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THE OLD RECORDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF FITCHBURGH 



MASSACHUSETTS 



1764-1789 



A COMPLETE TRANSCRIPT OF THE TOWN MEETINGS AND SELECT- 
MEN'S RECORDS CONTAINED IN THE FIRST THREE HUNDRED 
AND TWENTY-FOUR PAGES OF THE FIRST VOLUME OF 
THE OLD RECORDS OF THE TOWN, BEING 

VOLUME ONE 

OF THE PRINTED RECORDS OF THE TOWN 



COMPILED BY 

Walter a. Davis, City Clerk 



FITCHBURG 

PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE CITY' COUNCIL 

1898 



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SENTINEL PRINTING COMPANY 
FITCHBURG 



CITY OF FITCHBURG, MASS. 

In City Council, Feb. 16, 1897. 

The joint standing committee on finance, to which 
was referred the recommendation in the Mayor's inaugu- 
ral relating to copying the old town records, recommend 
the adoption of the following order: 

Ordered, That the sum of eight hundred dollars 
($800) be, and the same is, hereb3^ appropriated for the 
purpose of copying and printing the original town records 
from 1764; said sum to be charged to incidental account. 

Henry F. Rockwell, 
E. F. Belding, 
A. A. Train, 
J. E. Dempsey, 



Committee 

on 

Finance. 



In Board of Aldermen, Feb. 16, 1897. 

Report read, accepted, and order adopted. Sent down 
for concurrence. 

Walter A. Davis, Clerk. 

In Common Council, Feb. 16, 1897. 

Read, accepted, and order adopted. In concurrence. 

Fred A. Tolman, Clerk. 

Mayor's Office, Fitchburg, Mass., Feb. 17, 1897. 
Approved. 

Henry F. Rockwell, Mayor. 

A true copy. Attest: 

Walter A. Davis, City Clerk. 



INTRODUCTION. 



City Clerk's Office, 
FiTCHBURG, Mass., August 31, 1898. 

This volume contains an exact transcript of the Old 
Records of the Town of Fitchburgh for the first twenty- 
five years. It begins with the act of incorporation, Feb- 
ruary 3, 1764, and extends to March 2, 1789. 

The printer's copy has been carefully prepared by Mrs. 
Fannie B. Davis, Miss Edith L. Davis and Miss Lucy A. 
Hayward, The manUvScript being old and discolored, and 
written by so many different clerks, the task of copying 
it is not the easiest thing imaginable. 

To give our readers an idea of the original book, I 
had Mr. J. C. Moulton photograph some of the pages, 
from which plates were made by the Heliotype Engraving 
Company of Boston, Mass. 

I am also very much indebted to Mr. J. F. D. Garfield, 
Secretary of the Fitchburg Historical Society, for many 
suggestions and much valuable assistance. He furnished 
the pictures of Thomas Cowdin and wife, and Joseph 
Fox, whose likenesses appear in the book. It was thought 
that, as Mr. Cowdin and Mr. Fox were such prominent 
men in the early town affairs, it would be very proper 
that their pictures should appear in this volume. An 
attempt was made by Mr. Garfield to obtain from the 
Massachusetts Archives in the State House, Boston, copies 
of the petitions referred to in Article 2, Page (277) ; Arti- 
cles 6, 7 and 8, Page (285), and Articles 10 and 11, Page 
(287), under date of October 3, 1786. This he was 
unable to do, but he did discover some interesting peti- 
tions which he copied, and they are reproduced as an 
appendix in this book. 



6 Introduction. 

The work of printing the book has been executed by 
the Sentinel Printing Company of this city, with com- 
mendable zeal and care. The excellent typographical 
appearance of these pages is due to the skill and pains- 
taking efforts of the members of this printing establish- 
ment, who have suggested freely of their knowledge dur- 
ing the progress of the work. The index has been pre- 
pared under the immediate supervision of Frank C. Hoyt, 
foreman in the printing office, to whom I am indebted for 
many valuable suggestions. 

The figures at the top of the pages indicate the paging 
of the transcript. The heavy figures enclosed in brackets 
represent the paging of the original book. 

It is hoped that a perusal of the book will prove 
interesting, not alone to students of histor}-, but to all 
persons who may wish to acquaint themselves with the 
conditions and misfortunes which surrounded our ances- 
tors just previous to and following the Revolutionary 
war. 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS. 



Worcester ss. 



FiTCHBURG, August 31, 1898. 



I, Walter A. Davis, City Clerk of 'the City of Fitch- 
burg, hereby certify that the following, beginning with 
page 5, and ending with page 324, is a true and correct 
copy of so much of the Old Records of the Town of 
Fitchburgh as are contained in Volume 1, from February 
3, 1764, to March 2, 1789, except that the title, paging, 
explanatory marks and notes have been added in the 
present volume. 




Citv Clerk. 



Subscribed and sworn to before me. 

[Seal.] Harrison Bailey, Notary Public. 



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THE OLD RECORDS 

OF THE 

TOWN OF FITCHBURGH. 



[5] Anno Regni Regis Georgii Tertie Quarto 
An act for Setting off the Inhabitance as alfo the 
Eftates of the Wefterly part of Lunenburg Into a Seper- 

ate Town by the Name of fitchburgh 

Be it Enacted by the Governar Councill & houfe of 
Reprefentatives that the Inhabitants with their Lands on 
the Westerly part of Lunenburg beginning at Such a 
place on Leominfter Line as that a Straight Line there- 
from maj^ Run between the Lands of Mefs^* Paul Weth- 
erby and Jonathan Wood to a Stake & Stone a Small 
Diftance to the Weftward of Mary Holts house then 
Turning and Runing North 10 Degres & a half East to 
the Southeast Corner of Ephraim Whitneys Land then to 
Keep the Eafterh' Line of Said Whitney's Land to the 
Northeast Corner thereof & and from that Corner to 
Run Northwardh' on the Eastwardh' Line of John Whites 
Land to the NortheastwardU^ corner thereof and from 
that Corner to Run North four Degres East to Townfand 
Line then Running West thirty one Deg'' & an half North 
on Townfhand Line to Dorchester Cannada Line Then 
Turning fouth Nine Deg'' Weft Eight miles and an Hun- 
dred and fourty Rods on Dorchester Cannada Line to 
Westminfter Line then Turning East Eleven Deg'' thirt}' 
minutes South three miles and thirty one Rod to a heap 
of Stones in Leminfter Line then Turning and Runing to 
the Bounds firft mentned be and herby is fet off and 
Erected Into a Seperate Town by the name of Fitch- 



2 The Old Records of the 

biir^h and that the Said Town be Invefted with all the 
Powers Privileges and Immunities that other Towns in 
this Province do or may by Law enjoy that of lending a 
Reprefentative to the General afembly only Exepted and 
that the Inhabitants of" Said Town fhall have full power 
and Right from Time to Time to Joyn with the Said 
Town of Lunenburg in the Choife of a Reprefentative or 
Reprefentatives and be Subject to pay their proportion- 
able part of the Charges who may be Chofen Either in 
the Town of Lunenburgh or Town of iitchburgh In 
which Choise they fhall Enjoy all the Priviledges wdiich 
by Law they would [<>] have been Intitled to if this act 
had not bin made and the Select men of the Town of 
Lunenburg fhall Ifsue their Warrant to one or more of 
the Conftables of the Town of fitchburgh Requireng them 
to Notifie the Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburgh of 
the Time and place of their meting for Such Coife . . . 

Provided Neverthelefs and be it further Enacted that 
the faid Town of fitchburgh fhall pa^^ their proportion of 
all Town County and province Taxes already fet on or 
Granted to be Raised by faid Town of Lunenburg as if 
this act had not been made 

And be it further Enacted that Edward Hartwell Efq'" 
be and herby is Impowerd to Ifsue his Warrant Directed 
to Som principal Inhabitant in Said Town of fitchburgh 
Requiring him to Notifie and warn the Inhabitants of 
Said Town Qualified by Law to Vote in Town affaiers 
to meet at Such Time and place as Shall be therein Set 
forth to Chufe all Such officers as Shall be Necefsary to 
manage the affairs of Said Town 

february 2^^ 1764 this bill haveing been Read three 
fevral Times in the House of Reprefentatives Pafsed to be 
Enacted 

Timothy Ruggles Speaker 

febuery 3^ 1764 this Bill haveing been Read three 
ieveral Times in Councill pafs'^ to be Enacted 

A Oliver Secry 

february 3*^ 1764 by the Governor I Confent to En- 
acting this Bill Era Barnard 



Tozvn of FitcJibiirgJi. 3 

A True Cop.v Exa^' pr Jno Cotton 

D Secry 

A True Cop3^ . . Ephraim Whitney Town Clerk 

Worcefter Is To m'" Amos Kimall of the Town oi 
fitchburgh in the County of Worceftr Gentleman Greting 

Whereas I am ordered by the Grate and General 
Court to Ifsue [7] my Warrant Directed to Some princi- 
pal Inhabitant of Said Town Requireing him to Warn 
the Inhabitants of Said Town Qualified to Vote in Town 
afifaiers to afsemble at fome fuitable place in laid Town 
to Choofe all Necefsary officers to manag the afFaiers of 
faid Town 

(feal) These are therefore In his Majestes name to 
Require you the Said Amos Kimball forthwith to Notifie 
and warn the Inhabatants of Said Town Qualified by 
Law to Vote in Town affaiers to afsemble at Capt Sam- 
uel Hunts new Dwelling house in Said Town one monday 
the fifth Day of march nt Ten of the Clock in the fore- 
noon then & their being Duely afsembled to act on the 
Sevral articls hereafter mentioned that is . . . 

firft to Chufe a moderator for the Goverment of faid 
meting 

2'y to Chufe a Clark to Enter and Record all Votes 
& orders. 

3^y to Chufe Select men and all other town officers 
for the 3'ear Infuing as the Law Directs 

4^y to agree and Vote what Day in the month of 
march the anual Town meting Ihall be for the futter . . 

5'-^ to agree and Vote how and in what maner the 
Town metings fhall be warned for the future 

here of fail not and make Due Return 

Given under my hand and Scale at Lunenburg this fif- 
teenth Day of febuery in the forth year of his majefts 
Reign Anno que Domini 1764. 

Edward Hartwell Juftis of pefe 

Worcefter fs. fitchburgh march the 1 1764 .... 
In obediance to the Within precept 1 have Notified the 
Inhabitants Within mentoned to afemble & meet at time 



4 The Old Records of the 

& place Within mentioned for the purpofes within men- 
tioned according to the Tenor of the within Inftrement 

pr Amos Kimball 

at a Legal meeting of the freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburgh Qualified by Law 
to Vote in Town [8] affairs on monday the fifth Day of 
march A D 1764- at the House of Cap*^ Sumuel Hunts in 
Said fitchburgh . . . 

The Town being afsembled .... Voted & Chofe 
m"" Amos Kimball moderator & 

2'>' Chofe Ephraim Whitney Town Clark .... 
3'>" Chofe Mefs''** . . . . ( Amos Kimball 

David Goodridge 
Samuel Hunt 
Ephraim Whitney 
Ruben Gibfon 
Select men for fitchbrg 

4'^' Chofe m'' Ephraim Kimball Town Treafurer . . 
o^y Chofe Mefs*"^ John White & Thos Dutton Wardens 
&y Chofe m'- John White Conftable 

7'> Chofe Alefs*"^ . . John fitch 

Ebenezer Bridge 
Phinehas Steward 
Kindal Boutall 
Tho'' Dutton 

Survayors of high ways 
S'-^ Chofe Mefs'-*^ James Pool & Jofeph Spafford Tyth- 
ing man 

9'-^' Chofe Mefs"^ Soloman Steward & Ifaac Gibfon 
fence veivers 

10'-^ Chofe m' Soloman Steward Serveyor of Shingles 
& Clabords 

ll'y Chofe m' Jonathan Wood a Culler of hoops & 
ftaves 

12'> Chofe nV Phinehas Steward & Tho« Gary Hogg- 
reaves 

13'J- Chofe Mefs'-^ Will™ Chadwick & Silos Snow Deer 
Reavs 

14'J- Chofe m"- Will'" Steward Sealer of Leather 
15*y Chofe mefs^^ Ezra Whitney & Hezekiah Hodgkins 
fierwards 



Town of Fit('/il)?/ri^//. 5 

le'J' Cliofe m"^ David Goodridge a Seveiar of Wheat 
17'^ Voted the annual matting be for the future on the 

firft mond\' of march 

18'y Voted that the Conftable or Conftabls for faid 

Town for the future Warn all Town meetings 

Amos Kimball moderator 

[9] Fitchburgh march the 5 1764 The Several perfons 
afore mentioned who ware chofen b}' the Town of fitch- 
burgh to the Several offices aforf'^^ appeared and took the 
oaths by Law Requird to Enable them to Execute the 
Several bufinefses of their Refpeetive offices after having first 
Taken the oath Refpecting the Receiveing & pafsing the bills 
of Credit of the Neighbouring Goverments . . Sworn be- 
for us ... . 

Amos Kimball 

David Goodridge 



Select men 
of the Town 



Epr"^ Whitnev ( ,- ^Tuv. u 
Ruben Gibfon J °^ ^tchburgh 

Worcefter fs To m"- John White Conftable of the 
Town of fitchburgh in the County of worcefter Greeting . . 

(feal) These are In his majefts name to Require you 
the faid John W^hite forthwith to Notifie and warn the 
Inhabitants of faid Town Qualified by Law to Vote in 
Town affairs to afsemble & meet at Cap* Samuel Hunts 
new Dwelling house in faid Town on mondy the 26 day 
of march Inftant at twelve of the Clock at noon then 
and theire being Dul}' met and formed to act on the 
folowing articles hereafter mentioned that is firft to Chufe 
a moderator for the Goverment of faid meeting . . . 

2'^ to fee what method the Town will Come into for 
the mending of high ways for the year Enfuing and to 
Raife money for the fame if they think proper 

3^y to fee if the Town will meafure to find the Centre 
of faid Town and to Chufe a Commite for the fame and 
to Give them Such Instructons as they fhall think proper. 

4'y to hear the accounts of the Committee that has 
been Imployd for for Gifting the Town of Fitchburgh & 
for having the fame Incorporated and to see if the Town 
will Vote money for paying the fame 



6 The Old Records of the 

5'y to Vote any fum or funis of money for Defraing 
of Necifary Charges in faid Town as they fhall think 
proper .... 

6'> to See if the Hoggs Shall Run at Large for the 

prefcnt year 

Hereof fail not and make Due Return of this warant 
to one of us at or befor the Day of faid meting Given 
under our hands & feal at fitchburgh this Twelfth Day of 
march in fourth year of his majefts Reign A D 1764 

Samuel Hunt ) 
David Goodridge [ Select men 
Ephraim White ( of fitchburgh 
Ruben Gibfon J 

[10] Worceftr fs fitchburgh March the 24 1764 

In obediance to the Within Written Inftrument I have 

Warnd the Inhabitants Within mentioned to afserable and 

meet at Time & place Within mentioned for the purpofes 

within mentioned according to the Tenor of the W^ithin 

Inftrement 

pr John White Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the free holders & other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of fitchburgh Duly Qualified by Law 
to Vote in Town meetings at the new Dwelling houfe of 
Cap* Samuel Hunts in f'^ fitchburgh on monday the 26 
Day of march 1764 The Town being met Voted and 
Chofe m'' David Goodridge moderator 

2'y Voted to Raife forty pounds by a Rate on the In- 
habitants &c to mend High ways and that Each of the 
Inhabitants who work at the ways be allowed four pence 
pr Hour and one Shiling & four pence pr Day be allowed 
for a yoak oxen for a Cart & plough 8 pence per Day 
Each 

3iy Voted that Kendall Boutall Ruben Gibfon & Jona- 
than Wood be a Committee to provide a Surveyor and 
with his afsiftance find the Center of the Town .... 

4'y Amos Kimball Layed his acounts for Servife Done 
the Town in procureing the Enorporation of the Town 
& fome other articles and Voted by the Town to pay him 
thirteen pounds & nine pence in Difcharge of his acount 



Toivn of FitcJihurgJi. 7 

4'-^ Capt Samuel Hunt Laid his acount befor the 
Town & Voted by them to pa^'- him Eight ShiHngs & 
Eight pence in Difcharge of the Same 

5'^ Voted to pa\' m'' John fitch one pound two fhil- 
ings & five pence to Difcharge his acount .... 

6'-^ Voted to pay Ephriam Whitney one pound one 
fhiHng & four pence in Difcharge of his acount 

T'-"^" Voted to pay m'' Jonathan Wood fifteen fhiHngs 
in Difcharge of his acount 

8^y Voted that the Inhabitants be Taxd for the fame 
fums Which fhall be Collected acording to Law 

9'^' Voted that Eight pounds be Raifed by Tax on the 
Inhabitants to Defray Contingent Charges that may arife 

10'>' Voted that the Hoggs ma}' Run at Large the 

prefent vear x^ • i ^ i • ^ 

pr David Goodridge moderater. 

[11] Worceftr fs fitchburg Septr the 12 1764 

In obiance to the Within Written Inftrement I have 

Warned the Inhabitants Within mentined to afemble and 

meet at Time & place within mentioned for the purpofes 

within mentioned according to the Tenor of the Within 

inftrument ^ , „,, . ^ ^ , , 

p'- John White Conftable 

at a Legal meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburgh Duely Qualified by Law 
to Vote in Town meetings at the new Dwelling House of 
Cap^ Tho'' Cowdins In f*^ fitchburgh on Wenfday the 
twelf Day of Sepembr 1764 The Town being meet Voted 
& Chofe Amos Kimball moderator .... 

2^y Voted that there be two Scools in F Town & 
that m'' John fitch & Kindal Boutwell & their neigh- 
borurs fhall have the benifitt of their fcoole money in 
order to provide fcooling amonge them felves 

3'-^ Voted that Eight pounds be Raifed in order to 
provide a fcoole mafter in [^ Town 

4^-^ Voted Amos Kimball Ephr'" Whitney & Thos 
Dutton be a Scoole Comite 

5i>' Voted that Amof Kimball Ephr™ Kimball & Tho« 
Dutton be a commite to provide a Bueering yard in f'^' 
Town . . 



8 The Old Records of the 

*6'y that two miels on the Wefterdly Line begining at 
the north welterdly Corner and Hah" a mile on the Bast- 
ardly Line Begining at the north Eafterly Corner on 
Townfand Line there Runing a Straite Line from Corner 
to Corner be Sott oft' to mr John fitch & others in order 
for them to Joyn a part of Townfhand & a part of Dor- 
chefter Canady in order to make a Town or parifh 
among them felvs and that the F John fitch & others 
be freed from paying aney thing to the Settelment of a 
minifter or for Bulding a meeting Houfe in f'^ Town of 
fitchburgh 

7'y m'' Ruben Gibfon Laid his acount before the 
Town and Voted by them to pay him fix fhilings . . . 

8'y m'' Ifaac Gibfon Laid his a Count befor the Town 
& Voted by them to pay him fix fhilings 

9'^' Voted that fix pounds be Raifed by a tax on the 
Inhabitents to Defray Contingent Charges that may a 
Rife in f'^ Town 

at a Leagual meting of the free holders & other In- 
habitants of the Town of fitchburgh Duely Oualafied by 
Law to Vote [12] in Town Meetings at the Houfe Cap*^ 
Tho^ Cowdins in f'^' fitchburgh on monday the twenty fec- 
ond Day of octobr 1764 

firft Voted & Chofe Ifaac Gibfon moderator .... 

2'y Voted to Joyn Groton & others in potifoning the 
Grat & General Coart for a new County 

3'^' Voted and Chofe David Goodridge Amos Kimball 
& Tho"* Cowdin a Comittee to Confer with the Commit- 
tee of Lunenburg Chofen by F Lunenburg to manige the 
afair of f'^ County .... 

4iy Voted that the forth artical in f^ meting fhould 
be paft over 

(feal) Worceftr fs to m'' John White Conftable of 
the Town of fitchburgh in the County of Worceftr Greet- 
ing 

Thefe are therefore in his majeftis name to Requier you 



*Ashby. [.Annotation on llic niai>>in.— \V. A. D.] 



Town of FitchbnrgJi. 9 

the r^ John White forthwith to notify and warn the free 
holders & other Inhabitants of f^ Town Quallifyd by Law 
to Vote in Town meetings to afemble & meet at Cap* 
Tho*" Cowdins Houfe Inholder in f'^ fitchburgh on monda^^ 
the twenty fixth Day of Novembr Infent then & there 
being Dueh' meet & formd to act on the folowing articals 
here after mentioned that is firft to Choufe a moderator 
for the Goverment of f*^ meeting 

2^y to See if it be the minds of the Town to have 
preaching the Winter Infuing & to Vote ane\^ thing Refer- 
ing there to as they Shall think proper .... 

3^^ to See if the Town will make Choice of fum Con- 
veniant place for Seetting a meeting house & Vote aney 
thing Refering there to as they fhall think proper . . . 

4'"^ to See if it be the minds of the Town to be pre- 
paring of Stuf for the Buielding of a meeting house & to 
fee What methoad thc}^ will Come Into for having the 
fame provided 

5'y to know the minds of the Town of what Demen- 
fon the}' would have the meting houfe 

6'-^' to See if the Town will Choufe a Committee to 
Carrey on the Bifnefs of Buckling a meeting in f Town 
& to Give [1»5] fuch Inftructons as they fhall think 
proper .... 

T'J* to fee if the Town Will Rais anc}^ Sume or Sumes 
of money for Budding a meeting house in f'^' Town . . . 

Here of fail not & make Due Return of this Warrant 
to one of us at or before the Day of f*^^ meeting . . . 

Given under our hands & feal at fitchburgh this twelfth 
Day of Novembr and in the fourth year of his Majefts 
Reign A D 1764 

Worcefter fs fitchburgh November the 26 1764 
In obediance to the Within Written Warrent I have noti- 
fyed & Warned the free holders & other Inhabitents to 
appear at time & place within mentioned to act on the 
articels within mentioned acording to the tennor of the 
Within Inftruraent 

P'- John White Conftable 



10 The Old Records of the 

at a Leagal meeting of the free holders & other In- 
habitents of the Town of fitchburgh Quallified by Law to 
vote in Town meetings at the Houfe of Cap*^ Tho^ Cow- 
dins in Holder in f Town on mondy the 26 Day of 
Novembr 1764 . . 

Firftly Voted & Chofe David Goodridge moderator . . 

2'-'' Voted that the}^ will have fix Sabath Days prech- 
ing the Winter Infuing 

3'-^ Voted that Eph"^ Whitney David Goodridge & 
Eph"' Kimball be the Committee to provide preching for 
the prefent 

4'y Voted that m'' Fetter Whitney & m*" Rnfell be the 
Genttlemen the Committee apply them felvs to firft for 
preaching in f^ Town 

5'y Voted that the meeting be adjoyrnd foi one ouer 

6'^ Voted that the place for Seting a meeting Houfe 
be in a field Called Cap*^ Tho^ Cowdins Whet yard nigh 
Decon Amos Kimballs mills in the moft Convenint place 
therein 

7'y Voted that they will be provideing Stuff" for the 
Building of a meeting Houfe in faid Town 

8^>' Voted that the Town have the Benifit of providing 
of all Nefesarys as to Timbers &c for the Building of a 
meetin house in f^ Town in Such maner as the Commite 
Shall think proper 

[14] 9'y Voted that it be Left to the Committe to 
Say What the hight of the meetting Houfe fhall be . . . 

10'>' Voted that David Goodridge Eph™ Whitney & 
Tho^ Cowdin be a Committee to manage & take the care 
of Bulding the meeting houfe in {^ Town 

ll'y Voted & Chofe Eph™ WHiitney Amos Kimball & 
Eph™ Kimball a Committee to agree with Cap* Tho'* Cow- 
din for a Conveniant plafe for to feet a meeting Houfe in 
f'' Town Even the Land a bove Voted & made Choice of 
& to take Secuerity of the Land in Behalf of the Town . . 

12^>' Voted that fifty pounds be Raised for the Buld- 
ing of a meeting houfe in f'' Towni 

la'y Voted to have the preaching in Cap* Tho'' Cow- 
dins Houfe in faid Town 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 11 

Worcefter fs fitchbiirgh December the 17 1764 

To m'' John White Cunftable of the Town of fitch- 
burgh in the County of Worcefter Greeting . . . 

the(e are therfore in his Majeftis name to Require you 
the faid John White forthwith to Notify & Warne the free 
Holders & other Inhabitents in {'^ Town QualHfyed by 
Law to Vote in Town meetings to afsemble & meet at 
Cap* Tho® Cowdins houfe in f^^ Town on mondy the 24 
Day of Dcembr at one of the Clock in the afternoon then 
and their Being Duely met and formd to act on the folow- 
ing artels hereafter menfioned that is firft to Chuefe a 
moderator for the Goverment of f** meeting . . . 

2'^ to See if the Town Will Reconfider aney part of 
the former former Vote Relating to the Inhabitants of the 
Towns Being Imployed in Giting Timber for the Bulding 
a meeting houfe in F Town .... 

3'>' to See if the Town Will Leet out the Hueing and 
framing of the meeting Houfe to m*" Timoth3^ parker or 
Impowr the Committee So to Do or vote aney thing Refer- 
ing there to as the\^ fhall think proper 

4'y to See if the Town W^ill Give the Committee aney 
further Inftructions chofen by them i'or the Carrying on 
the afare of Bulding a meeting houfe in f^' Town .... 

Here off" faill not & make Due Return of this W^arrant 
Unto one of us at or Before the Day of f' meeting Given 
under our hands at fitchbiirgh Decembr the 17 A D 1764 
and in the fifth year of his majefts Regn 

[15] Worceftr fs fitchburgh Decembr the 24 1764 
In obedianc to the Within precipt I have Notified the 
Inhabitents Within mentioned to appear at Time & place 
Within mentioned for the purpofes Within menfioned 
acording to the tenor of the Within Inftrumant 

p'' me John White Conftable 

at a Legal meting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburgh Duely Qualified b^'^ Law 
to vote in Town afifaers at the houfe of Cap*^ Tho^ Cow- 
dins in 1^1 fitchburgh on mondy the 24 Da}^ of Decembr at 



12 The Old Records of the 

one of the Clock in the after noone the Town Being meet 
Voted & Chofe David Goodridge moderator . . 

2'-^' Voted that the former vote Refering to the Towns 
Having the Benifet of the Gifting the Timber for the 
Buelding a meeting Houfe in f'' Town in part be Reconfid- 
erd . . . 

3'"^ Voted that m'' Timothy Parker huew & fraime 
the meeting Houfe the Town finding the Timber for two 
hundred & fifty pounds old tenor fifty pounds being paid 
when the timber is hued .... 

4'y Voted that the Committee be Impowerd to agree 
with m*" Timothy Parker to hue & fraime the meeting 
houfe & to have the Same Ready by the 17 Day of 
august to Rafe 

5'y Voted that the Committe be Impowerd to pro- 
vide all Nefafaries for the finifhing the meeting Houfe . . 

(feal) Worcefer fs To m"" John White Cunftabl of the 
Town of fitchburgh in the County of Worceftr Greeting 

Thefe are therfor in his majefts name to Requir the 
f'^ John White forthwith to notify & warn the free holders 
& other Inhabitents quallifyd by Law to Vote in Town 
meetings to afemble & meet at the Houfe of Cap*^ Tho"" 
Cowdins in f*^ Town on monday the forth Day of march 
next at nine of the Clock in the fournoon then and their 
Being Duly meet & formed to act on the following arti- 
cals [16] herafter menfoned that is firit to Chufe a mod- 
erator for Goverment of f*^ meeting .... 

2'-^ to Chufe Select men & all other Town ofiicers for 
the year Infuing as the Law Directs 

S'y to See What method the Town Will Com into for 
mending the High Ways & to Raife money for the Same 
or Vote aney thing Refering there to as they fall think 
proper 

4'-^ to hear the Several aCounts of the Sevares for 
the year paft .... 

S'y to Except of Such Roads as the Select men Shall 
Lay out or Caufe to be Laid out by their order. 

6'y to See if it be the minds of the Town to make 
application to the Grate & General Court for to have a 



Tozvn of FitchburgJi. 13 

tax Laid on the Wild Land in {^ Town & to Choufe a 
man or men to manag the Bnfines as they i'hall think 
proper 

7'-^ to hear the a Counts of thole men that have Dun 
Servis for the Town & to Rais money for paying the same 
if they Shall think proper .... 

8^^' to hear the Requeft of Eph*" OZorn & others 
that is to See if the Town will Reconlider their Vote Re- 
fpecting the placing of the meeting Houfe & Votte to 
place it near the Center of f*^' Town the better to acome- 
date Sundry of the Inhabitents who Seam Diffatisfied 
With the place alredy appointed for Building f meeting 
Houfe 

9'-^- to See if the Town Will Votte that the Hogs 
Shall Run at Large the prefent year .... 

Hereof faile not and make Return of this Warrant 
unto us at or before the Day of {^ meeting 

Given under our hands & seal at fitchburgh this four- 
teenth Da^' of febuary & in the fifth year of his majeftes 
Reign A D 1765 

Amos Kimball ) ^ , 
David Goodridge I r 

Eph'" Whitnev 21^"v!°" , 
Ruben Gibfon ) ^tchburgh 

[17] Worcefter fs fitchburgh march the 2 1765 
In obediance to the within warrent I have notifyed & 
warned the free holders & other Inhabitants to appear at 
time & place within menfhoned to act on the articals 
within menfhoned acording to the Tenor of the Within 
Inftrement 

P' John White Conftable 

at a Legal meeting of the free Holders & Inhabitants 
of the Town of fitchburgh Ouallified by Law to Votte in 
Town afairs at the Houfe of Cap* Tho** Cowdins in f 
fitchburgh on mondy the forth Day of march 1765 the 
Town being meet Votted and Chofe Cap*^ David Good- 
ridge moderator .... 

2'y Voted & Chofe Cap* David Goodridge De--* Amos 
Kimball & Cap* Tho« Cowdin Select men for F Town . . 



14 The Old Records of the 

3iy Votted & Chofe Eph™ Whitney Town Clark . . 

4'y Votted & Chofe Eph"' Kimball Town Treafurer . 

5'y Votted & Chofe Phinehas Steward Conftable in 
the Rum of James Poole 

6'y Votted & Chofe Ifaiah Witt & James Poole War- 
dens 

7'^ Votted & Chofe Will'" Chadweck & Soloman 
Steward Tythingmen 

8iy Votted & Chofe Tho^ Gary Silos Snow & Jona- 
than Wood & Jefse french & Samuel Sanderfon Survars of 
High Ways 

9'-^ Votted & chofe Kindall Bouwell & Ifaac Gibson 
Dear Reafs 

lO'J- Votted & Chofe Ebenezer Bridge & Eph™ Ozburn 
be men to take Care of the fier the year Infuing . . . 

ll'y Votted & Chofe Niclos Danforth & Samuel Parce 
hogg Revs 

12'y Votted & Chofe Phinhas Steward Survayer of 
Shingls & & Clabords 

13^y Votted & Chofe Jonathan Wood Survayer of 
hups & ftavs 

14'y Votted & Chofe Jacob Steward Sealer of Leather 

IS^y Votted & Chofe Jofeph Spafford & Hezekiah 
Hodgkin fence Vewers 

16'y Votted and Chofe Tho"^ Covvdin Survayer of 
Wheet 

17'y Votted that the High Ways be mended by a tax 
Laid upon the Inhabitants in maner as was the Laft 
year 

18'y Votted that forty pounds be Raifed for mending 
the high Ways 

19'y Votted Exept the Road from Jonathan Woods 
to Decon Amos Kimballs mill if the Land be Given that 
is begining at F Woods and fo Runing on Common Land 
to De''» [18] Eph™ Pearces Land & throw f'^ Pearces 
Land to Land of m"" Emerfons & through a Corner of i^ 
Emerfons Land to Land of one m'' mace & through f^ 
mace Land to Cap^ Tho** Cowdins Land & throw f"^' Cow- 
dins Land to f*^ mace Land a gain & through f^' Cowdins 
Land & on f"^" maces Land to Lands of Decon Kimball & 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 15 

fo on P' Cowdins & 0^ Kimballs Lands unto the Road 
near the Bridge Called Kimballs Bridge F Road to be 
two Rods wide Difcribed by marks on the north fide of f^ 
Road 

Jonathan Wood 

David Goodridge [ Commite 

Tho^ Cow^din 

20'y Votted that the Road be Exepted from m'' Ifaac 
Gibfon to m"" Tho^ Buttons if Given that is Begining at 
the north west Corner of Jofeph Spaffords Land & Run- 
ning foutherdly on Common Land to the fouth \\efterd 
Corner of Will™ Chadwick Land then Runing on the I^ine 
Betwen Niclos Danford & m^' meeds one Rod on Each then 
Runing to the North eastrdly Corner of Ifaiah Witts 
Land then Runing Southerdly to the Brook then Runing 
a Strate Line to the Rode Betwen Jefse french & Tho^ 
Button to the Count\' Road . 

Ifaac Gibfon ] 

Ruben Gibfon I ^ •, , 

Ifaiah Witt Committe 

Will™ Chadwick J 
21'>' Votted that the Road be Exepted from m"" James 
Richardsons to mr Phinehas Steward fo frar as the Land 
fhall be given & now farther that is Begining at Leomin- 
ftor Line through m'^James Richerdfons Land to Will'" Stew- 
ards Land & through f' Stewards Land to Samuel Farces 
Land & through f^ Farces Land to phinehas Stewards 
Land & upon F Stewards Land into the Road near {^ 
Stewards Houfe P Road to be two Rods Wide Befcribed 

by marks on the Eaft (ide 

Bavid Goodridge I 

Will'" Steward Committe 

Samuel Farce j 

22'-^' Capt Bavid Goodridge Laid his a Count befor 
the Town and Votted to pay him fixteen fhilings 

23'-^ John White Laid his a Count befor the Town & 
Votted b\' them to pay him nine Shilings 

24'-^ Eph'" Whitne\' Laid his acount befor the town 
& Votted b\' them to pay Lighten Shilings & Eight pence 

25'-^ Tho* Button Laid his a Count befor the Town 
and Votted [19] b\^ them to pay him ten Shilings & Eight 



16 The Old Records of the 

pence or that it be a Lowed the next year on his high 

way Rats 

26'-^ to apply to Coart for a Tax on the Lands 

27'y Votted & Chose De" Amos Kimball to apply to 

Court for a tax to be Laid on the Wild Land .... 

28'-^ Votted and Chofe Cap^ Tho** Cowdin ) 

Ruben Gibfon J^Committe 
Ifaiah Witt J 

to aGree With De^ Amos Kimball what fume to afk the 

Coart for as a tax on an acre of Land 

29'y Votted that Survaers be the Collectors of the 
High Way Rates for this prefent 3'ear 

30'>' Votted that the 9 artile in the warrant which 
was to fee if the Town would alter the place for feting 
the meeting house be pafsed over 

31'y Votted that Hoggs Go at Large this prefent 
year 

32'^' Votted and alowed the Select mens acounts — £2 
—0—8 

Worceftr fs to the Cunftable of the town of fitch- 
burgh Greting 3'ou are Requird in his majefts name to 
notifie and warn all the free Holders & other Inhabitants 
of f"^ Town Quallified by Law to Votte in Town meetings 
to afemble & meet at the Houfe of Cap* Tho^ Cowdins 
Inholder in F Town on mondy the feventeenth Day of June 
Inftant at three of the Clock in the afternoon then & there 
being Duely meet to act on the foloing articals hearafter 
menfioned that is firft to Chuef a moderator for the Gov- 

erment of f meeting 

2'-^' to fee Whether the Town Will Repair the old 
Bridge or Build a new one over f' River near the mills . . 
3'^ to fee What method the Town will Come into to 
buield f^ Bridge or Votte aney thing Refering there to as 
they fhall think proper^ Hereof fail not & make Return 
of this warrant unto foni one of us the Subfcribers at or 
befor f'^' Day Given under our Hands & Seal at fitchburgh 
June the 3*^^^ & in the fifth vear of his Majefts Reign A D 
1765 

David Goodridge f Select men 
Amos Kimball ' for 

Tho*" Cowdin [ fitchburgh 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 17 

[20] Worceftr fs fitchburgh June the 15 1765 

In obediance to the within writen warrant I have no- 

tifid & warnd the free holders & other Inhabitents to 

appear at time & place within mefioned to act on the 

articles within menfhoned acording to the tenour of the 

within Inftrement 

P'' Phinehas Steward Conftable 

at a Legal meeting of the free holders & Inhabitants 
of the Town of fitchburgh qualified b}- Law to Votte in 
Town meetings at the houfe of Cap^ Tho^ Cowdins Inholder 
in f'^ Town on munday the Seventeenth Day of June 1765 
at three of the Clock in the after noon then & their being 
Duely meet & formd proceeded as follows that is. . . 

I'y Votted & Chofe mr John White moderator . . . 

2'-^ Votted to Repair the old Bridge over the River in 
f'' Town near the mills .... 

3'^' Votted that the Bridge be Repaired by a tax Laid 
on the Inhabitants of 1"'' Town 

4'-^ Votted & Greed wnth m'' Phinehas Steward & m*" 
Jonathan Wood to Undertak to Repair the Bridge for 
Eight pounds Lawfull money their Dowing the Bifmes 
forthwith . . . 

Worceftr fs To the Counftable of the Town of fitch- 
burgh Greeting you are Required in his majefts name to 
notify & warn all the free holders & others Inhabitants 
of f** Town Quallifyed by Law to Votte in Town meet- 
ings to afemble & meet at the Houfe of Capt Tho^ Cow- 
dins Inholder in P' town on monday the thurteth Day of 
Septembr Inftant at one of the Clock in the afternoon 
then & their being Duely meet to act on the articals fol- 
lowing that is firft to Chouse a moderator for the Gover- 
ment of f^' meeting 

2'y to fee what methord the Town will com into 
Relating fcools & chufe a Committee for the same & Give 
them fuch Inftructons as they fhall think proper & Raife 
money for the fame as they fhall think proper .... 



18 The Old Records of the 

3'>' to lee whether the Town will have aney preach- 
ing in i"'' Town the Winter Infuing & Rais money for the 
fame & Choufe a Committee to provide preaching [21] & 
Give them Such Inftructons as they Shall think proper 

4'>' to Raife monev for m'' Petter Whitney for his 
three Last Days preaching Laft Winter .... 

v5'y to fee what method the Town will come into to 
Rase the meeting Honfe . . . 

6'^ to choufe a committee to provide fuch things as 
they Shall think nefesary for Railing f'^ Houfe & Give 
them fuch Inftructons as they fhall think proper 

7'-' to hear the acounts of aney perfons that have 
Dun Servis for the Town & Grant money for payment of 
the fame 

8'-^ to fee if the Town will Exept of the Bridge 
Votted to be Built by m*" Phinehas Steward & mL Jona- 
than Wood & Votte aney thing as they fhall think 
proper 

9^-^' to Raife aney Sum or Sums of money for Servife 
of f"^ Town as they Sail think proper 

Here of fail not & make Return of this warrant & 
your Dowings there on to Sum one of us the Subfcribers 

at or before the time of meeting Given Under our 

hands & Seal at fitchburgh this Seventeenth Day of Sep- 
tembr & in the fifth year of his majefts Reign A D 1765 

David Goodridge f Select 
Amos Kimball I men for 
Tho*' Cowdin [ fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs fitchburgh Sepf the thirteth 17G5 
I have wared all the Votters Acording to the within Rit- 
ten Warrant . . . . P'' Phinehas Steward Conftable 

at a Legal metting of the free holders & other Inhab- 
itents of the Town of fitchburgh Qualified by Law to 
Votte in Town meetings at the Houfe of Cap' Tho^ Cow- 
dins Inholder in f^ Town on monday the thurteth Day of 
Sep*^"" 1765 at one of the Clock in the afternoon the Town 



Toivn of FitcJiburgJi. 19 

being meet & formd preceded to act on the folowing 
artels here after menfoned that is firft Votted & Chofe 
Cap^ Tho'' Cowdin moderator .... 

2'y Votted that the fecond & third artcle in {^ war- 
rant be pafed over which artcles ware Relating to having 
Scool & preaching the Winter Infuing 

3^^' Votted that money be Raised to pay m*" Petter 
Wittney for his three Laft Days preaching Laft Winter 

[23] 4'^' Votted that Ever^' man bring in his provi- 
fon to the meeting houfe fpot for the Raifmg of the Same 

5^-^' Votted that De" Amos Kimball Cap* Tho^ Cowdin 
Eph'n Kimball & Ifaac Gibfon & Ifaiah Witt be a Com- 
mittee for to provide fucli things for the Raising of the 
meeting houfe in P' Town as they fliall think proper 

&'^ Votted that the Second article be pafsed over . . 

7'y Votted that Six Dollors be aded to m*" Phinehas 
Steward & m'' Jonathan Wood for Som Extreordny work 
Dun to the Bridge b}- Kimballs mill . . . 

8'>' Votted that the ninth artical be pafsed over 

Worceftr fs to the cunftable of the Town of fitchburgh 
Greeting in his maieftes name \'OU are Requird to notify 
& warn the free holders & other Inhabitents Quallifyed by 
Law to vote in town afairs to afemble & meet at the 
house of Tho*^ Cowdins Inholder in fitchburgh on Thurfdy 
the twenty firft Day of this Inftant Novembr at one of 
the clock in the after noon then & their Being Duly meet 
and formd to act on the folowing articals that is firft to 
Choufe a moderator for the Goverment of P^ meeting . . 

2'-^' to hear acounts of the Town Treafuror .... 

3'-^ to Chouse a Committee to provide Scool or Scools 
as they fhall think proper 

4'-^' to Raife monev for the Scool or Scools as they 
fhall think prop 

5'y to fee What method the Town will com into to 
cover the meetinghouse & to give the Committe anej' fur- 
ther Inftructons as they fhall think proper . . . 

6'y to fee if the Town will Rais aney fum or fums of 
money for finishing f'^ meeting houfe 



20 The Old Records of the 

7'y to hear the Report of the Committee for provid- 
ing a Buering yard or give them aney further Instructons 
as they Shall think proper 

8'>' to fee Whether the Town Chuefes to have atiey 
preaching this Winter & to choufe a Committee to pro- 
vide as they fhall think proper 

9'-^ to Choufe a Committee or Committes as they 
shall think proper 

[!<J3] lO'-^' to hear aney a Counts of aney perfons that 
hath Done Servis for f^ Town & to Raife monney for the 
Same as they fhall think proper 

11'-^ to fee Whether the Town will a Low Timothy 
parker aney fitting Confideration for Servis in Building 
the meeting hous 

12'-^' to fee Whether the Town will Rais aney Sum or 
Sums of money for Service of f'^ Town as they fhall think 
Nefesary 

Hear of fail not & make Return of this Warrant 

With your Downgs there on to Sume one of us the Sub- 

fcribrs at on or before the time of f meeting Given under 

our hands and Seal at fitchburgh this twelfth Day of 

novembr & in the fifth year of his majefts Reign A D 

1765 Tho« Cowdin [Select 

Amos Kimball (men for 
David Goodridge (fitchburgh 

Worcefter fs fitchburgh Novembr the 21 1765 
In obediance to your Warrant I have notifyd & 
warned all the Inhabitents of f*^ Town quallifid by Law 
to vote in Town afairs Phinehas Steward Conftable 



at a Leagal meeting of the free holders & other In- 
habitents of the Town of fitchburgh Quallifed by Law to 
vote in Town afairs at the Houfe of Capt Tho"" Cowdins 
Inholder in fitchburgh on thursday the 21 Day of novembr 
1765 at one of the Clock in the after noon the Town 
being meet & formd proceded to act on the following 
artcles that is firft Votted & Chofe David Goodridge mod- 
erator .... 



Tozvn of FitcJibnrgh. 21 

21-^ Votted that their Shall be a Scoole Kept this 
Winter 

3'>' Votted that Cap* Tho« Cowdin fScool 

Kindall Boutwall | Committee 
Jonathan Wood (for SP" Town 

4'>' Votted to have two Scools in {^ Town & that 
m"" Poole & m^ John fitch with their Neighbors have the 
Benefitt of their Scool money in order to provide a mong 
them felves 

5'^' Votted that three pounds be Raifed for Scooling 

6'-^' Votted that the Committee provid Bords with all 
other other nefecaries needfull in order to cover the meet- 
ing House in P^ Town 

[24] 7'-^' Votted that Cap^ Tho« Cowdin undertak to 
finifh the out fide of the meeting house & Lay the Lower 
flower for three hundred Pounds old tenor the Town pro- 
viding all the ftufe necefary therefor at the fpot where f' 
House Itands 

8'>' Votted that Seventy Pounds be Raifed for the ufe 
of f'^ town 

9'^' Votted to Exept the Report of the Committe 
Chofen by f^^ Town to provide a burieng yard 

lO'y Votted not to have preching this winter . . . 

ll'y Votted & Chofe Elifha fullum a Committee man 
to Joyn with Capt David Goodridge & Cap"^ Tho^ Cowdin 
to take the Care & Build a meeting houfe in f Town . . 

12 Votted to m'' Timothy Parker Eight pounds as a 
Consideration for his hewing & framing the meeting house 
in f'' Town 

Worcefter fs To the Cunftable of the Town of fitch- 
burgh Greting In his majefts name \'OU are Requird to 
notifie & warne all the free holders & other Inhabitents 
qualified by Law to vote in Town afairs to afemble & 
meet at the house of Tho*" Cowdins Inholder in f"^ fitch- 
burgh on mondy the third Day of march next at nine of 
the Clock in the four noon then & their being Duely meet 
& formd to act on the artels folowing 

l'> to Chuse a moderator for Goverment of F' meeting 



22 The Old Records of the 

2'y to Chuse Select meeti & other Town oficers . . . 

^y to Exept of fuch Roads as Shall be Laid out by 
the Select men or their order .... 

41y to Rais aney Som or Sums of money for mending 
high ways & vote how it Shall be workt out .... 

5'>' to pafs a Vote that all those perfons that hath 
Given Land for Town Rods Shall not be at aney coft to 
purches Rods for other perfons that hath not Given aney 
Land for Town Rods til others have given their proporton 
Equel . . . 

&y to see if the Town will pafs a Vote that the 
Sevral Servars or Colectors of the high way Rats Shall 
be acountabl to the Town Treafuror for the Soms com- 
mitted to them to be Workd out .... 

7^-^ to fee if the Town will Reconfider their vots of the 
Last meeting Relating a Buerying yard & Exept of another 
place 

8'y to fee if the Town will Dis Continue aney Rods 
that are alredy Laid out 

[25] 9'^' to fee if the Town Thinks proper to proced 
on their former vote Relating the Land tax to have the 
Commite alredy chofen proced or give them aney farther 
Inftructons as they fhall think proper 

lO'y to here the a Counts of the Several Survars for 
the year paft & vote aney thing there on as they Sail 
think proper 

V\}y to here the a Counts of aney perfon that hath 
Don Serves for the Town & Rais money to pay the Same 

12 to fee if the Town will com into Sume method to 
prevent other Towns people Bringing Catle into Town as 
it is a Grate Damige to the Inhabitants 

13'y to fee if the Town will Suffer hogs to Run at 
Large the prefent year 

14'y to fee if the Town will give the committee ane^' 
further Inftructons towards Glafing the meeting house & 
Culliring the fame if they think proper 

15'y to fee if the Town will com into aney other 
metod to warn Town meetings for the futer 

le'-^ to Chufe a County Regifter for the County of 
Worcefter 



Town of FitcJilnirgJi. 23 

Here of fail not & make Return of this Warrant with 

your Dowings their on to Sum one of us at or Befor the 

time of meeting Given under our hands & Seal this 17 

Day of febuery & in the fixth year of his majefts Reign 

A D 17G6 

David Goodridge [Select men 
Amos Kimball { for 
Tho^ Cowdin (fitchburgh 

Worceftr is fitchburgh march the 1 1766 
In obedianc to this warrant I have warned all the 
free holders all the free holders & other Ihabitents Quali- 
fied by Law to vote in Town metings to meet at Cap* 
Tho*" Cowdins on mondy the third Day of march at nine 
of the Clock in the four noon 

Phinehas Steward Conftable for fitchburgh 

at a Legal meeting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the town of fitchburgh qualifid by Law to vote 
in Town afares to meet at the houfe of Cap* Tho'' Cow- 
dins in f' fitchburgh on mondy the third Day of march 
1766 the Town being meet Votted & Chofe Cap* David 
Goodridge moderator 

[26] 2^y Votted & chofe Amos Kimball Tho^ Cow- 
din David Goodridge Select men for the f"^' Town . . . 

3'y Votted & Chofe Amos Kimball Town Clark . . 

4^^ Votted & Chofe Jonathan Wood Town Treafurer 

5'y Votted & Chofe Eph«^ Kimball Cunftable . . . 

6'y Votted & Chofs mofes Thurlo Solomon Steward 
wardens 

7'-^' Votted & Chofe Nichlos Danforth Nehemiah fuller 
Tiething meen 

8'-^- Votted & Chofe Tho« Cowdin Tho^ Harris William 
flagg David Goodridge mofes Thurlo to be Survars of 
high Ways 

9'^ Votted & Chofe Jofeph Low Elifha fullum Dear 
Reavs 

lUi>- Votted & Chofe John fitch Kindal Boutall to 
take care of fiers 

11'-^ Votted & Chofe William Cox Jonathan Holt 
Hezekiah Hodgkns hogg Reves 



24 The Old Records of the 

12^y Votted & Chofe Phinehas Steward Survare of 
Clabords & Shingels 

13'>' Votted & Chole John Bufs Survare of hups & 
Staves 

14'>' Votted & Chofe Jacob Steward Seler of Lether 

15iy Votted & Chofe Amos Kimball Eph'" Kimball 
fenc vewers 

16'y Votted & Chofe Tho« Cowdin Survare of Wheet 

17^-^ Votted & Chofe Ifaac Gibson Phinehas Steward 
field Drivers 

18'y Votted that the Rod be Exepted from the Bridge 
nar Jefse frenchs mills to Eliflia fulloms if Given it Bcgin- 
ing at f"^ Bridge Runing through Land of Samuel Walkers 
near a fouth west pint to Land of Amos Kimballs & 
through f*^ Kimballs Land to Land of m"" Olivers near a 
fouth pint through {^ Olivers Land to Land of Elifha ful- 
lums & through f*^ fullums Land to the Rod that Leads 
by f'^' fullums to Leomenftr and marked numbr of treas 
on the wefterdl}' fide of f'^ Rod faid Rod to be two Rods 
wide 

Amos Kimball I r ca 

i-t, « /^ A- \ men oi 1° 
Iho^ Cowdin | ^ 

\ i own 

[37] 19'y Votted & Exepted a two Rod Road if 
Given Begining at mofes Thurlos & Tho** Garys Land fo 
Runing through m^ meeds Land to Land of F Thurlos & 
then to Land of Tho^ Buttons fo through to the county 
Road at f*^ Buttons house on the Wefterdl^^ fide of f"^ But- 
tons Houfe & marked the trefs on the sotherdlv Side & 
Wefterdly vSide 

Ifaac Gibfon 
Ifaiah Witt 
Ebenezer Bridge 
mofes Thurlo 
Tho*^ Cowdin 
20'y Votted that Sixty pounds be Raifed for the mend- 
ing the high Ways for this prefent year 

21 Votted that it be Left to the Select men how high 
way money fhall be workt out with thefe Reftraints that 
it be workt out by the our as was the Last year . . . 
22'y Votted that thofe that have Given Rods in {^ 



as 
Comitte 



Totvn of FitcJibnrgli. 25 

Town ihall not be Expofed to By Rods til others that 
have not Given aney Shall be their proportionabl part 
with them 

23'>' Votted that the Survars Shall be Colectors of 
high way Rats & Shall be a Countable to the Town 
Treafuror for the Sums Committed to them to be workt 
out .... 

24'^ Votted that the former vote Refpeeting the Towns 
Exepting the Report of a Commite Chofen to provide a 
buering yard be Reconfiderd 

25'^ Votted to Except one acre of Land of Amos Kim- 
ball for a Buering yard . . . 

26iy Votted that the Rod from Tho'' Garys barn 
towards Cap* Jonathan Woods mill be throne up 

27'y Votted that the Committee Chofen to Git a Land 
tax Shall proceed 

28^^ Votted that the old Survaers See that the high 
ways Rats for the year paft be workt out & to Settle 
with the Treafurer 

29'^ Votted that Cap* David Goodridge aCount be 
a Low-^ 10/ 

30'y Votted that Amos Kimball a Count be a Low^' 
10/ 

31'^^ phinehas Steward Laid his Aount befor the Town 
for warning out perfons & votted to pa\' him 8/ 

32'-^' Eph'" Kimball Laid his a Count befor the Town 
for being Treafuror and votted by them to pay him 12/ 

33'-^' Amos Kimball Laid his a Count before the Town 
[28] for Keping Whitney & votted by them to pay him 
Sixteen Shilings 16/ 

34^-"^ Votted that the Inhabitants of other Towns fhall 
not be alowed to bring in ane^' Cattel into town that 
have no Intrest in i^ town 

35'y Votted that the hoaggs Go att Large this year 

36'J- Votted that the Committey Chofen to Glafe the 
metinghouse are to Coller the f houfc 

Septembr the 15 1766 
Worcefter fs to Ephriam Kimball Cunftable of the 
Town of fitchburgh Greeting in his majeftis name you 



26 TJic Old Records of the 

are Requird to notify & warne all the free holders & 
other Inhabitants qtialifid by Law to vote in town afaers 
to afsemble & meet att the meeting house in {'^ town on 
mondy the twenty Second Day of this month at one of 
the Clock in the after noon then & their being Duel}^ met 
and formd to act on the artcals folowing 

1'-^ to Chufe a moderator for Goverment of f meeting 

2^^ to fee if the Town will Exept of what m"" Abel 
Baldwin hath Don in finishing of the out fide of the meet- 
ing house and Laying the Loear floer 

3'y to See what method the Town will take to pro- 
vide a Scool or Scools & to Chufe a Committe to provid 
a Scool marster & to Give them fuch Inftructons as they 
fhall thnk proper 

4'y to See if they will have preaching this winter & 
to Chuse a Committee for the Same purpos & to Give 
them Such Inftroctons a they Shall think proper .... 

5'^ to See What method the town will com into in 
Dispofing of the pue Ground in the meeting house & to 
Chuse a Committee for that purpos & to Give them Such 
Inftructons as they Shall think proper 

6 Past over 

7'^ to See if the tovim will Raise aney money to De- 
fray Town Charges 

8'-^ to See if the Town will a bate m*' Ebenzer Bridge 
what he was Ratted for Barnebas Woods in the year 
1764 

9'y to See if the Town will com into aney method to 
l)uild a pound 

10'-^' to See if the Town will Raise aney money to fin- 
ifh the County Rode Latly Laid out by the Corts Com- 
mittey 

Here of fail not & make Return of this warrant to 
fom one of us at on or before the Day a bove mentined 
Given under our hands & Sele this fiftenth Day of Sejv 
tembr 1766 & in the Sixth [29] year of his majefts 
Reign 



't>' 



Amos Kimball \ Select men 
David Goodridge } of 

Thos Cowdin | fitchburgh 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 27 

I have warned the free holders & other Inhabitants 
acording to Law Ephriam Kimball Cunftable of fitchburgh 

at a Legal meetting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburgh Qualified by Law to vote 
in town a fauers at the meeting house in f*^ Town on 
mond3^ the twenty fecond Da^^ of this month at one of 
the Clock in the after noon the Town being meet voted & 
Chofe Cap*^ David Goodridge moderator 

2iy Votted & Exepted of What m'' Abel Baldwin has 
Dun toward finifhing the out fide of the meeting houfe 
& Laying the under floor 

3'y Votted that the Town Treafurer Shall Give Secuer- 
ety to mr abel Baldwine or Cap* Tho'' Cowdin for finifh- 
ing the out Side of the meeting house & Laying the under 
floore 

4'-^' Votted to have a Scool in f' town & Rais Eight 
pounds for to be Laid out in Scooling 

5'y Chofe Ruben Gibfon Ephriam Kimball mofes Thurlo 
Scool Commite 

6'y Votted that two thirds of the fcool mone\' to be 
Laid out in the middel of the Town & the Reft of the 
mone}^ to be Laid out b}' the Commity as they Shall think 
proper on the out fides off the Town 

7^>' Votted to have preching in T' town 

8'y Votted & Railed forty pounds of mone}- for 
preaching 

9'y Chofe Amos Kimball Elifha fullam Jonathan Wood 
for to git a minester to prech .... 

lO^y Votted to here m'' Petter Whitney m^ angier m*" 
Payson if they will com & preach with us ... . 

ll'y Votted to Sell the Pue Ground in faid meting house 

12'^ Votted that fifty three pounds fix fhilings & Eight 
penc be Laid upon the peue Ground .... 

13^^ Chofe John White Kindal Boutwall Soloman 
Steward John Thufton Eph'" Kimball for to Lay out & 
Dignifj' the pues & to make Return to the Town the next 
meeting 

\^y Votted that Ebenezer Bridges Raets fhall be 
abated which he was Rated for Barnev Wood in the vear 
1764 



28 The Old Records of the 

15^y Votted that the higest payer upon Reael Estate 
fhall have the firft Choise in the pues in faid metng houfe 

16'>' Votted to Build a pound in faid Town . . . 

[80] 17'>- Votted that Every furvaer in F Town Shall 
work one Day with their hands upon the new County 
Rod or pay the money 

Worceftr fs to Ephriam Kimball Cunftable for the 
Town of fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majefts name you are Requird to warn all the 
free holders & other Inhabitants Qualified by Law to vot 
in Town afaiers to meet at the meeting house in f'^ Town 
on the Second Da\' of novembr next at one of the Clock 
in the alter noon then & their being Duely meet and 
formd to act on the artiles folowing 

l'>' to Chuese a moderator for Goverment of f^' meting 

2 to fee whether the town will Exept of what the 
Comitte hath Dun in Dignifying the pue Ground or order 
the fame Committee to make aney alteration on {^ Day 
as they Shall think proper 

3'-^ to fee if the Town will Inpower the Commity 
Chofen by the Town to Dignify the pue Ground or vote 
aneything Refering thereto 

4'-^' to order Every perfon that Draws a pue to pay 
the money his pue is prifed at to the Town Treafuror or 
Give Secuerety in order to pay m'' Boyenton for Glafing & 
painting the meeting houfe & to pay out f"^ money acord- 
ing to the Commites orders 

5'y to See if the Town will Build the Body Sects in 
the meeting house & Errect a place for the minester to 
preach in 

6iy to See if the Town will Cafe the Windors & feale 
as high as the bottom of the Windors or Give the Com- 
mitte aney further Inftructons as they fhall think proper 

7'-^ to have anc}' perfon bring in their aCounts that 
have aney Demands on f*^ Town & Rais money for to pay 
the fame 

8'>' to See if the Town will com into aney other 
methord to warn town meetings for the futter .... 



Town of FitcJibnrgJi. 29 

9'-^' to See if the Town will provide ftones for fteps 
for the meetinghous Dores and to Dige Down the Bank the 
back lide of the meeting house in order to Keep the 
Gravel [31] Working Down against the Sels 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings there of to fom won of us att or 
before the Day a bove menchened Given under our hands 
& feal this thirtv firft Day of octobr & in the fixth year 
of his mjests Reign A D. 1766 

Amos Kimball ) Select men 
Tho® Cowdin \ for 
David Goodridgcj fitchburgh 

htchburgh Novembr the 6 1766 
by Varty of this Warrant I have warned the free 
holders & inhabitents of this Town Qualified for Voting 
acording to Law to meet at time and place 

Eph™ Kimball Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburgh Qualified by Law to 
vote in Town a fairs at the meeting house in f Town on 
the Seventh Day of novenbr the Town being meet . . . 

I'y Votted & Chole mr John Thufton moderator . . 

2iy Votted & wold not Exept of what the Comity 
hath Dun in Dignifying the pue Ground but voted that 
the Commitey fould make alterations & the Same Com- 
mitey that was chofen to Dignefy the pues Ground Went 
& made an alteration in Dignifying the pue Ground & 
then the Town votted & Expted of What the Commity 
hath Don in Dignifying the pue Ground in P" meeting 
houfe 

3'-^' Votted that the Commity that was Chofen to 
Dignify the pue Ground Shall Give Deeds to those men 
that have pues in f*^ meeting house 

4'-^' Votted that thofe men that have pues fhall pay 
the money Down or Give Secuerety to the Town Treaf- 
urer for three months at what their pue Ground was 
prised at 

o'> Votted to arect a place for the minester to 
preach in 



30 The Old Records of the 

G'-^ Votted that they will cafe the windrs below and 
feele up to the windors & Leave it to Cap^ Goodridge 
Cap* Cowdin Eifha fullam which is the Commite . . . 

?'>' Votted & Raiied fix pounds to Defray Town 
Charges 

[32] 8'>- Votted that the Town meetings fhall be 
Warned for futter by feting up the warrant fourteen Days 
before the meetings on a poft near the meting hous 

9'-^ Votted James poole Shall Git Steps for the meet- 
inghouse Dowers make the wall the Back fide of the meet- 
ing houfe 

A True Coppe Errors Exe])ted 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clark 
A True Coppcy Taken of[' the old Book & Enterd on this 

Book bgining at page live and Comparrd by us the 

Subfcribors Chofen by the Town of fitchburgh octobr 

the 1 1770 

Errors Excepted 

David Goodridge) ,^ •, , 
T u wi\ -4- \ Comitte 

John White j 

[31-] march y^ 2 1767 

(feail) Worceftr fs To m'' Ephriaim Kimball Cun- 
ftabl for the Town of fitchburg Greting — — In his 
majestes Name you are Requred to Warn all the free 
holders & other Inhabitints of f town qualfied by Law 
to Vote in town a fairs to a femble and meet att the met- 
ing house on the Second Day of march Next att Nine 
o Clock in the fore Noon then and their being Duly met 
& formd to act one artels following that is 

(1) to Chufe a moderator for Goverment off meting 

(2) To Chule felect men & other town officers . . . 

(3) To Except of fuch high Ways as fhall be Laid 
out by the Select men or their order . . . 

4 To to Raise money to mend the high Ways for the 
year Infuing & to Vote how it fhall be Worked out . . 

5 To hear the aCounts of the town treafurer from 
the Select men 

6 To fee if the town will abate fuch Rats as fhall be 
Laid bfore them from the feveral Conftables .... 



Toivii of FitcIibiirgJi. 31 

7 To hear the acounts of oxvy perfons that have 
Done fervice for the town & Raife money to pay the fame 

8 To fee if the town will Raise money to provide the 
town with weights «& meafures or other articles as they 
fhall think Nefafary 

9 To fee if the town will Let their hoggs Run at 
Large this prefent year 

here of faile not & make Return of this Warrent with 

your Doings there on to fume one of Us att or before the 

time above mentioned Given under our hands & feail 

this twelfe Day of febucry & in the fcvcnth year of his 

maiefties Reign A D 1767 

Amos Kimball ] c i ^ 
Thos Cowdin \ 



^# 



r 



David GoodridgeJ 



men 



Worceftr fs fitchburg march 2 1 767 In obediance to 
within written warrint I have Notified & warned the fre 
holders & other Inhabitans to apear att time & place 
within mentioned to act on the articals within mentioned 
according to the tennor of the within Inftrument 

Pr Ephraim Kimball Conftable 

at a Legal Meeting of the Freeholders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualified by Law to 
Vote in Town meetings on monda^^ the Second day of 
march A D 1767 at the meeting houfe in f"^' Town 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark Voted 

[33-] march y^' 2 1767 

1 Voted and Chose Thos Cowdin modcratcr . . . 

2 Voted and Chofe Thomas Cowdin Isaac Gibson 
Ifsair Witt Select meen 

3 Voted and Chofe Thomas Cowdin Town Clark . . 

4 \'oted and Chofe Thomas Cowdin Town treafurer 

5 Voted and Chofe Ifaac Gibfon Conftable .... 

6 Voted and Chofe Cap* David Goodridge & John 
Thurften Wardins 

7 Voted and Chofe Reuben Gibfon furv3'er for high 
wav 



32 TItc Old Records of the 

8 Voted and Chofe famuel pirce high way furvare 

10 Voted and Chofe Jacob puffer high way furvar 

11 Voted and Chole Thomas Hart well high way fur- 
var 

12 Voted and Chofe Jofeph Low high way furvare 

13 Voted and Chofen Hezekiah Hodgkin high way 
furvaer 

14 Voted and Chofen Ephraim Ofburn & John White 
Tithing men 

15 Voted and Chofen Caleb Upton & Jofeph Downs 
Deer Refes 

16 Voted and Chofen phinehas fteward & Ebnezer 
Bridge fire Wards . . . 

17 Voted and Chofen William fteward & Caleb Upton 
and James Gray hog Refes 

18 Voted and Chofen Soloman fteward furvare of 
Clabord and fhingels Clabords and fhingels 

19 Voted and Chofen Jonathan Wood furveyer of 
hoops and ftaves hoops and ftaves 

20 Voted and Chofe William Thurlo Seler of Lether 

21 Voted and Chofe Jofeph fpafford and phinehas 
fteward fence Vewers 

22 Voted and Chofen mofes Thurlo furvar of . . Wheat 

23 Voted and Chofe Nicholas Danford and John Bufs 
field Drivers 

24 Voted that the furveyes be Collectors for the year 
Infuing of the high way taxes 

25 Voted and Excepted a Rode from John Whites to 
William Thurlos houfe and Given 

26 Voted and Excepted a Rode from the Count3'' 
Rode to North River bridge and Given .... 

27 Voted and Raifd fixty pounds for high Ways ^60 
[33] 28 Voted that f^^ money fhall be Left to the 

Discreton of the Select men 

29 Voted and a bated the Rats of William Hodgkins 
on the a Count of Jofhua prieft 13/6 paid 

30 Voted to a bate famuel Hodgkins Rates on 
a Count of the meting houfe 13/ paid 

31 Voted to a bate the Rats of Timothy farley H . 3 . O 
paid 



Totvn of Fitchbnrgh. 33 

32 Voted and a bated the Rats of Daniel merrall 5/ 
paid 

33 Voted and a bated the Rats of Thomas Button 
15/ paid 

34 Voted and a bated Thos Buttons Rates in Ephraim 
Kimball List 7/6 paid 

35 Voted to a Low Cap* Bavid Goodridge 10/ paid 

36 Voted to a Low [onathan Wood for fevices Bun 
the town 12/ paid 

37 Voted to a Low Beacon Kimball for ferves Bun 
for this town £5—19—6 paid 

38 Voted to a Low Becon Kimball for Serves Bun 
this town 10/ paid 

39 Voted to a Low Ephraram Kimball for Serves 
Bun this town 10/ paid 

40 Voted to a Low Becon Kimball 6/ pur Week for 
bordarding the mineftrs til the time a Greed upon is Ex- 
pired for mr anger to preach . . . 

41 Voted to Let the Swine Run at Large the year 
Infuing being Lawfully 3'oked & Ring 

The meting Bifolved 

attest Tho'' Cowden Moderator 

fitchburg June 1*** 1766 

We have Laid out a tow Rode Roade begining at y^ 

County Roade and Runing btwen Elphle mace and Land 

in pofsefsion of Thomas Cowdin and fo Running be tween 

mace and Cowdin until it Coms to y*" botom of y*^ falling 

Ground and then Runs through f'^' Cowdins Land by 

markt trees on the Efterdly fide of the Roade til it Coms 

to Land of m"" Mofes Thurlos and fow to y*^ River Wheir 

it Was Laid out the year befor b}' 3'^ i'elect mens order 

and the Land Given by Amos Kimball | Select 

Thomas Cowdin . . V Thomas Cowdin) men 

[:U] titchburg february y^ 26 1767 

We the Select men herby order m'' John Thuften and 
m"" John White and m'' Nicolas Banford to Lay out a 
Road tow Rods Wide from William Thurlos houfe a Croas 



34 The Old Records of the 

mr Danfords and mr Thuftens Land to the Road that 
Leds to mr Ifaac Gibsons houfe and from that Road to 
mr John Whites houfe for Which this fhall be your Sufi- 
cant order 

?•■ Amos Kimball ) felect 
Thomas Cowdin/ men 

fitchburg february 28^^^ 1767 
In obedeance to the Within Written order we have 
Laid out a two Rod Road begining at William Thurlos 
at a Chefnut Tree and Runing from thence threw Land of 
Nicholas Danforth to Land of John Thirften and mofes 
Thurlo and from thence to the Road that Goes to Ifaac 
Gibfons and from that Road bgining at a Chefnut tree at 
the Eaft of that ftrait to y«^ houfe of John White 

and the Land Given by 

P'' John Thirfton 
John White 
Nicholas Danforth 



William Thurlo & John 
Thirften & Nicholas 
Daforth and mofes 
Thurlo and John White 



Worcester fs Fitchburgh March 2^ 1767 
Captain Thomas Cowden being by the Town of Fitch- 
burgh at their Annual Meeting on this Day Chofen to the 
office of Town Clark Took the Oath by Law Required to 
Enable him to Act as Such Attest 

Town Clerk 

Worcester fs March 2^ 1767 

The Several perfons Chofen to the Several offices in 
this Town at the Anual Meeting of this day of whom 
an oath by Law is Required Appeared And Took the 
oaths Required by Law for them to Take to Enable them 
to Execute their Various offices : Except the Town Treaf- 
urer and Tything men 

attest Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

march y^ 9 Thomas Cowdin perenaly a peard before 
me and tuck the oath of a Town treafurer 

^ Tho^ Wilder Juftice of peace 



Toivn of FitchbnrgJi. 35 

[35] Worceftr fs 

(Seal) To mr Isaac Gibson Cunftable for y^ Town of 
Fitchburg Greting 

In his majestes name you are Required to Warne all 
ye freeholders & other Inhabitents of f"^ Town qualified by 
Law to Vote in town affairs to afemble & meet att y^ 
meetinghouse on y^ twenty Seventh Day of this Inftant 
march att one o Clock in y*^ after noon then & their 
being Duely mett & formd to act on y^ artiales folowing 
that is 

1 To Chufe a moderater for Goverment of [^ meeting 

2 To fee What method y'^ Town Will Come into to 
provide preaching for y^ futture & Give y*^ Committy 
Chofe to provide preaching any further Inftructions as 
they fhall think proper 

Hear off fail Not and make Return of this Warrant 
With your Doings their on to forae one of us the fubfcribers 
att or before y^ time above mentioned Given under our 
hands & feals this thirteenth Day of march & in y*' feventh 
year of his mjefties Reighn A D 1767 .... 

Thomas Cowdin f Select 



Isaac Gibfon 
Ifaiah Witt 



meen 



Worceftr fs Fitchburg march y*^ 27 1767 
In obediance to y^ Within Written Warrant I have 
Notefied & Waned y'^ free holders & other Inhabitants to 
a pear att time & place within menfhoned to act on y^ 
articals with in mentioned a Cording to y^ tenor of y^ 
Within Iftrument 

^ Isaac Gibfon Cunftable 

1 Voted & Chofe Cap^ David Gooridge moderater of 
f'^ meting 

2 Voted to Not to act on y^ fecond article in y^ War- 
rent 

3'^ meting Difolved 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 



36 The Old Records of Ihe 

[3C>] Worcefter fs 

(feal) To mr Isaac Gibson Cunftable for the town of 
fitchbnrg Oreting 

In his niajests name you are Requierd to Warn all the 
fre holdrs and other inhabitents of f"^ town qualified by 
Law to Vote in town a faers to a Setnbl and met at the 
meting houfe on mondy the Eleventh Day of may next 
at two O Clock in the after noon then and their being 
Duely met and forrad to act on the artels folwing that is 

1 To Chuef a moderater for Goverment of S'^ meting 

2 To See Whether the town will a point a Da}^ of 
fasting and prayer in order to ask Divine a Sistance in 
Giveing- Som Gentelman a Call to Setle in the Gofpel min- 
estr}' in this town 

3 To Vote What mineftrs the towm will a ply unto to 
Carey on the Work of the Day 

4 To Chuef a Comite to a ply to those Gentelman 
that the town Shall See Cause to Chues 

here of faile not and make Return of this Warrent 

With your Do wings their on to fum one of us the fubscribrs 

at or befor the time a bove mentned Given under our 

hands and feal this twenty fecond Day of april and in the 

feventh year of his majeft Reighn A D 1767 

^i?^ Thos Cowdin [ Select 
Isaac Gibson \ 
Isaiah Witt ( men 

Worester fs fitchburg may \V-^ 1767 

in obedianc to the Within Warent I have Notefid and 
Warnd the free holders and other Inhabitents to a pear at 
time and place With in mentned to act on the artels With 
in mentned a Coring to the tenor of y^ With inftrement 

■^ Isaac Gibson Cuntble 

at a Leguel meting of the fre holders and other in- 
habetn of the town of fitchburg qualified by Law to Vote 
in town metings on mondy the Eleventh Da}^ of may A D 
1767 at the metin house in f'^ town 

Tho*" Cowdin Town Clark 



Tozvii of Fitchburgh. 37 

[37] 1 Voted and Chofe Decon amos Kimall moder- 
ater 

2 Voted to a point thurfdy the 21 Day of may to be 
Set a part for a Da3^ of faffing and prayer in this town 

3 Voted to a ph' to the Revrent m'' herington m"" 
millens m"" Winchefter adams & m'' Gardner to Carey on 
the Work of the Day .... 

5 this meting Difolvd 

Thos Covvdin Town Clark 

Worcefter fs 

(feale) To mr Isaac Gibson Cunftabl for the town of 

fitchburg Greting In his majests name you are Reqierd 

to Warn all the free holders and other Inhabitents quali- 
fied by Law to Vote in town a faers to a Semble and 
meet at the meting houfe on mondy the Eleventh Day of 
this Inftent may at five Clock in the after noon then 
and their being Duely met and formd to act on the artels 
folowing 



here of fale not and make Return of this Warrent 
With your Dowings there on to fum one of us at the 
time and place a bove mentned Given under our hands 
and Seals this Eleventh Day of may and in the feventh 
year of his majests Reighn A D 1767 

p"" Thos Cowdin Isaac Gibson Isaiah Witt Select men 

Worcefter fs fitchburg may 11^^ 1767 

In obediants to the Within Warent I have notified 

and warnd the fre holders and other inhabitents to 

a pear at time & place Within mentned to act on the 

artels Within mentned acording to tenor of the Within 

Instruement 

^ Isaac Gibson Cunftabl 



at a Legol meting of the fre holders and other inhabe- 
tents of the town of fitchburg qualified by Law to Vote 
in town metings on mondy the Eleventh Day of may 
A D 1767 at the meting houfe in i^ town 

1 Voted and Chose Decon amos Kimball moderater 



38 The Old Records of the 

2 Voted to Build the pulpet as fune as the ftufe Can 
be provided 

3 Voted to order the Coramite to a Gree with fom 
workman to bueld the pulpet 

4 Voted to purtches an acor of Land Lying on the 
north fid of the meting house for a buering yard . . . 

5 the meting Disolved .... 

[38] Worceftr fs 

(feal) To laac Gibson Cunstable for the town of 
fitchburg Greting 

lin his mjeftes name you are Requird to Warn all the 
fre holders and other Inhabitents qualified by Law to 
Vote in town afaers to a Semble and meet at the meting- 
house on mondy the first Day of June next at two of the 
Clock in the after noune then and their being Duly met 
and formd to act on the artels folowing .... 

1 to Chuse a moderater for Goverment of f"^ meting 

2 to See if the town Will a Loue Every freeholder to 
be a Voter in the Choice of a minefter or Vote aney thing 
Refering ther to as they fhall think proper 

3 to fee if the town Will Vote to Call Some proper 
perfon to Settle in the Gofpel miniftrey in [^ town and 
proced to a Choise 

4 to Vote fum fuetible fum of money to be paid fuch 
person fo Chofen to Encorage and Enable him to fettel 
in y^ miniftry in F town and Likewise What fum of money 
they Will aneuely pay him as his falery .... 

5 artcle was not acted upon .... 

6 to Cufe a Comite for that purpus or Vote aney 
thing Refering their to as they fhall think proper . . . 

Here of faile not and make Return of this Warrant 
to fum one of us the fubscribers at or befor the Day a 
bove mentined Given under our hand and feale this fix- 
tenth Day of may and in the feventh year of his majestes 
Reighn A D 1767 

Isaa Gibson / Select 
Isaiah Witt \ men 



Town of Fitchbn?'gh. 39 

Worceftr fs fitchburg June 1" 1767 

In obediants to the Within Written Warent I have 
notified and Warnd the free holders and other linhabi- 
tants to a pear at time and place Within mentned acord- 
ing to the tenor of the Within Inftrement 

^ Isaac Gibfon Cunstable 

At a Legal meting of the freeholders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburg afsembled June 1" 1767 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

I'y Voted and Chofe Capt David Goodridge modera- 
tor 

2^y Voted that Every freholder be a votter in Chusing 
of a minestr 

3^y Voted and Chofe m^ Samuel Ainger to Settle in 
the Work of the Gofpel miniftry in this Town .... 

415' Voted to give mr Samuel Ainger one Hundred 
and thirty three pounds Six Shilings and Eight pence as 
a Settlement [39] to Encourage him to Settle With us in 
the Work of the miniftry and for his Support and main- 
taince fo Long as he Shall Continue our minifter provided 
he Shall Settle among us that is the one half to be paid 
in one year after his ordination the other half in two 
years after his ordination 

5^y Voted to pay m*" Samuel Ainger as his yearly 
Salary Sixty pounds untill there fhall be fixty families fet- 
tled in Town after that to pay him annualy fixty fix 
pounds thirten fhilings and four pence 

6'y Voted and Chose Thos Cowdin and m^ John Thuf- 
ten and mr John White a Comite to waite upon mr Sam- 
uel ainger to Suply the pulpet til he Gives his answer . . 

The meting Disolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

5'y Voted to pay m'' Samuel Ainger as his 3'early Sal- 
ary Sixty pounds untill there fhall be fixty families fettled 
in Town after that to pay him annualy fixty fix pounds 
thirten fhilings and four pence 

6iy Voted and Chose Thos Cowdin and m^ John Thuf- 



40 The Old Records of the 

ten and mr John White a Comite to waite upon mr Samuel 
ainger to Suply the pulpet til he Gives his answer . . . 

The meting Disolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 



Septembr y^ 6 1767 
mr Samuel anger answerd his Call from the Town of 
fitchburg on the Negetive 

(seal) Worceftr fs To Isaac Gibson Cunstable for the 
town of fitchburg Greting 

In his raajests name you are Requird to Warn all the 
freeholders & other Inhabitants qualefied by Law to vote 
in town afaers to asemble and meet at the meting house 
on thurfd}^ the twenty fourth Day of this Inftant Septr 
at one O Clock in the after noon then and their being 
Duly met and form to act on the artels following . . . 

1'^ to Chufe a modcrater for Goverment of f*^ meting 

2^^ to fee if the town Will Give m'' John pay son or 
aney other Gentleman a Call to Setle in the Gosple minis- 
try in this town and vote a futable Sum for his Settel- 
ment and Sallery 

or 3'y to See What method the towm will Come into 
for to Supply the pulpet for the futter and vote aney thing 
Refering their to as they Shall think proper 

41y to Chuse a Commite to Suplie the pulpet for the 
futer or fo Longe as the town Ihall think proper . . . 

5'y to Se Whether the town Will Rase aney fum of 
money to pay for preching for the futter 

6^y to Se if the town Will Rase aney fum of money to 
provide a School or Schools and to Chuse a Commite to 
provide a marster or marsters .... 

[40] Here of faile not and make Return of this War- 
rant to Sum one of us the Subscribrs at or befor the 
Day above mentned Given under our hands and Scale this 
tenth Day of Septr A. D 1767 

Thos Cowdin ] Select 
Isaac Gibson \ meen for 
Isaiah Witt J fitchburgh 




MRS. HANNAH COWDIN. 



Town of FitchlnirgJi. 41 

Worcefter fs fitchburg Septr 23^^ 1767 

in obedeance to the Within Written Warrant I have 
notified & Warned the fre holders & other Inhabitants 
to apear at time & place within mentond to act on the 
artels Within mentoned acording to the tennor of the 
Within Instrument 

Isaac Gibson Cunstable 

at a Legal meting of the free holders and other inhabi- 
tants of the town of fitchburg afembled Septr the 24 

1767 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

1^-^ Voted and Chose Decon amos Kimball moderater 

2^y Voted to Give mr John Payson a Call .... 

3^y Voted to give mr John Payson one Hundred and 
thirty three poundes Six Shillings and Eight pence as a 
Settlement to Encourage him to Settle With us in the 
Work of the Gospel miniftry and for his Support & main- 
tainance fo long as he Shall Continue our minifter) pro- 
vided he Shall Settle among us) the one half to be paid 
in one year after his ordination other half in two years 
after his ordination 

4'y Voted to pay mr John Payson (as his yearly Sal- 
ary) fixty punds untill their fhall be fixty families Settled 
in Town after that to pay him annual_v fixty fix pounds 
Thirteen fhillings and four pence 

5'-^ Voted and Chofe mr John Thusten Thos Cowdin 
and John White be a Commite to Waite upon mr John 
Payson With the towns Call to Suply the pulpet till he 
Shall Give his answer 

6'-^ Voted to Dismis the fixth artel 

7^^ the meting Disolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

Worceftr fs To mr Isaac Gibson Cunftable for the 
town of fitchburgh Greting 

(feal) In his majests name you are Requird to Warne 
all y^ free holders and other Inhabitents of the town of 
fitchburg qualified by Law to Vote in town afaers to 
afemble and meet at the meting house on mondy the 



42 The Old Records of the 

twenty third Day of this Inftent Novembr at twelve 

Clock then and their bein^ Duely meet and formd to 
act on the artels folowing 

1 to Chues a moderater for Govennent of f'^ meting 

2 to fee if the town Will Rafe aney fum of money to 
Defray town Charges or to pay anej^ Deets all Redy Con- 
tracted by the town 

[41] Novembr the 23 1767 

3 to See Whether method the town Will Com into 
to provid a fcoole or or fcools the 3'ear Infuing or vote 
aney thing Rcfering their too 

4 to See if the town Will Do aney thing further 
towards finifhing the meting houfe the year Infuing . . 

5 to See if the town Will abate Jofhua Pools Rats in 
the year 1766 

Here of fale not & make Returne of this Warrent With 

your Dowings there on to Sum Wone of us the Subscribr 

at on or befor the Day above mentned Given under our 

hand and feel this Ninth Day of Novembr and in the 

Eighth year of his majests Reighn A D 1767 fitchburgh 

November the 9 1767 

Thos Cowdin\ Select meen 
Isaac Gibfon /for fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs In obediants to the Within Written Warrent 

1 have Notified and Warned the free holders & other In- 
habitents to a peare at time and place Within mentned to 
act on the artels Within mentned acording to the tenor of 
the Within Inftrument 

Fitchburgh November the 23 1767 

Ifaac Gibson Cunftable 

att a Legal meting of the free holders and other In- 
habitents of town of fitchburgh afembled Novembr the 23 
1767 

I'y Cofe Capt David Goodridge moderater .... 

2iy Voted to Rafe thirty pounds to pay for preaching 

3iy Voted to Rafe fifty five pounds to pay mr Baldwine 
and to pay other town Charges 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 43 

4'y Voted to Rase Eight pounds to provide a Scool or 
Scools 

5^y Voted & Chole Capt David Goodridge Decon amos 
Kimball and John thuften be a Comite to provide a Scool 
or Scools 

6'y Voted and Reconfidred the fcool money being Laid 
out in two placef in town 

7^y Voted that three quarters of the money be laid out 
in two places the other quarter be Laid out in two parts 
that is m*" fullams Corner & m'' hartwells Corner . . . 

8'y Voted to Rais thirteen pounds fix fhilings and 
Eight pence to laid out in bulding the ftares up the Gal- 
erys and Laing the Galer\- flooers and buelding the breft 
work Round the Galerys 

[43] 9'-^ Voted not to abate m'' Jofhua pools Rats 
in the year 1766 

the meting Disolvd 

(Seele) Worceftr fs To mr Ifaac Gibfon Cunftable for 
the town of fitchburgh Greting .... 

In his majeftes name you are Requird to Warn all the 
fre holders and other Inhabitents qualified by Law to 
vote in town afaers to afemble & meet at the meting 
house on mondy the twenty third Day of this Inftint 
Novembr at four O Clock in the after noon then and their 
being Duely afembled to act on the artels folowing . . 

1 to Chues a moderater for Goverment of f*^ meting 

2 to See if the town Will make anc}^ additon to m*" 
John Paysons Salery in Regard to finding him his Wood 
or vote aney thing Refering there to as they fhall think 
proper 

Here of faile not and make Due Return of this War- 
ent With your Dowings to fum one of us at or befor the 
time above mentned Given under our hands and feele at 
fitchburgh this twenty first Da}- of Novembr & in the 
Eighth year of his majeftes Reign A D 1767 

Thos Cowdin \ g^^^^^ ^^^^ 
llaac Gibson \ c r:^ t,u u 
Ifaiah Witt I ^°^ fitchburgh 



44 The. Old Records of the 

Worceftr fs In obcdiance to the Within Written War- 
ent I her by Notifie and Warn the free holders & other 
Inhabitents to a pear at time and place Within nienfhned 
to act on the artels Within mentned acording to the tenor 
of y'^ within Inftrement fitchburgh Novemer the 23 1767 

Ifaac Gibson Cunftable 

att a Legal meting of the free holders and other In- 
habitents of the town of fitchburgh afembld Novembr the 

28 17B7 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

1'-^ Voted and Chofe Cap* David Goodridge moder- 
ater 

2^-^' Voted to find m"" John Payson his Wood aneuely 
that, is from year to year fo Long as he fhall Contnu our 
mineftr that is find and provide thirty Cords of Wood 
a Greabl to his Request fent to the town under his hand 
Dated Novembr the 23 1767 

the meting Disolvd 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

[43] Decembr the 16 1767 

Novembr the 30 1767 
mr John Payfon Gave his anfwer in the affermitive and 
Axepted of the towns Call to Settle in the Work of the 
Gofpel miniftr}' in this town 

Tho** Cowdin Town Clark 

(feale) Worceftr fs To mr Isaac Gibfon Cunftable for 
the town of fitchburgh Greting 

In his majefts name you are Requird to Warn all the 
free holders and other Inhabitents of the town of fitch- 
burgh qualefid by law to Vote in town afaers to afemble 
and meet at the meting houfe on Wenfdy the fixtenth Da}' 
of this Inftent Decembr at one O Clock in the after noon 
then and their being Duely meet and formd to act on the 
artels folowing 

1 to Chufe a moderater for Goverment of f'^ meting 

2 to See What method the town Will Come Into in 
Regard to aponitng a Day to ordain m'' John payfon or 



Town of FitcJihurgJi. 45 

vote aney thing Referring there to as they fhall think 
proper 

3 to have thofe perfons that have aney Demands on 
the town to bring in their a Compts in order for a settl- 
ment . . . . . . 

4 to See if the town Will Give back the Deed of the 
acre of Land Deeded to the town for a Buering yard by 
Thos Cowdin 

Here off fail not and make Returne of this Warrent 

With your Dowings their on to Sum Won of us the Sub- 

fcribrs at or before the Day a bove mentned Given under 

our hands and Seal this Second Da}' of Decembr and in 

the Eight year of his mjefts Reighn A D 1767 

fitchburgh Deer the 2 1767 Thos Cowdin | felect meen 

Ifaac Gibfon | for fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs Fitchburgh Dec'' the 16 1767 .... 

In obediance to the Within Written Warrent I have 

Notified & Warned the free holders and other Inhabitance 

to apear at time and place Within mentioned to act on 

the artikles Within mentioned acording to the tenor of 

the Within Inftrument 

Ifaac Gibfon Cunftable 

[44] at a Legal meting of the free holders and other 

Inhabitents of the town of fitchburg afembled Decembr 

the 16 1767 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

I'y... voted and Chofe Liut Ruben Gibfon moderater 

2'y... voted and apointed the Wenfdy the 27 Day of 
Janeuery 1768 to ordain m'' John pay son .... 

3'y... voted to Send for Church of Walpole & actown 
& Chelse 

4^-^ . . . voted to Send for the two Churches in of Lan- 
ceftr and the Church of Luninburgh & the first Church 
of Leominftr and ihe Church of Weiminfter and the Church 
of Shirley 

5'y... voted that Cap^ David Goodridg Decon amos 
Kimball & John Thuften be a Comite to notefie the 



46 The Old Records of the 

Churches Sent for to afsift in the ordenation of m'' John 
payson 

6'y . . . voted that Decon Kimball & Ephriam (the Decons 
Kimball provide for & Entertain the Counfel 1 aloud 
at the ordenation of mr John payfon & that the town 
pay five Dolers to Decon Kimball and five Dolers to 
Ephriam Kimball for that Serves paid Eph™ Kimball his 
five Dolers 1 10 paid 

7^y... voted to alow Thos Cowdin his a Count Which 
is £2 ^2 'le paid 

and also to alow Ifaac Gibfon his acont Which 
is 16 paid 

9^y... voted to and alow Decon amos Kimball his 
acount Which is 2 15 paid 

lO'y... voted and Gave back the Deed of the acre of 
Land Deded to the town by Thos Cowden for a buering 
yard 



the meting Difolvd 



Thos Cowdin town Clark 



1768 march the 7 the anual meting att fitchburgh 

(feal) Worceftr fs To mr Ifaac Gibfon Cunftable for 
the town fitchburgh Greting 

In His majefts name you are Requird to Warn all the 
free holders and other Inhabitents of the town qualified 
by Law to vote in town afaers to afemble and meet at 
the meting house on mond}^ the feventh Day of march 
next at Nine O Clock in the four noon then and their 
being Duely meet & formd to act on the artels folowing 

1 to Chuefe a moderater for Goverment of {^ meting 

2 to Chuefe Select raeen and other town oficers . . 

3 to Exept of Such town Roads as Shall be Laid 
out by Select men or their order 

4 to Raefe money to mend the high Wa3's & vote 
aney thing Referring there to as they fhall think proper 

5 to heare the a Counts of thofe that have Dun Serves 
for the town & to Rafe money for to Defray tow Charges 

[45] march y*^ 

6 to fee the town Will abate fuch Rats as fhall be 



Town of Fitchburgh. 47 

Laid befor town from the feveral Cunftables or aney other 
Perfons 

7 to heare the a Counts of the town trefhror from 
the Select meen 

8 to fee if the town Will Rafe money to provide the 
town With Waits and mefhors or aney other town artels 
as the town fhall think proper 

9 to fee if the town Will Let the Swine Run at Large 
year Infuing 

10 to See What method the town Will take to pro- 
vide a fuport for m*"^ Harts maintanance and vote aney 
thing Refering thir to as they fhall think proper . . . 

Here off faile not and make Return of this Warent 
With your Dowings there on to fum one of us the Sub- 
fcribers at on or before the Day a bove mentfhned Given 
under our hand and Seal this nintenth Day of febuery and 
in the Eighth year of his majefts Reighn A D 1768 

Tho^ Cowdin] Select 
Ifaac Gibfon > meen for 
Ifaiah Witt J fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs march the 7 1768 

In obeidance to the Within Ritten Warent I have 
Notified & War the free holderf & other inhabitents to 
apear at time and place Within menfhned to act On the 
artels Within menchned acording to the tenor of the 
Within Inftrement 

Ifaac Gibfon Cunftable 

att a Legal meting of the free holders and other In- 
habitants of the town of fitchburgh afembled on march 
the 7 1768 

Tho« Cowdin Town Clark 

l^y Cofe Decon amos Kimball moderater .... 

2^y Chofe Tho« Cowdin Decon Kimball & Ifaac Gibfon 

Select meen 

3'y Chofe Tho« Cowdin town Clark .... 

4iy Chofe Tho« Cowdin town trefhror 

5'y Chofe Tho« Cowdin Cunftable 



48 'fitc Old Records of the 

6'-^' Exepted Ebenezer Bridge to Serve Cunftable in T' 
Cowdins Rume 

[4(>] Ty Chofe Jonathan Wood & Caled Upton War- 
dens Wardens 

8'-^ Chofe Elifha fullam F'hinehas Steward Phinehas 
Hartwell Ebenezer Bridge James Gray high Way Colec- 
tors high Way Colectors 

9'-^ Chofe Phinehas Steward Elifha fullam tithin 
meen tithin meen 

10'^ Chofe Ephriam Smith Edward Scott Dear 
Reves Deer Reves 

11'-^' Chofe John Bufs max Jewet fier Wards . fier Ward 

121^- Chofe William Thurlo Nehemiah fuller Eliphlet 
mace hog Reves hog Reves 

13'y Chofe Soloman Steward Survare of Clabords and 
Shingels Clabords & Shingels 

14'y Chofe Jonathan Wood Svaer of hups & 
Staves hups & Staves 

15'^" Chofe William Thurlo Seler of Lelher . . . Seler 
of Let her 

16^y Chofe Eph"^ Kimball Nehemiah fuller fence Vew- 
ers fence vers 

17'y Chofe Charls Willard Ifaac Gibfon field Driv- 
ers field Drivers 

18'y Chofe Cap*^ David Guodridge a Colector to Colect 
the Land tax Gi anted by the Grat and Generol Corte on 
the Non Refadent propriotrs Land Lying in the town of 
fitchburg that is one half pen\' pur acre . . . Colector 
of the Land tax 

19'^' Exepted the Road Laid out from mr Thos 
Palmors Land if Given to the old Road 

20 artcle not Exepted 

21'y exepted of the Road that Leds from the End of 
the old Road Runing by m"" Th(^s Harrifes to Kilpatricks 
Land and through Kilpatricks Land & through thos Har- 
rises Land to Joseph Downes Land and through f'^ Land 
of Jofeph Downs til it Coms to [47] Land of m'' francis 
fullam or Timothy fullams Land if Given by tlie owners 
of the Land .... 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 49 

22'-^' Exepted of a Road from John Bufs hous through 
ff^ Bufs Land to Land of mr hotten and m*" Goodridges 
and mr Ohvers if Given by the oner of the Land . . . 

