1844 Survey by the Commissioners to locate grants, and
determine the extent of possessory claims under the Treaty of 1842

Northern Aroostook Co., Maine

August 1844

Claims in the Aroostook River Valley

Granted and ungranted


Township D, Range 1 (now part of Fort Fairfield)
Township F, Range 2 (now part of Presque Isle)
Township G, Range 2
(now part of Presque Isle)

Township H, Range 2
(now part of Caribou)
Township No.11, Range 5
(now Ashland)
Township No.12, Range 3 (now Mapleton)
Township No.13, Range 3 (now Washburn)
Township No.13, Range 4 (now Wade)
Masardis


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Abstracted and formatted by , ©2004 from the Joint Report of the Commissioners to locate grants, and determine the extent of possessorty claims undre the late treaty with Great Britain, December 1844, pp.12-55, in the Archives of the State of Maine. Extrait et mise en forme par , ©2004 du Joint Report of the Commissioners to locate grants, and determine the extent of possessorty claims under the late treaty with Great Britain, décembre 1844, pp.12-55, dans les Archives de l'état de Maine.
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On the lands held by the State of Maine in severalty in the vicinity of the Aroostook River, the undersigned have set off to the persons whose names are here underwritten, the following desribed lots, having been possessed and improved by them, or by the persons under whom they claim, for more than six years before the date of the Treaty aforesaid:


No. | Firstname Lastname | Acres | Remarks
======|=========================================|=========|=============================================================================================================== Township D, Range 1
2 | David Burchell, . . . . . . . | 52 |
3 | Abel Humphrey, . . . . . . . | | Western part
3 | William H. Cary, Jr, . . . . . . . | | Eastern part
5 | Chaplin Nelson, . . . . . . . . | |
12 | John B. Wing, . . . . . . . . . | | Front part Township H, Range 2
3&4 | Alexander Cochran,. . . . . . . . | |
9 | Alexander Cochran,. . . . . . . . | | All that part which lies east of the road recently located and opened by authority of the State
Township No.12, Range 3. 14 | Joshua Christie, . . . . . . . | 157.36 |
16 | Edward Erskine, | |
| James Erskine, and | |
| Abigail, wife of | | | Winslow Churchill,. . . . . . . | 164.65 | Including that part of Mumford's Isldan which lies in No.12
17 | Peter Bull, . . . . . . . . . | 138.87 |
18 | Peter Bull, . . . . . . . . . | 87 | Including the part of Bull's Island which lies in No.12
102 | Dennis Fairbanks S.E.quarter | 40 | To be set off by lines parallel to the lot lines
103 | Dennis Fairbanks S.W.quarter | | | |---------| | | 627.88 |

Township No.13, Range 4. 22 | John F. Currier | |

On the lands held by Massachusetts in severalty, the Legislature of the Commonwealth, by the Resolves, approved March 16, 1844, having relieved the Commissioners from the duty of surveying the lots claimed by the settlers under the provisions of the said Treaty, the undersigned have heard the statements and proofs of the claimants, and have determined the extent of their several claims, and that the persons whose names are here underwritten are entitled to the following lots or parcels of land respectively, to be so surveyed and described, as best to include their improvements made thereon:


                                                 |       |
  No. | Firstname        Lastname                | Acres | Remarks
======|==========================================|=======|===============================================================================================
Township G, Range 2.
North side of the River
      | Isaac            Morris, . . . . . . . . |   71  | 
      | John             Nichols,. . . . . . . . |   81  | 
      | James            Nichols,. . . . . . . . |       | 
      | Andrew           Scott,. . . . . . . . . |  118  | 
      |                  Thompson and Hayden,. . |  100  | 
      | Lewis            Johnstone,. . . . . . . |  160  | 
      | William          Pyle, . . . . . . . . . |  160  | 
      | Isaac            Thomas, . . . . . . . . |  150  | 
      | John             Allen,. . . . . . . . . |  120  | Where he lives, also
      | John             Allen,. . . . . . . . . |   20  | Isl'd No.3 on Parrott's survey
      | Olive            Finlason, . . . . . . . |  120  | 
      | Hector           Sutherland, . . . . . . |  133  | Including NE half of island No.2
      | Daniel & William Chandler, . . . . . . . |  140  | Including all the island occupied by them
      | John             Raford, . . . . . . . . |  140  | 
      |                                          |       | 


