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Major Towns and Charter Dates MA and NH

Journal by gibsonknox

I will add the towns by alphabetically

Andover, New Hampshire was granted a charter in 1746, by the Masonian Proprietors, to sixty hardy settlers and called New Breton, in honor of the captors of Cape Breton, some of who were among the first settler. The first settler came from Boscawen and settled in this town in 1761. New Brenton was incorporated in June 1779 as Andover with a line running Northeasterly Bounds of Salisbury and on the Westerly side of Pemigiwasset (Footnoted) River. A church was organized in 1782.

Andover, Massachusetts was incorporated in 1646 as part of Essex County. In 1634, the Great and General Court of Massachusetts set aside a portion of land in what is now Essex County for an inland plantation, including parts of what is now Andover. In order to encourage settlement, early colonists were offered three years' immunity from taxes, levies and services (except military service). In May, 1646 the settlement was incorporated as a town and was named Andover. This name was likely chosen in honor of the town of Andover in England, which was near the original home of some of the first residents. The first recorded town meeting was held in 1656. By 1705, Andover's population had begun to move southward and the idea of a new meeting house in the south end of town was proposed. This was strongly opposed by the people living near the original meeting house in the north, but the dispute was finally settled in 1709 when the Great and General Court divided Andover into two parishes, North and South. After the division of the two parishes, South Andover established the South Parish "Burying-Yard", as it was called. For many years Andover was geographically one of the largest towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; in 1826 a third parish was established and West Parish Church was constructed on Reservation Road. In 1854, a measure was passed to divide the town into two separate political units according to the old parish boundaries. The name Andover was assumed by the more populous and wealthy West and South parishes, while the name North Andover was given to the North Parish.

Amesbury, Massachusetts was settled in 1642, incorporated 1668 and soon after the rushing waters of the Powwow River was harnessed for mills and the modest farming community began its ascent into American industrial history. Amesbury is believed to be the site of the first American factory to produce machine-made nails. Shipbuilding, followed in the 19th century by textile mills, dominated the settlements early industry. From 1853 until well into the 1900s, Amesbury carriages, known around the world for their workmanship and style, were the economic heartbeat of the town.

Atkinson, New Hampshire was formerly Haverhill, Massachusetts and before that it was Plaistow, Massachusetts incorporated 3 September 1767.

my footnote number did not show up in the transfer:
Bouton, Nathaniel, D>D>, 1875, Vol.11, Page 117-119
I ALWAYS footnote

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