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The seven townships were supposed to be of equal value and were
assigned to 840 (about) the number of Claimants either the soldiers
themselves or their heirs, then known to be in the country.

The companies of claimants were made up according to the resi-
dences of the men at the time of the assignment about 1733-1735.
This assignment took in the Plymouth Colony soldiers as Plymouth
had then become a part of Massachusetts. An officer who served the
whole war had no more than a private who served a week.

As to Andrew Peters. The sum with which he is credited would
indicate that he served from Dec. 10 to the end of the campaign. His
name in the list of Soldier Grantees is positive proof that he was in the
Campaign. My own ancestor John Harmon was in the same Township
allotment. (P. 24.)

I do not think the seal had any reference to the capture of the fort.

I have no further information about Andrew Peters, which would
assist you and I presume this is all too late to be of interest.

Yours very truly

George M. Bodge.



Ipswich and Andover ii

Success, His Honor have thought it might tend to pro-
mote a good understanding & Harmony in this Court to
lay before the Hon'ble Board wherefore it is that the
Representat'ves have come into the Grant of a Tract of
six miles square to each number of one hundred & twenty
persons which they have made this Session, in answer to
the Petition of Thomas Tileston & others, a Comm'tee in
behalf of themselves and the rest of the Soldiers & their
Descendants who were in the Narragansett War, And
one great Reason is that there was a Proclamation made
to the Army in the name of the Govemm'nt, — as living
evidences very fully testify, — when they were mustered
on Dedham Plain where they began their March, that if
they playd the Man, took the Fort and Drove the Enemy
out of the Narragansett Country, which was their great
Seat, that they should have a gratuity in Land beside
their Wages ; and it is well known that this was done ;
and as the Conditions have been performed, certainly the
Promise, in all Equity and Justice ought to be fulfilled ;
and if we consider the Difficulties these brave Men went
thro' in Storming the Fort in the Depth of Winter and the
pinching wants they afterward underwent in pursuing the
Indians that escaped, thro' a hideous wilderness, famously
known throughout New England to this day by the name
of the hungry March; and if we further consider that
until the brave tho' small army thus played the Man, the
whole Country was filled with Distress & fear & we trem-
bled in the Capital, Boston, itself, and that to the Good-
ness of God to this Army we owe our Fathers and our
Safety & Estates, We cannot but think yt those Instru-
m'ts of our Deliverance and Safety ought to be not only
justly but also gratefully and generously rewarded & even
with much more than they prayed for. If we measure
w't they receive from us by w't we enjoy & have received
from them, we need not mention to ye Hon'ble Board the



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Wisdom, Justice & Generosity of our Mother Country &
ye ancient Romans on such occasions, Triumphs, Ora-
tions, Hereditary Honors & Privileges; All the Riches,
Lands & Spoils of War & Conquest have not been thought
too great for those to whom they have not owed more, if
so much as We do to those our Deliverers, & we ought
further to observe what greatly adds to their merit that
they are not vagabonds & Beggars & Outcasts, of wh'ch
Armies are Sometimes considerably made up, who run
the Hazards of War to avoid the danger of Starving; so
far from this, that these were some of ye best of Our Men,
the Fathers and Sons of some of ye greatest & best of
Our famil'es and could have no other view but to serve
ye Country, & whom God was pleased accordingly in a
very remarkable manner to Honor & Succeed Of these
things the Hon'ble the General Court of the Late Colony
of the Massachusetts in those days was not insensible and
accordingly gave to ye Soldiers, being upward of Five
Hundred, abt Two Thirds of the Army that went from ye
Massachusetts & the Late Colony of Plimouth, a tract of
abt forty thousand acres in the Nipmug Coimtry, this or
the value of it these Soldiers would be contented with, &
take in their Brethren of Plimouth too, tho' that sh'd
take away two thirds of w't was granted them and would
after that have more in value than w't they now ask for
them all, for every one must own that 40,000 acres in the
Heart of the Country, as the Nipmug country is, is of
more value than five times that quantity in the Borders,
& in Danger if there should be a French war, as is &
would be the case with all the unappropriated Lands of
the Province w'ch they now ask for.

It is hoped that the neglect of these petition'rs so
long, or the provinces having disposed of the Nipmug
Country to others & so defeated their ancient Grants, will
not be thought to wear out any more than it reveals



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their merit. The Grant seems to be made in acknowledge-
ment both of ye promise & of ye fulfilling ye conditions
& being well entitled to it, & there is great Reason to
fear that public Guilt w'd ly upon the Country if we
should neglect & continue in the Breach of this Promise,
after it has been made & omitted for above fifty years.

