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William Cushing Wait (search for this): chapter 15
of the moderator and an early teacher in Medford. At the town meeting, July 19, 1738, was discussed The affier of plan of Medford and the land voted to be petitioned for should be left to ye Discretion of the Committe By this it would appear that a map, or plan, of Medford and its distant farm had been contemplated. Had the committeemen's (Willis and Hall) judg meet for the Town's interest that such should have been made, it would have antedated the Ephraim Jones plan noted by Judge Wait (Register, Vol. I, p. 128), the earliest plan of Medford, by sixteen years. But the plan of the distant farm had been made and filed with the province authorities two years before, and perhaps the committee deemed that enough. An interesting entry in the Medford record is this:— We the Subscribers being appointed July 14, 1740 a committee to perfect the lines of the farm granted by the Genl Court 1735 which Lyeth on Pescatequogg River according to the Plan of the Same accordingly we
Simon Frost (search for this): chapter 15
id town presented to the court in June last: provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of a thousand acres and does not interfere with any former grant. Sent up for concurrence J. Quincy, Spkr. In House of Representatives Dec. 22, 1736 Read again and question put whether the plat shall be accepted, It passed in the negative Dec. 29, 1736. Read again and reconsidered and ordered Sent up for concurrence, J. Quincy, Spkr. In Council Dec. 31, 1736. Read and concurred Simon Frost.Dep. Sec. Jan. 1, 1737. Consented to J. Belcher-- All the above is self-explanatory, but where was the Old Harry's Town? The N. H. Manual, page 41, under the head of Manchester, says:-- This territory was originally known as Harry town or Old Harry Town-. . . Granted by Mason Apr. 17, 1735, to Capt Wm Tyng's Snow-shoe men and hence called Tyngstown Incorporated as Derryfield Sep 3 1751 Medford's town farm. As already stated, this town farm was procured in the interes
Ebenezer Brooks (search for this): chapter 15
k's office with the book in our lap and copied verbatim the town's doings of nearly two centuries agone, and were reminded of the flight of present time every quarter hour by the cathedral chimes just outside. Evidently that the king's business demands haste was the thought in those days, as the town warrant, dated February 3, 1735-6, called a town meeting three days later and some others in lesser time. Att a town meeting legally convened In Medford february ye 6th Day 1735-6 Capt Ebenezer Brooks chosen Moderator . . . Voted to Chuse a commitee of Two Persons to Lookout Sum Sutable Place in the unappropriated Lands of this Provence to Lay out the thousand Acres of Land Granted to the said town of Medford by the Genrl Court in the year one thousand seven hundred and thirty-five where it may be most advantageous to the town and the Said Commtee are hereby Empowered to Imploy Such men for Surveyor and Chain men as they shall Judg most Proper and they are to Procicute said afaier
Ebenezer Cutter (search for this): chapter 15
ason grant and Gorges patent difficulties, as we may later notice. On July 11, 1743, the town voted 150 pounds old tenor money to be paid Benja Parker, Town Treasurer on the 14 September next to sattisfye the debts and charges and what may yet arise in the affairs of the said Towns farm And on the 14th of May, 1744, 250 pounds more were voted to pay debts about the town farm. At that time there seems to have been a change of administration, as Capt. Samuel Brooks, Joseph Tufts and Ebenezer Cutter were chosen Committe to Take care of the Towns farm lying at a place called Pascattequag. On November 1, 1744, the town meeting's attention was diverted somewhat from the farm matters to paying for the past ringing of the newly acquired bell on the meeting-house and providing for its future service, and adjournment was had to the 15th, to receive account of audit of accounts of town farm, when the same was allowed and accepted. At the meeting of March 4, 1744-5 the same committee
cute said afaier as soon as the Season of ye year will Permit and likewise to make Report to the Town of their Reasonable Charge in Mannaging the Same and the Town to Reamburft ye same; At Sd meting Mr Wm Willis chosen for the ends aforsaid & Capt John Hall chosen for the ends aforsaid Att Said meet put to Vote whether ye Selectmen should Draw an order on the Tresurer for Ten pounds to be payd to ye above Sd Committe for to enable them att present to manage the aforsfd afaires Voted of plan of Medford and the land voted to be petitioned for should be left to ye Discretion of the Committe By this it would appear that a map, or plan, of Medford and its distant farm had been contemplated. Had the committeemen's (Willis and Hall) judg meet for the Town's interest that such should have been made, it would have antedated the Ephraim Jones plan noted by Judge Wait (Register, Vol. I, p. 128), the earliest plan of Medford, by sixteen years. But the plan of the distant farm ha
