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"Walter Gendall appeared from the latter town, but having no
certificate of his election was not allowed a seat. Anthony
Brackett was appointed by the court. Lieutenant of FalmouLh,
and Thaddeus Clarke, Ensign.

Soon after the peace concluded at Casco, April 12, 1G78, the
inhabitants begun to return to their desolate lands. On the
13th of November of that year, Edward Allen, of Dover, X. 11. ^
conveyed to George Bramhall, of Portsmouth, all that tract of
land, which George Cleeves had sold to his father, Hope Allen,
in IGGO, except fifty acres which he had previously disposed
of. TJic whole tract contained four hundred acres, extending
Avcsterly to Round Marsh at the narrow of the Xeck, and in-
cluded the hill which now Ijears the name of its old proprietor.
P'rainhall was a tanner ; ho moved here in 1G80, and estali-
Ij^hed a tannery upon the flat under the hill near the entrance
njioii Vaughan's bridge, where the remains of the vats may
still be traced.

Anthony Brackett, as we have seen by the extract relating
^'■> his second marriag<i, had returned in 1079 ; and it is prolia-

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blc that most of the ancient settlers whose property and means
of support were here, came back on the conclusion of peace.
A fort was erected on the point at the foot of King' street, called
Fort Loyall. At this fort President Danforth held a court in
September, 16S0, for the purpose of settling the inhabitants in
a more compact manner than heretofore, the better to enable
them to resist future attacks of the Indians. The record of his
proceedings at this time, although imperfect, we shall borrow
entire from York Registry ; his grants covered that part of
Portland now of the most value, and the center of trade. He
appropriated the soil under ^Massachusetts as chief proprietor,
and we have met with but one instance which will be hereafter
noticed, the case of the Munjoy title, in which compensation
■was demanded and awarded. The record is as follows ; "At
fort Loyall in Falmouth 23 Tbr 1680 Granted unto the persons
whose names are hereunder written, houselols upon the neck
of land near the fort viz :

1. To Mr. Bartholomew Gedney on the westerly side of the
cove one lot in breadth against the cove about six rods more
or less as now marked, reserving for a highway against the
cove four rods in breadth, and the said lot to be in length twenty
rods and on the southerly side of the highway to have the
privelege of the cove for wharfmg.^

"2. To John Ingcrson one lot lying next to Mr. Gedney's
westerly, of like breadth, length, and conditions in all respects.

3. To George Ingerson one lot.

4. " John Marston " "

5. " Isaac Davis " "

6. " Francis Nichols " "

• Now India Street.

2 Gednpy never was an inliabitant ; he was a great land speculator here and at
Nortli Yarmouth ; lie lived in Salem. He afterward sold his grant to Silvanus
Davis. The lot extended back to what is now oiillcd Sumner street, originally
uamed Fleet street, afterward Turkey lane. The- cuve here meiitioued is Clay

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7. To Thomas ]\Iasoii one lot.

8. " Samuel Iiigersoii " "

All these on the west side of the, cove, breadth and length as
the othei*s. Further it is granted to Mr. Gedney, George In-
gorson, and John Ingerson, that instead of sixty acres apiece
accomodation on some of the islands, they shall be allowed
the like quantity hi the place where George Ingerson's come
milue standeth. The like grant is made to Francis Xicholls,
Tiiomas Mason and Joseph Ingerson, Lt. George Ingerson,
.Samuel Ingerson, and John Wheclden.

9. To John Skillin his house lot as now marked.

10. " Joseph Ingerson one house lot.

11. " Lt. George Ingerson his house lot.

Memo. Highways are to be allowed sufficient to the milno
and between each lot, etc.

"Lots granted on the east side of Broad street.-

1. To Daniel Smith, the first lot next to the fort.*

2. " "Wm. Clemens the second lot.

3. " John Lowell (or Powell) the third lot.

(4th and 5th are blank.)

6. " Henry Ingalls^ the 6th lot.

"And it is granted liberty of wharfage and building ware-
liouses on the east of the fort under the rocks, not prejudicing
the benefit of the fort for the security of the water ; Daniel
Smith to begin and the rest in order.

Lots laid out on the west side of Broad street.
To Capt. Edward Tyng the first lot.

' Tlie mill here noticed was probably at Capisic, and is no doubt the same
before noticed as Geor:^e Iii^ersoll's. lugersoll afterward liad a com mill on
Barberry Creek in Capo Elizabeth.

' Now India street.

