New Milford CT Place Names 

  HISTORY
OF THE TOWNS OF
NEW MILFORD
AND
BRIDGEWATER
CONNECTICUT
1703 – 1882
BY
SAMUEL ORCUTT.

 Transcribed by Richard M. Clarke
of New Milford

 NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS.

DESIGNATING localities by name became a very important matter in writing deeds so as to secure the object for which deeds were given. When there were no boundaries but the hills, brooks, trees, rock. and the like, it was important that each should have a definite or particular name, and the words “so called” used so perpetually in the deeds, indicate that it had become a custom to speak of such objects by those names, and that the names had been given by no authority but common use.

                The following names are found in the description of lands laid out, either for highways or for individuals.

                Aspetuck: an Indian name, meaning a “height,” or “high place.” It was first used to designate the hill immediately north of New Milford village, Aspetuck hill, on which the “Town Plot” was at first located. It was afterwards applied to the river west of this hill, and both branches of it—Aspetuck River—East Aspetuck and West Aspetuck; and there is 1a brook called sometimes West branch of the West Aspetuck. It is probable that the Indians applied the name to the whole range of mountains or elevated land between the two branches of the Aspetuck as far north as Waramaug Lake.

                Aspetuck-Mill Hill: the hill east of the paper-mill above Wellsville.

                Bare Hill: particularly the high elevation of land north of Great Mount Tom. It was so called because denuded of the forests by the Indians. The range of high lands south of Chestnut Land was called Bare Hill, especially near Cross Brook. South Bare Hill also occurs in a record made by Col. Elisha Bostwick; and also First Bare Hill and Second Bare Hill occur.

                Boiling Place and Boiling Place Lots: the valley east, and joining to, the New Milford Cemetery.

                Bound Hill: at the northeast corner of the old New Milford township.

                Butter Brook: that which comes down from the east, on the South side of Mr. Henry Booth’s dwelling. Reuben Booth constructed a water-wheel on this brook with which to do the churning, which worked successfully until the churn was upset, when the butter flowed down stream beautifully, and hence the name, Butter Brook.

                Candlewood Mountain: west of the Housatonic and south of Stilson Hill, or the old Straits Mountain.

                Carman Hill: the height of land between Still River and Wood Creek, in the southern part of New Milford. It was called first, Wood Creek Hill, and afterwards Beers Hill.

                Chestnut Land: the elevated ridge of land east of Great Mount Tom; particularly from Cross Brook northward.

                Chicken Hill: a more recent name, applied to the locality of the school-house in the southeast part of New Milford village.

                Clabboard Oak Brook: running southwest through Bridgewater township.

                Clatter Valley: that where the Town Farm now is.

                Cobble Rock: see Rock Cobble.

                Conetia: The locality where the Fair Ground is now situated. Hence the name, “Conetia Park.” It is said that a good citizen in reading the scriptures at a social meeting in that neighborhood, a long time ago, when he came to the name Cornelius, called it “Conetia,” and from that time the place has borne that name. In a deed in 1789 it is said “in a place called Conetia.”

                Cranberry Pond: located a little way north or northeast of Bridgewater village, the pond having nearly disappeared.

                Cranberry Pond Brook: leading from Cranberry Pond to Clabboard Oak Brook.

                Cross Brook: that which affords the supply of water for the village of New Milford.

                Dibble’s Meadow: the plain immediately below Gallows Hill and so called from a Mr. Dibble who cultivated land there before a permanent settlement was made in New Milford.

            Dry Brook: probably that originally flowing through what has been known for many years as Squash Hollow, but it may have been further south.

                Falls: see Great Falls.

                Falls Mountain: the mountain through which the Housatonic passes, by the gorge, just below the Great Falls.

            Fishing Falls: the Great Falls.

                Fort Hill: that where the Indian burying place is, at the foot of Guarding Mountain.

                Four Mile Brook: on the west side of Still River, about four miles below New Milford village.

                Gallows Hill: an elevation of gravel and sand, on Still River plains, nearly four miles below New Milford village, on the eastern side of which is located the Gallows Hill burying-place. Tradition says a man was hung on this hill some time before New Milford began to be settled,—perhaps it was the old Indian that committed such murders at Stamford.

                Goose Pond: a little north of, and near Round Hill.

              Goose Island:

                Goodyear’s Island: is in the Housatonic River just below Falls Mountain, and was so named about 1646, from the fact that Mr. Stephen Goodyear, one of the leading merchants of the New Haven Company, erected here a “trading house” for the purposes of trade with the Indians.

