 

Province of | 
New Hampsh' j Exeter Nov r 21* 1750 

Then Daniel Marston, Andrew M'Clery, William Brown Clough, 
Sam 1 Connor Thomas M'Lucas James Luckas, Joseph Connor, 
William Fullerton and James Cochran Aforenamed, Personally. 
Appeared and Acknowledged the foregoing Instrument to be their 
free act and Deed 

Before me Sam 11 Gilman Just s Pacis 

Province of New hampshear Dcem br 10 th 1750 
Then m r Gilman Dudley and Benj a Potter within named parsnally 
appeared and acknowledged thair hands and Seals and the with in 
written Instroment to be thair valentary actt & Deed before me — 

Joshua Wingate Justice Peace 
Signed Sealed and delivered by Moses Foster Joseph Sinclair 
Thomas Hines Samuel Conner Junior in presence of us — 

Walter Bryent 
Thomas m c Lucas 
Province of j 
New Hampshire ) Bow December 3 d 1752 

Then Joseph Sinclair Thomas Hines & Samuel Conner Jun r 
within named personall appeared and Acknoleged the within 
Instruement to be their Voluntary Act & Deed before me 

moses foster Jus peace 



[Proprietors' Reservations in AUenstown, 1752.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, May 18, 1752, and Papers, Vol. 5, 

p. 29.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth May y e 18 th 1752. monday four of 
New Hampshire j the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann Slayton 
the Proprietors meet according to adjournment 

Whereas Mess rs Joshua Peirce & Thomas Packer Esqu rs have at 
.this Meeting Returned a plan of Aliens Town so Called which is 



[Plan of Allenstown, 1752.] 




A true Plan of that Date of Aliens Town so Called, laying upon the S E Side of Suncook River lay 3 into fifteen 
Equal Shares, two lots to a Share coupled in equal Value, excepting the Strips in the turns of Suncook River which 
remaind Undivided, by Walter Bryent Surveyor & Tho s Parker & Josh" Peirce Comittee Agreeeble to Vote 

Attest Josh Peirce 1752 

Tho Packer May 

Prov: of New Hamp r Portsm May 18 th 1752 
At a Meeting of the Prop™ — Voted that this Plan & the Return thereon be accepted 

att : Geo Jaffrey Prop™ Cler : 
This Plan of Allen's Town so called and of y e Gore is a Copy taken from the Original 

f) Geo : Jaffrey Prop™ CI 



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divided into fifteen Equal Shares Two lotts in a Share, in Conse- 
quence of a Vote of this Propriety of the 13 th of September 1750 
which plan has been approved of & Accepted agreable to the Return 
thereon made & Signed and for as much as it will be for the Benefit 
of the Proprietors to have the same Severed that Each Particular 
Proprietor may hold & Enjoy his Share in Severalty — 

Voted That the Several Shares be drawn for at this Meeting and 
that the particular Share Drawn to each Respective Proprietor's 
Right shall be to the Respective Proprietors to whom Entered as 
Drawn to hold the same in Severalty to them their Heirs & Assigns 
Respectively forever — 

The Draft of the Proprietors Rights or Shares in Aliens Town so 
called, as divided in the Plan Returned and Accepted, is as follow's, 
Namely, Two Lotts to a Share 

1 st To Theodore Atkinson Esqu r — N° 5 N° 7 in first Range & N° 4 
in fourth Range 

2 To Jn° Thomlinson & Cap 1 Tuft. Mason 3— n° 3 in first Range & 
n° 10 in Second Range 

3 to Nath 11 Meserve Blanchard & c 10— n° 11 in first Range & n° 7 
in third Range 

4 To Jn° Wentworth Esqu 1 " — 15 — n" 12 in Second Range & n° 17 
in fourth Range 

5 To Jotham Odiorne's Esqu r Right — 13 — n° 14 in fourth Range 
& n° 16 in fourth Range 

6 To John Rindge — 1 — n° 1 in first Range next Epsom & n° 3 
in third Range 

7 To Joshua Peirce Esqu r — 8 — n° 4 in Second Range & n° 5 in 
third Range 

8 To George Jaffrey Esqu 1 " — 2 — n° 2 in Second Range & n° 1 in 
third Range 

9 th To John Moffatt Esqu r N° 7— n° 8 in Second Range & n° 8 
in fourth Range 

10 To Mark Hunk g Wentworth Esq r 9 — n° 6 in Second Range & 
n° 10 in fourth Range 

11 To Tho 8 Wallingford Esqu 1 — 6 — n° 9 in first Range & n° 2 
in fourth Range 

12 To Richard Wibird Esqu 1 — 11— n° 9 in third Range & n° 18 in 
fourth Range 

13 To Thomas Packer Esqu r — 14 — n° 11 in third Range & n° 13 in 
third Range 

14 To Dan" Peirce Esq r & Mary Moore 4 — n° 5 in first Range & 
n° 6 in fourth Range 

15 To Sam 11 Solly & Clement March Esq 1 " 8 12— n° 15 in third Range 
& n° 12 in fourth Range 



48 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Votes of Proprietors, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 31, and Proprietors' Records.] 

at a meeting Oct r 23' 1 1752 Josh a Peirce and Tho s Packer Esq urs as 
com tee were empowered & desired to make agreem ts with Such Per- 
son or Persons who are Settled on S <1 Gore or said Tract called 
Allen's Town & to divide y e Remaind 1 into fifteen equal Lots or 
shares except y e mill Privileges at y e Island on Suncook River w <h is 
not to be divided but to be disposed of by y e com tee in y e best man- 
ner they Can for y e advantage of y e Propriety — 

Whereas Clem 1 March Esq lir has enclosed a Quantity of Land in 
fence Situate in a place called Buck street near suncook River and 
butted on y e Lot N° 1 in s' 1 Buckstreet and lays Southerly of Said lot 
and Contains about one hundred & twenty Acres more or less — 

Voted That all y e Right & Title of Said Prop rs to y e said Tract of 
land be and hereby is granted to y e Said Clem 1 march his heirs & 
Assigns for ever as part of his Right for Quantity & Quality in y e 
lands yet to be divided amongst Prop 1 ' 8 to be Estimated by Tho s 
Packer & Josh* Peirce Esq™ 18 

Vote pass' 1 Aug : 27-1753- 



[ Walter BryenVs Petition for Land in Allenstown, 1757.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 30.] 

To the Honorable Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others Purchasers of 
Cap' John mason's Right to Lands in Newhampshire 

Gentilmen I have Served you in Company with Joshua Peirce 
Esq r Late of Portsmouth Deceased at Sunkook in measuring Lands 
&C there to the amont of twent} r four pounds old tenor & to Dit° in 
Company with Col Meserve twenty pounds Like tenor which Sums 
hath ben Due a Considerable time & the Reason I have not Lodg'd 
my acompt before is that I have had Great In-Curagement from 
those Gentilmen to have a tract of Land Lying on the westerly End 
of range number two in allien's town (So Called) which tract of 
Land is Bounded on the South Easterly Side by the Last Lott in 
Said Range and on the Southwesterly Side on the Road Left be- 
tween the Said Second & y e third Range and on the northwest by 
the northwest Side of Sunkook River & on the northeast Side by the 
Road Left between Said Second & y e first Range of Lotts in Said 
town which If granted will be full Satisfaction for the above Sums 



ALLENSTOWN. 49 

& I will Spend a week in your Service in those parts and Soon Setle 
a family thereon and I Shall Esteam it as a great gift & favour & 
am with Due Respect your very Humble Servent 

Walter Bryent 
Newmarket October y e 6 th 1757 — 



[ Vote of Proprietors, 1757.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 31, and Proprietors' Records, Nov. 22, 

1757.] 

Province of [ At a meeting of the Proprietors of the land spur- 
New Hampsh 1 ' \ chased of John Tufton mason Esq 1 ' lying in the 
Province of New Hampsh 1 " held by adjournment at Portsmouth on y e 
22 d day of November 1757 

Whereas at a meeting of said Proprietors held on the 30 th day of 
March 1756 — It appeared that Joshua Peirce and Thomas Packer 
Esq" were appointed a Com'ittee to make agreements with such Per- 
son or Persons who were settled on the Gore adjacent to alien's 
Town so called and part of said aliens town adjo} r ning to said Gore, 
which were intended to be divided into fifteen equal Shares or Rights 
to the fifteen Proprietors or their assigns & c & c and as the said 
Joshua Peirce Esq 1 ' is deceased, and said Thomas Packer Esq r 
declined said Service by himself Solely — It was then voted that 
Thomas Wallingford, Joseph Blanchard, Thomas Packer, Nathaniel 
Meserve. and Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq rs or any three of them 
be a Committee for and in behalf of said Proprietors, to make a Set- 
tlement with any person or Persons, who shall be settled upon any 
part of said Land or adjacent thereto within said Proprietors Claim, 
and to act upon any motion that may be made by the Prop rs of Bow, 
in the Most advantageous manner for this Propriety or to divide the 
said Tract of land, or the remainder thereof after they have settled 
for any particular Tracts with Particular persons, or to make sale of 
the same, as they the s' 1 Com'ittee or any three of them shall deter- 
mine, and what the said Committee or any three of them shall do 
upon the Premises shall be final & Conclusive relating to said Prem- 
ises and to make report of their doings therein within three months 
from the date of the above said meeting — and whereas the said Com- 
mittee or any three of them have not made report of their Doing 
any matter upon the Premises — Therefore Voted That Nathaniel 
Meserve and George Jaffrey Esq rs and M r John Rindge be a Comit- 
tee for and in behalf of said Proprietors and they or any two Of them 
4 



50 CHARTER RECORDS. 

are hereby Irapowered and desired to do & Perform every or any 
matter and thing aforementioned to be done by either or both of the 
aforesaid Committees — and also to make a Settlement of the Line 
between the Township of Bow, with the proprietors of said Bow, 
and the adjacent lands of this propriety or of such as hold by or under 
them — and this last mentioned Committee take and use such assist- 
ance and means for said service as they shall think necessary & Con- 
venient for said service — and what the said Committee or any two of 
them shall do upon or about the Premises shall be final & Conclusive 
relating to said Premises and to make report of their Doings therein 
within five months from this Date — 

Copy Examin'd f Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[Petition of George Walton, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 31.] 

To the Honourable Theod r atkinson and The other Gentelmen 
purchersor 8 of the mason propriety The Petetion of George Walton 
of portsmouth Being Incureged By Sundry Gentelmen of that 
Intrust To ask for a Tract of Land Due Therfore pray you will be 
So kind as To Bestoe me the four mill Squer that was Granted To 
the famely by his Honour Gover r Wentworth with the Councel In 
1722 and Confermed in 1729 But if that Cannot be Begg y" will be 
plesed To give me that quantity In Nukes and Gores or other forme 
among or Between the former Grants But Should Be very Glad To 
have that Grant Confermed by the Gentelmen with whome it Now 
Lyes in the power: of To Do Ie am a grat Su£fere r By not haveing 
that Land for I made a purchis of that and gaive Two hundred 
pound for it in 1730 when money So good But Gentlemen I may 
not Carve for my Self in that affair and if it Should not plese you To 
accomodate me In Either of them Requstes Shall Be thankfull To 
you if youl Bestoe me a Township on the head Next To the Cochecho 
New Township Next the River at y e Lower End of y e pond of Six 
mills Squir or at a Better plase when I Shall know whare To Chouse 
if Libertie Be indulged me your favour in this Requst Will Gentle- 
men gratly oblige y r humble Sarvent — and Shall as in Duty Bound 
Ever Pray — Yours 

George Walton 



ALLENSTOWN. 5 1 

[ William Knox in Behalf of John Cofran of Allenstoivn, 1762.] 
f Mason ian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 32.] 

Allenstown aprill y e 12 1762 

honoured Sir after my harty servis to you altho not acquainted sir 
as I am Informed you are one of the Committe that hath the Dis- 
posel of Sume of the Lands Lying In allenstown Sir I Beg the faver 
of you that you will give John Coffrin a deed such as you give to 
other men and you and he must agree about the price Because of a 
perticuler agreement that is between he and me and you will verey 
much oblige your humbel servant 

witnes present william knox 

Thomas Lucas 

William Knox 



[Petition of Walter Bryent, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 32.] 

Province of New Hampshire ) march y e 24 th 1774 To the Pur- 
Rockingham ss. — ( chasers of the Right of Cap 1 John 

Mason Late of London marchant Deceased The Petition of Walter 
Bryent of Newmarket in y e County afore Said Esq r Humbly Shews 
that whereas there is Sixty two acres of Land that was not Sever'd 
but Lays in Comou & undivided in that tract of Land Comonly 
Called Allien's town in Said County which Said Sixty two acres 
Lays Adjacent to my Land in Said town & whereas I own about one 
tenth part of Said town & also of Said Sixty two acres and that all 
or the major part of the Lines & numbers that where formerly 
made are Lost by Reason of age & fires &C and want much to be 
perambulated for many Reason (I mention one viz the People Cutt 
timber where they Chose & If Complained off they Say they thot it 
to be on their own Land but the Bounds & Lines are So Lost that 
they Can not tel where To Cutt) & your Petitioner having formerly 
Laid out Said Lots perhaps may Do it better than a Stranger prays 
he may be Imployed in Said affair & he will Run & perambulate all 
those Lines formerly Run in S d town and Renew & fix all the Bounds 
well for Said Sixty two acres of Land though its Generally mean 
pichpine Land & a Road thro it Said tract is Bounded as follows 
northeasterly on Land Granted to Col" Meserve Deceased South 
Easterly on Lot number 12 in the Second Range in Said town north- 
westerly on Suncook River or Buck Street Lots (So Called) & Runs 
South westerly Carring all the Breadth of the Land between said 



52 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



number 12 & Said Backstreet Lots until Said Sixty two acres be 
Compleatly measured out the Southwesterly Side Line to be west 
north west If in your Great Wisdom you Should think proper to 
Grant Said Petition your Petitioner as In Duty Bound shall ever 

Pray 

Walter Bryent 



\Plan of Allen&town, 1781.] 




ALLENSTOWN. 



53 



A Plan of AllenstowD the first & Second Ranges are one mile or 
320 R Long N E & by N and 180 Rod Broad W N W the third & 
fourth Ranges are 350 Rods Long & 155 Rods Broad this plan is Laid 
Down by a Scale of 120 Rods to one Inch — A: D. 1781 — 

f W Bryent 

Col Gilmans 100 acres is 180 Rods w n w the whole Breadth of 
the Lot Peirce & Moore number five in the first Range & Runs NE& 
by north Carying y e whole Breadth of S' 1 Lot until Said 100 acres is 
( lompleated. 



[Plan of Lots in Allenstown.~\ 




Jacob Gay begins at y e Con try Road at y e South East Corner of 
Sam" Gaut possession & Runs west 91 Rods y" South 18 Rods y n 
west about 40 Rods to Chester Line y m E. S. E about one hundred 
Rods to Land in possession of W" knox then by his possession East 
about 40 R to the Road afore s' 1 y" by Said Road 51 Rods to where 
it began — 29 acres — 44£ n. Ten 

\V Bryent 

Andrew Bunten's Land begins at Cochrins Bridge & Runs S 43' 1 
w 24 Rods by y e Road yn on by y e S' 1 Road S 10 d w 57 Rods to Land 
in possession of M r Robert Bunten yn west 123 Rods to Bow Line 
yn by S' 1 Bow Line N E 82 R to Suncook River yn by Suncook River 
to y e Bridge where we began 

W Bryent 



54 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Valuation of Lot in Allenstown, 1811.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 32.] 

Lot N° ten in the 4th Range in Allenstown is marked Very bad on 
the plan, & by the Request of Messrs Tylor & Whitney I have 
this day been chiefly over the said lot & am perfietly Satisfied that 
the Origanal Surveyors marked it right, for I observed for thirty or 
forty Acres together I would not pay the Taxes assessed on It for it 
but in Other places some good land, so that 1 think it is about rightly 
valued & Taxed although I thought sometimes we must lessen its 
valuation for Taxing 

Sept r 10 tu 1811— Hall Burgin 

this Lot Sold Sep 1 12 th 1811 D 320— 



ALTON. 

[Formerly known as IVew Durham Gore. Incorporated as Alton June 16, 
1796, and named from an English town. In the petition for incorporation, the 
inhabitants asked to have the town named Roxbury. Barndoor Island was 
annexed in 1799. Portions of the town were severed and annexed to Barnstead 
in 1840, and to Wolfeborough in 1849. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 44; Index to Laws, 17; sketch, Hurd's 
History Belknap County, 1885, p. 705 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 
1862. p. 252; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 477.] 



[Petition of Clement March and Others.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 33.] 

Prov e of New ) To The Hon bIe Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others 
Hampshire \ Purchasers & Proprietors of Mason's Right (so 
called) — 

The Petition of Clement March Esq r John Bracket Gent" & M 1 
Walter Weeks all of Greenland Humbly Shews 

That your Petitioners are appointed Agents for & on behalf of 
many of y e Freeholders & other Inhabitants of S' 1 Greenland, who 
have had as they tho't Sutable encouragement to hope for a Grant of 
Some of y e Wast Lands in this Province from those in whom y e 
Right might be to grant s d Lands & for want of clue Information for 
Some Time past been wavering & doubtful in their opinion in 
whome y e Right might be of granting that particular Tract of Land 



ALTON. 



55 



on which they have Set their minds — But (upon more mature Delib- 
eration & better Information) being convinced that y' Right & 
Property thereof is in you as an Estate in Fee Simple A: therefore 
that you only can have a lawful Right to convey y" Same We pray 
that there maybe granted unto us & our Constituents a Township 
bounding upon Oilman Town & Part of Winipissiockee Pond) upon 
Such Terms & Conditions as you grant to other of our Neighbours & 
Fellow Subjects or in Such other Place & upon Such other Terms as 
shall to you Seem most for y e publick 3*0111* & our common Interest 



Clem 1 March 

his 

Joseph 3 Mel une 

mark 

James Brackett 

his 

Henary X Melune 

mark 

John Avery 
Joseph Haines 
John Huggins 
Dauill Meloon 

his 

Elisha X Briant 

mark 

Leonard weeks 
Abner Haines 

his 

Abiethe -\- Sanburn 

mark 

trances Berry 
Walter Philbrook 

his 

William / Sanburn 

mark 

Benjamin Philbroock 
Jonathan Chesely Ju 
George March 
Nathinel March 
John weeks jun* 
Walter P>ryent 
Clem' Jackson 
Henry Wallis 



John Brackett Joseph Melune jn r 

Robrt Tufton Philbrook Nathan Brackett 



William Weeks 

William Norton 

Ebenezer Gate 
Robart bryen 
Willam Simson 
Walter Weeks 

Nath 11 Huggens 

Nath 11 Grow 
James Johnson 

John hill 

Nathan Marston 
William Johnson 

Nathan Johnson 

Daniel Lunt 
ner Samuel Wliidden 
Th" March 
Joseph Jackson 
Joshua hains 
James Cate 
Paul march 
W" Jenniss 



Joseph Weeks 

Enoch Clark 

Mark Juel 
Henry Clarke 
Nathanael Huggins Juner 
Samuel Weeks Jun 

Sam:ll Weeks 

Samu <1 haines Jun 1 ' 
Thomas Johnson Jun 

Walter Neall 

Joshua Mackres 
Lueis haines 

John meloon 

Jonathan Dockum 
Joshua Weeks 
Th° March jn 1 
John Newmun 
John Whidden jn' 
Robert Davis 
Stephen march 



56 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Israel Grilman, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 34.] 

December y e 10 th 1748 
to y e Gentelmeen Prorprivateres of m r massons Right this is the 
Desier of the inhabitance of the Pairsh of Newmarket that you 
Gentelmen would have a Regard for us as we are of the an chant 
Sattalares in the province of Newhampshier that we may have an 
Equal Shair with those of our age thare has bin man ay Clouds hang- 
ing over which we think are Disspald and as we think the titel of 
the land is in you Gantelmeen we meake no cloute but you will Give 
us So much land as that Each of our parish may have abonte three 
hundracl acrs a man If you Gentelmeen have not Gave the land that 
lays betwen Cochecho township and the pond we should be Glad to 
have that Gentelmen these are from your trend and Humbell Sarvant 
in behalf of a number of the parish of Newmarket 

Israel Gilman 



[Notice from Proprietors to Clement March, 1754.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 35.] 

S r Whereas the Proprietors of the land purchased of John Tuftou 
Mason Esqu r in New Hampshire at their meeting held at Portsm 
Dec r 21 st 1748 Voted that Clement March Esqu r & y e Persons to be 
his associates & others have a Township equal to six miles Square 
bounded on y e north East Side of a place called Gilman Town north- 
erly upon Winisipisiokie pond upon such Conditions Restrictions & 
Limitations & Reservations as shall hereafter be agreed upon — by 
order of the Proprietors that at their next meeting which will be on 
Thursday y e 21 st Instant they will accept from you or offer to you & 
Said Assosiates & c Such terms Conditions &'' as they will grant Said 
Township to you & assosiates and if you do not attend at Said next 
Meeting of said Prop rs the Said Tract of Land or intended Town- 
ship will be otherwise disposed of wherefore this notice is given you 
dated at the Meeting of Said Proprietors held at Portsm" at y e house 
of m rs Ann Slayton Feb y 6 th 1754 f order of y e Prop 18 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

To Clem' March Esq" r of Greenland 



ALTON. 

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[Location of Certain Lots in Alton, 1761.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 36. J 

Mesheck WearelOO Acres N° 2 joining to Marston southerly 
Sam 11 Hale Esq 1 ' 300 Acres N° 4 bounding on y e pond & y e Prop™ lot 
Theodore Marston 150 Acres N° 1 Southern part of lot 
Proprietors N° 3 bounding Southerly on Wear's 
Voted The Proprietors on June 11 th 1761 granted unto Meshech 
Weare Esq r his heirs and Assigns 400 Acres in the reserved 17 th 
Share in the Gore near Winipisiokee Pond, and also granted unto 
Theodore marston Son of Daniel marston Deceased, his heirs and 
assigns 150 Acres in Said reserved 17"' Share — and on the 26 th day 
of November 1761 did grant unto Major Samuil Hale of Portsmouth 
300 Acres of land in Said 17'" part or share reserved — The Said 



58 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grantees having requested the Proprietors to have a Severance made 
of their Said grants and it being now proposed by the Said grantees 
or their Agents to proceed in the following manner to make the 
Severance of their respective grants viz 1 that as the Said reserved 
Seventeenth part or Share in Said Gore being in two lots N° 8 in the 
Second Range of lots and N° 14 in the third Range of lots which two 
lots are divided by merry meeting Bay, that it may be determined by 
lot whether the Said grants should be located on the Said Lot N° 8 
or N° 14 and also in what part of Said lot So determined, the Said 
grants Should be located; which Method of proceeding to locate and 
Sever the Said grants was approved of by the Proprietors, and the 
Lots were drawn for accordingly and the said lot N° 14 was drawn 
for the Said grants to be therein located Theodore Marstons Grant of 
150 Acres was drawn to be located on the South Side of Said lot N° 
14, and Meshech Weare Esq rs Grant of 400 Acres was drawn to join 
upon S <1 marstons 150 Acres and Major Samuel Hales 300 Acres was 
drawn to be located bounding on Winipisiokee pond merrymeeting 
Bay and the part drawn for the use of s' 1 Proprietors in Said lot N° 
14— 

Therefore Voted that the Said Grantees have their Said Grants 
located and Severed in the parts of Said Lot N° 14 as above described 
and to be so laid out to each of them respectively their heirs and 
assigns for ever and the Grants are hereby Located and Severed in 
Said manner, and that the part drawn for the Proprietors use in said 
lot N° 14 to be disposed of as they shall hereafter order 

The lot N° 14 — is y e drawn lot where Meshech Weare Sam 11 Hale 
Esq rs and Theodore Marston are to have their Grants in the 17 th 
reserved share of y e Proprietors in the Gore near Winnipisiokee 
Pond — and 



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The above is a Sketch of the 17 th reserved Share in the Gore 
adjoining to Winnipissioke Pond as it is to be laid out & Surveyed 
according to the draft made of y e lotts and recorded 24 th day of 
December 1781 it being the Lotts N° 8 in the 2' 1 Range & N° 14 in 
the :> »' 1 Range containing by estimation 1100 acres each lot all the 
Lots to contain 58 Aries except N° 1. N° 2. & N°3 which have their 
Quantity Mark 1 on each of 3 Lotts — Examined fJ G J 



6l CHARTER RECORDS. 



AMHERST. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Narragansett No. 3, Dec. 18, 1728. Afterwards 
called Salem Narragansett and Souhegan West. The grant was confirmed by the 
Masonian Proprietors Dec. 1, 1759- Incorporated as Amherst Jan. 18,1760, and 
named in honor of Lord Jeffry Amherst. The incorporation was renewed Jan. 7, 
1762. A large part of Monson was annexed in 1770. A portion of the town was 
.combined with parts of Hollis and Mile Slip to make up the town of Milford Jan. 
11, 1794. Mont Vernon was set off and incorporated Dec. 15, 1803. A part of 
Milford was annexed Dec. 20, 1842. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, Bouton 
Town Papers, 6; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 57 ; Index to Laws, 18 ; Historical 
Discourse, 100th Anniversary of Dedication of Congregational Meeting House, by 
J. E. Davis, 1874; Proceedings of Revolutionary Committees of Safety for Hills- 
borough County, by E. D. Boylston, 1884; History, by Daniel F. Secomb, 1883, 
pp. 978; sketch, by same, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 219; 
Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 21 ; Recollections of A 
Busy Life, by Horace Greeley, 1873; Life of Horace Greeley, by James Parton, 
1885; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 150; Rambles about Amherst, by 
W, B. Rotch, 1890, pp. 67; Bills of Mortality, 1805-14, by John Farmer, 14, 
Mass. Historical Society Collections, 73; id., 1805-19, 1, Farmer and Moore's 
Historical Collection, 80; id., 1815-26, 22, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 
298; sketch, by John Farmer, 12, id., 247; revised as Historical Sketch of 
Amherst, 1820, pp. 35; 2d ed., continued 1837, pp. 52; id., 5, Collections of 
N. H. Historical Society, 79; petition of inhabitants, id., 253; History of Purga- 
tory, by C. J. Smith, 1889, pp. 8.] 



[Petition of Valentine Nutter and Others, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 37.] 

Prov e of \ To the Honb le Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others 
New Hamp r \ Purchasers & Propriators of Masons Rights. 

The Petition of the Subscribers Humbly Shews That your Humble 
Petitioners who are underneath Subscribed are Desireous to have 
granted to them a Tract of Land for a Township on Merrimack 
River or as Near the River as you think Proper and on Such Terms 
& Limitations as others who have asked the Same favour and as 
Speedely as Shall be Consistant with your Conveiniency and your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray — 

Souhegan West not granted & Contoocook — also & N° 5 adjoyning 
to it or whear you think proper if those Places are not agreable to 
vou but them if Possible or the Latter if not the former 



AMHERST. 



63 



Vail en tine Nutter 
Jo 8 Sherburn 
Tob 8 Langdon 
Jonath n Stoodly 

Paul March 
John Ross 
Nath 11 Sargent Esq r 
Alex r Caldwell 
Tho s Wibird 
Joseph Bunster 
Thomas Walden 
Anthony Wibird 
John Harvey 
Robert Green 
Jn° Briard 
Nath 11 Sargent Jun r 
Solomon Loud 
William Bennett 
S a Wentworth 
Zech r Foss 
Joseph Sims Sen 
Edward Pen dexter 
Beuj a Akerman juner 
Moses Dennett 
Daniel Rogers 
Elisha Jackson 
James Titcomb 
Arthur Browne 
Nath 11 Warner 
Thomas Peirce 
Sam" Barnes 



Samuel Penhallow 
Nath 11 Menduni 
James Stoodly Ju r 
W" 1 Pearson 
Stephen March 
John Flagg 
H Wentworth 
Jacob Treadwell 
Joseph A 11 cock 
John Shackford 
John Mills 
Jn° Knight 
Sam 11 Hart Jun r 
Humphrey Furnell 
John Dennet 
John Hart 
Jeremiah Libbey 
Beuj a Akarman 
Mark H unking 
John Flagg Jun 1 ' 
Michael Scruton 
Josiah Moses 
Joseph Mead 
Elliot Vanghan 
W In Whittemore 
John Allcock 
Noah Emery 
Marmaduke Browne 
W"' Pearson 
Cutt Shannon 
Thomas Ayers Jun r 



John Griffeth 
Eben Wentworth 
Benj a miller 
Sam 1 Laugdon Cl k 
Sam" Hale 
William Seawad 
Charles Gorwood 
John Newmarch 
Charles Treadwell 
Step 11 Greenleaf 
Sam 11 Brewster 
Joseph Buss Jun r 
W-m Langdon 
Nath 1 Fellows 
Joseph Langdon Jun 1 
William Nuttor 
Jerem h Libbey Jun r 
John Wentworth 
Clem* Jackson 
Gershom Flagg 
James Christee 
George Moses 
Sarah Priest 
John Ayers 
Dan 1 Jackson 
Benj a Pitman 
George Avers Juner 
Jonathan Warner 
John Penhallow 
Tobias Lear 



[Letter from Proprietors to Joseph Blanchard, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 38.] 

Portsm" Dec r 3' 1 1748 
S r We have both your Letters before us as to that of y e 30"' of 
the last mouth for which we are obliged we greatly approve of your 
Scheme & y e Progress you have made and hereby give you full 
Power of agreeing with any person of note that can be Serviceable 
in Secureing y e Peace & Quiet of the Settlers either in new Ipswich 
or other Town as to Souhegan West if they should be troublesome 



64 CHARTER RECORDS. 

they can expect no favour from this Society and we shall soon prose- 
cute Some of the foremost in the Opposition which if you think 
proper please to inform them of and let us know the men as to our 
bearing the Charge of a Lawsuit hi contesting mason's Right we set 
out upon that footing at first & in Case any Suit is Commenced we 
expect to pay that Cost, we are now finishing the Grant of the Town 
above souhegan & think that a vote of the Proprietors at a Regular 
meeting better than any other Conveyance you will See ours to 
Cap 1 Goffe & Associates with the particular Reservations & Articles 
— this is the Method prescribed by y e Gentlemen of y e law and is the 
most Customary & familiar way for such Proprieties to Act in — I am 
in behalfe & at y e Request of y e Society y k purchased mason's Right 
y r very Hum 1 ' 1 Serv' 

Theodore Atkinson 

P. S. with Respect to y e affairs of Cohas between Goffe & Dunkin 
& y e Proprietors it is referred entirely to your adjustment & Settle- 
ment as you think is just the Society desire to See you as soon as 
possibly you can leave your private affairs and bring all y e Plans you 
can procure that will give any insight to their Concerns — Goffe has 
offer'd one third but we think one halfe for y e Proprietors y rs ut 
Supra 

T Atkinson 

To Joseph Blanchard Esqur at Dunstable 

Copy Examin'd ^ Geo : Jaffrey jur Prop rs CI 



[Petition of Ebenezer JEWnivood, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 39.] 

Province of ) To the Hon 1,Ie Theodore Atkinson Esqu r and the 
New Hampshire | other Purchasers of John Tufton Mason Esqu r 
his Right in lands in Said Province humbly Shew's 

That your Petitioner made a Purchase of a whole Right or share 
in a Township called Souhegan West about 14 or 15 years ago, and 
have for about 10 or 11 years past constantly dwelt in Said Town 
and improved Said Right with about 60 Acres besides And as I am 
lately informed that the proper Right & Title of Said Lands is in you, 
and being desirous of holding my Improvements under your Right & 
Title 

I therefore pray your favour of Considering my Request of grant- 
ing to me the Improvements I have made in Said Township, which I 
hope you will make to me upon the Same Conditions & Limitations 



AMHERST. 65 

as you grant to others — and I shall ever pray &c a — Portsmouth Jan- 
uary y e 17*" 1748 

Ebenezer Ellin wood 

[Endorsed] at a meeting held y e 18"' Inst Resolv'd t<> Accomodate 
V within Petitioner in y e most convenient manner 



[Petition from Inhabitants of Amherst, 1748-U.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 40.] 

To the Lord Proprietors of the Grant of M r John Tuftan Mason 
Esq r this humbly sheweth that we the subscribers Inhabitants of Soug- 
hegon West So called (being confident of your Hon 8 Respect, and 
Compassion to a poor people that have been greatly Reduc'd by the 
late distressing war) earnestly pray that your Hon s would Confirm 
our lands to us, that we have dearly purchased, and defended at the 
hazard of our lives, we need not inform your Hon* that there are 
Many of the Non Resident Prop'* of said Township, have been very 
Slack in paying their dues voted to defray the Charges of said Plan- 
tation, by which we have, many of us been great Sufferers, and that 
we by living here have advanced their Lands to be undoubtedly more 
than three times the value that it would have been had not we have 
settled here; and that we have fronted the Enemy in the late War, 
and not only defended our own land, but theirs ; without receiving 
any Respect from them either by Amonition or any other way — 

and we need not destress our Selves, but that your Hon s will take 
your praemium out of the Non Residents part, and so w T e rest your 
humble Petitioners 

Dated at Soughegan West N° 3 Jan y y e 27 th 1748. 

Dan 11 Wilkins John Shepard samuel walton 

Thomas Clark James Cochren Andrew Bradford 

Solomon hutchinson William Bradford William Haward 

John Davis Joshua Abbott Benj a Wilkins 

Daniel Wilkins Ju r Benj* Clark Andrew Bixbe 

Joseph Wilkins Andrew Seeton j r Jacob Stanley 

Joseph Ellinwood David Hartshorn IJobert Stwart 

Samuell Stwart Joseph Bo u tell Benjamin Cheenee 

Samuel Lamsen William peabody Sam 11 Caldwell 



66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Humphrey ITobbs, 1749.] 

[Mason ian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 41.] 

Middleton N" 9'" 1749 
Gentlemen / 

1 was One of the First Settlers in Souheegun West, a town 
West of raerrimack Built & did the duty on Two Lotts and Subdued 
them Sufficient for two familys to have Support there, & with my Fam- 
ily Continued there till by providence I was Called into the Indian 
War, then I moved my Family, 'till Lately your title or Claim I was 
Ignorant of And Expected the prop 18 would take prudent Care & 
Accomodate which I understand they Have not (from Co 11 Blanch- 
ard, I have yet According to my purchassing under the Massachusetts 
Grant 2 Lotts 50 Acres each y e lotts I Setled, were .132 Acres each 
on which there is Inhabitants now now Gentlemen with You I must 
Rest this matter & desire you to Quiet me in y e Possession of these 
lands or take to your Selves, Such Reasonable part as you determin, 
And that it may be Done quick, I have desired Coll Blan chard to 
Give me notice & I Shall Comply with your Determination 

Humphrey Hobbs 
Prop rs of Masons Grant. 



[Votes of Proprietors of Amherst, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 41.] 

At a Meeting of the Prop rs of Souhesran west N° 8 Held ou The 
Last Thursday of Ap 1 A D 1759 Voted— 

John Mitchel & William Peabody a Committee to make Applica- 
tion to the Prop 18 of John Tufton Mason Esq In order to have 
them Convey all their Right Title Interest Claim or property (to 
Souhegan to y e grantees prop" or Inhabitance thereof & gave the 
Said Committee y e following Instruction viz to See if y e Propri 8 of 
Mason afores' 1 Will For Seventeen of the Most Delinquent Rights of 
one Hundred And Twenty Quit all their Interest As Above Said 
and on their Compliance to Settle — 

True Copy ^ Jn° Shepard Jun r Clerk 



[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 42.] 

And After the Instruction Dated y e Last Thursday of Ap 1 A D 
1759 Gave the following only viz to offer & Ingage them Forty 



AMHERST. 67 

Shillings Sterling •$ Right in Case the first offer is refus d to have 
them Convey their Interest As In the Instruction before recited — 
True Copy f Jn° Shepard Ju r Clerk 



[Masonian Papers, Vol.5, p. 42.] 

At A Meeting of v' propr ra of Souhegan west N" 3 held on the Last 
thursday of Ap 1 A I) 1759 John Mitchell & William Peabody Was 
Chosen to Settle with y e Propr" of John Tufton Mason Esq In Behalf 
nf Souhegan Prop 18 or Inhabitance — 

John Shepard Jun r Clerk 



[Letter front Joseph Blanchard to Proprietors, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 43.] 

Merrymac Nov r 27, 1759 
Gentle" / Lieu 1 Peabody waits on you and Consederably Prepar' 1 to 
make a Settle 1 with Respect to your Claim in Sowhegan West — Som of 
those Propr 8 my Late Father Settled with who have a Writing from 
him which they will Bring or Send Down to you Verry Soon and if aivv 
thing Remains for em yet to do they will Imediately Comply and 
Fullfill to a Tittle therefore I woud ask that their not paying as the 
Other Prop rs have, may not Imbarres a Settle* with those Who have 
paid — if my Fathers Grant to them Proves Insufficient, they Still 
Lye Fair for your Action — But what is Wright they will do they 
Fear a Law Suit I am Gentle" 

Y r Most Humb 1 Ser' 

J Blanchard 
The Gentle" Prop 8 of masons Claim at Ports" — 



[Quitclaim to Certain Lots in Amherst, Dec. 1, 1759.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 2, p. 124.] 

Whereas Sundry persons claiming lands within the Limits of a 
tract of land called and known by the name of Souhegan West Num- 
ber three situate in the Province of New Hampshire by virtue of a 
Grant of said Tract of land for a Township made by the Government 
of the province of the Massachusetts Bay, sensible of the weakness 
and Insufficiency of that title have by William Peabody & John 
Mitchell jun r their Committee applied to the said Proprietors of the 



68 CHARTER RECORDS. 

right of said Mason for a grant to them respectively of all the right, 
title and demand of said Proprietors according to the division which 
they had made pursuant to their said Claim, and the said Proprietors 
being desirous of having said lands settled and willing to Quiet those 
who have made any progress therein have on the consideration, 
Terms, Limitations and Conditions herein after Expressed & not- 
otherwise only in such Instances as are otherwise Expressed — 

Voted That there be and hereby is Given, granted & Conveyed 
unto the several persons whose names are herein after mentioned all 
the right, title, Interest, Claim, property & demand of said proprie- 
tors of in and unto the Shares, rights & Lotts of land set to each name 
and claimed by each person respectively according to the division 
aforesaid that is to say To the Reverend Daniel Wilkins minister of 
said place two whole rights or Shares so called and one half share 
with all the Lotts that are or shall be severed to him by name or to 
the right of the first minister of the Gospel settled there, John Lee 
and Samuel Lee both of manchester in the Count} 7 of Essex and 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay Esq r8 one whole share, the first 
lott of which in the first division is N° 97 with all the after divisions, 
Stephen Hall of Medford Esq r one whole share the lot in the first 
division being N° 8, To the heirs of John Turner late of Salem Esq r 
Deceased three full Shares the first division lotts being N° 34, 42, 62, 
with all the after divisions excepting the lot in the Second division 
N° 123, Ephraim Ingalls of Salem aforesaid Tayler two whole shares, 
Philemon Warner of Glocester Esq r one whole share, Thomas Tar- 
box of Wenham Gent: one Second division lot N° 18 and one third 
division lot N° 119 John Felton of Dan vers Yeom : one whole share 
Jerem Dodge of said Wenham Yeom : one whole share, Peter Wood- 
bury of Beverly Yeom : two second division lotts N° 62 & 63 & third 
division lot N° 38 Bartholomew Dodge of said Wenham Yeom : three 
first division lotts N° 54„ 55„ 100, & three third division Lotts N° 17, 
46, 73 Epps Sargent of said Salem Esq r , two full rights Ebenezer 
Bacheller of said Wenham Yeom : one second division Lot N° 110 and 
two third division Lotts N° 79. 80 Josiah Herrick for the Heirs of 
Cap 1 John Baker late of said Wenham Yeom : deceased one whole 
share, Daniel Maccay of Salem Gent, for the heirs of Major Joshua 
Hicks four full Shares, Robert Hooper Esq r for the Heirs of Joseph 
Sivett late of Marblehead Esq 1 " deceased one full Share, Samuel Brad- 
ford of Middleton Yeom : one first division lot N° 1 one third 
division Lott N° 103, Cap 1 Andrew Fuller of Middleton two second 
division Lotts N° 94, & 100 & two third division lotts N° 70, 
& 83, Henry Campbell of Londonderry Yeom : two full Shares, 
Timothy Smith of said Souhegan West Yeom : one full Share, 



AMHERST. 69 

John Davis of said place one second division lot excepting ten 
acres N° 5 Joseph Clerk jun", of the same place one first division 
Lott N° 110 Joseph Hutchinson jun r one first division Lot lying 
in the South West Corner of said tract of land joining to the 
river Joseph Hutchinson of Middleton Yeom : one first division lot N° 
3 & two second division Lotts N° 37, & 38, William Howard of Merri- 
mack Yeom: three first division Lotts N° 39, 40, 41 & one second 
division Lot N° 82 and one third division N° 35, Robert Stuart and 
Samuel Stuart two first division lotts N° 83, 94, two second division 
lotts N° 10 and 77, with six acres of meadow & nine acres of meadow 
and fifteen acres of upland joining thereto all now in their possession 
which meadow & land lies within the boundaries of the Lotts N° 
and N° in the first division with the undivided land belonging 

to two rights or shares, Samuel Peters of Andover one first division 
lott N° 108 with all the after drafts Lotts & divisions belonging to 
one Share or full right, Josiah Abbott of Souhegan one second division 
lot N° 53 & one third division Lott N° 76 Deacon Joseph Bowtell of 
said place two third division Lotts N° 19 & 20 & part of the two third 
division Lotts viz 1 N° 21 & 22 the said part being Sixty six acres in 
the whole Thomas Wakefield of said place one first division Lott N° 
84 John Smith of the same place one first division Lott N° 101 
Joseph Steel of said place two Second division Lotts N° 16 & 17 
Col° Ebenezer Nichols Esq r , of Reading three full Shares Excepting 
the first division Lott N° 44 Jacob Richardson one first division lot 
N° 44 aforesaid James Rawlins of Souhegan aforesaid one third 
division Lott N" 16, and one third part of the Lot N° 17 in the same 
division, David Hartshorn of said place one first division Lott N° 107 
and one third Division N° 9 Joshua Abbot of said place one first 
division lot N° 111 with the letter W also thirty seven acres of Land 
adjoining to said lott William Bradford of Souhegan one first division 
Lott N° 85 & one third division' lot N° 59, Ebenezer Ellenivood of 
Souhegan aforesaid one home lott he bought from Lamson & Wal- 
ton & one second division lott N° 11 and one third division Lott, 
Benjamin Clarke of said place one first division Lott N° 102 William 
Cod of said place one Second division Lott N° 101 Andrew Seatoivn 
one first division Lott N° 74 John Seatown one third division Lott N° 
7 both said persons being of said Souhegan. George Willey of said 
place one Second division lott N° 113 also thirty acres part of a third 
division Lott N° 18, Oliver Carlton of said place one second division 
Lott N° 56 Francis Eli<>t of said place one second division Lot N° 
26 Jacob Dresser of said Place forty acres of a third division Lot on 
which forty acres he now lives, Hugh Boss of Souhegan one first 
division Lott N° 73 James Seatown of said place one first division 



70 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lott N° 53, Simeon Fletcher of the same place one Second division 
Lott N° 9 James Cockran of said place one first division N° 27, one 
second division Lott N° 121, John McClinche of Merrimack one first 
division Lot N° 26, Thomas Clark of Souhegan one first division 
Lott N° 24 & one third division Lott not Drawn, Benj* Taylor of 
said place one Second division Lott N° 43, Nathan Fuller of said 
place one Second division Lott N° 45 & fifteen acres part of Lott N° 
28 inthe said Division EbenezerHolt of Souhegan Seventy two acres 
of land where he now dwells, Benjamin Lovejoy of the said place 
two second division Lotts N° 97, & 98 and half first division Lott N° 
110 with W. John Stuart of said place one full Share, David Steel of 
Londonderry one first division Lott N° 51, Robert Moore of said place 
for the Heirs of Peter Cockran late of said Souhegan deceased one 
third division Lott N° 86 William Wallis of said place one Second 
division Lott No 23 and thirty acres part of the Lott N° 24 in said 
Division, Hezekiah Lovejoy of said place one first division Lott N° 95 
Jacob Courtis of said place part of a first division Lott where he 
now lives, being fifty two acres William Hogg one first division lott 
N° 46, Samuel Seatoivn of said Souhegan one first division 
Lott N° 75 & one, third division Lott N° 6, Ebenezer Averill 
of said place one second division Lott N° 32, Joseph Heading of 
Marblehead joiner one full share Nathan Barker of Andover two 
second division Lotts N° 89 and 59 John Warson of Souhegan 
one first division Lott N° 108 Mary Williams Thirty acres part of 
a third division Lott N° 27 Ensign Robert Reed of Souhegan Sixty 
acres being the Lott on which he now lives also thirty five acres 
known by the name of Carters place, Josiah Sawyer of Monson One 
Second division Lott N° 61 Benjamin Wilkins one full share Benja- 
min Watson one third division Lott N° 113 both the last named 
persons being of Souhegan aforesaid Andrew Bigsbey of the same 
place one third division Lott not drawn Lucey Wilkins of said Place, 
widow one second division Lott N° 25 excepting ten acres, Samuel 
Lamson of said place one third division Lot 101, Isaac Holt of said 
place one first division lott N° 106 and thirty six acres of land where 
he now lives William Melandy of said place one second division Lot 
N° 6 John Washer of said place fifty one acres of the Lott N° 28 in 
the second division and fifteen acres which he purchased, Solomon 
Hutchinson of said place three first division Lotts one being the Lott 
on which he lives the others being N° 15 & also two second 

division Lotts N° 4 & 112 also one third division Lott N° 131 with 
ten acres more and two full Shares in the Common also one third 
division Lot N° 26, John Cole of Souhegan one second division Lott 
N° 54 James Russell of Haverhill three full Shares, Nathaniel Walker of 
Haverhill one first division lott N° one third division lot N° 



AMHERST. 71 

Abner Fellows J- Jerem : Fellows^ both one full share, Jerem: Fairing- 
ton of Chelmsford one full Share and one second division lot N° 111 
and one third division lott N° 100, William -/ours of Monson one sec- 
ond division lott N" 25 & fifty acres which was part of William 
Hobbs's farm, Benjamin Davis thirty acres of a first division lott N° 
6, Widow Am)- Hobbs of said Souhegan Sixty acres of the said Farm 
called Hobbs's farm being the share of two of her Children and the 
part of set off as her dower, Henry Sawyer of Methuen one first 
division Lott N° 32 & one third division Lott N° 119 Caleb 
Sawyer of Dracutt one second division Lott N° 47 — Jonathan Mar- 
wood of Chelmsford one third Division Lott N° 63, Cap 1 Eben- 
ezer Parker of the same place one full Share John McClelland of 
Souhegan one first division Lott N° being the Lott on which 

he dwells, Eben 1 Ellenwood jun T one first division Lott N° 106 
Thomas Town thirty acres part of a third division Lott N° 17 
both of Souhegan, Joseph Lovejoy of said place thirty acres of 
land part of a first division Lott N° 110 with W. Andrew Bradford 
two Second division lotts N° 21, & 22 Samuel Brown of Chester forty 
two acres and one Quarter of a first division Lott N° 87 and thirty 
three acres of a second division Lott N° 60 Caleb Upton of Souhegan 
twelve acres on which he now dwells, James Caldwall of London- 
derry Seventeen Acres and three Quarters of a first division Lott N° 
87 also one half of a third division Lott N° 132 also twenty acres of 
a second division Lott N° 60, Joseph Ellentvood of said Souhegan 
one Second division Lott N° 8 William Peabody of said Place three 
full Shares Excepting one first division Lott N° 70 which is sold and 
thirty acres he purchased of William Small joining to the land on 
which he lives, the said three full Shares were claimed by Stephen 
Peabody late father of the said William the first division lotts belong- 
ing to said Shares are N° 13 N° 70 & N° 19 and it appears the said 
Shares were given by the said Stephen to the said William by deed 
of Gift and to the widow Lydia Wilkins fifteen acres of land now in 
her possession, and to the Widow Mary Addams of Dunstable one 
whole right or Share on which she lately dwelt, during her natural 
life and then to Her three daughters to be equally divided between 
them or their heirs or assigns — to John Grimes of said Souhegan 
thirteen acres in lot N° 60 in Second division, Widow Elizabeth lid! 
of said Danvers one first division lot N° 57 and one third division 
Lot N° 60 and after draft belonging to said lotts, Ebenezer Abbot of 
said Andover one second division lot N° 48, Ephraim Al>l><>t of said 
Souhegan one whole right now in his possession and one first division 
Lott N° 108 Moses Truewell of said Souhegan one first division lot 
\ '18 Janus Cur/is of Boxford one second division lot N° 40 — and 



72 CHARTER RECORDS. 

one half part of a third division Lot N° 114, Thomas Bigsbey one first 
division Lot N° 89 and one half part of a third division Lot N° 132 
Samuel Lampson of said Souhegan one Second division Lot N° 
Samuel Porter. Mary Putnam and Abigail Porter one whole Share 
that was Eleazer Porters of Danvers their father deceased, William 
Peabody aforesaid one acre land he purchased of said Amy Hobbs, 
NatJi u (rreenwood of Boston one Second Division Lott N° 119 : and 
one third Division Lot N° 44: and y e undivided land belonging to a 
whole Right. John Cunningham of Boston one whole Share or Right 
Reuben Walton of Souhegan West one half of a third division — 
Thomas Avrel of Souhegan West one first Division William Peterson of 
Litchfield one first Division — Edward Melody one Second Division — 
The Heir of Zacheus Perkins of Rowley — two whole Shares — Jere- 
miah Dodge aforesaid one whole share which he Purchased of 

Conant of Beverly 

To have aud to hold the said full Shares and rights with all the 
several Lotts and divisions drawn or to be drawn to them respec- 
tively belonging or any ways appertaining, and all the particular lotts 
& parcells of land aforesaid to the several persons before mentioned 
respectively and to their respective heirs & assigns forever on the 
following consideration, terms, conditions & Limitations — That is to 
Say that the owner of a full Share pay to the said Committee or 
either of them for the use of said proprietors the Grantors in these 
presents the sum of fifty one Shillings Sterling money and three 
Shillings like money for the use of said Committee for their time 
Expences & trouble in procuring this Grant & Collecting and paying 
said money, for every such share aud in that proportion for what 
land each grantee in these presents holds as aforesaid more or less 
than a full share or whole right, said money to be paid within six 
months from the date hereof — 

Secondly that each Grantee pay his respective proportion of all 
outstanding debts and Taxes not yet paid which have arisen in car- 
rying on the Settlement the nonpayment of which tends greatly to 
retard the Settlement & cultivation of said Lands, 

Thirdly That they also duly pay all neccessary future taxes and 
dues which shall arise for promoting the End aforesaid in proportion 
to their several rights and Interests in said Land. 

Fourthly That such persons abovenamed who shall comply with 
these Terms shall hold his respective share part and Interest granted 
as aforesaid which the default omission or neglect of others in this 
regard shall not affect, but the Interest, right, title & demand hereby 
intended to be Granted, shall be and remain in the said Grantors as 
tho' this Grant had never been made, upon default & failure as afore- 
said — 



AMHERST. 73 

Provided Nevertheless that nothing be demanded & paid for the 
following shares viz* the shares and parts aforesaid (1 ranted as afore- 
said to the said Daniel Wilkins one Share or right for the use of the 
ministry commonly called the Ministerial Share or right, one right 
for the use of the School, the land granted to the widow Amy Hobbs. 
that granted to Lucy Wilkins, that Granted to Mary Williams, and 
that granted to Lydia Wilkins, but these shares and Lotts of land 
granted as aforesaid, and all the right of said proprietors are hereby 
freely given to the respective Grantees and uses aforesaid and also 
that right purchased by Henry Oambell of Henry Flint Esq 1 — 



[Elijah Porter to Proprietors, 1760.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 44.] 

Middle ton, June 7 th 1760 
Gentlemen 

this Day I saw ou 1 ' m r John Mitchell Ju l " he Show'd me y e 
Terms you had proposed to y e proprietors of Sowhegan west, for 
their having their Lands Secur'd, which I heard of but about a 
month before, I am Concern'd for the Right of M r Eleazer [Porter] 
of Danvers Dec f \ which he had of Cap t John Wildes, I as Admi r of 
y e estate of y e s' 1 Porter, have paid all the publick Taxes that has 
Come to my knowledge, but I being from home when I Saw s' 1 
Mitchel & I had not y e Receipts of s (l Taxes with me, and s' 1 Mitchell 
Told me he Could not procure a grant without I agree'd to Settle it 
in y e Space of Six months, from y e Date of y e grant I am willing to 
pay y 1 ' Sum of mony that your Honours propos'd to be paid for y e 
Securing of y e Rights — But I beg Leave to assign Sum Reasons why 
I Cannot so w r ell comply with y e terms of Settleing s' 1 Right, viz y e s' 1 
Porter Died in Octo r A D 1756, and within about three week after 
his Death, his two oldest Son and his wife Died, and he Left only 
one Son and two Daughters, then all miners, and I was Guardian for 
them, y e Daughters are Sence of age, and y e father provided in his 
will for y e Son to be brought up to a liberal Eaditation and last July 
he Enter'dat Cambridge Colledge, he will be 21 years of age in about 
three years and eight month, and y e afores' 1 Breaches in y e family 
made great Defecultvs — and Considering all Circumstances, 1 am 
under Sum Difficulty to proceed as guardian to y e son in y e Settle- 
men with y 1 ' Daughters &c Therefore if your Honours will be pleas'd 
to Take y e premises into your Consideration and Annex y e names of 
y e three Surviving heirs viz Sam 1 Porter Mary Putnam & Abigail Por- 
ter Then I hereby promise to pay the s d John Mitchell Fifty four Shil- 
lings Starling with Intrest from y Date of v' grant — 



74 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I am with great Respect your Honours Most Obedient & Most 
Hum 1 Ser 1 



To the Hon 11 Proprietors of Masons Patten 



Elijah Porter 



[Samuel Gray to Proprietors, 1760.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 45.] 

S r About two years Since I Purchas'd A Tract of Land in 
Amherst Consisting of about two Hundred Acres have a good 
Warrantee Deed Legally Executed; the Gentleman I purchas'd of 
verbally promis'd to clear the Land of Masons claims, but now when 
it comes to The Case utterly refuses — I have bought and Sold a 
great deal of Land in the Government Especially in Bow: Claims, 
and those that purchas'd of me are freequently Calling upon me to 
Make up their losses in Settling, if I must pay that and this all I am 
worth upon Earth will not do it — I think it very hard indeed that 
they insist upon it for I never resisted the Claimes of Bow : but 
urged a Settlement with them long ago and would have Settled with 
them myself if I could have done it exclucively — and now s r I stand 
ready every Moment to pay your demands upon the Land I have 
purchas'd here if I can save my Land by it but If I must pay all that 
is demanded here and in Penny Cook and Suncook, I had as good 
deliver up my possessions first as last for as the Proverb is no one 
can have any More of a Cat then her skin — but upon the whole I am 
willing to do anything that I can do Consistant with my safety I 
have now let Your Honour know in a few words how my case is, if 
you will tel me know which I must do in this Case I will very chear- 
fully do it if my abilities will admit — for I dread a Law Suit And So 
with the lowest Submission I beg leave to Subscribe myself your very 
humble serv* 

Amherst June y e 15 1760. Samuel Gray 



[John Mitchell Jr. to Proprietors, 1765.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 46.] 

S r This may inform you that I intended to have Com to ports- 
mouth Before this time In order to have had maters Ajusted about 
the money that I Left with Esq r Peirce But wanted to have Colected 
more money But have Ben Disapointed about it Therefore I Take 
this Oppertunaty By Co 11 Sam 1 Barr to Send by him a List of mens 



AMHERST. 75 

Names Who have paid S' money and There is four of them that must 
be Entred Into the grant maid by the Proprietors of masons patent bo 
the Clamors of Land in Souhegon west alias Amherst and you to 
Certify to me that those four is Entred there names are as fol- 
low eth viz 

Ruben Walton of S a place one half of a third Division. 

Thorn 8 avrel of S d place one first Division 

Will 1 " Peterson of Litchfeald one first Division 

Jeremiah Doge of wenham one whole Right 

As also you to Sign a Recep 1 which I have Sent with Co 11 Barr he 
Paying you according to the Rate of Two Shillings Sterling for Each 
full Share or Right in S' 1 Town for your Troble in Entring those 
names that Did not Comply at the first which is the Sum you told 
me you must have which amounts to Three shillings and Seven pence 
half peney Sterling for the above S d four 

and when that is Don Co 11 Barr is to Deliver Esq 1 ' Peirce his 
Recep 1 and in your So Doing you will oblige Your Humble Ser 1 

John Mitchel Ju 1 

P : S : Londonderry June the 18 th 1765 
The Sum of money Left with Esq r Peirce is 756-10-0 old Tenor 
which makes 28: 7-4f Sterling and Co 11 Barr will pay The Remainder 
to make up the Sum in the Recept which is 5/of Sterling and I hope 
in a short time to have more money Colected °$ J : M : 



[List of Purchasers in Amherst, 1765.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 47.] 

A List of the Names of Shuch of the Claimers of Land in Souhe- 
gon West Alias Amherst Who have paid the Sums agreed upon for 
their Respective Lots and Shares of Land there to the proprietors of 
masons patent So Calld Viz 

Jacob Richeson one first Division 0-17-10-3 

Ebenz r Ellinwood one whole Right 2 - 11 - 0-0 

Ruben Walton for half a third Division - 6 - 8-2 

Thom s avrel one first Division 0-17- 10-3 

John felton one whole Right June 1765 entred 
Ebenz r avrel one Second Division June 1765 
HenerySayer one first and one third Division 
Jonathan Harwood one third Division 
Nathan Barker Two Second Divisions June 1765 
Edward melody one Second Division 



2-11 - 


-0 


-19- 


8-1 


1 -11 - 


3-3 


- 13 - 


5-0 


1-19- 


4-2 


o - 19- 


8-1 



76 CHARTER RECORDS. 

John Walsher one Second Division - 19 - 8-1 
Isaac Holt one first Division and thirty Six acres 1765 

1 _ 7-11-2 

William peterson one first Division 0-17-10-3 
Samuel Brown for fourty acres and oue forth of an 
acre of a first Division and thirty three acres of a 

Second Division 1 - 1 - 9-0 

Jeremiah Doge one Whole Right June 1765 2 - 11 - 0-0 

James Russel three Whole Rights June 1765 7 - 13 - 0-0 



£ 27 - 19 - 3-1 



Andrew Bigsbe one third Division June 1765 13 - 5-0 



28. 12. 8. 1 



[Joseph Blanc hard to Proprietors, 1785.] 
[Mason ian Papers, Vol. 1, p. 47.] 

In the Town of Amherst there is Several Lots unoccupy'd and No 
Regular Claimers to them — those Lots may be appropriated to the 
use of the Masonian Prop rs also Some persons, in that Town have 
Some years Since, agreed with the Prop rs to pay a Certain Sum p r 
Lot and in Sum instances pay has been made but in many Instances 
the mony has been Rais'd but never paid in in other Cases notes have 
been taken and Now lye Dead — an Enquiry may be Attend With 
Some Success — tho' not Large But it is a Pitty when money has 
been Collected & notes Given for the Use of the Prop rs that nothing 
further should be done and the Delinquent Lots made use of these 
hints are Given by the Prop 18 Hum 1 SeiV 

To whom it mav Concern Joseph Blanchard 

Pots° June 15: 1785— 

W"' Peabody and John Mitchell were the Principal Actors in 
Respect of Receiving money & notes — 



[Joshua Atherton to Proprietors, 1796.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 48.] 

Amherst Jan* 18 th 1796 
Sir, 
Pursuant to y 1 ' 8 of 13 th instant, inclose to you the papers men- 
tioned in the Schedule that accompanies them, Preston has not 



AN DOVER. 77 

executed the Business on his part, iV as he has had Time enough, 
thought it best to return the papers — I have not put his mortgage on 
Record, as I supposed your old Title was as good as the mortgage. 

Jones has perpetrated a great Fraud upon James Jones to whom 
he sold 500 Dol rs worth of the land & got his pay — James neglected 
to put his Deed on Record, and Jones had the Address to get his 
Creditors to attach the land, by which poor James is totally ruined, 
Jones (Sam) not being worth a farthing that can be come at — perhaps 
it will be in your power by retaining your old Title, to help James to 
Justice — could you do it, every one must applaud it as an Act of 
Justice — but you are the proper Judge how far you can lend him 
aid herein. The Attachment by the Creditors of Jones, was since 
your Mortgage was on Record I suppose. 

Inclose also the Register's Certificate, which with the Deeds & 
Notes above referred to are all the papers in ray possession relative 
to the Business with Jones. 

It is almost seven years since the Notes of Swett you mention 
were put into my Hands — The Business was quite out of my mind, 
and to add to my perplexity, the Actions stand Entered Woodbury 
Langdon & others vs Swett, a Name seemingly a Stranger to the 
Business — However I finally found the Notes in the Clerk's office 
and send Copies. — 

Your Mortgage Deeds from Jones, the Register thinks you took 
from him sometime ago. says he will look further into the Matter. 
Silsby is waiting, and if I have not executed all your Expectations, 
will add hereafter think I have. — 

With Esteem, I am your most Hum 1 Serv 1 



Joshua Atherton 



John Peirce Esq r 



ANDOVER. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, November 20, 1 7 5 1 , to Edmund Brown 
and others, and named New Breton in honor of the captors of Cape Breton, some 
of whom were among the grantees. Also called BrowiCs-town and Emery^s-town. 
The charter was renewed November 6, 1 77 1 ; incorporated as Andover, June 25, 
1779. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 116; Index to Laws, 21; sketch by N. J. 
Bachelder, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 328; Topographical 
and Historical Account, by Jacob B. Moore, 1, Farmer and Moore's Historical 
Collections, 9; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, pp. 252, 302; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 347] 



y8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Proprietors to Edmund Brown, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 49.] 

To M r Edmund Brown 

you are hereby licenced to take a Plan of Six Miles Square at or 
near a Place called Pemigewasset in order for a Setlement of a 
Township for your Self & Associates upon Such Terms as shall be 
agreed upon by y e Proprietors of s' 1 Tract of Land for you & associ- 
ates & Mark y e Boundaries of s' 1 Six Miles Sqare & make return of 
a Plan thereof in order for a Grant Dated at Ports m° y e 2 <l Day of 
Nov r 1748 — By order of y e Proprietors— 

Geo Jaffrey jun 1 C 



[Petition of Daniel Wormall and Others, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 50.] 

Province of \ To the Proprietors of the Right of John 

New Hampshire \ Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' to that part of the Province 
of New Hampshire Granted to his Ancestor — 

The Humble Petition of Daniel Wormall and others whose names 
are hereunto Subscribed — Shews — 

That Your Petitioners being Informed that you were Disposed to 
grant the Lands You have purchased, to Such Persons as would 
make and Carry on a Settlement Effectually on Reasonable Terms, 
They being resolved so to do in Case they Could Obtain a Suitable 
Tract of Land, have been Encouraged to ask for the Same. And in 
Case they Can Obtain Your Favour In that regard In Such a place as 
may be Encouraging to your Petitioners they will Im'ediately pro- 
ceed to begin the Settlement and Shall as in Duty bound both with 
respect to Your Selves and Your Title Ever Pray &c a November 16 Hl 
1748 

Daniel Wormall Jeremiah Veasey George Creighton 

thomas Webster Henry Marshall Daniel Gael 

John Carty Joseph Swasey Edward Ladd 

John Wells Nathan Tayler John Baird 

Thomas Giford Goen hemphill William Grant 

Jonathan Greeley Charles Ruudlet Daniel Grant 

William Moor John Creighton Simon Gillman 

Nath" Ladd jnr Noah Emery Samuel Connor 

Moses Connor Solomon Read John Kimball 

Daniel Ward Samuel Ederley John Ederley 



ANDOVER. 



79 



John Borgam 
Elias Ladd 
John Forist 
Willain gilman 
Beingman oilman 
Nell M c Gaffey 
,1 Mines Norris 
Joseph Gills 
William fnllerton 
Joseph Rolans 
Gillman Dudley 
Satchel Clark ' 
John Gorge 
Daniel Barber 
Richard Emery 
Nich Perry in an 
Eliphalet Connor 

Portsm Jan- V 11 th 

M 1 Jer Veasy in 

further as a Petition 



Kinsley Hall James 

Ebenezer Easeman 
T h o m as C reighton 

David Connor 
Jeremiah gilman 
Thomas Lukes 
James Gormon 
Thomas Veasey 
Thomas Piper 
Jonathan Ambros 
Jeremiah Gillman Juner 
Thomas Veasey Jur 
Thomas Fuller 
William Hilton 
Peter Thing 
Noah Emery 
Sam 11 Connor Ju r 



Ilawley .Marshall 

john Gibson 
James Gibson 
James Stoodly Ju r 
Caleb Eastman 
James Lukes 
Rerched Yourk Jn' 
Sinkler Been 
John Light 
True : Dudley 
William Simson 
Moses Smith 
Robert Barber 
Joseph Ceil ley 
John Emery 
Jeremiah Connor Jun r 



1748 

y e within Petition desires to be considered no 
er 



[Petition of Ladd and Young, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 51.] 

To the Hon 1 Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others Purchasers & Pro- 
prietors of Mason's Right so called 

We y e Subscribers some of y e Officers & Soldiers in y e late Expe- 
dition against Cape Briton understanding that you are about to grant 
Lands to y e Subjects of this Province upon certain Terms unknown 
to us & having had encouragement that we might obtain a Town- 
ship upon Application We therefore pray in y e Name & on y e behalf 
of y e Said Officers & Soldiers as well as on our own that there may 
be a Township or a tract of Land granted to y e S d officers & Soldiers 
upon Such Terms & in Such Manner as you grant to others of our 
Fellow Subjects or upon Such Terms as to you may Seem best for 
your & our Interest 

John Lad 
Jonathan young 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



[List of Petitioners with Capt. Ladd, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 52] 



a list of there names 



Cap 1 John Lad 
Elias Rano 
Moses Atkions 
John Young junr 
LeP Joseph Sleeper 
Joseph Greely 
Samuel Goodwin 
Jonathan Kimbel 
John Lad junr 
John Hubbourd 
olander Bayley 
Joseph Bean 
androw Whecher 
Joseph Collens 
Benjamin Tucker 
Enoch Chaiel 
thomas newman 
Samuel f ranch junr 
Benjamin Sanbourn 



Trueworthy Lad 
Epham Collins 

Samuel Scribner 
Ser Ralph Blaisdel 
Abraham wadson 
Left Jonathan farrin 
Jonathan wadson 
Jonathan Young 
John Calfe 
Henery Sleeper 
William Whacher 
Ambrous Hines 
Henery Bayley 
thomas Bettel 
Samuel Juel 
Jerimah Curriery 
Jonathan Greeley 
Ralph Blaisdill Corpor 
Josier Huck 



Ser Jonathan Chout 
Paul Prassay 
Lef 1 Samuel Sanbourn 
William Page 
Samuel Lock 
John Ellit 
Philip Challlis 
Hezekiah Sleeper 
Aaron Young 
Benjamin Chout 
thomas Estonian 
Ser moses Davis 
Nathanel Ash 
Samuel tomson 
Ser Jonathan Greeley 
John Curriery 
Ebenezer webster 
Thomas Lock 
Caleb Clough 
Charles Hontoun 



[Brown and Emery to Proprietors about Andover, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 53.] 

Gentlemen 

Agreable to your Order we have Runout a Township Adjoining 
to Maj r Stevens s , four miles wide upon the River & Nine miles Deep 
as appears by the Plan we have Lodg d But in as much as there is a 
Large Pond in y e Middle of S' 1 Township Consisting of three miles 
Long & a mile wide, besides Several Small ponds & a Large Raggid 
mountain all which Take up a Very Considerable part of S d Town- 
ship — 

We Computeing the Loss Can't: Think we Shall be Equal to your 
Vote Except you please to Give us half a mile farther upon Pemiga- 
wassitt River & Then Run a west Line 'till we Come to Black Water 
River & Let that be our Hed Line till it will Cross y e lied Line in 
y e Plan & from thence Run to the Corner of Major Stevens s Town- 
ship We would also Desire y 1 ' Sole Priviledg of black Water river So 



[Plan of Andover, 1748. J 








A Town Joyning upon the northend side of Contoocook & upon the western side of the Croch of the river which has ben latly run round for the Cape bnton 
en of hampton : the said town was formaly laid out by the masechusetts, & whereas them Grants are in no force we the said Cape briton men desire to have it 
mfirmed to Us, & the town is nine mile long & foure mile wide, Joyning upon Contoocook, this town may be propaly Called new Briton if his Excalancy alows of 



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ANDOVER. 8 1 

far as it is our Heel Line : And we think If you Grant us our requset 
It will not make us more landed than you have made Major Stevens 
township: But would Submitt to your better Judgment which you 
will he able to form when you Carefully Examine his & our plans & 
Request 

Portsmouth Dee' 28 174!' Anth y Emery 

Edm d Brown 

The Tract for Anthony Emery Edmund Brown & others beging 
on y e westerly side of Pimiehewasset River begining at a Great 
Roek which is y' North Easterly Bounds of y e tract of land granted 
unto Ebenezer Stevens Esq 1 ' Jedediah Philbrick and others then run- 
ning west seventeen Degrees South ten mile then begining at the 
s 1 Rock and riming up the River four miles, then running west 
seventeen degrees south ten miles then running on a strait line to the 
end of the first Ten Mile line — 



[Petition of Veasey and Connor, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 54.] 

Gentlemen Proprietors to the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r 
The Humble Petition of Jeremiah Veasey & Sam 11 Conner 
Sheweth/ That whereas there was a Petition Signed By Daniell 
wormall & others with your Petitioners names in it for a township 
And was proceeded on Laid out & return made and the Burthen 
of one hundred & Eighty one Pounds ten shillings Charges Lais on 
your Petitioners & Geo: Creighton Nathan Taylor John Wells 
Thomas Lucas David Coner Tho s Veasey Jeremiah Coner jun r & 
Kingsley James — and aft that Expence Your Honours Granted the 
same Tract to Edmund Brown & others — Wherefore your Petitioner 
Prays Som Consideration in Sum other Vacant Land — 
And your Petitioners in Duty Bound Shall Ever pray 

Jeremiah Veasey ) in Behalf 
Sam" Connor \ of the rest 



[Charter of Andover, 1751.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 20, 1751.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November y e 20 th 1751 — Wenesday 
New Hampshire ) Six of the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann 
Slayton The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment 

6 



o2 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Voted That there be & hereby is Granted unto Edmund Brown 
William Swain Archelaus Lakeman John Hoyt John Brown Daniel 
Cram Nathan Row Amos Dwinell Daniel Sanborne John Sanborne 
Joseph Gove Benjamin Leavitt Nathan Longfellow David Norton 
Walter Williams Benjamin Swett Jun r Benjamin Shaw Benjamin 
Tilton Joseph Prescott Thomas Sillea Israel Blake John Ellis Daniel 
Weare Nathaniel Healey Benjamin Sanborne Robert Miller Tobias 
Lakeman all of Hampton Falls in said Province Edward Brown & 
Jonathan Beck of Salisbury in the Province of the Massachusetts 
Bay Samuel Bathrick of Portsmouth in said Province of New Hamp- 
shire Ezekiel Worthen Joseph Weare Samuel Blake Jun 1 John 
Chapman Samuel Blake Nathan Dow Samuel French William Brown 
Clough, Jesse Prescott Ebenezer Loverin all of Kensington in the 
Province of New Hampshire aforesaid Anthony Emery John Marston 
Simon Marston Joshua Towle Daniel Marston John Leavitt Jona- 
than Leavitt Nathaniel Bachelder all of Hampton in the Province of 
New Hampshire Aforesaid Samuel French Richard Smith Benjamin 
Eaton Joseph French Hezekiah Karr Benjamin French all of South 
Hampton & Hampton Falls in the Province of New Hampshire 
aforesaid — David Page David Lowel, Nason Cass, Joseph Rawlins 
all of Exeter in said Province of New Hampshire Jonathan San- 
borne of Kingston in the Province Afores' 1 Robert Calf of Chester 
in the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid — On the Terms Condi- 
tiors and Limitations herein after Expressed, all that Tract of Land 
within the Province of New Hampshire Containing the quantity of 
about forty Square Miles Bounded as follow's Viz 1 Beginning at a 
Great Rock on the Westerly side of Pemigewassett River which 
Rock is the Northeasterly Bounds of a Tract of Land Granted to 
Ebenezer Stevens Jedediah Philbrick & others b} r said Proprietors ; 
Then Running West Seventeen Degrees South ten Miles Then 
Beginning again at said rock & Running up the River so far as to 
Contain four Miles upon a Strait Line thence West Seventeen 
Degrees South Ten Miles Thence on a Strait line to the end of the 
first ten Mile line — 

To have & to Hold to them their Heirs & Assigns forever in Equal 
Shares on the following Terms Conditions & Limitations that is to say 
the Tract of Land within the said Boundaries (Saving what is here- 
in aftermentioned to be otherwise Improved) be divided into Eighty 
one Shares or Rights & each Share to be laid out into three Distinct 
Lots The Two first to Contain each an hundred acres and the other 
all the Rest of the Land Belonging to each Respective Share That 
the whole be laid out as Equitably as Possible That the three Lots 
belonging to one Share be Numbred with the Same Number so as 



ANDOVER. 83 

to make but one Draught for the three Lots belonging to Each Share 
That the said Land be so laid Out within Nine Months from the 
Granting Thereof A: then the Lots Drawn for in the Casual Manner 
of Drawning for Lots of Land in such Cases And that this be done at 
Portsmouth aforesaid under the Care and Direction of the Grantors 
& a true plan thereof Returned at the same time to the Grantors — 
That one of the said Shares be for the first Minister of the Gospel 
who Shall be Settled on the said Land & Continue there Dureing his 
life or untill he Shall be Regularly Dismiss'cl — To hold to him his 
heirs & Assigns — And one other of the said Shares to be for & 
towards the Support of the Gospel Ministry there forever — And the 
first hundred Acre Lots belonging to these two Shares shall be laid 
out as near the place where the Meeting house Shall be built as may 
Conveniently be done — and not be drawn for as the other Lots That 
there be ten Acres of Land Left & Reserved forever in some Con- 
venient place within said Boundaries for Building a Meeting house — 
& School house upon and for a Training Field a Burying place & any 
other Publick use the Inhabitants there may have Occasion for that 
one other of said Shares be for the use & Support of a School there 
forever — 

That Eighteen of the said Shares be & hereby are Reserved to the 
use of the said Proprietors the Grantors in these Presents their heirs 
And Assigns That the owners of the other Sixty Shares make a Reg- 
ular Settlement there at their Own Charge & Expence in the follow- 
ing manner Viz 1 That fifteen Families be Settled upon said Tract of 
Land each having an house of Sixteen foot Square at Least or Equal 
thereto & four acres of Land Cleared & fitted for Tillage or mowing 
upon their Respective Shares within four years next after the Grant- 
ing hereof & fifteen Families more so Settled within Six years from 
ile' Granting & thirty Families more within ten years from the 
Granting hereof That within Eight Years from the Granting hereof a 
meeting house be Built for the Publick Worship of God & fitted for 
that Purpose for the use of the Inhabitants there and that they main- 
tain & Support the Constant Preaching of the Gospel there after the 
Expiration of ten years from the Granting hereof and that the said 
Grantees Determine within one year from the Date of the Grant 
which of the said Sixty Settlers shall be the first & Second fifteen & 
make Report to the said Grantors within one Year from the Date 
hereof — That there be Twenty acres of Land left in some Suitable 
place within said Boundaries for a Priviledge & Accomodation of a 
Saw mill with Suitable Roads leading thereto which shall he to him 
or them his & their heirs & assigns (the Roads Excepted) who shall 
build Such A mill within three years from the Granting hereof with 



84 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the Priviledge of the most Convenient Stream & place for Doing the 
same & in Consideration thereof for the Benefit of the said Inhab- 
itants the owner or Owners of such mill shall Saw the Logs & Timber 
of the other of the said Inhabitants or such as are preparing to Build 
there to the halves for the term of Seven years next after the said 
Mill shall first Work if desired so to do & if no Particular Person or 
Persons of the owners of said Shares or such other person or persons 
as the Majority of them shall Permit to do the same will undertake 
to Build such mill on the terms aforesaid; Then the said owners shall 
do the same at their Common Charge & put the said mill under such 
a Regulation as that they & other Inhabitants there or such as shall 
be preparing to Settle may have their Logs & Timber Sawed at the 
halves as Occasion may require for Building on the Land hereby 
Granted That each owner of the said Sixty shares pay to such Person 

or Persons as the Majority of them shall Elect for that Purpose all 

such Sum and sums of money or bills of Publick Credit as the said owners 
or the major part of them shall Determine to be necessary from time 
to time & as occasion shall Require to Defray the Charges of laying 
out the said land as aforesaid & other Matters & things necessary to 
be done for making a Settlement as aforesaid & performing the other 
matters & things herein Directed to be done 

That the lots be laid out iu Ranges where the land will admit of it 
best & land Left between the Ranges for highways of four Rods wide 
& also between the lots as many roads as may be thought Conven- 
ient, of four Rods Wide & that a plan of the whole when so laid out 
be made at the Charge of the said Owners & Returned to the Grant- 
ors when said Lots are drawn for as aforesaid, That the Eighteen 
Shares Reserved as aforesaid be Exonerated acquitted & fully Ex- 
empted from paying an} 7 Charge towards making said Settlement and 
not held to the Conditions of the Sixty Shares aforesaid nor be liable 
to any Tax or Assessment untill Improved by the Grantors their heirs 
or assigns — That all white pine Trees fit for Masting the Royal Navy 
be & hereby are Reserved & Granted to his Majesty his heirs & Suc- 
cessors forever for that Purpose 

That in Case any one or more of the first fifteen Setlers their 
Heirs Executors administrators or Assigns shall neglect & omitt doing 
& performing what is to be done & performed by the said first fifteen 
Setlers Respectively within the time herein limitted then such Delin- 
quent owner or owners share in the said tract of Land shall be for- 
feited unto the other forty five owners & others as shall have done 
their part & that they shall have the term of one year more for doing 
& Performing the Same 

And that in Case any one or more of the Second fifteen Setlers 



ANDOVER. 85 

their Heirs Executors Administrators or assigns Shall Neglect Ov. 
omit to do & perform what is to be done & performed by the said 
Second fifteen Setters Respectively within the time herein limited 
then Such Delinquent owner or owners share in the said Tract of 
Land shall be forfeited unto the other thirty owners & others as shall 
have done their part & that they shall have the Term of one year 
more for the Doing & performing the same & that in I - Sixty 
families shall not be Settled within the time herein Limited by the 
said Sixty owners their Heirs or assigns — then the whole of the said 
Sixty Shares shall revert unto the Grantors their Heirs 1 Assigns 
and that the said Grantors their Heirs or assigns shall & may enter 
into the Same & take Possession thereof as tho this Grant had never 
been made 

Provided always in Case of an Indian war within any of the Terms 
of Years above Limited for the Doing any of the said Matters & 
things aforesaid by the said Owners to be done the same number of 
Years as Such war shall last shall be allowed after that Impediment 
shall be removed and in Case any Action or Suit shall be bro't 
against the Grantees or any of them for the said Tract of Land or 
any part thereof 

In the Right of the King under the Massachusetts Province the 
Claim of Sam 1 Allen Esq 1 Deeeas'd or the Million Acre Grant so 
Called the said Grantees are hereby Obliged to Vouch the said 
Grantors or such of the said Grantees as shall be so Sued shall so do. 
cV. the said Grantors hereby Promise & Ingage they their heirs Exec- 
tors administrators or assigns shall & will at their own Cost & 
Expence Defend one Action or Suit upon one of the said Titles or 
Rights & pursue the same to final Judgement through the whole 
Course of the law (if there shall be Occation) and in Case the tinal 
Judgement in such trial shall be against the said Grantors the Gran- 
tees shall Recover nothing over in Satisfaction of and from the said 
Grantors their Heirs Executors or Administrators or any of them — 
Provided also that the said Grantees do Sign an Instrument within 
nine months from the Granting hereof therein Acknowledging that 
they do hold the same under the Grantors and thereby Obliging 
themselves to do & perform what they are Enjoined to do & perform 
and Return said Instrument to the Grantors within the time afore- 
said — 



86 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Grant of Forfeited Shares to Town Proprietors, 1752.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 20, 1752.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth February 20 th 1752. Thursday 

New Hampshire \ Six of the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann 
Slayton — The Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the 20 th day of Nov 1 1751 
Granted to Edmund Brown William Swain Archelaus Lakeman & 
others a Certain Tract of Land in said Province Containing the 
Quantity of about forty Square miles Bounded as follows Viz' 
Beginning at a Great Rock on the Westerly side of Pemigiwassett 
River which Rock is the North Easterly Bounds of a Tract of Land 
Granted to Eben r Stevens Jedidiah Pbilbrick & others by said Pro- 
prietors then Running West Seventeen Degrees South ten Miles then 
Beginning again at said Rock and Running up the River so far as to 
Contain four Miles upon a Strait line thence West Seventeen 
Degrees South ten Miles thence on a Strait line to the end of the 
first Ten mile Line on Certain Terms Conditions & Limitations Par- 
ticularly Set forth & Expressed in the Vote Whereby the said Grant 
was made among which is the Article following that in case Sixt} r 
Families Shall not be Settled within the time Limitted (in said Vote 
for the Settling of that Number) by the owners of Sixty Shares of 
the said Tract of Land (who are to make said Settlement) or their 
Heirs or Assigns the Grantors their Heirs or Assigns shall & may 
Enter into the same and take Possession thereof as tho' the said 
Grant had never been made 

And Whereas it has been Represented to the said Proprietors in 
behalf of the Grantees that from other Articles in said Vote it was 
Necessary a Short time farther than that Limitted in said Vote for 
the Settling of the said Sixty Families should be granted and 
Allowed for the perfecting of said Settlement as the case may hap- 
pen in Carrying on the same. Which motion having been Considered 
& the said Proprietors being desireous of giving all Reasonable 
Encouragement to the said Settlers and of having the said Settle- 
ment Effected according to the Design of the Grant — 

Voted Therefore that the share of each of the said Grantees who 
were to make the said Settlement according to said Vote & who 
shall not have performed & done his part & Duty therein at the time 
limitted in the said Vote for the Co'pleating & perfecting the Settle- 
ment of Sixty Families on said Land according to the true Intent 
and meaning thereof be & hereby is granted to such of said Grantees 
as shall have Done & performed their Respective part and Duty 
therein Provided Nevertheless & on this Condition only that those 



[Plan of Andover, 1753.] 



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Province of > Portsmouth July 4* i 75 3 The within is a true Plan of y Tract of land as granted to Edmund Brown william Swain Archelaus Lak :eman & | ogers by ^ P™^^ 

New Hampshire \ the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esqu' in said Province pursuant to y« grant of Said Proprietors made & voted y -o inov 75 
of Said Grantees to the said Grantors & by their Order ^> 



Received this Plan July 4'h 1753 



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ANDOVER. 



87 



Grantees who shall have so Settled shall & do well & Truly perform 
fche part Duty and business of such neglecting and Delinquent per- 
son within the Term of Six months from fche Expiration of the term 
Limitted in said Vote for fche Compleating the Settlement of Sixty 
Families as aforesaid which Term of Six months is hereby granted to 
them for that Purpose but in Default hereof this Vote shall be Void 
<S; the grant of said Land be & Remain on the Conditions & Limi- 
tations of the formor Vote & as tho' this Vote had never been passed 
anything herein Contained to the Contrary thereof Notwithstanding 



[Draft of Lots in Andover, 1753.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 239.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth July 4 th 1753, Wednesday Six of 
New Hampshire ) the Clock afternoon — At a Meeting of the Pro- 
prietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' in New 
Hampshire — the Draft of the Lots of the Tract of Land granted unto 
Edmund Brown William Swain, Archelaus Lakeman & others Nov 1 " 
•20"' 1751, under the Direction of the Proprietors, as follows — 



first Minister LotN°19 


Ministry 


N°62 


School Lot 


17 


John Brown 


71 


Benjamin Shaw 


44 


Edward Brown 


16 


Benjamin Sandburn 


56 


Richard Wibird Esq 1 " 


23 


Tobias Lakeman 


75 


Israel Blake 


4 


John Moffat Esq r 


70 


William Swain 


14 


Nath 1 Healey 


55 


John Chapman 


43 


Thomas Sillea 


22 


David Norton 


32 


Benj a Leavet 


29 


John Thomlinson Esq T 


54 


John Iloit 


77 


William Brown Clough 


41 


Mark H« Went worth Esq. 64 


Eben r Loverin 


7 


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30 


Simon Marston 


38 


Anthony Emery 


69 


Tho 8 Wallingford Esq r 


67 


Daniel Cram 


13 


Joseph Weare 


37 


Robert Miller 


25 


Nathan Dow 


79 


Nathan Longfellow 


73 


Robert Calf 


66 


Jonathan Beck 


1 


Joshua Towle 


50 


Joseph. Gove 


15 


David Lowell 


74 


Law Lot N° 2 


40 


Walter Williams 


8 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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36 



Joshua Peirce Esq r 

the Right of Jonathan f 

Odiorne Esq r deceas' 1 \ 

Ezekiel Worthen 

Jn° Thomlinson & 

Jn° Tufton Mason Esq rs 

Archelaus Lakeinan 

Amos Dwinal 

Joseph French 

Benj a Tilton 

Samuel Blake jun 1 

Samuel French 

Jesse Prescutt 

Nath 1 Meserve Joseph ) 

Blanchard Esq rs &c \ 

Samuel Bathrick 

John Wentworth Esq r 

Dan 1 Peirce & Mary Moore 53 

Sam 1 Solly & CP March Esq. 52 

Daniel Sanburn 68 

Edmund Brown 20 

Benjamin Eaton 9 

David Page 80 

Jonathan Sanburn 59 



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57 
35 
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18 



Samuel French 24 

John Ellis 45 

John Sanburn 49 

Jonathan Leavit 34 

Benj a Swett jun' 28 

Joseph Prescutt 76 

John Rindge 47 

Nathan Row 27 

Richard Smith 58 

Thomas Packer Esq 46 

Joseph Rawlins 33 

George Jaffrey Esq r 63 

John Marston 61 

Samuel Blake 11 
Theodore Atkinson Esq r 81 

Daniel Weare 6 

Benj a French 26 

Hezekiah Karr 42 

Daniel Marston 5 

Nath 1 Bachelder 39 

Nason Cass 60 

John Leavet 78 



A true Draft of the Lots to the names to whom drawn of above- 
said Tract of Land under the Care & Direction of said Proprietors — 

attest Geo: Jaffrey Prop rs Clerk 

A true Copy of the Record of the Draft of the Lotts in the Town- 
ship granted to Brown &c a 

Attest Geo -Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



\_Comi)laints from Andover, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 55.] 

a letter of Complaint from the Settlers of the township of New- 
britton to the genteel Men grantors of Said township Whareas your 
honers Ware plesed to grant this township to a Sertain number of 
men and they having givn Som Small incourigment for Settling We 
a few of us have under taken to Settle in Said town we would inform 



ANDOVER. 89 

you genteelmen that we undergo a great deel of Difeklty on the 
a Count oi the proprietrs being backword in premoting the Settlement 
of this town the\ r are not Carefull to perform what they promsed us 
neithe can we learn as they give any incouregment at all for any more 
to Com into the town they Clear us no rodes buld us no bridges 
indeed they have bult us a Saw mill but that not being Completed 
as it ought to be that we git our bords with a grat deel of Difikelty 
but this is not all we Suffer more abundently for want of a grist 
mill we have been forsed to go twenty mils to mill this year with 
a teem and men upon [torn] three Days and nights by these and 
such like ditikeltys and many more which would be needless for us 
to menten is the grate means why people do not settle in the town 
if the proprietrs would give any proper Iucourigment there is men 
Stands radey to Settle in the town but by the bakwardness of the 
proprietrs they are Discoriged and it hath almost Discoriged us for 
in removing into Suchey Distent wildrness we are Deprived of the 
priviledge of the gospel which is one grate Discourigment and things 
at present lookes very Dull with us and without theire be Some fur- 
ther Care taken we Sea nothing else but we are likley to spend the 
rest of our Days in a wildrness without the gospel as those hethen 
natives of the land hath Done before us and therefore genteelmen 
we your most humble Sarvents would be gratly obliged to you if you 
would be So Chereteble to us as to Star up and move forward our 
proprietrs in the further Settlement of this town for we Cannot Sea 
as they have any regard to their fellow Creters but only for their 
own privet intrest atrying to Save their land with as little Cost as 
posseble and we at the Same time are the grate Suffers by this means 
and genteelmen this is our Complaint hoping that your Honours will 
do Sumthing for our releff 

Dated at Newbitton November the 5/ 1767 
william morey Samuel Blake Edward Sade 

Israel Graves elias rano Sim Connor 

Samuel rano Samuel Scribnor Joseph fellows 



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ANDOVER. 91 

[Charter Renewed, 1771.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 6, 1771.] 

Province of j Portsmouth November 6 th 1771. Wednesday 

New Hampshire j at the dwelling house of James Stoodly Esqu 1 ' 
Innholder the Proprietors meet according to adjournment 

Whereas the Proprietors on the 20 th day of November 1751, did 
Vote and grant unto Sixty persons, Edmund. Brown William Swain 
and others, named in Said grant, to have and to hold to them their 
Heirs and assigns for ever a certain Tract of Land, in Said. Grant 
bounded and described, & upon certain conditions Terms and limita- 
tions therein expressed, with certain reservations — and whereas the 
Said Grantees their Heirs or Assigns, had not complyed with the 
Terms and Conditions of Said Grant as therein limmitted the Said 
Proprietors the Grantors have by their Agent entered into the Same 
Tract of Land, granted as aforesaid, and taken possession thereof 
agreable to the Reservation in said Grant — Since which, The Said 
Grantees by a Committee have made Application, earnestly desiring 
a grant of further time to fulfill the Terms and Conditions of their 
former grant of Said Tract of Land — upon Consideration of their 
request, and willing to favour the Said Grantees, by granting the 
further time they propos'd, and declared their Intention of perform- 
ing the Settlements &° upon Condition, of the Said Grantees their 
Heirs or assigns fulfilling and performing the Terms and Articles 
expressed in Said Grant, made and voted on the said 20 th day of 
November 1751 — within two years, from this Sixth day of November 
1771 : the Said Tract of land except the reservations made in the 
beforementioned grant — be and hereby is Voted and granted to the 
Said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns, if the Said Grantees their 
Heirs and assigns shall not perform the Terms, and Articles expressed 
in the Said former Grant, within the Said two years herein limitted, 
then the Proprietors the grantors, may and shall by themselves, or 
any person or persons in their behalf, reenter and take possession of 
Said tract of land for their Use — as though this, or any former grant 
of the Premises had never been made — 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



ANTRIM. 



[This town was part of a tract of land called Cumberland, afterwards Society 
Laud. Incorporated March 22, 1777, and named from a town in Ireland. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 105 ; Index to Laws, 22; sketch, by W. R. 
Cochrane, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1882, p. 252; Half-Century 
Sermon, 1838, by John M. Whiton, pp. 24; Breif Notices of the Town, by John 
M. Whiton, 4, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 216; History, 1744 — 
1844, by John M. Whiton, 1852, pp. 96; History, by W. R. Cochrane, 1880, pp. 
792; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 19; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 149.] 



{Petition of Eb : Storer, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 56.] 

To The Hon 1 ' 1 * The° Atkinson & Rich d Wibird Esq rs & Others the 
Purchasers & Proprietors of Masons Rights 

Gentlemen I have a Farm of Three hundred acres of Land Lying 
in your Province which was formerly Granted bry our Generall Court 
to one Jonathan Butterfield which I afterward purchased of Gershom 
Keyes which land is bounded as follows Adjoyning to the Township 
N° 7 in the line of Towns Begining at a Hemlock Tree Markt with 
Letter A standing in the south line of s' 1 Township N° 7 thre Miles 
from the Southeast Corner & from thence South by a line of Markt 
trees 320 Rods to a stake & stones to Letter B from thence North 
one hundred & Sixty Rods by a line of Markt Trees to a Hemlock 
Tree to Letter C from thence North 320 Rods by a line of Markt 
trees to a Stake & stones in af ores' 1 Line to Letter D. from thence with 

the line where it began so that upon y e whole Gentlemen My Peti- 
tion is to y r Hon s that you would pleas' 1 to Confirm the s' 1 Three 
hundred Acres of Land to me or otherwise to give me an Equivolent 
some where Else & y r Petetioner shall as in Duty bound ever pray 

Port 8 Aprill 13 th 1753 Eb : Storer 



[Petition of David Baldwin, 1753.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 57.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of the Right to the Lands in 
New Hampsh r \ Said Province Commonly Called and known by 
the Name of John Tufton Mason's 

The Petition of David Baldwin Late of Sudbury now of Water- 
town in the County of Middlesex in the Province of the Massachu- 
setts Bay Gent. Shews 



ANTRIM. 93 

That on the 4"' Day of January 1741 he Purchased of one Gershom 
Keys by his Deed of that Date a Tract of Land in the Province of 
New Hampshire Bounded as follows viz — Adjoining to the Township 
N° 7 in tin.' Line of Towns So Called begining at an Hemlock Tree 
Marked with the Letter A. Standing in the South Line of Said Town- 
ship N° 7 three Miles from the South East Corner & from thence 
riming South Eleven Degrees & thirty Minutes West by a Line of 
Marked Trees three Hundred & twenty rods to a Stake & Stones to 
the Letter B, thence Last live Degrees & thirt}' Min s North One hun- 
dred & Sixty Rods by a Line of Mark'd Trees to an Hemlock Tree 
to the Letter C. thence North Eleven Deg. & thirty Min 8 East three 
Hundred & twenty Rods by a Line of Markd Trees to a Stake & 
Heap of Stones in the aforesaid Town Line to the Letter D. from 
thence with Said Line to where it began with Six Acres more on the 
West Side of the Southerly Branch of Contoocoke River lying in the 
Said Township N" 7 bounded South on the afores' 1 Farm East on the 
Said Branch North on a farm belonging to W 1 " Moore & Weston a 
Lot N° 46. in Said Township N° 7 & also Ninety four Acres to be 
taken off from the South End of the House Lots 45, 47, & N° 46 &c 
— as may more fully appear by Said Deed — That yo r Petitioner as 
been at very Considerable Expence in order to make a Settlem* there 
& has done a great deal of Labour on & Cleard a Great Quantity 
of the Land fit for Improvem 1 So that Including the purchase Sum 
he has been at upwards of a Thousand pound Expence on the Same 

Wherefore he prays your Consideration of the Premises & that 
you woud be pleasd to Grant & Confirm to him Your Title to the 
Said purchased Lauds which Your Petitioner Shall Ever Gratefully 
Acknowledge & Comply with any just & Equitable Terms of holding 
under you 

Portsmouth May 24 th 1753 David Baldwin 



94 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Three Lots in Antrim, 1780.] 

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ANTRIM. 

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CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Interval Farm, 1784.] 



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A Plan of the Interval farm, to which is annexed the Interval Lot 
Belonging to the Heirs of Peirce & Moore lying mostly in Antrim 
the whole Contains five Hundred & Eighty four Acres Exclusive of 
twenty one acres East of the river Contoocuck which 21 Acres is 
very Bad Said farm & lot is N° 5 each in the Original Plan That 
part of the lot N° 4 east of the prick' 1 line is 18 Acres taken off 
Aikins lot, which makes N° 4 one hundred Acres 



ANTRIM. 



97 



N B the lot No 5 is Mostly improved on which M'farlane is Set- 
tled he has also Some improved on N° 3 one James Dinsmor is Set- 
tled on N° 4 and has about 20 acres improved and Some little on N° 
1 : one John Smith has improvements on N°l & N° 4 about 15 Acres 
One Alexander M'Dole is Settled on N° 2 Improvements about 
fifteen Acres 

N : B Aikins lot Originaly Comprehended the Interval lot west 
of the river 



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[Deed for Lot in Antrim, 1797.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 58.] 

Know all Men by these presents that We Edward Baston Long of the 
City of Bath & Kingdom of Great Britain Esquire and Mary Long 
wife of the said Edward in her Right by our Attorney John Peirce of 
Portsmouth in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hamp- 
shire Merchant Duely constituted & empowered by us, For and in 
consideration of the sum of Two hundred dollars to our said Attorney 
in hand paid or secured to be paid by Francis Brown of Antrim in 
the County of Hilsborough Husbandman the Receipt whereof we do 
hereby acknowledge, have remised, released, sold & Conveyed, and by 
these presents, do remise, release, sell, & Convey, to him the Said 
Francis Brown, his heirs & Assigns, all the right, Title, Interest, 
claim, and Demand, which we or either of us have, in & to One hun 
dred Acres of Land, in said Antrim, being part of George Jaffrevs 
original Right in that tract, that was first Called & known by the 
name of the Society Laud, and is said to be Lot Number four, or how- 

7 



98 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ever otherwise the same is or may be Numbred it is bounded as fol 
loweth begining at the southeastly Corner of said Jaffreys large Lot 
there, then riming Northerly one hundred Rods, then Westerly one 
hundred & Sixty Rods, then south y one hundred Rods, then Easterly 
One hundred and Sixty Rods, to the bounds begun at. — To have & to 
hold said Released premises, with the appurtenances thereof, to him 
the said Francis Brown his heirs & assigns, to his & their proper use, 
benefit & behoof forever, hereby Engaging to Warrant & defend the 
said granted premises, against all claims, or Demands, of an} T person 
or persons claiming by from or under us, or said George Jaffrey 
Esquire, who by deed conveyed said Land to Thomas Nichols, and 
said Nichols to the Grandfather of said Mary, who is sole heir to all 
his real Estate — 

In Witness whereof we the said Edward Baston Long & Mary 
Long by our Attorney John Peirce aforesaid have hereunto set our 
hands & seals this 19 th Day of December 1797 — , - — — > , 

Signed Sealed & Delivered Edward Baston Long by ] Seal I 

in presence of — his Attorney John Peirce ' — — ' 

Richard Tucker Mary Long by her ) 

R: Cutts Shannon Attorney John Peirce ] Seal \ 

State of New Hampshire j Portsmouth Dec r 20 im 

Rockingham ss — ) 

Then Edward Baston Long & Mary Long by their attorney John 
Peirce appearing acknowledged this Instrument to be their free act 
&Deed' 

before R : Cutts Shannon 

Jus : peace 

[Endorsed] Edw a B. Long & wife to Tho s Brown 

This Deed taken up & a new one given owing to an error in writing 
Thomas for Frances 



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[Disposal of Certain Lots in Antrim, 1804.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 59.] 

I will give M r Andrew Robbe the refusal of Lot N° twenty two 
until the middle of June next at three hundred Dollars — February 25, 
1804 

John Peiree 

Lot N° 22 in Antrim is conveyed by me to James Wilson Esq & 
Andrew ^ Deed Dated July 12 1803 delivered to M r Thayer the 

Post 



I have given M r Robbe the refusal of Lot N° 22 untill the middle 
of June Next at 300 D. 

Feb* 25, 1804— 



Engaged to sell Samuel White Lot of Land in Antrim N° 25 ad- 
joining on Robbes Lot N° 28 — 



IOO CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Deed of a Lot in Antrim. 1S13.] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS. THAT I. Johh 
Pejkce. of Portsmouth, in the County of Rockingham, and State 
of New-Hampshire. Merchant : For and in consideration of the sum 
of Three hundred and Sixty three Dollars — to me in hand, paid 
before the delivery hereof, by Daniel Page of Antrim in the County 
of Kilsborough and State aforesaid Yeoman the receipt whereof I do 
hereby acknowledge, have remissed. released, and forever quit claimed, 
and conveyed: and by these presents do remise, release, and forever 
quit claim and convey to him the said Daniel Page his heirs and 
sb ^ns. all my right, title, claim, or demand whatsoever in and to a 
Lot of Land in Antrim aforesaid Containing One hundred twenty 
One Acres M e or less and is Lot Number Twenty three in the Mid- 
dle Range : Lots laid out on the Great Right Number Five and was 
part of the Right of Daniel Peirce and Mary Moore as may be found 
bv the Records of the Masonian Proprietors and which was bequeathed 
me bv my Brother Joseph Peirce Esquire deceased — To have and 
to hold said quit claimed and conveyed premises, with the appurten- 
ances thereof, to him the said Daniel Page his heirs and assigns I 
herebv engaging to warrant and defend the said quit claimed premises, 
aorainst all claims or demands of any person or persons claiming only 
bv. from, or under me or the said Daniel Peirce «k Mary Moore. — 

* In witness whereof. I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, this 
first Dav of June in the Y'ear one thousand eight hundred & thirteen 
. % '• ; . ■ ID ■' ■ 

in f John Peirce ] Seal [ 

John MClintock 

W B Parker 

kingham ss Portsmouth June I s 1813 — 

The above named John Peirce personally appearing acknowledged 
this instrument to be his free act and deed. 

Before me. John MClintock Justice Pea 



[■John Duncan* * Reeomnu . 1815.] 

-onian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 61.] 

M r Perce Sir the berrer Timothy S Hills wishes to purchase a Lot 
of Land of you being Lot N : 1\ of an ordinary quality fit for nothing 
but pastering if hirn and you Can agree you need not be afrade but 
vou can get your pay 

Antrim Jut. 1815 John Duncan 



BARNSTEAD. IOI 

[Memorandum of Lot in Antrim. l^lo\] 

[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 61.] 

agreed to kee N _ I Antrim till middle of May for Samuel P 
" March 1 - 

M. W. Pen 



[Bounds ' L : :' Antrim*] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 62.] 

Begining at the Northwest corner at a Stake vS: stone, the:. 
two and oc one half degrees East, on the line : William If D. 3 
land, one hundred i: thirty six B la I -:ake and s: -nee 

East two & one half degrees : North forty rive i: and one half B 
on the line of John Smiths land to a stake and stc oes ; then S uth 
two & one half degrees E st fifty rods: : Staki is Si nes : thence 
N rth Eighty seven i: one half East fifty two A: one half Rods on 
William Smiths land to a Stake & Stones : thence. North two vk one 
half degrees. West one hundred & eighl - 5,1 Stat and 

Stones: thence Westwardly ni:. _..: rods on the line of John 

Duncans land to the bounds first mentioned. 

I have agreed to sell to Deacon J a" Nesmith all my part of the 
within Land that N 3 & N 1 laid out by Betton may take out & I 
am to get a ded from T v.v. A Martin & Joseph I rhich Lot N 

2 & N 4 may take out as pricked out by John Clark on his plan — ..: 
10 f) Acre to be paid in two Years with Inf — 



BARNSTEAD. 

"Granted by Lieut. Gov. John Wentworth to Rev. Jos 
ton. and others. May 20 : - :~ 

See . - g; XI, Hammond Town I 

Index to Laws. 45; skc 

Reunion. 1. Granite Monthly. 303 ed. by H. N. Co'.'r li 

History, by T. P. J« - J - ^-.ewart's Efistax 

1862, ] 152, 375 Lawrence"s X. H. Chur; - 



102 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Orders to Run Line between Barnstead and Alton.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 63.] 

To Walter Bryant jun r Esq r 

You are to proceed to survey and perambulate the Boundary Line 
between Barnstead and the Land called the Gore with all possible 
Exactness and Expedition for which purpose you are to repair to 
the marked Tree on the Northerly Corner of Barrington and taking 
if possible the old marked Line proceed upon it until Eight Miles be 
accomplished taking the utmost Care to observe the course of the 
said Line upon the Compass, and properly spotting the Trees as you 
go along. But if you cannot certainly find the said anciently marked 
Line then you are to proceed from the northerly Corner Bound of 
Barrington at the mark'd Tree aforesaid and measure Eight Miles 
upon a straight Line North West two Degrees and a half more north- 
erly from the said Corner Tree, and after the said Eight Miles be 
accomplished that is to say if upon the ancient mark'd Line aforesaid 
but not otherwise to proceed on the said old Line two Miles further 
unto a Mark'd Tree a corner Bound of Oilman Town and the Gore. 
But If you shall find on arriving at the Period of the said Eight 
Miles on the Line running N° West 242 Degrees more northerly as 
aforesaid from the Corner Tree of Barrington that Gilmantown has 
encroached by settlements on the Gore You [are] then to proceed to 
the upper Corner of the Town of Barnstead next to the Town of 
Chichester and run from thence on the Head of the said Town of 
Barnstead North 42 Degrees East Six Miles, then North West Two 
Miles marking well the Corner Trees at the begginning and End of 
every Line. 

As Soon after as possible that you have compleated the Survey as 
herein directed you are to make a just and particular Return thereof 
on Oath and to certify the Names of the Chain men and that they 
were duely sworn to a faithful Performance. 

Daniel Rogers ) Committee of 
Peter Pearse \ Masons Propriety 

Benj a Adams ) Committee 
John Nutter \ for Barnstead 



[Plan of Second Division in BamzteaJ.] 

Ill ill'! 



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1 ;M ^ *i *M 



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BEDFORD. IO3 



BEDFORD. 



[Granted by Massachusetts as Narragansett No. 5, Feb. 12, 1733-4- After- 
wards called Souhegan East. The grant was confirmed by the Masonian Proprie- 
tors Nov. 9, 1748. Incorporated as Bedford May 19, 1750, and named in honor 
of the Duke of Bedford. A portion of the town was annexed to Manchester July 
I, 1853. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 50; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 176; Index to Laws, 
51; Topographical and Historical Sketch, 1, Collections of N. H. Historical 
Society, 288; discourse, by Thomas Savage, 1 841, pp. 16; centennial address, 
by Isaac O. Barnes, 1850, pp. 45 ; History, pub. by Alfred Mudge, 1851, pp. 364: 
historical discourse, by Ira C. Tyson, 1876, pp. 31; sketch, Hurd's History of 
Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 265 ; History of the Catholic Church in the United 
States, by John G. Shea, 1890, Vol. 3, p. 108; Baptist Churches in N. H., by 
E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 22; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 156; 
Memorial Addresses on Life and Character of Zachariah Chandler, 1880; Life of 
Zachariah Chandler, 1880; sketch, 12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 47.] 



{Petition of Inhabitants of Bedford.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 64.] 

To the Hon 1 ' 16 the Propriotors of Masons Grant or Patent 
We the Subscribers being Inhabatants of Sowhegan East being Sen- 
seble that by vertue of that Grant of the massachusets we have no title 
to the Lands that we possess but that we Concive the title to our Lands 
is in your Honnors we therefor Humbly pray your Hon" of your 
Grate Goodness to Give us the Subscribers to Geather with the Rest 
of our Inhabitants a quit Clame of the Land Lying In the bounds of 
that tract of Land (Known by the name of Sowhegan East In the 
provence of new hampshier) to us and our heirs forever and your 
Humble Servants the Subscribers to Geather with the Rest of the 
presant Inhabitants Shall Ever pray 

and we the Subscribers Do constute and apoint our beloved Neigh- 
burs and frinds John Goffe Sam 11 Patten and mathew Patten and 
James Walker and Moses Barron to Represent us before your Hon rs 
and pray your Hon rs to Except them as our Constitutants in that 
case 

James Walker Moses Barron John Goffe 

Hugh Ridell Samuel Patten Matt w patten 

John Orr John Quige Robert Gillmor 

Martha M' Quaid Widdow or Relict of James M' Quaid and her Children 



104 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Ritckard mckallster John Bell jan Riddell 
James Moor John Moorhead Benjamin Smith 

John McDuggall Alex r Walker John Riddell Sinner 

fargous Kennedy william moor William Patterson Juuer 

John Thomas James Linne James Little 

Benjamin & John Kidder on the possion of Benjamin Kidder dec' 1 
Robert Gillmor JuniourEleazer Lyon Jonathan Lyon 



[Petition of Bedford for a Quit Claim, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 65.] 

