1664The people of Gloucester granted all rights and privileges associated with the grist mill to Reverend John Emerson.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Industry, City Government

The grist mill provided daily food to the colonists by grinding corn and wheat. William Vinson sold the mill and adjoining land on the corner of Poplar and Cherry Streets to Emerson. The town then granted Emerson all rights to the ponds and streams associated with the mill on the condition that he should maintain it for the use of the town.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog. Town of Gloucester Commoners Book, 1707-1820. 1820, http://archive.org/details/gloucestercommonersbookno1images
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