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and assignes to bring any vessell or vessells into the said Creeke
or the branch thereof, and to land any goods for the use of his or
theire families nppon the said marsh reserved for a wharfe or
wharfs to be erected without paying wharfage or any other taxc
saveing six pence for a boate if they open the bridge. Provided
the goods so landed lye not uppon the sd. reserved marsh or wharfe
above six houres after they are so landed. And this was b}- a
deed sealed and delivered in presence of William Aspinwall,
Notaiy publ.

[35.] The possession of Sampjson Shoare within the limits of
Boston.

One house and garden bounded with Matthew Chaffie north-
east : the Cove southeast : John Hill southwest : and the streete
northwest.

27 (8 ) 1 Go 1 . Richard Hawghton of Boston granted to Sampson
Shore of Boston, tailor (for good and valuealile consideration reed.) ,
his dwelling house and garden in Boston bounded with M"". Tho.
Clarke north, John Anderson south and east ; and the highway
west ; and this was by a deed dat. 27* Octob. 1G51, sealed and dd.
in presence of W". Aspinwall, notary publ.



The Book of Possessions. 13

The possession of William Kirlchy ivithin the limits of Boston.
One bouse and garden bounded with James Hawkins north : the
lane southeast : and Richard Sanford westerly.



[36.] The jyossession of Richard Savford tvithin the limits of
Boston.

One house and lot about an acre bounded with Robeit Meeres
on the west : Richard Parker on the north : James Hawkins and
Wm. Kirby easterl}' : and the streete west.



Robert Meeres his possession icithin the limits of Boston.

1 . One house and garden bounded with the streete northeast :
Edward Bendall southeast ; Robert Howeu northwest : Valentine
Hill southwest: this was confirmed by deed dat. 22 (7) 1G48.

2. Also in the New field two Acres bonnded with Edmund
Jackson on the east : Robert Turner west : Richard Cooke south :
and George Burden north.

3. Also halfe an Acre of land in the new field bounded with
Tho. Scotto southwards : James Hawkins eastward : M'. Richard
Parker's northward : and Richard Meeres westward : This was
granted and confirmed unto Robert Meeres by James Penniman as
was also the first parcell, by an absolute deed dat 22 (7) 10-48,
sealed and delivered before William Aspinwall, Not. publ.



[37.] Henrji Fanes possession ivilhin the Limits of Boston.
One house and garden bounded with Sudbury streete easterly,
the lane north: the newfield west: and Mr.. John Newgate soutli.



Jeremy Houtchin his possession within the limits of Boston.

One house and garden about a quarter of an Acre bounded with
Sudbury streete southwest : W"\ Wilson southeast : the lane north-
west : Thomas Makepeace and "W°\ Wilson northeast.

[38*] Thomas Makepeace his possessio7i within the limits of
Boston.

One house and garden bounded with Jeremj' Houtchin south-
west : AVilliam Wilson south : the streete westerly : and the I'aue
northerly.

The possessions of Benjamin Thiving in Boston.

One house and garden bounded with Sudbury streete southwest :
William Wilson northwest and northeast : Joshua Scotto south-
east.



[39.] The possession of William Wilson within the Limits of
Boston.

1. One house and garden bounded with M^ W". T3-ng on the
east : Thomas Makepeace and George Bates north : Sudbury
streete southwest : and Benjamin Thwing south.

2. Also in the new field two Acres and halfe bounded with Rich-
ard Parker on the cast : John Ruggle west : Zaccheus Boswoi'th
south: and W™. Hudson, senior, north.



14 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

Joshua Scotto Ids possession untldii the Limits of Boston.

1. One house and garden about halfe an Acre bounded with
Sudbury- streete southwest : Benjamin Thwing northwest : Mr.
Bellingliam northeast : and Alsxander Beck southeast.

2. Also in the New field two Acres.

7 (3) 1646. 3. Mr. Richard Bellingham of Boston granted
unto -Joshua Scotto of the same, one equall pportionable halfe of
marsh land formerly granted to him by the Towne lyeing betwixt
John Lowes and M'". Symonds : and this was by an absolute deed
of sale dated 4 (4) 1644, under his hand and scale.

