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Grafton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Grafton was originally occupied by a tribe of Nipmuc Indians and was called Hassanamisco (place of small stones). In 1671, an English missionary named John Eliot, who preached in Hassanamisco, established an Indian church and school here where the Bible was studied in the Indian language. The church and school were located near the current common. Today there is an Indian homestead on Brigham Hill.

In 1724, a group of 39 men and one woman, mainly from Marlborough, Sudbury, Concord, and Stow, presented a petition to the General Court and were granted the right to purchase 7,500 acres of land from Indian owners. The money was to be held in an account under the direction of the General Court for the benefit of the Indians. The Town of Grafton was established in 1735 and named in honor of Charles Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton, and grandson of Charles II... Public_Documents/ GraftonMA_WebDocs/ about

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News  1831 - Fell from Steeple
Ronald Hapgood, being at work on the steeple of a new meeting house in Grafton, Mass. fell from a staging 70 feet from the ground, struck upon the roof, and was thrown thence 36 feet to the ground, with no other injury than a dislocation of the right shoulder.
Brattleboro Messenger
Brattleboro, Vermont
November 5, 1831
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[Pop. 2,943. Inc. 1735.] 2. GRAFTON.
Grafton was a tract four miles square, reserved for the Indians, until it was incorporated. In 1671, an Indian church was established here by the apostle Eliot and others, but in 1825, not one unmixed descendant of those Indians was known to be living.

The Blackstone river and one of its ...

1848 - Grafton
This town is composed of a tract of land, 4 miles square, which was reserved for the Indians when the town of Sutton was granted for settlement. It was called by the Indians Has-sa-na-mis-co, and was known by that name till it was incorporated by the general court, in 1735, and named Grafton.

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GRAFTON, a township in Worcester co., in Massachusetts, 36 m. SW by W of Boston. Pop. 2,943.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
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1869 - Women Elected to School Committee
Two women nominated for School Committee, in Worcester, Mass., were chosen by a handsome majority. A woman was elected to the same office in Grafton, Mass.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 2, 1869
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Grafton Massachusetts, 1890
Grafton is an important and prosperous manufacturing and farming town in the southeastern part of Worcester County; the station of the Boston and Albany Railroad at North Grafton being 38 miles from Boston. The Providence and Worcester has stations at Saundersville and Farnumsville, in the...Read MORE...

Documentary Grafton History

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Grafton, a banking post-village of Worcester co., Mass., 9 miles SE. of Worcester. The township (town) is drained by the Blackstone River and its tributaries, which afford water-power. It has extensive manufactures of boots and shoes, cotton, thread, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 4869.
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 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
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Worcester, Mass., July 13 (AP) - Lightning killed one man and found its mark on at least five structures in a brief but severe electrical storm that struck Western Massachusetts last night.

The victim was ROSCOE H. REED, 45, father of seven children who was struck while seeking shelter under a...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Nathaniel Adams (1798, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 22 April 1865, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA)

 flag  Joel Hills Johnson (23 March 1802, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 24 September 1882, Johnson, Kane, Utah, USA) gravestone

flag  George Kerr (1857, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 9 February 1903, Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA)

 immigrant - US to Canada   Clara Renaud (March 1890, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - bet. 1968-1971, , Ontario, Canada)
 flag  Elizabeth Marie Renaud (18 August 1887, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 9 August 1985, West Haven, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

Ancestors Who Died Here

Browe (Breault)
flag  Victor Amos Browe (Breault) (22 December 1878, Huntington, Vermont, USA - 19 January 1941, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant - Canada to US   Felicite Dorval (6 December 1806, Sorel, Québec, Canada - 18 October 1888, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Obediah Newton (6 January 1702, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro) - 11 May 1753, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

flag  Solomon L. Prentice (1802, Weathersfield, Vermont, USA - 4 December 1886, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Alsime Raino (June 16, 1887, South Berwick, Maine, USA - 1949, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA)

immigrant - Canada to US   Marie des Anges Thibeault (1 October 1833, Sorel, Québec, Canada - 15 October 1915, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA)

flag  Ebenezer Wheeler (6 January 1715, Concord, Massachusetts, USA - 24 February 1801, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA) gravestone

Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Ezekiel Johnson (12 January 1773 - 13 January 1848) & Julia Hills (26 September 1783 - 30 May 1853)
married 12 June 1801

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