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Series of plan of Boston, 1630-1645

Contents:

Plan of Boston showing existing ways
and owners on December 25, 1630

Plan of Boston showing existing ways
and owners on December 25, 1635

Plan of Boston showing existing ways
and owners on December 25, 1640

Plan of Boston showing existing ways
and owners on December 25, 1645

See all listings by plot number and individuals names

Series of plans of Boston, 1630-1645

The following text appears on an inserted dark blue paper leaf -

"This series of plans of the Town of Boston is the result of a great amount of research, and presents in a most interesting manner the growth of the Town from the first settlement to 1645.

The plan dated December 25, 1645, while in the main correct, does not show all the transfers made during that year, as will be seen by consulting Suffolk Deeds, Lib. 1, as noted in the introduction to the Book of Possessions (Volume 2 of the Boston Records), the first 111 pages of which were written by William Aspinwall prior to the 10th month, 1645.

The numbers on the plans follow the original pagination of the Book of Possessions.

On the plan of 1630 the lot marked S should have been assigned to Thomas Sharp.

These plans show the old peninsula of Boston; consequently the allotments at the '' field end next Roxbury " do not appear.

The New Field was located at the west part of the town in the angle bounded by the present Cambridge street, and extending through Lynde and Leverett streets to Haugh's Point. The principal town landing was at the head of the cove or dock, around which Valentine Hill's highway was laid out in 1641. Street names were not given until a later period, though the present Washington street was known as the '' High street, the great street or highway to Roxbury."

Other allotments were made at Rumney Marsh (Chelsea), Mt. Wollaston (Quinsy) , and Muddy River (Brookline). Ownership and transfers of many lots between the periods shown by the plans are not noted."

E. W. McGLENEN, City Registrar.
BOSTON, 1905.


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