Chapter 3

Antiquarian Donations

Defense of Christianity, two volumes, printed in 1728, Wm. A. King.

Six copies Ladies’ Magazine, Wm. A. King.

Fifteen copies town and school reports, Wm. A. King.

‘Eleven copies Missionary Herald, Wm. A. King.

Three copies Home Missionary, Wm. A. King.

Nine copies Christian Inquirer, Wm. A. King.

Five copies "The Quaker, Wm. A. King.

Twenty-seven pamphlets, Wm. A. King.

One volume sermons, printed in 1708, Wm. A. King.

One old book, printed in 1704, Wm. A. King.

Two pairs old spectacles, Wm. A. King.

Samples of cloth woven at Orleans Mill at different times since 1828, 

preserved by Dea. Benjamin Peck, Wm. A. King.

 One Hatchel, Wm. A. King.

Two ancient shoe buckles, Wm. A. King.

One sewing machine, made in Rehoboth by Wm. A. King, Wm. A. King.

Encyclopedia of Arts and Sciences, four volumes, Wm. A. King.

Twenty-eight old books,  Wm. A. King.

One ninepence, dated 1777,  Wm. A. King.

One five-dollar note on Farmers Bank, dated 1808, Wm. A. King.

*An ancient Scotch sword, used in the French and Indian wars by a Mr. Davidson,  Wm. A. King.


*It is related of Mr. Davidson, that in a battle his adversary cried for quarter. "Halves is all I can give," Davidson replied, at the same time cutting his antagonist down.



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One banner, carried by the Rehoboth Cold 
Water Army in 1840,  Wm. A. King

One hose pipe that belonged to the first and
 last fire engine used in Rehoboth, Wm. A. King

One musket and cartridge box, owned by 
Elisha A. King in 1812, Wm. A. King

One pillion, 100 years old, Wm. A. King

One Indian arrow head, Francis V. Bliss.

One Indian stone hatchet, Francis V. Bliss.

Ten old books, Nancy M. Smith.

One new model spinning wheel, made by Elder
 Childs Luther, Nancy M. Smith.

One bag, Nancy M. Smith.

One smoking case used by Stephen Moulton
 in 1826, Nancy M. Smith.

One old dress, Nancy M. Smith.

Two sleighs for looms, "

Linen cap and dressing gown, 125 years
old, Ida F. Smith

Eleven old books, Deborah A. Moulton.

One stone arrow head, Benjamin Horton

One Indian pestle, Benjamin Horton

One linen shirt, used by Abel Medberry,100 
years old, Benjamin Horton

One pair sheep shears, Benjamin Horton

One busk, Benjamin Horton

Nine forks, Benjamin Horton

Four knives, Benjamin Horton

One spoon,  Benjamin Horton

One porringer, Benjamin Horton

Shells, Benjamin Horton

One cheese basket and hoop, Benjamin Horton

One powder horn, Benjamin Horton

One pestle and mortar, Benjamin Horton

One bonnet block, Benjamin Horton

One chair, Benjamin Horton

Three brackets, Benjamin Horton

One picture of Henry Clay, Benjamin Horton

One Picture of the Centennial, Benjamin Horton

Bark of the California red wood tree, Benjamin Horton


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One silk wedding dress worn by the donor’s 
wife, Benjamin Horton.

One spoon mould, Henry C. Golf

Twelve Almanacs from 1767 to 1778, Thomas Hill 

Copy of an act Passed by the General Assembly
 of R. I., in 1776, regulating the price
of provisions,
Thomas Hill 

Thirty-five Old Farmer's Almanacs, Alfred B. Golf.

Eighteen town reports, Alfred B. Golf.

Confederate money, Alfred B. Golf.

One Columbian family Bible, Gustavus B. Peck.