23^-^ Exepted of the Road beginings at mofes thurlos 
Line betwen mofes Land and WilHam thurlows Runing 
by mofes hous & barn to the north Ent of F thurlos 
Wal through mofes thurlos paster one Rodd and an half 
til it Coms to mr hob3^s Land and then two Rods Wide 
til it Coms to the old Road nere James Grays house and 
markt the trees on the Wefderdly fide of f' Exepted if 
Given by the oners of the Land 

24'^' Exepted of a Road through Edward Scotts Land 
two Rods Wide from the old Road through Comon Land 
til it Coms to Land of Phinehas Hartw and through f*^ 
hartwells Land til it Coms to Land of Caled Uptons and 
through Caled uptons Land til it Coms to Land of Ephri- 
ham Smiths and through P Smiths Land til it Coms to 
the County Rod and markt the tres on the fouth fid of f'' 
Road and Exepted by the town Given by the oners of 
the Land 

25^^ Exepted of a Road two Rods Wide begining at 
fots old Road By a fmall Chesnot ftand Runing South 
through m'" Eb'' Bridges Land and through his fathers 
Land and through mr Brow'ns Land and through mr Oli- 
vers Land and through mr Jofeph Lows Land til Coms 
to Land of Tho*^ Cowdins then turning West over punch 
Brook fow Cald then Runing on mr Olivers Land betwen 
f*^ Cowdins Land and m"" Olivers til it Coms to the old 
County Road near the Bridge above the mil pond and 
Exepted by the town if Given by the oners of the Land 

26'^ Voted to Elow of the alteration made by m* 
Kindal Boutal in turing the Rod near his hous and Ax- 
epted by the town 

27'y Voted to Rafe fixty pounds to mend y^ high 
Waj'S this prefent year and to Work it out as the Cus- 
tom of the town hath bin that is Every fevaer one Da^' 
With his hands on the County Road & on the fpot to 
aLow /4'^ pur ouer for a man that Works £60 

28'^ Voted and ordrd the furvaers of high Way for 
the year 1767 Work out the Remain of their high Way 

3 



50 The Old Records of the 

Rats by the Laft of June 1768 or Colect and pa}- the 
money to the town trefhror e j- ^ 

[48] 29iy Voted to alow mofes thnrlo for Plank 9 4 
paid 

30'y Voted to alow Dcon John Thuften for Bording 
mr alden and Keping his hors 1 10 paid 

31'-^ Voted to a Low Ephriham Kimball for Keping 
the Revrant m*" Payfons hors 9 8 paid 

32'y Voted to aLow Dcon amos Kimball for Bording 
the Revrent mr Payfon and Keping his hors .430 paid 

33'y Voted to alow^ famuel Hodgkins for fawing plank 
for abridge 4 10 paid 

34'y Voted to abate Samuel Hodgkins his Rats in 
Eph™ Kimballs List 098 paid 

also Thos Palmors Rats in Kimballs List 13 10 paid 

35'y Voted to Axept of the town trefhrors acounts 
from the felect meen 

36'y Voted to Let the fwine Run at Large the prefent 
year 

37iy Voted to pay m^ Witt for Bording m" Hart 
Wone Whole year four Pounds & fow in proporton by the 
Weke in Cafe fhe fhould not Live til the year is Expird 
4 00 paid 

The meting Defolvd 

the Sevral Town oficers tuk the oaths Reqird by Law 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

fitchburgh febuery the 5 1768 

We have Laid out a two Road begining at y^ Weftrdl}' 
Line of Ebenezer Bridges Land through Edward Scotts 
Land then through Comon Land til it Corns to Phinehas 
Hartwells Land & through f"^ Hartwells Land til it Coms 
to Land of Caleb Uptons & through f'^ Uptons Land til it 
Coms to Land of Ephriam Smith and through f*^ fmiths 
Land til it Coms to the County Rode betwen Caleb 
Uptons & Ephriams Smiths and markt treefe on the 
foutherdly fide of the Rode and Exepted by the town 
Given by the oner of the Land 

Tho® Cowdin | Select men 
Ifaac Gibfon \ for 
Ifaiah Witt | fitchburgh 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 51 

[49] fitchburgh febuery y<= 9 1768 

We have Laid a two Rode Roade begininge at the old 
Rode Where it Enters Edward Scotts Land at a fmall 
Chefnot tree Runing fouth upon Land of Ebenezer Bridges 
then through m'' John Bridges Land of Lexenton then 
throu Land of m'' Jofeph Lows then through mr Olivers 
Land of Salom til it Corns to Land of Tho^ Cowdins then 
turns Weftrdly over punch Brook then Runs upon f*^ Olivers 
Land Joyning to f*^ Cowdins Land til it Corns to the 
County Road near the Bridge & markt tres on the Efterdly 
fide of the Rode and Exepted by the town if Given by the 
oner of the Land 

T-/. /^-t r f Select men 
llaac (jiblon I ,• 

Ifaiah Witt i r-- 1,1 u 
[ ntchburgh 

fitchburgh febuery the 6. 1768 

We have Laid out a two Rod Road begining at the 
town Line betwen Thos Palmers Land and the town 
Line through Comon Land to the old Rod Runing North 
& markt trees on the Efterdly lide of f"^ Road .... 

then Begining at Jofiah Colledges frame Runing a 
north point on Land Belongin to F Colledges or Elifha 
fullams til it Coms to Land of francis fullams and markt 
the tres on the Eftrdly lide of f'' Road and Exepted b\' 
the town if Given by the oners of the Land 

alfo a two Rode Road from y^ Ende of the town 
Road by mr Tho^ Harrifes through Samuel Kilpatricks 
Land til it Coms to Land of Tho® Harrifes fow through 
f*^ Harrifes Land til it Coms to Land of Jofeph Dowmes 
Land and fow through f"^ Downes Land til it Coms to 
Land of francis fullums or Timothy fulloms and markt 
the trees on y^ foutherdly fide of f'^ Rode and Exepted b\^ 
the town if Given by the owners of the Land .... 

alfo a two Rode Road Beginining at John Bufses hous 
through f"^' Bufs is Land til it Coms to Land of mr Elezer 
Hottons fow through f"^ Hottons Land til it Coms to 
Land of Jofhua Goodridges til it Coms to Land of mr 
Olivers fow through mr Olivers Land til it Coms to the 
town Rode Leding from Ep'^ OZburns to the metinghous 



52 The Old Records of the 

and markt tres on the fouth fide of f*^ Rode Exepted by 
the town if Given by the owners of the Land .... 

[50] alfo a two Rode Roade from niofes thurlos Line 
btwen WilHam Thurlos Land and mofes thurlos by mofes 
thurlos house and barn til it Corns to the north End of 
{^ mofes thurlos Wall through f"^ mofes pafter one Rod and 
a half til it Corns to mr Hobys Land and then tw^o Roads 
through f'^ hobys Land til it Corns to the old Road Near 
James Gra3^s hous and markt the tres on the Wefterdly 
fid of F Rod and Expted by the town if Given by the oners 

of the Land 

Thos Cowdin | Select 
Ifaac Gibfon ) meen for 
Ifaiah Witt J fitchburgh 

may the 23 1768 

(fele) Worceftr fs To m^ Ebenezer Bridge Cunftable 
for the town of fitchburgh Greting 

In his majefts name you are Requird to Warn all the 
fre holders & other inhabitants of the town of fitchburgh 
qualified by Law to Vote in town afaers to afemble and 
meet at the metinghous house on mondy the twent^^ 
third Day of this inftant may at two O Clock in the after 
noon then & their being Duely met and fomd to act on 
the artels folowing 

1 to Chuefe a moderater for Goverment of {^ meting 

2'y to See What method the town Will take to anfuer 
the Gineral Coarts Requeft in Joyning With the town of 
Lanceftor to have one Supearer Coart & twa Coarts of 
the quarter Sesons held their and Vote aney thing Refering 
their to as they fhall think proper 

3^y to fee Whether the town Will build the bridge new 
over the River near frenches or Vote aney thing Refering 
their to as they fhall think proper 

41y b^^ a Request from the pue Commitey — that is to 
fee if the town Will Confider Edward Scott upon acount of 
a pue he Claims in the metinghouse or defend the Com- 
mit3^ from aney Deficalty that may arife or do aney thing 
Refering their to as they fhall think proper ... 

here off faile not and make Return of this Warrent to 
fum won of us With your dowings their on at or before 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 53 

the time above tnentned Given under our hands and feal 

this ninth day of may and in the Eighth year of his 

majests Reighn A D 1768 

Thos Cowdin I g^j^^^ ^^^^ 

f^"^°%S!f ^^^1 for fitchburgh 
Isaac (jibson [^ ^ 

[51] In obediance to the Within Warrant I have 
Warned all the freeholders and other inhabitants of the 
town of fitchburgh that are qualified b\^ Law to Vote in 
town afaers to afemble and meet at the time and place to 
act on the above mentned artels in this warrent 

fitchburgh may the 23 1768 

. Ebenez*" Bridge Cunftable 

At a Legal meting of the free holdars and other inhabi- 
tants of y'^ town of fitchburgh asembid may the 23 1768 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

V^ Chofe Dcon Kimball moderator 

2'y Chofe Thos Cowdin John White & Decon John 
Thuften be a Comite to anfw^er the Gineral Coarts Request 
in a Count of their Request for having one Superior Coart 
and two Coarts of Coman pleas held at Lanceftr 

3'^ Voted to builde the bridge over the River by 
frenches b3^ the towns Genirofite 

4'y Voted and agreed upon b}^ the two partes on 
acount of the pue in Contest ond by Phinehas Steward 
Which pue Edward Scott Claims is Given up by f*^ ftew- 
ard to f'^^ Scott upon Condition that f*^ Scott pays thirty 
Shilings and pays also What money the towns Comite 
Dignefied the pue Grownd at to faid fteward & further 
more both partys that is f'^ Edward Scott and f'^ phine- 
has Steward Each of them agred and actuaW fined the 
towns Vote both of them never to make aney un Eafinefs 
further about f*^ pue if the vaon^y be paid by f*^ fcott in 
one W^eke from this Day being the 23 Day of may 1768 

Edward Scott 
phinehas Steward 

a true Cope of the towns Vote 

the meting Disolvd 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 



54 TJie Old Records of tJie 

Septembr y« 19 1768 

Worceftr is 

(feal) To mr Ebenezer Bridge Cunftable for the town 
of fitchburgh Greting 

In his majefts name you are Requird to Warn all the 
free holders & other inhabitents of the town of fitchburgh 
qualified by law to Vote in town afaers to afemble & 
meet at the meting houle on mondy y^ nintenth Daj^ of 
Sepembr next at two O Clock in the after noon then & 
their being Duely met and formd to act on the artcels 
folowing 

V^ to Chufe a moderater for Goverment of f'^ meting 

[52] 2'^ to fee if the town Will Rafe money to pay 
the Reverent m*" payfon the one half of his Setelment 
acording to the towns vote .... 

3^y to fee if the town Will Rafe inoney to pay Revrent 
m'' payfons falery from his ordenation for one year . . . 

4'^' to fee if the town Will Rafe money to fuport a 
Scool or Scools or vote aney thing Refering their to as 
they fhall think proper 

5^y to fee if the town Will Rafe money to pay for 
buelding the pulpet or vote aney thing Refering their to as 
they fhall think proper .... 

6iy to See if the town Will Search into the Setelment 
of the Eftate of Samuel hart Defest and to fee if the Widos 
thirds are not alowd to her by the Judge or bonds taken 
for the incomb of hir thirds 

7^y to fee if the town Will alow thole perfons Who 
have or fhall Work out nioer then their high Way Rats 
this prefent year in the next years high Way Rats . . . 

Here of faile not and make Return of this Warent 

With your Dowings their on to fume Wone of us the fub- 

fcribrs at on or befor the Day above mentned Given 

under our hand & Seal this 29 Day of auguft & in the 

Eighth year of his majefts Reign A D 1768 

Thos Cowdin 1 Select meen 
Amos Kimball \ for 

Ifaac Gibfon J fitchburgh 

In obedance to the Within Warent I have Warnd all 
the free holders & other inhabitents qualified by Law to 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 55 

vote iti town afaers to afemble and meet at the time & 
place Within mentned 

fitchbnrgh Septembr y^ 19 1768 

Ebenezer Bridge Cunftable 



at a Legal meting of the free holders & other inhabi- 

tents of the town of fitchburgh afembled on Septembr the 

19 1768 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

l^y Chofe Decon Amof Kimball moderater .... 

2^^ Votd to Rafe fixty fix pounds thirten fhilings & 
four pence to pay mr John pafon the one half of his Set- 
elment acording to the vote of the town Tot forth in his 
Call ^66 13 4 

[53] 3^>' voted to Rais fixty pounds to pay the Rev- 
erent mr John pa^Ton his falery for the firft years fal- 
ery ' " ^60 00 

4'y voted to Rais Eight pounds to provid fcooling for 
the year in fuing and to Lay out three quarters in two 
places the other quarter to be Laid out in mr Elifha ful- 
lams Corner and mr phinehas Hartwells Corner . 8 00 

5'^ voted that mofes Thurlo Kindal Boutwal & Nehe- 
miah fuller be a Comite to provid a fcool mafter and a 
place or places Convenent to Keep F fchool .... 

6^y voted to Rafe twent\^ three pounds fix fhilings 
and Eight penc to pay for Buelding the pulpt in the met- 
ing house 23 6 8 

7^y voted to farch in to fetelment of the Eftate of 
Samuel Harte Eftate Defest and that Thos Cowdin or 
Decon Kimball be apointed to farch into the Setelment of 
f"* Eftate to fee if the Widos thirds are not fecurd to her 
or bonds taken for the inconb of f"^ thirds for maintain- 
anc of f*^ Wido 

8'y voted to alowe the high Way fevaers to Work out 
What they think nefeser}' over and above the taxes this 
prefent year and that they fhall be alowd the next year 
out of their high Way Rats .... 

the meting Difolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 



56 The Old Records of the 

Worster: fs . . . . September y^ 19^1^ 1768 . . . 

To m'^: Ebenezer Bridge Cunstable for the town of 
Fitchbnrgh Greeting: In his majeftyes Name you are Re- 
quired to Warn all the Free-Holders and others: Inhabi- 
tance of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualefide By Law to 
Vote in Town Afares to Afemble and meet at the meting 
house on monday the Nineteenth of this Instant September 
at four oClock in the after Noon then and there Being 
Duly met and Form:d to Act on the Articels Foloing: 

first to Chuse a moderater for Goverment of Said 
meting: Secondly To See If the Town Will Chuse a Com. 
mitty According to the Request of the Select men of Bos- 
ton Sent to this town to Desire Said town to Call a town 
meting To Consider the Present Critecle Situation of the 
Govements afaiers or Vote Any thing Refering their to : as 
they Shall Think Proper : 

Hereof Fail Not and make Return of this Warrent at 

on or before the Time above Said Given under our hands 

and Seal this Nineteenth Day of September and in the 

Eighth year of his majestyes Reign A D: 1768 .... 

T^, r^ J- 1 Select men 

Thomas Lowdm ! r 

Amos Kimball I t>-j. i u u 

J ritchburgh 

Worster: fs : In obedance to your Warrent I have 
Warned all the freeholders and others Inhabitance to met 
at the meting house afore menchoned 

Fitchburgh September y^ 19^^. lygg 

Ebenez'' Bridges Cunstable 

[54] at a Legal meting of the free holders and other 

inhabitents inhabitents of the town of fitchburgh afem- 

bled on Septr the 19 1768 ^, ^ j. ^ ^, , 

^ Tho^ Cowdni Town Clark 

I'y Chofe Cap* David Goodridge moderater . . . 

2^-^ vted and Chofe the honarable Edward Hartwell 
Esq^ to be agent for the town of fitchburg to Joyn the 
Comite of the town of Bofton acording to their Request 
fent by the Gentelmen felect meen of bofton fent to the 
town of fitchburgh 

then the meting Difolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 



To%v7i of FitcJibiirgh. 57 

march y^ 6 1769 

(feal) Worceftr fs 

To mr Ebenezer Bridge Cunftable for the town of 
fitchburg Greting 

In his mgeftes name 3^ou are Reqnird to warn all the 
free holders and other Inhabitents of the town ofitch- 
burgh by Law to vote in town afaers to afemble & meet 
at the metinghoufe on mondy the fixth Day of march 
next at Nine O Clock in the foure noon then & their 
being Duely meet & formd to act on the articles folowing 

1'^ to Chuefe a moderater for Goverment of f*^ meting 

2'^ to Chuse Select meen & other town oficers for the 
year Ifuing 

3'y to fee if the town will alow m'^ Phinehas Steward 
Cunftable four pounds Lawfull mone}- which f-^ fteward 
fayth was not alowd him when he Recond with the town 
trefhror by a Refept which f*^ Steward found after their 
fethnent .... 

4'-^ to make provifon for the maintaince of m'"'' Hart 

5'^ to Rafe mone}^ to Repare bridges & mend the high 
ways or vote aney thing Refering ther to as the\' fhall 
think proper 

6^^ to Exept of fuch high ways as fhall be Laid out 
by the Select meen or their order . . . 

7^^ to Exept of fuch acounts as fhall apear to be Due 
from the town 

8'-^ to fee if the town wont bueld a pownd . . . 

9'>' to fee if town will alow the fwine to Run at Large 
the year Infuing 

lO^y to fee if the town will abate Timothy parkers 
Rats in phinehas Stewards Rates 

W^ to fee if the town will Difcontinue a Roade Laid 
out from m"" Witts through mofes Thurlos Land & James 
Grays Land to the old Roade Leding to Lunenburg also 
to fee if the towm will Difcontinue the Rode from mr Witts 
to mofes & william thurlos 

\^0''\ Here off fale not & make Return of this war- 
rent with your Dowings there on to Sum one of us the 
Subscribers at or before the Day above mentned Given 
under our hands & Seals this feventeenth Dav of this 



58 The Old Records of the 

Inftent febuery & in the Ninth year of his mgefts Reighn 
A D 1769 



Thos Cowdin 

Amos Kimball ( c ^^ uu t 

Ifaac Gibfon \ ^^^ fitchburgh 



\ T^- 1 11 I Select meen 

Amos Kimball - 



fitchbtirgh march the 6 1769 

in obedance to the within warent I have warnd all 
the free holders & other inhabitents of the town of fitch- 
burgh qualified by Law to vote in town afaers to afemble 
and meete at the mtnghouse on the fixth Day of march to 
act on the artels of the within writen Warent 

pr Ebenezer Bridge Cunftable 

at a Legal meting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tents of the town of fitchburgh afembled on march the 6 

1769 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

l^y Chofe Decon John Thuften moderater .... 
2iy Chofe Thos Cowdin & Ifaac Gibfon & Decon John 

Thuften Select meen 

3iJ- Chofe Thos Cowdin town Clark 

4^y Chofe Thos Cowdin town trefhror 

5^y Chofe Jonathan Wood Cunftable 

6'y Chofe James Litch & James Gray . . . wardens 
Ty Chofe William Thurlo & Eph^,"' OZburn & Nehe- 
miah fuller francis fullam & phiniheas Hartwell & Thos 
Cowdin and that Each Survaer work one Day on the 
County Road With ther Refpective Deftricts Wheir it fhall 
apear moft nedfuU and the furveyer be Colectors . Survoir 
of high Ways 

8'y Chofe Jefse french & Jofeph Dovvne . tiethen meen 
9'y Chofe Ephraim Smith & Nichlos Danforth . . Dere 
Reves 

lO'y Chofe phinehas Hartwell & Ebenezer Bridge & 

Kindal Boutall fier Wards 

ll'y Chofe Ichabod Smith & William Steward & Sam- 
uel Peirce & mordaci moors hog Reves 

12'y Chofe Soloman Steward furvoyr of . . Survoyr 
of Clabords & Shingls 

IS^y Chofe Jonathan Wood . . culer of ftaves & hups 



Town of FitcJibiirghm 59 

14iy Chofe William Thnrlo Lether Seler 

15'y Chofe Decon Thuften & Capt Goodridge . fier wards 
[56] \&y Chofe John White & John Bufs . field Drivers 
17'-^' Chofe Capt Goodridge Colector of the nonrefedants 

proprietar Land tax Colector of Land tax 

18'-^' Vted to Difmis phinehas Steward Requeft . . . 
19^^ Voted to alow mr witt five powmds fix fhilings & 

Eight pene to Bord mrs Hart one year and fame proporton 

by the weke in cafe fhe fhould not Live til the year is 

Expred 5 . 6 8 pd 

20^y Voted to Rafe fixty pownds to Repair Bridges 

and mend high Waj's 60 00 

21'-^ Voted that the High Way tax be workd out b}- 

the frft Da}- of Novembr next 

22'y voted to Exept Such Rodes as ar Given hy the 

owner of the Land 

23i>- Voted to Exept of a 2 Roade Rode through Caleb 

Uptons Land from phinehas Hartwells Land by f'' upons 

houfe to the Count}' Road and Exepted if Given 

24iy aloud m'- Witt his acount 00 14 9 pd 

25^y aloud Thos Cowdins acount . . . . 00 15 7 pd 
26^^ aloud Ifaac Gibfons acount . . . . 00 15 4 pd 
27'y aloud Decon amos Kimball acount . . . 00 5 4 
28'^ alowd Nehemiah fuller acount . . . 00 5 paid 
29^>' voted to buelde a pownd with Logs and that the 

Select meen be a comite 

30'y voted that Every perfon in tow^n com & work at 

{^ pownd or pay his proporton in money 

31'-^ voted that the Swine Run at Large being well 

yockt and Ringd 

32'y voted to abate Timothj- parkers Rats in phinehas 

Stewards Lift 00 10 paid 

33^-^ voted to Difcoutinue the Roade through mofes 

thurlos and James Grays Land Leding to the old Roade 

Which Leds to Lunenburgh .... 

[57] 34^-^ voted to Difcontinue the Roade bet wen 

William Thurlo and mofes Thurlos Lands Leding from mr 

Witts 

also a two Roade Rode Given by mofes thurlo through 

his pafter by his Barn near the ftone wall now bult Led- 



60 Tke Old Records of the 

ing to Land of William Stewards — and also a two Roade 

Rode Given by William Steward through his Land near 

his houfe and fow through F Stewards Land til it coms 

to the old County Roade nere James Grays house 

the levral Town oficrs tuck the oaths Requrd by Law 

The meting Difolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

fitchburgh febuery the 28 1769 

Laid out a two Roade Rode begining at the Nor- 
wefterdly Corner of Cornet Thos Carters Land Runing 
one Rode wide on Land of f"^ Carters and the other Rode 
or halfe of f'^ Road on Land belongin to m^ Levi Whit- 
comb til it Coms to Bengiman Baleys Corner then one 
halfe on {^ Baleys Land til it Coms to the Laine that Leds 
to Cornet Carters houfe then on James Litches Land about 
35 Rodes then turns on Land belongin to David or Ezra 
Uptons til it Coms to the County Rode near James Litches 
houfe and markt markt the trees on the fouth fide of faid 
Roade with two notches mening two two Rods wide &c 
faid Roade Laid out for Ruben Smith to com at his Land 
and the town is not to be at aney Coft or Charge til f'^ 
Smith Lives on his Land 

also a two Road Rode begining at the County Rode 
and Runs a wefterdh^ pinte one Rode on mr Caleb uptons 
Land and one Rode on David or EZra Uptons Land til it 
Coms to the Land of Ezekel foulers & Runs through f'^' 
foulers Land til it coms to mr Levi Whitcombs Land and 
markt the trees on the South Side of f"^ Rode with tow 
notches mening two Rods Wide & one Rod wide Given by 
m"" Caled Upton 

A T^-^^ \ 11 I Select meen 

Amos Kimball < r- r. ii u 
Tj- /^-i r I lor fitchburgh 

liaac Gibfon [ ^ 

Also a two Rode Roade begining at or near Jonathan 
Woods house Runing Eft to the Wido marey holts fene or 
the Corner of her fence anthen a ftrait Line to Lunenburg 
Line and markt the trees on the fouth fide of f^ Rode 



meen 



Thos Cowdin f o„i_^. 
Amos Kimball { r r-, i i i 
Ifaac Gibfon 1 ^^^ ^tchburgh 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 61 

[58] octobr y^ 25 1769 

(Seal) To mr Jonathan Wood Cunftable for the town 
of fitchburgh Greting 

In His magestes name you are Requird to warn all the 
free holders & other inhabitents qualified by Law to Vote 
in town afaers to afemble & meet at the metinghouse on 
wenfdy the went3^ fifth Day of this inftent octobr at one 
o Clock in the after noon then and & their being Duely met 
and formd to to act on the artcles folowing . . . 

I'y to Chufe a moderater for Goverment of f'^' metting 

2'-^ to Rafe mone^^ to pay m^ John paysons Setelment 
and also his Salery for the prefent year .... 

3'-'' to Rafe money to provide a Scool or Scooles or 
Vote aney thing thing Referring there to as the town Shall 
think proper 

4iy to Rafe mone_v to Defray town Charges or Vote 
aney thing their to as they fhall think proper . . . 

5'y 13^ for thofe that have Dun Serves for the town to 
bring in their acounts 

Here of fale not and make Return of this Warrent 
with your Dowings there on to Sume one of us at or 
before the time above mentned Given under our hands & 
Seal this fifth Day of octobr and in the inth year of his 
majests Reign A D 1769 

Thos Cowdin ) Select 
Ifaac Gibfon \ meen for 
John Thuften j fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs fitchburgh octobr ye 25 1769 
In obedeance to the within writen warrant I have 
warned the frea holders & other in habitents qualified by 
Law to Vote in town affaers to afemble & meet at the 
time and place within mentned to act on the artels within 
mentned 

Jonathan Wood Cunftable 

at a Legal meting of the free holders and other inhabi- 
tents of the town of fitchburgh afembled on the 25 Day 
of octobr 1769 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 



62 The Old Records of the 

I'J" Chofe Liut Ruben Gibfson moderater .... 

2'y Voted to Rafe one hundrd & thirty three pounds 
fix fhilings and Eight penc to pay mr John payfons yearly 
falery and the Remainder of his Setelment . . *^133 6 8 

[59] S^y Raifd Eight pounds to provide a Scool .-800 

4'y and Decon John Thuften James Gray & Soloman 
Steward be a Comite to provide a Scool mafter . . . 

5'y Voted that three quarters of the money Laid out 
in two parts of the town the other quarter be Laid out 
in m'' phinehas hartwells Corner & in mr Elifha fullams 
Corner 

6^-^ Voted to Rafe teen pounds to Defray town 
Charges 10 

7'y Voted to aloue Thos Cowdins acount . 1 11 pd 

8'-^ Voted to aloue Ifaac Gibfons acount . . 00 5 4 pd 

9'-^ Voted to aloue John Thuftens acount . 00 4 pd 

The meting Difolvd 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

To all people To Whome thefe prefents shall com Gret- 
ing Know ye that I Amos Kimball of fitchburgh in the 
County of Worceftr and provance of the mafachufets bay 
in New England Gent" for & in Confideration of the Re- 
fpect I have for the Inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burgh I here by Give Grant Convay and Confairm unto 
the inhabitants of {^ town & to their heirs for Ever one 
acre of Land Lying and being in fitchburgh afore faid 
begining at a pillar of ftones Near my potash and Runs 
Southerdh' Eight Rods then maks an angle and Runs 
twent}' Rods Efterdly then raak an angle and Runs Eight 
Rods notherdl3' then mak an angle and Runs twenty 
Rods Wefterdly to the bounds firft mentned for the ufe 
and priveledge of a buering yard and that only 

To have and to hold the faid Granted & Given premifes 
with all the privilege and benefit of a bueriang yard and 
a Commodations to the same belongin or in aney wife 
apertaning to them and their heirs for Ever and I the 
faid amos Kimball for my felf heirs Executors and admin- 
ftrators Do Covenant promis and Grant to and with the 



Tozvn of Fitchbiirgh. 63 

inhabitants of the town of fitchburgh that before the 

Enseling here of I am the true and sole oner of the above 

Granted premifes and have Good Right full power and 

Lawfull athorety to Grant Convay and to Confairm the 

faid premifes in maner as aforefaid further I the aid amos 

Kimball for m\' felf heirs Executers and adminiftrators Do 

covenant and Engage the above Demifed premifes to the 

inhabitents of f'^ town and heirs against the Lawfull 

Claims or Demands of aney perfon or perfons whatsoever 

for Ever hereafter to warrant fecure and Defend b^' these 

prefents In witnes here unto I have fot to m^^ hand and 

Seal this twenty third Day of Decembr A D 1769 and in 

the tenth 3ear of his mjefts Reign in prefents of 

*Amos Kimball [Seal.] 
David Goodridge 

Thos Cowdin 

[60] Janeuery y<^ 11 Day 1770 • 

(fele) Worceftr fs To m'' Jonathan Wood Cunftable 
for the town of fitchburgh Greting 

In his majeftis name you are herby Requird to Warn 
all the fee holders & other Inhabitents of the town of 
fitchburgh qualfied by Law to vote in town afaers to 
afemble & meet at the meting house on thurfdy the 
Eleventh Day of this Inftent Janeuer3' at ten O Clock in 
the fore noone then and their being Duely meet & formd 
to act on the artels folowing 

l^y to Chuse a moderater for Goverment of f"^ meting 

2^^ to see what method the town will Come Into to 
buield & Repair the bridges in f'^ town Caried off by the 
Late flud or vote aney thing Refering their too as they 
fhall think proper 

3'>' to fee whether the town wont omitt having aney 
Scoole this Winter & Referve their Scoole money til next 
fall 

4'-^ to fee if the town will omit the fine which Eliphlet 
mace Gave the town a note for or ane3^ part of the fine &c 



* These are actual signatures, atid the seal is affixed to the page. 
[W. A. D. 



64 The Old Records of the 

Here off faile not & make Return of this Warrent to 
fume one of us at or before the time above mentned Given 
under our hands & feale this Eighth Day of Janeuery & 
in the tenth year of his majeftys Reign A D 1770 

Thos Cowdin f Affefsors 
Ifaac Gibfon \ for 
John Thufton [ fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs In obediants to the within writen I have 
warned all the free holders & other mhabtants to meet & 
afemble at time & place within mentned 

Jonathan Wood Cunftable 

At a Legal meting of the inhabitents of the town of 
fitchburgh afembled on Janeuery the Eleventh 1770 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

I'y Chofe Cap* David Goodridge moderater . . . 

2'y Voted to build the bridge in the old fpot . . . 

3'y Voted to Rate thirty pounds to Build & Repair the 
bridges in f'^' town 30 00 00 

4^y Voted to Work the money out in the ufel maner 

5'> Chofe foloman fteward & phinehas Steward & John 
putraan be a committe to buield the bridge 

6'y Voted not to have aney fcoole this winter but 
Referve their money til next fall .... 

7'>' Voted to abate twenty Eight fhilings out of forty 

f hilings which was the fine Due to the town from Eliphlet 

mace for Giveing in a false Invoice to the affefsors 

and their Remains Due to the town twelve fhilings 

only 00 12 00 paid 

The meting Difolved 

Thos Cowdin town Clark 

[(>!] 1770 March 5*}' 

(Seal) Worcester fs To M'" Jonathan Wood Consta- 
ble for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In His Majistys Name you are Required to Warn all 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town Quali- 
fyed by Law to Vote in Town Affairs to Afsemble and 
Meet at the Meeting Houfe On Monday the fifth day of 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 65 

March Next at Nine o'Clock in the forenoon then their 
being dul^' meet and formed to Act on the following Arti- 
cles Viz* 

1. To Choose a Moderator for Government of said 
Meeting 

2 To Choose Select Men and other Town Officers . . 

3 To Except of such Town Roads as fhall be Laid 
out bj' the Select Men or their Order .... 

4 To Raise Money to Mend the high Ways and Vote 
any thing Refering thereto as they shall think Proper . . 

5 To hear the Accounts of the Town Treafurer from 
the Select Men 

6 To fee if the Town will Raife Money to Provide the 
Town with Weights and Meafures or any other Town 
Articles as the Town shall think Proper .... 

7 To See if the Town \\\\\ lett the Swine Run at 
Large the Year Enfuing 

8 To See what Method the Town will take to Provide 
a Support for M";^ Hart's Maintenance and Vote any thing 
thereto as they shall think proper .... 

9 To see if the Town will Relieve the Widow Mary 
Upton for Distrefses Occafioned b}' Frowns of Divine Provi- 
dence and Abate Her Husbands Rates. Rates on Ifaac 
Gibfon & Bridges List .... 

Hereof fail not : and Make Return of this Warrant 
with your doings thereon to fura One of us the Subfcribers 
At on on or before the Day above Mentioned. Given 
Under Our hand and feal this fourtenth day of February 
and in the Tenth Year of His Majistys Reign A D 1770 

10 N B see what Method the Town will take in Re- 
building the Bridge Near Capt. Goodriges Occafion*? by a 
floods Carrying of the said Bridge a Vote any thing 
referring thereto, as the Town i'hall think Proper 

Tho^ Cow^den ^ Select Men for the 
John Thurston j Town of Fitchburg 

[63] March 5*?^ 1770 

Worcefter fs In Obediance to the within Written War- 
rant I have warned all the Freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants Qualifyed by Law to Vote in Town affairs to 

5 



66 The Old Records of the 

Afsemble and meet at the time and Place with in mentioned 

to Act on the Articles within Mentioned 

Jonathan Wood Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the Freeholders & Inhabitants 

of the Town of Fitchburgh afsembled On March the 5^'^ 

1770 

Tho'' Cow^din Town Clark 

1®* Choose Cap*. David Goodridge Moderator . . . 
2^ the fame Tho! Cowdin. Cap^ David Goodridge & 

John White Select Men Select Men 

3"^ Thomas Cowden Town Clerk . . . Town Clerk 

4 Thomas Cowden Town Treafurer . Town Treafurer 

5 Choose Joseph Spafiford Conftable and The Town 
Accepted of Deacon John Thurston in his Room . Conftable 

6 Choose Charles Willard & James Pool Wardens . . 
Wardens 

7 Choofe Phinehas Hartwell & faml Pierce . . Tyth- 
ing Men 

8 Choofe Soloman Steward & Hezekiah Hodgskin 
Surveyors of High ways & Kindal Boutell & Nichols 
Danforth & John Putmun & James Litch & Jofeph Low 
to be Collector of high way Taxes . . high way Surveyors 

9. Choofe Silas Snow & Tho*? Hartwell be Deer 
Reives Deer Reives 

10. Choofe John Bufs& John Mudg fire Wards . fire Wards 

11. Choofe David Pierce. Elijah Carter & Eliphalet 
Mace Hog Reives 

12. Choofe folomon Steward to be a furveyor of Clap- 
boards & fhingles Clapboards & Shingles 

13 Choofe Jonathan Wood to be a Culler of Staves 
& Hoops Culler of Staves & Hoops 

14 Choofe Ephraim Ofborne & Phinehas Steward to 
be fence Viewers fence Viewers. 

15 Choofe William Thurlo Cealer of Leather . . Cealer 
of Leather 

[63] 161'^ Choose Mordecai Moores & Eliphalet Mace 
to be field drivers Field Drivers 

17. Fitchburgh October 5. 1769 Laid out a two Rod 
Road begining at M^ John Bufses Houfe & Runs through^ 



Toivn of FitchbiirgJi. 67 

f Bufse,s land till it comes to Land of Mr Eleazer Houten 
so through M^ Houtens land till it comes to Mr Joshua 
Goodridges Land so through said Goodridges Land till it 
comes to Comon Land so through the Comon Land till 
it comes to Land of Deacon Amos Kimballs Land & 
through said Kimballs Land till it comes to the Road that 
leads from Hezekiah Hodgskin,s Road that leads to the 
Meeting Houfe and Marked Trees on the South side of 
the road & Excepted if the land be given by the Owners 

Tho® Cowden ) ^ i i. a r 
Ifaac Gibfon r^?^^,^^^ "t, 

John Thurfton J ^^ F^tchburgh 

18 March 3^' 1770 A two Rod Road laid out from 
M"- Benj-^ Jaquith« House Runing South Westerly till it 
comes to a Black Oak tree from that tree Runing through 
Comon Land to a Black Oak in M': John Whites Land and 
through said Whites Land by the West end of his Houfe 
till it comes to the Town Road & this be a Bridle Road 
and this Road given by M^" John White prefent at the 
Town Meeting for a Bridle Road .... 



T u T^u 4. 1 Comittee 
John Thurston I • ^ j i, 

John White },rSdecfM?; 



Men 

19 March 3"? 1770 Laid out a two Rod Road by 
Order of the Select Men begining at Af hby line and Runing 
through Coll" Browns land and then through William 
Smalls Land and then thro', John Putnams Land and 
through Ifaac Gibfon Land to the Old Road that Leads 
to Afhby and Marked trees on the Easterly side of said 
Road .... 

and the land given by Wr" Small John Putnam & Ifaac 
Gibfon Prefent at the Town Meeting .... 

Ifaac Gibfon \ Comittee 
John Putnam appointed 
William Small fg^byhe^^ 

[64] 1770 March 5^^ 

20 Voted & Raised One hundred Pounds to Repare 
the high ways and to pay those that have worked more 
than hath been Afsef";^ on the Several Perfons . . . £100 

21 Voted that the Town pay for the Rum that was 
Expended at the feveral Bridges 



68 TJie Old Records of the 

22 Voted that the highway taxes be Worked out in 
the Ufual Manner 

23 Voted & Accepted of the Town Treafurer Ac- 
counts as they stand by the felect Men that is Due to 
Thos Cowden £76 ..19.4 

24 Voted that the felect Men Provide a fett of 
Weights & Meafures for the Towns ufe 

25 Voted that the Swine run at Large being Tawfuly 
yoked & Ringd 

26 Voted to pay Mordecai Moores for Boarding Mr"? 
Hart Three pounds Eight fhilHngs & Eight pence for One 
whole year and so in proportion bj' the Week in Case that 
she fhould not live till the year is Expired .... 

27 Voted to abate MT Upton^ pole tax in \1\ Ifaac 
Gibfon & Ebenezer Bridges Lists . . . aloud Gibfon pd 

aloud m^ Bridge 1 — 2 — 6pd 

28 Voted to Accept of Deacon John Thurfton Con- 
ftable in the Room of Mr Joseph Spaftbrd . . Constable 

The Meeting Difolved 

The Sevral Town oficers tuck the oaths Riquird by 
Law 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

[65] Octobr the 1 1770 

(feal) Worceftr fs To mr John Thufton Cunftable for 
the Town of fitchburgh Greting 

In His majests name you are Requird to warne all the 
free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burgh qualifid by Law to vote in Town a faers to a 
Semble and meet att the meting houfe on mondy the firft 
Day of octobr next at one O Clock in the after noon then 
& their being Duely met and formd to act on the artels 
folowing 

l^y to Chuefe a moderater for Goverment of f*^ meting 

2^y to Raife money for the Rev*"^ mr John Payfons 
Salery for the 3-ear Infuing 

3^y Raife money to provide a Scoole or Scooles and 
vote aney thing Refering their to as they fhall think proper 

4^y to have all perfons bring in their a Counts that 
have Dun Serves for the Town .... 



Town of Fitchburgh. 69 

5^y to Raife aney fum or fumes of money to Defray 
Town Charges as the Town fhall think proper . . . 

6'^ to fee if Town will vote to have the Records Taken 
out of the old Town book and Enterd in the new book 
by the Town Clark and Compard b\^ a Comite . . . 

7^y to fee if the Towm Will a bate aney part of the 
Rates on Ebenezer Bridges List & also Ifaac Gibfons List 

Here of faile not and make Returne of this Warrant 
with your Dowings there on to fume one of us at or befor 
the Day above mentned Given under our hands and Seale 
this Eleventh Day of Septr and in the Tenth year of his 

majefts Reign A D 1770 

Tho« Cowdin ) Select 
David Goodridge \ men for 
John W^hite J fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs octobr the 1 1770 



In obediance to the within Warant I have notifid the 
Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburgh to apear at time 
and place mentned in to act on the artels incerted their in 

John Thufton Cunftable 

[66] at a Legal meting of the fre Holders and other 
Inhabitants of Town of fitchburgh afembled on octobr 
the 1 1770 — 

Tho® Cow^din Town Clark 

l^y Chofe John W^hite moderater 

2^y Voted to Rafe Sixty Six pounds thirteen and foure 
pene to pay the Reverant m*" John Payson his Saler^^ for 
the year Infuing 66-13 4 

S'y Voted to Rafe five pounds thirteen fhilings and 
foure pence to be Laid out in Scooling .... 5 13 4 

415- Voted That Ruben Gibson & Decon Kimball & 
Jonathan Wood be a Comite to provide a Scoole mafter 
and that 3 quarters of the monej' be Laid out 2 parts of 
the Town the other quarter be Laid out in phinehas 
Hartwells Corner & Boutals Corner of the Town 
5iy Voted to alow Tho" Cowdins a Count . . pd 3 11 3 
6iy Voted to alow m^ Witts a Count .... pd 00 6 10-2 
7iy Voted to alow Decon Thuftons a Count . pd 00 6 3 



70 The Old Records of the 

8iy Voted to alow Capt Goodridges a Count pd 00 10 8 
9iy Voted to alow John Whites a Count . . pd 00 2 6 
lO'y Voted to alow Jofeph Polleys a Count . pd 00 1 6 
ll^^' Voted to alow Ebenezer Bridges a Count pd 00 13 4 

12^-^ Voted to Draft the old Records off the old Town 
Book and that Cap* Goodridge & John White be a 
Comite to Compare the Records when Drafted by the 
Town Clark .... 

13'y Voted to abate out of Ifaac Gibfons List of 
Town & provence Rate paid Gibfon 2 11 9-2 

[67] 14^y Voted to alow Ebenezer Bridge two 
pounds five fhilings on acount of hildrecks & Noah Wizels 
Rates pd 2 5 

15'y Voted to Rale thirteen pounds fix fhilings & 

Eight penc to Defray Town Charges 13 6 8 

The Meting Difolved 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clark 

march the 4 1771 

(Scale) Worceftr fs 

To m*" John Thufton Cunftable for the Town of fitch- 
burgh Gretting 

In his mjefts name you are Requird to warne all the 
free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburgh 
qualified by Law to Vote in Town afaers to afsemble & 
meet at the meeting house on mondy the fourth Day of 
march next at nine O Clock in the foure noon then & their 
being meet & formd to act on the artcals folowing 

l^y to Chuefe a moderator for Goverment of F meeting 

2^y to Chuefe Select meen & other Town oficers for 
the year Infuing .... 

3'y to Exept of fuch Roads as are Laid out by the 
Select men or their order 

4'y to Raise money to mend the high ways & Vote 
aney thing Refering there to as they Shall Think proper 

S'J" to fee if the Town will Exept of the Town Treaf- 
urers acounts as they Stand Examined by the Select men 

6'y to Raise money to Suport m''^ Hart or Vote aney 
thing Refering there to as They fhall Think proper . . . 



Towji of FitcJibiirgh. 71 

7'-^ to Se if the Town will abate Such Rates as fhall 
be Laid before the Town by the Cunftables or Vote aney 
thing Refering there to as they fhall think proper . . . 

8^y to Se if the Town will Exept of fuch acounts as 
fhall be Laid before the Town 

9^-^ to heare the acounts of the fevral Colectors of high 
way Taxes for the ^-ear paft & Vote anej^ thing Referring 
there to as they Shall Think proper 

lO'y to fee if the Town will Take up the 2 hind feates 
& feel that Ground with the 2 alle3's to the Highest bidder 
or Vote aney thing Refering there to as they fhall Think 
proper 

ll'J' to bring in the Vots of the Town for a Cunty 
Regstr 

V2}^ to fee if the Town will Exept of the Select mens 
Report in comparing the old Records as they are Taken 
off the old Book 

[68] 13^y to See if the Swine may Run at Large in 
Town the year Infuing 

Here of fale not & make Return of this warrant to 
Sume one of us the Subfcribors at or before the Day above 
mentned Given under our hand & feale this fourth Day of 
febuery A D 1771 & in the Eleventh year of his majefts 

Reign 

Tho^ Cowdin f Select men 
David Goodridge<| for 
John White [fitchburgh 

Worceftr fs fitchburgh march the 4 1771 
In obediance to the Within Warrant I have notified 
the Inhabitants of f"^ Town acording to the Towns Vote 

John Thufton Cunftable 

At a Legal meting of the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburgh afembled march the 4 
1771 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clark 

V^ Voted & Chofe Decon Amos Kimball moderator . . 

2iy Voted & Chofe Amos Kimball Tho^ Cowdin & 

cap* David Goodridge Select men Select men 



72 The Old Records of the 

3'y Voted & Chofe Tho'^ Cowdin Town Clark . Town 
Clark 

4'y Voted & Chofe Tho** Cowdin Town Treafurer . Town 
Treafurer 

5iy Voted & Chofe Ifaiah Witt Cunftable . Cunftable 

6'^ Voted & Chofe Jonathan Smith & Ebenezer Wood 
Wardens Wardens 

7iy Voted & Chofe Ephriham OZburn & Hezekiah 
Hodgkin Tythen men Tythen men 

S^y Chofe cap* David Goodridge & Jefse french & max' 
Jewitt & Daniel putnam & Elijah Carter & Kindall Bou- 
tall & EHphlet mace Colectors of high way Taxes high 
way Survaers 

9^y Chofe Jonathan page & Icabod Smith Deere Reves 
Deer Reves 

lO^y Chofe Jofhua parce & John Bufs fier wards fier 
wards 

ll^y Chofe Icabod Smith & oHver Davis & Jonathan 
Holt & Ebenezer Thufton Hog Reves hog Reves 

12'y Chofe Soloman Steward Survar of Clabords & 
Shingels Clabords & Shingels 

IS^y Chofe John Bufs Culler of hups & Staves Culler 
of hups & Staves 

[69] I41J- Chofe Tho^ Starns & Decon John Thufton 
fence Vewers fence vers 

15iy Chofe William Thurlo Seler of Lether Seler of 

Lether 

IQiy *We have Laid out a 2 Rod Rode begining at ra*" 
Jonathan pages & abraham farwells Southerdly Divison 
Corner Runing Southerdly through m^ Olivers Land to m'^ 
phinehas Hartwells Land & through f"^ Hartwells Land 
til it coms to Ebenezer Harringtons Land fo through f'^ 
Harringtons til it coms the Rode that Leeds from m*" hart- 
wells Land to f*^ harringtons house fo by harringtons 
house on the South Side of f'' house Runing Eafterdly to 
or near the Spring then turns Southerdly & Runing through 
Comon Land to Land of mofes perly fo through f*^ perlys 
Land to Land of Ebenezer Thuftons Down to f'^ Thuftons 

* First location of part of Ashby West Road and Flat Kock Road. 
[Annotation on the margin. — W. A. D.] 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 73 

house then Runing from F Thuftens house ftrait to the old 

County Rode To folowing the old County Rode Down to 

the prefent County Rode at the Botom of pine hill fo caled 

& markt trees on the Eafterdly Side of f*^ Rode 

fitchburgh march the 11 1771 and Exepted if Given 

the {^ Hartwell Referring all the timber in f^ Road 

rr^-u ^ r^ T f Select men 
Tho^ Lowdin j r 

John White I fitchburgh 

17iy *We have Laid out a Rode Begining at holow a 
Litle below a yarde Caled m"" David Goodels yard about 
one hundred Rods Weft of m'' David Goodels saw mill 
Runing Eafterdly b3' F mill til it Coms to the old Rode 
that Leeds by m*" Goodels house then Turning north & 
Laid out a 2 Rode Road through f"^ Goodels Land til it 
Coms to Land of Icabod Smiths fo through f'^ fmiths Land 
til it Coms to Land of francis fullams & the Land Given 
by f"^ Goodel & f*^ Smith through bothe of Their farms til 
f'^ Rode Striks francis fullams Land then Runing Strait 
by {^ fullams house by the East End of f*^ houfe ftrait 
through f'' fullams Land to Land of Jofeph Downes fo 
through f^ Downes Land by the Eafterdh^ End of his house 
Whare f*^ Rode mets the Town Rode Laid out by Select 
men as apears b^^ the Records on the Town Book & 
Exepted by the Town if Given at their anual meeting 
march 7 1768 

Said Rode through m"" francis fullams Land Exepted 
by the Town upon the Towns Axpence in Cafe m^ francis 
fuUam will not Give the Land fitchburgh febuery the 21 

1771 

Tho^ Cowdin [ Select men 
David Goodridge^ for 
John White [ fitchburgh 

[70] 18^y We have Laid out a 2 Rod Rode begining 
at John Gibfons north Line Runing a Southerdly point 
through f"^ Gibfons Land til it Coms to a Corner of m^ 
foxcrafts Land & Runing through m*" foxcrafts Land til it 
Cons to Land of Tho« Willards & through f^ Willards 



*01d location road now called Franklin Road. [Annotation on the 
margin. — W. A. D.] 



74 The Old Records of the 

Land til it Corns to Land ownd by the hairs of Secretry 
Willards & through f"^ Willards Land til it Corns to Land 
belongin to Ebenez Bridge & Zacriah Whitney J"'' Land 
So Runing betwen f^ Bridges & Whitneys Land til it 
Corns to old Rode Leding from Ebenezer Bridges to the 
meeting house & markt Trefe on the Wefterdly Side of f"^ 
Rode & the Land Given by f*^ Gibfon & f^ Willard through 
their Lands the other part Exepted if Given fitchburgh 

febuery the 28 1771 3^,^^^ ,^^„ 

Tho® Cowdm ! r 
John White |fitchb;;rgh 

19'y Axepted of a Bridel Rode Through m^ Ephri- 
hams Kimballs Land from Solomans Stewards Land til it 
comes to Decon Amos Kimballs Land by the buerieng 
yard & the privlege of the Land Given by m"" Ephriham 
Kimball fo Long as Their is Good Gates made & main- 
tained by m*" Soloman Steward or aney other perfon 
pofesfmg f*^ Soloman Stewards farm 

20^y Voted to Rafe ninty pounds to be workt out on 
the high ways & that the Colectors make up and complet 
their Coleton by the first of novembr next or be a Count- 
able to the Town Trefurer for the Renainder part in 
mony & that thofe that work be aloud in the ufel 
maner £ 90 - - 

21'^ Voted And Exepted the Town Treafurers acounts 
as they ftand Examend by the Selectmen & that they 
find that Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer hath paid out 
Sixty one pound Eighteen Shilings & Eight pene more then 
he hath Refevd of the Towns money . . . . ^61 - 18 8 

22^y Voted to pay m'' Witt three pounds Seventeen 
Shilngs & foure for hording m''*' Hart pence for one whole 
year & fo in proporton by the weke in Cafe fhe fhould 
not Live til the 3^ear is Expired . . . . ^3-17 — 4 pd 

[71] 23'y Voted and abated John putnams Town Tax 

in Jonathan Woods List ^1 ^2-^\-^\ 

also John muge Rates in Jonathan Woods List 16 11 

also Fetter Nurce in Dito 1 6-1-1 

also William Small in Dito 1 6-1 1 

also Zacriah Whitneys J"'' Dito 1 6-1 1 

total paid £6-6 — 6 — 1 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 76 

24'^ Voted to alow John pntnam his aCount which 
is 1 3 - 6 pd 

25'y Voted that all the old Colectors of high way 
taxes for the year 1770 Shall complet their Colecton by 
the firft of June next or be acountable to the Town 
Treafurer for the Remainder of the money that fhall not 
be workt out by the time above mentned 

26^^ Voted to Sell the Ground where the hind Seet 
together with the 2 alles to the Hiest bider & that the 
money Shall be Laid out in finefhing the meetinghouse & 
that the Ground be Sold to the Inhabitants of the Town 
& no other perfon & that Decon Kimball Tho^ Cowdin & 
Cap* David Goodridge be a Comitte to dispofe of the 
Ground whare the 2 hind fets ftands together with the 2 
alles & that they be irapowerd to Give Deeds of the 
Ground in the metng house as above mentned 

27'y Voted to Exept of the Records as they are Com- 
pard by the Comitte 

28^5- Voted that the Swine Run at Large the year 

Infuing 

The meetting Defolved 

Amos Kimball moderator 

The Sevral Town oficers Tuck the oaths Requird by 
Law 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 



[72] may the 28 1771 

(feale) Worceftr fs To mr Ifaiah Witt Cunftable for 
the Town of fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majeftes name 3^ou are Requird to Warne all 
the free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burgh qualifid by Law to Vote in town afaers to afemble 
& meet at the meeting houfe on tuefdy the twenty Eighth 
Day of this Inftant may at two O Clock in the after 
noone then & their being Duely meet & formd to act on 
the articles folowing 

V^ to Chuefe a moderator for Goverment of F meeting 

2'^ to See What method the Town will Come Into 
to Build & Repaire the Bridges that are Carried a Way 



76 The Old Records of the 

& Damnified by the floods or Vote aney thing Refering 
their to as they Ihall thin proper .... 

Here off faile not and make Return of this Warrant 
to Sum one of us the Subfcribers at or befor the time 
above mentned Given under our hand & Seale this four- 
teenth Day of may A D 1771 & in the Eleventh year of 
his majests Reign 



Tho® Cowdin 
Amos Kimball 
David Goodridge 



Select meen 

for 
fitchburgh 



Worceftr fs fitchburgh may the 28 1771 

In obediance to the within warrant I have warnd all 

the Inhabitants & others qualified by Law to vote in 

Town afares to afemble at y^ place a Cording to the 

within Warrant 

pr Ifaiah Witt Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the fre holders & other Inhabi- 
tants of Town of fitchburgh afembled may the 28 1771 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

I'y Chofe Decon Amos Kimball moderator .... 

2iy Voted & Chofe James Poole & Kindal Boutal & 
Silos Snow to be a Commitee to Buield the Bridge over 
the River at m*" David Goodels Saw mill and that they be 
aloud & paid by the Town 

3^y Voted that Capt David Goodridge Repair the 
Bridge over the River by the meting houfe & that the 
Town alowe pay for that ferves 

Amos Kimbal moderator 

The meeting Disolved pr Tho® Cowdin Town Clark 

[73] Octobr the 1 1771 

(Seal) Worceftr fs To mr Ifaiah Witt Cunftable for 
the Town of fitchburgh Greetings 

I his majefts name you are herby Requird to Warne 
all the Inhabitants of i^ Town to afemble & meet at the 
meeting hous on fryda the firft Day of novembr next at 
one O Clock in the afternoone then & their being duely 
meet & formd to act on the articels folowing . . . 



Toivn of Fitchburgh. 77 

l^:^ to Chuefe a moderator for Goverment of {^ meeting 

2iy to Rale mone}' to pa\^ the Revrant m^John Payson 
his Salery for the year paft 

S^y to Rafe money to provide a fcool or fcools & vote 
aney thing Refering their to as they fhall think proper . . 

4'y to fee if the Town Will Do aney thing further 
towards fmifhing the meeting house or vote aney thing 
Refering their to as they fhall think proper .... 

^""y to See if the Town will alowe the Sect next to the 
pues Ground Latly fold to be moved as much forwarder 
as the Sect will Convenantly alowe of & Give the Ground 
to the purchesors of the pue Ground .... 

&y to have thofe that have Done Serves for the Town 
bring in their acounts & Rase money to pay the same 

T^ to See if the Town will abate aney Rats in aney 
of the former Cunftabls Lists .... 

8^^ to See if the Town will Rafe aney Sum or Sumes 
of money to Defra}- Town Charges 

Here of fale not & make Return of this Warrant to 
Some one of us at or befor the Day above mentned Given 
under our hands & Seale this fixteenth Da\' of octobr & 
in the twelf 3^ear of his majests Reign A D 1771 

Amos Kimball f Select men 
Tho« Cowdin \ for 
David Goodridge [^fitchburgh 

[74] Worceftr fs In obedance to the wathin warrant 

I have warned all the Inhabitants of this Town qualified 

by Law to vote in Town afairs fitchburgh Novembr the 1 

1771 

Ifaiah Witt Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburgh afembld on Novembr the 1 1771 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

l^y Chofe Capt David Goodridge moderator . . . 

2iy Voted to Rase fixty fix pounds thirteen fhilings & 
foure penc to pay m^ John Payson his Salery for the year 
past " '. 66-13-4. 

3^y Voted to Rafe nine pounds to provide a fcool 9-0-0 



78 The Old Records of the 

4'y Voted that Ebenezer Bride & James Poole & phine- 
has Hartwell be a Comitte to provide a fcool mafter & 
that thre quarters of the money be Laid out in 2 parts of 
the Town & the other quarter in phinehas Hartwells & 
James Pooles Corner of the Town 

o'>" Voted and Chofe a Committe to make a plan of 
the pue Ground in the Galeres behind the Seets & that 
mofes Thurlo & Soloman Stew^ard & John Putnam be a 
Committe and the^- mak a plan and Return to the town 
at their next Town meeting 

6'y Voted that the hind Seet be moved 4 inches & that 
the Ground be Given to thofe perfons that that purchfed 
the pue Ground 

7'-^ Voted to pay m"" James Poole & Silos Snow & 
Kindal Boutal nine pounds 11/8 for Building a Bridge 
over the River by mr Goodels Saw mill .... 9-11-8 

8'y Voted to alow Decon Kimball 18/8 . . pd 18 8 

9'-^ Voted to alow Capt David Goodridge 25/4 pd 1-5-4 

[75] 10'^ Voted to alow Samuel Walker 28/5 pd 1 8 5 

Illy Voted to alow Thos Cowdin . . . . pd ^4 2 7 

12'-^' Voted to ajurne this meeting til the 18 Day of 
this Inftant Novembr a one o Clock in the after noon . . 

13'y Voted that the pues Ground in the Galer3's be 
Sold at vandue & that the hiest bider f hall be the purchfer 
& that the Inhabitants of the Town be the purchfers & 
now other perfons & that the money be Laid out in fin- 
ifhing the meeting houfe 

\^y Voted that Decon Kimball Tho'^ Cowdin & Cap^ 
Goodridge be a Committe to fell the pues Ground in the 
Galerys and Give Deeds of the Ground to the purchefrs 

15'y Voted that Tho*^ Cowdin & Capt Goodridge & 
Ebenezer Woods be a Committe to finifh the meeting house 
& that it be Left to the Committe 

\&^ Voted to abate Tho® Palmers Rats in Jonathan 
Woods List £1 -11 -9-3 paid 111 9-3 

17'y Voted to abate Noah Wizels Rats in Jonathan 
Woods List paid 18 3 1 

18'y Voted to Rafe fourteen pounds to Defray Town 
Charges £14 -0-0 14 00 

The meeting Difolved David Goodridge moderator 

pr Tho^ Cowdin Town Clark 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 79 

[76] march the 2 1772 

(Seal) Worceltr fs To m'" Ilaiah Witt Cunftable for 
the Town of fitchburgh Greting 

In his majefts name you are Requird to warne all the 
free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg qualified b\^ Law to vote in Town afaers to afsem- 
ble & meet at the meetinghous in i^ Town on mondy the 
fecond Da\^ of march next at nine O Clock in the foure 
noon then & their being Duely meet & formd to act on 
the articls folowing 

1'^ to Chuefe a moderator for Goverment of F meeting 

2^^ to Chuefe Select men & other Towm oficers for the 
year Infuing .... 

3'^ to Rafe mone\' to mend the high ways & bridges 
the year Infuing & vote aney thing Refering there to as 
they fhall think proper 

4'y to Exept of fuch Roads as are Laid out by the 
Select men or their order 

5^-^ to Rafe mone^' to fuport mrs Hart or vote aney 
thing Refering their to as they fhall think proper . . . 

6'y to Se if the Town will Chuefe a Committe to wate 
upon the County- Courts Committe in Laying out a 
County Road through fitchburgh by m"" Boutals .... 

7iy to Se if the Town will Exept of the Town Treaf- 
urers a Counts as the^' Stand Setled by the Select men . . 

8'^ to Se if the Town will Difcontinue the Road 
through Decon Kimballs Land by the Town of Lunen- 
burgh from the Decons towards Hezekiah Hodgkins . . 

91^ to See if the Town will Let the Swine Run at 
Large the 3^ear Infuing .... 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warrant to 
fome one of us the Subfcribor at or before the Day above 
mentned Given under our hands & Seals this thirteenth 
Day of of febuery & in the twelfth year of his majests 
Reign Amos Kimball ( 

A D 1772 Thos Cowdin Select meen 

David Goodridge [ 

Worceftr fs In obedeance to the within written war- 
ant I have warnd all the Inhabitants of this Town quali- 
fid by Law to vote in Town affairs 
j fitchburgh march the 2 1772 Ifaiah Witt Cunftable 



80 ' The Old Records of the 

[77] at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburgh afembled on march the 2 1772 

Tho** Cowdin Town Clark 

V^ Chofe Decon Amos Kimball moderator . . . 

2'^' Voted & Chofe Thos Cowdin & Decon Amos Kim- 
ball & Decon John Thufton Select meen . . . Selet men 

3^^ Voted & Chofe Thos Cowdin Town Clark . Town 
Clark 

4^y Voted & Chofe Tho*^ Cowdin Town Treafurer . . 
Town Treafurer 

5'y Voted & Chofe Soloman Steward Cunftable . . 
Cunftable 

6^^^ Voted & Chofe Nehemiah fuller & Phinehas Sawyer 
Ju?l Wardens Wardens 

7'^ Voted & Chofe Tho*^ Hartwell & oliver Davis Tythen 
men T3'then men 

8'^ Voted & Chofe Icabod Smith & Decon Kimball & 
mordaci moors Abraham Gibfon Charls Willard Ebenezer 
Woods Colectors of high wa\- Taxes . high way Survars 

9'y Voted & Chofe Samuel Downe & Tho® Hartwell 
Deer Reves Deer Reves 

lO'y Voted & Chose Samuel Parce & Charls Willard 
fier wards 

11'^ Voted & Chofe Samuel Parce & William Steward 
Jonathan Page hog Reves hog Reves 

12^y Voted & Chofe Soloman Steward Culler of Shingls 
& Clabords Shingels & Clabords 

13'y Voted & Chofe Jonathan Wood a Suervar of 
hups 8z; ftaves hups & Staves 

14iy Voted & Chofe David Goodridge & Tho« Cowdin 
fence vewers fence vewers 

15'y Voted & Chofe William Thurlo feler of Lether . . 
Seler of Lether 

16'^ Voted & Raifed Eighty pounds to be workt out 
on the high ways & bridges £80 

and that they work by the ower in the uefal maner & 
that Ever\' Surver of high ways work one Day with all 
his whole Deftrict on the county Rode or not be aloud for 
that Days work 



Town of Fitchbjtrgh. 81 

[78] 17'-^ Voted to pay tnordaci moors foure pounds 
ten Shilings to board m""^ Hart one whole year & so in 
proportion by the weke in Cafe fhe fhould not Live the 
year out £4 10 

18'-^ Voted & Chofe David Goodridge Tho« Cowdin & 
Amos Kimball to be a Committe to wate upon the Coun- 
tys Committe in Laying out a County Rode Through the 
Town of .fitchburgh 

19'^ Voted & Axepted of the Town Treafurers a 
Counts as they stand setled by the Select men . . . 

that is we find Remanding in John Thuftens hans 
thirty nine pounds 16/10-22 39 16-10 2 

we also find in mr Ifaiah witts hands 114 12 4 

we also find that Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer hath 
paid over & above what he hath Refvd of the Sveral Cun- 
ftabls and Colectors of the Land taxes £58-17-7 . 58-17-7 

Amos Kimball \ Select 

febuery the 24 1772 David Goodridge / men 

20i>' Voted to Difcontinue the Road through Decon 
Kimballs Land Laid out hy the Town of Lunenburgh 
Leding from f Kimballs houfe ftrait towards hezekiah 
Hodgkins 

21'y Voted to Let the Swine Run at Large being yokt 
& Ringd a Cording to Law 

the meting Difolvd pr Amos Kimball moderator 

the Sevral Town oficers tuck the oathes Requrd by 

Law^ 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

[79] October 19 1772 

(seal) Worcester fs. To M^ Solomon Stewart Con- 
stable for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting 

In his Majesties Name you are requird to warn all the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants qualified by Law to 
vote in Town Affairs to afsemble & meet at the Meeting 
house on Mondav the Nineteenth Day of October Ins^ at 
One clock in the Afternoon then & there being duely 
met & formed to Act on the Articles following 

1 To Choose a Moderator for government of s"? 
Meeting 



82 The Old Records of the 

2 To Raise Money to pay M^ Paysons Salary for the 
present year 

3 To raise Money to provide a School or Schools 
and vote any Thing referring thereto as they shall think 
proper .... 

4V^ To have those that have done Service for the 
Town bring in their Accounts & raise Money to pay the 
fame 

51^ To fee what Method the Town will take to pro- 
vide MT Paysons Wood, or vote any thing referring there- 
to as they shall think proper .... 

&7 To fee if the Town will build a School house or 
Houses or vote any thing referring thereto as thej' fhall 
think proper 

7'.y To fee if the Town will abate any Rates in any 
of the former Constables Lists 

8ly To fee if the Town will do any Thing towards 
fupporting the Bridge called Kimballs Bridge . . . 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant to 
some One of us the Subfcribers at or before the Day 
above mentioned Given under our hands & Seal this first 
Day of October A D 1772 & in the thirteenth year of his 
Majesties Reign 



Tho': Cowdin 

Amos Kimball 

John Thurston 



f Select Men 

for 

Fitchburg 



[80] Fitchburg October 19 1772 

In Obedience to the within Warrant I have warned 

all the Inhabitants to Afsemble & meet at the Time & 

place within mentioned according to the tenor of the 

within Warrant 

Solomon Stewart, Constable 

At a legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg afsembled OctobT 19 . 1772 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clark 

If* Choose Capt David Goodridge Moderator . . , 

2"? Voted to raise Sixty Six Pounds thirteen Shillings 

& four Pence to pay M^ Paysons Salary for the Year 

past 66 ,, 13 ,, 4 



Town of Fitchburgh. 83 

3^ Voted to Allow Joseph Sawyer his Account paid £0 4 8 pd 

4 Voted to Allow Thorn** Cowdin his Account paid 8 7 7 pd 

5 Voted to Allow David Goodridge his Account paid410 0pd 

6 Voted to Allow Deacon John Thurston his Ac- 

count paid 10 8 pd 

7 Voted not to make a Rate to get Mt Pa3'Sons Wood 
the Year insuing; but every Person to get what Wood 
they think proper 

8 Voted to Adjourn the Meeting, to Octob. 26. 1772— 
at One O clock in the Afternoon 

9 Voted & choose Deacon Kimball Solomon Stewart 
& Tho-': Cowdin to be a Committee to repair the Bridge 
called Kimballs Bridge 

10 Voted to abate Jonathan Holts Rates in Deacon 
Thurston Lists which is paid 17 pd 

11 Voted to Abate Thomas Harrifs,s Rates in Jona- 
than Wood,s List— which is . . paid . . £ p^ 2 2 1 3 

12 Voted to allow John Thurston five Shillings & three 
Pence being due from Antony Morse as a Part of his 
Rates, neverthelefs for John Thurston to collect s"? Rates if in 
his Power & make return thereof to the Town £0 p^ 5 3 pd 

[81] 13. Voted to build four School houses in Fitch- 
burg, and that each Quarter of the Town build their own 
School house at their own expence, free from any Town 
Tax, Onh' that each Quarter have their Proportion of the 
Town,s Boards & Nails, left after finishing the Meeting 
house 

14. Voted that Deacon Kimball, Thomas Cowdin, 
Reuben Gibson, Phinehas Sawyer, EbenT Woods be a 
Committee to fix Places to build the School. Houses upon 

15. Voted to raise twenty Pounds to provide School 
Masters £20-0-0 

16 Voted that Thorn': Cowdin Deacon Kimball, Ebem 
Bridge be a Committee to provide Scoolmaster or Masters 

17 Voted that each Quarter draw their proportional 
Part of the Money raised to provide a School 

18 Voted to raise tw^enty Pounds to defrey Town 
Charges £20-0-0-0 

Meeting difsolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Thomas Cowdin Town Clerk 



84 The Old Records of the 

[8*^] march the 1 1773 

(Seal) Worceftr fs 

To M*" Soloman Steward constable for The Town of 
Fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majests name you are Requird to warne all the 
free holders & others Inhabitants quallif\'d by Law to Vote 
in Town afairs to afsemble & meet at the meeting house 
on mondy the first Da}' of march next at nine o Clock in 
the foer noon Then & their being Duely meet & formd to 
act on The folowing articles .... 

I'y to Chuse a moderator for goverment of S.^ meeting 

2^y to Chuse Select men & other Towne oficers for the 
year Insuing 

3'y to Raise money to Repare the Roads & bridges for 
the year Insuing or Vote aney thing Refering their to as 
They shall think proper 

4^y to Se if the Town will axcept of the Town Treaf- 
urers acounts as the}' ftand Setled by the Select men 

5^y to Se if the Town will axcept of Such Roads as 
are Laid out by the Select men or their order .... 

6'y to make provison for mr® Harts Suport the year 
Insuing 

Here off fale not and make Return of this warrant 
unto Some won of us the Subscribors at or before The 
Day above mentned Given under our hands and Scale this 
12 Day of Februery and in the thirteenth year of his 
majests Reign A D 1773 

T^t, « r^ A- \ Select men 
Tho^ Cowdm \ r 

Amos Kimball ( ^•. , , , 
J ritchburgh 

[83] Worceftr fs 

In obediance to this warrant I have warnd all the free 
holders & other Inhabitents qualifyd by Law to Vote in 
Town meetings to afsemble and meet at y*^ meeting house 
P Town on mondy the first Day of march A D 1773 

Soloman Steward Cunstable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled march the 1 1773 

Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 85 

l^y Chos Cap^ David Goodridge moderator 
2'^ Chose Thos Cowdin amos Kimball David Good- 
ridge Ebenezer Woods & Ebenezer Bridge . . Select men 
31-^ Chofe Tho« Cowdin Town Clerk . . Town Clerk 
4^5" Chose Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer . . . Town 
Treafurer 

5'y Chose Jofeph Low Constable Constabl 

6'y The Town axcepted of Afe Perrey in Jofeph Lows 
Rume as a hierd man in F Jofeph Lows Rume to serve as 

Cunstable Cunstable 

7^y Chose Elijah Carter & William Thurlo . Wardens 
8'^ Chose John Thurston & Phinehas Sawyer J?y 
Tyethen men 

9'y Chose Elijah Gafield John Thurston Jonathan Wood 
Silos Snow & m^ Phinehas Sawyer & Ebenezer Woods to 
be Survaers of high w^ays and also Colectors of high way 

Taxes Survars of high ways 

10'-^ Chose John Bufs & Ruben Smith . . Der Reves 
ll^y Chose Ruben Gibson Jul & Jofhua Pare . . tier 
wards 

12^y Chose Elijah Gafield & Hezekiah Hodgkins . Hog 
Reves 

13^y Chose Soloman Steward Survar of Clabord & 

Shingels Clabords & Shingles 

14'^ Chose Jonathan Wood Survaer of hups & 

Staves hupes & Staves 

15'y Chose David Goodridge & Tho^ Cowdin . . fence 
Vuers 

16'^ Chose William Thurlo .... Sealer of Lether 
[84] 17iy Voted & Rased Eighty pounds to be 
workt out on the high w^ays and that fom be workt out 
& Completed by the first of novembr next or the person 
or prsons Delinquant in Completing his or their part in 
work fhall be obliged to pay the whole or Remainding 
part in mone^^ to the Coletor and that the money be 

workt out in the uesal maner £80 

18iy Voted that all the old furvaers that have not 
Completed their Coleton in work are orderd b3^ the Town 
of fitchburgh to Se that they Complet b\' the Last of June 
next or to Colect the money that Remains from those 



86 The Old Records of the 

persons that have not workt out their part by the f'^ 
Last of June and pay P^ mone to the Town Treasurer 

19^y Chose Amos Kimball Thos Cowdin & David 
Goodridge to be a Committe to Take Care of Bridges and 
Se that they are Repard .... 

20^y axcepted of the Town Treafurers aCounts and 
that we find Remainding in m^ Witts hands twenty Eight 
pounds & two pene ^28 00 2 

We also find Remainding in Soloman Stewards hands 
one hundred and thirty two pounds ten fhilings & three 
pence ' ^32-10-3 

We also find that Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer hath 
paid out of his owne money over & above what he hath 
Recevd of the Cunstable thirty Six pounds . . £36 0-0 

21'y axcepted of a Two Rod Road for to Conven Oli- 
ver Stickne & Jofeph Gray & Ephriam marten and others 

22'-^ axcepted of a two Rod Road for to Conven 
Samuel Downes & other provided Jefse french & Daniel 
Farwell will Give the Land Where {^ Rod Gows through 
their Land and not other ways .... 

[85] 23^y Voted that the feffors order the high way fur- 
vaers to work on the Road where it Gows through m*" Jedi- 
gidiah Collens Land til they Com to Leominstor Line 

24'y Voted and axepted of the Road Through Samuel 
Downes Land from the new Bridge to Joseph Downes 
Land and the Land Given by mr Samuel Downe . . . 

25'y Voted to alter the Road Through Nichlos Dan- 
forth Land 

26'y Voted to alow m"" Ifaiah Witt foure pounds ten 
Shilings & Eight pene to board m^'^ Hart wone whole year 
& so in proportion in Cafe fhe f hould not Live til the year 
is Expird paid H - 10 - 8 

27'y Voted that the Swine Run at Large being yokt 
& Ringd acording to Law 

Fitchburgh Februery the 27 1773 

we have Laid out a 2 Rod Road begining where Jofeph 
Grays & Ephriam martens Corner Joyns to abraham 
Willards Land Runing notherdly as the Line Runs betwixt 
Jofeph Gra3's & Ephriam martens Land the 2 Rods for the 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 87 

Road taken off Ephriam martens Land then making an 
angle where the corner of Jofeph Grays & Ephriam mar- 
tens & mofes Worftrs & oliver Sticknes Land all meets at 
one Stake & Stones. 

*Then Runing Easterdly as the Line Runs betwixt Jo- 
feph Grab's Land & oliver Sticknes Land til it Coms to 
Land Caled the Wido Whitcombs Land and the Whole 
of the two Roads for the Road taken off Jofeph Graj's 
Land — then Runing Easterdly as the Line Runs be Twixt 
Oliver Sticknes Land & the Wido Whitcombs til it Coms 
to Land now ownd by Tho'' Carter of Lunenburgh and 
the Land for the two Rods for the Road taken off oliver 
Sticknes Land in Cafe the hairs of the Wido Whitcomb 
will not give the one half for the Road then the whole of 

the Road to be Given by oliver Stickne Then Through 

{^ Carters Land til it Coms to the Town Road Laid out 
Through f^ Carters Land when ownd by Ezekel Fouler 
which was Given for a Town Road hy Ezekel Fouler 

Thos Cowdin f Select men 
John Thurston I for 

Amos Kimball [Fitchburgh 

We Each of us Give the Land 

Ephraim marten 

Jofeph Gray 

Oliver Stickne 

[86] We the Subscribors Select men for the Town of 
Fitchburgh herby appoint you Samuel Down Silos Snow 
& Daniel Farwell to be a Committe to Lae out a Two 
Rod Road from the Town Road by Daniel Farwells 
through i^ Daniel Farwells Land to Land of Jefse Frenches 
fo through f'' frenches Land to Land of Samuel Downes 
fo through f'^ Downes Land to Land of Jofeph Downes 
and make Return to the Town at or before the first Day 
of march next 

Fitchburgh Decembr the 23 1772 

rni, , ^ 1- f Select men 
Tho^ Cowdm j r 

Amos Kimball ^ t--^. uu i, 
[^ritchbrgh 

*01d location road now called Sheldon Road. [Annotation on the 
margin. W. A. D.] 



88 The Old Records of the 

Fitchburgh Febuery the 28 1773 
In obedeanc to the within order we have Laid out a 
two Rod Road begining at a Large Rock upon the north 
side of the Town Road at the End of Daniel Farwells 
Lane Runing northerdly Through f'^ farwells Land til it 
Corns to Land of Jefse Frenchs then Turning westerdly 
Through f"^ frenches Land to the River where the new 
Bridge is Latly Built then over the River Through Land 
of Samuel Downs til it corns to Land of Jofeph Downes & 
markt the Trees on the South Sid of f*^ Road 

Silos Snow r 

Daniel Farwell { Committe 

Samuel Downe [ 

To the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

Gentelraen where as their hath bin a Road Travled 
Through my Land Leding from oliver Davifes Land to 
Leomenstr Line which Land Lying in Fitchburgh and as 
the Town of Fitchburgh are Defiros that there Should be 
a Road Laid out through {^ Land of myn I utterly Re- 
fuse to Give the Land or Consent that their Should be a 
Road Laid out and axcepted by the Town of Fitch- 
burgh &c 

[87] But I herby promis and Ingage that all persons 
having anc}' ocasion to Travel Through that part of my 
Land may pafs & Re pafs and that the Town of Fitch- 
burgh may from Tme to Tim and at all Times Repare 
the Road where it is now Traveled at their own Expence 
when They think proper from This Time til I forbid their 
Traveling or Reparing f*^ Road as witnes my hand This 
Twelfth Day Februery ano Domony 1773 . . . 

N B Gentelmen of the Town of Fitchburgh I meene 
to Give this privelige with out ane cost to i^ Town of 
Fitchburgh 

Jedidah Collins 

Teft Thos Cow din ( ^^^^J^ 
\ T^- u 11 \ rnt^n for 

Amos Kimball | t^-, i i , 
[^ritchburgh 

The Town oficers Chofen into Town ofice Tuck the 
othes Requird by Law Sworn by the Town Clerk 



Town of Fitchhirgh. 89 

The meeting Defolved David Goodridge moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

l'^^'] octobr the 25 1773 

(Seale) Worceftr fs To mr afa Perrey Cunttable for 
the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In His majesties name you are Requird to warne all 
the free holders & other Inhabitants qualifyd by Law to 
Vote in Town afares to afemble & meet at the meeting 
house on monday the twenty fifth Da^^ of this Inftant 
octobr at one o clock in the after noon then & their being: 
Duely meet & formd to act on the folowing artcles that 
is first to Chuse a moderator for the Goverment of F 
meeting 



2'^ to Rale money to pa}^ the Revrent m"" John Pa3^son 
his Salar^^ for the year 1773 

3'y to Rafe money to provide a Scool or Scools or 
Vote aney thing Refering their to as they Shall think 
proper 

4'y to See what method the Town will take to provide 
m'' Paysons Wood the year Infuing 

5'-^' to have all thofe persons that have Done serves for 
the Town bring in their acounts and Rafe money to pay 
the fame 

6'^ to Rafe money to pay the Towns Committes for 
Bulding the Bridges the year paft .... 

7'y to fee if the Town will axept of what the Towns 
Committe hath Done in Deviding the quarters of the Town 
in order for Keeping a Scool or Scools and Vote ane}^ thing 
Refering there to as they fhall think proper . . . 

Here off fale not and make Return of this w^arrant to 

Sume one of us the the Subscribors at or be fore the Day 

above mentned Given under our hands & Seals this Eighth 

Day of octobr A D 1773 and in the thirteenth year of his 

majests Rigne 

Thos Cowdin f o i - 
Amos Kimball ) Select^men 

David Goodridge ) ^^.^ , , , 
Ebenezer Woods \ fitchburgh 



90 The Old Records of the 

Worceftr fs In obediance to the within written War- 
rant I have warnd all the free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Fitchburgh to meet at Time and 
place within mentned 

Fitchburgh octobr the 25 1773 

Afa Perry C unstable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afembled octobr the 25 Day A D 1773 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Chofe Cap* David Goodridge moderator . . . 
2'y Voted to Rase Sixty Six pounds thirteen Shilings 

and for pene to to pay m*" Payson his Salorey . ^66 13 — 4 
3'y Voted to Rafe twenty pounds for a Scool . 20 
4^y Voted and Chofe Kindall Boutall Phinehas Sawyer 

and Ifaac Gibson be a Committe to provide a Scool or 

Scools and that the Scool money be Laid out as it was 

Last year 

[89] 5^5- Voted that Infin Jonathan Wood find and 

provide thirty Coards of Good wood for m*" Payson for 

one whole year from the first Day of Decembr next and 

bring f'^ thirty coards of wood to m^ Paysons house and 

that the Town pay f"^ Wood for the thirty Coard of wood 

foure pounds ^4 

6^y Voted to aloue Decon Kimball his 

a Count paid 00 10-0 p^ 

7'-^ Voted to pay Jofeph Sawyer his 

acount pd 00 14 4 pd 

S^y Voted to aloue Jofeph Fox his acount paid 1 6 

9iy Voted to aloue Eph™ Kimball his 

acount paid 00 18-3 pd 

lO^y Voted to aloue Ifaiah Witt his 

a Count paid 00 7 4 p*^ 

ll'y Voted to aloue Cap* Goodridge his 

a Count paid 00 3 p^ 

12^^ Voted to aloue Thos Cowdin his 

acount paid 1 17-6 pd 

13iy Voted to aloue the Towns Com- 
mitte for Bulding and mending the 
Bridges paid 44 2 10 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 91 

Voted to Rase ten pounds to Defra Town 

Charges 10 

14.iy Voted to aloue James Gray his 

acount paid 00 2 5 pd 

15'y , Voted not ot axepte of the Towns Commites 
Report in quartring the Scols 
Voted The meeting Disolvd 

David Goodridg moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Decembr the 1 1773 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To mr afa Perry Cunstable for the 
of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majestys name you are hereby Required to Warne 
all the Inhabitance of the Town of Fitchburgh qualli- 
fyed b3^ Law to Vote in Town afares to afsemble and meet 
at the meeting house on Wensday the first Day of Decem- 
ber next at one O Clock in the after noon then and their 
being Duely meet and formd to to act on the folowing 
articles 

1^-^' to Chuefe a moderator for the Goverment of faid 
meeting 

2'^ Rase mony to Defray the Town Charges to be 
afsefsed the pre fen t year 

S^y to See Whether the Town will Take aney notis of 
the Letrs Sent to the Town of fitchburgh by the Town 
Clerk of Bofton or vote aney thing Refering there to as 
they Shall think proper 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warrant to 

Sum one of us at or before the Day above mentned Given 

under our hand and Scale this fifteenth Day of novembr 

and in the fourteenth year of his majestys Reign A D 1773 

Thos Cowdin | q i 4. 
Amos Kimball | ^^^^^} 

Eben': Woods p-^vl t. 
Eben^ Bridge J F^^chburgh 

[90] Worcefter fs In obedianc to the within written 
warrant I have warned the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh to meet at time and place within mentioned 

Fitchburgh Decembr the 1 1773 Afa Perry Cunstable 



92 The Old Records of the 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburgh afsembled Decembr the 1 1773 

Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Chofe Ifaac Gibson moderator . . . 

2^y Raifed Sixty fouer pounds to Defray the Town 
Charges £64 1 8 

3^y Voted to act on the Letters or Requests of the 
Town of Bolton Sent to the Town of Fitchburgh . . . 

4^y Chofe Ifaac Gibson Cap^ Ruben Gibson Phinehas 
Hartwell Ebenezer Woods Kindall Boutall Ebenezer Bridg 
Soloman Steward to be a Committe to Draw up and 
Report to the Town of Fitchburgh a Draft of our Rights 
& privligs as free members of Sofiety : In order to make 
Return to the Town of Bofton or to the Committe of 
Correfpond*^ at Bofton 

5^y Votted that this meeting be a Jurned to the fif- 
teenth Day of this Inftant Decembr at one O Clock in the 
after noon 

6'y Decembr the 15 1773 the Town being meet by an 
a Jurnment 

the Report being Red and axcepted by the Town Voted 
that the Report be Recorded in the Town Book of Records 

7'y Votted that y*^ Report conserning Late Troble at 
Bofton ocasioned by the Late teas being brot fubject to a 
Duty payd in this Coloney and Landed be Returnd to the 
Committe of Coryspond at Boston 

8'y Votted that the Town Clerk Give an attested coppy 
to the f^ Commitee to be Communicated to the Commitee 
for the Town of Bofton Decembr the 15 1773 

Ifaac Gibson moderator 
Tho'* Cowdin Town Clerk 

At a Legal Town meeting in Fitchburgh on the first 
Day of Decembr 1773 In order to Take into Confideration 
the letters of Corrafpondency from the Town of Bofton : 
the Town made Choice of m"" Ifaac Gibson as moderator 
for the Goverraent of f^^ meeting . . Then {^ Letors ware 
Red before the Town : & after the Town had Dilibrated 
there on with Zeal and candor unanasmly agreed to Chues 
a Committe of Seven men & Chose m^ Ifaac Gibson 
Cap* Ruben Gibson mefsceurs Phinehas Hartwell Ebenezer 



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Town of Fitchbttrgh. 93 

Woods Ebenezer Bridge Kindall Boutall Solomon Steward 
as a Comtnitte to confider of our Conftitutinal Rights and 
previlegas in common with other Towns in this provanc 
to gether with the maney flagrant Infringements that 
have been made thereon and to report at the Adjorn- 
ment and then the Meeting was adjornd to the fifteenth 
Inftant . . At a legol Meeting of the Freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchbnrgh on Wednes- 
day the fifteenth of Decembr 1773 [91] b3' Adjornment 
from the first Inftant the Committee reported as fol- 
io weth 

Having with Great Satiffaction perused the circular 
Letters from the Committee of Correspondence for the 
Town of Boston wherein are so clearly held forth our 
Rights & Privilidgs as English-men & Christians and alfo 
a List of the many Infringements that have been made 
Thereon which Letters of Correfpondence we highh' appove 
of & unanimously consent unto and refolvd to stand fast 
in the Liberty and Rights where with our Gracious Sov- 
ereign Kings have made us free by an undeniable Charter 
& Decree from them their Heirs & Succefsors for ever — 
And we are fully perswaded that Liberty is a most preas- 
ous Gift of God our Creator to all Mankind and is of 
fuch a Nature, that no Person or Community can Justly 
part with it, and consequently no Man or Number of 
Men can have a Right to exercife Defpotism or Tyrannej^ 
over their Fellow Creatures; and to save us from such 
extreme Wretchednefs we believe the Vigilance & combin,d 
Endeavors of this People are necefsary and we hope 
through the favor of divine Providence will be Effectual ; 
And we think it our indifpensable Duty as Men, English- 
men and Christians to make the most publick Declaration 
in our Power on the Side of Liberty we have indeed an 
Ambition to be known to the World and to Posterity as 
Frends to Liberty, And we 

* [Think it our Duty on this Occafion in Behalf of Our- 
selves and our dear Country- to exprefs our unfeigned 

*a mistake from this mark [A marginal note, I'eferring to the mat- 
ter enclosed in brackets.— W. A. D.] 



94 The Old Records of the 

Gratitude to the Respectable Gentlemen of the Town of 
Boston for the Light & Counsel that they have presented 
to us in their Circular Letters & their many generous 
Efforts in the Defence of our Previledges, & in the Cause 
of Liberty & in our earnelt Prayers to Almighty God 
that the}' may be animmated Still to proceed, & prosper in 
fuch a Noble & Generous Defjgn, & finally' may they 
receive the moste Ample & durable Reward . . . And 
that these Refolves be recorded in our Town Book of 
Records, & that the Town Clerk Give an attested Copy 
to the {^ Committee to be communicated to the Commit- 
tee of Correfpondence for the Town of Boston . . . 

And with Respect to the East Indea Tea — For as 
much as we are now inform, d that the Town of Boston 
& the Neighboureng Towns have made such Noble Oppo- 
siton to f*^ Tea being brought into Boston Subject to a 
Duty so derecth- tending to the Enslaving of America It 
is our Opinion that your Opposition is Just & equitable 
and the people of this Town are ready to afford all Afsist- 
ance in their power to keep off all such Infringement] 

delire to use all proper Means in our Contracted Sphere 
to promote it and we are necefsitated to veiue the Ene- 
mias of Liberty, as Enemias of our lawfull Sovreign 
King George & his Illewstrious Family, beause T^^ianny 
& Slavery are fundementally repugnant to the Britefh 
Constitution ; But in declaring our present Thoughts & 
Refolutions, we are mov,d by a principle of Humanity & 
Benevolence to the people of Brittain, whose Happinefs is 
so involved with ours, that the Opprefssors and Depreda- 
tions indued on us by tyrannical Governments must be 
efsentialU' detrementol to Them we therfor [92] earnestly 
supplicate the Deity to prefer ve them from political Leth- 
argy & so from the most shamfull & miserable Bondage 
and we are fond of having our little obscure Names afsoci- 
ated with our American Brethren as Instreements in the 
hand of God, to save Brittain from that compleat Diltruc- 
tion which is now meditating, and is visibly impending; 
we wifh therefore our Country men to Join with us in 
praying for a Spirit of Reformation, on the Inhabitants 
both of England & America because Reighteousnefs is the 



Town of Fitchbiirgli. 95 

Exaltation and Glory of any Society — And we humbly 
hope that our being so late in giving our Sentiments upon 
Affairs so deeply interesting to the American Colonies in 
general, and to this Provience in particular, will not be 
imputed to our being unaffected with the alarming & 
unconstetutonal Incroachments that have been made upon 
our civel Rights & Priviliges; for we afsure you, we will 
not be wanting at all Times according to our Small 
Abelity in procuring & promoting all lawful! & constitu- 
tional Measures, proper for the Continuance of all our 
Rights & Privelidges both civil & religious; And we think 
it our Duty on this Occafion in Behalf of Our selves, and 
our dear Cuntry to exprefs our unfeigned Gratitude to the 
Respectable Gentlemen of the Town of Bofton for the 
Light & Counsel that they have presented to us in their 
Cercular Letters & their many Generous Efforts in the 
Defence of our Priveledges & in the Cause of J^iberty & 
in our earnest Prayers to Almight\^ God that they may 
be animated still to proceed, & prosper in such a Noble & 
Generous Defign, & finalh- ma}- the^- recive the most 

Ample & Durable Reward And that these Refolves b 

recorded in our Town Book of Records, & that the Town 
Clerk Give an attested Copy to the f"^ Committee to be 
communicated to the Committee of Correfpondence for 

the Town of Bofton 

And with Refpect to the East Indy Tea For as much 
as we are now informd that the Town of Bofton & the 
Neighbouring Towns have made Such Noble Opposition to 
{^ Teas being brought into Boston Subject to a Duty so 
derectly tending to the Enslaving of America It is our 
Opinion that j^our Opposition is Just & equitable and the 
People of this Town are readx' to afford all the Afsistance 
in their powder to Keep off all such Infringements 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

[93] March the 1 1774 

(Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Afa Perry cunstable for 
the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majesties name you are Requird to warne all 
the free holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burgh qualifyd by Law to Vote in Town afares to afsemble 



96 The Old Records of the 

and meet at the meeting house on monday the Seventh 
Day of march next at nine Clock in the foure noon then 
and their being Duely met and formd to act on the folow- 
ing articles 

I'y to chues a moderator for Goverment of f'^ meeting 

2'^ Chuese Select men and other Town oficers for the 
year Insuing 

3'y to Raise money to mend the Roads & bridges the 
year Insuing and Vote aney thing Referring there to as 
they fhall think proper 

4'-^ to See if the Town will axcept of Such Roads as 
1 hall be Laid out by the Select men or their order . . . 

5^>' to See if the Town will Discontinue the Road Laid 
from mr Nehemiah fullers to the old Road by mr afa 
Perrys house 

6'^ to See if the Town will abate fuch Rates as fhall 
be Laid before the Town 

7^^ to Raife monc}' to fuport m'"'' Hart or Vote aney 
thing Refering there to as they fhall think proper . . . 

8'>' to Se if the Town will axcept of the Town Treaf- 
urers acounts as they Stand Setled by the Select men . . 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warrant to 
Sume one of us at or before the Day above mentned Given 
under our hands & Scale this twenty first Day of Febru- 
ary and in the fourteenth yeare of our Sovrin King George 

the third A D 1774 

Thos Cowdin 
David Goodridge 
Amos Kimball 
Ebenezer Woods 
Ebenezer Bridge 



Select 

men for 

Fitchburgh 



Worceftr is In obediance to the within warrant I have 
warned all the free holders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town b\^ Poasting a warning up at the meeting hous 
Door 

Fitchburgh march the 4 1774 Afa Perry Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afembled march the 7 1774 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



Town of Fitchburgh. 97 

[94] firftly Chofe Decon atnos Kimball moderator . . 

2'-^ Voted to Chues five Select men . . . 

3'y Chofe Ifaac Gibson & Ebenezer Woods & Phinehas 
Hartwel and James Poole and Jol'eph Walker Select men 

4iy Chofe Thos Cowdin Town Clerk . . Town Clerk 

5^-^ Chofe Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer . . . Town 
Treafurer 

6>y Chofe Kindall Boutall for the fouth fide of the 
Town and 

7'^' Ebenezer Bridge for the north fide Cunstables . Con- 
stable 

8iy Chofe Elijah Gafield & Soloman Steward . Wardens 

9'y Chose Daniel Farwelland maximilion Jewitt . Tythen 
men 

lO'y Chose John Bufs Zacriah Whitne3' Samuel Parce 
& Kindall Boutall & Ruben Smith and Jonathan Page & 
Jonathan Hunt Survaers of high ways and that the high 
wa}' Taxes be workt out in the uesal maner and that the 
Survaers be Colectors to Colect the taxs . . . Survaers 
of high ways 

11'-^ Chose Nichlos Danforth and Jofhua Parce to be 
Deere Reves 

12'^ Chose John Bufs and Ebenezer Thurften to be . fier 
wards 

13^y Chose David Parce & Ruben Gibson Jul and John 
Carter and Jonathan Cummins and Jonathan Holt . Hog 
Reves 

14^y Chose Soloman Steward to be Survaer of Shingels 
& Clabords Shingels & Clabords 

15^y Chofe Jonathan Wood Survaer of hops and 
Staves Suvar of hoops & Staves 

16'y Chofe Cap^ David Goodridge & Thos Cowdin fens 
Vuers fens Vuers 

17^5' Chose William Thurlo Sealer of Lether . Sealer 
of Lether 

[95] 18'y Raifed Eighty Pounds to mend the high 
ways & that fum be work out in the fame maner as Last 
year *^80 

19'-^ Chofe Jonathan Wood and Jofeph Walker & Decon 
Amos Kimball to be a Committe to take Care of the 
7 



98 TJie Old Records of the 

Bridges the year Insuing and to Repair or buield as they 
Judge most for the Intrest of the Town . . . 

20'y axepted of a bridel Road begining at Thos Cow- 
dins house through f"^ Cowdins Land til it Corns to the 
Gate then through m'' Jofeph Lows Land til it Corns to m"" 
Lows house then turns and Runs through f"^ Land b\^ his 
barn til it Corns to Land of Thos Cowdins that f*^ Cowdin 
bought of Colo" William Brown of Salom and the the 
privlige of a bridel Road Given by f*^ Low and f'^ Cowdin 
with out aney charge to the Town 

21'y axepted of a 2 Road Road begining at John Car- 
ters Land Runing from f<^ Carters Land through mr Ezra 
Uptons Land til it Corns to the County Road and axepted 
of the Road upon the Towns Cost provided that m^ Ezra 
Upton will not Give the Land for f*^ Road and markt the 
trees on the fouth fide of f*^ Road 

22^y axepted of a 2 Road Road begining at the Line 
betyen Phnihas Browns Land and Nathan Badcoks Land 
Runing through f*^ Badcocks Land til it Corns to the Cor- 
ner of Jonathan Pages Land where m*" Andrew Olivers 
Land Joyns to f'^' Jonathen Pages Land one Rod on m'' 
Olivers Land & one Rod on Jonathan Pages Land til it 
Coms to the Corner be twixt Jonathan Page and abraham 
farwell Land and markt the trees on the fouth fide of f'^ 
Road and axcepted of f"^ Road if the Land is Given by 

the owners of the Land 

Thos Cowdin ( 

Amos Kimball 01*. 

T-i -J ^^ J -J Select men 

David Goodndge{ for Fitchburgh 
Lbenezer Woods " 

Ebenezer Bridge 

[96] 23'y Voted not to Discontinue the Road Leding 
from m*' Nehemiah Fullers by mr afa Perys house 

24'y Voted to abated francis Fullams funs Pole Tax in 
m'' Ifaac Gibsons List for the year 1767 being one pound 
two fhilings and nine pene pd 1 2 9 

25'>' abated Jacob Gibfons Rats in mr afa Perr\^s List 
which is Eighteen fhilings & fix pene . . . . pd 18 6 

2&y Voted to allow maximilion Jew'ett five pounds 
foure fhilings for boarding m*"® Hart one whole year and 
so in proporton in Cafe fhe fhould not Live one whole 
year ^5-4-0 p^ 



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Town of FitcJibu7'gh. 99 

27^-^ Voted and axepted of Phinehas Sawyer JHT to 
ferve Cunstable in Kindall Boutalls and Ebenezer Bridges 
Rume or ftead 

28^> Voted and axepted of the Town Treafurers a 
Counts as they ftand fetled by the Select men &c 

Fitchburgh February the 21 1774 Then Recnd with 
Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer and we find Due in mr 
Soloman Stewards hands forty three pounds three fhil- 
ings & ten penc one farthen ^43 : 3 : 10 : 1 

we also find in m'' afa Perrys hands . 155 : 4 - 

we also find that Thos Cowdin Town Treafurer hath 
paid over and a bove what he hath Recv'^ of the Cunsta- 
bles 5 18 8 3 

The meeting Disolved 

Amos Kimball moderator 

and the Town oficers tuck the oaths Requird by Law 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[97] Lunenburgh may the 20 1774 Dr John Taylor 
Sir as you Chofen by the Town of Lunenburg & Fitch- 
burgh to Reprefent them in the Grat & General Court 
for the prefent year — we think it our Duty under the 
prefent alarming Circumstances of publick affairs to Give 
the following Instructions) — Viz that you bare Due 
Teftimony against all Riotous pratices and all other 
unconftitutional proceedings and that you do not by 
aney means whatfoever either directly or indirectly Give 
up aney of our Charter rights & priveliges and that you 
ufe your Endeavors that those that we have been abridged 
of ma\^ be reftored to us & that you use your Influence 
that provision be made for the discountenancing all un 
warrantable practices with Refpect to bribery in thofe 
that Set them Selves up as Candidates for Representa- 
tives for the people either b}'' the wa}' of Treats or Enter- 
tainments which may have bin too frequant a practice in 
man^^ places & further we would have you move in the 
General affembly that there might be a Congrefs and 
union with all the provinces & in cafe aney thing Ex- 
traordinary fhould happen or appear that you fhould 
immediately notify your Conftituants ; there are mane}' 



100 The Old Records of the 

things of Lefser Importance that we must Leave Discre- 
tionary with your Self Trufting that you will Often Re- 
volve in your mind how Grate a Truft is Devolved upon 
you & that you Give Conftante attendance So fare as you 
are able to the businefs to which you are appointed & we 
hope that you will be actuated b}^ a Spirit of Impar- 
tiality free from privat Views and Sinister Endes — & that 
the above be Recorded in the Records of the Towns of 
Lunenburgh & Fitchburgh 

William Stearns ) 

George Kimball 

Ifaac Gibson \ Committe 

Phinehas Hartwell 

John Fuller J 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[98] October the 4 1774 

(Scale) Worcefter Is To Phinehas Sawyer Ju': Cun- 
ftable for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting . . . 

In his majestis name you are Requird to warne all the 
free holders & other Inhabitance of the town of Fitchburgh 
qualified by Law to vote in town meetings to Afsemble and 
meet at the meeting Houfe in Fitchburgh on Tuefday the 
fourth Day of October next att nine o clock in the foer 
noon then and their being Duly meet and formd to act on 
the following articles ..... 

