The Hatfield Grant


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1801

The Hatfield Grant was issued on January 29,1801 in order to settle land claims in what was then known as Annapolis County. The land in question had previously been granted under the “Botsford Grant” in 1784 but the grantees didn't fulfill the conditions of the grant and the property was forfeited to the Crown. The lands in question had been settled by other people who had made improvements and wanted to have legal title to their property. Many of those included as grantees were given their property as a reward for military services during the American Revolution or as compensation because their property in the US had been confiscated because they had remained loyal to England. The “Hatfield Grant” consisted of 91632 acres and was issued to 275 individuals and one Church. It is also known as the Grant of Confirmation. The area was designated by the name of the Township of Digby and was still part of the County of Annapolis.

There were conditions attached to the grant and they were strictly enforced. Each Grantee was required to:

1. Pay to the Receiver General two shillings per hundred acres. Payment was to be made on the Feast of St. Michael and was to start ten years from the date of the grant.

2. Agree to clear and work three acres of land for every 50 acres of plantable land granted or clear and drain 3 acres of swampy or sunken ground or drain 3 acres of marsh land within 3 years of the date of the grant

3. Keep three neat cattle upon each 50 acres of cleared land

4. Erect a dwelling house at least 20 feet in length and 16 feet in breadth

5. If the granted lands were stony or rocky ground and not fit for planting or pasture to operate a stone quarry and hire one able hand for every 50 acres

6. Swear an Oath of Loyalty to the King within 12 months of the grant

 

The proclamation of this grant enabled those who had made improvements on the lands they already occupied to obtain legal title and therefore sell or mortgage their property as they saw fit. The King reserved for the Crown all white pine, gold, silver, copper, lead and coal that might be found on the granted lands. During the ensuing years the Township of Digby prospered and in January 1837 Digby County was declared as being separate from Annapolis County with the division being made in the center of the Bear River. The following is a list of Grantees from the original “Hatfield Grant” with a notation of the number of acres received by each person. In transcribing this list an attempt has been made to maintain the spellings used but the handwriting is very difficult to read and there will be errors as a result

