I have found the term "Intervale" used in the property descriptions of different Rumney, New Hampshire deeds; these descriptions generally rely on metes and bounds ("from the large rock at the stream to the ...").
Image that follows comes from a 1786 Rumney/Grafton deed, recorded in the early 1800s (ref. 1); includes the text (underlined), "a point of Land which runs into the river & joins to my Intervale Land ..."
Another image; transaction from the early 1800s (ref 2), recorded about that time. "... the Northwesterly corner of the Intervale of said farm ..."
Last night I had the opportunity to browse images of the Rumney Town Clerk's books (Family Search, New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947). In the first couple pages (late 1760s) of what I otherwise believe Rumney's town clerk book A, I found a long list of references to what appear land transactions--generally referring to Intervale lots.
Image follows, but by clicking HERE, you can see the full page.
I'm wondering what this term means in the context of these early records, as it seems to have been retained in the metes and bounds descriptions later referenced.
Have posted a much later map of Rumney (ca1892) HERE.
- Clipped from Grafton County (New Hampshire) deeds 32: 527, Ebenezer Brainerd to Wm Preston, deed dated 20 September 1786; digital image (from screen shots; cropped and stitched), Grafton County Registry of Deeds, (http://www.nhdeeds.com/gftn/web/GfIndex.html : accessed 20 September 2008), Grafton County Index/Image Selection results; deed recorded 2 June 1801.
- Clipped from Grafton County (New Hampshire) deeds 37: 262, Charles Clark to Jabez H. Weld & Co., 21 November 1803; digital images, Grafton County Registry of Deeds ...; recorded 09 Dec 1803.