One Indian hatchet, Wm. H. Bowen

One candle mould, Henry T. Horton

One hatchet, Henry T. Horton

One pair bellows, Henry T. Horton

Fifty-one Old Farmers Almanacs, Henry T. Horton

Four town reports, Henry T. Horton

One foot stove, Henry T. Horton

Tin oven, Henry T. Horton

Wooden skimmer, Henry T. Horton

Tin baker, Henry T. Horton

Patent certificate issued by James Madison
to Dexter Wheeler of Rehoboth, in
1811, Henry T. Horton

Will of Jeremiah Wheeler, 1796, Henry T. Horton

One stone apple, Henry T. Horton

One military plume, Henry T. Horton

One hand reel, Abigail V. Moulton.

Hat, Abigail V. Moulton.

Plate, Abigail V. Moulton.

One Bureau, Abigail V. Moulton.

Bennet, Sword used by James B. Moulton, Abigail V. Moulton.

Pewter platter, Abigail V. Moulton.

Swifts, Abigail V. Moulton.

Two Wine glasses, Abigail V. Moulton.

Eight old books, Abigail V. Moulton.

The machinery for the old Swansea factory was made by Dexter Wheeler in the shop that stands opposite the residence of Tamerlane W. Horton.  Dexter Wheeler removed to Fall River and built the first mill there.




One silk banner formerly owned by the Rehoboth Total Abstinence Society, F. A. Brown.

One state bank bill, George N. Goff.

Confederate $10 bill, Mrs. George N. Goff.

One handkerchief, over 100 yrs. old, Mrs. George N. Goff.

Free Masons apron, worn by Russell Potter in 1824, Mrs. George N. Goff.

Twenty-one pieces of crockery, (loaned), Mrs. George N. Goff.

One picture of John Wesley, Alice Goff.

Defence of Robt. Emmet, Albert C. Goff.

One brass candle stick, sniffers and tray, Electa A. Read.

Pair bellows, David Briggs.

Sword from sword-fish, George H. Horton.

Two candle moulds used at sea by Captain Stephen Martin, Huldah Nichols.

One flint lock musket used by Capt. Stephen Martin in the Dorr Rebellion, Stephen M. Nichols.

One pair wooden balances, Rachel Hicks.

One quill wheel, Rachel Hicks.

One flax wheel, Rachel Hicks.

One warming pan, Rachel Hicks.

Two pair scales, Horatio N. Moulton.

One knapsack, Horatio N. Moulton.

One candle stick, Horatio N. Moulton.

One wood bit-stock, Horatio N. Moulton.

One sword, Horatio N. Moulton.

One spit, Horatio N. Moulton.

Rough notes in rhyme, Whitman Chase.

One walrus tusk, Thomas C. Grant

One decanter, Thomas C. Grant

One saucer over 200 yrs. old, Lucy Drown.

Two sermons by Rev. Otis Thompson, Lucy Drown.

Twelve pamphlets, Joanna E. Freeman

Two papers,  Joanna E. Freeman

One book, Joanna E. Freeman

Catalogue of Antioch college, Rev. Geo H Tilton.

One book, Augusta E. Newton.

One sermon, (Thompson) Lucy B. Sweet.

Esquimaux glasses, used to protect the eyes from the sun, Wm. H. Marvel.




Lead ore from Galena, Ill., Wm. H. Marvel.

One Powder horn, Wm. H. Marvel.

Roster of Anawan Cadets, Wm. H. Marvel.

Articles of agreement of Anawan Cadets, organized 1860,Wm. H. Marvel.

One cradle, Myranda J. Brown.

One hand reel, Myranda J. Brown.

One Indian tomahawk, David H. Briggs.

One old knife, David H. Briggs.

Painting of Leonard Bliss, Jr., David H. Briggs.

Author of History of Rehoboth, Caroline M. Carpenter.

History of Rehoboth, Caroline M. Carpenter.

One old bible, Mrs. L. Carpenter.

One pair handcuffs and one slave whip, brought from South Carolina, A. W. Carpenter.

One sermon, (Thompson’s), T. W. Horton. 

One tin lantern, One shovel handle, made in Rehoboth 50 years ago, T. W. Horton. 

One Indian spear head, Albert E. Kenny.

Two old pictures, Avis Hicks.

Town reports and Farmers’ Almanacs, Avis Hicks.