30 (3) 1650. James Everill of Bostou for and in consideration
of twent}^ foure pounds granted unto Joshua Scotto a p'cell of
marsh lately belonging to M''. Belhngham, lying in Boston in
forme of a Triangle, bounded on one Angle with pt of the marsh
belonging to the sd Ja. Everill, being one hundred and fouity
foote, on the other Angle with the laud of W"'. Fi'ancklin, being one
hundred fourty and seven foote : on the third Angle with the back
pt of the houslot now in the possession of good. Eraans, with six
foote eleven ynches at the lott of Joshua Scotto at the east end
thereof: and this was by an absolute deed of sale dat. 3 (3)

1650, and acknowledged before M^ BelUngham (30) 3 1650.

[4:0.] AlexancV. Becks xiossessi on tcithin the Limits of Bostoyi.

1 . One house and garden bounded with the streete on the south :
James Browne east : M''. Belhngham north : Joshua Scotto, west.

2. Also in the New field one Acre bounded with Thomas Munt,
east : the water, north : Major Edward Gibones on the west and on
the south.

3. Also a smale parcell of land first granted for a houselot
bounded with John Leverit south : Henry Pease east : a smale
Creeke west : and the Cove north.

11 (9) 1651. Thomas Woodward of Boston granted to Al'^x-
and^ 13eck of Boston a pcell of land at muddy river conteining
foure Acres and a quarter be it more or lesse, bounded with Rich-
ard Carter southeast : W°\ Lamb southwest : Nathaniel Woud-
ward and Robert Roote northwest : and this was b}' a deed
(valueable consideration being first received) dated 11"^ Novemb.

1651, sealed and dd. in presence of John Angier and William
Aspinwall, Notar}^ publ.

John Biggs his possession within the Limits of Boston.

1 . One house and yard bounded with James Browne on the west :
and northly M''. Bellingham : on the east Thomas Hawkins, Valen-
tine Hill, Thomas Buttolph and Christopher Stanley : and Centry
Hill streete on the south.

[4:1.] James Brownes possession loithin the Limits of Boston.

1. One house and garden bounded with John Biggs east: Mr.
Bellingham north : Alexander Beck west and Centriehill streete
south.

2. Also halfe an Acre in the New field bounded with the Comon
on the south : M^ Wilsons Garden northeast : and Andre'v Mes-
singer northwest.



The Book of Possessions. 15

3. Also halfe an Actc more in the Newfiekl bounded with Rich-
ard Fairebanks north: Isaac' Allington east: Alexander Beck
west : Thomas Clark south.

4. Also at Braintree twenty sixe Acres bounded wilh Richard
Cooke northwards : John Mellowes southward : the Bay eastwards :
and Coilion Rockie ground westwards.

5. Also eight Acres bounded with John Webb westwards : John
Mellowes southward : William Werdall westward : and Richard
Cooke northward.

6. Also one acre of marsh bounded with Monotaquit River east :
and Zaccheiis Bosworth on the west.

Thomas Haickins possession ivilhin the limits of Boston.

1. One house and yard bounded with Valentine Hill on the
north : the streete on the east : John Biggs west : and on the
south M^ Henry Dunster and Centriehill streete.

2. Alco a quarter of rn Acre towards Charlstowne bouuded
with James Johnson southwest : the Cove northwest : John Button
-northeast : and the street southeast.

12 (7) 1648. John Pierce granted to Tho. Hawkins of Boston
his house and lott in Boston which he lateh' purchased of M''. Val.
Hill. And this was by a deed dat. 12 (7)*^1G48.

[43.] The possessions of Thomas Bvttolph within the limits of
Boston.

1. One house and Garden bounded with Valentine Hill south;
the streete ou the east : John Biggs on the west : and Christopher
Stanle}- on the north.

2. Also one Acre and halfe or thereabouts (which was first la3-de
out for garden lots) bounded with the highway on the south : a lot
that lyes coiuon to the eastwards : Jacob Leaguer, Walter Sinet
(and the lane northwards) : M'. Fowle and Robert Woodward west-
wards.

3. Also in the Milne field about foure Acres and halfe bounded
with the bay northeast: Nicholas Parker and Valentine Hill north-
west: and Christopher Stanley south: aliened to X'fer Lawson,
p. 112.

