History of Springfield, MA
Volume II
Pages 256 - 290

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her so much or to treat wth Jno Holyoke for a piece of his land & to buy or purchase it of him if he likes to sell.

2. Here followes the propositions of divers persons their minds for lands in order to have grants regular at another meeting.

Samuel Stebbins haveing ten acres of the north side of Wheel medow dingle, desire to exchange it, for the like quantity on the south side of the said dingle.

James Sikes that he may have ye liberty to translate the highway, from the valley to ye brow of the hillock over the MillRiver, wch is something toward the foot or bottom of the great hill, provided he prjudice not the highway, & stub up the bushes or clear the land sufficiently for a new highway. The Town hath granted his desires February 1st, 1680.

Nathaniel Burt desires 20 acres of land on the south side of Wheel medow dingle.

Jno Blisse moves to have twenty acres of land below the second dingle at or neer Ensigne Cooleys house.

Charles Ferry moves that he may exchange his land of 40 acres about six miles off, lying on the Bay path, for forty acres agt Whatchuet hill neer Nathaneel Pritchard his land. This granted February ye 1st 1680.

Deacon Benjamin Parsons have already had liberty touching his grant of ten acres at Stony Brooke for ten acres where he can find it, desires now that he may have 20 acres to adjoyne easterly to his land at Dirty Gutter: on ye right hand of ye way going to Watchoge.

Thomas Mirricke, Samuel Ball, Thomas Stebbin Jun'r, Victory Sikes & Joseph Stebbin propounded that the Town would give to ym a small tract of land, viz: about 5 or six acres of land at the falls at Sixteen acres on the south branch of the mill River, for the setting up of a Saw mill as also liberty of timber. This granted on the 1st of February, 1680. Also the Stream for ye mill.

In the handwriting of Daniel Denton.

February 10th, 1679. This day:

The Two Deacons wth Samuel Marshfield appointed a comittee to view the Townes highwayes &

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Comons where the Town might relieve the widow Beamon wth a plat of ground to build, & also to lay out to her about a Quarter of an acre for that purpose, do make this return: [III -189.] That they have viewed according to their best discretion and have laid out a piece of land of ye Townes highway at the upper end of the Towne, containing a quarter of an acre & two rods, lying & being on the front of Lieut Stebbins his medow, three rods & halfe in breadth, & twelve rod in length, wch at the south end is bounded by a black oake tree in or neer the line between the said Lieut Stebbin & Robert Ashley, & thence runs northward the twelve rod.

At ye Generall Town Meeting held ffebruary ye 1st 1680.

Granted by ye Town unto John Dorchester the stream upon ye three mile brooke over Agawam River below the Saw mill near ye mouth of the brooke to set a ffullin mill upon. Further he desired a piece of ground in the sayd place.

Japhet Chapin desired to exchange 20 acres of land at hogpen dingle for ten acres of land on ye south side of his home lot at Chackabee. Granted March 13, 1680-1.

Rowland Thomas for his sons Joseph & Benjamin about an acre of land at Skipmuck on ye top of ye hill betwixt ye brooke & Jeremiah Hortons barn: Granted August ye 12th, 1681.

Rowland Thomas desired to exchange his twelve acres of medow upon Stony brooke toward Hadley for twelve acres of medow on ye brooke a mile above Skipmuck.

Rice Bedortha desired to exchange ye 20 acres of land grannted on ye west side of his former grant at Block bridge for 20 acres lying on ye east side of his former grant.

Jonathan Burt Jun'r & John Burt desired a piece of wet swampland of twenty acres about half a mile beyond small brooke & also leave to drain it where it may bee most easily done. David Morgan desired ye town to grant him ten acres of land on ye other side Chickabee River near or adjoining unto Abell Wrights land or neck.

Obadiah Cooly desired ye town would give him four foot

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of ye highway yt goeth to ye mill & hee will give ye Towne that piece yt is at ye turning of ye fence which hee left out: three foot granted him by ye town upon ye above conditions. His Muxie medow over Agawam River. [III - 190.]

At a Town Meeting August ye 12th, 1681.

Richard Barnerd propounded to ye town for a grant of 10 acres of land upon Pokousick wch hee sayd was formerly granted him but not recorded.

At a Town Meeting August ye 24th 1681. Legall warned.

Granted to Richard Bernard the ten acres of land which hee desired ye last meeting above mentioned.

Granted to Jonathan Burt Jun'r & John Burt ye swamp land of twenty acres propounded on February ye 1st 1680.

Thomas Cooper propounded for 2 or 3 acres of upland by his Muxie medow over Agawam River.

Increase Sykes propounded for 10 acrs of upland by little Watchoage. This grant to Increase Sykes February 7, 1681.

James Warriner propounded for 3 or four acres by way of exchange for some medow yt lyes higher on yt lyes on ye 16 acre brook.

John Hitchcock propounded for 6 acres of meadow that his brother Luke propounded for ye last meeting if ye town doe not see cause to give it to Luke. It lies on ye east side of ye mountain betwixt Agawam & Westfield.

Abell Leonard desires ye grant of eight acres of meadow yt lies a mile or mile & halfe of suffield bounds on ye east side of ye Mountain. Granted January ye 6th 1681.

James Stevenson moves for grant of 8 acres of meadow lying upon Scantuck on ye side of ye mountains. Not granted.

Joseph Leonard moves for 4 acres of medow by ye side of ye great pond at ye head of muddy brooke. Granted to him January ye 6th, 1681. [III - 191.]

At a Town Meeting January ye 6th, 1681.

Lieut. Stebbins, Rowland Thomas & John Hitchcock

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appointed by ye Town to view ye land & meadows at Massaconus Mountains & Skantuck and make a report thereof to ye Town wch they promise to doe at their own charge. And ye granting of any lands there is respited till yt be done.

Nathaneel Pritchet desires yt the town would bee pleased to give so much of ye pond in ye long meadow as lies against his own land which hee thinks was formerly given him but he can find no record of it.

John Harmon also desires so much of ye pond as lies against his land at Long Medow.

The Town at this meeting did grant ye desires both of Nathaneell Pritchet & John Harmon owning a fformer grant made to ym & all others yt have land in long medow butting against ye pond to have soe much of ye pond as doth lie against their lands.

Luke Hitchcock at a former meeting desired of ye town a grant of 6 acres of meadow that lies on ye est side of ye Mountain betwixt Agawam & Westfield which at ye meeting was granted unto him upon condition ye land be free & not formerly granted: Upon ye same conditions is all other grants granted yt lie thereabouts near ye bounds of Suffield & Westfield.

Jonathan Burt Jun'r desires 10 acres of land below wheel medow dingle.

Samuell Bliss Jun'r desires 10 acres of land below wheel medow dingle & 10 acres of land upon long meadow brooke. [III - 192.]

In the handwriting of John Holyoke.

February 7, 1681. At ye Generall Town Meeting.

At this meeting liberty was granted to Jno Dorchester to set up a Corne Mill within the terme of space of three yeers upon the streame formerly granted him upon Three Mile Brooke below Agawam provided it prjudice not the worshipll Major Pynchon in any granted priviledge for his corne mill: nor any other person in their grants of land there & he promising and taking but a sixteenth part of a bushel for his toll.

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Eliakim Cooley desires a small piece of medow about two or three acres about half a mile below Jno Matthews his swamp upon consideration of a grant taken from him at Fresh water for which hath paid rates 8 or 9 yeeres, & now is disposed of the greatest part thereof. Granted March 13, 1681-2.