                Grassy Hill: also called Second Hill, lying next east of Town Hill, and is two miles east of New Milford village.

                Great Brook: runs from Chestnut Hill southward through the east part of New Milford village.

                Great Falls: are now located a few rods above the gorge at Falls Mountain. These are now apparently further up stream than when the channel was dug on the west side of them about ninety years ago for a mill. These were the celebrated Fishing Falls, where Lamprey eels were taken so abundantly by the Indians.

                Great Mountain: is a large hill on the west side of Wood Creek, in the southwest corner of New Milford Township.

                Great Bare Hill: said to be the highest elevation of land in the town, lies north of Great Mount Tom; is extensive in area, and covered on the eastern and southern portions with a productive soil.

                Great River: the Housatonic, and is always called Great River, before 1800, on the N. M. records. The name Housatonic originated at or near Stockbridge, Mass., where it was first interpreted by the Dutch of N. Y. state, and written Wustenhuck.

                Great Mount Tom: usually called Mount Tom, lies in full view, and is the first mountain north from New Milford village. It is said that, upon careful measurement, it rises to the height of about 900 feet above the meadow land on the east side of it.

                Green Pond: is a pond on Green Mountain.

                Green Pond Mountain: is one of the range of mountains on the west side of Wood Creek and Rocky River.

                Guarding Mountain: is on the west side of the Housatonic, opposite New Milford village. It was so named from the fact of the Indians building signal fires on it to guard against an attack by the Mohawk Indians.

                Half-way Falls: was the original name for the falls on Still River, where the Iron Works were erected in 1733,—now in Brookfield.

                Horse-beat: This was the path traveled on horseback, by the Soldier Scouts watching for the Canada Indians, in 1718 and 1724, under the command of Capt. Stephen Noble. The place referred to particularly was where the scouts crossed the southern declivity of Great Mount Tom.

                Housatonic: (see Great River and the close of the chapter of Indian History for New Milford).

                Half-way Hills: apparently a locality near Roxbury line, so mew here.

                Hut Hill: the hill two miles south of Bridgewater village.

                Iron Hill: southwest of and joined to Bare Hill.

                Iron Ore Road: “A highway from the Iron Ore Road south of Ebenezer Pickett’s—runs east across Tamarack meadow to the other road.” This was in Merryall.

                Iron Works: These were established first at the Halfway Falls on Still River; the second company located at New Preston the third at what was afterwards Lanesville ; the fourth in Lower Merryall, called Davenport’s, and the fifth called first, Nicholson’s, and next Booth’s Iron Works, in the southern part of Lower Merryall, at “Booth’s Mill.”

                Long Brook: as given by Roger Sherman, in a survey of land, is that which comes down from Kent between Cobble Rock and Peet Hill, emptying into the West Aspetuck, and is sometimes called the west branch of the West Aspetuck. There was also a Long Brook on the plains east of Wood Creek hill.

                Long Mountain: the range of high land on the east side of the Housatonic, close to the river extending from Kent to the Housatonic River, above New Milford village, and is a continuation of the Vermont Green Mountain range.

                Little Bare Hill: probably the one also called Iron Hill.

                Little Falls: the falls half a mile below New Milford village, where the Giddings Grist-mill now stands, but which mill was known for fifty or more years as the Stilson Grist-mill, and before that the Ruggles Grist-mill.

                Little Mount Tom: The first of this name was near the first homestead of Henry Garlick; northeast of the old Dea. Nathan Gaylord place. At present, and for many years,—a spur at the northeast of and adjoining Great Mount Tom, is, and has been called Little Mount Tom the contour of which from the northeast is perfectly like Great Mount Tom.

                Little Straits Hill:—see Straits Mountain.

                Mary Land: Originally; the name was applied to the Rev. Daniel Boardman’s farm at Boardman’s Bridge, on the east side of the river. Mr. Boardman held a slave who was brought from the state of Maryland, and the slave gave the name to the place.

                Middle Wolf-Pitt: probably on the east side of Long Mountain, south of the north.

                Millstone Hill: the hill continuing south from Guarding Mountain so called, because Partridge Thatcher cut out from its granite bed some millstones.

                Mine Hill: east of Second hill, extending into Roxbury, where considerable mining for silver has been done.

              Mount Tom:—see Great Mount Tom.

                Mount Tom Meadow:—the swampy land that was divided into meadow lots in the early division of land, on the east side of Mount Tom.

