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  The Dutton Deed

Dutton descendant Carol NolinSmith recently brought the Friends an amazing document! Among her mother’s papers (the late Olive Dutton Nolin), she found the 167- year-old handwritten deed transferring the estate of Oliver Abbott (Deacon Job’s great-step- grandson and last Lane to own the house), to Hiram Dutton, (Carol’s great-great-grandfather and the first Dutton to own the house).  The executor, Isaac Bacon, is a bit wordy to quote in full, but the paper, signed and sealed, establishes that the estate of Oliver R. Abbott, Gentleman, was given, granted, bargained, sold and conveyed to Hiram L. Dutton, Yeoman, for $2,400 on March 30, 1843. It goes on to describe the “homestead farm” as about 43 acres divided unevenly by the great road to Chelmsford, and including a dwelling house, wood house, outbuildings, barn, carriage  house and granary.  What a treasure this document is! Too fragile to be displayed in our Museum House, the original deed will be safely preserved at the Bedford Historical Society.

To see the front side of the deed, click here. To see the reverse, click here. (Requires the free Adobe Reader®)

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Ownership by the Dutton Family

Mr. Hiram L. Dutton, of Andover, Massachusetts, bought the farm in 1843, and it stayed in the Dutton family for another hundred and thirty year.

Many Bedford residents can still remember Lillian and Warren Dutton, and especially Lillian’s highly successful mail order herb business. The Bedford Garden Club now maintains a period kitchen garden at the house that includes descendants of those same herbs.







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