Saturday, August 31, 2013

Some Stratton Land in Watertown, Massachusetts

     Last week I received a new book, Divided We Stand: Watertown, Massachusetts, 1630-1680 by Roger Thompson.  As I started reading the book I  began to wonder where Samuel Stratton lived in Watertown.  Samuel is my 9Great-grandfather.  He arrived in Watertown by 1637.  
     Google, Middlesex County Land Deeds, and a little persistence helped me find an image of the original plat of the townsite.  It was actually much larger in area than the current town.  In the Google Map that I have embedded on this page you can see 
1. the original plat of Watertown (large red outlined area somewhat triangular in shape).  You may have to zoom out to see the entire region.  This area extends almost to Concord, where Samuel also lived for a time.
2. the current Watertown town limits.  This region is outlined in blue.
3. four of the parcels of land that Samuel owned around the years 1650-1672. These parcels only represent what I have uncovered by this time.
You may need to zoom in and out using the =/- button in the lower right.  You can also click and move the hand around in order to recenter the map.  

1.  "Divided We Stand: Watertown, Massachusetts, 1630-1680",  Roger Thompson, University of Massachusetts Press, 2001

2.  "Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, Including Waltham and Weston; to which is Appended the Early History of the Town", Henry Bond, Little, Brown & Company, 1855

3.  "Google Maps Engine Lite." 2012. 31 Aug. 2013 <>

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