Petition for Grant of Land Later Newry
Source: William Berry Lapham, History of Bethel, formerly Sudbury, Canada, Oxford County, Maine [Ancestry.com] (Augusta, Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer, 1891), p. 27.
"COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled at Boston, May 30th, 1787.
The Petition of Jonathan Barker and other, Humbly Sheweth, that whereas there is a certain tract of unappropriated lands lying between the mountains northerly of a township granted to Josiah Richardson and others, lying on Andrewscoggin river and joining to a Grant laid out joining to said township. Said unappropriated land contains eight hundred acres and lyeth on a small river that comes off the mountains and is surrounded with mountains on every side except that end that joins to the Grant aforesaid, so that it cannot be convenient to be joined to any Township except it be that, that was laid out on Andrewscoggin river as aforesaid, and as your Petitioners are inhabitants of said tract of land and have done much labor thereon for seven years last past they conceives it would be reasonable that they should have a Grant of the same. Your Petitioners therefore pray that your Honors would grant the said tract of unappropriated lands to them, so that they may have a lawful claim to the same, either by way of purchase or some other way, as you in your great wisdom shall see fit and as in duty bound prays your Petitioners.
(Signed) Jonathan Barker,
Jonathan Barker, Jr.
Simon Epes Barker."