As to the late Grant of two Townships to Seven or
Eight Hundred of these Soldiers, It is so far below the
value of the Land they conquered, & the Price the prov-
ince had for it when it was sold, & the money divided
In the Colonies that carried on the War, It is such a
Pittance of w't they obtained for us, so exceedingly be-
neath w't the Province has defeated them of, which was
granted to about Two thirds of them in the Nipmug
Country, that it is rather mocking and deriding them to
offer it. Beyond w't has been offered, it sh'd be con-
sidered that to grant the present petition and give such
a quantity of Land as may be worth Settling, & upon
Conditions of bringing forward Townships, is much more
agreeable to Charter & for the publick Good than to
Give away Tracts of Land & suffer & even tempt men
to let them ly waste & unimproved, for in the way that
has been proposed & in which some Progress has been
made the Lands will be divided into such scraps that
they will not be worth receiving.
In Council: Read"

Jan 19- 1731-32. The House ordered that further
grants be made so that each 120 persons should have a
township six miles square.

June 30 — 1732 The claims of 840 persons having been
allowed a grant of 5 additional townships was made to
the Narragansett soldiers by the House of Representa-
tives.

April 26, 1733 Governor Belcher gave his approval
to the new grant



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Andover Lot No. io6 was drawn by the Rev. Andrew
Peters for his father (should be grandfather).
Andrew Peters, lot exchanged.

1678 Feb. 18, A list of ye Names of those persons yt
have right of commonage according to law and order of
this town (Ipswich) Andrew Peeters (among

others)

Richard Shatswell, formerly of Ipswich now of Dracut,
near Chelmsford, conveys if acres to Andrew Peeters,
adjoining to that land said Andrew bought of Simon
Tuttle, running upon a straight line to take in two crooks
of Muddy River, which river is the division bettwixt me
the said Shatswell & Simon Tuttle. Also my part of a
parcel of land lying without the common fence on south
east side of muddy river containing 1-4 acre. April 4,
1679

Andrew Peeters,* Ipswich, aged 50 years his deposition,
that he being pr'sent at the bargain of saile of a p'cell of
marsh that Mr Richard Hubbard bought of Rich'd Shats-
well & the sd Hubbard was to pay the said Shattswell,
fifty shillings for the sd land to old Goodm Hart or Deacon
Kiiowlton & the said deponent did see the land delivered
& staked out for the bounds of it this was in Ipswich

Andrew Peters made Oath in Court to the truth of this
March 31, 1684.

Attest Jo. Appleton Cler

1686 Ipswich Town Records The Particulars which
the town rate is lay for And. Peeters & Capt. Appleton
for Bulls 3-08-00

1686 To Andrew Peters rate abated 00-05-07

Andrew Petters Ips. for 8o£ conveys to Philip Fowler f

* This places his birth in 1634.

t Great-great-grandfather of Phebe Carleton, who married John
Peters (i 705-1 797).



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Ips. land with an old barn thereon and an orchard &
other appurtenances adjoining to the dwelling house of
said Andrew bounded on one side by Fetters lot, bounded
on the other side by the hight St and land of Mr Wm
Norton which is one acre all the land Fetters bought of
Richard Hubbard, that ye said Hubbard enjoyed on the
South side of the said high St

9 April 1685 (The same deed is witnessed Ap 21 1685)

From Old Ipswich Records, Vol. v. Salem.

1687 By Andrew Feters rate allowed 00-05-01

Ipswich Town Records.

Andrew Feeters to William Baker, Deed

1687 Andrew Feeters, Ipswich, and wife Mercy, for
;^65 deed to Wm Baker glover, "all my dwelling House
with all ye land about it and all ye other housing orchards,
yards, &c. in all containing i acre, with all the appurte-
nances thereunto belonging, excepting and reserving to
myself the cyder mill and the house that is over the same.
The said house and land being situated in the called Hill
street, bounded on the orchard of Mr John Whittingham
dec'd, now Fhillip Fowler toward ye east, and a lane or
highway toward ye west, abutting at the one end upon
the street above toward the North, at the other end abut-
ting upon pasture land of Mr Wm Norton Nov. 22-1687

This probably indicates his departure for Andover
which we know occurred about this time. That town had
first been called Cochichawick, and was settled about
1640-42, principally by Newbury and Ipswich men.