I'y to Chufe a moderator to govern i^ meeting . . . 

2'y to vote mr Payfons Salery 

3^5" to Raife money to provide Schooling . . . 

4'y to See what meathod the Town will provide w^ood 
for mr Payson 

5'y to fee if the Town will allow the Committes 
acoumpts for building the new Bridge 

6'y to Raife money for building s'^' Bridg and other 
nefsefary Charges 

7'^ "^to See if the Town will acxept the Report of the 
Committe Chofen to Recon with the Town Treafurer . . 

S'y to See if the Town will Chufe a committe to Pro- 
vide Schooling or act anything Refering their to . . . 

9'^ to See if the Town will acxept of aney acounts 
for Servies Doun for f"^ Town 



Town of Fitchbjirgh. 101 

lO'y to See if Towne will Chuse a Committe to attende 
the Provenfhall Convention at Concord on the 2 Tufdaj 
in October 

Here of faile not & make Due Return of your Doings 
here on to fum one of us on or before the above Day 
Given under our hands and Seals this fourteenth Day of 
Septembr A D 1774 and in the 14 year of his majestis Regn 

ll^y Notice is herby Given to the Company in This 
Town to afsemble and meet at the meeting house in 
Fitchburgh on Tuesdaj^ the 4 Da^^ of octobr next at one 
o clock in the after noon to Chufe officers for f*^ Town & 
Company of Traning Solders 

Jofeph Walker 
James Pool 
Ifaac Gibson 
Phinehas Hartwell 
Ebenel Woods 



Select 

men for 

Fitchburgh 



[99] Worcefter fs octobr the 4 1774 

by vertiue of this warrant I have warned all the Free 
holders & other Inhabitance of the Town of Fitchburgh 
qualifid b}^ Law^ to vote in Town meetings, to meet at 
the time and place as is within pur fixt . . . 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled October the 4 A D 1774 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

V^ Voted and Chofe Capt David Goodridge moderator 

2^y voted to Rase fixty fix pounds thirteen fhilings and 
foure penc to pay mr John Payson his Salory the year 
past ^66 13 4 

3'y voted to Rase twenty pounds to provide a Scool, 
and to ad what Scool money Remains 3^et not Laid out 
that was Raised the Last year to the twenty pounds now 
Raisd to be Laid out in providing a Scool or Scools 20 

4iy voted & Chose Cap^ David Goodridge & Cap* 
Ruben Gibson Ebenezer Woods & Jofeph Policy & Decon 
Amos Kimball to be a Committe to provide a Scool marf- 
ter or marfters 



102 The Old Records of the 

5'y voted that the Scool money be Laid out as it was 
Last year 

6^y voted that Roger Biglo find & provide thirty 
Coards of Good wood for the Revrant mr John Payson 
won whole year begining at the first Day of December 
next, the wood is to be Corded up at mr Pa^'sons house 
a Cording to Law and that the Town pay Roger Bigelo 
for fd wood £4:14:8: 

7^y voted and axcepted of the Towns Committes 
acounts for Building the Bridg Caled Cap^ Goodridges 
Bridg which is fourty pounds 17 fhilings . ^40 17 paid 

8^y Raised fourty pounds 17/ to pay for Building the 
bridge 

9^5" voted and axepted of the Town Treafurers a Counts 
as they Stand Setled by the Towns Committe, that is w^e 
find Due in mr Soloman Stewards hands . . . ^33 2 5 

we also find Due in m"" Afe Perres hands . . 94 5 8 

lO'y voted and acxepted of Cap* David Goodridgs 
a Count which is 00 3 p^ 

ll^y voted and acxepted of Thos Cowdins a Count 
which is 1 5 p*^ 

12^5" voted and alow^d Kindall Boutall his a Count 
which is 1 10 p^ 

13'y voted and alowed Ebenezer Woods his a Counts 
which is 1 10 p*:* 

14iy voted and alowed Ifaac Gibson his acount for 
taking care of Edward Scoot which is . . . . 2 8 p"? 

[100] 15'y voted to Chuefe a Committe to attend 
the proventall Congrafs at Concord the 2 tuesday of 
October Inftant 

16^y voted and Chofe Cap* David Goodridge to Joyn 
the Congrafs at Concord 

17^y voted thatt all the quarters of the Town that 
Dont See that their part of the Scool money that is not 
Scooled out within the year be Returnd in to the Towns 
Stoke 

18'y voted to pay the Select men for providing the 
Town with pow^der & Led & flints their acount which 
is £14 4 



Towfi of FitcJibiirgh. 103 

19^y voted & Rase five pounds to Defray Town 
Charges 500 

20^^ Total Sum voted and Raised by the Town 
is " . ^158 5 

The meeting Desolved David Goodridge moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



(Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ Cun- 
stable for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting .... 

In His majeftyes name you are Required to warn all 
the free holders and other Inhabitance of the Town of 
Fitchburgh qualifyed by Law to vote in town affairs to 
afsemble & meet at the meeting house on Tuefday the 
twelfth Da}' of July next at two of the Clock in the after 
noon then and their being Duh^ meet and formd to act on 
the following articales 

1'^ to Chufe a modirator for Goverment of f*^ meeting 

2'y to See if the Town will Raife the money that was 
not Leagually afseft on the Inhabitants of f*^ Town in the 
year one thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy three or 
vote or act aney thing Refering there to as they Shall 
think proper 

3'^ to See if the town will Chufe a committy to Recon 
with the Town Treafurer & make a Return at the fall 
meeting 



4'y to See if the town will take into Confideration 
the Late papers Sent to this Town Relating to our pub- 
lick affairs and Distrest Circumftances in this provance & 
to act aney thing Relating there to as they fhall think 
proper 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warrant to 
fum one of us at or before the Day a bove mentned 
Given under our hands and Sceal this twentj^ fourth Day 
of June and in the fourteenth year of his majests Reign 
King George the third A D 1774 

Ifaac Gibson 
Jofeph Walker 
James Pool 
Phinehas Hartwell 



Select men 
for 



Fitchburgh 



104 The Old Records of the 

[101] Worcefter fs July the 12 1774 

By Vertue of this warrant I have warned all the free 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburgh 
qualifyd by Law to vote in Town meetings to meet at 

the time and place as is within perfixt 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju"" Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
Fitchburgh affembled July the 12 1774 

l^y Chofe mr Ifaac Gibson moderator . . . 

2'y Voted and pased over the 2 artcle Til the ajurn- 
ment 

3^^ Voted to Chuese a Committe to Settle with the 
Town Treafurer 

4'y Chofe Cap* David Goodridge & Ebenezer Woods & 
Ebenezer Bridg be a Committe to Recne with the Town 
Treafurer and make Report at the falle meeting . . . 

5'y Voted to Rafe the money to Suporte the Congras 
be Colected by a Contrebution, and if their be aney over 
and above, the money that is the over plush fhall be Laid 
out provide a Towns Stoke of powder .... 

6'^ Voted and ajurnd the Town meeting til the ninth 
Day of august next at 2 o clock in the after noon 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



August the 9 1774 meet on the Day to which the 
meeting was a Jurnd and the meeting opned . . . 

I'y Voted to Signe the Covenant 

2^y Voted to ajurn the Town meeting til the 26 Da}^ 
of September next at 2 o clock in the after noon 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



September the 26 1774 then the Town meet on the 
Day to which the meeting was a Jurnd and the meeting 
opned 

I'y Voted to ajurn the Town meeting til the firft Tues- 
day' of October next at Eleven o clock in the fouer noon 

Thos Cowdin Tow Clerk 



Town of Fitchburgh. 105 

[10'^] October the 4 1774 the Town meeting opned 

on the Day to which it was ajurnd to . . . 

l^y Voted and ajurnd for one ouer &c . . . 

2'^ Voted and acxepted of Ebenezer Woods as Capten 

and Ebenezer Bridge first Liut 

Liuftanent 

and Jofeph Fox 2 Liftanent 

and Kindall Boutall Infign 

3'y Voted and ajurnd the Town meeting til the first 

Tuefda\^ of November next at three o Clock in the after 

noon 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Novembr the 1 1774 then the Town meeting opend 
by the moderator and the Town Clerk only those persons 
present and Continud the Town meeting til the 22 Day of 
this Inftant November at three o Clock in the after noon 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Novembr the 22 1774 the Town meeting not opend 
becuse now perfon belonging to the Town apeard upon 
the Day to which the meeting was Continued 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Fitchburg March the 29*^ 1770 

we the subscribers Selectmen of the town of fitchburg 
Having Confidred the Eftate and Prefent Circumftances of 
m"" David Goodell & his family & alfo the Eftate of m*" 
David Goodell Ju': and his family and upon Delibret Con- 
fideration think it proper & Prudent for the intereft of the 
town not to admitt either of the above famileys as town 
Inhabitance & we the subscribers Absolutely Refufe to 
admitt them or Either of them as Inhabitance witnefs our 
hands 

Thomas Cowden | Selectmen 
David Goodridge \ for 
John White J fitchburg 

Entred on the Town Book By order of the select men 
of fitchburgh Collected from other writings of ufe a mongst 
the town papers 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



106 The Old Records of the 

[103] November the 17 1774 

Worcefter fs to Phinehas Sawyer Jur Cunftable for the 
Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In his majastes name you are herby required to warne 
all the free holders and other Inhabitents of youer Town 
quallifyed by Law to vote in Town affairs to afsemble and 
meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on Thurfdaj^ the 
Seventeenth Day of this Inftant November at twelve o 
clock 

I'y to chuese a moderator to Govern f*^ meeting . . 

2'y to take in to Confideration one of the provenfiall 
Congrefs refolves in order to inlist one quarter parte of 
the Traning Soldirs at Least to be at a minits warning 
and to See what Incoregment the town will Give their 
minnet men that fhall Inlist after they are called upon 
aney amergancy or act aney thing refering there to as 
they shall think proper 

3^y to See what method the Town will come into 
with regard to Edward Scott or act aney thing refering 
there to ... . 

4^y to See what Inftructions the town will give the 
Cunftables of this town with regard to paying in the 
province Rate or act anc}- thing refering there to . . . 

Here of fale not to make Return of this warrant to 
fum one of us at or before the Day above mentned Given 
under our hands & Scale this 7 Day of November A D 
1774 & in the fifteenth yeare of his majefts Reign . . . 

Jofeph Walker | Select men 
Ifaac Gibson / for 
Ebenezer Woods J Fitchburgh 

Worcester fs November the 17 1774 

By vertue of this warrant I have warn? all the free 
holders & other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to meet at the time & place as is within perfixt 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju'' Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitanc of the Town 
of Fitchburgh afembled November the 17 1774 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



Towji of FitcJibiirgh. 107 

1'^ Voted & Chose Cap^ David Goodridge moderator 

2iy voted to Raife minett men .... 

3'^' voted to Inlist forty men Including oficers . . . 

4'-^ voted to Chuefe three men to be a Committe to 
take Care of Edward Scott . . . 

5^^ voted & Chofe Ebenezer Bridge & phinehas Hart- 
well & Ifaac Gibson be a Committe to take Care of Ed- 
ward Scott if need be ... . 

6^^ voted to Indemnefv the Sevrall Cunftables that 
have aney provanc moneys in their hands from aney Coft 
or Charges that may arise by meanse of their not paying 
the provanc moneys to Harrison Gray Esq 

[104:] 7'-^ voted that the Severall Cunstables pay the 
provanc moneys acording to the provenfhall Congrafis 
orders 

The Town meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Tho" Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs : to Phinahas Sawyer Jun": Con- 
ftable for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting . . . 

In his Majefties Name you are hereby Required to 
warn all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg Quallified bj^ law to vote in Town 
meetings to afsemble and meet at the meeting house in 
Fitchburg on tusday the tenth day of Jenuery next at ten 
Clock in the fournoon then and their being duly meet 
and formed to act on the following articles . . . 

I'y to chuse a moderator to Govern said Meetins: 

2'-^ to see if the town will chuse one man or more to 
attend the Provential Congrefs at Cambridge on the first 
day of February next or vote any thing refering their too 

S^J" to see if the town will Chuse a committee of In- 
fpection according to the Continential and provinfials Con- 
grefses Refolves or act any thing refering their too as 
think proper 

4'y to see if the town will Indemnefy the Afsefsors for 
not returning a Surteficut of the money afsefst and the 
Conftables name to the Province treafury as Ufeal or act 
any thing refering their too 



108 The Old Records of the 

5^-^ to see if the town will take into their Confidera- 
tion sum method that all the town may Covenant to- 
gether agreable to the Refolves of the Continential Con- 
grefs or vote any thing refering their too as they shall 
think proper 

6'>' to see if the Town will Except of the Oftercers and 
Soldiers in the minute Company that shall sign a covenant 
agreable to the Continential Congrefs or shuch a Covenant 
as the Town shall think proper when meet and to give 
those offerees and soldiers such Inftructions as they shall 
think proper that shall sign said Covenant or vote any 
thing refering their too a they shall think proper . . . 

7'y to see if the Town will take into Confideration 
the State of the Standing Company in this Town in refpect 
to filling up with offercers or act any thing refering their 
too as they shall think proper 

8^y to see if the town will take into Confideration the 
Suffering Circumftances of the Poor people of Boston & 
in what method as they shall think proper .... 

[105] Hereof fail not and make due return of this 
warrent and your doings here on to sum one of us on or 
before the above said day given under our Hands and seal 
this twenty third day of December and in the fifteenth 
year of his Majefties Reign Anno domini 1774 

Joseph Walker ( Select 

James Poole J men 

Eben^ Woods ) for 

Phinahas Hartwell [ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs January lO^i^ 1775 

by virtue of this warrant I have warned all the free 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
to meet at the time and place as is within perfixt . 

Phinahas Sawyer Ju": Conftable 

At a legal Meeting of the Inhabitents of the town of 
Fitchburg afsembled Januery 10^.^ 1775 

Tho! Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Chose My. Isaac Gibson moderator . . . 

2'-^ Voted to chuse a Deligate to attend the provential 
Congrefs at Cambride the first day of February next . . 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 109 

3'y Voted & chose Cap* Goodridge to attend the pro- 
vential Congrefs at Cambridge 

4'y voted to chuse a committee of Infpection . . . 

5iy voted to chuse as a Committee 

6'y voted & chose M*" Walker Capt Goodridge Cap^ 
Gibson Deacon Thurltin and Cap* Woods Solomon Steward 
& Joseph Policy 

7'^ voted to Indemnify the affefsors for not Returning 
the Conftable! name to the Province Treafurery as ufeal 

8'-^ voted and Excepted of the Covenant bareing date 
the tenth day of Januery 1775 

9^-^ voted and Excepted of the offercers & soldiers that 
have signed the Covenant or those that shall sign here 
after if offered 

10^^ voted to chuse a committy to veiw the minute 
Compenys arms 

ll^y voted that Cap* Goodridge & M': Joseph Walker 
and Enfign Jon? Wood be a Committee to veiw the minute 
Compeny 

12^y voted that Cap* Woods fills up his Compeny as 
he and his Compeny shall think proper with Offercers . . 

13'-^ voted that Joseph Fox be a Committee man to 
Receive any article that the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg may think proper to Contrabute towards the 
relief of the Poor of Boston 

[106] 14-^y voted to adjorn this meeting till the march 
meeting 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

for the remainder of the proseedings of the town upon 
the adjornment see page 108 

(Seal) Worcefter fs to Phinahas Sawyer Junr Con- 
rtable for the town of Fitchburg Greeting 

In His majesties name you are Required to warn all 
the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Fitchburg Quallified b^^ law to vote in town meetings to 
affemble and meet at the meeting house on munday the 
sixth Day march next at nine O Clock in the fore noon then 
& their being duly meet and formed to act on the following 
articles 



110 The Old Records of the 

!'>' to chuse a moderator to govern said meeting . . . 

2'y to chuse Town offercers for the year infuing for 
said town as the Law Directs 

3'-^ to see if the town will Except of town Roads Laid 
out bv the Select men or their order or vote any thing 
refering their too as they shall think proper . . . 

4'y to se what method the town will provide for Mifs 
Hearts maintanence the year infuing or vote any thing 
Refering their too as they shall think proper . . . 

5'y to see if the town will vote the Swine to run at 
Large this preafent year under the Regulation of the Law 
or vote any thing Refering there too as they think proper 

6'y to Chuse a County treafury for the year Enfuing 
as the Law directs as recommended by the Count3^ Con- 
vention 

Here of fail not and make due return of this warrant 
to sum one of us at or before the above mentioned day 
Given under our hands and Seal this Seventh day of Feb- 
ruary and In the fifteenth year of his Alajefties Reign A D 

1775 

Lsaac Gibson ( Select men 

Joseph Walker \ for 

Phinehas Hartwcll ( Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs March y'^ 6*^ 1775— 

by Virtue of this warrant 1 have warned all the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of the Town to meet at the 
time and place as is within sett fcjrth 

Phinehas Sawyer JuV Conftable 

At a leagal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg afsembled March 6t^^ 1775 

1'^' Chose Mr Isaac Gibson Moderator .... 

2'y Chose Isaac Gibson first Select man . . . 

3'^ Chose Cap^ Ebn": Woods second Select man . . 

4'-^' Chose Phinahas Hartwell third Select man . . . 

[107] 5'-^ Chose Joseph Walker forth Select man . . 

6'y Chose Kendol Bought well fifth Select man . . . 

7^-^ Chose Joseph Fox Town Clark . . . 

8'-^ Chose Jonathan Wood Town treafury . . . 



Town of FitcJibiu'gJi. Ill 

9'y Chose Silas Snow Con ('table for the South side of 
the town of Fitchbnrg 

10'>' Chose Cap* Ruben Gibson Conftable for the North 
side 

11'-^ Chose Samuel Peirce & Deacon Thurstins wardens 

12'y Chose James Poole & Benjamin Jaquith Tyethen- 
men 

IS'y Chose Elijah Garfield & Afa Perry & Thomas 
Stearns & Daniel Farwell & Deacon Thurstin & Jon=> 
Smith to be Survairs of high ways & Collectors of high 
way taxes 

14^-^ Chose Nicholas Danforth & Joshua Peirce to be 
Dear Reves 

15'-^ Chose John Bufs & Ebn': Thurftin to be fire 
wards 

16'y Chose Zakariah Whitney David Peirce & Joseph 
Polle}^ to be hog Reves 

17'^ Chose Solomon Steward to be survair of Shingles 
& Clabbords 

18'-^' Chose Jonathan Wood to be survair of Hoops & 
Staves 

19'-'' Chose Joseph Walker & Deacon Thurstin to be 
fence vewers 

20'^' chose William Thurlo to be Sealer of Lether . . 

21'^ Chose Joseph Walker to be sealer of Waits and 
meafures .... 

22'y Voted that the town of Fitchburg pay MT James 
Poole five pounds to bord Mifs Hart one whole year & 
so in proportion provided she should not Live the year 
out p^ m'' Poole 

23'y Voted that the Swine Run at Large being Yoaked 
& ringd according to Law 



Fitchburg Februery 24*^ 1775 

this Da}' Laid out hy us the Subfcribers a road begin- 
ing at M'; Joseph Spoffords Corner on the North side of 
the road near the Brook and keeping a Crost s^ Spoffords 
corner to Will™ Thurlo^ Land then Runing on s^ Thurlos 
Land by s^ Spoffords Line to a peace of common Land 



112 The Old Records of the 

and then through s? common to Ruben Gibson house and 

so through s^ Gibsons Land if wanted 

Ebn^ Woods ) Select men 
Ifaac Gibson \ for 
Joseph Walker j Fitchburg 

Fitchburg march ^V^ 1775 

this road Excepted and given provided that the road 

that Leads from Benj? Jaquiths Land to william Thurlos 

House be Difcontinued 

William Thurlo 

24^y the Town Meeting be Difolved 

Isaac Gibson moderator 

The several town oftercers took their oaths as is re- 
quired by Law Joseph Fox town Clerk — 



[108] March 6!"^ 1775 meet according to adjornment 
the lOt^ of Januery 1775 

15'y Voted to provide forty Bayonets for the minute 
Compay for the Use of the town upon any Expedition and 
then to be returnd to the Town 

16iy Voted that the Offercers of the minute Company 
be a committee that shall provide forty Bayonets for the 
Use of the town 

This meeting Difolved Isaac Gibson moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clark 

(Seal) Worcefter fs. To Silas Snow Conitable for the 
town of Fitchburg Greeting 

In his majefties name you are hereby required to warn 
all the free holders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Fitchburg Quallified by Law to vote in town meetings to 
afsemble and meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on 
tusday the twenty first day of this Inftant march att one 
Clock in the after noon then and their being duly meet 
and formed to act on the following articles . . . 

I'y to chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'y to raise money to repair the high ways for the 
year Enfuing or act any thing refering their too . . . 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 113 

3^^ to Chuse a committee to Reckon with Cap^ Thomas 
Cowdin the late town treafury or act any thing refering 
their too 

4 To see if the town will raise money for to pay for 
the bayonets for which their was a Committee chofen to 
provide said Bayonets at our anual march meeting 1775 
or act any thing refering their too as the3' shall think 
proper 

5i>' To see if the town will chuse a man to Dig Graves 
or act an^^ thing refering their too as they shall think 
proper 

6'^' to see if the town will difmifs Cap^ Ruben Gibson 
as Conftable & chuse sum other man in that part of the 
town in his rome or act any thing refering their too as 
they shall think proper 

hereof fail not & make due return of this warrant and 

your doings hereon to sum one of us on or before the 

above said day given under our hands & seal this sixth 

day of march and in the fifteenth year of his majefties 

Reign A D 1775 

Joseph Walker 
Ifaac Gibson 
Ebnr Woods 
Phinehas Hartwell 
Kendal Boutell 



'&' 



Select 

men 

for 

Fitchburg 



Worcester fs. In obedience to the within warrant I 
have warned all the free holders and other inhabitents of 
the town of Fitchburg Quallified by Law to vote in town 
meetings to meet at time and place as is within perfixt 

Silas Snow Conftable 

[109] At a legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburg afsembled March 21*^* 1775 

1^^ Chose Cap^ David Goodridge Moderator .... 

2^y Voted to Raise Eighty pounds to mend the high- 
ways and that the sum be workt out in the same man- 
ner as Last year 

3^^ Voted to chuse a committee to reckon with Cap! 
Tho'? Cowdin the late town treafury .... 
8 



114 The Old Records of the 

4'>' Voted to chuse Cap* Ebn': Bridge one of the Com- 
mittee to reckon with the late Treafury 

5^^ Voted to chuse Mr Phinahas Hartwell one of the 
Committee to reckon with the late treafury 

&^ Voted to chuse MT Joseph Walker one of the Com- 
mitte to reckon with the late treafury .... 

7'y Voted that the Select men give the Committee 
that was chofen to provide the Bayonets an order to 
draw the money out of the town treafury to pay for the 
Baj^onets the Committee rendering an account .... 

8'y Voted to chuse MT Solomon Steward to Dig 
Graves 

9'y Voted that this meeting be Difsolved 

David Goodridge moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clark 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To M^ Reuben Gibson one of the 
Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting .... 

In his Majesties name \^ou are hereby required to 
warn all the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the town 
of Fitchburg Quallified by Law to vote for a Reprefenta- 
tive to afsemble and meet at the Meeting house in Fitch- 
burg on Munday the twenty second day of this Inftant 
may at two O Clock in the afternoon then & their being 
duly meet and fornid to act on the following articles : 
viz : 

l^y To chuse a Moderator to govern s"? meeting . . 

2^y to see if the Town will chuse one member or more 
to Reprefent us in a provential Congrefs to be held in the 
meeting house in Watertown on the 31?* day of may In- 
ftant or act any thing refering their too as they shall 
think proper 

Here of fail not and make return of this warrant unto 
sum one of us the Subfcribers at or before the day above 
mentioned given under our hands and seal this 12*^ day 
of may and in the fifthteenth Year of his Majesties Reign 

A D 1775 

Isaac Gibson ] Select men 
Joseph Walker } for 
Kendal BoutellJ Fitchburg 



Town of Fitchbnrgh. 115 

In Obediance of the within written warrant I have 
warned all the freeholders and other Inhabatants of the 
town to meet at time and place 

Reuben Gibson Conftable 



[llO] At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg afsembled May 22".^ 177v5 

1^^ Chose MT Joseph Walker Moderator . . . 

2'y voted to chuse one member to attend the proven- 
tial Congrefs 

3'y voted and chose Joseph Fox to attend the Congrefs 

at Watertown 

This meeting Difolved 

Joseph Walker moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



(Seal) Worcfter fs To Cap* Reuben Gibfon Conftable 
for the Town of Fitchburg ........ Greeting — 

In his Majefties name and in Obfervance to the Conti- 
nential and Proven tial Congrefs Refolves 3^ou are here b^^ 
Required to warn all the free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Fitchburg that have an Eftate of 
Freehold in Lands within this Province or teritory of 
Forty shillings per annum at the least or other Eftate to 
the value of fort^^ pounds Sterling to Afsemble at the 
Meeting house in Fitchburg on Tusday the Eleventh day 
of July next enfuing at three O Clock in the after noon 
then and their being Duly meet and formed to act on the 
following articles 

I'y to Chuse a Moderator to Govern said Meeting 

2'y to see if the Town will Chuse a Man to Reprefent 
the town in the Great and General Cort or Afsembly Held 
at Watertown on Wednefday the Nineteenth day of July 
next Enfuing or act an}^ thing Refering theretoo as the.y 
shall think proper 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the above Mentioned day 
given under our hands and Seal this twent}- ninth day of 



116 The Old Records of the 

June and in the fifteenth year of His Majefties Reign Anno 
Domini \llb 

Toseph Walker f o i x 

T /^•i.r Select men 

Isaac Giblon J ,. 

Phinahas Hartwell 1 ^•, Pf 
Kendal Boutell [ F^^chburg 

In Obedience to the within written warrant I have 
warned all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town to meet at time & place 

Reuben Gibson Conftable 

[111] Fitchburg July ll^i^ 1775 

The town of Fitchburg in Conformity to a preceipt 
Directed to the Selectmen in s^ town by the Provential 
Congrefs the Town Legally meet and voted not to send 
by virtue of that warrant 

attest Isaac Gibson 

Joseph Walker 
Kendal Boutall 
Phinahas Hartwell 

(Seal) Worcefter fs to Cap^ Reuben Gibson Conftable 
for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — 

In his majefties name you are hereby required to warn 
all the freeholders & other inhabitants of the town of 
Fitcburg Quallified by Law to Vote in Town affairs to 
Affemble & meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on 
Tusday the Third day of Oct^ next at one O Clock in the 
afternoon then & their being duly meet and formd to act 
on the Following articles 

I'y To Chuse a Modirator to Govern said meeting 

2^y To Raise money to pay the Reverend John Payson 
his Salury for the year 1775 

3^y to Raise money to provide Schooling for the Year 
Enfuing or act any thing refering their to as the}^ shall 
think proper 

4'y to see what method the Town will provide Mv 
Paysons Wood for the Year Enfuing 

5'y To have all persons thats Done Service for the 
town to bring their act! ..... 



Town of Fttchburgh. 117 

6'y To see if the Town will Raise money to pay all 

Nefefao' Charges and act^ brought against the Town or 

act any thing Refering their too as they shall think proper 

7'^ To see what the Town will advise to do with 

Will™ Henderlbn that now Refides amongst us ... . 

8'^ To see what method the Town will come into in 
Refpect to the Towns money & province that remains in 
Solomon Stewards hands or act any thing refering theirto 

as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the above mentioned day given 
under our hands and seal this Eigteenth day of Sep! & in 
the fifteenth year of his Majefties Reign Ano Domini One 
Thoufend Seven hundred & Seventy five 

Isaac Gibson f Select men 

Phinehas Hartwell J For the 
Joseph Walker ] Town of 

Kendol Boutell [ Fitchburg 



Worcefter fs In Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have Notified all the Freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants of s"? Town agreable to the within written warrant 

Reuben Gibson Conftable 



[112] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 

Town of Fitchburg afsembled OctY 3":^ 1775 .... 

I'y Voted and Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator . . . 

2'y Voted to Raise sixty six pounds thir- 
teen shillings & 4"^^ to pay the Reverend 
M^ Payson his Salury the Year 1775 £66 13 4 

3'y Voted to Raise twentj' pounds to be 

Schooled out the Year Enfuing ... 20 

4iy Voted yt MT Afa Perry M'f John Put- 
nam Mr Elijah Carter Mr Ephraim 
Orfburn & Joseph Fox to be a Com- 
mittee to provide a School Mafter or 
Mafters 

5'y Voted that the school money be laid 
out as it was Last year 



118 The Old Records of the 

&y Voted to lett out M': Paysons Wood 
to the man or men that will provide 
it cheapest 

7iy Voted that M^ Afaph Goodridge find 
& provide thirty Cord of Good Wood 
for the Reverend M^ Payson one whole 
year begining at the first day of De- 
cembv next, the wood is to be Corded 
up at M^ Paysons house according to 
Law & that the town pay MV Afaph 
Goodridge for said Wood four pounds 
six shilHng & S-? £4 6 8 p'.^ 

8^5- Voted and Raised four pounds six shil- 
lings & 8"? to pay for M": Paysons 
Wood 

9'y Voted to pay Doct John Taylor two 
pounds seven shill?^ & 5? for Repre- 
fenting s^ Town in the Great & Gen- 
eral Cort in the Year 1774 .... £2 7 5 p^ 

lO^y Voted & Excepted Mr Daniels Put- 

nums act which is - 4 - p^ 

11^^ Voted & Raised four pounds seventeen 
shillg.s & 8^1 to pay Doc* Greenliefs act 
for Doctoring M"" Bancrofts family . . £4 17 8 

12'-^' Voted & Excepted of Joseph Sawyers 

act which is - 13 - p^ 

13'y Voted & Excepted of Capt Cowdins 
act for Sweaping the meeting house six 
months & paj'ing for a Horse to Cam- 
bridge which is £0 15 8 p*^ 

14'-''' Voted & Excepted of Capt Reuben 

Gibsons act which is £1 - - p'.' 

ISiJ- Voted & Excepted of MV Kendol 

Bou tells act which is £1 16 - pt' 

\&y Voted & Excepted of W\ Isaac Gib- 
sons act which is £-8 - p"? 

17'^' Voted & Excepted of Capt Goodridges 

act which is £9 10 - p'' 

18'^ Voted & Excepted of Joseph Pox^ 

act which is £12 6 10 1 p^' 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 119 

19'-^ Voted to adjorn the meeting to friday 
next at one O Clock in the after noon 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

Friday Ocf: 6*^ 1775 

meet according to adjornment 
20'y Voted & Excepted of M': Abraham 

Ireland ac* which is £12 8 p"? 

21'y Voted to Raise five pounds to pay 

My. Poole for Bording Mifs Hart one 

whole Year £5 - - paid 

[113] 22iy Voted to allow \\\ Oliver 

Upton his ac^ which is £0 6 8 paid 

23'^ Voted to Except of the Committees 

ac^ which was appointed to provide 

Ba^^onets for the minute Compy ... £716 - paid 
24^^ Voted to Raise money to pay for the 

Towns meafures -11 - paid 

25^y Voted to raise One hundred & thirty 

nine pounds fourteen shillings fell*? IqT 

to pay the ac*.^ brought against the 

Town" £139 14 11 1 

26^^ Voted & rais^ Eight pounds to pay 

Nefefary Charges 8--- 

Total Raised £147 14 11 1 

27^y Voted that the Select men be a Committee to 
Joyn with Lunenburg or to do what the^^ think proper 
with Regard to MT William Henderfon 

281^ Voted that the Selectmen be a Committee to Set- 
tle with M": Solomon Steward with Regard to the Towns 
& province money which Lyes in his hands as thej^ think 
proper and most for the advantage of the Town 

The Meeting Defolved 

David Goodridge moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clark 



(Seal) Worcefter: fs To Cap* Reuben Gibson one of 
the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting 

In his Majeftes name you are required to warn all the 
freeholders and others Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 



120 The Old Records of the 

burg QualHfied by to vote in town meetings to affemble 
and mett at the meeting house in said Town on munday the 
forth Day of March next at nine O Clock in the forenoon 
then and their being Duly mett and formed to act on the 
following articles 

I'y To chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'^' To Chuse Town Ofifercers for the Year Enfuing for 
said Town as the Law Directs 

3'y To see if the Town will Except of Town Roads 
Laid out by the Selectmen or their order or vote any 
thing refering theretoo as they shall think proper whent 
mett 

4^y To see what method the Town will provide for 
Mifs Harts maintainance the Year Enfuing or vote any 
thing refering their too as they shall think proper . . . 

5^y To raise money to mend the Roads and Bridges 
the Year Enfuing or vote any thing refering their too 

6'y To see if the Town will vote the Swine to run at 
Large the year Enfuing under the Regulation of the Law 
or vote any thing refering theirtoo as they shall think 
proper 

7'y To see if the Town will abate John Mudges Rates 
or a part of his rates in Phinehas Sawyers List or act 
any thing refering thertoo as they shall think proper 

[114] 8'^ To bring in their votes for a County 
Regifter 

9'y To bring in their votes for a County Treafury 

Hereof fail not and make Due return of this warrant 
to sum one of us at or before the above mentioned day 
given under our hands and seal this ninth Day of February 
and in the Sixteenth year of his majestes Reign A D 1776 

Isaac Gibson f ^ , , 

Joseph Walker J r 

Phinehas Hartwell 1 ^■, , i 
Kendal Boutell ( ^^tchburg 

Worcefter fs In obedience of the within written war- 
rant I have warned all the freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants to meet at time and place 

Reuben Gibson Conftable 



Town of Fitchburgh. 121 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of Town of 
Fitchburg aflembled March 4^V^ 1776 

I'J" Voted and Chose Cap^ David Goodridge Moderator 

2'-^ 3 4 5 6 Voted and Chofe Capt David Goodridge 
AU Isaac Gibson M': Phinehas Hartwell Mr Jo! Walker 
& n\\ Elijah Carter Selectmen 

7^-^ Voted and Chose Joseph Fox . . . Town Clark 

8^5" Voted and Chose Enfign Jon'? Wood Town Treafury 

9'^ Voted and Chose Thomas Stearns Conftable for 
south fide 

IQiy Voted and Chose William Thurlo Conftable for 
north side Conftables 

ll'y Voted and Chose Ephraim Kimball Jur" & David 
Parce Wardens 

12iy Voted and Chose Daniel Putnam & Charles Wil- 
lard Tythingmen 

13^^ Voted that the Selectmen be affefsors for the vear 
Enfuing affefsors 

14'y Voted that Benja Jaquith Joseph Walker Jo? 
Downe Samuel Herrick James Poole Jo! F'ox & Jonathan 

Boynton Survaiors of high ways & Collectors 

of high way taxes 

15iy Voted & chose Joseph Spofford & Hezekiah Hodgs- 
kins Deer Reves 

16'>' Voted and Chose John Carter & Jacob 
Foster Fire wards 

17iy Voted and Chose Nicholas Danforth & Tim? 
Fullum Hog Reves 

IS^y Voted and Chose Solomon Steward . . . Sur- 
vaior of Shingles and Clabbords 

19iy Voted and Chose Enfign Jon^ Wood . . . Sur- 
vair of hoops & Staves 

20'y Voted & chose Jo'? Adams & Daniel Farwell . Fence 
Vewers 

21'y Voted & chose William Thurlo .... Sealer of 
Lother 

22^y Voted & chose Joseph Walker .... Sealer of 
Weights and meafures 

23iy Voted to Difcontue part of a road Laid out Feb- 
ruary 27^^ 1773 by the Selectmen begining at the widow 



122 The Old Records of the 

whitcombes north west corner to Joseph Grays and OHver 
Stickneys norwest Corner 

[115] 24^y Voted to difcontinue the Road runing from 
Will™ Thurlo'^ house as far as it runs upon s"? Thurlo! 
Land towards Benj'? Jaquith House 

25'^ Voted that the Town of Fitchburg pay Cap^ 
David Goodridge five pounds Six Shillings & Eight pence 
to board Mifs Heart one whole year and so in proportion 
provided She should not Live the year out .... 

26'^' Voted to chufe a Committee to make a new 
Bridge or mend the old one upon the Road Leading to 
Leominfter nigh M^ Jonas Kindols house .... 

2T^ Voted that James Poole Kendol Boutell & Sam" 
Parce be a committee to build the bridge or mend the old 
one 

28'y Voted to Raife sixty pounds to mend the high- 
ways and that the sam be workt out in the same manner 
as Last year 

29'y Voted that the swine run at Large being Yoked 
and ringd according to Law 

30'y Voted to pafs over the Seventh article in the 
warrant .... 

31^y Voted for Regifter of Deeds . . . 

32'y Voted for County Treafury 

33'y Voted and Chose a Committee of Corrafpondence 

by order of the General Cort Confifting of five men (viz) 

Cap^ Reuben Gibson Cap^ Kendol Boutell Lieut Afa Perry 

John Putnam & Silas Snow 

David Goodridge Moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clark 

Fitchburg Ocf: 27*?^ 1774 

*Laid out a two Rod road begining at Ashby Line at 
a Road Laid out from ashby to SamV Gibson Land in s^ 
Fitchburg from thence by marked trees on the Eafterly 
side of said Rode to Saml' Gibsons house from thence 
Southerly on Gibsons Land to MT Joseph Bellows Land 
to a Crocked beach marcked on the Eaft side of said 
Rode from thence a crofs said Bellows? Land to mT Jona- 

* Caswell road, old location. [Annotation on the margin. W. A. D.] 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 123 

then Brooks^ and Grimes! Corner then Runing on said 
line near to MT Brooks! house then Turning on Grimes! 
Land by Grimes! Shop to David MS In tire*? north East 
Corner and Jon? FHnts Corner 

Fitchburg February 29*^ 1776 
Flints Corner as above mentioned is now called Joseph 
Heart north west corner A two rod rode Laid out from 
Joseph Hearts North west Corner of his Lot begining at 
said corner a southerh' point Runing a Straight Line to 
said Hearts old House spot near Phinehas Browns Line 
so on said to Browns southw^est Corner then on the Line 
betwixt Harts and Herrick to hearts South East Corner 
from thence Down the Line betwixt Elias Hafkiel and s^ 
Samuel Herrick vS afore mentioned boundres finding one 
rod Each on their own Land to the County Road the 
fore mentioned Rode being Laid out for and by the Re- 
quest of Saml Gibson Jo! Bellows Jon? Brooks Grimes 
Jo! Heart Phinehas Brown of said Town 

Laid out by . . . Isaac Gibson ] s^i^.^men 

Joseph Walker ) ^^^ Fitchburcr 

Phinehas HartwellJ *= 

This Road Excepted by the Town if Given 

[116] Laid out a two rod Rode by a Committee 

ajipointed by the Selectmen of the Town of Fitchburg 

Requested by Oliver Stikne\' Joseph Gray & Will'? Rider 

Begining at the Widow Whitcomb! North Weft Corner 

runing South Westerly fifty two Rods on said Stickneys 

Land then turning runing westerh^ forty Rods on Joseph 

Grays Land to Tho! Hiltons Land then turning Runing 

south ten Deg! West Seventy Seven rods on Tho! Hiltons 

and Jo! Grays Land to Abraham Willards Land marked 

trees on the East side of said Road Jo! Gray finding 

seven Square Rods and half for his propotion to s"? Rode 

then turning Wefterly ten Degrees North on Abraham 

Willards Land twenty two Rods to Will™ Riders Land 

Fitchburg March !«.* 1776 

Phinehas Hartwell ] Committee 
Phinehas Sawyer JuY } appointed 
John Carter J for s^ Rode 

This rode Excepted b3' the town 



124 The Old Records of the 

The meeting Diffolved David Goodridge Moderator 
Town offercers Sworn according to Law 

Jo! Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter Is To Cap* Will™ Thurlo one of the 
Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting 

In Obfervance of the Colony writ to us directed these 
are in the name of the Goverment and people of the 
Maffachufetts Bay to will and Require you forthwith to 
Cause the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the town 
of Fitchburg that have an Eftate of Freehold in Land 
within this Province or territor}^ of forty shillings per 
Annum at the Least or other Eftate to the value of fifty 
pounds Sterling to Afsemble and mett at the meeting 
house in Fitchburg on Thursdaj^ the twent\^ third Day of 
this inftant may at one O Clock in the afternoon then 
and their to Elect and depute one or more perfons being 
freeholders and Refident in the same town according to 
the Number Sett and Limitted by an act of the General 
Cort or Afsembly to serve for and reprefent them in a 
Great and General Cort or Afsembly appointed to be 
Convened held and kept for the Goverment Service at the 
Meeting House in Watertown upon wednefday the twenty 
ninth Day of this inftant maj^ 

Hereof and to Cause the person or persons so Elected 
and Deputed b}' the major part of the Electors prefent at 
such Election to be timeh' notified and Summoned by one 
or more of the Conftables of your town to attend the 
Goverment service in the Great & General Cort or Affem- 
bly on the Day above perfixed by nine in the morning . . 

(Seal) Worcefter fs to Cap^ Will™ Thurlo one of the 
Conftables of the town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting . . 

You are hereby required to warn all the free holders & 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Quallified by 
Law^ to vote in town meeting [ll'T] To afsembly and 
meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on thurfday the 
twenty third Day of this Inftant may at two O Clock in 
the afternoon then and their being Duh^ meet and formed 
to act on the following articles to it 

V'^ to chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 



Town of Fitchbuvgh. 125 

2*7 to see what the Town will Do Conferning Will"' 
Henderfon now at Lunenburg or act any thing refering 

their unto as they shall think proper 

Fail not make return of your doings to sum one of us 
at or before the day above mentioned Dated Fitchburg 
May 13"' 1776 

David Goodridge 

Isaac Gibson 

Joseph Walker 

Phinehas Hartwell 

Elijah Carter 



Selectmen 

For 
Fitchburg 



Worcefter fs in Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have notified the inhabitants of this town of this 

meeting according to this warrant 

Will™ Thurlo Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of Town of 
Fitchburg affembled May 23':<3 1776 in order to Chuse a 
Reprefentative accordingly the vote was put to know if 
the Town would Send a Reprefentative this prefent Year 
and it pafsed in the Negative 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of Town of 
Fitchburg affembled Mav 2'i\^ 1776 

1'^ Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 

21^ Voted to Defend the case with Lunenburg with re- 
gard to maintaining M'' Will'?' Henderson if their Should 
be an action comminced by Lunenburg 

3'7 Voted to chuse a Committee to Defend any action 
with regard to Maintaining xn\ W?^ Henderfon with 
Lunenburg 

4'j Voted that the Committee should Confist of three 

517 Voted that Cap* Tho>: Cowdin be one of this 
Committee 

6'7 Voted that Cap* Jon^' Wood be one of this Com- 
mittee 

7'7 Voted that Joseph Fox be one of this Committee 

8'7 Voted that the above Committee have full power 
to Defend an}- action with Lunenburg with regard to M'; 



126 The Old Records of the 

W™ Henderson or to Settle with the Town of Lunenbur< 
as they shall Judge best 

This Meeting Difolved David Goodridge Moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

[118] (Seal) Worcefter Is: To Cap^ W" Thurlo on 
of the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg . Greeting- 

By virtue of a Refolve pafsed by the Late house o 
Reprefentatives may 10^^^ 1776 to us directed in order t( 
call a Town meeting you are hereb\^ required to Notif; 
the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town o 
Fitchburg and others adjoining to said Town to Afsembb 
and meet at the meeting house in s*;' Town on munda^ 
the first Day of July next at three O Clock in the after 
noon then & their being duly meet and formed to act oi 
the following articles (viz) 

1'7 To Chuse a Moderator to Govern said meeting . 

21-^ To know the mind of the Town that if y*; Honor 
able Continential Congrefs should for the Safty of the 
United Colonies declare them independant of the Kingdon 
of Great Britain that we the inhabitants of the Town o 
Fitchburg will Solemnly Engage with their Lives & for 
tains to support them in the Aleafure or act any tiling 
refering their too as they shall thing proper when meei 

Here of fail not & make return of this warrant to surr 
one of us at or before the Da\^ above mentioned Giver 
under our hands and Seal at Fitchburg this Nineteentl 
Day of June 

Anno Domini 1776 



David Goodridge ( 
Isaac Gibson | Selectmer 

Joseph Walker \ For 

Phinehas Hartwell j Fitchburg 
Elijah Carter ( 



Worcefter. Is : In Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have warned the freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of s^' Town and these Adjoining to said town of this 

meeting 

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Town of FitchbiirgJi. 127 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg legally warned and Afsembled July l^'^ 1776 

Vj Voted and Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 

21^ Voted that if the Honorable Continential Con- 
erefs should for the Saftv of these United Colinies Declare 
them Independant of the Kingdom of Great Braitain that 
we the Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg will with 
Our lives and fortains support them in the meafure 

[119] 317 Voted that the Town Clark coppy of the 
second vote and Send it to the General Cort 

This meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

In Congrefs July 4*?' 1776 — — 



A Declaration by the Reprefentatives 

of the United States of America 

In General Congrefs Afsembled 

When in the courfe of human events, it becomes necef- 
sary for one people to difsolve the political bands which 
have connected them with another and to afsume among 
the Powers of the earth, the Seperate and equal Station 
to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitles 
them, a decent refpect to the Opinions of mankind requires 
that they should declare the Caufes which impel them to 
the separation, we hold these truths to be Self evident 
that all men are created ec{ual that they are endowed by 
their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among 
these are life. Liberty and the purfuit of Happinefs : — That 
to secure thefe rights, governments are inftituted among 
men, deriving their Just powers from the confent of the 
Governed, that whenever an}' form of Government becomes 
deftructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to 
alter or to abolish it, and to inftitute new Government, 
laying its foundation on such principles, and Organizing 
its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likeh' 
to Effect their Safty and Happinefs, prudence, indeed, will 
dictate that governments long Eftablished should not be 
changed for light and tranfient caufes; and accordingly 
all Experience hath Shewn, that mankind are more dis- 



128 The Old Records of the 

posed to Suffer, while Evils are Snfferable, than to righ 
themfelves by abollishing the forms to which they ar 
accuftonied, but when a long train of Abufes and ITfurpa 
tions, purfuing invariably the same Object, Evinces a defigi 
to reduce them under abfolute Difpotism, it is their right 
it is their Duty to throw off such Government and t( 
provide new gards for their future Securit}^ such has bei 
the patient Sufferance of these Colonies ; and such is nov 
the Necefsity which conftrains them to alter their forme 
Syftems of Government, the History of the prefent Kinj 
of Great-Briton is a History of Repeated injuries an( 
Ufurpations, all having in direct Object the Eitablishmen 
of an abfolute t3^ranny over these States, to prove thi; 
let facts be submited to a candid world. 

[120] He has refused his afsent to Laws, the mos 
wholefome and necefsary for the publick good . . . 

He has forbiden his Governors to pafs Laws of imme 
diate and prefsing importance, unlefs Sufpended in theii 
Operation untill his Affent should be Obtained and wher 
so Sufpended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them 
He has refused to pafs other Laws for the accommo 
dation of Large diftricts of people, unlefs those peopl( 
would relinquish the right of reprefentation in the Legif 
lature, a right ineftimable to them and formidable to Ty- 
rants onh^ 

He has called together legiflative bodies at places 
unufal, uncomfortable and distant from the depository o: 
their publick records, for the sole purpofe of fatiguino 
them into compliance with his meafures. 

He has diffolved Reprefentative Houfes repeatedly foi 
oppofmg with manlv Firmnefs his Invalions on the rights 
of the people. 

He has refused for a long time, after such Difsolutions, 
to cause others to be elected ; whereby the Legislative 
Powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the 
people at Large for their Exercise; the State remaining in 
the mean time exposed to all the dangers of Invafion 

from with out and Convulfions within 

He has endevoured to prevent the popvilation of these 
States ; for that purpose obftructing the Laws for Natu- 



Town of Fitchhirgh. 129 

ralization of Foreigners ; refusing to pafs others to encor- 
age their migrations hither and raising the Conditions of 
new appropriations of Lands 

He has Obftructed the Adminiftration of Jiiftice, by 
refusing his affent to Laws for Eftablishing Judiciary 
powers. 

He has made Judges dependant on his will alone, for 
the tenure of their Offices, and the amount and payment 
of their Salaries. He has erected a multitude of new 
Officers, and sent hither swarms of Offercers to Harrafs 
our people, and Eat out their Subftance. 

He has kept among us, in times of peace Standing 
Armies without the Confent of our Legiflatures. . . . 

He has affected to render the Military independent of, 
and Superiour to the Civil Power 

He has combined with others to Subject us to a Jurif- 
diction foreign to our Conftitution, and unacknowledged 
by our Laws ; giving his Affent to their acts of pretended 
Legiflation : 

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among 
us: 

For protecting them, b\^ a mock trial from punifhment 
for an\' murders which they should commit on the inhabi- 
tants of these States : 

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world : 

For impofmg Taxes on us without our confent: 

For depriveing us in many cafes of the benefits of Trial 
by Jury : For tranfporting us beyond Seas to be tried for 
pretended Offences : 

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a 
Neighbouring province Eftablishing theirin an arbitary 
Government and enlarging its boundaries, so as to render 
it at once and Example and fit Inftrement for [121] For 
introducing the same absolute Rule into these Colonies. 

For taking away our Charters abolishing our most 
valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the forms of 
our Governments : 

For Sufpending our own Legiflatures and declareing 
themfelves invested with power to Legiflate for us in all 
Cafes whatfoever. 



130 The Old Records of the 

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out 
of his protection and waging war against us. 

He has plundered our Seas ravaged our Coasts, burnt 
our Towns, and deftroyed the Lives of our people. 

He is at this time tranfporting large armies of foreign 
mercenaries to compleat the works of Death Defolation 
and tj'rany alrady begun with circumftances of Cruelty and 
Perfidy Scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous Ages, 
and totally unworthy the Head of a Civilized nation. 

He has conftrained our Fellow Citizens, taken captives 
on the high Seas to bear arms against their Country ; to 
become the Executioners of their friends and brethren, or 
to fall themfelves by their hands. 

He has excited domeftic inferrections amongst us, and 
has Endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our 
Frontiers the mercilefs Indian Savages, whose known Rule 
of warfare is an undiftinguished Deftruction of all Ages, 
Sexes, and Conditions. 

In every stage of these opprefsions we have petitioned 
for redrefs, in the most humble terms : our repeated peti- 
tions have been anfwered onh- by repeated Injury! — A 
prince whose Character is thus marked by every act 
which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a 
free people ! . . . 

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British 
Brethren, we have warned them from time to time of 
attempts by their Legiflature to extend an unwarrantable 
Jurifdiction over us, we have reminded them of the Cir- 
cumftances of our Emigration and Settlement here, we 
have appealed to their native Juftice and Magnanimity^ 
and we have conjured them by the ties of our common 
kindred to difavow these Ufurpations, which would inevi- 
tably interrupt our connexions and Correfpondence. they 
too have been deaf to the voice of Juftice and of Confan- 
guinity. we must, therefore Acquiefce in the neceffit}^ 
which Denounces our Seperation, and hold them, as we 
hold the rest of mankind Enemies in w^ar; in peace. 
Friends. 

We, therefore, the Reprefentatives of the United States 
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the Supreme Judge of the world for the Rectitude of our 
intentions, do, in the name and by the Authority of the 
Good people of these Colonies Solemnly publish and declare 
that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, 
free and Independent States that they are abfolved from 
all Allegience to the British Crown ; and that all political 
Connexion [122] connexion, between them and the State 
of Great-Britain, is, and ought to be totally difsolved ; and 
that as free and Independent States, they have full power 
to Levy war conclude peace contract Alliances, Eftablish 
commerce, and to do all other acts and things which 
Independent States may of right do, and for the Support 
of this declaration with a firiri reliance on the protection 
of divine providence, we mutualh^ pledge to Each other 
our Lives our Fortunes and our Sacred Honor. 

Signed b}^ order and in behalf of the Congrefs 

John Hancock, Prefident 

Attest — Charles Thompson, Secretary 

In Council July 17^^^ 1776 — 

Ordered that the declaration of Independance be 
printed ; and a coppy sent to the Alinifters of Each Parish 
of every Denomination within this State; and that the3' 
Severally be required to read the same to their refpective 
Congregations, as soon as divine Service is Ended, in the 
afternoon on the first Lords Day after they shall have 
received it: — and after such publication thereof, to deliver 
the said decleration to the Clerks of their Several Towns, 
or diftricts ; who are hereby required to record the Same 
in their refpective Towns or Diftrict Books their to remain 
as a perpetual memorial thereof. 

In the name and b\- order of the Council 

Richard Darby, JunT Prefident 

A true Coppy Attest John Avery. Dep. Sec'y 

A true Coppy Attest Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

[123] (Seal) Worcefter : fs : To Capt William Thurlo 
one of the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg . Greeting 

In the name of the State of the Colony of the Maffa- 
chufetts Bay you are required to warn all the freeholders 



132 The Old Records of the 

and Other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg OualH- 
fied by law to vote in Town meetings to Affemble and 
meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on Tusda^' the 
twenty forth Day of this Inftant Sep^ at one O Clock in 
the afternoon and their being Duly meet and formed to 
act on the following articles to it 

l^y To chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

21^ To vote the Reverend John Payson his Salary for 
the year Enfuing 

3^7 To raise money for the school for the year En- 
fuing 

4\y To chuse a committee to provide a School or 
schools for the year Enfuing 

5ly To See what method the Town will come into to 
provide the Reverend John Payson his wood .... 

&J To raise money to Support Mifs Hart for the Year 
Enfuing 

1^7 To have all persons thats done service for the 
Town to bring in their accounts and Raise money for the 
same 

8ly To see if the town will abate any Persons Rates 
in any of the Conftables Lists 

91^ To raise money to Defray Town charges for the 
Year Enfuing 

lO'.y To see if the Town will allow of a Hofpital for 
the Anocalation for the Small Pox or act any thing refer- 
ing theirto 

Illy To see if the Town will Confider the Rates in Mv 
Afa Perry! List or act any thing refering their too as they 
shall think proper 

12ly To see if the Town will take into confideration 
the prefent State of Our committee of Infpection and Safty 
or act any thing theirto as they shall think Proper . . . 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the Day and time above men- 
tioned Given under Our hands and Seal this Sixth Day of 
this Prefent September and in the Year of our Lord Christ 

David Goodride 1 o i ^ 
Joseph Walker [Selectmen 

Phinehas Hartwell f ^-J^^l 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburg 



Town of Fitchburgh. 133 

Worcefter : fs : In Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have warned all v^ freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants Quallified by Law to vote in town meetings of the 

Day and time of this meeting 

Will?> Thurlo Conftable 

[134] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 

Town of Fitchburg affembld Sep^ 24*11 5^776 xhen being 

Duh' meet 

I'J Voted and Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator to 

Govern s'? meeting 

2'7 Voted The Reverend John Payson his 

Salury whis is £66 13 4 

317 Voted To raie twenty pound for school- 
ing the year Ensuing 20 

4^7 Voted & chose Samuel Parce Daniel Put- 
nam Lievt Jon'? Page John Bufs & 
Solomon Steward a Committee to pro- 
vide School Mafter or Mafters for the 
Year Enfuing 

3'7 Voted that the School mone^'- be Laid 
out as Last year 

6'7 Voted to impower the Schools Com- 
mittee to Give orders to such Mafter or 
Mafters as they shall imploy in said 
Service 

TJ Voted to Give Amos Kimball £4.2.8. 
for Gifting thirty Cords of Good Wood 
for My Payson one whole year begining 
the first Day of Decembr next the wood 
is to be Corded up at MY Paysons house 
according to Law 

81^ Voted to Raise the money to pay for 

My Paj'sons wood w^his is 4 2 8 p'^ 

9^7 Voted to Raise money for Deacon Good- 
ridge for boarding Mifs Heart .... 568 p"^ 

10'7 Voted to Allow Joseph Sawyers acY 

which is 4 8 paid 

11'7 Voted to Allow Levi Kimballs Account 

whis is 10 6 p"^ 



134 The Old Records of the 

12'7 Voted to Allow James Pools Ac* whis 

is - 7 - pf' 

131^ Voted to Allow Deacon Thurl'tins Ac^ 

which is 14 8 p'' 

14ly Voted to Allow Afa Perrys ac* which 

is 19 - p'l 

IS^y Voted to Allow Solomon Stewards ac^ 

which is 5 8 10 p^^ 

16'7 Voted to Allow James Poole Kendol 

Boutell & Sam" Parce A Committee 

their Ac^ which is 6 6- 

17ly Voted to allow Kendol Boutell^ ac! 

which is - 15 - p*^^ 

181^ Voted to allow Kendol Boutell? ac* 

for Cloth which is 11 p"^* 

19ly Voted to Allow Joseph Walkers at? 

which is - 18 - p"^ 

20*^ Voted to Allow Phinehas Hartwells 

ac^ which is 1 6 - paid 

21?* Voted to Allow Deacon Goodridge for 

numbering y^ people 4 - p'^ 

22':^<3 Voted to Allow Joseph Walker for 

numbering y^ people _ 4 _ pd 

23T'^ Voted to allow Isaac Gibson? act 

which is 1 2 - p*^ 

24*^ Voted to abate John Mudges Rates in 

Solomon Stewards List Except his head 

in said List 

25*}^ Voted to pay Joseph Adams for Shov- 
els whis is 2 - - 

26*?^ Voted to Raise money to pay the 

above act^ 
[135] 27*?^ Voted to Raise Thirty pounds 

to pay Nefefary charges 30 

28*!^ Voted And Chose Lievt Abraham Gibson Daniel 

Putnam & Joseph Fox for A Committee to Confider Afa 

Perrys Rates or act any thing refering theirtoo as they 

shall think proper 

David Goodridge Moderator 

A true coppy of the minutes 

Attest Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



Town of Fitchburgh. 135 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs: to Capt William Thurlo one of 
the Conftables of the Town of Fitchbtirg . . Greeting . . 
In the Name of the State of the Colony of the Maffa- 
chufetts Ba_v 3'ou are hereby Required to warn all the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burg Ouallified hy Law to vote in Town meetings to 
affemble and meet at the Meeting house in Fitchburg on 
Munday the Thirtyeth Day of this Inftant September at 
four Clock in the afternoon being Duly meet and formed 
to act on the following Articles 

11^ To Chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting- 
2'7 To See if the Towm will Chuse a County Register 
of Deeds 

3'7 To Chuse a County Treafur3^ as the Law Directs 
Hereof fail not to make a return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the Day and time above men- 
tioned Given under our hands and Seal this Twenty Eighth 
Day of September In the Year of our Lord One Thoufand 
Seven hundred & Seventy Six 

Isaac Gibson 

Phinehas Hartwell Selectmen 
Elijah Carter \ For 

David Goodridge Fitchburg 
Joseph Walker [ 

Worcefter : fs : in Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have w^arned the freeholders and Other Inhabitants 
of the time & place of this meeting 

William Thurlo Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Tow^n of 
Fitchburg afsembled Sept 30th 1775 ^j^^^^ being Duly meet 

11^ Chose Deacon David Goodridge Moderator to 
Govern s"? Meeting . . . 

2'7 Proceeded and voted for a Regifter of Deeds for the 
County of Worcefter 

3'7 Voted for a County Treasury for the County of 
Worcefter and Delivered S^ votes to the Conftable as the 
Law Directs 

David Goodridge moderator 

A true coppy from the minutes attest 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



136 The Old Records of the 

[12(5] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To William Thurlo one 
of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburgh . . Greeting 

In the name of the State of the Colonj^ of the Maffa- 
chufetts Bay you are hereby required to warn all the free 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
being free and twenty one years of age or upwards to 
Afferable and meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on 
Thursday the Seventeenth Day of Oct^ next at one O 
Clock in the afternoon then and their being duly meet and 
formed to act on the following articles to it 

l\y To Chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2\y To see if the Town will vote that the Reprefenta- 
tive House together with the Council shall make a form 
of Government for the State of the Maffachufetts Bay or 
act any thing Refering theirtoo as they shall think proper 

31^ To see if the Town will send a man to Reprefent 
them in the great and General Cort according to a refolve 
of the Seventeenth Inftant and act any thing refering 
theirtoo as they shall think proper .... 

Hereof fail not make due return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the Day and time above men- 
tioned Given under our hands and Seal this thirteenth 
Day of September and in the year of our Lord 1776 



David Goodndge ] o i j. 

T ^-1 Selectmen 

Isaac Gibson ( p 

Joseph Walker fp't -wu 

Phinehas Hartwell j ° 

Worcefter : fs : In Obedience to the within written 

warrant I have warned all the free holders and other 

Inhabitants according to the Directions of the within 

writen warant 

Will"? Thurlo Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of 

Fitchburg affembled OctT Seventeenth. 1776 

lly Chose Deacon David Goodridge Moderator 
21^ The vote being put to see if the town would vote 
that the Reprefentative House together with the Counfell 
shall make a form of Government for the State of the 
Maffachufetts Bay : it pafsed in the Negative 



Town of FitcJibiirgJi. 137 

3'7 Voted to Chuse a Committee to give the reafons 
why they would not Conlent that the house of Reprefent- 
atives together with the Counfell should make a form of 
Government for this State .... 

[lJi7] 4'.y Voted that the Committee confist of five 

^7 Voted that MT Phinehas Hartwell be one of the 
Committe 

6\y Voted that Liev^ Kendol Boutell be one of the 
Committe 

7\y Voted that Joseph Fox be one of the Committe 

8'.y Voted that Mr Daniel Putnam be one of the Com- 
mittee 

9ly Voted that Cap! David Goodridge be one of the 
Committee 

101^ Voted not to chuse a man to Reprefent them in 
the General Cort 

Illy Voted that this meeting be adjurnd to friday 
25*^ Day of Ocf: Inftant three O Clock in the Afternoon 

October 25^?^ 1776 The Town meet according to ad- 
jornment and the Committee made the following report — 
to it 

1^^ . . . As we are Senfable that our Situation 
Demands a particular attention and Due Confideration in 
matters of the Greatest importance on so intrusting con- 
cern for the Publick Good and for the Good order and 
benifit of the communit3' and peace of this State that as 
the End of Government is the happinefs of the people so 
the Sole power and right of forming and Eftablishing a 
plan theirof is Efencially in the people 

*2l-^ Because a Large number of our worthy Inhabi- 
tants of this State are now ingaged in the Service of the 
United States in Oppofing our unnatiral Enemies which 
we apprehend ought of right to have an Eaquel voice 
in Eftablishing a form of Government for this State as 
those that are not Engaged in the Army . . . 

S'.y Becaufe that the prefent House were never Elected 
by the people to Hftablish a form of Government for this 

*the second reafon should have ben wrote the third & the third rea- 
fon should have ben the Second. [Annotation on the margin. W. A. D.] 



138 The Old Records of the 

State but for ordering and Governing the prudential 
affairs of this Embarrifed State as neceffity Calls for their 
Strict attention theretoo .... 

But provided the prefent House of Reprefentatives 
together with the Counfel should proceed to make a form 
of Government 

Refolved that it is the Opinnion of this Town that 
said form of Government should be made Publick for the 
Infpection and Perufal of the Inhabitants before the Rati- 
fication thereof by the Affembly 

David Goodridge 

Phinehas Hartwell 

Kendol Boutell \ Committee 

Joseph Fox 

Daniel Putnam 

121^ The above report was put to vote to see if the 
Town would Except of it and it pafs in the affirmative 

[128] 13\y Voted that the Town Clerk tranfmitt a 
coppy of the reafons why the town will not confent that 
the House of Reprefentatives together with the Counfell 
should not Eftablish a form of Government, into the Sec- 
ratarys Office of this State 

David Goodridge Aloderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs : To one of the Conftables or the 
Town Clerk of the Town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting — 

In the name of the Government & people of the State 
of the Maffachufetts Ba}' to order and Direct you forth- 
with to warn all the free holders & other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg quallified by law to vote in Town 
meetings to Affemble and meet at the meeting house in 
Fitchburg on Thirfday the twent^^ Eight Day of this 
Inftant NovV at two O Clock in the after noon then & 
their being duly meet and form^ to act on the following 
Articles to it 

115' To Chuse a moderator to govern said meeting 

2ly For the Town to bring in their votes for a County 
treafury for the Count}^ of Worcefter 

Here of fail not and make return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the Dav and time above men- 



Town of FitchburgJi. ) 139 

tioned given under our hands and Seal this Eighteenth Day 

of November and in the Year of Our Lord 1776 

David Goodridge { Selectmen 
Joseph Walker ( for 
Elijah Carter [ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs in Obedience to the within writen warrant 
I have warnd all the freeholders and other Inhabitants to 
meet at time & place as is within mentioned 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

At a legal meeting of the Town of Fitchburg legally 

warned and Affembled NovT 28*^ 1776 

l\y Voted & chose Deacon Goodridge moderator 

'2}J Votes called for . for a Count}^ Treafury 

3'7 Voted to adjurn this meeting to Cap* Cowdins 

forthwith 

Votes for the Countv treafury being Seald up the 

meeting was Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

[120] In perfuant of and agreable to an act of the 
Great & General Court of the State of the Maffachufetts 
Ba}' Relative to Eftimating & Stating Sertain prifes on 
farming Labour and all traidfmen and at certain seafons 
of y^ year and all nefefsaries of Life that is to or may be 
Difpofed of in the several Towns here after mentioned that 
at a meeting of the Selectmen & Committee of the Town 
of Groton Shirley Townfhend Lunenburg & Fitchburg 
conveined together at the House of Co\ Abijah Stears! 
Inholder in Lunenburg on Tufda\^ the 18*^ Da^^ of this 
Inftant Febry 1777 to perfix Prifes on the following arti- 
cles not to be axceeded as here after mentioned in Price 

V? Made choise of Deacon W'P Stearns as moderator 
to Govern s^^ meeting 

2\y made chose of Capt James Horfley as Clerk for s^ 
meeting then Perfued as follow'? 

Farming Labor for men 

That farming Labor for men from the 
Twenteth Da3^ of June to the Twentieth 



140 The Old Records of the 

Day of August not to Exceed 3/0 pT 

Day £0 3 0- 

That from the middle of Nov^ to the mid- 
dle of march not to Exeed 1/6 pT Day 16- 

and the othe of the year in propotion . . - - - - 

Carpenter or House writes Bill 

That a Carpenter or House wright not to 

Exeed 3/0 p"" Day £0 3 0- 

and other Carpenters or Joynery work in 

Propofial as Ufeal — — 

Wheat Rye Sz; Indian Corn 

Good Marchantable Wheat not to Exeed 

6/8 p': Bufhel £0 6 8- 

Good Marchantable Rye not to Exceed 4/4 

pV Bufhel 044- 

Good Marchantable Indian Corn not to 

Exeed 3/4 pT Bushel 034- 

Good Marchantable Oats not to Exeed 2/ 

p"- bushel 02 

Fresh Pork & Salt Pork 

Good Fresh Pork well fatted and of a Good 

Quallity not to Exeed 4^ pY tb . . . £0 4 - 

Good Salt Pork of a good Quallity with- 
out bone not to Exceed S'^ pT lb . . . 8 — 

Cheefe butter & Beef 

Good cheefe not to Exeed 6<^ pT It) . . . . £0 6 — 
Good Butter not to Exceed O'l p*" Itj . . . 9 - 
Good Grafs fatted Beef well fatted not to 

Exceed 3^ p^ It) 3- 

& Good Stall feed Beef not to Exceed 4^1 

pTft) 004- 

and Beef of an Inferior Quallity in Eaquel 

Propotion — — 

Raw Hides & Skins 

Raw hides not to Exceed 3-^ pT tb . . . £0 3 - 
Raw Calf Skins not to Exeed 6^1 p'' tb . . 6 - 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 141 

Peafe Beans Pertatoes & Turnips 

Good Marchantable Pease not to Exceed 7/ 

pr bushel £0 7 - - 

Good Marchantable Beans not to Exceed 

6/ pr bushel 06 

Good Marchantable Protatoes in the Fall 

not to Exceed 1/ pT bushel 1 - 

and at the Spring or other Seafons 1/6 p'' 

bushel 016- 

Good turnip not to Exceed 1/ p^ bushel . 1 - - 

Sheeps Woll & mens Stockings 

Good Sheep! woll of a good Quallit\^ not 

to Exceed 2/ p^ !b £0 2 - 

and other Woll in Propotion .....---- 
mens Stockings of the best Quallit\^ not to 

Exceed 6/ 6 - - 

Cordwainers Bill 

For making for men and Finding Lother 

of the best Quallity not to Exceed 8/ £0 8 - 

& other shoes of a Lefser Size in Lefser 

Propotion — — 

For making mens shoes the Farmer Find- 
ing Lother not to Exceed 3/ .... - 3 

and Lefser Shoes in Eaquel Proportion as 

Ufeal ____ 

Tanner & Curier 

Good Sole Lother of the best Quallitj' not 

to Exceed 1/3 pr lb £0 1 3 - 

And Curried Lother in Eaquel Propotion 

as Ufeal — 

Mutton Lamb & Veal 

Good Lamb, Alutton & Veal not to Exceed 

3^1/2 pr lb of the best £0032 

[130] Flax 

Good Flax well drest fit for the makett 

not to Exceed 1/ p^ tb £0 1 - 



142 The Old Records of the 

Wheat Flower 

Good Wheat flower not to Exceed 22/ pV 

hund £1 2 

and Lefser Quantities in Propotion as Useal - — — 

Tavern Keepers 

Horse Keeping not to Exceed 1/3 a night 

or 24 hours on Good Enghsh Ha}' . . £0 1 3 
Good Paftering a night or 24 hours not 

to Exceed 8^ 8 

Ox keeping a night or 24 hours not to 

Exceed 1/6 16 

A Good Pafture for a Yoke of Oxen one 

night or 24 hours /lO^ 10 

Poltry 

Turky Dunghill fowls & Ducks not to Ex- 
ceed 5^1 p': ft £0 5 

Geefe 

Geefe not to Exceed 4'^ pT ft £0 4 

Milk & English Hay 

Good new milk not to Exceed 2^1 .... £0 2 
Good English Hay not to Exceed 3/ p^ 

hun-^ 03- 

Boards Side Clabbords Set by our own Towns 

by order of Com!^ 
Good Marchantable pine boards not to 

Exceed 22/ \f. Thoufand £12- 

and other boards in Propotion to Quan- 
tity & Goodnefs ___ 

for Sawing pine boards not to Exceed 8/4 

pT Thoufand -84 

and other Sawing according to Quantity' 

& Stuff as Useal _-_ 

Good Marchantable side Clabbords not to 

Exceed 64/ pr Thoufand 3 4- 

Good Marchantable pine shingles not to 

Exceed 10/ p": Thoufand - 10 - 



Town of Fitchburgh. 143 

Good Heart Staves & heading not to Ex- 
ceed 30/ p^ Thoufand £1 10 - - 

Good Heart Barrills well made flat hoops 

not to Exceed 3/8 p*- barrill - 3 8 - 

and other Cooper3' Small or Great in Pro- 
potion as Ufeal ____ 

Slit by Each Town by order of Com^ 

A good Yoke of Oxen to Labour a Day 
from the first Da}^ of april to the 20!^ 
Day of May not to Exceed 1/10 pT Day £0 1 10 - 
and all other Seafons in Propotion as 

Ufeal __,_ 

Blackfmith Work & Cole 

Black Smith work for Showing a horfe 
Plain Showing not to Exceed 5/6 and 
all other Smith work in propotion . . £0 5 6 - 

For Good Charcole best Swamp wood 4*^ 

by the bushel -04- 

of pine not to Exceed 3*^ p'' bushel ... - 3 - 

Victualing b^' the meal Flip Syder 

For a Dinner 603! & roafted not to Exceed 

1/ £0 10- 

Either Boyld or Roafted 10*^ and other 

meals in propotion - 10 - 

a mugg of West India Flip not to Exceed 

11*^ p^ niugg -011- 

New England Flip not to Exceed 9^ p^ rnugg - - 9 - 
Good S\^der on Hand fill'^' on the Lees not 

to Exceed 11/ p'' Barrill - 11 - - 

Horse hire 

Horse hire for one person to ride not to 

Exceed 2^ pr mile £0 2- 

going in a Carrage or Carr\' a burden in 

Ufeal Propotion 

Flax Seed 

Good Flax seed clean fit for sowing not 

to Exceed 5/4 pr bushel £0 5 4 - 



144 The Old Records of the 

a Good seed Plow for one Day not to Ex- 
ceed 1/0 p^: Day -1 

a Good Brakeing up Plow not to Exceed 

2/5 p': Day -25- 

Taylors Bill Tow Cloth 

Men Taylors 2/6 p^ Day £0 2 6- 

woman Taylors for mens ware 11^ pV Day 11 - 

Either of the Taylors not to Exceed the 

prise perfixt 

Good tow Cloth yard wide 2/ a yard as in 

the act - 2 

& other tow Cloth in propotion according 
to width and Quallity of the same kind 
& the prife of Corse Linnen to be com- 
puted after the same rate _ _ _ _ 

Good yard wide Strip^ Flannel not to Ex- 
ceed 3/6 p'- yd - 3 6 - 

and other Flannels in propotion according 

to width and Quallity _ _ _ _ 

Good all woU Blue Cloth well manurefac- 

tered not to Exceed 10/ y^ 10 - 

and other Cloths and widths according to 

its Quallities ____ 

Good yard wide Homfpun Gotten & Linnen 
Cloth of the common Sort not to Ex- 
ceed 3/6 pr y"? - 3 6 - 

& other widths and Quallitys of Gotten & 

Linnen in propotion - - -- 

[131] Tallow 

Good Tryed tallow not to Exceed 7^ p^: lb £0 7 - 
and Rough tallow not to Exceed 5^^ p^ ft - - 5 - 

Wagon 

Wagon for a Jorney not to Exceed 2'^ p^ 

mile & in propotion up Contry as Ufeal £0 - 2 - 

Womens work for weveing 

For weaving all woll Ell wide 4*^ a yard £0040 
and all weaveing in propotion according 

to its Quallity - --- 



Toivn of FitcJiburgJi. 145 

for one weaks Labor house work not to 

Exceed 2/6 - 2 6 - 

and any Extradonary nulsing in propotion - - - - 

Paftering Oxen 

A Good yoke of Oxen to Pafture one weak 
not to Exceed 2/4 a weak fat cattle of 
the Largest & the best Pasture ... £0 2 4 - 

& other Paftering in propotion to the 

goodnefs of the Paftering & cattle . - - - - 

on English Ha\^ 

For keeping a Large yoke of Oxen on good 

English Hay one weak 3/4 £0 3 4- 

and other keeping of Cattle b^- the weak in 

the same propotion ____ 

Bark for Tanners 

Good hemlock bark Delivered at the tan 

house 10/ a cord £0 10 - - 

Good Oak bark so Delivered not to Exceed 

9/ p': cord -9 

Signd by order of the Selectmen & committee of the 



Town of Fitchburg 



David Goodridcre Chairman 



to* 



A True coppj^ attest Joseph Eox Town Clerk 



(Seal) Worcefter fs To Either of the Conftables of the 
Town of Fitchburg Greeting 

These are therefore in the name of the Government 
and people of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order 
and Direct you forth with to convene the Freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Ouallified b^- 
Law to vote in Town meeting to affemble at the meeting 
houfe in Fitchburg on munday the Third Day of March 
next at nine of the Clock in the forenoon then & there 
being Duly meet and formed to act on the following arti- 
cles (viz) . . . 

11^ To chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 

lO 



146 The Old Records of the 

2'7 To chufe Town Offercers for the year infewing as 
the Law Directs 

3^^ To Provid for the poor and Endigent perfons of 
said Town and in what way and manner as shall be 
thought most proper . . . 

4ly To Grant money for repairing highways the pref- 
ent year and to act any thing refering theirtoo as they 
shall think proper . . . 

5'7 To accept of such roads as the Town shall think 
necefsary that are Laid out by the Selectmen or their 
order . . . 

6'7 To have all the Surveyors of high ways & high 
way Collecttors for the year past to make a return of 
their Collection & what is behind in their Lists to the 
Town the Day and time above mentioned for further 
orders as shall be thought most proper by the Town . . 

7'7 To see if the swine may go at Large under the 
Regulation of the Law the Enfuing year . . . 

8'7 To here the report of the Committee that was 
chofen to Regulate & alTist MT Afa Perry concerning his 
Rates & to act any thing refering theretoo as they shall 
think proper . . . 

9ly To chuse a committee or committees if need be or 
act any thing as shall be thought proper by the Town 
there for .... 

[133] Hereof fail not and make a return of this 

warrant with your doings theiron to sum one of us at 

or before the Day and time above mentioned given under 

our hands & seal at Fitchburg this Thirteenth Day of 

February & in the year of Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridge 
Isaac Gibson Selectmen 

Joseph Walker { For 

Phinehas Hartwell j Fitchburg 
Elijah Carter J 

Worcefter fs In Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have warned all the free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants Quallified by Law to vote in Town meetings of the 
time and place of this meeting . . . 

W™ Thurlo Constable 



Town of Fitchburgh. 147 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitant of the Town of 
Fitchburg affembled March 3r'^ 1777 . . . 

I'y Chose Deacon Goodridge moderator 

2iy 3iy 4iy 5'-^ 6'y Voted & Chose Deacon David Good- 
ridge M": Phinehas Hartwell M*: Joseph Walker M": Isaac 
Gibson & Liev^ Kendol Boutell Selectmen . . Selectmen 

7'y Voted & Chose Joseph Fox Town Clerk . Town Clerk 

8iy Voted & Chose Cap* Jon? Wood Town Treafury 
Town Treafur3^ 

9^^ Voted & chose Elijah Carter Conftable for the 
South side the Town Excepted Tho': Stearns in Elijah 
Carters Rome Conftable 

lO'y ll'y Voted & chose Solomon Stewad & Jon^ 
Holt Wardens Wardens 

12'^ 13iy Voted & Chose Cap* Reuben Gibson & Daniel 
Farwell Tythingmen 

14'^ Voted that the Selectmen be Affefsors . . affefsors 

15'-^ Voted & chose M^ Jon? Rufsell David Farce Joshua 
Goodridge John Carter Kendal Boutell Jo? Adams & Nathan 
Babcock Survaj'crs of highways & collecttors of highway 
taxes . Survayersof highway's &Collcttors of highway taxes 

16'>' Voted & chose Eph'." Kimball Ju^ and Amos Kim- 
ball Deer Reves 

17'y Voted & chose John Bufs & Nich? Danforth . Fire- 
wards 

18^y Voted & Chose Henery Lealand Daniel Putnam 
W™ Small & Oliver Upton . . hog Reves . . . Hog Reves 

19'^ Voted & chose Solomon Steward Surve\^er of 
Shingle & Clabords . . Surve3^ors of Shingles & Clabbords 

20'>' Voted & Chose Cap^ Jon? Wood Surveyor of hoops 
& Staves Surve3^ors of Hoops & Staves 

2\^^ Voted & chose Nicholas Danforth & Daniel Put- 
nam Fence vewers 

22iy Voted & chose Cap* W?* Thurlo Sealer of Lother 
Sealer of Lother 

23iy Voted & chose David Parce Sealer of Waits & 
meafures Sealer of W*^ & meafures 

24'^" Voted that their shall be a Committee of Corraf- 
pondence Infpection & Saft\' 

25i>' Voted & chose James Poole Cap^ Reuben [Gib- 
son] Daniel Putnam Joseph Fox & Jo? Phelps a Commit- 



148 The Old Records of the 

tee of Corrafpondence Infpection & Safty . . Committee 
of Corrafpondence Infpection & Safty 

[133] 26 Voted that The town of Fitchburg pay 
M"; James Poole six pounds to board Mifs Heart one 
whole whole year and so in propotion provided she should 
not Live the year out £6 0- 

27 Voted to Raise fifty pounds to mend the high 
ways and that the sum be workt out in the same manner 
as years past 50 

28 Voted to chuse a Committee to Treat with Cap* 
Flint with regard to a road Leading from Saml^ Gibsons 

29iy Voted that Phinehas Hartwell Charles Willard 
& Elijah Carter be the Committee 

30'y Fitchburg March y^ 1?* 1777 

In Obediance to the orders of the Selectmen of the 
Town of Fitchburg we the Subfcribers have Laid out a 
two rod road begining at the house of Kendal Boutells & 
runing Northerly on s*? Boutells Land to Land of Tho^ 
Hills & then runs on said Hills Land to Land of Roger 
Bigelows & then Runs on s*? Bigelows Land to Land of 
MT Burts & then Runs on said Burts Land to Land of 
Cap^ Cowdins & then runs on s^ Cowdins Land to Land 
of Hezekiah Hodgfkins & runs through a corner of s"? 
Hodgfkins Land to Land of Paul Wetherbees & then 
runs on the Edge of s^ Wetherbees Land upon the ridge 
to Land of s? Hodgfkins & runs through another corner 
of s"? Hodgfkins Land to the road that Leads to the 
meeting house two Lenths of fence from the corner which 
road is Defcribed by trees marked on the west side of the 
road 

And alfo another two Rod road begining near the 

North East corner of Cap! Cowdins Land & runs through 

said Cowdins Land to Land of Nehemiah Fullers & then 

runs through the Land of s*? Fullers by his house to Land 

of Titus Wilders & through s"? Wilders Land by his house 

to his South Line which road is Discribed by trees marked 

on the Southerly side of the Road 

Kendal Boutell ] 

Nehemiah Fuller V Committee 

Tho! Hill J 



Town of Fitchb2irgh. 149 

The town voted to Except the above Defcribed roads 
if the Land is Given 

31'-^ A two rod road requested b3^ & laid out for Jona- 
than Boynton & Reuben Smith freeholders in the Town of 
Fitchburg where as Jonathan Boynton Reuben Smith Elijah 
Carter being a committee appointed by the Selectmen of 
Fitchburg to Lay out s*? road which is as follows begining 
at Jonathan Boyntons House then runing a north Easterly 
point to s^ Smiths Land then Through a corner of s*? smiths 
Land to M^ Wards the trees marked on the North Wefterly 
side then runing East on the line between said smiths Land 
and said Wards Land to an Oak tree one rod on Each Lot 
then runing North through said wards Land to the corner 
of Widow Whitcombs Land the trees marked on the Weft- 
erly side then runing East to the Road that leads to 
Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ house Laid out by us the Subfcribers 

Elijah Carter \ Committee 

Reuben Smith \ of 

Jonathan Boynton J Said Road 

Further more the above Jonathan Boj'nton promifes 
that he will give a road through his Land where the 
town shall think most needfull when requested provided 
the above mentioned road is Given Jon!^ Boj'^nton 

The above Defribed road is Excepted by the Town if 
Given .... 

[134] Fitchburg December y^ 4*^ 1776 
32'^ A two rod road requested by and Laid out for 
Joseph Wetherbee & Jon^ Wetherbee freeholders in said 
Town Begining at Jon^ Wetherbees house then over the 
Bridge to M^ Joseph Wetherbees houfe then on s^ Wether- 
bees Land to Elias Hafkiels Land then through Hafkiel^ 
Land to Deacon Harrif? Land then through s*? Harrif! 
Land to Hafkiel^ Land again then through s*? Hafkiels to 
the County road that Leads to the meeting house in said 
Town the trees marked on the Northerly side of said road 
from the first mentioned place by us the Subfcribers 

David Goodridge ] Selectmen 
Joseph Walker V %^ 

Phinehas Hartwell { x^-, i , 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburg 



150 The Old Records of the 

Furthermore the above Joseph Weatherbee promifes 
that he will give a road road through his Land where the 
town shall think most neadfull when requested attest 

Joseph Wetherbee 

The town Excepted the above Defcribed road if the 
Land is Given 

*33^y We the committee appointed by the Town of 
Fitchburg to regulate a former road Laid out for Sam'J 
Gibson Jon? Brooks Andrew Grimes Jo? Heart Phinehas 
Brown Cap* Joseph Bellows as has tofore ben Defcribed 
formerly Laid from Sam'.' Gibsons to Capt Flints North 
East & Jo? Hearts South East corner being near together 
then begining betwixt said corners runing Southerly on 
Land of Saml' Herricks a few rods acrost the corner to 
Cap* Joseph Flints Land on the line betwixt said Flints 
& Herricks the width of s*? rode all on said Flints Land 
down to the East End of s*? Flints barn then by said barn 
by the house as near as convenient to the County road 
Laid for a two rod rode 

Dated Fitchburg March 10*^ 1777 

Phinehas Hartwell f^ ., , 

Charles WiUard {Committee 

The town voted & Excepted the former road Leading 
from the County road to Saml' Gibsons as is above 
Defcribed if the Land is Given 

34iy Fitchburg March 27*^^ 1777 

We being chofen to take a Survey of a road layed out 
hy the Selectmen from Saml' Gibsons House to Cap* Flints 
according to our orders have ben & find that the Land is 
very bad for a road and according to our Judgments the 
road will be much cheaper to Leive that road By m^ Harts 
old Seller through s*^? Harts Land to Land of Phinehas 
Browns & through s"? Browns Land to Land of M*; Her- 
ricks & through s*? Herricks Land to Land of M^ Charles 
Willards & through said Willards Land to the county 
road s*^ road Layed out by marked trees till it comes to 
MT Herricks cleared Land & to the west of s"? Herricks 

*Now known as Caswell road. [Annotation on the margin. W. A. D.] 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 151 

House & so between mT Willards house and and barn a 

two rod road by us 

Jon? Wood ) Towns 
Will?^ Thurlo / Committee 

[135] The town voted & accepted of the towns com- 
mittee? report with regard to the road Laid out from 
SamV Gibsons house to the county road by m\ Charles 
Willards house 

35^^ Voted that the last years high way rates that 
is not Collected be workt out by the lO^ii of June and 
that the Last year Surveyors se that it is workt out by 
the time perfixed 

36 Voted that the swine run at Large under the reg- 
ulation of the Law .... 

37 Voted that M^ A fa Perry s Rates Delivered him to 
Collect Still remain in his hands to Collect till fall meet- 
ing and as fast as collected to pay to the Town Treafury 

*38 Voted to chuse a committee to Lay out a road 
from Saml' Gibsons to the County road . . . 

*39 Voted that Capt Jon-? Wood Cap^ W?^ Thurlo & 
Joseph Adams be the Committee 

40 Votes called for a County Register and brought in 
sealed up & A return made on the warant as Directed 

This meeting adjurned to munday 31?* Day of this 
Inftant march at twelve OClock 

March 31^* 1777 meet according to adjornment the 
meeting opened & proceeded to bifmefs 

41iy Voted & chose MT Nicholas Danforth Conftable 

for the North side Conftable 

This meeting Defolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 

Town offercers sworn 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To Thomas Stearns one of the 
Conftables of the town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting 

These are therefore in the name of the government 
and people of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order 



*This a miftake in recording should have been S-ily & 35ly & the 
34 where this is 



152 The Old Records of the 

& Direct you forthwith to notify the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Quallihed by Law 
to vote in Town meetings to Affemble at the meeting 
house in Fitchburg on munday the 31*!* Day of this Inftant 
march at One OClock in the afternoon then & there being 
Duly meet and formed to act on the following articles 

viz 

l^y To chuse a moderator to govern s^ meeting 
2'y To See what meafures the town will come into 
Relative to railing the coto of men for Service of this 
State for three years according to the General Corts order 
& compute what has ben already done in carrying on the 
war or act any thing refering there too as they shall 
think proper when meet &c . . . 

Hereof fail not and make a return of this warrant 
with with 3'our doings therin to sum one of us at or 
before the Day [136] and time above mentioned Given 
under Our hands & Seal this Seventeenth Day of March 
and in the year of Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridge 

Phenihas Hartwell 

Joseph Walker 

Isaac Gibson 

Kendol Boutell 

Worcefter: fs : March 31-!^ 1777 



Selectmen 

for 
Fitchburg 



In Obedience to within written warrant I have noti- 
fied and warnd all the free holders & other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Fitchburg Quallified by Law to vote in 
Town meetings to affemble and meet at the meeting 
house in s^ Town on munday the 31!^ Day of this Inftant 
march at one OClock in after noon to act on the articles 
herein mentioned 

Attest Tho! Stearns Conftable for Fitchburg 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 

of Fitchburg Affembled March 31^* 1777 

l^y Voted & chose David Goodridge Moderator 

2^y The Queftion being put to see if the town will act 

upon the 2'°-9- article in the warrant & it paffed in the 

Affirmative 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 153 

3'y Voted to reconfider the Last vote 

This meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcfter: fs To Nicholas Danforth one of the 
Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg these are therefore 
in the name of the Goverment & people of the State of 
the Alaffachufetts Bay to order and direct you forthwith 
to Notify Verberly by word of mouth all the Freeholders 
& other Inhabitants belonging to the North Company of 
the Town of Fitchburg Quallified b}' Law to vote in 
Town meetings to Affembh^ & meet at the meeting house 
in Fitchburg on munda}- the ninth Day of June next at 
two OClock in the afternoon then and their being duly 
meet and formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

I'y To chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 

2 To chuse by Ballot sum person who is firmly 
atteached to the American cause to procure and Lay 
before a Special Court of Seffions of the Peace to be held 
for that purpose [137] the Evidence that may be had of 
the inimical difpofifions towards this or any of the United 
States, of any Inhabitants of this Town who who shall 
be charged by the free holders and other Inhabitants of 
s^ Town or act any thing refering to an act intitled An 
Act for Securing this and the other United States against 
the Danger to which they are Exposed b}^ the internal 
Enemies thereof 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings theron to sum one of us at or before the Day 
and time above mentiond Given under Our hands & Seal 
at Fitchburg this 31?* Day of May in the Year of Our 
Lord 1777 j^^^.^ Goodridge ] ^ i . 

Phinehas Hartwell ( Selectmen 
Joseph Walker {^-.ZX 

Isaac Gibson J Fitchburg 

Worcefter: fs : In Obedience to the within written war- 
rant I have warned all the free holders and other Inhabi- 
tants = as Directed of the time & place of this meeting and 
for the purpose within mentioned 

Nicholas Danforth Conftable 



154 The Old Records of the 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs To Thomas Stearns one of the 
Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg 

These are in the Name of the Government & people of 
the Maffachufetts Bay to order and direct you forthwith 
to Notify Verbely by word of mouth all the Freeholders 
& other Inhabitants belonging to the South Company of 
the Town of Fitchburg Quallified by Law to vote in Town 
meeting to Affembly and meet at the meeting house in 
Fitchburg on munday the ninth Day of June next at two 
OClock in the afternoon then & their being duly meet and 
formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

11^ To chuse a Moderator to govern said meeting 

215" T chuse by ballot sum person who is firmly at- 
teached to the American Cause to procure & lay before a 
Special Court of SefTions of the Peace to be held for that 
purpose the Evidence that may be had of the inimical dif- 
pofifsions towards this or any other of the United States 
of any Inhabitants of this Town who shall be charged by 
the freeholders and other Inhabitants of s^ Town or act 
any thing refering to an act intitled an act for securing 
this and the other United States against the Danger to 
which they are Exposed by the internal Enemies thereof 

Hereof faiei not and make return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon to sum one of us at or before 
the Day and time above mentioned Given under Our Hands 
& Seal at Fitchburg this 30*^^ Day of May in the Year of 

Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridge f selectmen 
Phinehas Hartwell ) r 
Joseph Walker | ^-.^^^^ 

Isaac Gibson [^ '' 

Worcefter fs June 9*^ 1777 — In Obedience to the with- 
in written warrant I have notified all the Free holders and 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg belonging 
to the South Compy Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town 
meetings to meet at the meeting house in said Town on 
munday the 9^^^ Day of this Inftant June at two Clock 
in the afternoon to act on the article mention in said 

warrant 

Tho! Stearns Conftable 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 155 

[138] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg affembled June 9t^ 1777 . . . 

1'7 Voted and made chose of Deacon Goodridge Mod- 
erator 

2^5- Made chois of M^ Phenihas Hartwell whome the 
Town Prefumes is a man Firmly atteached to the Amari- 
can Caufe to procure and Lay before a Special Court of 
SefTions of the Peace to be held for the following Purpofes, 
to precure the Evidence that may be had of the Enemical 
difpofifsions towards this or any of the United States, of 
any Inhabitants of this Town who shall be Charged by 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of s*? Town 

3^5- Voted that Joseph Fox & Ephraim Kimball be a 
Committee to go and purchase a Chist of Guns to be sold 
in the Town if a Sufficient Number of Men Engages to 
purchase the Guns 

4'y Voted to adjurn this meeting to the 23^^^ Day of 

this prefent June at two OClock in the afternoon at this 

place 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

June 23^*^ 1777 The Town meet according to adjorn- 

ment and adjorned s'^ meeting to the first munday in Sep^ 

next at two OClock in the afternoon at the Meeting house 

in s'^ Tow^n 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

Sep^ 1?* 1777 Then meet according to adjornment and 
the Meeting opened by the moderator two Selectmen & 
the Town Clerk Prefent and adjornd this meeting to the 
Last Tusday of this prefent month three OClock in the 

afternoon at this place 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

Sep^ 30*^ 1777 — Meet according to adjornment and 

the Town voted that this meeting be adjorned to the first 

munday of Dcembr next at two OClock in the afternoon 

at this place 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

December l!* 1777 meet according to adjornment and 
the meeting opened by the Moderator, Three Selectmen & 



156 The Old Records of the 

Town Clerk Prefent & voted that this meeting be adjorned 

to the Last munday in this prefent month at two OClock 

in the afternoon at this place 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

Decemb«- 29*1^ 1777 

Meet according to adjornment & the meeting opened 
by the Moderator, & the vote being put to see if this 
Meeting be Difolved, & it pafsed in the affermative 
The Meeting was accordingly Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 



[139] (Seal) Worcefter : fs : To Nicholas Danforth one 
of the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — 
These are therefore in the Name of the Government & 
people of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order and 
direct you to Notify and warn all the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Quallified by Law 
to vote in Town meetings to Affembly and meet at the 
Meeting house in Fitchburg on Munday the 23^^ Day of 
this prefent June at two OClock in the afternoon then and 
their being duly meet & formed to act on the following 
Articles (viz) 

11^ To chufe a Moderator to Govern said Meeting 

2^y To chuse the number of men as Specified in an Act 
intitled An act for amending and more Effectually carrying 
into Execution and act to prevent Monopoly and Oppreffion 
made in this prefent year, the Said persons to profecute all 
breaches of s*? act for proventing Monopoly and oppreffion 
which shall come to their Knowledge or act any thing 
refering their too as they shall think proper 

3\y To see what method the Town will come into 
with regard to raifing the Remainder of the Continential 
Soldiers propotioned for this Town and compute what 
has already ben dun towards carrying On this prefent 
War or act any thing refering theirtoo as they shall think 
proper when meet 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings theiron to sum one of us at or before the 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 



157 



time above mentioned Given under Our hands and Seal 

this ninth Da}' of June in the Year of Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridee | ^ i j. 

T u W7 11 Selectmen 

Joseph Walker ( r 

Phenihas Hartwell f ^•, , , 

T i^-t, I ritchburii^ 

Isaac Gibson J ° 

Worcefter: fs : In Obedience to the within warrant I 
have warned all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg of the time & place and for the 
purpofes within Mentioned for this meeting 

Nicholas Danforth Conftable 



4'y Voted and Chose Maj": Ebnf Bridge 

5'y Voted and Chose M^f Afa Perry 

6'y Voted and Chose M': Saml' Herrick 

7'7 Voted and Chose Mf Elijah Garfield 

8'/ Voted and Chose MT Daniel Farwell 



At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Affembled June 23r^ 1777 — 

1^7 Voted Chose M^ Isaac Gibson Moderator 
21^ The Vote was put to see if the Town would Chuse 
the number of Men as Specified in the Monopoly Act for 
the purposes Mentioned in said Monopoh- Act, And it 
pafsed in the Affirmative 

3'y Voted to chuse five Men for the purpofes in the 
warrant for this meeting in the 2?*^ Article 

The five men 
chofen by the 
Town Excepted 
of their appoint- 
ment & prom- 
ised to take the 
Oath when re- 
quested by 
y^ Selectmen 

[140] 9'7 The vote was put to see if the Town would 
Eftimate the Cost of the prefent war Each Compy by 
themfelves ; and it pafsed in the Affermative 

101^ Voted to Chufe Seven Men to Eftimate what has 

ben Don in the prefent War 

Illy Voted & chose M": Ebn^ Bridge 
12ly Voted & chose Joseph Fox 
13'7 Voted & chose Sam'.' Parce 
141^' Voted & Chose Daniel Putnam 
15'7 Voted & chose Daniel Farwell 
16ly Voted & Chose Cap* Jon? Wood 
I717 Voted & Chose Cap* W« Thurlo 



< Committee 



158 The Old Records of the 

18'y A vote was put to see if the Town would pay 

the cost of the War when Eftemated, by A rate of the 

Town 

And^it pafsed in the Affermative . . . 

