10 HISTORY OF THE  

[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]

thought good by the court, that there be a view taken of the lands described by them, namely, twelve miles up into the woods from Plymouth bounds at Jones' River; and if it prove not prejudicial to the plantation to be erected at Teightaquid, (Titicut), nor to the meadows of Plymouth at Winnytuckquett, (Winnetuxet), it may be confirmed unto them; provided, also, the herring or alewife river at Namassachusett shall be equally between the two towns of Duxbury and Marshfield."

   The next year the grant was made and confirmed to them as follows: —

   "1645.   The inhabitants of the town of Duxbury are granted a competent proportion of lands about Saughtuchquett (Satucket), towards the west, for a plantation for them, and to have it four miles every way from the place where they shall set up their centre; provided it intrench not upon Winnytuckquett, formerly granted to Plymouth.   And we have nominated Capt. Miles Standish, Mr. John Alden, George Soule, Constant Southworth, John Rogers, and William Brett, to be feofees in trust for the equal dividing and laying forth the said lands to the inhabitants."

   How the town proceeded in dividing these lands among the inhabitants, or how, by whom, or when it was determined what residence or other circumstance should entitle any one to a share, no record informs us; we are only told in subsequent writings, and particularly in Gov. Hinckley's confirmation, that the inhabitants settled this matter "by an agreement among themselves."   They were at first but fifty-four, each of whom had one share, and were denominated original proprietors.   Their names are thus given on the town records: —

  WILLIAM BRADFORD,               EDWARD HALL,
  WILLIAM MERRICK,               NICHOLAS ROBBINS,
  JOHN BRADFORD,               THOMAS HAYWARD,
  ABRAHAM PIERCE,             Mr. RALPH PARTRIDGE,
  JOHN ROGERS,               NATHANIEL WILLIS,
  GEORGE PARTRIDGE,               JOHN WILLIS,
  JOHN STARR,               THOMAS BONNEY,
Mr. WILLIAM COLLIER,             Mr. MILES STANDISH,
  CHRISTOPHER WADSWORTH.               LOVE BREWSTER,
  JOHN PAYBODY,               JOHN IRISH,

 

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