* [The fort was on the point which the Grand Trunk Station-house now occu-
pif-s, and called Fori Loyal.]

3 Two persons, Henry Ingalls, Sen. and Jan.. wereUviiig in Salem in IGC'O.

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To Henry Harwood tlie second lot. : • ■ " ,*

" Michael Farley jr. tlie third lot.

*' Augustine John the fourth lot, with liberty in the cove
crmc/^i!! for a brick yard. ^
Lots granted against thCv Great Bay .-
To Capt Silvanus Davis the first lot westward.
" Mr John Jacob the second lot. ■ : ■. v. •

" Ensign Xathanicl Jacob the third lot,
" Robert Greenliaugh the fourth lot.
" These are to run up as high as the north side of the sixth
lot against Broad street and to divide the land at the north end
between the said lots and Mr. Munjoy's equally as to breadth.
"To Mr. Munjoy the 5th lot, being twenty rods front upon
the water side and to run up the same breadth twenty rods on
north side of his barne, the highway cross excepted.

"It is also ordered that there shall be an highway three rods
wide left agauist the water side toward the meeting-house,^ and

I Joliu or Jeau was a Frenchman and purchased of widow Housing a small lot
west side of Presumpscot river, where he lived. I had some doubt whether John
Gustin and Augustine John were not the same person : tlie descendants of John
Gustin are numerous here. The word arment is so in the record ; it was probably
incorrectly copied. As this lot extended down to Clay Cove, the grant was doubt-
less intended to convey a privilege on the cove in the rear of the lot for the pur-
pose of making bricks. [I am informed by the learned antiquary, James Savage
of Boston, that Augustine John or Jean, as it is first written, was not a Frenchman,
but a native of the Isle of Jersey, where his parents died.' He sold his estate in
Jersey in 1G77. He came first to Reading, Mass., and was a soldier in the latter
part of Phillip's war. In January, 1G78, he married Eliza, a daughter of John
Brown of AVatertown. The name was gradually changed from Augustine Jean
to Augustine John first, and then to John Gustin, by which his numerous de-
scendants in Portland and vicinity are now called. He left a widow and seven

2 The bay between fort point at the foot of King street and Jordan's point; at
the north-westerly part of this bay was the town lauding; the beach was in later
times called Moody's beach.

3 Tlie meeting-house stood on the jioint then called meeting-house point, now
Jordan'.s. [The site is now occupied by tiie Railroad Co's works.]


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(lie land between said highway and low-water-mark sliull
beluog to tlie owners of said lots. Also it is ordered that tl;o
landuig place at the head of great cove shall remain in com-
mon to the town as it is now staked out ; and the line on the
south side of the highway between said lots shall run parallel
to the bounds of the cove reserved in common.

To Mr. Saltonstall^ for Mcshac Farley, the next lot eastward
to Mr. Munjoy.

To Mr. Saltonstall one lot more adjoining to Mesliac Farley.

These last two lots to be in length northward twenty poles.

"23 September, IGSO, by Thomas Danforth, President, Fort
Loyall 23 7h. IGSO. These within and above written orders
being road to the selectmen of the town of Falmouth, they mani-
fested jointly tluir full and free consent thereto. Present Lt.
Anthony Brackett, Mr. John Walley (Wallis), Lt. George
Ingerson, Ensign Thaddeus Clarke.

"Also there is granted to John Skillin one house lot on tlie
■west side of the lot where his house now standeth and is staked
out, and also the lands that were his father's at Back Cove are
confirmed to him ; also a parcel of meadow land about three
acres more or less situated above a milne at Capisic river is
confirmed to him, the which land he was to have had by pur-
chase of Nathaniel Wallis."

It was Danforth's object to jn-epare a settlement here which
should contain within itself the means of defense, and having
accomplished this point, as he supposed, by making grants
around the fort in every direction, he paid no regard to the out-
lands. It was one of the conditions of each grant of a house
lot, that the grantee should make improvements upon it liy
building ; we consequently find that a village arose at once,
where before was little else than an unfrequented forest. The
grantees whose names follow, did not reside liere, viz : Gedney,

'Xathaniel Saltonstall was one of the magistrates of Massachusetts, and was
liere at lliis time with Danfortli.

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Jolin Marston, Mason, Smith, Clemens, Lowell, Ingalls, Jol.n'
and Xatlianiel Jacob, Robert Greenhaugli, and Farley. GeJ-
ney and Mason lived in Salem, the former sold his house lot to
Silvanus Davis, the latter to Peter Morrill, who respectively
improved tliem ; John Jones improved Farley's on India street.