Three old books, Avis Hicks.

One old hat, Wm. W. Blanding,

One pair shears, Wm. W. Blanding,

One tobacco box and pipe, used by Wm. Blanding in 1782, Wm. W. Blanding,

One boot-jack, made in 1792, Wm. W. Blanding,

Cartridge box, Wm. W. Blanding,

One valise, Wm. W. Blanding,

Crockery from the Fiji Islands, Wm. W. Blanding,

Cup and saucer, (loaned), Wm. W. Blanding,

One pewter tea-pot, Wm. W. Blanding,

One spider, Col. Lindall Bowen.

Two regimental flags of the 1st Reg., 2nd Brig., 3rd Div., Mass. 
Militia, Col. Lindall Bowen.

One Adjutant’s record book of the 1st Reg., 2nd Brig. 3rd Div., Mass. 
Militia, Col. Lindall Bowen.

One plate, 150 years old, Ruth A, Waterman.




One Masonic apron, worn by Joseph Bowen IN 1810, Rosella B. Lee.

One certificate of membership from Eastern Star Lodge, No. 1, of Rehoboth, 
to Joseph Bowen, given October 16, A.D. 1804, Rosella B. Lee.

Map of Rehoboth, Mrs. George Kent.

Fire shovel, tongs and andirons, David Taylor.

Bayonet sheath, on distaff, Larkin Fenton.

Straw gauge, Larkin Fenton.

Pair of shears, Larkin Fenton.

Hoe and cow bell, Larkin Fenton.

Horse cutter, Larkin Fenton.

Straw gauge, Larkin Fenton.

Swingling board, Larkin Fenton.

Two fourpence, Larkin Fenton.

Half pennies, Larkin Fenton.

Half cent, Larkin Fenton.

Cap, Annie P. Fenton.

Reel, formerly Mrs. Stephen Goff’s, Emma Fenton.

Pitcher, Elizabeth M. Wheaton.

Almanac, Elizabeth M. Wheaton.

Bank bill, made in 1776, Elizabeth M. Wheaton.

Confederate Money, Elizabeth M. Wheaton.

Hoe, Thomas G. Potter.

Two arrow heads, Thomas G. Potter.

Opium pipe, G. C. Brown.

Chinese fan, G. C. Brown

Piece of brain coral, T. W. Carpenter.

Flax brake, Delight C. Reed.

Swingle, Delight C. Reed

Saddle bags, formerly owned by Christopher Carpenter, Cynthia Goff.

Military cap, formerly worn by Major Otis Goff,

Shaker bonnet block, D. C. Reed.

Old hatchet, Bayliss Goff.

Indian stone pestle, B. G. Goff.

Spinning wheel, Joseph S. Pierce.

Two wool hand cards, Lindley Horton.




Clock, Esek H. Pierce.

Lantern, Esek H. Pierce.

Two Hatchels, Esek H. Pierce.

Horse-pistol, Esek H. Pierce.

Candle stick, Esek H. Pierce.

Indenture, 1769, Esek H. Pierce.

Family record, 1751, of Elkanah Eddy,

Old book, Military Discipline, 1733, Esek H. Pierce.

Almanac, 1786, Esek H. Pierce.

Herald of Gospel Liberty, the first religious paper printed in the United States, Esek H. Pierce.

Silver coin, 1767, and 20 other coins, Esek H. Pierce.

Deed, dated 1694, Esek H. Pierce.

Two Cent bill, Esek H. Pierce.

Continental Money, Esek H. Pierce.

Postal script, Esek H. Pierce.

Silver Dollar, Esek H. Pierce.

Will of John Brown, Sr., 1750, in rhyme, Esek H. Pierce.

Papers of John Brown, Jr., Esek H. Pierce.

Paper, Universal Yankee Nation, Esek H. Pierce.

Old knife, Esek H. Pierce.

Quaker wedding bonnet, worn by Mrs. Bushee of Swansea, 125 years ago,
 Mrs. E. H. Pierce.

Wood busk, made in 1764, Mrs. E. H. Pierce.