19'7 Voted that the Cap* of Each Compy the Select- 
men & Committee be impowered to borrow a Sufficient 
Sum of mone3' to pay our Continential Soldiers that is 
not paid Sufficient to make up Our Coto of Continential 
Soldiers upon the Towns Credit 

20'7 Voted that no man that cannot be Legally 
Affefsed receive any money out of the Town Treafury by 
the Eftamation made for the prefent war 

21'y Voted that this meeting be adjornd to the first 
Day of July next at this place at four OClock in the 
afternoon 

July 1^^ 1777 



The Town meet according to adjornment 

The committee that was appointed to Eftimate what 
has ben don in the prefent war has attended that Service 
and made their report 

22'y It was put to vote to see if the Town would 
accept of the Eftimation made by the Committee and it 
pafsed in the Negative 

23ly Voted that the Cap^^ Selectmen & Committee re- 
turn the money which they was ordered to borrow to pay 
Continential Soldiers that is not already procured . . . 

24^-^ Voted that this meeting be Difolved and the arti- 
cles Stand as they are now recorded 

Isaac Gibson Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



[141] (Seal) Worccfter: fs : To Nicholas Danforth one 
of the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting 

In the name of the Government and people of the 
Maffachufetts Bay you are hereby required to warn all the 
freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burg Quallified by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
affemble and meet at the meeting house in Fitchburg on 
Tusday the thirtieth Day of this prefents month at One 



Town of FitcJibtirgh. 159 

OClock in the afternoon then & their being duly meet and 
formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

V7 To chuse a Moderator to Govern said meeting . . . 

21-^ To vote the Reverend John Pa3'Son his Salury for 
the Year Enfuing — & Likewife to see if the Town will 
make anj' Addition to his Salury for the year Enfuing . . 

3'7 To raise money for the School for the year Enfuing 

417 To chuse a Committee to provide a School or 
schools for the 3'ear Enfuing 

5'7 To see what method the Town will come intoo to 
provide the Reverend John Pa3^son his wood . . . 

61^ To raise money to Support Mifs Hart the Year 
Enfuing 



71?" To have all persons that! Done Service for the 
Town bring in their act? and raise money for the Same 

8\y To raise money to Defray Town charges for the 
Year Enfuing 

9^y To see if the Town will raise money for the Amini- 
tion & Guns provided by the Selectmen for the Towns Use 
or act any thing refering theretoo 

lO'J- To see if the Town will raise money to purchase 
more Aminition & Guns for the Towns Use . . . 

ll^y To see if the Town will come into sum method 
that the money paid in this Town to hire the three Years 
Continential men be made into a rate or act an_v thing 
refering theretoo as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant to sum 
one of us at or before the Day and time above mentioned 
Given under our hands & Seal at Fitchburg this fifteenth 
Day of Sept ^nd in the Year of Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridgefg^j^^^^^^ 
Joseph Walker J p^^ 
Isaac Gibson ] p:^-„t,u„^„ 
Kendol Boutell I Fitchburg 

Worcefter : fs : In Obedience to the within warrant to 
me Directed I have warned all the freeholders & other In- 
habitants of the time & place of this meeting & for the 
purpofes within mentioned 

Nicholas Danforth Conltable 



/ ' 



160 The Old Records of the 

[142] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of th{ 
Town of Fitchburg Affembled Sep* 30*.^ 1777 . . . 

1'^ Voted & made Chofe of Deacon Goodridge as 
Moderator 

2'7 Voted the Reverend John Payson his Salury whicV 
is £66 13 A 

3'y Voted to make Mr Payson sum confideration foi 
the Year Enfuing 



4'-^ Voted to reconfider the Last vote 

5'7 Voted to raise Thirty pounds to Support th( 
Schools the Year Enfuing 30 

6'7 Voted & chose David Parce Nicholas Danfortl- 
Abraham Farwell Daniel Farwell & Cap* Cowdin a Com 
mittee to provide Schools the Year Enfuing 

Tj Voted to give Sam" Parce £7-0-0 for giting M": 
Payson Thirty Cord of Good Wood One whole Year begin 
ing the first of DecmbV Next the Wood to be corded up a1 
M^ Paysons house Acording to Law £7 

8'/ Voted to Raise Six pounds to Support Mifs Harl 
One whole Year the money to be paid to MT Poole 6 

91^ Voted to allow Cap* Thomas Cowdin his ace* 
which is 19 - 

lO^y Voted to allow Cap* Reuben Gibson his ac* whicl: 
is 2 8 3 p^ 

ll'y Voted to allow Afeph Goodridge his ac* whicV 
is 11 € 

12^^ Voted to allow Cap* Goodridge his ac* whict 
is 8 C 

13'^ Voted to allow Solomon Steward his act whicl: 
is 1 16 C 

14iy Voted to allow Cap* Jon^^ Wood his ac* in pari 
which is 4 C 

15'^ Voted to allow Cap* Goodridge his Ac* for Serv 
ing as Selectman & Affefsor for the Year past . .IOC 

\&y Voted to allow Isaac Gibson his Ac* for Serving 
as Selectman & Affefsor the year past IOC 

17'>' Voted to allow Joseph Walker his Ac* for Serving 
as Selectman & Affefsor the V^ear Past IOC 

18^y Voted to allow Phinehas Hartvvell his Ac* foi 
Serving As Selectman & Affefsor the Year past . .10 



Town of FitcJibiu'gh. 161 

19^5- Voted to allow four of the Selectmen for shillings 
Each for numbering the people Last winter which is — 16 

20^-^ Voted to Raise Thirty pounds to Defray Nefefary 
charges 30 

21'^ Voted to Raise twenty one pound Seven shillings 
to pay for the Aminition provided by the Selectmen 21 7 

22?^^ Voted to Raise Thirty five pounds two shillings 
to pay for nine Guns purchafed by the Selectmen for y^ 
Towns Use 35 2 

2315- Voted to sell the Nine Guns purchafed by the 
Selectmen for the most they can be sold for . . . 

24-1-^ Voted that the Selectmen Sell the Guns and be 
accountable to the Town for what they sell them for and 
to rent them out untill sold if wanted 

[143] 25^?" Voted to raife Thirty pounds to purchafe 
Aminition for the Towns Use £30 

26^y Voted not to act upon the 11*^ Article in the war- 
rant 

The meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Thomas Stearns one of the 
Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting .... 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government 
and People of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order 
and Direct you forthwith to notify b\^ Verbal warning the 
freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
Quallifj^ed by Law to vote in Town meetings to Aifemble 
at the Meeting house in Fitchburg on Munday the Seven- 
teenth Day of this Inftant November at one OClock in the 
afternoon then & their being duly meet and formed to act 
on the following articles (viz) 

I'y To Chufe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'>' To see if the Town will take into Confideration 
& Remonftrate to the General Court against a Late Act 
made for putting large Sums of the Bills of Credit Emit- 
ted b_v this State on Interest on the first Day of Decem- 
ber next & prohibiting the Currenc3' of any of the Bills 
of the United States on Penalty of Five pounds &c And 
1 1 



162 The Old Records of the 

Petition for a Redrefs of said agrievences or act any thing 
theiron as they shall think Propper .... 

Sly To see if the Town will take into Confideration a 
Late Act of the General Court for providing Necefsaries 
for the Families of the non Commifsioned Oftercers and 
Soldiers as have Engaged in the Continential Service for 
this Town and Act an}' thing theiron as they shall think 
proper .... 

4'y To see if the Town will agree with MT Ezra Up- 
ton for a Certain two Rod road running from John Car- 
ters Land to the County Road or act any thing thereon 
as they shall think proper .... 

5^5" To see if the Town wall abate any of the Rates in 
an}' of the Conftables Lists or act any thing Refering 
theirto as think proper 

Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant 

with your doing theiron to sum one of us at or before the 

Day and time above mentioned Given under Our hands & 

Seal at Fitchburg this Tenth Day of NovT & in the Year 

of Our Lord 1777 

David Goodridge 



N: B Sir a'OU are to Phinehas Hartwell 

warn all the South Joseph Walker 

side as heretofore — Isaac Gibson 

Kendal Boutell 



Selectmen 

of 
Fitchburgh 



[144] Worcefter: fs Nov": 14^^ 1777 . . . 

In Obedience to this warrant I have notified the In- 
habitants of the time & place of this meeting as Defcribed 

in said warrant &c 

Thomas Stearns Conftable 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Nicholas Danforth one of 
the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting . . . 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government 
and people of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order 
and Direct you forthwith to Notify by Verbal Warning 
the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
Affemble at the Meeting House in Fitchburg On Munday 



Town of Fitchbnrgh. 163 

the Seventeenth Day of this Inftant November at one 
OClock in the afternoon then and their being Duly meet 
& formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

1'7 To chuse a Moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2'7 To see if the Town will take into Confideration 
& Remonftate to the General Court against a Late Act 
made for putting Large sums of the Bills of Credit Emit- 
ted by this State on Interest on the first Day of Decem- 
ber next & prohibiting the Currency of any of the Bills 
of the United States on penalty of Five pounds &c. and 
pertition for a Redrefs of said agrevences or act any 
thing theiron as they shall think proper .... 

31-^ To see if the Town will fake into Confideration a 
Late Act of the General Court for providing Necefsaries for 
the familyes of the Non Commifiioned Offercers & Soldiers 
as have Engaged in the Continential Service for this Town 
or act any thing thereon as the3^ shall think proper . . 

4'y To see if the Town will agree with M'' Ezra 
Upton for a certain two rod road Running from John 
Carters Land to the County Road or act any thing theiron 
as the^' shall think Proper .... 

5'^' To see if the Town will abate any of the Rates in 
any of the Conftables Lists or act any thing Refering 
their too as the^' shall think proper 

Here of fail not & make return of this w^arrant with 
your doings theiron to sum one of us at or before the 
Day and time above mentioned Given under our Hands 
& Seal at Fitchburg this Tenth Day of Nov^ And in the 
Year of Our Lord 1777 .... 

David Goodridge 
N : B Phinehas Hartwell Selectmen 

Sir you are to warn Joseph Walker ' for 

all the North side Isaac Gibson Fitchburg 

as here tofore Kendal Boutell 

[145] Worcefter: fs : In Obedience to the within war- 
rant I have warned all the freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants Quallified by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
meet at the time & place within Mentioned 

Nicholas Danforth Conftable 



164 The Old Records of the 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Affembled Nov": 17*?^ 1777 

IV^ Voted and Chose Mr Phinehas Hartwell Moder- 
ator 

2\y Voted to Act upon the second Article in the War- 
rant 

3'7 Voted to Remonftrate to the Great and General 
Court for the Redrefs of the agrevances mentioned in the 
Second Article in the Warrant and Lay it before the 
Town for confideration 

4'y Voted to Chuse five men as a committee 

5iy Voted and Chose Mr Phinehas Hartwell Majr 
Bridge Liev! Abraham Gibson Cap*^ Joseph Flint & Liev* 
Kendal Boutell the Committee 

6\y Voted to pafs Over the Third Article in the War- 
rant to certain time when this meeting shall be adjorned 

7'y Voted to chuse a Committee to Settle with M*" 
Ezra Upton with regard to the road Leading from John 
Carters Land to the County Road 

8'y Voted to chuse three men for the Committee 

9ly Voted & chose Mr Phinehas Hartwell 

lOly Voted & chose M": Isaac Gibson 

Illy Voted & chose Cap* Joseph Flint 

121^ Voted that this meeting be adjorned to munday 
the 24r^ of this prefent Month at one OClock in the after- 
noon at this place 

Novr 24*1^ 1777. 

The Town meet according to adjornment 
13'y Voted to chuse a Committee as was mentioned in 
a Late act of Court to Surply the non Commiflloned 
Offercers and Private Soldiers Engaged in the Continential 
Army with the Neceffaries of Life as mentioned in said Act 
14^y Voted to Chuse three as a Committee 
lo^y Voted & chose Deacon Thurftin [ ,, 

le^y Voted & chose Cap* jon-? Wood { p ^ .. , 
17iy Voted & chose Cap* Reuben Gibson ( '-ommittee 

181^ The Remonftance Drew up by the Committee ap- 
pointed to send to the General Court presented it to the 
Town and the Town Confidered it and Voted to accept it 
and send it to the General Court 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 165 

19'^ Voted that the Town Clerk Draw a Coppy of 
the Remonftance & send it to the General Court and Sign 
it in the Behalf of the Town 
The meeting Difolved 

Phinehas Hartwell Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



[146] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Nicholas Danforth 
One of the Conftables for the Town of Fitchburgh — Greet- 
ing 

In the name of the Government and people of the 
Maffachufetts Bay you are herebj^ ordered to warn all 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants of s"^ Town Quallif3'ed 
by Law to vote in Town meetings to Affemble & meet at 
the meeting house in Fitchburg on Thursday the fifth 
Day of February next at One OClock in the afternoon 
then & their being Duly meet & formed to Act on the fol- 
lowing articles (viz) 

1'7 To chuse a moderator to govern said meeting . . 

21^ To take into conlideration a Late Act of the Gen- 
eral Court Enabling such Towns as incline to raise such 
sums of money for the purpose of Leffening their propo- 
tion of the publick Debt or any part or act any thing 
refering theretoo as they shall think proper when meet 

3'T To see if the town will take into Confideration, 
The confederation sent out by the Continential Congrefs 
to the Several States which is communicated to the Several 
Towns in this State by our General Court for their Appro- 
bation or act any thing thereon as they shall think proper 
when meet 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 

your doings thereon to sum one of us at or before the 

time above mentioned Given under Our Hands & Seal at 

Fitchburg this Twenty third Day of January in the Year 

of Our Lord 1778 ... 

David Goodridge 
Phinehas Hartwell Selectmen 
Joseph Walker { For 

Isaac Gibson Fitchburg 

Kendal Boutell 



166 The Old Records of the 

Worcefter: fs In obedience to the within warrant I 
have notified all the freeholders & other Inhabitants Oual- 
lifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings to aflemble and 
meet at the time & place and for the purpofes within men- 
tioned 

Nicholas Danforth Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Afsembled February 5*^ 1778 

I'y Voted & chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 

2\y Voted not to raise any money as mentioned in the 
2^^ article in the warrant in order to Lefsen our Publick 
Debt . . . 

3'7 Voted to Concur with the Confederation sent out 
by the Congrefs of the United States 

This meeting Difolved David Goodridge Moderator 

Joseph Fox Towm Clerk 

[147] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Thomas Stearns one of 
the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government & 
people of the State Maffachufetts Bay to order and direct 
you forth with to notify the freeholders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to 
vote in Town meetings to Affembly at the meeting houfe 
in Fitchbu-rg on munday the Second Day of March next 
at Nine of the Clock in the forenoon then & their being 
duly meet meet and formed to act on the following 
articles 

I'.y To chuse a moderator to Govern Said meeting 

2^7 To chuse Town offercers for the Year Enfuing as 
the Law directs 

31^ To provide for the poor and Endigent persons of 
said Town and in what way and manner as shall be 
thought most proper 

4'7 To grant money for repairing the highways the 
prefent year or act any thing refering theretoo as they 
shall think proper .... 

51^ To Accept of such roads as the Town shall think 
nefefarj' that are laid out by the Selectmen or their order 



Town of Fttchbiirgh. 167 

6^7 To have all the Surveyors of Highways & highwaj- 
Collectors for the Year past to make a return of their 
Collections and what is behind in their Lists to the Town 
the Day & time above mentioned for further orders as 
shall be thought most proper by y^ town 

71^' To see if the swine may go at Large under the 
Regulation of the Law the Enfuing j-ear 

8\^ To here the report of the Reckning with The Town 
Treafury for the Year past 

91^ To see if the Town will allow M'^ Pooles corner to 
have the school mone^-, that they neglected schooling out 
Last year 

10'7 To see what method the South Militia Company 
under the command of Cap* Jon?^ Wood in said Town 
will take to raise that part of money which is yet Due. 
That the Selectmen & Committee of Said Town was im- 
poured to borrow for the Use of Hireing Continential 
Soldiers which said Selectmen & committee are on behalf 
of said Company accountable for or act any thing refer- 
ing theretoo as they shall think proper to Difcharge said 
Town 

Wj To see how the Town will dispose of the money 
which the Selectmen have rec^ for the provifions sent to 
the Soldiers at Concord fight or any thing refering there 

too 

David Goodridge 
Phinehas Hartwell Selectmen 
Joseph Walker } for 

Isaac Gibson Fitchburg 

Kendal Boutell 
Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to sum one of us at or before the 
day and time above mentioned Given under our hands 
and Seal at Fitchburg this ninth Day of februarj^ & in 
the Year of our Lord 1778 ... 

[148] Worcefter: fs March 2'?^ 1778 . . . 

In Obedience to this warrant I have Notifyed the In- 
habitants of the Town of Fitchburg Quallifs^ed by Law to 
Vote in Town meeting to meet at the meeting house in 
said Town on Mundaj^ the Second Day of March next at 



168 The Old Records of the 

Nine OClock in the morning in order to act on the articles 
mentioned in Said warrant &c 

Thomas Stearns Conitable 



At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 

of Fitchburg Affembled March 2?'^ 1778 . . . 

lly Voted & made Choife of Deacon David Goodridge 

Moderator 

2'/ Voted & chose Deacod Goodridge 1^* Selectman 
317 Voted & chose M": Phinehas Hartwell 2"^ Selectman 
4ly Voted & chose Liev^ Abraham Gibson S^'^ Selectman 
5ly Voted & chose Liev* Elijah Carter 4*^ Selectman 
6ly Voted & chose M^ Thomas Hartwell 5*^ Selectman 
71^ Voted & chose Joseph Fox Town Clerk . . . Town 

Clerk 

8^7 Voted & chose Joseph Fox Town Treafury . Town 

Treafury 

917 Voted & chose M^ Isaac Gibson | J^°"3!"^^^{ °^ 
101^ Voted & Chose M"" Joseph Walker p-^r^/PO"*^*^"^^ 
III7 Voted & chose Mf Daniel Putnam & SaftT 

121^ Voted and chose M^ Afa Perry . . . Conftable 
for the South side 

1317 Voted & chose M^ Joseph Adams . . Conftable 
for the North side 

14\y Voted to Excuse Mr Afa Perry being Conftable 
for the south side this Year 

I517 Voted & chose M': Jefse French . . . Conftable 
for south side 

16^7 Voted & chose Mr Joseph Sawyer \ ^j^ ■■ 

I717 Voted & chose Mr W™ Brown \ ^^^^"0^"^ 

18^7 Voted & chose Mr Nicholas Danforth / Tything 
I917 Voted & chose Mr Paul Wetherbee \ men 

201^ Voted That the Selectmen be Affefsor . Affefsors 
21iy Voted & chose Mr Reuben Gibson Junr Cap* Jon^ 
Wood M'- Samli Harrifs Junr M*- Oliver Stickney Mr Tho« 
Stearns Mr Abraham Farwell Mr John Parks & Mr Jona- 
than Holt Surveyer of Highways & Collectors of the high- 
way' Taxes .... Surveyer of Highways & Collector of 
highway Taxes 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 169 

22ly Voted & chose Mr Jofhua Parce & John Bufs . . 
Dear Reves 

23'/ Voted & Chose M": John Bufs & Peter Nurs . . 
Fire wards 

24-'7 Voted %L chose Mr Elijah Macintire Mr Ebnr Pol- 
ler' M": Thomas Kimball & Mr MaximilHon Jewett . . . 
Hog Reves 

2517 Voted & chose Mr Solomon Steward . . Sur- 
veyor of Shingles & Clabbords 

[149] 26^7 Voted & chose Cap^ Jonathan Wood . . 
Surveyor of hoops & Staves 

2T7 Voted & chose Mr Jofhua Goodridge & Mr Amos 
Ordeway Fence Vewers 

28'7 Voted & chose Mr Kendal Bancroft . . . Sealer 
of Lother 

29'7 Voted & chose Mr David Parce . . . Sealer of 
Weights & meafures 

30^7 Voted that the Town of Fitchburg pay Mr James 
Poole fifteen pounds to Board Mifl Heart One whole 
year and so in propotion provided She should not live 
the year out £5 

311^ Voted that this meeting be adjorned to Munday 
the ninth Day of this Inftant March at nine OClock in 
the forenoon at this place . . . 

March 9*^ 1778 .... 

The Town meet according to adjornment & proceeded 
upon Befmef 

32'7 Voted that Each man that works upon the high 
ways the Prefent year be allowed 1/4 for Each hours 
work upon the Spot 

33'7 Voted that A pair Oxen Cart & Plow be as 
much more in propotion as A man has b3' the hour more 
than Ufeal for highway work .... 

34\y Voted to Raise One hundred & Fifty pounds to 
mend the highways this prefent Year .... 

35'7 Voted to Difcontinue a Certain road Laid out 
by the Towns Committee March 27*!' 1777- , Through 
Mr Charles Willards Land & Samuel Herricks till it comes 
to Land of Phinehas Browns & then through A corner of 
Phinehas Browns till it comes near Harts Seller Hole . . 



170 The Old Records of the 



Committee to 
lay out a rode 
from Saml' Gib- 
sons House to 
the County 
Road 



36ly Voted & Chose M'; Saml' Gibson 
Mr Lemuel Hafkiel M'-Jon-.i Brooks M': Jo^ 
Hart Mv Phinehas Brown Capt Joseph 
Flint & Cap* Reuben Gibson a committee 
to Lay out a road from Mr Sam'J Gibson*? 
House to the Count}^ Road ... 

37'.y Voted that the Last Years Surveyers of highways 
see that the whole of their Rates be workt out by the 
Tenth of June next 

38i.y Voted that the Swine Run at Large this Year 
under the Regulation of the Law . . . 

39ly Voted to Except of the Town Treafury? act as 
thev stand Setled with the Selectmen which is as follows 



VIZ- 



They find in Lievt Silas Snows hands ..£3682 
They find in Solomon Stewards hands . . 5 

They find in Afa Perrys hands 13 15 3 

They find in Phinehas Sawyer^ JuV hands 6 18 8 1 
They find in Cap*. Reuben Gibsons hands . 24 8 7 — 
They find in Tho^ Stearns^ hands for the 

year 1776 15 5 1 1 

[150] They find in Nicholas Danforths 

hands £122 16 2 

They find in Tho'r Stearns^ hands for the 

year 1777 118 4 11 

They find in the Town Treafury^ hand . 37 4 3 
The3' alfo find a note in the Town Treas- 
ury! hand the Towns property signd by 
Francies Fullum Dated DecembT 31!* 1772 on 

Interest contents of said note 2 2 3 

401^ Voted that the school money belonging to Mr 
Pools corner the last year be not allowed to them as it 
was not schooled out in the time perfixed .... 

41ly Voted to pafs over the Eleventh article in y^ war- 
rant 

421^ Voted to Reconfider the Last vote . . . 
431'' Voted that all the money that was rec^ by the 
Selectmen for the Provifions that was carried to Our peo- 
ple at Concord fight, Exce'pting Two pounds Thirteen 
shillings & 4"? Be paid to The Reverend John Payson, which 
sum of two pounds Thirteen shillings & 4^^ be paid to 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 171 

MajT Ebnr Bridge & Tho'? Cowdin Junr the full sum the 

Selectmen ReC:! was £14^11-0 £11 17 8 

the above paid 

441^^ Voted a chose Afa Perr}^ Conftable for the south 
side Conftable 

Fitchburg Febr^ 2?^ 1778 . . . 

A two rod road Laid out by the Selectmen begining at 
a small hemlock tree near Kendoll Boutell^ house Runing 
North till it comes to Land that Tho! Cowdin sold to 
Tho^ Hill and Land that said Cowdin sold to James Pat- 
terson till it comes to Land now in Poffefsion of said 
Cowdin then make a turn till said Road comes to the 
East line of said Cowdins Land then Runs on the East 
Side of said Cowdins Land or as near as may be till said 
road Strikes Hezekiah Hodgfkins Land and the Land given 
to the said Town of Fitchburg provided the town procures 
a Road through said Hodgskins & Paul Wetherbee? Land 
and said Road Defcribed by marked trees on the West 

side of Said road 

Tho^ Cowdin 

Alfo a two Rod road laid out through a corner of 
Hezekiah Hodgfkins Land till it comes to Land ownd by 
Paul Wetherbee Called the ridge so through said Wether- 
bee^ Land till it comes to the Pitch of the Hill at the End 
of the ridge then through a small corner of s'^ Hodgskins^ 
Land till it Strikes the Towm Road 

David Goodridge ] Selectmen 
Isaac Gibson \ For 

Joseph Walker J Fitchburgh 

The above Defcribed Road Excepted by the Town & 
the Land Given by Tho? Cowdin Hezekiah Hodgskins & 
Paul Wetherbee 



[151] Fitchburgh Febry 6*1^ 1778 . . . 

*Laid out for, & reciuested by Edward Scott of the 
Town of Fitchburgh, a two Rod road begining at a former 
Road Laid out by the Courts committee for the Use of 
said Farm which Leads to Lunenburg, first begining near 

* Discontinued. [Annotation on the margin. W. A. D.] 



172 The Old Records of the 

a Certain Great Rock in said Scotts Land at the End of 
the above mentioned Road Runing up againft the Barn 
then turning up between the two Dwelling houses from 
thence going South through the Orchard to the Common 
Land and through the Common about 3 or 4 Score Rods 
to Mr Scotts New purchase Runing all on said Scotts 
Land to a former Road Runing from Ebn^ Thurftins Houfe 
to the Meeting house, treefe marked on the Eafterly side 
of said Road 

Ifaac Gibson 1 Committee appointed 

Phinehas Hartwell } By the Selectmen 
Edward Scott J for the above purpofe 

This road Excepted by the Town and the Land given 

by Edward Scott 

This meeting adjorned by the Moderator to the Last 
raunday of this preafent month at One O Clock in the 
afternoon at this place 

March 30^^ 1778 ..... 

The town meet according to adjornment and proceeded 

to befmefs 

This is to Certify to the Town that we as a committee 
have Laid out a road from M^ Harts old Seller upon M^ 
Phinehas Browns & MT Harts Line they being willing to 
give their Land then coming upon the line between M^ 
Herricks & M^ Harts they being willing to give their Land 
if M^ Herrick can have a Road from his houfe through Mr 
L. Macintires Land to the County Road without any 
charge to the Town for the Land of said Road then com- 
ing upon the Land of Mr Jacob Uptons to the County 

Road 

Saml^ Gibson 
Lemuel Hafkiel 
Joseph Hart 
Jonathan Brooks 
Phinehas Brown 
Joseph Flint 
Reuben Gibson 

The Town voted & Excepted the whole of the Roads 

as above Defcribed if the Land is given 

This meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 



Committee 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. ' 173 

[152] (Seal) Worcefter : fs : To Joseph Adams one 
of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg" greeting these 
are therefore in the Name and Government & people of the 
Mafsachufetts Bay to order and direct 3'ou forthwith to 
Notify the Free holders & other Inhabetants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meet- 
ings to Affemble at the meeting house in Fitchburg On the 
30*^ Da3^ of this Inftant march at twelve of the Clock of 
s^ Day then & their being duly meet & formed to act on 
the following Articles (viz) 

I'y To chose a Moderator to Govern s*? meeting . . 

21^ To see what method the Town will come into con- 
cerning repairing the great Bridge near the meeting house 
or act any thing Refering theirto as it has ben requested 
By a number of the Inhabitants of said Town 

3'7 To see if the Town will take The Reverend M^ 
Pa3^fsons request into Confideration or act any thing refer- 
ing thereto as they shall think proper 

41^ To if the Town will take into confideration the 
State of the Continential Soldiers that Engaged for said 
Town & here their Request or act any thing thereto as 
they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not & make return of this warrant with 

your doings therein to Sum one of us at or before the Day 

and time above mentioned Given under our hands & seal 

at Fitchburg this twelth Day of this Inftant march and in 

the Year of Our Lord 1778 

David Goodridge 
Phinehas Hart well 



Abraham Gibson 
Elijah Carter 
Thomas Hartwell 



Selectmen 

For 
Fitchburgh 



Worcefter: fs March SO^i^ 1778 

In obedience to the within writen warrant I have noti- 
fyed & warned all the free holders & other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg to meet at the time & Place as 
within Requested 

Joseph Adams Conftable for Fitchburgh 



/ 
/ 



174 The Old Records of the 

At a leagal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 

of Fitchburg Affembled March 30^1^ 1778 . . . 

lly Voted & chose Deacon Gocdridge Moderator 

21^ Voted to chuse a committee to take care of the 

great Bridge near the Senter of the Town & to keep it in 

good repair the prefent year 

3'7 Voted to chuse three men for the 
Committee 



Committee 
to take care 
41^ Voted & chose Joseph Adams Jo- \ of the Bridge 

near the Sentr 
of the Town 



seph Walker & Cap* Cowdin to be of the 
Committee 

5'7 It was put to vote to see if the Bridge should be 
covered with Oak plank which the Committee is to take 
care off. and it pafsed in the Affermative 

6'7 Voted that William Brown be one of the Commit- 
tee to take care of the Bridge near the Senter of the 
Town in the Rome of Joseph Walker 

[153] 1^7 Voted that Deacon Thurstins Liev^ Boutell 
Cap^ Joseph Flint & MT Joseph Walker be a Committee 
to carry the Subfcribtion paper or papers about to the 
Inhabitants of Said Town to subfcribe sum of the Neffef- 
arA's of Life or any thing they please to Subfcribe for M^ 
Paysons support .... 

81^ Voted that this meeting be adjurned to the IS*.*^ 
Day of April next at One OClock in the afternoon at this 
place .... 

David Goodridge moderator 

April IStJi 1778 

The Town meet according to adjornment 
9'^ Voted & chose M^ Phinehas Hartwell Moderator 
in the rome of Deacon Goodridge who was abfent . . . 
The committee appointed by the Town to carr}^ the 
Subfcribtion papers about to the Inhabitants of Fitchburg 
to Subfcribe sum of the Nefefarys of Life, for M"; Paysons 
support as a prefent to him, made their report to the 
Town and Prefented it to him, which was kindly Ex- 
cepted by MV Payson, and s^ he was well Satisfied with 
what the Town had dun, untill Sep^ next whis will be 
one year from the time the Subfcribtion paper was Dated 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 175 

The meeting Difolved 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter : Is: To Afa Perry one of the Con- 
ftables for the Town of Fitchburg . . . . Greeting 

These are in the Name of the Government & people of 
the State of the Maffachufetts Bay To order and direct you 
forthwith for to Notify & Warn all the Voatable Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Fitchburg to Affemble and meet att 
the meeting house in said Town on munday y^ 13^^^ of 
April next at One OClock in the afternoon of s^ Day then 
& their being DuIn^ mett & formed to act on the following 
articles 

V"? To chuse a Moderator to Govern Said meeting 

2\^ To see if the Town will Accept of the List of Jure- 
men as fixed by the Selectmen, And make return of your 
doings to sum one of us on or -before said Da}' Given 
under Our hands & Seal at Fitchburg this 30t^' of March 

1778 

David Good ridge | Selectmen 
Abraham Gibson } For 
Tho! Hartwell J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs In obedience to the within w^arrant I have 
notif3'ed the Inhabitants as within Directed 

Fitchburg April IS^i^ 1778 Afa Perry Conftable 

[154] At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 

Town of Fitchburgh Affembled April 13*1^ 1778 

1^7 Voted & Chose Liev^ Elijah Carter Moderator 
2^7 Voted to Except of the list of Juremen as fixed by 
the Selectmen 

The meeting Difolved 

Elijah Carter Moderator 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Afa Perry one of the Con- 
ftables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting These are in 
the name of the Government & people of the State of the 
Maffachusetts Bav to order and direct vou forthwith to 



176 The Old Recoi'ds of tJie 

Notify the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the South 
Compy of the Town of Fitchburg QualHfyed by Law to 
vote in Town meeting, by Verble warning to Affemble at 
the meeting house in Fitchburg on Friday the Eight day of 
this Inftant may at five OClock in the afternoon then and 
their being duly meet and Formed to act on the following 
articles (viz) 

l^y To chose a moderator to Govern said meeting 

21^ To see what method the town will dispose of the 
money that the General Court has allowed To the Town 
for Each man they shall Engage for the Continential Ser- 
vice for said Town agreable agreable to the refolve of s^ 
Court or act any thing refering theretoo as they shall 
think proper . . . 

31^ To see if the Town will take any other method 
befides drafting or with Drafting as the cafe may require 
to raise men for the War & make a Just Estimation on 
what Each man has done in the prefent war from the 
begining of Said War and raise men for the future by a 
rate in said Town for an3' Detachment whatsoever or act 
any thing refering theretoo as they shall think proper . . 

Here of Fail not and make return of this warrant 

with your doings therein to sum one of us at or before 

the time above mentioned Given under Our hands and 

Seal at Fitchburg this Eight Da^' of May before the time 

of meeting and in the Year of Our Lord 1778 

Phinehas Hartwell f ^ i ^ 

M u r^-i Selectmen 

Abraham Gibson ) r 

Elijah Carter ) pit^uLrP- 

Tho! Hartwell ( ^^^cnburg 

Worcefter : fs : In obedience to the within warrant I 
have verbally warned the Inhabitants of the South side of 
the Town to meet at place and time appointed 

Afa Perry Conftable 

Fitchburg may y"^ ^V^ 1778 

[155] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To M'' Joseph Adams 
One of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Government and people 
of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order and direct 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 177 

you forthwith to Notify all the Freeholders and other In- 
habitants of the North Company of the Town of Fitch- 
burg Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings by Verbal 
warning to Affemble at the meeting house in Fitchburg on 
Friday the Eighth Day of this Inftant may at five of the 
Clock in the afternoon then and their being Duly meet & 
formed to act on the following articles 

(viz) 1'7 To chose a moderator to Govern said meet- 
ing 

2ly To see what method the Town will Dispose of the 
money that the Greart and General Court has allowed or 
Devoted to the Town for Each man they shall Engage for 
the Continential Service for said Town agreable to the 
Relblve of said Court or act any thing refering thereto as 
they shall think proper 

3'7 To see whether the Town will take any other 
method befides Drafting or with Drafting as the Case may 
require to raise men for the War and make a Just Eftima- 
tion on what Each man has done in the prefent war from 
the begining of said war. & raise men for the futer by a 
Rate in said Town for any Detachments whatfoever or act 
any thing Refering theretoo as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings theirin to sum one of us at or before the 
time above mentioned Given under our hands & Seal at 
Fitchburg this Eight Day of may before the time of meet- 
ing and in the Year of our Lord 1778 .... 

Phinehas Hartwelll t> i j. 

Au 1, r-'-u Selectmen 

Abraham Gibson ( r 

Elijah Carter f pitchburo- 

Tho? Hartwell j ^i^c^^^rg 

Fitchburg may 1778 . ... . . 

In obedience to the within warrant I have notified all 
the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg to meet at the time & place as within requested 

Joseph Adams Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Affembled May ^^"^ 1778 . . . 

\^J Voted & chose Maj^ Ebn": Bridge moderator . . . 

12 



178 The Old Records of the 

2'/ Voted that the four hundred Dollers allowed by 
the General Court to Raise four Continential Soldiers for 
this Town be paid to the four men that shall Engage . . 

3'7 Voted that the Town Treafury give his note upon 
Interest to the four Soldiers that shall Engage in the 
Continential Service for a hundred Dollars Each to be 
paid by him or his Sucl'efor or hire the money for them 
upon the Towns Credit .... 

417 A vote was put to see if the Town would Eftimate 
what has ben done the prefent War by companys to raise 
and pay their Coto of Continential men and it pafed in 
the affirmative 

[15(>] 5ly A vote was put to see if the Eftimation 
should be Eaqual pT month & it pafsed in the affirmative 

&7 Voted that the Offercers Selectmen & committee 
proceed to raise the Continential men according to the 
Eftimation by the month and according to Each mans 
Tax in the Town Rate 

71^ Voted that this meeting be Difolved 

Ebnr Bridge Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter : fs : To Joseph Adams one of the Con- 
ftables of the Town of Fitchburg. You are in the Name of 
the Government & people of the State of the Maffachufetts 
Bay to require & Direct you to Notify all the freeholders 
& other Inhabitants that are free & twenty One Years of 
Age in the Town of Fitchburg to Affembly at the meeting 
house in Fitchburg On Fryday the twenty second day of 
this Inftant May at two of the Clock in the afternoon 
then & their being duly meet and formed to act on the 
following articles (viz) 

l\y To Chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2ly To see whether the Town will Give there appro- 
bation or disapprobation on the Form of Government 
agreed upon by a Convention of said State February 
28*^ 1778 to be Laid before the Several Towns in this 
State .... 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 
yonv doings therein to sum one of us at or before the 



Tozvn of Fitchburgh. 179 

Day and time above mentioned Given under Our hands 

and Seal the Eight Da\' of this Inftant ma}^ & in the 

Year of Our Lord 1778 '.. . 

Phinehas Hartwell 1 c« i , 

.1 , ^-1 Selectmen 

Abraham Gibson ( r- 

Eliiah Carter ( t^., , , , 

Tho^ Hartwell j Fitchburgh 

Worcefter: fs : May 22"^ 1778 — 

In obedience to the within warrant I have notifx^ed 
and warned all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg to meet at time & place as with- 
in Required in s^ warrant 

Joseph Adams Conftable for Fitchburg 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meet- 
ings Affembled Alay '22°^ 1778 .... 

11^ Voted & Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator . . . 

2"."^ The vote being put b\' the Moderator for the ap- 
probation of the Town or Disapprobation of the Form of 
Government or Conftitution and the vote was as follows 
For the Conftitution 22 against the Conftitution 4 

This meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

[157] (Seal) Worcefter: fs To Joseph Adams one of 
the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg . . Greeting 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government 
and people of the Maffachufetts Bay to order and direct 
\'ou forthwith to Notify b\^ Verbal warning all the free 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
Quallifyed b}' Law to vote in town meetings to Affemble 
at the meeting house in Fitchburg on Friday the twenty 
second Day of this inftant may at six OClock in the after- 
noon then & their being duly meet & formed to act on the 
following articles (viz) 

1'7 To chuse a Moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2'7 To see if the Town will bring in their votes for 
sum Difcreet Sutable perfon having a freehold within said 



180 The Old Records of the 

County as the Law directs for a County Treafury to 
serve in said County . . . 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant to 
sum one of us at or before the time and hour above men- 
tioned Given under Our hands and Seal this Twenty sec- 
ond Day of this Inftant may & in the Year of Our Lord 
1778 . . . 

David Goodridge ) o„i_tmrTi 
Abraham Gibson \ Selectmen 

Elijah Carter [ t:^, Pf 
Tho« Hartwell J Fitchburg 

Worcefter: fs May 22«.'i 1778 . . . 

In Obedience to the within warrant I have Notifyed 
and warnd the free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg according to the Intents of s*^ War- 
rant . . . 

Joseph Adams Conftable for Fitchburg 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings 
Affembled May 22"^ 1778 

I'.y Voted & chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 
2 The votes for a County Register being called for and 
brought in and seald up as directed 
The meeting Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs To Afa Perry Conftable Conftable 
for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

These are in the name of the Government and people 
of the State of the Maffachufetts Bay to order and Direct 
you forthwith to Notify the freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of Fitchburgh Quallifyed by Law to 
vote in Town meetings to Affemble at the meeting houfe 
in Fitchburgh on munday the 24^^' of this inftant August 
at One Clock in the afternoon then and their being duly 
meet and formed to act on the following Articles (Viz) 

lly To chuse a moderator to Govern said meeting 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 181 

[158] 21^ To see if the Town will Chuse a Conftable 
for the North Part of s^ Town to Supply the Place of M': 

Joseph Adams Deceafed 

3^y To see whether the Town will Confider the Widow 
Adams in regard, in regard to her Collecting the Conti- 
nential Rate by Committing the List to any other Con- 
ftable or act any other way as they shall think proper 

Here of fail not and make return of your doings to 
sum one of us on or before said Day given under our 
hands and Seal this 7*^ Day of August A : D : 1778 . . . 

David Goodridge 1 Selectmen 
Phinehas Hartwell \ For 
Abraham Gibson J Fitchburgh 

Worcefter : fs : In Obedience to the within warrant I 

have notif3^ed the Inhabitants of Fitchburgh to meet at 

the time and place within Directed 

Afa Perry Conftable 
Fitchburgh August 24^^ 1778 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh Aflembled on the 2^V^ of August 1778 . . . 

l\y Voted and Chose Deacon David Goodridge moder- 
ator to govern s^ meeting 

21^ Voted and Chose Daniel Putnam Conftable for 
the north side of s^ Town .... 

3'/ Voted to accept of M^ Jonathan Holt in the Rome 
of Daniel Putnam for the Year 1778 to Serve as Conftable 

41^ The town voted that the Affefsors shall take the 
Affefment that was Commited to Joseph Adams & Com- 
mitt it to Jonathan Holt to Collect the Remainder of s^ 
Collection & pa}' s? alfesment by order of warrant to the 
Province Treafury 

David Goodridge Moderator 

A true Coppy from the minutes 

Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

[159] (Scale) Worcefter fs To Afe Perry one of the 
Cunftabls for the Town of Fitchburgh Gretings ... In 
the name of the Goverment and People of the mafsachufets 



182 The Old Records of the 

bay you are requird to warne all the free holders and 
other inhabtance of the Town of Fitchbiirgh Qualified by 
Law to Vote in towne metings to Afsemble and meet at 
the meeting House in fitchburgh on Tuefday the 13 day of 
octobr next at one o clock in the after noon then and their 
being Duely met and formd to act on the following articls 
Viz 

l'>' To Chufe a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2^y To Vote the Revrent MT John Payson his Sallery 
for the year Enfuing and likewise to See if the Town will 
make aney addition to the Sallery for the year Infuing or 
act aney thing Refering there unto as they Shall think 
proper 

3'y to Raife money for the Schoole or Schools for the 
year Infuing 

4'^ To Chufe a Committe to provide a Scool or Scools 
for the year Infuing 

S'y to See what method the Town will Come into to 
provide the Revrent m'' John Payson his wood . . . 

6'y to raise money to Suporte m^^ Hart the 3-ear in- 
fuing and other of the poor belongin to Town . . . 

7^5' to have all perfons that hath Don Serves for the 
Town to bring in their acounts and raife money for the 
same 

8'y to Raife money to Defray Town and all other 
necefary Chares that are or Shall arife 

9'y to See if the Town will here the Request of mV 
Joseph fox in Regard to his Serving as Town Treafurer 
and Town Cleark and act aney thing Refering there to as 
they shall think proper 

lO^y to See if the Town will Hear the request of a 
number of the inhabitants in regard to Rasing a Bounty 
for those that Shall Kill Wile Cats or Bears in f"^ town 

11^>' to See if the town abate aney rates in aney of 
the old Cunftables Lifts 

12'y to See if the Town will appoint Sum Sutable per- 
son to Git the Towne a buering Cloathe and raife money 
for the Same 

Here of faile not and make returne of this warrant 
to Sume one of us at or before the Day and time above 



Town of Fitchburgh. 183 

mentned — Given under our hands and Seale at fitchburgh 

this twenty Eighth Day of Septembr and in the 3'ear Lord 

1778 

David Goodridge ] g^^^^^ 

Phinehas Hartwell I r 

. , 1 rA-i ; men lor 

Abraham Gibson 1 p., , , 

EHjah Carter J ^ " ^ 



Worcefter fs In obediance to the w^ithin warrent I have 
notifyd the Inhabitents as within Directed 
Fitchburgh octobr the 13 1778 

Ale Perre Cunftabl 



[160] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh Afsembled octobr 13 1778 . . , 

l^y Voted and chose Decon David Goodridge moderator 

2^y Voted the Revrent John Payson his Salory which 
is £66 13 4 

3'y Voted to raise £233=6 = 8 and allow mr Payson 
in aditon his Sallary for the prefent Year . . . 233 6 8 

4'y Voted to Raife two hundred pounds to hire Scool 
master or masters or mistrefes .... 

5^y Voted to chuse Cap* William Thurlo one of of the 
Committe to provide Scool mafter or mafters & Thos 
Stearns oliver Stickne m'' Jofeph Walker m*" William 
Brown Scool Commite 

6^5' Voted that Each Quarter Receve their proportion 
of the mone3' Raised for the Scool as ufal 

T^ Voted that the Lowest bidder Shall Git m'' Pay- 
son wood which is 30 Coard at the price he Shall bid it 
off at ... . 

8iy Voted to Give Will"? Small Thirty foure pounds 
for Giting mr Payson Thirty Cords of Good wood one 
whole year beginng the first Day of Decmbr mext the 
wood to be Coarded up at mr Paysons house acording 
to Law £34 pd 1778 

9^y Voted to Rais fifteen pounds to Suport m''^ Hart 
to be paid to m'' James Poole as was voted Last march 
meeting provided She Should Live the year out £15 

IQiy Voted to allow majr Ebn^ Bridge his a Count £2 2 



184 The Old Records of the 

ll'y Voted to alow Jofeph Sawyer his acount which 
is 1 10 

12'y Voted to allow Dr Thadues maccarty his acount 
which is 2 

13'y Votted to allow m'' Phinehas Hartwell his a 
Count which is 11 10 

14iy Voted to allow Leu* Kindall Boutall his a Count 
which is 4 10 

15'y Voted to m^ Ifaac Gibson his a Count which 
is 4 

16^y Voted to alow Liut abraham Gibson his a Count 
which is 7 10 

17'y Voted to allow Liut Elijah Carter his acount 
which is 6 

[161] 18^y Voted to alow m'' Jofeph Walker his acount 
which is £10 1 

19'y Voted to alow Decon David Goodridge his acount 
which is 10 10 

20'^ Voted to allow m*" Eph'" Kimball his acount 
which is 5 8 

21^^ Voted to allow the Selectmens acount which 
is £218 16 

22^y Voted to Raise foure hundred pounds to Defray 
necesery Chargis 400 

23^y Voted that this meeting be adgurnd to Cap* 
Cowdins East Rume forth with 

24'y Voted to difmifs Joseph Fox for serving as Town 
Clerk & Town Treafurer for this prefent Year . . 

25'y Voted and Choofe Cap* Tho? Cowdin Town Clerk, 
in the room of Joseph Fox difmifsed 

26ly Voted & choofe Cap* Tho*? Cowdin Town Treaf- 
urer in the room of Joseph Fox difmifsed . . . 

27'7 Voted that the Town Treafurer provide a Book 
to keep an Account of the Orders given out, and Likewife 
when pay,d out 

281^ Voted to abate SamV Harrifs,s rates in Tho! 
Stearn,s Lists viz for the Years 1776 & 1777 both Years 
being £2 13 8 1 

29ly Voted that the Town shall have a Burying Cloth 
or Cloths .... 



Town of Fitchburgh. 186 

30^7 Voted that Cap^ W"? Thurlo provide Two Bury- 
ing Cloths for the Town . . . 
This Meeting Difsolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
A True Coppe from the rainets 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To Jonathan Holt one of the Con- 
stables of the Town of Fitchburgh Greting Thefe are ther- 
fore in the name of the Goverment and people of the mafsa- 
chufsets bay to order and Direct you forthwith to notify 
all the free holders and other inhabitents of the town of 
Fitchburgh Qualifyd by law to vote in Town meeting to 
afsemble at the meeting house in fitchburgh on tuesday the 
tenth Day of Nov': next at one of the Clock in the after 
noon then & their being duely meet & formd to act on 
the following articls viz 

1 to Chufe a moderator to Govern s*^ meeting . . . 

2'y to See if the Town will take into Confideration 
the Revrant m'" Paysons further request in regard to his 
Support in the Gospel miniftrey or act anej^ thing refer- 
ring there to as the3' shall think proper .... 

[163] 3'y to See if the Town will axcept of and 
abid the Judgment and Determination of the arbitrators 
appointed by the towne of Fitchburgh on one parte and 
m^ Ezra upton the other part which thej^ have and do 
award and order to be paid to mT Ezra upton for a Ser- 
tain two rod road laid out by the Town of fitchburgh 
through s*^ Uptons Land as damiges as will appear by s*^ 
award, or act ane^' thing refferng there to as they Shall 
think proper .... 

4^-^ to See if the Town will approve of the afsefsors 
making up the Town rate before we receve the provanc 
Tax bill or act aney thing there on as Shall be thought 
proper .... 

5^y to have all those Cunftables that have rates to be 
a bated to apear that Cant be Collected on their Lifts 

6^y to See if the Town will vote to have all the orders 
that are Given by the Select men or Scool Committes brot 
in at Some Set time 



186 The Old Records of the 

Here of faile not and make return of this warrent 

with your dowings there on to some one of us at or before 

the day & time a bove mentned Given under our hands 

and Seal at Fitchburgh this twenty Second day of this 

Inftant octobr and in the year of our Lord 1778 

David Goodridge ] Select men 
Phinehas Hartwell \ For 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburgh 



Worcefter fs Fitchburgh Novembr the 10 1778 

In obedianc to the wnthin warrant I have warnd all 

the free holders & other inhabitents to meet at time and 

place within in mentned 

Jonathan Holt Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburgh afsembled Nov': the 10 1778 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

l^y Chofe Decon Goodridge moderator . . . 

2'y Voted to ad to mr John Paysons Salory Eighty 
pounds that is to the Three Hundred alredy Granted 
total £380-0-0 pd 

3'y Voted and axepted of the award of the arbetrators 
and Coft of m'' Ezra uptons Land taken by the Town for 
a road the award baring Date octobr the 13 1778 . . . 

[163J 4'y Voted to make up the Town & County tax 
with out the provance Tax bill 

5'-^ Voted to take the Invoice from the first of 
novembr Inftant on the perfonall Estates 

6^y Voted that all the orders that have bin Given by 
the Select men and town Committes Shall be brot in by 
the first of march next 

This meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



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stables of the Town of Fitchburg . . . Greeting . . . 



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Town of Fitchbiirgh. 187 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government 
and People of the State of the Mafsachusetts-Bav to 
order & direct you forthwith to notify all the Freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg qualified 
b}' Law to vote in Town meetings to afsemble at the 
Meeting-house in Fitchburg on Monday the first Day of 
March next at Nine of the Clock in the forenoon then and 
there being duely met & form,d to act on the following 
Articles viz — 

1^* To choofe a Moderator to Govern said Aleeting — 

2^5- To choofe Selectmen & other Town Oflficers as the 
Law directs for the enfueing Year 

3diy To see what Method to provide for any poor or 
indigent Persons in said Town or act anj- thing referring 
thereto as they shall think proper — 

4tiiiy To Accept of any Roads that is laid out by the 
Selectmen or their order that shall be thought necefsary ; 
or bv the Town.s Committee — 

5^^ To See what Sum or Sums of Money shall be 
thought proper to raise to mend the Highway's & keep 
them in good Repair the prefent year or act any thing 
referring thereto as shall be thought proper — 

6'5' To see if the Town will difcontinue any Road or 
Roads which shall be laid before them for their Consider- 
ation — 

71-^ To see if the Town will come into any other 
Method to collect the Highway Taxes, seperate from choof- 
ing the Surveyors, Collectors — 

8\y To See if the Town will vote the Swine to run at 
large this prefent 3^ear under the Regulation of the Law, 
or vote any other thing referring thereto as they shall 
think proper — 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this Warrant 
to some one of us at or before the above mentioned Day 
& time — Given under our Hands & Seals this Eighth Day 
of February A D 1779 

David Goodridge 

Phinehas Hart well Selectmen 

Abraham Gibson > for 



Elijah Carter 
Tho^ Hartwell 



Fitchburg 



188 The Old Records of the 

[164] Worcester fs. In Obedience to the within War- 
rant, I have Notified the Inhabitants as within directed 

Afa Perry Constable 



Fitchburg March V^ 1779 

Aat a Legal meeting of the free holders and other In- 

habitents of the Town of Fitchburgh afembled march 

the 1 1779 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Votted and Chose Decon David Goodridge mod- 
erator Moderator 

2'y Voted and Chose Decon David Goodridge Phine- 
has Hartwell & Elijah Carter Select men 

S^y Votted to Chufe Sefsors to make all Rates and 
Grant Warrents to Collect the same Sefsors 

4'y Voted and Chofe Dr Thadase maccarty Daniel 
Putnam & oliver Stickne Sefsors 

5iy Votted and Chofe Thos Cowdin Town Clerk & 
Town Treafurer Town Clerk 

6^y Votted and Chofe Cap^ Jonathan Wood Thos 
Stearns & Jofeph Phelps .... Committe of Infpection 

7'y Votted and Chofe Jefse French Cunstable for the 
South Side of the Town of fitchburgh & Elijah Gafield 
for the north parte of the Town Cunftable 

8'y Votted and Chofe Levi Kimball and James Pater- 
fon Wardens 

9iy Votted & Chofe William Small & Cap^ Ruben 
Gibson Tyethen men 

lO^y Votted and Chose Samuel Parce & Paul Wetherby 
& Jacob Upton & Jofeph Wheler & William Grimes Ebne- 
zer Bridge & Thos Cowdin Ju^ & hezekiah Hodg- 
kins Survares of high Ways 

Illy Votted and Chofe Jonathan Holt & Daniel Put- 
nam . Deere Reves 

12iy Votted and Chofe Jofeph Phelps & Samuel 
Small fier Wards 

IS^y Votted and Chofe Nichlos Danforth Ebenezer 
Policy & Jofeph Policy & John Goodridge & Abraham 
Gibson Ju^ & Samuel Harris hog Reves 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 189 

14iy Votted and Chofe Capt Jonathan Wood . . Sur 
vare of hoops and Staves 

15'y Votted and Chofe Soloman Steward . . Survare 
of Clabords & Shingels 

[165] 16^^ Votted and Chose John Putnam and Afa 
Perrey fier wards 

iry Votted and Chofe Kindall Bancroft . . Selor of 
Lether 

18iy Votted and Chofe David Parce Sellether of Waits 
and mefhers Seler of Waits & mefhers 

19'y Votted to allow and pay Capt Ruben Gibson 
Seventy pounds to Suport m''^ Hart one whole year and 
So in proportion if She Should not Live the \'ear out 70-0-0 

20^^ Votted and Raifed one hundred & fifty pounds to 
mend the high ways the year Infuing 150 

21'y Votted to allow one Shiling and foure pence pr 
ouer and for Cart and oxen and other Tools as Last year 

22'y Votted to Difcontinue the Roade from m'' Abel 
Bald wines house which s^ Bald wine bought of m^ John 
Bufs til it Coms to the Eaft Line of s*^ Baldw^ines Land 
he the Said Abel Baldwin paying The Town Treafurer of 
the Town of Fitchburgh Twenty pounds as a Reward for 
s«i Land 20 

23'y Votted to Difcontinue the Road from m'' Walkers 
Gate So Called up towards Hener^^ Lelands house til it 
coms to the Road Leding from s'^ Lelands house towards 
Samuel Parces house and that it be onley a Bridel Roade 

24'y Votted the high way Survares be not Colecters 
but the Lifts be Committed to the Cunftables to Colect 
provided the perfon or perfons Dont work out their high 
way Taxes acording to the high way Survares order . . 

25'^ Votted that the high way Survares work out 
their high way Rates by the first of Novembr next 

26^^ Votted that the Swine Run at Large being Yoked 
and Ringed as the Law Directs 

[166] 2T^ Votted and axcepted of James Paterfon 
to Serve Cunftable in Jefse French Roon for the South 
Side of the Town & also to Serve Cunftable in the Rume 
of Elijah Gafield for the north Side of s'' Town 

Further more The oficers Chofen into Town ofices 
apeard and Tuck the oths Requird by Law . . . 



190 The Old Records of the 

The meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderation 
Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seale) Worcefter fs To James Paterfon Cunftable for 
the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

These are Therfor in the name of the Goverment and 
people of the State of the mafsachufets bay to order and 
direct you forthwith to notify the free holders & other in- 
habitents of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualif3'd by law to 
vote in Town meetings to afsemble at the meeting house 
in fitchburgh on fryday the ninth day of april next at one 
O Clock in the after noon then and their being duely meet 
and formd to act on the following artcles viz . . . 

1 to Chufe a moderator to Govern s'^ meeting . . . 

2'-^ to take into Confideration a Request of a number 
of the Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh in regarde 
to a fine being Laid on the Town by the Generall Coarte 
for reafons not none not known with which the requeftors 
think it highly reafonable to know as a Town or act aney 
thing their on as they Shall think proper 

3^y to See whather method the Town will Secure the 
Scool land formerly belonging to Lunenburg that was Sett 
off to Fitchburgh with their other properties from aney 
incroachments from aney perfon or perfons what ever either 
out of Town or in Town or act aney thing refering their- 
to as Shall be thought proper 

4^y to See if the Town will make aney addition of 
aney Sum or Sumes as a Town to add to the General 
Court tax bill thats Sent out to s^ Towns a Greable to 
the Courts order or act ane}^ thing refering there to as 
they Shall think proper 

[107] Here of faile not and make returne of this 
warrant with your Dowings their in to Some one of us 
at or before the day and time a bove mentined . . . 

Given under our hands and Seale at Fitchburgh this 
Twenty Sixth day of this inftent march & in the year of 

our Lord 1779 ^ ■ ^ r^ j -j / o i ^- 

David Goodridge ( Select meen 

Phinehas Hartwell ( For 

Elijah Carter [Fitchburgh 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 191 

Fitchburgh april the 9 1779 Worcefefester fs in obe- 
dianc ot this warrant I have notifj'd the free holders and 
other Inhabitents of this Town to meet at the meeting 
house at one O Clock this Inftent day 

James Paterfon Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled april the 9 1779 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1'^ Voted and Chofe Decon Goodridge moderator . . 

2'y Voted to ajoyrn the Second artcle in the warrant 
til ma3' meeting 

3'^ Voted Chufe a Committe to Go & Search the 
records in Lunenburgh town book to See if their was aney 
agrement betwen the Town of Lunenburgh & the Town 
of Fitchburgh Refpecting mineftereal & Scool lands 

4'y Voted and Chofe Capt Tho« Cowdin & Capt Ruben 
Gibson & Capt Jonathan Wood be a Committe to Search 
the Town book of Lunenburg Refpecting publick lands & 
also the proprietors book refpecting the publick Lands laid 
out for a Scool & minefteral lands or to be laid out . . . 

5'y Voted to ajurn the third artcle in the warrant til 
ma\- meeting and then Report to the Town what the Com- 
mitte may find one the Town book belongin to Lunen- 
burgh 

6^y Voted pafs over the forth arete . . . 

7'y Voted to ajurn this meeting til may meeting 

aCordingly ajurnd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



[168] (Scale) Worcefter fs To James Paterfon Cun- 
ftable for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting . . . 

Thefe are in the name of the Goverment and people of 
the raafachufets bay to will and Require you forthwith to 
notify all the free holders and other inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh qualifyd by law to vote in Town 
meetings to afsemble at the meeting house in Fitchburgh 
on Thurfday the twent3'eth day of this inftent may at two 



192 The Old Records of the 

of the Clock in the after noon then and ■'heir being Duely 
meet & formd to act on the folowing artcles viz .... 

1 to Chufe a moderator to Govern s^ meeting . . . 

2'-^ See whether the inhabitents of this Town Chufe 
at this time to have a new Constetition or form of Gov- 
erment made . . . 

3'y whether they impower their reprefentives for the 
next to vote for the Calling a State Convention for the 
Sole purpos of forming a new Conftitution provided it 
Should appear to them on Examination that the firft 
Queston a bove mentioned be anfwerd in the affirmative 

4'y to See if the inhabitenes will make further provi- 
fion for Keeping the high wa3'S in better repare in making 
an aditional Grant to what has ben all redy Grantd for 
that purpofe or act aney thing Refering there to- as they 
Shall think proper for the prefent year 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrant to 
some one of us at or before the Day and time a bove 
mentned . . . 

Given under our hands & Scale at Fitchburgh this 

fifth Day of may in the year of our Lord 1779 .... 

David Goodridge \ Select men 
Phinehas Hartwell ) for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburgh 

Fitchburgh May the 19 1779 

agreable to the Directions of the within writen war- 
rant I have Notifyd the free holders & other Inhabitents 
of Fitchburgh to meet at the time and place appointed 

James Paterfon Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled ma3' the 20 1779 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[169] V"^ Votted and Chofe Decon Goodridge mod- 
erator .... 

2^y Voted to have a new forme of Goverment at this 
Time The number prefent unanemos that is forty five . 

3'y and it was the oppinon of this town that if the 
firft Quefton on Examination be anfwerd in the State, in 



Town of Fitchburgk. 193 

the affarmetive to Comph' with the Reprefentitives to 
Chufe a States Convention for that purpose 

4iy Voted to act on the artcle of the high ways . . . 

5'y Voted and Raifed foure hundred & fifty pounds in 
addition to what was al Red}- raised at Laft march . . 

6'y Voted that thofe Work out their part of the money 
be alowed five Shihngs Shihngs & foure penc for Evrey 
ower on the Spote, oxen & Cart in proportion and other 
metireals in proportion 

also that the Lift or Lifts fhall be Committed to the 
high wane Survares Chofe at march Laft — and they are 
herb3' orderd to See that the money be workt out or the 
Lift Committed to the Cunftable to Collet — provided the 
perfon or perfons Refufe or neglect to work 

The meeting — upon the ajurnment 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

may the 20 1779 upon the ajurnment the Town meet 
and Voted & Gave the Committe Chofe the 9 of april 1779 
full power to Setle with the Town of Lunenburgh or their 
Committe or to Commince and bring on an action against 
The Town of Lunenburgh provided the f'^' Town or 
Commtte Refuse to alow the Town of Fitchburgh or their 
Committe their parts of the publick Lands, the Committe 
Chofe by the Town of Fitchburgh on april the 9 1779 
was Cap* Thos Cowdin Capt Ruben Gibson & Cap* Jona- 
than Wood. Then the meeting Difolved 

Decon Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Scale) [170] June 29 1779 

Worefter fs To James Paterfon Conftable for the Town 
of Fitchburgh Greeting .... 

Thefe are Therefor in the name of the Goverment and 
people of the State of the mafsachusets bay to order & 
directe you fourth with to notify the free holders and other 
inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualified by Law 
to vote in Town meeting by verbal notice to afsemble at 
the meeting house in Fitchburgh on Tufeday the twenty 
13 



194 The Old Records of the 

ninth day of this inftant June at one of the Clock in the 
after noone then & their being duely meet and formd to 
act on the following articles — (viz) 

l^y to Chufe a moderator to Govern s*? meeting . . . 

2^y to See what method the Town will Come into in 
Regard to Raifing foure Contenantal men to Joyn the 
Contenantel armey and two men to go to Rhodeifland a 
Cording to the General Courts orders or act aney thing 
there on as they shall think proper as a Towne 

3'y to See if the Towne will Call the old melitia officers 
to an aCounte for the fines they have taken of the Inhabi- 
tents by drafting and how they have Difpofed of them that 
a Good Regulation may be formd for the futter or act 
aney thing refering there to as they Shall Think proper 

Here of mak Return of this warrente with your Do- 
ings there in to Some one of us at or before the Day and 
time above mentned Given under oure hands and Scale 
at Fitchburgh this Twenty Eight day of this inftant June 
and in the j^eare of our Lord 1779 . . . 

David Goodridge ] Select 
Phinehas Hartwell J men for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburgh 

Worcefter fs 

agreeable to the within warant I have notified & 
Warned the freeholders & other Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburgh Qualify d to Vote in towne meetings to 
meet at the time and place within mentiond 

Fitchburgh June 29 1779 

James Paterfon Cunftable 

[171] Aat a Legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh afsembled June the 29 1779 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

l^y Voted and Chofe Decon Goodridge moderator . . 

2^^ after the orders from the Generall Court being 
reed then proceded and Voted to Raise the foure men for 
the Contenantel Serves for nine months by a Rate or Tax 
by the Towne — and also the two men for Roadifland by 
a Tax Laid on s'^ Town, Estimating what Each man 
hath dun by the month here to fore at an Equel price 



Town of Fitchburgh. 195 

3'y Voted to Chufe a Committe to Raife the Conte- 
nantel men and also the two men for Roadifland . . . 

4'J- Voted an Chofe Tho« Cowdin & Colo Ebenezer 
Bridge & Cap^ Will'" Thurlo & Cap^ Jonathan Wood & Dr 
maccarte be a Committe to hier the 4 Contenantel men 
for nine months at as Chepe a rate as pofable Cane be 
Dun & also two men as molifha men to Do Dutey at 
Roadifiland acording to General Courts order 

5'^ Voted to call the old molifha officers to an a Count 
to now what they have Dun or how thej^ have Difpofed 
of the fines they have taken taken of the Inhabitents . . 

6'-^ Voted the the a Counts the old molifha officers 

hath Rendred be full Satisfaction to the Town 

This meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[173] (Seal) Worcester fs. To James Patterson Con- 
stable for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting 

These are therefore in the Name of the Government & 
People of the State of Mafsachusetts Bay, to order and 
direct you forthwith to Notif\' the Freeholders and other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg qualified by Law 
to vote in Town meetings, to afsemble at the Meeting- 
House in Fitchburg on Monda}^ the second Day of August 
next at One of the Clock in the Afternoon, then and there 
being duely met & form,d to Act on the following Articles; 
You are further directed to notify everj^ Freeman, inhabi- 
tant of s"? Town, who is twenty one Years of Age to vote 
on the second Article in s"? Warrant 

1^* To choose a Moderator to govern s^ Meeting 

2*? To see if the Town will elect one or more Dele- 
gates to represent them in a Convention, for the sole pur- 
pose of framing a new Constitution, and form of Govern- 
ment, for the State of Mafsachusetts Bay to meet at 
Cambridge in the Count^^ of Middlesex, on the first Day 
of September next, and give s"? Delegate such Instructions 
as they shall think proper 

S'^fy To see if the Town will comply, with the Meaf- 
ures that the late Convention, conven,d at Concord, on 



196 The Old Records of the 

the fourteenth Day of July, or act any thing thereon as 
they shall think proper 

4thiy 'Pq ggg jf ^j^g Town will send a Delegate to join 
a County Convention to be held at Worcester, on the 
first Tuesday of August next, for the purpose of regulat- 
ing Prices, on the Artiles of Life and manufactures — 

5ly To see what Method the Town will come into 
w^ith regard to the War what has been done already, and 
what Meafures they will take for further supporting the 
War, as a Town, or act any thing referring thereto as 
they shall think proper — 

61^ To see if the Town will raise any Sum of Sums 
of Money to hire the Six Soldiers into the service to 
Rhode Island and Continental, or act any thing thereon 
as they shall think proper — Hereof fail not and make a 
return of this Warrant with your doings thereon, to some 
one of us, at or before the Day and time above men- 
tion, d, Given under our hand and Seal at I'itchburg this 
Nineteenth Day of July and in the Year of our Lord 1779 

David Goodridge ] Select men 
Phinehas Hartwell / for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburg 

[173] Worcester fs 

Agreable to the within Warrant I have notified & 
warn,d all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants, therein 
specified, of the Town of Fitchburg to meet at the time 
& place within mention, d 

James Patterson, Constable 

Fitchburg Aug* 2. 1779 

Fitchburg Aug^ 2*? 1779 — 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Assembled August 2"? 1779 — 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1 Voted & chose Deacon David Goodridge Moderator — 
21^ Voted to send a Delegate to join the Convention 
in Cambridge — 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 197 

3'7 Voted & chose Tho? Cowdin to meet the Conven- 
tion at Cambridge the first Day of September next — 

41-^ Voted to comply with the Refolves of the late 
Convention held at Concord the 14^1^ Day of July last, 
unanimousU' — 

5ly Voted to send a Delegate to meet the Convention 
at Worcester the 3^ Day of this Ins^ August — 

6'7 Voted & chose Dr Thad! Maccarty to attend the 
Convention at Worcester the 3*? Day of this Ins* August — 

Tj Voted that the Vote respecting the Men & estimat- 
ing the Months be brought to an Average as was voted 
last Town Meeting — 

Sly Voted to choose a Committee to estimate the 
Months & bring them to an Average — 

9^7 Voted that Tho^ Hartwell, Deacon Thurston, Col. 
Bridge Tho! Stearns & Cap^ Thurlo be a Committee to 
estimate the Months & bring them to an Average — 

10 Voted to adjourn, till the 20^1^ Day of Aug^ next — 
the Meeting accordingly adjourn, d, till 20*11 j^^y of Aug* 
next at One O clock 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

August 20, 1779. The Town met according to Ad- 
journment 

ll\y Voted to accept of the Report of the Committee, 
respecting estimating the Service done in the War since the 
present War commenc,d — 

[174] 12 Voted to choose a Committee to examine 
the Credit of the Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg, 
respecting the present War, and to see what Men are 
behind in respect to their Proportion, and w^here they 
appear not to have done their proportion, to make it up 
in Monej^ without dela)' — 

13\y Voted that the Afsefsors be a Committee to 
Examine the Credits and that, Two Men be join,d with 
them therein — 

Voted & choose Tho! Stearns & Eph^ Kimball JunT — 

14^7 Voted that Every Person bring a Certificate from 
his Officers or the Selectmen, as to what Service he hath 
done or not be allow,d for his Service, and that they 



198 The Old Records of the 

bring in the Certificates by the 20*^ Day of September 
next — 

15'7 Voted to accept of the Proceedings of the Con- 
vention at Worcester — 

16^7 Voted to make an Addition to the Committee & 
that four Men be added viz Deacon Thurston, M^: Walker, 
Mr Boutell & MT Jacob Upton — 

Voted the Meeting to be adjourn,d, till the 27t^ Day 
of SepT next at One O clock in the Afternoon — 

The Meeting Adjourned accordingly 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

According to Adjournment met and the Meeting opened 
on the 21^)^ Day of September 1779 — 

17*^ Voted that the Committee proceed immediately 
to state the more minute Articles not stated at Worcester, 
and see that they be put in Execution — 

18ly Voted to accept of the Report of the Committee 
chose to estimate the War as will appear by the List sign.d 
by s^ Committee 

19 Voted that the Town Treafurer receive the Money 
that was estimated by the Committee and give his Receipt 
for the same 

20 Voted that the Meeting be adjourn, d to the first 
Monday in Nov^ next at One O clock in the Afternoon, to 
see if those Persons who are found by the Committee to 
be delinquent will pay the Sums annexed to each Persons 
name 

Thos Cowdin T? Clerk 
meeting adjournd accordingly 

[175] NovT 1 1779 — 

The Town being met and the Meeting opened accord- 
ing to Adjournment. 

21\ Voted and accepted of the Estimation as it stands 
on the Estimation paper, rectifying all Mistakes that 
appear to have been made, from the Certificates that may 
be brot to the Committee 

22 Voted that it be recommitted to the same Com- 
mittee for Amendment 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 199 

231 Voted that all the Alen that have paid Money 
either by Draught or to Col Bridge, be allow, d to every 
Person as his part at Fifteen Pounds per Month and that 
their Credit be enter, d upon the Estimation Paper — 

24 Voted that the Town choose a Committee to hire 
all the Men that may be called for, for the future until! 
further Orders — 

25 Voted to choose Five as a Committee to hire the 
Men to do Duty in the present War for the future & Tho^ 
Cowdin Afa Perrj', John Putnam & Kendall Boutell, & 
Jacob Upton were choose for this purpose — 

26 Voted to raise Seventeen Hundred & forty Pounds 
to pay the Money that the Selectmen hir,d to pay the four 
Continental and alfo the Two Rhode If land Men, as Sol- 
diers in that Service— £1740 p<^ 

Voted that the Town Aleeting be adjourn, d to Monday 
the 22"? of this Instant Novemb^ at One O clock After noon 
The Meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Nov: 22'^d 1779 

The Town meet according to adjournment and the 
meeting opened — 

27 Voted to chuse a Committee to see what money 
Col? Bridge has rec<? off the delinquent perfons upon the 
Eftimation paper 

28 Voted and Chose Docl M*? Carty to be the Com- 
mittee 

29 Voted and Chose Doc* M"^ Carty to receive the 
money of the Delinquents upon the Eftimation paper in 
the rome of the Town Treafurer and give Credit to thofe 
perfons that shall pay and make report to the next town 
meeting 

30 Voted that this meeting be difolved .... 
The meeting Difolved according 

David Goodridge Moderator 
A true coppy of the Votes attest Joseph Fox 

by order of the Town Clerk 

[176] (Seal) Worcester fs. To James Patterson Con- 
stable for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — these are 



200 The Old Records of the 

therefore in the Name of the Government & People of the 
state of the Mafsachusetts Bay to order & direct you 
forthwith to Notify the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Fitchburg qualified by Law to vote in 
Town Meetings, to afsemble at the Meeting house in 
Fitchburg on Monda\' the Twentyseventh Day of this Ins^ 
September at Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, then & 
there being duely met & form,d to Act on the following 
Articles viz — 

1 To Choofe a Moderator to govern s^ Meeting — 

2 fee what method the Town will come into to sup- 
port the Rev"? M'f Payson the Year ensuing, or act any 
thing referring thereto as they shall think proper — 

3*^7 Raise Money to support the poor & indigent Per- 
sons in Town if need — 

41^ Raise Money to supply the Treafury & pay Town 
charges — 

5'/ To have all persons that have done service for the 
Town, bring in their Accounts, for Acceptance, raise Money 
to pay the same — 

6ly To see in what Method the Town will provide the 
Rev*? M^ Paysons Wood for the Year insuing — 

71^ To see what Method the Town will provide School- 
ing & raise Money for the support of the same, or act any 
thing thereon as they shall think proper — 

8^7 To see if the Town will send a Man to join the 

Convention at Concord the Sixth Day of October next, or 

act any thing thereon as they shall think proper — Hereof 

fail not and make return of this Warrant with 3'our 

Doings thereon, to some one of us at or before the Day 

& time abovementioned, — Given under our hands & Seal 

this Seventh Day of this Instant September and in the 

Year of our Lord 1779 David Goodridge ] Selectmen 

Phinehas Hartwell \ for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburg 

Worcester fs In Obedience to the within written War- 
rant I have Notified the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
to meet at the Time and Place above mentioned 

James Patterson Constable 

Fitchburg Sepr 27. 1779 — 



Tozvti of Fitchbtirgh. 201 

[177] At a Legal meeting of the inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh afsembled Septembr the 27 1779 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1'^ voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge moderator 
2'-^ voted and Chofe Kindall Boutall & phinehas Hart- 
well & Jofeph Walker be a Committee to Waite upon m^ 
Payson in order to now his mind Refpecting his Salarey 
the year Infuing 

3'y vted to Raise Seventy pounds to pay 
Capt Ruben Gibson for m^^ Harts Suporte 
in proportion for a whole yeare .... £70 00 

4'y voted to Raife Two hundred pounds that 
was not afsed Last year which was Raifed 
for to Suporte the Scoll the year paft . . 200 00 

5^y voted to Rafe Sixtj^ pownds as a bounty 

for Two Rohadiland men 60 00 

6'y voted to Raise five pounds Six Shilings 
Eight pene to pa}' the County tax for the 
3'ear 1777 and that the Town Treafurer 
pay the above Sum to the County Treaf- 
urer and tak his Recept 5 6 8 

7'-^ vted and raised Seventy Eight pounds 
Eight Shilings which was taken out of 
the Treafure to pay the Solders ingaed 
for the Contenantal Serves & Rhodiland 78 8 0- 

8'y voted and Raifed foure hunded pounds 

to defray Town Charges 400 00 

9^^ to voted Thos Cowdin Ju'' his acount 

which is 3 18 

voted to alow Thos Cowdin his acount which 

is 7 4 

voted and alowd Dr Thadues maccartey his 

acount which is 31 12 

voted and alowd Afe Perrey his acount which 

is 3 12 pd 

voted and alowd Phinehas Hartwell his 

acount which is 7 16 

voted and alowd Elijah Carter his acount 

which is 6 6 



202 The Old Records of the 

voted and alowd Decon David Goodridge his 

aCount which is 17 00 

voted and alowd Tho*! Stearns his acount 

which is 6 14 

voted and alowd Ep^".' Kimball Ju": his 

acount which is 6 14 

voted and alowd Daniel Putnam his acount 

which is 6 14 

voted and alowd Liut abraham Gibson his 

acount which is 6 00 

voted and alowd Cap^ Ruben Gibson his 

acount which is 14 

voted and alowd Cap^ Jonathan Wood his 

acount which is 14 



919 12 8 



lO^y Voted the the Committe Report from mr Payson 

[178] ll'y voted and Raised for mr Payson for the 
year Infuing and to mak up the Deprecation of the money 
the Last Yeare his Salery Good for both Last year and 
this preafent year fourteen hundred & Seventy nine pounds 
16/ ' . 1479 16 

12'-^ voted and Raised five hundred pounds to Suporte 
a Scool the year infuing 500 00 

13'y voted and Chofe Titos Wilder Jofeph Phelps afe 
Perrey Jacob upton & Jofeph Fox be a Committe to pro- 
vide a mafter to Keep the School . . . 

14iy voted that Each Quarter have the Benefit of 
their own money which is Granted to Supporte the Schoole 

15^^ voted and a Greed to provide m'' Paysons wood 
by a volentary act the year Infuing . . . 

16'y voted and Chofe Nicholas Danforth m'' Jacob 
Upton Cap* Burbank & Daniel Farwell be a Committe to 
See that mr Pafons wood be Got in Good Seafon & Good 
wood 

17^y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge to 
attend the Convention at Concord the Sixth Day of Octo- 
ber next 

The meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 



Towft of FitcJibiirgh. 203 

A True Coppe of the Votes 

Tho« Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To James Patterfon Conftable for 
the Town of Fitchburg Greeting . . . These are there- 
fore in the Name and Government and people of the State 
of the Maflachufetts Bay to order and direct you forth- 
with to Notify the freeholders and other inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law to vote in 
Town meetings to Affemble at the meeting house in Fitch- 
burgh on the Twenty Second Daj- of this Inftant Novem- 
ber at One OClock in the after noon then and their being 
duly meet and formed to act on the following articles 
(viz) . . . 

Vj To chufe a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2'7 To see if the Town will approve or difapprove of 
the proceedings of the Convention at Concord the sixth 
Day of October Last and Chufe a Committee to put the 
Refolves into Execution or act any thing thereon as they 
shall think propper 

[179] 31-^ To see if the Town will make any altera- 
tions in the prices of the farming labour, or Mechanicks, 
and Inholders not envimarated by the Convention at Con- 
cord or act any thing thereon as they shall think proper 

4'7 To see if the Town will raise any sum or sums- of 
money to supply the Treafurer that the Selectmen hath 
taken out to pay the Soldiers according to the Court? 
orders 

5\y To see if the Town will chufe a Committee to keep 
the Great bridge by the Mills in repair or act any thing 
thereon as they shall think proper 

615" To here the accounts of any that has done Service 
for the Town for the Town and raise money for the Same 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 

your doing thereon to sum one of us at or before the Day 

and time above mentioned Given under our hands and 

Seal at Fitchburgh this second Day of November and in 

the Year of Our Lord 1779 

David Goodridge ] Selectmen 
Phinehas Hart well \ for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburgh 



204 The Old Records of the 

Fitchburgh Novr 22"^."^ 1779 

In obedience to 3'our orders I have Notifyed the free- 
holders and other inhabitants of this Town to meet at 
the time and place within written 

James Patterfon Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh Affembled November 22".*^ 1779 . . . 

Vj Voted and Chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 

2'7 Voted to approve to of the Proceedings of the 
Convention at Concord the sixth Day of Ocf: Last . . . 

3'7 Voted to chufe a Committee to put the proceed- 
ing of the Convention into Execution 

4'7 Voted to chufe seven men as a Committee for the 
above purpose 

517 Voted and Chose Cap! Jon^ Wood Mr Joseph 
Walker MT Phinehas Sawyer JuT Cap^ Will"? Thurlo M': 
James Poole Cap^ Reuben Gibfon & M": Phinehas Hartwell 
to be a Committee for the above purpose 

61^' Voted that the above Committee do not proceed 
at preafent to put the proceedings of the Convention at 
Concord into Execution untill they shall receive orders 
from the Selectmen & Standing Committee for that pur- 
pose 

7'7 Voted to raife two hundred & Seventy pounds to 
Supply the Treafurer with that the Selectmen took out to 
pay the Soldiers that went to Claverack agreable to the 
Court'^ order £270 

[180] 8V^ Voted to chufe a committee to repair the 
Bridge by the Mills 

9'7 Voted that the committee confist of three . . . 

10^7 Voted and Chose MT Joseph Walker Mv EphT 
Kimball JunT & M^ Hezekiah Hodgskins to be the Com- 
mittee . . . 

111^ Voted that it be left difcresunary with the Com- 
mittee to cover the Bridge with what timber they shall 
think proper . . . 

12'7 Voted to allow Deacon Goodridge his ac* for 
attending the Convention at Concord the sixth of Oct^ 
which Twenty two pounds £22 



Towji of Fitchbiirgh. 205 

13'7 Voted to allow Cap! Will™ Thurlo his Ad for 

two Burying Cloths which is Sixt^^ pounds . . £60 

14'7 Voted to raise Thirteen pounds which the Select- 
men has hired to pay Two mens Mileage Money to Rhod- 
ifland which is to be taken out of the Next State tax 

£13 
151^ Voted that this meeting be Difolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 

A true coppy from the Minutes Attest Joseph Fox 

by order of the Town Clerk 
march the 6 1780 



(Scale) Worcefter fs to James Paterfon Cunftable for 
the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting .... 

Thefe are therfore in the name of the Goverment and 
people of the State of the mafsachufets bay to order and 
Direct yoti forth with to notify the free holders and other 
Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualifyd by Law 
to vote in Town meetings to afsemble at the meeting in 
Fitchburgh on monday the Sixth Day of march next at 
nine of the Clock in the morning then and their being 
duely meet and formd to act on the folowing artcles (viz) 

l^y to Chuese a moderator to Govern s^ meeting . . 

2'y — to Chuse Select men & other Town officers for 
the 3'ear infuing as the law & athority directs . . . 

3^^ — to axcept aney high ways or privet Roads that 
has bin laid out by the Select men or their order or anej'' 
alterations on old Roads 

4'y — to See if the Town will Confider m'' James Pater- 
fon for his Servis as Cunftable for %^ Town the last 3'ear 
and make him Sum Reward 

5'y — to See what Sum or Sumes of money the town 
will Raise to keep the high ways in repair, and See what 
method Shall be workt out for the prefent year 

[181] &y — to See who will take mrs Hart & Suporte 
Her one 3'ear and for what sum 

7^^ — to See if the Town will abate aney Perfons Rates 
on aney lifts Committed to anev of the Cunftables or aney 
part 



206 The Old Records of the 

S'J" — to See if the town will vote the Swine to Go at 
large the prefent year under the Regulations of the law 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrent 

with your dowing their in to Som one of us at or before 

the time & day a bove mentned Given under our Hands 

and Seal at Fitchburgh this Sixteenth day of Februry and 

in the year of our Lord 1780 

David Goodridge ] Select 
Phinehas Hartwell \ men for 
Elijah Carter j Fitchburgh 

Fitchburgh Februry the 21 1780 .... 

In obediance to the within Rit I have notifyed the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of the Town to meet at the 
time and place within mentined 

James Paterfon Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh a fembled march the 6 1780 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge moderator 

2 — '^ voted that their be five Select men Chofe and 
that they be the Affsefors for the year Infuing . . . 

3 — 'y voted and Chofe Thos Cowdin firft Select man 

4 — '-^ voted and Chofe Elijah Carter Second Select man 

5 — '^' voted and Chofe Dr Thadiues Maccartey third 
Select man 

6 — 'y voted and Chofe Cap* Jonathan Wood forth 
Select man .... 

7— ly voted and Chofe Cap* William Thurlo fifth Se- 
lect man .... 

8 — 'y voted and Chofe Thos Cowdin Town Clerk . . 

9 — ly voted and Chofe Joseph Fox Town Treafurer . . 

10 — 'y voted and Chofe Decon Goodridge Ifaac Gibson 
Jofeph Walker be the Committey of Safty . . . 

11 — '>' voted and Chofe Phinehas Hartwell Cunftable 
for the north Side of the Town . . . 

12 '>■ voted and Chofe mr Phinehas Sawyer Cunfta- 
ble for the South Side of s*^ Town . . . 



Toivn of Fitchburgh. 207 

voted and Reconsiderd the vote and mr Phinehas Saw- 
yer be Excufed from Serving Cunftable . . . 

[183] 13—1^ voted and Chofe John farwell and Colo 
Ebenezer Bridge Tythenmen 

14 — ly voted and Chofe Hezekiah Hodgkins and Afe 
Pere and Liut Ifaac Holden and Decon John Thurfton and 
Phinehas Brown and Jofeph Holt and Jofeph Gray and 
Jofeph Sawyer and Liu*^ Tho^ Hartwell Survaers of high 
Ways . . . 

15 — '^ voted and Chofe William Small & Amos 
ordewa Der Revs 

16 — '-^ voted and Chofe Samuel Downe & David 
Parce fiere Wards 

17 '-^ voted and Chofe Ebenezer Polley & Thos Hil- 
ton Abraham Gibson & Jonathan ware . . . hog Reves 

18 — '^ voted and Chofe James Walker Survare of . . 
Shingels & Clabords 

19 — 'y voted and Chofe Cap* Jonathan Wood Survare 
of hups & Staves 

20— ly voted and Chofe James Poole & Jofhua Parce 
fire wards fire wards 

21 — 'y voted and Chofe Amos ordewa . . Seler of lether 

22 — ly voted and Chose David Parce Seler of waits & 
. . . Sealor of Waits & mefuers 

23 — ly voted and Raifd Three Thoufand Six hundred 
pounds to repaire the high Ways & Bridges the year Infu- 
ing — and to be workt out at Eighteen 18/ Shilings pr 
ow^er on the Spote, a Cart at 36/ pr Day & a plow at 
36/ pr day & a yoake of Good oxen ^3 : ^2: ^0 pr Day 

24 — ly voted that Cap*^ Samuel Burbank have two 
hundred & two pounds for Suporting m""® hart one whole 
year and So in proportion if She Should not Live the 
whole of the year £202-0-0 

25 — ly voted and abated John Priefts pole tax in m*" 
James Paterfons list 

26— ly voted that the Swine Go at large being Regu- 
lated a Cording to law 

27— ly voted and abated mr Eph™ Kimballs pole tax 
in mr James Paterfons list 



208 The Old Records of the 

[183] 28— 'y voted and excepted of a two Rod 
Roade .... 

Laid out by the Select men and their order a Two 
Rod road Begining at the South line of Thos Cowdin Jur** 
land Runing East of the Dweling house of s*^ Cowdins 
through his land to the Common land & through the 
Common land to Liut Phillips land & through S'^ Phillips 
land to the north of f*? Phillips Barn mared trees on the 
Eaft Side of s*^ Road, for a beter Commodation of the in- 
habitents on the Road Runing from Holdings mills to the 
County Road to the meeting house — we have made the 
altrations from the former Road as folows begining at the 
wefterdly Side of mr Whelers house Runing on s*^ Whelers 
land to Aaron Batons land & on s*^ Batons land to Thos 
Batons land so through s*^ Batons land to Amos Darb\'S 
land to the former Road which leds to the County Road 
& markt trees on the South Side of s'^' Rode to s*^ Amos 
Durbys house — and the Land Given by the owners 

Dated Pitchburgh Febuery the 28 1780 

Phinehas Hartwell f 

Bliiah Carter I ^ •, . 

o Zu ou-1 \ Committe 

Seth Phileps | 

Thos Cowdin Ju"" [ 



Pitchburgh Septembr 1779 .... 

*We the Subscribers being inhabitents of the Town of 
Pitchburgh being Partyes Concernd in Giving Land for a 
publick Road from Afhby begining at the northerdly Side 
of m*" Samuel Gibsons land through to Capt Jofiah Stearnes 
land through s*^ Stearnes land to mr Lemuel Hafkells & 
Jonathan Brooks land then on s"^ line between s*^ Haskell 
& Brooks about against haskels house then all on s*^ 
Brooks land by or near Brookes house to mr Jofeph veneys 
land through s*^ veneys land nar his house then on s^ 
veneys & Browns line to Browns Corner then all on s^ 
venes to mr Jacob upton land then through s"* uptons land 

* Terminus of the road at Francis Dean's, formerly Jacob Uptons. 
[Annotation on the margin. W. A. D.] 



Commtte 



Town of FitcJihnrgh. 209 

by or near his buldin^s to the County Road and the Land 
Given by us the Subscribers Phinehas Brown 

Lemuel Hafkel 
Jacob Upton 
Samuel Gibson 
Jonathan Brook 
Jofeph Venen 

29—'-^ voted that all the old high way Survaer work 
work out their old high way Rates on all their old lists 
for the last 3'ear 

30— ly voted that this meeting be adjurnd to the third 
monday of this Inftant march at one O Clock in the after 
noon the meeting is adjurnd a Cordingly to the 20 Day of 
this Inftent march at one O Clock in the after noon 

[184] march the 20 1780 Then the Town meet 
acording to adjurmement and the meeting opned . . . 

31'^ voted and Excuesed mr Phinehas Sawyer from 
serving Constable 

32"? Voted and chofe M': Daniel Farwell Constable for 
the South Side — 
33*? Voted and allow, d Reuben Gibson Jun. 

his Acc^ for providing Necefsaries for M^^ 

Hart & Nursing when sick £45 18 

34 Voted and abated John Priest, s Poll Tax 

in James Pattersons List £10 

voted and abated John Prifts pole tax Afe 

Perreys List 100 

35 Voted and abated W" Stewards Rates in 

Afa Perrys Lists 14 

36 Voted and abated Asahel Hartwells Rates 

in Afa Perrys List 14 

37 Voted and abated David Winchs Rates 

in Afa Perrys List 15 6 — 

38 Voted and abated Tim? Kendall Rates 

in Stewards List 042- 

39 Voted and abated Jon? Taylors Rates in 

Afa Perreys List 052 — 

voted and abated in m*" Perrys Lists the Sev- 

rall Prfons 3 12 10 



Sum total 4 17 9 

14 



210 The Old Records of the 

the Sum abated for Soloman Steward .... 

voted and abated Ely Rufsells minesters Rate ..250 

The oficers Chofe into Town oficefs a peard and tuck 
the oaths Requird by law Refpecting their Sevrall ofices 

This meeting Disolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



[185] (Seal) Worcefter fs To m*" Daniel Farwell one 
of the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting — 
Thefe are in the name of the Goverment and people of the 
mafsachusets Bay to order and direct you forth with to 
Notify the freeholders and other Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburgh qualifyd by Law to vote in Town meetings 
to afsemble at the Meeting house in Fitchburgh on Tuef- 
day the Twenty third Day of this Ins^ may at one of the 
Clock in the after noon then and their being duely met to 
act on the following articles . . . 

1^5- To choofe a moderator . . . 

2'y To heerc the Constitution or Form of Goverment 
latly formd by the Convention appointed for that pur- 
pose read and approve or dis approve of the Same or 
make aney alterations thereon as they Shall think proper 

3'y To See what method the Town will come into to 
Suport the Rev'^ mr Payson for the futer and also to 
make him a Grant for the Depreisation of the monej' the 
past year or act any thing refering there to as they shall 
think proper .... 

4'y To See if the Town will dismifs Cap* Jonathan 
Wood at his own defire from Serving as a Committe man 
for supplying the Soldiers familys now in the Continental 
armey and Choofe a nother in his Room .... 

Hereof faile not and make return of this warrant and 
your doings thereon to some one of us at or before the 
above s'^ day Given under our hands & Scale this Eighth 
day of may A D 1780 — 

Thos Cowdin 1 Select men 



Thad^ Maccarty J for 
Jonathan Wood j Fitchburgh 



Town of Fitchburgh. 211 

Worefter fs In obediance to the within warrant I have 
notifvd and warnd all the free holders and other Inhabi- 
tents of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualifyd by Law agre- 
able to the within warrant 

Fitchburgh may the 23 1780 

Daniel Farwell Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh Afsembled may the 23 1780 

Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 

[186] 1^^ voted and Chofe mr Phinehas Hartwell 
moderator 

2'y voted and axcepted of the Conftitution or forme 
of Goverment as it is Sot forth in the Books Sent to the 
Sevral Towns in this State, the number prefent at the 
Town meeting was 65 — and not one against the Confti- 
tution or form of Goverment, but unanemosly a Greed to 
axcept of it without one Defenting voice 

3iy voted and Chofe a Committee to now or find 
what the Depreisation of the money is Sins mr Paysons 
Salory was Granted in Septembr 27 1779 

4'y voted and Chofe mr Kindall Boutall Phinehas 
Sawyer JuL & Eph™ Kimball JuT to be a Committe to 
bring in to s*^ Town what the monej^ Deprefheated Sins 
mr Paysons Saler3^ was Granted last fall 

5^y voted not to Difmifs Capt Jonathan Wood from 
beng a Commite man 

6iy voted and a jurnd the Town meeting one hower 
to wate to here the report of the Committe .... 

7'y the Town meet at the time s^ meeting ftud ajurnd 
to and the Report of the Committe is that the Town pay 
mr Payson three thoufand three hundred and twenty 
pounds foure Shilings to make his Salery Good fins s*^ 
Salery was Granted £3320-4^0 

8>y voted that the Afsefsors afefs the Sum of three 
thoufand three hundred & twent\^ pounds 4/ on the In- 
habitents with out Delay in order to pay mr Payson the 
above fum 

9'y voted and Difolvd the Town meeting 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



212 The Old Records of the 

(Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Hartwell one of 
the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchbnrgh Greeting — In 
the Name of the Goverment & people of the State of 
mafachusets Bay yoyx are herby requird to notify & warne 
the Freholders & other Inhabitents of s*^ Town quaHfyd 
by Law to vote in Town meetings to afemble & meet at 
the meeting house in s*^ Fitchbnrgh on mondaj^ the 
Seventcnth of this Infant July at one o Clock in the after 
noon then & their being duely met & formd to act on the 
folowing articles viz — 

1 to Choose a moderator 

2'y to See Whether the Town will raise aney Sum or 
Sumes of money to pay Such Soldiers as have or may 
enlift for the prefent Campain or act any thing thereon 
as they fhall think proper 

Here of fail not and make return of your doings hereon 

to Sum one of us at or bef before s*^ day — Given under 

our hands & Scale this first day of July A D 1780 

Thos Cowdin f Select men 
Elijah Carter { for 

Thads maccarty \ Fitchbnrgh 

[187] Worcefter fs Fitchburgh July the 15 1780 
a Greable to this warrant I have notified the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of s<^ Town to afemble at 
time and place for the purpose within mentioned 

Phnehas Hartwell Cunftable 

at a Legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afembld July the 17 1780 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

l^y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge moderator 

2^y voted that this Town meeting be ajurnd til to 

next fryda the 21 Day of this Inftant July at two o Clock 

in the after noone 

Tho« Cowdin Town Clerk 

Fitchburgh July the 21 1780 The Town meet and 
opned the meeting aCording to the ajurnment . . . 



Town of Fitchburgh. 213 

3'J' voted & Raised fift3- Thousand pounds to pay the 
Solders that have bin Raised for the prefent Campaine 

both Conantial & molisha £50000-0-0 

This meeting Disolvd — 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Hartwell one 
of the Cunftables of the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting — 
In the name of the Goverraent & people of the State of 
the Mafachufits Bay you are herby requird to warne the 
free holders & other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitch- 
burgh qualifyd by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
meet at the meeting house in s*^ Town Thursday the 20 
of this Inftant July at one O Clock in the after noon to 
act on the folowing Articles . . . 

l^y To Choose a moderator .... 

2iy To See Whether the Town will Choofe a new 
Committe to hire men for the Serves of the uniteed States 
for futter or act aney thing thereon as they Shall think 
proper . . . 

Hereof faile not & make return of this warrant with 
your Dowings thereon to Sum one of us at or before s'^ 
da^' Given under our hands & Seal this 5 Day of July 
A D 1780 

Thos Cowdin | Select men 
Thds maccarty \ for 
Elijah Carter J Fitchburgh 

Worcefter fs Fitchburgh July the 17 1780 a Greable 
to Direction of this warrant I have notifyd the free hold- 
ers and other Inhabitents of s*^ Town to asemble at time 
and place for the purpos within mentned 

Phinehas Hartwell Cunftable 

[188] at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh afembled July the 21, 1780 upon an 
ajurnment from the 20 Day to fryday the 21 by Reason 
of a publick fast which was apointed by athority 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



214 The Old Records of the 

l^y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge moderator 

2'y voted and Difmist the old Cotnmitte that was 
Chofe to hire men to ferve as Solder in the armey of the 
united States 

3'y voted to Chuse a new Committe to hire Solders 
for the futter or til the Towns farther order 

4iy voted and Chofe Jofeph Walker & Cap* Ruben 
Gibson & David Pare to be a Committe to hire Solders 
til the Towns further order — This meeting Disolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Hartwell one of 
the Cunftables of the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting . . . 