Township G, Range 2.
South side of the River.
      | Jonathan E.      Armstrong,. . . . . . . |   81  | 
      | Ferdinand        Armstrong,. . . . . . . |  101  | 
      | Thomas           Fields, . . . . . . . . |  142  | 
      | Benjamin         Weeks,. . . . . . . . . |  142  | 
      | William          McDougal, . . . . . . . |  120  | 
      | John             Benjamin, . . . . . . . |  120  | 
      | Susanna          Hooper, . . . . . . . . |  120  | Occupied by Veranus Chandler
      | Benaiah          Pratt, Jr,. . . . . . . |   80  | 
      | Thomas Jefferson Hobart, . . . . . . . . |  200  | 
      | Josiah           Towle,                  |       | 
      |   Solomon        Parsons, and            |       | 
      |   George W.      Towle,. . . . . . . . . |  200  | 
      | Thomas W.        Naray,. . . . . . . . . |  120  | 
      | Ebenezer         Oakes,. . . . . . . . . |  160  | Including island No.5, subject to dower of the widow of Jonathan Oakes
      | Lewis            Bradley,. . . . . . . . |  125  | 
      | Henry            Bradley,. . . . . . . . |  164  | Including island No.4
      | Daniel           Hopkins,. . . . . . . . |  114  | 
      | Amos             Heald,. . . . . . . . . |  130  | 
      | Widow Ann        Currier          1/2 \  |  129  | Including SW half of island No.2
      | Heirs of James F Currier          1/2 /  |       | 
      | Thomas W.        Beckwith  and           |       | 
      |     John W.      Beckwith, . . . . . . . |  140  | Including that part of Bull's Island in G, except about 6 acres occupied by P. Bull
      | Peter            Bull, . . . . . . about |    6  | Part of Bull's Island in Township G.
      |                                          |-------| 
      |                                          | 4011  | 
 


  No. | Firstname        Lastname                | Acres | Remarks
======|==========================================|=======|===============================================================================================
Township No.13, Range 3.
      | Peter            Bull, . . . . . . . . . |       | That part of Bull's Island which lies in No.13
      | Nathaniel        Churchill,. . . . . . . |   66  | Including island No.8
      | Jabez S.         Currier,  and           |       | 
      |    Joshua        Dunn, . . . . . . . . . |  140  | In lot No.5, in Block 4.
      | John             Hickey, . . . . . . . . |  140  | On both sides the river, including island No.7.
      | Lawrence         Farrel, . . . . . . . . |   74  | 
      | Wilder           Stratton, . . . . . . . |  140  | Including island No.1.
      | Heirs of William Munford          1/2 \  |       | Lot No.1, in Block 5, and that part of Mumford's Island which lies in No.13
      | Widow Elizabeth  Munford          1/2 /  |       | 
      | Joshua           Christie, . . . . . . . |   27  | 
      | Job              Churchill,. . . . . . . |   20  | 
      | Stephen          Harris, . . . . . . . . |   72  | 
      | Ebenezer         Esty, . . . . . . . . . |  140  | Including islands nos.2 and 6.
      |                                          |-------| 
      |                                          |  894  |

On the Townships belonging to the State of Maine in severalty, many of the settlers had purchased their lots previously to the date of the Treaty, and had given their notes to the State, payable one quarter in cash in four years, and three quarters in labor on roads under the direction of the Land Agent in three years, and at the date of the Treaty were claiming their lots by virtue of deeds from the Land Agent, conditioned for the payment of said notes.  Some of these purchasers have fully paid the amount of their notes in cash and labor, and thus have an indefeasible title to their lands.  Most of them have paid nearly or quite the amount payable in labor on the roads; and a few have paid nothing.

