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acres in the New Field, with G. Burden north, Valentine Hill south,
D. Sellick east, R. Meers west. — W.H.W.]

H. 36, Robert Meers. [His lot No. 2, being two acres in the
New Field, with E. Jackson east, R. Turner west, G. Burden
north, R. Cook south. —W.H.W.]

H. 37. Robert Turner. [Tlaere seems to be of necessity a lot
of Turner's here, between H. 35 and H. 37. Probably he had it
of Valentine Hill, though it is not recorded in the Book. —

H. 38. William Davies the apothecary. [His lot of four acres
in the New Field, bought of Valentine Hill, with Thomas Buttolph
south, James Pen north, R. Turner east, John Biggs and James
Pen west. —W.H.VV. ]

H. 39. John Biggs.

H. 40. James Pen.

H. 41. John Mellowes. [These three lots seem to be required
bv the 1)oundaries of H. 33 and.H. 38, but are not recorded. —

Mr. Winsor's note is as follows : —

a. The present Cambridge street was laid out in 1647, twelve
feet wide, through Mr. Stougliton's ground at this point, " along
the rayle side," through Richard Cooke's and Thomas Buttolph's,
"■to the farder end of the lots to Tho. Munt's ground on the
farthest side."

b. David Sellick ; sold to John Leverett. The highway,
which at this point extended north and west, was eai-ly called
Green lane ; and there is a petition on file in the Cit}' Clerk's office,
March 10, 1734, asking that it may be paved, which gives many
of the chief abutters at that time. c. Edmund Jackson, 3 acres ;
afterwards Thomas Leverett.

116 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

c7. Robert Meeres, 2 acres. Symon Lj'nde bought it in lfiG7-91 ;
sold it in 1718, to John Staniford, — then increased to six acres.
Staniibrd seems to have disposed of a part of it, at least, b}- lot-
tery. {Sewall Paper s 1 iW., 2'21 ', Gleaner Articles^ No. 9.) This
included the rising ground, where a windmill stood, near the pres-
ent West Church (Dr. Bartol's). This ediOce was raised in 1736,
and the original structure is shown in the view of the Battle of
Bunker Hill, given in the third volume of the Memorial History.

e. Robert Turner. Passed later to Staniford. /. Valentine
Hill ; sold, in 1648, to William Davis, 4 acres ; then on his death,
1676, to his son Benjamin, who convej^ed it to his mother (she
having married Edward Palmes), and they, in 1695, passed it to
Charles Chambers, who gave his name to the street now running
through the lot. {Gleaner Articles, No. 10.)

g. John Biggs, 1^ acre. Marsh granted in 1641, west of North
Russell street. His widow died in 1676, and the land coming to
her father, John Dasset, it was conveyed to James Allen, in 1696.
h. Thomas Munt.

i. James Penn. In 1671 it fell by his will to James Allen,
his nephew, who, later, added lot No. g, making a twenty-acre
farm. He extended Chambers street northerl}-. "Gleaner"
thinks it certain that Allen thus owned a larger lot in Boston than
any one else, excepting Blackstone. _/. Edward Gibbons.

7t. Alexander Beck, 1 acre, — a little marsh, " next Mr. Hough's
Point ;" and described a few years before, when Beck was allowed
to mow it, as in the new field, " near the place where Mr. Hough
taffes boat."

H. 42. Richard Fairbank. [His lot No. 3, being four acres
in the New Field, with George Burden and Henry Pease south,
the river east, T. Oliver north, Isaac Addiugton, Alexander Beck,
and James Brown west. — W.H.W.]

H. 43. Henr}' Pease. [Lamb places Pease's lot on the marsh
at the point, crossing the end of the causeway which led over the
mill-pond. — W.H.W.]

H. 44. Thomas Oliver. [His lot No. 2, being one acre and a
half, with R. Fairbanks south, the marsh west, R. Carter south,
as the description reads. — W.H.W.]

H. 45. Richard Carter. [Apparently, but the lot is not re-
corded. — AV. II. W.]

H. 46. James Brown. [His lot No. 3, being half an acre in
the New Field with R. Fairbanks north, J. AUington (or Addiug-
ton) east, A. Beck west, Thomas Clark south. — W.H.W.]