In the Name of the Goverment & People of the State 
of the mafachufets Bay 

Thefe are to requiere you a Greabel to Law to notify 
& warne all the male Inhabitents of s*^ Town being Twenty 
one years of age & upward having an annuel Income of 
three Pounds or any Estate to the value of Sixty Pounds, 
to afsemble & meet at the Meetinghouse in s^ Fitchburg 
on Monday the fourth day of September next at Nine 
o clock in the forenoon then & there being duely met & 
formed agreable to the new Constitutions of Goverment 
to vote — 

1 For a Governor — 

2 For a Lieutenant Governor — 

3 To Five Persons to be Counsellors & senators 
Hereof fail not and make return of this Warrant with 

your doings thereon to some of us at or before s? day — 
Given under our hands & seal this Eighteenth day of 
August, A D 1780 

Tho? Cowdin f^ i ^ 

Tu ^s i\/r 4. Select men 

Ihad? Maccarty J r 

W7» Thurlo ' ) p-^J^^ur 
Elijah Carter [ ^ 

[189] Worcefter fs Fitchburg Septembr the 2 1780 
that a greable to the Directions of this warrant I 
have Notified the freeholders and other Inhabitents of 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 215 

said town to afsemble at time and place for the Porpse 

within mentned — 

Phinehas Hartwell Conftable 

at a Legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afembled SepteT the 4 1780 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

firftly voted for a Governer the Honarable John Hand- 
cock had Sixty three votes 63 votes 

the Honarable James Boadwine one .... 1 Dito 
then voted for a Senetr the number of votes 
for the honable Samuel Hotten thirty five vts . 35 Dito 
for Jofeph Darr Esq — thirty three .... 33 Dito 

for Izreal Nichols Esq 33 Dito 

for Amos Singletory Esq 30 Dito 

for Samuel Curties Esq 28 Dito 

the Returns made and Directed to the Secretry at Bof- 
ton & Sined by the Select men namly . . . 

Elijah Carter f Select 
Tha'i Maccarty J men 
Jonathan Wood ] for 
William Thurlo [ fitchburgh 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[190] (Scale) Worcefter fs To m'' Phinehas Hartwell 
one of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburgh Greet- 
ing 

Thefe are in the Name of the Goverment & People of 

the State of mafsachusets Bay to will & require you forth- 
with to warne the Free holders and other Inhabitents of 
the Town of Fitchburgh qualified by Law to vote in Town 
meetings to afemble & meet at the meeting house on 
monay the Ninth Day of October next at one O Clock in 
the after noon then & their being duly met and formd to 
act on the following artcles that is 

l^y to Chufe a moderator 

2'y to See what method the Town will Come into to 
Suport the Revrant mr Payson the Year Infuing or act 
aney thing thereon as they Shall think proper 

S'y to raise money to Suport the Poor & Indegant 
perfons in s*^ Town if need ... 



216 The Old Records of the 

4'^ raise money to Suply the Treafury & pay Town 
Charges particularly to Support the Continental Solders 
families .... 

5^y for all Perfons that have done Service for the 
Tow^n to bring in their acounts for acceptance and raise 
money to pay the fame .... 

6'y to See what method the Town will Come into to 
provide mr Paysons wood the year infuing .... 

7^y to See in w^hat method the Town will provide 
Scooling and raife money for the Suporte of the Same or 
act aney thing thereon as they Shall think proper — 

Here of faile not & make return of this warrent with 
your doings thereon to Some one of us at or before the 
Day & time above mentned Given under our hands & 
Scale this Twenty fifth Day of Sepembr A D 1780 

Elijah Carter ] Select men 
Thads maccarty J for 
Jonathan Wood j Fitchburgh 

Worcefter fs Fitchburgh octobr the 9 1780 
agreable to the Directons of this warant I have Noti- 
fid the free holders & other in habitents of s'' Town to 
meet at time & place and for the purpose within mentned 

Phinehas Hartwell Cunftable 

[191] at a Legall meetings of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh afembled octobr the 9 1780 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Voted and Chofe mr Jofeph Walker moderator . . 

2'y voted to Raise one hundred pounds in hard money 
to pay the Revrant mr Payson his Salery the year Infu- 
ing to be paid in hard money or produfe that is Whete at 
nine Shilings pr bufhels ry at 6/ pr bufhel Inden Corn at 
4/ pr bufhel Labor in the Sumer at 4/ pr Day flax at 1/ 
pr pound poark at 5^ pr pound Shep wool at 2/ pr 
pound Beefe at 3«^ half peney pr pound and all other 
produfe in proportion £100-0-0 

3iy voted to pay Capt Samuel Burbank . . £202-0-0 
for Suporting mrs Hart one whole year & so in propor- 
tion if she should not Live the year out 



Toivn of FitcJibiirgh. 211 

4iy voted to Raife two Thoufand foure hundrd and 

Sixten pounds to Suply the Conantnal famelys and to 

Defray Town Charges ." £2416-0-0 

5'-^ voted to alow Colo Ebenezer Bridge his 

acount 69-18-0- 

6'y voted to alow Levi Kimball his acount . 16-10-0- 
7^y voted to alow Phinehas Hartwell his acount 22-0-0- 
8'y voted to alow John Putnam his acount . 15-6-0- 
9'y voted to alow Dr maccarty his a Count . 291-0-0- 
10^^ voted to alow Daniel Putnam his aCount 160-0-0- 
ll^y voted to alow Oliver Stickne his acount . 144-0-0- 
12'y voted to alow Cap* Jonathan Wood his 

acount 84-0-0- 

13'y voted to alow William Brown his acount . 30-0-0- 
14^y voted to alow Jofeph Sawj'cr his a Count . 7-4-0- 
15iy Voted to alow afeph Perre his a'Count . 32-10-0- 
16^^ voted to alow John farwell his acount . 18-0-0- 
IT'J' voted to alow Jacob upton his acount . 32-10-0- 
18^y voted to alow Elijah Carter his acount . 64-0-0- 
19'-^ voted to alow Decon John Thurlton his 

aCount 20-0-0- 

^^ voted to alow Kindall Boutall his a 

Count 38-18-0^ taken off 

20^^ voted to alow Capt Ruben Giblbn his 

acount 20-0-0- 

21'y voted to alow Joleph Walker his a Count . 16-0-0- 
22'y voted to alow Ifaac Gibson his a Count . 9-0-0- 
23'^ voted to alow John Goodard his a Count . 3-0-0- 
24'y voted to pay John farwell for finding & Deliv- 

ring at mr Paysons house thirty Coards of Good Wood 

£440-0-0 440-0-0 

[192] 25'>' voted to Raife Two Thoufand pounds to 

provide a Scool or Scools £2000-0-0 

and also £500 pounds I Thos Cowdin Give to be Scoold 

out in the Scool house Sot on s'^ Cowdins Land . £500-0-0 

Thos Cowdin 
26'y voted and Chofe 6 as a Committe to provide a 

Scool m after or m afters .... 

27iy voted Chofe Jofeph Walker & Decon Thurfton & 

David Parce & Jofeph Downe & Phinehas Saw^'cr Ju'' & 



218 The Old Records of the 

Jofeph farns worth to be a Committe to provid Scool m af- 
ter or m afters . . . 

28'y voted that Each Committe man Draw his part 
of the Towns money acording to their valuation 

This meeting Difolvd 

Jofeph Walker moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcester fs — To MT Phinehas Hart well One of 
the Constables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — These 
are in the name of the Goverment & People of the State 
of Mafsachusetts Bay to will & require You forthwith to 
notify the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg qualified by the new Constitution to vote for 
a Reprefentative to Afsemble & meet at the Meeting house 
in s^ Fitchburg on Monday the Ninth day of October next 
at five o clock in the Afternoon to elect & depute a proper 
Person to reprefent them in the Great & General Court to 
be convend, held & kept at the State house in Boston on 
the last Wednesday of October next or act any thing 
thereon as they shall think proper — 

Hereof fail not & make due returns of this Warrant 
with your doings thereon to some one of us at or before 
s^ day — Given under our hands & seal this twentyfifth 
day of September A D 1780 

Elijah Carter \ Selectmen 
Thad^ Maccarty \ for 
Jon'? Wood J Fitchburg 

[193] Worcester fs — Fitchburg October 9th. 1780 — 
Agreable to the Directions of this Warrant I have 
notified the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of s*? Town 
qualified by the new Constitution to vote for a Reprefenta- 
tive to meet at time & place & for the purposes within 
mentiond 

Phinehas Hartwell Cons! 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg October 9^1^ 1780. Cap! Tho^ Cowdin was 
chosen to represent f? Town at the Great & General 
Court to be convent held & kept at the state House in 



Town of Fitchburgh. 219 

Boston on the last Wednesday of October current, agrea- 
ble to the new Constitution or form of Goverment 

Elijah Carter 1 Selectmen 
Thad^ Maccarty \ for 
W".' Thurlo J Fitchburg 

Attest Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Scale) Worefter fs To mr Phinehas Hart well one of 
the Conftables of the Towne of Fitchburgh Greeting . . 

Thefe are in the name of the Goverment & people of 
the State of Mafsachusetts Bay to will & require you 
verbally forthwith to warn the Free holders & other In- 
habetants of the Town of Fitchburg qualified h^ Law^ to 
vote in Town meetings to afemble & meet at the Meeting 
house in s"^ Fitchburgh on Monday the 23 Day of this 
Ins* October at Two O Clock in the afternoon then & 
their being duely meet & formd to act on the following 
articles viz .... 

1^-^ to choofe a Moderator 

2'y To see what method the Town will procure the 
Beef required by the General Coart in their refolves of 
Septembr the 25 1780 — Hereof fail not & make due returne 
of your doings therin together with this warrant to Some 
one of us at or before s^ Day 

Given under our hands & Seal this twentieth Day [194] 
of October A D 1780 

Thos Cowdin f Select men 
Thad® Maccarty^ for 
Elijah Carter [ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs a Greeable to the Directions of this war- 
rent I have Given verbale notice to the Inhabitents to 
attend a meeting to be held at the meeting house the 23 
Da}^ at two O Clock after noon of this Inftant October — 
Fitchburg October the 23 1780 

Phinehas Hartwell Cunftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburgh afsembled octobr the 23 1780 . . . 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



220 The Old Records of the 

I'y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge moderator 

2'y votted and raised Eight Thousand pound . £8000 — 
to proqure or purches foure Thousand & Eight hundred 
pounds of Beefe a Greable to a Refolve of the General 
Coart of September the 25 1780 — 

3^y votted to Chufe a Committee to procure the Beefe 
for the armey a Greable to the Coarts Refolve — 

4'y votted and Chofe Decon John Thurfton & Afe 
Perre and Eph'." Kimball Ju^ to be a Committe to pur- 
ches the Beefe and .that the Towns Committe Give their 
Securety in behalfe of the Town of Fitchburgh for s'^ Beefe — 

The meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[195] (Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Hartwell 
one of the Cunftables of the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In the Name of the Common welth of mafsachufets 
you are herby requird Verbaly to notifj^ & warn the free 
holders and other Inhabitents belonging to the North side 
of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualified by Law to vote in 
Town meetings to afsemble & meet at the meeting house 
in s*^ Town on monday the 25 Day of this Ins* Decembr 
at one O Clock in the afternoon then and their being Duely 
met & formd to act on the folowing artcles viz .... 

1^-^ to Chuese a moderator 

2'y to See in what method the Town will provide 
Beefe for the use of the armey agreable to the General 
Coarts Refolvs & act thereon as they shall think proper 

3'y to See whether the Town will alow aney acounts 
to perfons to whome it is Indeted or act aney thing there 
on as they Shall think proper 

Here of faile not & make due returne of this War- 
rant with your dowings thereon to Sum one of us at or 
before s'^ day — 

Given under our Hands & Scale this 21 day of Decembr 
A D 1780 

Elijah Carter lei * 
ry.yf ^„ . Selectmen 

ihad^ maccarty [ r 

Jonathan Wood f p-^ i^i 

William Thurlo J ^ 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 221 

Worcefter fs Fitchburgh Decembr the 23 1780 
A Greabele to the Directions of this warrant I have 
notifj^d & cafed to be notifyd the free holders & other 
Inhabitents of the north fide of f"^ Town to attend at time 
& place for the porpofes within mentned — 

Phinehas Hartwell Cunftable 



at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled the 25 Day Decembr 1780 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Fitchburgh Decembr the 25 1780 . . . 

l^y voted and Chofe mr Phinehas Hartwell moderator 

2'y voted and a Jurnd Down to the house of Thos 
Cowdins 

3'y voted rafe a Sum of money to purchis nine thou- 
sand two hundred & Sixteen pounds of Beefe . . 9216 Wate 
of Beefe 

4'y voted Raife fifteen Thousand pounds to purches 
Beefe £15000-0-0- 

5iy voted and Chofe Decon John Thurfton mr Afe 
Perre & mr Eph?' Kimball & Cap^ Thurlo to be a Com- 
mitte to purches the Beefe requefted by the General Courts 
Refolvs of Decembr the 4 1780 

6'-^ voted to alow mr Hodgkin his a Count which 
is £184-18-0 

7iy voted that the affefsors afefs the fifteen thousand 
pounds to purches the Beefe Requsted by the General 
Courts order of Decembr the 4 1780 .... 

[196] 8^^ voted that this Town meeting be a jurnd 
til Tuefday the ninth Day of Janeuery 1781 then to meet 
at the meeting hous at one o Clock the after noon 

Then the Town meet is a jurnd acordingly 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

Janeuary the 9 1781 The Town meet acording to 
a jurnment 

9'y voted to alow mr Walker his a Count for mend- 
ing the bridge which is £24-0-0 

10^-^ voted to alow Afeph Goodridge his a Count . . 

25-4^0 pd 



222 The Old Records of the 

W^ voted to alow Levi Kimball his a Count . 48-12-0 
12'y voted to alow Hezekiah Hodgkins his a Count . . 

54-0-0 
13'y voted this meeting bee adgornd to monday the 
22 Da\' of this Inftant Janeuery at twelve o Clock at 
noon .... 

Then to meet at the meeting house in f*^ Fitchburgh 
This meeting is adgornd a Cordingly 

[Tha'^® maccarty Town Clerk 
\by order of the Select men 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

acording to the a dgornment the Town meet on the 
22 Day of Janeuery 1781 . . . 

14iy voted that the Committe be orderd to procure 

the Beefe a chepe & Soone as pofably they Can 

This meeting Difolvd 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Daniel Farwell one of the 
Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting . . In 
the name of the Goverment and people this Common 
welth . . . you are herby Requird to warn all the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of s*^ Town that are Ouali- 
fyd by Law to vote in Town afarcs to afsemble and meet 
at the meeting house on Tuefday the nonth Day of Jane- 
uery 1781 at ten O Clock in the fore noone then and their 
being Duely meet and formd to act on the folowing artcles 

l^y to Chuefe a moderator 

2'y to See what method the Town will Com into to 
Raife or hire the nine Contenantel men Requefted by the 
General Courts Refolve of Decembr the 4 1780 — or act 
aney thing their on as fhall think proper . . . 

3^y to fe whether the Town will Take into their Con- 
fideration all thofe that have Dun more than their pro- 
portion in the prefent ware or act aney thing there on as 
they Shall think proper 

[197] 4iy to See Whether the Town will Take into 
their Confideration what is beft to be done as to the new 
moneys being a tender as their is Danger of f"^ tender 



Town of Fitchbnrgh. 223 

being taken of by the General Coart as their are maney 
of the membr much in faver of the tenders being Difcon- 
tinued or act aney thing there on as they Shall think 
proper .... 

Here off faile not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings there on to fum one of us at or before 
the Day above mentned Given under our hands and Scale 
this 25 Dav of Decembr A D 1780 .... 



Thos Cowdin 1 c* i ^ 
Elijah Carter [Selec^t^men 

Jonathan Wood ( ^•. , , 
William Thurlo J F^tchburg 



Worcefter fs Fitchburgh Janeuery the 9 1781 
a Greable to the Directons of this warrant I have No- 
tify d all the free holders & other Inhabitents of s*^ Town 
to attend at time & place for the purpofe within mentned 

Daniel Farwell Cunftable 



At a Legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburg afsembled Janeuery the 9 1781 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1'-^ voted and Chofc Capt Jonathan Wood moderator 

2^y voted to ajurn s"^ meeting to the house of Cap* 
Cowdins for one half ower .... 

3'^ voted to Raife the nine Contnantel men by a Rate 
of afseling the whole town for their Hire . . . 

4^^ voted to alow the field officers & Commifion offi- 
cers belongin to town as an addition to the former Com- 
mitte to Raise the men to Supply the prefent ware acord- 
ing to General Coarts order — 

5^^ motined to See whether the third artcle Shall be 
acted upon the vote pafsed in the Negetive and pafed 
over .... 

6^y voted to Shue their minds in Regard to have the 
Laft omifhon of Contnantel bills be a Lawfull tender & 
it pafsed in the afifarmitive .... 

7'y voted this meeting be adjornd to monday the 22 
Day of this Inftant Janeuery — The meeting is adjurnd 



224 The Old Records of the 

aCordingly then to meet at the meeting house at one 
o Clock in the after noon 

Phinehas Hartwell Clark 
by order of the Select men 

• Janeuery the 22 1781 met at the adjorment — 

S'y voted and Chofe Decon John Thurfton & Lint 
Thos Hartwell as an adition to the former Committe for 
Hiring Solders into the prei'ent War 

Jonathan Wood moderator 
This meeting Difolvd Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[198] (Seal) Worcefter fs To M^ Phinehas Hartwell 
One of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — 

These are in the Name of the Common Wealth of 
Maffachufetts to will & require you forthwith to notify & 
warn the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg quallified by Law to vote in Town Meetings to 
afsemble & meet at the Meeting house in s^ Fitchburg on 
Munday the Fifth Day of March next at Nine O Clock in 
the Forenoon then and their being duly met & form,d to 
Act on the following Articles viz 

1 To chufe a Moderator 

2'7 To choofe Selectmen & other Town Officers for the 
year enfuing as the Law directs 

31^ To Accept any roads or highways that have ben 
laid out by the Selectmen or their order . . . 

4ly To see what sum or sums of money the Town will 
raife to keep the high ways in repair and see in what 
method it shall be work,*^ out the year Enfuing . . . 

5'7 To see who will take M':^ Hart and Support her 
the year enfuing and for what sum of money . . . 

6ly To see if the Town will abate any persons Rates 
on any List committed to any Constable, or any part 

7'7 To see if the Town will vote the swine to go at 
Large the prefent year under the Regulations of the Law 

8^7 To see if the Town will advance to the Rev^ Mv 
Payson Money safficient to pay for the houfe & Land 
laying next to him which now belongs to Thaddeus 
Maccarty, upon condition that MT Payson relinquishes 
annually for the future a certain Propotion of the Wood 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 225 

which the Town are oblig,^ to provide for him, or whether 
the Town will for any other Confideration advance said 
money, or act any thing theiron as they shall think proper 

9'7 For the Town to hear the report of the Commit- 
tee appointed by them to procure Soldiers for the Army 
and Act thereon as they shall think proper . . . 

lO'.y To see whether the Town wnll make any Con- 
fideration to the Conftables for the Last year for their 
extraordinary services, or or act any thing thereon as 
they shall think proper 

Wj To chufe a Regifter of Deeds for the County of 
Worcefter 

[199] Hereof fail not and make return of the War- 
rant with 3'our doing thereon to some One of us at or 
before s^ Day Given under our hands & seal this 15^^ 

Day of Februery A D 1781 — 

Elijah Carter ) Selectmen 
Thad? Maccarty \ for 
Jonathan Wood J Fitchbur 



o- 

ft 



Worcester fs. March 5*^ 1781 

Agreeable to the directions of this w^arrant I have 
Notified the freeholders & other Inhabitants of said town 
Quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings, to affemble 
at time and place & for the purpofes wnthin mentioned 

Phinehas Hartwell Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg affembled on munday March 5^^ 1781 — 

lly Voted & chose Deacon Goodridge Moderator 

21^ Voted and chofe Thaf'^ Maccarty Daniel Putnam 
Afa Perry Oliver Stickney & Tho^ Hartwell Selectmen & 
affefsors for the year Enfuing . . . Selectmen & Affefsors 

3ly Voted and Chose Jofeph Fox Tow^n Clerk . . Town 
Clerk 

4'7 Voted and chose Jofeph Fox Town Treafurer . Town 
Treafurer 

51^ Voted and chose Cap* Reuben Gibson Deacon John 
Thurftin & Phinehas Brown Committy of Safty . . Com- 
mitty of Safty 

15 



226 The Old Records of the 

6'7 Voted and chose John Carter Conftable for the 
south side Conftable 

7'7 Voted and chose Phinehas Sawyer Ju'; Conftable 
for the North Side Conftable 

8'/ Voted and Chose John Venon & David 
Pratt Tythingmen 

917 Voted and Chose W™ Small Cap* SamV Burbank 
Hezekiah Hodgfkins Leu^ Seth Phillips Jonathan Rufsell 
Jofeph Phelps James Walker Jofeph Venon W" 
Brown Highway Survayors 

10'7 Voted & chose Daniel Thurstin Amos Parce 
Tho! Thurstin, & Jofeph Policy Hogreves 

\V7 Voted and Chose Paul Wetherbee & Eli Ruf- 
sell Firewards 

12'7 Voted and Chose James Walker . . . Survayor 
of Clabbords & Shingles 

13 Voted & chose Cap^ Jon^ Wood . . . Survayors 
of hoops & Staves 

[200] 14iy Voted & chose Tho! Thurstin . . Sealer 
of Leather 

151^' Voted & chose David Parce .... Sealer of 
Weights & meafures 

16'y Voted & raised Six thoufand pounds to repair 
the high ways £6000 - 

17\y Voted that s"? Money be workt out at five Dol- 
lars an hour and that the Oxen Tools &c be in the Ufeal 
Propotion . . . 

18'y Voted that Each person work his Rates out by 
the first of Dcember and if it is not work"? out by that 
time that the List be returned to the Affefsors & that 
the Delinquency be annext to the Delinquents next tax — 

19'y Voted to give Cap^ Saml' Burbank Forty bushels 
of Rye to Support M"!^ Hart one whole year from this time 
& to make up the Depreciation of the money the year 
Past and so in propotion if she should Die before the end 
of the year 

201^ Voted that the swine run at Large the year En- 
fuing under the regulations of the Law . . . 

21\y Voted that this meeting be adjorned to Alonday 
the 12^^^ of this Inftent March and this meeting is adjorn,d 
accordingly 



Town of Fitchburgh. 227 

March 12^^ the Town mett according to adjornment 

22°.'^ Voted to Difmifs the Eight Article article in the 
warrant concerning M^ PaA'fon? Request . . . 

23'-^ Voted that the Committee chofen to procure Sol- 
diers for the three years service offer the men that shall 
go for three 3^ears One hundred hard Dollers Each, for 
Each year 

241^ Voted to Chuse a Committee to hire Nine hun- 
dred Dollers hard money upon the Towns Credit . . . 

25ly Voted and W'" Brown & Elijah Garfield a com- 
mittee for the above purpose of hireing the Nine hundred 
Dollers hard money — 

26\y Voted to pafs over the lO^'^ article in the warrant 

2T7 Voted & chose M*" Jofeph Walker & Nicholas Dan- 
forth fence viewers Fence viewers 

28^7 Voted to Endemnify the Affefsors & MilHtia offer- 
cers for not puting in Execution the Court! Refolves 
refpecting clafsing the Inhabitants in order to procure the 
Continential men required of this Town 

[301] 29'7 Voted to abate EH Rufsell! Minefter^ De- 
preciation Rate which is £6-13- £6 13 

30'/ Voted to adjorn this meeting to Tusday the 13^^ 
of this Inftant March at tw^o O Clock in the afternoon at 
this place the meeting adjorn^ accordingly 

March 13*^ 1781 The Town meet according to adjorn- 
ment 

31ly Voted to adjorn this meeting to munday the 19!^ 
of this Inftant March at One OClock in the afternoon at 
this place the meeting is adjorned accordingly' . . . 

March 19*^ 1781 The Town mett according to adjorn- 
ment 

32ly Voted to adjorn this meeting to munday the 26*^ 
of this Inftent march at One OClock in the afternoon at 
this place this meeting adjorn"? accordingly . . . 

March 26^^ 1781 The Town mett according to adjorn- 
ment 

3317 Voted to reconsider that part of the 27*^?" vote 
(viz) that the Affefsors & millitia officers do not clafs the 
Inhabitents according to the Courts Refolves . . . 



228 The Old Records of the 

34'7 Voted that the AfTefsors proceed Emediately to 
Clafs the Inhabitants in order to procure the remainder of 
the Continential Soldiers require of this Town, which is 
not already- procured 

351^ Voted to adjorn this meeting to monday the 2".^ 
Day of April at one OClock in the afternoon at this place 
the meeting adjorn? accordingly 

April 2^9- 1781 The Town mett according to adjorn- 
ment 

36\y Voted to abate John Priest! Pole Tax in James 
Patterfons List which is £30-11-0 . . 

37^7 Voted to abate Tho^ Hills Rate in James Patter- 
fon? List which is £3-6-6 . . . 

38ly Voted and Chose Cap* SamV Burbank Collector 
for the south side of the Town in the Rome of MT Jo! 
Walker Difmifed and the said Burbank is to be allowed the 
same upon the hundred for collecting as M^ Walker w^as 
to have had which is Twenty six shilling the old Conti- 
nential Currency or other money to the value . . . 

39'7 Voted that this meeting be Difolved and this 
meeting is Difolved accordingly 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

[30'^] (Seal) Worcefter fs 

To Mv Phinehas Hartwell One of the Constables of 
the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — 

In the Name of the Commonwealth of Maffachufetts 
these are to require you forthwith, Verbally, to warn the 
Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burg quallifyed by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
alTembly & meet at the Meeting House in s? Town on 
monday the twelv*?^ day of this Inft March at Nine 
OClock in the forenoon then and their being duly met & 
formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

1 To chuse a Moderator 

2^\^ To see whether the Town w^ill make any con- 
sideration to the Constables that are chosen for the year 
enfuing or act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper .... 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 229 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant 

with your doings thereon to sum One of us at or before 

said Day. Given Under our hands & seal this Eighth Day 

of March A D 1781 — 

Thad! Maccarty ] Selectmen 
A fa Perry ) of 

Tho^ Hartwell ) Fitchburg 

Worcefter. fs Fitchburg March 12*.^ 1781 — 

Agreeable to the directions of this warrant I have 
given Publick notice to the Inhabitants of s^ Town to at- 
tend at time and Place and for the purpofes within men- 
tioned as near as the Sabbath Day would admit of 

Errors Excepted . . Phinehas Hartwell Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Affembled March 12*^1781- 

V? Voted & Chose M'' Phinehas Hartwell Moderator 

2ly Voted to Excuse M^: Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ & M*" 
John Carter for Serving as Collectors the year Enfuing 
they paying into the Town Treafurer ten Dollers each the 
old way 

[303] 31-^ Voted to Accept Nine hundred Dollers Each 
of MT Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ & M*" John Carter for the ten 
Doller Each the old way for serving as to collecting the 
money which shall be affesed the Enfuing year 

4ly Voted that M^ Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ & M": John 
Carter pay the above sums of nine hundred Dollers Each to 
the Collector or Collectors which shall be chofen for the 
purpose of collecting the money which shall be affesed the 
Enfuing year — 

5'7 Voted to chuse to Collectors 

61^ Voted that the Collectors which shall be chofen 
shall procure bonsmen if required by the Town . . . 

T7 Voted and chose M*" Jofeph Walker Collector for 
the South side of the Town for the Enfuing year for which 
the Town voted to give him twenty six shillings upon the 
hundred pound which he shall collect and pay when ordered 

8\y Voted & chose Cap^ Reuben Gibson Collector for 
the North side the Town for the Enfuing year for which 
the town voted to give him twent3^ five shillings upon the 



230 The Old Records of the 

Hundred pound which he shall collect and pay when 
ordered 

91^ Voted that this meeting be Difolved — 
The meeting Difolved accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 
Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs. To M*; Phinehas Sawyer Jun^ O 
of the Constables of the Town of Fitchburg Greeting . . 

In the name of the Common Wealth of Maffachufetts 
you are hereby required forthwith to notify in due course 
of Law agreeable to the New Conftitution the Freehold- 
ers & other Inhabitents quallified thereby to vote for the 
Officers hereafter mentioned to affemble & meet at the 
meeting houfe in s'^ Fitchburg on Monday the Second Day 
of April next at Two OClock in the afternoon then and 
their being duly met and formed to vote — 

V? For a Governor 

2'7 For a Lievtenent Governor — 

3^7 For five Counfellors & Senators — 

Hereof fail not & make due return of this warrant 
with your doing thereon to Some one of us at or before 
s^ Day Given under our hands & Seal this twenty forth 
Day of March A D 1781 



Thad^ Maccarty 
Daniel Putnum 
Tho® Hartwell 



Selectmen 

of 
Fitchburg 



[204] Worcefter: fs : Fitchburg April 2°.^ 1781 — 

By virtue of the within warrant. I have warnd all the 

freeholders and other Inhabitants of s*^ Town to meet at 

the time and place within mentioned — 

Phinehas Sawyer JunV Constable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg affembled on monday the 2".'^ Day of April A D 
1781 — 

11^ Voted & chose His Excellency John Hancock Votes 
EsqT Governor of this Commonwealth — thirty 
five votes 35 



Town of Fitchburgh. 231 

2'7 Voted and chose The Honorable Tho! Gush- 
ing EsqT Liev^ Governor twenty six votes 26 

3'7 Voted and Chose the Following Gentlemen as 
Counfellors & Senators . . . 

Israel Nichols EsqT 26 votes Sam'; Baker Esqr 26 votes 

Seth Washbern Esq': 26 votes Sam" Curtis Esqr 26 votes 

W? Denfmore EsqT 26 votes 

The meeting Difolved 

Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 



^to 



Fitchburg April 1^)" 1781 — Then reC? of the Selectmen 
of the Town of Fitchburg One hundred & six Bushels of 
Indian Corn it being in full of a Note given to my son 
Stephen for serveing as a Soldier in the Continential hxvay 
agreable to the Refolves of the General Court which Note 
is lost John Thurston 

A true coppy Attest Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

[305] (Seal) Worcefter fs : To M^ Phinehas Sawyer 
Junr One of the Constables of the Town of Fitchburg 
Greeting 

In the Name of the Common Wealth of Maffachufetts 
these are to require you forthwith to notif^' the freehold- 
ers and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
qualHf3'ed by Law to vote in Town meetings to affemble 
at the meeting house in said Fitchburg on Tusday the 
Fifth Day of June next at One O Clock in the afternoon 
then and there being duely met & formed to act on the 
following articles (viz) 

1 To chose a Moderator 

2 To see whether the Town will raise any sum or 
sums of money to pay such depreciation as by Law is 
become due and alfo for such other purposes as are necef- 
sary for the Towns use or act any thing thereon as they 
shall think proper 

3 To see Whether the Town will make any Confidera- 
tion to Cap^ Reuben Gibson, for an Obligation which he 
gave to Abraham Willard to Serve in the Army or act 

any thing there on as they shall think proper Hereof 

fail not and make due return of this warrant with your 



232 The Old Records of the 

doings thereon to sum one of us at or before s^ Day 
Given under our hands and Seal this twenty first Day of 
May A D 1781 

Thad? Maccarty 1 ^ i ^ 

rk • 1 u <- ^ Selectmen 

Daniel Putnum [ r 

Afa Perry f p^^^^^i^ ^ 

Oliver Stickney J ^ 

Worcefter fs June 5*?^ 1781 — 

by virtue of this warrant I have Notified all the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg to 
meet at the time and place within mentioned . . . 

Phinehas Sawyer JunT Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg afsembled June 5^*^ 1781 — 

l?t Voted and Chose Cap* Will™ Thurlo Moderator — 

2^^ Voted not to raise any money to pay up any 
depreciation at this meeting 

31^ Voted not to allow Cap^ Gibson any allowance 

for the private contract between s? Gibson & Abraham 

Willard as to a Note Cap* Gibson gave to Willard for fifty 

bushels Rye. The meeting Difsolved 

Willi" Thurlo Moderator 
by order of the Selectmen 

Thomas Cowdin Town Clerk 

[206] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To Phinehas Sawyer 
JunT One of the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg 
Greeting 

In the Name of the Commonwealth of Maffachufetts 
you are hereby ordered forthwith to Notify and warn the 
free holders and other Inhabitants of Fitchburg to Afsem- 
ble at the meeting house in s^ Town on munday the ninth 
of this Inftant July at five OClock in the Afternoon to act 
on the following Articles (viz) 

1®* To chuse a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2 To see what method the Town will come into to git 
the Beef that is Emediately demanded of the Town 

3 To see whether the Town will indemnify the Con- 
ftables in taking the Old Emiffion of money . . . 



Town of Fitchbjirgh. 233 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant 
to sum one with you doings theiron to sum one of us 
at or before s^ time given under our hands and Seals 
this ninth Day of July 1781 — 

Daniel Putnam [ Selectmen 
A fa Perry \ of 

Oliver Stickney ( Fitchburg 



Worcefter fs July 9*.^ 1781 — 

By virtue of the within warrant I have warned all 
the free holders and other Inhabitants according to the 
within warrant 

Phinehas Sawyer Jun'' Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Affembled July 9^^ 1781 — 

l?t Voted and Chose Cap! Will™ Thurlo Moderator 

2'7 Voted that the Committe which was chosen by 
the Town to purchase the beef, Emediately go out in 
order to purchase the beef required of this Town by the 
General Court, and that s? Committee Engage the pay 
for s^ beef in three Months 

The meeting Difolved 

Will*? Thurlo Moderator 
Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

['-^07] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : To John Carter One of 
the Conftable for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting . . . 
In the name of the Commonwealth of the Maffachufetts 
you are hereby' ordered In due corse of Law to Notify 
and warn all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg quallifN'ed b\' Law to vote in Town 
meetings to afferable and meet at the meeting house in 
s"? Town on Tusday the twenty forth Day of this Inltant 
July at three OClock in the afternoon then and their being 
duly meet and formed to act on the following articles 
(viz) 

1'7 To chuse a moderator to Govern s'? meeting . . . 

21^ To see what method the town will take to procure 
the Beef that they are calh^ upon for and see what sum or 



234 The Old Records of the 

sums of money they will raife to pay for s^ Beef and what 
currency they will raife it in 

3ly To see What method the Town will take to pro- 
cure the Clothing they are called upon for, or act any 
thing upon the above articles as they shall think proper 
when meet 

Hereof Fail not and make return with your doings 

their on to sum one of us at or before s*? Day given under 

our hands and Seal this ninth Day of July A D 1781 . . 

Daniel Putnam 1 ^ i *-^ 
Afa Perry | ^^^7^^^^" 

Oliver Sticknev f t?-^ ui, 
Tho« Hartwefl F^^chburg 



Worcefter: fs : In obedience to the within warrant I 
have warned all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg to meet at the meeting house on 

the Twenty forth Day of July 1781 

John Carter Conftable 

At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 

Fitchburg Aflembled July 24*?^ 1781 

l^y Voted & chose Cap^ Tho! Cowdin Moderator 

2'/ Voted that this meeting be Difolved the meeting 

Difolved accordingly 

Tom! Cowdin Moderator 

Jo! : Fox Town Clerk 

[308] (Seal) Worcefter: fs : Phinehas Sawyer Jun": 
One of the Conftables for the town of Fitchburg Greeting 

In the Name of the Commonwealth of Mafsachufetts 
you are hereby ordered in due corse of Law to Notify and 
warn all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg quallifyed by law to vote in Town meetings 
to Affemble and meet at the meeting house in s*? Town on 
tusday the forth Day of September next at One OClock in 
the afternoon then and their being duly meet and formed to 
act on the following articles (viz) 

l^y To chose a Moderator to Govern said meeting 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 235 

2'7 To see what method to Town will come into for 
suppl^'ing the agent with Beef or act any thing refering 
there unto .... 

31-^ To see what method the Town will take to Sup- 
port the Rev? M^ Payson this prefent \^ear . . . 

^7 To see what method the Town will take to sup- 
port the Poor 

5ly To see what method the Town will take to pro- 
vid schools or any thing refering their unto as they shall 
think Propper .... 

61^ To see what sum or sums of money the Town 
will raise to defray town charges or act any thing their- 
on as they shall think proper 

7ly To see what method the Town will take to pay 
such Debts as the Continential mone3^ will not discharge, 
or act any thing refering their unto as they shall think 
propper .... 

8\y To see what method the town will take to pro- 
cure the Clothing Demanded of s*^ Town for the Army . . 

91^ To see if the Town will allow such accounts as 
shill be laid before them for services Done for s? Town . . 

lO'.y To see what method the Town will take to sup- 
ply The Rev? M^ Payson with Wood for the year Enfu- 
ing . . . . 

Hereof fail not to make return of j^our doings theiron 

to sum one of us at or before s"? Day given under Our 

hands and Seal this Sixteenth Day of August. 1781 . . . 

Afa Perry \ Selectmen 

Oliver Stickney \ for 
Thomas HartwellJ Fitchburg 

Worcefter: fs. August 31^* 1781 — 

by virtue of this warrant I have warned all the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg to 
affemble and meet at the time and place within mentioned 

Phinehas Sawyer Junf: Conftable. 

[309] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitant of the 
Town of Fitchburg affembled Sep* 4*.^ 1781 . . . 

11^ Voted and chose Deacon David Goodridge Moder- 
ator 



236 The Old Records of the 

2^7 Voted that their be a Committee chofen to let out 
by vendue to the lowest bidder in Small Quantity? if it 
will best sute, The Beef required of this Town to supply 
the Army 

3ly Voted that the committee confist of three men . . 

4ly Voted and chose Capt Jonathan Wood Cap* Will?^ 
Thurlo and M^ Kendal Boutell to be the Committee for 
the above purpose 

5\y Voted to raise one hundred pounds in hard money 
to pay the Reverend MT Payson his Salery this prefent 
year to be in hard money or in produce at the following 
price? (viz) Wheat at 9/ p^ bushel. Rye at 6/ pT bushel 
Indian corn at 4/ p^ bushel, Labour in the Summer Seafon 
at at 4/ p^ Day Flax at 1/ pT pound Pork at 5*^ pT pound 
Sheeps woll at 2/ pT pound. Beef at 3V^<^ p'' pound, and 
all other produce in propotion £100 

6'7 Voted to raise Sixty pounds hard Money to hire 
school Mafter, Mafters or Miftrefses £60 

71^ Voted and Chose M": Afa Perry Cap* W?' Thurlo 
M": Ephr Kimball Jun': M-: John Carter M": Sam'.' Harrifs 
& MT Joseph Holt to be the schools Committee to provide 
school or schools as they shall think proper . . . 

8'.y Voted that the School money be laid out as ordered 
by the Town the Last year 

9'.y Voted to chuse a committee to Examine the Ac- 
counts, Notes, orders, &c which the Town is now Indebted 
and see what hard money must be rais"? to Discharge those 
Debts agreable to the Scale 

lO'.y Voted that the Selectmen & Town Treafurer be 
the Committee for the above purpose and make report to 
the Town 

1V7 Voted to raise One hundred & fifty pounds to 
pay neffefsary charges £150 

12'.y Voted to raise thirty six pounds to pay for Beef 
already purchased £36 

13'.y Voted to raise Twenty pounds to provide Cloth- 
ing for the Army which the town is called upon for .20 

14'.y Voted Voted to pay Mr Afeph Goodridge Seven 
pounds thirteen Shillings for finding and Delivering at Mr 
Paysons house Thirty Cord of good Wood corded up at 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 237 

his house the Said goodride to begin to git the Wood the 
first of Dcemb^ next £7 13 — 

151^ Voted that this meeting be adjorned to the 
Twenty fifth Day of this Inftant Sep^ at one OClock after- 
noon at this place 

[210] Sep^ 25^^ 1781. The Town meet according to 
the adjornment and proceeded to bifinefs 

16\y Voted to "raise Forty pounds ten shillings in order 
to pay for the remainder of the Last Coto of Beef which 
the Town is called upon for which is 2254 . . £40 10 - 

17'7 Voted to pafs over the Seventh article in the 
warrant for the prefent 

18^7 Voted to allow Doc^ Thadeus Ms Carty for thirty 
Daj's service as an affefsor £4 — 

191^ Voted to allow Mr EphT Kimball Jun':!' ac^ which 
is 3 8 — 

20ly Voted to allow Mr Afa Perry his act which is 1 4 

211^ Voted to allow Cap^ Jonathan Wood for service 
done the Town 2 16 — 

22\y Voted to allow Mr Tho^ Kimbool for pr Shoes . . 

8- 

2317 Voted to allow Mr Afa Perry^ at which is 119- 

24'7 Voted to allow Deacon Thurstin? ac^ which is . . 

9- 

25'7 Voted to allow Capr Tho^ Hartwell^ ac^ which is 

2 14 - 
26'7 Voted to allow Mr Elijah Carter! acr which is . . 

3 19 8 
27ly Voted to allow Mr Daniel Putnam! ac^ ..-60 
28^7 Voted to allow Mr David Parce! act which is . . 

16 - 

291^ Voted to allow Cap* Tho! Hartwell! ac* which 
is 8 

30'7 Voted to allow Cap! Sam" Burbank! a! which 
is 10 7 

31'7 Voted to allow Joseph Fox for serving as Town 
Treafurer for the the year 1780 4 10 

32\y Voted to allow Cap^ Thurlo for service done the 
Town as Selectman and Affefsor for the year 1780 . 2 10 8 



238 The Old Records of the 

33'7 Voted to allow M": Elijah Garfield for service as 
a Committee man going to Boston to hire hard money 
for the Towns use 17 4 

34'7 Voted to allow M": W'." Brown for service as a 
committee man, going to Boston to hire hard money for 
the Towns use 17 4 

35'y Voted to allow Cap*^ Tho? Cowdin for serving as 
Town Treafurer five months in the year 1778 and the whole 
of the year 1779 and as a Committee man to hire Soldiers 
for the army 6 12 — 

36'y Voted to allow Cap^ Reuben Gibson*! ac! which 
is 12 

37ly Voted to allow Joseph Fox for Serving Seven 
months as Treafurer in the year 1778 2 10 — 

['^11] 38ly Voted to allow M": Saml^ Davis his ac^ 
for Opening and Sweeping the meeting house Eighteen 
months to this prefent time £14 

391^ Voted to Raise One hundred and twent3' nine 
pounds to Defray town Charges 129 

40ly Voted that this be Defolved 

David Goodridge Moderator 
Joseph Fox Town Clerk 

Fitchburg December 25*.^ 1781 — 

This may certify whome it may concern that the fol- 
lowing persons is Licenced by us the Subfcribers to Sell 
Tea agreeable to the act of the General Court Pased NovY 
l!^ 1781 — (viz) John Solley Esq'' W™ Hichborn Esq": & 

Joseph Fox 

Daniel Putnum j Selectmen 
Oliver Stickney \ of 
Tho^ Hartwell J Fitchburg 

(Seal) Worcefter fs : To Phinehas Sawj^er Jun^ one of 
the Conftables of the Town of Fitchburg, Greeting : In 
the Name of the Commonwealth of Maffachufetts you are 
hereby ordered in due corse of Law to notify and warn 
all the free holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Quallifyed by Law" to vote in town meetings 
to affemble and meet at the meeting house in s'^ Town on 



Town of Fitchbjirgh. 239 

munday the Thirty first Da}' of this itiftant December at 
twelve OClock on s^ Day then and their being Dul}^ meet 
and formed to act on the following articles (viz) 

l\y To chose a Aloderator to Govern s*? meeting . . 

2^7 To see what method the Towm will take to pro- 
cure the beef that should have ben provided last year that 
is now Demanded .... 

3ly To see what method the Town will take in fur- 
ther, inftructing the old Conftables and if the Town will 
give them any orders how to Collect the Taxes that are 
behind in the Delinquant Conftables hands that was 
raised in Continential money or act an}- thing refering 
thereto as they shall think proper when meet .... 

Hereof fail not to make return of your doings thereon 

to sum one of us at or before s"? Day given under Our 

hands and Seal this Seventeenth Day of December A D 

1781 

Daniel Putnum j Selectmen 
Afa Perry [ ^^^ 

Oliver Stickney f ^•. , u 
Tho^ Hartwell J ^^tchburg 

Worcefter fs. Dcenibr 28*^ 1781 — 

By virtue of this warrent I have notifyed & warnd 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burg to meet at the time and place wnth in mentioned . . 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ Conftable 

[212] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg affembled December 2^^"^ 1781 — 

lly Voted and Chose Cap^ Reuben Gibfon Moderator 

2ly Voted that the Selectmen procure the beef that is 
behind when it is Demanded 

3ly Voted that Mr Phinehas Hartwell and M": Daniel 
Farwell Conftables for the year 1780 shall collect what is 
delinquent in their hands at the rate of one Silver Doller 
for Seventy five Dollers, as it stands set Down in their 
Lists 

4'.y Voted that the other Delinquent Conftables shall 
Colect what what is in their hands uncollected according 



240 The Old Records of the 

to the Scale of Depreciation when s? money was ordered 
to be paid into the Treafurer 

5'7 Voted that this meeting be Difolved 
Reuben Gibfon Moderator 
Daniel Putnum Clerk protemporary 

A true coppy from the minutes attest 

Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter: fs To John Carter One of the Con- 
ftables for the Town of Fitchburg Greeting — By a request 
to us for a number of the Inhabitants of s'' Town we in 
the Name of this Commonwealth do require you forthwith 
in due Corse of Law to notify and warn all the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of s^ Town Quallifyed by Law to 
vote in Town meetings to affemble and meet at the meet- 
ing house in s*^ Town on Friday the Eight Day of Febru- 
ary next at twelve OClock on s^ Day then and their being 
duly meet and form*^ to act on the following articles (viz 

11^ To chuse a moderator to govern s'^ meeting 

2'7 To see how much value the old paper Currency 
stood at for purchasing articles or paying demands for 
which it was affesed for in each Rate at the time they 
become payable and at what number of Dollers they pur- 
chased the articles they ware defigned for which yet 
remains in the hands of Phinehas Hartwell & Daniel Far- 
well Conftables that is not collected for the better under- 
ftanding of the Inhabitants of s*^* Town or act any thing 
thereon as they shall think proper — 

3'7 To see what value the Silver money is at now in 
purchasing the same articles & paying the Towns Debts 
that a Just estimatif)n be made between the Silver and 
the old paper Currency in propotion to its value in pur- 
chasing the same articles or paying Just demands that 
the creditor may receive his Just reward & the Debter be 
not injered or act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper when meet — 

[;313] 41^ To see what may be done with regard to 
the old paper Currency that Each person paid into the 
Conftables after the value was Dead as to purchasing the 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 241 

articles & paying the Debts aflesed for, that is now stored 
in the Treafurers hands to the Damage of said Town or 
act any thing thereon as they shall think proper — 

S*** To see if the Town will take into confideration 
their paper money Debts and the Notes given for Corn and 
Settle them in Silver money or give Security for them that 
a Settlement may be made that the Town may know 
what Standing they are upon . . . 

6'7 To see what the Town will allow to Phinehas 
Hartwell and Daniel Farwell Conftables, for their Service 
for collecting the Taxes in their hands or act any thing 
theiron as they shall think proper — 

7'7 To see how the Town will Settle with the Soldiers 
that was hire*? to go into the Service for three months the 
Last campain and have notes for the Same & did not 
march 

8'-^ To see if the Town will make any confideration 
for a Note that Cap! Gibfon gave to Abraham Willard for 
going into the Continential Service for six months or act 
any thing thereon as they shall think proper — 

91^ To see if the Town will abate any person or per- 
sons Rates that is in any of the Conftables hands or any 
part of their rates or act any thing thereon as they shall 
think proper .... 

Hereof Fail not and make return of this warrant with 
your doings theron to sum one of us at or before said Day 
given under Our hands and Seal this Twenty fifth Day of 
Januery 1782 — 



Daniel Putnum 1 o i -_ 
Afa Perry ( Selectmen 

Oliver Stickney f ^'. ?, 
Thomas HartwellJ F^tchburg 



Worcefter fs Febr? y^ S^.i^ 1782 

By virtue of and agreeable to the within warrant I 
have Notifyed the freeholders and other Inhabitants Qual- 
lifyed Bj' Law to vote, to affemble at time and place and 
for the purpofes within Mentioned 

John Carter Conftable 

i6 



242 The Old Records of the 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitch burg Affembled February 8*^ 1782 

I'y Voted and chose Mr Kendal Boutell Moderator 

2^5" Voted that the Selectmen & Town Treafurer be a 
committe to take under confideration the fifth article in 
the warrant and make report at sum futer meeting . . . 

3'y Voted to chuse a committee to see how they can 
settle with the three months men that was hire"^ to go to 
west point and did not march 

4'y Voted & chose Cap* Tho^ Cowdin M': Elijah Gar- 
field & MT Phinehas Sawyer Jur to be the committee for 
the above purpose 

5^y Voted to abate Afa Rufsells Rates in Jonathan 
Holts List it being Twenty shillings 

[214] 6'^ Voted to abate Adam Colwells Rates in 
Jonath Holts List it being Twenty One shillings two pence 
three farthings 

T7 Voted that this meeting be adjorned to munda}'- 
the Eighteenth of this Inftant Febry at One OClock in the 
afternoon at this place 

February 18*?* 1782 The Town meet according to ad- 
jorment 

81^ Voted to Difmifs Mr Kendal Boutell as moderator 

9'y Voted and Chose Mr Daniel Putnum Moderator in 
the rome of M"" Kendal Boutell difmis*^^ 

lO'y Voted to Chuse a Committee to take under con- 
fideration the Second article in the warrant 

Illy Voted & Chose Mr Phinehas Hartwell Capt Tho« 
Cowdin & M^ David Ms Intire to be the committe for the 
above purpose 

12^^ Voted that the above Committee take under con- 
fideration the ?>^^ & 4^** articles in the warrant together 
with the Second article and make their report at the next 
March meeting 

IS^y Voted that the above committee take under con- 
fideration the 5*? article in the warrant and the Towns 
paper money Debts & Corn Notes and take up the Towns 
notes and Settle them at as cheap a Rate as they can and 
give their Security for it in the Towns behalf and that the 
committe make report of their doings the next march meet- 
ing 



Town of FitcJibtirgh. - 243 

14'y Voted that AP Phinehas Hartwell and M-: Daniel 
Farwell Conftables for the year 1780 pa}^ into the Town 
Treafurer Twelve Dollers Each and that the above Con- 
ftables shall be paid Twenty five shillings upon the hundred 
pounds for that they shall collect, what is already col- 
lected in paper money is to be reckned in paper money but 
they to be paid according to the Scale 

15^-^ Voted to pafs over the 8*^^ article in the warrant 
16'^ Voted to pafs over the 9*^ article in the warrant 
17'y Voted that this meeting be Difolved 

Daniel Putnum Moderator 
Jofeph Fox Town Clerk 

[215] (Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer 
Jul one of the Cunstables of the Town of Fitchburg 
Greeting 

These are in the Name of the Common welth of Maffa- 
chufets to will & require you forthwith to notify & warn 
the freholders & other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitch- 
burgh quallified by Law to vote in Town meetings to 
affemble & meet at the meeting house in s"^ Fitchburgh on 
monday the forth Da3' of march next at Nine O Clock in 
the fore noon then & their being duely met and formd to 
act on the following artcles (viz) . . . 

I'y To chose a moderator to Govern s*^ meeting . . 

2'y To Chose Select men & other Town officers for 
the year enfuing as the Law directs ... 

3'-^ To axcept aney roads or high ways that have 
ben laid out by the Select men or their order . . . 

4'y To See what Sum or Sums of money the Town 
will raise to keep the high wa\'s in repare and see in 
what method it shall be workd out the \^ear infuing . , 

5'y To See who will take mrs Hart and Suport her 
the year enfuing and for what Sum of money . . . 

G'y To See if the. Town will abate aney prfons Rates 
on aney List Commited to aney Conftable or aney part 

7'y To See if the Town will vote the Swine to go at 
large the Enfuing 3'ear under the Regulation of the Law 

8'y To See if the Town will fence the buring yard or 
agree with aney person to do it or act aney thing as 
they shall think proper .... 



244 The Old Records of the 

9'y To See if the Town will allow aney a Counts 
Shall be laid before them for Services done s<^ Town . . . 

lO^y To See what the Town will do with the axes 
shovels & Pick axes that was purchased by the town 
and was Stord with Cap* Cowdin or act aney thing 
thereon as they shall think proper .... 

Here of faile not and make due return of this warrant 
with your doings thereon to Som one of us at or before 
s*^ Day Given under our hands & Scale this fiftenth of 
Februry A D 1782 

Daniel Putnam 1 o , , 

Afa Perry [ Select^men 

Oliver Stickne f ^-^ i, , 
Tho^ Hartwell J Fitchburgh 

[316] Worccfter fs March the 4 1782 

by virtue of This warrant I have warnd all the free 
holders & other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
qualifid by Law to vote in Town meetings to affemble & 
meet at the time & place with in mentned 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburgh affembled march the 4 1782 

l^y Voted and chofe Decon Goodridge moderator 

2'y Voted to Chose three Select men for the year En- 
fuing 

3'y Voted & Chose Capt Thos Cowdin mr oliver 
Stickne & mr Ephraim Kimball Select men 

4^y Voted and mr oliver Stickne mr Ephraim Kimball 
& mr John Thurfton Affefsors 

S^y Voted & Chose Cap* Thos Cowdin . Town Clerk 

6^y Voted & Chose Cap* Tho^ Cowdin Town Treasurer 

7*y Voted & Chose Jofeph Fox Cunftable for the South 
Side of the Town Cunstable 

8'y Voted & Chofe mr Jacob Upton Cunftable for the 
North Side Cunstable 

9^y Voted to Chuse two Collicters to Collect the 
money that Shall be Affesed the Enfuing year The Con- 
ftables that is chofe (viz) Jofeph fox & mr Jacob Upton 



Town of Fttchbiirgh. 245 

the\' paying into the Treafurer ten Dolars Each the old 
way Shall Excuse them for Serving as Collectors 

IQiy Voted that the Collectors that Shall be Chofen 
shall Give bonds to the Town if Requird for the Sums 
Delivrd them to Collect 

11'^ Voted & Chofe Cap^ Samuel Burbank . . Col- 
lector South Side 

and that he Shall have Twenty Eight Shilings upon 
Evry hundred pound he Shall Collect . Collector north Side 

12'^ Voted & chose mr Jofeph Phelps Collector north 
Side and he Shall have Twenty Eight Shilings [217] upon 
Evrey hundred pound he Shall Collect 

13^y Voted & chofe mr James Walker & mr Afa 
Perry Tythingmen 

14'y Voted and chofe Cap^ Jonathan Wood mr Heze- 
kiah Hodgkins Lieu* Kindall Boutall mr amos ordway mr 
Jacob Gibson mr aaron Eaton mr John Carter mr Jofeph 
Policy & Cap* Thos Cowdin to be Survaers of high 
Waj^es Suvaers of high Ways 

IS^y Voted & chofe mr David Whitemore mr Heze- 
kiah Hodgkins mr Jonathan Wares & mr William Beene 
hog reves hog reves 

16iy Voted & Chofe mr Jofhua Parce & mr Jofeph 
Gray fier Wards 

17'y Voted and chofe mr James Walker . . Surver 
of Clabords & Shingles 

181-^ Voted & Chofe Cap* Jonathan Wood Survaer of 
hups & Staves hups & Staves 

IQiJ" Voted & chofe mr oliver Brown . . Seler of 
Lether 

20iy Voted & chofe mr David Parce . . . Seler of 
waits & mefhers 

21'y Voted to Raise one hundred Pounds repare the 
high Ways & Bridges in this Town for the year Enfuing 

22^y Voted to alow the perfons for their work Each 
Day upon the high ways their Cattle & other utentials 
the Same prife as was alowd them in the year 1774 . . . 

23^y Voted that the Survaers See that their Rates be 
workt out by the Last of Septembr next 



246 The Old Records of the 

24'y Voted that the Surveyors of high Ways return 
their Lifts of Tax to the affefsors by the Laft of Septer 
next and thofe perfons that then hath not payd their 
Rates Shall be aded to their next Town Tax 

25'y Voted to abate John muges Rates in mr James 
Paterfons Lift it being two pounds Sixteen Shilings and 
Seven pence £2 16-7 

26'y Voted to abate mr Ephraim Kimball pole tax in 
mr James Paterfons List it beng 31-2-0 

27'y Voted to Give mr Thos Stearns Twelve pounds 
to Suport Mrs Hart one whole year and so in proportion 
if She should not Live the year out ...... 12 0-0 

[318] 28iy Voted to adjorn this meeting to the 

twentyeth Day of this Inftant march at one O Clock in the 

after noon at this place 

Jofeph fox Town Clerk 

March the 20 1782 the Town meet acording to the 
adjornment and prceded to bifnes 

29'y Voted to abate Samuel Harrifes Rates in mr 
Phinehas Sawyers Lift 10/3 00 10 3 

30'y Voted to abate one third of Cap* Thos Hutchisons 
tax on his Real Eftate in Daniel farwells List and the 
paper tax in Cap* Samuel Burbank Lift 

31'y Voted Let the Swine Go at Large under the 
Regolation of the Law 

32^y Voted to fence the Burying yard 

33iy Voted to Chuese a Committe for the above pur- 
pose 

34^y Voted and Chofe m*" Afa Perrey & John Good- 
ridge Afeph Goodridge to be a Committe to fence the 
Burying yard with a Good Stone Wall and Git the Wall 
Bult as Cheap as they Can 

35'y Voted to alow mr Jofeph Walker his a Count 
which is £1-0-0 paid 

36'y Voted to alow oliver Stickne his a Count which 
is x5 16-0 paid 

37'y Voted to alow Daniel Putnam his a Count 
which is x6-4-0 paid 

38'y Voted to alow Afa Perrey his a Count which 
is x5-4-0 paid 



Toivn of FitcJiburgJi. 247 

39'y Voted to alow Thos Hartwell his a Count which 
is x5 16 paid 

40'y Voted to alow Jofeph Fox his a Count which 
is x9 3 5 paid 

41'y Voted and Chofe Thos Cowdin to Sell the Towns 
Shovels and axes & pick axes at a vandue to the highest 
Bidder 

42'y Voted and axcepted mr Phinehas Sawyer JuT to 
Serve as Cunftable in mr Jofeph Foxes Rume mr fox pay- 
ing twelve Silver Dolars to the Town Treafurer 

[219] 43'^ Voted to abate Abner Uvermors Rates 
in James Paterfons List which is in paper money . £17 9 

44iy Voted to abate forty one pounds of Jonas Kin- 
dalls tax in mr Daniel farwells Lift paper moncA^ . £41-0-0 

This Town meeting Disolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



Fitchburgh Febuery the 25 1782 

Laid a Road Begining at Thos Thurftons Land runing 
Southerdlj^ Eighty one rods on John Thurftons Land on 
william Hafkell East Line til it Coms to Phnehas Hart- 
wells Land so Runing on s<^ Hartwells til it Comes to a 
Certain Red oak tree mark on the Wefterdly Side then 
Turns South West on s*^ Hartwells Land thirteen Rods to 
a Town Road 

The Town Voted to accept the above Describd Road 

So far as the Red oak if Given 

Daniel Putnam 1 o i i 

T c>4-- 1 Seleck men 

Oliver Stickne \ c 



Thos Hartwell f p., , i 

Thos Cow^din Towm Clerk J ^ 



Fitchburgh may the 9 1783 David maccentier herby 
notfys the Select men of the Town of Fitchburgh that he 
hath taken into his house Capt Samuel Bradford and 
mare3' his wife and two Children namely Debbe & fancy 
who Came from hampfhier State Which we the Selectmen 
of s'^ Town Refuse to admit as Inhabitents of s"* Town 



248 The Old Records of the 

the laid Cap* Bradford Came in to town the 28 Day 
of march 1783 

Oliver Stickney ) Select 
Tho^ Steans \ meen for 

John Thursten Ju"" J Fitchburgh 

A True Coppey Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

[320] (Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer 
Ju^ Cunftable for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Common welth of the 
mafsachufets Bay to will & requier you forth with to 
notify & warn all the free holders & other Inhabitents of 
the Town of Fitchburg qualified by Law to vote in Town 
meetings to affemble & meet at the meeting house in s*^ 
Town of Fitchburgh on Wenfday the 20 Day of this 
Inftant march at one O Clock in the afternoon then and 
their being Duely meet and form'd to act on the ollowing 
artcles that is 

l^y to Chose a moderator to Govern s*' meeting . . . 

2'y to See what method the Town will take Refpect- 
ing the old paper money that remains un Collected and 
See whether the Town will axcept of the Report of their 
Committee Chofe to Estimate the value of the old paper 
money or vote aney thing Refering there to as they shall 
think proper 

3'y to See what method the Town will take to Raise 
Soldiers for the futter or vote aney thing Refering there to 
as they shall think proper 

4^y to Take under their Confideration Cap* Ruben 
Gibsons Request Conferning his note Given to mr Abraham 
Willard for fifty Bufhels of Ry or vote aney thing Refering 
there to as they Shall think proper 

5^y to See whether the Town will Chuse a Committe 
to Settle with the Late Town Treafurer mr Jofeph fox . . 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrant to 
Som one of us at or before the time above mentned Given 
under our hands & Scale this Sixth Day of march A D 

1782 

trv. r^ A- 1 Select men 

Thos Cowdm ! r 

Ephraim Kimball jp^^^^^^^^gj^ 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 249 

Worcefter fs — 20*1^ March 1782 

By Virtue of this warrant I have warn'd all the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
to meet at the time & Place within mentioned 

Phin. Sawyer JunV Conftable 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



[221] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
town of Fitchburgh afsembl'd march 20*1^ 1782 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

;l^stiy Voted and chofe Mr Daniel Putnam Moderator 

2diy Voted not to accept the report of the Committee 
chofen by the towm to Estimate the Value of the old 
Paper money 

3diy Voted to Clafs to raife the 4 men now demanded 
for three years 

4thiy Voted to adjourn the 4^?^ Article 'till the firft 
Day of April refpecting Capt Reuben Gibfon's request . . 

5thiy Voted to chuse a Committe to settle with M"; 
Fox late town treafurer 

gthiy Voted and chofe M": Phineas Hartwell, Mr Daniel 
Putnam & m\ Phineas Sawyer Jun^ as a Committee to 
settle with the Town Treafurer 

7'y Voted to adjourn this town meeting to the first 
monday of April next at three O'Clock in the afternoon at 
the meeting houfe in s*? Town 

pV Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

April first. 1782 the town met according to adjourn- 
ment and the meeting open'd and proceeded to the bufinefs 
of the Town 

gthiy Voted to pafs over the fourth Article refpecting 
Capt Gibson's request, and to have that article inferted in 
the next warrant for a Town meeting 

Qthiy Voted and accepted of the Town's accounts as 
they stand settled by the Towns Committee, as they ap- 
pear on the Towns Treafurer's Book 

This meeting difolv'd . . Daniel Putman Moderator 

Thos. Cowdin Town Clerk 



250 The Old Records of the 

(Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer Jul one 
of the Cunstables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In the name of the Common welth of the mafsachu- 
fets you are herby Requird to notify in Due Corfe of Law 
agreable to the Conftitution the free holders & other In- 
habitents qualified there by to vote for the officers here 
after mentned to afsemble & meet at the meeting house 
in s*^ Town on monday the first day of april next at 2 
o Clock in the after noon then & their being Duely meet 
& formd , . . 

I'y to Vote for a Governer .... 

2^y for a Liut Governer .... 

[332] 3iy for five Senators .... 

4'y to See if the Town will Take notis of the Letter 
Sent from Hardwick Committe to the Sellect men Refpect- 
ing Sending a Deligat to Worcefter to Confider on the 
Greavencies the County of Worcefter Labors under or 
vote aney thing Refering there to as the Town Shall 
Think Proper .... 

Here of faile not & make Return of this Warrent to 
fome one of us with your Dowings there on at or before 
s<^ Day Given under our hands & Scale this fiftenth Day 
of march A D 1782 

Select men 



Thos Cowdin 
Ephraim Kimball 



for 
Fitchburgh 



Worcefter fs frst of april 1782 

by vertue of this warrant I have warnd the free 
holders & other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to afsemble and meet at the time & place & for the pur- 

pofe with in mentned 

Phinehas Sawyer Cunftabl 

Att a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town 
of Fitchburgh afsembled april the 1 1782 

Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y Voted and Chofe his Exelency John Handcock Esq 
Governer of the Common welth Sixteen vots . . 16 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 251 

2'y for the Hon arable James Bodwine Esq . 3 vots 
for the Honarable Samuel Holten Esq Liut 

Governer Seventeen vots 17 vots 

for the Honarable Thos Cufhen Esq Liut 

Governer 7 vots 

[323] 3'y Voted for five Senators that is for 

Samuel Baker Esq 21 vots 

for Samuel Curties Esq 21 vots 

for the Honarable mofes Gill Esq ... 16 vots 

for Dr William Dinsmoor Esq 17 vots 

for Col° Seth Wafhburn 16 vots 

for Ifrael Nichols Esq 11 vots 

for Judge Dar Esq 5 vots 

A True Copy attest Select men for fitchburgh 

Select men 



Thos Cowdin 
Ephraim Kimball 



for 
Fitchburgh 



Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

4^y Voted to Send a Deligat to meet the Convention 
to be held at Worcefter the 2 Tuefday of april Inftant 

2^y Voted and Chofe mr David macentier to attend 
the Convention at Worcefter 

T-1 r^ 1- (Select men 
1 hos Cowdin ) r 

Eph"i Kimball ) ^. , ^^l , 
^ \ ritchburgh 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



(Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer Ju'' one 
of the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

Thefe are in the name of the Goverment and People 
of the State of Mafsachufetts Bay to will and requier you 
forthwith to notify the Free holders and other Inhabitents 
of the Town of Fitchburgh Qualifyd by the new Conftitu- 
tion to vote for a Reprefentative to afsemble & meet at 
the meeting house in s'^ Fitchburgh on Thurfday the Six- 
teenth Day of may next at one O Clock in the afternoon 
to Elect & Depute a proper Perfon to Reprefent them in 
the Grate & General Coart to be Con vend and held at 
the State house in Bofton on the Laft wendefday of may 
next or act aney thing there as they Shall think proper 



252 The Old Records of the 

Here of faile not & make Due return of this warrant 
with your Doings there on to to Som one of us at or 
before s*^ Day 

Given under our hands and Seale this Twenty forth 
Day of april 1782 

Thos Cowdin \ Select men 
ohver Stickne \ for 
Eph'" Kimball j Fitchburg 

[324] Worcefter fs may the 14 1782 

by Virtue of this warrant I have Warnd all the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to meet at the Time and place within mentned — 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ Conftabl 

at a Legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 

Fitchburg afsembled may the 16 1782 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

l^y Voted and Chose Cap* Thos Cowdin to Serve & 
Reprefent the Town of Fitchburgh in the Grate & Generall 
Coart & the said Capt Thos Cowdin herby orderd to 
attend the the Grate & General Coart to be held on the 
Laft wensday of this Inftant may — & then the Town 
meetng was Difolvd 

Thos Cowdin [ Select men 
Oliver Stickne | for 
Eph"^ Kimball [ Fitchburg 
Tho® Cowdin Town Clerk 

The Town of Fitchburgh voted the Refolves of the 
Late Convention held at Worcefter april & may 16*^ 1782 
be the Reprefentetive Inftructions & the s^^ Reprefentetive 
Govern himSelf acordingly 

(Seale) Worcefter fs To Phinahas Sawyer Jul one of 
the Cunftabels for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

These are in the name of the Goverment and People of 
the Commonwelth of the Mafsechufeets Bay to will and 
require you to notify and warne all the freeholders and 
other inhabitence of the Town of Fitchburgh, qualify'd 
by Law to afsemble and meet at the Meeting houfe on 



Town of Fitchburgh. 253 

thurfda\' the Sixteenth da_v of May next at three O Clock 
in the afternoon then and thair to act on the following 
articals — 

1'-^ To Chuse a moderator to Govarn s"? meeting — 

2^y To See what the Town will Do Concerning Capt^ 
Reuben Gibfons note he gave Abraham Willard for fifty 
Bufhels of Rye or act any thing there on as they shall 
think proper — 

[325] 3^y To see whether the Town will except of 
the perfons names put into the jury Boxes for jury men or 
act any thing thair on as they shall think proper — 

4'y To Take into Confideration what method the Town 
will think beft to Come into to pay thair Corn nots Given 
to the soldirs now in the pofelTion of other perfons or act 
any thing there on as they shall think proper — 

5^5" To see if the Town will appoint Som perfon to 
give Security in the Towns behalf for Debts which Can 
not be now setled by the Treafurer or act any thing thair 
as they shall think proper — 

6'y To approve or Difaprove of the old Committee to 
hire soldires or act any thing their on as they shall think 
proper — 

Hear oft' fail not and make return of this warrant 
with \^our doings there on to some one of us at or before 
the day above mentioned Given under our hands and seels 
this 26 Day of april A D 1782. 

Worcefter fs May 14*^ 1782 

by Virtue of the above Warrent I have warn'd the free 
holders and other inhabitence of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to meet at the time and place above mention'd 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" Cunftabl 

Tho^ Cowdin f Select Men 
01 aver Stickney \ for 

EphI!} Kimball (Fitchburgh 

[Ji36] at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of Town 
of Fitchburgh Afembled May the 16 1782 . . . 

1^-^ Voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge modera- 
tor 



254 The Old Records of the 

2'y after hering Cap* Ruben Gibson Request and the 
Debates there on Conferning a note the s*^ Capt Ruben 
Gibson Gave to Abraham Willard for 50 bufhels of Rye 
then the Town Voted that they Would not pay the s"^ note 
nor now parte of s"^ note Given for the 50 bufhels of Rye — 

3'y Voted not to axcept of the Lift of Juremen but 
orderd a new Lift to be made out by the Select men 

4'y Voted to pafs over the 4 artcle in the Warrant 

5'y Voted that the Town Treafurer Give notes of hand 
in behalf of the Town upon Intrest for Dets Due & to 
perfons that have Got the Towns notes in their hand not 
upon Intreft 

6'y Voted and Difmist the Committe that was Chofe 
to hier Coantinantell Solders 

This Town meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seale) Worcefter fs To m'' Phinehas Sawyer Ju'' one 
of the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

you are herby Requird in the name of the Goverment 
and people of the Common welth of the mafsechufets Bay 
to notify and warne all the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tents of the Town of Fitchburgh to afsemble & meet at 
the meeting house on fryday the 23 Day of this Inftant 
august at 2 O Clock in the after noon then & their being 
Duely meet & formd to act on the following artcles . . . 

l^y to Chuefe a moderator to Govern s^' meeting . . . 

2'-^ To See what method the Town will take in Refpect 
or or Regard of the Towns being Sud by James Danforth 
for a note the Select meen gave s*^ Danforth for a number 
of Bufhels of Corn or act aney thing there on as they 
Shall think proper 

[227] 3'^ to See if the Town will take aney noties 
of the Siculer leters Sent to the Town by the General! 
Coart or act aney thing there on as they Shall think 
proper 

4'y to See if the Town will Give the Colectors or Cun- 
ftable ane\' further orders Refpecting the Remaindor of the 
moneys that Remains in their hands or Give the Town 



Town of FitchburgJi. 255 

Treafurer ane3^ further orders as to Collecting the Reman- 

der of the money that is Stil un Collected 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warent to 

Som one of us the Subfcribers at or before the Day a bove 

mentned Given under our hands & Scale this Eighth Day 

of august and in the Seventh year of our Independanc 

A D 1782 

Thos Cow^din [ Select meen 
Oliver Stickne \ for 

Eph™ Kimball [ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs august the 19 1782 

b}' vartue of this warrant I have warnd all the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to afemble and meet at the time and place and for the pur- 
pofes within mentned 

Phinehas Sawyer Ju'' Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled august the 23 1782 . . . 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1^-^ voted and Chofe mr Phinehas Hartwell moderator 

2'-^ voted that thofe perfons that are indeted to the 
Colectors may pay their taxes In befe to Defraj^ the Corn 
note Given to James Danforth (or other neet Catle) 

3'y voted that the Select men notily mr Eph'" fare- 
banks the Reafon that the Town hath not afsed the Tax 
which he the s*^ farebank was Defird to Collect b}^ Signing 
a Leter Seting forth the Reafon of the Delay 

4'y voted that their be Given to the Collectors one 
weke from this Day to Collect money or Catle to Defray 
the Towns Debts: then if those perfons will not make 
payment — then the Colectors or Cunftables are orderd to 
make Diftrefs with out Delay 

This Town meeting Difolved 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

[328] (Seal) Worcefter fs. 

To M^ Phinehas Sawyer JunT one ot the Conftables for 
the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting — In the name of the 



256 The Old Records of the 

Commonwealth of Mafsachufetts You are hereby order'd 
in due Courfe of Law to Notify & warn all the Free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburgh 
Qualified by law to Vote in Town Meetings to Afsemble & 
meet at the Meeting houfe in s*? Town on Monday the 
Sixteenth Day of this Inftant September at one O'Clock in 
the Afternoon then & there being duly met & form'd to 
Act on the following Articles — Viz — 

l!^ To Choofe a Moderator to Govern s^' Meeting 

2^iy To See What method the Town Will take to 
Support the Rev'^ MT Payfon the year enfuing or vote any 
thing referring thereto as they Shall think propper — 

3^iy To fee what method the Town will take to fup- 
port the Poor or Vote any thing thereon as they fhall 
think proper 

4,thiy To fee what method the Town will take to pro- 
vide Schools or Vote any referring thereto as they fhall 
think proper — 

5thiy To fee what Sum or Sums of Money the town 
will raife to defray Town Charges or Vote any thing 
thereon as they fhall think proper 

Qthiy To fee if the Town will allow fuch accounts as 
fhall be laid before them for services done for s^ town 

7thiy To fee w^hat method the town will take to Sup- 
ply th Rev"? M"" Payfon oth Wood or Vote any thing 
theron as they Shall think proper 

Hereof fail not & make return of this Warrant to fome 

one of Us at or before the Day above mentioned Given 

Under our hands & Seal this Second Day of September 

A D: 1782 — & in the Seventh Year of the Independance of 

America 

Tho^ Cowdin | Selectmen 
Oliver Stikney \ for 
Eph?^ Kimball J Fitchburgh 

Worcefter fs September 9^?^ 1782 

By Virtue of this Warrant I have warn'd all the Free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
to afsemble and meet at the time & Place & for the Pur- 

pofes within mentioned 

P. Sawyer Jun^ Conftable 



Toivn of FitcJibiu'gJi. 



2b7 



[329] At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchbtirg afsembled September the 16 — 1782 — 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

1'^ — Voted and Chose M': Daniel Putnam Moderator 

2'-^ — Voted to Raise One Hundred Pounds in filver 

Money or Produse as it was raisd last Year to pay the 

Rev*? Mr Payson his Sallery £100,, -,,- 

3^^! — Voted — to Raise £12 to pay Tho? Starns 
to fupport MT* Hart one whole Year 

& fo in proportion 12,, — ,,— 

4'y — Voted — to Raise — Sixty pounds to provide 

Schools 60,, -„- 

5^-^ — Voted — to have Six Men for School Com- 

mitte — 
6'-^ — Voted — & Chose Joseph Fox Esq*"- M'- 
Thomas Stearns — Mr David Mclntire 
M'-Ebenf Bridge — Mr David Parce and 
Mr John Putnam for s^ Committee — 
71z Voted each Quarter of the Town have thier 
proportion of the fchool Mone3' and 
lay s^ money out as the Committe fhall 
think Propper for the benifit of the 
fchool — 
8!z Voted not to Raise anj^ Money on the 5^ 

Article in the Warrent — 
9!z Voted and alowd Daniel farwell his a Count £6 8 
Voted to allow — Tho? Hartwell his Acco^ 3„15„- 
Voted & allowd — Cap^ Saml Burbanks 

Acco^ 

Voted & allowd — David M": Intires Acco^ 
Voted & allowd — Kindal Boutells Acco* 
Voted & allowd— D^ d^ 



Voted & allowd — Joseph Downs Acco* 
Voted & allowd — Saml Harris d° 
Voted & allow'd— Jacob Fullams d° 
Voted & allowd — John Osborns d° 
Voted & allowd — Jefse Frenchs d° 
Voted & allowd — Hez^ Hodgkins d° 
Voted & allow'd — David Goodells d° 
Voted & allow'd— Jn? Far wells d^ 
17 



16, 

14, 

6, 

7, 
8, 
4, 
4, 
8, 
7, 
4, 
16, 
8, 



6 
6 
4 



258 The Old Records of the 

Voted & allowd— Jn? Carters d^ . . . ,, 6,,- 
Voted & allowd — Tho^ Cowdinjun^do . . ,, 4,,- 
Voted & allowd — Joseph & EleazV Bald- 
wins Acco* „ 8,,— 

Voted & allowd — D. S. Locke Do ,,10„4 

Voted & allowd — Thomas Cowdins d° . . 3,, 8, ,4 

Carr*? forward — 

[330] Brot forward £ „ ,, 

Voted and Allow'd Tho! Stearns Acco^ . . ,, 2, - 

Voted & allowd — James Pools d° . . . . ,, 3,,— 

Voted & allowd — Oliver Stickney .... ,, 4,,- 

Voted & allowd — Danl Harris ..... ,, 4,,— 

Voted & allowd — Deacon Thirston an Acco* 
due to Abijah Page for Boarding Sewil 

Harrington 2,, 2, ,8 

Voted & Allowd — Elijah Garfields Acco^ . 1,, 6,, 8 
Voted & Allowd — W™ Danforths— d^ . ,, 2,- 

lOlZ Voted to allow Cap^ Jon^ Wood for pro- 
viding Thirty Chords Good Wood & de- 
liver the same At the Rev"? MT Paysons 
Dwelling House 8,, 



>) 



This Town Meeting Disolved — 

Danl Putnam Moderator 
Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" one 
of The Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In the name of the Goverment & People of this Com- 
mon welth you are herby Requierd to notify and warn all 
the free holders & other Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh qualifyd by law to vote in Town meetings to 
afemble and meet at the meetinghouse in s*^ Town on 
thurfday the twenty fixth Day of this Inftant December 
at one O Clock in the after noon then and their being Duely 
met and formd to act on the folowing artcles that is . . 

I'y to Chuefe a moderator to Govern s"^ meeting 

2'y to See what method the Town will take Refpecting 
the forth Clafs that was Deficant in hiring a Contnantel 
Solder & as the Grate and Generall Coart hath Relin- 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 259 

quished the fine as will apeare b}^ their Refolvs of October 
7 1782 or act aney thing Refering to Either of the foure 
Clafes as they Shall think proper 

3'-^ to See if the Town will pay mr Samuel Herrick 
Six Dolars for his Expences for Stoping three Kits which 
was Drawn a Gainst the Town for what was his Due 
from the Town upon James Danforth^ note & other Ritings 
s'' Herrick had a gainst f*^ town which the Select men 
promist to pa\' — provided f*^ Herrick would Stope s*^ Sute 

[*^31] 4'-^ to See what method the Town will take 
Refpecting mr Jonas Kindall being over taxt or vote any 
thing there on as the3' Shall think think proper . . . 

5^y to See if the Town will Chuefe wardens a Cording 
to the late act of the Generall Coarts — or vote aney thing 
there on as they Shall think proper 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrant to 
fome one of us at or before the Time above mentnid — 
Given under our hands & Scale this tenth Day of Decem- 
ber A D 1782 and in the feventh 3^ear of the Independanc 

of america 

Thos Cowdin ] Select men 
Oliver Stickney \ for 
Eph™ Kimball J Fitch burgh 

Worcefter fs December the 19 1782 ... 

by Vartue of this warrant I have warnd all the free 
holders and other Inhabitents of the Town of Fitchburgh 
to afsemble & meet at the Time and Place within mentned 

Phinehas Sawyer J"*" Cunftable 

at a legall meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afembled December the 26 1782 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

l^y voted and Chose mr Daniel Putnam moderator 
2 voted to pafs over the third artcle in the warrant 

for y*^ prefent 

S'^' Voted to pafs over fourth Article for the prefent 
4*1^ Voted that the Afsefsors go & view M^ Jonas Kin- 

dalls land and improvments that lies in the Town of 



260 The Old Records of the 

Fitchburgh & make fuch alterations as they shall think 
proper in the Valuation in order to fee that s*? Kindall 
Hath Juftice done him as to his Taxes 

5*11 Voted and Chofe M"; W« Brown & Lieu^ Kindall 
Bowtwell Wardens 

6*^ Voted and adjourn'd this meeting 'till the fecond 
day of January 1783 at one O'Clock P. M. . . . 

Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 

[333] 1783 

January 2^ 'The Town met according to their adjourn- 
ment and open'd the meeting and proceeded to act on the 
other Articles not acted upon mentioned in the Warrant 

7*.^ Voted that MT Jofeph Phelps return the lift given 
to him to Collect a fine laid on the fourth Clafs for not 
procuring their Soldier as order'd by the General Court to 
ferve for 3 years in the Continental Army .... 

8*.^ Voted to raife one hundred & Eighty Six Pounds 
Six Shillings to be Afsefsed upon the Inhabitants of s*^ 
Town in order to pa3' the 3 men raifd to Serve in the 
Continental Army for 3 years being the laft demand the 
General Court made for men on s^' Town 

9**1 voted that Each perfon that hath paid his money 
tow ward hiring the laft three years men be alow'd to 

Draw back what is over & above their proportion 

this voted and accepted by the Town — 

10 voted and ordred that the affefsors make the Tax 
to pay the laft three years men with out Delay & that the 
Tax be made Seperate from aney other Tax 

ll^ii voted not to pay m*" Samuel Herrick aney Coft 
for Stoping the three writs mentioned in the Warrant 

The Town meeting Difolved 

Daniel Putnam Moderator 
Tho^ Cowdin Town Clerk 



Janeuery 6*^ 1783 we the Select men of the Town of 
Fitchburgh having taken into our Sereas Confideration the 
ftate and fircumftanfes of Luke oldridge and his wife and 
Children, namely luke and lyda and Jofeph and Sarah who 



Toivn of FitcJibiirgJi. 261 

Came from leominfter last who are under poore fircon- 
ftanfes that we Cant admitt of their being inhabitents 
which we Caused to be warnd out 

Fitchburgh Janeuery 1^"^ 1783 

Tho^ Cowdin \ Select men 
Eph"' Kimball j for Fitchburgh 

[233] (Scale) Worcefter fs To mr Phinehas Sawyer 
JuT one of the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh 
Greeting 

Thefe are in the name of the Common welth of the 
mafsachufeets bay to will and Require you forthwith to 
notify and w^arne the free holders & other inhabitents of 
the Town of Fitchburgh qualify d by Law to Vote in Town 
meetings to afsemble and meet at the meeting house in s'^ 
Fitchburgh on monday the third Day of march next att 
nine o Clock in the foure noon then and their being Duely 
meet and formd to act on the folowing artcles that is 

I'y to Chufe a moderator to Govern s'^ meeting . . . 

2^y to Chufe Select meen and other Town oficers for 
the year Infuing as the law Directs 

3^y to axcept of aney Town Roads or high ways that 
have bin Laid out by the Select men or their order . . . 

4^^ to See what Sum or Sumes of money the Town 
will raise to Keep the high wa3'S in Repare and See what 
method it Shall be workt out the year infuing or act aney 
thing there on as they Shall think proper 

5'y to See who wnll take nirs Hart and Suport her 
the year Infuing and for what fum of money . . . 

6'y to See if the Town will abate ane3' perfons Rates 
on aney list Committed to anc}' Cunftable or Colector 
or aney part there of 

7'y to See if the Town will permit the Swnne to Go 
at large the the year infuing under the Regelations of the 
law 

8^-^' to See if the Town will allow aney a Counts that 
Shall be laid before them for Servis for s'^ town .... 

Here of faile not and make Due Return of this war- 
rant with your Dowings there on to Sume one of us at or 



262 The Old Records of the 

before s*^ Da3'' Given under our hands and Seale this 
Eleventh Day of Febuery A D 1783 

Oliver Stickne ! r 

t:^ 1 m T-- t 11 \ nien for 
Eph'" Kimball l -r^-, , , 
^ \ ritchburg 

Worcefter fs Febuery the 24 1783 — by Virtue of this 
warrant I have warnd all the free holders & other Inhabi- 
tents of the Town of Fitchburgh to meet at the time and 
place and for the purposes within mentned 

Phinehas Saw3^er Ju*" Cunftable 

[234] at a legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh afsembled march the 3 1783 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y voted and Chofe Decon David Goodridge modera- 
tor moderator 

2^y voted to Chuse three Select men for the year 
Infuing 

3'y voted and Chofe mr oliver Stickne & Thomas 
Stearns & John Thurfton Select men 

4'y voted that the Select men be the affesors the year 
Insuing affesors 

5^y voted and Chole Thos Cowdin Town Clerk and 
Town Treafurer .... Town Clerk & Town Treafurer 

6iy voted and Chofe mr Abel Baldwine Cunftable for 

the South Side of the Town Cunftable 

and axepted of Capt Samuel Burbank in abel Baldwines 
Rume Capt Burbant in his Rume 

7^y voted and Chofe mr David macentier Cunftable for 
the north Side and upon an ajurnment voted and acpted 
of Capt Thos Hartwell to Serve Cunftable in David 
maccenters Rume for the north Side of the Town . . Cun- 
ftable for the north Side 

8^y voted and Chofe mr William Brown & mr Kindall 
Boutall wardens for the s*^ Town Wardens 

9^y voted and Chofe Thos Cowdin Jur and m*" Jofeph 
Wheler Tithenmen Tithen men 

lO'y voted and Chofe mr Hezekiah Hodgkins and afa 
Perrey and Thos Cowdin JuT and mr Jacob upton and 



Tozvn of FitcJibtivgh. 263 

mr Ruben Smith and William Grimes and Mr James Poole 
and mr Abraham Jaquith and oliver Brown Survaers of 
high ways Survaers of high ways 

11'-^ voted and Chofe David Whitne and Samuel Darby 
and Elijah Phelps hog Reves hog Reves 

12'^ voted and Chofe Jofhua Parce and Samuel Downe 
here wards fier wards 

13'-^ voted and Chofe Daniel Putnam Survaer of Cla- 
bords & Shingels . . . Survaer of Clabords & Shingels 

[235] 14iy voted and Chofe Capt Jonathan Wood 
Survare of hups and Staves hups & Staves 

15^y voted and Chofe David Parce Sealer of Waits and 
mefhers waits & mefhers 

16'y voted Afa Perr and Jofhue Parce fense vuers . . 
fens vuers 

17'y voted Raise one hundred pounds to mend and 
keep in Repare the high ways and bridges the year Infu- 
ing £100 — 

and that those that Did not work out their high way 
tax last years Deficency aded ot the prefent years high 
way tax or pay in money what is be hind or Remains 
Due, and the list is to be Ruturnd by the high way Se- 
vares with the Credit on s^ list of Each perfon by the 20 
Day of October next .... 

and that the high way tax Shall be w^orkt out as it 
was in the year 1774 £14^14-0 

IS'J" voted that the Town pay Liut Kindall Boutall 
forty nine Dolars to Suport mrs Hart one whole year and 
so in proportion if fhe fhould not live the year out . . 49 
Dolars 

19^y voted that the Swine Run at large being under 
the Regolation of the law the year Infuing .... 

20'y voted and alowd Phineas Sawyer Jun his a Count 
which is 0-19-4 

voted and alowd Samuel Davis a Count ... 1- 4-0 

voted and alowd Eph™ Kimball his a Count . 3-16-0 

voted and alowd oliver Stickney his a Count . 3-12-0 

voted and alowd John Thurfton his a Count . 3- 8-0 

voted and alowd Decon Goodridge his a Count 3 11 

voted and alowd James Poole his a Count . . 1 00 



264 The Old Recot-ds of the 

21'y voted and axcepted of a Road laid out for noah 
wizwell land til it Corns to the County Rode and axcepted 
by the Town if the land is Given by those perfons that 
own the land namely mr Nathaniel Wrights . . . 

and Thos Cowdins land til the two Rod Rode Striks 
the County Rode and the trees markt on the Easterdly 
lide of faid Road .... 

then the Town Came to a vote and a jurnd the Town 
meeting til the 17 of this Inftant march 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

the Remainder of the Town meeting you will find in 
page 237 for want of Rum 

[236] (Seal) Worcefter fs To mr Samuel Burbank 
one of the Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greet- 
ing 

In the name of the Common welth of the mafsachufets 
bay you are herby requierd to notify in Due Corse of Law 
agreable to the Conftitution the free holders & other In- 
habitents Qualified by the Conftitution to vote for the 
officers hereafter mentned to afsemble & meet at the meet- 
ing house in s'^ Town on the first monday in april next at 
one O Clock in the after noon then and their being Duely 
meet and formd 

firstly to vote for a Governer 

2'y for a Liu* Governer 

3^y for five Senoters 

and forthly to Chuse a Committe to Setle with the 

Town Treafurer . . . Here of faile not and make Return 

of this Warrant to Some one of us with 3^our Dowings 

there on at or before the s'^' Day Given under our hands 

& Scale this Eighteenth Day of march A D 1783 . . . 

T 04. • 1 f Select men 
Oliver Stickne [ r 

Thos Stearns ( -o-, ,, 

[ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs In obedianc to the Within Warrant I 
have notifyd & warnd the free holders and other Inhabi- 



Town of FitchburgJi. 265 

tents of the Town of Fitchburgh to meet at the time & 
place agreable to the Within Warrant . . . 
Fitchburgh april 7 1783 

Samuel Burbank Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town o 
Fitchburgh afembled april the Seventh 1783 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

firftly voted and Chofe his Exelency John Handcock 
Governer by the number of votes therty feven . . 37 
voted and Chofe his honer Tho^ Cushen Liut 

Govrner the noumber of votees 31 

and one vote for the honarable James Bod- 
wine Esq 1 vote 

and for five Senetors — that is the Hon' mofes 

Gill Esq 9 

for the Hor Samuel Baker Esq 9 

for the Hon' Ifreal Nichols Esq 9 

for mr Will Page hardwick 9 

for Samuel Curtic Esq 9 

[^37] then proced a Cording to the warrant and 
Chofe Jofeph Fox Esq and mr Phinehas Hartwell to be a 
Committe to Setle with the Town Treafurer then Defolvd 

the Town meeting .. ^. . , 

Oliver Stickne moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

march 17*^ 1783 the Town meet a Cording to their 
ajurnment and profeded to y*^ bifnes of the Day 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

22'^ voted and Dismift Daniel Putnam from his being 
Chofe one of the Select men and an affesor .... 

23'-^' voted and axcepted of Capt Samuel Burbank to 
Serve Cunftable and Collector in mr Abel Baldwines Rume 

then the Town voted and ajurnd the Town meeting 

til the first monday in april at 2 o Clock in the after 

noon — 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

april the 7 1783 the Town meet acording to their 
ajurnment and opend the meeting and proceded to the 
bifnes of the Day 



266 The Old Records of the 

24'y voted and Chofe Samuel Herrick Cunftable for 
the north Side of the town which was afterwards Difmist 
by the town by Reafon of mr David makentier hiring 
Capt Thos Hartwell to ferve in his Rume .... 

then the Town a jurnd the Town meeting til the 16 
Day of ma^- at 2 o Clock in the after noon. 

Thos Cowdin Town Clark 

May 16 1783 the Town meet acording to their ajurn- 
ment and proceded to the bifnes of the Day . . . 

25'y voted and axcepted of Capt Thos Hartwell to 
Serve Cunftable and Collector for the north Side of the 
Town in the Rume of David macentier which was Difmist 
by his hiring the afore faid Thos Hai"twell in his Rume 
which was Sworen into the office of Cunftable & Colector 
for the year Infuing — then the meeting was Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 



[238] (SI) Worcefter fs To Capt Samuel Burbank 
one of Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

In the name of the Common welth you are Requierd 
forth with in Due Coarfe of law to notify and warne all 
the free holders and other Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh Qualifyd by the Conftitution to vote for a 
Reprefentative to a Semble and meet at the meeting houfe 
on fr^^day the Sixtenth Day of may next at one o Clock 
in the after noon then and their being Duely meet and 
formd to Chufe Som meet perfon if they think fit to 
Reprefent them in the Grate and Generall Coart the year 
Infuing 

Then to proced a Cording to fome other matters which 
are herafter mentned in f*^ warant Relating to other town 
matter 

I'y to Chufe a moderator Regolate the last Claws of 
the warrant 

2^y to See if the town will provide ftocks and Scales 
and waits for the youse of the Town 

3'y to fee what method the Towm will Do in Refpect 



Toivn of FitcJibnrgJi. 267 

to their being Sud by Benjiraan Larranc or act ane^' thing 
Refering ther to as they fhall think proper — 

4'y to fee what the Town will Do Relpecting the 
poore 

Here of fale not and make Return of this warrant 

with your Dowings there on to fome one of us at or 

before the Day above mentnd given under our hands and 

Seale This 28 Day of april 1783 

Oliver Stickne 1 e i ,. 

n-u 04. I Select men 

Thos Stearns \ r -rv-, i, 

T u Ti r* lor ritchburg 

John Ihurlton J '^ 



Worcefter fs may the 16 1783 

In obedianc to the within warrant I have notif\^d and 
warnd all the free holders and other Inhabitents to afem- 
ble and meet at the time and place mentined in the war- 
rant 

Samuel Burbank Cunftable 



at a legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburgh afsembled may the 16 1783 

[239] Then after the warrants being Red the Town 
being ast the question whether they would fend a Repre- 
fentative the \'ear Infuing it was voted that they would 
Send 

and a Cordingly proceded to a Choyse — 

and brot in their votes and made Choyse of Capt 

Thos Cowdin to Reprefent the s'^ Town in the Grate and 

General Coart the year Infuing . . . and also voted to 

Give their Reprefentativ their Inftructions and then Difolvd 

the meeting 

Thos Cowdin Towin Clerk 

Then proceded to act on the other artcles mentned in 
the warrant 

l^y voted and Chofe Daniel Putnam moderator . moder- 
ator 

2'y voted that the Town are provided with a Good 
Beame and a Set of Good Seeld waits . . . Seald waits 



268 The Old Records of the 

S'y voted to provide a Seet of good Stoks and voted 
that the Stoks be let out lowest bider 

4'y and a Cording ly they ware let out to Capt Thos 
Cowdin the wood work only for 6/ 

S'y voted and Chofe a Committe to Defend the Law 
Sute betwene the Town and Benjiman Larranc 

e^y Chofe mr Elijah Gafield & Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" be 
a Committee to a pear and Defend the Town a Gainst F 
laranc to final Judgment and Execution and the f*^ Com- 
mitte are herb impowerd to proced in the law to as far as 
they Shall think proper for the Towns Intrest 

This meeting Difolvd 

Daniel Putnam moderator 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

*A Two Rod Road 

Fitchburgh March the 1 1783 

The Selectmen apointed us a Committy to lay out a 
Road for the Conveanancy of us whofe Names are under 
ritten and we have laid it out in the following manner. 
Beginning at the South Part of M^ Farwell and MT Page 
and running North, Betwene them till it comes to Land 
of Doc* Martin Herrick, thence Nor weft Acroft a corner 
of s"? Herricks Land, and the bounds are trees marked on 
the North Eaft Side of the Road, and then running Acroft 
Benjaman Herreks Land Weftterly, till it comes to Land 
of Jofeph Venens and trees Marked on the North Side 
thence Running north by Land of Said Benjamans upon 
Land of s"? Venens till it Comes to Land of Eph™ How- 
ards runing still by Benjamin Herricks Land and on 
Eph"' Howard, till it comes to Land of Elijah Willards 
thence Running a Croft s^ Elijah's Land till it Comes to 
Land of Daniel Willards ; the Road marked on Eaft Side, 
then running North acroft Daniel Willard land to Afhby 
line, and the Marks on the Eaft Side of the way the road 

Turn Over 

* First location road now known as Ashby West Road. [Annotation 
on the margin. W. A. D.] 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 269 

[340] two Rods wide which we offer for the Towns 
Exceptence. Excepted thif Road if the Land be Given for 
the youse of the Inhabitance of s":^ Town 

I Jofeph Vennen 
I Simeon Chattuck 
I Daniel Willard 
Ephraim Howard 
Benjaman Herrick 
EHjah Willard 

Committe apo\'nted 
by the Select men 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(Scale) Worcefter fs to Thomas Hartwell one of the 
Cunftables for the Town of Fitchburgh Greeting 

in the name of the Common welth of the mafsechufets 
you are herby orderd in Due Corfe of law to notify and 
warne all the free holders and other Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh qualif3'd by law to vote in Town 
meetings to afsemble and meet at the meeting house in 
s^ Town on tuesday the Sixteenth Day of September next 
1783 at one O Clock in the after noon then and their being: 
Duel3' meet and formd to act on the folowing artcles that is 

V^' Chufe a moderator to Govern said meeting . . . 

