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by Anderson's, 91.

over the water-course, 94,

to the bridge, 94, 96.



Index of Najmes.



171



Ways, by Butman's, 98.

by the new meeting house, 99.

nt North end, 100.

from Battery to Cbarlestown ferry,

100.
to Ferry point, 100.
from Gallop's point to Battery, 100.
at Ilumney M:irsh, 101.
by R. Fairbanks', 103, 104.
to the Wiiidmy.l, 107.
old way by T. Hawkins, 113.
to Ward's wharf, 120.
to the raill-cove, 120.
to John Barren's, 126.
by Phillips' house, 130, 156.
by Shrinipton's, 134.
from Phillips' to Duncan's, 139.
from Pen's to Gentry Hill, 145, 150.
to Gentry Hill, 150.
through Jolin.son's marsh, 156.

{Web, 101, 100, 107, 137, 138.
Webb, 31, 55, 58. 61, 122, 131, 146, 158.
Webbe, 20, 62, 65, 66, 73.
Weeb.'JO, 94.
Webb's legacy, 158.
Weeden, 66, 122.

Weights and measures. (See Sealers of.)
Well, 7(J, 101, 124, 141.
Welles, 49.
("W^enborne, 114.
J Wenbournc, 119.
j Winbourne, 93.
[Wiuburne, 140.
rWenesemetl, 119.
Winnescmet, 79.
J Winnesemett, 62, 81.
] Winnesimet, 58.

Winnisimett, 7, 57.
[Wynesemitt, 29.
Westmoreland, 112.
( Weyborne, 95.
\ Wibourne, 118.
( Wiburne, 114.

Wharf, 37, 54, 62, 63, 76, 78, 79, 80, 84, 86, 87,
90, 91, 93, 97, 98, 102, 103, 106, 107, 110,
112, 113, 119, 139, 156.
( Wheelar, 14, 78.
I Wheeler, 32, 43.

Wheelwright, 15, 17, 45, 40.
I Wheelewright, 75, 80.
Whipping-post, 40.
White, 80, 119, 122, 123, 149, 151, 159.
Whitmore, 1.



Whitwell, 107, 112, 126, 132, 139.

iWilbore, 2, 7. 19,21, 34.
Wiiebore, 4, 31.
Wvlebore, 10.
Wilbore's lield end, 10.
Wilkes, 3, 12, 34, 100.

r Williams. 68, 76, 108, 114, 122, 134, 146,
J 154, 155, 156, 167, 158.
i Willyams,42.
l.WillmB,120.
( Willis, 2, 53, 87, 88, 89.
\ Willys, 5, 28, 36, 160.
( Witls, 93, 95, 130.

{Willson, 2, 36, 37, 115, 137, 145.
Wilson, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 24, 33,
49, 77, 96, 160.
Wilsonne, 60.
Winchester, 16, 17, 26, 47, 150.
Windmill, 70, 71, 72, 73, 78, 79, 98, 105, 107,

108, 109, 126.
Wing, 48, 02, C6. 68.

{Winthorp, 92, 120.
Winthrop, 1. 3, 8, 27, 29, 30, 44, 45, 48, 51,
54, 56, 57,_58, 59, 60, 01 , 62, 03, 65, 66, 67,
hO, Si', 82, b3, 84, 'sj,' 86,' 87^ 88^ 8'.^ 92,'
100, 103, 108, 109, 110, 120, 133, 160.
Winthropp, 21, 27,29, 52, 55, 58, 59.
Wiseman, 50, 123.
Wolf, 140.

Wood, cutting of, 2, 4, 7, 13, 82, 92, 125.
corders of, 123, 129.
storing, 60.
Woodard, 128.
Woodwarde, IS, 22, 24, 43, 55, 78, SO, 88,



Woodwarde, 9.
Woodbndge, 82.

J Wooddy, 107.

) Woody, 133, 141, 144.
Woodhowse, 21.

( Woodmancye, 116.

? Woodmansey, 99, 139.

i Woodmansy, 109, 148.
Woolcott, 11.