ANDOVER TOWN RECORDS

1689 Layd out to Andrew Feeters three Acres and
sixty rods of land, adjoining to the Land of Walter Wright
where it is thirty-three Rod in length; and from Walter
Wright comer to a swamp walnut tree marked, it is



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seven Rods, which is the south end of sd * and then

we run Northward to a groat white Oak eighteen Rods,
which La * so far makes a gore ; And then wee rim

from sd white Oak Northward to a great old stump by
the swamp, and from that stump we ran westward sixteen
Ro* to Walter Wright's corner fence next the

street This land was sold by the * and they have

received pay for it. Layd out by Thomas Chandler
Stephen Osgood ffeb. 19-1689.!

1689 Jan 6 — Sold to Mr Andrew Peters what land lyeth
on ye south side of what land he bought of ye towne
formerly, up to ye highway leading to John Abbotts, he
paying after ye rate of thirty shillings per acre. Capt.
Chandler and Steven Osgood to measure it to him.

"Deaths having occurred either in the wars abroad or
by savage violence at home

John Peters killed by the Indians Aug 14th, 1689
Andrew Peters killed by the Indians Aug 14-1689

1690-91 Mar 2 — Sold to Mr Andrew Peters a parcell of
land as it shall appear by measure for thirty shillings acre
sd land to lye on ye north side of Capt Chandlers lott and
joyning to ye westerly side of some of Corpll Thomas
Johnson's land ; goe in a straight line from Walter Wright
notherly bounds to ye lower end of Corpll Johnson's
swamp.

FROM Hutchinson's "history of Massachusetts bay,"

VOL. II, page 44:
' ' To the honoured Court of Assize held at Salem

The humble address of several of the inhabitants of
Andover.J May it please this honoured court,

* Illegible.

t In land laid out to Walter Wright there is mention of " Mr Andrew
Peeters " about this period.

X This was probably in August of 1692, but no date is given.



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We being very sensible of the great sufferings our
neighbours have been long under in prison and charitably
judging that many of them are clear of that great trans-
gression which hath been laid to their charge, have
thought it our duty to endeavour their vindication so far
as our testimony for them will avail. The persons, in
whose behalf we are desired and concerned to speak
something at present, are Mrs. Mary Osgood,* Eunice
Frye,t Deliverance Dane, J Sarah Wilson § and Abigail
Barker, || , who are women of whom we can truly give this
character and commendation, that they have not only
lived among us so inoffensively as not to give the least
occasion to any that know them to suspect them of
witchcraft, but by their sober, godly, and exemplary
conversation have obtained a good report in the place,
where they have been well esteemed and approved in the
church of which they are members.

We are surprised to hear that persons of known in-
tegrity and purity were accused of so horrid a crime,
not considering, then, that the most innocent were liable
to be so misrepresented and abused. When these women
were accused by some afflicted persons of the neighbour-
hood, their relations and others, though they had so good
grounds of charity that they should not have thought
any evil of them, yet through a misrepresentation of the
truth of that evidence that was so much credited and
improved against people, took great pains to persuade
them to own what they were, by the afflicted, charged

* Wife of Capt. John Osgood, daughter of the Rev. Robert Clemens,
of Haverhill.

t Eunice Potter, wife of Deacon John Frye, who was uncle of Phebe,
who md. Samuel Peters.

t Deliverance Hazeltine, wife of Nathaniel Deane.

§ Sarah Chandler Wilson, aunt of Thos Chandler who md. Mary-
Peters.

II Abigail Wheelock, wife of Ebenezer Barker.



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with ; and indeed did unreasonably urge them to confess
themselves guilty, as some of us who were then present
can testify. But these good women did very much assert
their innocence; yet some of them said they were not
without fear lest Satan had some way ensnared them,
because there was that evidence against them which then
was by many thought to be a certain indication and
discovery of witchcraft, yet they seriously professed they
knew nothing by themselves of that nature. Neverthe-
less, by the unwearied sollicitations of those that privately
discoursed them, both at home and at Salem, they were
at length persuaded publickly to own what they were
charged with, and to submit to that guilt which we still
hope and believe they are clear of. And it is probable,
the fear of what the event might be, and the encourage-
ment that it is said, was suggested to them, that con-
fessing was the only way to obtain favour, might be too
powerful a temptation for timorous women to withstand,
in the hurry and distraction that we have heard they
were in. Had what they said against themselves pro-
ceeded from conviction of the fact, we should have had
nothing to have said for them, but we are induced to
think that it did not, because they did soon privately
retract what they had said, as we are informed; and
while they were in prison, they declared to such as they
had confidence to speak freely and plainly to, that they
were not guilty of what they had owned, and that what
they had said against themselves was the greatest grief
and burden they laboured under. Now, though we cannot
but judge it a thing very sinful for innocent persons to own
a crime they are not guilty of, yet, considering the well
ordered conversation of those women while they lived
among us, and what they now seriously and constantly
affirm in a more composed frame, we cannot but in
charity judge them innocent of the great transgression



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that hath been imputed to them. As for the rest of our
neighbours, who are under the Hke circumstances with
these that have been named, we can truly say of them,
that while they lived among us, we have had no cause
to judge them such persons as, of late, they have been
represented and reported to be, nor do we know that
any of their neighbours had any just grounds to suspect
them of that evil that they are now charged with.



