John Varnum

Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 23 Feb 1715 (aged 45)
Dracut, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 32949183 · View Source
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To his Excellency Sir William Phips, Knt. Capt. General and Governor in chief of their Majss Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England with the Honble Council and representatives of the same now assembled in Gen'l Court held at Boston,
November 14,l693
The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Lands lyeing on the north side of Merrimack River in the county of Norfolk [crossed out and Essex inserted] in New England.
Humbly sheweth. That ye petitioners have been at great cost and pain in settling themselves upon these present Improvements each at their own proper charge they purchased without having one foot thereof given them, besides they have greatly suffered in their persons and Estates in the past and this present warr by fires, killing and wounding of sundry of their neighbors and otherwise, whereby they have been greatly Impoverished. And there being a Tract or parcell of barren wast or Woodland unimproved and not as yett Taken up by any, lyeing betweene the Lands and meadow of ye petitions, containing about two hundred acres, extending the whole Length of their Lands, as more particularly appears by the Draught hereto.
And ye Petitionrs having no out lett or Commons to their Lands for fire-wood, or pasturing for their Cattle Find it to be an Incredible Inconvenience to their Improvement.
Your Petitionrs Therefore humblye praye, &c.
Samuel Varnum, Daniel Rolfe, Edward Coburne, Thomas Richardson, John Coburne, Sr., Thomas Varnum, Thomas Coburne, John Varnum, Daniel Coburne, Joseph Varnum, Ezra Coburne. John Coburne, Jr., Joseph Coburne, Thomas Coburne, Jr.
This petition was granted November 16, 1693, by the General Court. The Council confirmed it on November 27 following. Nine years later, when the petition was written which resulted in the laying out of the township of Dracut, the signers were the same, with the exception of Daniel Rolfe, whose interest had been purchased by the sons, Thomas, John and Joseph Varnum. This latter petition carried the names of Samuel Sewall, Benjamin Walker, John Hunt and Jonathan Belcher, who held grants "in ye wilderness north of the Merrimack," and Samuel Varnum and several others. It asked for "authority to lay out a town." It was acted upon on February 26, 1701-02. In Judge Sewall's personal diary is the entry: "Feby 26 1-1702 Sixteen of the Council sign an order for making Dracut a town."

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