2'>' to See what Sura of money the Town will Raise 
for the Revrant mr Paysons Salery for the prefent year or 
act aney thing there on as they Shall think proper . . . 

3'y to See what Sum of money the Town will Raise 
to Suport a Scoole or act aney thing there on as thev 
Shall think proper 

4iy to Raise money to Suport mrs Hart .... 

5'y to See what method the Town will take to Git 
wood for mr Payson the year Infuing .... 

6'y to See if the Town will allow Such a Counts as 
Shall be laid before them for Servfes Dun for s'* Town 

7'y to See what the Town will do Refpecting the 
Scool land Sold by Lunenburgh or act aney thing there 
on as they Shall think proper .... 

8'y to See if the Town will abate aney perfons Rates 
in aney list or lifts in aney Cunftable or Colectors hands 
or act aney thing there on as they Shall think proper . , 



270 The Old Records of the 

9'y to See if the Town will aprove or Dif aprove of a 
Road from mr William Grimes to mr Jacob Gibfons and 
turning from s*^' Gibfons to perleys land or act aney thing 

thereon as they Shall think proper 

[341] 10'>' to See what Sum or Sums of money the 
Town will Raife to Defra^^ Town Charges or act aney 

thing Thereon as they Shall think proper 

Here of faile not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings ther one to Some one of us at or before 
the s^ Day Given under our hands and Scale at Fitch- 
burgh the 1 Day of September A D 1783 

Oliver Stickne | Select men 
Thos Stearns / for 
John ThurftonJ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs September the 15 1783 

In obedianc to the within warrant I have Notifyd the 
Inhabitents of s'^' Town qualifyd by law to act in Town 
meetings to meet at time and place 

Thomas Hartwell Cunftable 

at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the Town of 
Fitchburh afsembled September the 16 1783 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

I'y voted and Chofe Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" moderator 

2'y voted to Raife Sixty Six pounds thirteen Shilings 
& foure penc to pay the Revrant mr John Paysons Salery 
the Prefent year £66-13-4 

3iy voted to Raife forty pounds to Suport a Scoole the 
year Infuing 40-0-0 

4iy voted that Each quarter of the Town Draw their 
proportan or part of the Scool money — and that no quarter 
of the Town be intitled to aney part of the Scool money 
til they have Expended their part by laying s^' money out 
in Scooling their Children 

5'y voted and Chofe Jofeph fox Esq. Liu^ Paul Wetherby 
& Phinehas Sawyer JuE & amos Ordway & afa Perrey & 
Ruben Gibfon Ju" be a Committe to provide a Scool marf- 
ter or marfters 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 271 

6'y voted to Raife forty nine Dolars to Suport mrs 
hart one whole 3'ear & so in proportion for a lefs 
tarme £14-14-0 

[243] 7'^ voted that mr Paysons wood be Sot up 
at a vandue and and that the lowest bider provide the 
wood and Deliver thirty Coards of Good Wood at the 
Dower of the Revrant mr Paysons house for the vear 
Infuing .... 
8'y voted to alow Ifaac Holden his a Count and 

others 

voted to alow Afeph Goodridge his a Count . 
voted to alow William Brown his a Count 
voted to alow Oliver Stickne his a Count 
voted to alow Phinehas Saw3'er Jur his a Count 
voted to alow Thomas Stearns his a Count . 
voted to alow Thomas Stearns a nother a Count 
voted to alow Jofhua Pare his a Count . . . 
voted to alow William Brown a nother a Count 
voted to alow Elijah Gafield his a Count . . 
voted to alow William Tidmafh his a Count 
voted to alow Phinehas Hartwell his a Count 
voted to alow Cap* Jonathan Wood his a Count 
voted to alow Thomas Cowdin his a Count . . 
voted to alow Jofeph fox Esq his a Count . . . 
voted to alow John Thurften his a Count . . . 

24 2 5 
9'y voted and Chofe Thomas Cowdin and Phinehas 
Hartwell to be a Committe to Sarch the Records in the 
proprietors book Refpecting the Scool lands -& and also 
the Records in the Town Book of Lunenburge and take a 
tefted Coppes of the Records - to now what purpos those 
lands was Granted for and to See if the Town of Fitch- 
burgh had aney Right to those Lands or land and also 
the faid Committe are impowerd to Setle with Lunen- 
burgh or to profecute to final Judgment 

lO'y voted to abate John Whelers Rates in Daniel far- 
wills lists which is for the year 1780 whis is . 2-18 3 ^o^^y 
also to a bate William Batons tax which is 1-18-8 
also to a bate Robert Hills tax which is . 11-6 





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- 1-4 


0- 


-16-0 


1- 


- 1-0 


6 


15-0 





13-6 





16-0 



272 The Old Records of the 

also to a bate Silos Browns which is . . 0-750 
also to abate William Stewards tax in Phine- 

has Sawyer Lift which is 1-11-6 

then a motion was made & Seconded to a Jurn the 
meeting til the third Tuefday of October next & the Town 

meeting was ajurnd a Cordingly 

Thos Cowdin T Clerk 

[343] October the 21 1783 The Town meet aCording 
to f'^ ajurnment and the Town Clerk being abfent a motion 
was made and Seconded to ajurn f"^ Town meeting Tuefday 
the 28 Day of this Inftant October at one oClock in the 
after noon at this place . . . The meeting is ajurnd a 
Cordingly 

1- e+- 1 f Select men 

ohver Stickne ) r 

Thomas Stearns \ ^-^ i u 

[ritchburg 

October the 21 1783 the Town meet a Cording to 
their a Jurnment and opend the meeting and proceded to 
the work of the Day 

ll'y voted to a bate John uptons taxes in Phinehas 
Hartwells list which is 1- 8-9 

voted and a bated Nahum Darbyes tax which is 1-18-8 

voted and a bated Daniel Darb3^s tax which is . 1-18-8 

12'-^ voted to Rafe thirty pounds to Defray Town 
Charges 30-0-0 

13'-^' voted to pay Nehemiah fuller five pounds Seven- 
teen Shilings to provide thirty Coards of Good wood and 
Deliver the wood at mr John Paysons Dwilling House the 
wood is to be to the Exceptance of the Revrant mr John 
Payson 5-17-0 

Fitchburgh Septembr the 16 1783 then Rcend with 
the Town Treafurer 

14'y voted and Excepted of the Town Treafurers a 
Counts as they ftand by the Towns Committe we find 
Due in Jonathan Holts hands Cunftable for the year 
1778 £5-13-6-3 

we find in James Paterfons hands Cunftable for the 
yeare 1779 hard money 1 12-2-1 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 273 

In Phinhas Hartwells Cunftable for the year 1780 
Town Tax hard money 46—13— 6 — 

In Phinehas Hartwells hands minifter Tax for the year 
1780 20-15- 8-3 

In Daniel farwells hands Cunftable for the year 1780 
Town Tax 68-18- 1-3 

In Capt Rubin Gibfons hands Colector for the 3'ear 
1781 Town tax 169-13- 4 - 

we also find in f^ Gibfons minister Tax for 1781 . . 

34- 9- 5-2 

In Capt Samuel Burbanks Collector for the year 1781 
Town Tax 36-12- 7-3 

we also find in f"^' Burbanks hands minifter tax for the 
year 1781 11- 1- 7 - 

In Cap^ Samuel Burbanks Colector for the year 1782 
Town Tax • 36-15- 5 - 

we also find in f^ Burbanks hands minifter tax 1782 . . 

50-15- 6 - 

In Jofeph Phelps hands Colector for the year Town 
tax 1782 35- 4- 9 - 

we also find in f'' Phelpes hands minifter tax for 1782 

49- 4- 6 - 

[244] In Capt Samuel Burbanks hands Colector for 
the year 1782 Soldiers tax £90-16- 0-2 

In Jofeph Phelpes hands Colector for the year 1782 
Soldiers tax 89-19-11-3 

we find in the Treafurers hand a State Recept which 
Phinehas Hartwell is a Countable for to the Town Dated 
april 28 — 1781 & is due on f"^ Recept in hard moneys . . . 

51-14- 1 - 

we find one note against Capt Ruben Gibfon in hard 
money 3—12— 

we find one note against Capt Samuel Burbank in 
hard money 3-12— 

we find one State Treafurers Recepte the Towns prop- 
erty a gainst Capt Samuel Burbant Dated June 13*^ 
1782 125-14^ 8 

we find one States Treafurers Recept the Towns prop- 
erty against Capt Ruben Gibfon Dated June 14 1782 . . . 

32-18- 6 
18 



274 The Old Records of the 

we find a note find by francis Fullam Dated December 
the 31 1772 for 2:20- 3 

We also find that the Treafurer hath paid over and 
above what he thath Recevd which he is to be allowd 
for 80=16 = 8 

we find a note a Gainst Cap* Samuel Bnrbank Dated 
march 17*^ 1782 for 3-12- 

we find a note a Gainst Capt Thos Hartwell Dated 

may 16 1783 for 3-12- 

Phinehas Hartwell ] Commit"^ 
Jofeph Fox ( a pointed 

Thomas Stearns (to Setle with 
John Thurfton J the Treafur 

The Town meeting Difolvd 

Phinehas Sawyer Jur moderator 
Thomas Cowdin Town Clerk 



[245] (Scale) Worcefter fs To Thomas Hartwell 
Cunftable for the town of Fitchburgh — Greeting — in the 
name of the Common Wealth of the mafsachufetts you 
are herby required in Due Coarse of law to notify & 
warne all the free holders and other Inhabitents of s^^ 
Town qualifyd to vote in town meetings to afemble and 
meet at the meeting house in s<^* Town on monday the 
fifth Day of Janeuery next at one O Clock in the after 
noon then and their being Duely meet and formd to act 
on the folowing articles .... 

1^-^' to Choose a moderator to Govern s^' meeting . . 

2'y to See what method the Town will take to Raise 
the firft the firft moyety of the Continantel Tax that hath 
bin omitted by the s'' Town or act aney thing thereon as 
they Shall think proper 

3'y to See if the Town will allow Capt Samuel Bur- 
bank Six Shiling pr Bufhel for Rye that the Town promis'd 
for his for Suporting mrs hart for one year or act aney 
thing there on as they Shall think proper 

Here of faile note and make Returen of this warrant 
w^ith your Dowing there on to fum one of us at or before 



Toivn of FitcJibiirgh. 275 

the Da}' a bove mentned Given under our hands and Scale 
this ninteenth Da^^ of December 1783 

Oliver Stickncy \ Select men 

Thos Stearns { x^-, ii t 
J Fitchburgh 



Worcefter fs Fitchburgh Janeuery 5*^ 1784 in obedianc 
to the wart I have notify d and warnd the Inhabitents of 
s'' Town qualifyd by law to vote in Town meetings to meet 
at time and place within mentned 

Thos Hartwell Cunftable 

[346] at a Legal meeting of the Inhabitents of the 
Town of Fitchburgh a fembled Janeuery the 5 1784 

Thos Cowdin T Clerk 

I'y voted and Chofe Deacon David Goodridge moder- 
ator 

2iy voted by the Town of Fitchburgh to Raife foure 
hundred and Sevent}^ foure pounds thirteen Shilings and 
foure penc being their proportion of the firft raoyety of 
the Contenantel tax Granted by the Grate and Generall 
Coart at there Sefion in may 29 1782 . . . £474:13:4 

3'-^ voted to alow Cap* Samuel Burbank Six Shilings 
pr Bufhel for Rye the Town promifed to pay him for Keep- 
ing mrs Hart one whole yeare whis is forty Bufhels of 

Rye 

Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

This meeting Difolvd 

David Goodridge moderator 
Thos Cowdin Town Clerk 

(seal) Worcefter fs To Thomas Hartwell one of the 
Constabls of the town of Fitchburg in said County . . . 
Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of Mafsa- 
chufetts to will & Require 3'ou forth with to Notify & warn 
all the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the town of 
Fitchburg Quallified By Law to vote in town meetings to 
Afsemble and meat at the meeting Houfe in s'^ town on 



276 The Old Records of the 

Monday the first Day of march Next at Nine O Clock in 
the morning then & their Being Duly meet & to act on 
the following articles to wit 

If* to Choofe A Moderator to Govern s'^ meeting . . 

2^y to Choose Selectmen & other town officers for the 
year Enfuing as the Law Directs or act theiron as they 
Shall think proper 

3'y to See if the town accept of any Roads or High- 
ways that have Been Laid out b}^ the Selectmen or their 
order or act any thing their on as they Shall think proper 

4'^ to See what Sum or Sums of money the town 
will Raife to keep the Highways in Repair and See in 
what method the Same Shall be worked out the Enfuing 
year .... 

5'y to see who will take Mifs Hart & for what Sum 
of money they will Support Her the year Enfuing 

[247] 6'y to See if the town will vote the Swine to 
go at Large under the Regulation of the Law the year 
Enfuing .... 

7'y to See if the Town will allow any accompt for 
Service Done for Said town 

8'y to See if the Town will take up the Sects in the 
front Garlley & make them into Pews for the ufe of the 
Singers or act any thing theiron as they Shall think 
proper .... 

9'y to See if the Town will Repair the Glafs in the 

meeting House or not 

Oliver Stickney ] Select men 

Thomas Stearns \ for 
John Thurston JurJ Fitchburg 

Worcefter Ss febuary y*^ 28 1784 

In obedince to the within warrant I have Notified and 
worned all the freholders & other Inhabitance of the town 
of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in town meetings 
to meet at time and place with in Named 

Thomas Hartwell Constable 

At A Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
Fitchburg Afsembled March the first 1784 



Select men & afsefsors 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 277 

1^^ voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Moderator 

2'y voted & Choofe Phinehas 
Hartwell firft Select man oliver 
Stickney the second Thomas Starns 
the third 

3^-^ voted that the Selectmen 
be the affesors for the year En- 
fuing 

4'y voted & Choofe Phin<^ Hartwell Town Clark . . 
Town Clark 

5'y votd & Choose Phin«^ Hartwell Town Treafurer . . 
Town Treafurer 

6iy voted & Choofe Dea David Goodridge ] 
Constable for the South Side of the Town ( QQ^g^^bles 

7'-^ voted and Choofe Jofep Policy Con- | 
stable for the North Side of the Town J 

giy voted & Choose Joseph Sawyer & John Goodridge 
to be wardans wardains 

9'y voted & Choofe Afeph Goodridge & David Parce 
tything men Tything men 

lO'y voted & Choofe Hezekiah Hodgkins & Cap* Sam' 
Burbank & Jofeph Sawyer & Jonathan Rufsel & Daniel 
Putnum & Thomas Hilton & Lue* Kendel Boutell & Jona- 
than flint & Leu<^ Seth Phillips & william Hafkell to be 
Survayours of High ways the year infuing .... High 
way Survayrs 

ll'y voted that the Survoyrs be Directed to work out 
the Highway taxes in the following manner viz to have 
Each perfon on the Spot be allowed four pence for every 
Hour that he faithfully works & thofe Survyours that are 
Called to afsift on the County Road are to allow their 
Hands each perfon Sutable time for their travle to the 
place appontd to work thofe that are taken from their 
own Deftrict 

Be allow for a yoak of oxen a Hole Day 2/ & for a 
Cart 1/ for a Plough one ShilHng & Six pence for a Day 

[248] And all Perfons that Dont work out their 
High way Rate shall be obliged to Pay the Remainder to 
the Collector or Collectors in money and the Highway 
Survayours are ordred to Return a Lift of all Deliquant 
persons to the afsefsors that hant workt out there High 



278 The Old Records of the 

way tax By the first of October next & the afsefsors are 
Directed to afsefs all Perfons that have not workt out 
there Highway tax" viz what Remains not workt that is 
the afsefsors are to afsefs what Remains on the Next town 
tax & that the money be Laid out in mending & Repair- 
ing the Highway and Bridges 

12'y voted & Choofe for Hog Reeves Jonathan wars 
& Jacob fullam & John upton & David whitemore . Hog 
Reeves 

13'y voted & Choofe Jacob Gibson & Samuel Farce 
to be fire wards for the year Enfuing .... fire wards 

14'y voted & Choofe John upton to be a Surveyor of 
Shingles & Clabords . . Surveors of Shingles & Clabords 

15'y voted & Choofe Cap^ Jonathan wood to be a 
survayour of Hoops & Staves . . Survayour of Hoops 
& Staves 

16'y voted & Choose David Parce to be a Sealer of 
weights & meafures .... Sealer of weigh & meafures 

17'y voted & Choofe Afa Perrey & Jacob upton to 
be fence vewers fence vewers 

18'y voted to Raife one Hundred & fifty Pounds to 
mend the Highways & Bridges the year Enfuing . . • 

19'y voted that the Selectmen order the Highway Sur- 
vayors to work on the County Road from the town Line 
by Jacob Uptons & by m^ Kendall Boutels as much as 
they Shall think proper 

20'y voted to pay Daniel Farwell thirty five Dollars 
to support mis Hart one whole year & so in propotion 
if She Should not Live the year out £10-10-0 

the motion was made & Seconded to adjourn & it 
was voted to adjourn this meeting till the fifteenth Day of 
this Inftant march at one a Clock in the after Noon & 
the meeting is ajoured accordingly 

Thomas Cowden Clark 

March y^ 15*^ 1784 

the Inhabitance of the Town meet according to ajourn- 
ment and proceded to Bufinefs 

21'y voted to allow oliver Brown his accomp* which 
is £1-4-0 pd 



Town of FitcJibnrgJi. 279 

and alfo Allowed Phin^ Saw\'er Ju*" his accomp* which 
is 0-12-0 pd 

[241)] 22'y voted to Choofe a Committee & Report 
wheather it is Beft for the town to take up an}' part of 
the frunt Gallary for the ufe of the Singers and Report to 
the Town 

23'y voted «& Choofe Daniel Putnum & oliver Stickney 
& Dea John Thurfton 

24iy voted to Repair the the Glafs in the meeting 
Houfe 

25'y voted that the Selectmen Repair the Glafs winders 
in the meeting Houfe 

26'y voted to Excufe De-'^ David Goodridge from Serv- 
ing Constable & Collector and that the ten Dollars Shall 
Be in full for him the said David Goodridges turn when 
paid which Sum the Said Dea Goodridge promifses to pay 
to the town & Give his note for the money .... 

27'y voted that the Collectors of the town & State 
tax Shall be held to procure Good Bondsmen for the faith- 
full performance of the Duty of Collector 

28'^ voted to pay Dea John Thurston forty one Shil- 
ling on each Hundred pound he Shall Collect and So in 
proption for a Greater or Lefsor Sum for Collecting the 
town or County or State or whatfever other tax . . . 

29'y voted and accepted of Dea John Thurston to be 
a Collector for the north Side of the town for y*^ year 1784 

30'y voted to pay John ferwell forty three Shillings for 
one Hundred pounds to Collect the town & State taxes & 
all other taxes Legually afsefed so in propotion wheather 
Greater or Lefser 

31'y voted to accept of John ferwell to Serve as Col- 
lector for the South Side of the town and to Serve Con- 
stable in the Room of De^ David Goodridge then the mo- 
tion was made & Seconed to ajourn the march meeting 
till firft munday in april and the meeting is ajourned 
accordingly till one a Clock in the after noon . . . 

Thomas Cowdin Town Clark 

April ye 5^^ 1784 then the Town meet according to 
ajournment & proceded to the Buifenefs of the Day . . 



280 The Old Records of the 

32'-^ voted to move the potition Betwene the mens & 

the womens Seats in the front Gallary So as the men 

Singers to have two thirds of the front Gallary for there 

ufe 

Phinehas Hartwell Moderator 

this meeting Difsolved 

Recorded By me Phinehas Hartwell Town Clark 

[350] (seale) Worcefter fs To John Farwell Confta- 
ble for the town of fitchburg Greeting! Thefe are there- 
fore in the Name of the Commonwealth of the Mafsachu- 
fetts to order & Direct you fourthwith to Notify all the 
male Inhabitance of fitchburg of twenty one years of age 
& upwards Having a freehold Eftate within this Com- 
monwealth of the anuel income of three pounds or any 
Eftate of the value of Sixty pounds to Afsemble and meet 
at the meeting Houfe in Fitchburg on monday the fift 
Day of April Next at three a Clock in the after noon then 
& their being Duly meet & formed to act on the follow- 
ing articles viz .... 

1^* to Give in your votes for a Governor . . . 

2^y to Give in your votes for a Lue* Governor . . . 

3'^ to Give in your votes for five Senators in the 
County of worcefter a Greeable to the Constitution 

Hereof fail not make Return of this warrant with 
your Doings there on to Some one of us at or before the 
Day and time a bove mentioned Given under under our 
Hands & Seal at fitchburg this twenty Second Day of 
march and in the year of our Lord 1784 

Phinehas Hartwell \ Select men 
Oliver Stickney \ for 

Thomas Starns J fitchburg 

Worcefter Ss April y^ 5^^ 1784 ^ in obediance to the 
within warrant 1 have Notified the freeholders & other 
inhabitance as is Spacified in the within warrant 

John Farwell Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the town of 
fitchburg afsembled april the fift 1784 



Tozvn of Fitchbiirgh. 281 

IP^ voted for his Exellancy John Handcock Efq'' for a 

Govrnor by the No of votes two 2 

Do for the Honourable John Adams Efq'' one . No . 1 
D° for Col° John Commins . . . one . . No . 1 
D'' for the Honorable Samuel Holton Efqr seven- 
teen No . 17 

D" for the Rever'^ Zebdial Adams . . . tv\,^enty 

one No . 21 

2'y voted for the Honrable oliver Prefcott as Lu^ Gov- 
ernor No of vots . 29 

3'y voted for five Senators viz \ the Honourble mofes Gill 

Efqr No 26 

for the Honourable Israel Nicholas Efqr . No of votes . 26 
for the Honourable Seth warfhburn Efqr No of votes . 26 
for the Hounourble Samuel Curtifs Efqr . No of votes . 26 
for M"- Willam Page of Hard wick . . . No of votes . 26 

I Phin*^ Hartwell 1 Select men 
Thomas Cowdin Town Clark } oliver Stickney 1 for 

J Thomas Starns J Fitchburg 

[351] Fitchburg September y^ 4"^ 1783 
* Whereas a Nomber of the inhabtance of this town 
Dwelling in the Norweftardly part of Said town & owners 
of Lands now about to be improved & is improved Some 
time paft Requefted to the Selectmen of s"^ town for a tow 
Rod Road to to be Laid out through the Lands of us the 
Subscribers which was Laid out and agreed to \ the 
Difcriptions are as follows Begining at WE Hafkells South 
Line Runing Northerdly through s'^' Hafkells Land to Leu* 
Pages & AbraH} Ferwell Land then on pages & ferwells 
one Rod on each through on the Line betwene them to 
Docter martin Herricks Land then through the Corner of 
s*^ Dr Herrick Land about 30 or 40 Rods to Benjamin 
Herrick Land then Runing angle waj^s through the s'^ Benj^ 
Herrick Land to or near s^' Herrick Houfe to Jofeph venen 
Land then on Jos venens Land Bounded on Herrick 
through to Ephraim Heyward Land then on Howards 
Land on Herrick Line to Eljah willard Land then North- 

*See page 239. [Annotation on the margin. \V. A. D.] 



282 The Old Records of the 

erdly through s^' willard Land to the Land of Daniel wil- 
lard then through said Daniels willards Land to Afhby 
Line the above mentioned Road has ben accepted By the 
town So far as was Given and for the Better Satisfaction 
and Safty of the town and the owners of Said Lands the 
Road was Laid out on or through, we the owners of s^ 
Lands, Do Hereby tistify and Confirme our willingnefs 
each and every one of us perfonah^ to Give Said Land free 
& clear of all inconibrances for the publick ufe & Benefit of 
travelling to be an open town Road for pafing and Re- 
pafsing as is Laid out & Difcribed by marks and Bounds 
in witnefs Hereof we Do Sett our Hands this inftant Sep- 
tember and in the Seventh year of america Indepedance 

March y^ 1*"* 1784 the above mentioned Road was 
accepted at a Legal meeting of the inhabitance of s^^ town 
at there annual march meeting By an article in serted for 
that Purpofe \ the above mentioned perfons that signed 
this Intrument are as follows 

Abraham Farwell 
WilHam Hafkell 
Elijah Willard 
D^ Martin Herrick 
Ephraim Heyward 
Daniel willard 
Jofeph venen 
Benj'^ Herrick 
Jonathan Page 
Samuel Herrick 
NathL Heyward 

Phine^ Hartwell moderator 
Recorded By me 

Phinehas Hartwell town Clark 



[253] (Seal) Worcefter fs To Capt Thomas Hart- 
well one of the Constables for the town of Fitchburg 
Greeting \ thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of 
the Mafsachufetts to will & Require you forthwith to 
Notify & warn ail the freeholders & other Inhabitance of 



Town of FitcJibiu'gJi. 283 

the Town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in town 
meetings to afsemble & meet at the meeting Houfe in 
fitchljurg on Munda\^ the fifteenth Day of this inftant 
march at one O clock in the after noon then & there 
being Duly meet & formed to act on the following articles 
(viz) .... 

1*"*^ to Choofe moderator to Govern s*^ meeting . . . 

2'^ to See if the town will Send a member to meat a 
Convention at Worcefter b^- a Request of a Circuler Letter 
from Sutten for that purpose or act any thing there on as 
they Shall think proper 

3'y to See if the town will a bate any Rates in any 
of the Constables or Collectors Lift or Lifts or act any 
thing there on as they Shall think proper 

4'y to See if the town will Difcontinue a road from 
wilHam Grimefes Houfe to Jacob Gibsons Houfe & accept 
of a road from s-^ Gibsons Houfe through s^ Gibsons Land 
to a road that Leads to the School house as is Discribed 
b\^ a Request of a Number of the inhabitance of s^ town 

5'^ to See if the town will afsift Afeph Goodridge in 
Keeping the Gates in repare on the road Leading from s*^ 
Goodridges to the meeting houfe 

6'y to See if the tow^n will Raife money to Discharg 
an Execution in the High Sheriff hands for beef & Raife 
monc}^ for other ufes or act any thing there on as they 
Shall think proper 

7^-^ to See if the town will Choofe a Committee to 
Settle with the town treafurer 

8'-"^ to See if the town will take into Confideration & 
Defend m'' Noah wefwell from paying his taxes to weft- 
minfter afsefed on him in the year 1781 & 1782 or act any 
thing there on as they Shall think proper 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Doings there on to Some one of us on or before 
s*^ Day Given under our hands & Seal Dated at Fitchburg 
march the firft 1784 

Phin*^ Hartwell ) Select men 
Oliver Stickney \ for 
Tho'' Stearns j Fitchburg 



284 The Old Records of the 

Worcefter Ss Fitchburg March y*^ IS^i^ 1784 In obedi- 
ence to the within warrant I have Notified & warned all 
the free holders & other Inhabitance of the town Qualified 
by Law to vote in town meeting to meet at time and 
place with^Named 

Thomas Hartwell Constable 

[^53] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg afsembled on march y^ 15*'^ 1784 . . . 
l^y Choofe Phinehas Hartwell moderator .... 
2'y voted to adjourn this meeting till five a Clock in 
the after noon of s"^ Day 

3'y voted to Send a member to meat the Convention 
at worcefter on the third tuesday of this inftant march in 
order to take into Confideration the Circuler Letter Sent 
from Sutten Dated the 16 Day of febuary Laft . . . 

4'y voted & Choofe m'' David m'^intire to meat the 
Convention at worcefter on the Sixteenth Day of march 
inftant to take into Confideration the Letter Sent from 
Sutten .... 

5iy voted to abate Solomons Gibsons Rates in Phin^ 
Hart wells Lifts for the year 1780 

Qiy voted to abate Thomas Gary taxes in Thomas 

Hartwells Lifts which is 1-2-6 

7'y voted to Difcontuner the old road Leading from 
m*" william Grimefes houfe to Jacob Gibsons Houfe . . . 
S'y voted to accept of a two rod road Leading from 
Jacobs Gibsons houfe Leading to the Schoole houfe as 
the Road was Laid out by the Selectmen Strait from s'^ 
Gibsons houfe to the Corner of the Lane aganst mr per- 
levs houfe where they formerly traveled to s"^* town by the 
school houfe .... 

9'y voted not to Defend m*" Noah wezwell from pay- 
ing his taxes to wefteminfter for the year. 1781 & 1782 
then a motion was made to have this town meeting 
ajourned to the firft munday in april at two a Clock in 
the after noon and this meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Thorns Cowden Town Clark 

April y*^ 5*^ the town meet according to their ajourn- 
ment & preceded to the Buifenefs of the Daj' 



Tozvn of FitcJibiirgJi. 285 

10'>' voted to abate Stephen fullers Rates in Cap^ 
Samll Burbanks Lifts which is 11/9 

ll'y voted to abate oliver Browns poll tax in Daniel 
farwell State bill in paper money 20-0-0 

12'y voted to abate Jos Gibsons Rates in Cap^ Tho^ 
Hart wells Lift which is 1-2-6 

13'y voted to have the Committee make futher inqui- 
rey Conierning the Beef and Report to the town 

14iy voted that Jos fox & the Selectmen be a Com- 
mitte to Settle with the town treafurer 

15^^ voted to abate Noah wefsells Rates in Cap^ 
Sam'J Burbanks Lift which is 25-15-4-3 

then a motion was made to have this meeting ajourned 
till may meeting and s*^ meeting is ajournd accordingly 

may v<^ 14*'' 1784 the town meet according to ajourn- 
ment & proceded to buifenefs 

16'-^' voted to Raife Eighty pounds to Difcharge an 
Execution in the hand of the High Sheriff against the town 
for Deficency of Beef 80-0-0 

This meeting Difolved 

Phinehas Hartwell moderator 

Recorded by me Phinehas Hartwell Towm Clark 



[254] (Seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable 
for the town of Fitchburg Greeting Thefe are therefore in 
the Name of the Commonwealth of the Mafsechusetts to 
will & Require you forth with to Notify all the male In- 
habitance of Fitchburg of twenty one years of age & 
upwards Having a free hold Eftate within said town of 
the anuel income of three pounds or any Eftate of the 
value of Sixty pounds to afsemble & meet at the meeting 
House in s^ town on fry day the fourteenth Day of this 
inftant may at three O clock in the after noon then & 
there being Duly meet & formed to act on the following 
article 

l^t to see if the town will elect & Depute any person 
to serve for and Reprefent them in the Great & General 
Court or afsembley to be held in this Common wealth or 
act any thing there on as they Shall think proper 



286 The Old Records of the 

Hereof fail not and make return of this warrant with 

your Dowings there on to some one of us at or before the 

Day & time above mentioned Given under our hand & 

Seal at fitchburg this eighth Day of this instant may and 

in the year of our Lord 1784 

Phinehas Hartwell [Select men for 
Oliver Stickney \ Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs In obedince to the within warrant I Have 
Notified the Inhabitance of the town of fitchburg to meet 
at the time & place as is Spacified in the within warrant 
Fitchburg may ye 14^^ 1784 

John Ferwell Constable 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitance of the town of 
Fitchburg afsembled on may the 14^'^ 1784 

voted & Choofe Thomas Cowden Efq*" to serve for & 

Representetive in the Great & General Court or Afsemble 

to be held in this Common wealth on the Laft wednefs 

Day of may inftant 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clark 

[355] (seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Consta- 
ble for the town of Fitchburg Greeting Thefe are in the 
Name of the Common wealth of the mafsechuletts to will 
& Require you fourth with to Notify & warn all the free- 
holders & other inhabitance of the town of fitchburg 
Qu lifted By Law to vote in town meetings to Afsemble & 
meet at the meeting Houfe in fitchburg on wednefsday the 
first Day of Sep^ Next at one of the Clock in the after 
noon then & their being Duly meet & formed to act on 
the following articles 

1^*^ to Choofe moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2^^ to Raife money to Support the Rever'^' IVL' John 
Payson the prefent year 

3'^' to see what method the town will take to sup- 
port the poor or act any thing theiron as they Shall think 
proper .... 

4'y to see what method the town will take to pro- 
vide schooling or act any thing theiron as they shall 
think proper .... 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 287 

5^y to see if the town will allow such accomps as 
shall be Laid before them for service Done for said town 
or act an}' thing theiron as they shall think proper 

6'>' to see what som or sums of money the town will 
Raiie to Defray town Charges or act any thing theiron as 
the}' shall think proper 

7^^ to see what method the town will take to supply 
the Reve*^ m'' pa^'son with wood the prefent year . . . 

S'J' to see if the town will allow m'*" Jonathan Rufsell 
and m"" Jefse French any a abatement on their Rate Bill 
in the Hands of the Constable for the year 1780 in Re- 
gard to there being Drafted or act any thing theiron as 
they Shall think proper .... 

9'y to see if the town will Give in there votes for a 
Regefter of Deeds for the County of worcefter as Directed 
by a warrent from two of the Juftices of the Corum 

lO'y to see if the town will take into Consideration 
the Circurler Letter from weftminster in Regard to Deviding 
the County or act any thing theiron as they shall think 
proper 

Here of fail not & make Return of this warrant to 
some one of us at or before the Day and time above men- 
tioned Given under our Hands & seal this sixteenth Day 
of August & in the year of our Lord 1784 

Phinehas Hart well] Select men 
Oliver Stickney / for 

Thomas ftearns J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs Fitchburg Sep* y«^ l^*^ 1784 in obediance 
to the with warrant I have Notefied and warn^ all the 
free holders & other inhabitance of the town of fitchburg 
Ouallified by Law to vote in town meetings to afsemble 
and meet at the time & place as is spasified in the within 
warrant 

John Ferwell Constable 

[256] At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the 

town of fitchburg Afsembled September y^ \^1 1784 . . 

1st voted and Choofs Phinehas Sawyer Ju': moderator 

2^y voted to Raife for the Revr'^ m"" Payson support 

for the prefent year £66-13-4 



288 The Old Records of the 

3'^' voted to Raife thirty five Dollars for Daniel Fer- 
well to support mis Hart one whole 3'ear so in propotion 

if Shee Shold not Live the year out 10-10-0 

4'y voted to Raife forty pounds to support the school 

the prefent year 40-0-0 

5iy voted & Choose for a school Committee Elijah 
Garfield & m^ Hezekiah Hodgskins & m'' Chearls Willard 
& m'' Daniel Putnum m'' John Goodridge & m'' Jonathan 
Rufsell School Committee 

6'y voted that eacli Quarter Draw their propotion of 
money according to there Rate Bill in each Quarter 

7iy voted to allow De-} David Goodridge account for 
Labour with several other Hands on the Great Bridg in 
Repairing it as appears By his accomp^ Dated June y'^ 5^^ 

1784 the sum 2- 4- 6 p^ 

8^y voted to allow Ebe" Policy his accomp* 

for Labour at the Great Bridge . . 0-10- p^ 
voted to allow Cap*^ Thomas Hartwell 

his accomp* 0- 2- p<^ 

voted to allow John upton his account 

for Labour at the Bridge 1-10- p*^ 

voted to allow Phinehas Hartwell & 
Ephraim Hartwell 6/0 their accomp^ 

at the Bridge 1- 0- p"* 

voted to allow Thomas Stearns for Ser- 
vice Done as an afsefsor 2- 0- 3 p'^ 

voted to allow oliver Stickney for ser- 
vice Done as an afsefsor & to the 

Bridge 3- 4- 2 p^ 

voted to allow Samll Burbank his ac- 

conipt at the Bridge 0- 2- p*' 

voted to allow John thurston Jur his ac- 
count at the Bridge & as an afsefsor 2- 7- 6 p*^ 
voted to allow Elijah Garfield his ac- 
count 0- 6- p'^ 

voted to allow Phin'^ Sawyer Ju'' his ac- 
count at the Bridg 0- 3- 4 p^ 

voted to allow Eben'^ Bridge his account 

which is Cost at Law 4- 7- 9 p*^ 



Town of Filchbiirg/i. 289 

voted to allow Hezekiah Hodgskins his 

account xl- 0- 6p^ 

voted to allow Efqr Cowden for taken 
Care of the meeting Houfe one year 
& setling with the Committee his ac- 

compt 1-11- pd 

voted to allow Afa Perrey his accomp^ 

for setling the Beef 0-10- p^ 

voted to allow Jofeph Low Ju^ his ac- 

comp* at the bridge 0-19- 6 p^ 

voted to allow Lie* paul weatherbee his 

accomp* 0- 2- p<* 

voted to allow David M^Intire his ac- 
comp* for tending on the convention 

at Worcefter 2-14- p^ 

voted to allow Edward Scott his work 
on the highway to be Reconed of to 
a futere Highway Rate to Come . . 3- 6- p'^ 
voted to allow Edward Scott his ac- 

comp* for timber at the Bridge . . 12- p*^ 

[257] 9iy voted & Choose M'' Kendel Bou- 
tell & m*" Thomas Stearns to meat 
the Convention at weftminifter the 
second Day of this instant Sept to 
Consult the interest of the Countj^ . . 
lO'y voted to allow John Carter his accomp* £0- 3- 4 p*^ 
ll'y voted to allow m*" Afeph Goodridge five 
pound Eighteen Shillings for provid- 
ing thirty Coard of Good wood at 
the Reve^ M^ Paysons Door to m*" 

paysons acceptance 5-18- p*^ 

12'y voted to allow m^ Jonathan Rufsell 
to ward his being Drafted b}- Col° 
Bridge one Shiling & ten pence ... 1-10 p** 
13'y voted & Raise one Hundred and fifty 
Pounds to Defray town Charges and 
the above accounts for the prefant 

year to be affefed 150- 0- 

14 voted to pafs over Jefse french Requeft he being 
over paid by the scale 
19 



290 The Old Records of the 

The meeting Difolved 

Phinehas Saw3^er Ju"; moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Cleark 

A Greeable to a warrant Directed to the Selectmen of 
the town of fitchburg from worcefter by two of the Juf- 
tices of the Corum for the County afores'' to will & Re- 
quire them forth with to Notify the free holders & other 
inhabitance Quallified by Law to vote for a Regifter of 
Deeds for s*^ County \ an article was inferted in a Legal 
warrant from the Selectmen of s^' town for the above 
mentioned purpofes 

the town meet on Sep* y^ 1'* 1784 & Gave in their 
votes for the following Gentlemen (viz) 

for Timothy Pain Efqr 25 vots 

for m"" Jofeph Stone 4-votes 

for Jofeph wheelar Efqr 1-vote 

for m^ Sam'' Allen . 1-vote 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Phinehas Hartwell > r i-v-. . i 

J tor ritchburg 

(Seal) Worcefter fs to John Ferwell Constable for the 
town of 6tchburg Greeting Perfuant to a warrant to us 
Directed from two of the Juftices of the peace of s*^ County 
Quoram unice for the Choice of a Reg*" of Deeds for s*^ 
County 

Thefe are therefore in the Name of the Commonwelth 
of the mafsachufetts to order & Direct you fourth with to 
Notify all the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified by Law to vote for the Choice 
of Reprefentetives to afsemble and meet at the meeting 
houfe in fitchburg on fryday the twenty six Day of this 
Inftant Novembr at one a Clock in the after noon then & 
their being Duly meet & formed to act on the following 
article (viz) 

to Give in your votes for a ReigtY of Deeds for the 
County of worcefter as the Law Directs 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings there on to some one of us at or before 



Toivii of FitcJibuj'gJi. 291 

the Day & time above mentioned Givin under our hand 

& Seal at Fitchburg this twelth Day of November & in 

the year of our Lord 1784 

Phine^ Hart well \ Selectmen for 
Thomas Stearns / Fitchburg 

at a Legal meeting of the inhabtance of the town of 
fitchburg afsembled on fryday the twenty Six Day of this 
in Stant September 1784 and Gave in their vots for the 
following Gentlemen (viz) 

timothy Pain Efqr 12 vots 

Colo Clap 2 vots 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[258] Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Conftable for 
fitchburg Greeting 

A Greeable to a warrant Directed to the select men of 
the town of fitchburg from two of the Juftices of the 
peace of s'' County Quoram unice for the Choice of a Reg- 
ifter of Deeds for s'^ County 

(seal) Thefe are therefore in the Name of the Com- 
monwealth of the Mafsachufetts to Require and Direct 
3'otj forthwith in Due manner and form to Notify the free- 
holders & other Inhabitance of s'^ town Qualified by Law 
to vote for Choice of a Reprefentetive to Afsemble at the 
meeting houfe in fitchburg on munday the seventh Day of 
march Next at Nine of the Clock in the morning then & 
there being Duh^ meet & formed to act on the following 
article 

1'-^ to Bring your vots for some Difcrete sutable per- 
fon to serve in the office of Regefter of Deeds for the 
County of worcefter as the Law Directs 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 

3'our Dowings there on to some one of us at or before 

the Day & time above mentioned Given under our Hand 

& seal at fitchburg this Eighteenth Day of this inftant 

february & in the year of our Lord 1785 

Phine® Hartwell | Selectmen 
Oliver Stickney \ for 
Thomas Stearns J fitchburg 



292 The Old Records of the 

Worcefter fs In Obediance to this warrant I have 
Notified and warned all the free holders and other of the 
inhabitance of the town of fitchburg to meet at the time 
& place within mentioned as the Law Directs 

John Ferwell Conftable 

Fitchburg march ye 7**^ 1785 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitance of the town of 
fitchburg Afsembled March ye 7"^ 1785 

I'y voted for m"" Samuell Allen to serve in the office of 

a Regifter of Deeds for s"^ County Number of votes for 

Said Allen was twenty 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Fitchburg March y*^ S*'^ 1785 whereas Doc*'' Jonas mar- 

fhell Gave Notice to us the subscribers selectmen for the 

town of fitchburg of his Confenting to Come into town 

Febuary y^ 11*^ 1785 one Samuell Hill & family from 

Hollifs in New Hamfhire State to Live on pirlhill we the 

Selectmen of s'^ town having taken into Confideration the 

Circumftances of the above named Samuell Hill & Jemima 

his wife & Elifabeth his Daughter & samuell Hill his son 

and Do not admitt either of them into town as inhabitance 

thereof in any wife or Give Lifance to them to inhabite in 

s*^ town But to Depart with out Charge forth with . . . 

Ttu- \, XT 4- Ti ] Selectmen 
Phmehas Hartwell \ r 

Oliver Stickney j ^^chLrg 

[359] (Seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable 
for the Town of fitchburg Greeting In the Name of the 
Commonwealth of the Mafsachuletts you are hereby Re- 
quired to Notify in Due Courfe of Law Agreeable to the 
Constetution the freeholders and other inhabitance Quali- 
fied thereby to vote for the offices here after mentioned to 
afsemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in fitchburg on 
Monday the forth Day of april Next at one of the Clock 
in the after Noon then & there being Duely meet & formed 
to act on the following articles 

I'y to Give in vour votes for a Governor 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 293 

2'y to Give in your votes for a Leu* Governor 

3'y to Give in your votes for five Senators 

Hereof fail not and make Due Return of this warrant 

to some one of us at or before the Day & time above 

mentioned Given under our Hand & seal this fourteenth 

Day of march and in the year of our Lord 1785 

ni.- u XT ^ 11 1 Selectmen 
Phmehas Hartwell \ n 

Oliver Stickney | ^^,1,^^^^ 

Worcefter fs in obedince to the within written war- 
rant I have Notified all the freeholders & other inhabi- 
tance of the town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote 
in town meetings to afsemble and meete at the time & 

place within mentioned t i, u n r> r+ ui 

* John rerwell Lonitable 

Fitchburg April y^ l^t 1785 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the town of 
fitchburg affembled april the forth 1785 the following 
Gentlemen voted for as folio wes — 

The Honourable samuell Holton Efqr For Governor . . 

16- votes 
The Honorable Thomas Cufhing Efqr For Governor . . 

6-votes 
The Honorable oliver Prefcott Efqr For Governor . . 

4- votes 
The Honorable ohver Prefcott Efqr For Liu* Governor . 

18-votes 
The Honourable Isarel Nicholas Efqr for senator . . 

16-votes 
The Honorable Seth warfhburn Efqr for senator . . 

16-votes 
The Honorable Mofes Gill Efqr for senator . 16 votes 
The Honorable Sam" Baker Efqr for senator . 16-vote 
The Honorable Jonathan Warner Efqr for senator . . 

• 16 votes 
this meeting Difsolved 

,. ox- 1 ] Selectmen 

Oliver Stickney I r 

Thomas Stearns J p.^^j^^^^g 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



294 The Old Records of the 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable for 
fitchburg Greeting 

thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Mafsachufetts to will & Require you forth with to Notifie 
and warn all the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in town meet- 
ings to Afsemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in fitch- 
burg on Munday the seventh Day of March next at Nine 
of the Clock in the morning then & their being Duly meet 
& formed to act on the following articles to wit .... 

1**^ to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'^ to Choofe Selectmen & other town offices as the 
Law Directs or act anj^ thing in Regard to Choice of Col- 
lectors as they shall think proper 

3'y to see if the town will accept of such Roads as 
are Laid out by the Selectmen or there order 

4^y to see if the town will Difcontinue a Road for- 
merly Laid out on the Back of peirlhill or any part there- 
of as shall be thoat proper and accept of an New one 
Laid father weft for the ufe of the inhabitance on Back 
of faid hill 

[360] 5'y to see what sum or sums of money the 
Town will Raife to keep the Highways and Bridges in 
Repair the prefent year or act any thing as they shall 
think proper 

6'y to see what inftructions the town will Give in 
Regard to thofe perfons that Have over paid there Clafs 
Rate to the Collector that they may have Credit for there 
over plufs 

7^y to see what method the town will take to support 
the poor that are be Come Chargeble to the town or act 
anything thereon as they shall think proper 

8^y to see if the town will take into Confideration 
the Great Bridge by the meeting Houfe in Regard to its 
being New Covered & Repair the under works if need or 
act any thing thereon af they shall think proper . . . 

9^y to see if the town will allow any accounts that 
may be Laid before the town for acceptance for service 
Done for said town . . . 



Town of FitchburgJi. 295 

lO'y to see if the town will allow the swine to Go at 
Large the prefent year under the Regulation of the Law 

Wy to see if the town will take into Confideration 
the Requieft of M"" Jacob upton and others to see if the 
town will seet of the Inhabitance of the Norweftardly 
part of fitchburg with there Lands and priveledges free 
and Clear from s'^ fitchburg to Joine the Extrem part of 
weftminifter with the Noreafterdly part of Afhburnham 
to be encoproated into a town to have town priveliges 
as other towns .... 

Hereof fail not make Due Return of this warrant to 
some one of us with your Dowings thereon at or before 
the Day & time above mentioned Given under our hand 
& seal this Eighteenth Day of this inftant February and 
in the year of our Lord 1785 

Phinehas Hartwell ] Selectmen 
Oliver Stickney \ for 

Thomas Stearns J Fitchburg 



Worcefter fs in obedience to the within warrant I have 

Notifyed and warn all the freeholders and others of the 

inhabitance of the town of fitchburg to meet at the time 

and place within mentioned as the Law Directs Fitchburg 

march y^ 7*^^ 1785 

John Ferwell Conftable 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitance of the town of 
fitchburg affembled march y*^ 7^.^ 1785 

I'y voted & Choofe Dea David Goodridge moderator 

2'y voted to Choofe three selectmen for the enfuing 
year 

3^>' voted & Choofe for selectmen Phinehas Hartwell 
Oliver Stickney Thomas Stearns . . Select men & Affefsors 

4iy voted & Choofe the selectmen for Affefsors the 
prefent year 

5'y voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk . . 
Town Clerk 

6'y voted & Choofe Phine^ Hartwell Town treafurer . . 
town treafurer 



296 The Old Records of the 

7'y voted & Choof Hezekiah Hodskins Constable for 
the south side of s'^ town Constable 

Hodgskins Refufe to serve or Give any satiffaction to 
the town there for when notefied 

S'y voted & Choofe Leu* Jonathan Page Conftable 
for the North side of s*^ town Conftable 

Jonathan Page accepted his Choofe & Paid his ten 
Dollars for a hire of Collector in his Room to Collect the 
taxes the prefent year according to a former vote 

9^y voted & Choofe m^ afa Perrey & Jofeph Policy 
wardans the prefent year warden 

lO'y voted & Choofe m*" Jacob upton & m"" Jonathan 
Ruffell tythingmen tythingmen 

ll^y voted & Choofe for Highways Surveyours m*" 
Afa Perry m"" Jacob upton m'' Thomas Stearns m"" Jacob 
Allen & m"" Abraham Ferwell & m*" Thomas Eaton and 
m*" Johnathan Ruffell & m'' Abraham Jaquith & Jofeph 
Fox Efqr & m"" Phinehas Sawyer Ju^ for the present 
year Highway Surveyours 

12'y voted & Choofe for Hog Reves m'' Jacob fullam 
william Rider Berzelel Gibson Hogreves 

13^y voted & Choofe m*" Ebenezer Thurfton & m*" 
Jofhua Parce fire wards fire wards 

14'y voted & Choofe m'' John Upton surveyre of 

Clabords & shingles & Boards surveyour of 

Clabords & Shingles & Boards 

[261] 15iy voted & Choofe Cap* Jonathan wood 
surveyour of Hoops & Staves .... Hoops & Staves 

16^^ voted & Choofe m*" David Parce Sealer of weights 
& meafurers sealer of weights and meafurers 

17'y voted & Choofe m'' Jacob Allen & m'" Daniel 
Putnam fence vewers fence vewers 

18'y voted & Choofe m'' oliver Brown a sealer of 
Leather sealer of Leather 

19'y voted to Raife one Hundred & fifty pounds to 
keepe the Highways & Bridges in Repair the Prefent year 
and the above money to be Difpofed of in the same man- 
ner for an hour & for oxen & for tools as was sect Laft 
year the surveyers are Choofen Collectors of the highway 
taxes & the tax to be worked out the Laft Day of Novem- 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 297 

ber 1785 the surveyours to Give Legal & timely Notice 
for the work and that perfon that neglects to workt out 
there Rate within the time perfixt are expofed to pa}^ there 
mone3' to the Collectors as other Rate and the moncN- be 
Converted to the use of the Highway in the Deftrict where 
it is Collected 

20'-"^ voted that the selectmen Give the treafurer order 
to Give those perfon that over paid there Clafs Rate to 
the Collector order to Recive the over plus Back to Dis- 
charge other Rates in s*^ Collectors hand if an3- there be 

21^^ m^ Jofeph Down Bid of mrs Hart for Daniel Fer- 
well at Eight pounds twelve shillings provided shee Lives 
the year out so in propotion if shee should not Live the 
year out 

22'-^ submitt williams Girl L^-dea Bid of By m"" Jofeph 
Phelps for two shillings a week & find her vitling Lodg- 
ing & warfhing & mending while shee Lives with s*^ Phelps 

23iy voted & Choofe Leu* Paul weatherbee & Afeph 
Goodridge & Elijah Garfield a Committee to enfpect the 
Great Bridge in the midle of the town to see what is 
wanting for the Covering & Repairing the said Bridge 
and make a Report emeadiately as soon as may bee . . 

the Ninth article in the warrant pafsed over & Dif- 
mifed .... 

24'^ voted to Let the swine Go at Large the prefent 
year under the Regulation of the Law 

25^5- the Committee Report of the Bridge accepted & 
pafed the following votes voted that the Committee be 
irapowered to Let the Gifting of the Plank for the Cover- 
ing of the Bridge out at the Beft manner and Collect the 
under timber for the Repeiring the Bridge that is wanting 
at the Cheepest Rate .... 

26'y voted to ajourne this meeting with thofe articles 
that are not acted on to the firft munday in April Next 
at one of the Clock in the after noone the meeting is 
ajorned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Clerk 

April y^ 4^^ 1785 the town meet according to ajourn- 
ment and proceded to the Buifinefs of the Day 



298 - The Old Records of the 

27'y voted to Choofe Collectors to Collect the taxes 
for the prefent year the Loweft Bidder to be the Collector 
with a Good Bondsman to the towns acceptance . . . 

*28'y voted to Difcontunere the old Road that Leads 
on the Back of the pirl hill By where John Parkes Lived 
& accept of a new one in the Room Laid out under the 
hill to the two Berreys houfes the Land is Given By s*^ 
owners & to Clear out s'^ Road on there own Coft the 
Difcription of s*^" Road two Rod Road as followes begin- 
ing at the old Road Betwene m'' Jofeph Phelps & Col° 
Bridges then Runs Northerdly on Land of Jofeph Phelps 
as Near Col° Bridges Line is Convenant for a Road till it 
Comes within aboute fifteen Rods of Stephen Pingreys 
Land then Runing Eaft of a Cheftnut tree markt then 
Runing on Land of m"" Pingrey Northeaft of a Cheftnut 
tree marked then Runing eaft of a white oak tree marked 
then Runing Eaft of a Black oak tree marked then Run- 
ing Northerly on Land of Nathaniel Berry Eaft of a 
Rock maple tree marked then Runing Eaft of a white 
oack tree marked then Runing Eaft of a white pine tree 
mark,t then Runing Eaft of a Rock maple tree marked 
on Land of samuell Berry then Runing Eaft of said Ber- 
rey houfe Northerly till it Comes to Land of Jonathan 
Lemons the Land all Given By the owners where the Road 
Runs and this Road is in Lue of the Road that was Laid 
out and Led By where John Parks Lived the Road accepted 
By the town so far as Laid out & Given 

Tofenh Phelos ^ Committed appointed 
joiepn rneips , ^ ^^^^^ ^^ ^^^ 

Stephen Pnigrey | selectmen 

Phinehas Hart well Town Clerk 
Fitchburg February y^ 18^i> 1785 

['^63] 29'y The vote was Put to see if the town of 
fitchburg would vote of the North wefterdly Corner of 
said town of fitchburg according to there Plan Laid 
before the town annexed to there Requeft the Requeft 
Legally in Certed in a warrant for the above purpofe and 
it pafsed in the Negative 

*Now known as Marshall Road. [Annotation on the margin. 
W. A. D.] 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 299 

the meeting ajourned to Efqr Cowdens Houfe for one 
half hour the town meet on ajournment at said houfe & 
proceded as folio wes 

30'y voted this meeting be adjourned to the Eighth 
Dav of this inftant april at one of the Clock in the after 
Noon at the meeting Houfe the meeting is accordingly 
ajourned 

April 3^*^ 8*?^ 1785 the town meet according to ad- 
journment & proceded to the buifmefs of the Day 

31^^ voted to Difmifs Deacon David Goodridge as Mod- 
erator he being not able to perform the Buifenefs in hand 

Deacon David Goodridge moderator 

voted & Choofe mr Afa Perry Moderator in the Room 
of Deacon Goodridge to to Govern s'^ meeting 

32'y voted to adjourne meeting Down to the houfe of 
Cap* Cowden for five minuts the town meet on the 
ajurnement at the houfe and proceeded to the Buifenefs in 
hand 

33'^ voted to Choofe a Collector on the south side of 
s'^ town first \ the Laft bid Lies on m*" David Pratt at 
Nineteen Dollars on the hundred pound for Collecting 

34'y voted to try the North side of s*^ town for a 
Collector the Bid Lies on m'' John Shiple at Nineteen Dol- 
lars & ^ on the hundred pound voted and accepted of 
D"" Jonas marfhell as a Bondsman for m'' Shiple to serve 
Collector 

35'-^ voted to accept of Thomas Stearns as Bondsman 
for m'' said David pratt to serve Collector 

36'y voted to adjourne this meeting to tuefday the 
twelveth Daj^ of this inftant April the meeting is accord- 
ingly ajourned .... 

April y*^ 12*^ 1785 the town meet according to the 
adjournment & proceeded to the Buifenefs of the Day m"" 
John Shiple & m'' David pratt Gave Liberty to have the 
town try for a New Bid for a Collector on each side of s'^ 
town to Collect the taxes the prefent year 

37'y voted to journe Down to the houfe of Efq'' Cow- 
dens for five minuts the town meet according to ajourne- 
ment & proceeded to the buifenefs in hand . . . 



300 The Old Records of the 

38^y voted to try for a Collector on the North side of 
s'^ town the Laft bidd Lies on m'' Phinehas Sawyer Ju"" at 
seventeen Dollars & V2 on the hundred pounds so in pro- 
potion for a Leffor or Creator sum for Collecting the 
taxses 

39'^ voted to accept of m*" Elijah Garfield to be Bonds- 
man for m*" Phinehas sawyer Ju^ for him to serve Collector 
for the North side of the town for the year 1785 — for the 
faithful! Difcharge of his Duety in office 

30*^ voted to try for a Collector on the south side of 
said town the Laft bid Lies on m^ Afa Perry at seventeen 
Dollars & % on the hundred pound for Collecting the 
taxes so in propotion for a Leffor or Greator sum for the 
south side of the town for the year 1785 

31®* voted to accept of m'' Thomas Stearns to be 
Bondsman for m*" Afa Perry for him to serve Collector for 
the south side of said town for the faithfull Difcharge of 
his Dut3^ in office 

32'y voted this meeting be Difsolved 

Afa Perrey . . . Moderator 

Fitchburg march y^ 1®* 1785 

Laid out by us the subscribers for Noah wifsall a two 
Rod Road begining at the County Road betwene Kendal 
Boutells and David Goodell through a part of Efqr Cow- 
dens Land to the proprietors Land and through the pro- 
prietors Land to Land of Cap* Nethaniel wright and 
through s'^ Rights Land a south wefterdly point to the 
town Line and marked the trees on the Northwefterly 
side of s*^ Road this Road accepted so far as Given 

Kendall Boutell \ r^ -., . i 

T>, e<u \ Committee apponted 

Ihomas Stearns J ^ ,1 oil 
Noah wifwell / ^^ ^^^ Selectmen 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[363] (seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Consta- 
ble for the town of fitchburg Greeting By a Legal Re- 
queft from the inhabitance of the weft part of the town 
to us the subcribers .... 



Town of Fitchburgh. 301 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
maflachufetts to will & Require you forthwith to Notify 
& warn all the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in town 
meetings to affemble & meet at the meeting houfe in on 
munday the second Day of may Next at one of the Clock 
in the afternoon then & there being Duly meet & formed 
to act on the following articles to wit 

1®^ to Choofe a moderator to Govern s*^ meeting 

2'^ to see if the town of fitchburg will Receive about 
a mile or more in weadth of Land with the inhabitance 
thereon of the Northerdly jiart of the town of weftminif- 
ter Bounding on the Northwefterdly part of fitchburg to 
Be annexed thereto to be Convened with others of the 
inhabitance of s'^ town for the publick worfhip of God 
and to be vefted with all other Privelidges with said 
town in publick matters to Jo}^ with the Inhabitance of 
s^' fitchburg to Build a meeting Houfe on m'' Ezra uptons 
Land By the County Road near or aganst the end of the 
Road that Leads from m'' John Carters to the County 
Road ... or act any thing Referring thereto as they 
shall think proper .... 

3'y to see if the town will Grant Leave for the Delin- 
quents of the Highw^a3^ tax for the year 1784 which by a 
former vote was to be aded to the town Rate and see if 
the town will Grant Leave to have the Remaining part of 
said tax which is annexed to the town Bill to be taken of 
and aded to the Lift of the prefent surveyours to be Col- 
lected or worked out fourthwith or act any thing there 
on as they shall think proper 

4^y to see if the town will Authorize or impower the 
selectmen to Give securitys on the towns behalf for the 
towns Debts & indemnify them from all sutes of Law 
that may a rife on former security Given By the selectmen 
in behalf of said town heretofore and Difcharge the same 
to final Judgment 

Hereof fail not and make Due Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings thereon to some one of us at or before 
the Dav and time above mentioned 



302 The Old Records of the 

Given under our Hand & seal at fitchburg this 
Eighteenth Day of this inftant april and in the year of our 
Lord 1785 

Phinehas Hartwell) Selectmen 
Oliver Stickney j for fitchburg 



Worcefter fs in obediance to the within warrant I have 
Notified and warned all the freeholders & other of the 
inhabitance of the towne of fitchburg to meet at the time 
and Place within mentioned as the Law Directs 
Fitchburg May y^ 2"'^ 1785 

John Ferwell Constable 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[264] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg affembled on monday the second Day 
of may 1785 .... the meeting being opned .... 

1st ly voted & Choofe M*" Daniel Putnam Moderator to 
Govern s'^ meeting 

2'-^ voted to Difmifs the second article in the warrant 
in Regard to taking on a mile of the town of wefteminster 
to be annexed to fitchburg according to a Requeft of a 
number of the inhabitance of the weft part of fitchburg 

3^y voted to the Delinquents that was not worked 
out in Laft year Highway tax for the year 1784 that was 
aded on the town bill and & add it to the prefent High- 
wa3' surveyours Lifts to be worked out emeadiately 
or the money Collected & put to the ufe of mending of 
the Road 

4'y voted to accept of the fourth article as it Now 
stands in the warrant 

voted to authorize & impower the selectmen to Give 
security on the towns Behalf for the towns Debts and in- 
demnify them from all sutes of Law that may arife on 
former securityes Given b}^ the selectmen in behalf of said 
town heretofore and Difcharge the same to final Judgment 

this meeting Difsolved 

Daniel Putnam Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



Town of FitchburgJi. 303 

(seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable for the 
town of fitchburg for the County aforesaid Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Common wealth of the 
Mafsachufetts to will & Require 3'ou fourthwith to Notify 
by verble Notice in an open town meeting the inhabitance 
of the town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote in town 
meeting to meet at the meeting houfe in said town at four 
O Clock this second Da}' of may in the after noon to act 
on the following article viz 

1'-^ to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2^y to see if the town will take into Confideration the 
Circuller Letter sent from Leominster or act any thing 
there on as they shall think proper . . . 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant to 

some one of us on or before the time afore mentioned 

Given under our hand & seal this second Day of may 1785 

Oliver Stickne\^ \ Selectmen 
Thomas stearnsjfor fitchburg 

Worcefter fs May y'^ 2"^ 1785 

In obedince to the within warrant 1 have Notified & 
warnd the freeholders and other of the inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified by Law to vote in town meet- 
ings to meet at time and place within mentioned 

John Ferwell Conftable 

[<J6o] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg affembled on monday the second Day of 
this inftant may 1785 at four of the Clock P. M. to take 
into Confideration a Circuller Letter from Leominfter for 
forming a New Count}' 

1'^ voted & Choofe m^ Daniel Putnam Moderator 

2'y voted to Choofe three as a Committee to meet 
the other Neighbouring towns at Lanlord Whitney's Inn- 
holders in Lunenburg on the Nineteenth Day of this inftant 
may to Confult matters Relative to forming a New County 

3'y voted & Choofe the following Gentlemen viz 
Thomas Cowden Efqr Y)\ Jonas Marfhell M'" Elijah Gar- 
field to meet the other towns in a Confultation for the 
above porpofe 



304 The Old Records of the 

the meeting Difsoved 

Daniel Putnum Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

(Seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable for the 
town of fitchburg for s*^ County Greeting Thefe are in the 
Name of the Commonweath of the maffachufetts to will 
& Require you forthwith to Notify all the male Inhabitance 
of fitchburg of twenty one years of age & upward having 
a freehould Eftate within said town of the annuel income 
of three pounds or any Eftate of the value of sixty pounds 
to affemble & meet at the meeting houfe in fitchburg on 
fryday the thirteenth Day of may Next at one of the 
Clock in the after Noon then & there being Duly meet & 
formed to act on the following article to wit 

I'y to see if the town will Elect & Depute any perfon 
to serve for & Reprefent them in the Great & General 
Court or aiTembley to be held in this Commonweath on 
the Laft wednefs day in may A Greeable to the Conftitu- 
tion or act any thing thereon as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 

3"Our Dowings thereon to some one of us at or before the 

Day & time above mentioned Given under our hand & 

seal at fitchburg this twenty Ninth Day of april & in the 

year of our Lord 1785 

Phin^ Hartwell \ Select men for 
Oliver Stickney j fitchburg 

Worcefter fs in obediance to the within warrant I 
have Notified & warned all the freeholders and other 
inhabitance of the town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to 
vote for a Reprefentetive to meet at the time & place 

within mentioned 

John Ferw^ell Conftable 
Fitchburg may y« 13^^ 1785 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the town 
of fitchburg affembled on fr^^day the thirteen Day of this 
inftant may 1785 the meeting opned & the motion put 
to see if the town will send a Reprefentetive to Reprefent 



Town of Fitchburgh. 305 

the town the prefent 3'ear & the vote Called & it pafsed 
in the Negetive 

thee meeting Difsolved 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[366] (seal) Worcefter fs To John Ferwell Constable 
for the town of fitchburg for the year 1785 . . Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Masfachufetts to will and Require you forthwith to Notify 
& warn all the free holders & other Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in towm meet- 
ings to affemble & meet at the meeting houfe in fitchburg 
on thursda^^ the fifteenth Day of September at one of the 
Clock in the after noon then & there being Duly meet & 
formed to act on the following articles to wit 

1^* to Choofe a moderator to Govern s"^ meeting . . 

2'y to Raife mone^- to support the Revn'^ mr payfon 
the prefent year 

3'^ to see what sum or sums of monfey shall be Raifed 
to support the schools and to see what way it shall be 
Laid out or act any thing there on as they shall think 
proper 

4'^ to Raife money to support mi® hart & the other 
poor that is become Chargeble to s'^ town or act any thing 
thereon as the Shall think proper 

5'y to see what method the town will take to Gitt 
m'' paysons wood the prefent year or act any thing there- 
on as they shall think proper 

6'y to see if the town will allow such accounts as are 
Laid before them for service Done for s*^ town 

7'y to see what sum or sums of money the town 
shall Raife to Defray there Necefsary Charges the prefent 
3^ear or act any thing there on as they shall think proper 

8'y to see if the town will abate any perfons Rates 
in an3^ of the Collectors or Constables Lift that Cant be 
Collected .... 

9'y to see if the town will Choofe a Saxon to take 
Care of the meeting Houfe and Dig Graves or act any 
thing thereon as they shall think proper 

20 



306 The Old Records of the 

lO'y to see if the town will Chofe a Committee to 
Repaire the meeting Houfe or act any thing thereon as 
they shall think proper .... 

ll'y to see if the town will fence the During place or 
act any thing there on as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 

your Dowings thereon on or before said Day Given under 

our Hand & seal this first Day of September & in the 

year of our Lord A D. 1785 

Oliver Stickney .\ Select men for 
Thomas Stearns \ fitchburg 

Worcefter fs sep* y'^ 14*1^ 1785 

In obedience to the with in warrant I have Notified 
and warned all the freeholders & other Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in town 
meetings to Afsemble and meet at the meeting houfe in 
fitchburg on the fifteenth Da3' of this Inftant September 

John Ferwell Constable 

[367] At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
town of fitchburg afsembled sep^m'' y^ 15^^^ 1785 

1st voted & Choofe m'' Daniel Putnam moderator 

2'y voted to Raife 66-13-4 to support the Revn^' M'- 
Payfon the prefent year £66—13- 4 

3'y voted to Raife fortj^ five pounds to support the 
school the present year 45— 0— 

4iy voted to hire a Grammer school mafter for the 
town the said Gammer school to be keep^ four months & 
each Quarter to have there mounth the said Gramer school 
to begin in town Before December next 

5'y voted that the Remaining part of the money to be 
school out in each Divition as ufal 

6iy voted to Choofe six as a Committee to provide 
schooling in each part of said town viz Thomas Cowden 
Efq"" m'' Reuben smith Liu* John putnum m'' Jofeph Downe 
m*" John Goodridge Doct Jonas marfhall 

7'y voted to Raife money to pay m^ Daniel Ferwell for 
supporting mi^ hart one whole year Eight pounds twelve 
shillings 8-12- 



Town of Fitchbtirgh. 307 

S'y voted to Raife money to pay m'' Jofeph Phelps for 
keeping L^'dea willianis one whole year at 2/ a week five 
pound four shillings 5—4-0 

9'^ A'oted to Lett m'' Payson wood out at the Loweft 
bidder the article being ajourned for the prefent .... 

10'-^ voted to Raife the mone}^ to pay M"" William 
Hafkells account for hording Lydea williams 20 week . . 

3- 0- 

ll'y voted to Raife the mone^' to pay m*" oliver stick- 
neys accomp* for service Done as an affefsor & other mat- 
ters two pound Eleven shillings 6*^ two acc^ in . 2—11— 6 

12^y voted to Raife money to pay Phinehas Hartwell 
accounts which is four pound six shillings & Eight pence 
for service Done as an Affefsor, & other matters .4—6—8 

13'-^ voted to Raife money to pay John Ferwell his 
accomp* to sherley with a warrant 0—6—4 

14 voted that thofe perfons that have Don service for 
the Town Lay there accomp^® before the selectmen to be 
agread on & allowed before the meeting for Granting 
money to Difcharge the same and alfo the Collectors or 
Constables in any abatements on there Rate Bills are to 
be a bated B3^ the affefsors for the futere 

15'^ voted to allow Thomas starnes account as an 
Affefsor & other matters & Raife the mone^' for the same . . 

2-17-10 

16'y voted to pafs over the seventh article for the 
Raifing of the whole sum of money to the ajournment till 
all the accounts are brought in and setled for service Done 
for said town 

17'y voted to Choofe m'' Ephraim Kimball saxon and 
to Dig the Graves for the town for the future 

18'-^ voted that the selectmen Repair the meeting 
houfe fourthwith as soon as maj^ bee 

19'y voted that the Buring Place be Bounded out with 
Corners sett up and fenced in 

20'y voted to Choofe a Committee of three men to 
agree on the bounds & set them up and alfo fence said 
Buring Place viz Jofeph Fox Efq'' Lu^ Paul weatherbe and 
M^ David Pratt to Confift of said Committee . . . 



308 The Old Records of the 

21^* voted to ajourn this meeting Down to the house 
of Efq"" Cowdens for one half hour then the town pro- 
ceeded as followes vandued of m*" paysons wood to John 
ferwell the Lowest bider 

29nciiy voted to allow M'' John ferwell five pound 
Eighteen shillings to provide theirty Cord of Good wood 
at m*" paysons Dore to m*" paysons acceptance . 5—18- 
and Raifed the money for the same 

Caried forward the proceedings next page 

[368] 23^y voted to ajourn this meeting to wednefs 
Day the twenty Eight Day of this Inftant September at 
one of the Clock in the after noon at the meeting houfe 
the meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

September 28*^ 1785 the Town meet on the ajourn- 
ment the meeting being opned then proceded as follows 

24'y voted to Raife the money to pay the Committee 
appointed for Repairing the Great Bridge and thofe per- 
fons that ware imployed in Gitting plank & Labour Done 
with other Necefsary articles of timber & string peaces for 
s^ Bridge the account to the Committee amounting to 
thirteen pound Eighteen shillings as a Committee . . . 

13-18-0 

voted m'' Elijah Garfield accomp* exclufive the other ac- 
count above mentioned for service Done at y*^ Great Bridg 
Collecting workmen & his own Labour with two Day 
attending at Lunenburg on the Committee for Erecting a 
new County which sum is 2—10—8 

voted m'' Ebenezer Thurftons accomp* for service Don 
at the Great Bridge imployed By the selectmen in the year 
1783 which sum is 1- 1-8 

voted m"" John Thurston Ju*" accomp^ for bording oliver 
Harrice six weeks while sent to school 2/ ^ week the 
town poor 0-12-0 

voted m^ oliver Stickney account for three Days mak- 
ing highway taxes in april Exclusive the other account 
before mentioned which sum is 0— 9—0 

voted m*" Ephraim Osburn account for Labour at the 
Great Bridge in the year 1 783 which was not before 
allowed which sum is 0— 5—4 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 309 

voted m'' Abner Sawyer ace* for Labour at the Great 
Bridge in the year 1783 for five Day & oxen & wheels 
one Day pd 0-14^0 pd 

voted Thomas Cowden Efq'' account for service for the 
town at worcefter & at Bofton on account of a fine & 
sweeping y*^ meeting houfe one whole year & other mat- 
ters with mitt Williams being Carred out of town . . . 

3-11-8 

voted Efq"" Foxes account for Rum & Suger at the 
Raifing of the Great Bridge 1783 0- 7-0 

voted & Raife two Hundred and sixty Eight pounds 
six shillings & six pence to Defray Necefsary Charges that 
have arifen by Notes & other Dues above mentioned to be 
paid into y*^ treafure including what was to Raife at the 
fifteenth of sepember 1785 at the firft opening of the 
meeting which is one hundred & forty four pounds Eleven 
shillings & tw^o pence together with the whole sum men- 
tioned Difcharging of Necefsary Charges the whole amount- 
ing to 268- 6-6 

25'y voted that the Committee appointed for fencing 
the Buring yard Caufe the same to be fenced as they shall 
think proper for the Beft Intreft of the Towm . . . 

26'y voted this meeting to be Difsolved 

Daniel Putnam Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[269] (seal) Worcefter fs To M*" John Ferwell Con- 
stable for the Town of fitchburg Greeting 

Thefe are In the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Maffachufetts to will & Require you forthwith to Notifie 
& warn all the freeholders & other Inhabitance of the 
Town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in Town 
meetings to affemble & meet at the meeting Houfe in 
fitchburg on munday the sixth Day of march Next at ten 
of the Clock in the fore noon then & there being Duly meet 
& formed to act on the following articles to witt 

firft — to Choofe a Moderator to Govern s'^ meeting 

2'y to Choofe selectmen & other Town offercies as the 
Law Directs 



310 The Old Records of the 

3'y to Choofe Collectors to Collect the Publick taxes 
or act any thing there on as they shall think porper 

4^y to see if the Town will accept of an}^ Roads that 
are Laid out By the selectmen or there order . . . 

5'y to see if the Town will Difcontinue any Road or 
Roads which shall be Laid before the Town or act any 
thing there on as they shall think proper 

6'y to see what sum or sums of money the Town will 
Raife to keep the Highways & Bridges in Repair the pref- 
ent year or act any thing there on as they shall think 
proper 

7^y to see what method the Town will Take to support 
the poor that are become Chargeble to the town or act 
any thing there on as they shall think proper . . . 

8^y to see if the Town wnll allow the swine to Go at 
Large under the Regulation of the Law 

9^y to see if the Towm will Choofe a Committee to 
settle with M*" Jacob upton with Regard to his money 
which he saith he Lent to the Town or act any thing 
there on as they shall think proper 

10^^ to see what the Town w^ill Do in Regard to M*" 
Nathan Badcocks Road being Shut up which was formerly 
Laid from s*^ Badcocks Land betwene Lev* Jonathan Pages 
Land & m*" W!?' Harkell Land to the other Road or act 
any thing there on as they shall think proper . . . 

ll'y to see if the Town will vote any thing with 
Regard to altering the sects in the meeting Houfe for the 
ufe of the singers agreeable to a Rec{uft of a Number of 
the Inhabitance of s*^ town 

12^^ to see if the Town will vote that the Reven*^ M'' 
Payson to have Liberty to Preach at the weftardly part 
of the Town any Part of the Time in the year or act any 
thing there on as they shall think proper 

13^y to see if the Town will abate one Minifter tax of 
M^ Thomas Parlmer in Daniel Ferwell Lift or act any 
thing there on as they shall think proper for 1780 . . . 

Here of faile not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings there on to some one of us on or before 
said Day & time above mentioned Given under our Hands 



Tozvn of Fitchburgh. 311 

& seal this Thirteenth Day of this instant februarj & in 

the 3^ear of our Lord 1786 

Oliver Stickney \ Select men 
Thomas Stearns /for fitchburg 

Worcefter fs In obidence to the within warrant I have 

Notified & warned all the freeholders and other of the In- 

habitance of the Town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to 

vote in town meetings to affemble & meet at the Time & 

Place within mentioned 

John Ferwell Constable. 

Fitchburg March y*= 6*^ 1786 

['^'TOJ att a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
Town of fitchburg affembled march y^ 6*^ 1786 the meet- 
ing Being opned and Proceeded as follows .... 

first voted & Choofe M^ Daniel Putnam Moderator 
to Govern s^ meeting moderator 

2'y voted to Choofe three selectmen to serve for the 
prefent year 

3^y voted & Choofe M*" Daniel Putnam & Thomas 
Stearns & Leu^ Paul Weatherbee selectmen 

4'y voted to Choofe three affeffors for the prefent year 

5iy voted & Choofe m*" Daniel Putnam & m^ Thomas 
Stearns & Lev^ Paul weatherbee affeffors 

6iy voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk . . 
Clerk 

7iy voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Treaf- 
urer Town Treafurer 

8'^ voted & Choofe M'' Oliver stickney] 
Constable for the south side of s'^ Town [ p^„sjf j,ui« 

9iy voted & Choofe M>- Amos ordway Con-f ^°"^^^"'^ 
stable for the North side of s*^ Town J 

10'-'' voted to excufe M^ Oliver stickney in serving as 
Collector to Collect the Publick taxes for the prefent \^ear 
for his paying in his ten Dollars hard money into the 
Town as the Towns property 

ll'y voted to Choofe two wardens for the prefent 
year viz m"" Phinehas Sawyer Ju*" & m*" John Ferwell . . 
wardans 



312 The Old Records of the 

12iy voted & Choofe M'" Jofeph simons & Cap* Thomas 
Hart well as Tythingmen Tj'thingmen 

13iy voted & Choofe M'- John Goodridge & M*- Heze- 
kiah Hodgskins & M'' John Ferwell & M*" Blaney Phillips 
M*" Phinehas Brown M'' Abraham willard Jofeph Polley 
Elijah Garfield Jacob Gibson & M*" Abraham Jaquith . . 
surveyours of Highways & Collectors for the same 

14iy voted & Choofe M'' Thomas Hilton & M"- Jefse 
French & Samll Berry Hogreves 

15 voted & Choofe Jofhua Parce & Phinehas Browns 
fire wards fire wards 

16 voted & Choofe John upton suryeours of shingles 
& Clabords & Boards . . shingles & Clabords suryeour 

17^y voted & Choofe Cap^ Jonathan wood suryeor of 
Hoops & staves .... surveyour of Hoops & staves 

IS^y voted & Choofe M'- Afa Perrey & M'- Jacob Upton 
fence vewers fence vewers 

19'y voted & Choofe M*" David Parce sealer of weights 
& meafurers sealer of weights & measurers 

20^y voted & Choofe M^ Ohver Brown a sealer of 
Leather sealer of Leather 

21 voted to pafs over the Third article in the warrant 
in Regard to Choofing Collectors at the Prefent or till the 
meeting on the adjournment 

22'y voted to accept of a two Rod Road Laid out By 
the select men By the Requeft of M'' Abraham Willard the 
said willard Engages the Land Given for said Road Begin- 
ing at s*^ willard Dwelling Houfe Runing Eaftardly through 
the Lot of Land formerly owned By Cap^ samuell ward 
& others to the south weft Corner of the widow whit 
Combs Land so Called to the Rode Leading to M'' Reubens 
Smiths the above mentioned Road to be a Bridle Road the 
treefe marked principle on the North side of said Rode 
Laid out By the Select men By the Requeft of M^ Abraham 
Willard February l^^i^ 1786 

Phinehas Hartwell ] 
See page 116 for same Oliver Stickney J Committee 

Abraham willard J 

[371] 23'y voted to accept of a Two Rod Road 
Newly Laid out Begining on the North end of oak Hill 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 313 

Runing 30 Rods on the Land of Daniel ferwell to the 
Land of samuell Harrice then on said Harrices Land till 
it Comes out By said Harrices Houfe the Land Given 
By the owners of said Lands the old Road is to be Dif- 
continued when the New Road is made pafable this Road 
Laid out by order of the selectmen March ^^ 3^*^ 1786 
Jofeph Downe saml' Harrice impowered 

2^'^ voted to Raifed one Hundred & fifty pounds to 
keepe the Highways & Bridges in Repair the prefent 
year £150-0-0 

25'5' voted that the money Raifed for the Highway Be 
worked out in the same manner as was voted Laft year 
in Regard to the Hour & the ox Labour & tools for the 
service the prefent year at the highwa3^s .... 

26'y voted & Choofe the Highway surveyours Col- 
lectors to Collect the tax that are not w^orked out & see 
it is put to the ufe of the highway service work .... 

27iy voted that the Loweft Bidder shall be intitled 
the priveledge of keeping the poor on the towns Coft 
Either by the week or the year .... 

28^y voted to Give m"" Daniel Ferwell ten pounds six 
shillings to keepe mi® Hart for one whole year so in pro- 
potion if shee should not Live the year out . . £10—6— 0-0 

29^y voted to Give M^ Jofeph Phelps one Shilling & 
ten pence per week for the Boarding and Lodging Lydea 
Williams the towns poor £0—1—10— 

30th voted that the swine Go at Large the prefent 
year under the Regulation of the Law 

31®* voted to Choofe three men as a Committee to 
settle with M'' Jacob upton in Regard to his money Lent 
to the Town .... 

32iy voted Doct Jonas Marfhall & M^ Elijah Garfield 
& M'' Afa Perrey as a Committee to settle with m*" upton 
in Regard to his money Lent to the Town in the Time of 
war & make Report to the Town on the meeting on the 
adjournment .... 

33rdiy voted to pafs over the article in Regard to M*" 
Nathan Badcocks Road till the meeting on the adjourn- 
ment .... 



314 TJie Old Records of the 

34iy voted to have the frunt Gallery made Convenant 
for the singers provided they Dow it on there own Coft 
for that ufe 

35'y voted to pafs over the 12 article in Regard to 
M"" Pa3^fons Gowing to Preach at the weft part of the 
Town till the meeting on the adjournment . . . 

36'y voted to abate Tho^ Parmler Minifter Rate in 
Daniel ferwell Lift in the year 1780 

37^y voted to adjourn this meeting Down to the Houfe 
of Efqr Cowdens for one V2 hour 

38'y voted to Difmifs M*" Amos Ordway from serving 
Highway surveyour he being Choofe into that office . . . 

39'y voted that the Loweft Bidders May be the Col- 
lectors to serve the prefent year for each side of the Town 
to Collect the Publick taxes they finding Good Bondsmen 
to the acceptance of the town for there faithfull Difcharge 
of there Duty as a Collector 

^Qt\i.\y voted to adjourn this meeting to the sixteenth 
Day of this inftant march two one of the Clock in the 
after Noon at the meeting Houfe this meeting adjourned 
accordingly 

March y^ 16*^ 1786 the Town meet according to the 
adjournment the meeting being opned & proceeded to the 
Buifenefs of the Day 

41 voted & accepted of the Committees Report in 
Regard to the settlement with m^ Jacob upton & allowed 
m^ Upton Eleven shillings & four pence as his Due 

42 voted to Difmifs the 12 article in the warrant 
Refpecting m^ payfons Going to preach at the w^eft part of 
the Town in any part of the year 

[^72] 43'"'^^^ voted to adjourn this meeting Down 
to the Houfe of Efqr Cowdens for one half Hour the 
meeting Being opned & proceeded to the Buifenefs of s<^ 
meeting for the Gitting Colletors moved for a Colletor 
for the south side of said town & was put up to 3'^ Loweft 
Bider and was struck of to m^ Reuben smith at three 
pound one shillings & Nine pence on the Hundred pound for 
Collecting the publick taxes the prefent year he finding 
Sufficient Bondsmen to the acceptance of the town 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 315 

44iy voted & Choofe M*" Reuben smith Colletor for 
the south side of s'^ Town for the prefent ^-ear & to 
allow him the three pound one shilling & Nine pence on 
the Hundred pound he shall Collect & accepted of M'' 
Jacob Upton & Do'^^ Jonas marfhall as Bondsmen for said 
Reuben smith for his being faithfull in the Difcharg of his 
Dut3' as a Colletor in Collecting the publick taxes that 
shall be Committed to him to Collect & pay 3'^ same into 
the several treafurers as ordred By the Affeffors of s*^ town 

45^^ article Yotcd & acccptcd of M'' Reuben smith to 
serve Constable in the Room of M^ oliver stickney the 
prefent year for the whole town in that office . . . 

46'y voted to Difmifs Amos Ordway from serving Con- 
ftable for the North side of s'^ town 

47*^^ article votcd to adjoum this meeting to the 
twentyth Day of this inftant march which is munday to 
the meeting Houfe at Nine of the Clock in the morning 

this meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Clerk 

March y^ 20*^ 1786 the Town meet according to the 
Day adjourned to & Proceeded to the Buifenefs of the Day 
the meeting being opned 

48*^ article votcd & Rcconfidered the vote for Difmifsing 
M^ amos ordway for serving Conftable for the North side 
of said town & Choofe him a New for that office to serve 
the prefent year and excufed the said amos ordwaj^ from 
serving Colleter to Collect the publick taxes for his paying 
in ten Dollars to the Town as the towns property to hire 
a Colletor for the North side of said town the prefent 
year in the Room of s*^^ ordway 

49th ^^j voted that M^ Nathan Badcock & M'' Wil- 
liam Hafkell have the Libert3^ to work out there High- 
way tax in making a stone wall on one side of the High- 
way Leading from said Badcocks Land to the Road that 
Leads from Lev* Pages to the town on the south side of 
said Road at two shillings a Rod for Building said wall 
till there High waj^ tax is worked out at that price & 
the wall finifhed 

50thiy voted & Choofe m*" Thomas Cowden Ju'' afleffor 
for the prefent year to affift the making the publick taxes 



316 The Old Records of the 

51^* article votcd to allow M^ Afeph Goodridge his 
Highway tax the prefent year for keeping or making the 
Gates on the way from said Goodridges Land to the 
Great Road that Leads to the meeting Houfe through ra*" 
Burnhams Lands 

52"^^ arti voted to adjourn this meeting to munday the 
twenty seventh Day of this inftant march at the meeting 
houfe at four a Clock in the after noon the meeting is 
adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Clerk 

[373] 21^^ of march 1786 The Town meet on the 
adjournment according to the Time and the meeting being 
opned & profeeded to y*^ Bufmefs of y^ Day 

53rd ly voted & Choofe M'' Thomas Starns moderator 
in the Room of m*" Daniel Putnam s*^ Putnam being Necef- 
aryly abfent then Recived m'' ordways Note for his being 
excufed serving Collector of ten Dollars for his time 

54 voted to adjourn this meeting to april the 3*^ Day 
at the meeting houfe at two of the Clock in the after Noon 
this meeting is adjourned accordingly 

april y«^ 3^^^ 1786 The Town meet according to ad- 
journment the meeting being opned & proceeded to the 
Buifenefs of the Day 

55'y voted to adjourn this meeting to half an hour 
after five a Clock of s'^ Day in y*^ after noon by Reafon 
that the people not being Collected after the people bing 
affembled 

56 arti voted to adjourn this meeting Down to the 
Houfe of Efqr Cowdens for one half hour the meeting 
Being opned & proceded as followes it was moved to put 
up the Collector for the North side of said town it being 
Bid of to Cap* Thomas Hartwell for four pound six shil- 
lings on the Hundred pound that he shall Collect & pay 
into the treafurer By order 

57'y voted to accept of Cap* Thomas Hartwell Col- 
lector for the North side of s*^ town for the year 1786 and 
alfo Deacon John Thurfton & Elijah Garfield as Bondsmen 
for said Hartwells faithfull Difcharge of his office as Col- 
lector for said year in paying such taxes as shall be Com- 



Toiun of Fitchbiu'gh. 317 

mitted to him to Collect to the treafurers as ordered for 
the State & Town & County By the alTeffors 

58 art! voted to Give Cap^ Thomas Hartwell four 
pounds six shillings on the Hundred pound that he shall 
Collect & pa^' into the severel treafurers as shall be ordred 
By the affelTors of s*^ town 
this Meeting Difsolved 

Daniel Putnam moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

(seal) Worcefter fs To M*" Reuben smith Conftable 
for y^ Town of fitchburg Greeting 

In the Name of the Commonwealth of the Maffachu- 
fetts thefe are to Require you agreeable to Law to Noti- 
fie and warn all the male inhabitance of said Town Being 
twenty one years of age & upwards having anuel income 
of three pound or an}^ other Eftate to the value of sixty 
pounds to affemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in said 
fitchburg on Munday the third Day of april next at three 
of the Clock in the after Noon then & there being Duly 
meet & formed to act on j-^ following articles 
firft to Bring your votes for a Governor 
2'y to Bring in your votes for a Lev^ Governor 
3'-^ to Bring in your votes for five Senators 
Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Doings there on to some one of us on or before said 
Day Given under our Hand & seal this twentyth Day of 

march 1786 Daniel Putnam | selectmen for 

, Paul weatherbeej Fitchburg 

April y«^ 3'"'^ 1786 In obe(3iance to the within warrant 
I have Notified & warned all the male inhabitance of the 
Town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in the within 
mentioned meeting att the time & Place within Directed 

Reuben Smith Constable 

[374] att a Legal Meeting of the inhabitance of the 
Town of Fitchburg afsembled April the third 1786 the 
Meeting being opned 



318 



The Old Records of the 



Governor 



the following Gentlemen voted for as follows for a 

Governor 

votes 
firft for his Exellancv James Bordwine 

Efq*- ...."/ 1 

for the Honourable Thomas Chufhen 

Efq'- 4 

for the Honourable Samuell Holton 

Esq*- 12 ^ 

The following Gentlemen voted for Lev* Governor 

votes 
firft for the Honll^ Thomas Chufhen Efq*" . 1 ^ 
for the HonlL' Samuell Holton Efcf . . 4 [ 
for the Honl^i Oliver Prefcott Eicf . . 11 J 

The following Gentlemen voted for senators 

first for Abel Willder 
for samli Curtifs 
for John Fezenton . 
for General Larnard 
for Jonathan Grout 
for Joliah Stearns . 



L* 
Governor 



. . . Efqr . 


. 181 


. . . Efq"- . 


. 17 


. . . Efq«- . 


. 17 





. 17 


. . . Efq-- . 


. 13 


. 


• 4j 



Senators 



this meeting Difsolved 



Atteft 

Daniel Putnam \ select men 
Thomas stearns \ For 
Paul weatherbeej Fitchburg 

Atteft — Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(seal) Worcefter fs To Reuben smith Constable for 
the Town of fitchburg in the County afore said .... 
Greeting .... 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Maffachufetts to will & Require you forthwith to Notifie 
all the male Inhabitanc of fitchburg of twenty one years 
of age and upwards having a free hold Eftate of the 
annual income of three pounds or anj' Eftate of sixty 
pounds to affemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in 
fitchburg on thurfday the Eighteenth Day of this inftant 
may at one of the Clock in the after Noon then & there 
being Duly meet & formed to act on the following article 
to wit 

[275] firft to see if the Town will Elect and Depute 
any person to serve for and Reprefent them in the Great 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 319 

an General Court or affembley to be held in this Com- 
monwealth on the Laft wednefsday in may agreable to 
the Constetution or act any thing there on as they shall 
think proper 

Hereof fail not make Return of this warrant with 
your Do wings thereon to some one of us at or before the 
Day and time above mentioned Given under our hand & 
seal at fitchburg the firft Day of may in the vear of our 
Lord 1786 

Daniel Putnam j Selectmen 
Thomas Stearns } of 
Paul wetherbee J fitchburg 

May y^ 18*1^ 1786 In Obedience to this warrant I have 
warned all the Inhabitance of the town of fitchburg Ouli- 
fied By Law to vote in town meetings as wnthin mentioned 

to meet at the time & place Directed 

Ruben Smith Constable 

At a Legal Aleeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
fitchburg affembled on Thursday'- the Eighteenth Da3' of 
this inftant may 1786 y^ meeting Being opned & the vote 
Being put to see if the Town will elect & Depute any per- 
fon to serve for and Reprefent them in y*^ Great an Gen- 
eral Court & it paffed in the Negetive 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

i 

(seal) Worcefter fs To M'' Reuben smith Constable 
for the Town of fitchburg in the County of worcefter 
aforesaid Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Maffachufetts to will and Require you fourthwith to Notifie 
all the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the Town of 
fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote in town meetings to 
affemble & meete at the meeting Houfe in fitchburg on 
Thurfday the Eighteenth Day of this Inftant may at three 
of the Clock in the after Noon then & there Being Duely 
meet & formed to act on the following articles 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern s'^ meeting 



320 The Old Records of the 

2ndiy ^Q Bring your votes for a County Treafurer 
a Greable to a warrant Directed to the selectmen of said 
Town .... 

3'y to see if the Town will Difpofe of the old paper 
money that is in the Hand of the Treafurer of said Town 
or act any thing there on as they shall Think proper . . 
Here of fail not make Due Return of this warrant 
with your Doings thereon to some one of us at or before 
the Day & time above mentioned Given under our hand 
& seal this firft Day of this inftant may in the year of 
our Lord 1786 

Daniel Putnam 1 selectmen 
Thomas Stearns \ for 
Paul WeatherbeeJ Fitchburg 



May y^ 15 1786 In obediance to this warrant I have 
Notified and warned all the freeholders and other Inhabi- 
tance of the town of fitchburg to affemble and meet at 
the Time & place within mentioned .... 

Reuben smith Conftable 



[276] At a Legal Meeting of the inhabitance of the 
Town of fitchburg affembled on Thursday y*^ Eighteenth 
Day of this Inftant May 1786 

firft voted & Choofe Thomas Cowden Efqr Modera- 
tor of s^ Meeting 

2'y voted for the following Gentlemen for the County 

Treafurer 

viz Timothy Pain Efq*" No votes 13 

M"" Nathan Perry . . . votes 25 

3iy voted that the Selectmen take the old Contenental 

paper money into there Cuftedy to Difpofe of the same 

at the Beft advantage they Can for the Intereft of the 

Town that is Now in the hands of the Treafurer of s*^ 

Town 

4'y voted this meeting to be Difsolved 

Thomas Cowden Moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



Toiun of Fitchbiirgh. 321 

May ye 27^^ 1786 

M'' Daniel Ferwell of fitchburg Gave Notice to the 
selectmen of s*^ Town that he hath taken into Town the 
widow Luc}'^ Ferwell and four Children Namely Lucy 
Luther John & Daniel Laft from Newipfwich in the state 
of New^hamfhire we the selectmen of the Town of fitch- 
burg Do not ad mitt of s'^ family or Receive them as In- 
habitance of s<^ Town but Defire they may Remove to 
there Native Place of aboad for Refidence & order the 
above Declarition to Be entered on the Town Records the 
above Named perfons Came to town at the above Date 
^■^ order Phinehas Hartw^ell Towm Clerk 

Auguft ye St^i 1786 M^ Jofeph Farnfworth of s^ Fitch- 
burg Gave Notice to the selectmen of s^' town that he 
hath taken into town to my houfe Benjamin Eaton & 
Lydia his wnfe & one Child Namly Afa all Laft from 
Lunenburg w^e the selectmen of s'^ Town Do not admitt of 
the above Named perfons or Recive them as Inhabitance of 
s"^ town but Defire them to Remove to there Native Place 
of aboad for Refidence & support & Do order the above 
Decleration Entred on the Book of Records the above 
Named perfons Came to town the fourth Day of July 1786 
1^'' order Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

April ye 10^^ 1786 D'' Jonas Marfhall of fitchburg 
Gave Notice to the selectmen of said Town that he hath 
taken into his family the widow Rebekah ChaflEin she Came 
to Town ye 25*^ of may 1785 Laft from acton we the 
selectmen Do not admit her as an Inhabitant of s'^ Town 
but Defire her to Remove to her Native place of aboad for 
Refedence & support & Do order the same to be Recorded 
on the Book of Records 

^^ order Phinehas Hartwell Tow^n Clerk 

[377] (seal) Worcefter fs To Reuben smith Constable 
for the town of fitchburg in the County of worcefter 
Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Mafsachufetts to will and Require you in Due Courfe of 

21 



322 The Old Records of the 

Lawe to Notifie and warn all the freeholders and other 
Inhabitance of the town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to 
vote in Town meetings to afsemble and meet at the meet- 
ing Houfe in said Town on munday the Tenth Day of 
July Next at five of the Clock in the after noon then & 
there being Duely meet & formend to act on the following 
articles 

firft to Choofe a moderator to Govern s^ meeting 
2'^ to see if the Town will vote the affefsors Harmlefs 
for not making up the state Tax which they have Lately 
Recived a tax bill for while the Town Can know whether 
there ]iotition to the General Can have a hearing or not 
Here of fail not make Due Return of this warrant with 
your Doings there on to some one of us on or before the 
s"^ Day Given under our hands & seal this 22""^ Day of 

June A D 1786 

Daniel Putnam \ selectmen for 
Paul wetherbee / fitchburg 

July 10*^'' 1786 In obedance to the within warrant I 

have warned all the Inhabitance of the Town of fitchburg 

Qualified by Law to vote in Town Meeting to affemble 

and meet at the meeting houfe in s"^ fitchburg at the time 

within Directed 

Reuben smith Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
fitchburg affembled on Munday y'^ 10*^ Day of July 1786 

firft voted & Choofe M*" Afa Perry moderator to 
Govern s^ meeting 

2'y voted to adjourn said meeting to the second tuef- 
day of auguft Next at one of the Clock in the after noon 
the meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Auguft y'^ 8*^^^ 1786 the Town meet on the adjourn- 
ment in said Day & proceeded to the Bufinefs in hand the 
meeting being opned a motion put to Diffolve s*^ meeting 

3iy voted to Difsolve s'' meeting the meeting is accord- 
ingly Difsolved 

Afa Perry moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 323 

Auguft y'^ 19*1^ 1786 M'" John knights of fitchburg 
Gave Notice to the selectmen of said Town that he hath 
Taken into his Houfc in fitchburg one Poter Davice & 
Hannah his wife & Hannah Davice there Daughter all 
Laft from Jeftery in the state of New hamfhire they came 
to Town y*^ 22'^'^ Dav of may 1786 we the selectmen of s'' 
Town Do Not admitt of said perfons as Inhabitants of 
said Town but Defire them to Remove to there Native 
place of aboad for Refedence & support & Do order the 
same to be Recorded in the book of Records 

V"" order Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

January 23^'^ 1787 M'- Benjamin Danforth of Fitchburg 
Gave Notice to the selectmen of said Town that he hath 
Brought into Town one Betfy Noney she was Born in 
Lexonton she Came to the Town of Fitchburg in the 
month of May 1784 we the select men of said Town Do 
Not admit of said perfon as an inhabitant of said Town 
but Defire Her to Remove fourthwith to her Native place 
of aboad for Refidence & support and Do order the same 
to be Recorded in the Book of Records 

%^'' order Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[278] Worcefter fs To Reuben Smith Constable for 

. the Town of fitchburgh Greeting Thefe are in the 
," ,, Name of the Commonwealth of the Maffachufetts 
, , to will & Require in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie 
and warn all 3'*= freeholders and other Inhabitance 
of the Town of Fitchburg Qualified B}^ Law to vote in 
Town meetings to affemble and meet at the Meeting 
Houfe in fitchburg on Tufeday the twelvth Day of Sep- 
tember Next at one of the Clock in the after Noon then 
& there Being Duh^ meet & formed to act on the follow- 
ing article viz 

1 to Choofe a moderator to Govern said meeting . . 

