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DOCUMENTS AND RECORDS 



RELATING TO 



TOWNS m NEAV HAMPSHIRE; 



WITH AN APPENDIX 

EMBRACING THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS OF 1778- 

1779; AND OF 1781-1783; AND THE STATE 

CONSTITUTION OF 1 784. 



PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



VOLUME IX. 



COMPILED AND EDITED BY 

NATHANIEL BOUTON, D. D., 

Corresponding Secretary of the New Hampshire Historical Society. 



CONCORD, N. H. : 

CHARLES C. PEARSON, STATE PRINTER. 
1875. 



NOTICE. 



Joint Resolution, passed bj the Legislature of New Hampshire. 

Resolved by ike Senate a7id House of Representatives, in General 
Court convened, That His Excellency the Governor be hereby author- 
ized and empowered, with the advice and consent of the Council, to 
employ some suitable person, and fix his compensation, to be paid out 
of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, to collect, 
arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such portions 
of the early State and Provincial Records, and other State Pa- 
pers of New Hampshire, as the Governor may deem proper: and 
that eight hundred copies of each volume of the same be printed 
b}' the State Printer and distributed as follows : namely, one copy 
to each City and Town in the State, one copy to such of the Pub- 
lic Libraries of this State as the Governor may designate, two 
hundred copies to the New Hampshire Historical Society, and the re- 
mainder placed in the custody of the State Librarian, who is hereby 
authorized to exchange the same for similar publications issued by other 
States. 

Approved July 6, 1866. 



EDITOR'S PREFACE. 



The special value of this volume consists in the information 
which it contains and communicates, relating to Towns in 
New Hampshire. It will be found indispensable in every 
Town History. We are little aware, at this period, of the sac- 
rifices, trials, dangers and absolute sufferings which man^' of 
the early settlers endured in planting Towns in the interior of 
the State; where, literally, they often suffered "from savage 
beasts and more savage men." The border Towns were, for 
years, open to the incursions of Indians from Canada. Their 
earnest petitions to the Governor or to the General Assembly 
for help, clearly reveal to us their dangers and distresses. Be- 
sides this source of trial, others arose from disputes about 
boundary lines, the location of meeting-houses, the settling of 
ministers, irregularities in town meetings, &c. The volume 
is of great value, as giving the names of many, and in some 
cases, all the male inhabitants of the Towns, from which pe- 
titions were sent. These will enable descendants to trace 
their connexion with the early settlers. 

The volume, also, has an important value, in that, in the 
Appendix, it gives in full, all known facts relating to the 
Constitutional Conventions in 1778-1783, which resulted in 
the establishment of the first Constitution after the Revolution, 
1784. The Editor is not aware that the facts herein have 
ever before been published, in connexion. He asks attention 
to the Note subjoined to the first and second articles of the 
Bill of Rights, on pages 896-89S. 

In examining these "Town Papers," readers will often do 
well to refer to the Provincial and State Papers in preceding 
volumes, of corresponding date, from which, in some cases, 
additional information will be obtained. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

The contents of the several MS. Volumes from which the following 
printed pages are transcribed, are noted and kept distinct herein as in 
the original. Thus : 

VOLUME I. 

ACWORTH TO CHICHESTER, pp. I-I27. 

ACWORTH. 

Pages. 

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard and Jona. Blanchard 1-2 
Petition of Jona. Blanchard for extension of the charter 

of Acworth, 1772 ...... 2 

Gov. Wentworth's warrant to inspect the settlement in 

Acworth, May, 1772 ^ 

List of families and settlers in Acworth, according to 

report of inspectors 4 

ALSTEAD. 

A true list of the inhabitants settled in Alstead, 1771 — 

names r 

Petition in relation to an extension of the charter . :;-6 



AMHERST. 
Request of the inhabitants of Souhegan West for a 
guard to defend them from the French and Indians, 
1744 



VI GENERAL CONTENTS. 

Pages. 
Memorial of Rev. Daniel Wilkins for like aid, 1744 . 7 

Petition for protection against the Indians, 1747 — sign- 
ers' names (i) . . . . . . . S 

Petition for aid from inhabitants of Monson (after- 
wards incorporated, in part, with Amherst) — 
names, 1747 ....... 9 

Petition of Monson for annexation of a tract of land to 

them — names, 1754 • • • • • • 10 

Petition of Monson to be exempt from taxes, 1 753 . 1 1 

Petition of certain persons for annexation to Monson 

— names . . . . • . . • 12 

Petition of selectmen of Amherst for extension of its 
charter. 1761 ....... 

Petition for pay for taking inventory of Lyndeborough, 

1762 13 

Proposals of accommodation between Monson and Am- 
herst, 1763 ........ 14 

Letter of Rev. Daniel Wilkins, relating to Amherst 

for a shire-town, 1767 . . . . . . 14, 15 

Vote of Monson for a division and annexation to Am- 
herst and to HoUis, and Petition for the aforesaid 
division ........ 16 

Petition to be disannexed from Amherst, 1771 — names 17 

Petition against division of the town, 1771 — names . 17-19 
Vote of Amherst in favor of annexing Monson, 1766 . 30 
Petition of John Shepard, jun., town clerk, in behalf 

of Amherst, 1771 20 

Petition for a road from Charlestown to Amherst, 1773 21 
Petition of inhabitants of Hillsborough county in rela- 
tion to John Holland, 1774 ..... 31-24 
Petition of Monson to be restored to its original char- 
ter — names. 17S3 ....... 34-26 

(i) Readers are reminded that names of persons in the same town, 
which arc frequently repeated, as signers of petitions or otherwise, are 
not uniformly noted by page in the Index; but are indicated by a - 
mark between the pages where they arc found ; but every name in a par- 
ticular town will be found in the Index once or more. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. VI 1 

ATKINSON AND PLAISTOW (i). 

Pages. 

Petition from Plaistow, relating- to difficulty of attending 

public worship, 1766 — names .... 36. 37 

Petition relating to a site for a meeting-house — names. 

1764 28 

Petition to be set ofl' as a parish — names, 1766 . . 29 

Reasons of Daniel Hadley and Joshua Emery against 

a division ........ 30 

Memorial of inhabitants of Haverhill to the people of 

Plastow. 1767 — names . . . . . . 31 

Information from Plaistow. to the Governor. &c., 1766 

— names . . . . . . . . 32 

Joseph Page, Eben'' Eaton and Joseph Parker, against 

a division, 1767 ....... 32, 33 

Petition of inhabitants of Plaistow. with reasons for be- 
ing set off' in a distinct parish — names . . . 33-35 

Petition of sundry persons to be polled oft" from Atkin- 
son to Plaistow — names ..... 36 

Memorial of inhabitants of Plaistow against a new town. 

&c. — names ........ 37 

Report of a committee of Plaistow, about the meeting- 
house, 1766 ........ 38 

Persons in Plaistow who desire to have the town remain 

undivided . . . . . . . • 3S, 39 

Asa Haseltine against a division of the town . . 39 

Number of people in Atkinson and in Plaistow . . 39 

James White ; reasons for wishing to remain in Plaistow 40 

List of Baptists in Plaistow — names .... 41 



HARRINGTON. 

List of the original proprietors of Barrington . . 41-45 

Peti^on for power to raise money . . . . 45, 46 

of Thomas Shepard ..... 46 

of John McMath and Thos. Shepard . . 47 

of selectmen of Barrington, for a representative 48 

(i) The papers relating to these towns are intermixed. Ed. 



via 



GENERAL CO.NTENTS. 



Pages. 
Petition of Garland and I^rewster for a Congregational 

Parish ......... 48, 49 



BEDFORD. 

Petition of people in Souhegan-East for protection- 
names of families, 1744 .... 
Petition of Presbyterians in Bedford, 1750 — names 
Petition of people in Bedford, for a Proprietors' meet 

ing 

Petition for a tax on their land, for a meeting-house, &c 
Petition of James Caldwell, for a town meeting, &c 
Petition of Selectmen and Committee of Safety, against 
John Houston's taking an oath, 1778 



50 

52 

5- 
53 
54 

.-6 



BENNINGTON. 

Mr. Samuel Robinson's petition for a tax, 1763 



56. 57 



BOSCAWEN. 
Petition of Contoocook, Penacook and Canterbury fo 

protection against the Indians, 1747 
Contoocook petition for aid, 1744 — names . 
Petition for appointment of military officers — names 
for a land tax for support of a minister, 1747 
for authority to collect taxes . 
for a Justice of the Peace, 1766 — names . 



S8. 



60, 



59 
59 
60 
61 
62 



BOW (O. 

Bow remonstrance against against Rumford petition for 

incorporation, i749-!^o ..... 
Perambulation of Bow town lines 
Petition of Selectmen of Bow, 1753 . 
Warrants relating to taxes, &c., 1753 . 



(i) By error, the head-line on pp. 63-76 is 
should be Bow. Ed. 



Boscawen. 



62 

63 
63.64 
6s, 66 

which 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of agents of Bow for a loan of money, 1754 
Vote for a loan to Proprietors of Bow . 
An act relating to Bow, taxes, &c., 1755 
Petition for a new survey of lots . 
Inventory of Bow and Canterbury, 1761 
Petition of Edward Russel and others, 1764 
Petition of Joseph Baker and Philip Eastman, 1764 
Petition of Selectmen of Bow, not to be rated with Con 
cord, 1767 ....... 



Pages. 




67 




68 


68 


-70 


7'' 


r- 


73' 


74 


74' 


75 




IS 



76 



BRENTWOOD. 
Namesof persons in Brentwood desiring a Parish, 1743 • 76, 77 
Petition of inhabitants in the North part of Brentwood 

about a meeting-house, 1743 — names . . 77~79 

Petition of Elisha Sanborn, in relation to Brentwood, 

1745 ^o 

Remonstrance against Keeneborough patent . . 80-S3 

Charter of Keeneborough 83, 86 

Petition of Selectmen of Keeneborough, 1748 • • 84, 85 
Petition of inhabitants of Brentwood, to be set oft' as a 

Parish, 1764 — names . . . . . . 85, 86 

CANTERBURY. 

Vote of town meeting, 1738 ..... 86 

Petition of proprietors of Canterbury, about a road, 1 741 87 

of proprietors of Canterbury for a bridge, 1743 88, 89 
of Canterbury men for wages, 1754 . . 90 

of Canterbury for remission of tax, 1754 • 91 

of Selectmen for remission of taxes, 1756 . 92 

relating to the original charter . . -92,93 

Petition of Archelaus Moor and others to be set oft' to 

Canterbury, 1764 ....... 94 

Petition of Abiel Foster about Town Records, 1774 . 95 

CHARLESTOWN, No. 4. 
Letter to Cols. Willard and Hinsdale, 1743 — names . 96, 97 
Petition of John Spatlbrd, &c., for aid, 1744 . • 97 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition of Selectmen for a road, 1768 

of Timothy Lovell about an island, 1770 
of Benjamin Page for a Ferry, 1771 

Petition of John Nott, and of Simeon Alcott for 
Ferry, 1771 ...... 



Pages. 
98 
99 



CHESTER. 

Petition in behalf of the Proprietors of Chester, 1726, 

with Minutes of Council thereon 
Petition of Selectmen, relating to town bounds, 1726 
Report on petition for a road, &c., 1743 . 
Petition of Chester in relation to salary of ministers, 

&c.. 1740 ....... 

Petition for aid of soldiers .... 

Petition of John Talford and Tho' Wells, for protec 

tion, 1748 ....... 

Minutes of Chester Town meeting, 1 753 . 

Petition of Andrew Craige, in relation to taxes 

1757 

Advertisement of town meeting, &c., 1763 

Petition of North Parish, to be set off, &c., 1763— 

names ....... 

Petition for a new Parish, 1763 — names . 

Petition to confirm bounds of Long Meadow Par 

ish, 1 771 ....... 

Meeting of freeholders and inhabitants — names 

Memorandum of agreement, 1772 . 

Answer to a petition for a Parish being set off, 1772 

Bounds of Long Meadow Parish, 1772 

Further petitions, relating to the same, 1773 — names 

Petition of Daniel Foster for a Ferry 



t03, 



102 
103 
104 

105 
106 

107 
107 

108 
109 

no 

III, 112 

114 

116 

117 

1 17-120 

120 



CHESTERFIELD. 

Memorial relating to the estate of John Wheelwright, 

of Boston . . . . , . , . 120, [21 

Petition of Josiah Willard about the same . . 122 



GENERAL CONTENTS. XI 

CHESWICK, NOW LITTLETON. 

Pages. 
Petition of Moses Little and associates for extension 

of charter ....... 123 



CHICHESTER. 

Charter of Chichester 

Petition for extension thereof — names 

confirmation of charter . 

liberty to assess taxes 
Note by the Editor. •' Coulerain" 



133 

126 

136, 127 

127 



VOLUME IL 

CONCORD TO EXETER, pp. 1 28-274. 



CONCORD. 
Petition from Ebenezer Eastman for protection from 

the Indians, 1746 ..... 
Copy of Rumford petition for defence, &c.. 1744 
Petition for aid by Benj. Rolfe, Esq., 1745 
Petition of inhabitants for like purpose, 1747 — name 
Petition of Capt. Ebenezer Eastman for same . 
Petition of Joseph Pudney, for service 
Letter of Rev. Timothy Walker to Archibald Stark 
Petition of Ezra Carter in behalf of Rumford . 
Letter of Jere. Stickney, Esq.. relating to Bow 
Petition of Rev. Tim" Walker in behalf of Rumford i 

of Selectmen, relating to taxation, &c. 

to be annexed to Hillsboroug^h countv . 



130, 



128 
129 

133 

133 

134 

34- 135 

35' 136 

36, 137 

13S 

139 



CONWAY. 

List of original Proprietors of Conway — names, &c. 141, 143 
List of settlers that have families, &c. . . . 144 

Memorial from Fryburg, Brownfield and Conway, 

1776 144' H5 



GENERAL COXTENTS. 
CORNISH. 



Pages. 
Petition of Jon'' Chase for a grant of Hart Island, 

1772 145' 146 



DEERFIELD. 

Petition of inhabitants in relation to a tax — names . 147 

for a tax, with reasons therefor, 1773 . . 147, 148 

Petition for appointment of a Justice of the Peace, 

1774 — names ....... 149 

Petition of southerly part of Deeriield for a Parish, 

1774 — names . . . . . . , 150 



DERRYFIELD. 

Note 151 

Petition of inhabitants rchiting to town meeting, 

1766 — names ....... 152, 153 



DOVER. 

Extracts from the Records of Dover, 1643 . . 153, 154 

Petition for bridging Cochecho and Lamprey rivers 154 

Letter to the selectmen of Dover and Exeter about a 

bridge ; Accts. of pretenders to land at Cochecho 

Point ........ 155 

Petition about a Grammar School at Dover (i) . 155, 156 

of Selectmen, relating to a bridge, 1723 . 156 

Petition and complaint against Richard Waldron, 

Esq. 157. 1 58 

Petition of inhabitants of the N. E. part of Dover for 

a Parish, 1729 — names . . . . . . 159, 160 

Petition of Eleazer Weare in behalf of inhabitants in 

N. E. part of Dover, 1729 . . . . 160 

Petition of Paul Gerrish and others relating to frauds 

and forgeries, 1729 — names .... 161. 162 

(i) By error, the date, 1772, should be 1722. Ed. 



GENEKAL CONTENTS. xHl 

Pages. 
Action of General Assembly, and Report of Com- 
mittee thereon, 1729 ...... 163, 163 

Report about frauds in Dover Town book, 1731 . 163-167 
Petition of Proprietors of Hilton's Point, 1731 — 

names ........ 167, 168 

Petition of people in Dover and other towns for a 

Township, 1733 — names ..... 1 68-1 71 

Petition for a grant of land, 1754 — names . . 171, 172 

List of the training men under Capt. Tho' Millet. 

1740 173' 174 

List of the second foot company of Dover, 1740 . 174, 17c 
List of the troopers under Capt. Tristram Coffin, in 

Dover, 1740 . . . . . . . . 176 

Petition against a new Parish, 1744 — names . • I'J^-, i^J 

for leave to have a Lottery, for a bridge, 1760 177 

Petition for a bridge to cross Bellamy's Bank, 1756 

— names 178, 179 

Petition in relation to being set oft' in a separate 

county, 176S 180 

Petition relating to a bridge, 1770 — names . . iSi, 183 

Petition relating to bridges, 1773 — names . . 184, 185 

Petition relating to rocks in Salmon-falls river, 1779, 

names 185-1S7 

DORCHESTER. 

Petition of John House for extension of time to make 

their settlement, 1771 ..... 187 

Petition for a new charter, 1772 .... 188 



DUBLIN. 
Petition to be incorporated into a township, 1771 . 188 

DUNBARTON. 

Petition of Capt. Caleb Page, of Starkstown, 1763 . 189 

Petition in relation to a school lot, 1774, with resolve 

of General Assembly 190, 191 

Petition of Caleb Page relating thereunto, 1774 . 191-193 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



DUNSTABLE. 

Petition of Inhabitants of Pine Hill, 1763 
Votes at a town meeting in Dunstable, 1763 
Petition of inhabitants of West Parish of Dunstable 

for a garrison and men, 1744 — names 
Petition for protection against the Indians, 1744 

in relation to a certain tract of land 
Copy of an Indian Deed, 1671 

Petition relating to conflicting town meetings, 1748 
Petition for dividing the Province into Counties, 1754 

— names ....... 

Warning for a town meeting, proceedings, &c 

1760 ........ 

Samuel Hobart, attorney for Dunstable, 1763 . 
Answer to a petition of inhabitants of Dunstable to 

be set off to HoUis, 1763 .... 
Petition of Zacheus Lovewell and Joseph Blanch 

ard, 1758 (I) 

(i) By error, 176S. Ed. 
Petition of Joseph Blanchard, 1762 . 
Wm. Brown's letter and power of attorney 
Proceedings at Town meetings 
Letter to Hon. Henry Sherburne 
Papers relating to the settlement of Rev. Samuel 

Bird ....... 

List of qualified voters in Dunstable 
Names of persons who voted for Rev. Mr. Bird 
Names of those who voted against him, &c. 
Votes at Town meetings, &c. .... 

Petition relating to an illegal Town meeting 
Sundry names, in Dunstable .... 

Minutes of Town meeting .... 

Assent to Jos. Blanchard's petition, and Remon 

strance against it .... . 
Petition of Jon'' Lovewell, in answer to Jos. Blanch 

ard's ........ 

Petition to send a Representative 

Petition of people in the west part of Dunstable to 

be annexed to Hollis ..... 



1760 



Pages. 

193 

194 

194 

196 
196, 197 



202 
203 

204-206 

206 

207 

208 

20S-210 

210 

211 

21 1 

213 

213-214 

215 

216 

219 

219-221 



222 
224 

126, 227 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition relating to another hearing . 
Petition against annexation to Hollis 
Proceedings at town meetings . 



Pages. 

228 
229-23 I 
^31-234 



DURHAM. 

Petition for incorporation as a town . 
Ecclesiastical document, 1723 .... 
Petition of aggrieved inhabitants of Oyster River 
Petition of Francis Mathes and others for a new 

Parish 

Names of soldiers in Durham under Capt. John 

Smith ....... 

Petition of Daniel Meader, 1745 ■ ' ■ 

Petition of Joseph Thomas and others, about a fraud 

ulent election ...... 

Petition for a highway ..... 



234 
235 

237 

238 

240 
241 

242 
243 



EPPING. 
Petition of inhabitants for protection 



245, 246 



EPSOM. 

An Act to invest Proprietors of Epsom with town 

rights ........ 246 

Petition of John Weeks ...... 247 

Petition for abating the Province tax . . . 248 

Proceedings at town meetings ..... 249-250 



EXETER.* 
Combination at Exeter, 1639 • 
Elders' or Rulers' Oath .... 
Oath of the people ..... 
Request for a town meeting and a new Parish 
Petition for a Parish — names . 



See Note hy the Editor, at the close of General Content 



250 

251 

252 

252 

253-257 



xVi 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Counter petition — names ..... 
Petition for Parish privileges — names 

Remonstrance against 

Warrant for town meeting — other remonstrances 
Report on location of a meeting-house 
Brentwood petition about Parish lines 
Petition of Andi'ew Gilman and others — names 
Brentwood to pay Province tax to Exeter . 
Report of a Committee about Brentwood meeting 
house ...... 

Joint petitions, &c., (relating to Brentwood) 
Remonstrance — names .... 

Agreement of parties (in Brentwood) 
Survey of a Parish in Brentwood 



Pages. 

257 
258 
260 
261-26^ 
26"^ 
266 
267 
268 

269 
270-273 

273 
280 
290 



VOLUME III. 

EXETER TO JEFFERSON, pp. 275-43O. 



EXETER— CONTINUED. 

Petition of Andrew Gilman and others about a meet- 
ing-house, 1743 — names ..... 

Petition of sundry persons in Exeter for support of a 
minister among themselves .... 

Petition to be exempted from support of a minister 
not of their choice — names .... 

Petition in answer to that, praying for exemp- 
tion, &c. ........ 

Replication to the foregoing 

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Exeter, to be incor- 
porated into a new Parish — names 

Answer of the Town Committee of Exeter to the 
foregoing ........ 

Result and advice of an Ecclesiastical Council in 
Exeter, 1755 

Acceptance of the foregoing Result and Advice 



275 

277 

27s 

2S0 
284 

291 

293 

295 
297 



GENERAI, CONTENTS. 



.if^tition of John Odlin and others for power to call 
Parish meetings ...... 



Pages. 



297 



FRANCESTOWN. 

Petition for a land tax to build a meeting-house — 
names ........ 

FRANCONIA. 

Petition of John Wendell, agent for the town of 
Franconia ....... 

Petition of Alexander Phelps and others relating to 
forfeiture and re-grant of Franconia and Lin- 
coln 



299 



300 



301 



GILMANTON. 
Petition for power to levy a tax, &c. 



30a 



GILSUM. 

Vote of Westmoreland to set off a part of the inhab- 
itants to Gilsum ; vote of Gilsum to set off the 
west end of the town ; assent of inhabitants of 
Gilsum to be set off ..... . 

Petition for a new town — names .... 



303 
304 



GOFFSTOWN. 
Petition of Archibald Stark for soldiers to gua 



garrison at Amoskeag 
Votes at town meetings in Goflstown 
Petition for a Presbyterian Society — names 
Petition of inhabitants, 1772, relating to town dis 

putes — names ..... 
A town meeting called, Proceedings, &c. 
Petition for an emission of paper money . 
A Bank of paper currency 
ii 



d the 



306 

307 
307 ' 308 

308 

310. 311 

311 

313 



XVni GENERAL CONTENTS. 

GOSPORT. 

Petition to be exempt from paying taxes . 
Petition of Selectmen for remission of taxes 
Petition for a Lottery, for protecting the harbour- 
names ....... 



Pages. 

3H 
316 



GRANTHAM.* 

Petition of John Sargents for a new charter 
of Abel Stevens, for same 



3i» 
319 



GREENLAND. 

Petition of inhabitants for privileges 

Petition of sundry persons to be joined to Greenland 

parish ..... 

Petition for a grant of certain powers 

for a township 
Portsmouth votes relating to Greenland 
Petition of inhabitants of Breakfast Hill 

for extension of boundary lines 

relating to tax warrant 

for representation in the General Assembly 



321 



320 

321 
322 
322 
323 
324 
325 
326 

327 



GROTON, FORMERLY COCKERMOUTH. 

Petition of John Hale and Samuel Hobart for a re- 
grant ........ 

Memorial of James Gould and others 



328 
329 



HAMPSTEAD. 

Petition for a Parish ...... 331 

Vote of Kingston against setting ofl' a Parish . . 332 

Petition of Richard Hazzen about support of Rev. 

James Gushing ....... 333 

Petition of Edward Flint and others to be annexed, 

&c 334 



By error, head-line, "Gosport," p. 319, should be Grantham. Ed, 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



HAMPTON & HAMPTON-FALLS. 

Pages. 

Petition of Selectmen about taxes .... 335 
Petition of Abraham Drake and others about a tract 

of land, &c 336 

Certificate of Nathaniel VVeare — of Jabez Smith . 337 

Petition for leave to make a separate tax . . . 338 

Request relating to highways ..... 339 

Petition relating to a Parish ..... 340 

Petition of inhabitants of Hampton-falls for a tavern 341 

Petition for a new Parish ...... 343 

Concurrence therein — objections thereto . . . 345 
Petition of Hampton-falls for a Fair — grant thereof . 345-346 
Agreement relating to Rev. Ward Cotton 

Petition adverse to setting off a new Parish . . 347 

Reasons against the same ..... 348 

Names of persons in different towns who petitioned 
to be annexed to Massachusetts, 1739. viz., in 
Hampton, Kingston, Hampton-falls, Chester, 
Stratham. Exeter, Kensington, and^ Greenland* 349-356 
Reasons ofiered against a new district, and Remon- 
strance against the same ..... 356, 357 

Petition of persons formerly of Massachusetts to be 

annexed to Hampton-falls ..... 35S 

Petition of inhabitants of N. E. part of Hampton to 

be exempted from minister's tax . . . 359 
Petition of sundry persons to be annexed to Hamp- 
ton-falls 360 

Petition of persons in Haverhill not to be joined 

with Kingston ....... 361 

Notification of a Parish meeting to set off those who 

call themselves Presbyterians .... 362 

Petition for a Presbyterian Society .... 363 

Petition in answer to the foregoing petition . . 366 

Petition for a Presbyterian Society renewed . . 370 

An Act dividing Hampton-falls into two Parishes . 372 
Report of a Committee to fix the line between the 

two 373 



• The said names are not repeated in the Index. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Pagbs. 



Petition of the Parish of Hampton-falls in relation 

to delinquent tax-payers ..... 374 

Petition of Selectmen of Hampton-falls, to make a 

rate ......... 376 

HANOVER. 
Petition of John House about Islands in Connecticut 

river ......... 37^ 



HILLSBOROUGH. 

Petition in relation to roads in Society-land . . 379 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation . . . 380 

Petition of John Hill for protection from the Indians 331 



HINSDALE. 

Petition of Ebenczer Hinsdale in behalf of North- 
field 38a 

Petition of Proprietors and claimers of land in North- 
field south of the Province line .... 383 

Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale for protection against 

the Indians • . . . . . , 385 

Petition of Daniel Jones for remission of taxQS . 386 

Province rate for the tov^m of Hinsdale, 1764 . . 388, 389 

Names of inhabitants of Hinsdale, classed according 
to location, with amount of tax, on the West side 
of Connecticut river, and on the East side of 
Connecticut river, those of the East side, who 
live in other towns ...... 390-392 

Petition for a new County [Important] . . . 393 

Petition of Doct. Josiah Pomroy, for permission to 

inoculate in Hinsdale for small-pox . . . 394 

HOLDERNESS. 
Petition of Samuel Livcrmore for two rights of land ; 
deposition of Samuel Eaton ; deposition of 
Thomas Vokes ....... 394, 395 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Pages. 



Petition of Proprietors for extension of their grant ; 

to send a Representative ..... 396 

MOLLIS. 

Petition for a Committee to locate the meeting-house 397 
Petition of Samuel Cummings for protection against 

the Indians 399 

Petition for a tax on non-residents' lands . . . 400 

for dividing the Province into two counties . 401 

of people at Pine Hill to be set oil' from Ilollis 402 

HOPKINTON. 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation .... 404 
Petition for power to lay a Tax on 4-5""" of the land, 

&c 405 

Petition relative to Province tax .... 406 

for power to sell common land . . . 409 

of sundry persons for an Act of Incorporation 410 
for Incorporation — reasons for . . . 411-4*2 

for a Tax on non-residents .... 414 



HUDSON, FORMERLY NOTTINGHAM WEST 

Petition for a new Parish ..... 

for town privileges .... 

for a Parish ...... 

of vSelectmen for a hearing — names 
Vote on the question of incorporation 
Petition of John Marsli for a land-tax, &.c. 
Petition for Nottingham W. to be included in the west 

division of counties — names 
Petition relating to fish in the Merrimack river 
AViother petition relating to the same 
Depositions of Thomas Pollard ; Benj. Marshall 



416 

418 
420 
422 
423 

424 

425 
427 
428 



XXll GENERAL CONTENTS. 

JAFFREY, FORMERLY MONADNOCK, No. 3. 
Certificate to Mr. Josiah Willard 



Pages. 
429 



JEFFERSON, formerly DARTMOUTH. 
Petition to extend the'tinie for making a settlement 



430 



VOLUME IV. 

KINGSTON TO NEW BOSTON, pp. 43I-556. 



KINGSTON. 

Original Grant or Charter 

Petition for re-settling of Kingston . 

to be clear of public charges 

to be discharged from cost of road 

for abatement of Province tax ; for a township 
« another for a township 

of East Parish about di\"ision of lines 
Remonstrance against a new Parish . 
Petition of Jedediah Philbrick for partition of real estate 

for a further hearing on Haverhill petition 

relating to the Basford land grant 
Petition of westerly part of Kingston for town privi 
leges ...... 

Petition for a Justice of the Peace 

for soldiers to keep the Fort 

to remain in the old Parish . 

for a new Parish . 

relating to boundaries . 
Report of Committee on the same . 
Petition about small-pox . 



43 » 
432 

433 

434 

435 

437 
439 
441 
443 
443 

446 

447 
448 

449 
450 
45 » 
453 
454 



KENSINGTON. 
Petition to send a representative 



455 



GENERAL CONTENTS. XXIII 

KINGSWOOD.* 

Pages. 
The Charter of Kingswood — names of grantees, pro- 
ceedings, &c. ....... 456-463 

LANCASTER. 

Minutes of Council, relating to a road . . . 463 

Petition for soldiers ....... 464 

LANDAFF. 

First granted to James Avery and others . . . 464 

Petition of Trustees of Dartmouth College, — and 

Minutes of Trustees ...... 465 



LEMPSTER. 

Petition of Capt. Joseph Spencer for extension of 

charter ........ 466 



LITCHFIELD. 

Oranted by Massachusetts, and known as Brenton's 

farm ; Petition for a township .... 467 

Petition of inhabitants of Litchfield and Nottingham 

West, for a township — names . 
Petition relating to support of a minister . 

relating to the settlement of a minister 
relating to the payment of a minister . 
for men and military stores — names 



468-469 
470 

472 

473 

of Nathan Kendall relating to boundary line 473 
for a Parish on the East side of the river . 474 
relating to the same, as above . . . 475 
Petition to be included in the West division of Coun- 
ties ......... 476 

Petition of Isaac Cummings to be taxed in Notting 

ham-west ........ 477 

Petition for a grant of a ferry, by Lucy Read . . 479 

• Kingswood was probably never settled under that name. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



LONDONDERRY.* 

Originally called Nutfieltl, 1719 
Petition of Inhabitants for a Charter 

for Bills of credit. Sic. — names 
Charter of Londonderry ..... 
Schedule of names of proprietors of Londonderry 
Petition about running the lines 

relating to common lands . 
Oaths to be taken ...... 

Names of persons who took the oaths 
Petition about division of town lands 
Differences about lands adjusted, and Petition for 

redress of injustice — names 
Petition respecting aggressions, of Haverhill people 

against Haverhill people 

relating to minister's tax, &c. — names . 
Counter petition to foregoing — names 
Answer of Selectmen of Londonderry 
Votes relating to the places of public worship . 
Petition of 2'' Congregation relating to Presbyterial 
authority ....... 

Act for incorporating a new Parish in Londonderry 
Petition for a new Parish — bounds . 

of Samuel Barr . . . , . 

Petition for division of land, &c., of heirs of Rev 

Thomas Thomson ..... 
Petition of inhabitants of old and new Parishes 

of Selectmen respecting Parish bounds 

to be taxed in Nottingham- west . 
Counter petition ...... 

Petition relating to a military company 

Thanks to the Legislature for an Act relating to tav 



erns . 

Petition, 1759, 

names 



for discontinuance of a^ highway- 



Pages- 

479 
480 
481 

483 
484 

486 

4S9 
491 

492 
493 
494 
495 
498 

499 
500 

501 

502 

504-505 
506 

507 
508 
510 
5" 
513 

515 
516 



• Readers will please take notice, that names in Londonderry which 
a'fe of very frequent occurrence, are noted by a - joining the pages in 
which they are found. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition for a law regulating fishing . 

relating to fish in Merrimack river — names 
Petition about irregular proceedings in town meet 
ing — names ...... 

Petition of Londonderry West Parish 

of inhabitants of Londonderry, 1773 . 
Agreement of Committees .... 



Pages. 
521 

528 
53.3 



LYME. 

Petition for a ferry over Connecticut river 
for a half-shire town 



533 
534 



LYNDEBOROUGH. 

Petition for protection against the Indians 
Grant of Salem-Canada .... 
Schedule annexed to charter, names, lots, &c. 
Petition for an Act of Incorporation 



535 
536 
540 
541 



MADBURY. 

Petition for a Parish — names . 

Call for a town meeting in Dover 

Bounds of the West end of Dover — names 



541 

543 

544 



MARLOW. 

Heads of families, single men, &c. . 

Petition for extension of charter 

Original proprietors and proprietors by purchase 



546 

547 
548 



MERRIMACK. 

Petition for a tax on non-resident lands . . . 54^ 

Petition for dividing the State into Counties — Merri- 
mack names ; Bedford names .... 550 
Petition to be attached to Col. Gofie's regiment — 

names .....-.• ^5' 



XXVI GENERAL CONTENTS. 

MONADNOCK, No. 7. 

Petition for an Act of Incorporation 



Pages. 



NEW BOSTON. 

Petition about minister and school lots — names 
for a tax on certain lands — names 
to raise taxes to finish the meeting-house 



553 
555 
556 



VOLUME V. 



NEW CASTLE TO PORTSMOUTH, pp. 557-687. 



NEW CASTLE. 

Petition relating to tax, &c. ..... 558 

against a bridge at New Castle — names . 559 

New Castle's answer to Sand}' -beach petition — names 561 
Petition of inhabitants of New Castle and Rye — 

names ........ 563 

Petition for aid in behalf of the ministry . . . 563 

of Rev. John Blunt 564 

Account of persons who voted for representative — 

names ........ 566 

Petition relating to a Lottery to build a bridge . . 566 

for a Lottery to build a bridge — names . 567 



NEW DURHAM. 
Proprietors' meeting — Petition . 



569 



NEWMARKET. 

Papers relating to Newmarket bridge — names . 
Petition of inhabitants of Nottingham — names . 
of inhabitants of sundry towns — names 
An act for erecting and maintaining a bridge, &c. 
Answer of Exeter to petitions .... 



570 

57' 

572-574 

576 

577 



GENEUAr, CONTENTS. 



Pages. 

Reply to Exeter's objections ..... 5S0 

Petition of Stratliam against the bridge — names 

of Kensington against the bridge — names . 582 
of Hampton Falls against the bridge — names 583 
of Epping against the bridge — names . . 5S4 
Vote of Kingston against said bridge . . 5S5 
Vote and petition of East Kingston against it . . 586 
Offer of land adjacent, by Philip Fowler and Rob- 
ert Smart ........ 587 

Petition for a Lottery to build said bridge — names . 588 
Petition of inhabitants of sundry towns to build a 

bridge at Newfields — names .... 590 

Another similar petition — names not. repeated in 

the Index ........ 593 

Petition of inhabitants of Newmarket — names not re- 

peatcd in the Index ...... 596 

Act to raise money by Lottery for a bridge . . 598 
Petition of inhabitants of New Market, Stratham, 

&c. — names not repeated ..... 600 

Report of Committee relating to a highway in New- 
market ........ 602 

Petition of Selectmen, <S:c., for a highway — names . 603 



NEW IPSWICH. 

Votes at a town meeting in New Ipswich . 

Petition for a Committee to settle a plan for a meet- 
ing-house — names ...... 

Account of the pay of petitioners and non-petition- 
ers ......... 



604 
605 
606 



NEWTOWN. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Amcsbury — names 

of inhabitants of Almsbury Peek — names . 

Petition of Newtown — names in Almsbury district — 

of those in South Hampton .... 

Report of a Committee ...... 

Petition of inhabitants in west part of Almsbury 



607 
608 

609-611 
611 
6ia 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Pages. 



Petition of Sam' French and others against a new 

parish — names ....... 613-619 

Petition of inhabitants of South Hampton, east end . 619 

of Thomas and Joseph Fowler . . . 620 
Petition of sundry persons against a new Parish — 

names ........ 621 

Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton against the 

same ........ 622 

South Hampton, setting otf 28 per.sons to a new 

Town ; and 2 more polled oft' . . . . 624 

Petition from South Hampton for a surveyor . 625 
Jona. Watson and Roger Eastman, poll oft' . . 626 
Petition of Selectmen of South Hampton, about high- 
ways ........ 627 

Draft of an Order in Council for polling oft', &c. . 628 

Supplemental charter of Newtown .... 629 

Petition from Almsbury district .... 630 



NOTTINGHAM. 

Original charter of Nottingham .... 630 

Note by John Farmer, Esq. ; Shem Drown of Boston, 

I^etitioners request for a road — names . . 632 

Petition of Capt. Pcirce and Dr. Nath' Rogers, for a 

road ......... 633 

Petition for a tax on non-residents, for support of a 

minister ........ 634 

Petition for protection against the Indians . . 635 

Vote to set off a Parish, &c 636, 637 

Petition to be eased of the Province tax . . . 637 
Petition of inhabitants in the South-west of Notting- 
ham for Parish privileges ..... 638 
Petition for a separate Parish — names . . 639 
to elect an Assembly-man — names . . 642 
Statement relating to original rights — names . . 643 



GENERAL CQNTENTS. XXIX 

ORFORD. 

Pages. 

A list of inhabitants in Orford with their families 

and ages — names ...... 645 

Single men — persons to whom Col. Monlton wrote 

to settle, &c 646 

Mem° of the settlement and improvement of land in 

Orford — names 646, 647 

Names of all the men, women and children in Or- 
ford ; names and ages of the children . . 64S, 649 

Petition of William Simpson and others . . . 650 



PELHAM. 

Petition of Henry Baldwin in behalf of the town 

of Pclham 652 

Petition of selectmen of Pelham, to tax non-resi- 
dents ........ 653 



PEELING. 
Petition of Nathaniel Cushman ; and memorial of 
Nath' Cushman and others for a re-grant of the 
township — names ...... 655 

PEMBROKE. 

Petition and memorial of Moses Foster . . . 657 

of Benjamin Holt, for a guard, &c. . . 659 

Town meeting relating to Rev. Aaron Whittcmore . 659 

Petition for a Justice of the Ptace — names . . 660 

of John Bryant, agent for the Presbyterians 661 

for leave to send a representative — names . 663 

PETERBOROUGH. 

Petition of the town of Peterborough, for town privi- 
leges . 665 

Petition for a new county — names .... 666 



XXX GENERAL CONTENTS. 

Pages. 
Petition relating to Peterborough Slip, for annexa- 
tion, &c 667 

Petition relating to Rev. John Morrison — names . 668 

for a division of Peterborough — names . 669 

against a division — names .... 671 



PLAISTOW AND ATKINSON. 

Petition of selectmen of Plaistow, about a constable 673 
Vote of Haverhill district to set off Timberlain, and 

a letter from Rich** Waldron, &c. . . . 674 

Petition for a town or parish — names . . . 675 

against being set off as a new parish — names 676 
Petition of inhabitants in the west part of Haverhill 

district, not to be incorporated — names . . 676 
Petition not to join with Richard Hazzen's plan — 

names ........ 677 

Sanborn, Palmer and Weare's report of Haverhill 

district 678 

Petitionof Haverhill districtfor a new Parish — names 678 
Petition for a Special Act (against thieves, &c.) — 

names ........ 6S0 

Memorial of Col. James White and others . . 681 

Petition of sundry inhabitants of Plaistow . . 682 

for release from support of Hugh Potter . 6S3 



PIERMONT. 

Petition of the Committee of Piermont to the Gov- 
ernor ........ 684 

PLYMOUTH. 

Petition for leave to send a representative — names 685 

for a re-survey of land, &c. . . . 686 

for a representative — names . . . 687 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



VOLUME VI. 
PORTSMOUTH TO VVOLFEBOROUGH, pp. 688-824. 



PORTSMOUTH. 

Pages. 
Original name — orders relating to a school, &c. . 688 

Petition for a grant of land, and Request to the se- 
lectmen of Portsmouth ..... 689 

Petition in relation to a meeting-house at the Plains 

— names ........ 690 

Petition relating to dividing the common land, [see 
Note; and for ''General and Hist. Reg. 1870," 
read N. E. Hist. Gencal. Reg. July, 1870, pp. 
264-266] ........ 693 

Petition of the South Parish in Portsmouth . , 695 

Remonstrance of Portsmouth selectmen . . . 697 

Answer to a petition relating to the choice of James 

Clarkson as representative .... 698 

Deed from Theodore Atkinson and others, of their 

Rights in certain townships .... 703 

Petition of Portsmouth selectmen about a Pest-house 704 

Answer to a petition of Clement March, &c. . . 705 

Petition for a Lottery to pave streets in Portsmouth . 707 

Petition of Portsmouth against a bridge at New 

Castle 708 

Memorial for a bounty on fish, wheat, hemp, &c. . 709 

Petition of Selectmen, &c., to hold town meetings in 

the State-house . . . . . . 712 

Another petition on the same matter . . . 713 

Portsmouth petition in regard to election returns . 714 



POWNALL, IN Vermont. 



Petition 



7^5 



PUTNEY, IN Vermont. 
Petition for a Grant of land 



716 



XXXII GENERAL CONTENTS. 

RAYMOND. 

Pages. 
An act for erecting a new Parish, &c. . . . 717 

Petition in relation to a meeting-house . . . 718 



RINDGE (I). 

Certificate — and copy of the Grant to Rowley-Canada, 

now Rindge, 1738 ...... 720 



ROCHESTER (i). 

Meeting of Proprietors ...... 721 

Petition of Rochester rehiting to the gospel ministry 723 
Petition of Wm. Chamberlin and John Jenness, for 

relief ........ 723 

Petition for a guard of soldiers, 1746 . . . 725 
Petition for further relief and for a guard of sol- 
diers ........ 726 

Letter of thanks and petition for further aid . . 727 

Petition of John Dam in relation to roads . . 728 

RUMNEY. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants, against Daniel Brain- 

erd ......... 730 

Petition of Daniel Brainerd and others . . . 732 

Rev. Thomas Niles .... 733 



RYE. 

Petition for a new District or Precinct, 1721 . . 734 

to be set ofl' as a new Parish or District, 1724 735 

Vote and Remonstrance of Portsmouth against, 1724 737 
Petition from Little Harbour, Sandy Beach, and 

Hampton, 1725 ...... 737 

Another petition from the same source, 1735 . . 739 

(i) By error, the heading, "Rindge," extends over pages 721-729; 
it should be Rochester. Ed. 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Petition from the Parish of Rye, 1739 
Petition from selectmen of Rye, relating to a vio- 
lent storm, 1754 

Petition for a Lottery to build a road, 1764 



Pages. 
740 

742 
743 



SALEM. 

Petition of inhabitants of Methuen, 1741 . 

for redress of grievances as to taxes 
Letter from Theo. Atkinson to Selectmen of 

donderry and Windham, 1742 . 
Petition for a Parish, 1743 

of a part of Methuen to be a Township 
in relation to taxes, 1746 
for a Townshij), 1749 . 
Letter from Daniel Peaslee to Thomas Packer 
Petition for redress of grievances, 1756 
Certificate of former Constables ; List of the 
that served as Constables since it v^^as first 
porated, till the year 1752 . 
Another petition for redress, &c. 



Lon 
1746 

Esq 

men 
ncor- 



744 
745 

746 
746 
748 
749 
749 
750 
751 



IS-- 
752 



SALISBURY. 



A guard of soldiers provided for tliis as a frontier town 753 

Petition for aid in settling Salisbury . . . 754 



SANBORNTON. 

Petition to be exempted from taxation . . 755 

for incorporation ...... 

for the appointment of a Justice of the Peace 757 



SHELBURNE. 
Petition of Daniel Rindge 



75S 



SOCIETY-LAND. 

Petition for incorporation 
iii 



759 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 
SOMERSWORTH. 



Pages. 



A true List of all the train soldiers in Somersvvorth, 
under command of Capt. Thomas Wallingford, 
1746 760 

Petition for Town privileges, 1743 .... 761 

SOUTH HAMPTON. 

Petition of sundry inhabitants to be set off, &c. . 763 

Petition of John Page and Benjamin Baker to be 

set off . . . . . . . . 764 

Answer to the foregoing petition by the selectmen 
of South Hampton .... 

Memorial of inhabitants of South Hampton 

Petition in relation to a highway 
relating to a Province tax 
to be annexed to Newtown . 

Petition for settling the line between South Hamp- 
ton and Newtown ...... 775 



765 
767 
772 
773 
774 



STRATHAM. 

(Originally a part of the Squamscott or Hilton's Point Patent.) 

Petitions for a Township ...... 777 

Petition to be set off into a Township . . . 778 

Counter petition ....... 7S0 

Petition of selectmen in relation to a meeting-house, 

and of Jonathan Wiggin for a Ferry . . . 781 

Summons to Richard Hilton, and Petition of Strat- 

ham relating to divisions about a minister . . 7S2 

Another petition relating to the same matter . . 7S4 

SWANZEY. 

(Called Lovjcr Ashuclot.) 

Petition of WiUiam Sims, of Winchester — names . 7S5 

TAUNTON. 
(On West side of Connecticut River.) 
Petition relating to No. i, or Taunton-town — names 7S7 



GEXFRAL CONTEXTS. XXXV 

WAKEFIELD. 

Packs. 
Petition for Incorporation 788 

WARNER. 

Petition of No. i, or Essex Almsbury, 1742 . . 789 

Bounds — Meeting of Inhabitants — Petition for Incor- 
poration, by Francis Davis .... 790 

WEARE. 

Petition of inhabitants of Hale's town, now VVeare — 

names ........ 791 

WENT WORTH. 
List of those who had original Rights — names . 793 

WESTMORELAND. 

(Called Great Mcado-MS.) 

Petition of Inhabitants ...... 793 

WILTON. 
(Called No. 2.) 

Deed from Joseph Blanchard, Esq., 1749 . . . 794 

Petition for Incorporation — names . . - . 797 

of Nathan Hutchinson and Benj. Kenrick . 797, 798 

WINCHESTER. 

Petition for Incorporation ; Note relating to Dart- 
mouth College 798 

Petition for relief ....... 799 



WINDHAM. 

Petition of James Reid and William Parker . . 800 

Incorporation of Windham as a Parish . . . S02 



XXXVl GENERAL CONTENTS. 

Pages. 

Deposition of James Gilmore — Certificate . . 803 
Petition in relation to an irregular town meeting — 

names 804 

Town votes ; Paper relating to an order of Court — 

names ........ 806 

Windham's Caveat against Methuen — names . . 807 

Warrant for a town meeting ; votes, &c. . . . 808 

Petition for an alteration in their Charter — names . 809 
Petition against the proceedings of said meeting — 

names . . . . . . . . 812 

Deposition of Henry Sanders ; Certificate — names . 813 

Town meetings ; votes, &c 814 

Petition in relation to a disturbance in the Parish — 

names 816 

Answer of Selectmen to the foregoing petition . . 818 

Deposition of Robert Hopkins ..... 819 
Deposition of Samuel Barr, and Petition relating to a 

Meeting-house — ^names ..... 820 

Petition of Oliver Saunders ..... 822 
Deposition of John Dinsmoor, &c. ; List of men in 

Salem, formerly of Windham .... S23 



WOLFEBOROUGH. 
Petition for Incorporation ...... 824 



ADDENDA. 

TOWNS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FOREGOING PAGES, pp. 825-83O. 

Alexandria ......... 825 

Allenstown 825 

Andover ......... 825 

Antrim ......... 825 

Barnstead . 825 

Bath 825 

Bradford 825 

Bridgewater 825 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



Brookline 

Benton 

Campton 

Canaan 

Candia 

Centre-Harbour 

Chatham 

Claremont 

Colebrook 

Coventry 

Danbury 

East Kingston 

Effingham 

Ellsworth 

Enfield 

Errol . 

Fitzwilliam 

Gilford 

Grafton 

Gi-eenfield 

Hancock 

Haverhill 

Hawke 

Henniker 

Keene . 

Langdon 

Lebanon 

Lee 

Lincoln 

Loudon 

Lyman 

Manchester 

Marlborough 

Mason 

Meredith 

Middleton 

Milford 

Mont Vernon 

Moultonborough 

Nelson 

New Chester 

New Hampton 

Newington . 

New London 

North Hampton 

Northumberland 



Pages. 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
826 
8 26 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
827 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 
828 



GENERAL CONTEXTS. 



Northwood 

Orange 

Plainfield 

Poplin 

Richmond 

Sandown 

Sandwich 

Seabrook 

Springfield 

Stoddard 

Stratford 

Surry . 

Sutton 

Tarn worth 

Temple 

Thornton 

Tuftonborou 

Unity . 

Walpole 

Warren 

Washington 

Wendell 

Whitefield 

Wilmot 



gh 



Pages. 
828 
829 
829 
829 
S29 
829 
829 
829 
S29 
829 
829 
829 
829 
S29 
829 
829 
830 
830 
830 
830 
830 
830 
830 
S30 



APPENDIX. 

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTIONS, pp. 83I-877. 



Decl 



Notes by the Editor . 
List of Delegates to th 
Constitution proposed in 1779 
Plan of Government 
Constitutional Convention, 17S1 
gates .... 

An Address of the Convention 
Proposed Constitution — Part I. Bill of Rights 
Form of Government, Part II 

The Genei-al Court 

Senate .... 




S33 

S34-837 
837-838 
83S-842 

842-844 
845-852 
852-858 
85S-877 
859-860 
860-863 



GENERAL CONTENTS. 



House of Representatives 

Executive Power — Governor 

Council ..... 

Secretary, Treasurer, Commissary General, County 
Treasurer ..... 

Judiciary Power, Clerks 
Delegates to Congress 
Encouragement of Literature . 
Oaths, Subscriptions, &c., &c. 



Pages. 

S63-S66 

S66-S70 

870 

871 

871-S72 

872 

S73 

873-S77 



Second Address of the Convention, 1782 . . . 877-8S2 
The Bill of Rights— Note by the Editor ... 882 

Constitution or Form of Government, Part II. . 8S3-895 
Note by the Editor 895-S96 



Constitution, as adopted, 1784 

Fart I. Bill of Rights. [See Editor's Note.*] 

Part 11. Form of Government . 



896 
896-903 
903-919 



ERRATA. 



Page 3, Elijah " King" should be Thing. 

Pages 63-75, '^he head-lines should be Bow, not "Boscawen." 
Page 156, Aug. 29, 1772, should be 1722. 
Page 319, head-line, "Gosport," should be Grantham. 
Page 510, Hugh "Milson," should be Wilson. 
Page 543, Thomas " Willet," should be Willey. 
Page 551, Thomas " Rickere," should be Vickere. 
Page 693, Note, '* General," should be "Geneal." and Hist. Reg. 
Pages 722-729, head-lines should be Rochester, not "Rindge." 
Page xli, Note, Hon Charles Doe, late Judge of the Supreme Judi- 
cial Court, not "Superior." 



* In the reference to Hon. Charles Doe, in this Note, it should read, 
late Judge of the Supreme Judicial Court, not " Superior." Ed. 



THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. 



THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

On pages 56-60, Vol.1. Prov. Papers, the "Wheelwright Deed," 
as it is called, is printed in full. In a Note on that Deed, p. 56, the 
Editor says, "That in the course of the following records particular 
facts will be noted, that may enable readers to form an opinion respect- 
ing the validity of the Deed." In this Volume, the Editor deems it 
proper to state, in brief, the conclusion which he has himself reached 
on that matter; — reserving his argument, in full, for publication in 
some other form. 

The conclusion which the Editor has reached from all the facts which 
have come before him, is, that the said Deed is a forgery. 



This Deed bears date, May 17, 1629, and purports to be a 
conveyance by four Indian Sagamores, of a tract of land equal 
to about forty miles square — between the Piscataqua and Mer- 
rimack rivers — to John Wheelwright, " late of England, of 
the Massachusetts Bay, and a minister of the Gospel," with 
four associate grantees, " all of the Massachusetts Bay." 

The following are among the proofs that said deed is a for- 
gery : 

I. Aside from this pretended Deed, we have no evidence 
that the Rev. John Wheelwright was ever seen or heard of in 
this country till his arrival. May 26, 1636 ; not one of the asso- 
ciate grantees was here before that time ; and one of them. 
William Wentworth, was a boy only fifteen years of age then, 
at Alford, in England. 

II. The settlement of "the Massachusetts Bay" proper 
was not begun till more than a year after May, 1629, i. e., 
not till June, 1630. 

III. The deed purports to be signed and sealed in the pres- 
ence of two English witnesses, one of whom was certainly in 
England on the nth of May, — six days previous — and the 
other was on shipboard on the Atlantic Ocean, and did not 
arrive in this country till June 29, 1629. 

IV. Of the seven witnesses to the delivery of the deed, it is 
certain that only one, Edward Hilton, was in this country at 
that time ; and if he signed the deed, he signed away all his 
right and title to the plantation on which he lived. 

V. The above seven witnesses are said to be governors or 
stewards of plantations, called Laconia, Sawco and Squams- 
cott or Hilton's Point ; but not one of the said plantations was 
granted till six or nine months after May, 1629. 

VI. The deed purports to have been made by the Indians 
" with a desire to have the English inhabit amongst them." But 



THE WHEELWRIGHT DEED. xH 

Passaconaway, the chief Sagamore, explicitly denies this, and 
declares " he did all he could to prevent their settlement, and 
fought against them." 

VII. The date of the deed, May 17, 1629, proves to be the 
Sabbath, and therefore false to the principles and character of 
Rev. John Wheelwright. 

Vltl. On April 3, 163S, John Wheelwright and his associ- 
ates made an actual bona fide purchase, of Indians, at Squams- 
cott — now Exeter — paid for the same and began a settlement; 
— which is inconsistent with the pretence that he bought in 
1629, paying twice for the same land. 

IX. The deed of 1639 occupies three and a half octavo 
pages, or one hundred and forty-two lines, while all the real 
Indian deeds of that early period are no more than sixteen or 
twenty-four lines ; and therefore it betrays itself as belonging to 
a later period. 

X. One condition or proviso in the deed is that the settle- 
ment, when begun, should be under' "the government, laws 
and order of the Massachusetts Bay." But John Wheelwright 
came to Exeter, in 1638, as an exile, banished out of the terri- 
tory and jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Bay, and immedi- 
ately set up an independent government. 

XI. The pretended deed of 1639 antedates the grant of New 
Hampshire to Captain John Mason, which is dated Nov. 7, 
1639; and the evident intent and object of the deed was to 
head oft" a claim made by Thomas Allen, of title and possession, 
founded on said grant to Mason ; the trial of which was be- 
fore the Superior Court of New Hampshire, August 13, 1707. 
Then, for the first time, was the pretended deed brought to 
light — seventy-eight years after the date of it; and even then, 
only a -'copy" of the pretended original was brought into 
court. This '' copy," now on the files of the Superior Court, 
at Exeter, is the only evidence that Dr. Belknap quotes for 
the validity of the deed.* [See Prov. Papers of N. H., Vol. 
II., pp. 533-538.] 

* The first discovery and exposure of this forgery was made by the 
late Hon. James Savage, of Boston, President of the Massachusetts 
Historical Society, about 1S20: his views were re-affirmed, with addi- 
tional evidence, by the late John Farmer, Esq., Corresponding Secre- 
tary of the New Hampshire Historical Society, in 1S31. The opinion 
above expressed by the Editor is the result of'an original investigation 
of the facts that relate to the case. It is but just, however, to add, 
that the late Samuel G. Drake, Esq., of Boston, maintained an oppo- 
site opinion, as does also the Hon. Charles H. Bell, of Exeter [See 
Winthrop's History of New England, 1853, Vol. I., App. H, pp. 486- 
514; Farm. Belknap's History of New Hampshire, Vol. I., pp. 6-13; 
brake's History of Boston, 1S56, pp. 56-60, notes.] Ed. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 

EARLY TOWN PAPERS 



VOLUME IX. 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 



The "Town Papers" contained in this volume are copied from 
separate MSS. volumes, six in number, now in the office of the Secre- 
tary of State. They were arranged by authority of the Legislature, by 
the late John Farmer, Esq. The contents of each volume are copied 
as arranged, with a very few exceptions, (in which an error was dis- 
covered,) and are distinguished as labeled on the MSS. volumes bv the 
towns which they severally include; e. g. Vol. I, "Acworth to Chi- 
chester;" Vol. II, "Concord to Exeter," &c. In the General Cox- 
texts also, the volumes are kept distinct. Ed. 



VOLUME I. 

ACWORTH TO CHICHESTER. 



ACWORTH. 

[This town was incorporated 19 September, 1766. An extension of its 
Charter was granted 30 May, 1772.] 

Memorial of Sampson Stoddard andyoii^ Blanchard. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq'" Cap' General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hamp' — the Hon'''*^ his ]Majestys Council for 
said Province — 

The Memorial of Sampson Stoddard & Jcjnathan Blanchard 
for themselves & others part of the Grantees in the Town of 
Acworth in said Province — 

Humbly shews that your jSIemorialists have Done Some- 
thing Very Considerable Towards Bringing forward the Set- 
tlement thereof, have now a Considerable Number of Familys 
well Settled there, have a Good Set of Mills there have Cut 



2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Cleaved & in a Great Me'asure well finish'd a Road thro' Said 
Town Mark'' & Lay'd out by a Committee appointed by an 
Act of the General Court ; 

That it has not been in your Memorialists power Strictly to 
fulfil the Several Conditions in Said Grant Stipulated That the 
Time Limited in his Majestys Grant of Said Town for Doing 
the Duty of Settlem* Expird the Last Month 

Your'Memorlalists therefore pray that they may be Indulg'd 
a Little While to Compleat the Settlem* afores"* & your Memo- 
rialists as in Dut}' bound Shall Ever pray &c 

Sampson Stoddard 
Jon-' Blanch ard. 



Petition fo7- the Extensiojt of the Charter of Acxvorth, \*]*]2,- 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq' Cap* Gene' Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 
Province of Hamp'' the Hon''''' his Majestys Council for 
Said Province 

The Petition of Jonathan Blanchard of Merrymac in Said 
Province humbly shews — 

That your Petitioner is Considerably Interested in the Town 
of Acworth in Said Province under his Majestys Grant^thereof, 
hath with Co' Sampson Stoddard been making Large Im- 
provements there b}- Persons under them much to the emolu- 
ment of Said Town That the Time Limited for Doing the 
Duty Condition'' in the Grant aforesaid Expir'd the 19*'' Day 
of September 1771, that a Number of the Origipal Grantees 
have Neglected to Perform the Several Conditions in Said 
Grant Express'' much to the prejudice of the Settlem' of Said 
Town, Namely David MacGregore, James MacGregore, 
Thomas Craige, James MacGregore Jun'' Alexand' Clark, 
James Miltimmer, Jonathan Gilmore, Daniel Macfee, Robert 
Adams, Ephraim Adams, Samuel French, Oliver Farwell, 
Oliver Farwell Jun', Thomas Davis, the Rev'' Ebenezer 
Bridge, Edward Goldstone Lutwyche, Samuel Wentworth 
Esq'', Peter Levins Esq'', Col'' Jonathan Greeley, William 
Symes, Maj"" John Wentworth, Wiseman Clagget Esq'', Sam- 
uel Cumings & Robert Fletcher : 

Wherefore your Petitioner humbly Prays that your Excel- 
lencv & Honors woud Take the Premises into Consideration 
Grant your Petitioner & his as'ciate Col'' Sampson Stoddard a 
further Time to Compleat the Duty Enjoyn'd upon their Inter- 
est which is Nearly Done & otherwise Dispose of the Delin- 
quent Prop'" Interest & Shares to such of his INIajestys Good 
Subjects as \Vill Eflcctually Settle & Cultivate the Same & 
your Petitioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

JoN. Blanchard. 



TOWN PAPERS ACWORTir. 3 

Gov. Woiivjort/i's Warrant to inspect the Settlement in Acziort/i, 

May, 1772. 
Province of \ By his Excellency John Wentworth Esq" Captain 

New Hampshire J General Governor i Command' in Chief in and over 
His Majesty's Province aforesaid & vice Admiral of the same. 

To Simeon Olcott Esq' Capt. Benjamin Church Esq" M'' Elijah King 
and M'' Thomas Sparhawk, Greeting. — 

Pursuant to an order of Council of 30"^ April ult" you, or any three 
of you, are hereby authorized and Impowered to Survey and Inspect 
the township of Acworth in this Province : and return into the Secre- 
tary's ofTice, upon Oath, the exact State of Settlement & Cultivation 
upon each Lot or Share therein, together with the number of F'amilies 
& Settlers actually resident with the Roads and Buildings in said Town- 
ship which Business you are desired to enter upon immediately, so as 
to make your Return, as aforesaid, by or before the 25"' day of May Ins*- 
for which this is your full and sufficient warrant. 

Given under my hand at Portsmouth the First day of May in the 
Twelfth year of His Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1772. 

J'Wextwortii. 
By his Excellency's Command 

with advice of Council. 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'? 



Pursuant to the within warrant we y*^ subscribers have sur- 
veyed and Inspected the Township of Acworth with the 
Settlements Cultivation on each Lot or Share of Land therein, 
and also the Families, Settlers Buildings & Roads in y ' same, 
& find the State thereof as represented in- the Schedule hereto 
annexed, and make return of y*^ same accordingly 

SiMEox Olcott 
Elijah Thing. 
May y'^ i6"' 1773. 



XEW HAMPSHIRE 
LIST OF FAMILIES AND SETTLERS IN ACWOBTH. 



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ORIGINAL GBANTEE8. 



EjJhraim Keyee 

Wllliiim Keyes 

D«an Cai-lton 

Samuel Harper 

Same 

Capt. Henry Silsby. . 

Same 

Jonas Keyes 

Samuel Smith 

David Cross 

Sam. Smith, junr 

Elijah Parker 

John Rogers 

Same 

Same 

Edward Keyes 

Joseph Chatterton. . . 

James Pease 

Robt. Davidson 

Solomon Bigelow 

William Farwell junr 

Joel IMsrelow 

Thos. Putnam 

Same 

Behuman Stebbins — 

Jonathan Silsby 

William Farwell 

Fradric Keyes 

Ephraim Keyes 

Same 

Joseph Webb 



John Hardy 

James Blauchard 

Reuben Gould 

William Pierce 

David Burge 

Ebenezer Gould 

Samuel Thin^jf 

Stephen Powars 

Moses Eaiilerhrooks.. 
Augustus Bianchard. 

Sand Barvon 

Reuben Killecut 

Benjamin French 

Ye same 

Oliver Farwell 

Natbl Garfield 



William Thompson 

William Robie 

Same 

John Parker 

William Stacy 

Thos Bianchard 

Sampu Stoddard, junr. 

John Ryan 

Samuel Th'n;^ 

Oliver Peirce 

Jonathiin B'anchard .. 

David Rrown 

Sampn Stodda'-dEsqr. 
James Rogers 



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good I'd 



The within is an exact State of ye settlement & Cultivation 
on each Lot & Share of Land in ye Township of Acworth in 
the Province of Nev/ Hampshire, with ye families & Setlers 
therein and about four miles of the main Road leading from 
Charlestown to Boscawen, at ye westerly End made passable 
for Carriage and ye Remainder of ye same Road Cut about 
one Rod wide and so far leveled that Carriages might pass 
with Uificulty Also one other Road from ye said ISLun Road 
to the Mills, about two Miles in length well made tS: fit for 
Carriages, which with some few private Roads made passable 
only for man & horse is all the Improvement & Cultivation we 
could find in said Township : which is humbly submitted. 

Pr SiMEOx Olcott 

Elijah Thing. 
Cheshire ss May iS"" 1772 Then Mr. Elijah Thing personally ap- 
pearing made Oath to y" Truth of _V above Report by him Signed 
before me 

Si.MEOX Olcott Just' Pai" 



TO.VX PAPEUS ALSTEAD. 5 

ALSTEAD. 

A True List of the Inhabiti-mts iio'V Settled in tJic To-vn 
of A/stead, with their familys, and those that have begun to 
settel, and single men, that have worked on their Land Viz : 
Twenty five Families now Inhabiting in said Town, also 
ten Single men, at work on their Land that are now resident 
also nine men more that have been and made Considerable 
Lnprovcment on their Land some of which have ten, twelve, 
and some near twenty acres, under Improvement, and are all 
coming into Town with their families in the Spring as soon as 
the Season will admit of it, also Sundry Persons to the number 
of Eight that have made Considerable Improvement on their 
Land some have ten acres others near twenty and one about 
Thirty acres imder Impro\'ement which are moved off and 
Expect to have others on in their room directly. All which is 
a True account of what is done Toward the Settelment of said 
Town of Alstead. Taken by us the Subscribers this 23 day of 
December 1771. 

Samuel Chandler I s^l^^^,^^^^ 

JasoxWait Lf Alstead. 

Oliver Siiepard J 



To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General 
and Commander in Chief in and over His Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire &c : and to the Honorable His 
Majestys Council in said Province &c 

The Plumble Petition of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of 
the Township of Alsted in said Province Humbly Shcwcth 
That whereas the Charter of said Alsted is out and thereby 
some of the rights or Shares are become forfited : But we do 
rely on Your Excellency and Plonors Clemency and Mercy 
when you shall see the account of what Persons is already set- 
tled and settling in said Town, and as by the Providence of 
God our Crops has been for these four years past much short- 
ened by frost Dearth and worms and the last year liy Blast 
which has caused Provision to be very scarce, and as that 
many of those People that Settle new Towns have but littel 
money to help themselves with and as the Scarcity of Provision 
has been such had People moved in much faster than what 
they have they must have Suffered for want of Provision as it 
could not have been Procured with money had they had it. 
Therefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that Your Excellencv 
and Honors would take it into Your wise Consideration and if 
Consistant with your Wisdom to Lengthen out the time to 
those that have been Delinquent in doing their Duty would 
take it as a great favour, If Your Excellency and Honors should 



D NEW HAMPSHIRE 

think it not Proper to Grant any further time to those Delin- 
quent to do their Duty in we Your Petitioners the Inliabitants 
pray that it may be Granted to us for our Children that have 
endured the many Fatigues and Hardshi2:)S in bringing forward 
the Settelment of Said Town, and Your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall ever pray 
Jeneuary the 13"' 1772. 

Jonathan Shepard Edward Waldo 

Shubel Waldo Daniel Waldo 

Samuel Chandler Gideon Delano 

Jason Wait Elias Brown 

Oliver Shepard Barnabas Delano 

Andrew Beckwith Elijah Cone 

Joseph Brown Philip Wordner 

John Thomson 

Those Names above Is What of the Inhabitants that has 
signed & those below Is men that Live out of town that have 
Land in s' District : 

B. Bellows Jon*"! Chase 

Joshua Hide James Richardson 

Abishai Delano Moses Brown 



AMHERST 

[Amherst was granted by the Government of Massachusetts, 26 April, 
1733, and was cafled Narraganset No. 3, which name was afterwards ex- 
changed for Souhegan West, which it retained until the charter was 
granted, 18 January, 1760, by Gov. B. Wentworth. It was not under 
the government of New Hampshire until 1741, when the establishment 
of the line separated it from Massachusetts. — Ed.] 

PAPERS RELATING TO AMHERST (INCLUDING MONSON) . 

Request of the Inhabitants of Souhegan West for a 
stfitable Guard to defend them from the French & Indian 
Etiemy^ i744* 

Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Settlement or Plan- 
tation, called Souhegan West in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire at the house of Dan' Wilkins ye 16*'' of June 1744. 

Unanimously agreed that Dan' Wilkins of this place in the 
name and behalf of the Settlers here Represent to the Gov- 
ernor and Council of New Hampshire our destressed Circum- 
stance on account of our being Exposed to the French and 
Indian Enemy our Low Condition & Inability to subsist here 
unless a Suitable guard may be had to defend us when about 
our work ; and that he make suitable application that these 
things may Immediately be obtained. 

witness to the vote 

Solomon Hutchinson (i) 

JONATIIxVN TaRBELL 

John Vene. 

(1 ) Mr. ITutcliinson was the first Town Clerk when Amherst was incorporated. 
He died in Maine, at the age of 90 years.— Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 7 

To his Exelency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Capt. General 
and Governor in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England the Honorable the Conn- 
cil and House of Representatives in General Court con- 
vened. 

The Memorial or Petition of Dan' Wilkins in the name and 
behalf of the Inhabitants of the Township or Plantation called 
Souhcgan West No. 3 in the said Province — 

Humbly sheweth the said Town has been settled by his 
Majesties subjects about nine years and a Gospel Minister 
ordained almost three years that the Settlers had an Eye at 
enlarging his Majesties Dominions by going into the Wilder- 
ness as well as at their own Interest, that some thousand of 
pounds has been spent in clearing and cultevating the Land 
there and vast sums in building Houses Barns & fences beside 
much time and expence in building fortifications by his Excel- 
ency the Governers order. 

That the Breaking up the Settlement will not only ruin the 
Memorialists but greatly dissei-\-e his Majesties Interest by 
encouraging his Enemies to Encroach on his deserted Settle- 
ments and be also hurtful to the Province by Contracting its 
borders and drawing the war nearer the Capital : 

That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this 
Province, (and not of the Memorialists Seeking) that tlicy are 
cast under the immediate care of this Government which they 
conceive give them so much the better Right to its protection : 
That as war is already declared against France and a Rup- 
ture with the Indians hourly expected your Memorialists unless 
they have speedy help will soon be obliged to forsake their 
Town how diser\'isable soever it may be to the Crown dishon- 
orable to the Government hurtfull to the Province & ruinous to 
themselves : 

Wherefore, 
Your Memorialists most humbly supplicate your Exelency 
the honorable Council and House of Representatives to take 
the premises into your wise and mature Consideration and to 
grant them such seasonable relief as may enable them to sub- 
sist in the war and secure against the Ravages and Devastation 
of a blood thirsty and merciless Enemy and your Memorialists 
as in duty bound will ever pray. 

Dax' Wll.KlXS. 
Dated at Portsmouth 
June ye 22'' 1744. 



8 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition for protection against the Indians, i747* 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Gov. &:c The 
Hon. his Majest3-s Council & House of Representatives in 
Generall Assembly Convened May 13"' 1747. 
The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the New 
Plantation called Souhegan West Humbly She-veth That there 
is Settled and now remains in this plantation thirty five fami- 
lys in which is about Fifty eight men upwards of sixteen years 
old. That when we began our Setlement, we apprehended no 
Danger of Our ever being a frontior, there being at that time 
so many above us begun and obligated to fullfiU the Conditions 
of the Massachusetts Grants, which occasioned us to setle 
scattering, only Regarding the Advantages of Good and Com- 
pact farms. That the ditliculty of War happening so early on 
our Settlements, and the Defenceless Condition they was in, 
has oblidged tliem all viz : Petersborough Salem-Canada New 
Boston & Hillsborough (so called) Intirely to drawofl'as well 
as the Forts on Connecticut River left naked. Whereby we 
are now left as much exposed as any of the Frontiers on ]Mer- 
rimack River 

That the First year of the present war we was Favoured 
with a Scout from Thi* Province (which we Thankfully ac- 
knowledge) and Salem-Canada with an other which was 
Equally Serviceable to us Since that time, both Salem- 
Canada and this Place has had a guard from the Massachusetts 
till the Winter passed together with our Inhabitants keeping a 
constant Scout (Tho much Impoverished thereby) That this 
encouragement has occasioned our venturing here till now 
That as we are now left without either Scout or Guard — Ap- 
prehend we are in Imminent Danger, Yet Loath to yield 
Ourselves Such an easy Prey to Our Enemies or Sutler Ruin 
by leaving our Improvements wast, One W^hereof we have no 
Reason to Think, but must unavoidably be our lot, unless this 
Government Compassionately Grants us Protection. 

Wherefore Your Petitioners most Humbly Pray that your 
Excellency & Hon" would so far Comiserate our Present Dif- 
ficult Circumstances as to Grant us so many Soldiers as your 
Excellency & Hon'"^ may Judge of Necessity for Our Defence 
and ycur Peti" as in Duty bound Shall Pray &c. 

Daniel Wilkins William Howard 

John Shepard Jacob Wellman 

his his 

Joseph X Wilkins David X Hartsorn 

mark mark 

Bcnj Cheevcr Andrew Bixbe 

John Davis Andrew Seeton 

James Cofren William Bradford 

Samuel Walton Ebenezer EUinwood 

William Peabodv Thomas Clark 



TOWX PAPERS AMHERST, 9 

Solomon Hutchinson John Seetown 

Daniel Wilkins Jun"^ Ebenezer Lyon 

Benjamin Cheever Jun"" Caleb Stiles. 
Israel Towne 

In Council May 13''' 1747 read & ordered to be sent Down to the 
Hon'''^' House. 

Theodore Atkinson Seci'. 



Petition from Monson. ( i ) 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq Gov"" &c The 
Honb his majes'tys Council & House of Rep''^^" in Gen" 
Assembly convened May 13"' 1747- 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the town of Alonson, 
Hereunto Subscribers Humbly Shc-jcs That the Said town is 
Lately begun to Setle & but about Fifteen Familys there. 

That they are one of the Frontier Towns w^st of Merri- 
mack River, & the most northerly One, already incorporated, 
Lving Between Hollis & the New Plantation Called Souhegan 
West. 

That could we be assisted by Souldiers Such Competent 
number as might Enable us to Defend our Selves Shall Chear- 
fully Endeavour to Stay there by Which we Shall Serve as a 
Barrier in part to Holies Merrimack and Dunstable. 

That last year we was Favoured by Souldiers From the 
Massachusetts, that Prevented Our Drawing oft'. 

That Should the War be pursued by the Enem}' as vigor- 
ously as Last year, (unless we are Favoured by some assistance 
from Y" Government) We Humbly apprehend 'twoukl be too 
great Presumption to venture our Selves & Familys there 

That it will be very Ruinous to your Petitioners To leave 
their Settlements & the Frontier Widned, k. for a Necessary 
Defence will Require a Greater number of Souldiers than to 
assist us there 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray tliat your 
Excellency & Hono" would be pleased to Take the Premises 
into your Consideration & Grant us a Guard for two Garrisons 
& a small Scout on Our Front Or Otherwise Releive us in the 
Premises as in your Great Wisdom Shall Seem meet & y"" 
Pet'^ as in Duty bound .Shall ever Pray. 

James Wheeler Abraham Leman 

William Ncivens Thomas Neivens 

William Colburn Benjamin Hopkins 

Robert Colburn Isaac Farwell 

Jonathan Taylor Stephen Haslton 

Samuel Leman John Burns 

Samuel Leman Jun'' Thomas Mordow 

In Council May ij"" 1747 read & crdred to be Sent Doun to the 



Hon'''" House. 



Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



(l)Thc town of Monson lav adjacent to Amherst, and was afterwards incorporated 
wilh it in part — Ed. 



lO NEW HAMPSHIRE 

TT ] ■ ., j-In the House of Representatives 15"' May 1747. 

Voted That in answer to y" two annexed Petitions Viz : that of Sou- 
hegan West & that of Monson, His Excellency be desired to give orders 
for inlisting or impressing fifteen good executive men to Scout & guard 
under proper oficer or oficers s" Souhegan West & Monson 'til j* 
twentjeth of octC next if need be & that s'' men be shifted once a month. 

D. Peirce Clk. 
EQdm j)jg jn Coun'' read and Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eo''"' Die Assented to ' 

B Wextworth. 



Petition of JMonson^ for annexation^ t&c. 

Province of New ") To His Excellency Benning Wcntworth 
Hampshire j Esq Gov'' &c & To the Hon^"' His Majes- 

tys Council the day of 1754- 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the town 
of Monson Plumblv Shezus 

That there is a tract of Land of about the Contents of seven 
Thousand acres Lying on the North of Monson and adjoyning 
Included by the following Bounds, viz i, to begin at Monson 
Northeast Corner and to Run North by the Town of Merry- 
mac Two miles and the next Station to begin at the North 
west Corner of Monson & to Extend north two miles and from 
thence a Strait line to the end of the aforementioned Two 
mile, and to Bound Southerly on Monson afores''. On Which 
Sundry Familys are Settled & would be of accomodation & 
Convenience to Monson to have them annexed and Incorpo- 
rated with Monson and would with that addition make it but 
about five miles and an half in Breadth one place with the 
other that Sundry of the Inhabitants of the s' Tract hath 
together with this Petitioned your Excellency & Honors to be 
annexed and Incorporated with us. (And as we apprehend 
would be of Great Convenience to them, & help to us.) 

Wherefore we most Humbly Pray that your Excellency and 
Hon" would be pleased to annex and Incorporate the s' Tract 
with the Inhabitants Thereon to the town of Monson & your 
Pet" as in Duty Bound Shall ever Pray 

Bexjamix Hopkixs ") 
Robert Colburn > Selectmen. 
Benjamin Farley ) 
Elisha Tov>-ne William Colborn Jun 

William Neuens Ebenezer Ball 

Benjamin Kenrick Williftm Colborn 

Secur Farwell John Burns 

Thomas Neucns Josiah Crosby 

James Whelcr Nathan Hutchinson 

Thomas Powers Benjamin Hopkins Junr. 

Thomas Woolley 

few more that has not sin'd 



TOWN' PAPERS AMHERST. I I 

Petition of j\/onso?i to be exempt from taxes. 

Province of New | To His Excellency Benning Wcntworth 

Hampshire j Esqr Gov"" &c. the Hon'*-" his !Majcstys 

Councill & House of Repres'*^^ Convened In Gen" Assembly 

Humbly Shews The Pet" of the Inhabitants of Monson 
That Whereas they Have Reed a late Order to render into the 
Secretarys OfHce an Invoice of their poles & estates in order 
for apportioning the taxes Which we have done, and Woud 
Further beg leave to Remonstrate Our Infoncy & Inability to 
bear any part of the publick Charge at present. 

That there is but thirty six poles in the Whole, Severall of 
them transiently hired for a short space to Labour or other- 
ways there without any Estate : but twenty one Houses Cheifly 
Small Cottages only for a present Shelter the Charge of 
Building yet to Come on. 

Tliat they are all plain men Dwelling in these tents. Hus- 
bandry their Employment their Improvements very small, 
their Lands yet to Subdue. The Progress much Retarded by 
their Necessity to work out of town the prime of the year or 
at Other Business to procure provision Tho the town is part 
of Old Dunstable it has always till now bin a frontier and 
Remained a totall Wilderness till within a few years the 
Owners under no Injunction of Settlement the Land very 
antiontly Granted to Gent^ in farms, & part of the Divisions 
of Dunstable Comon who still hold the Greatest part and 
Continue unimproved by Which means the few setlers are 
scattered all ab' the town much Labour has & must be spent 
in Opening and making Roads & Bridges Causes &c that are 
of Present Necessity, a burthen of it self too Heavy for the 
Strength of the small weak nomber that is there, in the late 
war at the expence of Garisoning Scouting & Defending 
themselves Besides many Other charges they have & must go 
thro so therefore apprehend themselves utterly unable to Bear 
any part of the publick taxes as yet, but hope their Small 
Beginiag in time may become usefull if they may be nurssd & 
favoured now In their Infancy 

Wherefore your Pef' Humbly pray that they may be Con- 
sidered in this their Infont & Chargable State & that they may 
not be taxed, till they are of ability to go thro their own neces- 
sary charge and when that shall be they will Chearfully 
Contribute according to their Power & shnll ever pray &c 
In behalf of y" Inhabitants 

Bexj'" Hopkins ") Selectmen 
Robert Colbl'un j of Monson. 

ProV N Hamp' April 25 1753. 
The within Petition read & ordered to be Sent Down to the Ilonb'" 
House of representatives. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



12 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition for an7tcxation. 
Province of ] To His Excellency Benning Wentwoith Esqr 
New Hamp j Governour &c the Honorable his Majestys Coun- 
cil 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of a tract of 
Land north of and adjoining to Monson Lying with no Incor- 
poration of any town or District Humbly Shews — 

That the Town of Monson in this Province is situated in 
Length East & West near eight miles & in Breth but about 
four miles & is Bounded on the Northerly Side by Souhegan 
River Both Sides of Which River is in the General Fruitfull 
& Profitable Land for Corn and Grass 

That if the Limits of the Town of Monson afores'' Were 
Inlarged on the North so as to add & Include the Following 
tract viz, to begin at the Northeast Corner of Monson on 
Sowhegan River & extend North by the line of Merrymac 
Two Miles, & to begin the next Station at the Northwest cor- 
ner of Monson afors' & to Run thence North two miles and 
strait line from thence to the two mil's end first menshioned 
and to Bound to the old Bounds of Monson Which will be an 
addition of about seven thousand acres and v/ill Make the Said 
town of Monson In the Genereal about five miles & an half In 
Bredth. 

That the said River is Small and many Bridges are New 
and must Continue to be kept in Repair so that the Said River 
is of no 111 convenience to the uniting the Incorporation as 
afors'' & will be for the Accomodation of Monson ; Severall of 
us has for many years ben Settled there & at Heavy Expence 
made Our Improvements 

That we have not had the benefit of any Incorporation in 
any Town, nor see any Present Prospect unless wee are anexed 
to Monson 

That Monson then will be upwards of seven Miles the North 
Line and Lands to the North of them not Incorporated, so that 
it Can be noPredjiduce to any Incorporation of any number of 
people for the Future the Land Generealy alike and Chiefly 
Good. 

Wherefore your Petition" most Humbly Pray That your 
Excellency & Hon" woud take ye premises into Consideration 
and be pleased to annex & Incorporate the tract afore^'' with 
the Inhabitants to Monson as one Corporate Town & your 
Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 

John Shepard William Peabody 

Andrew Bradford Israel Towne 

his Thomas Williams 

Achelaus x Wilkins Richard Gould 

mark John Edmonds 

John E\crsden Edward Beming? 

John Hutchinson 
Edward Beming (?) junr 



TOWN PAPERS — AMIIEUST. 13 

Petition of Atnhcrst for an extension of its CJiarlcr 1761. 
To His Exelency Bening Wentworth Esq' Governor in chief 
in and over His Majesties Province of New Haaip.>hi'e and 
to the Honorable the Coiinsell. 

The Memorial of us the Subscribers the Select Men of the 
Town of Amherst in the Province aforesaid. Humbly shew- 
eth that we with the Lowest Submission Sollicitously pray 
that vour Exelency and Honours would leng'Lhcu out the life 
of the Charter of our Town and we doubt not but your Ex- 
elency and Honours in your Great wisdom & Clemency will 
do it during the Kings pleasure and so your Memorial sl.s as in 
Duty bound will ever jDray. 

Reuben Mussey ~\ Sc'.ccimen 
Tho'' Wakefield )- in behalf of 
William Peabody 3 the Town. 
Amherst Dec' y* \ 

15th 1761. ; 

N. B. We the Subscribers vSelect men of the Town of Am- 
herst Nominate and appoint Col. John Goss Esqr to represent 
to his Exelency the Governor and the Honorable Connsil our 
Memorial above specified to prolong our Town Charier. 



Province of) To the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives for 
New Hamp j said Province — 

There was a vote in the House of Representai.ivcs January 
28'-' 1 761 That the Selectmen of the Oldest adjoining Town 
to anv Town Parish or District where no Select men were 
should take Inventory of such Town &c and be paid by the 
Province Pursuant thereto We took Inventory of Lyndebor- 
ough and sent the same to the Sec''- as Directed by the afore- 
said vote — The taking of which Inventory took us Two Days 
of hard Service (there being Considerable of Snow on the 
Ground at the time when we were obliged to do it) And 
there is Justly Due to Each of us New Ten'' one Pound Ten 
Shillings per day To' £9:0:0 which we doubt not but you 
will Immediately Grant & allow. 

Decem' 30"' 1762. William Peabody"^ Selectmen 

Robert Read [- of 

Jx ' SiiEPARD junr 3 Amlierst. 
Province of \ In the house of Representatives Jan'y 20'' 1763. 
New Ihimps J This Ac'ct being Read 

Voted that there be allowed nine pound new Tenor, and paid to Se- 
lectmen of Amherst or their order Out of money in the Treasury for 
Contingances. 

A Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concur'd 

T Atkinson junr Secry 

Consented to B Wextwortii. 



14 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Memorandum of some proposals for an Accommodation Be- 
tween the Selectmen of Monson & Amherst Viz. the Town 
of Amherst to take or have Annexed the following extent or 
part of Monson Namely begining at the Northeast Corner of 
Monson & Running Southerly on the East Line of said Mon- 
son Two miles then Running a Line paralell with the North 
Line of Amherst to the west line of Monson Then northerly 
on the westerly line of said Monson to the northwest corner 
thereof Provided the Town of Holies will take or have an- 
nexed the residue of said Monson. 

April y* 20th 1763. We the subscribers consent to the 
above proposal 

Benj^ Kenrick "] Selectmen 
Daniel Kenrick \ of 
JosiAii Crosby j ISIonson 
Holies April 28"' 1763 
Samuel Cumings ~\ Selectmen Robert Reed ] Selectmen 

Francis Worcester \ of Samuel Stenard I 

Stephen Webster J Holies Tho' Wakefield - of 

Daniel Campbell | 
Jn" Shepard jun'' J Amherst 



Letter of Rev. Daniel WiUcins of A?nherst relating to a 
Shire town in the proposed division of the Province into 
Counties. 
I Oct. 1767. 

To the Hon''''^^ George Jaffery Esq'' in Portsmouth 
Hon'i ^ De^^r gj. 

After due salutation, I beg leave to inform your Hon'' that 
the proposal of the General Court that Merrimack be the Shire 
Town of the County on the West side of Merrimac River 
has raised a general uneasiness throughout the whole County 
evin many thinking men in Merrimac itself (as I have been 
credibly informed) are well satisfied that if the Proposal be es- 
tablished it will be greatly to the Town Damage in general, as 
they are small in Number, consisting of seventy odd Families 
no more and them exceeding much scattered and many of the 
number on New Places and no ways accommodated to enter- 
tain a Court especially with ILay & Pastoriiig, neither do they 
ever expect to be well accommodated with the Primeses as 
great Part of their Land is poor and clothed with shrubs the 
uneasiness of the People arises from the said Proposals not 
being for Amherst rather than Merrimack Not only as Am- 
herst has l)een talked of for a Shire Town evin from Its Infancy 
thereby fixing the minds of tlie People upon it, but for its sit- 
uation Nearer the Hart of the County so that many Towns can 
come from Home in the Morninu- and return Home in the 



TOWN PAPERS — AMHERST. O 

Evining that cant possibly do the like if the Court be at Mer- 
rimac, and thereby save a great deal of Charge to poor People 
and now S'' I beg leave to give a Discription of Amherst in a 
few Words: It is Situate about Eight ^Miles from ^Mr Lut- 
wvtche's Ferrv on Merrimac River the contents of which is 
about six miles Square containing about one Hundred and 
sixty Famelies and accommodated according to men of tlie 
best Judgment to settle an Hundred Families at least, more 
than is already settled, and near an Hundred of them good 
Country Farms Well accommodated with fields and Pastures 
and chiefly all good Husbands the Middle of the Town pleas- 
antlv situated, a good coach Road to it from the Eastward and 
Southern Parts of the Province and all Roads centering there 
The People in general knowing the situation and accommoda- 
tions of Amherst to entertain tlie Court suppose that the Gen- 
eral Courts proposal for Merrimack sprung from a mis-Repre- 
sentation. 

The occasion of these lines to your Hon"" was the cries of the 
People and to beg leave to subscribe your humble sen-t. 

Daniel Wilkixs. 

Amherst Oct y^ i'' 1767. 

P : S : S"" I must beg leave to tell your Plon^ that ]Mr. Wil- 
lard a son of Coll Willard of Winchester and one Mr. Hall 
was at my House the Last Evening as agent for Keen and 
other towns towards the great River to desire that the Shire 
Town might be x\mherst and likewise that there is a general 
uneasiness of its being at Merrimack and also Walepole as that 
every town save two would be greatly Discommoded if the 
Court was had at Walepole and not at Keen and also beg the 
favour of its being established at Keen as Keen will much best 
commode the People in General or at least that his Exelency 
with your Hon" would grant them Liberty to bring Down the 
minds of the People. 

D. : W 



Vote of Monson for a Divisiou^ <&c. 
Province of ") 

New Hampshire. / 

At a Legal meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of Monson 
in said Province held on monday the ninth day of april 1770 
Voted that Nathan Hutchinson and Will'" Nevins be a Com- 
mittee to petition the Governor and Counsil of said Province 
for the following Division of the Town of Monson viz. Be- 
gining att the northeast Corner of ]Monson then extending 
South by the Town of merrimac two miles then dew West to 
the West line of said monson then North to Souhegan River 
then down Said River to the Bounds first mentioned to be an- 



jg NEW HAMPSHIRE 

nexed to Amherst and the Remainder of said Town to Hollis. 
Benj^^ Kexkick Town Llarlc 
Copy Attest Benj^^ Kenrick Town Clark 
Petition for a Division and Annexation. 



To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq-" Cap' General and 
Comander in Chief in & over his Majcstys Provmce of New 
Hampshire and To the Honorable his Majestys Council ot 
said Province 

The Subscribers being a Committee duly appointed by the 
Inhabitants of the Town of Monson in said Provmce to i eti- 
tion your Excellency and Honors to divide said 1 own of Monson 
as hereinafterwards Expressed viz: Begining att the North 
East Corner of Monson then Extendmg South by the Town ot 
Merrimac two miles then dew West to the \yest Ime of said 
Monson then North to Souhegan River then down said River 
to the bounds first mentioned to be annexed to Amherst and 
the Remainder of said Town to Hollis Humbly beg leave to 
sugo-est that the Lands in and about the Center of said Monson 
is so very poor Baron Brooken and uneaven as cannot admit ot 
many Settlers so that those Families that are in Town are al- 
most^ all planted in the Extreem parts of it We therefore 
conceive that if a Division were made as above mentioned tne 
Interest and good of the people in it would be much promoted 
thereby Especially as we have no prospect of ever building a 
Meeting House in the Center or else where any ways to ac- 
comodcrte us bv which difficulties we think the Gosple will 
not be settled among us while in the present Situation we 
therefore pray that the above Division may be made and we as 

in Duty bound will pray 

- Nathan Hutchinson 

William Nevens. 

Petition to be disannrxed from Amherst. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq^ Captain General 

Governor and Commander in chief in & over his Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire, And the Honorable his 

Majestys Councill. 

The Peti'don of the Subscribers, being Inhabitants of the 
Southwardly part of Amherst in said Province most Humbly 

sheweth. . -i • i ^u /'k,. 

That the town of Amherst is about nine miles m length (bv 
reason that about half the Town of Monson was ot late an- 
nexed to it) and is capable of being Divided into two Imyns 
or Parishes, without Prejudice to or Spoiling the same ; i hat 
many of the Subscribers live in that part ot Amherst, which 



TOWX PAPERS AMHICllST. 1 7 

was lately Monson, & our being annexed to said Amherst was 
contrary to our desire &; Interest ; that wc are so remote from 
the Center of Amherst, that it is (& ever will be) with great 
Expence inconvenience Sc difficulty to us and our Families, to 
attend publick worship, by reason of the distance. That many 
of our Estates are not so valuable by reason of our being an- 
nexed to Amherst, for before that, our Situation was nigh the 
Centre of Monson, & on that account purchased our Land, at 
a dear rate, & Monson being Annihilated, our Situation (many 
of them) is now more inconvenient than before, unless we can 
obtain your Excellency's, & Honors Interposition. 

Wherefore we humbly Pray, that your Excellency and 
Honors would set us off from said Amherst, and Invest us 
with Town Priviledges, by the following Bounds & lines, viz, 
beginning at the Southwest Corner of what was formerly Am- 
herst, thence Northwardly by the west line of Amherst one 
mile and an half, Thence East untill it comes to the East 
line of the Town of Amherst. Thence Southwardly by said 
East line of Amherst untill it comes to the North line of the 
Town of Holies, Thence Westwardly by the Noi'th line of the 
Town of Holies, untill it comes to the North west corner 
thereof. Thence Northwardly, by the West line of said Am- 
herst untill it comes to the Bound first mentioned, or Grant us 
any other Relief, that your Excellency & Honors, in your 
Wisdom & Goodness shall Judge most convenient, & your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Amherst Jan'y 26'" 1771. 
Benjamin Hopkins James Hopkins 

William Wallace Stejihen Williams 

Benjamin Hopkins jun'' Gardner Gowen 

Joseph Gould William Jones Jr 

John Burns junr Nathan Tuttle 

Ebenezer Hopkins Benjamin Jones 

George Burns Joseph Farnum 

Richard Gould John Burns 

Caleb Jons Jonathan Towne 

Thomas Towne Amos Whittemore 

Abner Hutchinson David Duncklee 

Robert Parker Josiah Burroughs Jun 

William Taylor Isaac How jun 

Jonathan Button Jonathan Grimes 

Isaac Powers Bartholomew Towne 



rctition of Amherst agaiust the division of the town. 
Filed Feb 4"' 1771 
1771 To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq' Captain 
General Governor &c. of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire — And to the Honorable His Majesty's Council of 
said Prorince 
The Subscribers Inhabitants of Amherst in said Province. 
2 



15 XEW HAMPSHIRE 

Humbly Shew that for more than twenty years last past a 
Number of persons living on those Lands lately known by the 
Name of Monson, but more lately Joined to said Amherst not 
having a Minister settled among them, nor accommodations 
sufficient for that purpose (as they said) very constantly at- 
tended the worship of God with us in said Amherst not Doing 
anything Avith us towards our Meeting House nor towards the 
Support of our minister except some Small private Donations 
made to our minister. However they Repeatedly Requested 
our Town to Consent to Receive them. Promising to meet at 
any place that the maj"' part of the People should fix to Build a 
House on, whereupon our Town after Repeated SoUicitashons 
to Receive them gave their Consent — And your Exellency & 
Honors some time in July last saw fit to Aggregate about one 
half of said Monson To said Amherst, soon after our Town 
Saw it necessary to Build a Meeting House and voted to Do it 
(our Present Meeting House being Small and insufficient for 
the old Town & said new Addition) the most of the People of 
the New Addition were present some voted in the Aftermative 
some in the Negative, but they began to think that the Charter 
Subjected them to the same Duties with us of the old Town, 
that they must Defrey some part of the Charge in Building and 
so forth and not only so but must Do something towards sup- 
porting our minister, these Reflections aflected some of them 
very Sensibly ; they had not been acquainted with anything of 
the kind, they were Ready to Construe it as a Degree of Per- 
secution & the like. And to Remedy this evil they are about 
Petitioning to have our Town as it now lyes Divided into two 
Parishes which we think cannot be Done without a manifest 
Injury to more than three Qiiarters of the Town, a very con- 
siderable Qiiantity of Land in our Town is barron and Poor 
and will not admit of two Parishes ; besides it lyes in Such a 
Situation by reason of a River & Hills that the whole of the 
People may more conveniently meet at one Place, the place 
Pitched upon than at any two Places in the Town (of which 
the Gentlemen that Exhibit this will inform,) we would only 
add that if the Town is made into two Parishes it will tend 
very much to the Ruin of our minis'' Therefore pray that if 
sucli tlieir Petition should be prefered the prayer thereof may 
not be granted And y'' Petitioners as in Duty bound will Pray. 

Benj" Taylor Daniel Wilkins y« 3d 

John Davis Jacob Ilildreth 

John Smith Isaac Weston 

Will'" Walton David Ilildreth 

Jonathan Lamson Nathan Kendal 

Ephraim Ilildreth James Clark 

Jacob Curtice John Secombe 

Daniel Campbel Hez'' Lovejoy 

Benj* Shepard Amos Flint ' 



TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 



19 



John Burns 
fohn Wilkins 
Jn" Shepard jun' 
Israel Towne 
Enos Upton 
Enos Bradford 
Sam' Stuart 
Eze' Holt 
Je'' Cuinings 
Benj* Ellinwood 
Reuben D Mussey 
Benjamin Clark 
Stephen Peabody 
Thomas Avarel 
Thomas Avarel Junr 
Jedediah Ellinwood 
John Hartshorn 
Jacob Standly 
Isaac How 
Eben^ Holt Jun'' 
Reuben Mussey 
Francis Lovejoy 
Nathan Fuller 
Amos Green 
John Washer 
Stephen Washer 
Bray Wilsen 
Amos Truel 
David True! 
John Shepard 
Hezekiah Duncklee 
Joseph Duncklee 
Robert Read 
Moses Nichols 
Jonathan Wilkins 
Joseph Lovejov 
Jn" Averil 

Timothy Mackintire 
James Woodbury 
Peter Woodbury 
Joshua Abbott 
Acha' Towne 
W"' Bradford 
James Seetowne 
Hugh Ross 
Joseph Small 
John Michell 
Sam Wilkins 
Sam Lamson 
Asa Farnum 
Moses Towne 
Eben Ellinwood J'' 
Rolandson Ellinwood 
W"' Small 



Josiah Kidder 
Ebenezer Weston 
Sam' Dodge 
Kendal Boutwell 
David Williams 
John Steward 
James Gage 
Samuel Lamson Junr. 
John m'Clenche? 
Benj" Wilkins 
Nathan Phelps 
Francis Eliot 
Thos. Carlton 
James Hartshorn 
George Wiley 
Ebenezer Holt 
Reuben Holt 
Will'" Steward 
Will"' Melendy 
Tho^ Wakefield 
Joseph Bouttell 
Benj" Davis 
Tho' Clark 
Jonathan Small 
Andrew Bixebe 
Samuel McKeen 
Nahum Baldwing 
Andrew Davis 
Elisha Felton 
Joseph Ellinwood 
James Cochren 
Joseph Bouttel 
Reuben Bouttel 
Thomas Bouttel 
Amos Bouttel 
Jonathan Lund 
Simson Steward 
Sam' Stearns 
Timothy Smith 
W-n Odell 
John Dunckle' 
Joseph Prince 
Moses Walton 
John Seetown 
Josiah (?) Petingill 
Benj ' Kenrick 
Eben'' Ellinwood 3d 
Eben'' Ellinwood 
Bart'' Dodge 
Thomson Maxwell 
Timothy Nichols 
Peter Goss 
David Hartshorn 
William Hogg 
John Hartshorn 
127 Signers 



20 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Vote of Amherst Relative to JMonson April \o 1766. 

At a Legal Meeting of the Town of Amherst in the Province 
of New Hampshire Held on the Tenth day of April A. D. 
1766, 

Voted that the following part of the Town of Ivlonson, with 
the People thereon, may be annexed or joined to this Town, 
and enjoy all Priviledges and imunities in comon with the same 
viz Begining at the Northeast Corner of said Monson from 
thence South by the Town of Merrymack two Miles from 
thence due West to the West Line of said Monson, then 
North to Souhegan River so called, then Down said River to 
the bounds first mentioned. Upon the following Condition 
and not otherwise, that is to say they the People of said Mon- 
son to be at the Expence of Geting the Thing Done 

John Shepard jun. Town Clerk. 
Copy Attest John ShejDard jun Town Clerk 



Petition of yon. Shepard J7(nr in behalf of A^mhcrst 
yan 26, 1 77 1. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Capt. Gen' Gov- 
ernor &c of the Province of New Hampshire To the Hon- 
ourable his Majestys Council of said Province. 
The Selectmen of Amherst in the same Province, Beg leave 
to inform your Excellency and Hon" that a Number of those 
persons that Inhabit those Lands formerly Called Monson but 
lately joined to said Amherst have lately signified their inten- 
tion of Prefering a Petition to your Excellency & Honors, in 
which they should pray to have said Amherst Laid into two 
parrishes And some of them are so Sanguine about it as to 
suppose the thing may be Done at first asking without Noti- 
fying the Town of it, if so it must be submitted to, but the 
Petitioners are Humbly of Opinion that such a iDroceedure 
must be very Detrimental to by far the greater part, even more 
than two thirds of the People, and being bound to think that 
your Excellency & Hon" cannot be prevailed with to do any 
thing Tending to hurt the Civil and Religious Polity of any 
Licorporation Therefore in behalf of said Town Pray that if 
such their petition should be prcfered as aforesaid that previous 
to granting the Prayer thereof The people of said Amherst 
may be Notified and heard thereon And your Petitioners will 
Pray By Desire of said Selectmen. 
Dated 26''' January 1771. 

John Shepard Jun Town Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS AMIIKUST. 21 

Petition for a Road J^rom CJiarlcstown to A/n/wrst 1773. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq' Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same 
To tlie Hon''' His Majesties Council, and to the Hon^''' His 
Majesties House of Representatives In General Assembly 
Convened 

The Petition of Jotham IJlancliard In Behalf of Himself 
Reuben Kidder Esq' and Others Humbly Sheweth that your 
Petitioners are at great Inconvenience as to roads from Charles- 
town (in said Province) to this Metropolis, that Your Petition- 
ers Humbly Conceive a Road mav be made from Charlcstown 
Through the Towns of Acworth, Lemster Campden Monad- 
nock number seven to that Tract of Land known by the name 
of ^Masons Proprietors Reservation, or Society Land, that the 
same road maybe Continued toPetersborough, «& Lyndsborough 
to Amherst where there is sufficient roads to any Part of this 
or the neighboring Governments, and your Petitioners Pray 
Your Excellency and Honours to Cause an act of said Province 
to be made and Passed, for the said road to be surveyed alid 
made Passable Through said Town in the most direct manner 
Possible and that Your Excellency and Honours would ap- 
point a Committee of Two or more Men Capable of surveying 
and making said Road at the Cost and Charge of the Proprie- 
tors that owns and Holds the Land in the said Towns, and that, 
shoud those Proprietors Refuse to pay said Cost and Charge 
that the Lands within said Towns may be subject to be sold in 
such Proportion as may pay the same or in some other way 
which may appear to Your Excellency and Honours to be most 
Conducive to the facilitating the Settlement of those New 
Towns which are in their Infancy as to their settlements, and 
Pray that Your Excellency and Honours To Take the forgoing 
Petition into Your Wise Consideration and Grant such Relief 
as Your Excellency and Honours in Your Great Wisdom shall 
think Best and Your Petitioners shall ever Pray. 

JoT]IAM BlAXCHARD. 

May 13'^' 1773. 

Petition of the County of Hillsborough i774- 

To the Hon'''<= The Justices of His Majestys Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace Holden at Amherst within and for said 
County on the 17"' Day of August A D 1773 by adjourn- 
ment from the first Thursday next following the first Tuesday 
of July 1773— 

The Petition of us tlie Subscribers Freeholders of the Respec- 
tive Towns of Amherst, llollis. New Ipswich. Nottingham 



22 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

West, Dunstable, Litchfield, Merrymac, Bedfoi'd, Derryfield, 
Goftcs Town, Dunbarton, Hopkinton, Weare, Mason, New 
Boston, Lyndsborough, Wilton, Temple, Peterborough, Bos- 
cawen, Salisbury and Hennikar all in said County which said 
Petitioners are Agents Legally Chosen and Constituted for the 
said Towns, Whereof they are Freeholders and Inhabitants 

Humbly Shews That in the Month of Septem'' 1772. an ac- 
tion was brought by John Holland of Amherst aforesaid 
Yeoman (a Deputy Sheriff for said County) against one Joseph 
Kelley of Nottingham West in said County- Gentlemen. Re- 
turnable at the then next Inferior Court of Common i'leas to 
be Holden at Amherst aforesaid for said County in October 
A D 1772 who for want of Bail was Committed to his Majes- 
ty's Goal at Amherst aforesaid That the said Inf "" Court action 
came on to be tryed at Ocf Court aforesaid at Amherst, and 
the said Kelly then a prisener Moved by One Air. Stephen 
Searles his attorney that he might either have Liberty to be 
present at the Tr^^al of that Cause and some others then and 
there pending wherein he the said Kelley was a party, or that 
said Causes might be Continued until he could be present. 

Notwithstanding which their Honours the Justices of the 
said Inf Court Ordered tlie said Kelly to be Defaulted, and 
enter'd Judgment against him in favor of said Holland for the 
sum of £83 Lawful Money or thereabouts, Damages & Costs, 
and the said Kelley being confind in said Goal by Virtue of a 
Writ Issuing out of s*^ Court was under the protection of the 
same That to call him Out without giving him the power of 
being present was Requiring an Impossibility and that the said 
Cause ought to have been Continued by the said Court officially. 

That on the 14*'' Day of October a D 1772 said Kelly with 
one John Thom who was confined in said Goal for Debt, made 
their Escape out of said Goal 

That this Hon*^'*^ Court at their adjournment in June last 
upon application by s'd Holland, made a Grant to him of £83 
Lawful Money or thereabouts for s'd Judgment Obtained as 
aforesaid as your Petitioners Humbly conceived to be paid out 
of the Monies of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of s'd 
County That s'd Kelly before the s'd 14* Day of October 
had nearly Eflected his Escape That the Sherifi' of said 
County accepted of a Guard (Order'd by this Hon'''' Court) 
for the greater safety of the Prisoners that he had from time to 
time placed a guard as your Petitioners are informed Dismissed 
s^ Guard on the evening of the 13'^ of the s^ October. 

That your Petitioners are Likewise informed that s'^ Kelly 
frequently gave out that he Intended to make his Escape on 
the s'* 14"* Day of October. 

That your Petitioners apprehend that the s'' Sherift'was very 
negligent of his Duty not attending th^Goal himself, and suf- 



TOWN PAPERS AMHERST. 23 

fering all his Deputvs & Servants to be out of Town on s ' 
Day. 

That the Towns your Petitioners have the Honour to Repre- 
sent with the lesser Ones, have very cheerfully borne the charges 
& Expenses of the County afors'' hitherto ; which have amounted 
to Divers Large Sums of Money, and are still willing to bear 
the Necessary Charges & Expenses of s'' County and even for 
the Escaped aforesaid, were they not apprehensive that some 
unfaithfulness or undue Practice was the sole cause of said 
Escape. 

That the good and Wholesome Laws of this Province give 
to AP Holland and other Claimants other good Remedvs for 
Recovering their Demands without Burthening the County, 

Wherefore Your Petitioners as Agents for the several Towns 
afores'd which make the greatest part of the County aforesaid 
Plumbly Pray that your Ilonours would suffer your Petitioners 
to State with Evidence the Notorious Facts before hinted at, 
and be heard by Council on the Premises — And that youi 
Hon"^ will be pleased to reconsider the Grant aforesaid made 
to s'd Holland and direct the Treasurer of s'd County not to 
pay the Same and be Tendcd{ ?) of making further Grants on 
account of s*^ Kelley & Thorns Escape — and your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray. 

Amherst aug*' loth 1773 

Dtnid^Campbell } Committee from Amherst 
William Xevens "j 

Nath' Ball |- Committee from Holies 

Elnathan Blood J 

Isaac How "I ^ -^^ c t • 1 

Tim'^ Farrar / Committee from Ipswich 

Abraham Pasre "I ^ -^^ r -kt ^^- , ■..r . 

Nehemiah Il^dley | Committee from Xottingh. West 

James Blanchard "j 

Jon* Lovewell V Committee from Dunstable 

Joseph Whiting ) 



John Parker ) ^^ .,, ^ t •. i /- i j 

Daniel Kendall | Committee from Litchfield 

Jon. Blanchard 1 

fohn Xeal > Committee from Merrvmac 

William Alld j 

James Martin Committee Man from Bedford 

James McCalley Committee Derryfield 

lio^el Lrtt"e}^°'^'^'"^"' ^'■"'" ^"'^'^ '^°"" 

Caleb Page Committee from Dunbarton 

Stephen Harritnan ) ^ -..^ c n 1 • . 

z-i • .. u /- u ^Committee from Hopkinton 
Christopher Gould j * 

Ton" Dow ) ^^ .^. c -.,, 

Samuel Philbrick K^'"'"'"^'^ '^^°'" ^^^'^''^ 



24 NEW HAMPSHIRE 






Abijah Allen 

David Blodgett }■ Committee from Mason 

Reuben llosme 

Archibald McMillan ") ^ ■.. r xt t> ^ 

James Caldwell | Co'"'^>"ee from New Boston 

John Stephenson ") ^ •.. /• t j i 

Nath' Phelns 1 ^oi"'"ittee from Lyndsborough 

Jon" Martin I Chosen by the Major part of the Freeholders 

William Abbott Jr J of Wilton 

&ud 'iSwaid } Committee from Temple 

William Smith! ^ -^^ r r, ^ , 

John Young | Committee from Peterborough 

Henry Gerrish ") ^ .^^ ^ „ 

Peter Kimball | Committee from Boscawen 

Jonas Bowman Committee from Hennikar 

Ebenezer Webster! ^ v^ r c i- i 

Joseph Bean | Committee for Salisbury 

Copy Attest 

J. Holland. 

Aug y" iS"' AD 1773 at his Majestys Court of General Ses- 
sions of the Peace held by adjournment the Qiiestion was put 
whether the Court would Issue an order to the treasurer to 
revoke the former order and it passed in the Negative Ordered 
therefore that the petition be Dismissed. 

Copy Attest J. Holland. 

This Petition is Dismiss'd. 



Petit io7i 7'elathig to Monsoyi. 

To the Honerable Council and House of Representatives in 

General Assembly convein'd for the State of New Hampshire 

the second Tuesday of June 1782. 
The Petition of the subscribers Humbly She^vs 

That your Petitioners Inhabitants on a tract of Land Lying 
between Sowhegan River and the town of Hollis (according 
to its first Charter) which tract was once incorperated into a 
Township by the name of Monson but at the time such incor- 
pation took place, the inhabitants thereof were but few in 
number and unable then to Suport the Charge of a town and 
Comonly attended public Worship at Hollis and Amherst. 

That about the year 1770 a proposal was set on Foot for 
Monson to be devided and by new Charters anexed to the said 
towns, but notwithstanding the same was considerably opposed 
by many of the Inhabitants Both of Monson and Amherst the 
same has taken place and your Petitioners have been at much 
Public Expcnce in said Towns by reason of being anexed to 
them. 



TOWN PAPERS AMIIEKST. 2^ 

That the Contents of Monson are at least five miles Square 
and the Land as good as Land Generally is in this part of the 
Coinitrv and is now become considerably settled and increases 
dayly in Improvement and inhabitants, and are now able to 
Reap the Benefit of an incorporation if they might Obtain such 
a favour as they now consist of at least eighty five Familys. 

That vour Petitioners are not unacquainted of a certain Peti- 
tion's Now being before this Assembly Signed by a number of 
pei'sons residing in what was formcrlv ^lonson, Join'd bv a 
Number Living in Amherst (according to the first Charter) 
Praying for Certain matters as in the said Petition is Mentioned 
and as the Matters Contained in these Petitions are of much 
importance to both setts of Petitioners a Consideration of this 
their request Previous to a final determination of the Petition 
above abided to may Produce such a Law as will reconcile all 
parties and promote their Weal, Peace and Concord. Your 
Petitioners therefore most Humbly pray that your Iloncrs will 
Take the Premises (in all its parts) under your wise Consider- 
ation and Give them Leave to bring in such a Bill as will Place 
the Antiant Town of Monson in its former Situation as to 
Boundaries, and invest them with such Priviledges and imuni- 
•iies as other Towns in this vState hold and do Lnjoye Your 
Petitioners can't think a Motit)n of this kind will be opposed 
hv either of the Towns of Ilollis or Amherst as they are large 
bcth as to extent and inhabitants, & should your Petitioners be 
sofortimate as to have a Bill passed in their favour as to an 
inorporation they will be Willing still to pay towards suport- 
ingthe Gospel in the respective 1'owns they now belong to till 
tlic; shall ]\Iaintain Preaching among themselves a very Con- 
sidoable part of the time and as tiiis Ilonerable Assemfjly can 
havt no other thing in view but the Peace and good Order of 
all pirts of the State they represent your Petitioners arc en- 
counged to hope for a grant of their Request in such a way 
and nanner as shall seem best to your Honers and your Peti- 
tione-s as in Dutv Bound shall ever prav &c 
D;ted Amherst May 23d 1782. 
Jfsiah Kidder juner Jonas Shattuck 

Nthemiah French Ebner Gibson 

Beij' Messer Eleazer Usher 

Joeph French John Stearns 

Jocph Wood Timothy Emerson Junr. 

Iv<ry Hovev Jonathan Lovejoy 

^\'iliam French David Duncklee 

Olicr Bowers David Wallinj,'rord 

Jenthineei Colburn Simeon Blood 

NN'iliam French j' Joiin Stearns Jun' 

^^'i!iam Fatten juner Edward Foster 

Rolert Perkins Stearns Noedham 

Tiiiothy Emerson Joshua Clark 

Sila Spaulding John Whiting 



26 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Josiah Kidder John Dutton 

Daniel Kidder Abraham Leman 

Jonat'' Dantbrth Jonathan Spaulding 

Jotham Stearns \Villiam Peacock 

Thomas Emerson Benjamin Emerson 

We the Subscribers think the foregoing requested incorpo- 
rations will be more for our and the public good than the 
privileges asked for in a former petition now depending before 
this Honorable House to which we were subscribers, and 
therefore humbly request that the same may be granted in 
preference to the matters contained in the said former petition. 

Stephen How 
Samuel How. 
Dated May y" 23d 17S2. 



ATKINSON AND PLAISTOW. 

[For a number of papers relating to these towns see Plaistow, on subsequent papes. 
Atkinson was one of the lirst towns incorporated under the administration of Gov. 
John Went\yorlh. The charter bears date ;id September, 17G7.— Ed.] 

A Petitioti from Plaistow. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Governor and 

Commander in Cheaf in and over his Majesties Province jf 

New Hampshire in New England, and to the Honourable 

His iMajesties Councill, and to the Honourable House of 

Representatives in Generill Court assembled &c. 

the Humble Petition of us the. Subscribers inHabitancc of 

the North West Part of the town of Plaistow in s'^ Provmce 

Humbly sheweth that we are so Remote from the Place of 

the Publick worship of God in said town of Plastow thrt we 

cannot attend the same without Great Difeculty and wh:reas 

we are very convenient to the Place of the Publick worsHp of 

God in the town of Hampstead, we therefore Humbly Pray 

your Excellency and Honours to take our Dificult Case mder 

your wise Consideration and if in your wisdom you siould 

think Proper to Set of s'^ Northwest Part of s*^ town" of Pastow 

the Line to Run from the Pine in Cloughs meadow (so called) 

South westerly to a white oake tree near Cornet John ngalls 

barn thence on the Southerly side of his Land to his Soithwest 

Corner bounds and from thence Still South westerly to the 

Bridge over Providence brook near John Curriers Idusc at 

Salem Line and so by Salem Line to Hampstead Line \: so to 

the first Bounds and Annex us to the s'* town of Hampst ad you 

will Greatly oblige your Humble Petitioners and they hall as 

in Duty bound Ever Pray &c. 

Dated Plastow april y"^ 11 m^-^GG. 



TOWN PAPERS ATKINSON. 27 

John Kellv Benjamin Philbrick 

Nathan Watts Thomas Little 

Benjamin Richards Jun. John Ingalls 

Mic'aiah Moriol Reuben Mills 

Joseph Brown Ezekiel Belknap 

Joseph Chandler James Little 

John Morrill Moses Kelly 

Thomas Chaney junr. Moses Brown 

Moses poor Thomas Whitakcr 

Benjamin Emery Moses Whitaker 

Province of ) In Council June 26"' 1766 Read & Ordered to be Sent 

New Hamp J down to the Hon'"'" Assembly 

T. Atkinson Jun' Sec'y. 



Province of \ j the House of Representatives June 26<'" 1766. 
New Hamps" j f j 1 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on the within Petition the second 
Day of the siting of the General Assembly After the first Day of Sep- 
tember next and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Cause the 
Selectmen of Plastow to be Served with a copy of this Petition and 
order of Court that they may shew Cause if any they have why the 
Prayer thereof Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Clk. 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurr'd T. Atkinson Junr. Secry. 



To the Selectmen of the town of Plastow : — Gcnt^ 

We the Subscril^ers Desire that you would Put into the 
warning of our Next Town meetin<^ To See if the Town will 
Joyn with that Part of our Parish that Live on the South Side 
of the Province line to Chuse a Committee to fix a place for a 
meeting House To Stand that shall be most convenient for the 
s* town & Parish in so Doing you'll much oblige your Humble 
Petitioners. 
Aug lo"' 1764 
John Knight Benj" Hale 

Abel Merrill Joseph Knight 

William Bradly Enoch Noyes 

Abel Merril ju"" Oliver Knight 

John Merrill Stephen Knight 

Nath' Knight Joshua Knight 

It is by the Desire of Several that hav'nt yet signed. 



28 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Request of the Inhabitants of Plalstow to the Selectmen, 1 764. 
To the wSelcctmen of the Town of Plastow, Gents. 

We the Subscribers Desire that you would forthwith warn a 
meeting of the Inhabitants of s*^ town & Put into the warning 
of s"^ meeting to see if the Town will Joyn with that Part of 
our Parish that live in Haverhill & vote that the meeting 
House for our s'' Parish Shall Stand in the Center of the same : 
if not voted ; 2 To see if our town will vote to Sett a meeting 
House in the Center of s'^ town : if not voted 

3 To see if the town or Parish will Chuse a committee to 
Place the meeting House for us according to their Discretion 
In so Doing you'll greatly oblige your Plumble Petitioners 

Moses Belknap. 



Sep^ iS"' 1764 
Tristram Knight 
James Little 
'EzokiiaJ) Belknap 
Moses Kelly 
Stephen Dole 
John Ingalls 
Reuben Mills 
Joshua Kellv 
Benjamin Emery 
John Stevens 
Nath ■' Watts . 
David Currier 
Josepli Hale 
Jesse Page 
Benjamin Richards 
Daniel Richards 
Benja Richards Jun 
Benj Stone Jun'' 
Aaron Copp 
Robert Greenough 
Rbert ( ?) Morrill 
Joseph Knight 
John Merrill 
Tristram Knight 
Oliver Knight 
John Kelly 
Enoch Noves 
Benja Hale 
Benj Stone 
John Trusell 
Jonathan Hunt 
Stevens Merrill 
Joseph Smith 



Abner Plumer 
Peter Harriman 
John Harriman 
Closes Greenough 
Joshua Knight 
John Dow- 
Stephen Whittaker 
John Morrill 
Rlicajah Morrill 
Thomas Whitaker 
Stephen Knight 
John Dow Jun' 
Ebenezer Knight 
Richard Brown 
William Brown 
Samuel Little 
Joseph Little 
Leonard Harriman 
Nehemiah Heath 
Edmund Page 
Thomas Whitaker 
Stephen Whitaker 
Benj ' Richards Jun. 
John Morrill 
Miciah Morrill 
Jon" Poor 
Daniel Poor Jun. 
Stephen Knight 
Oliver Knight 
Asa Page 
Joseph Noyes 
Samuel Little 
John Dole 



TOWN PAPERS ATKIXSOX. 



29 



Pet it 10)1 to be set off as a Pa risk. 
To His Excellency Bcnninj2;Went\vorth Esq : Captain General 

and Coniniander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of New 

Hampshire ; To the Honourable His Majesty's Council, and 

the Honourable House of Representatives. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Westerly part of the 
Town of Plastow vSheweth, that by reason of the many & great 
difficulties they undergo in attending the Publick Worship of 
God, at the Meeting House where it now stands, through the 
great distance of their dwellings therefrom, and that Meeting- 
House is not large enougli to Acommodate more than One 
Half of the Inhabitants of said Town — 

And as it would be greatly to the Benefit of your Petitioners 
and prevent Strife and Discord among the Inhabitants, and also 
tend to the advancement of the Gospel, your Petitioners humbly 
request that the Westerly Half of said Town may be set ofi' as a 
Distinct Town, or Parish, the Dividing Line to run as follow- 
eth, Viz. Beginning at the North East corner of Benjamin & 
Ebenr Hale's Land, from thence running a straight Line to the 
Bridge near Ebenezer Eaton's, from thence running by the 
Brook unto the Road near David Bryant's and from thence 
running by said Road unto the Province Line. Your humble 
Petitioners desire your Excellency and Honours to take our 
Case into your wise Consideration and grant us that Relief and 
Benefit which to your Wisdom Shall Seem meet. And your 
Humble Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray 

Plastow May y"^ 20 1766. 



N. Peabody 
Joseph Parker 
Ebenezer Eaton 
James Xoves 
Mary Hale 
Daniel Richards 
Moses Belknap 
Nath'' watts 
John morrill 
^licajah Morrill 
Josep hill ordway 
William Brown 
Joshua Emery 
Jonathan Whittaker 
Eben- Hale 
Tristram Knight 
John French 
John Dow 
John Dow Jr. 
Jesse Page 
Benjamin Richards 
Edmund Page 
Thomas Whittaker 
David Currier 



Stephen Knight 
Nathaniel Page 
Ebenezer Chaplin 
Joseph Page 
Asa Haseltine 
Joseph Noycs 
John Knight 
Thomas Xoves 
Nath Knight 
Benj' Hale 
Joseph Knight 
John Merrill 
Joshua Knight 
Samuel Little 
John Brown 
Enoch Xoves 
Richard Brown 
Ebenezer Knight 
John Knight Jr. 
Oliver Knight 
Stephen Dole 
Moses Whittaker 
Daniel Hadley 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Prov" of ) In Council June 26"' 1766 read & ordered to be Sent 
New I lamp" j down to the Hon'''" Assembly 

T. Atkinson Junr. Secy. 
Province of 1 In the House of Representatives June 26''' 1766 The 
New Ilamp'^*' j within Petition being Read and Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the 
Siting of the General Assembly after the first Day of September next 
and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Cause the Selectmen of 
Plastow to be Served with a Copy of this Petition and Order of Court 
that thev may Shew Cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof 
should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl^ 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred T. Atkinson Secy. 

At a Legal Town meeting Holden at the meeting house in 
Plastow October y^ 9, 1764 Capt. Jonathan Carlton was 
Chosen moderator 

Then Voted That the meeting house Should Stand Whare 
it Now is Ten 3'ears 

A True Coj^py Taken out of the Town Book of Records 
Jonathan Kimball Town Clerk 

Plastow November y"^ 3, 1766 . 



Daniel Hadley against the division of Plaistow^ 1766. 

To the General Court for the Provence of New Hampshire 
I would Inform your Honours that it is very much against my 
mind that the town of Plastow Should Be Derided or made 
into two Towns or Parishes for the Petition that was Entred 
with your Honnors the 26 Day of June Last that I signed I was 
over Persuaded to sign the Constabel Promising me that if I 
would signe said Petition he would [wait] a Grate while one 
me for my Rates which I then owed to him. 

Plastow December 12"^ 1766. 

Daniel Hadley. 



yos/iua Emery against the division of -Plaistozv. 

To the General Cort for the Provence of New Hampshire : 
I would inform your Honnors that it is my mind that the town 
of Plastow should be cept to Gether as it is at this Day and 
the reason of my signing a pettition that I signed that was 
Entred in the Cort June 26 Last past was Because they told 
me that a part of our town was a Going to be Enexed to Ham- 
sted which I am very much a Gainst. But I should be very 
willing that they that Have Signed to Go to Hamsted might 
have Liberty to pay their minester Rate at Hamsted for eight 
or ten year if it is their Desier. 

Joshua Emery. 

Plastow Jenucry i, 1767. 



TOWN' PAPERS ATKINSON', 3I 

New Hampshire. In the House of Representatives Aug 26, 1767 

The Petitioners being heard on this Petition and also the Objections 
heard and Considered. 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

M. Weare CI' 
In Council, August 28^ 1767 

Read & Concurred T. Atkinson Jun' Secy. 



Memorial or letter of sundry inhabitants of Haverhill to 
the tozvn of Flalstow, '^7^1- 
BuETHEREN — though By ye Devition Line Between the 
provinces we were Sepcrated from you yet By indul^'ence from 
ye masechusets we have continued to worship with you & 
cherfully to pay our proportion ^towards the maintainance of 
3'e Gospel & after the Death of our former minister we united 
with vou in the Settlement of another whom we Justly Esteem 
& Venerate and in considisention to a Number who apeared 
uneasy about the Situation af the meeting House we united 
with you in the choice of a committee & were at considerable 
Expence in Hopes to Give them Satisfaction. They Not Being 
Easy Have obtened a Devition af your Town Taking away By 
farr the Best Part of the Land your Numbers Being hereby 
Greatly Deminished many of those Left Being of a Scctarien 
Spirit, these and many other things Being considered we cant 
But Earnestly Entreat that as you value the interest of Religeon 
you would In' Every proper method seek Imediate Rcleaf from 
those who we trust will Delight to promote Both your Civill & 
Sacred interest. Otherwise we fear you will be So Devided 
that we shall be obleged to Seperate from you & seek to be 
united to Some other Neighbor Sosiety the most Distant tho't 
of which we heartily Deplore Being perfectly Satislied with 
our Beloved pastor who has Devoted Himself to y- work of 
y - Gospel ministry among us Sc in whose ministry you & we 
have Enjoyed the utmost Satisfaction & Delight. 
We are your sincere & aft'jctionate well wisher. 
To y" Town clerk for plastow to be comuncate to y"" 
inhabitants of plastow. 

Haverhill North parish Decembr lo"' 1767 
Benja" Clement William Bryant 

Isaac Snow Richard Harriinan 

Caleb Cushing James Russell 

Nathanel Johnson William Attwod 

Mark Emerson Moses Cushing. 