\ Wormall, 141.

I Wormwall, 97.

j Wright, 6, 7, 9, 15, 17, 37, 45, 47,

( Wrighte, 9.
Wyatt, 127,



Youth, Idle, 133, 156, 160.



PART II.



THE BOOK OF POSSESSIONS.



INTRODUCTION.



When the first edition of this book was prepared, the
writer furnished a sketch of such facts as were obtainable in
regard to its history and proliable authorship. The sugges-
tion was then made that this list of land-owners was made in
1652, after the discharge of William Aspinwall from the
post of Recorder of Sutlblk County. Various indications
favored this surmise, but it becomes entirely untenable in
view of the fact that some of the entries are evidently in the
handwriting of Aspinwall. This fact was proved by Uriel
H. Crocker, Esq., who published three fac-similes of Aspin-
wall's signature, two from other sources, and one from this
book, page 33. The true date and author are matters to be
considered later.

In regard to the " Book " the following testimony is inter-
esting. It is on a slip of paper, in the library of the Massa-
chusetts Historical Society, in a volume entitled "Letters
and Papers, Boston, 1631-1783," in cabinet 61, H.

"These may Certify whome it may Concern, That when I
came first into the office of Clerk of the County Court of
Suffolk in the year 1(572 I there found a Booke Entituled on
the Cover Possessions of the Inhabitants of Boston, which I
many times lookt into and extracted several things out of it
at the desire of particular persons, but alwaies was in doubt
of the validity of it as a llecord. And it remained in the
office at the time when I was dismissed.

Is A. Addington."



Succeeding generations, however, have placed a higher
value on this book, and it is now recognized as the founda-
tion of the title of most of the real estate of the old portion
of the city. The volume itself, now in the custody of the
City Clerk, was evidently prepared on a plan of giving a
half-page to each person, and of entering under his name a
list of his lands. The first 111 pages appear to have been
written at one time, or at least the first entries under each
name are all in one handwriting. After that the pages fol-



IV City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

low with dates appended, but in regular succession, as the
following examples show : —



.112-20,


11


mo.


, 1645 P


131-19,


8 mo.


, 1647


113-25,


1




1646


132- 9,


9 "


1647


115^26,


4




1646


133-14,


1 "


1647


116-22,


6




1646


134-14,


1 "


1647


117-29,


6




1646


135-10,


2 "


1648


118-28,


7




1646


136-12,


3 "


1648


119-22,


8




1646


137- 7,


4 "


1648


120-22,


8




1646


138-14,


4 "


1648


121- 2,


12




1 646


139-14,


4 ''


1648


122-12,


1




1646 [? 1647]


140-16,


4 "


1648


123-30,


I




1647


141-20,


4 "


1648


124-30,


2




1647


142-15,


4 "


1648


125-20,


3




1647


143- 1,


4 "


1648


126-22,


3




1647


144- 2,


6 "


1648


127- 5,


5




1647


145-26,


6 "


1648


128-31,


5




1647


146-25,


7 "


1648


129 -no


date






147-10,


8 "


1648


130-13,


8


mo.


1647


148-16,
149-17,


8 ''

9 "


1648
1648



The regular record ends with this date.

On many of the pages there are additional entries, copies
of deeds, and memoranda of sales ; a portion of these is
clearly in the handwriting of Aspinwall. At first sight it
would appear as if the first entries were not in Aspin wall's
handwriting ; and, certainly, not only is the ink of the later
entries difierent, but the angle of the writing and the size of
the letters are different. Still, the more study is given to the
matter, the greater is the conviction that all these variations
are but changes of one pen, and that Aspinwall wrote all of
the manuscript except a few cross-references, and such few
lines as are Rawson's.