2'-^' to Raife money to support y*^ Revern"^' John paj^- 
fon .... 

3'-^' to see what sum or sums of monej^ shall Be 
Raifed to support the school & to see what way it shall 



324 The Old Records of the 

be Laid out or act any thing there on as they shall think 
proper 

4^y to Raife money to support Mi® Hart and other 
poor that has become Chargeble to s*^ Town . . . 

5^y to see what methord the Town will take to Gitt 
m*" payfons wood the Inluing year or act any thing there 
on as they shall think proper 

6^y to see if the Town will allow such accounts as 
shall be Laid before them for service Done for s*^ Town 

7'y to see what sum or Sums of Money the Town 
will Raife to Defray there Necefsary Charges the prefent 
3'ear or act any thing thereon as they shall think proper 

8^y to see if the Town wnll Abate any Perfons Rates 
in any of the Conftables or Collectors Lift that Cant Be 
Collected 

9'y to see if the Town will Choofe a Committee to 
Recon with the Town treafurer & make a Report there 
of to the Town 

lO^y to Choofe a saxon to take Care the meeting houfe 
and Digg the Graves for the prefent year 

ll'y to see if the Town will Choofe a Committee to 
meafure the Town in order to affertain the Number of 
acres it Contains 

12^y to see if the Town will Raife a sum of money to 
mend the County Road from Jofep Polleys to weftminfter 
Line or act any thing theron as they shall think proper 

13^y to see if the Town move the meeting Houfe or 
Build a New^ one in the Center of the Town or in the 
Neareft Convanent place or act any thing there on as they 
shall think proper 

Hereof fail not make Return of this warrand with 

your Dowings thereon to some one of us at or before the 

Day & time above mentioned Given under our hand & 

seals at fitchburg this twentieight " Day of auguft A D 

1786 

Daniel Putnam 1 Select men 

Thomas Stearns / for 

Paul wetherbee J fitchburg 

Sept ye 12*^ 1786 In Obediance to the within war- 
rant I have Notifid all the freeholders and other inhabi- 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 325 

tance of the Town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote 
in Town meeting to affemble & meet at time & Place 
within Directed 

Reuben smith Conftable 



[279] At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitance of the 
Town of fitchburg Affembled Sep* y«^ 12^^ 1786 the meet- 
ing Being opned & proceded as forlowes . . . 

firft voted & Choofe Phinehas Sawyer J"*" Moderator 
of said Meeting .... 

2'y voted to Raife 66-13-4 to support the Revern^ 
John pa^'fon a year £66-13-4 

3^y voted to Raife £45 to support the school in Each 
Quarter of the Town 45- 0-0 

4'-^ voted to Choofe five perfons for a Committee to 
provide schooling in each Quarter of the Town the school 
money to be Laid out in Each Quarter of the Town as 
ufal the Committee are as followes M*" Jofeph Phelps 
Abijah Goodridge Daniel Ferwell Jofeph Fox phinehas saw- 
3'er J^r Reuben Gibson J""" aded 

5^-^ voted to Raife £15-2-4 to support Mi^ Hart & 
Lydea wilHams already put out to Board to pay Daniel 
farwell Jofeph Phelps one whole year .... £15-2-4 

&^ voted to pafs over Gifting M^ payfons wood till 
the adjournment of the meeting 

T^ voted to pafs over the sixth article in Regard to 
allowing accompts and the accompts to be Laid before the 
selectmen to Examine there Clames that they may be Juft 
& approved of for allowance 

S^y voted to abate oliver Davices Rate in Capt Bur- 
bank Lift 1783 & John ferwells Lift for the year 1784 . . 

9'y voted to sufpend the Eighth article on accomp^ of 
abating Rates till the adjournment of the meeting . . . 

lO^y voted to Choofe a Committee to Recon with the 
Treafurer viz Oliver Stickney Thomas Stearns Daniel Put- 
nam .... 

11 voted & Choofe Ephraim Kimball to take Care 
the meeting houfe and Digg the Graves till a Mother be 
Choofen in his Room . . . 



326 The Old Records of the 

12 voted to pafs over the article in Regard to mend- 
ing the County Road by m'' Jacob nptons to the Town 
Line .... 

13 voted to build a New meeting houfe in the Center 
of the Town or the Neareft Convenant Place to the Cen- 
ter ... . 

14'y voted to adjourn this meeting to the twenty 
sixth Day of this Inftant September at one of the Clock 
in the after Noon this meeting is accordingly adjourned 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Sept 26 1786 The Town meet according to the 
adjournment the meeting being opned and proceed as fol- 
lowes .... 

15 voted to Raife two Hundred & fifty pounds to 
Difcharge the Minifter and school & pay for the poor & 
all Necefsary Charges By Dues and accounts . . . 

16 voted to Raife Thirty pound to be Laid out on 

the County Road betwene Jofeph Polleys & the Town 

Line, exclufive 

Towns money 250-0-0 

High way money 30-0-0 

17 voted to Choofe five men to over see that the 
thirty pounds be faithfully worked out on s'^ Road . . . 

18 voted & Choofe for s'' Committee Abraham Ja- 
quith Hezekiah Hodgfkins Afa Perry Reuben smith Phine- 
has Brown 

19 voted to abate abiather Eaton poll tax in Afa 
perry Rate Bill for the year 1785 

[380] 20iy voted the Money Raifed for the High- 
way be Laid out by the Direction of the Committee or 
over Sears 

21 voted to abate Aaron Eaton poll Tax for the 
year 1783 in Capt Burbank Lifts .... 

22 Voted to abate James French poll tax in Cap* 
Burbank Rate Bill which sum is £1- 3-4 

23 voted to abate Joel Hale Poll Tax in Cap* samuell 
Burbank Lift which sum is . . 1- 3-4 

24 voted to abate Benjamin Stewards poll Tax in 
Cap* samuell Burbank tax Bill which sum is . . 1- 3-4 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 327 

25 voted & Choof Phinehas Hartwell & Phinehas 
Sawyer Ju'' to make up and propotion the Thirty pounds 
Raifed to mend the highway By the other High way Rate 
Bill to Each perfon that was made Laft fpring 

26 voted that M^ Payfons Wood Be Lotted out into 
six Lotts and Let out at the Loweft Bidder a Cord by 
Lott the wood to be Cut Cord wood Length & Corded 
up at the House of m*" payfons 

No one. bid of by Leu* Paul wetherbee at five shil- 
Hngs a Cord 

No two Bid of by M*" Jofeph Phelps at five shillings 
a Cord 

No three Bid of By m'' Daniel wetherbee at four shil- 
lings & ten pence Cord 

No four Bid of By s*^ Daniel weatherbee at four shil- 
lings & ten pence a Cord 

No five Bid of By s'^ Daniel weatherbee at four shil- 
lings & ten pence 

No six Bid of By s** Daniel wetherbee at four shillings 
a Coard 

voted to Defolve this meeting the meeting Difsolved 
accordingly 

Phinehas Sawyer J"^ Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Sep* 26 1786 sundrey accounts prefented to the select 
men and Approved of By them & Returned to the Clerk 
to be put on Record are as followes 
M*" Oliver Stickneys accomp* for service affefing, 

& other matters £1-86 

Due to Daniel Per well allowed at s^' meeting 

by ye selectmen 0-14-10 

Jofeph Sawyer for smithing & other work for 

the Town 0-8 5 

Due to Phinehas Hartwell for serving treaf- 

urer two years and i^ & as an affefsor to 

making Rates & other service 11- 4- 

Due to Thomas Stearns for Affefsor and other 

service 3-13- 6 

Due to Reuben smith for service for s'' Town . 0-6-0 

the above accounts voted to be paid By the Town 



328 The Old Records of the 

[381] Worcefter fs To Reuben vSmith Conftable for 

.. the Town of fitchburg in the County of worcefter 
. ^ Greeting Thefe are In the Name of the Cornmon- 
. ^ wealth of the Maffachufetts to will & Require you 
fourthwith By verble Notice to Notifie & warn all 
the freeholders and other Inhabitance of the Town of 
fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote in Town meetings to 
affemble & meet at the meeting houfe in fitchburg on 
Tufeday the twelveth Day of this Inftant Sep^ at four of 
the Clock in the after Noon then & there being Duly meet 
& formed to act on the following articles viz 

firft to Choofe a moderator to Govern s*^ meeting . . 

2'y to see if the Town will vote that the affefsors may 
Committ the Taxes to Reuben smith without any bonds- 
man as the Bondsmen that the town Accepted Refufe to 
sign the Bonds that are prefented to them or act any thing 
there on as they shall think proper 

Here of fail not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or 
before said Day Given under our hands & seal this fourth 
Day of Sept ^'d 1786 

Daniel Putnam ] selectmen 
Thomas Stearns \ for 
Paul weatherbeej fitchburg 

At a Legal meeting of the Inhabitance of the Town of 
fitchburg affembled Sep* y^ 12^^ 1786 

liy voted & Choofe M^ Phinehas sawyer J"*" Moderator 
of said meeting 

2^y voted that the Affefsors Committ the state tax to 
Reuben smith Conftable and all other affefments for the 
south sid of s^ Town that may be affefed this prefent 
year without a bondsman To Collect & pay where ordred 

this Meeting Difsolved 

Phinehas sawyer J"^ Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[38'^] Fitchburg Sept 22"'^ 1786 Then Reckned & 
settled Phinehas Hartwell Town Treafurer for the years 
from 1784 to the above Date 



Town of Fitchburgh. 329 

we Find in the Hands of the several Conftables & 

Collectors hereafter mentioned the following sums viz 

We Finde in the Hands of Jonathan Holt Con- 

ftable for y*^ year 1778 5-13- 6-3 

we find that M^ James Patterfon Conftable for 
y*^ year 1779 hath over paid his Colletion 
for s*^ year By abatements on s"^ Lifts ^y 
the Town one pound one shilling four pence 
one fathing 1-1- 4-1 

we finde a state Recept Towns property for y^ 
year 1780 Dated April 2^^^ 1781 in the 
Treafurers hand aganft Phinehas Hartwell 
the Remains Due at this settlement . . . 38- 9 8 - 

one minifter Rate bill y^ Due in the hands of 

s'J Hartwell 13 19 - 

we find in the Hand of Daniel Ferwell Confta- 
ble for ye year 1780 Town tax 48- 4 1-1 

we find in the Hand of samuel Burbank Col- 
lector for the year 1781 to 1783 . . . .34-5- 2-3 

Due on a state Recip^ in the hand of the treaf- 
urer Dated June 13 1782 alfo one Minifter 
Rate bill for y^ year 1783 in part Due . . 1- 7- 7 - 

& alfo one souldier Rate bill for y^ year 1782 

not settled y^ sum of 90-16- 0-2 

we find in the hand of Cap^ Reuben Gibson 

Collector in y*^ year 1781 Town tax . . . 55- 2-11-1 

and alfo a state Recipt Town property Due 

from sd Gibson Dated June 14^^ 1782 . . 32-18- 6 - 

we find in the Hand of Jofeph Phelps Collector 

for y'^ year 1782 Town Tax 9-15- 8-1 

and alfo one minifter Rate bill yet Due for y^ 

year 1782 37- 5-10-0 

and one souldier bill not settled for s*^ year . 89-15-11-3 

we find in the Hand of Cap^ Thomas Hartw^ell 

Conftable for y^ year 1783 town tax . . 18- 4- - 

we find in y^ hand of John Ferwell Conftable 

for ye year 1784 Town tax 13-10- 6-3 

we find in y^ hand of De^ John Thurfton Col- 
lector for ye year 1784 Town tax . . . 15-11- 4-1 

we find in y^ hand of Phinehas sawyer Ju^ Col- 
lector for ye year 1785 Town tax . . . 72- 2- 5 - 



330 The Old Records of the 

alfo one minifter Rate bill for the year 1785 

yet Due 27-1-1-1 

we find in the hand of Afa Perry Collector 

for ye year 1785 Town Tax 103- 7- 3 - 

& alfo one minifter Rate for y^ year 1785 . . 34- 1- 6-2 

the Treafurer is to Be allowed six pound four 
shilling for money Borrowed for s'^ Town 
Due to s*^ Treafurer in the settlement . . 6- 4- 0-0 

we find the following Notes in the Treafurers 

hand Due from the following perfons 
one Note Dated April 2 1781 signed by Cap^ 

Burbank £3-12- 

one Note Dated march 9 1781 signed by Cap^ 

Reuben Gibson 3-12- 

second Note Dated march 17 1783 signed By 

Cap* Burbank 3-12- 

one Note Dated march 15 1784 signed By Jo- 

feph policy 3-0-0 

one Note Dated may 16 1783 signed By Tho^ 

Hartwell 3-12- 

one Note Dated signed By francis fullam . . 2-2-0 
one Note Dated april 8 1784 signed b3' Jn° 

ferwell 3-0-0 

one Note Dated april 4 1785 signed by Jon^ 

Page 3-0-0 

one Note Dated march 27 1786 sign"^ by Amos 

ordway 3-0-0 

Oliver Stickney \ 

Thomas Stearns > Committee 

Daniel Putnam j 

Laid before the Town & Accepted at sep^ 26 1786 . . 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[283] Worcefter fs 
, 1, To Reuben Smith Conftable for the Town of 

^ fitchburg in the Count}^ of worcefter Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of 

Mafsachufetts to will and Require you in Due Courfe of 



Toivn of FitcJibiirgh. 331 

Law to Notifie and warn all the freeholders and other In- 
habitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualified by Law to 
vote in Town Meetings to affemble & meet at the meeting 
Houfe in s^ Town on wednefsdaj^ y^ fifteenth Day of this 
Inftant November at one of the Clock in the after Noon 
on s*^ Day then & there being Duly meet & form'^'^ to act 
on the following articles 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern s*^ meeting . . 

2'^ to see what method the Town will Take to sup- 
port Ephr™ smith and his family which the Town of 
worcefter hath Lately turned upon the Town of fitchburg 
for a support or act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper 

3'y to see if the Town of fitchburg will take any Law- 
full Method to Gitt Red of supporting the said Ephr^ and 
his family & Choofe a Committee for that purpofe or act 
any thing theiron as they shall think proper 

Hereof fail Not & make Return of this warrant to 
some or one of us on or before s*^ Day 

Given under our Hand & seals this firft Day of Novem- 
ber A D 1786 

T-. • 1 TD ^ ) selectmen 

Daniel Putnam I r 

Paul weatherbee j -p-^ i^u 

Worcefter fs Nov™ 15^1^ 1786 

By vertue of this warrant I have Notified and warned 

ail the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of 

fitchburg Quallified By Law to vote in Town meetings to 

afsemble & meet at the meeting houfe at the time within 

Directed 

Reuben Smith Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg afsembled NovE y*^ IS^'^ 1786 the meeting being 
opned & proceeded as follows 

firft voted & Choofe Efqr Cowden Moderator of s'^ 
meeting 

2iy voted that Ephr!n Smiths and famil3^ be Supported 
by Putting out to the Loweft Bidder by the week . . . 



332 The Old Records of the 

3'y voted that the second article in the warrant be 
omitted till the evining for vanduing 

4'^" voted to Choofe a Committee to Carrey into Exe- 
cution the Caufe of Ephr!^ Smith and family being thrown 
on the Town of fitchburg for support and to Releve said 
town from s*^ family .... 

5iy voted to Choofe three perfons as a Committee for 
the above porpofe .... 

6iy voted & Choofe De-'^ Daniel Putnam D*" Jonas Mar- 
fhall & Efqr Cowden for said Committee to Carry the 
Matter into Execution .... 

7'y voted to adjourn this meetting to the Houfe of 
Efq^ Cowdins for one half Hour the meeting being opned 
& proceeded as follows the second article taken in hand 

[384J the second article taken in hand the vandue 
opned Proceded as follows 

Jonas Smith Bid of by M*- Jofeph Phelps for 1/9 p'- 
week Board & Lodge 

Ifarel Smith Bid of By m'^ Blaney Phillips for 1/11 p'' 
week Bord & Lodge 

The woman & the youngeft Child Bid of by Cap^ 
Jonathan wood for 3/10 p^ week to support 

Ephraim Smith Bid of By Cap* Jonathan wood for 
5/6 p'' week to support 

8'y voted to allow Cap* Jonathan Wood 3/6 for mov- 
ing said Ephr^ & wife & Child to his houfe with there 
furniture 

9'y voted to allow Col° Ebenezer Bridge 6/ for the 
ufe of his houfe for s*^ smiths family while he ware Sup- 
ported there 

voted to Difsolve this meeting 

Thomas Cowden Efqr Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

, ,, Worcefter fs To Reuben smith Conftable for y^ 
' Town of Fitchburg in said County Greeting Thefe 
are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the Maffa- 
chufetts to will & Require you forth with in Due Courfe 
of Law to Notifie & warn all the freeholders and other of 
the Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualified By 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 333 

Law to vote in Town meetings to ailemble and meete at 
the meeting Houfe in s"^ Town Tuefda\' the sixteenth Day 
of Januar\^ Inftant at one of the Clock in the af after Noon 
then & there being Duly meet & formed to act on the fol- 
lowing articles viz 

I'y to Choofe a moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'y to Here the Addrefs Read that was sent from the 
Great & General Court of this Commonwealth as is 
Directed in said addrefs 

S'J" to see if the Town will Choofe a Committee to 
Purchafe Certificates to make Good such abatements as 
have been or muft be abated 

4^^ to see if the Town will Excufe and Difmifs any of 
the Late Committee Choofe to Gitt Read of Ephraim 
Smith & famih' or add any perfon or perfons more to 
said Committee or act any thing there on as they shall 
think proper 

5'y to see if the Town will petition to the Governor 
& Counfell in behalf of the Infurgents or Regulators as 
they Call them selves or act an\^ thing thereon as the}' 
shall think proper .... 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowing thereon to some one of us on or before said 
Day Given under our hand & seals this firft Day of Janu- 
ary A D. 1787 .... 

Daniel Putnam 1 , , 

r^y C-. ( selectmen 

Thomas Stearns J 

[285] At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburg affembled on Tuefda^^ the sixteenth Day 
of January 1787 the meeting being opned & proceeded as 
follows 

l^y voted & Choofe M": Kendall Boutell moderator of 
said meeting 

2'y proceeded according to the Directions of the second 
article in the warrant to Reed the addrefs before the Town 
that Came from the General Court 

3'y voted to Choofe a Committee to Purchafe Certifi- 
cates to Difcharge the abatements made or muft be made 
in the state tax in the several Collectors Lifts as Cheepe 
to the beft advantage of the Town 



334 The Old Records of the 

4'y voted to Choofe three perfons as a Committee viz 
the prefent selectmen to purchafe said Certificates as Cheepe 
a maj^ be for the advantage of the Town . . . 

5^-^ voted to pafs over the fourth article in the warrant 

6'y voted to petition to the Government to have the 
Courts of Common plea and of the seffefions be sufpended 
till the Choice of a New Reprefentitive Houfe for the may 
sefTions for a Nother year 

7^y voted to petition to Government to Liberate Capt 
shattick and others that are apprehended By Government 
on there promifmg to behave peafible and faithfull subjects 
to this Commonwealth 

S'y voted to petition to the Government that the 
people may have the privelidge of the writ habeas Corpufs 

9^5" voted to Choofe three perfons for a Committee to 
Draw a petition to send to the General Court for the 
above purpofe viz Phinehas Hartwell Elijah willard & 
Ephraim Kimball 

lO'y voted to adjourn this meeting till the 30*^ Day 
of this inftant January at one of the Clock in the after 
Noon this meeting is adjourned accordingly . . . 

January y*^ 30^^ 1787 the Town meet according to 
the adjournment & the meeting being opened & proceeded 
as follows the petition being several times Reed before the 
Town 

ll^y the Town voted to accept of the petition Drawn 
by the Committee & have it sent to the General Court 

Likewife the meeting Difsolved 

Kendall Boutell Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

M*" Afa Perry of the Town of Fitchburg Gave Notice 
To The Selectmen of said Town That one seafer Hammond 
and wife & four Children viz Levi & Perley & patty & 
marcy moved into the Town of Fitchburg on the 
Eighteenth Day of March 1787 moved Laft from the Town 
of Sterling which we the selectmen of Fitchburg Do not 
admitt of said family as Town Inhabitants But Do order 
& Defire said perfons to Remove forthwith to their Native 
Place of Refedance for support & Do order the same to be 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 335 

put on the Book of Records of their Not being admitted 

as inhabtants 

^ order 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

December 201^ 1787 

[286] (seal) Worcefter fs To Reuben smith Constable 
for the Town of fitchburg Greeting Thefe are in the Name 
of the Commonwealth of the Maffachufetts to will and 
Require you fourth with in Due Corfe of Law to Notifie 
and warn all the free holders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburg Qulafied By Law to vote in Town 
meetings to affemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in 
said Town on Thurfday the Eight Day of June Next at 
three of the Clock in the after noon then & there being 
Duly meet & formed to act on the following articles viz 

1^* Choofe a Moderator to Govern s'^ meeting 

2^y to see if the Town will Take into Confideration 
the heavy Burdens we Labour under in Regard to our 
publick affairs & act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper it being Requefted by a Number of the Inhabitants 
of said Town 

Hereof fail Not. make Return of this warrant with 
your Doings thereon to some one of us on or before said 
Day Given under our hand & seal this 23"''^ Day of may 

A D. 1786 

Daniel Putnam ) , , 

o 1 4-1, u / selectmen 

Paul wetherbeej 

At A Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg affembled June y^ 8^^^ 1786 

firft voted and Choofe M'' Afa Perry Moderator 

2'y voted to Choofe a Committee to take into Con- 
fideration the Circumftances of the Town as it is Burdned 
& Redrefs in Relief thereof to the General Court 

3^y voted to Choofe five perfons as a Committee for 
the above purpofe 

4^-^ voted & Choofe M^ Robert Burnham Daniel Put- 
nam Thomas Stearns Elijah willard Phinehas Hartwell for 
s"^ Committee 



336 The Old Records of the 

5^y voted that the Committee should make a Draught 
of a Letter to Lay before the Town at the meeting on the 
Jurnment to send to the Towns in the County of worcefter 
for CalHng a County Convention 

6'y voted to adjourn this meeting to thurfda}' the 
twenty second Day of this inftant June at three of the 
Clock in the after Noon the meeting is according adjourned 

June y*^ 22"^^ 1786 the Town meet on the adjournment 
the meeting being opned and proceeded to the Bufmefs in 
hand 

7^y voted to accept of the petition as it is Draughted 
By the Committee Now prefented to the Town and that 
the selectmen have s*^ petition Commited to some faithfull 
perfon to Lay before the General Court for a hearing 

8'y voted to Choofe a man to meet in Convention 
appointed by the Towns in the Count}' of worcefter to 
take into Confideration the public affairs of this Com- 
monwealth Likewife made Choofe of m*" Elijah willard to 
meet and serve the town in a Convention for the above 
purporfe 

9^-^" voted to adjourn this meeting to munday the 
Tenth Day of July Next at five a Clock in the after Noon 
the meeting is adjourned accordingly 

July y'^ 10*^ 1786 the Town meet according to there 
adjournment the meeting being opned the Town pro- 
ceeded as follows 

[287] lO'y voted the Town shall Give M'' Elijah Wil- 
lard inftructions in Regard to his meeting in the County 
Convention to Lay before the members that shall attend 
in that Convention to Difcover the minds of the Town 
at there next Convening together 

ll'y voted that the former Committee that was firft 
Choofen in this meeting with the addition of two other 
perfons viz m'' William Brown & m^ Paul Wetherbee shall 
be a Committee to Draw up inftructions for m'' Elijah 
willard to Lay before the Convention to Difcover the minds 
of the Town Likewife the Inftructions to be Reported the 
Next meeting for acceptance by the Town 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 337 

12'y voted to adjourn this meeting to the second Tuef- 
day in auguft Next at one of the Clock in the after Noon 
the meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Auguft y^ 8^^ 1786 the Town meet according to there 
adjournment the meeting being opned motioned that the 
inftructions be Reed before the town for acceptance article 
by article the firft article accepted second alfo and the 
third & forth & fifth & sixth & seventh all as they stand 
Drawed up for the inftructions to meet in Convention 

13^y voted to adjourn this Meeting to the second 
Tuesday of September [12P] next at four a Clock in the 
after Noon this meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Sep^ y^ 12^^ 1786 the Town meet on the ajournment 
the meeting being opned & heard the proceedings of the 
Convention and Likewife voted to adjourn this meeting 
to the firft tuefday in October [S'"'^ D^3'] Next at three 
of the Clock in the after Noon this meeting is adjourned 
accordingly 

October y"^ S"""^ 1786 the Town affembled according to 
there adjournment the meeting being opned to here the 
proceedings of the Conventions & there petition sent to 
the General Court Reed before the Town the Town voted 
to adjourn this meeting to the third Tuefday in November 
Next at two of the Clock in the after noon the meeting 
is accordingly adjourned 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

November 21 1786 the Town meet according to there 
adjourment the meeting being opned to here the proceed- 
ings of the Convention the people attending s'' meeting 
voted to adjourn s'^ meeting to the Thurd tuefday in 
January [16 D] Next at one of the Clock in the after Noon 
this meeting is adjourned 

January 16 1787 the Town meet according to there 
adjournment the moderator being Neceffar^-l^^ abient the 
selectmen with the Clerk with the advice of the people 
prefent a motioned was made and seconded to have this 
meeting adjourned to the 30*^ Day of this inftant January 

22 



338 TJie Old Records of the 

at one of the Clock in the after Noon the vote pafsed for 
the ajourment accordingly the meeting is adjourned 

January y^ 30"^ 1787 the Town meet according to 
there adjournment the meeting being opned 

14'y voted that m'' Elijah willard attend the Conven- 
tion at there Next Conveneing & Like wife voted to Defend 
m"" willard property in Cafe he should be taken in perfon 
by Government for attending the Convention in Cafe he 
behaves in a peaceable orderly manner other ways he is to 
Refk it himfelf 

15^y voted to adjourn this meeting to the firft Mon- 
day in March Next at four 'Colck in the after Noon this 

meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phi^ Hartwell Clerk 

march y*^ 5*^ 1787 the Town being meet at the time 
of the adjournment & it was motioned to adjourn this 
meeting to the twelth inftant at one of the clock in the 
afternoon the meeting is Accordingly adjourned. 

March y*-' 12 1787 the Town meet on the adjourn- 
ment then having Recived a Circular Letter from a Com- 
mittee from Lunenburg Directing to send a perfon to meet 
a Committe in worcefter at paches taveran to Look out 
Good & wife men to set as senators for the prefent year 
The committee is to meet on the Laft munda}^ in march 
at three a Clock in the after Noon at said patchs Taveran 
the Town Taken the matter under Confideration & voted 
to send Deacon Daniel Putnam as a menber to meete the 
Committee of the several Towns in the County of wor- 
cefter for the Looking out Good & wife men to serve in 
the senate the prefent 3^ear & make Return to the Town 
of there Dowings before the time of Choofing said offices 

[288] February y<^ 15"' 1787 Then Came to Live in 
this Town by the Confent of Doc* Jonas Marfhall Benja- 
min Jaquith & his wife Pheby & family there Names are 
as follows Benjamin Ifaac Jofiah Reuben Afa his sons 
Daughters Names Pheby Hannah Lydea all Laft from Jef- 
frey in New Hamfhire which said Doc* marfhall Gave 
timely Notice to the Selectmen of said fitchburg of Said 
famil^^s Comeing to town & the place of there Laft Refi- 
dence. 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 339 

we the Selectmen of the Town of Fitchburg under 

Due Confideration Do not admit of Said Benjamin Ja- 

qnith & wife & famih' as inhabitants of Said fitchburg 

but Defire them to Remove to there Native place of aboad 

for Support & Do order the same to be Recorded in the 

book of Records 

'#'' order of Selectmen 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(seals) 
(seals) 



Worcefter fs To Thomas Cowden p"" one of the 
Constables of the Town of of fitchburg in said 

County Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of the 
Mafsachufetts to will and Require 3^ou by verble warning 
as the Law Directs to Notifie and warn all the freeholders 
& other Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualified 
by Law to vote in Town meetings to affemble & meet at 
the meeting Houfe in fitchburg on mundaj' the Nineteenth 
Day of this Inftant march at three of the Clock in the 
after Noon then & there being Duly meet & formed to 
act on the following articles viz 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said Meeting 

2'^ to see what method the Town will Take to Repair 

the Great Bridge by Cap^ John Goodridges or act any 

thing theiron as they shall Think proper 

3^y to see if the Town will Choofe a Committee to 
take Care of the Great Bridges the prefent year 

Here of fail Not and make a Return of this warrant 
with 3'our Do wings there on to some one of us on or 
before said Day and Time Given under our Hands & seals 
at fitchburg this fourteenth Day of march 1787 . . . 

Daniel Putnam \ selectmen 
Paul weatherbee j for fitchburg 

Worcefter fs March y^ 19*^ 1787 In Obediance to this 
warrant I have warned all the free Holders and other 
Inhabitance of the Town of fitchburg to meet at y^ time 
and place within mentioned 

Thomas Cowdin J^'' Conftable 



340 The Old Records of the 

at a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg Afsembled March y^ 19 1787 

firft voted & Choofe Daniel Putnam moderator to 
Govern s'^ meeting 

2'y voted to Repair the Great Bridge by Cap*^ Good- 
ridges Emeadiately in the place Now stands 

3iy voted to Choofe a Committee to see to the Re- 
pairing of the Great Bridge the Committee Confift of 
three men viz M*" Afa Perry & Cap* John Goodridge & 
Cap*^ Jonathan Wood for the over seeing the Repairing of 
the Bridge 

4iy voted that the Bridge be Repaired by New string 
peaces if wanting & with king pofts with Iron Stnrrups 
to Confine the king pofts to the under Gurt . . . 

[*^89] S^y voted to Lett out the Gifting of the Necef- 
sary Timber for the bridge to the Loweft bidder by the 
stick or sticks as the Committee shall Think beft to Re- 
pair the Bridge and Likewife the Plank for the Covering 
of said bridge .... 

6'y voted to Choofe a Committee to Take Care the 
Great Bridges the prefent year this Committee Confift of 
three men viz Deacon Kendell Boutell & Ephraim Kimball 
and M*" Afa Perry to infpect the Bridges and to Repair 
them in the Cheepeft way for the Benifit of the Town 

7'y voted to Difsolve this meeting accordingly the 

meeting is Difsolved 

Daniel Putnam moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Worcester fs To Reuben Smith Constable for the 
Town of Fitchburg Greeting Thefe are in the 
Name of the Commonwealth of the Maffachufetts 
" To will & Require you fourthwith in Due Courfe 
of Law to Notify & warn all the freeholders & other 
Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualified by Law 
to vote in Town meeting to Affemble & meet at the meet- 
ing Houfe in fitchburg on Munday the fift Day of Next at 
Nine of the Clock in the forenoon then and there being 
Duly meet and formed to act on the following articles to 
wit 



Town of Fitchbiti'gh. 341 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern s'' raeetino- 

2'^ to Choofe a Town Clerk and selectmen & other 
Town offices as the Law Directs or act an3^ thing in 
Regard to the Choice of Collectors as they shall think 
proper 

3'y to see if the Town will accept of such Roads as 
are Laid out by the selectmen or there order or Difcontinue 
any old Road or act any thing there on as they shall 
think proper 

4}^ to see what sum or sums of money the Town will 
Raife to keep the Highways & Bridges in Repair the pref- 
ent year or act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper 

5^y to see what meafure the Town will Take to sup- 
port the poor that are become Chargeble to said Town 
or act any thing their on as they shall Think proper . . 

6'y to see if the Town will abate any perfons Rates 
or any part there of in any of the former Conftables or 
Collectors Lift or act any thing thereon as they shall 
think proper 

7'y to see if the Town will allow such accounts as 
Shall be Laid before the Town for Service for s"^ Town or 
act any thing thereon as they shall Think proper 

8'y to see if the Town will vote the Swine to Go at 
Large under the Regulation of the Law y^ prefent year 

Here of fail Not and make Return of this warrant 

with your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or 

before the s'^ Day Given under our Hands & seals this 

sixteenth Day of February A D 1787 

Daniel Putnam | selectmen 
Thomas Stearns } For 
Paul wetherbee J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs March y^ 5*^ 1787 

By virtue of the within warrant I have Notified and 
warned all the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburg Qulified by Law to vote in Town 
meetings to Affemble and meet at the Time & place with- 
in mentioned 

Reuben Smith Conftable 



342 The Old Records of the 

[290] At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg affembled on March y^ S*'^ 1787 

firft voted & Choofe M*- Afa Perry Moderator. . . . 
Moderator 

2^y voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk . . 
Town Clerk 

3^y voted & Choofe De^ Daniel Putnam Paul wether- 
bee David M'^intire Selectmen for the prefent year . . . 
selectmen 

4'y voted that the Selectmen be the Affeffors for s'^ 
year Affeffors 

5'y Voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Treaf- 
urer Town Treafurer 

e^y voted & Choofe Lent Seth Phillips for a Confta- 
ble for the south side of said Town for the prefent year . . 
Conftable 

T^ voted & Choofe Samuell Gibson for a Conftable 
for the North part of s*^ town Conftable 

8 voted to Choofe the under offices by Hand votes 

9 voted & Choofe Cap* Jonathan Wood & Phin« 
Brown wardens Wardens 

IQiy voted & Choofe Thomas Thurfton & Jofeph 
Downe Tything men Tything men 

ll^y voted & Choofe Abijah Goodridge & Hezekiah 
Hodgfkins & Kendel Boutell & Amos Sheldon Thomas 
Cowden Ju*" Jonathan Flint Solomon Calton william 
Brown John Thurfton JV*" Eliphalet perley for highway 
Surveyours the prefent year Jofeph Gray & Seth Phillip in 
the Room of Cowden & Sheldon . . Highway surveyours 

12^y voted & Choofe Phinehas sawyer J"^ John Ozburn 
John Shiple Daniel wetherbee Andrew Goodel Hogreves . . 
Hogreve 

IS^y voted & Choofe Abraham Gibson Ju*" Cap^ 
Thomas Hartwell Fire wards 

14iy voted & Choofe John upton Surveyour of board 
Claboards & shingles . . . surveyour of board Claboards 
shingles 

IS'y voted & Choofe Jacob Upton & Cap^ sam" Bur- 
bank Fence Vewers 



Toxvii of Fitchburgh. 343 

16'y voted & Choofe Benjamin Kemp survey our of 
Hoops & staves Hoops & staves 

\Ty voted & Choofe David Faroe a Sealer of meaf- 
urers & weight weights & meafurers 

18'-^ voted & Choofe Mofes Hale a Sealer of Leather . . 
sealer of Leather 

19'y voted to sufpend the Third article till the adjourn- 
ment Concerning the Roads 

20'^ voted to Raife one Hundred & fifty pounds to 
keep the Highways and Bridges in Repair the prefent j^ear 

150-0-0 

21'J' voted that Everj- Highway surveyour that 
Receives a Lift of fifteen pound to work out shall Go with 
six hands on the Road up b3' M*" Jacob Uptons to work 
so in propotion more or Leffer sums the prefent year 

[291] 22iy voted that the money Raifed to Mend 
the Highwa3's be Laid out as was Laft year by the Hour 
& oxen a Day & Tools for that service as was allowed 
the Laft year .... 

23 voted that the money to be worked out that was 
to mend the Highway b^^ the firft of November Next and 
the surveyours is to make a Return of there Lifts to the 
Affefsors by the middle of s*^ November with there Dow- 
ings thereon .... 

to ad the Delincjuent perfons to the Town Rate bill 
that hath not worked there Rate out that the money 
may be Collected by the Conftable .... 

24'y voted that mr^ Hart be Bid of at the Loweft 
bidder by the year 

25^y voted that the other poor be bid of by the week 
while they Remain a Town Charge 

voted to pafs over putting out the poor for the prefent 

26'-^ voted that the selectmen infpect the Collectors 
Rate Bills on accompts of seeing what perfons Rates muft 
Necefsaryly be abated & La}^ the matter before the Town 
for there acceptance at the adjournment .... 

27 voted to allow Cap* Jonathan Wood his account 
for providing for mi*^ smith & Nufsing said woman in 
Child Baring which sum is ... 2-4-0-0 

28 voted to allow M"" Blaney Phillips his accompt 



344 The Old Records of the 

for keeping Ifral smith twelve weaks and other matters 
as appears by said accompt & Cloathing for s'' Bov . . 

1-9-0-0 

29 voted to allow M*" Thomas Stearns his account 
as an Affefsor for the whole of the year 1786 & other 
matters from y*^ 12 of September Laft .... 1-5-3-0 

30 — voted to Let the swine Run at Large under the 
Regulation of the Law the prefent year 

31 voted to Excufe M*" samull Gibson from serving 
Conftable for the North side of said Town his paying 
three pounds to the Town for his being Excufed & serves 
for his turn 

32 — voted to allow Paul Wetherbee his accompt for 
Necfsary buifmefs for service for the Town . . 0-13—6— 

33 — voted to adjourn this meeting to the houfe of 
Efq*" Cowdens for one half hours 

the meeting being opned & proceeded as follows 

34 voted to pay M"" John Ozburn six pound & six 
pence for supporting mi^ Hart one whole year so in pro- 
potion if she should not Live the year out then proceeded 
provide for M'' Ephraim smiths family 

firft — Ephraim smith Bid of to Cap^ John Goodridge 
to board at 1/4 a week Labour in while boarding 

2 — Mr? smith bid of & one Child to Leu* seth Phillips 
at 1/11 a week while she stays there 

3 — Ifral smith bid of to David Hodgfkins at 1/4 a 
week to Lodge & board 

4 — Eli smith Bid of to william Reed at 2/3 a week 
to Lodge & board 

5 — Lydia williams bid of by Afeph Goodridge at 1/8 
a week to Lodg & board 

35^y — voted to adjourn this meeting to the second 

Munday of this inftant march at one of the Clock in the 

after Noon at the Meeting Houfe this meeting is adjourned 

accordingly . . . . . 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

March y'^ 12 1787 the Town meet at the Time of 
adjournment the meeting being opned proceeded as follows 

36— voted that the Loweft Bidder may be the Col- 
lector to serve the prefent year for each side of said Town 



Town of FitcJiburgh. 345 

to Collect the publick Taxes the3^ finding Good Bondsman 
to the acceptance of the Town for the faithfull Difcharge 
of there Duty in all there Collections .... 

[392] 27'y voted to allow Deacon Daniel Putnam 
his account for services Done in the Towns behalf to 
march y^ 5 1787 Exclufive affsefing bufmefs . . ^l-^12-*^0 

28'y voted to adjourn this Meeting Down to the 
Houfe of Efqr for one Half Hour 

the meeting being opned & proceeded as follows . . . 

Jonas Smith bid of by M"" Jofeph Phelps he allowing 
s"^ boy two pair of Troufes and one Toe Shirt provided 
he should stay in Town 

29'y Thomas Cowden J".^ Bid of the Collecting of the 
publick Taxes on the south side of said Town at three 
pound ten shillings on the Hundred pound that he shall 
Collect & pay in to the Treafurer 

30thiy voted to accept of Leu* Seth Phillips in the 
Room of Thomas Cowden to Collect the Taxes on the 
south side of said Town at the three pound ten shilHng 
on y^ hundred he shall Collect & pay in where ordred so 
in propotion for a Greator or Lefser sum he should Colect 
& pay in 3_10-0- 

31'y Thomas Cowden Jun'' Bid of the Collecting of 
the publick Taxes on the North side of said Town for 
three pound Twelve shillings on the Hundred pound he 
shall Collect & pay in where ordred so in propotion 
wheather a Greater or Leffer sum 3-12-0 

32 voted to accept of M"^ Blany Phillips & Cap* John 
Goodridge as bondsman for Leu* seth Phillips for the 
faithfull Difcharg of his Duty in Collecting the publick 
money & pa^-ing the same in & where ordred wnth the 
County & Town Taxes Likewife .... 

33 voted to accept of M'' David M'^intire & Leu* Paul 
Wetherbee as bondsmen for Thomas Cowdin J"5 for the 
faithfull Difcharg of his Duty in Collecting the publick 
Taxes & paying the same in & where ordred with the 
County & Towm Taxes Likewife 

34*hiy voted & Choofe Thomas Cowden J"'' Conftable 
for the North side of said Town in the Room of Samuell 
Gibson for the year 1787 



346 TJie Old Records of the 

35 voted that the bonds be made out and the parties 
all sign the bonds before the meeting be Difsolved 

36 voted that the selectmen or Affefsors be impowerd 
to abate any of the Taxes in the hands of any of the old 
Collectors or Conftables that appears not Recoverable & 
not Legualy affefed 

37'y voted that this meeting be adjourned to the firft 
munday in April Next at one of the Clock in the after 
Noon at the meeting Houfe this meeting is accordingly ad- 
journed 

April y'= 2"'' 1787 the Town meet according to there 
adjournment the meeting being opned proceeded as follows 

38 voted & Choofe Jofeph Gray in the Room of Amos 
Shelden Highway surve3^our 

39 voted & Choofe Leu* Seth Phillips Highway sur- 
veyour in the Room of Thomas Cowdin J"/ 

3Qthiy Yoted to accept of Leu* Paul wetherbee as 
Bonds man for Thomas Cowden Ju*" in the Room of Amos 
Ordway 

voted To Difsolve This meeting 

Afa Perry Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell T Clerk 

[293] Worcefter fs To Leu* Seth Phillips Conftable 
.„ . for the Town of fitchburg Greeting . . . Thefe 
^„ 1^ are in The Name of the Commonwealth of the 

I ^P^ I I 

Maffachufetts to will & Require you in Due Corfe 
of Law fourthwith to Notifie all the male Inhabitants of 
the Town of Fitchburg of Tw^enty one years of age & 
upwards haveing a freehold Eftate within this Common- 
wealth of the annual income of three pounds or any 
Eftate of sixty pounds to affemble and meet at the meet- 
ing Houfe in fitchburg on Munday the scond Day of april 
Next at one of the Clock in the after Noon then & there 
being Duly meet & formed to act on the following articles 
firft to Give in your votes for a Governour 
2'y to Give in your votes for a Leu* Governour 
3'y to Give in your votes for five Senators for the 
year in suing 



Toivn of Fitchbiirgh. 347 

Hereof fail not make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings thereon to some one of us at or before the 
Day above mentioned Given under our hands & seals 
this Nineteenth Day of this inftant march and in the j^ear 
of our Lord 1787 .... 

Daniel Putnam \ selectmen 
Paul Wetherbee / for Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs April y^ 2«'^ A D 1787 

In obediance to this warrant I have Notified & 
warned all the Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg 
Qulafied to vote in this meeting as the wnthin warrant 
Directs 

Seth Phillips Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg affemble on Munday the second Day of 
April 1787 

firft voted & Choofe for a Governor his Excellency no 
James Bow^din No of votes 5 

voted for the Honourable John Hancock Efq^ for Gov- 
ernor No votes 56 
voted for the Honourable Benjamin Linclon Efq*" for 

Governour No votes —3 

2'^ the following Gentlemen ware voted for Leu* Gov- 
ernors 
votes for the Honourable Thomas Cufhen Efq'' Leu* 

Govrnour No of votes 39 

votes for the Honourable Benjamin Linclon Efq'' Leu* 

Governor No of votes —5 

3'-^ The following Gentlemen ware voted for Senators 
votes for the Honourable Abel Wilder No of votes 50 

votes for Jonathan Grout Efq*" votes No 47 

votes for De^ Jofeph stone votes No - 47 

votes for Cap* Peter penneman votes No - 47 

votes for samuell Curtifs Efq*" votes No - 47 

vots for Isral Nicholas Efq'' vots No - 2 

vots for Mofes Gill Efq^ votes No - 1 

votes for Samuell Baker Efq*" vots No - 2 

vots for Cap samil ward vots No - 1 

John Fefendon Efq*" No - 1 



subfcribed the 

oath of elegence 

as Require! 

bv Law 



348 The Old Records of the 

Seth warfhburn Efq*" No 1 

Bezelel Tafts No - 1 

Daniel Putnam | Select men 
Paul Wetherbee \ for 
David Mcintire J Fitchbur^^ 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[394] 
Worcefter fs ) This may Certifie that the Several offices 

April y*^ 4^^ 1787) Required By Law Have Taken There 

oaths as Required by Law & Likewife 
Subfcribed the oath of Ellegiance to 
this Commonwealth of Mafsachufetts 
to Qulifie them to act in there Refpec- 

tive offices accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Taken the oaths by 
Law for Town Clerk & Treafurer 
Daniel Putnam & Paul Wetherbee & 
David M'^intire Taken the oaths select- 
men & Affefsors 

Seth Phillips & Thomas Cowdin J".'' Taken the oaths 

by Law for Conftables & Collectors 

Cap* Jonathan Wood & Phinehas Brown Taken the 

oath Required by Law wardens 

Jofeph Downe & Lu* Thomas Thurfton Taken the oath 

Required by Law Tything men 

Cap* samlL Burbank Fence vewer Taken his oath . . 

Fencevewer 
David Parce Choofen a sealer of meafurers Taken his 

oath sealer of meafurers 

John Thurfton J"/ & Abijah Goodridge Eliphalet jjerley 

Taken y^ oath Highway surveyours 

worcefter fs 

march y^ 3^ 1788 This Certifies The Several offices 
hereafter Named hath Taken the oath required by Law 

Phinehas Hartwell Taken The oath Required by Law 
for a Town Clerk 

Liu* Paul Wetherbe Reuben Smith John Thurfton J"/ 
Taken The Oath for Affefsors 

Reuben Smith has Taken the Oath Required for a Con- 
ftable for y^ year 1788 



Tozun of FitcJiburgh. 349 

Daniel Ferwell has Taken the Oath Required for a 
Collector for v*^ year 1788 

Jacob Allen & Stephen Pingrey J"^ Taken the Oath 
Required for Tything men 

Jofeph Fox Samuell Burbank Abner Sawyer Taken y^ 
Oath for Highway SurvcN'Ours 

Ebenezer Thurfton Taken the Oath Required by Law 
to Serve as Town Treafurer 

Mofes Hale Taken the Oath Required by Law to Serve 
Sealer of Leather 

Fitchburg April 1^* 1788 M"- Hezekiah Hodgskins ap- 
peared before Efq^ Cowden hath Taken the Oath Required 
b^' Law to Serve as Conftable & Likewife The Oath of 
Ellegiance to this Commonwealth to Qualifie him to act 
in his Refpective office 

Fitchburg April 12^1^ 1788 This Certifies That Phine- 
has Hartwell Ebenezer Thurfton & John Thurfton J"*" 
Paul wetherbee Reuben Smith appeared before Efq^ Cow- 
den & Took and Subfcribed The Oath of Allegiance to 
this Commonwealth to Qualifie them according to Law 
to act in Their Refpective officefes for the year 1788 

Phinehas Hartwell Clerk 

Worcefter fs March y*^ 16^^ 1789 Phinehas Hartwell 
Clerk Ebenezer Thurfton Town Treafurer Mofes Hale Con- 
ftable Paul wetherbee John Thurfton J""" Reuben Smith all 
Select men Did appear before Efq'' Cowden Subfcribed the 
Oath of Ellegiance to this Commonwealth of maffachu- 
fetts to Qualifie them to act in there Refpective Offices 
accordingly Recorded ^r Phin** Hartwell Town Clark 

m^ Mofes Hale Taken the oath to serve in the office 
of Conftable 

Lu* Thomas Thurfton & William Reed Taken the oath 
to serve in the office Tything men 

[295] Worcefter fs To Thomas Cowdin J"'" of the 
, , , Conftables for y« Town of fitchburg in said County 

, ' ^ Greeting Thefe are in the Name of 

, , . the Commonwealth of the Maffachufctts to will 

and Require you in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie 

& warn all the Male Inhabitants of twenty one years old 



350 The Old Records of the 

& upwards in said Town Qualified as the Conftetution 
Directs to vote for a Reprefentetive to Affemble & meet 
at the meeting Houfe in said Town on wednefsday the 
sixteenth Day of may next at one of the Clock in the 
after Noon then & there being Duly meet and formed to 
act on the following articles viz 

firft to Elect and Depute some Meet perfon Oulified 
as the Conftetution Directs to Reprfent said Town in the 
Great an General Court the year infuing or act any thing 
thereon in Regard to the Towns Givin Inftructions to the 
said Reprefentetive as they shall think proper .... 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant to 

some one of us on or before said Day Given under our 

Hand & seal this Thirtith Day of April 1787 

Daniel Putnam ] Select men 
Paul wetherbee \ For 
David M'^intire j Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs Fitchburg May y^ 16*1' 1787 
In obediance to the within warrant I have warned all 
the Inhabitants Qulified by Law to vote for a Reprefente- 
tive to meet at the time and Place wnthin mentioned 

Thomas Cowden J""" Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg affembled May y*^ 16*^ 1787 the meeting 
being opened the Queftion being put to see if the Town 
will send a menber to Reprefent them in the Great an 
General Court the infuinging year & it paffed in the 
affermitive then proceed & made Choice of Deacon Daniel 
Putnam to Reprfent said Town During the Genral feflions 

2^y voted to Choofe five Men for a Committee to 
Draw up inftructions to inftruct there Repreentetive During 
the General feffions 

3'y voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Rorbart Burn- 
ham Oliver stickney Elijah willard Afa Perry for the above 
purpofe 

voted to adjourn this meeting to the Eigheenth Day 
of this inftant may at two of the Clock in the affter Noon 



Town of FitcJibiirgh. 351 

to here and accept of the Report of the Committee to 
inftrtict there Reprefentetive During the SefTions 

May y 18 1787 The Town meet according to ad- 
journment the meeting being opned & proceed as follows 

voted to have the inftructions Read before the Town 
article by article then proceeded as follows article firft 
accepted as stand article Second accepted as stands article 
Third accepted as stands article fourth accepted as stands 
article fifth accepted as stands article sixth accepted as 
stands article seventh accepted article Eigth accepted as 
stands 

Then voted they shall be Delivered to the Reprefente- 
tive for his inftructions During the General Seflions of the 

General Court 

Phiuehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[396] Worcefter fs To Thomas Cowden J"'" Confta- 

, , ble for the Town of Fitchburg in said Countv 

, , , Greeting Thefe are in the Name of the Common- 

, \ i wealth of the Maffachufetts to will and Require 

I SP^ Is) 

you forth with in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie 
and warn all the freeholders and other inhabitants of said 
Town of fitchburg Oulified By Law to vote in Town 
meetings to affemble and meet at the Meeting Houfe in 
said Town on wednefsda}' the sixteenth Day of may Next 
at three of the Clock in the after Noon then & there 
being Duly meet & formed to act on the following arti- 
cles viz 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said Meeting 
2^y to see if the Town will abate any of the profeft 
Baptift minifters Rate in an^^ of the Conftables or Col- 
lectors Lifts or act any thing thereon as the\^ shall Think 
proper 

3'y to see if the Town will vote to Come into any 
General Rule in Regard to Carring on the singing part of 
the public worship of God and wheather the singers shall 
sing a part of the Time without Reading & how the 
pfalm shall be Read wheather by Line or verfe or act an}^ 
thing thereon as they shall Think proper 



352 The Old Records of the 

Hereof fail Not & make Return of this warrant with 

your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or before 

said Day Given under our hands & seals this 30*^1^ Day 

of April" 1787 

Daniel Putnam \ Selectmen 
Paul Wetherbee \ for 
David M^'intire J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs Fitchburg y<= 16 May 1787 In obedi- 
ance to the within warrant I have warned all the free- 
holders and other Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg 
to meet at the Time and Place within mentioned 

Thomas Cowdin J"'' Conftable 

at a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg Affembled affembled May y^ 16^^ 1737 . . . 

firft voted & Choofe M"" Afa Perry Moderator to 
Govern said Meeting 

2'y voted to act on the second article in the warrant 
in Regard to the profeft Baptift paying the minifter Rate 
to the standing order 

3'y voted to Choofe a Committee to take into Con- 
fideration wheather the Baptift shall be held to pay the 
standing minifter in said Town & make Report at the 
adjournment voted to Choofe three perfons as a Committee 
viz Deacon Kendall Boutell Daniel Ferwell Lu* William 
Brown voted this meeting be adjourned to fryday y'^ 18 
of this inftant may at three a clock in the after Noon 

May y^ 18*^ 1787 the Town meet according to the 
adjournment & proceed as follows to here y*= Report of y^ 
Committee and the other article on hand that was ad- 
journed 

4^y voted to Sing five times in the worfhiping on the 
Lords Day in the following manner the firft singing before 
prayer without Reading after prayer with Reading Line 
by Line and set such Tunes as the Congregation Can in 
General sing firft in the after Noon before prayer without 
Reading after prayer with Reading after sermon without 
Reading 



Town of Fitchbiirgh. 353 

[297] 5'y the Committee Reported that they had 
Examined the Conftetution & thought proper that the 
the Conftetution should be Laid before the Town Confern- 
ing the Baptifs party in Consideration of thear paying or 
lie held to pay to the Town the minifter Tax &c 

the petition Laid before the Town which after Some 
Deliberation on said matters the Town proceeded as fol- 
io wes 

6'y voted that the people in said Town that are pro- 
feft Baptift that petitioned to the Town in the j^ear 1784 
that signed the petition Laid before the Town be Dif- 
charged from pa3'ing the minifter Rate after said year in 
each of the Conftables or Collector List to wards support- 
ing the Gofpel and Likewife samuell Gibson Lemuel Haf- 
kell Semieon Shattick Elijah willard to be Exemted from 
paying the minifter Tax from the year 1780 ... to the 
Date of said petition 

7^y that M^ abrahain willard be aded to the petition 
& have the same priviledge as Thofe That Did petition he 
Clearing his minifter tax Raifed in 1783 and after to be 
exemted as the others 

The petitioners are Thofe 
Charles Willard Elijah Willard Lemull Hafkell 

David ALintire Elijah M'^intire Thomas Gibson 

Samull Gibson Solomon Gibson Jofeph Policy 

David whitemore W^illiam Hafkell Jonathan Page 
Ephraim Niles Daniel willard Simeon Shattick 

Ephraim Howard Abraham Willard aded to y*^ petition 

the petition baring Date December 1783 

8'y voted this meeting Difsolved 

Afa Perry Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(seal) 
(seal) 



Worcefter fs To seth Phillips one of the Conftables 
for the Town of in said County .... Greeting 
Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of 
Maffachufetts to wnll and Require you fourthwith in Due 
Courfe of Law to Notitie and warn all the freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Qulified By 
Law to vote in Tow^n meetings to affemble and meet at the 



354 The Old Records of the 

meeting houfe in said Town on ttiefday the twelth Day of 
June Next at four a Clock in the after Noon then & 
there being Duly meet & formed to act on the following 

articles viz 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 
2'y to see if the Town will Choofe an Agent or Agents 
or a Committee to Difcharge the Town of Ephraim Smith 
and his family and Secure to the Town the Coft and 
Damage that the Town hath Recovered at the Laft Court 
againft Cap* Elifha Smith on account of said family being 
Thrown on this Town for Support 

Hereof fail Not and Make Return of this warrant to 
some one of us on or before said Day Given under our 
Hand & seals at fitchburg this twent}' Eighth Day of 

may A D 1787 — 

Daniel Putnam \ Selectmen for 
Paul w^etherbee \ Pitchburg 

[398] Worcefter fs 

In obediance to this warrant I have Notified & warned 
all the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town fitch- 
burg Qulified By Law to vote in Town meetings to Affem- 
ble as the within warrant Directs 

Seth Phillips Conftable 



At A Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg Affembled on June the 12*^ 1787 the Meeting 
Being opned & proceeded as folio wes 

firft voted & Choofe Efq'' Cowdin Moderator to Gov- 
ern ^^ meeting 

2'y voted to adjourn this meeting to the twenty firft 
Day of this inftant June at one of the Clock in the after 
Noon the meeting accordingly adjourned 

June 3'*^ 21^* 1787 The Town meet on the adjourn- 
ment the Meeting being opned and proceeded as follows 

3'y voted to Chufe an Agent to profecute and Carrey 
on the Law sute Comminfed Againft Cap* Elifha Smith 
on account of Ephraim Smith and family being Thown 
on the Town of fitchburg .... 



Town of FitchbiirgJi. 355 

4'>' voted & Choofe Doc^ Jonas Marfhell an A^^ent in 
behalf of the Town to Carrey the procefs againft said 
Elifha Smith up to final Judgment and Execution in 
behalf of the Town 

5'^" voted this meeting Difsolved 

Thomas Cowdin Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(seal) 
(seal) 
(seal) 



Worcefter fs To Thomas Cowden J"'' one of the 
Conftables for y*^ Town of Fitchburg in said County 

Greeting Thefe are in the Name of the 

Commonwealth of the Maffachufetts to will & 
Require 3^ou in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie and warn 
all the Freehoulders and other Inhabitance of the Town 
of Fitchburg Qulafied By Law to vote in Town meetings 
to Affemble & meete at y*^ meeting Houfe in said Town on 
Tuefday the Eleventh V)Q.y of Sep* Next at one of the 
Clock in the after Noon Then & their being Duly meet & 
formed to act on the following articles (viz) . . . 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern s*^ meeting 

2^y to Raife money to support y^ Revern'^ John Pay- 
fon the prefent 3'ear 

3'-^ — to see what sum or sums of money the Town 
will Raife to support the school or schools the prefent 
year or act any Thing there on as they shall think proper 

4'y — to see what method the Town will Take to pro- 
vide the Revern'^ m^ payfons w^ood the prefent year . . , 

5*y to Raife money to support mr^ Hart & the other 
poor that are become Chargeable to said Town . . . 

6'y to see what Sum or Sums of money the Town 
will Raife to Defray there Necefsary Charges the prefent 
year or act anything there on as the}' shall Think proper 

[399] 7'y to see if the Town will Choofe a Com- 
mittee to Recon with the Town Treafurer and make Re- 
port to the Town .... 

8'-^ to see if the Town will Choofe a saxon to take 
Care of the meeting Houfe the prefent year . . . 

9'^ to see if the Town will Give their Reprefentetive 
anj' futher inftructions in Regard to any matter that shall 
Come before the General Court at there Next Seffion 



356 TJie Old Records of the 

lO'y to see if the Town will sell the Guns and 
Boyanots that are the Towns property or act an}' thing 
there on as they shall Think proper 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant with 

your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or before 

said Day Given under our hand & seal This 22"^ Day of 

Auguft A D 1787 

Daniel Putnam ] selectmen 
Paul wetherbee > for 
David M^intire J fitchburg 

In obediance to the within warrant I have warned all 
the freehoulders & other inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg to meet at the Time & place within mentioned 
Sept ye 11th 1787 Tho^ Cowden ]«'' Conftable 

At a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg Affembled sept nth 1737 

firft voted & Choofe Daniel Putnam moderator . . 

2'y voted to Raife 66-13-4 to support y^ Revr^ M"" 
Payfon y<= prefent year 66-13-4 

3iy voted to Raife ^45 to support the schools in each 
Qurter of the the Town 45—0—0— 

and that each Quarter Draw^ there Equal propotion of 
money as was Laid out for the Quarters Laft year . . . 

4^y voted to Choofe a Committee to provide school- 
ing in each Quarter of the Town 

5iy voted & Choofe Six perfons viz Ephraim Kimball 
Paul wetherbe John Thurfton J^"" Cap* Reubon Gibson 
Abraham Willard Afa Perrey as a Committe to provide 
schooling in each Quarter of y*^ Town 

6'^ voted to Choofe a Committee to provide M*" Pay- 
fon 30 Cord of Good wood the Cheepeft manner they Can 
for the Benefitt of said Town 

7 voted & Choofe three perfons viz Afa perry Eph- 
raim Kimball Samuell Burbank for s'^ Committee 

8'y voted to Raife ^30 pound to support the poor the 
Prefent year 30-0-0- 

9'y voted to Pafs over the sixth article in the war- 
rant in Regard to Raifing money till the meeting at the 
adjournment of the meeting .... 



Towji of FitcJibiu'gJi. 357 

10'-^ voted to Choofe a Committee to Recon with the 
Town Treafurer & make Report at the meeting on the 
adjournment the Committee Confift of three perfons Dan- 
iel Putnam Paul wetherbee David M'^intire 

ll'y voted & Choofe Ephraim Kimball saxon to take 
Care of the meeting houfe 

12^y voted to Difmifs the Ninth article in the warrant 
in Regard to Giving Their Reprefentetive futher inftruc- 
tions the Nex selTions .... 

13'y voted to sell the Guns & Boynets But after 
Reconfidered the vote on the adjournment 

14iy voted to adjourn This meeting to the 25 Day of 
this Inftant September at Two of the Clock in the after 

Noon the meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[300] Sept 25th 1787 The Town meet according to 
the adjournment the meeting Being opned Proceeded as 
follows 

15^y voted to Accept of the settlement as Reported By 
the Towns Committee with the Treafurer & to be 
Recorded 

16'J' voted to Raife seventy five pounds as an Addi- 



adition— ^75- 0-0 

minifter— 66-13-4 

school— 45- 0-0 



tion to what was Raifed before 

17'y voted to Recon fider 
the vote in Regard to Selling the 
Guns & Boynuts ^ Poor— 30- 0-0 

IS^y voted that the Guns & 

Boynuts be prized and Com- [ Total 216-13 4 

mitted into the hand of Cap^ John Goodridge he to 
Give the Town his securety of what they shall be proized 
at & he to keep said Guns & Bo3^nuts for the Town ufe 
if wanting for thofe that Cant provide for themselves as 
the Law Directs 

voted & Choofe the select men for s*^ Committee to 
prize said Guns & Deliver them to said Cap* Goodridge 

voted this meeting Difsolved 

Daniel Putnam Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



358 The Old Records of the 

,„ . . Worcester fs To Seth Phillips (one of the Con- 
^Q . ftables of the Town of Fitchburg in said County 
^„ . , Greeting .... Thefe are in the Name of the 
Commonwealth of Maffachufetts to will & 
Require you in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie and warn 
all the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg Qulified B3' Law to vote in Town meetings to 
affemble and meet at the meeting House in said Town on 
Thurfday the Elevinth Day of October Next at Two of the 
Clock in the after Noon then & there being Duly mett 
& formed to act on the following articles .... 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2^y to see what method the Town will Take to Repair 
the Great Bridge or Bridges that is Damaged by the Late 
frefhett or act any thing thereon as they shall Think 
proper 

3'y to see if the Town will Raise any sum of money 
for y*^ Repairing y^ Bridges 

4^y see if 3^*^ Town will Take into confideration what 
the Courts Committee Did in Regard to Laj'ing out a 
a New Road Near Tho^ Cowdin Efq^ or act any thing 
thereon as they shall Think proper 

5'y to see if the Town will make any allowence to 
any of the Collectors that have Received any Countefite 
paper money or act any thing thereon as they shall think 
proper .... 

6'y To See if Town will petition to the Court of 
Seffions to alter and Turn the County Road in this Town 
& have it Go By Afeph Goodridges .... 

[301] Hereof fail not & make Return of this war- 
rant to some one of us on or before said Day Given 
under our hands & seals this twentyth fifth Day of Sep- 
tember A D 1787 

Daniel Putnam ] Selectmen 
Paul wetherbee J for 
David M'^intire j fitchburg 

Worcefter fs 

In obedince to this warrant I have Notified and 
warned all the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote in Town 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 359 

meeting as the within warrant Directs to affembled an 
meet at the Time & Place within mentioned 

Seth Phillips Conftable 

Att a Legal Meeting of y^ Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg affembled October y^ W-^ 1787 the meeting 
being opned & proceeded as followes .... 

1 voted & Choofe De"^ Daniel Putnam Moderator of 
s'' meeting 

2'-^ voted that a Committee be Choofen to over See 
the Building of the Great Bridge Near Cap* John Good- 
ridges and said Committee be impowered and Directed to 
sect Thofe perfons to work that are Delinquent in paying 
of there Taxes and are unable to pay them an3' other way 
to the Collectors and allow said perfons for there service 
at the bridge the time he is faithfull in the Service accord- 
ing to the Difcreftion of Said Committee 

3 voted that this Committee Confift of five perfons 

4'y voted & Choofe Tho® Cowden Efq'' Doc* Jonas 
Marsfhell Afa Perry Cap* John Goodridge Hezekiah Hodg- 
skins for said Committee 

5*^ voted that the Committee speedialy proceed in 
Building of said Bridge and they be impowered to procure 
timber for said Bridge & Carpender Labour as is Needful) 
for said service 

6^y voted to pafs over the Third article in the war- 
rant in Regard to Raifmg money to Repair said Bridge 

7'-^ voted to adjourn This meeting to munday the 
fifteenth Dav of this Inftant October at two of the Clock 
in the after Noon this meeting is adjourned accordingly 

Phin^ Hart well Town Clerk 

October 15*^ 1787 the Town meet according to their 
adjournment the meeting being opned & proceed as followes 

8'y voted to Choofe a Committee to petition to the 
Quarter feflions for a Courts Committee to Revew a 
County Road Newlv altered by a Courts Committee Near 
Efq*" Cowdins and accepted by said Court and see if it 
Cant be altered to where it was formerly Laid out & trod 
By adding one Rod to the wedth of said Road to Convean 
the same 



360 TJie Old Records of the 

9'y voted this Committee Confift of three perfons 
voted & Choofe Phinehas Sawyer & M*" Robert Burnham 
& Phinehas Hartwell for s*^ Committee 

lO'y voted and Choofe M"" Phinehas Sawyer as their 
agent in behalf of the Town seprate from the other Com- 
mittee to prefent the petition before the Quarter feflions 
for a hearing & to Carrej^ it into Execution and final 
Determination .... 

ll^y voted not to allow any of the Collectors for y^ 
Countifitt paper money they have Recived for Taxes either 
for state tax or Town .... 

12^y voted to pafs over the sixth article in the war- 
rant 

13^y voted to Diffolve this meeting this meeting is 

Diflblved accordingly 

Daniel Putnam moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[30'^] Worcefter fs 

To Tho'^ Cowden J"^ one of the Constables for the 
,„ , , Town of Fitchburg in said County Greeting 
^ . Thefe are in the Name of the Commonwealth of 
^„ . . Maffachusetts to will and Require you in Due 
Courfe of Law to Notifie & warn all the male 
Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qulified as the Con- 
ftetution Directs to Vote in the Choofe of Reprefentetives 
To Affemble & meet at the meeting Houfe in said Town 
on Thurfday the 20^^ Day of December Next at Ten of 
the Clock in the forenoon Agreeable to A Refolve of y^ 
General Court of the 20^1 Day of October Laft Then & 
their being Duly meet & formed to act on the following 
articles 

firft to see if the Town will Elect some meet perfon 
to Reprefint them in the State Convention to be Held at 
the state houfe in Bofton on the second wednefsday Janu- 
ary Next on the subject matter of the New propofed Fed- 
eral Contetution or act any thing theiron as they shall 
think proper 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings theiron to some one of us on or before s'' 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 361 

Day Given tinder our Hands & seals this Thirtyth Day 
of November A D 1787 

Daniel Putnam 1 o i j. r 

13 1 xi, I, 1 Selectmen tor 

Paul wetnerbee V x>-^ t u 

T\ • A r- 4-- ritcnburo^ 

David nT^mtire J * 

Worcefter fs In Obediance to the within warrant I 
have warned all the within mentioned Inhabitants to meet 
att the Time & place within mentioned 

December 20*^ 1787 Tho« Cowden Ju^ Conftable 

Att a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg affembled DecE! 20*11 ^j^j 'Po gle^t some 
meet perfon to Rcprefent them in the state houfe in Bof- 
ton the second wednefs in January Next a Greeable to a 
Refolve of Court 25 of October Laft 

firft voted to have the Conftetution Reed before the 
Town befor any perfon be Choofen 

2'y voted to Choofe a perfon to Reprefent the Town 
in Convention at Bofton as a foresaid 

3iy voted & Choofe Deacon Daniel Putnam to Repre- 
fent said Town in Convention to be Convened at Bofton 
the second wednefs in January Next 

4^5' voted to Choofe a Committee to inftruct their 
Delagate or point out the Expofed Danger the people are 
Liable to inconfequence the New Conftetution should take 
place and Report before the Town their sentements . . . 

5'y Voted to Choofe Eleven perfons for a Committee 
for the above purpofe viz Phin^ Hartwell Mofes Hale 
Elijah Willard Oliver Sticknc}^ David M'^intire Robert 
Burnham Luther Stone D*" Jonas Marfhell Abraham Wil- 
lard Revern^i John Payfon D^ Peter Snow .... 

Voted this meeting to be adjourned to the Twentith 
fifth Day of this Inftant December at one of the Clock in 
the after Noon in order to here the Report of the Com- 
mittee 

[303] Decem*- 25 1787 The Town meet according to 
Their adjournment y"^ meeting being opned then voted to 
adjourn this meeting to fryday y'' 28*^1 Day of this inftant 



362 The Old Records of the 

Decent at three of the Clock in the after Noon the meeting 
is accordingly adjourned Phin^ Hartwell Town Clerk 

December 28*^^ 1787 The Town mett acording to their 
adjournment y^ meeting being opned to here the Report of 
their Committee Choofen to take into Confideration the 
New Contetution or fraime of Government the Objections 
ware Reported before said Town in Town meeting and 
Unanimoufly voted and Likewife voted that the Town 
Clerk Give a Tefted Coppy & vote of said Objections to 
their Delagate, to prefent if Needfull in Convention to be 
Convened at ye state houfe in Bofton y*^ second wednefsday 
in January Next 

Voted This meeting Be Diffolved 

Atteft Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Worcefter fs To Seth Phillips one of the Conftables 
of the Town of Fitchburg in said County Greeting 

Thefe are in the Name of the Common weath of Maffa- 
„ - . chuletts to will & Require you in Due Courfe of 
^„ , ^ Law to Notifie & warn all the freeholders & 
other Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg 
Qualified to vote in Town meetings as y*^ Law Directs to 
affemble & meett at the meeting houfe in said Town on 
Tuefday the Twenty fifth Day of Dece™ inftant at one of 
the Clock in the after Noon then & their being Duly meet 
and formed to act on the following articles .... 

firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'y To see what sums or sums of mone3' the Town 
will Raife to pay for Building the Great Bridge Near Capt 
John Goodridges or act any thing theiron as they shall 
think proper 

3'y To see if the Town will Call upon the Committee 
that was Choofe to see to the Building the Bridge Near 
Cap* John Goodridges to Lay before the Town the account 
of the Coft for Building said Bridge or act any thing 
thereon as they shall think proper 

4'y To see what method the Town will Take to sup- 
ply the Collectors with money or Certificats that has ben 
or muft Necefsaryly be abated in state taxes for y*^ years 



Toxvn of FitchbnrgJi. 363 

1781 & 1782 and 1783 and Raife money to supply the 
same or act any thing their on as they shall Think proper 
Hereof fail Not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings theiron to sum one of us on or before 
said Day Given under our hand & seals this seventh Day 
of December AD 1787 

Daniel Putnam ] selectmen 

Paul Wetherbee f .^ !,^/ 

J ntchburg 

Worcefter fs In Obedience to this warrant I have 
Notified & warned all The freeholders & other Inhabi- 
tants of the Town of fitchburg Qulified b}' Law to vote 
in Town Meetings to Affemble and meet at the Time and 
Place as the within warrant Directs 

Seth Phillips Conftable 



Att a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fittcburg affembled Decmb*" 25*^ 1787 the meeting 
being opned then proceeded as followes .... 

Firft Voted & Choofe Thomas Cowden Efq'' Modera- 
tor of said meeting 

2'y voted to Raife Eighty Eight Pounds four Shillings 
to Difcharge the Coft of Building the New Bridge Down 
Near Cap* John Goodridges this vote Contains the Third 
article in the warrant is the whole Committees account 
for Each perfons services £88—4—0 

[304] 3'y Voted to allow The Committees accounts 
for Each perfons service & oxen & Carts as Now Stands 
footed for Each perfon & allowed By the Committee 
which was Laid before the Town and accepted & Delivered 
To the Town Treafurer to pay out whole Sum £88-4-0-0 

4'y Voted That the Town Treafurer Be & is impowered 
to pay the several perfons that was imployed Bj' said 
Committee their accompts or Give orders for the same 
on the Collectors to Difcharge their Rates & Take Receipts 
of Each perfon of what he pays of his Due The accounts 
of Each perfon is Carried of Seperate on the Treafurer 
Book 



364 The Old Records of the 

5'y voted to pafs over the fourth article as stands in 
the warrant in Regard to the Towns abating any of the 
perfons that Cannot be Collected &c the above mentoned 
account for building said Bridge is Taken Down on the 
Treafurers Book as is allowed to each perfon & is to be 
paid out by y^ Treafurer 

6'^ voted to Diffolve this meeting 

Tho'^ Cowden Efq'' Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(Seals) 



Worcefter fs To Either of the Conftabels in the 



. Town of fitchburg in s*^ County Greeting Thefe 
are in the Name of the Commonwealth of Maffa- 
chufetts to will & Require you to Notifie & warn By 
verble warning all the freeholders and other inhabitants 
of the Town of fitchburg Qulified by Law to vote in 
Town meetings to affemble & meet at the meeting Houfe 
in said Town on Tuefday the Twenty fifth Day of Deceit 
inftant at Three of the Clock in the after noon then & 
their being Duly meet & formed to act on the following 
articles 

Firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 
2'y to see if the Town will authorize and Direct the 
Town Treafurer To Give in Behalf of the Town any New 
securityes for money where the Town is indebted and is 
not at prefent in a Capacity to pay the same or act any 
thing theiron as they shall Think proper 

Hereof fail not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings their on to some one of us on or before 
said Day Given under our hand & seals this seventeenth 
Day of December A D 1787 .... 

Daniel Putnam 1 select men for 
Paul wethebree / fitchburg 

Worcefter fs Decmbr. 25 1787 In Obedence to this war- 
rant I have Verbally warned all the freeholders and other 
inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualhfied by Law 
to vote in town to affemble & meet at the time and place 

as the within warrant Directs 

Seth Phillips Constable 



Town of Fitchburgh. 365 

Att a Meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg affembled December 25*.^ 1787 

firft voted & Chofe Tho^ Cowden Efq*" moderator of 
s'^ meeting 

2'y voted that the Town Treafurer Bee and is 
authorized and appointed by said Town to Give New 
Securities in behalf of said Town w^here their Debts are 
Required by the Creditors to be Renewed ; and Efpecially 
to Renew and Give his security in behalf of the Town for 
a Debt Due on Execution to George Kimball Efq'' or the 
widow Dorithy Kimball, Now in the hand of said George 
Kimball & Give security for the same to the Heirs of Wil- 
liam Brattle Efq*" if the said Efq*" Kimball shall a Gree 

their to 

Tho^ Cowdin Efq'' moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[305] Fitchburg SeptE 24*1^ 1787 

Then Reconed & Settled with Phinehas Hartwell Town 
Treafurer for said year we find Due in The Several Col- 
lectors & Conftable Hands The sums Hereafter mentioned 

We find in The Hand of Jon^ Holt Constable £ s d q 
for y^^ year 1778 Town Tax > 5-13- 6-3 

We find in The Hand of Phin® Hartwell Con- 
stable for 3'*^ year 1780 Town Property 

state Recipt 29-12- 4-2 

minifter Tax in The same \'ear in The 

hands of said Hartwell 10 18- 3-2 

We find in The Hand of Daniel ferwell Con- 
stable for y*^ year 1780 Town Tax The 
abatement allowed & Taken out .... 35- 9- 2- 

we find in The Hand of Cap* Samuell Bur- 
bank Collector for y^ vear 1781 & 1782 
& 1783 one State Recipt Towns propert}' 
yet Due in part 34- 5- 2-3 

Like wife minifter Tax for ye year 1783 in part 

Due ". 1-7-7-0 

Like wife a Souldier Rate for y'= year 1782 in 

part Due ' 54-12- 6-0 



' 366 The Old Records of the 

we find in the Hand of Cap^ Tho*^ Hartwell 

Constable for y^ year 1783 Due Town Tax 13-10- 3-2 

we find in The Hand of John Ferwell Consta- 
ble for y^ year 1784 Town Tax yet Due . 9- 5- 3-2 

we find in The Hand of Jofeph Phelps Col- 
lector for y^ year 1782 Town Tax . . . 9-15 8-1 

Likewife minifter Tax for said 3'ear yet Due in 

s^ Phelpses hand 21-6-4-1 

A soldier Rate 89-15-11-3 Not all Settled in 
s*^ Phelpefes hand . . . . 

we find in The Hand of Cap* Reuben Gibson 

Collector for y^ year 1781 Town Tax . . 54- 2-11-1 

Likewife one State Recip* Towns property in 
The Treafurers hand Due from s*^ Gibson 
in part 18-6-1-0 

we find in The hand of Phin^ Saw^^er Collector 

for y*^ year 1785 Town Tax part Due . . 21-18- 9-3 

Likewife one minister Tax for said year part 

Due 16- 6-11-0 

we find in the Hand of Reuben Smith Con- 

ftable for y'^ year 1786 Town Tax yet Due 63-10-10-2 
Likewife one minifter Tax in said year yet Due 29-17- 6-1 

we find in The Hand of Majo'- Tho'^ Hart- 
well Collector for y^ year 1786 Town Tax 74-19- 0-2 

Likewife one Minifter Tax for s*^ year yet Due 

in part 30-18-10-2 

we find That Deacon John Thurfton Collector 

for the year 1784 Hath settled 
That on Ballance Their appears to be Due To 

Deacon Thurfton £2-7-8-2 

we find That The Treafurer Hath Borrowed 

& Gave his Security for The ufe of y*^ 

Town of Oliver stickney 4-7- 1-0 

And alfo hath paid out of his own money 

more than he hath Recived of the Colletor 1-17- 2-2 



3-12- 


0-0 


3-12- 


0-0 


3-12- 


0-0 


3-12- 


0-0 


3- 0- 


0-0 


1- 7- 


9-0 


3- 0- 





3- 0- 





3- 0- 






Town of FitcJiburgk. 367 

one Note aganft francis full am 2-2-0 

one Note aganft Sa'" Burbank april 2^ 1781 
Note Aganft Cap* Gibson march 9^1* 1781 . 
Note aganft Cap^ Burbank march 17-1783 
Note aganft Cap* Tho« Hartwell May 16 1783 
Note aganft John Ferwell April 8*^ 1785 . . 
Note aganft Jonathan Page April 4*^^^ 1785 . 
one Note Againft Amos ordway march 27*^^ 

1786 3- 

Note Againft Sam" Gibfon March 5^^^ 1787 . 
Note Againft Seth Phillips March 12*^ 1787 

Daniel Putnam 1 r^ ... 

Paul Wetherbee ^ ^oni""ttee 
David M^intire j ^°^ Settlement 

Atteft Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

Errors Excepted True Coppy from The Settlement at 
The above Date And Accepted in Town Meeting 



[306] Worcefter fs To Thomas Cowdin Ju*" one of 
(seals) ^^^ Conftables of The Town of Fitchburg in said 
(seals) County Greeting Thefe Are in the Name of y*^ 
(seals) Commonweath of Masfachufetts To will & Re- 
quire you in Due Courfe of Law To Notifie & 
warn all The freehoulders & other Inhabitants of the 
Town of fitchburg Qualified By Law to vote in Town 
meetings to Affemble & meet att the meeting Houfe in 
said Town on Munday The Third Day of March Nex at 
Ten of the Clock before Noon Then & Their being Duly 
Meet & formed To act on The following articles (viz) 

Firft To Choofe A Moderator to Govern Said Meeting 

2^y To Choofe Town Clerk & Selectmen and other 
Town Offices as the Law Directs for the year infneing and 
act any Thing in Regard to Collectors as They Shall Think 
proper 

3'y To See what Sum or Sums of Money the Town 
will Raife to Repair the Highways Infueing year and 
Direct How such money shall be worked out or act any 
Thing their on as They shall Think proper 

4'y To see what method The Town will Take To 



368 The Old Records of the 

support Mi** Hart and the other poor that are become 
Chargebale to said Town 

5'y To See if The Town will Accept of any Road or 
Roads that is Laid out by the Select men or there order 

6^y To see if The Town will Choofe a Committee to 
Take Care the Bridges and Make Preparation for Repair- 
ing such as Shall Need Repairing or act any Thing Their 
on as They Shall Think proper 

7'y To See if the Town will Vote the Swine to Go 
at Large imder the Regulation of the Law .... 

8'y To See if the Town will abate any fine or fines 
which hath been Laid on any perfon or perfons for Not 
attending Publick worfhip .... 

9'y To See if the Town will abate any perfon or per- 
fons Rate or any part their of in any of the Collectors 
Lifts and act any Thing theiron as they shall Think 
proper .... 

lO^y To See if the Town will Choofe a saxtion to 
take Care the meeting the year infueing .... 

ll'y To See if the Town will Make allowence to Cap*^ 
Reuben Gibson Collector for the year 1781 for some Coun- 
tefitt money New Emifion he Took for Rates or act any 
Thing theiron as They Shall Think proper .... 

12^y To see what Orders or Directions the Town will 
Give to the Delinquent Highway Surveyours the Laft year 
or act an3' thing thereon as they shall Think proper . . 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant to 

some or one of us on or before said Day Given under 

our hand & seals this Twelth Day of February A. D. 

1788 

Daniel Putnam ) Select men 
Paul wetherbee \ for 
David M*^intire J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs February 16 1788 

In obediance to this warrant I have warnd all the 
freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of fitch- 
burg Oulified by Law [307] To vote in Town Meetings 
to affemble and meet att the Time and place above men- 
tioned 

Thomas Cowden J"'' Conftable 



Totvn of Fitchburgh. 369 

Att a Legal Meeting of the Inhabitants of The Town 
of Fitchburg Affembled March y^ S^-^ 1788 

Firft voted & Choofe M*" Afa Perry Moderator of 
said meeting modrator 

2'y voted & Choofe Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk — 
Prefent year Town Clerk 

3^^ voted to Coofe Three Selectmen for the prefent 
year & aiTefsors 

4iy voted & Choofe Liv* Paul wetherbee Reuben Smith 
& John Thurfton Ju*" for and Likewife affefsors for the 
prefent year Selectmen and Affefsors 

S'y voted & Choofe Ebenezer Thurfton Town Treafurer 
for said 3'ear Town Treafurer 

6^y voted & Choofe Hezekiah Hodgskins for the south 
side of said Town for a Conftable 

and Likewife Nathan Badcock for the North of side 
Town Conftable Conftable 

7iy voted & Choofe Thomas Stearns & Amos Ordway 
wardens for y*^ prefent year wardens 

8'y voted & Choofe Jacob Allen & Stephen Pingrey 
Ju^ for Tything men 

giy voted & Choofe Cap* Samuell Burbank John 
ozburn Difmifed Hezekiah Hod f kins Chofen in his Room 
Jofeph Fox Efq'' Oliver Brown Abner Sawyer Jabez Sawyer 
Elijah M'^intire Solomon Calton Amos Ordway Stephen 
Pingrey Ju*" Highway surveyors prefent year . . . High- 
way Surveyours 

lO^y voted & Choofe Benjamin Kemp Stephen Thurf- 
ton Jofeph Low Ju^ Luke Sawyer WH? Kendall — Hogreves 
for the prefent year Hogreves 

ll'y voted & Choofe Jofhua Parce Zacheus Ferwell 
Fire wards for y^ prefent year Fire wards 

12'y voted & Choofe John upton Surveyour of Boards 

Clabords & Shingles Serveyour of boards 

Clabords & Shingles 

13'y voted & Choofe Elijah Carter Thomas Gibson for 
the prefent 3'ear Fence vewers 

14iy voted & Choofe Cap* Jonathan Wood surveyeor 
for the prefent year .... surj-eor of Hoops & Staves 

24 



370 The Old Records of the 

15'y voted & Choofe Mofes Hale for the prefent 3^ear 
sealer of Leather 

16'y voted & Choofe David Paree for the prefent year 
sealer of weights & meafurer 

17'y voted to Raife one Hundred & fifty pounds to 
keepe the Highways & Bridges in Repair the prefent year 

£150-0-0 

18 — voted that the Money Raifed for the highway be 
worked out as was purpofed Laft year & the Delinquents 
if any be to be Returned to the affefsors to be seett on 
the Rate bill seafonabley for Collecting the money . . . 

19 — voted that the poor be put out at the Loweft 
Bidder in Town 

voted that the selectmen put out the poor at the 
Loweft Bid and make Return at the meeting on the ad- 
journment of their proceedings 

20 voted to Choofe two perfons for a Committee to 
Repair the Bridge up at M*" David Goodels 

21 voted & Choofe Deacon Kendal Boutell & Thomas 
Stearns for said Committee to see the Bridge Repaired in 
the prudenteft manner for the Benfitt of s^ Town 

[308] 22 voted That the Committee Choofen to see 
to the Repairing of Goodels Bridge make a Report of what 
Coft They Shall Think proper to make said Bridge pafable 
at the meeting on the adjournment 

23 voted That their be a Committee Choofen to see 
to the Repairing the Great Bridg Down Near the meeting 
houfe voted & Choofe Oliver Stickney Phinehas Sawyer to 
see to the Repairing of said Bridge & Likewife make a 
Report at the adjournment what Coft & what is wanting 
to Repair s*^ Bridge 

24" voted That the Swine Go att Large the prefent 
year under the Regulation of the Law . . . 

25 voted That the S^'^ article in the warrant be suf- 
pended untill the adjournment of the meeting in Regard 
to abating fines for Breach of Sabbath . . . 

26 voted to sufpend the 9 article in Regard to abat- 
ing Rates till the adjournment of said meeting 

27 voted & Choofe Ephr'il Kimball saxtion to Take 
Care the meeting Houfe the prefent year & Digg the 
Graves for funerals 



Toiun of FitcJiburgJi. 371 

28 voted That the Countirfitt money in the Hand of 
Cap^ Gibson that was prefented to the Town for abate- 
ment be sufpended untill he settles wnth the Remains of 
his Collection with the Town Treafurer 

29 voted To Accept of a Two Rode Road Laid out 
B}' the selectmen or there order the Difcription of said 
Road is as follows 

Roads 



Fitchburg march y'^ 1 1788 w^e the subfcribers have 
Laid out a Two Rode Road from weftminfter on Land of 
Daniel Ferwells Till it strikes the Roade that Leads By 
Thomas Cowdins Ju'' and made Two Alterations one by 
said Cowdens Houfe and one B3' Elifha Chamberlan and 
to have the Road as is Now trod 

Laid out by Paul w^etherbee & Daniel Ferwell Com- 
mittee This Road is Given By the oweners of the Land 
& accep* as above said march 3*^ 1788 

30 voted That the Laft year highway Tax of any 
perfon that is Delinquent payer of said Tax be aded to 
the prefent year highway Tax w^hen made up & if not 
Collected that way then to be Returned to the affefors to 
be Aded to Their Town Tax to be Collected in money . . 

31 voted That This meeting be adjourned to Thurfday 
the Twentyth Day of this ini'tant march at one of the 
Clock in the afifter Noon this meetings is adjourned accord- 
ing Atteft Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

March y«= 20"^ 1788 The Town meet according To 
there adjournment 

32 voted that Hezekiah Hodgfkins be Excufed from 
the Collectorfhip he paying Ten Dollars to the town 

33 voted that Nathan Badcock be Excufed from the 
Collectorfhip he paying Ten Dollars to the Town 

Recived of M^ Hezekiah Hodfkins a Ten Dollar Town 
order 

[309] 34— voted That the Collectorfhip be Let out 
to the Loweft bidder They providing Two Good Bonds- 
men 

35— voted to adjourn Letting out the Collectingfhip 
Down to the Houfe of Efq'' Cowdin 



372 The Old Records of the 

36 — voted That John Ozburn be Excufed from serving 
Highway surveyour & Hezekiah Hodgskins Chofen in his 
Room a Surveyour for the prefent year 

37 — voted to Build The Buttments of the Bridge at 
M*" Goodels with Stone 

38 — voted to Put by the 8*^^ article untill the meeting 
on the adjournment 

39 — voted to adjourn one Quarter of an hour Down 
to Efq"" Cowdins houfe. 

Daniel Ferwell bid of the Collecting the Public Taxes 
on the South side of Said Town for Two pound Sixteen 
Shillings on a Hundred pound so in propotion Greater or 
Leffor sum 2-16-0- 

Reuben Smith Bid of the Collecting of the public Taxes 
on the North side of said Town for Two pounds Sixteen 
Shillings & Six pence on y*^ Hundred pound . . 2—16-6— 

40 — voted To adjourn This Meeting To the Twenty 
fifth Day of this inftant march at one of the Clock in the 
after Noon Kendell Boutell Clerk — protempory 

March 25^^^ 1788 The Town meet on The adjournment 
& Proceeded as Follows 

Firft voted & Choofe Daniel Ferwell Collector for the 
south side of said Town and Like wife accepted of Phine- 
has Sawyer & Thomas Stearns as Bondsmen for said Fer- 
w^ell for the Faithfull Difcharg of his Duty in Collecting 
the Public Taxes the prefent 3'ear and paying the same 
where ordred 

2'y voted & Choofe Reuben Smith Constable for the 
North side of said Town and Likewife accepted of Liu* 
William Brown & Noah Wifwell as Bondsmen for said 
Smith for the faithfull Difcharge of his Duty in Collecting 
the Public Taxes on the North Side of said Town the 
prefent year & paying the same where ordred . . . 

3 — voted the Lift offered by Capt Burbank for abate- 
ment be sufpended till he has Settled all that is Due befide 
with the Treafurer then to have a hearing .... 

4 — voted to adjourn This meeting Down to the Houfe 
of Efqr Cowdins for 15 minits 

Then meet & proceeded as follows 



Toivn of Fitchbjirgh. 373 

voted that The Lift of Taxes offered to be abated for 
Cap*^ Gibson be put up by single sums state tax 

voted to allow Cap* Gibson Eight Shilling on the 
pound Hard money for 20/ Certificate for state Tax that 
is abated 

Jonathan Rufells Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons 

Lift for the year 1781 8- 2-6-0 

John Goddard Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons Lifts 

for the year 1781 2-17-1-0 

Ephraim Howard Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons 

Lift for the year 1781 2-12-0-0 

Robert Upton Tax abated in Cap* Gibson List 

for y^ year 1781 0-14-0-0 

Reuben Willard Tax abated in Cap* Gibson Lift 

year 1781 0- 6-7-2 

Levi Williams Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons Lift 

for 1781 0-11-9-0 

John Venen Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons List 

for 1781 2-19-5-0 

Ebenezer Flagg Tax abated in Cap* Gibsons Lift 

for 1781 2-17-1-0 



21- 0-5-2 
To be abated for Phin^ Sawj^er for 3'*^ \^ear 1785 

Uriah Wilkens Tax abated part 0- 5-8-1 

Samull Hill Tax abated whole 0-10-5-2 

Berzelel wood Tax abated whole 0- 8-3-2 

Jobe Hewood Tax abated part . . . . . 0- 2-2-2 

Paid by Liu* page 1- 6-7-3 

To be abated for Jofeph Phelps for y*^ year 1782 

Jofeph Davis Tax abated 0- 1-7-0 

Timothy willard Tax abated 0- 1-7-0 

Ebenezer Flagg Tax abated 0- 0-6-1 

0- 9-8-1 
Afa Perry modrator 
Phinehas Hartwell T. Clerk 

Turn over the other side 



374 The Old Records of the 

[310] March 3^ 1788 

at the meeting of the inhabitants of The Town of 
fitchburg affembled in Town meeting voted that the 
Selectmen Take Care to put out the poor people at the 
Loweft & Cheepeft manner for support .... 
Liut Thomas Thurfton Bid of Mi« Hart att Five 

pounds sixteen shillings By the year or in 

propotion if She Should not Live the year out £5-lG-0- 
Eli Smith Bid of by Cap* John Goodridge at 1/2 

W week 0- 1-2- 

Liu* Thomas Thurfton Bid of Lydea Williams at 

1/6 W week 0- 1-6- 

March 25^^ 1788 — Recorded by order of y'^ Selectmen 

Phin*' Hart well Town Clerk 

Worcefter fs 

To Hezekiah Hodgfkins one of The Conftables for the 
,„ . Town of fitchburgh in s*^ County Greeting Thefe 
^„ . . are in The Name of The Commonwealth of the 
^„ . Mafsachufetts to will & Require you in Due 
Courfe of Law to Notifie & warn all the free 
houlders & other inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg 
Qualified By Law to vote in Town Meetings for a Repre- 
fentetive to affemble & meet att the meeting Houfe in 
Said Town on Munday the Seventh Day of April Next 
att four Clock in the after Noon Then & their being Duly 
meet & formed to act on the following articles 

viz Firft To Choofe a Moderator to Govern said 
meeting 

2^^ To Give in your Votes for a Suteable Difcreat per- 
fon for a County Treafurer 

Hereof fail Not & make Return of this warrant with 
your Doings their on to some or one of us on or before 
said Day 

Given under our hand and Seals att Fitchburg the 
Twentyth Day of march 1788 

Paul wetherbee ] selectmen 
Reuben Smith \ for 

John Thurfton Ju'' J Fitchburg 



Tozvii of FitchlnirgJi. 375 

Worcefter fs In Obedence to The within warrant I 
have Notified and warned all the Inhabitants of the Town 
of fitchburg- To affemble and Meet att the Time and Place 
within mentioned as the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable 

Att a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Legally affembled on April 3^^ 1788 for the pur- 
pofes hereafter mentioned Then Gave in their votes for the 
following Gentlemen for a County Treafnrer 

No votes 

Voted For the Honourable Timoth\^ Paine Efq'' . 18 

voted For M'' Nathan Perry 5 

Afa Perry moderator 
Phinehas Hart well Town Clerk 

Fitchburg January 22°^ 1790 Then Came the family 
of Francis Barnes and wife & five Children & was Taken 
in to my houfe by me OHver Fullam the Childrens names 
as follows Betty Ephraim Lydea Sufanna Loral Children 
of said Barnes Laft from province Land as formerly 
Called which we the Selectmen of said fitchburg Do not 
admit of as inhabitants of said fitchburg but Direct that 
they emeadiately Depart the Limits of said Town to the 
Place of there habitancy for support 

%?»■ order Selectmen Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

[311] Worcefter fs 

To Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable for the Town of 
,„ , fitchburg in said Count\^ Greeting Thefe are in 
,„ ' " the Name of the Commonwealth of the Maffa- 
,^ "^^ ^ chufetts to will & Require you forth with to No- 
tifie & warn all The freeholders & other inhabi- 
tants Qualified by Law to vote for a Reprefentative to 
affemble & meet att the meeting houfe in Said Town on 
Munday the Seventh Dav of April Next att one of the 
Clock in the after Noon then & their being Duh' meet & 
formed to act on the following articles viz 

Firft To Give in your votes for a Governer 

2'^ To Give in vour votes for a Line* Governor 



376 The Old Records of the 

3'y To Give in your votes for five Senators 

Hereof fail Not & make Return of this warrant to 

some one of us on or before s'^ Day Given under our hand 

& Seals This Twentyth Day of march 1788 

Paul wetherbee \ o i j- 
T3 1 o -^1 \ Select men 

Reuben Smith ) r t^-. i , 

John Thurfton JuT j ^°^ F^t^hburg 

Worcefter fs In obedence of the within warrant I have 
Notified and warn'^ the Inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg to aoemble and meet att time & place within men- 
tioned as the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable 

Att a Meeting of The inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg Legally affembled in Towm meeting on April y^ 

7th 1788 

No votes 

voted & Choofe for a Governor his Excellanc^^ John 

Hancock 39 

voted for the Honourable Elbridge Gary Efq*" . . 12 

The following Gentlemen voted for a Liuet Governor 

No votes 

voted & Choofe for a Liue* Governor The Honourable 

James Warran Efq'' 24 

Likewife for the Honourable Benjamin Linclon Efq*' 8 

The following Gentlemen voted for for Senators 

No votes 

voted for the Honourable Amos Singletary ... 26 

For the honourable Peter Penneman 25 

For the Honourable John Fezinton 25 

For the Honourable Jofeph Stone 26 

For Cap*^ Jeremiah Learned 25 

For the Honourable Abel Wilder 12 

For the Honourable SamH Baker 11 

For the Honourable Mofes Gill 11 

For the Honourable Timothy paine 10 

For the Honourable Seth Wafhburn 11 

This meeting Diffolved By the Selectmen 

Paul Wetherbee o i ^ c ^ 

T-, 1, o -j-i, I Selectmen for 

Reuben Smith ) i-v, t , 

T 1 'Tu n- T r Fitchburg 
John Thurfton Ju^ j ^ 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



Town of FitcJibiirgJi. 377 

[312] Worcefter fs 

^^ To Hezekiah Hodgskins one of The Conftables of 

^ ^ the Town of fitchbiirg in s'^' County Greeting 

^ . Thefe are in The Name of The Commonwealth of 

mafsachufetts To will & Require you in Due 

Courfe of Law To Notifie and warn all the freehoulders 

and other Inhabitants of The Town of Fitchburg Qulified 

by Law to vote in Town Meetings to affemble and meet 

att the Meeting Houfe in said Town on Munday the 

seventh Da\'' of April Next att Three Oclock in the after 

Noon Then & their being Duh^ meet & forme'^' to act on 

the following articles 

viz Firft To Choofe Moderator to Govern Said Meet- 
ing 

2'-^ To wheather The Town will Comply with a 
Requeft Signed b\' a Number of the inhabitants of the 
Town to Raife a sum of money Suficient to Difcharge The 
Town Debts that are Now Due to Sundrey perfons that 
y^ Town are indebted too or actt any Thing Theiron as 
They fhall think proper 

Hereof fail Not to make Return of This warrant with 

your Dowings their on To some one of us on or before 

said Day Given under our hand & seals This Twentith 

Day of March A. D. 1788 

Paul weatherbee 1 o i 4. e 

X3 , 0-4.1. I Selectmen lor 

Reuben Smith > ^•, , , 

JohnThurftonJu^j ^^^tchburg 

Worcefter fs 

In Obediance to the within warrant I have Notified & 
warned the Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg to 
affemble & meet att Time & place within mentioned as 

the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable 



•to' 



Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Fitchburg Legally aflembled on April y^ 7^^ 1788 

Firft Voted & Choofe M"" Ala perry Moderator of s*^ 
Meeting 

oncuy Voted to Choofe a Committee to Look into the 
Circumftances of the Town on account of the Town Debts 



378 The Old Records of the 

& See what is out Standing in the old Collectors hands 
not Collected & paid in 

3'y voted & Choofe the Selectmen M"- Oliver Stickney 
aded for a Committee for the above purpofe voted This 
Committee make a Report att the adjournment of the 
meeting of their proceedings 

Voted to adjourn This meeting to the fifteenth Da^' of 
may Next at Three Oclock in the after Noon .... 
Atteft Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

May y'^ 15*^ 1788 The inhabitants of said Town meet 
according to their adjournment the Meeting being opned 
& proceeded as follows 

Firft proceeded & Read the Report of the Committee 
before the Town as Drawn up by s'^' Committee 

Secondly voted Not to Raife any more monej^ untill 
the fall meeting to Difcharge the prefent Debts 

Thirdly voted This meeting to be Difsolved 

Afa Perry Moderator 
Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



[313] Worcefter fs 
,^ , , To Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable for the Town 

I ^Pl Is » 

,„ ' , , of fitchburg in said Countv Greeting Thefe are In 
,r^ ', , the Name of the Commonwealth of Mafsachufetts 
to will & Require you in Due Courfe of Law to 
Notifie and warn all the mail inhabitants of fitchburg of 
twenty one years of age and upwards having a freehold 
Eftate of the value of Sixty pounds or the annual income 
of Three pounds to affemble & meet at the meeting houfe 
in fitchburg Thurfday the fifteenth Day of may att Three 
Clock in the after noon then & their being Duly meet & 
formed to act on the following article to witt .... 