Jonathan Ball desires twelve or fourteen acres of medow in the same place wth Thomas Miller.

James Stevenson desires ten acres of swamp & pond that lyes on the west side the River be-tween his two former grants. This was granted to James Stevenson March 13, 1681-2.

At a Town meeting March 13, 1681-2.

Samuel Stebbin did move for to have the Pond yt lyes at the reer of lot or house lot in Longmeadow.

At this meeting Japhet Chapin desires propounded February 1st 1680 to exchange land at hog pen dingle for land at the south side of his house lot at Chickupi - was granted.

At a Town Meeting January 5, 1682.

Deacon Benjamin Parsons having divers yeers since the grant of a parcel of land in or at grape swamp in Long meddow & it appearing that there was a failure in not recording said grant: the said Benjamin Parsons doth desire the renual or confirmation of the said grant at grape swamp & the town see good cause so to doe. It appearing that he hath been rated divers yeers for the same land.

At the Generall Town Meeting February 6, 1682.

Jonathan Burt Jun'r his motions for ten acres of land below wheel medow was granted at this meeting - that motion was January 6, 1681.

At this Meeting of the Town did grant Mr. Daniell Denton power to alienate or convey away the ten acres granted to him upon Garden brooke which they granted him February 4, 1678, although he fulfilled not ye condition of sd grant.

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At this meeting the Town did renew & confirm to Quartermaster Colton & to Ensign Benjamin Cooley their former grant in the grape swamp against the small lotts in long medow. [III - 193.]

Likewise the Town did renew & confirm to James Osborne his fathers grant in the grape swamp lying against the small lotts there in Longmeadow.

Nathanll Burt desires that the town would exchange wth him ten acres of land on the south side of Wheel medow, about the reer of his eighteen acre lot there, for ten acres of land on the North side of long medow brooke.

The Town did ratify & confirme to the Worppll Major Jno Pynchon Esq the medow & upland he bought of Jno Baker once of this town which is on the west side the great River & lyes neer upon the bounds of the Town of Suffield: to the Town.

John Barber & Jno Scott of Suffield prsent at this meeting & desiring satisfaction for that two rod of breadth that is taken out of their homelots on the west side the river to enlarge the new highway layd out there, divers yeeres since granted to be laid out; by way of recompense the Town did grant them twenty five acres of land per piece below & adjoyning to three mile brooke on West side of ye great River & next to ye great River. See page 102.

Benjamin Knowlton desires to exchange ten acres of land below Agawam for ten acres on this side the river.

Nathaneel Pritchard doth relinquish or give back to the Town the grant of eight acres of land unto him towards Pacowseeke.

January 2d, 1683: Registered by John Holyoke, Recorder to the Town.

The Worshipll Major Pynchon Esq doth surrender to the Town all that large grant of land November 21: anno domini 1654 beyond Schonungonucke & up to the head of the Wallamansepe & also eastward to the brooke that runs into Skeepmuck River.

January 14, 1683:

Registered by Jno Holyoke, Recorder or Clerk of the town.

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ffor the grant of the abovesd surrendered tract see the first Town Booke.

Att a Generall Town Meeting February 5th, 1683.

Henry Chapin doth motion for an exchange of his 20 acre grant at Hog pen dingle, for 16 acres or thereabout of land to the south of his house at Chickuppi & to adjoyne to the south side of his father Cooley's there.

And Abel Wright doeth move to have the Town grant the said 20 acres that Henry Chapin desires as above to exchange to be granted to him.

Samuell Blisse Jun'r desires the grant of twenty acres of low land, & other land to said quantity upon long medow brooke beyond barke hal on both sides of the brooke.

Josiah Leonard desires a grant of about four acres of boggy medow on the north side of John Dorchesters medow below Agawam & on the upper end of it.

Luke Hitchcocke desires an addition of about two acres of medow to his grant (January 1681) neer to Suffield bounds.

Samuel Jones desires an addition of about two or three acres to his [III - 194.] land lying northward of the fence of the Generall field on the west of the great River & at the foot of the hill.

Joseph Bedortha desires about two acres more or less of land on the north side of the generall field.

At this meeting Nathanll Burt his motion (February 6th Ano 1682) for exchange of ten acres is granted to him.

Also Benjamin Knowltons desire of exchange of ten acres (February 6, 1682) is granted to him.

Also a grant to Jonathan Morgan of about two or three acres more or lesse of swampy & low land adjoyning to his land at head of the plain & lying under the hills formerly given him, but not recorded to him was renewed to him at this meeting.

At a Town Meeting March 14, 1683 - 1684.

There was granted to Luke Hitchcocke his motion to the Town February 5th, 1683, for an addition of two acres of medow to lye to his grant (January 6, 1681) neer to Suffield bounds.

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Also Henry Chapins motion of exchange of his twenty acres grant at hog pen dingle for 16 acres of yr abouts to the south of his house at Chickuppi is now accepted of. See Records February 5, 1683.

Also Abel Wrights motion (February 5, 1683) to have the 20 acrs Henry Chapin exchanged is granted him.

The Proprietors of medow at Pacowseeke desire to have the nooks of upland adjoining to their medows there to be granted to them up to the brows of the hills, for the more conveniency of fencing their divers portions of medow there.

Increas Sikes & Nathaneel Sikes desire the Towne to grant them forty acres per piece of land on the west side of the great River below Agawam about the dirty Gutter below John Dorchesters house, joining to a parcel of land of Jno Dorchesters there.

December 23, 1684. At a Town meeting.

Samuell Bliss Jun'r his motion for twentie acres February 5, 1683 is granted unto him.

Increase Sikes & Nathaneel Sikes there desire for 40 acres of land per piece (at the meeting March 14, 1683-1684) is now granted to them.

At this meeting Luke Hitchcocke did motion that the Town would grant him about thirty acres of land below Jno Dorchesters house & neer some other land that he hath grant of.

Charles Ferry Sen'r doth desire of the Town that the highway that leads to long medow through his land may be laid out by the river agt his land that he may be more capable to improve sd land.

Thomas Taylor desires that the Town grant thirty acres of land at the Slough below Thomas Cooper's. [III - 195.]

Edward Allyn desires the Town to grant him twenty acres of Land adjoining to Thomas Cooper on the south side of his land.

At this meeting the town having appointed two persons to state the highway at the mill river (for wch see page

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119 of this booke) they did give to Thomas Sweetman the remainder of the land, be it more or less what may be there Resigned up to the Town by the Worshipful Major Pynchon, Esq (see p. 120) he said Thomas Sweetman continuing five yeeres in the Town [ ] & the Town did now at this meeting vote & conclude for this time & turne because they would accomodate themselves wth such a tradesman as he is (viz a dresser of leather) to dispense wth that order (February 4, 1678) that grants of land should not be valid that were propounded & granted at one & the same meeting.

Att a Town Meeting January 22, 1684.

Samuell Stebbins desires the Town would grant him 20 acres of Land where he can find on Long medow Brooke.

Jno Barber, Sen'r of Suffield desires of the Town 30 of 40 acres of land over Agawam River a little of Thomas Coopers house.

Samuell Buss, Samuel Lane, Jno Remington, desire 20 acres of land apiece about the Slough below Thomas Coopers house.

February 3d, 1684, at a Town Meeting.

