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Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA

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Where is Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA? 

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.
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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...Read MORE...

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 ...Read MORE...

News  1843 - Giant Cow
Ira Fenton, of Belchertown, Mass., has raised a Durham cow, which is now eight years old, and...Read MORE...

2. BELCHERTOWN. [Pop. 2,554. Inc. 1761.]
Belchertown, with Ware and Pelham, were once granted to Connecticut as an equivalent for four...Read MORE...

News  1860 - SHOCKING DEATH OF A YOUNG WOMAN.
A correspondent of the Worcester (Mass.) Spy gives the following particulars of a fatal accident...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...Read MORE...

Belchertown Massachusetts, 1890
Belchertown lies in the easterly part of Hampshire County, about 75 miles west of Boston. Pelham...Read MORE...

1916
Belchertown, a post-village and township (town) of Hampshire co., Mass., on the Boston and Maine...Read MORE...


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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1818
Israel TOWNE (11 August 1794 - 13 November 1853) & Hannah STACY (24 October 1796 - 5 August 1853)
married 13 December 1818

1861
Amasa TOWNE (8 July 1821 - 11 August 1871) & Elizabeth B SMITH (30 May 1831 - 18 November 1890)
married 13 November 1861
 

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