Pitcher, 100 years old, Julia A. Pierce.

Bible, formerly owned by Hon. Stephen Bullock, of Rehoboth, Gideon P. Mason.

Three Cranes, Gideon P. Mason.

Gun barrel, found among the burnt ruins of the first house built in Duxbury, Mass., by Miles Standish, one of the Pilgrim Fathers, Asaph L. Bliss.

Musket, captured from the British during the Revolutionary War, Sylvanus L. Peck.

Pair knee buckles, Mrs. Thos. W. Carpenter.

History of VVorcester County, Rodolphus Luther.

Book case and desk, Jeremiah Taylor, D.D,

Sixty-five old books, Jeremiah Taylor, D.D,

Deed, on parchment, 1692, Charles W. Goff.

Snow shoe, 150 years old, Albert C. Mason.




Surcingle, Hiram Martin.

Bread trough and bread pail, owned and used by Martha Martin, wife of Col. Christopher Blanding, of Rehoboth, who died in 1856, on her 95th birthday, Lucy Blanding Pearse.

Plume, worn by T. W. Carpenter, T. W. Carpenter.

Lead window sash and four old almanacs, A. T. Read.

Ancient hat box, Joseph H. Pierce.

Report of Old Colony Historical Society, 1886, S. H. Emory.

Picture of the old Powder House, Attleboro,1768, Darius Goff.

List of soldiers in Lieut. Brown’s Company, in Col. Carpenter’s Regiment, during the Revolution, Joseph Brown.

Receipt given by soldiers, May 22d, 1781, for payment of wages, Joseph Brown.

Receipt from Daniel Perrin to Capt. John Perry, July 12, 1779, Joseph Brown.

Pair of slippers, 150 years old, Amanda Wheaton. Handkerchief, Looking-glass, which has been in the possession of the ancestors of Cyrus W. Bliss, 150 years, Angeline Monroe.

Old skimmer, formerly owned by the Abel family of East Providence, J. J. Chaffee.

Eight old almanacs, J. J. Chaffee.

Two old razors, Rodolphus Luther.

Bill, 1806, deed, 1752,

First warrant issued from the Secretary of State, to the Selectmen of Rehoboth, to assess a State tax, Wm. H. Bryant.

Deed from Richard Hart to Philip Wheeler, 1736, Wm. H. Bryant.

The Charter granted by Charles II, to the Governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, in 1704, Thomas R. Fenner.




Fac-Simile of the Boston News Letter, the first paper printed in North America, No. 1, April 17th, 1704, Thomas R. Fenner.

A narrative of the rise and progress, and issue of the late lawsuits, relative to property held and devoted to pious uses, in the first precinct, in Rehoboth, 1795, J. J. Chaffee.

Secretary’s book, and Constitution book of Anawan Lodge, No. 274, I. 0. G. T., Lucy B. Nash.

Book, 1724, and pepper-box, Mrs. Tim Temple.

Indian pestle, and two stones, Charles A. Briggs.

Warming pan and saucer, Mrs. John Newell.

Two old books, Laura Bett.

Oration of Henry Wheaton, Esq., John C. Marvel.

Minutes of the Taunton Baptist Association, containing Rev. J. J. Thatcher’s address, John C. Marvel.

Journals of each Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, John C. Marvel.

Brown’s Estimate, printed 1758, John C. Marvel.

Welle’s Geography, 3 volumes, printed 1728, John C. Marvel.

Old book, printed 1717,John C. Marvel.

Fourteen old books, John C. Marvel.

Six town reports, two pamphlets, John C. Marvel.

Ledger, day book, cash book, time book, sketch book, pattern book, used by the Rehoboth Union Cotton Mfg. Co., in 1810, John C. Marvel.

Eight old letters from R. U. C. M. Co., Letter written by Wm. Marvel, 2d, Order written by Rev. Otis Thompson, in 1811, John C. Marvel.

Receipt written by Dexter Wheeler, Note written by Edward Mason, Agt., Three old letters, Secretary’s report of the meeting of the Rehoboth Union Library, June ye 2d, 18oo, John C. Marvel.

