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Monday, January 02, 2006

Petition Against Incorporation of Waterford

The following petition asked that Waterford not be incorporated without including the Waterford Three Tiers—three tiers of lots on the easterly side of the contemplated town.

The lots were left out when Waterford was incorporated, Mar. 2, 1797, but were annexed to Norway when that town was incorporated a week later.

Source: Thomas Hovey Gage, Jr., editor, Notes on the History of Waterford, Maine [Ancestry.com] (Worcester, Mass.: unknown, 1913), p. 79.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
To the Honorable the Senate and the Honorable the House of Representatives in General Court Assembled.

Agreeable to an Order of this Honorable Cort of the 27th of January last dyrecting the Inhabitants of the Plantation of Waterford to appear and shew cause if any they have, why the Petition of Stephen Jewett and others praying that the Plantation of Waterford might be incorporated by the name of Waterford with the exception of the three Eastermost Tears [sic] of lots might not be granted—

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Plantation of Waterford offer the following reasons why the above mentioned prayer may not be granted.

1ly Because the roads happily convean the present Center whare as any one will be inconvenient occasioned by ponds &c.

2ly Because there is a River runing through said Plantation which will cause the Inhabitants to build Two extensive Bridges with little more than One Tear of lots opposite said Bridges Joining the three above mentioned Tears of lots—

3ly Because the owners of the Soil of the Three tears of lots (excepting about five lots) own farms and other Landed property in said Plantation and we pray that they might not be sepperated.

4ly Because the thirty and One Signers of the above mentioned Petition living on the west northwest part of the Plantation wish to get set off one fifth part of the Plantation for no reason than to convean themselves with the Public buildings here after to be erected—wareas they do not own one Inch of the Three above mentioned Tears of lots, and own but about Twenty tow [sic] Lots of land, and whereas the Owners of One Hundred and Eighty two lort [sic] of Land are opposd to the prayer of the above mentioned Petition.

These being our reasons and at the same time Praying that the Plantation of Waterford might be Incorporated by the name of Waterford, agreable to the boundaries or plan herewith presented, We humbly conceive will be amply sufficient to prevent the above mentioned prayer from being grantd we however gladly submit them to your Honours better Judgment—and as in duty bound will ever Pray
Waterford. April the 22d 1796—
Asa Johnson
Malory Kingman
Abijah Brown
David Mcwain
Joseph Killgore
Benja Killgore
Isaac Smith
Stephen Sanderson
Ebenezer Moulton
Josiah Shaw
Africa Hamlin
Jonathan Longley
Moses Stone
Asaph Brown
David Hammond
Elijah Swan
Jonathan Robbins
Oliver Hapgood
Thads Brown

Ephraim Chamberlin
Colman B. Watson
John Jewell
Jacob Gibson
William Brown
Joseph Barker
Solomon Stone
Jonathan Whitney
Phineas Whitney
John Nurse
Joel Stone
James H. Robbins
Benjamin Hale
Daniel Barker
Eli Longley
Silas Brown
America Hamlin
Joel Atherton
John Atherton
Zechariah Fletcher

In the House of Represents May 31 1796
Read & committed to the standg
Committee on applications for Incorporation
of towns &c to hear the parties & report
Sent up for Concurrence
Edw. H. Robbins Spkr.

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