                Mud Pond: near Kent at the north end of Long Mountain.

            Naromiyocknowhusunkatankskunk Brook: rises in Sherman, runs north, and enters the Housatonic a little distance below Gaylordsville. It was called Deep brook in one deed.

                Notch: The Notch on Long Mountain, or a low place in the mountain, where the road passes over the mountain and down to the Great River.

            Old Iron Oak Road:

           Ore Hill:

             Peet Hill: the large hill northeast of Cobble Rock;—so named from the Peet family who have owned much of it for one hundred and thirty years.

            Pinchgut Plain: the bottom, or meadow land below Lanesville.

            Pine Hill: east of Second Hill, north of Cranberry Pond.

            Plank Swamp: the muck land at Park Lane, called at first Poplar Swamp.

           Pond Rocks:

         Poplar Swamp: the first one so named was about a mile and a half north of New Milford village,—afterwards called Plank Swamp, then Pug Lane, and more recently Park Lane. The second one by this name was west, or northwest of the mouth of Rocky River, where several divisions of land were laid to Nathan Talcott. The third of this name was on the plain below Lanesville.

            Prospect Hill: “in Still River Neck, near Newtown line.” It has been applied more recently to the hill east of New Milford village, which, however, was without question, called Town Hill, more than 100 years. It would be a pity to rob the grand old hill of its historic name.

            Punkin Hill: the hill east and southeast of Lanesville Railroad station.

            Rock Cobble: a high spur-like mountain between the north end of Long Mountain and Peet Hill.

            Rocky Hill.

            Rocky River: Wood Creek for two miles before it empties into the Housatonic River.

            Rock House Brook: perhaps, Long Brook near Rock Cobble.

            Rock House Cobble: the hill now called Rock Cobble. It is said that there was, many years ago, an old house at the foot of this hill, the lower part of which was built of coarse stone, and from this may have arisen the name Rock House Cobble. It is said a Doctor Warner, who was a sort of a hermit, resided in this house, and that by some personal peculiarities he was called Old Fifty-Crooks.

             Saw Mill Falls:

                Sand-hill Bridge: a bridge east of Park Lane school-house.

                Second Hill: Grassy Hill—Good Hill, or the ridge of land next east of the original Town Hill, extending from near Cross Brook to Bridgewater line.

                Shaft Brook: on Pinchgut Plain.

                Shepaug Neck: the territory now comprised in the town of Bridgewater; called more commonly The Neck. This part of the town was for a time known as the “Sheep Pasture” of New Milford, because so many sheep were raised there. This name was afterwards used as a kind of reproach, whereupon the Bridgewater people came to a New Milford town fair with a team of fifty yoke of oxen, with the motto on their wagon,—” From the Sheep Pasture of New Milford.” The team took the premium.

               Sherman Brook:

                Squash Hollow: a little way down from the Straits, on the west side of the Housatonic, where a band of Tories secreted themselves for a time during the Revolution, and from which they were driven by a band of men of the Gaylord family.

                South Bare Hill: “A highway up the South Bare Hill, north or south of Cross Brook.”

                Staddle Hill: east of Second Hill on the Woodbury road.

                Steep Hill: is on the old Woodbury road.

                Still River: that which comes down the valley from Danbury, and empties just above the Great Falls; so called because there is in it so little current.

                Still River Meadow: along Still River south of Lanesville.

                Still River Neck: the land between the Iron Works on Still River and the Housatonic River.

                Stilson Hill: the hill north of Candlewood Mountain or the southern portion of what was originally called Straits Mountain.

                Straits Mountain: the height of land on the west side of the Housatonic, beginning at the Straits, a little way below Gaylordsville, and running in a southern direction. A part of this mountain was called Little Straits Hill.

                Tamarack Swamp: on the east side of Long Mountain, in the valley a little to the northwest of the Lower Merryall Burying-place.

                Tamarack Meadow: near the Tamarack Swamp.

                The Cove:—the wide place in the Housatonic, just below Falls Mountain; called also the Fishing-place.

                The Plain: the wide tract of bottom land on the west side of the Housatonic, south of the Indian field.

                The Straits: the place where the mountains come close to the Housatonic on each side, about a mile below Gaylordsville.

                Straits Rock: is the same as the above.

                Thousand Hills: used in a deed given of land lying north or northeast of Northville.

                Three Mile Brook: on the west side of the Housatonic, about three miles below New Milford village, next south of Lanesville.

