Ralph Dayton’s commonage

Thank you to our friend, Paul Lee, for correction to my last post. Paul pointed out that the “Charge of the Meetinge House” listed acres of commonage possessed, not necessarily a man’s entire holding. While I won’t pretend to fully understand the nuances of commonage as they relate to total holding, Pelletreau says in History of Long Island, 

The original settlers of the town paid an equal proportion of the cost, and consequently owned an equal share in the premises. Of the original laying out of the home lots no record remains, but it seems as if each man had thirteen acres for a home lot, and an equal share in all the land that was undivided. From this a “13 acre lot” meant a whole share, and was the same as a £150 lot was in Southampton. If a man sold his lot, it meant that he disposed of his home lot and his share in the undivided lands, which was called his “Right of commonage.”

By the way, Paul has an excellent blog http://a400yearstory.wordpress.com that may be interest to descendants of Ralph Dayton, as he is also a descendant.

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One Response to Ralph Dayton’s commonage

  1. paullee6977 says:

    The following may give a clue to why Ralph Dayton’s son-in-law Thomas Baker had such a big property tax obligation

    The East Hampton Book of Records describes the lands of Thomas Baker as follows:

    “The record of the allotment to Mr. Thomas Baker, containing a one and twenty acre lot and plain with all privileges and appurtenances belonging to such an allotment as followeth: – Imprimis The house lot with the addition containing twelve acres more or less, bounded, etc. (2) Five and one half acres on the great plains. (3) Eleven and a half acres of the East Plains. (4) Nine and a half acres of Woodland. (5) A second home lot containing six acres….”

    The record continues in the same manner, describing twenty-one parcels of land containing from one to thirty one acres, all of which were allotted to him because of his ownership of “said one and twenty acre lot.”

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