was valid, and the discourse at Portsmouth convinced the Medford committee that the house and fencing were a dead loss to Medford, and that the utensils only remained for the town to realize anything from. Just what the Possession Fence was, that Medford erected on the two land boundaries, which were something over a half mile in length, we do not know, probably not of barbed wire, though the pitch pine and maple trees on the river bank would have made good terminal posts for such. In 1746 the last surviving heir of Mason had sold his rights to twelve gentlemen of Portsmouth, who, to conciliate, recorded quit claims to towns where settlement had been made, but we have found no indication of Medford being thus favored. It might be interesting to know how the old tenor basal price named for the vendue compared with the standard hard money of the time. By careful comparison of the foregoing plat and its bounds and courses with the map of the New Hampshire county of Hillsboroug
oundary was in 1740, and gave to New Hampshire territory fourteen miles further south than she had ever claimed. Piscataquogg meant great deer place. The usual reservation of masts for our royal navy was in the charter of all the scores of towns chartered by Wentworth, and perhaps after province days some of the timber of that region found its way to Medford ship yards. Squog village, within the two miles west of the Merrimack, has been annexed to, and is now a part of, Manchester. In 1812 there was built, perhaps on quite this old Medford town farm, a canal boat called the Experiment. It was hauled by forty yoke of oxen to the Merrimack, launched on the river, loaded, and made the trip down stream under the charge of Captain Isaac Riddle. It left the river at Chelmsford and came through the Middlesex canal, thus voyaging through Medford to Boston, where its arrival was hailed with cannon salute. It is recorded that the enterprise boomed Bedford, the Hamp shier town, but we
January 1st, 1737 AD (search for this): chapter 15
court in June last: provided the plat exceeds not the quantity of a thousand acres and does not interfere with any former grant. Sent up for concurrence J. Quincy, Spkr. In House of Representatives Dec. 22, 1736 Read again and question put whether the plat shall be accepted, It passed in the negative Dec. 29, 1736. Read again and reconsidered and ordered Sent up for concurrence, J. Quincy, Spkr. In Council Dec. 31, 1736. Read and concurred Simon Frost.Dep. Sec. Jan. 1, 1737. Consented to J. Belcher-- All the above is self-explanatory, but where was the Old Harry's Town? The N. H. Manual, page 41, under the head of Manchester, says:-- This territory was originally known as Harry town or Old Harry Town-. . . Granted by Mason Apr. 17, 1735, to Capt Wm Tyng's Snow-shoe men and hence called Tyngstown Incorporated as Derryfield Sep 3 1751 Medford's town farm. As already stated, this town farm was procured in the interest of religion and educat
e territory incorporated by Gov. Benning Wentworth on June 16, 1761, as Goffstown, in honor of Col. John Goffe, a resident of the adjoining town of Bedford, and one of the chainmen named in the certificate of Caleb Brooks. The Masonian proprietors had made a grant in 1748 to Rev. Thomas Parker of Dracut, and to others. These last were probably the some Peoples and the Portsmouth gentlemen referred to in Medford records, and by or under them the first settling thought to have been begun in 1742. The decision of the crown as to boundary was in 1740, and gave to New Hampshire territory fourteen miles further south than she had ever claimed. Piscataquogg meant great deer place. The usual reservation of masts for our royal navy was in the charter of all the scores of towns chartered by Wentworth, and perhaps after province days some of the timber of that region found its way to Medford ship yards. Squog village, within the two miles west of the Merrimack, has been annexed to, an
January 23rd, 1748 AD (search for this): chapter 15
Quitclaim of said Farm according to the Grant of the General Court with the House and Fences with all the Emprovements and Utensils thereon and said Purchasers are to pay down the sum of Fifty Pounds Old Tenor to be deducted out of said Sum sold for and none to bid less than £ 5 Old Tenor at a time. Voted in the affirmative. We are unable to find any record of any vendue at Mrs. Floyd's tavern in the old Medford market-place a week later, and have grave doubt thereof: because on January 23, 1748-9, a warrant was issued, calling a town meeting at 6 o'clock in the afternoon of that day, at the house of Mrs. Sarah Floyd, inasmuch as we find that it may be of great service to ye town as to their Farm at Piscataquogge (so called) that some person or persons should be forthwith sent to Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire in order to discourse with the Gentlemen that have purchased Mason's Right or Patent and to determine what will be best for the Town to do with Respect t
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