Nath'' Rolfe 
Jonathan Eatten 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Inforrnat loll from Plaistow. 
To his Excclcncy Bcnning Wintworth Esq"" Govenour & and 
to the Ilonoiu'able his majesties Councill and to the Hon- 
ourable House of Representatives in generall Court as- 
sembled &c. 

this is to Inform your Excelency and Honours that \ve the 
Subscribers Inhabitance of the town of Phistow do Judge it 
highly Reasonable and we think it will be for the peace of s'' 
town of Plasto\v to set of our brethren at the northwest Part 
of s'' town and annex them to the town of Hampstead the Line 
to Run from the pine in Cloughs meadow (so called) South 
Westerly to a white oak tree near Cornit Ingalls Barn thence 
on the Southerly Side of his Land to his South West Corner 
Bounds, and from thence still South westerly to the bridge over 
Providence Brook near John Curriers house agreeable to their 
Petition as witness our hands 

Dated Plastow April y'' 1 1 : i "^dG 
Nicolas White John Chaney 

James Wliite James Clianej 

Tliomas Follamsbe Aloses Stevens 

Abraham Chase John Bradly 

Nathaniel Cheney Joseph Harriman junr 

William Folensbe John Heath 

Nathaniel Bartlet Abner Harriman 

Josiah Copps Moses Jackman 

Samuel Heath Benjamin Kimball 

Thomas Stevens Humphery Noyes 

Samuel Kimball John Hall 

Thomas Chaney Aaron Copp 

Ephraim Emerson Jonathan Stevens 

Jonathan Eatton ISIoses Page 

Stephen Woodward Daniel Whitaker 

Peter Clement Daniel Hadley 

Daniel Heath Jacob Heath. 

Dustin Chaney 



yoscpJi Page against the division of Plaisto'V i']G'j. 

To the General Court for the Province of New hampsher 
I would inform your Honers that it is my Desier that the 
Town of Plastow might Be cept to Gether as it is at this Day 
for the Reasons of my signing a Pcttition that I signed that was 
Entered in the General Court June 26 Last Past was Because 
thay told me that a Part of tlic Town of Plastow was a Going 
to Be Enncxed to the Town of Hampsted which I am very- 
much a Gainst my Desier is that it may Be left to Gether as it 
is at this Day 

Joseph Page. 

Plastow february 16, 1767. 



TOWN PAPERS ATKINSON'. 



33 



Ehcn^ Eaton against the division of Plaistotv 1767. 
To the General Court for the Provence of New hampsher — 

I would inform your Honours that it is my Desier that the 
Town of Plastow might be cept to Gether as it is at This Day 
for the Reason of my signing a Pctton that was Entred in 
the Gineral Court Last June was Be cause I was over Per- 
suaded, After Consideration I se it will be Grately to the 
Towns Damage there fore I Desier your Iloners that vou 
would not Grant said Pettons : not the suner for my signing 
s'' Pon But my Desier is that the Town of Plastow may 
Be cept to-Gether as it is at this Day. 

Ebenezer Eatton. 
1767. 



Province of New Ilamshire — 

To the Honorable Generill Court 
May it please your Honores that whereas Some time past I 
Signed a petition that the Town of Plastow Might be Divided 
being then Misinformed this therefore is to Desier your Plon- 
ores Not to take any Notice of My Name in that petition for I 
am of the opinion tis Best for the Towai to remain as it is at 
present 

Your Honores Humble Servant 

Joseph Parker. 

Plastow Aprill 13'^ 1767. 

Petition of inhabitants of Plasto-v for a?inexatioit. 

Province of "1 

New Hampshire J 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq'" Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majesty s Province of New 
Hampshire kc to the Honourable his Majestys Council and 
House of Representatives of said Province in General Court 
Assembled : the Memorial of a Number of the Inhabitants 
of Plastow in said Province Humbly shezveth 
That whereas by an act of the general Court Part of the 
Town of Plastow hes Lately been Set off, and made a new 
and Destinct Parish, and whereas Several Persons included in 
Said New Parish Have Petitioned to be annexed to the Town 
of Plastow : we the Subscribers Lihabitants of said Plastow 
beg leave to inform your Excellency <S: Honcjurs of the Rea- 
sons why we Pray their Petition may be granted. 

We beg Leave"to acquaint you that if Said New Parish docs 
Not Contain a greater QiiantiV of Lands than is Left in said 
Town of Plastow, as we are not Certain but it does, yet it is 
very well Known that the Lands in y former taking a just Es- 

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34 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

timate of Qiiantity and Qiiality together arc by far more valu- 
able then Those of the latter, upon which account we in this 
Town are certainly laid under xevy great Disadvantages. Per- 
mit us further to observe to your Excellency & Honours that 
near one-half if not y* Majority of the Inhabitants of Said 
Plastow are either Professed Babtists or so far favourers of 
them as usually to Concur with them in opposing and Coun- 
teracting every necessary Measure Respecting either the Sup- 
port of our Minister or y" Peace & good order of y*" Town 
so that without Some Helps, we see no Probable or even pos- 
sable way in which either the one or y'^ other can be Contin- 
ued among us in any tolarable Degree. 

We ask leave moreover to inform the Honourable Court that 
the North Parish in Haverhill in ^Massachusetts Province have 
hetherto ever Sence our first Incorporation into a Town 
Shared with us in Ministerial Charges and Privileges and ap- 
pear willing to Continue with us in Case the fore said Petition 
be granted, so that their may be a better Prospect of Peace & 
order in Said Plastow ; whereas if we Continue in our Present 
weakened and Devided State we have the greatest Reason to 
fear they are fully Determined to Seperate from us ; in Conse- 
quence of which Seperation we are at once irrecoverably De- 
prived not only of their Proj^ortion of y'- ministerial Tax, but 
Dispossessed of y'' Parsonage Buildings & land, the greatest 
Part by far of which lies in Said North Parish, and which we 
have hitherto enjoyed only by Vartue of our Connection with 
Them we Therefore earnestly Pray your Excellency and 
Honours to take the affair under Consideration and grant Such 
Relief for the Said Petitioners and for us as you in your wis- 
dom Shall Think best and we as in Duty bound Shall ever 
Pray 

Plastow Dec' y*^ 3, 1767. 

John Hall Ephraim Emerson 

"Thomas Follamsbe Dustin Chaney 

Nathaniel Bartlet David Brvant 

Ezekiel Gile Nicolas White 

Peter Dow Jonathan Kimball 

Abraham Chase Benjamin S. Pettengill 

Josiah Copp Benj Hale 

Isaac Heath Jacob Trussel 

Nathanel Smith Nathaniel Knight 

Daniel Gile Joseph Knight 

Benj'' Kimball John Kniglit 

Benjamin Davis Abel Mirrill 

Nathan Gile Abel Mirrill Jun 

David Carleton John Mirill 

John Heath Humphrey Noyes 

John Bradley Humphrey Noyes Jun 

'Moses Bartlett Robert Greano\igh 

John Chancy Moses Greanough 



rows PAPERS ATKINSON'. 



35 



Richard Greanough 
Ebenezer Eatton 
Aaron Coop 
James Little 
Nathaniel Peabody 
Stephen Noyes 
Jonathan Stevens Jun 
John Brown 
Samuel Little 
Nathaniel Little 
John French 
Joseph French 
Ebenezer Knii^ht 
Joseph Knight Jun 
Joshua Knight 
Mical Chaplen 
Enoch Noyes 
James Nojes 
Robert Heath 
Joseph Noyes 
Thomas Noyes 
Caleb Noyes 
Asa Page 
James White 
Ebenezer Johnson 
Joseph Parker 
Sam'' Lowel 
John Lowel 
Richard Brown 
Daniel Poor 
William Brown 
Benj Philbrek Jun. 
Eben' Chaplen 
Jon""' Poor 
Josiph Daves 
Tristram Knight 
John Knight Junr 
Jonathan Stevens 
Oliver Knight 
Elipalet Knight 
Stephen Knight 
Jonathan Whitaker 
John Dow- 
John Dow Jun. 
Moses Dow 
Jonathan Page 
Daniel Page 
Benj Richards 
Daniel Richards 
Joseph Richards 
Bradley Richards 
Edmund Page 
Jesse Page 
Nath"' Page 
Benj Emorv 
Eldad Inga'ls 
John Ingals 
Joseph Hills Ordway 
Stephen Dole 



John Dole 
Richard Heath 
Thomas Little 
Thomas Little Jun. 
John Kelly 
Moses Kelly 
William Kelly 
Reuben Mills 
Jonathan Eatton 
John Webster 
Israel Webster 
Daniel Poor 
David Poor 
Jeremiah Poor 
Daniel Merrill 
Moses Page 
James Page 
Joseph Page 
John Webster Jun. 
Jonathan Webster 
Timothy Page 
William Webster 
Samuel Webster 
Daniel Whittaker 
Daniel Hadley 
David Currier 
Joseph Hale 
Timothv Page Jun. 
Eb^ Page 
Natha Wats 
Nath' Burpey 
Jeremiah Burpey 
John Morrill 
Micajah Morrill 
Stephen Whittker 
Moses Whittker 
Thomas Whittker 
Benj Richards Jun. 
Joseph Emerson 
Benj Philbrick 
Josep Philbrick 
Joseph Parmer 
Thomas Chaney 
Asa Harriman 
Joseph Chanler 
Moses Poor 
Joshua Kelly 
Moses Belknap 
Ezkiel Belknap 
Jacob Page 
Mical Tinney 
John Emorson 
Joseph Little 
Joshua Emory 
Benj Emory 
James Mirrill 
Timothy Ladd 
Asa Haseltine 
Currier 



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Thare is 130 mens Heads above sixteen in the west end of the town 
of Plastow. 
Thare is Eighty Seven Fameivs in tlieWest of tlie Tov.n of Ph\stow. 



Petition of Szindry Persons to be Polled fro7n Atkinson to 
PI as tow. 
Province of \ 
New Hampshire J 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt. general 
Governor and Commander in Cheaf in and over his ]SIajes- 
tys Province aforesaid &c and to the Honourable his 
Majesty s Coimcil and House of Representatives in general 
Court assembled at Portsmouth 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Shews whereas 
there has been Latly Part of Plastow set oft' and made a New 
and Seperate Parish Bounded according to Cartain Lines 
which goes by the Name Atkinsonton in which we with our 
Estates falls into y* Said New Parish our Prayer and Request 
to this Honourable Court above mentioned is that whereas 
we have heretofore assisted in Building a meeting house a 
Pasonneg house and have Now a minister Settled in Plastow 
according to our Principles and jNIinds Therefore our Desier 
and Request is that we with our Estates may be set o(T from 
Said New Parish and be anexed to the old Parish or Tov.'n of 
Plastow that we might be and Remain as heretofore 

we therefore Pray that your Excellency and Honours will 
Take The mater under Consideration and grant such Relief 
for those who Desier to be set oft' as afore said as you in your 
wisdom Shall Think best and we as in Duty Bound Shall 
Ever Pray 

Plastow Sept. 1767. 
James White Moses Page 

Moses Greenough Daniel Poor 

Jonathan Eatton Jonathan Page 

John Webster John Webster/. 

Israel Webster Daniel Poor Junr. 

Jonathan Webster Stephen Novse 

William Webster Samuel Kimball 

Daniel Whitaker 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives Sep. 24"' 1767 
New Hampshire J The within Petition being Read and Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard thereon the third dav of the 
Siting of the General Assembly after the first Day of November next 
and that they serve Mr. Thomas Noyes who is appointed to call the 
first meeting in said Atkinson with a Copy of this Petition And Order 
That Objections may be made to granting" the Prayer of the Petition if 
any there be " M. Weare. 

In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson, Secv. 



TOWN PAPERS ATKIXSOX. 37 

Province of \ j^ , ^ ^f Representatives Feb. y 12, 176S 

New Hampshire i ' .''/•-' 

The within Petition being Considered and the Parties fiiUv heard 
thereon 

Vo/cd Tiiat the Petitioners James White & Samuel Kimball have 
liberty to Poll ofY they and their Estates to belong to the Town of Plas- 
tow and the other Petitioners have liberty to Poll off they i^ their Es 
tates to belong to the Town of Plastow respecting Ministerial alVairs 
only t*v: the Petitioners have libertv to bring in a Bill accordinglv 

M Weare CV 
In Council Feb'y. 1768 
The above read and the Parties being heard 

Voted a Concurrence with this amendment That all the s<* Petitioners 
Excepting James White and Sam' Kimball remain to the Town or Par- 
ish of Atkinson as tho' no petition had been preferred 

Geo. King Depy Secy. 

New Hampshire}^" *^^^ "°"'^' °^ Representatives Feb 26t=- 176S 

The above Vote of Councill Read and Concur'd and the Petitioners 
White and Kimball have libertv to bring in a Resolve accordinglv. 

M. Weare ' CV 



Memorial of Staidry Inhabitants of Plaistow agai?ist hav- 
ing a tozv?i set off from that, 1767. 
To Excellency bening wintworth Esq"" governor and com- 
anclcr in cheaf in and over his madgstes Provence of new 
hampshirc in new ingland and to the Honorable his mad- 
gesties council and to the Honourable house of Representa- 
tives in gencrall court assembled 

To the humble Petition of us the Subscribers in Habitans 
of the Town of Plastow Humbly Pray your Excelencv and 
oners to Tak our Dificelt Case under your wise considerateon 
and we Petioners Humbly Pray that your honners would not 
grant the Petition that was sent in order for a town or Parish 
to be taken out of the said town of Plastow the Reason why 
is because there is great quantity of wild Land in s' town that 
is oned by other Towns People and a great quantity of wild 
Land oned by Said town wherefore we arc no waics able to 
be a parish by our Selves and in So Doing you will greatly 
obblige your humble Petitioners and they shall as in Duty 
bound Ever Pray &c. 

Deted Plastow febuary ; 13, 1767 

Benjamin Philbrick Joseph Palmer 

Benjamin Emery Thomas Chancy Tuner 

Joseph Ciiandler Moses Poorc 

Joseph Kimball W"\(l. Mary Little 



38 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Report of a Committee of the toxvn of Plaistow abt. this 
meeting hotise^ 1766. 
We the Subscribers having been Chose a Committee bv the Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Plastow in his Majesty's Province of New Hamp- 
shire and the Inhabitants of the north Parish in Haverhill in the Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts Bay who Congregate with the Said Inhab- 
itants of Plastow to State the Place where Their meeting House Shall 
Stand for the Future Have attended that Service, by Viewing the Sev- 
eral parts of Said Town and Parish agreeable to the Desire of the In- 
habitants of both, and heard the Respective Parties with Respect to the 
Premises ; and after Serious Consideration of the aftair with a train of 
Circumstances attending the Same too long to enumerate, Do Report 
that our opinion is that the most Suitable Place for the meeting House 
to Stand at present, is where their meeting House now Stands being 
fully of the mind. That the Startingor Determining any other Place for 
that purpose, will be attended with worse Consequences to Said Inhab- 
itants than that we have Reported 
Plastow Mar'' 2o"> 1766. 

Thomas RowellI 
Sam' Emersox 

Eben'' Stevexs |- Committee 
Joseph Frye 
Clem' March 

To the Town Clerk of Plastow to be Communicated to the Inhab- 
itants of said Town at their meeting by adjournment on the first 
Wednesday in April next 
Mar. 20'", 1766 

Com''^"' Report. 



Sundry Perso7is of Plastow Desire to have the Toxvn Still 
remain ufidivided. 

Plastow Decern'' 30"' 1 766 
To the General Court of the province of New Hampshire 

These are to inform your Hon" That whereas there was two 
petitions Sent to the general Court the twenty sixth of June 
Last past in order to be considered at the next setting one to 
have the town Divided the other to anex a part to Hampstead, 
we the Subscribers Living- within the Limits of s'^ petitions, 
are Desirous that Neither of them may be granted inasmuch 
as we think that it will very much Damnify the town at pres- 
ent for we Look on ourselves and the inhabitants of this town 
unable at present to maintain two ministers of the Gospel but 
inasmuch as there is a considerable Qiiantity of unsettled Land 
in this part of the town which is chiefly own'd by men belong- 
ing to other towns we are in hopes that in a few years we may 
be able and in the mean time we are willing that those that 
have petitioned to be anexed to Hampstead should attend the 
Publick worship of God and have Liberty to pay their minis- 
ter Rate there for the term of Eight or ten years till we are 



TOAVX PAPEHS ATKINSON. 39 

able to be two parishes and credibly to maintain two minis- 
ters for these Reasons we Desire that things may Continue 
as they are at present and in granting this our Request you 
will greatly oblige us and we think greatly benefit this town 
and as bound in Duty shall ever pray. 

Israel Webster Robert Greenough 

John Webster Moses Greenougli 

William Webster Daniel Poor Jun 

Daniel Whittaker Jonathan Page 

Jonathan Eatton Jonathan Poor 

John Webster Jr. Daniel Page 

Moses Page Humphrey Noyes 

James Page Daniel Poor 

David Poor Aaron Copp 

Jonathan Webster James Little 
Stephen Noves 



Asa Hazel tine against the division of the town of Plaistozv. 

-V- J I u- > To the Honr'*" General Court for Said Province. 

^»ew Hampshire j 

Whereas I the Subscriber Did sine a Petetion to The General 
Court to Have the Town of Flastow Divided into two Towns 
(s'' petition bars Date June y' 20"' 1766) I was over per- 
swaded by one of the Petitioners To Do it He Told me if we 
Did Not Git Divided part of the Town would Sartanly be set 
otVto Hampstead and would spoyl the Town from Ever mak- 
ing Two it is not mv mind Xor Never was to have the Town 
Divided at Present only for the above Reasons and Pray that 
it may be kept together 

Asa Hazeltine 

Plastow Jan' y I, 1767. 



No. of People in Atkinson and Plastow. 
1767 or S. 

Plastow Hath 576 People Atkinson Hath 476 People 

Rateble Heads 143 Rateble Heads 118 

Rateble Land 421 Acres Rateble Land 401 Acres 



Province of It,,!, r t, . .• r i. n. /'o 

New Hampshire / ^" ^^^ House of Representatives February 27"' 176S. 

U]>on Reading & Considering the Petition of James White & Samuel 
Kimball both of Atkinson in Said Province with Several others to have 
leave to Poll off from said Parish of Atkinson to the Parish or Town of 
Plaistow both the Polls & Estates — after fully hearing the Parties con- 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

cerned and duly Considering^ all Circumstances Resolved and Voted 
That two of the Petitionei-s Only Viz. James White and Samuel Kim- 
ball have Liberty to Poll off from said Atkinson to Plaistow aforesaid 
with their famillys & Estates both Real & Personal and shall hereafter 
be Estimated taken & adjudged to be part of & to belong to the said 
Town of Plaistow and shall be adjudged Liable & Subject to all duties 
Taxes and orders of Said Town as much as and in the same manner as 
other Inhabitants of Said Town in Proportion to their Estates Saving 
that their future Purchases of Real Estate shall belong to the Town or 
Parish where they lay 

P. GiLMAN Speaker 
In Council March i6 1768 
read & Concurred 

George King Dep. Secy. 

Assented to 

J. Wentworth. 



jfaines Whitens Reasons for ivishing to 7'emain in tJie tozvn 
of Plaistoiv. 

The Subscriber for the folowing Reasons prayes that he 
may not be set of from The Town of plastow 

for that I have Been at a Considerable cost for the Building 
of the meeting house Thare and Lately In Repairing of it. 
That my land layes near the one half of It In haver' north 
parish the land where my Buildings Stands comes within 
about half a mile of ^^lastow meeting house 

James White. 



List of Baptists in Plaistoiv. (Supposed) 
Those that Profess themselves of y" Baptist Perswation 

which in all Parrish afairs have appeared against y"' Peace & 

welfair of our minister and his society are as follows : 

Joseph Flint Joseph Welch 

Daniel Emerson John Copp 

Nehcmiah Heath Moses Orway 

Abner Plummer Enoch Johnson 

Job Eatton John Stevens 

Bartholomew Heath Stevens Merrill 

Joseph Harriman Ebenezer Noyes 

Joseph Harriman Jun. Selvenes Noyes 

James Bly Moses Stevens Jun. 

Joseph Smith Stephen Flandei-s 

Jonathan Smitli Samuel Welch 

John Pollard James Huse 

Daniel Aver Samuel Dow 

Simon Eollansbe John Trusel 

Edmond Pilsbury Widow Dow 

The Hole of ye Inhabitcnce Besides the above mentioned which was 

Rated in y" Last minister Rate which has Ben made are 70 Seventeen 

of which "has ben taken Notice in Town meetings to joyn with y- Bap- 
tists in voting 4 of which arc widows & some stands as Nuters. 



TOWN PAPERS BARRIXGTOX. 4I 

BARRINGTON. 

[This town was incorporated 10 May, 17J-2.— Ed.] 

A List of the original Proprictorsof the Town of Barrington 
with the Rate which each man Paid &. by which the Qiiantity 
of Acres each man had is ascertained at the rate of two Pence 
pr acre & also the number of Each Lot as the Same was 
drawn by each Prop' or his Constituent 





■ 

The Pkopkietoiis Names 




Acres 


Rods 
wide 


rate 






£ 


S 


1 


Henry ICeese 


270 


1.35 


2 


5 




Thos Hamniett 








(iO 


30 




10 


3 


John Moor 








7'2 


36 




12 


4 


Francis Hand 








(iO 


.30 




10 


5 


Benja Ganiblin 








3;50 


100 


2 


15 


(! 


Kloazr Russell 








yi> 


48 




16 




Widiw Hatch 








(JO 


30 




10 


H 


Kdv.ard Cater 








120 


60 


1 




!) 


Wni White . 








ilO 


45 




15 


10 


Rcvd Koprcrs . 








3i;o 


180 


3 




11 


J:iines Eihhv . 








l-.'O 


CO 


1 




n 


Saml Allcock. 








210 


105 


1 


15 


13 


Jno Hobcrts . 








210 


105 


1 


15 


14 


Saml Hart 








ISO 


90 


1 


10 


15 


Jno Shackl'onl 








210 


105 


1 


15 


1(5 


Joseuli Hnlnies 
Wni warren . 








1.50 


75 


1 


5 


17 








CO 


30 




10 


18 
lit 
20 


Jno .Sliores 








GO 


30 




10 


DoctrP.aley .* 








98 


48 




1R(?) 


21 


Wm Bridghani 








90 


48 




IG 


22 


Agnis Rus-;oll 








30 


15 




5 


2:j 


Thos Phips . 








3U0 


150 


2 


10 


24 


IJich.i Wibird 








(iCO 


3o0 


5 


10 


2:) 


Thos We<tl)rook 








300 


i.-.o 


2 


10 


-'1 


WniCottfii Junr. 








120 


60 


1 






Peter (.reeicv 








120 


60 


1 




h 


Kplnu DcniK't 








:{(iO 


180 


3 




20 


Widou- llunkin- 








108 


5-i 




18 


30 


Hen Shcrniini Jun 








!,'0 


45 




15 


31 










192 


!HJ 


1 


12 


32 


Jno Plai~ted . 








414 


207 


3 


9 


3:5 


Jii.-ci)h Moses 








72 


36 




12 


34 


Uenja Lanpley 








91) 


48 




16 


35 


Jno savasre '. 








72 


36 




12 


3(5 


Kobert Armstrong 








210 


120 


2 




37 


Bishop 








72 


36 




12 


38 


Joseph Pitman 








7S 


39 




13 


31» 


Tho., C'otten . 








, 90 


45 




15 


40 


Tlios Barns . 








9fj 


48 




1(J 


41 


Mi. -Ill K.-nnard 








180 


90 


1 


10 


42 


Wm Knight . 








330 


165 


2 


15 


4.! 


Jno Clark 








84 


42 




14 


41 


Thos Lan<iell 








120 


CO 






45 


IM Pcndexter 








96 


48 




16 


4*; 


Jno I. oar 








108 


54 




18 


47 


JetluM Piirbrr 








72 


3<) 




12 


4S 


Stephen t.rocnleaf 








120 


60 






40 


Stciihcn Lang 








120 


60 






50 
51 


UirhilCllU . 

WiMow Walker 








48 


36 
24 




12 
8 


52 
53 


Widow .J.-i.'kson 
Win l;rad.h'ii 








!)0 
72 


45 

36 




15 
12 


54 


Wid,)w Tapley 








120 


60 






fw 


Benja Akerman 








120 


60 






50 


Sanil Hinks . 








72 


:j« 


12 



42 



XEW HAMPSHIRE 





PiJOPRiETOus Names 




Acres 


Rods 
wide 


rate 







£ 


1 S 


57 


Henry Slooper 


276 


138 
90 
36 
39 
60 
60 
90 
60 
• 75 
36 
75 




1 ^ 
10 


58 
59 


Thomas Sibsou 
Thns Main . 








180 
72 
78 
120 
120 
180 
120 
150 
72 
150 
150 
60 
120 


2 

1 


CO 


Thos Crocket 










12 
13 


61 
62 


James Spinney 
Edward Cate 








1 
1 
1 
1 
1 


63 


Kichd Waterhouse 










C4 


Hiclid Cross . 








10 


65 


Thomas Ayre 










66 


Keuhen Abbott 








5 


67 


Capt Wni Cotten 








1 
1 

1 


12 


68 


Jno Brewster 








75 
30 
60 
36 
48 
72 
54 
90 


5 


69 
70 


Jno. Hooper 
Jo.>iah Clark 








5 
10 


71 


Wni Amoss . 










72 


Jno Hill 








90 
144 
108 
180 
150 
132 
96 
120 
84 
54 
70 




12 


73 
74 


Edw^ird Toogood 
Saml Hewett 








1 


16 
4 


7.3 


Alex Dennet 








1 


18 


76 


,A!atliew Nelson 








10 


78 


Natlil Tuckernian 
Tim Davis . 








75 

66 
48 
60 
42 


1 

1 


5 

2 


79 


Jonathan Stoodlv 








1 


16 


80 


Geo. BaniiU . " 








14 
9 
13 
15 


81 


Ed Phillips . 
Jno Deverson 










82 








36 
45 
36 
90 
27 
30 
120 
120 
63 




S3 


Joseph Fannin 








90 




84 


Abraham Libby 










85 


Saml Banlield 








180 
54 


1 


12 


86 


Charles Browu 








10 
9 
12 


87 


Thos Greely . 










88 


Wm Parker . 








240 


2 
2 

1 
1 


89 


Sampson Babb 








240 




90 
91 


Jno Lang 

Tim VV^aterhouse 








126 
150 


1 


92 


Henry Beck . 








36 
78 
30 
15 
72 
36 
30 
75 


5 


93 


Saml Ham 








150 
60 


1 


13 


94 


Abialmm Barns 








6 
10 

5 

4 
13 
12 

5 
15 
10 


95 


Widow Almary 








30 
114 
79 




96 


Jno Koberson 








1 


97 


Antlionv How Jnur. 








98 


(ieo Walker . 








73 
150 

90 
216 
150 
120 
120 




99 


Edward Cate Jun. 








1 


100 


Joseph Miller 








45 
108 
75 
60 
60 
36 
84 
45 
36 
15 
30 
120 


101 

102 


Kichd Waldron 
Thos Harvey 








1 


103 


Saml Sherbuni 








1 
1 

1 


5 


104 


\\ alter M'arreu 










105 


Wm Cross 










10(; 
107 
lOS 


T.isAlleock . 
riios Beck . 
Jacob Eavia . 








168 
90 
70 


1 


13 

8 
15 


109 


Caleb Grafton 








30 




13 
5 


110 


Ino Churchill 








60 
240 




111 
112 
113 
114 
115 


Doctor Pike . 








2 

1 
1 
1 


10 


Ambs Sloojicr 
Jos Moulton . 
Mum Jones . 
rii.s ISerk Junr 








180 
138 
150 
78 


90 
69 
75 
39 
36 
105 
45 
42 
36 
36 
45 
75 


10 
3 
5 
13 
12 
15 


lii; 


\lirin I'.aitlett 








72 




117 


Mi.l. Wl.i.ldcn 
Jan>es Moses 








210 
90 
84 
72 
72 
90 

150 


1 


119 


Ino Abbot 










15 


120 


i'hos Moore . 










14 


121 
122 
12:; , 
124 , 
125 


VVm Frost 
Vm Lewis . 
{no Savage . 








1 


12 
12 
15 


Jno I'everlv Jun. 
■Solomon Cotten 




• 




96 
72 


38 
36 
15 


16 


126 


Villiam Hunking 








30 




13 
5 



TOWN PAPERS BARUIXGTOX. 



43 





ruoruiEious Xames 




Acres 


Rods 
Wide 


ra 


te 






£ 


S 


127 


Saml Sliackford 


210 


105 


1 


15 


128 


Jiio Cotteii 








144 


72 


1 


4 


121) 


Doctor Uoss . 








!K5 


48 




16 


130 


Jno Ham 








48 


24 




8 


131 


Michl Whi<Men Jr 








84 


42 




14 


132 


r^aml Brewster 








90 


45 




15 


133 


Jno Davis 








120 


60 


1 




134 


J 110 Libby 








144 


72 


1 


4 


1*-) 


Rojrer Swnin . 








84 


42 




14 


13G 


Willow Briarcl 








:!(i 


18 




6 


137 


Jno Alniarv . 








120 


60 


1 




138 


Tobias Langdon 








240 


120 


2 




139 


Rioh.l Kllioi . 








96 


48 




16 


140 


lien I'.lckionl 








iH) 


48 




16 


141 


01);!.liali M.irto 








48 


24 




8 


142 


Nailil <J(iionie 








108 


.54 




IS 


143 


<;i'()JanVev . 








(;oo 


300 


5 




144 


Mallu'W James 








120 


60 


1 




14.1 


Jos Shurburn 








3,54 


177 


2 


19 


146 


Jno Jones 








1.32 


60 


1 


2 


147 


Jno Grinilal . 








72 


36 




12 


148 


Natlil Peverly 








90 


45 




15 


14<1 


Tlios Packer . 








648 


324 


5 


8 


150 


James Jeffrey 








240 


120 


2 




151 


Jei-. Seal 








90 


45 




15 


152 


David Gardiner 








120 


60 


1 




153 


Xathl Lang . 








1-iO 


60 


1 




154 


Pliilip Gammon 








36 


18 




6 


155 


Peter Ball . 








120 


6ii 


1 




15(! 


Jo.-liua Peirce 








720 


3gO 


6 




157 


Jno Hooker . 








!K! 


48 




16 


l.-)8 


Tlios Sherburu 








iO 


48 




16 


159 


Zac Lead) . 








90 


45 




15 


160 


Kichd Pashley 








144 


72 


1 


4 


161 


Ricbd Tobrv . 








144 


72 


1 


4 


1«52 


Widow Marahall 








90 


4.5 




15 


mi 


Jno Cutt 








1,50 




1 


5 


VA 


Moses Caverly 








120 


do 


1 




lfi.i 


Jno Mardin . 








66 


33 




11 


IG'J 


Jno llardeson 








180 


90 


1 


10 


107 


Saml Penliallow 








720 


360 


6 




168 


Uiclid Jose . 








120 


60 


1 




169 


Wm Fairweather 








72 


36 




12 


170 


Epiini Jackr-on 








168 


84 


1 


8 


171 


CdoHunking 








210 


105 


1 


15 


172 


Widow Martin 








120 


CO 


1 




173 


Wm Peverly . 








120 


60 


1 




174 


Beuja. EucC- . 








96 


48 




10 


175 


Hobtrt Alinary 








Wi 


48 




16 


17H 


Gov. Wentworth 








720 


360 


6 




177 


Cha Bannil (1) 








00 


30 




10 


180 


Alex Roberts 








180 


90 


1 


10 


181 


Cai)t. (ieo Walker 








300 


150 


2 


10 


182 


.Siml Pitman 








90 


45 




15 


18a 


Geo Townsend 








108 


■M 




18 


184 


Siiw\ Snell . 








36 


18 




6 


18,i 


Saml Watcrliouse 








24 


12 




4 


180 


Jno Sparks . 










36 




12 


187 


Jno Davis 








iiO 


45 




15 


188 


Jno Cross 








30 


15 




5 


189 


Benja CiosH . 
Natbl Mendam 








210 


105 


1 


15 


l'.)0 








210 


120 


2 




191 


Robert Pickering 








72 


36 




10 


1}« 


Anili Maipliadris 








600 


300 


5 




19.1 


Moses Paid . 








210 


105 


1 


15 


194 


Jno Bradford 








96 


48 




16 


195 


Neheiidab Partridge 








-.1 


36 




13 


liHj 


I'eter Moore . 








84 


42 




14 


197 


Thos Wilkinson 








TO 


30 




10 


108 


Philip Babb . 








72 


."6 




12 



(1) First lot otli range. 



44 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 





Propuietors Names 




Acres 


Rods 
Mide 


rate 






£ 


s 


199 


Benja Gotten .... 


90 


45 




15 


200 


.Jos Buss 




96 


48 




16 


2;H 


SaialWinldey 




240 


120 


2 




20-2 


I'.cnja IMilkT . 






120 


(iO 






20:i James I'itman 






00 


30 




15 


204 < 'liristr Noble 






96 


48 




16 


205 


Thos Wright . 






150 


75 




5 


20G 


IJobert Ward 






9ii 


48 




10 


207 


Widow Pitman & Son Jabez 






30 


15 




5 


208 


Ji'.o Ford 






72 


36 




10 


209 


George Peircc 






210 


105 




15 


210 


Colo Vaiighau 






240 


120 






211 


AVm Cotieu . 






210 


105 




15 


213 


Wm Barns 






72 


36 




13 


2U 


Kiclid Swain . 






72 


36 




12 


215 


Jno Cowel 






81 


42 




14 


216 


W'm lioss 






72 


36 




12 


217 


James Slierburn 






90 


45 




15 


218 


Jno Sherburn 






120 


(;o 






219 


Nathl Melcher 






72 


36 




12 


220 


Tiioe Peirce . 






210 


105 




15 


221 


Peter Abbot . 






60 


30 




10 


222 


Jno Edmonds 






84 


42 




14 


223 


Thos Walden 






150 


75 




5 


224 


lien Shcrbmn 






l!hJ 


9:; 




12 


225 


Alex .^liller . 






180 


90 




10 


2>(i 


Aiitlionv Hoe 






60 


30 




10 


227 


Capt. Tobias Langdon 






300 


150 




10 


228 


KzeU- Pitman 






120 


60 






229 


James Stootly 






30 


15 




5 


230 


Clenit Iluglis 






180 


90 




10 


231 


Jno Drew 






120 


60 






232 


Jos Berry 






60 


30 




10 


233 


Jacob Tash . 






90 


45 




15 


235 


Daniel Quick 






90 


48 




16 


23(i 


Jer Libby 






180 


90 




10 


237 


Jno Preston . 






120 


60 






238 


Wm Fellows . 






240 


120 






239 


Saml Brown . 








36 




12 


240 


Jno Pray 






138 


69 




3 


241 


Capt Hen Sherburn . 






552 


276 




12 


242 


Jno Peverly . 






96 


48 




16 


243 


Wm Terret" . 






24 


12 




4 


244 


■!no skiliuitrs 






93 


48 




10 




Ki.hil .-aulrid.L'e 






10.S 


54 




12 


24'; !i;<l A vers 






210 


105 




15 


247 


Saml.M'nson 






120 


60 






248 


Daniel Jaclvson 






72 


3(> 




12 


249 


Xatli llobcrtson 






60 


30 




10 


250 


Moses Ingraliam 






120 


60 






251 


Janie>i Leai-li 






90 


45 




1.5 


252 


Jona Partrid;;o 






72 


36 




12 


253 


Jno Shcrburn's widow 






24 


12 




4 


25 _t 


Kd AWlls 






. 120 


60 












90 


45 




12 


■_'.,,; , ,.; ■ ■., , ,1 ,;,_, 






60 


30 




10 


■_;,■, ' ■ '. 1 i : ; 1 ■ t. . 






120 


60 






2.> i!.,i ', -luar.r 






120 


60 








Thos J.an-abv 






120 


60 






'jiib 


Nathl Fellows 






70 


3() 




12 


261 


Mary Moore Alis Leach 






30 


15 




5 


262 


(ieo Avers 






96 


48 




16 


26;i 


Arch Hunking 






7'' 


36 




12 


264 


Hugh BanliU 






1(18 


.54 




18 


265 


Amos Fuinell 






150 


75 




5 


206 


Abrabrni Dent 






6 


3 




1 


21)7 


Sand Pinnies 






96 


48 




16 


268 


Saml C lark . 






132 


66 




2 


26!) 


Widow Nelson & Son 






1.50 


75 




5 


270 


Francis Dittv 






60 


30 




10 



TO\VX PAPERS BARRIXGTOX. 



45 



~ — 


rUOPKIETOUS XAME3 


Acres 


Roda 
Mlde 


rate 




£ 1 S 


•JTl 


Jos Mc'1.1 .... 


103 


5t 




18 


'21- 


.Jno( .'llinfrs .... 


(iO 


30 




10 


273 


•lofoi"!! sibfou 


1^20 


GO 


1 




•274 


Laz Nc.hle .... 


60 


30 




10 


•27-) 


Laz IlDliues .... 


4-2 






7 


•27(i 


Al.rali.tin Center 


m 


48 




]G 


277 


.lerCalf .... 


T2 


3ii 




1-2 


lit 


Not drawn .... 










178 


Not drawn .... 










17!t 


Not .hawn .... 












Not drawn .... 










234 


Not drawn .... 











No 38: 30: ]4'2: 143: 234: 2.3.5 are the Northci-nmost rights in the six ranges of the 
Town ol Rarrinjrtou & 1 : 88 : 80 : 189 : 100 with 277 are near if not t!ie most southern 
Lotts ot said town. 



Petition f 07- po'^vcr to raise money ^ d-c. 
Province of \ 
New Ilamp. j 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Governor and 
Commander In Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire in New England the Hon'^'''^^ His Majesty's 
Council and House of Representatives for Said Province in 
General Court Convened 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Wright Mercht & Dan- 
iel Jackson Shop keeper both of Portsmouth in said Province 
being the Surviving Agents of the Proprietors of the Town- 
ship of Barrington in the Province aforesaid Shews — 

That : the Laws of this Province Respecting Proprieties of 
Townships or other Common & undivided Lands are very De- 
fective & Insufficient in many Regai'ds to Enable the Proprie- 
tors as a Distinct Body from the Inhabitants of the Towns 
where tliey Live to Transact & carry on the Business of Such 
Proprieties But in Particular with respect to the Speedy Col- 
lecting Sc levying wSuch Sums of Money as have at any time 
been Granted & Voted by the Propriety which very much 
Clogs & Embarrasses their afVairs & Greatly Retards the Set- 
tlement of New Town ships and thereby in a Great Measure 
Defeats the Good Purposes of Granting Such Townships 
Since there is no making a Settlement without raising money 
and many Persons get in to be Proprietors who will not Vol- 
untarily pay their proportion of the Charges 

That: the Proprietors of the Said Township of Barrington 
are Involved in the same Difficidtics of other Proprieties in the 
aforesaid Regards and in Special with Respect to that Impor- 
tant Article of Raising- Monev having Several Sums in 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Arrearage which tho' they have assessed & apportioned 
upon the Proprietors are not paid in but Either Remain uncol- 
lected or are in the Constables hands and that thro' a Defi 
ciency of the Laws upon which the Propriety is formed 

Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of their principals 
most Humbly Pray that an act may be now past to Enable the 
Collector or Constable of the Said Propriety to Collect & Levy 
their arrearages in the same Summary way the Constables of 
Towns may do and give the said Proprietors the same Remedy 
against their Delinquent Collectors or Constables and also to 
make Effectual Provision for Raising & Levying money upon 
themselves for the future in such an Expeditious method as the 
nature of their affairs Require & Your Petitioners as in duty 
Bound Shall Ever Pray &c 

March 4*'' 1 741 Thomas Wright 

Dan' Jackson 

In the House of Representatives March the 12"^'- 1741. the within Pe- 
tition Read and 
Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far granted, That for the 
future, the Proprietors be Enabled to make Notes & Raise money on 
themselves and that the Collectors & Constables be enabled to gather 
the same, and that the Proprietors Shall have the same Remedy against 
their delinquent Collectors c*c Constables as other Towns have and that 
the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

James Jeffrey CI'' assem 
In Council March 20"' 1741 
The above Vote read & Concurred 

Theod Atkinson Secy. 
March 22 Assented to. 

B. Wextworth 



Petition of Thomas Shcpard. 
To Flis Excellency Banning Wentworth Esq"" Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New 
Hampshire, The Honorable his Majestys Councill and house 
of Representatives in General Assembly convened — 
The Petition of Thomas Shepherd in Behalf of himself and 
the other Lihabitants of the Two mile Streak (so called) in 
the Township of Barrington in said Province most humbly 
shews That there are sixteen fiimilies settled within the said 
Two mile Streak, containing upwards of ninety Persons in 
all That the Situation of the Same is such that the Inhabitants 
are very nuich exposed unto the Lidian Enemy 

That the summer past the laboring People there were obliged 
to leave their wives and children at home naked & defenceless 
whilst they went out about their business of husbandry having 
no Soldiers there to guard and protect them 



TOWN PAPERS BAURIXGTOX. 



47 



That they are in great fear that the Indians will destroy some 
of them the approaching Spring and Summer, if they tarry 
there, unless the Government Allows them Some Protection. 
That in Case the said Inhabitants move in, it will give the 
Enemy an advantage besides that thereby your Petitioners 
Plantation where they raise Considerable Provision will lay 
iniiniproved 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray your Excel- 
lency and Honours to take their Case under Consideration and 
to allow them such a number of Soldiers & for such time as 
you shall judge reasonable, and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever pray, &c. 

Fcb^>- 23'' 1747 

Thomas Siiipherd. 
In Council March 8''" 1747- 

read & ordered to be sent Doun to the Hon''''' House. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Petition 0/ jfo/in Macmath & Thos. Shcpard. 
^lay it please y"" Excel lance wee make bould To Truble y"" 
Excellance & y'' honourable Council taking into Consideration 
our Dangerous Condition of our Enimys the Want of what 
men you shall tiiink proper to Steate One the two Garrcsons 
at Twomill Streik In Barrington being Oblidged to Leave our 
Wemen & Children Exposed in Said houses Otherwise our 
Cropes must Suffer Our Dependence Is One y'' Excellance & 
that you will Not lett us be any longer in Such a Condition be- 
ing the Needfull and are ever y'' Excellances humb' Servants 

J. W^. Macmath 
Two ]Mill Streak Tho** Sheephard 

In Barrington 
Jan the 15 1747. 



Petition of Select mc7i of Barrington^ if-c. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Governcr & 

Commander in Chief of his majestys Province of New 

Hampshire &c &c 

Barrington Feb. io"= 1763 
Sir 

^^'hcreas The Town of Barrington has for Some years past 
paid a Considerable Province Tax and has upwards of 120 
Poles in it, which we humbly hope Intittles us to ask the favour 
That we may Chuse one Assembly man to Represent Said 
Town in y*^ General assembly 



4S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Therefore Pray your Excellency would Vouchsafe to Grant 
the Town of Barrington a Liberty to Chuse such a Represen- 
tative to appear for us in y'^ General assembly of this Prov- 
ince ; W^hich favour we shall soe duely Esteem and as in Duty 
Bound ever pray for the Supporters of our Privelidge 



John Garland ") Paul Hayes 

Eleazer Young [-Selectmen. John Hayes 
W" Gate j Hezekiah Hayes 



Mark Hun king 
Francis Winkley Jun 

Portsmouth Feb. 19"" 1763 
Upon the within Petition I have thought it for His Majestys Service 
to Incert in the Kings writ the Town of Barrington which please to fill 
up that they thereby may send a precept to the Select men in 
time to make Choice of a proper person to represent them in the next 
General assembly 

I am Sir Your hum Ser\t 

B. Wextworth 
To the Hon»''^- The Atkinson Esq 

At our Anual Town meeting held at The meeting house In Barring- 
ton on Wednesday The 28''' day of march 1770 our Petition Relating 
to Parish orders has Been Notified and Read in Said meeting. 
Barrington March the 29"' 1770. 

James Harden 

Toun Clerk, 
At a Tovv^n meeting held at the meeting house in Barrington on 
Thursday The first Dav of march 1770 according to Notification Then 
Voted Deacon John Garland & Liutenant Samuel Brewster as a Com- 
mittee or agents to Pertition Tlie General Court for Paresh Powers to 
Transact our affairs Relating to a minister Seprate from otlier afl'airs of 
The Town and trom other Sosieties Now Subsisting in Town 
Barrington, March the 19"'', 1770. 

Attest James Marden 

town Clerk 



Garland S Brezvsters Petition hi behalf of the toxoi of 

Barrington^ March 1770. 
To Plis Excellency John Wentworth Esq"", Governor & Com- 
mander in Chief in & over the Province of Xew Hampshire 
the Hon^''^' his Majestys Council & House of Representatives 
in General Assembly convened. March 23 1770 
The Humble Petition of John Garland and Samuel Brews- 
ter both of Barrington in said Province as agents for Barring- 
ton aforesaid Shews 

That there are in said Town a number of the Inhabitants who 
call thcnisclvcs (Quakers a number who are Separatists from 
all Denominations of Christians and also a niunber of mem- 
bei's of the Church of Engfland besides the Common Denomi- 



TOWN PAPERS BARRIXGTOX. 49 

nation called Congregationalists, That there is no settled min- 
ister of that order nor any other in said Town at Present but 
frequently Lay Teachers come there and Encourage Separa- 
tions & Divisions and as they all belong to the Town when- 
ever there is a Town meeting to consider of Settling a minis- 
ter as the Law of the Province Directs, they all attend & 
Sometimes out Vote the others &. Introduce the greatest disor- 
der & Confusion 

Wherefore Your Petitioners humbly Pray that they whose 
sentiments are in the Congregational way & such others as will 
join them may be erected into a Parish & Authorized to Trans- 
act all aflairs relating to Settling & maintaining a Minister of 
the Gospel & other atlairs relative thereto according to Law 
by themselves exclusive of all others who will not join with 
them as members of the Same Parish or Society and that they 
may have leave to bring in a bill accordingly and your Peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joiix Garland 
Samuel Brewster 

New Hampsl/ire}^" ^^^ "°"'^ °^ Representatires March 22'^ 1770 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on Friday the 
thirtieth Day of March Instant if the General assembly be then Sit 
ing and if not Then on the Second Day of their siting next after And 
that they Cause the Substance of the Petition and Order to be Posted up 
at the fleeting house in said Barrington and if a Town meeting Shall 
be held in said Town before that Day then the same to be read at said 
meeting that any person may Shew Cause why the prayer thereof 
Should not be Granted 

M. Weare Cl^ 
In Council eodem Die 
Read cV Concurred 

Geo. King D. Sec 

New Hamns 1 ^" ^^^ House of Representatives March 30, 1770 

The Petitioners being heard on this Petition and no Objection made 
by any Person and the Prayer of the Petition appearing to be Reasonable 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted and that the Peti- 
tioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

M. Weare CI' 
In Council Apr. 12, 1770 
Read & Concurred 

Geo King D. Sec 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

BEDFORD. 

[This towTi wasgranbedby JIassachueettsin 1733, and continued under the gov- 
ernment of that Province until 1741. It was Urst called Narraganeet, Xo. 5, after- 
wards Souhegan East. It was incorporated by the name of Bedlord, VJ 3Iay, 1750. 
—Ed.] 

SouJiegait People's Petition for aid, &c. 

(Now Bedford.) 

Souhegan East June i3 1744 
We the Inhabitants of Souhegan East Apprehending our 
selves Exposed to Immenent Danger both from the French & 
Indian Enemys & being in no capacity to make a proper Stand 
in case of an assault from do constitute & appoint ^Nlr. John 
Chamberlin our Delegate requesting him in y' capacity with 
all possible speed to repair to Portsmouth & to represent our 
Deplorable case to his Excellency our Governor and y" gen- 
eral assembly and request of them such aids both in respect of 
men & military stores as to their great wisdom may seem meet 
and which may put us in a capacity to repel all attempts of 
our s'' enemies 

John Riddel Sam' Woods 

John Riddel Jr. James Walker 

Forges Kenn*' Benjamin Kidder 

Hugh Ridell William Patterson 

Ritchard McAllister John Moor 

James Kinnock Robert Gilmore 

John McDugel Thomas Chandler 

Moses Barron Samuel Patten 

James Moor Matthew Patten 

John Burns Jonathan Lyon 

John Toms John Orr 

James Moor James Linn 



I 



ohn Morehead John Durgee 

leazer Lyon Ale-V Walker 

John Roby William Calwell 

John Carr Jas Little 

Thomas Vickere John Patten 

Thomas Vickere Sen Robert Walker 



A List of the names of the families of the Inhabitajits of 

Souhegan East upon Aferrifnack Rive?-. 

Timothy Corlis Samuel Woods 

John More Ephraim Bushnel 

Robert Gillemore Thomas Worthley 

Robert Little Lev' Moses Barns 

John Gofte Thomas Vickers 

William Pateson Elizer Lion 

Thomas Chandler Robert Gilmore 

John Blare John Robe 

Benjamin Smith Jun Thomas Farmer 

John MacDugel Thomas Farmer Jun 

James Walker Benjamin Smith 



TOWX PAPERS BEDFORD. 5 1 

John Taylor Gom ( ?) Ridle 

Cap. John Chamberlin Wid MacQiiado 

Canada Robert Walker 

John Tom Hugh Ridle 

Morehead Forges Canada 

William Patison Jim John Ridle 

James More Jun Jonathan Lion 

Thomas Barn James Little 

James More James Ljnn 

James Mathews Elexander Walker 

Benjamin Smith third John Bell 

John Orr Samuel Pattin 

Joseph Canada Matthew Patten Jr. 

John Quig Kiders family. 
John Burns 

To Liable the Inhabitants on a Tract of Land on the West Side of 
Merrimack River, to raise a reasonable Tax for the Support of a Min- 
ister of the Gospel &c & to make choice of fit persons to collect tlie 
Same 

It is ordered by His Excelency with the advice of His Majestys 

Council That on day of April next Capt John Goffe holds the 

first Town meeting giveing Ten days Notice thereof to the Inhabitants. 



Petition of Presbyterians in Bedford. 
To His Exell'y Beiining Wcntwoith Esqr Governor & Com- 
ander In Chief of His IMajesty's Province of New Hamp- 
shire and to the Honoiuable His Majestys Counsil as- 
sembled at Portsmouth May y^' lo"' 1750. 
The Humble Petition of the Subscribers Inhabitants of 
Souhegan East so called S/iexveth 

That your Petitioners are the Major part of sd. Souhegan 
that your Petitioners as to our particular persuasion in Chris- 
tianity are Generally of the Presbyterian Denomination That 
your petitioners through a variety of Causes having been Long 
Destitute of the Gospel are now Desirous of taking the proper 
steps in Order to have it Settled among us in the way of Dis- 
cipline which we judge to tend most to our Edification That 
your Petitioners not being incorporated by Civill authority are 
in no Capacity to Raise those Sums of money which may be 
needfull in order to our ^jroceeding in the above Important 
affair. 

May it therefore Please your Excell'y & Hon''' to take the 
Case of your Petitioners under Consideration and to Incorpo- 
rate us into a town or Dcstrick or in Case any part of our In- 
habitants should be takenolV By any Neighbouring Destrick to 
Grant that those of our persuasion who are Desirous of Ad- 
hering to us may be Notwithstanding Ex'cused from support- 
ing any other Parish Charge than where they Consciencously 



cja NEW HAMPSHIRE 

adhere we Desiring the Same Liberty to those within our 
Bounds if any yet be and yo' Petiti" shall Ever Pray &c 

Samuel Miller Robert Gilmor sen. 

William Moor James Mathis 

John Riddell Forges Kennedy 

Thomas Vickere John McLaughlin 

Matthew Little William Kennedy 

James Moor Forgious Kennedy 

John Tom David Thomsond 

James Kennedy James McNight 

Robert Gilmor Hugh Riddel 

Richard McAllister John Burns 

John Moor Daniel Moor 

Thomas Chamb'rl'n James Moore 

John McDugle Gerard Rowell 

Samuel Patten John Clark 

Alex' Walker James Walker 

Gan (?) Ridell John McQiiige 

Ben Smith Robert Walker 

John Goffe John Bell 

John Orr Patrick Taggart 

John Morehead Matthew Patten 

James Little John McLaughlin Sen- 
These are to certifie that we the above Subscribers Do Commission 

John Gotle Esq'' and Mr. samuel patten to present this petition in or- 
der to obtaine Incorporation tor us according to their Instructions from 
us the subscribers 

James Little, Cleark. 
Daited May the lo'-' 1750 



Bedford PetitioJifor the revival of their propriety. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Gov"" &c. 

The Hon^'' his Majesties Councel And house of Represe''''* 

in General assembly Convened at Portsmouth the thirteenth 

day of July 1756 

The Inhabitants of the town of Bedford in the province of 
New Hampshire Most Humbly Sheweth 

That the proprietors of Narragansett Township No. 5 Alias 
Bedford and part of Merrymac have not had a prop" meeting 
for several years and that the Clerk of said propriety has been 
Dead some space of time and there is no Comitee in the pro- 
priety to Call proprietors meetings The Consequence whereof 
tends much to your petitioners Damage 

That there was Land Reserved by the prop" in their Survey 
of the said town for highways and inasmuch as roads Cannot 
be made on all the said land so reserved we are obliged to Lay 
out roads Elsewhere and for want of a j^rop" meeting Legally 
Called, The power of Disposal of said reserved land Cannot 
be given to the town which if it were we might change with 



TOWN PAPERS — BEDFORD. 



53 



those persons who have their land Cut with town roads who 
ou<i^ht to have a proper Satisfaction for their hinds so taken 
and would thereby i^rcvent the towns paying a Considerable of 
money yearly 

Wherefore we pray that your Excellency and hon""^ would 
take the premises in Consideration and Grant us an order to 
Call a prop'^ meeting of Narragansett Township N" five 
and your petitioners shall ever pray 

Math'"" Pattex 

by a vote of the town. 

In Council July 15 1756 

read & ordered to be sent Doun to the Hon''" House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
This Petition being read ordered that it be Dissmissed 

A. Clarksen Clerk 



Bedford Petition for a tax on tJicir land. 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Govr. &c. The 

Hon' his Majesties Councel And house of Represent^''" in 

General assembly Convend at Portsmouth the thirteenth 

day of July 1 756 

The Inhabitants of the town of Bedford in the province of 
New Hampshire would most humbly Remonstrate That the 
fewness in number of oiu" Inhabitants with the Expences 
which Necessarylv arises for us to pav and the Deficultvs at- 
tending the performing the settlement of a new Town That a 
large Qiiantity of the town Lying unsettled and vacant of any 
Inhabitants and have Rec'' no help to Defraying any of our 
Necessary Charges from the proprietors of any such unsettled 
land, for the space of twelve or fourteen years in which term 
we (being a Fronteer) Endured the hardship of the late Indian 
war for which Reasons yom- Petitioners is rendered very ima- 
ble to Carrie on the building a house for the publick \\'()rship 
of God or a house for the use of the ministery in said town 

Wherefore we humbly jjray that yoiu' Excelency and hon"^* 
would take our case in Consideration, and Grant us a tax on 
all the land in the town (Exclusive of Ministery Ministerial 
School and highway Lands) for the term of two years at six- 
pence pr. acre Each year or so much as you in your wisdoms 
Shall think SufHcient for the piu'poses aforesaid and your pe- 
titioners shall ever prav 

Matthew Pattex Agent for the town 



54 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council July 15"' 1756. 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon''''' House 
Theod Atkinson Sec 

Province of ~l j j^ House of Representatives July 15*1- 1756 

The above Petition being read 

Ordered That the Petitioner be heard thereon y" 2'' Day of the Sit ' 
ting of the General assembly next after the i'" day of sept next Ensue- 
ing <l!C Yt in y* meantime y' petitioner at his own Cost & Charge Cause 
this order of" Court with the Substance of s'' Petition to be advertised 
in some publick print for three weeks successively 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council July 15 1756 

The within vote read & Concurred 

Theod Atkinson Secy 

Province of \ j^^ ^j^ House of Representatives Dec^ 16, 1756 
I\ew Hamps J ^ > < ^ 

This Petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted, & that the petitioner 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clk. 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Petition of yames Caldxvell. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentwoith Esqr Captain General 
Governor & Commander In Chief In & over his Majesty's 
province of New Hampshire the Hon''''" his Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives In General Assembly Conv'' 
the 30"' day of Nov'' 1763 

The Petition of James Caldwell of Bedford In said province 
Humbly Shews that your petitioner being one of the Select- 
men of Said Town for the year 1763 together with Mr. John 
GotFe & Mr. James Lions did agreeable to their usual form & 
Custom & agreeable to Law (for calling Town meeting) put 
up a notification for calling the free holders &: other Inhabitants 
of said Town together at the usual place forChusing selectmen 
Constable & other Town ofHcers for said Town as the Law Direct- 
ed, agreeable thereto the Inhabitants of said Bedford met and at 
said meetingmade choice of M Jn" Bell to be theirModerator & 
then proceeded to the Choice of the Select men & other Town 
officers, when the Moderator Declared that by the Votes 
Brought In they had made choice of Mr. James Little, Mr. 
Sam' Pattin & your petitioner for their Select men & Mr. Rich- 
ard M Allester as Constable for Said Town to Collect the 
Taxes, so it hapned that at said meeting there was no Justice 
present to sware s'' officers & no Refusal from any one of them 



rows PAPERS BEDFORD. 55 

at that time that they would not serve, but since it so happens 
by some misunderstaiidinji^ or other that ISI"" Sam' Pattiu who 
was Chosen as a Select man refuses, as well the Constable Mr. 
Richard M Allester they calling it an Illegal meeting for what 
Reason is best known to themselves, as your petitioner is 
Qiiite Ignorant of any Illegality & your petitioner with Mr. 
James Little another of the Selectmen of said Town (being 
Ignorant of the Law in such Cases) did put up one other no- 
tification for calling a meeting In Said Town for Chusing 
Town Officers which meeting was held on the 24 ultimo 
when other officers were chosen in their stead, but by 
our charter we find we can hold no town meeting, Only 
on the last Wednesday of jMarch for choice ot Town offi 
cers which we did agreeable to said Charter & the sev- 
eral officers was Chosen as before mentioned, & expecting 
they would take the oaths as usual, the Moderator Dissolved 
the meeting by which means we are notable to Call any Town 
meeting for this Year Chusing proper officers to Levy tS: Col- 
lect the province Tax laid on said town of Bedford & if not 
Leevy'd & Collected this present year, the Burthen the next 
would then of Consequence be double the sum its this year, 
which would make it very difficult. Wherefore your petitioner 
Humbly prays the aid of this honorable Court touching the 
premises, & that you'd be pleased to Grant such Releif as you 
in your great wisdom Shall think proper & your petitioner as 
in Duty Bound Shall Ever pray &c 

James Caldwell 

In Council December i 1763 read & sent down to the Hon'*'' assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Province of "I t .^i_ 1 ,- r^ • t^ ^ 

New Hamps ) hause ot Representatives Dec\ i, 1763. 

This petition being Read Voted that the prayer thereof be s,n-anted & 

that the petitioner have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 

In Council Eodem Die read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 

Assented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition of the Selectmen d' Committee of Safety of 

Bedford. 

To the Honourable the Committee of .Safety of the State of 

New Hampshire. 

The Petition of us the .Subscribers .Selectmen and Commit- 
tee of Safety for the Town of Bedford in the County of Hills- 
borough in said state Humbly shews That your Petitioners are 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Informed that M'' John Houston of said Bedford Intends to 
make application to your Honours to have Liberty to Take the 
oath of Fideh'ty to the State — to serve a Secular Interest as 
we apprehend we Humbly Pray that you would Defer His 
Taking it or giving him any Recommendation in his Favour 
as being Friendly to the Cause of America untill the Town of 
Bedford shall be Notified to appear at a Convenient Time as 
you Shall think Proper to shew cause why he ought not to be 
admitted to said oath which we Conceive They are Capable to 
do and your Petitioners as in Duty bound will Ever Prav 
Thomas Boice '\ 
James Vose y Selectmen 

William White j 
Bedford, Sep^ ye 24''' 1778 

We the Subscribers appoint Capt. Samuel Patten to Pre- 
sent this our Petition 

James Caldwell' 

Sam' Patten /-, 

John Goffe I Conimittee 

Sam' Vose | ^^ ^''^^^^^ 

John Bell 



BENNINGTON. 



[This town is in Vermont. It was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth, 3d 
January, 171!), and from him derived its name. Eu.] 

J\/r. Sam^ Robinson! s petitio7i^ Ded 9"', 1763. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Governor and 
Commander in chief in & over the Province of New Hamp- 
shire The Hon^''^ his Majesty's Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives for said Province in General Assembly Convened, 
Decemb' 8"' 1763 

The Humble Petition of Samuel Robinson of Bennington in 
said Province Esq"^ as agent for & in behalf of the Inhabi- 
tants of said town Shews 

That there are about fifty Families Settled in Said Town 
and a minister of the Gospel settled among them, and the said 
Town is in a Good forwardness & Prosperous condition con- 
sidering the time of the Grant and the distance from other 
Settlements, 

That the burden of Supporting the usual Town Charges is 
heavy upon new Settlements especially till they have the 
necessary Public Buildings finished and the Building a Con- 
venient Meeting House for Public Worship and a Convenient 
School house is at present too Great a Charge for the said Inhab- 



TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWX. 57 

itants but as those houses being built & duly Improved j^neatly 
Encourages Settlers & raises the Value of the Lands Your 
Petition' humbly Prays That they may be authorized to lay a 
Tax for a Limited time on the Lands in said Township for so 
much annually and for such a time as will be SufHcient to de- 
fray the Charge of Building sucli a Meeting house &. School 
house within said Township and they will ever Pray &c 

Sam' Robinson 
In Council December S'"' 1763 

Read iv: Sent down to the Hon''* Assembly 
Province of) In the house of Representatives Dec'' 9"" 1763 
New llanipj This petition being read. 

I'otcd That the petitioner be heard thereon the second day of the sit- 
ting of the General Assembly next after the first day of Feby next & 
that he Cause the substance of this petition & order of Court thereon 
to be advertised three weeks successively in the New Hampshire Ga- 
zette that any persons concerned may appear & Shew Cause if any they 
have why the prayer thereof should not be Granted 

A Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy 



BOSCAWEX. 



[This town was granted by Massacluisetts, and was called Contoocook, until in- 
corporated by New Hampsliire, '22 April 1700. Eu.] 

Petition of Contoocook, Pcnacook and Canterbury yor pro- 
tection from the India7is, ^747* 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq"" Captain Gen- 
eral and Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
^Majesty's Province of New I lamp'' To the Honorable his 
^Majestys Council and House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened the twelfth Day of November ]7-|7 
The petition of Phineas Stevens, (i) Ebenezer Eastman 
and Jeremiah Clough in Behalf of themselves and the Inhab- 
itants of Contoocook, Pennycook and Canterbury, in said Prov- 
ince, most humbly shews 

That the said Places are frontiers and lay open and exposed 
unto the French and Indian Enemy. That they arc not able to 
protect and defend themselves in Case of a Vigorous attack 
from tlie Enemy which they have Reason to fear may be the 
Case as soon as there Shall be Snow Sufficient to travel with 
Snow Shoes That unless they are protected, the Inhabitants 
Will be under a Necessity to break up and leave their habita- 
tions and so Consequently the frontier will be bro't nearer. 

(1) He was the first minister of Boscawen. Ed. 



58 NEAV HAMPSHIRE 

That vour Petitioners humbly conceive it will be much better 
for the Province to have those Places Protected than to have 
them broke up. Wherefore your Petitioners humbly Pray 
your Excellency and Plonoin-s to take this Petition under your 
wise Consideration and be pleased to Grant such a number of 
men for each of the before mentioned Places and for such time 
as to your Excellency and Honours shall seem meet and reason- 
able and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c 

Phineas Ste%'ens 
Ebenezer Eastman 
Jeremiah Clough 
In Council Nov I2"» 1747 read & sent down to the I Ion'''" House. 
Theodore Atkinson Secj 



Contoocook Petition for aid. 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq"" Captain Gen- 
eral & Govonner in chief in and over his Majestie's Province 
of New Hampshire In New England 

The Petetion of y'^ Inhabitants of a Plantation called Con- 
toocook in y*^ sd. province of New Hampshire Humbly 
Showeth 

That where as your Humble Petitenrs being Certtainly In- 
formed of a Declaration of war Between y"^^ King of England 
and France and Tharefore Looking UDon our selves as Exposed 
contenualy to y*^ atacks of y'' Indians who are subjects or al- 
lies to y" King of France and we would Beg Leave Humbly 
to Lay our Case before your Excellency 

May it Pleas your Excelency we have Been at Great Ex- 
pence and Labour in Bringing to y*-' settlements in y*^ planta- 
tion so far as thay are att this time by setteling a gospel min- 
ister erecting Houses subduing Lands and Bringing too a 
cosidable Qiiatity of Wilderness and in erecting proper Forti- 
fications for Defence in case of an Indain war one of which 
was Built in y' year 1739 a building of considerable Expense 
to y'' proprieters and of great conseqence to y"' Inhabitants being 
100 feet square and all this to advance y'' Kingdom of Christ in 
the world and farther to enlarge and advance his majestie's 
Dominions in the american continent we have Like wise been 
att great expense and cost in erecting houses to Dwell in and 
in moving from our habitations the most of us into sd Fort 
in order for our security till proper help shall arive to us for 
want of which many persons have Removed and more are 
Removing from us to the Great Discouragement of those that 
tarry behind and all tho we might Defend our selves in our 
Fortification yet we cant support our selves becaus we have 



TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEX. ^Cf 

none to gard us in our Busness and more over the command- 
ing ofcccr ill the phicc has so far neclected the people that thay 
are very uneasy he never having caled them to Gether since he 
Reed his commission Refusing to Repair to the fort or to tak 
any care of it or the people in it never seting any watch or 
ward so that the Inhabitants are without a Leader yet they 
have consantly Keept a watch and ward in said fort or gareson 
Those with many others are the Difecultys we Labor under 
two many to be hear enumerated of which we Humbly Beg 
Redres of your Excelence in such wav and maner as your Ex- 
celency in wisdom shall think Best and your Humble petisions 
as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 
Contoocook June y*^ 5"' 1744 
Ricliard Flood William Emery 

Richard Jackman Moses Burbank 

John Cowin Samuel Emery. 

Josepli Easman Nathaniel Meloon 

John Fowler Ezekiel Flanders 

Andrew Bohonan Josiah Bishup 

Jacob Flanders Jorge Jackman 

Daniel Rolfe 



Petition from Siaidry Persons at Contoocook^ Praying for 

military officers. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq 

Honored S"' we the Subscribers Being Souldiers of Contoo- 
cook Do Humbly Desire your Excellency to Grant to M"" 
John Rollins of said town a Captins Commission and Like- 
wise a Lcf' & Lisins Commishon to two other men of said 
town whome he the said Rollins shall nominate the Perform- 
ance whereof will Grately oblige your Humbel and Dutiful! 
Sarvants 

Contoocook November y- 39"' 1743 
Jacob Flanders Edward Fitchgaull 

Ambrus Goold John Flanders 

Josiah Bishup Moses Call 

Enos Bishup Sinkler Been 

John EUet * Daniel Rolf 

Thomas Cook Ezekiel Flanders 

Benmore Dudy Richard Flood 

Thomas Estman John Johnson 

Nathanel Danford Willan Peters 

William Corser Andrew Bohonon 

Jesse Flanders David Barker 

Thomas Manuel William Danford 

William Dogiden John Call 

John Boin Nathanel Maloon 

Jacob Flanders Junior Sam' Emmery 

John Fowler William Emmery 



6o NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Contoocook Petition foi- a land Tax for sitpport of a 
jninister. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Govci-nor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire To the Honorable His majestys Council «fe 
House of Representatives in General assembly Convened 
the twelfth day of November 1747 

The Petition of the Proprietors of the Plantation calld Con- 
toocook in the Province of New Hampshire most humbly 
Sheweth — That your Petitioners have had a minister of the 
Gospel Setled among them for about the space of seven years 
That notwithstanding the Difficulties arising from the War he 
hitherto has continued at said Plantation and would still con- 
tinue there if supported and maintained by the Proprietors 
That for want of a Law to enable and Impower the said Pro- 
prietors to Raise money and Collect the same for the support 
of the ministers there The Burden thereof lyeth on a few 
Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray your Excellency 
and Honours, That by a special act they may be authorized 
and Impowerd thereunto and that not only the Lands of the 
Residents but also of the non Resident Proprietors may be 
rated towards the support of the Ministry there for such time 
and in such Proportion as shall be judged reasonable by your 
Excellency and Honours and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph Coffix, for and in 
behalf of the Committee of Said Proprietors. 

Nov 13"^ 1747 In Council 

read & concurred orderd to be sent down to the Hon''''" House 

Theodore Atkinson secy 



Petition for Authority to Collect Taxes. 
Province of ) 
New IIami-)shire j 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral and Governour in Chief in and over said Province And 
To the Hon**'^ his Majesties Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives in General Court now Assembled 
The Petition of us the subscribers Humbly Sheweth that 
the Proprietors of the Town of Boscawen have at their meet- 
ing from time to time Voted sums of money as they thought 
needful to carry on their publick affiiirs <!v: particularly a sum 
of money to purchase a Right of land in said Town of Bos- 
cawen for the Encouragement of the settling a gospel Minister 
inthc Town The Right have been purchased and given to the 



TOWN- PAPERS — BOSCAWEN-. 6l 

Rev. Mr. Robie Morrill The money have been Assessed and 
such original Right was proportionately Taxed And now for 
want of Legal power to Collect said money some part of said 
proprietors (notwithstanding their forwardness in voteingsaid 
money) neglects or Refuses to pay their Equal part thereof & 
for want of said money's being Collected and paid in there is 
an action in Law Commenced against said proprietors in order 
to recover said money which is greatly to the prejudice and 
Damage of the rest of said proprietors whoe have paid their 
ful part of said money & tends greatly to hinder the propaga- 
tion and Settlement of the Town Therefore We Humbly prav 
your Excellency &; Honours to Livest said proprietors with ful 
power i*v: legal authority to Collect what money hath alreadv 
been or Shall hereafter be voted by said proprietors for their 
use by makeing sale of the Delinquent proprietors Land or in 
any other way your Excellency & Hon" in your great Wis- 
dom Shall think best and your petitioners as in Duty bound 
shall ever prav 

Dated Boscawen august 24"' 176^ 

George Jackmax Jun \ Com*'^ for said 
Thomas Carter J Proprietors. 

New HTmns T ^" ^'^^ House of Representatives Sep'' 9"' 1767 

The within Petition being Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on their Petition the third day 
of the Sitintr of the General Assembly after the fifteenth day of Octo- 
ber next and that the Petitioners at their own Cost Cause the Sub- 
stance of _v Petition and order of Court to be printed three weeks suc- 
cessively in the New Hampshire Gazett and Boston Gazett That any 
Person may appear and Shew Cause why the Prayer thereof should not 
be Granted 

ISI. Weare CI' 
In Council Septem' 11"' 1767 Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secy 

New H-xmo 1"^" ^^^^ House of Representatives Feb. y-" 19"' 176S 

The within Petition being Considered and appearing Reasonable 
and no Objection made against it 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill to answer 
the Pravcr of the Petition 

M. Wearo CI' 
In Council P'eb. 24'-' 176S 
Read iN; concurred 

Geor King Dep Sec. 



SZ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition fof a yustice of the Peace. 
To His Excellency Benning VVentworth Esq"" Governor & 

Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Province of New 

Hampshire 

Whereas the Town of Boscawen in said Province has ever 
since it's first Settlement been destitute of a Commissionated 
Justice of the Peace, Such an officer being often needed (more 
especially since our Late favourable Incorporation by your 
Excellency) we the Subscribers & Inhabitants of said Town 
Pray Your Excellency to Commissionate Mr. George Jack- 
man Jun' of said Town to be Justice of the Peace he having 
deserved well for several years Last past in the acceptable dis- 
charge of public Trust to him Committed And your Petition- 
ers Shall as in Duty bound ever Pray 

Boscawen January 29"' 1766 

Ezra Carter John Webster 

Petitioner tho' not an Inhabi- John Flanders 

tant of Boscawen William Emery 

Moses Foster John Coser 

Petitioner tho' not an Inhabi- Thomas Corser 

tant of Boscawen Ephr" Woodbury 

John Fowler Jesse Flanders 

Thomas Carter Stephen Call 



BOW. 

[Bow was incorporate.! 20 May 1727, by New Hampshire.— Ed.] 

Bov: Remonstrance against Riivifofd Petition^ i749- 
Province of | 
New Hamp j 

To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq Capt. General 
Governour & Comander in Chief in & over his jMajestys 
Province afores" & To the Hon''''' his Majtys Council for said 
Province 

Humbly shew the Selectmen of the Township of Bow in 
the Province aforesaid in behalf of the said Town & the Pro- 
prietors thereof that they have been Informed that a Petition is 
Preferred to your Excelency & Hon'" Desiring therein that the 
Inhabitants on a Tract of Land called Pennycook may be In- 
corporated and Infranctizcd with Town Previledges &c & that 
the bounds mentioned in the said Petition (as your Petitioners 
are Informed) makes great Infringement on Land belonging to 
& within the Charter of the s'' Town of Bow Wherefore your 
Petitioners Humbly Pray that the said Petition from tlie People 
at Pennycook may not be granted as asked for and that the 



TOWX PAPERS — BOSCAWEN'. 63 

Proprietors of Bow may have opportunity to shew to your 
Excelency & Hon" The unreasonableness of the said Petition 
and your Petitioners as in Duty bound Shall ever Pray iVc 
George Vexseygur (?) I Selectmen 

AlJRAM TlLTON j of BoW. 

februry y 7''' Day 1749-50 



Perambulation of tJic lozvn lines of Boxv. 

The purambleation of the Lines of the town of Bow as surveyed by 
me the Subscriber on or about the year 1749. I began at the Reputed 
Bound of the town of Chichester "at the head of Notingham & from 
thence Run north west four miles to the head of Epsoin then there 
marked a maple tree with the word Bow & Sundry Letters and from 
said tree which I Called the East Corner of said Bow I Run north west 
four miles to the west Corner of Chichester y ' north east one mile to 
Canterbury South corner then north west five miles on said Canter- 
bury V'' South west nine miles which Runs to North west of Rattle 
Snake hill and most of the pond that Lays on the north west side of 
said hill and said Line Crosses Ilopkinton Road so called and takes part 
of said town in then we marked a tree & Run South East five miles and 
marked a tree y" one mile South west then South East four miles y" 
north East nine miles to where we began 

Walter Bryant 

P. S. I Crossed marrimack River within two mile of Canterbury 
Line an found all the Inhabitance to the South of Canterbury tSi East 
Marrimack which are in Rumford to be in Bow 



Petit io7i of the Toxvn of Botv^ '^l^to' 
Province of) 
New Hamp j" 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr Capt General 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over sd Province 
and to the Honourable his Majesties Council & House of 
Representatives of the aforesd Province now convened in 
General assembly at Portsmouth in said Province as they 
stand Prorogued to the 30" Day of October A. D. 1753 
We the Subscribers Humbly Beg leave to inform your Ex- 
cellency and Honours that att a meeting of the Free holders 
and Inhabitants of the town of Bow in sd Province held the 
25^'' Day of July last past persuant to a special act of this Gen- 
eral Assembly for the calling sd meeting we were chosen 
Selectmen for sd. town for this currant vear ; And that since 
that time we have Received two Several 1 warrants from this 
Province Treasurer the first Dated May 30*'' 1753 and the other 
Dated the 26'' Day of July 1753 by the first of which we are 
commanded in his Majesties name to assess the Sum of sixty 
Pounds on Said Inhabitants and by the other the sum of thirty 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

one Pounds four Shillings. And tho' wc arc Ready, (and that 
with cheerfulness) To obey Every order of government yet 
that we are at a loss as to the Boundaries of sd. Bow and con- 
sequently Dont Know who the Inhabitants are that we are to 
assess sd sums upon, that the Prop' - of Bow in Running out 
the Bounds of sd town have as we conceive altered their Bounds 
several times, and further that one of those Gent" that pur- 
chased Capt. Tufton Masons Right to the Lands in sd Prov- 
ince has given it as his opinion that sd Prop''' have not as yet 
Run out the Bounds of sd town agreable to their charter But 
that their South East side line should be carried up about three 
quarters of a mile further toward the northwest and there is 
lately (by his order) a fence erected a long some miles near 
about sd place Designed (as we suppose) as a Division Fence 
between sd Bow and land yet claimed by s"^ Purchasers and 
that on the other hand the Inhabitants of Penycook formerly 
Erected into a District by a special act of the General As- 
sembly of this Province (Tho they object nothing against 
submitting to order of Government) Refuse to give us An In- 
voice of their Estates (That is such of them as we have asked 
for the same) aledging that they Dont lay in Bow and that this 
sd assembly did as good as declare in sd District act So that 
upon The whole we humbly conceive (unless the pleasure of 
this Courtis first made known Relating to the aforesd. affairs) 
that should we proceed to assess the afores'' sums on such as we 
may have coucei'' are the Inhabitants of sd Bow that many 
would Refuse to pay the Sums that should be so assessed on 
them and consequently that we should be thrown into so many 
Law suits as would in all probability Ruine us as to our 
Estates. Therefore we humbly crave that your Excellency & 
Honours would take the afores'' affairs under your wise and 
mature consideration and fix the Boundaries of sd Bow or oth- 
erwise give us such directions as you shall think proper and so 
submitting the whole afiair to your Excellency & Honours to 
do as you in your great wisdom shall think fit not doubting 
that you will give us such directions as if followed by us we 
may obey the commands laid on us by this court without the 
lest detriment to ourselves 

And your Petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray 
Moses Foster ^ 
Bow Octob''y- 26"' 1753 John Coffix 

'Richard Easmax |- Selectmen 
David Abbot j 

William Moor J 



TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEX. 65 

Prov. N. Hamp. Jany 10"' 1754 

In Council read & concurred ct ordered to be sent Down to the Ilonble 
assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

rovince o I j^ ^^j^^ house of Representatives January the 12 1754 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on the within Petition on the 
Thirty first Day of January Instant if the General assembly be then 
Sitting if not then on the third Day of the Sitting of the General as- 
sembly next after the first Day of february next and that the Petitioners 
at their own Cost serve Moses Leavit Esqr Clerk of the Proprietors of 
Bow with a Copy of this Petition & of the Orders thereon that the s** 
Proprietors of Bow if they see Cause may appear & Shew Cause if any 
they have why the prayerof the Petition should not be Granted 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 
In Council July 12"" 1754 
read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

New^Ham^s}^" the House of Representatives feby 20"' 1754 

One of the Selectmen of Bow bringing This Petition into the House 
and suggesting that there had not been convenient opportunity' to serve 
the Clerk of the Propriety of Bow with a Copy of the Petition &c. & 
praying that the Petitioners might have a further time appointed for 
being heard 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on their Petition on Friday next 
if the General assembly be then sitting if not then on the third day of 
the sitting of the General assembly next after & that they serve the Se- 
lect men of the Proprietors of Bow with a Copy of this Petition & of 
the order thereon that V s ' Proprietors of Bow if they see Cause may 
appear & shew Cause if any they have why the prayer of the Peti- 
tion" should not be granted 

Matthew Livermore Clerk 
Eodem Die, 

In Council read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



Warra7it from the Treasurer of the Province., i753' 
Province of I To the selectmen of Bow in the Province of New Harap' 
New Ilamps J for the Current year of our Lord (1753) 

Pursuant to acts of General assembly of said Province pass'd in the 
Current year of his Majesties Reign, namely " To an act entitled an act 
for granting unto his most Excellent Majesty a Tax upon the Polls k. 
Estates within this Province for raising the sum of twelve Tiiousand 
five hundred pounds new Tenor for the ends iS: purposes in this act 
mentioned and to an act entitled an act for a new proportion of the Prov- 
ince Tax, to each Town & Parish within this Province of New Hamp' 
hereafter mentioned," — 

You are therefore in his Majesty's name hereby required by an equal & 
impartial assessment, to raise & fevy upon the Polls & Estates (Rate- 
able by law) within said Bow, the sum of sixty pounds in new tenor 
Bills of Credit, on this Government, and Committ a list thereof to the 
Constable or Constables of said Bow; Requiring & directing the said 
Constable or Constables to Collect & pay the said sum in said Bills Of 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Credit to the Treasurer of said Province for the time being, on, or be- 
fore, the hist day of December next (viz) 1753 You are also Required 
some time before the last day of December aforesaid, to make a Return, 
to the said Treasurer, of the name or names, of the said Constable, or 
Constables, to whom you shall committ said List & the sum or sums, by 
him or them, Respectively to be paid, as aforesaid. 

Dated at Portsmouth, this thirtieth day of May, in the twenty sixth 
year of his Majesty's JReign Annoque Domini 1753 

Geo. Jaffrey Treas' 



Warrani to the Selectmen of Boiv^ ^753 
Province of \ 
New Hamp J 
To the Selectmen of Bow in the Province of New Hampshire : 

Pursuant to an act of the General Assembly of said Province pass'd 
in the eighteenth year of his Majesty's Reign Entitl'd "An act for 
granting to his most Excellent Majesty the sum of thirteen thousand 
pounds for promoting an Expedition against Louisbourg, and for put- 
ting liis Majesty's Province in the best posture of Defence in the pres- 
ent war — " You are therefore in his Majesty's name hereby required, to 
make an equal & impartial assessment on all Polls & Estates, Rateable 
by law, within said Bow, amounting to the sum of Thirty one pounds 
four shillings. Bills of Credit, Emittedby virtue of said act, and Committ 
a list thereof to the Constable or Constables of said Bow, requiring and 
Directing the said Constable or Constables, to Collect & Receive from 
the Inhabitants of said Bow their Respective assessments of said sum, 
the payment whereof may be made by said Inhabitants (if they see fit) 
in said bills of Credit, according to their Several Denominations, or in 
coined Silver at six shillings & eight pence pr ounce Troy weight of 
Sterling alloy, or in Coin'd Gold at four pounds eighteen shillings pr. 
ounce, or in the following sorts «& species of Goods, being of the 
produce or manuf^ictures of s<i Province at the price to each sort & specie 
herein Respectively affixed (namely) 
Merchand'' Hemp per ct. £2 : 15 

Winter & first fare Isle Sable Cod fish per qtl " 15 
Barr Iron per cw' 2 " 

Barley pr. Bushell •' 4 

Indian Corn pr Bushell " 4 

Beef per. lb. " 0:3 

Merch" white pine Boards per M 2:5 

Beeswax pr. lb. 1:6 

Pitch pr Barren i : 5 

Bay berry wax pr. lb 1:3 

Tar br Barrel i 

Flax per lb i 

Rye pr Bushell : 5 : 

Wheat pr Bushell : 6 : 

Peas per Bushell : S : 

Pork per lb. 4 

£ 
Joyst pr M 2 ( ?) 

White oak 2 inch plank pr M S : o : o 

Y" same proportion for thick 

Turpentine per Barrell i :io 

Tannd sole leather per lb. 1:6 

You are also to Require the said Constable or Constables to Collect 



TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEX. 6*] 

and pay the said Assessments unto the Treasurer of said Province for 
the time being, by the Twenty fifth day of December next ensuing the 
Date thereof and sometime before the said 25''' day of December, make 
a Return to said Treasurer of tlie name or names of the Constable, or 
Constables, to whom you shall Committ a List of said assessments, and 
the sum or sums by him or them Respectively to be paid as aforesaid — 
Dated at Portsmouth the 26''' day of July in the Twenty seventh year 
of his Majesty's Reign annoque Domini 1753 

Goo JaftVej- Treas' 



Petition of the Agents of Bozu for Loan of Mo?tey, 1754. 

Province of) ^ , ,v 
NewHamp|J"l^^-5'''754- 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capn. Gcw^^ 
Governor & Comander in Chieft' in & over his majestys 
Province of N. Hampshire afores' The Honble his maj'ty 
Council & the General assembly of sd. Province 
Humbly Shcweth Clem' March Daniel Pierce & Zebulon 
Giddings as agents to & in behalf of the Proprietors of the 
Township of Bow in said Province That the s'' Proprietors 
Comenced an action of ejectment against one Merrill for the 
recovery of about Eight acres of Land Lying within the said 
Township of Bow that the said action was carryd thro' the 
Law here that your memorialist recovered judgment at the 
►Superior Court of Judicature here on the review That the 
said Merrill had complained to his maj'ty in Council of his 
haveing been deny ' an appeal from the said Judgement upon 
the review that his Maj'ty in Council was Pleased to order a 
hearing of the said action before him in Council sometime in 
the month of October next at which time The said Proprie- 
tors are ordei-'d to appear &c and as the Getting of Sterling 
money either by way of Bills of Exchange or silver is at Pres- 
ent very Difficult if to be obtained from Private Persons they 
Humbl}' Pray that they may obtain a Vote of the Governour 
Council and assembly for Lending of one hundred Pounds 
Sterling money to Defend their Title to the said land and they 
are ready to give such seciuity to repay The same as The 
General assembly shall Please to order or accept of and your 
Petitioners as in Dutv Bound shall ever Prav 

Clem< MXrch ^ j^ 
Zeh GiDmxGs -f^^"j3 
D. Peikce. ) 
Prov. N. I lamps. 

In Council July 25'^ 1754 

read & ordered to be sent Down to tlic Honb'^' the Gen' Assembly 
Theodore Atkinson Secy 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Vote for lc7iding JCioo Sterling to the Proprietors of 
Boxu, 1754. 

New Han°/}^" ^^'^ "^"''^ °^ Representatives July 25 1754 

Whereas Clement March Esqr. Daniel Peirce Esqr and Mr. Zebulon 
Giddings as agents for the Proprietors of Bow have Petitioned the Gen. 
assembly of this Province to lend them the sumof one hundred Pounds 
Sterling money to enable them to carry on a suit before his Majesty in 
Council, now depending there between one Merrill and the s'' Proprie- 
tors and signifyd in their Petition that they are ready to give such se- 
curity for the Repayment thereof as the Gen"' assembly shall please to 
order Therefore Voted That Theodore Atkinson Richard Wibird and 
Meshech Weare Esqs and Mr. Henry Sherburne Junr. be and hereby 
are appointed a Committee they or the major Part of them to draw a 
Bill in favour of the s' Petitioners on John Thomlinson Esqr. agent 
for this Province at the Court of Great Britain for the sumof one hun- 
dred Pounds Sterling of the Interest in the hands of the sd. John 
Thomlinson Esqr belonging to this Government and that the s'' Clem- 
ent March Daniel Pierce and Zebulon Giddings Give security unto the 
s'* Committee for the payment of the sum of three hundred pounds 
Bills of credit new Ten'' on this Province within one year from the 
date of sd Bill to be by them drawn as afores' with six pr. cent Interest 
in like Bills and that the sd. Committee put the s' Principal and Inter- 
est when rec'd into the Treasury of this Province (taking a Receipt for 
the same) and that the same be burnt to ashes in the face of the Gen' 
assembly in order to sink so much of the Bills of Credit of this Prov- 
ince, emitted for carrying on y Intended Expedition against Canada 

Matthew Livermore Clei'k 
In Council July 25"' 1754 

The foregoing vote read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
In Council July 25' Assented to 

B. Wextworth. 



An act relating to Bozv. 

Province of "(^ 
New Hampshire J Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Magna* Brit- 
tain;e Franciae et Hibernite Vicessimo nono. 

An Act For assessing and Collecting the Province Tax due from the 
Town of Bow within said Province 

Whereas the General Assembly of this Province have Proportioned 
the Province Tax for the several Towns Districts and Parishes in this 
Province to pay as was thought most Just and Reasonable into the 
Province Treasury for several years past and have Directed the Province 
Treasurer from time to time to Issue his warrants Directed to the Select- 
men of the said Towns, Districts & Parishes to Assess their respective 
Towns, Districts and Parishes according to said act and the Laws and 
usage of this Province in such Cases and the said Selectmen to make 
out'warrants to the Constables of such Towns Districts and Parishes 
to Collect the same as usual in the Province iv: pay the same into the 
Province Treasury to answer the several ends & purposes for which the 
said Taxes were Granted — But notwithstanding the care of the General 
Assembly in Providing a Supply for the Treasury in Season The Town 



TOWN PAPERS — BOSCAWEX. 69 

of Bow in said Province have endeavoured to prevent the assessing and 
Collecting the Taxes aforesaid by neglecting or refusing duely to Elect 
Select men Assessors & Constables or Collectors to assess and collect 
their proportion of the Province Taxes aforesaid and when the General 
assemblv made a special act for calling a Town meeting and choosing 
Town officers in said Town of Bow in the year 1755 The said Town in 
Contempt of the Law and in Defiance of the Government Refused to 
meet at the time and place appointed by authority as aforesaid; By 
means whereof No officers were chosen and no Taxes are assessed in 
said Town of Bow nor have been for several years past and the Treas- 
ury of the Province Destitute of that just proportion of the Taxes 
which the said Town of Bow ought to pay into the Province Treas- 
ury : For Remedy whereof and for the speedy assessing Collecting 

and paying into the Public Treasury of said Province the sum and sums 
which the said Town of Bow ought to pay into the same; 

Be it enacted Bv his Excellency the Governour Council and Assembly 
That Ezra Carter & Moses Foster Esqrs and John Chandler Gentleman 
all of said Bow they or the Major part of them Be assessors to assess 
the Polls and Estates within the said Town of Bow as the Bounds and 
Limits of said Township were Run by Walter Bryant Surveyor in the 
year 1749 in a just and equal Proportion Agreeable to y" Laws & usage 
of this Province, The sum of Five Hundred and eighty Pounds andsix- 
teen Shillings New Tenor Bills of Public Credit of this Province being 
the sum ordered to be paid by them into the said Treasury and in order 
to the said assessors obtaining the Best account of the Polls and Estates 
in said Town of Bow & to their making a Just proportion according to 
their Best skill and Judgment — The said assessors or the major part of 
them are hereby directed to Post up Notifications in some public place 
or places within the said Town of Bow Ten days before they proceed to_ 
make the Said assessment that all persons may have opportunity (if 
they think fit) to give a True list or Inventory of their Polls and Rate- 
able estate within said Town to said assessors which if they or any of 
them shall neglect or refuse to do within that time the said assessors or 
major Part of them are hereby Impowered and directed to doom such 
Person or Persons in such sum and sums as the said assessors or major 
part of them shall Judge they ought to pay as their Proportion of the said 
Tax & of the Cost arising in about and concerning the assessing Col- 
lecting & Paying the Same which the said assessors or major part of 
them are hereby Directed and impowered to assess in Proportion toand 
with the said Tax or assessment and the said assessors are hereby Di- 
rected to be sworn to the faithfull Discharge of theiroffice & Speedily to 
proceed in and make the said Tax or assessment with a Sufficient over- 
plus for costs and abatements and Deliver Lists of said Rates or Tax 
with proper warrants to the Collectors hereafter named within this act 
and certifie the sums in each respective list to y Treasurer of said Prov- 
ince within two months next ensuing and the said assessors in their 
warrants are to Direct the said Collectors to Collect and pay in unto the 
Province Treasurer the aforesaid Sum of five hundred and Eighty 
Pounds & Sixteen Shillings New Tenor Bills of said Province at or be- 
fore the Last day of December next and account with the said assessors 
for y overplus (if any be) and the said assessors to report their doings 
herein to the Gen' Assembly as soon as may be 

And be it further enacted bv the authority aforesaid, That Timothy 
Walker and John Noyes both"of said Town of Bow shall be and hereby 
are appointed the Collectors of said Tax or assessment and that they 
Collect and pay in the sum & sums in their respective lists in time and 
manner aforesaid on Penalty of forfeiting and paying into the Province 
Treasury for his Majesty's use the sum in their respective lists men- 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

tioned And in collecting the same & anv part thereof The said Col- 
lectors are hereby Authorized to use and exercise all V Powers and 
Authoritys in the Law Given to Constables in this Province for their 
Collecting y" Publick Taxes and if any of said Collectors meet with 
any opposition in y" executing their office or if the persons rated or any 
of them shall secreet their Goods and chattels or use any means to pre- 
vent the Collecting of this Tax in manner aforesaid it shall be Law- 
full for such Collectors respectively to sue the person or Persons so re- 
fusing before any Justice of the Peace in Said Province and any Jus- 
tice of the Peace shall & may hear & Detennine the same give Judgm' 
therein & award Execution thereon in which no essoin Protection or 
wager of Law shall be allowed & no other Evidence Necessary than 
the list of rates under the hands of said assessors or major part of them 
to Convict & y* oath of y" Collector that the same has been Demanded 
four days & not paid and which Demand may be made by asking the 
same of the Person or Leaving an acco't of the sum of each respective 
Persons rate in such list at the usual place of the Abode of y Person rated 
four Days before any Distress or Suit made for y same in manner afore- 
said 

And be it further enacted by the Authority afosesaid that if the 
said assessors shall neglect or refuse to Do their Duty in making said 
Rate or Tax and refusing their acc't of the same as aforesaid Thet Prov- 
ince Treasurer is hereby authorized required and Directed to issue his 
Warrant of Distress Directed to The Sheriff of said Province his under 
Sheriff or deputy to Levy said sum of Five hundred and eighty Pounds 
sixteen shillings upon the Goods, Chattels or Lands of said "assessors 
& in want thereof on their bodies & y" Sherift" under Sherifl" or Deputy 
is hereby authorized Impowered and directed to execute the same ac- 
cordingly and pay y" said sums into the Treasury 

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, that if any Per- 
son giving in to y" said Assessors a list or'inventory of their rateable 
Polls or Estates shall be guilty in the Judgement of the said Assessors 
or Major part of them of giving in a false list or Inventory of the Rate- 
able Polls & Estate the said Assessors or Major part of them are hereby 
Impowered and Directed to add to the Rate of Such Person as a fine 
not exceeding twenty shillings to be collected with said Rate or Tax for 
and towards Defraying y charges attending the same which fine shall 
be over and above what the said assessors shall think reasonable to 
Doom such persons as their Proportion to said Rates and for the service 
of the said assessors in Doing their Duty as in this act is required they 
cC Each of them, shall be entitled to have and receive out of what they 
shall so assess the sum of seven Pounds & Ten shillings New Tenor 
each of them and each of the said Collectors to be allowed out of said 
assessment by them to be Collected the sum of fifteen Pounds New 
Tenor each of them for such their Service; and to prevent any Incon- 
veniency by said Town of Bow their not choosing Town otHcers for 
several years past, Be it enacted, by the authority aforesaid that the 
said assessors or major part of them are hereby Impowered and Directed 
to Notifiethe Free holders and Inhabitants of said Town of Bow Qiiali- 
fied according to Law to Vote in Town affairs to meet at such time and 
place in said Town of Bow as they shall order and direct some time in 
y month of March next in the year 1756 to choose selectmen Consta- 
bles & all other Town officers & to pass any vote or votes as they Law- 
fully might at any town meeting regularly warned and their votes acts 
& choice of officers Shall be as good & effectual in Law to all intents & 
purposes as if they had not neglected to choose officers in times past. 



TOWN PAPERS — COSCAWEX. ^I 

Pursuant to an act of the Gen"' Court of the Prorince of New llamp' 
I the Subscriber Warned a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of Bow for the choice of Town OfHcers and attended the same as Mod- 
erator at the Place and time appointed for said meeting which was y" 
22d of April last but there was but one Inhabitant of said Bow that at- 
tended the Place and time of meeting by which means no Town Officers 
are chosen for the present year to assess the said Inhabitants their pro- 
portion to the Province Tax agreeable to Law 

JOX' LOVEWELL 

Portsmouth May y" 25"' 1755. 



Petition for a new survey of Lots. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"^ Gov'' & Com- 
mander in Chiefe in & over his majes* Prov. of New Ilamp 
The Hon''^ his Majestys Council ifc House of Representatives 
for sd Prov. in Gen' Assembly convened Jan. the ihst day 

1757 

The Humble Petition of Daniel Pierce Esq'^ Tho^ Wiggin 
& Daniel Marston Gent" Will"" Pottle Blacksmith & Benj" 
Norris Yeoman as a Committee of the Prop"" of y' Town of 
Bow in s** Province Shews That there are many Persons who 
claim a Right to Lands in Said Township by Titles not de- 
rived from s' Proprietors & some who have made considerable 
Improvements there with whom the said Pi^oprietors liave had 
many expensive Suits at Law which has much impeded the 
settlement of said Township — That many of the said claim- 
ers & settlers particularly those who hold under the Proprie- 
tors of Suncook (so called) are desirous (as they say) of an 
accommodation & settlement of these Disputes & to be- 
come not only Inhabitants of said Bow but to hold their Title 
under that of s' Bow & no more to call it into Qiiestion which 
the Proprietors of Bow are as desirous to have effected & have 
taken man}' steps to that Purpose being sensible that these Dis- 
putes will ihially prove more detrimental to themselves if ended 
by y Law tho' in their Favour than any reasonable Conces- 
sions That notwithstanding the amicable & peaceable Disposi- 
tions of y" Parties conccrn'd there are Impediments which 
prevent the good effects that might be expected to result from 
such a temper which however willing they are not able to re- 
move which your Petitioners beg Leave shortly to represent. 
That the Home Lots or first Division in s' Township of Bow 
which were laid out for forty acres each by some mistake fall 
short as to some of them which contain not much more tlian 
half that Quantity and y"" hjts laid out by the Prop'^ of Sun- 
cook run across these oblikely so that one of those interferes 
with several of these in manv Places That bv this means one 



72 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Person has to agree with several for his particular Lot & some 
of those are minors with whom no valid agreement can be 
made & the Proprietors of Bow are willing those who have 
made any considerable Improvements there (tho' they have done 
it in Judgment of Law in their own wrong) should enjov the 
Fruit of their Labour That quieting the Possessors (who 
have improved as afores'') on equitable Terms will tend much 
to promote the Settlement of said Township raise y^ Value of 
of the Land & save the great Expense which inevitably attends 
Contention which desirable end cannot be obtained by anyway 
that your Petitioners can discover unless the laying out of 
some of sd. Home Lots by the Prop''^ of Bow should be an- 
nulld & vacated which seems to be necessary to do Justice to 
some of the owners by reason of the mistake aforesaid as well 
as for the other Ends before proposed 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that the laying out 
of the said Lots the Return & Record thereof as done by y*^ 
said Proprietors of Bow (or so many of them as may be neces- 
sary for y*^ ends aforesaid) may be entirely annulled, & vacated 
that your Petitioners or some others may be enabled to lay out 
other unimproved Lands in said Township sufficient to be a 
just equivalent to the owners of s'' Home Lots under the said 
Proprietors That the Land so laid out for said Home Lots 
may be taken, deemed & adjudged as common Land so far as 
relates to them or those claiming under them that they may be 
authorized to dispose thereof as they might have done if it had 
not been by them laid out as aforesaid in order for the proposed 
accommodation & agreement or so far as is Necessary to answer 
y*^ desirable Ends proposed and that your Petitioners may 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly and they shall as 
in Duty bound ever pray &c 

Benj' Norris D. Pierce 

William Pottle Thomas Wiggin 

Daniel Marston. 

In Council July 6, 1757 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''® Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secv. 
Province of "|^In the House of Representatives Jan 7, 1757. 
New Hamps j The within Petition being Read 

Ordered that the Petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sitting of the Gen"' Assembl}- next after the first Day of February 
Next & That the Petitioners at their own Cost tS: Charge" cause the sub- 
stance of this Petition with this order of court thereon to be published 
in the New Hamp" Gazette two weeks successively that any Person or 
Persons may appear at said Hearing & shew Cause if any they have 
why the praj-er thereof should not be Granted 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

read & concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 



TOWN PAPERS BOSCAWEX. 73 

Province of "I 
New Ilamps J In the House of Representatives Feb 3' 1757 

This petition being read I'v: its appearing that the order of Court had 
been Complv'd with. No person appearing against said Petition, & Bow 
Committee the petitioners being fully heard thereon therefore 

Voted That the prayer of the petition be granted & that the Petition- 
ers have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concurred 

R. Wibbird Sec v. 



Inventory of Bo-M and Canterbury 1761, 
An Invoice of the Polls, Stocks and improved Lands in the Town- 
ship of Bow, (i) taken by us the Subscribers according to the best of 
our knowledge 



Polls 




154 


Cattle 3 years old 


85 


Houses 




91 


Do 2 years old 


90 


Planting 


Groun 


id 341 acres 


Do I Year old 


103 


^Mowing 


Land 


49S acres 


Horses 


77 


Orchard! 


"g 


16 acres 


Do 3 years old 


12 


Oxen 




160 


Do 2 years old 


13 


Cows 




221 


Do I year old 
Pasture Land 


ID 

150 acres 


Negroes 




6 

6 mills vear 


Iv income £125 





loRRiLL \ Selectmen 
LOUGH J for Canterbui 



Thomas Clough /for Canterbury 

(1) The township of Bov\-, at this time, includeil a large part of Uumford. See 
Hist, of Concord, pp. 21!i, 220.— Ed. 

An Invoice of the Polls, Stocks and improved Lands in the Town- 
ship of Canterbury taken by us the Subscribers according to the best 
of our knowledge. 

Polls 57 Cattle 3 years old 22 

Houses 33 Do 2 years old 29 

Planting Land 62 acres Do i year old 37 

Mowing Land 1S9 Do Horses 35 

Orchard Land 4 Do Do 3 years old 

Pasture Land 146 Do 2 years old 4 

0.\en 52 Do i year old 6 

Cows 98 

One Negro 2 Mills yearly income £20 

EzEKiEL Morrill \ Selectmen 
Thomas Clough v for 

Ephraim HackettJ Canterbury 
Caittcrbury 
Polls £1026 

Land 200 : 10 

Horses 105 

Oxen 156 

Cows 1 96 

3 vr old 3^ 

2 ' Do 33 



Bow 




Polls 


£2770 


Land 


502 


Houses 


231 


Oxen 


480 


Cows 


444 


3 vr old 


145 


2 Do 


103 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Boiv. 
I Do 

Slaves 


^6 : lo 
96 

4S2S : 10 
1000 Doom 


I Do 

Slaves 


Canterbury. 

21 : 10 
16 




1787 
300 Doom 




£5828 : 10 


£2087 



Petition of Ed''''^ Russcl <& others. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain Gen- 
eral, Governor & Commander in Chief In and over his 
Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, To the Hon'''^ his 
Majesty's Council and House of Representatives for said 
Province, Convened in General Assembly June 13*'^ ^7% 
The Petition of Edward Russell, Solomon Heath and 
Thomas Chandler all of Bow in said Province Humbh^ Shew- 
eth That the Petitioners have lately Settled themselves on 
some of the Uncultivated Land in said Town of Bow where 
they still remain Hardly able to support themselves and Fam- 
ilies 

That the Petitioners understand there is a Very Great Prov- 
ince Tax laid on the Inhabitants of Said Town of Bow the last 
year, this Present year & the next year for their Delinquency 
for the space of seven or Eight years last past a Proportion of 
which Tax if Laid on the Petitioners would almost Ruin them 
and oblige them to Qiiit their Said Settlements. Wherefore 
the said Petitioners Humbly pray your Excell'y & Hon''** to 
take their Circumstances under Consideration and Relieve 
them from paying any Pi-oportion of the said Tax In such 
manner as Your Excell'y & Hon"* shall in your Great Wisdom 
& Clemenc}'' see fit. And your Petitioners as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray &c 

Edw*^ Russell for Himself 
and Behalf of y^' Rest 

Province of) In Council June 14"' 1764 

New Ilamp/Read cV Ordered to be i^ent down to the Hon'''* House 

T. Atkinson Jun Secy 
Province of | In the house of Representatives June 14"' 1764 
New Ilamps J Upon Rcad'g the within petition 

Voted that the petitioners be heard thereon the Second Day of the 
sitting- of the Gen' Assembly after the first dav of Aug. next t^ that the 
petitioners at their own Cost Serve the selectmen of Penibrook Ezra 
Carter Esq'' & Capt. Jn" Chandler of said Bow who are bv Act appointed 
to make the Assessments for the Tax Referred to in the within petition 
with a Copy of this petition & order of Court thereon that they may 
appear & Shew Cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should 
not be Granted and further 'it is Resolved that the Collectors appointed 



TOWN PAPERS — noSCAWEX. 75 

for Collecting said Tax shall forbear Collecting the proportion assessed 
on the within Petitioners untill the time herein appointed for a hearing 

H. Sherburne Speaker 
In Council June 15, 1764 read iS: concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secy. 

Province of "> In the house of Representatives Jan v« 9, 1765, A. M. 
New Hamps j This petition being Read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that the petitioners have 
leave to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Jany 10 1765 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Jun Secv. 



Petition of yoscph Baker cC- Philip East7nan. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" governor and 
Commander in Chief in & over his majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Hon'''^^ his majestys Council and house 
of Representatives for said Province in general Assembly 
Conven'd the First Day of May A. d. 1764. 
The Humble Petition of Joseph Baker & Philip Eastman 
Sence it has Pleas'd your Honours to Appoint us the Sub- 
scribers to Collect the Tax that was Appointed for the Inhab- 
itants of Bow to Pay into The Treasury we would inform your 
Honours That we Have Taken the utmost Care to Collect the 
money but we have not as yet Collected The whole and we 
would Beg your Patience a Little while Longer and we will 
assure your Honours that we will Do our utmost Endeavor to 
to fulHll yom- command, furthermore we would Inform your 
Honours that there is within the Lines of Rumford about 
Twenty Poles who say that They are without Esq'' Bryent's 
Line that he Ran in the year forty Nine & for that Reason 
They Refused to give in their Envoises Gentlemen we Conceive 
that we Shall be very much hurt By Neglecting our own 
Business and we should be very glad if your Honours would 
Take it into your wise Consideration and order the Assessors 
to Put them into our Lists and Bestow it upon us or help us in 
any other way which your honours in your grate wisdom Shall 
Think Best and your Petitioners Shall Ever Pray 

Joseph Baker 
Philip Eastman. 
Prov. of New Hamps 
May 2' 1764. 

read & sent down to the Hon'''" Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 



76 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Selectmen of Boxu to be eas'd fron being Rated 

ivith Concord^ Azeg 2S, 1767. 
To His Excelency John Wentworth Esq' Captain General 

Governor and Commander In Chief In and over His majes''''* 

Council and House of Representatives Convened in General 

Assembly 

The Petition of the Selectmen of Bow in Behalf of themselves 
and Inhabitants of s'' Bow Exclusive of such as are Set of into 
Parishes ; Humbly Sheweth that we Have Town officers agree- 
able to Bow Charter and are Ready and willing to assess Col- 
lect and Pay our Proportion of Publick Charges with other 
Towns In this Province your Petitioners Have Been and are 
Now Greatly abused by being Rated with Concord for Their 
Select men are y- major Part of the assessors and they make 
the Rate as they see fitt. 

Wherefore the sd. Petitioners Humbly and Earnestly Prays 
your Excelency and Honours to take their Distressed Carcom- 
stances under Consideration and Releave Them From Being 
Rated any Longer with Concord in Such manner as your Ex- 
celency and Plonours Shall in your Great wisdom and Clem- 
ency see Fitt and Your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall 
Ever Pray 

Samuel Rogers ") o 1 ♦. 
o 117- ( Select men 

Samuel Welch V ^ r> 
T^ ,, i ot bow 

Ephraim Moony ) 

In Council August 28"' 1767 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon''''' House 
T. Atkinson Jun. Secv 



BRENTWOOD. 



[Brentwood, formerly part of Exeter, was incorporated 26 June, n-1'2. 

For various other Papers relating to this Town, see those under Exeter. Ed.] 

Names of persons in Brent-vood desiring a Paris/i. 
Brintwood, July II, 1743. 
We the Subscribers Do hereby signifie that we Rcaly Ex- 
pected and also Desired to stand by the Act of the General Court 
in making of us a Parish But yet we perceive that the hon'*'"^^ 
Corte have bin Enformcd by Sundrv Parsons that the major 
Part of the Parish are Dissatisfy'd in what is done in that 
afair this is to Shew it is not so. 



TOWN PAPERS IIREXTWOOD. 



77 



John Roberds 
Joseph Leivett 
Thomas Gorden 
John Marsh 
Roberd Voung 
Edward Stevens 
Daniel Giles 
Israel Smith 
John Been 
Nicholas Gorden 
John Folsham 
Ithial Smith 
Moses Filield 
David Bean 
Samuel Roberds 
Samuel Jones 
Charles Young 
Benj' Vesey 
Jeremiah Bean 
Biley Harvey 
John Giles 
Benj ' Roberds 
John Roberds 
l)avid Smith 
Jonathan Smith 
John Smith 
Josiah Moodv 
Zackiriah Jude (?) 
Nath ' Folsham 
James Dudley jun 
Joseph Gose 
Benj ' Scribner 
Ebenezer Hutchison 



Elisha Sanborn 
James Young 
Benj' Fifield 
Bridget Smith 
Thomas Scritchet 
Abraham Smith 
Gorg Roberds 
James Dudley 
Joel Judkins 
Roberd Brown 
Joseph Atkinson 
Jacob Smith 
Jabez Clough 
James Glord 
"Nicholas Dollof 
Alexander Roberds 
William Granby (?) 
Daniel Sanborn 
Jon ' Roberson 
William Smith 
Ton^' Tailer 
Nath' Prcscott 
Jon" Cram 
Jeremiah Row 
Jedediah Prescott 
James Robenson 
Daniel Tilton 
John James 
Joseph Giles 
Henery Marsh 
Job Kenistone 
John Mudgit 



Petition of the inhab"^^ of the North part of Broitivood 
about a t?iceting-honsc. 

To his Excell'y Benning Wentworth Esq'" Gov' & Comaiul 'in 
Chief in & over his ^laj'* Province of New Hampshire And 
to the Hon'"'' his Maj'-*^^'' Council, & Representatives In Gen" 
Court assembled 

We the Subscribers Freeholders & Inhabitants of the North- 
erly part of the parish of Brintwood in tlie Province aforesaid 
Do Humbly crave leave of y' Excell'y & hon'^" to lay this our 
humble Remonstrance of our distressed circumstances before 
your Excell'y & Hon""^ as follows viz. 

ISIany of us Living four or five Miles Distant from Exeter 
meeting House, have attended the Puhlick Worship of God at 
that House for many years past, with great Diihcidty, & our 
Family.s Encreasing' made it mi:ch more dilhcidt especially in 
the Winter Spring and fall of theyeare Wherefore About eight 



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years ago we with Several of the Southerly part of said Parish 
Erected a House for the Publick Worship of God in the most 
suitable place as they then tho't and we now do think to Carry 
on the Publick Worship in And accordingly at our own charge 
have Carryed on the Same in the Winter, Spring & fall of the 
yeare ever since as we had for four years, or thereabouts before 
Erecting said House carryd on the Publick Worship in a 
Private House Standing neare our Publick Meeting House 

And about last February was twelve month, the Freeholders 
and Inhabitants of the Southerly part of Brintwood aforesaid 
Petitioned the Town of Exeter aforesaid to be set off as a 
Parish contrai-y to the will & desire of most of us, & said Town 
af Exeter Granted their said Petition, notwithstanding many 
of us Disented therefrom. And their said Petition being 
Granted, they afterwards applyed to your Excell'y & Hon'^for 
a Charter for said Parish, which was granted them Contrary 
to our Desier, and greatly to our hurt. And we also having 
Earnestly Petitioned your Excell'}^ & Hon" that we might be 
permitted to Continue to Carry on the Publick W^orship of 
God in our said House, and to be set off by such Boundaries 
as your Excelly & Hon'" Should think meet, & to be Exempted 
from all Charge towards the meeting and ministry in the South- 
erly p' of Said Parish &c, as by our Petition lying before y'' 
Excelly & Hon" in your Honb'"' Court may appear. Which 
Petition the Hon''''' House of Representatives have seen meet 
to Dismiss And also your Excell'y & Hon" having appointed 
a Comittee of four Gen*^ two out of Each House to Prefix the 
place where the meeting House ought to Stand, Three of said 
Gen' have been and made Return but is accounted voyd by 
your Exell'y & Hon'"" For that the Comitee did not all Joyn 
in their Return &. for which Reason our Petition was also 
Dismist. Wherefore our case at present Seems very hard & 
DitTicult, we having been at such cost to Erectour said House 
and to maintain Preaching in it hitherto & the Minister also 
who hath hitherto preached to us beingatour Earnest desire wil- 
ling to Continue with us in the Ministry. If your Excelly & 
Hon'" will in your great Wisdome take this our Remonstrance 
of our Difhcult Circumstances in our Present Meeting House 
not being Established & our aforesaid Petition not being 
Granted & the great Charges and Difficulties we hitherto have 
and still do Labour under, under your Excelly & Hon'* wise 
Consideration & be pleased to grant us Relief herein as in 
your Great Wisdom you shall se meet And as in Duty Bound 
we your Excellys & Hon'"'' most obedient Humble servants 
shall ever Pray &c 

Dated at Brintwood June 27" Anno Dom 1743. 



TOWN PAPERS — HRENTWOOD. 

Andrew Gillman John George 

Wilson Edw' Thing 

Edw' Coicord Dan' Qiiimby 

Nich'" Dudley Sarrah Gorden 

Antipas Gilrnan John Leavit 

Tim' Leavitt James Stephens 

Benj' Gillman Joseph Iloit 

Sam' Edgerly Joshua Bean 

Sam' Dudley John Mogridge 

Jon" Thing"' John Hilton 

Stephen Levit Ithiel Clifford 

Jonsia Thing Sam" Smith 

Jon' Wadley Dan' Wormal 

Nich"' Dudley Jun"" Marthy Bean 



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erem' Bean Haley Stephens 

ohn Dudley Jer " "Gillman Junr 



In the House of Representatives July i"' 1743. The within Petition 
read & considered on iS: Voted That Eleazer Russell Esqr Mark Lang- 
don Gen- <Sz Noah Barker of Stratham be a Committee to Joyn Such as 
the Hon'''"' the Council shall app' to go to the Parish of Brentwood, and 
view the Situation of said parish and see whether it will be most con- 
venient for the Inhabitants thereof to be Divided into two Parishes, or 
whether the whole shall meet at the meeting House already Built for 
some Limitted time, or to Conclude upon some other method that they 
shall think to be for the best good of the said P's'h. In order for their 
being Settled in Peace, and that they make Report to the Gen" ass'" 
the third day of the Sitting of the Gen" Ass'" at their next Sessions and 
that the Petitioners be at the charge of the Comittee and that the Peti- 
tioners Serve the Select men of Brentwood with a Copy of this Petition 
& Votes, that tiiey may Notife the Parish of these proceedings and that 
those that will dispute? what is acted may appear at the day above said. 

James Jeffry Cle'' Ass'" 
Eod'" Die In Council Read and Concurr'd & the above said Comittee 
hereby Established & Impowered for the End above said 
Eod'" Die Assented to B. Wextworth Theodore AtkinsonSecy. 
Copia Examined Theo'' Atkinson Secy. 

Province of Hamp' Sep. 22' 1743. 

Pursuant to the within order wc have been to the Parish of Brent- 
wood & viewed the same, & Considered the Circumstances thereof & 
think it best to Continue them at the old meeting House for the tearm 
of four years. 

Eleazer Russell 
Mark Laxgdon 
Noah Barker 
In the House of Representatives j'"' the 23"* 1743 

The above Return read And Voted That the Return be accepted, and 
that they Continue at the old Meeting House for the Space of four 
years and at the Expiration thereof, The Major Part of the legal Voters 
in said parish at that time Shall set the ^ieeting House for Publick 
Worship where they think Proper. 

James Jeffry CI'' Ass"'. 

In the House of Representatives Decem" 3' 1743- 

Voted That this Petition and all the Proceedings thereon be Dis- 
missed. 

James Jeffry CI' Ass"" 



8o NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Elisha Sanbor7t about Breiitwood 1745 
To the Honb'- the House of Representatives for the Province 
of New Hampshire in General assembly conven'd April 2*^ 

1745: 

The Petition of Elisha Sanborne of the Parish of Brintwood 
In Said Province Yeoman as agent for said Parish Humbly 
Shews 

That the Said Parish was made & Incorporated by an act of 
the Gen' Assembly made & passed in y'^' Sixteenth Year of His 
Majestys Reign by Metes & Bounds Set forth in said act being 
before part of the old Parish or Town of Exeter. That Since 
the Said Parish was so Incorporated His Excellency the Gov- 
ernor has been pleased (by cS: with the advice of the Council) 
to grant a Charter for Erecting and Incorporating part of the 
afores'' parish of Brintwood Into another Parish by the name 
of Keeneborough whereby great part of the Inhabitants of 
Brintwood Conceive themselves Discharged from paying 
Taxes & Doing any other Duty within the Parish of Brint- 
wood & Claim the powers authoritys& Priviledges of a Parish 
within the Limits given by the said Charter the consequence 
of which is many persons are doubly tax'd & great Debates 
& strifes have & are likely to arise. That the Parishioners of 
Brintwood apprehend that not only their powers authoritys & 
priviledges are made null if the said Charter be good, but the 
act of Incorporation aforesaid is also Defeated & Superseeded 
which greatly affects the Rights & Priviledges of this House 
& in them all the King's subjects in this Province That the 
said Parishioners foresee a wide Field of Law opening before 
them hereby (one of their Number having been already Im- 
prisoned for Rates made in Consequence of the afores' Char- 
ter) which they Should be glad to avoid if it could be without 
giving up their Just Rights Wherefore your Petitioner in be- 
half of his principals prays the advisement of this Hon^''** 
House in the premises that some scheme may be Pursued In 
Conjunction with the other Branches of the Legislature as may 
settle these Disputes (but just beginning) upon such a founda- 
tion as is agreeable to the Constitution & on which a lasting 
peace ma}^ be built & Your Petitioner In behalf of his Constit- 
uents Shall Ever pray &c 

Elisha Saxborx. 



Remonstrance against Keenhoro2{gh Patent. 
Province of) 
N. Ilamp^ / 

To His Exc'> The Gov^ and the Hon '^' the Council May it 
Please your Ex & Honors 
On the 2' Day of the last month Elisha Sanborn of y<^ par- 



TONVX PAPERS BRENTWOOD, 8l 

ish of Brentwood in s' prov. Yeoman as agent for said Parish 
represented to this House in way of Petition that the said Par- 
ish &c (here recite the Petition at hirgc) * * * ♦ 
Which Petition of the said Elisha in Part above recited we 
have taken into our most mature Consideration together with 
authenticated copys of the said act and Charter mentioned in 
said Petition with such other Evidence as the Petitioner has 
thought ht to hiy before this House in support thereof, by 
which it manifestly appears to us, that there was an act or 
Law made and past by the Gov'" Council and represent'"' of 
this Province dated the day of 17 by which a Part 

of the Town of Exeter was incorporated into a Parish named 
of Brintwood by metes and Bounds, and that the Inhabitants 
within said Bounds, were to duty Parish Duty^ ? and receive 
parish privileges in said Brentwood, and were exonerated from 
parish Duty in the Parishes whereto they belonged before the 
Date of said Law : That Discontent soon arose among the 
Parishioners of s'' Brentwood about the Place of fixing their 
meeting House, which occasioned a new Petition to the Gov- 
ernor Council and Gen. assembly dated the day of 17 , 
for a minor Part of said Parishioners prayer, to have the said 
Parish divided into two Parishes but that which was offered in 
support thereof appearing frivolous to the General assembly, 
the said Petition was by them ordered to be dismissed : That 
afterwards (viz) on the day of 17 The discontented 

Party petitioned anew to His Exc'>' and Council regardless of 
the General assembly (one Branch of the Legislature) pray- 
ing again for a Division of s' Brentwood into Two Parishes, 
which your Ex. and Council (without the Gen' assembly) 
were pleased to take Cognizance of, and on the day of 
17 to grant a Charter under the Province Seal to the said 
Petitioners, incorporating another Parish named Keenbor- 
ough by metes and Bounds and exonerating the Inhabitants of 
said Keenborough from their Parish Duty in Brentwood 
which they were obliged to do and perform there by Law, 
wdiich charter so far This House looks upon as an attempt to 
abrogate and supersede a Law in Part, and thereby an open 
Usurpation of a Power appertaining to the Gen assy in Con- 
junction with the Gov' and Coun. and a manifest invasion of 
the Just rights and Privileges of the People whom we repre- 
sent, and an Infringem't on the rights of the Parishioners of 
Brentwood, and an oppression of them in particular, which 
we think ourselves obliged to take notice of in Duty to His 
IVlajesty, in faithfulness to our Constituents and in Justice & 
Honour to ourselves and to remonstrate against it. \Ve do 
therefore earnestly request your Ex'> and Honours, seriously 
to reconsider this matter, and to recall the Keenborough Grant 



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and thereby put an end to the Strifes ah-eady commenced, and 
a stop to otlicrs ready to break out in consequence thereof and 
also to save this House the Trouble of saying or acting further 
on upon it, for as we are the representatives of a free protes- 
tant People and as such the Guardians of their Privileges, we 
esteem ourselves obliged to make a stand ag'' every attempt made 
to deprive them of their Just Rights, and particularly we shall 
think ourselves inexcusable in case your Ex'"'* and Hon" should 
not relieve us if we should not apply to His most Excellent 
majesty who is graciously pleased to esteem his own Preroga- 
tives and his Subjects Privileges equally dear to him for a 
remedy, and we esteem ourselves moi^e especially obliged to 
take this step (if your Ex & Hon'* don't prevent it) as it is 
not the first Instance wherein your Excellency has attempted 
to invade our rights Witness your Endeavours to get the pro- 
vincial Records of Deeds into your Hands, or at least to have 
the Disposal of them, which are no other than the People's 
Evidences of their Titles to their Land Estates and therefore 
according to the rules of common sense and Reason, ought to 
be in their own several keepings if it could be, but as it can't 
they ought to be disposed of by them who are the Proprietors 
of their Evidences as well as of their Estates. Another In- 
stance was your Excellency's Endeavor to augment the num- 
ber of members of this House by your own mear arbitrary 
Power, without any Law enabling you so to, or any colour of 
authority from His majesty for your so doing that was ever 
made known to us, to which may be added your Excellency's 
causing a number of men to scout on y® west side of merri- 
mack River lastsummer before A Grant was made for their Pay 
and Subsistance, and which we humbly apprehend vour Excel- 
lencv could not rationally expect ever would be and the scout- 
ers remain to this Day without wages and those that subsisted 
them without their pay for it whether this is not oppressive 
we leave to the wisest Judges to determine. Proceedings of 
this nature will cast no blame on us, but it gives us Concern, 
that any office must bear the Records of such Conduct were it 
possible for us to entertain so dishon'''-' a Thought as that a 
Vote could be past at the Council Board, and the Voters not 
be fully apprised of your directions without maturely delib- 
erating on the materials it was built with we should have at 
Once concluded, that the Vote for Keenborough Charter was 
such an one. May it please y'' Ex and Hon""' we crave Leave 
to repeat our request to you for a reconsideration of the Keen- 
borough aflair and tliat you will be pleased to do what is just 
and right therein to quiet the minds of the People to stay the 
Strifes already begun and to prevent other Divisions that are 
like to arise — we are Zealously concerned that Love and Peace 



TOWN I'AI'ERS BRENTWOOD. S3 

may be cultivated in the Province and a Harmony in the ad- 
ministration, that the Prerogative may always rest secure that 
the Infractions made on our Privileges may be healed, and 
that they may ever hereafter remain safe and inviolate. 



Charter of Keenborotcgh. 

Province of "(^George the Second by the grace of God of Great Britain 
New Hamps j _ France and Ireland" King Defender of the Faith &c. 

