History of Chelmsford, Massachusetts

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General Books, May 14, 2012 - 432 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ... IX. TERRITORIAL LIMITS. BRIDGES, CANALS. STEAMBOATS, RAILROADS. 10WNS became in effect municipal or quasi corporations, without any formal act of incorporation." 122 Mass., p. 349. August 23, 1775. "Every incorporated district 'shall henceforth be, and shall be holden, taken, and intended to be, a town to all intents and purposes whatsoever.'" Prov. Laws, Vol. V, p. 420. March 23, 1786. "The inhabitants of every town within this government are hereby declared to be a body politic and corporate." Acts, 1785, Chap. 75. Nov. 4, 1835. "All places now incorporated as districts, except the district of Marshpee, in the county of Barnstable, shall have all the powers and privileges, and be subject to all the duties to which towns are entitled by the provisions of this chapter." R. S., Chap. 15, Sec. 9. Chelmsford was incorporated May 29. 1655. Common land. May 14, 1656 land granted to Chelmsford. May 31, 1660 bounds between Chelmsford and the Indian plantation at Patucket established. June 27, 1701 bounds between Chelmsford and Billerica established. Nov. 23, 1725 part annexed to Littleton. June 13, 1726 "Wameset" annexed. Sept. 23, 1729 part established as Westford. April 24, 1755 part annexed to Dunstable. April 28, 1780 part included in the second district of Carlisle. Mar. 1, 1783 part of the second district of Carlisle annexed. Mar. 1, 1826 part established as Lowell. Feb. 17, 1865 part annexed to Carlisle and bounds established. May 18, 1874 part annexed to Lowell. June 23, 1874 act of May 18, 1874 accepted by Lowell. Aug. 1, 1874 the act took effect. Manual for the General Court. A valuable article on the early land titles of this region, by Martin L. Hamblet, will be found in the Courier-Citizen History of Lowel...

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