Dudley Bradstreet


II


Wm. Peters


I Francis Dane, Sen.


12


Samuel Peters


2 Thomas Barnard


13


Walter Wright


3 Thomas Chandler, sen.




Hooker Osgood


John Barker




Benja. Stevens


Henry Ingalls, sen.




Ann Bradstreet


4 Wm Chandler, sen.




Joanna Dane


Samuel Martin




Eliza. Stevens


Samuel Ingalls




Eliza. Barnard


5 Ephraim Stevens




Phebe Robinson


Daniel Poor


14


Hannah Chandler


John Ingalls


15


Hannah Dane


John Abbot, sen.




Henry Ingalls, jun.


Samuel Blanchard


16


John Frie, sen.


Wm Ballard


17


James Frie


Thomas Hooper


18


John Aslet (Aslebe)


John Hooper


19


Samuel Holt


Wm Abbot




Joseph Robinson


James Russell




Thomas Johnson


Oliver Holt




Tho. Johnson, jun.


John Presson


20


Andrew Peters


6 Francis Dane, jim.


21


Mary Peters (Mercy)


7 George Abbot


22


Bridget Chandler


8 Wm Chandler, jun.




Mary Johnson


9 John Chandler




Robert Russel


10 Elizabeth Rite




Mary Russel "



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o Captain and son of Simon Bradstreet.
1-2 Clergymen of Andover.

3 Father-in-law of Mary Peters Chandler.

4 Uncle of Thomas Chandler who married Mary Peters.

5 He married Sarah, daughter of Hannah Chandler and
George Abbot. She was own cousin to Mary Peters
Chandler's husband.

6 Son of the Revd. Francis Dane, and step-son to
Hannah Chandler, widow of George Abbot, and third
wife of the Rev"? Francis Dane. She was own aimt to
Thos. Chandler, jun.

7 Son of Hannah Chandler and George Abbot, and own
cousin to Thomas Chandler, husband of Mary Peters.

8 Brother of Thomas, Jr. and John Chandler.

9 Brother of Thomas and William Jr.

10 Oldest daughter of Andrew Peeters who married
Walter Wright for her second husband.

1 1- 1 2 Sons of Andrew Peeters.

1 3 Son-in-law of Andrew Peeters.

14 Hannah Abbot, wife of John Chandler sister-in-law
of Mary Peters.

15 Hannah Chandler, aunt of Thomas, Jr., widow of
George Abbot, and third wife of the Revd. Francis Dane.

16 Father of Deacon John and James Frie, and grand-
father of Phebe who three years later married Samuel
Peters.

17 Son of John Frie, Sen.

18 Lieut. John Aslebe, brother-in-law of Samuel Frie
and maternal uncle of Phebe who later married Samuel
Peters.

19 He married a sister of John Allen who married
Mercy Peters.

20-21 Our earliest ancestor and his wife Mercy.
22 Bridget Henchman, second wife of William Chand-
ler, senior.



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John Allen was brother of the well-known Martha
(Allen) Carrier, who was hanged as a witch. It will be
seen that the Peters family was in the very midst of those
accused as witches. The paper was a bold one to draw
up and it must have taken great courage to sign it.

FILES OF COURT PAPERS.

"Know all men by these presents, That we William
Chandler as principle & Andrew Peters & George Herrick
Suretyes do acknowledge ourselves to owe & be justly
Indebted unto our Sovereign Lord & Lady King William
and Queen Mary, their Heirs and Successors, for the Sup-
port of their Majesties' Government here, the sum of
Fifty pounds, for the true performance of which payment
well and truly to be made we bind ourselves each of us
and each of our Heirs Executors and Administrators
firmly by these Presents, Sealed with our Seals, dated in
Salem, this 17 day of Janry 1692.