The eleven lots laid out on the west side of Clay Cove arc
supposed to have extended about seventy rods, which would
carry them to about where Union street now is, and back to
Middle street, which was notj then laid out, but was probal)ly
the place reserved for a highway to the mill. We are able
to locate but a part of the eleven lots ; Gedney's is sufficiently
described in the grant as lying next to the cove, and John
IngersoU's next. George IngersoU's extended westerly to
where Willow street now is ; his son Daniel occupied it and
sold it to Moses Pearson, whose heirs or assigns now improve
it. The lot of Lt. George IngersoU, the father of the before
named George, was situated on the east side of Exchange
street ; Samuel IngersoU's adjoined it, on the east, and Joseph
IngersoU's on the west. The lots of Marston, Isaac Davis,
Mason, and Xicholls, undoubtedly lay between John IngersoU's,
the second from Clay Cove, and George IngersoU's on Willow
street. Marston's heir living in Salem, sold his ancestor's lot
to Samuel Moody in 1719, and described it as adjoining Isaac
and Silvanus Davis's.

On the west side of India street, the first lot was Capt. Ed-
Avard Tyng's, nearly opposite the fort, of which for a time ho
was commander, and extended from India street to Clay Cove;
the next was Henry Harwood's, who was a Lieut. ; next camo
Michael Farley, Jr., who does not appear to liave lived here,
John Jones improved the lot , Farley was living in Ipswich in
1730 ; Augustine John's lot came next, wliicli was improved

' A .John Jacob was the first dpacon of the church in Coliasset in 1721, an a^cd
and very ^vorthy man. — llistonj of Cohatset. In the war of IGSS, a person of the
same name^vas comnii<.sary for the trooi);; in Maine, A family of this name was
imphcated in the v/iiclicraft tragedy of feialem. in 1G92. Kphraim Mariton settled
licre; lie alU-rward lived in Salem; he may have- taken Johir;v place.

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hv Wm. Picrco.' These four lots bring us to Middle street, on
the oi^posite side of which Avas the land of Thomas Cloice, ex-
tending north to Fleet street, [now, 1864, Sumner street ,] he
had a house on the lot. From Fleet to Queen, now Congress
street, Silvanus Davis had a tract containing two and a half
acres which was surveyed to him in 1687.

"We have not been able to ascertain that the lots on the east
side of India street were occupied by the })ersons to whom they
Avere grafited. Their names arc not familiar in our history,
and we conjecture that they and some others who received
grants, were persons who accompanied Danforth in his expe-
dition and received lots as gratuities or under the expectation
that they would settle here. The lots lying on the great bay,
as it was called, east of India street, which at this time and long
afterward were the most valuable spots in town, were occu-
pied as follows : 1st. Richard Seacomb, who may possibly have
taken the lot granted to Daniel Smith or William Clemens on
India street. Jonathan Orris, blacksmith, and John Brown
adjoined Seacomb, and proltably extended up India street ; but
next, and the first on the bay came Silvanus Davis, whose lot
was one hundred and forty-seven feet front and extended back
six hundred and thirty feet, to the burying-ground, which occu-
pied a small spot in the south-westerly part of the present
eastern cemetery. On this spot Davis had a dwelling house
in which he lived, and a warehouse, the most extensive in tliis
part of the country in 1687. The !Munjoy family occupied that
part of the Neck east of Davis's, and Kobert Lawrence who
married Munjoy's widow, built a stone house upon tlie brow
of the hill near the old breast work, where he lived until the
second overthrow of the town, in Avhich he ])erishcd.