We the Subscribers being Appointed a Committee by the Grantees 
of a Tract of Land commonly call'd Xaragunsett town N. 5, or Sou- 
hegan East, being inform'd that s' 1 tract of Land falls within Masons 
Claim, do petition that the Purchasers of Masons Right, woud release 
& quit claim s' 1 tract of Land, to the Massachusetts Grantees their 
Heirs & Assigns, as the same is already divided & laid out 

Portsmouth Nov r 5 th 1748 E Miller 

Edward White 

To the Committee of the Purchasers of Masons Right 



BEDFORD. 



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\_Report on Certain Lots in Bedford, 1750.] 
"Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 66.] 



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8 




11 


2 


50 


60 


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These Rights as Far 


X° 1 


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as I Can rind has no 




17 




6 


4 — 


— Jacob Griggs 


improvement Don on 


35 


11 




15 


5 





— 


Alford Buttler 


them Xor no person 


37 


2 


10 


9 


5 


80 


94 


Isaac Hatch 


in the town has any 


59 


-: 


5 


3 


6 


— 




Jonath n Gay 


Claim to them that I 


61 


24 




25 


8 


6 


13 


Tho» Jefferys 


know of — 


67 


I 




11 


6 


ill 


eado 


w in the Same Joseph B 


enson 


76 


6 




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3 


— 


— 


Mad m Loveingstone 


What third Devisions 


74 


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unto 


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rDev isions Benj n Turner 


is Not here numbered 


79 


3° 




31 


4 


"5 


S3 Caleb Stedman 


I have no ACcount 


7i 


-3 




24 


5 


104 


So Tho s Tilestone Esq r 


of and I have all that 


89 


1 


7 


12 


5 




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Jonath n Williams 


is on Record in the 


17 


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7 




9 


2 


67 


27 


D r John Cuttler 




19 


18 




7 


4 


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Xo home 


















lots to 


25 




26 


4 


— 


— 


Sam 11 Seward 




these 


















two 


















Rights 


12 


10 


4 


II 


— 


— 


Tho* Plimly 





Deacon Jonathan Williams Farm of 120 Acres 

These are the Origanal Prop™ Xames 

All which is humbly Submited to your honours Judgement 
Bedford Oct' 19 th 1750 by Math w Patten 

To the Honourable Joseph Blanchard Esq r 



[Proprietors' Rest "vatiotu in Bedford, 1750.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records. Dee. 7. 1750. and Masonian Pa 

Vol. 5. p. 67.] 

Province of New / Portsmouth December y~ 7* 1750 frydav five of 

Hampshire \ the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann Slayton 
the Proprietors meet according to adjournment 

Voted That the proposed reserved Seventeen Shares in Souhegan 



106 CHARTER RECORDS. 

East So Called, otherwise Called Narraganset Number five, be Drawn 
for at this Meeting and that the Particular Home Lots as heretofore 
Surveyed and Laid out by the Claimers under the Mass" Government, 
that Shall be Drawn by any Particular Person or persons Shall be to 
the Respective Persons by whom Drawn and to whom Entered to 
have and to hold the same in Severalty to them their Heirs & Assigns 
Respectively forever and that the other divisions in said Tract of 
Land as heretofore Surveyed and laid out as aforesaid belonging unto 
the said Home lots Respectively, Shall be to the said Persons Respec- 
tively, who draw the said Home lots, to have & to hold the same in 
Severalty to them their Heirs & Assigus forever in the same manner 
and upon the same Conditions as they hold in Severalty the Sundry 
Tracts & Parcells of Land Voted to be held in Severalty by a Vote 
Passed by said Proprietors at a Meeting by them held on the 25 th day 
of July 1750 — 

Parsuant to the above Vote the following Draft of the abovesaid 
Seventeen Shares reserved in Souhegan East so called otherwise 
called Naragansett Number five — was Voted to be Recorded in the 
following Manner as they were drawn at this Meeting — Namely — 

Home Lotts 

1 st drawn to Theodore Atkinson Esqu r N° 39- on Merrimack 

2 d Mess rs Meserve Blanchard 

Green & march 61 — on Merrimack 

3 d John Moffatt Esqu r £9 — on Merrimack 

4 th John Rindge 74 — on Merrimack 

5 th John Wentworth jun r Esqu r 83 — on Merrimack 

6 th George Jaffrey 20 — on Babusook 

7 th Mark Hunk g Went worth Esqu r 41 — on Merrimack 

8 th Thomas Packer Esqu r 95 — on Merrimack 

9 th Jotham Odiorne Esqu r 69 — on Merrimack 

10 th William Parker Esqu r 1 — on Merrimack 

11 th Mary Moor & Dan" Peirce Esqu r 79 — on Merrimack 

12 th Mathew Livermore Esqu r 1 — on Piscataquog 

13 th Joshua Peirce Esqu r 65 — on Merrimack 

14 th Samuel Solly & Clem' MarcbEsqu™ 75 — on Merrimack 

15 th Thomas Walliugford Esqu r 17 — on Babusook 

16 th Richard Wibird Esqu r 31 — on Merrimack 

17 th Jn° Thomlinson & Jn° 

Tufton Mason Esqu rs 35 on Merrimack 



BEDFORD. IO7 

[Proprietors Reservations in Bedford. 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 68.] 

The origonai Proprietors names in the Xarragansett Township N 
five Now Bedford whose Rights were drawn by the Proprietors of M 
.Masons Right as they are Recorded in the Proprietors Book 

N 39 home lott Joseph Prince Drawn by Col" Atkinson 

N 61 Thomas Jafferies Drawn by Meserve Blanchard Green and 

March 
N° 89 Jonathan Williams drawn by M r Moffat 
N 74 Benjamin Turner drawn by John Rindge 
N° 83 John Mears drawn by John Wentworth jun r 
N 20 on Babusuck Ephraim Colburn drawn by George jaffrey 
N° 41 Silence Allen drawn by Mark Hunking Wentworth 
N° 95 Benjamin Bates drawn by Thomas Packer 
N 69 Jonathan Prout drawn by jotham Odiorne 
X° 1 Jacob Griggs drawn by William Parker 
N 7'.' Caleb Steadman drawn by Mary Moor and Daniel Peirce 
M 1 on Piscataquog Governor Belchard drawn by Math"" Livermore 
>i° 65 Samuel Gurnet drawn by Joshua Peirce 
N° 75 Samuel Fisk drawn by Solly and March 
N° 17 on Babusuck John Cuttler drawn by Thomas Wallingford 
N° 31 John Wilson drawn by Richard Wibird 
N 35 Alford Buttler drawn by Thomlinson and Mason 

Copy of the origenal Proprietors names as they stand Recorded to 
the several home lotts above Numbered 

$ Math" Patteu Prop" Clerk 



[■John Goffe to Proprietors. 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 69.] 

Derryfield March 16 th 1752 
Sir 

I under Stand that Li" Moses Barron Has Bought the wrights that 
Cap : Wibird and my Lord Mason Drew in Bedford of the orignal 
Proproiotors not withstanding he pretended to by Cap 1 Wibirds him- 
self once but It being to be bough Eseliar or Cheeper of the other he 
has bought of him and threetens to try it out upon which I Got a 
Surveyer to Run the Lines of them and Set the 2 first Letters of there 
names upon Each corner of there Lots and I have pulled Doun the 



IOS CHARTER RECORDS. 

fence upon Cap 1 wibirds Lot and he took 2 men and Required to put 
it up again or he would prosecute Me But I Refused to do it now I 
would be Glad if you would Let Cap 1 wibird know how it Stands and 
weather I shall be Justifyed in pulling it down or weather it is best 
to put up again And Send me a line by the barer Esq r Boyes and 
Barron is also Boxing trees upon My Lords Lot and weather I Shall 
Give him any Interuption in that and how which is all in Hast from 
your Humble 

Sarvant at Command John Goffe 

I would not Give a groat for all your lots in bedford if this fellow 
Goes on at So high a hand 

My Service to all Frings as before John Goffe 



[Petition of Margaret White.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 70.] 

To Theodore Atkinson and Joseph Blanchard Esq rs and others — 

Margarett White of Boston in the County of Suffolk Spinster only 
Child of John White late of the same Boston Cordwainer deceased — 

Most humble sheweth 

That your pet rs said Father in the Year 1735 purchased of Samuel 
Kneeland a Lott of land Called Number Eighty three part of the 
Township called and known by the name of Souheagan East Number 
five Granted by the Great and General Court of the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay to the Narragansett Souldiers with all the divis- 
ions and after divisions thereunto belonging which land your pet r is 
Informed is taken up by Your Honours And as your pet r is fully Sat- 
isfied of your Honours Justice and Equity — 

She therefore humbly prays your honours out of your Usual Good- 
ness to Grant her a Tract of land on the West Side of the Township 
Called New Boston under such Restrictions as your honours shall see 
Meet as our Equivalent for the Tract of land first Mentioned — 

And your pet r as in duty bound will ever pray &c 

margrat white 



[ Vote of Proprietors in Regard to Bedford.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 71.] 

Voted that the Rights of the Original Proprietors of Souhegan 
East otherwise called Narraganset N° 5 on Merrimack River be & 
hereby are Confirmed to them according as y e Lots have been already 



BOSCAWEN. IO9 

Surveyed & Laid out (Excepting & Reserving only Seventeen Shares 
or Rights as according to Said Laying out the Particular Rights or 
Shares so Excepted & Reserved to be Determind & ascertaind 
hereafter) But that the Particular Rights & Shares of Major Edward 
White & the Reverend D r Eben 1 ' Miller be not among the Excepted 
& Reserved Rights as afores' 1 But that their Said Rights & Shares 
among said Proprietors Surveyd as afores' 1 be hereby granted & 
Confirmed to them their Heirs & Assigns 

Voted that the above Said Major White & his Son John have their 
Names put in among the Settlers of a Town which shall hereafter be 
Granted & Laid out that shall Include that Land in Gorum Town So 
calld lying a Cross the Crotch of Piscataquog River which the Said 
Major White purchased of Col° W m Dudley Deceased & that they 
have & hold to them their Heirs & Assigns that Same Land so pur- 
chased as their parts or shares in Said Township to be so Laid out 
the same being four hundred Acres to hold on the same terms of 
other Settlers 



BOSCAWEN. 

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

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 57; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 193; Index to Laws, 
62; sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 169; Descriptive and 
Historical Account, by John Farmer, 20, Mass. Historical Society Collections, 
71 ; Indian Troubles, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 75; Chrono- 
logical Register, by Ebenezer Price, 1823, pp. 116; Centennial Celebration, 1876, 
pp. 27 ; History or Boscawen and Webster, by Charles Carleton Coffin, 1878, pp. 
656; One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of Settlement, 1883, pub. 1884, pp. 
zi I ; Memorial Addresses on Life and Character of William Pitt Fessenden, 1870 ; 
Memoirs of John Adams Dix, by Morgan Dix, 1883 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, pp. 348, 355.] 



[Petition of Joseph Coffin, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 72.] 

Province of ( To the Honb 1 Theodore Atkinson Esqu r and 
New Hampshire \ others Purchasers & Proprietors of Lands in New 
Hampshire being y e Late Right of Jn° Tufton Mason Esqu r 



IIO CHARTER RECORDS. 

I the Subscriber in behalfe of my Selfe & others, having purchased 
& improved Land in a place called Contocook in Said Province — per- 
ceiving Said Land is within your Right are desireous of takeing & 
holding our Improvements under you upon Such Conditions and 
Considerations as shall be reasonbly proposed, and may be for your 
& our Advantage, for which this is offered, till a Petition may be 
preferred by and in behalfe of y e whole or greater part of y e Inhabi- 
tants & claim ers of Said Contocook So that in y e mean time no part 
of y e land in said Contocook may be disposed of by you, and by Six 
weeks from this date I hope to bring y e Petition abovesaid 

Portsm Dec r 21 th 1748 Joseph Coffin 



[ Vote of the Proprietors of Boseaiveiu 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 72.] 

At a Legall meeting of the Proprietors of Contoocook held Feb- 
ruary y e 1 : 1748— 

Ebenezer Choate Esq r was Chosen mod r for s d meeting Cap 1 Moses 
Gerrish Joseph Coffin & Cap 1 Joseph Gerrish were Chosen authorized 
& impowered as a Com ee To Treat with the Gen 1] men : Proprietors of 
Esq 1 " mason s Patent in the Province of Newhampshire to Transact 
any affair with the Said Proprietors which may in the Judgement of 
Said Committee be best for the Plantation afores tl : A true Coppy 
taken from the Prop rs Book Feb r y e 4 th 1748 

Attest Joseph Coffin 

Prop 1 Clerk 



[Joseph Coffin to Proprietors, 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 73.] 

with Submision to Your Hono r I Shall here inform that agreable to 
the advice I had when at Portsmouth, which is not Long Since, I 
have Desired my Bretheren who heretofore have Called our Selves 
the Proprietors of a Plantation Called Contoocook, (but these affairs 
now appear in another view : ) to meet together and accordingly we 
have & Chose A Com ee to waite upon Your Hono r & your Company 
who are Proprietors of Esq r raason s title: and would Humbly pray 
Your Hon r to Lett us know when we shall Come over So that we 
Shall be the Least trouble to Your business Either Publick or pri- 
vate S r in behalf of myself and other, I Subscribe your Hon r most 
oblidged Hum 1 " Serv 1 

Newbury February y e 6-1748 Joseph Coffin 



BOSCAWEN. 



Ill 



[Joseph Coffin to Proprietors, 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 73.] 

S r perhaps you have had thoughts that I your unworthy Servant, 
am not a man of truth but by the time I told you, I or Some other Per- 
son Should appear at Portsmouth upon the affair then in hand: I had 
been at the trouble agreeable to your advice to gett my Bretheren 
together & we have Chosen a Committee to proced : and Should have 
been Before you Gen u men the Proprietors of Esq r mason s title Before 
this time, but hearing Co 11 Atkison & Some others were from home 
Last week we have Defered the affair untill now : and are Ready to 
waite upon you when you Shall think most Convenient, here is one 
of our Bretheren from Contoocook Coming over with me if your 
business will allow of it next week S r be pleased to over Look my 
faillings — 

S r Your Most Hum 11 Serv 1 

Newbury Feb r y e 6 th 1748 Joseph Coffin 



[Original G-rantees of Boscaiven.~] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 74.] 



a List of the originall Grantees of the 
cook 



Abrahams Adams Jn r 
Robert Greenough 
.John akers 
John Chandler Esq r 
John Adams 
•lames mitchell 
Richard Jackman 
Joseph morss 3 d 
Joseph Gerrish Esq r 
Robert Adams 
John French Ju r 
Joseph Willet 
Stephen Dole 
Jonathan Plumer 
John Smith 
Willabee Favour 
Amose Stickny 
Richard Pettingell Ju r 
John Plumer Ju r 



Stephen Jaques 
Joseph morss Ju r 
Daniel Richards 
Joseph Toppan 
John Alden 
Stephen moody 
Richard Greenough 
Henry Sewall 
Samuel Bayley 
Richard Kelley 
Joseph Jackman 
Jacob Noyes 
moses Smith 
Thomas Peirce 
Isaac Hall 
Jacob Pillsbury 
George Jackman 
moses Gerrish 
Eliezer Peirce 



Plantation Called Conto- 

Joseph Coffin 
Benjamin Lunt 
Daniel Dole 
William Ilsley 
Joseph Knight Ju r 
Benjamin Pettingell 
Cornelius Wood 
John Webster 
Benjamin Smith 
Samuel Gerrish 
Nicholas Cheny 
John Poor 
Cutting hint 
Archelaus Woodman 
Edward Emery 
Stephen Emery 
Jonathan Samson 
Joseph Dole 
Daniel Peirce 



112 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Theodore Coker 
James Allen 
John Coffin 
John moody- 
Daniel Knight 
Daniel Hale 
Joshua Pillsbery 
James merrill 
Joshua Hale 
Jonathan Ilsley 
Tristram little 
Samuel Little 



Joseph Gerrish Ju r 
William Ripp 
John Waite 
moses Knight 
Moses Coker 
Henry Kingsbery 
Thomas Woodbridge 
James Noyes 
William Atkins 
Richard Hale 
John Noyes 3 d 
the first Minister 



Schoul Right & a mill Right 

the nine Farms 



Richard Coffin 
Abraham Titcomb 
William moody 
Daniel Coffin 
Edmund Greenleaf 3' 1 
Nathan Wheeler 
Joseph Noyes 3 d 
Thomas Webster 
George Little 
Samuel Sweet Ju r 
John weed 
ministry — 



John Choate Esq r 
Jeremiah Gatchell 
Edward Shove 



Ebenezer Burriell 
John Wain wright Esq r 
Samuel Bradford 



Richard Kent Esq 1 
Richard Hubbard 
Benjamin Bird 

S r my two £ Rights which Yo ul find were Blanks when I was with 
you : are the \ of willobee favers & \ John akers be pleasd to Enter 
them in Your Record S r your most Hum 11 Serv 1 

Joseph Coffin 

the fore going list is a true Coppy taken from the originall aprill 



v e 24th 1754 Exam d p r 



Joseph Coffin Prop r Clerk 



[Petition of Samuel Fowler, 1754.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 75.] 

To Friend Theod r Atkinson Esq r & others Purchasers & Prop rs of 
Masons Right in y e Prov e of New Hampshier in New England The 
Petition of Samuel Fowler of Newbury in y e County of Essex in y e 
Province of y e Massachusets Baj^ in New England Shipwright Shews 
that Your Petitioner Purchased one Right or share & an half in that 
Plantation called Contoocook as may appear by Deeds in y e Record- 
ers office Supposing when he made y e said Purchases that y e Right 
under y e mass ts (& under which he has held & improved) was good 
but being lately convinced of his Mistake & that y e s' 1 Right was & 
still is in you y e s d Purchasers desires a Composition with you on 
Such Terms as shall be tho't reasonable & Just & that you would 
Confirm his said one Right or Share & a half with his Improvements 
unto him as afores' 1 & Your Compliance will much oblige y r Sincere 
Freind — 

Portsmouth May y e 7 th 1754 Samuel fowler 



BOSCAWEN. 113 

[ Petition of Sarah, Widow of Phineas Stevens, 1756. J 

[ MasoDiao Papers, Vol. 5, p. 75.] 

the Coppys of the land the Revr' 1 M r Phineas Stevens own' 1 in the 
Plantation Commonly Called Contocook three home lotts lying on 

queen Street Containing five acres each & one whole Share or Right 
trough the whole Plantation Laid to the first Settled minister half an 
Eighty acre lott originally laid out to John Noyes the o' 1 & half an 
Hundred acre lott originally laid to the Said .John Noyes: & allso the 
undivided laud Belonging to one Share (viz) the undivided of the 
Said Noyes — 

a true Coppy taken from the Prop™ Book — May V ^0"' 1756 

Joseph Coffin Prop rs Cle r 

To tin- Hon 1 ' 1 '- Theod. Atkinson Esq 1 & y" Other Gent 1 " Proprietors 
of Masons Right — 

Gent" I should be Greatly Oblidged you would please to grant & 
confirm the within mentioned Lands to y e Heirs & Lawfull Repre- 
sentatives of my late Husband Phineas Stevens dec' 1 within men- 
tion'd as it is of great Consequence to Y r most hum 1 SeiV 

sarah stevens 



[Petition of Inhabitants of Boseawen, July 20, 1756.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 76.] 

To The Hon 1 Theod r Atkinson Esq 1 " and others Purchasers & Propri- 
etors of Masons Patent in X Ilamp r 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of the Plantation called 
Contoocook in the Province of New-Hampshire, sheweth. 

That whereas we your humble Petitioners understand thatour Town- 
ship, or Plantation aforesaid, falls within your Claim, by your Pur- 
chase of M r Tuftan Mason — & we are informed also that sundry of 
the non-resident Proprietors (or first Grantees of the foresaid Plan- 
tation) have been with your Honours, desiring to be confirmed in the 
Propriety of the said Plantation. And also to be freed from paying 
any thing toward the Support of the Gospel Ministry in said Planta- 
tion — We, your humble Petitioners therefore humbly & earnestly 
desire your Favour in this Particular, Of the non resident Proprie- 
tors assisting us about maintaining the Gospel Ministry among us 
till such time as we shall be able to support it our selves. 

Your Honours know very well, That the Gospel, with the Ordi- 
nances & Privileges thereof (of which the Ministry is a Main, & nec- 
essary Branch, & one special part of the Gifts of our Ascended 
8 



114 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Redeemer, is the greatest Glory & Privilege of the English Nation, & 
of this Land — That it is that which separates, & differences our 
Nation from other Nations — is that for which other Nations envy our 
Nation — And is that for which (rod has remarkably appeared for our 
Nation & Land, & delivered us from our Enemies who sought to 
deprive us of this invaluable Treasure. That the Gospel is what 
brings us the glad Tidings of Salvation — & tells us upon what Terms 
Salvation is to be had — And that therefore it is necessary that every 
one should enjoy the Gospel in order to knowing the way to eternal 
Salvation — 

Also, your Hon rs are not unacquainted, how we, your humble Peti- 
tioners have been weakned, kept back from increasing, & been even 
impoverished greatly by the Wars & Troubles of that kind which 
have been since we begun to settle the foresaid Plantation ; it being 
a Frontier Place, & peculiarly exposed to the Incursions of the 
Indians — So that we are unable to support the Gospel Ministry 
among our selves as yet, without the Assistance of the Non resident 
Proprietors. 

We do not desire to keep your Honours out of your just Right: 
but are willing to concur with our Brethren the non resident Propri- 
etors in taking a Confirmation of the said Plantation from your Hon- 
ours upon just & reasonable Terms — And we your humble Petitioners 
hope, ct humbly pray that your Honours will be as favourable to us, 
in respect of Terms as you can, in Consideration that we have lived 
upon the Land, & been exposed to many Difficulties by Reason of the 
War; & beginning upon, & subduing & manuring a New, & before 
uncultivated Land — 

And We your humble Petitioners humbly pray that your Honours 
would take our Case into your wise Consideration, & favour us as 
much as you can in these two Particulars especially, In obliging the 
Non resident Proprietors to assist us in supporting the Gospel Minis- 
try among us till we are able to do it our selves — And in confirming 
the Land to us the Inhabitants, upon as favourable Terms as you can 
without which we cannot see but we must live without the Gospel 
Ministry. & our selves & our Children live, & be brought up in Igno- 
rance, more like Heathen than like Christians — 

And if your Honours shall grant this our humble Petition, we your 
humble Petitioners for your Honours, as in duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

Stephen Gerrish Jacob flanders Joseph Easman 

Richard flood Nathaniel Danford John Webster 

Moses Bnrbank Ezekiel flanders william danford 

Andrw Bowhun Nathaniel Danford Juner William Coser 



[Plan of Boscaiven.~\ 




A PLAN OF CONTOOCOOK 
In which are Contain'd The Eighty & Hundred Acre Lotts. The Five Acre House Lotts are not Delineated By Reason the Scale 
By which This Plan was Protracted was too Small being 120 Poles in an Inch. — 
The Intervale being but 5 Acres Lotts are not Delineated for y e Same reson — 

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DOSCAWEN. 115 

Jesse Sanders John Johnson Timothy Easman 

Moses Call Joel manuel George Jackman Juner 

Edward fiss Jarrel Phillep Call John fowler 



[Quitclaim to certain Lots in Boscawen, 1758.] 
[ Masonian Proprietors' Records, Jan. 10, 1758.] 

Whereas the sundry Persons hereafter named being all of Newbury 
in the County of Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
have represented that they have Purchased and Deriv'd sundry 
[lights Tracts or Parcells of Land lying at a place called Contoocook 
in the province of New Hampshire their Title to which was derived 
from a Grant made by the Governmentof the Province of the Massa- 
chusetts Bay, That Pursuant thereto they had been at Great Expeuce 
in Improving part of the Lands so Purchased supposing their Titles 
to be good but were now Convinced they could derive no Legal 
Right by the Grant afores' 1 thereupon praying the said Proprietors to 
Grant to them Respectively the Right of said Proprietors to their 
several Parcells of land Derived to them as aforesaid 

Which motion having been Considered & in Consideration of the 
Premises 

Voted That all the right Title Claim property and Demand of said 
Proprietors of in and unto the several Parcells of Land at Contoo- 
cook aforesaid hereafter herein Referr'd to, be and hereby is Granted 
to the Persons Respectively hereafter named viz' to John Moody that 
Tract of Land Laid out there to his own Original Right and that 
laid out to the Original Right of Joseph Dole Except one Eighty 
acre Lott with all the undivided Lands belonging To said Rights, 
To Benjamin Lunt the one half of the 19 th Lott in the second Division 
so Called, the 4 th Lott in the third Division in the second Range and 
the second Lot in the third division, in the second Range, and the 
second Lott in the upper farms, with the undivided Land belonging 
to his Right — To Joseph Willet his own original Right, To Nath 1 
Atkinson all that Right which he Purchased of Benjamin Greenleaff 
by his Deed Dated the 12 th day of March 1751, To Joseph Atkinson 
all that Right which he Purchased of the said Greenleaff by deed 
bearing the same Date, To Jon il Plummer the original Right of Joseph 
Jackman, To Cutting Lunt his own original Right To John Coffin 
his own Original Right, and the Right of Cornelius Wood, To 
Richard Coffin his own original Right To Isaac Titcomb the Original 
Right of Abraham Titcomb and the Original Right of Archelaus 
Woodman, and half the Original Right of Richard Greenough, To 



n6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Daniel Richards his own original Right, To Daniel Noyes the third 
the Right of James Noyes. the Right Granted to the first settled 
Minister hereby is Granted To the Heirs of the late rev rt M r Phinehas 
Stevens — To Joshua Noyes the Right of Nathan Wheeler, To Abra- 
ham Adams jun r his own Original Right, To have and to hold to the 
several and Respective persons aforesaid the Right and Demand of 
said Proprietors to the said Several and Respective Tracts & Parcells 
of land aforesaid and Referr'd, to their several and Respective Heirs 
and Assigns forever — also to William Moody his own Original Right 
and to Cutting Moody all that Right he Purchased of Benjamin 
Greenleaff by Deed dated the 15 th of May 1750 — in the same manner 
as aforesaid To John Thirlow the original Right of John Adams as 
aforesaid 



[Quit Claim to Certain Lots in Boscaiven, 1758.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 6, 1758.] 

Whereas the Sundry persons hereafter named being all of Newbury 
in the County of Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
only Richard Long of Salisbury in said County have Petitioned said 
proprietors Representing that they have purchased and Deriv'd to 
themselves or are Concerned in Sundry Rights Tracts and parcells of 
Land lying at Contoocoke in the province of New Hampshire their 
title to which was derived from a Grant made by the Government of 
the Massachusetts Bay aforesaid, That pursuant to the said Grant 
they had been at Considerable Expence in Improving and Cultivating 
their respective Rights Supposing their Titles to be good but were 
now Convinced they could derive no Legal Title to said Lands by the 
Grant aforesaid & thereupon moved that in Consideration of the 
Labour and expence the said persons have been at & for promoting 
the said Settlement the said proprietors would Grant them the Right 
of said Proprietors to the respective Tracts and parcells of Land by 
them Claimed which motion having been Considered and it appear- 
ing to be likely to advance the said Settlement and in Consideration 
of the expence and Charge aforesaid therefore — 

Voted That all the Right, Title, Interest, property & Demand of 
said proprietors (not heretofore granted to any others) of in and unto 
the Several Tracts and parcells of Land hereinaftermentioned or 
refer'd to, be and hereby is Granted to the persons respectively here- 
after named viz 1 To Joseph Morse his Heirs and assigns that Right 
originally Granted and appropriated to him, to Daniel Coffin that 
right which was originally granted to him, to hold to him his Heirs 
and assigns, to John Smith That Right which was originally granted 



BOSCAWEN. 117 

to bis Father to hold to him his heirs and assigns, to Parker Jaquish 
his heirs and assigns the half that Right which was originally Granted 
to Stephen Jaquish, to Daniel Richards a minor the Interval Lott 
originally draw 'd by .Jonathan Plummer being N° 40 to hold as afore- 
said and also to the said minor the Lott in the Lower Interval so 
Called N° 61 drawn by Stephen Moody and the house Lott N° 75 
drawn by said Moody to hold to the said minor his heirs and assigns, 
to Isaac Titcomb the 7 th Lott in the upper Interval aforesaid N° 7 
drawn by Joshua Pilsbery to hold to him his heirs and assigns, 
to Benjamin Greenleaff his heirs and assigns all that he now 
owns of the right originally John Chandler's being one hun- 
dred acres, to Edmund Morse his heirs and assigns all that original 
Right which was Daniel Hales, and to the Legal Representatives of 
M^ses Coker all that original Right which was Granted to the said 
Moses to hold to them their heirs and assigns the said Richard Long 
being administrator of said Cokers estate and to Benjamin Gale of 
Haverhill in said County all that right which was originally Benja- 
min Smith's to hold to him his heirs and assigns, and to Thomas 
Webster of said Haverhill all that original Right which was Granted 
to him, and to Samuel Longfellow one original Right which was 
Joseph Xoyes the third — 



[Petition of Jedediah Jewett, 1767.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 77.] 

To the honorable Theodore Atkinson and others Proprietors of 
Masons Patent, 

The humble Petition of Jedidiah Jewett of Rowley in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay &e, Clericus sheweth, 

That the s (l Jedidiah An Dom. 1738 purchased in the Plantation 
then called contoocook, and now Boscawen, one whole right or share 
of land (excepting the house Lott N. 55, and the Interval! Lott N. 
43.) which is the original Right of Eleazer Pierce, And has paid all 
duties laid upon the purchased premisses from time to time, And 
the house Lott mentiond had an house on it and was under improve- 
ment at the time of the afores' 1 purchase and many years afterwards, 
and even to this day for aught s' 1 Petitioner knows. And s' 1 Peti- 
tioner has one house and intervall Lott in s' 1 Plantation cleared and 
improved for many years under him, belonging to the original right 
of John Poor. And That inasmuch as your s' 1 Petitioner, since his 
Purchase, understands that you have a right to the afores' 1 purchased 
premises, he prays that you would make a Grant of them to him on 



Il8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

such a consideration as you in your wisdom and goodness shall think 
fit, and that the terms may be as favorable to him as may be, he 
having in the year 1738, given for s' 1 share 34. pounds of the then 
Massachusetts Money and paid the taxes since laid thereon 

I am Gentlemen your much obliged and very humble Servant 

Jedidiah Jewett 

Portsmouth June 17. 1767 

Nov r 30 th 1770 Jed : Jewett p d 8 dollars for y e grant of land of his 
Petition 



[John Corser to Proprietors, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 78.] 

Boscawen Dec r 10 th 1779 
Sir/ The Bearer waits on You with my kind Respects, hereby 
Requesting your favour to send me word by the same hand how I am 
to Proceed and in What manner the Proprietors are Agreed about a 
Tract of land, my son William Corsser, is now settled on, in the 
Gore, I am Very free & Willing to make any Suitable paym 1 in Cash 
or produce, if they be pleas'd to send me word, Your kind favour in 
Assisting, me as I am not Able to Wait on You Will be Gratefully 
Acknowled by Your Most Humble Serv 1 

John Corser Sen 1 



BOW. 



[Granted by Lieut. -Gov. John Wentworth, May io, 1727, to Jonathan Wiggin 
and others, and was so named on account of a bend in the river within the town 
limits. A portion of Bow was combined with Suncook and Buckstreet to make 
the parish of Pembroke, Nov. 1, 1759. Two tracts of land were severed from 
Bow, and annexed, one to Concord, and the other to Pembroke, Dec. 13. 1804. 
A portion was severed and annexed to Allenstown June 22, 181 5. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
62; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 209; Index to Laws, 64; sketch, by Harri- 
son Colby, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 263 ; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 12, 16; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 357.] 



[Return of Survey of Bow, 1728-9.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 79.] 

This is the Return of the laying out of the Town of Bow — 
Forasmuch as that we the Subscribers was Chosen at a legal Town 
meeting for the town of Bow, held at Stratham January the 28 th 



[Plan of First Division in Bow, 1733.] 






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BOW. 119 

1728/9 and forasmuch as that the Charter for Bow, saith it shall Join 
on Chichester, and Canterbury and lay nine miles square or Carry 
that breadth of nine miles Southwest from each of the aforesaid 
Towns, until the full Compliment of eighty one square miles be made 
up, and we was also directed to leave four miles at the head of Not- 
ingham for a Town Granted to new Castle and Greenland therefore 
we make our return as followeth that is to say on the fourteenth day 
of February in the year one Thousand Seven hundred and twenty 
eight, nine, we began at Chichester four mile tree which is the mid- 
dle of said Town on the southwest side four miles above the head of 
nottingham, & from said Tree we run four miles northwest by Chi- 
chester to the head of said Town to a white oak tree that had Sev- 
eral Letters set on it which tree is the Southwest corner of Chiches- 
ter, and from thence we measured one mile northeast where we 
marked a Pitch Pine Tree on four sides and sett on the Letters 
A W : \V M : E F and marked several trees thereby which tree is the 
northeast Corner of Bow, standing northwest a few rods from a 
small spruce swamp and a little river and from said tree we meas- 
ured five miles northwest Where we marked a black oak Tree on four 
sides and several trees thereby and Sett on the letters AW: W M : 
E F which tree is the north west corner of Bow standing near the 
Northwest end of a Plesant hill and from said tree we measured 
nine miles southwest where we marked a Hemlock tree on four sides 
and several trees thereby and set on the letters AW: W M : E F : 
which tree is the southwest Corner of Bow, and it stands by a Bigg 
Rock and Southwest about Sixty rods from Bever damn and meadow 
and seven miles & three Quarters from the Great River of Penny- 
cook as we measured, and from thence we measured five miles South- 
east where we marked a Chesnut Tree on four sides & Sot on the 
letters A. W : W M: EF which tree is a Corner tree where we sot 
off one mile to keep the Distance of nine miles from Chichester 
and it stands on the norwest side of a long Rise Prity high good 
Corn land and from said Tree we measured one mile Southwest 
where we marked a twin black burch, on four sides and several 
Trees thereby & set on the letters A W: W M. E F which 
tree is the south West Corner of Bow, on that part where we set 
off one mile to keep the Distance of nine Miles from Chichester 
as is aforesaid and it stands on high land and from said Tree we 
measured four miles southeast where we marked a White oak Tree 
on four sides and set on the letters AW: W M : E F : which 
tree is the South East Corner of Bow, and it stands on a white 
oak Plain and from said Tree we measured one mile and Quarter 
northeast to the great river of Pennycook and so the same Course Of 



120 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Northeast seven miles and three Quarters to Chichester, four mile tree 
first mentioned, this Given under our hand at Strathem February the 
Twentv fifth one thousand seven hundred & twentv eight nine — 
1728/9— 

Andrew Wiggin — ) 
William Moore — > Com tee 
Edward Fifield— ) 

The aforesaid is a true Copy from the records of Bow the 30 tb day 
of may 175o — 

attest Moses Leavit Prop 18 Cle r 
Copy Examined ^ Geo : Jaffrey CI 



[Deposition of Andrew Wiggin, 1756.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 79.] 

Coll° And 1 ' Wiggin Dep° Jan y 16, 1756— 

The Deposition of Col 1 Andrew Wiggin aged about eighty five 
years testifies & says that he together with Cap 1 Edward fifield & 
Cap' W m Moore Dec 1 ' were Chosen by the proprietors of the Town of 
Bow in the year of our Lord 1728 to lay out said Town of Bow, 
accordingly in s tl year we proceeded on said Business and begun at 
Chichester four mile tree so Called leaving four miles between the 
head of Nottingham and said tree for a Township granted to new 
Castle and Greenland which township the Deponant understands is 
Called by the name of Epsom, and from said four Mile Tree we run 
four miles Bounding on the South west side of said Chichester till we 
Came to the head thereof and then measured one mile north east & 
made a Bound, & from thence we run five miles northwest, bounding 
on the South West side of Canterbury and made bounds and from 
thence we run nine miles Southwest and made bounds, and from 
thence we run five miles South East and to keep our Distance of nine 
miles from Chichester we measured one mile Southwest and made 
bounds, and from thence we run four miles Southeast and so made 
our return to the four mile tree first mentioned The Deponant fur- 
ther says that whereas he together with the said Fifield & Moor in 
their return of the laying out of said Bow, Say that they began at 
Chichester four mile tree which is the middle of said Town on the 
South west side, four miles above the head of notingham & oa That 
since he by I u formation is become better acquainted with the situa- 
tion of the s' 1 Towns of Chichester & Epsome, and the other Towns in 
that neighbourhood, That, That which they in the above recited 



now. 121 



return Call the four mile Tree on the South west side of Chichester 
is the lour mile tree on the southerly or Southeasterly Corner of said 
Chielnster at the head of said Epsome — 



[Settlement of Bow Line, 1758.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 79.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of Bow in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire at a Legal Meeting held at Stretham in Said Province on the 
■2*', Day of May Anno Domini 1755 made Choice of Ac fully Author- 
ized Theophilus Smith Esq r Daniel Marston & Samuel Lane or any 
two of them to Settle the Boundary Pine between the Said Town- 
ship of Bow & the Lands belonging to the Proprietors of the Lands 
Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 lying in the Province of New 
Hampshire And the Said Proprietors at a Legal Meeting held at 
Portsmouth in Said Province the 22' 1 Day of Nov r 1757 made Choice 
of & fully Authorized Nath 1 Meserve George Jaffrey Esq rs &• John 
Rindge and any two of them to Settle Said Boundary Line for Said 
Propriety and Such as hold under them The Said Theophilus Smith 
& Samuel Lane (the Said Daniel Marston being Deceasd) and the 
Said Xathanael Meserve & George Jaffrey for and in behalf Said 
Respective Proprietors and those who hold under them Have Several 
times met Produced & duly Considerd the Claims & Demands of 
Each Paiiv And have finally Mutually Concluded & Agreed That 
the Dividing Line Between the Said Township of Bow on the South- 
easterly Side thereof and the Lauds of said Proprietors of Masons 
Right & those who hold as aforesaid Shall be as Follows viz Begin- 
ning on the Line of the Township of Epsom at the North Easterly 
Corner of the Lot laid out in the Right of Said Proprietors at a 
Place called Buck Street Numberd twelve from thence Shall Run at 
the head of the Lots laid out as aforesaid at Said Buck Street on a 
South West & by South Course until it Intersects the head Line of 
the Lol Numberd five and from thence on a South West Course 
until it ( <»iues to the Southerly Corner of said Township of Bow — In 
Witness whereof the Persons Authorized as aforesaid have hereunto 
Interchangeably Set their hands the twenty first Day of January 
1758— 

Witnesses Theophilus Smith 

William Parker Samuel Lane 

David Sewall Nath Meserve 

Geo: Jaffrey 



122 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Francis Carr to Proprietors, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 79.] 

Bow March y e 31 st 1759 
S 1 I would be Down to you before now to pay you Some Money 
but the man that I was to have A part of the money off is Id listed 
and I Cant Recover the Money of him But I Expect to See You 
very Soon, therefore I beg your patience A Little for Intend to pay 
you Intrest whilot paid Being all at Present from 



S r your Humb 1 SeiV 



Francis Carr 



\Bow Committee to Perambulate Town Lines, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 79.] 

Province of ) Att a Legall Meeting of the Proprietors of the 

New Hamp 1 " \ Township of Bow Held at Stratham on Tuesday 
the Sixth Day of February 1759. 

Voted That Walter Bryent Esq r Samuel Lane & Capt Israel Gil- 
man be a Committee (they or either two of them) to Perambulate the 
Lines of Bow, with the Proprietors of the Land Adjoyning on the 
Northwest and Southwest Sides of Bow ; Untill it comes to the South 
Corner of Said Bow, to the Line Setled with the Purchasers of 
Masons Claims (so call'd) And that Said Committee Notifie the Pro- 
prietors of the Land Adjoyning on Said Bow as aforesaid, to Joyn 
with them therein if they See Cause, the Same to be Compleated 
and make Report thereof to the Proprietors of Said Bow, as Soon as 
may be 

a true Copy from Said Prop™ Records 

Attest Sam 1 Lane Prop 1 " Clk 



[Boundaries of Bow, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 80.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of Bow in the Province of New Hampshire 
at a Legal Meeting held at Stratham in Said Province on the Sixth 
Day of February Anno Domini 1759, made Choice of and fully 
Authorized Walter Bryent Esq 1 " Samuel Lane & Cap' Israel Gilman 
(they or Either two of them) to Perambulate the Lines of Bow with 
the Proprietors of the Land adjoyning on the Northwest and 
Southwest Sides of Said Bow &c And the Proprietors of the 



BOW. 123 

Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r Lying in the 
Province of New Hampshire at a Legal Meeting held at Ports- 
mouth in Said Province the 22 nd Day of November 1757 Made 
Choice of and fully Authorized Nath 1 Meserve George Jaffrey Esq IS 
and John Riudge and any two of them to Settle the Said Boundary 
Lines tor Said Proprietors and Such as hold under them. The Said 
Walter Bryent & Samuel Lane and the Said George Jaffrey and 
John Rindge for and in behalf of the Said Respective Proprietors 
and those who hold Under them have Several times Met Produced 
and Duly Considered the Claims and Demands of Each Party and 
have finally Mutually Concluded and Agreed that the Said Nor- 
westerl}' Side Line of Said Bow Shall begin on the Southwesterly 
Side Line of Canterbury at a Small Black oak Tree Spotted on four 
Sides and Markd with the Letters A W. W M. E F. and Several 
other Trees are Spotted thereby which Tree Stands on the Norwest- 
erly Side of a Pleasent Hill and is Mentioned in the Return of the 
Laying out of Said Bow Dated Febr 25 th 1728/9. and also in the 
Return of the Perambulation of the Lines of Said Bow, which was 
Perambulated in the Month of December 1748. Said Tree Stands in 
Canterbury Line about four or five Rods Southeasterly from Hackets 
Brook so Called which Black oak Tree Shall be the Notherly Corner 
of Bow aforesaid as was Mention'd at a Meeting of Said Masons Pro- 
prietors on the first Instant and Directed by them to be So Setled 
b} r their Committee — and from Said Black oak Tree the Said Nor- 
westerly Side Line of Bow Shall run the Course Mentioned in the 
Charter of Said Bow. — 

In Witness whereof the Persons authorized as aforesaid have 
hereunto Interchangebly Set their hands the fourteenth Day of Feb- 
ruary 1759. 

Witnesses ( Walter Bryent 

James Stoodly Ju r ) ,, ,.,, J Sam 1 Lane 

Hubartus Neal \ ^ om lttees ^ Geo: Jaffrey 

^ Jn° Rindge 



[Bounds of Bow.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 81.] 

Bow Bounds — 
Begining on the South East Side of the Town of Chester & Riming 
nine miles by Chester & Canterbury & Carrying that breadth of nine 
miles from Each of the afores' 1 Towns South West until the full Com- 
pliment of Eighty one Square Miles Are fully made up. 



124 CHARTER RECORDS. 



BRADFORD. 

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

See Massachusetts charters preceding; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 219; Index 
to Laws, 65 ; sketch, by John M. Hawks, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 
1885, p. 185: Centennial Celebration, 1887, pp. no; Stewart's History of the 
Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p. 18; Lawrence's X. H. Churches, 1856. p. 357.] 



[Plan of Bradford, .1768.] 

This is a Plan of a Tract of Land Laying one the Westerly Side 
of Newalemsbury and Northerly of Haueker and N° 7: Containing 
: 21780: acres Laid Down by a Scale of : 160: Poles to one Inch: 
Timothy Clement and Cornelus Beau Cheen men : Jeremiah Page 
Su r 

Dated December y e 6 : 1768— 



BRADFORD. 



I 2- 




[Petition of Thornton and Holland. 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 82.] 

To the Purchasers of John Tufton Mason, Esq's, Patent Lying- 
in the Province of New Hampshire 

Mathew Thornton & Stephen Holland Humbly Shew. 

That we have been at Considerable Expence & trouble to ascertain 
the situation, Quantity. Quallity. & Bounds of the tract of Land 



126 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Described in the Plan herewith Exhibited. And find that it Lyes 
within your Patent. — 

2 ly That you never Granted said tract. — 
3 ly That a Considerable part of said tract is not Habitable — 
4 lv — That a quantity sufficient for a Small Parish is Good. — 
Finally, we are Ready, & willing, to Make as Many, & as speedy 
settlements, as you think proper. — 

Therefore pray your Honours, to take the Premisses, Under Consid- 
eration, & Grant said tract, to us, & Associates, Under such Restric- 
tions, Limitations, & Reservations, as you Judge Most for the Ad- 
vantage of Grantors, & Grantees. 

And your Petitioners, as in Dutv, Bound will ever pray, &c 
Londonderry, Jan y 30 th A D 1769. Mathew Thornton 

Steph n Holland 
Feb y 1 st 1769 Rece' 1 on file and read Geo: Jaffrey Prop rs CI 

Mem This Tract of Land petitioned for above not to be granted 
to other Petitioners without informing these Petitioners who are to 
be preferred — 



[Petition of William Presbury, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 83.] 

To the Honourable, the Proprietors of m r Mason's Patent (so 
called) 

The Petition of William Presbury of Henniker, in the Province of 
New-Hampshire, humbly sheweth 

That whereas your humble Petitioner, upon some Encouragements 
offered to him, some time ago, (which Encouragement failed him 
afterward) begun a Settlement on Land in a Township commonly 
called among us, Bradford Town, a Township of the Line of Towns 
granted & laid out by the General Court of the Massachusetts-Bay 
in the year 1736. And Bradford Men proposed to have settled it, 
but were discouraged, when they had viewed the Land — 

Your humble Petitioner having done considerable work on said 
Land — as, built a House ; cleared several Acres of Land & planted 
some Corn, is now reduced to the Necessity of losing all his Labour 
and Cost already laid out upon said Land; or of being treated as a 
Trespasser, unless your Honours will make him some Help, by grant- 
ing him the Land where he has done work, & laid out Cost, upon 
some favourable Conditions. — And your Petitioner having heard, 
that Your Honours will give away Land in said Township to encour- 
age Persons to settle the said Township, emboldens him to apply to 



BRADFORD. 1 27 

your Honours for the Favour — And your Petitioner being the first 
that has done any work towards a Settlement in the said Township, 
hopes to have as good. Encouragement about it as any; and to have 
Laud granted to him where he has begun to labour, and adjoining 
thereto — Namely, One hundred Acres on the southerly Branch of 
Almsbury River (so called ) so as to extend fifty rods on each side of 
said Branch, against where his House stands — And from the Mouth 
of said Branch, up the said Branch till the hundred Acres are com- 
pleated. 

If your Honours will be pleased to grant to your Petitioner, as 
aforesaid, Your Petitioner intends to have his Family on the said 
Land this Summer — And your humble Petitioner for your Hon r8 as in 
Duty bound shall ever pray. 

William Presbury 

Dated at Henuiker, June 10 th 1771. 



[John Stinson Asks for a Grant, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 84.] 

John Stinson of Dunbarton and Associates pray to know of the 
Prop rs of Masou's Claim whether they will Sell him & Asssociates a 
Certain Tract of Land heretofore granted by the Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay to Sundry Persons, by the Name of Bradford- 
ton — Likewise the purchase Sum and the Conditions of holding 
the Same — 

June 26 th 1771 f Attorney J Pickering 

To the Prop" of Mason's Claim 



[Petition of Sanborn, Cressey, and Bayley, Received Sept. 27, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 85.] 

To the Proprietors of Masons Pattent we understand that your 
Hon s have laid out a Certain Number of Lotts of Land to Dispose 
of for Settlement in a place called Newbradford, And we y e Sub- 
scribers your Humble petitioners do humbly Request each of us a 
Lott of Land in s 1 Newbradford as we have been on the Land And 
have choice of, each of us, a lott And have clone some Labour on s' 1 
Land we your Petitioners have taken much pains to procure a title 
to s' 1 Land we have sent by M' William Presbury Sundry tim's And 
the return which he made to us was that the Proprietors had no! 
agreed on what terms to Dispose of s d Land, But we have Lately 



128 CHARTER RECORDS. 

been en formed that the proprietors have agreed to give away a Num- 
ber of s' 1 Lotts for Settlement, And we your Petitioners take this 
oportunity to make Application for a title to s a Land, And the Lotts 
which we have made choice of is N° 20 N° 21 N° 22 

We your Petitioners begg your Hon rs ) Moses Sanborn 

would see fitt to grant this our Hum- V Daniel Cresey 

ble Request — ) Moses Bayley 



\John Putney's Bond for Settlement in Bradford, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 86.] 

Know all Men by these Presents That I John Putney of Hop- 
kin ton in the County of Hillsborough & Province of New Hampshire 
Gentleman am held & firmly bound unto George Jaffrey of Portsmouth 
in the County of Rockingham & Province aforesaid Esq r as Clerk of 
the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 " 
situate in the Province of New Hampshire in the Just Sum of three 
hundred pounds lawful money of said Province to be paid unto the 
said George Jaffrey as Clerk aforesaid to his Successor or Successors 
in said Office for the Use of said Proprietors to the which payment 
well & truly to be made I bind myself my heirs Executors & Admin- 
istrators firmly by these Presents Sealed with my Seal Dated the 
fifth Day of November in the fourteenth Year of his Majestys Reign 
Annoque Domini 1773 — 

The Condition of the above Obligation is such that whereas the 
said Proprietors have agreed to grant unto the said John Putney & 
others a certain tract of Laud in Bradford town in the County of 
Hillsborough aforesaid upon certain terms & Conditions of Settle- 
ment And whereas the said John Putney hath agreed with said 
Proprietors for himself & other Grantees in said Bradford town 
that Jonathan Putney Daniel Stickney Daniel Young Samuel Put- 
ney Joseph Stanley William Clements Benjamin Stanley William 
Stanley Ebenezer Colby or either of them shall upon the following 
Lots in said Bradfordtown viz 1 Lot N° 29. N° 22. N° 17. N° 24. N° 6. 
N° 19. N° 31. N° 20. & N° 11. clear or cause to be cleard three acres of 
Land fit for Tillage or Mowing build an house on each of said Lots 
&• put a family therein which shall constantly reside there — within 
one Year from the Date hereof — That said Grantees shall clear or 
cause to be clear'd four Acres more of Laud on each of said Lots 
within two Years — And four Acres more within three Years from 
the Date hereof fit for Tillage or Mowing — And that the Person who 
shall settle on Lot N° 11. shall build a Gristmill & Saw Mill thereon 



BRADFORD. 



I29 



or shall cause the said Mills to be there built within eighteen Months 
from the Date hereof Now if the said John Putney his heirs Execu- 
tors or Administrators or any other Person for him or them shall 
well and truly perform or Cause to be performed the Several articles 
aforesaid on his part in Time & manner aforesaid to be performed & 
done Then the above Obligation shall be null & void otherwise shall 
remain in full force & Virtue — 

Signed Sealed & delivered John Putney [Seal] 

In presence of — 

Lucy Dudley Wainwright 

Timothy Ham 



[Plan of Bradford.] 



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I3O CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Condition of Settlements in Bradford, 1778.J 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 87.] 

Bradfordtown march the 23=1778 

sir I am in formd that you are desiareous to know how the set- 
telers goes on and mils by m r Isaac davice of Hopkinton I would in 
form you that Daniel stickney has Cut down three or 4 akers on the 
22 Lot and that is all he has done of his duty and offers to sell it 
samuel Putn} r maj^ have done half of his dutty as near as I can 
judg on the 2-4 lot and sold it and gon of Cap 1 Putny Cut down 
3 or 1 akers and sold it lot 29 and at present their is nobody on thes 
3 lots and as for the mill lot Ebenezer Colbe resids their and has 
done the duty of that lot acsept the mills he has logd up the body of 
the saw mill and put on a rof and done something towards the dam 
now going on fouer years ago and says he dont intend to do no more 
to it the rest of the settelers are on some have got their duty don 
and some have not yet we the settelers suffers Very much for want 
of the mills pray sirs help us as sone as you Can and if you disspose 
of any more of this land for setteling I will find the settelers if you 
plese and if you want to know any thing. more pertickler lett me 
know by a line or two and I am to serve your honors 

William Presbury 

sirs I would in form you that mr John Brown has moved with his 
famely on the 8 lot with the advice of some folks not intending to 
hold by force he intended to have ben one of the first settelers had 
not Cap' Putny put him out in his dissine I menchend him to your 
honors but you did not see fit and now he is in hops that by their 
delay you will be Pleased to make him a setteler or sell him the land 
he has got a snug house and Cut down 5 or 6 akers of trees 

Isaac Davis of Hopkinton Desires that he may have a Lot of Land 
in Bradford, Also Moses Sanburne Wants Lot N° 21, Francis 
Whitcher Desires Lot N° 27— 



[Agreements for Lots in Bradford, 1778.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 87.] 

State of New ) Portsmouth June 18 th 1778 This Day agreed with 

Hamps r ) Francis Whittier of Hopking Town in the State 

afforsaid to Settle a Lot of Land in the Township of Bradford, N° 

27 on Condition of his Clearing upon said Lot of Land Three Acres 

fit for Mowing or Tillage and Build him a House suitable for a 



BRADFORD. 131 

Family to live in and moving thereunto, and Reside there with his 
Family within Twelve Months from the Date hereof then to have a 
Grant from the Proprietors, he engaging to Compleat the Setling 
Duties, as agreed by the Other Sellers now Residing in said Brad- 
ford— 

a Coppy — Dani 1 Rogers — 

Will"' Wipple— 
John Penhallow — 

State of New ( Portsmouth June 18 th 1778 Rec' 1 of M r William 
Hanips 1 \ Stanley of Hopkingtown in the State afforesaid 
Thirty Pounds Lawfull Money in full for One hundred Acres of Land 
in the Township of Brad ford N° 21 for which Lot We the Subscribers 
engage to procure for the Said William Stanly a Grant of said Lot 
of Land Aforesaid, when the Proprietors of Masons Patten have a 
-Meeting and then the said William Stanly to give his Obligation to 
Fnllhll the Setling duties upon Said Lot — as was agreed with by the 
Other Setlers in the said Town of Bradford — the above Money Rec' 1 
for the Use of the Proprietors and paid George Jeffery Esq r as Clerk 
to said Proprietors — 

a Coppy i Daniel Rogers — 

Committee < William Whipple — 
( John Penhallow — 

State of New ) Portsmouth June 18 th 1778 This day agreed with 
Hamps r ) Isaack Davis of Hopkingtown to Setle a Lot of Land 
in Bradford in the State Aforesaid N° 28 on Condition of his Clear- 
ing upon said Lot of Land Three Acres fitt for Mowing or Tillage 
and Build him a House Suitable for a Family to Live in and Moving 
thereunto and reside there with his Family within Twelve Months 
from the date hereof — then to have a Grant from the Proprietors he 
engaging to Compleat the Setling Duty's as Agreed by the other 
Setlers now Residing in said Bradford — 

A Coppy ( Dani 1 Rogers — 

Committee 1 Willi" 1 Whipple — 
( John Penhallow — 



[Abraham KimhalVs Proposal, 1778.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 88.] 

M Abraham Kimball of Newtown in the State of Xew Hamp r Offers 
to Finish and Compleat the Saw and Grist Mill al Bradford Town, 
and to Take his pay in Land, and If any Land t > be Disposed off 



132 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Wou'cl be Glad to have the Offer it — and If the Proprietors Incline 
to Agree with said Kimball about the Mills he desires he may have 
Letter sent him upon the Affair Portsm Octob r 1. 1778 — 



[Request of William Sta?iley, 1780.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 88.] 
Hopkinton January 1780 

To the Commitee of the pattentees of John Tuften masons Right 
these Shueth that whereas I Bought the Lot N° 21 In Bradford town 
of the said Committee and have Sold the Lot To Ebenezer Colby of 
Said Bradford town and as you Engaged To Grant Said Lot To me I 
Desire you would Grant Said Lot To the Said Ebenezer Colby and 
you will oblige your Frind — 

W Enoch Bailey W m Stanly 

Isaac Bailey 



[Proprietors' Reservations in Bradford, 1781.] 

[Masouian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 24, 1781, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 5, p. 89.] 

The Draft of the Lots of 15 Purchasers Rights viz 1 
To John Went worth Esq 1 — N° 68 - 1-86-75-80 

To Richard Wibird Esq r — 32 - 65 - 67 - 83 - 93 

To John Moffatt Esq 1 - 69 - 47 - 63 - 26 - 90 

To George Jaffrey Esq 1 — 46 - 7-48-59-81 

To Mark H« Went worth Esq r — 100 - 25 - 49 - 55 - 98 

To Jotham Odiorne Esq r — 30 - 9-2 - 39 - 92 

To Thomas Packer Esq r — 71-14-53-58-73 

To Solly and March— 74-40-61-56-79 

To Meserve and Comp a — 72 - 61 - 87 - 78 - 91 

To Joshua Peirce Esq 1 — 27 - 4-12-42-77 

To Peirce and Moore— 37 - 5 - 50 - 82 - 89 

To Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 — 38 - 51 - 88 - 54 - 96 

To Thomas Waliingford Esq 1 — 28 - 52 - 66 - 57 - 97 

To John Rindge— 60 - 13 - 70 - 76 - 95 

To Thomlinson and Mason— 41 - 3-64-43-84 

It is here noted, that there are Sundry Lots in the Plan of Brad- 
ford Town or New Bradford, which are not drawn to the Rights of 
the above Said Purchasers, in this Division and Draft of Lots ; but are 
joined with Lots in other Divisions and Drafts of Lots, to render the 
general Division more equal — and are drawn in the following man- 
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[Request for Grants in Bradford by Nathaniel Presbury, 1793.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 90.] 

Bradford Aprill ye 2 1793 
to the honorable Propriters of bradford sirs 

as I am a setteler in said town & on the Lot N° 15 which William 
Presbury gave his bond for Dowing the settelers Duty & the Duty 
being Done Long ago I Pray your Honors to send me a grant by the 
baer here of W m Presbury these from your frind and humbel servent 

Nathaniel Presbury 

Bradford Aprill y e 2 1793 
to the Honorable Propriters of Bradford sirs 

Where as I have booght the werstly side of that Lot N° 22 that 
Daniel stickney undertook to settel I should be glad if your honors 
would be Plesd to send me a grant by the baer hear of this from 
your homble servent 

Nathaniel Presbury 



134 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Request for Grant in Bradford by Joseph Presbury, 1793.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 90.] 

Bradford Septembor y e 27 1793 
to the Henorebel Propriters of Bradford sirs 

as I am a setteler in said town and on the Lot N° 17 which Daniel 
yong onder took to settel I should be glad if your honours Would 
be Plesed to send me a grant by the Baer Here of 

Joseph Presbury 



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A plan of Lot N° 3 in the first Range in that part of the town of Bradford that 
was Disanaxed from the town of Washington together with that part of s d lot that 
Still remains in s d town of Washington Said plan is plotted by A Scale of 40 Rods 
inch, Surveyed for Joseph Pierce Esq r at the request of Lieu' William Shattuck of 
Bradford by Stephen Hoyt Jun r Surveyor 

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BRADFORD. 



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This plan is Laid down by A Scale of 40 Rods to an Inch, Ploted 
by Stephen Hoyt Jn r at the request of Cap' Samuel Guison, for 
John Pierce Esq r of Portsmouth — 

N. B. Surveyors fees for 2 Days work Surveying lot N° 70 & Lot 
N° 36 at $-2.00 p r Day is— $4.00 

For Drawing this map, 50 Cents — .50 

$4.50 
Bradford Janr> 29 th 1808— Stephen Hoyt Ju r Surveyor- 

Charged the Above to Cap Samuel Gunison 



[John Putney's Lots in Bradford.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 90.] 

Settling Lotts in Bradford 

N° 17, 29, 19, 31, 6, 20, 22. 11, 24. 

M 1 John Putney is to let the Proprietors know by y e 2' 1 wendsday in 
Octo 1 ' if the weather permitts, whether he will settle the above lotts 
if they don't hear from him by the third wendsday they are at Lib- 
erty to grant s d lotts to any other Person 

Names of Persons who gave Power of Attorney to Cap 1 Putney to 

agree for lands in Bradford & y e Lots to each person 

N° 22 Daniel Stickney W m Clements N° 19 

Joseph Stanly Daniel Young N° 17 

N° 31 Benf Stanly Samuel Putney j r N° 24 

N° 20 W m Stanly abner Colby N*° 6 

N° 11 Eben r Colby Jon a Putney N° 29 

& his father Jn° Putney 

Nath 1 Presbury Lot N° 15 is Setled— 



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[Lot 36 in Bradford, 1816.] 

Plan of lot N° 36 in Bradford Surveyed Jan y 31 8t 1816 at the 
request of Cap' Samuel Gunison of Fishersfield for M. H. Pierce of 
Portsmouth by George Presbury & Samuel Gunison as chainmen and 

Stephen Hoyt Jun r Sur vr 

Surveyors fees for 2 Days work is $4.00 

Red, Payment by Sam 1 Gunison Esq 1 " 

14 Ap. 1816 This day wrote Cap Gunnison to offer this lot to 
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[Memoranda about Lots in Bradford, 1816.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 91.] 

Lot N° 37. Peirce & Moore in Bradford sold by Joseph Peiree to 
Reubin Ray or Jon a Collins now owned by Edward Creesey 

Oct 28, 1812 this day sold E Cresey half Thomlinson & Masons 
Lot N° 41 in Bradford for D r * 206.27 

Cresey applies for Lot N° 44 Peirce & Moore, owned by M r Mar- 
tin for a Man on it Who bot the Labour of others & has done a con- 
siderable work on it — William Goodwin informs that on this N° 44 
30 or 40 Acres are clear'd by one Rich' 1 Marshall who lives on N° 
43— that the use of the Land is worth 30 D° f year 

John Barnes is the man that bot a Lot on which is a Barn 

X 28 T. Wallingford sold Stratten to be paid for by Abraham 
Smith N° 55 M II W— for J Fisher sold to 

24 Oc l 1816 Sold to John & Sam 1 Jackman N° 19 Goshen part of 
the Strip of land formerly between Washington & Fishersfield and 
on this 2 (i Xov 1816 s' 1 Samuel comes and says he bought a lot he 
did not intend to he wished to buy N° 15 in the same strip & I have 
agreed to exchange with him I have given a minute account accord- 
ingly — N° 19 appears to be a good Lot all growth Standing Beech & 
that 

28 Dec. 1816 exchanged Lots with John & Sam 1 Jackman giving 
them up their mortgage of N° 19 & they giving me a quit claim 
thereof — & I gave them a deed of N° 15 for 1500 



[Memoranda about Lots in Bradford, 1822.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 91.] 

M 1 pirce sur sence I Came home two yonger men Came to me to 
git the Lot East of fifele or Eaton Land a very Rugh Lot in Deed 
Lok on the plan yon ma cee the Number and will give two hundred 
Dolars pay fifty Donn on your giving a Deed pleas to send By mr 
stains Back whether they may have the Lot or Noe in hast your 
humb servent 

Bradford Edward W Cresey 

Feby 6. 1822 Perkins Coolidge applies for Lot N° 76, Bradford 
supposed to be the lot mentioned within — Price £300 1 

Feby 6, 1822 Sam 1 Ellenwood of Hillsboro says Crescey lias sold 
Clyde N° 52 — J P he says he paid Crescey $75 a year ago last March 
— that is March 1820.— -that Clyde was to give $250. — 

Thinks the Same M' Adams talked of — 



138 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Report of Lemuel Stratton on Certain Lots in Bradford, 1830.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 92.] 

Bradford March 12 th 1830 

Mr Peirce Sir I received a Line from you a few Days Sience you 
wishd Som Surveying Done I attended to it according to the best of 
my knowledg it was Some Difficult to know what was the origonal 
Survey in the South part of Bradford as the Lots on the plan of the 
town appear to be of Equal wedth yet they Differ from Eighty to 
one hundred & twenty the Corners at the North Ends of the three 
Lots were all Destroyed I have Surveyed Land in the South part of 
Bradford Frequently for thirty years past the Ninety four which 
Contains one hundred acres I Saw the North Corner then Standing 
plain & good in the year one thousand Eight hundred & fourteen & 
it Left the North End of 93 Verry Norrow I went to the Corner of 
82 & run parolel with the East Line of the town & it brought the 
Corner Very Near wher it was in 1814. I Run the other 94 off in 
the Same manner a Considerable part of the Land is rough & moun- 
tainous I had to Measur a Crost other Lots to ascertain them that 
were wanted I Spent three Days on the Land myself with Chane 
men it is well known that Land is Cheaper now than it was Some 
years ago & it will be Difficult for me to Say what it is worth but I 
will give you Som Description of the Land — Number ninety five 
Contains 130 Acres a high Rocky mountain on Each End of the Lot 
principally hard wood where there is any timber 250 rods from a 
road I Do not know of any person Now that would give two hun- 
dred Dollars for the Lot all the Land is Very Rocky & Lies up high 
not fit for a Settlement the 94 which Contains 55 acres the north 
Corner is poor & Ledgy South west part is Low hemlock & Spruce 
timber the middle of the Lot is hard wood pritty good Land I Should 
think it might bring three Dollars per Acre it is more than one Mile 
to any road — the other 94 which Contains one hundred Acres Lies 
about one Mile from a Small Vilage in the Corner of Washington 
where there is a Saw mill & grist mill & a Small New Baptist Meet- 
ting hous but it is one Mile from any road there is a bog of about 
one hundred acrs between this Lot & the Vilage 

the South west Corner is on the East Side of the grate bog the East 
Line is on a Ledgy mountain about half of the Distance there is a 
Very handsome piece of hard wood Land in the middle of the Lot I 
Should think this Lot would be worth three Dollars per Acre there 
appears to have been three or four Ash trees carried of the winter 
past there has been 5 or 6 acres of trees fell on the South End Some 
years ago & not Cleared of Number 84 Lies partly on the bog the 



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139 



North End has been burnt over Some years ago South End is hem- 
lock & Spruce timber a few Acers has been Cleared on the East Side 
poor Lot not fit for a Settlement I Did not Discover any Late trespass 
on this Lot the pine timber appeared to have been Cut of twenty 
years ago I Should think the Lot to bee worth 2.50 per Acre 

Hill for Surveying 
Number 95 3.50 
Number 94 3 50 
Number 94 2 00 

$9 00 
Sir I am your &c 
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Jan 17, 1831 Sam 1 Upton of Stoddard offers 
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1.50 for N° 94 1 R 



[Lot 94 in Bradford, 1835.] 

M r Peirc Sir I reciv'd yours of 23 r April 1835 and have endeavor'd 
to attend to your request, according to the best information I Could 
obtain I Survey'd Lot N° 94 2 nd Range from Hillsborough line and 
find from our Survey, that it measures ninety Six acres and 133 rods 
which I think must be very near the quantity of Land in contains 
by examing the quality Situation &C, we think it worth about three 
hundred and fifty dollars perhaps if they get a new road through 
that way it ma}' be worth a Little more 

I an Sir Resp 1 yours 

Moses D Wadley | Surveyor 



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May 1 st 1835 

P. S. I have omitted Sending this Communication untill now by 
the request of M r Peasley. 








S fi'W: /<**. 



BROOKFIELD. 



[Setoff from Middleton and incorporated Dec. 30, 1794. These towns area 
part of the territory included in the proposed grant of the township of Coulerain, 
1726. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 127; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 594; Index 
to Laws, 70; sketch, by Dudley C. Coleman, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 
1889, p. 450; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 252; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 600; papers under title Coulerain.] 



BROOKFIELD. 



[Plan of B rook fi eld. ~\ 
A Plan of Brookfield — 



141 



The lots are One hundred and seventy six rods north and south, 
and one hundred fifty six Rods North East and south west — The 
roads running North and South are four rods wide, and those run- 
ning north East, and south west are two rods wide — 




Izj.2 CHARTER RECORDS. 

CANTERBURY. 

[Granted May 20, 1727, to Richard Waldron and others, and then included the 
territory of Loudon and Northfield. Full town privileges were granted March 19, 
1741. Named from an English town. An addition was made on the southwest 
side, June 13, 1765. Loudon was set off and incorporated January 23, 1773. 
Northfield was set off and incorporated June 19, 1780. A small tract was severed 
from Canterbury and annexed to Concord, June 2, 1784, and another to Loudon, 
Jan. 7, 1852. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; 
IX, Bouton Town Papers, 86; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 261; Index to 
Laws, 81 ; Sketches of History, by William Patrick, 4, Collections of N. H. His- 
torical Society, 174; Petition of Inhabitants, 4, id., 253 ; Instances of Longevity, 
1793-1823,3,/^/., 151 ; Historical Sermon, 1833 , by William Patrick, 1834, pp.39; 
Account of the Shakers, 1, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 50 ; sketch, 
by J. N. McClintock, 4, Granite Monthly, 387; Birth, Marriages, and Deaths, 
id., 391,431, 507, and 5, id., 163, 195 ; Letter to 4th Church in Hampton, 1756, 
N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, vol. 27, p. 64; sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack 
County, 1885, p. 221; Shakerism Exposed, by Mary M. Dyer, pp. 32; 2d ed., 
1855 ; Concise History of the United Society of Believers Called Shakers, by C. E. 
Robinson, 1893, pp. 134; A Compendious Narrative Elucidating the Character, 
Dispositions, and Conduct of Mary Dyer, etc., 18 19, pp. 88 ; Stewart's History of 
the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 162 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, pp.7, 9; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 360.] 



[Petition of Joseph Mann, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 93.] 

To the Proprietors of y e lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esqu r in New Hampshire Shew's — That your Petetioner hath Settled 
upon a parcel of land containing forty Acres for three years past, 
which forty Acres is Scituated in a Gore of Land between Canter- 
bury & Bow, and which forty Acres I purchased of Coll° Peter Gil- 
man as a Lot in Canterbury Number fifty three, and gave him one 
hundred fifty pounds old Tennor for Said forty Acres, and have been 
improving upon Said forty Acres ever Since and have built a House 
thereon where my Family now dwells and being lately informed that 
Said forty Acres is without y e Bounds of Canterbury and properly 
y e Right of Said Proprietors — I humbly pray that y e Honb le Prop rs 
would not Sell or convey Said forty Acres to any other person, so 
that my Labour & Improvement be given to any another, as I am 
willing & Desirous to pay and allow you any reasonable and valueable 
Consideration for the Same, when you shall please to convey or con- 
firm y e same forty Acres to me, and shall be alway ready to attend 



CANTERBURY. I43 

you for to receive your proposal of a Consideration for me to make 
for y a same, and pray you will Spedily consider my Petition, your 
grant of which will ever oblige your humble Petitioner — 

Portsm" May 28 th 1753 — Joseph mi 



man 



[ Canterbury Committee to Treat with Masoriion Proprietors, 1758.] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5, p. 94.] 

A Reagulor Meeting held at Canterbury on Munday ye: IT"' of 
July 1758— 

Voted Ensi" John Moor Morderator for S' 1 Meeting — 

Voted Thomas Clough a Committe Chosen to Agree With and 
Make up, and Satisfie the Lord proprietors of Masons Right, in the 
Name, and behalf, of the present inhabitence of Canterbury, from 
Sixteen years Old and upwards, for the goare of land laying between 
Canterbury and Rumford, and to Receive a quit Clame, first to each 
posesor according to what he is in possession of, and also to pay 
According to his posession Excepting them that poses home Lots in 
s' 1 gore, that wase Supposed to be in Canterbury and the Remainder 
to be acquited to the present inhabitence — they paying according 
theiruuto — Cap* Stephen Gerrish and kents Grants Excepted — 

A true Coppy attest Archelaus Moor 

Town Clerk — 



[Letter of Thomas Clough to Proprietors, 1758.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 95.] 

Canterbury 18 th of July 1758. 
Sir 

Yesterday there was a Meeting held in this Town to See 
(Amongst other Things) whether or no the Inhabitants of S d Town 
had a Mind to purchase the Gore of Land L f Mason's of the Lords 
proprietors thereof Scituate between S' 1 Canterbury & Rumford als. 
IVimvrook — And whereas at S' 1 Meeting it was agreed to purchase 
— And I was chosen to Transact S' 1 Affair for S' 1 Canterbury And 
Should have forthwith waited on S' 1 Lords proprietors But the 
Posture of our Affairs is Such at present that I cannot possibly 
come down (Our Hay Indian Corn & other things being almost 
Spoil'd for want of taking care of being Surprized almost every 
Day on ace 1 of y' ; Indians and hardly dare Stir from one Garrison 
to another without a Large company together — But to proceed 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



Being Inform'd Sir that Yon are one of y e S' 1 Lord Proprietors & 
their Clerk Have Humbly made bold to write & Send this by m r 
James Head Humbly to request that you will communicate this our 
Intention to treat with them for purchasing S' 1 Gore & that you will 
please to Send me an answer per Bearer by Letter by Some Safe 
Hand as Soon as possible If you have an Inclination to sell & when 
& where Yo r Meeting will be & I will wait on You — 

N B — The Lands whereon Some of our Improvements we Suppose 
are in s d Gore tho' Laid out to us as part of s' 1 Canterbury we have 
voted a plan of said Lands to be taken forthwith & to See what is 
wild Land what is in possession & what hath been Improv'd in S d 
Gore (Except what was formerly purchased by Capt. Gerrish & 
Coll. Kent of Newburry) which plan & all other things (as far as 
in me lyeth) relateing to S' 1 Gore I will bring with me when I come 
down In the mean while I am with my Humble Service to S' 1 Lords 
proprietors in behalf of Our S d Town Expecting Yo r Speedy Answer 
after Communication of this Letter to them Sir your & their 
Most Obed nt Humb Serv nt 

Thomas Clough 

To George Jaffreys Esq r At Portsmouth 



S 1 



[ Abraham Batchelder to Proprietors, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 96.] 

Canterbury Jan> y e 22 d 1759 



These lines comes with a View to putt you in mind of a 
promise and likewise a Request, for whereas about Seven Years ago 
you desired me, to Run out & Plan that Gore of Land laying between 
Canterbury & Merrimack River for 3^011 ; & you declared that you 
would see me Satisfied for the same, the Work has been done and a 
Plan of the same Delivered into your hands, but yet I have not 
Received any Satisfaction for the Same as yet, which when first done, 
was twenty pounds, which twenty Pounds then, was as good as fifty 
is Now, However S r my Request Now is, that you make known my 
Desires to the Lord Proprietors at their first Meeting to Grant me a 
Lott of Land in said Gore, beside Rents Farm so Called, According 
to the Plan which I now Send you, in Lieue of said Money, and 
should you think that I ought to give any More for said Land, be 
pleased to let me know of it, tho' withal ; I hope you will Consider 
me to be a poor Man, & I hope you w T ill be as favourable as Possible, 



CANTERBURY. 



r 45 



thus Leaveing the Affair with you, which I hope you will Speedily 
Accomplish, J remain your very 

Hum 1 Ser 1 

Abraham Batcheldor 



[Petition of Samuel Hale, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 97.] 

To the Honorable Theodore Atkinson Esq r and others Proprietors 
of Mason's Right in New Hamp r — 

The Petition of Samuel Hale Sheweth that your Petitioner having 
had an Offer made by Several of the Proprietors at a Meeting held 
last Year of a Grant of Land being made to him in your Claim And 
finding a Tract of Land lying between Rum ford Canterbury & 
Kents Farm & Gerrishes containing between 200 & 300 Acres (exclu- 
sive of some improvements in the North west Corner) not claimed by 
any private Persons Prays a Grant of Said Land may be made to 
him according to the following Bounds viz Easterly by Rumford 
about 300 Rods Southerly by Kents & Gerrishes Farms about 320 
Rods Notherly By Canterbury about 460 Rods. 

Portsm Feb : 8 th 1759 Samuel Hale 




in 



I46 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Canterbury Committee to Treat ivith Masonian Proprietors, 1764.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 97.] 

At a meeting of the propriators of the Township of Canterbury 
held by an ajournment on the forth wendesday of may Instant 
Voted that Walter Brian t Esq r Thomas Clough & It Joseph Sias be 
a Committee to purches for the propriators of the Township of Can- 
terbury of the purchesers of masons Clame the whole of there Right 
or as much as they Can agree for in the Goar of Lands between Can- 
terbury and Rumford Line and petition the General Court to have 
the Same Innex' 1 to the Town of Canterbury 

Canterbury may 24 th 1764 

A True Coppy Attest Tho 8 Clough propri tors Clerk 



[Memorandum of Canterbury Purchase, 1764.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 98.] 

memorandum that on y e Last Wednesday of this Instant november 
anno Domini 1764 we the Subscribers Walter Bryent of newmarket 
Joseph Sias of Durham & tho s Clough of Canterbury all in newhamp- 
shire a Committee appointed to purchase of y e Purchasers of Cap* 
John masons Claims in newhamp r of one partie & Jeremiah Clough 
Esq r & Ezekial morrell Both of Canterbury aforeSaid & their asso- 
ciates of the other part witnesseth that the said Com ttee Convey to 
Said Jeremiah & Ezekiel & their associates all the Intervail & upland 
in the gore (So Called) that Lays between Canterbmy afore Said & 
meremac River and on the northwesterly Side of the forty acre Lotts 
Laid out by the Proprietors of Canterbury and on the north of Cap 1 
Gerish his Land viz all the Right & title to Said Premises which 
they Shall Purchase of Said purchesers of masons Claimes viz all 
that Right & title to Said Premises upon Said Jeremiah & Ezekiel 
Paying Said Com ttee all that Sum of money which s d Com ttee is to 
Give Said Purchesers for the whole of the Gore between Rumford 
Line Canterbury Line & meremacc River with the Cost & Charges 
arrising in the Purchasing & Com pleating y e Same 

A true Coppy ■$) Walter Bryent 

Walter Bryent Joseph Sias — 

tho s Clough 
Ezekiel morrell 
Jeremiah Clough 







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CANTERBURY. 



H7 



[Bowl for Purchase of Canterbury Grore, 1764.] 

[ Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 98.] 

Canterbury Dec 1 " y' 25 th 1764 whereas a Committee of the Proprie- 
tors of the town of Canterbury have agreed with the Purchasers of 
mason's Right to give twenty Six hundred pounds old tenor for their 
Interest in a gore of Land between Canterbury & Rumford Line (So 
Called) now know y e that we the Subscribers upon Said Committee 
bringing us a Quit Claim Deed of mason's Right agreeable to an 
agreement we have heretofore made then we Promise to pay the Said 
Committee bhe above Sum of twenty Six hundred Pounds old tenor 
and all the Charges that hath or may arise in the Purching Said gore 
which purchases & Charges is to be paid in proportion to what Land 



we Possess In the Entervale in Said gore 



Ezekiel morrall 
W" 1 moors 
oat moor 
Rich' 1 Ellis 
James Shephard 
John more 
Josiah miles 
William forrest Jun 1 
Joseph Simons 

A true Coppy 



Jeremiah Clough 
Sam 11 moor 
John forrist 
Ephraim Hacket 
John Dolarf Junr 
John Glines 
abner Clough 
Rich 11 Ellis 
Josiah kentfeild 

Walter Bryent 



tho s Clough 
James Gipson 
Sam 11 Ames 
Henery Elkins 
David morrell 
Daniel Ames 
Arculas moor 
Sam 11 Shephard 
Asa foster 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Canterbury Plan, No Date.'] 




CENTRE HARBOR. 



[ 49 



CENTRE HARBOR. 

[Set off from New Hampton and incorporated Dec. 7, 1797. So called because 
it contained the middle one of three harbors, Moultonborough Harbor or Bay being 
on the east, and Meredith Harbor or Bay on the west. A part of Meredith was 
annexed to Centre Harbor July 3, 1873. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 276; Index to Laws, 86; sketch, Hurd's 
History of Belknap County, 1885, p. 725; article on name, by Isaac W. Ham- 
mond, 4, Granite Monthly, 189; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, 
p. 375; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 486; In the Heart of the White 
Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 1882, p. 8.] 



[Plan of Lot in Centre Harbor, 1806.] 




IS© 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Two Lots in Centre Harbor, 1807.] 




By the request of Joseph Sturtevant I the Subscriber have meas- 
ured aud pland the above pieces of Laud being in Centre Harbour 
and on Squara Neck (so called) Protracted 20 Rods to an inch — and 
ajoining as above by Common piches 

Attest H. Kelsea Surveyor — 



CONCORD. 151 



Dece r 20 th 180(1 
22—114 
4. 143 



26 257 
In conjunction with Doc N A Haven this day conveyed the above 
land to .) Sturtevant for 130 D s in one Year 
Jan> 2 1807 



CONCORD. 

[This territory, known as Penacook, was granted by Massachusetts May 18, 
1659, to Richard YValdron and others. Regranted by Massachusetts Jan. 17, 
1725-6, to Ebenezer Eastman and others. Incorporated by Massachusetts as 
Rumford, Feb. 27, 1733-4. Incorporated by New Hampshire as Concord, June 
7, 1765. The grant of Bow by New Hampshire, May 20, 1727, conflicted with 
this grant, and the dispute was decided by the king in favor of Rumford, Dec. 27, 
1762. A gore of land was severed from Canterbury and Loudon and annexed to 
Concord, Jan. 2, 1784. Portions of How were annexed Dec. 13, 1804, and July 
10, 1856. The State House was built in 1816 and remodeled in 1865. It was 
first occupied by the legislature in June, 1819. A city charter was granted July 
6, 1849, but was not adopted until March 10, 1853. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town 
Papers, 128; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 340; Index to Laws, 116; Historical 
Sketch, by J. B. Moore, 1, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 153; Meteoro- 
logical Tables, 1828-36, by J. Farmer, 5, id., 261 ; Note on Penacook Indians, by 
same, 1, id., 219; Penacook Papers, 3, id., 212; History, by Nathaniel Bouton, 
1856, pp.786; sketch, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 57; The 
State House, by I. W. Hammond, id., p. 406; Annals, by J- B. Moore, 1824, pp. 
112; Diaries of Rev. Timothy Walker, ed. by J. B. Walker, 1889, pp. 80; His- 
tory of Four Meeting Houses, by J. B. Walker, 1881, pp. 80; Historical Sketch 
of St. Paul's School, by H. A. Brown, 1885. pp. 27; Concord and Its Points of 
Interest, by G. F. Bacon, 1890, pp. 32; Dedication of Blossom Hill Cemetery, 
address by W. L. Foster, i860, pp. 40; Dedication of Fowler Library Building, 
1888, pp. 84; Bill of Mortality, 1798-1821, by Thomas Chadbourne, 1, Farmer 
and Moore's Historical Collections, 81 ; Biography of Isaac Hill, 1835; Pastors, 
Deacons, and Members of the First Congregational Church, by J. Farmer, 1830, 
pp. 21; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 363; Baptist Churches 
in N. H., by E. E. Cummings. 1836, pp. 6, 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, pp. 365, 372, 374, 375 ; Historical Manual of South Congregational 
Church, 1869; Year Books of same, 1889, 1891 ; discourse, semi-centennial of 
Salisbury Baptist Association, by E. E. Cummings, 1S78, pp. 24; Manuals of 
First Congregational Church, 1871, 1888; historical sermons by Nathaniel Bou- 
ton as follows : in Commemoration of the Organizing of the First Church in 1730, 
1830, pp. 102 : at Twenty Fifth Anniversary of His Settlement over First Congre- 
gational Church, 1850, pp. 54; at Fiftieth Anniversary of Concord Female Chari- 



I52 CHARTER RECORDS. 

table Society, 1862, pp. 40; Forty Years Ministry, 1865, pp. 40; Third Semi- 
centennial of Concord, 1875; pp. 48. Historical address, by H. M. Cook, 1876, 
pp. 15 ; historical addresses at 150th anniversary of First Congregational Church, 
1880, pp. 71 ; same, 4, Granite Monthly, 193; sermon, 40th anniversary of South 
Congregational Church, by S. L. Blake, 1877; First Baptist Church, by H. M. 
Cook, 5, Granite Monthly, 27 ; Semi-Centennial of Organization of Second Con- 
gregational (Unitarian) Church and Society, 1879, pp. 60; History of the First 
Congregational Church, by F. D. Ayer, 2, Granite Monthly, 261 ; History of First 
Congregational Sunday School, by J. C. Thorne, 4, id., 313 ; History of Music in 
First Congregational Church, by W. G. Carter, 4, id., 320; address in Congrega- 
tional Church, Fisherville, by John Kimball, 1876, pp. 16; St. Paul's Church, 
1818-44, Dawson's Historical Magazine, 2d series, vol. 7, p. 364; St, Paul's 
School, 10, Granite Monthly, 233; St. Paul's School, by H. Harrison, Perry's 
History of the American Episcopal Church, 1885, vol. 2, p. 547; sketch, by J. 
N. McClintock, 8, Granite Monthly, 263 ; Early History of Concord Press, by A. 
McFarland, 2, id., 164; Old Red Mill, by W. Harriman, 5, id., 120; The Rolfe- 
Rumford House, by F. M. Colby, 5, id., 346; The Walker House, by same, 3, 
id., 345 ; Banks and Bankers, 9, id., 339; May Flowers, chapter from history of, 
7, id., 76; Penacook in 1741, 26, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 438; Historical 
Sketch of N. H. Asylum for Insane, 1886, pp. 39; Biographical Notices of Physi- 
cians, 2, N. H. Repository, 80, 135 ; Biography of Kancamagus, 13, Farmer's 
Monthly Visitor, 129; Biography of Passaconway, 12, id., t>3\ Biography of 
Wonnalancet, 12, id., 257 ; The Last of the Penacooks, 13, id., 257 ; for further 
Indian history see Potter's History of Manchester; History of N. H. Convention 
for Investigation, Discussion, and Decision of the Federal Constitution, by J. B. 
Walker. 1888, pp. 128; Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles, by Parker Pillsburv, 
1883, p. 156; An Exploit in King Philip's War, Hannah Duston, by C. R. 
Corning, 2, Proceedings of N. H. Historical Society, 122; The Bradley Massa- 
cre, by H. G. Sargent, id., 152; Journal of March to Protect the Inhabitants 
against the Indians, 1746, 4, Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 201 ; 
Petition of Inhabitants for Restoration of the Garrison, 1748, id., 253.] 



[Petition of Adams, Smith, and Bryant. ~] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 99.] 

Prov e of New ) To the Hon ble the Purchasers & proprietors to 
Hamp r \ masons Right 
the Petition of Samuel Adams Benjamin Smith & Walter Bryent 
of newmarket & Durham humbly Shews that }^our petitioners are 
appointed agents for & on behalf of a number of y e freeholders & 
other Inhabatance of S <1 town & parish who are Desirous of having a 
Certain Small tract or Gore of Land Bound as follows Begining at 
the north Corner of the town of Bow and to Run up Bounding on 
the town of Canturbury on the north East to marimack River & on 
merimack River on y e west Down Said River to Bow Line then Run- 



CONCORD. 153 

ing north East ward Bounding on said Bow Line to the north Corner 
of Said town were it Began to be granted to us & our Constituants 
on Such Conditions & Limitations as shall be Best your & our 

Interest 

Sam 11 Adams 
Benj a Smith 
Walter Bryent 



[Andrew McMillan to Proprietors in Behalf of Concord, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 100.] 

To the Moderator and Proprietors of land under the title of Jn° 
Tuftin Mason Esq r 

Humbly sheweth that I the Subscriber am appointed by the pro- 
prietors and Inhabitants of Rumford now Concord. To wait on 
your honours in Order to know on what terms the proprietors and 
Inbit ts of S d Rumford or Concord can or may be quieted in the pos- 
sesion of a Gore of land which lays within the Claim of S' 1 Rumford 
or Concord as may appear by the plan annexed — 

Gentlemen your answer to the above as Soon as possible will 
greatly oblidge y r hu ble Ser 1 

And w m c Millan 

Portsm 23' 1 August 1770 



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CONCORD. 155 

[ Vote of Inhabitants of Concord, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 101.] 

Province <>t' ) At a meeting of the Proprietors & Freeholders 
New Hampshire i of t lie Township of Ruraford, now Concord, on 
Monday the -•">"' Day of November A D 1770 to Receive the Report 
of their Committee lately chosen to attempt an agreement with the 
Proprietors of Bow &c — 

Voted 1. That Andrew Memillan Esq 1 he Moderator 

2. That Tim Walker Jun' be Clerk to enter the Proceed- 
ings of this Meeting (the stated Clerk not being able to attend) 

The Committee having reported that the major Part of the Claimers 
of the Hundred Acre Lots that lie within our Town have signed that 
they will quit their Rightto the same for Ten Pounds Lawful money 
per Lot. and are also encouraged that if we pay the s d several Sums 
to the s' Claiiners. that the Proprietors of Bow will quit to the Pro- 
prietors of Rum ford the remainder of their Township which lies 
within Rumford Grant, Except some Forty Acre Lots to the East of 
Sowcook River, also 162 acres of Land to be reserved to the Proprie- 
tors of Bow — 

The Committee having also reported, that the Claimers under 
John Tufton Mason Esq' had agreed to quit the Remainder of the 
Township of Rumford for Sixty Pounds Lawful Money — 

3. That We will pay the s' 1 Ten Pounds p 1 Lot to each claimer 
as aforesaid, provided the remaining Claimers of s' 1 Lots will comply 
with the same Terms, and allow a reasonable Time to collect s d 
Money in. — 

4. That we will pay the Proprietors claiming under s' 1 Mason 
the s' 1 Sixty Pounds Lawful Money for what they claim of the Town- 
ship of Rumford — 

5. That our Committee be desired to present a Copy of the 
above Votes to the Proprietors of Bow, also to the Claimers under 
Mason and request an answer to the same as soon as possible 

A true Copy of the Proceedings of the above Meeting. 

Attest" Tim Walker J r Proprietors Clerk 



[Agreement of Masonian Committee in Regard to Concord Purchase, 

1770.] 

[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5, p. 102.] 

Province of New / We the Subscribers being Appointed a Com 

Hampshire \ mitte of the Proprietors of Masons Paten to hear 

the Proposals of the Committe of Rumford now Concord as their is 



156 CHARTER RECORDS. 

a Quantity of Land in the said Town of Rumford that Falls within the 
said Paten Line and the Proprietors and Freeholders of said Rum- 
ford at a Meeting, held in said Rumford now Concord Nov 1 " 26. 1770 
Voted to give the Proprietors of Masons Paten Sixty Pounds Lawful 
money for what the said Proprietors Claim of the Township of Rum- 
lord, and We the Committe of the Proprietors of Masons Paten do 
now Agree with the Committe of Rumford to take the said Sum 
of Sixty Pounds Lawful money, they to give Good Security for said 
Sum to be paid within Twelve months from the Date hereof, and 
upon giving the said Security the Committe Aforesaid Engages to 
give to said Proprietors of Rumford a Quit Claim Deed of the said 
Tract of Land Aforesaid 

Portsmouth December 13 th 1770 

Daniel Rogers ) Committe of the 
John Penhallow > Proprietors of 
Peter Pearse j Masons Paten — 



[Quitclaim of a Gore of Land to Concord, 1771.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Oct. 3, 1771.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth October 3 d 1771 Thursday three of 
New Hampsh r \ the Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of 
James Stoodly Esqu 1 ' Innholder the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment — 

Whereas the Proprietors and Freeholders of a place called Rum- 
ford now Concord, have made Application to the Proprietors of the 
Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in New Hampshire, 
for a Purchase of a quit claim of their right to a Gore or tract of 
Land which was included in said Rumford, upon which application 
the Consideration whereof was referred to a Committee to treat with 
Andrew MacMillan Esq r and others a Committee of the Proprietors 
& Inhabitants of Rumford or Concord about a Conveyance, and the 
Terms thereof in behalf of this Propriete, for a Gore, or tract of 
Land referred to in said McMillan's Petition, & to report thereon as 
Soon as may be, the said Committee have made a report thereon viz 1 
that they had agreed with the Committee of said Rumford to take 
the sum of Sixty Pounds lawfull money, the Proprietors of Rumford 
giving good Security for the said Sum, to be paid within twelve 
Months from the 13 th day of December 1770, and upon such Security 
being given, engage to be given to the said Proprietors of Rumford 
a quit claim of the tract of Land aforesaid, from the said Purchasers 



CONWAY. I57 

& Proprietors of Masons Grant. In Consequence of the report of 
said Committee and upon Consideration of said Security given for 
said Sum of sixty Pounds lawful! or Proclamation Money, be it — 

Therefore Voted and hereby Granted unto the Proprietors & Free- 
holders of a place called Rumford now Concord, all tin; right, Title, 
Interest. & Claim of the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of .John 
Tufton Mason Esq 1 in new Hampshire of, in & to the said tract or 
Gore of Land, bounded as follow's namely, begin'ing where the 
north west side Line of Bow intersect's the easterly side Line of 
Hopkiugton, thence north east on the north west side Line of How. 
till it intersect's the southerly side Line of Canterbury, thence on 
the southerly side Lines of Canterbury & Boscawen till it come's to 
the north east, corner of Hopkiugton, thence on the easterly side 
Line of Hopkiugton to the bounds first mentioned. 



CONWAY. 

[Originally known as Pigwacket or Pequawket. Granted as Conway Oct. 1 - 
1765. to Daniel Foster and others. Grants to Lieuts. Hugh Sterling, Samuel 
Stark, and Archibald Stark were annexed June 14, 1800. The farms of Jonathan 
Hardy and Edward Shirley were severed from Conway and annexed to Chatham, 
June 26, 1823. 

.See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
141 ; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 409 ; Index to Laws, 125 ; sketch, Fergusson's 
History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 815; History of the White Mountains, by 
Lucy Crawford, 1845, chap. X; History of North Conway, by B. D. Eastman. 
1880, in files of The Idler \ Willey's History of the White Mountains, 1870, 
chap. XIII; The White Hills, by T. Starr King, 1859, p. 149; The Intervale, by 
Winfield S. Nevins, 1887, pp. 60; The March of Capt. Samuel Willard, by C. E. 
Fay, 2, Appalachia, 336; Stevens's Memorials of Methodism, 2d series, 1852, p. 
334: Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Baptist Churches in 
N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 12; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
p. 582 ; grants to Hugh Sterling, Archibald Stark, and Samuel Stark, with Madi- 
son papers; The White Mountains, A Guide to Their Interpretation, by Julius 
H. Ward, 1890, p. 26; In the Heart of the White Mountains, by S. A. Drake, 
1882, p. 39.] 



[Henry Young Brown to Proprietors, 1768.] 
[Masonian 'Papers, Vol. 5, p. 108.] 

Pigwackit Sep* 1 st 1768 
Hon' 1 S r Cap 1 Fletcher hath Extended your Claim to Saco River in 
one place and Includes a Considerable part of a Township I pur- 
chased of the province of y e massachusitts Gov""' 1 where I was Set- 



i58 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



tied before their was any Suspishon of a dispute about it therefore 
desire I may have the first Refusal of your Interest in my Town as 
Laid out under the Title of y e Mass il if it pleases God to Spair my 
Life and Restore my helth I shall be at portsmouth y e 19 th Ins 1 your 
Interest in my behalf will Lay me under obligations to acknowledg 
y e favour for disputes are disagreeable to me 

I am S r Your Honours Most obedi 1 Humble Servant 

Henry young Brown 

PS I must Inform you that the Lands was Granted to people 
under new harnpshire Since I was Settled on them and many other 
families which I Settled 



[Plan of Masonian Land in Qomi'ay.~\ 




To begin at the S E Corner of Conway as run out by waiter Bry- 
ent Jun r 1765 on the province line Thence N 8 d gs E by the nedle 2 
miles to the northernmost Extent of masons Claim Thence westerly 
by Masons head line 6 miles to the west Side line of Conway as for- 
merly run out thence S 8 d gs W about 2 miles to the S W Cornor of 
S' 1 Conway thence by S <1 Conway line 6 miles to the first bound Con- 
taining all the lands in Conway Claim' 1 by the propriators of masons 
right 

p r Henry Y Brown 



CONWAY. 159 

[Daniel Foster's Request, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 104.] 

To Walter Biyent J r Esq r 

A^ von are agent for Conway should be Glad you would Petition 
the Prop 1 * 8 of Mason Patent to Confirm to the Proprietors of Conway 
what Lands within Conway Lines have fallen within said Patent by A 
Line Lately Run for the Northerly & Westerly Line of said Patent 

Feb* 251769.— 

Daniel Foster 



[Henry Youth/ Brown to Proprietors, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 105.] 

Portsmouth Sep 1 1 st 1769 
Gentlemen as there is part of the Lands I purchesed of the prov- 
ince of the massachusitts bay which falls within your Claim I Should 
be glad of the favour to have Some part of the Land of you upon 
Some Conditions which may be thought reasonable which will oblige 
your most obediant Humble Servant 

Henry Young Brown 
To the Gentlemen Interested in Masons proprioty 



[Appointment and Petition of Conway Committee, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 106.] 

At a Legal Meeting of the Proprietors of Conway held on y e 30 th 
Day of March 1773 — Henry-Y Brown David Page Richard Eastman 
Tho 8 Merrill Esq r and Eben r Burbank. Be a Committe to Settle with 
the Prop rs of Masons right for their claim in Said Town with full 
Power to Substitute any one of s' 1 Committe to Transact the affair 
under Such restrictions as they Shall think proper for them 

April 1 st 1773 

A true Copy attest Tho 8 Merrill Prop r Ck 

To the proprietors of the right of John=Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' We the 
Subscribers a Committe of the Proprietors of Conway in the Province 
New Hampshire April 1 st 177:') Humbly Sheweth . 

That Conway was Granted in the year 1765 by the Geovenor and 
Council that they Have been at great Expence in making roads and 
Settling Said Town as it is remote from the other Settlements in the 



l6o CHARTER RECORDS. 

Province that they have been Obliged to Dispute the Province line 
which was no Small Expence to them that it was not known when the 
Town was Granted that it Interfeared with your rights as it now ap- 
pears that part of Conway lays within your Claim — and as what they 
have done is an Advantage to your land below us. We therefore 
pray you would. Take our affair under your Consideration and make 
a Grant to the Proprietors of Conway of your Right which is within 
Said Township 

and as in Duty Bound Shall ever pray 

Henry Young Brown 
Richard Eastman 
Thomas Merrill 
David Page 
Ebenezer Burbank 



[Henry Young Brown to Proprietors in Behalf of Conway, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 107.] 

Conway April 3 d 1773 
Gentlemen of the proprietors ) I am Substituted by the Committee 
of Masons Right ( for Conway to Transact the affair for 

them with your proprioty Your Claim is near Two miles on Conway 
Six miles Wide according to a Plan herewith Exhibited Containing 
7346 acres. To my Sorrow there is but little good land there is the 
Contents of one mile Squair Pond and double that Quantity Spruce 
Swamp of but little value and a larg proportion of other wast land 
Broken Pich Pine &c though necessary to accomidate the Settlement 
of the Town — the propriotors once Chose a Committee to Settle with 
you who were not wiling to acknowledg your right they have now 
Chose another as you will See by the Inclosd Vote, who have petition 
you for a Grant which is also Inclos d and as I am Substituted agree- 
able to the order of the propriotors to Transact the affair Should be 
glad you would Take our Petition into Consideration as Soon as you 
Can Conveniently for we want to lay out a division of land in the 
Town and a delay to have the matter Settled will have a Tendency 
to delay the Settlement of the Town on which the advancement of 
the Settlement of this part of the Country much depends (as it will 
be a resource for the Towns near it) and of Cource your Interest and 
that of the Publick 8 from these and other weighty reasons I am In- 
duced to believe you will answer the prayer of our Petition without 
delay and make us a grant of the land according to the plan Inclos' 1 if 
the Propriotors Should think proper to reserve a Small acknowledg- 



CONWAY. l6l 

ment I would humbly Propos it minght not Exceed five Hundred 
acres and that to lay on the south line of the Town as it will Joyne 
your other lands and Least discommode the Settlements 

Gentlemen I am in the name and behalf of s fl Conway your most 
obedient Humble Servant 

Henry Young Brown 



^Terms of Masonian Proprietors for Quit-Claim of Conway, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 108.] 

1773 June 9 th Cap 1 Henry Young Brown appearing in behalf of the 
Prop™ the Grantees of y e Township Conway at y e the meeting of y e 
Prop* 8 of Mason's Grant when and where it was conceeded by the 
Prop rs on Sundry peculier Considerations that they would accept of 
fifteen hundred Acres in the Township of Conway for a Quit Claim 
of the land in y l Township within Mason's Grant to be laid out with- 
in and bounding on the South line of Conway into fifteen one hun- 
dred Acre lotts to be measured marked out & numbered from one to 
fifteen within Six months from this date at the Expence of y e gran- 
tees of Conway and a plan thereof to be returned to this Propriety 
and that the owners of the Said fifteen hundred Acres Shall not be 
Subjected to any Expence of the Township of Conway for publick 
buildings clearing of Roads or any other Charge of y e Township of 
Conway &c till the Lot of any or each of this Propriete shall be im- 
proved or Sold by them 



[Memoranda Relating to Different Toivns, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 108.] 

October 4 th 1773 — mem of Sundries who desire to settle on y e 
Lots on new Road to Conway viz* 

John Foy Jun r Step" Foy 

Step" Drew Reuben Tuttle 

Jonathan Swain Jacob Sccagel Jun r 

October 6 th 1773 

determined that y e tract of land ungranted, described on y e other 
Side be Surveyed this Fall, and that Minot's and Atkinson's acco ts of 
law Suit v* Alexandria, before the grant of y e ungranted Lots in Al- 
exandria — 

McAllisters Petition in N° 2 — under y e present apprehension of y e 
Circumstances relative to that right it does not appear y' Proprietors 
11 



l62 CHARTER RECORDS. 

can grant it — but y e Circumstance of y e forfeited rights in that town 
to be enquired into — 

to enquire of Cap 1 Allen respecting y e Cost of the Bridge built by 
Sccagel over ossipe river and y e Com tee to Settle y e affair with Sccagel 
and to make what allow ce to Scagel may appear reasonable & just — 

The Com tee to confirm y e agreement with y e 10 Settlers on 10 Lots 
in Bradford-Town if they agree to accept them as agreed — and that 
y* whole tract of land of Bradford-Town be laid out and allotted as 
y e Com tee shall think best 

That y e Clerk is desired to write to Coll Badger & Com tee of Gil- 
man Town to have v e dispute between Said town & y e Gore adjusted 

(oct r 9 th 1773 wrote to Coll Badger) 

That y e ten Settlers on y e road from Wolfborough to Leavets 
Town be determined as Soon as may be and that y e Com tee be desired 
to put on Setlers between Osipe and Conway to y e number of 10 or 
12— 

That y e Com tee employ a Surveyor to run out Limerick according 
to y e grant & ca — 

That the Comittee be desired to have all the land ungranted 
between Wolfborough Tuftonboro Moultonborough Sandwich y e 
Curve line Conway y e Provence Line & Leavits Town to East Town 
& Middleton Surveyed & lotted & Plan thereof Returned — 

That the Strip of Land between Peterbourough & L Ljmdborough 
be annexed to the Proprietors reservation in Peterborough So as to 
accomodate each Prop rs share 

October 27 th 1773 determined by y e Com tee that Coll° Rust be em- 
ployed to have y e road to Conway cleared of Windfalls that m r Jaff- 
rey is desired to write to Doct r Thompson & Hub s Neel to come down 
to engage in Survey 8 &c 

Nov 1 " 4 th 1773 That m r Jaffrey be desired to write to Coll Rust to 
have y ( ' Windfalls well cleared in the road to Ossipee Bridge as Soon 
as may be on y e Prop rs Acco 1 and inform y e Prop rs what lots on the 
road are improved and what y e Improvements are 

wrote Nov r 5 th 

A Peice of Land adjoyning Alexandria and New Chester Running 
from thence toward Concord in the County of Rockingham & adjoyn- 
ing the y e Township of New Britton Solsbery & on toward s d Con- 
cord and the oather Side the adition to alexandria Paries Town 
Almsberry &c Suposed to be in Some Places a mile in weadth oather 
Places More & in Some Places Less Supposed to be about fifteen 
Miles in Length Taking the Chief or all Kiarsarge Mountain 



CONWAY. 

[Plan of Land of Scotch Settlers, 1775.] 



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164 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Henry Weed to Proprietors, 1777.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 109.] 

Gentlemen 

I Came down to see you Pursuant to our Agreement, of the Cora- 
way, Settlement, but you Attended not and I Cannot Stay until you 
Can Meet. Therefore I Leave this Information Namely — that the 
forementioned Land will Serve for a Settlement — and People Seem 
Forward for Settlements — But Yet their Seems Sumthing threat- 
ning, from Eaton and Burton, on which Land the Coroway Settle- 
ment must be and I shall Expect you to Defend and Secure our Set- 
tlement Peaceably unto us from the Proprietors of Said Eaton and 
Burton During the Time of our Settlements Should be Glad If you 
Wou'd Send me a Letta by Cap' Dudley, and Appoint the Time when 
you will Attend the Business, and I will Come down If you think 
Proper — 

Portsm June 27 th 1777— 

To Hon' Daniel Rogers Esq 1 ' \ Comittee of the , 

John Pierce — /tit • o • *. „ ■ 

T , -p, , n ( Masonian Proprietors 

John Pennailow ) r 

I am Gentlemen Your Hum 1 Servant — 

Henry Weed 



[Thomas Chadbourne to Proprietors, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 110.] 

Conway Feb y 4 th 1779 
Sir As you gave me Sum Directions concerning y r Land on the 
Road from osipa to Conway I think it not amiss to give You this 
hint that it is intended by a number of people to take possession of 
great part of that Land near Conway next spring if you Should have 
any Directions to me on that business I shall be Down in march next 
when I will Receive them — 

from yors to Serve — 

Thomas Chadbourn 
To M r John Peirce 
Portsmo — 



[Thomas Chadbourne to Proprietors, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 110.] 