The condition of this Obligation is such, That whereas
the aforesaid William Chandler is admitted and allowed by
their Majesties Justices at a General Sessions of the Peace
to keep a common house of entertainment and to use
common selling of ale, beer, syder &c till the General
Sessions of the Peace in . . . next in the now Dwell-
ing-house of said Chandler in Andover commonly known
by the sign of the horse-shoe,* and no other. If therefore
the said William Chandler during the time of keeping a
Publick House shall not permit suffer or have any playing
at Dice, Cards, Tables Quoits, Loggets, Bowles, Ninepins,
Billiards or any other unlawful Game or Games in his
house, yard. Garden or Backside; nor shall suffer to be
or remain in his House any person or persons not being
of his own family upon Saturday nights after it is Dark,
nor at any time on the Sabbath Day or Evening after the

* He was a blacksmith.



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Sabbath, nor shall suffer any person to lodge or stay in
his House above one day and one night ; but such whose
Name and Surname he shall deliver to some one of The
Selectmen or Constables or some one of the officers of the
Town unless they be such as he very well knoweth and
will answer for his or their forthcoming; nor shall sell
any Wine or Liquors to any Indians or Negroes nor suffer
any servants or apprentices or any other persons to re-
main in his house Tippling or drinking after nine of the
clock in the night time; nor buy or take to Pawn any
stolen goods, nor willingly harbor in his said House,
Barn, Stable or otherwise any Rogues, Vagabonds,
Thieves, nor other notorious offenders whatsoever nor
shall suffer any person or persons to sell or utter any
ale, beer, cyder &c by Deputation or by colour of this
License and also keep the true assize and measure in his
Pots, Bread and otherwise, in uttering of ale, beer, cyder,
wine, rum, &c, and the same sell by sealed measure. And
in his said House shall and do use and maintain good
order and Rule : Then this present obligation to be void
or else stand in full Force Power and Virtue.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of

Jonathan Putnam
Stephen Sewal
William Chandler
George Herrick
Andrew Peeters"

Files of Court Papers
1692 This may certifye any that may be concerned yt
Mr Andrew Peeters, (now an inhabitant in Andover) being
lately burnt out by ye Indians & put by his husbandry
& being a stiller of strong liquors by his calling & having
sett up his still house in ye towne of Andover we ye
subscribers being ye selectmen of Andover doe desire &



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judge it a benefit to ye towne yt he may have Hberty to
retaile his Hquor by ye quart out of his owne house to the
householders of ye Towne or others which he may think
have need of it. We judging him a man carefull of
observing law & good order in those matters.

Dudley Bradstreet

John Abbot

John Aslebe *

Samuel Frie f

John Chandler, Selectmen of Andover

Andover, ye 21 December 1692

1692 "Granted to Mr Andrew Peters | to build a seat
in ye east gallery & to Joseph Wilson to build a seat over
ye north stairs." — Church Records, Andover.

1692 A rate made for ye minister in the year 1692
for the South end of the town of Andover (Assessors'
Records,) Andrew Peters is one of those assessed.

1692-3 Mar 6 Left. Christopher Osgood § moderator
for the day, Capt. Dudley Bradstreet, Capt. Osgood, I
John Chandler & Christopher Osgood are chosen select-
men for the year ensuing

1693-4 Jan. I Report of towne meeting, signed by
Dudley Bradstreet, Thomas Chandler Senr, Andrew
Peeters and others.

1693-4 Mar. 5 Report of towne meeting, Left. Chris-
topher Osgood, § moderator, Mr. Andrew Peeters (and
four others) selectmen.

* Great-grandfather of Samuel, 3 William, 3 Andrew 3 and John 3
Peters.

t Grandfather of Samuel,3 William,3 Andrew 3 and John 3 Peters.

I Miss Bailey, in her History of Andover says that only four men,
early in the settling of the town, were given the title of " Mr."
Andrew, after coming to Andover is, with two or three exceptions,
invariably spoken of as " Mr. Peters."

§ Grandfather of Phebe Carlton, who married John Peters, 1733.

I This is Captain John Osgood.



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1693-4 Mr. Andrew Peeters treasurer, Capt. Chris-
topher Osgood representative for the town this year.

1694 July 30 Mr Andrew Peeters was chosen treas-
urer of ye towne.

1694-5 May 4 John Carleton * & William Lovejoy
constables Mr Andrew Peeters treasurer for the year en-
suing.

1696 May 4 Voted & passed yt these tenn men
hereafter named shall have the libertie of making a ware
for ye catching of fish in Merrimack River att a place
commonly called ye fishing place against Maj. Bradstreet
his Ground. According to these terms following : viz, to
sell to ye inhabitants of this town at any price not ex-
ceeding twelvepence ye score & ye inhabitants of this
towne to be supplied before strangers. Mr Andrew
Peeters, Left. John Chandler, Left. Thomas Johnson,
Sergt. John Aslebe, William Chandler Senr, Andrew



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