Lowell Deeds

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March 11, 2008

Claypit Cemetery Update

by @ 8:49 am. Filed under History

Last week I announced that we had found the deed to the Claypit Cemetery (located behind the Brunswick Lanes Bowling Alley in Lowell’s Pawtucketville) and that the deed clearly showed that the property had been conveyed to “the Inhabitants of the town of Dracut” back in 1868. Someone then asked “are you sure” and I set out to corroborate our assertion. Far from corroborating it, further research shed more doubt. True, the deed was for a “burial ground” and the dimensions on the deed fit almost precisely within the bounds of the Claypit cemetery as set out on deeds of adjacent (and interlocking parcels), but the name trail just didn’t make sense. So now I’ve revised my conclusion. I won’t make any pronouncements until I have solid, irrefutable evidence, but for now it’s looking like neither Dracut nor the city of Lowell “own” the cemetery in the property law sense. What has become clear after looking at dozens of deeds from the mid-1800s is that back then, people were going to great lengths to make it clear that they were not owners of the cemetery which is one of the reasons why finding who is the owner is so tough. I presented this information to the Dracut Historical Society last evening at their monthly meeting. The 30 people in attendance seemed fascinated by this mystery and urged me to stick with it. I promised that I would and that I’d return to a future meeting when I found the answer.

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