Record of doings of Methodist Conference, in Mansfield, August 22, 1810, John C. Marvel.



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Constitution of the Rehoboth Village Temperance Society, February, 1834, 
John C. Marvel.

Secretary’s book of Rehoboth Institute, organized November 19, 1846,  
Deed given by Benj. Buffington, 1782, John C. Marvel.

Letter from Owen Fowler, member of Congress from this district in 1850, John C. Marvel.

Grammar, and Present State of the Kingdoms of the World, 1788, John C. Marvel.

Gazetteer of Conn. and Rhode Island, John C. Marvel.

Report on the fishes, reptiles and birds of Massachusetts, 1839, John C. Marvel.

Cobbett’s American Political Register, Vol. XXX, John C. Marvel.

An account of Louisiana, John C. Marvel.

Trial of Thomas 0. Selfridge, John C. Marvel.

Speech of Hon. Daniel Webster, 1832, John C. Marvel.

Report of the Geology of the Public Lands of Maine and Massachusetts, John C. Marvel.

Review of the Rev. Thomas Andros’ essay on the doctrine of Divine Efficiency
 of Rev. Otis Thompson, John C. Marvel.

History of Jemima Wilkinson, John C. Marvel.

The Paradise of Doctors, John C. Marvel.

Trial of Ephraim K. Avery, John C. Marvel.

A Golden Sermon, by Rev. Elias Smith, John C. Marvel.

A statement of facts relative to the six principal Baptist churches in Cranston, R.I., 
John C. Marvel.

Address on the present condition of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of North America, 
John C. Marvel.

Voyage of discovery to Corea and Loo-Chon Islands, John C. Marvel.

Compendium of the Minutes of the Warren Baptist Association from 1767 to 1825,  
John C. Marvel.

Christian Palladium, 1834.  John C. Marvel.

Christian Observatory, 1848, John C. Marvel.

A discourse of Abner Jones by Warren Hathaway, John C. Marvel.

Manual of Congregational church of Rehoboth, 1858, John C. Marvel.



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Minutes of the Taunton Baptist Association, 1837, John C. Marvel.

Agreement between Rememberance Simmons, schoolmaster, and Jonathan Buffington 
and Samuel Slade, committee in 1753, John C. Marvel.

Bond for collection of taxes for the town of Swansea, given by Benjamin Buffington and Isaac Chace, 1729, John C. Marvel.

Indenture of Edward Lord to Jonathan Buffington, 1744, John C. Marvel.

Deed from Edmund Batter to Thomas Buffington, 1715, John C. Marvel.

Receipt for U. S. Tax, 1814, John C. Marvel.

Deed from Jonathan Buffington to Joseph Buffington, 1744, John C. Marvel.

Order to yoke and ring Hogs, 1752, John C. Marvel.

Inventory of the estate of Jonathan Buffington of Swansea, 1762, John C. Marvel.

Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Buffington of Swansea, 1732, John C. Marvel.

Wooden plate and pewter plate, Miss Eliza Bliss

Old book and bonnet, Miss Eliza Bliss

Old Teapot, Mrs. Caroline A. Cummings.

Mustard cup, Mrs. H. N. Wheeler.

Winchester Record, 3 vols. Rev. Leander Thompson.

Centennial official catalogue, 1876, Wm. H. Marvel.

Visitors’ guide to Centennial, Wm. H. Marvel.

Proclamation for Fast Day by John A. Andrews, 1863, Wm. H. Marvel.

One copy Taunton Whig, 1840,  Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from Marshal P. Wilder, Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from J. C. Greenough, President of Mass. Agricultural College, Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from Jonathan Brown of the Governor’s Council, Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from Robert T. Davis, M. C. from First Massachusetts district, Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from Robert Howard, Senator, Second Massachusetts district, Wm. H. Marvel.



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Letter from Judge George M. Carpenter of Rhode Island, Wm. H. Marvel.

Letter from Lieut-Gov. Oliver Ames, Wm. H. Marvel.