4. Also about one Acre compassed with Christopher Stanleyes
ground.

5. Also about halfe an Acre bounded with the Cawsey north-
east : AVilliam Cox northwest : and the marsh southwest.

6. Also at Pulling point twenty fyve Acres upland bounded
with the sea northeast : M"". Pierce southeast : James Pen north-
west : John Webb and John Oliver southwest.

7. Also seven acres of marsh more or lesse bounded with his own
upland east: the River west : Edward Hutchinson, Junior, south:
and James Pen north.

8. William Hudson of Bosto, senior, granted to Thomas But-
tolph fyve Acres of land in the ncwfield bounded with Ri Cooke
east : James Johnson west : William Wilson south : and
Davies. Apothecary, north: and this was by a deed dated 16 (4)
1646, acknowledged the same day before Joh. Winthrop, Gov.



16 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

[43.] Christopher Stanley his possession within the Limits of
Boston and TK™. Phillips his successor.

26 (6) 1648. Christopher Lawson granted unto W". Phillips of
Boston a certaino p'cell of land in the Mill field in Boston, conteine-
iug two Acres and halfe of land more or less, being bounded with
the highway to Charlstow northwest : the Causway west : W"'.
Phillips southeast: and Thomas Ruck and Christopher Lawson
north-east. And this was by an absolute deed sealed and dd before
W". Aspinwall and John Spoore 23 (4) 1648 : which land the sd.
W". Phillips granted to Susan his wife during her life and to the
heires of her bodie begotton.

26 (6) 1648. Richard Bennet of Boston granted unto W"\
Phillips of Boston two or three Acres of land in Boston be it more
or lesse, bounded with W'". Phillips and Christopher Lawson
northwest : the land of W"\ Phillips and the land lately exchanged
witli him southwest : W™. Phillips southeast : the River and sundry
smale lotts northeast. And this was by an absolute deed sealed
and dellivered 26 (6) 1648, before William Aspinwall, Not. publ.

10 (4) 1650. Tho. Clarke of Dorchester, merch'. granted to
Christoph"" Stanley of Boston, tailor, a certaine i)'cell of land in
Boston neck, being pt. of an houslott formerly belonging to W"'.
Wcekes, cont. sixt}' pole of ground more or lesse, bounded on the
southwest b}' Isaac Cullimer : Thomas Clarke northwest, Raw-
lins northeast : southeast the sea, through wdiich are two high
wayes, the one going towards the mil hill being twelve foote
broad, the other thirty six foote unto the lowermost highway,
and from thence to low watermarke thirty foote. And this was
by an absolute deed of sale dat. 30 (2) 1644 : reserving liberty- for
tlie sd. Thomas or such tenants as shall dwell and abiitt on the
said way of twelve foote broad, to loade all kind of goods at the
highwater mark or wharfe there to be erected, p'vided it lye not
above twenty foure houres at most without paying wharfage. And
whereas the breadth granted for the highway is thirty foote from
Isaac CuUimers, it is onl}' hereby granted liberty to Tho. Clarks
assignes and tenenants as aforesd only to land goods within the
space of that ten foote next Isaac CuUimers land, pvided it lye not
above twenty foure houres as before.

Tho. Clakke

Sealed and d'd in p'nce of

John Stratton
RoBT. Jeoffeets

Edward Bendall granted to Christopher Stanley of Boston a
p'cell of land moore or lesse, bounded by an highway southwest:
Capt. Hawkins northeast : Lieftenant Savage pales southeast : M^
Stanleyes rails northwest : and this was bv an absolute deed dat.
20 (10) 1645

Edw. Bendall
Witness

Sajiuel Bellingham

Edward Tyng granted to M^ Stanley a p'cell of land about two



The Book of Possessions. 17

Acres, which land was allotted to M^ Baulston and sonld by him
to M^ Cornewell of whom the said Edw. bought it and made sale
thereof to M"". Stanley and his forever, dat. 26 (10) 1G43.

p. me Edward Tyng

See more in the 2 booke, page



[44.] Tlie possession of Hugh Gunnison within the Limits of
Boston.

