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Grafton, Massachusetts, USA

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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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Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - Baptist Church, Grafton, Mass.
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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...Read MORE...

[Pop. 2,943. Inc. 1735.] 2. GRAFTON.
Grafton was a tract four miles square, reserved for the Indians, until it was incorporated. In...Read MORE...

1848 - Grafton
This town is composed of a tract of land, 4 miles square, which was reserved for the Indians when...Read MORE...

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
1869 - Women Elected to School Committee
Two women nominated for School Committee, in Worcester, Mass., were chosen by a handsome majority....Read MORE...

Grafton Massachusetts, 1890
Grafton is an important and prosperous manufacturing and farming town in the southeastern part of...Read MORE...

Documentary Grafton History

Documentary Grafton History (
Grafton, a banking post-village of Worcester co., Mass., 9 miles SE. of Worcester. The township...Read MORE...

Worcester, Mass., July 13 (AP) - Lightning killed one man and found its mark on at least five...Read MORE...

Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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

flag   William Willard Gardner FRENCH (12 June 1823, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 21 July 1863, South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA (Kingston) (West Kingston) (Matunuck)) gravestone

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)

flag   Mary Jane RANDALL (8 March 1840, Grafton, Massachusetts, USA - 1923, Putnam, Connecticut, USA) gravestone

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) gravestone

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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