At this meeting The Town Granted Jno Barber Sen'r of Suffield his desire, heirs & assignes forever, his desire at ye meeting of the Town: January 22, 1684, viz: to have 40 acres of Land below Thomas Coopers house ovr Agawam River, provided the sd John Barber come to this Town & coninue here 5 yeeres & he is allowed an Inhabitant.

Also Edward Allyns desire ppounded at the Meeting December 23d of this Town Ano 1684: To have a grant of 20 acres of Land adjoining to Thomas Coopers on the south side of his land over Agawam River is now granted to him and to heires & assignes forever, provided sd Edward Allyn continue 5 yeeres in the Towne.

Also Luke Hitchcockes motion December 23, 1684 is at this meeting granted to him, his heires & Assignes forever.

Charles Ferrey renewed his desire made at the meeting December 23, 1684 & the Town appointed Nathaniell Burt Sen'r & Nathll Blisse to go up the place & view whether his motion

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may not be inconvenient for the Country road & to make Report to the Town how they find.

November 27, 1685: At a Town meeting.

Joseph Markes doth desire the Towne to Grant him 30 acres of Upland six or seven acres of medow above Chickuppi River, if he can find any such land undisposed of.

At a Town Meeting January 7th, 1685.

Victory Sikes desires a piece of swamp & lowland viz: about an acre lying about a quarter of a mile westward from Fylers Brooke, also he desires of the Town about an acre & halfe of medow on the said Brooke, also he desires of the Town Ten acres of upland lying Eastward of the Taylors land neer Suffield bounds. [III - 196.]

Johin Barber desires the Town would give him Ten acres of land, low land or swamp at the reer of Thomas Coopers Lot: granted the next meeting.

Abel Wright desires liberty of the Town to set his fence upon the Second brow of the hill that lyes by the Land he hath broken up on the other side of Schonungonucke wch will take in about two or three acres of Land: Granted 5 acres more or less at the next meeting.

Benjamin Leonard desires of the Town to exchange twenty acres of land that lyeth up the Saw mill Brooke below Agawam for twenty acres about halfe a mile above Joseph Leonards house: Granted February 2, 1685.

Symon Gowin desires the Town would give him that piece of Land that was given to Edward Allin next to Thomas Coopers land. Granted February 2, 1685.

Samuel & Jonathan Taylor desire the Town would exchange 30 acres of land of theires wch is at Askanunckseeke for thirty acres on the South side of Agawam River: & on the east side of his field or on both sides of his field there. This was granted to said Tailors May 19, 1693.

John Scott desires the Town would allow him the Liberty to take up his twenty five acres grant for the highway on the West side the River & a former grant of thirty acres both together in some convenient place that he shall find.

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There is granted to Jno Barber, his heires & Assignes forever, the ten acres he propounded for at the last meeting.

There is granted to Abel Wright, his heires & Assignes forever, the land he desired at the former meeting to ye quantity of four or five acres more or less.

There is granted to Benjamin Leonard his desired exchange (January 7, 1685) to be to him, his heires & Assignes forever.

There is granted to Symon Gowin, his desires ppounded (February 2, 1685) to be to him, his heires & assignes forever, pvided he continue five yeeres in the Town & if he goe away not improving said granted land, he is then to return it again to the Towne.

There is granted Joseph Markes, his heires & Assignes forever, his desires November 27, 1685, viz: to have forty acres above west Chickuppi & west of Samuell Terreys medow, he continuing five yeeres in the Towne.

Thomas Day Jun'r, John Burt & Henry Burt desires the Town to give each of them ten acres of low land on Pacowseeke Brooke, betweene Jonathan Burt & Nathanll Pritchards land on that Brooke. See Meeting February 1, 1686.

At a Town Meeting January 12, 1686.

At this meeting all the following persons propounded their desires for land, viz:

The Worshipfull Jno Pynchon desires five acres in the new field about to be taken in over Agawam River where his fence is about to be, for an outlet.

The Rev. Mr. Pelatiah Glover desires fifty or sixty acres & in the said intended new field, as also thirty or forty acres of wet pondy land at poor brooke or waht is then undisposed of.

Symon Gowin desires twenty acres in the intended new field.

John Mirrick desires twenty acres in the intended new field.

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John Holyoke desires for an outlet or passage out of said field, four or five acres. [III-197.]

John Barber desires a little strappet of land about two or three acres from his Land to the fence, in the intended new field.

James Stevenson desires for an homelot five acres in the said Intended new field.

Thomas Cooper desires six acres in sd intended field in lieu of meddow land that he wants.

Deacon Jonathan Burt desires five acres in said new field if it be to be had by the River side adjoining to his land there.

John Dorchester desires five or six acrs wthin or wthout said intended field.

Joseph Ely desires four or five acres of land to be granted to him about End brooke or three corner medow brooke.

Nathaneel Munn desires four or five acres about three Corner medow brooke.

Thomas Dewey of Westfield desires the Town to grant him four or five score acres of land upland & swamp that lyes adjoining to his purchase of land at or neer the line between Springfield & Westfield, if that the Towne would grant him for some small purchase this his desire.

At a General Town Meeting February 1st 1686:

At this Meeting Thomas Day, John Burt & Henry Burt have their desire propounded to ye Town February 2d, 1685, now granted to ym, viz: Ten acres apiece of Low Land on Pacowseeke brooke between Jonathan Burts & Nathanll Pritchards Land on yt brooke if it be there to be had.

Also Benjamin Knowlton hath his desire February 2d, 1685, granted to ye quantity of about ten acres more or lesse.

Also at this meeting the Town granted the motions of the divers persons propounded to the Town, January 12, 1686 as follows:

The Town Grants the Worshipfull Major Pynchon Esq five acres in the intended new field over agawam River for an outlet of sd field where his fence shalbe.

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The Town grants the Reverend Mr. Glover forty acres in the said intended new field over Agawam & if it be not to be had all in the field, then to be made up that number of acres without the field. See the 8th grant forward on this page.

Also they grant to Jonathan Burt Sen'r as he motioned January 12, 1686.

They grant to James Stevenson 5 acres for a homelot.

John Barber hath granted him a little strap of land about two or three acres to lye from his Land to the fence.

Symon Gowin hath granted him ten acres wthin the field & fences wthout the field.

John Miricke hath granted him twenty acres if it be had wthin this said field.

John Dorchester hath granted him five or six acres wthout the sd field. See Meeting January 12th, 1686.

The Reverend Mr. Pelatiah Glover doth desire the Town would grant him wht land is undisposed of at Watchuet, as also that the Town would grant him what they can at or of the Pondy land, south of Agawam towards Westfield.

Jonathan Ely hath granted him foure or five acres about three corner medow brooke or neer the old brick kilne if it be there to be had. [III - 198.]

Nathaneel Munn also hath four or five acres granted him about 3 corner medow brooke or neer the old brick kilne if it be there to be had.

And whereas Thomas Dewey, Sen'r of Westfield did motion that the Town would give him a tract of land South of Agawam towards Westfield. See Meeting January 12, 1686.

