Pownal's Charter

from the New Hampshire state papers
Province of New Hampshire
George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &ca
To All Persons to whom these Presents Shall Come Greeting
Know Ye that We of Our Special Grace Certain Knowledge & mere Motion for the due Encouragement of Settling A New Plantation within Our Said Province by & with the Advice of Our Trusty & well beloved Benning Wentworth Esq our Governour & Comander in Chieff of our Said Province of New Hampshire in America and of our Council of Said Province Have upon the Conditions & Reservations hereafter made Given & Granted & by these Presents for us and our Successors do give & grant in Equal Shares unto our Loving Subjects Inhabitants of our Said Province of New Hampshire and his Majestys other Governments and to their Heirs and Assignes for ever whose Names Are Entred on this Grant to be Divided to and amoungst them into Sixty Two Shares All that Tract or Parcel of Land Scituate Lying & being within 0ur Province of New Hampshire containing by admeasurement about Twenty three thousand Acres which Tract is to Contain Six Miles Square & no more out of which an Allowence is to be made for higways & unimprovable Lands by Rocks Mountains Ponds & Rivers One Thousand & forty Acres free and According to A Plan thereof made & Presented by Our said Governours Orders And hereunto Annexed butted & Bounded as follows Viz South on the Massachusetts Line West on New York Line North on Bennington & East on Stamford by the Name of Pownal and that the Inhabitants who do or Shall hereafter Inhabit the Said Township are hereby declared to be Enfranchized with & Entituled to all & every the Previledges & Immunities that other Towns within Our said Province by Law exercise & Enjoy and Further that the Said Town as soon as there Shall be fifty families Resident & Settled thereon Shall have the Liberty of holding Two Fairs one of which Shall be held on the First Tuesday in June and the Other on the first Tuesday in October Annually which Fairs Are not to Continue & be held Longer then the next Thursday following the snd Respective Days & as soon as the Said Town Shall Consist of Fifty Families A Market Shall be Opened & kept one or more Days in each Week as may be thot most Advantagious to the Inhabitants also that the first Meeting for the Choice of Town Officers agreable to the Laws of Our said Province Shall be held on the first Tuesday in March which meeting Shall be Notifyed by Seth Hudson Gentleman who is also hereby Appointed the Moderator of the Said first Meeting which he is to Notify & Govern agreable to the Laws & Customs of our Said Province & that the Annual Meeting forever hereafter for the Choice of such officers of the Said Town Shall be on the first Tuesday in January Annually-To Have & to Hold the said Tract of Land as above Expressed togeather with all Previledges & Appurtenances to them & their Respective Heirs & Assigns forever upon the following Conditions (Viz) That every Grantee his heirs or Assigns Shall Plant or Cultivate Five Acres of Land within the Term of Five Years for every Fifty Acres Contained in his or their Shares or Proportions of Land in the Said Township & Continue to Improve & Settle the Same by Additional Cultivations on Penalty of the Forfeiture of his Grant or Share in the Said Township & its Reverting to His Majesty his heirs & Successors to be by him or them Regranted to such of His Subjects as Shall Effectually Settle & Cultivate the Same That all white & other Pine Trees within the Said Township fit for Masting Our Royal Navy be carefully Preserved for that Use & none to be cut or felld without his Majestys especial Lycence for so doing first had & Obtained upon the Penalty of the *Forfeiture of the Right of such Grantee his heirs or Assigns to us our Heirs & Successors as well as being Subject to the Penalty of any Act or Acts of Parliament that now Are or hereafter Shall be Enacted-That before Any Division of the Said Lands be made to and Amoungst the Grantees A Tract of Land as near the Center of the Township as the Land will Admit of Shall be Reserved & Marked out for Town Lotts one of which shall be Allotted for each Grantee of the Contents of One Acre Yeilding & Paying therefor to us our heirs & Successors for the Space of Ten years to be Computed from the Date hereof the Rent of One Ear of Indian Corn only on the Tenth Day of January Annually if Lawfully Demanded the first Payment to be made on the Tenth Day of January next Ensuing the Date hereof & every Proprietor Settler or Inhabitant Shall Yield & Pay unto us Our Heirs & Successors Yearly & every Year forever from & After the Expiration of the Ten Years from the Date hereof Namely on the Tenth Day of January which will be in the Year of Our Lord Christ one thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy One One Shilling Proclamation money for every Hundred Acres he so owns Settles or Possesses & so in Proportion for a greater or Lesser Tract of the Said Land which Money Shall be paid by the Respective Persons whose Names Are Entred on this Grant as aforesaid their heirs or Assigns in Our Council Chamber in Portsmouth to Such Officer or Officers as Shall be Appointed to Receive the Same and this to be in Lieu of All Other Rents & Services whatsoever In Testimony whereof We have caused the Seal of One Said Province to be hereunto Affixed Wittness Benning Wentworth Esq our Governor & Com'ander in Chieff of Our Said Province the Eighth Day of January in the Year of Our Lord Christ 1760 and in the Thirty third Year of Our Reign B Wentworth
By His Excellencys Com'and
With Advice of Council
Theodore Atkinson Secretary

Recorded According to the Original Charter under the Province
Seal this 28th Day of January 1760-

~ Theodore Atkinson Secretary

The Names of the Grantees of Pownal Viz

Seth Hudson,
Seth Hudson 2nd,
Seth Hudson 3rd,
George Willis Esq,
Abraham Jacob Lamson Esq,
Reverend Jonathan Willard junr,
Mr. Canar of Boston,
Isaac Searle,
Joseph Denio,
Isaac Vanernam,
John Vanernum,
Isaac Wallace,
Derrick Webb,
Gideon Warren,
Ebeuezer Smead,
David Smead,
Jonathan Arthurton,
David Billings,
Peter Train,
Samuel Dickinson,
Thomas Train,
Joel Wells,
Asa Wells,
Gad Chapin,
Jonathan Train,
Abiel Smead,
Theodore Atkinson junr,
Samuel Allen,
Benjamin Willson,
Jonas Carrath,
Nathaniel Phelps,
William Lyman Esq,
Seth Pomroy Esq,
Oliver Wendall,
Mr. Speaker Sherburne,
John Micha Wendall,
Jacob Wendall Esq,
Reverend John Searle,
one Share for A Glebe for the Church of England as by Law Established,
Samuel Hill,
Benoni Danks Esq,
Gideon Lyman junr,
His Excellency Governour Pownal,
Brigadier Gen. William Brattle,
Joseph Pynchon, Esq
Thomas Clark
Deputy Secretary, Gad Cross,
Joel Graves,
John Moffat,
Gamaliel Wallace Esq,
Ezra Hudson,
Abraham Vanderdum Esq,
John Pownal Esq,
Secretary to the Right Hon. the Lord for Trade and Plantations, Hunking Wentwortn Esq,
The Hon. Daniel Warner Esq,
the Hon. Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq,
the Hon. James Nevin Esq,
Wyseman Clagett Esq,
The first Ordained Minister,
Publick School for Said Town,
five Hundred Acres to be laid out for his Excellency Governour Wentworth his heirs & Assigns in Lieu of Two Shares
Recorded from the Back of the Original Charter of Pownal Jan 28th, 1760

~ Theodore Atkinson Secretary