Purchase of land
Index of Deeds
Shows first land purchases of "Hassanamisco" from Indians
Copies of the deeds are said to be on deposit at the Massachusetts Archives.
Source: Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, Boston (Index Book 10, Page 92)
||Book 34, Page 124
||Book 36, Page 48
||Book 39, Page 2
||Book 42, Page 206
||Book 44, Page 35
The treaty and exact copy of original
deed in which the"40 Petitioners" purchased 7500 acres called Hassanamisco from
the Indian natives in 1727 for 2500 Pounds.
8 years later in 1735 this land was incorporated as Grafton.
Source: "History of Grafton"
Chapter 20 of the Acts of 1734-1735
Photograph of the ACTUAL DOCUMENT
The curator of the Massachusetts Archives in Boston (where it is on deposit)
allowed us to photograph it for this website in July 2000.
It is on animal skin, folded and about 6 inches wide by over 2 feet long when
The Naming of the
Until 1732 the incorporators would
typically choose a name, but after that time an incorporation would pass in blank, to be
named by the governor.
Governor Belcher chose "Grafton" after Charles Fitzroy, Duke of
( It is NOT what you're expecting to read )
Lists of accounts and correspondence
From the Massachusetts Archives - 2 pages found that
pertain to Grafton