At all events, whether the first 111 pages were written by
Aspinwall or another, it is desirable to try to fix a date for
their compilation. We have already seen that the dated
pages 112-149 cover the period from 20th, 11 mo., 1645
(i.e., January 11, 1646, of our style), to 17th, 9 mo., 1648.
An examination of the various deeds entered on the first 111
pages under the original entries brings out the curious fact
that the earliest dates are as follows : —



P. 50, James Averill, 19, 11 mo. 1645
55, David Sellick, 20, 11 mo. 1645
83, Ralph Mason, 21, 12 mo. 1645



Introduction. v

14, Thomas Leverett, 30, 1 mo. 1646
95, William Blantuiiie, 27, 4 mo. 1646
19, John Davics, 23, 8 mo. 1646
84, Eichai-d Carter, 2, 9 mo. 1646
73, John Stevenson, 5, 11 mo. 1646
14, Edmmid Jackson, 1,12 mo. 1646
79, Edward Jacklin, 22, 3 mo. 1647

The inference is almost irresistible, that in the 11th month,
1645, Mr. Aspinwall began to continue the pievious record
of 111 pages, adding new pages for new names, and record-
ing new transactions under the old ones.

It is well known that our General Court, on April 1st,
1634, ordered that a survey of the houses and lands of every
inhabitant in every toAvn should be made, and a transcript
sent to the Court within six months. This law was, evi-
dently, only partially obeyed, as late as September, 1639,
when Stephen Winthrop was made Recorder. In Septem-
ber, 1642, Mr. Winthrop Avas allowed to go to England, and
November 13, 1644, William Aspinwall was chosen Recorder
till the next Court of Election. Jf the Book of Possessions
be in Aspinwall's writing, it would seem most probable that
he compiled the 111 pages during the year 1645, following
his appointment.

On p. 4 of the original Richard Bellingham has recorded
a piece of marsh, " with John Hills and the highway on the
west : the Common Marsh on the north : John Lowe on the
east : Henry Symons, John Hills and the Cove on the south."
This seems to be the lot granted by the town to Bellingham,
27, 11 mo., 1644, after another strip was granted to Joshua
Scottow.

Again : Thomas Scottow (p. 64) is entered as owning
the lot on School street, which he sold to the town, 31st, 1
mo., 1645. Certainly this transaction must have been known
very soon to all the inhabitants, as the house and lot were
bought for the town's use.

So, again, Suff. Deeds, i. 59, has a deed dated 4th, 2 mo.,
1645, recorded 21st same month, of Edmund Jackson to
Thomas Leverett, three acres on the new field. In the Book
of Possessions it still stands as number two of Jackson's
lot.

It seems that Valentine Hill was an early owner of land on
the east side of State street. Our town records, p. 28 of
original, show that 25th, 1 mo., 16-^9, he had leave to Iniild
a house and shop on the lot which he had l)ought from
William Aspinwall. By SutF. Deeds, i. 100, it seems he
sold this lot, house, and shop, to David Sellick, 24, 12, 1641,



VI City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

and also 1st, 6 mo., 1641, to Mary Friend, a quarter of an
acre bounded by the street south, Sellick west, Edward
Tyng east, and said Hill north. These deeds were recorded
27, (12,) 1648.

But in the Book of Possessions Valentine Hill's lots then
were, first, one on the west side of Washington street, the
prison west, the meeting-house and Truesdale north : Sedge-
wick south ; and secondly a lot beyond Valley Acre : while

David Sellick is named in the Book of Possessions, p. 55,
as owner of the lot which he has bought.

So, again, Suff. Deeds, i. 60, record a deed to AVilliam
Davies from Valentine Hill, apparently of part of his lot,
with the prison garden west, the street east, Philemont
Portmont and the meeting-house north, and the ordinary
in the possession of James Pen, south ; dated and recorded
20th, 3d mo., 1645.

These items all seem to confirm the idea that the compilation
of these 111 pages was made by Aspinwall very soon after
his appointment, taking no note of sales even in the early
months of 1645.

It must be remembered, however, that the record is not
complete. We find many instances of persons put doAvn as
abutters on lots described, and yet no record of those
persons as distinct owners. At the same time the first
volume of deeds contains but few entries in regard to trans-
fers of land in Boston at that date. In fact, in order to
understand the entries in the Book of Possessions it is often
necessar\' to refer to deeds two or three generations later,
when the land was sold by measurement and description.