H. 47. Alexander Beck. [His lot No. 2, being one acre in the
New Field with Thomas Munt east, the water north, E. Gibbons
south and west. — W H.W.]

H. 48. Isaac Addiugton. [This lot is necessitated by lots H.
42 and II. 46. It is not on record. — W.H.W.]

H. 49. Thomas Clarke. [Not recorded, but mentioned in H.
46. — W.H.W.]

H. 50. Edward Gibbons.

H. 51. Thomas Munt. [These two lots are necessary, but not
well indicated.— W.Il.W.]

Map I, OR No. 9.


MAP I, OR NO. 9,


I. I. Christopher Stanley's pasture, which extended west to
Salem street, and was defined on the other sides pretty nearly by
Charter, Hanover, and Prince streets. He was a tailor, and left
b}' will, 1G4G, the first bequest to the town for the support of
schools. (See N. E. Hist, and Geneal. Reg., Jan. 1850, p. 52.)
Stanle^-'s widow, Susannah, married William Phillips, who con-
firmed to her the house Stanley left her, " with the great pasture."
{Register, Oct., 1851 , p. 447.) A northerly' part of this lot passed,
in 1G65, through Richard Burner, to John Hull, the mint-master;
and in 1683 he died, and his daughter Hannah and her husband,
Judge Sewall, conveyed Hull street, in 1701-5, to the town.

[The map line cuts off the southerly part of this pasture, which
is shown on Map K, or No. 10. — W.H.W.]

I. 2. Thomas Buttolph. [Apparently his fifth lot (see B. of
P., p. 42), " about half an acre, bounded with the causeway north-
east, William Cox {i.e., Copp) north-west, the marsh south-west..
He had other lands in Mill Field. (See Map K.) — W.H. W.]

I. 3. William Copp, shoemaker. A small cove made in south
of him, with marsh stretching farther east. In his will, in 1GG9, he
calls himself sick and weak ; a cordwainer hy occupation ; and he
leaves the enjoyment of the house to his wife, "• Gooddeth." In
his inventory his house, out-houses, orchard, garden, and land
about the house are valued at £80. (See also ISewall Papers, ii.,
408.) Not far from this point, and taking part of the propei'ty of
the Gas Compan}', early in the next century Joshua Gee had a
ship-3'ard, and he owned adjacent lands, which fell, in 1724, to his
son Ebenezer (d. 1730), and finally wholly to Rev. Joshua Gee,
who died in 1748, when the estate-was divided according to a docu-
ment which "Gleaner" calls one of the most important in the
Probate Office.

[He had a house and half an acre in the Mill field, with the
marsh south-west, Thomas Buttolph south-east, the river north-
west, John Button north-east. Hence he had the corner lot. —

I. 4. John Button. [One acre, with Charles river north, the
marsh south-west, John Shaw north-east and south-east. —

I. 5. John Shaw, who seems to have surrounded the wind-mill
lot. There was a blutf here above the beach where the way run.

[His name is not among the possessors, but figures in the above
description of Button's abutters. — W.H.W.]

120 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

I. 6. The wind-mill lot.

I. 7. Valentine Hill. Here, at Hudson's Point, was the ferry
to Charlestown, and Francis Hudson, the ferryman, was allowed
to wharf out here in 1G52 "before his ground;" and Thomas
Broughton had a like privilege hereabout the same year ; and when
this privilege was continued a year later, the expression is "to
wharf or make a barrocadd before his land at Center Haven."
Southerly from this point, on the brow of the hill, the town pur-
chased of John Baker and Daniel Turrell, in 1G59, the beginning
of the present Copp's Hill Burning-ground, and in 1711 added a
part of Judge Sewall's pasture, to the south-west. (Shurtleff,
i) of Boston, p. 199 ; Gleaner Articles, No. 14.) Hull street
adjacent was not paved till 1735, when Edward Pell and other
abutters petitioned for leave to pave it.