To all to whom these Presents Shall come Greeting For as much as 
it hath been Represented to us by Capt. Andrew Gilman and other In- 
habitants of the parish of Brentwood that great disorders have arisen 
in said Parish Respecting their parish affairs in general, And that all 
proposals hitherto attempted have proved ineffectual to Restore peace 
and good Order amongst them Wherefore, the said Capt. Andrew Gil- 
man in behalf of himself and others Humbly Prays That a new parish 
may be erected in said Parish of Brentwood And to the end that peace 
and good Order may be Established Know y" therefore of our Especial 
Grace certaine Knowledge & meer motion By ^v with the advice of our 
Trusty & well beloved BenningWentworth Esq"^ our Capt General Gov- 
ernor and Commander in chief of our Province of New Hampshire in 
New England and of our council of said Province have Incorporated, 
ordained declared and appointed And by these presents for us our Heirs 
& Successors Do Incorporate ordain declare and appoint out of the 
Parish of Brentwood all that Tract or parcel of Land Situate lying & 
Being in y Parish of Brentwood in our Province of New Hamp'^ afore- 
said containing by admessurement twelve thousand five hundred Ninety 
five acker cS: one Qiiarter of an acre according to a plan & Survey- made 
by order of our Said Governor by George Mitchel Esq"" and Cap' Dud- 
ley Odlin hearunto annexed abutting & Bounding as by y said Plan or 
Survey may appear And we do hearby ordain And appoint that the re- 
spective Inhabitants that now are or that shall hereafter be in posses- 
sion of the Lands within the Plan or Survey aforesaid shall [be] one 
Society Corporation and Body Politick to have continuance forever by 
the name of Keenborough and that they and their Successors shall by 
that name be able and Capeable in law to call Parish Meetings The 
first of which is to be called within thirty days from the date hereof by 
Capt. Andrew Gilman and Humphrey Wilson & Benjamin Gilman And 
the meetings hereafter shall be on the first Monday of April annually 
And we do hereby give and grant unto the said society or Corporation 
full Power and authority to make choice of proper Officers to Levy Taxes 
on the Inhabitants for the Supportof the Society agreeable to the Laws 
of our Province of New hampshire made for regulating Town and Par- 
ish affairs. And we do further give and grant to the said society full 
Power to call & settle a Regular and Orthodox Minister of the Gospel 
and to Levy Taxes on the Inhabitants conformable to the Laws affore- 
said of our Province afforesaid for his support Reserving only the 
Reommending the first minister to the President and seinour Fellows 
of Harvard Colledge in New England, to the Reverend Jabez Fitch & 
the Reverend John Odlin. And we do also hereby Reserve to his most 
Sacred Majesty his heirs & successors all white Pine Trees growing 
standing or be'ing within the plan or survey Above mentioned the Pres- 
ervation whereof for his Majesties Royal Navy is theTennure by which 
you hold and enjoy your Corporation. And lastly we do declare and 



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Ordaine, That these our Letters Patent & every clause Sentence and ar- 
ticle herein contained shall be in all things firm and vallid & etfectual 
in the Law unto the Said Society & their Successors according to the 
Purport & Tennure hereof 

Provided, that these our Letters Patents be recorded within one 
month from the Date hereof in our Recorder's Office appointed for that 
purpose in our said Province of New Hampshire 

In witness whereof we have caused the to be made Patent 

Witness our [torn off] 
and Commander in Chief of our Said Province the twenty seventh day 
of October in the year of our reign Annoq Domine 174 — 
Pr his Excellency's 

Command with B. Wentworth. 

advice of Council 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 

Copy Ex'' Theodore Atkinson Sec'y 



Petition of the Selectmen of Keeneborough. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esqr ; Governor & 

Commander in Chief in and over the Province of New 

Hampshire in Council 

The Humble Petition of the Selectmen of Keenborough in 
the behalf of y*^ Inhabitants of sd Parish Humbly sheweth 

Whereas your Excellency in Conjunction with the Honour- 
able his Majesties Council was pleased to take compassion 
on us under our former Difficulties and Grant us a Parrish by 
ourselves ; For which we looked upon ourselves greatly 
oblidged to your Excellency, and the Honoured Council and 
hoped to have enio3'ed great peace & quietness and by virtue 
of the Charter given us, we have acted ever since, and accord- 
ing to Charter have proceeded to settle a Gospel Minister 
amongst us viz : The Rev. Mr. Nathaniel Trask, which by 
Charter we supposed we had full power to do, and to Raise 
money for his Settlement & Support, and accordingly have 
raised a Tax upon y'^ Inhabitants for y* end, but some Dis- 
contented persons amongst us, Influenced by some of y^' Par- 
ish of Brentwood, and by others in other places, who informed 
them that your Excellency and his Majesties Council, had no 
power to make us a Parish, and y' your Charter was good for 
nothing, and being likewise encouraged by v" Gentlemen of 
y® Law, have refused to pay their Taxes, and being seized and 
Imprisoned by y*^ Constable, has brought the Case into y* Law ; 
and to our great Surprise, Judgment went in their favour, at 
y* last Superior Court, So y' now we are in a Deplorable Con- 
dition ; Having a Minister Settled and money to pay both for 
his Settlement & support, and no power to raise any Money in 
a Legal way, or to gather in any Tax, already raised, and hav- 



TOWN PAPERS — BRENTWOOD. 65 

ing been at great Expense in vindicating y" Charter, and see- 
ing no hopes of a Reconciliation with y" Parish of Brentwood, 
their Demand being so imrcasonable, nor of Relief in any 
other way. In this Deplorable Case we humbly crave pitty of 
your Excellency & the Honourable his Majesties Council, and 
that you would advise us what to do, and would be pleased to 
find out some way for oiu- Relief, for otherwise we shall run 
into V'' greatest Confusion, Religion will Die amongst us, and 
both Civil & Ecclesiastical authority be trampled upon ; So 
hoping that your Excellency & y" Hon'''' his iSIajesties Council 
will artbrd us relief, under these pressing Difficulties and pre- 
vent our Ruin, and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever Prav &.c 

Timothy Leavit ) 
Edward Colcord I Selectmen 
Nicholas Dudley |- of 

Keeneborough Septem- Jeremiah Bean Kceneborough 
ber y*" 20"' 174S. John Dudley J 



Petition of a monber of the Inhabitants of Brintwood^ 
fraying to be set off as a parish. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr Governor & Com- 
andcr in chief in and over his Majestys Province of Xew 
Hampshire the honorable his Majesty's Council iS: House of 
Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 13"' day of 
June 1764 

The Petition of us the Subscribers humbly sheweth that 
whereas we who are of the Parish of Brintvvood in said Prov- 
ince are exposed by being at a great distance from Meeting for 
the public worship of God Therefore pray your Iloners to take 
our Case into your wise Consideration and set us ofi'as a Par- 
ish with all Parish privileges one half of the aforesaid Parish 
of Brintwood for quantity on the westerly end, Beginning at 
the northwesterly Corner of said Parish running Easterly on 
Epping Line so far as to contain one half of the length ot said 
Line. Then beginning at the South westerly Corner of said 
Parish running Easterly on Kingston Line one half of the 
Length of the said South Line then to run a Straight Line 
across said Parish of Brintwood so as to contain full one half 
of the Land of said Brintwood agreeable to a Vote of said 
Parish reference hereto being had may make fully appear. 
And your Petitioners in duty bound Shall ever pray 
John Taylor Zachcus Cloiigh 

Joshua Kimball John Kiinball 

Benj" Kimball Nathan Kimball 



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Jonathan Brown James Merrill 

Joseph Hoyt James Merrill Jun 

Jonathan Ring John Kenison 

James Tucker Nathan Brown 

Daniel Brown Enoch Brown 

John Ilojt John Hojtjun. 

Abel Morrill Samuel Hoyt 

John French Joseph Taylor 

JoJin Glidden Daniel Kimball 

Israel Smith Samuel Clough 

Robert Glidden John Clough 

Ephraim Brown David Kimball 

Benjamin Cram Richard Clough 

Abraham Sanborn David Hoyt 

Elias Swain Samuel Moody 

Jonathan Hoyt Clement Moody 

Benjamin Hoyt Nath" Whittier 

Reuben Hoyt Nathaniel Whittier Jun 

John PrscotLovren ? Benjamin Clough 

Province of 1 In the House of Representatives June 14"' 1764 
New Hamps J This petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that the petitioners have 
leave to bring In a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council June 15* 1764 
Read & Concurred 
T. Atkinson Sec. 

At a Parish Meeting held at the meeting house in Brintwood the fif- 
teenth Day of May 1764 

Voted Deacon Jeremiah Bean moderator of said meeting at the same 
meeting it was Put to Vote to see if the Parish would maintain Two 
ministers in said Parish & it Past in the Negative 

Voted the Inhabitants of the Westerly End of the Parish be setoff to 
be a Parish by themselves that is to come one half the way Down on 
Epping Line & Run such a Point a cross to Kingston Line as to con- 
tain one half y' Land in Sd Parish 

Elisha Sanborn Clerk 

A copy Examd. 



CANTERBURY. 



[This to^yn was incorporated 20 May, 1727.— Ed.] 

At a meeting of the Proprietors of the Town of Canterbury holden 
by announcement the 16 Day of May 1738, Then Voted that Sam' 
Smith Thomas Young & Sam' Adams are and shall be a Comittee to 
Represent The Town of Canterbury at the General Court by (a peti- 
tion ?) to be Enabled by an act to make the Proprietors pay their Pro- 
portion of the charge that hath arisen and shall hereafter arise in the 
management of the affairs of said town 

Sam' Smith Town CU 



TOWN PAPERS — CAXTERBURY. 87 

Petition of the Proprietors of Canterbury about cutti)!g a 

road^ &c. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire the Hon''"-" His Majesty's Conncil & House 
of Representatives in General Court Convened 
The Petition of Thomas Young of New ISIarket in said 
Province Innholder & Samuel Adams of Durham in said 
Province Physician as Agents for & in behalf the Proprietors 
of the Township of Canterbury in said Province & in behalf 
of the Inhabitants of that place Humbly She-cs — 

That the said Proprietors have for some few years last past 
applied themselves more closely than at first to the pursuit of 
proper measures for Settling the said Township, & among 
other things tho't proper for that end have built a meeting 
house & from time to time hired a minister to Preach to the 
Inhabitants, which has encouraged the Settlement so that 
there are about thirty Families now upon the spot. 

That the said Proprietors have with considerable expence 
cut a way from Durham up into the Country upwards of 
twenty miles towards the said Township of Canterbury, wliich 
if cut thro' will be of Great advantage not only to that place 
but to the Province in General and which they are not able to 
Effect, & must (with other designs formed for the End afore- 
said) fall thro', for want of Proper Laws to Compel such Pro- 
prietors as neglect to pay their proportion of the Charge k. of 
such necessary taxes as have from time to time been laid upon 
them 

That it is Evident beyond Contradiction that such designs 
cannot be executed without Considerable cost & Expence & 
that every Proprietor ought to bear his proportion of the 
Charge which has not been done in this case, but the Burthen 
has been borne by such as were voluntary in the atVair & so 
Reasonable as to do what they Knew they could not be Com- 
pelled to by Law Relating to the good of the Propriety 

That there are several years taxes not fully paid but arrear- 
ages due from Sundry of the Said Proprietors the want of 
which has been SuppHed by others advancing such sums as 
were necessary and as occasion call'd for them which is a great 
grievance & a most unreasonable thing that the Charge of car- 
rying on a settlement should be defrayed by some & the advan- 
tage be reap'd by all, or that some should be exempted from 
the charge & yet be equally Intitlcd to the Profits with those 
who have born it 

That the said Township is a valuable Tract of Land & the 
settlement thereof (as your Petitioners humbly conceive) de- 
serves the Countenance of the Government as much as & per- 



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haps more than any new Township in the Province upon more 
accounts than can be here Enumerated & without which the 
Settlement will necessarily go on heavily & Slowly as it has 
hitherto done 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly Pray that an Act 
may now be passed to Enable the said Proprietors by their 
Select men or other officers to Compel such Proprietors as 
have not paid their proportion of the Rates which have been 
assessed, to pay them forth with & in detault thereof to Dis- 
pose of so much of their land, or anything thereon that will 
Raise the Money as was lately done for the Proprietors of 
Nottingham or to Levy the same as the Constables of Towns 
do the Town & Province tax and that Effectual Provision may 
also be made to Enable them to Raise money upon themselves 
for the future & Enforce the payment in such a Summary & 
Expeditious method as may answer the Ends of the Propriety 
& promote the Settlement & thereby the General good and 
your Petitioners in behalf of their Constituents as in duty 
bound Shall ever pray &c 

Thomas Young 
Sam' Adams 

Feb'y 35'^ 1741. 

Feby the 27"> 1741 
In the House of Representatives 

Voted That the Prayer of the Petition be granted &. that the Petition- 
ers have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly the act to Continue five 
years and no longer 



James Jaftry Cl^ ass'" 

Same day assented to 

B. Wextworth. 



In Coimcil March 9'^ 1741-2 
Read & Concurred 
Rich'' Waldron Sec'^y 



Petition of Proprietors of Ca?iterbu7y for a Bridge. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentwordi Esq'' Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His IMajestys Province of 
New Hampshire. The Hon''''^ His ISIajestys Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province in General as- 
sembly Convened the 22'' Day of Feb in y^ 17*'' year of His 
Majesty's Reign. 

The Humble Petition of Samuel Adams & Joseph Drew 
both of Durham in said Province as the Major part of a Com- 
mittee of the Proprietors of Canterbury Chosen to find out c*v: 
clear a Way or Road from Durham to said Canterbur}^ Shews 
That yo'' Petitioners with Benj ' Smith of said Durham were 



TOWN PAPERS CANTERRURV. 89 

chosen & appointed for the bushiess aforesaid and liave with 
Considerable Expence found out tS: Clear'd a Place for a Road 
from Durham to Canterbury which may be made with little 
farther expense (Saving the building a Bridcfe over Sun Cook 
River over which the said Way must unavoidably run) a very 
good Road 

That your Petitioners Conceive the Public advantage of 
good Roads Especially in a time of War for flight or other 
occasions are so obvious that nothing need to be said on that 
head and that as every Town is in some Degree bencHted 
thereby where there is a call for an Extraordinary Charge it 
ought not to be the burthen of the town to which it leads only 
but of every Town and in this Case the Charge coidd not be 
born bv that Town 

That in order to make the said way answer all the good 
purposes designed therein* there mustbeagQod Strong Bridge 
Built over the said River & the Proprietors of Canterbury hav- 
ing been at a very great expence already in Clearing Said Way 
and carrying an end other affairs to promote their Settlement 
are not able to Build the said Bridge at their own Cost 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray that a Bridge may be built 
at the charge of the Province over the said River at the place to 
Avhicli the Way Cleared as afores' leads That the same may 
be forthv,'ith proceeded upon before the Ice breaks up because 
of the advantage of working upon it And that as the said 
Way is not opend by any authority of Law it may be Estab- 
lished by the authority of the General assembly for a Publick 
Road and your Petitioners In behalf of the Proprietors of 
Canterbury and all others concern'd as in Duty bound Shall 
ever pray &c 

Sam' Adams 
Joseph Drew 

In the House of Representatives Feb 23'' 1743-4, 

The within Petition Read & Voted, 

Provided the Proprietors of the Town of Canterbury Build a Bridge 
this year Suficient for carts & carriages to pass and repass on over Sun- 
cook River where the way is Now Cutt to to Travell from Durliam to Can- 
terbury & will Warrant to Maintain the Same Bridge for ten years That 
there be paid the said Proprietors the Sum of fifty pounds Bills of 
Credit out of the Interest Arising on the twenty five thousand pounds 
Loan out of that part of said Interest appropriated for Cutting Roads 
&c when So much shall be in the Treasury 

In Council Feby. 24"' 1743 James Jaffrey CI" Assm 

read & concurred 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die assented to ' B. Wentworth 

Prov. New Hanip 



90 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Canterbury men for xvages. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral, and Governor in chief in & over his Majestv's Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire To the Hon"''- his !Majestv's Coun- 
cil of said Province And to the Hon"^'''' House of Representa- 
tives, in General Court assembled at Portsmouth, v^-ithin & 
for the Province of New Hampshire aforesaid 1754 
The Petition of Jeremiah Clough, Philip Call, Samuel 
French, Thomas Clough, Ezekiel Clough, Henry Elkins, Sam- 
uel Moor, Samuel Shepherd & James Shepherd humbly 
sheweth : 

That whereas your humble Petitioners, by Order of his Ex- 
cellency the Governor, Kept the Garrison at Canterbury in the 
Province of New Hampshire aforesaid, as follows viz 
Jer. Clough ") bqgin with y'^ 5th of Jan 1747 — to y- 20"' of 
Philip Call )- November following 
Sam' French j 

Thorn** Clough ] beginning with y'' 5"' of Jan 1747 to y' 8'*' of 
Ezek Clough j May following, 
Henry Elkins beginning with the 5"' of Jan 1747 — to the 12"' 

of August following 
Sam' Moor \ beginning with the 9"' of May 1 747 to y"^ 

Sam' Shepherd j 20"' of November following : 
James Shepherd beginning with y'' 13"' of August 1747 to the 
20"' of Noveni"" following. 
And faithfully & effectually performed all necessary Duties 
in said Garrison, according to our respective stations so that 
the Enemy never took any advantage to the Damage & Hurt of 
said Garrison, or of any that belonged to it, during the whole 
time above mentioned. And yet your humble Petitioners have 
never as yet been allowed any Wages, or Billeting for our 
Service, except <£ioo new tenor toward Billeting, received pr. 
Cap' Clough, tho' other Soldiers who served since we did have 
been paid both Wages & Billeting. Therefore we your humble 
Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency & your Honours to 
take our Case into your wise Consideration, & to grant us 
wages and Billeting, for the time which we have served, as 
afores'd. For which Goodness, 3'our humble Petitioners for 
your Excellency & your Honours, as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

Jeremiah Clough Henry Elkins 

Philip Call ' his 

Thomas Clough Samuel X French 

Samuel Moor mark 

Samuel Shepherd Ezekiel Clough 

James Shepherd 



TOWN PAPERS CANTERBURY. gi 

In Council March 2' 1754 read & ordered 

to be sent down to the Hon'"''' House of represen"' 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Province of "1 In the House of Representatives March 2' 1754 upon 
New Hamp'' j Reading the witliin Petition 
Voted that it be dismiss'd. 

Attest Matthew Livermore Clerk 



Pctitio7i of Canterbury for ronisslon of Ta\\ i754- 
To his Excellency Bennine^ Wentworth Esqr. Captain general, 
& Governor in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire. To the Hon'''" his Majesty's Council ; And to 
the lion'''' House of Representatives in General Court as- 
sembled. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of Canterbury in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire aforesaid humbly shezvetk 

That whereas your humble Petitioners (whose Names are 
hereunto subscribed) are reduced to great Difficulties, & 
Charges by the threatening Aspect of a War, we humbly pray 
your Excellency & your Honours to consider & compassionate 
our distressed Circumstances ; & to remit our Proportion of 
the Province Tax for this year 1754 & till the pressing Danger 
& Ditficulties of War are over. For which Goodness your 
humble Petitioners for your Excellency & your Honours as in 
Duty bound shall ever pray 

Jeremiah Clough James Gibson 

William Miles James Lindsey 

Thomas Clough Samuel Shepherd jun. 

Josiah Miles James Shepherd 

John Bamford Joseph Simons 

Samuel Shepherd Joseph Elis 

Solomon Copp James Scales 

Benjamin Blanchard Ezekiel Morrill 

John Gibbons William Moor 

John Dolloff Henry Elkins 

Province of \ In Council July the 24''' 1754 

New Hamp'' | read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon'''"-' House of 
representatives 

Theo' Atkinson Secy. 



92 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Pet it to fi of Selectmen for j- emission of taxes. 
Province of ) 
New Hampr j 

To His Excellency Banning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Honorable his Majestys Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 
December the fourteenth 1756. 

The Petition of the Selectmen of Canterbury in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in behalf of the Inhabitants of said 
Town Most humbly Shews — 

That by reason of the few Inhabitants in said Town, its 
being a Frontier and so more exposed to the Incursions and 
depredations of the Enemy and by Reason of the war this and 
the last year with the Indian Enemy your Petitioners and oth- 
ers the Inhabitants of said Town are rendered unable to pay 
the Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and the present 
year. That it is with great difficulty under their present cir- 
cumstances, that they can maintain and support themselves, 
should they pay no provincial Taxes at all — Wherefore your 
Petitioners most humbly Pray your Excellency and Honours 
That you will be pleased to Ease the said Inhabitants of the 
Provincial Taxes laid upon them the last and this present year 
and for such further time as to your Excellency and Honours 
shall seem just and reasonable and in such way and manner as 
you shall Judge most suitable and proper and that your Peti- 
tioners may have opportunity to enforce the pra3-er hereof and 
your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 
John Moor ^ 

Archelaus Moor \ Selectmen 
Nov. 30th 1756 Thomas Clough J 

Province of "I Read in Council & ordered to be sent down to the Hon*"'* 
N. Hamps / House 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 



Petition relating to the Original Charter. 
Province of "(^ 

New Hampshire J 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esqr. Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majesties Province of New Hampshire, And the Hon^'''^ 
His Majesties Council 
Humbly Sheweth Josiah Miles Yeoman and Thomas Clough 

House Wright both of Canterbury in said Province & a Com- 



TOWN PAPERS CAXTERnUUV. 93 

mittee appointed by the said Town to apply to your Excel- 
lency & Honours on the Following acc't. viz : That the Town- 
ship of Canterbury was Granted by the Late Hon''' John 
VW'ntworth Esq'' Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief in 
and over said Province dec'd to a Number of persons whose 
names are in a Schedule herewith presented attested bv the 
Late Scc'y Richard Waldron Esq'' dec'd as Clerk of that 
Council and said Grantees procured a Copy of the said Char- 
ter and Recorded the same in their Town book of said Can- 
terbury, a Copy of which Charter attested by the Town Clerk 
of said Canterbury is herewith also presented, And as the In- 
habitants of the said Township have been at Great Trouble & 
pains in Settling said Township and have been a (ireat part of 
the time since the obtaining the Charter aforesaid Labouring 
under an Indian War (and nianv Rumors thereof when it was 
not an actual Warr) and said Township being a frontier the 
Inhabitants had as much as they could Subsist under to main- 
tain their Respective familys without making any Enquiry into 
their Charter priviledges. But at Length Some people among 
them making Enquiry about the said Charter found a Tran- 
script thereof in their Town Book but without any attesta- 
tion and on further Enquiry Could not find the Original 
Charter nor any attested Copy thereof any where ncn" any 
Record thereof in the Sec-'* office and as the aforesaid Secy 
Waldrons house was burnt with many publick papers of the 
Province they are apprehensive the said Original Charter was 
then biu'nt 

Wherefore the said Josiah and Thomas as aforesaid prav that 
the said Ci:)pvs aforesaid mav be Recorded in the Secy's office 
and they confirmed in their Respective Estates as tho they now 
had the aforesaid Original Charter, and they as in Duty bound 
shall Ever pray 

Portsmouth Jany i6, 17^6. 

TosiAH Miles ] r^ 

Vp r^ )■ Committee 

1 IIOMAS ClOUGM ) 
In Council Jany 17, 1756. 

The Within Petition read Sc ordor'd that the Secy, record the Copy 
said Charter & Schedule it appearing to the Council that the Copysare 
Genuine. 

Theod. Atkinson Secy 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Inhabitants of Canterbury to be set offfroin Bozv. 

Province of) 

New Hamp / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq"" Captain General 

Gov'' & Comm'' in Chief in and over His Majestys Province 

of New Hamp"^'', The Hon''''^^ His Majestys Council and 

House of Representatives in General xVssembly Convened 

June 14^'' 1764. 

The humble Petition of ArchelausMoor Gent. Henry Elkins 
W"' Gault, Enoch Webster, William Curry, W'" Moore Joseph 
Mann Husbandman Ann Curry widow & Stephen Gerrish 
Gent. Sheweth 

That your Petitioners are Settled on a Tract of Land in form 
of a Gore which until lately was deemed a part of the Town 
of Canterbury in said Province, and lays between that and 
Bow ; But upon running the Canterbury Line about 12 years 
ago, the said Gore was found to be Land in right of Mason's 
Patent, And Thereupon the Proprietors of the said Town of 
Canterbury have Chosen a Committee to Treat with Mr. 
Mason's Representative, about the Purchase of the said Land 

That your Petitioners are very desirous of being annexed to 
the Town of Canterbury, rather than Bow, as they are within 
Two miles of Canterbury Meeting House, and are distant six 
Miles from that of Bow, and also as they have several Family 
Connexions in Canterbury 

Your Petitioners therefore humbly Pray your Excellency 
and Honours That the aforesaid Gore of Land may be by An 
Act of the General Court annexed to and Incorporated with 
the said Canterbury & partake of all the Priviledges thereof 

And your Pet'^ shall Ever pray &c 

W. Clagett for Petrs. 
In Council June 14"' 1764 

Read \; Ordered to be sent down to tlie Hon'"'"-" House 

T. Atkinson, Jun. Secy. 
Province of) 

New Hamp /In the house of Representatives jfidy [June?] 14"' 1764. 
This Petition being Read 

Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the Second Dav of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of July next c^ that 
they at their own Cost put up notification at all the public places In 
Canterbury & Bow, Incerting therein the substance of this petition, & 
order of Court thereon that any persons Concerned therein may appear 
& Shew Cause if any they have why the prayer thereof should not be 
Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council June 15"' 1764 

Read iv: Concurred ^ 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy 
Province of) 

New lianip / In the house of Representatives Jan>' 23'' 1765 
This petition being Read 



TOWN PAPERS CAXTERHURY 



95 



Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & the petitioners have leavi 
to brinsf in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Jany. 23' 1765 
Read & Concurred 

T. Atkinson Junr. Secy. 



Petition of Ablcl Foster about Toxvn records. 
Province of) 
New Hamp' / 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq"" Governor in chief 
in & over said Province The Honourable the Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 
The Humble Petition of Abiel Foster of Canterbury in the 
County of Rockingham Clerk, as agent for & in behalf of the 
Proprietors of Canterbury aforesaid vSheweththat avast Number 
of Papers containing the Votes and Proceedings of said Pro- 
prietors touching their most important Concerns as Proprie- 
tors, and by which, many Estates in said Canterbury have been 
conveyed and are now held by some Neglect or Omission of 
the Clerks of said Proprietors, have not been recorded. 

Upon the Discovery of which said Proprietors appointed a 
Committee to collect, inspect, examine and see that the same 
should be recorded in the Proprietors Books. The said Com- 
mittee according to their appointment carefully examined said 
Papers and found them to l)e in the hand writing of the former 
Clerks of said Proprietors most of them among the files of said 
Proprietors to have all the Marks of original fair & Genuine 
Minutes and Entries some made thirty years ago, which Papers 
the Committee have within six months past caused to be re- 
corded in the Books of said Proprietors, the Record of which 
Papers contains Eighty Pages in folio or more. 

And as the same Papers were not attested by any of the 
former Clerks of said Proprietors, tho' they appear to be truly 
made as aforesaid, Your Petitioner humbly conceives that 
the Interposition of your Excellency and Honors will be nec- 
essary to authenticate the Same. VVhercfore he humbly prays 
in behalf of said Proprietors that a Committee of the General 
Court may be appointed to inspect and examine s' Papers and 
Records lately made and to report thereon, and that s' Papers 
and records may be authenticated by your Excellency and 
Honors either by act or Resolve of the General Assembly or 
in any other way that your Wisdom may suggest And your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever pray &c 

Abiel Foster. 
January 19th 1774. 



96 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Province of \Tn the house of Representatives Jan 19"' 1774, 
New Ilampsr j Upon Reading this Petition 

Voted that the Petitioner cause the substance of said Petition to be 
printed in the New Hampshire Gazette three weeks successively and 
that any party having any Objection may be heard thereon the' third 
day of the sitting of the Gen' Assembly after the 20''' of February next 

W"' Parker Clr. Assembly 
In Council Jan>' 19 1774. 
Read and concurd 

Geo'' King D. Sec>'. 
Note. This Petition was renewed April oth, 1774, and acted on as follows. [Ed.] 

Province of 1 t i.i n r n ^ .• » -i .i. 

New Hamps'-j ^" ^^^^ House of Representatives April g'" 1774 

Voted, That the Petitioner be heard on this Petition on the second 
day of the Siting of the General Assembly after the tenth Day of May 
next and that he Cause the Substance of this Petition and Order of 
Court to be Printed three weeks Successively in the New Hampshire 
Gazett that any Person may Shew Cause why the Prayer of the Peti- 
tion Sliould not be Granted 

M. Weare CI'' 
In Council eodem Die 
Read & concur'd 

Geo King D. Secy 
Province of \In the House of Representatives May 13"' 1774 
New Hamps /The within Petition being Consider'd and the Parties 
heard thereon by their Council 
Voted That Samuel Cutts Esq'" Col"* Christopher Toppan and John 
Giddings Esq"" be a Committee of this House to Joyn with Such as the 
Hon'''" the Councill Shall appoint to inspect and Examine the Papers 
and Records mentioned in the Petition and Report thereon to the Gen- 
eral Assembly 

M. Weare CI' 
In Council May 14"' 1774 

Read and concurd after hearing the Parties. 
Geo King D. Sec>' 



CHARLESTOWN, 



[Originally Xumber-Four, was first granted by Maasachusetts, Deer, ?A, 173."). It 
was incorporated by Charter durini^ the admiuiatration ol" Gov. Banning Went- 
worth, '2 July, 1753. Eu.] 

Letter from No. 4 to Colonels Wlllard and Hinsdale. 
No. 4. October 19"' i743« 
Hon''^'' Gentlemen 

We the Inhabitants of this Township being apprehensive 
that we are very much Exposed and in hazard In case of a 
War between y^" nations and are Sensible that we are not Ca- 
pable of Defending our selves in Case of a rupture by Reason 



TOWN PAPERS CIIARLESTOWX. 97 

of y'' smallness of our numbers and Distance From Neighbor- 
ing Plantations and places of Defence are in Continual Fear 
Lest wc should be Surprised by y'' Heathen and although we 
are makeing y^' best Preparation we Can to Secure ourselves 
yet we are Fearfull we shall not be be able to Stand our 
Ground but must be obliged to Leave our Habitations and 
Repair to places of more security If we Cannot be Sup- 
ported by y^ Government. — We therefore Earnestly Desire 
yo"" Hon''' that you would Improve yo'' Interest with y'' Gov 
ernours Either of y^' Massachusetts or N. Hampshire (which 
you shall think most Proper) that we may have such a supply 
of men posted here as they shall think Necessary for our De- 
fence to be Employ'd Either in Scouting or otherwise as they 
shall Judge most proper. Lieu"' Witherby is Willing to Come 
among us with a Company of Men, If he Can obtain order 
and Encouragement from the Government. We pray you 
would Write to Either Governour as your Discresion shall 
Direct you on our behalf and In our names submitting our 
Case to yo' Prudence praying you would do what you can for 
us and as speedily as may be and thereby will oblige 

Yo' jSIost Humble & Obedient servants 

Benjamin Willson David Farnsworth 

Isaac Parker John Averv 

Charles Ilolden Ebenezer Putnam 

Job Spatford John Hastings Jr. 

Isaac Parker Jun. Simeon Sartvvell 

Abraham Parker Benoni Woolcott 

Jn" Hastings John Spafard 
Superscribed, &c. 



Petition of JoJui Spaffo7-d. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governour and 
Commander in Chief in & over hisMaj''''* Province of New 
Plampshire and to his Maj'"^* Council for said Province & 
the House of Representatives now Conven'd in General 
Assembly 

John Spaftbrd for himself and about thirteen familys Lately 
Settled on the East Side of Connecticut River being known by 
the name of No. 4 humbly Shewcth — 

That your Petitioners have lately made a Settlement there 
and at tlieir own Charge hath Built a Large & Strong Garri- 
son and have tsventy five men or thereabouts, and have good 
plantations there and a good prospect of a Considerable p'cll 
of Graine now growing on the Land. But so it is theire Settle- 
ments being so much exposed to the Indians, and not above 
Eighty miles from the French Fort on the Lake where the 

7 



98 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



French may soon and Easyly annoy them & the Indians tells 
them that they must fight for the french and tells them to take 
Care of themselves. Your Petitioners being so Exposed to 
the Enemy and so far fi'om any English Settlem' they cannot 
pretend to stand on their own Defence, and therefore humbly 
prays your Excels and honours of the Gen' Ass " that they 
may have some assistance of Men to assist them in Keeping 
their Garrison and presen-e their Cattle and Graine, or as in 
your Wisdom you shall think fitt. And if no assistance 
of men may be obtained Then to let the People Know it, 
That your Petitioners may use Some Speedy means for the 
preservation of themselves & families and your Petitioners as 
in Duty Bound Shall ever Pray &c 

John Spafford. 
July the 24"' 1744. 



Petition for a road. 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq'' Captain General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his iSIajestys 
Province of New Hampshire &:c The Honourable his 
Majesty's Council & House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened this Eighteenth Day of October 1 76S 
The Petion of Simon Sartwell, William Heywood and 
Elijah Grout as Selectmen of the Town of Charlestown in s'd 
province to your Excellency and Honours humbly s/icweth., 
that the Inhabitants of said Charlestown with those of the ad- 
joining Towns, have Looked out and marked a Road, and in 
part Cleared the Same, between said Charlestown & Boscawen 
and are of opinion the same may be made a good Carriage 
Road, which if effected, is humbly conceived might be of Great 
utility & Benefit to many Towns in this Province by having a 
much nearer & easier Communication with the Metropolis 
than has as yet been found out which is tho't would greatly 
Fecilitate the Settlement of many new Townships, hitherto 
much retarded for want of good Roads. 

Wherefore your Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency & 
Honours would be pleased to indulge them with your appro- 
bation of said Road and that y' same may be confirmed as the 
Main Road or Highway from said Charlestown to Boscawen 
and that such Regulations and orders for farther opening and 
Clearing said Road may be made as by your Excellency Sc 
Honoins may tho't best or othcrways to Grant such Relief to 
your Petitioners, in the Premeses as to this Hon'' '^ Court vShall 



TOWX PAPERS CHARLESTOWX. 99 

in wisdom, be Judged best and your rctitioners as in Duty 

bound shall ever pray 

SiMOx Sartwell 
W" Heywood 
Elijah Grout. 

Province of \ In the House of Representatives Ocf 26 176S 
New Hamps"^ j The foregoing Petition being Read & Considered 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill to Oblige 
the Proprietors of the Several Towns through which said Road Marked 
out as mentioned in the Petition passes, to Clear and make Said Road 
Passable 

M. Weare Cl^ 
In Council October 28— 176S 
read & concurred 

T. Atkinson Jiin Sec'y 



Petition of Timothy Lovell about a7i island opposite Charles- 
to-x'ti. 

Province of "I 
New Hampshire J 

To his Excell*^^' John Wentworth Esq"" Cap' General Gov- 
ernor & Commander in chief in & over his Maj'^^ Prov- 
ince afores'' In Council. 

The Memorial & Petition of Timothy Lovell of Rocking- 
ham in said province Humbly Shews 

That your Memorialist is now the owner of & in possession 
of a certain Island in Connecticut River, nearly adjoining to 
Charlestown containing about Nine acres, that the said Island 
was always deemed part of the said Township of Charles- 
town, & so alotted to & among the Proprietors, who with those 
who hold under them have cultivated & mowed the same for near 
seventeen vears last past, & never heard the Title controverted, 
till within a very little time past y'' Men'''' has been informed 
that some persons are about to make application to Y"" Excel- 
lency & Hon"^' for a Grant thereof, which might be productive 
of much Trouble & inconvenience &c. Your Mem''"' there- 
fore humbly prays Y' Excell' ■ and honors would be pleased 
to suspend your Determination of this matter, in case applica- 
tion Should" be made, imtill y' Mem'^*' might have an Opp'^' 
to prove what he alledges relative to his Right of property & 
possession as afores'' And y' Memorialist as in Duty bound 
shall Ever Pray &c 

Timothy Lovell. 
Portsm" 6"' April 1770 



NEW IIAMPSIIIRE 



Petition in behalf of Benj^ Page for a Ferry. 
To His Excellency John Wentvvorth Esq Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire, and to the Hon'''"' His Majestys Council 
The Humble Petition of Benjamin Page of Charlestown in 
said Province of New Hampshire Yeoman Humbly vSheweth 
also the Petition of the Selectmen and other of the Inhabitants 
of said Charlestown — praying that the said Benjamin may have 
the benefit of the Ferry that leads from Charlestown to Crown 
point (as he is settled at the Ferry as near as is convenient for 
a Ferry man) he is a sober well disposed person and we think 
he will attend the Business and be f.ithfull to oblige those that 
Travel the road, there is no house that is within half a mile of 
said ferry on this side the river and we Your Excellency's Peti- 
tioners Humbly pray that he may have a Charter of the same 
if Your Excellency and Honours shall think fit to Grant the 
same to him as we Judge him to be suitable for the business 
and Your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

T rv th ^^ T Tj T r Sclectnien 

Jan'> lo"' 1 771. John Hastings Jr j 

Nath'^'' Powers William Jacobs 

James Farnsworth Sam" Hunt 

Osmon Baker Silvanus Hastings 

Timothy Putnam Enos Stevens 

Simon Powers Lem' Hastings 

Elijah Parker Stephen Atworde 

Benoni? Spafford Willard Stevens 

Rich"' Holdin David Taylor 

Peter Page Abel Walker 



Petition of John Nott. 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 
Commandor in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire and to Plis Majestys Honb' '^ Counnicel That 
Whareas it Hath Bin Pleaseing to the People of Charlestown 
to Sign and Send to the Governor & Cownsel desiering that 
Ben'"'^" Paige Should have the ferey Grantted to him it is also 
my desire that it Should be grantted to him and Pray your Ex- 
cellency & the Oner '' Counsel to grant it to him on this Side of 
the River the humble Request of John Nott who hath main- 
tained the ferey with a good Booat on my own Cost six years 

John Nott. 

January the 14 1771. 



TOWX PAPERS CHESTER. lOI 

Petition of Simeon 01 cot t for a Ferry. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General, 

Governor and Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire &c. 

In Council 

Humbly Shcweth Simeon Olcottof Charlestownin said Prov- 
ince that there being no Ferry legally appointed and Established 
on Connecticut River between saidCharlcstown and SpringHeld 
on the opposite side of said River, bv reason whereof his 
Majesty's Subjects are often obstructed or delayed in passing 
said River or exorbitant sums demanded for the same — Where- 
fore your Petitioner praj-s that he may be appointed and author- 
ized to set up & Keep a Ferry on said River between said 
Charlestown and Springfield under such Orders and Regula- 
tions as in your wisdom shall be tho't fit and your Petitioner 
shall ever pray cS:c 

Simeon Olcott. 

Portsmouth 19"' March 1771. 



CHESTER. 



[Cliei5ter was an original township of ten miles square granteil Aug. 2fl, 17J0, and 
was incorporated 8 May, 1722. Ed.] 

Petition in beJialf of the proprietors of Chester. 
To the Hon'''' John Wentworth Esq"" Lieut. Gov. Governor 
and Command"' in Chief in and over His Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hamp' and to the Hon"'"^' the Council for said 
Province. 

The Humble Petition of Henry Sherburne Sam' Ingalls. 
John Sanborn & Tho'' Packer in Behalf of the Propriet ' of 
the Town of Chester In said Province Humbly Sheweth 

That the Proprief' of the Town of Chester afores' about 
two years since Chose a Comittee to Join w''' a Comittce of 
the Town of Londonderry to run the Line between the two 
Towns, which the said Comittee accordingly Begun «& made 
some Progress in it but did not Compleat the same, by reason 
that the Comittee for Londonerry would not consent to allow the 
usual allowance (of Eleven Chains for ten for windfalls & in 
y*^^ woods) in the measure on the W. N. W. or Side Line, and 
would allow only bare measure which was unreasonaVile and 
never Practiced before the reason of their being so Exact is 
Because the Proprief^ of Londonderry have Artfully contrived 
to have it so in their Charter as to Ingrose to them selves the 



102 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Fishing place at Ameskeegg by taking into their Town a small 
gore of Land at the head of Chester, running so far between 
the river of Merrymack and the head of Chester untill it takes 
in the said Fishing place, they having measured it beforehand 
for that purpose, their Ingrossing to themselves y'^ s'' Fishing 
place will not only be greatly prejudicial to Chester but also to 
the other New Towns. Y'' Petitioners therefore Humbly pray 
That yo"" Honours will be pleased to appoint a Committee to 
run the said Lines and Settle the bounds between the said 
Towns in such a manner as is Customary and yo'' Petition" as 
in duty bound Shall ever pray 

Jan'>' 6'" 1725-6 Hen Sherburne | committee 

Thomas Packer | *-o™n^ittee 

For themselves and in behalf of 

Sam' Ingalls 

John Sanborn 

In Coun. JaiT-y 8"> 1725-6. 

The Petition of Chester Committee this day Presented to j'' board by 
M"' Thom'* Packer Praving the lion'''" y L' Gov'' & Council to appoint 
a Committee to run out & Settle y" Divisional lives «& boundaries be- 
tween that town & Lond ' Derryfor the reasons therein set forth, being 
read It is Ordered That the hearing upon the said Petition be on Tues- 
day y-' 25 Inst, at y" Coun Chamb. in Port" and that the Petitioners 
serve y" Selectmen of the s'' Town of Lond" Derry w''' a Copy thereof 
& of this order in the inean time that they may have an opportunity to 
shew y" Reasons (if any they have) why the Prayer of s"* Petition may 
not be granted. 

R Waldron Clark Con. 

To be heard a Tuesdav fortnight. 



Chester Co7nmittee Petition — Mimttcs of Coiuicil thereon^ 
Jan 25, 1725. 

r>„^ . TvT xi„„,„r I Present in Coun. Tan 2C, 172 ^ 6 

P'^"^- ^- "^"^P JLt. Gov^ Mark Ilunking- K.Wibird Esq' 

The Committee of Chester appearing to prosecute their Petilion for 
a Committee to settle y« divisional line between y Town cV London- 
Derry which was filed y"^ Sth Instant & Messrs Cargil & Rob' Boyes 

appearing in behalf of y" s'' Town of London Derry & both partys being 
fully heard It is ordered That the Prayer of y' Petition be granted & 
that Mr. Janies Stevens be y" Surveyor to lead y" Course & j'' AP Benj" 
Barker Jn' Calton be y " Persons to carry y" chain & that Capt. Jn" 
Gillnian & Mr. Edward Hale go on w"' one chain man & y" other w''' 
y" other & keep y" Tally who are likewise to take care & see that due & 
just allowance be made in y measure in all cases where they shall Judge 
it requisite and that this busyness be performed between this time & y" 
middle of June next & reported into y" secretarvs office immediately 
after y- Completing thereof & y' y" Charge oi y Committee be paid by 
y" 2 ToAvns Jointly & y' y" s'' Committee be sworn to y' faith' discharge 
of y" Duty of y' respective ti-usts according to y"' form annexed 



TOWX PAPERS CHESTER. IO3 

Petition of Selectmen of Chester 15 Oct. 1726. 
To the Hon''''' John Wentworth Esq'" Lieut" Goven'' Comand"" 

in Chief in & over Ilis Maj"'^ Prov"^^ of New Hamp' And 

to the Hon'''' the Council for Said Province. 

The Humble Petition of Clem' Hughes, Rob' Smith and 
John Sanborn Selectmen of the Town of Chester Humbly 
Sheweth 

That Cap' Tobias Langdon, Cap' Tim" Gerrish & John 
Smith appointed by yo' Hon" sometime Since to be a Comittee 
to run y Head Line of Exeter (w'' is the Dividing line be- 
tween s^ Exeter & Chester afores') did not attend the Direc- 
tions of y"^ Honours in that affair but followed the Directions 
of y'' Select men of said Exeter therein, and having run s** 
line to y s' Selectmens mind, made their return to y' s' Se- 
lectmen instead of doing it to yo"" Hon" so that that line is as 
yet unsettled to the great prejudice of the afores' Town of 
Chester 

Yo' Petition" Therefore Humbly pray yo"" Hon" to appoint 
a Comittee to run the two miles that Exeter is to run upon a 
W by N. point above Dover and from thence upon a Straight 
line to a Beach Tree (on Kingston Side Line) appointed & 
marked in the year 171S to be y" bounds for Exeter on y' side, 
by the Grand Comittee appointed by the Gen'' asscmblv to 
fix y ' bounds of each Town within this Province which 
Straight line is y*' Dividing line between Exeter & Chester, 
And that yo' Hon" would please to Direct Said Comittee to 
run said Line with all Convenient Speed and yo*" Petition'^ as 
in duty ])ound Shall Ever pray 

Clement Hughes 
Rob"^' Smith 

Portsm" Ocf 15"' 1726. John Sanborn. 



Report on Petition for a road. 
Province "I 
New Hainpshire j 

Pursuant to a Vote of the General Court Bareing Date May 26"" 1743 
To us the Subscribers a Committee appointed by the General Court to 
go up to Chesterand Londonderry to View a highway formerly Laidout 
by Chester and Londonderry and recorded in Each Town and also a 
Nother way Petitioned tor by Chester, and to make Report of our 
Doeings therein to the Gen"' Ass'" att their next sessions 

Wee haveing been up and Viewed Both Ways and Doe find that the 
way formerly Laid out from Londonderry to Chester, Between the lands 
of Mess'" James Colwell and Patrick Duglass to Derry Northeasterly 

line And then on a Straight line through the land of Brown of 

Chester to meet the Road, that leads by Deacon Dearbourns to Chester 
Meeting house is the Most Convenient way foraccomniodationof Both 



I04 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Towns aforesaid and for Travellers in General Dated this 22*^ Day of 
Sept. 1743. 

John Downing Jr. 
Geo Walton 
Richard Jennes 
In the House of representatives May 26''' 1743. 

The within Petition read & a former Petition of the Select men of 
Chester read relating to the same affairs and the Petitioners & the Select 
men of Londonderry respondents heard by the Council and 

Voted That their be aComittee Sent to View the highways Viz That 
which is Laid out & that which is Petitioned to be Laid out and the s'^ 
Comittee to make returne to the General Assembly at their next Ses- 
sions which place is most proper for a high way and upon the Comittees 
returne to Consider who Shall pay the Charge And that George Wal- 
dron & richard Jennes Esq be a Comittee from this House to Joyn 
such as the Hon'''*^ the Council Shall appoint to do the Service above s'^ 

James JafFrey ClC Ass'" 
Eodem Die 

In Council read & Concurrd & Joseph Sherburne & John Downing 
Esq"" added to the Comittee above s'^ 



Eodem Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 
Copy Ex" 



Theod Atkinson Secy. 



Theodore Atkinson Secy. 



In the House of Representatives 7'"' 23'^ 1743 

The within Return read, and accepted And 

Voted That the Highway, as therein mentioned & Described, be the 
Kings High way, and that all obstructions in or on said high way be 
Removed, and that the same be allowed to be a Publick Road, and that 
the Petitioners of Chester pay the Charg of the Comitee that went on the 
Spot Each pson thirty Shillings (old Tenor) prDiem for their Labor & 
Charge, And that the said Petitioners of Chester pay the said Charge 
to some or one of the said Comitee within thirty days after the Date 
hereof. 

James Jeffrey CI' Ass"* 
In Coimcil September 23d 1743 

read. & Concured 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented To B. Wentworth 

Memorandum the High Way Laid out and Recorded from Chester to 
Londonderry by Sam' Browns the length is one mile and a Half and 
sixty Rhods 

The way by Kars mills as was showed to us but not Laid out was two 
miles and fifty two Rhods 

Sam" Emerson \ Chare men 
dated at Chester Thomas Cochran j upon oath 

August y 23'' 1743 

The Highway that is Laid out and Recorded, Avent acrost Samuel 
Browns Land as we measured; He Promised to give said Land for a 
High way to the town of Chester without any other Satisfaction than 
not to Have s'' High way goe by his house 

The M'ay by Karrs mills as we measured went first acrost James Col- 



TOWN PAPERS CIIESTEU. IO5 

wells Land (3'y acrost Capt Morses Land — 3'>' acrost John Karrs Land 
(4'>' acrost John Karr Junr's, Land (5'>' acrost Rob' Gillcreast Land (6'y 
acrost John Karr Junr's Land. 



Chester Petition in relation to the Ministry. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Bolcher Esq' Governour & In and 
Over His Majesties Province of New Hampshire. The 
Hon ■'able His Majesties Council and House of Representa- 
tives in General Court now Assembled at Portsm ' 
The Petition of the Town of Chester Humbly Shevveth That 
whereas after the Rev" M' Eb'" Flagg was settled in said Town 
by Vote according to y*^ directions of the Law to be the Gospel 
Minister, A considerable number of persons Petition '• the Gen- 
eral Court for an explanation of the law of Liberty .Supposing 
they being Presbeterians were exempted from paying to Mr 
Flag which was then explain'd in their favour. Since which 
they have accordingly proceeded in a cordial manner, and have 
endeavoin^' to take the best method the present Circumstances 
will admit to Rais money for the Respective ministers, as fol- 
lows at a Town Meeting warn'd for that purpose when met 
they \'oted Separately AI' Flaggs Salary ; and the Presbetery- 
ans voted a Salary for the Rev" Mr. Jn" Wilson their Minister 
the Selectmen Sign'd the Respective warrants to y' Constable 
or Collectors to collect the Same if this Method be agreeable 
we Humbly pray yo' approbation. But if anything in our 
proceedings hitherto is short of what is Necessary in the Law 
we humbly entreat a favourable construction and pray that the 
presbeterians may be Qiialify'd Lawfully to proceed for the 
future. Also if it be Necessary for M'' Flags hearers to pro- 
ceed in any other method than hitherto pray for particular 
direction as to yo'' Excellency and Honours shall appear need- 
ful Also we pi'ay that y" day of the annual meeting may be 
altered to som other day of y*^^ week to escape interfering with 
the Fast.^ which will oblige yo'' Humble Petitioners 
John Calfe ~] 

Joiix ToLFORD [ Selectmen 

Epiikaim Hasseltine ( of Chester 

ExOCir COLEBY J 

Province of "1 In the House of Representatives 
New Hampshire J the within Petition Read & 

"Vot'i That the Prayer of the within Petition be granted in the follow- 
ing manner Viz. 

"Vot' That the Two Congregations in Chester viz: that are called 
Congregationalists and those that are called Presbyterians have power 
to act Seperate in Raiseing money for Support of y'' Ministers Respec- 
tively for Defraying the Charges of building & Repairing their meeting 



I06 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

houses and that they have power to Chuse Wardens Seperate to assess 
all persons and their Estates belonging to their Respective Congrega- 
tions as aforesaid Toward Defraying Such Charges as shall be Raised 
for the aforesaid uses Seperate in Just & Equall Proportion, to suc:hTax 
& Taxes as thej shall Vote from time to time at their Respective Meet- 
ings And that they have power to Choose Collectors Seperate to Col- 
lect the said Taxes and that they have Liberty to bring in a bill accord- 
ingly and that John Calf, Eph Hazilton Enoch Coleby, be impow- 
eredto call the first meeting for the Congregationall'* and that Cap' 
Sam' Ingolls John Tolford John Carr be impowr'd to call ther fist meet- 
ing for Presbetering meeting 

James Jeff'rey CI" Ass"* 
August 6th 1740 

In Council Eodem Die 
Read & Concurred 

Ric'i Waldron Secy 

Same day Assented to 

J. Belcher 



Petition for aid of soldiers. 
To the honourable Captins of Chester Greeting 

Whereas there is a Considerab'* number of famelis scattered 
in the wilderness in the out skirts of Chester Some lives four 
miles and a half some three and a half (& 6 from any help) 
we are so scattered that we think we are very unfit to live as 
we have dund nevertheless we would be willing to imitat some- 
thing of the spirit of the people of Zebulon and Naphtleen 
who Joperded their lives in the high places of the held and 
whereas we have a velow for our loss and libertise we Earn- 
estly beg that your honours would look upon us in our Des- 
trees and help with some suldiars a certain number we are not 
willing to name your selves Knowing our surcumstances and 
how it is with us believes you will help us this way more then 
we with prudence could name and in so doing your Poore 
pettioners will ever Pray if no help Coms we must leave our 
houses and homs and goe lik scattered Sheep. 

James Besford Jonas Clay 

David McCluer John Clay 

John Precut David McClure 

Jebesh French Jacob Basford 

To the IIon'« Cap" of Chester, greeting. 

Whereas we y^ Subscribers live Remote from the town and for some 
years past have been obliged to leave our places for want of a sufficient 
number of men to Keep a garrison which has been greatly to our damage 
and we being desirous to live here if we can have three or four men to 
help support a garrison 
We Remain yours to serve, 

Ithamar Cary Philip Grifen 

Zachariah Biitterfield Joshua Hall 

Stephen Webster Allet Bary 

Aaron Buttcrfield 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. IO7 

To the Captains of Chester : 

We the subscribers earnestly Requests your Aid and assistance in 
pettioning the General Court for some help yourselves Knowing how 
we are scattered And how far a Distance from the metting house some 
7 some 8 some 9 miles from it Gentle men we are your humble ser- 
vants 

William Ollcot? William McClintok 

Walter Macfarlan Nathaniel Bovd 

William Grinel Micheall McClintok. 



Tolford & Wells' Petition. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Captain Gen- 
et'al Governor and Commander in Chief in and over the 
Province of New Hampshire the Honourable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in General Assembly 
Convened the Tenth day of ISIay 174S 

The Petition of John Tolford and Thomas Wells of Chester 
in the Province of New Hampshire in behalf of the Inhab- 
itants of s' Chester most humblv Shews That the s' Town of 
Chester is exposed to the Indian Enemy and sundry of the 
Dwelling houses in s' Town so exposed that unless there be 
more men to defend them than the Town itself can atlbrd they 
will unavoidably be obliged to leave thein and their lands also 
That therebv the Enemv will gain an advantage and the Fron- 
tier be bro't nearer the Center That Sundry Persons who live 
in the outskirts of said Town have pray'd for help as by their 
respective Petitions hereunto annexed and herewith presented 
may more fully appear. Wherefore your Petitioners Most 
humblv pray your Excellency and Honours to allow such a 
number of men for the Defence and protection of s' Town as 
in your great wisdom shall be tho't reasonable 

John Tolford 
Tho^ Wells. 
In Council May 11 1748, 
read >1\: Sent Down to the Hon'''"' House 
Theo. Atkinson Secy 



Minutes of Chester tozun meeting- Mar. 29, 1753. 

At a meeting of the free holders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Chaster held at Chaster the Jig"" Day of March 1753 Capt. Abel mors 
being moderator for said meeting amongst otlier things 

Voted that the after mentioned tract of Land may be Incorporated 
into a Parash Beginning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and stones 
being the South west Bound of Land Sold to Thomas Cochran by the 
proprietors of said Chaster and run strate to a pitch pine tree being the 



io8 



XEW HAMPSHIRE 



South west bound of Nathnniel Halls Land by penicook path than 
north north East By sad Halls Land as far as that gos and then Strata 
to the South East Corner of the 39"' Lote in the Second part of the sec- 
ond division than North 29 Degrees East to the north east bound of the 
43'' Lote in the afforesaid devision then west north west to tower hill 
pond and then strate to the north Est Corner of Darefeld then South 
by Derryleld to Londondary Line to the first Bound mentioned 

A true Coppy Taken from Chaster town Book of Record as ates to 

Samuel Emerson 

town Clark 



' Petition of Andi'etv Ci-aige of Chester^ 9 Mar. 1757. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 

Commander In Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 

New Hampshire the Hon''''' his Majesty's Council k. House 

of Representatives for saide Province in General x\ssembly 

Convened the Ninth Day of March 1757 

The Humble Petition of Andrew Craigge of Chester in said 
Province One of the Select men of said Town for the Year 
1756 In behalf of himself & the other Select men of said Town 
for said Year Shews 

That by the Treasurers Warrant to the said Select to Levy 
the said Towns Proportion of the Province Tax for said year 
Several Different Sums are mentioned & ordered to be Levied 
and Paid into the Treasury at Different times and there are also 
two Sums Each of £ 203 :2 which the said Select were ordered 
as aforesaid to Raise which they by mistake took to be the 
same sum only twice mentioned in said Warrant by which 
Mistake the said Sum therein Last Mentioned is Omitted & no 
Tax has been made for Raising the same whereby the Said 
Town Falls so much in arrears to the Treasury 

That the time Limitted in said Warrant for Paying in the 
Said sum is Past & the Omission so Lately Discovered that the 
said Selectmen could not make a New Tax & Comite the 
Same Seasonably to be Collected before the annual ]Meeting 
at which new officers may be Cliosen and the Present Town 
Officers Superseded besides that it would have Perhaps Occa- 
sioned Some Disputes & Differences in said Town, ^\'here- 
fore your Petitioner most Humbly Prays That as this Omission 
is the Effect of Inadvertence «S: not of Design the said Select- 
men may be Excused & Exempted from the Penalty of the Law 
in such Cases Provided That tlie Treasurer may be ordered 
to suspend Issuing an extent against them for this arrearage 
but that the said Town may have further time for the Pay- 
ment thereof that the Selectmen that may be Chosen for the 
Present Year may be authorized to Levy the Same with the 
Tax for this Year in the Same manner as it Ought to have 
been done in the Year Past and that a Resolve of the whole 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTEU. IO9 

Legislature may be PaSt for this Purpose or if that should be 
tho't Insuflicicnt That your Petitioner may have Leave to bring 
in a Bill accordingly or that you would be Pleased to Grant 
Such other Relief in the Premises as in Your Great Wisdom 
& Goodness you shall judge Expedient and your Petitioner as 
in Duty Bound shall Ever Pray &c 

And'"' Craige. 
In Council March 9"» 1757 

read ^: ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''" Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 
Province of \ In the house of Representatives March 10''' 1757 
New Hamps /This Petition having been read & the Petitioner being 
fully heard thereon 
Resolved That the prayer thereof be granted iJC that the Petitioner 
have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
read J'j Concurrd 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 

Consented to 

B. Wentwortii. 



Advertisement. 



These are to notify and warn the free holders and Inhabitants of the 
Town of Chester Qualifved for Voting to assemble and meet at the old 
Meeting house in Chester upon Wednesday the Twenty si.\th Day of 
this Instant January at one of the Clock in the afternoon of s' Dav 
I" To chuse a moderator for said meeting 2'>' To see if the Town will 
Vote of that part of the Town called the north Parish or freetown so 
called to be a Town or Parish by themselves or to act and Do what shall 
be Thought proper in that aflair 

John Webster "j Selectmen 

Dated at Chester January 12"' 1763 Bradbury C.\RR > of 

Matiiew ForsaithJ Chester 
At a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Chester held at Chester January 26'^ 1763 agreeable to the fore going 
Warning 
Voted Deacon Ebenezer Dearborn moderator for said meeting 
2'> Voted Sam' Robie Clerk pro tempore for said meeting 
Voted That That part of the Town of Chester Called the north Par- 
rish or freetown as much as was Laid out in Parrish forme shall be set 
of as a Town or Parrish 

A True Copy Taken from Chester Town Book of Records 

Attest Sam' E.merson Town Clerk 



no NEW HAMPSHIRE 

The Petit Ion of the Inhabitants of*the No7-th parish in 
Chester^ June 14, 1763. 
To His Excellency Benning Wintworth Esq"" Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New hampshire The Hon"^''*^ his Majesties Councill and the 
Honourable House of Representatives in Generall Assembly 
Convcn'd ; 

The Petition of us The Subscribers Inhabitants of that part 
of Chester Call' The North parish or freetown, Humbly 
Shewcth 

That your Petitioners Living at such a great Distance from 
the Town, That they have no advantage of the Ministry nor 
Schools notwithstanding they have for many years Paid There 
proportion, To the Support of Boath and the Town being 
sensable That It would be Just for us To be freed from that 
Charge have at a meeting held at Chester Jan>' 26 ; 1763, 

Voted That, that Part of the Town of Chester call'd The 
North parrish or freetown, as much as was Laid out in parrish 
form, shidl be Sett of as a Town or Parrish the bounds of s'' 
North Parrish so call'd are as foP beginning at the north East 
Corner of Chester upon the head line of Exeter at a beach or 
maple Tree being the bounds between Chester and Notting- 
ham, So Running South ab. 29 Degrees west bounding on 
Exeter head line five miles to the South East Corner of the 
Lott N" 30. then west north west five miles or so far as to con- 
tain all the old hundred acre Lotts then North 29 Degrees 
East Five Miles To Notting'-' Line then on s' Line to the first 
bound 

We therefore Pray That all the Land Included in s' Bound, 
with all the poles & Estates therein Containd may be Incorpo- 
rated into a distink Parrish from the Town of Chester and be 
Invested with Same powers and Priveledges That Towns in 
This Province are by Law Intitled To and That we may have 
Liberty to bring in a bill accordingly and your Petitioners as 
in Duty bound shall ever Pray 
March \^^ 1763. 
Daniel Gordin Daniel Clay 

Daniel Holman Stephen Marden 

Elisha Towle Obidiah Grifen 

Jonat'.ian Brown Moses Sanborn 

Simeon Bery Caleb Row? 

Noah Moulton Robart Page 

Wadligh Cram John Sweet 

Joseph Giles Daniel Robie 

Daniel Lane Jonas Clay 

Ezekiel Lane Stephen Wesson 

David Lane Jethro Bachelder 

Nathan Moulton Benj" Whittier 

Josiah Fogg Clemant Dollof 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. 

Daniel Gordan Jr. Paul Smith Marston 
John Cram Benjamin Prscut 
Ale>:' Melvin John Fullonton 
Stephen Fogg John Wells 
Benjamin Smkh John Prscot Jiur 
James FuUenton William Todd 
'Samuel Cram Timothy Clough 
John Stevens Ezekiel Smith 
Jonathan Dearborn ])avid Bean 
Benia Bean Alexander Smith 
? Moody Barten Pollard 



Benjamin Brown David Been Jun" 

Miles Bean Nathaniel Ethridge 

Isaac Cliftbrd Enoch Fogg. 

In Council June 14"* 1763 

Read ^: Sent down to the Hon''-"' assembly' 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy. 
Province of") In the house of Representatives Dec' i'' 1763 
New Hamp j This petition being read 

Voted That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sitting of the Gen. Assembly Next after the 25"' Inst & that they Cause 
the Substance of this petition cV order of Court thereon to be adver- 
tised In the New Hamps-^ Gazzette two weeks successively that any per- 
son concerned may appear & Shew cause if any they have why the 
prayer thereof should not be Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 
In Council Eodem Die 

read ..V concurred 

Theo Atkinson Secy. 
Province of "I In the House of Representatives Apr. 12, 1764, 
New Hamps J This Petition c^ order of the Court thereon being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be granted & that, the petitioners have 
libertv to bring in a Bill accordinglv. 

A. Clarkson Clerk 



Petition for a Parish. 

Province of 1 
New Hampshire J 

To his EKcellency Beiining Weatworth Esq'' Captain General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
ties province. of New Hampshire in New England and to 
the Honourable his Majesties Council and house of Repre- 
sentatives in general Assembly convened 
The Humble Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of 
the Northwesterly part of Chester in the province afores' 
Most humbly Sheweth that the Situation of the place where 
we live is such that we cannot without Much Difficulty attend 
the publick worship of God with our familys in good Weather 
and at many times in the year not at all. And the Town of 
Chester being Sensible of our Diihcullies have pass'd a Vote 



112 XEW HAMPSHIRE 

in their Annual Meeting the 35"' of INIarch 1762 that we should 
be set off from them as a Distinct parish about five miles and 
a half in Length and about four miles in Breadth as followeth, 
viz) Bounding Northerly upon Nottingham line Easterly on 
the old Hundred acre lotts so called, Southerly on the Long 
Meadow parish as that is voted otl' already, and westerly on 
the forty acre lotts. Wherefore we pray that we may be In 
corporated into a parish agreeable to the above mentioned 
Bounds and be Invested with all those privelidges that other 
parishes have within this province The granting of which we 
Humbly Concieve will be a great benefitt too your Humble 
petitioners and our familys And your petitioners as in Duty 
Bound shall ever pray 

Chester March 22' Anno Dominie 1763 

Benja" Batchelder James M'Clure 

Sam' Mooers Nicklus Smith 

William Piitned? Jonathan Towle 

Winthrop Wells Phineas Towle 

Jonathan Hills Stephen Palmer 

Samuel Towle Nath' Ingalls 

John Clay Abraham Fitts 

Moses Baker Jacob Sergant 

Thomas Sargent Theophilus Clough 

Stephen Webster Sherburne Rowe 

Joseph Smith Ichabod Robie 

Jeremiah Bean John Karr 

Zebed Barev Asel Qiiimbey 

Enoch Coleby Elisha Been 

Moses Sweet? Thomas Chretchet 

Natha' Emerson Oilman Dudley 

John Sargent David Hills 

Jonathan Been Samuel Eastman 

Benj" Smith Zachariah Cleftbrd 

In Council June 3* 1763 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon'*'" House 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 
Province of ) In the house of Representatives June 2'^ 1763 
New Hamps /This petition being read 

Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly after the first Day of Aug. next & that 
they cause the substance of this petition & order of Court thereon to 
be advertized In the New Hampshire Gazette three weeks successively, 
that any persons concerned may appear iS: Shew Cause if Any they have 
why the praver thereof should not be Granted 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

Read & Concurred T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 

Province of ) In the house of Representatives Dec z"" 1763 
New Hamp J This Petition being Read 

Voted that the prayer thereof be granted c^ that the petitioners have 
liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
Eodem Die in Council 

read & Concurred Theod Atkinson J'' Sec. 



TOWX PAPERS CHESTER. 1 13 

Petition to co)iJirm boioids^ tC-c. 
Province of New Ilampshcar 

Chester Dec'^ 1771 

To His Exclency John Wintworth Esq'" Captain Gcnerall Sc 

Governor in & over His Majesties Province of New Hamp- 

shear &c To the Honourable his Majesties Councill "& 

House of Representatives Now assembled 

• The Petition of us the Subscribers Being in Number the 

Greatest Part of a Destrict or Parish Commonly Called the 

Long iSIeadows Humbly Shcweth that being by a Vote of this 

Town in the Anuel Meting in the month of March .\ D. 

1753 Voted of for a Parish By Certain Limited Bounds More 

Clearly set forth in said Vote the Coppy of Which Being 

Ready to Be Produced, Humbly Prayeth that Your Exclency 

& Honours would be Pleased to Confirm & Establish said Vote 

& Bounds, and Grant Unto Us all Parish Privelidges with full 

Power to Hier a Gospell ]\Iinister to Preach Unto us, or to 

Settle & Ordain one Over us for the Better Conveniency of our 

attending the Publick Worship of God, and your Petitioners 

as in Duty Bound will Ever Pray 

John Patten Thomas Fowler 

Nathaniel Linn Thomas Fowler Junr. 

John Orr Hugh McAtiee 

Robert Craig Nathaniel Presbury 
Samuel Dinsmor Mark 

Wells Chase James X Horn 
Barnard Brickett His 

Stephen Derbon Benj Peirce 

Nathaniel Wood? Samuel Peirce 

Joseph Calfe Robert McKinley 

Sanniel Blunt Stephen Merrill 

Man-field McDoffy William McMaster 

Daniel Weatherspoon Moses Underbill 

Sam' Aiken Hugh Crombie 

Rob' Calfe Robert Patton 

Anthony Stickney Thomas Sharlay 

Robert Witherspoon James Sharlay 

David White Samuel Sharlay 

Will'" Litch Robert Gilcrest 

Joseph Linn Joseph Dearben 

Caleb Hall xMoses McFarland 

Moody Chase William Grimes 

Moses Hills John Grimes 

David Wetherspoon Adam Willson 

Peter Aiken James Grimes 

James Weatherspoon W"' Brown Junr. 

In Council DeC^ 19"' 1771 

The foregoing Petition was read and ordered to be sent down to the 
Hon'''" Assembly. 

Geo. King Dep. Sec. 
In the House of Representatives Deer 19, 1771 
S 



114 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Voted that the Petition" at their own cost Serve the Selectmen of 
Chester with a Copy of this Petition & order of Court thereon that 
they may be heard & Shew Cause if any they have why the Praj'er 
thereof shoud not be granted on the third day of the sitting of the 
Gen' assembly after the lo"' day of February next 

Attest W" Parker Clr. 
In Council Dec 19"' 1771 
. Read & Concurrd 

Geo. King D. Sec. 

Chester Dec. the 24. 1771 
We the Selectmen of Chester Have this Day rec'd this Petition 

John Robie \ Selectmen 

Nathan Webster J of Chester 

[The following is a copy of the Vote above referred to :] 

At a meeting of the free holders and inhabitants of the Town of 
Chester, the 29"' day of March 1753, last. Capt. Abel Morss being moder- 
ator for said meeting; — amongst other things. 

Voted, That the after mentioned tract of land may be in corporated 
into a Parrish, Beginning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and stones 
being the South West bound of Land sold to Thomas Cochran by the 
Proprietors of said Chester, and run straight to a pitch-pine tree being 
the south west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by Penicook path, then 
north north-east by said Halls Land as far as that goes, and then 
straight to the south-east corner of the 39"' Lot in the second part of 
the second Division; then North 29 Degrees east to the North-east 
bound of the 43'^ Lot in the aforesaid division, then west norwest to 
Tower Hill pond, and then streight to the north-east corner of Deri- 
field, then south by Derrifield to Londonderry Line and so by London- 
derry Line to the first bound mentioned. 

A true copy taken from Chester Town Book of Record, as Attests 

Sam' Emerson, Town Clerk. 

[The following names appear to be connected with the foregoing. Ed.] 

Nath' Linn Hugh Crumble one son 

Capt. Anth Stickney John Patten 

Rob' Calfe Tho^ McMaster one 

Joseph Linn David Dickey 

James Wetherspun W'" Gillcrest 

Alex Sawyer W"' McMaster 

Thomas Fowler i son Rob' Patten 

Arch' McDuffee Stephen Mori 

Dan' Wetherspoon Alex Kinecom 

Hugh McDuftee 2 sons And"' McFarlin one 

Janies Harne Moses McFarlin 

Nath' Presbey one son W"> Grimes & one son 

Benj Parce & one Son John Grimes 

W" Brown James Grimes 

Jer Coner Joseph Calfe 

Sam' Akin one son Moses Hills 

Peter Akin W'" Litch 

David Wetherspoone Jesse Harriman 

Rob' Craig John Macfarlin 

Math Tempelton Tho' Sharlow 4 sons 

Rob' Mekinly Dea Adam Willson 2 sons 

David Dinesmoor & 3 sons John Crafford 

William Miller Moses Underbill 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. 

James Iliden one son John Orr 

Barnard Brickct Rob' Wetherspone 

Alex Beery Sam' Desmoer 

Alex Sevey David White 

Joseph Dearborn Joshua Blunt 

Caleb Hall Sam' Sucsedr? 

Cap. Stephen Dearbon Mansfield McDuffee 

Modey Chase Rlical Gordon 

Welles Chase James Akin 

Nath' Woods W-" McNeil j 

W'" Underbill W"' Vance 

David Underbill W'" Miller 

W'" Craii? Hugh & James Miller 

Rob' Cran James Litch 

John Craig 

Famelys 72 — Poles 22 



Me7nora)idnm. 



Agreed upon by the Subscribers Chosen as a Comitee for the Presbe- 
train Parish in Chester part from y Lower End of y" town and part 
from y Long Meadow so call'd viz : that y Long Meadow part so 
call'd is to have have y* one half of 3"" Preching for Nine months from 
y first of March to y" first of December During y time that the Rev' 
John Wilson is able to Preach and y- Remainder to the Lower End of 
y® town, and that y*" Long Meadow party is to pay y Sum of twenty 
pounds Lawful money yearly During the Rev' John Wilsons minestry 
and Colect y' part of y money them selves and y" Lower End of y* 
town to pay twenty five pounds, and Colect there one money them 
selves. 

Chester April y« 20"' 1772. 

N. B. — Each party Bound in Bonds to preform y above agreement or 
apply to the Generl Cort to Establish the agreement according to y" 
above themselves. 

Math"' Forsaith 

Thomas McMaston 

Rob' Wilsox 

Henry Moore 

Joseph Linn 




Ans-j:cr to the Petltio7ifoi' a Parish helug set off. 
Province of "| 
New Hainps're \ 
Rockingham Ss j 

To his Excellency John Wenhvorth Esqr. Capt. Gen' Gov- 
ernor & Comm'' in chief in & over s' Province. The Hon"*' 
his Majesty's Council, & House of Rei^resentativcs in Gen' 
Assembly Conven'd May 9"' 1772 

The Answer of Andrew Jack, Henry Morse, & Robert Wil- 
son Gentlemen, a Committee in behalf of the Presbyterian 



Il6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Parish in Chester in said County to the Petition of John Pat- 
ten & others, petitioners for a Parish to be set off in said Ches- 
ter as by their Petition dated Dec"^ ii"' 1 771, will more fully 
appear Humbly Sheweth, That whereas the Parishioners of 
said Presbyterian Parish have been cited to Shew cause why 
the prayer of said Petition should not be granted — We, in be- 
half of said Parish appear, and beg leave to suggest to your 
Excellency & Honors that s'' Petitioners Join'd with the rest 
of said Parish in the Choice of the Rev'' John Wilson for their 
Minister and voted him a certain Yearly Salary and have been, 
and still are well satisfied with his life and Doctrines, but for 
other Reasons they desire to be set off as a distinct Parish, 
altho' they are convinced it is their duty to perform their con- 
tract with said Minister, & in Consequence thereof did, at a 
legal meeting held at s'^ Chester, mutually agree with the rest 
of said Parishioners in the lower End of the Parish to have 
one half the Preaching for nine months yearly from the first 
day of March, to the lirst day of December during the time 
that the said Minister was able to preach, and the remainder of 
his Preaching should be to the People of the lower end of said 
Parish and that the said Petitioners pay the sum of Twenty 
pounds lawful money yearly during the ministry of the said 
John Wilson, and collect that part of the money themselves, 
and the Parishioners at the lower End of said Parish Then 
agreed with said Petitioners to pay to s'^ Minister Twenty five 
pounds like money Yearly during said Term, and to collect 
the same themselves. Now we in behalf of the lower End of 
said Parish have no objection to the prayer of said Petition 
being granted so far as it respects their being set off as a dis- 
tinct parish, provided they continue to fulfil their agreement 
before mentioned by j^aying to s ' jVIinister duly the said sum 
by them agreed to pay him. But inasmuch as the lower end 
of the Parish are utterly incapable of maintaining a Minister 
themselves they pray that said Petitioners may not be freed 
from paying the sum aforesaid agreeable to their before ment*^ 
contract 

■] Committee in 

And''' Jack ( behalf of the 

May 21 1772. Henry Moore [ Presbytercan 

J Parish in Chester 



The Long medowParrish ought to be Bounded thus : Begin- 
ning at Londonderry Line at a Stake and Stones Being the South 
West Bound of Land sold to Thomas Cochran by the Propri- 
etors of Chester and Run Streight to a pich pine tree being the 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. II7 

South west bound of Nathaniel Halls Land by Penicook path 
then north north east by said Halls' Land as far as that goes 
and then streight to the South East Corner of the 39''' Lot in 
the second part of the second Diviseon, then north 29 degrees 
East to the North cast bound of the 43'' lot in the atforesaid Di- 
vision and then west nor west bounding on Candia Crossing 
Tower Hill pond, to a Stake and stones being the wSouth West 
Corner of Candia then north 29 Degrees East Bounding on 
Candia to Nottingham Line, and then west nor west upon the 
Northerly Line of the Town to Merrimack River, then South 
upon the Westerly Line of tlie Town to Derrilicld So Bound- 
ing on Derrificld to Londonderry Line and so on that to the 
first bounds mentioned We the Subscribers the Present Select 
men for the town of Chester have no objection to make as a 
town a Ganst a parish being set of agreeable to the aBove 
Bounds or so as to Enclude all the Land Belonging to Said 
town Laying above what was voted of as a parish So that the 
town may not be obliged to Cross Said parish in order to trans- 
act bisness as a town so Remote and Ilconveniant 

Sam' RoiuE ) Selectmen 

Chester May y'' 20 1772 



Joseph True j of Chester 



Further Pctitio7t. 

Chester Jan. 7 1773 
To John Wintworth Esqr. Capt. Generall and Govenor in and 

over his Majesties Province of New Hampshere &c To the 

Honourable his Majesties Counsell and House of Represen ■ 

tatives now Assembled 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Shcweth that 
whereas we the Last year Pctioned your Exelency and Hon- 
ours to be Incorporated Lito a Parish by a Line Voted by this 
Town at their Anuel Meeting in ALirch A. D. 1753 or by any 
other Line or Destrict your Exelency & Honours Shall think 
Best for the Better Inabling us to attend and Provide for the 
Publick Worship of God but still finding Ourselves Labouring 
Under Create Dificultys in that Respect by Reason of the Dis- 
tance we are at from the Lower ivieting House where our 
Rev' Teacher Mr. Wilson Oificiates his age and Infermity of 
Bodv being such that for three months in the year we are 
wholey without a Teacher the other part of time having but 
about half the Teaching which occasions us to Rcpeate this 
our Humble Petition Praying that your Exelency and Honours 
would be Pleased to here us and Relevc us out of our said 



IlS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Dificuellys and your Petitioners will as in Deuty Bound Ever 

pray 

Anthony Stickney Sam' Aken 

Timothy Lunt W"' Brown 

Edmund Stickney Nathaniel Presby 

Peter Akin James Home 

David Wctherspoon his ><; mark 
Joseph Linn 

Nathaniel Linn James Wetherspoon 

Hugh McDuffee Sam' Aken Junr. 

Joseph Blanchard Mansfield McAflfee 

Moses Underhill Robert Gilcrest 

Caleb Hall William Litch 

James Hidder Joseph Calfe 

John Patten Hugh Miller 

Robert Patten Daniel Wetherspoon 

Robert Calfe Archibald Mackafee 

Benj. Peirce* Moses McFarland 

New^Hamps}^" ^^^ House of Representitives Jany 23 1773 

Voted that the Petition" Serve the Select men of Chester with a Copy 
of the Petition & oi'der of Court thereon & that they may be heard 
thereon the third day of the setting of the Gen' Assembly after the first 
day of April 

William Parker Cler Ass-" 
In Council eodem die 
Read & concurd 

Geo King D. Sec 
In the house of Representatives May 13 1773. 

the Petitioners were heard to Enforce this Petition and a part of the 
Inhabitants heard in Answer and considering the circumstances of the 
People 
Voted that the Petition be Dismiss'd 

William Parker Cler 

Chester March y" 23 1773 
This day scrv'd with y within Petition greeable to order of Cort 

Sam' Robie \ Selectmen 
Joseph True j of Chester 



imble Petition to the Great & General Court 



Province of | ^ Humble Petition t 
New Hampshire V ^j ^^^^j ^A^^^iA 

II Mar. 1773 J -^ 

That whereas, a petition has formerly been presented unto the 
great and General Court of this province by a number of the 
inhabitants of that part of Chester commonly called the Long 
meadow, and that the said petition settcth forth the great in- 
convcniency the inhabitants labour under by being at such a 
distance, from the two several meeting Houses belonging to 
the said town of Chester, and that they the said inhabitants 
are thereby often prevented from hearing the word of God 
preached & therefore they have presumed to Pray the Great & 



TOWN PAPERS CHESTER. 



19 



General Court to Incorporate them into a separate parish by 
themselves. At a late public meeting of said inhabitants of 
said part of the town of Chester, they convened and almost 
voted unanimously a positive resolve, that the former said peti- 
tion should be dormant ; for they the inhabitants maturely con- 
sidered the great hardships they already laboured under (tho' 
considered as part joined with the whole Town) and that if 
such a plan was put in execution, they would be rendered un- 
capable of answering the intention of said former petition, and 
at the same time lay themselves under man}- more difficulties not 
only of being deprived of hearing the word of God preached 
amongst them (which is at present faithfully done twice every 
Month by the Rev ' Mr. Wilson) but the small probability of 
being unanimous in their choice which at present they are hap- 
pily united And further as the said former Petition was clan- 
destingly propagated amongst the inhabitants by designing 
men whose aim was only self interest, consequently enemies 
to the body politic, when they consider themselves if seperated 
from the rest of the Town of the aforesaid Chester not to ex- 
ceed above fifty or sixty famelys, and those (most of them at 
least) in circumstances very uncapable of bearing such taxes 
as they must necessary undergo under such a scheme. 

Therefor, the Several Inhabitants, deliberating upon the 
many circumstances there anent Hereby Humbly sublicatcs 
that the Great and General Court, will be pleased to view the 
former presented Petition as propagated by a few persons dis- 
senting from the community purely to gratify their own hu- 
mour and that the above said Great and General Court, will 
deliver us from being imposed upon by such who are enemies 
to our happv constitution and Your Petitioners as in duty 
bound shall ever pray 
Chester jSIar. 11, 1773 
James Sharley Samuel Blunt 

John McFarland William Craig 

James Litch John Craig 

Mausfield McAfi'ee Thomas Sharley 

John Craford Jerimia Coner 

Moses Underhill David Dinsmoor 

John Orr Arthur Dinsmore 

William Vance Robert Dinsmore 

Mathew Templeton Thomas McMaster 

Robert Craige Thomas McMaster Jr. 

Robert McKinley William McMaster 

Stephen Merrill David Dickey 

Stephen Derben Aron Rollings 

Moody Chase William Gilcrest 

Nathanael Wood William Miller 

Joseph Dearben James Miller 

Moses Hills Michael Gordon 

David Underhill Andrew MacFarland 

David Cunningham James McFarland 



I20 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Chester April j* 24"> 1773 
To the Wardens of the presbeterian parish in Chester, Gentlemen 
the Request of jour humble Subscribers is that you Would be pleased 
as soon as posible to call a parish meeting that the Disputes Concern- 
ing the Sitting off" of the long meadow May be laid before the parish in 
General for to see If the Lower part of the parish will assist anything 
in Keeping the parish Conected as It now is pray Gentlemen Dont 
Neglect and in so Doing you Will oblidge your humble Servants 

David Dickey William Miller 

Thomas Sherly Hugh Miller 

Mathew Templeton William Gilcrest 

Robert McKinley Thomas McMaster 

David Dinsmore Willam McMaster 



To His Exelancy John Wintworth Esqr. Capt. general! and 

governor and Comander in Cheaff of His Majesties Px-ov- 

ince of New Hampshire &c 

Thee Humball Pertion of Daniel Foster of Chester, in New 
Hampshior Sheweth that your Humball Pertioner Doath Pray 
That your Exelancy would Be Pleased to Grant me your Hum- 
ball Pertioner The Privoledge of a Ferry over Merrimack 
River aGainst my Dwelling Howes in Chester and against the 
upper end of Goftstown there Being No Ferry Below Their 
while we cum to Amasquage Falls which is Six Mills Below 
and their is no Ferry Above their for above four Mills which 
is against Pembrock Town and This Place is Citewate where 
it will greatly acomidate the People That Travill to or from 
gofstown Dunbarton Bowtown and HopKingtown and many 
other Towns above Their 

I should be glad to serve the Publick in this Thing as your 
Humball Pevtioner in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

Daniel Foster 



CHESTERFIELD. 



[ClieslcrfleM was granted February 11, 17.r2; the first settlement was made Nov. 
1"), ITUI. Ed.] 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Cap''^ Gen' and 
Govern'' in chief &c and to the Hon''^ His Majesty' Coun- 
cil of said Province 

By this Memorial — 

Humbly shews Joseph Warren of Boston in the Province of 

the Massachusetts Bay Physician Administrator of Nathaniel 



TOWN PAPERS — CHESTERFIELD. 121 

Wheelwright late of said Boston merchant dec' and which said 
Nathaniel was sole Execntor of the Testament of the Hon 
John Wheelwright late of Boston aforesaid Esq"" dec'' 

Your Memorialist humbly begs leave to make mention to 
your Excellency and Hon"" that very lately he by the greatest 
accident was informed that one Mr. Willard had petitioned 
your Excellency & Hon** to Grant him a certain large Qiian- 
tity of Land heretofore Granted to John Wheelwright and 
others, and for reasons in said petition mentioned which your 
Mem" conceives of to be more specious than real, y' Ivlemori- 
alist after mentioning a fact or two, will without saying a word 
more submit it to your Excellency's & Ilon^ Just determina- 
tion. In the first place it is since this Mr. Willard's prefering 
his Petitions that your Memorialist knew that his Intestate or 
his Testator ever had any Land, in your Excellcncys Govern- 
ment (lying if your memorialist is rightly informed at place 
call'd Chesterfield or else where) be that as it may, your Ex- 
cellency cS: Hon''' will view him as the administrator of an Ex- 
ecutor. And how the afiairs of M"" Nathaniel Wheelwright the 
Intestate were circumstanced at his puting oft" and death, is 
not a thing unknown to almost every body in the five? prov- 
inces — and that there are many heavy demands made upon 
your Mem" as administrator of the said Nathaniel Wheel- 
wright to the amount of a Great Many Thousand pounds ster- 
ling is too obvious to be disputed even by Mr. Willard himself — 
And your jSIem" begs leave to assure y"" Excellency & Hon- 
ours, that he will make a point of it, and most punctually 
comply with the Conditions of the Grant of said Lands or the 
charter as it is otherwise called with all convenient speed (or 
as your Excellency & Honours shall direct) in order to make 
payment of the vast sums (as far as these Lands will go) to 
the multitude of the said Nathaniels creditors in proportion, for 
which reasons, if the said Mr. Willard has not the native mod- 
esty to pray that his most extraordinary misconceived 
pt" may be \iy him withdrawn, your Mem ' has the Modest 
assurance to hope that your Excellency & Hon'^'' will dismiss 
the same as groundless & unreasonable 

Your Mem' is also attorney to Mr. Joseph Wheelwright one 
of the sons & heirs of the afores' Jn ' Wheelwright dec'd and 
which s' Joseph has amply paid a person in New Hampshire 
Governm' to do the needful and to which your Mem 'will have 
a pecidiar regard & care &c which said Joseph \\'heclwright is 
now in London 

All which is submitted by .Saml'EL Swift attorney to s' 
Jo' Warren Adm' 

Boston July 3'' 1771. 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Col. yoslah Wlllard''s Petition for sujidry rights in Ches- 
terjicld. 
Province of \ 
New Hampshire J 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq'' Captain General 

Governor and Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's 

Province aforesaid and vice Admiral of the same In Council 

The petition of Josiah Willard of Winchester Esq'' Humbly 

shews 

That there are sundry Grantees (viz) John Wheelwright, 
Joseph Wheelwright, Jeremiah Wheelwright, Nathaniel 
Wheelwright, Thomas Paine John Annes & Oliver Butler of 
a Tract of Land, charter'd and granted by the Governor of the 
province aforesaid with advice of his Majesty's Council and In- 
corporated into a Township by the name of Chesterfield and 
which said Tract was by Charter to be held and enjoyed in 
severalty and divided to and amongst the Grantees in equal 
shares and upon their separate performance of sundry condi- 
tions and reservations particularly mentioned and stipulated in 
the said Grant, and tho' the Time prefixed in the said Grant 
for the performance of the said Conditions has been elapsed, 
y\n so it is that at this Time neither the residence of the 
Grantees above mentioned nor the cultivation of the Lands, 
have been as yet performed but only such part as hath been 
done at the expence of your petition' Wherefore he humbly 
Prays that the forfeiture of the said Lands may be exacted and 
the said Shares regranted to him or that he may be reimbursed 
the charge he hath been at in paying the rates and Taxes & 
clearing some parts of the said Land. And your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 



Portsm" 26"' March 1771. 



Josiah Willard. 



CHESWICK— now LITTLETON. 

[This town was first granted b}' the name of C/iesrvick, Nov. 17, 1766; 
regranted by the name of ^////<?;-/, Jan. iS, 1770; the territorv was 
divided, Nov. 4, 1784, into tlie towns of Littleton and Dalton. Ed.] ^ 

Petition of Moses Little and Associates. 

Province of \ 
New Hampshire j 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq'' Captain General, 



TOWN PAPERS CHICHESTER. 1 23 

Governor «fc Commander in Chief of the Province aforesaid 
& to the Honorable his Alajestys Council for said Province 
The Memorial of Moses Little of Newbury in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay and his Associates humbly Sheweth 
that your Memorrialists having for a valuable consideration pur- 
chased a Certain Tract of Land by the Name of Cheswick be- 
ing in said Province of New Hampshire, and formally Granted 
to a Number of Persons by the Honorable Benning Went- 
worth Esq- late Governor of said Province of New Hamp- 
shire by Charter under the Great Seal of said Province, which 
Charter has very lately Expired, And that Your Memorialists 
have already at a verj' Great Expence begun a Settlement on 
said Tract of Land, which they were Determined to Prose- 
cute, but apprehending it necessary for their future security, 
that said Charter be extended which your jNIemorialists are 
willing to Surrender would most humbly pray that said Char- 
ter may be extended and that the Bounds of said Cheswick, 
which in said Charter are not fully Ascertained, may be now 
made Certain, and may be the .Same as are mentioned in the 
Plan of Survey herewith Exhibited which include a much less 
Qiiantity of Land, than was by your Memorialists, aty*' Time 
of their said Purchase, Suppos'd to be Contained within said 
Township of Cheswick, your Memorialists therefore Relying 
on the wonted Goodness of your Excellency and Honors most 
humbly pray that s'd Charter maybe Extended the usual Time 
and that the Bounds as pray'd for may be Established, and as 
in Duty bound shall ever pray 

Moses Little. 
Portsmouth Jany 15"'' 1770 



CHICHESTER. 



[This town was incorporated 20 May 1727. A Copy of tlie Charter is the first paper 
uuder this head. Ed.] 

CHARTER. 

Georg by the Grace of God of Great Britaine France and Ireland Kinge 

Defender of the faith &c. 

To all People to whom these Presents shall Come GreettinGf Know 
y*' that wee of our Speciall Knowledge and mecr motion, for the Due En- 
couragement of.Settling a new Plantation By and with the advice and Con- 
sentofour Council! have given and granted and bv these Presents as far as 
in us lies do give and Grant in Equall Shares unto Sundry of our be- 
loved Subjects whose names are Enter'd in a Schedule hereunto annexed 
that Inhabitorshalllnhabitwithin thesaid grant within our Provence of 
Newhampshire all that Tract of land within the following bounds vi.: : 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

to begin on the South West side of the Town of Barnstead and from 
thence Running South Westerly on the head of the Town Notting- 
ham untill Eight miles be accomplished and then NortliAvest Eight 
miles then North East Eight miles. Then South East by the said Town 
of Barnstead to the Place where it first begun and that the same be a 
Town Corporate bv the name of Chichester to the Persons affore said 
for Ever To Have and To hold the s' land to the s'' Grantees and their 
heirs and assigns for Ever and to such associates as thay shall adinitt 
upon the following Conditions (i) That the Proprietors within three 
years Buld or cause to be built Sixty Dwelling houses and settle famil- 
lies in the same and Cleane three acres of Ground fitt for Planting or 
Mowing and that Each Proprietor Pay his Proportion of the Town 
Charges when and so offten as occasion Shall Require the same (2) 
that a Meetting house be Built for y"-' Publick Worship of God within 
the Tearm of fore years 

3d that upon Default of any Particular Proprietor in Complying with 
the Conditions of this Charter upon his Part Such Delinquent Propri- 
etor shall forfeit his share of the s* land to the other Proprietors which 
shall be Disposed of according to the major Vote of the s' Proprietors 
atta Legall Meetting 

4. That a Proprietors Share be Reserved for a Parsonage and another 
for the first Minister of the Gospell that Shall be their Settled and or- 
dained and another Proprietors share for the Benefitt of a Schoole in 
the s'' Town Provided nevertheless that the Peace with the Indians 
continue for the Space of three years but if itt Should happen that a 
Warr with the Indians should Commence before the Expiration of the 
aftbres' Tearm of three years that then the s'' Term of three years shall 
be allowed the Proprietors aft'ter the Expiration of the warr for the Per- 
formance of the aftbre''^ Conditions Rendering and Paying therefore to 
us our heirs and Successors or such officer or otficers as shall be ap- 
pointed toReceve the samethe Annuall Qi^iit Renttor acknowleigement 
of one Pound of Hemp in the s'' Town on the Last Wednesday in march 
yearly for Ever if Demanded Reserving also unto us our heirs 
and successors all Mast Trees growing on s' Tract of land according to 
acts of Parlyment in that Case made and Provided and for the better 
order Rull and government of the s'' Town Wee do by these Presents 
for our selves our heirs and successors Grant unto the s'' Men and In- 
habitants or those that shall Inhabit sd. Town that yearly and Every 
yeare upon the Second Wednesday in March for Ever shall meett to 
Elect and Chuse by the major Part of the Proprietors then Present Con- 
stables Select men and other Town officers according to the laws and 
usages of our affors'd Provence with Power Preveleidges and au- 
thority as other Town officers within our afforesaid Provence have and 
Injoyand for the Notifiing and calling of the first Town meetting wee 
do hereby appoint Petter Weare Esqr. John Sanborn and Jacob P'reese 
to be the first Select men and thay to Continue in s'' Respective oflice 
as Select men untill the second Wednesday in the month of march 
which will be in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and 
twenty Eight and untill other Selectmen shall be Chosen and appointed 
in their stead in such manner as in these Presents Expressed. In Tes- 
timony Avhereof we have cased the Seale of our said Provence to be 
hereunto afixed Witness John Wentworth Esq'' our Lieutenant Gov- 
ernor and Commander in Chiefe in and over our said Provence att our 
Town of Portsmouth in said Provence of New hampshire the Twenty- 
eth Day of May in the thirteenth yeare of our Reigne Anno Domine 
1727. 

John Wentworth. 



TOWN PAPERS CIIICIIESTEK. 12 = 

By order of his Hon'' L' Gov with advice of y" Counsell 
Richard Waidroii 

Clark of the Counsell 
A True Coppy of Chichester Chartter Examined b_v me 

^\■ill'" Staniford Clark of Chichester 



CJil Chester Petition. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq"" Commander in 
chief in and over his Majesties Province of New Hampshire 
and to y'' Honourable the Councell of the s' Province 
The Peticion of the Proprietors of the township of Chiches- 
ter in the Province afores' Humbly Sheweth 

That your Peticioners In y year 1727 had a track of Land 
Granted to them ; Now called by y'' name of Chichester ; in 
order to erect a township and make a settlement thereon, upon 
such Conditions and Limitations as are mensioned in ye Char- 
ter of said township ; But your Peticioners meeting with more 
truble & Dificulty in Runingy Bounds and Clearing A Road 
up to the said town than was Expected have Not as yet Been 
able fully to Comply with the Conditions afores'. Your Pe- 
ticioners therefore Humbly Pray that your Excellency and the 
Honourable Board Would Be pleased to Grant them a further 
term of time in order to their being Enabled fully to Compleat 
y* settlement of said township and your Peticioners shall ever 
pray &c 

May y'' 6"' 1731. 



In Coun Mav 6'' 1731 Read 

Voted that the Petitioners have 
one year more added to the term al- 
low'd for performance of the Con- 
ditions of the Charter 

R. Waldron Secj 
I assent to j"= above vote of Coun- 
cil 

J. Belcher 
May7'ni73i 



Nath' Weare 
Benj" Gambling 
John Gilman 
Joshua Winget 
Barth" Thing 
Richard Jenncss 
Theodore Atkinson 
John Saniburn 
Ebenezer Stevens 
Tho» Peirce 
for y-" selves & In behalf of the rest 



Petition of the Tozvn of Chichester, 2S Feb., ^IjZO'^'' ^^«- 
frfnation of charter 



To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq"" Governor andCom- 
ider in Chief in and over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in New England and Vice-admiral of the same 



man( 



And to the Honourable His Majesty's Council of said ProV' 

ince of New Hampshir 

The Petition of the Proprietors of the Township of Chiches- 



126 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

ter in the Province of New Hampshire afores'' Most Humbly 
Shewcth 

That in the year of our Lord 1727 there was granted a Char- 
ter of a Certain Tract of land in New Hampshire afores'd by 
the name of Chichester unto a Number of Persons whose 
Names are in the Schedule unto said Charter annexed and that 
the Proprietors of s' Township not having complyed with the 
Conditions mentioned in said Charter some time since Peti- 
tioned to your Excellency and the Honourable the Council for 
a longer time than mentioned in said Charter, to perform what 
was therein required of them to do, which your Excellency 
and the Honourable Council were joleased to Grant, and that 
by reason of the distance of said Township, and the Difficul- 
tys that attend Settling and Cultivating Wilderness land your 
Petitioners have not as yet in all things complyed with the 
Conditions of said Charter tho' they have done considerable 
towards it and been at a great Charge for what they have done 
and are daily endeavoring to comply with the whole and that the 
Meeting house in said Town of Chichester together with sun- 
dry dwelling houses were the Summer past accidentally con- 
sumed by fire 

Now your Petitioners most humbly beg that your Excellency 

and the Honourable His Majestys Council for the reasons above 

mentioned would in your gi^eat Wisdom and Goodness be 

pleased to confirm the afores" Charter unto your Petitioners and 

also to grant him further time for the fullfillingthe Conditions 

thereof and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray 

&c 

to") Committee 
JABEZ Smith ( .^^ ^^j^^j^ ^^• 

Th" Pierce j ^j^^ p,oprietors 



Petition for liberty to assess taxes. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq"" Govei'nor and 
Commander in chief in & over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire the Hon''^ his Majesty's Counsel & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Convened the 27'^ 
Day of March Anno Dom. 1760 

The Humble Petition of Thomas Westbrook Waldron and 
Francis Jenness as a Committee of tlie Proprietors of Chiches- 
ter in said Province Shews 

That for want of a Proper General Law for Enabling Pro- 
prietors of unsettled Townships to transact their afiliirs Relat- 
ing to making said Settlem'^ (the said Proprietors not having 
obtained a Particular Act in their favour) the Business of said 



TOWN PAPERS CHICIIESTEn. 1 27 

Settlement is very backward many of said Proprietors not hav- 
ing Drawn their Lots others in arrears for past Taxes and .Some 
Resting on their Oars leave the burthen of settling said Town- 
ship to those wdio are Voluntary in doing the duty Knowing- 
that their Estates there will be Raised in Value by the Settle- 
ment tho' they Contribute nothing towards it. 

That such a Situation of atlairs is not only a Prejudice to 
Particular Proprieties &. Townships but to the Province in 
General by Retarding many Settlements which long since 
would have been made and much more Land Cidtivated than 
there is at Present in this Province had there been a General 
Law by which such backward Selfish Proprietors who would 
Gladly Raise Estates at other Peoples Expcnce might have 
been Compelled to have done their duty towards making the 
Settlem'" in a Summary way as the aftairs of I'owns are Trans- 
acted Especially Respecting the Payment of Taxes 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray that they may have 
Liberty to bring in a Bill Enforcing the Payment of Taxes in 
arrearage duly assessed as also such as shall hereafter be so made 
obliging also such as neglect to Draw their Lots to do it & in 
Default of that or neglecting any other matters which sliall be 
Granted & agreed upon at any Legal Meeting of said Propri- 
etors the Lands or part sufficient for tliis Purpose of such De- 
linquent Proprietors be subjected to sale and also that there be 
a Tax of three — Pounds on Each Right for three years if 
needed to carry on and make the said Settlement without any 
further Delay but what is unavoidable by the War and your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall Ever Pray &c 

Tiio' W" Waldron 
Francis Jennes. 
In Council March 27 — 1760 

read iS: ordered to be sent down 

to the Hon'''"" Assembly 

Theod. Atkinson Secy 



NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 

On the last page of MS. Vol. I. "Town Papers" is a Paper, labeled 
"Draught of a charter for Coulerain, Dec. 1726." The bounds given 
by the Charter, are as follows : " Begin — at Rochester northerly Corner 
bounds, at or near Salmon-fall river, running along Rochester head 
line, keeping the course of that line till twelve miles be accomplished, 
and from each end of the said twelve mile line to run north west half a 
point northerly ten miles, and then to run a straight line from the end of 
one ten mile line to the end of the other, which will be parallel to Roch- 
ester head line, first mentioned, and that the same be corporate by y« 
name of Coulerain." 

The editor is not aware that any such town ever existed in New Hamp- 
shire. 



VOLUME 11. 

CONCORD TO EXETER. 



CONCORD. 

[This town was first visited by the English in 163S or '39' It was 
granted by Massachusetts, 17 January, 1725-6, and was settled in 1727. 
It was then called Pexy Cook. It was incorporated by the Province of 
Massachusetts in 1733, by the name of Rumford, and remained under 
that government until 1741. It received the name of Concord by the 
Charter which was granted during the administration of Benning 
Wentworth, 7 June, 1765. Ed.] 



Petition from Ebcnczer Eastman for protection from the 

Indians. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governoi- and 
Commander in Chief and Captain General in and over his 
Majestys Province of New Hampshire The Honorable his 
Majesty's Council for said Province and the House of Rep- 
resentatives met on the twelfth day of March 1 746 upon a 
special Convention 

The Petition of Ebenezer Eastman of Peniiy Cook so called 
in s'' Province in behalf of himself and the other In habitants 
there ISIost humbly Shews — 

That they are in great danger of and much exposed unto the 
Indian Enemy and are in daily fear that they shall be attacked 
by them and such a number as will be too many for them unless 
they have some help — 

That the Inhabitants there, are about to quit the Place unless 
they can be protected That on Saturday night last being y*^ 
Eighth day of March Inst, there was a discovery of an Indian 
near Canterbury Fort, which has caused much fear and an ap- 
prehension that there is a Body of the Enemy waiting an op- 
portunity to do mischief 

Wherefore Your Petitioner most humbly Prays your Excel- 
lency and Honours to consider of this Petition and to Grant 
such Relief as in your great wisdom you shall judge meet and 
proper and your Petitioner as in dutv bound Shall ever pray 
&c 

Ebexezer Eastman. 
March 12"' 1746 



TOWN PAPERS — CON'CORD. 1 29 

Province N. Hamp. March 12"* 1746. 

In Council at a Special Session of Gen' Assembly 
read ^S: ordered to be sent down to the Convened members 

Theodore Atkinson 



Copy of Riiviford Petitioi., yiine 21, 1744, for defence 

against the Indians. 
To his Ex--^ B. W. Esqr. Capt. Geti' and Gov'" in chief, in and 
ovei- His ]Maj'>' Province of X. 11. in N. Engl. The lion ; 
the coLin and House of Represcn'^'* in Gen' Court Convened 
The memorial & Petition of y" Inhabitants of the town of 
Rumford in s ' Prov. Humbly She-vcth That y- s' Town has 
been settled by His Majesty's Subjects abt. lyyrs. and a Gospel 
Minister ordained there ab' 12 — That the Settlers had an eye at 
enlarging his Majesty's Dominions by going into the Wilder- 
ness as well as at promoting their own Interest; That many 
Thous' Pounds have been spent in Clearing and Cultivating 
the Lands there, and many more in erecting mansion houses 
out-Houses, Barns and Fences besides a large additional sum 
in Fortifications lately made, by His Ex^'-' the Gov" order ; 
That the Buildings are compact, and properly form'd for De- 
fence, and well situated for a Barrier, being on Merrimack 
River, abt. 15 miles below the Confluence of Winnipishoky 
and Pemissawpset Rivers, both w '' are main Gang Ways of 
the Canadians, to the Frontiers of this Province ; That the 
breaking up of the Settlem' will not only ruin the Memorial- 
ists, but in their humble opinion greatly disserve His Majes- 
tys Interest, by Encouraging his Enemies to Encroach on his 
derelict Dominion, and be also hurtful to the Prov; by con- 
tracting its Borders, and drawing the War nearer the Capital ; 
That it was by a long and importunate Intercession of this 
Province and not of the Memorialists seeking that they are cast 
under the immediate care of this Gove"*^ w'-' y-' apprehend 
gives them so much the better right to its j^rotection that they 
have hitherto cheerfully paid their proportionate Part of the 
public Taxes, assigned 'em by the General Court even without 
being priviledged with a Representative in the Said Court ; 
That as War is already declared Ag"*^ France and a rup- 
ture with y*" Indians hourly expected, your Memorialists unless 
they have Speedy help will be soon obliged to evacuate y" 
Place, how disserviceable soever it may be to the Crown, dis- 
honorable to the Goverm" hurtful to the Province and ruinous to 
themselves. Wherefore they most humbly Supplicate your 
Ex >■ the Hon. Coun'' and 1 louse of rcpresen"-' to take the 
Premises into your wise and mature Consideration and to grant 
them such seasonable relief as may enable 'em to maintain 

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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



His Majestvs Dominions in so well situated a Barrier and so 
ancient and well regulated a Settlem' as well as to secure 
their own Lives and Fortunes ag'' the Ravage and Devastation 
of a blood-thirsty and Merciless Enemy- And y"^^ IMemorialists 
as in Duty bound will Ever pray — 



Petition yor aid, by Benjanibi Rolfe, Esq. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Capt. General 
and Governour in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province 
of New Hampshire in New England the Hon''"'' the Council 
and House of Representatives in General Court convened 
The Memorial and Petition of Benjamin Rolfe in the Name 
and Behalf of the Inhabitants of the Town of Rumford in 
said Province Humbly Sheweth That the said Town has been 
Settled by His Majesty's Subjects about Eighteen Years and a 
Gospel Minister ordained there upwards of Fourteen 

That the Settlers had an eye at enlarging His Majesty's Do- 
minions by going into the Wilderness as well as at their own 
Interest That Many Thousand Pounds have been spent 
in clearing and cultivating the Lands there and many more in 
erecting Mansion Houses Fortifications, Out Houses, Barns 
and Fences. That the Buildings are mostly compact and 
properly form'd for Defence and well situated for a Barrier, 
being on Merrimack River about a Days mai'ch below the Con- 
fluence of Winipishoky and Pemissawasset Rivers both which 
are main gang Ways of the Canadians to the Frontiers of this 
Province and within a Weeks march at farthest from a very 
strong Fort built within these few years by the French at Crown 
Point which will be a Place of constant Retreat and Resort for 
the French and Indians in all their Expeditions against the 
English Settlements. That the breaking up of the Settlement 
will not only ruin the Memorialists but in their humble Opin- 
ion greatly disserve His JNIajesty's Interest by encouragin His 
Enemies to encroach on His derelict Dominions and be also 
hurtful to the Province by contracting its Borders and drawing 
the War nearer to the Capital. That it was by a long and im- 
portunate Intercession of the Province (and not of the Memo- 
rialists seeking) that they are cast under the immediate Care of 
this Government, which they apprehend gives them so much 
the better Right to its Protection That as War has been de- 
clared against France for some Time and a Rupture with the 
Indians has been hourly expected, many of the Inhabitants of 
said Town, by Reason of their being so exposed to imminent 
Danger from their Enemies have already moved from said 
Town and the Season of the Year being such as to give the 



TOWX PAPERS COXCORD. I3I 

Indians an opportunity of disturbing the Frontiers and tlie 
Dutch Mohawks having lately given occasion to tear that they 
■would Joyn in a Warr against His Majestys settlements as 
mentioned in some late News Papers your Memorialists unless 
they have speedy help will be soon oblidged to Evacuate said 
Town how disserviceable soever it may be to the Crown dis- 
honorable to the Government, hurtful to the Province and ruin- 
ous to themselves — Wherefore your memorialists most humbly 
supplicate your Excellency, the Honourable Council and 
House of Representatives to take the Premises into your wise 
and mature Consideration and to grant them such constant and 
seasonable aids both with Respect to men and Military Stores 
as may enable them to maintain His Majesty's Dominions in 
so well situated a Barrier, and so ancient and well regulated a 
Settlement as well as to secure their own Lives and Fortunes 
against the Ravage and Devastations of a Blood thirsty and 
]Merciless Enemy and your Memorialists as in Duty bound 
will ever pray 

Benjamin Rolfe. 
Portsmouth April y'- 30*'' 1745. 



Petit iofi of Inhabitafits of Rzimford, 1747. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr Capt. General 

& Governour of His Majesties Province of New Hampshire 

in New England To the Honourable the Council & House 

of Representatives of s' Province. 

The Petition of y*^ Subscribers Inhabitants of Rumford in 
s' Province Humbly sheweth That we have great Reason to 
fear a Speedy attack from the Enemy with a force too great to 
be match'' by us with what Assistance we att present (thro 
your Exccllencys &: Honours great , Goodness) have from y"" 
Province — That the plain and Evident tracks of a Considera- 
ble Number was discovered by our Scout y' last week. That 
Guns have been heard both here and att Contoocook upon y'' 
Sabbath & other Times & Places where it is certain no English 
were. That y*" News of a Formidable Armament sent from 
Canada to Crown Point obtained such credit witlithc Govern- 
ment of y Massachusetts Bay' as Induced tliem to provide a 
prodigious Reinforcement to strengthen their Western Bar- 
rier — That such is our vSituation that as y*^ Rivers Hudson & 
Connecticut lie most exposed to Incursions from Crown Point 
so ours is y" next, and the experience of this whole war has 
Taught us that whenever any Smart attack has been made upon 
any of y'' Settlements on Connecticut River the Enemy have 
never Allied of sending a considerable Number to visit our 



133 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

River — That while our ordinary business was Hoeing we could 
work in such large companies as not be in Such Imminent 
Danger of being massacred by y'^ enemy, which now Haying 
and EngHsh Harvest comes on will be Impracticable with out 
vast Detriment to y'' whole & utter Ruin to some. We there- 
fore beg of your Exxellency & Honours to take our deplorable 
case into Consideration & extend your compassion towards & 
grant us such a further Reinforcement as you may think in 
your great wisdom our case requires & your Petitioners shall 
as in Duty Bound Ever pray &c 
Rumford July 13, 1747. 

Ebenezer Hall Nath" Abbott 
Jeremiah Sticknev Joseph Easman 
John Chandler Samwill Easteman 
Abiel Chandler Abraham Kimball 
George Hull Samuel Grej 
Edwai-d Abbott George Abbott 
Benjamin Abbott John Merrill 
Joseph Ordwaj Joseph Hall 
Samson Colbe David Foster 
Aaron Stevens Obediah Foster 
Timothy Bradley Hanerj Pudney 
Joseph Farnum Patrick Garving 
Isaac Walker Jun. James Peters 
James Abbott Zebdiah Farnem 
Amos Abbott James Farnum 
Ephrnam Faram James Osgood 
Joseph Pudney Lot Colbe 
Ebenezer Eastman Moses Merrill 
Henry Lovejoy William Pudney 
Joseph Eastman Isaac Wakler 
Jeremiah Eastman Timothy Walker 
Nathaniel Eastman David Evens 
Amos Eastman Richard Haselton 
Ebenezer Eastman Jr. Jacob Shut 
Samuel Shepherd Samuel Putney 
Joseph Simonds Nathaniel West 
Ebenezer Virgin Abraham Colby 
Philip Eastman Matthew Standly 
Ephraim Carter John Putney- 
Ezra Carter Daniel Chase 
Stephen Farington Daniel Chase Junr. 
In Council July 15"' 1747. 

i-ead & ordered to be sent Down to The Hon'''"' House 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 



PetltioJi of Capt. Ehof Eastvian. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Governor and 
Commander in Chief and Captain General in and over the 
Province of New Hamp' The Hon'"'' his majestys Council 
& House of Representatives in General Assembly conven'd 
The memorial and Petition of Ebenezer Eastman for him- 



TOWN PAPERS — COXCOUD. 1 33 

self and in behalf of the Inhabitants of Rumford So called 
most humbly Shews — That your Memorialist in a most gratc- 
full manner owns and acknowledges the Goodness and Kind- 
ness of your Excellency and Honours in the late allowance of 
thirty men in Guarding and Defending the Inhabitants of s** 
Rumford and other places thereabouts. That the timeforwhich 
s'' thirty men were allowed is expired and thev have been dis- 
miss'd some days — That your Memorialist humbly conceives 
that the time of Indian Harvest drawing nigh will be a time 
of considerable Danger from the Indian Enemj'^ (if not from 
the French also) wherefore he prays if it may be tho't neces- 
sary by your Excellency and Honours that there may be a 
further allowance of a number of men for the Safe Guard of 
the s' Inhabitants and such a number and for such time as 
to your Excellency and Honours shall seem meet and your Pe- 
titioner as in duty bound Shall ever pray &c. 

Ebenezer Eastman. 
Sep^ 23" 1747. 



Joseph Pudney^s Petition. 
Prov. of \ 
New Ilamp / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Gov- &c. The 

Hon''' His Majestys Council & House of Rep '^^ in Gen'' 

Assembly conven'd at Ports" May 174S. 

The Petition of Joseph Pudney of Rumford most Humbly 
Sheweth That your Petif the Last Summer at Rumford 
afore''' While in his Majesty's Service was Wounded by the 
Indians, who by their shot Broak his arm & the bones much 
Shattered. That altho the Wound is healed up yet he is un- 
able to do any Work to Earn his Livelyhood, & his arm so 
weak, that he's unfit for scouting &c. That he is able to do 
the duty of a Garrison Souldier, and as such are wanted in the 
s' Town of Rumford he humbl}^ Conceives in that way he 
might be so far serviceable as to earn his living. 

Wherefore your Pef most humbly prays that he may be held 
in his Majesty's service and posted at the s' town as a Garrison 
Souldier And y"" Pef as in Duty Bound Shall e\er pray 

Ebenezer Eastman 
in Behalf of y'^ Pef 
In Council May 17, 1748 

read recommended & 

ordered to be sent Down to the Hon' •" House 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

New HTn°pshii-} ^" ^^^ House of Representatives 28"' May 174S. 

Voted That in Answer to y" within Petition mentioned Joseph Pud- 
ney be posted as a Soldier at y"-' garrison at s"^ Rumford til y" last of 
September next 

D. Peirce Clk 
In Council Eodcm Die 
read & concurred 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem die 

Consented to 

B. Wentwortii. 



Rev. Tim'' Walker's letter to Archibald Stark. 

Sr. Yours without Date I received last Night Nine o"' clock, In- 
forming me that you had a visit from a committee of y° Honourable 
Assembly of y Pi-ovince respecting y^ Road thro Mr. "McNeals Field 
desiring that our People would sign a Petion for y" s'' Road to the s'^ 
Assembly as they had already to y" General Sessions and send it to Ports- 
mouth by next Monday Ten of y' clock, now altho I am fully of opin- 
ion that y^ want of y' Road will in a few years Time be of vastly- more 
Damage to y Publick tlian the whole of McNeals Field & that every 
Person up this w^ay who is at all acquainted therewith will readily sign 
such a Petition representing y* same in y strongest light possible yet 
the Notice is so short that no such thing can be prosecuted to any effect 
therefore y"^ only way left you is to pray for Longer Time w' " is so 
reasonable that I cant think one word can be objected ag*' it & if that 
be granted I shall be ready to doe any thing within vny power not only 
to serve you & y* Publick but my self also in y" affair I remain your 
hearty Friend &. Oblidged Serv' 

Timothy Walker 

Rumford July 7"' 1753. 
Mr. Archibald Stark. 



Petition of Ezra Carter in behalf of Ritinford. 
To His Excellency Benning- Wentworth Esq"" Captain Gen- 
eral Governor and Commander in Chief in & over His 
Majesty's Province of New Hampshire, The Hon'''' His 
Majest3''s Council and House of Representatives in General 
Assembly Convened July 14''' 1756 

The Petition of Ezra Carter on behalf of himself & the In- 
habitants of the Late District of Rumford so called in said 
Province Humbly sheweth. That the said Inhabitants appre- 
hend that since the expiration of said District Act, they have 
not had the Privilcdges which other Towns in this Province 
enjoy. That they could not Raise money for the Support of 
their minister, their Poor, the Repairing of High ^Vays, or 
maintaining a School (which the youth there much need) or 
to act in any Political manner whatsoever for want of which 



TOWN PAPERS — CONXORD. 



'35 



Priviletlgcs the said Inhabitants think they have been great 
Suflers. 

Wherefore your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency & 
Honours would Compassionate our Case and Incorporate said 
Plantation by its Boundaries or grant such other Relief as in 
your wisdom you may see meet & your Petitioner Shall as 
in duty l)ound ever pray 

Ezra Carter. 
In Council July 15"' 1756 

read i; ordered to be sent Down to the Hon'''" House 

Theod. Atkinson Secy. 



Lettci- froii jc/'cniiah Stickizc\\ JEsq., relating to dijjicul- 
ties ivith Bo-i\ 

Rumford March 19"' 1761. 
Sir. 

I have received the Order from his Excellency & General Assembly 
Appointing An Inventory to be taken of the Poles & Rateable Estate 
in the Province endorsed' to the Select men of Bow by the hand of M' 
Carr tojjether with a verbal Order to deliver it to me in Case he could 
find no Such Select men & have conferred with those of my Neighbors 
that I could handily come at upon the purport & design thereof (^ I find 
them all concurring with me in a deep sense of manifold dirticulties we 
labour under for want of Power to regulate Society according to man- 
ner of other Towns & Districts, which if was offered us we should readily 
Embrace as well for our own Sakes as an Inclination to pay all dutifull 
regard to the Orders of the Government — we never understood that we 
had power to Act to Ordinary Purposes of Regulating society under 
the Incorporation of Bow in which if we were mistaken twas our un- 
happiness which admit to be the Case we apprehend ourselves at pres- 
ent utterly destitute of any such Power for want of a Legal Meeting 
which we know no possible way of obtaining without an Express Order 
of the Honourable Court whicli if they should see meet to issue we 
shall pay all ready obedience iSc proceed to Carry into Execution the 
Design of this Order if time be allowed for it, which if should be the 
Case would humbly suggest a necessitj' of ascertaining the Limits by 
\vhich we are to be Circumscribed if we might Choose we should much 
incline to be bounded as the district of Rumford was whilst it subsisted 
— but if that be not Granted & it is the Pleasure of the Court that we 
Should act as the Town of Bow we apprehend that the same necessity 
Occurs not only because Pembrook is Lately taken Partly out of Bow 
but also for that their Line as we have been informed, has been Run 
very differently by their own Committees & I believe that no one of us 
Knows either of the Lines in all the parts of it & however we may dis- 
pute any or all these Lines whilst we are defending our Properties in 
the Civil Courts of Judicature (which we mean still to reserve to our- 
selves the right of Doing) Yet we never did or shall dispute the Power 
of the Government to make Bow Lie where they please to whose Reso- 
lution we shall pay ready Obedience when we Know it. Witiiout which 
we Know of no way in our Power at present wherein we can contribute 
to carrying into Execution this order Unless the Honourable Court 
should" see Cause to appoint some Person or Persons to take the pro- 
posed Inventory amongst us or the Select men of Canterbury shall ap- 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

doint some Persons to said Business which is in their power as we Con- 
strue the Order in either of which Cases we shall all suitable Compli- 
ance. S' please to Communicate this Letter if jou see fit to the Hon- 
ourable Assembly not only as my private sentiments by so far as I know 
the united sense of all our people. 
I am with all due regards 

Yr. Obed' Hum. Serv' 

Jeremiah Stickxey. 
P. S. if the Hon. Court should see Cause to put us in a way of Reg- 
ulation, among the Reasons against any of the Lines of Boav being Our 
limits, this is the Principal that etheir of the Said Lines would leave 
some few of our Inhabitants without oin- Incorporation which we would 
be glad to have & who would Choose to belong to us & which no other 
Society wants, but would take a much larger Number of the Inhabitants 
of New Hopkinton which they Can very ill spare & which we don't 
Avant & would be against the inclination of the People 
Sr. Yrs. 

J. S. 
Capt. Thomas Parker, Litchfield. 



Timothy Walker-'' s Petition in behalf of Riimford. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq'' Capt General 

Governour & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire. The Hon'ble his Majestys 

Council & house of Representatives in General Assembly 

Convened, Aj^ril 11"' 1764 

The humble Petition of Timothy Walker on behalf of him- 
self and the Inhabitants of Rumford (so called) in said Prov- 
ince. 

Shewcth, That the Aflairs of the said Inhabitants (so far 
as relates to Town matters have been in great confusion Ever 
since the year 1749 for want of the Power which they had till 
then enjoyed ever since the year 1741 by the District act (so 
called) which this Hon'ble Court say in July 1746 when it was 
reviewed had been found Convenient both for the Government 
of this Province in General and also the Inhabitants incorpo- 
rated thereby in particular. 

That altho' it has been pretended that they might still have 
Enjoyed the same priviledges (as Inhabitants of Bow) yet they 
never understood matters) in that light. And for this their opin- 
ion and Practice consequential thereupon they humbly conceive 
they would give reasons which would be satisfactory to this 
Court were they permitted — But to pass over all this — This 
Power or the Exercise of it has been lost to them (if ever they 
had it) ever since March 1756 for want of a first meeting. 

That by the year 1760 they were so heartily tired of such an 
unsettled state that they would have been glad to have acted 
Even under the Incorporation of Bow, if they could altho 



TOWN PAPERS CON'COUD. I37 

highly inconvenient for them as it blended part of three towns 
togetner whose interests had always been separate & would 
Consequently be apt to create strife and contention That this 
Court was apprized of their utter Incapacity of doing Corpo- 
rate act (even as Bow) by a Letter signed Jeremiah Stickney 
in behalf of himself and others now on file togcather with 
their dutiful & ready disposition to Comply with every motion 
of this Court to the utmost of their Power. 

That the said Inhabitants conceive themselves greatly ag- 
grieved by a late act of this Government imposing a heavy 
Tax on the Inhabitants of Bow as arrears &c a Tax which No- 
body had Power to assess and collect at y" time when y^" s'd 
arrearages became due and which if now done must be laid in 
many Instances on wrong Persons ; That what they suflered 
for want of the Powers [they] had enjoyed b}- the first men- 
tioned District act was unspeakably more to their Damage than 
to have jDaid their Proportion of the Province Expence. 

That the incapacity complained of all along still continues 
and yet the People are subjected to pay their part of the Cur- 
rent Charge but no body has power to assess or Collect it. 
They therefore most humbly Pray that your Excellency and 
Honors will take the matters complained of under Considera- 
tion and either revive the said District Act so far as relates to 
Rumford or (which wo'd be much more satisfactory to the said 
Inhabitants) Incorporate them by a standing act and by their 
former Known Boundaries that the said Inhabitants may be 
abated at least one half part of said arrearages. And that with 
respect to their part of the Current Charge of the Province 
they may be subjected to pay no more than their just propor- 
tion with the other Towns in this Province & Grant them such 
other Relief as in your great wisdom and goodness you shall 
see meet. And your Petitioners as in Dutv bound shall ever 
pray &c. 

Timothy W'ai.kek. 

In Council April 13"' 17G4 

Read & ordered to be sent down to the Ilon'ble Assembly 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec. 

Province of ") In the house of Representatives May 3', 1764. 
New Hampshire /This Petition being read, 

Voted That what the said town of Bow is now in arrears for the 
Province tax be collected agreeable to an act passed the second of June 
1763 that the Inhabitants settled on the lands between said Bow. Can- 
terbury & New Ilopkinton (except such as are already polled of!" to Pem- 
broke & New Ilopkinton) be taxed & pay their proportion thereof & 
that the inhabitants of Bow with the inhabitants on ail the lands be- 
tween said Bow, Canterbury Boscawen & New Ilopkinton except such 
as are already Polled oft' to Pembroke t^ New Ilopkinton meet together 
some time in the month of June next at Bow i!v: (choose all necessary offi- 
cers for assessing & Collecting the annual province Tax & for trans- 



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acting all other town affairs Si afterwards some time in the Month of 
March annually untill further orders of the Gen' Assembly & that he 
have libert\- to bring in a bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 



Petition relating to taxation^ &c.^ i7^4- 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 

Commander in Chief of His Majesties Province of New 

Hampshire, To the Hon. His Majesties Council of said 

Province, & General Court Convened Octo1)cr the second 

day Anno Dom. 1764 

Whereas Edward Russel & others have petitioned your Ex- 
cellency & Honours to be freed from paying any part of those 
arrearages of Taxes ordered to be assessed upon Bow & 
vfhereas so much Notice was taken of said Petition as that the 
Petitioners were ordered to serve us the Subscribers with a 
Copy thereof, in order that we may shew Cause, if any we 
have why the prayer thereof should not be granted 

These are therefore to inform your Excellency & Honours 
that there are Forty one Poles with the Estates which they pos- 
sess within the Limits of Bow as described in the Act of Tax- 
ation referred to in the said Petition which are exactly similar 
to these Petitioners, and also Sixty or more Poles with the 
Estate which they now possess which were Minors & so not 
liable to be Taxed when the Rates were supposed to be due 
for which this Tax is Ordered, but have since come of age & 
so Rated as fr " the List aj^pears. 

To Ballance which increase there has been a yearly drain of 
Inhabitants from us it is out of our Power to ascertain the 
Number Init wc are well persuaded from what we Know of 
the aflair that if it could be done it would bear some near 
proportion to the advance — These have all left the Town, & 
many of them the Province in each of which Cases they are 
equally exempt from our power of Taxing them. And we 
humbly submit it to your wise determination whether there is 
not the same reason that these other persons should be freed 
as that the petitioners should Which if the Case, we are well 
assured that it will be absolutely impossible for the small re- 
mainder to pay the whole of said Tax. 

We are Your Exccllencvs k. Honours most Humble Ser- 



vants. 



Ezra Carter | Assessors 
John Chandler J of Bow 
Ephraim Blunt '\ Selectmen 
William Moor >■ of 
Isaac White ) Pembroke 



TOWN PAPERS CON'CORD. I39 

Petition of Concord to be annexed to Hillsborongh Comity. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq'' Cap' General Gov- 
ernor and Commander in chief in and over his IVIajestys 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon'' "^ his ]Majesty's Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives in General Assembly con- 
vened the iS''' day of Jan* Anno Domini 1774 
The Petition of Andrew iSIcMillan Esqr. Agent For the In- 
habitants of the Town of Concord in the County of Rocking- 
ham and Province aforesaid. Humbly sheweth 

That said Town of Concord is Forty miles from Exeter and 
Fifty five miles from Portsmouth where the Courts of Justice 
are held for said County of Rockingham, and the Inhabitants 
of said Concord very little if any thing benefited by the late 
Division of this Province into Five Counties. 

Secondly that many of the Inhabitants of the Towns in the 
north part of the County of Hillsborough have applied to your 
Petitioner's Constituents and earnestly desired that the incon- 
veniences they labour imder may be represented to your Ex- 
cellency and Honours by a Petition which they say arc 

First as there is but one Superior Court of Judicature in a 
year held in said County of Hillsborough and Prisoners com- 
mitted for capital Crimes must lay in Goal sometimes Eleven 
nine or six months according to the time they are committed 
before it can be known whether they are or are not guilty ; and 
in case they should be acquitted your Petitioners constituents, 
humbly apprehend it a great Pity that they have sutVercd so 
long and if found guilty they thing it a grievous burthen to 
maintain such bad Subjects so long at the expense of poor, 
honest industrious beginners in the Wilderness. 