At a meeting of the General Court, Oct. 19, 1652, it was
voted, that, Avhereas the passing of houses and land in
England was efiectually done in various ways, and whereas
certain in this jurisdiction are apt to rest upon a verbal
bargain or sale for houses or lands, henceforth no such sale
should be good in law unless made by deed in writing, under
hand and seal and delivered, or possession given, etc., unless
the deed be acknowledged according to law and recorded.
(Rec, iii. 280.)

They had previously, June 19, 1650 (Rec., iii. 203),
provided that a sale recorded by the recorder of the county
should be sufficient Avithout any further certifying to the
Secretary of the General Court.

May 6, 1657 (Rec, iii. 422), the Court recites, "The
great neglect of many persons, in the infimcy of these
plantations, to observe any due order or legal course for the
confirmation of such sales and alienation of houses and lauds
as have passed," and then orders that every one who did,



Introduction. vii

before the passage of the law of 1G52, possess or occupy
house or land ia fee simple, should ever after this date hold
the same, unless a counter-claim was prosecuted to effect
within live years from May 20, 1657.

The result was that long afterwards deeds and depositions
were recorded, of which the following is an example : —

In Suffolk Deeds, lib. 12, f. 364, is the deposition dated
May 5, 1683, of William Dawes, aged 64, and wife Susanna,
that they lived in Boston from 1652 and before, and that Mr.
Simon Eyre, physician, in the. said year 1652, lived in and
possessed the very same house in Boston where his son John
now lives, adjoining upon the ground that was Mr. liichard
Parker's and the Prison land.

Again : many estates were settled by order of the Court, and
the record is to be sought in the Proljate files instead of the
Registry of Deeds. The note-book of Thomas Lechford,
the first lawyer in the colony, fortunately preserved in
manuscript, contains doubtless memoranda in regard to early
transfers of land. Aspinwall refers to one volume of his
records as notary public (see p. 54), and even to a second
Book of Possessions. (See original, pp. 43, 50, 73, 88, 129.)
His "Book of Mortgages" (see p. 14) seems to be volume
first of Suffolk Deeds. The " great booke of Records of
Copies, etc." (p. 77), may be the same.

October 14th or 23d, 1651, Mr. Aspinwall was set aside
from his ofiices, Mr. Rawson was made Recorder of Suffolk,
and Jonathan Negoos was made clerk of the writs for Boston.
This, of course, fixes the latest date for the compilation of
the Book of Possessions.

It may be well to state here that, in 1866, the late Wm.
Appleton made a map of the locations of the lots of the
owners mentioned in the Book of Possessions, and printed a
few copies. The scale is about 16 inches by 12 inches. Mr.
George Lamb has prepared a map 9 ft. 4 in. by 5 ft. 4 in.,
undertaking to mark thereon the outlines of the several
estates. This map was purchased by the Trustees of the
Public Library. It has been photographed in nine sections,
and copies have been distributed for corrections. It is a
very creditable beginning, but the boundary lines are purely
imaginary, and will require almost entire revision. This
must be the work of years, if correctness be attainable at
all.

The more modest plans and descriptions prepared by Mr.
Justin Winsor, for the second volume of the "Memorial
History of Boston," are reproduced in the appendix to this
volume, and will be found most serviceable.



VIII City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

It is hoped that the work herem performed will prove
accurate and durable. As successive volumes are printed,
information will increase, but it does not seem probable that
anything can lessen the value of the Book of Possessions.

William H. Whitmore,
William S. Appleton,

Record Commissioners.



TABLE OF OWNERS.



The following list gives the names of the persons whose
possessions are herein recorded. The references are to the
pages of the original volume, which pagination is placed in
the text in heavy figures, enclosed in brackets.