I. 8. Nicholas Parker, 2 acres ; allowed to wharf out in 1651.
He had built a house here before 1G46, when a footway was laid
out from it through the gardens to the " mill lane or street ;" and
along the shore, in 1650, " a way of a rod broad" was laid out from
the l>attery to the ferry. Well in from the shore in this lot, after
Salem and Charter streets were laid out, on the westerly corner of
them, there was a brick house which Daniel Turrell and Samuel
Wakefield, with their wives, sold to Lady Phips in November, 1687.
Onl}^ a few daj's before Sewall records that news had come of her
husband being dubbed Sir William Phips at Windsor Castle. The
Governor later added to the estate from adjacent lots.

[Parker had V. Hill north-west, the water north-east, T. But-
tolph south-west and south-east. — W.H.W.]

Map K, or No. 10.


MAP K, OR NO. 10.


K. 00. The remainder of Christopher Stanley's lot. I. 1.

K. 0. The remainder of Nicholas Parker's lot. I. 8.

K. I. Thomas Buttolph. [Apparently' his lots Nos. 3 and 4,
of 44 acres in the Mill-field, with the Bay north-east, N. Parker
and V. Hill north-west, C. Stanley south ; also one acre compassed
by Stanley's ground. — W.H.W.]

Christopher Stanley in 1644 was allowed to wharf near Winnis-
simet ferry. Along this water front there were various ship-yards
established later in the colonial and in the early provincial period.
They appear in Bonner's map in 1722. Captain William Green-
ough's yard was nearly opposite this lot.

K. 2. Edward (or Edwin) Goodwin. [House and half an
acre, the Bay north-east, J. Sweet south-east, T. Buttolph north-
west and south-west. — W.H.W.]

K. 3. John Sweet. [House and \l acres, with E. Goodwin
north-west, the Bay north-east, I. Grosse south-east, and C. Stanley
south-west. Lamb's map makes Sweet's lot form two sides of a
square enclosing Merry, Grosse, and Seabury, the water making
the two other sides. This seems necessitated by the description of
Grosse's two lots, which see K. 7. — W.H.W.]

John Sweet seems to connect in the rear with his other lot.
Perhaps this was the lot Governor Bellingham was permitted to
wharf before, in 1648, "if it did not prejudice the battery," when
it was described as between Merry and William Winbourne ; and
somewhere near was a house which Sampson Shore sold to Chris-
topher Lawson in 1646, when he wharfed out before it.

K. 4. Isaac Grosse. [Apparently his third lot, with the Baj''
east, John Sweet north, John Seaberry south, Walter Merry west.
— W.H.W.]

K. 5. John Seabury. [House and garden, about half an acre,
with Isaac Grosse north-west, the Bay north-east, W. Merry south-
east and south-west. Winsor says this was first Merry's land,
bought by Seabui-y in 1639, and then sold " successively to John
Wilson and Alexander Adams in 1645, who was allowed, in 1646,
to wharf out, maintaining along the shore a highway for a cart." —

K. 6. Walter Merry, ^ acre, who built " a roof over the highway
on the sea-bancke " to the annoyance of the selectmen ; and when
Hanover street was extended in his rear, in 1644, he was allowed
the cost of fencing on that side. He was ordered to keep a high-

124 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

way open on the shore sixteen feet broad, in 1646, and sold the
property the same year to William Douglass, who in turn sold it to
Henry Brown, mariner, in 1648, with what is called Anker's shop.
The North Battery was built out here in 1646, and repaired in

K. 7. Isaac Grosse. [His second lot, the Bay and John Sweet
north, W. Beamsley south, the way west. Perhaps there was a
little bend or cove here, as otherwise we should call the Ba}^ east.
Although Lamb's map makes a way from Savage's corner east to
Sweet's lot, none of the six owners between bound westerly
on a way except Gross ; but, curiously, nearly all omit the west
bounds. —W.H.W.]

In the provincial period not far from this spot stood the Saluta-
tion Inn, which gave a name to an alley running by it, connecting
Hanover with North street. John Brooking owned it, and his
widow sold it, in 1692, to Sir William Phips. (Seioall Papers^ i.,
222.) John ScoUay, hiring of Lady Phips in 1697, kept it. Samuel
Green was the host in 1731. It became famous later, when
William Campbell kept it, in 1773, and it was a rallying-place
for the patriots.

K. 8. William Beamsley. [House and house-lot of about half
an acre, the Bay east, I. Grosse north and north-west, Anne
Tuttle south and south-west. — W.H.W.]