The Town having voted said Thomas Dewey an Inhabitant (See p. 135 of this booke) and to have equal share or Interest

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Eight Men Object to Land Grant to Thomas Dewey.

in or lands south of Agawam River wth ourselves, & that his interest be laid out south of Agawam & under the Mountain toward Westfield, provided he build an house of twenty six foot long & a barn of thirty foot long wthin four yeeres. But because of some objections that were started, eight men of our Inhabitants, viz:

Samuell Marshfield
Jonathan Burt Sen'r
Benjamin Parsons
John Lamb
Japhet Chapin
Jno Hitchcocke
Thomas Cooper
Joseph Bedortha

did offer to give sd Thomas Dewey ten acres per piece of their property shares, thereupon the town voted they should have ten acres apiece of the Propriety shares where Thomas Dewey desired the Town to Grant him eighty acres & to hve the rest of their proportions according as their casting of lots should cast them wth abatements of ten acres per piece there.

the Worshipful Major Jno Pynchon, Esq his twenty acres that lyes south of Agawam toward Westfield laid out by the Town Measurer & sold to Thomas Dewey of Westfield, the Towne allowes of the laying out thereof.

Thomas Stebbins, David Morgan, Joseph Ely & Nathanll Munn being desirous to improve their lots on the east side of the fence of the plain field where the county road goes through their said lots, leading to Chickuppi, they do desire the Town would encourage them so to doe, by translating those highways to ly from the Town fence eastward up along the south flanke of Thomas Stebbins, his lot there, & then to lye at the reer of their lots there, being to run about six score or seven score rod at the sd reer of their lots til it come cross the brook into the highwayes again or our county road againe. The Town allow of their altering of the sd highway to suite them, provided they lay out the highway three rod at the sd flank of Thomas Stebbins his lot, & four rods at the reer of al their lot, when the highway is layd til it come to meet wth the old highway against all to the satisfaction of the Selectmen, provided also that the County Court also allow of this sd exchange.

New Motions for Land:

1. Deacon Jonathan Burt & his son Jno Burt desire the

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Town would give them four acres of wet medow on the Mill River above the Saw Mill land at Pine hall.

Rowland Thomas having a piece of medow on Skipmucke brooke granted to him & it being taken up by another man, he desires the Town would grant him the like quantity over Chickuppi River.

Samuell Ely Sen'r desires the Town would grant him fifty acres of land beyond the nine mile Pond toward the Bay, where he shal find it convient for his improvement.

James Warriner desire the Town would grant him six or seven acres of Low Land at Sixteen acres agt his own medow there.

Henry Chapin & Abel Wright Sen'r desire Twenty acres a peece of Pond or Low Land by the way to Hadley.

Samuell Ball & Thomas Stebbins desire ye grant of ten acres of medow or low land on the Southerly branch of the Mill River called 16 acres Branch, to begin at the end of that medow that was Charles Ferrys above ye new Saw Mill, & so to run up that brook to a little brooke that comes into it & then to run up that little brooke [III - 199.] forty or fifty ros to the end of the meddow lying on that brooke.

Samuel Stebbins desires a grant of ten acres of Land southward of Nathll Burts land upon the Hill adjoining to ye Pond at Long medow instead of some that he had granted him on Long medow brooke, wch now he cannot find there.

Samuell Ely Sen'r, David Morgan & John Humphreys & Samuel Lamb desire the grant of the Pond two miles beyond Skipmuck, viz: the first pond on the right hand of the old road to Hadley.

Samuel Marshfield, Joseph Leonard & Luke Hitchcocke desire the town would grant them the pond neer Westfield bounds, being that land that is reserved for Town comons.

Increas Sikes desires the Town would grant him six or eight acres of land called Entry, adjoining to ten acres of land that was formerly Nath Pritchards.

Obadian Miller Sen'r desires a little addition to that piece

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of land Major Pynchon Esq. gave him not prjudicing highways, also three or four acres of land on this side block bridge neer Westfield road.

Abel Wright desires a grant of 20 acres on the lower side of Agawam River about two miles from Joseph Leonards house.

Joseph Leonard desires an addition of five or 6 acres of land over Agawam on the backe of Jno Dorchesters land below Agawam.

Thomas Jones desires a grant of four or 5 acres of land upon a dingle that runs into Schonungonuck plaine.

Benjamin Knowlton desires 5 or 6 acres of Land at the head of a spring on ye east of Jno Nortons medow on the Mill River.

Richard Waite desires 30 or 40 acres of land at Monchconis neer the nine mile Pond.

John Mirricke & Thomas Mirricke desire five acres of medow in the woods where they mowed this yeere, viz: ye summer past.

Obadiah Miller Jun'r desires 4 or 5 acres of land on the North side ditch medow upon a little brooke.

Thomas Day Jun'r & John Mirricke & Thomas Mirricke desire the Town to give the Pond that is on the right hand of the Bay road a little on this side the four mile pond.

At a Town Meeting: March 9th, 1686-7.

John Hitchcocke doth desire the Town would grant him about four or five acres of land upon Three Corner medow brooke by James Munn there, it it be there to be had.

At a Town Meeting July 27, 1687.

Thomas Terrey desires the Town would grant him to have four or five acrs of the Pondy land of the left hand of the way as we goe to Hadley.

At a Town Meeting December 28, 1687.

Thomas Jones & Obadiah Miller Jun'r do desire the Town to grant them thirty acres apiece of upland & low land adjoining to Chickuppi River & on both sides the brooke that comes into Chickuppi above Wullummansups.

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Col. Pynchon desires land for his negro, Roco.

Colonel Pynchon Esq desires a grant from the Town of four or five acres of land at Skipmuck adjoining to that land on the brooke wch he bought of Charles Ferry to be added to that where he is settling Roco his negro. [III - 200.]

Att this meeting the Worp'l Colonel John Pynchon Esq his desire at the meeting December 28, 1687, is now granted to him & his heires & Assignes forever, & so are all the Grants of lands made by the Town at this & all other meetings when lands are granted.

Also Luke Hitchcocke hath his desire propounded at ye Town Meeting Febuary 1, 1686, granted him, upon consideration of his being disappointed of medow land that he bought of Thomas Miller, wch medow was taken up by some others, being first granted to them, so that now sd Luke Hitchcocke hath ten acres of yt pondy land neer Westfield bounds on the South side of Agawam: provided always in this & all other grants at this meeting, that grant and all other grants be free & interfere not wth former grants; nor come wthin the tract or tracts of lands in the Towns comons ordered to be divided into proprietys amongst the Inhabitants & Proprietors of this Towne, nor prejudice any highwayes or particular mens passage to their lands.

Also the Rev. Pelatiah Glover & Samuell Marshfield have their desires granted to ym, pro-pounded at the above sd meeting, that is to say, they have the rest of the Pondy land south of Agawam towards Westfield, provided it exceen not ten acres apiece after the above sd Luke Hitchcockes ten acres is laid out to him. See a Meeting May 8, 1688.

Also Rowland Thomas his desire propounded February 1, 1686 is now granted.

Also James Warriners desire at the above meeting February 1, 1686 to have six or seven acres of low land agt his medow at Sixteen acres, now granted to him.

Also Henry Chapin & Abel Wright Sen'r have twenty acres of that Pond or low land by the way to Hadley

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granted to them, & their assignes according to motion made February 1, 1686.

Thomas Stebbins & Samuell Ball have their desires February 1, 1686 granted for ym, yr heires & Assignes forever.

After that Thomas Stebbins & Samuell Ball have their grants laid out to them.

John Mirricke & Thomas Mirricke have their desires propounded at the next abovesd meeting granted to them.

And after the abovesd grants laid out, Jonathan Burt Sen'r & John Burt have yr desires pro-pounded at the next abovesd Meeting to them.