Conway Octo r 28 th 1779 
Sir an answer to yours the Selectmen of Conway have not De- 
manded any Tax of the masons Proprietors Since I Saw you — after I 



CONWAY. 165 

Come home and in april wee made our Taxes I then Proposed to the 
Selectmen being- one my Selfe to make a plan & Retinue as proposed 
Their answer was that it was quite uncertain where you the pro- 
prietors had any Right in Conway however I proceeded and made a 
Tax as usual and Directed the Collector not to Call on you untell 
further orders — the Reason for this is that all the Land from Conway 
eight miles South is Claimed by other proprietors who have Taken 
Possession and are makeing greate Improvement and Transfereing- 
the property to others by warranty Deeds for valuable Consideration 
and all this without any notice from the proprietors of mason how- 
ever 1 think I shall prevale and Send you a plan as I promised them 
in answer to yours — and for your Information I the other Day went 
through y' Land from Conway to osipee I found there was not one 
Single Right on the Road from Conway line to the Eight mile tre 
worth haveing but what was taken up and very Considerable Im- 
provement made on maney of them a number of families on and more 
Comeing and all the Land toward the province Line is also taken by 
those who have grants Lying there — as your Committe Gave me 
Sum Directions about Settleing Sum of those lots my Settlers are in 
Great fear of their title and Sum have actualy taken other Deed 
under the Bryants and others they being on the Spot tel them fine 
Storyes — I was thinking for the benefite of my Settlers that as the 
Road from Wolfsborough to Cohos is to be made good by act of 
General Court the Land Sold for the Same if not Paid by the propri- 
etors you will be at Great Cost on osipa bridge and if the Comittee 
appointed by General Court were to Sel a few of those Rights 
Clamed by those persons it might bring matters Right that way — I 
am Sir your obliged Humble Servant — 

Thomas Chadbourn — 
To the Hon 1 George Jeffrey Esq r 



[John Heath to Proprietors, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 111.] 

Conway November y e 27 th 1779 

To the Committee of the Masonian Proprietors. 

Gentlemen, I have not carried out the Price of the Days Work for 
the Reason that money is depreciated since my Agreement with you, 
I leave it to your Consideration to make such Allowance as you shall 
think Just & reasonable. I propose to wait on you about the 8 th or 
10 th of December next. I am, Gentlemen, your very obedient hum- 
ble Sr* John Heath 



l66 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Thomas Chadboume to Proprietors, 1780.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 112.] 

Conway March 18 th 1780 
Sir agreeable to my promise I have ben to our Proprietors 
Records in order to Give you from thence the Proceeding of the 
Proprietors Relative to the 1500 acres of Land in Conway which was 
laid out and assignd for masons Proprietors — but Cannot find any- 
thing that will answer your Purpose where it is the Proprietors 
Clerks fault or the Committee appointed to Settle with you I Cannot 
tell — all I Can find is the vote of the proprietors Impowering Certain 
persons as a Committee and their Petition at large to masons Propr 8 
for Settlement and allso 1500 acres of Land Laying in a Range on 
the South line of Conway N od from 1 to 15 Recorded Which he the 
Proprietors Clerk Saith is your Land altho he agrees with me that 
no mortal can find out any thing by any Records what was Don about 
the afair — it appears that Cap 1 Brown was premoted in the Com- 
mittee and has Power to finish the afair which I Pray you will look 
to him for and I make no Doubt but he Can Set all things Right — 
the 1500 acres as above is what you are taxed for and is accounted 
by us the Seletmen of Conway as the Property of masons Proprie- 
tors — 

I am Sir your most Humble Servant 

Thomas Chadbourn — 
To George Jeffrey Esq r 



[Hugh Sterling to Proprietors, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 113.] 

Conway July y e 28 th 1781 
Sr Altho w I am un Equented With you Nesesety oblidges me to 
truble you with these foue Lins &C I had a Location Granted me by 
the King of Grate Bieton Sume years agoo and haveing it Lade out 
by M r Brine tt I moved to this place With a Vew to Settel but Shortly 
after The Gentlemen propriorters of Meson patent Sente Mr flatcher 
to Roun the Line over agein and So tock my Location from me 
Whare upon I Sente a poticion to you Gentelmen propriortors and 
Scute ;i Leater to my Kensman with my potiction to Cap"' John 
Cochran then Cap" 1 of fort William Marey Deseiring him to profare 
my potacition to your Hounrs Which accordingly he Did and he 



CONWAY. 167 

Wrote me for an answor That you freely equetd me and that 30U 
had Entered it upon your Records that I Was a Quoted I tlier upon 
Wos Esey hut Since you have Sente a Survear and has Laid out my 
Land into Houndred A.cres Lots and is Granting it to Whome So 
Ever Asks it of } t ou I pray Sr of you and Liekwise of all the Gentel- 
nit'ii proprierters that you Wold Conseder me as I am the one and the 
only one that has Ever Moved a feniely So fear Into the Welderness to 
Setrl upon y 1 patons that you Woldbeplesed to Grante me my Lande 
and as I have Deeded five Houndred acersto General John Starks and 
two Houndred to M r James M'harde of Heaverhill if thy Should Come 
Back upon tlier Deeds it wold undo me Sr if you Will be plesed to 
In Quire at the Bearer Colonel David page Esq r he Will Inform you 
of the Whol pertickulors I Should have Been upon the premeses 
befor this time but I meeting With Grate Loses by Death In my 
tamely I had one Son Drownded the Spring this War Brock out and 
a Heather Son Listed and Wente to Canada and ther Died So I was 
Destetute of healp and I being En old man Made it Verey Deficteult 
for me to goo to the Wilderness to Leve Independente of my Salf 
but I am propering to goo With two Son In Laws as Soun as posible 
if you Will Grante me my Lande your Complince with my Request 
will oblidge Sr your Most obedent and Verey houmble Sarvente 

Hugh Sterling 

N B pray Sr Leat me have a Line by the Barer Colonel page I am 
as above 

William W T hepel Esq r 



[Projectors' Reservations in Conivay, 1782.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 24, 1782, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 5, p." 114.] 

State of New \ Portsmouth July 24 th 1782 Wednesday three of 
Hampshire j the Clock afternoon at the House of M 1 John Penhal- 
low partly improved as a Store — the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment 

Whereas Cap' Joshua Heath of Conway presented to the Proprie- 
tors a Plan of the Town of Conway taken by Nathaniel Merrill Sur- 
veyor with a Reservation of fifteen hundred Acres of land to Said 
Proprietors, laid down in Said Plan, on the South Side of Said Town 
containing one hundred Acres in each lot Marked and numbered 
from one to fifteen, the numbers beginning at the westerly Side of 
Said Reservation — The Proprietors being desirous of making a Sev- 
erance of Said Reservation — Therefore Voted that a Severance be 



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CHARTER RECORDS, 



now ma S - agreeable 1 ^aid Plan — bv a draft of 

the Lo:~ _-- I the nuni: era - therein Marked a[nd] laid 

n — and that the Lots Irawn to each of the fifteen original 

3 Bights S s, Shall be a Several. [Said Reserva- 
tion to each of said Proprie: Mrs Right or Share therein, as drawn. 
and entered- to each of them: To have and to hold the Same in Sev- 
eral: i them and each of the:: Beirs and Assigns as - 

drawn and entered 

Draft of the Lota the Enervation of fifteen hundred Acres 
of land in Conwav — viz : — 



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Right of John W th Es 

lard Wibird Esq r . 

k H- Went wort I. E- 
Jotham Odiornr Ee 
Thomas Walingfoi I Esq 
J hn Rindge 
S Uy and March 
Peirce and Moore 
■ ' shna Peii :- Esq 1 
Thomlinson i: Mason 
Thee I re Atkinson E~ 
John Moffatt Esq r 
Blanche & C 

mas Packer Esq' . 



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CONWAY. 

[Ti rmu fP • Grunt to H - ,1782 

[Masonian Paper>. V ".. 5, p. 114.] 

mem I »-■ r 3. 1782. at a Co' 1 - land 

purchas'd of ■' . Tufl Mason Esq r in New Harnp 7 A 
being made by Cap' Young Brown in behalf of Hugh Sterling 
senting tba: - S( rling had a grant of Land by the Govern:. 
N Hamp r located near Conway i: the Province line 
Since finding Said Location to lav within M - rrant pray "s Said 

Proprie : will make said Sterling a Grant of y* whole or wha 
Said Location they shall think meet — upon consideration of his 
making; Settlements on each of three hundred Ac 3 s 1 be granted 

- 

him and iniediately Settle two families on their grant 6: two 
families in a year and that he will relinquish to Said Proprietors any 
and the whole Location to them, and make Settlement u\ 
grant a- - 1. and maintain and - ther Right 

shall be Sot up or infringe upon the Right vN: Titi S I prie- 

— ~~ Akeine in! -ideration the ah Said .A 

and Several Applications heretofore made S Si _ The 

Said Proprietors have concluded to make a gran: I S I Sterlir.. I 
thirteen hundred Acres on the westerly Side of Said location of i 
Acres, as may be taken by the lots of the laud Surveyed and laid out 
marked and numbered on the Plan returned to Said Proprietors by 
Jame Bersy 1781 

Henry Dow having this day made Application to the Prop" to be 
quieted on the land he has improved on the land in Hersy's Plan and 
noted in it near y* Ptoy: line being N '2 which H ._ Si .ling 
claims contrary to y* proposal he made & determined by y* Pi 
Dec 7 1782 

1784 -T-.ii 2 

April 21* 1784 Moses Ingals appeared and produced a Deed from 
above named Henry Dow for y r abovementioned X _ Says said 

Dow has removed from Said lot on w - is a log house and at> _ 
of land cleared vv ab" 8 Acres more fell — 



[i7- Y -. 17S3.] 

- nian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 115.] 

BrownrieldJu. 
S Stei g8 location is 800 Rods N & S and 
Herseys Survay the lots as Split on the wrest S e Sooth S 



170 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by Sterlings lines his proposel is for your propriotors to make him a 
grant of the whole & he to Deed to you one third part on the East 
Side from End to end and not have any Reference to the lots I have 
Viewed the matter and Cannot See any 111 Conveniency it will be to 
you if it is done by lots it will Interfere with Sterlings deeds to Gen- 
erarol Starkes & Co 11 W 111 Starks & with their deed to others as the 
lots he gave deeds of are on the west side & your lott on that Side are 
Split by his line as to ordway my apply cation to you was on Archable 
Starks location tho now he pushes very hard on Sterling & I think 
without any reasonable pretence for he has Entered on a lot that 
Sterling sold to John Sterk & Starks to Jo s Walker & they had worked 
on it before Ordway did I think it most Just for him to be confined to 
his first application But this is only for your Information for I have 
no other Interest in the matter only to State facts for that purpose I 
should be glad of your determination in the matter If you would 
send to the Secretarys offis you may have His Charter as it was sent 
to be Recorded 

I am s r your very Humble SeiV 

H : Y : Brown 
George Jeffry Esq r to be Communicated 



DANBURY. 

[Set off from Alexandria and incorporated June 18, 1795. The town was 
transferred from Grafton County to Merrimack July 10, 1874. Land belonging 
to George W. Dudley and Archibald Ford was severed from Wilmot and annexed 
to Danbury Dec. 19, 1848. A portion of Hill was annexed June 26, 1858, and a 
part of Wilmot July 26, 1878. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 477; Index to Laws, 131; sketch, Hurd's 
History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 289; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, p. 17; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 527.] 



[Report on Lots in Danbury, 1822.] 

[Extract from Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 52.] 

Lands in Danbury 

Lot N° 27, in the 2 Division is poor laying a mountain remote 1 

No 41. in the 2 Division laying at the foot of a mountain being a 
midling lot being rether remote being mixter of groath of timber 2 

No 21. in the 3 Division is a midling lot ocipid by Ebenezer 
Stuart he has cleard nearly fifteen acres of s d lot is reather remote as 
said Stuart says he agreed with M r Pirce for the same 3 



DUBLIN. 171 

No 27. in the 3. Division is reather poor on a mountain on a road 
and but a little value 15 

No 69 in the '2 Division miding lot the timber is a mixte and som 
pine there is som pine cut on s (i lot for shingle and som lays there 
now that they cut said lot lays on the Grafton Turnpike 3 

N° 27. in 3 d Divis Danbury— present price (19 March 1822) $3 f 
acre enquired for by old M' Flanders for Levi Fraser 
" offered $ letter to John Gale for $250 



DUBLIN. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Monadnock No. 3, or North Monad- 
nock, Nov. 3, 1749, to Matthew Thornton and others. Incorporated as Dublin 
March 29, 1771, and named from Dublin, Ireland. A part of the town was 
annexed to Marlborough June 13, 181 8. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
188; XI, Hammond Town Papers. 555; Index to Laws, 157; sketch, Hur<Ts 
History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 180; sketch, Child's Gazetteer of Cheshire 
County, 1885, p. 142; discourse, 25th anniversary of ordination, by Levi W. 
Leonard, 1846, pp. 28; History, by same, 1855, pp. 433; Map of Monadnock 
Mountain, 6, Appalachia, opp. 262 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 255.] 



[Masonian Charter of Dublin, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 116, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 101.] 

Province of } PURSUANT to the Power and Authority Granted 
New Hamp 8 \ and Vested In me by the Prop" of Lands Pur- 
ehassed of John Tuffton Mason Esq r In the Province of New Hamp- 
shire by thier Vote passed at thier Meeting held at Ports In Said 
Province the 16 th day June A D 1749— 

I do by these presents on the Terms & Limitations hereafter Ex- 
pressed Give & Grant all the Right Possesson and Property of the 
Prop'^ A loivs' 1 unto Matthew Thornton Sampson Stoddard William 
Spaulding Joseph French Zacheriah Stearnes Peter Powers Robert 
Fletcher Jun 1 Eleaz r Blanchard Foster Wentwortb Josiah Swan Isaac 
Rindge John Rindge Ezekiel Carpenter Benf Bellows John Combs 
Stephen Powers Henry Wallis Samuel Kenney Ebenenezer Gillson 
Jeremiah Norcross Isaiah Lewis Ezra Carpenter Enos Lawrance Wil- 
liam Cumings Mark llunkin Joseph Jackson Thomas Wibird Jereh- 
miah Lawrence John Usher Nathan 1 Page Daved Page Sam 1 Farley 
Daniel Emerson Joseph Blanchard Jun r Thorn 8 Parker Jun r Anthoney 



172 CHARTER RECORDS 

Wibircl Francis Worster Jonathan Cumings David Willson Clement 
March Esq r of In or to that Tract of Land or Township Call North 
Menadnock or Nomber three Bounded as followeth Begining at 
Beach tree Being the North East Corner of middle Menadnock 
Township and Runs North Eighty Deg s West Seven miles to a hem- 
lock tree Marked from thence Riming North by the Needle five 
miles to tree Marked from Thence Riming South Eighty Degrees 
East Seven miles to a Hemlock Tree Marked from thence Runing 
South by the Needle five miles to the first Bounds Mentioned 

To Have and to Hold to them thier Heirs and Assignes Except- 
ing as afores' 1 & on the Following Terms & Conditions (that is to 
Say) that the whole Tract of Land be Devided Into Seventy one 
Equal Shares and that Each Share Contain three Lotts Equitable 
Coupled togather and Drawn for at Dunstable at or Before the first 
day of July Next In some Equitable Manner 

That three of the Afores d Shares be Granted & appropriated free 
of all Charge one for the first Setled minister in Said Town one for 
the Suport of the Ministry and one for the School there for ever & 
one Lott for Each Said three Shares to be First Lay'd out In the 
Most Conveniant place Near the Middle of Said Town and Lotte 
Coupled to them so as not to be Drawn for — 

That Eighteen of the Said Shares be Reserved for the Grantors of 
the Premises their Heirs and Assignes for ever & Aquited from all 
Duty and Charge Untill Improved by the owners or Some Holding 
Under them Respectively that the Other Owners of the s' 1 Rights 
make Settlem 1 at thier own Expence In the following maner viz 1 
all the Lotts to be Lay'd out at the Grantees Expence that all the 
Lotts In Said Towship be Subjected to have all Necessary roads 
Lay d out threw them free from Charge as hereafter there Shall be 
Ocation That within four Yeares from the Date hereof Forty of the s d 
Rights or Shares belonging to the Aforementioned Grantees viz* 
W m Spaulding Joseph French Zackeriah Stearnes Rob 1 Fletcher Jun r 
Josiah Swan John Rindge John Combs Stephen Powers Henry 
Walles Sam 1 Kenney Ebenez r Gillson Jere 11 Norcross Ezekiel Car- 
penter Ezra Carpenter Enos Lawrance Will Cumings Mark Hunkin 
Joseph Jackson Tho s Wibird Jere h Lawrence John Usher Nath 1 Page 
David Page Sam 1 Farley Dan 1 Emerson Anthony Wibird Frances 
Worster Jon a Cumings David Willson Isaiah Lewis Sampson Stod- 
dard Benjamin Bellows Thomas Parker Jun r one Settlement Each 
Peter Powers four Shares Matthew Thornton three Shares Be En- 
tered upon and three acres of Land at the Least Clered & In Closed 
& Fited for mowing or Tillage and that with Six months then Next 
Cuming there be on Each of the S d forty Setleing Shares a House 



DUBLIN. 173 

built the Room Sixteen feet Square at the Least lifted and finished 
for Comfortable Dwelling therein and Some Person Residant therein 

and Continue Inhabitancy and Residance there for three Yeares then 
Next Cuming with the additional Improv 1 of two acres Each Year 
for each Setler 

That Each of the Grantees at the Executing of this lustrum 1 pay 
twenty pounds old Ten 1 to Defrey the Necessary Charges Risen and 
Arising in s d Township to be Deposited In the hand of Such Person 
as the Grantees Shall Chuse Being a freeholder and Residant In the 
Province of New llamp r — 

That a good Conveniant Meeting house be Built In Said Town- 
ship as Near the Cent r of the Town as may be with Conveniance 
within Six Yeares from this Date and ten acres of Land Reserv' 1 
there for Public Use 

That the Af ores' 1 Grantees or their Assignes by a Maj r Vote In 
Public Meetings Assess Such Further Sums of money as they Shall 
think Necessary for Compleating and Carrying forward the Settlem* 
afores' 1 and airy of the Grantees Exclusive of the three Publick Lotts 
who Shall Neglect for the Space of three months Next after Such 
Assessment Shall be Granted and Made to pay the Same so much of 
Such Delinq ts Right Respectively Shall or may be Sold as will pay 
the Tax and All Charges ariseing thereon by a Com ee of the Grantees 
Appointed for that purpose — 

That all 'White Pine trees fit for masting his Majestys Royal Navy 
Growing on said Tract of Land be and hereby are Granted to his 
Majesty his Heirs and Successors for ever and In Case any of the 
Grantees Shall Neglect or Refuse to perform any of the articles afore 
mentioned he Shall forfit his Share and Right In S (i Township and 
Eyery Partt and Parcell thereof to those of the S d Grantees that 
Shall have Comply'd with the Conditions on their part herein Ex- 
pressed and It Shall & may be Lawful for any Person by their 
Authority to Enter Into and Upon the Right of Such Delinqu 1 owner 
and every part thereof In the Name of the whole of the Setlers that 
shall have fullfill' 1 as Afores' 1 and him to amove Oust & Expell for 
their Use their Heirs and Assignes Provided they Settle or Cause 
to be Settled Each Such Delinq ls Right within the Term of one Year 
at the furthest from the Period that is by this Indenture Stipulated 
to be Done as the Condition of this Grant & fully Discharge & Com- 
ply with the whole Duty Such Delinq 1 ought to have Don within 
one Year from time to time after the Respective Periods thereof & 
In Case the Said Grantees fullfilling on their part as afores' 1 Shall 
Neglect fullfilling as afores' 1 the Duty of any Delinq 1 owner nor he 
him Self perform as afores' 1 that then Such Share or Shares Shall be 



174 CHARTER RECORDS. 

forfited Revert and Belong to the Grantors their Heirs and As- 
signes to be Wholly at their Desposeal allways Provided there be 
no Indian War within any of the terms and Limitations Afores fl for 
Doing the Duty Conditioned in the Grant and In Case that Should 
Happen the Same time to be Allowed for the Respective Matters 
Afores' 1 after Such Impedim* Shall be Removed 

Lastly the S (1 Grantors do Hereby promis to the Said Grantees 
their Heirs & Assignes to Defend through the Law to King' and 

o o o 

Councill If Need be one Action that Shall or may be Brought 
against them or [torn] of them by any person or Persons What- 
soever Claiming the S fl Lands or any Part thereof by any Other 
title than that of the Said Grantors or that by which the}^ hold or 
Derive theres from Provided the S d Grantors are Avouch 1 in to 
Defend the Same and that In Case on Finial Tryal the Same Shall be 
Recovered Against the Grantors for the Said Lands Improvements 
or Expence In Bringing forward the Settlem 1 the Grantees Shall 
recover Nothing over against the Said Grantors, and further that the 
Said Grantors Will pay the Necessary Expence of time and Money 
that any Other Person or Persons Shall be put to by any Other 
Suit or Suites that Shall be Brought against them or any Number 
of them the Said Grantees for Tryal of the Title Before one Suit 
Shall be fully Determined In the Law In Witness Whereof I the 
S d Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable have hereunto Set my hand and 
Seal this third Day of November A D. 1740 



Joseph Blanchard L S > — 



A True Coppy of the Grant of the North Menadnok Township 
Attst f Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop rs Clerk 



DUBLIN. 



175 



[Proprietors' Names and Lots in Dublin, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 117.] 



A List of the Prop" of North 


3 
















Menadnack Township 







a 





a 





C 
OS 






Q 


2 


P4 


y. 


& 


2 


p/ 




Matthew Thornton Esq r 


1 


10 


I 


9 


I 


16 


I 




Sampson Stoddard Esq r 


2 


8 


I 


12 


5 


'9 


5 




William Spaulding 


3 


7 


I 


7 


3 


12 


10 




Cap' Joseph French 


4 


2 


I 


13 


6 


15 


10 




Joseph Blanchard Esq r 


5 


20 


2 


7 


8 


21 







Thomas Packer Esq r 


6 


19 


2 


9 


7 


11 


10 




Joseah Brown 


7 


18 


2 


10 


6 


*9 


1 


JB 


Matthew Thornton Esq 1 " 


8 


10 


2 


22 


1 


13 


4 




Zacher h Starnes 


9 


2 


2 


1 1 


6 


10 


10 




Peter Powers 


10 


12 


3 


2 


5 


15 


8 




Rob' Fletcher Jun r 


11 


18 


3 


21 


3 


10 


7 




Dan 1 Peirce & m rB mary moor 


12 


1 1 


3 


22 


2 


22 


3 




Jotham Odiorn Esq' 


13 


10 


3 


22 


6 


1 


10 




Clement March Esq 1 " 


14 


4 


3 


16 


10 


3 


10 




Eleaz r Blanchard 


15 


2 


3 


12 


6 


*y 


10 




Foster Wentworth 


16 


1 


3 


12 


7 


9 


10 




Josiah Swan 


17 


16 


4 


8 


9 


8 


10 




Isaac Rindge 


18 


9 


4 


22 


10 


21 


10 




Joshua Peirce Esq r 


19 


8 


4 


4 


9 


5 


9 




Mark H :s Wentworth Esq 


20 


4 


4 


3 


8 


6 


10 




George Jaffrey 


21 


2 


4 


14 


5 


14 


6 




Theodore Atkinson Esq r 


22 


1 


4 


20 


3 


'9 


3 




Sami Solley and Cl l March Esq™ 


23 


20 


5 


21 


5 


9 


6 




John Rindge 


24 


7 


5 


21 


1 


21 


1 




Ezekiel Carpenter 


25 


5 


5 


13 


1 


12 


1 


E: C. 


Benj a Bellows 


26 


4 


5 


3 


6 


5 


10 




Peter Powers 


27 


1 


5 


12 


4 


7 


9 




Peter Powers 


28 


8 


6 


16 


2 


17 


2 




Stephen Powers 


29 


20 


9 


l 9 


8 


20 


7 




John Combs 


3° 


7 


6 


20 


6 


21 


6 




Henry Wallis 


3i 


1 


6 


8 


5 


l 9 


6 




Sam 1 Kenney 


32 


18 


7 


5 


2 


6 


2 




Benj a Bellows 


33 


7 


7 


6 


9 


4 


10 




Ebenezer Gillson 


34 


22 


8 


21 


9 


1 1 


4 




Jerem h Norcross 


35 


14 


8 


14 


7 


13 


2 




Isaiah Lewis 


36 


13 


8 


13 


7 


17 


4 


I: L 


Matthew Livermore 


37 


11 


8 


1 1 


9 


2 


7 




Ezra Carpenter 


38 


10 


8 


1 


9 


I 


7 




Enos Lawrence 


39 


22 


9 


21 


8 


13 


5 




John Wentworth Esq r 


40 


6 


6 


19 


7 


'5 


5 




Peter Powers 


41 


*9 


9 


14 


4 


19 


10 





176 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



A List of the Prop" of North 
Menadnack Township 



3 




<D 




4J 




<u 




W> 




W) 




bJO 


rt 




c 




C 




c 


u 





rt 





rt 


O 


rt 


Q 


2 


tf 


Z 


P4 


fc 


« 



William Cumings 

Mark Hunkin 

Thomas Wallingsford Esq r 

Richard Wibird Esq r 

Minister Lotts 

School Lotts 

Joseph Jackson 

Thomas Wibird 

Ministry Lotts 

Jeremiah Lawrance 

John Usher 

Nathan 1 Page 

Nathan 1 Merserve Esq r 

John Moffat 

David Page 

William Parker Esq r 

Matthew Thornton Esq r 

Sam 1 Farley 

Daniel Emerson 

Joseph Blanchard Jun r 

Tho» Parker Jun r 

Peter Powers 

Anthoney Wibird 

Francis Worster 

John T : : Mason & 

Jn° Thomlinson Esq r 

Peter Powers 

Jonathan Cumings 

Eleaz r Blanchard 

John Rindge 

David Willson 



42 


14 


9 


43 


10 


9 


44 


9 


9 


45 


2 


9 


46 


10 


5 


47 


10 


4 


48 


17 


7 


49 


7 


4 


5° 


6 


4 


5i 


6 


7 


52 


12 


8 


53 


5 


4 


54 


17 


3 


55 


1 1 


2 


56 


5 


3 


57 


8 


2 


58 


9 


2 


59 


6 


8 


60 


16 


7 


61 


5 


6 


62 


6 


3 


63 


16 


8 


64 


3 


5 


65 


18 


9 


66 


1 1 


7 


67 


16 


9 


68 


6 


5 


69 


3 


2 


70 


1 


1 


7i 


2 


6 



13 

4 
8 

3 
1 1 

22 
20 
21 
22 
5 

13 
17 
16 

15 

1 

7 
1 1 

5 

3 

4 

16 

17 

4 

16 

17 
18 

15 

3 
4 
9 



3 


14 


3 


1 


5 


1 


3 


1 


2 


10 


3 


7 


5 


4 


8 


4 


8 


8 


4 


9 


3 


4 


18 


5 


5 


J 3 


9 


7 


22 


7 


10 


14 


10 


8 


18 


8 


3 


20 


10 


3 


6 


1 


8 


2 


8 


2 


18 


4 


1 


21 


7 


8 


J 5 


9 


3 


18 


6 


7 


12 


9 


6 


17 


6 


9 


17 


10 


6 


20 


8 


5 


15 


4 


5 


12 


2 


10 


15 


7 


6 


19 


4 


4 


8 


7 


2 


3 


9 


5 


7 


10 



a Sitting 
Right 



The Above is a Coppy of the Prop" of the North Menadnock Township with the 
N° of the Lotts & c by them drawn y e first tuesday of June 1750 

Atest '39 Joseph Blanchard J r Pro Clerk 



lU'l'.LIN. 



[Plan of Dublin, 1750.] 



177 



B.^lJi InMyJy in Xoi..? 7m.Z 




<m£ i"At .^T ^JV^T W'/V 



This is a plan of the North Manadnadnock N° 3 Township y e 
ranges are 160 rods wide and the Lotts are one Hundred rods Wide, 
and finished Laying out the Lotts In may — 1750 

Joseph Blanchard Surv r 
a Coppy Taken from the files of the Prop rs of the Above 
Township *$ 

Jos e Blanchard J r Prop 8 Clerk 



[Theodore Atkinson's Agreement.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 118.] 

Dublin, or North Manadnock number three 19 in the third Range, 
Set to the Hon 1 Col. Theodore Atkinson's Right & to a Right of 
Peter Power's, one of the two Should be twelve in the third Range 
& his Honour has Consented that 12 in 3 Range Shall Be Set to 
power's Right 

S r To Rectify the Mistake mentioned on the Other Side I hereby 
relinquish all Pretentions of Property to the N° (12) in the 3 d 
Range & that M r Peter Powers Name be entered there & that N° 
(19) in the 3 d Should be & remain to Me this I think will Set all 
right when thus added in the Plan — 

Yours Theodore Atkinson 
12 



178 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Vote of Acceptance by Grantees of Dublin, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 119.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq r for and the Name and Behalf of 
the Prop rs of the Lands in the Province of New Hamp 1 ' Purchased by 
them of John Tuffton Mason Esq r Who sold to them under the 
Title made to them by a Com'on Reccovery did on the 3 d day of 
Nove r 1749 Grant the Contents of twenty two Thousand Two Hun- 
dred Acres part of S d Lands, Bounded as Folio we th Begining at the 
North East Corner of Middle Manadnock Township or N° 2 & Runs 
North 80 Deg s West Seven miles to a Hemlock tree Marked thence 
runing North by the Needle five miles to a Tree Marked thence 
runing South Eig y Deg s East Seven miles to a hemlock tree Marked 
thence runing South by the Needle five miles to the first Bounds 
Mentioned, Under Certain Conditions Limitations & Reservations 
in S tl Grant Mentioned as by S' 1 Grant Referance thereto had will 
Fully Appear, unto Math w Thornton Samp" Stoddard W ni Spaulding 
Jo s French Zach r Starnes Peter Powers Rob' Fletcher Jun r Eleaz r 
Blanchard Foster Wentworth Jos h Swan Isaac Rindge Jn° Rindge 
Ezek 1 Carpenter Benj a Bellows Jn° Combs Steph" Powers Henry 
Walles Sam 1 Kenny Ebenez 1 ' Gillson Jere h Norcross Isaiah Lewis 
Ezra Carpenter Enos Lawrence W ln Cumings Mark Hunkin 
Jos : Jackson Tho s Wibird Jere h Lawrence Jn° Usher Nath 1 
Page David Page Anthoney Wibird Sam 1 Farley Daniel Emer- 
son Jos : Blanchard Jun 1 ' Tho s Parker J r Francis Worster Jon a 
Cumings David Willson & Clem 1 March — Therefore Unanimously 
Voted that we do hereby Accept S a Title and for our Selves Our 
Heirs & Assignes acknowledge that we Do hold Said Lands Under 
said Title Conditions & Limitations with the Reservations therein 
mentioned 

Extract from the Votes of the Prop rs Grantees of the Township 
Called North Manadnock or N° 3 passed at their meeting the fourth 
Day of Aug 1 — 1752 

Coppy Exam' 1 ^ Joseph Blanchard J r Prop s Ck 



[Thomas Morse's Bill and Letter, 1782.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 120.] 

Dublin August 25 : 1782 

worthy Sir / if you remember a number of Years ago you wrote 
me a Letter and in the Letter you Desir'd me To bring you an Exact 
account of those Deliquents that had not Done their Duty in Masons 



DUBLIN. 



179 



Pattern and in Dublin in Pecular — for which Service you Promis'd me 
Ample reward — and I have not as yet receivd any thing for my Ser- 
vice — but I Should take it very kind in you Sir if You would try 
to git it for me — from your most obedient & humble servant 

Thomas Morse 

To George Jeffrey Esq r at Portsmouth 

P: S: the accompt is £ 4: s 10 

1774 The Proprietors of Masons Patent 

To Thomas Morse D r 

To my time & Expences & a Journey to 
Portsmouth from Dublin by their order 
to return the number of Lots & the duty 
done on each right omitted charging- in 

Season 

Errors excepted Thomas Morse 



£ 4.. 10 



[Settlers and Improvements in Dublin.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 121.] 



Names of y e grantees of Monad- 
nock N° 3 that ware obliged to 
Settle agreabel to Charter 



Names of those Settled acars 
for y e s' 1 Rites Cleared 



W ni Spalding 


Sam 11 Twitchel 


14 


Joseph French 


Isaac Bond 


10 


Zachariah Stearnes 


Ivery Perry 


12 


Robert Fletcher j r 


Edward west Perry 


20 


Josiah Swan 


Levi Partridge 


15 


John Ringe 


John Morrison 


9 


John Combs 


Asa Norcros 


15 


Stephen Powers 


W m Beal 


10 


Henry Wallis 


Joseph Adams 


12 


Sam 11 Kenney 


Benj a Learned 


9 


Ebenezer Gillson 


Daniel Greenwood 


10 


Jere h Norcros 


Daniel Morse 


12 


Ezekiel Carpenter 


Siles Stone 


15 


Ezra Carpenter 


Ezra Twitchel 


1 


Enos Lawrance 


Eli Morse 


18 


W"' Commings 


Benj a Mason 


18 


Mark Hnnkin 


David Morse 


9 


Joseph Jackson 


Joseph Twitchel j r 


12 


Thomas Wibord 


Sam" Earns j r 


10 



i8o 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Jeremiah Lawrence 

John Usher 

Nath 11 Page 

David Page 

Sam 11 Farley 

Daniel Emerson 

Anthony Wibird 

Francis worster 

Jon a Cummings 

David willson 

Isaiah Lewis 

Samson Stoddard 

Benj a Bellos 

Thomas Parker j r one each 

Petter Powers 4 Settler 
muzzy John Muzzy Martha 
wight Sam 11 Earns 
W ,n Greenwood — 
moses Adams — 
Robart muzzy — 
John Muzzy — 



Benonf Death 
Ruben morse 
John wight 

Simeon Johnson 
Henry Strongman 
Eben r Twitchel 
Thomas Morse 
Micah Morse 
Joshua Lealand 
Thadias mason 
Betholimi Goyer 



9 
16 
11 

9 
18 
12 
20 
13 
10 
10 

9 



Caleb Greenwood 14 

3 w m greenwood Moses Adams Robert 
Thornton 3 Settlers Moses Mason Joel 



20 moses Mason- 

40 Joel wight — 

10 Sam 11 Earns— 
12 



14 
12 

9 



DUMMER. 

TGranted March 8, i 7 73. to Mark Hanking Wentworth and [others. Incor- 
porated Dec. I o, 1848. A part of Stark was annexed July 1 , 1868. 
P See New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; Index to Laws ; 

sketch, by John B Lovejoy, Fergusson's History of Coos County, 1888, p. 854, 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 610.] 



[Minutes of Transactions in Bummer, 1832-3.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 122.] 
Land belonging to Family in Dummer Ja ny 1832. 
M H. Wentworth— ^ \ 6 J> { 9Rfi 

Bot of Jn* Wentworth IgJ * i 2*^ 



Daniel Peirce- 



Jn° Peirce Thomas & Ann Martin 
conveyed this to Joseph Peirce 23 d Jan- 
uary 1779 



247] 








136 


► & 


1 

• > 


215 


17 j 






sold 



[Plan of Bummer, 1781.] 




DUMMER. 151 

Davi,! ('all 70) 

262 J & £ 215 
183 ) sold 

Asa Porter — 
Bot of Asa Porter 



Joshua Bayley 



Bot of Asa Porter 
And" S. Crocker— 



And"' Smith sold 

Bot of And" Smith 



S. Folsom- 



Exchanged with N A & J Haven 
Joseph Peirce 



Rich' 1 Sherman- 



203] 
231 
92 J 


- & h 145 


282] 
158 
57] 


> & h 286 
\ sold 


232 ] 

77 
137] 


> & 4 226 


12j 

4(3 


• & Each \ 

i of 227 


53 


80] 
82 
37 ' 


> & \ 226 



Thos & Ann Martin & Jo s Peirce 280 \ & £ 145 

conveyed to John Peirce 25 Jany 1779 178) 

M r Fishers Rightes in Dummer 

Stephen Sumner 3, 25, 93, 199, & \ N° 120 

Francis Little 3, 140, 172, 240 & ;f 261 

John Fisher sold Ge° Cook & not p <l for 47. 114. 118. & £-261 

John Wall 74, 211, 263 &|N° 120 

John Payn 58, 108, 85 & i"ll9 

Oc. 26, 1827 Sold M r Fishers Lot N° 199 Dummer to Asa Kimball 
for -200— he paid his l 8t Note Viz— 

March 26, 1829— 50.— 
balance Jany 5, 1831— 65.33 

Rec' 1 & credited M r Fisher $115.33 

the other note given up to him ; he claiming to give it up by Right ; 
though he had no right : so that M r Fisher now owns the lot, a bond 
for deed only having been given which Bond he surrendered 



l82 CHARTER RECORDS. 

One Lot N° 215 sold And"' G. Lary | for 8175, & is paid for $ note 
& Dearborn Lary \ Book Sold Jany 23, 1832 
" " N° 12 sold Joseph Leighton June 12 1832 for $250 & the 

proprietors of Dummer are to 
pay us $50 ^ minute on bot- 
tom of Leightons Notes 
" N° 286 sold Robert Ingalls & } April 21, 1833 for $175 
Marshall Grover \ Bond for Deed 



[Minutes of Transactions in Dummer.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 123.] 

Thomas & Ann Martin to John Peirce 

1 Right Dummer of Which Rich' 1 Shearman 25 Jany 1779 

Joseph Peirce to John Peirce 

1 Right Daniel Peirce Esq 1 Feb. 1779 

but this last said to be Reconveyed on back of deed 

In case of defect of tittle to any part or portion of the Premises 
hereby intended to be conveyed, the Grantors shall not be holden for 
any farther sum or any damage beyond the sum now paid for such 
part or portion to be paid after the Grantee or their assigns shall be 
disposed of — 



[Bond ofM. W. Peirce, 1835.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 124.] 

Portsm 23 d July 1835 

Received of Mess rs William Bailey of Bangor in Penobscott County 
Maine and George Pierce of Harrison in the County of Cumberland 
and Said State of Maine their promissory note payable to me or J. 
W Peirce for the Sum of Eighteen Hundred Ninety Four Dollars 
and Twenty Five Cents payable in Thirty days and interest, Now if 
said Bailey & Pierce shall pay said note when due and give at that 
time three other other notes each for the Sum of Eighteen Hundred 
Ninety Four Dollars & Twenty Five Cents (Said four notes making 
together the Sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred & Seventy 
Seven Dollars) the said last three described notes payable in One 
Two and Three years — one each year — with interest annually 
Secured by Mortgage on the following described Rights and Lots in 
Dummer in the County of Coos & State of New Hampshire or by 
other Security to my Satisfaction then I agree to procure for them 



DUMMKR. 183 

their heirs & assigns good & Sufficient deeds of the said Rights and 
Lots in Said Dumnier — to the faithful performance of which agree- 
ment I do hereby bind myself my heirs & Executors & administra- 
tors to said Bailey & Pierce their heirs and assigns in the Sum of 
Three Thousand Dollars sealed with my Seal at the date before 
written 

The Rights & Lots before mentioned are as follows — No 8 135. 
157. 180 in right of M. II Wentworth 247. 136. 17 in right of 
Daniel Peirce 70. 262. 183 in Right of Daniel Call. 203. 281 92 & 
i 145 right of Asa Porter 282. 158. 57 Right of Joshua Bayley 
232. 77. 137 and £ of 226 right of And w S. Crocker 46 \ of 227 right 
of And" Smith 53 right of S. Folsom 80. 82. 37 & \ 226 Right of 
Joseph Peirce. 176 280. 178 & ± 145 Right of Rich 11 Shearman 25 93. 
199 & h 120 Right of Stephen Sumner 140 172. 240. & £ 261 right 
of Francis Little 47. 114. 118. & £ 261 Right of John Fisher 74. 211. 
263. & £ 120 right of John Wall 58. 108. 85. & £ 119 Right of John 
Payn each lot containing One Hundred Acres more or less except 
Lots 282 & 280 each of which contain One Hundred & Twelve & 
a half Acres more or less & each of said Rights having Thirty 
Acres and Four Ninths of an Acre more or less of Common & 
undivided land excepting that of S. Folsom the common & undi- 
vided land appertenant to which is not included in this bond 

witness M W. Peirce < Seal > 

Alex r Haven / 1 



{Insertion in Deed to Bailey and Pierce, 1835.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 125.] 

The Deeds we are to Receive from M W Peirce for certain Lots 
of Land in Dummer according to His Bond to us, are to contain the 
following clause viz " It being understood that in Case of any failure 
of title to any part or parcel of the premises hereby intended to be 
conveyed the grantor shall not be holden or liable to pay any farther 
Sum or damages beyond the sum now paid for such part or portion 
with interest and costs of suit to be paid to the Grantees their heirs 
or assigns so soon as they shall be legally dispossessed thereof " the 
said deeds to be warrantees against all person claiming under the 
grantors or the Origenal proprietars or an}' title under any Vendue 
Sale 

July 23. 1835 W" Bailey 

George Pierce 



184 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Dummer Lands Sold to Pierce and Bailey, ,] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 126.] 

Schedule of Land in Dummer in the County of Coos & State of New Hamp- 
shire bargained to George Pierce & Joshua Bayley 



Orig. Proprietors 



N° Lot N° Acres 



Amot. 



M H. Wentworth 



Daniel Peirce 



Daniel Call 



Asa Porter 



Joshua Bayley 



And w S. Crocker 



sold— & 



sold h 



sold h 



sold £ 



r 35 


100 


157 


100 


180 


100 


286 

Common 




3°l 


247 


100 


136 


100 


17 


100 


215 






Common 


3<>£ 


70 


100 


262 


100 


183 


100 


215 






Common 


30-9- 


203 


100 


231 


100 


92 


100 


145 


50 


Common 


3°l 


282 


112^ 


158 


IOO 


57 


IOO 


286 





Common 


3°^ 


232 


100 


77 


IOO 


137 


IOO 


226 


50 


Common 


3°! 



33°¥ 



3301 



330-9- 



380^ 



343 



DUMMER. 



I8 5 



Orig. Proprietors. 


N° Lot 


N° Acres 


Amot. 




Andw. Smith 


sold 
h 


12 
46 
227 
Common 

53 

80 
82 




180* 

100 




100 

5° 

30^- 




S. Folsom 


100 




Joseph Peirce 


100 
100 






h 


37 
226 
Common 

176 
280 
178 

145 
Common 


100 
50 
3°i 


380* 

393 
38o| 




Rich d Shearman 


100 

II2<| 

IOO 
50 

3°£ 




Stephen Sumner 


i 


2 5 

93 
199 
120 
Common 

140 


100 

100 

100 
50X 
3°3 




Francis Little 


100 








172 


100 








i 


240 

261 

Common 

47 
114 


100 
50X 
3°i 


38o| 




John Fisher 


100 
100 






h 


118 

261 

Common 

74 

21 1 

263 

120 

Common 


100 
5°X 
309 


3S0J 
38oi 




John Wall 


100 

100 

100 
50X 
3©i 





i86 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Orig. Proprietors 


N° Lot 


N° Acres 


Amot. 




John Payn 

h 


58 
108 

85 
119 
Common 


100 

100 

100 

5° 

3°i 


3 8of 











John Fisher 



Acres 
19025 



I.50 



M W Peirce & others 3149^ ©150 



Acres 

Total 505 1 £ 



150 



Total Acres 505 1£ 



Cash 



Cash — 

1 year - 

2 years 

3 years 



$2853.33 



7I3-34 

1 Year 713-33 

2 Years 7^3-33 

3 years 713-33 



$2853.33 

4723.67 

1180.94 
—1 180.91 

- 1180.91 

- 1180.91 



$4723.67 



7577- 



2853-33 



Jn° Fisher 

M W Peirce & others- 4723.67 

pretended com 1 



$7577.00 
5 



37885 






DUNBARTON. 



187 



DUNBARTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts, June 19, 17.35, to Capt. John Gorham's men and 
called Gor ham-town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. 18, 1748, to 
Archibald Stark and others, and called Stark 1 s-t own. Regranted March 2, 1752. 
Incorporated as Dunbarton Aug. 10, 1765, and named from a town in Scotland. 
A portion of Dunbarton was included in the limits of Hooksett, incorporated July 
2. 1S22. The line between Dunbarton and Goffstown was established Jan. 7, 
1853, and the line between Dunbarton and Weare, July 2, 1853. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 189; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 558; Index to Laws, 
157; Early History, addresses by Amos Hadley, 1845, pp. 27; History, 
by Caleb Stark, i860, pp. 272; Centennial Celebration, 1865, pub. 1866, pp. 124; 
Dunbarton, Past and Present, by J. B. Connor, 4, Granite Monthly, 38; sketch, 
by W. H. Stinson, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 291 ; sketch- 
12, Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 101 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cum, 
mings, 1836, p. 20; Memoir of John Stark, by Caleb Stark, i860; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 376; Historical Sketch of Congregational Church, by 
J. M. Putnam, 1845, PP- l6 : Th e Stark Place, by F. M. Colby, 5, Granite 
Monthly, 80.] 



[Petition for Grant of Dunbarton.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 128.] 

Province of \ To the Proprietors of the Right of Land within 
New Hampshire \ y e Province of New Hampshire Purchased by 
them of John Tufton Mason Esqu" — 

The Petitioners Shew that they being Satisfyed of your Right to 
the lands aforesaid & willing to hold part thereof under you Pray 
that you would grant to them the Tract of Land consisting of Six 
miles Square for a Township joining upon a Tract of Land lately 
voted to Cap 1 John Goffe & others and your Petitioners will pray 
&c a — 

Archibald Stark William Stark 

Archibald Stark jun 1 Thomas Hall 
the above of A mas Ceeg 



Dav : Mac Gregore 
John Stark 



Samuell Renkin 
James Cochran 
John Cochran 
Alexander Gait 
Hugh Ramsey 
John Caree 
Willam : Moore 
Samuell Caldwell 
Archball Coningham 
John Horrner 



William Stinson 
John Stinson 
William Gault 
Samuel Stinson 
Matthew thornton 
James Ramesy 
Hugh DunShee 
Joseph Scoby 
James Ramsey 
Hugh Jemeson 



James MacGregore 
David Stinson 
John MacDuffee 
Daniel Leslie 
Daved Crarge 
Joseph Cochran 
Sam 11 P'ulton 
William Rauken 
Mathew Ramesy 
Daniel Maccurdy 



i88 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



James Rodgers Samuel Tood 

Chester- 
Esquire Samuel Emerson John Hall 



John Cochran 

Matthew Morton 
Jeremiah Page 

John Hogg 

William Can 
George Clark 



James Varnum 

Haverhill District 
John Morton 
Caleb Page Juner 
Kingstown 
Samuel Hogg 

Lichfeild 
Adam Dicky 
Jn° Quige 



James Adems 

William Ellet 
George Massey 

Thomas folenesbe Juner 
Samuel Richards 



Joseph Bl an chard 
Jn° M c Callaster 



\Power to Survey and Lay Out Dunbarton, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 129.] 

To Archibald Stark Samuel Rankin Hugh Ramsey & Thomas Hall 
Gentlemen You are hereby Authorized and Impowerd to take a 
Survey & make a plan of So much Land within the Province of New 
Hampshire & without the bounds of any Town in said Province & 
next to Chester as is Equal to Six Miles Square Exclusive of Ponds 
& Lay it out in Such a manner as to make the North line of that 
place calld Souhegan East the South Boundary of the Said Six Miles 
Square at least So far as the Said Souhegan goes Joining to the River 
Merrimack & so Running back in the most Convenient form Respect- 
ing the said Six Miles & what we may have Occasion to Lay out 
hereafter & Mark the boundaries of the Land you Shall so Lay out 
& make any Improvement within the said Tract & Return a plan of 
the said Land you Shall so Lay out to us as Soon as may be for 
which you shall have a Reasonable & proportionable part Granted to 
you by us Agreeable to Such proposals of Settlem 1 as we have now 
Discoursed with you but if upon view & Conferrence with Cap 1 John 
Goffe you find it most Couven 1 to Lay the said Tract farther North- 
ward So as not to Join to the Said Souhegan you have Liberty So to 
Do & you are to make Choice of a proper Surveyor for the purpose 
according to your Discretion & to be at the Charge of the Said Sur- 
vey & plan We Recommend Sam 1 Emerson Esq r as a suitable Person 
to Employ as a surveyor Portsm Octob r 8 th 1748 

This is a Copy of the power given to us by the Committee 

Archibald Stark 
Samuel Ren kin 
Hugh Ramsey 
Thomas Hall 



DUNBARTON. I 89 

\_Masonian Proprietors to Proprietors of Duubarton, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 180.] 

Portsmouth October 12 th 1748 
Gentlemen 

In our Power and directions to you of the 8 th Ins 1 we ordered that 
you should conferr with Cap' John Goffe before you proceeded to lay 
out or Survey the lands you proposed, the reason of w' 1 ' is, that 
there might be no difference by interfering one with another, now 
we are in formed that is not done so as to answer the end designed ; 
he was the first we engaged to Serve with his associates; you must 
not therefore interrupt or molest them ; but as you are the Second in 
order we agree you should take next & if you and he can agree to 
take a plan together of so much as will make two townships we 
should think it would be the best way & return to us as we directed, 
& you may make a distinction in the plan where you think y e Divi- 
sion might be — however we would not have you understand us as 
designing to take away any of your particular Settlements & Im- 
provements in either of such Townships; we would contrive to ac- 
comodate you therein — upon the whole we would have no Sup- 
planting or undermining one another but would have all that hold 
under us unite to carry on the common Cause, the good of the whole 
and not differ with one another — if you can't so agree to join in the 
plan for the whole, you must take the Second place & begin where 
his end's — we must insist that you also join with him in taking a 
general plan of the lands & rivers beginning at Souhegan East so 
called at the northwest Corner & running upon the east Side of new 
Boston & Hales Town so call'd thence East to the line of Bow & fol- 
lowing that line to Merrimack and thence by merrimack to Souhegan 
north East Corner — your Compliance with the premisses will engage 
us to be more effectually your Friends &c 

Theodore Atkinson R Wibird 

Mark H g Wentworth J. Odiorne 

John Moffatt Sam 11 Moore 

Josh 8 Peirce Geo : Jaffrey Jun r 

Committee 
Post. S as Cap 1 Todd has made some proposals (by another) we 
would have you invite him to join with you in the premisses — 

Mess rs Archibald Stark Sam 11 Rankin Hugh Ramsey & Thomas 
Hall 

Copy Examin'd ^ Geo: Jaffrey jun r 

The Original was forwarded as Inscribed ^ Cap r Jn° Goofe Ocf 
13 : 1748 ^ Geo : Jaffrey jun r 



IOX) CHARTER RECORDS. 

[John McMurphy in Behalf of Rogers and Putney, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 132.] 

Portsmouth October 2t> Ul 1748 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers of Masons Right in Lands in the 
Province of New Hampshire — 

John Macmurphy Esqu r in behalfe of James Rogers now Resid f in 
Bow, & Joseph Pudney now Resid 1 in Pennicook do Petition your 
favour Namely That whereas the said James Rogers and Six Sons, 
Daniel Samuel James Robert Richard John and the said Joseph & 
Six Sons, John Joseph William Henry Asa Obediah had purchased a 
parcel of land on y e westerly Side of y e Town of Bow lying within 
y e Bounds of Gorham Town, So called, of that part called Lovels 
farm, q l y e Quantity of ab f two thousand one hunded and Ninenty 
Acres, and that we have improved jointly ab l ninety eight Acres of 
meaddow, & ab e one hundred Acres of Upland & had two dwelling- 
houses & two Barns & two Orchards — and that the Houses were 
built ab e nine Years past — and that in April last y e Indians burn't 
and destroyed y e Said Houses And Barns & cut down y e Orchards 
and kill'd a Heifer and a Steer belonging to Said James Rogers — 
wherefore we pray that when you dispose of tract of land which con- 
tains the aforesaid purchase (of which we referr to our Deeds of 
Conveyance from Zacheus Lovel) we may be included as fourteen of 
the persons you dispose of to, and that we may have y e Said two 
thousand one hundred & ninety Acres, together, equally to be 
divided between y e Said fourteen Petitioners upon y e Terms and 
Conditions as y e adjacent lands is to be dispossd of by you, and the 
said Petitioners desire no more in y e Township Or Townships when 
laid out, as proprietors, than y e said two thousand one hundred & 
ninety Acres, your Consideration and favour hereof, will very much 
Oblige your Petitioners — 

his 

Joseph X Pudnev John Macmurphy 

mark in Behalf of the Petitioners 



[Petition of Andretv Todd and others, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 132.] 

Ports" 1 Nov br y e 3 d 1748. 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap' John Tuff ton 
Mason Right to the Lands in the Province of New Hampshire. &c 
We the Subscriber by a Licence from his Excelency to Improve & 



DUNBARTON. 191 

Fence a Peace of Land upon the westerly Side of Merrimack River 
Below Bowline: Have by virtue of said Licence fence'd and Im- 
prov'd about Sixty acres of land by Planting & Sowing for the Space 
of Six years last past, in which time we have En joy 'd our Improve- 
ments without Molestation or Disturbanc from any person in this 
Goverment. — 

Wherefore we wo'd Humbly pray that your Hon rs wo'd please to 
Grant us the afores d Improvements with a Proper peace of Land ad- 
joyning thereto for fencing Stuff &c. by our Selves, or otherwise as 
you in your Great Wisdom Shall Seem meet, your Compliance to 
this our Request wo'd Exceedingly oblige Gentlemen your Hon rs 
most obedient and most Humble Serv ts to Command. 

his 

Alexander A mack Corleus Andrew Todd 

mark 

Barber Leslie John Espie 

Robart Dickey James Leslie 

Daniel Dicky James Moore 

the Land is within Gorham 

N B. Nathan Simon's Say's that the within Sixty Acres is almost 
clear'd except y e Hills and that the Within Petitioners clear'd ab l 25 
Acres of y e within 60 and Sow'd & planted y e same, and that y e Said 
Simons clear'd about 5 Acres of y e s d 25 before y e Petitioners afore- 
said 

Dec r 1 st 1748 

At a Meeting agreed that Nathan Simons have his Improvement 
Secured to him 

Todds 50 Acres to be 75 he to have Aspies Right 

260 for all y e Eight then to run back Westerly from y e River to 
make it up begining Martins brook & So runing 



[Petition of Ed-ward White, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 131.] 

I the subscriber having purchased a tract of Land of W m Dudley 
Esq r deceas'd. lying in Gorhams town, so called, on which I have 
Settled a tenant, & been at great Expence in Improving the same 
with a design to live on it myself, w' h s' 1 tract falls within Masons 
Claim, do petition that y e Purchasers of Masons Right would Quit- 
claim s rt tract of Land to me, my Heirs & Assigns 

Portsmouth Nov r 5 th 1748 Edward White 



I92 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Thomas Colburn, Nov. 16, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 133.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors & Purchasers of Cap' John Tufton 
Mason Esqu r his Right in Lands in y e Province of New Hamp- 
shire — 

I the Subscriber humbly Shew, that I was an original grantee of a 
Tract of Land called Lovels Farm and is included in a Township 
called Gorham's Town, and as said farm consist's of twenty four 
hundred Acres, & granted to Six proprietors one of whose Rights 
I purchased for ninety five pounds before y e Dividing line was 
run between y e Mass a & New Hampshire — and as I am inform'd 
Mess rs Rogers & Pudney have petitioned of you for themselves and 
their twelve Sons for y e greatest part of said farm representing it as 
their improvem ts from one of them I have a primissory note for his 
improvement of my part of a Meadow in said farm bearing date June 
21 st 1739 which I have improved for 14 or 15 years — wherefore I 
humbly pray you will when you grant or dispose of said Tract of 
land called Gorham's Town you would Suffer me to have two Rights 
or Shares & that my Improvement and purchase may be therein 
included as laid out in said Farm upon Such Terms and Conditions 
as you shall think meet and you will oblige 

Your most Hum : Serv* 

Thomas Colburn 



[Petition of Benjamin Gioidd and Jonathan Parkhurst, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 134.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth Nov r 28 th 1748— 
New Hampslr" ) To the Honb le Theodore Atkinson Esqu r and the 
other Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap 1 Jn° Tufton Mason's Right in 
Lands in New Hampshire 

As your Honours have the Right of that part of y e Land in New 
Hampshire called Lovels Farm joining to or Lying within Gorham's 
Town so called, and as I the Subscriber in 1734 purchased ab' 300 
Acres in Said Lovels Farm and fenced & improved y e meadow in 
Said purchase and am inform'd one Pudney & one Rogers have 
requested a grant thereof from your Honours I desire & request 
that when you grant or dispose of that Said Farm you would con- 
tinue my purchase to me upon Such Terms & Conditions as you 
grant to others hoping you will consider my Expence of purchasing 
& improvement therein — And as Jonathan Parkhurst was coming 



DUNBARTON. I 93 

with me to Apply to your Honours in his own behalfe as a Petitioner 
for ab 1 300 Acres of land in Said Lovel's Farm which he purchased 
And improved in y' Same manner as I have I Do at his Desire & 
Request petition for him in the Same manner and upon y" Same 
terms as I do tor my Selfe praying your Consideration & favour 
therein, for y e Said Parkhurst, who is prevented Attending l>y Sick- 
ness, and for my Selfe, w'' 1 will ever oblige us, for whom I Subscribe 
Your Petitioner & Hum : serv' 

Benjamin Goold 



[Charter of Dunbar ton, 1748.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 17, 1748.] 

Province of New ) Portsmouth December 17 tu A D 1748 at the 
Hampshire \ Dwelling House of Sarah Prust Widow on Satur- 
day ten of y e Clock before noon 

The Proprietors meet According to Adjournment 
Voted. That there be and hereby is Granted unto Archibald Stark 
William Stark John Stark Archibald Stark jun r Thomas Hall all of 
a place called Amaskege in the Province of New Hampshire, The 
Rev' 1 David Mac Gregore Samuel Rankin William Rankin Hugh 
Ramsey John Ramsey Matthew Ramsey Matthew Thornton David 
Craig Joseph Cochran John Stenson Hugh Dunshe Samuel Fulton 
Samuel Caldwell Joseph Scoby Samuel Stenson Daniel Lesly Will- 
iam Stenson James M'Gregore James Cockran David Stenson John 
Cochran (commonly called Doctor) William Gault John M'Dufri 
Alexander Gault Archibald Cunningham John Horner Hugh Jami- 
son John Carr Daniel M'Curdy Alexander Todd James Rogers Samuel 
Todd James Adams Adam Dicky George Clarke John McCalestel" 
John Quigg all of Londonderry in said Province Samuel Emerson 
Esq r John Hall William Elliot John Cochran James Varnum all of 
Chester in said Province Matthew Morton George Masse}' John 
Morton all of Portsmouth in said Province Thomas Follinsby Jun' 
Jeremiah Page Caleb Page Jun 1 ' Samuel Richards all of Haverhill 
District in said Province John Hogg Samuel Hogg both of Kingston 
in s' 1 Province Joseph Blanchard William Carr both of Litchfield in 
said Province Nathan Simons of Haverhill & his Eldest Son, Thomas 
Coburn of Nottingham West Joseph Pudney of Pennicoke So Called 
James Rogers of Bow in said Province their Heirs & Assigns in Equal 
Shares and Benjamin Gold & John Parkhurst both of Chelmsford 
both one Such Share Equally & the Eldest Sons of the said Joseph 
12 



194 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Pudney & James Rogers both one Such Share Equally to them their 
Heirs & Assigns, Excepting as hereafter Excepted on the terms Con- 
ditions and Limitations herein after Expressed, all that Tract or par- 
cel of Land within the Province of New Hampshire Containing about 
five Miles Square more or Less Bounded as follows, viz Beginning 
at the Main River on the Northerly Side of a Tract of Land lately 
Granted by said Proprietors to Thomas Parker & others and riming 
Westward as far as that Tract of Land runs Joining on the Same, 
then running North two Degrees West five Miles & one hundred & 
Eighty rods, then North Seventy Nine Degrees East till it Comes to 
a place Called Rumford then runing South Seventeen Degrees East 
three hundred & forty Rods then East till it Comes to the Township 
of Bow, then by that till it Comes to said River and then by that till 
it Comes to the place where begins. — 

To have and To hold to them their Heirs and Assigns as aforesaid 
Excepting as aforesaid on the following terms Conditions & Limita- 
tions, That is to Say, That the whole Tract of Land within said 
Bounds (Saving the Particular Tracts herein after mentioned) be 
Divided into Eighty five Shares or Rights & Each Share or Right be 
Laid out into two Distinct Lots & munber'd with the same Number 
on Each of said Lots, That the Numbers begin with One & End with 
Eighty five. That one of the said Shares be for the Use of the first 
Minister of Gospel who shall be Settled on the said Tract of Land 
hereby Granted, & Shall remain there during his Life or until he shall 
be Regularly Dismist to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns. And one 
other of said Shares be for & towards the Support of the Gospel 
Ministry there for Ever. That one of the Lots belonging to Each 
Share shall Contain One hundred Acres and the other all belonging 
to Each Respective Share. That the hundred Acre Lot belonging to 
the Share for the first Minister of the Gospel, and the hundred Acre 
Lot belonging to the Share for the Support of the Ministry as afore- 
said be Laid out as near the place where the Meeting house shall be 
set as may Conveniently be done, but that all the other Lots be 
drawn for according to the Common Method of Drawing for Lots of 
Land in Such Cases only not till the whole Shall be Laid out So that 
there Shall be but one Draft for both the Lots belonging to one 
Share. That one of said Shares be for & towards the Support of a 
School there for Ever. And Seventeen of said Shares be Reserved 
for the Use of the Proprietors the Grantors of the said Premises their 
Heirs & Assigns for Ever. That the said Seventeen Shares so 
reserved be Exonerated Acquitted & fully Exempted from paying 
any Charge towards making a Settlement there & not held to the 
Conditions of the other Shares respecting the Settlement nor Liable 



DUNBARTON. 



95 



to any Tax Assessment or Charge until Improved by the Owners or 
same Person holding under them Respectively. That the Owners of 
the other Sixty five Shares (with the Assistance of the other Tracts 
herein after mentioned ) Shall make a Settlement on the said Granted 
premises at their own Expence in the follow 5 manner viz: That all 
the Lots be laid out as afores' 1 by the Last Day of May next ready to 
be Drawn for which Shall be done at Portsmouth as Said Proprietors 
Shall Direct. That the Said Lots be Laid out in Ranges where the 
Land will Admit of it & Land left between the Ranges for high Ways 
of four rods wide and for Cross ways between the Lots of two Rods 
wide — That within One Year from the said last day of May Each 
Owner of the Said Sixty five Shares have a House of Sixteen foot 
Square (at least) with a Chimney and a Cellar upon One of the Lots 
belonging to his Share & Some Person living in said house & three 
Acres of Land P^nclosed Cleared & fitted for mowing or Tillage and 
three Acres more so Enclosed Cleared & fitted for mowing or Tillage 
Yearly for the Term of three Years Successively next after the Year 
aforesaid. That the said Settlers at their own Expence Build a Meet- 
ing House there before the Last Day of May which will be in the 
Year of Our Lord One thousand Seven hundred & fifty two, fit for 
the Public Worship of God for the Use of those who Shall then or 
afterwards Live there and Constantly from & after that time maintain 
the Public Worship of God there. That Six Acres of Land be Left 
& Laid out in some Suitable place within Said Tract of Land for 
Setting a Meeting House upon, A School House, to make a Burying 
Yard, a training Field, & for any other Public Use the Inhabitants 
shall have Occasion for. — That each Owner of the Said Sixty five 
Shares shall at or before the Drawing for their Lots as aforesaid 
Advance & pay the Sum of thirty pounds Old Tenor (including what 
they have already paid towards Carrying on the Said Settlement) to 
be Deposited in the hands of Such Persons as the Said Owners or the 
Major part of them shall Chuse, to Defray the Charge of Surveying 
& Laying out of the Lots afores' 1 Building a Meeting house as afore- 
said & Maintaining the Public Worship of God there, the first Six 
Months from the End of three Years after Drawing for said Lots as 
afores' 1 Clearing Land for high Ways, Building of Necessary Bridges, 
& making & Returning of a Compleat plan of all the Lots to the said 
Proprietors the Grantors of the said Premises. That all white pine 
Trees fit for His Majesty's Use for Masting the Royal Navy growing 
on said Tract of Land be & hereby are Reserv'd And are hereby 
granted to His Majesty his Heirs & Successors for Ever for that pur- 
pose. That the Owners of the said Sixty five Shares shall have the 
Use of all Meadows within any of the said twenty Shares for the 



I96 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Term of five Years Commencing at the time of Drawing for the Lots 
as af ores' 1 . That no Obstruction be made upon any River within said 
Tract of Land to the Passage of the fish and in Case any Person shall 
So do it shall be Lawful for any one to Remove the same at Pleasure. 
Reserving to the Grantors two hundred and five Acres of Said 
Land begining at a place Called Marty ns Brook & so runing Up the 
River two hundred & Sixty Rods & then runing back Westerly to 
make up the Quantity afores' 1 taking in the Severall Improvements of 
Andrew Todd John Espy James Lesly David Dickey James Moore 
Alexander MacCullen Barber Lesley & Robert Dickey which parcel 
of Land So reserved is hereby Granted in the following manner; 
That is to Say to the said Andrew Todd Seventy five Acres thereof 
and to the said James Leslie David Dickey James Moore Alexander 
McCullen Barber Lesle} r & Robert Dickey Each twenty five Acres 
thereof to be taken for each Man So as to take in his Particular Im- 
provement and to run Westerly for the remaining part to make up 
the Quantity aforesaid to each Man Reserving also twenty Acres 
more which is hereby Granted to the above named Nathan Simons to 
be laid out where his Improvements are upon said Granted Premises 
taking in the Same where his House is which Several Tracts or Lots 
of Land are Granted & Confirmed to the Grantees afores' 1 & their 
Respective Heirs & Assigns, they Severally paying & Each of them 
Depositing as aforesaid the Sum of five pounds Old tenor for every 
fifty Acres of Land So Granted or in that Proportion & doing & per- 
forming their proportionable part of all other & after Duty hereby 
Laid upon the Settlers as Afores' 1 And In Case any of the Owners of 
the Said Sixty five Shares or the Particular Lots aforesaid Shall 
Refuse Neglect or Omit to perform & fully Discharge any of the Con- 
ditions Articles matters & things abovementioned by him Respectively 
to be done according to the true Intent & meaning of these Presents, 
He Shall forfeit his Right & Share in the said Tract of Land hereby 
Granted & Every part & parcel thereof to the said Grantors, and it 
Shall and may be Lawful for them or any of them or any Person or 
Persons in their name & Stead & by their Authority to Enter into & 
upon the part Share & Right of Such Delinquent Owner or any part 
thereof in the name of the whole & him utterly thence to Amove 
oust Expel & Remove for the Use of said Grantors their Heirs & As- 
signs. Provided there be no Indian War within any of the Terms & 
Limitations of time above mentioned for performing the Said Articles 
& things afores' 1 to be done & performed by the said Settlers, and in 
Case that should happen the same times to be allowed for the Respec- 
tive matters aforesaid after Such Impediment Shall be removed — And 
it is also to be understood that the Surveyor or Surveyors & those 



DUNBARTON. 197 

who shall be Appointed to Lay oul the Lots belonging to the Shares 
afores' Shall also Lay out all the Particular Tracts & Parcels above- 
mention'd. — 

Lastly the said Proprietors the Grantors afores' 1 do hereby Ingage 
& promise to the Said Grantees to defend them their Heirs & Assigns 
against all & Every Action & Law Suit that Shall be prosecuted 
moved & Stirred against them & any of them by any Person or Per- 
sous whomsoever Claiming the said Land or any part thereof by any 
other Title than the Title of the said Grantors or that from whence 
theirs is Derived with this Condition & Limitation that in Case the 
said Grantees their Heirs or Assigns Shall be Ejected & Ousted by 
any Such right or Title that then they have or Recover nothing of & 
from the said Grantors & Proprietors or their Executors or Admin- 
istrators for the Land hereby Granted nor for any Labour orExpence 
whatsoever which they have been or shall be at in Consequence and 
Pursuance of this Grant or any of the Premises aforesaid — And 
farther reserving to the said Grantors their Heirs & Assigns all that 
Tract or Parcel of Land lying within the bounds of the said Tract 
hereby Granted as afores' 1 which is Commonly Called Suncook. 



[Petition of Zacheus Lovewell, 1748.] 
[ Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 134.] 

Dunstable December 18 th 1748— 
Gentlemen 

I was Owner of a Share in that tract at montetony Called Love- 
well's Grant, made to me with five Others & was Included in Gore- 
haius town on Which Rodgers & pudney Setled One Share thereof I 
Sold and Am Lyable to make Good, & if in Your Grant to Stark 
and Others in Which it falls, there be Room I shall be Exceeding 
Glad to be a Setler it possibly may prevent my Suffering Consider- 
able Damage & not Lessen your Interest, I should bin Earlier in my 
Case but had forgot the title I gave of it till last Week Which was 
to Lbenezer Parkust not one of y e Petitioners under Stark if it be 
not too Late, your favours in this Shall ever be greatfully resented 
by Gen 1 " you most Humble Ser' 

Zacheus Lovewell 

To the Gen tn Prop" of Masons Grant 



I98 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Joseph Blancliard to Proprietors, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 135.] 

Dunstable December y e 19 th 1748 
Gent"/ The Bearer, (Herewith Awaits you) the eldest Son & Heir 
of the venerable Coll Prescott of Groton Deceased ; Who died 
Clairaer of nine Rights in Gorehamstown, Late Granted to Cap 1 
Goffe & Company & Stark & Company (& the Other Gentleman in 
Company, Cap' Bancroft Owned One) I've Reason to think they 
were not Apprized of your Intentions & Power to Grant the Same 
or had made Application, & assurance of their being as Proffitable 
Subjects to the Go vermeil t and As fully Yeild to Your demands as 
any who had no pretentions there before, & Provided Room can yet 
be made they Are very Solicitous for your favour herein & so pressing 
for me to Write I Could not get Excused, — 

Their Interest in this part of Massachusetts is Considerable, & if 
they Can be Oblidged I'm of Oppinion it may not be Amiss — Cap* 
Baldwin of Sudbury Who Setled a farm Joyning to Hillsborough 
Was on his Journey to Portsmouth to Submitt him Self to Your 
Authority & Direction, was Taken Sick & Could not proceed he 
came to my House and begg'd that I would Informe, & that he 
Should proceed as Soon as able to See you, that if y e Land Joyning 
the South Side Hillsborough Should be granted in Setlement the 
Charge he has bin at there in Building Clereing &c, ma}* not be Lost 
but is Ready to Conform to Such Conditions as You think Reason- 
able for him or if it be delay'd of being a town (w' h for the present I 
hope it will) he will be Ready to Conform to your Inclinations in y e 
matter — 

The Messengers are Waiting I Expect in a few days to give you a 
further Acc° of my Own Affairs and Rest your most Humble Ser' at 
Com'and — 



To the Hono 1 ' Society of masons Grant 
^ Cap 1 James Prescott 



J Blancliard 



[Petition of Seth Blodgett, 1748/9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 136.] 

Boston Jm-y 2' 1 1748 
To the Honarable Gent" 1 the Propriators of Masons Right & : c — 
Gentl 1 " when I heard of your Right from under M r Mason I was 
under Some Consarne for having a tract of Land of aboot 300 Acors 



DUNBARTON. 1 99 

in a township Cauld By the Name of Goroms towne and had Bult a 
hous and Cleard Land and Brokne it up and fensed it and Cleard 

Meddow and Entervale in order for Other Improvements and had a 
famaly Livd Some years in the lions ami S' 1 famaly Being obleg d to 
Leave it By reason of the war It Put Me upon Search of the strength 
of My Titel from under the Massachusetts which I found in my hum- 
ble opnioii Not worth aney thing and that I .Must Ly holey at the 
Marsey of you Gentel'" whier upon My humble Potion Gente 1 '" is tha 
I ma\ have My Land and Improven* 9 in the Place whier it was for- 
mely Laid out and if Not I would Humbly Pray you to Consider Me 
in some other Place that I may Not Be a grate Looser thier By — 

M' Gofe tels me that He had holy for: Got me when he had His 
Charter from you or Else He would A Spoke of me then and Now 
Scrape! with him But you would have Done as well for me as you 
Did for the others in the Like Surcomstances — 

He tels Me that thier is -1 Rights Not yeat Dispos' 1 of I humbly 
Pray you to Consider Me thier in I am Reddy to Come plye with 
amy Mesure that You Shall in your wisdoms think fitt in Reason I 
Shall Proforme — 

I was at Pusceataqua in October and Maid my Aplication to you 
( JenUd"' about my affour S (1 Land and was Genorously treated at your 
Meeting for which I am Grately obleg' 1 to you and you Engeously Told 
Me that as you had Not Agreed on aney Certen Methords to Proceed 
yon Could Not Do aney thing for Me at that time and that as to y e truth 
of the afotirs 1 Genl m If you Have a Mind to Be Satiesfied to ovid 
Imposision which as I am A Stranger to yon I Should Be Glad you 
would Enquer of Corn 11 Blanchard who Is Perfectly well acquainted 
with the Case and the Surcomstances thurof And Honorable Gen- 
tel'" I Rest it wholey in you Brestes and Humbly Pray your Excep- 
tame of my Above Etequeste and I Shall Remain as in Duty Bound 
your Hum 1 '' and obedent Sert 

Seth Blogget 



[Proprietors to Archibald Shirk, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 137.] 

To mess" Archibald Stark & Associates 

Gent In y" Grant made to you and Company of the tract of land 
as bounded in the Grant it was Supposed that the Improvements of 
Cap' Tod and others fell within x" same and were reserved as such — 
but it seems that upon a more exact survey it appears they lay with- 
in the boundarys of y 1 Tract granted to Thomas Parker ami associates 
Therefore the Proprietors of masons Right wou'd recommend it to 



200 CHARTER RECORDS. 

you to agree the matter with Capt Goffe and Company and make 
them Satisfaction out of your Grant for what by Tod and others will 
be taken out of Goffe and Companys Grant amounting to Two hun- 
dred and fifty acrs — which is equall and Just — in the opinion of y e 
Proprietors of masons Grant — in behalfe of y e Proprietors — 

Portsm April 13 th 1749— Geo : Jaffrey jur P CI 

Copy Sent f Cap 1 Jn° Goffe. April 14"' 



[Petition of Grantees of Dunbarton, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 138.] 

To the Honorable Proprietors of M r Masons Lands in New Hamp- 
shire &c 

Gentlemen With Regard to the Grant of Land made to Archibald 
Stark and others : Which Grant falls Very short of mesure : being- 
bounded in by Bow on the north East : Goffs town on the south and 
Hales town on the west : Cannot be Inlarged by Land adjoyning to 
it in any Reguler forme : and the Grantees think it a Great hardship 
to make setlement : and Performe the Duty as by Grant is Required 
unless they Can have two Hundred Acres to a Right or share : Would 
Informe you that when new boston and Hales town were Granted by 
the Massiclmsetts bay they adjoyned togather : and their was a mile 
and a Half of Land :. not Granted in any Shape Laying between the 
north End of Hales' town and the Line of towns (Viz) N° 5 : N° 6 : 
& c : Which Gentlemen in your Granting of Hales town to m r Weare 
of Hampton falls and others : you have bounded them upon the Line 
of towns afforesaid : which Leaves a Goer of Land on the South 
between Hales town and new boston Adjoyning too or Very near the 
south west Corner of Starks town : We Pray that you will annex 
and Confirme Said Gore of Land to the Grant of Stark's town or at 
Least so much of it as will make us two Hundred acres to one Right 
or share with what is before Granted which will Very much oblidge 
yours to serve In behalf of the Grantees of a Certain tract of Land 
Granted to Archibald Stark and others — 

Sam 11 Emerson 



[Plan of Dunbarton, 1749.] 




A Plan of the Division of That Tract of Land Granted by the Proprietors of the Land Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq to Archibald Stark- 
William Starke & others as Said Division hath been made by the Grantees to be returnd to the Grantors in order to the Drawing the Lotts Agreable t( 
the Vote by which it was Granted — 

This Plan Contains a true Account of all the Land Contained in the Grant made to Archibald stork and others as Sirvayed And Laid Down by a Scalf 
of one Hundred and Sixty Rods to an Inch 

by Sam" Emerson Sirvayor 



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[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 139, and Proprietors 1 Records, Vol. f>, p. 215, and 

Vol. 7, p. 52.] 




Joseph Pudney 

James Rogers . 

Pudney & Rogers Sons 

first Ministers Lot 

Ministry Lot 

John Morton 

Geo : Massey 

David Stenson 

William Gault 

James Addams 

William Ellit . 

John Cochran . 

David M c Gregore 

Coll° Meserve Coll Blanchard 

Paul March & Joseph Green 

John Horner 

James M c gregore 

Joseph Blanchard 

Dan" Lesly 

James Rogers 

Archibald Stark 

Sam 11 Calwell 

Sam" Hogg 

Sam" Emerson Esq r 

Hugh Ramsey . 

James Cochran 

Josh a Peirce Esq r 

Caleb Page jun r 

Richard Wibird Esqu r 

Samuell Fulton 

John Thomlinson Esq" 

Jn° Tufton Mason Esq" 

William Carr 

John Ramsey . 

Alex' Gault 

Hugh Pur.shi . 

Mathew morton 

Archibald Cunningham 

Joseph Cochran 

John Wentworth jun r Esq" r 

William Stenson 

Coll Moore & Daniel Peirce 

lolin Stenson . 



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Mathew Ramsey 
John Quigg 
Hugh Jameson 
Thomas Follensby jun r 
James Varnum 
Archibald Stark jun r 
George Clarke . 
Thomas Hall . 
Addam Dicky . 
John Hall 
George Jaffrey . 
Samuell Stenson 
Joseph Scobey 
Samuel Richards 
William Rankin 
Jeremiah Paige 
Mathew Thornton 
Samuel Todd . 
John Stark 
Mark Hunks Wintworth Esq 
John M c Duffie . 
Thomas Packer Esqu r 
Sam 11 Rankin . 
David Craig 
Dan 11 M c Curdy 
John M c Calester 
Sam 11 Solley Esq r ) . 
Clem 1 March E 6( J $ . 
John Kan- 
John Cochran Docf . 
Tho s Wallingford Esqu r 
William Stark . 
Mark Hunks wentworth P2sq" 
John Moffatt Esqu' . 
Law Lot N° i . 
Alex r Todd 
John Hogg 
Law Lott N° 2 . 
Jotham Odiorne Esq ur 
Theodore Atkinson Esq ur 



Lot for ministry 
Lot for first minister 
School Lot 



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DUNBARTON. 203 

ProvrofNewj Portsmouth December 21 8t 1749 Voted thai this 
Hampshire \ Draft of V Pots of Land in the Tract of land 
Granted by the Proprietors of y e lands purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq 1 " to Archibald Stark, William Stark & others so far as 
they have been drawn be and hereby is Ratifyed & confirmed as a 
full & final Division and Partition thereof and the Plan of Said 
Division as made & numbered by y e Grantees & Returned by them 
to the Grantors be Received allowed & Confirmed for the Purpose 
aforesaid — 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop 18 CI 



\Name% to Be Entered in New Charter of Dunbarton, 1751.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 139.] 

Londonderry Oct r y e 21 1751— 
To The Prop rs of Lands Purchassed of John Tufton Mason Esq r the 
Originall Right of Cap 1 John Mason Esq r of London Lying in the 
Province of New Hamp 1 Whereas We the Subscribers were part of 
the Grantees of A tract of Land Adjoyning to and On the West Side 
of Merrimack River Called Starks town And have Conveyed Our 
Respective Rights & Interest therein to Sundry Persons as follows, 
viz* John Quig, to Archabald Stark James Adams to Tho ms Mills, 
John MacAllester to Archibald Stark ; Will" 1 Karr to John Stark, 
Archibald Stark to John Cambell, John Hogg to Will 111 Hogg. Mat- 
thew Mortton to John MacCurdy, John Stark to Will 111 Stenson, 
Hugh Ramsey, to Will" 1 Heslop ; Sam 11 Renken to Robert Macmur- 
phy ? Sam" Stinson to David Stinson ; John Stinson to Will" 1 Stark, 
Alex 1 " Gailt to James Evens ; Archbald Cuningham to James Mac- 
Gregore John Horner to Will" 1 Stark ; Thom s Hall to Will" 1 Renken, 
S;u null Caldwell, to Co 11 Blanchord ; John Ramsey to Will" 1 Pudney 
& obediah Foster one Hundred acres, & the remaining part of the 
Right to Hugh Ramsey 

and Whereas thro the Neglect of Performance of Duty Injoyned 
the Whole of y e Grantees, Wee Are Informed the Charter thereof is 
made void and a New Charter proposed to be Given — 

Now therefore we Desire that the Respective persons to Whome 
Wee have Convey'd as afores' 1 may in the Next Charter be entered 
As ( >riginall Grantees, in the place we held under the former Char- 
ter Respectively, as having Pee' 1 for the Whole of Our Interest of 
them Satisfaction in full, as Wittness our hands and Seals the Date 
above 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



John Quig 
William karr 
Mathew Morton 

Samuell Renkin 

Alexander Gault 
Thomas Hall 



James Adams 
Archibald stark 
John Stark 

his 

John X Stevenson 

mark 

Archibald Cunningham 
Samuell Caldwell 



John Mealies tor 
John Hoctp- 
Hugh Ramsey 

Samuel Stinson 

James Horner 
John Ramsey 



[Charter of Dunbarton, 1752.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 2, 1752.] 

Province of | Portsmouth March 2' 1 1752 Monday three of the 
New Hampshire \ Clock afternoon at the House of Ann Slayton the 
Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the Seventeenth day of December 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & forty Eight Granted 
to Archibald Stark John Stark Archibald Stark jun r Thomas Hall 
and others on the Terms Conditions & Limitations Expressed in said 
Grant a Certain Tract of Land in said Province about five Miles 
Square or nearly Equal thereto Bounded as follows Viz 1 Beginning 
at the main River on the Northerly side of a Tract of Land Lately 
Granted by said Proprietors to Thomas Parker & others & Running 
Westward as far as that Tract of Land Runs Joining on the same 
then Runing North two Degrees West five Miles & one hundred 
& Eighty rods then North Seventy Nine Degrees East till it Comes 
to a place Called Rumford then Running South Seventeen Degrees 
East three Hundred and forty Rods then East till it Comes to the 
Township of Bow then by that till it Comes to said River & then by 
that till it Comes to the place where it Begins to have & to hold to 
them their Heirs and Assigns as therein Expressed which Terms and 
Conditions may at Large appear by Reference to said Grant Entered 
at Large in the Records of said Proprietors among which it is Ex- 
pressed that in Case any of the owners of the Sixty five Shares (who 
were to make the Settlement) shall Refuse neglect or Omit to per- 
form and fully Discharge any of the Conditions Articles Matters and 
things abovementioned (that is before Expressed in said Grant) by 
him Respectively to be done according to the true Intent & meaning 
thereof (Refering to said Grant) He shall Forfeit his Right and 
Share in the said Tract of Land & every part & parcel thereof to the 
said Grantors and they or any Person or Persons for them Might in 
that Case Law fully Enter thereon & such Delinquent wholly to Oust 



DUNHARTON. 205 

amove & Expel for the Use of said Grantors their Heirs \ assigns 
which also may more fully appear By said Grant & the Conditions 
thereof And Whereas the said Grantees have not Complied with the 
Terms and Conditions on which the said Grant was made whereby 
the whole Tract of Land so Granted is Forfeited to the Grantors & 
the Right thereunto again Vested in them according to the true 
Intent and meaning of said Grant and the Grantees Have Acknowl- 
edged the same & Surrendered the said Grant to the Grantors & 
have Requested of them a new Grant to the persons & on the Terms 
herein after set forth which the Grantors being Willing to Comply 
with Have Re-entered upon the said Premises for the Breach of said 
Conditions and are become again Seized thereof as in their former 
Estate — Therefore 

Voted that there be & hereby is Granted unto Archibald Stark 
William Stark John Stark Archibald Stark Jun r all of a place Called 
Amaskege in the Province of New Hampshire the Rev' 1 David Mac- 
gregore Robert Macraurphy William Rankin William S tin son John 
Cochran James Evens Hugh Dunshe John M c Curdy Joseph Cochran 
Hugh Jammeson David Stinson Joseph Scoby Matthew Thornton 
Daniel M c Curdy John Carr John Cochran Doctor Alexander Todd 
William Hogg David Stinson James M'Gregore Daniel Lesley 
George Clarke William Rankin William Stinson James Rogers James 
Cochran John M c Duffey James Macgregore Samuel Todd David 
Craige all of Londonderry in said Province Thomas Mills Samuel 
Hocor Caleb Pae:e Jun r Samuel Richards Thomas Follansbee Jun r 
all of llainstead in said Province and Jeremiah Page of said Place 
William Elliot John Hall Adam Dickey all of Derrifield in said 
Province Joseph Blanchard Esq r Joseph Blanchard Jun r both of 
Dunstable in said Province Joseph Pudney James Rogers their 
Eldest sons for one Right all Living on the Tract of Land hereby 
Granted William Pudney & Obadiah Foster of the same place for 
one hundred Acres and the Remaining part of the Share or Right 
to Hugh Ramsey of said Londonderry John Morton Late of Ports- 
mouth in said Province & George Massey of said Portsmouth Wil- 
liam Stark William Stark abovenamed having three Rights it being 
the same man & Archibald Stark abovenamed Samuel Emmerson 
Esq 1 & James Vernum both of Chester in said Province John Cam- 
med of Haverhill William Hyslop of Boston both in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay William Gait of Canterbury in said Prov- 
ince Samuel Fulton Late of said Londonderry — Equally Excepting 
as aforesaid to them their Heirs and Assigns Excepting as hereafter 
Excepted — On the Terms Conditions and Limitations herein after 
Expressed all the Right Title Estate Interest & Property of the said 



206 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Proprietors of in and unto all that Tract or Parcel of Land about 
five miles Square more or less Situate in the Province of New 
Hampshire and Bounded as follows that is to say Beginning at the 
Main River on the Northerly side of a Tract of Land lately Granted 
by said Proprietors to Thomas Parker & others & running Westward 
as far as that Tract of Land Runs joining on the same then Run- 
ning North two Degrees West five Miles & one Hundred & Eighty 
Rods then North Seventy nine Degrees East till it comes to Bow line 
then Southerly by the Township of Bow & Continuing by that till 
it Comes to said River then by that Till it Comes to the place where 
it Begins — To have and to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns as 
aforesaid and Excepting as aforesaid on the following Terms & 
Conditions Namely that the Division already made & the Lots as 
they have been Numbered & Drawn shall be and hereby is Ratified 
& Confirmed as a full & Effectual Severance & Division of the Said 
Tract of Land to hold the Respective Lots to the person or Persons 
to whose Name or Names the Respective Numbers of said Lots are 
affixed & to his & their Heirs and Assigns Excepting as is herein 
after otherwise mentioned That the said Grantees make a Settle- 
ment on the said Tract of Land in the following manner viz' That 
Thirty Families be Settled on the said Tract of Land, each having 
an house of Sixteen feet Square or equal thereto on some Lot be- 
longing to the Respective owners of thirty Shares among the said 
Grantees & that each of the said thirty have three Acres of Land 
fitted for Tillage or mowing on one of the Lots belonging to Each 
Respective Share of the thirty by the last day of may next and shall 
Clear three Acres of Land more Yearly on one Lot of each of the 
Thirty Shares aforesaid for the Term of Two Years from the said 
Last day of may next That Ten Families more shall be Settled on 
the Lots belonging to ten other Shares of the said Grantees having 
an house of the Dimensions aforesaid and three acres of Land 
Cleared on a Lot belonging to each of the said Shares by the Expi- 
ration of three years to be Computed from the last day of may next 
which Ten Families are each to Proceed in Clearing three acres yearly 
for the two years then next Succeeding in Manner aforesaid and 
that Ten Families more be Settled on the Lots Belonging to ten 
other Shares of the said Grantees each having an House on a Lot 
belonging to the Respective Shares of the same Dimensions as 
aforesaid & three acres of land Cleared as aforesaid within five years 
from may next & to proceed in Clearing three acres more yearly the 
two next Succeeding years as aforesaid — That David Stinson David 
iM;tcgregore James Macgregore Daniel Lesley Samuel Fulton Ar- 
chiald Stark Archibald Stark for one more George Clarke William 



DUNBARTON. 207 

Rankin & William Stinson make or Cause to be made the Settle- 
menl ft The firs! Ten Families abovementioned That Joseph Blan- 
chard -lames Rogers John Cambell Samuel Emmerson .lames 
Cochran Matthew Ramsey James Varnum John M'Dui'fey Robert 
Macmurphy & Archibald Stark make or Cause to be made the Set- 
tlement of the second ten Families abovementioned and that Wil- 
liam Gait William Stark Joseph Blanchard Esq r William Hyslop 
•lames Macgregore William Stark Adam Dickey Jeremiah Page 
Samuel Todd & David Craige in Consideration of their Having paid 
a Certain sum of money to the first Settlers to Carry on the Settle- 
ment be and hereby are Exempted from making any Settlement on 
their Shares That in order to Carry on the. said Settlement to Effect 
each of the aforesaid Grantees pay all such sum & Sums of money 
as shall be Voted to be raised by the major part of the said Gran- 
tees at any Regular Meeting of them according to such Rules as 
have been or shall be agreed upon by them for Calling the same to 
such person or Persons and at Such time as they shall Determine 
as aforesaid and in Default of such Payment that the part share & 
Right of the Grantee who shall refuse & Neglect to pay as afores' 1 
in & to said Land shall be & hereby is Subjected to & Charged with 
the payment thereof & the person or Persons appointed to Receive 
such sum or Sums of money as aforesaid shall & hereby have full 
power & authority to sell so much thereof as near as can be Con- 
veniently done as will Raise money Sufficient for such payment with 
all Incident Charges as Occasion shall Require from time to time 
giving the Delinquent Person three Weeks Notice of such Design 
before the Sale is Actually made — That a meeting house of Sufficient 
Dimentions be built on said Land within five years from next may 
& made fit for Preaching in and that the Grantees maintain the 
preaching of the Gospel there Constantly after Six years from said 
may that any & every of the said Grantees who shall neglect to per- 
form & fulfil every Article Matter & thing herein Enjoined for him 
to do he shall Forfeit his whole Right Share & Interest in & to the 
said Tract of Land to those of said Grantees who Shall have done 
A: performed the same for themselves and they shall have the Term 
of one year after such Forfeiture Accrews (Which shall be Reckoned 
and Adjudged to be Imediately on the Expiration of the time 
herein allowed for the Doing any of the said matters & things) to 
Settle or Cause such forfeited Rights or shares to be Settled That 
Twenty five of the said Rights and Shares be and hereby are Re- 
served to the said Grantors their Heirs and Assigns & one of the s d 
Shares be for the first Minister his Heirs and Assigns who shall Settle 
there and Continue till he is Regularly Dismistoras long as he Shall 



208 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Live that another of the said Shares shall be for the use of the Min- 
istry there forever and another for the use & main tain an ce of a 
School there forever That these three Shares with twenty two of 
those above Reserved shal be and hereby are Exempted and fully 
Exonerated from any & every Duty Charge Matter and thing Relat- 
ing to the making the said Settlement & from all Taxes & Charges 
until 1 improved by the owner of Each Respective Right That all 
Highways that shall be laid out on said Land shall be b} T a Commit- 
tee to be appointed for that Purpose by the said Grantors and Grant- 
ees only the Person on whose land Such ways shall run not to be 
paid for the same and if the said Settlement shall not be made as 
aforesaid According to the true Intent & meaning hereof & by the 
last Period of time Limitted as aforesaid for the doing thereof the 
whole grant to be Null & Void & the said Land to Revert Return 
or Remain the Right Estate & Property of the Grantors as tho' this 
Vote had never been passed — Reserving also all white pine trees 
Standing & Growing on said Premises which are hereby granted to 
his Majesty his Heirs & Successors That the lots in the aforesaid 
Division Set off & Numbred to John Quigg shall be and hereby 
are Appropriated to Archibald Stark those to James Adams are ap- 
propriated to Thomas Mills John M'Allaster's to Archibald Stark 
William Carr's to John Stark Archibald Stark's to John Campbell 
John Hogg's to William Hogg Matthew Morton's to John McCord}' 
John Stark's to William Stinson Hugh Ramsey's to William Hyslop 
Samuel Rankin's to Robert McMurphy Samuel Stinson's to David 
Stinson John Stinson's to William Stark Alexander Gait's to James 
Evins Archibald Cunningham's to James Macgregore John Horner's 
to William Stark Thomas Hall's to William Rankin Samuel Cald- 
well's to Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 John Ramsey's to William Pudney 
and Obadiah Foster for one Hundred acres & the rest or Remain- 
ing Lots to Hugh Ramsey to hold to them & their Respective Heirs 
& assigns — That four of the said Reserved Shares being the lots 
Numbred twelve in the first Range two in the Second Range twelve 
in the fourth Range ten on the South side in the Seventh Range 
one & two in the thirteenth Range are hereby Granted to the said 
Grantees their Heirs & assigns upon the Conditions aforesaid — 
That the Remaining Land within the Bounds aforesaid which is 
not Comprehend'd within the said Division shall be hereafter Di- 
vided between the said Grantors & Grantees in the proportion afore- 
said that is the Grantors having Seventeen Shares thereof & the 
Grantees being at the Charge of the Division & making the Settle- 
ment and Complying with the terms & Conditions herein before 
Limitted & Expressed and the Lots in said Division Number two 



DUNBARTON. 209 

North & Number three in the Seventh Range being one of the said 
Reserved Shares be & hereby is granted to Noah Emery of Kittery 
Gentleman his Heirs & assigns Exempted & Exonerated from the 
duty of settling & paying any Charge tax and Expence untill im- 
proved by him or them — and in Case there shall be an Indian war 
within any lit' the times Limited for the doing the Several matters 
iV things aforesaid Respectively the said Term to be allowed for any 
of the said Matters after that Impediment shall be Removed Lastly 
the Grantors do hereby Ingage & Promise to the said Grantees to De- 
feud them their Heirs and Assigns all & every Action & Law Suit 
that shall be prosecuted moved & Stirred against them & any of 
them by any Person or Persons whomsoever Claiming the said Land 
or any part thereof by any other Title than the Title of the said 
Grantors or that From whence theirs is Derived with this Condition 
and Limitation that in Case the said Grantees their Heirs or Assigns 
be Ejected & Ousted by any such Right or Title that then they shall 
Recover Nothing of and from the said Grantors their Heirs Ex- 
ecutors or Administrators for the Land hereby Granted nor for any 
Labour or Expence whatsoever which they shall have been or shall 
be at in Consequence of this Grant — And the lots in the said Di- 
vision Called Law Lot Number one be for Matthew Livermore his 
Heirs and Assigns and those Called Law Lot Number two be to 
William Parker his Heirs and Assigns — 



[ Trespass on Dunbarton Lands, 1752.] 
[Masonlan Papers, Vol. 5, p. 140.] 

Chester march y e 24 th 1752 
Sir — By What Information we had by m r James M c Greegor We 
understood that you were at a Loss to Know the perticuler place 
in Starks town where the trespass was Don by Richard Ayer and 
others and accordingly we have Been yester Day upon the place and 
taken a Sirvay of the place where the trespass is Done and find that 
it falls within the folowing bounds (Viz) to begin at a pich pine tree 
by the Main River Near the foot of Ilohooxey falls and Run west : 
120 Rods to a white oak tree: and thence North two Degrees west 
about two Hundred and twelve Rods to Bow Line then by Bow Line 
to the River and so by the River to the first bounds will Comprehend 
and take in Said trespass the Lower part of this Land was Run out 
for a Lott but haveing Lotts enough without it: it was not Returned 
nor Drawn for but Layes as Common and no more at present onley 
13 



2IO CHARTER RECORDS. 

Gentlemen we Shall Crave Leave to Subscribe our selves your Very- 
Humble Servents to Command Sam 11 Emerson 

Alex r Macmurphy 

To Daniel Peirce Esq r 

To Be Communicated to the Purchesers of John Tufteen Masons 
Esq rs Right in the wast Lands in the Province of Newhampshire 

P S by the Nearest Veiw : and Information that we Cot Get their 
is Cutt between two and three Hundred Loggs 



[Alexander M c Murphy to Proprietors about Trespass, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 141.] 

Londonderry March y e 27 tb 1752 
Sy I thought proper to Inform you that M r Ayer base been up 
and taken away the Loges which he Cutt in Stark's town (so Called) 
& Likewise those he Cutt on the East Side of the Maine River which 
I Informed you of Before, & by the information I had this Day he 
base gott the most part of them to Ames Scheeg where he is now, 
therefor look upon it nesesery that you would prooSeed in Some 
jDroper way So as to have him Before he gett out of the provence, 
those he Cutt upon the East Side of the River ware about Twenty in 
Number, & Avere white Oacks, he Cutt them within about on Hun- 
dred Roods of Ilohooxey falls, and Joseph Brown w c he Retires to in 
his letter for Evedence which I Sent Down to you, told me he helpt 
to hall them & his Brother helpt to Cutt them : the words Ayers & 
others, in the Letter which Squr Emerson & I wrot Referes to those 
M r ayer gave for Evdence these are what offers at present only 
Crave leave to Say that I am S r your verey Hum 1 ' 1 Ser' to Command 

Alex 1 Macmurphy 
To Daniell Peirce Esq 1 — 



[Report of Committee on Line between Dunbarton and Bow, 1758.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 112.] 

We the Subscribers theophilus Smith and Samuel Lane as a Com- 
mittee of the proprietors of bow in the province of newhampshire of 
the one part and John Hogg and James M°Gregore as a Commitee 
from the proprietors of Starks town (in Said province) So Called of 
the other part Each of the S' 1 Committee being Chosen and orthised 
to Settle the Lines, and bounds between Said towns haveing this day 



DUNBARTON. 211 

mett togather for that End and after Some Conversation Relating to 
that affair not agreeing to make a final Settlement of the Same Each 
party agreed that the following plan or Method in order for Settle- 
ment shall be drawn np and Layed before Each of Said Proprieties 
for their approbation and Confirmation if thay Shall See fittatanv 
Legal proprietors meeting by them held which is as follows to wi ( that 
a Survayer and two Chainmen of indifferent men be Imploy' 1 who 
Shall begin at the northerly old Corner of bow next to Canterbury 
from thence to run Southwest nine miles then Southeast five miles 
then Southwest one mile then South East to the loer or South East- 
erly Side Line of Said bow as it was Settled with masons proprietors 
So Call'd In January Last and that Said Chain Men Shall be Sworn to 
Make just and impartial measure allowing for Sway of Chain and 
Rough mountains and woods Land according to the Customary Meas- 
ure of towns— and that the Cost of the Same be paid Equally by Said 
propreties — 

In wittness hereof the Said parties Interchangably Set their hands 
this twenty sixth day of December 1758 

Theoder Smith 
Sam 1 Lane 
John hogg 
James M c Gregore 
a true Coppe taken oute of the original agreement between the pro- 
prietors of bow and the proprietors of Starks town So Called this: 
11 th day of September 1760 as attest: 

Caleb Page \ P ro P riet Q °f Clark 

& \ tor Starks town 



[Petition of William Stark, 1765.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 143.] 

Province of ) To the Gentlemen, Proprietors of the Lands 
New Hampshire \ Commonly called L a Masons Right, in said Prov- 
ince — 

The humble Petition of William Stark of Starks Town in the 
Province aforesaid Esq 1 

Sheweth That at a Legal Meeting of the Proprietors of Starks 
Town aforesaid held there on the Second Tuesday of June 1761, they 
Voted and Consented That Your Petitioner should have the Ninth 
Lot in the 3 d Range in said Town which bad been reserved for the 
School Lot in Exchange for the 1-"' lot in the 4 ,: ' Range, in Case 
Your Pet r sho' 1 purchase the same 12 th Lot, and then that Lot to be 



212 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the School Lot for said Town As by an Attested Copy of said Vote 
hereunto annexed may appear 

That Your Pet 1 ' has accordingly purchased the said 12 th Lot, & 
appropriated the same as above, And prays you the said Gentlemen 
Proprietors That you will be pleased to Confirm & allow the said 
Town Vote in Favour of Your Petitioner Who will Ever Pray &c 

Portsm 25 th Oct r 1765. W m Stark 

Province of | At a Meeting of the Proprietors This Petition was 
New Hampsh r \ read and it appearing to be for the advantage of the 
Public Lot as well as Said Stark the Proprietors Approved thereof 
and therefore Voted that the Same be & hereby is Allowed Ratihed 
and Confirmed 



[Permission to William Stark to Exchange Lots, 1765.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 144.] 

at a Lagual Meeting held at the hous of Cap 1 William Starks b}- the 
propriators of Starks town on the Second tuesday in June 1761 : then 
Voated and freely Consented by the proprietors of Starks town that 
Cap' william Starks Should have the ninth Lott in the third Range 
which was Reserved for the Use of a School in Starks town in Ex- 
change for the twelfth Lott in the fourth Range in Case S' 1 Starks 
purches the s' 1 twelfth in the fourth Range to Lay for the Use of the 
School in Starks town a true Coppe taken oute of the proprietors 
Records in Starks town October the 19: 1765 

attested by — Caleb Page Proprietors Clark 

for Starks town 

Captain Starks have purchesed Said twelfth Lott in the fourth 
Rang according to the above Voat to Lay for the Use of S a School 

C Page 



[Petition of Caleb Page, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 145.] 

Caleb Page at Portsm Sep tr 24 th 1771 represent's in behalf of the 
Grantees of Stark's Town that there is a Quantity of Land of Eleven 
hundred Acres within the bounds of S' 1 Township adjoining to mer- 
imack River — on which four Families are Settled, and one of which 
was Settled when y e Township was laid out, and three others Since — 
these Settlements are chiefly on interval land — and that there are 



DUNBARTON. 



213 



Sundry Lots of Common land in Said Township as described on the 
Plan of Stark's town and further — that the Grantees propose to Sell 
their rights in Said Commons to the Grantors or to purchase the 
Grantors Rights in the Commons — which Said Page desire's the 
Grantors will take the matter proposed under Consideration and 
inform the Grantees of their Determination 



[Plan of Common Land, 1771.] 




[Caleb Page to Proprietors, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 146.] 

Sir after Due Respects to your honour for all your favours to me 
and the town I would inform your honour that I Received a latter 
from your honour that Informed me that you had prefered that peti- 
tion to the Lord proprietors which I Left with you Som years past 
and thai thay had Chosen Men to Sattle that Effair aboute the Com- 
mon Land in Dunbartun the reason why I did not Come down for to 
Sattle that Effair when I Come to See that the Common Land what 
there was was in Small parsels Laying Joying to bow Line I have bin 
Ever Since trying to Get that Line Setled and have not Got it done 
but I Expect now it will be done in a Short time and I will Come 
down and bring an Exact plan of all the Common Land in the town 
and purchis it or Devide it so that people might not trespas by Cut- 
ting of timber further 1 would Inform that Som of our people in 
DunbartoD thinks that the town have power to Chang our School 
Lot away for two half Lotts which is as poor Land as any in the town 
the Lot was Changed once before and the Lott as it Laves now is 
one of the best Lotts in the town and I. ayes handy Som in the town 



214 CHARTER RECORDS. 

have proceeded and warnd a town meetin got aboute ten or twelve 
Inhabtents of the town Voat to Change the School Lott for two half 
Lotts which is not one qurter So Good in my Judgment as the 
School is as it now Layes thare was not but aboute thirteen people at 
the meetting when thay Voted it away and not more then one or two 
proprietors amongest them I hapend to hear of it and went and En- 
tered my Decent to that Voate and would beg and pray that your 
honour and all the Lord proprietors would put a final Stop to that 
Lootts being Changed away upon any Conditions what soever for it is 
a good Lott and Layes handy for the Inhabi tents no more but I 
Remain your Most humble and Deutifull Servent 

November y e 4: 1773 Caleb Page 



[ Vote of the Proprietors of Dunbarton, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 147.] 

At a Lagual Meeting of the Prioretors of Dunbarton holden at the 
house of Cap 1 william Stark on ajurnment from the 12 of inarch 1771 
to the Last tusday of June next then Votted that Caleb Page Should 
Go to portsmouth and make a Settlement with the Lord proprietors 
aboute their Shar of the Common Land Laying in Dunbartun as he 
think proper uppon the proprietors Charge 

Dunbarton December y e 27:1773; a true Coppy of Record; attest 

Caleb Page proprietors Clark 



[Proprietors' Agreement with Caleb Page, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 147.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of Dunbarton have appointed Cap 1 Caleb 
Page as appears by their Vote to treat with the Proprietors of Masons 
Patent in order for a Division of the Undivided Land in Said Town 
we a Committe of Said Proprietors have agreed with him to send up 
a Surveyor Next Spring to Survey & return a Plan of said Land in 
order for an immediate Division of the same — in the mean time we 
have desired Cap 1 Page to take care on the Proprietors behalf that 
no Tres'pass be committed of y e said Land 

Portsm 29 th Dec r 1773 D Rogers ) 

John Penhallow > Committee 
W m Whipple ) 

A Copy of the Above Sent by Cap 1 Page to the Proprietors of 
Dunbarton 



DURHAM. 215 



DURHAM. 

[Petitioned to be set off from Dover as a parish by the name of Oyster River, 
May 27, 1669. Incorporated as Durham May 15, 1732. Lee was set off and in- 
corporated Jan. 16, 1766. The south line of the town was established June 19, 
18 1 8. A portion of Durham was annexed to Newmarket, July 2, 1870. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 234; XI, 
Hammond Town Papers, 566; Index to Laws, 159; Life of John Sullivan, by 
Thomas C. Amory, 1868; Memoir of Ebenezer Thompson, by Mary P. Thomp- 
son, 1886; Sketches of Civil and Ecclesiastical History, by Federal Burt, 5, Col- 
lections of N. H. Historical Society, 129; sketch, Hurd's History of Strafford 
County, 1882, p. 616; Valedictory Discourse, by Curtis Coe, 1806, pp. 32; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 326; establishment of the N. H. College of 
Agriculture in this town, Reports of Trustees, 1893. pp. 5, 107; The Benjamin 
Thompson Trust Fund, Report of State Treasurer, 1892, pp. 175 to 220; Docu- 
mentary History, by W. F. Goodwin, Dawson's Historical Magazine, 2d series, 
vol. 8, p. 292; Marriages, 1713-68, by S. C. Adams, N. E. Hist. Gen. Regis- 
ter, vol. 23, p, 178, to vol. 33, p. 345; Sullivan House and Its Associations, 
by F. M. Colby. 5, Granite Monthly. 80.] 



