"Kittery Point, Maine" Kittery Point by karenincalifornia

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The first land grant

The internet is so amazing. I was able to research the very first land grant given to my very first ancestor with my surname who landed in America. We located it between Barter's Creek and Spruce Creek in Kittery Point, Maine. It's very beautiful - it's just outside Portsmouth, Maine and now contains a stretch of upscale homes. The land you see in this photo on the left side of the creek used to be "Incalifornia" land.

Fort McClary State Park

Across Barter's Creek to the west of the land is Fort McClary State Park, a pretty little park with short hiking trails and picnic grounds. A couple of swimming docks have been built on the shore of the creek. It looked like a great place to take a swim on a hot day.


On I-95, just north of Portsmouth, take exit 3, which is Highway 236. Go east. Highway 236 becomes 103, which is also Pepperell Road. After crossing an inlet, which will be Spruce Creek, look for Crockett Neck Road and take a left.


The first person bearing this surname to appear in New England was Thomas Crockett, who came over in a ship called the Pied Cow, as a servant of Capt. John Mason, the owner of the Piscataqua Plantation, in 1633. According to court dispositions he was born probably in Scotland, as early as 1606. He received of Ambrose Giddons, Mason's agent, 23, where he had "e weeks diet" of John Pickering at a cost of 12 shillings. He received a gift of land from Thomas Georges in 1641. Signed submission of York in 1652. His grant of land was the east side of Spruce Creek in Kittery, since called "Crockett's Neck." He was constable in 1657. Thomas lived at Warehouse Point in Kittery and his lands there were designed at Crockett'a neck, Crockett's Cove, and Crockett's Creeks; the two latter names to the same loccality at high and low water. North of the Neck there was an inlet know as Crockett's Brack Cove. When he died in 1679 his widow, Ann, admimistered on his estate, and was married before 1682 to Diggory Jeffreys of Kittery Point. She was living in 1712. His (Crockett's lands and Crockett's Neck were divided among his sons and sons-in- law. Here, then, we find the Scotchman who became the common progenitor of all who bear his surname in New England, seated by the seaside in "Old Kittery," and we may assume with plausability that he subsisted by using the hoe and fish-hook from 1633-1679, a period of 46 years and up to his age of 73 years. Thomas Crockett had a family of eight children of whom record has been found.
Reference: The Crockett Family by Donna Hopkins Scott.

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  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2006 at 7:58 AM

    What a great spot! Lake is gorgeous. You must come back every year...maybe a little cabin in those hills?


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