1770. An original manuscript map dated May 30, 1770 providing a survey of the property granted to Captain Henry Young Brown in what is now Brownfield, Maine. The map, which is labeled "Copy" in the margin, shows Brown’s grant of 8,544 acres along with an area of "11000 acres, proposed to compleat the quantity of my former grant." The area, once territory of the Pequawket Abenaki Indians, was granted to Brown on January 23, 1764 by the Massachusetts General Court for his services in the French and Indian Wars. Brown was required to settle 38 families by June 10, 1770, with a minister recruited within three years after that. A portion of the original grant was found to lie in New Hampshire, so replacement land in Maine, referred to as the Brownfield Addition, was granted in 1766. The township was first organized as Brownfield Plantation and incorporated as Brownfield in 1802. The hand drawn map shows the location of a river through the property, seven ponds, as well as an area labeled "about 3500 acres of my first grant." A note indicates "this plan is drawn 1 mile to an inch." The map measures 12 ½" x 8" and is drawn on watermarked paper with high rag content. On the verso is written "Plan Henry Young Brown’s Land. – Surveyed May 30th 1770 – Copy." The map has creasing from prior folds, with two small silk tape repairs on the verso of the map.
$750. Item #72082