K. 9. Anne Tuttle. [House and garden, with W. Beamsley
north, N. Bourne south, the Bay east, and — (probably the west
bound was left for farther search). — W.II.W,]

It was on the rear of this lot, on the lower corner of the present
Clark and Hanover streets, that the New North Church was built
in 1714, — a small wooden building, enlarged in 1730, and giving
place to the present edifice in 1802. The land was then bought of
Colonel Thomas Hutchinson for £455.

K. 10. Nehemiah Bourne, shipwright, who built here, in 1641,
the " Trial," the first large vessel built in Boston. John Richards
was using this yard in 1688. Bourne had come over in 1638 ; pre-
viously living at Charlestown and Dorchester, had come to Boston
in 1641. The "Trial" made her first voyage to the Azores and
West Indies under the command of Thomas Coitmore. On her
next voyage, to Bilboa and Malaga, she was commanded by
Thomas Graves, and returned to Boston, March 23, 1643-44.
Bourne went again to England, and served as major of a regiment
in the Parliamentary army ; but was once more in Boston in 1645,
returning to England the next year, and became rear-admiral in
the Parliament's navy. There is an account of Bourne in N. E.
Hist, and Geneal. Beg., Jan., 1873.

[His house and garden had Capt. Hawkins south, the Bay east,
Anne Tuttle north, " and on the north — ," which last entry I sur-
mise was for north-west or west, and never filled out. — W.H.W.]

K. II. Capt. Thomas Hawkins. [Apparently the lot sold him
by Edward Bendall, 30th, llmo., 1650. If so, it began 40 feet
north from the lot that was R. Thompson's, and so to N. Bourne's,
running with Bourne's pales from the sea on the east to C. Stan-
ley's rails on the west, the south line being parallel. — W.H.W.]

Appendix. 125

Hawkins is supposed to have built the house, which became later
the *' Ship Taveru," which stood till 186G. John Vyal kept it in
1G63, and it is associated with some stirring events. Hawkins's
ship-yard was on the opposite water front, and he built here, as
early as 1645, the ship " Seafort," of four hundred tons. Haw-
kins's inventory is given in N. E. Hist, and Geneal. Jieg., Oct.,
1855, p. 343.

K. 12. Edward Bendall. [His third lot, with the Bay east,
Capt. Hawkins north, and Lieut. Savage south. — W.H.AV.J

Edward Bendall sold to Anchor Ainsworth, and subsequent
owners were Joseph Phippeni, 1647, George Mitchell, John Baker.
Baker's will is in N. E. Hist, and Geneal. Ef^g., April, 1861, p. 124.

The way along the shore from the dock to Gallop's Point had
been laid out "as it is begun" in 1643, and in 1650 it appears
that "■ the way formerly granted of a rod in breadth from Gallop's
Point to the Battery, being interrupted by Mrs. Hawkins her house,
it shall turn up from the water side through Mrs Hawkins her gar-
den, and soe by Mr. Winthrop's house, between Major Borne's
house and his garden, before Mr. Holiok's, to the Battery," —
marking some changes in ownership.

K. 13. Thomas Savage. [House and garden, with the Bay
east, C. Stanley west, E. Bendall north, and the lane south. This
lane became Bennet street, and Scarlet's wharf was at its easterl}'
end. — W.H.W.]

This, or another house on the spot, became, later, the " King's
Head TaA^ern," which was burned in 1691, and rebuilt. Drake
says that James Davenport kept it in 1755, and his widow in 1758 ;
but in 1754, Davenport, who had kept the " Globe Tavern," peti-
tioned to keep the '• Bunch of Grapes," formerly known as " Castle
Tavern," near Scarlet's Wharf, which had been a licensed house
for forty or fifty years. There is an account of Davenport in N.
E. Hist, and Geneal. Reg., 1879, p. 31. A little way from Bennet
street, on the northerly side (it is shown on Bonner's map), stood
the North Grammar School, erected in 1713. Recompence Wads-
worth was the first master ; and there is on the files of the city
clerk an interesting testimonial to his fidelit}', signed by Increase
Mather and other ministers of the town.

