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[p. 43] built by Thomas Broughton on land purchased of Henry Dunster on Menotomy's side (south side of river). In the year 1656 Mr. Dunster sold to Thomas Broughton “all that parcel of land on which the corn and fulling mills stand, which the said Thomas Broughton built on Menotomie's land and in the river of Mistick . . .” In the year 1659 Thomas Broughton sold to Edward Collins “two water mills on Mistick river now in the possession of Thomas Eames in said Broughton's behalf . . .” 1 In the following year (1660) Edward Collins sold to Thomas Brooks and Timothy Wheeler “400 acres of land . . . also one-fourth part of the mill on Mistick river lately in the possession of Thomas Broughton . . .” In the year 1666 Edward Collins sold to Caleb Brooks “one-fourth part,” and to Timothy Wheeler “three-fourths parts of the corn mills on Mistick river . . . now in the occupation and improvement of Thomas Fillebrown, and all houses, land, dams and waterways to the same pertaining or in any way appertaining or in any way belonging, also all tools and implements. . . . Excepting and only reserving my rights, interests and claims to the wares on said river for fishing, with liberty to fish as formerly has been wont in and about said mill.” In the year 1684 Timothy Wheeler sold to Ebenezer Prout “all his right and title to the corn mills bought of Edward Collins, Thomas Danforth and Thomas Brooks.”

A diligent search of the records fails to show any conveyance to Timothy Wheeler of the mill property except as has been before stated. It is evident, however, that Ebenezer Prout was the sole owner of all the mill property on both sides of the river, as that same year he sold to his brother, Joseph Prout, “one-half of the corn mills at Menotomy in Charlestown on Mistick river, one-half of the mill yard on Charlestown side containing one acre. Also one-half of dwelling house and out-buildings, one-half of mill dam. Also one-half of two acres on the north side of the river at the end of the mill dam. Also onehalf ”


1 There were two mills under one roof, a corn and a fulling mill.

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