In looking at the upper part of tlie Neck, within the present

1 Pierce was heir of Launcelot Tierce of Pejepscot ; liis mother ■ssa.s dauL'hter
of Thomas Stevt-ns of tlie sauie territoi y ; ho houfjht the lot nhovc nientioii'Ml of
Samuel Wo1)ber, November lit, ICbS. After the destruction of the town, lie lived
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limits of Portlaiul, we fiiul Bramliall's largo farm covcrincr
nearly the whole western extremity ; next on the eastern side
^Yere forty-five acres, part of the estate of Nathaniel Mittun,
Vv-hich his administrator. John Graves, sold to Silvanus Davis,
John Phillips of Charlestown, John Endicott, and James Eng-
lish of Boston, in 1GS6 ;' it extended from Fore river across
the neck. It is now occnpied under the original title. Next
came the large tract extending down the river to Robison's
point,* occupied by Mrs. Ilarvcy, Michael Mitton's widow, and
lier son-in-law Thaddens Clarke, whose house was on the bank
of the river just above the point which bears his name and
where the cellar may still be found, 1831. Clarke subsequently
conveyed to Edward Tyng, who married his daughter Elizabeth,
forty-four acres of this tract, which extended from tlie river
north-westerly across where Congress street now is. Tyng had
this lot surveyed in 1687, and then had three houses upon it,
in one of which he lived. Xext were three acres which Mrs.
Harvey sold to Richard Pow>land in 1681 ; then Anthony
Brackett had five acres, which he sold to Peter Bowdoin in
1G87 ; next came a lot belonging to Nicholas Bartlett, the ex-
tent of which we have not succeeded in ascertaining ; then
three acres belonging to Capt. Tyng ; next two acres belonging
to Joseph Ilodgdon, sold to James Mariner in 1686. After
these came the thirty acres confirmed by the town to George
Burroughs, the minister, in 16 S3. Of this thirty acres Bur-
roughs sold twenty-three to Peter Bowdoin in 1688, lying
between Fore river and Back Cove a few rods above Center
street; the remaining seven acres extending about Cotton and
Center streets, he conveyed to John Skillings in 1683, in ex-

' This was a company which en:Taged iu very large speculations in this to-'ru
between the years 1C80 and 1C90.

*[This poiiit is at the foot of Park street and was known in Kubsoiinenl con-
vej-ances as the "Point of rocks," from the ledge which extended there. It %v-s
afterward owned by Cai)t. Thomas Piobi^on, wlnj built tiie two-story house i.otv
.standing ci>rner of Canal and Park streets.]

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cliaijgo for the house lot graiUcd hy Diiiiforth to the latter, Kadj
l.tliad a lioui^e upon it. That of Burroughs was crerted i;)-
ihe town and stood on Congress street, near where Preule street
now joins it. Tlie description of the seven acres in tliis agree-
jnent is as follows : "Ijuprimis it is agreed that the said George
Uurroughs doth make over and confirm unto the said John Skil-
ling, carpenter, and his heirs forever, his house built and given
hlni by tlie people of Falmouth, with seven acres of land joining
to the said house; laid out and bounded, viz: lying from the
edge of the swamp behind the house, from thence running four-
score poles southerly, fronting upon the river fourteen poles."
The land from Congress street to the river where Cotton street
now is, was formerly a swamp. Via arc able to fix upon the lo-
cation of this tract with more certainty by conveyances subse-
quently made by Samuel, son of John Skillings, from whom
the Cotton title on Center and Cotton streets is derived. The
site of the house is determined by an ancient plan. [Tlie rea-
son of the exchange on the part of Burroughs was the distance
of his house from the meeting-house, and Skilling's house was
near the meeting-house, which stood on the point below King

Joseph Weljber, Samuel Webber, Eichard Broadridge, Dennis
Morough, and Francis Jefferds had lots on Queen, now Con-
gress street : Morouglr s was three acres lying where School,
now Pearl street is ; he sold it to Anthony Bracket!. Broad-
ridge's was next above and JctTerd's next below. John
Ingcrsoll and Francis Nichols had a lot on the south end of
Morough's, which extended to Middle street.

It appears by the record of Danfortli's i)roceedings here, that
the town was reorganized under a municipal government pre*
vious to his court in September, 1680. That document presents
us only the names of the inhabitants who had grants around"
the fort, other of the former settlers returned to their farms in

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other parts of the town.^ Some however never returned as
Francis Xealc- and Jenkhi Williams, tlic former continued to
live in Salem, the latter is subsequently found in Manchester,
in the county of Essex. Xor do we meet, after the war, with
the names of John Cloico, John Lewis, Phineas Kider, Thomas
Skillings, and Jolni Phillips ; some of them were probably
killed during the war. Other settlers however flowed in rapidly
and the places of those who did not return were soon more
than supplied.