Secondly Creditors in General in said County of Hillsbor- 
ough v/ho incline to sue at any time except July term in said 
County are obliged to indorse their notes &c over to Persons 
who live in the County of Rockingham or other Counties & 
some to the Alassachusetts and the expense is as great as be- 
fore they were a County. Thirdly the place where the Courts 
are held in said County of Hillsborough is at such a Distance 
from them that they are of opinion that the Inhabitants of the 
south part of said County will not oppose their having Justice 
done in that respect. 

Fourthly that the situation of the Town of Concord is such 
that it will accommodate all the Inhabitants of the upper or 
Northerly part of the said County of Hillsborough and give 
them general satisfaction 

Therefore the said Inhabitants of the Town of Concord by 
their said Agents humbly pray your Excellency & Honours 
that said Town of Concord may be annexed to the County of 
Hillsborough and that there may be annually held there one 



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Superior Court of Judicature one Inferior Court of commou 
pleas one Court of general Sessions of the peace for said 
County or otherwise act in the premises as your Excellency & 
Honours ^Visdom for the benefit of his Majesty's Subjects 
shall direct and your Petitioners by their said Agents as in Duty 
bound will ever pray &c 

And'"' rvIcIMiLLAN 
Portsm" Jan'>' i8"' 1774. 

In Council Jany. 19, 1774. 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''" Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec^ 

In the House of Representatives Jan>' 19'"' 1774 

Upon reading the foregoing Petition 

Voted that the Petitioner be heard thereon on the third day of the Sit- 
ting of the General Assembly after the first day of March next and that 
in the meantime the Petitioner cause the Substance of this Petition and 
order of Court thereon to be printed three weeks successively in the 
New Hampshire Gazette that any person may have opportunity to ap- 
pear & Shew cause why the prayer of said Petition Shou'd not be 
Granted 

J. Wentworth Speaker 
In Council Jan^' 20, 1774. 

The within vote was read & concurrd 

Geo King, D. Sec. 



CONWAY. 



[Conway began to be settled in 1764; the grant of the township was 
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144 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

A List of the Settlers that have Familys In Co?ixuay, and 
by vjho77ie Introduced. 

3 Settlers by Col. Frj'e, John Webster, David Page, Samuel Smith 

2 at the mills, Timothy Walker, Ezekiel Walker 

9 Settlers bv Conway Proprietors, Joshua Kellev Ebenezer Burbank, 
Tho^ Russell, Tho^ Merrill Esqr. Richard Eastman, Enoch Web- 
ster, John Willson, all own rights, Joseph Kilgore, Tennent to Cap" 
Walker, Anthony Emery, Tennent to Andrew McMillin Esq'' 

7 Familys by Brown, John Osgood, Leonard Ilarveman, Joshua Heath, 
John Dolloff Jun. John Dolloff, James Osgood, Benj'' Osgood. 

I Family Nath'' Harriman, settled on a lot with his Father not agreed 
with Brown or Conway 

22 Total 

8 Improvements mark'd with the letter A worked on their land last 
year went away in the Fall to Return in the Spring. 

March 21 1771 A True State of Conway according to my best 
Knowledge 

Pr. Hexry Youxg Browx. 



JMemorialfrom Fryebtirg., Brozunjield ajid Conzoay^ i77^" 
To the Hoii'''*^ General Court of the Colony of New Hamp- 
shire. 

The memorial of the Committees of Conwav in the County 
of Grafton, Frycburg and Brownfield in the County of York, 
and Colony of Massachusetts Bay united humbly Sheweth that 
the above said New Plantations Consist of about one Hundred 
and Thirt}"^ Families are Situated at a Place called Pigwacket 
Upon Saco River which nearly Unites with a Branch of An- 
droscoggin River, about thirtv miles northerly from other Set- 
tlements, and lay Greatly Exposed to Excurtions of the Sav- 
ages ; by the following natural Communications as frequented 
by the Indians that come to these Places : one from Chaudire 
River into Umbagog lake, which Empties itself into Andros- 
coggin river ; another from St. Francois River into a branch of 
Coimecticut River ; and by that into Androscoggin River ; 
another from Kennebunk River by the way of Muselahme- 
contucook into Androscoggin River that these Several ways 
are by water, except a few short Carrying Places, which bring 
them within twenty miles of these Settlements, that the Great- 
est part of this twenty miles is water Carriage, that Andros- 
coggin River runs Further to the Northward than the head of 
Connecticut River. That a party the Last year were sent out 
from Coos to Reconnoiture the woods over to Umbagog Lake, 
which Empties into St. Francois River ; from thence, they set 
out Eastwardly in Order to Strike Connecticut River but headed 
it, and struck Androscoggin River ; Come down that River and 



TOWN PAPERS CORNISH. 1 45 

come into these vScttlemcnts. that Last fall Three men from 
Col Arnolds Partv come into these Settlements by the way of 
Androscopfgin River, four or five Persons from (Quebec Last 
Mav Come in here by the way of Androscoggin River, from 
the Above, it appears that when Ever the frontiers are exposed ; 
these Settlements are in danger, that from the Alarming ac- 
counts we have lately Received from Canada we think it Nec- 
essary to make Preparation for Defence and as it is not likely 
we can provide ourselves with arms and ammunition without 
the aid of the Hon*^''^' Court, therefore the memorialists intreat 
the favour of the Hon''"'' Court to the applications that may be 
made for the above purpose and for Protection if the Time 
should come that the frontiers are in Danger, and we as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever pray &c 

Dated at Fryeburg this 7''' Day of July 1776 

Richard Kimball, Chairman of s'' Com'^'* 

N. B. Last Night came in here one family from the upper 
Coos and all the Rest of the Inhabitants are Removing as fast 
as possable. 



CORNISH. 



[Cornish was granted June 21, 1763, to Rev. Samuel McClintock of 
Greenland, N. H., and 69 others. Ed.] 

Petition of yon^ Chase of Cornish for a grant of Hart 

Island. Jan. 15, 1772. 
Province of 1^ 
New I lamps / 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor & 
Commander in chief of said Pi^ovince & to His ^Majesty's 
Council for the Same 

The petition of Jonathan Chase of Cornish humbly sheweth — 
That your i^etitioner having purchased of Col Nathan Stone 
of Windsor an Island known by the Name of Hart Island con- 
tain'g about twenty two Acres lying in Connecticut River be- 
tween the Lower Corners of Hertford & Plainfield & the upper 
Corners of Cornish & Windsor which was first laid out to the 
proprietors of Hartford in Several Divisions as interval and as 
such purchased by Major Oliver Willard of said Ilartfortl who 
afterwards dispos'd of y" whole to Col' Stone tVom whom it 
has come into said Chase's hands having all along been in- 
formed that they the said Willard & Stone had a proper right 
to hold or dispose of the Same which lying so contiguous To 
the West Bank of the River was supposed to be part of the 
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146 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Town of Hartford aforesaid — But since finding it otherw' de- 
termined — 

Your Petitioner humbly prays your Excellency & Honours, 
in Consideration of the Improvements made by the former 
Claimers and the valuable purchase he has been innocently led 
into, the said Island may be confirmd to him by a Grant upon 
the usual Conditions & resen^ations — And your Petitioner as 
in duty bound will ever pray &c 

Jonathan Chase. 

Portsmouth 15, Jan^' 1771. 

Province ot "I 
New Hampshire J 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor & 

Commander in Chief of said Province and to His Majesty's 

Council for the Same — 

The Petition of Jonath" Chase of Cornish humbly sheweth — 
That your petitioner has made Improvements on a small Island 
lyin? in Connecticut River between Cornish & Windsor con- 
taing about seven acres which was at first laid out as part of 
the Interval appertaining to the said Town of Cornish, as such 
assigned to him by the proprietors, and so improv'd for several 
years past but since understanding, that being an island tis 
necessary to obtain a distinct Grant of the same He humbly 
prays Your Excellency & Honors that he may be considered 
for the Improvements made there and favor'd with a Grant of 
the Same upon the usual Conditions & reservations & your pe- 
titioner as in Duty bound shall ever pray Sec 

Jonathan Chase. 

Portsmouth 15 January 1771 



DEERFIELD. 

[This town was incorporated 8 January, 1766. Ed.] 

Petition of Sundry inJiabitants of Deerfield in reJatioJi to 
a tax, <£•€. 

Province of "^ 
New Hampshire j 

To the Honorable house of Representatives, the vSubscribers 
being owners of land in Deerfield And understanding that the 
Inhabitants of s'^ Deerfield By their Committee have Petitioned 
the General Court for a Tax To be laid on all the land in s'^ 
Parish of two pence pr. Acre for the Term of three years, the 



TOWN PAPERS — DEERFIELD. 147 

one half for the Parsonaj^c y'' other half to be laid out on the 
Roads, we beg leave to oflcr a few Reasons why their petition 
or prayer Should not be Granted 

J sly ^^y^^ think it would be grievous to compel any whether 
they live in or out of the Parish to pay any thing towards the 
support of a Minister of a Different persuasion from themselves 
& we think any other Sosiety for publick worship of A differ- 
ent persuasion, have as good right to assistance in this way as 
they — 2'"> to subject the uncultivated lands in that parish to pay 
any part of public charges, we think would be grievous, as 
they yield no profit to the owner &. it would be repugnant to 
the late valuation Act where woodland was exempted although 
in many Towns wood is of great value. 

3'^' if a tax was to be laid on the uncultivated lands for any 
part of publick Charges it would not be Just to lay it equally 
on all, as many lots now they Are robbed by the Inhabitants (or 
others) of the valuable timber that grew on them are of little 
value 

4'-' the parish is Considerably well Settled & with People of 
Substance — As it is unlikely s' Petition will be Granted it may 
be needless to mention the greatness of the sum Pray'd for but 
we beg leave to mention that although s' parish is Called six 
miles square it contains about Twenty Seven Thousand aci^e 
according to Nottingham plan as the lots are mai'ked (if we are 
not mistaken as to how the lines of Deerfield run) we doubt 
not But your Honours will dulv consider & way the matter &. do 
what seemeth to you right. In the mean time we are your 
Honours Humble Servants 

Josiah Sawyer Ebenezer Brown Jun. 

Samuel Barnard Jonathan Ward 

Nathaniel Currier Henry Lampre 

Mirioin French Nehemiah Ordway 

James French Ephraim Wadleigh 

Phillips White Benjamin Wadleigh 

Benjamin Brown John Woodman 

Ebenezer Brown Onesiphorous Page 



Deerjield Petition for a Tax. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General 
Governor Commander and chief in and over His Majesty's 
province of New Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same. 
The Honorable His Majestys Council and House of Repre- 
sentatives for s' Province Convened 

The Humble Petetion of us the Subscribers (being A Com- 
mittee Chosen by the Inhabitants of Dearfield to Petetion this 



148 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Court for A Tax to be laid on all the Lands in Dearfield for 
the following Reasons) Humbly shews 

i^tiy Whereas the s'' Inhabitants have Lately Settled a Min- 
ister in s'' Dearfield very much to the acceptance of the Inhab- 
itants and have Engaged to build him A Parsonage house & 
barn & clear a quantity of land on s'' parsonage Lott and Sett 
out an orchard for him and Pay A yearly Salary &c. 

2^1' y Wee have three Main Country Roads laid out through 
g(i Parrish which are Greatly used by His Majestys Subjects to 
Pass and Repass in, to A Great numberof towns Settled above 
us and frequent Complaints are made that they are not in So 
Good Repair as they ought to be & wee have Likewise many 
other highways Laid out for the accommodations of the Set- 
tlers of the Parrish in Length of the whole of s'' ways Do 
amount to upwards of forty miles And as the Settlement of A 
Minister and haveing Good Highways in A New town or Par- 
rish is verry much to the Proffitt of the Non resident Proprie- 
tors as well as the resident and as the Present Inhabitants are 
Mostly new Settlers which will make it Exceeding Difficult for 
them to Perform their Engagements 

Therefore Xour Petitioners Humbty Prays that in Your 
Great Wisdom and Goodness You would take this our prayer 
under your wise Consideration and order a Tax to be Laid on 
all the Lands in s'' Dearfield for three years Next ensuing of two 
pence uppon the acre the one Half to be Laid out uppon the 
Parsonage house and Land the other Half on the Highways 
and that prudent Persons be appointed to manage s'' business 
or other ways order with Regard to the Tax as you in your 
Great Wisdom and Goodness may think proper and your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound shall Ever Pray &c. 

RiCH*^ Jenness 
Tho'* Simpson. 

Province of \ In Council Febj' 2 1773. 

New Hampr. j The within Petition was read & ordered to be sent doAvn 
to the Hon'^''- Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec. 

NewH;;^"shire}l" '"^^ ^^°"^^ ^' Representatives Feb. 3.> 1773- 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on the third day 
of the Sitting of the Gen' Assembly After the first day of May next, & 
that the Petitioners at their own cost, cause the Substance thereof to be 
published in the New Ilamp' Gazette, three weeks successively and also 
to put up notifications in said Dearfield that any person may show cause 
why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted. 

William Parker Cler Assembly 
In Council Feb. 3'' 1773. 
Read & Concurred 

Geo King D. Secy. 



TOWN PAPERS DEERFIELD. I49 

In the House of Representatives May 13, 1773. 

Voted that the Petition"" be heard on this Petition on the third day of 
tlie Sitting after the 15 day of June next and that the Petitioners Cause 
the Petition to be printed as above directed 

William Parker Cler. 
In Council eodem Die 
Read & concurred. 

Geo King D Secy. 

Province of\ j,^ ^, pj ^ RepresentManuarv 20"' 1774 

Voted That the Petitioners may lay a Tax on all the lands in Deer- 
field of one penny per acre for the Term of three years for the use of 
the Repair & making highways only & that the Petitioners have leave 
to bring a bill accordingly 

W-' Parker Cler Assembly 
In Council Jany 26, 1774 
Read & non Concur'd 

Geo. King D. Sec 



of 1 

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Petition for a yiistice of the Peace. 
Province of 
New Hamps 

Rock" 

To his Excellenc}' John Wcntworth Esqr. Capt. General Gov- 
cnor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire in New Enghxnd ; and to y*^ 
Hon''' his Majestys Council of y'' Province afore^'' 
The Petition of a Number of y'^ freeholders and Inhabitants 
of y"^^ Paresh of Deerfield in sd. Province and County humljly 
sheweth that whereas there is a Large number of People in y'' 
South part of Deerfield and much ]3usiness to be done and no 
Justice near so we think that such an office would be verv ad- 
vantageous to y"' Place not only for y"^^ Preservation of y Peace 
but for y'' transacting of other business which otherwise would 
be expensive to your Petitionars and others The Parson our 
Eyes are upon is Mr. Daniel Ladd of this Parish who appears 
to us a Very honest man and one Qiialified and Disposed to 
do Justice — Thus hoping y"^ your Excellency and y Hon'''*^ 
Council will take this our petition under your wise Considera- 
tion and grant us oin- Request and as in Duty bound your Pe- 
titioners shall ever Pray 

Deerfield Jany. y' 29"' 1774 

Josiah Prcscott Junr. Neniiah Cram 

Joshua Leavitt Thomas lierley 

Jonatlian Philbrick Levi Harvey 

Enos Sanborn Ithiel Smith 

Nathaniel Philbrick Peter Sanborn 

Benjamin Folsom Wadleigh Cram 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Ilenij Tucker John Eastman 

Josiah Smith Joseph Merrill 

Tristram Sanborn John Merril 

William Graves Nathan Sanborn 

Joseph Graves David Haines 

Ephraim Brown Samuel licit 

Josiah Sanborn John Philbrick 

James Philbrick Joel Cram 

Nathan Philbrick Joseph Hoit 



Petition of Inhabitants of y'^ Southerly fart of Dccrfela 

to be made a Parish. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain Generall 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his INIajes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire in New England. To the 
Hon''^*^' His Majestys Coimcill and House of Representatives 
for said Province Convened in General Assembly. Most 
Humbly Sheweth 

The Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants of the South- 
erly Part of the Parish of Deerfield in the Township of Not- 
tingham in the County of Rockingham in said Province That 
the said Parish of Deerfield is Principally Settled at & near 
the Two Extreme parts of it viz : the Northerly End and the 
Southerly End which makes it very Difficult to meet All to- 
gether for Publick Worship or for Transacting the Pub- 
lick business of the Parish 

That there are Two Meeting houses in said Parish for the 
Publick Worship and Two Ministers Regularly Called & Set- 
tled there and Also Two Military Companies in said Parish 
viz one at each end also Two Constables and but one sett of 
Selectmen which are Annually Chosen in the North Part of 
said Parish 

That your Petitioners have for some years Past been at the 
Charge of Building a Meeting house Settling & Supporting a 
Minister in the saicl South part of said Parish and have had no 
Benefits by the North Part of said Parish. Wherefore and for 
many other reasons which on a hearing shall be given to your 
Excellency and your Hon''^ Your Petitioners Humbly Pray 
your Excellency & hon'" To Incorporate the said South Part of 
Deerfield into a Distinct Parish so as to take in the First three 
Ranges and one half of the Range highway between the Third 
and the fourth Ranges of Lotts, with such Privilcdges & Im- 
munities as other Parishes in said Province Have and Do En- 
joy and under Such Restrictions and Limitations as to Your 
Excellency and hon'" Shall Seem Most Mete — And your Peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound Shall Ever Pray &C 
Deerfield April 7*'' 1774 



TOWS PAPERS DEURVFIELD. 



John Robinson 
James Young 
Jonathan Roljinson 
David Robinson 
Jedediali Prescott 
Israel Clifford 
William IMooers 
Jedidiah Prescott Junr. 
Josiah Prescott Jun. 
Sanborn Cram 
Samuel Pulsfer 
Josiah Sanborn 
Jonathan Judkins 
John Lauranc 
Tristram Sanborn 
Samuel Winslow 
Thomas Berley 
Daniel Lad 
Moses Marshall 
Joseph Judkins 
David Haines 
Benjamin Judkins 
John Morj^ain 
Jonathan Philbrick 
Wadleiijh Cram 
James Philbrick 



Benjamin Folsom 
Henry Tucker 
Ithief Smith 
Ezekiel Oilman 
Joseph Graves 
Nemiah Cram 
John Gidden 
Nathan Sanborn 
Samuel Hoit 
William Haines 
John Thursten 
John Jones 
John Philbrick 
William Mudget 
Caleb Morss 
Levi Harvev 
Nathan Philbrick 
Ephraim Brown 
Josiah Smith 
John Merril 
Joseph Merrill 
Asaph Merrill 
Nathaniel Lad 
John Prescott 
John Robinson Jun. 



Province of ) In the House of Representatives May ii"' 1774 
NewHamps. J The within Petition being Read and Consider'd 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on the third Day 
of the Siting of the General Assembly next after the twentieth Day of 
June next and that the Petitioners at their Own Cost Serve the Select- 
men of Deerfield with a Copy of this Petition and Order thereon and 
also that the Petitioners Cause the Substance of this Petition and Order 
to be Published in the New Hampshire Gazett three weeks Successively 
that any Person May Shew Cause why the Prayer of the Petition 
should not be Granted 

M. Weare, CI' 
In Council eoden Die 

Read and concur'd 

Geo King D. Secy. 



DERRYFIELD. 

[Note. The following Papers relating to Derryfield are found in 
MS. \'()1. IV, "Towns," — pp. 307-309, being there misplaced. They 
should be examined in connection with Papers relating to Bedford and 
Londonderry. Ed.] 

To his excelency Benninrj Wiiitwoith Esq Governor & 
Commander In Chief of His Majestycs Provence of New 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Hampshir the honnorable his Majestys Councell and House of 
Re2:)rescntatives In General Assembly Conven'd — 

The jDcttetion of a number of the freeholders & Inhabitants 
of the Town of Derry field Humbly Sheweth that the first 
Monday of March annually is appointed by Charter to be the 
day for chusing of Town officers for the currant year and the 
usual costoni of s'' town hes ben to warn the Town of time 
and place and design of holding said Meeting with the several 
articles to be acted upon on s' day of posting up a coppy of 
Warrant at three several places in said town viz. one at John 
Gofle Esq one at John Hall & one at Mr Russes at Xameskeeg 
which was a vote of said Town for warning Town meetings 
in said Town but so it was that neither of the places had any 
notification set up and one of them particularly Nameskeeg 
had no coppy set up in that part of the town so that they knew 
not the time of Day the meeting was to be held yet notwith- 
standing two of the select men and town clarke did contrary to 
former custom with about ten or a dozen of the Inhabitants and 
boys & unqualyfied persons did enter and in about five minutes 
time chouse all the principal offi cersers for the town Notwith- 
standing one of the select men & the constable & several of the 
Inhabitants opposed them and told them it was not fair to hold 
the meetin before the Inhabitants came and that it was not the 
usual time of day that the meeting use to begin & that the In- 
habitants that must pay the greatest part of the Taxes that shall 
come vipon the town were not present — that they would be 
here presently yet they proceeded as aforesaid and at five min- 
ute's after eleven of the clock a considerable number came & in 
halfe an hour the Inhabitants chiefly came & upon hearing that 
the principal officers were chosen by a small number of Voters 
and many of them notquallified they concluded as that was the 
day by charter to chuse town officers, they being the largest 
part of the Qiiallified Voters belonging to said town maid proc- 
lamation that they were going to hold the town meeting & all 
were desired to attend and they went to the Meeting house and 
maid choice of a Moderator & Town dark & select men & all 
town officers & they were sworn to the faithful discharge of 
their duty as the Law directs so that their is two set of officers 
in said town which makes confusition we most Humbly there- 
fore pray your Excellency & Hon'^ To Take our case under 
your wise consideration and grant that there may be a Regular 
town meeting in said town & that we may have town Officers 
chosen as the law directs and that our confusion may be 
brought into order and might be enabled to Raise the province 
taxes & mend high ways & do the necessary business of the 
town and that your Petitioners mav bring in a bill for that end 
— & your petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray — 

Dated at Derryfield first of May 1766. 



TOWN PAPERS DOVER. 1 53 

John Gofie James McCalley 

William McClintock Samuel Stark 

David Starrctt Daniel McNeall 

Samuel Bovd Tho- Russ 

Nathaniel Boyd John Rand 

Charles Emerson John Hervy 

William Nutt Samuel Moor 

John Griften John Moor. 
John Stark 

Province of) t ^1 1 r o ,. ..• t r,,-r 

New Hirno \ house of Representatives June 26"' 1766. 

The foregoing Petition being Read and Considered — 
Voted — That the Petitioners be heard thereon on fryday the fourth 
day of July next if the General Assembly be then siting" And if not then 
siting thereon the second day of their siting nextafter And that the pe- 
titioners at their own cost cause the selectmen and Town Clerk who 
served for Derry field for the year 1765, to be served with a Copy of this 
petition and Order of Court that they may appear and show Cause if 
any thev have whv the praver thereof should not be granted 

■'M. Weare, CIr. 
In Council Eod'" die 
Read & Concurrd — 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy. 

New H-imn i ^'^ ''^^ House of Representatives July 4"' 1766 — 

The foregoing Petition being Consider'd And the Parties heard 
thereon — 

Voted — That the prayer of the Petition be granted And that the pe- 
titioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly — 

M. Wcarc, CIr. 
In Council Eod'" Die 
Read & Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy. 



DOVER. 

[This was one of the first settled towns in New Hampshire, Ports- 
mouth being the other. It was settled in the Spring of 1623, by Ed- 
ward and William Hilton, brothers, from London. It was first called 
Pascataquack, as was also Portsmouth; afterwards Cocheco. and 
North.im. It has borne the name of Dover for more than 200 years. Ed.] 



Extracts from tho. Records of Dover. 

Att a Town meeting 30"" of the 6 m" '43. 
30"' 6 m" '43 

It is this day ordered that William Pomfrett Shall have the Neck of 



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Land between the] Mouth of Cochecha River and Nechewanick River 
with the Marsh thereupon to the first Narrow 

March y« 19"' 1693-4 

By the Comitte Chosen by the freeholders of the Town of dover for 
granting Land given and granted unto Ephraim Tebbetts hisheirrsand 
assigns for Ever Twenty Acres of Land on fresh Creek Neck to butt on 
Nechewanick River next to Saint Albonds cove. Test william Ferber 
Clark of s'' Comittee 

This Above grant voated and Confearmed in generall Town Meeting 
the Second day of April! 1694. 
Vera Copia. Test John Tuttle Towne Clerk 

Laid out to Ephraim Tebbets according to grant Tw-enty acres of 
Land on fresh Creek neck and bounded it as followeth viz at a white 
oak Tree markt E T from thence South an be west 40 Rods to a white 
oak markt E T Then west an be north 4 score Rods to A Pich Pine 
markt E T then north and be East 40 Rods to a Pich Pine markt 
E T then on a straight Line to the first markt Tree the River is the 
bounds at the East End Laid out and bounded by us this tenth day of 
July 1694 

Sam' Heard 

EZEKIEL WeNTWORTH 

Thomas Downs 



Petition fo7' bridging Cochecho and Lamprey River. 
To His Excellency Samuel Shute Esq. Capt. General and 
Gov "' in Chief of His Majestys province of New Hamp- 
shire, and to the Honourable the Council and house of rep- 
resentatives now Sitting in General Assembly 
The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Tovv^i of Dover Most 
humbly Sheweth 

The heavy burthen 1} ing upon your petitioners, in building 
and renewing the many bridges in The said town, over and 
above the ordinary annual repairs of High ways through the 
same whereby your petitioners have stood charged w' ' a much 
greater and more grievous tax than any other Town in the 
province more especially for the Erecting and maintaining 
Two very large Bridges over the river of Cochecho and Lamprey 
river; exclusive of which two rivers, your petitioners are more 
than even w"' the Inhabitants of any Neighboring town in y*^ 
Costs of bridging and whereas the last years floods floated away 
the boom at Cochecho with 3 piers and the Standing bridge at 
Lamprel river which are now to be rebuilt your petitioners Do 
therefore humbly pray that the bridging of The Said Two 
rivers may be made a province Charge to be defrayed out of the 
publick Treasury As is usual in other Goverm'=* & y'" petition''^ 
shall Ever pray &c 

R. Waldron ^ 

Step. Jones v Committee 

Paul Gerrisii ) 



TOWN PAPERS — DO\ER. I55 

Copy of letter to the Selectmen of Dover and Exeter 
ab^ bridge. 
Gentlemen 

I am commanded by the Hon'"''^' y* L' Gov"^ & Council to let you know- 
that it is their direction to you that you have a suitable bridge built 
Pursuant to V foregoing reports (which y" Gen' Assm have accepted) 
with all possible dispatch and that it is their Expectation that you will 
improve every opportunity in forwarding so necessary a work and that 
there be no failure on any part (or by any means) in" Complying with 
this order I am Gent" 

Y' Most humble Serv' 

R. Waldrox Cler Con 

Jany 20"' 1723-4 
To the Selectmen of 
Dover l^ Exeter 



ylcct" of pretenders to Land at Cochecho Point. 

W'" Stiles bought of Ephraim Libbey 

Jones 
Dan' (jordon 
Nath Tarbox 
Tho. Cole, Shackfords by execution grant to Watson & 

sold to Nat Young 
L' Hatevil Roby 
Tho ^: Xat Roberts 30 acres ap's 
Daniel Jacobs 
Capt. Tuttle 2 g:3i 

Tho Rob'" w'' had for wives portion 

Capt. Libbey Thorn Ben Marsh ? 

Sam' Cosen from his Father 

Howard Henderson w'' Cook had 

Old Mr. Henderson 

Blackstone 

Jos Canney of which Clark 4 acres gran. 



grant 


.:o 


grant 


20 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


& 




Do 


20 


ot Laid out 


30 


grant 


60 


Do 


20 


Do 


60 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


Do 


20 


No grant 


40 


ab' 


10 




20 



420 



Petition ab^ Grammar School at Dover. 
Province of | 
New Hanips J 

To the hoiv'''^' John Wcntworth Esq"" Lieu' Govo- & Com- 
mander in chief for the Time being of s' Province & to the 
hon'''^ theCouncilland house of Representatives Conven'd in 
Gen' Assem'''^' 

The humble Petition of the Representatives for tlie Town- 
ship of Dover in Behalf of s' Town humbly sheweth 

That wiicreas the said Town is one of the most exposed 
Towns in this Province to the Insults of the Indian Enemy 
And also whereas by an Act of the General Assembly of this 



156 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Province Entitled An act for y'' Settlem' & Support of Gram- 
mar Schools, the said Town of Dover (amongst others) is 
obleidged by s' act to keep and maintain a Gramere School. 

And whereas the Circumstances & Situation or Settlements 
of the Inhabitants of s'' Town lying and being in such manner 
as it is, the houses being so scattered over the whole Township) 
that in No one place six houses are within call. By which in- 
convenicncy the Inhabitants of s'' Town can have no benefit of 
such a Gramar Schoole, for at the times fit for children to go 
and come from schools is Generally the chief Time of the In- 
dians Doing Mischief, so that the Inhabitants are afraid to send 
their children to Schoole, and the children Dare not venture so 
y^ y*" Sallary to s'' Schoole Master is wholly Lost to s' Town. 

So that your Petitioners at the Request cK: in behalfe s '• Town 
humbly prays y'' hon"" & Generall Assembly that there may be 
an act of this Generall Assembly Past that the s' Town of 
Dover may be Exempted from keeping a Gramar School Dur- 
ing the war with the Indians, as formerly they were so prays 
your humble Petitioners 

James Davis 
Sam' Tebets 

August 29"' 1772 Tim. Gerrish 

In Council. 

Voted That The prajer of This petition be granted for the reasons 
Therein Mentioned and That The petitioners have leave to bring in a 
bill accordingly 

Rich'' Waldron Cler Con. 

August y- zg''^' 1722 
In the house of Representatives, read and lies for Consideration 
August the 30''' In the house of Representatives read and Concurred 
with Provided they keep a Schoole for reading and writing & Arith- 
metic 

James Jeffrev 

Clerk Assembly 



SelectDien of Dover s petition and votes thereon. 
Pro. N. Hamp 

To the Honourable The Lieu* Governour and Command'" in 
chief of said Province and to the Ilon'''"^^ y'' Council and house 
of Representatives convened in General Assembly. 

The Petition of the Selectmen in behalf of the Town of 
Dover liumbly Shexveth 

That whereas y'' late bridge over Lamprey river has been 
carryed away by a freshet for want of a firm foundation and a 
passage over that river being so necessary and useful Especially 
at this time 

We Therefore most humbly pray that a Committee May be 



TOWN PAPERS DOVER. I57 

appointed to view the said river and the hindln<;son Each side 
in order to finding a more onvenient place to l)uild anew so as 
to prevent the like Misfortune w"' v'' former and Make a reoort 
of their doings at y next Sessions and yo' petition'^ vShall ever 
pray &c 

Rich' Waldron ~\ 
l^ENj' Wentwortii [- Selectmen 
June r' 17-3. Nicolas Harford ) 

In Coun June i"' 1723. 
Voted That Six Indifferent Persons be chosen a Committee To survey 
lamprey Ri\er and Report to His Honour the Lieu' Gov'^ and Council 
as soon as conveniency will permit y" Most commodius place for build- 
ing a brid.ije a Cross said River and that Col" Walton M E\v' Ayres t\: 
Mr. Benj ' Thomas be three of y- Committee to Joyn w"' y Gentlemen 
whom y house shall appoint 

Rich Waldron, Cler Con. 
Eoden Die In the house of Representatives 

Voted a Concurrence with the above vote (with this Proviso)}'' y* 
Petitioners pay y" Charges of the Comittee and that Coll Peter Weare 
Coll John Plaistow Esq'' and y' W'" More be three of y-' Comittee fory* 
end afores ' 

James Jeffrey CI' Ass"". 



Petitioti and complaint against Richard JJ'a/dron Esq. 

Pro\iiice of "I 
New Hampshire j 
To Ilis Excellency William Burnet Esq"" Governour and Com- 

ander in Chief in and over His Maj'''^^* Province of New 

Hampshire tS:c and to the Hon'''"' His Majesties Council for 

said Province 

The Petition of us the Subscribers Inhabitants of the s"* 
Province Most humbly Shexveth That divers of your Pet" 
for upwards of Forty years, others for Thirty, have been Set- 
led upon a certain Tract or Neck of Land in Dover in the 
Province afores' being duly put into possession thereof by the 
Freeholders of s'' Town as by their Votes will appear ; all 
which time was partlv spent in Subduing the Indian Enemy 
and partly in Subduing and Cultivating the wild Land so given 
and granted to them, That after such a length of time when 
your Petitioner had with much blood and Labour reduced the 
Former to reason, and the latter to profit, and expected to en- 
joy the vSweet of all their Encounters and pains in the year 
1 719 Richard Waldron Esq' as Adm' to the Estate of his 
Father Richard Waldron formerly of s' Dover Esq' dec'ed 
brought his action against your Petitr'' and others for the Re- 
covery of one Moiety of said Neck of Land pretending one 
half thereof was granted to him by the Selectmen of that 
Town so long ago as the 5"' of the 10"' ^Month 1652 and the 



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other half to William Furbur and others, whereas it's Evident 
from the Votes of s' Town many years after that William Fur- 
bur and the whole Town Esteemed that Grant when the said 
Town was under the Massachusetts Government of no Validity 
For the s^ William Furbur in 1693-4 attests to Votes and 
Grants of the Freeholders of Dover afores'' of part and parcels 
of the s' Land ; however at a Superior Court the s ' Waldron 
Recovered the s" Moiety and upon an appeal before the Hon'''*" 
the Lieut. Governor and Council the appellants making De 
fault the Judgement of the Superior Court was Confirmed ; 
the reason of such Default is easily accounted for so that by s" 
Judgement the s"^ Waldron was to hold in Common one Moiety 
of s"^ Neck with y'' Pet" and others ; That some time after the 
s'' Waldron brought his writ of Partition to hold his part in 
Severalty, and accordingly the 12''' day of April 172S a Jury 
went on the s*^ Neck and divided the same, giving the upper 
part thereof to s'^ Waldron and your Pet" the lower half where 
their Settlem''' Orchards and Impi-ovements were made, as by 
their return imder their hands and vSeals will appear, v/hicli was 
most equal & Just, & virtually agreingwith the Judgementof the 
Hon''' ' the Lieut. Governour and Council upon the appeal that the 
s'' Waldron might not be profited by your Pet" buildings ; but 
the s*^ Waldron being thus in part defeated of his Expectation, 
by management under the coloiu" of Law & practice, but not 
warranted by cither, as upon a hearing before your Excellency 
and Hon" will evidently appear, procured another Jury in Sep- 
tembcrFollowing to make the Division De Novo, who without 
making themselves acquainted with the Tract and the Survey 
thereof as the Former Jury had done, at once and without any 
trouble Confirmed the Divisional lines the Former Jury had 
made and Established the Same, but gave the lower half 
where vStood your Petr^ Houses Barns Orchards and all their 
clear Land to s*^ Waldron and gave them the upper half which 
the Former Jury had given to Waldron so that your Pet" after 
upwards of thirty years labour and the Expence of much blood 
and the sweat of their Brows are thereby with their wives and 
Children drove into the wild wilderness, and all this so done 
under the Shew of Justice and Equity within a civilized Gov- 
ernment. 

Your Pet" therefore persuade themselves from your Excel- 
lencies .Superior and most distinguishable abilities and vertues, 
and from the Experienced Justice and Equity seated in Your 
Excellency and Hon", that they shall have a short day assigned 
them to be heard by their Coimcil on the premises, and that 
they shall receive Such redress and relief as to Law Justice 
and Equity shall appertain 



TOWN PAPERS DOVER. I59 

And the Pet'' as in duty bound will ever pray &c 

Eeisiia Clark 
James Weelmet 
April 4'' 1729. Howard Henderson 

Joseph Canne 
Abigail Blackstox 



Petition of the Iiihab. of the N. E. fart of Dover for a 
Parish. 

To his Excellency William Burnet Esqr. Captain General 
and Governour in Cheif in and over his Majesties province of 
New Hanip'" the Honourable his Majesties Council and the 
Representatives of the s** jorovince in General Assembly Con- 
vened 

The Petition of tlie Subscribers Inhabitants of the North 
East part of the Town of Dover, humbly shezucth — That the 
Dwelling places of yo'" Petitioners are at a great distance from 
the houses of the Public Worship of God in the Town of 
Dover where your Petitioners live by which their attendance 
thereon is rendered very difficult more especially to the women 
and children of their families and that in the Winter Season 
and in Stormy weather So y^ they cannot pay that Honour 
and Worship to God in publick as it is their hearts desire they 
could, therefore for the advancing the Interest of Religion and 
for the Accomodation of yo" Petitioners It is humbly prayed 
by them that Your Excellency and the Honourable Assembly 
will please to sett them off as a Parrish for the Maintaining the 
Public worship of God amongst themselves and that they be 
dismissal from the Town of Dover as to the Supporting of the 
Settled Minister there, And that the Bounds of that their Parish 
may begin at the Gulfs a place so called atCochecho river, and 
from thence to run to Varnev's Hill and from thence the Town 
bounds on a North West point of the Compass & Your Peti- 
tioners Shall ever Pray as in duty bound &c 

Paul Wentworth John Roberts 

Thomas Alden Samuel Randall 

Elazar Wjer? Samuel Cosen 

Lowe Roberts ? Ricker 

Jeremiah Rawlings Ephraim Ricker 

Silvanus Nock Jos Ricker 

James Hales Joshua Roberts 

Thomas Hobbs 'fohn Hall 

William Streley? Moses Tebbcts 

George Ricker William Downs 

Tho 'Downs John Tebbets 

Philip Yetten "iJenj* Peirce 

Thomas Nock Mahonan Recker 



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Zacheriah Nock Thomas Tebbets 

Philip Stacpole Benjamin Stanton 

Thomas Miller Ebe^ Wentworth 

Nath Perkins Jim. Samuel Jones 

Samuel Roberts Joseph Peney 

Benjamin Wamouth Philip Pappon 

John Conyer? Jemes Gupev 

WilamChesle? Josiah Clark 

Joseph Ilusej John Mason 

Ichabd Tebbets Benjamin Twomble 

James Stacpole William Jones 

Benj" Varney Daniel Plinner 

Ebenezer Garland Jabez Garland 

Samuel Downs Hugh Connor 

Richard Wint\yorth Job Clements 

Joseph ^^'int^vorth John Roberts 

John Connor Edward Ellis 

Tho* Wallingford Samuel Ally 

Moris Hobbs William Tompson 

April the 25^'' 1729 In the house of 

In the house of Representatives. The within Petition being read 
Voted the Petitioners serve that part of the Town of Dover that they 

Desir'd to be set off from with a Copy of this Petition toappeare at the 

General Assembly Wednesday next "the Show Cause (if the can) why 

the prayer of the Petition Should not be Granted 

In Council Eod" die 

Read and Concurred with 

R. Waldron Cler Con 



Petition of Eleazer Weaj'e in behalf of Inkab^^ of iV. E. 

part of Dover. 
To His Excellency William Burnit Esq"" Goven'' and Com- 
mander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamp' & to the Honourable the Council and Representa- 
tives in Gen' Assembly convened. 

The Humble Petition of Eleazer Weare in the behalf of the 
Inhabitants of the North East part of the Town of Dover 
She-i'cth 

That the Inhabitants of the afores*^ North East part of 
the Town of Dover upon their Petition by them Subscribed 
presented to vour Excellency and to the Honourable Assembly 
that thev might be set off as a Separate Parish did obtain an 
order that their Petition Should be heard on Wednesday the 
Ninteenth day of April last and that the Inhabitants of the 
Parish of Dover should be notitied to attend the Same on the 
s** day, yet so it happens that the s'* day is past and yet the In- 
habitants of Dover not notified nor any hearing of the s** Peti- 
tion had. ^'our Petitioner therefore prays that your Excel- 
lency and this Honourable Assembly would please to appoint 



TOWX PAPERS DOVER. l6l 

a Day that so the afores'^ Petition May be heard and that the 
lown ot Dover be notified to make answer if any Your Pe- 
titioner shall shall ever pray as in duty bound 

T^ , , Eleazer Wyer 

Dover i May, 1739 

In tlie House of Representatives— 

Dm°.l^h7''rr^f,P''Y''' °f ^his petition be granted & the Town of 
nfthl p%"°'"'f V' ^'^f petitioners Serving the Selectmen with a Copv 
of the Petition A: that the Town be Directed to Send some person or 

S?a?°nf Ih '"?p'!'."' ^''f" ,^ ^'''^ '"^^^^"^ if ^"3' they have why the 
praj of the s' Petition should not be granted & to appear the Eighth 
fhY^ !^ 5 ""^^ °/ u *o^ Assembly be not then sitting then to appeare 
the Second day of the Sitting of next Gen' Ass"' ^^ 

May i^' 1729 J^"^"-' ^^^'^y Cl^ Ass- 

In Council Mav 2'^ 
Read & Concurr'd 

R. Waldron Cler. Con. 



Petition of Paul Gerrish and others of Dover, relating to 

fratids and forgeries. 
To the Honourable John Wentvvorth Esq-- U Gov^ Comand' 
In Chief in and over His Majestys Province of New Hamp- 
shne To the Hon^''^' the Council and House of Represen- 
tatives convened in General Assembly for Said Province 
The humble Petition of Paul Gerrish of Dover in New 
Hamp'^' aforesaid and several of the principal Inhabitants of 
said lown 

Most humbly Sheweth That for these two years last past the 
said Paul Gerrish has been Clerk of the said Town of Dover 
and since the books of the said Town have been in the said 
Gerrish's hands, he has discovered a Great deal of Corruption 
(or forgery as he apprehends acted and done in the said books) 
as he supposes by those persons (or their permission) whose 
hands they formerly have been in, and that said principal In- 
habitants of said Town are Stil of opinion that there are now 
tlirough the ill actions formerly done a great many forged 
grants stil produced and bro't to the lot layers of said Town to 
be laid out who with great reason suspecting them refuse to lay 
them out and on their refusal those persons who have got those 
grants apply to the next Town Lot lay--^ who lay such grants 
out, whereby the Town of Dover is very greatly damnilied 
and set in confusion and if some remedy cannot be found out 
for their relief will be almost ruin'd— They Therefore most 
humbly Pray That yo^ Hon"^ and the Gen' Assem will take the 
premises under your mature Consideration and make such 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



orders thereupon as may (if possible) rectify the horrible In- 
justice that has been done the Town by such false entrys and 
Efiectually j^rcvent the Confusion which the Town will other- 
wise unavoidably be in and yo' petition" as in duty bound shall 
ever pray &c 



Dec' 15'" 1729 

Paul Gerrish 

Paul Wentworth 

John Cannie 

John Waldron 

John Waldron Jun'' 

Ezra Kimbal 

John Hammock 

James Cheslej 

Eph* Wentworth 

W"' Forst 

W™ Welland 

Eben'' Varnej 

Eben"" Varnej Jun'' 

Thom" Pinkham 

Nath' Young 

Israel Hogsden 

Mark Gyles 

Tob' Hanson Jun' 

Edward Ellis 

Gersh'" Wentworth Jun. 

Israel Hogsden 

Trist Coffin 

Benj'' Hanson 

Moses Winget 

Tho» Millit 

John Young 

Rich'* Plumer 

Jos Hanson Jun'' 

Tob' Hanson 



David Watson 

Hobs 
Tho^ Alden 
Joseph Conner 
Daniel Goodin 
W"' Styles 
Sam' Dam 
Sam' Styles 
John 

Nath' Varny 
Eleaz'' Wyer 
El'' Wyar Jun'' 
Sylv^ Nock 
James Hobs 
Thom^ Wallingford 
Eben'' Wentworth 
Eben'' Garland 
Sam' Jones 
Josh" Roberts 
John Thompson 
Jon'> Merrow 
James Guppy 
Nath' Perkins 
John Rickar 
Eph"" Rickar 
George Rickar 
Gersh'' Wentworth 
Sam' Wentworth 



John Wentworth 
True Copy 

Rich'* Waldron Cler. Con. 
In the House of Represent''' Dec. 16 1729. 

The annexed Petition of the Town Clerk of Dover and others of said 
own was read and 

Voted Thereon, That the Clerk of the said Town of Dover for the 
time being be hereby prohibited entering any of those old Comittee 
Grants that are Suspected not to be legally obtained and to enter only 
such Grants as have or maj be allowed by said Town or the Select Men 
thereof until the next Siting of the General Assembly and that there be 
a Comittee chosen by the Gen' Assembly to go to the Town Clerk for 
the Time being who is hereby required to shew unto such Committee 
such Entrys Matters and things as he or any of the Said Town suppose 
to be done by ill practice and the said Committee shall by Virtue hereof 
summon before them all such persons that can give any light in Ex- 
plaining any matters or things they may see occasion to Examine for 
discovery of trutli and detecting such vile practices and to give such 
person or persons their oaths and to make returns of their doings 
therein to the General Assemblj- next session 

And that Nath' Weare Esqr. and TheC Atkinson Esq" be a Commit- 



TOAVN PAPERS DOVER. 1 63 

tee of this House to Joyn such as shall be appointed above for that end 
and that the Petitioners pay the Charges 

James Jeffrey Cler Assm 
In Council Dec' iS'"' 1729 

Read and Concurr'd and Joth Odiorne cS: Henry Sherburne Esq'* ap- 
pointed for the Service above 

Richd. Waldron Cler Con. 
True Copv Examined, 

Rich' Waldron Cler Con- 
Province of") 
New llamp J 

We whose names are underwritten being of tiie Comittee for the 
Ends within mentioned have been at Dover c^ upon a Strict enquire of 
all persons that we tho't or suspected could give us an\' Information as 
also we haveing searched the Town Book do report thereon as follow- 
eth we do finde by the s' Town book that great forgery & fraud hatli 
been used i*c frequently practiced by Entering grants Many years back 
in the Inter Spaces of the Book & that the I3ook hath often been ex- 
posed & Lay open to many persons to enter what Grants they saw 
proper therein & that we found many of the s' Originall Grants in the 
former Town Clerks hand which appeared to us to be fraudulent & Deceit- 
ful wiiich have been Entered in s' bookas afore"' — that Great Qiiantities 
of Land hath been Laid out by Virtue of the s'' Grants by which we In>- 
agine The Town hath been Striped of at Least fifteen Thous'' pounds 
worth of Land as wittness our hand this 24"' March 1729-30. 

JoTHAM Odiorne "j 
Hen Sherburne >- Comtee 

Theodore Atkinson I 



Report ahotit Dover Toxvn Book. 

Whereas the General! Assembly of this his Maj' Province upon read- 
ing the report of the Comittee formerly appointed by s'^ Assembly to 
Examine Dover Town book: Wee whose names are hereunto Sub- 
scribed were appointed by the Gen'"' Assembly to make a more exact & 
particular Inquiry into the Seve" Grants & returns in s'' Book supposed 
to be Vicious lS: Corrupt as pr. s' Vote of the 30''' of Decem'"' 1730 will 
appear .Si: having Strictly examined s' Town Books & files as alsoe the 
the former Town Clerk & other Persons from whom we could receive any 
Insight or Information & Do report that all the Grants & returns men- 
tioned in this report we Imagine to be fraudulent Corrupt & Vicious for 
the reasons mentioned with Each record herein recited as 

I'' In the old Book Page (120) a grant made in the 10"' of the 11"' 
month (59) & A return made .S: ent'red by Cap" Tho" Tibbets the Late 
Clerk ii. in a space amongst the record' made many ^-ears before he was 
Clerk & the time of his recording it was entered with the s' Grant & re- 
turn & afterward erased & the Clerk acknowledged he recorded it, beside 
we viewed the originall & finde it all of one hand and sighning 

2"> In the New book Page (9) a grant made by a Committee whereof 
William Furbur was Clerk for 60 acres of Land made to the reverend 
Mr. John Pike Dated the 23' June 1701, & confirmed by the Town the 
23' march 1702 This Capt Tho' Tibbets swears he doth not know how 
it came upon record & that Doctor Pike had been with him to get the 
s' Grant &c recorded but he refused to Enter it being as he believed not 
good. Notwithstanding 'tis ent'red in a Vacancy Left in s'' book for- 
merly & in a Different hand from the records of that Time & some ob- 
literations 



164 NEW HAMPSHIRE . 

3' In s'' Book Page (16) a grant made bj s' Comittee for (30) acres 
of Land to Cap' Tho' Tibbets on the 3' of June 1701 because ent'redby 
Capt Tibbets son Sam' as he himself Declares upon oath amongst the 
records made by Cap^ Tuttle & we observed that the Date of the record, 
in the same page both before & after were in the year (1694) but we 
could not obtain any originall. 

4''' In page 19 a grant made to Nich" Harrison for (60) acres on the 
19"' 1693-4 & confirmed by the Town In the month of April following 
Ent'red in a Space amongst the records made by Cap' Tuttle Si. not in 
his hand and Differing from his s ' Tuttles method 

5*'' In y" (27-'') a grant made by s'^ Comittee to Cap* Sam' Tibbets in 
the j'ear 1694 recorded in an unusuall hand & crowded in a Vacancy 
amongst the records the originall Sam' Carle Swears he had of one 
Burnham & Cap' Tho* Tibbets Swears he refused to record it believing 
it not to be good yet we find it recorded 

6 Page (32) a Grant made to Nath' Tibbetts for 30 acres Dated the 
11'" April 1694 by s'' Comittee & Confirmed the 16"'' of the same month 
by the Town Crowded in between Tuttles record in an unusuall hand 
& by the originall it appears that Furbur the Clerk of the Comittee's 
name neither wrote or spelt as he used to Do & the grant & confirma- 
tion of the same hand writing 

7"' In Page (57) Grant to Francis Pittman by The Town of April 
the 6''' 1702 for forty acres crowded in with Tuttles records in an unu- 
suall hand Tho' Tibbets Swears that he doth not know Aveither he re- 
corded it or not but that he did enter some Grants & returns in Cap' 
Tuttles vacancy in s'' book 

S"' In Page (62) June the 23^ 1701 a grant by s'^ Comittee to Jere- 
rhiah Barnum for 50 acres ent'red in one of Tuttles Vacancys c^ by Tib- 
bets himself as he swears but tis not signed by any Clerk. 

9"' In Page (75) June 23'' 1701 a grant to Nath' Landers by the s'^ 
Committee <Si Entred by Tibbets in the Bottom of a Leaf with Tuttle 
records as appears by the hand writing & his acknowledgement & the 
Difterent Inck & the originall appears not to be the writing of Furbur 
the Clerk of the Comittee which we rec'd from Tibbets 

10"' Page (76) grant to Roger Vose for Three score acres of Land & 
meadow by s'' Comittee the 19''' march 1693-4 & confirmed by the Town 
the 2' April 1694 crowded in amongst Tuttles Entries in a Difterent 
hand and difterent Collerd Inck from the Entry before & after 

II'*' 86''' Page grant to Eli Dimerrest for 30 acres of Land the 11"' 
April 1694 & Confirmed the 16''' April 1694 Tibbets acknowledges he 
entred in a Vacancy Left by Tuttle since he was Clerk 

12'' 91 Page a grant by the s' Comittees to John Tuttle & Ezek' 
Wentworth for 30 acres of Land by s' Comittee June 23' 1701 entred 
by Cap' Tibbets at the Bottom of Tuttles entres not Confirmed by the 
Town nor signed by the Clerk of the Comittee for Town. 

13"' 93^ Page a grunt to Jere Barnum for 40 acres april 11''' 1694 
crowded in at the Bottom of Tuttle's record & supposed to be Vicious it 
being in an unusuall hand writing 

14 Page 94 a grant by s' Comittee for 40 acres to Jere Barnum & not 
confirmed by the Town This Tibbets Upon oath says he recorded in a 
Vacancy of Tuttles record about 7 years since 

i^th Page 95 a grant made by the s'^ Comittee to Tho" Roberts the 
ii"' April 1694 & confirmed the 16''' April following^ we find the Grant 
was made to Tho' Roberts Tertius which is Left out in the record & Tib- 
betts swears he entred it himself James Hanson swears he got the orig- 
inall of Eben' Young who told him s'' Hanson if he would get it re- 
corded he should have half of it and accordingly the s' Hanson swears 
he went to Cap' Tibbets & gave him Two gall"* rum <S; ord"''' Abner 
Young to pay him Twenty Shillings in money for recording it 



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16 Page (9S) granted by s' Comittee fifty acres to Rich"* Husey & 
Confirmed the 16 april 1694 crowded among* Tuttles writing in an un- 
usiiail hand Different Coullord Inck. 

17 Page loi granted to Abraham Clark the 23' June 1701 & Con- 
firmed the 6''' of April 1702 Tibbets swears he recorded about Tliree 
years since v*c the s' Clark swears that Mishack Drew & William Hill 
asked him about that time if he would sell him his grant of Land if they 
could finde it upon record & promised them they should have itiV: some 
time after they told him it was recorded «!s: then bargained with him for 
Ten pounds c*c about this Time the s'' Clark asked Cap' Tibbets if he had 
any Grant i\: he Told him he did not love to enter such falce things 

iS''' 103 Page a grant by s'' Comittee to PumphretWhitehouse June 
23 1702 for 50 acres entred amongst Tuttles records & Tibbets he re- 
corded it himself and by the original it appears not to be furburs writ- 
ing it being different from his hand & his name not spelt right 

19 Page 104 a grant by s'l Comittee for 50 acres of the 19'' of March 
1693-4 confirmed the ii'''"of april 1694 made to Bryant Higgins This 
Tibbets swears he recorded amongst Tuttles records & that Tho' Davis 
Bro't to him about 5 years past to have it recorded 

20 Page 105 a grant by s'' Comittee to Rob' Allen in the j'ear 1701 
& confirmed 6"' april 1702 for 40 acres Tibbets swears he recorded 
amongst Tuttles records about four years past. 

21 Page 113 11"' 1701 a Grant b}' s<i Comittee for 40 acres of Land 
This Tibbets swears he enteredabout 5 or 6 years since & in a Vacancy 
in Tuttles Entries the original appears to be altered & not writ by Fur- 
bur the Clerk it differing IBoth in writing & spelling. 

22 Page 120 June 3'' 1701 granted by s^ Comittee to George Chesley 
& Confirmed by the 23'' March 1702 — 50 Acres of Land entred by Tib- 
bets as he swears about 5 years Since & the originall it appears that the 
Grant & Confirmation to be both of one hand & yet neither Furbur's 
nor Tuttles writing. 

23 Page 130 In the year 1699 & no Day nor month a grant made by 
the Select men to Jo' Jenkins 40 acres which Tibbets Swears he Entred 
himself l^ amongst Tuttles records & swears he signed the originall 
not as a Select man but as a witness he remembering the grant to have 
been made about the year above s'i which Induced him to write the 
Grant «.\: record it. 

24 Page 131 April 11"' 1694 Granted by s** Comittee to Joseph 
Smith Jun' & Confirmed the 16'" Day of April 16''' April 1694 Tibbets 
swears he recorded amongst Tuttles records & that the original was al- 
tered & obliterated before he entred it from 60 acres to 40 acres 

26 132 Page granted June 23'' 1701 by the Committee afores<l 30 acres 
to Nath' Pittman Tibbets entred amongst Tuttles record about 5 or 6 
years since Sc the original appears not to be Furburs writing & much 
Interlined 

27 Page 136 June 23'' 1701, granted by s^ Comittee to John Rand 
forty acres of Land which is not Confirmed by this Town This Tib- 
bets Entred 10"' Tuttles records about 5 or 6 years since 

28 Page 139, June 23"* 1701, a grant to Joseph Jenkins by said Com- 
ittee Tibbets swears he entred about seven years ago 

29 Page 144 May 28''' 1701, a grant to John Pinkham for Twenty 
acres the original appearing not to be the writing of the said Furburnor 
his signing his name not being spelt Right 

30 Page 147 April 11 1701, a grant by the Comittee to John Hanson 
for 60 acres not confirmed by theTown i: y originall neither wrote nor 
signed by the Clerk. 

31 Pa'ge 149, April ti 1694 granted by the Comittee to Joseph Joanes 
40 acres who savs that he had "the originall from Barnum and that he 



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Got it allowed bj the Selectmen since & had it recorded for the com- 
mon fees 

32 Page 157 a grant by the Comitteeof the 11"' April 1693-4 to Rich- 
ard rendall for 30 acres This grant Nath' rendall Swears he had of Bur- 
num & Cap' Tibbets swears he recorded it but the originall appears not 
to be the hand writing of Furbur nor signed by him 

33 Page (152) June 23d 1701. Granted to James Davis 60 acres of 
Land Entred by Tibbetts the originall grant being much irrteritfied & 
scratched Coll Davis says upon oath that Burnum asked him what he 
should give him for a grant of Land & s'' Davis answered he knew of 
no Grant but what was upon record & that his son Some time after went 
to Burnum & got the grant and carried it to Capt. Tibbets to record 

34"' Page (153) granted by s'J Comittee to Sam' Chesley 40 acres 
April n, i694butnot confirmed Entred by Tibbets butthe originall not 
furburs writing nor signing — 

35 Page (154) June 23J 1701 Granted by the s'l Comittee to Rich- 
ard Clark not Confirmed nor wrote nor signed by the Clerk of s*^ Com- 
ittee 

36 Page 154 — April 16"' Day 1702 granted at a Town meeting to Sam' 
Perkins 30 acres of Land the originall not wrote or signed by the Com- 
ittee 

37 Page 153 June 2^*^ 1701 granted by the Comittee to Ely Demer- 
ret for 10 acres under the same Circumstances as the above grant to 
Perkins 

38 Pag 155 June 23'i 1701 granted by the Comittee to Amos Pink- 
ham 40 acres not confirmed by the Town & the originall not signed by 
the Comittee or any Clerk and yet in the record willim Furbur is En- 
tred as Clerk. 

39 Page 155 June 23^' 1701 a grant by the Comittee to James Nute 
of 40 acres not wrote or signed by Furbur the Clerk 

40 Page 156 March 19"' 1693-4 a grant by s*! Comittee to Tristram 
Heard for 30 acres Vicious for reasons mentioned in James Nutes grant 
afores<l 

41 Page 157 May 2'! 1701 granted by the Comittee to Jo' Ham 20 
acres vicious for the same reasons 

42 Page 158 April 11 1694 granted by the Comittee to Rob' Hig- 
gins 30 acres the originall Interlined & otherwise vicious for the reasons 
above s<i 

43 Page 15S June 23'! 1701 a Grant by the Comittee to Josh Rich- 
ards for 6oacres confirmed the 23 March 1702 both Grant & Confirmation 
the same hand Si neither Furburs nor Tuttles 

44 Page (158) March 29"' 1693-4 Granted by the Comittee to Thomas 
Stevenson Thirty Acres of Land Vicious because not signed nor wrote 
by the Clerk 

45 Page (162) June 23'! 1701 a grant by the Comittee for 30 acres 
of Land to W"' Hill & Confirmed tlie 23^1 of March 1702 because inter- 
lined & altered & the Grant & Confirmation both of one mans writing 
& neither of them of Furburs or Tuttles writing 

46 Page 162 April 11. 1694 a Grant to John Davis by the Comittee 
for 30 acres no Confirmation of the Town & not of Furburs writing nor 
Signing 

47 Page 124 June 23'! 1701 a grant to David Kinckad by the Com- 
ittee & confirmed the 6''' April 1702 both of the Same hand writing & 
it appearing by the records that the s'' Kincad had a grant of the Same 
Date & Qiiantity of Land recorded before 

48 Page 164 March 19, 1693-4 a Grant made by the Comittee to 
Tho^ Drew & Confirmed the 2'' Day of April 1694 Tibbets swears 
Mishack Drew bro' the Grant to him to record but Drew Denies he ever 
carryd any grant to him to record 



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49 Page 165 March I9"> 1693-4 a grant made to Elias Cretchctt for 
3 Score acres of Land not confirmed Because wrote upon a new p** of 
paper appears to have been cut off from a p' of paper on which we find 
a Grant made to Abraham Benneck Seven years after the Stamp of the 
paper being partely on one & partely on the other & not of the 
Clerks writing 

50 Page 165 June 23'' 1701 a Grant of s'' Comittee to Abraham Ben- 
nick wrote on the p" of Paper above mentioned & wrote by the Same 
except the Date of the Grant & Some few words besides 

51 June 23'! 1701 In Page (167) a Grant by s'l Comittee to Ichabod 
Rollings for 50 acres Confirmed 23'' March 1702 because not Signed by 
the Comittee nor their Clerk & by the Town Clerk 

52 Page 121 A grant by the s'' Comittee for 30 acres to Nich'^ Har- 
ford no date & the Grant & Petition for s'' Grant being on the Same p'* 
paper & wrote by the Same hand & Differs from the record because the 
record is Dated ijc the originall not 

53 Page 106 March I9>'> 1693-4 a grant by Comittee to the estate 
Joseph Fteld for 10 acres Confirmed the 16 April 1694 because all wrote 
by one hand & neither of them the Clerk either the Comittee or the 
Town 

54 Paga ( ) June 2;^'^ 1701 a grant by the Comittee to Cap' Tho^ 
Tibbets for a small Gore of Land The originall was all of his own 
writing & Furburs name alsoe & he s'' Tibbets hath Entred in the records 
a Confirmation of the Town & on the originall there is no Such thing. 

We alsoe reporte that many things appear Very Dark by the record 
which we have omitted because we could not come at the originall 
Grants nor finde any particular Inform.ation about them we alsoe by 
James Barnums own oath report that he purchased a bundle of these 
Grants from the wido of the s** Furbur the Clerk & since that hath sold 
them to many persons & they have got them recorded 
April 30 1731 

Hen Sherburne 
Nath' Weare 
Theo*! Atkinson 



Petition of Proprietors of Hilton! s Pointy Dover. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esqr. Cap*^ Gen' and 
Commander in Chief in and over his ISIaj'''^^'' Province of 
New Hampshire to the hon'''*-" the Councill and house of Rep- 
resentatives Conven'd in Gen' Assembly 
The humble Petition of the Proprietors of the neck of Land 
in the Town of Dover on the Point Commonly called Ililtons 
Point on Dover Neck most humbly Sheweth That whereas the 
high way from Bloody Point ferry Goes through the said neck 
of Land and altho' the said Neck is al Fenced up (only the 
Rhod way) where1)y the Proprietors by reason of the way be- 
ing open the proprietors of the Said neck of Land can have no 
Benefit thereof 

Therefore y'' humble Petitioners Prayes that they may have 
an act to empower them to set up a Gate at the Entrance into 
the high way that Leads up from the Waters side by Cap" Mil- 



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lets over huclebery Hill (as has been usual) and whereby no 
obstruction can be to the High way and y"" Petitioners as in 
Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 
April the 30"' 1731. 

Thos Millet 
Richard Plumer 
Thos Canney 
John Clements 
Thomas Tibbets 
Ephraim Tibbets 
Joseph Roberts 
Thomas Roberts 
Otis Pinkham 
In Cond May 3'^ 1731 

The Petition on the other side Read and ordered that the Petitioners 
Serve the Selectmen of the Town of Dover vf^^ a Copy of the s^i Peti- 
tion and this order That they may appear on thursday next at 10 
o'clock A, M. to Shew cause if any they have why the Prayerof the said 
Petition should not be granted — and ordered to be sent down for Con- 
currence 

Rich'l Waldron Secretary 
Eodem Die In the House of Representatives 
The above order read & concurr'd with 

James Jeffrey Cle^ Ass™ 
Cap' Mathes a Select man of Dover appearing & not objecting 
In Coun May 6 1731 

Voted That The Prayer of the w'^^in Petition be granted and that the 
Petitioner have leave to bring In his bill accordingly 

R. Waldron Sec^ 
May 6"» 1731 In the house of Representatives 
The vote of the Council Read & Concur'd 

James Jeffrey Cle'' Ass™ 



Petition of People in Dover and other Toxv7ts for a Tozvn- 

ship. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esqr. Captain General 

and Comander in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshii-e in New England and to the Honourable 

His Majesties Council for s'' Province 

The Humble Petition of divers of his Majesties Loyal Sub- 
jects Residing w^ithin the Province aforesaid Humbly 
sheweth that whereas there is a considerable Tract of land very- 
commodious for Settlement lying nigh Winnepissocay Pond 
and we the Subscribers Your Humble Petitioners not having a 
competency of land to aflbrd us a comfortable Subsistance Do 
Humbly Pray that Your Excellency and Honours would be 
pleased to grant unto us the Said tract of land for a township 
consistine: of such dimentions & with such limitations restric- 



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tions & Conditions as yoii in your great wisdom shall think 
proper and your Humble Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever pray 



Dover February 6'' 1732-3 

Sam' Emerson 
William Twombly 
John Horn 
AVilliam Hanson 
Samuel Carll 
Joseph Hanson Jun' 
John Cook 
Sam' Young 
Nathan' Garland 
Stepiien Otis 
Maul Hanson 
John Canny Jun"" 
Ichabod Kenny 
Joseph Tebbets 
John Demedy 
John Lay ton 
Sam' Drown 
Solomon Drown 
Edward Tebbetts 
John Twombly 
Joseph Estes 
Sam' Carll Jun'" 
Nath' Carll 
Benj-' Roberts 
James Bunker 
Thomas Canny 
Benj-' Hanson Jun'' 
Benj" Hanson 
Sam' Smith 
Sam' Smith Tertius 
Timothy Emmerson 
Daniel Jacobs 
James Layton 
Derry Pittman 
John Tasker 
John Brown 
John Roberts Tertius 
Isaac Watson 
Timothy Roberts 
Nicholas Tuttle 
John Home Junior 
James Nute Junior 
Benj" Bodge 
Thomas Miller 
Joseph Varney 
Tobias Hanson 
Tobias Hanson Junior 
Isaac Hanson 
John Mellons 
John Hanson 
Ben j" Tebbetts 
Paul Tebbetts 



William Stiles Junior 

Moses Varney 

James Hobbs 

"ichabod Hayes 

Zechariah Nock 

Pomfret \\'hitehouse Jun'' 

Benj-' Ham 

Eleazer Ham 

Benj^ Frost 

John Garland 

William Lord 

Sam' Starboard 

Henry Hill 

Nathan' Lynn 

John Pearl 

John Tebbetts Junior 

John Tebbetts Tertius 

John Follitt Junior 

Solomon Perkins 

John Hayes 

John Haj'es Junior 

William Whitehouse 

Bannedictus Farr 

Thomas Home Junior 

Ichabod Home 

Sam' Perkins 

Thomas Layton 

Sam' Chesley 

Solomon Emmerson 

John Daniel Junior 

Joseph Tebbetts Junior 

Nicholas Meader 

Sam' Meader 

Joseph Richards Jun. 

John Roe 

Joseph Bunker 

John Woodman 

John Woodman Jun'' 

Joshua Woodman 

Edward Woodman 

Archelus Woodman 

Nath' Varney 

Jonathan Young 

William Home 

Richard Ward 

James Pinkham 

John Field Jun'' 

Daniel Meader 

Thomas Drew Jun'^ 

John Ham Jun"' 

Joseph Roberts Jun*" 

James Nute 



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John Gage 
Job Clements 
John Carter 
Sami Nute 
Eli Denierritt Junr 
William Horn Jun'' 
John Bowdy 
Richard Pinkham 
Henry Tebbetts 
William Demerritt 
Timothy Tebbetts 
Job Denierritt 
Henry Bussy 
Thomas Tebbetts Jun"" 
Thomas Varney 
Sami Varney 
Joseph Conner 
Stephen Varney 
David Watson 
Dudley Watson 
Sami Davis 
Joseph Hicks 
Thos Bickford 
Benja Demerritt 
Will"' Hill Jun'- 
NatW Lummocks 
Thomas Ash 
Thomas Willey 
Stephen Willey 
John Ran 

Thomas Willey Junf 
John Ham 
Ephraim Ham 
Sam' Ham 
Nathi Ham 
Ichabod Tebbetts 
Sam' Lamb 
Benj=' Pierce 
Benj"^ Pierce Juti'' 
Jerem. Tebbetts Jun'. 
James Clark 
Zecheriah Bunker 
James Bibard 
Timothy Moses Jun'' 
Joseph Daniel 
John Hammock 
John Layton Jun'' 
Hatevil Layton 
Nath' Hanson 
Caleb Evans 
John Winget 
Rich's Hammock 
Sam' Merrow 
Jonathan Merrow 
Sam' Merrow Junior 
Stephen Roberts 
Ebene/.cr Varney 
Ebenezer Roberts 



Benj'i Roberts Jun'' 
Ebenezer \'arney Jun"^ 
James Kellcy 
Joseph Libbv 
Otis Pinkham 
John Williams 
Dan' Mis Harvv? 
John Miss Harvy? 
John Demerritt 
Vincent Farr 
Edward Evans Cooper 
Zech-'' Pittman 
Jonathan Brew 
Ephraim Tebbetts 
John Church 
Joseph Evans Jun' 
Paul Hays 
Micah Emmerson 
Arthur McDaniel 
Joseph Harfard 
Benj'i Evans 
Jacob Allen 
Benji Allen 
Thomas Wallingford 
Henry Bickford 
Joseph Jackson 
Ralph Twombly 
Joseph Curtis 
John Perkins 
Joseph Tebbetts Tertius 
Robert Hanson 
Thomas Hanson 
Timothy Hanson 
Daniel Miss Harvey Jr. 
Jabez Garland 
John Varne^' 
Nath' Aston 
John Tuttle 
William Jenkins 
James Tuttle 
"Reuben Chesley 
William Hill 
Robert Evans 
James Drummond 
Ichabod Hill 
John Jenkins 
Sam' Hays 
Isaac Hanson Jun"" 
Joseph Hall Junior 
Matthey Pcavy 
Thomas Millet 
William Twombly Jun'' 
John Gerrish 
Peter Hays 
Rich'' Plunimer 
Sam' Beard 
William Frost 
Sam' Walton 



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John Iluckins 
Sam' Jones 
Joseph Rankins 
Sam' Aston 
Will'" II ussy 
Sam' Willey Jun'' 

Dover 
Joseph Pierce 
Joseph Aston 
Sam' ilolden 
Francis Drew- 
John Drew- 
James Hanson 
Jonathan Church 
Elijah Tuttle 
Paul Cannej 
Joseph Jones 
Benj'' Ila^vs 
Joseph Recker 
Benj" Aston 
John Young 
Solomon Clark 
John Canny 
Maurice Hobbs 
Hugh Conner 
Thomas Mason 
Joshua Perkins 
Henry Tebbetts Jun'' 
William Shepherd 
Ephraim Tebbetts 
Sam' Wentworth 
John Bickford 
Joseph Bickford 
Ciershom Downs 
Gershom Downs Jun. 
Sam' Canny 
Sam' Canny Jun'' 
Joshua Canny 
Daniel Home 
John Cromwell 
Job Hussy 
Joseph Hussey 
Richmond Henderson 
Noel Cross 
Joseph Canny 
March 3'', 1732- Order'd to ly( 



Thomas Waits 
John Mason 
John Bampton 
Rich'' Hus-,ev 
Sam' Herd 
Sam' llevd Junr 
John Herd 
James Chesley 
Matthew James 
Benj" Merrow- 
Daniel Young 
Thomas Nock 
Thomas Perkins 
Joseph Perkins 
Nathaniel Roberts 
Thomas Dowens 
Benjamin Mason 
John Tebbets 
Sam' Tebbets Junf 
Jeremiah Rolings 
Eleazer Wire 
John Tebbets 
Timothy Carrl 
Daniel Ham 
Lowe Roberts 
Phi Ion Ye ten 
David Daniel 
Ezekiel Wolonford 
Thomas Tebbets Son John 
Howard Henderson 
Timothy Roberson 
Timothy Roberson Jun. 
Jacob Hanson 
Nicolas Brock 
James Guppy 
Paul Roberds 
Ebenezer Downs 
Joseph Twombly 
John Waldron 
John ^\'aldron Junr. 
Richard Waldron 
Joshua Guppy 
Sam' Cromett 
Nicolas Hartford 
James Davis, tertius 
for consideration. 



PetUloii for a grant of Ia?id. 
To His Excellency Jon* Belcher Esqr. Gov'' & Commamd'' in 

Chief in & over His majesties Province of New Hampshire 

in New England and to the Hon'''" His Majesties Council in 

Said Province 

The Petition of Sundry Persons Inhaliitants of Durham, 
Dover, Exeter & Xewington most Humbly Shcivcth 

That whereas your Petitioners are men who have been bro't 



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up to Husbandry & farming, but want Lands to exercise their 
faculty on to their advantage none of them having any share or 
Propriety in any of the New Townships ; they did about six or 
Seven years agoe Petition the Hon^''^ the then Lieut. Gov"^ & 
Council for a grant of a Tract of Land to yo"" Petition'"' & that 
they might be Incorporated into a Township — And whereas 
nothing was then done upon it but yo' Petition""^ prayer neg- 
lected they most humbly pray that yo'' Excell^' & the 11 on''' ^ the 
Council in yo'' great wisdom & goodness would be pleas'd to 
grant yo'' Petition'''* a Tract of Land where you shall think 
proper in this Province Since they have endur'd the brunt & 
hardships of the Late war have been entirely left out in all 
former Grants and are all men who are able & willing to settle 
& Cultivate Land if they had it — and yo'' Petitioners shall as in 



duty l)oimd ever pray &c 



Jany. 3" 1753-4. 



Francis Mathes — in behalf 
of the other Petitioners 



A List of 

Hugh Adaius 
Juo Edgerly 
Josepli Edgerly Jimr. 
Jno Kent 
Joseph Edgerly 
Moses Khnniin 
Zebulon Dam 
Jno Drew 
Benja Daniel 
Steph. Willcy 
Tiios Footman 
James Langley 
Thos Langley 
Jno BicklVinl Junr 
Joseph Thomas 
Xathan Kennistou 
Jno Crimmet 
Jno Burss 
Thos Bickford Jan. 
Solomon Sias 
Joseph Bickford 
Saml Willey 
Zach Edgerly 
Abra Stevenson 
Christopher Keonistoa 
Jona Kenuiston 
Jno Fox 
Edwd \Vakham 
Thos Shepherd 
Joseph Simons 
Joseph Drew 
Joseph Wormwood 
Wm Willey 



the Petitionej's^ names. 
Jacob AVorniwood 
Beaja Durgan 
Steph Jenkins 
Francis Drew 
Jno Jenkins 
Joshua Cliesley 
Joseph Jackson 
Anthony Jones 
Saml Jones 
Richd Jones 
Jdo Dam Jiinr 
Hatevil Leighton 
Benja Eicklord 
Jno Leighton Jun. 
James Gurdy 
Richd Deubow 
Jaaies Smith 
Sampson Doe 
IsichsDoe 
Jno Palmer 
Hopely Aji-es 
Benja Eennet 
Eleazcr Bennet 
Joshua Crimmet 
Edwd Hdion 
Joshua Crocket 
John Crocket 
Hezekh March 
Wm Durgan 
Wm Durgan Jun. 
Jno Durgan 
Joseph Durgan 
Jona Durgan 



TOWX PAPERS— DOVER. 



73 



Abra Kennet Junr. 
Francis Diirgan 
Jno Lasky 
Abednoico Leathers 
Jiio Doe Jiin. 
Jno Harbor 
Jno Footman 
Joseph Footman 
JnoFoUet 
Clemt Sias 
Danl Doe 
Benja Doe 
Jost-ph Chesley Jun. 
Solo Davis 
Alexander Hodgdon 
Jno Daniel 
Lemuel Bickford 
Doilovah Eickford 
Wm Sliephenl 
Alex Hodgdou Jun 
Jno Hodgdon 
Jno Mason 
Joseph Doe 
Paul Chesley 
Lemuel Chesley 
Thos lluckins 
Joseph Stevenson Jun. 
Saral Chesley Jun. 
Theodore Willey 
Jeremy Pinner 

Ordered to be suspended til n 



Bonja Burdit 
Saml Adama 
SlephBur:j8 
Ezekl Hilton 
Stej.h Jenkins Jun. 
Danl Rogers 
Joseph Smith Jun. 
Jno Laugley 
Charles Hilton 
Moses Edgerly 
Trowortliy Durgan 
Joseph Sias 
Thos Chesley 
Winburn Adams 
Jno Adams 
Joseph Kent 
Thos Chesley 
Job Langley 
Caleb Wakehnm 
Thos Willey 
James Drisco 
Thos Drew 
Elijah Drew 
Miles Randall 
Benja Mathews 
Thos Laighton 
Gershom Mai thews 
Francis Footman 
Benja Ben net 
Philip Crimraet 
;xt Session. 



A List of the training 



Sergt Daniel Titcomb 
Ser. Thomas Laighton 
CorplJohn Clemants 
Cor! John Young 
Corl .John Bickford 
Corl John Laighton 
Joshua Perkins 
Paul Cenney 
Ephraim Tebbetts 
Thomas Ash 
Joshua Cenney 
Samuel liolden 
Joseph Bickford 
Timothy Kobinson 
John Ciomwel 
Solomon Perkins 
John Perkins 
Richard Plummer 
Thomas Cenney 



men under T/w" Millet^ Cap' of 
Dover. 



Thomas Cenney Junr 
Oatis Pinkham 
Thomas Waits 
Joseph Crumwel 
Abraham ><ute 
John Pearl 
Nathaniel Aston 
Joscpii Aston 
Thomas Drew Junr 
Mo.-es Vainey 
liatevil Hall 
James Jackson 
Timothy Moses Jun. 
John lluckins 
David Daniel 
Samuel Chesley 
StepheTi Willey 
Anthony Jones 
Joicph Daniel 



174 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John Daniel 
Henrj' IJussey 
Eli Demenat Juii. 
James Clark 
Job Deinerrat 
John Ham Jun. 
Daniel Bunker 
Zechariah Bunker 
Henry Tibbitts 
John Field Jun. 
Samuel Starboard 
John Starboard 
John Tuttle 
James Tuttle 
Thomas Tuttle 
Nicholas Tuttle 
Samuel Hays 
Joseph Tibbetts 
Shadrach Hodgdon 
John Giles 
James Laighton 
Trustrum Pinkham 
William Allen 
Joseph Allen 
Paul Nute 

Thomas Pinkham Jr. 
Hatevil Laighton 
John Harvey 
Nathaniel Roberts 
Thomas Roberts 
July je 21 1740 



Joseph Dam 
Joseph Hall, Jun. 
Howard Henderson Jun. 
Samuel Roberts 
Ebenezr Tattle Jun. 
Joseph Hubbard 
Tobias Randol 
Charles Bickford 
Ichabod Tibbitts 
Stephen Hawkins 
Aaron Roberts 
Thomas Ransom 
Amrous Bantoni 
Isaac Allen 
Clemant Ham 
Benjamin Bodge Jun 
Vincent Torr 
Stephen Pinkham 
James Pinkham Jun. 
Jonathan Daniel 
Jacob Daniel 
Jonathan Harriman 
John Randol 
Joseph Drew 
John Follet 
Solomon Pinkham Jun 
Robert Wille 
Benjamin Wille 
Clement Harvey 

Total 97 



A List of y" Second foot 

Seargants John Horn 

Jonathan Young 

Epherem Ham 

John Tasker 
Corporals Ezera Kembel 

Natha. Young 

John Demerit 
Drumers John Carter ) 

John Marden \ 

Daniel Plumer 

Job Clement 

Saml Clement 

Saml Dam 

Sand Alley 

John Alley 

John Muckelaroy 

William Wliitehouse 

James Withrel 

John Hanson Jun. 



Company of Dover ^ Jah' the 34, 
1740. 

William Horn 

Natlil Horn 

Ezekel Wentworlli 

Epherem Wentwortli Jun. 

Joseph Connor 

James Chesley 

John Varney 

Nemiah Kembel 

Thomas Hanson 

John Horn Jun. 

John ^VaIdron 

Nathn Varney 

Stephen Varney 

Elihu Heays 

John Tebits 

Nathn Ham 

Daniel Ham 

Daniel Horn 

Peter Haves 



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175 



John Hayes Jiin. 
Saml Varney 
Thomas lleays 
Ezekiah Heays 
Mark Goils 
Icbobod Heays 
Jolin Tebbits Jiin. 
Jeremiah Tebljils 
Isaac Twonibly 
Thomas Young 
Isaac Young 
Robart Euens Jun. 
John Eucus 
Nathl Hanson 
15enjn Evens 
Robart Hanson 
John Cook 
Henry IJickford 
Xathn Garland 
William Twombly Jun. 
Saml Young 
Stephen Oats 
Isral Hodgdon Jun. 
John Hanson 
Timothy Hanson 
James Kelley 
Joseph Hanson Jun. 
Ichobed Cenney 
John James 
Moses Winget 
Joseph Hall 
Richard Scammous 
Jona Church 
Isaac Watson 
Saml Hoge 
Henry Marshal 
Richard Pinkera Jun. 
Ebenezer Pinkem 
James Uiber 
Maul Hanson 
John Twombly Jun. 
Benja Allen 
Saml Davis 
Saml Alley Jun. 
William Hill 
Saml Williams 
Jonth Ham 
William Percy 
Joseph Hix 
Francis Dru 
Solenion Emerson 
William Tasker 
Thomas Bickford 
[EzariahlJudey 
Derey Pitman 
Zechariah Pitman 



Zechariaii Edgerly 
William Oemeret 
Daniel Harvey 
John Bussell 
William lUissell 
James Huokens 
Nathl Davis 
John Fay Jun. 
Ralph Hall 
Joseph Perkins 
Benjn Hall 
John Brown 
Joseph Jackson 
Clement Dru 
Meshack Dru 
Elezir Davis 
Daniel Clement 
Richard Cleark 
Jonth Hanson 
George Hearn 
Joseph Hiisings 
James Young 
Jabez Garland 
Saml Heard 
James Richard 
Isaac Horn 
Joseph Hani 
Ruben Heays 
Joseph Heays 
Saml Hanson 
Daniel Evens 
Kathn Hanson Jun. 
Ezekiah Cook 
Elezer Young 
Benjn Young 
Joseph Hanson third 
Joseph Esteurs 
Isaac Hanson 
George Hanson 
Elisha Esters 
Jonth Cluising Jun. 
Saml Gcrrish 
John Winset Jun. 
Saml Win;ret 
John WhighthouBO 
Benjn Thrasher 
Saml Watson 
Saml Davis Jun. 
Saml Tasker 
Thomas Harris 
David Dru 
Joseph Evens third 
Solomon Hanson 
Benin Pinkem 
Benja Heays 
Job Clement Jun. 



176 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



A True Conpey pr. Me William Welland Clark 
A true Coppey attested by the Clark under oath 



Total 153. 



John Winget Lef 



TJiis is the Listof tJie Ti 
Trustraiu Cojfui 
Corpll Bcnja Ham 
Corpll Jos Records 
Corpll Jos Thomas 

John Young Jnr 

James Nute Jnr 

Isaac Lebbey 

Paul Gei-rish Jnr 

Saml Heard Jnr 

Ralph Twombly 

Benja Hanson Jnr 

Dudley Watson 

Benja Wamouth Jun. 

John Tebbetts Jun. 

Richard AValdron 

Ebenezer Nock 

William Styles 

William Home Jun. 

Thos Tebbets Jun 

Moses Stevens 

Shedi-ech Walton 



oopcrs under the Command of Cop^^ 
in Dover, yuly y'^ 29, 1740. 

Benja Robarts Jun. 

Eleiah Tuttell 

Sponsor Wintworth 

John Drew 

John Heard 

Jonathan Durgeu 

John Drew Jun. 

Richard Jones 

Joshua Stagpole 

Daniell Rogers 

Jonathan Watson 

Dodefor Ham 

Ambros Bamptom 

Daniell Home Jun. 

Jos. Drew 

Nathaniel Rendall Jun. 

Jonathan Hanson 

Stephen Jankins Jun. 

Benja Jackson 

Samuell Stagpole 
Stephen Robarts Clark 



Petition a O'er. ins t a iiczv Paris//. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Cap* General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his Majes- 
lys Province of New Hamp'" in New England Together with 
The Hon''''^ his Majestys Comicil & House of Representa- 
tives in general Assembly Conveaned 

Wee your Humb'*-' Petitioners without a due Consideration 
having heretofore Signed a Petition carried into the general 
Court in order to be set off a Parish by our selves which Peti- 
tion if Granted Wee find will be greatly to our disadvantage 
and verv hurtful to ourselves and Families for the time to come 
first Because that after a due Consideration wee find that 
our part that have Petitioned are but few in number and 
many of iis under such poor Circumstances that wee apjore- 
hend that at present we are in no wise able to Support our- 
selves Ik. Families and to pay what we shall be obliged to do in 
order to the settlin,^^: & mentainin<j: an Orthodox INIinister 



TOWN PAPERS — DOVER. I 77 

amona^st us. Secondly Because that whenever it may be 
thought there may be another Parrisli the meeting house ought 
to be set up in the Center of the Parish and not y'' Parrisli to 
be Established in manner & form as Petition'' for. The meet- 
ing house now at Madbury standing almost home to Durham 
line and will by no means accommidate Many of us Neither 
many other out settlers who dont live within the Parrish Peti- 
tion'd for. Wherefore we your humb'"-' Petitioners beg that 
your Excellency Sc Plonours would in your great wisdom and 
Goodness take this atlair into your wise Consideration and put 
an end to the whole proceeding thereof all which Wee your 
Hum'"^^ Petitioners in duty Bound shall ever pray 
Dover May y"" 8"' 1744. 

Ileury Biekford Isaac Twombly 

John Evens Joseph Evens 

Jonathan Hanson Joseph Twombly 

Robert Evens Stephen Piukham 

Abraham Clark. 



Petition for leave to have a Lottery. 
To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq' Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire — The Hon''''^ his Majesty's Council & 
House of Representatives for said Province In General As- 
sembly Conven'd the 3'' Day of January 1 760 
The Humble Petition of John Gage Escf Howard Hender- 
son & Dudley Watson Gentlemen all of Dover in said Prov- 
ince as Committee of said Town for this purpose Shews 

That the said Town by divers ways & means is as your Pe- 
titioners apprehend more burthened with Charges of One kind 
or other than any other in the Province in Proportion to the 
Polls <S: Estates Subjected to Discharge them Among which 
the Bridges maintained at the Public Expense is not Inconsid- 
erable But especially the well known & now much us'd 
Bridge over Cochecho River (which is gone much to Decay) 
is a Great & Standing Expence — That it is now necessary the 
said Bridge should be Rebuilt for which a considerable sum of 
Money will be wanting the Levying of which in the Common 
Way will be too Grievious to be sustained at Present notwith- 
standing the Urgency of the Demand 

That as there are at Present many Examples of Raising 
monc\- for Public uses by way of Lottery that the money 
Risk'il by Individuals who' wilT where opportunity Favours be 
adventurers may be of General advantage the said Town have 
upon Consultation Judg'd they might make a Good use of this 
12 



178 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

way for the End aforesaid and directed your Petitioners to ap- 
ply for liberty accordingly — An as this liberty is a matter of 
mere grace and favor and not of Justice and right your Peti- 
tioners beg leave Humbly to suggest that Considering it in that 
view the Town of Dover seems to be a proper Subject for that 
favour not only in Regard of the Burthen aforesaid but also of 
the Principal Share it has Sustained of all the Calamities Af- 
flictions Troubles & Burthens with which the Province in Gen- 
eral has been Concerned from the Beginning — Wherefore your 
Petitioners most Humbly Pray that they may have the Liberty 
afores*^ Granted to said Town & leave to Bring in a Bill accord- 
ingly and they will as in duty bound ever pray &c 

John Gage ) ^ ...„„ 

-(t ri TT r Committee 

Plow'' Henderson J 

In Council Jan'rv 4"^ 1760 
read &; ordered to be send 
down to the Hon'^i'J Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Sec v. 
Province of "^ In the House of Representatives Jan 4, 1760. 
New Hamps j This Petition being read 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted and that ye petitioners 
Have Liberty to Bring In a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 
In Council Jan'ry 5*'i 1760 
read cV Concurr'd 

Theodore Atkinson Sec'y. 



Petition of Su?idry I)ihabitants of Dover for a Bridge to 

cross Bellamys Bank. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over His Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire The Hon"^ His Majesty's Council and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened, 
Oct. 12"^ 1756 

The Humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of Dover 
in said Province Shews That there is a Public High Way laid 
out in Dover aforesaid from the Road that leads from Coche- 
cho thro' Littleworth so called to Barrington to the Main Road 
that goes thro Madbury which Highway crosses Bellamy's 
Bank Freshet or Brook A little above Capt. Paul Gerrishes 
saw mill over which Freshet or Brook there is no Bridge for 
want whereof at certain times there is no Passing & thereby 
the Good Ends proposed in laying out Said way are in a Great 
Measure Frustrated and is also a standing Grievance to the 
Owners of the Contiguous Lands by Passengers throwing 



TOWN PAPERS DOVER. 



179 



Down the Fences for Convenient Passage, when thcv cannot 
pass said Freshet which wou'd be prevented by a Bridc^e 

That tiic Way aforesaid is Really nsefi.l & Necessar/which 
was the Reason why it was laid out and tho' this matter has 
been Represented to the Town and the Necessity of having a 
Bndge there urged to make said Way Serviceable without bein- 
liijunous to Particular Persons and the Town Requested to 
Build It at their General Expence Yet they Cannot be Pre- 
vail d upon to do it. 

That Every Town is by Law Obliged to Provide for and 
Keep in Repair all Roads or High Ways Passing thro' them 
and there is the same Reason that they should Build Bridges 
where they are Necessary or the High Wavs leading to Such 
Places would be useless tho' as the Law Relating to the Lay- 
ing out High Ways is Silent as to this matter & it is a Case 
omitted your Petitioners are Necessitated to make this appli- 
cation. ^ ^ 

\Vherefore they Plumbly Pray the Premises may be Consid- 
ered and the Said Town of Dover Enjoined to Build a Con- 
venient Bridge at the Place aforesaid to Render said Way use- 
tul or Provide Such other Relief herein as in your Great Wis- 
dom c\: Goodness you shall Judge proper and your Petitioners 
as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 

James Young 
Jonathan Evens 
John Kielle 



Eli Demeret 
Paul Gerrish 
John Tasker 
Tlios Davis 
Paul Pinkham 
Job Demeret 
John Roberts 
Samuel Roberts 
Solomon Demeret 
Ebeuezer Tasker 
Isaac Buzzell 
Joseph Jackson 
John Tasker Jun. 
Ebenr Demerit 
Thomas BickCord 
John Bickford 3d 

liis 
Tristram ^^ Pinkham 

mark 
John Molony 
Daniel Young 
Samuel Daniels 
Josepli Daniels 
William Demerit 
Joseph Lebbey 
William Gleden 
James Davis 
Samuel Young 
Isaac Twombly 



John Hanson 
Ebenezer Varney Jinier 
Israel Hodgdon 
Samuel Davis 
Thomas Davis Junr. 
Moses Waymoth 
Joseph Hicks 
James Jackson Junr. 
Jolm Huckins 
John Huckins Junr. 
Samuel Chase 
Anthony Jones 
Richard Jones 
James Jackson 
John Demeret Jun. 
Zackriah Pitman 
Coner Pitnian 
John Demerit 
Samuel Drew 
Daniel Meader 
Benja Evens 
Zacriah Boody 
Nathicl Tebbets 
Daniel Evens 
Jonathan Hanson 
Daniel Cook 



l8o NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Silas Hanson Ichabod Caney 

llichard Cook Samuel Davis 

John Cook Joseph Twombly 

Hezekiah Cook Paul Twombly 

Joseph Young .John Buzzell 

his John Wingett 

Xath M Hanson Timothy Perkins 

mark his 

Stephen Hanson Will X Buzzel 
James Hanson mark 

Joseph Evens Thomas Evens 

Benjamin Evans Benjamin Bussell. 
Meshach Drew 

Prov. N. "I In Council October 13"' 1756 
Hamps J read & ordered to be sent to the Hon^'e Assembly 

Theo Atkinson Secy. 

^f°N"\^'^l^" the house of Representatives Octob 141" 1756. 
°TT ^^^ j The within Petition having been read 

Ordered That the Petitioners be heard thereon the fourth day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly next after the first Day of No vem' Next 
Ensuing & that the Petitioners at their own Cost & Charged cause the 
Selectmen of Dover in said Province to be serv'd with a Copy of s^ 
Petition & this order of Court thereon to appear & Shew Cause if any 
they have why the prayer thereof should not be granted 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem die 

read & Concurr'd 

Theo. Atkinson Sec. 



Petition in 7-elation to being set off in a separate county. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 
Governor & Commander in chief in & over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampshire — To the Honourable his 
ISIajesties Council and to the Hon''''' House of Representa- 
tives in General Court convened this ii''^ Day of March 176S 
We the Subscribers being Agents legally appointed by the 
several Tow^ns hereafter mentioned beg leave to present our 
humble Petition unto this Hon""-' Court, and in terms of the 
utmost Deference & respect to shew forth — that as your Excel- 
lency and Honours are about Dividing this Province into Sep- 
eratc & distinct Counties your Petitioners in their s'' Capacity 
Humbly Hope that as the s'' Towns have long since been incor- 
porated and are now become very jDopulous tv: may reasonably 
be supposed still more to increase and as some of them have 
been indulged with certain Priviledges & Franchises & as the 
adjacent Towns are also settling & greatly improving : Your 
Excellency and Honours will condescend to confirm a Vote of 
this Hon''''' Court passed at their last Fall sitting for Dividing 



TOWN PAPERS DOVER. Ibl 

this Province into three Counties so far as said vote relates to 
these Towns with regard to the boundary Lines only And 
your Petitioners humbly pray y"" Excellency and Honours would 
indulge them with a Hearing on this important Subject when 
we presume to Hope we shall offer to this Hon''''' Court such 
Reasons as they may Judge suflicient to induce them to grant 
us the Prayer of our Petition t*v: to set otT the s** Towns into a 
distinct & Seperate County with such Towns as were then an- 
nexed in the aforesaid vote And your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound in their said Capacity shall ever pray 

Tohn Ga','e \ For Tho' Wallini?ford \ «. „,,,..„,,u 

V\^- T) 1 ^-Tk T „ \\T ,. -u V bomersworth 

Otis Baker j Dover Jn" Wentworth J 

Daniel Rogers ] John Plumer \-p„^u„^(„- 

Volintine Mathes | j^^rham J°''" McDufee / ^ocnesier 

Jeremii' Riirnum | "■" ^^'^ p^ul Hayes It, . , 

John Smith J Samuel ISrewster } Harrington 



Pctitlo7i relating to a Bridge. 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Governor and 

Commander in chief in and over his ISIajestys Province of 

New Hampshire the Hon'''" his ^Majesty's Council & House 

of Representatives for said Province in General Assembly 

convened the 13th day of November 1770 

The humble Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the 
Town of Dover in said Province Shews 

That the Inhabitants of said Town were divided in senti- 
ment about the place of building a new Bridge over the Co- 
checho River at the Falls and tho' there was a Vote of the 
Town for placing it below the Falls your Petitioners apprehend 
the Vote would not have been pass'd had the meeting been 
general (many persons being then absent in the Woods) or 
cou'd they have obtained a Second fair meeting so that those 
who were for having the Bridge placed below the Falls pro- 
ceeding on the authority of said Vote have built a Bridge be- 
low and the Place where the old Bridge stood being on an an- 
cient Highway and most convenient for Travellers tlic Inhab- 
itants who were for having the Bridge there supposed the Town 
to be under a necessity of building one there Also which was 
done in the Course of the last Summer & there are now two 
Bridges at said Falls which your Petitioners apprehend to be 
needless. 

That the lower Bridge is not so convenient for Travellers 
nor so well approved of by them nor can the Town dispense with 
the Duty of maintaining a Bridge above where there has been 
one for near one hundred years past and therefore a Vote for 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



changing or altering and placing a new Bridge so far out of 
the way or at such a Distance from the old place was utterly 
illegal and had it been ever so fairly obtained cou'd not have 
been valid without a greater authority than such a Vote. 

Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly pray that the whole 
proceeding in this Case may be examined by the legislative 
Authority and the following Questions resolved viz whether 
the Town had a right by their Vote to change the place of 
building a Bridge so as to be exempted from building and 
maintaining one where it used to be — Whether their proceedings 
have been fair and legal upon supposition they had a right to 
determine the matter by the agreement of the Town. Whether 
the Bridge below or that above will be of the most general 
Service & best answer the public Good. Whether there is any 
necessity of maintaining both said Bridges and if not which 
the Town shall be at the expense of building & maintaining 
for the future with such other matters and things as in your 
great Wisdom & goodness you shall find incidental and neces- 
sary to be determined in order to the regular proceeding of 
said Town in making their Rates which is not yet done and 
for the settling peace & good order in said Town and your Pe- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c 



Howd Henderson 
Joseph Clements 
Timothy Clements 
John Cenney 
Timo Robinson Jr 
Jno Waldron Jr 
Silas Hanson 
John Waldron 
Xehm Kimball 
Thomas Hanson 
James Varney 
Thos Hanson Jr. 
Ephm Kimball 
William Hussey 
William 
John Kimbal 
Paul Husey 
Daniel Varney 
Jos Varney Jr 
Tobias Varney 
Stephen Varney 
Ephm Wentworth 
Spencer Wentworth 
Reuben Wentworth 
John Whitehouse 
Samuel Anibroa 
Tom Heard 
John Heard 
^Moses Roberts 
Aaron Roberta 



Joseph Roberts 
Stephn Varney Jr 
John Harford 
Nathan Varney 
Moses Horn 
John Horn 
Wm Robinson 
John Pinkham 
James Chesley 
Paul Kimbal 
William 
Tobias Kimbal 
John Hoyt 
Joshua Varney 
Jacob Sawyer 
Jethro Heard 
John Horn 
Benja Horn 
Zacheus Purinton 
Nathaniel Horn 
Paul Wclland 
Elijah Coffin 
Paul Varney 
Daniel Heard 
Thomas Varney 
Benja Hanson Jr. 
Saml Varney Jr. 
Solomon Varney 
Jedediah Varney 
John Horn Jun 



TOWN' PAPERS DOVER. 



'S3 



Isaac Horn 
Tirao Kobinson 
Elijah TiUtle 
James Tutlle 
William Horn 
Elijali Varney 
Samuel Kicker 
Moses Rand 
Ebenezer Horn 
Thomas Cioudy 
Joseph Peasley 
Jeremiah Tibbets 
George Young 
Timo Uussey 
Elislia Purinton 
Joseph Waldrou 
Nicolas Harford 
David Kand 
Willm Waldron 
Amos Varuey 
Stephen Horn 
George Horn 
■\Villiam Gage 
Phiueas Ricker 



Jonathan Door 
Daniel 

Thos Shannon 
John Gage 3d 
Jno Varuey Jiin. 
Ichabod Varney 
Isaac Horn Jan. 
John Varney 
Ebenezer Varney 
Timothy Varney 
liichd Waldron 
Richd Kimbal 
Mordecai Varney 
John 

Josiah Wille 
Thomas Horn 
Samuel Mills 
Daniel Heard 
John Varney 
Ezra Kimbal 
Samuel 
Ephm Tibbets 
Puslcr Downs 



In Council Dec. 14, 1770 

The enclosed Petition read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon*''" 
Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec. 

Province of \ j^ ^.^ House of Representatives Dec. 14"' 1770. 
New Hampshire J ^ t 1 1 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on Wednesday 
the second d^y of Jan'y next if the General Assembly be then sitting 
and if not then on the third Day of their sitting next after and that they 
serve the Selectmen of Dover with a Copy of this Petition and order of 
Court that they may shew cause why the Prayer thereof should not be 
granted 

M. Weare CI. 
In Council Dec 15, 1770 
Read and concur'd 

Geo. King D. Sec. 
Copy of so much as is legible examined by 

Geo King Dep. Dec. 

Provirice of I j j ^j ^ Representatives JanV 16, 1771 

New Hamp. / * j ^ 1 1 

The within Petition being Considered. It appearing that there was 
a Town Vote for Building the lower Bridge it is tho't to be just that the 
Charge thereof should be paid by the whole Town— But it appearing 
that the upper Bridge is not usefull for the Publick Wherefore 

Voted that the said upper Bridge shall hereafter be maintained at the 
charge c^ Expence of said Town and that the Petitioners have Leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly 

M. Weare Cler. 

In Council Jan 17, 1771. 
Read .S: concurr'd 

Geo King D. Sec 



184 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Another Petition relating to Bridges. 
Province of) 
New I lamp J 

To his Excellency the Governor the Honorable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives of s' Province May 
it please 

Whereas b}^ misunderstanding & a party Spirit prevailing 
among the Inhabitants of Dover in said Province they have 
built two Bridges over the River one above the other below 
the Cochecho falls in Dover (so called) the one by vote of the 
Town the other by your Petitioners & the dispute running so 
high which shou'd be the Kings and Countrys Bridge each 
Party strenuously contending for their own they having the 
Town Vote in their favor and we Antiquity & conveniency on 
ours to end or determine which we petitioned your Excellency 
and Honors to say which shall be the established Bridge for 
the use of his Majesty's Subjects which you were pleased to 
determine in our favor which we gratefully acknowledge and 
return our sincere acknowledgements for said favor but by your 
act or determination you enabled the Selectmen of Dover to 
assess the Polls and Estates in said Dover as for other Town 
charges to pay the charge of the lower Bridge which has been 
done and paid and no provision is made by said act or other- 
ways for payment of the established Bridge. We petitioned 
the Selectmen but they deny'd then we petitioned two Justices 
unus Quorum to call a Town meeting of the Inhabitants of 
Dover to see if they would Vote to pay for the building the es- 
tablished Bridge a Meeting was called by said Justices and the 
Town voted in the negative. Therefore we pray you will direct 
& enable the Selectmen of Dover to assess the Polls and Estates 
in the same as for other Town Charges for payment of said 
upper Bridge above the falls on their receiving a true and 
reasonable account of the charge of the same and we as in duty 
bound shall ever pray. Dover 23*^ May 1773 Signed by us 
Inhabitants of said Dover. 

John Heard Daniel Heard Jim. 

Paul Varney John Hayes 

William Fobs Samuel Hurd 

Daniel Heard John Ham 

Timotliy Varney John Varney 

Silas Hanson Richard Waldron 

Jno Waldron Ezra Kimbal 

John Kimbal John Horn 

Ephm Kimbal Thos Hanson 

John Withouse John Waldron 

Timothy Roberson Jr. Joseph Roberts 

Ebenezer Horn Stephen Hussey 

Kathaniel Horn Timothy Hussey « 

Samuel Ambroa Jno Varney Jr. 



TOWN PAPERS DO\i:«. 1S5 

Jediah Varney Thos Hanson Jun. 

Nathan Varney Xehm Kinibal 

Moses Uand I'au] Kimball 

Ephraiiii Wentwoith Josupli Peaslee 

Reuben 'Wcntworlli Isaac Horue 

Jonas (Joiuly Isaac Horn Jun. 

Elisli:i Purinton William Horn 

Joshua barney Timo Robinson 

Thomas Varney Elijah Tuttel 

Paul Welland James Varney 

Stephen Varney Ichabod Varney 

Juo Conner Elijah Varney 

Jethro Heard Mordecai Varney 

John Waldron 3d Moses Koberts 

Paul Hussey Timothy Clemens 

John Harford John Pinkham 

13en Hanson Junr. James Tattle 

James Ciiesley Samuel Tuttel 
Joseph Waldron 

In Council May 27, 1772 

This Petition was read and ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''' 
Assembly 

Geo. King Dep. Sec' 

Ne°v Hum?/ J^ ^" *^^ "°"^^ °^ Representatives May 2f^ 1772 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard on this Petition on the 5"' day of 
June next and that they serve the Selectmen of Dover with a Copy of 
this Petition and order thereon but if the General Assembly be not then 
sitting then on the third day of their siting next afterwards 

William Parker 
In Council eodem die 

Geo King D. Secy. 
Read and concurd 

Copv examined bv 

Geo King Dep? SecO' 



Petitioii relating to removal of Rocks from Salmon Falls 
river. 
State of ] 
New Hamp- \ 
shire. j 

To the Honorable the Council and House of Representatives 

of said State. 

The Subscribers hereto ''most humbly Shew That for many 
years past a considerable Trade as beneficial to the Commu- 
nity as to Individuals hath been carried on by the people liv- 
ing on what is called Salmon fall River which Trade has ever 
been attended with the greatest Inconveniences on accoimt of 
manv verv large pointed Rocks which lay scattered in the Bed 
of said River for near a Mile below what is called C^uamphe- 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



gan Landing — That all [attempts to raise Money by Subscrip- 
tion or otherways for the purpose of removing said Rocks have 
hitherto proved unsuccessful the charge of that Business hav- 
ing been deemed too heavy to be borne by the few when the 
many were as closely interested — That to the obstructions 
aforesaid your Petitioners conceive it is in part owing that the 
Trade of said River hath lately very much declined but which 
they hope will soon revive on their removal. 

Your petitioners are anxious as well for the good of the Com- 
munity as for their own private Emolument, to have the said 
Rocks removed, and therefore in a Design so benevolent and 
useful Do prav the aid and Interposition of your Honors so far 
only as to enable them to raise by a Lottery about five hundred 
pounds which sum with what they can furnish in Labour and 
material they apprehend will be sufficient to effect the above 
purpose — And as in duty bound }'our Petitioners will ever 
pray &c 



Feb. 23'' 1779 



Jacob Shorey 
Elip Ranilall 
Jedeiliah Goodwin 
Samuel Bracket 
James Bracket 
James Roberts 
Humphre.v Cliadbourn 
Steplien Hodsden 
S. Hill 

Jacob Lord Jr. 
Gilbert AVarren 
Aaron Stackpole 
Humph. Cliadbourn 3d 
Ebenezer Lord 
Joshua Grant 
John Hamilton 
Jno Stanley Jr 
Samuel Ricker 
Isaac Morrill 
Joseph Fogg 
Paul Lord 
Nathan Lord Jun. 
Ichabod Goodwin Jr. 
Dominicus Goodwin 
Jona C. Chadbourne 
Joseph Pray Jr. 
Samuel Butler 

Kathaniel ? 

Jonathan Tebbets 
Thomas Butler 
Clark Garrish 
Robt Twombly 
Moses Carr 
Benja Warren 
John Roberts 



Zacheus Vai-ney 
Ebenezer Ricker 
John Tebbets 
Jacob Quimby 
Benja Quimby 
William Chadwick 
Daniel Pike 
Robert Rogers 
Daul Woods 
John Tucker 
Alexander Gerriih 
John Haggens 
Wm Rogers 
Joseph Prime 
Jona Hamilton Jr. 
Kathaii Lord 
Danl Haggens 
William Pearny 
P. C. ILnrt? 
J. Brackett 
Thomas Sheafe 
Joseph Simes 
Rich Champncy 
Saml Sherburne 
Jeremiah Libley 
Mark Nelson 
John Noble 
Jonathan Varney 
John Cutts 
George Dame 
Jeremiah Hill 
Saml Cutts 
Tol)ia8 AValkcr 
Stephen Paul 
I. Rollins 



TOWN PAPERS DORCHESTER. 1S7 



TI108 Wk WaUlron Thomas Shanuou 

Geo WaUiron 



DORCHESTER. 



Petitlo)ifor exiensiofi of time to make their settlement. 
To His Excellency John ^Vent\vorth Esq. Captain General 

Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire in Council 

The Petition of John House of Hanover in the County of 
Grafton in the Province aforesaid Esqr. in behalf of Himself & 
the Proprietors of the Township of Dorchester in the Said 
County of Grafton unto your Excellency & the Hon'''"' Council 
humlily Shews 

That bv Reason of the many Difficulties attending the Set- 
tlement of New Townships v' Petitioners have not been able 
to perform the Setling Duties required by Charter, That there 
are Several families now setled there and more soon to remove 
that they have cutt a Road & laid out most of .the Township, 
and are in hopes of Performing the Setling Duties if your 
Excell • tS: Plonours will indulge them with an extension of 
the Time for making their Settlement. Wherefore your Peti- 
tioners humbly prays y' Excellency & Honours Favours to 
them in granting them such further Time for Setling as in your 
wisdom vou may think proper And your Petitioners beg Leave 
to assure y' Excell > & Honours that they will be Solicitously 
attentive "to fulfill their Duties required by the Charter of s'' 
Township and as in Duty bound y' Petitioners will ever pray 

John House. 

Ports'- Dec. 3" 1771. 



Petition for a new Charter. 
[New Charter was granted May i, 177^- Ed.] 
Province ) 

of New Hamp / 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq' Governor and Com- 
mander in Chief of said Province in Council — 
The Memorial of John House And his Associates humbly 

shewcth. 

That your Memorialists having lately prcfcr'd a petition for 

an Extens-ion of the Charter of the Township of Dorchester 



iSS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

now under forfeiture which Extension they since find will be 
attended with insuperable Difficultys, as many of the late pro- 
prietors will neither prosecute their Settlements nor be per- 
suaded to pay their necessary Taxes. 

Your INIemorialists are now desirous of withdrawing the said 
Petition & wou'd pray y'' Excellency & Honours that they may 
be favor'd with a new Charter of said Township engaging to 
admit with them all Such of the late proprietors as will ap- 
pear to do the necessary Dutys And immediately to bring into 
said Township a Number of good Settlers — to clear the Road 
thro' the Same leading to the College & comply with ev'ery 
other Condition or Reservation which your Excellency & Hon- 
ors ma}^ seem meet to direct — and your Memorialists as in duty 
bound shall ever pray — 

John House For himself & 
his associates 

Portsmouth 28*^'' april 1772. 



DUBLIN. 

[Originally called Monadnock, No. 3, was granted November 3, 1749. 
Ed.] 

Petition to be incorporated into a To-vns/iip. 

Province of ~l 
New Hampshire j 
To his Excellency John Wentworth Esqr. Captain General 

Governor and Commander in chief in and over his ]Majes- 

ty's Province of New Hampshire aforesaid & Vice admiral 

of the same. In Council. 

The Petition of Josiah Willard J' agent for and in behalf of 
the Inhabitants and Settlers of a Tract of Land in said Prov- 
ince commonly called & known by the name of Dublin (or 
Monadnock No. 3) Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioner is Impowered and authorized to inform 
your Excellency that the Said Dublin is rated among the Towns 
and Parishes in this Province for the prov'*^ Tax and that the 
said place is not legally qualified to raise and collect the said 
Taxes whereby they may be construed delinquents if the same 
should be omitted ; He also begs leave to suggest to your Ex- 
cellency that the said Dublin is presumed to be sufticiently in- 
habitccl and convenient for Incorporation He therefore humbly 
Prays in behalf of his Constituents as afores'. That they may 
be erected and Incorporated into a Township and that they 



TOWN PAPERS DIN15ARTOX. 



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may be invested with tlie priviledgcs and powers usually en- 
joyed by Towns in this Province. The power given your pef 
with the several signers, being herewith presented, and your 
petitioner in his said Capacity will ever pray &c. 

JOSIAII WiLLARD Jr. 

Portsni ' 25''' March 1771. 



DUNBARTON. 



[This town was formerly called Starks-Town, and was incorporated 
10 August, 1765. Ed.] 

Petition of Capt. Caleb Page of Starkstozvfi. 
Prov of \ 
N. I lamp. / 

To his Excellenc}' B. W. Esq. Govern'"& Command' in Chieftc 

in and over s' Province & to his Maj ■■' Council & General 

Assembly. 

Humbly sheweth Caleb Page in behalf of himself & other 
the Inhabitants of a Place called Starks Town in this Prov- 
ince that by order of the General assembly he was Directed by 
a particular Warrant from the Treasurer of the Prov ' to assess 
a Certain Sum from the Petitioners as Inhabitants of Starks 
Town afores' and also the Petitioner received at the same Time 
one other Precept Directed to the Select Men of Starks Town 
for the assessing & Collecting the Pr' Tax for the Curr' year. 
The Warr'^ Directed to your Petitioner for arrears of the Pr^' 
Tax for former years in these affairs your Petitioner begs Leave 
to Inform your Excellency & Hon" that the Inhabitants are by 
no means able to Pay such sums Sc that if their ability was 
equal to the Demand they are in no Capacity to assess the In- 
habitants as they are not incorporated nor Entitled in any way 
to Town Priviledges therefore Prays to be admitted to explain 
before your Excellency & Hon""* the Precise Circumstances &. 
Condition of the s' Inhabitants & your Petitioner as in Duty 
Bound shall ever Pray. 

Calkb Page. 

Province of ) In the house of Representatives Dec' 7"' 1763 
New Hampshire J This Petition being read 

Voted That Col" Sam' Barr & Col" John Goffe Esqr*= be & they are 
hereby appointed to take an acco' of ail the Polls and Rateable Estate 
In said Town c\: make Report to the Gen' Assembly as soon as may be 
under oath 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 



190 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Province of \ In Council December 7"! 1763 
New I lamps, j Read cC Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secy. 

Province of } r^ ^j^^ j^^^^^ ^^ Representatives May 4.^^ 1764 
New I lamps. J ^ j -r 1 t 

The Committee appointed to take an Inventory of Starks town made 
their Report vesterday which Report is on file and 
Voted That the petition be Dismissed 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council May 5"' 1764 
read & Concurr'd 

T. Atkinson Jun. Sec^ 



Petition in relation to a school lot. 

Province of \ 
New Ilamp. / 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain general 
governor & commander in chief in & over his Majestys prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and the honourable his majestys coun- 
cill & house of Representatives for said Province. The peti- 
tion of James Stinson of Dunbarton in said province most 
humbly Sheweth that the Inhabitants of said Dunbarton at a 
legal meeting for that purpose on the 25"' day of October 1773 
voted that this petitioner should have the school lot in said 
town which is the lot number twelve in the fourth range in ex- 
change for fifty acres of the easterly end of the lot number 
eleven in the third range and the half off the easterly end 
of the lot number twelve in the same range. Wherefore as it 
is thought said exchange would accommodate the School in 
said town as well as the petitioner — The petitioner therefore 
prays your Excellency & Honours by a resolve or act of As- 
sembly for that purpose would confirm said town vote and 
your petitioner as in Duty bound shall pray &c 

Sam. Livermore, for the petitioner. 

January 11''' 1774. 

In Council Jan>' iS, 1774 

Read and ordered to be sent down to the IIon''ie Assembly 

Geo King D. Secy. 

Province of \ j,^ ^^^^ jj^^,^^ ^^ Represent. Jan-v iS 1774 
New Hampshire J ' • "^ 

Voted that the Prayer of this Petition be granted & that the Petition- 
ers have leave to bring in a Resolve accordingly 

William Parker Cler assembly 
In Council eodem die 

Read and concur'd 

Geo King D. Sec>'. 

At a Leaugel Meeting of the Inhabitants of the town o fDunbarton 
assembled October y^ 25''» 1773 And Voted that James Stinson Should 



TOWN PAPERS— DLXBARTOX. 



!b'urM!''Rn^'''°°' ^°^t'" ^""H '°'V" ^^'hich is the Lote N-' twelve in the 

I Of. V^Pi' "\?''',^o"^^ ^°'" ^''^-^' '''^'■^^ °ff the Easterly end of he 

^weTv;^n^':;d'"RS ^^'"'^ '^"' ''' '"^"" °"" ^"^'^ ^'^^'^■••^' ^"^ ^^ ^' 

A true Copp y Attest ^V- Stark P. C. 

I^cso/ve to exchange the School Lot in Dunbarton 
Province oi \ , , „ 
New Hamps. j -^'^ '"^ House ol Representatives Jan.v jo'i' 1774 

Prnv^f? '"'^'"■'^ ^'\^ ^^,^'''°" "^ J''^'"'^^ Stinson of Dunbarton in this 
fh! c -^ r ■ into Execution a certain vote of said Town vi/ : tliat he 
Nnn^h I""?' S.''"f ".should have the School Lot which is t le Lot 
for fS 7 '" "^ S" 'ourth Range of Lots in said Town in Exchange 
fhln / "'^ °? ^^' Easterly end of the Lot Number Eleven in the 
K ^^':^"-^j^"d tlie half off the Easterlv end of the Lot Xumber 
Twelve in said third Range. All which having been heard and^on 
s.dered and it appearing that said Exchange wifl be for the Ad anta"e' 
?anl°. ^. "■""~^'^'^'''-''°''" '^ '^ Resolved^V Voted That upon the .^d 
iK?own"nTn "Y^'^'r^^""/'"'^"^*"^ ^° '''^ Selectmenfir"heuse 0I- 
snfd Fi I I^""barton aforesaid a good and valid Deed of the afore 

pJn -^ tT",°'l/^^ ^^** '^"^' °^the L°t Number Eleven in the third 
Range and the half of the Lot Num.- Twelve in said third r1„4 for 
Th f H^ '"l'^ ^"'■^\°'^ °^ «"PP"'-ting a school in said Dunbarton bTever 
lafr. f "'' '-"o ^°^^'" °*' l^""barton be and herebv ai^ I, powjred 
T^^^' Q."^ ^oine Person or Persons to make and Execute to hi3ie.Sd 
SorS^ntd LoTn " ^e.rs and assigns forever a Good & Valid Cd of" e 
aforesaid Lot Number Twelve in the Fourth Range which deed shall h^ 
esteemed good & authentic to all Intents and purposes ^^ 

r„ ^ ., ^ J- Wentworth, Speaker. 

In Council Jan> 25, 1774 

Read and concurd 
_ Geo King D. Sec>- 

Consented 

J. Wentworth 



Petition of Caleb Page relating to school Lot. 
Province of) 
New Hamp j 

To His Excellency John Wenhvorth Esqr. Governor in chief 
in cV over said Province The Honourable Council and House 
ot Representatives in General Assemblv convened M-iv 
ri"' 1774 - • ^'^> 

The Humhlc Petition of Caleb Page of Dunl)arton in the 
County ot Hillsborough Gentleman in behalf of himself and a 
numlK^rof the Inhabitants & Freeholders of said Dunbarton 
bheweth That when the Lands in said Town were allotted 
Lot number nme in the third Range was laid out for the use of 
the School forever. Afterwards on the Tenth Day of Tune 
1761 the Proprietors of said Dunbarton voted to exchancre the 



193 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Schoot Lot with William Stark of said Dunbarton if he would 
IDurchasc Lot number twelve in the fourth Range for the use of 
the vSchooI. Which Lot number twelve the said Stark after- 
wards purchased for his own use, but hath never conveyed the 
same for the use of the school according to the Condition of 
said Vote. Afterwards at a suppos'd Meeting of the Inhab- 
itants of Dunbarton afores"* (which meeting was called within 
Six Days after the Warrant therefor issued and the same War- 
rant put up in a very private Place) it was voted by a few of 
the Lil;abitants that James Stinson of said Dunbarton should 
have the Lot Number Twelve called the School Lot in Ex- 
change for fifty acres off the Easterly End of Lot Number 
Eleven Li the third Range and the half of said Easterly End 
of Lot Number Twelve in the same Range In Consequence 
of which Vote obtained in an unfair and private manner The 
said Stinson petitioned your Excellency and Honors setting 
forth the purport of the same vote and that an Exchange of 
said Lots would be a mutual Benefit. Wherefore your Excel- 
lency and Honors Resolved that upon the said Stinson's making 
and Executing to the Selectmen for the use of the Town of 
Dunbarton afores'' a Deed of the afores'^ fifty acres of the east- 
erly End of the Lot Number Eleven in the third Range and 
half of Lot Number Twelve in the same Range for the use and 
support of a school in said Dunbarton forever, that then the 
Town afores'' should be empowered to appoint some person or 
Persons to make to said Stinson his Heirs and Assigns forever 
a good and valid Deed of the said Lot Number Twelve in the 
fourth Range Since which said Resolve the Inhabitants of 
said Town have at two legal Meetings voted not to exchange 
said Lot N" I3 as they apprehend they have no legal Title to 
the same but that the Lot number nine in the third Range re- 
main the School Lot in said Town as it was laid originally for 
that purpose and that if they were Owners of the Lot Number 
twelve in the third Range called the School Lot would not ex- 
change the same because it is much better situated and of double 
the Value of the Land proposed to be given by said Stinson in 
exchange. But as every Method is and hath been taken to per- 
suade and terrify the People of said Dunbarton to vote in ex- 
change of said Lot agreeable to said Resolve whereby the 
Peace of the Town hath been much disturbed and if the In- 
habitants should make a Deed thereof to said Stinson they 
must necessarily expose themselves to a suit. Wherefore your 
Petitioner humbly prays that the same Resolve may be made 
null and void that an order may be passed hereon to stop any 
further Proceedings upon the same Resolve untill your Excel- 
lency's and Honors final order herein and your Petitioner as in 
Duty bound will ever pray Sic. 

Caleb Page. 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTADLE. in-> 

Province of "I In Council May I2»> 1774 

New Hamp > This Petition was read .^- ordered to be sent down to tlie 
Hon""- Assembly 

Geo King D. Sec^ 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives May i2t" 177 . 
New Hamp j The foregoing Petition being Read. 

Voted That the Petitioner be heard on this Petition on the Second 
Day ot the b.tmg of the General Assembly next after the tenUi da> of 
June next and that the Petitioner Serve the Selectmen of Dunbarton and 

nfZ h^^t they may have Opportunity to Shew Cause whv the Prayer 
ot the 1 etition Should notbe Granted, and further Voted that -ill Pro- 
ceedmgs on the Resolve mentioned in this Petition be staved in the 
mean time. ■' ^ 

T ^ •, >, , ^^- Weare CI' 

In Council May 13"! 1774. 
Read & concur'd 

Geo King D Sec^. 



DUNSTABLE. 

[This town was granted and settled under the authority of Massachu- 
setts and remained under that Government until the divisional line be- 
tween .New Hampshire and Massachusetts was established in 1741 The 
original grant embraced a large tract of territory, including Dunstable 
in Massachusetts, parts of the towns of Tyngsborough, Ms., Hollis 
Hudson, Litchfield and Merrimack in New Hampshire. The name of 
nnc ^"T^^""^ changed to Nashua by an act of the Legislature, which 
passed S December, 1836. The date of its incorporation by New Hamp- 
shire IS I April, 1746. Ed.] i- J '""P 

Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Pine Hill, Dutistadlc. 
Province of > 
New Hamp J 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Westerly part of Dun- 
stable called Pine PliU, Have Bought the Several Places or 
i-arms that we now Possess, Since the Said luhabitance Peti- 
tioned IIisExc>- &c to be annexed to Holies and the Several 
Persons we Bought of Sign'd said Petition, which Petition we 
hiuiibly pray may be granted (as we expected it would be) 
when we purchased our Farms 

Joseph Taylor 

Dunstable Nov. y<^ 33" 1763 James Hill 



James Taylor 
Abrh"' Keyzer 



13 



[94 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Extract fro77i the Votes of a towfi meeting in Dunstable. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hamp'' Regularly Assembled on monday y« ^"^ of 
December 1763 

An extract from the Vote of said meeting. Whereas John Willoughby 
Benj'i Parker, Elnathan Blood amos Philips Jonathan Hubbard Ger- 
shom Hubbard & Daniel more Complain that they have no Benefit of 
the money they pay for Preaching in this Town by Reason of the Dis- 
tance they live from the meeting House Therefore Voted that they be 
released froin Paying any money that shall be raised for Preaching in 
this Town for Three years from this day for their polls & Estates if they 
continue to own their Real Estate where they now live Except the Town 
should move the meeting house to the Center of travel & Provided the}" 
attend Af Emersons ministry at Holies during said Term 

Copy from Dunstable Record, 

Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 
Exam^l &c 

Dunstable Dec. 6 1763. 



PetitioJi of inhabitants of West Parish of Du7istable for a 

garrison and men. 
Province of \ 
New Hamps. j 

Dunstable June iS-'-' 1744. 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the West Parash in the District 
of Dunstable do hereby authorize & desire AP James Stewart in our 
Names and Behalf to make proper application to the Governmant of 
New Hampshire Setting forth our being Situated on the Frontier and 
Exposed to the Enemy and the Necessity we are in of a Guard i.*c pray 
for a Sutable & Seasonable Relef thare Viz : at meeting of the Inhab- 
itance of the west in Dunstable Regularly assembled and Voted & chose 
Samuel Cumings moderator. Voted & chose James Stewart to Repre- 
sent the parish at New Hampshire 

Voted to Request six garrisons and five and twenty soldiers. 



Capt. Peter Powrs 
Lieut Benj-' Farley 
Ens. Jerathmell Cominj 
Samuel Comings 
Joshua Wight 

James } 

Peter ? 

Stephen Haris 
Stephen Hasaltine 
David Nevens 
Samuel Farley 
James Stewart 
Jonathan Danford 
Josiah Brown 
John Brown 
Nathaniel Blood 
Samuel Parker 
Benj" Blanchard 
Benj" Blanchard Jun. 
Nichlas French 
Jonathan Lougey 
Benj" Parker 
Amos Philips 



Josiah Hobard 
Will-" Hartwell 
Thomas Peck 
Will'" Colburn 
Thomas Neuens 
Daniel Wooster 
John Boyntn Jun'' 
Henery Bonton 
Will"' Blanchard 
Zerubable Kemp 
Will'" Adams 
John Phelps 
Elathen Blood 
Josiah Blood 
Joseph Chesley 
Stephen Anisj 
Moses Procter 
Joseph McDaniels 
James McDaniels 

"i McDaniels 

Jonathan Melnan 
Enoch Hunt 
Daniel Emerson 



TOWX PAPERS DUNSTABI.E. I95 

Petition for protection against Indians. 
To his Excellency Bcnning Wentvvorth Esq' Capt. General 
and Govenor in chief in «S: over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire in New England — The Honourable the 
Council & House of Representatives in General Court con- 
vened. 