                Town Hill: the hill immediately east of New Milford village; so named at the first settlement, and it should be retained instead of any other.

                Town Hill Brook: running southward between Town Hill and Second Hill.

                Town Hill Falls: in Town Hill Brook.

                Two Mile Brook: on the west side of the Housatonic, about two miles below New Milford village.

                Wannuppee Island: a small island in the Housatonic River a little way above New Milford village It is an Indian name signifying “overflowed” or “subject to overflow.”

                Wawecoe’s Brook: in the southern part of Bridgewater, with two branches running southward.

                Weraumaug’s Mountain: in a deed by Roger Sherman, the mountain west of the brook that comes between the hills, a little way east of Upper Merryall Burying-place, down to Lower Merryall.

                Weraumaug’s Meadow: in the valley at Lower Merryall, near Mr. Horace Merwin’s.

                Weraumaug Lake: commonly called Waramaug Lake; called in the deed of the North Purchase, Wonkkecomaug.

                Whemisink Brook: enters the Housatonic at the upper part of Gaylordsville, from the west or southwest.

              Womenshenuck River: runs southwest, and empties into the Housatonic at Gaylordsville.

                Wood Creek: a brook coming from the town of Sherman on the east side of Great Mountain and Green Mountain into Rocky River.

                Wood Creek Hill: the hill between Wood Creek Meadows and Pinchgut Plain.

                Wood Greek Meadows: a large tract of swampy land on Wood Creek; to drain which considerable aid from the state has been obtained and expended, in lowering the bed of Rocky River.

                Wood Creek Mountain: probably the southern part of Wood Creek Hill.

                Wolf-pit Mountain: a mountain a little way east of Falls Mountain, upon which there was once a wolf-pit.

                Wolf-pit Brook: passes the old Israel Baldwin homestead a mile south of Northville.

Various Descriptions of the town.

                In a book called “A General History of Connecticut, published in London, in 1781, by the Rev. Samuel Peters, the following description is given of this town New Milford lies on the Osootonic River. A church and meeting, with Steeples and bells, beautify the town, which resembles Fulham.’ The township, twelve miles square, forms five parishes, of which two are Episcopal.

                The account of this town written by Rev. Benjamin Trumbull, D.D., in 1818, is of interest

                New Milford, which is the second town in the county of Litchfield, and was the chief seat of the Indian kingdom, in that part of the colony, also merits a more particular description than was given of it in the first volume. Upon the petition 0f the people of Milford, in May, 1702, the General Assembly granted them liberty to purchase a township at Wyantenock, and directed them to make a report of their doings to the Assembly. The next March they made an extensive purchase of the natives. In October, 1704, the legislature enacted, that the tract purchased of the natives in May, 1702, by the people of Milford, should be a township, by the name of New Milford; and that it should be settled in five years,—the town plot to be fixed by a committee appointed by the Assembly. The town is situated on both sides of the Housatonick, or Stratford River. The river enters it at the northwest corner, and running a meandering course of about twenty miles, goes out at the southeast corner. The longest straight line of the town, from northwest to southeast, is about eighteen miles. Its original limits were much more extensive than its present boundaries. Two considerable defalcations have been made from the original township; one at the south end, west of the river which forms a part of the town of Brookfield and another at the northeast corner, which is now a part of the town of Washington, comprising a large part of the society of New Preston. About two miles below the center of the town, is a fall in the river, which the Indians called Metichawon; the English, the Great Falls. These stopped the progress of the large fish, and made it formerly one of the best fishing-places for shad and herring in the colony      

                “This township was the principal seat of the Indians in the county of Litchfield. The seat of the chief sachem was near the Great Falls. His name was Wehononaug, a man of uncommon powers of mind, sober and regular in his life, who took much pains to suppress the vices of the Indians. When the English were first acquainted with him he was supposed to command about two hundred warriors. The whole number of Indians might have been one thousand. The other clans of Indians in the country, at Pomparague (Woodbury), Bantom (Litchfield), Piscatacook (Kent), Weatauge (Salisbury), and the adjacent parts, were supposed to be in the strictest league of friend-ship with the Indians of Wyantenock, otherwise Qweantinoque. The palace of their chief sachem, where he commonly resided, was near the Great Falls. The tradition is, that it was constructed of barks, with the smooth side inwards, on which were pictures of all known species of beasts, birds, fishes, and insects; drawn by an artist sent to him by a friendly prince, from a great distance.”