Samuel Ely Sen'r, David Morgan & John Humphreys propounding February 1, 1686: to have the first pond on the right hand of the old way to Hadley granted to ym, the Town having granted to Henry Cahpin & Abel Wright Sen'r as abovesd twenty acres apiece there to be to them the remainder of the sd Pond Land they doe now grant to sd Samuell Ely, David Morgan & John Humprheyes.

Increase Sikes propounded February 1, 1686 to have six or eight acres of land called Entry granted to him, the Town now gives him accordingly & liberty to take it by his own land at Watchuet.

Obadian Miller Sen'r hath both motions propounded February 1, 1686: granted him, provided they do not prejudice any highway.

Thomas Jones & Obadiah Miller Jun'r have their motios propounded December 28, 1687: granted to them & their Assignes as are all grants, provided the land be free.

Thomas Terry propounded July 27, 1687 to have about five acres of the Pondy Lane on ye left hand of the way as we goe to Hadley to be granted him wch is now granted.

John Hitchcocke propounding March 9th, 1686/7 to have 4 or 5 acres granted him upon three corner medow brooke by James Munns land there, it is now granted him & his Assignes.

Abel Leonard hath his desire of 20 acres propounded February 1, 1686, now granted him.

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Josiah Leonard desireing February 1, 1686, to have 5 or 6 acres of land on the backe of John Dorchesters land over Agawam, the Town grants it to him, his heires & Assignes as all other grants are given.

Thomas Jones desire February 1, 1686 is now granted.

Benjamin Knowlton his desire February 1, 1686 is now granted him as all grants are granted.
[III - 201.]

Obadiah Miller Jun'r his desire of Feb 1 1686 is now granted him & his assignes forever.

Thomas Day Jun'r, Jno Mirricke & Thomas Mirricke Jun'r desires are granted them, their heires & Assignes forever, as are all other grants, provided the lands be free & prejudice no highwayes nor mens passages to their lands, as are all grants now granted.

Here followeth sundry motions for other lands: at the General Town Meeting February 7, 1687.

John Barber Sen'r desires of the Town ten or twelve acres of land joining to his swamp over Agawam for conveniency of fencing his land yr, viz: for himself and his Assignes forever.

John Harmon desires the overplus medow that shal be found upon the Comittee appointed by the Town their measuring outside John Harmon & Nath Pritchard their former grants upon the Pacowseek brooke to with that he may have sd overplus what it shal be in lieu of land that he wants in Long meadow.

Richard Waites desires the town would grant him eight or ten acres of a spruce swamp over the stonepit brooke upon a spring that comes into Jno Hitchcockes medow, as also that the Town would grant him about two acres upon Squaw tree dingle: also that the Town would grant him about four acres over the Garden brooke, joining to Benjamin Knowltons & James Warriners land there.

William Cranney desires about ten acres of land & the liberty of the Streame or brooke by it, that lye the southerly

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of the land above Chickuppi at the upper end of Samuel Terreys land.

Daniel Cooley desires a grant of four or five acres of land on the North side of Pacowseeke joining to his pasture to be to him wth his brother Benjamin Cooley.

Lazarus Miller desires a grant of fourteen acres of land upon Block brooke at the west end of the Training Field, & at the North end of Peter Swinkes land.

Joseph Thomas desires the grant of about five acres of meddow upon the brooke above Skipmuck next to his fathers land: as also five acres on the South side of Skipmuck River next to Colonel Pynchons land wch his house yr stands on.

Jonathan Burt Sen'r having three acres of land on Pacowseek said to lye in two or three places or parcels desires he may have it laid together, & also an addition of the hillside for conveniency of fencing.

Samuel Ely Sen'r desires a grant of thirty acres of land a little beyond the five mile pond between the two dirty sloughs that was formerly Charles Ferrys Grant.

Joseph Leonard having a grant of forty acres of land, & it is expressed that it should be adjoining to his medow, wch he did not intend so to adjoin, he desires he may have the liberty to take up his sd forty acres to lye by John Dorchesters medow.

Thomas Cooper desires to exchange 20 acres of land that lyeth beyond the Saw Mill for 20 acres neerer home behind the Muxy medow, as also that the Town would grant him ten acres on this side the Muxy medow for conveniency of fencing.

Samuel Bliss Jun'r desires ten acres of land upon the top of ye hill behind Longmedow southward of Nathan'l Burts land there.

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At the Town Meeting May 21, 1688.
[III - 202.]

At the General Meeting May 21, 1688 or on the 3d Monday in May according to the date of the Governor & Council.

Whereas the Towne did at a Town Meeting February 4, 1678, order that any Person that puts in for Land or for grants of land from this Towne such persons should move for it at one meeting & to stay til another meeting before the grant could be made, now forasmuch as there be but one Town Meeting in a yeer, it is ordered that henceforth if any Person doe motion for Lands that the Towne hath power to dispose of, in the morning or forepart of that Town Meeting day in May & have a record of the Towns granting ye desires in the after part of the day, such grants shal be accounted as valid & regular as if the same were done according the aforesaid order of the Town.

At this Meeting the Rev. Mr. Pelatiah Glover did motion in ye fore part of the day of said Meeting to have the undisposed land or the rest of that Pondy Land that lyes south of Agawam & towards Westfield, & where he hath already ten acres granted to him, & the Towne did in the after part of said day grant said Mr. Glover all the overplus land there, or ye land not granted alreadie to be to him, his heires & Assignes forever, on the like condition as are prefixed to the foresaid grant February 7, 1687.

Richard Waite propounding alsoe in ye first part of the meeting of this day for the twenty acres that Japhet Chapin threw up at hogpen dingle, ye Towne granted him his desire in ye end or after part of this day.

John Scott of Suffield haveing also formerly motioned for satisfaction for the highway of two rods that were taken out of his lott, & desiring also at a Meeting of the Town February 1685, to exchange thirty acres formerly granted him, the County Court having many yeeres since appointed that such men as had land taken out of their homelots on the west side ye great River should be recompensed by the Towns

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giving them land, where they had a power for to doe, the Town did now grant said John Scott liberty to take up fifty acres & five acres above John Dorchesters medow below Agawam to lye adjoining to sd John Scotts own medow there, & to ly by the Country Road (allowing sufficient breadth for the Country Road there & so farther to lye by the medowes there & to be to him, his heires & Assignes forever instead of said thirty acres.

Also Samuel Stebbins motion for ten acres of land February 1, 1686, is now granted to him.

Also at this meeting John Barber desires propounded February 7, 1687; for ten or twelve acres, also Richard Waites desires propounded att ye sd meeting for eight or ten acres of spruc swamp & two acres at Squaw Tree Dingle, & four acres over garden brooke granted to ye sd Barber & said Waite yr heires, Assignes forever.

Daniel Cooley also motioning at the sd Meeting to have the grant of about five acres to be to him & his Brother Benjamin Cooley agt their land on the North side of Pacowseeke, the Town doth grant sd Daniell & Benjamin Cooley according to that Motion.

Also Lazarus Miller his desire for fourteen acres of medow at sd Meeting February 7, 1687.

And Joseph Thomas his desire for five of meadow at said meeting.

And Jonathan Burt Sen'r his desire for three acres at sd meeting.

And Thomas Cooper his desire for exchange & grant of thirty acres at sd meeting.

