1820The commoner’s organization ended.Economy and Industry, Land Ownership

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After granting land to individuals in the early 1700s, the land remaining was overseen by a committee of the property owners. The committee was empowered to dispose of any parcel of land, not exceeding eight acres, to anyone then dwelling in town, by selling or letting, with the consent of neighbors. The money was to go into the town treasury. In 1808, the commoners recorded their last sale, which was a lot on which to erect a schoolhouse at Sandy Bay. The money was to go into the town treasury. The committee was dissolved in June 1820.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog pp. 235, 238 Gloucester City Archives, CC22, Commoners' Records
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