1723The remaining woodland was divided and parcelled out to commoners.Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Land Ownership, City Government

This process began in 1719, when the town voted to distribute the land. The selection of a committee for this purpose was delayed for two years and another two years passed before the land was divided and the commoners received the grants. Each commoner over the age of 21 and anyone who had been in town since 1704 were given allotments. Widows and heirs of men who had lived in Gloucester since 1704 were also included, as long as they themselves had been in town since that time.

Chamberlain, Allen. Pigeon Cove : Its Early Settlers & Their Farms, 1702-1840. Village Improvement Society of Pigeon Cove, 1940. 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
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