The Alemorial and Petition of James Stuart in the Name 
and behalf of the Inhabitants of the West Parish and District 
of Dunstable in the said Province Humbly Sheweth the said 
Parish has been Settled by his Majesties Subjects about four- 
teen years and a Gospell Minister ordained above a year that 
the Settlers had an Eye at enlarging his Majesties Dominions 
by going into the Wilderness as well as at their own Interest 
that many Thousand of pounds has been spent in clearing and 
cultivating the Land there and some thousands more in build- 
ing houses Barns & fences the breaking up of which Settle- 
ment will not only ruin the Memorialists but greatly diserve 
his majesties Interest by encouraging his Enemies to encroach 
on his discrted Settlements and be also hurtfull to the Province 
by contracting its borders and drawing the war nearer the 
Capital 

That it was by a long and Importunate Intercession of this 
Province (and not of the Memorialists seeking) that they are 
cast under the immediate care of this Government which they 
conceive gives them so much the better right to its protection 
that as war is already declared against France and a Rupture 
with the Indians hourly expected your Memorialist unless they 
have spedy help will be soon oblidged to forsake their Settle- 
ments how Discervicable soever It May be to the Crown Dis- 
honourable to the Government hurtfull to the Province and ruin- 
ous to themselves 

Wherefore your Memorialists IMost humbly supplicate your 
Exelency the Honourable Council tS: House of Representatives 
to take the Premises into your wise & mature consideration 
and to grant them such Seasonable Relief as May Enable them 
to Subsist in the War & secure against the Ravage & Devasta- 
tions of a blood thirsty & Merciless Enemy and your Memo- 
rialists as in duty bound will ever pray. 

James Stewart. 
Dated att Portsmouth 
June y^ 22, 1744. 



196 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petitio7i in relation to a certain tract of land. 

To his Exccllcnc}^ BeningWentworth Esqr. Governour&Com- 
ander in Chief in & over his Majestys province of New 
Hampshire in New England, and to the Ilono'" his Majes- 
tys Council for said Province 

Humbly Shew the Inhabitants of the Town of Charlestown 
in the County of Middlesex in the province of the Massachu- 
setts Bay That in the Year Sixteen hundred and Sixty by Ver- 
tue of an order of the Generall Court of the Province of the 
Massachusetts Bay, There was laid out a Tract of Land on the 
western Side of Merrimack River for the use .of the School of 
Charlestown aforesaid Containing One Thousand Acres More 
or Less at a place Call'd by the Lidians Souhaganack and 
within the Bounds of old Dunstable a Coppy of which Laying 
Out and the Bounds thereof is hereunto annext. That in the 
Year Sixteen hundred & Seventy one The Town of Charles- 
town obtained a Deed for the Same Land from three Lidians 
Then Lihabitants near Merrimack River a Coppy of which 
Deed is Also hereunto Annext. That by the late Burning of 
the Boundary line Between the province of the Massachusetts 
Bay and New Hampshire the Said Tract of Land falls within 
the province of New Hampshire 

Wherefore the s' Inhabitantspray your Excellency and Hon- 
ours That when you shall ])e pleased to Take Lender Consider- 
ation the making any Grants of Confirmation the Said Tract 
of Land may be Confirmed to the Proprietors or at least no 
ways Lifringed Upon by any New Grants that the Proprietors 
May be held in their Just Rights that the Needless Expence of 
Law Suits may be prevented and Your petitioner as In Duty 
Bound Shall ever pray &c 

John- Foye In the be- 
Aug. 4, 1742. half of the said Inhabitants 

Indian Deed. 
To all People to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Know 
y"^ that we Nimrod alias Ohkohhan Son of Robin Indian and Wunnun- 
togin Son of Pahphomo-hammunt Indian and John, Indian alias Jah- 
kananimguiss son of wassarmemit, now Inhabitants of Naamcock on 
Merrimack River near Patucket, for and in consideration of a valuable 
sum of money to us and to each of us well and truly paid by the Select- 
men of Charlestown in the behalf of their Town, the receipt whereof 
we do by these presents acknowledge and therewith to be fully Satis- 
fied contented and paid and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof 
do fully clearly and absolutely acquit release and discharge the said Se- 
lectmen and Town of Charlestown their heirs and assigns forever by 
these presents have granted bargained and sold aliened enfeofte'' and con- 
firmed and by these presents do fully clearly and absolutely grant bar- 
gain and sell alien enfeoffe and confirm unto the said Selectmen and 
Town of Charlestown one parcel of Land containing by estimation one 



TOWN PAPERS DUXSTABLE. 197 

hrn.n!;'"'' '''f r ''-^ 'r 0'°'"'' ^^ '^''' "'^"^^^ Ijingand being within the 
S^rnnH IT" °^^o"f >^J.'-^""ck land lying near the upper end of the 

Itf2i^Tu Tf.".'''^ °" ^''' ^°"^'^ '''^'' t'^"^ '^^'■d Ri'-^^'- beginning 
atagieath,! called Dram-cup-hill and so extending down the river 
about two miles and so to ly in every respect and particular according 
rerorrirf ° ?*/u''' .^'^^^^^^^ ^c'"^* (abiding yet on file in the County 
Srhnnflf /'r ? ^■' ^''^ ''°^ ^^"^'■•'^' ^'""""t "^ ^he Massachusetts to the 
Linfn 1 ^'^'-^'"l^^^*'^^'"- To have and to hold the above granted and 
HpL^ , premises and every part and parcel thereof with all the priv- 

lege^ and appurtenances to the same appertaining or in any wise be- 
hrofL"^' both upland Meadow Interval-land Swamps Rivers, Brooks 
broke up land hsh.ngplaces with all the benefits profits and Commodities 
therpor'"", " [\"'-''\'^ ^''''" ''^"'^ ''^'^^^^ of Charlestown and Selectmen 
nron?; . K 7'' ^'?""' """"^ ^'''°"-' forever and to their and theironly 

nn?fn . "^ ^"''behoof and we the said Nimrod alias Tash-kobham Wun- 
nuntoj,nn and John alias Pakana-nunguiss for us and each of us our 
fo.nH f T 11 ■'''^°'"i ^"'^ ="'"="' *o'-ever do covenant promise and grant 
hP.-nl . / said Town and Selectmen of Charlestown for the time 
being and so from time to time that we the said [Indians] (i) now are 
?he nro'"'""^^ ""'' ^^^'" ^""" ^y °"^ fo'-efathers and near Relations 
tiff/n, '^'" """t J""^ °'''"^'"' °^ "'^ aforesaid Land, according to the best 
be rPn I f^'-^'if ''"^'''''" '''^""' =^"dthat we have (And hereafter shall 
tiMe Tli ^ J!,^° '^° '" '^^'^ °^ "^^^^ "^^'^•^ °"t our just right and 
S, n T """. ."'""'^° ^"'^ ^''''^* ^^'^"^ ^^'-^ &°°d '•'g'^t full power and 
a%Mul authority to grant bargain and sell all Indian right Title and In- 

tmvn . I m"\°u'''^u*'^° ""^^ ^^'^ ^^'^ Selectmen and Town of Charles- 
fn7; ' .1 '^''' '^' '.^'^ Selectmen and Town of Charlestown shall 
l^tZu] ' r?^ ""'"^ ^'"°'" *'""' ^° time forever hereafter quietly and 
peaceably have hold occupy possess and enjov the above granted and 
bargained premises with all the profits and CSmmodities privileges and 
appurtenances to the same appertaining or in anywise belongin- as 
ni ir^f 'l, '°"Vrf '."•"^"' ^"" hindrance trouble molestation' or^ de- 
m,ni .- f '^'"^-^^""^'^"'^ °' either of us our heirs Executors Ad- 

m initiators or assigns of us or either of us or of any of them or of any 
Wn'f P- T. ?r-.?'"''°r' "'h'^tsoever lawfully claiming and having any 
eith r r ^ ^ °' Interest therein or thereto bv from or under us or 

whPrLf "' f.'" -'' -^"r"; ^l^^" ^''^y^ °'" '"^^=^"« whatsoever. In witness 
his fourth f ''"? f ^"^1''^"';] have hereunto set our hands and seals 
umir.TfnH -'' ° ^""^y '" ^^' y^""' °^ °"'" L^'-^ God one thousand six 
hundred and seventy one. Ximrod alias Tash x kohan, his mark and 

(1) Xames as before. Ed. 

and'!' f,'ii'^"'i" ^ ^- '"" L"'" ^^r^ ^"^ ^ ^^^^ Wunnuntogin X his Mark 
Tosenh w,' .,.^^^\f'»"ed' ,^;^led and delivered in the presence of us 
mfrk Tn! Vi^'"S^ 'f ^'Y' ^I°"oqtiasson Jacob alias Patatuck y, his 
mark Jonathan Danforth. 

vJf'.'i' '•?' ^^-^'^ /y^n^tintogin and Pakana-nenguiss Indians late of 
n.. T"^"T °i^^^'?'"esit freely acknowledged this writing to be their 
act and Deed. Daniel Gookin Assistant. 

m-!!^l% ^-K 'u^"' Nimrod Alias Tashkohhan acknowledged this Instru- 
mcMit to be his act and Deed before me. Edw' Tvng Assiss' 
fro,^t. ''1^°'''".°'^^°."^^"' '^95- Entred by Sam> Phipps Record^ Copy 
from the Registry of Deeds for middlesex" Book 10, page 425-6 

Exanid. by 

Fras. Foxcraft Reg' 

Oaobef^SS'^ Sessions of the General Court held at Boston y'' 16''^ of 



I9S NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Bj Virtue of an Order of the Generall Court laid out for the use of 
the School of Charlestown, One Thousand Acres of Land more or 
Less in the Wilderness on the Western Side of Merremacke River at a 
place comonlj called by the Indians Souhaganucke beginning at the 
foot of a great hill and so extending Eastward about Two Miles down 
the said River & bounded with the River North and by Land laid out 
for Mrs. Anna Cole on the East. The Wilderness "elsewhere Sur- 
rounding according to marked Trees all which are Sufficiently bounded 
with C. and is more fully Demonstrated by a Plat taken of the same by 

Jonathan Danforth Surveyor 

The Court doth allow and approve of this Return 

A true Copy as of Record 

Attest J. WiUard Secy 



Petition in i-elation to conjiicting tovjn meetings. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"" Capt. General 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over His majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon''^" His majestys Coun- 
cil & House of Representatives for said Province in General 
Assembly convened the 10'" Day of May 1748 
The Humble Petition of Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable in 
said Province in behalf of himself & other Freeholders & In- 
habitants of the said Town Shews 

That on the 1 2"' Day of March last past the Selectmen of 
Dunstable afores"^ Issued a Warrant Directed to the Constable 
of said Town Requiring him to Warn all the Inhabitants of 
said Town Vv'ho were Qiialified to Vote in the choice of Town 
officers to meet the 30"' Day of the same month to chuse Town 
officers for the Current Year. &c. That the Inhabitants of the 
said Town accordingly met & after some Debate Concerning 
the Qiialifications of Voters in such affairs they proceeded to 
the Business of the meeting & fifty three then assembled who 
were Qiialified according to the Laws by which they had here- 
tofore been Govern'd who Divided into two parties thirty six 
in one & Seventeen in the other & each chose a moderator 
Select men & all other Town oflicers who arc all sworn to the 
faithful Discharge of their Respective Offices -^vhereby there 
are two or a Double set of officers for every office in the said 
Town the Evident Consequence of which is the utmost con- 
fusion — That there is an absolute necessitv for Officers in the 
said Town Legally chosen & Qiialified whose Authority there 
may be no Just Grounds to Dispute as well with Regard to 
the Province tuxes as to those matters & things which more 
Immediately Concern the Town the Decision of which in the 
Common Course of the Law would be both tedious & Expen- 
sive and not answer the Exigencies of the Town. That these 
Inconveniences to the said Town are in a great measure owing 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 1 99 

to their particular Circumstances being but Lately Incorpor- 
ated can have no Custom to Govern their proceedings in such 
cases And to the Defect of the Province Laws Relating here- 
unto. For your Petitioner cannot find there is any Law of 
this Province that Determines the Qiialifications of Voters in 
such Town meetings for the Choice of Town Officers the only 
Law that Relates to that matter Says That the Free holders & 
other Lihabitants of Each Town Ratable at twenty Pounds 
Estate to one Single Rate besides the Poll &c. Shall Vote 
But there being no Law that Distinguishes what Estate is Rata- 
ble and what is not (which vet the very Term Ratable Estate 
supposes) the Directions of this Law in this case are Intirely 
useless 

That it would greatly Contribute to the Peace and Dispatch 
of such meetings if the Law was Express &; Clear who should 
Govern them till a moderator is fiiirly chosen for in matters of 
Importance & when the People are Divided every man having 
an Equal Right to Govern they dispute as hotly about that as 
any matter they have to do In which point the Law is Intirely 
Silent and with Respect to Towns newly Erected no customs 
can have Existence (as was before hinted) But such as can 
have no operation that Such Places Especially must Labour 
under Insuperable Difficulties unless aided by the General 
assembly or the Standing General laws of the Province in 
this Particular amended 

Wherefore your Petitioner most Humbly Prays that the 
Premises may be consider'd with all Convenient Dispatch — 
That the Choice made by the majority of the Votes afores*^ 
may be confirmed and declared valid or that the whole pro- 
ceedings may be nullified and a new meeting called under the 
Direction of the General assembly — and some Law Enacted 
that may Prevent the like Inconveniences for the future. And 
your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph Blanchard, 
In Council May 17, 174S 

road li ordered to be sent down 
to j« Hon'^le House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Ilamnshirr M" ^^^ House of Representatives ly"" May 174S 
Voted that y" Petitioner be heard on this Petition y" next Thursday 
come seven night & that he (at his own cost) serve both sets of Select- 
men & both Town Clerks that were chosen on s' thirtyeth of March 
with a copy of this Petition & this order of Court between this Day & 
y next Fryday night that they may shew cause if any they have why 
y" Praver of y" Petition should not be granted 

D. Pierce Clk 



200 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

Theo Atkinson Secy 
Eodem Die 

Assented to 



B. Wentworth. 



May 26"' 174S 
Voted That j« whole Proceedings of y" Town of Dunstable at their 
meeting on y'- thirtieth of March last be nullified & made void and it 
is hereby order'd that a meeting be held by the Freeholders & Inhabi- 
tants of s' Town of Dunstable qualified to vote as is herein after men- 
tioned on the third Wednesday of June next at ten o'clock in y" fore- 
noon at y meeting House in s'' Dunstable to choose a Town Clerk 
Selectmen & all other Town officers as Law Directs which meeting 
shall be warned by posting up a Copy of this order of Court attested 
by y" Secretary at two publick Houses in si* Town ten Days at least be- 
fore y^ Time appointed for holding s'^ meeting and Capt Thomas Cole- 
burn of Nottingham West is hereby appointed to be the moderator of 
s'' meeting & to be paid for his Trouble therein by said Town of Dun- 
stable and it is resolved that all Freeholders being Inhabitants & all 
other inhabitants ratable at twenty Pounds Estate according to y* last 
year's Invoice of s"* Dunstable have a Right to Vote at s'^ meeting & 
that y" Petitioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

D. Pierce CU 
In Council May 27"' 1748 
read Si concurr'd 

Theod. Atkinson Secy 
Eodein Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 

In Council May 27"' 174S 

read & non concurrd and Voted that the Several Votes Past at the 
meeting within mentioned of which Magr. Zacheus Lovwell was mod- 
erator be & hereby are ratifj'ed & Confirmed & that the respective 
officers ellected at the said meeting be Deemed the Lawfull officers of 
the town for the year Insueing «& that the other meeting mentioned 
above, held in s'' Town at the same time of which Mr. Jonathan Lov- 
well was chosen clerk and all the votes actions & Transactions thereof 
be & hereby are made Void & of none Effect and Tis hereby further 
order'd & Directed that all Parties in the s' Town conform themselves 
accordingly 

The" Atkinson ScO' 

Sent down for Concurrence 

N^vTlam }^" *^^ House of Representatives 2f^ May 174S 

Voted That the foregoing Vote of the Hon. Council be nonconcur'd 
& that y House adhere to their former Vote 

D. Pierce CI' 



TOWN' PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 201 

Pctitio)} for dividing tlic Province into Counties. 
To His Excellency Beniiing Wentworth Esqr. Govr. <S:c. the 
Hon''^ his Majestys Councill & House of Representatives in 
Gen' Assembly Conveined. Portsmouth y'' 9' ' day of Apr. 

1754- 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Province of New 
Hamp"" on the West side of Merrymack River Would most 
Humbly Remonstrate That the Extent of the Settlements of 
this Province is upward of One Hundred Miles Westward 
from Portsmouth the Place where all the Courts in the Prov- 
ince are held. 

That the Great Difficulties of Travill & Expence to and 
from the Court on all County Emergencys Lays the Western 
Inhabit''-' under Insuperable Difficultys as well as Occasions 
Great delay to the Partys & Jurors whose Business Calls them 
to the Courts of Judicatory to the Great Impoverishing of the 
Government. That wee Humbly apprehend that these Griev- 
ances might be in Some Good measure Redressed by Dividing 
the Government Into two Countys and will be a means of a 
Great Increase of Inhabitants & Improvements in the western 
parts of this Province 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly Pray That your 
Excellency & Hon'' would take the Premises into Considera- 
tion & Grant Relief by Dividing the Province into two Countys 
by such a Dividing Line & with Such Powers and authoritys 
as in your Great Wisdom you shall Judge Convenient and 
your Pet'' as in Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray. 

Joseph Blanchard Oliver Woods 

Zach' Lovewell Jonathan Lund 

Thomas ilarwood John Huston 

Jonathan French Medad Combs 

William Cox Charls Butterfield 

George Lyons Isaac Powers 

Nath'' Perkins Jonathan Powers Jun 

Edward Cox John Snow 

Samson French ? 

Eleazer Farwell John Roberson 

John Saris James Sawyer 

Zach' Lovewell jun. John Honey 

Benjamin French William Harris 

Joseph French Tho" Kellecut 

Joseph Eayrs Jonathan Powers 

Samuell French Samuell Perham 

Charles Cox Giddon Honey 

Winkall Wright Jonathan Combs 

James Jewit James Taylor 

David 'demons William Lancey 

William Lund John Butterfield 

Henry Parker John Alld 

Samuel Kennej "Thomas Buttcrfeld 

Thomas Lund John Butterfeld Jun. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John AIM Jun 
Thomas Lancej 
James Combs 
Nehemiah Lovewell 
Ephraim Lund 
John Pirkin? 
Ephraim Butterfeld 
Thomas Mane 
Ephraim Butterfeld Jr. 
Stephen Butterfeld 
Jeems Ilerwood 
John Herwood 
Jeams Herwood Jun. 
William Blanchard 
John Phelps 
Amos Phillips 
Jonathan Phelps 
Benj" Parker 
Elnathan Blood 
Daniel Moor 
David Ilobart 
Gershom Hobart 



Joseph Still 
Daniel Merrill 
Henry Kinne 
Jeremiah Colburn 
Samuel Huston 
Daniel Searles 
John Combs 
Joseph Winn Jun. 
Phineas Lund 
Peter Honey 
Jo^ Hale 

Salvanus Whitney 
Thomas Heall 
Thomas Blanchard 
Banjaman Davis 
Tho> Davis 
John Aven 
Jonathan Cram 
Thomas Pollard 
Ephraim Adams 
James Searles 



Warning- for a Tozvn meeting. 
Province of "I 
New Hamp / 

Whereas the General Court by Law have Impowered Eleaz' Tjng, 
Zacheus Lovewell and Joseph French Esqr. to call a meeting of the Pro- 
prietors of the Common and undivided [Land] in Old Dunstable for 
Choosing a Clerk and for agreeing on Som meathod for calling meeting 
of said Proprietors for the future in s' Law it is Pi-ovided that no Per- 
son shall appear or Vote as an attorney for more than one original 
Share. These are Therefore to Notilie and Warn the proprietors afore- 
said that they meet at the House of M'' Benjamin French Molder in 
Dunstable in the Province afore"' on the Thirtyeth Day of April Next 
at nine of the Clock in the morning Then and there 

1 To Choose a Clerk to said proprietors 

2 to agree on som method for Calling meeting of Said proprietors for 
the future. 

Eleaz'' Tyng 
Dunstable March i8, 1760. Zacheus Lovewell 

Joseph French 

New hampshire Dunstable april 30"' 1760 the above haveing ben 
Posted and Published according to Law, The proprietors mett at time 
and place agreeable to the above Notice and made choice of JNP John 
Tyng for their ISIoderator by a majority of the Interest Present 

Eleazer Tyng 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Joseph French 
Att a meeting of the Proprietors of the Common and undivided Land 
in old Dunstable held at the house of M' Benjamin French Inholder in 
Dunstable in New Hamps April 30, 1760 

The proprietors haveing been called upon to give in their votes for a 
Clerk and Their Votes Colected Sorted and Counted it appeared that 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 



203 



Joseph French Esq' was Chosen by a Majority' of the Interest Present 
who was sworn to the faithfull Discharge of his Office by M' Justice 
Lovewell 

Then the following method for calling meeting for the future was 
agreed on and Voted that upon application of five of the said Proprie- 
tors to the Clerk of s' proprietors in writing under their hands desire- 
ing a meeting of s' Proprietors he is directed and Impowercd to call a 
meeting of the s'' Proprietors by Posting up a Notification at some Pub- 
lick place in Dunstable in Newhamp'' and in Dunstable in the Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay and Notifying the same in the Boston Gazatt 
fifteen Days before the said meeting Expressing in the s' Notification 
all such matters and things as are desired to be Transacted at s' meet- 
ing the s' meeting or meetings to be appointed and held in Dunstable 
in New Hampshire as the Clerk shall appoint and in Case of the Death 
of the Clerk or his Refusell to Call a meeting or meetings as aforesaid 
then and in such case Co" Tyng and Leutenant Robert Fletcher or 
either of them upon such application are Directed and Impowcred to 
call such meeting or meetings as aforesaid. 
Attest John Tyng moderator 

A true Copy atest pr. Joseph French Proprietors clerk 

Att a meeting of the Proprietors of old Dunstable at the House of 
Mr. Benjamin French inholder in Dunstable in the Province of New 
Hampshire on Thursday y - 24 day of July 1760 Voted and Chose M'' Jo- 
seph Blaney moderator Then voted that this meeting be adjourned to 
the Wednesday the 15 day of October next ensuing to the House of Tho* 
Harwood Inholder in Dunstable to meet again at two of the Clock in 
the afternoon in order to acton the articles in the notification for this 
meeting. 

October}- 15 1760 the Proprietors of old Dunstable being meett ac- 
cording to the above adjournment at the house of M' Thomas Harwood 
Inholder in Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire and the mod- 
erator did not attend the meeting and the said Proprietors waited until! 
the evening of said day and then the Qiiestion was put to the said Pro- 
prietors whether they would proceed to go on with the Business of said 
meeting and it was answered in the negative by the majority of the s* 
Proprietors present and then the said proprietors Dispersed " 

A True Entry of all the Votes and Proceedings of s'' meeting 

pr. Joseph French Prop' Clerk 

A True Copy attest pr. Joseph French Prop'' Clerk 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable Regularly 
Assembled y 3'' day of Feb> 1763. 

Extracts from the votes of said meeting. 

A \'ote Proposed as followeth 

That Jonathan Lovewell Esq'' Capt. Nehemiah Lovewell Jv: Lieu' 
Robert Fletcher be a Com' '■ to make Answer to the Petition of John 
Willoughby & others who Pray that they may be set oft' to Holies and 
that they or either of them attend the General Court and opose said Pe- 
tition as it is unreasonable and there shew reason why it should not be 
Granted: 

Passed in the Affirmative 

A True Copy pr Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Feb'y3'i763 

Saw^ Hobart as attorney for the tozvn of Ditnstablc. 
We the Subscribers of Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire 



204 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Constitute and appoint Sam^ Ilobart of holies in the Province afore- 
said Gent" our Lawfull attorney in the matter of Gitting a Part of Said 
Dunstable annexed or Joined to holies aforesaid to Carrv on a Petition 
of us the Subscribers in the General Cort wherein we Signify our De- 
sire of having a part of Dunstable annexed to holies aforesaici to do all 
we ourselves might or could Lawfully do in or about the premises if 
Present by virtue hereof as Witness our hands and seals this fourth 
Day of march A. D. 1763 

David Hobart 

Signed Sealed & Deliver'd Daniel Mesam 

in Presents of James Hobart 

John Willoughby Jr. Elnathan Blood 

W'" Cumings Amos Phillips 

Gershom Hobart 
Benj" Parker 
Jonathan Hobart 
Oliver Lawrence 



Ansxver to the Petit ioit of sundry inhabitants of the town 

of Dunstable. 
Province oi^ 
New Hamp j 

To his Excellency the Governor & the Hon'*= his majesty's 

Coiuicil and assembly of said Province. 

Whereas sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable have 
Petitioned your Excellency &; Hon""^ Complaining that they are 
unjustly used by Dunstable and Praying that they may be 
Fread from Supporting the Gospel where they can have no 
beniflt thereby and be added to Holies Therefore we the Sub- 
scribers by order of the Town of Dunstable Beg leave to an- 
swer said Petition and shew that the Comp" is groundless & 
the Prayer unreasonable as to Dunstable meeting house which 
they complain of its being at so Great a distance from them if 
it is unjustly fixed it is owing to them Selves for many of them 
voted to have it there and non of them Voted against it for 
after the Timber was drawed to the place a Vote could not be 
obtained to Raise it where it is before the Petitioners agreed to 
it and they can have the meeting house moved where it will be Just 
and equal to have it where they please for when ever they 
have endeavoured to have it moved there has been enough of 
the Town to Join them in it so as to obtain a vote for it as 
appears by the votes herewith and when such votes have been 
passed they have failed pursuing it for fear it should be done 
and so they jDrevented from being set ofl'to Hollisas thev have 
in time past so it seems they are now stired up by some of 
IloUis people to bring this Petition in order to uphold the un- 
just proceeding of Ilollis in setting their meetinghouse where 
it now is for in the year 1756 Hollis joined these Petitioners in 



TOWX PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 205 

a Petition of like kind with this and had a day appoynted to 
be heard on the same and by order of the Gen' court the se- 
lect" of Dunstable were notified of it and when Ilollis & the 
Petitioners Inhabitants of Dunstable found that Dunstable was 
determined to answer that Petition and shew the unjust design 
of it the Petitioners were either afraid or ashamed to appear 
in defence of their own Petition. And now Ilollis are En- 
deavouring to have the South part of Monson anexed to them 
and should that be don and also the westerly half of Dunsta- 
ble anexed to them then their meeting house where it now is 
will be aboute Right so that could it now be obtained to 
breake up and ruin two Towns it may hereafter be sumthing 
of a cover to hide the Iniquity of Iloilis and help the private 
Interest of some mercenary persons but can't possably promote 
the Publick Good nor help the Interest of these Towns. In 
order to Incorporate these Towns so as to promote the Pub- 
lick Good & the peace and hapiness of the Inhabitants (which 
by Ruiiing the Province line fell in to this Province) and to 
prevent the Truble of after Divisions the Governor and Coun- 
cil t'>i)k "a very wise and Parental ceare by sending a Com"'^ 
of Disinterested Gent" to veiw and examin in to the Situation 
of tlie Inhabitants that so they might know what lines would 
best answer that Good end and after said com'"*-' had taken 
such view and heard all parties and made their Report to the 
Gov' & Council these Towns were incorporated as the lines 
now stand and in our Charter the Governor & Council have 
Reserved to themselves their heirs and successors the Power 
of Dividing said Town when it shall appear necessary and 
convenient for the benefit of the Inhabitants which at present 
is not nor cant be and the Petitioners having Prayed the Gov- 
ernor and Council to divide them from Dunstable and finding 
that tlie Gov' & Council are Imovably set to defend the Pub- 
. lick Good and the Inhabitants of Dunstable in the Injoyment 
of those Privi ledges Granted to them by their Cliarter so that 
from them they can tobtain their unreasonable Request They 
now Pray the Hon'*^^ assemblv to give them sum aide as the 
Gov and council unresonably denighed or neglected to re- 
leave them in their dificulty as they pretend but we don't 
doubt they will meet with same Repulse from the Hon"" as- 
sembly as they have from the Gov. & Council in such an un- 
reasonable and unjust request for shoidd Mollis move their 
meeting house where it ought to be and the Petitioners act 
Peacal>ly with their own Town they will then be much nearer 
to their own meeting in Dunstable than they can be to Ilollis 
meeting as appears by the Plan of each Town and by what 
they sav themselves in their own Petition aboute the distance 
they are now from Hollis meeting and as to what they urge of 



206 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

their once belonging to Hollis and helping to settle a minister 
there is not true if it is they did not live on the places they do 
now for many if not all the Petitioners have settled in Dun- 
stable since Mr. Emerson settled in Ilollis and for them to 
urge such false please can never answer the end they Expect 
so as to excite the pity of this Great and Hon'"' Court who 
can't but abhor the designs of those who try to destroy the 
peace and ability of Towns to advance sum private Intrcstand 
when the reason they offer is not true and in behalf of the 
Town of Dunstable we prayy'' Excellency and Honours would 
dismis said Petition which is so Groundless & unreasonable 
and we as in duty bound shall ever pray 

Ton ' LovEWELL ") .-, 

TVT T f Com 

Nehemiah Lovewell |- 

RoBERT Fletcher ) 

Dunstable Feb^" y^' 4''' 1763 

Petition of Zachcus Lovezvell and yoseph Blanchard, 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Gov"" and Com- 
mander in Chief in & over his majesty's Province 'of New 
Hampshire The Hon'''*' his majesty's Council & House of 
Representatives for said Province in General assembly Con- 
vened May the 4"' 1768 

The Humble Petition of Zacheus Lovewell & Joseph Blan- 
chard Esqr'' as two of the Proprietors of Dunstable and in behalf 
of said Proprietors Shews 

That the Proprietors of the Common & undivided Land 
laying in Old Dunstable so calld live & their Lands now l3'e 
in the Province of the Mass Bay as well as in this Province 
and by the method they had Established, their meetings were 
to be called by their Clerk who was the Late Joseph Blan- 
chard Esq"" Deceasd, whereby that method is Impracticable 
& your Petition''^ are advised that the standing Laws of the 
Province do not Direct to any method of Calling meetings in 
Such Cases. 

That as to those Proprietors who live & the lands which lay 
in the Massachusetts there is no Difficulty, because there is a 
Law Providing in such Cases but as they are but a Part and 
as to the Lands the Lesser Part a meeting by virtue of the 
Law there would not answer the General advantage, nor au- 
thorize a meeting of the whole which is the View they have 
& which the Situation of their affairs Demand, there being a 
Present necessity of Transacting Some Business at such a 
meeting. Wherefore they Pray that the Said Proprietors may 
be Convend in this Province by the Same method they maybe 
there, that all may be called together in the Same way & at 
the Same time in both Provinces & when they are met they 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 207 

may unite in One Body & Settle the future method of Calling 
their meetings, and that your Petition''* may have leave to 
bring in a Bill accordingly and (if should be formed a General 
act it may Prevent the like application hereafter but which 
they Humbly Submit) they shall as in duty Bound ever 
Pray &c 

Zaciieus Love-\vell 
Joseph Blanchard 

In Council May s"- 175S 

read & ordered to be sent down 
to the Hon'''--" House 

Theo Atkinson Secy. 

Province of } j ^ j^ ^ Representatives May 6"' 175S 

New Hamps j ' j u 

Voted That the Petitioner have Liberty to bring in a General Bill 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
read and Concurrd 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Consented to 

B. Wentworth 



Petition by yoseph Blanchard. 
Province of) 
New Hamp / 

To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Gov &c. of the 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon''''^ hisMajcstys Coun- 
cil & Assembly of said Province 

the Petition of Joseph 151anchard Esq in behalf of himself 
and Sundry others of the Prop'' of the Common & Undivided 
Lands in the Township of old Dunstable Who Humbly Shews 
That on the 15"' day of Octo"" last said Proj^" had a meeting 
which was held by adjournment and among other things it 
was Inserted in the Warning of said Meeting to Choose a Clerk 
for said Prop""' But the ^Moderator that was Ciiosc at the first 
[Meeting did not attend the Adjournment. Therefore a Qiies- 
tion An^se Whether the Prop'^ Could Legally Proceed in the 
Choice of another Moderator and Proceed in the Business of 
said meeting. But after some Debate Some of the Prop" did 
Proceed and Choose a Moderator and a Clerk Who has since 
Commenced an action against the Former Clerk for the Rec- 
ords of said Prop'- and your Petitioner is advised that the Dis- 
put is of such a natiue that a Determination in the Common 
Law will be attendedwith many Difficultys which will Greatly 
hurt the Interest of said Prop". Wherefore y' Petitioner 
humbly prays that y"' Excell> & Hon""' will take the Premises 



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under Consideration and appoint Some Suitable Person to Call 
and Govern a Meeting of said Prop""^ for the Choice of a Clei^k 
or grant Such other Relief as in your Great Wisdom you shall 
see meet and y' Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray 
&c 

Joseph Blaxchard. 
May 2^' 1762. 

Ne°rHam°^}-^" ^'^^ House of Representatives June 25, 1762 

This Petition being read The parties Concerned appeared & after 
being fully heard thereon 

Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted & that Col" Meshach Weare 
Col " Peter Oilman & John Phillips Esq''" be & hereby are appointed to 
Call &. Moderate Said Meeting & that the petitioners have Liberty to 
bring In a Bill accordingly 

A. Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 

read ilv: concurred 



jy-m Proven Esq^^ letter and Power of Attorney. 
Sir. 

Being informed by Col" Brattle that a Proprietors meeting of the com- 
mon & Undivided Lands in Dunstable was to be held there the 4''' In- 
stant in order to remove M' French from being Proprietors Clerk & to 
place in his room young Blanchard ; I herein inclose you a power of 
Attorney to appear & vote for me at said meeting hopeing you will use 
your utmost endeavor to prevent the records belonging to this Propriety 
from returning into the hands of a family that the Proprietors in gen- 
eral have I believe but little Cause to thank them for the use they have 
already made of them. My late Brother Benjamin had 4 original Rights 
in the Town of Dunstable and I am his surviving administrator Brother 
Samuel & myself haveing Letters of Administration on his Estate. I 
heartily wish you Si the injured part of the Proprietors a good Issue of 
this affair & remain Sir 

Your most Humble Serv' 

W. Browne 

Beverly June 2' 1760 
Mr. John Tyng 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable at the 
meeting house in Said Town on the sixth day of October 1760 Voted 
and Chose Jonathan Lovewell Esqr. moderator Voted that Zacheus 
Lovewell Esquire hire preaching untill the Last of November Next and 
that he Draw money out of the Treasury to pay the saim and that Two 
Hundred pounds old Ten'' be raised and assessed on the Inhabitance of 
this Town for that End 

Voted that the Meeting house be moved and that Messrs. Joseph 
Fletcher Joseph Danford and Abraham Kindal be a Comitte to fix a 
place where will be Just and Equal and that Elathan Blood and John 
Serls be a Comittee to wait on said Comittee and Git them to attend on 
said Business and that a Survaor be Provided if need be and all the Cost 
be paid by the Town 

And then it was Voted that the meeting Should be adjourned five 



TOWN PAPERS— DUXSTAGLE. 200 

aay y bixth Daj of October next att Two of Clook nf 
ernoon i to see if the Town will agree that John WH 
obj and others att pine hill be sett oif to Hollis wi h 

^^4 to ra.se any sums of money for Town Chardges as shall be agreed 

Dunstable Sen y» 17th i-Qq f •^?"''^'^ Lovewell 

^ ^ ' '^"° Jonathan- Lovewell 

Province of 1 Joseph French 
New Ilamp"-/ 

a.d P,ace ,v.H,„ ,„e"Z^d'i'„d'S;"HrB"^S ^^'l"- r./e'J.tL?""' 
A True Copy Examd °'"'*''" ^''^''^^^'^^^'-'^ Constable 

Jon' Lovewell Town Clerk 



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hundred pound old Ten*^ to the Town if theaj were sett off and a Vote 
was Proposed to se if the Town would sett off said Inhabitance to hollis 
and it Passed in the negative. A vote was proposed to se if the town 
would except the Com'ttees report about the meeting house place. It 
passed in the negative 

Voted — the Vote Passed y" 6 of October last to move the meeting 
house be reconsidered a Vote was Proposed the Inhabitance of Pine Hill 
should be Excused from paying to the men raised for hireing Preaching 
Passed in the negative 

Voted that the Messrs Joseph Fletcher Abraham Kimbel Joseph Dan- 
forth be alowed fifty six pound old Tenor in full of Iher account for the 
Service for fixing the meeting house Place and Zacheus Lovewell Es- 
quire Twenty four pound old Ten" his account Entertaing the Comittee 
and Benj" French his account for Ditto three pound six Shillings old 
Tenor and Benj" Parker his account for Ditto Twelve pound old Tenor. 

Tho' Harwood his account for Ditto Twenty four Shillings old tenor 

Elathan Blood and John Serls for waitting on the Comittee and git- 
ting them to attend the Business Twenty six pound Ten Shiling old 
Tenor and the saim be asesed on the Inhabitance of this Town and paid 
out of Tresuary to the Several Persons as alowed above and then the 
meeting was Dismised. 

A True Entrey of the Votes of said meeting 

Jonathan Lovewell ToAvn Clerk 

A Copy true from Dunstable Town Book of Records 

Exam'd pr. Jon'* Lovewell Town Clerk 

Dunstable Nov' y" 26, 1760. 



Letter to Hon. Henry Sherbtirjze. 
Sir We the Subscribers Proprietors in Dunstable having 
this clay seen a Copy of a petition of M'' Jo' Blanchard for 
himself & Sundry others wherein we think facts are misrepre- 
sented there was a meeting of the proprietors at the desire of 
Mr. Blanchard who was desirous to have his brother Clerk 
the Proprietors in general are well pleased with Coll ' French 
their present Clerk, the question put at that meeting was 
whether they would proceed any further in the' business of s'' 
meeting and Determined in the negative the meeting dismissed 
and after most of the Proprietors and Clerk gone the petitioner 
late at night as we hear attempted to go on with the meeting 
& chose himself moderator and his brother Clerk which at- 
tempt we think unworthy of a Gent'" and his brother has 
since brought his action at Law against Coll. French the Clerk 
which action is now pending and we think it will tend to the 
peace of the proprietors to have it there Determined and this 
petition dismissed & had there been time to call a meeting we 



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doubt not but it would be the mind of the proprietors-wc are 

your Honours most obedient 

Humble Serv'^ 

Eleazer Tyng 

John Tvxg 

Thomas Harwood 

r»„ f 1 1 T ^ Thomas Luxd. 

Dunstable June 33 1763 

To the Honoiirable Henry Sherburne Esq. Speaker of the 
Honourable House of Representatives to be Communicated. 



J'apers relating to the Settlement of Rev. Samuel Bird 
of Dunstable^ 1 744-1 749. 

List of the Qualified voters in the Tozvn of Dunstable. 
Col. Joseph Blanchard John Alld 

Thomas Harwood jon" Bowers 

qnnMv'>'°" Henrv Parker 

Sam' V^h.tmg JohnSearles 

Jonas French i^hj^s L,,„d 

Jon Prench Tho« Cowen 

te P°:?'^^' Neh- Lovewell 

Tho' Patch Tho^ Hale 

Isaac Beauchamp W> Lancey Jr. 

Henry Adams jo.jah Butterfield 

fosenf r'-]!" '« ,^ ^^"J" Richardson 

Joseph Butterfield Sjlvanus Whitney 

?v?"t "^J"^ Jabez Davis ^ 

S Lund Benj. Parker 

Jon' Snow John Willauby 

Thomas Blanchard John Butterfield 

Eph Adams Eh- Butterfield 

FnT t"^^ J°hn Huston 

Eph" Lund Benj' French 

John Lovewell Jun. John M' Clenche 

Joseph Farley Sampson French 

DTnsfableT-?H7v''V^'"'f^'"^.°^4,'^" Inhabitants of the Town of 
is the nnm tl .f.t '"^n"^ rlf.^'' '7^^- ^^^'^ ^^'"^'^es that the above lis 
Lnln . i-*^^ Qi.al.hed voters in said Town and all therein men 

tioned have a R.ght to rote in the affaires of said meeting 
Dunstable March y 2'' 1746. ^ 

Jonathan- Lovewell I Selectmen 
Thomas Harwood / of Dunstable 
This is to certifie that the town meeting in Dunstable the ^o"' dav of 
march Last past at a motion of Sundry of the freeholders ami ofV? 
Inhab.tants ,or the Choice of a Person^o Sort the \'^Hes of a ode f 
tor. a vote was proposed by Joseph Blanchard bv Poleing Previous f^ 

fi^r ^^';'°''1 ^^.,^ -'■'^''^^ "^=^'°'-'*>' "-^'^y ^^'°"'d and that tthltv 
five votes Joseph Blanchard Was Chosen for that Purpose A mnr^ 

afdrr^"'^' t"'' "^''''^^^'^ ^° ^""^ ^" ^'^^i'- votes K a moder to" 
and that Zach' Lovewell by thirty five votes Was chosen moderaSor 



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and that by the same number of votes Joseph Blanchard was chosen 
town clerk &: Joseph Bhmchard Zacheus Lovewell & John Butterfield 
was chosen Select" and did further Choose Other Town Oflicers. 

Atf^ JosKPH Blaxchard. 

May 26"' 1747 

those votes was Certified by major Zacheus Lovewell as moderator 
after he was Chosen 

J. Blanchard T Clerk 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hampshire Assembled at the House of Jonathan Love- 
Avell (Inholder) in said Dunstable according to Law on Monday the 
sixth day of July 1747 

Extracts from the votes of said Meeting. 

Voted and Chose Joseph Blanchard Esqr. Moderator of said Meeting 
it was then voted that this meeting should be adjourned to the last Mon- 
day of August next to meet again that day at the same place at two of 
the Clock in the afternoon the meeting was accordingly adjourned. The 
Freeholders & other Inhabitants of said Dunstable being meet again at 
the House of Jonathan Lovewell in said Dunstable on monday y 31=' 
day of August 1747 Pursuant to the aforesaid adjournment y'-" 6='' day of 
July 1747 a vote was then Proposed whether a Minister Should be chose 
this Meeting or not and it was voted in the affirmative that a Minister 
be chose this Meeting. 

Then a Vote was proposed as followeth — 

Where as the Church of Christ in this Town of Dunstable in the 
Province of New Hampshire on the sixth day of July last made Choice 
of the Rev. M'' Samuel Bird for their Pastor and Teacher and having 
presented their vote to this Town with a desire that this Town would 
Concur with them in their Choice and make choice of the said M" Sam' 
Bird for the Settled Minister of this Town Now there fore be it voted 
and agreed that the said Churches Choice be Concurrd with an that the 
Said M' Samuel Bird be Chose for the Settled Minister of this Town 
voted in the affirmative (& declared by the Moderator 
A true Copy Exam'' pr. 

Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants & Freeholders of the Town of Dun- 
stable hereby Desire & Impower Joseph Blanchard Cap' Joseph French 
& M'' Jn" Butterfield or either of them in Our Names &: Behalf to Rep- 
resent to the Gen" Assembly of this Province the Unreasonableness iV: 
illegal Proceeding of Sundry of the Inhabitants of Dunstable in their 
town meetings the Sumer past and Particularly the Town meeting July 
the sixth 1747 and the votes at the adjournment of that meeting. 

And all votes Relating to the Choice or Settlement of Samuel Bird 
as the Minister of this town and pray that they may be made void or 
Otherwise Relieve us in the premises. 

Province of "( 

New Hamp. J 

Jason Russell Gideon Honey 

John Lovewell Jun. Samuel Sarles 

Benjamin French Henry Adams 

Phinehas Lund David Hobart 

Thomas Patch ? 

Ephraim Butterfield Simeon Blood 

Amos Phillips Josiah Swan 

Joseph Farley Jon" French 

Joseph Swallow Joseph Butterfield 



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Joseph French 
Jonathan Comes 
Thomas Blanchard 
John Huttor field 
Elnathan Blood 
William JLund 



the names of those persons ^ 
battled minister of the Town y 

Noah Johnson 

John Lovewell 

Tho' Harwood 

Jon" Lovewell 

Jon" Snow 

Sampson French 

John Shed 

John Searles 

Jon a. Searles 

Sam' Kennej 

Jon" Lund 

Tho' Lund 

Epli"' Lund 

Sam' Whiting 

W" Johnson 

Benj= Thompson 
Y« names of those that voted 
Joseph Blanchard 
Joseph French 
Josiah Swan 
Daniel Searles 
W- Lund 
Jon" French 
John Lovewell Jun. 
Phin' Lund 
Tho-- Blanchard 
Eph"' Adams 



Sjlvanus Whitney 
Phinehas Adams 
Ephraim Adams 
Thomas Adams 
Gershom llohart 
John Willoughby 

' voted for j" Rev^ Sam' Bi 
• 31 of Aug' 1747. 

John Buck 
Gideon Honey 
Henrv Parker 
Nehemiah Lovewell 
John Alld 
W'" Alld 
Tho^ Heale 
Tho'' Cowen 
Tho'' Kellecut 
W'" Lancej Jun. 
John McClenche 
Josiah Butterfield 
Benj" Richardson 
John Huston 
John Honey 
Jabez Davis 
in the negative. 

Tho' Adams 
Phin' Adams 
Sylvanus Whitney 
Jon" Combs 
John Combs 
Richard Straton 
John Butterfield 
Elnathan Blood 
Amasa Parker 



rd beinir v 



^ Compare with the Invoice 

lo^el^l Blanchard ^"^t'^oT 

Jonathan French '?? ° ° 

Joseph French t^ ° ° 

Tho- Patch Jg 
Daniel Searles 

Joseph Butterfield 'Z 

Tho' Blanchard Jg 

Ephraim Adams -^ 

John Lovewell Jun f^. „ _ 

Samuel Searles o ° ° 

Joseph Farley ! . ° ° 

Jonathan Combs « r. ^ 

Phineas Lund , ° ° 

Gideon Honey Coo 



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John Honey 

Silvanus Whitney 
Elnathan Blood 
Jn" Willowbe 
Phillip Clerick 
Jn« Butterfield 
Eph. Butterfield 
Benj" French 
Joseph Swallow 
Simeon Blood 
James Harwood 
David Hubbard 
Amos Phillips 
Jasen Russell 
Benj*^ Parker 
Gershom Hubbard 
Josiah Swan 
Zacheus Lovewell 
Tho' Adams 
Jn° Phelps 
Jonathan Phelps 
William Cumings 



Isaac Beauchamp 
John Beauchamp 
Henry Adams 
W-" Lund 
Jonathan Bowers 



15 



583 

60 

25 
30 
IS 



tending Stock 
On his wife & children 
on his Father's Land 
On his Father's Land 



130 



A list of the Freeholders in favor of M"" Bird and the Sum of y* val- 
ine of the yearly encome of the Real Estate 

Noah Johnson 18 

Tho* Harwood 50 

Samuel Whiting 4 

Jonathan Lovewell 37 

Tho' Lund 6 

Jonathan Snow 5 

Ephraim Lund 2 

John Aid 8 

Henry Parker lo 

John Searls 4 

Nehemiah Lovewell 15 

Tho' Hale 4 
W" Lancy 

Josiah Butterfield 4 

Benj ' Richardson 6 

John Huston 10 

Sampson French lO 
Benj ' Thompson 



193 



At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 



TOWN PAPERS— DUXSTACLE. 215 

r;°:'l?,^f °^,^*^'^ Hampshire on Tusday the fifteenth day of September 
174/ Extract from the votes of said meeting a vote proposed as follow- 

Whereas this Town of Dunstable at their meeting yMi't of au-ust 

of thT To?°"',°^r'^ ^''"' ^^'- S^^'""^' ^•'•^ for the^Settled mSer 
of thu. Town and did not at the same meeting settle any sum to be 
pa.d h,m for h,s vearly salary-Therefore it is "voted and Agreed tha? 
vei. h sl'"r "'' S^"""'^' f °"" '^""^'•'^'^ °""^^« of coin silver Trov 
rrJ^^i\ T'^ ^"°-r, "^ *''" f^'" ^-'-^'"^ there of in Bills of Publick 

Credit be paid annually to the said M' Samuel Bird for his Salarv and 

Lts of tM T ^""^j'-^'^l^j^^d that the same be assessed on the Inhabi- 
tants of th s Town and paid to him annually so Ion- as he shall con- 
tmue m said office. Unanimously Voted in the affirmative 
A true Copy Exam^ Att^ Jon^' Lovewell Town Clerk 

Prtvincroftv^ u *^' Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable in the 
W tI^ A u "''^•"Psl^'-e on Tuesday the fifteenth day of Septem- 

ber 1747 Assembled according to Law ^ -^cpiem 

Extracts from the votes of said Meetin"- 

then a vote was proposed as followeth— 

and cW v^'rIJ v'^"'" ""r^'fl' "" the 31-- of August last voted 
t^A T u T51 . .^i™"*"' ^""^ fo"" the Settled minister of thisTown 
Fron-Rrr ?''^"'^'^''^';^ Esq^ Henry Adams John Lovewell Ju^ Toseph 
French Jon' French Jon' Combs Josiah Swan Svlvanus WhitSv 
^F'::^!"^ J'T'^^'^'IJ'''''''''' Blanci!ard Joseph Butterfie d R chard 
ISr£ AXn!]-;''T ^^T' Sl^^"^'"^^ ^^^'"' Phinehas Adams Samuel 
;f^ f H H • ^ ^■""'^ •"'■• Phineas Lund & John Combs havin- man- 

kt Mi ]:;' ;-^"r'''''°"/:;''''^ ^^ ^'^"■^^ ^^^ unwimngness to°at"end 
his Minis rj therefore voted and agreed that said Persons and their 

?°'h:!°.L 'V'"^^ ^^'",? ^-\^ble by Law to be rated and such TenanJs 



fr.,- »i,.f;.,V V- ? ,,',. ^ - -^'''^ ^° °^ '■^'^ed and such Tenants 

fo. the time bemg as shall hve on their Estates unless such Tenants 
shall give their attendance at said M' Birds meeting be and hereby are 
Excused and discharged from all rates and Taxes v^iatso ever that^shaU 
be raised and assessed on the Inhabitants of this Town for the Se tfe 
Re.l , ; p'-' °'" -^^'IfO'-tof the said M^ Bird and all other theirState 
Real and Personall while in their Possession Pnnnll. Hic.i,., '.J IT,! 



Kea and Personall while in their Possession equally discharged also 

h. 1 Pre'ch TiTU'^'r ""'""^' ' ''^f^'"^" '^°"^^ ' h-^ the saidtl bI d 
tw i D Y-' Reserving as the Condition of this Grant or vote 

hat the Persons discharged as afore said do not vote in any affiir r2 
O d"?in°/or lui'fd''^ Birds Settlement Salary or Supportorll^e placing 
Urdenng 01 Building the said Meeting house and in case any of them 
for the future do thus act in any of the affixirs as afore said^then th^ 
afore going vote to be void as to such person also provided that when 
Mi-nis rt"thr7°"' '^'" ^'''' l^'''' ^^"'^'•^11 attendance on said M B ids 
^iic" , eVsnn ^'l f^'^^ ^^te where by they are excused to be void as to 

Where" thi^T;wn"n^T'^'■'lA"'^''^^'■^■°'^ ^''-^P^^^^ --^^^ '■oHo-'-^th 
of v^ R^f-iM' J of Dunstable y 31- of August last made choice 

l[-: ^^y,^^ ?^"?"'^' ^"•'^ <^or the Settled Minister of this Town and 
God ife^r ?rr'^'°''^'?>^^^.^^'"-^'^°"^<^ ^-' the Publick Worship of 
Ro.u/H,nVi ^°T'":;" Road of passing through said Town viz.'the 
Th« V Pnf.''?' hy Thomas I larwood to Nashua River Bridge and 
ihon as Patch Joseph I-arlcy David Ilobart Amos Phillips BenTa Pir- 
ker Ela han Blood John Willoughbv Jason Russel Simeon Blood Gar 
sham Ilubart ^: John Butterfieldhavin^grepresentedtheirarcu^^^^^^ 
to this Town VIZ. their liveing near the Westerly line of this Town so 
that If the Meeting house should be Built near slid road they say twH 



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in no meashure accommodate them and that thej cannot with any Con- 
venience attend the Meeting also that they have lately before they ware 
Incorporated in this Town paid their proportionable part in Settling y^ 
Rev' M'' Daniel Enierson now in Hollis where they can now attend with 
much More Convenience then they can at a Meeting in this Town pro- 
vided it be near said Road said Persons therefore desire that they may 
be Excused from paying any thing towards Building a Meeting house 
near said road and from paying anything towards Settling and Support- 
ing said M'' Samuel Bird so long as he preaches near said road and pro- 
vided they Constantly attend at said M^ Daniel Emersons Meeting on 
Lords days and pay their proportion to his Salary and make the Same 
appear to this Town and that if this Town of Dunstable Should at any- 
time agree upon a place and Build a Meeting house near the Center of 
this Town or if a Com'«'' from the Gen'i Court should settle the Place 
for said House that then they be not any longer Excused from paying 
as aforesaid 

Now therefore this town of Dunstable having Considered the Reasons 
offei-ed by said Persons moving them to Desire to be Excused from pay- 
ing as aforesaid it is Voted Sc agreed that said Tho** Patch and the other 
persons beforementioned by Name be Excused from paying anything 
towards Building a meeting House and Settling and Supporting Said 
M'' Samuel Bird in case the said House be Built near Said Road and that 
so long as he continues to preach there and no longer and it is provided 
that if at any time this town agree upon a Place and build a meeting 
House near the Center of this Town or that when ever the Place Shall 
be Settled by the Gen'i Courts Com'e« that then this Vote whereby said 
Persons are Excused be Null & Void 

and it is further provided that said Persons Constantly attend said M^ 
Emersons meeting on Lord's days and pay their proportion to his Sal- 
ary and bring Certificate from the Officers of the Church in Holies and 
the Select men of that Town that they have thus done and Deliver the 
Same to the Select men of this Town" for the time being from time to 
time whenever there shall be any money raised for the Building a meet- 
ing house or the Support of the'Minister as aforesaid and that they & 
they only of said Persons who thus do be Excused as aforesaid and it is 
further provided that Said Persons do not act in any afiair relating tO' 
the Meeting house or the Minister in this town and when ever they or 
either of them do, this Vote whereby they are Excused to be Void as to 
the Persons that Shall thus Act. 

Unanimously Voted in the affirmative 
A true Copy Exam'J pr. 

Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 



Petition relating to an illegal town ?neeting. 
To His Excellcnc}' Benning \\^eiit\vorth Esq'' Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over the Province, of New 
Hampshire. To the Honourable His Majestys Councill for 
said Province & House of Representatives in General As- 
sembly Convened 

The Petition of Joseph Blanchard, Joseph French John But- 
terheld Jason Russell John Lovewell Jun. Benjamin French 
Phinehas Lund Thomas Patch, Ephraim Butterfield Amos 
Phillips Joseph Farley Joseph Swallow, Gideon Henry Sam- 



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TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 21 7 

uel Sarles, Henry Adams Josiah Swan Jonathan French, Jo- 
seph Butterfield, Thomas Bhmchard, Ehiathan Blood, WiUiam 
Lund, Sylvanus Whitney, Phinehas Adams, Ephraim Adams 
Thomas Adams, Gershom Hobart, John Willoiighby David 
Hobart, Phillip Woollen and Simeon Blood most humbly 
Sheweth That your Petitioners are Inhabitants and Freeholders 
in the Town of Dunstable in the Province of New Hampshire. 
That on the twcntvcth day of June 1747 Jonathan Love well 
and Thomas Harwood, Two of the Selectmen of said Dun- 
stable issued out and granted a Warrant in writeing under their 
hands unto John Alld Constable of said Town therein and 
thereby requiring the said Constable to Notify and Warn all 
the freeholders & other Inhabitants in said Dunstable Qiialified 
to Vote in Town atlairs to Convene and meet at the House of 
Jonatiian Lovewell Inholdcr in said Dunstable on iSlonday the 
sixth day of July then next at one of the Clock in the atter- 
noon, among other things To make Choice of a Minister for 
the Supply of the said Town and to Give the Minister that 
should be chosen such encouragement as should then be agreed 
on or do any thing in order for the Setling a Minister in said 
Town as should then be agreed on. 

That the s' Constable made his Return of said Warrant and 
that he had notifyed and warnd all the within mentioned to 
meet at time and place and for the occasions within mentioned 
That in Consequence of the Said Warrant and Notification 
There was a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the said Town of 
Dunstable at the House of the Said Jonathan Lovewell in Dun- 
stable aforesaid on the said sixth day of July afores'' That at 
said meeting a Moderator was chosen — And then it was voted 
that the said meeting Should be adjourned to the last Monday 
of August the7i next to meet again at the same Place at two of 
the Clock in the afternoon and the said meeting was accord- 
ingly adjourned. That on the said last Monday in August 
afores'' at a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants 
of said Dunstable at the place aforesd. in Consequence of the 
said Adjournment one Mr. Samuel Bird was chose for the 
Settled ]^.Iinistcr of said Town 

That at a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dun- 
stable afores'" on the fifteenth day of September 1747 (Tho'the 
warrant for calling said meeting was to warn all the freeholders 
and other Inhabitants in said Dunstable to meet) among other 
things it was voted that the said Mr. Samuel Bird his yearly 
Salary as Settled Minister of said Town should Be one hun- 
dred ounces of Coined Silver Tro}- Weight Sterling alloy or 
the full value thereof in Bills of public Credit and to Com- 
mence at the Day he shall be ordained Pastor of the Church of 
Christ in Dunstable That sundry Persons not freeholders ins'' 



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Town voted in & for the Choice of said Minister & for said 
Salary. 

That your Petitioners humbly Conceive that the said Meet- 
ings and the Votes past at said Meetings relating to the Choice 
of the said Mr. Bird to be the settled Minister of said Town 
and also to the fixing and Setling of the afores' Salary on him 
as ISIinister aforesaid are contrary to an act of this Province 
Entitled An Act for the Maintenance and supply of the iMinis- 
try within this Province. That nigh Two thirds of the free- 
holders in said Town are against the said Mr. Birds being the 
minister of Said Town That the said Two Thirds of said Free- 
holders own near three fourths of the Estate in said Town that 
must Support and maintain him the s'' M'' Bird upon an assess- 
ment. Thatyour Petitioners look upon themselves to be under 
great difficultys at present and that they shall be still under 
greater if the Said Votes are allowed and held to be lawfull 
valid and binding — Wherefore your Petitioners most humbly 
Pray your Excellency & Honours that they may have a hear- 
ing on the Premises and that in the mean time the said Town 
of Dunstable may be ordered and enjoined not to do or act any 
thingfarther inConsequenceof the said Votes And thatyour Ex- 
cellency and Honours will make and declare the said jSIeetings 
& the Votes afores*^ to be illegall null and void or grant your 
Petitioners Such other Relief as you shall see meet and reason- 
able and your Petitioners As in Duty bound Shall ever Pray &c 
Joseph French for himself 
and Behalf of the other Petitioners 

Nov. 31'* 1747 
In Council Nov 21, 1747 read cSi 

ordered to be sent Down to the IlonW*^ House 

Theodore Atkinson Secy 

Ne°^''H'^^rnn I "*"" ^^^^ House of Representatives 21^' Nov. 1747 

Voted That y" Petitioners be heard on this Petition y^ Second Day of 
y« Setting of y*= Gen' Assembly after the first of Jun" next & that the Pe- 
titioners at their own Cost serve y^ adverse Party with a Copy of this 
Petition & this order of Court that they may have Liberty to shew Cause 
if any they have why the Prayer of y<^ Petition should not be granted 

D. Pierce Clr. 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec>' 

Nov. 21. Consented to 

B. Wentworth. 

NeAvTlam } ^" *^° House of Representatives g'" March 1747-S. 

Voted That the farther Hearing of ye annexed Petition be deferred 'ti 1 
ye Second Day of y'' Sitting of y" Gen' Assembly after y'= tenth of April 
next 

D. Pierce Clr. 



TOWN PAPERS DUNSTABLE. -IQ 

In Council March lo"' 1747-S. 
read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 

New nlnfp^}^" the House of Representatives i^^^ May 174S 

Voted that the Prayer of }-^ annexed Petition be granted & that y' 
meetings & y« Votes mention'd in s** Petition be & hereby are declared 
illegal null 6c void 

D. Pierce Clr. 
In Council May 141" 174S 

the above Vote of the House read & Concurred. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
In Council May 17, 174S. 

Consented to 

B. Wentworth 



[It is uncertain to what paper or petition the following names belong. 
The}' seem to stand alone. Ed.] 

Joseph Blanchard Gideon Honey 

Jonathan French John Honey 

Joseph French Silvanus Whittney 

Tho'* Patch Elnahan Blood 
Isaac Beauchamp by his son or At- John Willowbe tenant to Joseph 

torney Farley 

John Beauchamp Phillip Clerick 

Henry Adams John Butterfield 

Daniel Searls Benj^ French 

Joseph Butterfield David Hubbard 

W'" Lund Simeon Blood 

Tho'' Blanchard Amos Phillips 

Ephraim Adams Jason Russell 

John Lovewell Jun^ Benj» Parker 

Sam' Searles Gershom Hubbard 

Joseph Farley Josiah Swan 

Jonathan Bowers Zacheus Lovewell 

Jonathan Combs Tho'' Adams — Attorney to Judith 

Phinehas Lunde Adams 



Nottingham West Marcli y'^' ^v' 1748 
this may Certifie that Joseph Blanchard Esq"" was sworn to the faith- 
full Discharge of the office of Town Clerk and assessor in the town of 
Dunstable for the Current year before me 

Ezekiel Chase J. P. 



Muiutcs of Toxcn Meeting in Dunstable ■Sfarch 30"' 1748. 
At a meeting of the Inhabitants Qiialified to vote in tlie Choice of 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Town Officers in the Town of Dunstable in the Province of New Hamp" 
being Regularly Assembled at the House of Jonathan Lovewell in said 
Dunstable je 30"' day of March 1748 in order to make Choice of Town 
Officers. 

Voted and chose Jonathan Lovewell moderator of said meeting 

Voted and Chose Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 

Voted and chose Jonathan Lovewell William Lancey Thomas Har- 
wood Noah Johnson & Jonathan Lund Selectmen. 

voted that the said Selectmen be assessors. 

voted and chose Ephraim Lund Constable. 

voted and chose Josiah Butterfield & Sami Kenney tithing men. 

voted and chose John Searls & William Lancey Jun. surveyors of 
high way. 

voted and chose John M''Clenche & Thomas Murdough Field drivers. 

voted and chose John Huston & Sampson French fence vewers. 

voted and Chose Benj^ Richardson William AUd & Benj^ French Hog 
constables. 

a True Copy from Record of the whole of said meeting respecting 
Town officers Examfl 

atf Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk 

This Certifies that we the Subscribers Inhabitants & Qiiallified voters 
in the Town of Dunstable voted in the Choice of the above said officers 
the day above said 

Jonathan Lovewell Thomas Harwood 

William Lancey Sampson French 

Thomas Lund Jonathan Lund 

Ephraim Lund Josiah Butterfield 

John AUd John McClenche 

John Huston John Searle's mark X 

Samuel W^hiting William Lancey Jun. 

Noah Johnson Thomas Cowen 

Benjamin Richardson William Johnson's mark X 

Henry Parker William AUd. 

we the Subscribers certifie that Nehemiah Lovewell was present & 
voted in the above said meeting but being out of Town when the others 
Subscribed this paper had not opportunity to Subscribe. 

Jonathan Lovewell 
John Alld 
Province of \ 
New Ham p. ) 

This Certifies that the Inhabitants that ware Quallified to vote in the 
Choice of Town officers in the Town of Dunstable in said Province 
being Regularly Assembled for that purpos the 3o'ii day of March 174S 
did Choose the" Persons here after mentioned in to the respective offices 
as is here after Expressed. 

Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 

Jonathan Lovewell, William Lancey, Thomas Harwood, Noah John- 
son t^ Jonathan Lund Selectmen. 

voted that said Selectmen be assessors. 

Ephraim Lund Constable. 

Josiah Butterfield iv; Sam' Kenney Tithing men. 

John Searls & William Lancy Jn'' Serveyors of highways. 

John McClenche & Tho" Murdough Field drivers. 

John Huston Sampson French Fence vewers. 

Benj^ Richardson William Alld & Benj* French Hog Constables. 
Att Jonathan Lovewell Town Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 221 

Province of ") 
New Hamp. j 

Nottingham March ye ^i^t 1748 
the afore said Jonathan Lovewell and Tliomas Ilarwood were Sworne 
to the faithfiill discliarg of their Re:>pective offices where they were 
chose as above before me 

Ezekiel Chase J** Pais 
Prov of 1 
New I lamp/ 

Nottingham Vs^est april y" 2, 174S 
The aforesaid William Lancey Noah Johnson Jonathan Lund Josiah 
Buttertield Sam' Kenney John SicClenchc Tho'' Murdough John Hus- 
ton & Benj^ Richardson were sworn to the faithfull discharge of their 
Respective offices where to they were Chose as above, before me, 

Ezekiel Chase Js. Pais 
Province of") 
New Hamp j 

Nottingham April y« iS''' 174S. 
Jon'"^ Lovewell of Dunstable in said Province was Sworn to the faith- 
full discharge of the office of Sealer of all weights and measures in the 
said Town of Dunstable where he was Chosen. 

before me Ezek^ Chase J"* Pais 

yoJui PJiclps and others^ assent to yo^ Bla}ic/iard''s petition. 
Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants and Freeholders of the town of Dun- 
stable do hereby Signifie that we are not for the Setling M'" Sam' Bird 
as minister of this town ^^ should if Opportunity had permitted Joyned 
with Jo" Blanchard Esq'' .^ Others in Petitioning the Gen' Assembly for 
making null & void the vote ^^'ilereby he was Pretended to be Chose 
and are Still desirous that the Same may be done 

Jonathan Phelps 
Dunstable Ma\- 3<i 174S John Honey 

Jonath" Bowers 
William Cuming 
John Phelps. 



RenioJistrance. 
To His Excellency Bcnning Wentvvorth Esq'' Governour &c 
The lion, his majestys Council & House of Representatives 
in Gen' Court assembled at Portsmouth May y" 19''' 174S 
Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable 
would Most Humbly Remonstrate 

That Inasmuch as a Representation of our Circumstances 
has bin made to this Hon' Court Relating our Last March 
meeting f jr the Choice of Town Oliiccrs, on the 30"' of said 
month 1)}' Joseph Blanchard Esq"" praying that the choice made 

by the majority of Voters mentioned might .'' the Town 

officers by them Chosen be Confirmed or the whole jDrocecding 
nullified cS: a new meeting Called &c 

That we are in necessity for Redress in those things and in 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

as much as the Choice of officers made by the said Thirty Six 
Whereof Major Zacheus Lovewell was Chosen Moderator & 
the s'' Joseph Blanchard Town Clerk Were agreeable to the 
Town in Gen' & in which choice two thirds at least of the free- 
holders & Inhabitants in s*^ town of any proffitable Estates or 
such as had bin Costomary to Rase did vote in the affirmative, 
and should a new meeting be called We Imagine it would be 
only to chose the same persons over again that the Scarcity of 
Laborers and the Season of the year so much Demand our at- 
tention to our business, our Habitations are so scattered that 
Warning and holding such meeting at this Season would be 
very Chargeable. 

That if it might be the pleasure of this Hon. Court to estab- 
lish and Confirm the s'^ officers it would free us from these as 
we apprehend unnecessary Charges, & Qiiallify us Imediately 
to do anything necessary for the Publick aflairs of s*^ Town 
Which is ver}^ Humbly Desired &c 

Joseph Butterfeld Josiah Swan 

Henry Adams Benjamin French 

Jonath'' Bowers Joseph French 

Ephraim Butterfield Zacheus Lovewell 

Benjamin Davis Phineas Lund 

Gershom Hobart his 

Elnathan Blood Thomas x Blanchard Jr. 

Thomas Patch mark 

David Hobart his 

his Joseph y. Swallow 

Joseph X Farly mark 

Mark Jason Russell 

Amos Phillips Simeon Blood 

John Willoughby William Cumings 

Benj' Parker his 

John Phelps Samuel X Saris 

John Butterfeld mark 

James Harwood Sj'lvenus Whitney 

Thomas Blanchard Thomas Adams 

William Lund Gideon Honey 

Isaac Waldron Ephraim Adams 

John Beauchamp Jonathan French 

} Jonathan Combs 

John Combs Daniel Searles 



Petltioji of Jo)V*- Lovezvell in ansxuer to jfoseph Blanchard' s 
petition. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq"' Capt. Gen^ & 
Governour in chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire & the Hon''' his Majesties Council & House of 
Representatives for y'= Province in Gen' Assembly Convened 
May lo"' 1748 
Jonathan Lovewell of Dunstable in said Province for him- 



TOWX PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 223 

self and other freeholders and Inhabitants of Said Town in 
answer to a Petition of Joseph Blanchard Esq' for himself & 
others (now lying before this Hon' Court) Humbly Shew — 

That in vSaid Petition is Shewn forth that y" Selectmen of 
Dunstable by their Warr' cal'd a Town meeting in Dunstable 
to be of Persons Qiialifyed to vote on y'' 30 '' day of March last 
for 3" Choice of Town officers for y'' Current year that y^ In- 
habitants Met accordingly and after some Debate about y'' 
Qiiallifycations of Voters they proceeded toy Business Sc that 
53 Men assembled who were (=^uallifyed according to y" Laws 
by wliich they had heretofore been Govern'd who divided into 
two parties 36 in one & 17 in y other that each party chose a 
Moderator Select men & all other Town officers — a Double set 
chosen and Sworn for every office — the evident Consequence 
of which is the utmost confusion &c 

By this state of y ' Case in their Petition they Grant y" au- 
thority of the Selectmen to call the Meeting but don't mention 
who Guvern'd the Parties ^Mentioned who took their Votes & 
Determin'd y'' Choice or whether there was any officer to Enter 
& record y votes or show how the meeting was managed — 
representing y'^' case as if one party had as good right to act as 
y"^^ other in any manner when the truth of the matter is That 
the Petitioners in a very Disorderly uncivil manner took y- Se- 
lectmens warrant from them and went out of y house ap- 
pointed by y" Selectmen to hold y" meeting in and Gathered 
a Party together some qualified Voters & Some not so and 
acted like a mobb of madmen in such a manner as never was 
done in this Province Since it was a Government — the Select- 
men all the while proceed to take votes at the time & place 
appointed to hold y Meeting when & where a Moderator was 
the Voters present orderly chosen & y'^ business of y ' Town 
orderly carved on all town officers chosen & duly Entered by 
y- clerks Duly Sworn as y'' Laws & custom of all Towns in y'^ 
Government have time out of mind used — which officers your 
respondents conceive to be y officers regularly chosen for y* 
Town iS; that they ought to Serve in their respective offices — 
Tiie Petitioners Knew that what they had done was Disorderly 
yet they did the same with Design to Disturb y' peace & good 
order of the Town for if they were y Major part of y^ voters 
Qiialifyed they might have chosen who they liked best into of- 
fices without Snatching up y warrant and runing out of doors 
& holding a meeting abroad in the fields where they were not 
cal'd In- their warrant to hold it the necessity of having officers 
regularlv chosen is evident but the question is whether these 
Petitioners have right to Complain of y'' Proceedings of y° 
Town in General when they themselves tS: no others have made 
all y Disturbance & Disorders they mention in ^/ic/r Com- 
plaint. 



224 ^'EW HAMPSHIRE 

They further say in their Petition that their circumstances 
are Particuhir that they were latel}^ Incorporated can have no 
Customs to Govern their Proceedings in such cases — and that 
y*^ Province Law is Defective & does not say what Estate is 
ratable therefore Intirely useless That every man has an equal 
Right to Govern in Town meeting till moderator is fairly 
chosen y* Law silent about it & that they must Labor under 
insuperable Difficulties unless aided by the assembly or y^ 
Standing Laws amended & so they pray that their own partys 
choice (which they call y' major part but was not nearly so) 
may be Established or that those Votes which were Lawfully 
passed may be made null as well as theirs 

In answer to which y* respondents say that the Petitioners 
lately Incorporated having no Customs to Govern Begin with 
very bad precedents to make Customary that any man may 
Set himself up to Govern in town meeting against y" authority 
that caled y"^ same It is such a Practice as was never known 
in this Government nor in any of the neighboring Govern- 
ments all y*^ towns in this Province have always made that 
their Practice that y^ Selectmen who call y" meeting Govern 
y*^' same till a moderator is chosen they take the Votes & de- 
clare who is chosen moderator & then y'^ moderator takes his 
place and Governs That there is Defect in y'^ Laws of y*^ 
Province & that y'-' Laws are useless is a bold and Dareing af- 
front to y"^ Government for that in all & every town of y"^ 
Province the Laws have been understood & all the towns have 
been Qiiietly & regularly ordered & Governed and will be so 
still notwithstanding y- Disorderly Practice of The complain- 
ants who have violated the Laws & Good customs of y*-' Towns 
in all y'' Governments & to cover their Riotous Si bad behav- 
iour complain that there is no Law to Govern them. 



At a Legal meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town 
of Dunstable on the'iS''' Day of April A. D. 1774 

Voted that Jonathan Lovewell Esq'' be agent for the Town of Dun- 
stable to Petition those that are in proper authority that the s' Town 
of Dunstable may have the Priviledge of Sending a Person to Repre- 
sent them in the General assembly of this Province 
A true Copy attest 

■^ Jo* Whiting Town Clerk 
Dunstable may y^ 6"" 1774 

Dunstable Petition to send a Representative. 
To His Excellenc}' John Wentworth Esq"^ Cap' General Gov- 
ernor and Comander in chief in and over his majesties Prov- 
ince of New Ilamp. & the Hon''''^ his majesties Council. 
The Petition of Jonathan Lovewell of Dunstable in County 



TOWN PAPKllS DUNSTABLE. 225 

of Ililsborough and Province afore said on Behalf of the Free- 
holders of said Town of Dunstable in their Town meeting 
assembled ap' y' iS"' 1774 pursuant to their vote for this Pur- 
pose 

Humbly Shews That the said Town of Dunstable is a very 
ancient vSettlcment and so long ago as the year 16S0 there was 
Thirty Families settled there and a learned orthodox minister 
ordained amongst them — 

That the Inhabitants wer repeatedly distressed by a Bar- 
barous Indian Enemy and with great Difficulty kept Posses- 
sion of the Ground. That they were then under the Jurisdic- 
tion of the Province of the Mass' Bay and for very many years 
were priviledged by that Province to send a Person to repre- 
sent them in the General assembly anualy Convened at Bos- 
ton untill the Divisionall line between said Province took 
place. 

That in the year 1746 the said Town of Dunstable falling 
within this Province the Inhabitants of said Town wer by Plis 
majesty's Letters Patent under the seal of this Province Incor- 
porated in to a Body Politic and Corporate to have continu- 
ance forever by the name of Dunstable with all the Powers & 
authorities Priviledges & Franchises which other Towns in 
said Province or any of them by Law then had or enjoyed 
and to their Successors forever. 

That for several years since the said Town of Dunstable en- 
joyed the Priviledge of voting for a Person to Represent them 
in the General Assembly for this Province 

That for about Twelve years last past the Freeholders of said 
Town have for reasons to them unknown been Excluded from 
their ancient Priviledge altho they are not only conscious of 
their Loyalty and attachment to His Majesty King George the 
Third and all in authority under him and determined on every 
occasion to Testify their Duty. 

Wherefore your Petitioner on Behalf of the aforesaid Free- 
holders of Dunstable and in vertue of the vote aforesaid Most 
Humbly Prays your Excellencv and Hon""" that they may be 
restored to their ancient Priviledges and be properly repre- 
sented in Future and your Petitioner as in Duty Bound shall 
ever Pray 

Jonathan Lovewell. 

May y^ lo"" 1774 

15 



2 26 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Papers 
relating to the annexation of the West part of Dunstable (now Nashua) 
to the Town of Hollis : 
Containing 
Petition of the Inhabitants of the West part of Dunstable , 
Remonstrance of the Selectmen of Dunstable, 
Answer of the Agents of Dunstable, 
Plan of the territory to be disannexed (i) 
Warrant for a Town Meeting in Dunstable, 
Proceedings of said Town meeting. 
Extracts from the Records of Dunstable. 
1756 and 1757. 



Petition of People i?ithe West part of Dunstable {nozv part 

of Hollis) to be annexed to Hollis. 
Province of ^ 
New Hampsh J 

To His Excellency Benning Weutworth Esq"" Governor and 

the Hon'*^ his Majestys Councill 

The Petition of a nomber of the Inhabitants in the westerly 
Side of The Town of Dunstable in said Province and the Town 
of Hollis Joyning with them Humblv sheweth, 

That your Petitioners that live in Dunstable live in the west 
side of the Town next to Hollis and are so far from the meet- 
ing House that it is all most Empossible for us to attend the 
publick worship of God there for some of us live seven and a 
half miles and the nearest five and half from the Meeting House 
so that we Cant nor Dont go to meeting there and we receive 
no privi ledges with them for they have sot the Meeting House 
to acommodate them Selves and seem not in the lest to Regard 
us only to get our money our Difficulties are so exceeding great 
that make us Dispare of haveing any Comfortable Reeving 
gospcals Previledges unless we can obtain the aid and Assis- 
tance of your Excellency and Honnors 

Wherefore your Petitioners most Humbly pray that your Ex- 
cellency and Honnors Would so for Compassonate our Cir- 
cumstances as to Relieve us in the Premises by seting us of with 
our Land to Hollis to which we once belong'd and help settel 
our Minister and now go to attend the publick worship of god 
and must if we ai'e Continued as we be the furdcst of us from 
Holies Meeting House is not more than three Miles and a half 
or four miles and the bigcst part about two miles and a half 
and three miles to the which we can go with some degree of 
Comfort Wee therefore pray that your Excelency and Honors 
would be plesed to annex us to Holies with about 2500 acres 

(1) Tho Plan is found in the original MS. Papers Vol. II. p. 267, in scprotnry'sol 
flee, but omitted in this volume. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 227 

of Land as we have Discrebd in a plan Which will gratly Re- 
leve us from our present Difficulties and help us to a Comfort- 
able Injoyment of gosplc prevelidges 

Wee your Humble Petitioners therefore pray that your Ex- 
cellency and Hon" would Releive us as in your great Wisdom 
Shall Seem Meet and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall 
ever pray. 

John Willoughby William Cumings 

Elnathan Blood Joseph Farley 

John Phelps Anna Patch 

Daniel Mooar 

Benj' Parker 

Nicholas Youngman Sam' Cumings "j Selectmen 

Gershom Hobart Sam' Goodhue >- of 

Jonathan Hobart Enoch Noyes J Holies 

Amos Phillips 

Sam' Hobart 

David Hobart 

Nehemiah Woods 

In Council December i6, 1756 

read Si. ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''" Assembly 

Theodore Atkinson Secr>' 
Province of 1 
New Hamp j 

This Petition being read 

Ordered That the petitioners be heard thereon, the third Day of the 
Sitting of the General Assembly next after the 15''' day of Jan^^■ next 
Ensuing tV that the Petitioners at their own Cost & charge Cause the 
Select men of Dunstable to be Served with a Copy of s'' Petition &this 
order of Court thereon to appear tji: Shew Cause if any they have whj' 
the prayer thereof should not be Granted 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council December ly'"" 1756. 

read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson. 

New Himn ( ^" ^^^ house of Representatives Jan 21'' 1757 

This being the day appointed to hear the within Petition and the 
Select men of Dunstable by their Petition to the General Assembly of 
the 14"' Instant desireing that the hearing thereof might be put of to a 
further Day for the Reasons in s' Petition mentioned & the petitioners 
making no objection 

Resolved that the hearing thereof be put off till the 2' Day of the Sit- 
ting of the General Assembly next after the first Day of April next & 
all persons Concerned are hereby Required to Govern themselves ac- 
cordingly 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 

New Ham°p^}^" the House of Representatives May iS^'' 1757 

William Cumings Representing to this house that he was not duly 
Notified of the time appointed for the hearing this Petition & praying 
that further time may be appointed for a hearing thereof Therefore 

Voted that the Petitioners be heard thereon tlie Second day of the 



228 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Sitting of the General Assembly Next after the 20* day of June next & 
that the petitioners Serve the Selectmen of Dunstable with a Copy of 
this order of Court 

Andrew Clarkson Clerk 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & concurred 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. 



Petition relating to anothei- hearing. 
Province of") 
New Hamp j 
To His Ex'=>- B. Wentvvorth Esq"- Gov'' &c. The Hon'Miis 

Maj"" Councill & House of Representatives in Gen* Assembly 

Conveined at Ports" &c. 

The Remonstrance of the Select" of Dunstable in Answer To 
The Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Dunstable and the 
Select" of Holies for setting of Certain Lands with the Pef* 
that Belong to Dunstable to the Town of Holies 

Plumbly Sheweth 

That Tho the Order of Court pass'd in Councill ly**" 
of Dec'' Last Directing That the Select' of Dunstable Shou'd 
be Served with a Copy of the Pet" & Order of Court thereon 
Nottwithstanding the Pet" have delayed to lett y*^ Respond'* 
know any thing of Such Pet" and Order untill the Eleventh 
day of this Instant Jan'' and the hearing to be the third day af- 
ter the 15*'' Instant, if the Court vShou'd be then Sitting (the 
contrary of which we cou'd not know) The time being so short 
the Select" Could not by Lawfull Warning Assemble the 
town to know their minds before the time of Hearing which 
we Humbly Conceive they ought b}' no means to be abridged 
oft'. 

Wherefore we Humbly pray (that unless Their peti" be with- 
drawn or Dismissed without day that there may be a fin-ther 
day for Hearing thereon, and Inasmuch as 'tis probable if the 
town Resolve to appear and make answer there will be Occa- 
sion of Sundry Surveys and Measures to be taken, the clerer 
to descover the Truth of the facts alledged in their pet" which 
cannot with convenience be done till the Spring & besides the 
Hardship it would be for Such a Scattered town to Assemble 
vSoner than march meeting Since that is so near, & in the mean 
time y'' Pet" can Suffer no great 111 convenience) That the 
Hearing may be assigned Some time after the first of may next 

Which is Humblv Submitted bv y' Ex >' c^ Hon''" most 
Obed"' Serv'* 

J. BLA^XHARD '\ Select" 
Jox' Love WELL )■ of 
JoN^ Lund j Dunstable 

Dunstable Jan''^' 14"' 1757. 



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TOWX PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 229 

Pcfition against annexation to HolUs. 
To His Excellency B. Wentworth Esq' Capt. Gen' Gov'' of the 

Province of New Ilamp'' &c & the Hon'*^ His Majestys 

Council. 

Whereas Simdrv Inhabitants of Dunstable & the town of 
Holies Joyning with them have Petitioned y"" Excellency & 
Hon""* Praying the s' Inhabitants that are Petitioners may be 
with Their Lands Sett to Holies, and afterwards in the same 
Petition pray that they may be annexed to Holies with about 
3500 acres of Land (as they say they Have described in apian) 
and further pray for Relief as to you shall seem meet 

And shew as the Grounds of their Compl' their Distance 
from our meeting house that it was not sett to accommodate 
them & that seemingly they arc Only Regarded to get their 
money 

OiT which the Selectmen of Dunstable had notice by Order 
of His jSIajestys Councill <S: the Hon''' The Assembly to shew 
cause if any they had Why the prayer Thereof Shou'd not be 
granted. 

Therefore the Subscribers Agents of the Town of Dunstable 
Begg Leave to answer & Shew 

That by the Charter of Incorporation a Reservation is made 
to his majesty his Heirs & Successors, of the Power of Divid- 
ing the same when it shall appear necessary and Convenient 
for the Benefit of the Inhabitants — accordingly their applica- 
tion was to y'' Ex'-' & Hon'"^ — How that Petition came to drop 
down to the Lower house, or they order in a Thing they had no 
Lawfull cognizance of W^ee cannot tell — that in the present 
case nothing can lye before them to Determine and in this an- 
swer Shall address our Selves to y"" Ex'-' & Hon" only — 

Waving our not being Notefied by Prop"" authority if y"^ Ex*^'" 
tS: Ilon'^ think meet to sustain their Petition Beg Liberty to 
State the facts & y' Indulgence to hear them thro'. 

That the town of Dunstable ab' 1736 was b_v act of theMass''' 
Divided into two Parishes Reserving for the first Or .Standing 
part (being then ab' to build a meeting house) Such parcell 
Only as wou'd Continue & not probable to be sub-divided af- 
terwards — The Remainder of what Was then old Dun- 
stable (now Holies monson and part of Merrymac & part of 
Dunstable.) was made the Second Parish — which then Consisted 
of ab' 70000, acres had an annuall tax of two pence an acre for 
four years On all the Non-residents Lands to Enable them to 
Build a meeting house ann settle a minister with an after Tax 
of near the Same Sum Greatlv Exceeding the necessary use 
for which the Grant was Intended, however they disposed or 
divided the money That the first Parish 173S Built & finished 
a Meeting house at a Large exj^ence. 



230 NEW ha:mpshire 

That 1 741 the Province line was Run & left of the first par- 
ish about two thirds of the Inhabitants & Estates on the Mass'^ 
side. 

That 1746 y"" Ex''^' with advice of his Majestys Councill ap- 
pointed a Comittee to Enquire into the Situation & Circum- 
stances of this Western Acquisition in Order for its Incorpora- 
tion into towns 

That the Settled part of the Second Parish (since Holies) 
was present before that Comittee and the dividing line between 
that town & Dunstable was then fixed, after a full hearing of 
all partys. Tho Dunstable by that line was a quantity Suffi- 
cient for a town, yet the Habitable part so small (not more than 
five thousand acres. Scarce worth Improving) and that so scat- 
tered, viewing their past Burdens & Misfortunes with Great 
Reluctance took out their Charter — On the South the Province 
line On the East the Great River On the north the Poverty 
of the land wou'd make no advantage, by an addition Exclusive 
of the present Pete" & they Cheifly on the westerly Side Thus 
Shut up 

Tho Holies would admit five times the Settlers & Better 
Land as Their first Entry was at the Easterly end. 

Dunstable for their accommodation only Submitted to the 
line as it now stands when they Ought to have advanced a mile 
further West at the least. 

On examination we find that Holies on True measure is ab* 
eight miles in length East & west And about four miles & half 
north & South promiscuously Settled at Each end. Sometime 
after their Incorporation Holies set up a meeting house with 
part of the money we & others had paid for that use & sett it 
about a mile an half from their East line Regardless of the 
Comp"* of the Inhabitants & prop" on the westerly part so 
that many of them now are eight miles as they must travil from 
their meeting much further than any of Dunstable are from 
Our meeting house. Had measures in Equity been taken as 
was in Dunstable to place their meeting house the present Pet" 
wou'd be many miles nearer to ours (& doubtless will soon be 
the case) 

Wee are Sencible that this vexatious Petition is Stirred & en- 
couraged by Holies purely to prevent Justice to their Western 
Inhabitants which they foresee will Obtain unless they can 
Cloack it by Ruining Dunstable. 

The Reasons as to Distance & accommodation might much 
Stronger be urged — Exclusive of the province tax, in favor of 
the .South part of the town. 

That the familys in Dunstable able to Support themselves & 
bear any part of Our charge does not Exceed Forty, the Peti- 
tioners Included & shouM they be Indulged it must end in their 
disappointment & be fatal to us. 



TOWX PAPERS DUNSTABLE. 23I 

As to their treatment in the town Setling the meeting house 
Useing the money &c we wou'd not trouble you With the Ar- 
guments Just in Our favour — Only Refer to the votes wc here 
annex. Demonstrations of their good usage. 

Had not the Depth of Snow and bad weather prevented we 
had shown their fallacious pretences to their distance from each 
meeting house all the aforegoing facts are Ready to veryfie 

What Genius had Given them front to mutter out this Mot- 
tley Petition is Difficult to Guess. 

The pretentions both of IIolles»S:the Pet"' are totally Ground- 
less. 

Wherefore we pray that their Petition may be Dismissed 

Joseph Blanxhard ^ .,, ^^^ 

Zacheus Lovewele V t^ 4. 1 1 
-r T- I Dunstable 

Joseph French. j 

[Here follows a plan of the hind petitioned to be annexed to Ilollis, 
about -500 acres — which is omitted. Ed.] 



Province of \ To John Searles One of the Constables of Dunstable 
New Hamp / In said Province Greeting. 

Seal In his Majestys Name you are hereby Required forthwith To No- 
tify it Warn alfthe freeholders & Other Inhabitants In said Dun- 
.stable QiKilified to Vote in the following Town aftairs that the}' As- 
semble c\: Meet at the meeting house in Said Dunstable on Monday 
the 21-' Day of March next at one of the clock afternoon, 
i" To Chuse all Town Officers for the Ensuing Year Required by Law. 
2'' To hear the Town accounts & Do anything Relating the Same as 
Shall then be agreed on. 

3"> To See if the Town Will Do any thing to Shew Cause why the 
Petition of William Cumings & Others should not be Granted who have 
Petitioned the General Court to be annexed to Holies & Do any thing 
Relating the Same as shall then be agreed on 

4"''y To see if the Town Will Do any thing to Prevent the Common 
Being Over Stocked & act as shall then be agreed on & see that you 
make Due Return hereof & fail not at your Peril. 
Dated at Dunstable February 28''' 2757 

Joseph Blanchard ") 
Jon ' LovEvv^ELL j- Selectmen 
JoN' Lund J 

Province of \ 
New Hamp j 

Pursuant To the Within Warrant I have Notifyed & Warned all the 
freeholders .S: Other Inhabitants Qiialified to Vote In the within Town 
affairs to meet at the Time «!« Place iS: for the Occasions as are Within 
mentioned. 

Dunstable March y" 2r' 1757 

his 
John X Searles Constable 
mark 
Dunstable April y* 2'^ 1757 
A true Copy taken from Dunstable town Book pr 

Jonathan Lund, Town Clerk 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

At a Town Meeting of the freeholders & Other Inhabitants In Dun- 
stable Qi_ialified to Vote In Town affairs assembled at the meetinghouse 
In Dunstable On Monday the 21" Day of Sepf 1757 

Extract of the Votes 

The Qiiestion Was Put if the Town of Dunstable Wou'd set off the 
Inhabitants & Land as Petitioned for by William Cumings & Others to 
be annexed to Holies or any Part thereof & Voted In the Negative 

then Voted that Joseph Blanchard & Zacheus Lovewcll Esqrs. & Cap' 
Joseph French be agents In the Behalf of the Town of Dunstable 
Joyntly or Severally or any two of them to Shew Cause Why the Prayer 
of the aforesaid Petition shou'd not be Granted 

A True Copy pr. Jonathan Lund town clerk 
Dunstable April 2'^ 1757 

A True Copy Taken from Dunstable Town Book pr 

Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Choice of agents March 21'' 1757 

At a meeting of the Freeholders & Other Inhabitants of the ToAvn of 
Dunstable Regularly assembled at the house of Thomas Ilarwood In 
Dunstable the 5"" Day of March 1754 

Extracts of the Votes 

Voted that all the Inhabitants on the Place Called One Pine Hill viz : 
those to the West of Sampson Frenches & John Butterfield making a 
strait Line be excused from all charges In fitting Raising & finishing 
the old meeting house. 

Dunstable apri! ye 2' 1757 

A true Copy taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable held at 
the house of M'' Jonathan French On the 24"' Day of July 1749 Law- 
fully Warned for the following Purposes 

Extract of the Votes 

Also voted To hire a School for Eight months & that three months 
part thereof be Improved the North side Nashua River In two places. 
One the Most Convenient place at One pine Hill & that two months be 
Kept In the middle of the Inhabitants Between Nashua River & the 
Province Line & that the Other three months be kept the One half at 
the South End c<c One half at the North End to be Determined by the 
Committee to be Chosen the Most Convenient Places for that Purpose 

Dunstable April y 2'' 1757 

A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town Book. 

Pr Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

N. B. Y" Petitioners Live at a place called One pine hill 

At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable Assembled 
on Wednesday the 30"' Day of April 1746 

Extract of the Votes of said meeting 

Also Voted that the Inhabitants that bv the Charter Was Incorporated 
With this Town of Dunstable Who Was by any Other Act or Law 
While Under the Jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Government Incor- 
porated With anj- Other Town or Parish & have Continued to Pay 
Rates to the Respective Ministers of thoie Places be & hereby are Voted 
and Excused from the Tax or Rates Due to M'' Swan to Compleat his 
Salary Down to the Last Day of March Last 



TOWN PAPERS — DUNSTABLE. 233 

Dunstable April y' 2'' 1757 

A true Coppj taken from Dunstable town Books 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable assembled 
according to Law on Monday the Second Day of March 1746-7 
Extract of the Votes of Said Meeting. 

Whereas it has been proposed by the Inhabitants of this Town of 
Dunstable at Several Town Meetings to agree upon a Place Where to 
Erect a Meeting house for the Pubiic Worship of God In this Town Sc 
no place being agreed upon iS: it Being Necessary that a place Should 
be fixed or agreed upon for Said Use & to Prevent the Charge of a Courts 
Committee ni Settling the Same & that the Same May be Don Just & 
Equal it is Proposed that a Committee of three Judicious men hereafter 
to be Named be chosen (Belonging to some Other Town or Towns) & 
that they be fully Impowcred to meet & agree upon or fix a Certain place 
for Erecting a jileeting house In this Town of Dunstable I'v: that they 
View the Land in Settling the Same & that the Said Committee or the 
Maj"' Part of them Certify to the Clark of this Town (In Writing by 
them Signed) the Place thev Shall agree upon or fix for Said use &that 
In their^Judgment it is a place that is Just & Equal & Will Best acom- 
odate the Inhabitants of this Town of Dunstable & the Clerk is hereby 
Ordered to Record the Same Which Being Done shall be & Remain the 
Place for Building a Meeting house In this Town for the use aforesaid 
if the Land Can be had for the Same & that the Select men Desire Said 
Committee to Meet In this Town & agree upon a Place as aforesaid 
upon the Cost & Charge of this Town — 

Voted In the affirmative 

Dunstable April y" 2' 1757 

A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Province of New Hampshire 

We the Subscribers Being Chosen a Committee By the Town of Dun- 
stable In said Province at their Meeting the 2' Day of March 1746-7 to 
fix & agree upon a place to Erect a house for the Public Worship of 
God In Said Dunstable according to the Directions in said Vote given 
us having Viewed the Land Sc hearing all Parties fully thereon So far 
as they See Cause have fixed c*c agreed That the Place for Build- the said 
house on be cV hereby is stated (as In our Judgments most Just c^ Rea- 
sonable to be all Circumstances Considered) By the high Way on the 
Easterly Side thereof about four Rods from said Way at a small Pine 
Marked" against M'' Samuel Whitings New field (so called) Near the 
Place Where the Road Comes from Phineas Lunds. 

as Witness our hands this 23' Day of May 1747 

Joseph Fitch 
John Chamberlain 
Robert Fletcher 

A true Copy Attes 

Jon ' Lovewell Town Clerk 

Dunstable April y» 2* 1757 A true Coppy taken from Dunstable town 
Book pr. Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Dunstable In the 
Province of New Hamp' Being Regularly Assembled at the house of M'' 
Thomas Harwood the 21" Day of December 1753 

Then Voted the Place Whereon to set up a house for Public Worship 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

on Lords Daj be at the Crotch of the Roads as Near as Can be With 
Convenience (Near the house where Jon Lovewell Now Dwells) Voted 
that the old Meeting house be Took Down Moved & Set up on the Place 
this night Voted for that Purpose & that tlie Same be forthwith Done 
& that the Hon''''-' Joseph Blanchard Esq'' Zacheus Lovewell Thomas 
Harwood Joseph French John Butterfield Jonathan Lund Ephraim 
Adams Jon" Lovewell & amasa Parker be a Committee to Effect the 
Same & that the Necessary Charges be paid by this Town 

Dunstable April y 2"* yr 1757 

a true Cop" taken from Dunstable town Book 

Pr- Jonathan Lund Town Clerk 

Then Voted that Joseph Fitch of Bedford Capt. William Laurance 
Esq'' of Groton & Capt. John Chamberlain of Souhegan East be the 
Committee to settle the Meeting house Place as afores'^ Si. that they 
make Report Within three Montlis 

Voted that Capt. Rob' Fletcher be Chosen to Serve In the afores* 
Com'''" in Case Either fail 

Dunstable April 2'' 1757 

A Copy Taken from Dunstable Town Book 

[Here follows a plan of Pine Hill on the west part of Dunstable, 
which is omitted. Ed.] 



DURHA^I. 



[This town was originally part of Dover, and long had the name of 
Oyster-River. It was incorporated during the administration of Gov. 
Belcher, 15 May, 1732. Ed.] 

Petition for Incorporation as a To-vn. 
To the Hon''''' John Usher Esq- Lev- Govern'' Comand' in 

Chief of his Majes'" Province of New Hampshire and to the 

Hon^'« the Councill. 

Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of Oyster River Humbly 
Petition and Pray 

That whereas, his Moste Sacred Majesty King WilHam has 
been pleased through his grace and favor to grant unto yo'' 
Hon"" by his Royall Commission with y"^ Councill full Powers 
and authorities to Erect and Establish Towns within his ]Majes- 
ties Province and whereas now y'' Petitioners have by divine 
providence settled and Inhabited that Part in this his Alajes** 
Province Comonly Called Oyster River and have found that by 
the scituation of the place as to Distance from Dover or Exe- 
ter butt more Especially Dover now being forced to wander 
through the Woods to y* place to meet to and for y*^ manage- 
ment of our aflaires are much Disadvantaged for y*^ Present in 
our Business and Estates and hindered of adding a Town and 
People for the Hon'' of his Majesty in the Inlargement and In- 



TOWX PAPERS DURHAM. 



^35 



creas of his Province Wee humbly Supplicate that yo"" Ilon""^ 
would take itt to yo'' Consideration and grant thatwe may have a 
Township confirmed by your honours which we humbly offer 
the bound Thereof may Extend as followeth. To begin at the 
head of Rialls his cove and so to run upon a North west line 
seven Miles and from thence with Dover line Parrelell untill 
we meet with Exeter line that yo' Hon"^ would be pleased to 
Grant this Petition which will not only be a great benefitt Both 
to t!ie Settlement of our Ministry The Population of the 
place the Ease of the Subject and the strengthening and ad- 
vantaging of his majest^ Province butt an Engagement for yo'' 
Petitioners Ever to pray for the Safety & Increase of yo' Hon" 
and Prosperity 



John Smith 

Joseph Jones 

James x Bunker Sen. 

John Williams 

Thomas Williams 

William Willyoums 

Henery Vines ? 

Nathaniell Meder 

John Meder Sener 

John Meder Jn 

William Faster x his mark 

James x his mark 

Philep Dudy. x his mark 

Demeret x his mark 

Joseph Jengens x his mark 

James Bonker x his mark 

James ? 



Joseph Meder 
Joseph Smith 
Edward Wakeham 
Thomas Wille 
Thomas Chesley 
Philip Chesley sen 
Francis Pittman 
Thomas Chesley Jr 



George Chesley 
William Jackson 
Joseph Bunker 
John Woodman 
Stephen Jones 

? Davis X mark 

Samson Doe 

John Doe 

Jeremiah Cromen 

James X Durgin mark 

\Villioum X Durginn ina : 

Elias Critchett 

Phi Hup Cromel - mark 

John Cromel 

Jeremiah Burnnum 

John Smith 

Thomas Bickford 

John Meder 

Francis Mathes 

Henry Nock 

John Willy x mark 

Thomas Edgerly 

John Edgerly 

Edward x Lethers his mark 

Henry Mash 

William x Durgin his mark 



Ecclesiastical dociimcjit rclatbig to Dar/.am^ ^1~?i- 

Rev^'"* Hon. & beloved. 

understanding Col. Davis & his wife are ab' to Joyn in full 
com" w''' yo'' church this is y" by virtue of y^ communion of 
churches to enter my objection ag^' y'" for scandalous crimes 
untill their publick confession & reformation 

V^ crime ag" him is his liipocrisy in pretending he could 
not w''' our church on ace" of Cajit. Jones who (as he said) 
had taken a false oath ab' Capt. Hills land at y*" falls w'" Jos 



236 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



meader also when he Considered not the beam in his own eye 
relating to another oath he himself took concerning Wheel- 
wrights pond 

2" crime is his Sacrilegious fraud in his being The ringleader 
of the point peoples first rase of my first years sallary retain- 
ing 1 6 pound thereof now almost sixteen years 

3'- crime is his Sacrilegious covetousness of the parsonage 
land for his son Daniel acting thereby like Ahab coveting & 
forceable entry upon Naboths Vineyard 

4"' his late wresting the Law of this Province in his partial 
Spite ag** his own legal minister for so innocently playing at 
nine pins at a house noways license for a Tavern & also for re- 
proaching & defaming s'' minister as being in drink or dis- 
guised there"*^'' besides his the s'' Jas. Davis being so desper- 
ately & notoriously wise in his own conceit his pretending to 
have so much religious discourse in his mouth & yet live so 
long (40 years) in hatred unto contempt of & stand neuter 
from our crucified Saviour & his honouring his sons & his 
wife also above the Lord of Heaven by his hearkeing to them 
more & rather than to him i sam' 2 : 29 

in the second place ag' her the s'' Elizabeth his wife. 

I*' crime is her railing ag*' the s'' minister publickly at the 
church meeting in the meeting house by saying that the s^ 
minister told a lie in the pulpit ab' Sobriety Thomas &c 

2 crime is her profane mockery at Christ's ordinance of a 
church meeting for discipline by her saying in a way of de- 
rision theres going to be another caball now i e a horse race- 
ing from caballas the starey constellation or else a secret coun- 
cil for some mystery of iniquity 

3'' crime is her being disorderlv as a busv body at every one 
of her husbands Courts to be his advisor or intermedlcr in his 
passing judg'"' in any case as if he sh'' regard her more than 
his oath the Law or evidence if these criminals will have these 
crimes to be proved at any church meeting to hear the Same 
w'*" y'" reverend pastor Mr. Jona Cushing may please to ap- 
point. Then as the Hon'^''^ Col. Richard WaldronEsq. is one 
of the members of yo- Church in full comunion & a chief Jus- 
tice of peace for the Province as a Subject I desire but as an 
ambassad' for Christ I demand of his Hon'' aforesaid a blank 
sumons & notification seasonably as a complain' to sumons ev- 
idence for the confirmation of y"^ premises as witnesses [two 
Hebrew words] (i) Pastor. 

the woman's 4"' crime is her so evidently insnaring her son 

Thomas into so many denials of any such concern' w '' Sobri- 

etv Thomas in all that Scandalous business. For which cum 

imiltis aliis &c as baptized Children of the covenant by their 

(1) This was widoubteillv written by Rov. Hush Adams, of Duihain. See Prov 
Pap. Vol. IN", and V., "Adaine." Eu. 



TOWN PAPERS DURHAM. 2-7 

prop^ minister they are both of y» laid under y Censure of his 
pastoral rejection as unbaptized heathen man & woman as War- 

''"t-'V/V r'''^^//^''''^ "^ Titus 3 no I Tim- i : 20 Titus 
- _. ^ Math 16 : 19 Mai 2:71 Sam' 15 : 33 Math 3 : 10. Acts 
^ . 13 : 21 : 23 untill thir publick Confession & amendm' of life 
-concernm.G: whom therefore I must suppose in charity for 
}o church by the receiving,, such among you w^' not dare to 
tiansgresse these written orders in the Apostolick Law of Christ 
I L.or. ^ : 1 1 ^ Sundry other Scriptures. 



Petition of sundry aggrieved in/iabitants 0/ Oyster River 
To the Honorable John Wintworth Esq- Lieu' Govenor and 
Comn^.nder m Chief in and over his Maj'- Province of 
New Haiupshn-e in ^ew England and to the Honorable his 
Majs Counciel and Representatives for said province 

thP^n?v-^f""'n' ^;^t'^°" °f Sundry aggreved L.habitance of 
the palish o. Oyster River Alost humbly Shevveth Whereas 
we the Subscribers In Habitance of said parish Have allwr's 
been Constant hearers and Paid our Rats to the Minister of 
said Parish as by the Rait List of assessment Will make ap- 
pear and Likewise Sundry of us have Been at a Consederabel 
Charge in Bulchng a Meating House in said parish it beint 
^'^'- '?"^^ 7';:f Conv-enent for us to attend upon the Publick 
Uoiship of God at Oyster River Meeting House then at Co- 
checho Meeting House which is a great way further for us to 
go tho^ ever the Less as we understand we are in Danger of 
Being Excluded from our said Priviledges by such an Unequal 
Line of Boundary between the parish of Oyster River and Co- 
checho which ,f being so stated will be Greatly to the Dama<^e 
of yo' Petitionors. -^ 'uuaj^e 



ure 



We do therefore Humbly Cra^•e Liberty of the More Matur 
and Superior Judgment of your honours in the General A.s 
scmbly praving yor honours to take it in Consideration that 
there may be a more Equael Line of Bound'ry Set so that yo'' 
aggrieved petitionars may not be under such Grat hard shins 
and yor petitioners shall ever pray, ^ ' 

Joseph Jones in behalf of the 

A\.Il>am Broun William Glines ^ 

James Jackson Samuel Daves 

Thomas Lethers Joseph Hiks 

John lasker y^^es Busell 

wT' nS 'f '^ Morres Fouller 

Joshua Chasley John Busell 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Joseph Parkins Eli Demerett 

Thomas Bickford William Demerett 

Ralph Ilorll John Demerett 

Samuall Parkins John Huckins 

Joseph Jones Jun' Job Demerett 

Benj. Jones Derrv Pitman 

John Jones Thomas Willey Jun. 

John Rand Joseph Daniel'the third 

John Remiss Noel Crose 

Timothy Moses John Daniel 

Thomas ? Benjamin Evens 

Samuel Chesle Harvej Euswell 

John Allan William Buswell 
Dec. 10, 1729. 



Petition of Francis Alathes and others for a neiv parish in 

Dnrham. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq"" Governor and Com- 
mander In Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire in New England, the Hon^'''^ His Majesty's Coun- 
cil and House of Representatives for said Province In Gen- 
eral Court Convened Jany. 31^' ^739 

The Petition of Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Durham in Said Province Humbly Shews, 

That the Inhabitants of the Said Town are divided Into two 
parties Respecting their Ecclesiastical aftairs, the One such as 
adhere to the Reverend M'' Hugh Adams the late Minister of 
the Said Town & who Continues so to the said party, the other 
(who are much the Greater) are such as have Oppos'd his 
Standing in that Relation to them, & still Continue so to do. 
That notwithstanding it was the opinion & Result of the late 
Ecclesiastical Council held there that it would not be Expedi- 
ent for him to be any Longer the Minister of the said Town 
yet considering his former Services his advanced years and the 
unhappy Circumstances of himself & Family they Earnestly 
Recommended and prcss'd it upon the said Inhabitants that 
they should Liberally make Provision for his Support during 
the Stay of himself & Family among them — which is what 
would be highly agreeable to your Petitioners 

That altho Several propositions have been made touching 
that matter yet nothing has been agreed on nor any care taken 
to Secure the performance thereof in the manner Recommended 
as aforesaid. 

That your Petitioners apprehend it would be a great Inde- 
cency if he who was once & so long the ^Minister of the said 
Town should have no other provision made for his Support 
than what the Law Provides for one of the poor of the Town 



TOWN PAPKKS DURHAM. 239 

and that he should be Reduced to a Necessity of Depending 
upon such a Subsistence 

That your Petitioners are desirous Still to Sit under his ^Min- 
istry and are willing to support him & his Family Suitable to 
his character & Station among them, and conceive that his 
being Comfortably Supported would have a good Tendency & 
be the Means of making peace in the Town (respecting Eccle- 
siastical matters) and would keep all parties quiet A: Easy. 
But your Petitioners however willing are notof ability to afford 
such Support while they are Subject to & pay towards the 
Maiitenance of another Minister, in the Town. 

Wherefore they most Humbly pray that they with Such oth- 
ers of the Said Town as will associate with them (not Exceed- 
ing the one half) may be Exempted from paying toward the 
Support of any other Minister & May be discharged from all 
charges of that nature laid on them by Law by their Oppo- 
nents from the time of the aforesaid Result and may be Incor- 
porated as a Parish during the Life of the Said M'' Adams in 
order to ^Maintain him &. his Family & to Enjoy the Benefit of 
his Ministry. 

Or that the Town in General may be Obliged to afford him 
a Comfniablc vSubsistencc during his abode there Or that Such 
other Mctliod may be pursu'd as this Hon''"^ Court in their Great 
Wisdo;n & goodness Shall think proper for the peace of the 
Town & the Ease of that aged Gentleman — and your petition- 
ers as In duty bound Shall ever pray &c. 
Francis Mathes 
Tliomas Footman 
Thomas Drew 



Joseph Wheeler 
William Lord 
John Edgerly 
Stevephen Wille 
Joseph Stevenson 
John Footman 
Joseph F'ootman 
Benjamin Pender 
John Durgen 
Benjamin Durgen 
Benjamin Finder Junr. 
Frances Durgen 
Joseph Drew 
John Ivant 
Moses Edgerly 
John Ivant Junr. 
John Drewe 
Benjamin Benet 
James Durgain Jun. 
William Durgain 
James Durgain 
Will" Durgain Jun. 
Joseph Durgain 



Towerthey Durgain 
Joshua Durgain 
Hazekiah Marsh 
Joseph Duda 
Joseph Duda Jun. 
Benmor Dnda 
John Cromut 
Phillip Cromut 
David Davis 
Jacob Tash 
Isacc Mason 
Nathanael Watson 
Nathaniel Frost 
John Smart 
John Mason 
Benjamin Burdet 
Pumfret Whitehouse 
Vallitin Hill 
Sam" Adams 
Sam' Willey 
Joseph Bickford 
Abraham Banneck 
Benjamin Banneck 
Jonathan Durgain 
William Wormwood 
Joseph Edgerly 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Thomas Bickford William Accason 

Abraham Stevnson Joseph Edglv 

John Bickford 
February the 15"' 1739-40. In the house of Representatives. 
The within Petition read and Voted the Petition be dismissed. 

James Jeflry Cler. Ass"" 
In Coun' feb 21"' 1739-40 

Read and the Q^icsLion put whether tlie Council Concurr'd with the 
representatives vote. 

four voted vea & four nav W^*" were all that were present. 

R. Waldron Secv 



Durham July y« 24"' 1740 
A list of Names of all the Soldiery that Is under my Comand from 
Sixteen years old and upward as the Law Directs. 

John Smith Jun'' Capt" 



Sai-gt Thomas Stevenson 
Sarg Samuel Willey 
Sargjohn Crummet 
Sarg- John Edgerly 
Cor. Joseph Wormwood 
Cor Joseph Davis 
Cor. Joseph Edgerly 
Cor. John Durgain 
John Footman 
Joseph Footman 
Samuel Smith 
Eenja. Smith 
Joseph Chasly 
Ebenezer Smith 
Benj'^ Pender 
Francis Durgain 
Eliphalet Daniel 
Reuben Daniel 
John Kent 
John Kent Jun. 
Abraham ^lathews 
John Drew 
Elijah Drew 
Tho Bickford 
Robert Kent 
Tho. Langley 
William Lord 
Steplien Willey 
Benja Mathews 
NolinLin Mathews 
Abraham Mathews Jun 
Joseph Stevenson 
Abraham Stevenson 
Caleb Wakham 
Francis Footman 
Daniel Davis 
Tho Footman Jun. 
John Genikins 
Benja Genikins 



Robert Burnham Jun. 
John Burnham Jun. 
Richard Dunmore 
Benja Davis 
Jabez Davis 
Jeremiah Davis 
Solomon Davis 
Ebenezer Davis 
Samuel Meeder 
James Burnham 
Ichbod Denmore 
Joi-eph Bickford 
John Langly 
Jobe Langley 
Hezekiah' Marsh 
Willm Willey 
John Mason 
Daniel Doo 
John Doo 
Joseph Doo 
Benja Doo 

Will'" \\^ormwood Jun. 
Will"' Jncks 
Joshua Crumet 
Abraham Bennet Jun. 
James Durgain Jun. 
Will" Durgain 
Phillip Crommet 
Benja Bennet 
Isac Mason 
David Davis 
Samuel Joy 
Joshua Davis 
Joseph Dudy 
Joseph Dudy Jun. 
Benmore Dudj- 
Tho Willev 
Theodor Willey 
James Smith 



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TOWN PAPERS DURHAM. 241 

Joseph Smith Joshua Woodman 

Tho Yorke John Cretchet 

Samuel Watson John Willej 

Joseph Gleden James Burnham Jun 

A true Coppv of the List Rool taken y" Last Training Day and Cop- 
pjed out July "y' •^9'*' 174° Total 86 

Joseph Drew Clerk 



Daniel Meader^s Petition^ Feb. ii, i745- 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Govenor& Com- 
mander In Chief in & over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire the Hon"' His Majestys Council & House of 
Representatives in General Assembly Convened the ii*^" Day 
of Feb>' 1 744-5 

The Humble Petition of Daniel Meader of Durham in the 
Province of New Hampshire in behalf of himself & the People 
called Qiiakers Inhabitants of Durham afores'^ Shews 

That your Petition' was Chosen Constable of the Said Town 
at their annual Meeting in March 1743 for that year & at the 
«ame time One Isaac Clarke was chosen a Constable or Col- 
lector of the Minister Rate thereby Intending to Exonerate the 
Constable of the Town (properly so called) from that service. 

That since that Choice M' Hugh Adams has Recovered a 
Judgment ag' y" s'' Town at the Court of Appeals for a consid- 
erable sum of Money w'"' the Town was obliged to Raise, a 
Meeting was called & a vote was past for Raising a sum of 
Money but Expres'd in a Covert disguised manner purposely 
concealing the use & design to which it was to be applied with 
an Intent as your Petitioner Conceives both to oblige him to 
Collect it & the Qiiakers to pay a part of it who are Exempted 
by law from paying any part of money Raised to the use for 
w'' this was Really designed — And pursuant hereto a list of 
Rates was made wherein all Denominations were taxed to- 
wards the sum voted as aforesaid & artifice & contrivance used 
to get it into the hands of your Petitioner & to oblige him to 
Collect the money. 

That as the Laws of the Province do not oblige any man or 
men to pay towards the Support of any way of Worship but 
that which he or they attend much less will they Compel any 
man to Collect money for the Support of that mode of worship 
from which he dissents and the money adjudged to M' Adams 
aforesaid & which has been Collected (with other money) and 
since paid to him Comes within the meaning of the Province 
Laws granting Liberty of Conscience & other Privileges re- 
specting Religious worship as any sum to be raised for any 
ministers yearly Salary. 
16 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Wherefore y' Petition' Humbly prays that as the Quakers 
have not yet paid the part of said Rates which they were as- 
sessed they may be Exempted & discharged from paying the 
same and he Exonerated from the burthen of making such Col- 
lection And farther as your Petioner conceives the Collecting 
any part of Said Rates was an unjust Imposition on him he 
Prays that he may be paid by the Said Town a Quantum 
Meruit for that Service and he will as in Duty bound Ever pray 
&c 

DANrp:i. Medkk. 



Petition of Joseph Thomas and other inhabitants of Dur- 
ham. 
To the Hon''''" the House of Representatives for the Province 

of New Hampshire in General Assembly Convened Nov"" 

1755- 

Humbly Shows. Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Durham in Said Province That they apprehend themselves ag- 
grieved By the Return made by two of the Select men of Said 
Town of the Person said to be Chosen to Represent the Said 
Town in the Last Election for That they Conceive upon a fair 
Examination of the Facts Relative thereto, it w'ill be found 
That Joseph Thomas their Late Representative was really the 
Person Legally chosen & Ought to have been so Returned. 

That the true State of the Case is thus, upon Reading & 
Counting the Written Votes put in it appeared that Lieut 
Stephen Jones had one more Vote than Said Thomas upon 
which there appeared a Sufficient Number (who being Doubt- 
ful whether it could be so upon a fair Examination) Desired a 
Poll to Put the matter beyond Dispute which was accordingly 
Granted the Event of which was that there were thirty nine 
Polls in favour of said Thomas h. thirty two Polls in favour of 
said Jones — whereupontheModeratorDeclared the said Thomas 
the Person Elected & Directed the Clerk to make the Entry 
accordingly — Yet so it is that the said Jones is Returned as the 
Person Elected & said to be Notified to attend accordingly all 
which upon an Impartial Inquiry \\\\\. Turn out as your Peti^- 
tion"^ apprehend to be a Misrepresentation & a bold Infringe- 
ment upon the Rights & Libertys of the Electors & worthy of 
Inquiry & Exami ' wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray 
the Premises may be taken under Consideration by this Hon"'" 
House & Such a Resolution form'd thereupon as shall be found 
upon Examina to be agreeable to the Truth of the Diflerent 



TOWN PAPERS DURHAM. 143 

facts & allegations Produced & made by the Ditferetit Parties 

Concern'd and your Petition Shall Pray &c. 

jos Thomas 
Ei.ipnAi.KT Daniel 
Jonathan Durgain 
Bknj Jenkins 



Petition for a highway. 
Province of 1 
New Hamp. | 

To his Excellency John VVentworth Esq Captain General and 
Governour in chief in and over his Mujest Province of New 
Hampshire & To the Honourable his Majesty' Councill & 
House of Representatives in General Court Convened This 
Eleventh Day of February A. D. 176S 

The Petition of us the Subscribers being Inhabitants and 
Freeholders of Durham, Newmarket and Towns adjacent 
Most Humbly Sheweth That at his Majesty's Court of General 
Sessions of the peace begun & held at Portsmouth within and 
for the said Province of New Hampshire on the first Tuesday 
of September last, Your Petitioners humbly Petitioned said 
Court of Sessions for a " High way of two Rods wide to be laid 
out from the Bridge at Lamprele River To the Road leading 
from Durham Point to Durham Falls in The following manner 
viz. beginning at the County Road at said Lamprele River near 
Joseph Hams Dwelling House & to Run as the Path now 
Runs through lands of Walter Bryant Esq' and Abraham Ben- 
nett To lands of Samuel Smith at the Gate at the Head of said 
Smiths Pasture from thence running between said Smith & 
Bennitts Land to the afores' path at the Head of said Smiths 
lane and Down said Smiths Lane To the End thereof. Thence 
running between said Smith & Bennitts land & Through Said 
Smiths land as The path now goes To Lands of Joseph Chesle 
Thence Through the Several Lands of Said Chesley The heirs 
of Ebenezer Smith Esq' Deceased and John Smith to lands of 
Thomas Stevenson & through said Stevensons land between 
his House & Barn To lands of Joseph Footman & through said 
Footmans Land to lands of Dependancc Bickford & John Dur- 
gin and through said Bickford & Durgins land To & through 
Lands belonging To tlie said Heirs of Ebenezer Smith To 
Mathes' Creek (so called) near the Mill and over the said 
Creek between lands of the Honourable Peter Levins Esq and 
John Kent To Lands in possession of John & Joseph Drew 
Thence running between said Levins & Drews Land To a 
Road Leading from Durham Point to Lamprele River" — and 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

at the Court of General Sessions holden at said Portsmouth in 
December last The Petitioners prayed for a Committee To 
view the Several Lands Through which said Road was In- 
tended to be laid out and To Report To the said Court of Ses- 
sions Thereon but the Court refused To send a Committee or 
to grant the prayer of the said Petitioner and accordingly the 
Petition was Dismissed by means whereof your Petitioners are 
much aggrieved as the said Way if laid out would much Com- 
mode your Petitioners as well as his Majestys Subjects in gen- 
eral. Wherefore your said Petitioners Most humbly pray that 
your Excellency & Honours would Take The matter under 
your Consideration & Cause the said place to be viewed & if 
the said way should appear to be necessary & Convenient Then 
To order the Said Way to be laid put and opened in such way 
& manner as your Excellency and Honours shall in your great 
wisdom Think fit and your Petitioners as in Duty Bound will 
Ever pray 

Feb. ii"' 1768. 

David Davis James Cram 

Moses Edgerlj Jr. Tho» Stevenson 

Truworthy Durgin Jun Joseph Drevr 

Stephen Wille Jun John Drew 

Nath' Norton Joseph Wormwood Jr. 

George Bickford Dep. Bickford 

Volentine Mathes Francis Mathes 

John Mead John Edgerly 

Ede Hull Bergin John Smith 

Zcbulon Doe^un. George Tuttel 

Jonathan Doe Tim° Murray 

Edward Smith John Mundro 

Bradstreet Doe 
Province of \ In the House of Representatives Feb iS'" 1768 
New Hamp. / The within Petition being Read 

Voted That the Petitioners be heard on this Petition the third Daj 
of the Siting of the General Assembly next after the tenth Day of 
March next and that they at their own Cost Serve the Selectmen of 
Durham with a Copy of this Petition and Order of Court that they 
May Shew Cause why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted 

M. VVeare Clr. 
In Council Feb> 19'' 1768 
Read & concurr'd 

Geo. King Dep. SecJ" 
Province of ) In the House of Representatives March 15"' 1768 
New Hamp. j The Parties being heard on this Petition and the matter 
Considered — 
Voted That Andrew Wiggin Esq' Capt. Eliphelet Merrill and Capt. 
Ezekiel Worthen be a Committee to View the Road Petitioned for to 
hear what any Persons Concern'd may oft'er and make Report to the 
General Assembly as soon as may be. The Cost of the Committee t» 
be Paid by the Petitioners 

M. Weare CI' 



TOWN PAPERS KPPING. Z^^ 

Province ) At a Town meeting of the Free holders & other Inhab- 
of New Hamp. / itants of Durham held at the Meeting House in s"* Dur- 
ham on Monday the y"* day of March 1768 at 3 o'clock 
P. M. 
Voted that Capt. Thomas Chesley shall be an agent in behalf of the 
Town to answer to a Petition signed by Thomas Stevenson & others, 
Directed to the Governor, Council and representatives of s' Province 
requesting a High Way To be laid out from the Bridge at Lampereel 
River To the Road leading from Durham Point to Durham Falls. And 
to shew cause why the Prayer of s' Petition should not be granted. 
A True Copy— Attest John Smith S. Cler pro tempore 



EPPING. 

[Epping was incorporated 12 February, 1741. Ed. J 

Petition of the Inhabitants of Epping for men to protect 

thetn. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampsliirc and the Hon'' His Majesties Council and 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly Convened 

Humbly Sheweth the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Epping 
in s' Province that your Petitioners are Sensible of the weak 
and Defenceless State of the Town of Nottingham which Lies 
on our Border — That the Inhabitants there Seem very much 
Discouraged Insomuch that Some are Removed and others are 
about Removing out of Town. That if that Settlement should 
Break up this Parish with Part of New Market and Durham 
will become Frontiers which we of ourselves Shall not we fear 
be able to Defend and the Enemy who will be much Incour- 
aged will have near access to the veryBowells of the Province 
which may Possibly have very Fatal Consequences. 

We Do therefore by these Presents Humbly Request your 
Excellency and Honours to take the Premises with otiier Rea- 
sons that may occur into your wise Consideration and if it ap- 
pear Proper make Provision for and send to said Town of 
Nottingham to be Kept there for their Safeguard and Defence — 
Such a number of Men as may be needfull for that Purpose 
and as that Town is very much Exposed we IIuml)ly Presume 
that a much Larger number will be necessary for that End than 
has been allowed them in years Past, and as the Common Road 
between Red Oak Hill so called and Nottingham is very Dan- 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

gerous to Pass we Would Request that a Small Scout of Men 
Maybe sent to the named Garesonon Pantuckaway road to scout 
from thence to Sanborns Garrison when not wanted for that to 
Guard the People at s Garrisons May it Pleas Your Excel- 
lency and Honours it appears to us that our Safety in a Great 
Measure Depends upon the Safety of Nottingham which we 
Hope you will Eifectually Provide for and we shall Esteem it 
as an Instance of your Paternal Care not only of Nottingham 
but of your Petitioners also who as in Duty Bound shall Ever 
Pray &c. 



