Joseph Dow's History of Hampton: THE FIRST NORTH DIVISION
THE FIRST NORTH DIVISION
As the number of shares in the cow common was one hundred forty-seven, it might be supposed that this tract would be laid out into an equal number of lots; but that was not the case. In many instances, two or more shares of the common belonged to the same person, so that, in fact, the number of owners was only seventy-seven; and as it appeared desirable, that the whole of each man's share of this land should be in one lot, it was agreed that the tract should be divided into just as many lots as there were owners of the common; and that the lots--all being of the same length--should vary in width in proportion to the owner's rights in the common severally. It was therefore necessary, that the lots should be drawn for by number, before they were actually laid out; and then it would not be difficult to determine the width of the successive lots, as they were numbered. Some portions of this land were, undoubtedly, far more valuable than others, but in this instance no regard was had to its quality. Before drawing for the lots, it was agreed that they should be taken by the proprietors just as their respective lots should happen to fall.
Ens. John Sanborn, Nathaniel Weare and Peter Johnson were chosen to survey and lay out this Division.
But it is far easier to resolve than to do. The land, here ordered to be laid out, remained unsurveyed during nearly a whole generation. Twenty-four years after this vote, another was passed explanatory of the former, and it was then ordered that the division should be laid out under the direction of those originally chosen for the purpose, except that Peter Johnson being dead, another was chosen in his place. But six years more passed away before the work was completed, and the result placed upon record.