An American Family History

Richard Linton

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Lancaster was first settled as "Nashaway" in 1643. It was officially incorporated as "Lancaster on the Nashua" in 1653. It originally included many current towns in central Massachusetts. It was the home of Mary Rowlandson. During King Philip's War the town suffered several massacres. It was abandoned in 1680 and resettled several years later.

Richard Linton was born in Somersetshire, England about 1587. His wife was named Elizabeth and they married in England. Their daughter, Anna Linton Waters, was born about 1613.

Their life as a family is described in detail in the section on Richard and Elizabeth Linton.

He came to America as early as 1630. He was appointed a juryman of the general court of Watertown on September 28, 1630. He was proprietor of a homestall in Watertown.

He moved to Lancaster, Massachusetts where he was an original proprietor. On May 10, 1654 he signed petition to the General Court to set up a township at Lancaster and subscribed to the town orders on November 30, 1654. A town meeting was held on March 9,1654/55 at which Richard Linton was one of 25 townsmen present. In the first grant of lots in Lancaster, he was granted lot No. 2 of 20 acres, located on the north side of the lot of Edward Breck, and bounded west on the highway, and the Penacook River and Ralph Houghton on the east.

He made a deed of gift to his daughter Ann on March 13, 1659 and one to George and Lydia Kibby Bennett, his grandchildren and to their son John on July 11, 1662.

He died on January 30, 1665 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The inventory of his estate was taken by John Prescott and Ralph Houghton on June 14 and proved June 20, 1665. It amounted to 29.4.0

Old Style Calendar
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Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.



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