Edward Stevens 
Jonathan Foulsora 
Benjamin Rawlings 
David Page 
Richard Samborn 
Nathan Samborn 
Jonathan Keesey 
Joseph Goodhue 
Onisipherous Page 
Joseph Edgerlj 
John Elkins 
Daniel Elkins 
Samuel Elkins 
Robert Hinkson 
John Hinkson 
John Dudley 
Moses Hoyt 
James Chase 
Jacob Freese 
Elias Smith 
Jeremiah Present 
William Prescut 
Abraham Brown 
John Rowell 
John Page 
Epping March 5'^' 1747 
In Council March 8-'' 1747 

read & ordered to be sent down to v' Hon'' 



James Whidden 
Joseph Emery 
Joseph Cass 
Ezekiel Brown 
Abraham Folsom 
Jonathan Smith 
Jonathan Rundlet 
Eleazer Elkins 
Jeremiah Elkins 
Is'rel Blak 
Joseph Blak 
Jediah Blake 
Jeremiah Prescot 
John Prescut 
William Eaton 
Jonathan Gliden 
Joseph Noris 
Moses Noris 
John Noris 
John Manten 
Daniel Manten 
Ebenezer Manten 
Caleb Gillman 
Israel Gillman 
fohn Morison 



House 
Theo' Atkinson Sec' 



EPSOM. 

[This town was incorporated 18 May, 1727. Ed.] 



An Act to invest Proprietors of Epsom ^ with town rights^ <S:c. 
Anno Regni Regis Georgii Secundi Magnae Britannia; Franciae & Hi- 

berniie Decimo Septimo. 

An Act to Invest the Proprietors of the Township of Epsome with 



TOWN PAPERS EPSOM. 



247 



the Powers 3i Privileges of anj other Proprietors of Township!" in this 
Province. 

Whereas the said Proprietors have Represented that they were not 
Enabled to proceed in the Settlement of their Township so EtTectualljr 
as they iniyht do for want of sutBcient powers and authorities of Law 
to Enforce iS: Expedite the payment of such Sums of Money as should 
be aj^reed & voted by the said Proprietors to be Raised for the promot- 
ing iv: Carrying on the Settlement aforesaid — And as the making such 
Settlements are of General Benefit to the Province as well as for the 
Interest of the Particular Proprietors 

Be it therefore Enacted by His Excellency Govern' Council & Rep- 
resentatives in General Assembly Convened & by the authority of the 
same That the said Proprietors of the Said Township ol Epsome shall 
be & herebx are Invested with all the Powers Authorities & Privileges 
given by Law to the Proprietors of any Town ship within this Province 
Respecting the voting Assessing Raising & Collecting or Levying any 
Sum or Sums of Money that have been or shall be agreed upon & voted 
by the Majority of the said Proprietors at any Legal meeting for defray- 
ing the charge of the Gospel Ministry in the s' Township and for the 
future may Lawfully use & Exercise the same Powers, Authorities & 
privileges in all other respects as occasion shall serve as fully & amply 
to all Intents & purposes whatsoever as the Proprietors of any Town- 
ship in this Province & in the same manner as if the same had been 
herein particularly mentioned and in Like manner may proceed to call 
or notify any future meeting of the said Proprietors & to order Govern 
& manage their proceedings & affairs at such meeting This act to Con- 
tinue & be in force for the Space of five Years <& no Longer. 
In the House of Representatives apr 18''' 1744. 

The above Bill Read three times & past to be Enacted 

And Wiggin Speaker 



Petition of jfokn Weeks. 
Province of 1 
New Hamp f 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Governor and 
Commander in chief in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, The Honorable His Majestys Councill and 
House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened 
the Third day of March 1761 

The Petition of John Weeks of Hampton in Province of 
New Hampshire Esq in behalf of and as agent for the Propri- 
etors of Epsom in said Province Most humbly shevveth Phat 
a Considerable part of the land in Said Epsome is owned by 
Non Residents. That there is no law in this Province whereby 
Proprietors of Common and undivided lands can raise Money 
by Taxes and Cause the same to be Collected. That the In- 
habitants of said Epsum are unable to build a meeting house 
for the Public Worship of God or to support a Minister of the 
Gospel among them That the Proprietors of Epsom aforesaid 
at a meeting oi said Proprietors held at Epsom aforesaid by 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

adjournment on the tenth day of September 1760 voted that the 
Proprietors of land in said Epsom Should pay two Shillings 
old Tenor per acre for every acre of land which then was laid 
out in Severalty in Said Town To be paid within one year from 
the said Tenth day of September afores*^ Partly to pay for the 
perambulating the Several lines of said Town and for laying 
out the undivided lands in said Town and the Remainder to be 
applied towards building a meeting house and maintaining a 
Minister in said Epsom — Also That the Proprietors aforesaid 
should pay one Shilling old Tenor per acre per year for five 
years next after the said one year should be expired, to be ap- 
plied towards the building a meeting house and maintaining a 
Minister in s' Epsom and at the same meeting voted your Peti- 
tioner agent for said Proprietors to prefer a Petition to the 
General Assembly for a Confirmation of said Vote : 

Wherefore your Petitioners in the Capacity afores'^ prays 
your Excellency and Honours by an act to Ratify and Confiroa 
Said Vote And to Authorize & Impower the said Proprietors 
to tax all the lands laid out in Severalty in said Epsom on the 
said Tenth day of September afores'' at two Shillings old Tenor 
per acre for one year for the use and purpose aforesd. And to 
enable the said Proprietors to Collect the Same also to tax for 
five years next after the said one year every acre of land that 
shall then be laid out in Severalty in said Town at one Shil- 
ling old Tenor per. acre each year for the use and purpose afor- 
said and to enable the said Proprietors to Collect the Same. 

John Weeks Agent 
In Council March 3' 1761 

read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon'"''" Assembly. 

Theod Atkinson Secy 



TTie Petition of the Inhabitants of Epsom for abating 

the Province Tax. 
Province of 1 
New I lamp / 

To his Exelency Penning Wentworth Esq' Cap' General Gor- 
ernour & Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire and to the Honable Counceill 
& house of Representatives now Convened in General As- 
sembly at Portsmouth 
the Petition of his Majestys Good Subjects Inhabitants of the 

township of Epsom in Said Province Humbly Sheweth 

We the Poor Inhabitants of the township of Epsom in Said 

Province humbly Beg Leave to Remonstrate our Very Poor 

Distressing Curcumstances to your Compassion & Most Earn- 



1 



TOWN PAPERS EPSOM. 



H9 



estly Crave your Pity and pray your Honours to Relieve us front 
the unsuportable Burden of Province tax under which we are 
made to Grone and Which we think we Cannot Possibly Sur- 
vive under unless your Honours Will be Pleased to Mitij^ate 
and free us from. Gentlemen our Numbers are Very small ft 
we are very much Exposed to Losses our young Cattle Sheep 
& Swine are often Destroyed by Wild beasts and further we 
have Lately Seteled a minister among us which we are affraid 
we Shall not be able to Sup^^ort by Reason of the Poor Cir- 
cumstances we are now under we are not able to Build a Meet- 
ing House but our Minister is obliged to Preach in Some of 
our Dwelling houses the tax which was Laid on us the Last 
year many of us were obliged to hire the money to Pay our 
Necessities are very Grate by Reason of the Scarcity of Pro- 
visions we have been obliged to Lay out all that we have got 
for years Past & are now much in Debt this is to Entreat your 
Honours to take of the heavy tax which we now Labour un- 
der & Restore us the money we Paid Last year & your Peti- 
tioners Shall Ever Pray as in Duty Bound 

John McCIary Isaac Lebbee Jun. 

George Walles Reuben Lebbee 

Nathan Marden Amos Blaso 

John Black Samuel Beckford 

Ephraim Lock Samuel Black 

Reuben Sanborn Jun. Thomas Ilins 

Eliphalet Sanborn John Blaso 

Reuben Sanborn Ephraim Berj 

James Wood William Blake 

Abraham Lebbee Benson Ham 

Abraham Walles John McGafTej 

Benjamin Blake Andrew McClerj 

Thomas Blake Abner Evens 

Isaac Lebbee 

In Council June 24'^ 1762 

Read & Order'd to be sent down to the Hon''''' Assemblj 

Theodore Atkinson Jun. Sec^' 



Province of ) 
New Hampshire 1^ 

Epsom May the 26, 1760 
these are to notifie the propriters of the town of Epsom to meat at 
the house of Cap^ Andrew McClarey inepsom on wensday theeightenth 
of June next at ten of the clock in the fore noon then and their to see 
if the proprietors will asist the inhabilance in bulding a meating house 
and asist the inhabitance about the hiring a minister orany other thing 
that may be thot proper for the benefit of s' town and to see if the pro- 
pritors will devide the undevided Land in epsom and likewise see if 
they will preamblate the several lines in s'' P2psom. 
A true Copy atest by N Marden proprietors Clark 

John M Clary ) o 1 » 
Thomas Blake }S^'^^^'"^" 



350 VBW HAMPSHIRE 

At a Legal meeting of the Proprietors of the town of Epsom held at 
the house of Cap' Andrew McClarj on wensdaj the iS day of June 1760 
I voted M'^ Isaac Lebbee to be moderator for the present meating. 
3 voted that the meeting be adjorned untill the tenth day of Septem- 
ber next at ten of the Clock Before noon to be held at the place afores ' 
A true copy atest by 

Nathan Marden proprietors Clark 

September the 10, 1760 

1 voted Nathan Marden be propritors Clark for the propriters ot 
Epsom untill another be chosen. 

2 voted that the proprietors pay two Shillings pr. Acre old tener for 
all and every acre of Land which is laid into Severelty in the town of 
Epsom within one year from this Date partly to pay for the perambe- 
lating the Lines of s' Epsom Si. laying out the undevided Land and the 
remander to be applyd towards Building a meating house ii mantain- 
mg a menester in s- Epsom and also that the propriters pay one Shil- 
ling old tener pr. acre pr. year for five years next after the s ' one year 
is Expir'd to be applied towards building a meating house and maintain- 
ing a minister in s' Epsom. 

3 voted that John Weaks Esq" be an agent for the propriters of Ep- 
8om to prefer a petition to the general Court for a confirmation of s ' 
votes and also for an act to enable the s ' propriters to colect s ' sum. 

4 voted that Capt. John McClary be a Committee to peramblate the 
Lines of Epsom & to Divide the Undevided Land in Epsom. 

5 Voted that Nathan marden be a Committie man for the Same. 

6 voted that Ephraim Lock be a Committie man for the Same 

Isaac Lebbee Sen moderater 
A true Copy atest by 

Nathan Marden propriters Clark 
We whose names are under writen Desir the select men of Epsom to 
insert the follong and Call a propriters meating Viz. 

John Weeks 1 „ 

Bracket Johnson K'-«P"*"* 
William Bery William Blaso 

Leve Dearborn Isaac Lebbee Sen' 

John Lebbee Georg Walles 

Ephraem Lock Nathan Marden 

John McClary Benjamin Holt 

Andrew McClary Isaac Lebbee Junr. 



EXETER. 



[Exeter was purchased of certain Indian Sachems by Rev. John 
Wheelwright and others, 3 April, 1638. The purchase embraced thirty 
miles Square. Under this purchase, the settlement was made. J 



Combination at Exeter^ 1639. 
[See and compare copy from Ancient Record of Exeter. Prov. Pap. 
Vol. I. pp. 131— 133 ] 



i 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 251 

Combination for government at Exeter, with the forms of 
oaths for rulers and people. 

Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to move the heart of our 
dread Sovereign Charles by the grace of God King &c to grant 
license and liberty to sundry of his subjects to plant themselves 
in the western parts of America — We his loyal subjects, breth- 
ren of the church in Exeter, situate and lying upon the river 
Pascataquacke with other inhabitants there, considering with 
ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity, that we 
should not li\~e without wholesome laws and government 
among us, of which we are altogether destitute, do in the name 
of Christ and in the si^ht of God combine ourselves together 
to erect and set up amongst us such government as shall be to 
our best discerning agreeable to the will of God professing our- 
selves subjects to our Sovereign Lord King Charles, according 
to the liberties of our English colony of the Massachusetts, 
and binding ourselves solemnly by the grace and help of Christ, 
and in his name and fear, to submit ourselves to such godly 
and christian laws as are established in the realm of England 
to our best knowledge, and to all other such laws which shall 
upon good grounds be made and enacted amongst us according 
to God, that we may live quietly & peaceably together in all god- 
liness and honesty. 
Mo. 5 D. 4, 1639. 
John Wheelwright Robert Smith 

Augustine Storer Ralph Hall 

Thomas Wright Robert Seward 

William Wentworth Richard Bulger 

Henry Elkins Christopher Lawson 

George Walton George Barlow 

Samuel Walker Richard Morris 

Thomas Petit Nicholas Needham 

Henry Roby Thomas Wilson 

William Winborne George Rawbone 

Thomas Crawley William Cole 

Christopher Helme James Wall 

Darby Field Thomas Leavitt 

Robert Read Edmund Littlefield 

Edward Rishworth Tolin Cramme 

Francis Matthews Philemon Purmot 

Godfrey Dearborne Thomas Wardhall 

William Wardhall 



The Elder's or Ruler s Oath. 
You shall swear by the great and dreadful name of the high God 
maker and governor of heaven and earth and by the Lord Jesus Christ 
the prince of the kings and rulers of the earth, that in his name and 
fear you will rule and govern his people according to the righteous will 
of God, ministering Justice and judgement on the workers of iniquity 



a5a NEW HAMPSHIRE 

and ministering due encouragement and countenance to well doers, pro- 
tecting of the people so far as in you lieth by the help of God from for- 
eign annoyance and inward disturbance that they may live a quiet and 
peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. So God be help ful and 
gracious to you and yours in Christ Jesus. 

Oath of the people. 
We do swear by the Great and dreadful Name of the High God, 
Maker and Governor of heaven and earth, and by the Lord Jesus Christ, 
the King and Saviour of his people, that in his Name and fear, we will 
submit ourselves to be ruled and governed according to the will and word 
of God, and such wholesome laws and ordinances as shall be derired 
therefrom by our honored Rulers and the lawful assistants, with the 
consent of the people, and that we will be ready to assist them by the 
help of God in the administration of justice and preservation of the 
peace, with our bodies and goods and best endeavours according to God. 
So God protect and save us and ours in Jesus Christ. 



Exeter Sept. 26"^ 1738 
To the Gentlemen Selectmen of Exeter : We the Subscribers 
pray you wou'd forthwith call a town meeting and we pray you 
Insert the following in your s'' warrant for a town meeting. — 
To the town of Exeter — The Petition of us the Subscribers In- 
habitants of the western part of the first parish in Exeter, 
Humbly Sheweth — That we your Petitioners have for diverse 
years Labour'd under inexpressible Disadvantages & Difficulties 
on many accounts More particularly by reason of our Great 
Distance from the publick Meeting House, so that Even in the 
Summer Season we and our Families cannot attend Rcgularlj 
& Constantly on the publick worship of God as we would doe 
and in the winter Season for Diverse ^^ears past have thought 
it Best to be at the Expence of Supporting preaching amongst 
us without any abatement of our Rates to the Support of the 
ministry in this Parish, and Having made some Provision & 
Been at some Cost toward Building a Meeting House among 
us — 

Being now Desirous of Being a Parish by ourselves and as 
soon as may be Conveniently to Settle an Orthodox Gospel 
Ministry among us — we therefore pray that you wou'd consider 
our Circumstances and pass a vote to set us of by ourselves, to 
be in all respects a Distinct parish as the Parish of New Mar- 
ket is now set off from the first parish in Exeter and we pray 
if you sec Good to vote the Bounds of our Parish as follows. 
Beginning at old Pickpocket upper Saw-Mill and from thence 
running South to Kingston line, thence west and by North by 
Kingston Line four miles, thence north four miles, thence 
Easterly to New Market South west corner Bounds and So 
Bounding by New Market South Bounds So far till a South 



TOWN PAPERS EXETRR. 



253 



Line will Strike Pickpocket mill, and then to run from new 
Market Line South to s' Mill the Bounds first mentioned. 

Andrew Gilman Daniel Sanburn 

Edward Colcord Nicholas Dollofe 

Nicholas Dudley Nicholas Gordon 

Stephen Leavit Amos Dollofe 

Benjamin Veasey Elisha Sanburn 

Jonathan Robinson Jonathan Smith 

Jeremiah Bean John Marsh 

James Robinson Charles Young 

Solomon Smith John Roberds Jun. 

Jonathan Cram Ezekiel Smith 

Antipas Gilman Thomas Gordon 

Daniel Rundlet Josiah Moody 

Joshua Bean Samuel Roberds 

John Mudget John Bean 

Thomas Mudget James Dudley 

Humphrey Wilson James Dudley Jun. 

Ephraim Robinson Joseph Atkinson 

John Morgan Nathaniel Foulshom 

John Holland Benjamin Scribner 

Maverick Gilman William Graves 

Benjamin Fifield Moses Fitield. 
A true copy attest 

Elisha Odlin town clerk. 



Exeter May 5"" 1739. 
According to y' Desire (by Mr. Russell) I have hear Sent A List of 
ail The military officers In Exeter with The Date of There Commissions 
under Gov' Belcher. My one Comission bares Date May y"^'' 173 1. 
Capt. Peter Gilman Capt. Sam' Gilman, Capt. Thomas Dean, Capt. 
Edw^ Hall, Lieut Daniell Gilman, Lieut Isreall Gilman Ens" Rich'' 
Mattoon. All These Comissions bares Date July 12''' 1731. 

Leut. Dudley Odlin Cor" Ezek' Gilman Qiiarter Mast Jon" Connor, 
Leut Theophilus Smith, Ens" John Gilman, Ensign James Levit. 
These Comissions Bare Date Oct. 21"' 1737. 
I am with Respect s' Your 

very Humb'" Sarv' 

John Gilman. 
To The Hon"' Rich' Waldron Esq' 



Petition for a Parish. 

To His Excellency Benning VVentworth Esq' Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & over His Majcstys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England, The Hon'''^ His Majes- 
ty's Council & House of Representatives in General Court 
Convened. 
The Humble Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the North 

Westerly Part of the Town of Exeter in said Province Shews. 
That your Petitioners being Settled in the aforesaid part the 

said Town Labour under Great Difficulties in attending the 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Public Worship of God by Reason of the Distance & badness 
of the Way to the Meeting House Most of em living More 
than seven milesfrom it, & some above nine, so that many Persons 
in their Families can attend the Public Worship but seldom. 

That being most of them new vSettlers (tho' upon good land) 
are not able to maintain a Minister among themselves while 
they are Subjected to & actually pay their proportion to the 
maintenance of the Gospel & other Charges in the Town. 

That a considerable Parish might be set ofl' from the said 
Town by the following Metes & Bounds v'z. Beginning at 
the North West Corner of Exeter & from thence running South 
29 Deg. W. partly by Nottingham & partly by Chester line 
four miles and an half & from thence to extend carrying that 
breadth of four miles and an half East & by South till it comes 
to the head line of New Market Parish being bounded North'ly 
partly by Nottingham & partly by Dover Line and Easterly 
partly by New Market & partly by Exeter the said four miles 
& an half being something Broader than New Market & so ex- 
tending a little beyond it upon Exeter which would Compre- 
hend your Petitioners Estates & yet leave a Large and able 
Parish at the Town below 'em (which would hardly miss 'em) 
And tho' they are but few & Poor in Comparison of the rest of 
the Town yet they would Gladly bear the charge of Support- 
ing the Gospel among themselves were they Exonerated from 
that & other Town Charges & duties in the other part of the 
Town — But as the aforesaid Bounds Comprehends a Tract of 
very Good Land they have reason to think from that as well as 
by experience that they shall Increase in number every year & 
Especially when accommodated better with respect to the Pub- 
lic Worship. 

That a Parish Incorporated by the aforesaid Boundaries with 
the usual Privileges & Immunities would be a Considerable 
ineans of Cultivating & Improving a large Tract of Land 
which is now unsubdued, inasmuch as People will be thereby 
Encouraged to go out & Settle there, & the Public in General 
as w^ell as the said Town in Particular Benefited thereby. 

Wherefore your Petitioners Pray This Hon'*' Court would 
Please to take the Premises under Consideration and Grant 
that they may be Incorporated into a Parish with the usual 
Parish powers & Privileges by the Mttes & bounds aforesaid 
& Exonerated from paying to the Support of the Minister of 
the Town & other Town charges & duties that so they may 
support & Maintain the Gospel a school &c. among themselves 
with more conveniency for themselves & Families — Or in such 
other manner as this Hon'' ' Court in their Great Wisdom & 
Goodness shall think proper & your Petitioners as in Duty 
Bound Shall Ever pray &c. 



TOWN PAPERS EXKTKR. 255 

{acob Smith Theophilus Wodlej 

)avid La'irens Jeradiah Blacke 

James Norris Jun. Joseph Blake 

Samuel Elkins Jun. Benjamin Rolings 

Elias Smith George Been 

ohn Elkins Nathan iloight 



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)anie! Elkins Samuel Norris 

Jonathan Morris Jun. Samuel Elkins 

James Rundlct Elezar Elkins 

John Rowell Jeremiah Elkins 

Joseph Avery Caleb Gillman 

Joseph Norris Israel Gillman 

Jonathan Rundlet Jacob Sanborn 

Joel Judkitis John Sear 

Nathan Samborn Israel Shaperd 

Samuel Smith Hezakiah Swain 

Jonathan Smith James Chase 

Ithiel Clifford Daniel Lad 

Joseph Gorden Joseph Malora 

"ohn Cartv i" Beni'amin Poter 



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mothv Morgen Jonathan Foulshani 

Jeremiah Prescut Ebenczer Marden 

Richard Sanborn John Norris 

Simon Garloii Jonathan Norris 

Job Rowell John Folintown 

James Norris Jeremiah Prescut Jun. 

Jonathan Gidden Joseph Edgley 

John Hall Moses Rolings. 

In the House of Representatives Jan 15' ■ 1741 The within Petition 
Read and Voted That the Petitioners forthwith Serve the Select Men of 
Exeter with a Coppy of the Petition and the Votes thereon — That the 
Town of Exeter maj appeare at the Gen '■ Court or Assembly next Tues- 
day fortnight to Shew Cause (if any they have) why the prayer of the 
Petition may not be granted — And if the General Court or Ass'" Shall 
not be then sitting, Then to appeare the Third day of the Sitting of the 
next Sessions of Gen' Assembly. 

James Jeffry Cle A.ss" 
In Council Jan 21 1741-2 
Read Si Concurrd 

Rich' Waldron Sec 
Jan 21 1741-2. 

Assented to B. Wentworth 

In the House of Representatives Feb. the 2' 1741 The within Peti- 
tioners were heard and the dellegates from the Town of Exeter and they 
agreed that the Bound shall be as followeth viz. to begin at Durham 
Line at the North West corner of the p'ish of New Market and from 
thence Bounding on the head Line of said New Market to the South 
west Corner of the same, and from thence to run South ab twenty 
nine degrees West parallel with the head Line of the Town of Exeter 
Extending to half the breadth of the Township of Exeter from Dur- 
ham Line aforesaid and from thence to run West & by north to the 
Midle of the head Line of the Town of Exeter and from thence to bound 
upon Chester and Nottingham to the North West corner of Exeter and 
from thence bounding East & by South on Nottingham & Durham to 
the first bounds. 

Therefore Voted that the prayer of the Petition be granted & that they 
bt set off by the Bounds aforesaid and have all powers within themseUes 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

a8 any Town within this Province Keeping & supporting an Orthodox 
Minister to preach among them (excepting the Choice of Represent"") 
and untiil thej shall have liberty to have one among themselve thejf 
have liberty to Joyn with the Town of Exeter in the choice of Men to 
Represent the Town as usuall and that they pay their Proportion of the 
charge of such Representatives and that they be not Exempted from pay- 
ing any charge of the Town of Exeter that has already been assest upon 
them and that they have Liberty to bring in a Bill Accordingly. 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass" 
In Council Feb. 3, 1741-i 
Read and concurred 

Rich'' Waldron Secy. 
Feb. 3, 1741-2 

Assented to 

B Wentworth 

Whereas there is a Petition preferred to the General Court by the 
northwesterly part of this town to be incorporated into a Parish & s"* 
Court have Ordered s' Petitioners to Serve the Selectmen with a Copy 
of s'' Petition that the town of Exeter may appear at the General Court 
on Tuesday the Second of Feb'^ next to Show Cause if any they 
have why the Prayer of s' Petition may not be Granted — These are 
therefore to Notify all the Freeholders and other Inhabitants belonging 
to the town of Exeter to assemble themselves together at the town house 
in Exeter on Monday the first day of February next at one of the clock 
afternoon then and there to choose two or more fit persons to represent 
this town in General Assembly if they see fit to make answer to the 
above Mentioned Petition in Behalfe of the town of Exeter. 

Dated at Exeter Jan> y ' 23' 1741-2 

Thomas Deane 1 

Nath'' Webster j- Selectmen 

Josiah Gilman J 

A true Copy Attest Elisha Odlin town clerk 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Exeter holden at the town house in s-^ Exeter Feby i^' 1741-2 

1 Voted Samuel Oilman Esq"^ Moderator of s"^ Meeting 

2 Voted That two men be chosen to make answer to the Petition pre- 
ferr'd to the General Court or assembly by the Northwesterly part of the 
town with power to act before s'' Court on behalf of the town as they 
shall think proper. 

3 Voted That Samuel Gilman Esq' & Lieut Theophilus Smith be thee 
two men for the End afores' 

A true Copy Attest Elisha Odlin town Clerk 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town of 
Exeter held at the town house in s' Exeter Feb>' 8"" 1741-2 

Voted Lieut Daniel Gilman Moderator for s^^ meeting 

Voted That the meeting be adjourned to this day fortnight one of the 
clock in the afternoon to meet again at the town house. 

The meeting being again met according to adjournment this 22'^ day 
of Feby 1 741-2 

Voted Thomas Deane Clerk for s*' meeting. 

Voted That the Petition of the Inhabitants of the Southerly & South- 



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257 



westerly part of the town of Exeter be granted and that they be set off 
to be aParish by themselves and that they have setoff to them and their 
successors the one llalfe of the Breadth of the Land in s' town Lying 
at the westerly End thereof for a Parish and that it be Bounded as fol- 
loweth viz : Beginning at the head of New Market Line then running 
on a South line to Exeter Great Fresh River and then halfe a Mile up 
s'' river, & then South to Kingston Line and so to the head of the town- 
ship Provided that the above s' Parish doe settle an Orthodox Minister of 
Christ and maintain & support the same and all other Parish Charges 
within the same of themselves. 

A true Copy Examin'd this 23' day of Feb> 1741-2 

nr. Me Elisha Odlin town Clerk 



Counter Petition. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq" Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire and to the Hon"' his Majesties Coimcil & 
Representatives now in General Court assembled. 
Humbly Sheweth your Petitioners (Subscribers hereto) Free- 
holders and Inhabitants of the South westerly part of the Town 
of Exeter that your Petitioners for Several years past have with 
Some of our Neighbors erected a house for the Publick wor- 
ship of God in the inost convenient place as we then and now 
think for the ease and benefit of the Inhabitants of that part of 
the Town in General and have in the winter time carry'd on 
the Publick worship in it but Several persons of that part of 
the Town haveing of late without our Privity or Consent Peti- 
tioned the Town to be set oft' as a Parish within Particular 
boundaries as Mention'd in their Petition and the Town hav- 
ing met to consider their Petition adjourned the Consideration 
of the said Meeting to a further day and untill New Market & 
Eppin Parish lines were run but the Time of the meeting on 
the adjournment happening before the runing of New Market 
and Eppin lines your Petitioners and also Sundry of the In- 
habitants of the Town Expected that the said meeting would 
have been further adjourned till the said lines had been runand 
that nothing would have been acted at said Meeting but being 
press'd on by the said Petitioners who themselves then unjustly 
voted for the Petition's being Consider'd and Granted by which 
means it was then consider'd & granted as afores by which 
Means if your Excellency with this hon' '' court shoulcl confirm 
the afores' vote then pass'd it would Greatly Injure your Peti- 
tioners and therefore yoiu- Petitioners luunbly move your Ex- 
cellency and this hon '' Court that the Consideration of any 
Petition that is or may be preferr'd to your Excellency and this 
hon ■ Court for confirming the afores' vote may not be heard 
and pass'd upon untill some convenient time be given your Pe- 

17 



2^8 XEW HAMFSIUKE 

titioneis tc; appear and shew cause wheiefuie the Said Vote 
ought not to be confirmed. And your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall ever humbly pray &c 
Dated at Exeter March ii' 1741* 
Andrew Gilman Ebenezer Colcord 

Timothy Lenvitt Nicklas Dudley- 

Daniel Jels ? John Dudley 

Joseph Leavitt Samuel Dudley 

X)avid Smith Jonathan Thing 

Josiah Thing John Ilolond 

Benjamin Gilman Moses Juitt 

Jonathan Wadleigh, Jr. Nicklos Smith 

John Roberts Samuell Edgle\- 

Will ' Bean Job Judkings 

Humphrey Wilson Natinel Thing 

Jeremiah Been Edward Colcord 

Daniel Wormall John Dudley Juner 

Nicolas Dudley John Gorge 

Edward Stevens Jearimear Gilman June 

^ Stephen Leavitt Haley Stephens 

' Sarah Jorden wid John Odlin Jun. 

Samuel Smith ? Jonathan Gilman Junr. 

John Conor , ■■'' Nicklis Gordon 

Edward Colcord -^ ' John Gils 

In the House of Representatives June ^2 ' 1742. 

the within Petition Read and Parties Heard A Voted That the Peti- 
tion be Dismissed 

James Jeftrey Cler Ass" 
* In these dates reader* will bear in mind tluit the old stvle is followed— March 
11, 1741, being Maich 11, 17-H-2. Ed. 



Petition for Parish privileges. 
To his Excelency Benning Wentworth Esq' Goven' & Com- 
mander in chieff in & over His ]Majestys Province of New 
Hamp "" The Hon'' His Majestys Council & House of rep- 
resentatives for s' Province in Gen Court Convened. 
The Humble Petition of Sundry Persons Inhabitants on the 
Southerly or South Westerly paite of the Town of Exeter in s' 
Province Sheweth. 

That their Estates & habitations are so far from the meeting 
House where they usually attend the Publick Worship as makes 
it very Inconvenient for them, most of them living above five 
miles Distant therefrom Considering of which & the Large 
Congregation that belongs to the meeting house afores & their 
abillity The Town at a Publick meeting on the 32 ' day of 
Feb' last have voted a new Parish sliould be Errected by the 
Bounds set forth in the Vote (if the Gen Court Saw meet) 
which will comprehend your Petitioners Estates & habitations 
.& if a Parrisli was Errected there will have a Tendency t(^ 
Promote the settlements of the Lands in that Parte of the 



TOWN FAPKRS— EXETER. 



259 



:ulio\ nino- which vote is liercwith 1* 



Town A: of the Tow 
-sen ted. 

That your Petitioners Hnde a number of Persons of the v; 
lownliavealh-eady Petitioned this Court that this Petition 
may not l)e Granted untill thev are heard against it but have 
not set rorta any reason they have against it but Proposed to 
Do ,t (as It seems by their Petition) ore tenus upon the hear- 
ing wherein- your Petitioners will be under this Disadvantage 
that tliey cannot Inform their Council of those facts which wtll 
be necessary ni answer to what shall be alle^-ed 

VVheretore your Petitioners most Humblv Pray that the\ 
may be errected ^ Incorporated into a Parrish by "the Bouncl- 
anes m the s' Vote_& that if this Hon' - Court think Proper 
that the afores Petitioners Should be first heard that the^• 
xvould order that they file their objections in Some Publick 
othce m writing some reasonable time before the Dav of hear- 

swe,W V -'"'7 ^'"''^'r"'' "^"^ ^'''''^ '' ^^^"- oi^POitunitv of an- 
pNenngthem& your Petitioners as in dutv Bound shall ever 



James Dudley 

Rob- Young" 

Darby Kelley 

Benja Veasey 

Elisha Sanburne 

Jeremiah Bean 

Tames Robinson 

Benja Fifield 

James Dudlev Junr. 

Jn" Roberts jun' 

Moses Fifield 

Ja- Morgan 

Jos' Bean 

Maverick Gillman 

Tho" Gordon 

Dan' Sanborn 

Charles Young 

Xich~ Gorden 

]r\ Smith 

Jn Bean 

Josiah Moodv 

Jn Brown 

Rob' Brown 

Sam Jones 

Xathiel Foulsum 

W' Smith 

Shobel Sanburne 

In the House of Representatives, March 17^' 1741 ■ 

Ex?te'rTnVh '''l'°V'^-'^'^'^"°^'^^'- Petition of Andrew Gillman of 

PeYiSnVe'grlntld." """'" '° '^ ""'^'^ ^^^^^ '"^^ Prayer of the withm 

An^d°rew r -n '"""^ °.u""^;?*" ^''^ ^'^^^■^ or within Petition- Serve the Said 
fortt'^\lP^'r,?;K'''^p\?°P^' °^ '^' P^titi°" "^^ Court order the. eon 
torthu.th .^ that the Parties appear the third Dav of the Sittin- of the 



Jon ' Crane 
Tho' Mudget 
Joseph Thing 
Antipas Gillman 
John Folsham 
Jn" Levit Jun 
George Roberts 
Jon' Smith 
Jeremiah Row 
Jon ' Taler 
Zach' Judkins 
John Levet 
Ithiel Smith 
Ale.x ' Roberts 
Benj' Scribner 
Sam' Dudley 
David Bean 
Joseph Atkinson 
Sam' Roberts 
Ezekiel Smith 
Jacob Smith 
Ebenez Hutchinson 
Daniel Hilton 
Jn ■ Midget 
W"' Gra^■es 
Jon' Robinson 
Nich^' Dolloff 



z6o NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Gen' Assembly next Sessions to be heard & that the Contrary party may 
shew Cause (if any they have) why the Prayer of this Petition may not 
be Granted & that Andrew GiUman tSi others file their objections in the 
Secretarys office Ten Days before the next sitting of the Gen' Assembly 

James Jeffrey Cler Assembly 
In Council March 22'^ 1741 
The above vote read & Concurr'd 

Theo'd Atkinson SeO' 

Vera Copia 

Theodore Atkinson Sec>' 
In the House of Representatives Jun 22- 1744 The within Petition 
Read and the Parties heard thereon and those that desired to be heard 
against it, and voted 

That the Prayer of the Petition be granted they maintaining an or- 
thodox minister & that Ichabod Roby & Richard Jenness Esqrs. be a 
Committee of this House to Joyne Such as the Hon"^''- the Council 
shall appoint to go on the Spot and View where it is most Convenient 
that a new meeting House may be placed, So as to be most Convenient 
for all the Parties Concern'd & that to be Conclusive and the Petition- 
ers have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass" 



Remonstra7ice. 
Whereas a Number of the Inhabitants of y' Southerly or 
South westerly part of the town of Exeter By a vote pass'd at 
a meeting held by adjournment at the town house in Exeter 
Febry. 22' 1741-2 were set oft" to be a parish by meets and 
Bounds Express'd in Said vote which they have Since Peti- 
tioned to Court to Confirm we think ought not to be confirmed 
for y following reasons. 

1 Because as we apprehend the s ' vote was illegally ob- 
tained the meeting Being before adjourned, to have the Line 
run which was not done, and y-fore many Inhabitants not 
present thinking the meeting would be further adjourned, and 
the s' Petitioners Being the maj' Part of the voters forc't it on 
and voted it and it Being a particular favour to themselves we 
Esteem it illegal & y fore not to be Confirmed 

2 Because we with some of our neighbors a niunber of the 
Inhabitants of the s' Southerly &c. Part of the town have 
been at considerable charge in Erecting and Building a house 
for the worship of God and the meets and Bounds by which 
they are set of is contrary to what was ever Proposed by s' 
Inhabitants on y* part of the town and was without our Knowl- 
edge or Consent and has a manifest tendency to destroy our 
Labours and to overthrow or at Least Greatly Disturb the wor- 
ship of God amongst us. 

3 Bee : The Line of s ' Parish includes or takes in many of 
us & Great part or all of our Estates altho' we timely entre'd 



TOWN PAPERS EXETEK. 261 

our Protests against any such thing under present circum- 
stances & y'fore &c. 

4 Bee : of our inability we being not yet ripe for a Parish, 
under our present Divided circumstances having Got nothing 
in any forwardness therefor, & most of y'" Petitioners Exceed- 
ing poor, and scarcelv able to live now Even as we may say 
y*^ Biggest part of them and having a meeting house to Build 
a Minister to Maintain & settle and a school to maintain to- 
gether with y Largeness of Provinces taxes and we Being 
also m.ich Divided amongst ourselves, it would as we appre- 
hend if confirmed be to the utter ruin of many familys an im- 
poverishing of the place, a Damage to themselves & families 
a Laving a voke upon us all which we shall not be able to 
Bear 

5 Bee: the Confirming of the same under our Present Cir- 
cumstances would as we apprehend be but confirming of con- 
fusion and disorder amongst us and instead of advancing and 
Enlarging y Kingdom and Interest of x' would tend to in- 
crease intestine Jars and animosity s amongst us Even as fear 
to our entire over throw at last, & y fore not to Be confirmed. 

6 Bee : we would further Give as a reason the unpresidency 
of the thing to be Set of to be a Parish Before agreed w " to 
set a House & even whilst quarreling about the same y Like 
Instance not to be Given we Believe in New England y'fore 
pray y' it may not be confirmed. 



Wa>- rant for y tueetijig the i^- of May. 
Whereas upwards of thirty of the Freeholders & Inhabitants of the 
town of Exeter have Desired us the Subscribers, Selectmen of the s'' 
town forthwith to Issue a warrant to w^arn a meetinjT of the Freeholders & 
Inhabitants of the said town to take into consideration the vote that 
was on the 22' day of Feb last by adjournment as they think illegally 
obtained bv the Petitioners of the Southerly <!« Southwesterly part of 
the town of Exeter for being set oft" as a" Parish within particular 
Boundarys as set forth in their Petition which vote the s' Petitioners 
have since preferr'd a Petition to the General assembly of this Prov- 
ince to get a Confirmation of- and for asmuch as the said thirty Inhab- 
itants & freeholders afores' think said vote was Illegally obtained and 
that themselves as well as the town in General shall be Greatly injured 
in Case said vote is Confirmed : These are therefore to notify the free- 
holders and Inhabitants of this town of Exeter to meet at the town 
house in s' town on Monday the 17'' day of may Currant at two of the 
clock in the afternoon to consider of a vote if they think fit first if they 
think the said vote was Legally obtained or not. J^'> if the Confirma- 
tion of said vote will not be of a manifest Injury to the town in Gen- 
eral. 3> if the town will then Choose some person to represent the 
same at the next sitting of the General Court in June next and to doe 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

what else they shall then think proper to be done about the Premises. 
Dated at Exeter afores' the third day of may anno Domini 1742. 

Jonathan Connor John Odlinjr. 
Xath' Webster "Robert Light 
a true copy attest Josiah Gilmon 

Elisha Odlin town clerk Selectmen 



Re7)ionst)-ance. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esqr. Governour & 
Commander in Chief in and over his Maj''''' Province of 
New Hampshire in New England and to the Hon'' His 
Majesties Conncil for said Province & House of Representa- 
tives when Conven'd in Gen' Assembly. 
Whereas Sundry of the Inhabitants of the vSoutherly & 
Southwesterly part of Exeter in New Hampshire at the Last 
Sessions preferred a Petition to this Hon''"^^ Court to be set off 
a Parish (from the old meeting House in Exeter aforesaid 
where they usually attended the Publick Worship) by meets 
and Bounds as set forth in the Said Petition. And whereas 
after the Intent of the above Petitioners was known by us the 
Subscribers who never Consented to the said Petition we did 
also Prefer a Petition to this Hon'' ' Court Dated at Exeter 
March II, 1 741 Praying that the above Petition might not be 
granted until we were heard, upon which the Court on Con- 
sidering both Petitions Ordered that we should file our an- 
swers in the Secy office ten days before the Siting of the As- 
sembly in their next Sessions- In obedience to which order — 
for answer why we may not be included within the said Peti- 
tion and set off from the old Town with them Petition'- Is 
that we do not nor never desired it and that our Estates are 
parted by the Line proposed. None of us Living within the 
Body of the new Precinct Proposed but on the Lines on the 
East and South Sides and that the s ' lines proposed will be 
very injurious to us & therefore we Humblv Pray that our 
Poles and Estates may still be Continued to the old Town of 
Exeter, and we are hiniilDly of opinion that it would be a very 
great hardship to set off so great a number of us, the Sub- 
scribers from the Place we now belong to against our Wills 
and Interests and which wou'd prove so Great Damage to 
us on all accounts and that if this Hon' Court think Proper to 
sett off that new District, we humbly pray y' we may be 
polled of to the old Town with our Estates within the s' boun- 
darys and as in Duty Bound we shall Ever Pray &c. 
May 24"' 1742 



TOWN PAPERS EXETEl?. 363 

Andrew Gilmaii Samuel Dudley Jr. 

Timothy Leavitt Jonathan Thing 

John Roberts Ebenezer Colcord 

Nicholas Dudley Edward Stevens 

, Benjamin Oilman Jonathan Wadleigh 

Daniel Worniall Daniel Qiiimby 

Edward Colcord Andrew Downer 

Humphrey Wilson Abraham Smith 

Biley Lytbrd Samuel Smith Copp 

Haley Stevens Josiah Thing 

Jeremiah Bean ? Xickelas Dudley Jun. 

Joseph Leavit Sarah Gordon widow 

William Bean John Yonge 

Edward Thing Xath Webster 

Nicolas Smith John Evinly 

Daniel Giels John Dudley 

Moses Juet Stephen Leavit 

At a meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the town 

of Exeter held at the town house in s'' Exeter May 17"' 1742 

Voted Mr. Daniel Thing moderator for s'' meeting. At the same 

meeting it was put to vote whether the town would act any thing on 

the warrant and it pass'd in the Negative 
A true Copy attest Elisha Odlin toun clerk 



Remoiistraticc. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Goveniour & 
Comaiuler in chief in and over his Majesties Province of 
Xew Hampshire in New England & to the Hon'' ' His 
Maj''' Council for Said Province & House of Representa- 
tives w Convened in Gen' Assembly 

Whereas Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Southerly &i 
Southeasterly part of the Town of Exeter in New hampshire 
aforesaid at the last Sessions Preferred a Petition to this Hon '' 
Court to be set ofi' a psish. (from the old Town of Exeter 
where they usually attended the Publick Worship) Setting forth 
therein that the Town at a Meeting held the 22' day of febru- 
ary last past voted a new psish should be errected by the 
bounds set forth in the vote of the 22 ■ of Feb (wdiich would 
comprehend the Petitioners and their Estates) as pr. their 
Petition. 

And by a Petition dated at Exeter the 11" day of March 
last past by Sundry Persons who signed the Petition so dated 
Andrew Gillman & others Presented the Same to the Gen' 
Court praying that the Petition Hrst above referred to might 
not be granted till they were heard, the Hon " Court ordered 
that the said Petitioners should serve the said Andrew Gill- 
man w" a Coppy of the said Petition and Court older thereon 
and a day of appearance at the sitting of the next Gen' Ass'" 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

and also to file answers ten days before the sitting of the next 
Gen Ass' in the Secretaries office (to show cause &c) 

And in obeyance to Said order, and for Answer (besides 
w' is in the said Andrew Gillinan & others Petition) they beg 
leave to say i' That they are humbly of opinion what was 
acted at the meeting held on the 23 ' Fe' last was not done in 
conformity to the intent of the Town at the first meeting which 
was held the 8 '' of Fe & y' on y' 22" of Fe was by adjourn- 
ment, the Reason of which adjournment was (That New 
Market & Epping Parrish Line might be run and until it was 
run) that the Town & People might the better know what & 
whose pssons & Estates would fall in. But the da}' of the said 
meeting on y' 22'"' of Fe' fell out, before either of the Said 
Lines were Run and your Respondents Supposing the meet- 
ing would be againe adjourned until the Said Lines were run 
they were not at the meeting nor did Several of them know 
whether their houses or Estate would fall within or without 
the Said Line of the proposed new pssish The Petitioners 
for the new Parish took the advantage of so thin a meeting 
and would not adjourn againe to have the aforesaid Lines run 
But obtained a vote for setting themselves off (they being y'' 
Majority) and gave themselves bounds- all which manage- 
ment we think to be ag" Law or Equity- <S: therefore not to be 
regarded or Confirmed. 

2' By the Bounds Set forth in the vote of y" 22' of Feb. 
the Estates of Several of your Respond'^ are split & Divided 
so as some of their houses are in the old Town & their im- 
proved Land within the bounds proposed for the New Pre- 
cinct and Severall of their homsted Lands divided some one 
side of the Line and some on the other which may be very 
prejudicial to them. 

3'"> they ai-e taken In by said Line of y proposed precinct 
against their wills or knowledge (by the vote of y' 22 ' Feb. 
afforesaid being past before the Lines afc)resaid was run accord- 
ing to the intent of the Town) or that many of them knew 
how the Lines of the proposed Parrish would fall & none of 
them being Petitioners. 

4'' the Great Confusion & heart Burning it will Raise by 
& with Som (if not amongst the whole) to be forced ag' their 
wills to that they never desired, and will So greatly prejudice 
them and their Estates. 

5""> The Respondents under their present circumstances & 
the Circumstances of the Petitioners think they are not yet 
able to support and maintain the necessary Charges of a psish. 

Wherefore they humbly Pray the Prayer of the Petition 
may not be Granted. But if the Hon' Court Shall see good 
to indulge the Petitioners with a Grant of a new Precinct ac- 
cording to the Bounds in said Vo .e of y' 22' Feb. 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 265 

Tlien voiir Respondents Most humbly Pray the Hon ' Court 
that their Poles & Estates may be Polled oft' to the old Town 
of Exeter, untill further order and your Petitioners as in Duty 
bound Shall Ever Pray <!v:c 
May 20' 1742 

Andrew Oilman for him- 
self and the other respondents afores'' 

Rec'd into the Secv's office for the Province of New Hamp • the 27"' 
May 174::. 
In the House of Representatives June 24"' 1742 

Upon Reconsidering the Votes on the Petition of the Inhabitants of 
the Soiith\ve>^t part of Exeter for being set off a Parrish- And upon 
Considorini;- tlie Within agreement of the Several Parties Voted That 
Richard Wibird & Geo Walton Esq'~ li: M Jon' Thomson be a Comit- 
tee to go tV View the places agreed upon by the Parties as within men- 
tioned for the placeing the New Meeting House And to fix the place 
where said Meeting House Shall Stand and that to be a finale Conclu- 
sion And that the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly 
for parish Powers and also that the charge of the Comittee be borne 
and paid by the whole Society- the Committee to make their Return 
into the Secretarys oflice. 

James Jeft'ry Cler. Ass'" 
In Council June 26''' 1742 

Concurrd & John Douning Esqr. 
aded to the above Comittee. 

Theo. Atkinson Secy. 
Eod" Die 

In the House of Representatives the Council vote of addition Read 
and Concurrd 

James Jeft'ry cler ass" 
Eod' Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth 



Report 071 location of a meeting house. 
We Elisha Sanburn in behalf of the Petitioners for a Parrish in the 
Southwest part of Exeter And John Dudley on behalfe of the opposers 
of said Petition (excepting those Persons that live on the South Side 
of Exeter River) do agree That two places are proposed where to place 
a new meeting House for Said District viz : one place to be at the 
North East Corner of David Robinsons Land in said District Joining 
to Jon ' Robinsons Land the South Side of the way that goes to Craw- 
leys falls mill Above Deer Hill mill, the other place at the South East 
Corner of Cap. James Levits Mowing Lot by a Gully on the North 
Side of the above Road and that Each party makes Choice of a man 
Indifferent and a third person be chosen by both parties i: if they can- 
Tiot agree upon the third person, Then the two persons first chosen 
shall make choice of a third person, and that they three prsons Say at 
which of the above places the Meeting House shall Stand or at any 
convenient place between the above two places inentioned. In Witness 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

of the above said agreement the parties above named Each for the par- 
ties he Represents have hereunto Set their hands this zt;'^ June 1742 

Elisha Sanborn 
John Dudiev 



J:>7'/ni-i.uood's Petition about the Li>ies of the Parish. 
To His Excellenc}' Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor & 

Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province of 

New Hampshire The Hon'' His Majestys Council & House 

of Representatives in General Assembly Convened vSeptem- 

ber the 14''- 1742. 
Humbly Shews 

Joseph Leavit & Elisha Sanborn both of the Parish of Brint- 
wood in the Province of New Hampshire & as Agents for 
Said Parish. 

That the Inhabitants of said Parish Are in an unsettled 
Condition & Labour imder Considerable difficulty notwith- 
standing the favour & Indulgence of the General Court in 
making them a Parish which arises from the uncertainty of 
the Boundaries on the Lower part of said Parish next to Exe- 
ter Town. For as the Line which Divides said Parish from 
said Town is to begin at the Head of New Market Line & 
then to Rial South to Exeter River making near a Right An- 
gle with new market Line and the head of that Line is not 
sufficiently Ascertained it makes the said Dividing Line uncer- 
tain and the Said Parish of Brintwood will be Longer or 
Shorter according as the said Line shall be Settled which 
Considerably affects the Inhabitants thereof & the affairs of 
the Parish and Especially with Regard to fixing the Meeting 
house & other matters Relating thereunto. That the Parties 
Interested cannot agree of themselves in the Premises Where- 
fore the said agents Humbly Pray that a Committee may be 
appointed by the General Assembly with sufficient authority 
to ascertain the said Boundaries of the Said Parish of Brint- 
wood as soon as may be by fixing & Running the Said Line 
of New Market and all other Lines necessary to the end 
aforesaid for the better Regulation of the affairs of said Par- 
ish & preventing Differences & Disputes between the said 
Parishes & the Town of Exeter atas ' or that the same may be 
done in such other method & as soon as to the Wisdom & 
Goodness of the General Assembly shall seem meet. 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c 

Joseph Leavit 
Elisha Saxborn 
In the House of Representatives Sept. 17"' 1742 
The within Petition Read : and Voted That the Praver of the Peti- 



TOWX PAPERS EXETER. 367 

tion be Granted in the following manner viz: That Capt. Icabod Rob\ 
M' John Sanborn and Cap' Nathaniel Ealy be a Comittee to Run & 
mark out the Boundary Lines Between Exeter old Parrish and New 
Market and Between Exeter Old psi.sh And Brentwood and that thev 
make Return of theire doing therein & present a Plan of the Lines they 
Run how they have Markt out the Boundarys to the General Assembly 
next Thursday if the Assembly be then Sitting (if not) then on the 
third day of the Sitting of the Gen' Assembly at their next Sessions, 
for acceptance and that all the Parrishes aforesaid shall have Liberty 
to be heard (to shew Reason if any they have) why the Lines Shall 
not be Settled Agreeable to the Report of s'' Comittee before it be Con- 
firmed by the Gen' Court. And that in case Mr. John Sanburn & Capt. 
Ealy or Either of them will not accept & go with Capt. Roby to Run 
said" Lines, That then Capt. Roby Lnploj- two good understanding 
men to be chaine men on oath to go with him c's: that he make Retura 
as aforesaid the Petitioners paying the Charge. 

James JetYry Cler. Ass'' 
September 17, 1742 
In Council read & Concurred. 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
Eodem Die 

Assented to B. Wentworth 



Pciitiofi of Andrew Gil/nan and others. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governoiir and 

Cnmniander in cheif in and over his Majestys Province of 

New Hampshire and to the Hon' ' his Majesty's Council & 

Representatives in General Court assembled 

Himibly vSheweth the Subscribers hereunto Inhabitants of 
the Parish of Brintwood having for some years past Erected 
a meeting house for the Public worship of God in the most 
Suitable place for us that live on the North Side of the river 
and have also Carry'd on the Publick worship in it at oiu" 
own Cost and in as much as the moving said house or our 
being obliged to move the Same or pay towards the Erecting 
a New Meeting house further up into said Parish would be a 
great hardsliip as well as cost unto us Several of us Living 
two miles & upwards tVotn the present meetinghouse, Where- 
fore we humbly pray your Excellency and this hon'' Court 
will in your Great Wisdom take our Case under your wise 
Consideration and Grant us Liberty to Continue to Carry on 
the worship of God in the present meetinghouse that we may 
be free from all cliarges and Duties to any other house that 
Shall be built and that we may be set off as a particular Dis- 
trict with such other priviledges and by Such boundaries as 
your Excellency and this hon'' Court in your Great wisdom 
shall see meet to Grant us, And your Petitioners as in Duty 
Bound Shall ever pray &c. 

Dated at Brintwood Nov' i6'^ 1742. 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Andrew Oilman 
Nicholas Dudley 
Timothy Leavit 
Daniel Wormall 
Bangaman Gilman 
Jonathan Gilman 
Samuel Stevens 
Jmereh Gilman 
Thomas Mudget 
vSamuel Edgerlj 
Humphrey Wilson 
Stephen Leavit 
Tho^ Dudley Junr. 
Nicklous Smeth 
Darby Kallv 
Will'" Bean 
Edward Colcord 
Edward Thing 
Andrew Donner 
John Mudget 
Moses Jewett 



John George 
Jeremiah Bean 
Jonathan Thing 
Samuel Smith 
John Morgin 
Edward Colcord Jr. 
Nicklous Dudley. Juner 
John Quimby 
Jonathan Dudley 
Haley Stevens 
Sarah Gorden 
John Leavitt 
Joshua Bean 
Ithiel Clifford 
Mavrick Gilman 
Jonathan Stevens .' 
Antipas Gilman 
Masey Dudley 
Samuel Dudley Jun. 
Mathes Bean 
John Odlen Jun. 
John Qiiimbe Jun. 



[742. 



Josiah Thins 
John Dudlej' 
In the House of Representative.'- 

the within Petition Read and Voted that the Petitioners (at their own 
cost) serve the Selectmen of Brentwood with a Coppy of this Petition 
and the votes thereon and y' they appeare the 3'' day of the Sitting of 
the Gen' Ass " after the 25''' day of December next to shew cause (if 
any they have) why the prayer of the Petition may not be granted 

James Jeffry Cle- Ass ' 
Prov. N. Hamp — 
Nov. 23" 1742 
the above vote of the House read & Concurred 
Theod Atkinson Secy. 
Prov New 



Hamp'' 



Nov. 24"' 1743 



Assented to 
In the House of Representatives May the 24" 



B. Wentworth 



1743 



the within Petition and their opponents heard by their Council the 
House having Considered thereof, Voted That this "Petition and also a 
Petition signed Joseph Thing & Peter Thing & ten others Desiring to 
be admitted to Joyne with the within Petitioners be both Dismissed 

James Jeffry Cler Ass'" 



Brintijoood to fay Prov ' Tax to Exeter. 
Whereas the new psish of Brentwood in the Town of Exeter has 
been Set off from the old Town of Exeter Since the Proportioning the 
Towns &c. in this Province has been made — And the Warrant from the 
Treasurer came directed to the Select men of Exeter for the Prov. Tax 
w '' Included the Poles & Estates of those persons & Estates in Brent- 
wood and since they have been sett off they Refuse to pay Exeter Con- 
stables their Proportion of the Prov Tax which is like to cause a dif- 
ference between the Town and parrish — For prevention whereof Voted 
That the Poles & Estates belonging to said psish of Brentwood pay 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 269 

their Proportion of the Province Tax as they are already Assesed by 
the Select men of Exeter for the Present yeare, To the Constables who 
have the Warrants to collect the same and for the future that Brent- 
wood Joyn with the Town of Exeter in making their Province Rates 
till otherwise ordered by the Gen' Assembly and that an act be drawn 
up accordingly. 

James Jeffrv Cler Ass'" 
J5-9'hmoi74i 
In Council Nov 25"' 1742 
read & concurrd 

Theodore Atkinson iSecy 
Eodem Die 

Assented to B. Wextworth 



Copy of a report of a Comittee ab' Brintzvood meeting 
House. 
Prov New "j Persuant to an act of the Gen' Court Bareing Date 
hamp" I the 26"' Day of June 1742. 
Portsm ■ Feb Wee the "Subscribers being appointed by s'' act as a 
I-' 1742-3 J Committee to Survey and View the parrish of Brintwood 
in the Town Ship of Exeter in the province aforesaid To See where 
the Most convenient and Comodious place is for the Erecting of a 
Meeting house tor the accomidation of the aforesaid parrish. according 
to the power and authority given us by the aforesaid act Wee have 
yeiwed all parts of said parrish as was shew'd by the Committee ap- 
pointed by Vote of the parrish aforesaid to attend and shew us the 
Several parts of said parrish and Inhabitants. Wee doe therefore ad- 
judge i: Determine that a Certain peice of Land call'd or known by the 
Name of Capt. James Levitts Lott that Lyes upon the North side of 
the Road or high way that Leads from Deer hill mill to Crawlys Falls 
Mill upon the Westerly side of the Gully att the Easterly Corner of 
said Lott is the most convenient place according to the best of our 
judgm' and shall be the spott for the setting the meeting house on, 
Which wee give as our Judgm' and Determination under our hands 
the Day above Said 

John Downing \ 

Geo. Walton \ Comittee 

Jonathan Thompson J 
At a Legal parish meeting held at Brintwood on Mondav February 
the 19'' 1742-3 Voted Mr. timothy Leavitt moderator of s'*^ meeting at 
the same meeting it was voted that Jeremiah Bean & Joseph Leavit be 
chosen to agree with the man that owns the Land where the Commit- 
tee hath Determin'd a place for a meeting house in s^' parish iv: also to 
take a Deed of s'' Land tor the use of the parish of the afores'' man If 
he see fit to give a deed at the same meeting it was voted that John 
Roberdsjohn Marsh Jeremiah Rowe James Roberdson Daniel Sand- 
burn be Chosen a Committee to Imply men to procure timber for a 
meeting house in s'' parish iV: all other Stut^' that is necessary for build- 
ing s*! house in s'' parish, at the same meeting it was voted that the 
meeting house in s*^ parish be builded by way of Rate sixty feet long«& 
forty feet wide, at the same meeting voted that the same Committee 
have power to agree with Carpenders & other Labouring men in s"! 
parish to build the frame of the 5*^ meeting house upon the lot that the 
said committee hath appointed for setting said house, at the same 



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NEW HAMrSHIRE 



iiieetiiij4 voted that the frame ot' said meeting house be Compleated 
workman Like fit to Raise by the tenth day of June next Insuing, 
at the same meetinsf voted that Every Labouring man & yoake of 
oxen have Seven Shillings pr. day Each & find himself for every days 
work he is out about s'' frame or house. 
A true Copy taken out of Brintvvood parish Record 

Attest Joseph Leavit parish Clerk. 



Joint Petltio)i. d-c. 
Province of \ 
New Hampshirj 

To His Excellency Benuing Wentworth Escp-. Captain Gen- 
eral and Goveinour in and over his Majesties Province of 
New Hampshire aforesaid. To his Majesties Cotmcill and 
house of Representatives in General assembly Convened. 
Whereas there is a Petition of Andrew Gilman and others 
now lying before your Excellency and the Hon Court Pray- 
ing that yoin- Excellency and the Hon' Court will in your 
great Wisdom take their Case under your wise Consideration 
and Grant them Liberty to Continue to Carry on the Worship 
of God in the Present Meeting house that they may be free 
from all charges and Duties to any other house that shall be 
built and that they may be set oft' as a Perticular District with 
Such other Priviledges and by Such Boundaries as your Ex- 
cellency and this Hon Court in your Great Wisdom Shal 1 
see meet to Grant them. To which said Petition our names 
are not afiixed and we being Freeholders or Inhabitants within 
the Parish of Brintwood and are Desireous to have the Prayer 
of the said Petition Granted (if Consistant with your Excel- 
lencys & your honours Pleasure) Do Earnestly pray that we 
may be Received as Joynt Petitioners with them and Deemed 
as Such- And your Petitioners as in Duty Bound Shall Ever 
pray &c. 



Dated at Brintwood May lo' 1743 


Sameuel Thing 
Nicolas Gordon 
Joseph Thing 
Nath' Webster 
Jona Dudley 
Joseph Hoghit 


John Holan 
Calep Brown 
Ebenezer Towle 
Daniel Quimbe 
Joseph Thing Tun 
Peter Thing^ 






J 



TOWN- PAt'IiKS EXETEK. 37I 

Province of \ 
New IlampshiiL' ) 
To his Excellency B Wintworth Esqr. Capt. Governor in and 

over liis maj" ~ Provence New hampshire. To his maj' " 

Council antl house of represent ~ in General Assembly 

Con\enecl. 

Whereas there [is] a Petition of Andrew Gilman and oth- 
■ers now Lyingf before your Excelency and the Hon ' Coun- 
A:il Praving cS:c & Bearing Date Deseniber the lo 1743 to 
which our names are not in Intfixed & we being Free holders 
or Inhabitants within the Parish of Brintwood and are Desire- 
ous to have the Prayers of the s' Petition Granted if Consist- 
ant with your Excellency and your Hon'' Council and house 
of represent Pray that we may be Rec'd as Joynt Petition- 
ers with them and Deemed as such & your Pititioners as in 
Duty Bound Shall Ever Pray 

John Leavitt Miw' Gilman 

Ithiel Cliford Nrfclos Smith 



Province of \ 
New Hampshire j 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in cheif In and over His majesties Province of 
New Hampshire And to the Hon • His Majesties Councill 
and House of Representatives In General Court Assem- 
bled. 

Humbly Shews The Subscribers Inhabitants of the Parish 
ii Brintwood in the Province aforesaid That they having at 
their own Cost and Charge Erected a house for the Publick 
Worship of God in said Parish- Do Therefore Humbly Re- 
quest your Excellency and The Hon ■ Court To Enable us 
by an act of the Hon''' Court To Poll otV ourselves our Fami- 
lys and Estates and such others as shall Think meet to Joyn 
with us in Carrying on tlie Publick Worship in said house 
And that they may be Exempt from Charge towards Support- 
ing any other house or Minister in said Parish besides their 
•own, And your Petitioners as in Duty Boimd Shall ever Pray. 
Dated December 10"' 1743 
Andrew Gihnan Wido Mare Dudley 

Daniel Wormall Widow Sarah Gorden 

Benj Gilman Josiah Thing 

Nicolas Dudley Timothy Leavitt 

Nicola-i Dudley Junr. Thomas Flanders 

Samuel Stevens John Yonge 

Jerem'' Gilman Edward Colcord 

Jonthan Gilman John Dudley 

JIaley Stevens Stephen Leavitt 



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Edward Thing John Holon 

Daniel Qiiimbe Martha Been 

Humphrey Wilson Jonathan Modget 

Jonathan Qiiimbe Joshua Been 

Samuel Dudley John Morgon Junr. 

Samuel Smith Darbe Kely 

Jeremiah Bean Jonathan Thing 

Samuel Edgerly Antipas Oilman 

Caleb Brown Joseph Hoit 

In the House of Representatives X'' the 15'^ 1743 

The above Petition Read and Voted that the Petitioners at their 
proper Cost & Charge Serve the Select men of Exe' and the Select 
men of Brentwood with a Coppy of the Petition and Votes thereon- 
to appeare the third day of the Sitting of the Gen' Assembly after the 
first day of April next to show cause if any they have why the Prayer 
of the Petition may not be granted 

James Jeffrey Cler. Ass'" 
In Council Eodem Die 
read & non concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec. 
And voted That the Prayer of the Petition be granted and that any 
Rateable Person or Persons that are now Inhabitants within the s'' 
Parish of Brintwood may Joyn with the Petitioners Provided they en- 
ter their name with the Clerk of the Parish on or before the 25"' Day 
of Feb'^ next & that any Person that shall settle in thes'' Parish within 
Three years may alsoe have the Liberty of Joyning with the Petition- 
ers by Entring their names with the Clerk of that Parish and that an 
act be Drawn up accordingly 

Theodore Atkinson Secy. 
In the House of Representatives Xr 16"' 1743 

the above vote of Councill Read & non concurred & Voted That the 
Petitioners at their proper Cost and charge Serve the Select men of 
Brentwood with a Coppy of this Petition and the Votes thereon, to ap- 
peare the week after next (if the Gen' Ass'" be then sitting) if not then 
to appeare the third day of the Sitting of the Gen. Ass'" after that 
time to shew cause why the prayer of the Petition may not be granted- 

James Je'ftry Cler. Ass'" 
Dec 17"' 1743. 

In Council Read & Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson Sec 
Eodem Die 

Assented to B. Wentworth 

In the House of Represen"*^* Xr 30"' 1743 
■ the Petitioners and the Respond'' heard & the House having Con- 
sidered thereof Voted That the Said Pet' be Dismist 

James Jeftrey Cler. Ass"' 

Remonstrance^ <&c. 

Province of "1 

New Hamp'' J 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esqr. Governor and 
Commander in Chief in and over his Maj'' " Province of 
New Hamp" And to the Hon''' his Maj'^ Councill And 
House of Representatives In General Court Assembled. 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER, j^l 



T.'p^'^'l''?"''' Inhabitants Of the Parish of Brentwood 



V^'^l^::?:^^'^'^^:^'-^dii^y^nghoen Sowed with a Copia 

itwood 

- .^y ^ , ' •-'v^wv.v^ H1J3 iiuu -^ Court 

families .>:^a^.&^V ""/ ' \ ^ourt to Poll off themselves & 



of^^Pe^tion of a Numbe;. o/'fei;^:;;;.^. ^^ sal^^^^^^d 



.ili^and Estiats & such oth.^ a^ JLu .link m ^^l^^; 

ththemm carrying on the Publick Worship of God at a 
Cos;'and rf' ^h^>'^---,--ected in s' Parrish^.t thei own 
Peti io ^ T'^"~ "^"^ ^'"V^ ^"^^^ ^i^h the Votes on s" 
Petition <Sc to appear in s' Court to show Cause whv the 

wh??'-fp\'v' ^^''''°" '""^y "«^ be granted our Reasons 
why said Petition may not be granted are as followeth 

I If their Petition should be granted it would be verv dis 

the P' 1 r°f\V^-^'"^ ^ "^ ^'^'^^' «f "« being able t? Pay 

he Publick & Private charges Nessisarily Ari^ng in s Pa7 

ish the which we should be able to Do should tlfe krish i" 

Inhabitants be Kept together. ''^' ^ 

iJL M """^'^ ^^T'- ^^^^*'°" b^ ^^'^"ted It would Put the Par- 
ish to More confusion and Dihculty about seting the Meednl 
houses than ever has been yet & besides should^their Reauesf 

offerecl'T- ''''' ^' ^^^^^^^ objections and What may be further 
oue.t A ;'\P" ^T ^°"°"^^ ^^'^" Pl^^sto deny there Re 

Dated Dec"- 26^' 1743, 

John Roberds r;,„ ,, , 

Jr^Ur. AT.,„„u •Dilev Harde 



John Marsh ^'-Y, ^^""'^^^ 

Nath'FoIsham Nicklas Gordon 

d 

Thomas Gording 



Nath' Folsham t.h"^ , o "°" 

Benjamin Fifield &''^} P""^^^"" 

John Brown fr,'"^' ^ °""& 



18 



274 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Jeremiah Bean sen. 
Moses Fifield 
Williman Graves 
Jeames Robinson 
Hanary Marsh 
John Folsham 
David Bean 
Benjamin Veazey 
John Roberds Jun. 
Baniman Roburds 
Ezekiel Smith 
Robert Brown 
Job Keniston 
James Dudley Jun. 
Daniel Sanborn 
Geog Robt : s 
Elisha Sainborn 
Joseph Leavitt 
Daniel Gorden 
Daniel Giles 
Daniel Giles Jun 
John Giles 
David Smith 
Jeames Marsh 
Biley Lyford 



Jonathan Smith 
Benjamin Rogers 
Thomas Critchett 
Isaac Cleftbrd 
Jacob Hobs 
Joel Judkins 
Jehial Smith 
Zechriah Judkins 
Samuel Rogers ? 
Robert Young 
Ambros Hinds 
Charles Young 
John James 
Nichelas Dolloff 
Jeremiah Row 
John Mudget 
Jonathan Robinson 
Jonathan Talen ? 
Samuel Young 
John Bean 
Benja Scribner 
Joseph Moody 
Edmund Roberts 
Nicholas Gorden Jun. 



VOLUME III. 

EXETER TO JEFFERSON'. 



EXETER— (continued) . 

Petitiofi of A?idrew Gihnan and others about a meeting- 
house^ 1743' 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour and 

Commander in Chief in and over His Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire- 
And to the Hon"'' his Majesties Council! and Representatives 

In Generall Court assembled — 

We the subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants of the 
Northerly part of the Parish of Brintwood in the Province 
aforesaid Do Humbly Crave Leave of your Excellency and 
honours to Lay this our Humble Remonstrance of our Dis- 
tressed Circumstances before your Excellency and honours as 
follows Viz : 

Many of us Living four or five miles Distant from Exeter 
Meeting house have Attended the Publick Worship of God at 
that house for many years past with Great difficulty and our 
families Encreasing made it much more Difficult Especially 
in the Winter Spring & Fall of the year — 

Wherefore about eight years ago we with several of the 
Southerly part of said Parish Erected a house for the Publick 
worship of God in the most suitable place as they thought, 
and wc Now do think to carry on the Publick Worship in and 
accordingly at our own Charge have carry'd on the same in 
the winter, Spring and fall of the year ever since as we had 
for four years or thereabouts before Erecting said house car- 
ry'd on the Publick Worship in a Private house Standing near 
our Present Meeting house — 

And about Last February was twelve month the Freeholders 
& Inhabitants of the Southerly part of Brintwood aforesaid 
Petitioned the Town of Exeter aforesaid to be sett ofl' as a 
Parish Contrary to the will and Desire of most of us, and 
said Town of Exeter Granted their said Petition Not with 
standing many of us Dissented therefrom. And their said 
Petition being granted they afterwards Apply'd to your Excel- 
lency and honours for a Charter for said Parish which was 
Granted them Contrary to our Desire and Greatly to our hurt- 
And we also having Earnestly Petition'd your Excellency & 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

honours that we might be Permitted to Conthiue to Carry on 
the Publick worship of God in our said house and to be set oft' 
by such Boundaries as your Excellency & honours should 
think meet and be Exempted from all Charge towards the 
meeting house and ministry in the Southerly Part of said Par- 
ish &c : as by our Petition Lying before your Excellency and 
Honours in your hon''''' Court may appear which Petition the 
hon'''' House of Representatives have seen meet to Dismiss- 
And also your Excellency & honours having appointed a Com- 
mittee of four Gentlemen two out of Each house to prefix the 
place where the meeting house ought to Stand — Three of said 
Gentlemen have been and made return, but is accounted voy'd 
by your Excellency & honours, For that the Committee Did 
not all joyn in their Returne and for which Reason our Peti- 
tion was also Dismisst. wherefore our Case at Present seems 
very hard and Difficult we having been at such cost to Erect 
our said house and to Maintain Preaching in it hitherto, and 
the minister also who hath hitherto Preached to us being at 
our Earnest Desire willing to Continue with us in the Minis- 
try. If your Excellency & honours will in your great wisdom 
take this our Remonstrance of our Difficult Circvmistances in 
our Present meeting house not being Establish'd and our afore- 
said Petition not being Granted and the great charges and 
Difficulties we hitherto have and Still do Labour under, under 
your Excellency and Honours wise consideration and be 
pleas'd to grant us Releif herein as in your great wisdom you 
shall see meet & 

As in Duty Bound we your Excellencies & honours Most 
Obedient, Humble Servants shall Ever Pra}' Ac- 
Dated at Brintwood June 37"' Anno Domini 1743. 

Andrew Gilman John George 

Humphry Wilson Edward Thing 

Edward Colcord Daniel Qiiimby 

Nicholas Dudley Sarah Gordon 

Antipas Gilman John Leavitt 

Timothy Leavitt Samuel Stevens 

Beniamin Gilman Joseph Hoyt 

Samuel Edgerley Joshua Been 

Samuel Dudley John Morgin 

Jonathan Thing John Holon 

Stephen Leavitt Zekil Claford 

Josiah Thing Samuel Smith 

Jonathan Hadley Daniel Wormall 

Nicolas Dudley'jun Marthy Been 

Jeremiah Bean Haley Stvens 

John Dudly Jeremy Gilman. Jun 

In the House of Representatives July i"' 1743. 

The within Petition Read & Cons"idered on & Voted That Eleazer 
Russel Esq Mark Langdon Gen' Sc Mr. Noah Barker of Stratham be a 
comitee to Joyne such as the Hon''''' the Council shall appoint to go to 
the Parish of Brentwood and View the Situation of said Parrish, & 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 277 

see whether it will be most convenient for the Inhabitants thereof to be 
Divided Into two Parrishes or whether the whole shall meet at the 
Meeting Mouse already Built for some Limited time or to Conclude 
upon some other metlicd that thej shall think to be for the best good 
of the said p'ish, In order for their being settled in Peace, and that 
they make Report to the Gen' Ass'" the third day of the sitting of the 
Gen' Ass'" at their next sessions And that the Petitioners be at the 
charge of the Comittee and that the Petitioners serve the Sellet men of 
Brentwood with a Coppy of this Pet^ & Votes that they may Kotifie 
the p'ish of these proceedings - and that those that will dispute what 
is acted may appeare at the day above said. 

James Jeffry Cler"^ Ass'''y 
Eodem Die 

In Council read & concurrd & the Above s' Comittee hereby estab- 
lished & Impowerd for the End Above s' 

Theod. Atkinson, Secry 
Eodem Die 

Assented to. B. Wentworth. 



Petition of sundry persons in Exeter about support of a 

Minister among- themselves. — 1744. 

To His Excellency Banning Wentworth Esq. Govornov and 

Comander in Chief in and over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire in Council, 

Humbly Sheweth. Andrew Oilman Nicholas Dudley and 
Humphry Wilson, Freeholders and Inhabitants of the North- 
erly part of the Parrish of Brentwood on Behalf of themselves 
and theire distressed Neighbours, and friends Living within 
the Northerly part of said Parrish, who have once and againe 
been supplicating v' Excellency with the other branch of the 
General Assembly for our being sett off from the other part 
of said Parrish, and that wee might Injoy the liberty of carry- 
ing on the Publick Worship of God in our present Meeting 
House free from any Charge to be Laid on us by the other 
part of Said P'ish, and in as much as our Grievances Still re- 
maine unredrest, and fearing the daily approches of Greater 
by unreasonable Taxes &c — 

We your humble Petitioners, for our selves and our dis- 
tressed Brethren and Neighbours, would therefore humbly 
crave Leave from y' Excellencie once more to lay our dis- 
tressed circumstances under your wise consideration and hum- 
bly pray that your Excellency will be pleased to think of some 
speedy way to set us otT from the other part of said Parish, 
and from the charges thereof. That we may still continue the 
Publick Worship of God in our own Meeting House, and not 
be forced to go to the Meeting House, which some of the 
other part of the Parrish would have us, ^vhich we could not 
do (in time of war) without the utmost hazzard of the Lives 



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of our Selves & Famillyes. The place where their meeting 
House is i^ropos'd to be sett, being in the midst of a Great 
Swamp, and verry hazardous and also difficult to go to either 
in Spring or Fall of the yeare — We your humble Petitioners 
most humbly leave our selves and our distressed circumstances 
to the Pitty and compassion of your Excellency, humbly pray- 
ing your Pitty and Compassion and the heareing and Granting 
this our Petition, as in your Wisdome you shall see most 
meet- 

And your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 
Dated May 26^^ 1744. 

Andrew Gilman 
Nicholas Dudley 
Humphry Wilson 
In behalfe of the rest that have now a Petition lying before 
the Gen' Ass" 



Petit io7i to be exempted from support of a minister not 
of their choice. 
1744 To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor 
and Comander in Cheif in and over his Majesties 
Province of New Hampsh' &c, and to the Hon^'* 
His Majesties Councill and House of Representa- 
tives, in Generall Assembly Conven'd — 

The Humble Petition of a Number of the freeholders and 
other Inhabitants of the Town of Exeter, Humbly Sheweth 
that att the Annuall Meeting held in Exeter in the year 1 743 : 
The Town did att s'' Meeting proceed (in a hasty and resolute 
Manner as wee Conceive contrary to the mind of most of your 
Petitioners who timely enterd their dissents) to chuse a Com- 
ittee, Absolutely to agree with, and Settle Mr Woodbridge 
Odiin as a Colleague with his father in the Ministry which 
was effected by s' Comittee, and the Gentleman soon settled : 
which being very greivous to us & wee most of us apprehend- 
ing that neither wee nor our households would be likely to 
proffit under his Ministry therefore could not receive him as our 
minister and have for our own and households Spirituall Edifi- 
cation supported a Gospell Minister to preach to us upwards 
of a year, and have been Obliged to pay our proportion toward 
the Settlement, and Salary of S' Gentleman, notwithstanding : 
and as most of us have tho't it our duty so to do, wee still look 
upon it our dutv for our own, and our households & others 
Spirituall Edification to settle a Gospell Minister amongst us 
and in order thereto have erected a meeting House for the 
Publick worship of God att our own cost, and having already 



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made application to the town for leleif, but they granting o 
us none : wee tho't it our duty to make application to this 
Hon**''' Court for relief, therefore wee humbly pray that your 
Excellency, and Hon" will take our case under your wise con- 
sideration, and grant us relief in the following manner Viz. 
by exempting us our households and Estates, and all those 
persons and familys with their Estates, whose hearts the Lord 
shall Incline to join with us, within a linimited time to be 
prefixt by your Excellency, and your Honours from paying 
any thing to the further support of the now settled ministers, 
or those that may Succeed them ; provided wee support a 
Gospell Minister amongst ourselves : or to grant us relief in 
any other way that you in your great Wisdom shall think best ; 
And if your Excellency and Hon'~ should think it reasonable 
That wee have some allowance made us for the money wee 
have already paid, toward the settlement and support of s'' 
Gentleman, and your petitioners as in duty bound shall ever 
pray &c- 



Exeter July iS 
John Lord 
Sam" Gilman 
Nehemiah Gilman 
Daniel Smith 
Josiah Gilman 
Daniel Thing 
Benj'' Thing 
Jonathan Gilman 
John Leavitt 
Wadleigh Cram 
Daniel Gilman 
Josiah Ladd 
Dudlej- James 
James Dudley 
Peter Gilman 
Daniel Folsom 
Trueworthy Gilman 
Moses Gilman. Jun 
John Gilman 3'''' 
Samuell Dalloff 
Jon' Jiidgskins 
Charles Rundlet 
John Sloper 
James Thosten 
John Dudley 
Theophilus Smith 
John Phillips 



1744. 



Thomas Lord 
Samuel Noris 
Nich" Gilman, Jr 
Thomas Dean 
Abnar Thustin 
Moses Swett 
Robert Lights 
Sam" Gilman, Jr 
John Dean 
Richard Smith 
Nicholas Gordin 
Jonathan Gilman, Jr 
John Light 
Stephen Thing 
Jeremiah Bean 
Richard Smith, Jr 
John Looge. Jun 
John Haines 
Eben' Sinkler 
Jon ' Young 
Benjamin Lary 
True Dudley 
Joshep Smith 
Abner DoUof 
George Dutch 
Joshua Foulsham 
John Robinson, Jun 



5^ 



In the House of Representatives July 19"' 1744. 

The within Petition, Read, and Voted that the Petitioners at their 
own cost and Charge Serve the Selectmen of the Old Town of Exeter 
with a Coppy of this Petition, and the Votes thereon. That the said 
Selectmen may call the said Town togeather to choose Agents (if they 
see cause) to appear the second day of the sitting of the General Ass"' 



28o NEW HAMPSHIRE 

after the Last day of July curr' to shew Cause (if any they have) why 
the Prayer of the Petition may not be Granted. 

James JeftVy, Cler. Ass'" 
In Council July 20"' 1744. 
read i\: Concurred 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 

Eod"' Die- 
Assented to- B. Wentworth. 

At a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
of Exeter holden at the town house in Exeter 
July 30"' 1744, 

Voted, "Maj"' Nich" Oilman mod'"' of said meeting 

Voted, that their be agents chosen to Repersent the town in General 
Court or Assembly 

Voted That M'' Nich" Peryman, Mr James Gilman Sc Zebulon Gid- 
ding be agents for that end 

Voted That they or either of them to appear in General Court at the 
next seting to shue cause why the Petition of a number of this Town 
should not be Granted and to Defend the town against the same- 

A Copy- Zebulon Giddinge, Town Clerk. 



Agreetnent of parties. 
October y^ 15"' 1744. 

Acording To the advice of His Excelencey we a number of Booth 
Peartie in the Parish of Brintwood have Descorsed on our afair Con- 
searning an agreement- 

And the upper People Desire stall to standby the first Act in making 
the Parish. Notwithstanding they whose Names are under written are 
willing Rather than to be devided that the meeting house should be sit 
by way of Rate Viz, As Near the Senter of the width of the Parich 
on the Middle Rode as may be and as Near the Botim Line as that one 
half the money accordingto the Rate this year shall be Raised Above 
it- 
Reuben Smith Elisha Samborn 
Benj" Veasey Benf' Fifield 
James Young Daniel Samborn 
Jeremiah Bean John Roberts 
Jon" Robinson Jerr'' Rowe 
James Robinson Moses Jewet 



Petition in Answer to that praying- for exe?nption^ &c. 

To His Excellency Bennlng Wentworth. Esq' Governor and 

Commander in Cheif in and over His Majestys Province of 

New Hampshire, and to the Hon"'' his Majestys Council & 

Ploiise of Representatives in Generall Assembly Convened- 

The Agents for the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town 

of Exeter in the Province aforesaid Legally Chosen at their 

meeting held at Exeter aforesaid on the thirtieth day of July 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. zSt 

1744 to make answer to and Shew Cause why the Prayer of 
the Petition of a Number of the Freeholders and other Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Exeter- Prefeared to your Excellency 
and tliis hon"'"' Court (on the iS"^'' day of July 1744.) may not 
be Granted. 

. . . The said Petitioners have been Guiltv of a very 

imprmiis ^^.^^^ Mistake in setting forth in their Petition the 
Hasty & Resolute maimer (as they conceiv'd) of chusing a 
committee absolutely to agree Avith and Settle M'' \Voodbridge 
Odlin as a Colleague with his Father in the Ministry, which 
they Say was Etlected by Said Committee and the Gentleman 
Soon Settled — We Humbly Crave Leave to Reply and Say 
that the said meeting (being on the 28"' day of March 1743.) 
was carried on by the Freeholders and Inhabitants (Except- 
ing the Petitioners) in as Moderate & Deliberate a manner as 
annual meetings have been usually carry'd on in, and the 
choice of the said Committee was made after a mature consid- 
eration and Deliberation of the Voters then Present (as we 
apprehend) by a very Great Majority and sometime after one 
of the said committee (viz) Mr Benjamin Thing refusing to 
act and the others not thinking it Safe to act without him (be- 
ing chosen to Act Joyntly) upon their Representation of it to 
the Selectmen of said Town another Town meeting was called 
on the thirteenth day of June then next to see if the Town 
would proceed in Chusing another in his room or give power 
to the Remainder of the said Committee or the Major part of 
them to act in the Premisses — At which meeting after Due 
consideration of the Voters then Present they Voted that the 
Remainder of the said committee or the Major part of them 
should have full power to act in and about the Premises : And 
the Gentleman was not ordain'd untill the Twenty Eighth of 
vSeptcmber following Waiting that time in hopes that many 
of the Principal men of the Now Petitioners would have been 
Reconcil'd to the Gentleman whom they by their request, with 
Sundry others on the 4' ' of January 1741 by a paper under 
their hands approv'd of and Pray'd his assistance with his 
hon' • Father in the ministry and thereby prevail'd with him to 
refuse a call that was about to be made him at the Town of 
Biddcford, where he had for some time preached to the Great 
Satisfaction of that People, and also at many other Places as 
well as in our Town too well known to be Denied by the Pe- 
titioners, and his Life and Doctrine being agreeable To us the 
Town Proceeded as before — And what moved many of the 
Petitioners to be prejudiced against him we know not. — For 
at the ordination there were Twelve Churches by their Elders 
and Delegates Call'd to advise and Assist in the ordination be- 
fore whom many of the now Petitioners made their Objec- 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

tions in writing against their Proceeding to said Ordination 
and were Patiently heard by the said Elders and Delegates, 
who after serious Deliberation on the said Objections Judged 
the same to be Insufficient and so Proceeded to the Ordina- 
tion since which several of the Petitioners have joyn'd in 
Communion with our Church and two of them (viz:) Mr: 
Benjamin Thing and Mr John Light, neither they nor their 
Familyes have forsaken the Ordinances, and Major Thomas 
Deane, another of the Petitioners who had for some time left 
the Communion of the Church upon his Declaring that he 
was Convinced that it was his Duty to Returne to the Ordi- 
nance of the Lords Supper and to Joyn in communion with 
this church hath been Lately Re admitted to and Partaken of 
the Ordinance 

2'i'y We Crave Leave to Observe that some of the now Pe- 
titioners Joyn'd with others in a Petition to the Select men for 
their Incerting in their warrant for the annual meeting to Con- 
sider of and Vote if they tho'' meet the Choice of a Committee 
to call and agree with the said M Woodbridge Odlin to assist 
his hon- Father as a colleague in the ministry with him &c- 

3'''-' We would Crave Leave to Observe that the reasons 
that Several of the Petitioners who were church members 
Gave by a paper under their hands Dated May 14^'- 1743, for 
their w^ith drawing at first was "That they had Observed with 
Grief the Conduct of our Rev'd Pastor Mr John Odlin with 
regard to the work of Gods Glorious Grace in the Late out- 
pouring of his Spirit Amongst us of which they Trusted many 
of them had been the Subjects, and their being Convinced in 
their Consciences that our said Pastor and Church Did not 
treat the same as a work of Soveraign Rich Grace, but that 
the method of their Late Conduct, the Petitioners apprehended 
had been, and Continued in Opposition thereto- in as much 
as the Instrument it had pleased God to make use of in carry- 
ing it on and the Subjects of it are Discountenanced" they 
meaning as we apprehend thereby, that our Rev'^' Pastor and 
Church Refused to allow such of the Itinerant Preachers to 
Pi'each in the meeting house, who did not first wait on our 
rev'' Pastor and give him Satisfaction as to their Principles and 
Doctrine, & also that he did not comply with the Irregularities 
of the Times, and also as to the method of the Settlement of 
Mr Woodbridge Odlin which wee apprehend was Right- 

4*'"^' We further Observe that (as we humbly Conceive) the 
calling & Settlement of M Woodbridge Odlin was agreeable to 
the Laws of this Province, & the usage of the churches in this 
Government : much the Greater part of the Town being Sen- 
cible of their need they Stood in of an assistant to his hon' 
Father by reason of his age as well as his bodily Infirmitys 



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and also having had full and Satisfactory proof of the Said 
M- Woodbridge Odlins Life Conversation and Doctrine- 

^uiiy y^-Q Humbly Conceive that the Prayer of the Petition 
if Granted Will Tend Greatly to the Prejudice not only of this 
church but also of all the other churches of this Government 
and \vill be a manifest breach of the Law of this Province 
and Contrary to the Constitution of the churches in the Coun- 
try for any small number of Persons who through unreason- 
able Prejudice shall desire this Hon " Court to Exempt them- 
selves, their Familys and Estates from paying toward the 
support of the Present settled ministers or those that succeed 
them when the Law of this Province in that case already 
made & provided obliges them so to do, unless the Petitioners 
should so change their Principles in Religion that the Act of 
Parliament would Free them from the same which we appre- 
hend is not the Case of the Present Petitioners — Neither 
have the Petitioners, Either before the Council Present at the 
ordination, or the Council Lately call'd by this church sup- 
ported their Objections against the calling & ordaining of Mr 
VVoodbridge Odlin. And the offence Taken at the settlement 
of the Rev. Mr : Woodbridge Odlin under the Notion of his 
being an opposer of the work of God- the said Last Council 
in their Result say that therein they tho' they (meaning the 
withdrawing brethren, some of the Petitioners) had cast an 
undue Reflection upon him — And as to the Validit}' and 
Regularity of his Settlement, they found it was agreeable 
to the majorit}- both of Town and Churcli and approv'd and 
ratified by a Venerable Councill of Churches call'd by this 
church — and the said Councill Further adjudg'd that the 
agriev'd brethrens calling a Council at the Time and in the 
manner they did, was an uncommon Step of Proceedure, and 
that this church have been in the way of their Duty and have 
Done no more than they had a right to do in calling them as 
a Councill without the agrieved brethren, They being Desir'd 
to joyn in calling them — 

6'> We Humbly Conceive that the conclusion of the Prayer 
of the Petitioners is absurd imreasonable and unjust in Desir- 
ing to have some allowance made them for the money they 
have already paid towards the settlement and support of the 
said Gentleman, meaning (as we suppose) our Present ^Nlinis- 
ters- as to the settlement of the Rev' Mr John Odlin very few 
if any of the Petitioners paid anv thing towards it. and as to 
the settlement and support of the Rev ' Mr Woodbridge Odlin, 
Several of the Petitioners having Lately come into the Town 
have paid Little or Nothing towards it and some of them not 
in the Rates untill this year- 

Lastlv- We Humblv Crave Leave to Observe to vour Ex- 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

celleiicy and honours That the Principal motives (as we con- 
ceive) that the Petitioners have used in their Petition in order 
to Induce this hon"'*^^ Court to grant the Prayer of their Peti- 
tion are these two (viz) "First that they have vSupported a 
Gospel Minister to preach to them upward of a year" and 
2*"-' that they "have at their own Cost Erected a meeting 
house" — 

And as to the first we humbly conceive that they will be 
under Some Difficulty to prove that they have Supported a 
Gospel Minister and we conceive that their Separating from 
the Established Ministry of The Town without Just cause was 
Evil in itself and the Evil Example thereof has Drawn Many 
belonging to the Neighbouring Towns & Parishes away to their 
Separate house and to Leave their own Ministers which thing 
if Countenanced by this Hon''' Court will be a Leading Ex- 
ample to Others, and be a means of bringing this Province 
into the utmost Confusion both by Dividing Familys and Sep- 
arating friends and Christian Societies- 

And 2"'^ as to their Erecting a meeting house (as they say 
in their Petition) at their own cost, We humbly Conceive that 
any number of Gentlemen may build an house at their own 
Cost if they please ; But for this Hon'' "" Court who have the 
Religious as well as Civil Interests cf this Province under their 
wise Care, to set it apart for the Publick worship of God, to 
the Disturbance and breaking up of the Neighbouring Churches 
and the Publick peace of the Government, we humbly Con- 
ceive v\^ould be a Great Grief and burden to the people in 
General and bring the Province into Such confusion as will 
Render the Inhabitants unable to Support the Charge of the 
Government. 

For These reasons with what others we shall crave Leave to 
Lay before your Excellency and Honours, We Humbly hope 
This Hon'' ' Court will be Induced not to Grant the Prayer of 
the said Petition but to Dismiss the same- 

NicH. Ferryman 
James Gilman 
Zebulon Giddingk 



RepUcaiion to the foregoing. 

To His Excellency Penning Wentworth Esq. Gov & Com- 
and' in Chief in & Over his Majesty's Province of New 
Hampshire the Hon''''" his Majesty's Council & House of 
Represen' in Gener'' Assembly Conven'd — 
The Reply of the Freeholders & other Inhabitants of y' 

Town of Exeter who have Petitioned to be Exempted from 



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paying towards the support of the ministry in said Town &c. 
to the answer of the Agents of s ' Town to their Petition 

May it please your Excellency & the other the Hon''''' 
Branches of the Legislature The fav"^ granted your Petition''' 
with regard to an opportunity of making a written Reply to 
the answers made to their Petition in behalf of the Town 
gives them Encouragem' to hope for success in the matter 
under Debate as the merit & Weight of w' Shall be offer ' can 
in this way be much better Consider'd 

Your Petition'' would beg leave Humbly to Observe in 
General, that in this affair as they are not Influenced by sinis- 
ter views, corrupt or vicious Principles nor any but Conscien- 
cious motives their Case claims the closer attention & greater 
tenderness — and as they are Sincere in their Principles which 
relate to this matter so tliey would be just in their Reasonings 
upon it : & should therefore have been glad to have avoided 
entering into the consideration of several points & matters of 
fact moved in the said answer because they will be a Diver- 
sion & a Digression from ;he Main Qtiestion- but could not 
prevail with the Agents to wave them. To come then to the 
s' answer t\: Reply in as brief & clear a manner as we can 
by following the Several Articles thereof. We must Observ^c 
their first begins with charging the Petition" with a mistake 
in Representing that the Town in Setting Mr Woodbridge 
Odlin proceeded in a hasty & Resolute manner, & then they 
go on to give an acco' of y' affair, the Substance of w'' is that 
it was carried on w" great deliberation & every step Maturely 
Considered : That every Person Concern'd acted their part 
from y fullest Evidence & Strongest Conviction of the Expe- 
diency of the thing &. the Legality of the means, <S: the Like — 
But in this ace' there is nothing said of the Art used first to 
prepare matters by prevailing on near Seventy Persons to sign 
a Petition to the vSelect men praying a proper Clause might be 
Inserted in the warrant for the Annual meeting 1743 & so 
working up the minds of the Petiti(jners to favour the thing 
before it came to be considered in Public — They also have 
omitted to Observe that when the Town was met & about to 
proceed on this affair : the Non-Petitioners or most of them 
made the strongest Remonstrances ag' desiring it might be 
suspended for some time at least offering to supply the Desk 
if necessary by Subscription as the}' had done y' year before 
hoping that a little time as it would have given greater Oppor- 
tunity to have advised &. proposed so it would have produced 
a greater unanimity of Opinion, if not terms of union & peace 
— They dont say a word of the Contempt w"' w-'' this was 
Rejected. & how Resolutely they proceeded as well to Vote 
the Raising money as chusing a Committee to Effect & carry 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

these designs into Execution which had been Contrived before, 
nor how their proposals at the second meeting were Rejected 
— nor that a church Com"" was chosen to call assistance for 
the Ordination before the agreement made w"' the Gentleman 
to be Ordain'd w''' with many other transactions too tedious to 
Recite, prove the thing to be Contrived & determined before 
it came to be Voted, and that those who asserted their free- 
dom & Liberty had Reason to be dissatisfied, the whole being 
done before the Deacons & Standing Church committee had 
any notice of it only as Inhabitants of the Town, and after the 
Town had determined the matter & a com^" chosen to agree 
the Terms a Proclamation was Issued under the ministers- 
hand, appointing a Day of fasting & prayer in the Town to 
seek Direction, now these proceedings & much more of the 
like nature were Just Causes of Dissatisfaction with this Set- 
tlement, & that we might well say it was Resolute if not hasty 
Especially if we Consider that the Towns Committee (men 
chosen no Doubt with good Policy) was Impower'd to com- 
pleat this agreement without making a report to the Town for 
their Confirmation or Approbation which is the usual way, 
for we think a precedent like this cant be found w ■' th" by 
virtue of a Particular Law may be barely called Legal can by 
no propriety be term'd prudent & w'' if ever it was done be- 
fore was only done, as we Conceive it was here to serve a 
Sinister End- 
But as to what is objected to us, that we had a hand in Call- 
ing or Inviting the Gentleman to preach in Town we Con- 
ceive there is no weight in it, for such Invitation is always 
understood to be in order to chusing, w''' necessarily Imply's 
Refusing — When a Congregation Invite several Candidates, 
they are often call'd from other places, where they are upon 
probation But it was never suppos'd that such Invitation car- 
ried in it an obligation to chuse the Person Invited for where 
more than one Preaches before the choice, all cant be chosen, 
and if but one Preaches, where can be the choice — unless it 
be that which we have all heard of — 

But we pass on The second article of the answer 

we conceive is of no Consequence in this Debate, if admitted 
to be true, for it only proves that some of the Petitioners are 
not of the same mind now w '' they once were of in this 
Particular affair — 

Nor is the third more to the point ; for it only shows the 
Respondents have assum'd a power of Judging the hearts of 
those they there speak of — And as to the 4"' we would only 
observe, that if this settlement was Legal, it will be very 
Difficult, if not Impossible to prove it to be agreeable to the 
usage of the churches in this Government. 



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In their 5"' Article we conceive the Respond'^ proceed on 
fallacious principles & take for granted propositions which 
cant be proved — as that if this Petition is granted, not only 
this church, but all the churches in the Goverm' will be 
greatly prejudiced — Now where is the prejudice to the church 
as such if these Petitioners were dismissed — there will be a 
church still left, of a competent Number, Invested with the 
same powers & enjoying the same Privileges as they now 
enjoy — and if the Number desiring to be Dismissed be so 
small as is Represented the objection is still of Less wight- 
and as to Churches in General how are they like to be atlected 
by it- no other ways than they always are by gathering a new 
church, when the members belong'd to any other before ; and 
if this is of any weight it will always be an Objection, in that 
case as well as in this : & so there must never be but one 
church in a Town tho ever so Large — and the same argum' 
may be always made ag erecting new Parishes, for the old 
must be hurt by the Loss of any of its Parishoners by an in- 
crease of charge on those that Remain — Again when tis 
said the granting this Petition would be a manifest breach of 
the Laws of the Province the Objection Implies that this court 
are to proceed only on Laws already in force that they are Re- 
strain'd by them, & arc only to put such Laws in Execution — 
which is not the case, the petitioners ask for a new Law, & 
apply to those who can make it- the doing of w • will no 
more be a breach of tlie old, tlian the making any other new 
Law & the same argum lies with Equal Reasoning ag' mak- 
ing any new Law, for every Instance of that Kind in some 
sense alters those before in force — The Qiiestion tlierefore 
ought not to be whether the Law ask'd for will be a breach 
upon other Laws. Put whether the End propos'd by it be 
good, whether it is R &. Reasonable to be done, & in order to 
discover that we beg leave to observe that we take it for un- 
doubted Truth in w' all Christians are agreed That the end 
of all Public worship is the Hon' of God & the Edification of 
the Worshipers, that is, the Improvem' of their minds in all 
christian Graces & virtues that these two are never separated, 
& therefore the edification of the worshipers alwa\s implies 
the former ; That assemblies worship & care only means to 
attain the End. Viz die Edification of those who attend them. 
That this cant be done where the worship is not voluntary, for 
it must be in Spirit and in truth, free & sincere- That there is 
a great variety in the fitness of means arising from many cir- 
cumstances particularly the diferent Capacities & tempers of 
Persons w '' may make means very fit & useful to one Person, 
not so to another, and that in these cases the right of Private 
Judgment is to be maintained more than in any, for here every 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

man must Judge for himself, & tis impossible another can 
Judge for him, and that hereupon he ought to follow the Dic- 
tates of his own Conscience — That tis every mans duty to 
pursue this end, as tis the Noblest & highest that can be pro- 
posed by the fittest & best means — from these principles w''' 
are indisputable, it evidently follows, that when a man appre- 
hends he can obtain the afores' end better in one Congregation 
than in another, he ought to Join to that w '' he Judges the 
better for that purpose. & when a number sufficient to embody 
in Church order have the same Judgm* as to that point they 
ought to sepai-ate & embody ; it then becomes their duty for it 
is certainly a duty to use those means we Judge fittest, for ob- 
taining the best end : & the omission of it is the omission of 
a Known duty, for which Conscience will Inevitably Con- 
demn — he that denies this must with the same breath condemn 
the Reformation for upon these & such like principles the Re- 
formed Chuixh Separated from the church of Room, who 
condemnd them for it, for she mortally hated Separations- He 
therefore that will not allow of it in the cases here put, must 
if he will be consistent in his principles. Return to the mother 
Church from which the first Reformers separated — Now the 
civil Magistrates Ought to be the minister of God for good to 
the People, & where their greatest good is concernd ought to 
give them the greatest Countenance. If it be said tis enough 
for such separatists to enjoy their Liberty of Separating with- 
out being Eas'd of their taxes — the answer is that would be 
making them purchase their Liberty of those who enjoy their 
own freely & is not Liberty Equally every mans right who has 
not forfeited it ? If so no man should be oblig'd to purchase 
it at a dearer Rate than his neighbour, and where such a sep- 
aration is made from an apprehension of dut}' & in Obedience 
to Conscience it is so far from being Just matter of Reproach 
or blame to the party or of oftence to others, that it ought on 
the other hand to Receive that Countenance & approbation 
justly due to those who have a sense of duty & tenderness of 
Conscience sufficient to put them upon the performance of it- 
The Respond" indeed say the Petitioners are a small number 
of Persons, who separate thro' unreasonable prejudice & here 
again they suppose that true w^'' we den}', namely that we 
have no Reason for separating — for it appears to us to be duty 
upon such principles & arguments as have been before men- 
tioned & therefore think ourselves free from the just imputation 
of prejudice, & they have no Right to judge our hearts & con- 
demn us for Hypocrites — Beside how easy it is to charge, 
& to Return the charge of unreasonable prejudice. Every 
party in Politicks as well as Religion is exceeding apt to think 
all the opposition to their measures proceeds from unreason- 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 389 

able Prejudice, & if men would but open their eyes they must 
needs see things as they do and none more apt to run Riot in 
this opinion than that party which is uppermost, which always 
supposes it self in the Right — But here it seems in this case 
it is quite plain there is the opinion & Result of a Council — 
But we cant think it proper to trouble this Court with those 
affairs, a particular detail & Consideration of w'-' would be 
more than could be done in a wee!;s time, nor are they at all 
proper to be discuss'd here- and after all should it be done it 
would amount to no more than this — Two men differ each 
calls in his friend to advise which they do, but advise differ- 
ently according to their Different Apprehension & thereupon 
each man follows & applauds the advice he likes best — In 
short whenever a sufficient number agree to go off from a 
church or churches, & Embody by themselves & by their out- 
ward actions or the General course of their lives in a Judgment 
of charity there is Reason to think them sincere in their 
pretensions, if they are willing to support the preaching of the 
gospel & other ordinances among themselves & especially 
when their Separation does not break up the churches they 
leave, we humbly Conceive, & with great deference & submis- 
sion would say they have a right to demand of the authority, 
that protection. Exemption & Countenance whereby they may 
Enjoy their Opinions & Sacred Rights on as Cheap & Easy 
terms as their neighbours so far as the Circumstances of their 
case will admit — 

The Sixth & Last Article begins with charging the Peti- 
cion"^" with absurdity &c In desiring some allowance for w' 
they have paid towards the settlem*^ of the minis'^^' &c- As to 
the settlem' of the ReV' Mr Odlin the Elder, tis out of the 
Question, but as to the other we see no such absurdity, for 
many Reasons, but especially considering this was purposely 
made as chargeably, even to us, as it could be, by making that 
a Public charge which might have been otherways defrayed, 
as to Other parts of this Article tis comprised in the foregoing 
there being no great difference between saying, men Separate 
from tinreasonable prejudice^ & saying it is evil in self, that 
it is of Evil Example & draivs others to do the like differs 
little from saying it would be of Dangerous cojiscquence to 
the Chitrches^ all which is only beging the thing in Qiiestion 
— for we think it for the good of the churches, if by Churches 
we understand the People of the churches & not the Minister 
only, & if by good, is meant their Spiritual Edification & 
not the great point of maintaining the minister in Affluence & 
Ease — But this they say if done will be a leading example & 
we say all the better, if it be a thin'g which ought to be done, 
which is our apprehension of it, & that not only in this case 



290 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

but all others so circumstauc'd ; as to other fearful conse- 
quences mention'd they are merely chimerical : & Deserve na 
Answer- But here it is worth considering whether force, 
Compulsion or Restraint is a likely way to promote the Inter- 
ests of pure religion, whether to compel to Conformity is a 
likely means Ever did or ever will Make a sincere Conformist, 
& what Interest is such a Conduct likely to promote, unless 
that of the purse of the parishioners & the more comfortable 
Subsistence of the Parson for the Larger the Parish, the higher 
the Salary is no false Logick — But those who are ag" their 
neighbours Spiritual Benefit from Lucrative or frugal princi- 
ples do not do as they would be done by^ they do not Exercise 
that charity which sceketh not her oivn^ and he is Effectually 
ag"^ such benefit who prevents or Endeavours to prevent his 
neighbours from using those means he judges his duty to use. 
St Pauls Exhortation in this case is for every man to please 
his neighbours for his good to Edification — As to other mat- 
ters taken notice of in this Article of the answer we cant 
think them of so much consequence in This debate as to need 
a particular Reply — The Building a meeting house or not is of 
no farther moment in this affair than as it argues those who 
have done it to be in Earnest & That they think it to be a 
matter of Some Consequence or they would not have been at 
that Charge — Upon the whole it is Humbly Submitted 
whether the Interest of Religion will not be more promoted — 
whether any such pernicious consequences are like to follow 
as are Suggested & whether the Interests of a Considerable 
number of good & faithful Subjects to the Government will 
not be advanced by granting this Petition? and Lastly whether 
the Consequences are not likely to be more pernicious which 
must follow from a Denial — 

„ o [1 f^ ^ In behalf 

By- Sam'' (jilman f ^ ^1 

Peter Oilman \^^,-,-^Zvs 



October y" 8''' 1744. 
We whose names are under written having by chance heard that 
his Excelency & the Hon''" Councel heath sent a Survaier (i) to 
the Parish of Brintwood in order to Devide the same, and we being 
taking into the Lower Part and have bin at Grate Charge in Getting 
the Parish, We Pray that we may not be Conbin'd therin for we are 
sencible that their is not a sufficient number in it be at the Nessuarj 
Charges of a town Parish on Preseint. but that we may have a years 
Liberty for consideration on what His Excelency shall se fit to Give 
us — 

(1) In the original MS. volume, pp. 27-31, iire surveys or plans of the proposed 
distinct Parishes. Ed. 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 29! 

Jonathan Cram John Mudgett 

Jeremiah Row Thomas Mudget 

Jonathan Eayer ? Nichloss Smith 

Jonathan Robenson William Been 

Moses Jewett Jonathan Wodley 

Jonathan Thing John James 



Petition of sundry inhabitants of Exeter to be incorporated 

into a new Parish. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq' Captain Generall. 
Governor and Commander in Chief In and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire and To the Hon"' His 
Majesties Conncil and House of Representatives Convened 
in Generall Assembly 

The Petition of a Number of the Freeholders and Other 
Inhabitants of the Town of Exeter in Said Province — 

Humbly sheweth 
That there has been a Minister settled in said Town of Exeter 
Contrary to the Minds of many of your Petitioners who 
Timely Enter'd their Dissents against it- 

That your petitioners have hitherto (Contrary to their 
Minds) been compell'd to pay Taxes for the support of the 
said Minister (who carrys on the Publick Worship in the Old 
Meeting house in said Town) Which your Petitioners Humbly 
Conceive is unreasonable and Unjust- 

That your Petitioners have Erected a Meeting house & Set- 
tled a Minister at their own Cost, and with the Help of Some 
Valuable Donations appropriated to the use of the Church 
Have supported the Gospel and Carry'd on the Publick Wor- 
ship of God in the Said New Meeting house For about Twelve 
years last past with Peace and Concord amongst themselves — 
Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray Your Excellency 
& your Honours to Take the case of your Petitioners under 
your wise Consideration and Grant us Relief, By Freeing 
your Petitioners with their Estates, & such other Persons (and 
their Estates) as shall joyn with us (within a time to be Lim- 
ited by your Excellency & your Hon"^^) From paving any Tax 
for the support of the ministry in the said Old meeting house 
for the Future ; And by Incorporating us and Such Persons, 
and Investing us with Such Powers iS: vSccuring to us such 
Privilctlges or otherwise Granting us such Aid or Relief as 
your Excellency & Honors In your Great Wisdom shall Think 
best- 

And your Petitioners as in dutv Bound shall ever Pray &c- 
AprilS"' 1755- 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Peter Oilman 
Sam' Oilman 
Thomas Deane 
Theophilus Smith 
Daniel Thing 
John Lord 
Robert Light 
Josiah Oilman 
Sam' Oilman. Jr 
John Phillips 
Daniel Oilman 
Nich' Oilman 
Thomas Lord 
Benj* Thing 
Abner Thurston 
John Dean 
Nath' Folsom 
Summersbee Oilman 
Josiah Ladd 
Richard Smith 
Richard Smith, Jr 
Sam' Smith 
Josiah Barker 
Abner Dollof 
Sam" Dollof 
Joseph Dollof 
John Robenson Jr 
Peter Robenson 
John Haines 
John Oilman, Jr 
widow Mary Oilman 
Province of N. Hampshire — 
In Council April 9"^ 1755 

Read & ordered to be sent down to 
Theodore Atkinson- 



John Lougee, Jr 
Edward Colcord 
Nicholas Smith 
Jonathan Judkins 
Joseph Mudget 
Jerimiah Folsom 
Thomas Nealej 
Joseph Acres 
Jonathan Ambrose 
Robert Lord 
Eliphalet Lord 
Stephen Thing 
Joseph Stacej 
Jon" Young 
Benjeman Rogers 
Stephen Palmer 
John Leavitt 
Joseph Smith 
Wodley Cram 
Edmund Lougee 
Nathaniel Ladd 
Joseph Swasej 
John Bojoden 
Dudley James 
Trueworthj Oilman 
Thomas Piper 
Elias Ladd 
Daniel Oilman 
Nehemiah Oilman 
James Thurston Jr 
William Harris 



the Hon*"'" Assembly 
-Secrr. 



New^Ham°s } ^" ^^^ "°"^^ °^ Representatives April 10'" 1755. 

Upon Reading the within Petition, voted that the Petitioners be 
heard on the said Petition in the third day of the sitting of the Oen' 
Assembly next after the twenty eighth day of April Ins' and y' the Pe- 
titioners'at their own cost serve the Selectmen of Exeter with a copy 
of this Petition and of the orders thereon to shew cause if any they 
have why the Prayer of the Petition should not be granted 

Matthew Livermore, Clerk. 
In Council, Eod"^ Die — 

Read & Concurred — 

Theod' Atkinson — Secry. 

NewHam"^}^" the House of Representatives, Sept 6'" 1755 

Upon hearing the Petitioners of the within Petition and the Respon- 
dents Voted that the Petitioners be set off as a Distinct and Separate 
Parish from the old parish in Exeter with the Estates they do or shall 
own in s' Town for the time being and for the future that when any 
person or persons shall come into s'' Town to settle or any Person or 
Persons in s'' Town shall arrive to the age of twenty one years such 
persons shall have the liberty of three months to determine to which 
Parish such Person will belong to gether with the Estates they then do 



TOWN PAPERS — EXETER. 293 

or afterwards shall own as afores* such Determination to be by giving 
notice thereof in writing unto the clerk of the new parish within the 
s^ three months and in default thereof to belong unto the old parish — 
That the petitioners be exempted from paying any Taxes unto the old 
parish for this present year or to the support or maintenance of the 
minister in the old parish or any thing relating to the ministerial Tax 
that a'^ New parish have power to choose all officers necessary for man- 
aging parish affairs or to raising money for y" support and maintenance 
of the ministry, and that the petitioners have Liberty to bring in a Bill 
accordingly — 

Matthew Livermore 
Clerk. 
In Council, September 9''' 1755 
The within Votes of the House read & concurr'd 
Theod' Atkinson Secry 



AnsTL'er of the Town Cominittee of Exeter to the foregoing. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Captain General 
Governour and Commander in Cheif in and over his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire and to the Honourable 
his Majesties Council and House of Representatives con- 
vened in General Assembly. 

We being chosen by the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the 
Town of Exeter to represent said Town, and on the behalf of 
our Constituents to make answer to a petition preferred to this 
Honorable Court by a number of Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of said Town praying that they and their Estates may for the 
future be exempted from paying to the support of the ministry 
in the old meeting House seeing they represent in their peti- 
tion, that a minister was settled contrary to the minds of many 
of the petitioners- In Answer to which, We humbly beg 
leave to reply as follows — 

i" Many of the petitioners especially those that entered 
their Dissents against the settlement of our Minister the Rev*^ 
Mr Woodbridge Odlin were those that first invited him to 
preach in this place and were the Cheif Instruments of his 
being called from a remote place to labour among the people 
here, Who had he not esteemed their invitation to Him a call 
from God might now have been serving the Interest of the 
Redeemers Kingdom in a distant part, But the said Gentle- 
man being Induced by the Importunities of the said petition- 
ers and others in the Town accepted of the Invitation to 
employ his Labour among them for a considerable Time, of 
the expiration of which the Church & Congregation being 
sensible of the Infirmities of their aged pastor, tho't an assis- 
tant with him in the ministry and pastoral care of their souls 
would be for his & their comfort & having had a long 



294 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Tryal of our present minister by a considerable majoritj' were 
well satisfied with Him and made choice of him in a way 
agreeable to the Laws of the province. The Town proceeded 
at their annual meeting march 28, 1743 To Chuse a Commit- 
tee to agi-ee with and settle the said Mr Odlin by a consider- 
able Majority, And this Committee was further confirmed in 
their office by said Town, at a meeting of the Freeholders & 
Inhabitants June 13: 1743. Those petitioners that entered 
their Dissents being present and voting with the Town at said 
meetings, as to the Validity and Regularity of the Settlement 
it was agreeable to the Majority of Town &. Church approved 
of and ratified by a venerable Council called by this Church- 

2. Those who dissented against the settlement of the said 
minister among the petitioners are many of them such as rent 
themselves of from the Church Counter to their Covenant 
Engagements or Church Relation, & Contrary to the Plat- 
form of Church Discipline, and their setting up is disallowed 
ofl' as being contrary to the Known order of our churches, and 
a Council of ten churches have in their Judgment upon the 
case declared their disallowance of those Brethrens withdraw 
as being very unjustifiable and reproachful to Religion. 

3. Those petitioners do not profess themselves to be of any 
different persuasion from the Church they belonged to, but 
acknowledge they are settled upon Congregational principles 
and that they could hold occasional Communion with our 
minister & Church, and if so why not stated? What need of 
supporting a Seperate Interest to the prejudice of Religion 
and the peace Interest of the Town. 

4. We would inform the Court that there is but about 
twenty five of the petitionei's that entered their Dissents against 
the settlement of our Minister the rest of them consisting of 
such persons as have moved into Town or come of age many 
of which posses no Estates in the Town and some that were 
forward for the settlement at that Time have for what Reasons 
we Know not been prevailed with to Join with Them- 

5. The Town has already been divided into so many parishes 
that we conceive it is unreasonable & what would render it 
very inconvenient & detrimental to the Town, for a number of 
persons that dwell in the midst of us (which have no propect 
of being better accomodated than they might be at the old 
Meeting house) to be exempted from supporting the charge of 
the public ministry, where they with their Families might 
conveniently attend, and we apprehend that we are not at 
present more than sufficient to support the charges of one 
parish with other public charges — 

6. We apprehend it is unreasonable that the petitioners their 



TOWN PAPERS EXETER. 295 

Families and Estates should be exempted from paying to our 
Minister, in that several of their Families attend public Wor- 
ship at the Old Meeting House and there is no prospect of their 
being inclined to alter their Sentiments- 

7. We concieve that the countenancing a Number of persons 
in setting up for themselves without suflficient Reasons that 
.are not of dillerent persuasions from those they went of from 
-will be a tendency to the subversion of all Order in Towns & 
Churches- 
Wherefore from the consideration of the ill Consequences 
of Countenancing them in their irregular proceedings the 
great Disorder & Confusion that may thereby be introduced 
into Towns & Churches, we conceive will have a Tendency 
to the destroying of all order and running all into the utmost 
difficulty, if their petition shou'd begranted. Things being 
in such situation we cannot but apprehend that fixing them on 
a civil Establishment will be encouraging unw^arrantable 
seperations and destructive to the peace and Order of the 
Churches in the province- 

For these & other weighty reasons that might be oftered 
(which w^ill occur to your minds) We humbly Pray. That 
your Excellency & Honours in your great wisdom would dis- 
miss so unreasonable a petition which we conceive tends to 
the Subverson of Religion. 

Zeb° Giddinge 
John Rice. 



Result and advice of an Ecclesiastical Cou?icil, in Exeter. 

We the Elders & delegates of the third church of Christ in Ipswich, 
the two Churches in Cambridge i the third in Glocester Convened in 
Council July 29'" 1755 in Exeter at the Mutual request of the Pastor & 
the first Church in s ' Town and a Number of the brethren called the 
New Gathered Church to Judge of all matters of difference subsisting 
between them in order to lead them into a happy Reconciliation & 
restoration to Christian Comunion and fellowship — After humble 
Supplication to God for direction in this Important aiTairand full hear- 
ing the parties came to the following Result : 

I" Notwithstanding any Greivances the Brethren of the New Gath- 
er'd Church (so called) may liave met with or apprehended they had 
met with from their late Rev'd Pastor and the brethren of the Church 
yet we Judge their manner of withdrawing Comunion from the Church 
was disorderly, And that such a conduct tends to destroy the peace 
and order of these churches, but we Apprehend some Charitable allow- 
ances are to be made in favour of these brethren Considering the Cir- 
cumstances of those times and their plea of unacquaintedness with the 
order of these Churches. 

2"> We Judge the Reflections of the Separating Brethren upon the 
late Pastor & the Other brethren of the Church (Calling them oppos- 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

ers of the work of Gods Soverain Grace &c) to be unbecoming Expres- 
sions, savouring of an uncharitable Spirit or of too great abounding in 
their own sense and opinion of things, and we should have been glad 
if they had been more full and Express in Acknowledging the warmth 
& Severity of their Expreseions. 

jdiy With respect to receiving to Comunion the members of other 
churches who are under admonition : we declare that such a practice is 
utterly inconsistent with the order and peace of these churches, and 
that if this New Gathered Church (so called) retain any such members 
it is Just matter of offence to the churches of Christ, and in order to 
any reconciliation with these churches it is our Judgment that they 
deny such members any further fellowship in Special Ordinances till 
they are restored to the Charity of the Churches to which they respect- 
ively belong or regularly dismissed. 

^thiy Provided the New Gathered Church (so called) shall manifest 
their consent to and acceptance of the Judgement of this Councill as 
above and their readiness to Practice agreably hereto, wee advise the 
Pastor and first Church in this Town to forgive their brethren whatso- 
ever has been offensive in their late Transactions and not withstanding 
the Exceptionable stepps they have taken towards their being formed 
into a Church State, Yet that they own them as a Church of our Lord 
Jesus Christ and their Pastor (so called) as a minister of Christ and 
receive them to Christian comunion in all Ordinances and acts there 
of as they do other Churches. 

^thiy And upon their Complying as above we recomend them also to 
the fellowship & comunion of all the other churches in the land walk- 
ing in the faith & order of the Gospel : At the same time Earnestly 
recomending it to the New Gathered Church (so called) to pay all due 
respect to the churches of Christ, and to Exercise great caution that 
they avoid every thing which may greive or offend them : And now 
dear brethren of the New gathered church (so called) we have pro- 
posed such terms for your being accepted into comunion with the 
churches as upon a Mature Impartial weighing matters we think highly 
reasonable for you to comply with, and such as we Judge necessary, to 
secure the Interest of Religion, the honour of Christ, and the peace 
and Safety of these churches. We therefore cannot but hope that God 
will convince you of your duty here in And incline you to a hearty 
complyance herewith — And as to the Rev' Pastor and beloved breth- 
ren of the first church, we cannot but hope, that considering the times 
which have pass'd over us, and the present Circumstances of yourSep- 
erating brethren, you will upon their Submitting to and accepting of 
our Judgment & advice forgive them in whatever has been b_v them 
Greivous or offensive to you & receive them, (together with the person 
whom they acknowledge for their Pastor) in their respective capacities 
and treat them accordingly b^' all propper acts of Christian Fellowship 
& Comunion, And now ReV* Hon'' & Beloved it will be to us matter 
of Joy and thankfullness to see the people of God in this place thus 
united in holy fellow ship : And we Earnestly Exhort & beseech you 
in the bowels of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive one another as you 
hope that God for Christs sake will forgive you, and that you would 
Embrace one another as in times past in the Arms of Love & Charity, 
And that there be a friendly interchange of all acts of Christian, broth- 
erly Comunion as occasion .nay Call for. And that there be a carefull 
avoiding Everything in Speech or behaviour, that may grieve or offend 
Each other, and if there should be some different sentiment as to some 
particular points, that there be a careful precerving the unity of the Spirit 
in the bond of peace. Finally brethren farewel, be perfect be of Good 



TOWN PAPERS-»-EXETKR. 397 

Comfort, be of one mind, live in peace and the God of Love and peace 
shall be with you, Amen, 
Exeter Aug" i" 1755. Voted unanimously 

Sam' Wiglksworth, 

Moderator- 
A true copy. Attest Cam Cook. Scribe 



Acceptance of the foregoing Result and Advice. 
At a meetin;^ of the New Gath'' Church of Christ in Exeter — August 

4'" 1755. 

Voted- That Tre consent to and accept of the Judgment and Advice of 
the Council mutually chosen by us and the first church of Christ in 
said Town — as is contained in their result dated August i" 1755 — and 
sign'd by the Rev<^ Samuel Wigglesworth as moderator — and we hereby 
manifest our Readiness to practice agreeably thereto. 

Voted likewise — That a copy of the above be sent to the Rev^ Wood- 
bridge Cdlin, to be communicated to the first Church of Christ in 
Exeter. 

Samuel Gilman "| Ruling Eld" in 
Daniel Thing \ behalf of the 
John Phillips j Church. 

Province of "I To the Hon*"'' Kis Majesties Councill For the Prov- 
New Hampsh' J ince of New Hampshire — 

These certifie that the sum which was voted by the Town of Exeter 
to the Rev* Mr. Woodbridge Odlin this Present year was for his Sal- 
ary only, & not for any Arrearages due to him from the Town. But 
as there was something due to him from the Town at that time. The 
same is Included in the Town Rate for the Current Year and not in the 
Ministers Rate. 

All which is Humbly Certified by your Hon" most Hum'* Servants — 

Exeter Sept' S"" 1755. 

Concurred, but care must be taken in the act to have Provision that 
the Town may choose officers to make the ministerial rate — and also to 
repair the churches reciprocally That all arrearages if any be paid by 
both as if not separated. The act will not Pass without these articles 
are Inserted. 



Petitioyi of yohn Odlin and others for po'joer to call Parish 
meetings., <&c. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Cheif in and over his Majesty's Province of 
New Hampshire, the Hon''- his Majesty's Council & House 
of Representatives in General Assembly Convened Dec. 6"* 
1763. 

Humbly shews John Odlin, Josiah Sanborn and Sam' 
Brooks, all of Exeter in said Province : 

That by an Act Pass'd in the tvventy ninth year of his Late 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Majestys Reign a new Parish was incorporated in that part of 
Exeter Remaining, (commonly called the Town) after the 
Parishes of Brentwood & Epping were set off which was 
called the new Parish & Invested with the Powers usual in 
such Cases, and the remaining part of said Town was made a 
Parish & authorized to manage their affairs Relating to the 
support of the Gospel ministry. Separately and for that pur- 
pose was authorized to chuse assessors of the Parish Taxes 
Collectors &c which were to be chosen at the annual Town 
meeting for as to Town affairs there was no alteration by said 
act and this was the only matter that could be transacted at 

the Town meeting respecting said Parish as may at 

large appear by reference to said act. 

That your Petition'' suppose it was the design of said Act 
that such assessors should be authorized to call such meetings 
of said Parish as there should be occasion for without any re- 
gard or matter to be done by the select men of the Town, but 
that power is not given (unless by a very remote Implication) 
so that as to any special Business to be done by said Parish as 
repairs additions &c to their meeting house they have no 
method of consulting and Determining but what is drawn with 
Qiiestion & Dispute upon the Doubt about calling the meeting 
nor can they obtain a meeting for the Select men refuse to call 
it and the assessors doubt their authority 

That there is a necessity of repair^ their meeting house 
purchasing a Bell & transacting other Parochial affairs which 
are all suspended by the ambiguous Language of said act 
Wherefore your Petitioners pray the advisement of the 
General Assembly thereon and that by a Resolve they would 
Declare that the said assessors have Power to call such meet- 
ings of said Parish, if it appears to be within the Intention of 
said Act, or to put said Parish or remaining part of said Town 
under a new Regulation, & that no officer of the Town as 
such may have any thing to do with said Parish and that your 
Petitioners may have Leave to Bring in a Bill accordingly 
and they shall ever Pray &c. 

John Odlin, 
Sam' Brooks. 



TOWN PAPERS FRANXESTOWN. 299 

FRANCESTOWN. 

[This town was settled about 1760 by John Carson, a Scotchman, and 
was incorporated S"" of June, 1772. Ed.] 

Petition for a land tax to build a Meeting ho7ise^ d'C. 
Province of ^ To his Excellency John Wentworth, Esq. 
New Hampshire I Captain Genneral and Governer in Chief 
County of [ in and over his Majestys Province of 
Hilsborough J New Hampshire and to the Hon^''*^ his 
Majesties Council & House of Repre- 
sentatives and general Court Assembled — 
The Petition of us the Subscribers Humbly Sheweth : 
That Whereas Frances Town in the Province and County 
aforesaid hath no Land left or laid out by the Original Pro- 
prietors for the Encouragment of the first Gospel Minister to 
settle amongst us we your Humble Petitioners humbly desire 
your Excellency and Honnours to make an Act To Collect or 
raise a Tax of a Penny half penny per acre for two yeais or 
more or less as your Excellency and Honnours shall see fit 
upon all the land within the Town afibresaid for the settle- 
ment of our first Minister and Building a Meting House your 
Excellency and Honnors Complience herewith will vcrry much 
serve our Intrest and PZncourage the vSettlement of the Wilder- 
ness : And vour Humble Pettitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever Pray — 

Francestown Aprile 23' AD : 1773. 
Thomas Qiiigly OHver Hohnes 

John Qiiigly Asa Lewes 

Thomas Quigly, Jr Nathan Clough 

James Hopkins Samuell Nicolas 

Robert Fulton, Jr William M' Master 

John Dickey Hugh M'Gumery 

William Lee Robert Morel 

William Starrett John Carson 

Sam" Nutt John Brown 

Adam Dickey David Lewis 

William Holmes Ilenrv M farson 

Joseph Dickey Charles Mellon 

Benjamin Seleper Samuel Gregg 

Samuel Marten John Hopkins 

William Butterfield Robert Hopkins 

William Butterfield. David Gregg 

Nathan Fisher 
Province of New Hampshire- 
In Council May 13"' 1773- 

Read & Order'd to be sent down to the Hon'"'- Assembly. 
Geo : King Dep> Sec> 
In the house of Represen' May 14, 1773. 