K. 14, Edmund Grosse. His ^will, 1655, is given in N. E.
Hist, and Geneal. Reg.. July, 1858, p. 273. He sold the lot to
John Anderson, shipwright, in 1647. It seems to have been on
this lot that Judge Edward Hutchinson later built him a house,
which, late in the eighteenth centurj', became the '• North End
Coffee House." It was opposite this point that the principal wharf
of the North End was later built, known first as Clark's Wharf,
and subsequently as Hancock's, — Thomas Hancock being the
principal proprietor. [House lot, with the lane north, I. Cole south,
I. west, the Bay east. — W.II.W.]

K. 15. Samuel Cole, house and garden; sold, in 1645, to
George Halsall, who, in 1646, had liberty ''to set down a causey
ten foot square, from his wharfe to low-watter marke, and that
passingers shall come and goe free to it ; " and shortly after he
was permitted " to imploy a passag boatt betweene his wharfe and

126 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

the ships wher the ships rid, and is to take a penny for each per-

K. i6. Isaac Cullimer had two lots, the other being K. 21. [I
cannot reconcile myself to Lamb's method of marking out these
lots with the two of Thomas Joy, and one each of Richard Raw-
lins and Thomas Clark. Without clear proof, I must doubt that
these six lots were cut into such extremely irregular forms, when
a much simpler arrangement will answer. Cullimer's east lot
(No. 2 of his Possessions), according to the Book, has the bny
south-east, C. Stanley north-west, Stanley, S. Cole, and the wa}'
north-east, Clark and R. Rawlins south-west. Hei-e I suspect a
mistake of " Rawlins " for '' Thomas Joy." For Rawlins' lot (K.
18) has Joy (not Cullimer) on the north-east, and Joy's lot (K.
17) has Rawlins south-west and Cullimer norlh-east. Is it not
probable that the perambulator overlooked Joy's strip, which inter-
vened between Cullimer and Rawlins? — W.H.W.]

K. 17. Thomas Joy. [His second lot, of one acre, bounds
with C. Stanley north-west, I. Cullimer north-east, R. Rawlins
south-west, Mr. Clarke south-east. — W.H.W.]

Upon this lot William Clark (see the account of his family in
N. E. Hist, and Geiieal. Reg., 1879, pp. 19, 22G), a prominent
merchant of the provincial period, well known in public affairs,
and not always fortunate in his private ventures, built and lived in
a house which became famous. It stood fronting the square, very
nearly' where Prince street now comes into it, on the easterly cor-
ner. It was next the residence of Sir Charles Henry Frankland,
the royal collector of customs. Further to the east, and occupy-
ing the space intervening between the converging streets, was
the estate on which Thomas Hutchinson, about 1710, erected,
with its front on Garden court leading from the square, the sump-
tuous house in which the son. Governor Thomas Hutchinson, was
born and lived. See Col. Henry Lee's paper on these and other
old houses hereabouts, in Mass. Hist. Soc. Proceedings, Feb., 1881.
A view of the Hutchinson house is given in the American
Magazine, Vol. ii.

K. 18. Richard Rawlins. [House and garden of 1^ acres,
with C. Stanley north-west, T. Joy north-east, Clarke south-east,
I. Cullimer south-west (i.e., Cullimer's west lot, K. 21). —

Richard Rawlins, plasterer, probably bought of Peter Johnson,
the Dutchman, in 1638 ; and when Hanover street was extended,
in 1644, it took a part of his corn-field behind his house, for which
he was compensated. These had lands hereabout later: Thomas
Clark, Mark Hands, Henry Lampray, Edward Breck, William
Burnell, Henry Paine, George Dell, Thomas Ryder. — some of
them doubtless sharing in the breaking up of vStanley's pasture.

K. 19. Thomas Clarke. [Warehouse and house lot. T. Jo}'
north-west, I. Cullimer west (''.''., K. 21). L Cullimer north-east
(i.e., K. 16), and the Cove and T. Jov south {i.e., Jov's lot No. 1,
K. 20). — W.H.W.]