[Sale of Ephraim dough's Lands, 1786.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 147.] 
Rockingham Ss )> The State of Newhampshire 

) o i ( To any or either of the Sheriffs of the several and 
) ' a I respective Counties in said State or their Deputies 
^ -— -^-s * Greeting — 

Whereas John Peiree of Portsmouth in our County of Rockingham 
Merchant Administrator of the Estate of Thomas Forsey late of 
Albany in the (Onnty of Albany & State of New York Merchant 
deceased [ntestate who was Surviving Partner in trade & Commerce 
of Benjamin Forsey late of said Albany Merchant deceased by the 
consideration of our Justices of our Inferior Court of common pleas 
holden at Exeter within and for our County of Rockingham afore- 
said on the lasttuesday of July Anno Domini 1783, recovered judg- 
ment against Abner Clough of Nottingham in said County of Rock- 
ingham Yeoman & Ephraim Clough of Durham in the County of 
Strafford and State aforesaid Yeoman For the sum of One hundred 
Sixty nine pounds Eight shillings damage & three pounds Sixteen 
shillings Cost of Suit as tons appears of Record — Whereof execution 
remains to be done — we command you therefore that of the goods 



2l6 CHARTER RECORDS. 

chatties or lands of the said Abner & Ephraim within your precinct 
you cause to be paid and satisfied unto the said John Adm r afore- 
said to the value thereof in Money the aforesaid sums being One 
hundred Seventy three pounds four shill gs in the whole with eight 
shillings & eight pence more for this and former writ and thereof also 
to satisfj- yourself for you own fees. And for want of goods chatties or 
lands of the said Abner & Ephraim to be by them shewn unto you or 
found within your precinct to satisfy the sums aforesaid We com- 
mand you to take the bodies of the said Abner and Ephraim and 
them commit unto the gaol in either of the respective Counties afore- 
said, and detain in your custody within the said Gaol until! they pay 
the full sums abovementioned with your Fees and that they be dis- 
charged by the said John (in said Capacity) the Creditor or other- 
wise by order of law. Hereof fail not, and make return of this Writ 
with your doings therein, into our said inferior Court of common 
pleas to be holden at Exeter within the County of Rockingham 
aforesaid, upon the second tuesday of August next — Witness 
Nathaniel Folsom Esq r at Exeter the third day of June Anno Domini 
1786— 

N.. Emery Jun r Clerk — pro. Tem 
A Copy examined by N Emery J r Clerk — pro. Tem 

State of New Hamp r ] 

Strafford ss. J Durham June 15th 1786. Then Samuel 

Nutter, Robert Lapish, and Joseph Chesley J r made solemn oath that 
they would faithfully & impartially appraise such estate belonging to 
Ephraim Clough as shall be shewn them to satisfy the within execu- 
tion with incidental Charges — 

John Smith 3d Jus s Peace — 

Strafford ss y Durham June 5th 1786 — We the subscribers being 
chosen and sworn as above do Appraise a certain tract of land 
lying in Durham in said County as sheAvn to us by M r John Peirce 
for the property of Ephraim Clough Containing forty six acres & 
forty one Square rods at the value of four pounds ten shillings per 
Acre for satisfying the within execution with incidental Charges said 
land is the whole of said Cloughs homestead that lies on the South 
side of the road leading to Packer's falls (so called) bounded North- 
erly & Westerly by said Highway — Southerly by Lamprey River and 
Easterly by land of Benjamin Doe and Joseph Smith except nineteen 
Acres & thirty five square rods at the easterly end of the premises to 
be set of in a line Parallel with the East line thereof adjoining said 
Does & Smiths land — Also excepting two Acres & thirty three 
rods of land where s (l Clough's dwelling house stands beginning at 



DURHAM. 



217 



;in apple tree by the said road at the Bars near the house and run- 
ning- from thence South three degrees east twenty two rods to an 
apple tree thence south sixty six degrees east fourteen rods to a 
black Cherry tree thence north three degrees west to the road and from 
thence westerly by the road to the tree began at — Annexed to the 
Last described peice is the land on which the Corn house stands. 

Sam el Nutter 
Joseph Chesley Jun 1 
Robert Lapish 

Durham June 5th 1786 — Pursuant to the within 

6 ., precept I have levied & delivered forty 

15 „ „ six Acres & forty one square rods of 

6 „ „ land shewn to me by M r John Peirce as 

6 „ „ the property of the within named Ephraim 

3 „ „ Clough agreeable to the above appraisal to 

18 „ „ satisfy the within execution with incide- 

6 „ „ tal Charges — which Satisfies the within 

15 „ „ excution in full — 

6 „ „ John Griffin D^ Sheriff 



Strafford ss 
Service X 
Poundage 
Att ee 
Return 
Justice 
Appraisers 



Recording 

Expences 

Surveyor 



£5 
Strafford Ss 



1 „ „ Rec d June 5th 1786. John Smith 3d RDR 
Recorded Lib 7 Fob 246 Exam d by 

John Smith 3 d Recorder — 
y August Term 1786 Rec fl & recorded by 

N Emery J r Clerk pro Tern 
A Copy examined by N Emery J r Clerk pro tern 

Copy examined by Nath 1 Adams Clerk 



Rockinoham ss 



[Lease of Farm in Durham to John Clough, 1789.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 148.] 

I the Subscriber John Clough have this Da}' agreed to hire of the 
subscriber John Peirce that part of the Farm I now live on which he 
took by Execution from Ephraim Clough one Year to end on the first 
day of April L790, and I the said Young [Clough] will pay in Coun- 
try produce such Rent for said Term as M r Ebenezer Tompson Jun r 
and M r Edmund IVndergrass may judge Reasonable which pay shall 
be delivered in Portsmouth at Cash price in time and manner as s' 1 
Thompson <.V Pendergrass may direct — and the parties further agree 
that if they the s' 1 Thompson & Pendergrass cannot agree on the 
A alue thereof — the}- may then choose a third person who shall de- 



2l8 CHARTER RECORDS. 

scide thereon & the report of any two shall be conclusive Durham 

April 17 th 1789— 

John Clough 
John Peirce 



[Auction Sale of Lands in Durham, 1793.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 149.] 

Public Vendue 

To be Sold at Public Vendue On Thursday the twenty first day 
of Feb y Next at three oclock after noon at the Dwelling house 
of Cap. Benj a Trip inholder in s' 1 Durham by Virtue of a Licence 
from the Hon 1 Judge of Probate for the County of Strafford all the 
Real Estate of Henry Dearing late of the Island of Jamaica Deceased, 
being one Seventh part of the Second & third Division Lots Laid out 
to the Original Right of Thomas Packer Esq deceased in Rochester 
in the County aforesaid — The conditions of the sale will be made 
known at the time & place aforesaid Portsmouth Jan y 19 th 1793 

John Peirce Adm r 
Public Vendue 

To be sold at Public Vendue on Thursday the twenty first day of 
Feb y Next at three oclock after noon at the dwelling house of Cap 
Benj a Tripp in holder in Durham by Virtue of a Licence from the 
Honb 1 Judge of Probate for the County of Rockingham about Forty 
four Acres of Land more or Less being all that Land taken by Execu- 
tion from Ephraim Clough in said Durham & now in the occupation 
of M r John Clough. The Conditions of sale to be made known at 
the time & place afores' 1 January 19 th 1793 John Peirce Adm r 



[Conditions of Sale, 1793.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 150.] 

Conditions of Sale of Forty Six Acres & forty one Square Rods of 
Land in Durham taken by Execution out of the Homestead Farm of 
Ephraim Clough on the 5 th day of June 1786 

First that the Highest bidded shall be the purchaser 
Second when sold the purchaser shall pay down Ten "$ Cent of 
the purchase sum and within three Months shall pay fifteen ^ Cent 
more — and within one Year pay the bal ( ' e with interest on the whole — 



DURHAM. 2l9 

A Deed shall be given by J Peirce the Administrator at the end of 
three Months on Satisfactory Security being given 

Durham Feb> 21 st 1793— John Peirce 

The Estate above is sold to pay the Debts of Thomas Forsey De- 
ceased by Virtue of a Licence from the Judge of Probate for the 
County of Rockingham 

John Peirce Adm r 

Forty Six Acres & forty one Rods of Land in Durham as above 
Discribed 

Sold Eben 1 Thompson Junior Esq at Eleven Dollars & half *$ 
Acre is 69/ ^ Acre 

Conditions of Sale of one Seventh part of one Lot of Two hundred 
& Forty Acres & One Lot of one Hundred Forty Acres both being 
part of the Original Right of Thomas Packer Late of Portsmouth 
Esquire Deceased in the Town of Rochester & County of Strafford 

Durham Feb r 21 st 1793 

First that the Highest bidder shall be the purchaser 

Second That the whole purchase sum shall be paid down in 
Money — 

John Peirce 

The above Land is the Estate of Henry Dearing Deceased whose 
Estate is sold by Virtue of a Licence of the Judge of Probate for the 
County of Strafford — 

| th part of 240 Acre Lot sold to Samuel ( -£19 n 

Nutter — at 7 ^ Acre is 34 acres & 45 Rods — j 

| th part of 140 Acre Lot— at 5/ sold ( 

Samuel Nutter — is 20 acres — 5/ — \ 5. 



17. 



Esq r Mathews — 9£ 

M" Thompson — 10 

M r Nutter— 11 

M r Thompson— 11^ Doll 8 f Acre 



[Af/reement between Clough and Peirce, 1793.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 151.] 

The Subscriber John Peirce has this day agreed to sell to the Sub- 
scriber John Clough Forty five Acres of Land more or Less it being 
that Land which said John Peirce took by Execution from Ephraim 



220 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Clough & on which said John now lives for which I the said John 
Clough promise said Peirce to pay him Eleven & one half Dollars for 
each acre of said Land ^ Return of the Execution within two Years 
from this date with interest until paid from the date hereof and I the 
said J Clough promise to give my note of hand agreeably to the 
above within fourteen days from the date, when said John Peirce 
promises said Clough to give him a good & Sufficient deed for the 
same 

Nothing in this agreement is to interfere with the settlement be- 
tween the Parties of Rent to this time Durham May 9, 1793 

And the Said Parties are bound each to the other in the sum of 
Two hundred Dollors which they promise to pay in case of non com- 
plyance with this agreement and in case either partie fail in comply- 
ance the above obligation shall be good in Law as a Note of hand for 
Value Received for the above sum of 200 Dollars — 

John Clough 
John Peirce 
This agreement has been complied with by both parties and is 
void — 

John Peirce — 
John Clough — 



EATON. 

[Granted Nov. 7, 1766, to Clement March and others. The line between 
Eaton and Tamworth was settled Feb. 8, 1797. Five grants of land to retired 
officers who served in the French War were annexed Dec. 24, 1795. Madison 
was set off and incorporated Dec, 17, 1852. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume; XI, Hammond Town 
Papers, 600 ; Index to Laws, 161 ; sketch, Fergusson's History of Carroll County, 
1889, p. 788: Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 14 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 600; grants to Archibald Stark and Nathaniel Martin with Conway and 
Madison papers.] 



[ Walter Bryant, Jr., in Behalf of Proprietors of Eaton, 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 152.] 

To the Honorable the Purchasers of Mason's Patent in Newhamp r 
Gen k after the Northwesterly Boundary of y e Patent was Run from 
the Dividing Line Between the Province of New Hamp 1 & the Mas- 



EATON. 221 

sacuetts on the Easterly side of New I lamp' By Walter Bryant Esq r 
as far Westwardly as Ossiepe Mountains and had my Self Continued 
the Same Line to Pemisawssets River where it meet with the Line 
Run from the Westerly side Line of New Hamp 1 I procured the 
(i rants of two townships of Land of his Excellency Benning Went- 
worth Esq r Late Governour of New Hamp'" for a Number of Proprie- 
tors as f 1 the Schedule Which Townships were Incorporated By the 
Names of Eaton and Burton Bounding the township of Eaton South- 
erly on the aforesaid North Westerly Line of said Patent as then Run 
& Westwardly on the township of Tamworth and Northwardly on 
the Aforesaid township of Burton and Eastwardly Partly on Lands 
Granted to Ranging Officers and Partly on the Dividing Line Be- 
tween New Hamp r & the Massachuetts. Bounding the township of 
Burton Southerly on the aforesaid township of Eaton and Easterly 
on the township of Conway and Northerly & Westerly By a line 
Running West from the Middle of the Westerly side line of Conway 
so far that a Line Run g North from the Northwest Corner of Tam- 
worth shall Intersect the aforesaid Line Run West from Conway. 
For which township I have Advanced Several Considerable Sums of 
Money in Behalf of said Proprietors for the Survey in order to fix 
the said Charters Seperate from Other Claims and in Procureing the 
Charters of said townships and in Partly Surveying the said town- 
ships Agreeable to the Charters and in Cutting the Road through 
said township from Moulton Borrough to Saco River in Conway and 
in Conveaning said Proprietors at Sundry times to manage and Act 
on said Affair and in Agreeing with a Number of Setlers from the 
Massa tts to Settle said Lands who are now Ready to Enter thereon — 
and at the Same time had no Expectation of any Considerable Error 
in the said Northwesterly Line of said Patent But are Now Informed 
that By a Late Survey Made By the Joint Request of his Excellency 
John Wentworth Esq r the Present Governour of New Hamp 1 " and 
Your Honours to Determine the aforesaid North-westerly Line of said 
Patent have found that the aforesaid township of Eaton & Part of 
the said township of Burton as Granted and Laid Out, to be Included 
within the Limitts of the aforesaid Patent Wherefore the said Char- 
ters Made By his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq r Late Gov r of 
the Lands afores' 1 Doth not Convey the Right of the Premises to the 
Grantees of said Charters the Right of the Crown Being In-Vested in 
Your Hon 01 '" By your Patent Before our said Charters I do therefore 
In Behalf of those Persons whose Names are Affixed in the Schedule 
hereunto Annexed Pray Your Hon ors to take the Premises under your 
Consideration and Make two Several Grants of the aforesaid town- 
ships Of Eaton & the aforesaid Included part of the township of 



222 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Burton to the Persons whose Names are Affixed to the Schedule 
Annex'd as aforesaid — 

In Such a Manner and By Such Limits as Shall be for the Advan- 
tage of your Hon 01-8 Other Lands in your said Patent, as well as Your 
Petitioner's Constituents — And Your Petitioner Shall every pray &c 

Portsm Oct r 21 1768— Walter Bryent Jun r 

Schedule of the Proprietors of Eaton 

Clement March Esq 1 " Jonathan Moulton Esq 1 Walter Bryent Esq r 
Cap 1 Jeremiah Folsom Jeremiah Gilman John Gilman 

Cap' Israel Gilman JunThomas Tash Esq r John Tash 
Benj a Chapman Sam 11 Chapman Jonathan Robinson 

John Watson Jeremiah Folsom Jun r John Folsom Jun r 

Jermy Bryent John Bryent Ede Hall Bergin 

Edward Smith John Johnson Bartholomew Smart 

Josiah Johnson David Davis Nathaniel Steavens 

Jonathan Steavens James Burley Nathan Folsom 

Edward Hilton Jun r Nicholas Duda Thomas York 

Sam 11 Gilman David Gilman Joseph Senter 

John M'Duffee Joseph Young John Smith 

John Folsom John Pickering Attorn y Samuel Livermore Esq r 

Joshua Bracket John Hartford Nicholas Hartford 

Daniel Mason Josiah York David Hicks 

John Mead George Dutch Winthrop Smart 

Arthur Bennett Thomas Bennett Nathaniel Ewer 

Joshua Frost Walter Bryent Jun r Esq r John Burley 

Joseph Smith Esq 1 Joseph Smart Caleb Bennett 

William Parker Esq r Giles Seward Jonathan Warner 

Benf Smith Esq r Paul March Esq 1 Theodore Atkinson Esq r 

Daniel Warner Esq r Governour School & Minister 

A True Copy of the Proprietors Names or Grantees of Eaton att' 

Walter Bryent Jun 1 ' Prop rs Cle r 



[Petition of the Bnjents for Grant of Land, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 153.] 

Province of } To the Purchasers from John Tufton Mason Esq r of 
New Hamp r \ their Patent In the Province aforesaid. 

Gen 1 After the Northerly and Westwardly Boundary Line of Your 
Patent was Run The Subscribers & Others, ware at the Expence of 
Procureing a Charter of a Township of Land of Something More then 



EATON. 223 

Six Miles Square and Bounded Westwardly on the township of Tam- 
worth and Northerly on the township Burton and Eastwardly on 
Lands Granted to a Number of Ranging Officers and on the Dividing 
Line Between the Province of Newhampshire and the Massachuetts & 
Southerly on the Aforementioned Patent Line, which township was 
Granted by Benning Wentworth Esq 1 " Late Governour of Newhamp- 
shire & by him Incorporated By the Name of Eaton and After the 
Surveying of said township Part of said township was Claimed by and 
Run Out to the Province of the Massachuetts Bay by Sundry Com- 
mitees of said province, which Oceationed Very Great Expence 
to the Subscribers &hindred the Settlement of said Lands by Reason of 
Sundry Law Suits Commenceing On the Determination of which the 
Property of those Lands Depended, at the finishing of which Law 
Suits, a New Survey of the Boundaries of said Patent was ordered on 
the Northerly Part of said Patent by which Survey the whole of the 
Aforesaid township of Eaton as Granted and Bounded fell within the 
Limits of said Patent whereby the Subscribers are Disapointed and 
those Settlers they have Procured of Settleing a New Plantation As by 
Charter Prescribed In the Right of the Crown the Subscribers there- 
fore Desire You would take the Premises into your Consideration And 
Make them a Grant of a Tract of land Equal to Six Miles Square in 
Your Unapropriated Lands In Your said Patent 

July 31—1771— Walter Bryent 

Walter Bryent Jun r 
Jeremy Bryent 



[Proposals to Joshua Nickerson, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 154.] 

Memorandum of Proposals made by the Committee of Mason Pro- 
priety, to M r Joshua Nickerson, in behalf of himself & Thirty Fam- 
ilvs. Viz 1 to have a Grant of 12,000 Acres of Land on the Curve Line 
to the Eastward of Tamworth the whole to be laid out in 100 Acre 
lotta and to be drawn for, one half to the Grantors free of duty & tax, 
the other half to the Grantees on conditions of Settlement, proper 
Roads to be left, 200 Acres for the first Minister, 200 Acres for the 
Ministry for ever, 200 Acres for the benefit of a School, time of Set- 
tlement Building Mills &'' to be fix'd when the Grant is made — the 600 
Acres last Mentiond to be exclusive of the 12,000 — 

Portsmouth Nov r 2' 1 1772 

Rec' 1 a Copy of the above sign'd by Peter Pearse 

Joshua Nickerson 



224 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Samuel Lauchhn to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Mason ian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 155.] 

Roxbury Aug 1 7 th 1773 

To ye Hon 1,le George Jaffrey Esq 1 ' 

Honored Sir Agreeable to your ad vis to me when you was at Bos- 
ton which was to See if I Could git twenty men to go & Settle y' 
Plase & you Said you thought if I could git so many that ye Propri- 
etors would Let me have that town you spook of and now Sir I have 
Spook with only two man & they were So well Pleased with it that 
they went out & Precured all ye Rast & they could have got three or 
fore more But they would have none but Such as ye compeny Liked 
should go and truly thos that have Put down thire name are very 
Spriy able Bodyed men & can carey Sumthing of a good intrest with 
them which is very nescery to go into a new Plase & they think they 
can git a grate number more in a Lettle time & it is very Likly to me 
they can for there is but two of these that have Singed that I thought 
of when I Spook with you & as they are So high in thire spirits to go 
it may be supposed that they will Stare up outliers as soon as we shall 
have time to Let them know of it for you must consider thire was but 
5 days to git these in I hant had oppertunety to See Sum that has told 
me before I went to Portsmouth that if it shold be So that I should git 
ye Land they would go with me & there is fifteen of them that I can 
git to go with me as Soon as I can git ye grant if it Should be 
good Land they dont care if it be 70 or 80 miles from Portsmouth & 
if you had ye wrighings that I have you would see that mason Right 
gos ferther Back then that & that thire is a grate Parsel of Land Lays 
dormon now in them Parts as I am informed by one ho has ben witli 
me ho Say he has got a grant from you of a Townshipe of Land & 
that but a Lettle while ago that Lays 70 mile from Portsmouth & Says 
you are giveing out grants of that Land and he tels me that ye Land 
is very good & if the township ant good Land I would not Except of it 
as a git for these men would not go on what is cald very Poor Land & 
if it be Such as they would not think worth Settleing I would not go 
where good husbands would not follow me but I know you have a good 
choise — & if thse men Should be Set down on a good track of Land By 
y e Blessing of God it would not be Long before they would Bring up 
a good Report of them Parts & very Likly would be a means of in- 
dusing may more of thire aquntance to go & purches Land of you & 
I think it might halpe ye growth of them Parts very much there is a 
good may of my aquantence gon to ye Eastward & more that think of 
going which I think if they had gut a quanted with your Land would 
be as Likly to go there & more so than to ye Eastward and now Sir 



EATON. 225 

Please to Lay tins before ye gentlemen Proprietors that they may see 
ye whole of y e affair & I mak now dought but if yon do vew evey thing 
Relating to ye matter from ye fust to these Present considertion of 
Bringen on so many Settlers which they must know will Sarve to 
Rase ye value of Land in them parts & in time it may be you will 
See that this your kindnss to me in this will torn to your own benefit: 
as will as mine & than bouth you & I shall have grate Reason to 
Bless god that has don this for us — 

P : S Sir I Bag your Patience that I may Speak a few words more 
an ye affaire that there may be nothing wanting on my Parte to Pree- 
swade you to grant this my Requst whis So just & Reasanable for if 
you only consider how much troble I have ben at & also have many 
men I am Lik to git to go into them partes for my parte I cant Say 
how many there will be when they Come to See ye Land for I never 
See Pople So Stired up to go to any one Plase before in my Life my 
neighbours Says they think I might git a hundred good Likly men on 
the considerration of giveing one hundred acers to Each man for Set- 
tleing & you See I have got thirty that have engaged to go if I git ye 
grant of a township & from this if I could have a good grant of a 
townshipe I am willing to engage to Put on as many Settlers as we 
talked of & I Suppose I can very Easely dubble the number & that 
very quick for Severel of these men in tend to Look out for Sum Plase 
this fall & for ther Sakes if you Should See case to grant me a town- 
ship any time I Should be glad it may be as Soon as Conveniently 
you can & I have Promis to Let them know as Soon as I can & that 
it is Likly you will give me answer this month which I Pray you 
would & Send it me if you Please by m r Davis the Bearer of this 
Letter for I can git it from him ye Easest — 

Sir I hope you will Excuse me for wrighing with my own hand 
Seeing I could no better Spell wright nore in dite I could indeed have 
got Sum gentleman in Boston who has wrote for me Before to wright 
for me now but I thought I would not Let any of these gentlemen 
know how ye affair stands now as I very well know what there advise 
would be, I cant but hope you will give me answer in Pease & may 
you in joy Pease & comfort all your Days I am Sir your Honours 
Mosht Humble Sarv' 

Sam" Lauchlen 



14 



226 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Samuel Lauchlen to Proprietors* 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 156.] 

Roxbury Aug st 19 th / 1773 

To ye Hono ble George Jaffrey Esq 1 

Hono' 1 Sir I Should have Sent you ye with in writen instrument in 
my Last but I had gut but 16 Signeers then & as I heard of more that 
wanted to sign I have wated for them & now they have come & Signed 
which mak up thirty men in all Sum more were a mind to Sign but 
ye Comppney told me they should not Lik to have them go & So I 
woidd not tak them in these men Say if I have ye townshipe granted 
me they verely belive that they could have there number made up to 
one hundred men that would go forthwith & Settle ye Town if I 
wanted So many & these men Please themselves With ye thoughts 
of joining together & all to Set down in one Plase where they 
would be all of one mind & of one harte for they all are well 
aquaned one with a nother Except two of my frinds that Live 20 
mile of are to go with them they are all at Preseant Blessed be god 
for it harty Rugged man I Belive there is 8 or 9 of them carpenders, 
that intend to go & Sum Shouemakers and now sir you See if my 
Request be granted to me you my Depend upon haveing ye town very 
Soon Settled much better then any town you have Settled Prehaps 
yeat (as I am informed thise day from a man that Lives down in 
them Parts who Say that there is Levetts town & a nomber more 
to his knoldg that bant fullfilled ther ingagement (& he Say he 
thinks they ought to be taken from them for it & given to those 
that would Settle them Better which might be a benefit to ye Pub- 
leck thuse he) now sir I must Bag you to Let me know what answer 
I may give these man who are wateing hopeing to have an oppertu- 
nety to Settleing togeather but if I dont git y e townshipe granted to 
me now about 10 of them intend to go a nother way thise fall but I 
hope you will oblige them & me to & I tak it as a kindness Showed 
to me who am sir with due Respect your Honours most obdant most 
Humble Sarvant Sam 11 Lauchlen 

a Tanner bv trade 



[Names of LauchleiCs Settlers, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5. p. 157.] 

Roxbury Aug* 5 th 1773 
We whose Names are underwritten do hereby promise that if the 
Proprietors of Lands in New Hampshire do grant to Samuel Lauchlen 



EATON. 227 

a Township of Land in the said Province of New Hampshire we will, 
as Boon as conveniently may he, go along with him to settle therein, 
and to cultivate and improve the same 

As Witness our Hands 

Job Weld Jedidiah mnnro Solomon munro 

Joshua Lewis John Bradshaw David Baker 

"William Draper David Lyon Paul Draper 

Jesse Partridge Sam 1 Fuller Gershom Jackson 

James Goggin Samuel Doggat Ju r Phinehas Child 

Richard Richardson Josiah Fisher Daniel Child 

Israel Fairbanks Jun r James Griggs Jun r David Baker 

James Stevens Aaron Kingsberry Jonathan Bird 

Henry Smith Jn° Pond Joshua Kingsberry Juner 
Simeon Merrifield 

Twenty Eight have Signed here and my wife has two Brothers that 
hant Seen this Papper that Said Sume time a go if I got Land in them 
Partes they would go with me which makes ye thirty men that I 
S ek of in my Letter who am sir your Hon rs most Humble Saveant 

Sam 11 Lauchlen 



[Samuel Lauchlen to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 5. p. 158.] 

Roxbury Sept r 12 th 1773 

To ye hon We George Jaffrey Esq r 

Honored Sir I hope by thise time you have had oppertunetv to Lav 
my affaire before ye gentlemen Proprietors and if they have not as vet 
met upon it I Desier they would this mounth for as I obsaved in mv 
Last that Severeal of those man that are Signers To ye writting I 
Sent you are determend to Look out for a Plase to Settle in thise fall 
So they have aplyed to me a gain to know if I am Like to git a grant 
of a Township or not I told them they might depend on it I would 
give them answer this mounth without detaining them any Longer I 
verely thought you would have wrote to me on ye affair before now for 
if you dont intend I shall have ye Land I Desier you would Let me 
know it cc ye Reason whie you dont for I think I am able to git more 
men then was fust Spook of to go to Settle ye Land So that I cant 
See how you can Desire to do any orther then to grant it to me but 
how Ever I Suppose you are willing to Let me have ye townshipe 
Seeing it is Likly I may be able to Settle it with Such men as will 
Likly to husbund it well But you think it is time Enough yet and So 
I may conclud that is ye Reason I have not herd from you yet: But 



228 CHARTER RECORDS. 

as I have Promised to give those men answer this mounth & ye time 
is a must out (I Should be very Lorth these men Should go a nother 
way if 1 Should have ye Landj So I must Desier you to give me 
answer Soon a Enough for me to give them their answer — & I 
Deseir that ye answr To my Requist may be ye voise of all ye Pro- 
pritours then I Shall know how to Proseed on ye affair with out my 
Trobleing you with any more of my Letters — Now Sir you know that 
you advised me to See if I Could git ye twenty men that I Said I 
thought I could git and altho it was Sum what Singlar to ask man to 
go Settle a township that I as yet had not got yet according to your 
Desier I ded & gut 30 men & .according to my Promis I Sent Down 
ther names to your hono r & from this I may justly Expect you will 
grant my Requst & send me answer if you Please by ye Berrer and 
you will grately oblige your honours most Humble Sarent 

Sam 11 Lauchlen 



[Samuel Lauchlen to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 159.] 

Roxbury, Oct r 1/ 1773 

To ye Hono ,,Ie George Jaffery Esq r 

Hono' 1 Sir on ye 22 Sept r I Rec' 1 your faver of ye 16 — ye Contence 
of Which is that I and my associates may have a track of Land of 
12000 Acres of Land upon ye condition that I Settle it with 30 man 
& you have one half of ye Same : now this is not ac cording to my 
Requst nore yett to what you Said to that if I Could git twenty men 
to Settle it I might have a townshipe of Six mile Square which is nere 
duble of what you now Speek of & it was with a vew of having a 
townshipe that I under tuck to Engage 20 men & in Stead of 20 I 
have Engage thirty (& I suppose I could have got thirty more if these 
men should have Liked ye Land) this Plainly Shews you do not only 
not alow me any thing for my lion' 1 Mothers Rite But that you do not 
do half So well by me as you have don by orthers that have had 
grants before for I have heard ye Proprietours Say that Sum of ye 
towns they ded not Resave but only one Single Right in a town & as 
Co 1 ackins in his Letter to Doct' Warrin of Boston Says that you 
have Resaved only a Single Rite in a town for nineteen twenths of 
what you have Settled and now Gentlemen if you will not give me a 
grant of a townshipe Six mils Squar free & Clear or at Least on as 
good tarms to me as what Colo: ackins Says you have don to orthers 
I Shall Look upon it that it will be as well for me to tak ye Sum I 
have Ben offred allreday or to tak ye offer I have Several gentlemen 



EATON. 229 

to Let them undertak ye wliole affair who offer to tak it no Parches 
no Pay how Lang be before I can git any thing if I should put ye 
affair Into there hands is unsartin <S: therefore I mak you this one 
offer which will Be for your Benifit Becase I shall then be Satisfied 
& you will by that means Draw a urate Number of men on your Land 
as will as git this Town well Settled as you will See if these men do 
go — & now I Desier you to Consider of these things & give me an 
answer with in thirty days for I have Set no Longer time before I 
must meet with these Gentlemen at Boston on ye affair & now I hope 
you will be Directed to what will be most for your Benefit & mine and 
So I Leve you Serously to Consider of ye whole affair and fully to 
Determain ye whole of ye matter so that I may know what to Depend 
on (vour giveing me a Speedy & Direct answer to thes Well oblig 
your honours most obdent humble Sarv" 

Sam 11 Lauchlen 
P : S this is now ye 8' 1 & Last time and if you will not hear me now 
I shall conclud you never will and therefore I Shall tak to Sum orther 
quarter to git my grevence Reedrest I should have dun it Last may 
only Squir Peirce Desierd me to wate til ye Propri rs meat on ye affair 
I ded & they have as yet don nothing only caused me to delay til now 
&: now I can wat no Longer '59 r S Lauchlen 



[Andrew Cazneau to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 160.] 

D r S r M r Lauchlen has laid before me a Number of papers rela- 
tive to his right & Title to a large Tract of Land in Your Province 
which is thought to have regularly descended from Grandfather 
Samuel Allen Esq r to his (Lauchlens) Mother, who rather than be put 
to the disagreable necessity of a Law Suit is willing to quit claim all 
her right on Condition of haveing a Township allowed on which will 
instantly settle thirty Familys you'll excuse the freedom of my writ- 
ing to you on the subject as Lauchlen is a Client of mine 

I am y humble Serv 1 

Boston Oct 4"' 1773 Andrew Cazneau 

To George Jeffries Esq r 

[Reply to the Aboce.~\ 

Portsm Oct r 23' 1 1773 

M r Andrew Cazneau — 

I have your letter of y e 4 th Ins 1 accompanying one from m r Lauch- 
len and should have wrote in answer Sooner, but delayed it to y e opp° 



23O CHARTER RECORDS. 

of sending an answer to ra r Lauchlen which is of this date I perceive 
you write in character of m r Louchlens attorney respecting his claim 
of land in this Prov : as grandson and heir of Sam 11 Allen Esq r & to 
induce the grant of a Township in consideration of a Quit claim to a 
Title in alien's right — Geo: Walton Esq r late of Newington who 
married a doughter of Sam 11 Allen Esq r , many times within the Space 
of twenty years past applied to y e Purchasers of Masons right for a 
grant in Consideration of Allen's Title — but the Purchasers of Mason 
were so well informed that Allen's heirs could hold no title under Allen 
that they always rejected any the least proposal of a grant on that Con- 
sideration not having the least doubt that m rs Walton was y e doughter 
of Sam 11 Allen Esq r or have they any doubt of m r Sam 11 Lauchlen 
being a grandson & heir to Allen — but from the Authority of m r 
Gridly and Prat and other good Lawyers are fully convinced 
that no Title under alien can be held after the decease of the person 
who conveyed to alien, the Premises being an Estate in tail — 
however if alien had a good title, he had conveyed his Interest to 
others — the Title of Allen has been examined by his heirs & assigns 
both in old & New England, by persons of Consequence who have 
drop't y e pursuit from conviction — and I am well assured other 
heirs of Allen would long before this time have Supported or pursued 
that Title could it have been to any beneficial purpose — m r Lauch- 
len has applied to the Proprietors as an heir to alien, but they 
would not make any grant to him upon a Consideration of a Quit 
Claim of his mothers right upon that title, but a vacancy of a grant 
of a tract of land, engaged to others happening at the time of his 
Solicitation, he proposed to engage a number of Settlers with him- 
self for a grant the Prop rs consented to admitt them on the Same 
Terms and Conditions which the other persons, who neglected to 
appear, were to have the grant — and if m r Lauchlen don't think it 
worth their while to Settle that tract on the terms proposed no great 
Injury is done — your writing on the Subject as Lauchlens attorney 
needs no apology and hope the fredom in which I write to you in 
answer will not be disobliging from S r 

Y r Hum SeiV— 



[Samuel Lauchlen to Proprietors, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 161.] 

Roxbury Octf 30 th 1773 
To ye hon We George Jaffrey Esq r 

Honored Sir I Sent you a Letter in answer to yours of Sepf 
Last & if I knew you had Rec' 1 it I should have Expected your 



EATON. 231 

answer by this time for I Let you know that if I had ye Land I 
wanted answer in 30 days as those that had Signed to Settle ye Land 
about 10 of them was Lik to go to Sum Plase to Settle by that time 
if not before & new ther is two of them gon but the orthers waire 
with me Last Night & Say they Dont go til 10 Nov r next now I 
Desier you to Let me know if you have had ye Letter or not & if 
you have had it I Desier you would give me answer to it by 
ye next Post if Poseble you can for if I do have ye Land to Settle I 
should be very Louth to miss of haveing these man altho 1 might 
have as many more as good as they for I am very well a quanted 
with them if I am to have ye Land & you can Let me know it by 
next Week they would go ye week after & See ye Land that Land 
you Spook of in your Last you Say Joyn on ye Carve Line East of 
tarn worth I tak that to be on ye East Side of your Province But dont 
know if it dos or not which you will Let me know if you write 
again — 

By these Lines you may See that these men have grate Desier to 
Settle a townshipe if one is to be had & if not that they may know 
it that they May know what to do & as you have moved me To git 
them to in gage to Settle a town & they have for So Longe time 
Expecting to have an oppertunety to go & Settle one I think you 
cant do no Less then to answer my Last Letter & that before they 
are to go for then I can Let them know what to Depen upon for I 
am not willing to Desmiss them befor I hear from you if that may be 
in a few days — 

I am Sir your honours Most Humble Sar 1 

Sam 11 Lauchlen 



[Samuel Lauchlen to Proprietors, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 162.] 

Roxbury Nov 1 30 th 1773 
Hono' 1 Sir 

I Rec' 1 your faver of ye 26 oct r Last and I Should have ans- 
wered it before this date but those men That Signed to be Settlers 
Come to me and Deseir me to tak ye Land So that they may have 
opp ov to Settle together in one plase upon which I Revews your Let- 
ter and as I obsave you dont in your Letter alow me to have ye Lest 
Right to any of ye Land Clamed by mason So 1 conclued you cant 
Desier me to quit what Right I think I have Even if I should tak this 
track of Land to Settle and upon these considerration I am Radey to 
In gage to Settle ye Land in case ye Land be good & ye Same Laid 



232 CHARTER RECORDS. 

out into 100 acre Lots as you obsaved in your former Letter Now 
these are ye conditions I Expect to have ye Land upon if I have it 
viz in ye fust Plase I Expect you to be at ye charge of Laying out ye 
Land into 100 acre Lot and then to give me a good grant of ye Land 
with a Resave of one half to ye granters — upon my obliging my Self 
to put on twenty men as Settlers on ye premises to Preform ye stipu- 
lated duty of Cultivation that may be a greed to by Each Party : now 
I must obsarve you Speek of ye grante being mad to me & to my 
associates — but if I under tak to git ye Land Settled I Shall Expect 
to have ye grant mad to me with out these men having any Right to 
ye Land but what I shall give them for Settleing ye Same So I 
Expect to have ye Land that is Left after Paying ye Settlers Settle- 
ing which in ded wont be very much now if you ant willing to mak 
ye grant to me a Lone upon my obliging my Self to preform ye dutys 
a greed to I shall have nothing to do with it — but if you do Conclude 
to Let me have it then I Desier you to Let me know it as Soon as you 
can for Sence these men have aplyed to me a gin I am Determened to 
mak a trad with you or Doct r Warrin & Sum orther at Boston who 
offer to Lay out ye Land and give two thirds of a township for ye 
Settleing of twon But that is father of then they Lik to go if they 
can have any ner which is 130 miles : N — W — I hope you will give 
me an answer in a few days Even if you do Let me have it or if you 
do not : for ten of these men are gon allredy & it may be ye orthers 
may hear of sum orther Land & that may Sute them so they will Leve 
me to — if we had not Spent So much time as we have alredy we 
might have had not only these twenty men but thos ten gon on that 
Land if they had Lik ye Land by this time thir is Six or 8 that 
Desieres to go & See ye plase yeat if you git me an answer before ye 
Snow comes for then they would know how to Lay out thir Bisness 
a ganst next Spring & so I hope you will Send me word where ye 
Plase Lays & Let me know ye name of Saveral of ye town that 
join or that Lay near to ye same for I Suppose we may go from thise 
Plase much nearer then to go by Portsm I hope you will oblige me 
by giveing a Speedy answer for I should be glad to have answer 
Ready for them by the time they are to come to See me a gain : in 
So Doing you will oblige me who am Sir your honours most obdant 
hum hie Savant Sam 11 Lauchlen 



\_Copy of Reply to Above.] 
M 1 Sam" Lauchlen 

1 have received yours of y e 30 th Nov r last — and have laid it 
before the Prop™, who have read it — and they do not incline to make 



EATON. 233 

alteration in y° Proposals they made to you and associates, respecting 
;i grant of a tract of land — and if you and they do not See fit to accept 
it on those terms, you and they may decline, and others may have 
it- 
iii behalf of V Prop™ I am y r hum Ser* 
Portsm Dec' 24 ,h 1773— 

G J— 



[Conditions of Grant to Lauchlen, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 163.] 

Mem the Proprietors Purchasors of Masons Pattent have Agreed 
to I limit to M 1 Thomas Lockling & M r Sam" Lockling each five Hun- 
dred Acres of Land to be laid out in that Gore of Land lying between 
Leavits Town & Conway Provided that they will each of them make a 
Settlement on each lot in One Year from date hereof Provided they 
enter into Bonds for the Terms of Settlement in One Month from the 
date Nov r 2' 1 1774— 



[Petition of Obediali Dudy, 1775.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 163.] 

As the Purchasers and Claimers of the land within Mason's Grant 
have a Meadow in a tract lately called Eaton, near Ossipee Pond, not 
granted or Severd by them, which Meadow contain's about ten Acres, 
and on which a few loads of hay may be cut — I desire and Request y e 
favour of Said Owners to grant me the liberty to improve the Same 
Meadow, till granted or Severed by them to Some other person, and 
upon their Grant or Severance will relinquish the Same meadow — or 
to their order — and pray that I may improve it this present year, and 
if they shall grant me liberty to improve the Same after this year, will 
give them a reasonable Rent for ye Same — Portsm July 8 th 1775 

Obadiah Dudy 

witness Lucy Dudley Wainwright 



[Proposals to Henry Weed, 1777.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 164.] 

Mem" of proposals for a Settlem 1 a tract of Land of 6 miles square 
or equal thereto lying on the curve line North & east of Tamworth 



234 CHARTER RECORDS. 

between M r Henry Weed of Sand witch & the Com e of Mason Propri- 
etors that said Weed is to take a veiw of said Land at his own Expence 
& report to this Com 6 at or before the last of June next & if he likes 
the Land S a Com'' proposes to dispose of to him & his Associates 
25 — 100 Acre lots to 25 Settlers who are actually to settle & reside 
on each of said lots that S' 1 Com' at the cost of the proprietors will 
clear one good Road thro s' 1 Town & build a Saw & Grist mill for the 
conveniency of the Inhabitants & lay said Tract into lots of such 
demention as shall be hereafter agreed on — and that M r Weed & his 
associates shall have the offer in preference to others of building 
Mills clearing Roads &c Portsm May 1 st 1777 — & that the Propri s 
propose to make M r Weed some further consideration for his private 
emolument 



[Contract with Joseph Thompson, 1781.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 164.] 

Portsmouth October 12 th 1781 In Behalf of the Proprietors of 
Masons Patent We the Subscribers hereby agree with Joseph Tomp- 
son of the Town of Conway That if he build a good Saw Mill and 
Grist Mill on the Land of the said Proprietors near the Road leading 
from Conway to Wolfborough and about five miles South of said Town 
on the most convenient stream there which is to be performed & 
compleated within fifteen months from the date in consideration of 
which we engage that he shall have a deed from said Proprietors of 
one hundred Acres of Land to be laid out so as to include said Mills, 
or whenever said Mills may be compleated to their satisfaction within 
said Term — W m Whipple 

John Penhallow 
John Peirce 

I, Joseph Tompson within mentioned hereby engage that the mills 
within mentioned shall be compleated on the terms and conditions 
therein mentioned — Portsmouth October 12 th 1781 

Joseph Thomson 



[Samuel Lauchlen to Mr. Penhalloiv, 1784.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 165.] 

Portsmouth July 28—1784 
Mr Penhallow 

Sir I have weated on Several of the Gentlemen Proprieters and 
one Send me to a nother and a nother to a nother &° — this ant what I 



EFFINGHAM. 235 

Expected from our formour Discorse now If you are Determend not 
to ae comidate the metter in questan I Should tak it as a Faver you 
would Say So at once, but if you are Desired to do anything that is 
generous, Please to give me your answer Imedatly for I Dont meane 
to run from one to a nother on the afair no more for I am Determend 
To Take the wast Land that Lays with in my Clame as I have offen 
menced to you — if I cant Settle the afair now with you I might 
have put it out of my hand before now only you Seamd to show a 
Disposison to do for me with out my being at that troble from your 
humble Serv 1 

Sam 1 Lauchlen 



[A Fragment of Memoranda.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 165.] 

John Knowlsof Tamworth in the County of Strafford yeoman — has 
Trespassed on a lot near the 7 mile tree by Cutting 500 trees and live- 
ing on the lot 

the Above is Called in the Town of Eaton 
John K n owls on @ y e 7 mill tree 

James Head not on Alkany Hanford not on 

Ebenezer Hall on John Roe on 

Jonathan morey Doct r Jackson on 

Ebe n Garland Thos Garland 



EFFINGHAM. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, June 28, 1749, to Nathaniel Gookin and 
others, and called Leavittstown. An addition was granted Dec. 20, 1749. The 
charter was renewed Sept. 29, 1766. Incorporated as Effingham Aug. 18, 1778. 
A gore of land was severed from Wakefield and annexed in 1820. North Effing- 
ham [Freedom] was set off and incorporated June 16, 1831. 

See XI, Hammond Town Papers, 604; Index to Laws, 163; sketch by F. W. 
Barker, Fergussoffs History of Carroll County, 1889, p. 531 ; Stewart's History of 
the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375 ; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 
1836, p. 14; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 583.] 



236 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Names of Grantees of Effingham.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 166.] 

For y e Center Square 10 Acres instead of Six 50 Acres for y e House 
Lots instead of 100 & y e Terms of y e Warranty y e Same Verbatim as 
in Jo" Sanborns grant 



Nathaniel Gookin 
John Wedgwood 
Samuel Smith 
Daniel Marston 
Zach y Towle 
Joseph Knowles 
Samuel Batchelder 
Joshua Brown Jun r 
Nathaniel Batchelder 
Eben 1 Rand 
John Batchelder Jun r 
James Batchelder 
Benja" Potter 
Jonathan Towle jun r 
Abraham Drake 
Nat a Batchelder Sen r 
Joshua Wingate 
Winthrop Marston 
Charles Crimble 
Josiah Dearborn 
Abner Fogg Jun r 
Isaac Marston 



Thomas Marston 
Joshua Brown 
John Lovit 
Jonathan Marston 
Henery Batchelder 
Jonathan Knowles 
John Tayler 
Rubin Sanborn 
Jonathan Thomas 
Ben jam" Johnson 
Joseph Page 
Benja" 1 Marston 
Jonath" Wedgwood 
Elisha Marston jun r 
Jonathan Page 
John Mighell 
John Wingate 
Josiah Marston 
Tufts Thomas 
Joshua Wingate Weeks 
John Marston 
Moses Leavit 



Jonathan Marston Jun r Ware Drake 
John Weeks Jun r Seth Fogg 

Rubin Dearborn Jun 1 
Thomas Nudd 
Abraham Drake Jun r 



Shem Page 
Robey Fogg 
John Leavitt Jun r 



Samuel Marston 
Thomas Robey 
John Weeks 
Rubin Dearborn 
Zach y Batchelder 
David Marston 
Abner Fogg 
Joseph Moulton 
Jeremiah Dearborn Jun 1 
John Johnson 
John Johnson Jun r 
Benja" Marston Jun r 
John Godfrey 
Sam nil Fogg 
David Page 
Daniel Dow 
John Philbrick 
Jerimiah Page 
Benj" Lovit 
Abraham Towle 
Simon Marston 
Nat 11 Moulton 
Elisha Page 
Samuel Marston Jun r 
Ephraim Marston 
Thomas Leavitt 



\_Petition of Nathaniel Gookin and Others, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 167.] 

Nov r 10 th 1748. 
Gent" W e y e Subscribers Inhabitants & Freeholders of Hampton 
understanding that you are about to grant Some of those Lands which 
you purchased of Cap 4 Mason & having had Incouragment that we 



EFFINGHAM. 



might obtain a Township upon proper Application We therefore pray 
that we may not be forgot but that this may Serve as a memento til 
we can apply in a manner that may be more agreeable to you 



Nathaniel Gooken 
Josiah Hobbs 
( apt Benjamin I lobbs 
Reubin Dearborn 
John wedgwood 
Benjamin Marston 
William Lane 
Simon Dearborn 
John Philbick 
Thomas Marston 
Timothy Dolton 
David Page 
Henry Batchelder 
Joseph knowls 
Joseph molton 
Jonathan Page 
Benjamin Potter 
Josiah marston 
John God free 
Zachariah Towle 



morris hobbes Jeremiah Page 

Joseph Hobbs Ebenezer Samborn 

Benjamin Marston Juner Jonathan Page Juner 



Samewell Shaw 
Reuben Samborn 
Samewell Fogg 
William Moulton 
Jeremiah Dearborn 
Elisha Thomas 
Daniel Samborn 
John Leavit 
Caleb Marston 
Jonathan Wedgwood 
Edward Shaw 
John Jonson 
Jonathan marston 
Thomas Robe 
daniel marston 
Abraham drake 
Jonathan knowes 



Carter Batchelder 
Joshua Brown Juner 
Joseph Page 
John Tayler 
Job Chapman 
Simon marston Juner 
Joshua Brown 
Samewell Batchelder 
Winthrop Marston 
James Godfree 
Zaceriah Batchelder 
Benjamin Johnson 
Abner fogg 
Jonathan Hobbs 
benjmen Hobbs 
David Marston 
John Hobbs 



.To the Hon 1 Theodore Atkinson Esq r & others Proprietors of 
Mason's Right So called — 



[Charter of Effingham, 1749.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, June 28, 1749.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth June 28 th 1749 Wens'day three of y e 
New Hampshire \ Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of Sarah 
Prust Widow the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto Nathaniel Gookin 
Thomas Marston Samuel Marston Joshua Brown Thomas Robey 
Samuel Smith John Leavit John Weaks Daniel Marston Jonathan 
Marston Reuben Dearborn Zachariah Towle Henry Bachelder Zach- 
ariah Bachelder Joseph Knowls Jonathan Knowls David Marston 
Samuel Bachelder John Taylor Abner Fogg Joshua Brown Jun r Reu- 
ben Sanborn Joseph Moulton Nathaniel Bachelder Jonathan Thomas 
Jeremiah Dearborn jun r Ebenezer Rand, Benjamin Johnson John 



23S CHARTER RECORDS. 

Johnson John Batchelder Jun r Joseph Page John Johnson jun r James 
Batchelder Benjamin Marston Benj 11 Marston Jun r Benjamin Potter 
Jonathan Wedgwood John Godfrey Jonathan Towle Jun 1 Elisha 
Marston jun r Samuel Fogg Abraham Drake Jonathan Page David 
Page Nathaniel Bachelder Jun r John Mighill Daniel Dow Joshua 
Wingate John Wingate John Philbrick Winthrop Marston Josiah 
Marston Jeremiah Page Charles Crimble Tufts Thomas Benjamin 
Leavit Josiah Dearborn Joshua Wingate Weeks Abraham Towle 
Abner Fogg Jun r John Marston Simon Marston Isaac Marston Moses 
Leavit Nath 1 Moulton Jonathan Marston jun r Wear Drake Elisha 
Page John Weeks jun r Seth Fogg Samuel Marston jun r Reuben Dear- 
born jun r Shem Page Ephraim Marston Thomas Nudd Robey Fogg 
Thomas Leavit Abraham Drake jun 1 ' John Leavit jun r John Wedg- 
wood — 

Excepting as hereafter herein is Excepted on the Terms Conditions 
and Limitations herein After Expressed All that Tract of Land 
Within the Province of New Hampshire Containing the Quantity of 
Six Miles Square Bounded as Follows Viz 1 Beginning at the Prov- 
ince Line Joining on y e head or upper Line of a Tract of Land Lately 
Granted by the Said Proprietors to John Ham and Others and runs 
thence on that Line of Said Tract One Mile thence on a Square or 
Right Angle into the Country on that Side and on the Province Line 
on the Other Side So far as that the Line Running from these lines 
a Cross to Each Other Parallel to the Line of one Mile in Length 
Aforesaid Shall Comprehend the Quantity of Six Miles Square. To 
have and to Hold to them their Heirs and Assigns in Equal Shares 
(Excepting as Aforesaid) on the Following Terms Conditions and 
Limitations That is to Say that the Whole Tract of Land Within the 
Said Boundaries (Saving what is herein After Mentioned to be Other- 
wise Improved) be Divided into one Hundred Shares or Rights and 
Each Share Laid out into two Distinct Lots one Of Which to Con- 
tain Fifty acres and the Other All the Land belonging to Each 
Respective Share. That the Whole be So Laid out and the two Lots 
belonging to Each Share Numbred with the Same Number beginning 
with one and Ending with one Hundred That the Said Land be So 
Laid out within one Year from the Granting thereof and then the 
Lots Drawn for in the Lsual manner of Drawing for Lots of Land in 
the Town of Portsmouth under the Care & Direction of the Proprie- 
tors Aforesaid & So to be Done as to Make but one Draft to Each 
Share 

That one Of the Said Shares be for the first Minister of the Gospel 
who Shall be Settled on the Said Land and Continue During his Life 
or until he Shall be regularly Dismist to hold to him his heirs & 



EFFINGHAM. 239 

Assigns and one Other Of said Shares to be for and Toward the Sup- 
port of the Gospel Ministry there forever, And the Fifty acre Lots 
belonging to these Shares to be Laid out as near the Place where the 
Meeting house Shall be built as may Conveniently be Done and not 
drawn for as the Other Lots. That there be ten acres of Land left 
in Some Convenient Place within Said Boundaries for building a 
Meeting house and School house Upon making a Training field a 
Burying Place and for Such other Public uses as the Inhabitants 
there Shall See Cause to Improve it — 

That Seventeen of Said Shares be and hereby are Reserved to the 
use of the Said Grantors their Heirs and Assigns and one of the Said 
Shares be for the use and Support of a School there Forever — That 
the owners of the Other Eighty Shares make a Regular Settlement 
there at their own Charge in the Following Manner viz 1 that Each 
owner of the Said Eighty Shares build an House of Eighteen foot 
Long & fourteen foot Wide or Equal thereto upon Some part of his 
Land and Clear three Acres thereof fit for Tillage or Mowing within 
Eight years from this time 

And that the Said owners build a Meeting house there (upon the 
Land to be Left for that Purpose as Aforesaid) fit for the Public 
Worship of God for the use Of the Said Inhabitants within ten years 
from this time and Maintain the Preaching of the Gospel there Con- 
stantly next After Twelve years from this time — 

That there be twenty acres of Land left in Some Suitable Place 
within Said boundaries for a Privilege and Accommodation of a saw- 
mill which Shall be to him his heirs and Assigns who will build Such 
mill within three years from this time, with the Privilege of the most 
Convenient Stream and Place for doing the Same and in Considera- 
tion thereof the owner or owners of Such Mill Shall Saw the Logs of 
the Said owners of the Said Shares and Other Inhabitants there to the 
Halves for the Term of ten Years next After the said Mill Shall First 
work — And if no Particular Person or Persons of the owners of the 
Said Shares or Such as the Majority of them Shall Permit to do the 
Same will Undertake to do the Same then the Said owners at their 
Common Expence Shall put the Said Mill under Such a Regulation as 
that they and Others Inhabiting there May be Seasonably and Rea- 
sonably Served by having their Lumber Sawed as Occasion Shall 
require for building on the Said Granted Premises as Aforesaid 

That Each owner of the Said Eighty Shares Pay to Such Person or 
Persons as the Majority of them Shall Chuse for that Purpose all Such 
Sums of money or bills of Public Credit as the Said owners or the 
Major Part of them Shall Determine to be Necessary from time to 
time & as Occasion Shall require to defrey the Charges of Laying out 



24O CHARTER RECORDS. 

Said Land and Other Matters and things necessary to Make a Settle- 
ment as aforesaid and performing the Other particulars herein 
Enjoined and Directed to be Done — That in Laying out the Said Lots 
Care be taken to Sort them in Such a Manner as to Make the Shares 
as Equal as Possible — 

That the Lots be Laid out in Ranges where the Land will Admit 
of it and Land left between the Lots for Highways of two rods wide 
& between y e Ranges of four Rods wide And that a Plan of the Whole 
Laying out be made at the Charge of the Said owners And Return'd 
to the Grantors As soon as may be Done With Conveniency not 
Exceeding one Year 

That the Seventeen Shares reserved be Exonerated Acquitted and 
Discharged and fully Exempted from Paying any Charge towards 
making the Said Settlement and not held to the Conditions of the 
other Eighty Shares nor Liable to any Tax or Assessment untill 
Improved by the Respective owners — 

That all white Pine trees fit for his Majestys use for Masting the 
Royal Navy be and hereby are Reserved and are hereby Granted to 
his Majesty his heirs and Successors for that Purpose. 

And in Case Any of the owners of the said Eighty Shares Shall 
Refuse Neglect or omit to Perform and fully Discharge any of the 
Conditions Articles Matters and things herein Enjoined Directed & 
ordered to be Done by the Grantors as Aforesaid he Shall forfeit his 
Share and Right in the Said Tract of Land and Every Part thereof 
to the said Grantors & their Heirs and Assigns and it Shall and may 
be Lawful for them or any of them or any Person or Persons by their 
order or the Major part of them so ordering in their Name & Stead to 
Enter into and upon the Part of Such Delinquent Owner and him 
thence Utterly to Amove oust Expel and Eject for the use of the Said 
Grantors their Heirs and Assigns Provided Nevertheless and it is the 
true Intent and meaning of the said Grantors in these Presents that 
Such forfeited Shares Shall not be Discharged (nor Shall any of 
them by Such forfeiture) from the Charge burthen and Duty of Set- 
tling as Aforesaid and performing all articles Matters and things herein 
Above Specified, for Each owner of the said Shares to do and the Said 
Grantors in Case they Shall hold Such forfeited Shares Shall and will 
do and Perform the Same and in Case of Granting them Again will 
Enjoin and Oblige the Grantees So to Do — 

Provided there be no Indian War within any of the Terms and 
Limitations of time Above Mentioned for Performing the said arti- 
cles Matters and things aforesaid to be Done and Performed by any 
of the said owners of the said Eighty Shares and in Case that Should 
Happen the Same times to be allowed for the respective matters 
Aforesaid After Such Impediment Shall be Removed 



EFFINGHAM. 24I 

And in Case any action or Suit Shall be brought against the Said 
Grantees for the said tract of Land or any Tart thereof the Said 
Grantees arc hereby obliged to Vouch the Grantors or Such of tin- 
Said Grantees as Shall be so sued Shall so do and the Said Grantors 
hereby Promise and Engage they their Heirs Exec" Adm rs or Assigns 
Shall and will at their own Cost & Expence Defend the Said Suit 
and Pursue the Same to final Judgment through the whole Course of 
the Law (if there Shall he Occasion) and in Case the final Judgment 
in Such Trial Shall he Against the Said Grantors the Grantees Shall 
Recover Nothing over in Satisfaction from the said Crantors their 
Exec" or Adm rs or any of them 



[Addition to Effingham, 1741'. J 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dee. 20, 1749, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 5, p. 168.] 

Province of New } Portsmouth December y e 20 th 1749 Wen'sday 
Hampshire \ live of y e Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house 
of Ann Slayton Widow — The Proprietors meet according to Adjourn- 
ment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors at their meeting held at Said Ports- 
mouth on the twenty Eighth day of June last granted unto Nathaniel 
Gookin, Thomas Marston, Samuel Marston & others a certain Tract 
of land of six miles Square hounded as follow's (viz 1 ) Beginning at 
the Province line joining on the head or upper line of a tract of Land 
lately granted by Said Proprietors to John Ham & others and run's 
thence on that line of Said Tract one mile thence on a Square or 
right Angle into the Country on that Side and on the Province Line 
mi the other Side so far as that the Line Running from these Lines 
across to Each other Parallel! to the Line of one Mile in length afore- 
said Shall Comprehend the Quantity of Six Miles Square — and where- 
as it is Represented that taking Six miles Square in the manner afore- 
said neai' two miles of the upper part quite across the Said Tract will 
run upon mountanous Rocky Lands not capable of Improvement — 
Therefore 

Voted that there be and hereby is granted to the Grantees men- 
tioned in the above recited Grant & on the Same Terms, Limitations 
& Conditions, an Addition To the said Grant of one Mile and one 
third part of a Mile on that Tract of Land granted to John Ham & 
others aforesaid and running on a Right Angle into the Country as 

i:> 



242 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Ear as the Westerly Side line of the Said Grant first made to the Said 
(look in & others and then to meet the End of the Cross Line at the 
head or upper part thereof with the Appurtenances thereof which 
Addition with the Grant first made to the Said Grantees is to them 
& their Respective Heirs & Assigns making one intire Tract to hold 
on the Same Terms Reservations & Conditions Limitations & 
Exceptions as aforesaid in the first grant — 



[Report of Committee to Lay Out Effingham, 1761.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 169.] 

We the Subscribers Being Chosen by the proprietors of Leavits 
town to Survay and Lay out S' 1 township into Lots accordingly we 
Set out October the 12 th 1761 Survayed S' 1 township and Laid out 
one De vision of Lots about fifty Six Acres Each and Returned home 
the 30 th Day of S' 1 month Survayed and Laid out as followeth : Viz : 
Begining at the Province Line at a Corner tree at the Head of a 
township (J ranted by the Purchesors of Masons Patent to John Ham 
and Others near the Province Pond So Called then Runing from sd 
Corner on Hams Head Line about two miles and one third of a mile : 
then Runing North 42 Degrees west Seven miles : then North 48 
Degrees East to the Province Line : then on sd Line to the first 
bounds : the sd Lots Begin three fifths of a mile from Hams Head 
Line measured on the aforesd Seven mile Line then Runing Parelall 
to Sd Hams Line three miles : then Runing North 42 Degrees west 
three miles : then South 48 Degres west to sd Seven mile 
Line : then on sd Line three miles to the first Bounds which 
three miles Square Ave Laid out into one Hundred and two Lots half 
of a mile in Length and fifty Six Rods in wedth Leaving High ways 
of three Rods wide to the North East of the Center Range Line and 
of the Second Range Lines from the Center Each way and also a 
High way of two Rods wide on the South East Side of the Center 
tree Cross the Range. Sd Center is Laid out on the Corners of the 
Lots Number ^jj-j-^j the afore sd Lots are Numbred as followeth : 
viz : the Center Range Line Begining Midway of the afore sd Parel- 
all Line and Runing North 42 d west is Numbred ^j|? So on in 
Course and ends with l ~ : the Second Numbred Line Begins one 
mile Southwestward of the Center line on the Same Parelall Line 
Numbred jjf-j-H So on in Course Northwestward and ends 



35 I 36 
52 



with '^ : the third Numbred Line Begins one mile North Eastward 



EFFINGHAM. 243 

of the Center Line on the Same Parelall Line Numbred ^ J ™ So on 
in Course Northwestward and ends with « the other Range Lines 

TO O 

are not Numbred : all which will more fully appear by the Plan this 
we Do make our Return this 17"' Day of November Anno Domini 
17G1 In witness whereof we Do here unto Set our hands 

!g 
5 
i 

Benj ln Hobbs 3' 1 
Joshua Wingate 3 d 
Simon marston 
Benjmian Page 
Weare Drake 
Samuel Wedgwood 
Thomas Moulton 
Joseph Page 
William MMufee 
moses Leavitt 



[Report of Laying Out of Effingham, 1762.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 170.] 

I the Subscriber Being Chosen or agreed with by the Proprietors 
of Leavits town to Lot out the Second Devision in S d township 
which was the whole of y e Land that was undevided in sd township : 
& to Lay out a mill Priveledge accordingly I have Laid out all the 
undevided Land in sd township into one hundred Lots & have Left 
Land for a mill Priviledge & Retorned Home the 17 th Day of april 
1762 Sd Second Division of Lots are Laid out & Bounded as fol- 
Loweth Viz: the first Rang Begining on the Seven mile Line two 
miles & two fifths of a mile Northwestward from y e Home Lots 
Leaving a Highway in this as also in all the other Ranges of three 
Rods wide to the Northwest of the Rang Line this first Rang Line 
Runs North 48 Degrees East Numbering two Ranges of Lots on Sd 
Line begining on the Northwest Side of Sd Line with 1 : 3 & So on 
& on the Southeast Side 2: 4 & So on thus \ \ \ \ \ ' 7 8 \ \ Q the upper Side 
Ending with 54 the Lower Side with 50 Leaving highways of two 
Rods wide to the North Eastward of the Numberd trees Cross the 
Range on y e Side of Every fifth Lot the Lots in generall are 
one mile Long & one hundred & twelve Rods wide the Second Line 
Begins 49o Rods Southwest 8 degrees from the North East End of 



244 CHARTER RECORDS. 

the first Rang Line then Runs South 48 degrees west to the afore sd 
Seven mile Line Begining to Number with 55 & Ending with 75 the 
Lots from 68 to 75 are but 96 Rods wide the third Line Begins two 
fifths of a mile North west from the North Corner of the first Devi- 
sion cV Runs North 48 Degrees East to y e Province Line Begining to 
Number with 76 & Ending with 86 the fourth Line Begins 495 Rods 
South 8 Degrees west from the third Line & Runs South 48 Degrees 
west to the Home Lots Begining to Number with 87 & Ending with 
93 then Numbering 94 : 95 & So on to 100 on the Lines of the first 
Devision which Lots are of Differant Length & wedth which may Be 
found By the Plan Referance thereunto Being had the mill Privi- 
ledge is in the 95 th & 96 Lots in the first Devision which Runs So far 
into the Second Devision as to Contain 66 acres Each including the 
mill Priveledg all which will more fully appear by the Plan this I Do 
make my Return this 11 th Day of april 1762 in witness whereof I Do 
hereunto Set my hand 

Daniel Samborn Surv r 



[Draft of Lots in Effingham, 1762.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, May 12, 1762, Vol. 6, p. 229, Vol. 
7, p. 63, and Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 171.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth May 12 th 1762 Wednesday five of the 
New Hampsh r \ Clock afternoon at the House of James Stoodly Inn- 
holder the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment 

Voted that the Plan of y e Tract of Land granted to Nathaniel 
Gookin & others and returns of y e laying out of the first and Second 
Division of Lotts as on file, be accepted, and that y e drawing of the 
Lotts be now made at this meeting which were drawn accordingly as 
on file — 







EFFINGHAM. 




245 


drawn PersonsNames 


first 


2d 


drawn 


First 


2d 




I )i vision 


Division 






Division 


Division 


i' 1 Benj« Marston 






2 d 


John Rindge 






jun' N° 


20 


56 




N° 


3 


73 


3. Abraham Drake 


9' 


12 


4- 


Joshua Brown 
jnn r . 


22 


50 


5. Roby Fogg . 


81 


Si 


6. 


Thomlinson & 
Mason 


84 


84 


7. John Philbrick 


8 


68 


8. 


Jeremiah Dear- 
born j r 


94 


9 


9. Joseph Page . 


5o 


3i 


10. 


Henry Bachel- 
der . 


70 


24 


1 1 . Joshua Peirce 






12. 


Theodore At- 






Esq™ right 


10 


66 




kinson Esq r 


59 


99 


13. Nath 1 bachelder 






14. 


John Moffat 






Jun r . 


92 


1 1 




Esq r . 


21 


55 


15. Thomas Wall- 






16 


George Jaffrey 


80 


80 


ingtord Esq r 


16 


60 










17 Law Lot X° 2 


83 


83 


18. 


Tufts Thomas 


14 


62 


19 Thomas Leavet 


86 


86 


20 


Dan 1 Peirce & 
Mary Moor 


32 


45 


21 Thomas Marston 


42 


39 


22 


Benj a Potter 


64 


90 


23 Jonathan Page 


7 


69 


24 


Winthrop 
Marston . 


6 


7o 


25 Law Lot N° 1 


97 


6 


26 


Nath 1 Bachel- 
der . 


49 


32 


27 Jon a Marston j r 


3i 


47 


28. 


Solly & March 


43 


38 


29 John Weeks 


73 


2 1 


3°- 


Abner Fogg . 


96 


7 


31 Jonathan 






32- 


David Page 


54 


27 


Wedgewood 


5- 


29 










33 Thomas Packer 






34- 


Reuben Dear- 






Esq r 


39 


42 




born jun 1 ' . 


82 


82 


35 Samuel Smith 


66 


92 


36. 


Josiah Marston 


61 


87 


37 Reuben Dear- 






38. 


Shem Page . 


4 1 


40 


born 


18 


58 










39 Ebenezer Ran 


27 


53 


40. 


Jotham Odiorne 
Esq 18 right 


47 


34 


41 Daniel Marston 


58 


98 


42 


Samuel Fogg 


33 


2 


43 Jonathan Thom- 






44 


Joseph Moulton 


63 


89 


as 


48 


33 










45 John Taylor . 


37 


44 


46 


David Marston 


5 1 


30 


47 Nath 1 Moulton 


55 


26 


48. 


Seth Fogg . 


98 


5 


49 Nathi Cooking 


46- 


35 


50. 


Abner Fogg jun 1 ' 


67 


93 


51 Benj a Marston 


7i 


23 


52 


Joshua Brown 


76 


77 


S3 Thomas Roby 


9 


67 


54 


Sam 1 Marston 
jun r . 


44 


37 


55 Abraham Towle 


85 


85 


56. 


John Godfrey 


38 


43 


57 John Leavit Jun r 


62 


88 


58. 


Josiah Dearborn 


5» 


95 



246 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



drawn PersonsNames 


first 
Division 


2d 
Division 


drawn 


First 
Division 


2d 

Division 


59 Charles Crimble 


95 


8 


60 


Jon a Marston 


, 


75 


61 Joseph Knowles 


88 


*5 


62 


James Bachel- 
der . 


93 


10 


63 Reuben Sanborn 


89 


14 


64 


Moses Leavit 


23 


48 


65 John Wingate 


34 


96 


66. 


Joshua Wingate 


100 


3 


67 Zachariah Towle 


45 


36 


68 


Thomas Nudd 


90 


13 


69 John Johnson 






70. 


Samuel Bachel- 






jun r . 


69 


25 




der . 


24 


54 


71 Elisha Marston 






72 


Jon a Knowles 


5 


7i 


jun r . 


1 1 


65 










73 John Johnson 


65 


9 1 


74 


John Weeks 
jun r . 


72 


22 


75 Meserve & 






76. 


Daniel Dow . 


77 


17 


Cornp 8 


73 


28 










77 Abraham Drake 






78. 


Zachariah Bach- 






jun r . 


79 


79 




elder 


2 


74 


79 John Bachelder 






80. 


Mark He Went- 






jun r . 


68 


78 




Wentwort h 
Esq r . 


99 


4 


81 John Leavet . 


78 


1 


82 


Isaac Marston 


4 


72 


83 Jonathan Towle 






84 


Benj a Leavet 


17 


59 


jun r . 


40 


4i 










85 Richard Wibird 






86. 


Weare Drake 


74 


20 


Esq r . 


12 


64 










87 John Wentworth 






88 


Joshua Wingate 






Esq r . 


13 


63 




Weeks 


36 


46 


89 Benj" Johnson 


60 


100 


90. 


John Wedge- 
wood 


57 


97 


91 Jeremiah Page 


35 


94 


92 


John Marston 


19 


57 


93 Elisha Page . 


29 


5i 


94 


John Mighill 


28 


52 


95 Samuel Marston 


3° 


49 


96. 


Simon Marston 


15 


61 


97 Ephraim Mars- 








Ministry Lot 


26 


18 


ton . 


75 


19 










Ministers Lot 


2 5 


16 




School Lot 


87 


76 



Drawn at the Meeting abovesaid 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop 1 ' 8 Cle r 
a true Copy the Record of the Draft of the lotts of township grant- 
ed to Nath 11 Gooking &c 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



EFFINGHAM. 247 

( Petition of John Leavitt, 1766.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 172.] 

Province of / To the Honor 1 '' Centlmen Purehers of the Right 
New Hampshire \ <>!' John tuften mason Esq 1 as thaire was a Town- 
ship Granted to John Leavitt Daniel marston and others and this is 
to Infoim you that the Propiete lias Given Good inCorgment to five 
men that will Setele on Said town Ship and as thaire a Number of 
Rights that is not Carred on and for want of Said Rights ben Carred 
on the Said men that was to Seteled mi Said town Ship Can not go 
on upon thaire work, and the town Slip Ly Still and this is to Desiere 
you to Graint Liberty to Propiete to Set Saied Rights up at a Pub- 
leck Vendue and aney other thing that you Shall think Proper 

North Hampton Apriel 15 th 1 T < > « > 

John Leavitt in Bhelfe of the Commite 



[Regrant of Effingham, 1766.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Sept. 29, 1766.] 

Province of / Portsmouth Sept r 29 th 176(3 Monday five of the 
New Ilampsh' \ Clock afternoon at the Dwelling house of James 
Stoodly Esqu 1 Innholder the Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the -N h day of June 1749, made 
a Grant of all their Right Title Interest, Property & Demand in & 
to a certain Tract of Land in said Pro\ inee within the Claim of said 
Proprietors, Containing the Quantity of Six Miles Square, bounded 
as follow's viz' Beginning at the Province Line, joining on the head 
or upper Line of a Tract of Land lately granted by the said Proprie- 
tors to John Ham & others, and run's thence on that Line of said 
Tract one Mile, then on a Square or Right Angle into the Country 
on that Side, and on the Province Line on the other Side so far as 
that the Line run'ing from these Lines across to each other Parallel 
to the line of one Mile in length aforesaid, shall comprehend the 
Quantity of Six miles Square to Nathanael Gookin, Thomas Marston, 
Samuel Marston, and others mentioned in said Grant on certain Con- 
ditions and Limitations therein Declared, and in Special that a Set- 
tlement of the said Land should be made, within a limited time 
therein also set forth, as by Reference to the said (irant may at large 
appear, Which Conditions & Limitations, the said Grantees have not 
been able to Comply with, and have therefore Surrender'd the same 



248 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Grant to the Grantors and have requested of them a new Grant of 
said Land to be made to the principal part of the said Grantees with 
some others taken into the Number in the room & Stead of some of 
the Original Grantees who have resigned or are Deceased or absent 
whereupon the said Grantors having re-enter'd into said Premises for 
the Breach of said Terms & Conditions and resumed the Possession 
thereof and being desireous of Settling the said Lands and Willing to 
(J rant the Request aforesaid — Therefore Voted that there be & hereby 
is Granted all the Right Title, Interest Claim Property & Demand 
of the said Proprietors of in & unto the same Tract of Land unto 
Nathanael Gookin, John Leavit, Abner Fogg, John Weeks William 
Weeks jun 1 ' Zachariah Bachelder, David Marston, Isaac Marston, 
Jonathan Wedgewood, James Wedgwood, Abraham Drake, Abra- 
ham Drake jun r Daniel Sanborn, Benj a Leavitt, Jeremiah Page, 
Daniel Marston, Simon Marston, Samuel Marston, David Wedg- 
wood, Benjamin Johnson, Jeremiah Dearborn, John Johnson, Jona- 
athan Knowles, John Wingate junior, Benjamin Perkins, Joshua 
Wingate the third Moses Leavitt, Thomas Marston, Thomas Robie, 
Samuel Smith, John Shepard, Abner Fogg jnn r Seth Fogg, Samuel 
Robie Fogg, Weare Drake, Jonathan Drake Jonathan Marston 
Thomas Marston John Leavitt Jun r Thomas Leavitt, David Knowles 
David Knowles jun 1 Joshua Brown Joshua Brown Jun r John 
Taylor John Johnson, Levi Dearborn, Levi Dearborn Jun r Ebenezer 
Loverin, Henry Bachelder, Thomas Nuclei, John Marston, Joseph 
Moulton, Jonathan Norris Josiah Marston, Samuel Sherburne, Ben- 
jamin Palmer, Samuel Wedgwood Jeremiah Avery, James Marston, 
David Marston jun 1 ' John Dearborn Nathaniel Drake John Dearborn 
jun 1 Simon Dearborn, Nath 1 Hobbs, Jonathan Page Jun 1 " Simon Nudd, 
Jon 11 Marston, Simon Leavitt, all of North Hampton in said Province 
Thomas Parsons, Ebenezer Smith, Thomas Parsons jun 1 ' Eben 1 ' Smith 
all of Exeter in said Province, Walter Bryent of Newmarket Jede- 
diali Prescut of Brintwood in said Province, Joseph Towle jun 1 Abra- 
ham Towle, Joseph Towle, all of Hampton and Ezekiel Russell of 
Portsmouth, all in the Province aforesaid, Excepting as is herein 
after Excepted, on the Terms, Conditions, and Limitations, herein 
after Expressed To have and To hold, to them, their Heirs & Assigns, 
in equal Shares Excepting as aforesaid, on the following Terms, Con- 
ditions, & Limitations namely, That the whole Tract of Land within 
said Boundaries (Saving what is herein after mentioned to be other- 
wise Improved) be Divided into One Hundred Shares or Rights and 
each Share laid out into two distinct Lots, one of which to contain 
fifty Acres, and the other all the Land belonging to each respec- 
tive Share, tin- two Lots belonging to each Share to have the 



EFFINGHAM. 249 

Bame Number but as the Lota were Laid out, in the manner aforesaid 
under the former Grant & drawn to the Persons herein named who 
were Grantees in that are to hold the Lots drawn, and allotted to 
them in the former Division and the new Grantees in this who were 
not aamed in the former Grant are to come to lot & draw the same 
here in Portsmouth under the Care & Direction of the Grantors, 
within three Months from this time — That as all the Terms & Con- 
ditions of the former Grant are recorded, & the Grantees being the 
Bame Persons a few excepted, the Grantees are to make the Settle- 
ment of said Tract of Land in the same manner, and all Exceptions 
and Reservations are hereby declared, to be the same as in the said 

former Grant that are not otherwise herein expressed That those 

i^ the Grantees in these Presents expressed who shall fail of settling 
their Respective Shares & Rights in the manner directed in the 
former Grant. But within the time herein limitted, shall forfeit 
their Rights & .Shares to the other Grantees before herein named, 
who shall fullhll and perform the Terms & Conditions of this Grant 
to them, their Heirs & Assigns, And that the said Grantees shall 
have three Years time from the Date hereof & no longer to perform & 
fulfill all the Articles Matters & things by them to be done accord- 
ing to the true Intent and meaning of the Conditions, Declarations 
and Directions aforesaid, above refer' d to 



[Xf/r Chrantees in Effingham, 1766.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 10, 1766, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 5, p. 173.] 

Province of | Portsmouth December 10 th 1766 Wednesday five 
New Hampshire \ of the Clock afternoon the Proprietors meet ac- 
cording to adjournment 

WHEREAS the Proprietors at their Meeting held at Portsmouth 
Sept 1 2U" 1 1766, did grant to Nath 1 Gookin, Thomas Marston & Sam- 
uel Marston & others, a Tract of Land in said Province, within the 
Claim of said Proprietors, containing Six Miles Square & bounded 
by the bom ids expressed in said Grant, which said Tract was granted 
to said Prisons & others the 28 U| day of June 1749, but being for- 
feited & Surrendered to said Grantors, Sixteen of those Persons who 
were inserted, in said last-mentioned Grant are not inserted in the 
Grant first-mentioned, but Sixteen other Persons placed in their 
Stead, & their Lots to be drawn for in Portsmouth under the Care 
& Direction of said Grantors. Therefore 



250 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Voted that the said Sixteen Lots or Shares be now drawn for as 
Thomas Parsons of Exeter appears in Behalf of said Grantees to 
attend to the drawing of said Lots and said Sixteen Lots or Shares 
were drawn to & for the said Sixteen Persons as in a Schedule on 
file 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 280.] 

Province of ) At a meeting of the Proprietors of the Lands 
New Hamps r \ purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 in New Hamp- 
shire, held at Portsmouth, on the tenth day of December 1766, by 
adjournment 

A Draft of Sixteen Lots or Shares of Sixteen new Proprietors or 
Grantees in the Tract of Land granted to Nath 1 Gookin Thomas 
Marston, Samuel Marston &c Pursuant to the Tenor of the Grant. 
pass'd Septem 1 " 29 th 1766 Draft as follows viz 1 

Thomas Marston 

Nath 1 Hobbs 

Jeremiah Avery 

Thomas Parsons jun 1 

David Marston jun r 

Walter Bryent 

John Dearborn 

Simon Dearborn 

Jonathan Marston 

Ebenezer Smith 

Nathaniel Drake 

Samuel Wedgewood 

Simon Leavet 

John Dearborn Jun 1 ' 

Simon Nudd 

Ezekiel Russell 

attest Geo: Jaffrey Prop 1 ' 8 Cle r 
in Behalf of Grantees Thomas Parsons — 

a true Copy of the Record of y e Draft of the Lotts — 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop 18 CI 



of first Division. N° of 2 d Division. 


48 . 


49 


14 . 


8 


41 . 


65. 


24 


26 


11 '. '. 


36 


50 . 


27 


68 . 


31 


54 . 


10 


89 . 


14 


93 . 


62 


29 . 


. 32 


55 . 


27 


45 . 


40 


95 . 


54 


49 . 


78 


30 . 


33 



EFFINGHAM. 



251 



[Improvements in Effingham, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 174.] 







-a 
u 








Names of People who are 


to 


a 








are Heads ot Familys 





to U 


<8S 


**ffi 


en 






i- 













u 


u 





rt 




z 


< 


< 


CO 


cq 




2 Divis" 










Levi Tole .... 


96 


6 


15 


38 & l8 




Benj Hilton 


95 


25 


30 


26 & 24 




James Titcomb 


J8t 












97 


5 


6 


ab l 1 7 feet 




Andrew Hilton 


93 


'7 


10 


Logg 




Jerem a Avery 


92 





7 


Logg 




Joseph Palmer 


7 8&79 


4 


IO 


d° 




Jno George .... 


92 


2 


i5 


D° 




Josiah Mastin 


95 


h 


— 


D° 




James Dearburne . 


4i 


i 


4 


— 






Josiah Robertson 


40 


i 


3 


Logg 






No Meeting House for Publick Worship — 

The above is an Acco't of the settlements & Improvements in 
Leavitts Town — surv' 1 & examind 

Leavitts Town Jan? 1770 W Jotham Rindge & W'" Blake 



252 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Settlements in Effingham, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 175.] 

An Account of Settlements in Leavitts Town 
First Division Lott N° 95 one House one Saw Mill one Acre cleared 
96. one House 2 Acres fekl 

97 one House, one Grist Mill 12 Acres Cleared 
74 One House 3 Acres Clear' 1 & 3. feld 

5. One House 4 Acres Clear' 1 & 2. feld 

76. ten Acres feld 

94 three Acres feld 
37 Three Acres feld 

93 One House 8 Acres Clear' 1 & seven feld 

92 One House 2 Acres Clear" & 3 feld 

91 One House 12 Acres Clear' 1 

78 & 79 one House 8 Acres Clear' 1 & 9 feld 

40 One House 4 Acres Clear' 1 & 2 feld 

41 foure Acres Clear d & 2 feld 

Second Division 
N° 96 One House 18 Acres Clear' 1 & 10 feld 

95 One House 50 Acres Clear" & 12 feld 

94 Three Acres feld 

93 One House 6 Acres Clear' 1 30 feld 

92 One House 12 Acres Clear' 1 & 20 feld 
90 four Acres Clear' 1 

89 Three Acres feld 

98 One House 6 Acres feld 
97 One Acre Clear" & 2 feld 
67 One House 4 Acres Clear' 1 

( John Leavit 
Portsm June 13 th 1770 Returned by < Abraham Drake 

/ Com 1 "" 



[Excuses of Grantees of Effingham, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 176.] 

To the Honorable the Purchasers of the Right of John Tuften 
Mason Esq r The Grantees of Leavitts (so Call' 1 ) in the Province of 
New Hampshire Do give the following Reasons why the Charter of 
the said Township in not in every respect complied with Viz. 

1. The Extroardinary Expence the Grantees have been at in clear- 
ing Roads tli rough East Town and a certain gore of Land between 
East Town and Leavitt 8 Town — 



EFFINGHAM. 



253 



2. The Land in Leavitts Town being very broken and cold and the 
great Distance from any Settlement where any Necessary Supplies 
could be had Obliged the Grantees to be at very greal Expence in 
geting <v. Supporting Settlers there 

We the Grantees therefore pray the Lenity of the Honorable 
Grantors towards the Grantees, as they arc doing all within their 
Power to Promote the Settlement of said Town as fast as Possible — 
Portsm" June 13 th 1770 Returned to the above Proprietors 

by Abraham Drake ) p ,,.,. 
John Leavitt \ 



[Committee on TSjftngham Affairs, 1770.] 

[Proprietors' Records, June 13, 1770, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 5, p. 177.] 

Province of New } Portsmouth June 13 th 1770, Wednesday five of 
Hampsh* \ the Clock afternoon — The Proprietors meet 
according to adjournment — 

Voted That the Consideration of the Grantees of Leavets Town So 
called, not complying with the Terms of their Grant, be referred to 
Daniel Rogers Esqu r & m r John Penhallow as a Conrittee and to 
Report what they think will be the best Interest of the Proprietors 
to determine upon the affair, and as Soon as they can conveniently — 



[//'■//"/■/ of Committee on Effingham, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 177.] 

Province of / Portsm Sep r 12 th 1770 We the Subscribers being- 
New Hamp 1 " \ Appointed a Committee to Examine the State of the 
Settlements of Levits Town, and the Petition of the Grantees, upon 
Examination Find that they are Greatly Deficiant in their Comply- 
ance with the Terms of their Grant but upon Considering the Diffi- 
culty and Expence that they have been Already at. Propose that One 
Year Longer be Allow' d them to Comply With the Terms of their 
Grant at the Expiration of which Term all the Deficient Grantees 
Shares Shall Revert to the Grantors — 

upon Examining the Returns of Manadnock N° 5 Dated A]) 1 24 th 
1770 we find a Deficiency of 20 setlers out of the 47 which by Char- 
ter they were to have had in said Town by Dec r 1763 



254 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Thomas Parsons to Proprietors, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 178.] 

Hon' 1 S 1 ' I Beg you to Excuse my Troubling- you with the Follow- 
ing lines (viz) Some Time in y e year 1766 I was admitted to Offer 
Some reasons to y e Hon 1 ' 1 Proprietors of Maisons Claim why the Set- 
tlement of Leavitts Town went on with Little or no Sucksess & had 
Incoragement if I carried forward my Improvements I Should not 
Suffer By the Neglect of others, Since which the Grantees have been 
prevailed with to give a Bounty to Twenty Families for moveing into 
S' 1 Township Others with my Self Undertook to perform it the Time 
for Doing this lias been Elapsed Two years or more and there is Now 
wanting to make up the Number agreed for Five or Six famillies be- 
sides part of those who are called Famillies their being So Poor that 
if they ware not Supported By Others Sole & Body could not keep 
togather For the Settlement of Such Banditties & Likewise where 
there is no Settlements fulfilled the Same Bounty has been Given as 
for those who have Spared no Cost nor Pains to Answer the Designed 
End I have Expended at Least five Hundred Pounds Lm & the Im- 
provements made by myself & those I have Settled there being five 
in Number Exceeds what has been Done by all the Other Proprietors 
nofrwith Standing I cannot prevail with y e Grantees to Sue those who 
are faulty and I must now move with my Familly into the Town & 
there reside with those who make themselves wors than Brutes which 
I think a Great Hardship — 

another Hindrance of the Settlement is the non-resident Proprietors 
Say that they have Paid a Proportion of y e Expence of what has been 
Done and there rights are as much Settled as those under Improve- 
ment or at least if their right is Taken from them they will come in 
for a Share of those that are Settled it being Done with there money 
To prevent any more negligence I Pray y r Hon r would move it to the 
Grantors to order the resident Proprietors to Take the advantage of 
that Clause in the Grant Either to ther own benifit or to the Benifit 
of the Grantors, which is that those of the Grantees who Do Not ful- 
fill in the Time limitted Shall forfitt their rights to those that Do ful- 
fill &c : if Something of this kind is motioned and Carried into Exe- 
cution it Seems to me it will answer a Valuable End and the Grantees 
repremanded for not Prosecuteing those who are Delinquent in Set- 
tleing what ever I can Serve the Hon ,,lt ' Grantor in Respecting the 
matter Shall Exurt my Self to the utmost to Do I am S r your Most 
Obedient Humb le Serv' 

Exeter May 27 th 1772 Thomas Parsons 



EFFINGHAM. 255 

[Report on Survey of Effingham, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 17'.*.] 

Pursuant to my Directions I have Run the lines of Leavits Town 
and found the Line on the Head of East 'Town Run right & Spotted. 

The South West line as run and Markt was Eighty rods Short of 
their Measure according to my Computation & Measure 

I then proceeded to take the Course and distance of the Picwacket 
Road as directed which I accomplished and markt for Hundred Acre 
Lots as will appear by a plan herewith Exhibited 

The Road as it Runs through Leavits Town is Three Miles three 
Quarters and Forty three Rods, Line River Bridge is in the Same the 
width of which is four Rods and Ten feet. The land on Leavits 
Tow 11 Southerly line is from East Town up Two miles and a half 
very (iood the Remaider to the uper End mostly pine land. 

From Wolfbourough to Leavits town on the Road Considerable good 
Land until you come within \ a mile of Leavits Town line then pine 
to the line. From Conway Line to the Lot N° 14 & 15 Inclusively 
all the Growth Pitch pine, from the Lot N° 16 to the Lot N° 47 In- 
clusively good Land Chiefly a Beach Ridge and from thence to 
Le a\ its Town Line all Pitch pine. I am Gent" with great Esteem y r 
Hum 1 S' 

Ebenezer Thompson 

To Mess 1 '* Dan 1 Peirce George Jaffry and Daniel Rogers Esq 1 M r 
.John Penhallow & Peter Peirce a Committee of Masons Propriety — 

Durham Xovem 1 ' lt3 th 1772 

\ B the Bound Trees on the Road are double Markt & Number' 1 



[Petition of Inhabitants of Effingham, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 180.] 

To the Honab le Proprietors Claiming Lands in the Province of New 
Hampshire Under John Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' Humbly sheweth the In- 
habit ants of the Township of Leavitts Town That in Expectation of 
a Speedy .V Generall Settlement of Said Township they ware Induced 
to Expose themselves and Substance to the Fatigue and Expence of 
becomeing Inhabitants And being remote from Neighbouring settle- 
ments The Burthen of Repairing roads the want of a School and 
Priviledges of Publick worship upon the Lords Day become Very 
Burthensome, The roads between East Town settlements and Leavitts 
Town has cost Leavitts Town Proprietors upwards of one Hundred 



256 CHARTER RECORDS. 

pounds L. M ; all that has been Done by East Town Proprietors is 
Cutting out a roade in a Different place, leaveing the Slows without 
so much as one Cosway over them, and the Bridges over Pine River 
have been Built so Long, that it's Dangerous for man & Beast to Pass 
over them, Some have in the Year Past narrowly Escaped Loosing 
their lives The Number of Families Now resideing in this Place is 
Seventeen which contain Sixty foure Children the want of Publick 
worship on the Lords Day and a School of Learning as we Humbly 
conceive Exposes them to that Degree of Ignorance that in a few 
years more, their age will not Admitt of a Remedy The Prospect we 
at Present have of any Considerable number of Fainilyes being aded 
to us, Shews a Dull aspect, for Few if any Attemps are makeing by 
the orantees for that End an Increse of which we consceive to be our 
only remedy Your Memorialests Therefor humbly Pray your Hon rs 
would Pint out a remedy whereby this Town may become more Gen- 
erally Settled and also whereby the road from East Town Settlements 
and through the gore may be made Passable without Indangering our 
lives & Substance or allow us that have Fulfilled a Settlement to Take 
the Advantage of that Clause in the Grant which as we Llumbly Con- 
sceive Intitles us to those of the Grantees rights that have not Com- 
plyed With the Terms of Settlement ; but without your Approba- 
tion shall not attempt or Presume To Do it what way soever 3^our 
Hon rs are Plesed to bring forward the Settlement will be Greatfully 
Acknowledge by your Petitioners as it will Conduce as we Humbly 
Conceive to the good and Interest of Communit}*" as well as Individ- 
uals and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray — 

Leavitts Town March y e 8 th 1773— 
Benjamin Brown James Champernon Josiah Gorge 

Samel Dalton David Hicks Robert Brown 

Thomas Parsons John Leavitt James Marston 

Jeremiah Avery Andrew Hitton Weare Drake 

Carr Leavitt Levi Couse 



[Location of John Peirees LandJ\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 181.] 

John Peirce has Located his five Hundred Acres of Land Granted 
by the Proprietors on the Head of Leavitstown & contains Lots N° 
105 N° 106 N° 108 N° 109 N° 110 contains 100 Acres each and are a 
part of that Division of 100 Acre Lots bounding on the Province 
Line — 



EFFINGHAM. 



257 



[Valuation of Lots in Effingham."] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 5, p. 181.] 
Valuation of Sundry Lots of Land in Effingham 

$ Cts 

Lot N° 84-2"' 1 Division estimated at 1.50 per Acre 
Lot N° 84 1 st D° D° at 2.50 per D° 

Lot N° 4-2 Range, (average price) 1.00 per D° 
Lot N° 99-1- D° estimated at 2.00 pr d° 



[Plan of No. 4, 2d Range.'] 






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A Plan representing Lot num' 1 4 — Second Division & Second Range 
in the Town of Effingham in right of Mark H. Wentworth Contain- 
ing 252J Acres the lines run and marked and Corners renewed and 
the Contents of the Lot ascertained by Actual Admeasurement 

B.. Cook Surv r 
16 



2 5 8 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Wakefield 26 May 1820 

N° 1—75—150 

N° 2 125—250 

Protracted by A Scale of 50 Rods to an Inch 



\_Pla7i of No, 99, 1st Mange.'] 



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A Correct Plan representing Lot numbered 99 in the first Range, 
and l 8t Division of Lots in the Town of Effingham in the right of 
Mark H Wentworth Containing 64£ Acres — the Lines mark'd & Cor- 
ners renew'd, and the Contents Ascertained by actual Admeasure- 
ment 

June 8 th 1820 B.. Cook Surv r 



EPSOM. 259 

light land — has been cut over by tresspassers — now bushes — good 
plough Land worth 12/ 

Protracted bv A Scale of 20 Rods to an Inch 



EPSOM. 

[Granted May 18, 1727, to Theodore Atkinson and others. The first meeting 
was held in 1743. 

See IX, Bouton Town Papers, 246; XI, Hammond Town Papers, 628; Index 
to Laws, 168; sketch, by J. H. Dolbeer, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 
1885, p. 443; Historical Sketch, by Jonathan Curtis, 2, Farmer and Moore's His- 
torical Collections, 321 ; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375; 
Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 382.] 



[Vote of Proprietors for Town of Epsom.] 
[Masonian Papers.] 

One Tract of Land to be laid out at the head of Nottingham & 
northward of the land formerly Granted to the Children of Col Sam- 
uel Allen Deceased and the same to be six miles in breadth and four 
miles in depth or in such other form as the land migrant 11 in y* place 
will admitt so as it Contains y e Same quantity of Land & the same to 
be a Town Corporate by the name of Epsom to the ^sons aforesaid 
forever — 

Examin' 1 "§ Geo: Jaffrey 



FITZWILLIAM. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Monadnock No. 4, Jan. 15, 1752, to 
Roland Cotton and others. Regranted May 2, 1765, to Col. Sampson Stoddard 
and others, and sometimes called Stoddard" 1 s-iown. 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, 181 5. The line 
between Fitzwilliam and Rindge was established June 17, 1847. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; 
XI, Hammond Town Papers, 670 ; Index to Laws, 190; History, by John 
F. Norton, 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, 1, Collections of N. H. His- 
torical Society, 235; Catalogue of the Instructors, Lecturers, and Members of the 
Cheshire County Teachers' Institute, April 17-29, 1865, pub. 1865, pp. 50; Con- 
fession of Faith and Covenant, Also a Brief History of the Congregational Church, 
with Catalogue of Members, 1854, pp. 27; Census Report of the Town, 1877, 
pp. 36.] 



260 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Charter of Fitzwilliam, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 1.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to the Power & Authority Granted & 

New Hamp r \ Vested in me the Subscriber By the Prop rs of Lands 

Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r in the Province of New 

Hamp r by their Vote Pass'd at their Meeting held at Portsm in 

Said Province — 

I do by these Presents on the Terms & Limitations hereafter Ex- 
press'd Give & Grant all the Right Possession & Property of the 
Prop 1 ' 8 afores' 1 unto Roland Cotton Josiah Cotton Matthew Thornton 
Samp" Stoddard Thomas Read William Lawrance John Stevens 
Joseph Blanchard j r Isaac Woods Samuel Shattuck Thomas Parker 
j r Cap 1 Peter Powers Cap 1 John Chamberlain Maj r Zacch s Lovewejl 
Benj a Bellows Jos: Emerson Jeremiah Shattuck William Spaulding 
Jonathan Blanchard William Cumings of Dunstable Jonathan Lovewell 
Sam 1 Cumings Robert Usher Cap* Jonathan Cumings Jon a Cumings 
j r Joseph Read Samuel Stevens John Woods Daniel Stickney John 
Honey Eben r Peirce Henery Wright Samuel Fowl Paul March Will'" 
E. Treadwell Jeremiah Libbey j r George Libbey Edmund Grouard 
Charles Treadwell Nathaniel Treadwell & Jacob Treadwell j r 
of in & unto that Tract of Land or Township Called Monad k 
N° four Bounded as followeth Begining at the West Line of Masons 
Patent So Called Where that Crosses the Dividing Line Between 
the Province of the Mass a Bay & the Province of New Hamp r & 
runs from thence South Eighty Deg rs East by Said Line Six miles 
to the S° West Corner of the S° Monad k Township from thence North 
by the Needle by Said Township five miles to the North West Cor- 
ner of S° Monad k aforesaid from thence North Eighty Degrees West 
by Middle Monad k Township One Mile & a Quarter to the S° West 
Corner thereof thence North by the Needle two Miles & forty rods & 
from thence North Eighty Degrees till it Comes to the Patent West 
Line as Lately Marked & from thence Southerly by that Line to the 
first Bounds Mentioned To their heirs & assigns To have & To hold 
on the following Terms & Conditions (that is to say) that there be 
five hundred acres of Land in Some Convenient place Lay'd out in a 
Square form in Said Township & Divided Into fifty Lots Also that to 
Each of the Said fifty Lots there be five Acres of Meadow Lay'd out 
or Good Land & Coupled to the Said fifty Lots in an Equitable Man- 
ner So as to Make them of Equal Value as Near as May be, That 
there be Lay'd out & Reserv'd for the Grantors two hundred Acres 
in Such part of the town of Equal Goodness with the aforesaid Lots 
& that the Remainder of the Lands in Said Township be Divided 



FITZWILLIAM. 26l 

Into one hundred & Twenty three Equal Shares & Drawn for in 
Some Equitable manner all to be Compleated at or Before the Last 
Day of June Next that three of the A fores' 1 Shares be Granted & Ap- 
propriated free of all Charge one for the first Settled minister one for 

the ministry & one for the school then' forever one Lot for Each Said 
Shares to lie first Lay'd out in Conven* place Near the middle of the 
Town & Lotts Coupled to them So as Not to be Drawn for — That 
twenty more of the Shares be Reserved for the Grantors their heirs & 
assigns forever & Acquitted from all Duty & Charge untill Improved 
by the Owners or Some holding under them Respectively That the Re- 
maining- hundred Shares be Appropriated to the Grantees aforesaid in 
the folio wing manner Viz Roland Cotton fourShares Josiah Cotton four 
Shares to Matthew Thornton Six Shares to Col° Sampson Stoddard 
twenty Shares Isaac Woods one Share Samuel Shattuck two shares 
Thomas Parker .Inn' Six Shares Peter Powers Two Shares Cap 1 Tho s 
Reed four Shares ( !ap' John Chamberlain two Shares Maj r Zacch 8 Love- 
well two Shares John Stevens Esq 1 ' two Shares William Lawrance Esq r 
two Shares Benjamin Bellows two Shares Joseph Emerson One Share 
Jeremiah Shattuck one Share William Spaulding one Share William 
( innings of Dunstable two Shares Jon a Lovewell three Shares Joseph 
Blanchard .Inn 1 two Shares Sam 1 Cumings two Shares Robert Usher 
two Shares Cap 1 Jon a Cumings one Share Jon a Cumings j r one share 
Joseph Read two Shares Samuel Stevens two Shares John Woods one 
Share Dan 1 Stickney two Shares John Honey one Share Ebenez r 
Peirce one Share Henry Wright j r one Charles Treadwell one share 
Jeremiah Libbey j r one Share Edmund Grouard Two Shares Jacob 
Treadwell Jun 1 one Share William Earl Treadwell one Share Samuel 
Fowl two Shares Paul March one Share George Libbey one share 
Nath 1 Treadwell one Share Jonathan Blanchard four Shares — That all 
the Lotts in Said Town be Subject to have all Necessary Roads Lay'd 
out thro' them for the future as there Shall be Occasion Free from all 
Charge of Purchasing the Land: That at or Before the Past day of 
November A. D. 1755. there be three Acres of Each of the fifty fifteen 
Acre Lots as aforesaid Cleard & Inclosed by a Particular or General 
Fence & fitted for .Mowing or Tillage on Each of the fifteen Acre 
Lotts aforesaid & further one Acre more in Like Manner Afterwards 
Annually till Six Veins more are ( lompleated on Each Lot that With- 
in Seven Y^ears from this Date there he fifty houses built in Said town 
of one room Sixteen feet Square at the Least With a Convenient 
Chimne\ \ Cellar fitted & finished for Comfortable Dwelling therein 
& a faniih or Some Person Inhabiting Pi Each house & Continue 
Residency or Inhabitancy & Annually During the Said four Years to 
Clear Inclose & tit for Mowiner or Tillaere in Pike Manner as Before 



262 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Expressed & Each Lot as fast as they are Clear'd & Inclosed as afore- 
said to be Improved untill the Whole term aforesaid is Compleated 
So that the Whole of the Land to be Cleard as aforesaid be Subdued 
& Bro't too that the Several Settlements & Improvements be Done 
by the Grantees hereafter Named In the Several Proportions Set to 
Each Grantees Name Viz Roland Cotton two Settlements Josiah 
Cotton two Matthew Thornton three Col Sampson Stoddard ten 
Isaac Woods One Tho s Parker j r three Peter Powers one Thomas 
Read Esq 1 " two Cap 1 John Chamberlain one Maj 1 Zacch 8 Lovewell one 
John Stevens Esq r one Benjamin Bellows one Samuel Shattuck one 
Jeremiah Shattuck one Jonathan Blanchard one William Cumings 
one Jos : Blanchard jun r one Samuel Cumings one Robert Usher one 
Jon a Cumings j r one Joseph Read one Samuel Stevens one Daniel 
Stickney one John Honey one Eben r Peirce one Henry Wright j r one 
Sam 1 Fowl one W™ Earl Treadwell one Joseph Emerson one William 
Lawrance for one Jon il Lovewell one Jeremiah Libbey jun r one That 
Each of the S' 1 Grantees at the Executing of this Instrument Pay 
twenty pounds Cash old Ten r to Defray the Necessary Charges Risen 
& Arising in Said Township to be Deposited In the hands of .Such 
Person as the Grantees shall Chuse being a freeholder & Resident In 
the Province of New Hainp 1 ", That a Good Convenient Meeting house 
be Built in Said Township as Near the Center of Said Town as May 
With Conveniency within ten Years from this date & ten Acres of 
Land Reserved there for Public Use — That the aforesaid Grantees or 
their Assigns by a Maj r Vote In a Public Meeting Called for that 
Purpose Grant & Assess Such further Sum or Sums of money as they 
Shall think Necessary for Carrying forward ev. Compleating the Set- 
tlement aforesaid & any of the Grantees Exclusive of the three Pub- 
lie Lots aforesaid Who Shall Neglect for the Space of three Months 
Next after Such Assesment Shall be Granted made & Posted up In 
the place Where Notice Shall be Given for Calling Meetings to Pay 
y e same so much of Such Delinquents Right Respectively Shall or 
May be Sold as Will pa} T the Tax & all Charges arising thereon by a 
Committee of the Grantees appoint' 1 for that Purpose, That all White 
pine Trees fit for Masting his Majestys Royal Navey Growing on Said 
Tract of Land be & hereby are Granted to his Majesty his heirs & Suc- 
cessors forever & In Case any of the Grantees shall Neglect or Refuse 
to Perform any of the Articles aforementioned by them Respectively 
to be Done he Shall forfeit his Share & Right In Said Township & 
Every Part & Parcel thereof to those of the Grantees that Shall have 
Comply M With the Conditions on their Parts herein Express'd & it 
shall & May be Lawful for them or any Person by their Authority to 
Enter Into & upon the Right of Such Delinquent Owner & Any & 



FITZWILLIAM. 263 

Every part thereof In the Name of the Whole of the Settlers that 
Shall have Complyed as aforesaid or the Major Part of them & him 
& them to Amove Oust & Expell for the Use of those that have 
Comply'd their heirs & Assigns — Provided they Settle or Cause to 
be Settled Each Such Delinquents Right Within the Term of one 
Year at furthest from the Period that is by this Grant Stipulated to 
be Done as the Condition of this Grant & fully Discharge & Comply 
With the Whole Duty such Delinquent Ought to have Done Within 
one Year from the time after the Respective Periods thereof & In 
Case the Said Grantees fulfilling their Parts as afores' 1 Shall Neglect 
the duty of any Delinquent Owner nor he himself Perform it as 
afores' 1 that then such share or Shares Shall be forfeited Revert & 
Belong to the Grantors their heirs & assigns & to be Wholly at their 
Disposal, All ways Provided there be no Indian Warr in any of the 
terms Limited as aforesaid for Doing the Duty Conditioned In this 
Grant to be Done & In Case that Should happen the Same time to 
be allowed for the Respective matters aforesaid After Such Impedi- 
ment Shall be Remov'd, To all Which Promises I Joseph Blanchard 
Agent for & In Behalf of the Grantors have hereunto Set my hand & 
Seal this 15 th Day of Jan y in y e 25 th Year of his Majesty's Reign 
A. D. 1752 

Joseph Blanchard & < Seal > 

a Copy Exam' 1 p r Jon a Lovewell Clerk 



[Petition of Stoddard and Blanchard, 1765.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 2.] 