And Samuell Bliss Jun'r his desire of ten acres at sd meeting are all granted them & every of them the sd Miller, the sd Thomas, the said Burt, the said Wright & ye said Leonard, the said Cooper & the sd Bliss Jun'r, their heires, Assignes forever, as are all grants of Land provided the land be free, prjudice no highwayes, nor particular mens passages to their lands. [III - 203.]

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Whereas there was a committee appointed by the Towne February 7, 1687: to view the grants of medows on Pacowseeke brooke that have been long since in the possessions & improvements of Nathanll Pritchard and John Harman, as also to measure said Grants of medows to sd Pritchard & John Harman & to make report of their Act to the Towne and the said Comittee haveing done sd worke, do make their returne to the Town: that after they had measured to sd Nath Pritchard & sd Jno Harmon their grants of that medowes there on Pacowseek brooke to the best of their judgements or the quality of medowes there that are recorded unto ym that they find about three acres of medow land there over & above their grants there, & now at this sd Meeting Nath Pritchard in the former part of it, desiring to have the overplus land there, the Towne did in the after part of this Meeting or of the sd day, grant Natll Pritchard the sd three acres overplus as aforesd to be to him, his heires & Assignes forever, provided the land be free & the grant pjudice no highwayes nor pjudice any particular mens passages to ye lands.

Obadian Miller Sen'r an acre or two acres of medow that lyes on the left hand of the road to Westfield on this side Blocke brooke: This was his desire.

Skipmuck men did desire that the highway that is on the south side of Widow Hortons lot may continue there, provided she doe mend the highway down the hill, wch was accordingly granted, & the sd Widow Horton doth desire that the Lot wch she hath, that was John Hortons may lye on the south side of that highwaye.

At a Town Meeting May 21, 1689.

John & Henry Burt did motion for about two acres of land for conveniency of fencing their lot over the Mill River against the Corn Mill & to joine to their lot there.

Benjamin Thomas desires five or six acres of land upon the brooke above Skipmuck & to lye to his fathers land there.

Joseph Wright, Abel Wright, Jun'r & Josias Beamon desire

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the Town to give them the land lying upon the higher brooke above Skipmuck, being bounded by Rowland Thomas & Abel Wright Sen'r their land there.

At a Generall Town meeting on the first Monday in May Anno 1690: being the 5th day of May:

Benjamin Thomas his motion for land May 21, 1689, was granted at this Town Meeting provided there be so much & that it prejudice no former grants.

Josiah Beamon & Joseph Wright & Abel Wright Jun'r their desires propounded May 21, 1689, are not granted: if there be so much there, & provided no former grants are prejudiced thereby.

September 12, 1690. At a Town Meeting.

Abel Wright Jun'r hath his desire for medow at the last Meeting granted him.

Also Thomas Horton desiring as much land adjoining to the North Corner of his fathers homelot as may be convenient to set a house on, the Town doth grant him his desire. [III - 204.]

Also Thomas Horton doth desire the Town to grant him about five acres of medow above Rowland Thomas his Land on the higher brooke above Skipmuck: Thomas Horton also desires as much land on the north end of his fathers homelot as that may be set a house on.

May 11, 1691: At a Town Meeting:

Thomas Horton desires February 23, 1690, were now granted to him. Note that the Towns grant of medow to the foresaid Thomas Horton was wth this proviso yt it be in the Towns power to grant land there.

Also the Widow Horton her desire May 21, 1688 was now granted her provided also the sd John Horton doth not come againe & demand the land the Town did grant unto him.

Joseph Stebbins doth desire the Town to grant about four

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acres of Land by the side of his medow called Duch medow for conveniency of fencing.

Jospeh Leonard doth desire 15 acres of land on ye most northerly branch of Three Mile Brooke.

James Warriner Sen'r doth desire the Town to grant him land on the sides of his medow on the Mill River, for conveniency of fencing whether two or three acres.

James Warriner Jun'r desires three of four acres of medow a little above Rowland Thomas medow on the hither side of Poor Brooke, below Benjamin Knowltons medow.

John Hitchcocke Sen'r desires the grant of about an acre & halfe of land at his Miller River medow for advantage of fencing.

John Hitchcocke Jun'r desires the Town to grant him about Two or Three acres of medow & low land lying betwixt five mile pond & Skipmuck on the upper side of poor brooke.

Abel Wright Sen'r desireth ten acres of land adjoyning to his former grant below Schonungonucke at the lower end of the plaine.

Jeremiah Horton, Thomas Horton & Abel Wright Jun'r & Benjamin Wright desire a grant of about twenty or thirty acres of medow lying about or neer Memachoge.

Samuel Lamb desires the grant of thirty acres of land under the mountaines at the foot of the mountains in a little above the Round Cedar Swamp.

September 21, 1691. At a Town Meeting.

Abel Wright Jun'r desires the grant of an acre or two of medow lying below the medow that was Symon Lobdels upon a brooke about three quarters of a mile above Skipmucke.

ffebruary 24, 1691:

James Warriner Jun'r desires the Town would grant him about a dozen acres of land at Ash-kanunkseeke neer the land of Thomas Day Sen'r at the hooke of the River.

May 9, 1692: At a Generall Town Meeting:

James Warrinner Jun'r his desire February 24, 1691: is granted to him, if ye land there to be had or so much as is there.

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Also Joseph Stebbins Sen'r, James Warriner Sen'r & John Hitchcocke Sen'r [III - 205.] their desires propounded May 11: 1691: wth respect to conveniency of fencing is now granted to ym.

Also Jno Hitchcocke Jun'r his desire May 11, 1691 is now granted to him.

Samuell Bliss the 3d desires a piece of medow between the Dorchester medow & his own medow upon the Mill River if it be not his own already.

Abel Wright Jun'r desires the grant of an acre or two of medow wch lyes below that medow wch was formerly granted to Symon Lobdel up on a brooke about three quarters of a mile above Skipmucke.

Joseph Cooley desires two or three acres of medow below Pacowseeke between Increase Sikes his land & the bridge.

September 12, 1692. At a Town Meeting

Joseph Wright & Abel Wright Jun'r do desire the Town would grant ym six acres apiece of medow wch lyes about three miles from Skipmuck upwards the great medow if it be there to be had & Jonathan Tailer of Southfield who hath land fenced in our bounds wth logs or trees, doth desire the Town would give him his liberty to cast up a ditch fence on the North side of the said fence in the Comons.

November 10, 1692: At a Town Meeting

Joseph Wright & Abel Wright Jun'r desires at the proceding Town Meeting was granted ym at this meeting.

Jonathan Tailor of Suffield his desire also at the preceding meeting was granted to him.

January 13, 1692. At a Town Meeting.

Capt. Thomas Colton, Nathanll Burt & their partners desire the Town would grant them liberty to set up a Saw Mill on Long medow brooke, that they may have free use of the timber or trees in that affaire.

At a Town Meeting March 7, 1692-3: This was granted to ye Said Capt. Thomas Colton & Nath'l Burt Jun'r & ye partners, provided it prjudice no mans proprietys.

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At a Town Meeting March 7, 1692-3.

Joseph Leonard is granted to have liberty to ditch upon the plaine below his pond to his Grist mill, so as to bring together more water as he shall need, provided that if his so ditching do occasion any need of Bridges that he make & maintain sd bridges.

At this meeting Samuell Bliss the 3d his desire (May 9, 1692) is granted him provided it be not already granted.

