Stanbridge 1801 Land Grant

Thanks to David Ellis

This document is the original 1801 land grant for Stanbridge. The limits of the town are described in sufficient detail to map them. The document contains not only the names of the original associates but also describes the individual land allocations that each person was given. Following is a partial transcription:

... Whereas in obedience to Our Royal Instructions in this illegible by virtue do ordain Warrant of Survey to him for that illegible have directed under the hand and seal of Our trusty and well beloved Sir Robert illegible Milnes Baronet, Our Lieutenant Governor of Our Province of Lower Canada, bearing date at Our Castle of Saint Louris in Our City of Quebec, in Our Province of Lower Canada the seventh day of May now last past, Samuel Holland Esquire, Our Surveyor General of and for Our Faire Province, hath made a faithful and exact Survey of a certain tract of Our Waste Land, situate, lying, and being in Our District of Montreal in Our said Province, bounded on the North by the township of Farnham, on the South by the seignory of St. Armand, on the East by the township of Dunham and Westerly by the Seignory of Sabroum's and Noyan. Beginning at the North Westerly corner of the said seignory of St. Armand, coinciding with the South Westerly corner of the aforesaid tract of Our Waste Lands illegible of a survey hath so as aforesaid been made, and turning from the said place of beginning North fourty one degrees and fourty minutes, East by North four hundred and nine chains and sixty nine links along the South Easterly bounds of the Seignory of Noyan, to the Easterly extremity of the division line between the seignories of Noyan and Sabroum's. Thence North ten degrees fifty three minutes East by the Needle, along the Easterly bounds of the said Seignorie of Sabroum's, four hundred and sixty two chains and thirty nine links to the North Westerly corner of the aforesaid tract of Our Waste Lands in form of a survey hath so as aforesaid been made. Thence along the Southerly bounds of the township of Farnham aforesaid, South eighty three degrees and thirty minutes, East by the Needle, six hundred and ninety seven chains and fourty four links to the North Westerly corner of the Township of Dunham aforesaid, coinciding with the North Easterly corner of the aforesaid tract of Our Waste Lands whereof a survey hath so as aforesaid been made. Thence along the Westerly bounds of the said Township of Dunham, South seven degrees fourty five minutes, West by the needle, eight hundred and three chains and fifty five links to the South Westerly corner of the said Township of Dunham, coinciding with the South Easterly corner of the aforesaid tract of Our Waste Lands whereof a survey hath so as aforesaid been made, and thence along the Northerly bounds of the seignory of St. Armand, North eighty three degrees and thirty minutes West by the needle, nine hundred and fourty seven chanins and seventy four links to the place of beginning.

Our said Surveyor General hath surveyed and divided the said Township of Stanbridge into twelve ranges of lots, that is to say, the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth ranges at equal distances of seventy three chains and seventeen links and the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelth ranges at unequal distances numbered from the East towards the West from number one to number twelve inclusive, which said ranges Our illegible Surveyor General hath subdivided as follows, that is to say, the first nine ranges into twenty eight lots, the tenth range into fourteen lots, the eleventh range into eight lots and the twelth range into four lots, making in all two hundred and seventy eight lots being illegible in circumstances and the nature of the illegible will admit twenty eight chains and seventy links in front by seventy three chains and seventeen links in depth and containing each lots, two hundred acres more or less and the normal allowances for highways. ...

... Unto the said Adam Schoolcraft, his heirs and assigns for ever, the lot number twelve in the seventh range and the lots numbers eighteen, twenty, twenty one and twenty three in the second range. ... Unto the said John Bomhower, his heirs and assigns for ever, the lot number sixteen in the sixth range and the lots numbers fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and nineteen in the fourth range. ... Unto the said Jacob Bomhower, his heirs and assigns for ever, the lot number fourteen in the sixth range, the lots numbers twenty six and twenty seven in the fourth range and the lots numbers one and three in the fifth range. ...

NOTE: One chain is 4 poles, or 66 feet. There are 100 links to a chain, 80 chains to the mile.

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