One house and garden bounded with the streete southeast :
George Burden northeast : AV", Hudson, Junior, northwest : M^
William Ting westwards.

10 (4) 1G50. Robert Saltonstall granted to Hugh Gunnison of
Boston fifty Acres of land be it more or lesse h'ing in the bounds
of Salem neere M''. Downings Ferme which was late the land of
Rich : Walker of Salem. And this was by an absolute deed of
sale dat. 25 (5) 1G47.

RoBT. Saltonstall and a seale
Signed, sealed and d'd. in p'nce of
Rich. Stileman
John Bushwell
William Aspinwall



John Glover his possession ivithin the limits of Boston.

One house and yard bounded with the streete on the southeast :
George Burden southwest: W" Hudson, Junior, northwest and
northeast.



[45.] The possessions of George Burden within the limits of
Boston.

1 . One house and 3*ard bounded with the streete southwards :
Hugh Gunnison westward : W". Hudson, Junior, northwards : and
John Glover eastwards.

2. Also a garden neere the Coihon bounded with James John-
son north : Henry Webb south : Thomas Clarke east : and the
Coihon west.

3. Also in the new field fyve Acres and halfe bounded with
Richai'd Fairebanks north : John Mellowes west : Edmund Jackson
south : and the marsh east.



William Hudson, Junior, his possession within the limits of
Bostoyi.

One house and garden bounded with M''. W™. Tyng south-
west : Samuel Greames and the Lane northeast : the streete
southeast.



[46.] Samuel Greames his possession ivithin the limits of
Boston.

One house and yard bounded with the lane northeast : Will™
Hudson, Junior, southeast: M^ W"\ Ting southwest: and Sarah
Knight northwest.



Sarah Knight her possession icithin the limits of Boston.

One house and garden bounded with Samuel Greames south-



18 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

wards : the lane eastwards : M^ W™. Tyng westwards : and
Jeremy Iloutchin northwards.

[47.] Francis Doivse his 2^ossession ivitJdyi the limits of
Boston.

One house and yard bounded with the lane eastwards : Jerem}''
Houtchin southwards : M^ W". Tyng westwards : and George
Burden northward.



George Bates his r)ossession tvitJiin the limits of Boston.

One house and garden bounded with W". Wilson on the south :
George burden on the oast : Anne Hunne on the north : and
Thomas Makepeace on the west.



[48.] Anne, vid.* George Ilicnne, her possessions in the limits
of Boston.

1. One house and garden bounded with Georges on the east and
the south : Thomas Makepeace on the west : and the lane on the
north.

2. Also about halfe an Acre in the New field bounded with
Robert Howen on the south the strecte on the east.

3. Also at Braiutree thirt}' one Acres bounded with Thomas
Savage and James Everill east : Richard Wright west : W™.
Werdall south : and the north bordereth uppon the Rocke that lies
common.



John Button his possession within the limits of Boston.

1. Three houses and a garden and yard, containeing in all about
an Acre bounded with the Cove southeast : the lane southwest :
James P^verill northwest ; and Nicholas Willis northeast.

2. Also in the mill field one Acre bounded with Charles River
northerly : the marsh southwest : and John Shaw northeast and
southeast.



[49.] Nicholas Willis his possession within the limits cf Bos-
ton.

One house and garden bounded with John Button on the south-
west : tlie streete east : Thomas Painter northerly-, and James
Everill westerly.



George Barrell his possession tvithin the limits of Boston.

One house au'l lott not halfe an Acre bounded with Thomas
Painter south : Nicholas Willis west : James Everill north : and
the streete east.



[50.] Thomas Painter his possession ivithin the limits of
Boston.

1. One house and gaixlen bounded with Georg. Barrell on the
north : Nicholas Willis southwest : and the streete eastwards.

2. Also twenty Acres at Muddy River bounded with Ralph

* Vidua or widow.



The Book of Possessions. 19

Goultrop east : William T03' west : Griffith Bowen south : and
John Leverit north.