                Mr. John W. Barber, in his Historical Collections of this State, written in 1836, gives the following description of this town:

                “New Milford, the largest town in territorial extent in Connecticut, is in the southwestern extremity of the county. It has an average length of thirteen miles, and an average breadth of six and a half miles, comprising an area of eighty-four square miles. The township is hilly and broken; several mountainous ridges extending through it. ‘The soil is much diversified, and, where susceptible of cultivation, is generally good; but on the whole more distinguished for grain than grass. There are, however, large quantities of excellent meadow ground, but the pasturage is, on the whole, not abundant. It is essentially a farming town. Large quantities of grain are annually raised. The township is centrally intersected by the Housatonic two branches of the Aspetuck, the Rocky and Still Rivers, with other streams, enter the Housatonic in this town, affording numerous excellent mill-seats. On Second hill, in the eastern part of the town, from two to three miles from the central village, are inexhaustible quantities of granite of a superior quality. There are also a number of extensive marble quarries in the town. Hatting business is carried on to some extent in Bridgewater society. There are nine houses of worship in the town, two Congregational, two Episcopalian, two Baptist, two Methodist, and one for Friends, or Quakers.”’

                The above description was largely written by Judge David S. Boardman, at the request of Mr. Barber. Mr. Boardman made further observations on the Indians and Waraumaug, which Mr. Barber placed in a foot-note:

                “He was so considerable a personage as to have reserved, as his hunting-ground, a considerable part of the present society of New Preston, which always, until the recent incorporation of the town of Washington, of which it is a part, was called Raumaug, after the original proprietor, dropping, for convenience, sake, the prefix we. I have often seen the grave of this chief in the Indian burying-ground, at no great distance from his place of residence; distinguished, however, only by its more ample dimensions from the surrounding graves, out of many of which large trees are now growing. There is a similar burying ground on the west side of the river, opposite to and in sight of our village (New Milford), on the bluff, bounding the Indian field, so called, and contiguous to Fort Hill, the site of the last Indian fortress known to have existed in this town.”

                In the Gazetteer of Connecticut and Rhode Island, published in 1819, there is a more specific description of the town at that date than is anywhere else to be found.

                “New Milford is a large and flourishing post-town, in the southwestern extremity of the county, 48 miles from Hartford.  …..It has an average length of 13 miles, and an average breadth of six and a half miles being one of the largest townships in the State. There are three bridges across the Housatonic, and numerous sites for mills and other hydraulic works, within this town……     

                “This township is hilly and broken, several mountainous ridges extending through it. These ridges consist of granite and micaceous schistus; the former is generally found upon the tops or summits, and the latter upon their declivities. Quarries of the mica slate have been opened and worked, which make excellent hearth-stones. The vales in some sections of the town abound with limestone, and within these calcareous districts there are several valuable beds of marble, several quarries of which have been opened, and large quantities of the stone dislodged and raised, which are manufactured into slabs for use and market, for which purpose there have been six saw-mills erected for sawing marble.

                “Among the minerals of the town are iron ore in small quantities, porcelain clay, yellow ochre, and some silver ore; a mine containing small quantities of this last was formerly worked, but has long since been abandoned. There are forges for the manufacture of iron, but the ore is principally brought from without the town.

                “This town contains two located Congregational societies, two societies of Episcopalians, one of Baptists, and one of Quakers; all of which are accommodated with houses of public worship.

                “It contains also a pleasant and flourishing village; situated upon a plain bordering upon the Ousatonick. The village has 60 dwelling-houses, many of which are large, neat, and handsome buildings, a post-office, several mercantile stores and mechanic shops.

                “In this, as well as the other towns in the county, agriculture is the leading and principal business of the inhabitants. The lands are a sandy and gravelly loam, and some of them a calcareous loam, are in general fertile and productive, affording wheat, rye, corn, oats, and flax. The making of butter and cheese, beef and pork, and the growing of wool, receive considerable attention.

                “The New Preston turnpike-road passes through this town.

                “In addition to the domestic manufactures, and those of marble and iron, already mentioned, there are one woolen factory, one hat factory, four grain mills, four carding-machines, six fulling-mills, and four tanneries. There are seven mercantile stores. The population of the town, in 1810, was 3,537, and there are now about 500 qualified electors, about 250 militia, and 540 dwelling-houses.

                “The amount of taxable property, including polls, is $74,857.

                “The valuation or assessment, under the laws of the United States, in 1816, was $1,113,012, being an average value of 26 74/100 dollars per acre, for the whole quantity included in the valuation, which was 41,630 acres.

