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Friday, January 06, 2006

Petition for Grant of Land Later Bethel

Source: William Berry Lapham, History of Bethel, formerly Sudbury, Canada, Oxford County, Maine [Ancestry.com] (Augusta, Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer, 1891), pp. 20ff.
PROVINCE OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY.
To his Excellency Francis Bernard, esq., Captain General and Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty['s] Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, and Vice Admiral of the same, and to the Honorable, His Majesty's Council, and to the Honorable the House of Representatives in the Great and General Court assembled at Boston on the 27th day of May Anno. Domini 1767.

Josiah Richardson of Sudbury, in the County of Middlesex, Esq. and Agent for a number of Petitioners whose Ancestors were in the Expedition to Canada in the year 1690.

Humbly remind your Excellency and Honors, that in the year 1737, a number of men whose names are hereunto annexed, Preferred a Petition to this Honorable Court for to have a Grant of Land for a Township, to be Layed out in the unappropriated land within the said Province, as many others for the same merit before had a township Granted to them; and this Honorable did then sustain the Petition and then ordered the said Petitioners to make out and prove their Claims that their Ancestors were in the said Expedition and come and they should be heard with which order the Court the said Petitioners fully complied, and at a great cost proved their Claims. Since which by a number of Memorials to this Honorable Court the said Petition has been revived, but the said Petitioners have not as yet had any Grant of Land made to them on that account and by reason of the Wars and of the Townhouse being burned the same Petition has not of late been moved to this Honorable Court, but since this Honorable Court in their great wisdom and justice was pleased on the 24th day of June, 1764, to make a Grant of a Township of land to Captain William Raymond and Company for the same merit which your Memorial is now plead; and now your Memorialist, in behalf of himself and the Company Humbly pray that your Excellency and Honors would take the premises under your wise and just consideration and make us a Grant of Land for a Township as you was pleased to do to the said William Raymond and Company, and your Memorialist, in behalf of himself and Company shall ever pray.
(Signed) JOSIAH RICHARDSON,
Agent for said Petitioners.
A list of the petitioners, as found in the Archives in the handwriting of Josiah Richardson, is here given by Lapham, though "the original petition bearing their names cannot be found." Cf. the list found in a memorandum book belonging to the family of Dea. Elijah Livermore.
James Taylor on his own right.
John Osland on his own right.
John Mixer on his own right.
John Jones on his own right.
John Green on the right of William Green.
John Green on the right of John Green.
Ephraim Twitchell on the right of Joseph Twitchell.
Isaac Sheffield on the right of William Sheffield.
Palmer Golding on the right of Edward Clap.
James Moor on the right of George Walker, Jr.
Ebenezer Flagg on the right of Richard Flagg.
Daniel Moor on the right of Jacob Moor.
Joshua Kibby (Kilby?) on the right of Lodwick Dowse.
James Taylor on the right of Nicholas Fox.
Nathaniel Morse on the right of same.
Charles Richardson on the right of Samuel Ring.
Thomas Macke on the right of Timothy S. (illegible).
Richard Ward on the right of Obadiah Ward.
Daniel Brewer on the right of same.
Samuel Green on the right of Joseph Green.
Samuel Stone on the right of same.
Joseph Stone on the right of Samuel Parkhurst.
Mich Stone on the right of Daniel Stone.
John Wesson on the right of Samuel Wesson.
Ebenezer Twitchell on the right of Edward Twitchell.
Richard Burt on the right of Thomas Burt.
Daniel Mackdafillin on the right of Robert Mackdafillin.
Joseph Meriam on the right of Robert Meriam.
Peter Grout on the right of John Cotter.
Samuel Graves on his own right.
Joseph Trumbull on the right of Joseph Trumbull.
Ebenezer Rice on the right of Ebenezer Rice.
John Cogin on the right of John Cogin.
Caleb Bridges on the right of John Bridges.
Abner (illegible) on the right of John Fay claimed by Palmer Golding.
John Fay on his own right claimed by Palmer Golding.
Samuel Lyscom on the right of his father.
Nathaniel Dike on his own right claimed by Palmer Golding.
Daniel Walker on the right of Thomas Axdill.
Ebenezer Corey on the right of Thomas Corey.
James Patterson on the right of Andrew Patterson.
Amos Hide on the right of Daniel Hide.
Norman Clark on the right of Daniel Mackey.
Ebenezer Corey on the right of Samuel Page.
Peter Bent on the right of Hopestill Bent.
Edward Ward on his own right.
James Patterson on the right of Andrew Patterson.
Noah Parker on the right of Eleazer Hide.
Joseph Bartlett on his own right.
John Clark on the right of John Clark.
Samuel Parris.
Jonathan Parker on his own right.
Ezra Holbrook on the right of John Holbrook.

A true copy examined by me,
JOSIAH RICHARDSON,
Clerk of the Petitioners.

Additional Petitioners.
Nathaniel Eames on the right of Nathaniel Eames.
Nathaniel Eames on the right of John Jaquith.
Isaac Baldwin on the right of Abraham Bryant.
Joseph Harrington on the right of his father, Joseph Harrington.
David Wood on the right of his uncle ______ Woods.
Isaac Rice on the right of his uncle Joseph Rice.
Moses Bellows on the right of his uncle.
Samuel Whitney on the right of Joseph Beach.
James Fowle on the right of James Fowle.
Jonas Bond on the right of Jonas Bond.
Josiah Fuller on the right of Joseph Win____ (illegible).
Thomas Harrington on the right of Daniel Harrington.
Joshua Fuller on the right of Joseph Winter.
John Temple on the right of his father Richard Temple.
Joseph Noyes on the right of Moses Noyes.
Nathaniel Sparhawk on the right of Nathaniel Sparhawk.
David Coney on the right of Richard Coney.
Samuel Fuller on the right of Richard Park.
Joshua Fuller on the right of Nathaniel Morse.
Joseph Morse on the right of Joseph Morse.

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