Province of ) To the Proprietors of the Land Claimed under John 



New Hampsh r ) Tufton Mason Esq r Commonly called Masons Grant 
or Patent May P 1765 — 

The Petition of Col Sampson Stoddard & Jon 11 Blanchard — Humbly 
Shews — 

That the Tract of Land called Monadnock number four Granted in 
your right in the Year 1752 to Sundry Persons named in the Grant 
the Major part of whose claims were finally vested in your Petitioners 
But as the Grantees were not able to fulfil the Conditions of the 
Grant they must and Do hereby acknowledge it is justly forfeited 
according to the Terms and Conditions in said Grant mentioned And 



264 CHARTER RECORDS. 

therefore we do (to avoid further Trouble) Surrender the Said Tract 
of Land & Pray that after You have caused a Re-Entry & Resumption 
thereof to be made, You would be pleased to Grant your Right title 
& Demand in & to the Same to the Several Grantees agreeable to a 
Schedule herewith Presented being Principally the Same who were 
named as Grantees aforesaid on Such Terms and Conditions as you 
shall now Judge Reasonable 

Sampson Stoddard 
Jon a Blanchard — 



[Regrant of Fitzwilliam, 17G5.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, May 1, 1765.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth May 1 st 1765. Wednesday five of the 
New Hampshire \ Clock Afternoon at the dwelling house of Cap 1 
James Stoodly Innholder — The Proprietors meet according to Ad- 
journment — 

Whereas the said Proprietors on the 6 Ul day of December 1751 
Authoriz'd and Impower'd Joseph Blanchard late of Dunstable in said 
Province Esq r to Grant their right, Title, & Interest, in & to the 
Lands within their Claim to such Persons, as would Ingage to Settle 
& Improve the same under such Limitations, and Conditions, as were 
just & reasonable — Pursuant to which Power he on the 15 th day of 
January-Anno Domini 1752 Granted to Roland Cotton, Josiah Cot- 
ton Matthew Thornton, Sampson Stoddard, Thomas Read William 
Lawrence, John Stevens, and thirty four others, all the right Title, 
Interest, Claim, Property, and Demand of said Proprietors, of, in & 
unto that Tract of Land called Monadnock Number four bounded as 
follows, "Beginning at the West line of Masons Patent so called, 
" where that Crosses the dividing line between the Province of the 
"Massachusetts Bay & the Province of New Hampshire, and runs 
" from thence South Eighty Degrees East by said line Six miles to 
" the South West Corner of the South Monadnock Township, from 
ki thence North by the Needle by said Township five miles to the 
"North West Corner of South Monadnock aforesaid, from thence 
" North Eighty Degrees West by middle Monadnock Township, one 
" Mile & a Quarter to the South West corner thereof, thence North 
" by the Needle two Miles & forty rods, and from thence North Eighty 
"Degrees, till comes to the Patent West Line, as lately marked, 
"and from thence Southerly by that Line, to the first Bounds raen- 
"tioned." To have and to hold to them their Heirs and Assigns, on 
the Terms and Conditions, in said Grant expressed, with a right of 



FITZ WILLI AM- 265 

re Entry reserved on the failure or Default of performing, and fully 
complying with the same, as may more fully appear by reference to 
said Grant. And whereas the said Grantees have Incurr'd the for- 
feiture of said Grant by not fullfilling the said Conditions within the 
Term limited, and tho' by Sufferance and forbearance, a longer time 
has been allowed, which yet has not availed — Whereupon the 
Grantors have Re-Enter'd, & resumed the Possession of said Tract of 
Land, & the said Grantees acknowledging their Neglect and Default 
herein, and the said right of resumption have peaceably Surrendered 
the same, and have Petition'd the said Proprietors to make a new 
Grant thereof to the Petitioners (principally the former Grantees) all 
which having been duly Consider'd, and also that many of them had 
done something in order to Improvement, and that it wou'd be more 
Equitable they should have the Advantage thereof than Strangers — 
Therefore 

Voted That all the right, Title, Interest. Property, Claim and 
Demand of the said Proprietors be & hereby is Granted to Col 
Sampson Stoddard Esq r Edmund Grouard, Jacob Treadwell Jun r 
Jonathan Lovewell and Nineteen others, whose names are mentioned 
in the Schedule or List hereunto Annex'd, making twenty three in the 
whole, in & to the said Tract of Land, above Described on the Terms, 
Conditions, and Limitations hereafter Expressed — To have and to 
hold to them & their Several and respective Heirs & Assigns in 
Severalty, as the same has been Divided into Seperate lots, and as the 
said Lots are Number'd, and Set to the Respective names in said 
Schedule on the following Terms, Conditions, & Limitations — 

First That twenty of the Shares as the same are Severed allotted, 
and Divided, Numberd & fixed to the Several names in the said 
Schedule be & hereby is reserved to the use of the Grantors, their 
Heirs & Assigns free & Exempted of & from all charges of Settle- 
ment, and all other Charges until Improved by them their Heirs & 
Assigns and also that two hundred Acres laid out for the Grantors at 
the North Easterly part of said Tract of Land, as appears by said 
Schedule, and a Plan thereof be in like manner reserved to them, their 
Heirs and Assigns — 

Secondly That three of the aforesaid Shares be and hereby, are 
Appropriated, one for the first Settled Minister, one for the use of the 
Ministry, and one for the use of a School on said Tract of Land when 
Settled — 

THIRDLY that the remaining Shares be & hereby are granted and 
appropriated to the Several Persons and Sever'd to them respectively, 
as is mentiond & number'd in said Schedule, and each Lot of Land 
in said Tract shall be Subject to have necessary highways laid out 



266 CHARTER RECORDS. 

thro' them, as there shall be Occasion hereafter, free from the Charge 
of Purchasing the Land ; that is the owners of said Lots shall not be 
paid for that part thereof which shall be so necessarily laid out in 
high Ways, untill an Incorporation, & then to come under the rules 
of Law in that Regard — 

Fourthly That the Grantees aforesaid (Subject to the duty of 
Settlement) Build Fifty houses on said Tract of Land, such Shares to 
have one house, on one of the Lots belonging to it respectively, as the 
Grantees shall Determine by Regular votes, according to their Inter- 
ests, within three Years from the Date hereof each house to be built 
so as to have one Room Sixteen feet Square or Equal thereto, and 
also to have Twelve Acres of Land, Cleared, & fitted for Tillage Pas- 
turing & Mowing within the Term of three Years, and to add an 
Acre more Annually, till the Inhabitants there shall be Incorporated, 
on Each share, the said houses to be well fitted and made Comfortable 
habitations and the said Land to be cleared in a good Husbandman- 
like manner, and every Particular Grantee aforesaid shall pay his due 
Proportion of all Taxes & Charges necessary to the making said Set- 
tlement in the articles aforesaid & in what follows on Pain of for- 
feiting his right in said Land, or so much thereof, as shall answer his 
Proportion of such Taxes & Charges, to be Dispos'd of by a Com tee 
Chosen by a Major part of the Grantees (appointed for that Pur- 
pose) — 

Fifthly the said Grantees shall build a Convenient Meeting house 
for Publick Worship within Five years from the Date hereof, and 
shall maintain constant preaching there from after the term of Six 
Years from the Date hereof — 

Sixthly all white Pine Trees growing on any part of said Land, 
tho' Severed into Lots are hereby reserved, that are fit for his 
Majesty's use for that Purpose, to him, his Heirs & Successors — 

Seventhly If the Grantees shall fail & make Default of compleat- 
ing the Settlement according to the Terms, & Limitations aforesaid, 
it shall be Lawful to & for the said Proprietors and their Successors 
to re enter into & upon the said Tract of Land to Resume the same 
and to become Re-Seized thereof, as in their former Estate, and as if 
this Grant had not been made — 



[Plan of Fitzwilliam, 17 05] 



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27O CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Account of James Meed, 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 4.] 

Monadnock N° 4 August the 11 — 1768 
aanacount of the raonis paid by James Reed for Lands Bought in 
said Township the Consideration of Each Deed Paid to Thomas Read 
of Wasford in the year 1763 X 13-10-0 L M— 

To Jonathan Blanchard Esq r in the year 1764 X45.16. 8 

To Sampson Stoddard Esq r in the year 1765 <£71. 6. 8 

To Benjamin Ballows Esq r in 1765 £13. 6. 8 

To mr Daniel mellen in 1766 £53.12. 8 

To Henry Gould in 1767 £18. 6. 8 

To mr Daniel mellen in 1768 £22. 8. 



Total £238. 7. 4 

The Number of Days I James Reed have spent at work on Roads 
in monadnock N° 4 and in what years — 

in the year 1764 worked on the Roads 80 Days and one half Day 

1765 worked on the Roads 115 Days 

1766 worked on the Roads 107 Days 

1767 worked on the Roads 8 Days 
in 1768 to the 11 of August 

worked 13 Days 

Total Days 323- 



Atast James Reed 



[James Meed's Meturn, 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 5.] 

A Return Made by James Reed of all the Lotts of Land bought by 
him in monadnock N° 4 of whom Bought with the Number of Each 
Lott in what Rang and the Numbers that have Houses on and the 
Numbers that have work Don on them and not houses — 



I -itzwilliam. 



271 



V O 



in what 
Rang 



of whom Bought 



the Number 

of Lots with 

famelys 



the Lots 

worked on 

and no 

famely 



one Lott 
the fam- 
ely Burnt 
out 



No 


12 


Do 


12 


Do 


2 


Do 


^ 


Do 


s 


Do 


16 


Do 


14 


Do 


I? 


Do 


n 


Do 


n 


Do 


12 


Do 


21 


Do 


17 


Do 


iq 


Do 


10 


Do 


9 


Do 


10 


Do 


16 


Do 


7 


Do 


10 


Do 


7 


Do 


14 


Do 


17 


Do 


21 


Do 


14 


Do 


16 


Do 


17 


Do 


7 


Do 


13 


Do 


M 


Do 


14 


Do 


M 


Do 


15 



ID 



i Rang 

Do 4 

Do 5 

Do 5 

Do 8 

Do 8 

Do 11 

Do 11 

Do 6 

Do 2 

Do 6 

Do 12 

Do 6 

Do 9 

Do 4 

Do 3 

Do 2 

Do 6 

Do 1 

Do 1 

Do 2 

Do 2 

Do 8 

Do 9 

Do 3 

Do 3 

Do 2 

Do 12 

Do 9 

Do s 

Do 8 

Do 8 

Do 7 



Thomas Reed Esq r 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 
Esq r Blanchard 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 
Coll Stoddard 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 
Coll Balows 

Do 
mellen 

Do 

Do 
Gould 



A famely on 



A famely on 



A famely on 



A famely on 



A House on 



A Houses on 



A famely 



A famely on 
A famely on 
A famely on 



worked on 



worked on 



worked on 



worked on 



worked on 



worked on 



worked on 
worked on 



Burnt out 



August the 11 1768 I Bag Leve to Say that on Lott No 16 in the 
8 Rang I have Bult A house 38 feet Long and 30 feet wide and A 
Barn 41 feet Long with an ADition of 18 feet for A Stabel at one 
Eand of it and my improvements sumthing Considrabel on the 
Lotts — No 15-16-17 in 8 Rang — 

Signed James Reed — 



272 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Re grant of Certain Lots, 1768.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Aug. 18, 1768.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth August 18 th 1768 Thursday ten of 
New Hampshire \ the Clock before Noon The Proprietors meet at the 
Dwelling House of James Stoodly Esqu r Innholder according to ad- 
journment — 

Whereas the Said Proprietors at their Meeting held at Portsmouth 
on Wednesday the first Day of May 1765 made a Grant of their 
Right to that Tract of Laud Called & Known by the Name of Menad- 
nock Number four bounded as is Expressed in Said Grant on their 
Records which they had Resum'd as forfeited by former Grantees to 
Col Sampson Stoddard Edmund Grouard Jacob Treadwell Jun r Jon- 
athan Lovewell & Others, Whose Names were Expressed in a Sched- 
ule thereto Annexed Making twenty three in the whole to hold to 
them & their Respective heirs in Severalty, as the Same had Before 
that Time been Divided — on the Terms & Conditions therein Ex- 
pressed & Declard 

And Whereas Sundry of the Grantees Last mentioned have Neg- 
lected to Take any Care or Do any thing Towards a Settlement & 
Neglect to pay the Necessary Charges & Taxes for Settling Said 
Township or Pursuing any Measures to that End Which Defeats the 
Design of the Proprietors in Granting the Same & Justly Incur's a 
forfeiture of the Rights & Shares of such Grantees to the Said 
Proprie rs 

Therefore the Said Proprietors having Examined the Circumstances 
of the Settlement and it appearing that many Persons are Carrying 
on the Same & have Lived on the Land with their Famitys the Re- 
moval of Whom wou'd be a hardship, Do hereby Resume the Rights 
& shares of the Sundry Persons whose Names are hereunto Annexed 
as forfeited, for the Reasons aforesaid and Do by these Presents Grant 
& Convey all the Right Title Interest property & Demand of Said 
Proprietors in & to Such forfeited shares & Lots To the Several Per- 
sons Whose Names are Also Expressed & Declared as New Grantees 
they Performing & Complying With the Terms & Conditions in the 
Grant made the first day of May aforesaid & have hereby Granted 
& allowed to them for that Purpose the Term of Twelve Months 
from the Date hereof & upon their Complying with the Said Terms 
the Property & Interest of Said Proprietors to Said Lots is hereby 
Declared to be Given to the Respective Grantees their heirs & As- 
signs ; but upon Failure of any of the Grantees in the Performance 
of any one of the Conditions above Referr'd to & within the Time 
abovesaid the Premises to Revert & Remain to the Grantors to be by 
them Disposed of as they Shall think fitting — 



KITZ WILLI AM. 



273 



A List of the forfeited Shares in Monadnock Number 
Referr'd to Viz — 
John Honey 1 Sliare 
Edmund Grouard 2 Shares 
heirs of George Libbey 1 share 
John Stevens - Shares 
Jacob Treadwell j 1 1 Share 
Nathaniel Treadwell 1 share 



four above 



Abel Lawrance three Shares 
Jonathan Lovewell three shares 
heirs of Jeremiah Libbey one share 
Jonathan Willson two shares 
Charles Treadwell one share 
Benjamin Edwards two shares — 



Portsmouth August 17 th 1768— 
A List of the Grantees in Menadnock Number four to Whom the 
forfeited Shares aforesaid are Granted together with a List of the 
Lots Viz,— 







R. 


N° 


R 


M r Daniel Millen 


Lots N° 4. 


12. 


11. 


8 




8. 


2. 


9- 


2 




2. 


8. 





7 




15! 


12. 


16. 


4 


William Pierce 


Lots N° 21. 


8. 


11. 


2 




14. 


4. 


19. 


4 




2. 


4. 


20. 


4 




i. 


4. 


6. 


1 


Abraham D u rant Jun r 


N° 1. 


9. 


18. 


9 




1. 


10. 


2. 


10 


Moses Parker 


N°18. 


12. 


11. 


6 




7. 


4. 


23. 


4 




20. 


11. 


4. 


4 


Jeremiah Butterfield 


1. 


12. 


"l. 


12 




4. 


11. 


10! 


9 


Joseph Symes 


5. 


4. 


21. 


4 


George Libbey 


10. 


11. 


10. 


10 


Charles Treadwell 


16. 


11. 


13. 


7 


Nathaniel Treadwell 


17. 


12. 


10. 


6 


Jacob Treadwell Jun r 


3. 


12. 


13. 


8 



17 



274 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Return of Improvements in Fitzwilliam^ 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 6.] 

A Return made to the Masonian Proprietors on what Lotts of Land 
in Monadnock No 4 in the Province of New Hampshier work is Don 
with A Distinction betwen those Lotts that have Houses or Camps 
on them and Those that have not — 



the Number 

of Lotts 
worked on 



In what 
Rang 



the Lotts with House or 
Camp on them 



the Number of those 

Lotts worked on 

and Neither house 

Nor Camp 



Number i 
Do 2 
Do 3 
Do 7 
Do q 



Do io 
Do ii 
Do 12 
Do 13 



Do 
Do 



Do 11 

Do 12 

Do 13 

Do 14 

Do 17 

Do 13 

Number 13 
Do 15 
Do 16 
Do 17 
Do 19 
Do 6 
Do 7 



Do 14 
Do 15 
Do 16 
Do 17 
Do 18 
Do 21 



in 



in the 1 Rang 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 

: Rang 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 

3 Rang 

4 Rang 

5 R ang 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 

6 Rang 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 



in 

in 
in 



in 



A House and 
Do 
Do 
Do 
Do 
A Sawmill 



family 



A family on 
Do 
A House no family 



nothing Don 

A Sawmill 

A House and family 

A Camp and Improvements 

A House and family 

A Camp and worked on 

A family 



A family 

Do 

Do 

A family Burnt out 

Do 



work Don no House 
Do 
Do 
Do 



work Don no House 
Do 



worked on no House 
worked on no House 



worked on 



worked on 



FITZWILLIAM. 



275 



the number 

of Lotts 

worked on 



In what the Lotts with House or 

Rang Camp on them 



the number of those 

Lotts worked on 

and Neither house 

Nor Camp 



Lott number 2: 
Do 23 
Do 4 



Do 12 
Do 14 
Do 15 
Do 16 
Do 23 
Do 5 
Do 14 
Do 15 
Do 16 
Do 17 
Do 18 
Do 20 
Do 23 
Do 13 
Do 21 
Do 23 
Do 2-? 



in the 6 Rang 

Do 
in 7 Rang 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 
in the 8 Rang 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 

Do 
in the 9 Rang 

Do 

Do 
in the 10 Rang 



A family 

A family 

Do 

A House no family 

A family 



A family 



A family 



A family 

A Cornmill 

A family 

Do 

Do 
A family 



worked on no family 
Do 
Do 
Do 



worked on no famih 



worked on 
Do 



in the 11 and 12 Ranges there is Nothing Don — 

monadnock No 4 August the 26 1768 

A True Return made by 

Benjamin Bigelow 
James Reed 
Aaron garfield 



Committee 



[Petition of James Reed, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 7.] 

To the Proprietors of the Land Clamed under 



John Tufton mason Esq r Commonly Called masons 



Province of 
New Hampshire 
Grant or Patent — 

The Pettition of James Reed of monadnock No 4 in said Province 
Humbly Shews that your Pettitinor Served in the Proventchal Rige- 
ments of the masachusetts from the year 1755 to the year 1762 bothe 



276 CHARTER RECORDS. 

years included had the Honor to Command A Company Each year — 

in the year 1763 and Since your Pettitinor hath bought in Said 
monadnock No 4 34 Lotts of unimproved Land for which I have Paid 
■£238-7-4 Lawfull money and have made Sumthing of Improve- 
ments on 19 of the Said 34 Lotts Eleven of which have Houses on 
them of the fowloing Dementions one of 38 feet by 30 Do-24-by 18 
Do-27-by 27 Do 24-by 18 Do 28-by 26 Do 22-bf 18 Do 22-by 18 
Do 26-by 24 Do 28-by 26 Do 25-by 18 Do 22-18 Each House a 
family in Except one one House besids the Above Number 24 by 18 
was Consumed by fire Last April — 

and your Pettitinor hath worked on the Roads in said Township 324 
Days with men and 25£ Days with oxen — 

as your Honors have Re Entered and Resumed the Possession of 
said Tract of Land 2 Tims Since your Pettitinor Entred and on the 17 
of August Last was Pleesed to Resume the Rights and shares of sun- 
dry Persons as forfeited and Did Grant and Convey the Interest 
there of To New Grantees — and as your Pettitinor Holds no Land in 
said Township but by Purchas Would Humbly Pettition to your 
Honors if Cause Should Apeair for a Re Entrey on aney of the Rights 
in any of the Townships Granted by your Honors that your Honors 
would bee Plesed to Grant to your Pettitinor A number of Rights he 
flatving him Self that it will bee in his Power to make A Good Pro- 
grass as your Pettitinor in Duty bound shall Ever Pray — 

Monadnock No 4 James Reed 

December the 1-1768 



[Petition of James Reed, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 8.] 

Province of \ To the Lord Proprietors of Mason's Patent in said 
New Hampshire \ Province — 

The Humbly Petition of James Reed of Monadnoc N° 4 in said 
Province Gent: in behalf of himself and other Settlers there, Shewes, 
That your Petitioner in y e Year A D 1763 purchas'd of the then 
Grantees of said Monadnoc thirty five Lots there, and hath lived there 
constantly with a Large Family ever Since, hath made improvements 
on Nineteen of said Lots, upon Eleven of which, he hath Erected and 
built good Tenantable Houses — Your Petit r hath worked three hun- 
dred and forty Days with Men and Oxen to clear and make Roads in 
said Monadnoc — That the Conditions of the last Grant of Said Monad- 
noc, Require A majority of the Grantees to vote any Delinquent's 
Right forfeit, which is almost impracticable under the present Circum 



FITZWILLIAM. 277 

stances, because the major Part of the Grantees or Voters are 11011 
Resident and they mostly delinquents, and do not incline to Vote 
their Rights forfeited, by Means whereof many Rights in 
said Monadnoc have no Duty done on them; And the Set- 
tlement thereof much Retarded ; and the Principal Part of the 
Charges yet arisen fall upon the Settlers — Wherefore your Petit 1 in 
behalf of himself and fellow Settlers pray that the Rights upon which 
oothing is yet done may be granted to them upon such Conditions as 
your Honors shall think most promotive of the Interest of the Set- 
tlers and your own. And your Pet 1 as in Duty bound shall ever pray 

August 1 *"' 1769 James Reed 

J Pickering Attorney for Petit 1- 



[Petition of Stoddard and Blanchard, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 9.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors Purchasors of the Right of John 
Tufton Mason Esq'" in the Province of New Hamp 1 ' 

The memorial of Sampson Stoddard & Jonathan Blanchard shew 

That your Memorialists have had & still own a Very Considerable 
Interest in the New Township of Monad* N° 4 in this Province & 
Done much Towards it's Settlement. & the Well Being of it's Inhabi- 
tants & more than was Enjoyn' 1 on the Shares they held, 

That your Memorialists have to their Surprise seen a Memorial 
Presented to the Clerk of Your Society in the Name of One James 
Reed therein Declaring many things that are not True in fact, — 

That your Memorialists Will at any Time (if Requested) with pleas- 
ure Lay Before Your Society a full & True State of the Several Mat- 
ters & things Relating to Said Township, But for the Present have 
Annexed Copys of Several Receipts for Monies paid to the Said James 
Reed & Others for their Labour on the high Ways there & Appre- 
hend near in full for their service. 

That the Grantees have Nearly Complyd with y e Conditions in y e 
Grant mention' 1 (but some few are Wholly Deficient to this Day & 
they have Done Some Violent acts as Cutting Down frames &c where 
y e Duty was Doing on those forfeited shares to prevent the same from 
Being Compleated 

Your Memorialists therefore pray that Sh' 1 the Said James Reed 
make application for a hearing on the prem s you would Cause us to 
be Notified at our own proper Cost & Charge that We may have 



278 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Oppertunity to state the facts Before any Conclusions are Drawn from 

the prem s afores (1 & Your Memorialists Will Ever pray 

Portsrn y e 24 th day ) Sampson Stoddard 

of Aug f -1769 — \ Jon a Blanchard 

Chelmsford April 8 th 1767- 
Rec' 1 of Sampson Stoddard Twenty three pounds thirteen shillings 
& three pence-Sterling mony of Great Britain for Labour Done on 
the Roads in a New Township Called & Known by e Name of Mon dk 
N° 4 in New Hamp r for Which Said Work have Renderd in two 
Acco ts to the Com tee 

<£23. 13. 3 Sters James Reed 

a True Copy 

Chelmsford July 3' 1 1762- 

Rec' of Sampson Stoddard Ten pounds Eight shillings sterling 
money of Great Britain Equal to one hundred & four pounds old Ten r 
for my own Labour & to pay men for Clearing Roads in the New 
Township of Mon 6 * N° 4 Which is in full of all Other Demands to 
this Dav — 

£10 '8/ Stei-s Benf Bigelow 

a True Copy 

Rec' 1 of Col Sampson Stoddard the Sum of Seven pounds Lawful 
M° Which sum Was Granted & allow rt to me by y e Prop rs of Mon' 1k 
N° 4 for service Done, & I Do hereby Order the Prop rs of S l Town 
to pav the same to the S (1 Stoddard — 

Oct r 12. 1768- John Moffatt 

Test Jon a Blanchard — 

a True Copy — 

Compared y e three Rece ts above with } re originals as shew' 1 ^ Coll° 
Stoddard — 

Aug: 24 th 1769— G-J-prop rs CI 



[List of Improvements in Fitzicilliam, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 10.] 

A List of the Names of those that have fulley Completed their 
Duty of Setelment in monadnock Xo 4 in the Province of New- 
Hampshire a Greabal to Chartar and on what Lott it is Don 

.James Reed on Lott N° 16 in the 8 Rang hath a House 38 by 30 
full Duty Don on said Lott — 

Benjamin Biglow Lott N° 14 in 7 Range a House 24 by 18 full 
Duty Don 



FITZWILLIAM. 279 

Samuall Turner Lott N° 20 in 8 Range a Good Camp and famely 
full Duty Don 

Silas Farnsworth Lott N" 14 in 6 Range a House 24 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

John Mellen Lott N" 15 in 6 Range a House 26 by 24 full Duty 
Don 

James Reed Juner Lott N° 16 in 6 Range a House 28 by 20 full 
Duty Don 

Nathaniel Chapman Lott N" 17 in 6 Range Except a House full 
Duty Don house Burnt 

Jacob Reed Lott N° 18 in 6 Range a House 26 by 24 full duty Don 

Calab winch Lott N° 22 in 6 Range a House 24 bv 18 full Duty 
Don 

Thomas Wetherby Lott N° 7 in 1 Range a House 24 by 22 full 
Duty Don 

Aaron Garfield Lott N° 9 in 1 Range a House 32 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

Reuben Pratt Lott N° 10 in 1 Range a House 27 by 27 full Duty 
Don 

John Gouldsbary Lott N° 11 in 1 Range a House 18 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

Alpheais Brigham Lott N° 12 in 1 Range a House 24 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

Fullom Lott N° 14 in 2 Range a House 22 by 18 full Duty 
Don 

Edward Kindal Lott N° 15 in 5 Range a House 28 by 26 full Duty 
Don 

Joseph Twist Lott N° 6 in 6 Range a Bad House but other ways 
full Duty Don 

Isaac Applen Lott N° 21 in 9 Range a House 24 by 18 full Duty 
Don 

Nathan Platts Lott N° 17 in 5 Range a House 22 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

Thomas Garey Lott N° 14 in 8 Range a House 24 by 18 full 
Duty Don 

John Fassett Lott N° 13 in 9 Range a House 22 by 18 full Duty 
Don 

Daniel Mellen Lott N° 16 in 7 Range a House full Duty Don 

Henry Willard Lott N° 12 in 2 Range a House full Duty Don 

October the 6. 1769 James Reed 



28o CHARTER RECORDS. 

[List of Improvements in Fitzwilliam, 1709.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 11.] 

A List of the Intabatance now in monadnock N° 4 in the Province of 

New-Hampshire and those that have Ingaged to Settel Enadeately 

Aaron Morse on 2 Lott 1 Rang with his famely 

Samuell Pike on the 4 Lott Do his famely 

Moses Wars working on 5 Lott Do 

Capt Silas Wetherby on the (3 Lott Do a house and famely Soon 

Thomas Wetherby on the 7 Lott Do a house 

Aaron Garfield on the 9 Lott Do a house and famely 

Ruben Pratt on the 10 Lott Do a house and famely 

John Gouldsbarey on the 11 Lott Do a house and famely 

Alpheis Brigham on 12 Lott Do a house and famely 

Robort Jarvis on the 9 Lott in 2 Rang with a famely 

Abner Ston working on the 11 Lott Do 

Henry Willard on the 12 Lott Do a house and his famely soon 

Francis Fullom on the 13 Lott Do A house and famely 

Robert Wars on the 14 Lott Do and one Harskell 

Jabez meed on the 3 Lott in 5 Rang a house and famely soon 

A Sawmill and a house on the 13 Lott Do a famely soon 

Edward Kindal on the 15 Lott Do a house and famely 

Jonathan Metcalf on the 16 Lott Do a Camp and famely soon 

Nathan Platts on the 17 Lott Do a house and famely 

Amas Knights on the 19 Lott Do a man at work 

Joseph Twist on the 6 Lott in 6 Rang his famely 

Silas Farnsworth on the 14 Lott Do a house and famely 

John Mellen on the 15 Lott Do a house and famely 

James Reed Juner on the 16 Lott Do a house and famely 

Nathanel Chapman on the 17 Lott Do the house Burnt 

Jacob Reed on the 18 Lott Do a house and him at work 

Jason Ston on the 21 Lott Do a house and famely 

Galab winch on the 22 Lott Do a house and famely 

Jonathan Patridge on the 23 Lott Do a Camp and famely 

Benjamin Davison on the 4 Lott in 7 Rang a house and he work 

James Reed hath a house on the 12 Lott Do and work Don 

Benjmain Biglow on the 14 Lott Do and famaly 

Daniel mellen Juner on the 16 Lott Do a famely 

major John Farrar on the 23 Lott Do a house and famely soon 

one Boyonton on the 4 Lott in 8 Rang and famely soon 

Jeddiah Boyonton on the 5 Lott Do making a settelment 

Ile/.ekiah Rice on the 19 Lott in 4 Rang — working on 

Thomas Garey on the 14 Lott in 8 Rang a famely 



FITZWILLIAM. 281 

,1 anics Reed on the 16 Lott Do a famely 

John Anger on the 18 Lott Do a house and his famely in Town 

Samuell Turner on the 2i> Lott Do his famely 5 year 

Corn Mill on the 23 Lott Do 

John Fassett on the 13 Lott in 9 Rang a house and famely 

Joseph ADoms working on 18 Lott Do A House and Hie Soed 

amos Brown working on 19 Lott Do 

James Reed a House on the 20 Lott Do 

Isaac Applin on the 21 Lot Do a house and famely 

Thomas Tolman A house on the 22 Lott Do and famely in Town 

Thomas Tolmans famely on the 23 Lott Do 

James Tiffeny on parte of the 23 Lott Do 

Thomas Willmarth — the 10 Lott in 10 Rang soed Rie 

Ben j man Tiffeny a house on the 23 Lott Do 

Aaron Cold man working on the 13 in 8 Rang 

Henry Poor on the 1 and 2 Lotts in 12 Rang 

Ebenezer Lock — the 8 Lott 2 Rang 

Davison — the 2 Lott 7 Rang 

Thomas Reed — the 1-1 in Do 

this aacount Was Taken the 8 Day of December 1769 by me 

James Reed of said Township 
these Lotts worked on 1 Lott 1 Rang 

and 17 Lott 2 Rang 

and 17 3 Rang 

and 14 in Do 

and 16 in 4 Rang a man on 

and 15 in 7 Rang Bult 

17 in 7 Rang Duty Don Except A house which is on another Lott 
15 in 8 Rang work Don Except A house which is Bult on the 16 Lott 
17 in Do work Don 



[Petition of John Butter fields 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 12.] 

To the Proprietors of Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r 
fee- 
Humbly sheweth, John Butterfield of Westford in the County of 
Middlesex & Province of the Massachusetts Bay — That whereas 
the said John was one of the original Purchasers of the Township of 
Monadnock N° 4, in said Province, and expended sundry Sums of 
Money, and was at great Pains and Trouble in procuring and Laying 
out s' 1 Township And whereas the late Joseph Blanchard Esq r , by 



282 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Virtue of the Power & Authority, to him given, by the Proprietors 
afores' 1 made and executed a good and valid Grant or Pattent of said 
Township to your Petitioner and others, bearing Date the fifteenth 
Day of January A D 1752, by Force whereof your Petitioner became 
one of the Proprietors of said Township, and by Reason of the Prem- 
isses your Petitioner, on the first Day of July next following the Date 
of s' 1 ({rant, drew Four Lotts, being Two Rights, in said Township, 
to wit, Lotts N° 17" & 18" in the Sixth Range, and Lotts N° 13 n & 
14" in the Second Range : But by some Mismanagement, the Grant 
afores' 1 , by said Blanchard, was destroyed, and a new Grant made 
out, in which your Petitioner was omitted, and Jonathan Blanchard 
& William Cumings put in in his Room : By Means whereof, your 
Petitioner hath lost his Title to s d Lotts, which otherwise would have 
been good, the last grant afores d having been made out, before the 
Time limited in the first Grant afores' 1 , for doing the Duty on s' 1 
Rights — and your Petitioner saith, that he, within the same Time, 
endeavoured to do the Duty afores' 1 , on s' 1 Rights, but was repulsed by 
the Persons who came in under the second Grant afores' 1 : By all 
which your Petitioner, being very poor & needy, hath suffered greatly, 
and is much injured every way. — 

Wherefore your Petitioner, relying on your Humanity and Justice, 
prays your Compassion, and that you would give him other Lands in 
said Township (sundry Lotts therein being forfited by Reason of the 
Duty's not being done on them) or that you would give him Lands 
elsewhere as a Recompence for the Injury & Injustice done him as 
afores' 1 , or otherwise recompence him as your Humanity & Justice 
shall direct: — And your Petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray 
&c — 

John Butterfield 

Portsmouth December the 9 th 1769. — 

This Certifies that the Afore mentioned John Butterfield was in the 
Grant of Said modonock N° 4 when first made and the 4 Lots drawed 
to him as within mentioned and the first charter was taken up & a 
New one made in which he was omitted. 

Dec' y e 9 th 1769 Jon a Lovewell 



[James Meed's Military Record, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 13.] 

A return mad by James Reed of Monadnock N° 4 of his Servises 
Don in the Provenshel Troops of the Masachusetts Bay the Dats of 
his Commisions in what Rank and by whom Signed in what Rige- 



FITZWII.LIAM. 



283 



ment — To Gather with ana Coumpt of the Land Bought Since the 
wars in Monadnock N" 4 in the Province of New-Hampshare the 
Number of Lotts the money pad for the Land the Number of Settlers 
Brought onto Said Land and the Taxis Paid to the 12 of December 
1769— 



in year 


Capten 


by whom Signed 


in what Rigement 


1755 
1756 

1758 

1759 
1761 
1762 


Capten Spencer Phips Leu 1 Governour 
Do Governour Sherly 
Do Governour Pownall 
Do Do 
Do Governour Barnard 
Do Do 


Josiah Brown Esqr Collnal 
Timothey Ruggels Esq r Coll 

Do 

Do 
Jonathan Hoar Esqr Collnal 

Do 



the Number of Lotts is 38 one Hundrad aacors Each and 70 aacors 
over the money Paid for Land is <£ 326-7-4 Lawfull money the Num- 
ber of Settlers I have Brought on is 23 the Taxis I have paid is X39— 
8-8 lm— 

Monadnock N° 4 James Reed 

December the 12-1769 



[James Reed to Proprietors, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 14.] 

Honrad Sir A Greabal to A Requast from your Honor 1 have 

made out Sir as an exact aacount as is in my Power of the Prasant 
Standing of the Setelment of monadnock No 4 in the Province of 
New Hampshier — and have Got the faver of Esq 1 ' Kidder to Convay it 
to your Honor — Sir as mr mellen Lives at such a Grate Distance — 
from this Place and not With in the Goverment I have made bold to 
Do witli out his assistance in the afair — I have put in a Small Paper 
with this Return — which I hope will bee no Afront — Bagen at the 
Same Time to Subscribe my Self — Sir your Honors Ever Humbel 
Servant att Com and 

James Reed 

Monadnock N° 4 Januarey the 26. 1770. 

To the Honrabel George Jaffrey Esq r Portsmouth 



284 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[State of Settlements in Fitzwilliam, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 15. 

1. this List Contains an exact account of the Lotts of Land in 

Monadnock No 4 in the Province of New-Hampshire that Duty is 
Don acording to the Tener of the Grant and by whom Don 

Aaron Garfield is on Lott N° 9 in the 1 Rang Duty Don in full 

Thomas Wetherby 7 Lott Do Do 

Reuben Pratt 10 Lott Do Do 

John Gouldsbury 11 Lott Do Do 

Alpheas Brigham 12 Lott Do Do 

Henry Willard is on the 12 Lott 2 Do Do 

Francis Fullom 13 Lott Do Do 

EdwardKindall ison the 15 Lott 5 Do Do 

Nathan Platts 17 Lott Do Do 

Joseph Twist is on the 6 Lott 6 Do Do 

Silas Farnsworth 14 Lott Do Do 

John Mellen 15 Lott Do Do 

James Reed Juner 16 Lott Do Do 

Nathaniel Chapman 17 Lott Do house Burnt Down 

Jacob Reed 18 Lott Do Duty Don in full 

Caleb winch 22 Lott Do Do 

Benjamin Biglow is on 14 Lott 7 Do Do 

Daniel mellen Junr 16 Lott Do Do 

Thomas Garey is on the 14 Lott 8 Do Do 

James Reed 16 Lott Do Do 

John Fassett is on the 13 Lott 9 Do Do 

Isaac Applen 21 Lott Do Do 

Thomas Tolman 23 Lott Do Do 

The above is an exact aacount of those that have Don Duty on 
Lotts in monadnock No 4 which is acording to the tener of the 
Grant to the Bast of my Judgment as thay Stand this 26 Day of Jan- 
uarey 1770 

^ James Reed 

2 A List of those Lotts that have famelys on them in monadnock 
No 4 and the Duty is not fully Don acording to the Tener of Grant 
Aaron Morse is on the 2 Lott in 1 Rang with his famely Duty not 
Compleat 
Sip a Negrow famely 6 Lott — Do Duty not Compleat — 

Robort Jarvis is on 9 Lott 2 Do Do 

Amas Knight is on 19 Lott 5 Do Do 

Jason Ston is on the 21 Lott 6 Do Do 







FITZWILLIAM. 


28 5 


Jonathan Patridge 








23 Lott Do 


Do 


Benjamin Davison 








4 Lott 7 Do 


Do 


John Anger 








18 Lott Do 


Do 


Samuall Turner 








20 Lott 8 Do 


Do 


Henry Poor is on the 








1 Lott 12 Do 


Do 


the Above is Just 


the 


Siti 


iat: 


ion of the Above 


Lotts or Shares as 



thav Stand this 20) Day of Januarey 1770 

IP James Reed 

3 List Contans ana Count of Lotts in monadnoek N° 4 that have 
Sum work Don on them Sum more and Sum Lass as is Described — 
the 1 Lott in 1 Rang A Littel work Don by mr Joslen 

4 Lott — Do A House Littel work by Samuall Pike 

5 Lott — Do Sum work Don by moses Wars 

13 Lott — Do Consideroble of work Don by Henry Willard 

6 Lott in 2 Do A Sawmill Bult by the Grantees — 

11 Lott — Do A Littel work Don by Abner Ston 

14 Lott — Do — A fram of A House and Sum work Don by Robort 
Wars and Jeremiah Harskel — 

17 Lott 2 Rang Sum work Don bv James Reed 

14 Lott 3 Do Do — - Do 

16 Lott Do Do Do 

13 Lott 5 Do A Sawmill Bult by the Grantees and A House and 
Sum work Don on the Same Lott by Daniel Mellen — 

16 Lott in 5 Rang Considerabel of work Don by Jonathan meetcalf 

7 Lott in 6 Do A Littel work Don by Timothey Barton he Gon of 

3 Lott in 5 Rang A Littel Coind of A House and sum work Don by 
Jabez meed 

19 Lott in 4 Rang A Littel work Don by one Rice 

12 Lott in 7 Do A poor House and A Littel work Don by James Reed 

15 Lott Do Large Improvements no House — Do — 

17 Lott Do Sum work Don by Daniel mellen Jur 

23 Lott Do A fram for a House and sum work Don by major Farrar 

4 Lott & Rang Sum work Don by one Boyonton 

5 Lott Do — Sum work Don by Jeddiah Boyonton 

13 Lott Do work Don and Gran Soad by aaron Coldman 

15 Lott Do 9 or 10 aacors Cleard and to Grass by James Reed 

17 Lott Do Sum Improvements Don by James Reed 
21 Lott Do Littel Choping Don by major Farrar 

23 Lott Do A Com mill bult by the Grantees 

18 Lott in 9 Do Sum work Don by Joseph Adorns 

19 Lott Do a Littel work Don Cap' James Richardson 

20 Lott Do a small poor House and A Littel work Don by James 
Reed 



286 CHARTER RECORDS. 

22 Lott Do a House and Improvements by Thomas Tolman 

10 Lott 10 Rang Littel work Don and Rie Soad by Thomas Will- 
marth 

23 Lott Do A House bult by Benj Tiffany no famely 

16 Lott in 1 Rang sum work Don by Phinehas Wheelock 

the Above is as thay Stand this 26 Day of Januarey 1770 

pr James Reed — 

4 List Contans the orignal Rights that was obliged by Charter to Do 
Duty and have not Don any thing on Either of the Lotts belongen to 
these Shares — 



Lotts no 


Rang 


no 


Rang 


Lotts no 


R 


no 


R 


4 


— 12 — 


11 


— 8 


20 — 


5 — 


23 — 


5 


2 


— 8 — 


o 


— 7 


16 — 


12 — 


17 — 


4 


2 


— 4 — 


20 


— 4 


3 — 


10 — 


8 — 


10 


1 


— 10 — 


2 


— 10 


21 — 


11 — 


7 — 


6 


18 


— 12 — 


11 


— 6 


19 — 


12 — 


7 — 


8 


7 


— 4 — 


23 


— 4 


12 — 


11 — 


13 — 


10 


20 


— 11 — 


4 


— 4 


12 — 


10 — 


5 — 


9 


4 


— 11 — 


10 


— 9 


12 — 


o 

o — 


8 — 


5 


5 


— 4 — 


21 


— 4 


14 — 


1 — 


1 — 


4 


16 


— 11 — 


13 


— 7 


12 — 


12 — 


13 — 


4 


17 


— 12 — 


10 


— 6 


15 — 


10 — 


11 — 


4 


1 


6 


13 


— 4 


20 — 


10 — 


1 — 


3 


2 


o 


o 


o 


4 — 


8 — 


4 — 


7 


5 


— li- 


11 


— 9 











the Above is An exact account of those Rights which have not been 
improved according to the Tener of the Grant and have no impove- 
ment made on either Lott of the Right or Share as thay Stand this 26 
Day of Januarey 1770 

19 r James Reed — 



[James Meed to Proprietors, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 16.] 

Honrad Sir 

In obadantes to your ordor to me in December Last I ameadeatly 
made out a Return of the improvements on Each Lott in this Township 
and Dilivrad it to Esqr Townsend and Desired him to Diliver it to 
your Honor which he promised to Do Last Febuery Court and Sir I 
have not heard any thing of it Since) which if your Honr hath Re- 
cived it and it would Answer the Intenchen of the Proprietors I 



<;i I. M ANTON. 



287 



should Tak it a Grate Honor to heair of it (by mr Sprage) and Sir if 
it is not Recived or is not the thing intended I stand Rady at all Tims 
to inform the Proprietors in the Real Sureamstancis to the Bast of my 
Judment att the Same Time I Would bag Leve to Subscribe my Self 
your Honors Ever Humbel Servant att Comand 

Monadnock No 4 James Reed 

may the 23 — 1770 

To the Honrable George Jaffrey Esq 1 " 



GILMANTON. 

[Granted May 20, 1 727, to Nicholas Oilman and others. The grant was confirmed 
by the Masonian Proprietors, June 30, 1752. Governors Island was annexed 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 in- 
corporated as Upper Gilmanton, June 28, 1859. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 302, 
456; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 1 ; Index to Laws, 207; papers under title 
Kingswood ; History, by Daniel Lancaster, 1845, pp. 304 ; sketch by S. S. N. Gree- 
ley, 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, 
Geology, etc., by William Prescott, 1, 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, 1, N. H. Repository, 65; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
pp. 490. 494, 496.] 



[Proprietors of Gilmanton, 1727-8.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 17.] 
A schedule of the names of the proprietors of the Town of Gil- 



manton — 

Theodore Atkinson 
Robert Auchmuty 
Michael Bowden 
Nath" Bartlet 
Joseph Baker 
Jeremiah Bean 
Jeremiah Connor 
Philip Connor 



Cornelius Drisco 
Richard Dolloff 
James Davis 
Cap' John Downing 
William Doran 
Ephraim Dennitt 
Ephraim Dennitt Ju r 
Joseph Dudley 



Daniel Gilman 
Nicholas Gilman Ju r 
Andrew Gilman 
Zebulon Giddings 
Thomas Gilman 
Nicholas Gilman 3' 1 
Samuel Gilman 
Nathaniel Gilman 



288 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



John Chipman 
Richard Clark 
Edward Colcord 
Jonath" Clark Ju 1 
Ward Clark 
Jonath" Colcord 
John Clai'k 
Jonath" Connor 
Cornelius Connor 
Jeremiah Calfe 
Benj" Clark 
Eliphelet Coffin 
Thomas Dean 
Nicholas Dudley 
Trueworthy Dudley 
James Dudley 
Alexander Gorden 
Jonathan Gil man 
Benjamin Gambling 
Paul Garrish 
Cap 1 John Gil man 
Theophilus Hardey 
Robert Hale 
Paul Hall 
Henry Hale 
Joseph Hall 
Josiah Hall 
Richard Hilton 
Samuel Hilton 
Benjamin Hilton 
Edward Hilton 
William Hilton 
Jonathan Hilton Ju r 
Edward Hall 
Clement Hughes 
Co 11 Mark H unking 
James Jaffrey 
James Jaffrey Ju r 
Cyprian Jaffrey 
( reorge Jaffrey Esq r 
George Jaffrey Ju r 
Richard Jenness 
Caleb Kimball 



Sam 11 Elkins 
John Fulsom 
Jonath" Fulsom 
Abraham Fulsom 
P>enj" Fulsom 
Jabez Fitch 
William Fellows 
Andrew Frost 
John Frost Esq r 
Ephraim Fulsom 
Edward Fulsom 
Edward Fy field 
Nicholas Gilman Esq r 
John Gilman Esq 1 
Peter Gilman 
Nicholas Gorden 
James Leavitt 
Ephraim Leavitt 
Timothy Leavitt 
James Leavitt Ju r 
Benjamin Leavitt 
Stephen Lyford 
John Lordd 
Dudley Leavitt 
John Low 
Moses Leavitt 
Nathaniel Ladd 
John Leavitt 
John Mudgett 
Archiball M'phedriss 
William Moore 
Walter Neal 
Samuel Norriss 
James Norriss 
Moses Norriss 
John odlin 
John odlin Ju 1 
Jotham odiorne Ju r 
William odiorne 
Jotham odiorne Esq 1 
Jethro Pearson 
John Perkins Ju r 
Thomas Peirce 



Josiah Gilman 
Leiu 1 John Gilman 
Edward Gilman 
Samuel Gilman 3' 1 
John Gilman Ju r 
Trueworthy Gilman 
Edward Gilman Ju r 
Jeremiah Gilman 
Nath" Gilman Ju r 
Andrew Glidden 
Richard Glidden Ju r 
Caleb Gilman 
Robert Gilman 
Nehemiah Gilman 
Joseph Glidden 
Thomas Gorden 
Matthew Plant 
Ephraim Philbrick 
Nicholas Ferryman 
John Ferryman 
Henry Rust 
John Robinson 
John Roberts 
Jonath" Robinson Ju r 
Benj" Rawlings 
Joseph Robinson 
Eleazer Russell 
John Redman 
James Sinkler 
Richard Smith 
Robert Smart 
Joseph Smart 
John Scribner Ju r 
Joseph Scribner 
Theophilus Smith 
Theophilus Smith Ju r 
Joseph Sinkler 
Stephen Sewall 
Samuel Sinkler 
oliver Smith 
Abraham Samborn 
Richard Sinkler 
Henry Shearburne 



GILMANTON. 



'89 



John Kimball 
John Samborn 
Jacob Smith 
Samuel Smith 
Bartholomew Thing 
Benj" Thing 
Joseph Thing 
Coffen Thing 
Daniel Thing 
Cap 1 Sam" Tibbitts 
Nath" Thing 
Jonathan Thing 



John Plaistead 
Samuel Thing 
Jonathan Wadleigh 
Thomas Webster 
Nathaniel Webster 
Humphry Willson 
Ebenezer Weare 
Thomas Webster Ju r 
Thomas Willson 
Benning Wentworth 
Hunking Wentworth 
John Wentworth Ju 1 
William Wentworth 



Ebenez r Stevens 
Peter Weare 
Andrew Wiggin 
Richard Wibird Ju 1 

Richard Wibird Esq r 
Benj" Walton 
Shad iack Walton Esq 1 ' 
Tho 8 Westbrook Esq r 
Richard Waldron Ju r 
Jonathan Young 
Minister Right 
Parsonage Right 
School Right 



Edward Thing 

Samuel Shute Esq r 540 Acres — 

John Wentworth Esq r 540 Acres — 

Eighteen Rights to Masonian Proprietors six Hundred Acres voted 
to Benj" & Jont 11 Brown Aaron Clough Timothy Barnard and orlando 
Sargeant for to acquit James Jaffry Right Cornelius Connors Right 
and Samuel Hiltons Right which Rights were Declared forfeited and 
sold may y e 16 th 1750 

Fifteen of the proprietors before mentioned were not in the first 
schedule but were admitted as proprietors as follows — 

At a Legal Town meeting held at Exeter March the 14 th 1727/8 

Voted at the same meeting that the several Persons whose names 
are Under written have an Equal share of Land with the other pro- 
prietors of Gilmantown — 



Thomas Dean 
Robert Hale 
Jacob Smith 
Samuel Smith 
Nathaniel Thing 
Coppy of Record 



Joseph Baker 
John Leavitt 
Jonathan Thing 
John Kimball 
John Low 



Thomas Gorden 
Nicholas Perryman 
John Perryman 
Jonathan Clark Ju 1- 
Edward Thing 



Attest Joseph Badger propr 8 Clerk — 



[Petition for Quit-Claim, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 17.] 

Rye Jim the 16, 1749 
The humbel Reqast of the Subscribers to the Honrabel proprieters 
of masons Rite of Land in this provnce Shueth that thay have Ben at 
Charg in purching oregnel Rits in gilmantoun do pay the Honrabl 
18 



29O CHARTER RECORDS. 

Sositoy to a qet us as you have nottingham toun and Sum other touns 

in this provnce 

and we Remn your mst humbel most obedent Sarvnts 

Richerd Jennes 
danel molten 
John garLand 



[ Vote of Proprietors of G-ilmanton, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 17.] 

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of Gilmantown holden at the house 
of Cap' John Light in Exeter March 12. 1752 

Col 1 Peter Gil man Moderator — 

Voted to Choose a Com'itte to treat & finally agree with any 
person or persons that Lay Claim to Gilmantown or any part thereof 
Voted Cap 1 John Odlin Josiah Oilman & Sam 1 Gilman Jun r be a 
Com'itte for that End they or the Major part to Act — 

true Coppy Attest Josiah Gilman Prop rs Clerk 



[Petition of Robert Jenkins, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 18.] 

To The Hon 16 Theod r Atkinson Rich a Wiberd Esq rs & Others Pur- 
chasers & Propriators of Masons Right in y e Province of New Hamp r 

The Petitsion of Rob 1 Jenkins of Boston Mei -t Sheweth that Y r 
Petition' purchased One full Right & Share of Land in y e Township of 
Gilmantown in S d Prov e As may Appear by y e Deed in y e hands of 
M r Dan 1 Perce Which Right Originally belon 8 to y e Hon 1 Jotham 
Odiorn late of Port" 1 in S' 1 Provi ce Esq r Deceas' 1 & Y r Petitioner Not 
knowing that S' 1 township or any part of It fell within Y r Claime till 
lately Therefor prays that when You Shall grant away S d Township 
You would be pleas to Resarve S' 1 Right to him & his Heirs &c — 
which will Oblidge 

Gent" Y r most Hum 1 Ser* 

Port" 1 March 27 1752 Rob 1 Jenkins 



[Quit- CI aim to Gilmanton, 1752.] 

[Masonian Proprietors" Records, June 30, 1752.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth June 30 th 1752. Tuesday four of 
New Hampshire \ the Clock afternoon at the house of Ann Slayton 
the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 



[PZan of Gilmanton, 1753.] 




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Voted That there he and hereby is granted to the Proprietors of 
(lilinan Town so ('ailed in said Province & their Assigns all The 
Right Title Claim Interest Estate Property and Demand of the Pro- 
prietors herein first Named and who are the Grantors in these Presents 
011 the Terms iV: Conditions herein after Expressed of in and unto all 
the Land Contained within the Bounds of the Charter According to 
The tine Intent thereof made by the Lien 1 Governour & Council for 
said Province to the said Proprietors of Gilman Town with a View of 
Granting the same Land in the Year 1727 and the amendment or 
Explanation thereof made in the year 1720, only Reserving to the 
Grantors in these Presents Eighteen Shares, each equal for Quantity 
tV. Quality with the other Single Shares of the said Proprietors of Gil- 
man Town which Reserved Shares are to lye in a body altogether to 
be laid out on the Northerly part of said Township between their 
second Division & the North line of said Township from the pond 
Called Winnepiseokee pond & so Riming back till the whole quantity 
aforesaid shall be made up That the said Proprietors of Gilman Town 
at their own Expence lay out the same Reserved Land and make a 
Division thereof as the said Grantors shall hereafter Direct and Order 
and make an exact plan of the whole Township and the Quantity of 
Land therein Contained and also of the said Division and Return the 
same to the said Grantors within Ten Months from this time That 
Convenient highways be left in said Division & thro' The Township 
to the said Land so Reserved — That the said Proprietors of Gilman 
Town make the Settlement of said Town according to & in such man- 
ner as the said Charter directs within Three years from this time in 
case there is no Indian War within that time & if there is then the 
like time to be allowed afterwards — That the said Reserved Shares 
be & hereby are Exempted & Exonerated of & from any part of the 
Charge of making the said Settlement & from all Charges whatsoever 
that have already arisen or may hereafter arise concerning the said 
Township & the Settlement thereof by any ways or means whatsoever 
untill Improved by the owner of each Respective share or such as hold 
under 'em That the said Gilman Town Proprietors do as soon as may 
be conveniently call a meeting of the said Proprietors and Vote a 
Confirmation of this Vote and the Several Articles & matters herein 
Contained on their part & behalf to be done and their Assent and 
Consent to the same and Transmit an Attested Copy thereof to the 
Grantors herein mentioned 



292 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Surveyor's Report on Grilmanton Lots, 1763.] 
[Masonian Papers. Vol. 6, p. 19.] 

To the Purchasers of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 ' in the 
Province of New Hampshire 

Gentlemen 

In Consequence of a Vote Passed by your Proprietary at a Legal 
meeting, & Pursuant To an order from George Jaffrey Esq r your clerk, 
And an Additional Instruction Sign'd by the Hon ble Theod r Atkinson, 
Richard Wibird & Mark H'g Wentworth Esq r \ the Hon ,,,e Thomas 
Wallingford, George Jaffrey, Daniel Peirce Thomas Packer Esq rs & 
m r Samuel Moffatt, Dated the 30 th of September 1763— & by Order of a 
Com'ittee of the Proprietors of the township of Gilman Town in said 
Province; We the Subscribers have Allotted & set of the Shares 
Reserved by you, in the said Township of Gilman town, Agreeable to the 
aforesaid Orders & a Plan Hereto Anexed, in manner Following Viz 1 
We Have Laid out Eighteen Shares into Fifteen Equal Parts (haveing 
had Due Regard to the Quality as well as Quantity) Each Share con- 
taining two Lotts — said Lotts are Laid out in two Ranges, & Bounded 
as Follows Viz 1 Beginingata Beach tree which is marked for a Bound 
tree about two miles North West from the East corner of said town- 
ship, which tree is marked with Sundrie Letters and Figures Viz 1 E. G. 
June 16 th 1731, & N. S. 1749.— And from the said tree we Run North 
West two Hundred Sixty Seven Rods, & marked a tree with R 1 st for 
the corner of the first Range, then we Run North 71 Rods & Num- 
bred one, then we continued our course North Parrelell with the Towns 
Line to Winipisaro Pond, & Numbred from one to 14 in said Range. 
Excepting the first & the 14 th Lotts are Laid out one Hundred & Sixty 
Nine Rods wide, And from where they are numbred they Run East one 
hundred & Eighty Seven Rods to the East Line of the township afore- 
said — The 14 th Lot Bounds upon the said Pond, — the Cross ways in 
said Range are Between the Lotts Numbred 2 & 3, 4 & 5, 6 & 7, 8 & 
9, 10 & 11, 12 & 13, & Each of said Cross ways are three Rods wide, 
& Lay on the North side of Each of said Numbers, & Run East to the 
Line of said town. — the Second Range at Winipisaro Pond aforesaid 
is two Hundred & twenty one Rods West from the first Range & Runs 
Parellell with the Line of the township to Number Sixteen at or Near 
the first Divission of said Gilmantown, & from said Number sixteen the 
Lot Runs South East to a tree marked R, 2'd N° 16, Every Lott in 
said second Range from where they are Numbred Runs East till they 
come within three Rods of the first Range which three Rods we have 
Left for a high way — the Cross ways in the second Range are Left 
three Rods wide Between N° 2 & 3—4 & 5—6 & 7—8 & 9—10 & 11— 



[Plan of G-ilmanton, 1772.] 




The 40 Acre Lots numbered with Red Ink are the first division of 40 Acres — Those 100 Acres that are number'd with Red, were laid out for the first Settlers to 

choose out of 



To the Purchasers of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r Gentlemen 

Agreeable to your Vote ; This Plan is presented to you, by the Proprietors of Gilmantown. 

Gilmantown Janu^ 2i»' 1772 



Joseph Badger > CommiUee 
Ebenezer Smith V 



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12 & 13 — 14 & 15 & Lay on the south side of Every of said numbers 
& we have Laid out a Range way of three Rods wide on the west side 
of the second Range from the Pond to Number Sixteen — We Have 
Also Laid out the aforesaid Fifteen Shares into thirty Lotts & have 
Coupled them (Agreeable to our orders) as follows Viz f the first Lot 
in the first Range & the twelfth Lot in the Second Range — the Second 
Lot in the first Range & the third Lot in the Second Range — the third 
Lot in the first Range And the first Lot in the second Range — the 
fourth Lot in the first Range & the second Lot in the Second Range — 
the fifth Lot in the first Range and the Sixth Lot in the Second 
Range — the Fourteenth Lot in the first Range & the fifth Lot in the 
second Range — -the Sixth Lot in the first Range & the Ninth Lot in 
the Second Range — the Seventh Lot in the first Range and the Elev- 
enth Lot in the second Range. — the Eighth Lot in the first Range & 
the thirteenth Lot in the second Range — the Ninth Lot in first Range 
& the tenth Lot in the Second Range— the tenth Lot in the first Range 
& the fourth Lot in the second Range — the Eleventh Lot in the first 
Range & the seventh Lot in the second Range— the twelfth Lot in the 
first Range & the Eighth Lot in the second Range — the thirteenth Lot 
in the first Range & the fifteenth Lot in the second Range — the four- 
teenth & the Sixteenth Lotts in the second Range — 
Exeter the 12'" of Decem r 17G3.— 

Daniel Beede ) a 

T , r^-, } Surveyors. 

John Gilman \ J 



[Joseph Badger to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 19.] 

Gilmantown octo r 19 th 1773 
S r I Rec' 1 Yours of y e 9 th Inst : Respecting the Mistake Between Gil- 
mantown & the Gore and in answer say that 1 will endeavour to beat 
Portsmouth some time in Decern 1 next and if your propriety would be 
pleased to appoint a Committee with power and Instructions that 
would be satisfactory to them I should think the affair might be the 
easier Comprimisd as it is some times attended with Dificulty to Get 
Your proprietors to meet Ebenezer Smith Esq 1 with my self are a Com- 
mittee in behalf of Gilmantown and I have shewn m 1 Fisher the Vote 
and he thinks the vote is not sufficient to Impower us to Convey any 
of the proprietors Intrest I Intend to show it to m r Sargeant before I 
Come Down and if he thinks it not sufficient we must Call a propri- 
etors meeting I am s r Your Hon 18 most Hum le ser 1 

Joseph Badger 
To the Hon 1 ' 1 '' George Jaffrey Esq 1 ' 



294 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Conditions of Quit-Claim to Grilmanton Proprietors.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 20.] 

Mem of An Agreement made between the Proprietors Claiming 
under John Tufton Mason & the Agents of the Proprietors of Gil- 
man Town as follows viz first the Said Masonian Proprietors are to have 
an Equal Share Each with Each of the Proprietors of Said Gilman 
Town which is to be laid out in a body altogether on the Northerly part 
of Said Township between their Second Division & the North Line of 
Said Township. 

2 d that the Proprietors of Gilman Town at their own Expence Lay 
out the Same & Divide it as they Shall be Directed by the Masonian 
Propriet rs and also make an Exact plan of the Whole Township & 
Quantity of Land in the whole & also of the Division afores rt within 
months & that Convenient high Ways be Left in Said Division & 
So thro' the township to the Division that they have a Quit Claim of 
the Masonian Proprietors Right Wherein they are to be held to Make 
the Settlem 1 of Said Town Ship agreeable to Charter within Years 

from this time in case of Peace & the Masonian Proprietors at no 
part of that Charge until they make Improvem 1 of their Particular 
Shares 

July 15 th P M 



GILSUM. 

[Granted as Boyle, Dec. 28, 1752, to Joseph Osgood and others. No settle- 
ments were made under this grant. Regranted July 13, 1763, to Samuel Gilbert, 
Thomas Sumner and others, and named Gilsum by combining the first syllables 
of the two names. The west part of the town was combined with a portion of 
Westmoreland 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 New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
303 ; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 398, 400, as to participation in 
movement for union with Vermont towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers. 18; 
Index to Laws, 208; History, by Silvanus Hayward, 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; Law- 
rence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 263; Address, Centennial Celebration of Con- 
gregational Church, 1872, by Silvanus Hayward, pp. 63.] 



GOFFSTOWN. 



295 



[Plan of GhilsvmJ] 

it Begins at y e S° Easter' Comer of Walpole & Runs S° 78' 1 E 2 ,n & 
104 Rods to y e North East* Corner of Westmoreland thence S° 620 
to v e North Line of Keen & from y""" N. 84' 1 E 6 m & 224 Rods to a 
stake & stones thence N. 4 m £ thence West 83 Miles & 50 Rod S° 
2"' 28S Charter Dated 13 of July 1763 for 5 Years. 



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GOFFSTOWN. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Narragansett No. 4, Feb. 9, 1733-4. Granted 
by the Masonian Proprietors, Dec. 3, 1748, to Rev. Thomas Parker, of Uracut, 
Mass., and others. It was also called Shove" s-town. Incorporated as Goffstown 
June 16, 1761, and named for Col. John GofFe. The charter was renewed April 
5, 1763. A portion of the town was combined with parts of Dunbarton and 
Chester to make up the town of Hooksett, July 2, 1822. Some islands in Merri- 
mack River were annexed June 28, 1825. A part of New Boston was annexed 
June 18, 1836. The line between Dunbarton and Goffstown was established Jan. 
7, 1853. A portion of Goffstown was annexed to Manchester July 1, 1853. 



296 CHARTER RECORDS. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 306; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 25; Index to Laws, 
209; sketch, by Alonzo F. Carr, Hind'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; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 170; 
sketch. 12. Farmer's Monthly Visitor, 48, 81.] 



[Petition of Fohom and Follansbee, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 20.] 

Dismissed Portsmouth October 28 Ul 1748 

To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Mason's Right in 
Lands in y e Province of New Hampshire — 

We the Subscribers being two of y e Petitioners of y e Grant of a 
Township with Cap 1 John Goffe and which by your Direction he has 
procured a regular Survey & within which Tract is a brook called 
black Brook convenient for Mills and as y e Principal Petitioners afore- 
said think it necessary to have a Saw Mill built as Soon as may be 
for the Benefit of Settleing y e Said Township, & have encouraged us 
to Sett up a Saw Mill for that Purpose on Said Brook we tho't it 
best, before we engaged in raiserng a Dam or Mill on Said black 
Brook, first to apply to the Proprietors for Liberty and to take a 
grant of the Privilege upon money Purchase or upon any \&y that the 
Proprietors Shall think fit to agree for the bounds of y e Privilege we 
Request are first beginning at a white oak Spotted on four sides 
Standing within four Rods of said brook then running notherly ab k 
forty live Poles to a Pitch Pine Spotted on four Sides, then westerly 
to a Pitch pine Spotted on four Sides about forty five Poles, then 
Southerly crossing the said brook to a pitch pine Spotted on four 
Sides ab l forty five Poles and then runing easterly ab* forty five 
Poles and crossing said Brook to y e Bounds first mentioned — your 
complying with our Petition will very much oblige your petitioners 

Josiah Folsom 
Joshua follansbe 



[Petition of James Moore, 1748.] 

[Mason ian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 21.] 

To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of the lands Sold by 
Capt John Tuff ton Mason within the Province of New Hampshire 
&c Humbley Shew 



GOFFSTOWN. 297 

That upon the Sixth day of June 17o7 I Purchased from William 
Lund a Tract of land upon the westerly Side of Merrimack near 
ammasceeg ffals Containing two Hundred and twenty acres, the Same 
year Broak up about Seven acres and So from year to year 
tmprov'd upon S' 1 land to the amount of twenty acres, andfenc'd in 
with a Good fence about ffourty acres & Built a House & Barn & 
Planted an orchyard So that upon the whole my parchase labour and 
Improvements has been attended with Great Expence and labour &c 
Bui So it is that one ffalensbee as 1 Judge, and Some others unknown 
to me have made a fence in the middle of my land last week & have 
Strijit Some of the Boards off my house to Inclose their fence Wo'd 
Earnestly Desire that as your Hon er has these affairs under your 
wise Consideration that you wo'd take the Premises and Circumstan- 
ces of my affair under Consideration in the most and Justest man- 
ner So as I may not be molested by any person by virtue of any 
Grant made by your Hon rs and your Petitioner as in duty Bound 
Shall Ever pray 

Ports" 1 Nov 1 ' y e 4 th 1748 James Moore 

[ Conditions of G-rant of G-offstoirn.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 21.] 

for Goffe's Town 5 mile & 7 mile Square 70 Shares 20 of w ch 
Prop™ & Town 

1" year clear 4 Acres and build a house and in 9 month to have a 
farm: Settled within y e 2' 1 year to have a Meeting house built 

by y' last day of may next to have y e Town laid out in Lots and 
the Lots ready to be drawn to be laid out in three Divisions the first 
& Second Divisions to be of one hundred Acres each and the third of 
y" Remainder of y e Townships Reserving Convenient high Ways 
where y' Lots can be conveniently laid out in Ranges to be of four 
Roils wide oc the Cross Ways to be of two Rods wide And by y e 
last of May 1750 each Settler to have a house built of 16 foot 
Square with a Chimney A: Cellar and Some person or persons 
Inhabiting therein and have four Acres of land inclosed & fitted for 
y e Plow or Scythe and by y e last day of May 1751 to have 4 Acres 
more enclosed & titted as aforesaid — and A meeting house built fit 
for publick Worship for Said Town cv to maintain publick worship 
Constantly from y e end of three years after y" drawing y e Lots, & 
afterwards — and in \~~yl to have 4 acres more inclosed & fitted as 
aforesaid — Reserving of Six Acres of laud in Some convenient place 
in y e Town for building Meeting house School burying place Training 
held & c And that each of y' Settlers Shall at or before y' drawing 



298 CHARTER RECORDS. 

their Lotts advance the Sum of thirty pounds old Ten r Currency 
including what they have already paid towards y e said Township to 
be deposited in the hands of Such persons as shall be appointed to 
receive y e same by y e Major part of said Settlers to pay y e Charge of 
surveying and dividing y e Said land into lots build 8 a meeting house 
maintaining publick worship y e first six months clearing Roads build- 
ing necessaiy Bridges, and making and returning a Compleat & 
true Plan to the Grantors of y e Said Survey & Divisions &c a 
Reserving all white Pine trees for his Majesty's use that are fit for 
masting his royal Navy 

That twenty Rights or Shares of y e Seventy be reserved to ye use 
of y e Grantors as they shall direct that one of the Said twenty rights 
be for y e first Minister that Shall be first regularly Settled in y e 
Town if he remain's there in y e Ministry during life, or be regularly 
dismis't and that another of y e said Rights be reserved for a parson- 
age Lot for ever & that y e two first Divisions of Said Rights be laid 
out adjoining as near the Meeting house as conveniently may be & 
y e other two lots to be laid out as y e Settlers shall agree & one other 
of y e Said 20 Rights to be for y e use of a School in the Town for ever 
to be drawn for as y e other Rights— 

the Remaining Seventeen to be free & Exampted from paying 
any Charge till improved by y e owners — and all y e Rights to be 
drawn for except for y e ministry 

and if any of ye said fifty Grantees or their Assigns shall not per- 
form any one of the Said Articles Shall forfeit his Right to y e 
Grantors — That the Settlers have the use of y e Meadows which shall 
fall within any of the Lots of any of the Said 20 Rights as the Major 
part of s' 1 Settlers Shall agree for the term of five years — That no 
Incumbrance shall be Built upon or a Cross Piscataquog River below 
y e Crotch which may prevent y e Course of the fish and any Person 
may destroy & Remove Such Incumbrance if Built 



\_Grrcmtees of G-offstoicn, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 22.] 

The following is a list of the Sellers Admitted to take Lotts in 
the township Com'itted to the Care of John Goffe Adjoyning to 
Souheegan East on Merrimack River Nov r 28 th 1748 — 



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Gra H therS 3S Sa ' d Division nas been made bv the Grantees to be returnd to the Grantors in order to the Drawing of the Lotts agreable to the Vote by which it was 



Attest' 



GOFFSTOWN. 



299 



Thom 8 Parke[r] of Dracul 
John Butterfield 

Cap' John Goffe for 
Joshua Kollensbe 
Ens" Benj n Richards 
Caleb Emery 
Ab rm Merril Moses Wells 
Alex r Walker 
John Dow 
James Kennedy 
Robert Gil more 



Share 



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Sampson Stoddard 

Joseph Blancbard, Juner 1 

Cap' Thomas Follensbe for 1 

Leu' Caleb page 1 

Leu 4 Peter Most 1 

John Goffe Ju r 1 

Benj" Stevens 1 

Robert Davidson 1 

John Jewel 1 

Joseph Kennedy 1 



Will"' Macdoel Andrew Aiken Rob 1 Walker 1 

Nathaniel Martain 1 

Will'" Orr 
Peter Herriman Sam 11 Barrnet 1 



Eph'" Martain for 1 

James Adams 1 
Eben' Martain Joshua Martain 1 

James Maekinght 1 

John Kidder 1 

Will'" Read 1 

Sam" Patten 1 

Caleb Dolton 1 

James Walker 1 

John Combs 1 

Ens" William Cummings 1 
Edward White Esq 

Tvmothv Corlis 1 



Job Kidder 1 

Aarron and Ele zr Wells 1 

Robert Read John Smith 1 

Tho s George ZechT Cutten 1 

Sam 11 Griges 1 

Matthew Patten 1 

John More 1 

James Karr 1 
John White his Son 

Tho s Farmer 1 



[Joseph Blanchard to Proprietor*, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 23.] 

Gentlemen 

at the Importunity of Cap 1 Goffe Relating his Expected Grant at 
Cohas the East Side Merrimack river. Who Complains that One 
Dunkin Unfairly, tryes to Defeat his good Intention of Setting up a 
mill under pretence that he had possession there I have this nere 
thirty Years bin knowing to those Lands, and know that that Stream 
has never properly bin in possession of any but Cap 1 Goffe, there 
was. a nomber in a frenzy both of Derry & of the Massachusetts Peo- 
ple Without any Order each of them Seperately Lotted all the Lands 
on the River and Rediculously dugg holes in the turffe and planted 
Some Corn on Most of the Lotts and in Severall places tell Some 
trees in Course. Where a fence might be Built but all a Sham 



300 CHARTER RECORDS. 

from first to Last, Some persons did one or two Years plant a Small 
bit of the Land South of Cohass, and When Cap* Goffe Entered there 
no house had bin Built nor Since no person Improving, in that time 
it was Lay'd out to One Robert Rand, by the Massachusetts I at his 
Request often treated with all then In possession or making pretence, 
I never heard for ten Years or more the Least Intimation of Claim of 
this Dnnkin Goffe in fact has kept Setlement there, and maintained 
Somthing of a Bridge And ben very Serviceable to a great many 
people in keeping boats and Canoes to help people both Over that 
And the Great River Merrimack without ever being one Quarter 
paid to all these thing I am knowing, And many Other facts in his 
t'aver might be Intimated & provided no Regard be had to Rand, 
Cap 1 Goffe for that trate by the Small River and the Conveniencys 
of Both Sides to the Great River, for about half a mile is the Only 
man that can Honestly pretend Any Couler to a grant from this 
Society — Those Are the true fact, the Relating them Excuse me In, 
And Accept the very Hum 6 Service of your most Obed t 

Londondonderry 29 th of Nov r 1748 J Blanchard 

To The Hon 1 Prop 1 ' 8 of Masons Grant 

P S Gent" We are in Expectation y l Cap 1 Goffe will this Journey 
finish his township I have Quieted with his help Severall prop" who 
perhaps Would have Wrangled As much as Any, but now be Stanch 
frinds to the Affair I Hope Honest Cap' Colburn Will be Remem- 
bered in Starks town And be Equally Helpfull as Cap 1 Goffe has bin 
and if any Hindrance Happens to Starks tis pitty but Goffes town 
now Getts through that people may See tis more than a fiction Y r * 

ut Supra J B 



[Charter of Goffstotvn, 1748.] 
[ Mason ian Proprietors' Records, Dec 3, 1748.] 

Portsm" Saturday 3 d December 1748 at y e House of Sarah Prust 
widow twelve of y e Clock at Noon Proprietors meet according to 
Adjournment 

Voted That there be and hereby is granted unto Thomas Parker of 
Dracut Coll Sampson Stoddard Esqu r & John Butterfield of Chelms- 
ford Joseph Blanchard jun r of Dunstable Robert Davidson of Dun- 
stable John Comes James Car both of Said Dunstable John Goffe 
John Goffe jun r James Walker Mathew Patten John Moore 
Timothy Corlis Thomas Farmer Zach a Cutting Samuel Patten 
Alexander Walker James Cannada Joseph Cannada Robert Gil- 



GOFFSTOWN. ^OI 

more Roberl Walker all of Souhegan Easl So called Thomas Fal- 
Iinsby Joshua Follinsby Caleb Page Benjamin Richards Peter Morse 
Caleb Emery John Dow Peter Herriman all of Haverhill District 
Abraham Merrill Benjamin Stevens John Jewell Ephraim Martin 
Nathaniel Martin Ebenezer Martin Aaron Wells Caleb Daulton all 
of a plaee called Amaskeeg James Adams the Son of William Adams 
William Orr Job Kidder John Kidder all of Londonderry William 
Reed Robert Reed James McKnight William Conmiins all of Litch- 
field Samuel Griggs Edward White Esqu r John White all of Brookline 
Their Heirs & Assigns in Equal shares Excepting as hereafter 
Excepted on the Terms Conditions & Limitations herein after 
Expressed, All that tractor Parcel of Land within the Province of 
NCw Hampshire, Extending Seven miles in length and five miles in 
Breadth Bounded as follows, viz', beginning at the north east Corner 
of Souhegan East so called, at the main river & thence 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 
run's to the place where the Said bounds begin — To have & to hold 
to them their Heirs and Assigns in equal Shares Excepting as 
aforesaid, on the following Terms Conditions & Limitations That is 
to Say That the whole traot of Land within Said bounds (saving 
the particular Tracts herein after mentioned) be divided into Sixty 
eight Shares or Rights and each Share or Right be laid out into 
three Distinct Lots and number'd with the Same Number on each 
of Said Lots. That the Numbers begin with one and end with 
Sixty Eight. That one of the said Shares be for y e Use of the first 
minister of the Gospel who shall be Settled on the said Tract of 
Land hereby granted and shall remain there during his life or untill 
he shall be Regularly Dismist to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns 
And one other of Said Shares be for & towards the Support of y e 
Gospel Ministry there forever That two of y e three Lots that Shall 
belong to each Share Shall contain one hundred Acres each and 
the third all the Remainder of the land belonging to each Share 
Respectively that the two one hundred Acre Lots belonging to the 
share for the first Minister of the Gospel and the other for the Sup- 
port of the ministry as aforesaid be laid out as near y e place where 
the meeting house Shall be Set as may conveniently be done but 
that all the other Lots he drawn for according to common Method 
of drawing for Lots of Land ; only not untill all the Lots Shall be 
laid out so as that there Shall be but one Draft for three Lots, that 
is all belonging to one share. That one of the Said shares be for A; 
towards the Support of a School there for ever and * nineteen of the 

*White & Son being two. 



302 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Said Shares be reserved for y e use of the Proprietors the Grantors of 
the said Premises & their assigns forever. That Seventeen of these 
reserved Shares be Exonerated acquitted and fully Exempted from 
paying any Charge towards making a Settlement, and not held to 
the Conditions of the other Shares respecting the Settlement nor 
liable to any Tax Assesment or Charge untill improved by the owners 
or Some holding under them respectively. That the owners of the 
other forty eight Shares shall carry on perform & make a Settlement 
at their own Expence in the following manner viz* all the Lots to be 
Laid out ;b aforesaid by the last day of May next ready to be drawn for. 
That the Lots be laid out in Ranges where the Land will admitt of it 
Land left between the Ranges for high ways of four Rods wide and & 
for Cross ways between the Lots two Rods wide — That within one 
year from the Said last day of May, each Owner of the said forty 
Eight Shares, have a house of Sixteen foot Square with a Chimney & 
Cellar, upon one of the Lots belonging to his share and Some person 
living in said house, and four Acres of land enclosed cleared and fitted 
for mowing or Tillage & within one year after that namely by the 
last day of may 1751, to have four Acres more enclosed cleared & 
fitted for mowing or Tillage, and at the End of three years from the 
last day of may next to have four Acres more enclosed cleared and 
fitted as aforesaid — That the Settlers at their own Expence build a 
Meeting house there before the last day of may in the year 1751 fit 
for the publick Worship of God, for the L T se of those who shall then 
or afterwards inhabit there and after the end of the three years afore- 
said from that time constantly to maintain the publick Worship of 
God there. — That Six Acres of land be left & laid out in Some Suit- 
able place for building a meeting house upon, a School house, to 
make a burying yard, a training field, and for any other publick Use 
the Inhabitants shall have Occasion of xApplying the Same to. That 
each owner of the said forty eight shares shall at or before the draw- 
ing for their Lots, as aforesaid, advance and pay the Sum of thirty 
pounds old Tenor (including what they have already paid towards 
carrying on the Said Settlement) to be deposited in the hands of Such 
Persons as the Said owners Shall chuse to receive the same, to defrey 
the Charge of Surveying and laying out the Said land into lots, 
building a meeting house as aforesaid, maintaining the publick wor- 
ship of God there the first Six months, from the end of three years 
after drawing for said Lots as aforesaid, clearing land for highways, 
building of necessary Lridges. and making & Returning a Compleat 
Plan of the said Survey and laying out of the Lots, to the said Grant- 
ors — That all white Pine trees fit for his Majesty's use for masting 
the Royal Navy growing on Said Tract of land be & hereby are 



GOFFSTOWN. 303 

reserved, and arc hereby granted to his majesty his heirs and Suc- 
cessors for ever for that Purpose — That the owners of y e said forty 
eight shares shall have the Use of all meadows within any of the Lots 
belonging to twenty of the Reserved shares or any of them for the 
term of live years Commencing at the time of drawing said Lot- 
aforesaid — That No Obstruction or Incumbrance be made or built 
across or upon Piscataquog River below the Crotch so called, whereby 
the Passage of the Fish may be any ways hindred or impeded, and in 
Case any Such Incumbrance be made any person may destroy or 
remove the Same or any Such Obstruction — 

Reserving to the Grantors that tract of land lying across the Crotch 
of the Said River Piscataquog which Major Edward White purchased 
of William Dudley Esqu 1 Deceased which Tract of land is hereby 
also granted unto him the Said Edward White & his Son John White 
agreable to his Petition for the Same they being considered as two of 
the Settlers of the said Tract of land herebv granted & obliged to 
perform their part & proportion of the Duty & Charge of Settlers, 
but to have the Said land purchased As aforesaid (without drawing 
for the Same as aforesaid) in full for their Share of land within the 
bounds of the Premises hereby granted, and also Reserving to the 
Said Grantors the Stream & falls at a place called Harry brook within 
Said Tract of land, which is hereby granted to Thomas Follinsby 
abovenamed his Heirs and Assigns, with fifteen Acres of land to be 
laid out in the most Convenient manner for the Accomodation of a 
Saw Mill there, upon this Condition viz. he his Heirs Exec" Admin" 
or Assigns building a good Saw Mill there, fit to go by the last day of 
August next, and Sawing Lumber for the Inhabitants of Said Tract 
of land to the halves for the Term of Six years from that time when 
& bo often as they shall have Occasion — 

Reserving to the Said Grantors which they hereby grant to Hugh 
Ramsey Thomas Hall James Moore & Samuel Gregg, fifty Acres of 
land to each of them including their Improvements there and So run- 
ning westerly from each Respective improvement so far as with that, 
to make up the said Quantity of fifty Acres for each of them in fee, 
they Severally paying & each of them depositing as aforesaid five 
pounds old Tenor for the purpose aforesaid, and doing and perform- 
ing their part and proportion of all other & after Duty hereby laid 
upon Said Settlers — And in Case any of the Owners of the said forty 
eight shares shall refuse neglect or Omit to perform and fully Dis- 
charge any of the Conditions Articles Matters ex" Things abovemen- 
tioned by him Respectively to be done he shall forfeit his Share and 
Right in the Said Tract of land, And every part and parcel thereof to 
the Said Grantors, and it shall and may be lawfull for them or any of 



304 CHARTER RECORDS. 

tbem Or any Person or Persons in their name & stead and by their 
Authority to enter into and upon the part Share and Right of Such 
Delinquent Owner or any part thereof in their name of the whole 
and him utterly thence to amove oust and Expel for the Use of Said 
Grantors their Heirs and Assigns. Provided there be no Indian War 
within any of the Terms and Limitations of time above mentioned for 
performing the Said Articles and things aforesaid to be done and per- 
formed by the Said Settlers, and in Case that Should happen the 
Same times to be allowed for the Respective Matters aforesaid after 
Such impediment shall be removed and it is also to be understood 
that the Surveyor or surveyors and those who shall be appointed to 
lay out the Lots aforesaid shall also lay out all the particular Tracts 
and parcels above mentioned — Lastly the Said Grantors & Proprietors 
aforesaid do hereby ingage and promise to the Said Grantees to 
defend them their Heirs and Assigns against all and every Action & 
lawsuit that shall be prosecuted moved and Stirred against them and 
any of them by any person or persons whatsoever claiming the said 
land or any part thereof by any other title than the title of the Said 
Grantors or that by which they hold or derive theirs from, with this 
Condition & Limitation that in Case the said Grantees their Heirs or 
Assigns shall be Ejected & ousted by any Such Right or Title that 
then they have or Recover nothing of and from the Said Grantors & 
Proprietors or their Heirs Executors or Administrators for the Labour 
of the Said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns on the Premises or any 
part thereof or any Expence they Shall have been at in Consequence 
of this Grant nor for the land Granted to them or any of them — And 
it is to be understood that the Said Lots shall be drawn for in the 
Town of Portsmouth in said Province — 



[Proprietors to John Gaffe, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 24.] 

Portsmouth Jan rv 11 th 1748 — 
S r Old M r Isaac Bradley is now with the Proprietors of Masons 
Right, Informs them he has Long Improved a Peice of Land Included 
in our Grant made to you & associats of a Township we are Sorry 
you omitted mentioning his name with the Rest of the Improvers 
there, that we might have made him a Suitable grant we however 
recommend it to you & your Associates that in Laying out your Land 
into Divissions you Leave a Suitable Tract where his Improvements 



GOFFSTOWN. 305 

are to grant to him in which you have our earnest Desire By order 
of the Proprietors afores d your Humble Serv 1 

Geo: Jaffrey Pro})- CI 

To Cap 4 'In" Goffe at Souhegan East 

Portsm Jan> 11 th 1748 

Cap 1 Jn° Goffe 

S' You may remember iu our Grant to you & associates Cap 1 Peckers 
Improvements were mentioned in Pellicular tho you know our Deter- 
mination was not to turne any Person makeing improvement off of 
their Possessions that they had Improved we finde this Tenant on his 
Improvement in the Schedule of your grant here we apprehend the 
mistake might arise but this ought not in our opinion to Injure Cap 1 
Pecker we wish Some Expedient may be found by you & associates 
to help us in Accomodateing this Affair by order of y e proprietors 
from Yours 

Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



[ Vote of the Town of Medford, Mass., 1748/9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. G, p. 25.] 

At a Town Meeting Legally Conven'd in Medford Jan : 23 : 1748/9 — 

Cap 1 Sam 11 Brooks was chosen Moderator for s' 1 Meeting 

Put to Vote whether the Town will chuse and Impower some Per- 
son or Persons to Transact what they may think propper in behalf of 
said Town relating to their Farm at Piscatiquouge so called with those 
Gentlemen of Portsmouth, who have purchased Masons Right or 
Patent, pass'd in the affirmative 

Put to Vote whether the Town will chuse two persons for said 
Business, pass'd in the affirmative 

Lieu 1 Stephen Hall Jun 1 \ were chosen for 

Cap' Samuel Brooks \ s' 1 Business 

A True Copy as of Record 

Attest r "B v Thomas Seccomb Town Cler 



[Petition of John Pecker, 1748/9.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 27.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors of M r Masons Right 
Gentlemen 

Some years agoe I purchased a tract of Land Near Amuskiege falls 
of Upwards of One hundred Acres Not knowing but the Seller had 



I!) 



306 CHARTER RECORDS. 

good Right to make a Conveyance to me — And I have Since laid Out 
a Considerable Sum of Money And much labour to make improve- 
ments thereon — Which now Appears to be part of the Right which 
you purchased of M 1 Mason And have Since Granted to Cap 1 Goffe & 
others It was because that I was not knowing of the Circumstances 
that I Did not Apply to you Sooner But as I am now informed of 
your Disposition that every one who has made improvements should 
injoy the same if it may be ; And Coll Blanchard who is a Gentle- 
man well knowing of the Circumstances and Situation of those places 
has proposed a Method by which that which I now ask may yet be 
done without prejudice to any one of which he has inform'd Some of 
you Gentlemen I therefore Earnestly pray the favour that I may 
Injoy those lands Upon such terms as you Grant to others And that 
you would do Something for me herein As Soon as Conveniently you 
Can — Your favours in these Regards will Greatly Oblige Your Most 
Humble Serv 1 

Portsm Feb- V 15 : 1748 John Pecker 



[Notice of Meeting of Proprietors of G-offstoicn, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 28.] 

Advertisement 

Notice is hereby Given to the proprietors of a new Town Ship Lying 
to West of merrimack River and Joyning on the North Side of Sow- 
hegan East So Called Granted by the proprietors of Masons Right 
To the Rev' 1 Tho s Parker and Others that they Meet att the house of 
M rs Sarah Prust in portsmouth on Wednesday the 28 th of June Next 
at ten of the Clock fore Noon then and there to Act on the following 
particulars 

l 8t To Chuse A moderator 

2 d To See if the proprietors will Alow Certain persons Who have 
Made Improvements on Said Township Before the Grant was Given 
(Now in the propriety) their lots without Drawing for them 

3 dly To See if the proprietors will Vote Cap 1 Tho s Follensbe the 
lot that the Mill lot is in on Herry Brook Without Drawing 

4 th To pay the Money prescribed in the Grant & to Draw their 
Lots 

5 th To Do any Other thing Or things that may Be thought Nessec- 
ary for the Speedy Settlement of Said Township or fullfilling the 
Conditions of Said Giant or for the More full Accomplishing any 
Affairs of the propriety Dated at Sowhegan East May the 26 th 1749 

f Order of the Commitee Matt" Patten Pro rs Clerk 



GOFFSTOWN. 307 

[Theodore Atkinson to George Jaffrey, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 28.] 

Portsm June 8" 1 1749— 
S' M' John M'Neal the bearer hereof Tells me he has Lived near 
Amoskeeg falls for 14 years Past That he hath Six Sons Liveing with 
him the youngest 17 years old That he has Enclosed about one hun- 
dred Acres of Land there great Parte Cleared That he has Stood the 
fire of the whole war Either at home or at Louisbourg where he had 
alsoe one Son & Two others Ingaged in the Canada Expedition he 
has been all a Long Vexed by the Harry town men to his great Loss 
that he at first Joynd Some Kingstown men in the takeing Possession 
but they Soon Left him alone to Save you the Trouble I have made 
this Mem' which he Desires may be filed & Laid before the Proprie- 
tors for their Consideration to whom he Submits & Prays A Grant 
with Such aditions and Conditions as they may think him worthey of 
Your Humble Serv' 

Theod 1 Atkinson 
To M r Georcje Jaffrev at Portsm" 



[Petition of Isaac Bradley, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 29.] 

To The Honourable Gentlemen Purchassers of the originall Right 
of John Mason Esq r Deceas 1 

Gentlemen your humble Petitioner sheweth that where as he has 
been a great sufferer in the war's ; against the french and Indians in 
time past ; viz : that at the age sixteen I was taken at Haverhill, and 
Carryed to Pigwoeket, from whence I Escaped and brought off with 
me : one William Whittiker of about Eleven years of age, to saw Cow 
forte, — next I was Pilot with Cap* Chessley and took and killed fifteen 
Indians; at.winnipissiocki then I was four months under Cor 1 Hilton 
and Cap' Chessley ; — after these and other fateauges which I shall 
not trouble you to tell off ; our family being exposed in y e then fron- 
tiers of Haverhill suffered exceedingly being three times burnt out, 
loosing all. except our lands, for not less than thirteen of our family, 
have lost their lives by the Indians and french Enemy upon account 
of which services and sufferings the Province of the Massachusets 
were pleased to grant me a Certain tract of Land near Ammaskage on 
Merrimack-River the laying out of which was all on my Cost, and 
the Conditions on which it was Granted me I have fullfilled ; and 
have made much Greater Improvements on it; but to my great 



308 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Greife, and Detterment, I am trespassed upon by one Thomas Hall, 
Who pretends that your Honour's have Granted him not only part of 
my unimproved lands but also severall acres that I have Improved if 
your Honours will Consider my distressed Condition and Releive me 
your humble Petitioner shall as in Duty bound ever Pray — 
Dated Haverhill Isaac Bradley 

June the 26 th 1749 

[Note on back of petition.] 

all that is to be understood by y e Warranty in Marston Leavit &c 
Grant is that in Case a Dispute Should arise & a Law Suit should be 
commenced that then y e Grantees shall be obliged to vouch the Grant- 
ors to defend y e Title at their (i-e) y e Grantees Expence & that y e 
Grantors warrant to defend but one Law Suit to final Judgment 
against s' 1 Tract of Land & in Cais of recovery ags 1 S' 1 Grantors that 
then y e Grantees recover nothing of y e Grantors 

for M l Parker to Insert in v e Grant 



GOFFSTOWN. 



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GOFFSTOWN. 3 1 3 

[Petition for Highway, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 30.] 

To the propriotors of Cap' Masons Right In the provence of New 
Hampshir 

The Humble petision of Sundry parsons Settling the new Towns 
to the west of merriniack River Granted by your Hon rs Shueth that 
your pett rs are hindred and Intirupted in the way to the ferry at 
ameskeeg by Reson of fences maid upon the Land Lying between 
Londonderry Line ami said ferry wich Land is not Granted by your 
Hoii rs to any body as we know of and therefore your pettisioners 
Humbly pray your lion'" to order Some meet parsons to Lay out a 
way in the most Sutible place to Git to the S' 1 ferry and your pet ls as 
in Duty bound Shall Evere pray 

Nameskeeg fall may y e 7 tu 1750 
John Goffe George Clark Ebenezer martan 

Jonethan Martain Thomas Hall Thomas Smith 

Caleb Page Jun' John Hogg Caleb Page 

William Ranken William Hogg 



[Notice for Meeting of Proprietors of Goffstown, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 31.] 
Advertisement 

Agreeable to a Supplycation of a Number of the prop 1 '* of Goffes 
town So Called to me the Subscriber for a Notification for a meeting 
of the prop rs of Goffes town afore Said Notice is hereby Given to 
the prop™ of Said Goffes town that they meet on the Lot Number 
Seven in the Sixth Rang of Lots on the North Side piscataquog 
River in S ' Goffes Town in the province of New Hampshire on tues- 
day the twenty Eighth Day of this Instant August at ten of the Clock 
fore Noon then and there to Act on the following Articles Viz — 

n To Chuse a moderator 

2' Uy To Chuse a Commitee to Lay Out a place for a Bridge over 
piscataquog River and to lay out a highway from Bedford to Starks 
town and from Merrimack River to New Boston and to Clear the 
Same So as to make it feasable passing it Appearing that Roads Can- 
not without much Deficualty be Made where the land is Alowed 
for them 

3 1|V To See what Eucouragemente the prop rs Will Give to Any 



314 :arter records. 

persoo that will Build a Saw mill Deri Jensbe haveing 

S : perform- I ( B . Saw mill aCcording to the paragrapht in 

the Cha:" f S Goffes town 

- ill Officers in the propriety that Shall be Judged 
Ni - Ifull for the prosecuting any Affair of the prop rs 

T I> any thing or things the prop 1 * Shall think Neeessary 
Da; c ; ..: Bedford August T* IT' 

Math' Patten Pro- Clerk 



[P r* to Cap' I - F Uanshe-:. 175 

[Masonian Pa] era, VoL 6, _ 

Por:- August the 9* 175 

Cap 1 Tho f Folle 

rder of the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of John Tuff- 
ton Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire. I am Directed 
to inform you. that they have been for some time Concerned at the 
_ eut you Give to the Settlement of the Tract of Land 
John Goffe and others, by not Building a Mill and 
S ing Timber for the Grantee? & Agreeable to the Condition of 
the Grant of the Mill Priviledge and at this time I G :ffe inform "s 
the Proprietors, that you Neglect to build a Mill for the Purpose 
"aforesaid, which prove's very Detrimental to the Settlement of said 
Tract of Land — which Omission the Proprietors look upon as a Mat- 

laiportauce aud that your Neg whether Wifif nil or not 

not to be overlook*! much longer, and if you do not comply with the 
Condition of the Grant I 1 : :jat Priviledge. Immediately the 

.11 have the Benefit of that Priviledge. by putting it into 
i'ower of some Person disposed to Serve them — 

rder of the Proprietors 

o : Jaffrey Prop 1 * Cler 



GOFFSTOWN. 



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it is to be understood that the Southeast Corner of that part of 
this plan that Joyns to Merrymack River is by the Byway at the 
place where Christians Brook (so Called) Crosses the Same, 

This is a plan of the Land Ascertained to the Heirs of M r Alexan- 
der M'Murpliv Dece' 1 at Namaskeag falls and Contains fifty three 
Acres with a Com'oD Allowance for Swag of Chain Surveyed ^ me 
June 25 th 1751 

Math" Patten 



316 CHARTER RECORDS. 

This may Certifie that I was present at the Measureing and 
Bounding the Above peice of Land According to y e Directions to me 
Given ^ the Prop" of Masons Right, the most Com'odious with 
the least Prejudice According to my Judgment and left allowance 
for a Hyway Six Rods wide thro the Same Where Marked in y e plan 

Joseph Blanchard 



[Deposition of Robert Adams and Matthew Patten, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 33.] 

Province of ) Robert Addams of Londonderry yeoman of Lawfull 
New Hamp r ) age and Matthew Patten of Bedford yeoman of Lawfull 
age both of Said province Testyfieth and Sayeth that on the Seventh 
day of March 1752 we See M r James Macgregore of Londonderry 
afore Said yeoman Enter upon a lott of the Right of William Orr's 
(Granted by the proprietors of Lands Purchased of John Tuff ton 
Mason Esq r to him in that Tract of land granted to M r Thomas 
Parker and Others) and then and there the Said James Macgregore 
did Cutt and fell Six Small trees and Broke the Swoard of the Ground 
and that he Did Declare that he did make that Seizion in the Name 
and behalf of the proprietors of lands purchased of John Tuffton 
Masson Esq r afore Said and on aCcount of all the Other Lotts belong- 
ing to Said Orrs Right 

Londonderry March 10 th 1752 Robert Adams 

Math w Patten 

Province of ) Londonderry March y e 10 Ul 1752. 
New Hampshire ( Then the above named Robert Adams, and Mathew 
Patten Personally appeared and Made Solemn oath to the truth of 
the above Deposition, by them Subscribed 

John Macmurphy \ Quorum 
Robert Boyes j unus 



[Petition of Thomas Rail, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 34.] 

To the Gentlemen Proprietors of the Right heretofore of Tufton 
Mason Esq 1 " / in Lands in New Hampshire 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Hall of Goffs Town in the Prov- 
ince aforesaid Tavernkeeper Sheweth 



GOFFSTOWN. 317 

That your Petitioner has been in Possession of the Islands in 
Ambuskeeg Falls for the Space of Eleven Years, last past; 

That he being desirous of having a Clear and in disputed Title 
thereto 

Humbly prays a Grant thereof from You upon such Terms as to 
You may seem meet and reasonable 

And Yo r Pet r shall ever pray &c 

Thomas Hall 



[Notice of Meeting of Proprietors of Goffsto/m.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. G, p. 34.] 

Notice is hereby Given to the proprietors of that Tract of land 
lying to the North of Sowhegan East So Called & on the west Side of 
Merrimack River Granted by the purchasers of M r Masons Right to 
the Rev' 1 Tho 8 Parker and Others : That the}^ Meet at the Dwelling 
house of M rs Sarah Prust in Portsmouth On thursday the 13 tu Day of 
July Next at ten of Clock forenoon then and there to act on the fol- 
lowing Articles Viz — 

1 st To Chuse a moderator — 

2' 1 To see if the proprietors will Vote Certain persons that have 
made Improvement or Settled on S d Tract of Land their Rights 
without Drawing as they are Qualified including the lot they have 
improved on — 

3' 1 To See if the proprietors will vote Cap 1 Tho s Follensbe his Right 
without Drawing One lot Beinrj that which includes the Mill lot 

4 th To pay the Money prescribed in the Grant and Draw their 
Lots 

5 To Do any Other things they Shall think Needfull for the full- 
ing any articles in the Grant 

f Order of the Com 1 

Matt w Patten Prop rs Clere 



[Proprietors to John Groffe.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 35.] 

To Cap 1 John Goffe of Souhegan East in the Province of New 
Hampshire Esqu r 

Whereas we have been inform 'd that Sundry Persons have lately 
entred with force and Arms into and upon the tract of land which 
we have granted to Thomas Parker & others within the Claim which 



318 CHARTER RECORDS. 

we have under Cap' Mason and have Committed great waste of 
the Timber there & manufactured and Converted a Considerable 
Quantity thereof into Clapboards & shingles and have removed the 
Same off from the Said tract of land on other lands within our Claim 
nigh the river above amaskege falls which we apprehend has been 
done in Defiance of our Said Claim 

You are therefore hereby impowered & Authorized by us to take 
the Said Clapboards & shingles where you may find them upon any 
of our lands & dispose thereof to the best advantage for our Use and 
render us an Account thereof the first convenient Oppertunity dated 
at Portsmouth y e 16 th of January 1748 — 

you are hereby authorized to agree and Compound with the Person 
or Persons who have done the Matters above mentioned on Such 
Terms as you shall think proper for our use & in our behalf and 
render an Account of your doings as above 
John Moffat Theod r Atkinson Sam 11 Solly 

Rich d Wibird J Odiorne Mark H g Wentworth 

Nath 11 Meserve Tho s Packer Geo : Jaffrey jur 

D Peirce Josh a Peirce 

A Copy Examin'd *$ Geo : Jaffrey jr 



GOSHEN. 

[Made up from parts of Newport, Sunapee, Newbury, Lempster, and Unity, 
and incorporated Dec. 27, 1791, The boundary lines were established June 22, 
1797, and partly changed June 17, 1806. A part of Unity was annexed July 6, 

1837. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 46; Index to Laws, 211; sketch, Hurd's 
History of Sullivan County, 1886, p. 168; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. 
Cummings, 1836, p. 13; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 447.] 



[William Shattuck to M. W. Peirce, 1816.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 36.] 

M r Peirce 

Sir I was in formed by Mr Samuel Jackman that you wished to 
know respecting his & his Br John Jackmans moral Carrecter. I 
have ben acquainted with them from boys. & I believe them to be 
moral industreous men. Mr Jackman also informed me that he had 
made a mistake in purchesing a lot of land of you the mistake was 
this, he had taken a deed of No 19 instead of No 15. No 15 I know 



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dred A ' S deIlneated ' and lald down b y a scale of ° ne Hundred Rods to an inch & contains 20896 Acres and three Rods includeing Water & Each lot contains one Hun- 

land forR S °h ^ ¥ the addition of 3 Acres to a lot for Roads Except the lots on the Create River & them are not all of a bigness for some of them Required mor 

number nf°A {r °i S d ° 3S y ° U W ' U SCe by the Plan ' the m0St ° f the Iots are laid out l6 ° Rods lon S and I0 3 Rods wide - the two following lots contains the following 
or Acres Viz lot Number 165 Contains r2o. Acres & rso Rods lot Number 166, 82 Acres & 52 Rods & You will observe on the Plan that the Road are thus described 
thus ? tl,„ "d" lv f rs and Br °oks tus HM _^ — ,-^-v^. a Pond thus • & the quality of the land thus, r el , 2 d , 3 d the Best lots are marked thus I the Midline good lots 
s 2 the Poores lots thus 3 Quality 



GOFFSTOWN. 319 

it Ives in Washington about 130 rod from the North E corner of s' 1 
Washington & is a part of what we call the Gore goining to lot No — 
14 which I bought of your Uncle Joseph peirce Esq r S' 1 No 15 is very 
much torn to pieces with the wind — 

1 think it provable I Shall make you a payment next winter this 
from yours &. ( '. 

Mark W Peirce William Shattuck 

Dated at Bradford the 30 th of Oct. 1810 



[John Jackman to M. W. Peirce, 1810.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 37.] 

Bradford Nov 1 1810 
Hear Sir I have searched the lines of the Lots in the strip of land 
mentioned in the Deed Peirces to Jackmans and find that Lot 19 lies 
in Goshen where it will be no benefit to me (or of no great benefit) it 
is not the lot which I thought of purchasing the Lot which I wanted 
and which I thought that I had bought is numbered 15 I do not doubt 
but this was the lot you meant to convey to us I would agree that the 
number 19 be altered to number 15 in the Deed Peirces to Jackmans 
and in the Deed Jackmans to Peirces, Yours with respect 

John Jackman 
Mr Mark W Peirce 



[M. W. Peirce 's Agreement, 1816.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 37.] 

Portsmouth 2' 1 November 1816 
I sold to John & Samuel Jackman on the 24 th October last a lot of 
Land Number Nineteen in Goshen part of the strip of Land between 
Fishersfield & Washington & Now the Said Samuel Comes and says 
he did not intend to buy Number Nineteen but Wished to purchase 
Number fifteen in the same strip & I have consented to exchange said 
Lots when they shall execute to me a good & sufficient deed of the 
one sold them but this is to be done by the 1 st day of January next 

M. W. Peirce 



320 CHARTER RECORDS. 

GREENFIELD. 

[Made up of Lyndeborough Gore, and parts of Society Land, Peterborough, and 
Lyndeborough. Sometimes called Lyndeborough Addition. Incorporated June 15, 
1 791. The line with Lyndeborough was corrected Dec. 26, 1 791 . The bound- 
aries were changed and established Dec. 29, 1791 . A portion of the town was 
annexed to Francestown Dec. 1 1, 1792, and another July 4, 1872. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 61 ; Index to Laws, 220; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 176; sketch, Hurd's History of Hillsborough County, 1885, 
P- 33*-] 



[Nathan Crams Lot in Greenfield. ~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 38.] 

a certain Tract of Land being part of Lot N° 10. in Lyndsborough, 
now Greenfield, contain 8 30 Acres more or less bounded as follows, 
Viz beginning at the N. E. Corner of said Lot, thence running West 
by Lot N° 13, half the breadth of said Lot, thence Souther y to Land 
conveyed by us to Asa Wilkins thence East y on a Line parallel to the 
North Line of said Lot by said Land to the East y Line of said Lot, 
thence North* by said Line to the bounds first begun at. the Premises 
contain 8 T V' 1S of the Easterly half of said Lot 

Nathan Cram — Yeoman Conveyed to him Thomlinsons undivided 
half £15. to be paid in 3 Years a mortgage 

Beginning at the N. W. Corner at a Stake and Stones from thence 
East by Col 1 Boldins Land 160 Hods to a Stake and Stones thence 
South by Land of M 1 Jonathan Chambling j 1 ' 43 Rods to a Stake & 
Stones By the Road thence West 80 Rods By Said Road to a Stake & 
Stones thence South By Land of Said Lot 57 Rods to a Stake and 
Stones thence West By Land of S ,A Lot 80 Rods to a Stake & Stones 
thence North By the West Line of S' 1 Lot 100 Rods to the bounds 
first mentioned Containing 71£ Acores be the Same more or Less 



HAMPTON. 

[Granted by Massachusetts as Winnacunnet March 3, 1635. The name was 
changed to Hampton Sept. 4, 1639. Hampton Falls was set off as a parish and in- 
corporated Nov. 23, 1726. North Hill Parish was set off and incorporated as 
North Hampton Nov. 30, 1742. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 331; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 99; Index to Laws, 226; Farmer's Belknap's History of 
N. H., chaps. 1 and 2, et seq. ; Historical Address, by Joseph Dow, 1838, pub. 
1839, PP- 44' historical manuscripts, by E. W. Toppan, in possession of Chris- 
topher G. Toppan of Hampton ; History, by Joseph Dow, 1894, 2 vols.; papers 






HAMPTON. 321 

relating to the town in appendix to preceding volume; sketch, Hind's History of 
Rockingham County, 1882. p. 317; authorities cited under titles Dover, Exeter, 
Gosport, New Castle, and Portsmouth; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 63; 
Account of the Earthquake, 1727, by N. Gookin, 4, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 
92 : Inscriptions, by D. W. Holmes, 11, id., 77 \ Petition of S. Cotton, Minister, 
1685, -. Collections of N. H. Historical Society, 204; Congregationalists, by 
Joseph Fullonton. 1. Granite Monthly, 119; The Beautiful Place of Pines, sketch, 
by Lucy E. Dow, 1888, pp. 31 ; Dedication of Webster Memorial Chapel, 1894, 
pp. 20: Rev. Stephen Bachiler, by Charles E. Batchelder, reprinted from N. E. 
Hist. Gen. Register, Jan., 1892, pp. 23; Meshech Weare, by Ezra S. Stearns, 
1894, pp. 22; sermon. Dedication of New Meeting House of Congregational 
Society. 1797. by Jesse Appleton, 1797, pp. 32.] 



[ Petition of Hantvpton Men, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 39.] 

Province of } To the Gentle men that Claim some Part of the 
New Hampsher \ ungranted land in said Province by vertue of their 
Purchis of mr Tufftin Mason / where as the late Assembley of 
said Province Did Pass some Votes in order to agree with and bye 
said Claim of said Purchisors for the Inhabitants which we should 
been glad If it had been Effected / we the subscribers Inhabitants of 
the Town <>f Hampton Desier we may have some of those lands Con- 
fermed to us on Reasonable forms 

Hampton November y" 15 th 1748 
William Stanford Prudence Hilton Nathaniel Mason 

Jonathan Moulton Joshua winffet Junr John win^et 

Samuel Palmer y e third Stephen Page Junr Henry Moulton 
John Batchelder Nathanell Batchelder Junr John Moulton y e third 
Samuel Garland Samuel Dow thomas Batchelder 

Edward Moulton John Lamprey thomas Hains 

Mariss Lamprey Jeremiah towle Reuben Samburn 

Robert .Moulton Stephen Page Senr John Knowls 

Jarmiah Marston Simon Marston Jarmiah Marston Jur. 

Elisha Marston John .Moulton Jun r Tho 8 Moulton 

Simon Dow sener Ephraim Marston Junr John Marston Junr 

Ephraim Moulton Gamaliel Knowls Joseph Dow 

Robert Moulton the third John Sleeper William Vitton 

Joseph Pellet Caleb towle Clement Jackson 

Chiristefer Toppen Levi Dearborn Benjam 11 Dearborn 

Jon a Moulton Jun 1 Josiah Moulton Jun r Jon a Leavitt 

Nathan Moulton Josiah Moulton 3' 1 Joir' Moulton 3 d 

Philip Hooker Joir Garland Daniel Marston 



322 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Jacob Moulton John Knovvls John Tuck 

Benj a Randill John Moves Eben r Meloon 



[ Vote of the Town of Hampton, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 40.] 

Province of New Hampsher December y e 20 th 1748 
At a meeting of sundry of the town of Hampton who lately Re- 
quested for some of the lands laying within the Claim of and of the 
Gentlemen that Purchessed of mr Tufftin Mason 

(1) that we Cannot take up with the Propseals made to us by Mr 
Samburn from said Gentle men to be mixed with the Inhabitants of 
other towns Voted 

(2) yet we are willing to have some of said lands upon Reasonable 
terms If we can be to Gether and not mixt with the Inhabitants of 
other towns and have it as near to us as may be Voted 

3 !y that Capt Ephraim Marston Dea c Joseph Philbrick and En 
Jonathan Leavit or Either of them are here by Choose to go to said 
Gentle men and shew them our mind and Request in said affair Voted 

attst Samuel Palmer 



HENNIKER. 

[This town was Number 6 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts Jan. 16, 1735-6. As some of the grantees came 
from Marlborough, Mass., it was sometimes called New Marlborough or Marlbor- 
ough-town. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, July 16, 1752, to Andrew Todd 
and others, and sometimes called Todd^s-town. Incorporated as Henniker Nov. 10, 
1768, and named in honor of John Henniker, M. P. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 189; Index to Laws, 235; History, by L. W. Cogs- 
well, 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 
Formation of Bible Class, May 1, 1814, by L. W. Cogswell, pp. 16.] 



[Petition of Webster and Smith, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 20.] 