At this meeting John Burt desires the grant of three or four acres of wet medow more or lesse, about halfe a mile below the head of the upper branch of Long medow Brooke, on the south side of the brooke agt five corner medow.

May 19, 1693: At a Town Meeting.

The Town did grant Samuell Tailer & Jonathan Tailer their motion propounded Jan 7, 1685.

January 26, 1693: At a Town Meeting.

John Dorchester desires of the Town eight acres of medow & low land on this side small brooke at the head of a little gutter that runs into the mill river. [III - 206.]

Joseph Stebbins desires about an acre of land adjoining to his land or lot that lyes above Nathanll Munns homelot.

Nath'l Pritcherd desires that the town would again give him the land upon Pacowseeke that he hath resigned into the Townes hands. Granted to him for advantage of fencing this medow there at the meeting March 13, 1693-94.

Abel Wright Jun'r doth desire the Town would give him six acres of medow wch lyeth on the Brooke that runs through Skipmuch fields.

Jacob Addams of Suffield desires the Town would give him fifty acres of land to ly to his lot that he hath in our bounds toward Suffield.

Also Samuel Frost desires the Town would grant him twenty acres of land Westerly of Joseph Leonards Mill.

At the General Town Meeting March 13th 1693-4.

Nath Pritchards desires at the former meeting: January 26, 1693. He exlained more plainly at this meeting that what he desired was for advantage in his fencing his medow at Pacowseeke &

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was thereupon granted him by ye Towne viz: Eight acres.

Joseph Stebbins his desire also at the meeting January 26, 1693 was granted.

Abel Wright Jun'r his desire at sd meeting was granted.

Also John Dorchester desire at last meeting was granted.

Also Samuell ffrost his desire at last meeting is granted to him: he continuing five yeeres in the Town; other grants to be first laid out: & yt the same prjudice no highwayes (as are the conditions of all grants. At the same meeting Increase Sikes, Samuell Bliss 3d, Samuell Ely & Daniell Beamon did desire of the Town the stream of Pacowseek brooke to set a Saw Mill on & the low land for ponding, also liberty of the timer & they promise to free the Town from al charge as to the maintaining Pacowseek bridge.

Increase Sikes Sen'r & John Burt Sen'r desire the Town to give ym six acres a piece of boggy medow that lyeth between little Wachoge & great Waqchoge or Wachuet on the right hand of the path.

Joseph & Samuel Ely desire the grant of forty or fifty acres of land lying below Agawam or Westfield Rive between the deep brooke & a piece of land that was Thomas Bancrofts.

John Clement desires the Town would give ten or twelve acres of land comonly called the Wolfe Swamp lying on the west side ye River & two or three acres of upland adjoining to it.

Joseph Wright & Abel Wright Jun'r desire the Town to give them six acres of medow about three miles of Skipmucke being land the said bought of Obadiah Cooley, deceased, but can find no record of the grant to sd Obadiah Cooley.

Thomas Horton desires the Town to grant him twenty or thirty acres of land on the West side of the great River at the place called Mednegonuck.

William Brown desires the grant of six or seven acres of land at the rear of Thomas Terryes homelot.

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At the Town Meeting April 11, 1694.

Luke Hitchcocke, Thomas Miricke Jun'r, Thomas Gilbert, Samuell Ely, Samuell Day & George Webster desiring that the Town would grant them liberty to make use of the pine trees for the getting of turpentine for rosin, the Town did grant them liberty of the pine trees from the brow of the great [III - 207.] hill to Goose Pond Hill & from the Bay path downwards to the path called Log Path for the space of four yeeres, provided they hinder no person the taking of any tymber or candlewood in the compass therein improved.

Also Samuell Bliss wth his partners being desirous to see what they can do at getting of turpentine for rosin is allowed to have those his partners that joine with him the use of the pine trees from sd Log Path to the Mill River on the like condition as abovesd.

Mr. Pelatiah Glover motions that the Town would grant him ye land tht lyes or joins to the lot the town sold him being between his fence & the hill.

At a Town Meeting May 17, 1694.

Increase Sikes & his partners their desires for setting up a saw mill on Pacowseeke brooke is granted provided they secure the Town from all damages to the Country road, that may happen by reason of their worke there.

July 18, 1694: At a Town meeting:

John Clement his motion forland under March 13, 1693-4 is now accepted & allowed to him.

Eliakim Cooley desires the Town to grant him three or four acres of land on the top of the hill against his fathers house, joining to the land that was his fathers for conveniency of fencing.

At the Town Meeting: January 16, 1694.

Eliakim Cooley desires at the preceding Meeting is now granted him.

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An Iron Workes in the Town.

John Dorchester wth his partners being desirous to set up Iron Workes in this Town, do move to have the liberty of the streame of Skipmuck River & forty or fifty acres of land where may be most convenient to set up said workes, & the free use of any oare in the comons & liberty of wood for coales for the said designe.

At a Town Meeting February 5, 1694:

John Dorchester & his partners their desire at the preceding meeting are granted them, pro-vided that they set about the worke to some good effect within twelve months & that the partners coal in the Town excepting the artist, & that in case any sell their part or parts the Owners or some in the Town have first the refusal & provided they burn or make noe coal wthin four miles of the Town on the southside of Chickupi River, nor make coal of the timber wthin halfe a mile of Skipmuck field on the other side or north side of the river. [III - 208.]

At the Generall Town Meeting, March 12, 1694-5.

John Bagg desires that the Town would grant him four or five acres of medow on the West side the great River westward from William Mack Craneys, between the little pond & ye mountain.

James Barker desires the town would give him ten acres of land between the two brookes next above Chickuppi field on ye west side of the great River, & between the path & the great River.

Mr. Pelatiah Glover, Joseph Stebbins & David Morgan desire the Town would grant them halfe a mile square of pine trees on the upper side of Three Corner medow brooke from the Pine Plaine: also that on the South side of the upper branch of the Mill River agt James Dorch-esters medow, the quantity of halfe a mile one way & three quarters of a mile another way.

Joseph Cooley desires that the town would allow him the use of two thousand pine trees on the south side of Pacowseeke brooke agt Samuel Bliss Sen'r his medow there to make rosin of.

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Also John Petty desires liberty to make use of two thousand pine trees to make rosin of.

At a Town Meeting March 27, 1695:

Ebenezer Parsons & Henry Burt did desire the Town to give ym leave to drain the Pond in their homelots by digging a drain cross the highway promising to secure the Town from all damages by yt so doing. The Town did grant ym their desire, they giving or subscribing a bond to ye Selecetmen to secure the Town from damage by reason of such digging.

July 26, 1695: At a Town Meeting.

Lieut. Abel Wright desires ye Town to give him six or seven acres of medow on the north side of Skipmuck River, that lyes on both sides the brook that runs into Skipmuck brooke that runs into Skipmuck field. Iron oare is always excepted in all proposals & grants.

At a Town Meeting January 23, 1695.

Benjamin Stebbins Sen'r moves that the Town would grant him a piece of medow about an acre & halfe lying on the northeast of sixteen acres branch on a spring that comes into the medow of Samuell Bliss, his desire was granted at a Town meeting March the 8th, 1678.

Charles fferry Jun'r also moves that the Town would grant him about an acre of medow that lyes between great Watchoge & little Watchoge (alias Watchuet) upon a run of water that runs into great Watchoge.