Magazine, "The Englsh Pulpit of To-day, Wm. H. Marvel.

A vindication concerning dietetic abstinence, Wm. H. Marvel.

The Manufacturing Jeweler, edited by Walter B. Frost, formerly of Rehoboth, Wm. H. Marvel.

Four copies of Pawtucket Chronicle, printed in 1830, edited by Samuel A. Fowler, son of Dr. Fowler of Rehoboth, Wm. H. Marvel.

Specimen of silk, made in Rehoboth, Wm. A King. 

Tea pot, formerly belonging to Shubeal Gaff, son of Elder Enoch Goff, Caroline E. Cummins.

Mustard cup, Mrs. H. N. Wheeler.

Spray of cotton plant from Georgia, Mrs. S. A. Stearns.

Section of Castor bean tree, pods of the horse bean, a lemon, piece of sugar cane, specimens of spanish moss, pine needles, cabbage palm, a cane from orange tree, all from Orange Co., Florida, Mrs. S. A. Stearns.

Book, Eliza Bliss.

A pewter and a wooden plate, Eliza Bliss.

Indian stone mortar Mrs. G. W. Trafton.

Of all the antique and curious implements in the hail, none are more interesting than those used in spinning. Our illustration on the next page will repay examination, as it performs a three-fold office. It gives a specimen of the relics preserved in the Antiquarian Room; and as they are grouped in the south-west corner of the hail on the upper floor, gives an idea of the interior finishing of this apartment; lastly it shows the implements employed in making linen from flax and yarn from wool. On the left is the flax as it is grown and cured; next comes the "break" with a handful of flax between its ponderous jaws; the upright board is the "swingling board," with the "swingling knife" leaning against it, and the flax hanging submissively over the top; next we see the beaten



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flax on the box which supports the ‘thatchel," through whose comb-like rows of teeth the flax is drawn to rid it of all its "shives"; then it goes to the "distaff" on the "little wheel" and is spun into linen thread.

The three implements on the right illustrate the spinning of wool. The wool is first taken between the "cards" lying on the floor, just under the "big wheel," with a roll of wool hanging over them; when carded into these rolls the wool goes to the "big wheel," where it is spun, and wound off as yarn on the "reel" at the extreme right.

April 23rd, 1886, was a notable day in the history of the Antiquarian society, both from the nature of the exhibition given in its behalf, and the substantial addition made to its treasury. Mr. Abiah Bliss, aged 86 years, with a corps of able assistants, whose combined ages were 464, revived for the benefit of younger generations the "lost arts" of spinning flax and wool by hand. Capt. Geo. W. Bliss manned the "flax break," and in spite of his 77 years, yielded the ponderous implement with



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deafening and crushing effect; Mr. Baylies Goff, erect as a boy, though nearly 87 years old, handled the "swingling knife" with dazzling swiftness and sent the "shives" flying in all directions; Mrs. Hannah Darling sat by the "hatchel" and by drawing the flax through its parallel rows of comb-like teeth, straightened the fibres for the "distaff"; Mrs. Abby Carpenter, also more than an octogenarian, spun the flax from the "distaff" upon the "little wheel," and during the evening produced quite a skein of linen thread. This is a very difficult process, and Mrs. Carpenter showed wonderful skill, at her age, in doing the work so well.

The wool industry, or spinning of yarn was illustrated by Mrs. Eliza Goff and Mr. Leonard Peterson. Mr. Peterson took the "cards" which in the picture lie on the floor in front of the "big wheel," and taking the wool carded it into rolls, and when they were rolled fine and close enough passed them to Mrs. Goff, who spun it into yarn on the "big wheel" and wound it off on the "reel." This, too, requires great skill, and was deftly done. During the spinning, Mr. Abiah Bliss explained the various steps in handling both flax and wool, and passed samples among the audience, who kept them as souvenirs. When the curtain dropped there was a round of applause that would not cease until the venerable craftsmen and craftswomen came out and bowed their acknowledgements. Mr. Abiah Bliss sang a song by way of response, and the pleasant evening closed.