25 (1) ||^§. Robert Wing granted unto Thomas Painter all his
dwelling house both old and new built, being bounded on the north
with Raph IMason, the high streete on the east : Henry Web on
the west : and the lane on the south : and this was by an absolute
deed of sale dated 18 (3) 1648

Robert Wing and a seale
Witness

John Mainard,
Job Judkin,
Philemon Pormort,
This is again aliened to Ephraim Hunt, Lib 2. page
Sould to Thomas Painter my peece of IMarsh next to W"". Hud-
sons senior on the west : on the south the highway : on the east
Hawkins : on the ground of Ri. Billingham on the north, contcine-
ing in breadth to the streete about 46 foote. in breadth to the
north about 14 foote, on the same length with W'" Hudsons pales

By me Ri. Bellingiiam

This also is sould to Ephraim Hunt, Lib. 2, p.



The possession of James EveriU ivithin the limits of Boston.

1. One house and houselott with the streete eastwards and
northwards : the lane southwest : John Button, Nicholas Willis,
and George Barrell southeast.

2. Also at Braintree one farme conteineing eighty eight Acres, .
bounded with Thomas SaA'age and Rock}- ground undisposed of
towards the south : George Hunne towards tlie west : Henry Pease
and a certaine swampe toward the north : and his own marsh land
northeast.

3. Also twoe Acres three quarters of marsh bounded with a salt
Bay northeast and parti}' with Heniy Pease his marsh : and south-
west with his owne upland and the uplands of Henry Pease.

4. Thomas Savadge of Bosto granted to James EveriU twenty
sixe Acres upland at Braintree bounded with Rocky ground east :
Richard Cooke south : W"\ Werdall and George Hunne west : and
James Everill north. Ak'o one Acre three quarters marsh bounded
with Monotacut southeast : Rich. Cook southwest : and Oliver Mel-
lowes on the north : and this vfas by an absolute deed of sale
dated 15 (11) 1645, acknowledged before M". Winthrop, D. Go,
19 (11) 1645.

5. John .Shaw of Boston granted unto James Everill of Boston
a certaine p'cell of land at the docke being in front at the dock
about fourty foote, bounded on the east with Joshua Scotto :
Edmund Jackson west : the cove south : and the highway noilli :
together with the Cellar frame and all privilcdges and immunities
thereto belonging. Dat. 25 (8) 1649, and acknowledged by John
Shawe before mee W™. Aspinwall Recorder.

[51.] The possessions of Jf. John Coggan within the limits of
Boston.

1. One house and garden bounded with M"". John Wilson on the



20 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

north and on the east : and with the streete on the west and on the
south.

2. Also halfe an Acre or thereabouts bounded with M^ Belling-
hams northwards : M"". Wilsons southwards : the burieing place on
the east : and the new field on the west.



John Leverit his possession loithin the limits of Boston.
* One house and yard bounded with Richard Parker south and
west, and the streete north and east.



[53.] The possession of William Franklin in Boston.

One house and garden, bounded Avith the streete east and north :
Mr. John Wilsons west : and John Leverit and Authonie Stoddard
on the south.



Robert Nash his x>ossession tvithin the limits of Boston.

1. One housa and yard, bounded north and west -f: Valentine
Hill south : and Edward Bendall, east.

2, Also one Acre for a honslott bounded with Major Edward
Gibonos on the east : the lane on the west : the streete on the
south: and Ihe Cove on the north.

2G (1) 1G50. W^\ Phillips of Boston granted unto Robert Nash
of Boston a p'cell of land in Boston neere the new meeting house
being in breadth sixty foote more or lesse and in length six score
foote more or less as it is nov^ staked out, bounded on the north-
west, southwest and southeast with the lands of the said W".
Phillips and the river on northeast, with all priviledgs thereto
belonging: and this was by an absolute deed of sale dat. 26 (1)
1G50.

Susan Phillips wife of the said W"". Phillips did release unto
Robert Nash all her right and title to the aforesaid p'cell of land :
and this was by her deed dated the same 20 (1) 1G50.

28 (G) 1G5U. This land was againe sould to W". Phillips
28 (G) IG50 as appeares under the hand of the sd Robert Nash
before Will. Asp : pub : not.