Thomas Day Sen'r desires the Town to grant him two pieces of land below Agawam, about two miles below Thomas Coopers and about halfe a mile of Jno Barbers medow, the sd pieces lye about halfe a mile asunder in the hither swamp he desires ten acres & in the other sixteen acres.

Joseph Bedortha, Henry Rogers & Thomas Day Jun'r, Samuell Miller & Josiah Marshfield desire the Town to grant them the stream of Paucatuck brook to set a Saw Mill on also six acres of land on either side of sd brooke, & liberty of the timber. [III - 209.]

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Jonathan Burt Sen'r, Henry Chapin, Daniell Cooley, Abel Wright Sen'r, Samuell Bliss Jun'r & Nathanll Bliss do move that the Town would grant to them the stream at the foot bridge going to Long Medow & the Comon Land adjoining, to set up a Corn mill there & they promise to grind for the sixteenth part of the bushel.

At the Generall Town Meeting, March 10, 1695-6.

Lieut Jno Hitchcocke desires the Town would grant him leave to set up a shop in the street agt his house or medow for his son Luke to worke in, for two or three yeeres wch was granted to him for his son Luke.

Joseph Leonard desires the Town would give him liberty to set up a saw mill on Agawam River a little below the fishing place at the foot of ye Island, & liberty of timber & two or three acres of land to build on.

In the handwriting of John Pynchon Jr.

Att a Town Meeting March 19th, 1695-6.

Joseph Bedortha, Thomas Day Jun'r, Samuell Miller & Josiah Marshfield have their desires granted them according to their motion January 23d, 1695:

Joseph Leonard hath his desire granted him according to his motion made March 10th, 1695-6, provided he doe not obstruct the Towns liberty & freedom of fishing & noe former grant hath been made.

Att a Towne Meeting December 5th 1696.

John Sackett enters his desire of a Grant of 40 acres of land over Paucatuck mountain on the west side of it also he desires the grant of a pond there.

Thomas Day Sen'r hath his desire granted him according to his motion made Jan 23d 1695, provided it does not prejudice any former grant.

Joseph Leonard & Samuell Ely have their desires granted them according to their motion made March 13th, 1693-4 provided it does not prejudice any former act of the Towne or other grant.

Joseph Leonard hath liberty granted him of setting up a corne mill upon Agawam River.

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At a Town Meeting January 5th, 1696-7.

Colonel Jno Pynchon & Mr. Joseph Parsons of Northampton for the better accomodation of an Iron Mill designe desire the Town to grant them one hundred acres of land where it may be found free of former grants, also twenty acres neer the place where the Iron workes shall stand for pasturing & other necessary occasions. [III - 210.]

Att a Generall Towne Meeting March 9th, 1696-7.

The Town having considered the motion made by Colonel John Pynchon & Joseph Parsons of Northampton for the grant of some land for the better accommodation of the Iron workes designed, voted that the above named Colonel Jno Pynchon & Joseph Parsons have eighty acres ofland in the most convenient place, where the Selectmen shal judge it will not be detrimental to the Towne.

Jonathan Taylor of Suffield in order to the getting of turpentine, desires liberty of this Towne to improve those pine trees that are upon a plain joyning unto his own land over a gutter that runs into Saw Mill brooke wch request of his the Towne have now granted.

Miles Morgan having formerly had a grant from this Town of about four acres of land in House medow which was omitted to be recorded in the time of it, the Towne therefore have now given & granted the said parcell of land or meddow unto Miles Morgan & his heirs forever,the said land being bounded on the east end by a rigle standing 16 rod off from the creek a black oak tree standing about the mile of the bounds between the ministry land and this; westerly by an Ash stump that is yet standing & was formerly the west bounds.

In the handwriting of Jonathan Burt.

September the 3d, 1697 at a Town Meeting voted to give Ebenezer Parsons two or three acres ofland on the West side of the great River under the hill by the way that goes to Agawam this being propounded at a former Towne meeting.

ffebruary the 7th, 1697 at a Towne meeting voted that

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whereas there hath been a former grant made to Thomas Bancroft of about 40 acres of land but no record to be found of it Nathaneell Bissel of Windsor having purchased the land the Towne do grant to him it being propounded to Bissel on Brancrofts account which land joyneth to Westfield bounds on the south side of Agawam River.

At a Town meeting March 8th 1697, granted James Garrell ten acres of land at the head of Chicopie plane between teh two branches at the left hand of Northampton road propounded at a former meeting.

Whereas there was a grant of twenty acres of land formerly by the Town granted to Deacon Benjamin Parsons at Sconunganuck and it being forfeited the Town did, March 8th 1697, gave sd land to his son samuell Parsons it being propounded at a former Towne meeting according to the Towne order.

At a Towne Meeting March the 8th, 1697 John Dorchester desire of the liberty of the streame on Chickoppi river below Scoungganuck in the most convenient place for setting up a corne mille was granted unto him, he grinding for the sixteene part of all graine and for malt the thirtie two part of it.

Also a grant of twentie acres of land thereabout adjoyning to the mill on this condition that if he or when this mill shal be deserted then the land is to returne into the Towns hands he being paid reasonable satisfaction for his labor about sd land, this grant was March 8th 1697-8 to John Dorchester, his heirs and assignes forever it being propounded at a Town meeting ffebruary 7th on the above sd conditions he keeping up a mill there.

The Towne March 8th, 1697 declare Thomas Powels grant fforfeited if not being recorded nor paide rates for.

At a Towne meeting March 8th, 1697 there was granted to Benjamin Stebbins Sen'r an acre and halfe of meadow on the northeast of Sixteene Acres Branch, it being propounded at a former Towne meeting.

May the 10th, 1698 at a towne Meeting there was granted

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to Abell Wright Jun'r three acres of swamp land at Scipnup that lyeth betwixt his fathers house andthe long hill it being read in a former meeting March 8th 1697-8 at the same Towne meeting Abell Wright & Jonathan Morgan and Thomas Horton have the use of the streame granted them on the higher brooke about a mile above Scickmuck for to set a saw mill there on, as also tymber, also ten acres of land for their convenience.

At a Town meeting August 15th 1698 Abell Wright Jun'r hath granted him ten acres of land lying on the north side of Scipnup River being about halfe a mile northward of the two mile pond, it being propounded at a former Towne meeting.

At a Towne meeting November 24th 1698 John Burt Sen'r hath granted him an acre or two of land being swampe or low land over the mill River adjoyning to that land he bought of Victory Sykes to him the sd John Burt, his heirs & Assigns forever, it being propounded at a former Towne meeting August 15, 1698.

At a Towne meeting March 4th, 1698-9, Tilly Mirick hath granted unto him, his heirs & assignes forever three or foure acres ofland joyning to John Lambs meadow at Stone Pitt Brooke, it being propounded at at former Towne meeting.

Ebenezer Parsons hath granted him by the Plantation, 14th March 1698-9, ten or twelve acres of land it being lowland or swampe on the west side of the great river lying on the north-erly side of Agawam River by the riverside, this land is to him, his heirs & Assignes for-ever it being propounded at a former Towne meeting.

Joseph Bedortha hath granted him 20 acres of land upon Paucatucke Brooke below the pond to him, his heirs & Assignes forever, May 20th, 1698.

March 14th 1698-9 Samuell Lamb hath granted unto him, his heirs & assignes forever, four acres of land namely wet meadow which was fformerly granted to his ffather, John Lamb which lyeth above Chapins bridge which is forfeited because not measured to him, now is granted to Samuell Lamb, his son.

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