Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA In the early days of our country, boundary disputes between states were common. Both Connecticut and Massachusetts claimed title to the towns of Enfield, Suffield, Woodstock and Somers, now in Connecticut. In 1713, these towns were put under Massachusetts rule to protect them from Indian attack and the land comprising the towns of now Belchertown, Ware and Pelham, which were not settled, was assigned to Connecticut. This section was known as the "equivalent lands."
In 1716, the "equivalent lands" were sold by Connecticut to 16 persons who resided in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Some of this land was granted to Jonathan Belcher, later to become the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, and the town's namesake. Belchertown contained an area of 27,190 acres or approximately sixty square miles. www.belchertown.org/ culture_/ history/ bhistory.htm
1727 - In 1727 the "equivalent lands" were sold by Connecticut to seven persons who resided in Boston. The land was divided into six equal parts, the 1/ 7th part being granted to Jonathan Belcher, later to become governor of Massachusetts, and the town's namesake. Belchertown contained an area of 27,190 acres or approximately sixty square miles.
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1812 - Early stores were simple trading posts. The first store to do considerable business is said to have been owned by Caleb Clark. During the War of 1812 there were five stores in town. Those of Philo Dickinson, Morris and Clark, Henry Helen and Wright Bridgeman occupied the southwest corner of the center at Maple and Main Streets Jonas Holland occupied one on Federal Street near Holland Glenn. These stores sold General Merchandise of every conceivable description, from silks to ...Read MORE...
1843 - Giant Cow Ira Fenton, of Belchertown, Mass., has raised a Durham cow, which is now eight years old, and weighs 1740 pounds. On the 29th of May she brought a calf, and the owner had the curiosity to measure her bag, it was two feet in depth, two feet in length, and eighteen inches in width! The calf was then...Read MORE...
2. BELCHERTOWN. [Pop. 2,554. Inc. 1761.] Belchertown, with Ware and Pelham, were once granted to Connecticut as an equivalent for four towns in Connecticut, that were claimed by Massachusetts.
Connecticut sold the greater part of this town to Jonathan Belcher (a native of Cambridge, and afterwards governor) and five associates, ...Read MORE...
1860 - SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN. A correspondent of the Worcester (Mass.) Spy gives the following particulars of a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday afternoon, the 26th of May, at the [illegible] manufactory of F. M. Bardwell & Co., in South Belchertown.
Henrietta Fuller, a young woman employed as a weaver in the...Read MORE...
1861 - The Old Town Hall on Park Street was built in 1861 for about $8,735 and was used as the town meeting place until better facilities were constructed at Lawrence Memorial Hall. In older days such activities as May fairs, dances and plays were given here. This building collapsed in 1862 when the roof fell in from the weight of ice and snow.
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Belchertown Massachusetts, 1890 Belchertown lies in the easterly part of Hampshire County, about 75 miles west of Boston. Pelham bounds it on the north, Enfield, Ware and Palmer on the east, the latter and Ludlow on the south, and the last, with Granby and Amherst, on the west. It extends north and south about 12 miles, by 8...Read MORE...
1916 Belchertown, a post-village and township (town) of Hampshire co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine and the Central Vermont Rs., 10 miles SE. of Amherst, its banking point. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2292. Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1
Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916
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