On Reading the foregoing Petition Order'd that the Petitioners at 
their Own Cost cause the Substance of said Petition to be printed in 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRB 

the New Hampshire Gazzette three weeks successively & that the Peti- 
tioners may be heard thereon the third day of the sittingof the General 
Assembly after the 15"" day of June next — 

William Parker, Clerk. 
In Council Eodem die, 
Read and Concur'd. 

Geo : King, D. Secy. 

^'HimVhirf }l" ^he House of Represen- Jan. 14- 1774- 

Voted that the Prayer of this Petition be granted that the Petition" 
have leave to bring in a bill for laying a tax on the Lands mention'd in 
said Petition for the term of two years of a One penny half penny an 
Acre Each year 

W- Parker Cler. 
In Council Eodem die, 

Read and Concurr'd with this amendment, that the Lands in said 
Frances Town belonging to the Purchasers of Masons Patent be ex- 
empted from the above mention'd tax. 
Geo King, D. Secry. 

NewH^?'^}^" ^^^ "°"^ °^ Represent- Jan 16'^ 1774. 

The Above vets of Council read Si non concurred & Voted that the 
House adhere to their former Vote. 

W-" Parker, Clerk 
In Council Jan^ ig"" 1774. 
Read and nonconcurred. 

Geo. King, D. Secry. 
In the House of Representatives Jany 19'*" 1774. 

Voted that the Prayer of this Petition be granted, that the Petition- 
ers have liberty to bring in a bill, for laying a Tax on the lands men- 
tion'd in said Petition for the Term of Two years of one penny half 
penny pr acre Each year. Provided it shall not Interfere with or make 
void any former agreement made between the Grantors, or any of them, 
& the Grantees of Said Francestown 

William Parker, Clerk, Assembly 
In Council Eodem die. 
Read and Concur'd. 

Geo. King, D. Secy. 



FRANCONIA. 

[Franconia, which was originally called Morristown, was granted 
February 14, 1764, to Isaac Searle and others. The first permanent 
settlement was made in 1774. Ed.] 

Petition of yohn Wendell^ agents for the toivn of Fran- 
conia. 
Province of | To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq' 
New Hamps'' ) Captain General Governour & Commander 
in Chief in & Over His Majestys Province 
of New Hampshire and Vice admiral of the Same in Coun- 
cil— 
The Petition of John Wendell of Portsmouth in the County 



TOWN PAPERS FRAKCONIA. 3OI 

of Rockingham in the Province aforesaid Esq"" in behalf of 
himself and as Agent to the Hon''''^ John Temple Esq. Sir 
Francis Barnard Bart., Thomas Hubbard Esq. and Benjamin 
Akerman unto your Excellency and the Hon'''*' Council Hum- 
bly Shews — 

That your Petitioner & the aforementioned Gentlemen claim 
Lands by Purchase & as Grantees in the Township of Fran- 
conia, and tliat he applied to his Excellency before the Expi- 
ration of the Charter for a renewal thereof in behalf of the 
former Grantees who was pleased to grant him a Warrant to 
the Surveyor General to procure a survey thereof: who there- 
upon issued out Orders to Benj. Whiting Esq' as his D'-^" Sur- 
veyor, to return a survey thereof, and the Said Whiting and 
others have made Several attempts for that Purpose at a con- 
siderable Expence to your Petitioner but has not been able to 
effect it by reason of impassable Mountains & has informed 
your Petitioner that one half of said Township is so moun- 
tainous & Rockey as not to be inhabited. And your Peti- 
tioner in behalf of himself & those he represents humbly begs 
leave to represent unto your Excellency & Honours, that they 
are the Only Persons who have been at any Expence upon 
this Service or have any way regarded the Township as worth 
their Notice, as also to pray your excellency & Honours to 
grant so much of said Township, as may be found Inhabita- 
ble on a survey thereof, to your Petitioner and his Associates, 
& so much of the Township of Lincoln adjoining thereto as 
will make a full Township on which your Petitioner & his 
associates may make a settlement of the same : or otherwise 
to relieve them on the Prayer of this Petition as your Excel- 
lency & Honours in your Wisdom think proper, & your Peti- 
tioner as in Duty Bound shall Ever pray — 

John Wendell. 

Portsm" Jan'' 22, 1772, 



Petition of Alexander Phelps and others^ relating to forfeit- 
ure and re-grant of Franconia and Lincoln. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Gov' and Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire, In Council 

The Petition of Alexander Phelps and his Associates hum- 
bly sheweth that there is a Tract of Land in Said Province, 
Containing about forty six Thousand Acres without any allow- 
ance for highways &c, formerly Granted by the Names of 
Franconia and Lincoln, which Land has been hitherto wholly 
neglected by the former Grantees and thereby become for- 



302 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

feited, which lands altho much broken may answer for a Set- 
tlement, for a Small number of Inhabitants — Whereupon your 
Petitioners most humbl}' pi'ay your Excellency to Grant and 
Confirm to them their Heirs and Assigns the whole of said 
Lands, Except Six Thousand acres, butting westerly two 
miles wide, on y*^ Town of Landafi' and Southerly five miles 
on y'^ Southerly Line of said Tract — Subject to usial & Cus- 
tomary Restrictions & Limitations and they as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray. 

Alex Phelps. 
Portsmouth, May 31, 1772. 



GILMANTON. 



[This town was granted May 20, 1727, to twenty-four persons by the 
name of Oilman, and 152 others. Ed.] 

Province of ) To His Excellency Penning Wentworth 
New Hampshire j Esqr. Captain General Governor & Com- 
mander In Chief In & Over his Majes- 
ty's Province of New Hampshire — To the Hon'^'" His 
Majesty's Council & House of Representatives Convened in 
General Assembly. 

The Petition of Theophilus Smith Esq' Capf John Odlin, 
& Doct" Josiuh Gilman a Comittee for and in behalf of the 
Proprietors of the Township of Gilmantown in said Province, 

Humbly Sheweth 
That the Settlement of the Said Township has been long Re- 
tarded by Reason that no Provision hath yet been made for a 
Legal Taxation to be made & levyed on the said Proprietors 
to Defray the Charge of said Propriety which Have already 
arisen or may hereafter Arise in Settling Said Township — 

That if such Provision be made by An Act of this Hon'''"' 
Court, the said Petitioners believe that a Settlement of the Said 
Township may be soon Effected — 

That Such Settlement of said Township will be not only a 
great Benefit to the Said Proprietors, But to the Province In 
General- : — 

Wherefore the Petitioners Humbly Pray That your Excel- 
lency & Hon'"'' will take the Matters of this Petition Under 
your wise Consideration and Pass such Act or Acts to Enable 
the said Proprietors to Raise such Sum or sums of money by 
Taxing the said Proprietors (as they shall find necessary^ from 



TOWN PAPERS OILMAN rOX. 



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time to time to Defrey the charges aforesaid) as your Exccl- 
lencv & Hon""* In your Great Wisdom shall see fitt. 

And vour Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &' 
May 15"' 1760. 

Theo. Smith 
John Odlin 
JosiAH Oilman. 
In Council May 16, 1760. 
Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon''''^^ House 
Theod' Atkinson Secry. 

New^ Harn^^s } ^" ^^^ house of Representatives Feby 12"' 1761 

This petition being Read — Voted That the prayer thereof be Granted 
& have Liberty to Bring In a Bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council Feb. 13''' 1761 
Read & Concurrd. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secrv. 



GILSUM. ■ 

[This town was incorporated July 6, 1763. Ed.] 

Vo/c of Westmoreland to set off a part of the hihabitants 
to Gil sum. 
1766. Att a Meeting of the free holders and the Other Inhabitants 
of the Town of Westmorland holden on March the Twelfth Day 1766, 
Voted to set of the people to Gilsum that Belong to the North East 
corner of this Town from Walpole Corner to Keen Line — 
A Trew Coppy as Recorded on the Town Book. 

Isaac Butterfield [-Town Clerk 

V^ote of Gilsum to set off the ivest end of the town. 
Province of New Hampshire. 

At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Gilsum meet at the 
House of Mr Jonathan Smiths in s' Town on Tuesday the 26"' of Au- 
gust 1766 being meet and duly formed Mr Joseph Spensor Being chose 
Moderator to Govern S' Meeting Sd Inhabitants Voted to sect off the 
West End of S ' Towne as far East as the Mountain Range — 
A True Coppy of the Vote as it was then past 

Test pr. me, Tobadiah Willcox, 
Town clerk. 
Gilsum Sep"" y" i'' 1766. 

Assent of inhabitants of Gilsum to be set off. 
This may Certifie the Honerabell General Cortof this Provence, that 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

we the Subscribers Inhabitince of the East parte of the Town of said 
Gilsum Do Agrea and give our free Concente that the West pearte of 
this the Said Town of Gilsum shold be sett off to be one Intier Town 
Pearish or presink with a part of Westmoland and to Extend as fear 
East as is here Disscribed (viz) To Begin at the South Line of said 
Gilsum 80 Rods East of the South East Corner of Westmoland Ledg 
(So cald) and to Run North by the neadel 260 Rods then Makeing a 
seatt off 80 Rods East, and then Running North by th£ Neadel a cross 
the said Town — 
In Conformacion hereof we Subscribe 
Josiah Kilburn, Henry White 

Ebenezer Kilborn Pelatiah Pease 

Jonathan Adams John Chapman 

Medad Thornton Obediah Willcox. 



Petition for a new toivn. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Governour &c in and over his Majestys Province of New 

Hampshire — The Hon'"*' His Majesty's Council and House 

of Representatives for said Province — 

The Petition of the Subscribers, Inhabitants of the West- 
erly Part of the Township of Gilsum and the Northwesterly 
Part of the Township of Westmoreland in said Province 
Humbly Sheweth : 

That said Westerly part of Gilsum being seperated from 
the Easterly Part of the Same Township by a long and im- 
passable Mountain almost thro the Township of said Gilsum 
Dividing the Same so as leave about one third part of the 
Lands of the Township of said Gilsum on the Westerly side 
of said Mountain, and no convenient Communication can be 
had with the Easterly Part of Said Township, so very neces- 
sary for the well Regulating and management of Town affairs ; 
and the Westerly part of said Gilsum being too Small in Con- 
tents of Land for a Seperate & Distinct Town, Parish or Pre- 
cinct, And whereas the Northwesterly part of said West- 
moreland being that part of said Town Called Westmoreland 
Leg Lying at a Great Distance from and very dificult Passage 
to the main Body of y' Town and Inhabitants of said West- 
morland and also Paying large Taxes for the Support of the 
Ministry & other Town Charges, without being able to Re- 
ceive any Benefit or advantage therefrom And being adjoining 
to and conveniently Situate to be joined and incorporated 
with said Westerly part of Gilsum therewith to make one 
Seperate and Distinct Town &c. 

Now your Petitioners humbly pray your Excellency and 
Honour that Said Westerly part of Gilsum and Northeasterly 
part of Westmoreland : (viz begining at the Southeast corner 
of Walpole thence running Southerly on a Straight Line to 
the North West corner of Keene thence running Easterly on 



TOWN PAPERS GILSUM. JQ^g 

the Line of said Keene to tlie Southeast corner of Westmore- 
land Leg so called and continuing the same Line Eighty Rods 
East of Sd (last mention'd) corner thence runing North two 
Hundred and Sixty Rods, thence East Eighty Rods, thence 
on a North Line to the North Line of said Township of Gil- 
sum thence West on the Line of Said Gilsum to the North- 
west Corner of the Same thence South on the Line between 
said Gilsum & Walpole to the first mentioned Bounds that 
part of said Westmorland & Gilsum included in the afore- 
mentioned Lines, may be taken off from y*^ aforesaid Towns 
of Westmoreland & Gilsum, and be Erected made and Incor- 
porated into one Seperate & Destinct Town, Corporation & 
Body Politick with all the Powers, Priviledges and immuni- 
ties that any town hath or by Law ought to have in said 
Province or otherways as to your Excellency & Honours seam 
fit and as in Duty bound shall Ever pray-(i) 
Dated Gilsum July the 4"^ AD. 1768. 
Obadiah Willcox Benjamin Wheeny ? 

Samuel Hall Joshua Fuller 

Job Gleason Joseph Mack 

Joseph Spencer Jonathan Pareish 

Moses Field Peter Ilaj^svard 

Thomas .Smith William Barns 

Ichabod Smith Charles Rice 

Eliphalet Darte Nathaniel Darte 

John Marvin Jonathan Smith 

Abel Allen Jonathan Smith, Jr 

Woolston Brockway 
(1) A plau of the proposed new town is found in the original MS., volume III., p. 
77. Ed. 
In Council October 22'' 1768. 

Read & ordered to be sent down to Hon*"'" Assembly 
Geo : King, Dep> Secry. 

New^HampI^ } ^" ^^^ House of Representatives Oct^ 25'" 1768. 

The foregoing Petition being Consider'd and the Votes of Each 
Town Shewing their willingness, also a Plan Produced, 

Voted That the Petitioners have liberty to bring in a bill for Incor- 
porating said Town Pray'd for the Bounds to be Agreeable to the said 
plan 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eodem Die — 

Read & Concurrd — 

Geo. King, Dep>' Secry. 

20 



306 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

GOFFSTOWN. 

[This town was originally granted b}- the Province of Massachu- 
setts, and was incorporated June i6, 1761. Ed.] 

Petition of Archibald Stark for soldiers to guard the 
garrison at Amoskeag. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Capt General, 
Governour & Commander in Chief in & over His Majesty's 
Province of New Hampshire the Hon''' His Majesty's 
Council and House of Representatives for said Province in 
General Assembly Convened March the 9*^'' 1747. 
The Humble Petition of Archibald Stark of a place called 
Amaskege in said Province Shews — 

That your Petitioner has lived at said Place for the term of 
ten years last past and has at his CAvn cost Built a Garrison 
there of Considerable Strength & Conveniency by which the 
Place may be Defended against the Common Enemy with the 
assistance of a Competent number of Soldiers : 

That there are upwards of twenty families that are settled 
there which have been Encouraged by your Petitioners Reso- 
lution hitherto to Stand their Ground & maintain their Settle- 
ments who must inevitably leave them if the said Garrison 
should be broken up — That the Situation is such as make 
it a place of Importance to be Supported being a Common 
Stage between Londonderry Chester and Pennycoke Suncoke 
& other Settlements & in the Course of Business there very 
Convenient for Travellers to Stop at, k. proves a necessary 
means of Communication between the settlements as well as a 
Barrier & cover to many Settlements & families between that 
and Londonderry — That as your Petitioner has been at great 
charges to bring his Plantation there, to the Condition it is 
now in & laid out all his substance for that purpose (whereby 
he Conceives he may justly be Esteemed a Public Benefactor) 
it is not only of the utmost Importance to him that the Place 
be Defended, but also gives him some claim to ask it, and as 
his Fortune Depends upon it, and it may be his Life as well 
as others. He most Humbly Prays that a Competent Number 
of Soldiers may be allowed him to be Posted at said Garrison 
& to Guard & Defend him and others in Performing the nec- 
essary Labours of the Ensuing season, that their Husbandry 
may not be Dimminished and your Petitioner as in Dut}^- 
bound Shall Ever pray &c. 

Archibald Stark. 
In Council March 9"' 1747. 
Read & Order'd to be sent to the Hon*"'" House. 
Theodore Atkinson, Secy. 



TOWN PAPERS GOFFSTOWN. 3O7 

Vo^es at a toxvn tnccting in Goffstoivn. 
County of Hillsborough \ A meeting legally warned and 
in Province of New Hampshire j held at the meeting house in Goffs- 
town on munday the 15 Day of 
July 1771- 

Votted, Capt James Karr Moderator. 
Votted, That the meeting be carried on by Poleing. 
Votted, That there be a comittee chose in order to treete with Mr 
Joseph Currier in order for settlement — 

Votted, That there be seven men chose for sd committee. 
Votted, Samuel Blodget EsqT 

Capt James Karr 
lotham Tuttle u „ -j r- 

Job Dow |- be said Committee. 

Tho^ Sherla | 

Alex'' Gilcrest J 

Votted, Fifteen pounds Lawfull money to Descharge the Debt of 
said Town. 

Votted, To throw up the Road from Jonathan Martins, to Capt 
Ladds and e.vcept of the Road that was laid out by the selectmen last 
year, and that Capt Ladd is Satisfyed for the same. 

Votted, That the Town will prosecute those that have trespassed on 
the ministers and school lots. 

Votted, That the meeting Stand adjourn'd until Monday the 29 Day 
of July at four oclock in the after noon. 

The Inhabitants being met according to said adjournment July 29, 

177^ 
Votted, To Receive the Report of the Commitee, viz 
Sam*"' Blodget Esqr 
Capt James Karr 
Jotharn Tuttle 
Job Dow 
Tho' Shirla 
Alex"^ Gilcrest 
Votted, That the meeting be Dismissed 

A True Coppy of Record attest pr 

Alex. Walker, Town Clerk. 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society. 
To His Excellency, John Wentworth Esq. Cap'' Gen' Gov- 
ernour and Commander in Chief, in and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, In N. England — And to the 
Honourable his Majestys Council & House of Representa- 
tives In General Assembly Conven'd. 

The humble Petition of his Majesty's Subjects, Inhab'" of 
GofFs Town and Province affors'' 

Sheweth- 
That your Petitioners most or all of them have been educated 
in the Presbyterian Persuasion and look on themselves as 
bound in conscience still to adhere to the same persuasion ; 
That your Petitioners generally inhabit one part of said 



3^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Goffs Town which renders their associating together for pub- 
lick worship more convenient — 

That your Petitioners have had some supply of preaching 
from the Presbytery to which we are connected and expect 
more from time to time, and soon to be in a Capacity (through 
Providential Smiles) to build a meeting House, and settle a 
Minister of their own persuasion. 

May it therefore please your Excellency & Honours impar- 
tially to consider the Premises, and by your authority to enact 
that your Petitioners may be a distinct Society Cloath'd with 
Parish powers that so they may be in a Legal Capacity of 
Levying Parish Charges, and your Petitioners as in duty 
bound shall ever pray &c — 
Dated at Goftstown, 

November 2'^ 1771- 
William Madole Tho' Kennedy 

Thomas Shirla Robart Kennedy 

John Dinsmoor Samuel Kennedy 

Alex'' Gilcrest Wilam M'ferson 

John Dunlap John M'^ferson 

Robert Sherly ( ?) James Moor 

John Gillmor William Dunlap 

George Addison John Butterfield 

Sam' M'Farland George Cunningham 

John Orr James Barr, Jr. 

James Marr Antipas Dodge 

Ma' Kennedy Joseph Kennedy 

Daniel M'farland David M' Clure 

James M'ferson, Jr Jn'" Little 

James M'ferson Daniel Allen 

Tho' Miller Silas Walker 

Danell Marr David Currier 

James Barr Alexander M'^Cay 



Petition of the hihabitants of Gofstozvn, 1772, relating to 

toivn dispzites. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Capt. Gen^ Gov. & 
Commander in Cheef in and over His Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, & Vice admiral of the same. The hon*^'* 
His Majestys Council & House of Representatives for said 
Province to be conven'd at Portsm" in said Province on 
Tuesday the 19"' day of May Current. 

We the Subscribers Inhabitants of Goffestown in the County 
of Hillsboro' in said province, humbly Complains — 

That the Inhabitants of said Goffes Town at their last an- 
nual march meeting having some disputing on the business of 
the Day, after which the Select men published who were Legal 



TOWN PAPERS — GOFFSTOWN. 3O9 

Voters, according to the Law of said province, after which 
the Votes were bro't in for a Moderator, The Votes were 25 
for the hon'"' Sam' Blodget Esq & 26 for Alex'' Gilchrist, on 
which said Mr Blodget said one John Fattie was not a legal 
Voter, (who had voted for said Gilchrists being Moderator) 
the select men said he was, but Mr Blodget insisted he was 
not, & that his Vote should be thrown out, w"'' was done. 
Then the Votes stood 25 for one & 25 for the other, after 
which Mr Blodget pulled a power of Attorney out of his 
pocket, & read it, given by one Job Rowell (who is since 
dead) to his son Jonathan Rowell a minor &. who had never 
been rated, Impowering said Jonathan to Vote at said meet- 
ing & Mr Blodget insisted That said Jon' had a Legal Right 
to vote in Said Meeting by virtue of said power which said 
Jon* did & voted for Mr Blodget to be Moderator, w'^' turned 
the vote in Mr Blodgets favour & that said Pattie was not al- 
lowed to Vote, & the said Jonathan's voting & Pattie being 
deprived, caused diflerent men to be chose Town Officers, than 
would have been, by which Means we humbly conceive we 
are much injured and deprived of our just & Legal Rights, 
Wherefore we your Complainants & petitioners humbly prays 
your Excell • & Honours to take our Case into your Consid- 
eration & grant us such relief as in your great wisdom shall 
seem meet, & your petition" as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray— 

Dated at Goffe's Town the 18"' day of May, AD. 1772. 
David Currier John Dinsmoor 

George Hadley Sam' M' farland 

Alex' Gilchrist Robert Speer 

John Little Will'" Dunlap 

Tho' Miller Thomas Shirla 

Daniel Marr Antipas Dodge 

James Marr John Clogston 

James Moor Daniel Allen 

James Barr Silas Walker 

Ja' Barr, Jr John Butterfield 

Alex' M' Cay Ja' Pearson 

Samuel Kennedy Dan' M Farland 

Thomas Kennedy William Fearson 

Phineas Hadlej James Ferson 

George Cunningham John Orr 

Robert Kennedy David M Clue 

George Addison John Dunlap 

Joseph Kennedy Asa Patie 

Matt' Kennedy William Madole 

In Council May 21-' 1772. 

Read tSi order'd to be sent down to the hon'''" Assembly — 
Geo King, D> Secry. 
May 22'' 1772. In the house of Representatives — Upon Reading 
this Petition 
Voted — that the pet" be heard on the said petition on the firstTues- 



3IO 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



day in June next & that they serve the said Mr Blodget & the former 
select men with the copy of said petition & order of Court thereon. 

W'" Parker, Cler. 
In Council Eodem die, 
Read & Concurrd. 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry — 
Copy Ex* Theodore Atkinson Secry. 

May 30*'' 1772. We the Subscribers bein present an saw Mr Jn" 
Pattey Rase his name which was granted at his Request. 

Thomas Saltmarsh 
Jonathan Martain 



A to-wn meeting called. 
Province of ] The freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town 
New Hampr ( of Goffs Town Qualified as the Law Directs, are hereby 
County of ( notified to meet at the meeting hous in s'^ Town on 
Hillsborough J Wednesday the fourteenth Day of this Instant January, 
at one oclock afternoon, then and there to act on the 
following artickles 

1*' To Choose a moderator 

2'*'y To see if the Town will chuse one or more meet Persons to be 
Conjoynt with Capt James Karr one of the Selectmen of this Town, to 
make answer agreeable to a citation from his Excelency the Governor 
and Council and house of Representatives to a petition of a number of 
the Inhabitants of this Town, who are praying His Excellency the 
Governour and Council and house of Representatives to sett them off 
in a Distinct Parish, by themselves, and that the person or persons 
chosen as above be Impowered to transact any Other matter wherein 
the Town is concerned at the General Court 

3<"y To see if the Town will raise any Monies to defray the charges 
arising in attending the General Court and how much 

^thiy Tq Chuse a Committee to Sash and glass the Meeting house 

5'Wy Xo Chuse a committee to settle the accounts with Sam" Blodget 
Esq and see whether the Town will allow him Intrest for the moneys 
Due to him 

5tiii,v Xo see if the Town Excuse Capt Alexander Todd from paying 
Rates to the Minister he being a Presbyterian 

Dated at GolTstown January i"' 1772 

To Sam" Richards, Constable, 

Tames Karr) o„i„ , „ 
Alex^ToddjS^'^^^'"^" 

Pursuant to the within warrant I have warned all the persons within 
named to meet at time and place. 

Sam" Richards, Constable 
Goffs town January 15, 1772 
A true Coppy of Record, 

Attest pr. Alex'f Walker— Town Clerk. 



TOWN PAPERS — GOFFSTOWX. 3II 

Proceedings at a town meeting. 

At a meeting Legally warned and held at the meeting house in Gotfes 
Town on Wednesday the 14 Day of January 1772, 

Votted Saimiel Blodget Esq Moderator, 

Votted That Sam" Blodget Esq. and Sam' Richards be a committee 
conjoynt with Capt James Karr one of the select men to make answer 
to the citation from his Excelency the Governour and Council andhous 
of Representatives to a petition of a number of the inhabitants of this 
Town who are praying his Excelency the Hon^''' his Majestys Court 
and house of Representatives to set them of a parish by themselves 
and that they are Impowered to transact any other matter Concearning 
the Town of Goffes Town 

Votted Twelve Pounds Law full money be raised to Defray the 
•charges arising in attending the Generall Court 

Votted To Chuse a committee to sash and glase the meeting house 

Votted That this said commitee consist of three men 
Capt Joseph Little "j 

Votted Tho" Saltmarsh j-be said Commitee 

Aaron Wells J 

Votted That there be a commitee to settle with Sam" Blodget Esq 

Votted. That said commitee consist of three men. 
Benjamii? Stevens "j 

Votted vSamuell Richards >■ be said Commitee 

Capt Joseph Little) 

Votted That Sam" Blodget Esq Shall be allowed Intrest for his 



Votted That the meeting be Dismissed 
A true Copy of Record 

Attest Pr. Alex^ Walker Town Clerk, 



Petitio7i for an c?nissio7i of paper inoney. 
The Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of the 

State of New Hampshire to be Conven'd on the first 

Wednesday in September 1786. 

The Petition of the free holders and other Inhabitants of 
GotVs-Town 

Humbly Sheweth — 

That we your Hon'' Petitioners, perceiving the declining 
condition of our Country and of this our State of New Hamp- 
shire in particular the Stagnation of Trade and Commerce 
amongst us as well as the slow progress of Agriculture and 
Mechanichism, together with the additional Calamity of an 
enormous debt incurred by the late unhappy War ; 

Prevails with us your Honours Petitioners to present you, 
with these our Grievances as we apprehend they j^roceed In- 
tirely from the Scarcity of Cash amongst us through the want 
of which we cannot discharge either our publick or private 
<iebts — Conduct Trade or Commerce, Neither can the needy 
purchase the necessary articles of Sustainance — As we presume 
-every thinking person who has the care of the Welfare of his 



3lt NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Country at heart, plainly discerns the several causes from- 
whence these our grieviances proceeded, as also the many 
Glaring and impending Calamities that are likely to ensue 
them (unless timeously remedied) we think it needless therefore 
to point them out to your Honours : 

But to redress our Grieviances we would humbly pray your 
Honours forthwith to emitt a Qiiantity of paper Currency suf- 
ficient to discharge this States Domestic debt for which the 
subjects are oppress'd by paying the Interest, and to be a Cir- 
culating Medium of Trade within this state — Let said cur- 
rency be put into Circulation by establishing it a Lawful tender 
in payment for all Contracts of a publick or private nature 
within this state — likewise by redeeming this States Securities 
for Domestick Debts, of every Kind and description : 

And by requiring the possessors of these Securities imme- 
diately after the publication of said Currency to come and re- 
ceive their principal, and all such possessors who shall not ap- 
pear within three Months and receive their pay, shall forfeit 
their Interest, and those who shall not appear in twelve months, 
and receive their pay to forfeit their principal & Interest, And 
that it may Circulate the better we reccommend it to be made 
without Interest, And in such Bills as may be Easier changed 
for the benefit of Trade : 

And furthermore we would reccommend to your Honours, 
that every method possible be taken by the Legislative Author- 
ity for preventing its depreciation and Counterfeiting — by suit- 
able punishments — let the punishment of Counterfeiting be 
death without respect of persons and also their accomplices, 
and Exorbitant extortioners, and those who would refuse to 
take it in pay for debts, or contracts of any kind, within this 
State, be punished by forfeiting the debt or article exposed for 
sale — The method by which this Currency shall be redeem'd, 
and the time when, we refer to your Honours wisdom or some 
future Assembly to determine. Knowing that Time will Solve 
what we cant foresee, and as we dont think that either debtor or 
Creditor can be in any wise Injured by this our Plan, but on 
the contrary much benefited, we therefore desire to harmonize 
with our fellow Subjects of this State in their similar pro- 
posals. 

Hoping this our Remonstrance will meet your Honours kind 
reception, we solace ourselves in the prospect of the future 
happiness which shall accrue from your Honours Compliance 
— wishing that the blessings of Heavens may always Rest upon 
your Honours just Resolutions, your Honours Petitioners, 
shall for ever pray. 



TOWN PAPERS — GOSPORT. 313 

A Bank of pafer currency. 

At a Legal meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the 
Town of Gotles Town held August 2i»' 1786 — It was unanimously 
Voted to have a Bank of paper Currency made and at the adjournment 
of said Meeting held Sept 4''' Current, Voted that this their Remon- 
strances for the same be accepted, and To be presented by their Deli- 
gate as such. 

Signed in behalf of the Town. 

Alex^ Walker, Clerk. 



GOSPORT— otherwise Star Island. 

[This place was incorporated 24th Dec, 1715, under the administra- 
tion of Lieut.-Governor George Vaughan. Ed.] 

Petition to be exempt from paying Province tax. 
To his Excellency Sam" Shute Esq. Captain Generall, Gov- 
ernor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hamp. &c. 
To the Honourable the Council & Representatives Conven'd 
in Gen" Assembly now Sitting in Portsm" in s' Province: 
The petition of Richard Yeton one of the Selectmen of 
Starr Island upon the Isles of Shoales in behalfe of the Inhab- 
itants thereof most humbly sheweth — 

That the selectmen of the s"* Island have not Expressed any 
contetnpt to the Authority by their omitting to make an assess- 
ment on the people thereof pursuant to the {}) or 

warrant & therefore humbly prays that Your Excellency and 
the Honourable Assembly would pass a favourable construc- 
tion thereon & also prays that Your Excellency & this Hon- 
ourable Assembly would be pleased to consider the following 
pleas in favour of their being Excused from the Province 
Tax: 

The people are very few in number & most of them are 
men of no Substance, live only by their daily fishing and near 
one third of them are single men and threaten to remove and 
leave us, if the tax be laid which will prove our utter ruine if 
our fishermen leave us. 

The charge and expence which they are at in the supjDort of 
the ministry is as great as the people can bear at present it 
having cost them but lately the siun of Two Hundred pounds 
for that end in building a Meeting house — which is not yet all 
paid. 

The Government have here tofore encouraged them that 



314 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

they should be exempted from paying Province Taxes whilst 
they Exprest their forwardness in so good a Service. 

Though the Inhabitants have been very much richer and 
more numerous and their Trade greater than at present yet 
they were not then rated, nor the Inhabitants on the Island, in 
the Massachusetts Government. They live on a Rock in the 
Sea and have not any priviledge of right in common Lands, as 
other Inhabitants in the respective Towns have. 

They have defended themselves in the time of Warr Ag^' 
the publick enemy at their own Expence both for forts and 
souldiers whose wages they have paid, and finally all other 
Towns in this Province have been larger and more numerous 
before they were taxed to the province rate. 

I do with a Humble Confidence assure your Excellency and 
the Honourable Assembly that we shall ever express a Loyalty 
to his Majesty and a ready obedience to the command of the 
Government, but considering our poverty with the foregoing 
pleas in our favour, I do humblv pray that you will please to 
excuse us from the present tax, and when we shall be better 
capable shall readily bear our proportion of the publick charge 
— & So yo' Petitioners shall ever pray — as in duty bound &c 
& Subscribes 

Rich'' Yeton. 

22' April 1 721. 



Petition of Selectmen for ref72issio?i of taxes. 
Province of ) To his Excellency Benning Wentworth 
New Hampshire j Esq"" Captain General Governour and 
Commander in Chief in and over the said 
Province, The Hon*^'* his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in 
General Assembly Conven'd Jan'y 4, 
1760 
Humbly shew, Henry Carter, Richard Talpey and Charles 
Miller all of Gosport within said Province in behalf of them- 
selves and the other inhabitants of said Gosport That the said 
Inhabitants have allways chearfuUy paid their Province Tax 
with Great Willingness and pleasure, so long as they were of 
ability and untill the four last years when their Circumstances 
in life became so low (being only a few poor fishermen) and 
the necessaries for living being Excessively dearer at the place 
of their aboad one half more than at any other part of the Prov- 
ince with the Great DiflSculty of Transporting the same there 
togeatherwith their other great charge. Supporting the Gospel 
Ministry among them the fewness of the Inhabitants & their 



TOWN PAPERS — GOSPORT. 315 

poverty and their few within four years last past being Greatly 
Reduced they having had thirty Two Ratable poles within that 
time left them to serve the King or Removed to other places, 
Six of which had familys and tlieir is but few very few young 
men among them and the neighbouring islands in the Mass- 
Bay altho Very short of our number have on accont of their 
povertv been Exempted from tax for Twenty years last, and 
altho Warrants from the Treasurer have come to the Select- 
men of said Gosport to assess the inhabitants for their part 
year after year yet the select men did only the first year assess 
them and on finding that was not paid, the poverty of the In- 
habitants and some Great Incouragement from some of the 
Hon''"' General Court That on shewing forth the Difficulties 
Aforesaid the same might be Remited and since they have not 
made any assessm' for Province Tax and that that was made 
was never colected, and now the same amounts to a Very Con- 
siderable sum and if their very poor and few Remaining In- 
habitants should be Oblidged to pay the same it would Greatly 
tend to their Ruin for the few Remaining young men would 
remove from them rather than Pay any part to such back taxes 
as were due before some of them were Oblidged by law to 
pay any, and their would be none but a few old helpless per- 
sons left. And We would here beg leave to observe to this 
Hon'''' Court that had we had a Representative in Court at the 
time the proportion was made Gosport might not have been 
Tax'd but altho we were always inform'd that We were allow'd 
the Liberty of Sending one member to Represent us in said 
Court yet we never ask'd it Knowing it would be a great Cost 
to the Province, More than any advantage of Tax that could 
possibly be expected from the Inhabitants, for which Reason 
we never made any Enquiry into that matter. 

Wherefore We humbly pray the Consideration of this Hon'''*' 
Court on the premises — and that you will be pleas'd to pass 
such act or Resolve to take of the said Back taxes and that we 
may be exempt for the time to come, or grant such other Re- 
lief tlierein as in your Great Wisdoms shall Seem meet unto 
you — and then We from such Incouiagement shall have Great 
Reason to hope that instead of our few becoming fewer we 
shall increase in our numbers and be able to pay Province Taxes 
with Great Willingness when we shall have it in our ability — 
And by being heard in this our Request We shall as in Duty 
Bound Ever Pray — 

Henry Carter ^ 
Richard Talpev y Selectmen 
Charles Miller J 



31 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Jany 4''' 1760— 

Read & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon^'« Assembly 
Theodore Atkinson, Secy. 

Ne\v Hamps. }^^ *^^ House of Representatives June 5'" 1761. 

This petition being Read — Voted — That the prayer thereof be 
granted & that the sum of five hundred & Twelve pounds Eight shil- 
lings & one penny New Tenor that appearing to be the sum due from 
Gosport for the province Tax be Remitted, & that the Treasurer be 
hereby Intitled to Charge the said sum to the Province — 
£512 „ 8 ,, i'^ New Tenor— 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council June the 16"' 1761, 
Read & Concurr'd 

Theo'' Atkinson Secry 

Consented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition for a Lottery^ for protecting the Harbor. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General, 
Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, The Hon'''*^^ his Majestys 
House of Representatives for said Province in General As- 
sembly conven'd the 25"' day of June 
Anno Domini 1766. 

The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants of Gosport in the 
Province of New Hampshire and others whose Interest is 
Concern'd Shews 

That the situation of the Road & harbour at Gosport Afore- 
said is well known to be exposed to the Violence of Winds & 
seas in many cases & Events which frequently occur by which 
they often sustain much Loss & Damage which they would 
gladly Prevent it by any means Feasible : 

That it has been Judg'd a Pier or Bason might be so con- 
trived and Built as to be in a Great Measure a security in this 
Case and a means of great saving to your Petitioners & Preser- 
vation of their Property 

That to make such a work Effectual a Larger Sum woud 
be demanded than your Petitioners by any means coud raise 
but as it woud be of very General Utility in its Consequences 
they flatter themselves the scheme for carrying on such a 
Building woud meet with suitable Encouragement from many 
other Persons besides your Petitioners & those who have con- 
nections with them. 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray that they may 
have leave to set up & carry on a Publick Lottery to raise 
money for the End aforesaid and for that Purpose to bring in a 
bill containing such Limitations & Restrictions as shall be 



TOWN PAPERS — GOSPORT. 



317 



tho't necessary but with such extent & Authority as shall be 
Sufficient to effect the Design & your Petitioners in Duty bound 
shall ever Pray &c. 



Jno Tuck 
Henrv Carter 
Richard Talpey 
John Varrel 
Wilfiam Michamore 
William Holbrook 
Henrv Shapley 
Richard Talpey, Jr 
Henrj Talpey 
Daniel Rindle 
James Hickey 
Samuel Varrel 
Samuel Varrel, Jr 
John Down 
John Down, Jr 
Samuel Downe 
Jeremiah Lord 
Jos. Damrell 
Peter Robinson 
John Walpey, 
Ambrose Perkins 
John Barter 
W'" Sanderson 
George Walpey 
Josiah Sanderson 
Henry Shapleigh, Jr 



Ja' Ward 
Rich' Langford 
W'" Bickam 
Sam' Healy 
John Puriell 
Sam' Currier 
Samuel Muchmore 
Gregory Puriell 
Sam' Cutts 
Daniel Rindge 
Geo. Boyd 
Nath' Adams 
Jonathan Warner 
Thomas Wentworth 
John Sherburne 
D. Sherburne 
Sam" Warner 
Titus Salter 
Abraham Trefethen 
Hugh Hall Wentworth 
W"' Knight 
Temple Knight 
Samuel Sherburne 
Geo: Janvrin 
Sam' Dalling 
John Flagg 
Joseph Whipple 



James Stoodly 
Rich. Hart 
John Moflfat 
W"' Whipple 
Jno Parker 
H. Wentworth 
John Penhallow 
Thos. Bell 
Samuel Moftatt 
D. Pierce 
Paul March 



Joseph Muchamore 

Elamuel Muchamore 

Benj" Muchamore 

Sam' Muchamore 

Arthur Rendle 

Arthur Rendle, Jr 

George Rendle 

John Rendle 

Edw' Bowdey 

Henry W. Andrews 

S. Mathews 

Jn" Newton 

Stephen Pierce 
Province of "1 In Council June 28"" 1766. 

New Hamp j Reed & order'd to be sent down to the Hon'''' Assembly. 
T. Atkinson Jun. Secry. 

New Himn'sh'^ ( ^" ^^^ House of Representatives, July 3'* 1766. 

Voted — That the Petitioners be heard on this petition the second day 
of the sitting of the general assembly after the first of September 
next and that the Petitioners at their own cost cause the substance of 
this Petition and Order of Court to be Published three weeks success- 
ively in New Hampshire Gazett that any Person may appear and Shew 
cause why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted 

M. Weare, Cler. 



3lS NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Eodem die 
Read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secry. 

Ne\v Ham°s} ^" ^^^^ House of Representatives Aug' 28"^ 1767. 

The foregoing Petition being Read & Considered appearing Reason- 
able 4& no objection made, 

Voted — That the prayer of the petitioner be granted and that the 
Petitioners have liberty to bring in a Bill accordingly. 

M. Weare, Cler. 
In council Eod"* Die — 
Read & concurr'd — 

T. Atkinson Jun. Secry 



GRANTHAM — formerly called New Grantham. 

[This town was first granted, July 11, 1761 ; but the conditions not 
being fulfilled, it was re-granted in 1767, to William Symmes and 63 
others. Ed.] 

Petition for a new charter. 

To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq, Captain General, 

Governor & Commander in Chief in and over his Majesty's 

Province of New Hampshire & Vice Admiral of the Same 

in Council — 

The petition of John Sargent of Norwich in the Province 
of New York, Yeoman by his Attorney, Israel Morey Esq. 
vmto your Excellency & Honours humbly shews : 

That your Petitioner has setteld in said Norwich under 
New Plampshire Grants with a large Family, That being 
disatisfied with his living under the Government of New York 
he hath purchased the Original rights of John Hawks Esq, 
Rufus Wells, Rufus Fields, Simon Alexander, Elisha Alexan- 
der in the Township of New Grantham, with the sole Views 
of making immediate settlements thereon for himself and sons, 
but as he has not been able yet to effect it, and the charter 
being expired he is apprehensive he may meet with Difficulty, 
wherefore he hunibly prays he may be quieted in his said 
Rights either by the Extension of said Charter to the former 
Grantees or being made Grantees in a New Charter of said 
Township, as your Excellency & Honours in your Wisdom 
may think best for y' Petitioner and as in Duty bound he will 
ever pray 

John Sargents by 

Israel Morey, his Attorney. 

Portsm'' June 21'* 1772. 



TOWN PAPERS GOSPORT. 319 

Petit lo7i of Abel Stcvc7is for the same. 
Province of New Hampshire- 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General^ 

Governor & Command' in Chief in and over his Majestys 

said Province of New Hampshire in New England and Vice 

Admiral of the same. In Council — 

The petition of Abel Stevens in behalf of himself and other 
Grantees and proprietors of the township of New Grantham 
in the Province aforesaid, Humbly Shews 

That the said Township of New Grantham was granted by 
Charter bearing date the 8''' day of June Anno 1767, under 
certain Conditions of Culture &c. &c — The Form of Culture 
being particularly express'd to be performed in 5 years vizt, 
five acres for every fifty contained in each share on penalty of 
the forfeiture of every delinquent share — to be regranted to 
others and the Time aforesaid being now elapsed, and the duty 
above mentioned not being fully done on any one Right or 
share in the said Township — Whereby, according to the strict 
construction of the condition aforesaid, the whole of said 
Township is forfeited to his Majesty to be regranted as afore- 
said — and the petitioner begs leave further to represent 

That there are some considerable Improvements already 
made in the said Township, aud that they have been prevented 
from complying with the Terms aforesaid on account of theii 
remote situation from any Inhabitants, and the Impossibility^ 
for want of Roads of getting up provisions &c. for their neces- 
sary Support and subsistence, with such utensils as were need- 
ful to make the required Cultivation — The petitioners there- 
fore humbly pray your Excelh- and Honours would not take 
advantage of the breach of said Condition, but that you would 
be pleased to Extend the Charter of said New Grantham to 
the present Grantees for such longer Time as your Excell ^' and 
honours may think convenient to complete the duty enjoined 
by their said Grant — The prospect not being so discouraging 
as when they received the former Grant, the said Grantees are 
determined to proceed immediately to fulfill the conditions re- 
quired by their said Charter, provided Your Excell ■ and hon- 
ours will be pleased to indulge them in their above said Re- 
quest And they as in Duty bound will ever Pray &c. 

Abel Stevens 

In behalf of the 



Grantees &c of 
New Grantham. 



Portsmouth July 4"' 1772. 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

GREENLAND. 

[Greenland was originally a part of Portsmouth. Ed.] 

Petition of the Inhabitatits of Grec7iland for frivi- 

ledges — 1705. 

To His Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq — Govern'' and Com- 

ander in Chiefe in and over his Majesties province of New 

Hampshire and Vice Admiral of the same — 

The humble Petition of John Johnson Abraham Lewis and 
Samuell Weeks on behalfe of themselves and the Inhabitants 
of Greenland, belonging to the Town of Portsmouth 

Humbly Sheweth 

That there are about three hundred & Twenty persons ; men 
women and Children in Greenland who are Oblidged to come 
to the Bank to meeting, and the distance being five and six 
miles and the season of the yeare occasioning bad travelling as 
alsoe the danger of the Enemy makes it very difficult and 
Tedious to gett to the said meeting, or to send their children 
every day to school being not able to Table them abroad ; Soe 
that your poor petitioners are almost deprived of publickly 
hearing the word of God or getting their children Educated 
with Reading and writing And your petitioners have desired 
at a publick Town meeting to have the Liberty of a minister 
and schoolmaster among themselves. They paying their sallary 
and to be Exempted from paying to the minister and school- 
master at the Bank but there is noe care taken about itt by the 
Town who continues Silent in the matter. 

May it therefore please y'' Excellency to Consider the 
premise, and to order as you in your prudent Judgment shall 
see meet relateing to the same whereby yo' petitioners may ob- 
taine the priviledge of a minister and schoolmaster among 
themselves as aforesaid, And they as in duty bound shall ever 
pray &c 

John Johxson 
Abraham Lewis 
Samuel Weeks 

S"- May 1705 
This Petition is referred to the Select men of Portsm" to make answer 
and objections if they have any to myselfe in a months time. 

J. Dudley. 



TOWN I'APERS GKEKNI.ANI). 



321 



Petition of sufidrv persons to 6e Joined to Greenland parish. 

17 '' January 1716. 
To the Honourable George Vaughan Esq. L' Governor of his 
Majesties Province of New Hampshire and the Honourable 
his Majesties Counsel — 

The Humble petition of the Inhabitants That live on the 
Pattin adjacent to Greenland who are on this side of the line 
which was formerly Rim between Portsmouth and Exeter be- 
gining att Walls Crick & running to Hampton bounds — 
Humbly Sheweth 

That we the subscribers would humbly pray that we maybe 
joined to Greenland Parrish because we there commonly at- 
tend the worship of God, which is abundantly more conven- 
ient for us than any other place of publick worship and have 
diverse of us been helpe full in building an house to worship 
God In tliere att s' Parrish. 

We Likewise the Inhabitants of Greenland being a poor & 
small Parrish Humbly pray your honors to Grant that all the 
Inhabitants which are within the afore s'' line from Walls crick 
to Hampton bounds May be aded to us — We therefore humbly 
crave your Honours Grant of these our request & yoor peti- 
tioners as In Duty bound shall pray &c. 

Ebenezer Johnson 1 

John Gate, Assesors I 

James Berrey j 

Nathanell Wright 

Richard White 

Jud. Allen 

Sainuell Folsom 

iMikel Hicks 

Joseph Hill 

Walter Philbrick 

John Evenj 

Isaac Foss 

Jonathan Weeks 

Th" Letherbe. 



Petition of Greenland for a grant of certain -po-jcers^ 1720-1. 

Province of ] To y' Hon''' John Wentworth Esq Ltt, Govern'' 

New Hamp' j and Command-in Chief for y'^ time being, & 

to y" Hon'''^' y" Councill of his Majestv' 

Province afores''. 

The petition Jam" Johnson, Sam' Weeks A: Josh Weeks of 
Greenland in behalfe of s'' Parrish — Plum- vSheweth — 

That on y'' 15"' Instant att a Parrish meeting Law fullv con- 
ven'd we your Petition''" were elect'' a comitte to address your 
Hon"* & this Hon''''' Board in behalfe of our s'' Parrish for 



323 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

some further liberty" & Priviled' to be granted in & amongst 
ourselves for y' y' Petition'^ have now only y'^ liberty of Rais- 
ing money on y Inhabitants there for y support of y' minis- 
try schoole & poor w'''in y' District: & y Province Tax being 
Raised by the Selectmen & assessors of Portsm" who living 
Remote canot posibly be apprized of y perticular Capacity of 
y'^^ several Inhabitants there — Whereby y' Tax is many times 
very unequal- Wherefore your Petition''^ Hum- Pray, y' your 
Honours in your Great Wisdom wil see cause to order y*^ we 
may be dismissed from y' Bank from having any tax laid on 
us there ; & y'^ we may be freed from y charge and Trouble of 
attending y'^^ Publick Town meetings there & y' a Comittee be 
By your Hon'^'' chosen to Proportion Greenland in y"^ Province 
Rates & y' y*" same may be Rais' in Equal Proportion by our 
own assessors & y'^ Mr Treasurer be Direc"* to issue forth his 
Precept to our Parrish for y' End & y* we may choose a con- 
stabl amongst our selves to collect y' assessments y"^ are from 
time to time made & y*^ we may be allow' y' Privilidge of 
choosing one assembly man in our Parrish to Represent us in 
Gen" Assem'^' we paying him out of the Parrish stock which 
Grant" y' Petition''' shal as in Duty bound ever pray &c. 

Jam'' Johnson 
i8, Mar, 1 730-1 Sam" Weeks 

Josh. Weeks. 

March 21'* at a Council — 

Psent y" Lt Gov'' Wentworth, Sam' Penhallow Esq. Rich' Wibird, 
Coll" Walton Esq. Tho^* Wastbrook, Esq. George Jaffrey— 

The above Petition Read, and Granted and Ordered that a com'ittee 
upon Oath take an account of y Rateable Estate of y« District of 
Greenland by w^'' y" Proportion of the Prov. Tax, is to be Settled who 
are to make Return to this board, that the Treasurers warrant be made 
out accordingly. 



Petition of Greenland for a Tcwnship. 
To His Excellency Samuel Shute Esq' Capt Gen" & Com- 

'and' in Cheif & Over His Maj'>'' Prov. of New Hamp' and 

to the Hon'' ■ the Council of s' Province — 

The Humble Petition of Sam' Weeks James Johnston & 
Mathias Haines of Greenland Parish in the Town of Portsni" 
in y' Prov. of N. Hamp" afores' for themselves & in behalf 
of s' Parish, Humbly Sheweth. 

That yo' Petitioners are a district of Portsm ' and always 
have been accounted Part of s' Portsmouth, and have paid 
Rates in s' Town accordingly, and but very Lately have been 
made a Separate Parrish, and the Town of Portsm afores'' 
having obtained a grant of yo' Excellency & Hon'" for a Town- 
ship. 



TOWN PAPERS GREENLAND. 



323 



Vo' Petitioners Humbly pray that yo' Excellency & Hon" 
would be pleased to Ord"^ that yo' Petitioners, as they all along 
have paid their part of the charges & help to support the 
warrs against the enemy as inhabitants of Portsni ' afore^*^ 
That they may now Reap the benefit of the aforesaid Grant 
of Land in proportion w'" their neighbours — the other inhab- 
itants of s' Portsmouth or that yo'^ Petitioners may have an 
Equivalent of Land adjoyning to the afores'' Grant, Granted 
unto us. 
And yo"^ Petitioners as in Duty bound will ever Pray : 

Sam" Weeks, 
James Johnston, 
Matthias Haines. 
Portsm" May 10" 1732. 



PortsmotUh votes relating to Greenland. 
Att a Gen" Town meeting held in Portsm" y<' 4"" June, 1705 : 
Where as y" Town of Portsm ' paves £100 p Annum for y" support 
of their minister in s' Town — Att the Request of y inhabitants of 
Greenland part of s'' Town considering y Distance of Ground y num- 
ber of persons & y Danger of passing to Public worship, 

Voted, That y "inhabitants of Greenland be paid out of the Town 
stock their proportion of s' £100 During y Maintenance of an able 
Minister amongst them and no longer & y' s'' Proportion be yearly, 
Proportion ' by the selectmen for time being y Bounds of Greenland 
to be on y south side of coll Packers farme. 

Pr Sam" Keais, Town clerk. 
True Coppy out of y' third Book of Records for Portsm" : foil. 12 : 

p Josh. Peirce, 

Town cler. 
15 Mar. 1719-20 

, Att a Gen" Town meeting in Portsm" v" 8"' April], 1706, 
' ■ Voted. That y' Inhabitants of Greenland in this Town being 
freed from paying y' proportion of Rates for y Ministrye fix'd att 
Straberry Bank in consideration of their maintaining a minister 
amongst themselves y s' Inhabitants of Greenland having procured 
y' they may have 150 acres of land out of y comons lying & being att 
Greenland : Bounded to y Sow west End of y Great Swamp & y« s'^ 
150 acres to be taken out or Deduct' from w' may fall to y" share of s"* 
inhabitants of Greenland of s' comons whenever there shall be a Di- 
vision of all y Towns comons y s' 150 acres to be laid out by y Lott 
layers where it may be most convenient for y" ministry & school for y" 
use of that part of y Town. 

Sam" Keais, Town Cler. 
True coppy from y' 3' Book of Record for Portsm" foil : 13"' 

Josh : Peirce, Town Cler. 
i.s"' Mar. 1719-20. 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

And That the Parish of Greenland be bounded upon the Great Bay 
iy the farm of y" widow Jackson, Joshua Peirce, & Israel March : & so 
to Packers bridge, and thence to Joshua Hainses, M' Gates & EdW* 
Ayras's farm and from thence southwesterly to Hampton bounds : and 
that these Present Inhabitants with the lands and estates they live 
upon & whosoever shall live upon them hereafter or build & Inhabit 
within the limitts aforesaid, shall pay their Parish Taxes to Greenland. 

The Above is an Extract out of y"= Council book pass'd by the Gen" 
Assembly y^ 28"' of July, 1714. 



Attest. 



Rich' Waldron, Cler. con. 



Petition of inhabitatits of Breakfast Hill (i). 
To the hon''^' John Wentworth Esq. Liut Govern'' & Com- 
ander in Chief in and over his Maj*'' ' Province of New 
hampshire to v' hon'''' the Council & house of representa- 
tives Conven'd in Gen" Assembly. 

The humble Request of us the Subscribers inhabitants about 
Breakfast hill & owners of Land neare Greenland meeting 
house, humbly Desires, That whereas we are soe neare said 
meeting house & have paid oiu" part towards the maintenance 
of y Ministry there Ev' since it hath been built, Y' for the 
future wee may be by act of Government set of towards pay- 
ment of the ministry to y' place It being most convenient for 
us by many miles — & your Petitioners shall ever pray &c. 
May 25'-" 1725. 
his mark 
Thomas O bery James Whidden 

Jo" his O mark, bleak James Johnson 

Isaac his § mark, foos R. Wibird 

James fooler desires to pay to John Wheden 
Greenland & Sande-bech be a 
parish of themselves. 
(1) So called I'rom the circumstance that a party of Indians in 1696, after an early 
attack on inhabitants ol' Portsmouth, and the slaughter of fourteen persons, hastily 
retreated, and stopped on tlie declivity of a hill, (now in Greenland) and took break- 
fast; ever since it has retained the name of Breakfast Hill. See vol. ii, Prov. Pap. 
p. 189, note. Ed. 



Petition for extensio7i of boundary lines. 
Province of | To the hon''^' John Wentworth Esq. Liut 
New Hamp' j Govon' & Comander in Chief in and over his 
Maj''^'' Province of New Hampshire and to 
the hon"'''' the Council! & house of Represent- 
atives Conven'd in Gen" Assembly for s** 
Province. 
The humble Petition of Capt vSamuell Weeks, Capt Josliua 
Weeks & Mr John Cate. 



TOWN PAPERS — GREENLAND. 



325 



In the belialte of the Poore panisli of Greenland as they are 
Inipowered by said parrish to represent the same witli the select 
men of Greenland. 

humbly Sheweth. 

That whereas by a vote formerly of the Town of Ports- 
mouth (of which the said Greenland is a part) It was voted 
that Greenland Bounds should be on the South side of Pack- 
ers farm (which supose is now Doctor Marches) and Whereas 
by a Vote of the Gen'' Assembly 28'" July 1714, Its said that 
Greenland bounds to Packers Bridge and thence to Joshua 
Haineses M' Gates & Edw'' Ayerses farm, The Same isverry 
Ambiguous Whether these are included or Excluded and alsoe 
Mr Edward Ayers at that time had two fiirms Southwest of 
s'- Packers or Marches farm — & it is not mentiou'd which — 
And Whereas Cap' Langdon &: the comittee that made the last 
return : run the line from said Marches farm to Edward Ayres 
Southwesterly farm, Exclusive of said Farm ; which line 
comes to Northward of Berry Brook in the Rhoad to Sandy 
Beech, which is not above a mile from Greenland Meeting 
house, and Excludes fifteen families that live about Breakfast 
hill from y' s*^ Parrish of Greenland that used to pay there 
towards maintenance of the ministry & lyes most convenient 
for them to come there. The loss of so many families is verry 
Great & Grievious to your verry poore petitioners : 

Therefore your humble Petitioners Humbly prayes (That 
considering your said parrish of Greenland consists chiefly in 
verry poore Inhabitants) and Containes a verry small Qiian- 
tity of Ground ; Great Part of said Parrish being not three 
Quarters of a mile Deep & In the Deepest or Widest place 
verry little above a mile — That they containe a small Compass 
of Grond & no probability of Increasing themselves — humbly 
prayes your consideration & order that theire line betwixtthem 
and Portsmouth may Extend Due south from Marches farm to 
y'' farm M' Edward Ayers Bought of the Adm' of Richard 
Jose Esq Deceas'd and thence South East to New Castle line 
which line will take in the fifteen fixmilies afore s'' and suppose 
the line formerly Intended — But if it should seem meet to your 
hon'^ to take these fifteene families from said Parrish it would 
occasion theire Breaking up not being able of themselves that 
remaine to support the charges of the Ministry witli the other 
contingents on them. 

All the Comittees that Ever made any returne relating to a 
Divissionale line being all of Portsmouth they made it as much 
in theire favor as possible by all Strain'd construction — There- 
fore if your hon' se not meet to Grant us the line Desier'd, 
That then y' hon ' will appoint a Comittee of som other Towns 
(wholly Indiflerent) to make and settle a line as they sh.dl see 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

convenient, accordin to Portsmouth Town Voate, in 1705 and 
in Greater Certainty than hath as yet been Don. And your 
Petitioners as in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c 
May 19"' 1725. 

John Gate 
Joshua Weeks 
Ebenezer Johnson 
Mathias Haines 
Sam" Weeks 
May y' 26"' 1725. 

In the House of Representatives 
read, and ordered that the Select men of Portsm" be serv'd with a 
copy of the petition and they to notifie the town of Portsmouth, To 
Appeare the second day of the setting of the next Gen" Assembly to 
show cause (if any they can) why the Prayer of the Petition may not 
be granted. 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass"" 
In coun' Eod" die. 
Read and concurred 

Rich'' Waldron 



Petition relating to tax ■warra?tt. 
Pi-ovince of | To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. 
New Hamp'' j Gaptain General Governor and Gommander 
in Ghief in & over his Majestys Province of 

New Hampshire, The Hon'"'*^^ his Majesties Gouncill and 

House of Representatives in General Assembly Convened 

— Jan. 12"' 1763. 

Humbly Shews — James Bracket & Simon Dearborn both of 
Greenland in said Province yeomen and two of the selectmen 
of said Greenland for the year 1762 the Maj. part for them- 
selves & in behalf of the Inhabitants of said Greenland that 
the selectmen of said Greenland for said year Raised a Tax 
on the said inhabitants and gave a list thereof to Joseph Pick- 
erin Constable of said Greenland for said year with a warrant, 
and the hands of the Majour part of the said selectmen, in 
consequence thereof the said constable hath made distress on 
sundry of the said Inhabitants of said Greenland who refused 
to pay their Respective Taxes and for which sundry actions 
are brot against him to the Inferior court to be held in March 
next, and on examining the warrant aforesaid, it appears that 
the Selectmen have neglected to seal the same, which is 
thought necessary by Law, and if so will greatly hurt said In- 
habitants, for altho most of them may not dispute it, yet there 
are many that do & so pay no Tax this year. Besides bringing 
a great charge on the said Inhabitants for the suits allready 
commenced & others that may be, wherefore the Petitioners as 



TOWN PAPERS — GREENLAND. 337 

aforesaid Humbly pray the advisement of this Hon*''*^ Court 

on the Premises — and that you will be pleased to pass such 

Order thereon as to make the said Warrant good & Valid 

The want of seals notsvithstanding or grant such other Relief 

thereon as to you shall seem meet. And your petitioners as 

aforesaid shall as in duty bound ever pray. 

T T5 ") Selectmen 

James Brackett ( r 

Simeon Dearbon t r- i j 
) Greenland 

Province of \ In the house of Representatives Jan> 19, 1763. This 

New Hamps' ) petition being Read 

Voted That they be heard thereon on frvday next, & that they 

Cause the sundry persons who prosecuted the constable for Illegally 

making Distraint to be notified thereof that they may be present if 

they see cause. 

A. Clarkson clerk. 

In council Eod" Die. 

Read & concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jr Secry. 

Province ot \^^ ^j^^ House of Representatives Tany 21, 1763 
iSew Hamps J ' j > / o 

The party being heard on the within Petition — Voted & Resolved 
that the Warrant Referr'd unto in the within Petition is a good & 
Lawful! Warrant, the want of seals notwithstanding, and also resolved 
that all the warrants given by any selectmen or assessors singly or con- 
junctly within this Province for the Collecting of any Rates or Taxes 
for the year 1762 shall be Looked upon and accounted legal and Valid 
the want of seal or Seals notwithstanding 

H. Sherburne Speaker. 
In Council Jan' 22' 1763 

Read & concurr'd with this addition (viz), That if the Plaintiffs men- 
tioned in the within Petition, shall withdraw their suits & not prose- 
cute them, that in that case no complaint be Receiv'd for cost in such 
actions from the constable or other Defendant in any of the actions 
aforesaid 

T. Atkinson, Jun' Secry. 

New HamV}^" ^^^ ^""'^'^ °^ Representatives Jan>- 35'!' 1763. 



Read and Concurrd 



H. .Sherburne .Speaker 
Consented to B. Wentworth. 



Petition for representation in the General Assembly. 
To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Capt. Gen" and 
Commander in cheif in and over his Maj""' Province of 
New Hampshire, the hon'''"^^ the councill & house of Repre- 
sentatives conven'd in Gen" Assembly. 
The humble Petition of Capt Joshua Weeks Ebene// John- 
son & Matthiae Haines, Select men for the parrish of Green- 
land in s' Province In behalfe of the said Parrish, most hum- 
bly Sheweth — 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

That the Parrish of Greenland for severall years past since 
they have been set of from Portsmouth have not had the Ben- 
nefit of having a voat in makeing choice of any person to sit 
in the Gen' Assembly, and therefore are humbly of opinion 
that they are much Grieved in not having any person to Rep- 
resent them in Gen" Assembly nor any Vote in the choice of 
any other : 

Therefor y'"' humble Petitioners most humbly prays For 
themselves anM in Behalfe of said parrish of Greenland That 
your excellencie & hon" &c will as in y'' wisdom you shall see 
meet to make such order act or Law so that your Petitioners 
may have the liberty of other Towns or precincts to have the 
choice of some one of their Freeholders to Represent them in 
the Gen" Assembly & your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall 
ever pray 

Joshua Weeks 
Ebenezer Johnson 
Matthias Haines 

May the 10"' 1732. 
In the house of Representatives. 

Voted, that the prayer of the Petition be answered and that his Ex- 
cellencie be desired to Issue out a precept for an assembly man to ap- 
peare at the next sessions in the fall — 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass" 

May the 12"' 1732. 
In council May 13, 1732 

Read & Concurred 

R Waldron, Sec'y 

I assent to the foregoing vote, May 15, 1732. 

J. Belcher 



GROTON — formerly Cockermouth. 

[ Groton was incorporated 7th Dec, 1796. It was granted by tlie name 
of Cockermouth, Nov. 22, 1766. Ed.] 

Petition of John Hale and Samuel Hobart fo7- a re-grant.. 

To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General. 

Governor & Commander in Chief in & over his Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire. 

In Council December 4"' 1771. 

The memorial of John Hale & Samuel Hobart, for them- 
selves & a number of Others his Majestys subjects, Purchasers 
from the Grantees of a Tract of Land in the Province afore- 
said of the Contents of about six miles square, which was 



TOWN PAPERS GROTON. 329 

granted 22' Novemb 1766, by the name of Cockermouth on 
Certain Conditions therein specified, and the said Grantees 
have not been able to comply therewith, for sundry Reasons — 
The great Difficulty the first settlers have undergone, for want 
of Roads through other Towns adjacent & the discoui-age- 
men'~ they have met with, by a long & expensive Law suit 
with the Proprietors of Plymouth &c and the time of settle- 
ment being now elapsed whereby part of the said Town be- 
comes Forfeited & reverts to his Majesty 

Your memoriaP humbly Pray that they may be favour'd 
with a Regrant of said Tract of Land & further time to settle 
the same in such manner as your Excellency & Honours shall 
see fit, & to Exclude such delinquent Proprietors of the P'ormer 
Charter as have not done their proper share of Duty, and upon 
the usual conditions and your Memorial^'- as in Duty Bound 
shall ever pray. 

John Hale 
Sam' Hobart 



Memorial of yames Goold and others about a Petition of 

Safnuel Liver more. 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Cap- 
New Hamp^ j tain General Governor & commander in chief 
in and over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire and the Plonourable his Majestys 
Council, most humbly sheweth — 
That your petitioners are Inhabitants in the Easterly part of 
Cockermouth that most of us have lived there a considerable 
number of vears, with our families — that we have been at great 
cost & Expence in clearing and cultivating the land, building 
houses making Roads, Bridges &c all w^hich we chearfully per- 
formed, and sundry of us have made such Improvements that 
by the produce thereof with a common blessing we are able to 
Git a comfortable support — That when we first Began our set- 
tlement we proceeded in a Regular manner having in the first 
place (most of us with the other proprietors) Purchased a 
Charter of his Excellency the late Governor of the Township 
of Cocker mouth, which Town ship sundrey years before that 
time had been sui-vey' and Lay' out as by a plan by which we 
purchased said Town will appear and many of which Bounds 
According to said plan are plainly to be seen to this day, which 
bounds are Agreeable to the Late plan or map of the Province 
made by Docter Langdon and Major Blanchard, which are 
plainly to be seen to this day. &. that we are all settled fairly & 
clearly within the old lines tV: Boundaries of said Cocker 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

mouth where we Expected to enjoy the Benefit of our Labour 
peaceably and Qiiietly, and with an Encorragement and ex- 
pectation of having the Gospel settled amongst us & as Good 
and Loyal subjects to our King having as far as in our power 
complyed with his Royal Instructions with Respect to the set- 
tlements that we have made where we now dwell — And 
Whereas Samuel Livermore Esq has Petitioned your Excel- 
lency & Honours praying that the Westerly line of Plymouth 
may be Extended westerly to a place called Fletchers corner 
which is a mile or more farther west than the antient & proper 
Line of Plymouth and which would be Takeing oft' a mile of 
Cocker mouth and is the Land where we all Live : If the 
prayer of said Petition should be Granted and by which means 
we and our Houses and all our Improvements would be taken 
oft" from Cockermouth, and by that Means we should loose all 
that we have in the world & we & our familys be Reduced to 
poverty, We Humbly Conceive that Granting the prayer of 
Mr Livermores Petition is only to Serve the Particular Inter- 
est of a few Individuals who are Interest ' in the Common Land 
in Plymouth, Who cannot by any Means have any Just Right 
to our Land foi they have already much more land than is 
Given them by their Charter without this addition, and Ply- 
mouth as a Town Do not appear to be Benefitted b}^ the addi- 
tion, and are not Desirous of any such Thing, and Whereas 
M' John Fenton appears to joyn with Mr Livermore in said 
Petition, by Consenting that it should be Granted setting forth 
that he is a patintee of Three Thousand acres in the Land Pe- 
titioned for &c. We humbly Conceive that they have been lay- 
ing their schemes to gether in order to injure and hurt us and 
to Take away from us our Substance, which we humbly con- 
ceive we are Justly Intitlcd to by virtue of our fulfilling his 
Majestys Instructions. 

No Doubt but Mr Fenton has a just Right to Three Thou- 
sand acres of his Majestys un Cultivated ungranted Land, but 
not any Right to our Houses and Improvements, any more than 
he has to our persons to be slaves to him — Wherefore we most 
humbly pray your Excellency & Honoiu's attention & Consid- 
eration on this matter which is of Great Importance to us and 
that you would be pleased to Interfere and protect us in the 
peaceable and Qiiiet Enjoyment of our Infant settlement in the 
Wilderness and that you would not Grant the prayer of that 
Petition, nor put it Into the Power of Mr Livermore or Mr 
Fenton or any other person to Molest or Destress us and we as 
in Duty bound shall ever pray 

James Goold, Ebcnezer Melven Jr 

Simeon Lovejoy Jacob Lorejoj 

Nathaniel Ball Jonas Hobait 

Ebenezer Melven Thomas Neven Jr 

Thomas Nevens Samuel Farley 

£No date.] 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPSTEAD. 33I 

HAMPSTEAD. 

[This town was incorporated 19 of January, 1749. Ed.] 

Petition for a Parish. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor and 
Commander in Cheif In and Over his Majesties Province 
of New Hampshire in New England, And to the Honour- 
able His Majesties Council and house of Representatives in 
General Court Assembled. Jan i, 1743-4 
The Humble petition of the subscribers Inhabitants in the 
Province aforesd, Sheweth. 

That the greater part of your Petitioners are Inhabitants of 
the Land in Controversie between Kingstown and Haverhill — 
That one part of us hold our Land of Haverhill and the other 
of Kingstown. That However the Right of the soil may 
be disputed, we are without Dispute of New Hampshire Gov- 
ernment. Tliat your Petitioners are at such a Distance from 
every Parish Meeting house as Renders our attending publick 
Worship upon the Sabbath in any of our Neighbouring Con- 
gregations Exceeding DifHcult. and to many of us quite Im- 
practicable. That we are therefore obliged to procure some 
person to preach to us or else to live without the Benefit of that 
Ordinance. May it therefore please vour Excellency and Hon- 
ours to take our case under your Wise consideration, and either 
Vest us with Parish Powers with the following bounds viz. 
Begining at a Crocked red oak tree standing in London Derry 
line from thence runing Eastwardly three miles on Bryants 
line Thence Northwardly to a bridge called Capt Ingalls 
Bridge thence westerly so as to comprehend the Dwelling 
house of one Jacob Wells from thence to the Corner l^each 
tree on Chester line and from thence upon London Derry line 
to the bounds first mentioned, Or If this may not at present 
be granted at least to pass an Act to Impower us for a time to 
assess and Levie Taxes upon the inhabitants within the bounds 
above sd for the support of the Gospel and other Incident 
Charges and your Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever 
pray. 

Subscribers. 

John Hoog Samuel Worthen, Jr 

William Moulton George Little, Jr 

William Stevens Samuel Watts 

Peter Easman Beniamin Philbrick 

Michell Johnson Jonathan Kimball 

Hugh Tallant Ezekiel Little 

John Atwood Jeremiah Eatton 

Israel Huse Sam" Stevens, Jr 

Nathaniel Harriman John Johnson 



332 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

William Eastman David Heath 

David Copps William Heath 

John Muzzy Robert Ford 

Joseph Stevens, Jr John Kezar 

Daniel Roberds George Kezar 

Daniel Roberds, Jr Otho Stevens 

Ebenezer Gill James Johnson 

Nathaniel Heath Obediah Davis 

Joseph Stevens Josiah Davis 

Daniel Johnson Joseph Little 

Thomas Croford Moses Tucker 

James Mills John Bond 

Zecheriah Johnson Jonathan Bond 

William Hancock Daniel Hebberd 

James Heath James Graves 

Steven Emerson James Cook 

Beniamin Emerson Jonathan Gile 

Caleb Heath Samuel Stevens 

In the House of Representatives Apr iS'^ i744- The within Petition 
Read and Voted that the Petitioners (at their own charge) serve the 
Selectmen of Kingston with a Coppy of this Petition and the Votes 
thereon that thev may appeare the third day of the sitting of the Gen- 
eral Assembly after the first day of May next. 

James Jeffrey Cler. Assm 



Voie oj Kingston^ setting off certain persons for a nexv 

Parish^ &€. 
Prov. of New Hamp. 

At a Legall meeting of the Inhabitants & freeholders of Kingstown 
held the 24"' of September, 1746, 

I*' Lev' John Swett was chosen moderator of that meeting. 
2'' Voted, That we do hereby as far as in us lieth sett off 
Moses Tucker John Straw 

Israel Huse Jonathan Colby 

James Huse Daniel Hibbard 

James Graves Daniel Kidd 

John Bond Jacob Gurdy 

Jacob Wells David Straw 

Meshach Gurdy Reuben Clough 

John Straw Jr Israel Huse, Jr 

William Straw John Pressey 

Philip Wells Benjamin Tucker 

Jacob Tucker John Hogg & 

Joseph Dow Orlando Colby 

of Kingstown above 'sd with a certain Tract of Land in s' town 
for a Distinct Parish or Precinct Bounded as followeth viz: be- 
gining at the Beach tree which is the Dividing Boundary between 
London Derry and Chester s' Tree standing on y west line of 
s*" Kingstown and Running Southerly on s' Kingstown said Line as 
heretofore settled between s' London Derry & s' Kingstown to the Isl- 
ands Pond (so called) then Running East and B South three miles. 
Then NortherlvTill a North & B West Course will strike s'' Kingstown 



TOWN PAPERS — HAMPSTEAP. 333 

line where it crosses the mill Brook (so called) as heretofore settled 
between s' Kingstown & s' Chester «& from thence viz where s'' Line 
Crosses s' mill Brook to run Southerly on s"* line to the Beach tree 
first mentioned. 
This is a true copy taken out of Kingstown Book of Records. 
Attest 

Jed. Philbrick, Town Clerk. 



Petit ioti of Richard Hazze7i^ cBc, abotit support of Rev. 

James Cushing. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Goveniour & 
Commander in Cheif in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire in New England & to the Hon''"' his Maj- 
esties Councill i^ House of Representatives in Generall 
Court assembled at Portsmouth for s' Province. Ma}' 1748. 
Humbly vShews. 

Richard Hazzen for himself and in behalfe of the Inhab- 
itants of that Part of Haverhill district commonly called Tim- 
berlane, 

That the Inhabitants of said Timberlane have for the great- 
est part of fifteen years past at a verry great cost and charge 
hired a minister to preach amongst them and at the same time 
been Excused from paying any thing towards the support of 
the Rev ' Mr James Cushing. 

That the Rev' Mr Cushings Hearers (Exclusive of said 
Timberlane) live about two thirds of them on the North Side 
of the Boundary Line and in this Province and the other third 
on y' other side on which side lyes also the greatest part of his 
Personage or Glebe Lands 

That at a meeting of the District in November last Pursu- 
ant to the selectmens warrant It was agreed & Voted that the 
inhabitants living on this side of y ' line (meaning those who 
lived out of Timberlane limits) should pay the Rev'' Mr Cush- 
ing Two Hundred pounds for his support this year. Old Tenor 
on consideration of the Depreciating of the money &c which 
would have been a small matter more than what they paid last 
year. 

That some time afterwards at a Legall meeting of the afore 
s' Districts. The inhal)itants of Timberlane were by vote set 
oft' from Mr Cushings Parish and near the same lines which a 
committee Sent By your Excellency & the Hon'" Council 
thought proper to be done as appears by their Report. 

That notwithstanding the meaning & intent of the afore s'' 
Vote respecting M' Cushings Support by which the Inhabi- 
tants of Timber lane ought to have been excused from paying 
any thing thereto & after they were set oft' from Mr Cushings 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Parish as much as the District had a power to do, The assess- 
ors have rated us to Mr Gushing and thereby made their own 
Taxes much less than last year, & taken away our money 
from us which we should have had to pay our own minister 

That we have been thereby necessitated to make a Rate 
amongst Our selves to pay our minister but as we had no le- 
gall power to do it some refuse to pay, so that we are now in 
a verry deplorable Condition unless your Excellency & Hon- 
ours will Interpose on our behalfe. 

We therefore Humbly & Earnestly request your Excellency 
& Honours to compassionate our circumstances & give Such 
Orders that we may be excused from paying to y" ReV' Mr 
James Gushing & at the same time that he may not be cheated 
and defrauded of his honest due, & that we may be Impowered 
to raise a Tax amongst our Selves to pay our own minister or 
that you will afford us Such other Relief as to your Excel- 
lency & Honours shall think best for us. 

And for your Excellency & Honours your Humble peti- 
tioners as in duty bound shall ever pray &c 

Richard Hazzen 

for himself & in behalf of y*^ Inhabitants of Timberlane. 

May 12"' 1748- 



Petition of Edward Flint and others to be annexed to 

Ha7np stead. 

To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governour & 

Commander in Chief in & over his Majesties Province of 

New Hampshire in New England & to the Hon'" the Coun- 

cill of said Province, 

Humbly Shews, 

The petition of Edward Flynt, Samuel Stevens & others the 
Subscribers that your petitioners Liveing in that part of Ha- 
verhill District commonly called Timberlane have always 
together with the other Inhabitants chearfully paid their Taxes 
& when a petition was preferr ' by the said Inhabitants to your 
Excellency & Honours to be incorporated into a Township, 
your petitioners signed y" said petition & hoped that when the 
Township was incorporated that not only your petitioners 
Houses but their estates also would have been taken within 
y" charter being much more for the Interests of your petition- 
ers than to be put any where Else. 

But so it is may it please your Excellency & Honours that 
by the Charter of Hampstead lately Granted, your petitioners 
Estates are so Divided that near one half lye within the Town 
of Hampstead & the other half is left out notwithstanding 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 335 

their Lands have for many years past been fenc' in and im- 
proved & being so Divided & Split by the said Lines it is to 
the verry great damage of your petitioners 

We therefore earnestly request your Excellency & Honours 
to annex our whole lands to Hampstead according to our first 
petition. 

And for your Excellency & Honours your Humble petition- 
ers as in duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Edw'' Flint 
Sam' Stevens 
Nehemiah Stevens 
David Stevens 
Sam-^ Stevens 
W' Stevens 
Joseph Stevens 
Hampstead, 
February 14"' 1749. 



HAMPTON and HAMPTON FALLS. 

[Hampton belonged originally to Massachusetts, and was settled by- 
people from that Colony, in 163S. In 16S0, it was separated from Mas- 
sachusetts and joined to New Hampshire. Hampton Falls was incor- 
porated as a Parish in 1712. Ed.] 

Petition of Selectmen about taxes. 
To the Honorable y' Lieut Governer and Counsell &c : with 
the Assembly now sitting att New Castle 
The humble petition of us y' Select men of Hampton 
Sheweth 

That y' petitioners by warrant from y Treasurer to make an 
assessment of 230 ' '^ and y' through a mistake in making y*" 
Rate have made it 04 ' ' short of s'' Sums and y time being now 
out according to s' Warrant and yo"" petitioners not having 
power to Asses y"' Remainder Humbly pray yo' Honors to im- 
power y' Treasurer to Grant a warrant to us y sd select men 
& Commissio" ' and yo"^ petition"^^ will forthwith Make y"^ Rate 
for y' Remainder, & yo' petitioners will by y blessing of God 
never be wanting to pray for your Hon^ 

John Moulton Tugs Philbuick 

Abka. Green Philemon Dalton 

Jn' Deeubarne Jn Tucke 

Peter Weare Selectmen of Hampton 

May y*^ 20"' 1695. 
Voated, That y Selectmen are Impowered to make assessment on 



336 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

their Inhabitants according to there petition for adjusting that Rate past 
by y" Assemble 

John Pickerin, Clark 
Past by the Councile 

W" Bed ford Dept Secry 



Petitio7i of Ab)-ahain Drake a?id others aboiit a tract of 

land in Kingstozv7i. 

To his Excellency Joseph Dudley Esq. Capt. Generall and 

Governour in Cheif in & over Her Majestys province of 

the Massatusetts Bay & New Hampshi'' &c 

The petition of y- selectmen of y'' Town of Hampton in 
New Hampshire in behalf of y" freeholdei's & Comissioners of 
y'' s'' town Humbly Sheweth 

That your petitioners this last sumer had Judgment given in 
favour of Mr Peter Wear at two Courts the Charge where of 
cost them more than 50 pounds, for not laying out a Tract of 
land at a place formerly called New-plantation since called 
Kingstown which s' Grant was to John Marston who sold all 
his Rights in Hampton unto one Deacon Page more than 40 
years since which s' Page hath ever since enjoyed his Rights 
& devisions of lands in Hampton above s' untill this last sumer 
y** said Peter Weare produced a pretended deed of conveyance 
from y'' s"' John Marston Writen & Signed at Andover & y" 
same day acknowledged by his Father Nathaniell Wear Esq. 
in New Hampshire by s'' John Marston, which Deed is much 
to be suspected for a fraudilent Deed, for y' if y^ said John 
Marston were living at y*^ time of y*" Date of s'' Deed which is 
much questioned, yett certainly he was dead before any such 
instruments appeared, and it is farther evident by testimonies 
of y'' Reaverent Mr Barnard minister of y* town togeather with 
other principle men of Andover, y* y'^ s'' John Marston by 
Reason of age had not been able for some years before his death 
to go to y" publick worship not of a disposeing mind & mem- 
ory much less able to travill in so short a time to acknowledge 
a deed in New Hampshire when there were so many justices 
in his way thether, besides severall other testimoneys who are 
of y* s' John Marstons neer Relation who heard him say y' 
Mr Wear had been at him to sell him a piece of land at New 
plantation, but he would not do it. Wee therefore lay this our 
humble petition before your Excellency, together with y' 
Above mentioned Evidences and prav y' as y'' said Nathaniell 
Weare Esq is in publickc place of trust, and whose signingan 
acknowledgment is of more valine than two creadable Witnes 
& without which no Deed bv Law can be executed nor Re- 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 337 

•corded, we pray y' y" said Esq. Weare may answer possitively 
whether he ever saw y" said John IVIarston of Andover in this 
province of New Hampshire since y' Date of y" said Deed 
made to his son Peter Wear bys'Marston, that so y^ truth 
may appear, it being y' truth of all Testimony or Record y*^ 
makes them vallued, and y" said Esq. Wear hath been sum- 
moned to y* Court & paid his charge, yet will Say nothingbut 
puts to prove possetively y" Marston did not grant to his son 
Peter or y' he was not in y" province of New Hampshire to ac- 
knowledge it &c. The proceeding to y'^ finding out y' truth 
wee have no cause to dought but your Excellency will Justly 
•do & your petitioners shall ever pray as in duty bound 
Abraham Drake "^ 
JohnMoulton ls,,,,t^en 
Peter Johnson j 
Samuel Dow J 
Dated 13" of November 1708. 

Certijicate of Nathaniel Weare. 
16 November 1708. 

Nath' Weare Esq. bein^ Exam' before his Excellency the Governor 
and Council Whether he took the acknowledgment of one John Mars- 
ton, formerly of Andover dec' to a Deed of Conveyance from the said 
Marston to Peter Weare dated the thirteenth da\' of May one thousand 
seven hundred and seven and now produced in court, and where the 
said Marston was when he acknowledged the said Deed and at What 
time. 

Mr Weare Answered that he being at Andover the 13'' dav of May 
1707 he went to the House of the said John Marston about noon and 
exhibited the above said Deed to the said John Marston since dec** he 
being then in his Right senses and the said Marston did then & there 
of his own free & voluntary Will acknowledge the same to be his act 
and Deed. 

Exam*! before publick Councill the 16"' Nov"" 1708. 

Chas. Storj', Secretary. 

Certijicate of yabez Smith. 

Ham"°.May 17"' 172 1. 
Mr Greenough Sir. We Received y' Order of Assembly & in Obedi- 
ence to s'' Order We Gave Notis to y Freeholders In said town to meet 
this Day att three of y" Clock After Noon & accordingly thay did meet 
& the Order of Assembly was red to them & y" Constable Desired them 
■to Bring in there Vots, but thay Brought none in. 
Sir I am yours to Sarve, 

Jabcz Smith in behalf of y" Select men. 
22 



338 NKW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition for leave to make a separate tax. 
To His Honour John Wintworth Esq. L' Governour and 
Comander in Chief in & over his majesties Province of New 
Hampshire and the Honorable the Members of the Councill 
& Representatives Now sitting in Generall Assembly. 
The hiunble address & Petition of his Majesties Loyall and 
Deutifull Subjects Inhabitence of the falls or South Parish in 
hampton most humbly shevveth 

That as there was formerly an act past that the Whole Town 
of Hampton should Raise thair Province & Ministars Rates 
to gether, wee of the falls parish finding many disadvantages 
in not having power to raise those Rates singly by our selves- 
and in particular wee want to make an alteration & addition to 
our Ministers Sallery which wee cannot well doo by reason of 
our being obliged to Raise our Rates in Generall to gether in 
the whole town we have no Power to Raise for any addition 
by our selves. 

Wee therefore Pray that wee may be freed from that act and 
may have power given us in our Parish to raise our province 
and ministry Rates by our selves, that whatsoever wee have or 
shall agree with our minister for — wee may have power to per- 
form and doo therein as the Law gives power to a town, as in 
all other Rates wee are single by our selves wee may be so in 
the province and ministers Rates likewise. 

As in your wisdom you shall think fit and your petitioners 
as in duty bound shall ever pray. 

In behalf and by order of the Inhabitants of s' Parish. 
Nath' Weare 
IcHABOD RoBiE \- Selectmen. 
Nath Heai.ey 
In Council Apr ii"' 1726 

Voted, upon reading j" above Petition That y'-' selectmen of y" first 
Parish of Hampton be served forthw''' with a copy of s' Petition by the 
Petitioners & be notifved that the hearing upons* Petition is appointed 
to be on Thursday next at 10 oclock A. M. that they may convene the 
s'' Parish to chuse an Agent or agents to appear before the Gen' As- 
sem'J at y ' s<i time to shew cause if any they have why the Prayer of 
the s*^ Petition should not be granted. 

Rich'' Wafdron, Cler. Con. 
Eodem Die 

In the house of Representatives. 
The within Petition was Read and the Vote thereon and the vote* 
concured with this amendment (that whereas in the within vote for the 
first p"ish to be Notified to appeare next thursday) Voted — That the se- 
lectmen of V first p'ish in Hampton be served with a coppy of the Pe- 
tition and to appeare (& shew cause if any they have) why the prayer 
of the Petitioner may not be granted the next sitting of the Gen" 
Assm, the second day of theire sitting 

James Jeffry, Clr. Ass" 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 339 

In Coun. Eod. Die 

Concurr'd w''' the amendm' 

RichJ Waldron, Cir. con. 
Province of New Hampshire, 9'" 2;^'^ 1726 

After hearing the deputies for each of the Parishes in Hampton re- 
lating to the Petition In the house of Representatives 9'" 23'* 1726, 

Voted — That tlie prajcr of the petition be granted so farr, viz. That 
the south parrish of Hampton called the falls parrish be impowered 
fully & Seperately by themselves to make a Rate on all p'sons & Es- 
tates within said p'ish for the payment of theire ministers sallaryat all 
Times hereafter, and be utterly free from haveing anything to do with 
the first p'ish, or the first p'ish in Hampton with them, relateingto the 
ministers sallary. 

James Jeffry Clr. Ass"" 

Read and Concurred. 
In Coun Eod. die 

Read 6i Concurred 

R. Waldron cler. con 



Request relating to highways. 

Request being made to us the select men of Hampton falls or south 
Parish by sundry of the Inhabitants of the northwest part of s'l Parish 

Theire Request to us is that wee would perfect the highways where 
theire was Land Left for high ways between the Ranges of Lots in the 
first West devision so called and parfect other high ways where thay 
are wanting to be perfected accordingly we have dune as follows 

The first high way wee Layd out is begining at the deviding Line 
between Hampton and Kings town, & so Runing Esterly at the north 
Eand of the Lots in the 5''' Rang in the first west devision, so called s** 
high way to be 2 Rods wide northerly from the bounds of s"' Lots 
through s ' division and from thence as the way now goeth to John 
Presents and from thence as the way now Goeth to the top of 
the hill by Jonathan Sweets s' highway to be 2 Rods wide and from 
thence as the way now goeth to Grapvine Run, this part of s' high- 
way to be 3 Rods wide and from thence as the high way now goeth to 
y° Contrey Road by Co ' Wears 2 Rods Wide 

2'*'>' And have lay'd out an other high way begining at S'' deviding 
Line and Runing Easterly at y north Eand of the Lots in the 6 Range 
of lots in the afore s' division as s' Lots are bounded to Lay northerly 
of s"* bounds 2 Rods wide to the way that goeth from Richard San- 
burns by James Sanbuns except it be at a great Rock in s' way against 
Stephen Hobses Land and theire s' high way to Lay one Rod to the 
Northward of s'' Rock. 

3'">' And have Laved another high vr&y from the deviding Line be- 
tween Hampton & Exeter Runing Southerly at the side of the Ester- 
most Lot in the 7''' Range in s** devision to the way Last mentioned 3 
Rods wide 

4'>' And have Layed out another high way from s<* deviding Line be- 
tween Hampton & Exeter Runing south aty" Esterly Eands of the Lots 
in the S'" Rang of Lots in s'' devision through s*^ devision 2 Rods 
wide 

5'>' And have Lay'd another high way from s** deviding line between 
Hampton & Exeter near Wadly Crams Runing Southerly at the Est- 
erly Eands of the Lots in the 9'' Range of Lots in s"* devision as the 



34<^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Lots in St* devision are bounded to the highway at John Prescuts afore- 
mentioned 2 Rods wide and this wee make our Return this 20*'' day of 
Feb. 1733-4 

Moses Blake ] Select 

imen of 
Hampton 
falls or 
South Parish 
Vera Copia. attest, 

Jon" Fifield Parish Clerk 



Petition relating to a Parish. 
To the Honourable hous of Representatives of this his Majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire Greeting. 
Gentlemen we your honours humble petitioners humbly 
sheweth that whereas his Honour y"^ Governor with his Majes- 
tys Counsel in answer to a petition from hampton did Grant a 
parish at North Ende of said town as shall apcar by a Coppy 
of s ' grant, but it did not com to the honrable hous of Repre- 
sentatives for their concurranc thearwith Thearefore we your 
honours humble petitioners humbly crave your concurrance 
theare with, and in so doing you will much oblege us your 
humble Servants As in duty bound we shall ever pray, 
Hampton November 30, 1730. 
Simon Marston John Wedgwood 

Maurice Hobbs Edmund Chapman 

Timothy Dalton Ebenezer Godfrie 

David Pag Ruben Darbon 

Simon Darbon Job Chapman 

Joshuay Brown William Palmer 

John Godfre John Darbn 

Thomas Marston John Marston 

Joseph Dearbn Joseph Chapman 

Daniel Sanborn Benj ■ Thomas 

Widow Sarah Samborn Sam' Darbon 

John Shaw William Godfree 

Jonathan Page Sam' Marston 

Richard Tayler Sam' Bachelder 

John Johnson Benimin Johnson 

Jolin Radman John Smith 

Thomas Marston Samuel Dearbon 

Benj" Roby 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 34I 

Petition of the In/iabitants of Hampton Falls for a tavern 
licefise. 

To his Excellence Jonathan belcher Esq. Capt Gen- 

'732-3- erall and Commander in Chief in and over His 

Maj^' ' province of New hampshire &c and to the 

Hon'''' the Counsell and House of Representatives 

conveaned in Gen" Assembly. 

The humble petition of us y Subscribers Inhabitants of 

Hampton falls parish most humbly sheweth, 

That for three or four years Last past wee have had Sundry 
Divisions and parties made which has cosd much distraction 
and trouble amongst y peojDle of this parish upon y account 
of y tavern. The hous formerly Bult by Co'' Peter VVeare 
at y* Corner where two streets met was Bult with Logs after 
y*^ manner of a Garrison and on purpose for a publick hous of 
Entertainment for travelers &c and was veary sarvesable for y^ 
Security of Travelers and y*" Lihabitants in y"' troublesum 
time of war, upon y'' consideration of so good service to y° 
publick y*^^ Generall Assembly of this province made it a Li- 
cenced Hous as wee have been Inform'd and it has been Im- 
prov' for y' use ever since, till about a twelve month since, 
and now By the consideration and order of his Maj' ** Gen" 
Qiiarter sessions of y* peace for s ' provence held at Dover the 
fourth of Sept 1732 a Licence was Granted to another man 
whos hous is not so convenient and against y'' Desire of most 
of the Inhabitants of this parish the Selectmen of our parish 
Did at y*" sessions aflbre said approbate Mr Daniel Colins, y" 
present owner of y"" old Hous y"^ usually had ben tlie tavern 
who has substance by him and well suplied to keep y" house 
with sutable nessasaries for entertaining Strangers and trav- 
ellers and since he has had y'^ s' Hous he has Laid out Con- 
siderable upon it in altering and makeing new additions to 
make y" Hous more convenient and fitt for such Bussness. 
Therefore wee your most humble petitioners most humbly 
prays that as y*" said House was a Licenced Hous formerly as 
By Liveing Evidence it can be proved that it was so and for 
That it will prevent making parties amongst us by Striveing 
every year which shall get y'' approbation, that the same Hous 
may again be made a Licenced House tlie person keeping it 
allwais giving Bonds from time to time for keeping Good or- 
ders and your petitioners as in duty Bound shall ever pray. 
Daniel Weare Jonathan Fifield 

Samuel Daves Mot^^es Dlack, Sen 

Robart Qiiiiiby Jon Chr'.piv.an 

John French " John .Sti'.nvan 

Her.rv Lamp re Shadrick Warde 

Edward Wevt Joige Ccnar 

Joseph Cass Jr Isac Fales 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Jerem'' Browne 
John Halle 
Tim° Blake 
Henry Grene (?) 
Benj' Moody 
Ralp Butler 
Enoch Sanburn 
John Gove Sen' 
Winthrop Dow 
Joseph Worth 
Jacob Brown 
Ephraim Hoyt 
Nathan Hoyt 
Ephraim (?) 

Jeremiah Easman 
John Chase 
Joseph Nortin 
Ebenezer Dow 
Samuel Page 
Jonathan Chase 
John Philbrick 
Nathan Sanborn 
Jesreal Clii^'ord 
John Clifford 
Beniamin Prescut 
Samuel Tilton 
John Cram Jr 
Joseph Pearkins 
John Ware 
Samuel Healey 
Nath' Healey 
Jonathan Green 
Jonathan Bachelder 
Joseph Tilton 
John Cram 
Jonathan Cram Jr 
John Browen 
James Moulton 

Samuel Matshun 

John Matson 

Jacob Garland 
John Green 

Jacob Stanyan 

Thomas Gi'll 

Amos Cass 

Sam" Emons 

Benjamin Green 

Jedjah Blake 

Nathan Clough 

Joseph Cass 

Jonathan Cass 

Sharon Blake 

Jon" Philbrick 

Benj ' Pearkins 

Thomas Cram 
In Coun. Feb. 28"' 1732-3- 

Read and unanimously Voted to be 
R. Waldron Secry. 



William Thomson 
Ichabod Robie 
Jethro Tilton 
Jonathan Nason 
Jonathan Bachelder 
Samuell Lane 
Richard Sanborn 
James Sanburn 
Joseph Tilton 
Shurbun Tilton 
Josiah Tilton 
David Sanborn 
John Page 
Ebenezer Prescutt 
Stephen Hobs 
Israel James 
Abra ■ Moulton 
Timothy Huchesun 
Joseph Wadleigh 
John Swain 
Philemon Blake 
Robert Row 
John Bachelder 
Wadlev Cram 
Daniel" Kelley (?) 
John Green Sen. 
Lenamin Cram 
William Evans 
Jonathan Tilton 
Jonathan Prescutt 
Jonathan Row 
Thomas Leavit 
Elisha Prescut (?) 
EHshcr Prescut Jr 
Benj Prescut 
Edward Tuck 
Sam" Blake 
Nathaniell Prescutt 
Joseph Draper 
Richard Nason 
Beniamin Sanbon 
James Prescutt 
Jeremiah Green 
Jonathan Prescut 
Benj' Sweet 
Benj. Hiland 
Tim" Hiland 
Calub Browne 
Thos. Philbrick 
Jeremy Gove 
Jonathan Dow 
Jn ' Harvy 
John Gove, Jr 
Calub Swan 



dismissed. 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 343 

Petition for a ?zexu Parish. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq Governor and Com- 
mander in chcif in and over His Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire in New England 
And To the Honourable the Council for said province and to 
the Gentlemen of the house of representatives now sitting 
in Gen' ass" for said province, 

The humble petition of the Inhabitants in that part of kings- 
town called the East part of kingstown and the west part of 
the inhabitants of the falls parish in Hampton 

Humblv s/iezuct/i 
That there being fifty familys & upwards within the precincts 
above named who having for a long time lived at a grate dis- 
tance from any meeting house where the publick worship of 
God has been carryed on and most of us having great familys 
which very Rare above one or two of a family can go to the 
house of God y*" greater part of the time by reason of the 
great distance we live from any meeting house and thereby 
the greatest part of our familys have been deprived of the dis- 
pensation of y'^^ Gospel and there has been almost a famine of 
y" word and worship of God amongst us thear being near four 
hundred souls whereof not above y" sixth or seventh part can 
attend said worship which is very prejudicial to the Glory of 
God and destructive to our eternal wellfare for the Greatest 
part of us thus to be brought up in ignorance which is a 
greater Grief to us than we can herein express and y'' only 
cause of addressing your Excellency and the hon'''' Council & 
assembly herein and for preventing the difficultys and hard- 
ships which we have for a long time laboured under, and for 
the advancement of the glory of God and good of souls we the 
subscribers hereof humbly pray your excellency & y" Honnor- 
able the council that we may be set of a particular district or 
precinct for the maintaining a Minister with the priviledges of 
carrying on the affairs of town or parrish according to the 
bounds hereafter expressed or as your Excellencie and the 
Honorble the council & house of Representatives shall in wis- 
dom see fit the bounds of y'' precinct herein petitioned for we 
desire it may run two mile and a half on Almsbury line, west- 
ward into Kingston from y'" line v' divides Hampton and Kings- 
ton & one mile and halfe on Exeter line and from y"" same di- 
viding line to run Eastward by Almsbury & Salisbury line 
Eastward towards Hamjiton two miles, 1-2, and to carry that 
same breadth of twt mile and a half to Hampton north line 
upon a north line parallel to the dividing line afores'' and if 
your Excellency & y*^^ hon'' y'' council & house of Representa- 
tives in your wisdom shall see meet to grant your Petitioners 
-SO reasonable a request, we most humbly pray if possible it 



344 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

may be so y*^ we may be able to build a meeting house this, 
summer and your Petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 
&c 

John Darling Isaac Fellows 

Joseph Greele Ebenezer Collins 

Joshua Prescutt Ebeneza Sleeper 

Nathan Bachelder Samuel Amons 

Phinehas Bachelder John Weare 

Richard Clifford Samuel Clifford 

William Smith Jonathan Palmer 

Isick Gresen (?) Beniamin Brown 

Abraham Smith John Graves 

Benj' Swett Josiah Bachelder 

Daniel Darling Ebenezer Bachelder 

Edward Fifield Joseph Shaw 

Joseph Berry (?) Gideun Shaw 

Samuell Look Philip Dow 

Beniaman French Edward Lock 

Jonathan Dole Ezekiel Dow 

"Jonathan Greelj Nathan Prescut 

Ebenezer Fellows Joshua Prescut Jr 

Ichabod Clough Josiah Tilton 

Jeremy Webster James Tapin 

Isaac Godfrey Ruben Currier 

John Clifford Henry Currier 

Benjamin Morrill Ezekiel Morrill 

Jeremiah Prescutt Abner Morrill 

Elihu Chase Richard Fites 

In the House of Representatives May 9"'' 1732 

The within Petition Read & ordered that the Parrish of Hampton Falls 
& the town of Kingstown be served with a copy of this Petition, & or- 
dered to appear the Second day of the next fall sessions to shew rea- 
sons if any they have why the prayer of petition should not be granted^ 
This to be at the charge of the Petitioners 

James Jeffry cler. Assm. 
In Council May 13^'' 1732 
Read and Concurrd 

R. Waldron, Secry. 
I assent to the above vote. 

May 15 : 1732. J. Belcher 

In the House of representatives March i»' 1732-3 

The within petition being read & the pleas and allegations on both 
sides being heard & considered tis Voted that the s<* petition be dis- 
missed 

George Walton, Clr. protem. 



Concurrence in foregoittg -petition. 
To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq & Gov'' & Coman- 
der in Chief in & over his Majesties Province of New 
Hamps in New England & to the Ilonnourable Council & 
to the Gent" of the House of Representatives now sitting in 
General Assembly for s'' Prov. 
This is to Signifie to y Excellency & to the Hon'* Council 



TOWN PAPERS — HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 345 

& to the Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, That 
Whereas we the Subscribers of Hampton Living whithin y" 
Limits or Bounds of this Petition for a Precinct or Parish out 
of Hampton & Kingstown, we are willing to Joyn with them 
& Desire to be Received & accepted as Petitioners with them 
and so we Rest with them in our Capacity his Majcstys most 
dutiful Subjects & Humbly hopcing for a Gracious answer to 
our Petition. 

Hezekiah Blake Andrew Webster 

Ruben Smith ( Mary Longfellow Executrix to 

Nathaniel Derbun ( Niithan Longfellow De'' 

Tames Perkins Jonathan Dow 



Objections thereto. 
At a Leaugual Meetting of the freeholders of Hampton New parish 
held this 28'' day of August 1733. 

i" Nathaniel Weare Esq. Chosen Moderator for said meetting 
3'!'} Left Ichabod Robie Chosen a Commite man to Appeare at the 
General Court to give in Reasons why the West part of the new parish 
in Hampton may not be set of to the East part of Kingstown to be a 
parish. 

4'y Capt Nathaniel I lealys Chosen a Commite man for the Eand above 
said. 

Hampton February the 22; 1732-3 
A True Copie as attest 

Joseph Tilton Clerk. 

At a Lagull town meting held agust y" 28 1732. 2'-^' Voted that we 
wont not seet of the Est part of ouer town for a district or parish to 
Joyne with y • West part of hampton and that there was not one voter 
appared for y" sating them of att said meeting the Rason is Becase we 
are sensaball it will Rueine our town. 

3'y Captn Johathan Samborn and Mr Ebenezer Stevens are chosen 
to Represent y'^ town at our Generall Cortt to give in our Rasins Why 
we did not grant the petitionars thare petition for to be sat of for a dis- 
trict or parish at y" Est End of our Town. 

A True Coppy'by Mr John Swett Town Clerk. 



Petition of Haynpton Falls for a Fair. 
To His Excelency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governour and 

Commander in Chief in and over his Majestys Province 

of New Hampsh'" and to the Hon'" his Majestys Councel. 

The Humble Petition of the Select men of the Parish of 
Hampton falls in said province Most Humbly shewcth 

That whare as in this our Parish and in the Toiuis and Par- 
ishes Round about us, and to y* East ward of our Province 
Thare are Raised a Bundance of Quick Stock which to geather 



346 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

with other Traffick Twill in a year we want to sell, and having 
experenced Sumthing of benifet of a Time and place for Mar- 
keting s** Stock and Traffick in our s^ Parish, which Benifett 
not ondly our Parish but also our Province togeather with y" 
eastward Touns have shaired with us in by Reason of the Seath- 
uation of our Parish^ being y" most conveanient to accomodate 
Boath Provinces. We your Petitionours Therefore most Hum- 
bly pray 

That his Excelency and y" Hon'''^ Councel order that y* 
second Wednesday and Thursdays in May and y'' Third 
Wednesday and Thirsday in October to be days of Fair for 
Publick Traiding in this Parish att the now most noted Pub- 
lick hous and Cuntory Road yearly and for ever, for the Beny- 
fites above Expressed As in duty bound will ever pray. 

Joseph Tilton | Selectmen 

Jonathan Prescutt of y" 

Joseph Worth > parish 

Israel Blak of 

Benjamin Green j Hampton-Falls. 
Hampton Falls Oct. 10"' 1734. 



Grant of a Fair to Ha77ipton Falls^ 1 734. 

George tlie 2<' by the Grace of God of Great Britain, 
[Prov. Seal] France and Ireland King Defend' of y' faith & To all 
to whom these presents shall come, Greeting — Know 
yee that we of our Especial Grace certain knowledge and nieer mo- 
tion for the due encouragment of Trade and Traffic within our Parish 
of Hampton Falls in our province of New Hamp'^ in New England 
and for the more effectual carrying on of the same there — Have Given 
and Granted and do by these presents give and grant to the Inhabitants 
of our Said Parish & their successors the privilege of having holding 
& keeping two yearly Fairs in the s<l parrish forever, each to continue 
2 day together & no more, The one To begin on the last Tuesday in 
April, and the other on y" last Tuesday in October, Annually, To have 
and to hold the said Privilege of keeping Two yearly Fairs as above- 
said for the Ends and purposes above expressed to the said Inhabitants 
and their successors forever In Testimony whereof we have caused 
our Province seal to be hereunto affixed 

Witness, Jonathan Belcher Esq. Our Gov" & Com^ In Chief in and 
over our s** Province the twenty fourth day of October in y® 8"" y of 
our reign, Anno'q Dom. 1734. 

J. Belchbr. 
By His Ex'-y Comand w"" 
the advice of y- Coun. 

R. Waldron, Secy 



TOWN PAPERS ItAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 



347 



Agreement relating to Rev. Ward Cotton. 

Hampton 1733-4. 
Att a Legall meeting of the freeholders of Hampton this la"" da/ of 
March 1733-4- 

8 y Wee the freeholders doe agree to settle Mr Ward Cotton he in the 
work of the ministry with the ReVi Mr Gookins provided his proposals 
be such as we can comply with and that three men be chose as a comit- 
tee to Treat with Mr Cotton and to know his proposalls and make Re- 
port to the Town at this meeting The comittee chosen are 
Se° Christopher Page & Sam ' Palmer, Jr. 

Capt Jonathan Marston 
Vera Copia as attest 

Sam" Dow Town Clerk. 
Dissents. 
Maj' Wingett Jonhn Wedgwood 

Simon Marston Will Godfrey 

Morish Hobs Tho Marston 

Sam" Dearborn, Sen. Tim Dalton 

Daniel Samborn. 



Petition adverse to setting off a new Parish. 
To his Excelency Jonathan Belcher Esq. Governor and Com- 
mander in chief in and over His Maj'""' Provence of New 
Hampslier & and to y'= Hon^'" Counsell and Hous of Rep- 
resentatives convean^ in Generall Assambly. 
The humble petition of us who are Inhahitaiits of y" west 
part of Hampton Falls parisli most humbly sheweth 

That whare as tharc is a petition prefered to y*^ authority 
afore s' by Sundry of y*" Inhabitants of y" est part of y° Town 
of Kingston and sundry of y" Inhabitants of y"" west part of 
Hampton Fall parish to be set of a perticular District or pre- 
senct with preveledges and Limets as in s'' petition is Exprest 
And we Inhabiting- in that part of s'' Destrict petitioned for 
that Doos Belong to Hampton Falls parish do with submis- 
sion Declare ourselves posatively against s"' petitioners pro- 
ceedings and conduct in that afair and that s'' petition was 
prefer** without our knovvledg or Desire and if s'* petition 
shold be granted we fere it will caus Devisions and parties 
amongst us on that acompt, which will be veary hurtfull both 
to church and Comunwelth, And there fore we His Maj'^'' 
most Loial Subjects and your most humble su]:)pliants mo t 
humbly pray that your Excelency y" Hon'" Councell and Gen- 
tlemen of y" Hous of Representatives in your wisdom and 
easiness will not suffer us to be carried away by constraint but 
will see caus not to grant thair Request and wee your peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray &c 

John Prescut John Bachelder 

Robert Row Richard Samborn 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Abraham Moulen ? Beniamen Cram 

Wadley Cram Samuel Blake 

Jonathan Tilton Jonathan Row 

Shurbun Tilton James Fos^g 

Daniel Kclley Ebenezer Present 

James Sanbun John Page 

Steven Hobs Shadrach Ward 

Edmund James David Samborn 

Simon Batchelder Timothy Iluchison 

John Tilton Israel James 

James Prescut Phileon Blake 

William Evens John Cram 

John Tappen John Mellsher 

Joseph Draper Joseph Romt 

Reasons against the same. 

Whare as thare is a pettion Exebeted to his Exelency and the Hon'''* 
Councell and house of Representatives in the Provence of New 
hamshcir by Sundry of the Inhabitants of the Est part of Kings town 
and the west part of the Inhabitance of the Falles parrish in Hampton 
to be sett of two miles and a halfe In to Kingstown and two miles and 
a halfe in to Hampton as it is set forth in the petition for a peteckluer 
destrict or precint for the maintaining a minister with priveledges of 
cayring one the affairs of a town or parrish and your Excelency y" 
Hon**'" Councell and house of Representatives in your grat wisdom 
Clemency & Justess ordered y' y" parrish of hampton iTalles and the 
town of Kingstown be sarved with a copy of y^ petition and to appeare 
the second day of the next falle session- to Shue the Resons if thay 
have any why v" prayer of petition should not be granted for which we the 
Inhabitants of Kingstown are Inxpresably thank full for your gratt 
wisdom prudence and Justess In this affaire and with your Leve give 
these following Reasons why y- said petition should not be granted, 
firstly those of our town that are pettetioners are all of them new 
comers to setell In our town and som of them young men and no 
famelyes and none or but one of them ware att any truble or charge 
with us In the Long and Tedus wars that we indured in this town with 
the heathen enemy nore in building our meeting house In Said town 
for above twenty yeares agoe. 

2'>' The meeting house which thay have Raised Is so neare to the 
Sid of y destrict petitioned for thatgratc part of the ajasent inhabi- 
tance which for a Long time have borne grate charges in y" Wars and 
all other Charges In the plaseand It is more defecult and worse for 
them to go to meeting there then where they now do. 

3'> Many of y" petetioners are new comers from other plases to set- 
ell neare the Line sume call it between the Masetusets and new Hamp- 
sheir and so as ocasion sarves them shift and shrink and bare no charge 
any whare if they cane help it the Line being not yett determened. 

4'> Sume of the petetionrs Lives In the Provence of the Masetusets 
about Seven of them sume of them In Nebury and Sume of them att 
Salsbury and sume of them may heir the Salmes Sung at the meeting 
house in the houses where thay now live, and Sume others of the peti- 
tioners are amost as neare, If not quitt to a meeting house Thay have 
raised and have moved from Salsbury and Amsbury and other plases 
whare the Gospell is plentefuly preched and good orders Keept and for 
them to say thare is allmost a famine of y word of God amongst them 
Is very obsurd and Redekules. 

5'> And to UK the Inhabitants of Kingston It is well known that we 



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349 



have been att grat charg and werry much exposed in y* war and since 
ben att grate troubell and defrence about owr minister and are Justly 
and Qiiietly setteled In a brave Christian and Loveing way with agood 
worthy minister and if these petetionerscane have their desire In thare 
petition will make agrate dele of trubell ainongest us againe and Prob- 
abell all is Because thay will not be att a Litell charge with us In building 
a meeting house In said town In the senter of said town whareby we all 
may have Rome to Mett In Comonalty for to take of two miles and a 
halfe from owr town of Kingstown will take allmost halfe y" Ratable 
Estate of our town and Sundry of our first Setlers with us and have 
caryed one with us In the ware and other charges that have arisen In 
y"" town so that If thare petition should be granted it will have a gratt 
tendency to Ruine the Pease Love unity among us, and Render us 
very incapable of supporting owr Reverend Minister as we ought to do 
as In duty we are bound to do, There fore we pray it may not be 
granted. 

6'>' They say for preventing the defecelty and hard sheps thay for a 
Long time have Laboured under and fory^ advansment of y* glory of 
God and the good of soules thay humbly pray which If they have La- 
boured under such defecoltyes for a Long time it was and must be be- 
fore they came heire whare they now Live for they have ben whare 
thay now live but a very litell time and for y« gratcst part of them as 
thay say to be brought up In Igronces we hope and dout not but if 
thay will come to owr meetings and heire our minister they will grow 
wiser and pull down thare meeting house 

All which Considered with else may be said we your most dutifull 
and obedent Servants dout not but your Excelencey and y' hon" Coun- 
sell and Gentellmen of the house of Representatives In your gratt wis- 
<lom Clemency and Justes will see casue not to grant thare petition 
for which we shall ever Remain werry thankfuU and shall ever pray. 

JoN' Sanijurn. 
Ebenezer Stevens. 



Najnes of peranns in different towns who petitio?ied to be an- 
nexed to Massachusetts — 1739- 
[See Prov. Pap., Vol. V., pp. 915-925.] 
These names not repeated in the Index. Ed.] 



Nathl Seargent 
.Tabez Smith 
Gershom Griffith 
Henry Fifleld 
James Johnson Jr 
Danl Moulton 
Wm Lock 
Sam 11 Leavitt 
Joshua Brown 
ThoB Hand 
Wm Staniford 
Jacob Moulton 
Charles Walker 
Thom. Ward 
James Johnson 
John lioe? 



In Hampton. 

Nathl Drake 
Philip Towl 
Jno Slicrburne 
Edmund Rand 
Samll D.ilton 
Jona Leavitt 
Wm Gross 
Thomas Lane 
Benja Jumes 
Seth Fogg 
Jabez James 
Ward Cotton 
Benja Lomprc 
Richd Sanborn 
Caleb Towl 
Ezekiel Moulton 



35° 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Abner Sainbom 
Isaac Libbe 
Peter G;iil;ind 
Thorns Bachelour 
Joseph Moulton 
Hampton, 42. 

Joseph Seecomb 
Simeon Brown 
Jno Carter 
Peter Tom son 
Jos. Eastman 
Tbeoph's Griffin 
Orlando Bagley 
James Wood 
Jeremiah Currier 
ThoB Eastman 

his 
Theoph. X Clough 

mark 
Joseph Bean 
Ralp. Blasdel Jr 
Jno Silaway 
Thomas Carter 

bis 
Jno X Carter, Jr 
mark 
his 
Moses X Blasdel 

mark 
Thomas Brown 
Wm Whicher 
Elipha. Griffin 
Wm Stephens 
Jno Griffin 
Theos Griffin Jr 
Danl Rowell 
Samll Hunton 
Enoch Blasdel 
Wm Bagnel 
Nathan Swett 
Daniel Young 

his 
Benj. B. Wadly 

mark 
Benjamin Sawyer 
Moses KichoUs 
Ebenezer Stevens Jr 
Joseph Sawyer 
Samll Tucker 
Joshua Woodman 
Jeremiah Wheeler 
Joseph Fellows 
Joshua Webster 
Jona Young 



Thoms Brown 
Jacob Brown 
Nehemiah Hobs 
Robert Drake 
Shubel Sanborn Jr> 



In Khiostown. 



his 
Jere X Quinby 

mark 
Epbraim Stephens 
Benjamin ChoateJr. 
Saml Webster 

his 
Saml X Bean 

mark 
Joseph Young Jr 

his 
Wm X Lovrin 

mark 
Jno Young 
Saml Robey 
Tristrim Sanbom, Js 
Obedi.ah Elkins 
Aaron Young 
Edward Scribner 
Robert Stuart 
Elisha Sweet 
Jacob Peasley 
Benjamin Eastmao 

his 
Wm X Uobey 

mark 
Ebenezer Webster 
Philip Huntoon Jr 
Jno Darling 
Wm Boyuton 
Jachabod Clough 
Phinra?* Bachelder 
Ebenezer Sleeper 
Nathan Bachelder 
Isaac Godfrey 
Jona Blasdel 
Benja French 
Samll Emons 
Josiah Tilton 
Ebenr Fellows 
Ebenr Bachelder 
Benja Clough 
Ebenr Collins 
Jacob Gale 
Ebenr Blasdel 
Jno Mar(;h 
Benja Stevens 

his 

Samll X Welch 

mark 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 



35: 



his 

David F Qiiimby 
mark 

Jno Sweet Jr 

Jno HuntooD 

Danll Gilnian 

Joseph Elkina 

Jona Choate 

James Bean 

Danl Darling 

Nathl Smith 

Stephen Gilman 
hia 

Robert X Stockman 
mark 

Philip Welch 

Henry Morrill 

Jeremiah Hubbard 

Richd Tande 
Wm Silloway 
Jabez Page 
Ephraim Elkins 
Jacob Flanders 
John Jlorgin 
Jona Stevens 
Jno Clark 
Samll Eastman 
Jno Hilton 
Joseph Bean Jr 
Paul Sanborn 
Jno Hubbard 
Thomas Elkins 
Jona French 
Steplien Flanders 
Wm Clifford 

Kingetow-n, 146. 

Kathl Wearc 

Charles Treadwell 

Benja Sanborn 

Benja Sanborn, Jr. 

Nath. Uealey 

Ebenezer Shaw 

Nathan Tilton 

John Cram 

Samuel Lane 
John Hrown 
Daniel Brown 
John Brown, Tertiua 
Jacob Green 

Benja Preactitt 
Jona Bachelder 
Reuben Sanborn 
Samuel Tilton 
Abraham Brown 
Jabez Smith 
Benj. Swett 



Jona Sanborn ters 
Caleb Towl 
Dyer Hook 
Benjamin Sweet 
Natlil Huntoon 
Timothy Eastman 
Daniel Bean 
Elisha Winslo 
Eben Esman 
Benja Slcejier 
Jno Thorn 
Jno Sleeper 
Daniol Moody 
Wm Long 
Ralph Blasdel 
Jacob Morrill 
Jona Blake 
Benja Silla 
Charles Hunt 
Abraham Smith 
Wm Smith 
Jonathan Greley 
James Tapin 
Benja Morrill 
Jno Fiflcl.l tors 
Stephen Merrill 
Philemon Wells 
Caleb Olough 
Isaac Griffin 
Elly Bede 
Samll IJuswell 
Phillip Mooily 
Jona Hobbs 
Benony Long 
Henry Bagly 

In HAiUTON Falls. 

John Stanyan 
ThoniaH Leavitt 
Caleb Swain 
Samuel I'rescut 
Philemon Blake 
Joshua Blake 
Abner Sanborn 
William Buesel 
Jonathan Fifleld 
Samuel Shaw 
Joshua Purinton 
Winthrop Dow 
Amoas (;as.s 
Enoch <;ove 
John French 
Benjamin Dow 
Jonathan Hoag, Jr 
Ebenezer Blake 
Ephraim Hoit 
Jofeph Thrasher 



352 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Thomas Brown 
Jeremiah Pearson 
Moses Stickncy 
Ebcnezer Gove 
Nathan Green 
Daniel Swett 
Jeremiah IJenct 
John Flood 
Jonathan Chase 
Thos Silla 

Archelas Lakeman, Jr 
John Flood, Jr 
Joh^eph Worth. 
John Worth 
Obadiah Worth 
Daniel Chase 

Hampton Falls, 72. 



Jonathan Green 
Benjamin Green 
Jonathan Uoag 
Henry Drewo 
Job Haskell 
Stephen Palmer 
Philip Praverc 
Jeremiah P>rowTi 
Ebenezer Knowlton 
Jno Knowlton 
Rnlph Butler 
Nathl Burrell 
Nathan Cram 
Thonia-i Cram 
Meshcch Weare 
Benja Hilyard. 



John Calfe 
James Norres 
James Willi^on 
Francis Towl 
Moses Hills 
Samuel Emeroon 
Enoch Colby 
Jonatlian Blunt 
Stephen Webster 
Daniel MacFarland 
Ebenezer Dearbom 
Chester, 22. 

John Clark 
Moses Thirston 
John Thirston 
David Stiniford 
Samll Leavitt 
Miles Leavitt 
Nathan Taylor 
Richd Sinkler 
Sarall Leavit 
Abrahim Stockbridge 
John Stockbridgo 
Charles llundlet 
Satchwell Clark 
John llundlet 
James Robinson 
John Robinson 
Moses Leavit 
Edward FiHcld 
Ephraim Leavit 
Nalhl Ambrose 
Solomon Cotton 
Jonathan Cliaso 
Thomas Railings 
Richd Calloy 
Joseph Hoag 



Ebenezer Flagg 
Ebenezer Blunt 
Benjamin Smith 
John Kezer 
James Vearnum 
Jonathan Hall 
John Hall 
Jonas Clay 
Ephraim Hasseltine 
Ebenezer Carlton 
Christopher Carlton 



In Stuatham. 

Joseph Mcrril 
Benjamin Taylor 
Richd Young 
Matthew Tomson 
Joshua Kennison 
Owen Runnels 
Joseph Larr.ince 
Jonathan Fifield 
John Veazey 
Nalhll Piper 
Jonathan Silley 
Caleb Rawlings 
Jonathan Chase Jr 
Joseph Hoit Jr 
Joseph Edgerly 
John I'urmott 
Richd Palmer 
James Chase 
William Calley 
Benja Hoag 
Enoch Merril 
Abraham Morgan, Jr 
John Avery 
William Chase 
James Keunison 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 



353 



Ebenezei- Folshani 
Joseph Merrel 
Samll Leavit, Jr 
James Leavit 
Benja Cotton 
Tlicopliilus liundlet 
Joseph Uo\ I 

Stratham, G:i. 



Moses Kennison 
Joshua Neall 
John Wadleiffli 
Joshua Ilallings 
Thomas Galley 
Uudlej' Leavitt 



Danie! Oilman 
Jona Korres 
John Burgin 
Robert Light 
Trueworthy Giluian 
Peter liilmau 
Benja Thiug 
Nathl Webster 
Daniel Gael 
Jona Gilman 
Simon Oilman 
Josiah Oilman 
James Leavit Jr 
Samll Thing 
Israel Oilman 
John Kimbal 
Andrew Oilman 
John Light 
Jacob Tilton 
Samll Gilman 
Nicholas Gilman 
John Oilman 
John Lord 
John Odliu 
Thomas Heane 
Edward Hall 
Moses Oilman 
Nathl Bartlett 
Thomas Lord 
John Gilman 4th 
John Leavit 
Joseph Thing 
John Marsh 
Daniel Thing 
Philip Connor 

bis 
Jona JJ Oliden 
mark 
bis 
Jona X Foulsom 

mark 
Jona Foulsom 
Abraham Foulsom 
James Gordon 

his 
£ph & Foulsom 

mark 

23 



his 
ThoB X. Gording 

mark 
Benjamin Fifleld 

his 
Benj. B.. Judkins 

mark 
Joseph Thing, Jr 
Peter Thing 
Jeremiah Oilman, Jr 
JMward Oilman 
Darbey Kelly 
Abner Coffin 
Job Judkins 

his 
Benj. X Foulsom 

mark 
liis 
Nicholas X Oorden, Jr 

mark 
John Quimby 
James Gilman 
Dudley Odlin 
Ezekl Oilman 
Nathl Bartlett, Jr 
Joseph Scribner 
Joshua Gilman 
Abner Thirston 
Peter Foulsom 
John Haines 
Samll Conner 
Daniel Thurston 
Benj 'a Conner 
Nathaniel Gorden Hardy or 
Benja Rollins, Jr 
Stephen Gilman 
Nathl Thing 
John Foulsom, Jr 
Saml Stevens, Jr 
Jethro 

John Gorden, Jr 
James Leavit 
Ebenezer Light 
Moses Swctt 
Samll Elkins, Jr 
Jona Wadleigh 
Dudley Leavit 



354 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Benja Smith 
Jeremiah Calfe 
Jerema (Jalfe Jr. 
Saml Edgeily 
Daniel C:alfe 
James Calfe 
Benjamin Mead 
Thomas Wilson 
James Bean 
Joshua Wilson 
Nathl Ladd 
Jabez Sanborn 
Thomas Edgerly 
Daniel Folsom 
John Bowden 
John Hutchinson 
Eplu-aim Robinson 
John Dudley 
Edw. Colcord 
Richard Preson 
Daniel Elkins 
Jeremiah Veasey 
Jona Oilman, Jr 
James Folsom 
William Doran 
Ellas Ladd 
Coffin Thing 
Abraham Folsom 
Edward Thing 
Jonathan Thing 
William Lamson 
Samll Lamson 
Daniel Young 
Joseph Gorden 
Daniel Homan 
Jeremiah Conner 
John Looge 
John Ciilman 
John Oilman 
Humphrey Wilson 
John Rice 
Thomas Lyford 
Cornelius Conner 
Samuel DoUof 
Saml Stevens 
Amos Dollof 
Theophilus Hardy, Jr 

his 
Edward O. Stevens 

mark 
Ephm Philbrok 

his 
Jona X Dollof 

mark 
Henry Marshall 
Bilcy Hardy 
Kinsley James 



Francis James 
Charles Rundlet 
Peter Folsom 
Ben. Swain 
John Baird 
John George 
Thomas ^^'ebster, Jr 
Thomas Kimming 
James Whidden 
Nicholas Gorden 
Henry Steel 

his 
Danl O Giles Jr 

mark 
Thomas Robinson 
Nathll Folsom 
Jno Smith 

his 
Ebenezer X Martin 

mark 
Davison Dudley 
Francis Bracket 
John Robarts 

liis 
Alex X Roberts 

mark 
Jonathan Young 
Michael Bowden 
Nicho (Jilman, Jr 
Nehemiah Oilman 
Johu Steel 
Joseph Graves 

his 
Edward X West 

mark 
Edward Scribner 
John Scribner 
William Graves 
Geo. Roberts 
Stephn Loal 
Timothy Gorden 
Job Kennison 
Joseph Louncan 
John Lovcru 
Joseph Giles 
Ebenezer Colcord 
Elijah Vickery 
Nathan Taylor 
James Dudley, Jr 
Jonathan Smith, Jr 
Daniel Lary 
James Youug 
Benj. Scribner 
Daniel Giles 
Samuel Dudley, Jr 
Israel Smith 
John Giles 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 



355 



Saml Young 
James Dudley 
John Brown 
Josiah Moody 
Zechariah Jiulkiiie 
William Smith 
Israel Smith 
Daniel Gorden 
John Roberts Jr 
Nicholas Dollof 

his 
Joseph Z Atkinson 

mark 
James Robinson 
Nicholas Dudley 
Timothy Leavit 
Stephen Leavit 
Samll Smith Cooper 
Samuel Roberts 
Sealey Leavit 
Benja Oilman 
Daniel Warmall 
Nicholis Dudley, Jr 
Waley Stevens 
Josiah Thing 
Carter Oilman 

his 
Joseph X Taylor 

mark 
John Farrar 
Jon.'itlian Dudley 
Samuel Dudley 
John Odlin, Jr 
Philip Wadleigh 
George Creston 
Robert Young 
Samuel Magoon 
Benony (iorden 
William Graves, Jr 
Edward Ladd 
John Lul'kin 
James Gorden, Jr 
Exeter, 2G2. 

