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#1 2011-11-23 12:51:32

Tihonet, originally chartered to Plymouth and Carver, acquired its name and boundaries from an enterprising early homesteader who toured the property with a prospective buyer of its timber rights.

After traveling all day and often asking, "Who owns this lot?", the old man's answer, "I own it!", was always the same.

From that day after,  the old man and the land were known as Ti-hon-et.

Tihonet was severed from Plymouth and Carver by the Massachusetts legislature in 1827.

History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Duane Hamilton Hurd
J. W. Lewis & co., 1884 … am&f=false

Tihonet is a piece of land formerly belonging to Plymouth and Carver. It obtained its name from an early settler who had a small right in one of the great lots on which he lived, and by virtue of this claim exercised the right of ownership over all the land around him so far as to cut the best timber and market it. Another gentleman thought he would look at the timber in that region with a view of purchasing. He took this settler as his guide to show him the country, and after traveling all day and asking the question often, "Who owns this lot?" he was always answered by his guide, " I own it." He soon discovered the trick, and gave the old man the name of Ti-own-it, by which he was afterwards called, and that section, with a slight alteration, has borne his name over since. It is bounded by a continuation of the Agawam line from the corner swamp, N. 86j deg., W. 830 rods, crossing the Wankinco River; thence 450 rods to a pine-tree standing in the old Carver line ; thence by (lint line southeasterly to the Agawam purchase, and by Agawam northeasterly to the beginning, forming a triangle nearly equilateral, and containing two thousand and twenty acres. There was a family of Chubbucks and Besses who early settled on this tract, but their possessions were small, and the land as well as themselves poor. The Wankinco River running through Tihonet constitutes nearly its whole value. The river is valuable, being fed by springs and having twenty-eight feet fall at Tihonet dam. Robert's Run is a spring-brook, falling into the river on the east side. Frog Foot is a large branch of the river, falling in upon the easterly side about a third of a mile south of the Plymouth line.

While Tihonet belonged to Plymouth and Carver, Daniel Hunt built a forge where the iron-works now stand, and a saw-mill about a mile above. These works passed into the hands of Samuel Leonard, of Taunton, and from him to the Wareham Iron Company. This company, having it in contemplation to put valuable works there, petitioned the Legislature for an act severing Tihonet from Plymouth and Carver and uniting it to Wareham, which they obtained in 1827.

There was an effort undo as early as 1773 to unite this part of Plymouth to Wareham, as appears by the following vote: "May 10, 1773, Voted not to request Plymouth to set off Tihonet to Wareham," and when it was set off there was some opposition by the aged men of the town, fearing that the tract would bring more paupers than taxes; however, it passed by a large majority, Benjamin Bourne, Esq., insisting that his vote should be recorded in the negative.



#2 2011-11-26 08:42:13

Thanks for the history lesson Bill. I always learn a lot on this site



#3 2011-11-27 20:02:44

mackenzie wrote:

Thanks for the history lesson Bill. I always learn a lot on this site

November 27, 2011: Cape Cod Cranberries (Fortune, 1946)



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