Portsmouth October 29 th 1748 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Masons Right in y" 
Lands in y e Prov e of New : Hampshire 



MKNNIK.ER. 



3 2 3 



We the Subscribers in behalfe of our Selves and others a Sufficient 
number of persons to Settle a Township of Six Miles Square among 
Such a Number of Settlers and upon Such Terms as you shall think 
meet, and shall be most agreable to you ; We propose that tract of 
land, laid out by y e Mass' Government for Six Miles Square and 
called Marlborough Town joining easterly upon Hopkinton so called 
& westerly N° 7 so called, northerly by Almsbury Town so called, 
Southerly by ungranted Lands — or if not in the Six miles Square 
described ; where else it will best Suit y e Proprieters & your favours 
will very much Oblige us and others your Petitioners 

John Webster 
Nat 11 Smith 



[Smith and Webster's Plan of Henniker.~\ 



»••- 



324 CHARTER RECORDS. 

This Plan describetb a Tract, or Parcel of Land lying partly on y e 
North side, & partly on y e south side of y e River called Contoocook 
River, being y e sixth in Number of y e Townships which were, some 
years ago granted by y e General Court of y e Province of y e Massachu- 
setts Bay, & laid out by order of y e said Court, commonly called, The 
Line of Towns. The said Tract or Parcel of Land bounded, & 
extending as follows ; viz — 

Beginning at y e Southeaster^ Corner at a Hemlock-Tree, with Stones 
about it, y e said tree spotted on four sides, & marked with y e Let- 
ter PI, & ye Figure 5 on y e easterly side; & with the Figure <J on y e 
westerly side. Then running west five Degrees south, six Miles, to 
a Beach tree with Stones about it, spotted on four sides, & marked 
with y e Letters J W on y e easterly side, & J W & E W on y e westerly 
side. Then running North, fourteen degrees west, six miles by N° 7, 
to a Beach Tree with Stones about it, spotted on four sides, & marked 
with y e Letters J W & y e figure 9 on y e south side; & with IX on y e 
north side ; & several of y e Trees near it are marked with y e Letters 
of Mens Names. Then running East, five degrees north, six miles, to 
a white Oak tree with Stones about it, spotted on four sides, marked 
with y e figure G on y e westerly side, & with y e numeral Letter V on 
v e easterly side. Then running south, fourteen degrees east, (by N° 
5) six miles, across Contoocook River, to y e first Mentioned Bound. 

James Scales Surveyor. 
Nat 11 smith ) Chain 

Philip Eastman ) men 



\_Names of Applicants for Henniker. 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 41.] 

Rumford November y e 2 nd 1748 — 
We the Subscribers promise to Settle a Township that Shall be 
granted Between a place Called N- B 5 / and N B 7 

David Evens Abraham Kimbal Ruben Burbank 

Peter Boueres George Hall Leborn Peters 

Isaac Walker J r Joseph Walker Joseph Farnam 

Dan 1 Chase Eb r Hall Ab»' Colbe 

John Evans Jerem 11 Stickney Isaac Chandler 

Ezra Carter Aron Stevens Edward Abbott J 1 

James Scales Esq 1 ' Joseph Simons Tho s Manuel 

Amos Eastman Daniel Annis William Moor 

John Webster Nath 11 Smith John Pudney Jun 1 



HENNIKER. 325 

Jacob Hoyt W m Peters Ruben Abbott 

Sam" Rodgers John Burbank Henry Pudney 

Isaac Chandler Jun' Nath" Lovejoy Sam 11 Pudney 

Benj a Fyfield David Foster Jerem b Bradley 

Jerem h Dresser Eph m Farnum Stephen Farrington 

Nath 1 West Caleb Burbank James Osgood 

John Hoyt Benj a Eastman Timothy Burbank 



[Timothy Walker's Request, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 42.] 

Rumford Nov r 9 1748 
S r I understand that a Number of Persons hereabouts have Em- 
ployed Mess™ Webster & Smith to Petition y e Proprietors of Masons 
Patent for a Tract of Land Known amongst us by y e name of Marl- 
borough Town, I have such a Right there as y e Massachusetts Govern- 
ment Could Grant & should have made considerable Improvements 
there before y e war, but that y e House lott first laid out to me was not 
suitable for a settlement and it was but y e fall before y e war broke out 
that I had opportunity to get it Changed, now if y e Gentlemen should 
doe any thing in y e affair if you would Interpose your Kind offices on 
my behalf so that I might loose neither my Lott which I procured to 
be laid out at my own additional cost nor my Right, I should Think 
my self much oblidged to you & y e other Gentlemen concerned with 
you for any favour shown me relating to y e premises & Stand ready 
to comply with any orders or conditions Imposed on me relating to 
settlement & charges &c — I suppose some body from our Town will 
speedily be att Portsmouth in order to solliscit for a settlement of 
affairs with us I subscribe with all due Deference your very Humble 
serv' — Timothy Walker 

Honou ,,le Theodore Atkinson Esqr 



[Petition of Andrew Todd and Others.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 43.] 

Prov 1 ' of New / To the Hon 1 the Purchasers & Proprietors of 

Hampshire \ Mason's Right so called — 

We the Subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants of Said Province 

having an Inclination to Setle & improve some Part of S 1 Right 

Humbly desire that we may have a Township granted us at or near 



326 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Hale's Town so called upon y e Same Tei'ms & Conditions that you 
grant to our Neighbours or in Such other Place & upon Such other 
Terms as shall be most for y e Common Benefit & Advantage of you & 
us — 



2 John macmurphy 
5 James Willson sen r 
8 George Robertson 

11 Henry Park i son 

14 Tho s Gregg 

17 John Reside 



1 And r Todd 

4 Robert Cochran 

7 James Willson 3 th 
10 Robert Parkison 
13 William Nickells 
16 Alex r mcCollom 
19 Sam 11 Stewart 

22 James Willson Jun r 23 Robert Wiear 
25 John Pinkerton Jun r 26 Joseph Stewart 
28 Sam 11 Todd 29 Nat 11 Hoalms 

31 Joseph Hamell 32 Joseph Bell 

34 John Richey 35 Tho s Boyes 

37 John Davidson 38 John Duncan 

40 Will 1 " Duncan mill 1 " 41 Henry Erwin 
43 Tho s Cochran 44 James Cochran 

46 Will"' Marten 47 John Scobey 

49 James Rodgers 50 Elli Boyd 

52 James Humphra 53 William Gallt 
55 Sam" Alleson Jun 



58 Joseph Willson 
61 Mathew Taylor 
64 William Hoalms 



3 Samuell Boys 
6 Thomas Willson 
9 James Robertson 
12 James Petterson 
15 Tho s M c Clerey 
18 George Adison 
20 James Thompson Jun 1 ' 21 John Hillands 

24 John Pinkerton sen r 
27 James Todd 
30 Neall Hamell 
33 John Stewart 
36 Tho s Davidson 
39 George Duncan 
42 Will m forrest 
45 Anthony Dyer 
48 David Scobey 
51 John Humphra 
54 James Reid 
57 John Archibald 
60 James Willson 
63 Robert Riddall 
66 Sam 11 Moore 
69 James Ewins 



56 Jacob Sargent 

59 James Smith 

62 William Ayers 

65 Joseph Boyes 
67 James Wallace sen 1 ' 68 Robert fairservice 
70 William Rodgers Sen r 71 Hugh moungonry Jun r 72 James Rodgers 
73 James Allexander Black smith 74 Robert Lieution [taylor — 






[Charter of Ifenniker, 1752.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 16, 1752.] 

Province of j Portsmouth July 16 th 1752. Thursday five of 
New Hampshire j the Clock Afternoon At the house of Ann Slay- 
ton the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Voted That There be and hereby is Granted unto John Macmurphy 
Esq r Andrew Todd Gent. Samuel Barr Gent. The Rev' 1 William 
Davidson Clerk Robert Cochran Gent Robert Livingston Blacksmith 
Robert Wallace Yeoman Nathaniel Aikin Yeoman John Mack Black- 
smith John Macmurphy jun r John Pinkerton Mathew Pinkerton 



HENNIKER. 327 

Daniel Leslie James Wilson the Third James Ewens Yeomen John 
Reside Weaver John Scobey Joseph Bell John Caldwell Yeomen 
William Ayres Tanner John Loggan Clothier John Loggan jun r 
Weaver James Smith John Duncan Yeomen Isaac Brewster Weaver 
John M'Cnllnm Alexand 1 M'Cullnm Alexander Macmurphy James 
Wallace John Clarke George Duncan David Archibald William Mack 
inn 1 John Stuart Thomas Boyes James Humphry Robert Fairservice 
Samuel Allison jim 1 James Wilson of the South James Peterson 
Yeomen Robert Wear Leather Breeches maker Alexander MCnllum 
jnm James Wilson jun 1 Robert Wilson Alexander Wilson William 
Rodgers Robert Rodgers Joseph Wilson Thomas Gregg Robert 
M c Curdy Yeomen Hugh Wilson Gent Alexander Craige James Todd 
Samuel Todd William" Ayres jun r Yeomen all of Londonderry in said 
Province George Robertson of Chester in said Province Yeoman Wil- 
liam Holms of "Bedford in said Province Yeoman & William Peters 
of a place called Hopkinton in said Province Yeoman — In Equal 
shares on the Terms Conditions and Limitations herein after Ex- 
pressed All the Right Title Claim Inheritance Estate and Demand of 
the said Proprietors to that Tract of land within the Province afore- 
said Containing Six Miles Square by Estimation or equal thereto 
Bounded as follows Viz' Beginning at the North West Corner (near- 
est) of New Hopkinton so Called thence on a Strait line to the North 
East Corner of Hilsborough so Called being by Estimation Six Miles 
then by said Hilsborough line to the South East Corner thereof being 
Supposed 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 — To 
have and to Hold the said Granted Premises to them their Heirs and 
Assigns in Equal Shares on the following Terms Conditions & 
Limitations That is to say that the whole Tract of Land above des- 
cribed he divided into Eighty Rights or equal Shares and Each Share 
into Three Lots which are to be so Sorted & Joined as to make the 
shares as equal as possible both for Quality and Quantity — That land 
be left between y e lots for Convenient High ways — That the whole 
be Surveyed & so Divided & laid out into Lots the lots Ranged and 
Numherd & an exact plan Thereof made & Returned to the Grantors 
within six Months from the Date hereof and upon the Return of said 
plan the lots to be drawn for in the Customary manner in such 
Cases at Portsmouth aforesaid under the Direction of the Grantors 
with this Exception that one lot belonging to one of the said Reserved 
Shares shall contain a Stream i\ Suitable place for Setting a Mill to be 
laid out and not drawn for to lie hereafter disposed of as the Grantors 
please — That Nineteen of the said Shares be and hereby are Reserved 



328 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to the Grantors their Heirs & Assigns — That one of the said Shares 
be for the first Minister of the Gospel who shall be Regularly Settled 
on the said Tract of Land and Continue there during his life or untill 
he shall be Regularly Dismis't to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns — 
That one other of said Shares be for the use of the Ministry there 
forever and one other of said Shares for the use & Maintainance of a 
School after the said Tract of Land shall be Settled to be kept There 
forever. That one of the lots of the Share for the use of the Ministry 
be laid out in the most convenient place for Building a Meeting 
House without drawing for it and the Meeting House to be Built 
thereon & Round about the Meeting House or near to it (as will be 
best having Regard to the place and Quality of the Land) There shall 
be left ten acres of the said Lot as a Common Field for Training a 
Burying place and any other Publick use the Inhabitants there shall 
see Cause to apply it to — That Eighteen of said Shares be exempted 
& wholly Exonerated of and from all Charge Cost & expence in 
Making the Settlement and whatever Charges may arise for the Sup- 
port of the Gospel or otherways by any ways & means whatsoever 
untill the same or some part of each Respective Share Shall be Im- 
proved by the owner thereof, That the owners of the other fifty nine 
Shares make a Settlement upon the said Tract of land in Manner fol- 
lowing viz 1 That there be one Acre of land Cleared fit for Tillage or 
mowing- on one of the lots belono-inp- to each of said Shares within 
one Year from the time of Drawing the said lots that there be one 
acre more on each of said Lots so Clear'd & fitted within one year 
after that, and an house Built on the same Fit for a Family to Dwell 
in not less than Sixteen foot Square or equal to that Dimension That 
in one year after that one acre more on each of the said Lots be so 
Cleared and fitted and in one year after that there be a Family living 
in each of the said Houses that is a Family on a lot belonging to each 
of said Shares — That a Meeting House be built there fit for the Public 
Worship within one year after that. That there be Constant Preach- 
ing maintained there within six years from this time That each owner 
of the said fifty nine Shares do duly pay all such sum & Sums of 
money ;is shall be at any time Voted & Agreed by the Major part of 
the said owners to be raised on each share to such person or persons 
as they shall order to Carry on the said Settlement and shall do & 
perform his Respective part & duty towards making the same in 
manner aforesaid and in default of so doing his Right and Share who 
shall be delinquent therein shall be and hereby is Declared to be for- 
feited, to the other owners of said shares who shall have duly paid 
done and performed their Respective parts and Duty concerning the 
same in manner aforesaid and the said Owners in order to Carry on 



HENNIKER. 329 

& perfect the said Settlement may from time to time as Occasion sliall 
require make Choice of a Clerk a Receiver of the monies to be raised 
as aforesaid and any other persons to an}- office duty & trust neces- 
sary for the purpose aforesaid and when any of the said Shares shall 
be so forfeited for Neglect A: Omission as aforesaid the said owners to 
whom the same Sliall be forfeited may proceed to Enter upon & Dis- 
pose of such forfeited Share as they or the Major part of them shall 
agree That all White pine Trees fit for his Majesty's use and Service 
for Masts are hereby Reserved & Granted to his Majesty his heirs & 
Successors forever — And in Case the ownners of the said fifty nine 
Shares shall fail of making- the said Settlement of the said Number of 
Families within the term Granted for that purpose & having the 
Houses Built & Land Cleared by that time as above mentioned then 
the said Tract of Laud with whatever shall be done thereon short of 
the Compleating the said Settlement shall be forfeited to the Grantors 
their Heirs & Assigns and it shall and may be lawfull for them or 
any person or persons in their Name by their order into & upon the 
whole or any Part thereof in the name of the whole to Re-Enter & 
take full Seizin thereof as tho' this Grant had never been made — 
That in Case the said Granted premises shall be Recovered from the 
Grantees or any part thereof by any ways or Means whatsoever the 
Grantees shall Recover nothing over against the Grantors for any 
Improvements or Labour by them or any of them done or that shall 
be done thereon but the Grantors hereby promise & Ingage upon 
being properly Notified to take upon themselves the Defence of any 
Action that shall be bro't for the Recovery of the said Premises & 
any part thereof (by any other Title than that under which they hold 
or from which theirs is derived) against the Grantees or any of 
them — 

That in Case an Indian War shall happen before the Expiration of 
any of the said Terms Limited for doing any of the said matters and 
Things aforesaid the like term of time shall be allowed after that Im- 
pediment Shall be Removed — 

Lastly the Grantees shall as Soon as may be done with Conveniency 
hold a Regular Meeting & pass a Vote in Writing that they Agree 
Assent & Consent to accept of this Grant to hold the Premises on the 
Terms herein Expressed cc to Ratify & Confirm this Agreement & 
Ingagement on their parts & behalfs Accordingly & Transmit an 
attested Copy thereof to the Grantors — 



330 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Vote of Grantees of Renniker, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 44.] 

At a legal Meeting of the Grantees of N° 6 to hear how farr the 
Commitee had proceeded in Laying out of the town that was Chosen 
for that End, and they Inform that they have Run the Lines of the 
town Round and Laid out the town into halfe Mile Ranges — 

And they Desire that Application may be Made to the Lord Pro- 
priators for Some Longer time to Lay out Said town By Reason of 
the Diiiculty of the Season and place to be -Laid out, And it is voted 
that John MacMurphy Esq r and Cap 1 Andrew Todd Shall Make 
Application to the Lords for Longer time which if they Deny they 
the Said Todd & MacMurphy is to Make Speedy Report to the Com- 
mitee that they May proceed which is Lookt on will be much to the 
Damage of the Affair in Regard of Quallifing the Lots — 

A treAV Copv p r Rob 1 Cochran Clerk 

Londonderry Oct 1 ' 30 th 1752 to the Comunity 



[Draft of Lots in Renniker, 1753.] 

[Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, p. 241, and Masonian Papers, Vol 6, 

p. 45.] 

Province of | The Draft of the Lots in the Tract of Land granted 
New Hamps r j by the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John 
Tufton Mason Esq r in New Hampshire to John M c Murphy Esq r 
Andrew Todd Gent" Samuel Barr Gent: & others, the 16 th day of 
July 1752, which Lots were drawn under the Direction of the said 
Proprietors, the Grantors, in Portsmouth on Wednesday the 11 th day 
of July 1753 — viz* 

Names drawn 
Ministry 
Saw-Mill Lot 
Robert M l Curdy 
William Ayers Jun r 
James Todd 
James Patterson 
Thomas Wallingford Esq 1 " 
John Wentworth Esq 1 
George Duncan 
Thomas Gregg 



N° Range 


N° Range 


N° Range 


& Lot 


& Lot 


& Lot 


7 — 10. 


1—4. 


1 — 13 


4—8. 


3 — 5. 


12—7 


9 — 13. 


1—3. 


2—4 


8—8. 


4—4. 


4—5 


10 — 3. 


4 — 16. 


5 — 16 


6 — 15. 


5 — 15. 


13 — 11 


5 — 10. 


11 — 18. 


2 — 11 


5 — 1. 


8 — 14. 


1—9 


7 — 15. 


9 — 19. 


2 — 19 


6 — 11. 


12 — 18. 


1 — 16 



[Plan of Henniker, 1753.] 




To the Honourable the Grantors 

Six in the line of towns, Granted by the Proprietors of lands purchassedof John Tuffton Mason Esq' To a society belonging to London- 
derry in Said Province, — The Highways in the Ranges is run East and west, — and on the west side of the lines run North and South and 
is all four rods wide except the Sixth and Seventh rang which is Six Rods wide — Which township was Surveyed in the years [torn] Com- 
'ittee for divideing said township into lotts 

A true plan Errors Excepted Math" Patten 

Daniel Leslie 

[torn] rods to an inch June 12 th 1753 



Surveyors 



HKNNIKER. 










L3i 


J dim Stuart 


10 — 


7. 


7 — 


3. 


8 — 


16 


first Ministers Lot 


7 — 


12. 


3 — 


10. 


2 


1 


Samuel Allison jun 1 ' 


9 — 


7. 


12 — 


2. 


11 — 


12 


John Scoby 


11 — 


15. 


6 — 


7'. 


4 — 


18 


James Willson 


4 — 


3. 


9 — 


16. 


1 — 


7 


James Humphrey 


6 — 


4. 


11 — 


16. 


13 — 


10 


Robert Weare 


7 — 


19. 


13 — 


1. 


6 — 


8 


Robert Rogers 


9 — 


5. 


8 — 


18. 


8 — 


17 


John M'Cullum 


4 — 


12. 


9 — 


18. 


12 — 


19 


James Willson jun 1 ' 


5 — 


8. 


10 — 


19. 


11 — 


19 


Law Lot N° 2 


10 — 


14. 


6 — 


17. 


4 — 


10 


John Reside 


5 — 


6. 


13 — 


5. 


11 — 


5 


School Lot 


7 — 


8. 


3 — 


4. 





7 


Alex' M'Cullum jun 1 ' 


5 — 


4. 


11 — 


15. 


11 — 


5 


Nath' Aiken 


7 — 


7. 


4 — 


1. 


13 — 


12 


William Rogers 


6 — 


12. 


11 — 


11. 


1 — 


15 


John Rindge 


10 — 


11. 


rr 

( — 


1. 


2 


12 


Daniel Leslie 


9 — 


15. 


1 — 


14. 


1 — 


1 


James Smith 


8 — 


1. 


9 — 


17. 


2 


10 


Robert Willson 


6 — 


13. 


11 — 


2. 


1 — 


12 


Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 dee' 1 his right 


6 — 


14. 


12 — 


9. 


12 — 


8 


Alexander Willson 


8 — 


5. 


7 — 


17. 


6 — 


16 


John Loggan 


6 — 


6. 


12 — 


13. 


3 — 


7 


John Moft'att Esq r 


7 — 


6. 


3 — 


11. 


1 — 


18 


Alexander M' Murphy 


11 — 


17. 


6 — 


9. 


4 — 


19 


William Davidson 


7 — 


14. 


13 — 


2, 


3 — 


13 


William Ayers 


7 — 


13. 


4 — 


9. 


13 — 


13 


John Calwell 


8 — 


4. 


10 — 


17. 


5 — 


19 


Thomas Boyes 


9 — 


3. 


13 — 


7. 


10 — 


4 


Law Lot N° 1 


7 — 


5. 


12 — 


11. 


1 — 


19 


Jn° Thomlinson & ) 
Jn° Tut'ton Mason Esq rs \ 


6 — 


3. 


11 — 


14. 


1 — 


8 


Alexander M'Cullum 


9 — 


2. 


4 — 


12. 


13 — 


9 


Sam 1 Solly & Clem 1 March Esq" 


10 — 


18*. 


8 — 


3. 


8 — 


2 


John M' Murphy Esq r 


9 — 


8. 


7 — 


18. 


11 — 


4 


Joshua Peirce Esq r 


6 — 


5. 


10 — 


9. 


2 


15 


Robert Fairservice 


7 — 


11. 


2 


5. 


13 — 


14 


Joseph Willson 


2 


3. 


12 — 


1. 


8 — 


10 


Alexander ( 'raige 


5 — 


2. 


9 — 


12. 


2 


13 


Samuel Barr 


5 — 


l5! 


13 — 


4. 


1 — 


17 


George Jaffrey Esq r 


11 — 


10. 


3 — 


16. 


4 — 


15 


William Peters 


10 — 


10. 


2 


2. 


5 — 


17 


Thomas Packer Esq r 


8 — 


12. 


4 — 


11. 


3 — 


19 



332 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



James Wallace 

George Robertson 

John Pinkerton 

Richard Wibird Esq 1 

Matthew Pinkerton 

John M'Murphy Jun r 

Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 

Hugh Willson 

John Mack 

Nath 1 Meserve Esq r & C° 

Robert Cochran 

James Ewens 

John Loggan Jun r 

Dan 1 Peirce Esq 1 " & Mary | 

Moore dec (ls Rights \ 

Samuel Todd 

William Holmes 

Robert Wallace 

John Duncan 

Robert Livingston 

William Mack 

Andrew Todd 

Isaac Brewster 

James Willson South 

Mark H g Wentworth Esq 1 

John Clark 

Joseph Bell 

David Archibald 



attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs Cle 1 

a true [copy] of the Record of the Drafts of Lotts in the Town- 
ship granted to John M c Murphy Esq r &c a 

attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop" CI 



10 — 


16. 


5 — 


5. 


2 


16 


10 — 


8. 


11 — 


8. 


3 — 


12 


11 — 


13. 


12 — 


16. 


1 — 


6 


10 — 


5. 


3 — 


17. 


4 — 


17 


10 — 


13. 


7 — 


2. 


3 — 


8 


11 — 


1. 


4 — 


it 


3 — 


14 


8 — 


19. 


9 — 


6. 


2 


9 


3 — 


3. 


9 — 


9. 


9 — 


10 


5 — 


13. 


12 — 


2. 


12 — 


3 


6 — 


10. 


13 — 


3! 


1 — 


2 


5 — 


3. 


9 — 


11. 


2 


18 


8 — 


7. 


6 — 


18. 


12 — 


4 


8 — 


9. 


2 


6. 


1 — 


5 


9 — 


14. 


6 — 


2. 


3 — 


9 


10 — 


2. 


7 — 


16. 


3 — 


18 


8 — 


13*. 


4 — 


2. 


1 — 


10 


7 — 


4. 


10 — 


12.' 


11 — 


12 


9 — 


4. 


3 — 


6. 


1 — 


11 


7 — 


9. 


12 — 


17. 


6 — 


1 


10 — 


15. 


9 — 


1. 


2 


8 


9 — 


7. 


4 — 


7. 


10 _ 


6 


11 — 


9. 


5 — 


11. 


2 


14 


12 — 


14. 


6 — 


19. 


4 — 


6 


8 — 


15. 


3 — 


1. 


Q 

O 


2 


8 — 


6. 


13 — 


6. 


5 — 


16 


12 — 


10. 


13 — 


8. 


11 — 


7 


11 — 


3. 


5 — 


14. 



— 


15 


10 — 


1. 


5 — 


9. 


2 


17 



[Request of Baracies Farnum, 1753.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 46.] 

Honerad Gentelmen after Deue Respects the Comes to Returne 
you hartey thanks for Resirving me a right Amongst the Granties of 
no six ami I would Pray a further Request that you would Except of 
my bulding of the Sawmill and tending of the Same In the Room of 



"ill- 333 

the Rest of the setelment Injoined In the Cherter I shunt troubly 
yon aney further but Remains your hombel Servent 

Baracies farnam 



[Mobert Wallace to Proprietors.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 47.] 

Sir J agreeable to the orders of the Lordproprietors to me some years 
ago to Dispose of the Millright in the Town of Hanacker for the use 
of the Inhabitants of said. Town agreeable to said orders I have Dis- 
posed of said right in order to help towards Building a meeting 
house and mills in said Town which was agreeable to the minds of 
tin- Proprietors of said Town Pleas sir, to make a Record in your 
Book That I have Disposed of said right agreeable to said orders and 
you will much oblidge your hum ble ser* 

Robert Wallace 

Londonderry 12 august 1782 

George (ieffery Esq r 



HILL. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors, Sept. 14, 1753, to Chester men. Incor- 
porated as New Chester Nov. 20, 1778. Bridgewater was set off and incorporated 
Feb. 12, 1788. Portions of Hill and Bridgewater were combined and incorporated 
as Bristol June 24, 1819. A portion of Alexandria was annexed Dec. 21, 1820. 
A tract was severed from New Chester and annexed to Wilmot Dec. 21, 1832. 
The name of the town was changed to Hill Jan. 14. 1837, in honor of Gov. Isaac 
Hill. A portion was severed and annexed to Danbury June 26, 1858. The town 
was annexed to Merrimack County from Grafton, July 1, 1868. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 195; Index to Law's, 239, 395; sketch, by 
F. R. Woodward. Ilurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 547 ; Stewart's 
History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 375 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, 
P- 549-1 



[Charter of Hill, 1753.] 

[From Copy in Possession of R. W. Musgrove, Bristol.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Powers and authority Granted 
New Hampshire ) and Vested in me the Subscriber by the Proprie- 
tors of lands Purchased of John Tuffton Mason Esq r in the Province 
of New Hampshire by their vote passed at their meeting held at 
Portsmouth in Said Province the 27 th Day of August A D 1753— 



334 CHARTER RECORDS. 

I do by these presents on the terms and Limitations with the Res- 
ervations hereafter expressed give and grant all the Right Title 
Property possession Claim & Demand of the Proprietors aforesaid in 
the following proportions unto John Tolford four Shares John M c 
Murphy Esq 1 James M'Ferson Matthew Thornton Esq 1 Ten Shares 
Robert Fletcher James Moor John Aikin John Mann John Tolford 
jun r James Quenton Hugh Tolford Mark Karr William Graham Jacob 
Sergent James Wadwell John Durham, Samuel Gault, Robert White,. 
Josiah Willard three Shares, John Mills, James White Timothy 
Ingalls, Henry Herring, Samuel Moores, John Underbill, William 
Tolford Samuel Emerson Thomas Craige, John Gordon Robert Craige 
Orlando Colby Joseph Clark Archabald Dunlap three Shares Henry 
Hall, Thomas Wills, John Hazeltine Ebenezer Dearborn James Shirla 
Thomas Shirla James Shirla Jun 1 John Kelsey Richard Pearl Alexan- 
der M'clure Joshua Tolford Stephen Ferrington one Share to each 
person not particularly mentioned above their proportion also to 
Jeremiah Colburn three Rights Samuel Searle three Rights Timothy 
Favour one Right Robert M c Murphy on Right. Nathanael Ingalls 
one Right which Tract or Township shall be called New Chester of 
in and to all that Tract of Land Lying in the Province afforesaid 
bounded North Westerly by the line lately Ran & Marked for the 
western Bounds of Masons Patent Easterly by Pemigewassett River 
Southerly by a Tract of Land Called Emerys Town and Southwest- 
erly by a Tract of Land Called Alexandria Bounded Beginning at the 
Northerly corner of Alexandria aforesaid in the patent line aforesaid 
and running from thence by Said Alexandria South easterly five miles 
and a quarter more or less to the most Easterly corner of Said Alex- 
andria to a Hemlock Tree Marked, From thence the line Turns by 
Said Alexandria South Fifty three Degrees West eight Miles and a 
Quarter more or less to a Beach Tree marked from thence South 
Easterly by the line of Heiddleburg So called one mile to an Elm 
Tree to the Corner of said Heiddelburg and from thence South till it 
intersects the western line of Emerys Town about half a Mile from 
thence North Seventy three Degrees East by said Emerys line to 
Pemigewasset River and from thence Northerly Bounding by Pemi- 
gewassett River including all the islands against Said Tract till it 
Comes to where the patent Line aforesaid Crosses said River & From 
thence Running South westerly by the patent Line aforesaid to the 
Bound first mentioned which Tract Contains by estimation exclusive 
of Ponds Thirty Thousand acres. 

To them their Heirs and Assigns To have and to hold on the fol- 
lowing Terms and Conditions with the Reservations here in after 
Expressed (viz). 



hil l. 335 

That the Tract of Land or Township aforesaid be Divided into 
Ninety three Equal Shares Two Lots at the Least to Each Share and 
to be Finished and Drawn for in Some public and Equitable manner 
at or before the last Day of November 17o4 That Three of the afore- 
said Shares be granted Free of Charge one for the first Settled Min- 
ister one for the Ministrey and one for the schools there for ever one 
Lot in each of the Said Shares to be first Laid out and Lots coupelled 
to them so as not to be Drawn for and Two Lots Containing one hun- 
dred acres Each for the incouragement of Building Mills to be Dis- 
posed of by the Grantees for that use That Twenty more of the Said 
Shares be reserved to and for the Grantors their Heirs and Assigns 
Forever and acquitted from all Duty and Charge untill improved by 
the owners or Some holding under Respectively. 

That the owners of Forty of the other shares (viz) John Tolford 
three Shares -lames M'Farson one Matthew Thornton Esq one James 
Moore one John Mann one Hugh Tolford one Mark Karr one William 
Graham one .Jacob Sargent one John Durham one Samuel Gault one 
Robert White one Josiah Willard one John Mills one James White 
one Nathaniel Ingalls one Henry Herring one Samuel Moores one 
Samuel Emerson one Thomas Wells one Thomas Crai^e one John 
Gordon one Robert Craige one Orlando Colby one Joseph Clark one 
Archabald Dunlap three Henry Hall one John Hazelton one, Eben- 
ezer Dearborn one James Shirla one James Shirla Jun r one John Kel- 
sey one Richard Pearl one Alexander McClure one Stephen Farring- 
ton one John Aikin one — Make Sittlement in the following manner 
(viz) each at the expiration of three years and Eight months from 
the Date hereof on each of the aforesaid forty shares have three acres 
parcel of his Right Respectively Cleared Inclosed and fitted for mow- 
ing and Tillage and a house built of a Room Sixteen feet Square at 
the least fitted for Comfortable Dwelling in and some person inhab- 
iting in each house Respectively and Continue Resident and inhab- 
itant there for seven years next coming by themselves or Some other 
person and annually for each of the Said Seven years Clear Inclose 
and lit as aforesaid one acre more 

That Twenty more of the Grantees (viz) John Tolford one John 
M .Murphy Esq one Matthew Thornton Esq five Robert Fletcher one 
John Tolford J r one James Quenton one James Waddell one Josiah 
Willard Two Timothy Ingalls one John Underbill one William Tol- 
ford one Thomas Wells one James Shirla one Joshua Tolford one 
Robert M' Murphy one — Make Settlement in Manner as aforesaid in 
every Respect Saving only that they be allowed one year longer time 
for Doing and performing the Several and Respective parts of Duty 
of Sittlement and no longer 



336 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That a Convenient Meeting house for the Publick worship of God 
be built on S' 1 Tract where the Grantees shall think most Convenient 
within Ten years from this Date and Ten Acres of Land Reserved 
there for Publick use 

That the Lands in Said Township or Tract belonging to grantors 
and grantees be subject to have all necessary highways Laid through 
them without any allowance or pay for damage That there be a 
further reservation to and for the grantors out of Said Tract of Five 
hundred acres to be Laid out at the Charge of the Grantees before 
the general Division of Said Tract under the Direction of me the sub- 
scriber or such other person as the Grantors as aforesaid Shall appoint 
so as not to Lye in the place where the Meeting House Shall nor 
prejudice the Town plat near the Same free from Duty and all 
Charges That the aforesaid Grantees their Heirs or Assigns by a 
Major vote in Publick Meeting Call' 1 for thet purpose grant and 
assess in Equel proportion such sum or sums of Money as they shall 
think necessary from time to time for Carrying forward and Com- 
pleating the sittlenient aforesaid and every of the grantees exclusive 
of the three Publick Lots who shall neglect for the Space of Sixty 
Days next after such Assessment shall be granted and made to pay 
the Same So Much of Such Delinquent Right or Rights Respectively 
shall and may be sold as will pay such Tax & Taxes and all Charges 
arising thereon by a Committee to be appointed by the grantee for 
that purpose — and in case any of the Grantees Shall neglect or refuse 
to perform any of the articles aforesaid by him respectively to be 
Done he Shall Forfeit his share and Right in said Township and every 
part thereof to those of the grantees or their assigns who Shall have 
Complied with the conditions on their part herein expressed and it 
shall and may be lawful for them or any person by their authority to 
enter into and upon the rights Shares or part of Such Delinquent 
owner in the name and behalf of the whole of the grantees or their 
assigns shall have complied as aforesaid on their respective parts to a 
move oust & expell for the use of them their heirs & assigns provided 
they settle or cause to be Setled each Such Delinquents Right within 
the Term of one year at the Furthest from the period that is by this 
Instrument stipulated to be done as the Condition of this Grant and 
fully Discharge & Comply with the whole Duty Such Delinquent 
ought to have done within one year from Time to time after the 
Respective period thereof. 

And in case the grantees or their assigns fulfill their part as afore- 
said Shall neglect fulfilling as aforesaid the Duty of any Delinquent 
owner that then such share or shares Right or Rights So Delinquent 
shall Revert and Belong to the Grantors their heirs and assigns Free 
from Duty & Charges & be wholly at their Disposal 



hill. 



337 



Further that the Grantees or their assigns within Thirty Days after 
the Said Tract shall be Lotted out & Drawn for shall Return a Plan 
of the Lots Numbered and Schedule of Such alotment & Draught Cer- 
tified by their Clerk on oath into the Grantors Clerks office 

Further that all white pine Trees fit for Masting his Majestys 
Navy growing on Said Tract be & hereby are Granted to his Majesty 
his heirs and Successors forever, always provided there Shall be no 
Indian war within any of the times limited as aforesaid for Doing the 
Duty Conditioned in this Grant and in case that should happen the 
Same time to be allowed after Such impediment shall be removed for 
doing the respective Duty aforesaid — To all which Premises I Joseph 
Blanchard agent for and in behalf of the grantors have hereunto set 
my hand and Seal this fourteenth Day of September in the Twenty 
Seventh year of his Majesties Reign A D 1753 

Signed Sealed & j Joseph Blanchard (L. S.) 

Deli' 1 in pres- > 

ence of ) 

James Minot Jun r 

Sarah Blanchard 

A true Copy Recorded June 2' 1 1806 
Attest, Errors Excepted 

Carr Huse Proprietors Clerk 



21 



338 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



{Draft of Lots.] 

[From Copy in Possession of R. W. Musgrove, Bristol.] 

A schedule of the names of the Proprietors of New Chester with the number of 
each proprietors lots as they were drawn 



Proprietors 1 Names 


Division 


2* 

Division 


3 d 
Division 


4 th 
sion 


Matthew Thornton Esq r N° 


22 


7i 


'/- 


5' 


Archabald Dunlap .... 


55 


34 


6 


93 


John Tolford Esq r 






38 


22 


66 


24 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 






40 


7 


42 


8 


Joseph Clark 






35 


8 


10 


1 1 


. a William Talford 






9 


20 


5 


3 


John Tolford Esq r 






57 


57 


7 


69 


John M c Murphy Esq r . 






74 


6l 


52 


37 


John Gordon 






24 


32 


2 


18 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 






10 


'3 


88 


6 


John Tolford Esq r 






48 


53 


45 


39 


rt M e Murphy 






94 


55 


70 


65 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 






59 


92 


39 


70 


Ens n Henry Hall . 






20 


67 


16 


3' 


Thomas Shirley 






1 


37 


23 


'4 


John Tolford y 






45 


40 


80 


9' 


John Durham 






9' 


84 


'j- 


57 


Lieu' Robert Fletcher 






3i 


4i 


27 


'9 


Hugh Tolford 






7 


18 


3 


12 


Ens n James 9 u i ntf jn 






78 


59 


53 


42 


Col 1 Josiah Willard 






46 


30 


84 


90 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 






6 


1 


87 


4 


Stephen Ferrington 






2 3 


74 


76 


28 


. 






76 


56 


73 


22 


Jeremiah Colburn . 






49 


25 


20 


82 


Johr, 1 .->([' 






3 


16 


28 


29 


James Shirley Jun r 






89 


79 


32 


64 


Matthew Livermore i 








93 


38 


75 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 








87 


55 


66 


Mark H? Wintworth 






52 


27 


46 




John Mills . 






56 


39 


5° 


80 


Samuel Moores Esq' 






8 


J 9 


67 


'3 


Timothy Jngall 






75 


64 


54 


89 


Jam' ... 






62 


90 


40 




Cap 1 John Underhill 






4i 




83 


34 


Cap' Thomas Wells 






90 


83 


33 


60 


Joshua Tolford 






66 


52 


68 


74 


Nathanael Ingalls . 






'5 


; 2 


25 


55 



HILL. 



339 



Proprietors' Names. 


,.t 


2 (1 


3 d 


4 th 




Division 


Division 


Division 


Division 


Samuel Searls ..... 


47 


23 


43 


92 


Cap 1 James Shirley 






88 


77 


3' 


56 


John Kelsey 






85 


88 


1 1 


81 


Jotham Odiorn Esq r 






83 


33 


69 


49 


Co 1 Theodore Atkinson . 






3° 


46 


63 


21 


Lieu 1 Thomas Craige 






27 


2 


21 


2 5 


Co 1 Joseph Blanchard 






42 


3 


85 


35 


Lieu' Ebenezer Dearborn 






81 


80 


60 


59 


James M'Farson . 






3 2 


'4 


29 


48 


Jeremiah Colburn 








28 


42 


6l 


27 


Samuel Gault 








82 


81 


35 


47 


Samuel Searls 








5 


44 


82 


5 


John Man 








92 


85 


44 


15 


Peirce & Moore 








34 


38 


93 


40 


Robert White 








53 


29 


49 


88 


Cap' John Moffat t 








80 


86 


59 


61 


Jeremiah Colburn 








69 


62 


13 


76 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 






63 


60 


5 1 


79 


Thomas Wallingsford Esq 1 






68 


63 


56 


78 


Matthew Thornton Esq' 






58 


82 


4i 


87 


George Jaffrey Esq r 






16 


6 


89 


54 


John Aikin . 






18 


50 


17 


3 2 


"\V"' Parker Esq r . 






54 


34 


49 


68 


Joshua Peirce Esq 1 






43 


28 


81 


36 


John Ringe . 






64 


73 


58 


63 


Jacob Sargent 






77 


66 


48 


62 


Matthew Thornton Esq 1 " 






23 


9 


62 


26 








67 


89 


14 


77 


Coll 1 Messhove & others 






36 


5 


64 


10 


James Wadwell 






93 


36&68 




58 


Thomlinson ec Mason 






44 


24 


75 


44 


Orlando Colby 






51 


26 


74 


86 


Henry Herring 






73 


'5 


8 


67 


Samuel Searls 






37 


21 


65 


7 


Col 1 Josiah Willard 






'9 


5i 


36 


43 


W"' Graham . 






14 


1 1 


24 


17 


Alexander M c Cluer 






70 


58 


72 


5° 


Solly & March 






21 


70 


26 


3° 


John Wentworth Esq* . 






65 


54 


57 


72 


Timothy Favour . 






4 


43 


1 1 





Matthew Thornton Esq' 






39 


4 


'9 


9 


John Haseltine 






1 2 


47 


78 


1 


Col 1 Thomas Pack 


ir 






~> 


17 


4 


16 



34° 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Proprietors' Names 



Division 



Division 



Division 



4 th 
Division 



Archabald Dunlap 
Richard Wibird Esq r 
Col 1 Josiah Willard 
Richard Pearl 
James Moores 
Archabald Dunlap 
Mark Karr . 
Samuel Emerson Esq r 





33 


3i 


15 










13 


10 


9 1 










87 


76 


3° 










84 


9 1 


34 










79 


65 


9 










17 


49 


86 










11 


48 


18 










50 


53 


73 



46 

20 
41 
38 

5 2 
53 
33 
83 



Portsmouth September 8 1806 
Copy Examined / Jeremiah Libbey Prop Cleik 

In the Masonian proprietors Five hundred acre lots Drawn Dec 
24 th 1781 as follows 

Tomlinson & Mason No 1 

Meserve & Co J 

Theodore Atkinson 3 

Thomas Packer " * 

John Moffatt " 5 



New Chester Oct 3 d 1806 
Copy Examined 



Carr Huse Prop" Clerk 



[Reserved Lots.'] 



[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Vol. 4, p. 73.] 

Division of Lots in New-Chester and three Lots in Kyah Sarge to 
make fifteen Lots ; one to each Right 

The Draft of the Lots to the 15 Purchasers Rights, viz 1 

To Richard Wibird Esq 1 Lot N° 55 3< l division in New Chester 

To John Moffatt Esq'-5 in the 500 Acre Lot in New Chester 

To George Jaffrey Esq r -78 2* div : in New Chester 

To Mark II s Wentworth Esq'— 8 in Kyah Sarge 

To Jotham Odiorne Esq r — 66 4 th div : in New-Chester 

To Thomas Packer Esq'-4 the in 500 Acre Lot in New Chester 

To Thomlinson & Mason-1 in the 500 Acre Lot in New Chester 

To Solly and March— 72 1 st div : in New Chester 

To Joshua Peirce Esq r — 29 1 st div. in New Chester 



[Plan of Hill ami Bristol.'] 



This is A True Plan of New Chester Laid Down By the Scale of Eaquel Parts 160 Rods to an Inch — 

By John & Joshua Tolford Surveyors 

Note. The first Devision is Bounded By Pemiggewassit River and is Described by Black Lines 

The Second Devision Contains Six Ranges & four Lotts in the Sevf nth Range Which are N° 90 N° 91 — 92 & 93 — 

The third Devision is Described by the letter : C : 

The fourth Devision Begins at the Coner of the home Lott N° 94 on New Brittan Line & is Contained in three Ranges 

The first Devision Contains 90 Acres — The Second third and fourth Devisions Contains 105 acres Each 

Bristol — incorporated June 24 1819 — Begins at N E corner of Lot N° 38, I Div. — thence to N E corner of N° 66. 
3 Div_thence to N E corner of N° 78. 2 Div_then to S E corner of N° 69. 2 Div— then to N E corner of same lot thence 
Wr on the range line to Newfound lake — for the N'r side between Bristol & Bridgewater_& contains all that part of New Ches- 
ter N'r of Smiths river bounded by the middle of said river to the division line between lots 72 & 73 & then on s d line to Pemi- 
gewasset river for the Boundary line between Bristol & New Chester 



34° 



Arcl- 
Rich 

Col 1 

Rich 
Jame 
Arcb 
Marl 
Sam 

P 

c 
II 

24 th 



C 



E 

mal 

1 
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'1 
1 
1 
r I 
r \ 
r \ 




HILL. 341 

To Peirce and Moore — 9, 2 d div. in New Chester 

To John Wentworth Esq' 10 in Kyah Sarge 

To Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 :> > in the 500 Acre Lot in New Chester 

To Thomas Walingford Esq' — 12 in Kyah Sarge 

To John Rindge — 62 3 d div. in New Chester 

To Meserve and Comp a — 2 in the 500 Acre Lot in New Chester 



[Petition of Joshua Tolford, 1766.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 48.] 

To the Proprietors of y e Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esqu r , in the Province of New Hampshire — 

The Petition of Joshua Tolford of Chester one of the Grantees of 
the Tract of Land granted by y e Said Proprietors called New Chester 
— Sheweth 

That in the first Division of Said New Chester there is a Lot num- 
bered Seventy one — allotted to any of y e Grantees who would engage 
to build a Saw Mill and Grist Mill in Said New Chester — but no 
Person will undertake to build Said Mills for y e Consideration of 
Said Lot Numbered Seventy one — and for Want of the Conveniency 
of a Saw-mill the Settlement of said new Chester is much retarded 
and even prevented — your Petitioner being very desirous of forward- 
ing y" Settlement of New Chester, would immediately engage in 
building Said Mills there if you would grant to him Lot numbered 
Seventy two, which is reserved to you y e Said Proprietors or if you 
would not grant to your Petitioner Said Lot numbered Seventy two 
in the first Division that you would make an Exchange with him, Said 
Lot numbered Seventy two for his lot drawn to him numbered Sixty 
Six. in Said first division the reason for his Request of y e Grant of y e 
Lot Seventy two — or to make y e Exchange of it for }* e Said Lot Sixty 
Six. is this, that one Lot is not Sufficient to make a good Settlement 
by it Self, but with y e addition of another Lot joining to it will be a 
11 1 encouragement to Settle and improve — Wherefore your Petitioner 
pray's, for himself and y e other Grantees of Said New Chester, that 
you would make him y" Grant of Said Lot Numbered Seventy two, 
or Exchange it with him for his Said Lot Numbered Sixty Six in the 
first Division of Said New ( '1 tester — and you will oblige your Petitioner 
and the Said Grantees— Chester March the 12 th 1766— 

Joshua Tolford 

Whereas Joshua Tolford Esq 1 ' hath petitioned the Proprietors to 
grant to him. or Exchange with him the Lot Numbered Seventy two 
in y" first Division of Lots in y e Tract of Land granted to John Tol- 



342 CHARTER RECORDS. 

ford Esqu r & others, for his Lot in Said granted Tract of land Num- 
bered Sixty Six in Said first division of Lots, in order to y e making a 
Settlement with y e Mill Lot assigned to Such person as would under- 
take to erect Mills for y e Use & Benefit of y e Grantees & Settlers of 
Said Tract Therefore Voted That upon Condition that the Said 
Joshua make a good & Sufficient deed of Conveyance of Said Lot 
numbered Sixty Six in y e first division of Lots of Said Tract of Land, 
to y e Said Proprietors, and shall erect good Mills on y e mill Privilege 
reserved in Said Tract of Land — that the Said Prop rs hereby grant all 
their Right Title & Property of in & to the Said Lot Numbered 
seventy two in the Said first Division of Lots in Said Tract of Land 
to the Said Joshua Tolford his heirs & assigns 



[Exchange of Lots hi Hill, 1766.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 48.] 

Know all Men By these Presents That I, Joshua Tolford of Chester 
in the Province of New Hampshire Esq 1 ' for and in Consideration of 
a Lot of Land Numberd Seventy two in the first Divisions of Lot in 
a Place calld New Chester granted by the Proprietors Claiming under 
John Tufton Mason Esq r and In Consideration of five Shillings to me 
in hand paid by Theodore Atkinson of Portsmouth in Said Province 
Esq r for & in behalf of Said Proprietors the Receipt whereof is hereby 
acknowledged Have given granted bargain'd & Sold and by these 
Presents Do give grant bargain Sell Convey and Confirm unto him 
the Said Theodore Atkinson his Heirs & Assigns for the use herein 
after Declared all my right Title Interest Claim Challenge and De- 
mand of in and unto all that Lot of Land in said Division Numberd 
Sixty Six which fell to me in the Draft made of the Lots there To 
have and to hold the Said granted Premises the said Right title & 
Demand to the Said Lot of Land Numberd Sixty Six with all the 
Privileges & Appurtenances thereof to him the said Theodore Atkin- 
son his Heirs & Assigns to & for the use of Said Proprietors and 
their Successors forever In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the 3 rd Day of April Anno Dom. 1766 — 

Joshua Tolford 

Signed Sealed & Delivered 

In presence of us — 
Hugh Tolford 
John Tolford Jim" 



hill. 343 

Province of New Hampshire Chester Aprile 28 th 1766 then the 
above Named Joshua Tolford Acknowledged this Instrument to be 
his free act and Deed — 

Before Sum 11 Emerson Jus 1 Peace 



[Improvements in Hill, 1771.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 49.] 

by Virtue of a Power Granted to me by the Proprietors of Lands 
Commonly Called Masons Patent Lying in the Province of New 
hampshire and Agreable to my Instructions I Did in the Name of the 
Said Proprietors and for them on the twentyeth Day of July A D 
1771 Enter and Take Possession of the forfetted Lands Lying in a 
Place Called New ehester & on the 22 Day I Eentered the Place 
Called Alexandria & on the 23 Day the Place Called New Britton 
and on the 24th the Place Called Perryes Town and on the 25th the 
Place Called Herreford & did Openly Declare my Entering and Take- 
ing Possion of the forfeted Lands in Each and Every of those Places 
to be by Virtue of a Power Given to me by the Said Proprietors & 
also Openly Declared that I then in the Name and for the Use of the 
Said Proprietors Held in Possession All and Every of the forfeted 
Lands Lots Tracts & Destinctly & Seperated to their Use & Did 
Openly & Strictly fordid any Person Entering any of those forfeted 
Lots or Tracts of Land or Doing any Trespass theiron Declareing that 
I then Reinstated the s' 1 Proprietors in the full Possion of all the for- 
fetted Lands in Each Place aforementioned Perticularly 



344 



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346 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Report of Committee in Regard to Sill, 1771.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 50.] 

In Pursuance of a Vote passed the 30 th of July last We have 
examined into the State and confered with Mess* 8 Tolford and 
M c Murphy Proprietors of the Town of New Chester concerning the 
Forfeiture of the said Town and now return the following Report of 
our doings therein. 

It appears to us the Township of New Chester is forfeited for Non 
compliance with the Conditions of the Grant and is reseized by the 
Attorney of the Proprietors and We are of Opinion that the same be 
; impropriated to the Use and Benefit of the Proprietors, reserving to 
certain Persons inhabiting and improving in the Said Town as 
follows. 

That, it appearing to us upon the said Conference there are 22 
Houses with Families resident upon parts of certain Rights in the 
said Town we are of Opinion that altho they may have not complied 
entirely with the Terms of the Charter yet that each whole Right on 
part of which the said Houses are built and Improvements made 
should be reserved for and confirmed to the proprietors of such 
Rights. 

That, it appearing to us upon the said Conference there are 11 

Persons who have begun making Improvements upon certain Lots 

but have no Houses and are not resident in the said Town, we are of 

Opinion that the said Eleven Persons should remain possessed of the 

Lots on which such Beginnings have been made respectively provided 

that such Persons continue to make progressive Improvements and 

have a dwelling House built and a Family resident thereon within 

the space of twelve months. 

Portsm th 15 th August 1771 J Fisher ) n 

rd Committee 

D K oarers \ 



[Summons to Samuel Atkinson and Cutting Favor, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 51.] 



PROVINCE OF 
NEW-HAMPSHIRE 

Rockinffham ss 



TO Samuel Atkinson of Boscawen & Cutting 
Favor of a place called New Chester both in 
s' 1 County 
YOU are hereby Required in his Majesty's Name to make your 
Appearance before the Justices of his Majesty's Inferiour Court of 
Common Pleas to be held at Portsmouth in the Province of New- 
Hampshire, on the first Tuesday in February Ins 1 to give Evidence of 



HILL. 



347 



what you know relating to an Action of Trespass There to be heard 
and tried betwixt Proprietors of Mason's Claims Pla ta and John 
Atwood Def 

Hereof fail not, as you will answer your Default, and the Pains 
and Penalties in the Law in that behalf made and provided. Dated 
at Portsmouth, Feb ry the third Day, in the Twelfth Year of his 
Majesty's Reign, Annoque Domini, 1772 

Is. Rindge CI 
travil 130 miles attendanee five Day 

Sam 1 Atkinson 
travil 160 miles y e 14 of febuary 1772 attendance till friDay 

Cutting 1 favour 



[Petition of Cutting Favor.~\ 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 51.] 

To The Honrable Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 and the Hon able the 
Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq r 
Called Masons Pattent — The Petetion of Cutting Favour who Sheweth 
that He wos the Second famely that Moved in to the New plantation 
within your Pattent Called Newchaster that he Has Made Large 
Improvements in Said Place & that Part of his Improvements adjoyn 
Pemechawosset River on Lot 77 & 78 in the first Division that in 
Said River their is a Small Island Containing about 18 Acres which 
Lyes 170 Rods in Length against his Improvements & that if he wos 
the owner of Said Island he Could Inclose his Improvements with 
Much Less Cost your Petitioner there fore Prays that your Honours 
would be pleased to Sell the Same Island to him for So much Money 
as may be Agreed on and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound Shall 
ways Pray 

Cutting favour 



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348 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\Lot Sold for Taxes and Redeemed, 1779.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 52.] 

Know all Men By these Presents that I Jonathan Ingals of New 
Chester in the County of Grafton in the State of Newhampshire Col- 
lector of Taxes of and for the Town of New Chester in Said State 
and County for the year 1778 By Vertue of Sundry Acts or Laws of 
Said State Relative to Levying and Collecting Taxes of Nonresident 
Proprietors of Lands in Several Towns and Parrishes in Said State, 
For and in Consideration of the Sum of five Pound three Shillings 
and two Pence L My) to Me in hand paid Before the Delivery 
hereof By Simeon Cross of New Chester Joyner the Receipt where 
of I do Acknowledge have Given Granted and Sold and By these 
Presents Do Give Grant Sell and Convey unto him the said Simeon 
Cross his Heirs and Assigns for Ever a Certain Parcel or Tract of 
Land Situate and Being in New Chester thirty two acrees of the Lot 
N° 29 in the first Division Laid out and Drawn to a Blank Right he 
the said Simeon Cross Being the highest Bidder for the Same at a 
Publick Vendue Duly Notifyed and held this Day at the Dwelling 
House of Capt 11 Cuttin Feavors By Jonathan Ingals Appointed for 
the Sale of Such Lands in Said New Chester affore Said as Belonging 
to Such Nonresident Proprietors or owners as are Delinquent in Pay- 
ing the Said Taxes Assessed thereon. To have and to Hold the Said 
Granted Premises with the Appurtenances thereof to him the Said 
Simeon Cross his Heirs and Assigns in fee Simple Forever and I the 
Said Jonathan Ingals, Collector as Affore Said Do in My Said 
Capacity Do Covenant and agree to and with the Said Simeon Cross 
his Heirs and Assigns to warrent and Defend the Said Premises to 
him the Said Simeon Cross his Heirs and Assigns against the Lawful 
Claims and Demands of any Person or Persons whomsoever in wit- 
ness where of I Do here by Set My Hand and Seal the Eighth Day 
of April Anno Domini 1779 Jonathan Ingals 

Signed, Sealed, and Delivered 

in Presence 
(air 1 1 use 
Joshua Tolford 

June ye 12 1779 Reed the Contents of the with In being two 
Pound four & two pence in full for the Tax and Charges of the 
within Lot 

pr me Jonathan Ingals 
[Endorsed] 
Deed of Land in New Chester redeemed by Sam 1 Atkinson after 
bring sol.l ;il Vendue & Receipts — 



hill. 349 

[Report on Lot* in Hill, 1S22.] 
Extract from Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. .V2.] 

Land in New ( 'hosier 

one fourth part of lot Numbered 46 third division deeded to A. G. 
Stevens by William Flanders Oetober 27 Ul 1801 — also another fourth 
pan of Said lot deeded to Said A. G. Stevens by W" Challes Nov. 2 nd 
L803 -the other half deeded to Jon a Dickerson by Joshua Rowell 
April 14. 1800. and Supposed to have been deeded to Joshua Rowell 
about the last of 1779 — or first of 1800, by John Peirce of Ports- 
mouth — 

Lot No. 81 — third division — New Chester occupied by Samuel 
Avory. Middling lot mixture of growth fifteen or twenty acres 
begun & part under improvement Cut two or three tons of hay — no 
road. Val. 300 dol. 

Lot Numbered 52 1 st division New Chester Bridgwater which Con- 
veyed to Daniel Smith Esq. of New Hampton by John Fisher Esq by 
his attorney John Peirce August 16 th 1805 — 

Lot No 27 — 2nd division lies in Bridgwater sold to Jabell Shep- 
herd Thompson Nov. 26. 1811 by John Peirce and acknowledged 
same day — Quitclaim Occupied by David Thompson — Some improve- 
ments a Broken lot and lies two miles from the Mayhew turnpike 
road over a had hill. Decent buildings worth about 450 dollars — 

90 4 th division New Chester over one half flowed by a mill pond ; 
timber dead, being a Boggy piece of land with Considerable of white 
pine timber but mostly dead and Cut. South end middling good; no 
road value 175 dollars — 

asked Flanders $250 for this N° 90. 4 N. Chester sold B. P. Fifield 
6 Dee 1822 for -200 

26 4" 1 division Claimed by Benjamin Shaw of New Chester by the 
virtue of vendue deeds — lies North side of a mountain North end 
middling good South end barren waste, no road — 

hands in New Chester 

Lot No. 27 4"' division lies North Side mountain North end about 
midling good, South end barren mountain, no Road, growth of this 
lot and 26 is a mixture of hard wood, and black tops — 

Lot No 2s 4"' division Same as 26 & 27 as to Situation growth & 
mad — 50 acres of it claimed by Cap* John Searl of New Chester 
under an old vendue title — 

Lot No. 36 4 th division lies on the North side of the mountain, 
Broken, no road, a mixture of growth 



350 CHARTER RECORDS. 

HILLSBOROUGH. 

[This town was Number 7 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Granted by the Masonian 
Proprietors, Jan. 26, 1748-9, to John Hill and others, and named in honor of 
Col. John Hill. Incorporated Nov. 14, 1772. 

See 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 Hillsbor- 
ough 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 Physi- 
cians, by B. H. Phillips, 1, N. H. Repository, 215 ; The Birthplace of a President, 
by F. M. Colby, 4, Granite Monthly, 69.] 



[Petition of David Baldwin, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 53.] 

Pelham Decem r 9, 1748 

To the Honourable Lord Proprietors In the Goverment of New 
hamsher I Would In Form Your Honours That upon the Third Day 
of this Instant I Set out From Sudbury to Cum to Portsmouth to 
Treet With Your Honours Concerning a Certain Tract of Land that 
Was Granted to Jonathan Butterfeild of Chelmsford of Three Hun- 
dred acres Joyning to the South Side of Hilsbro and Likewise one 
Hundred acres of Land Joyning to the Three hundred acres that Is 
Within y e Bounds of hilsbro. Which Fore Hundred acres the Pur- 
chasing and Setteling a Famely on It, has Cost me moore then a 
Thousand Pounds old Tenor. I Pray that your Honours Would Con- 
sider my Case and order it so that Henry Baldwin Esq r might settel 
the affare With Your Honours Concerning the above Sd Land By 
Reason of my Being Not able to Travel 

In So Doing You Will Very much Oblidge Your Humble Ser vt 

David Baldwin 

Jan y 26 : 1748 Considered in a Meeting that y e Petition within 
mention'd be not foro-otten 



[Petition of Col John Hill, 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 54.] 

Portsmouth Jan 1 2(3: 1748— 
To the Prop 18 Purchasers of the Grant made To Cap 1 Jn° Mason 
Merch 1 in London by the Council of Plimouth, Lying in the Province 
of New Hamp r in New England Gent 11 / 



HILLSBOROUGH. 351 

I purchased of Sundry Prop™ who had Their Grant from the Mas- 
sachusetts Goverment a Township in the line of towns (Called N° 7 
or Hillsborough & Latley I've bin Informed that that Township falls 
within the Limits of the S' 1 masons Grant. Against Whome I've no 
Inclination to Dispute 

Therefore Gentlemen if it be the Case that the S' 1 Lands are Situ- 
ated within your property I would gladly Acquaint you that, free 
from desingn of Injuring any Body but with a view to Serve my 
Country and my Self Have in Bringing forward a Setlement of a 
Town in the most usefull man'er, for the Publick Service ; Have 
been at near ~20()00£ Charge; if within it is at the Extream parts of 
your Grant the Attempt of Setting of that Remote Wilderness, Open- 
ing Roads Discovering the Cuntry And Being a Barricord Previous 
to the entry on y e Lands Within, Has bin of Sup r Service (be it 
within your Claim) to Any Recompence you Have in your Generos- 
ity, Accepted from Sundry of your Near grants & Shall in that Way 
further prosecute any Duty of Setlement you think advisable for pub- 
lick Service on that Land and Esteem it a favour for your Quitclaim 
to those Lands that I may pursue my Setlement free from debate, & 
with Incouragement to Industry Shall Readily Submitt my Self to 
your Compassion And order therein, I am Gentlemen 

Your Most Obedient Humble servent 

John Hill 



\_Quit-Clatm to Hillsborough, 1748/9.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Jan. 26, 1748/9, and Masonian Pa- 
pers, Vol. 6, p. 55.] 

Upon Reading & Considering the Request & Petition of Coll John 
Hill of Boston Esq r to have a Quit Claim from the Said Proprietors 
of their Right to that Tract of land Commonly called Hillsborough to 
him the Said John Hill for the Reasons Set forth in his Petition on 
file 

Voted That that the Said Proprietors first Reserving to themselves 
their heirs & assigns the Quantity of Seventeen hundred Acres of the 
said Tract of land to be laid out as the Said John Hill shall think 
most Convenient for promoting the Settlement there but not to be 
Subject to any Charge or Tax untill improved by Said Proprietors or 
those who hold under them or any of them have and hereby do grant 
(on the Terms & Conditions hereafter mentioned) all their Right 
Title Estate Interest & Property of in and unto the Said Tract of 
land and Quit their Claim unto the Said Tract of land called & known 



352 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by y e name of Hillsborough to him y e Said John Hill his Heirs and 
Assigns forever he Returning to the Proprietors a Plan of the Said 
Township shewing the Lots and how the Said Seventeen Hundred 
Acres are laid out — also Reserving all Pine Trees for his Majesty's 
Use fit for masting the Royal Navy 



[John Hill to Proprietors, 1759.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 56.] 

Boston Jany 29—1759 

Gentlemen 

I Rec a Yours of the 28th— of Decem r Last but Not until the 18th 
Instant & had not an opertunity to Communicat it to the Proprietor 
until the 22 d Instant — In Answer to which I am directed to Say that 
as to What the Setlers Represented at their Vissets and by there peti- 
tions Wee hop wee shall be heard before Judgmen be Given aganst us 
— as to there Not being able to Obtain deeds of and Assuranc of 
there Lands it is a most falls Scandelus and bace Representation for 
wee have been allways Ready to Give them all the Right title and 
Interest wee have in the Land, and before any of them went on the 
Land wee Gave Deeds to 24. of them, whi h is Now Exstent — but thay 
have so Choped and Changed among them selves as has bro:t them 
Into Confution, Notwithstand wee have given Deed to all of them 
that would Except Shuch title from us as wee have Receiv'd & as to 
Returning a plan with the Reservations wee have been Ready for sum 
time and Expect' 1 M r Gridly would been with you sumtime agoe with 
whom wee have Left the setlement of the Whol affare — but he tells 
us that Indissption and hurry of Bisuness has hindered him to this 
time but he will Imbrase the first opertunity that the season and his 
health will permit to wait on you & Setle the Wholl affare, hop to the 
Satisfaction of all Concerned — by order and in Behalf of the Proprie- 
tors I am 

Gentlemen Your Most Humble ser 1 

John Hill Pro 8 cl 



[John Hill to Proprietors, 1705.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 57.] 

Boston May 22. 1705 
S r I here Inclose a plan of Peterborough and a plan of Hillbor- 
ough the Reservations of the Grant of the Proprietors of the Lands 
purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 are marked and discribed on 



[Plan of Hillsborough, 1765.] 



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This is a Plat of Hillsborough Town and the Lots N° 27-2S-29-30 Contain Each 200. Acres & the Lots N° 41-42-43 Contain 
Each 300 Acres Each Lot Marked Mason & thay Contain in the Whol 1700 Acres thay are lade out in the Most Conveniant plase 
for promoteing the Setlement in Said Town of Hillsborough Conformable to there Quit Clame to John Hill 

this plat is presented to the propritors of Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq by there Humble Ser' 
Boston May 22 1765 John Hill 



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Each plan — which pleas to present to Said proprietors with my Com- 
plements and dutiful] Regards to them — and Yonl Very Much oblige 
Your Most Humble Ser 1 

John Hill 

P S please to Acquaint me with the Receipt of the Same 

To George Jaffrey Esq r 



[John Gojfe to Theodore Atkinson, 17b'6.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 58.] 

Hon 11, Sir I have according to the Request of your prop trs & at 
their Desier taken a Surveyer and two Chain men & went to Hilsbor- 
ah on wednessday the 6 th of this Instant and set out Early on thirs- 
day morning to Search for places where the Traspassers had ben at 
work found that one John Ragley had fenced a Cross Cap' Wibirds 
Intervail Lot west side of the River but I bleve he is Sick of his bar- 
gain he lives on that tract of Land called Kyes farm & I bleve he will 
make use of that fence only to find or Confin his Cattel so as to know 
were to find them for he has no Cattel of his own but as his Landlord 
lets him have them, but I must make a Remark here, for his house is 
within 60 Rod of Hillsburah line on Kyes farm and he has been their 
but about a year & I think I never Saw finer winter wheet to the best 
of my Remembranc He had forty Stook the Ears as large as Ever I 
Saw he had Good Indin Corn about an Acre and an half stally Corn 
pumpkins Squashes Cowcumbers in abundence oynions a varst many 
so that it is Ceartain it is an Exelent Land to produce what nature 
wants to make it comfortable and I Saw no differance in the Land 
Except his was (by what Grew of Trees upon it wors then any Either 
Cap 1 wibird heirs & Yours for both these Intervail lots are Excellent 
& Indeed that whol body of Land & Intervail is Excellent for we 
went up to the falls to See what Improvements the traspassers had 
maid near the River & a grate way we found it, but we could find no 
Corners nor N os till we got to the monument by the fall East of y e 
River (viz) a White Oke Tree and heap of Stons & then Took that 
Line & found the Corner mark 1 & n° then Run the point as "$ plan 
but Could find no Corner from thence we Came back to were we began 
at the monnewment Ran the northerly line but found the plan as fals 
as could be, and we could have no help from the River as laid in the 
plan for were as for Instanc X" 1 as the whit oke tree & stons which 
stands East sid of the River and is a corner of that lot N° 1 frome 
thence by the plan it Should leave the River Right across 40 or 50 
22 



354 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Rods and in deed it never Gits across the Rver till it Gits to the beach 
tree markt in the plan & that is Close to the River And an other In- 
stance where N° 2 comes to the River it Should be \ mile when upon 
Just measure it is no more than 60 Rods & so N° 3 & N° 4 upon the 
South Side and the Gove rs North Line from the Cornor to the River 
is 104 Rods when according to the plan it is but very littel longer 
then the south line of S d lot N° 4, & so N° 3 the west End of that 
Lot by measure upon the plan is 140 Rods when upon a Exact meas- 
ure by the Chain it is no more then 100 R and Every line but one 
that we tryed did not Com Near the plan so that it is very false and the 
old marks are Groon up that in allitel time more, they will not be 
Seen at all if not New marked but I did mark with my own hand the 
lines we Ran well, upon the old Spoted Trees where the marks were 
not Quit Grown out for some were hardly decernable & I understand 
our serveying & marking the lines of the Lots has put the traspassers 
into Great Concearn & I bleave that if Do ct Perry or his Son was 
prosecuted b} 7 the Gove nr for he has fenced all his Lot in on the west 
Side of the River & George otterson by Meservy & Col 1 Blanchards 
heirs for Clearing upon their Lot on west side of the River & william 
Smith by George Jeffery Esq r for his Traspass upon N° 6 & building 
a Camp on S d Lot the matter would soon be over for the Rest would not 
Stir, However when we went to the place their was not a man their on 
the spot alth we found Tools in their Camps such as hows &c : and as 
m r Daniel Peirce Desiered me I went after one John Quigley which 
he told me was an honest fellow & he could tell me every thing about 
the traspassers but when he Came upon the Spot he Either did not 
Cair to tell or at least Did not tell who were Traspassers upon pellic- 
ular lots after we shewed him the lines and I find by the people their 
about that M r Qugley has had a grate hand in Incoriging them folks 
for he went & Shewed them the best Interval and they Gave him a 
considerable sum of mony for so doing & he makes his brags that 
he gits mony from the Lords for telling them fair Storys and that he 
has had the offer or has a Justices post and is commonly call' 1 Esq r 
quigley among the people in that Neighbourhood and I perceive as 
he dont love work very well he would be willing to Git mony that 
way and because one Archabald Tagert has Informed me from time 
to time of the Traspassers and I have Engaged him to take an other 
man as Evedences to Know the names of the Individals that worke 
upon the perticular Lots as he went with me & knows the owner names 
of all the Lots Taspassed upon and to make Repot to me which m r 
Quigley is very much afronted at and Says as I'm Informed that he 
nor I have no busness to do any thing about it, and has Sued him S' 1 
Tagert as a Traspasser to this Cort which is as Grate an Ingury as 



IIILLSliOROUGII. 355 

Could be Don to a Stedy man in the propriotors cause for as to the 
meadow he mowed he Came to me Last may and told of the traspae- 
ers & Gave me their names In writing and Desiered me to Git a leace 
of the meadow 1 told him if he would be faithfull & find out the Tras- 
passers ^V whose lots they were upon I would git Liberty for him to 
Cut 4 or 5 load their and as soon as the owner of the lot Could be 
found out on whose the meadow was I did not Scruple but they would 
Give him a leace for a yeare or two Especaly as m r Bradford & he 
had cleared the Road so far as 4 or 5 miles in their land to the mead- 
ow which Road was a Grate benefit to the Lords and a Good Road it 
is I can Ride a Gallop Thro' wibirds Col Atkinsons Ringes & m r 
Packer to the 11 Lot which is a Grat benifit as the woods is very 
Thick to go & vew them lots now Sir as Qugley has Got a leace of that 
meadow as he Soposes th° I bleave it is n° 11 & Design to Hurt 
Tagert and perswad you that he is a Traspasser and make him oidous 
in your Eyes, which I declair he ought to be vailed for his faithfullness 
neither would he have mowed that meado without I tho' he might be 
Safe and upon the other hand Quigley ought Not to be Contenance for 
Two thing (viz) for that the Traspassers Every time they go to work 
their th^y Call & see him then Surly he could have taken Evedence 
and followed them to where they wrote and Could have told Us 
when upon the Spot who Traspassed upon this or that Lot but did not 

And Secondly that he Tho 1 to & did offer the meadow at an 
unreasonable price pr load which I perswaided my selfe You Gentel- 
men never designd by Granting him a leace Now Sir I must beg that 
Archabald may not be Hurt but that that matter may be Settled with- 
out Going to Cort as it will Hurt a new Settler to be forced to pay 
charges and you lose a Stench frind to the Cause Sir I melted my 
Selfe & worred so to marke the Lines new and lay out In the Rain that 
I Shall not be able to do down this Cort if ever any more my Harty 
Regards to you & your famely, & to all your propriotors & am while 
able vour Honnours Humble & Devoted Servant 

DeVryfeild Aug st 30 th 1766 John Goffe 

The Honor 1 ' 1 " Theodore Atkinson Esq r 



[Reserved Lots, 1779.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 22, 1779.] 

State of New ) Portsmouth February 22' 1 1779 Monday ten of the 
Hampshire \ Clock before noon at the House of m r John Penhallow 
improved by him as a Store, the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment — 



356 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Whereas John Hill Esq r hath returned to Said Proprietors a Plan 
of Hillsborough with the reserved Seventeen hundred acres to said 
Proprietors, laid out into four two hundred Acre Lotts, numbered on 
Said Plan N° 27, N° 28-N° 29-N° 30, and three three hundred Acre 
Lotts numbered 41, 42, 43, which Said Lotts are presumed to contain 
the number of Acres in each Lott as expressed in Said Plan — therefore 
Voted that each of the Said two hundred Acre Lotts be divided into 
two equal parts and numbered on the Said Plan from 1 to 8, and that 
the Said three three hundred Acre Lotts be divided into three equal 
parts on the Plan and be numbered from 9 to 17, and that a draft of 
all of the Said lotts be now drawn to the Rights of each of the fifteen 
Proprietors Shares and the law Lotts N° 1 & N° 2 and being drawn to 
said Rights and entered on Record shall be a Severance of the Same 
to Said Proprietors & c 

The Draft of the Said Lotts were drawn as follow's Viz 1 



1 st To John Rindge . 

2 a Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' 

3 d Thomlinson & Mason 

4 th Mark H g Wentworth Esq 1 ' 

5 th Law lott N° 2 

6 th Solly & March 

7 th Geo: Jaffrey . 

8 Tho s Packer Esq 1 . 

9 Peirce & Moore 

10 Blanchard Meserve & C° 

11 Jotham Odiorne Esq 1 

12 Rich' 1 Wibird Esq r 

13 Josh a Peirce Esq r . 

14 Tho s Walingford Esq r . 

15 Law lott N° 1 

IB Jn° Wentworth Esq 1 ' 
17 John Moffatt Esq r . 



N° 1, in 
N° 7, in 
N° 2, in 
N° 11, in 
N° 8, in 
N° 17, in 
N° 15, in 
N° 14, in 
N° 12, in 
N° 5, in 
N° 6, in 
N° 10, in 
N° 4, in 
N° 16, in 
N° 13, in 
N° 3, in 
N° 9, in 



N°27 
N°30 
N°27 
N°41 
N°30 
N°43 
N°43 
N°42 
N°42 
N°29 
N°29 
N°41 
N°28 
N°43 
N°42 
N°28 
N°41 



HOOKSETT. 

[This locality was formerly known as Isle ait Hooksett and Isle an Hooksett 
Falls. The town was made up from parts of Goffstown, Dunbarton, and Chester, 
and incorporated July 2, 1822. A small portion of Hooksett was annexed to 
Allenstown Jan. 5, 1853. 

See papers under titles of above named towns; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 
252; Index to Laws, 246; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 391 ; sketch by 
Samuel Head, 2d, Hurd's History of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 361.] 



HOPKINTON. 357 

[Richard A//t>\ about Logs at Hookse.tt, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. GO.] 

( hester Jeneuary 25-17")- 
Sir whereas there was sum Loggs cut upon the westerly side of the 
great revver above lie hokset falls to the sotherly of bow line and I 
was under Sum obligation to you not to remove or hall said loggs 
without Letting you know of It I once writ to you to acquaint you 
when I wold draw sum of said Loggs but I under stand that faild so 
that you had no notice of it I now tell you that I have Halld sum of 
said loggs and the remainder of said loggs I do not know when they 
will be Haled or whether they will Ever be Hailed or not and If you 
want proof of what Have been halld as that Seems to fullfill what you 
requested by my obligation you may prove it by mr John Cofrin and 
mr Joseph broun of Suncook 

Richard Aver 
to mr Alexdr Macmurfy 



HOPKINTON. 

[This town was Number 5 in the line of towns from Merrimack to Connecticut 
River, granted by Massachusetts, Jan. 16, 1735-6. Some of the grantees being 
from Hopkinton, Mass., the town was called New Hopkinton. Granted by the 
Masonian Proprietors, Nov. 30, 1750, to Henry Mellen and others. Incorporated 
as Hopkinton Jan. 11, 1765, and named from Hopkinton, Mass. A portion of 
Bow was annexed Dec. 13, 1763, to settle a dispute between the two towns, and 
Hopkinton was granted town privileges. The town was annexed to Merrimack 
County from Hillsborough on the incorporation of the former in 1823. 

See Massachusetts charters preceding; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 404; XII, 
Hammond Town Papers, 255 ; Index to Laws, 247, 402 ; sketch, Hurd\s History 
of Merrimack County, 1885, p. 391 ; Life and Times in Hopkinton, by C. C. Lord, 
1890, pp. 583; Stewart's History of the Free Baptists, 1862, p. 368; Baptist 
Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, pp. 8, 12; Lawrence's N. H. 
Churches, 1856, p. 391 ; Memorial of Carlton Chase, 1870; An Ancient Necropolis, 
by C. C. Lord, 7, Granite Monthly, 25 ; Churches in, by same, 2, id., 22 ; Edu- 
cation in, by same, 1, id., 337; Industries in, by same, 2, id., 121 ; Items and 
Incidents in, by same, 2, id., 304, 358; Manners and Customs in, by same, 2, 
id.. 186, 217, 251, 278 ; Millitary Affairs in, by same, 2, id., 154; Politics in, by 
same, 2, id., 43 ; Travelling Accommodations in, by same, 2, id., 71 : Extracts from 
Records, 2, Farmer and Moore's Historical Collections, 171.] 



358 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition for Lands in Hopkinton, 1748. j 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 61.] 

Province of ] 
New Hampshire j Portsmouth Nov r 9 th 1748. 

To the Purchasers & Proprietors of Cap' Jn° Tufton Mason's Right 
in Lands in Said Province — 

Whereas y e Persons Named on y e Other Side have Improved Lands 
in a Township Called Hopkinton or N° 5 Lying upon y e West part of 
Rumford, in Whose behalf I request y e favour of y e Proprietors when 
that tract of Land is granted by You that You would Suffer y e within 
Named to be Grantees in Manner & upon Such Terms as You Shall 
see Meet 

Samuel Rolf Timothy Nolton Ephraim Nolton 

David Woodell Joseph mellen Peter How 

John Annis Caleb Burbank John merrill 

Philip Eastman Samson Colbe Jeremiah Eastman 

Joseph Eastman Nathaniel Eastman Isaac Chandler 

Nathaniel Chandler Deceased Joseph ordway 

Joseph Eastman 3' 1 Jonathan Straw Richard Potter 

Matthew Stanly Joseph Easman Jabes Potter 

Jacob Potter Aaron Kimbill John Burbank 

Samuel Easman Nathan Lovejoy John Rus Discd 

James Osgood Anmestar Benjaman Woodell 
Petor How Juner Paul Nolton Deceased 
Nathanael West 



[Petition of Henry Mellen, 1748.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 64.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth Dec r 28 th 1748 
New Hampsh r \ To the Honb 1 Theodore Atkinson Esqur and others 
Purchasers of y e Lands within y e Province of New Hampsh r bo't 
of John Tufton Mason Esqu r — 

I the Subscriber Henry Mellins of Hopkinton in y e Province of y e 
Mass 8 Bay Shew's That the Major part of y e Claimers of a Tract of 
Land called New Hopkington or N° 5 in y e line of Towns granted by 
y e Mass' 1 which lyes in y e Prov e of New Hampshire — have Requested 
of me to come to Portsmouth to enquire into the Right & Title of y e 
Purchasers of Mason's Right aforesaid & to apply my Selfe in their 
behalf to y e best means of procuring or preserving their Interests in 



HOPKINTON. 359 

y" Said Tract called N° 5 — Pursuant to Said Request 1 do for myselfe 
as a claimer in Said N 5 and in behalf of V Claimers aforesaid, as 
Apprehending your Right & Title in Mason's Rjghl aforesaid to be 
good do humbly Request of you Proprietors, that you would Secure 
to us our claims in Said N° 5 upon Such Terms and Conditions as you 
shall think proper and shall be tho't best for your Selves and your 
Petitioners in whose behalfe I am Gent 1 " 

Your most Hum: SeiV 

Henry mellen 



[Petition of Timothy Clements, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 62.] 

To the Honb le The Purchasers & Proprietors of the Lands in the 
Province of New Hampshire purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esqu r — 

The Memorial of Timothy Clements of Haverhill District in said 
Province in his own Behalfe and others Settlers and Improvers of 
y* Tract of Land commonly known by New Hopkinton or N° 5 
— Humbly Shew's 

That whereas Henry Mellen of Hopkinton in y e Prov : of y e Mass a 
Bay Appeared before the Honb le Proprietors and Obtain'd a Vote in 
favour of y e Settlers and Improvers of S' 1 New Hopkington but hath 
neglected to lay before y e Proprietors a List of those who have Set- 
tled and Improved there and being Apprehensive that you will not 
wait a much longer time for m r Mellin's further Application before you 
will dispose of said Tract of Land and have Reason to think from 
his Selling all his Interest there particularly eight Score Acres for 
nine hundred Pounds old Tenor — that he will not offer anything fur- 
ther to you in their Behalf — 

I therefore Request that you would be so favourable that you would 
not dispose of Said Tract of land called New Hopkington before I 
have an Opp° of laying before your Honb le Propriety the Names of 
the Persons who have made any Settlement and Improvement upon 
Said New Hopkinton with an Attested State thereof and when so 
done pray you would make a grant to Such Persons So much of said 
New Hopkinton, and upon such Terms as shall be best for Settling 
said Land, And you'l ever oblige y' Said Petitioners in whose behalfe 
I am 

your Humble Serv 1 

Province of ] Timothy Clements 

New Hampshire \ Portsm Nov r 30 th 1749 



360 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[List of Inhabitants of Hopkinton, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 60.] 

The List of the In Habatants And the Improvers of No 5 in The 
Line of Towns as it was under the formour Grants of the Maresse- 
chusetts bay adjoyning To Rumford or penny Cook So Called 
— Namely — 



Timothy Clements 
Jerimiah Eastman 
moses merill 
aron Cimball Juner 
Joseph Chandlr 
Edward ardeway 
Jacob Potter 
Thomas Easteman 
Thomas merill 
John Burbank 
David woodwell 
Joseph Eastman 
Samson Colbey 
Joseph Stand ley 
Nathaniel Chandler 



James Clements 
Ebenezer Eastman 
Insg" Joseph Eastman 
Joseph ardeway 
Leu 1 Isaac Chandler 
Dan el annes 
Samuel Putteney 
Stephen Hoyt 
John merill 
Caleb Burbank 
David woodwell Juner 
Joseph Eastman Juner 
Stephen Colbey 
Abraham Colbey 
Deceased 



Willliam Clements 
William Peters 
aron Cimball 
Joseph ardeway Jan 1 
Isaac Chandler Jun r 
Jabes Potter 
John puttney 
James Grout 
Enoch Eastman 
Jonathan Burbank 
Samull Eastman 
alis y e 3 d 

Marthey Standley 
Timothy Burbank 
John Eastman 



[List and Petition of Grantees of Hopkinton. ,] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 63.] 

Gen' Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r These are the names of the Seventy that you made a grant to 
of a place called N° 5 or New Hopkinton 



Joseph Eastman juner 
Enoch Easman 
Samson Colbe 
Samuel Easman 
Stephen Hoyt 
John Putney 
Samuel Putnam Admin 
Thomas Walker 
Joseph Haven 
James Whitney 



Ezra Carter 
Thomas Easman 
Lot Colbe 
Joseph Easman 3 d 
Thomas Merrill 
Ebenezer Eastman 
istrator upon the R 
John Nutt 
James Lock 
Joseph Haven jun 



Jacob Potter 
Abraham Colbe 
Aaron Stevens 
Joseph Easman 
Matthew Stanly 
Jeremiah Eastman 
ight of philip pratt Dec' 1 
Mark Whitney 
Joseph Haven 
Isaac Whitney 



IIOrKINTON. 361 

Eben 1 Goddard Edward Goddard Esq Benjamin Goddard 

Joseph Haven 3 Benjamin Goddard Juner Solomon Park 

[saac Gibbs Jedidiah Haven Nathaniel Gibbs 

Eben 61 Kimbell Elezer hayward David Woodwell 

Peter How juner nathanel abbet Peter How 

Thomas Bixby Thomas mellen John Burbank 

John Mellen Daniel mellen John Jones Esq r two Eights 

Jose]>h Mellen Simson Jones Henry Mellen two lotts 

John Jones Jonur Timothy Townsend 

Jabez Potter 

Province of j To the Proprietors of the Right of John Tufton 

New Hamp 1 \ Mason Esq r to the Lands in Said Province Com'only 
called Mason's — 

Gentlemen 1 am Authorized by the Persons within Named to Apply 
to You for a Grant of Your Right to that Tract of Land Commonly 
calld N° 5 or New Hopkinton on Such Terms and Limitations as you 
shall be Pleased to Grant — and I do hereby in behalf of my Self & 
my said Constituents Pray that you would accordingly Grant the 
Same on as Easy Terms as You Possibly can or Shall See good — 

I would also Move for Liberty to add the Names of Eleven more 
Such Persons as I or Some other in my & their behalf shall Return 
to you hereafter of Such as were Original Proprietors 

Henry mellen 



[Petition for Charter of Hopkinton, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 65.] 

To the honorable Gentlemen Proprietors of y e royal Patent Orig- 
inally made to Mason Esq. 

We the Subscribers formerly Proprietors of y e Township N° 5 in y e 
line of Towns Humbly Petition your honours for a new grant of y e 
Same & y 1 y e Charter may be given to Henry Mellen our Agent in 
this Affair, & y l he may have power to Admit, as our Associates, as 
many of y" Original Proprietors as will Subject y m selves, & pay y e 
Charges, & upon y e refusal of any to Admit others in their room Said 
Mellen Signing y' Counterpart on our behalf. 

And we your Petitioners further pray for y e liberty of three Years 
to lay out & Settle S' 1 Township after y e present Difficulty with y e 
Indians is over & we can proced with Safty 

Yours to Serve 

Hopkinton Nov' 8 ,h 1750 on y e back Side 



362 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



Benjamin Godard 
Joseph Eastman 
Daniel mellen 
David Wood well 
Thomas Bixby 
Peter How Juner 
Moses Haven 
Joseph Haven the 
Henry mellen 
James Whitney 



Ebenezar Godard 
Joseph mellen 
John Mellen 
Jedediah haven 
Tim Townsend 
John Nutt 
Ebenezer kimball 
third John Haven 
Mark Whitney 
John Jons Jun 1 



Thomas mellen 
Ezra Carter 
Solomon Park 
Thomas Walker 
Peter How 
Joseph Haven 
Joseph Haven jun r 
Samuel Haven 
thomas Merrill 
Gidden Whitney 
James Lock 



[Charter of Hopkinton, 1750.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records Nov. 30, 1750.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth November y e 30 th 1750 Fryday Six of 
New Hampshire ) the Clock afternoon at the House of Ann Slayton 
the Proprietors meet according to Adjournment — 

Voted that there be and hereby is granted in Equal Shares in fee 
Simple unto Henry Mellens yeoman Thomas Walker Cooper and 
Thomas Mellens Cordwainer all of Hopkinton in the County of Mid- 
dlesex in the Province of the Massachusets Bay and unto Such others 
as they shall admit their associates so as to make up the Number 
Seventy in the whole (Preferrence being first given and offer made 
unto the original Claimers in virtue of the Grant made by the Mas- 
sachusets Government or such as hold under Such Claimers to be 
admitted associates if they will) upon the Reservations Conditions 
Limitations and Provisoes here after mentioned, all the Right Title 
Interest Claim Property Challenge or demand whatsoever of the Said 
Proprietors the Grantors of in and unto all that Tract of land in 
New Hampshire Situate on the westerly Side of Merrimack River, 
Called and known by the name of Number Five in the Line of Towns 
so called as well as by the Name of New Hopkinton according to the 
Bounds thereof heretofore run and made in pursuance of the said 
Governments Grant Reserving unto the Said Proprietors the Grantors 
the one fifth part thereof, the Same to lie and be Set off from the 
Other four fifths on the westerly part of Said Tract of land and to 
extend across the Same from the Northerly to the southerly Boundary 
line thereof. The said reserved one fifth part to be exempted & ex- 
onerated from all Taxes and Charges untill the Same shall be im- 
proved by the Said Grantors or Such as shall hold the Same under 
them 



HOPKINTON. 363 

Thai there be one whole share reserved within the other four 
fifths in some Convenient place for the first Setled minister there in 
fee Simple; provided he shall continue minister there during his life 
or untill regularly dismisd — 

That there be one whole share reserved within the said four fifths 
for the use of the ministry there for ever — 

That there be one whole share reserved within said four fifths for 
the use of a school there for ever — 

That there be reserved at the Place where the old Saw Mill stood, 
within said Tract of land, Thirty acres of land (with so much of the 
Stream there as is necessary) for a saw mill Privilege to be laid out 
as commodious as may be ; and that the Grantees and their associates 
build a Saw Mill at said Place within two vears from this time at their 
own Cost and Charge 

That within Three years there be thirty familys there, each of them 
having a house there at least sixteen foot Square with a Cellar under 
it, and five acres of land Cleared and fitted for mowing or Tillage 

That Within Seven years there be Sixty familys there each of them 
having a house and Cellar as aforementioned and five acres of land 
Cleared & fitted as aforesaid — 

That within Three years a meeting house be built there and Con- 
stant preaching therein at the Cost and Charge of the Grantees and 
their associates — 

That within Seven years a minister be setled there at the Cost and 
Charge of the Grantees and their associates — 

That all white Pine Trees that are or shall be growing on said 
Tract of land fit for his majestys use shall be and hereby are reserved 
& granted to his majesty his Heirs and successors — 

That a Plan of the said Tract of land, having the Reserved fifth 
part thereof afores' 1 delineated described and marked out, thereon be 
sent by the Grantees to the Grantors, within the space of Forty days 
from this time and also an Instrumemt in writing signed by the s d 
Grantees, therein obliging themselves and their associates to fullfill 
and comply with the Conditions herein mentioned relating to the set- 
tlement of the said Tract of land Said Instrument to be prepared by 
the Grantors, and that this Grant shall be of no force or effect to the 
Grantees untill such Instrument shall be sent signed as aforesaid — 

That in Case any of the Grantees or their associates their Heirs or 
assigns respectively shall neglect to do and perform what, is herein 
required by them to be done and performed, it shall be lawful] to and 
for the Grantors their Heirs and assigns to enter into and upon such 
Delinquents share or Right and to dispose of the same as they shall 
see meet and proper as tho this grant had not been made 



364 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That in Case of an Indian war before the Limitation of time is 
expired, for the doing and performing the Respective matters and 
things herein mentioned to be done and performed, then the like 
number of years to be allowed for the doing & performing thereof 
after the End of such Indian War 

And whereas the said Proprietors have already released all their 
Right in the Township of Bow (as they claim under the Said John 
Tufton Mason) unto the Proprietors of Bow and it being Suggested 
That Bow may take off some part of the Tract of land calld Number 
Five alias New Hopkinton afores' 1 That the said Grantors will make 
up to the said Grantees and their associates out of some other of the 
Grantors ungranted lands what shall be taken by Bow from the said 
Tract of land call'd Number Five alias New Hopkinton upon a Just 
and true admeasurement and running the Lines of the said Bow accord- 
ing to the Grant thereof 

And in Case any action or suit shall be brought against the said 
Grantees, their associates or their assigns or any that shall or may 
hold under them or any of them for s d Tract of land or any part 
thereof they shall be and hereby are oblig'd to vouch in the s d Grant- 
ors their Heirs or assigns to defend the same and the said Grantors 
hereby promise and engage that they their Heirs or assigns shall and 
will at their own Cost and Charge defend one action or suit upon one 
Title and pursue the same to final Judgment thr6 the whole Course 
of the law (if there shall be occasion) and in Case the final Judgment 
in such Trial shall be against the s (1 Grantors, the Grantees or owners 
shall recover nothing over in Satisfaction of and from the Grantors 
their Heirs Executors administrators or assigns — 



[Acceptance of Grant of Hopkinton, 1750.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 67.] 

Province of ) 
New Hampshire ) 

Whereas on the thirtyeth day of November 1750 There was a Grant 
made by the Proprietors of the lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r lying and being in said Province of all their Right in and to a 
tract of land on the westerly side of Merrimack River, Calld and 
known by the name of Number five in the line of Towns so called as 
well as by the name of New Hopkinton with Such Conditions Limi- 
tations Reservations and Provisoes as are therein mentiond, (Refer- 
rence being had unto Said Grant May fully appear) unto Henry Mel- 
lens yeoman Thomas Walker Cooper and Thomas Mellens Cord- 



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IIOPKINTON. 365 

wainer all of Hopkinton in the County of Middlesex in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay and such others as they shall admit their 
associates so as to make up the number Seventy in the whole. Now 
it is hereby Covenanted and agreed upon by and between the s' 1 
Henry Mellens Thomas Walker and Thomas Mellens for themselves 
and such as they shall admit as their associates & their Respective 
Heirs and assigns and the said Proprietors the Grantors their Heirs 
and assigns That they the s' 1 Grantees do hold and claim the s' 1 
granted Premises in the Right of the said Grantors and by Virtue of 
the Grant afores' 1 And that they the s rt Grantees and such as they 
shall admit their associates their Heirs and Assigns respectively shall 
and will Comply with do perform fullflll and accomplish every mat- 
ter, & thing (as Mentiond in s' 1 Grant) by them Respectively to be 
complyd with done performed fullfilld and accomplished in order to 
the Setling the said Tract of land and bringing forward a Setled 
Town there agreeable to the Conditions in said Grant mentioned and 
that in Case of failure thereof the Right or share of such delinquent 
& tailing Person or Persons respectively in said Tract of land by vir- 
tue of the Said Grant shall revert unto the Proprietors the Grantors 
their Heirs and Assigns and that in such Case it shall and may be 
Iawfull to and for the said Grantors their Heirs and assigns to enter 
into and upon the Right or share of Such Delinquent and failing Per- 
son or Persons and take possession thereof & Dispose of the same as 
they shall see Cause, and it is further agreed upon and to be under- 
stood — that the failure of one or More Persons shall not Injure or 
Prejudice those Persons who shall fullfill and do their part of the 
Conditions afores' 1 — In Testimony whereof the s (i Henry Mellens 
Thomas Walker and Thomas Mellens have hereunto set their hands 
and Seals the tweentieth day of December Anno Domini 1750 

Mem The words of all their Ri<jlit in and to a Tract land Inter- 
lind before Signing &c 

Signed Seald and Deliverd Henry mellen [Seal] 

in presence of us Thomas Walker [Seal] 

John Death Thomas mellen [Seal] 

John Death Jun r 

Middlesex ss Sherbourn December y e 24 th 1750 the Above Named 
Henry Milieu and Thomas Walker and Thomas Milieu all Person- 
ally Appeared and Acknowledged this Instrument to be their free 
act and Deed Before me 

John Death Justice of Peace 



366 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Form of Agreement and Notice of Meeting to Admit Settlers to Hop- 
kinton, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 68.] 

Whereas the Proprietors of the Land purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire, have granted in 
Equal Shares unto Henry Mellen Thomas Walker and Thomas Mel- 
len, All of Hopkinton in the Massachusetts Province, And to Such 
others as they Shall Admit their Associates (under the Conditions & 
Reservations expressed in the Said Grant) All their Right Title Inter- 
est whatsoever, in and to All that Tract of Land in New Hampshire 
afores rt Called or known by the name of Number five in the Line of 
Towns, So called, as well as by the name of New Hopkinton, As in and 
by the Grant of the s' 1 Proprietors, or the Record thereof, may more 
fully Appear, Pursuant therefore, to the power and Authority therein 
or thereby Granted to us, We the Said Henry Mellen, Thomas 
Walker & Thomas Mellen, having Appointed A Meeting at the 
House of M r Osgood, Innholder in Rumford I New Hampshire on 
the 13 th 14 th & 15 th days of May Anno Domini 1751, in Order to the 
Admission of Setlers, as our Associates As also to Agree on the 
Method for the calling & Notifying of Propriety Meetings for the 
future. And having given publick Notice thereof to all the Original 
Claimers, in Virtue of the Grant made by the Massachusetts Govern- 
ment, and Such as hold under them, of the time & Occasion of S d 
Meeting. And the s d Meeting being now Opened at the time and 
place afores* 1 The persons herein after named, Were (pursuant to the 
power & Authority to us given as afores' 1 ) admited Associates, Ac- 
cording to the Tenor of the Grant to us made as afores' 1 And the 
Several Lots were Assigned and Set forth, to each of them respec- 
tively, which together with the Rights of after Draughts or Divisions 
of Land are to be holden by them & Each of them respectively, & 
are Accordingly Entered in the Book of Records for s' 1 Township. 
Viz 1 

To A. B. the Lot, Number One in the Range of Lots &c 

To B. C. the Lot Number Two in the &c 

Provided always that in case any one or more of the Associates 
abovenamed Shall bv refusing or Neo-lectinor to Settle his or their Lot 
or Lots within the Space of Three Years next after the date of the 
Original Grant of these proprietors afores' 1 being expressly required 
by the s d Henry Mellen Thomas Walker & Thomas Mellen or the 
Survivour or Survivours of them that then the Grant & Admission 



HOPKINTON. 367 

Allowed to Such Delinquent or Delinquents Shall be Utterly Void, 
as if the Same had never been H M 

T W 
T M 

We who hereunto Subscribe being Admitted by the Gentlemen Im- 
powred by the Proprietors of the Land purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq' in the Province of New Hampshire Associates together 
with them in A Tract of Land in New Hampshire afores fl called Or 
known by the name of Number five in the Line of Towns as well as 
by the name of New-Hopkintown, Do hereby each one for himself 
Severally, Covenant promise Grant & Agree to and with the Said 
Gentlemen, namely Henry Mellen Thomas Walker & Thomas Mel- 
len. or the Survivour or Survivours of them, well and truly, for Our 
respective parts thereof to do perform And fulfil All and whatsoever 
is Needful or Requisite to Enable them fully to comply with All and 
Singular the Conditions of the Grant made to them & their Associ- 
ates, by the Original Proprietors of s (1 Lands, And We further Cove- 
nant promise Grant & Agree, for our Several parts thereof, well & 
truly to pay each one his respective part & proportion of all Such 
Sum & Sums of Money as Shall be voted and Agreed upon by the 
Major part of y e Associates, at any Meeting or Meetings, duly warned 
or Notified, to pay & Satisfie the Charge of public Worship & other 
necessary Charges Arising for & towards the Setling & bringing for- 
ward of a New Township on the Lands afores' 1 during the Interim & 
until a Township be Legally Incorporated. And To the true and 
faithful Observance And Performance of all & Singular the s' 1 Cove- 
nants each of the s' 1 partys for his Several & Particular part thereof, 
doth bind & ()l>lige himself, his heirs Execut rs Administ rs Unto the 
Said Henry Mellen Thomas Walker And Thomas Mellen heirs 
Execut™ Admin™ or Assigns in the Penal Sum of Pounds in 

Curr* Money or good & Lawful Bills of Credit on the Said province of 
New Hampshire firmly by these presents, to be paid by each of the 
Subscribers that Shall make default in the premises, & to be Im- 
ployed to & for the benefit and behoof of the Associated setlers on 
the Lands afores' 1 

Provided nevertheless and tis to be understood anitbing above 
writen notwithstanding that in Case Thirty Lots be Settleled Within 
three years agreeable to the original Grant and Such of the Propria- 
tors as have y" Privilidge of Seven years for Setteling do well and 
truly pay to y e s' 1 Henry mellen Thomas Walker Thomas mellen or 
any of them to and for y e use of Such as Settle and Dwell on thare 
Respective lots within the first three years part and part alike y e Sum 



368 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of ten pounds in bills of Creddit of the old tenor or Lawfull money of 
Equivilent value at y e End of the S' 1 three years that then y e forfit- 
ure of Lots above mentioned Shall not Extend to any of y e Sixty Pro- 
pretors nor Shall any Such forfiture Extend to any of those ten other 
Propriotors who formorly Covenanted to pay thirty pounds Each bills 
of Credit of y e old tenor insted of the Duty of Setling in Case thay 
Duly pay the S' 1 Sum or Sums or y e value thareof in Lawfull money 
and in Case of a war all y e Proprietors shall injoy y e Privilidge Ex- 
prssed in the origenal Grant 

Advertisement March 26, 1751 

Pursuant to the Trust and Power deposited in Us the Subscribers, by 
the Proprietors of Land by them purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r Situate in the Province of New Hampshire, And in Order to the 
bringing forward a Township on a Tract of Land there, called or 
known by the name of Number five, as well as by the name of New 
Hopkinton, These are to give Notice to all Such Persons, who have or 
claim any Right in Said Tract of Land, in Virtue of a Grant of the 
Massachusetts Government, or hold Under any of them, That We 
have Appointed a Meeting at the House of M r Osgood Innholder in 
Rumford in New Hampshire on the 13, 14 & 15 days of May next, to 
Receive Such Claims, And to Admit Setlers therein (Giving Prefer- 
ence to Such Claimers) According to the purport & On the Condi- 
tions, expressed in the Grant of the Said Proprietors to us & Our 
Associates bearing date Nov 1 ' 30 1750 And allso (When s' 1 Setlers are 
admitted) Then to Agree upon a Method to Call Meetings for the 
futer. 

Henry mellen H M 
T. W 
T. M. 



[Protest against Henri/ Mellen' s Terms, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 70.] 

To the Hon llle the Propriators of the Lands Purchased of John Tufton 
Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire 

The Petition of a Number of the Original Claimers To a Township 
Calld n° five In virtue of a Grant maide by the Masschusetts Gover- 
ment or Such as hold under them Humbly Sheweth — 

That where as your Hon™ at the request of m r Henry Mellen of 
Hopkinton was Pleased to make a Grant of a Tract of Land adjoyn- 
ing On Rumford Known by the Name of Number five To the s a Henry 
Mellen Thomas Walker & Thomas Mellen and Such as they Should 



IIOPKINTON. 369 

admit as their Assosciates on Certain Conditions with restrictions and 
Reservations there to Subjoyned as by the said Grant may fully 
appear where by your Petitioners beleaive your Hon rs Intended the 
Speedy Setlement of a Town in that Place to the Advantage of The 
Goverment as well as your own & the Setlers advantage and benifit 
now your Petitioners would Humbly Signifie To your Hon™ that the 
Said Henry Mellen and Others have not observed Your Instructions 
Contained in Said Grant with respect to Their admitting Setlers but 
Insist on terms which we Apprehend are very unreasonable and un- 
safe for us to Comply w th as by their Terms may appear whereby 
your Petitioners w th most of the Claimers are Prevented being ad- 
mited as Setlers To their great Dam mage & Hindrance in Setleing, 
and the Setling of the Place greately Retarded, 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray your Hon rs to Take the matter 
into your wise Consideration & order Somthing for our releaf in this 
Case according to your Hon rs great Wisdom and Goodness and Send 
your Pleasure by the Bearrer M 1 Haven and your Petitioners as in 
duty bound Shall Ever Pray 

Hopkinton May y e 1 th 1/52 

Rights 3 John Jones 3 Joseph Haven 

Simpson Jones 
Timothy Townsend 
Isaac Gibbs 
Mork Whitney 



[Proprietors to Henry Mellen, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 71.] 

Portsm Mar 7 tl! 1752 
M r Henry mellins 

Sir You may remember that some time since there was a grant 
made to you and two others by the purchasers of the lands of John 
Tufton Mason Esq 1 as Trustees with Certain Reservations Restric- 
tions and Limitations in s' 1 Grant Mentioned of their Right Title and 
Interest in a certain Tract of Land therein mentiond — and whereas 
it is near a year and a half since the Grant was made but we can't 
understand that any setlers are admitted — it is desired by the s' 1 Pro- 
prietors that you will without delay proceed to admit Setlers agree- 
able to y' Terms of the Grant Giving the Preferrence to the claimers 
under the Massachusets or such as hold under them and in case they 
23 



3 


John Jones 


3 


2 


Peter How 


1 


1 


Thomas Bixby 


1 


1 


Ebenezer Kimbell 


1 


1 


Xa f Gibbs 


1 



370 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Refuse to be admitted agreeable thereto the proprietors would be 
glad to know from you the reasons they assign for their Refusall 
The Delaying the setlement (you must be sensible) is of great dis- 
service to all concernd — In behalf and by order of the Proprietors 
aforesaid this is subscribed by S r y r most Hum SeiV 

Geo: Jaffrey 

To m r Henry Mellins at Hopkinton 

Copy of Letter sent to m r Hen [ry Mellen] 



[Protest of Settlers of Hopkinton, 1754.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 73.] 

To the Honb le the Proprietors of the Lands purchasd by John 
Tuftan Mason Esq 1 ' lying in the Province of New Hampshire: 

The Petition of the Settlers of y e Township N° 5 in Said Province 
humbly Sheweth 

That Whereas You, Gentlemen, in your Grant made to Henry 
Mellen & others, in behalf of Said Settlers, did Reserve one fifth part 
of s d Township to your selves lying either on y e North or West part 
thereof at y e Election of y e s' 1 Henry Mellen & his associates And 
whereas the Said Henry Mellen not having it in his Power to Consult 
the Rest of y e settlers before he was obliged to make Return to you, 
Sett off for y e purpose afores' 1 one fifth part of the Township on y e 
Westerly Side thereof, which, without any Advantage accruing there- 
from to your Hon rs proves to be a great Disadvantage to the S' 1 Set- 
lers And Much Obstructs them in their present Infant State by Rea- 
son especially that Said \ Set off as aforesaid, Includes much of those 
fresh Meadows upon which your Petitioners greatly Depend for y e 
present Support of their Stock, And without which the Settlement of 
your Petitioners will be Rendered very Difficult by Reason of y e very 
great Growths of wood & timber in S d Township Wherefore Your 
Petitioners humbly pray you to Release to them the Said fifth part laid 
out on y e west, & to take it on the North Side of said Township, And 
your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever pray 

Framingham May 28, 1754 : 

( In the Name 
Joseph Haven < and at the Desire 

( of y e Setlers aforesaid 



HOPKINTON. 371 

[Henry Mel I en to Proprietors, 1759.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 72.] 

