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The Petition of the Inhabitants of the North parish in
Chester, June 14, 1763. To His Excellency Benning Wintworth Esq" Governor and
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of New hampshire The Honle his Majesties Councill and the Honourable House of Representatives in Generall Assembly Conven'd; The Petition of us The Subscribers Inhabitants of that part of Chester Call" The North parish or freetown, Humbly Sheweth
That your Petitioners Living at such a great Distance from the Town, That they have no advantage of the Ministry nor Schools notwithstanding they have for many years Paid There proportion, To the Support of Boath and the Town being sensable That It would be Just for us To be freed from that Charge have at a meeting held at Chester Jan 26; 1763,
Voted That, that Part of the Town of Chester callid The North parrish or freetown, as much as was Laid out in parrish form, shall be Sett of as a Town or Parrish the bounds of sa North Parrish so call'd are as fols beginning at the north East Corner of Chester upon the head line of Exeter at a beach or maple Tree being the bounds between Chester and Nottingham, So Running South ab. 29 Degrees west bounding on Exeter head line five miles to the South East Corner of the Lott N° 30. then west north west five miles or so far as to contain all the old hundred acre Lotts then North 29 Degrees East Five Miles To Notting Line then on s4 Line to the first bound
We therefore Pray That all the Land Included in so Bound, with all the poles & Estates therein Containd may be Incorporated into a distink Parrish from the Town of Chester and be Invested with Same powers and Priveledges That Towns in This Province are by Law Intitled To and That we may have Liberty to bring in a bill accordingly and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray March 1st 1763 Daniel Gordin
Daniel Gordan Jr.
Paul Smith Marston
John Prscot Jun
David Been Jun
T. Atkinson Jun. Secy.
Voted That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the Sitting of the Gen. Assembly Next after the 25th Inst & that they Cause the Substance of this petition & order of Court thereon to be advertised In the New Hamps« Gazzette two weeks successively that any person concerned may appear & Shew cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be Granted
A. Clarkson Clerk. In Council Eodem Die read & concurred
Theo Atkinson Secy. Province of In the House of Representatives Apr. 12, 1764, New Hamps ) This Petition & order of the Court thereon being read
Voted That the prayer thereof be granted & that, the petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly.
A. Clarkson Clerk
Petition for a Parish. Neolampshire To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Captain General
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties province of New Hampshire in New England and to the Honourable his Majesties Council and house of Representatives in general Assembly convened
The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Northwesterly part of Chester in the province afores! Most humbly Sheweth that the Situation of the place where we live is such that we cannot without Much Difficulty attend the publick worship of God with our familys in good Weather and at many times in the year not at all. And the Town of Chester being Sensible of our Difficulties have pass’d a Vote
in their Annual Meeting the 25th of March 1752 that we should
Jonathan Towle Winthrop Wells
Phineas Towle Jonathan Hills
Gilman Dudley John Sargent
David Hills Jonathan Been
T. Atkinson Jun. Sec.
Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of Aug. next & that they cause the substance of this petition & order of Court thereon to be advertized In the New Hampshire Gazette three weeks successively, that any persons concerned may appear & Shew Cause if Any they have why the prayer thereof should not be Granted
A. Clarkson Clerk In Council Eodem Die Read & Concurred
T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. Province of In the house of Representatives Dec 21 1763 New Hamp i This Petition being Read
Voted that the prayer thereof be granted & that the petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly
A. Clarkson Clerk Eodem Die in Council read & Concurred
Theod Atkinson J' Sec.
Petition to confirm bounds, &c. Province of New Hampshear
Chester Dec1771 To His Exelency John Wintworth Esq" Captain Generall & Governor in & over His Majesties Province of New Hampshear &c To the Honourable his Majesties Councill & House of Representatives Now assembled
The Petition of us the Subscribers Being in Number the Greatest Part of a Destrict or Parish Commonly Called the Long Meadows Humbly Sheweth that being by a Vote of this Town in the Anuel Meting in the month of March A D. 1753 Voted of for a Parish By Certain Limited Bounds More Clearly set forth in said Vote the Coppy of Which Being Ready to Be Produced, Humbly Prayeth that Your Exelency & Honours would be pleased to Confirm & Establish said Vote & Bounds, and Grant Unto Us all Parish Privelidges with full Power to Hier a Gospell Minister to Preach Unto us, or to Settle & Ordain one Over us for the Better Conveniency of our attending the Publick Worship of God, and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray John Patten
Thomas Fowler Nathaniel Linn
Thomas Fowler Junr. John Orr
Hugh McAffee Robert Craig
Nathaniel Presbury Samuel Dinsmor
Mark Wells Chase
James Horn Barnard Brickett
His Stephen Derbon
Benj Peirce Nathaniel Wood?
Samuel Peirce Joseph Calfe
Robert McKinley Samuel Blunt
Stephen Merrill Mansfield McDoffy
William McMaster Daniel Weatherspoon
Moses Underhill Sam! Aiken
Hugh Crombie Robi Calfe
Robert Patton Anthony Stickney
Thomas Sharlay Robert Witherspoon
James Sharla y David White
Samuel Sharlay Willm Litch
Robert Gilcrest Joseph Linn
Joseph Dearben Caleb Hall
Moses McFarland Moody Chase
William Grimes Moses Hills
John Grimes David Wetherspoon
Adam Willson Peter Aiken
James Grimes James Weatherspoon
Wm Brown Junr. In Council Dec 19th 1771
The foregoing Petition was read and ordered to be sent down to the Honble Assembly.
Geo. King Dep. Sec.
Voted that the Petition" at their own cost Serve the Selectien of Chester with a Copy of this Petition & order of Court thereon that they may be heard & Shew Cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof shoud not be granted on the third day of the sitting of the Gen' assembly after the roth day of February next
Attest Wm Parker Clr. In Council Dec 19th 1771 Read & Concurrd Geo. King D. Sec.
Chester Dec. the 24. 1771 We the Selectmen of Chester Have this Day rec'd this Petition
LATUROWEBSTER } Selechtester [The following is a copy of the Vote above referred to:] At a meeting of the free holders and inhabitants of the Town of Chester, the 29th day of March 1753, last. Capt. Abel Morss being moderator for said meeting ;-amongst other things.
Voted, That the after mentioned tract of land may be in corporated into a Parrish, Beginning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and stones being the South West bound of Land sold to Thomas Cochran by the Proprietors of said Chester, and run straight to a pitch-pine tree being the south west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by Penicook path, then north north-east by said Halls Land as far as that goes, and then straight to the south-east corner of the 39th Lot in the second part of the second Division; then North 29 Degrees east to the North-east bound of the 43° Lot in the aforesaid division, then west norwest to Tower Hill pond, and then streight to the north-east corner of Derifield, then south by Derrifield to Londonderry Line and so by Londonderry Line to the first bound mentioned. A true copy taken from Chester Town Book of Record, as Attests
SAM' EMERSON, Town Clerk. [The following names appear to be connected with the foregoing. Ed.] Nath' Linn
Hugh Crumbie one son
Thos McMaster one
Wm McMaster Thomas Fowler 1 son
Rob Patten Archd McDuffee
Andw McFarlin one
Moses McFarlin Nath' Presbey one son
Wm Grimes & one son Benj Parce & one Son
John Grimes Wm Brown
James Grimes Jer Coner
Joseph Calfe Sam! Akin one son
John Macfarlin Math Tempelton
Thor Sharlow 4 sons
Dea Adam Willson 2 sons