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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Petition for Incorporation of Stoneham

The following petition was denied, but a second, presented in 1833, proved successful.

Source: Eastern Argus of Portland, Me., issue of Oct. 18, 1831.
To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Maine in Legislature assembled, Jan. A.D. 1830.

The undersigned, inhabitants of an unincorporated plantation, in the county of Oxford, called Fryeburg Academy Grant, and of an unincorporated plantation called Bachelder's Grant, adjoining the same, respectfully represent that there are settled upon both plantations twenty-five families, that, in their present situation they labor under many inconveniences and disabilities in the transacting of their public business; that there is a range of mountains, extending from the line of the town of Albany to New Hampshire line across said Bachelder's Grant, which renders it impracticable for those living on the north of said mountains to communicate with those on the south side.

Your petitioners pray, that the inhabitants of said Fryeburg Academy Grant, and that part of said Bachelder's Grant which lies south of said range of mountains, and including, if deemed expedient, Bradley and Eastman's Grant adjoining the same, may be incorporated into a town by the name of ______ and endowed with all the privileges belonging to corporations of the kind.

Signed by DAVID MCKEEN and 23 others.

IN SENATE, Jan. 15, 1831.

On the Petition aforesaid, O[r]dered, That the petitioners cause an attested copy of their petition, with this order thereon, to be published in the Eastern Argus, a paper printed in Portland, three weeks successively, the last publication to be sixty days at last, before the first Wednesday of the next Legislature, that all persons interested, may then appear and shew cause, if any they have, why the prayer of said petition should not be granted. Sent down for concurrence.


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