The most enterprising of the new settlers was Silvanus Davis.
In October, 1G80, he and James English addressed a petition
to the selectmen of Falmouth, in which they stated that they
were desirous of settling in town, if they could receive certain
grants and privileges which are set forth in their petition as
follows : "Imprimis, that we may have the free privelege of ye
falls of Capissicke to build a sawmill and to make a damm or
damms. (2) That we may have a grant of timber both oak
and pine within three miles of the falls on both sides not in-
fringing upon any lots already granted by the town, (o) That
we may have suflicient land laid out on both sides of the Falls
and river for pasture of oxen and settling some farms near the
mills for employing workmen in time when the mill stands still
for want of water or timber, and that such lands shall remain
free to the mills as free land a mile square. (4) That we may
have the privelege of swamps or fresh marsh within a mile of
the Falls to produce hay for our oxen and that we may have it
as free land. (5) That we may have privelege to cut timber
iiI)on all commons within the township that is not already

1 "Upon the peace the English returned unto their plantations ; their number
increased ; they stocked their farms, and sowed their fields ; they found the air as
healthful as the earth was fruitful ; their lumber and their fishery became a con-
siderable merchandize ; continual accessions were made unto them," 2Iatht/i
Meg. vol. u'._p. 505.

2 Mrs. Macwortii, Ncale's mother-in-law, died in Boston, in 1C76. Neale sold
his land in Falmouth to .Joseph Ifohnes, wIjo, April 10, lt;81. mort^a^^ed it to
Joshua Scottow, and stjded Idmself 'date of Cambridge, now resident in Ca^co."


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granted to any persons. (G) Tliat we may have equal divi-
sions of all meadows with others according to our publick
work. (7) That we may have a tract of good land appointed
us for settling our farms.

"Gentlemen according to your encouragement to us we shall
be ready to bear part of town charges with you and subscribe
ourselves your humble servants Oct. 28, 1680."

To this ])etition the following answer was returned : "3. 10. i
1G80. The above articles are granted with a mile square free
land unto Capt. Davis and :Mr. 'Ingles as Test. .'Viithonic
Brackett Eecor. And it is agreed that Capt. Davis shall let
the inhabitants that are now here have boards at five shillings
in a thousand under price currant for provisions for their own
proper use for building houses for themselves."

At the same time the follow'ing grants were made by tho
selectmen, which with the foregoing is one of the few scraps of
the town records which have escaped destruction and found
its way to the York registry. It was probably rescued by tho
avidity of some of the speculators, who at a later day were
purchasing all the old titles to land in this town that they could

"It is concluded that Mr. Gendall shall have a grant of ono
hundred acres of land to begin at our outmost bounds, and so
to come this way till one hundred acres be ended. Thomas
Daeve (or Daebe) it is agreed shall have a lot granted him.
John IngersoU one hundred acres of land. Goodman Sanfort
and his son granted sixty acres of land aljout the great marsh.
Joel Madefer twelve acres of land adjoining to Goodman San-
fort's land on tlie Jiorth side upon a square. Fifty acres granted
to John Wallis on the rocky liill. Joseph Daniel granted fifty
acres of land adjoining to Robert Stanfort, twenty poles in
breadth by the water side. Granted to Robert Haines fifty
acres of land on the plains toward the great marsh.'^ Granted


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grants wcrn i/robably of land tliere.

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to Ciipt. Edward Tyng- one lumdrcd acres of laud. It is agreed
that Capt. Davis shall have a mile square of upland at Capis-
sick Falls, a quarter of a mile on this side of the falls, and
three-quarters of a mile on the other side the falls. Also
Nonsuch point is concluded shall be divided between Capt.
Davis and ilr. Ingles and Joseph Hodsden, one hundred acres
a man, and if the point will not do it, to have it elsewhere. It
is concluded Thomas Cloys shall have sixty acres of land
granted to him at Capessack. Granted to Lt. George IngersoU
forty acres of land to make up his hundred. "^^

Wo will here introduce the record of another meeting of the
town, which has a connection with the preceding. "At a town
meeting August 10, 1681. There was granted to Samuel
"Webber the falls which is above Mr. ^lunjoy's land in Long
Creek, to erect and set up a saw-mill in, and to finish the said
saw-mill within six months. Also it is granted unto the said
Samuel Webber one hundred acres of upland for his accom-
modation to his mill,- with ten acres of some swamp to make
meadow of, with the privelege of cutting timber, Ijoth oak
and pine, upon the commons from his mill down so far as
Ralph Turner's, as also to cut timber about Presumpscot, both
oak and pine, and the said Webber is to cut Boords for the in-
habitants of this town to the halves for thrir own ])roper use,
and what Boords they have occasion for of said Webber for

J All the persons mentioned in the preceding record, except Daeve, of whom I
know nothing, and Ingles, were inliahitants. There were persons of ilie name of

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