Nathl Present 
Jon:. Prescut 
Joseph Wadleigh 
Saml Blake 
Israel James 
Jeremiali Batchelder 
Richard Sambom 
Stephen Ilobes 
Edward Smith 
Ebenezer Iluchens 
John Green 
Ebenezer Knoulton 
Jona Brown 
Samll I'age 

Kensington, 27. 



Israel Y'onng 
Samll Dudley, Jr 
Clement Moody 
Jeremiah Beean 
Samll Richardson 
Jonathan Gorden 
Joseph Leavit 
David Smith 
Ambros Hindes 
James Norris 
Daniel Lad 
Josiah Lad 
Caleb Oilman, Jr 
Richard Dollof, Jr 
John Leavit, Jr 
Curtis Bean 
David Dollof 
Daniel Lary 
Elisha Odlin 
Peter Coffin 
Jolm Gorden 
Nicholas Peiryman 
Theophilus Hardy 
Jonathan Conner 
John Canby 
Stephen Lyford 
Benjamin Dollof 
Jona Oilman, ters 
Moses Conner 
Nathl Oilman 
Trueworthy Dudley 
Jeremiali Bean 
John Foulsom ters 
Robert Patten 
Jacob Smith 
Jona Smith, Jr 
Samll Smith 
Samuel Lary 
John Norris 
Dudley James 
Francis James 



In Kensington. 

Benja Brown 
Heni-j- Lampre 
Jerenii.ih Green 
George Conner 
John Cram 
William Evens 
Abner Evens 
Abraham Moulton 

David 

Benjamin Jarvis 
John Prescut 
Benjamin Page 
Timothy Hucliens 



356 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In Greenland. 

Samll Weeks Wm Sympson 

Joshua W'eeks Samll Bryon 

Benja Maoris Jno Lang 

Sainll Cliapman Jedediah Weeks 

Fennel Chapman David Dearborn 

Ebeni- Johnson Jno Weeks 

Mattliias Hains Walter Weeks 

Lewis Hains Mathias Weeks 

James Johnson Benja Kennison 

Samll Davis Joha Weeks 

Jno Weeks, Jr James Gate 

Ebenr Johnson, Jr Enoch Clark 

Saml Weeks, Jr Bracket Johnson 

Joseph Hill Samll Hiex (?) 

John Johnson Henry Clark 

George Kennison Elias Philbrook 

his Benja Philbrook 

Joseph X Melon Joseph Grant 

mark Joua Weeks 

Joseph Weeks Henry Clark, Jr 

Sarnll King John Johnson 

Joshua Macres Elisha Bryon 

Robert Bryon, Jr Nathl Huggin 

Jona Dockum, Jr Danll Allin Jr 

Juo Dookuin Nathan Johnson, Jr 

Robert Bryon Joseph Meloon, Jr 

Jno Watson Leonard Weeks 

Tucker Cate Wm Walles 
Jno Rawlinggs 
Total, 55. 

Hampton 42 

Kingston, 146 

Hampton Falls, 72 

Che.ster 22 

Stratham 63 

Exeter, 262 

Kensington, 27 

Greenland 55 

Total, 689 



Reaso7is offei'ed ag-ainsf a new district. 
Whare as thare is a Petition Exhibeted to his Excelencj Jonathan 
Belcher Esq. Governor and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majesties provinc of New Hampsher in New England and to yc Hon"*'® 
Counsell and Gentelmen of v^ Hous of Representatives for sfi province 
Bv Sundry of y Inhabitants of y^ Est part of y'' Town of Kingstown 
and Sundry of y'^ Inhabitants of y"-' West part of Hampton Falls parish 
to be set of" a perticuliar Destrict or precenct with Preveliges and Lim- 
ets as in s'' petition is exprest, and your excellency y* Hon'J'"= Councell 
and Gentleman of y« Hous of Representatives in your grate wisdum 
Jiistes and Clemency has ordred y' y® parish of Hampton Falls and y" 
toun of Kingstown shold be sarv'd with a copy of sfi- petition and to 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 357 

appear y" secund Daj of y^ next Fall session to shew Reasons if any 
they have why y^ prayer of s'' petition shold not be granted for which 
we of s"' Hampton Falls are veary thankfull for your grate wisdom pru- 
dcnc and Justes in that affair, and we under writen deligates for s" 
Hampton Falls parish Leaveing our Neiburs at Kingston to spake for 
themselves shall with submission give y*^ following Reasons why y® 
prayer of s*! petition shold not be granted : 

firstly — Becaus y' thare is but about twelve of y^ petitioners y' be- 
longs to our parrish and sum of them 3'oungmen and has no Fammi- 
lies and sum Dwelt in the other parish in Hampton when s*" petition 
was prefered and not above three or four families y' we know of y' has 
Long Dwelt in y' part of our parish and for y^ Reason cold not be for 
a Long time under Defeculties & Deprived of y^ Despensation of y« 
Gospell and be in such a famishing condition as they say they have 
ben in. 

2'"> Becaus Considering y<^ Grateness of y* number of y® Inhabitants 
y' Dwels in y' part of our parish petitioned for y' has not petitioned 
which we suppose to be about thirty and sum of them has dwelt 
Longer in y" part of s'' parish than any of s^ petitioners has and has 
larger families who are uterly avearce to s<' petitioners procedings and 
Conduct in y' afair and for such a considerable number of our Inhabi- 
tents as afore s'' to be carried away against their wills we humbly con- 
seave to be a Intolerable hard ship and will Rither have a tendencv to 
cans Devisions and anamosities then to advance y" Glory of God, &c. 

3'>' Said petitioners Desirs y' their Request may be Granted for y* 
Reasonablenes of it — But for such a miner part as a fore said to En- 
deavour to Carv of such a Larg tract of Land from our parish as 
Exprestin s^' petition, which is all most half our parish and y^ Inhabi- 
tants with it against their wills we humbly conseave to be veary un- 
reasonable and absurd — And for these Reasons and many others y^ 
might be given we Doubt not but your Excelency the Hon' Councell 
and Gentlemen of y*? House of Representatives in your grate wisdum 
Justes and Clemency will se Reason sufficient not to grant s'' petition- 
ers thair Request for which we of Hampton Falls shall Ever Remain 
veary thankfull. 

Nath' Healey 

ICHABOD RuBIE. 

Re7ti07tstrancc against a new district. 
We the subscribers His Majestys most duty full & Loyall subjects 
dweling within y' destrict or precinct petitioned for In y^ East part of 
Kingstown & ye west part of Hampton — Do with Humble submis- 
sion declear ourselves positively against the thing as wrong & very 
hurtfull to Church and common wealth supposing it to be hatched up 
by two or three disafected persons without our knowledge and consent 
& Humbly pray it may not be granted. 

Shadrach Ward Jonathan Tilton 

Benigman Bachelder Israel James 

Simon Batchelder Joseph Draper 

John Present James Fogg 

Robrd Row John Page 

Nathanel Prescut Thimothy Huchsien 

John Bachelder Edmund James 

Richard Sanborn Ebenozer Prescut 

Beniaman Cram Jonathan Rowe 

Wadley Cream William Cleves ( .') 

Danel Kely James Prescut 



358 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Philemon Blake Theofeolos Grifen 

Abraham Moulton Thomas Easman 

James Sanbun Dan" Rowell 

David Sambun Moses Rouell 

Shurbun Tilton Ralfe Blasell 

John Tilton Thom' George 

Stephn Hobbs Dan" Blasdell 

Tristram Sanborn Jona. Blasdell 

Nathanel French Theo Griifen Jr. 

Joseph Eastman John Carter 

William Taylor Peter Sanborn 

Teremiah Qiiinbe Ben'"* Magon 

John Webster Nathi Smyeth 

Andrew Webster Ele Beede 

Tho. Griffin Philip Modej 

Moses Sleper Joseph Louern 

Eben Easman Sam'i Been, Jr 

Samuel French John Sleepr 



Petitioji of persons formerly of Massachusetts to be annexed 

to Hampto7i Falls. 
To his Excelency BeningWintworthEsq. Governor and Com- 
mander in cheif In and over his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire and the Honorable the Counsel now setting in 
said Province. 

The Humble address and Petition of His Majesties Legal 
and deutifull Subjects whose names are hereunto .Subscribed 
which did belong to the Esterly part of Salisbery but now by 
the Settlement of the Province Lines Fall into New Hamp- 
shire most Humbly sheweth that your petitioners are Liformed 
that those which did belong to the westerly Part of Salisbury 
and some of Almsbcry which by said Line falls into New 
Hampshire Intends to Petition that all those Persons that did 
belong to Salisbery and Almsbery & are now taken Into New 
Hampshire might be made in to a twown ship or Parish by 
themselves & not annexed to any other, and have Presumed 
so far as to set up a frame for A ISIeeting House in the West- 
erly Part which if it should be granted would be very Prege- 
ditial to vour Petitioners who live most of us above six miles 
from said meeting house so y' those of us that frequent y' way 
of Worship Could not attend the worship of God with our 
wifes and families as we out to doo and for all other affairs 
belonging to a town or Parish of all things that are notified at 
said meeting house we shall have no knowledge of them which 
may be greatly to our Damage and a great Dificulty & Troble 
to select men and Constables and all such affocirs. 

We Therefore Humbly Pray that we may not be joyned to 
them but may be An.iexed to Hampton Falls or some other 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 359 

way as in your wisdom you may think meet and your Petition- 
ers as in duty bound shall ever Pray. 

Sam" Eaton Samuell Fowler 
Joseph Page Samuel Walton 
Jabez Eaton Jeremiah Wheeler 
Jacob French Beniamin Hojt 
Ephraim Eaton James Jackman 
John True Elihu Dow 
Beniamin Baker John Eaton 
John Paige Noah Dow 
Joseph Tucker Beniamin Collins 
Richard Smith Bildad Dow- 
Joseph Todd Judah Dow 
Thomas Selly Benony Selley 
David Fowler Samuell Selly 
Trustrim Collins John Eaton, Jr 



Petttioti of itihabita7its of N. E. part of Ha7npto7i to be 

exempted from mi/a'ster^s tax. 

To His Excellency Bennin Wentworth Esq. Governor and 

Commander in Chief In and over his Majesties Provence of 

New Hampshire in New England and to the Hounorable 

the Councel and house of Representatives of said Province 

In General Assembly Convened — November y*" i6"' 1742 

The Plumble petition of us the Subscribers Most Humbly 

sheweth — that the houses and habitations of your petitioners 

are in the north eastly part of the town of Hampton at or 

near Littel Bores Head near Lettel River or near the Sea and 

that we live most as near upon a Line to the meeting house at the 

town as to that at North hill and that it is much easierfor usto go 

to meeting at the town than to North Hill by reason of the 

Goodness of the way to the town and there not being any way 

for us to go to meeting at north hill nor ever like to be unless 

we travil much farther than to go to the meeting house at the 

town : 

Your petitioners Humbly pray that your Excellency and 
Honours would be pleased to take this petition into considera- 
tion and in 30ur grate Goodness exempt us from paying to the 
support of the ministry at North hill and that we may still 
remain — and be taxed to the support of the ministry and the 
other Publick charges of the town as we used to be and your 
pititioners as in duty bound shall ever pray 

John Batchclder Mosies Lampre 

Thomas Hains Obadiah Marston 

Jeremiah Page Stephen Brown. 

In the House of Representatives 9'"', 25"" 1742 

The within Petition Read and considered & voted to be Dismissed 

James Jeffry Clr. Assm 



360 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Petition 0/ siaidry persotis to be annexed to Hampton Falls 
or other towns. 

To his Excellency the Governer of New Hampshire &c 

May it plese your Excellency : we namly John Paige, Ben- 
jaiinin Baker, John True & Jacob French are in that Petiton 
Prefer'd by those in the Easte Parte of that slip &c, and we 
Desire we may be anext to Hampton Falls We our hairs and 
estats ; and we 



Benjamin Brown 
Caleb Clough 
Amos Paig-e 
Nathaniel Maxfield 
Abraham Brown 

desire to be annexed to 
tates. 

Feb. y^ i8''* 1741. 



Epharaim Brown, Jr 
Benjamin Brown, Jr. 
Samuel French 
Jonathan Brown 
Samuel Brown ir 

Kingsinto — we our Hairs and Es- 



Jonathan Kimball 
Jonathan Watson 
Jonathan Farran 
Timothy Farran 
David Gooden 
Samuel Gooden 
Philip Chaloss 
Beniamin Kimball 
Caleb Hobs 
Roger Estman 
William Sargent 
Nathaniel Ash 
George Marten 
Robert Marten 
Abraham Morrill 
David Marten 
Every Tooker 
Orlondo Bagly 
David Bagly 



Benj Kimball 
Caleb Hobbs 
Roger Eestman 
Phil Chaliss 
Sam' Gooding 



East part 

for 

Hampton Falls 



Jacob French 
John True 
Jonathan Hoit 
Benj^ Baker 
Joseph Tucker 
John Page 



John Page T in the petition 

Benj" Baker ( for the 

Sam True " East part at 

Jacob French J Hampton Falls. 

Andrew Whittier 
Timothy Whitter 
Josiah Fowller 
Thomas Fowller 
David Elott 
Thomas Carter 
John Carter, ter" 
Will'" Fowller 
Thomas Carter 
William Fowller 
William Fowler jr 
John Carter Jr 
Joseph Fowler 
John Carter 
Jacob Carter 
Samuel Carter 

We desire to be anext to Kingstown 



(within the petition) 

Jon" Farran 
Nath' Ash 
David Gooding 
Jon' Kimball — 9. 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 361 

Pct/tion of persons hi Haverhill district not to be joined 
ivith Kingstown. 
Province of \ To his Excclency Benning Wintworth Esq. 
New Hampshire j Governor and Commander in Cheif In 
and over his Majisties Province of New 

Hampshire In New England and To the honorable his 

Majesties Councils of said province 

The petition of Jeremiah Eaton, John Kezar and others — 
The Subsciibers who live In Haverhill Destrict and on the 
Norwest side of the Washpond brook. 

Humbly shexveth : 

That sometime agoe your petitioners together with others to 
agreat number of Haverhill destrict and some of Amsbery 
Humbly requested your Excellency and honors to Incorporate 
them into a town ship according to the meets and bounds de- 
fined in the petition 

And your Exelency and honours so far Incouraged us as to 
send a committee to view our situation and circumstances who 
accordingly haveing attended that Service made their report, 
But it so hapned thiit when, our committee waited upon your 
Excelency and honours Expecting to receive a charter of In- 
corporation acording to the return of said Committee the 
sudden news of a french fleet on the coasts so alarmed the 
Government that your Excelency and honers were obliged to 
imply all your thoughts and powers for the defence of the 
province and Lay aside that afair with all other Business to a 
further day — That as we are informed the town of Kingstown 
who have been of late indeavering to Extirpate us from the 
Earth did on the 26 of September last set us of together with 
some few others who call themselves Kingstown men into a 
parish. 

Thereby further indeavouring to vex grieve hurt and Iniure 
us who had many of us much rather be lead into Captivity By 
some Christian nation than be Joynd with them who are our 
Greatest adversaries under a pretence that wee are part of 
Kingston when in fact wee and our anchestors have possesd 
our lands as part of Haverhill for more than one hundred 
years past, and since the settlement of the line have allways 
been accounted Haverhill destrict men and paid rates accord- 
ingly. 

Wee therefore humbly and earnestly request your Exelency 
and Honers to compasenate our Surcumstances and not sufler 
us to be rent and torn to peices by our inveterate Kingston 
adversaries but will aford us releif by Joyning us with our 
Dear Christian friends relations and neibeurs of haverhill Des- 
trict according to our petition with them & as soon as may be 
Incorporated Into a township — That so wee may have the 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Gospel setled amongst us and for your Exelency and honours 

your humble petitioners as In duty bound shall ever pray &c. 
Haverhill Uestrict October 13"' 1746. 

David Heath Joseph Stevens 

William Heath Michael Johnson 

Joseph Stevens, Jr Tho. Stevens 

Jeremiah Eatton William Easman 

John Kezar Daniel Robands 

Samuel Stevens John Mills 

David Stevens Daniel Johnson 

Benjamin Stevens John Atvvood 

John Stevens Zachariah Johnson 

Nehemiah Stevens Joseph Little 

Wait Stevens John Chute 

Stephens Johnson, Jun'' Daniel Little 

John Muzzey Thomas Mills 

John Hunkins Phillip M'Carrvgon 

John Johnson Benjamin Philbrick 

William Hancock James Mills. 



Notification of a Parish meeting to set off those who call 
themselves Presbyterians. 
Province of "(^ These are to notify the Freeholders and Inhabi- 
New Hamps / tants of the Parish of Hampton falls in said Province 
who are by Law Qiialified for to Vote to meet at this 
meeting house on the b"" day of Sep' next at one of the clock in the 
afternoon for the following Purpose viz' — Whereas a Number of Per- 
sons in said Parish have Lately Professed themselves of the Presbyte- 
rian Perswasion, and have apply'd to some ministers at Londonderry 
whom they call the Boston Presbytery Desiring to be under their care 
Representing that they apprehend themselves able and are freely will- 
ing to maintain a minister of the orthodox faith and that is united 
with said ministers in the Presbj'terian Government and have made 
some objections to paying towards the support of the settled minister 
in said Parish — And altho there is no Just Reason that the above men- 
tioned Persons should in any Respect be excused except that it may 
Probably be most for the peace of said parish that the abovementioned 
Persons and their estates should be set off to act in all Respects as a 
Distinct Society or Parish by themselves, except paying their Propor- 
tion of the Province tax untill a new Proportion thereof — Therefore 
to see if the Parish will vote to set off the abovementioned Persons 
and their estates to be Incorporated if they think Proper to apply for 
it to act in all respects by themselves as a Distinct Society or Parish 
Except Paying their Proportion of the Province tax untill a new Pro- 
portion thereof, and to pay all other charges as usual untill they shall 
be set off as above mentioned — The Line of said New Parish to be 
fixed by a committee of the General Court with Liberty for such of 
the above mentioned Persons as shall not fall within said New Parish 
to Poll off with their estates and belong thereto, And for any who shall 
fall wirtiin said New Parish who are not of the Presbyterian Perswa- 
sion to Poll off with their Estates and belong to the old Parish and 
for any who are not of the Presbyterian Perswasion who have or shall 
have Lands within said New Parish to Poll off said Lands to belong to 
the old Parish. 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 363 

At a Leagel meeting of the Freeholders and inhabitants of the Par- 
ish of Hampton falls held the Second day of Sep" 1765 — Col Meshech 
Weare choosen Moderator for said Meeting 

Voted That the people caled Presbyterians in this parish be set off 
as a Distinct Parish by them selves according to the foregoing Notifi- 
cation for the above meeting. 

Hampton Falls December 31" 1765 

Copy attested by Caleb Sanborn. 

Parish Clerk. 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Captain General 
Governor and Commander in Cheif in and over his majes- 
ties Province of New Hampshire &c — To the Honorable 
his Majesties Council and House of Representatives for 
said Province Convened in General iVssembly — November 
2i"% 1765. 

The petition of the subscribers. Free holders & Inhabitants 
of the Town of Hainpton Falls in said Province — Humbly 
Sheweth. 

That about Two years ago The Rev '■ Mr Pain Wingate in 
the congregational way & manner was settled in the work of 
the ministry in said Town, That the Religious sentiments of 
and Doctrines preached by the said Rev ' Mr Wingate are very 
different from those of your Petitioners — and disagreable to 
them — That your Petitioners apprehended they could not be 
profited by the peaching and ministration of the s' Rev' Mr 
Wingate That the measures taken by the said Town in order 
to the settlement & support of the said Mr Wingate are as 
your Petitioners conceive unprecedented and Justly Grievous 
to them, and that therefore your Petitioners and many others 
Inhabitants of said Town (near one half thereof) constantly 
opposed his settlement there and dissented therefrom : 

That your Petitioners are conscientiously of the Presbyte- 
rian Perswasion respecting Church Government, Doctrine 
Discipline and Worship That they with others of their Breth- 
ren of that Perswasion have for sometime past been regularly 
formed into a church, built a meeting house in said Town for 
the publick Worship of God, Called and settled a minister in 
the Presbyterian way, namely The Rev Mr vSamuel Perley : 
That your Petitioners conscientiously and constantly on the 
Lords days and at other times occasionally attend the publick 
worship of God there, according to their said Pcrs\v!ision ; 
That the premises notwithstanding the select men of the said 
Town of Hampton Falls for the last year asscsed and Rated 
your Petitioners for the support of the said Mr Wingate and 



364 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

obliged them to pay the same, That the selectmen of said 
Town for the present year have again assessed & Rated your 
Petitioners for the same purpose, which your Petitioners ap- 
prehend to he a Grievous & unreasonable Burthen upon them 
— Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray your Excellency 
and Honours to take their case under your wise consideration 
And as they conceive themselves to be Intitled to his majesties 
Grace & Favour in allowing to all his subjects Liberty of Con- 
science — and that it is unreasonable for them to be compelled 
to pay towards the support of a minister they do not nor can- 
not hear and attend upon for the Reasons aforesaid When at 
the same time they are at the expence of maintaining publick 
worship among themselves in that way and mode they think 
most agreable and nearest to the directions given in the Scrip- 
tures by the Great head of the Church, and where the True 
Doctrines of Grace & Salvation are preached according to 
their Opinion of those things : They pray your Excellency & 
Honours would grant them Relief in the premises by Exon- 
erating them their Families and Estates and all others within 
said Town of Hampton Falls who are of the same Perswasion 
and attend the publick worship of God with them from all 
ministerial Rates and Taxes in said Town (Excepting to their 
own minister) and by setting them off as a distinct Parish for 
ministerial affairs only, and by enabling the said Presbyterian 
congregation to raise & Levy on themselves such Taxes and 
assessments as they shall from time to time find necessary for 
the support of the ministry and publick worship of God 
among themselves — or grant your Petitioners such other Re- 
lief as your Excellency and Honours in your wisdom shall see 
fit, And your petitioners as in Dutv bound will ever pray &c. 
&c. 

Thomas Leavitt Samuel Sellej 

Ebenezcr Knowlton David Eaton 

Richard Smith Samuel Eaton 

Jacob Smith Nath' Sinkler 

Winthrop Gove David Knoulton 

John Chase Jr Eliphe Merrill 

John True Thomas Brown 

Abener True Nathan Gove 

Joshua Page Enoch Gove 

Joseph Page Sam' Philbrick 

Abel Page Jonathan Swett 

Thomas True William French 

Joshua Page, Jr Jacob French 

Benjamin Eaton Jonathan Weare 

John Eaten Isaac Brown 

Thomas Eaten John Kennej 

Wimon Eaten Elislia Brown 

Joseph Norten Jonathan Walton 

Joseph Eaton Job Haskell 

John Selley Enoch Boid 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 365 

Samuel Felch Daniel Chase 

Joseph Falch Thomas Sellj 

Henrj Roby John Eaton, Jr 

John Chas Jonathan Iloyt 

Abel Daves Elczer Gove 

Simon Clough Paul Grinelf 

John Robei Jonathan Chase, Jr 

John Hunt Beniamin Leavit 

Province of New Hamp' November 27"' 1765 
The foregoing Petition read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''* 

Assemblv 

T. Atkinson. Jr Secry 

Province of | j^ ^ j ^ Representatives Nov^ 271'' 1765. 

New Hamp" J ^ 1 1 j 

The annexed Petition being Read and considered, 

Voted, Tiiat the Petitioners be heard thereon the second Day of the 
siting of the General Assembh' after the first day of January next, and 
that the Petitioners at their own cost serve the selectmen of Hampton 
falls with a copy of the Petition and order of Court that they may ap- 
pear and shew cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof should 
not be granted. 

M Weare, Clr. 
In Council Nov 28''' 1765 

Read & concurrd. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 

New Ham°^'}^" the House of Representatives July 2'^ 1766. 

The foregoing Petition being taken under Consideration and the 
Parties heard thereon : 

Voted, That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill for them 
and their Estates to be set off from the Parish of Hampton falls to act 
in all Respects as a distinct Society or Parish by themselves Except 
paying their Proportion of the Province tax untill a new Proportion 
thereof The line of said New Parish to be fixed by a committee of the 
General Court with liberty for such of the Petitioners as shall not fall 
within said new Parish to Poll of with their Estates and Belong thereto 
and for an\' who shall fall within said new Parish who are not of the 
Presbiterian Perswasion to Poll oflT with their Estates and belong to 
the old Parish, and for any who are not of the Presbyterian Perswa- 
sion who have or shall have Lands within said New Parish to Poll off 
said lands to belong to the old Parish agreeable to the Purport of a 
Vote of the Parish of Hampton falls the Second dav of Sep' 1765. 

M. Weare, Clr. 

Province of ) j , jj f Representatives July 9"' 1766. 

New Hamps' ) ^ j .- ^ / 

Upon a motion of the Petitioners for some alteration in the forego- 
ing vote 

Voted, That it be understood that any non Residents who have or 
-hall have Lands in either Parish shall have liberty to Poll off their 
said Land to that Parish which thev shall choose. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eod'" Die 

Read & Concurr'd. 

T Atkinson Jr. Secry. 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition in answer to the foregoing Petition. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General 
Governour and Commander in Chief In and Over hisMajes- 
tys Province of New Hampshire, The Honour '^ his Majes- 
tys Councill and House of Representatives in General Court 
Assembled. 
Jany i-' 1766. 

We the Subscribers, Chosen by the Parish of Hampton 
falls a Committee on their behalf, to make answer to a Peti- 
tion Exhibited to the General Assembly Nov' 21^^ 1765 By a 
Number of Freeholders and Inhabitants of s** Parish Praying 
to be Excused from Paying to the Support of the Rev" M"' 
Paine Wingate Setled in the work of the ministry in said 
Parish &c. 

Beg Leave Humbly to Represent to your Excellency and 
Honors That the Reasons assigned by said Petitioners are such 
as ought by no means to Prevail for their being Exempted in 
the manner They pray for. And this we trust will clearly ap- 
pear from a true state of facts Relative to these affairs 

We would therefore Inform your Excellency & Honors That 
Mr Wingate Having Preached in the Parish for some months 
before Mr Baileys Death and Afterwards to the General Satis- 
faction of the People The Parish with the Advise of the Neigh- 
boring ministers Proceeded to give him a call to Settle in the 
work of the ministry there, which call was unanimous by the 
Church, and General by the Parish, not more than three or four 
Persons opposing his Settlement. But the terms of Settlement 
not being agreed on he gave a Negative answer After which 
the Parish heard some others on Probation and gave MrMicah 
Lawrence a call to settle, which we mention because it has 
been Represented as if the Parish were unreasonably set for 
Mr Wingate's settlement and no other person. But the same 
persons who opposed Mr Wingate's settlement opposed the 
settlement of Mr Lawrence ; which made the Generality of 
People think their opposition was more from a disposition to 
make Difficulty in the Parish than from any Reasonable objec- 
tion they had against Either of the Persons. But Mr. Law- 
rence also gave a Negative answer on accompt of terms of set- 
tlement. Whereupon the People in General Signified their 
Desire to Renew their Call to Mr Wingate, and agreed to get 
him to Preach for four Sabbaths, if he could be Procured. It 
is true this was opposed by those who had all along opposed 
his settlement, but this was then but three or four Persons Mr 
Wingate was accordingly Procured for four Sabbaths ; after 
which a meeting was called. Notice being up two Sabbaths 
as usual, to see if the Parish would Renew their Call to Mr 
Wingate to settle which we mention, because it has been Rep- 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 367 

resented as if there had been some unfair Proceedings as to 
this meeting, tho' in what Particulars we could never find. 
At this meeting there was again a general Vote of the Parish 
to Renew their call to Mr \Vingate, not more than six or seven 
Voting against it, and he had also again a unanimous Vote 
of the Church at the Same meeting also were voted terms of 
settlement which being five Pounds Sterling more than had 
been Voted before there were more Persons against the terms 
of settlement than against the call, tho' we think not more than 
ten or twelve at that time. But after wards many of these Pe- 
titioners spoke of it as an Extravagant sum (the sum is 55 £ 
Sterling in the whole besides the Personage) and made this 
the Ground of uneasiness, and of stirring up Persons against 
Mr Wingates Settlement Representing that it was too much for 
such a Poor Parish to Pay, and if that were taken oti' they 
would be Easy ; this was their General talk and the whole 
Ground of complaint then made. With what Propriety they 
Desire to take off (as they say) near one half and to maintain 
another minister when but a year or two ago the whole Parish 
were not able to pay fifty five pounds Sterling yearly, we must 
leave to themselves to Explain. The truth is the whole Parish 
is not more than sutficient to support one minister Properly, 
Tho' we think there was no Reason to find fault with what was 
Voted Mr Wingate ; Thus matters Rested for some time and 
it was Generally tho't that the uneasiness which had arose on 
accompt of the Salary would subside. But sometime after 
some of those Persons who had all along opposed our Settle- 
ment went about, and in a very Private manner Procured a 
Number of Persons to Sign a Paper to Signify to Mr. Win- 
gate that there was a great Number of Persons in the Parish 
against his settlement, in order to Discourage him from acept- 
ing, which being accidentally heard of by one or two Persons 
who were for Mr Wingates settlement, and of the time when 
they Designed to carry the same to Mr Wingate it was tho't 
Proper that some Persons should go and meet them at Mr. Win- 
gates to Know what Objections there werfe, and Endeavor to 
clear up any Difficulties that might be made, accordingly three 
or four Persons went and met the Persons who had been Pro- 
curing Signers, and informing them of what they heard 
Desired to Know who were uneasy and what their Objections 
were, that they might clear up the Matters if they could. But 
they Reph'd that what they had to Say was to M' Wingate 
they had nothing to say to anv Body Else, and after the other 
Persons were with drawn they Delivered a Paper to Mr Win- 
gate Signed by a considerable Number of Persons Signifying 
that they were against his setling, without assigning the Least 
Reason, and when thev were asked the Reasons Declined ":iT- 



3 68 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

ing any which not appearuig to Mr Wingate (after Enquiring 
into all circumstances) to have Equal weight with the unani- 
mous Vote of the Church and Clear Vote of the Parish at a 
Legal meeting he accepted of the call. After this another 
Paper was carried about to be signed to Request the selectmen 
to call a meeting "to see if the freeholders Inhabitants of 
Hampton falls will Vote that all the Votes has been Past Re- 
lating to Mr Wingate call in tlie Work of the ministry Salary 
and support in this Parish of Hampton falls be Repealed and 
absolutely Revoked and made void &c." Which being De- 
livered to the select men they Denied calling a meeting, look- 
ing upon it altogether as Improper after matters had been fairly 
and clearly determined at fair and Legal meetings to call a 
meeting to Revoke the same as it would be after a minister had 
been setled Ever so Long to have a meeting to Revoke all that 
had ever been done. The absurdity and Impropriety of which 
they tho't must be quite Evident, with several other Reasons 
which they gave the Petitioners in writing in answer to their 
Request, in hopes to satisf}^ them that their Request was un- 
reasonable, However it had not this Effect But they Proceeded 
to get a meeting called by two Justices at which meeting they 
voted all the Pi-oceedings Relating to Mr. Wingates settlement 
to be Null and Void. But not trusting to this when the coun- 
cell was convened a Committee of the above Persons appeared 
& Objected to Mr Wingates being Ordained ; But never made 
the Least Objection against his Doctrine, life or Conversation 
but on the Contrary, being asked by the Councill whether they 
had any Objections of this sort, said they had not neither did 
they make the Least Suggestion that they were of a Different 
Perswasion. 

We hope your Excellency and Honors will Excuse this so 
long a Rehearsal of the Transaction of said Parish Relative to 
these affairs as all the Objections hitherto made were against 
the Proceedings of the Parish as Illegal and unfair — for that of 
being Presbyterians had not yet come into their minds and 
these Objections as in the Present Petition couched in General 
terms without assigning a single Instance Wherein they were 
unprecedented or justly Grievous which made it necessary for 
to give a Particular accompt of the whole Proceedings that the 
Instance wherein we have failed, may be Pointed Out, for we 
never yet could tell wherein it was. From this state of facts 
we apprehend it will appear clear to your Excellency and 
Honours that the transactions of said Parish Relative to Mr 
Wingate's settlement have been Regular and agreeable to the 
Law and Practise in such cases That his call to settlement, 
was as clear and Indisputable as Generally can be Expected 
and that those who afterwards were Drawn in to oppose it had 



TOWN PAPKRS — HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 369 

no just cause for so doing. That at the time when Mr. Win- 
gate was ordained, none of these Petitioners had the least tho't 
of being of a ditlerent Perswasion, for if they had it must be 
supposed they would have made that one objection before the 
Councill. We are therefore fully Perswaded that they will 
appear wholly Inexcusable in Rejjrcsenting as they do in their 
Petition as if Mr Wingatcs Religious Sentiments, and the 
Doctrines Preached by him were the ground of their uneasi- 
ness, the contrary to which they themselves declared before the 
Councill. Moreover from the best Information we can get one 
Qiiarter part at least of these Petitioners, never heard Mr 
Wingate Preach in tlieir lives and many others of them not 
more than once or twice and not one in twenty of them ever 
had the least conversation with him to Know any thing of his 
Religious Sentiments, And they have put down the Name of 
one at Least in their Petition who his own father has Repre- 
sented as an Idiot so wanting of understanding that he ought 
not to be taxed for his head and he has been accordingly omit- 
ted and many of the Other Petitioners do not own one Inch of 
Real Estate in the Parish. How fair these things are we leave 
to be Judged, and of the like sort is their assertion that near 
one half of the Inhabitants of said Parish Constantly opposed 
Mr Wingates settlement and dissented therefrom, the Contrary 
to which is Evident from the foregoing state of facts. 

That these Petitioners as well as we are Intitled to his Majes- 
tvs Grace and favour we have not the least doubt — and this we 
look upon to be so great a Priviledge and favour, that it ought 
never to be made use of to serve wrong Purposes, and here we 
beg leave only to Remark, that if any number of Persons 
without any the least pretence of being of a Different Per- 
swasion or any the least Objection to the settled minister as to 
his Doctrine, Life, or Conversation (which was the fact here) 
may at any time Seperate and set up as a Distinct Society by 
themselves, without any Countenance from authority, and 
whether those they Seperate from Remain able to suj^port the 
minister or not (whatever Denomination such may please to 
assume afterwards) there evidently Can be no Certain support 
for the Ministry at all, which is very far from being the Design 
of the Act of Toleration, And plainly tends to Destroy Relig- 
ion of all Denominations. 

That these Petitioners have the true Doctrines of Grace and 
Salvation preached to them according to their sense of these 
things we have nothing to say to, and that they are so Preached 
by Mr Wingate Even these Petitiuners themselves after all 
their Endeavors, could never find the least Objection to make 
to the Contrary, so that the Inuendo's and suggestions against 
Mr Wingate's Preaching are put in as we conceive for no other 

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370 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Reason than that they tho't it necessary in Order to their hav- 
ing any Colour for what they Ask, that there should have been 
in Reality what they without the least foundation Suggest. 
Such metiiods we think quite needless in a Good cause and tb.ey 
will we trust be quite unavailable in any Other. Wherefore 
we Humbly Pray, not only on behalf of the Parish of Hamp- 
ton falls But of all Religious Societys in General that the Peti- 
tion may be Dismissed. For we think that Encouraging Per- 
sons in Methods such as these Petitioners have Practised will 
have a direct tendancy to Destroy Religious Societys of every 
Denomination. 

But if it shall Appear Otherwise to your Excellency and 
Honors, we Humbly Pray that they may be made a Distinct 
Parish to act in all Respects by themselves, we being fully con- 
vinced from what we have already Experienced how great will 
be the Difficulties of being Connected in Civil matters while 
there is a Seperation as to Others. For which Reason the 
Parish were willing Notv\'ithstanding the unreasonableness of 
all their Proceedings that they should go oft' as a Distinct 
Parish and their not accepting of this we think Shews their 
Disposition more to keep the Parish in Difficulties, than that 
Religious Principles are the foundation of their Proceedings. 

Meshech Weare 

Richard Nason 

Jonathan Tilton , ^ 

-/-, o ^ Committee. 

Caeer Sanborn 

Nathaniel Gove 

Arner Sanborn Jr J 



Petition for a Presbyterian Society renexued — (zvit/i slight 
alterations^ . 



1767 



To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain Gen- 



ei 



al Governor and Commander in Chief in and over 



his Majesties Province of New Hampshire, To His 
Honorable his Majesties Council and House of Rep- 
sentatives for said Province Convened in General As- 
sembly July 3'' 1767. 
The Petition of the Subscribers Freeholders and Inhabitants 
of the Town of Hampton falls in said Province, Humbly 
Sheweth. 

That about three years ago the Rev*^ Mr Pain Wingate in 
the Congregational way and manner was settled in the work of 
the ministry in said town ; 

That the Doctrines Preached by the said Rev' Mr Pain Win- 
gate are very diflerent from those of your petitioners and dis- 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 37 I 

agreeable to them. That your Petitioners apprehended they 
could not be Profited by the Preaching and ministration of the 
said Rev' Mr Wingate. That the measures taken by the said 
Town in order to the Settlement and support of the said Mr 
Wingate are as your Petitioners Conceive unprecedented and 
Justly Grievous to them, and that Therefore your petitioners 
and many others (near one half thereof) constantly opposed 
his Settlement there and Dissented therefrom. That your Pe- 
titioners are Conscientiously of the Presbyterian Perswation 
Respecting Church Government, Doctrin Discipline and Wor- 
ship That thay with others of their Breathren of that said per- 
swation have for some time Past Been Regularly formed into 
a church built a meeting House in said Town for the Public 
Worship of God, Called and settled a minister in the Presby- 
terian way Namely the Rev' Mr Samuel Perley. That your 
Petitioners Conscientiously and Constantly on the Lords day 
and at other times occationally attend the Publick Worship of 
God there according to their said Perswasion — That the 
Premises Notwithstanding the select men of the town of Hamp- 
ton falls for two years Past have Rated your Petitioners for the 
support of the said Mr Wingate, which some of your Petition- 
ers have been Imprisoned therefor, which your Petitioners 
apprehend to be a Greivious and unreasonable Burthan upon 
them. Therefore your Petitioners Humbly Pray your Excel- 
lency and Honors to take their case under your wise consider- 
ation, and as they Conceive themselves to be Intitled to his 
Majestys Grace and Faviour in allowing to all his subjects Lib- 
erty of Conscience and that it is unreasonable for them to be 
Compelled to Pay towards the support of a minister whom 
they do not hear and attend upon for the Reasons aforesaid 
when at the same time they are at the Expence of maintaining 
Publick Worship amonge themselves : Thay pray your Ex- 
cellency and Honors would Grant them Relief in the Prem- 
ises by Exonerating them their families and Estates and all 
other within said town of Hampton falls who are of the same 
perswasion and attend the Publick Worship with them from all 
ministerial Rates and taxes in said town Excepting to tlieir own 
minister and setting them oft" as a distinck Parish fur ministe- 
rial affairs only and enabling the said Presbyterian Congregation 
to Raise and Levy upon themselves such taxes and assessments 
as they shall from time to time Find necessary for the support 
of the ministry and Publick Worship of God amonge tham 
selves : and as in duty bound shall ever pray &c &c. 
Ebenezer Knowlton Abel Davis 

Henry Robie Joseph Norten 

Richard Smith Winthrop Gove 

Jacob Smith John Eaton Jr 

Samuel Selley Job Haskell 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

John Chase Jr Jonathan Hoyt 

Benjamin Eaton John True 

Enoch Gove Jacob Freanch 

Samuel Pearkins Simon Clough 

Wimon Eaton Abner True 

Thomas Seley ' Jonathan Walton 

John Seley Ebenezer Gove 

Thomas Eaton Samuel Eaton 

Jonathan Weare Elisha Merrill 

Joseph Page Samuel Felch 

Thomas True Joseph Falch 

David Knowlton William French 

Elisha Brown Paul Greenleaf 

Jonathan Chase, Jr Sam" Philbrick 

Thomas Brown John Chase 

Joseph Chase Isaac Brown 

Joshua Page Benjamin Leavitt 

Abel Page Nathan Gove. 
John Eaton 

Province of New Hampshire. 
In Council Septem'^ 22'^ 1767. 
Read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon''''' Assembly. 
T. Atkinson Jr Secry. 

Province of New Hampshire { ^"/^he^^House of Representatives Sepr 

Upon Reading the foregoing Petition Voted that the Petition" be 
heard on the said Petition on the third Day of the sitting of the 
General Assembly after the first Day of November next & that they 
serve the select men of Hampton falls with a Copy of said Petition Sc 
the order of the assembly thereon within fourteen days from this time. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council, Eodem Die 
Read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 
'Province of New Hamps' 

In the House of Representatives Feb''>' 12"' 1768. 
The within Petition being Considered, Voted that it be dismiss'd Re- 
serving to the Petitioners Liberty to Bring in a Bill as heretofore 
Granted to be set oft" as a Distinct Parish in all Respects. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Feby 18'^" 1768. 
Read & concurrd 

Geo. King, Depy Secry. 

An Act for dividing- Hampton Falls into two Parishes. 

Anno regni Regis Georgii tertii Magnce Brittaniae, Franciie et Hiber- 

niae Octavo. 

An act for dividing the town of Hampton Falls into two distinct 
Parishes. 

Whereas a number of the Inhabitants of the Town of Hampton 
Falls have petitioned to be sett of into a distinct & New Parish for 
reasons in their said Petition set forth and approved of. 

Be it enacted by his Excellency the Governor Council & Representa- 
tives in General Assembly Convened and by the authority of the same 
it is herebv enacted 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 373 

That on or before the day of next the aforesaid Town of 

Hampton Falls shall be divided into two Parishes, each of which shall 
enjoy all and every Priviledges common to other Parishes, distinct and 
seperate from each other, under the following Exceptions and Restric- 
tions vizt. A Divisional Line shall be drawn & setled by a committee 
of the General Court for that Purpose and all such of the Inhabitants 
who are of the Presbyterian Perswasion whose Estates shall not fall 
within the new Parish shall be poll'd oiTand belong thereto, and any of 
the Congregational Inhabitants whose Estates shall fall within the New 
Parish shall be poll'd off with their Estates and belong to the old Par- 
ish, and the Estates of all nonresident Proprietors that shall fall within 
the New Parish shall be assessed for all Parish Taxes (excepting min- 
isterial) by the said New Parish. 

Report of a Cointuittec to fix the line between the said two 
Parishes. 
Province of 1 We the Subscribers being appointed by a vote of 
New Hampshire j the General assembly to fix a Line in the Town of 
Hampton falls in order to The southern Part There- 
of Being Erected into a Distinct Parish accordingly we have viewed 
the Premises Heard the Parties ii^ and agree to Report that a Line Be- 
gining on Kensington Line near Joseph Browns Dwelling house at a 
Road called Horsehill Road and Following said road Down to a Bridge 
Below Weare mill then easterly on the North Line of Elisha Browns 
Land to the North East corner Thereof by the Q^iaker Parsonage (so 
called) Then following the Road that leads by Henry Thresher's house- 
to the country road. Then following the Line Between Land of Abra- 
ham Dow and Ralph Butler and Isaac Brown and between Said Dow 
& Meshech Weare Esq. to the south East corner of said Weare's marsh 
at Browns River (so called) then following said River to the western 
End of the parsonage Island (so called) then Round on the southern 
and Eastern Sides of said Island to the afors' River and to the mouth 
thereof, shall be the Dividing Line between the two Parishes. 
Hampton Falls April 37"' 1768. 

John Giddinge 

Josiah Bartlett J- Comittee 

Ebenezer Thompsor 

N^w^'lTam^s- }^" the House of Representatives May 24''' 176S. 
The within Report being Read and no objection made 
Voted, That the Report be accepted and that the Petitioners may 
bring in a bill agreeable thereto 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council May 24, 1768 
Read & concurr'd. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 



.1 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of the Pai'ish of Hampto7i Falls in relatioTi to 
delinquent tax-payers. 

Province of '\ To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 

New Hampshire >- Capt. Gen' Governor & Commander in 

Rockingham ss ) cheif in & over said Province, The 

Hon'"' his Majestys Council & House of 

Representatives in general Assembly conven'd May. 1772. 

The Petition of us the subscribers a committee in behalf of 
the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Parish of Hampton 
Falls in said County Humbly shcweth, that the selectmen for 
the year 1770 of the said Parish assessed the Inhabitants & 
Freeholders of the same in the sum of fift}- five Pounds ster- 
ling money for their ministers salary and afterwards at a Legal 
meeting of the Freeholders & Inhabitants of the same Parish 
it was. among other things Voted that the selectmen for the 
year 1770 should be Directed not to make any tax or assess- 
ment on the Polls or estates in s' Parish for the support of 
their minister (the Rev ' Mr Wingate) for that year and after- 
wards at another meeting of the same Freeholders and inhab- 
itants the said Vote was Ratified and confirmed in consequence 
of which the selectmen aforesaid did not proceed to issue their 
warrant to the Constable of said Parish Impowering him to 
collect the taxes as they had before assess'd them but neglected 
by which means none of the Taxes asses'd aforesaid were 
that 3-ear collected — iVnd your Petitioners in behalf of s' Par- 
ish of Hampton falls further shew that the Inhabitants & Free- 
holders of the same Parish at their Legal meeting the follow- 
ing year (viz the year 177 1) Passed a vote Impowering and 
ordering the selectmen for that year to issue their Warant to 
the Constable authorizin.; him to collect the Taxes for the pre- 
ceding ye;\r as they were assessed by the then selectmen for 
said Parish for the purpose of paying their s'' ministers salary. 
They also Voted & appointed us a Committee to give security 
to the said Rev'* Mr Wingate for the Payment of the Salary 
before mentioned on or before the first Day of March then next 
together with one years interest for the same & if not Paid at 
that time to be upon interest untill Paid. Consequent upon 
which last Vote, your Petitioners gave the Rev'' Mr Wingate 
their Bond for Fifty five Pounds sterling for the Salary Due to 
him for the year 1770 and the selectmen for 1771 issued their 
Warrant Directly to the Constable impowering him to collect 
the Taxes for the preceding year of Parishioners as before as- 
sessed agreeable to said Vote, but afterwards Doubting the 
Propriety & Regularity of the Vote impowering the selectmen 
for one year to Rectify the mistakes and negligences of the 
select men for a preceding year said selectmen forbid the Con- 
stable Distraining upon any for said Tax (at lest for a time) 



TOWN PAPERS — HAMPTON' AND HAMPTON FALLS. 375 

but Still Requiring him to Collect the same as near as Pos- 
sible without Destraint which accordingly he has done and has 
collected the major part thereof, viz : about three fourths — and 
we further shew that since the assessment of said tax which 
was in 1770, many of the Parishioners have withdrawn from 
said Parish & joyned themselves to the Presbvterian Society in 
Seabrook & Elsewhere whereby to Exempt themselves from 
ministerial Charges in said Parish which withdrawment was 
in 1 77 1 before making of the assessments for that year therefore 
looking upon themselves clear of being taxed to any ministe- 
rial charges either for the present year or the arrearages for the 
year preceding and the selectmen authority to impower the 
Constable to collect said arrearages according to said Vote, 
being frequently Disputed, whereupon those thus withdrawn 
as aforesaid Refused to pay their proportion of said arrearages 
(altho not Denying it justly Due) unless upon certain condi- 
tions bv themselves proposed upon which they would Readily 
Pay the same without Difficulty altho they could not be com- 
pelled to do it which conditions were comply ed with by the 
selectmen to whom they were by themselves proposed where- 
upon the major part of said arrearages was immediately Paid 
without Objection & continuing to be collecting untill after a 
while one & another of those who were in the agreement as 
aforesaid objects & Refuses to Pay & the number increasing 
Whereupon others who before had nothing to object against 
paying their proportion of the same have also Refused & still 
Refuse untill all shall be compelled to do likewise. The names 
of those who have not paid their Proportion of said ministers 
Salary for 1770 are as follows, viz. 

Ralph Butler Richard Nason, Esq 

Philip Bmns Jonathan Nason 

Christopher Blake Joseph Pervere 

Richard Brown Lieut Sam Prescutt 

Abraham Burnam Samuel Robie 

Joshua Chase Nathan Rowe 

John Davis Jonathan Stanyan 

Joel Haskiel Enoch Sanborn 

Zebulon Hilyard Malichi Shaw 

Simeon Ililjard Dudley Sanborn 

Benj' Hilyard Capt Caleb Sanborn 

William Lang Jonathan Tilton, Jr 

Stephen Lang Nathan Weare 

John Lucy Capt Walter Williams 

Amos Leavit Col Meshech Weare 

Francis Mcrshall Chase Williams 

Richard Mace Melcher Ward, 

Josiah Moulton 
(which were then Inhabitants in said Parish of Hampton falls those who 
were not inhabitants having some Interest in said Parish are as follows 
viz.) 

Thomas Rand Col Jonathan Moulton 



37^ NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Christopher Toppan Esq Francis Batchelder 

Theo's Smith Esq Edward Sleeper 

Joseph Sweesey Samuel Colkett 

Ebenezer Barker Edward Tuck 

Jeremiah Prescut Jesse Tuck 

Wid' Elizabeth Blake Benjamin Brown 

Wherefore your Petitioners in behalf of said Parish Humbly 
pray that your Excellency & Honours would take the Premises- 
into your serious Consideration and as it would be very hard 
as well as inequitable that the whole burthen of Taxes should 
fall only on a part of the Parish when all have been equally 
Benifited & your Petitioners Doubtinj^ the Proprietv & Regu- 
larity of the Vote as aforesaid & their own ability to compel 
the Delinquents to a compliance therewith, your Petitioners 
Humbly beg that your Excellency & Honors would order the 
said Delinquents to pay the several sums they are Respectfully 
assessed for the said year 1770, & your Petitioners as in Duty- 
bound will ever pray. 

Hampton falls May 29'" 1772. 

Jeremiah Blake 
William Davison 
Jeremiah Lane 
David Bachelder 
Jonathan Burnam 



Petition of Selectmen of Hampton Falls for leave to make 
a rate^ (S:c. 
Province of ) To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq 
New Hampshire | Governor in Chief in & over said Prov- 
ince. The Honourable the Council & 
House of Representatives in General 
Assembly convened. 
The Humble Petition of Benjamin Tilton, William Davison 
and Nehemiah Cram Selectmen of Hampton falls in the 
County of Rockingham & Provmce aforesaid, Sheweth. that 
on the 22' Day of May last in the thirteenth year of hisMajes- 
tys Reign, your Excellency & Honors past an actintitled. "An 
act for dissolving the annual meeting of the Inhabitants of the 
Parish of Hampton falls and authorizing the holding a new 
meeting," and in k. by the same act (among other things) the 
said annual meeting is declared illegal & the Proceedings 
thereof wholly made null and void, and a new meeting of said 
Inhabitants for transacting the annual Business of said Parish 
ordered, and the Honorable John Phillips Esq. a member of 
said house appointed to call and govern said last mentioned 
meeting till the Business thereof be ended. 



TOWN PAPERS HAMPTON AND HAMPTON FALLS. 377 

By Virtue of which said act a new meeting was called and 
held at said Hampton falls on the 28"' of June last at which 
your Petitioners were duly chosen select men of said Hampton 
falls and legally sworn to Execute that office, but your Peti- 
tioners were chosen into that office after the time by Law fixed 
for taking the invoice for the current year was expired and no 
Power being given vour Petitioners after their Election to take 
an Invoice they have hitherto been prevented from making any 
Rates in said Hampton falls and must still be so without the 
Interposition of the Legislative authority of your Excellency 
& Honors in that Behalf. And whereas the selectmen chosen 
at said annual meeting took part, and other persons appointed 
by order of said house took the rest of the invoice for said 
Hampton falls for the year 1773 the whole of which Invoice 
so taken was Exhibited to the General Assembly for said 
Province for the Purpose of assessing the Inhabitants of said 
Hampton falls their proportion of the Province Tax : 

Wherefore your Petitioners Humbly pray that they as select- 
men afore's ' may be authorized to assess & Rate the Inhab- 
itants of said Hampton falls according to the Invoice so taken 
& Exhibited to your Excellency & Honours, and that the same 
Invoice may be made good, as if the same had been seasonably 
& properly taken or that your Petitioners may be impowered 
to take a new invoice and to make the Rates in s"" Hampton 
falls agreeable thereto, and your petitioners as in Duty bound 
will ever pray &c 

December 24"' 1773. 

Benj Tilton 
William Davison 
Nehemiah Cram. 

Province of 1 In the House of Representatives Jan' 19, 1774, this pe- 
New Hampsh )' tition was read «& Voted that the petitioners proceed 
by the old Inventory as soon as may be, and that they 
have leave to bring in a Resolve accordinijly 

Win Parker. Cler. 
In Council Eodem Die, 
Read and Concurrd. 

Geo. King, D. Secry. 



2'j8 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



HANOVER. 

[Hanover was granted by charter July 4, 1761, to eleven persons of 
the name of Freeman, and 52 others, principally from Connecticut. 
The first settlement was made in May, 1765. Ed.] 

Petition of John House about Islands hi Connecticut river. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General, 

Governor and Commander in Chief in and Over his Majes- 

tys Province of New Hampshire in Council 

The Petition of John House of Hanover in the Province 
aforesaid, Gentleman, unto your Excellency & the Hon*^'* 
Council Humbly shews 

That your Petitioner was one of the first settlers of said 
Township with great fatigue and Expence, and has continued 
to improve his Interest there to this Time, That he purchased 
of James Hovey two certain Islands in Connecticut River at 
an expence of twenty Pounds Lawfull money, which Islands 
lies opposite to said Township and contains together about 
twelve acres and have always been improved by said Hovey 
and your Petitioner on a Presumption that they belonged to 
said Townsliip & said Hovey claimed them in his Right of 
Proj^rietorship & Prior occupancy, your Petitioner has been 
since informed that all Islands in said River not Expressly 
mentioned in Town grants still remain the Property of his 
Majesty and for the considerations aforementioned. He hum- 
bly hopes to obtain y'' Excellencys and Honours Favours to 
him, in continuing him in his Possessions & Improvements of 
said Islands & to grant him the Property of the same, or oth- 
erways to relieve him on the Prayer of this his Petition as y"' 
Excellency and Honours may Judge best, And your Petition- 
ers as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 

John House. 

Portsm ' December 29"' 1770. 



HILLSBOROUGH. 



[A settlement was begun in this town in 1741, by James McCalley, 
Samuel Gibson, and others ; but was broken up in 1744. It was re- 
sumed not far from 1759; and incorporated by charter, Nov. 14, 1772. 
Ed.] 



TOWN PAPERS HILLSBOROUGH. 379 

Petition in relation to roads in Society la7ids. 
Province of 1 To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 
New Hampshire ) Captain General. Governor & Command- 
er in chief in and over said Province The 
Hon'" his Majestvs Council and the Hon"'' the House of 
Representatives for said Province in General Assembly to 
be convened at Portsmouth in said Province on the 30 Day 
of march next. 

The petition of Divers of the Inhabitants of Hillsborough 
in said Province Humbly sheweth that the Inhabitants of said 
Hillsborough were obliged to cut and clear a road through a 
Tract of Land call'd the Societys Land near eight miles in 
Length which Road we have maintained on our own Cost 
near seven years being the only way we could come to our 
own Lands which road has cost us a great sum of money and 
for two years past we have been obliged to pay province 
Taxes — Wherefore we Humbly pray your Excellency and 
Honours would please to make an act to oblige the proprietors 
& owners of said Societys Land to maintain and keep said 
Road in repair for the benefit of themselves the Inhabitants of 
said Hillsborough & Inhabitants of the country around us, 
3'our petitioners in duty Bound will ever pray. 
Hillsborough Feby. 15"' 1770. 
Samuel Bradford Samuel Bradford, Jr 

Timothy Bradford William Williams 

Henry Codd Isaac Andrews 

Anthony Morin John Mead 

Samuel Bradford Abijah Lovejoy 

Peter Codd Benjamin Lovejoy 

John M Galley Benjamin Lovejoy, Jr. 

James Gibson Isaac Baldwin 

John Gibson Nathan Taylor 

Josiah CoUedge James Taggart 

William Pope Archibald Taggart 

Moses Steel Joshua Estey 

Jonathan Durent William Taggart Jr 

Daniel M Murphy Robert Taggart 

Timothy Wilkins John Taggart. 

Nehemyer Wilkins 
In Council March 28''' 1770 

The within Petition was read & ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''' 
Assembly. 

Geo : King, D. Secry 

New'l hl^mps' } ^" ^^^ "°"''^ °^ Representatives March 28"' 1770. 

Voted, That the Petitioners be heard on their Petition on the third 
day of the siting of the General Assembly after the first day of May 
next and that they cause the Substance of their Petition and this Order 
-of Court to be Published two weeks successively in the New Hamp- 
shire Gazett that any person may shew cause why the Prayer thereof 
should not be granted. 

M. Wcare, Cir. 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Mar. 29"' 1770. 
Read & concur'd 

Geo. King, D. Secry 
Province of 1 In the House of Representatives Janj i*' 1771. The 
New Hampshr J within Petition being Considered and appearing 
Reasonable 
Voted, That the Petitioners have liberty to Bring in a Bill for the 
purpose mentioned in the Petition 

M. Weare, Clr. 

The Deposition of John M'^Calley of Lawful Eage testifyeth and 
sayes, that to his certain Knowledge that the Road through the Society 
Land so called leading to Hillsborough was cutout at the Cost of the 
Inhabitants of said Hillsborough. 

John M'Calley. 

June the 18"' 1770. 

Province of "1 June the iS"' 1770. Then the above named John 
New Hampshire /M Calley Personally appeared and after Due Caution 
and careful Examination made a solemn oath to the 
truth of the above Deposition by him signed to be used at the General 
Court of the Provence aforesaid in behalf of the Petition that the In- 
habitants of Hillsborough has prefered to said General Cort, Praying 
that the Road through the Society land may be made Good at the cost 
of the owners of said land. 

Before, William Clark, Jus. Peace. 

The Deposition of John Gibson of Lawful Eage testifyeth and says 
that he helped to clear out the Road through the Society land so called 
that leads to Hillsborough and that it was done at the cost of the In- 
habitants of said Hillsborough (i). 

John Gibson. 

June the 18"' 1770. 

Province of ) June the 18'" 1770, then the above named John 
New Hampshire J Gibson Personalley appeared and after Due caution 
and carefull Examination made solemn oath to truth 
of the above Deposition by him signed to be used at the General Cort 
of the Provence aforesaid in behalf of a Petition that the inhabitants 
of Hillsborough has prefered to said General Cort Praying that the 
Road through the Society land leading to Hillsborough may be made 
good at the cost of the owners of said Land. 

Before William Clark, Jus. Peace. 

(1) The above depositions were to be used in behalf of the foregoing petition for 
roade. Ed. 



Petition for an Act of Incorporation. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq Captain General, 
Governor and commander in chief In and over his Majestys 
Province of New Hampshire, And to the Honourable his 
Majestys Council of said Province. 
The Petition of the subscribers Inhabitants of a Township 



TOWN PAPERS HILLSBOKOUGH. 381 

called Hillsborough in the Province aforesaid, Humbly 
sheweth, That we have been subjected to the payment of 
Province & County Taxes as fully as the inhabitants of towns 
in this Province, but have not enjoyed equal priviledges. We 
are humbly of opinion that, Collectinjj of Taxes would be 
facilitated to us, good order maintained, the culture of our land 
Encouraged, and many inconveniences removed and good pur- 
poses answered by an incorporation. Therefore we pray that 
said Township Butted and Bounded as follows viz. Begin- 
ning at the Southeast corner of a Beach Tree marked 7, from 
thence South Eighty four degrees & 30 minutes west about six 
miles by the Society Lands so called to a Beach tree marked 
7 & 8, from thence north fifteen degrees West about six miles 
by comon Land so called to a Beach Tree marked 7 & 8 from 
thence North Eighty four degrees & 30 minutes East about six 
miles to a Beach tree marked 7, from thence about six miles 
by the Town of Henniker to the Bounds first mentioned may 
be erected and incorporated a Body politic infranchised with 
the same powers & Priviledges that other Towns in this Prov- 
ince have & enjoy. And your Petitioners as in Duty bound 
will ever Pray. 

Jonathan Duren William Jones 

Timothy Wilkins Benjamin Lovejoy Jr 

Ahijah Lovejoy John Gibson 

John Sargent William Pope 

John Steel William Williams 

Archibald Taggart Isaac Baldwin 

James Gibson Daniel M Neall 

William Taggart Joseph Clark 

John M Calley Isaac Andrews 

George Bemaine Alexander M Clintock 

William Clark Samuel Bradford 



Petitioti of John Hill m behalf of Hillsborough and 
Peterborough^ for protection front the Indians. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Capt General & 
Governor in Chief in & over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampshire, To the Hon''" his Majesties Council & House 
of Representatives in General Court Assembled. 
Jn ' Hill in behalf of himself & the other proprietors of a 
Township N ' 7« ill the line of Towns commonlv called Hills- 
borough & another Township called Pctcrl)orf)Ug!i both in the 
Province of New Hamjjshire, humbly shews That your Peti- 
tioners & the other s' proprietors have been at great Charge & 
Expence in settling & bringing forward y' s ' Townships to their 
present circumstances, there being near 40 familys that would 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

now be in Each of s' Towns but are discouraged by the dan- 
ger of an Indian War, & are now ready to go on if they can 
be protected in their settlement. Wherefore your Petitioner 
in behalf of himself & the other proprietors pray in Consider- 
ation of the great Expence they have been at in these settle- 
ments and the manifest advantage that will accrue to this 
Province from them, that being Frontier Towns they may be 
Defended & protected by this Government as Your Excellency 
& Houn'"'' shall seem meet & vour Petitioners shall ever pray 
&c. 

John Hill. 
Indorsed, '-John Hills, Petition 1744." 



HINSDALE. 



[This town was originally part of Northfield, Ms., from which it was- 
separated when the boundary line was established in 1741. It was in- 
corporated by charter, Sept. 3, 1753. Ed.] 

Petition of Col. Ebenezer Hinsdale in behalf of Noi-thjield. 

To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General, 

Governor & Commander in Chief in & over His Majestys 

Province of New Hampshire and the Honorable His Alajes- 

tys Council for said Province. 

The Humble Petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale of Northfield 
in said Province Esq'' In behalf of himself & others Proprietors 
of the Land in said Place a List of whose names is herewith 
presented. Shews, 

That they & those under whom they claim said Land have 
possessed & Improved the same upwards of Seventy years 
having first entered thereon under a Grant of the Government 
of the Massachusetts Bay & have in that time Encounter'd all 
the Difficulties of the Indian Wars & Struggled with other 
hardships Incident to Frontier settlements begun in the wilder- 
ness remote from cultivated Lands : 

That they have Improv'd the same to a Considerable Degree 
by reason whereof the said place is not only of great advan- 
tage to the settlers but useful to the Government wherein it is 
situate in many Respects too obvious to need enumerating, 
whereby they have som Just pretensions to such Favours as 
may be granted by the Government to any of his Majestys 
Good Subjects & with regard to such as have relation to this 
settlement to be prefer'd to any others : 

That if no Legral title to the said Lands can be derived to the 



TOWN PAPERS HINSDAKK. 385 

Grantees under the Governm' of the Massachusetts, yet by 
virtue of such a Long Seizin in a Country so exposed where 
the Difficulty of Improving of Lands has been vastly beyond 
what it is near other settlements where the settlers have with a 
resolution & Courage scarce Parallell'd Maintain'd their Pos- 
sessions against all Discouragements & made an useful settle- 
ment now in a condition to succour the neighbouring Infant 
Plantations they seem to have a Legal Right to hold the same 
Exonerated from all (jther Duty, than what Loyal Subjects owe 
to their Prince & the Government under which they live For 
they have Purchased the Estates they claim here at a Dear 
Rate upon a just Computation at Least they Humbly Conceive 
it must be allow'd that in Equity they ought so to Enjoy them : 

Wherefore they pray That your Excellency would be pleased 
to Incorporate the settlers upon & the Lands called Northfield 
within the Province of New Hampshire in consideration of 
the Premises with other particular Tracts laid out for farms to 
Particular persons (whose names are Distinguished in said 
List) adjacent there unto, Into a Township & Invest them with 
the Rights & Privileges which other Towns Enjoy in said 
Province if your Excellency & Honours can by any means 
grant the same But if not that you would be Pleased to grant 
the said Lands & Farms to the said Claimers in Proportion & 
according to their Respective claims with such other Lands not 
claimed to such Persons as you shall Judge proper and Incor- 
porate the whole as aforesd as that will greatly Facilitate the 
Further Cultivation & Improvement of said Lands and your 
Petitioners in Duty Bound shall ever pray &c. 

Ebenezer Hinsdaee. 

[No date.] 



Petition of Proprietors ajid claimers of land in Northfield 
south of the Province line. 

Province of \ To Plis Excellency Benning Wentworth 

New Hampshire j Esq. Governour & Commander in Chief 

in & over his Majesties Province of New 

Hampshire & to the Hon''' his Majesties Council for .s** 

Province : 

The Petition of the Proprietors claimers of Land lying 
within his Majesties Province aforesaid heretofore Part of the 
Propriety & Town of Northfield as the same was granted by 
the Province of the Mass''' Bay but by the dividing Line of 
the Province now falls to the North of the said Dividing Line, 
Humbly shews that your Petitioners have long esteemed the s** 
Tract of Land their own Property but being informed by your 



384 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Excellcy andj Honours that the same is his Majesties to be 
granted to such of his subjects as are desirous to take a grant 
upon his Majesties Terms Conditions & Reservations, We 
Humbly pray that we may have a grant of the same so as not 
to interfere or destroy our former survey & laying out, which 
we hope considering our long Possession & the great Charge & 
cost we have been at in defending the same will give us the 
Preference to any others of his Majesties subjects and your 
Petitioners as in Duty bound shall ever pray 
Aug' 29^'' 1753. 



Ebenezer Alexander 
Joseph Burt 
Jonathan Balding 
Samuel Hunt 
Isaac Mattoon 
Nathl Mattoon 
Azariah Wright 
Remembrance Wright 
Ben on i Wriglit 
Phineas Wright 
William Wright 
Willm Ilolton 
AVillm Holton, Jr. 
Ebenezer Severance 
Benjn Rose 
Benjn Brooks 
Daniel Brooks 
Saml Merriman 
Samuel Smith 
Jonathan Jones 
Seth Field 
David Field 
Ebenr Field 
Ebonr Field, Jr 
Moses Field 
Samuel Field 
Paul Field 
Rufus Field 
Joshua Lyman 
Sarah Petty 
Alexr Norton 
Benjn Miller 
Philip Mattoon 
Israel Warner 
Ebenr Warner 
Eleazer Patterson 
Samuel Holton 
Moses Kvans 
Randel Evens 
Lydia Dooliitle 
Lucius Doolittle 
Amzi Doolittle 



Zeb'dh fitebbins 
Thos Stebbins 
Hezekiah Stratton 
Ebenezer Stratton 
Samuel Stratton 
John Stratton 
Eleazer Stratton 
Hezekiah Stratton Jr 
Nathl Dickinson's Heira 
Moses Dickinson 
Nathl Dickinson 
Willm Orvis 
Stephen Belding 
Asahel Burts, Heirs 
Aaron Burt 
Abraham Elgar 
Joseph Alexander 
Philip Alexander 
Saml Root 
Simeon Alexander 
John Hollon 
Bildad Andras 
Joshua Holtons, Heira 
Joseph Pettys, Heirs 
Margaret Petty. 
Joseph Petty 
Josiah Foster 
Jonathan Morton 
Timothy Nash 
Gains Field 
Saml Ashley 
Hezh Elmer 
Jacob Elmer 
Daniel Elmer 
John Avery 
John Grundy 
Beriah Grundy 
Henry Kenney 
Ped:iijah Field 
Joseph Stebbins 
Nehemiah Wright. 



TOWN PAPERS — HINSDALE. 385 

Petition of Ebenczer Hinsdale for frotection against the 
Indians. 

Hinsdale Deceinb"' 24^'' 1755 
To His Excelly Bening Wentwortli Esq. Capt Gen'' & Com- 
mander in Chief in & over his Majestys Province of New 
Hampsh"^ To the Honoui''' his Majestys Councill& House 
of Representatives when In Gen" Court Assembled. 
The petition of Ebenezer Hinsdale of Hinsdale in the 
province of New Hampsh' In behalfe of himself & others of 
said Town, Humbly Sheweth that the said Place is the first 
Town above the Massachusetts line on Connecticut River a 
part of which has been under Improvement for sixty or seventy 
years past ; 

That they have now made Considerable Improvements Even 
above any Town Ship In the province of New Hampsh'' on 
s' River ; 

That they have been formerly Protected by the Province of 
the Massachusetts Bay but have Lately been much Neglected 
as not being within their Line of Jurisdiction ; 

That of late we have been kindly cared for of your Excelly 
& Honours which Imboldens us to pray to you for yo"^ further 
care. 

We look upon ourselves one of the most Exposed places in 
these parts In as much as the desent from Crown Point by the 
way of Otter Creek & down west River (out of the way of 
our Forts at Lake George &c) Is as Easey by West River to 
us as by Black River to Charles town the uppermost Settle- 
ment on Connecticut River. 

It is Evident from the Numerous attacks made on this place 
at the close of the last Warr, and their Repeated strokes on us 
the last Summer that we are a people much Exposed & Stand 
in as special need of your Protection as any Place what so 
ever, and without it we cannot long continue here. 

I have Compleated the best fortification in these parts as 
will be allowed by any who have seen it. It appears hard to 
give it up to his Majestys Enemies, Never the less I must be 
obliged to Resign it with out your assistance In the Protection 
of it. 

We are in Constant fear of an Enemy desending upon us 
since the forces are drawn off in a great measure from Lake 
George In as much as those Forts maintain'd there stand not 
in the Way of the Enemies usuall Desent upon these frontiers. 
We therefore Intreat you will afford us a speedy & Steady- 
Protection & we as in Duty bound will ever pray. 

Ebenez' Hinsdale, 

In y° name of y'" rest. 

25 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

In Council Jany 2"^ 1756, 

Read & recommended & ordered to be sent Down to the Hon'''' As- 
sembly 

Theod'' Atkinson, Secry. 



Petition of Danitl "Jones of Hinsdale for remission of 
taxes. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain Gener- 
all and Governor in chief in and over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and to the Honorable his Majestys 
Council and House of Representatives in Generall Court^ 
Assembled, June 25"' 1766. 

The petition of Uaniel Jones of Hinsdale within said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in Behalf of the Inhabitants of that 
part of Hinsdale which lieth within The province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid, Humbly shews That by his Majestys 
Order in Council of July 30''' 1764 Connecticut River is the 
Dividing Line Between the Province of New Hampshire & 
New York By which settlements Near one half of y Poles 
and Rateable Estate within the Town of Hinsdale are taken 
into the Province of New York. By which means the Inhab- 
itants of that part of said Hinsdale which lieth wnthin the Prov- 
inceof NewHampshirehavebeen obliged to pay for y year past 
towards the province tax that whole sum of money or proportion 
of the province tax that used to be Laid on the Inhabitants & 
Rateable Estate of y*^ Town of Hinsdale on Both sides of 
Connecticut River. Your Petitioner therefore in Behalf of 
the Inhabitants of y*^ town of Hinsdale within said Province 
of N. Hampshire Humbly prays your Excellency and Honors 
woud remit to sa-d Inhabitants that part of the Province tax 
that would have been laid on y"' Inhabitants of Hinsdale on the 
Western side of Connecticut River had they have remained to 
y*^ Province of New Hampshire for y ' year past & also to 
assess them for the Future in the same proportion with other 
Towns within said Province all which is humbly submitted by 

Dan' Jones. 
Jime 5"' 1766. 

Province of New Hampshire, 
In Council 4"" July 1766, 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon**'' house. 
T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 

At a Legall meetingof the Inhabitants of the Town of Hinsdale held 
at Hinsdale on y"= 30'" day of October 1765, Voted, that Daniel Jones 
Esq. Messrs Thomas Taylor »Si Daniel Shattuck the Selectmen of said 
Town of Hinsdale or Either of them is hereby appointed and desired to* 



TOWN PAPERS-^HINSDALE. 387 

fhfS'/ ^^^•"'°" '° ^u^ Generall Court for the province of New Hamp- 
sh:re des.remg an abatement of the province Tax for the present Y^Jr 
Ih.t us'^H M ?%■■' 'L' Considerable part of said TownV Hinsdlle 
Ih?r. i Tu •'"'^l'^'' ^^^ '"PP"-"' °^ t'^e Province of New Hamp- 

shire :s Now within the province of New York "imp 

th^Towh^of i^ "^Z? Copp.yof Record Extracted from the Records of 
the Towh of Hinsdale within the province of New Hampshire. 

Decern' 9"" 1767 ^''"' •^°"" '^°''" ^^''^' ^""^ ^^''^ Hinsdale. 



388 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



Province rate for the town of Hinsdale^ ^1^'\i including 
Polls ^ Real estate & Personal estate. 

[The sum total of each only is carried out. Ed.] 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Qi- 


Thomas Holton 




lO 


3 


2 


William Orvis 




14 


I 




Eleazer Paterson 




II 


10 


3 


Samuel Stratton 


I 




6 


3 


Joseph Stebbins 


I 




8 


2 


Jacob Elmer 






7 


a 


Jonathan Hunt 


I 




10 


2 


Capt. Orlando Bridgman 




13 




I 


Orlando Bridgman, jr. 




3 


9 


I 


John Bridgman 




12 


7 




Amos Tute 




14 


6 


3 


Daniel Sargeant 




8 


9 


2 


Rufus Sargeant 




8 


6 


3 


Isaac Barret 




15 


I 




Capt. Nathan Willard 


I 


2 


9 




Wd. Lois Butler 




3 


4 


3 


Moses Rice 




3 


9 


I 


Benjamin Barret 




9 


3 




Benj' Barret, jun. 




5 


5 




Oliver Barret 




5 


7 


3 


John Barret 




4 


I 




Thomas Rockwood 




3 


9 


I 


Daniel Jones, Esq'' 


I 


2 




2 


Mrs. Abigail Hinsdale alias Hall 




15 


3 




Daniel Shattuck 




19 


5 


2 


Peter Evans 


I 


9 


II 


2 


Aaron Cooper 




12 


I 


2 


Ebenezer Cooper 




6 




2 


Elijah Cooper 




6 




2 


Col. Wm. Svmms 




3 


II 


2 


En. Thos. Taylor 


I 




4 




Lt. John Evans 


I 


9 


3 




Hez- Elmer 




12 


10 


2 


Aaron Wright 




7 


2 


3 


Moses Belding 






9 




Samuel Orvis 




3 


7 




Wm. Orvis, jun. 




3 


9 


I 


Sam' Friswell 






6 




Reuben Friswell 




4 


4 


3 


Benj. Emmons 




4 


I 




Josiah Mirick 




6 


I 




Israel Rowley 




3 


7 




Joseph Prentice 




3 


7 




Zur. Evans .? 




3 


II 


1 


D^ Sam' Mattoon 




I 






John Holton 
Lt. Jon» Belding 






9 






7 







TOWN PAPERS — HINSDALE. 389 

Province rate for Hinsdale {continued). 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Or- 


Lt. Josh. Lyman 




I 


9 




Simeon Lyman 




I 


9 




Seth Lyman 




I 


9 




Giis. Thos. Alexander 






10 


2 


Aaron Burt 




8 


3 




Sam' Smith, jun 




I 


6 




Elisha Smith 




I 


3 




Reuben Smith 




I 






Joseph Stebbins 






3 




Zebadiah Stebbins 






3 




Josiah Stebbins 






3 




Ebenezer Stratton 






10 


2 


Hezekiah Stratton 




I 


3 




D' Medad Pomroy 




I 






D' Bildad Andrews 




I 


6 




David Wright 






9 




Reuben Wright 






9 






£26 









This Rate of the Province Tax is to be understood in Sterling or 
Lawful money of great Brittain, made by us 

John Evans "| 

Wm. Orvis J- assessors 

John Bridgman j 

Nov' 27, 1764. 

Province of New Hamp" May 29"> 1766. 

Then Mr. Amos Tute appeared before me & made Oath that the 
within is a true coppy of an assessment made for the Province tax for 
y' year 1764, which was comniitted to him as constable to collect, and 
it is y"> assessment by which y" Rate was collected. 

Dan' Jones, Jus. Pacis. 



Report of Committee. 
We find by Examining into the state of Hinsdale by Reason of part 
of said Town being Taken into the Government of New York there 
ought to be Remitted to said Hinsdale the sum of Two pounds six Shil- 
lings Lawfull money and the sum of thirteen pounds sixteen shillings 
New Tenor of their Province Tax for the year 1765, & the sum of Two 
pounds fourteen shillings & sixpence Lawfull money & the sum of 
Eleven pounds thirteen shillings & six pence New Tenor for the year 
1766; also the sum of three pounds Fourteen shillings & three pence 
Lawfull money for the year 1767. And beg leave to Report the same 
accordingly 



f h" r'^nlrrfr'' I Committee 
John Oiddmge J 



^s^ 



'NEW- WAMPSHIRE 



Names of Inhahiiants of 'Hinsdale^ classed according to 
location^ with amount of tax. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Qr. 


Thomas Holton, 




10 


3 


a 


Wm. Orvis 




14 


I 




Eleaz' Paterson 




II 


10 


2 


Samuel Stratton 


I 




6 


2 


Joseph Stebbins 


I 




8 


2 


Jacob Elmer 
Jonathan Hunt 






7 


2 


I 




10 


2 


Capt. Orlando Bridgman 




13 




I 


Orlando Bridgman, jr 




3 


9 


I 


John Bridgman 




12 


7 




Amos Tute 




14 


6 


•2 


Daniel Sargeant 




8 


9 


2 


Rufus Sargeant 




8 


6 


a 


Samuel Orvis 




3 


7 




Wm. Orvis, jun 




3 


9 


-I 


Samuel Friswell 




I 


6 




Reuben Friswell 




4 


4 


3 


Israel Rowley 




3 


7 






£9 1 15 


I 





The above are those' Persons that live on the west side of Connecti- 
cut River within the Town of Hinsdale 



Names of those who own land ifi Hinsdale on the West side 
of Connecticut River^ who dwell in other Towns^ for 
"vdhich they are-rated. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Qr. 


-Doct. Samuel Mattoon 




I 






.John Holton 






9 1 




.Lt. John Belding \ 




7 






Aaron Burt 




3 


3 




.Eben"^ Stratton 






10 


-3 


• Hezekiah Stratton 




I 


3 




Doct. Medad Pomroy 




I 






JJoct. Bildad Andrews 




I 


6 






£0 


16 


■7 


'3 



TOWN PAPERS — HINSDALE. ^I 

Names of those that live y''- East side of Connecticut River 
in Hinsdale. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Or- 


Isaac Barret 




15 


I 




Capt. Nathan Willard 


1 




9 




Wd. Lois Butler 




3 


4 


3 


Moses Rice 




3 


9 


I 


Benja. Barret 




9 


3 




Mrs. Abigail Hinsdale, alias Hall 




15 


3 




Daniel Shattuck 




19 


5 


'% 


Peter Evans 


I 


9 


n 


'3 


Aaron Cooper 




12 


I 


3 


Eben' Cooper 




6 




'z 


Col. Wm. Svmmes 




3 


II 


*3 


En. Thos. Taylor 


I 




4 




Elijah Cooper 




6 




3 


Benj^^ Barret, jun 




5 


5 




Oliver Barret 




5 


7 


'3 


John Barret 




4 


I 




Thomas Rockwood 




3 


9 


I 


Daniel Jones, Esq. 


I 






3 


Lt. John Evans 


I 


9 


3 




Hesekean Elmore 




12 


10 


'3 


Aaron Wright 




7 


2 , 


3 


Moses Belding 




12 


9 




Benj' Emmons 




4 






osiah Merrick 




6 


I 




'oseph Prentice 




3 


7 




Zur Evens 




3 


II 


3 




£14 


10 


2 





Deduct one-third of Lt. John Evans Rate & one-third of Mrs. Abi- 
gail Hall Rate for Land they own on y" West side of y" River, it being 
14 ,, II, & add to y- West side. 



392 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



The following are those persons that live out of the Town of Hins- 
dale who own land for which they are rated. 

Natties of those who own Land on y'^ East side who live in 
other Towns. 



Names. 


£. 


S. 


d. 


Or- 


Lt. Joshua Ljman 






9 




Simeon Ljman 






9 




Seth Ljman 






9 




Thomas Alexander 






10 


T 


Aaron Burt 










Samuel Smith 






6 




Elisha Smith 






3 




Reuben Smith 










Joseph Stebbins 






3 




Zebediah Stebbins 






3 




David Wright 






9 




Reuben Wright 






9 






£o 


17 


10 


2 



An Assessment of £26 Sterling the 
West side of Connecticut River, paid 
& the East side 
8: 81-2 Loss. 



£11 
14. 



6,, 
13 n 



Vote to remit Tax, &c. 

New°H!imps°hire } ^^^- ^3"' 1768 in the House of Representatives, 

The house having taken under Consideration the Petition of Daniel 
Jones in behalf of the Town of Hinsdale in this Province Representing 
that part of said Town by his Majesty Late order had fallen into the 
Province of New York & thereby near half of the Polls & Rateable 
Estate of said Town were now in that Province by which the whole of 
the Province Tax fell upon that part of said Town which remained in 
this Province and praying that so much of the said Tax might be Re- 
mitted as would have been paid by the Poles & Estates so taken off 
from said Town and appointed a Com'"^ to Examine the Affair find that 
for the cause aforesaid there ought to be remitted to said Town the sum 
of two pounds six shillings Lawfull money & thirteen pounds sixteen 
shillings, New Tenor bills of Cred' of said province their Prov Tax 
for the year 1765 the sum of two pounds fourteen shillings & six pence 
Lawfull money the sum of eleven pounds thirteen shill' six pence New 
Tenor for the year 1766, and the sum of three pounds fourteen shills& 
three pence Lawful money for the year 1767 which having been consid- 
ered therefore. Voted, 

That the said several sums be allowed remitted & discounted with the 
said Town of Hinsdale of which the Treasurerof this Province is to take 
Due Notice & settle with the said Town accordingly which shall be al- 
lowed to him in his account with the Province. 

And further as it appears that the proportion of Rateable Estate & 
Polls so taken ofT from said Town is two fifths therefore it is Consid- 



TOWN PAPERS HINSDALE. 393 

ered & ordered that the Treasurer in issuing his future warrants Ob^ 
serve the same Si conform the same accordingly till a new Proportion 
shall be made. 

M. Weare, Clr. 
In Council Eodem Die, 
Read & Concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secrj. 

Assented, J. Wentworth. 



Petition for a ?ic-ju County. 
15 Dec To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain 
1767. General & Commander in Chief in and over His 

Majestvs Province of New Hampshire &c. and 
to the Honorable His Majestys Council and House 
of Representatives in General Court Assembled 
on the 15 Day of Dec', Anno Domini 1767 ; 
Humbly shews Josiah Willard, Benjamin Bellows, Daniel 
Jones, Samuel Chase Agents for the Towns of Hinsdale, Win- 
chester, Richmond, Swanzey, Chesterfield, Westmoreland 
Keene, Gilsum, Monadnock N" 4, N ' 5 & N" 6, Alestead, 
Walpole, Alarlow, Charlestown, New Burnet, Claremont, 
Newport, Cornish, Croydon, Plainfield, Lebanon, Hanover, 
Canaan, & Lime that there are are about Eight Hundred Fam- 
ilies in the abovementioned. Towns between the height of 
Land and Connecticut River in said Province who continually 
are at very great Expence in sending their Deeds to the pub- 
lick Records for said Province, Prosecuti'g of suits at Com- 
mon Law, proving of wills & settling intestate estates and 
many other inconveniences your Petitioners labour under by 
reason of their being so for distant from the several Courts & 
Offices proper to settle the same. Your Petitioners therefore 
in behalf of themselves and Constituents humbly pray that the 
W^estern part of said Province of New Hampshire adjoining 
to Connecticut River may be erected into a distinct County 
with such Priviledges & Immunities as shall be necessary for 
the well Regulating of the same, ik. that from Connecticut 
River the bounds of said County may be extended East to the 
Monadnock mountains & from y' Line of the province North 
as far as the North Line of Lime or otherwise as your Excel- 
lency & Honors shall think fit, all which is Humbly submitted 
by 

Josiah Willard 
B. Bellows 
Sam' Chase 
Dan Jones. 



I35I4 TiE-W HAMPSHIRE 

^Petition of Doct. Josiah Pomroy for permission to inoculate 

for small pox. 
To His Excellency, John Wentworth Esq. Captain Generall 

& GovernoLir in Chief in and over his Majestys Province of 

New Hampshire and to the Honorable his Majestys Council. 

The petition of Josiah Pomroy of Hatfield in the County of 
Hampshire, Humbly shews and gives your Excellency and 
Honors to be informed that your Petitioner is about to remove 
to Hinsdale in said Province of New Hampshire with a view 
to perform the Office of a surgeon and Physician in its sev- 
erall Branches and since Innoculation for the small pox has 
been practised with so much success & with such advantage to 
mankind, your petitioner is desirous of pursuing that Branch 
of His Profession at Hinsdale aforesaid provided he can do it 
under the protection of your Excellency & Honors, as Hinsdale 
is a convenient place for the Purpose above mentioned and the 
Inhabitants are willing to have it pursued Your petitioner 
therefore Humbly prays that he may have Liberty granted him 
by your Excellency and Honors to erect a Hospital for the 
purpose of Innoculation under such restrictions as your Excel- 
lency & Honors in Great Wisdom shall think proper. All 
which is humbly submitted by your Excellency & Honors most 
■Obe'' Humble Serv' 

Josiah Pomroy. 

[No date.] 



flOLDEllNESS. 



[Holderness Was first granted by charter, Oct. 10, 1751, to John Shep- 
ard and others. Ed.] 

Petition of Samuel Liver more for txvo rights of Land. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esquire Captain Gen- 
eral, Governour and Commander in Chief in and over his 
Majestys Province of New Hampshire &c. 
The petition of Samuel Livermore of Portsmouth in the 
Province aforesaid Esq' Humbly sheweth, That in and by His 
Majestys Grant or Charter of New Holderness in said Prov- 
ince, There was given and Granted unto William Cammell 
and William Garrow each of them a Right or share in said 
Town under Certain Conditions in said Charter Mentioned, 
which Conditions the said Cammell and Garrow Have Totally 



TOWN PAPKRS HOLDERNESS. 395 

Neglected to fulfill, Whereby They have Forfeited their said 
Rights or shares and his Majesty is become Resiezed thereof 

Your Petitioner Therefore prays your Excellency would 
grant your Petitioner the said Two Rights or shares of Land 
under such Conditions & Qiiit Rents to His Majesty as your 
Excellency shall think fit. 

And your Petitioner as he is in Duty bound shall Ever Pray 
&c. 

Samuel Livermore. 

Portsmouth June iS"' 1770. 

Deposition of Samuel Eaton. 
The Deposition of Samuel Eaton of New Holderness who Testifies 
& Says that he had Lived in New Holderness about Five years and has 
been acquainted with said Town ever since the first settlement Thereof, 
and that William Cammell and William Garrow both being Grantees 
in said Township have not nor either of them Cultivated any land in 
said Town nor done any thing Towards the settlement of their Rights 
Therein or any part thereof and further this Deponent saith not. 

Samuel Eaton. 

Province of ) May 30''' 1770. The said Samuel Eaton person- 
New Hampshire /ally appeared and made solemn Oath to the truth of 
the foregoing Deposition, Taken In perpetuam Rei 
Memoriam Before us. 

John Newmarch "I Justices of the 
Reuben Kidder J peace, unis Quorum 

Deposition of Thomas Vokes. 
The Deposition of Thomas Vokes of New Holderness who Testifies 
and says that he has Lived at said New Holderness about Three years, 
and has been acquainted with said Town e\er since the first settlement 
thereof and that William Cammell & William Garrow both being 
grantees in said township have not nor Either of them cultivated any 
land in said Town nor done anything towards the settlement of Their 
Rights Therein or any part Thereof, and Further this depo' saith not 

his 
Thomas X Vokes 
mark 
Test. Richd Cutts Shannon. 



Province of \ May 31" 1770. The Said Thomas Vokes person- 
New Hampshire /ally appeared and made Solemn Oath to the Truth 
of the foregoing Deposition, Taken In Pfirpetuatti 
Rie memoriam. Before us, 

John Newmarch 1 Just Peace 
H. Wentworth / unis Q^oram 



396 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Petition of Proprietors for extension of their grant. 
To His Excellency John Wentworth Esq. Captain General 
Governor and Commander in Chief in and over His Majes- 
tys Province of New Hampshire, In Council 
The Petition of Hercules Mooney and divers others, Pro- 
prietors of New Holderness, whose names are hereunto sub- 
scribed. Most humbly shews : 

That the said Proprietors have clear'd much land in the said 
Township, and made considerable Improvement there, but 
have not hitherto been able to comply strictly with the Terms 
of the charter. That as the said Proprietors have nothing 
more at Heart than to compleat the settlement of said Town, 
and have already got twenty Families there and hope soon to 
see it in a flourishing Situation, They most humbly pray your 
Excellency (with advice of His Majestys Council) That such 
further time may [be] given to your Petitioners and the rest 
of the proprietors to compleat the said settlement as to you in 
your great wisdom shall seem meet. And your Pet-^ as irt 
duty bound shall ever pray &c. 

Hercules Mooney Jacob Shepard 

John Sheperd Charles Bamford 

Thomas Ellison Charles Bamford Jr 

Archelaus Miles Francis Drew- 

Andrew Baker Daniel Evans 

William M'Crillis 
Portsmouth 22' Jan'y 1772. 



Petition to send a Representative. 
Province of | To his Excellency John Wentworth Esq. 
New Hampshire ) Capt General Governour & Commander 
in Chief of said Pi'ovince of New Hamp- 
shire &c, &c. 
The petition of the Subscribers being Freeholders & Inhab- 
itants of New Holderness in the Coiaity of Stratford in said 
province of New Hampshire, Humbly sheweth that no more 
than four of the towns in said Countv send representatives to 
the General Assembly & that none of those are situated in the 
upper part of said County, That the upper part of said County 
is increasing & has latjly increased, with Surprising rapidity 
& that the Priviledge of sending representatives to the general 
assembly always has been"& is Esteemed a great incourage- 
ment to the inhabitants of this province, and as the said town 
of New Holderness is likely to become the most considerable 
town in that part of said county, your petitioners humbly pray 
the said priviledge of sending a representative to the next 



TOWN PAPERS HOLMS. 397 

general assembly, may be extended to them, and your peti- 
tioners as in Duty bound, shall ever pray &c. 

New Holderness, January 31'' 1774- 

Bryan Sweeney Thomas Shepard 

William EUit John Shaw 

Charles Cox, Jr Joseph Hicks 

Will'" Blair Samuel Gains 

John Blair Charles Cox 

William Blair Jr Charles Cox y- 3'* 

John Heron Joseph Cox 

And" Smyth William Cox 

Tho' Yokes Richard Shepard 

William Moor Jacob Shepard 

Sam' Wallis John Ennis 

Sam' Liyermore Joseph Shapard 

Samuel Sheperd William Pipar 

Samuel Curry John Shepard. 



HOLLIS. 

[This town was originally a part of Dunstable, being, as early as 
1743 the West Parish of that town. It was incorporated 3 April, 1746. 
Ed.J 

Petitiofi for a Committee to locate the Meeting-house. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Gov"^ &*= The 

Hon "^^ His Majestys Council & House of Representatives 

in Gen' Court assembled &c. 

The petition of Stephen Aims of Holies in Behalf of him- 
self and Sundry other of the Inhabitants of the said Town 
Humbly sheweth : That the Inhabitants of that part of Old 
Dunstable were by the Massachusetts about seven years ago 
Incorporated into a parrish taking about three miles more east- 
ward than tlieir town line now Runs: 

That while under that Incorporation a meeting house place 
was agreed on justly situated as was then apprehended tho' a 
meeting house was not then Erected. The Settlement being 
new the additional Inhabitants settled as near that place for 
the sake of being in the middle of a town as they could : 

That by the late Incorporations here about three miles of 
the East end of the Parish is taken to Dunstable which Brings 
the East line of Holies within one mile & an half of where 
the meeting house place was agreed to as afores' 

That the west line of the town is near upon Five miles to 
the West of s' Place and some Inhabitants already settled to 



398 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

the Out Side ; And agreat deal of Land there good for settle- 
ments that cannot be accomodated else where which as we 
apprehend Renders that place very unequall & unjust, Not- 
withstanding there is at present the major part of y ' Inhab- 
itants accomodated to that place, there setling there occasioned 
by the apprehension of it being the middle of the town (tho 
Nothing in proportion to the selleable Land else where, who 
have voted that same place again for that use and have agreed 
to Raise a meeting house there next Wednesday that some of 
us your Peti'~ with some Others since in the whole applyed 
to the select" for a meeting Further to know^ the minds of the 
town and to Consider of the unreasonableness of its being sett 
in that place, but the Laws of this Province Requiring thirty 
Subscribers (our town Consisting of but about fifty might 
well be expected Impracticable) was refused and should the 
meeting House be now Raised and finished it would be very 
unequall much Discourage the settlement of the west part and 
as soon as any considerable number more is settled must be 
pulled Down, Many Changes in Hyways and w^e be Loaded 
with great Charge as well as leave Room for much Contention 
and disturbance. 

Wherefore your Pete'^" most humbly pray that your Excel- 
lency & Hon'' would consider of the premises, and appoint 
a Committee att the charge of this town or as your Excellency 
& Hon" shall order to view our situation and circumstances, 
and to order where the Said House shall be Erected and in y" 
mean time to Direct that the Raising y House now Framed 
may be deflered till that can be done & your Peti'" as in Duty> 
Bound shall pray. 

Stephen Ames. 
In Council read &c. 

recommended Aiij^. j'" 11, 1746. 

R. Wibird, pro Sec'" 
Province of "I Wee the Subscribers Inhabitants of the town of Hoi- 
New Hamp' / les do hereby desire & Impower Stephen Aims in our 
names & behalf to peti' the gov"^ & Council or whole 
Gen" Court of the province of New Hamp'' <Si Represent our circum- 
stances in erecting a meeting House in s' Town in a place we appre- 
hend unreasonable tk, pray for Relief in the Premises. 
Dated at Holies y 5''' of August 1746. 
Joseph M Daniell Jasher Wyma n 

Stepiien Ames Isaac Farran 

William Admes Jonathan Melven 

Sam' Parker John Melven 

Moses Proctor James M Daniell 

James Whiting Randel M Daniell 

Samuell Douglass 



TOWN PAPERS HOULIS. 



399U 



Petition of Samuel Cutnings for protection against the 
Indians. 
To His Excellency Beniiing Wentworth Esq. Capt General, 
Governour and Commander in cheif in & over His Majes- 
tys Province of New Hampshire, The Hon' " His Majcstys 
Conncil & Honse of Representatives for said Province in 
General Assembly Convened the 2' Day of April 1747 
The Humble Petition of Samuel Cummings of Hollis in 
said Province yeoman in behalf the said Town of Hollis, 
Shevys, That the said Town is a Frontier Town & much Ex- 
posed to Danger from the Indian enemy and the number of 
Eflective men belonging to the same not exceeding fifty who 
have all or most of them families to take care of & being 
mostly new Setlers have much Labour on their hands to sub- 
due & cultivate their Lands &c ; That tlicir situation is such 
that they dare not venture to work without a guard & their 
work so great & disproportion^ to their strength Especially 
Including their necessary care of Defending themselves that, 
they are unable to perform it without assistance which if they 
cannot have they must unavoidably neglect their Husbandry 
& spend their time in watching & warding & in that case 
many of their families must sutier for want of necessaries of 
Life; 

That they are apprehensive of the Great charge the Gov- 
ernment is now at & tliat the case of the said Town is doubt- 
less the case of other Places in this Regard & therefore would 
desire nothing more than appears to them to be absolutely 
necessary which is, and for which they Humbly Pray that 
they may be allow'd a scout of ten or a dozen men for the En- 
suing season till the Danger of the summer & fall of the year 
is over & the harvest past who may be a guard to the People 
of the Town while & where they may have occasion of work- 
ing in places of Danger or to be otherways Imploy'd for the 
safety of the People as the commanding officer or Officers of 
the Town should Direct an I your petitioner shall as in duty 
bound in behalf of his constituents ever pray 

Sam" Cummings 



Province of ) In the House of Representatives 14"" 
New Hampshire j Maj 1747. 

Voted, That in answer to the annexed Petition the whole of the 
Lands in s** Town of Holies be taxed annually for four years next en- 
suing two Pence p' acre to be apply'd for the support of the ministry & 
finishing y" meeting House & that they be enabled to collect y' same 
and that they have Liberty to bring a Bill accordingly 

D. Peirce, Clr. 



400 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



In the House of Representatives i6"' Ma}- 1747 

It is farther Voted, That y" Inhabitants of s'^ Holies make it appear 
by an account to be render'd annually to y" Gen' Assembly that the 
nioney has been apply'd for y=" uses abovesaid on pain of refunding y» 
same 

D. Pierce, Clr. 
In council Eod" Die, 
read & concurrd, 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry 
Eod"" Die 

Assented to 

B. Wentworth. 

Petition for a Tax on non-residents' lands. 

Province of ) To His Excellency Benning Wentworth 

New Hami^shire I Esq. Gov'' &c. The Hon''"' his Maj' 

Council & House of Represent^''^ in 

Gen" Assembly Convened March 31*' I747- 

The petition of Sam' Cumings in Behalf of the Town of 
Holies Humbly Sheweth : 

That the s** Town has Lately settled a minister and are now 
a building a meeting House for the publick worship of God 
there ; 

That the Setlers of s*^ Town has but Lately entered thereon 
and altho a considerable progress in agriculture has been 
made (the only way we have for our support) yet find these 
Charges very burthensome ; 

That a Considerable part of the best Lands in s** Town be- 
long to nonresident prop"* who make no Improvement ; 

That by the arduous begining the settlement & heavy 
charges by us already paid has greatly advanced their Lands, 
& they are still rising in Value, Equal as the Resident prop" 
tho the charges hitherto and for the future must Lye on y'^ 
Setlers only unless we obtain the assistance of this Hon*^'* 
Court ; 

Wherefore your Pet' most humbly Prays that y'' Excellency 
and Hon'^'' would take the premises into your consideration 
and grant the Whole of the Lands in s' township may be 
taxed annually for five years next cuming two pence new ten- 
nor p acre to be apply'd for the support of the minister & fin- 
ishing y'= meeting house and by Law enabling us to collect the 
same, & y'^ Pet'^'' as in Duty Bound shall pray &c. 

Samuell Cumings. 

In Council April i»' 1747. 

read & Sent Down to the Hon'''' Hoase 

Theodore Atkinson, Secry. 



TOWN PAPERS HOLMS. 



401 



Prov. of New1 In the House of Representatives 
Hampshire / April i' 1747, 

Voted. That y" Petitioner be heard on his Petition y' third Day of y* 
setthig of y Gen' Assembly after y first mondaj in May next and that 
y' Petitioner at his own proper cost advertise y publick two or three 
weeks Successively between this day & y aforesaid third l^ay of y set- 
ting of y Gen' Assembly in one of y publick News papers of y mat- 
ter of y prayer of this Petition that every one may have opportunity 
to Shew cause if any they have why y^ i'rayer of s' Petition should 
not be granted. 

D. Peirce, Clr. 
In Council April 2' 1747. 
Read & Concurr'd. 

Sam' Solly Pro Sec'y 



Eodcm Die. 



Consented to 



B. Wentwokth. 



Petition for dividi)ig the Province into two Counties. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentvvorth Esq. Gov'' &c, The 

Hon "■ His Majestys Councill & House of Representatives 

in Generall Assembly Convened at Ports'"" y' 9"' of April 

1754- 

Wee the Subscribers, Inhabitants of the Province of New 
Hamp- on the Western side of Merrimack River, Would 
Humbly Remonstrate : That the Extent of the settlement of 
this Province is upwards of One Hundred miles westward 
from Portsmouth the Place where all the Courts are held. 
That the Difficulties of travill and Expence to and from Ports- 
mouth on all County Emergencies Lays the western Inhab- 
itants under Insuperable Disadvantage, and Occasions Great 
Delay to the Parties & Jurors who necessarily attend the courts 
of Judicature and tends Greatly to the Impoverishment of the 
Province : That we Humbly apprehend these (Grievances might 
be in some good measure Redressed by Dividing the Province 
into two Countys, which also would be a means of a great In- 
crease of Inhabitants & Improvements on the Western 
parts of this Government. Wherefore we humbly pray that 
your Excellency & Hon"^* wou'd take the premises into Con- 
sideration and Divide the Province into two Countys by 
such Dividing line and with such Powers and Authoritys 
as in your wisdom shall be Tho't best and as in Duty Bound 
shall pray 

Johu (Jiimiii|^.-i Ezekel Jewel 

Zedekiali Drury Niclas French 

William Satibo Daniel Eiuersou 

Zechriah Lawrincc Francis Worcester 

John liuyntou Jo.siali Conant 

Samuel .Jewet Francis Worcester, Jr 

26 



402 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



John Hale 
Saml Cummings 
Nathl Townsend 
Nathl Townsend, Jr 
Phinehas Hardy 
Step Jewet 
William Tenuey 
Benja Abbot 
Christopher Lovejoy 
Jacob Blanchard 
John Brown 
Francis Phelps 
John Boynton, Jr 
Samll Farley 
Jonathan Melvin 
Peter Powers 
Saml Goodhue 
Elias Smith 
Saml Brown 
Th08 Nevins 
Abraham Leman 
Peter Wheeler 
Benja Blanchard, Jr 
Enoch Noyes 
Jonathan Lovejoy 
Edward Carter 
Whitcom Powers 
Stephen Aimes 



Stephen Powers 
William Adames 
Waldo Emerson 
Abraham Densmoor 
Saml Barret 
Benja Blanchard 
Nathaniel Blood 
Moses Smith 
Josiah Brown 
Benja Aston 
Thos Asten 
John Asten 
Moses Procter 
Samuel 1 Leman 
SamucU Leman, Jr 
Stephen Hazelton 
Thos Woulley (?) 
Thomas Chamberlain 
Samuel Borge 
Peter Wheler, Jr 
Stephen Harris 
Robt Colburn 
James Wheeler 
Jonathan Taylor 
William Colburn 
William Colburn Jr 
David Nervms 
John Goodhue 



Pine Hill {a part of Mollis) Petitioit relating to being set 

off from Mollis . 
May it please your Excellency ; The Honorable Council & 
• House of Representatives ; 

I am desir'd in behalf of a number of people at one Pine 
Hill in Dunstable, to beg the prayer of their petition may be 
granted Relating their being set of to Holies, & that Your 
Excellency & Honoi^s may have a Just Idea of the matter, Rep- 
resent it as follows, Viz : about the year 1747 a Com'*^^' consist- 
ing of five persons were appointed by the Gov' &c (Two of 
which belong'd to Dunstable) to view the Lands about Merry 
mac River, to see in what manner it was Best to Bound them 
in the Incorporation, & when they went on the Business, went 
no Further westward than the Old Town of Dunstable, A 
com"''' from Holies came down, & Desird the com*''' would go 
& view the situation of Holies & Pine Hill, & urg'd it hard, 
but the com'" could not be prevailed on to go any further that 
way (the opposition we judge was made by Dunstable) 
whether to Hinder an Impartial survey or not, we dont pretend 
to say ; but in the conclusion we apprehend were greatly in- 



TOWN PAPERS HOLLIS. 



40s 



jur'd by that Com"^'^^'-'' Determination, soon after Dunstable was 
Incorporated they got into partys about settling M'' Bird Each 
Courted Pine Hills assistance, promising to vote them off to 
Holies as soon as the matter was settled ; and so Pine Hill was 
fed with sugar Plums for a number of years till at length Dun- 
stable cast off the mask & now appears in their True Colours 
which was in the first place to get us Joyn'd & Incorporated 
with them Tho' much to our disadvantage & Expectation when 
we settled there For under the Government of the Massachu- 
sett we belonged to Holies, & in consequence of which we 
help'd Build a large meeting house, & it was set to accommo- 
date us, &. help't to settle a minister, not in the least Doubting 
but we should always belong their, & besides well knowing we 
could never be accommodated by being Join'd with Dunstable, 
but not withstanding all this ; we were put to Dunstable by this 
committees Determination, (and all by reason we humbly con- 
ceive of their not viewing our situation,) we have ever since 
attended the worship of God at Holies & paid our Taxes to 
Ihe minister there, Tho in the mean time we have ben call'd 
upon to pay ministerial Rates with Dunstable in a full propor- 
tion with the rest except some Trifling Abatements they 
made us in order to keep us quiet. 

We know of no other Real Objection that Dunstable has to 
our going off, But Reducing them to too small a number to 
maintain the Gospel, but if their Inclinations may be Judg'd 
by their practice, it cant be tho't they have any Inclinations to 
settle a minister, as for other Taxes we shall not be against 
doing what is reasonable, but allowing it would hurt Dun- 
stable, that ought not to hurt us, who when we settled there 
never Expected to have any Concerns with them as a Town, 
That for Dunstable, because they gain'd us in the Incorpora- 
tion (and as we apprehend verry unjustly) now to hold us so 
much to our prejudice, we think we have just cause of com- 
plaint. Dunstable as it lys now Consists of about one hundred 
familys, and all we ask to be set oft' is but about Twelve. That 
After we are taken they will be more in number, & better able 
to support a minister, than many Towns in the Government, 
that dos it, That their opposition must arise from some other 
Qiiarter, to keep us as whips for one party or the other to 
Drive out every minister that comes their, for they are always 
Divided with Respect to these things, ^ which ever side we 
take must carry the day. All we want is, that the case may 
be Impartially considered, & beg the favour that a committee 
may be appointed who shall go up & view the places in their 
circumstances that a Sincere representation may be made. 

Sam" Hobart, attorney. 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE 



PIOPKINTON. 

[This town, originally called New Ilopkinton, was yranted by Mas- 
sachusetts ; it was incorporated January 11, 1765, under the adminis- 
tration of Gov. Benning Wentworth. Ed.] 

Petition of N^eiv Ilopkinton for an act of Incorporatioti. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain Gen- 
eral & Governour in Chief, in and over his Majestys Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire and To the Hon'"'"' his Majestys 
Council in the Province aforesaid : 

The humble Petition of y' Inhabitants of the Place, or 
Plantation called New Hopkinton in the Province aforesaid, 
Whose names are here unto Subscribed, Sheweth, 

That whereas your humble Petitioners are very desirous to 
have Gospel Order & a Gospel Minister regularly settled among 
us & maintained ; & to have proper Orders and in our secular 
affairs, so that we may live and act in all our affairs as becomes 
a Christian Society, and that every one among us may be 
Obliged to bear his equal part according to his Ability of y* 
charges of supporting such Regulations ; which we cannot at- 
tain to under our present Circumstances : We therefore hum- 
bly pray that your Excellency & your Honors would grant us 
Relief by in corporating into a Township that Tract of Land 
commonly known by y*" name of N" 5 of y^' Line of Towns 
granted, & laid out by order of the General Court of y'= Prov- 
ince of y'' Massachusetts Bay, or New Hopkinton, included 
within the following bounds viz. Beginning at the southeast- 
erly Corner at a Norway Pine tree, with stones about it spot- 
ted on four sides and marked on the Easterly side with the 
Letter R and on y-^ westerly side with y letter H. Then run- 
ning West, five degrees south six miles, to a Hemlock tree 
with stones about it, spotted on four sides and marked on y"^ 
Easterly side with y letter H, & y ' Figure 5 & on y Westerly 
side with y figure 6. Then running North, fourteen Deg. 
West six miles, to a white Oak tree with stones about it spot- 
ted on four sides & marked with y" figure 6 on y' Westerly 
side & with 3' numeral Letter V on y' Easterly side ; Then 
running East five Deg. North, three miles, to a stake in a 
Boggy meadow spotted on four sides and stones about it ; Then 
running North, fourteen deg. West about 130 rods to a River 
on which Almsbury men built a saw mdl, to a heap of stone.s 
in the middle of the River a little way below the said Saw 
mill, where it also joins to the southwesterly Corner of Con- 
toocook. Then running east fourteen deg. north by a part of 
Contoocook, three miles to a stake & stones, y"" stake spotted 
on four sides, where it also joins to v" Northwesterly Corner 



TOWN PAPERS — HOPKINTON. 405 

of Rumford so called. Then running south fourteen Deg. 
East by Rumford about Six miles & three quarters, to y"" first 
mentioned Bound containing about 36 square miles and by put- 
ting us into a Regular method to call Town meetings legally ; 
so that we may injoy y Powers & Priviledges which other 
Towns in this Province injo}-. For which goodness your 
humble Petitioners for your Excellency, tS: Honours as in Duty 
Bound shall ever pray. 

Dated at New Hopkinton, October 27' i757- 
Samuel Piidney Joseph Ordwaj 

Joseph Easman Matthew Standle 

Aron Kimball Abraham Colbe 

Joseph Pudney David Woodwell 

Enoch Easman Thomas Easman 

John Putney Joseph Easman, Jr 

Daniel Anis ( r) John Chadwick 

Caleb Burbank John Ordway 

Peter How John Burbank 

Jonathan How 



Petition of New Hopkinton for power to lay a tax on 4-5^'" 

of the Land <&c 1757. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq Captain General 
& Governour in Chief, in and over his Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire ; To the Hon''''' his Majestys Council; & 
To the Hon'"' Representatives of the several Towns in this 
Province, in General Court assembled. 

The humble petition of the Inhabitants of the Place, or 
Plantation called New Hopkinton in the Province aforesaid, 
whose Names are here unto subscribed, sheweth : 

That whereas your humble Petitioners have ventured our 
Lives, & been at a great Expence to settle cultivate and defend 
a new plantation far in y' Wilderness & much Exposed to y*^ 
Indian Salvages, & have been destitute of Town & Gospel 
Priviledges hitherto ; and when at any Time we have had y* 
Gospel preached to us for a little while at a time, it has been 
chiefly at our own Expense, with but ver>' little help from y 
Non-resident Proprietors ; and yet y' value of their Land is 
greatly increased by our living here, & defending it; and at y"" 
saine time, y*" Burden, Ilazzard and charge of settling a New 
Plantation lies upon us chiefly while they have a greater share 
in y Benefit than in the charge of said settlement; which 
Things we think to be something hard, but are not able to re- 
dress, under our present circumstances ; Therefore being En- 
couraged by your goodness & Paternal care Extended of Late to 
other new settlements or Plantations we himibly apply ourselves 



.406 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

to your Excellency, & your Honours praying that you will take 
our case into your wise Consideration & remedy our difficulties 
by impowering us to lay a Tax upon four fifths of y- Land in 
our begun Plantation (so much of it as ought to be taxed to 
publick charges) of three pence upon an Acre ; or so much as 
you in your great wisdom shall think to be necessary & Suffi- 
cient to defray y" Charges of settling & maintaining a gospel 
minister, building a House for y*-' publick Worship of God, 
& other necessary incident charges (The one fifth part of 
said Plantation being reserved by y ' gentlemen Purchasers of 
John Tufton Mason Esq. free from charge till improved) Also 
your humble Petitioners pray that your Excellency & your 
Honours would provide some Effectual Method to inable us to 
collect y^' said Tax as well from nonresident Proprietors who 
live in other Provinces, as from resident Proprietors. & who 
live in this Province : For which Goodness, your humble Peti- 
tioners for your Excellency & your Honours, as in Duty bound 
shall ever pray. 

Dated at New Hopkinton, October 27'-' 1757. 
Samuel Pudnej Joseph Ordwaj 

Joseph Eastman Matthew Standle 

Aron Kimball Abraham Colbe 

Daniel Anis David Woodwell 

Joseph Pudney Thomas Easman 

John Putney Joseph Easman Jr 

Enoch Easman John Chadwick 

Caleb Burbank John Ordway 

Peter How John Burbank. 

Jonathan How 



Petition relative to Province Tax. 
To the great General Court of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire. 

We whose names are hereunto Subscribed Inhabitants of 
New Hopkinton in this Province humbly inform & repre- 
sent to the Hon'"'^' General Court that whereas we understand 
that an order was sent here sometime last summer or Fall, for 
a Province Tax, directed to the selectmen of New Hopkinton, 
and was carried back again because there were no such per- 
sons to leave it with, And not because we are disobedient to 
Authority or unwilling to do our Part to defray the Publick 
charges of the Province. 

But we are under two difficulties especially : One is with 
Respect to those persons who are settled in that part of New 
Hopkinton which is claimed by Bow ; For an account was 
taken of their estates with the rest within New Hopkinton 



TOWN PAPEKS IIOPKINTON. 4O7 

claim, pursuant to an Order of the General Court, And last 
year the Province Tax was'proportioned to them with the rest of 
New Hopkinton, & paid by all together and that in season — 
and thev are willing to pay so still, if that may be allowed, & 
accepted for them ; & if the General court will be pleased to 
join them with the rest of New Hopkinton, at least to pay 
taxes with the rest, And if they should not be joined with the 
rest to pay the Province tax, we humbly conceive that the sum 
required of us would be a heavier burden upon the rest than 
was designed by the court, when the Tax for New Hopkinton 
was assigned. The other difficulty is our want of power to 
chuse selectmen to assess, & a collector to collect the Tax, & 
to oblige every one to pav their respective Parts of said tax. 

If the Hon"''"' General Court will l^e pleased to take these 
things into their Consideration and to apply a Remedy, In re- 
gard of those that live within that part of New Hopkinton 
claimed by Bow, either by joining them with the rest, so that 
they shall be obliged to pay their part of Taxes as well as the 
rest, or by Separating them from the rest, so as to have no 
concern with the rest about paying taxes And then abating 
from the rest so much of the tax as those would have paid, if 
they had all paid together, as they did last year. Also if the 
court will be pleased to enable us to assess & collect the Tax 
either by appointing & impowering selectmen, & a collector 
or giving us Power to chuse them, we are ready to pay all due 
obedience. 

And if the Treasurer sends his order again for the whole 
Tax which he sent for last summer or for so much as is our 
due to pay Exclusive of those that live in Bow claim, if they 
should be separated from the rest in regard of paying Taxes 
we will pay it to the Treasurer with all possible speed. 

And we had rather pay our part of Taxes Every year yearly 
than to have the Taxes of several years to pay at once. 

The naines of those Persons the account of w'hosc Estates 
was taken with the rest tho' they lived or owned land in that 
part of New Hopkinton claimed by Bow, are as follows. 
The widow Susanna Kimball William Peters 

Abel Kimball Ilezekiah Foster 

Timothy Kimball Jeremiah Kimball, Jr 

Timothy Clement Thomas Jewell 

Eliphalet Colby Reuben Kimball 

Green French Daniel Watson 

John Chadwick Obaciiah Perry 

Abraham Kimball Joshua Bailey- 

Jeremiah Kimball John Kimball 

James Kimball John Jewell 

Moses Straw Parker Flanders 

Jonathan Straw Isaac Colby & 

John Eastman Thomas Iloit. 



468 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 



The Reasons why an account was taken of the Estates oi 
those that lived or owned hmd in that part of New Hopkin- 
ton claimed by Bow are as Follows : 

I-' Because the order sent by the General Court for taking- 
account of Estates was left by the Sherrift' that brought it, 
with one of the men that lived in Bow claimed. 

2'^ Because one of the men that were impowered by the select- 
men of Boscawen to take account of the Estates in New 
Hopkinton was one of those men. 
3 ' Because it was their own desire. 

4'^ Because Canterbury selectmen who took account of Es- 
tates in Rumford extended their accounts no further than Rum- 
ford Claim. 

We are your Excellencys & your Honours' Obedient & hum- 
ble Servants. 

Joseph Piidnev John Burbank 

John Putney Jacob Straw- 

Abraham Colbe John Blasdell 

Matthew Standle Isaac Chandler 

Enoch Eastman Jeremiah Kimball 

Peter How Wid. Susanna Kimball 

Jotham How Joshua Bajley 

John Gage Abel Kimball 

Isaac George Timothy Kimball 

Thomas Eastman Moses Hill 

Joseph Eastman John Chadwick 

Caleb Burbank James Kimball 

David Woodwell Moses Straw 

Zebediah Watson John Easman. 

Ezekiel Straw 
New Hopkinton April 30, 1763 

In Council June 3'' 1763. 

Read »Sc ordered to be sent down to the Hon**''- Assembly. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry. 
Province of 1 In the house of Representatives June 8"' 1763. This 
New Hampsh' / petition being read, Voted, 

That the prayer thereof be granted so far as that the petition" be al- 
lowed to Bring In a Bill Impowering them to collect the province Tax 
& obliging those persons mentioned as claimed by Bow to pay with, 
them till there shall be a new proportion made for collecting thereof. 

A. Clarkson, Clerk. 
In Council June 8''' 1763, 
Read & concin-red. 

T. Atkinson jr. Secrv 



TOWN PAPERS — HOPKINTON, 



409 



Petition fo7- power to sell common land. 
To His Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Governor & 
Commander in Chief in & of I lis Majestys Province of 
New Hampshire, The Hon. His Majestys Council & Gen- 
eral Assembly for & of said province : 

The petition of us the Subscribers, Proprietors & Inhabit- 
ants of New Hopkinton so called in said Province Humbly 
vSheweth : 

That a part of our said Township is covered by the claims 
of the proprietors of Bow, That several of our said Proprie- 
tors living within said claim, have already purchased of said 
proprietors of Bow their claims within said Cover, that we 
suppose it conmiunicative Justice that the whole charge of 
Purchasing said Land as also the Charge of law suits respect- 
ing and relating to said Lands be defreyed by our said pro- 
priety in equal shares That by selling so much of our common 
k. undivided Land in said Town would be easiest to us for 
that purpose, That we suppose ourselves unable Validly so to 
do, and therefore pray your Excellency & Honours to favour 
& enable us with an act whereby we ma}^ be so capacitated, 
or such other act or acts conducible to said end as your Excel- 
lency & Honours in your great Wisdom shall see meet — And 
your Petitioners shall as in Duty bound ever pray. 
Hopkinton Feb'y 8, 1762. 
Matthew Stanley Joseph Chandler 

Enoch Easman Peter How 

David Woodwell Jeremiah Kiinball 

Joseph Easman Obadiah Parry 

Joseph Putnev Timothy Clement 

Ezekiel Straw John Chadwick 

Jotham How Jonathan Straw 

John Burbank John Easman 

Isaac Ciiandlor. Jr. Tim" Kimball. 

New Hopkinton, February 8"' 1762. 
In Council January 19''' 1763, 

Read & Ordered to be sent down to the Hon'''e Assembly. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secry- 
Province of 1 In the House of Representatives 
New Hampshire, j Jan' 19"' 1763. 
This petition being read, Voted, 

That the petitioners be heard thereon the first Wednesday In March 
next if the General Assembly be then sitting if not then on the Sec- 
ond day of their sitting next after, & that they cause the Substance of 
this petition & order of Court thereon to be inserted three weeks suc- 
cessively In one of the Boston news papers, & In the New Hampsh"^ 
Gazette, that any persons concerned may appear and shew cause if any 
they have why the praver thereof should not be granted. 

A. Ciarkson. Clerk. 
In Council Eod"" Die. 
Read & Concurrd. 

T. Atkinson Jr. .Secry. 



410 NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Province of | In the house of RepresentativeR 
New Hampsr j June 3** 1763. 
This petition being read, Voted, 

That the prayer thereof be granted & that the petitioners have lib- 
erty to bring In a bill accordingly. 

A. Clarkson Clerk. 
In Council Eodem Die, 
Read & concurred. 

T. Atkinson Jr. Secy 



Petition of sundry persons for an Act of Incorporation. 
To his Excellency Benning Wentworth Esq. Captain General 
and Governour in chief in and over his Majestys Province 
of New Hampshire And to the Honourable his Majestys 
Council for this Province : 

The petition of the Inhabitants of New Hopkinton (so 
called) including the Inhabitants of that part of Bow which 
covers a part of said New Hopkinton in the province afore- 
said humbly shexveth : 

That whereas your humble Petitioners are and have been 
ever since we first began to settle this place, under great In- 
conveniences and Difficulties for want of Town Powers & 
Privileges whereby the settlement of this Place has been much 
retarded & We therefore humbly pray your Excellency and 
your Honours to take our case into your wise consideration, 
and to Incorporate into a Town, with the Powers and Privi- 
ledges of other Towns in this province, That tract of Land 
which was granted by the gentlemen owners of the Right of 
John Tufton Mason Esqr to Messrs. Henry Millen, Thomas 
Walker & Thomas Millen, and their associates, commonly 
called New Hopkinton ; & contained within the same 
Bounds & Limits ; including that part of Bow which covers a 
part of said Tract of Land, yet not affecting any man's Prop- 
erty. 

For which Goodness your humble Petitioners for your Ex- 
cellency and your Honours, as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 
Dated at New Hopkinton aforesaid this fourth day of Jime, 
Anno Domini 1764. 

Moses Emerson Pelatiah Watson 

Ezra Hoyt Moses Jewett 

Jonathan Straw William Eastman 

Joseph Judkins Joseph Pudncy 

Roland Judkins Joseph Eastman 

Hezekiah Foster Nathaniel Clement 

Peter Sargent Caleb Burbank 

Isaac Colby James Kimball 

Benj" Jewett John Chadwick 

John Jewett John Gage 



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TOWN PAPERS HOPKINTON. 



Jacob Straw John Putney 

Joshua Bayley Enoch Eastman 

"oseph Chandler Abel Kimball 

enjamin Merrill Peter How 

Samuel Kimball Jotham How 

Moses Gould Timotliy Farnum 

Samuel Putney Isaac Chandler 

David Woodwell Ezckiel Straw 

Mark Jewett Timothy Kimball 

Abraham Colbee Abraham Kimball 

Moses Hills Richard Merrill 

William Peters John Eastman 

Matthew Standle Thomas Easman 



Petition for Incorporation. 
To his Excellency Bcnning Wentvvorth. Esq Captain Gen- 
eral, and Governour in chief in and over his Majesties Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire ; To the Honourable his Majesty's 
Council, and To the Honourable Assembly of this Province, 
in General Court convened : 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of New Hopkinton (so 
called) including the Inhabitants of that part of Bow which 
covers a part of said New Hopkinton, in the Province afore- 
said, humbly sheiveth : 

That whereas your humble Petitioners are about to present 
a Petition to his Excellency the Governour & to the Honour- 
able his Majestys Council to incorporate into a Town, with 
the Powers & Privileges of other Touns in the Province that 
Tract of Land commonly called New Hopkinton contained 
within the same Bounds & Limits which it was contained in 
when granted by the gentlemen owners of the rights of John 
Tufton Mason Esqr., to Messrs Henry Milieu, Thomas 
Walker & Thomas Millen & their associates, including that 
part of Bow which covers a part of said New Hopkinton, 
without affecting any man's property : - We, therefore, your 
humble Petitioners pray your Excellency & your Honours to 
annex that part of Bow which covers a part of New Hopkin- 
ton imto the saitl New Hopkinton, or that Tract of Land which 
commonly is known by that name in such a manner as is 
above expressed (if there be need of the Act & Authority of 
the General Court in the case) so that it may be corporated 
with the rest into a Toun (if his Excellency with the Council 
should see cause to grant our Petition for a Corporation) that 
so we may be in a Capacity to raise, assess hi. collect Taxes ; 
botli our part of the Province Tax, & also, to Defray neces- 
sary charges among ourselves in a rcgtdar it eflectual inanner ; 



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For which Goodness, your humble petitioners, for your Excel- 
lency & your Honours as in Duty bound shall ever pray. 
Dated at New Hopkinton 
aforesaid, this fourth Day of 
June, Anno Domini 1764. 

Joseph Chandler Samuel Putney 

John Eastman David Woodwell 

Beniamin Merrill Peter Sargent 

Samuel Kimball Benj'Jewett 

Thomas Easman Mark Jewett 

Moses Gould Abraham Colbee 

Moses Emerson Moses Hill