On Township D in Range 1, and F in Range 2, some of the settlers, subsquently to the commencement of their improvements, received deeds under grants made by the State of Maine previously to the Treaty, for the encouragement of  mills, and thus have absolute titles to their lots.

In both these classes of cases, the occupants who had been in possession more than six years before the date of the Treaty, deem themselves to have, equitably, as strong a claim to the consideration and bounty of the government, as those who had  been in possession for no longer period, and had made no contract with, or payment to the State.

But it appears to the undersigned [the Comissioners], that, as they had already acquired a title to their lands by contract with the State, their claims are not within the powers conferred by the Resolves upon the Commissioners.

These claimants are as follows:



  No. | Firstname        Lastname                | Acres  | Remarks
======|==========================================|========|===============================================================================================
Township D, Range 1.
Purchasers from the State, of lots improved before August 9, 1836
    1 | Joseph           Fisher, . . . . . . . . |  16.60 | 
    9 | John             Rediker,. . . . . . . . | 122    | 
   11 | Isaac            Leach  or               |        | 
      |    William       Johnstone,. . . . . . . | 102.65 | 
   14 | James            Campbell, . . . . . . . |  82.14 | 

Lots granted to encourage the erection of mills, improved before Aug.9, 1836
    6 | Michael          McKenney, . . . . . . . |  63.67 | 
    7 | Martin           Murray, . . . . . . . . |  80.17 | 
   13 | John             Dorsey, . . . . . . . . | 100    | 
   15 | James            Fitzherbert,. . . . . . |  86.69 | 
   16 | Heirs of Nathan  Johnstone,. . . . . . . | 122.80 | 
   17 | Nicholas         Dee,. . . . . . . . . . | 139    | 
   19 | Samuel           Fitzherbert,. . . . . . | 158    | 
      |                                          |        | 


Township F, Range 2.
Purchasers from the State, of lots improved before August 9, 1836
    6 | Eleazer P.       Whitney,. . . . . . . . | 159    | 
   27 | Gowen            Wilson, . . . . . . . . | 187.12 | 
   29 | Ephraim          Clark,. . . . . . . . . | 155.76 | 
Lots granted to encourage the erection of mills, improved before Aug.9, 1836
    3 | Dennis           Fairbanks,. . . . . . . | 168    | 
    4 | Dennis           Fairbanks,. . . . . . . | 160    | 
   15 | Dennis           Fairbanks,. . . . . . . | 134.88 | 
   16 | Dennis           Fairbanks,. . . . . . . | 140.70 | 
      |                                          |        | 
 


Township No.11, Range 5.
Purchasers from the State, of lots improved before August 9, 1836
   15 | Solomon          Soule,. . . . . . . . . |        | 
   17 | Thomas J.        Page, . . . . . . . . . | 144    | 
   19 | John S.          Gilman,  and            |        | 
      |    Elbridge G.   Dunn, . . . . . . . . . | 118.45 | 
   44 | Benjamin         Howe, . . . . . . . . . |        | 
      |                                          |        | 
 


Masardis
Purchasers from the State, of lots improved before August 9, 1836
    9 | Alexander        Woodard,. . . . . . . . |        | 
   19 | Alexander        Woodard,. . . . . . . . |        | 
   28 | Alexander        Woodard,. . . . . . . . | 123    | 
   67 | Amasa            Goding, . . . . . . . . |        | 
   68 | Samuel           Leavitt,. . . . . . . . |        | 
   69 | Samuel           Leavitt,. . . . . . . . |        | 
   70 | Leonard          Jones,. . . . . . . . . |        | 
   73 | William          Cowperthwait, . . . . . |        | 
   74 | Sanford          Noble,. . . . . . . . . |        | 
      |                                          |        | 
 

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