For more on why the changes happened, see The Westerly Precinct and the Shape of Sudbury
While I was writing that and trying to make maps to illustrate the changes I came to the conclusing that I needed to start over with a completely blank basemap. I was able to create such a map at maps.massgis.digital.mass.gov/MassMapper, however, it was too blank. I added an exagerated map of the rivers to give context.
|1638 Original Grant from the Mass Bay Colony
1640 Second Grant from the Colony
1649 Two Mile Grant from the Colony
1721 Addition of Natick Farmers
1730 Land Trade with Stow
1780 Split with East Sudbury
1871 Creation of Maynard
See All Frames from the Slideshow
There are two wrinkles I would like to find out:
How was the land trade with Stow decided in 1730?
When was the little trianlge added at the join with Weston & Lincoln. I just added it the 1721 version.
I tried using the 1856 Walling map as a base map, but, it just did not work, as you can see here:
Left, courtesy of History Cambridge, https://historycambridge.org/
The Proceedings of the Cambridge Historical Society, Volume 21, 1930-1931
HOW MASSACHUSETTS GREW, 1630-1642, A STUDY OF TOWN BOUNDARIES BY ALBERT HARRISON HALL
Right, Map of the original bounds of Watertown from:
Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of Watertown,
Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston: to which is appended the early history of the town,
Henry Bond, 1860.
See Also: jch.com/sudbury/Grants.html
thanks to freeconvert.com for free video cropping
jch.com/sudbury/bounds created 2023-09-09 <> YON