Hopkinton Feb y 10, 1759. 
Gentlemen 

By a Letter from the present Inhabitants of the Township N° 5 
otherwise called Newhopkinton, I am informed that several principal 
Men of the Proprietors of Bow Township have been with them sev- 
eral times lately, claiming a very considerable part of s' 1 Township N° 
5 on which are several Settlers who have laid out their Substance & 
made considerable improvement thereon forbiding them to work on 
s' 1 land, and Threatning them that if nothing is done within the Space 
of three months to accommodate, & Settle the matter, that they will 
put them to trouble in the Law — I have therefore at their desire, and 
at the desire of such other of the proprietors as I have been able to 
Speak with, given you this Notice of s' 1 difficulty with their Earnest 
desire that you would use your utmost endeavour to Settle, & Accom- 
modate the Affair: Now can We doubt your kind Offices herein, 
when you recollect the great difficulties s' 1 Settlers, & proprietors have 
incounter'd, and Struggled with in obtaining, & Settling s d Township 
By falling into your Propriety, & Province they have lost One fifth 
of their first Grant, and during the Course of a long, & dangerous 
War, they have hazzarded both their lives, and Substance ; New Set- 
tlers in these low, & unhappy circumstances can't be Suppos'd able to 
contest Titles in Law. You may remember Gentlemen that when you 
made Us the Grant this matter was disputed, & mention was made of 
a difference between the Grant of Bow Township, and the Entry of s d 
Grant, and I was told that according to an equal Adjustment and 
Admeasurement of s' 1 Bow Township they Never could infringe upon 
us, and that I need give my self no Trouble about it. We therefore 
desire, and doubt not, but that you will see to it That the Boundaries 
of s' 1 Bow Township be run and fix'd by such Judicious, & impartial 
Persons and in such an Equitable manner that We may meet with no 
further Trouble about it. But whereas it is provided in y 1 Grant to 
us, that in Case Bow Township should take off any of the lands 
assign'd to us by your grant that an Equivalent shoud be given us out 
of your ungranted lands. We therefore desire, that if notwithstand- 
ing all indeavours to the Contrary Bow Township should take any of 
our lands on the Southeast part. That you would grant us an Equiva- 
lent out of your Ungranted lands on Our Southwest corner Adjoining, 
as by its Contiguity it will Accommodate us much better there than 
any where else And tho' this will be far from Compensating the 
Unhappy Sufferers, Yet it will be the best you can do by unimprov'd, 



372 CHARTER RECORDS. 

& Uncultivated lands, & no doubt humanity as well as Justice will 
prompt to that for persons so distress'd — But We can't but Strongly 
hope that by your interest, & Endeavours the matter may Be Settled 
without the loss of land, and Pray that you would as soon as may be 
favour us with your Answer, & direct it to be left at the house of 
John Jeffries Esq r in Boston — By the direction, and the Desire of the 
Proprietors — 

I am Gentlemen your most humble SeiV 

Henry Mellen 
To M r Geo : Jaff rey Clerk of the Propriety who purchas'd the 
Lands of John Tufton Mason Esq r To be Communicated to s' 1 Propri- 
etv 



[Proprietors to Col. Jones, 1761.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 74.] 

Portsm Feb y 6 th 1761 
S r Since I See you at Boston I have had Opportunity of Confer- 
ring with the Proprietors, Respecting the Controversy between New 
Hopkinton & Bow Prop rs and in Regard to Epsom's Line being ex- 
tended | of mile beyond its proper Limits so as to carry the Line of 
Bow so much farther than was intended I was fully informed that the 
Line that Bow now claims & holds has been Settled & fix'd between 
Mason's Proprietors & Bow Proprietors that our Proprietors can't 
insist upon their altering that Line on any Terms, as it was established 
by Committees from each Propriety, And I cant find any Method that 
would conduce to the case and advantage of New Hopkinton Prop rs 
than some Persons duly qualified to appear in their Behalf speedily to 
come here & have the Matter accommodated which I doubt not but 
will be adjusted much more to their advantage, than Suffering the 
Law Suits to proceed to Trial, which Suits have been continued, till 
y e first week in march, but whether will be further Continued I cant 
answer but fear not, So think it will be more for your advantage, for 
some person from you, to be here before that time, to accomodate the 
Affair I am in behalf of the Prop rs 

y r most hum ble Serv' 

Geo : Jaff rey 
To Coll° Jones at Hopkinton 



MOPKINTON. 373 

[Addition to Hbpkinton, 1761.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, June 11, 1761, and Masonian Papers, 

Vol. 6, p. 75.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth June 11 th 1761 — Thursday five of the 
New Hampsh 1 \ Clock afternoon at the Dwelling House of James 
Stoodly Innholder the Proprietors meet according to adjournment — 
and adjourned to the dwelling house of Hannah Horney Innholder, — 
At the Dwelling house of Hannah Horney Innholder, The Proprietors 
meet according to adjournment — 

The Proprietors on the 30 th day of November 1750 having granted 
the Tract of land called New Hopkington or Number five, by the 
bounds thereof heretofore run and made, unto Henry Mellens yeoman 
Thomas Walker Cooper Thomas Mellens Cordwainer, and to Such 
others as they should admitt as associates, so as to make the Number 
Seventy in the whole & c — and reserved unto the Said Proprietors the 
Grantors, one fifth part of Said Tract of land, the Same to lay and be 
Sett off from the other four fifths on the Westerly part of Said Tract 
of land & to extend from the Northerly to the Southerly Side thereof, 
as marked in a Plan returned by Said Grantees — and it is also pro- 
vided in Said Grant that So much of Said Tract of land granted as 
New hopkington or Number five, as the Town of Bow take's off 
within the Bounds or Limitts of Said Bow — that the Said Grantors, 
will make up to the Said Grantees and their Associates out of Some 
other of the Grantors, ungranted Lands — But as Henry Mellens and 
Thomas Mellens aforesaid and Timothy Clement of New Hopkington, 
as Agents or a Committee of the Grantees of Said New Hopkington 
have represented to Said Proprietors at their meeting now holding, 
that the Proprietors of Bow do claim some part of Land granted as 
New Hopkington, on which Grantees of New Hopkington were about 
making improvements, but were molested by the Proprietors of Bow 
— and it appearing that some part of the Said tract of land hereto- 
fore bounded as New Hopkington lay's within the Bounds of the 
Township of Bow, and at the Special Instance and Request of said 
Henry Mellens Thomas Mellens and Timothy Clements of Said New 
Hopkington as a Committee Or Agents for the Grantees of Said New 
Hopkington — and for favouring the Grantees or Such of them as may 
more im'ediately be Affected by the line of Bow taking off any Lotts 
or Improvements of y e Grantees of New Hopkington It is Therefore 
Voted That So much of the Tract of Land granted by the Said Pro- 
prietors as New Hopkington, as lay's within the Township of Bow, 
that the Same number of Acres Shall be taken off from the Said one 
fifth part of Said New Hopkington reserved to the Said Grantors on 



374 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



the Westerly Side of Said New Hopkington from the easterly Side of 
y e Said reserved one fifth part, by running a Line parrallel to the 
Westerly Side line of Said New Hopkington from the Northerly to 
y e Southerly Side thereof including y e Same number of Acres as shall 
be taken out of Said New Hopkington, by y e boundary line of Bow 
coming within y e reputed line of Said New Hopkington — which num- 
ber of Acres taken out of the Said reserved one fifth part of New 
Hopkington-by running y e Parrallel line aforesaid-shall be in full 
Satisfaction to the Grantees of New hopkington and their associates 
or to such of them whose Lotts may be affected by the Said Bow and 
is hereby granted to them their Heirs and Assigns for ever 



[List of Grrantees of Hopkinton, 1762.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 76.] 

To The Honerable Lord Proprietors of John Tufton Meason's 
Esq rs Grant so called in Newhampsheir we Henry Mellen Thomas 
Walker and Thomas Mellen Agreable to the Charter Given us of a 
Township in the line of Towns Number 5, Or New Hopkinton so 
Called Scituate on the westerly side of Merrimeck River in the Pro- 
vince Afore said have Admited The Persons here after Named as our 
Associates and have Given the Preferance and offer to the Origenal 
Clamers — 

Rights. 

2 Abner Kimbal Heir s 



John Jones Esq r . 
Joseph Haven Esq 1 
Rev r Sam 1 Haven . 
John Haven 
Tho s Byxby 
Peter How 
Joseph Haven 
Timothy Townsend 
Elde r Joseph Haven 
Simpson Jones Esq r 
Isaac Pratt 
Jedidiah Haven . 
Mark Whitney . 
Nethaniel Gibbs . 
Isaac Gibbs 
John Jones Ju r 
Benjamin Godard . 
Eleazar Howard . 



1 Timothy Clem mans 

1 John Rust Heir s 

1 William Peters . 

1 Ebenezar Eastman 

1 Jacob Straw 

1 Samuel Putney . 

1 Joseph Putney . 

1 Jonathan Straw 

1 Thomas Merril . 

1 Joseph Eastman 

1 Jacob Potter 

1 Mathew Stanley 

1 Abraham Colbe 

1 Sampson Colbe . 

1 Isaac Chanler Jun 1 

1 John Burbank . 

1 Caleb Burbank . 



John and James Nutt . 

Daniel Mellen 

James Lock 

David Woodwell . 

Netlianiel (haulers Heir 8 

James Chad wick Heir s 

Samuel Osgood 

Daniel and John Amies 

Aaron Kimbal 

John Chadwick 

Tho s Eastman 



HOPKINTON. 


1 


Samuel Eastman 


1 


Peter How Jun r 


1 


Enoch Estman . 


1 


Stephen Hoit 


1 


Isaac Whitney . 


1 


Enoch and Ezra Hoit 


1 


Deacon Henry Mellen 


2 


Tho a Walker . 


1 


Thomas Mellen . 


2 


Isaac Chanler . 


1 


Joseph Eastman Jim 1 



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1 
2 
2 
1 
1 
1 
3 
1 
4 
1 
1 



Nov r 1762 

In Testimoney of what is within written we have hereunto Sub- 
scribed our Names 



Henry Mellen 
Thomas Walker 
Tho 8 Mellen 



Q 
o 

B 

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Gerrishs Rights 

Jos : Gerrish 
James Allen 
Jos: Gerrish Ju' . 
John Chandler 
Sam 11 Sweet Ju r . 



Sam 11 Bailey ... 1 

Stephen Emery . . 1 

Henry Kingsberry . . 1 

Nicholas Cheney . . 1 

Sam 1 Gerrish Jun r Yeoman 



[Petition of Stephen Batson, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 77.] 

Province of f To the Hon ble Proprieteres of Masons Patent in 
New Hampsheir \ said Province — 

The Humble Petichion of Stephen Batson of New Castle in the 
Province aforesaid sheweth — 

That your Petitioner was entitled to a Grantors Sheare or Right 
of land in the town of New Hopkinton in said Province it being a 
Gift to your Pertitioners Wife by her late Farther Nath 11 Meserve 
Esq r Deceas' 1 or by his last Will and Testament will fully appear — 

That your petiioner is informed that since the death of the said 
Nath 11 you have sold or Outherwise dispoed of the said Township of 
New Hopkinton by which means your petictioner is excluded & en- 
tierly deprived of his land in said township therefore he humbly 
prayes that you would be pleased to take his Case under Considera- 
shion and make him such Compensation in or Otherwise as shall be 



376 CHARTER RECORDS. 

adaquate to the damage he has sustained and your petitioner as in 
duty bound will ever pray 

New Castle August 24 th 1768 f Stephen Batson— 



[Petition of Enoch Bartlett, 1784.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 78.] 

To Mess rs George Jaffrey Esq r And others Grantees To John Tuf- 
ten Mason Esq r — 

Whereas You Many Years Ago Made a Grant and Assignment to 
James McHard Esq r and Timothy Clements of a tract of lands that 
by Mistake were Included in the township of Wear for which you 
proposed to give other lands Equivalent And did afterward Assign to 
the Said McHard More than 1000 Acres of land in Hopkinton — 

I having Many Years Ago Made a purchase of Said Clements 
Right requested the Said grantees to Choose a Com tee with whom I 
might treat respecting the Surrender of Said Lands And of An 
Equivalent — and of the payment of Said Clements Bond — on which 
M r Jaffrey And M r Moffett were Appointed and that Soon after that 
Appointment M r Moffet remov d to the West Indies — and As I ex- 
pected his return And by reason of Defficult times I have Never 
Apply' 1 for a Com tee or a hearing on the affair 

I therefore Now request that you will Again in your Next Meeting 
Choose a Com te with whom I May treat respecting lands and S' 1 Bond 
In Case I Shall not attend You in Your Meeting 

Sept r 20 th 1784 Enoch Bartlet 



[ Walter Bryenfs Report.'] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 79.] 

there is in newhopkinton as planed according to the number of 
miles there Laid Down 2460 acres of Land more then the Contents 
of Six miles Square and there is an angle of two Degrees Difference 
between the Course of Rumford Claims & S fl newhopkinton which 
makes more then 450 acres ungranted Laying between Said towns 

Walter Bryent 



[Minutes of Conditions of Grant of Hopkinton.'] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 79] 

Province of New Hampshier 
Number of Grantees and Associates 70 



hudson. 377 

Reservation of one fifth 

free from Charge 

ministers Share 

ministy Share 

School Share 

Reservation of a Saw mil Privilidge 

Thirty Families in three years 

Sixty Families in Seven years 

a Meeting Hons to be Built in three years 

a minister Settled in Seven years 

Pine Trees Reserved for his majesty 

A Plan of the Land to be Sent — 

Delinquent Share to be forfited 

In Case of an Indian War further Time to be allowed — 

If Bow Takes of any then 

To vouch in the Grantors in Case 

margin all Contents of the Lord Propriators Grant of New Hop- 
kinton — 

the mill to be Built in Two years tho not So fully Sett forth in the 
m argent 



HUDSON. 

[This was a part of the Old Dunstable grant, and was afterwards included in 
the limits of Nottingham. Incorporated as A T ottinghavi West July 5, 1746. 
The name was changed to Hudson July 1, 1830. The southwest part of London- 
derry was annexed March 6, 1778. The line with Londonderry was established 
June 28, 1857, and the line with Windham July 2, 1862. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding 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 the Revolution, by Kimball Webster, 1888, pp. 7.] 



378 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Land betiueen Londonderry and the Province Line, 1773.] 



XamtsoulA Zast ITlicd* Londonderry tint. 




The Content of this Plan is two hundred and twenty acres and 
131 Rods made by the scale of 30 rods to an inch By 

Windham May 17 th 1773 James Betton 

N : B The above is a plan of a piece of Land Lying Between the 
line of Londonderry and the Province line Belonging to the Masonian 
Propoity taken at the Request of Will 111 Smith 



[Vote of Proprietors about Land in Hudson, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 80.] 

April 6 th 1774 At a Proprietors meeting, upon the Application of 
Jn° Bodwell & W m Eliot for a tract of vacant land in Notingham 
West ab l 500 Acres — it is resolved that the Said tract of land shall not 
be disposed of by the Proprietors till the last of may next and if 
they appear then to have y e preemption if they will give as much 
another person 

May 31 st 1774 Jn° Bodwell appeared to make Some offer for y e 
above and it was mentiond to take a dollar ^ Acre — and he wos to 
return an answer in a month from this date and in y e mean time the 
premises wer not to be disposed of — 



[Plan of Farm in Hudson, 1775.] 







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m'Pclardl land 



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A Plan of a farm in Nottingham-west Joyning to Marrimack River Containing 
five Hundred Acres and one Quarter in the whole tho there is a Certain Meadow 
in Said farm Claimed by one Cross that Contains about seven acres Said Meadow 
and the Roads in this farm may Contain about twenty acres 

This Plan was Made by the scale of 6o rods to a Degree by James Betton 
March a* 1775 Cap 1 Sam 1 Alison ) „. . 

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[Memoranda about Lam/ in Hudson, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 80.] 

M- m M r John Rodwell of (Methuen) in the Province of Massa- 
chusetts Bay, Desires the offer of three Tracts of Land in the Town- 
ship of (Nottingham West) he also Desires they would Consider of 
the lowest Price they would take for the abovementioned three Tracts 
of Land. & reserve the same till he comes down again, which will be, 
by their second Meeting. — 

Septem r 22 d 1774— 

Write M r John Bowdwell and Direct the Letter at Mathewing 
in the Massachusetts 

Memorandum to Consult M r Pickring Wether their Can be any 
Alteration in the Grant of Pelham and Write to M r Josiah Gage Jun r 
of Pelham the Opinion of M r Pickring — 

William Elliot and Will" Gibson Desire the Offer of Two more 
Lots of Land in Nottingham West, being Two Lots out of the Above 
Mentiond Three Lots Requested by John Bodwell 



[Memorandum of William Gibsons Application, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 81.] 

M W m Gibson of Dunstable desires Mason's Proprietors to take 
under Consideration the situation of 200 acres of Land situated in 
Nottingham West within their Claim, he will give 2 Dollars p r acre 
with these Conditions that if he cannot hold said Land, then to re- 
fund the Money again 

N B he apply'd Decem r 23' 1 1774. 



JAFFREY. 

[Granted by the Masonian 'Proprietors, Nov. 30, 1749, to Jonathan Hubbard 
and others, and variously known as Monadnock A r 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 New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
429; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 291 ; Index to Laws, 262; History, by D. B. 
Cutter, 1 88 1, pp. 648; sketch, Hurd'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 Richard 
Eddy, 1886, Vol. 1, p. 171 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 272, 274.] 



380 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Grant of Jaffrey, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 82, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 92.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power and Authority Granted 
New Hamps r ) and Vested in me by the Proprietors of Lands Pur- 
chased of John Tufton Mason Esq r In the Province of New Hamp- 
shire by their Vote Passed at their Meeting held at Portsmouth in 
Said Province, the 16 th day of June 1749 I Do by these Presents on 
the Terms and limitations Hereafter Express'd give and Grant all the 
Right Possession and Property of the Proprietors aforesaid unto 
Jonathan Hubbard Oliver Farwell Tho s March Elias Eliot, James 
Stewart, John Kendell Joseph Blanchard Jun r Barnabas Davis Will 1 " 
Rindge Peter Powers Eleaz r Blanchard — Paul March, Tho s Parker 
Jun r Benj" Bellows, Sampson Stoddard, Daniel Emerson, Josiah 
Brown Stephen March, Benj a Winn, John Scott, Sam 1 Garish, John 
Hart, John Chamberlin, Joseph Winn Jun r Joseph Blodget Jun r 
Sam 1 Cumings, Matthew Thornton, John Butterfield, Will 11 ' Garish 
Xath 1 Pierce Jonath 11 Cumings, John Usher, Joseph French, Peleg 
Lawrence, Isaac Williams, David Adams, David Willson, Randall 
McDaniel, Robert Fletcher Jun r Joseph Emerson — To the Said 
Joseph Blanchard Jun r Three Shares, to the Said James Stewart Two 
Shares, to Peter Powers Four Shares to Benj" Bellows two Shares to 
Jonath" Hubbard Three Shares, to Josiah Brown two Shares, The 
others aforenamed one Share Each, of in or to that Tract of Land or 
Township Called the Middle Menadnock or N 2 — Bounded as follow- 
eth beginning at the South West Corner of Petersborough Slip, So 
Called, from thence, Running North Eighty deg s West Seven Miles 
to a Hemlock Tree Marked, from thence Running North by the Nee- 
dle five Miles to a Hemlock Tree Mark'd, from thence Running 
South Eighty deg s East Seven Miles to a Beach Tree Mark'd, in the 
West Line of Peterborough, from thence South by the Needle to the 
first Bounds Mention'd — To Have and to Hold to them their 
Heirs and Assigns, Excepting as aforesaid, and on the following 
terms and Conditions (that is to Say) that the whole tract of land be 
divided into Seventy One Equall Shares, and that Each Share Con- 
tain three Lotts Equitably Coupled together, and drawn for at 
Dunstable — at or before the first day of July Next in Some Equit- 
able Manner — That three of the aforesaid Shares be granted and 
Appropriated free of all Charge, one for the first Settled Minister in 
Said Township one for the Support of the Ministry, and one for the 
School there forever — one lott for Each Said three Shares to be first 
laid out in the Most Convenient place Near the Middle of Said Town, 



JAFFREY. 381 

and lotta Coupled to them, So as not to be drawn for that Eighteen 
of the Said Shares, be Reserve! for the Grantors of the Premises, their 
Heirs and Assigns forever, and Aquited from all duty and Charge 
Untill improved by the Owner or Some Holding [under] them Re- 
spectively, thai the other Owners of the Said Rights Make Settle- 
ments at their Own Expence in the following Manner Viz All the 
Lotts to be laid out at the Grantees Expence, that all the lotts in Said 
Township be subjected to have all Necessary Roads lay'd out threw 
them free from Charge as Hereafter there Shall be Occasion — That 
within Four Years from the date hereof Forty of the Rights or 
Shaies. belonging to the aforementioned Grantees Viz Oliver Farwell 
Thomas March, Elias Eliot, John Kendall Barnabas Davis, Paul 
March, Sampson Stoddard Stephen March John Scott Sam 1 Garish 
John Hart John Chamberlain Joseph Winn Jun r Joseph Blodgett 
Jun 1 Samuel Cumings Matthew Thornton Will 1 " Garish Nath 1 Peirce 
Isaac Williams. David Willson — Rand 1 McDaniel Robert Fletcher 
Jun 1 Jonathan Cumings John Usher Joseph French Peleg Lawrence 
Joseph Emerson — One Settlement Each Josiah Brown two Shares, 
Benj" Bellows two Shares, James Stewart two Shares. Jonathan 
Hubbard three Shares Peter Powers two Shares, Daniel Emerson & 
Thomas Parker one Settlement Each — Be Enter'd upon and three 
Acres of Land at the Least Cleared inclosed and fited for Mowing or 
Tillage, and that within the term of Six Months, then Next Coming 
there be on Each of the Said forty Shares a house Built, the Room 
Sixteen feet Square at the least, fitted and furnished for Comfortable 
dwelling therein and Some Persons Resident therein, and Continue 
Inhabitancy and Residence there for three Years then Next Coming 
with the Additionall Improvement as aforesaid of two Acres Each 
Year for Each Setler — That Each of the Said Grantees at the Execut- 
ing this Instrument pay twenty Pounds Old Ten r to defray the 
Necessary Charges, Risen and arising in Said Township to be depos- 
ited in the hands of Such Persons as the Grantees Shall Chuse being 
a free holder and Resident in the Province of New Hampshire afore- 
said. That a <;ood Convenient Meeting House be Built in Said Town- 
ship as near the Center of the Town as may be with Convenience 
— Within Six Years from this date and Ten Acres of Land Reserve'd 
for Publick Uses — 

That the aforesaid Grantees or their Assigns by a Maj r Vote In 
Publick Meetings, Grant and Assess Such further Sums of Money as 
they Shall think Necessary for Compleating and Carrying forward, 
the Settlement aforesaid — And any of the Grantees Exclusive of the 
three Publick lotts, who shall Neglect for the Space of three Month 
Next Coining after Such Assesment, Shall be granted And Made to 



382 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Pay the Same, So much of Such Delinquents Right Respectively 
Shall or may be Sold, as will pay the Tax and all Charges arising 
thereon — by a Committee of the Grantees appointed for that Pur- 
nose — That all White Pine trees fit for Masting his Majestys Royall 
Navey Growing on Said Tract of Land, be and hereby are granted to 
his Majesty his Heirs and Successors for Ever — And in Case any of 
the Grantees Shall Neglect, or Refuse to perform any of the Articles 
aforementioned he Shall forfeit his Share and Right in Said Town- 
ship And every part and Parcell thereof To those of the Said 
Grantees that Shall have Complyed with the Conditions on their part 
herein Express'd, And it Shall and may be lawfull for them or any 
person by their Authority to Enter into and upon the Right of Such 
Delinquent Owner and any and every part thereof in the Name of 
the Whole of the Settlers that Shall fulfill as aforesaid, and him to 
amove Oust and expell for their Use their Heirs and Assigns, Pro- 
vided they Settle or Cause to be Settled Each Such Delinquents 
Right within the term of one Year at the farthest, from the Period 
that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be done as the Condition of 
this Grant, and fully discharge and Comply with the whole duty such 
delinquent ought to have done, within one Year from time to time, 
after the Respective Periods thereof and in Case the Said Grantees 
fulfilling on their part as aforesaid, Shall Neglect fulfilling as aforesaid 
the duty of any Delinquent Owner, nor he himself perform the Same 
that then Such Share or Shares, Shall be forfeited Revert and belong 
to the Grantees, their Heirs and Assigns to be Wholly at their dis- 
posal!, always Provided there be no Indian War — within any of the 
terms and Limitations aforesaid, for doing the Duty Conditioned in 
this grant and in Case that Should happen the Same time to be 
allowed for the Respective Matters aforesaid, after Such Impediment 
Should be Removed — Lastly the Said Grantors do hereby Promise to 
the Said Grantees their Heirs and Assigns, to defend through the Law 
to the King and Councill if Need be, due Action, that Shall or may 
be brought against them or any Number of them, by any Person or 
Persons Whatsoever Claiming the Said lands or any part thereof, by 
any other Title than that of the Said Grantors or that b}^ which they 
Hold and derive their's from, provided the Said Grantors are avouch'd 
in to defend, the Same and in Case on Final! Tryall the Same Shall 
be recoverd against the Grantors for the Said Lands Improvements 
or Expence in Bringing forward the Settlement, the Said Grantees 
Shall Recover Nothing over, against the Said Grantors, and further 
that the Said Grantors, will pay the Necessary Expence of time and 
Money, that any other Person or Persons, Shall be put to by any 
other Suit or Suits, that Shall or may be brought against them or any 



JAFFREY. 383 

Number of them the Said Grantees — For Tryall of the Title, before 
one Suit Shall be fully determined in the law, to which Premises 
Joseph Blanchard Agent for and in behalf of the Said Grantors Have 
hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 30 th day of November in the 23' 1 
Year of his Majestys Reighn Anno Domini 1749 — 

Joseph Blanchard [Seal] 

A True Copy of the Grant of the Middle Menadnock Township 
or N 2 — Attest f Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop Cl k 

a true Copy Examined attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop™ CI — 

[Plan of Jaffrey, 1750.] 



This is a plan of the Middle Menadnock N 2 Township The 
Ranges are 160 Rods Wide, and the Lotts, One hundred Rods Wide, 
and finished laying out the lotts, in May, 1750 

Rob 1 Fletcher Jun r Surv r 
A Copy taken from the files of the Proprietors of the Above 
Township 

f Joseph Blanchard Prop 8 Cl k 
a true Copy Examined attest. Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI 



3§4 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Proprietors of Jaffrey, 1750.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 83, and Proprietors 1 Records, Vol. 6, p. 
A List of the Proprietors of the Monadnock Township — 



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14 


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15 


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13 


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10 


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7 


3 


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3 


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6 


8 


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9 


9 


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5 


1 


1 


20 


7 


10 


10 


7 


4 


6 


2 


2 


1 1 


10 


6 


2 


3 


22 


8 


12 


10 


5 


22 


7 


21 


7 


13 


9 


4 


3 


6 


22 


10 


14 


9 


6 


4 


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16 


1 


15 


8 


6 


4 


2 


21 


10 


16 


'3 


4 


6 


3 


1 


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13 


5 


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7 


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18 


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16 


8 


2 


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19 


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7 


1 


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19 


8 


21 


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9 


1 


6 


12 


8 


22 


19 


10 


18 


10 


14 


9 


23 


14 


8 


18 


9 


22 


4 


24 


14 


6 


1 


9 


1 1 


8 


25 


14 


5 


17 


6 


1 


4 


26 


14 


4 


17 


4 


21 


4 


27 


14 


3 


19 


4 


17 


1 


28 


16 


5 


20 


3 


18 


3 


29 


15 


3 


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3 


10 


8 


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15 


4 


7 


7 


5 


8 


3i 


15 


5 


18 


8 


18 


7 


32 


15 


6 


17 


7 


18 


6 


33 


15 


7 


17 


9 


17 


10 


34 


15 


8 


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7 


10 


10 


35 


15 


9 


2 


9 


5 


3 


36 


15 


10 


14 


10 


22 


6 


37 


16 


10 


19 


9 


13 


1 


38 


16 


9 1 


19 


6 


20 


8 



William Parker Esq r . 

Jonathan Hubbard Jun r 

Oliver Farwell 

Thomas March . 

Ministry Lotts 

Elias Eliot 

James Stewart 

Ministers Lotts . 

John Kendell 

Joseph Blanchard Jun 1 ' 

Barnabas Davis . 

William Rindge 

Peter Powers 

Eleazer Blanchard 

Joseph Blanchard Jun 1 

Thomas Packer Esq r . 

John Moffatt Esq 1 ' 

Paul March 

Peter Powers 

John Wentworth Esq 1 

Thomas Parker, Jun r . 

Matthew Livermore Esq r 

Benjamin Bellows 

Richard Wibird Esq r . 

John T : Mason & Jn° Thomlinson 

Sampson Stoddard Esq 1 " 

Daniel Emerson 

Josiah Browne 

Stephen March . 

Benjamin Winn . 

John Scott 

Daniel Peirce & M™ Mary Moore 

Samuel Garish . 

Theodore Atkinson Esq r 

John Hart .... 

John Chamberlin 

Joseph Winn Jun 1 " 

Sam 1 Solly & Clem 1 March Esq" 



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JAFFREY. 



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Joseph Blanchard Jun r 










40 


16 


6 


5 


10 


13 


10 


Joseph Blodgett Jun r . 










41 


15 


5 


17 


5 


22 


5 


Samuel Cumings 










42 


16 


4 


7 


3 


8 


3 


School Lotts 










43 


16 


3 


14 


2 


1 1 


10 


Matthew Thornton Esq r 










44 


16 


2 


7 


6 


1 1 


1 


Mark He Wentworth Esq r 










45 


17 


2 


9 


3 


*9 


2 


John Butterfield . 










46 


20 


2 


9 


5 


21 


5 


Josiah Brown 










47 


18 


2 


1 1 


3 


8 


10 


William Garish . 










48 


19 


5 


20 


5 


1 


2 


Nathaniel Peirce 










49 


7 


5 


4 


5 


4 


9 


Jotham Odiorne Esq r . 










5° 


7 


4 


8 


4 


21 


8 


Peter Powers 










5i 


6 


4 


5 


5 


21 


6 


Benjamin Bellows 










52 


6 


5 


3 


5 


5 


7 


Joshua Peirce 










S3 


6 


6 


22 


9 


9 


1 


Jonathan Cumings 










54 


7 


9 


19 


10 


9 


2 


John Usher 










55 


7 


10 


6 


10 


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3 


Jonathan Hubbard Jun r 










56 


9 


7 


9 


10 


18 


5 


Joseph French . 










57 


9 


8 


9 


9 


10 


1 


Peter Powers 










58 


10 


3 


3 


7 


18 


1 


Peleg Lawrence . 










59 


8 


7 


10 


9 


2 


4 


Isaac Williams . 










60 


8 


8 


7 


8 


17 


3 


David Addams 










61 


8 


9 


4 


10 


11 


9 


James Stewart . 










62 


5 


9 


3 


8 


5 


6 


Nathaniel Meserve Esq r 










63 


2 


7 


2 


6 


5 


4 


David Willson . 










64 


2 


8 


1 


8 


6 


7 


John Rindge 










65 


21 


2 


10 


4 


3 


9 


Randall McDaniel 










66 


22 


1 


21 


1 


20 


9 


Jonathan Hubbard Jun r 










67 


22 


2 


10 


7 


20 


4 


Joseph Blanchard 










68 


22 


3 


14 


7 


4 


7 


Robert Fletcher Jun r . 










69 


21 


3 


1 1 


4 


4 


8- 


Joseph Emerson 










70 


3 


4 


4 


4 


20 


10 


Thomas Wallingford Esq r 










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A True Coppy of the List of the Proprietors of Menadnock Township Number 
two with the Number of Lotts belonging to Each Proprietor as drawn ^ them the 
first Tuesday of June 1750 — Attest Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop 9 CI* 

a true Copy Examined attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop™ CI — 

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386 CHARTER RECORDS. 

\_Vote of Acceptance by Grantees of Jajfrey, 1752.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 84.] 

Whereas Joseph Blanchard Esq 1 for and in the Name and behalf of 
the Proprietors of the Lands in the Province of New Hampshire Pur- 
chased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq r , Who Sold to them 
Under the Title Made to them by a Common Recovery did on the 
30 th day of November 1749, Grant the Contents of Twenty two Thou- 
sand Two Hundred Acres, part of Said Lands, Bounded as followeth — 
Beginning, at the South West Corner of Petersborough Slip, So 
Called, From thence running North Eighty degrees West Seven 
Miles to a Hemlock Tree marked, from thence Running North by the 
Needle five Miles to a Hemlock Tree Marked, from thence running 
South Eighty degrees East Seven Miles to a Beech Tree Marked, in 
the West Line of Petersborough, from thence South by the Needle to 
the first Bounds Mentioned, Under Certain Conditions Limitations, 
and Reservations, in Said Grant Mentioned as by Said Grant Refer- 
ence thereto will fully Appear, Unto Jonath" Hubbard Oliver Far- 
well, Thomas March, Elias Elliot, James Stewart, John Kendell 
Joseph Blanchard Jun r , Barnabas Davis, William Rindge, Peter 
Powers, Eleazer Blanchard, Paul March, Thomas Parker Jun r Benj n 
Bellows, Sampson Stoddard, Daniel Emerson, Josiah Brown, Stephen 
March, Benj n Winn, John Scott, Sam 1 Garish, John Hart, John 
Chamberlain, Joseph Winn Jun r , Joseph Blodget Jun r Samuel Cum- 
ings, Matthew Thornton, John Butterfield, William Garish, Nathan 1 
Peirce, Jonathan Cumings, John Usher, Joseph French, Peleg Law- 
rence, Isaac Williams, David Adams, David Willson, Randall M c - 
Daniel, Robert Fletcher Jun r , Joseph Emerson — Therefore Unani- 
mously Voted that we do hereby Accept Said Title and for ourselves 
Our Heirs and Assigns Acknowledge that we do Hold Said Lands 
Under Said Title, Conditions and Limitations, with the Reservations 
Therein Mentioned — 

Extract from the votes of the Proprietors, Grantees of the Town- 
ship, Called Menadnock N° Two, or Middle Menadnock Passed at 
their Meeting the fourth day of August 1752 — 

Copy Examined ^ Joseph Blanchard Prop s Cl k 

a true Copy Examined Attest Geo : Jaffrey Prop rs CI — 



JAFFREY. 387 

[Petition of Matthew Thornton^ 1767.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 85.] 

To the Purchasers of the Lands Contained in the Patent of John 
Tufton Mason Esq. in the province of New Hampshire Mathew 
Thornton Esq. Agent for & in Behalf of the Grantees of the New 
Township Called Middle Manadnock, in said Province, Granted by 
Joseph Blanchard Esq. Agent for the said Purchassers Shews, that the 
Grantees of the aforesaid Town Ship, by Reason, of the Absence of 
their Clark Who Keept all their Records, have had no Legal Meet- 
ings, Could not Raise Taxes Necessary to forward, & Compleat the 
Settlement, agreeable to the Gra[n]t. Therefore in the Capacity 
aforesaid in Behalf of the Grantees aforesaid, I Humbly pray, That 
Two years may be added to the time Mentioned in the Charter of 
said Township, that the Grantees may be able to Compleat the Set- 
tlement of said Township, also that the said Grantees may be Directed 
& Impowered to Hold Legal Meeting for the purposes aforesaid, all 
which is Humbly Submited, °§ 

Portsmouth Mathew Thornton Agent for the 

March, 13 th , A D 1767.— Grantees of Middle Manadnock 



[Charter Renewed, 1767.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, March 13, 1767.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth March 13 th 1767 Fryday ten of the 
New Hampsh r \ Clock beforenoon at the Dwelling house of James 
Stoodly Esqu r Innholder — the Proprietors meet according to adjourn- 
ment — 

Matthew Thornton Esq r for & in Behalf of the Grantees of the 
Township called the Middle Monadnock by his Petition of this date, 
having represented that the said Grantees were prevented having 
legal Meetings to vote & raise necessary Taxes for forwarding & corn- 
pleating the Settlement of said Township by the Absence of their 
Propriety-Clerk, & praying two Years from this Date may be added 
for compleating the Settlement of said Township — Upon Considei'a- 
tion of said Petition, the Proprietors being willing to Encourage the 
said Grantees in their Endeavours to make the Settlement they 
undertake — Therefore — 

Voted that the Prayer of the Petition above-mentioned be & hereby 
is Granted, & that the said Grantees of the Township called middle 
Manadnock, have two Years time from this Day to finish & compleat 
the Settlement of said Township agreeable to the Terms & Conditions 



388 CHARTER RECORDS. 

of their Grant of said Township made by Joseph Blanchard Esq r in 
Behalf of said Proprietors — 



[Petition of John Grout, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 86.] 

To the Proprietors of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r of that 
tract of Land Lying in the province of New Hampshire known by the 
Name of the Mason Grant Humbly sheweth that John Grout your 
petitioner eleven years past moved into the Township called Monad- 
nock N° two in s d Grant & for conveniency of Settlement purchased 
a House then already built with some improvements Made by Moses 
Stickney on Lott N° twelve in the ninth Range Drawn in the Right 
of the first settled minister have Continued thereon have made Larger 
improvements thereon to a Comfortable inheritance — 

your petitioner therefore Humbly moves that he may be quieted on 
s d Lott giving another in exchange therefor equal in Situation & good- 
ness so that the Minister Right be not Lessened nor Hurt or other- 
ways to be Releived and quieted on the premisses as the Hon ble pro- 
prietors shall think fit and as in Duty bound shall ever pray 

February 14 1769 John Grout 

[Petition of Grilmore Brothers, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 87.] 

Middel me Monadnick N 2 March y e 10 : 1769 

Gentlman Grant Tors Brother and I Bought ye Right that was 
Paul March January Sixtey Eaight And Upon Seaid Right Wee have 
Goot Twentey Ackers of Land Cleaned on Seaid Right and his Goot 
ye Timber for Hoss and Wee Entend to Rais it This Mounth and 
Gentlman wee Beg y e faver of you as you ar men of Honnor that you 
Would Not Hurt Us in Ouer Entrest for wee have don Ever Thinge 
In ouer power to Bring forward y e Setlement of This Place — 

John Gillmore 
Roger Gilmore 



[Petition of John Grout, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 88.] 

To the proprietors of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq r Hum- 
bly Sheweth — 



JAFFREY. 389 

That .John Grout your Hon™ petitioner has Lived Constantly in a 
place called the middle Monadnock N° two for more than the Space of 
eleven years with a Large Family about three years whereof was 
alone having no other family in S' 1 place my Rodes to cut out & 
improve at my own Cost attended with Hardships too many to be 
here set forth I have improved & Supported my family by improving 
on a Lot drawn in the Right of the first Settled minister near the 
outside of sd township have been using means to exchange the same 
for another Lot of my own as good and Convenient as that have had 
no Success therein am in great danger of Loosing all my Labor done 
thereon to the utter Ruining of my Self & family except the same be 
Secured to me speedily by the Compassionate care & interposition 
of the proprietors aforesd 

I would further beg leave to Lav before the Hon 1,le proprietors the 
State of the Settlement of S' 1 Township in a Scheedule annexed where- 
in it appears that many Rights are altogether Delinquent & Others 
Delinquent in part as appears by the annexed and as your Honers 
petitioner through many Hardships has upon his own Cost bin the 
first & principle Settler there & done that Service there which Delin- 
quents ought to have done & as he has a Large family sufficient to 
Settle every delinquent Right your petitioner would humbly move 
that the same be granted to him for that purpose 

and as in Duty bound shall ever pray 

March 15 th 1769 John Grout 



[Condition of Settlements in Jaffrey, 1769.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 89.] 

Settlers on free Lotts in Monadnock N° 2 

lth on the first draught family mcneal 1 

5th on the fifth draught family hale — 1 

8th on the eighth draught family Grout 1 

20th on the twentieth two families Smiley & Hop" — 2 

22 on the twenty Second family wright — 1 

29 tt on the 29 th three Settlers two families above measure 2 

71. on 71 draught a family nicholds — 1 

Families 9 

Settlers that abide Constantly &c on Settling Rights 

6th on 6th draught a family Gilmore — 1 

7th on 7th two families organ & wallas — 2 



390 CHARTER RECORDS. 

11 tli draught family Taggott — 1 

13th draught family Davis — 1 

15th draught family Hunt — 1 

18th Settler constantly no house much work done Gilmore — 1 

26th draught family mcalister — 1 

28th a family turner w m — 1 

29th a family turner Sol — 1 

42 draught family Little — 1 

44th a family walker — 1 

47th a Constant Settler no house Grout — 1 

48th a family Borland — 1 

51st a family swan — 1 

59th a Settler — Hogg — 1 

60th a Settler — wid Henderson — 1 

66th a Settler Jos Turner — 1 

69th a Settler Davidson — 1 

56th a Settler Harper — 1 



20 
23 draught a Settler improvement &c F Wright — 1 



21 
70th Draught purchased by my self & expected ^ 

to exchange one Lot for the minister Lot upon ! ., 

which I now Dwell & have done thereon more [ 
than Severall Duties J 

22 
31 draught family &c Caldwell — 1 



The above s d Settles 22 Rights from 40 23 

Remains 18 
ten more are priviledged 10 



some beginings on Settling rights &c 

on Second Draught Some work Rie Sowd Mitchel — 1 

3 (l Draught Some work Rie Raised house frame &c Homes — 1 

19th Some work done about ten Load of Hay cut yearly &c 

gilmore — 1 

21 draught improvements sufficient wright & gilmore 1 

30th improvements Little — 1 



JAFFREY. 39I 

41 draught meadow fenced on 17-5 Saw mill built on 
22 in 5 by Davidson meadow fenced by turner Jos 

4!* a few days cutting trees Glover — 1 

62 Some cutting down on Lot No 5 in G Range Hunter — 1 

67th Some work on all the Lotts Turners & Homes — 1 

4 draught Some cutting down mitchel — 1 



No meeting House built 10 

The aforesd is a true account of the Settling Rights in Middle 
Monadnock N° two Cearfully examined &c & Humbly Submitted by 
us Subscribers & Inhabitance John Grout 

Roger Gil more 



[Reuben Kidder's Judgment, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 90.] 

Monodnock n° 2 July 21 1769 
To the Honerabel George Jaffer Esq r 

on Reciving a Later from your self Desiring me to go and Satel the 
Afair between M r John Grout the Propritors of monodnock N° 2 I 
have ben this Day vewed the Lots My Judment is that mr Grout Give 
a Deed to the Propritors of the Lot N° 4 in the 4 Rang and 30 acors 
of the Est Side of the Lot N° 3 in the 4 Range in Exchang for the 
Lot N° 12 in 9 Rang 

Reuben Kidder 

In Complyance With y e above Judgment We y e Subscribers a Com- 
mittee for y e Propriators of y ( ' above mentioned township Have Rec d 
a Deed of mr Grout of y* ! above mentioned Land and Pray for Di- 
rections from your Hon 1 how that mr Grout Shall have his title &c — 

John Gillmore 
Alex' M'Neall 
John Harper 



[Inhabitants of Jaffrey to Proprietors, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 91.] 

to Colo. Atkison Esqr 

Sir We thought it Our duty to inform Your Honnours that Ruben 
Kidder Esqr Came According to Your Honours Apointment at Your 
Proprietors Metting to Vuew and Valine the Lot that John Grout 
Lives Upon (Viz) the Ministers Lot and Likewise the Land that the 
said Grout was willing to Give for the Said Lot and the Land that 



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CHARTER RECORDS. 



the Said Kidder Excepted of Lyeth Upon the Side of the Monadnock 
Mounton Which is Not fit for a Settelment and We the Subscribers is 
Not Willing to Accept of it and Prays Your honour Not to Let it Go 
that Way the Above Said John Grout has had A Leash of the Said 
Ministers Land these twelve Years past And s 11 Least is good Untill 
there is a Settled Minister in this Place the Said Grout Sayeth that 
he hath five Lots in this town Ship But he Would Give no Other But 
that Mountan Land And will have it for that Land Which We Look 
Upon Nixt to Nothing and Prays Your Honour Would Either Let it 
Stand for A Minister or Other wise Give Land as Good 

Sir No More But Would take Leve to Subscribe our Selves Your 
Honours Humble Servents 

Middle Monadnock N° 2 November y e 



Silas Russell 
thomas Turner 
Solomon torner 
robert win 
Matthew Wallace 
William Smiley 
Thomas Caldwell 
James Caldwell Ju r 



william mitchell 
John Borland 
Amos orgon 
Joseph turner 
John Swan 
Alex r m c neall 
John Little 
Francis Wright 



A D 1769 
William Turner 
thomas daveson 
Robart horns 
Mathew Wright 
George Wallace 
James Caldwell Se r 
William Cristey 



[Petition of John Grout, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 92.] 

To the Hon ble the proprietors of the Right of John Tufton Mason 
Esq Humbly sheweth that your petitioner John Grout for above twelve 
years Last past has improved & Supported himself & Large Family in 
Middleton or Monadnock N° two on Lott N° 12 in the 9 Range Drawn 
in the Right of the first settled minister & was the first Settler in S d 
Township for about three years of said Time under many Hardships 
& Difficulties too many to be here enumerated an exchange has been 
many times proposed for my Releaf & not perfected also your peti- 
tioner has been exercised with Long & Costly sickness & not now 
able to come to Porthm in march Last the Consideration of the pro- 
posed Exchange was Reffered to Ruben Kidder Esq who as I am 
informed has Reported thereon & my Complyance therewith Com- 
pleated as may appear in your Clerks office your petitioner therefore 
Humbly prays his case may come under Consideration as soon as may 
be least being put off till the times be changed there be no Remiedy 
& as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

March 5 1770 John Grout 



JAFFREY. 393 

[Account of Settlement* in Jaffrey, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 93.] 

an Accompt of the Settlements in monadnock N° 2 in y L ' Province of 
New Hampshire 
1 Dra' William Parker Esqr Settled by Alexander m'neil 
- Dra' Jonathan Hubbard Jim' Settled by William mitchel 

3 Dra' olliver Farewell Settled by Robart Holms 

4 Dra' Thomas March — 

5 Dra* minestry Right — 

6 Dra' Elias Eliot Settled by John Gilmore 

7 Dra 1 James Stuart two Lotts Settled by organ and Warllace 

8 Dra 1 minester Right — 

9 Dra 1 John Kindle— 

10 Dra 1 Joseph B Ian chard Jun 1 priviledg Right — one Lott Improved 

by Robart Holms 

11 Dra 1 Barnabas Davis Settled by munroe and fitch 

12 Dra 1 William Rindge— 

13 Dra' Peter Powers Settled by Daniel Davis 

14 Dra' Eliezer Blanchard priviledg Right — one Lott Improved by 

James Nickels 

15 Dra' Joseph Blanchard Jun' Settled by Ephraim Hunt and mills on 

y e Same 

16 Dra' Thomas Packer Esq r — 

17 Dra' John Moffatt Esq r — one Lott Improved by Robart Wier , 

18 Dra' Paul March Settled by Roger Gilmore 

19 Dra' Peter Powers priviledge Right one Lott Improved by Roger 

Gilmore 

20 Dra' John Wentworth Esq r Settled by William Smiley 

21 Dra' Thomas Parker jun r Largely Improved by Wright and Gil- 

more 

22 Dra' matthew Livermore Esq r Settled by matthew Wright 

23 Dra' Benjamin Bellows Esq 1 " Settled by Francis Wright 

24 Dra' Richard Wibard Esq r one Lott Improved by Joseph Cald- 

well 

25 Dra' John Tufton mason Esq r Settled by William Hodge 

26 Dra' Samson Stodard Settled by And" m c Allester 

27 Dra' Daniel Emerson Settled by James Nickels 

28 Dra' Josiah Brown Settled by William Turner 

29 Dra' Stephen march three Lotts Settled Cristy Russell and Turner 

<( one being ment for Cummins Right 54 th Dra' 

30 Dra' Benjamin Winn priviledge Right a barn & Improved 



394 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



31 Dra' John Scott Settled by James Caldwell Jun 1 

32 Dra' Peirce and Moor 

33 Dra' Samuel Garrish Settled by Jonathan Hopkinson 

34 Dra 1 Theoder Atkinson Esq r — 

35 Dra 1 John Hart Esq r 

36 Dra 1 John Chamberlin — 

37 Dra 1 Joseph Winn Jun r 



38 Dra* Solley and march Esq r -one Lott Improved by George Warl- 

lace 

39 Dra' George Jaffrey Esq r — 

40 Dra 1 Joseph Blanchard Jun r priviledge Right 

41 Dra 1 Joseph Blodget Jun 1 ' Settled by Thomas Caldwell a Saw mill 

42 Dra 1 Samuel Cummins Settled by John Little 

43 Dra 1 School Right 

44 Dra 1 matthew Thornton Esq r Settled by Thomas Walker 

45 Dra' m Hunkin Wentworth Esq r 

46 Dra' John Butterfield priviledge Right — 

47 Dra 1 Josiah Brown — 

48 Dra' William Garrish Settled by John Borland 

49 Dra 1 Nathaniel peirce Esq r Settled by Thomas Emery 

50 Dra 1 Jonathan odiorne Esq r 

51 Dra 1 peter powers Settled by John Swan 

52 Dra' Benjamin Bellows Esq r — 

53 Dra' Joshua peirce Esq r 

54 Dra 1 Jonathan Cummins Settled as above mentioned by Solomon 

Turner 

55 Dra* John Usher Settleing Duty Don by Enoch Hale but no 

house 

56 Dra 1 Jonathan Hubbard Jun r Settled by John Harper 

57 Dra 1 Joseph French Esq r 

58 Dra 1 peter powers Settled by Jonathan parker privi 6 Right 

59 Dra 1 peleg Larrance Settled by Joseph Hodge 

60 Dra 1 Isaac Williams Settled by James Caldwell 

61 Dra 1 David Adams Settled by Hugh Dunlap 

62 Dra' James Stuart Settleing Duty Doing by David Hunter 

63 Dra 1 Nathaniel meserve Esq r 

64 Dra 1 David Wilson— 

65 Dra 1 John Rindge Esq r — 

66 Dra' Randel m'Daniel Settled by Joseph Turner 

67 Dra 1 Jonathan Hubbard Jun r Settleing Duty Don by Thomas 

Turner 

68 Dra 1 Joseph Blanchard Esq r Well Improved by Thomas Davidson 

69 Dra' Robart fletcher Jun r Settled by John Davidson 



JAFFREY. 395 

70 Dra 1 Joseph Emerson Settled by John Grout 

71 Dra 1 Thomas Wallensford Esq 1 " — 

The Rights that appeareth to be Delinquent Are as folloeth viz) 

The 4 Dra 1 Thomas March 

The 9 Dra 1 John Kindle 

The 12 Dra 1 William Rindge 

The 35 Dra 1 John Hart Esq r 

3b' Dra' John Chamberlin 

and 37 Dra 1 Joseph Winn Jun r 

The 47 Dra 1 Josiah Brown 

The 52 Dra f Benja" Bellows Esq 1 

The 57 Dra 1 Joseph French Esq r 

and 64 Dra 1 David Wilson 

A True Accompt Err 8 Excepted per me 

Enoch Hale 



[Andrew McAllister to Joseph Minot, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 94.] 

S r After My Kind Regards to you these may Inform you that I 
have got a Certifyceat and Drawn a Petition as well as I Could and 
Would be vary much oblidged to you if you Would Gary it to y e Lord 
Proprtors and Lay it Befor them and Represent my Case to them 
telling them I am A poore Man and Came onto y e Land honastly 
Expecting to have it for Performing Settlement and it may Be that 
there mercy Will be Plased to Give me the other Lott Belonging to 
y e S d Right I Would A Com Down my Selfe and a seen you but I am 
Not Able for I have not A Dun A days Work this Summer for I have 
hurt my Selfe Working on this Land and I never Expect to be Well 
all my days — 

S r Send me A Line after you have Been at Portsmouth and if I am 
Able I Will Com and Se you I am very much oblidged to you and I 
Will Setisfy you for your Truble 

this from your Humble Sar 1 

Andrew M c Allaster 

N B there is Eight or ten Rights of Land in this town forfitted and 
if you had any thoughts of Buying them from y e Lord Propritors I 
Will Do the utmost of my Power of Informing you Where thy are 

To M* Jonas Minot 



396 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Petition of Andrew McAllister, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 95.] 

To the Hon'ble Theoadore Atkinson Esq r & the other Propri- 
ators of Masons Patant Lying in the Province of Newhamp- 
shire the Petition of Andrew m c Allaster Who humbly Sheweth that 
William Morrow of Londonderry Bargened With your Petitionr for 
to Settle A Right of Land in Monadock N° 2 Which Right of Land 
Was drawn by M r Daniel Emorison and promised to Give your Peti- 
tionar the Lott N° 19 in the 4 Range for doing all y e Duty and per- 
forming Settlement Which Was in y e year 1770 and your Petitionar 
Buelt a house and Cleared Eight or ten Acres of Land and Performed 
Settlement According to My Bargan on Said Lott and is now thretned 
by William Morrow that he will Disposess me of s d Land & as I Under- 
stand the Right of Land Was forfitted and Belonged to your Hon rs 
Before I Entred in Said Lott your Petitioner therefore Humbly Prays 
that your honours in your Wisdom and Goodness Would Grant the 
Said Lott to your Petitioner on terms of Settlement that he may not 
be Disapointed of his Expecttion nor Turned off his Labour and your 
Petitioner as in Duty Shall All way Pray 

Andrew M c Allaster 

Monadock N° 2 September y e 7 th day 1772— 



[Certificate in Favor of McAllister, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 96.] 
Monadock N° 2 Sep* y e 3 day 1772 — 

These may Certify your Honours that Andrew M f Allaster hes Set- 
tled the Right of Land that Was Drawn by M r Daniel Emorison in 
Monadock N° 2 & there is No other Settler on any of y e other Lotts 
As Witness our hands 

Matthew Wallace John Stanley 

Roger Gilmore John Gilmore 

George Wallace Jonathan Stanley 

Siles Russel 



LANDAFF. 397 



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 Ammonoosuc River was annexed to Lisbon June 
23, 1859. Easton was set off and incorporated July 20, 1876. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; 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 Memori- 
als of Methodism, 1852, p. 145 ; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 581 ; His- 
tory 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. 1, p. 603; History of Dartmouth 
College, by B. P. Smith, 1878.] 



39^ 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Plan of Lot in Landaff, 1819.] 







(Copy) 

A plan of 388 Acres of land as originall laid out for the Governors Lot 

in the South West corner of Landaff with the adjoining hundred acre 

Lots round the same which is shewn on the plan by dotted lines also 

the names of the inhabitants living on the lots is inserted in the tract 



LANDAFF. 399 

lie lives on — the parts of the Gov rs lot under improvement are coloured 

with red paint — said plan is laid down by a scale of 20 Chains to an 

inch as surveyed and protracted by me 

o- j t i -\rcT\ cc \ County Surveyor for 
Signed John M Dunee { ^ J r\ z ^t 
° ( Orange County, Vermont 

Jan* 28, 1819 



[Valuation of Governors Reservation in Landaff, 1819.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 98.] 

State of Newhampshire { We the subscribers Selectmen of Lan- 

Grafton ss \ daff in Said County 

Having ben requested to explore the reservation of Bening Went- 
worth in said Town have ben on do apprise it as follows 

lot N° 1 82.00 per acre South of Savoury Gordon 

D° N° 2 1.75 South of Phineas Gordon 

D° N° 3 2.25 South of James Simonds 

D° N° 4 3.00 West of Samuel Sampson 

fees E Eaton 1 Mos. Webster 1 

The above named lots of land all laying on the north side of the 
river 

Eben r Eaton 
Moses Webster 

January 30 th 1819 Mr Ebenezer Eaton & Col Moses Webster sign- 
ers of the above certificate are Men with whom I am acquainted — 
they are considered to be men of respectability & Judgment 

M. P. Payson 
Sam 1 Hutchins 



[Offer of Jonathan Simonds, 1819.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 99.] 

Landaff Oct 18th 1819 

for the lot of sixty acres of land lying South of my farm lying on 
the north side of the river I will give three dollars and thirty fore 
cents per acre and make pay in fore years from the time I may come 
in possession of the same with interest I will pay in grass seede grain 
or neat stock 

Jonathan Simonds 



400 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Offer of Phineas Gordon, 1819.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 99.] 

Landaff Oct 18th 1819 

for the land lying south of my farm from my east line to the river 
which is a part of the governors farm so called I will give two dollars 
per acre and will make pay in fore years or will leave it to S p Web- 
ster to chose theree men to prise said land and take it at their prisal 

Phinehas Gordon 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 

[Granted by Massachusetts June 19, 1735, to Capt. Samuel King and others, 
and called Salem-Canada. Granted by the Masonian Proprietors Dec. 5, 1753, 
to Benjamin Lynde and others, and named Lyndeborough in honor of Benjamin 
Lynde. Incorporated April 23, 1764. A portion of the town, with other terri- 
tory, was incorporated as Greenfield June 15, 1 791 . Another portion was an- 
nexed to Temple, June 11, 1796. The northeasterly part was annexed to Mont 
Vernon Jan. 5, 1853. A tract from the southerly side was annexed to Milford 
June 27, 1873. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes; 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. Clarke, 1891, 
pp. 68; Proceedings of 150th Anniversary, mss., in possession of W. H. Grant, 
St. Paul, Minn.; Baptist Churches in N. H., by E. E. Cummings, 1836, p. 19; 
Lawrence's N. H. 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.] 



[John ShepanTs Power of Attorney, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 101.] 

To John Shepherd of Souhegan West in the Province of New 
Hampshire Gent. — You are hereby desired & authorized for us & in 
our behalf & to our use & others as Proprietors of all that Tract of 
Land Lately purchased by us & others of John Tufton Mason Esq r by 
Deed Dated the thirtieth Day of July 174G To Enter upon a Certain 
Tract of Land Situate in Said Province Containing about five hundred 
Acres bounded Southerly by Souhegan River Easterly by a place 
called Souhegan West & Westerly & Northerly by unimproved Land 
and make the most & best Improvement of Said Tract of Land that 
you can and forbid & prevent any others from Entring & Improving 



LYNDKBOROUGII. 4OI 

there unless by your leave & to the Same use which you your Self are 
hereby Authorized to do for which this Shall be your Warrant Dated 
at Portsm the 16 th Day of Sept r 1748 

John Shepard 

the within Warrant or power of attorney is a Copy of One given to 
me by Theodore Atkinson Mark 1 1 unking Wentworth R. Wibird 
Tho s Packer John Moffatt Nath 1 Meserve J. Odiorne & Tho s Wallings- 
ford Esq™ 

John Shepard 
Witnesses 
W"' Parker 
Matthew Livermore 



[Petition of Samuel Dustin, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 101.] 

Portsmouth October 26 th 1748— 
To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors of Mason's Right in 
the Province of New Hampshire 

I the Subscriber in behalf of myselfe and others chiefly Inhabitants 
of Haverhill District & Methuen District pray the favour of the Pro- 
prietors aforesaid to grant or dispose of, to us or such a number of us 
as to you Shall Seem meet and upon Such Terms as shall be most 
agreable to you, of a Parcel of land beginning at y e east corner of 
Souhegan west then running Six miles upon Salem Cannada (So 
Called), northward, then running westerly Six Miles then Southerly 
Six miles then Easterly Six miles — So as to make Six Miles Square 
or otherwise as near said tract of land as you shall think fit — and we 
shall esteem your favour an Obligation to your Petitioners in whose 
behalfe I am Gent™ 

Your Hum : Serv 1 

Samuel Dustin 



[Charter of Lyndeborougli, 1753.] 
[Farmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 4, p. 275.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power and Authority granted And 
New Hamp r \ vested in me the Subscriber by the Prop rs of Lands 
Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq 1 " in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire At their meeting Regularly Called for that Purpose. — 



4-02 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



I do by these Presents On the terms And Conditions with the 
reservations herein After Expressed Give And Grant All the Right 
title property And Possession of the Prop rs afores' 1 According to the 
following Proportions of Interest viz 1 to Benjamin Lynd's Esq four 
Shares Benjamin Pitkman Esq r three Shares Robert Hooper Esq One 
Share, to the Heirs and Assigns of Joseph Sweat Esq Six Shares to 
Joseph Blaney Esq two Shares — Samuel Wells Esq two Shares Daniel 
Epps Jun r Esq r two Shares Major Joshua Hicks two Shares Benjamin 
Goodhew three Shares Thomas Fletcher Two Shai'es Joseph Richard- 
son two Shares George Goold two Shares Ephraim Ingalls Two 
Shares And to the following Persons viz 1 Joseph Bowdage Esq Josiah 
Bowers Stephen Puttnam the Heirs of James Lendall Esq late De- 
ceased Jonathan Bowers Major John Fowle John Bickford William 
Holt Moses Graves, Oliver Fletcher Esq Timothy Cumings to M rs 
Hannah Cobbit Joseph Clough David Stinson Daniel Nickolls Robert 
Swan And Jonathan Peal to Which Seventeen One Share Each, of in 
And to a tract of Land in the Province of New Hamp r afores' 1 Con- 
taining by Estimation twenty eight Thousand Acres Part thereof 
Heretofore Called Salem Canada the Whole tract Bounded As follows, 
Begining at the Northeast Corner of a tract of Land Called Duxbury 
School Farm And in the line of that tract or township Called Souhe- 
gan West from thence riming West by the Needle One mile two 
Hundred And Eighty Rods to the East line of a tract of Land Called 
Nomber two from thence North by the Needle four Hundred And 
ninety Eight Rods to the Northeast Corner of S d N° two from thence 
west by the Needle by S d N° 2 five miles to a White Ash marked the 
Corner of Peterborough Slip And of N° 2 : And from thence west 
by the Needle two Hundred And Forty Rods by S d Petersborough 
Slip to a Beach tree Marked from thence North by the Needle Six 
miles & Three Quarters to a tree Marked for the Corner of S d tract 
from Thence East by the Needle three miles and One quarter to a 
tree marked in the Western line of New Boston from thence South 
by that line One mile And An half to the most Southwesterly Corner 
of New Boston afores' 1 from thence East by S' 1 New Boston line three 
miles One hundred And twenty rods to a Black Oak marked Still by 
Said New Boston line & runs South two miles And An half To a 
Stump and Stones from thence East One mile And Eighty rods to 
the northwest Corner of that tract Called Southegun west afores' 1 from 
thence South by the line of Said Souhegun west four miles One Hun- 
dred And twenty three rods to the Bounds first mentioned, & to all 
the Bounds afores' 1 lett Either of the lines afores' 1 be more or less — 
Which tract of Land or Township Shall from this time be Called 
Lyndes Borough, the Premises afores* 1 under the terms & Conditions 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 403 

with the Reservations hereafter express, (that is to Say) that the 
Grantees afores' 1 According their Respective Shares (excepting as 
hereafter excepted, have twenty One Thousand & thirty Acres Part 
of the afores' 1 twenty eight Thousand Acres As the Whole of the 
grantees part of the Premises in the following Manner viz 1 that Each 
of the Grantees named in the Seheedule hereunto Annexed Own And 
Enjoy the Severall And Respective lotts to their names Respectively 
Affixed, As part of their Shares, That the following Severall Lotts, 
(And to be part of the Grantees proportion afores' 1 ) be granted As 
afores' 1 free from Duty Settlement or taxes in Bringing forward or 
Compleating the duty as the Conditions of this grant to the Severall 
Persons hereafternamed As follows To David Badger the lott N° 117, 
to Francis Densmore the lott N° 106, to Bartholomew Jackson lott 
N° 100, To John Skead the lott N° 50, To Paul Raymond the lott N° 
99, Which lotts Contain by estimation one Hundred And thirty 
Acres each And is part of the Second Division formerly laid out in S d 
tract, To James Twadle in the Right formly Edward Fladre the 
Home lot Called 24 East with An Addition Round About it of Sixty 
four Acres to Compleat the quantity of One Hundred And thirty 
Acres to Deacon Nathaniel Puttnam Peter Martin & George Deal- 
ands Heirs to Each One lott. to be lay'd Out in the undivided Lands 
which three lotts Are to Contain One Hundred And thirty Acres 
each And to Benjamin Lynde As Assignee to John Dale Sen r the 
home lott N° 21 And One Hundred and Twenty Acres to be Lay'd 
out in the Undivided Lands Which S' 1 persons in their Capacitys as 
above Shall be Intitled to no further part of y e Premises — 

That Out of the Grantees Proportion there be three Shares more 
granted One for the first Settled Minister And One for Ministry And 
One for the Schole there forever Which Said Shares Shall be And 
Contain in the Severall And Respective lotts entered in the Seheedule 
hereunto Annexed As their Whole & Respective Shares & Shall be 
free of Duty of Settlement And all taxes in performing the Condions 
of this Grant — 

To have and to hold to them their Heirs & Assigns forever under 
the following Conditions, with y 1 ' Reservations hereafter mentioned 
Viz'— 

That there be reserved out of said Tract, One Farm of Five Hun- 
dred Acres, at the South-Westerly Corner of said Tract and also One 
Hundred and Fifty Acres, Adjoining on that Corner of y e Township 
that Bounds on New Boston West Line, & One Hundred and Fifty 
Acres as discribed in y e Plan of said Tract 

And that there be further reserved to and for y'' use of y e Grantors, 
their Heirs and Assigns, Free of all Charge & Incumberance of Settle- 



4°4 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



ment or Taxes, untill improved by the Owners, or by them sold, 
Six Thousand and Sixty Six Acres, and laid out into Nineteen 
Equal shares at the Charge of y e Grantees, in y e following manner 
Viz 1 That there be in y e next best Accomodations of y e undivided 
Lands, Three Thousand Six Hundred & Sixty Acres, laid out for the 
Grantors aforesaid, for Quantity and Quality, with y e Lands already 
laid out, in Nineteen Equal shares, as aforesaid and that there shall 
be next laid out, in y e said undivided Lands so much to each Grantee, 
who has not his full Proportion in y e Lands already laid out, and set 
in y e Schedule, as shall make their respective shares equal with the 
rest — 

And that the remaining part of the Land reserved for the Grantors 
aforesaid, being Two Thousand Four Hundred Acres, be Divided for 
Quantity and Quality, with the rest of y e com'on Lands into Nineteen 
equal shares — And the remainder of y e Com'ons or undivided Lands, 
to be to and for the use of y e Grantees as they shall Order the Divi- 
sions thereof — And that where any Lands was by the Proprietors, 
claiming under the Massachusets Grant formerly left within any Lott, 
for Highways, the Owners of such Lott, shall have said Land thus 
reserved, allowing so much, as shall be of Equal Value, out of his 
Part in his next Division of y e Com'ons 

That the respective Grantees, Owners of y e Fifty shares afores 11 and 
who are not excused from Duty and Charge, bring forward and make 
settlement, in the following manner Viz 1 That they lay out y e s' 1 
Tract or Township and compleat the Division thereof as afore directed, 
at or before y e 20 th Day of November next ensuing, and return a Plan 
thereof, certified under the Hand of their Clerk on Oath, within Two 
Months after such Work, shall be compleated to y e Clerk of said 
Grantors 

That y e respective Owners, for each respective share, make One 
settlement, in the following manner Viz 1 To clear inclose & fit for 
Mowing or Plowing Two Acres on some one Lott, and have a com- 
fortable dwelling House, Built and fitted for comfortable Dwelling in, 
and a Family or some Person resident there at or before, the first Day 
of December, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Six, and to 
continue Inhabitant or Resident there, for Four Years, then next 
comeing and also for the same Four Years Annually, on each of y e 
said Lotts, to have Two Acres cleared, Inclosed and fitted as afore- 
said 

That there be a Meeting House, for Publick Worship in said Town- 
ship, within Five Years from this Date, at Such Place as shall be 
agreed on by the Proprietors, both Grantors and Grantees, to be 
determined according to Interest, and Ten Acres reserved there for 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 405 

Publick use notwithstanding such Lott should be laid out to any Par- 
ticular Person or Persons 

That the Lands in said Township belonging to Grantors and Gran- 
tees, be subjected to have all Necessary Highways, laid through them 
as there shall be occasion, for the Future without any Pay or Allow- 
ance for Damages, that the aforesaid Grantees, their Heirs or Assigns 
not heretofore excused from Charge, by a Major Vote in Publick 
Meeting called for that Purpose, Grant and Assess in Equal Propor- 
tion, Such Sum or Sums of Money as they shall think necessary for 
carrying forward and compleating the Settlement aforesaid or for the 
Support of the Ministry as the Proprietors shall agree to, and every 
of the Grantees exclusive of the Three Publick Lotts, or his Assignee 
who shall Neglect for the Space of Sixty Days after such Assessment 
shall be granted, to pay the same, so much of such Delinquents 
Rights, shall and may be sold as will Pay their respective Taxes and 
all Charges ariseing thereon by a Com'ittee to be appointed by the 
Grantees or their Assignees, for that Purpose — And in case any of 
the Grantees, or their Assignees shall neglect or refuse to perform 
any of the Articles, Matters, or Things aforesaid by him respectively 
to be done, He shall Forfeit his Right in said Township, and every 
Part thereof, to those of the Grantees or their I mediate Assignees 
who shall have complyed, with the Conditions on their Part, herein 
expressed, and it shall, and may be Lawfull for them or any Person, 
by their Authority, to enter into & upon, the Right or Part, of such 
Delinquent Owner and any and every part in the Name and behalf 
of the whole of the Grantees or their Imediate Assignees, who shall 
comply as aforesaid, to amove oust and expell for the use of them 
their Heirs and Assigns, provided they settle or cause to be settled 
each such delinquents Right, within the Term of one Year at the 
farthest from the Periods, that is by this Instrument Stipulated to be 
done as the Condition of this Grant and fully comply with the whole 
Duty, such delinquent ought to have done, within One Year from 
Time to Time after the respective Periods thereof and in case the 
Grantees or their Assignees, fullfilling their Parts as aforesaid shall 
neglect, fullfilling as aforesaid the Duty of any delinquent Owner as 
aforesaid then such right or Part shall be Forfeit revert and belong 
to the Grantors their Heirs and Assigns and be wholly at their 
disposal 

Allways Provided there shall be no Indian Warr, within any of y e 
Terms aforesaid for doing the Duty conditioned in this Grant, and in 
case that should happen, the same Time to be allowed, for the respec- 
tive matters afores' 1 after such Impediment shall be removed 

That all White Pine Trees fit for Masting His Majesties Royall 



406 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Navy growing on said Tract of Land, be and hereby are Granted to 
his Majesty, His Heirs and Successors forever 

Lastly the said Grantors, do promise and Engage to y e said Gran- 
tees, their Heirs and Assigns, to defend through the Law, to King & 
Council, (if need be one Action that shall and may be brought against 
them or any Number of them, by any Person or Persons whatsoever, 
claiming the said Land or any part thereof, by any other Title than 
that, of the s' 1 Grantors, or that by which, they hold and derive theirs 
from, provided the said Grantors are avouched in to defend the same 
and that in Case on Final Tryall, the same shall be recovered, against 
the Grantors, that such Person or Persons, shall recover nothing over 
against the Grantors for the said Lands, Improvements or Expence, in 
bringing forward the Settlement 

To all which Premises, I Joseph Blanchard Agent for and in 
behalf of the Proprietors, the Grantors, have hereunto set my Hand 
and Seal this Fifth Day of December A D. 1753— 

Signed Sealed & Joseph Blanchard [seal] 

D D in presence of 
Geo : Delond 
Jn° Bowles 

The aforegoing Pages contain a True Copy of the Charter signed 
& Executed by Joseph Blanchard Esq r as Agent for & in behalf of 
the Propriet rs of Lands purchased of Jn° Tufton Mason Esq r in the 
Province of New Hampshire delivered unto us the Subscribers in 
behalf of the Grantees mentioned in this Charter And whereas we 
were by the afores' 1 Grantees Authorized & Impowered to setle Agree 
& Compound, concerning the premises in the aforewritten Charter, 
with the s d Joseph Blanchard Esq r in his capacity abovemention'd, 
on such terms & Conditions & with such reservations as by both 
parties should be agreed & Concluded, Now therefore we the s d 
Com'itee in the name & behalf of the Grantees mentioned in the 
aforewritten Charter, hereby Accept s d Title & for s tl Grantees do 
Acknowledge that we hold s d Lands, under the s d Grantors Title & 
on the conditions & Limitations with the reservations express'd in 
said Charter Wittness our hands this 5 th Decemb r 1753 
Witnesses Benj a Lynde ) 

Love Pickman Benj a Pickman > Com te 

John Nutting Jr Joshua Hicks ) 



LYNDEBOROUGII. 



407 



[Draft of Lots, 1753.] 

[Farmer's Mss. Town Papers, Vol. 4, p. 281.] 

Schedule to be anexed to Charter made to Benjamin Lynde Esq r and others of 
Salem Canada now called Lyndeborough 



Persons names. 



Benjamin Lynde Esq r 

Benj a Pickman, Esq r .... 

Robert Hooper Esq 1 " & M r Swetts 

Heirs 

Joseph Blaney Esq r .... 
Maj r Joshua Hicks .... 
Benjamin Goodhew .... 

Thomas Fletcher 

Samuel Wells Esq : . . . . 

George Gould 

Ephraim Ingalls 

Daniel Epes Jr Esq ..... 
Cap' Joseph Richardson . 

Josiah Bowers 

Joseph Bowditch Esq 

The Heirs of James Lindall Esq r 

Stephen Putnam 

Jonathan Bowers 

John Bickford 

Moses Graves 

Maj r John Fowle 

Oliver Fletcher Esq 1 " .... 

Hanah Cabot 

Joseph Clough 

David Stimson 

Daniel Nichols 

Robert Swan 

Jonathan Peele 

Timothy CuirTings .... 

William Holt 

School Lott 

Ministry Lott 

First Ministers Lott .... 



N°of Home 

Division 

Lotts 



27. 50, 23 
9> 22, 44, 

2, 8,37. 
4i. 43- 49 

3, 6, 

28, 47, 
20, 58, 61 

18,35. 
54, 57, 
24, 46, 
40, 59, 
5i, 53, 
19, 3i, 
1 , 

4, 
7, 

14, 
16, 

38, 
*5, 
39 

42 
45, 
48 
52 

55 
60 
26 

25 
32, 
33 
•u. 



N° of Second Division Lotts 



44, 
53, 
34, 
94, 
3°, 
52, 
48, 
56, 
7i, 
69, 

Si. 

40, 

63, 

81 

86, 

77, 
113 
47, 
38, 
109 

45, 

72 

120 

62, 

58, 



55, 83, 84, 98, 101, 65. 

66, 80, 83, in, 

36, 37, 92, 93, 48,49. IC) 8, 87, 

29, 103 

41, 54, 

97, 102, 1 14 

60, 64, 115, 124, 125, 

57,82, 

75, 81 

70, 74 

1 12, 1 19, 123, 

73, 104, 107, 

89, 116, 118 

95, 
78, 
, 122, 

79, 
42, 
, 1 10 
105, 

, 121 

96, 
59. 



35. 61, 
3', 32 
46, 76. 
67, 126. 
90, 9 1 
126. 127. 



The aforegoing^List is the Schedule refferred to in the Annexed Charter. 
DeC 5: 1753. Benj" Lynde 

Benj a Pickman S Com tM 
Joshua Hicks. 



408 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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[Francis Borland to George Jaffrey, 1755.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 102.] 

Boston 31 st Jan rv 1755 
Sir Having the Opportunity of my good Friend M r Ross I here 
inclose You Copy of the Plan of 400 Acres Land lay'd out by M r 
Fletcher in lieu of the 400 1 formerly Purchased of Sun q ch I must 
Beg the favo r of Yo r Laying before y e Gen tm Proprietors for their 
Acceptance, by the Vots of the Propriety Coll Blanchard was to have 
laid it out but as his Business would not Admit thereof, the Col 
Fmploy'd M r Fletcher q dl I presume will be Agreeable to the Gentle- 
men Proprietors, to whom please make my Best Compliments I am 
with most Sincere Regards Dear Sir 

Your most Obed 1 Serv' 

Fran 8 Borland 
My compliments to yo r worthy Family 
To George Jaffrey Esq 1 ' 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 



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410 



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The Lotts on the West Line of the Town as Described in this plan 
and Numbered from (1.) to (19.) Contain 200 acres each — And the 
Lotts Described at the Northwardly Part & on New Boston Lines 
Numbred from (1.) to (14.) Contain 130. acres each, and the other 
Two Lots Not Numbred have the Quantity of acres they Contain 
affixed on them Respectively 



Well Bounded and Truly Described By 
Octob r y e 8 th 1759— 



Robt Fletcher 



[A copy of this plan is endorsed, "Wrong in Aim every part is 
almost a Mile Wider than it realy is."] 



LYNDEHOROUGH. 4II 

[Reserved Lots in Lyndeborough, 1760.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, July 7, 1760.] 

Whereas the Grantees of Lyndborough have return'd the Survey 
and Plan of a division of Part of the said Township made and signed 
by Robert Fletcher dated the 8 th of October 1759 and desired the 
said Plan and Survey might be accepted and recorded which being 
approved 

Voted the same be accepted & entered upon the records of this 
Propriety and that the said lotts therein assigned for the Grantors be 
drawn for at this meeting which was accordingly done and the said 
lotts so drawn for are hereby voted to be the right and Property of 
the Person Respectively to whom drawn & entered, his heirs and 
assingns in Severalty forever 

The said Lotts were drawn in the following manner Viz 1 
1 st drawn N° 12 to Joshua Peirce Esq" right 

2 10 to Thomlinson & Mason 

3 6 to Mark Hunking Went worth Esq r 

4 17 to Jotham Odiorne Esq rs Right 

5 th 16 to Samuel Solly & Clement March Esq 18 

6 15 to Thomas Packer Esq r 

7 4 to M r Samuel Livermore 

8 9 to George Jaffrey 

9 2 to John Moffatt Esq r 

10 18 to John Wentworth Esq rs right 

11 7 to Theodore Atkinson Esq rs 

12 19 to Richard Wibird Esq r 

13 5 to Meserve Blanchard & c 

14 3 to Mary Moore & Daniel Peirce Esq r 

15 14 to M r John Rindge 

16 8 to William Parker Esq r 

17 11 to Thomas Wallingford Esq r 

18 1 to Joseph Blanchard Esq rs Right 

19 13 to Benjamin Pratt Esq r 



412 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[SheparoVs Plan of Eight Proprietor s Lots, 1766.] 

't/>y Jn° 5he/lp°.'d Elf Mc/i tmt&in* at' KO Jlctei- 



Corrton Lands 




[Petition of John Quigley, 1768.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 103.] 

Province of \ To y e Prop rs of Mason's Patent 
New Hampshire \ Humbly Shews John Quigley of New Boston 
in the prov e afores' 1 desires to inform your honours that he has been 
at vast expence and trouble in Regard to your hon rs Interest in 
Mason's Patent afores d & Whereas there is a thousand Acre in the 
Crotchet Mountain of Common and undivided Land and Also a Small 
Strip of common and undivided Land between Leinsborrough and 
Peterborrough and hopes your hon rs Will take it into Consideration 
and grant him as many Acres as you'll think Will Satisfy the An- 
nex'd ace 1 for So doing y r petti r thinks himself in duty Bound &C 

John Quigely 



[Deposition of Robert Fletcher, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 103.] 

I Rob 1 Fletcher aged ab° 42 y rs Testify & say, That I was the Sur- 
vey 1 " who w th Sam 11 Butterfield & others, laid out to y e Several Pro- 
priety who hold under Jn° Tufton Mason Esq r The Tract of Land, 
call d The Society Land, or Reserv 1 ' Lands, their perticul r Lotts Anno 
1753. That the Lott N° 8, W" fell to Col Wallingsf d on the East 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 413 

End began at a Black Oake w' h is the N° east Corner of N° 8 — the 
Line runs South one mile on the head of New Boston Addition Line 
to an Hemlock Tree, which is the N° east Corn r of Lyndebr Addition, 
which was made by Order of Col Blanchard A D : 1753, from thence 
it runs West Three Mile & 80 Rod, on Lyndeb to a Black oak: 
Thence Turning at a right Angle & runs south one mile & 120 rod 
to a white Pine being the Extent of N° 8, southward & is in a direct 
Line East w th Peterbor North Line — 

I was also the Survey 1 that by Order of Col Blanchard made the 
Addition to Lyndebor & planned the same, agreable to w ch the 
Charter was drawn — and at the N° west Corner of the Town, y e Ad- 
dition N° was made from the Southwest Corn r of new Boston Addition, 
& was to run N° on that Head Line one mile & an half to a Hemloke 
Tree in the s' 1 head Line of New Boston Addition — & I Know it was 
intended y r Lyndebor Should Extend so far north ; until it came to 
y e afores d Hemlock; which is one mile South of the bl a Oak at the 
N° East Corner of N° 8, and one mile & half North of y e S° West 
Corner of new Boston Addition — That sometime in the spring of the 
Year 1766, I Informed AT W 1 " Dickey, one of the Purchasers of the 
Lott N° 8, of the bounds as abovemention'd ; who told me, that he s d 
Dickey & others were about Purchasing the s' 1 Lot N° 8, & that he 
came to me to Enquire ab° the Bounds 

Rob' Fletcher 

Essex ss } Salem 9 feb r y 1770— 

Then the abovenam' 1 Rob 1 Fletcher made Oath to the Truth of the 
above Deposition by him subscribed — and the same is taken to ly, in 
Perpetuam Rei Memoriam 

Jurat Coram And w Oliver ) Justi cies Pac s 

W'" Browne \ Quorum Unus. 



414 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



[Carleton's Plan of Land Between Peterborough and Lgndeborough, 

1771.] 




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Honoured Sir 

I am informed that my accompt was laid before the Proprieters of 
the Strip of land between Lyndeborough and Peterborough and that 
it was Objected against because I Sent no plan I was not desired to 
Send any plan but only to Send what the Strip Contained but Since 
they desire a plan I have Sent one on this paper which if you exam in 
the plans of Peterborough Lyndeborough Temple and Collo Wal- 
lingfords lott and M r Borlands farm you will find very exact but I 
find Collo Wallingfords lott extends farther South on Lyndeborough 
West line then I knew of befoi-e So that the Strip does not contain So 
much as I returned before I expected Collo Wallingfords South line 



LYNDKBOROUGH. 415 

extend no farther South than Lyndeborough North line but I have 
Seen a Ooppy of his Deed to the Deny men and have had opertunity 
to converse with M 1 Rob* Fletcher and find that it extends 440 rods 
South of Lyndeborough North West Corner as you may See by this 
plan the South end of it what I Saw of it is very broken and mountain- 
ous the north end flat pitch pine plain the middle is what may be 
called very good land I Suppose it to be half if not more good land 
and the rest very poor I hope this plan and description will give 
the Proprieters Satisfaction So that they will find it in their way 
to pay my accompt — I am Sir 

Your Most Humble Servant 
Lyndeborough April y e 8 th 1771 Osgood Carleton 



[Petition of Robert Fletcher, 1772.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 104.] 

To the Honourable the Proprietors of the Lands purchased of John 
Tuffton Mason Esq r in the Province of New Hampshire The Humble 
Petition of Robert Fletcher of Dunstable in said Province Shews, 
That there is a Tract of Land which Remains ungranted between the 
west line of Lyndesborough, the east Line of Peterborough the North 
Line of Temple, and the South line of the Society land so Called, Con- 
taining about Two thousand acres, Chiefly mountains, & Lands in- 
capable of improvement and Rejected by the proprietors of the 
Towns before mentioned on that Account, that your Petitioner has 
found a small Tract within the bounds aforesaid which he apprehends 
might do for a Settlement, provided he Could have the other part, 
which in some future time might answer for Grazing &c. Where- 
fore he humbly prays your honours wonld make him a grant of the 
whole of said Tract, on such Conditions & under such Limitations as 
you in your wisdom shall think proper and he as in Duty bound will 
Ever pray 

Portsm Octob r 3 rd 1772. Rob 1 Fletcher 



.i6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Reserved Lots, 1772.] 



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LYNDEIiOROUGH. 

\_Carletori 's Plan of Ui'/Itt Proprietors' Lots, 1773.] 

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417 




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[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1773.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 105.] 

Salem May 28 th 1773 

Hon 1,le Sir With this you will have a New Survey & laying out 
of Eight Grand Proprietors Lotts by M r Osgood Carleton April 1773 
at the N° west of Lyndeborough ; these with 8 before laid out on 
Amherst Line & near the Home Lotts by Jn° Sheppard Esq 1 "; make 
16 only, the Number directed, without any for the 3 Lawyers — These 
being at the N W Corner & beyond the mountains, are 150 to 160 
acres, as the other are near the Inhabitants — 

The Lotts laid out by M r Sheppard are lost by the Enchoachment 
of the 17 Deny men who bought of Col Wallingsford, who claim half 
a mile further South than the bounds in his Deed gives them ; & take 
half a mile which our Charter gives us in plain words — 

You have also the reform of the Survey of the 19 Grand Lotts laid 
out by m r Fletcher 1759 which was Erroneous in not making allow- 
ance for the variation of the Compass from the 1 st running 1736 — 
whereby the Northern Lotts were above 100 Rod short thro the 
wedth — This now is rectified, and the bounds at the Corner of each Lot 
ascertain'd on the Plan, without which it was imposible for any 
grand Proprietor to have found his certain Lot — This has been 
attended with a great deal of Charge to us, but absolutely Necessary, 
& best to be setled right, before Improvements came to be made 

I Wish, Sir, that the Proprietors, with vou, would Draw for the 16 
20 



418 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lotts, that they may Know how to sell (if they Incline to it) & Accom- 
odate such as come to setle — 

I am Sir with great respect 

Your most Obed 1 Hum b Servant 
Hon ble Geo : Jaffry Esq r Benj a Lynde 



[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 106. J 

Salem 28 July 1773— 

Hon ble Sir/ Your Favours of the 23 d , I received last night ; I find 
it goes intirely on a Mistake — as thd the Masonian Proprietors had 
not the Quantity of Land reserved for them in their Charter — That 
was 6066 Acres — Anno 1759 there was laid out for them, Nine- 
teen l iV Lotts each of 200 Acres, Makes 3800 Acres, these they 
Drew for in July 1760 — in 1766 there was laid out by Jn° Sheppard 
Jun r Eight Lotts on Amherst Line each containing 130 Acres, is 
1040 Acres more — These being nearer Amherst & Supposed better, 
were not so large as those at a Distance — In 1768 M r Sheppard laid 
out the 8 Lotts in the Addition made to Lyndeborough, w ch being at 
a greater distance, were Larger, viz 150 to 160 Acres The 17 Derry 
men, by vertue of their Purchase from Wallingsford whose Deed 
gives them only one mile on New Boston, made an Encroachment of 
half a mile further (th6 they were told by R° Fletcher Esq r to 
whom they Applyed, before they bought, how far Wallingford came 
South & that he had only one mile on the Head of new Boston — this 
broke up the Allotment of Esq r Sheppards, put us to a much greater 
Charge for Examining & to Measure Wallingford great Lott, with 
fixing it by his Deed & other Evidence This cost us £15 or £16 L 
M — & now Carleton laying out in 1773 ab° all this has been the 
Charge of the Grantees — and tho they have some Hundred of Acres 
taken from them ; Yet the Grand Proprietors have the whole of 
their reservation & 10 or 12 acres more — 

These Eight Lotts are Generally the best Land, tho further dis- 
tant — 

What I Proposed was the drawing for the 8 Lotts laid out 1766 
of 130 Ac rs Each, with the 8 Lotts laid out by Carlton 1773 of 150 
or 160 Ac : each — 

If I omitted the Plan of the 8 Lotts laid out 1766, when I sent the 
other 8 Lotts of Carleton it was a mistake & is sent now 

I also transmit you M r Fletchers Deposition, taken in perpetuam 
&c to shew the Gr' 1 Proprietors the Unreasonableness, of the Derry 
mens Encroachments — 



I.YNOEBOROUGH. 



419 



Should tln> land between Peterbor & Lyndebor be offered for sale, 
tho its cheifly mountainous & Hilly, I should be glad to have the 
refusal of it & would make as good pay as any — I am with my 
best Regards to the Proprietors 

Sir Your & their most Obed 1 Hum 1 ' 1 Serv 1 

Benj a Lynde 
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42O CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1773.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 107.] 

Salem Sept r 2, 1773 

Hon ble Sir I am favoured with yours of the 18 th of Aug st , in An- 
swer to which let me Assure you — (That as I take it) There will 
none of those Lots laid out by Carleton, be Infringed on by the Derry 
mens Incroachments ; — I have Two shares in the 16 Lots now to be 
drawn, my own Interest therefore would have ledd me to take care 
that those Lots, should be clear from Incroachments — 

I am sorry to find That Frances Town Laps on Lyndebor I sup- 
pose the Charter of Incorporation, is the same with the Proprietors 
Charter from Col Blanchard 1753. which makes Lyndeborough to 
run from the S W Corner of new Boston Addition one Mile & an 
half on the head line of s' 1 Addition this leaves for Wallingford N° 
8 — one Mile to the red oak which is the N E Corner of his Lott as 
its Odiornes S E Corner bound — Yet these Irish, th6 Col Walling- 
ford Deed to them, is only one Mile from s rl Red Oak South, they 
have stretcht it to one mile & half large Measure 

M r Peirce's Illness may prevent his Attending when you draw your 
Lotts. I should therefore be Obliged to you, if you would Please to 
draw for my Two Rights bought of Col Blanchard viz 1 1 that was 
Meservy, Green & his, & 1 he had as Agent of the Gr d Proprietors. 

With regard to the Strip between Lyndebor & Peterbor I Know 
verry litle about it — I am told towards the South a great part of it is 
Rocky & Mountainous — other parts may be tolerable ; but it's only 
because it is Adjoyning to Lyndebor that I would buy it, if it was 
Sold a penny worth — I should be glad to hear what the Quantity is, 
& what it will Fetch in Cash — 

I am, Sir, with respects to the Comp a 

Your & their most hum 1 ' 1 Servant 

Benj a Lynde 

Sept r 5 : 1773 
S r / Since finishing the other side, M r Dav d Chandler has been 
with me, & tells me, Esq r Sheppard has Measured the Strip of the 
Proprietors Land by Duxbury School Farm & its measure is Six hun- 
dred & od Acres, makes but 42 or 43 Acres to ^ — Yet M r Peirce 
about 10 years agoe writes me, That Col Blanchard, (as he Under- 
stood by his son) was to have 8 miles of that Strip on the South part, 
the remaind r Supposed to be 1 mile & half was devided & Lotted out 
& made 53 Acre to ^ — at which rate I bought & paid for Col Marchs 
part — his Letter M r Chandler has for your perusal 

I am s r Your most Obed 1 Serv 1 B Lynde 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 421 

[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 108.] 

Dan vers 25 th April 1774 

Hon 1 ' 1 '' Sir Your Favours of 24 Decern 1 " past, I received: and was 
in hopes 'ere this to have heard, you had drawn for the Lotts laid out 
to the grand Proprietors — I Should have been glad also, to have had 
Cap 1 Fletchers Original Testimony, returned Recorded, with what I 
am Indebted for it, as 1 suppose you have a Register Chosen — 

I am told you have lately Advertised Two p s of Land Adjoining on 
Lyndeboro ; & that one is the Supposed Gore between that Town & 
the Deny men — I should have been verry Glad to have known its 
description & Contents ; one of your Newes Papers might sufficiently 
do that If you could send me one, unless they are not so perticular 
as your book — 

We have Spent Several hundred Pounds, on Ascertaining the Addi- 
tion made to Salem Canada, by Col Blanchard & Fletcher: 

I have my Self taken more pains about it, than I would again for 
.£20 : lawful Mony— 

In my Letter of 10 th Nov r I mentioned to you an Affair of M r Qigliy 
viz his Demand for paying Wittnesses on a Trespass, on M r Hancock 
& my Society Lott N° 2 — Which as I Knew nothing of, I Supposed 
was a Genr 1 Charge — but Promised to write you, &• have your advise 
thereon : which should be much Obliged to you for 

I am Sir Your most Obed 1 Hum bl Servant 

Benj a Lynde 

PS: If you would be so good, as to write me how much, a Grand 
Proprietors Right in Gilman Town was, — & the Number, & in what 
part of the Town, M r Solly & March Share fell, it would much 
Oblige 

Your most hum Dle Serv 1 

B Lynde 



[J'imes Underwood to John Penhallou\ 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 109.] 

Litchfield June 9 th 1774 
M* Penhallow Sir/ 

After Expressions of my Compliments to you these are to Inform 
yon that I have had oppertunity to Dispose of a lot of Land ajoin- 
ing to the strip of Land I once Wanted to pinches from Masons 
Propriety therefore do Decline from having any more to do with said 



422 CHARTER RECORDS. 

strip only to pray a Division of the Strip Immediately as I am De- 
termined to make the Best of it I can, if I shon'd have a good Devide 
I may perhaps Git the money it cost if not I may Loose by Purchas- 
ing be so kind Sir as to Communicate these Lines to the Rest of your 
Committee & if Agreeable Let me have a line when you will Attend 
on a Division you will remember that I have two 15 th parts viz' Col 
Atkinson & Col Meserves I am sir (in hast) with due regard your 
most Obed* & very Hum 1 Ser 1 

James Underwood 
M r John Penhollow 



\_Agreement to Purchase Land, 1774.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 110.] 

Portsm June 15 th 1774 Joshua Holt & Jn° Abbot 4 th both of An- 
dover in y e Prov: of Mass a Agree to purchase of the Prop rs the Strip 
of land between Peterborough & Lyndsborough and to pay four shil- 
lings ^ Acre for the Same part of y e Sum on having y e Grant y e Re- 
maind r in September next to pay Interest till paid — and they will be 
in this Town by a month from this date to receive y e Grant & c 

Joshua Holt 
John Abbot 4 th 



[Proprietors to John Shepard, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 110.] 

Jn° Sheppard Esq r 

The Proprietors of the lands purchased of Jn° Tufton Mason Esq r 
are about making a Conveyance of a Strip of land to Mess rs Holt Abbot 
&c a — and to be conveyed by y e Acre — we had a plan thereof made by 
Osgood Carlton for ascertaining y e Quantity of Said Tract y e certainty 
of which Those person's are in Some doubt and are desirous of having 
y e Same Surveyed again, and we are consenting, having reason to 
think that Tract of land contain's more Acres than Mentioned in 
Osgoods plan — as the Prop rs have great Confidence in your Integrity 
& Skill have requested your favour to undertake y e Survey and return 
a plan of the Same to us That is that you will as Soon as you can 
conveniently, make a Survey of the Said Strip to begin at the North- 
west Corner of Borlands farm so called, and run by the northerly line 
thereof to the west line of Lyndsborough and on the Said line to the 
South line of the Society land so called then by that line till it meet's 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 423 

the Northeasterly Corner of Peterborough then by that line to the 
bounds began at — the Course of the westerly Side line of Lyndsbor- 
ough & easterly Side line of Peterborough are north by y'' Needle 
granted in the year 1753 — or thereabouts — It is desired you will be 
as exact as you can in y e admeasurement — and contents of the land 
— for your assistance we enclose you Carlton's Plan of the strip and 
y e Plan of Rorlands farm by which you will See the form and con- 
tents, which you'l see if it contain's no more than 400 Acres — The 
persons who apply to you for making the Survey will pay you for the 
Same & Plan — which Send to us under your Cover — in behalf of 
Prop™ 

Portsm July 16 1774 G J. P Cle 

Portsm July 15 th 1774 Then Agreed with Mason's Proprietors, 
that as we requested a survey of y e Strip of land between Lyndsbor- 
ough & Peterborough, which is to be taken by Jn° Sheppard Esq r — 
that we will pay y e Cost and Charge of y e Survey & Plan — 

Joshua Holt 
John Abbott 4 th 



[Shepard*8 Plan of Land bettveen Peterborough and Lyndeborouglu 

1774.] 

Amherst Oct r 3' 1 1774 

Sir 

I have rec : d Yours of the 16 th of July last wherein you mentioned 
the Strip of Land lying between Lyndeborough & Peterborough and 
desired me to Measure it at the Expence of the persons that were 
about to Purchase the same ; accordingly I measured said Tract, em- 
ploy'd two men of a fair Character to carry the Chain, men that had 
no connection with the present Purchasers, who rendered an Account 
to me of the Distance as Represented by this Plan 
I am Sir with due Respect Your Humb 1 Ser 1 

John Shepard jun r 

To the Hon le Geo : Jaffrey Esq 



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424 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[James Underwood to John Peiree, 1774.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 111.] 

Litchfield Oct or 19 th 1774 

Sir 

I take this oppertunty to Inform you, that those persons who have 
Bought, the half mile Strip, of Land between Peterborough & Lynd- 
borough, have been Runing the line, Between Lynd h & s d Strip, and 
have gon on the former line of Lynd h , I Expect in order to Git a 
grant agreeable thereto, the Lots Laid out to your proprietors, was 
laid out Differing 4 Degrees from the s (i former line which in Run- 
ing, 13 hundred rods, Taks off from some lots more then 80 acres, it 
hurts your lot, more then what, you will Git for a full Shair, in s d 

Strip, and Col Packers Lot more, then yours, and others also 

Altho I own two fifteenths of said Strip, I sho'd be ungreatful, to 
let you or the proprietors, be Imposed on, without Giveing you, Infor- 
mation, though, in this I might be a great Gainer, I Exspect, you will 
be wise Enough, not to sell any that was formerly lotted out, be so 
kind as to let M r Jeffrey know of this letter — I am sir with Due 
Regard your most Obe' & very Hum e Se' James Underwood 

N B if you see Esq r Holland Esq r Shepard or M r Hale they will 
Inform you more fully then my hurt will permit me to write at this 
time — 



[Sale of Land to Holt and Abbott, 1774.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Nov. 2, 1774.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth November 2 d 1774, Wednesday 

New Hampshire — > three of the Clock Afternoon, at the Dwelling 

Rockingham Ss ) House of James Stoodly Esq r Inholder, the 
Proprietors met according to Adjournment. 

Voted that for and in Consideration of the sum of two hundred 
thirty one Pounds, five shillings lawfull Money of said Province to us 
in hand, before the making this Grant, paid by Joshua Holt Gentle- 
man, John Abbot the fourth, Yeoman, & William Blunt Cooper, all 
of Andover in the County of Essex and Province of the Massachu- 
setts Bay, and Abiel Abbot of Wilton in the County of Hillsborough 
& Province of New Hampshire Gentleman, there be and hereby is 
given and granted unto the said Joshua Holt, John Abbot, William 
Blunt and Abiel Abbot, their Heirs and Assigns forever, all our Right 
and Property of, in and to a certain tract of Land containing thirteen 
hundred & thirty four acres, more or less situate in the County of 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 425 

Hillsborough, and Province of New Hampshire, within the Claim of 
Mason's Patent, (except the right of the Hon We Theodore Atkinson 
Esq* and the Right of Nathaniel Meserve Esq 1 and others, which two 
Rights are already sold the which said thirteen hundred and thirty 
four acres, of Land including said two Rights already sold is bounded 
as follows viz* begining at the northwest Corner of Borland's Farm, 
(so called) and runs by the Northerly line thereof to the west Line 
of Lyndsborough, and on the said Line of Lyndsborough to the south 
Line of the Society Land so called, then by that Line till it meets 
the North easterly Corner of Peterborough, then by that Line to the 
Bounds, began at the tract of Land hereby granted, (except as before 
excepted) is a strip of Land lying between Lyndsborough and Peter- 
borough, as by the Plan taken by John Shepard Jun r Esq r returned 
in the Clerk's Office of the Grantors will at large appear, To Have 
& To Hold, the said granted Premises, with all the Priviledges and 
Appurtenances thereof, (except as before excepted) to them the said 
Joshua Holt, John Abbot the fourth, William Blunt, and Abiel 
Abbot, their Heirs and Assigns to their only proper use and Benefit 
forever. And that said Proprietors their Heirs and Successors shall and 
will Warrant and defend the same granted Premises, to them the said 
Joshua Holt, John Abbot the fourth, William Blunt, and Abiel 
Abbot their Heirs and Assigns forever, against any Person, who may 
or shall claim the same Premises, from, by or under the said Propri- 
etors, their Heirs or Successors, And that in case the said Joshua 
Holt, John Abbot the fourth, William Blunt, and Abiel Abbot their 
Heirs, Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, shall at any Time here- 
after be evicted and ousted, of the same Premises, or any Part 
thereof, by legal Process, the said Proprietors for themselves their 
Heirs and Successors, covenant and engage, to repay the said Joshua 
Holt, John Abbot the fourth, William Blunt and Abiel Abbot their 
Heirs, Executors, or Administrators, the Consideration Sum herein 
before exprest, or in Proportion to such part of the Premises, as they 
or any of them may be ousted of in Manner aforesaid, with lawfull 
Interest for the same untill paid, which said Sum and Interest shall 
be in full Satisfaction of all Damage the said Joshua Holt, John 
Abbot, William Blunt, and Abiel Abbot their Heirs, Executors, or 
Administrators may sustain by the loss of said Land or any Part 
thereof as aforesaid 



426 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[ Vote in Regard to Land Sold Holt and Abbott, 1775.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 22, 1775.] 

Whereas the Proprietors on the Second day of November 1774 
granted and Sold unto Joshua Holt John Abbot & others, a tract of 
land Situate in the County of Hillsborough, and Province of New 
Hampshire, within the Claim of Mason's Patent, containing Thirteen 
hundred and thirty four Acres, more or less, excepting the Right of 
the Hon ble Theodore Atkinson Esq r and the right which was owned 
by Nath 11 Meserve Joseph Blanchard and Joseph Green deceased, 
and Paul March, which two rights were not included in Said Grant 
& Sale to Joshua Holt John Abbot & others, but were Sold or dis- 
posed of by the Said owners, before the grant & Sale to Said Holt 
Abbot & others on the second day of November 1774 at a Meeting 
of the Proprietors ; and as the said Rights or two fifteenths of Said 
Tract of land were not included in the Said Grant and Sale thereof — 
Therefore Voted that the Sum of two hundred thirty one pounds, 
five shillings lawfull Money paid by Said Holt Abbott & others, be 
divided to and Amongst the other thirteen Proprietors, to be paid to 
them, or for their Accounts of Expences of the Propriety — 



[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1775.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 112.] 

Ipswitch Hamlet 7 Decem I,r 1775 

Hon ble Sir It is now Several Months, since I have been favored 
with anything from you, perhaps the Difficulty of the Times, has 
Occasioned it, 

The Damage of having our Com'ons, ly open, to all Tresspassers; 
as well as good Setlers, Stopped from coming into the Town, Obliges 
me to Ask the Trouble, of your Urging the Proprietors to Pass on & 
Accept M r Carltons Plan 'of 1773— & Then Draw for the several 
Lotts That we may Know our own ; & Devide the smal Remains of 
Com'ons — Had M' Rob Fletcher laid the grand Lots, out right 1759, 
with the boundary mark at the Corner of each Lot — all this Charge 
<.V delay would have been prevented — M r Sheppard was sensible of 
this 9 or 10 years agoe — And you will readily find Fletchers Errors 
by looking into his Plan of the Grand Proprietors Lots, returned to 
you 1759: in that he makes J Wentworth M r Wybird & Peirces N° 3 
Two hundred Acre Lotts, to be 275 Poles long from his Farm to the 
West Line, Whereas Esq' Sheppard in 17G8, finds on Exact Measure, 



I.YNDEBOROUGH. 427 

but 158 Poles from Fletchers Farm, (he had of Col° Blanchard) to 
our West Line 

This with the 3 other Argument hinted at in mine of Decem r 1773 
& feb ry 1774, must fully Satifie every unprejudiced Person, that our 
West Line, is as far as We Carry it 

I must beg the favor of an answer & with great Respect am — S r 
Your most Obed 1 SeiV 

Hon G : Jaffrey Esq r Benf Lynde 



[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1775.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. G, p. 113.] 

Ipswitch Hamlet 27 th Dec r 1775 

Hon ble Sir Your Favors of the 11 Instant I received : As I have 
had considerable Leisure, I have carefully look't over my Papers, 
relative to Lyndebor , &c & am pretty well sure, no Letters of yours, 
came to my hand of a later Date than 16 feb ry 75 nor do I find I had 
wrote you after s' 1 February — 

Times have been such, as that no private Buisness could be fol- 
lowed. But now it becomes necessary: or our Wood & timber will 
be all Stolen from us 

In the Letter I wrote first about the Lands between Lyndebor & 
Peterbor — I then Acquainted your Propriety, that it would be bet- 
ter for us, to pay the Loss, than be at the Charge, of new laying out 
& .Marking the Lotts — I have more than I of our Com'ons, & 1 now 
say the same — This is the mind of all of us : As we have laid out the 
Lotts. we were to gett done; The smal remains of our Com'ons 
we must devide, & not let it lay longer — If we have Intrench'd on 
the Gr' 1 Proprietors Interest (W' 1 ' I am sure is not so) We will Sub- 
mit it, to Three Persons to Judge, how much we have Encroach'd ; 
and pay lor as much, as we have over — S 1 altho I might write you, 
that M v Holt, had told me, they had bought from M r Borland* Farm, 
1300 Acres as far as to N End of Lyndebor yet I suppose that was 
a Mistake, as Peterb goes nor so far north as Lyndebor" by more 
than 200 rods — on the W st Line — If so, they leave a peice of poor 
pine Land of your 1000 Acres reserved in Wallingsford Lot N° 8 — 

I beg you would Ask I) 1 Rogers, or some that Transacted the 
Affair; and please to write me how far North the Strip runs"/ how 
Wide it is at the North End? and as near as they can, the Quantity 
of the Tract Sold ? 

I send you a Coppy of one Attested by you; of Cap 1 R° Fletcher 
return of" y e 200 Ac rs Lotts laid out 1759— by w ,h youl find the 3 



428 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Lotts lying west from his Lott, measured 275 rods; whereas we de- 
sire only 260 rods from his Lott to our West Line 
I am with great respect 

S r Your most Obed 4 Servant 

Benj a Lynde 



[Second Division of Reserved Lots, 1779.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Jan. 5, 1779.] 

State of J Portsmouth January 5 th 1779 Tuesday three of 
New Hampshire \ the Clock afternoon, at the House of m r John 
Penhallow improved by him as a Store The Proprietors meet accord- 
ing to adjournment — 

Whereas the Grantees of Lyndsborough b} r their Clerk Benjamin 
Lynde Esq 1 have returned to the Proprietors the Grantors two Sur- 
veys and Plans containing eight Lotts in each Plan, intended as an- 
other division of the Grantors Reservation in the Township of Lynds- 
borough, and desired that the Grantors would make a Draft and 
Severance of the Same — The Proprietors consent and agree to draw 
the Lotts in each Plan at this present Meeting viz 1 eight of Said 
Lotts numbered one to eight containing about one hundred thirty 
Acres of land, as Surveyed and delineated on the Plan returned by 
John Sheppard jun r Esq r in the year 1766, Said Lotts bounding on 
Amherst line, on New Boston and common Land in Lyndsborough. 
The other eight Lotts numbered one to eight containing one hun- 
dred & fifty or more Acres, each lott, bounding on the West line of 
Lyndsborough, on the late Col. Walingford's great Lot numbered 
eight in the Society land so called, common land in Lyndsborough, 
on Second division Lot N° 118, on Robert Fletchers 150 Acres, and 
on Peirce and Moor's Lot N° 3 of first division of Reservation, or as 
the Same Lotts were surveyed and delineated on a Plan returned by 
Osgood Carlton Surveyor April 24 th 1773. — Notwithstanding the 
unequal Quantity of the Lotts in the Plans returned as aforesaid, 
and there may be also a difference in Quality of the Soil of the land 
represented in the Said Plans ; However to make a further Severance 
of the land reserved in Lyndsborough, it is agreed & resolved to take 
the Chance of a Draft of the Lotts as they are represented in Said 
Plans — Therefore Voted that the Lotts be now drawn for to each 
Proprietors Right or Share, as they are represented in Said Plans — 
and that either of the Lotts so drawn to any of the Proprietors Right 
or share, shall be entered to their respective names, and Such lot so 
entered Shall be a Severance of the Same, to have and to hold to 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 



4 2 9 



each Right or Share of Said Proprietors their Heirs and Assigns, in 
Severalty, and the Sixteenth Lott not drawn to any Proprietors 
Right, he reserved for the Proprietors use in Common, and shall he 
disposed of to defrey the Expences of the Propriety, as they shall 

order 

The Draft of the Second Division of the Proprietors Reservation 
in Lyndsborough, pursuant to the foregoing Vote, and agreeable to 
the Lotts represented in the Plans above mentioned — viz' 



The Lotts in Jn° Sheppards Plan q l 30 Acres 
1 st To Mark H Went worth Esq r Lot 
2' 1 To Thomlinson & Mason 
8 th To Joth ,n Odiorne Esq rs Right 
9 th To Theodore Atkinson Esq 1 ' . 