5 (8) 1G50. John Milom of Boston granted unto Robt. Nash of
Boston three quarters of his dwelling house neere the Mill togetlier
with the wharfe and land thereto app'teining and priviledg of
free cgrcsse and regresse of boates and vessells into the Mill Creeke
(not hindring or stopping the mill streame and tlie passage of other
boates : he paying to Vv '". Francklin six pence a boat lor such as
open the bridge) with free passage or way to the sd house at the
northermost side thereof : and this was by an absolute deed dated
2 (8) 1G50.

Sealed and d'd in p'nce of John Milom and a seale

Jo: BUSHWELL

Ri: Waite, William Aspinwall



[53.] Mr. Georcje Foxcroft his possession icitJiin Boston.
One house lot bounded with the Cove on the north : Edward
Bendall on the east and the south : and Robert Nash on the north.

•This entrj' is repeatetl on p. 61 of the onVinal. fThus in the original.



The Book of Possessions. 21

Echixird Bemlall his ^-yossesnon within the limits of Boston.

1. One house and lott about a quarter of an Acre bounded with
Mr. Foxcrol't and Robert Nash on the west : Mr. Hill on the
south : and the Cove on the North and the east.

2. Also another house and garden together with two Acres of
land adjoyneinge bounded with Sudbury strcete east: Robert
Meers north : Mr. Cotton soutli and on the west.

3. Another houselott bounded with Capt. Hawkins north : Lieft.
Savage south, the Ba}- east.

This was by him sould to Anchor Ainsworth.



[54.] Edward Tyng his po^sessioji ivilhin the limits of Boston.

One house and yard and warehouse and Brewhouse bounded
with the Bay on the east : Valentine,* Henry Webb and part of the
(Jove on the north : James Oliver on the west : and the streetc on
the south.

Also at Braintree two hundred and seventeene Acres and a halfe
of upland, nine Acres and a quarter of Medow, and fifty three
Acres and a quarter of swamp as by the plott made in the yeare
1 G40 by M''. John Oliver may appeare : which land is bounded on
the north with a swampic bottom pting betwixt him and M''. Edw.
Hutchinson, and also with a pond and George Burden.

18 (10) 1G50, Jane Ilarwood and Nathaniel Bishop Attorneys
to George Harwood, granted unto Edw. Tyng of Boston the
dwelling house of the sd. George and the land thereto belonging at
the end of the lane which joyueth to the house and land of M^
Tho: Oliver: and this was by a deed dated decern. 1G50.

Jane Harwoods marke and a seale
Nath. Bishop and a seale

Sealed and d'd in p'nce of us

Rob'' Reinolds, Nathaniel Reinolds,
and ^Y^. Aspinwall

The tow atturney and affidavit are in my notaries booke

James Oliver his possession vjithin the limits of Bo'iton.

One house and yard bounded with Edward Tyng on the East :
Valentine Hill on the north : David Sellick on the west : and the
streete ou the south.



[55.] David Sellick his possession within the limits of Boston.

One house and garden bounded with James Oliver on the east :
Valentine Hill ou the north: Mr. Pierce on the west: and the
ti'cete on the south.

20(11) 1045. One house purchased of Christopher Lawson
which formerl}' was Henry Symons. and a garden bounded with
the streete or highway westward, the coinon marsh towards the
north and east : and John Hill and Nathaniel Long towards the
south : together with a lane of ten foote leadeing to the said garden.
Also the wharfe or land lyeinge afore the said house in breadth forty
two foote and length fifty sixe foote according to the grant of the

•Probably the rame Hill is omitted here by accident.



22 City Document Xo. 46. — Part 2.

Gcncrall Court : and this was by an absolute deed of sale dated
20 (11) lG-15 CiiRiSTOPiiEU Lawson ajid a seale.

Acknowled2;ed before RF. Hibbins.
20 (11) 1G45.

14 (7) 1647. Edward "Wells granted unto David Sclleck his
house and garden in Boston bounded with Sampson Shore north
east : the Cove southeast : John Milom southwest : and John
Hills garden northwest, and this was by an absoUite deed of sale
dated 11 (7) 1G47, and acknowledged before Mr. Wintlu'op, Gover.
14 (7) 1G47.



William Pierce Jiis possession loitliin the limits of Boston.

One house and garden bounded with David Sellick on the east :



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