                “In 1799, the real estate of this town, together with Roxbury, was valued at $776,146.

                “There are in this town sixteen school districts and schools, four practicing physicians, three clergymen, and three attorneys.”

The Common Field.

                At first, in 1715, the Common Field contained all the land on the plain from Wannuppee Island down nearly to Four-mile Brook, on the west side of the Housatonic, and was secured by building a fence from the fording place, just below the mouth of Rocky River, along the foot of the mountains, on the west side of the plain, to the southern end of the field, then across the valley to the Great Falls,—the river constituting the fence on the east side of the field. The next year a fence was built, on the east side of the river, from the Great Falls, “on the front of the lots”; that is, on the west side of the road as it now runs from the Falls to New Milford village, then along the west side of Main street, to what is now Bennitt street, and then down to the river; but about a year later it was continued from Bennitt street up the Aspetuck hill to about the north side of the old Stebbins place, thence west to the fording place. This fence was proportioned, to be built and maintained by the individuals who owned land within the field, and those persons comprised nearly all the settlers in the town. A part of the old fence-ditch is still to be seen in the woods half a mile north of Mr. Charles Hatch’s dwelling-house.

                The land on the east side of the Housatonic, still called the Long Lot, was so called as early as 1729, and was owned largely by the Bostwick families.

The Meadow Lands.

                In the time of the early settlement of the town all meadowland was secured by clearing marshy or swampy land and allowing it to grow up with grass by the seed already in the soil. The sowing of seed to secure grass was almost unknown, and impracticable for the want of grass-seed. It was one of the great troubles in the Colony, to secure grass, and hence the General Court, early in its history, enacted that a certain amount of time should be devoted yearly, in the several plantations, to the cutting of under or small brush and trees in the more open forests, by every inhabitant, with a few exceptions, for the purpose of allowing grass to grow in such places, since the cattle roamed through the forests about every plantation, subsisting in the summer on what grew in the forests.

                Three divisions or allotments of land for meadow were made in New Milford, independent of the other divisions of land. The arrangement being agreed to by the proprietors, the numbers were placed in a hat or box; the names were then called according to the list as it stood at first recorded on the proprietors’ book. Beginning at the head of the list, the names were called in regular succession, and as a name was called, a number was taken from the box and placed to the name called, and they continued thus until the end of the list was reached. The committee to draw the numbers for the three draughts were the same; viz., Daniel Board man, Zachariah Ferris, and Stephen Noble.

                Col. Elisha Bostwick, town clerk more than fifty years, copied all the draughts, and the allotments of each survey according to these draughts; the headings to each draught he wrote as follows:

                “A Record of the meadow lands appertaining to the Original Proprietory rights in the Township of New Milford, copied from the original manuscripts.”

“New Milford June 8, 1719.

 

                A draught for the first division of Meadow-lands; containing the Marshes, and Three-mile brook and Still River:—The draught follows according to the proprietors names in the List.”

“New Milford June 8, 1719.

 

                A Draught for the Second division of Meadow land called Wood-creek—the draughts according to the proprietors names in the List.”

“New Milford June 8, 1719.

 

                A Draught of the third division of Meadow land containing the Great River and both branches of the Aspetuck. The draught follows according to the proprietors names in the List.”

                In the third division, when the survey was made, it is said: “Beginning at the Straits.”

                The following will illustrate some of the intricacies of keeping the records of so many small pieces of land divided to the same Right, but often to various individuals:

                “The 1st lot [first division] is 3 acres and 66 rods—it is on a small brook that runneth into the Indian field. Recorded to Thomas Baldwin;—drawn to the Right of Lieut. Samuel Burwell.”

                “The 103d lot is south of the Long brook, butted on the brook and on the hill and on the river; be it more or less. Drawn to the Right of Samuel Camp, Lanes-end. Recorded to Mr. Daniel Boardman and Jonathan Griswold.”

                A large number of lots contained only three or four acres some of them went as high as seven acres. Quite many of the lots on the east side of Still River consisted of a piece of land eight rods wide and about twenty rods long.

                In the second allotment, which was in Wood Creek, “beginning at the north end of the creek,” were eighty rods in length and three rods in width. In many cases the dimensions in acres are not given and frequently where the width is given in rods the length is not given, so that a full description to the present understanding is impossible.

                After the above division of meadow lots, another meadow was made on the east side of Great Mount Tom, and one also on the west side of the same mountain, in the valley; and still later, another at Tamarack swamp.


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