Firft to see if the Town wnll Elect & Depute any per- 
fon to serve for and Reprefent them in the Great an 
General Court or affembley to be held in this Common- 
wealth on the Laft wednefsda\'^ in May a Greeable to the 
Conftetution or act anything their on as they Shall Think 
proper 



Town of Fitchbnrgh. 379 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant on 
or before said Day Given under our hand & seals att 
Fitchburg This Twentjth fourth Day of April A. D. 1788 



Paul Wetherbee 
Reuben Smith 
John Thurfton Ju^ 



Selectmen 

For 
Fitchburg 



Worcefter fs in Obediance to the within warrant I 
have Notified and warned the inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg to Affemble & meet att time & place within 

mentioned as the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable 

Att a meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg Legaly affembled on May y'^ IS^i' 1788 Then made 
Chooice of M^ Daniel Putnam to Reprefent said Town of 
fitchburg in the Great an General Court or affembley to be 
Convened & held att Bofton on the Laft wednefsday of 
this inftant may 1788 

Atteft Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

(Seals) Wo^^^fter fs To Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable 
CSe 1 ) ^^'^ ^^ Town of Fitchburg in sf^ County Greeting 
(Seals) ^^^^^ ^^^ i" ^^^ Name of the Commonwealth of 
Mafsachufetts to will & Require you forthwith in 
Due Courfe of Law to Notifie & warn all the freeholders 
and other inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Qualified 
by Law to vote in Town meetings to affemble and meet 
att the meeting houfe in said fitchburg on Tuefday the 
Ninth Day of Septem'' Next at one of the Clock in the 
after Noon then & their being Duly meet & formed to act 
on the following articles Viz 

Firft — to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'^ — to see if the Town will Rais money to Support 
the Revern'^ M^ payfon the prefent year 

3'^ — to See what Sum or Sums of money the Town 
will Raife for schools the prefent year or act any Thing 
theiron as they Shall Think proper 

4iy — 'Po See what Sum or Sums of money the Town 
will Raife to Difcharge there Debts and other Town 
Charges 



380 The Old Records of the 

5iy — fo See what method The Town will take to pro- 
vide M*" payfons wood the year infneing 

Qiy — 'Po See what method the Town will take to Settle 
with sum perfons that they are indebted to or act any 
thing theiron as They shall think proper 

7iy — Xo See what method the Town will take to 
Recover a sum of money which appears to be £21—18—5-3 
in the hand of Thomas Cowden Efq'' former Treafurer . . 

[314] S'J' To See if the Town will allow the accounts 
that shall be Brought in b3^ the Bridge Committee 

9^y To See if the Town will make any further abate- 
ments in any of the Collectors Lifts 

lO^y To See what method the Town will Take to 
Build the New Cafeway on the New Road Near Efq'' 
Cowdins which is soon to be opned or act any thing 
theiron as they Shall think proper 

ll'y To See if the Town will accept of any Road or 
Roads that are Laid out By the Selectmen or their order 

12'-^' To See if the Town will erect a Meeting houfe in 
the center of the Town or Receive any part of weftminfter 
that shall be willing to Join with us and Then erect a 
meeting houfe in the Neareft Convenant place to the center 
or act any thing Theiron as the}' Shall Think proper 

Hereof fail not and make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings theiron to some one of us on or before said 
Day Given under our Hands & seals This Twenty fifth 
Day of August A D 1788 

Paul wetherbee ] Selectmen 
Reuben Smith V For 

John Thurfton Ju"" J Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs In obedience to the within warrant I 
have Notified and warned the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg to affemble and meet att time and place within 
mentioned as the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable 

Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
fitchburg Legualy Affembled on Tuefday the Ninth Day of 



Totvn of FitcJiburgJi. 381 

September 1788 the meeting being opned & proceeded as 
followes 

Firft Voted & Choofe De-'^ Daniel Putnam Moderator 
of said meeting 

2'^ Voted to Raife £66-13-4 to support the Revernd 
m*" payfon the prefent 3'ear 

S^J" Voted to Raife 45-0-0 to support the schools the 
prefent year and Likewife to have the schoole money Laid 
out in each Quarter of said Town as was formerly by 
there Committees * 

4'y Voted to Choofe a Committee to provide school- 
ing in each Quarter of said Town voted this Committee 
Confift of six perfons for the above purpofe 

5'>^ Voted & Choofe Abijah Goodridge Jofeph Fox 
Abraham willard Jacob Allen Reuben Gibfon Ju*" John 
Thurfton J"'^ 

6 Voted to pafs over the fourth article for the prefent 
in Regard to Raifmg money 

[315] 7^-^' Voted to Let out the Gifting of m'' pay- 
fons wood to the Loweft bidders to Gitt Thirty Cord of 
Good wood & Deliverd it at m'' payfons Door . . . 

8'y Voted to Choofe a Committy for y^ Letting out 
the Gitting of m*" Payfons wood viz Choofe Afa Perrey 
David Pratt Phinehas Sawyer for the above purpofe . . 

9'-^ Voted To Choofe a Committee to Settle with 
Nehemiah Fuller on account of a Note said Fuller has 
againft the Town & Likewife with Jofeph Fox on account 
of his Difcharging part of an Execution againft the Town 
in the hand of Colo Greenlief 

lO'y Voted & Choofe Afa Perry Mofes Hale Phinehas 
Sawyer for said Committee for s'^ purpofe 

Illy Voted & Choofe Phinehas Hart well Jofeph Fox 
Thomas Starns John Thurfton J"*" oliver Stickney to be a 
Committee to Look into the Circumftances of the money 
Suppofed to be in the hand of Efq"' Cowden former 
Treafurer as Sect forth in the seventh article in the war- 
rant and make Report att the adjournment of said meet- 
ing 

12'^ Voted to pafs over the eighth article in the 
warrant for the prefent in Regard to the Bridges accounts 



382 The Old Records of the 

13'y Voted that the affefsors act Difcrefanary in 
Regard to abating M"" Edward Scotts Rates in a Lift 
Committed to Cap*^ Reuben Gibfon to Collect for the year 
1781 

14'y Voted to pafs over the Ninth article in the war- 
rant in Regard to abating any perfons Rate in the Col- 
lectors hand till the adjournment of said meeting . . , 

15'y Voted to Choofe a Committee to over See the 
Building the Caufeway on the New County Road in Efq'' 
Cowdens Land and that the whole Town have the Liberty 
to work on said Road or Cafeway their propotional part 

16^y Voted & Choofe Three perfons as a Committee 
for the above purpofe viz Jofeph Fox Afa Perry Thomas 
Cowden Efq'' Voted this Committee Shall vew the New 
Road and Eftemate the Coft and make Report att the 
adjournment of s^ meeting for afleling a Bill 

17'y Voted that the Road Laid by the Selectmen for 
Jofeph Richardfon & Jefe Stevens & others be paffed over 
till the adjournment of said meeting 

18'y Voted that the 12 article in the warrant in 
Regard to placing the meeting houfe be paffed over untill 
the adjournment of Said meeting 

19'y Voted to adjourn this meeting to Tuefday the 
Twenty Third Day of this inftant September att one a 
Clock in the after noon This meeting accordingly adjourned 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

September 23'"'' 1788 The Town meet according to 
there adjournment the meeting opned 

Firft Voted to act on the Twelth article in Regard to 
placing the meeting houfe 

2'y Voted to Choofe a Committee to examine and 
find out a place to erect a Meeting Houfe in the moft 
Convenant place to accomadate the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Fitchburg 

3'y Voted to Choofe five perfons for the above purpofe 
Viz Mofes Hale De-^ Daniel Putnam Jacob upton Afa Perrey 
Oliver Stickney they Report att the adjournment 

4'-^ Voted to allow the Bridge accounts Brought in 
by Kendal Boutel & Thomas Stearns Committee on 
Goodel Bridge Sum total of which is 37-12-0- 



Tozvn of FitcJiburgh. 383 

[316] 5'y Voted to Raife Forty pounds to make the 
Caufeway on the New County Road in Efq'' Cowdins 
Land and that the alTel'sors ailefs the same on the inhabi- 
tants of Said Town in a Single Rate 

6'y Voted that Thofe perfons that Travels to work 
on the County Road shall be allowed after the Rate of 
four pence for every three miles so in propotion and four 
pence on the spoot the Teems & Carts Ploughs oxen the 
Same as att other Highway work further addition on the 

Second adjournment Voted that the forty pound to 
make the Caufeway be affefed and be Delivered to the 
Highway Surveyours by the affefsors that they bring on 
Their Squadrens as they Shall be ordred by the Commit- 
tee for working out there propotinal parts 

Second adjournment addition vote Voted that the 
Highway Surveyours Return there Lifts with the Delin- 
quent payers to the selectmen at or before the firft Day 
of December next to be added to there Town Rates 

7'y Voted to adjourn this meeting to Thurfday the 
second Da3' of October Next at one of the Clock in the 
after Noon this meeting is accordingly adjourned 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

October y*^ 2'^'^ 1788 The Town meet according to 
there adjournment the meeting being opned and proceeded 
as follows 

Firft Voted to allow the Bridge account Brought in 
by Oliver Stickney Phinehas Saw\'er Committee on said 
Bridge the sum total of which is 14-12-2- 

2^y Voted that the Town Treafurer be and hereby is 
ordred to pay the several perfons that was imployed By 
the Committies on each Bridge the sum Annexed to each 
perfons Name as Brought in by said Committee and Take 
Recipts for the same 

3iy Voted to Raife Two Hundred & Twenty pounds 
to Difcharge the Coft of the Bridges & other Town Debts 
exclufive minifters schools County Road 

4^y Voted to Refeer the settling the money suppofed 
to be in the hand of Efq'' Cowden to the Selectmen which 
sum is 21-18-5-3 as sect forth in y« warrant 



384 The Old Records of the 

5'y Voted to accep* of a Two Rod Road Laid out for 
Jofeph Richardfon Jefse Stevens Jofeph How & others so 
far as the Land is Given & know futher 

*Fitchburg June y*^ 12 1788 We the subfcribers have- 

ing Laid out a two Rod Road in the Northardly part of 

This Town Begining to wards the Norardly part of 

Stephen Pingrey Land turning out of the old Road by a 

Read oak marked on the weft Side Then Runing Through 

Ebenezer Mcintire Land Then Runing through part of M"" 

Jacob Mcintire Land then Running Through Land of 

Jofeph Richardson then Runing Through Land of M^ Jefse 

Stevens then Runing Through Land of Jofeph How then 

Runs Through Land of M^ Thomas Greenough to afhby 

Line with trees marked all the way on the wefterdly side 

of the Road 

Reuben Smith ) Selectmen For 

John Thurfton Ju*" j Fitchburg 

6'y Voted to Not accept of the Report of the Com- 
mittee in Regard to there finding a Convenant place to 
sect a meeting houfe 



[317] 7'y Voted to see wheather the meeting houfe 
Shall Stand where it Now is it pafsed in the Negetive . . 

8'y Voted to see wheather the Town will erect a 
meeting Houfe in the Center of the Town or the Neareft 
Convenant place & it pafsed in the afifermitive — after 
some Confideration on the matter .... 

9'y Voted to Reconfider all the votes pafsed in Regard 
to placing the meeting Houfe 

10 Voted to adjourn this meeting to fryday the Third 
Da3^ of this inftant October at Nine of the Clock in the 
morning the meeting adjourned accordingly 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

October y'= 3*'^' 1788 The Town meet according to the 
adjournment the meeting being opned 

Firft Voted to take up the Ninth article in Regard to 
abating of Rates in the Colletors hands 

*Now known as part of Richardson Road. [Annotation on the mar- 
gin. W. A. U.] 



Tozvn of Fitchburgh. 385 

2'-^ Voted to pafs over abating Nicholas Danforths 
Rate in Cap* Gibsons Lifts untill march Next 

3'y Voted to abate william Clerks poll Tax in Cap<^ 
Gibsons Lifts for the 3'ear 1781 which sum is one pound 
Eighteen shillings seven pence 2'^i*' £1—18—7—2 

4'y Voted to abate william Holt Rates in Jofeph 
Phelps Lift for the year 1782 Town Rate 3/0-1 minifter 
Rate 3/4-1 Clafs Rate 6/6-1 whole some 0-12-10-3 

5'^ Voted to act on the twelth article in the warrant 
in Regard to placeing the meeting houfe motion made to 
see if the Town will Reft the meeting houfe where it now 
stands vote put up 

6'y Voted not to Reft the meeting Houfe where it Now 
Stands so pafsed in the Negitive motioned to see if the 
Town will Erect a meeting houfe on the hill up by Phin^ 
Sawyers the Vote put up 

7'^ Voted to erect a Meeting Houfe up on the hill 
Near Phinehas Sawyers Houfe on the Land belonging to 
the Heirs of M*" Ezra Upton of Danvers 

voted to poll for a True vote Nays 17 yeas 32 . . . 

8'y Voted to Choofe a Committee to Confult with the 
inhabitants of the weft part of the Town and inform 
them the proceedings of the Town in Regard to placing 
the meeting houfe to accomidate them & Carrey the same 
into Execution 

9'^ Voted to Choofe five perfons for a Committee for 
the above purpofe & Carreying on the meeting houfe 

Viz Reuben Smith Afa Perrey Phinehas Sawyer Elijah 
Carter Jacob upton 

Voted this Committee to be invefted with power to 
agree with the owners of the New fraim Erecting for a 
Meeting Houfe in the Nor wefterdly part of the Town if 
that Appears Cheapeft for the Town other ways are 
invefted with power to provide meterals & Timber for 
Building a New meeting Houfe in the prudenteft manner 
for said Town on said Plat of Ground 

lO'y Voted that the Committee appointed to provide 
for building the New meeting houfe make a Report of 
there proceedings at the Next Town meeting 

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386 The Old Records of the 

ll^y Voted to accept of the Committee proceeding in 
Letting out m*" payfons wood and pay each perfons there 
Refpective Sums annexed to there Name 

Turn to the Next page 

[318] October y*^ 2>^^ 1788 

A Return made By the Committee appointed to Let 
out the Gitting rar payfons wood for the year 1788 are as 
follows 

bid of by Nehemiah fuller 5 Cord 4/10 each . . 
Bid of by Benjamin Danforth 5 Cord at 4/6 each 
Bid of by Nehemiah fuller 5 Cord at 4/5 each . . 
Bid of by Joshua Needham 5 Cord at 4/4 each . 
Bid of by Benj-^ Danforth 5 Cord at 4/2 each . . 
Bid of by Nehemiah fuller 5 Cord at 3/11 each . 

6-10-10 
Voted to allow the above sums in Town meeting to 
each perfon October 3*''^ 1788 

Recorded By order of Selectmen 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

The Several Sums Raifed in town meeting to Repair 

The Two Bridges and the Names of the perfons that ware 
imployed are as follows 

Deacon Kendel Boutell Bridge ace* . . . . 3-9-0 

Daniel Ferwell Bridge acc^ 2-15-10 

James Poole Bridge acct 1-18- 6 

Samuell Harrice acc^ 1-17- 

Jofeph Ofgood ace* 1-7-0 

Thomas French bridge acc^ 1-11- 6 

Hezekiah Hodgskins Bridge acc^ 1-8-6 

John Ozburn Bridge acc^ 1-13- 6 

Oliver Fullam Bridge acc^ 1-2-6 

Jacob Fullam Bridge ace* 0-13- 

Zacheus Ferwell Bridge ace* 1- 4r- 

Blaney Phillips Bridge ace* 0-13- 

Pelege Battles — — ace* 0-18- 

William Moredock ace* 0-9-6 

Thomas Cowdin J"*" — ace* 0-6-0 

Jabez Sawyer — ace* 0-5-0 



Tozvn of Fitchbiirgh. ' 387 

Thomas Stearns ace* 1-19- 

David Goodel Bridge ace* 0-16- 

Franeis Fullum acct 0-15- 

Nehmiah Fuller acc^ 1-4-0 

Nehemiah Fuller Ju"" acc^ 0-9-0 

John Hodgfkins acct 0-13- 6 

Daniel Harrice acc^ 0-9-0 

Jofeph Downe ace* 0-13- 6 

28-10-10 

£ 

Ephraim Ozburn Bridge ace* 0-10-6 

Timothy Fullam Bridge ace* 1- 5-6 

John Simonds Bridge ace* 0-15-0 

Oliver Brown Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

John Ferwell Bridge ace* 0- 6-0 

Jacob Ozburn Bridge ace* 0-15-0 

Samuell French Bridge ace* 0-15-0 

Andrew Goodel Bridge ace* 0-15-0 

David Pratt Bridge ace* 0- 5-0 

Amos Fifk Bridge acct 1- 1-8 

Jacob Allen Bridge ace* 0- 9-0 

Simeon Ferwell Bridge ace* 0- 6-0 

Abel Baldwin Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

William Gale Rum for y^^ Bridge 0-10-0 

Kendell Boutell Ju^ Bridge ace* 1- 1-0 

Goodels Bridge accounts sum Total .... 9- 0-8 

The following Bill for the service at the mill Bridge 

Afeph Goodridge Bridge ace* 1-14^0 

Cap* Samuel Burbank Bridge ace* 0-19-6 

David parces Bridge ace* 0- 6-0 

John Upton Bridge ace* 1-10-0 

Jofeph Phelps Bridge ace* 0- 6-0 

John Brown Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

Amos Parce Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

Jofeph Sawyer — — ace* 0- 9-0 

Luke Sawyer Bridge ace* 0- 9-0 

John Putnams Bridge ace* 0- 6-8 

Samuell Frenchs Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 



388 The Old Records of the 

Solomon Storey Bridge ace* wheels in .... 0- 8-6 

Solomon Gibson Bridge acc^ 0- 3-0 

Sum total ... 7- 0-8 

[319] Amos ordway Bridge acc^ 0- 3-0 

Jeremiah Kinfman Bridge acc*^ 0- 3-0 

John Thurfton J««- Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

Cap* John Goodridge Bridge acc*^ 0- 3-0 

Timothy Fullam Bridge ace* 0- 6-0 

Benj^ Jaquith Bridge ace* 0- 3-0 

John Ferwell Bridge ace* 0-19-6 

Jonathan Commings ace* 0- 9-0 

Hezekiah Hodgfkins ace* 0- 4-6 

Jonathan Holt Bridge ace* 0- 7-6 

Paul wetherbee ace* 0- 3-0 

Samuel Harriee ace* 0- 3-0 

sum Total . . . £3- 7-6 

£ f d 

Daniel Ferwell ace* 0-3-0 

Joseph Gray Bridg acct 0-1-6 

Jofhua Farce — acct 0-4-0 

Ephraim Kimball ace* 0-16- 6 

David Pratt — ace* 0- 8-10 

Oliver Stickney ace* vandue in acct .... 0-11- 9 

Phin'^ Sawyer Bridge ace* vandue in acct . . 0- 9-11 

Jofeph Fox for Rum Shuger 0-12- 6 

Jofeph Ofgood — accts 0-1-6 

Abijah Goodridges ace* 0-17- 9 

Mofes Hale Bridge ace* 0-11- 6 

Sum Total . . . 4-18- 9 

3- 7- 6 

7- 0- 8 



15- 6-11 



October 3''^ 1788 att a Town Meeting The above ac- 
counts ware Allowed 



Tozvn of Fitchbtirgh. 389 

12iy Voted This meeting To be Diflblved 

Daniel Putnam Moderator 
Attest — Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(Seals) 
(Seals) 
(Seals) 



Worcefter is To Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable for 
. The Town of Fitchburg in s*^ County Greeting 
,^ ' , , Thefe are in the Name of the Common wealth of 
Maflachufetts to will & Require you forth with 
in Due Courfe of Law To Notifie and warn all the free- 
holders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg 
Qualified by Law to vote in Town meetings to affemble 
and meet att the meeting houfe in said fitchburg on 
Tuefday the Twenty firft Day of This Inftant October at 
one of the Clock in the after Noon Then & their being 
Duly meet & formed to act on the following articles viz 

Firft To Choofe a moderator To Govern said meeting 

2'^ To See if the Town wall Vote to such Inhabitants 
as fhall petition there for The firft meeting Houfe that 
was to attend public worfhip in by the inhabitants of the 
Town or act any thing their on as they shall Think proper 

3^-^ To See if the Town will Vote to the said peti- 
tioners the Revernd M^ Payfon to Be their Minifter they 
pa3^ing him his Sallary Granted to him at his settling 
with us or act any thing their on as they Shall Think 
proper 

4^y To See if the Town will Vote said petitioners with 
their Refpective Eftates to Bee incorperated to be a poll 
parifh 

5^y to see if the Town will Comply with a Requft 
of a Number of the Inhabitants of the Town of Fitch- 
burg to Grant that they together with there Refpective 
Eftates & Intereft may be set of from Fitchburg and 
Annexed to the Town of Lunenburg providing the above 
articles Can not be Obtaned 

Hereof Fail Not and make Return of this warrant 
with your Dowings there on To some or one of us on or 
before said Day Given under our hand & seals att Fitch- 
burg This seventh Day of October A D 1788 



Paul wetherbee 
Reuben Smith 
John Thurfton p 



Selectmen 
\ for 
fitchburg 



390 The Old Records of the 

Worcefter fs 

In Obidiance to This within warrant I have Notified 

and warned the inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg to 

affemble & meete at time and place within mentioned as 

the Law Directs 

Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable 



[330] Att A Meeting of The Inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Legaly Affembled on Tuefday the Twenty 
Firft Day of this inftant October 1788 

Firft Voted & Choofe Efcf Tho^ Cowdin Moderator 
of s*^ meeting 

2'y Voted to poll the Houfe on a motion made to 
adjourn s*^ meeting which Vote pafsed in the Negetive not 
to adjourn 

3iy Voted to Give Thofe petitioners that Called the 
meeting Live to wnth Draw there petition Then voted to 
Diffolve the meeting 

The meeting is accordingly Diffolved 

Thomas Cowdin Moderator 
Phinehas Hart well Clerk 



Worcefter fs 

-To Either of the Constables of the Town of Fitch- 
' burg — Greeting Thefe are in the Name of the 
^ " ^' Commonweallth of Maffachufetts To will and 
Require you forth with By Verbale Notice to warn 
all the freeholders and other inhabitants Qualafied By 
Law in the Town of fitchburg to vote in Town meetings 
to affemble and meet at the meeting houfe in said Fitch- 
burg on Tuefda\^ the Twenty firft Day of this inftant 
October att four O Clock in the after Noon then and there 
being Duly meet and formed to act on the following arti- 
cles viz 

Firft to Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 

2'-^ to See what method the Towm will Take for the 
futher support of of Ephraim Smith who hath Returned 
to this Town under Necefsetous Circumftances or act any 
thing theiron as they shall Think proper 



Tozvn of FitcJibiirgJi. 391 

3^y To See if the Town will perftie there procefs in 
Law aganft Cap* Elifha Smith on to Execution to Gitt 
Reid of said Ephraim and his family or act any Thing 
thereon as they Shall Think proper 

Hereof fail not and make Return of This warrant with 

3'our Dowings Theiron to some one of us before the time 

apponted for said meeting Given under our Hands & 

Seals this Twentyth Day of this inftant October 1788 

Paul wetherbee 1 Select men 
Reuben Smith > for 

John Thurfton J"""] Fitchburg 

Worcefter fs October y*^ 21^* 1788 

A Greable to the within warrant I have Notified the 
inhabitants of the town of fitchburg that ware here pref- 
ent to attend at the Time & place within Directed 

Reuben Smith Conftable 

Att a meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg Legually Aflembled on Tuefday the Twentith firft 
Day of this inftant October 1788 

Firft Voted & Choofe Efq*- Tho^ Cowdin moderator 
of s'^ meeting 

2^^ Voted to Let out Ephraim Smith to the Loweft 
Bidder by the w^eek till march provided he Should Stay 
where he was put out in Town 

3 Voted to adjourn this meeting Down to Efq*" Cow- 
dins Houfe for one half hour then to proceede Ephraim 
Smith Bid of by Stephen pingrey J"^ at Two Shillings & 
five pence a weak while he Stays with him 

4 Voted to Refer the Third article in the warrant in 
Regard to Carring on the procefs againft Cap* Elifha 
Smith of worcefter to the Selectmen to Call the matter 
into Execution by our Agent Choofen for that purpofe or 
by themfelves or any other perfon they shall appoint in 
behalf of the Town as soon as Posfable may be 

5 Voted This meeting to be Diffolved & is Diffolved 

Accordingly 

Tho^ Cowdin moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



392 The Old Records of the 

[331] weftminfter Afhburnham 
Recorded on page 323 afterwards 

This Day preamblated The Lines Betwene The Towns 

of Lunenburg and Fitchburg and Renewed the bounds a 

Greable to Law 

/^^ 4- u oori iToo John Fuller 1 Selectmen 

October 23'^' 1788 i , irt > r t i 

Jacob welfhj of Lunenburg 

Paul Weatherbee\ Selectmen 
Reuben Smith j of Fitchburg 

P*" order Selectmen Recorded 

This Da}^ preambelated The Lines Betwene Fitchburg 
& Afhby Towns and Renewed the Bounds agreeable To 
Law 

Nov™ 4th 1788 Ih^P^a" Events 1 '" Behalf of afhby 

Reuben Smith \ Selectmen of 

John Thurfton JuT / Fitchburg 

^ order Selectmen Recorded 

Phin® Hartwell Town Clerk 

Worcefter fs To Reuben Smith Conftable for the 
. ' ^ Town of fitchburg in s^ County Greeting Thefe 
, ', , are in the Name of the Commonwealth of Maffa- 
^ " chufetts to will and Require you fourthwith in 

Due Courfe of Law to Notifie & warn all the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qualified 
as the Law Requires to vote for a Reprefentetive to 
aftemble & meete at the meeting Houfe in said fitchburg 
on Thurfday the Eighteenth Day of December Next at one 
a Clock in the after Noon Then and their being Duly meet 
& formd to act on the following articles Viz — 

I'y To Give in Theire Votes for There Reprefentetive 
to Reprefent The people of This Deftrict which is the 
County of Worcefter in the Congrefs of the united States 

2iy To Give in their Votes for two perfons who Shall 
be Inhabitants of this Deftrict as Candidats for an Elector 
of the prefedent and vice prefedent of the united States 

Hereof fail Not and make Return of this warrant with 
your Dowings Thiron to some one of us on or before said 



Toivn of FitcJtbiirgJi. 393 

Day Given under our hands and Seals this Twenty Eight 
Day of Novembr A. D. 1788 

Paul wetherbe Reuben Smith 

John Thurfton J"*" Selectmen — 

att a meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of fitch- 
burg IvCgah' affembled in Town meeting Decem y<^ 18*'^ 1788 
agreeable to the Refolve of the General Court .... 

The following Gentlemen ware Voted for to Reprefen- 
tives for the Deftrict of worcefter County 

No 

For the Honourable Abel Wilder Efq'" votes .... 37 
For the Honourable Jonathan Warren Efq'' votes . . 1 
For the Honourable Timothy paine Efq^ votes ... 1 

Likewife The following Gentlemen ware Voted for as 
Candadates for Elector of the prefedent and Vice prefedent 
of the united States 

No 

For the Honourable Seth warfhburn Efq'' votes 17 

For the Honourable John Fefsondon Efq^ votes 15 

For the Honourable Artemos ward Efq*" vots 9 

For the Honourable John Sprague Efq^ votes 8 

For the Hon" Jonathan Grout Efq*" votes 1 
Recorded By order of The General Court &c 

Phin'' Hart well Clerk 

[322] Worcefter fs 
, , , To Either of The Constables of the Town of 
■ , Fitchburg Greeting Thefe are in the Name of the 
, , { Commonwealth of Maffachufetts to will and Re- 
quire 3'ou in Due Courfe of Law to Notifie and 
warn all y'^ Freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town 
of Fitchburg Qulified By Law to vote in Town meetings 
to affemble and meet at the meeting Houfe in said Fitch- 
burg on munday the Eighth Day of December Next at 
Two of the Clock in the after Noon Then & their being 
Duly meet & forme'^' to act on the following articles Viz 
Firft To Choofe a Moderator to Govern said meeting 
2iy To See if the Town will Sett of the Norweftardly 
part of s'^ Town as a Town Viz begining at weftminfter 



394 The Old Records of the 

Line at the South weft Corner of Nethaniel Sawyers Land 
including Thomas Fairbanks Benj-'^ Hartwell Tho** Carter 
Elijah Carter the Heirs of Ezra Upton Phinehas Hartwell 
Stephen & Tho** Thurfton and from thence to afhby Line 
with their Tenements & Eftates or act any thing thereon 
as they shall think proper 

3'y if the Town Should not See fitt to comply with 
the above Requests we would erneftly Requeft of the 
Town that they would set us off as a parifh upon Hor- 
ourable Terms as may be agreed upon with Being an- 
nexed with the adjacent parties or act any thing thereon 
as they Shall Think proper 

4'y To See if the Town will Raife any Sum or Sums 
of money to Repair The County Road betwene Charles 
willards and the Town Line or act any thing thereon as 
they Shall Think proper 

5'y To See if the Town will Give up some Beeds and 
other Houfehould Furneture To the wife of Ephraim Smith 
which was Brought to this Town with them which are 
at M*" Seth Phillipfes or act any Thing theiron as they 
shall Think proper 

Hereof fail not and make Return of This warrant with 

your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or before 

said Day Given under our hands and scales This Twenty 

Second Day of November A. D. 1788 

Paul Wetherbee 1 g^j^^^ 
Reuben Smith \ 

John Thurfton p^-j ^^^^" 

Worcefter fs 

In obediance to This within warrant I have Notified 

and warned the inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg to 

affemble and meet at Time and place within mentioned as 

the Law Direct 

Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable 

Att a Meeting of The Inhabitants of The Town of 
fitchburg Affembled on munday y^ 8*^ Day of December A 
D 1788 The meeting being opned proceeded as follows 

Firft Voted & Choofe Thomas Cowden Efq'' Modera- 
tor of said meeting 



Town of FitcJiburgJi. 395 

2'-^ Voted to pafs over the Second & Third articles in 
the warrant at y'^ prefent 

3'y Voted to pafs over the fourth article in the war- 
rant in Regard to Raifing any money to Rejiair the 
County Road Near Jacob Uptons 

[333] 4iy Voted That the wife of Ephraim Smith 
shall have her Houfehold furniture provided She Takes 
away her Children from the Town That the Town Re- 
ceives know further Damages from said family . . . 

5^y Voted to adjourn the Second & Third article in 
the warrant to the Eighteenth Day of This inftant Decem- 
ber at Ten of the Clock in the morning Then to See if 
the Town will Sect of the Norweftardly part of said Town 
as a Town or parifh 

Phine^ Hartwell Town Clerk 



Decembr y^ 18*^ 1788 The Town affembled according 
to adjournment the meeting Being opned the people Ready 
to attend none of the Rec[uefters appeared to act . . . 

Firft Voted to adjourn This meeting to four a Clock 
on said Daj^ in the after Noon then to meete 

The Town Being meet at five a Clock on Said Day the 
meeting being opned None of the Requefting party of said 
meeting appeared to support the Caufe or Defire any fur- 
ther adjournment 

2'y Voted to Difolve This meeting the meeting is 

Difolved accordingly 

Thos Cowden moderator 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

, , , Worcefter fs To Hezekiah Hodgfkins Conftable 
. " . for Fitchburg in s^ Count^^ Greeting Thefe are in 
The Name of the Commonwealth of Maffachu- 
fetts to will & Require you fourth with in Manner as the 
Law Directs to Notifie & warn all the freeholders and 
other inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Qulified to 
Vote for a Reprefentetive to the General Court of This 
Commonwealth to affemble and meet att the meeting 
houfe on Thurfday the Twenty Ninth of January' Currant 



396 The Old Records of the 

at Two of the Clock in the after Noon to Give in there 

Votes for a Reprefentetive who Shall be an inhabitant of 

the Deftrict of worcefter to Reprfent the said Deftrict in 

the Congrefs of the united States of America 

Hereof fail Not and make Return of this warrant with 

your Dowings thereon to some one of us on or before 

said Day Given under our hand and seals att fitchburg 

the sixteenth Day of January' A. D. 1789 

Paul Wetherbee \ Selectmen for 
John Thurfton J"'' j Fitchburg 

The Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg Legaly 
Affembled in Town meeting on Thurfday the Twenty Ninth 
Day of this inftant January 1789 agreable to a Refolve of 
y'= General Court 

Then Gave in there Votes for the following Gentlemen 
in the Deftrict of worcefter to Reprefent the people thereof 
in the Congrefs of the united Stats 

No Vots 

For the Honourable Artamas Ward Efq*" 12 

For the Honourable Timothy Pain Efq*" 10 

For the Honourable Abel Wilder Efq'' 5 

For the Honourable Jonathan Grout Efq"" 1 

In obedience to the within warrant I have Notified 
and warned the inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg 
to affemble and meete att time and place within mentioned 
as the Law directs Hezekiah Hodgskins Conftable 

This being sect here by omiting the proper place 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 

March 24^1^ 1789 This Day the Line betwene weft- 
minfter & fitchburg preambilated & Renewed the Bounds 
according to Law By us the subfcribers Selectmen for 
Fitchburg & weftminster 

Edmund Bemis \ Selectmen for 
Jonathan Hagerj weftminfter 
Paul Wetherbee ) Selectmen for 
John Thurfton Jur j fitchburg 



Town of FitchburgJi. 397 

March 24 1789 we the subfcribers have this Day pre- 

ambelated and Renewed the Bounds betwene Afhburnham 

& Fitchburg according to Law 

Samuel Fofter \ Selectmen for 
Jonathan Samfon / Ashburnham 

Paul Wetherbee \ Selectmen for 
John Thurfton JurJ Fitchburg 

[324] Worcefter fs To Either of the Conftables of 
. The Town of Fitchburg in s"^ County Greeting 
. '' . Thefe are In the Name of The Commonwealth of 
] , { Maffachufetts To will and Require you forthwith 
By Verble Notice to warn all The Freeholders and 
Other inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg Qulified as 
the Law Directs to Vote for a Reprefentetive to the Gen- 
eral Court of This Commonwealth to affemble & meet at 
the meeting Houfe in said Fitchburg on munday The 
Second Day of March Next at four a Clock after Noon to 
Give in there Votes for a Reprefentetive to Reprefent the 
Said Deftrict of worcefter in the Congrefs of the United 

States of America 

Hereof fail Not and make return of This warrant with 
your Doings thereon to some one of us on or before said 
Day Given under our hands & Seals this Twentieth Day 

of February A. D. 1789 

Paul Wetherbee 

Reuben Smith /-Selectmen 

John Thurfton J"*" 

Worcefter fs 

Agreable to the within warrant I have warned the 
Inhabitants of the Town of fitchburg B3' Verble Notice 
to attend at the time & place within mentioned . . . 

Reuben Smith Conftable 

The Inhabitants of the Town of Fitchburg being 
Legally alTembled in Town Meeting on Munday the second 
Day of March 1789 Agreable to the Refolve of the General 
Court Gave in there Votes for the following Gentlemen 
in the Deftrict of worcefter County to Reprefent the People 
thereof in the Congrefs of the United States .... 



398 



The Old Records of FitcJibiirgJi. 



Votes 



For the Horourable Artamos Ward 

Efcf No of Votes 10 

For the Horourable Jonathan Grout Efq'' 20 
For the Horourable Timothy Paine Efq'' 16 



Reprefentetive 
to Consrefs 



Sealed up & Directed to the secretary office agreeable 

to order of Court 

Phinehas Hartwell Town Clerk 



(^A^^^z?t^i^ UIMj ^yu2AJ (SJ^oum (^a/ril, 



1764, 1765. 



cA^iCi^aJl 




1766. 




Qtudyn ^otjyb 




1767—1774. 
1779, 1780. 
1782, 1783. 






Qv/y^ 



1775—1778. 

1781. 
1796—1807. 



g" 




^^CmAa6^artcA^<^ 




1784—1795. 



APPENDIX 



APPENDIX. 



PAPERS FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS ARCHIVES. 



Whereas the Late act of Court Passed for filling tip and Compleat- 
ing the Continental armj^ ordered a Return to be made to the Secre- 
taries office on or before y^ first Day of June Next but Did not say by 
whome sd Return shovdd be made these may Certify that the militia 
officers of the town of Fitchburg Have agreeable theirto Drafted four 
men and made a return to the Colo of the Regiment s^ men to serve 
in the Continental service for Nine months 

David Good ridge 
Fitchburg May ye 20th 1778 Phinehas Hartwell 

Abraham Gibson 
To the Secretary's Elijah Carter 

office 
\_Vol. 41, page 328.~\ 



Select 

men for 

Fitchburg 



An accomjit of the several articles Collected from the inhabitants of 
the town of Fitchburg for the Cont'l soldiers and the price of each arti- 
cle as follows viz 

Twenty four pairs of Shoes at 48/- each pair £57—12-0 

Twenty four " of Stockings at 30/- " " 36 00 

Twenty one Woolen Shirts 60/- " shirt 63 00 

three Linen Shirts at 40/- " " 6 00 

Fitchburg September ye 18 1778 

To John Wate agent for the County of Worcester Sr We here send 
you the things that we have collected and the price of each article that 
we were obliged to give as you may see inventory above We have 
taken unwearied pains to Compleat our Coto But through sickness and 
want of Help we are Disepointed and Cud not make a seasonable Return 
for we new not what we should Collect before. Our Spirite is Good but 
our Help is weak 



David Goodridge 
Phinehas Hartwell 
Abraham Gibson 
Elijah Carter 
\_Vol. 41, page 206.'\ 

26 



Selectmen 

for 
Fitchburg 



402 Appendix. 

To the Honourable the Senate and House of Repfesentatives of the 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts In General Court assembled at 

Boston May 5th 1781 

The petition of Abijah Holbrook in the Name and Behalf of Silas 
Pratt of FitchlDurgh in the Count^^ of Worcester in the s'^ Commonwealth 

Humbly Sheweth that the said Silas preferred a petition to the Gen- 
eral Court In the month of January Last praying that he might be 
allowed His Wages for ten months & Eleven Days which he was in 
Captivity In New York in the Year 1780 and for the loss of a blanket 
but your petitioner finds that the petition is lost or mislaid, Your 
petitioner Therefore prays Your Honours to take the Case into your wise 
Consideration and as the proper Vouchers Cannot be found Enquire of 
the Honourable Jabez Fisher of the Senate and Capt Cowden Represent- 
ative of sd Fitchburgh and grant such Releif as you In your Wisdom 
May See Just and Reasonable as your petitioner In Duty bound Shall 
Ever pray 

Abijah Holbrook 
\_Vol. 187, page 127.1 



To the Honl^le the Senate & House of Representatives in General Court 

assembled Sept. 1782 

The Petition of Thomas Cowdin in behalf of the Town of Fitchburg 
Humbly sheweth that the Number of Men for the Continental Army by 
the last Requisition was four Men for the sd Town accordingly the^' 
have raised three able Men & sent forward to said Army — & suppose that 
three Men is the full Proportion for said Town according to the Neigh- 
boring Towns. And as said Town is ready at all Times to do their ful] 
proportion & are greatly Burdened with Bridges & Bad Roads Where- 
fore your Petitioner humbly prays that this Hon1^1<^ Court would remit 
to the Town of Fitchburgh aforesd the Fine that is already laid on 
sd Town for not raising the 4th Man according to the said last Requisi- 
tion And as in duty bound shall ever pray 

' Thos Cowdin 

IVol. 238, page S6.] 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
In the House of Representatives October 1^^ 1782 

On the Petition of Thomas Cowden in behalf of the Town of Fitch- 
burg Praying for the remission of a fine Laid on said Town for not 
Procuring one man of the Last three years Men for the Continental Army 

Resolved that the Prayer of the said Petition be so far Granted that 
the execution against the said Town of Fitchburg for the Deficiency of 
one Man for the Last requisition of Men to fill up the Continental Arm3' 
be staid untill the further Order of the General Court — any Resolve to 
the Contrary Notwithstanding 

Sent up for Concurrence 

Nath Gorham Speaker 
In Senate Novr 2d 1782 

Read & Concurred Approved 

S. Adams, Prest John Hancock 

IV ol. 238, page ST.] 



INDEX 



INDEX. 



Act of incorporation, 1. 
Acton, clnirch in, 45. 

, resident of, 321. 

Adams, Hon. John, 281. 

, Joseph, 121, 134, 147, 151, 168, 

173, 174, 176-181. 

. Samuel, 402. 

, Widow (Joseph), 181. 

, Rev. Winchester, 37. 

, Rev. Zabdiel, 281. 



Address sent bv General Court, 333. 

Ainger, Rev. Samuel, 27, 33, 39, 40. 

Alden, Mr., 50. 

Aldrich, see Oldridge. 

Allen, Jacob, 296, 349, 369, 381, 387. 

, Samuel, 290, 292. 

Ammunition, 159, 161. 

Annexation of part of Westminster, 

301, 302. 
to Lunenburg petitioned for, 

389, 390. 
Annual meeting, time fixed, 3, 5. 
Area of town to be ascertained, 324. 
Ashburnham, 295, 392, 397. (See 

Dorchester Canada.) 
Ashby line, 67, 122, 268, 282, 384, 

392, 394. 
, roads to, 67, 72, 208, 268, 

282. 

, set off, 8. 

West Road, 72, 268, 282. 



Avery, John, 131, 

Axes, shovels and pickaxes, 244, 247. 

Babcock, see Badcock. 

Badcock, Nathan, 98, 147, 310, 313, 

315, 369, 371. 
Baker, Samuel, 231, 251, 265, 293, 

347, 376. 
Balev, Benjamin, 60. 
Baldwin, Abel, 27, 42, 189, 262, 265, 

387. 

, Eleazer, 258. 

, Joseph, 258. 

Bancroft, Kendal, 169, 189. 

, Mr., 118. 

Baptists, 351-353. 
Barnes, Bettv, 375. 



Barnes, Ephraim, 375. 

, P'rancis, 375. 

, Loral, 375. 

, Lydia, 375. 

, Susanna, 375. 

Battles, Peleg, 386. 

Bavonets, 112-114, 119, 356, 357. 

Beef for the armv, 219-222, 232-237, 
239, 283, 285,' 289. 

Beenc, William, 245. 

Bellows, Capt. Joseph, 122. 123, 150. 

Bemis, Edmund, 396. 

Bernard, Gov. Francis, 2. 

Berrv, Nathaniel. 298. 

,' Samuel, 298, 312. 

Bigelow, Roger, 102, 148. 

Boston, 238, 309. 

, correspondence with, 56, 91-95. 

, poor of. 108, 109. 

Bounty for wild animals, 182. 

Boi:teil, Ensign, Capt., Dea. Ken- 
dal, 4, 6, 7, 14. 21, 23, 27, 49, 
55, 58, 66, 69, 72, 76, 78, 79, 90, 

92, 93, 97. 99, 102, 105, 110, 113, 
114, 116-118, 120, 122, 134, 137, 
138, 147, 148, 152, 159, 162-165, 
167, 171, 174, 184, 198, 199, 201, 
211, 217, 236, 242, 245, 257, 260, 
262, 263, 277, 278, 289, 333, 334, 
340, 342, 352, 370, 372, 382, 386. 

, Kendell, Jr., 387. 

Bowdoin, Hon. James. 215, 251, 
265, 318, 347. 

Boventon, Mr., 28. 

Bo'vnton, Jonathan, 121, 149. 

Bradford, Debbe, 247. 

, Fanev, 247. 

, Mrs.'Marv, 247. 

, Capt. Samuel, 247, 248. 

Brattle. William, 365. 

Bridge. Lieut., Cajjt., Maj., Col. Eb- 
enezer, 4, 14. 24, 26, 27, 32, 48- 
58, 65, 68-70, 74, 78. 83, 85, 91- 

93, 96-99, 104, 105, 107, 114, 157, 
164, 171, 177, 178, 183, 188, 195, 
197, 199, 207, 217, 257, 288, 289, 
298. 332. 

, John, of Lexington, 49, 51. 



406 



Index. 



Bridges, 15-19, 24, 32, 49, 51-53, 
57, 59, 63, 64, 67, 75, 76, 78-80, 
82-84, 86, 88-90, 96, 98, 100, 102, 

120, 122, 173, 174, 203, 204, 207, 
245, 263, 278, 288, 289, 294, 296, 
297, 308-310, 313, 339-341, 343, 
358, 359, 362-364, 368, 370, 372, 
380-383, 386-388, 402. 

Brooks, Jonathan, 123, 150, 170, 

172, 208, 209. 
Brown, John, 387. 

, Mr., 49. 

, Oliver, 245, 263, 278, 2B5, 296, 

312. 369, 387. 
, Phinehas, 98, 123, 150, 169, 

170, 172, 207-209, 225, 312, 326, 

342, 348. 

, Silas, 272. 

, Col. William, of Salem, 67, 98. 

, Lieut. William, 168, 174, 183, 

217, 226, 227, 238, 260, 262, 271, 

336, 342, 352, 372. 
Burbank, Capt. Samuel, 202, 207, 

216, 226, 228, 237, 245, 246, 257, 

262, 264-267, 273-275, 277, 285, 

288, 325, 326, 329, 330, 342, 348, 

349, 356, 365, 367, 369, 372, 387, 
Burdens of the town, petition con- 
cerning, 335-337. 
Burnham, Robert, 316, 335, 350, 

360, 361. 
Burt, Mr., 148. 

Burying cloths, 182, 184, 185, 205. 
Burying yards, 7, 20-22, 25, 38, 45, 

46, 62, 63, 74, 243, 246, 306, 307, 

309. 
Buss, John, 24, 32, 48, 49, 51, 59, 

66, 67, 72, 85, 97, 111, 133, 147, 

169, 189. 

Calton, Solomon, 342, 369. 

Ca^nbridge, 118. 

, constitutional convention at, 

195-197. 
, Provincial Congress at, 107- 

109. 
Carlton, see Calton. 
Carter, Lieut. EHiah, 66, 72, 85, 117, 

121, 125, 126, 132, 135, 139, 146- 
149, 168, 173, 175-177, 179, 180, 
183, 184, 186-188, 190, 192, 194, 
196, 200, 201, 203, 206, 208, 212- 
220, 223, 225, 237, 300, 369, 385, 
394 401. 

, John, 97, 98, 121, 123, 147, 

162-164, 226, 229, 233, 234, 236, 
240, 241, 245, 258, 289, 301. 

, Cornet Thomas, 60, 394. 

, Thomas, (Lunenburg), 87. 

Caswell road, 122. 



Cattle from other* towns not to be 
pastured, 22, 25. 

Census, 134, 161. 

Center of the town, 5, 6, 13, 174, 
324, 326, 380, 384. 

Certificates for abatements of state 
tax, 333, 362. 

Chadwick, William, 4, 14, 15. 

Chaffin, Widow Rebekah, 321. 

Chamberlan, Elisha, 371. 

Circular letters from General Court, 
254. 

Clap, Col., 291. 

Clavei-ack, 204. 

Clerk, William, 385. 

Clothing for the army, 234-236. 

Colledge, Josiah, 51. 

Collins, Jedediah, 86, 88. 

Colwell, Adam, 242. 

Commings, Jonathan, 388. See Cum- 
mins. 

Commins, Col. John, 281. 

Committee for incorporation, 5, 6. 

of inspection, 107, 109, 132, 

147, 148. 

to consult concerning new 

countv, 303. 

Common" land, 15, 49, 51, 67, 72, 

111, 112, 172, 208. 
Concord, conventions at, 195, 197, 

200, 202-204. 

fight, provisions sent to, 167, 



170. 



Provincial Congress at, 101, 

102. 
Confederation, articles of, 165, 166. 
Congress, Continental, 107, 108, 

115, 126, 127, 165, 166. 
, Provincial, 102, 104, 106, 107, 

109, 114-116. 
, United States, 392, 393, 396- 



398. 
Constitution, Federal, 360-362. 
, State, 136-138, 178, 179, 192, 

195, 210, 211,214, 218,219. 

State, reasons for opposing. 



137, 138. 
Continental service, 156, 158, 159, 
162-164, 167, 173, 177, 178, 194- 
196, 199, 201, 210, 213, 216, 217, 
222, 223, 227, 228, 231, 241, 
254, 258, 260, 399, 401, 402. 

tax, 274, 275. 

Conventions, 101, 102, 110, 178, 

192, 193, 195-198, 200, 202-204, 
210, 250-252, 283, 284, 289, 303, 
336-339, 360-362. 
Correspondence, Committees of, 92- 
95, 122, 147, 148. 

on public aflfairs, 103. 



Index. 



407 



358, 360, 368, 



Cotton, John, 3. 
Counterfeit 

371. 
County convention to be called, 336- 

338 
, division of", 8, 287, 289, 303. 

officers, elections of, 22, 71, 110, 

120, 122, 135, 138, 139, 151, 180, 
225, 287, 290-292, 320, 374, 375. 

roads, 15, 24, 26, 28, 32, 33, 

49-51, 58-60, 73, 79-81, 98, 123, 
149-151. 162-164, 170, 172, 208, 
209, 264, 277, 278, 300, 301, 324, 
326, 358. 359, 380, 382, 383, 394, 
395. 

Covenant, 104, 108, 109. 

Cowdin, Capt. Thomas, 7-21, 23, 
24, 26, 27, 29-31, 33-37, 39-56, 
58-92, 95-109, 113, 114, 118, 125, 
139, 148, 160, 171, 174, 184-186, 
188, 190-199, 201, 203, 206. 210- 
224, 232, 234, 238, 242, 244, 245, 
247-262, 264-272, 274, 275, 278, 
279, 281, 284, 286, 289, 299, 300, 
303, 306, 308, 309, 314, 316, 320, 
331, 332, 344, 345, 349, 354, 355, 
358, 359, 363-365, 371, 372, 380- 
383, 390, 391, 394, 395, 399, 402. 

, Thomas, gives £500 for school- 
ing, 217. 

, Thomas, Jr., 171, 188, 201, 208, 

258, 262, 315, 339, 342, 345, 346, 
348-352, 355, 356, 360, 361, 367, 
368, 371, 386. 

Cox, William, 23. 

Cummins, Jonathan, 97. See Cora- 
mings. 

Currencv, troubles arising from de- 
preciation of, 161, 163. 202, 210, 
211, 222, 223, 226, 228, 231, 232, 
235, 239-243, 248, 249, 320. 

Curtis, Samuel, 215, 231, 251, 265, 
281, 318, 347. 

Cushing, Hon. Thomas, 231, 251, 
265, 293, 318, 347, 

Danforth, Beniamin, 323, 386. 

, James, 254, 255, 259. 

, Nicholas, 14, 15, 23, 32-34, 58, 

66, 86, 97, 111, 121, 147, 151, 153, 
156-160, 162, 163, 165, 166, 168, 
170, 188, 202, 227, 385. 

, William, 258. 

Darbv, Amos, 208. 

, Daniel. 272. 

, Nahum, 272. 

, Richard, Jr., 131. 

, Samuel, 263. 

Davice, Hannah, 323. 

, Poter, 323. 



Davis, Joseph, 373. 

, Oliver, 72. 80, 88, 325. 

, Samuel, 238, 263. 

Dean, Francis, 208. 

Debts, 165, 166, 240, 242, 253-255, 

301, 302, 364, 365,377-381. 
Declaration of Independence, 126- 

131. 
Delegate to convention at Concord, 

200, 202, 204. 
Delegates to constitutional conven- 
tions, 195-197, 360-362. 
to countv conventions, 196, 197, 

250, 251, 283, 284, 289, 336-338. 
Densmore, see Dinsmoor. 
Derbv, see Darbv. 
Dinsmoor, Dr. William, 231, 251. 
Dorchester Canada, 1, 8. 
Dorr, Judge Joseph, 215, 251. 
Downe, Joseph, 32, 48, 51, 58, 73, 

86-88, 121, 217, 257, 297, 306, 

313, 342, 348, 387. 

, Samuel, 80, 86-88, 207, 263. 

Drafting, 176, 177, 194. 

Dutton, Thomas, 4, 7, 15, 24, 33. 

Eaton, Aaron, 208, 245, 326. 

, Abiather, 326. 

, Asa, 321. 

, Benjamin, 321. 

, Lydia, 321. 

, Thomas, 208, 290. 

. William, 271. 

Emerson, Mr., 14. 
Evens, Thomas, 392. 



Fairbanks, Thomas, 394. 

Farebanks. Ephraim, 255. 

Farlev, Timothv. 32. 

Farnsworth, Joseph, 218, 321. 

Farwell, Abraham, 72, 98, 160, 
268, 281, 282, 296. 

, Daniel, 86-88, 97, 111, 

147. 157, 160, 202, 207, 209- 

223, 239-241, 243, 246, 

271, 273, 278, 285, 288, 

310, 313, 314, 321, 325, 

349, 352, 365, 371, 372, 



222 
257! 
306, 
329, 

388. 



— , Daniel, 321. 

— , John, 207, 217, 257, 279, 
285-287, 290-295, 300, 302- 
311. 312, 325, 329, 330, 366, 
387, 388. 

— , John, 321. 

— . Widow Lucv, 321. 

— , Lucv, 321. 

— , Luther, 321. 

— , Simeon, 387. 

— , Zaccheus, 369, 386. 



168, 

121, 
211, 
247, 
297, 
327, 
386, 



280, 
309, 
367, 



408 



Index. 



Fast days, 36, 37, 213. 

Ferwell, see Farwell. 

Fessenden, Hon. John, 318, 3-17, 376, 

393. 
Fine for false invoice, 63, 64. 

laid on the town, 190, 402. 

for not attending worship, 368, 

370. 

Fisher, Jabez, 402. 

Fisk, Amos, 387. 

Fitch, John, 4, 7, 8, 21, 23. 

Flagg, Ebenezer, 373. 

, William, 23. 

Flat Rock road, 72. 

Flint, Jonathan, 123, 277, 342. 

, Capt. Joseph, 148, 150, 164, 

170, 172, 174. 

Foster, Jacob, 121. 

, Samuel, 397. 

Fonler, Ezekiel, 60, 87. 

Fox, Joseph, 90, 105, 109, 110, 112, 
114, 115, 117-119, 121, 122, 121- 
127, 131, 134, 135, 137-139, 145, 
147, 151, 153, 155-158, 161, 165, 
166, 168, 172, 175, 178-182, 184, 
202, 205, 206, 225, 228, 230, 231, 
233, 234, 237, 238, 240, 243, 244, 
246-249, 257, 265, 270, 271, 274, 
285, 296, 307, 309, 325, 349, 369, 
381, 382, 388. 

Foxcroft, Mr., 73. 

Franklin road, 73. 

French, James, 326. 

, Jesse, 14, 15, 24, 52, 53, 58, 

72, 86-88, 168, 188, 189, 257, 287. 
289, 312. 

, Samuel, 387. 

-, Thomas, 386. 



Fullam, Elisha, 21, 23, 24, 27, 30, 

48, 51, 55, 62. 
, Francis, 48, 51, 58, 73, 98, 170, 

274, 330, 367, 387. 

, Jacob, 257, 278, 296, 386. 

, Mr., 43. 

, Oliver, 375, 386. 

-, Timothv, 48, 51, 121, 387, 388. 



Fuller, John," 100, 392. 

, Nehemiah, 23, 48, 55, 58, 59, 

80, 96, 98, 148, 272, 381, 386, 

387. 

, Nehemiah, Jr., 387. 

, Stephen, 285. 



Gale, WilHam, 387. 

Gardner, Rev. Mr., 37. 

Garfield, Elijah, 85, 97, 111. 157, 
188, 189, 227, 238, 242, 258, 268, 
271, 288, 297, 300, 303, 308, 312, 
313, 316. 

Gary, Thomas, 4, 14, 24, 25, 284. 



General Court, 8, 12, 48, 52, 53, 99, 
115, 116, 118, 124, 125, 127, 136- 
138, 152, 161-165, 176-178, 190, 
194, 195, 218-223, 233, 238, 251, 
252, 254, 258-260, 266, 267, 275, 
285, 286, 304, 318, 319, 322, 333- 
337, 350, 351, 355, 360, 378, 379, 
393, 396, 399, 401, 402. 

General Court's committee, 171. 

Gerry, Hon. Elbridge, 376. 

Gibson, Lieut. Abraham, 80, 134, 
164, 168, 173, 175-177, 179-181, 
183, 184, 187, 202, 207, 401. 

, Abraham, Jr., 188, 342. 

, Bezaleel, 296. 

, Isaac, 4, 8, 14, 15, 19, 24, 31, 

34-48, 50-54, 58-62, 64, 65, 67-70, 
90, 92, 97, 98, 100-104, 106-108, 
110, 112-114, 116-118, 120, 121, 
123, 125, 126, 134-136, 146, 147, 
152-154, 157-160, 162-165, 167, 
168, 171, 172, 184, 217. 
-, Jacob, 98, 245, 270, 278, 283, 



284, 312. 

— , John, 73. 

— , Lt., Capt., Reuben, 4-6, 8, 13, 
15, 16, 27, 31, 45, 62, 69, 83, 92, 
101, 109, 111-120, 122, 147, 160, 
164, 170, 172, 188, 189, 191, 193, 
201, 202, 204, 206, 214, 217, 225, 
229, 231, 232, 238-241, 248, 249, 
253, 254, 273, 329, 330, 356, 366- 
368, 371, 373, 382, 385. 
-, Reuben, Jr., 85, 97, 168, 209, 



270, 325, 381. 
— , Samuel, 122, 123, 148, 150, 

151, 170, 172, 208, 209, 342, 344, 

345, 353, 367. 
— , Solomon, 284, 353, 388. 
-, Thomas, 353, 369. 



Gill, Hon. Moses, 251, 265, 281, 293, 

347, 376. 
*Gilson, Joseph, 285. 
Goddard, John, 217, 373. 
Goodard, see Goddard. 
Goodell, Andrew, 342, 387. 
, David, 73, 76, 78, 105, 257, 

300, 370, 372, 382, 387. 
-, David, Jr., 105. 



Goodridge, Abijah, 325, 342, 348, 

381, 388. 
, Asaph, 118, 160, 221, 236, 237, 

246, 271, 277, 283, 289, 297, 316, 

344, 358, 387. 
-, Capt., Dea. David, 4-8, 10, 12, 



13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 
27, 29-31, 33, 35, 39, 42-45, 48, 



*The name appears as Gibson, but this 
is an error. 



Index. 



409 



Goodridge, David — Continued : 
56, 59, 63-66, 69-73, 75-83, 85, 86, 
89-91, 96-98, 101-105, 107, 109, 
113, 114, 117-119, 121, 122, 124- 
127, 132-139, 145-147, 149, 151- 
157, 159-163, 165-168, 171-175, 
179-181, 183-188, 190-196, 199- 
206, 210, 212-214, 220, 225, 228, 
235, 238, 244, 247, 253, 254, 262, 
263, 266, 275, 277, 279, 288, 295, 
299, 402. 

, Capt. John, 188, 246, 277, 288, 

306, 312, 339, 340, 344, 345, 357, 
359, 362. 363, 374, 388. 

, Joshua, 49, 51, 67, 147, 169. 

Gorham, Nathaniel, 402. 

Grammar school, 306. 

Grav, Harrison, 107. 

', James. 32, 48, 49, 52, 57-60, 

62, 91. 

, Joseph, 86, 122, 123, 207, 245, 

342, 346, 388. 

Great bridges, 82, 83, 102, 173, 174, 
203, 204, 288, 294, 297, 308, 309, 
339, 340, 358, 359, 362-364, 370, 
372, 386-388. 

road, 316. 

Greenlief, Col., 381. 

, Dr., 118. 

Greenough, Thomas, 384. 

Grievances of Worcester Countv, 
250. 

Grimes, Andrew, 123, 150. 

, William, 188, 263, 270, 283, 

284. 

Groton, 8, 139. 

Grout, Hon. Jonathan, 318, 347, 
393, 396, 398. 

Guns, 155, 159, 161, 356, 357. 



Hager, Jonathan, 396. 

Hale, Joel, 326. 

, Moses, 843, 349, 361, 370, 381, 

382, 388. 
Hammond, Levi, 334. 

, Marcv, 334. 

, Pattv, 334. 

, Perley, 334. 

, Seaser, 334. 

Hancock, John, 131, 215, 230, 250, 

265, 281, 347, 376, 402. 
Hard wick, Letters from, 250. 

, William Page of, 265, 281. 

Harrington, Ebenezer, 72. 

, Rev. Mr. of Lancaster, 37. 

, Sewil, 258. 

Harris, Daniel, 258, 387. 

, Dea., 149. 

, Oliver, 308. 



Harris, Samuel, 184, 188, 236, 246, 
257, 313, 386, 388. 

, Samuel, Jr.. 168. 

, Thomas. 23, 48, 51, 83. 

Hart, Joseph, 123, 150, 169, 170, 
172. 

, Samuel, 54, 55. 

, Mrs. Samuel. 47, 50, 54, 55, 57, 

59. 65, 68, 70, 74, 79, 81, 84, 86, 
96, 98, 110, 111, 119, 120, 122, 
132, 133, 148, 159, 160, 169, 182, 
183, 189, 201, 205, 207, 209, 216, 

224, 226, 243, 246, 257, 261, 263, 
269, 271, 274-276, 278, 288, 297, 
305, 306, 313, 324, 325, 343, 344, 
355, 368. 374. 

Hartwell, Asahel, 209. 

, Benjamin, 394. 

, Edward, 2, 3, 56. 

. Ephraim, 288. 

, Mr., 43. 

, Phinehas, 43, 48-50, 55, 58, 59, 

62, 66, 69, 72, 73, 78, 92, 97, 100, 
101, 103, 105, 107, 108, 110, 113, 
114, 116, 117, 120, 121, 123, 125, 
126, 132, 134-138, 146-150, 152- 
155, 157, 160, 162-165, 167, 168, 
172-177, 179, 181, 183, 184, 186- 
188, 190. 192, 194, 196, 200, 201, 
203, 204, 206, 208, 211-222, 224, 

225, 228-230, 239-243, 247, 249, 
255, 265, 271-274. 277, 280-288, 
290-293, 295, 297, 298, 300, 302, 
304, 305, 307-309, 311, 312, 315- 
323, 326-330, 332, 334, 335, 337- 
340, 342, 344, 346, 348-351, 353, 
355, 357, 359-362, 364, 365, 367, 
369, 371, 373-376, 378, 379, 381- 
384, 386, 389-396, 398, 401. 

, Lieut., Capt. Thomas, ,32, 66, 

80, 168, 173, 175-177, 179, 180, 
187, 197, 207, 224, 225, 229, 230, 
234, 235, 237-239, 241, 244, 247, 
257, 262, 266, 269, 270, 274-276, 
282. 284, 285, 288, 312, 316, 317, 
329, 330, 342, 366, 367. 

Haskell. Elias, 123, 149. 

, Lemuel, 170, 172, 208, 209, 

353. 

, William, 247, 277, 281, 282. 

307, 310, 315, 353. 

Haskiel, see Haskell. 

Henderson, William, 117, 119, 125, 
126. 

Herrick, Benjamin, 268. 269, 281, 
282 

, Dr. Martin. 268, 281, 282. 

, Samuel, 121. 123, 150, 157, 

169, 172, 259, 260, (see 254, 255), 
266, 282. 



410 



Index. 



Hewood, Job, 373. 

Heyward, Ephraim, 281, 282. See 
Howard, Ej^hiaim. 

, Nathaniel, 282. 

Hichborn, William, 238. 

Highwavs, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 22, 24- 
26, 28, 30, 32-34, 46, 48-52, 54, 
55, 57-60, 65-68, 70-75, 79-81, 84- 
88, 96-98, 110-113, 120-123, 146- 
151, 162-164, 166-172, 185-189, 
192, 193, 205, 207-209, 224, 226, 
243, 245-247, 261, 263, 264, 268- 
270, 276-278, 281-284, 289, 294, 
296, 298, 300-302, 310, 312, 313, 
316, 324, 326, 327, 341, 343, 358, 
359, 367-371, 380, 382-384, 394, 
395, 402. 

Hildreck, 70. 

Hill, Elisabeth, 292. 

, Mrs. Jemima, 292. 

, Robert, 271. 

, Samuel, 292, 373. 

, Thomas, 148, 171, 228. 

Hilton, Thomas, 123, 207, 277, 312. 

Hoby, Mr., 49, 52. 

Hodgkins, David, 344. 

, Hezekiah, 4, 14, 23, 32, 66, 67, 

72, 79, 81, 85, 121, 148, 171, 188, 
204, 207, 221. 222, 226, 245, 257, 
262, 277, 288, 289, 296, 312, 326, 
342, 349, 359, 369, 371, 372, 374- 
380, 386, 388-390, 394-396. 

, John, 387. 

, Samuel, 32, 50. 

-, William. 32. 



Hodgskins, see Hodgkins. 
Holbrook, Abijah, 402. 
Holden, Lieut. Isaac, 207, 271. 
Hollis, N. H., residents of, 292. 
Holt, Jonathan, 23, 72, 83, 97, 147, 

168, 181, 185, 186, 188, 242, 272, 

329, 365, 388. 

, Joseph, 207, 236. 

, Widow Marv, 1, 60. 

, William, 385. 

Holton, Hon. Samuel, 215, 251, 281, 

293, 318. 
Horsle\', Capt. James, 139. 
Houghton, Eleazer, 49, 51, 67. 
How, Joseph, 384. 
Howard, Ephraim, 268, 269, 353, 

373. See Heyward, Ephraim. 
Hunt, Jonathan, 97. 

, Capt. Samuel, 3-7. 

Hutchison, Capt. Thomas, 246. 

Independence, Declaration of, 126- 

131. 
Inimical disposition of inhabitants, 

153-155. 



Inoculation, hospital for, 132. 
Inspection, committee of, 107, 109, 

132, 147, 148. 
Instructions to representative, 99, 

267, 350, 351, 355, 357. 
Insurgents, 333, 334. 
Ireland, Abraham, 119. 

Jaffrev, residents of, 323, 338. 
Jaquith, Abraham, 263, 296, 312, 

326. 

, Asa, 338. 

, Benjamin, 67, 111, 112, 121, 

122, 338, 339, 388. 

, Hannah, 338. 

, Isaac, 338. 

, Josiah, 338. 

, Lvdia, 338. 

, Airs. Phoebe, 338. 

, Phoebe, 338. 

-, Reuben, 338. 



Jewett, Maximilian, 48, 72, 97, 98, 

169. 
Jurymen, 175, 253, 254. 

Kemp, Benjamin, 343, 369. 

Kendall, Timothv, 209. 

, William, 369. 

, see Kindall. 

Kilpatrick, Samuel, 48, 51. 

Kimball, Dea. Amos, 3-8, 10, 13-16. 
18-20, 23-27, 29, 31, 33, 34, 37, 
41, 43, 45-47, 50, 53-56. 58-60, 
62, 63, 67, 69, 71, 74-91, 96-99, 
101. 

, Amos, 133, 147. 

, Widow Dorothy, 365. 

, Ephraim, 4, 7, 10, 14, 19, 23- 

25, 27-31, 33, 46, 48, 50, 74, 90, 
155, 184, 207. 

, Ephraim, Jr., 121, 147, 197, 

202, 204, 211, 220, 221, 236, 237, 
244, 246, 248, 250-253, 255, 256, 
259, 261-263, 307, 325, 334, 340, 
356, 357, 370, 388. 

, George, 100, 365. 

, Levi, 133, 188, 217, 222. 

Thomas, 169, 237. 



Kimball's bridge, 82, 83. 

Kindall, Jonas, 122, 247, 259, 260. 

, see Kendall. 

Kinsman, Jeremiah, 388. 
Knights, John, 323. 

Lancaster, churches in, 45. 

, courts at, 52, 53. 

Larnard, Gen., 318. 
Larranc, Benjamin, 267, 268. 
Learned, Capt. Jeremiah. 376. 
Leland, Henry, 147, 189. 



Index. 



411 



Lemons, Jonathan, 298. 
Leominster, First Chureh in, -to. 
, letter from, 303. 

line, 1, 15, 86, 88. 

, residents of, 261. 

, road to, 24, 122. 

Lexington, residents of, 51, 323. 
Lincoln, Hon. Benjamin, 3-17, 376. 
Litch, James, 58, 60, 66. 
Livermor, Abner, 247. 

Locke, D. S., 258. 

Low, Joseph, 23, 32, 49, 51, 66, 85, 98. 

, Joseph, Jr., 289, 369. 

Lunenburg, annexation to, 389. 

, church in, 45. 

, committees of, 8, 139. 

, disputes with, 119, 125, 126, 

190, 191, 193, 269, 271. 
, letter from, 338. 

line, 1, 60, 392. 

, meetings at, 139. 303. 

, representative oi', 99. 

, residents of, 87, 321. 

, road laid out by, 79, 81. 

, road to, 57, 59^ 171. 

, separation from, 1-3. 



Mace, Eliphalet, 33, 48, 63-65, 72. 

, Mr., 14. 

Marshall, Dr. Jonas, 292, 299, 303, 
306, 313, 315, 321, 332, 338, 355, 
359, 361. 

road, 298. 

Marten, Ephraim, 86, 87. 

McCartv, Dr. Thaddeus, 184, 188, 
195, 197, 199, 201, 206, 210, 212- 
220, 222, 224, 225, 229, 230, 232, 
237. 

Mclntire, David, 123, 242, 247, 251, 
257, 262, 266, 284, 289, 342, 345, 
348, 350, 352, 353, 356-358, 361, 
367, 368, 

, Ebenezer, 384. 

, Elijah, 169, 353, 369. 

, Jacob, 384. 

, L., 172. 

Meed, Mr., 24. 

*Meeting-house, 8-13, 16, 18-22, 25- 
30, 38, 42, 43, 52, 53, 55, 71, 75, 
77, 78, 118, 238, 276, 279, 280, 
289, 305-307, 309, 310, 314, 324, 
325, 355, 357, 368, 384, 389, 390. 

, bridge near, 76, 173, 294, 370. 

in northwest part, 385. 

, new, 324, 326, 380, 382, 384, 385. 

on Ezra Upton's land, 301. 

♦Beginning September 22, 1766, all 
to\vn meetings were held in the meeting- 
house, and references to it in this con- 
nection are omitted. 



Meeting-house — Continued : 

, roads to, 51, 67, 74, 148, 149, 

172, 208, 283, 316. 

Merrall, Daniel, 33. 

Militia, 101, 105, 106, 108, 109, 
153, 154, 157, 158, 167, 176, 177, 
194, 195, 197, 213, 227, 401. 

Mill pond, 49. 

Millens, Mr., 37. 

Mills, 203, 204. 

, French's, 24. 

, Goodel's, 73, 76, 78. 

, Holden's, 208. 

, Kimball's, 10, 14, 16, 17, 19. 

, Wood's, 25. 

Ministerial land, 191, 193. 

Minister's settlement, 38-41. 

Minute men, 106-109, 112, 119. 

Monopolv, act to prevent, 156, 157. 

Moors, Mordecai, 58, 66, 68, 80, 81. 

Moredock, William, 386. 

Morse, Anton v, 83. 

Mudge, John, '66, 74, 120, 134, 246. 

Needham, Joshua, 386. 

New Hampshire, 247, 292, 321, 323, 

338. 
New Ipswich, residents of, 321. 
New town, petitions for, 295, 298, 

393-395. 
Nichols, Israel, 215, 231, 251, 265, 

281, 293, 347. 
Niles, Ephraim, 353. 
Noney, Betsy, 323. 
North companv, 153, 177. 

river, 32. " 

Nurce (Nurs), Peter, 74, 169. 

Oak Hill, 312. 

Oath concerning bills of credit of 
neighboring governments, 5. 

of allegiance, 348, 349. 

Oldridge, Joseph, 260. 

, Luke, 260. 

, Lydia, 260. 

, Sarah, 260. 

OHver, A., 2. 

, Andrew, 24, 49, 51, 72, 98. 

Orders to be brought in March 1, 

185, 186. 
Ordway, Amos, 169, 207, 245, 270, 

311, 314-316, 330, 346, 367, 369, 

388. 
Osborn, see Ozbum. 
Osgood, Joseph, 386, 388. 
Ozburn, Ephraim, 13, 14, 32, 51, 58, 

66, 72, 117, 308, 387. 

, Jacob, 387. 

, John, 257, 342, 344, 369, 372, 

386. 



412 



Index. 



Pack, Abiiali, 258. 

, Lieut. Jonathan, 72, SO, 97, 98, 

133, 268, 281, 282, 290, 310, 315, 

330, 353, 367, 373. 

, William, 265, 281. 

Paine, Hon. Timothv, 290, 291, 320, 

375, 376, 393, 396, 398. 
Palmer, Thomas, 48, 50, 51, 78, 310, 

314. 
Paper tax, 246. 
Parce, Amos, 226, 387. 
, David, 66, 97, 111, 121, 147, 

160, 169, 189, 207, 214, 217, 226, 

237, 245, 257, 263, 277, 278, 296, 

312. 343, 348, 370, 387. 

, Dea. Ephraim, 14. 

, Joshua, 72, 85, 97, 111, 169, 



207, 245, 263, 271, 296, 312, 369, 
388. 
, Samuel, 14, 15, 32, 58, 66, SO, 

97, 111, 122, 133, 134, 157, 160, 

188, 189, 278. 

Parishes, petitions for incorporation 
of, 389, 390. 394, 395. 

Parker, Timothv, 11, 12, 20, 21, 57, 
59. 

Parks, John, 168, 298. 

Patch, Stephen, 392. 

Patch's tavern, Worcester, 338. 

Patterson, James, 171, 188-196, 199, 
200, 203-207, 209, 228, 246, 247, 
272 329. 

Paysdn, Rev. John, 27, 40, 41, 43- 
46, 50, 54, 55, 61, 62, 68, 69, 77, 
82, 83, 89, 90, 100-102, 116-118, 
132, 133, 159, 160, 170, 173, 174, 
182, 183, 185, 186, 200-202, 210, 
211, 215-217, 224, 227, 235, 236, 
256-258, 269-272, 286, 287, 289, 
305-308, 310, 314, 323-325, 327, 
355, 356, 361, 379-381, 386, 389. 

Pearce, see Parce. 

Pearl Hill, 292, 294, 298. 

Penneman, Capt. Peter, 347, 376. 

Perlev, Eliphalet, 342, 348. 

, Mr., 270, 284. 

Perlv, Moses, 72. 

Perry, Lieut. Asa, 85, 89-91, 95, 96, 

98, 99, 102, 111, 117, 122, 132, 
134, 146, 151, 157, 168, 170, 171, 
175, 176, 180, 181, 183, 186, 188, 

189, 199, 201, 202, 207, 209, 217 
{?), 220, 221, 225, 229, 232-237, 
239, 241, 244-246, 262, 263, 270, 
278, 289, 296, 299, 300, 312, 313, 
322, 326, 330, 334, 335, 340, 342, 
346, 350, 352, 353, 356, 359, 369, 
373, 375, 377, 378, 381, 382, 385. 

, Aseph (?), 217. 

, Nathan, 320, 375. 



Petition for annexation to Lunen- 
jjurg, 389, 390. 

for first meeting-house, 389, 390. 

Petitions to General Court, 322, 333- 

337, 399, 400. 
Pews, 26-29, 52, 53, 71, 75, 77, 78. 
Phelps, Eliiah, 203. 
, Joseph, 147, 188, 202, 226, 245, 

260, 273, 297, 298, 307, 313, 325, 

327, 329. 332, 345, 366, 373, 385, 

387. 
Phillips, Blanev. 312, 332, 343, 345, 

386. 
, Lieut. Setb, 208, 220, 277, 342, 

344-348, 353, 354, 358, 359, 362- 

364, 367, 394. 
Pierce, see Parce. 
Pine Hill, 73. 
Pingrev, Stephen, 298, 384. 

, Stephen, Jr., 349, 369, 391. 

Pollev, Ebenezer, 109, 188, 207, 288. 
, Joseph, 70, 101, 109, 111, 188, 

220, 245, 277, 296, 312, 324, 326, 

330, 353. 
Pool, Joshua, 42, 43. 
Poole, James, 4, 14, 21, 30, 60, 76, 

78, 97, 101, 103, 108, 111, 119, 

121, 122, 134, 147, 148, 160, 167, 

169, 170, 183, 204, 207, 258, 263, 

386. 
Pound, 20, 28, 57, 59. 
Powder, 104. 
Pratt, David, 220, 299, 307, 381, 

387, 388. 

, Silas, 399. 

Preaching, before the settlement of 

Rev. Mr. Pavson, 9, 10, 18-21, 20, 

27, 35, 30, 38-42. 

in westerly part, 310, 314. 

Prescott, Hon.' Oliver, 281, 293, 318. 
Presidential electors, 392, 393. 
Prices of lal^or, etc., fixed, 0, 139- 

145, 109, 193, 190-198, 203, 204, 
207, 210, 220, 236, 277, 383. 

Priest, John, 207, 209, 228. 

, Joshua, 32. 

Proprietors' land, 300. 

Province Land, 375. 

Provincial Congress, 101, 102. 104, 
106-108, 114, 115. 

Puffer, Jacob, 32. 

Pulpit, 38, 54, 55. 

Punch Brook, 49, 51. 

Putnam, Dea. Daniel, 72, 118, 121, 
133, 134, 137, 138, 147, 157, 168, 
181, 188, 202, 217, 225, 230, 232- 
234, 237-244, 246, 247, 249, 257- 
260, 263, 265, 207, 208, 277, 279, 
288, 290, 302-304, 300, 309, 311, 
310-3^0, 322, 324, 325, 328, 330- 



Index. 



413 



Putnam, Daniel — Continued : 
333, 335, 338-342, 34-5, 347, 348, 
350, 352, 354, 356-361, 363, 364, 
367, 368, 379, 381, 382, 389. 

, Lieut. John, 64, 66, 67, 74, 75, 

78, 117, 122, 189, 199, 217, 257, 
306, 387. 

Records transferred, 30, 69-71. 

Reed, William, 344, 349. 

Remonstrance to General Court, 161- 
165. 

Representatives in Congress of United 
States, 392, 393, 396-398. 

in General Court, 2, 99, 115, 

116, 118, 124, 125. 136, 137, 218, 
251, 252, 266, 267, 285, 286, 304, 
318, 319, 350, 351, 355, 357, 378, 
379, 402. 

in Provincial Congress, 102, 



107-109, 114, 115. 
Rhode Island, soldiers for, 194-196, 

199, 201, 205. 
Richardson, James, 15. 

, Joseph, 382, 384. 

road, 384. 

Rider, WilHam, 123, 296. 

Ridge, the, 171. 

Rights, statement of, 92-95. 

River. 16, 17, 33, 52, 53, 76. 78, 88. 

Ruggles, Timothy, 2. 

Russell, Asa, 242. 

, EH, 210, 226, 227. 

, Jonathan, 147, 226, 277, 287- 

289, 296, 373. 
, Rev. Mr., 10. 



Sabbath breaking, see worship. 
Safety, Committee of, 132, 147, 

225. 
Salem, residents of, 51, 98. 
Samson, Jonathan, 397. 
Sanderson, Samuel, 14. 
Savi^ver, Abner, 309, 349, 369. 

, Jabez, 369, 386. 

, Joseph, 83, 90, 118, 133, 

184, 207, 217, 277, 327, 387. 

, Luke, 369, 387. ' 

, Nathaniel, 394. 

-, Phinehas, 83, 85, 90, 206, 



148, 



209, 

, Phinehas, Jr., 80, 85, 99- 

103, 104, 106-110, 120, 123, 
170, 204, 211, 217, 226. 229- 
238, 239, 242-244, 247-256, 
259, 261-263, 268. 270-272, 
279, 287, 288, 290, 296, 300, 
325, 327-329, 342, 360, 366, 
372, 373, 381, 383, 385, 388. 

Scales, 266, 267. 



168, 



207, 

101, 
149, 
235, 
258, 
274, 
311, 
370, 



School districts, 83, 89, 91. 

houses, 82, 83, 217, 283, 284. 

houseon Thomas Cowdin's land, 

217. 

land, 190, 191, 193, 269, 271. 



Schools, 7, 17, 19, 21, 26, 27, 40, 
42, 43, 54, 55, 61-64, 68, 69, 77, 
78, 82, 83, 89-91, 100-102, 116, 
117, 132, 133, 159, 160, 167, 170, 
182, 183. 185. 190. 191, 200-202, 
216-218, 235, 236, 256, 257, 269, 
270, 286, 288, 305, 306, 323, 325, 
326, 355-357, 379. 381. 

Scott, Edward, 48-53, 102, 106, 107. 
171, 172, 289, 382. 

Sexton, 113, 114. 

Shattuck, Capt., 334. 

, Simeon, 269, 353. 

Sheldon, Amos, 342, 346. 

road, 87. 

Shepley, see Shiple. 

Shiple, John, 299, 342. 

Shirley, 139, 307. 

, church in, 45. 

Simonds, John, 387. 

Simons, Joseph, 312. 

Singers, 276, 279, 280, 310, 314. 

Singing. 351, 352. 

Singletary, Amos, 215, 376. 

Small, Samuel, 188. 

, William, 67, 74, 147, 183, 188, 

207, 226. 

Sm.all-pox hospital, 132. 

Smith, Eli, 344, 374. 

, Capt. Elisha, 354, 355, 391. 

, Ephraim, 48-50, 58, 331-333, 

344, 354, 390, 391, 394, 395. 
-, Mrs. Ephraim, 332, 343, 344, 



394, 395. 
— , Ichabod, 58, 72, 73, 80. 
— , Israel, 332, 344. 
— , Jonas, 332, 345. 
— , Jonathan, 72, 111. 
-, Reuben, 60. 85, 97, 149, 263, 



306, 312, 314, 315, 317-323, 325- 
328, 330-332, 335, 340, 341, 348, 
349, 366, 369, 372, 374, 376, 377, 
379, 380, 384, 385, 389, 391-394, 
397. 

Snow, Dr. Peter, 361. 

, Silas, 4, 14, 66, 76, 78, 85, 87, 

88, 111-113, 122, 170. 

Soldiers, 101, 105-109, 112, 119, 
152, 156, 157, 159, 162-164, 167, 
173, 176, 194-196, 199, 201, 203- 
205, 210, 212-214, 216, 217, 222- 
225, 227, 228, 231, 238, 241, 242, 
248, 249, 253, 254, 258, 260,401, 
402. 

Solley, John, 238. 



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Index. 



vSonth Companv, 154, 167, 176. 

Spafford, Joseph, 4, 14, 15, 32, 66, 
68, 111, 121. 

S]:)ecial Court of Sessions of the 
Peace, 153-155. 

Sprague, Hon. John, 393. 

State officers, elections of, 214, 215, 
230, 231, 250, 251, 264, 266, 280, 
281, 292, 293, 317, 318, 346-348, 
375, 376. 

Stearns, Col. Abijah, 139. 

, Capt. Tosiah, 208. 

, Josiah' 318. 

, Thomas, 72, 111, 121, 147, 

151, 152, 154, 161. 162, 168, 170, 
183, 184, 188, 197, 202, 246, 248, 
257, 258, 262, 264, 267, 270-272, 
274-277, 280, 281, 283, 287-289, 
291, 293, 295, 296, 299, 300, 303, 
306, 307, 311, 316, 318-320, 324, 
325, 327, 328, 330, 333, 335, 341, 
344, 369, 370, 372, 381, 382, 387. 

, William, 100. 

-, Dea. WilHam, 139. 



Sterling, residents of, 334. 
Stevens, Jesse, 382, 384. 
Steward, Penjamin, 326. 

, Jacob, 14, 24. 

, Phinehas, 4, 14, 15, 17-20, 23- 

25, 32, 48, 53, 57, 59, 64, 66. 
-, Solomon, 4, 14, 23, 27, 32, 48, 



58, 62, 64, 66, 72, 74, 78, 80-86, 
92, 93, 97, 99, 102, 109, 111, 114, 
117, 119, 121, 133, 134, 147, 160, 
169, 170, 189, 209, 210. 
-, William, 4, 15, 32, 58, 60, 80, 



209, 272. 

Stewart, see Steward. 

Sticknev, Oliver, 86, 87, 122, 123, 
168, 183, 188, 217, 225, 232-235, 
238, 239, 241, 244, 246-248, 252, 
253, 255, 256, 258, 259, 262-265, 
267, 270-272, 275-277, 279-281, 
283, 286-288, 291-293, 295, 302- 
304, 306-308, 311, 312, 315, 325, 
327, 330, 350, 361, 366, 370, 378, 
381-383, 388. 

Stocks, 266, 268. 

Stone, Dea. Joseph, 290, 347, 376. 

, Liither, 361. 

Storey, Solomon, 388. 

Subscription for Rev. John Pavson, 
172, 173. 

Sutton, letter from, 283, 284. 



Tafts, Bezaleel, 348. 
Tavlor, Dr. John, 99, 118. 

'-, Jonathan, 209. 

Tea at Boston, 92, 94, 95. 



Tea — Continued : 

, license to sell, 238. 

Thompson, Charles, 131. 

Thurlo, Moses, 23, 24, 27, 32-34, 
49, 50, 52, 55, 57, 59, 78. 

, Capt. William, 32-34, 48, 49, 

52, 57-59, 66, 72, SO, 85, 97, 111, 
112, 121, 122, 124-126, 131, 133, 
135, 136, 146, 147, 151, 157, 183, 
185, 195, 197, 204-206, 214, 215, 
219-221, 223, 232, 233, 236, 237. 

Thurston, Daniel, 226. 

, Ebenezer, 72, 73, 97, 111, 172, 

296, 308, 349, 369. 

, Dea. John, 27, 29, 31, 33, 34, 

39-41, 43, 45, 50, 53, 58, 59, 61, 
62, 64-72, 80-83, 85, 87, 109, 111, 
134, 164, 174, 197, 198, 207, 217, 
220, 221, 224, 225, 231, 237, 247, 
258, 279, 316, 329, 366. 

, John, Jr., 244, 248, 262, 263, 

267, 270, 271, 274, 276, 288, 308, 
342, 348, 349, 356, 369, 374, 376, 
377, 379, 380, 381, 384, 388, 389, 
391-394, 396. 397. 

, Stephen, 231, 369, 394. 

-, Lieut. Thomas, 226, 247, 342, 



348, 349, 374, 394. 
Tidmash, William, 271. 
Town line, 1, 8, 15, 51, 60, 67, 86, 

88, 122, 268. 282, 300, 324, 326, 

384, 392-394, 396, 397. 
meetings, manner of warning, 

28, 30, 153, 154, 161, 162, 176, 

177, 179, 193, 219, 220, 228-230. 
Townsend, 1, 8, 139. 

Upton, Caleb, 32, 48-50, 59, 60. 

, David, 60. 

, Ezra, 60, 98, 162, 163, 164, 

185, 186; heirs of, 385, 394. 
-, Jacob, 172, 188, 198, 199, 202, 



208, 209, 217, 244, 262, 278, 295, 

296, 310, 312-315, 326, 342, 343, 

382, 385, 395. 
— , John, 272, 278, 288, 296, 312, 

342, 369, 387. 
— , Widow Marv, 65, 68. 
— , Oliver, 119, 147. 
— , Robert, 373. 



Venen, John, 226, 373. 

. Joseph, 208, 209, 226, 268, 

269, 281, 282. 

Voters, qualifications of, 38, 39, 115, 
124, 214, 218, 280, 285, 304, 317, 
318, 346, 378, 395. 

required to vote on constitu- 
tional convention, 195. 



Index. 



415 



Walker, James, 207, 226, 245. 

, Joseph, 97, 101, 103, 106, 108- 

117, 120, 121, 123. 125, 126, 132, 
134-136, 139, 146, 147, 149, 152- 
154, 157, 159, 160, 162, 163, 165, 
167, 168, 171, 174, 183, 184, 189, 
198, 201, 204, 206, 214, 216-218, 
221, 227-229, 246. 

, Mr., 221. 

-, Samuel, 24, 78. 



Walpole, chmxh in, 45. 

Ward, Hon. Artemas, 393, 396, 398. 

, Capt. Samuel, 149, 312, 347. 

Wares, Jonathan, 207, 245, 278. 
W^arner, Hon. Jonathan, 293. 
Warren, Hon. James, 376. 

, Hon. lonathan, 393. 

Washburn," Col. Seth, 231, 251,281, 

293, 348, 376, 393. 
Wate, John, 401. 

Watertown, General Court at, 124. 
, Provincial Congress at, 114, 

115. 
Weights and measures, 31, 47, 65, 

68, 119, 266, 267. 
Welsh, Jacob, 392. 
West Point, soldiers for, 242. 
Westerly part, preaching in, 310, 

314. 
Westminster, 295, 380. 
, annexation of part of, 301, 

302, 380. 

, church in, 45. 

, letter from, 287. 

line, 1, 324, 392, 393, 396. 

-, taxes claimed bv, 283, 284. 



Wetherbee, Daniel, 327, 342. 

, Jonathan, 149. 

, Joseph, 149, 150. 

, Lieut. Paul, 1, 148, 168, 171, 

188, 226, 270, 289, 297, 307, 311, 
317-320, 322, 324, 327, 328, 331, 
335, 336, 339, 341, 342. 344-350, 
352, 354, 356-358, 361, 363, 364, 
367-369, 371, 374, 376, 377, 379, 
380, 388, 389, 391-394, 396, 397. 

Wheeler, John, 271. 

, Joseph, 188, 262, 290. 

, Mr., 208. 

Whitcomb, Levi, 60. 

, Widow, 87, 122, 123, 149, 312. 

White, John, 1, 4-9, 11-13, 15, 17, 
27, 30, 32-34, 39-41, 53, 59, 66, 
67, 69-71, 73, 74, 105. 

Whitnev, David, 263. 

, Ephraim, 1, 3-7, 10, 13-15. 

, Ezra, 4. 

, Landlord, 303. 

, Rev. Peter, 10, 18, 19, 25, 27. 



Whitney, Zachariah, 97, 111. 

, Zachariah, Jr., 74. 

Whitemore, David, 245, 278, 353. 
Wild animals, bounty for, 182. 
(or non-resident) land, tax on, 

13, 16, 22, 25, 48, 59. 
Wilder, Hon. Abel, 318, 347, 376, 

393, 396. 

, Thomas, 34. 

, Titus, 148, 202. 

Wilkens, Uriah, 373. 

Willard, Abraham, 86, 123, 231, 232, 

241, 248, 253, 254, 312, 353, 356, 

361, 381. 
, Charles, 48, 66, 80, 121, 148, 

150, 151, 169, 288, 353, 394. 

, Daniel, 268, 269, 282, 353. 

, Elijah, 268, 269, 281, 282, 334- 

336, 338. 350, 353, 361. 

, Reuben, 373 

, Secretary, heirs of, 74. 

, Thomas, 73, 74. 

-, Timothy, 373. 



Williams, Levi, 373. 

, Lydia, 297, 307, 313, 325, 344, 

374. 
-, Submit, 297, 309. 



Winch, David, 209. 

Wiswell, Noah, 70, 78, 264, 283- 
285, 300, 372. 

Witt, Isaiah, 14-16, 19, 24, 25, 31, 
35, 36, 38, 40, 43, 47, 50-52, 57, 
59, 69, 72, 74-77, 79, 81, 86, 90. 

Wood, Bezaleel, 373. 

, Ensign, Capt. Jonathan, 1, 4, 

7, 14, 15, 17-19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 
32, 33, 48, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 66, 
69, 74, 78, 80, 83, 85, 90, 97, 
109-111, 121, 125, 147, 151, 157, 
160, 164, 167-169, 188, 189, 191, 
193, 195, 202, 204, 206, 207, 210, 
211, 215, 217, 218, 220, 223-226, 
236, 237, 245, 258, 263, 271, 278, 
296, 312, 332, 340. 342, 343, 348, 
369. 

Woods, Barnabas, 26, 27. 

, Capt. Ebenezer, 72, 78, 80, 83, 

85, 89, 91-93, 96-98, 101, 102, 
104-106, 108, 110, 112, 113. 

Worcester, 309, 331, 391. 

, conventions at, 196-198, 250, 

251, 283, 284, 289, 338. 

countv, division of, 8, 287, 289, 



303. 
Worship, fines for not attending, 

368, 370. 
Worster, Moses, 87. 
Wright, Capt. Nathaniel, 264, 300. 



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