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westerly part of the town was made a separate precinct Dec. 27, 1732, and was afterwards styled the Second Parish, or more generally Menotomy. The line of division was Menotomy River from Charlestown till it comes to Spy Pond Brook; then on said brook till it comes to a water-course or ditch in Whiting's meadow, so called: the ditch to be the boundary till it comes to Hamblett's Brook, following the course of the Brook to the Bridge; thence on a straight line to the northwest corner of Mr. Isaac Holden's orchard, and continuing the same course to Watertown line. Mass. Prove. Rec., XII. 351. This tract, with the addition of the remaining territory on the westerly side of Menotomy River, was incorporated, Feb. 27, 1807, under the name of West Cambridge, Mass. Spec. Laws, IV. 88. which name was changed to Arlington, April 20, 1867. Ibid., XII. 244. The inhabitants of the territory left on the south side of Charles River petitioned to be made a separate precinct, as early as 1748,
rd the parties, are humbly of opinion that the lands in the Northwest Part of said town petitioned for, be set off a distinct precinct by the following boundaries: On Menotomy River from Charlestown till it comes to Spy Pond Brook, then on said brook till it comes to a watercourse or ditch in Whiting's meadow, so called; the ditch to be the boundary till it comes to Hamblet's Brook, following the course of said brook to the Bridge, thence on a straight line to the northwest corner of Mr. Isaac Holden's orchard, and continuing the same course to Watertown line. And that the inhabitants of the said precinct be vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities that other precincts within this Province do, or by law ought to enjoy. The above report was accepted, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1732, and the order of the General Court for a new precinct in Cambridge was that the lands above-mentioned be set off a distinct precinct accordingly.—Mass. Prov. Records, vol. XV. On June 9, 1
d near Spy Pond, in 1688 (Paige, 103, &c.). In 1656 Thomas Ross, a Scotchman, and a servant to Edward Winship, had liberty to mow the grass in the swamp anent the north end of Spy Pond (Paige, 646). Andrew Beard was chosen hog-reeve for Menotomy, 1692 (Paige, 486). Jonathan Butterfield was field-driver for Menotomy fields, 1693 (Paige, 505). Jacob Chamberlin was chosen hog-reeve for Menotomy, in 1695 (Paige, 506). Offices once of greater significance than at present. A transfer from Holden to Prentice of a large part of the Holden Farm, bounded south on Fresh Pond and east on Alewife Brook, being the former southeasterly corner of Arlington, occurred in 1729 (Paige, 631). Justinian Holden had bought of Nathaniel Sparhawk's executors 289 acres, bounded S. on Fresh Pond and E. on Alewife River, in 1653 (Paige, 586). John Adams bought of Mr. Joseph Cooke (brother of Colonel George Cooke) of Stannaway, co. Essex, England, by deed in the seventeenth year of King Charles II.