W. H. W.



Anderson, John, 125.
Arnold, John, 22.
Aspinwall, William, 77.
Baker, John, 143.
Barrell, George, 49.
Bates, George, 47.
Baxter, Nicholas, 106.
Beamont, Thomas, 131.
Beamsley, William, 20.
Beck, Alexander, 40.
Belchar, Edward, 85.
Bell, Thomas, 111.
Bellingham, Richard, 5.
Bendall, Edward, 53.
Bennett, Richard, 145.
Biggs, John, 40.
Bishop, Nathaniel, 72.
Blantaine, William, 95.
Blott, Robert, 80.
Bosworth, Zaccheus, 73.
Bourne, Nehemiah, 22.
Bourne, Garret, 89.
Bowen, Griffith, 92.
Brisco, William, 87.
Browne, Edward, 106.
Browne, Henry, 141.
Browne, William, 130.
Browne, James, 41.
Burden, George, 45.
Busbie, Nicholas, 116.
Buttolph, Thomas, 42.
Button, John, 48.
Carter, Richard, 84.
Chaffie, Matthew, 33.



Chamberlaine, William, 132.
Chappell, Nathaniell, 33.
Cheevers, Bartholomew, 21.
Clarke, Arthur, 127.
Clarke, Christopher, 136.
Clarke, Thomas, 27.
Clarke, Thomas, 82.
Coggan, John, 51.
Cole, John, 32.
Cole, Samuel, 26.

Cole, -, 92.

Coleborn, William, 85.

Compton, John, 67.

Cooke, Richard, 74.

Copp, William, 15.

Corser, WiUiam, 60.

Cotton, John, 9.

Cranwell, John, 89.

Croychle}', Richard, 65.

Cullimer, Isaac, 30.

t)avies, James, 59.

Davies, .John, 19.

Davies, William, apothecary', 144.

Davies, William, Sr., 57.

Davies, William, .Jr., 56.

Deming, William, 104.

Dennis, Edmund, 78.

Dinsdale, William, 70.

Douglas, William, 142.

Dowse, Francis, 47.

Dunster, , 11.

East, Francis, 99.
Eaton, Nathaniel, 98.
1^ Eliot, Jacob, 88.



City Docu^ient No. 46. — Part 2.



Engles, Madid, 104.
Everill, James, 50.
Fairbanks, Richard, 60.
Fane, Henry, 37.
Fawer, Barnabas, 133.
Fish, Gabriel, 16.
Fletcher, Edward, 100.
Fletcher, Roger, 115.
Flint, Mr., 81.
Foster, Thomas, 109.
Fowle, Thomas, 6.
Foxcroft, George, 53.
Franklin, William, 52.
Gallop, John, 34.
Gibones, Edward, 8.
Gillom, Benjamin, 66.
Glover, John, 44.
Goodwin, Edward, 16.
Greames, vSamnel, 46.
Gridley, Richard, 105.
Griggs, George, 110.
Grosse, Edmund, 25.
Grosse, Isaac, 56.
Grnbb, Thomas, 77.
Gunnison, Hugh, 44.
Hailestone, "William, 117.
Han sett, John, 120.
Harker, Anthon}', 82.
Harrison, .John, 105.
Haugh, Atherton, 8.
Hawkins, James. 34.
Hawkins, Capt. Thomas, 23.
Hawkins, Thomas, 41.
Hil)bins, AVilliam, 7.
Hill, John, 26.
Hill, Valentine, 62.
Hogg. Richard, 98.
HoUich, Richard, 111.
Houtchin. Jeremy, 37.
Howen, Robert, 13.
Hudson, Francis, 32.
Hudson, William, Sr., 57.
Hudson, William, Jr., 45.
Hull, Robert, 96.
Ilunne. Aune,wid. of George, 48.
Ilurd. .John. 95.
Hutchinson, Edward, 68.
Hutchinson, Richard, 63.
lyons (otherwise Irons), Ma-
" thew, 107.
Jacklin, Edward, 79.
Jackson, Edmund, 14.