 
Last Name First Name Acres
Addington William 150
Aikins John 750
Amberman Paul 385
Archibald John 520
Archibald John(Jr) 100
Armstrong Francis 419
Armstrong William 125
Arnold Stephen 144
Baine George 150
Barton Joseph (Heirs of) 1250
Baxter James 496
Baxter William (Heirs of) 239
Bayeau Thomas 345
Beeman Joseph 100
Beeman (Widow) 147
Betts Hiram 100
Bishop Leveritt 292
Black George 200
Blacksford Martin 50
Boise Jacob 300
Bonnell Isaac 801
Bowlsby Abraham 100
Bowlsby Richard 400
Brewer Jacob 100
Brooks Abraham 200
Brown Eleanor 113
Budd Elisha 800
Budd Tamar 250
Budd Betsey 250
Bull Elizabeth 100
Burkett John 541
Burns William 200
Campbell Mungo 111
Chryst Jacob 200
Clark William (Jr) 230
Colbourn Charles 815
Colville John 160
Conolly Joseph 200
Cornwall Jacob 380
Cornwell Thomas 178
Cosman James 500
Cosman John 700
Cossaboom Samuel 201
Cossaboom David 278
Cossaboom James 145
Cossins Thomas 100
Covert John 100
Covert John (Jr) 100
Craig James 509
Craig John 100
Cronk Joseph 300
Cross William 100
Cunningham Elizabeth 252
Cutler Ebenezer 1442
Dakin Thomas 216
Darling Daniel 450
Delancey Stephen 1200
Denniston Patrick 63
Denton Joseph 210
DesCourdres Louis (Heirs of) 119
Dickson Robert 400
Dillon Amos 200
Ditmars John 500
Dominic Francis 200
Doucett Peter 500
Dowling Dennis 144
Drake William 230
Duck & Dalton, Peter & Daniel 230
Dunbar Jabez Woodroofe 167
Dunbar Joseph 687
Edison John 500
Everitt Catharine 10
Everitt James 262
Faulkner John 300
Fenwick William 500
Ferguson Charles 100
Fitzgerald Daniel 119
Fitzgerald James 68
Fitzgerald William 394
Fitzrandolph Robert 158
Fowler Jonathan 735
Franklin James Botineau 6157
Germain Hugh 178
Gidney John 300
Gidney Joseph 985
Gilbert Thomas (Heirs of) 1400
Gilbert Peres 400
Gilbert Thomas (Major) 200
Gilliland Joseph 95
Goldsbury Samuel 65
Grant John 125
Grant Sarah (Heirs of) 600
Grant David 200
Griffin Obadiah (Jr) 100
Griffin Obadiah 200
Griffin William 46
Grigg John 500
Haines Alexander 700
Hamilton Henry 100
Hamilton John 100
Hamilton Archibald 100
Hamilton Archibald (Heirs of) 100
Hankinson Reuben 976
Hanselpiker William 100
Harris Samuel 200
Harris Francis 100
Hatfield Isaac 600
Hecht Frederick William 300
Henderson Joseph 382
Hewitt John 300
Hill John 188
Hill Richard 280
Hill Robert 60
Hines Richard 100
Hinxman Charles 67
Hockinhull John 119
Holdsworth James A 1294
Holdsworth John 400
Hollingshead George 100
Hoyt Jessie 300
Huggerford Thomas 100
Hughston Hames 100
Hutchinson Thomas 200
John Peter 310
Johnson Martin 300
Johnston William 200
Jones Benjamin 100
Jones Cereno Upham 562
Jones James 250
Jones Josiah 950
Jones Nathaniel 200
Jones Simeon 625
Jones Stephen (2nd) 200
Jones Stephen 700
Keine Jesse 367
Kelly Mathias 100
Kerr William 50
Ketchum Jehiel 300
Lamberson Tunis 146
Langford James 143
LaRoy Frances P 294
Lawrence Benjamin 270
Lawson John 125
Leonard James (Heirs of) 144
Lewis Thomas 200
Licit Patrick 100
Littany William H 150
Long Alexander 144
Long Peter 70
Longsworth Isaac 200
Lovett Phineas 150
Lowe John 462
Lowe William 421
Lumberson John 162
Majoribanks Thomas 150
Mann Andrew 200
Marshall Anthony James 500
McConnell Benjamin 825
McDonald William 135
McDormand Robert 167
McDormand William 517
McGhee Samuel 240
McGrath Dennis 100
McMullin Peter 400
Mead Jonas 200
Meager James 200
Miller Abraham 100
Millidge Phineas 200
Millidge Thomas 400
Mills Hope 400
Moody James 2258
Moody John 500
Moore Jeremiah 200
Moore William 200
More John 121
Morehouse John 130
Morehouse Jonathan 330
Morford & Stennager Marjorie & Jane 212
Morgan John 200
Muir William 250
Mussels William 250
Nicholls John 200
Northrup Joshua 200
Oaks Jesse 270
Oaks Phineas 100
Patterson Alexander 144
Porter Asa 200
Post David 294
Post Gilbert 400
Powell Evan 200
Pritchard Gaines 200
Purdy Daniel 200
Purdy Joseph 400
Purdy Nathaniel 200
Ray Robert 200
Raymond Simeon 200
Reid James 665
Remson Rem 400
Rice Ashbel 250
Ritchie Andrew 100
Ritchie John 100
Ritchie Thomas 166
Robert & Turnbull, George & William 225
Robertson William 275
Robinson James 90
Robinson John 162
Robinson Robert 147
Rolligan John (Heirs of) 109
Rolls Robert 350
Roope John 100
Ross Isabella 100
Rowe John Peter 400
Rutherford Henry 2782
Saunders John 100
Saxton George 200
Saxton John 300
Seabans Benjamin 125
Seabans Jeremiah 325
Seabans Willoughby 125
Seabury David 284
Shaffner Ferdinand 352
Sibley David 300
Simond Joseph 100
Simpson Agnes 100
Sinclair Arthur 100
Slocombe John 310
Small John Christian 240
Smith Jacob 230
Smith Jasper 100
Smith Joshua 523
Sneeden Stephen 450
Snodgrass Andrew 320
Snodgrass Eunice 182
Snook David 125
Specht Anthony 200
Stennagar Henry 100
Street Samuel 113
Sypher Jacob 250
Taylor Edward & William 397
Taylor John 680
Thomas William 750
Thompson Alexander 144
Thorne Edward 234
Tidd Samuel (Heirs of) 550
Titus Isaac 180
Titus James 200
Tobias Christian 290
Trinity Church as a Glebe 669
Tucker Reuben 1218
Turner John 130
Tympany Robert 853
VanEmburgh Gilbert 200
VanTassel Abraham 200
VanTassel William 100
VanWelza Daniel 400
VanWelza John 100
Viets Roger 237
Vroom John 200
Walker Adam 200
Warwick John 302
Watt Charles 121
Watt Thomas 150
Welch Morris 250
Wells Francis (Heirs of) 100
William Thomas (Esq) 709
Williams Frederick 1119
Wilmot James 150
Wilson Abraham 200
Winchester Josiah 224
Wiswall Pelig 597
Wortman Philip 190
Wright John 100

 

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