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[15] acres, east division line Cambridge and Charlestown, north Cambridge common land, south partly by Cambridge common land and partly by land of Robert Wilson, and west by his own; together with the dwelling-house, barns, out-houses, fences, orchards, gardens, &c., pertaining to the same; with three quarters of the corn-mill, now standing on said land (the ‘nineteen acres,’ &c., comprising the ‘homestead’ devised to John Rolfe, Jr., in 1681); and three quarters of the house, stones, wheels, bills, and all other utensils and appurtenances, thereunto belonging; as also three acres meadow within Charlestown limits, east by Jonathan Dunster, north by the mill-brook, south by division line between Charlestown and Cambridge, Dec. 27, 1686. Mortgage discharged by the said Cutter, June 1, 1696 (Midd. Registry, x. 33).

From 1693 to 1698, William Cutter was subjected to lawsuits by the heirs of Colonel George Cooke, in the persons of Mr. John Quick, of London, and Elizabeth his wife, and Samuel Annesley, Esq., of London, and Mary his wife, by John Carthew, of Boston, their attorney, to recover possession of twenty acres of land in Cambridge, including the premises where said Cutter dwelt, a water cornmill on said twenty acres, and three acres meadow-land in Charlestown, being the real estate whereof the said George Cooke died seized. The twenty acres were described as bounded at this period by the land in the tenure of Matthew Abdee, on the east by Woburn highway, on the north by Charlestown line, and on the west by a lot of land lately purchased by said William Cutter. The premises claimed, occupied by Cutter, consisted of ‘one messuage house, wherein said Cutter doth now inhabit and dwell, and of one barn, garden and orchard and yard thereunto belonging.’ The piece of meadow in the bounds of Charlestown had the brook northerly, Cambridge line southerly, and Woburn highway westerly. The particulars of the controversy are entered on the County Court Records. In the records of the Superior Court, the suit Quick vs. Cutter appears January and July, 1696, also January, 1697, and January and July, 1698.

The following deposition of Major James Convers, Esq., of Woburn. concerning the old mill has been preserved:

James Convers, aged about fifty-two years, being sworn, doth say, that he very well remembers the mill that stood upon the brook, at a place called Menotomy in Cambridge bounds, which mill, when it was in being, was called Captain Cooke's Mill.

I, this deponent, also do know very well, that the said mill was demolished a considerable time before John Ralph [Rolfe] bought that place, and so were the other buildings; except some small ruins thereof were to be seen when said Ralph came there to live; and the said John Ralph built the mill that is now there standing, and the house and the barn; and the said Ralph bought the timber for the wheels, the irons for said mill, and the millstones, of this deponent's father and his uncle Josiah Convers; and that Lieut. Matthew Johnson, late of Woburn, built the said mill for said Ralph; that is to say,

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