Jackson, John, 23.
Jephson, John, 124.
Johnson, James, 20.
Jones, Rice, 149.
Jov, Thomas, 28.
Judkin, Job, 96.
Keayne, Robert, 10.
Kenrick, John, 71.
Kirkby, William, 35.
Knight, Sarah, 46.
Lake, John. 138.
Langdon, John, 148.
Lawson, Christopher, 112.
Leger, Jacob, 84,
Letherland, WiHJam, 107.
Leverit, John, oi.
Leverit, John, 61.
Leverit, Thomas, 14.
Lippincott, Richard, 128.
Low, John, 28.
Lugg, John, 75.
Lyle, Francis, 76.
Makepeace, Thomas, 38.
Marshall, John, 97.
Marshall, Thomas, 27.
Mason, Raph, 83.
Mattox, James, 134.
Maud, Daniel, 12.
Meeres, Robert, 36.
Mellows, John, 15.
Merry, Walter, 19.
Messinger, Henry, 64.
Michell, George, 'l47.
Millard, Thomas, 76.
Milom, John, 30.
Munt, Thomas, 108.
Nannev, Robert, 113.
Nash, James, 137.
Nash, Robert, 52.
Negoos, Benjamin, 103.
Negoos, Jonathan, 109.
Newgate, John, 12.
Odlin, John, 93.
Offley, David, 90.
Oliver, James, 54.
Oliver, .John, 24.
Oliver, Thomas, 13.
Page, Abraham, 119.
Painter, Thomas, 50.
Palmer. John, Sr., 102.
Palmer, .John, Jr., 101.
Parker, Jane, 80.



Table of Oavners.



XI



Parker, Nicholas, 72.
Parker, Richard, 61.
Parsons, William, 58.
Pasmor, Bartholomew, 31.
Pease, Henrv, 17.
Pell, William, 69.
Pelton, John, 91.
Pen, James, 71.
Perry, Arthur, 75.
Phillips, John, 140.
PhiUits, William, 43.
Phippeni, David, 31.
Phippeni, Joseph, 123.
Pierce, William, 55.
Pope, Ephraim, 78.
Rainsford, Edward, 90.
Rawlins, Richard, 29.
Reinolds, Robert, 101.
Rice, Robert, 70.
Richardson, Amos, 102.
Rowe, Owen, 9] .
Roote, Raph, 87.
Salter, William, 88.
Sanford, Richard, 36.
Savage, Thomas, 24.
Scott, Robert, 58.
Scotto, Joshua, 39.
Scotto, Thomas, 64.
Seabeny, John, 18.
Sedgwick, Robert, 63.
Sellick, David, 55.
Sherman, Richard, 68.
Shoare, Sampson, 35.
Shrimpton, Henry, 118.
Sinet, Walter, 93.
Smith, Francis, 126.
Smith, John, 18.
Spoore, John, 69.



Stanley, Christopher, 43.
Stevenson, John, 73.
Straine, Richard, 146.
Sweete, John, 17.
Symons, Henry, 29.
Synderland, John, 74.
Tahnage, William, 86.
Tapping, Richard, 65.
Teft, William, 108.
Thwing, Benjamin, 38.
Townsend, William, 79.
Truesdale, Richard, 62.
Turner, Robert, 135.
Tuttle, Anne, 21.
Tyng, Edward, 54.
Tyng, William, 10.
Usher, Hezekiah, 121.
Vyall, John, 129.
Waite, Gamaliel, 103.
Waite, Richard, 100.
Walker, Robert, 86.
Ward, Benjamin, 66.
Webb, Henrv, 59.
Werdall, William, 25.
Wheeler, Thomas, 94.
White, Charity, 99.
Wiborne, Thomas, 139.
Willis, Nicholas, 49.
Wicks, William, 122.
Wilson, John, 11.
Wilson, William, 39.
Wing, Robert, 83.
Winthrop, Deane, 3.
Woodhouse, Richard, 110.
Woodward, Nathaniel, 67.
Woodward, Nathaniel (th€

elder), 97.
Woodward, Robert, 94.