10 To Solly & March . 

11 To Tho 8 VValingford Esq" Right 

15 To Tho 8 Packer Esq rs Right . 

16 To Proprietors in Common 

The Lotts in Osgood Carl tons Plan q* 150 Acre 

3 d To Blanchard Meserve & C° Lot 
4"' To John Rindge . 
5 th To George Jaffrey 
6 th To Peirce & Moore 
7"' To Joshua Peirce Esq rs Right 
12 th To John Moffatt Esq 1 . 

13 To Jn° Wentworth Esq" Right 

14 To Richard Wibird Esq rs Right 



N° 



N°2 
8 
4 
6 
1 
5 
3 
7 



[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 114.] 

Salem 30 Jan'y 1779 
Hon 1,le Sir I have the Pleasure of yours of the 5 th Ins 1 Acquaint- 
ing me, that, The Gr' 1 Proprietors have drawn their 2 d devission Rights 
in Lyndbor — but you have wholly Mistaken the Two rights I claim — 
The one, of which was Col° Blanchard for setling the Interest & 
Agreing with the Agents, of the Massachus ts the other was what I 
bought of his, from the Right of Meservy Green & Blanchards, & 
Blanchard, on A Devision had the share in Lyndbor so that there 
should have been 16, Shares with that Given to Col Blanchard for 



43Q 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



setling — I had no part of Soly & March's share ; that as Col March 
told me, was his Cousin Woodbridges, as the 200 Acres N° 16 — 

I can say nothing of your 200 Acre formerly, or your Draft now ; 

I Wonder none of the Proprietors should Remember that Col* 
Blanchard Assigns were to have a right as agent — 

My Letter of 1' Sept 1 ' 1773 mention your Drawing for my Two 
Rights I bought of Col° Blanchard, viz one as Agent for the Pro- 
prietors & the other for Meservy Green & Blanchard 

I blieve the 16 th Lott or N° 5 in Sheppard Plan, is where the Land 
is poor, & none Would Chuse it — I should not like it for one of 
Blanchards — Unless its by a new Lott — 

I should be Glad to Know, Wether Your State in the Tax Act for 
Selling non Resident Lands, gave a Liberty of Redeeming Lands, 
with paying Double Interest & Costs — a Privilidge granted in the 
Massach 1 State — Should it be otherwise I dont see, but that for a 
trifling Tax, a Man may be Divested of his Land, by the Vendors 
Cutting & Carrying off the Timber & Wood, worth more than y e 
Land it self 

I am with Respects Hon Sir 

Your most obedient 

Benj a Lynde 



[Benjamin Lynde to Proprietors, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 115.] 

Salem 30 April 1779 
Hon ble Sir Yours of the 26 of Feb ry after laying at the Tavern at 
last Came to Hand — It fills me with great Surprize — That after a 
fair Purchase of Col Blanchard heirs on 6 th Apr 1 1759 Recorded with 
you — I should meet with such Loss — 

I was present at your Meeting on y e 7 th July 1760 — & then Drew 
for Col Blanchard N° 1 & 5 Two Lotts & then Mentioned that We 
had Given him one hundred pounds, Cash & 500 Acres of Land out 
of the Setlers part, for good terms — and when I Wrote M r Peirce 
deceas' 1 he Writes, Col Blanchard agreed to have a Right thro out 
in Every Town, he as Agent for the Masonian Propriety Setled with 
the Massachuset Men — nor was there at the meeting any the least 
Objection to his 2 Rights— The Hon b Col Atkinson, The Hon 1 M r 
\V( ■ntworth, M r Peirce & Your Self, as I perfectly Remember were at 
s' 1 Meeting — 

The Proposal of Omitting the Law Lotts, was from my Self to M r 



LYNDEHOROUGH. 43 1 

I) Peirce, supposing that 3 Gentl™ had each of them 200 Acr 8 in the 

1 st Devission, they might be Contented with it, as they never did any 
thing tor that Town — & he writes me, you, were all of that Opinion — 

I cant hut think it verry Hard, thai when I Ask't your drawing 
my 2 Lotts & perticulerly Mention who I had them of in my Letter 
Sep' L773 "That you would Draw my Two Rights bought of Col 
" Blanchard, viz one as he was Agent for the Proprietors — & the 
"other for his, Meservy & Green's right — 

So also when there was some Dificulty ab° the Location, I then 
Wrote you as Clerk, that a[s] I had 2 Rights in the 10 Lotts, it was 
my high Concrn — & then also Mention for whom 

Also in my Letter to the Hon M r Peirce in the fall of 1709 I Write, 
who in)* Rights were from — one fr° Col Blanchard as agent, & one 
more from him, Meservy &c — sometime after Dec r 1701, he had 
Mention'd my proposal to the Propt rs & they all agreed to it — 

M r Peirce in Answer to a Letter I wrote of the 20 Oct 1701, 
Writes me, that at a Meeting, the Proprietors were full with me in 
Sentiment, That the Two hundred acres Already Allotted to the 
Three Gent 1 " of the Law, was Sufficient 

In the same Letter he writes, that the Power to Dispose of Lands 
in Lyndbor was Discretionary in Col° Blanchard — and goes on in 
that Strain — Then Says, We Imagine That the Lands He disposed of, 
•'was as much out of the Proprietors Reaelu as if they had Conveyed it, 
" themselves — / 

This was the Apprehension then — & now to be Disputed: can be 
neither Just or fair, with a Legl or Honest Purchaser, who ought not 
tn be Thrust out of his Right in such a Manner It is verry hard that 
when by my proposal, Each one, is So Advanc'd in their Interest, I 
only must be the Sufferer — 

Surely my Letter of y e 14 th Octol/ 1778 where I Wrote "My Inter- 
est of j s th in the Gr' 1 Proprietors Lotts, I do not like to ly so : — might 
have remembred you, Sir, of it — But if Finally, I can have nothing 
for it, I must seek my Remedy where I may have it, th6 with great 
Loss — I am Sir 

Your most Hum 1 ' 1 Servant 

Benj a Lynde 

[Grant of Lot to Joseph Blanchard, 1779.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, June 23, 1779.] 

State of ( Portsmouth June 23' 1 1779 Wednesday three of 

New Hampshire \ the Clock afternoon, at the House improved by 



43: 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



m r John Penhallow as a Store, the Proprietors meet according to ad- 
journment 

The Proprietors, at their Meeting held on the fifth day of January 
1779, took into Consideration the Sixteen Lotts in Lyndsborough, 
surve} r ed and Planned by John Sheppard jun r Esq r and Osgood Carl- 
ton, which Plans were returned by the Grantees of Lyndsborough to 
the Proprietors, the Grantors, as their Second Division of their Reserva- 
tion in Said Township of Lyndsborough — and Voted that y e Said Lots 
Should be then drawn for to the Rights of the fifteen original Pro- 
prietor's Shares — and not then knowing that any appropriation had 
been made of the Sixteenth Lot, it was also voted that it should be 
appropriated for the Proprietors use in Common to be disposed of to 
defrey the Expences of the Proriety — Since y e passing of Said Vote, 
Benjamin Lynde Esq r hath claimed one of the Said Sixteen Lots, as 
part of a whole Proprietors Share in Said Lyndsborough, which he 
purchased of Joseph Blanchard Esq r deceased, which Share was equal 
in Quantity to any of the other Shares in Said Lyndsborough and the 
Lots to be drawn for with the Proprietors shares & Lotts in said 
Township — and which share Said Blanchard had reserved for his own 
use when he made the Grant or Conveyance of Said Township in be- 
half of the Proprietors aforesaid — & Whereas all the Said Sixteen 
Lotts were fairly drawn for at Said Meeting, to the Rights of the 
fifteen original Proprietors, and entered as drawn to them, as a Sever- 
ance of the Same to their Respective Rights — and Lot N° 5 in Shep- 
pards Plan was drawn for the Proprietors use in Common as afore- 
said — Therefore Voted that the Said Lot N° 5 in Sheppards Plan be 
and hereby is granted appropriated and Severed, to the Said Blan- 
chard's heir's and assigns as the Second division of his whole Right 
or share be reserved to himself as aforesaid, to have and to hold the 
Same, in the Same manner as conveyed by Said Blanchard — notwith- 
standing the Vote & Draft of Said Lot N° 5 on the fifth day of Jan- 
uary as aforesaid for the Proprietors use in Common — 



\_S. Walter to Proprietors, 1797.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 116.] 

Boston 16 Nov r 1797 
Dear Sir Col Hutchinson has long been pursuing his Right to a 
Tract of Land which was laid out by Col° Blanchard as Agent for 
the masonian Proprietors at the Distance of one mile & half or two 
Miles from the Corner of New Boston Addition — this Grant if I 
rightly understand the Matter was prior to the Grant or Charter of 




LYNDEBOROUGH. 433 

Lyndeboro — and was intended to have been brought into the N E 
Corner of Lyndeboro when thai Charter was granted, bul l»y a 
strange Mistake of Fletcher in running the Boundary Line of Lynde- 
boro <m that Side of the Town there is only one short mile from the 
Corner of New Boston Addition — and Consequently this Grant of 
Blanchards docs not come within the Township of Lyndeboro but is 
actually at a Distance from it— Fletcher afterward Acknowledged his 
Error & went with Carlton who is now alive in this Town & is ready 
to testify on oath that Fletcher went with him & shewed him where 
the true hounds ought to be — but Beatie & others purchasing under 
Wallingford had got possession of the Land & woud not deliver it 
up without a Law suit — the Proprietors of Lyndeboro were unwill- 
ing to engage in a Lawsuit for the Recovery of their Right — and thus 
lost several hundred Acres of Land on that Side which they are 
justly intitled to at this day — but Col Hutchinson thinks he can 
not lose his Interest and that the masonian Proprietors under whom 
( !ol° Blanchard acted ought to see him righted or give him an equiv- 
alent — this is the purport of his present Journey & has desired me to 
give him a Line of Introduction to you with a general Statement of 
the Business, 

with great Esteem & respect I remain 

D r Sir Your hum 1 Serv 1 

S Walter (?) 



[Petition of Israel Hutchinson, 1798.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 117.] 

To the Masonian Proprietor or proprietor of the Right of John 
Suston Mason Esq r in the State of Newhampshire 

Gentlemen In December 1753 Joseph Blanchard Esq r as your 
agent by his deed conveyed to Benjamin Lynde and others Since 
called the Lyndeborough proprietors, a tract of land containing 
twenty eight thousand acres, called Lyndeborough particularly 
hounded as expressed in the Said Deed reserving however apart of 
the Said tract within the Said bounds and among other lots therein 
reserved, he reserved a lot of one hundred ec fifty acres in the North- 
east corner of Said Lyndeborough which corner is described in the 
Same deed to be one mile & a half North from the South west 
corner of New Boston called Hustans corner, also to be at a marked 
tree — on the eighteenth day of may 1754 the Said Joseph Blanchard 
as your agent & by Virtue of the power & authority vested in him 



434 CHARTER RECORDS. 

by your propriety, by his deed conveyed to Joseph Richardson, his 
heirs & assigns, all the right title Interest and posession of 
your Said propriety in one hundred & fifty acres of land lying 
within the tracts of land called Lyndeburgh on the Notherly part 
thereof following the description of Said reserved lot bounded as 
follows, viz begining at the former bouuds of Lyndebor where it 
Joins to New Boston West line about one Mile & a half from New 
Boston Southerly corner and runs from thence West one hundred & 
Sixty Rods by Lyndeborough North line thence South one hundred 
& fifty Rods, thence East one hundred & sixty Rods to New Boston 
line thence notherly by New Boston Line one hundred & fifty 
Rods to the first mentioned bounds, to have & to hold the Same 
forever free and Clear — 

afterwards I purchased the Same one hundred & fifty Acres by the 
Same bounds & Sold the Same by the Same bounds to Joshua Balch 
and took his note of hand for the consideration money. In 1771 
Osgood Carlton Surveyor assisted by Robert Fletcher Esq r another 
Surveyor at the request of Judge Lynde one of the Lyndebor Com- 
mittee proceeded to locate the Same peice of land according to his 
direction and to the Said Several deeds and first to fix the S' 1 North- 
east corner of Said Lyndebor , they measured from Said Hustons 
corner a point 1 understand well Settled Northerly one mile & a 
half on the West line of New Boston agreeable to the deed Said 
Blanchard first above mentioned, and there fixed the Said Northeast 
corner of Lyndiborough, in the Said West line of New Boston at a 
point one mile and a half from the Said Hustans corner being the 
most Southwesterly corner of New Boston mentioned in the Said 
Deed and their laid out the Said 150 Acres in the Said Northeast 
corner according to the grant aforesaid and by the bouuds afore- 
said — 

Having commenced an action on Said note in order to recover 
the Contents of it against Mary Balch the Executrix of the Said 
Joshua Balch, in a trial therein which was had in the Superior Court 
of Newhampshire in October 1795 She recovered against me a bill 
of costs of Eighty nine dollars on the ground that Said 150 acres or 
at least a great part of it cannot be held under Said Blanchards deed 
it not being within the Said North line of Lyndeborough, and there- 
fore that the consideration of the Said Note was not good whereby 
I have lost the Said note ; Said Eighty nine dollars Costs & upwards 
of Sixty dollars Costs more as will appear thus in locating the Said 
lot the Northeast Corner thereof is made to coencide with the Said 
Northeast Corner of lyndeborough and that according to Said 
Blanchards deed and plan fixed at a point one mile & a half North of 



LYNDEBOROUGII. 435 

Hustons corner in New Boston West line, and by the decission of 
the Court in the two Actions brought in 1787. by the Said execution 
one against Rich' 1 Batten & the other against Andrew Cressey it ap- 
pears the Said lot cannot be laid out or extend further South, and by 
finally fixing the Said northeast Corner of Lyndebor at a point only 
about one mile and a quarter from Said Hustons cprner instead of a 
mile & a half, about Eight fifteenths of Said lot the Notherly parts 
of it fall within the Society lands So called and So without the 
limits of S' 1 Lyndebor & without title under Said deed of Blanch- 
ards It is clear from Said deed that your propriety meant to grant 
and the Said Richardson intended to buy 150 acres of land in the 
Northeast corner of Lyndebor which your propriety reserved in the 
grant or confirmation of that township and not a disputed right — 
In Conveying the lands north of Lyndebor in 1767 the parties 
follow up their line to the north West corner of New Boston and 
then measure South one Mile on the west line of that Town to a 
hemlock tree, then West 3 miles and a quarter by Lyndebor hence 
they & your propriety made it two miles & a half from Said north 
West corner of New Boston to Said Hustons corner as appears by 
their deed and Said Blanchards deed first above mentioned but it is 
now Stated that this line is found to be only about two miles & a 
quarter long and that no particular tree was ever run to or marked as 
making the corner as mentioned in Said deeds, and hence this Vexa- 
tious dispute & difficult} 7 arises, and perhaps the boundary lines of 
Lyndebor traced as described in Blanchards deed could never be 
made to meet and would if followed embrace more than the 28,000 
acres, if from the consideration of these errors you and the Lynd- 
bor° proprietors have been induced to allow the Said northeast cor- 
ner of Lvndboi" Expresly fixed in your Said grant in 1753 to be at 
a point one mile & a half north of Said hustons corner to be moved 
about 80 Rods South towards S' 1 corner and this by concession and 
Admeasurments made since your grant, under which Said lot is held, 
I persuade myself you will not hessitate to defend or compensate for 
Such parts of that Eighty Rods as were located previous to Such 
Concessions under your grants — 

Wherefore I have to request you to indemnify me in the premisses 
by allowing other lands or monies that Shall be a reasonable com- 
pensation — 

Dan vers Feb : 5 th 1798 Israel Hutchinson 



436 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Nathan Dane to Proprietors, 1798.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 118.] 

Beverly March 10, 1798 
Sir Col Israel Hutchinson yesterday received Your letter of the 
13 th ult° owing probably to the circumstance that there is no post 
office in Danvers, and which induces him to wish you to direct your 
letters on the subject in question to me — he would have attended 
your meeting of the 5 th instant had he received information of it in 
season and he will hold himself under many obligations to you to 
inform me by the post when your next meeting will be and what 
measures, if any, the proprietors have adopted relative to his petition 
— what information they want from him — and whether they wish 
him to attend them in person, and when it may most convenient for 
them &c with esteem and regard 

Your humble servant 
Geo. Jeffry Esq r Nathan Dane 



MANCHESTER. 

[Granted by Massachusetts April 17, 1735, to Capt. William Tyng's "snow- 
shoe men," and hence called Tyng's-town. Also known as Harrytown or Old 
Harrytown. Incorporated as Derryfield Sept. 3, 1 75 1 . The first town meeting 
was held in John Hall's house, Sept. 23, 1 75 1 . A gore of land was annexed to the 
north side Dec. 4, 1795. The name of the town was changed to Manchester 
June 13, 1810. A city charter was granted July 10, 1846. "Amoskeag " was 
severed from Goffstown and " Piscataquog " or " Squog" from Bedford and an- 
nexed July 1, 1853. 

See Massachusetts and New Hampshire charters in preceding volumes ; IX, 
Bouton Town Papers, 151; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 540; Index to Laws, 
305; History, by Chandler E. Potter, 1856, pp. 764; History, by John B. 
Clarke, 1875, pp. 463 ; sketch, 4, Granite Monthly, 418 ; sketch, Hurd's History 
of Hillsborough County, 1885, p. 40; brief historical sketch, compiled by 
Manchester Board of Trade, 1890, pp. 83; Dedication of Masonic Temple, 
1870, pub. 1871, pp. 32; Dedication of Masonic Hall, address, by H. E. Burn- 
ham, 1890, pp. 40; Bibliography, by S. C. Gould, 1885; Dedication of Sol- 
diers'' 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. Congregational Church, 1847; Lawrence's 
N. H. Churches, 1856, pp. 198, 202, 205 ; Centennial Sermon, by J. M. 
Durell,i884 ; Account of, History of the Merrimack Valley, by A. Poore, 1857, p. 
209; History and Present Condition of the Manufactures, 1, Granite Monthly, 21 ; 
"Namaooskeag" Falls and the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co., 12, Farmer's Monthly 
Visitor, 289 ; Quarter Centennial Pastorate of First Congregational Church, by C. 
W. Wallace, 1865 ; Letter of Resignation and Commemorative Discourse, by C. 
W. Wallace, 1873 ! Report of First Unitarian Society, 1893.] 



MANCHESTER. 437 

[John Duncan's Petition, 1/48.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 119.] 

Portsm Nov 1 16 th 1748 
To the Gentlemen Proprietors & Purchasers of John Tufton Mason 
Esqur his Right in Lands in y e Province of New Hampsher 

1 the Subscriber having for eighteen years past having improved 
and fenced ab l thirty Acres of land lying betwixt great Cohas & 
little Cohas and plowed ab f ten Acres of the Same This is to hum- 
bly pray that you would grant to me the Said tract of land when you 
make a grant of it with y e Adjacent lands which I desire to take upon 
Such Terms & Conditions as shall Seem to you meet and you will very 
much oblige 

Gent" 1 your most Hum serv 1 

John Duncan 



[Petition of Thomas George and Others, 1748-9.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 120.] 

Province of ) Portsmouth February y e 2' 1 1748 
New Hampsh r \ To the Honb lt! Theodore Atkinson Esqu r and Oth- 
ers Purchasers of John Tufton Mason Esqu r his Right in Lands in 
Said Province Humbly Shews 

That we the Subscribers having purchased Sundry Tracts of Land 
from one hundred & fifty Acres to Sixty Acres, in a place known by 
the name of Ting's Town, Scituate between y e easterly side of Merri- 
mack River and y e west line of Londonderry and that we have 
Dwelt and improved upon our Purchases, from thirteen to nine years 
past 

and allowing Mason's Right prior and better to Said Lands than 
that of the Person's of whom we purchased, And as you have pur- 
chased Mason's Right in Said Lands We make our Petition to you 
that you would Confirm to us our Respective purchases & Improve- 
ments aforesaid (for which we refer to our Deeds) on Such Terms 
Conditions & Limitations as you shall think best for yourselves and 
your Humble Petitioners 

Thomas gorge Moses Wells Abraham merrill 

Benjamin Stevens Samuel Parham John Jewel 

William Quenby Eliezer wells Caleb Dalton 



438 CHARTER RECORDS. 

January y e thirtieth 1748 9 

Wee the pensioners then personaly met together and have Joyntly 
and Severaly impowered thomas George to enter our humble petision 
to the Gentlemen lords of the Sile to secure to us our livings 

Thomas gorge Joseph George Abraham merrill 

his 

Benjamin Stevens Samuel parham Ebenezer X Stevens 

mark 

John Jewel william Quenby Eliezer wells 

Moses Wells 



[Petition of Elizabeth Hand, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 121.] 

Province of \ Portsmouth 12 th April 1749. 
New Hampshire ) The memorial & Petition of Eliz th Rand of Har- 
ry's Town Widow of Robert Rand Deceas'd Humbly Sheweth 

To the Honourable Theod r Atkinson Esq r & and the other Gent" 
Purchasers & Proprietors of Capt John Tnfton Mason his Right in 
Lands in the Province of New Hampshire — 

That the General Court of the Prov e of the Massachusetts Bay 
held at Boston April y e 10 th 1734, upon Consideration of Eminent 
Service done by Thomas Goffe Esq r Great Uncle to the Said Robert 
Rand, in Advancing the Setlement of their Late Colony, Did Grant 
unto the Said Robert One thousand Acres of Land in Said Harry's 
Town, which one Thous d Acres is Commonly known by the name of 
Rands Farm, & Scituate on the Eastward side of Merimack. About 
fourteen years past one Ephr m Bushell built a Frame of a Dwelling 
House upon the premises, but upon Information of the title of S d 
Rand to the Land, he quitted, Said Rand paying him for his frame, 
which afterwards he finished & Dwelt therein with his Family about 
Eighteen months, — And one M r Duncan of London Derry about the 
Same time, enclosed about Three Acres & Cleared & broke up about 
half an Acre near S' 1 House which Improvement he Surrender'd to 
Said Robert, And John Goffe Esq r Improved between 4 & 5 Acres of 
Said Farm On the westerly Side of Cohas Brook just by Merimack 
River & built a Log House thereon, who held possession of the Same, 
So that the Said Robert by the Assistance of his Brother Doct r W ,n 
Rand Sued S' 1 Goffe for S' 1 Land who promised to Go off the premises 
if Said Robert would Drop his Action against him therefor, who 
Removed himself and Family but placed his Father thereon & one 
Robert Walker & James Walker had Enclosed near One hundred 
Acres of Said Farm, and Improved about Eight Acres by planting 



MANCHESTER. 439 

which parcell of Land is Lying Contiguous to the Improvement of 
John Goffe aforesaid westerly & by the River Merimack Southerly — 
About 12 years since the Said Robert Rand Demanding of the Said 
Robert & James Walker this Land, the Said James Walker being 
under age. Said Robert Walker his Brother Engaged for him Viz' 
That they would quit their Said Possession & Improvement upon Con- 
dition S 1 Robert Rand would pay them for their Improvement in 
Said farm which the Said Rob' Rand Agreed to, And Accordingly it 
was Referr'd to Men mutually Chosen by the Said parties to Judge 
what the Said Robert Rand Shou'd pay to the S' 1 Robert & James 
Walker For their Said Improvement, & that according to the Report 
of the Said Referrees, the Said Rob 1 Rand paid the Said Rob' & 
James Walker money for their S fl Improvem 1 & the S' 1 Rob 1 Walker 
quitted his Said Improvement to the Said Robert Rand, thereupon 
applied to Coll 1 Blanchard for Advice for Further proceeding (who is 
well acquainted with the Affairs Relating to Said Farm), and After- 
wards James Walker agreed to quit upon Consideration of Reaping 
Two Thirds of the Crop then on the ground — And that one Smith 
Fenced & Improved about 4 Acres of Said Farm Joining upon Said 
Walkers Improvements, and by the River Merimack who Gave the 
Said Robert Rand Six Bushels Corn for his Improved & quitted. — 

And that Your Petitioner has a Daughter a Widdow with Four 
Small Children who lives on a part of Said Farm Containing about 
Forty Acres joining upon the Land Improved by the Rob' & J s Walker 
— Tho the Said Robert promised her his S d Daughter 100 Acres of S d 
Farm, and also promised your Petitioner on his Death bed One hun- 
dred Acres more of Said farm — And that your petitioner (upon the 
Removal of the S (l R l & J s Walker) Settled with the Said Rob 1 Rand 
her husband, upon the Said one hund d Acres and Dwelt there for 
about five or Six years when he Died & was buried — And when the 
Southern boundary Line between the Provinces of the Massachusetts 
bay & New Hampshire, the whole of Said Grant from the Gener 1 
Court of the Massachusetts Bay, fell within, by which Acident your 
Memorialist A prebends the Greatest part of Said 1000 Acres falls 
allso within Londonderry Charter Bounds, and the Said John Goffe 
Esq r who only improved about 1 or 5 Acres, has Since Enclosed and 
Improved a Large Farm out of your petitioners Grant And Since the 
Commencement of the warr, your petitioner Improved part of the 
Said 100 Acres for Two years & Continued in the peaceable posses- 
sion thereof till about a fortnight past your petitioner Removed to 
Said place to Dwell there and after being there Eight Days John 
Goffe Esq r aforesaid hath Enclosed the whole 100 Acres your peti- 
tioner is possessed of and am fearfull with an Evil Intention of Cir- 



440 CHARTER RECORDS 

cumventing & Defrauding your petitioner of that part of the 1000 
Acre Grant, more Especially as he did in a formall manner before 
8 or 9 witnesses warn your petitioner to move out of Said premisses 
Claiming the Same as his property for that he had a Conveyance 
thereof from you the proprietors of masons Right &c r — Wherefore 
your petitioner humbly prays that as the said Robert Rand Deceas'd 
my Late Husband was at the time of the Grant of the General Court 
of the Massachusetts Bay of the thousand acres of Land : in Good Cir- 
cumstances having full & Constant Employment at his trade of Sail 
making which Employment he quitted to settle and Improve this 
Land So Granted to him as aforesaid but by Reason of the molesta- 
tion of Persons who were Trespassers on Said Tract, The Running of 
the Dividing Line between S d Provinces, so as that the Grant afores d 
Conveyed no Real Title to the Premises, And the Grant to London- 
Derry Proprietors Comprehending the Greatest part of Said 1000 
Acres, And the Attempts of Sundry persons to Get into Possession of 
and to Obtain Grants from your honours the proprietors of what parts 
of the 1000 Acres of Good Land aforesaid is not within any Township 
or that Some Persons have without Leave or Licence made Some Im- 
provements in, And more Especially John Goffe Esq 1 ' his Attempts or 
Aims of Supplanting y r petitioner of that small piece of Ground that 
was Enclosed as aforesaid by which means the Substance of the S d 
Robert was Diminished before his Death & under went much Fatigue 
& Difficulty by Reason of his Endeavouring to settle & Improve the 
Premises before his Decease, & Since your Petitioner is Exceedingly 
Reduced by means aforesaid, having no Means or place of Living but 
on the premises which affords at Best a very small subsistance, being 
thus Reduced to Such Needy Circumstances I humbly pray you would 
take into Consideration my Deplorable state & of that of my Widow 
Daughter and her Fatherless Children and Grant us what Releif and 
favour in the premises you Shall think meet — And Your Petitioner 
Shall Ever pray &c r — 

The Mark of Eliza" 1 E Rand— 

[Endorsed] April y e 12 th 1749 Resolved to grand to Eliz a Rand 
widow 60 Acres & To Eliz a Secomb widow 40 Acres in y e land called 
Ran's Farm — 



[Plan of Ranis Farm, Nov. 5, 1748.] 

A Plan of that part of that tract of land called Rans Farm lying 
between Londonderry west line so called & merrimack now in Pos- 
session of Jn° Goffe & James Walker — 



MANCHESTER. 44 1 

London Jr.., £,n. 




Province of j Portsmouth November y e 5 th 1748 — 
New Hampshire \ To the Gentlemen Purchasers & Proprietors 
of Cap' John Tufton Mason Esqu r his Right in Lands within Said 
Province — 

I the Subscriber in behalfe of James Walker and myselfe represent 
that y e tract of land included within y e above Plan was claimed by 
Doctor William Kan by virtue of a grant from y e Province of y e 
Mass' Bay about which a Suit at law was had in y e Prov e of y e 
Mass 11 Bay between y e said Kan and y e Subscriber for y e Property of 
Said Tract — against whom y e Subscriber Recover'd a Judgement upon 
y*' Premises against Said Kann in or about y e year 1735 — and as Said 
Tract is within your Right we pray your favour that as y e Said Walk- 
er and myselfe are in y e Possession & improvement of y e said Tract, 
namely of about two thirds thereof — that you would grant our Posses- 
sion & improvement to us and the other third thereof reserve to your 
own Use & disposall your Compliance herein will very much oblige 
said walker in whose behalfe I am and also your most Hum: Serv 1 

John Goffe 



[Proprietors to John G-offe, 1749.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 122.] 

Jn° Goffe Esq lir 

S r The Prop rs of y p Lands purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esqu r desirous of preserving all y e Timber on a Tract of Land lying 
between Londonderry & merrimack River Litchfield & Chester Line ; 
make it their Request of you that you would prevent any person what- 
soever from Cuting felling Wasting or making any Strip upon Said 
Tract and if any person should so do (notwithstanding our Claim to 
said timber & (t ) you are desired to make proper observation thereof 
and Endeavour to get such Evidence as may prove a Trespass in order 
to have a prosecution made against any Trespasser wherein you will 
oblige the said Proprietors by whose desire & Direction this is from 

Y r Humble Servt 

Portsm Dec r 22' 1 1749— Geo: Jaffrey 



442 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of A Strip of Land between Merrimack, Londonderry, Litch- 
field, and Chester.'] 

In this plan I have Measured one Side of Every improvement and 
as near as I Could Guess by that I have Discribed the land now in 
actual improvement and have write Down Each mans name as he now 
has it (Quimby's house not Standing in his improvement more im- 
provements than what is here is on the land and Some Done within 
this five year that is not as yet Mentioned) Laid down by a Seal of 

160 Rods to an Inch 

Math w Patten 

I have Mentioned no Improvements on Rands farm altho there is a 
Considerable Done Intirely from one end of the farm to the other — 
The northerly Streack of berry line of from the River Interfers with 
Chester westerly line 











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[Reserved Lots in Manchester, 1751.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Dec. 6, 1751.] 

Voted that all that Tract of Land lying between the lines of Litch- 
field Londonderry Chester and Merrimack River belonging to Said 
Proprietors be laid out Into Eighteen equal Shares & Lots beginning 
on the Southerly part thereof and numbering the Lots one two and So 
on till the whole is laid out which Lots shall be drawn for in the 
usual manner & each person to whom any Lot so falls shall have hold 
enjoy the Same in Severalty to him his heirs and assigns, saving and 
Excepting all such Tracts of Land within said Bounds as have been 



[Plan of Strip of Land between Londonderry, Litchfield, and Chester.'] 




This plan describes the Slip of Land between Londonderry and Chester lines & Merrymack River — from William Taggerts field, (from Whence to 
the South end of the Slip has been long all under Occupency) and from the S d Field Northward, Eleven Lotts of One Hundred Acres each are Lay'd Out 
Bounded & Nombered the three Slips left And Noted to J. Blanchard, are parcell of his Lotts Purchassed & Owned under the Massachusetts grant 
Mess™ Parkers & Halls grant left, & Others as Noted in the plan Setled and Agreed for; the Remainder Carefully measured & the Whole to Bow line 
Apportioned into Eighteen Shares of Equall Quantity, (at first Divided into y e like quantity of Shares below y« Improvements of Robe' Boyce Esq, 
finding that not to be the Intention of y e prop'? have Since Measured the Remainder & Lay'd it in Equall parts, with y e Addition but y e Dividing lines 
of their lotts not yet Run. Which is Submitted for further Directions "$ Joseph Blanchard Jun r Surv r 



*?E 






MANCHESTER. 



443 



already granted by said Proprietors or by their Order to any person, 
Saving and Excepting also that ten hundred Acre Lots be first laid 
out at the Southerly End to Sundry persons agreable to a Vote pass'd 
the thirteenth day of September 1750 granting to Such of the Proprie- 
tors one hundred Acres of Land as should go & See Said Land before 
the fifth of November then next, and the Remainder to be Equaly 
divided as aforesaid Saving also one hundred Acres of land at the 
Southerly End aforesaid to be laid with the other hundred Acre Lots 
aforesaid which last mentioned hundred Acre Lot is hereby granted 
to Paul March his Heirs and Assigns — 

The eighteen Lots mentioned in the above Vote were drawn at the 
meeting as follows viz f — 

1 — to John Rindge 

to John Moffatt Esqu r 

to John Wentworth Esqu r 

to Mark Hungk g Wentworth Esqu r 

to John Thomlinson Esqu r 

to Thomas Packer Esqu 1 

to Mathew Livermore Esqu r 

to Jotham Odiorne Esqu r his Right 

to George Jaffrey 

to Sam 11 Solly & Clem 1 March Esqu r 

to Thomas Walingford Esqu r 

to William Parker Esqu r 

to Theodore Atkinson Esqu r 

to Richard Wibird Esqu r 

to M rs Mary Moore & Dan 11 Peirce Esqu r 

to John Thomlinson & Jn° Tufton Mason 

Esqu rs 

to Joshua Peirce Esqu r 

to Nath 11 Meserve Esqu r his Original 

Right 



1 st drawn IS 


umber 1 


2' 1 . . 10. 


3 






7. 


4 






3. 


5 






5. 


6 






13. 


7 






16. 


8 






8. 


9 






. 6 


10 






17. 


11 






18. 


12 






11. 


13 






9. 


14 






2. 


15 






4! 


16 






14. 


17 






15 


18 






12 



[Ten Lots Reserved in Manchester, 1753.] 

[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Aug. 29, 1753.] 

The Draft of the Ten hundred Acre Lots mentioned in the Vote 
pass'd y e 6 th day of December 1751 drawn for in the usual manner — 
viz 1 — 



444 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



1 st drawn Lot N° 1 


2 . 8. 


3 






9. 


4 






10. 


5 






5. 


6 






3. 


7 






7. 


8 






6. 


9 






2 


10 






4. 



to John Tufton Mason Esqu 1 

to Josh a Peirce Esqu r 

to Joseph Blanchard Esqu r 

to Dan 11 Peirce Esqu r 

to Theodore Atkinson Esqu 1 

to George Jaffrey 

to Thomas Packer Esqu 1 

to M r John Rindge 

to Clement March Esqu r 

to M 1 William Rindge 



[Petition of William Duncan, 1760.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 123.] 

To The Honourable the Proprietors of Lands Purchased from John 
Tufton Mason Esq. 

The Petition of William Duncan of Londonderry In the Province 
of New=Hampshire, Humbly Shews. 

That in or About Anno: Domini: 1730. On the Southerly Side & 
Adjoining to Great Cohaas-Brook where it Emties into Merrymac 
River Your Petitioner Fenced & Clear'd A field of thirty Acres, & 
Improv'd the Same for Corn & Rye, Untill your Honours, gave it to 
the Widow Rand, At the Request of John Goffee Esq. 

And Whereas the Inhabitants of Sundry Whole Towns, & In other 
Towns Many Individuals, are quieted in their Possessions, by your 
Disinterested Goodness, which for the Reason Above Cannot be Dun 
to me. Yet by Your Clemency to others I am Encouraged, Humbly 
to pray Your Honours to Consider My Loss & Grant me the Islands 
in Merrymac River near to, & below Amaskeeg Falls, or Such other 
Donation, as in your great Wisdom, & Usual bounty, you Judge 
Equitable & your Petitioner, as in Duty bound will ever pray — 

Willeam Duncan 

Londonderry Feb y 20 th Anno: Domini: 1760. 



[Letter from Willard Hall, 1764.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 124.] 

Wesford Nov r 9 th 1764 ' 
S r / I have directed this to you on Supposition y e you are Clerk of 
y e Proprietors of Mason's Grant, if I am mistaken, please to direct y e 



MARLBOROUGH. 445 

Bearer, w"' this, to y e proper ^son ; Who I woifd inform y l , I had 
formerly a Claim to a Lot of Land near Amuskeag-Falls, granted by 
y' Massachusetts, w' 1 ', when y e Aboves' 1 Proprietors were inform'd of, 
(upon y 1 ' kind motion of my good Friend, Cap 1 Wibird) They were 
generously pleas'd to give to me ; but in what Manner, I never knew: 
Now my Desire is y l you wou'd send me a Copy from y e Records of y e 
Proprietors, of their Doings in that affair, w cl1 y e Bearer hereof will 
satisfy you for. Y 1 Humb e serv' 

Willard Hall 
To y e Clerk of y e Proprietors of Mason's Grant. 



[James Underwood to Samuel Hohart, 1764.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 124.] 

M r Hobert S r these are to Desire you the first Time you go to ports- 
mouth to Go to m r Jaffrey who is Clerk for the Proprietors of the 
pattentee & Disire a Coppy of the Records of Said Propri rs of there 
Grant to y e Rev d m r Willard Hall of Land in Derryfield & pay him 
for it & Leave it at Dea" Kendalls and a minit of the Cost & your 
Trouble & I will pay you S r Dont fail the first oppertunity as the 
thing is much wanted — & you will oblige your Very Hum le Ser* 

Nov r 30 th 1764 James Underwood— 

M r Sam eI Hobart 



MARLBOROUGH. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Monadnock No. 5, May 20, 1752, to 
James Morrison and others. Many of the settlers came from Marlborough, Mass., 
and the town was sometimes called New Marlborough. On Holland's map of 
N. H., the town is designated as Oxford. Incorporated as Marlborough Dec. 13, 
1776, and named from Marlborough, Mass. A small portion of Swanzey was 
annexed Jan. 8, 1794. A part of the town, with other territory was incorporated 
as Roxbury, Dec. 9, 18 12. Another portion was included in the limits of Troy, 
incorporated June 23, 1815. A part of Dublin was annexed June 13, 1818. A 
tract of land was taken from Swanzey and annexed Dec. 15, 1842. The line with 
Troy was established June 28, 1847. A small part of Troy was annexed June 24, 
1870. 

See XII, Hammond Town Papers, 566; Index to Laws, 334; sketch, by S. H. 
McCollester, Hurd*s History of Cheshire County, 1886, p. 231 ; sketch, Child's 
Gazetteer of Cheshire County, 1885, p. 302; Biographical Notices of Physicians, 
by W. C. Whitcomb, 1, N. H. Repository, 217; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 
1856, p. 280; History, by C. A. Bemis, 1881, pp. 726; Address, at Centennial 
Celebration, 1876, by S. H. McCollester.] 



44 6 



CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Plan of Marlborough, 1752.] 



r V^./r. jro..ri ^ r.^'t- »° s " 




*. , ,»-,-* ffl»fe«U T~tnt, ftito*** V''J' A ' M 

' £o. r d Outf— " ' 

Jfiril O** ■ . 

[Charter of Marlborough, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 126, and Proprietors' Records. Vol. 6> 

p. 110.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power & Authority Granted & 
New Hampshire ) Vested In me the Subscriber by the Prop rs of 
Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason Esq. in y e Province of New 
Hampshire By their Vote Passed at their Meeting held at Portsmouth 
In s rt Province the 6 Day of December — 1751. — 

I Do by these Presents on y e terms & Limitations hereafter Ex- 
pressed Give And Grant all the Right Possession & Property of the 
Prop rs Afores d unto James Morrison Jun r Archibald Dunlap Robert 
Clark James Lyons Robert Allen Andrew Armer Halbart Morrison 
David Morrison Samuel Morrison John Morrison Thomas Morrison 
William Gillmore John Gillmore Sam 11 Alison Samuel Alison Jun r 
James Willson Jun r John Willson Robert Willson Thomas Willson 
Samuel Willson Samuel Steel James Moore John Wason John Coch- 
ran Isaac Cochran Thomas Cochran Samuel Cochran Hugh Montgom- 
ery Henry Neal John Moore Robert Moore Samuel Mitchell Thomas 
m'Cleary Three Shares Each & to James Willson Sen 1 " one Share Of in 
& to that tract of Land or Township Called Manadnock Nomber five 
Situate in the Province of New Hampshire Containing by Estima- 
tion twenty Thousand Acres Bounded as Followeth Begining at the 
Northwest Corner Of the township Called North manadnock N° 
three & Runs from thence north Eighty Degrees west three Mills & 



MARLBOROUGH. 447 

an half to a beach tree in the west line of Masons Patent & from 
thence Southerly in that line Seven Mills three quarters And 
fourty Roads to the Northwest Corner of the township Called 
Manadnock N° four from thence South Eighty Degrees East about 
four Mills by the North Line of S d N° 4 till it' Come to the west line 
of Manadnock N° 2 & N° 3 to the First bounds Mentioned. 

To Have and to Hold to them their heirs & Assigns on the follow- 
ing terms Conditions & Limitations (that is to Say that within nine 
months from this Date there be one Hundred & twenty three fifty 
Acre Lotts Lay'd out as Near the Middle the township in the beast 
of the upland as Conveniency Will admit & Drawn for & that the 
Remander of the township be Divided In to one Hundred & twenty 
three Shares, not Exceeding two Lotts to a Share In Such Quantity 
as the Grantees agree upon Each Lott & Drawn for Within two years 
from this Date 

That three of the afores' 1 Shares be Granted & Appropriated free 
of all Charge one for the first Sittled Minister, one for the Minis- 
tray one for The School there forever, one Lott for Each s' 1 Share to 
be Lay'd out Near the Middle of the town & Lotts Coupled to them 
So as to make Them Equal with the Rest. — 

That twenty more of S' 1 Shares be Reservid for the Grantors their 
Heirs & Assigns forever & acquitted from all Duty & Charge until! 
Improved by the owner & Owners or Some holding under them Re- 
spectively. 

That the Owners of the Other Rights make Settlement at their 
own Expence in the following manner Viz 1 all the Lotts to be Lavd 
out At the Grantees Expence 

That all the Lotts in S d town be Subject to have all Necessary 
Roads Layd out through them as there Shall be Occation free from 
Charge for the Land 

That at or before the Last day of December, 1754 there be three 
Acres Cleared Inclosed & fitted for Mowing or tillage on thirty of the 
aforementioned Grantees Shares viz 1 on one Share of each of the 
aforenamed Grantees Excepting Hugh Montgomory James Moore & 
Samuel Steel & from Thence annually one acre more in Like Manner 
for live years And that Each of Grantees have a house built on Some 
one Lott in s' 1 Township of a Room Sixteen feet Squair at the Least be- 
sides the Chimney- way with a Chimney & Cellar fitt for Comfortable 
Dwelling therein in Six years from the Date hereof & Some Person 
Inhabiting & Resident in Each house & Continue Inhabitancy there 
for four Years then Next Coming 

And that within the term of twelve years from this Date there be 
Seventeen Lotts more viz 1 one of the Rights of James Morrison Robert 



448 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Clark James Lyons Robert Allen Andrew Armer Halbart Morrison 
David Morrison Samuel Morrison John Morrison Thomas Morrison 
William Gillmore John Gillmore Samuel Alison James Willson John 
Willson Robert Willson James Willson Jun r have in Like manner 
Five Acres of Land Cleared Inclosed & fitted as afores' 1 over & above 
What they are to do as afores' 1 & each a house in manner afores' 1 And 
Some Person Inhabiting therein & Continueing Inhabitancy for Three 
years afterwards there 

That a Convenient Meeting house be built in s' 1 township within 
Ten years after this Date (& finished) as near the Centre of the 
township As Conveniency will admit of to be Determined by a major 
Vote of Grantors & Grantees & ten acres of Land Reserved there for 
Publick use 

That the afores' 1 Grantees or their assigns Grant & assess any 
Sume Or Sums of Money as they Shall think Necessary for Carrying 
Forward & Compleating the Settlement Afores d 

And any of the Grantees Exclusive of the Publick Lotts Afores' 1 
Who Shall Neglect for the Space of three months Next after Such 
Assessment, Shall be Granted & made to pay the Same, So Much of 
Such Delinquents Rights Respectively Shall and may be Sold as will 
pay Tax & all Charges arising thereon by a Committee of the Gran- 
tees Appointed for that Purpose 

That all white pine trees fitt for Masting his Majestys Royal Navey 
Be & hereby are Granted to his Majesty his heirs & Successors for 
ever 

And in Case any of the Grantees Shall Neglect & Refuse to Per- 
form Airy of the Articles Afore Mentioned by him Respectively to be 
done He Shall forefeit his Share & Right in S d township & every 
Part & Percell thereof to those of the Grantees who are not Delin- 
quent in the Conditions on their Part Respectively to be done & it 
Shall & May be Lawfull for them or any Person by their Authority 
to Enter into & upon Such Delinquents Right & him or them Utterly 
to amove Oust & Expell For the use of them their heirs & assigns 
Provided they Settle or Cause To be Settled Such Delinquents Right 
within the term of one year At the furthest from the Period by this 
Grant Stepulated as the Conditions thereof & fully Comply with the 
Conditions Such Delinquent Ought to have done within one year 
from the time after the Respective periods thereof, & in Case the s d 
Grantees fullfilling their Parts as afores' 1 Shall neglect fullfilling as 
afores' 1 of any Delinquent Owner nor he him Self Perform it that 
then Such Share or Shares Be forefiet Revert & belong to the Gran- 
tors their heirs & assign And to be wholly at their Disposall always 
Provided that there be No Indian war in any of the terms Limitted 



MARLBOROUGH. 449 

as afores' 1 for doing the Duty Conditioned in this Grant to be done & 
in Case that Should happen The Same time to be allowed after Such 
Impediment Shall be Removed 

Lastly the Grantors do hereby Promis to the s d Grantees their 
heirs And Assigns to Defend tho the Law to King & Council if need 
be one Action that Shall & may be brought against them or any Nom- 
ber Of them by any Person or Persons whatsoever Claiming the s d 
Land or any Part thereof by any Other title then that of the s d Gran- 
tors or that by which they hold & Derive theirs from 

Provided the Said Grantors are Avouched in to Defend the Same 
& in Case on finall tryall the Same Shall be Recoverd over Against 
the Grantors the s' 1 Grantees Shall Recover Nothing Over against the 
Grantors for the s' 1 Lands Improvement or Expence in bringing for- 
ward the Settlement 

To all whch Premises I Joseph Blanchard Agent for And in behalf 
of the Grantors have hereunto Sett My hand & Seal this twentyeth 
Day of May in the 25 th year of his Majestys Reign Annoq Dom : 
1752 



Att 1 A true Copy Examined p r 



Joseph Blanchard ] Seal > 

Mathew Thornton Prop rs Clerk 



[ Vote of Acceptance by Marlborough Proprietors, 1752.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 125, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6> 

p. 115.] 

Att A Meeting of the Prop rs of the Township Called Manadnock 
X° 5. Held at the House of Joseph Blanchard Of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hampshire Esq. — May the Twentyeth A D 
1752 

The Following Vote Passed Unanimously. 

Whereas the Prop rs of y e Lands in the Province of New Hampshire 
Purchased by them of John Tufton Mason Esq. who hold them under 
the title Mad by A Common Recovery Did on the twentyeth day of 
.May Afores' 1 Grant the Quanty of Twenty Thousend acres By Esti- 
mation, part of S' 1 Land Bounded as followeth Begining at the North- 
west Corner of the Township Called North Manadnock N° 3 & 
Runs from thence North Eighty Degrees west three Miles & an half 

28 



450 CHARTER RECORDS. 

to A beach tree in The west line of Masons Patent & from thence 
Southerly in that line Seven Milles three quarters & fourty Rods to 
the northwest Coner of the Township Called Manadnock N° 4 from 
thence South Eighty degrees East About four Miles by the North 
Line of S d N° 4 : Till it Comes to the west line of Manadnock N° 2 & 
From thence North by the Needle by Manadnock N° 2 : & N° 3 to 
the first bounds Mentioned — Unto James Morison Jun r Archibald 
Dunlap, Robert Clark James Lyons Robert Allin And w Armer Hal- 
bert Morison David Morison Sam 11 Morison John Morison Thomas 
Morison William Gillmor John Gilmor Sam 11 Alison Sam 11 Alison 
Jun r James Wilson Ju r John Wilson Robert Wilson Thomas Wilson 
Sam 11 Wilson Sam 11 Steel James Moore John Wason John Cochran 
Isaac Cochran Thomas Cochran Sam 11 Cochran Hugh Montgomory 
Henry Neal John Moore Robert Moore Sam 11 Mitchel Thomas 
McCleary & James Wilson Sen 1 ' Under Certain Conditions Limita- 
tions & Reservations In S 1 ' Grant Mentioned as by Reference Thereto 

Will fully Appear. 

Voted That We Do Hereby Accept Said Title And For Our Selves 
Our Heirs & Assigns Do Acknowledge that we hold Said Lands 
Under Said Title Conditions & Limitations with the Reservations 

therein Mentioned. 

Mathew Thornton Prop rs Clerk. 



[Petition of Certain Inhabitants of Marlborough, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 127.] 

Province of New Hampshire 

To the Proprietors of Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esq r in the province aforesaid (Commonly Called the Lords Propri- 
etors of Said Lands) &c. 

Humbly Shueth To your honours. 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of Monadnock Number five (So 
Called) in Said province, Lying in Said Masons Patant, That, on the 
twentieth day of May A. D. 1752. your honours Was pleased to 
Grant Said Monadnock Number five to a Number of People and 
Gave a Charter of the Same to Said people with Sundry Conditions 
and Restrictions as mentioned in said Charter: Since Which We 
have Purchased of Sundry of the Grantees, and Setled in Said Town 
Ship, and have fulfiled Said Charter as to our part as fully as hath 
been in our Power to do, By Reason that there is a Number of Said 
Grantees that Neglect to Settle there Rights or to do any Considera- 



[Plan of Marlborough, 1762.] 




MARLBOROUGH. 45 I 

ble part of the duty Required of them by Said Charter, altho We 
Conceave the Time for the Settlement on Said Rights is Long Since 
Expired and Said Delinquents at our meeting for Bringing forward 
the Settlement of Said Township, &c. by means of their own Voates 
and the Interest they make, Carry the Votes as they please to the 
Great Damage of the Inhabitants of said Township and to the dis- 
churagement of others Settleing therein &c. — 

the delineqnant Rights are as followeth (viz) Henry Neal William 
Gilmore Helbert Morrison Samuel Allason Jun r Robert Allen, Sam- 
uel Mitchel, John moore Thomas Morrison, 

We, having thus opened our Deplorable Case, to your honours as 
obedient Children, to their Parents, Desire your honours Would 
Take our Case into your Wise Consideration and if your Honours 
think proper, Grant Said Delinquants Rights to the Present Inhab- 
itants of Said Township on Such Conditions as your honours Shall 
think proper ; or otherwise Releave us as your honours in your Great 
Wisdom Shall think Proper. And We as In duty Bound Shall Ever 
pray. 

Monadnock Number five 25 th day of July 1768. 

Daniel Goodenow William Barker Joseph Collins 

Abel Woodart Joshua tucker Isaac M'allester 

Abijah tucker Moses tucker Caleb tucker 

Stephen Church Charles Biglo Richard Tozer 

[Memorial of Jonathan Blanchard, 1768.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 128.] 

To the Gentlemen Prop rs Purchasors of the Right of John Tufton 
Mason Esq 1 " in the Province of New Hamp r — 

The Memorial of Jonathan Blanchard of Dunstable in Said Province 
shews — 

That your Memorialist & Others are Largely Interested in the New 
Township Called Monad* N° 5. Granted In your Right some Years 
since, — 

that they (& their Family's) have at a Large Expence been & Still 
are Carrying on & Compleating the Settlem 1 of Said Township as En- 
joynd by Grant thereof. — 

That your Memorialist understands a Petition has been preferrd to 
Your Society (as Well as Many Causeless Insinuations mention' 1 ) 
Setting forth that a Number of the Original Grantees or their Assigns 
are Delitory & wholly Neglect the Improvem 1 & settlement of their 
Rights & shares — 



45 2 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That your Memoralist Declares (so far as he Can find out) that the 
Representation afores d is false & that there is not one Single Right 
in S d Township but that has more or Less Cleard & Improved on, & 
that if the whole Duty is not already Done as they are Perfect 8 the 
same he Prays for your further Indulgence & is Perswaded that any 
New Grant Cannot hastin the settlement — That if the Petitioners 
afores d Sho d again Beg for the Supposed forfeiture Your Memorialist 
prays that he May have Notice & Liberty to state the facts Touching 
the Settlem 1 Before any New Grant Takes place Which tho' Perhaps 
Cannot Take Effect Yet it May be Prejudicial to the Present Claimers 
& no Real service and Your Memorialist as In Duty shall Ever pray — 

Portsm Dece r 22 d 1768— Jon a Blanchard 



\~Draft of Lots in Marlborough, 1762.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 129.] 

A List of the Proprietors of Monadnock N° five with the Draft of 
their Lots, (Drawn Nov r 8. 1762)— 

Thomas Wilson N° u. 3 d R: N° 51. N° 10 — 3 d N° 7 — 3 d N° 1 — i f t 

Henry Neal N° 12 — 3 d N° 52. No 53. N° 1 — 3 d N° 2 — 8 th 

James Lyons N° 17. N° 92. N° 9 — 4 th N° 10— 4 th N° 3 — 5 th 

Thomas Cochran N° 22. N° 9 — 7 th No 8 — 7 N° 60. N° 59. — 

W m Gilmore N° 93 N° 30. N° 3 — 4. N° 4 — 4. N° 27. — 

Robert Willson N° 94 No 6 — 1 N° 5 — 3 d N° 6 — 3 d N° 105 — 

John Wason N° 49. N° 10 — 7. N° 14. N° 15. No 1 — 5^ 

Halbert Morrison N° 35. N° 2 — 4. N° 1 — 4. N° 62. N° 101. 

Samuel Morrison N° 12 — 2 d No 43. N° 13 — 2 d N° 103. N° 96 

Andrew Armer N° 32. No 2 — 6. N° 3 — 6 No 47. N° 5 — 4 th 

Isaac Cochran N° 39. No 7 — 4 No 38. N° 82. N° 2 — 2 

Samuel Allison '? N° 4— 6 N° 44. No 102. N° 4 — 1. N° 2 — 5 th 

Archibald Dunlap No 37. N° 12 — 5. N° 6 — 2 d N° 58. N°i3 — 4th 

John Gilmore N° 18. N° 5 — 7 th No 10 — 1. No 11 — 1. No 5 — 8 

Samuel Steel N° 23. No 8 — 4. No 24. No 83. N« 1 — 2 d 

Robert Allen No 7—1. N° 97. No 98 N° 13 — 7. No 4 — 8 th 

James Moor No 7 — 2 d N° 73. N° 40. N° 81. N° 106 

No 2 — 3 

Thomas MacClary No 7— 7^ N041. N° 54. N° 100 Non_ 7 th 

James Willson Jun r N° 7 — 5 N° 8 — 5 N° 7—6. N° 8—6. 

John Morrison N° 84. N° 9— 1. No 9 — 2 d No 69 N° 13 — 5 th 

John Willson N° 64 N° 5 — 6 No 48 N° 3 — 1. No 12 — 

Samuel Mitchel No 65. N° 6 — 6. No 2. N° 3. N° 12 — 7- 

Samuel Cochran N° 50. N° 1 1 — 4. N° 3 — 2 d N° 4— 2 d N° 57 — 

James Morrison N° 26. N° 10 — 6. N° 55. No 56. & North 

half N° 1 1 -6 

Hush Montgomery N° 10. N° 9 — 6 N° 91. N° 90. N° 1 — 8 

John Moor No 9. N° 6— 7 N« 70 N° 78 N° 13— 3 d 

—6— 8»h 



£3 5- fe a 







5^ 






MARLBOROUGH. 453 



Robert Moor 


N° 5 2 d 


Jsjo 72°- 


No 67. 


N° 12 — 1. 


N» 13— 1. 


— ■ i 


N" 36 










Samuel Willson 


N° 5 — 1 


N° 71. 


No 68 


N° 13 — 6 


No 46— 


Thomas Morrison 


N° 1 1 — 2 


N» 95. 


10 — 2. 


4—7- 


104. 


David Morrison 


N" 42. 


No 1—7. 


No 8-3. 


No 1. 


N° 80— 


Robert Clark 


No 8— 2d 


No 75. 


No 85. 


No 6—5. 


No 3—8— 


John Cochran 


N° 88 


X" 12 — 4 


N° 33. 


No 5-5. 


No 25 — 


Samuel Allison 


N° 89. 


N° 1—6 


•V 34- 


N" 61. 


N° 9— 3d- 


James Willson Sen r 


N° 10 — 5. 


& S° half of N° 1 1—6. 






first Minister 


N° 7. 


N° 13. 








for the ministry 


N° 5. & North half of N< 


'6— 






for the School 


N° 20. & S° half of N° 6 


— 







A True Copy of the Schedule of the Lots of Monad k N° 5 as Drawn 
& Recorded Exam d f E. Dexter Pp ts Clerk 

^ The Prop ,s of Monadnock N° 5. in New Hamp r at a Meeting Legally 
Call' 1 & held on y 8 8 th of Nov r 1762 (By a Committee) put all the 
Numbers of the Lots in Said Township into a hat & Drew out the 
following Lots in An Open & fare Manner for the Grantors Being 
their Proportion of Land in Said Township Reserved by Grant 

Viz— N° 2. in the Sixth Range 

3 in — D° 

12. in y e 5 th Range 

4. in y e 4 th Range 

6. in y e 4 th Range 
11. in y e 4 th Range 

6 in y e 3 d Range 

3 in y e 2 d Range 

4 in y e 2 d Range 
8 in y e l 8t Range 
2. in y e 1 st Range 

11 one hundred Acre Lots — 
& N° 8— N° 11 N° 16 N° 19 G J N° 28 N° 29 N° 31 N° 45 N° 66 
N° 63 N° 74 N° 76 N° 77 G J N° 79 N° 87 N° 86 N° 99 N° 21 
N° 4 

19 one hundred acre Lots — 
Attest Ebenez r Dexter P ts Clerk 

[Endorsed] Rece d March 9 th 1769 f y e hand of Jon !l Blanchard 



[Conditions of Settlements in Marlborough, 1770.] 

[Mason ian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 130.] 

Esq r Jaffery Sir these with my due Regards to you and to let you 
know that I reseved youre Letter dated ye 12 of Des r last Whare in 



454 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



you desire a tru & just acount of the settlement of monadnock No 5 
and how far We had Complied with the Condishons of our Chartor 
which I Shall do my indeavour to give you as troo an account as I Can 
tho it is hard for me to Render to you So Exact an acount as you 
desire but I will do it in the best manner that I Can which are as 
folers to wit first the names of the Proprioaters that the Chartor was 
granted to are as folers viz 



heare is the names of 
those parsons that draw 
under y e former Pro- 
pria 8 



the Names that are hear 
under riten are those 
that are in y e town as 
setlers 



Thomas Willson 


David Church 


Thomas Rigs & famely 


Hen? Neel 


Jonathun Blancher Esq r 




James Linds 


Willam Eagor 


Joshua Tucker & famely 


Thomas Cockran 


Addinaiah How 


James Tirfiny & famely 


Willam Gilmor 


Richard Tozer 


Richard Tozer & famely 


Robart Willson 


Eleaz How 


Willam Adams Singal man 


John Wason 


Charls Biglo 


Joseph Peck & famely 


Helbort morison 


Noah Church 




Samuell morrison 


Jacob Felton 


John Felton & famely 


Andro Armor 


Isaac m c Allester 


Isaac m c Allester & famely 


Isaac Cockran 


Abrahm How Jur 


Abel Woodart & famely 


Sam 11 Allison jur 


Silas Whealor 


David Warrin & famely 


Archibell Dunlap 


Benj a m c Allester 


Benidick Webber & famely 


John Gilmore 


Cap' Joseph Biglo 


Benj a Tucker & famely 


Sam 11 Steel 


J : Blanch d D : free 


Duety free rite 


Robart Allen 


Jonathun Blanchard Esq' 


by Jonathan Goodenow 


James moore 


J : Blanch d Duety free 


Duety free rite 


Thomas m c Clary 


Jona Green 


Jon a Shaw & famely 


James Willson jur 


Daniel Herrington 


Jona Herrington & famly 


John morison 


Jon a Bond 


Silas Hooker no Famelly 


John Willson 


John Woods 


James Croasman & famely 


Sam 11 Witchel 


John Taylor 


Thaddes Hastins Singl man 


Sam 11 Cockran 


Stephen How 


James Bruer & famely 


James morrison 


Wm Badkock 


Benj a Tucker jur & famely 


Hugh mo'gomory 


J : Blanch : Due : free 


Duety free Rite 


John moore 


Cap' Jesse Rice 


Richard Robards & famely 


Robart moore 


Silas Gates 


Stephen Church Sing 1 man 


Samuell Willson 


muning Sawing 


Sam 11 Bishup & famely 


Thomas morrison 


Ebenezer Dexter 




David morrison 


Daniel Goodnow 


Daniel goodnow & famy 


Robart Clarck 


Josiah Stow 


Joseph Collins & famely 


John Cockran 


Ebenezer Joslin 


Willam Barker & famely 


Sam 11 Alison 


Ebenezer Dexter 


Silas Fife Singel man 



MARLBOROUGH. 455 

Esq r Jaffery Sir I have given you on the other Side of the leaf as 
neare account as I Can Consarning our Setlment and of the Number of 
famelyes that are in the town as Setlers and have left those Rights 
blanck that are not Settled and as you desired to know what we had 
don Consarning a meeting House arc; as folers viz we have granted 
money for that purposand have agread with a man to Set us up a house 
fifty feat long & forty wide and obliged him by bond to have it redy 
to raise by the begining of Sepetembor Next and We are giting boards 
Shingles & Clabboards to Cover it as Soon as it is up and the Com- 
mity that was Chosen by the Proprioators to pick out A Spot to Set 
the meeting house on have agread on a Spot if you gentilmen Lord 
Proprioaters Consent their to for according to our Chartor you are to 
have a voise with us in that afair and Sir if you woold take so much 
Notes of our letter as to Send an anser to it Consaring our Meeting 
House Spot I Shall take it as a grate favour and Sir you will Sea that 
Thomas morrisons Right is not Setled it belonged to Dock tr Dexter our 
formor Clarck who is deseas'and his Wido Cantdispoas of the land til 
She has leav from the coart and as soon as shea Can git liberty to Sel 
Shea has agread with a man for one of the Lots belonging to that right 
who is to go on with a famely and if Shea may have that liberty and 
hir land Not taken from hir ; for by Chartor it is forfited into the 
hands of the Grantors and Now according to Chartor at their dispoasel 
but I hope thay will Consider hir Case and give hir one year more to 
do hir duty in & Helbort morrisons right their is one or two ackers of 
land Cleard Last foal and Soad with grane & I hear that the man that 
has begun their in tends Next Sumer to bild and Com their to Live 
with a famely which I Suppoase will be don if Nothing Extroadny 
hapens No more at present but I Remain youre moast humbel sarvent 
at Command , 

Benj a Tucker 



[ Votes of Proprietors of Marlborough, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 131.] 

Jan y e 3 : 1770 

y e Propriator of mond N° 5 being legally warnd met at y e house of 
Bej Tucker and voted on y e following articles l ly Chose Benj a Tucker 
moderator 2 ly Chose Benj a Tucker dark for Sd Prop 3 ly voted to Dis- 
miss all former officers voted Benj a Tucker firs assessor voted Jos 
Collins Second voted Daniel goodenough y e 3 asesor voted Charles 
Biglow Collector voted Beirj 8 Tucker treasurer 4 ly voted to Dismiss 
all former committees voted Benj a Tucker Daniel goodenough John 



456 CHARTER RECORDS. 

Blood Josep Collins Moses Goddard to be a committee to lay out and 
Repair convenient and nessary Roads voted Benj a Tucker Joseph Col- 
lins David warrin be a committee to look out a buring place voted 
Isaac M c allester Daniel Goodenough Charles Biglow Be a committe 
to Preambilate y e lines of Sd township voted John Weeks Charles 
Biglow Jonathan Bond Be a committee to Recken with the former 
treasurer voted David Warrin Isaac M e Allester Silas Gates Be a com- 
mittee for drawing money out of y e treasury voted Joseph Collins 
David warrin John Felton Be a com to Receive y e Bonds for y e school 
money and Receive y e intrest money y e 5 article Past over 6 ly voted to 
Build a meeting house forty five feet long and Eight and thirty wide 
voted to Except of a Subscription of moses Tucker Joshua Tucker 
Abijah Tucker moses goddard Richard tozer John Felton Jedediah 
Tayntor Benj a Tucker Jur Jedediah maynod Stephen Church Josep 
collins Provided y e Subscribers will give Bonds to compleat their Sub- 
scription to the committee to y* Shall Be chosen to Build y e meeting 
house voted Benj a Tucker Daniel Goodenough Josep Collins Jonah 
Herrington Moses Goddard James Brewer Isaac M c allester Be a 
committee for building y e meeting house and voted to Raise ten Dol- 
lers on Each Prop Right for to Build a meeting house voted y l y e 
committee y e are appointed to Build y e meeting house are impowerd 
to notify y e lord Propriators and Request their voice where it shal Be 
set 7 ly Past over 8 ly voted John weeks Charles Biglow Daniel Her- 
rington Be a committee to assist y e dark in Receiveing y e Books 
and Papers and Recording Such things as have Been Neglected by 
y e former dark : voted on y e fifth article to Except accompts and 
voted not to Raise any money for y e high ways under y e 8 voted to 
confeirm all former votes and meetings Excepting one meeting held 
at y e house of Cypron how in marlborough in y e Province of y e 
massachusets Bay in y e year one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty 
Eight voted Past over y e 9 article 10 ly voted y l Every man shall vote 
in their meetings according to their intrest in sd township 

Voted y l y e owners of one Sixteenth Part of y e lands in sad town- 
ship Requesting y e dark to call a meeting he shall Be obliged to Do 
it By Posting a notificaton in Sd township and in marlboroug at 
some Publick Place near y e Senter of Sd town 

all y e officers and committees Sworn to their Respective offices Ex- 
cepting John week Jonah herrington John Blood and James Brewer 



MARLBOROUGH. 457 

[Petition of Committee for Locating Meeting House, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 133.] 

M r George Jaffrey 

We the Subscribers being Chosen A committee By the 
Grantees of Monadnock No 5 to Build a meeting House for Publick 
Worship and likewise to acquaint the Grantors of Said township of 
the Proceedings in that affair and Request their voice in it Agreable 
to the Charter of The Grantors — We have therefore According to 
our Judgment Chosen the Best Spot to Set A meeting house on 
Neighest the Center of S'd Town Both in Respect of the Grantors 
And the Grantees and Request the Grantors to Come and Give their 
Consent to it if they think Proper or Signify their Minds to us any 
way as they Shall think Proper — 

We Being informed mr Jaffrey was Clark for the grantors of Said 
Township we have Presumed to Send the Above Request to him and 
hope his favour in laying the Request Before the Grantors and his 
Doing the Same and acquainting us of their minds will greatly oblige 
the grantees and us y r Humb le Serv ts 

Monadnock N° 5 Jan ry y e 11 : 1770 
Benj a Tucker Daniel Goodenough Joseph Collins 

Isaac M'allester Moses Goddard James Brewer 

Jonah Harrington 



[ Votes of Projjrietors of Marlborough, 1770.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 133.] 

Att a meeting of the Proprietors of Monadnock No five Legally 
Warned and held att the house of mr Jonah Herrington on Wednes- 
day the Eighteenth of April 1770 — 

l lv Chose Cap 1 Jesse Rice moderator — 

on y'" (2) artical in S'd warrant Past to Reconsider what was Done 
Conserning a meeting house in the last meeting 

votd to Dismiss y e Committee to Build y e meeting house 

voted to chuse a committee of five men to Build y e New meeting 
house 

and votd that Benj a Tucker Daniel Goodnow Joseph Collins moses 
goddard and Isaac M c Allester be the committee to Build y' meeting 
house but they one and all refused having any consern with it — 

under y e 3 article votd to Reconsider y e former vote conserning a 
meeting house and voted to have one 30 feet square without the help 



45^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

of Subscription under y e 4 artical voted to chuse a committee to lay- 
out a road over the South Branch and Build a bridg over y e Same 
and voted that James Brewer william Barker and Silas fife be a com- 
mittee to lay out y e Road and build y e Bridg over y e Branch — 

under y e 5 Artical voted to Dismiss y e Committee chosen to take 
Care of y e Bonds Concerning y e School money and made choice of Cap* 
Jesse Rice Daniel Herrington and william Barker trustees for to take 
care of that money under y e 6 : article voted to Dissmiss y e former com- 
mittee that was appointed to lay out and clear Roads and voted to 
chuse five men for a new committee voted David whelor Samuel Bish- 
shop Jonah Herrington Be a committee for y e Purposes aforesd voted 
to Pass over y e 7 article under y e 8 : article voted to Raise two Dol- 
lers on Each Prot Right to be laid out in y e Roads under y e 9 : arti- 
cal voted to chuse a committee of 3 men for Sail of lands chose 
Charles Biglow Jonathan Shaw and James Tiffaney y e 10 voted to 
Recive accomps under y e 11 : voted to Chuse a committee to make 
use of the intrest money in Schooling the children and choase william 
Barker Isaac M°allester and Richard Roberds for that Purpose y e 12 : 
voted to Chuse a committee of five men to Raise y e meeting house and 
voted that moses Cinney Samuel Bishshop Jonathan Shaw Joseph 
Peck and Silas fife to be a committee for that Purpose 

Jesse Rice moderator 



[Aecount of Settlements in Marlborough, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 134.] 

an acompt of y e Settlements In monadnock N° five Carled New 
marlborough In y e province of New Hampshire 
Dra* 1 Thomas Willson — ■ Settled by Thomas Riggs 

2 Henry Neal — 

3 James Lyan — Settled by Joshua Tucker 

4 Thomas Cochran — Settled by Jams Tiffany 

5 William Gilmore — Settled by Richard Tozer 

6 Robert Wilson — Settled by William Adams 

7 John Warson — Settled by Joseph peck 

8 Halbart morroson — Jonathan Nicholds made 

Sum Improvement 

9 Samuel morrison — Settled by John Fulton 

10 Andrew Armer — Settled by Isaac m c Allester 

11 Isaac Cochran — Settled by Abel Woodart 

12 Samuel Allison — Settled by David Warrin 



MARLBOROUGH. 



459 



13 Archabel Dunlap — 

14 John Gilmore — 

15 Samuel Steel — 

16 Robort Allen— 

17 James moor — 

18 Thomas m' Clary — 

19 James Wilson — 

20 John morison — 

21 John Wilson— 

22 Samuel mitchel — 

23 Samuel Cochran — 

24 James morrison — 



26 

27 



28 
29 
30 
31 
32 



Settled by Bennideck Webber 

Settled by Benjamin Tucker 

Called Duty free 

Settled by Jonathan Goodenow 

Called Duty free 

Settled by Jonathan Shaw 

Settled by Joliali Harrington 

Silas Hooker made Sum 

Improvements 
Settled by James Grossman 
Thaddeas Hastings made 

Sum Improvement 
Settled by James Brewer 
Settled by Benjamin Tucker Jun 1 



25 Hugh mongommory — Called Duty free 



John moor- 
Robert moor- 



Samuel Wilson — 
Thomas morrison- 
David morrison — 
Robert Clark — 
John Cochran — 
Samuel Allison — 



Settled by Richard Robards 

Settled by Stephen Church Singel- 

man one acree Improved Sum 

acrees Girdled 
Settled by Samuel Bishop 



Settled by Daniel Goodenow 
Settled by Joseph Collins 
Settled by William Barker 
Settled by Silas Fife 
James Wilson Sen r have one Single Share Containing one hundred 
and Fifty acres no Duty to be Don Sooner than The Larst Dutys on 
the Dubbel Shares Which Contains Fore hundred and Fifty acres to 
Each Share — 

In monadnock N° five 



[Benjamin Tucker to George Jaffrey, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 135.] 

Portsmouth April y e 27th 1770— 
Esq r Jaffrey sir these with my due regards to you hopeing thay 
may meet you in good halth and sir I woold in forme you that I 
made a jorney to Ports 11 on porpus to Sea youre self with Som 
others of the jentel men Granttors of our town ship monadnock No 5 
but my fortin happins to be heare when Esq r Jaffrey is not at horn 
which I am Exeding Sorrey for for I much wanted to Sea the Esq 1 " 



460 CHARTER RECORDS. 

and to advise with him Consarning the afarirs of our town for I 
reseved a leter from the Esqr Last wintor whare in he desired me to 
return him an anser Consarning the setlement of our township which 
anser I had roat Sum time a go but haveing No oppertuenety to 
Send it I mad this jorney to bring it with a leter from a commity 
Chosen to buld our meeting house desireing the jentlemen Grantors 
of our town to give their advise whare our meeting house shall stand 
which thay have a Rite by Chartor to do and Sir you will sea in my 
anser to youre leter that we had agread to buld a meeting house and 
how Large and when to be ready to Raise but I must now let you 
know that : that part of my anser is unSartin for their is a Noumber 
that has aroas up and Called a nother meeting the 18 of this month 
and Reconsidred what was don at our meeting y e 3 of janurey last 
after they ware Recorded on boock & say thay will not have this 
meeting house so large but will have one 30 feet square and thay 
dismest the Commity that was appoint to buld the meting house that 
I give you anacount of in my anser to youre self and have not got 
aney Commity to buld the 30 fut meeting house and we are now in 
a bad situation Consarning our meting house for the woorkman that 
we agread with to buld the House 40 feat wide & 50 long has Cut 
the Cheaf of the great timbor and hued the Long Sticks and thay are 
drawed to gether whare we expect the house will stand and y e Com- 
mity has Entred into bonds to sea y e worckman paid by the first of 
September Next & have taken bond of him wheare in he is abliged 
to have the house ready to Rais by that time & the Commity ware 
obliged to draw all the timbor to the Spot & to find all the Slit worck 
at y e Spot but sence they are dismist by the Last meeting from that 
offis thay think and Say thay have no firther Consarn with it which 
if that meeting Stands good it must be So and when y e woorckman 
has hued all the timbor he must stop his hand for he will find No 
man to draw it to geather for him and their is no body aney power 
to a greay with him to Stop & not to purseade aney firther in this 
affair as things now Stand & I woold Let the Esq r know that it was 
by reason of 3 or 4 parsons giveing power to Cap' Jesse Rise & mr 
Daniel Herrington both of morlbrough to act for them was the 
meanes of bringing us into this bad sittuation and thay are thoase 
parsons that are the most behind as to Settelling viz the Rite of 
Hennery Neel & Robart Allen & thomas morrison with y e thi*ee 
Duety free Rites which belong to old maddam Blanchor & others of 
that famley Which you will Sea in my anser to youre leter how I 
have returned them and in whoes hands thay are now in the Rite of 
Tomes morrison which is now in the hands of the wido Dexter you 
will Sea in my anser to you that I roat in hir favour but in as much 



MARLBOROUGH. 461 

as She has impower' 1 those men to act in hir behalef to the damige 
of our town I have No more to say in hir behalef and Sir if you 
woold be So kind as to git the gentil men grantors to geather as soon 
as may be and Lay ouer Case before them and Sea if thay will take 
So much Notes of us as to give us their advise in all affairs Consarn- 
ing our town and wheather that meeting be good whare in thay dis- 
annuled what was don before & put on Recoard allso to Sea what 
methoad thay will Come into in ordor to joyn with us on a Spot to 
Set our meeting house if we Ever agree to buld one for we want to 
Clear up y e spot to Set it No more at present So I remain youre hum- 
bel Sarvent att Command — 

Benj a Tucker 

P S Sir I have left Som papors in y e hand of Coll Atkison for 
youre self & Sir mr mors of Dublin gives his Sarvis to youer Self & 
desired me to in form you that he reseved youre Leter Last fryday 
whare in you desired him to return to you a tru account of their 
Setlement which he woold do as soon as posabel he Could & Sir in 
my anser to youre Letter I did not Set forth to you the Noumber of 
acors that itch man had got Cleard but their is not above 2 or 3 but 
what has got more land Cleard then the Chartor Required — 



[Benjamin Tucker to George Jaffrey, 1770.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 136.] 

Monadnock No five may y e 29th 1770 
Esqr Jeffry Sir I Roat to you in a Letter when I was at Poartsmouth 
that we met with som DiflBcalty about our Meeting house and that 
the Commity that was appointed to bild it was dismist and their was 
Non to Carry on the worck but we have had a meeting Sence and 
have mad Choise of the old Comity a gin and the house is Like to go 
on as it was first Purposed to be and if the gentel men grantors woold 
take So much Notes of our Letter as to appoint Som man or men as 
thay shall think proper to Com and Sea the Spot that we have Chosen 
to Set the Meeting house on and give their Consent if thay think 
proper for we want to Cleare it up as soon as may be for we Cant 
Draw the timber to to the Spot til the Land is Cleard up and Sir what 
I Roat to you Consarning the Rights that ware Not Setled according 
to Chartor Stil remain So as far as I know Exepting the Rite of Halb 1 
morison their is a man daly at worck and has got his Famley to 
Swonsy naer by his worck and desines to bring them in to town as 
soon as he can git a house up to put them in and Sir you Roat to me 



462 CHARTER RECORDS. 

in youre Leter that I Should be paid for my troubel but as for that I 
Leave with you to do as you think proper I was Exeding Sorry that 
Esqr Jeffry was not at horn for I wanted much to Sea him but was 
disappointed No more at present So I remain youre humbel sarvant at 
Command 

Benj a Tucker 



[Benjamin Tucker to George Jaffrey, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 137. j 

monadnock No five Febr u y e 1th 1772— 
Esqr Jef r Sir you Roat to me two years ago desireing to know how 
far we had Setled our town according to Chartor and I Sent you an 
anser back how it was with us at that time as to Setlers their was 2 
or 3 wanting then & their is 2 rites now that their is no Setler on 
and according to our Chartor their Should be on 17 rites a seckent 
Setler with a house and 5 Acors of Land Cleared and their is the 
biger halef of them has Complied with them tairms viz Som of them 
are on and others have begun and are like to Com in this year but 
their is 7 or 8 that are in No Prepration as I kno of and if Esqr 
Jefe ys woold do So much in the Name of the Grantors as to rite a leter 
to be red at som of our meetings it mite be of Sarvis to Stir up those 
men that are behind of their duety and sir mr Bread Batcheldor in 
formed me lately that the Lord Prop ts Could not Com to a devishan 
betwen them Selves for want of a Plan and schedule which I thoat 
thay had Long ago for we have paid for the draft and transpoart of 
them onse or twise in time past but if thay have faild and are now 
wanting I will do my Indeavonr that our Clarck Shall Send them and 
sir if you should Com to a devishan Quick I Should be glad to have 
the Refuesal of one Lot viz No 31 it Lyes verey handy to my house 
and worth more for me than aney other man it is not fit to mak a 
farm on by reason of its being very Stoney but will make good pas- 
ter Land and sir their is a peace of medo in one of youre Lots that 
has bin moad by mr Isaac m° Allister Ever Sence the Town has bin 
Setled but he has Soald his intrest in the Town and it is unsarting 
wheather he will by in the Town a gin or not and if he Should move 
out of town or in aney other part of the Town So that the medo will 
not be handy to him I Shall take it as a favour to have the Liberty to 
mo it before aney other man and Sir I woold in form you that we have 
got our meeting House up & Shingled but Not Clabboarded and if the 
gentil men granthirs woold be So kind as to give us liberty to cut som 
timber on your Land to make Clabboards on I should be much obliged 



MARLBOROUGH. 463 

to them and take it as a favour Sir please to Send the with in Cloased 
to Boston to mr Wintroop I Shall be much obliged to you and remain 
your humbel sarvant at Command 

Benj a Tucker 



[Reserved Lots, 1779.] 
[Masonian Proprietors' Records, Feb. 2, 1779.] 

State of j Portsmouth February 2 d 1779 Tuesday Three of 

New Hampshire \ the Clock afternoon at the House of m r John Pen- 
hallow improved by him as a Store the Proprietors meet according 
to adjournment — 

Whereas the Grantees of Manadnock N° 5 have Returnd a Schedule 
of the Draft of the Lots in said N° 5 and also the Draft of the Lotts 
drawn for the Grantor's Reservation in said N° 5, which Lotts have 
not been drawn for and Severed to said Proprietors, and the Draft or 
Severance of the same being Requested by many of the Inhabitants 
of said N° 5 the Proprietors Resolve and Therefore — Voted the Draft of 
said Reserved Lotts be now made for the Proprietors, and the Lotts as 
drawn to Each Proprietor's Right, Shall be Entered as Drawn, and 
Shall be a Severance of the Same to Each Proprietor their heirs and 
Assigns — 

The two Lotts to each Proprietors Reservation as returned bv the 
Grantees — are drawn as follows' viz* — 
drawn 1 st To Theodore Atkinson Esq r N° 3— 2 d Range N° 6— 4 th Range 

2 Solly & March N° 3— 6 th Range N° 2— 1 st Range 

3 Thomlinson & Mason N° 21— N° 8— 

4 Jotham Odiorne Esq r N° 79— N° 76— 

5 Richard Wibird Esq r N° 4— 2' 1 Range N° 29— 

6 Thomas Packer Esq r N° 86— N° 45— 

7 Meserve Blanchard & C° N° 99— N° 66— 

8 Thomas Walingford Esq r N° 4— N° 11— 

9 Joshua Peirce Esq r N° 12— 5 th Range N° 63— 

10 Mark Hunk 8 Wentworth Esq r N° 4— 4 th Range N° 8—1 Range 

11 John Rindge N° 6—3" Range N° 16— 

12 George Jaffrey Esq r N° 77— N° 19— 

13 John Wentworth Esq r N° 11 4 Ul Range N° 28— 

14 John Moffatt Esq r N° 2— 6 th Range N° 74— 

15 Peirce & Moore N° 87— N° 31— 

Eight Lotts in the Ranges, in this Draft of the Lots — being mis- 
represented, and were before drawn for, to the Grantees — the Error 
is rectifyed, by a Vote and another Draft of Eight Lots Sept r 29, 
1779— Pages 42 & 43— 



464 CHARTER RECORDS. 

[Previous Draft Rectified, 1779.] 
[Masonian Proprietors* Records, Sept. 29, 1779.] 
State of I Portsmouth September 29 th 1779 Wednesday 



New Hampshire ( three of the Clock afternoon at the House improved 
by m r John Penhallow as a Store the Proprietors meet according to 
adjournment 

Whereas the Grantees of a Tract of Land called Manadnock N° 5 — 
had returned to Proprietors the Grantors a Schedule of the Draft of 
Lotts of the Grantees of Said Tract of Land, with a Draft of thirty 
Lotts for the Grantors Reservation, attested by Ebenezer Dexter Prop rs 
Clerk of Said Manadnock N° 5 — and as the Inhabitants of Said Manad- 
nock N° 5 — (now called New Marlborough) have earnestly requested 
the Proprietors the Grantors, to make a Severance of the Said thirty 
reserved Lotts, to each Proprietors Right or share — The Proprietors 
aforesaid on the Second day of February 1779 — resolved and voted 
that a Draft and Severance of the aforesaid thirty Lotts for their Re- 
servation in Said Tract of land be then made — the Said thirty Lotts 
were then drawn to each Proprietors Right and entered accordingly 
for each Proprietors Right or Share in Severance 

But it appearing Since the drawing and Severance of Said thirty 
Lots by the Proprietors on the 2' 1 day of February last, that the Said 
Dexter had made a mistake in returning eight Lotts of the thirty, for 
the Proprietors, the Grantors reservation, which were drawn to the 
Right of the Grantees — and have been long Since improved — It is now 
resolved and Voted that those Proprietors who had either of said eight 
Lotts drawn to his share do now relinquish his right to the Same, and 
now draw for another Lot which doth not appear to be appropriated 
either to Grantor or Grantee of Said Tract of Land — and as drawn to 
Said Proprietor, shall be a Severance of the same to his Right or Share 
in Said Manadnock N° 5, and in full Satisfaction for the Mistaken Lot 
drawn to his Right on the 2' 1 day of February aforesaid — 

In Pursuance of the above Vote the following Lotts were drawn to 
the Rights or shares of the Proprietors to whose Rights the eight mis- 
taken Lotts were drawn on Said Second day of February — viz c 

To Theodore Atkinson Esq rs — Right Lot N° 4 in 5 th Range instead 
of Lot N° 3 in 2 d Range 

To Solly & March's Right Lot N° 12— in 6 th Range instead of N° 
3 — in 6 th Range 

To Richard Wibird Esq rs Right Lot N° 4 in 3 d Range instead of Lot 
N° 4 in 2 d Range- 
To Joshua Peirce Esq rs Right Lot N° 2 in 7 th Range instead of Lot 
N° 12 in 5 th Range 



MARLOW. 465 

To Mark H g Wentworth Esq rs Right — Lot N° 3 in 3 d Range instead 

of Lot N° 4 in 4 th Range- 
To M r John Rindge's Right Lot N° 3 in 7 th Range instead of Lot 

N° 6 in 3 (1 Range- 
To John Wentworth Esq rs Right Lot N° 9 in 5 th Range instead of 

Lot N° 11 in 4 Ul Range- 
To John Moffatt Esq" Right— Lot N° 11 in 5 th Range instead of 

Lot N° 2 in 6 th Range 



MARLOW. 

[Granted as Addison Jan. 1, 1753, to Elias Alexander and others. Regranted 
as Marlow Oct. 7, 1761, to William Noyes and others. The charter was renewed 
Jan. 24, 1772. All that part of the town east of the " Curve Line" was annexed 
to Stoddard June 21, 1797. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; IX, Bouton Town Papers, 
546; X, Bouton Province and State Papers, 397, 400, as to participation in move- 
ment for union with Vermont towns ; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 572; Index to 
Laws, 334; sketch, Hurd'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 N. H.,by E. E. Cum- 
mings, 1836, p. 8; Lawrence's N. H. Churches, 1856, p. 283.] 



[Petition of William Matson, 1769.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 138.] 

Province of ) To the Hon bIe Proprietors of Masons Patent in 
New Hampshir \ Said Province — 

The Hum 1,1 '' Petition of William Matson of Marlow in Said Province 
Yeoman in behalf of himself and Other Proprietors of said Marlow 
Sheweth, that In the Year A D. 1761 a Grant was made by the Late 
Governor of Said Province to your Petitioner and his Constituents of 
Said Marlow Bounded as follows Viz 1 Beginning at the South Easterly 
Corner of a Township formerly granted by the name of New Town 
Thence running North by the Needle Six miles one Hundred ninety 
two Rods to a Stake and Stones Thence East by the Needle Six miles 
and Three Quarters of a mile to a Stake and Stones, Thence South 
twenty Degrees West Six miles two Hunded Eighty Eight Rods to a 
Stake and Stones, Thence West by the Needle four miles one Hundred 
twenty Eight Rods to the Bounds first mention'd. In Consequence of 
which Said grant the Proprietors of Said Marlow have Settled a large 
29 



466 CHARTER RECORDS. 

number of families there, expended a great part of their Substance in 
Clearing Subduing Cultivating and Settling said Marlow, in expecta- 
tion of their being within Bounds under the Crown — 

But to the great Surprize of the Proprietors of said Marlow, The 
Patent Line according to a Late running includes one mile one Hun- 
dred twenty two Rods in Breadth and more than Six miles in Length 
of Said Marlow, upon which last mention'd part of Said Marlow taken 
of by the now Patent Line were Settled four families before the late 
running of Said Line and many other Persons there were and are Clear- 
ing and Settling other Rights included within Said Line tho' within 
Bounds of said Marlow as Originally granted and Laid out in the year 
afors' 1 And as the depriving the Proprietors of said Marlow of the 
Land within Said Patent Line, would render the Residue of said Town- 
ship very inconsiderable and almost useless to them as it would entirely 
defeat the design and purpose of a Town, it would not only deprive 
them of the property in and Benefit of their Settlements and Labour 
in that particular part of said Marlow But Effectually Discourage and 
Obstruct the Settlement of the whole for the above Reasons and num- 
berless others that might be Offer'd — 

Your Petitioner in behalf of himself and Prop rs of Said Marlow 
prays that your Honours wo'd Consider their Case as peculiar and quiet 
'em under you in the Possession of all the Said Land which the Said 
patent Line includes, granted as aforsaid to Said Marlow, upon such 
Conditions, Restrictions, and Limitations as your Honours think 
reasonable and your Petitioner shall ever pray — 

Sep' 16* 1769 William Matson j Pmp- of Marlow 



[Samuel Grustin to Proprietors, 1772.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 140.] 

Marlow June 25 th 1772 
To the Honorabe Committey of the Preprietors of Masons Patent 
wishing you all Grace &c 

Sur 8 I was at Portsmouth with you Last Jenewary as an agent of 
the Proprietors of marlow with rar Matson on the aCount of that 
Land that the Pattnt Line Had taken of from the s' 1 Town of Marlow 
and I thought that I had full Encurigement from your selves and 
from all the Proprietors of s' 1 Patent that I saw I was surely Expect- 
ing that the Propriety of marlow would have the Land So taken of 
by the Pattent Loyn Secured to them on Such Tearms as would be 



MARLOW. 467 

Honoriabel and still will Hope for the Same & I have Late Reeved a 

Letter from Cap 1 Georg King that it was to be obtained by a Reserve 

of one fifteenth Part and then to Give a deed of the Rest but this 

week I Have seen Capt Kneel and His orders of Riming the Loyns 

and by them I sospeet that the matter Is by the Honoriabel Com- 

mitte other ways Determined but yet Hoping that our Pettishon for 

said Land will Come Into Rememberance with you so that Said Land 

may be Grantd and Confirmed to us on Such Tearms as may be Hon- 

orabel to your Lordships and Gracilis to us your most obedant and 

Dependent Potishenors from your Humbel servent 

o ,1 ^ ,. \ agent for the 

Sam 11 Gustm { P, c Af , 

I proprietors ot Marlow 

P s Mr Matson is Now absent 

To Mr Peter Pearce 

Sur if there is any Posebelity that we may Have the Land Granted 
to us as Proprietors I Pray you to send me a Line and if it should be 
other ways Detarmened I would be Glad to be Informed Howitis Sur 
ablige me with a few Lines and I shall be Humbely abliged to you 
self there for thes from your Most obedent — 

Sam 11 Gustin 






[Statement of William Matson.~\ 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 141.] 

Improvements made by the Propietrs of marlow and the Settlers 
under them in that part of sd marlow now Claimd by the Propietrs 
of manadnoc N° 7 alias Limrick — according to a late running of the 
Patentine Line 

The Propietrs of marlow had Seteled before the runing Said Line 
four families and five Pasons besids who had made very Considreable 
Improvements in that Part of Said marlow now claimed by said Lim- 
brick that y e Proietrs of Said Limbrick Sence thay Claimed the 
Lands mentiond in the Petition Exhibited by the agent for Said 
marlow taken from Said marlow by Said late Running have not made 
the least Improvements or Settlements upon any Part thare of {and 
that the Propietrs of Said Limbrick have thare full measure Without 
taking the Lands originally granted to the Propietrs of Said marlow 

Asarted by me — William matson 

with respect to what is Said above relative to N° 7 having their 
full Measure he Says he had by Information from one of the Grantees 
of the s' 1 N° (7) & that he had never measured it 



468 CHARTER RECORDS. 

After examining into Circumstances of the affair relative to the 
dispute between Marlow & N° (7) tis determined at this Meeting 21 
June 1770 to acquaint the Grantees of Marlow that those Persons 
that are now Setled under Marlow Title if the Land where this dis- 
pute is belongs to Masons Propriety — no Settler need be distressd 
about an agreem 1 with this Propriety they will doubtless be Quieted 
upon very reasonable Terms — and upon y e Proposal of said Matson 
(in case the Township of Monadnock N° 7 is declared forfeited by y e 
present Grantees) of engaging to have Settled 30 Fam s to come from 
Connecticut within 3 years and giving bond for y e performance — Said 
Matson & c is to be preferr'd to other settlers to have notice sent him 
^ Post to y e Town of Lyme in Connecticut 



MASON. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors as Number 1, Nov. 1, 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, 11 but the Governor named it Mason. Greenville was set off and 
incorporated, June 28, 1872. The line with Greenville was established, July 2, 

l8 73- 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume ; papers under title Groton 

(old grant) in Massachusetts charters preceding; XII, Hammond Town Papers, 

577; Index 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 N. H. 

Churches, 1856, pp. 206, 209; Centennial Celebration, 1868, pub. 1870, pp. 115 ; 

Celebrations, 23, N. E. Hist. Gen. Register, 354.] 



[Charter of Mason, 1749.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 143, and Proprietors' Records, Vol. 6, 

p. 67.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to the Power and Authority Granted & 
New Hamps r ) vested in me by the Prop rs of Lands Purchased of 

John Tufton Mason Esq in the Province of New Hamp r by their vote 

passed at their meeting held at Portsmouth in s (1 Province the 16 th 

day of June 1749. — 

I do by these Presents give and grant all the Right Title Interest 

property & possession of the Prop rs afores d Unto William Lawrence 



MASON. 469 

Esq Peter Powers Eleazer Blanchard John Goffe Esq David Adams 
Paul March Phillip Olerick Eleazer Farwell John Stevens Nathaniel 
Meserve Jnn r Peter Powers Jnn r Joseph Blodget John Butterfield 
Jonathan Powers Jun r Zachens Lovewell Jonathan Hubburd John 
Varnam Jonah Brown John Jennison Joseph Blanchard Jun r Elnathan 
Blood M r Thomas Parker Jonathan Hubburd Jun r Clement March 
Robert Fletcher Jnn r Israel Hubburd Amasa Parker Jacob Goold 
Benjamin Parker David Stearns Thomas Tarble Samuel Tarble 
Shadreck Whitney & Edward Jewell of in And to all that part of a 
Township or tract of Land in the Province of New Hamp r afores' 1 con- 
taining About twent} r Seven Square miles Bounded as followeth 
Beginingat a Stake and Stones the South east Corner of the Premises 
and runs North Eighty degrees west five miles and Twenty rods by 
the Province line to New Ipswich Corner from thence north by the 
Needle five miles to a White pine Marked from thence East by the 
needle five miles to a hemlock tree Marked from thence South by the 
Needle to the first Bounds Mentioned Which said Township is lay'd 
out drawn for and Assertained to Each Grantee Respectively with two 
Lotts for encouragement of Building of mills And three Shares for pub- 
lick uses One for the first Settled minister one for the ministry And 
One for the School there forever Which S' 1 Shares and lotts to be the 
Same as already drawn & entered in the Schedule and plan hereunto 
Annexed unto them Respectively And to their heirs And Assigns To 
Have & To Hold on the following terms Conditions & Limitations And 
on them only That is to Say That a Meeting house be built as near the 
Centre of S' 1 Town as by the Grantees shall be Judged most Con- 
venient And that Where Such place Shall be agreed on Six Acres 
Shall be Reserved for publick Uses. — That the Remaining Lands 
not entered in the Schedule And plan afores' 1 to the Grantees Speci- 
fied, and within the Bounds of the township afores' 1 be And hereby 
are Reserved to and for the Use of y e Grantors their heirs and 
Assigns forever free and Clere from all Charge tax or Incombrance of 
Setlement untill their or any of their parts Respectively are Improved 
by them or Some holding Under them — 

That the Aforenamed Grantees exclusive of the three publick lotts 
Shall Carry on Perform And Make Setlement at their Own Expence 
in the Following manner, viz 1 that there be all necessary Hyways 
lay'd out in S' 1 Town where they will be most Convenient without 
any pay or Allowance to Grantors or Grantees Through Whose 
Lands the Same Shall go. 

That the Grantees Build a house for the Publick worship of God 
there at or before the last day of May 1753 for the Use of those who 
Shall then or Afterwards Inhabit there. 



470 CHARTER RECORDS. 

That there be On Some One lott of each of forty Shares Belonging 
to the Grantees three Acres Clered Inclosed & Fitted for mowing or 
tillage (so Far as is Profitable at or Before the Last Day of Nov 1 " 
1751 and each of Said Lotts to be Clered as afores' 1 to be Settled with 
Haveing a house of Sixteen feet Square at the Least and Seven feet 
Stud or more with a Chymney and Celler finished and fitted for 
Dwelling therein at or Before the Last Day of may 1752 and Some 
person or Family Inhabiting & Residant in s' 1 House and they or 
Some Others In Each of their Steads Continue Residancy there 
Untill the Last Day of mav 1755 

That the owners of Each of the S d Forty setling Shares have on 
Each of their Rights Respectively three acres more in Like manner 
fitted at or Before the Last Day of Nov 1 ' 1752 and the Like Quantity 
Annualy for two Yeares then Next Coming 

That the remaining Shares viz 1 the Shares of Jon a Hubbard Benj a 
Parker Nathan 1 Meserve Jun r Jon h Brown John Genison Eleaz r 
Blanchard be Excuesed from the Duty of Building Improving or Setling 
Untill the Last day of Nov r 1755 and then to have the Whole Duty 
perform' 1 as Others at that Time 

That Each of the Said Grantees at the Executing this lustrum' 
pay thirty pounds Cash Old Ten 1 ' to defrey the Necessary Charges 
Risen and Ariseing in bringing forward the Setlement to be Deposited 
in the hands of Such Person as they Shall appoint Being a freeholder 
and Residant in this Province that the Afores' 1 Grantees or their 
Assignes Assess Such further Sums of money Equally In Proportion 
to their Right on the Share of Each Grantee exclusive of the three 
Publick lotts as may be tho 1 Necessary for Carrying on and Com- 
pleating any of the Publick matters in Makeing the setlem 1 afores' 1 or 
for heering Preaching and on failure of paym' for the Space of three 
months after Such Tax or Assessm 1 is agreed upon and posted up at 
Such place or places as the Prop rs the Grantees Shall appoint to give 
Notice for Calling Prop IS meetings that so much of Such Delinq 1 * 
Lands & Right Respectively Shall and may be Disposed of as will 
pay Such Tax or Taxes and All Charges arising thereon by a Com tee 
Choose by the Said Grantees for that Purpose, and In Case any of 
the S d Grantees Shall neglect or Refuse to perform any of the Articles 
Afore mentioned he Shall Forfit his Share and Right in Said Town- 
ship to those of the Grantees who Shall not then be Delinqu 1 in the 
performance of the Conditions Enjoyned and It Shall and may be 
Lawfull for them by their agent or agents appointed by the Maj r part 
of those not Delinq 1 (for that purpose) to Enter into and upon the 
Right of Such Delinq 1 owner and him to amove Oust and Expell for 
their Use their Heirs and Assignes Provided they Setle Such Delinq u 



MASON. 471 

Right within the Term of one Year after the Period, that is by this 
Instrument Stipulated to be Done as the Condetion of the Grant and 
fully comply with the Whole Duty Such Delinq 1 ought to have Done 
within the Term of one Year from Time to time after the Respec- 
tive periods thereof, and In Case they omit Complying as Afores' 1 
within that Term that all Such Delinq 18 Rights Shall Revert and. 
belong to the Grantors their Heirs and Assignes free from the Incum- 
berance of Setlem* and Charge always Provded there be no Indian 
War within any of the Terms afores' 1 for Doing the Duty Conditioned 
In this Giant and In Case that Should Happen the Same time to be 
Allowed for the Respective matters afores' 1 After Such Impedim 1 
Shall be removed 

That all White pine trees fit for masting his Majestys Royal Navy 
Growing on S l land be and Hereby are Granted to his Majesty his 
Heirs and Successors forever 

Lastly the Said Grantors do hereby promis to the s d Grantees their 
Heirs & Assignes to Defend through the Law to King and Councill 
If Need be One Action that Shall and may be Brought against them 
or any nomber of them Claiming the S' 1 Lands or any part thereof 
by any other Title than that of the Grantors or that by Which they 
Hold & Derive theres from provided the Said Grantors are Avouched 
In to Defend the Same And In Case the Same Shall be Recovered 
against the Grantors the Grantees Shall Recover nothing over against 
the s' 1 Grantors for the Said Lands Improvements or Expence In 
Bring* forward the Setlem 1 and Further that they the Said Grantors 
will pay the Necessary Expence of time and money that any Other 
Person or Persons Shall be Put to by any other Suit or Suites that 
Shall be Brought against them or any of them the Said Grantees for 
tryal of the Title before One Action Shall be fully Determined In the 
Law In Witness Whereof I the Said Joseph Blanchard of Duns- 
table have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this first Day of November 
A D. 1749 

Joseph Blanchard [L S] 

A True Coppy of the Grant of Nom r one Township 

Attest "§ — Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop 8 Clk 



472 



CHARTER RECORDS. 



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[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 142.] 



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Elea r Blanchard 
John Goffe Esq 
David Adams 
Paul march 
Phillip Olerick 
Eleazer Farwell 
John Stevens 
Nath 11 Meserve Jun 
Peter Powers Jun r 
Joseph Blodget . 
John Butterfield . 
Jonathan Powers J 1 
Zach 8 Lovevvell . 
John Stevens 
William Lawrence 
Jonathan Hubbard 
Will™ Lawrence . 
John Varnum 
John Stevens 
Josiah Brown 
John Jennison 
John Stevens 
John Stevens 
Mill Lotts . 
Minister lotts 
Joseph Blanchard Jun r 
Peter Powers 
Peter Powers 
Elnathan Blood . 
M r Tho" Parker . 
Jon" Hubbard Jum 
Clement March . 
Robert Fletcher Jun r 
Israel Hubbard . 
Jon a Hubburd Jun r 
Amasa Parker 
Jonathan Hubburd Ju r 



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Shadrack Whitney 
Edward Jewell 



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Thomas Wallingsford Esq 
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Mathew Livermore Esq 
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John Wentworth Jun r . 
Richard Wibird Esq . 
Jotham Odiorne . 
Nath" Meserve And Others 
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John Tuffton Mason 
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Sam 1 Solley & Clem 1 March 
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Joseph Blanchard 
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Copy Exam d "§ Joseph Blanchard Jun r Prop™ Clerk 



474 



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This Goar of Land appears to be So much of it Laid out alraidy that I ajurned Dividing the 
whole of it but it Seems to appear that there is about 400 Acers on the East End of the Same 
that is Common Land I theirfore Strike it on the Plan into Sixteen Lots Each Containing 24 
Acers and 120 rods but the Division Lines are not run 

Lem 1 Petts Survaier 

Townshend December 25 th 1780 



mason. 475 

[Petition for Land in Mason, 1782.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 144.] 

To the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of John Tufton Mason 
Esqr. Lying in Newhampshire — Gentlemen — their Being two Tracts 
of Common Land in the Town of Mason one Called the North Strip 
the other the South Strip — and we the Supscribers being owners of 
Part of Said two Strips of Land by Purchace from Severel of the 
Mason Proprietors — which two Strips being Allotted into 72 acre Loots 
& 26 acre Lots Sixteen Lots of Seventy two Acres & Sixteen Sheirs 
of twenty Six Acres Each we Pray your Honours to make a Grant 
of the Said two Strips as Follows Viz to Jonas Minot of Concord in 
the County of Middlesex & Common welth of y e Massachusetts one 
Lot of Seventy two Acres & one of twenty Six acres for his Cost & 
Expence of Every Kind in Allotting out S d Lands & all the Trouble 
Care & Expence he has or may be at Reletive to S' 1 two Strips before 
they are Divided — the other fifteen Lots of 72 acres & the fifteen of 
26 acres he having Given his Obligation to us to Acquit to Each of 
us on Demand So much of Said thirty Lots as we by Purchase as 
aforesaid have a Right unto, & if Need be we hereby Give him all 
the Right we have to Vote in ye Mason Proprietors Meetings on S d 
Lands for the Purposes aforesaid January 26th 1782 

Charles Barrett 
Reuben Kidder 
Nathanael Hosmer 



[Petition of Enoch Hale, 1779.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 145.] 

State of \ To the Hon ble the Propriators of the Right of 

New Hampshire \ John Tufton Mason Esq r — 

The Petition of Enoch Hale of Rindge in Said State Humbty 
Sheweth that at the Time your Petitioner Collected the Number of 
Inhabitants Settled in several of the Monadnock Towns and the Num- 
ber of Rights in Each Town then delinq' at the Request of the Hon ble 
George Jaffrey Esq r and making Return there of — your Petitioner 
had Incoragement of the favour of a Small Gore of land in Some 
Part of the Patten your Petition 1, therefore wood Humbly move that 
the Same might Be Don in the Town of mason as the Gore of land 
Between wilton and mason was Incorperated into mason and lyeth on 
the North Side of Said mason Laying about half a mile in wedth at 
the East line and Runs to a Point at the west line as your Petitioner 



47^ CHARTER RECORDS. 

has Been informed but however otherwise it may lay your Petitioner 8 
Request is for the Vacant land in said Town that has Not been Gran d 
for which favour your Petitioner will allways be under obligation 
thankfully to acknowledge — 

Portsmouth March y e 15 th 1799 Enoch Hale 



[Petition of Robert Harrington, 1782.] 
[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 146.] 

Concord July 8th 1782. 

to the Proprietors of the Lands Purchased of John Tuften Mason 
Esqr Gentlemen I pray that the Common Land in Mason be Granted 
one Lot for the Cost &c As Spessified in the Request of Reuben Kid- 
dar Esqr & others & the Remainder to Jonas Minot & my Self 
Equally uppon my Paying for one half of what is Purchased Since we 
ware at Portsmouth 1780 for which I have Gave my obligation & also 
to acquit to Reubin Kiddar &c their Parts 

Rob 1 Harrington. 



MEREDITH. 

[Granted by the Masonian Proprietors Dec. 31, 1748, to Samuel Palmer and 
others, and called Palmer'' s-town afterwards New 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. Laconiawas set off and incorporated July 14, 1855. 
A part of Meredith was annexed to Centre Harbor, July 3, 1873. 

See New Hampshire charters in preceding volume; 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. Fullerton, 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-] 



[John Sanborn to Proprietors, 1748.] 

[Masonian Papers, Vol. 6, p. 147.] 

Gentelmen Proprioters of m r Masons Right whereas you Proposed 
to me at your Last Setting to take in twentey men out of hampton 
into Each of the two towns theat we have Laid out and Planned 



MEREDITH. 477 

when I Come to Look over S l1 Plans I finde that in the 2' 1 township 
there is one 4 th Part water and although the first is Sumthing more 
then Six miles Square yet the 2 d wants so much that wee Shall have 
but 269 acers for a man as the towns are Laid out and bounded and 
Sixtey men to Each town whereas if wee had Laid out Six miles 
Square wee Should have had 288 acers to Each man now Gentlemen 
Pleas Either to Let us Continue with no more then 60 : men to Each 
town which will suite us much the best or Rememb