Thomas Clarke is called of Dorchester, merchant, when in 1644
he granted a part of his land to Christopher Stanley, which part is

Appendix. 127

perhaps the identical " p'cell'of land l^ing neere to the water side,"
which Stanley named in his will, two years later, as a bequest,
" for the maintenance of the free schoole," and which the town in
1G49 sold to William Phillips, in consideration of 13.s. 4(1. " per
annum forever, to the use of the scliole."' This Thomas Clarke
was a prominent merchant, and his inventory, in 1(J78, shows
various estates in Boston. His shop goods are appraised at £75G ;
the house where Elizabeth Stevens lives, £300 ; the one Mr.
Woodmausy lived in, £150 ; orchard behind it, £100 ; land at lower
end of the Common, £70 ; the house occupied by his son-in-law,
Thomas Baker, £75 ; the house Edward Shippen lives in, £700.

K. 20. Thomas Jo}'. [One house and lot of about half an
acre, and another house adjoining, with the Cove south-west, Thomas
Clarke north-west, north-east, and south-east. Evidently just at
the bend of the Cove. — W.H.W.]

Thomas Joy, carpenter, is called of E[ingham, when, in 1648, he
bonded this estate to Major Savage, with its house, " near the new
meeting-house in Boston." This second church is usually con-
sidered as built two years later, in 1650 ; and in this last 3'ear
a committee was appointed " to lay out the high wayes by the new
meetinge house." Mention is made of his cellar ''by the water
side," in 1642 ; and in 1644, when it is said to be in the highway'.
Perhaps this became the new house which, in 1647, he sold to
Bozoone Allen, of Hingham, with adjoining wharf. Allen calls
himself of Boston in his will, 1652. (N. E. Hist, and Genecd. Reg.,
July, 1851, p. 299.) Joy built the town-house, and in the final
settlement in January, 1661, he received £680.

K. 21. Isaac Cullimer. [Evidently his first lot, with C. Stanley
north-west, the Cove south-east, R. Rawlins north-ea 't, F. Hudson
and B. Pasmer south-west. It will be noticed that Stanley makes
the north-west boundar}' of Cullimer, Rawlins, J03', and Cullimer.
This was undoubtedly the line of the street, but whether at that
date it was more than a cart-track does not appear. F. Hudson,
the next westerly owner on thb shore, bounds north-west on Wm.
Hudson, who here joins Stanley. — WII.W.]

K. 22. Bartholomew Passmore. [House and garden of about
a quarter of an acre, with Francis Hudson north-west, the Cove
south-east, I. Cullimer north-east, J. Gallop south-west. —

Passmore sold to John Sweet in 1650. It was here, on the
corner of North and Richmond streets, that Nicholas Upsall kept
the Red Lion Inn, and close here the devastating fire of Nov. 27,
1676, broke out in one Wakefield's house. Upsall's will is given
in N. E. Hist, and Geneal. Reg., J»ly? 1861, p. 251 ; and an ac-
count of him in Reg.., January, 1880.

K. 23. Francis Hudson. [House and garden of about half an
acre, with William Hudson, Sr., north-west, I. Cullimer north-east,
B. Passmore south-east, J. Gallop south-west. — W.H.W.]

K. 24. John Gallop was fined in 1636 for obstructing the high-
way' on the sea-bank with his " payles ;" allowed to wharf out in
1643; after his dcatli, his widow Mehitabel, in 1649, conveyed a
part of it to John Synderlaud. He signed his will (printed in

128 City Document No. 46. — Part 2.

iV. E. Hist, and Geneal. Reg., Jul}', 1853, p. 227) b}' his mark.
About on the Hne of this estate, a passage from the water front to
the present Hanover street was opened, and in Bonner's map,
1722, is marked as Wood lane, the modern Richmond street.
Near the present northerly corner on Hanover street, the New
Brick Church was built in 1721, and stood till it was rebuilt in

[Gallop had "the way" north-west. — W.H.W.]

K. 25. Matthew Chaflfie, ship-carpenter, house and garden ; sold
in part to John Capen, of Dorchester, in 1G49. Chaflie's lot ex-
tended back to what was the end of Hanover street in 1643, when
it was ordered that the AVii}- be continued further, two rods broad,
" from the west corner of Matthew Chafeth's garden unto the little
howse by the swamp," which Christopher Stanley had just bought
of the town, " and from thence to the windmill as directl}' as the
land will beare."

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