THE BOOK OF POSSESSIONS.



[Nqte. — In the following transcript the abbreviations of the original have
be3n followed, except in regard to " wth," " wthin," " &," and "W^i^," respect-
ively printed ''with," "within," "and," "which." These occurred so often
that exactness in copying would have disfigured the text greatly. So. also,
the use of capitals in the words east, south, west, north, lias been abaiiduned,
as the original was very irregular, and a partial use would have made the text
less easily understood. The pagination of the original is given herein in
brackets. W. H. W.]

[3.] * The x>ossession of Jf. Deane Winthro]')]) within the Limits
of Boston.

One Farme at Piillen po3nt, coiiteineing aboitt one hundred and
twenty Acres, be it more or lesse, bounded with M'. Pierces lott
on the north, the Bay and Fisher's Cove on the west : Pullen
point on the south : and the Sea on the cast.

6 (10) 1G4D. Bridget Pierce and WilHam Pierce, of Boston,
granted unto M''. Deane Winthrop, of Boston, all that theire
Messuage and Farme at Pullen point (adjoinijig unto the Fariue of
the sd Deane Winthrop) , containeing one hundred Acres, be the
same more or lesse, with all the ottthouseing, fences, wood, and all
other appurtenances ; and this was by an absolute deed of sale,
dated U (11) 1G47.

Witnes Wm. Aspinwal, Bridget Pierce and a sealo.
John Evered, William Pierce and a scale.



[4.] Blank.



[5.] The possession of Bicharfl BellingJiam, Es^., within the
Limits of Boston.

1. One house and Lott about a quarter of an acre, bounded on
the east with the streete : Christopher Stanley, John Biggs, James
Browne, and Alexander Becke on the south : Joshua Scotto on the
west ; and M"". William Tynge on the north.

2. Also a garden plott, bounded with M''. John Cotton and
Daniell Maude on the north : the highway uppon tlie east : John
Coggan on the south : and

3. Also a piece of marsh, bounded with John Hills and the
highway on the west : the Common Marsh on the north : John
Lowe on the east: Henry Symons, John Hills and the Cove on the
south.

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[6.] M"". Thomas Foivle's possession loilhui the Limits of
Boston.

1. One house and garden, bounded with Walter Sinet on the
south : Thomas Buttolph on the east : the highstreete on the west ;
and Jacob Leger on the north.



[7.] The possessions of M". William Hibbins within the Limits
of Boston.

1. One house, garden and stable, bounded with M'^. John
Winthrop's on the west : Richard Sherman and some part of the
Fortt streete on the south : the Springate on the north : and John
Spoore on the east.

2. Also sixe score Acres of land at Muddy River, bounded with
M^ Thomas Oliver on the north : Edward Bendall on the west :
together with Thomas Snowe and AVillm. Tahnidge : Boston Com-
mon on the south : and Roxbury bounds south cast.

3. Also twenty -fyve Acres of Marsh at Muddy River, bounded
[by] Muddy River, Charles River, and a creeke in foime of an
Isthmos.

4. Also a house and Farme of three hundred and lift}' Acres, or
thereabouts, at Muddy River, bounded M"'. Wm. Tyng on the
south : Cambridge bounds on the northwest : and Dedham bounds
on the southwest.



[8.] The possessions of Major Edward Gibones within the
Limits of Boston.

1. His dwelling house, together with other houseing, and a gar-
den, bounded with the sti'eete on the west and on the north : M"'.
John Wilson on the east and on the south.

2. Also another house and lott, bounded on the east with John
Smith : Robert Nash on the west : the streete on the south : and
the Cove or Mill Pond on the north.

15 (8) 1(;49. John Milom, of Boston, coop, granted unto
Edw. Gibons of the same, merch'., one quarter part of the water
mill or mills, and of all the watercourses, milldams, sluces and
floodgates thereto belonging, situat in Boston, and one fourth part
of all the lands, houses, edifices, buildings, meadowes, marshes,



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