History of Springfield, MA
Pages 371 - 410
At this meeting the Inhabitants of the West side the great River put in their Petition, wch was read, wherein they desire that the East side Inhabitants would pay the fifty pounds in Provision pay that the Honoured General Court ordered them to pay to sd west side. 2ndly, that the said East side Inhabitants would allow them the hundred acres of land the sd honoured General Court them to have for ye ministry on the west side of the great River. The answer followes:
1. for the provision pay, the said East side Inhabitants have two yeeres from ye time of sd order to pay 50£.
2. for the 2nd the west side Inhabitants signify no place where they would have this hundred acres allowed them sd West side Inhabitants.
3. for the 3d branch of said Petition, the vote was Negative, yet the discourse was, that it might be put to the Ministers to agree about sd Division.
May 13, 1706.
At a meeting of the freeholders of the Town of Springfield:
Joseph Parsons Esq was chosen Representative for the Town at the Generall Courtes for this yeere.
Ebenezer Miller was accepted to be Constable in the Room (place of) of Nathll Dumbleton.
John Pynchon, Esq, complained that he was overrated in Rev. Mr. Brewers rate for some yeeres & offered to the Town that if the Assessors might be abated him twenty shillings in the Rev. Mr. Daniel Brewer his next rate; & that the Assessors did so, he would be contented, & it was voted forth with to comply wth his sd motion & offer.
It was voted that a cart bridge should be made over the Mill River at the Town's charge.
May 30th 1706. At a Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield:
Upon complaint of the straightness of encroachment on the highwayes at the lower end of the Town, it was voted that Deacon Burt & John Holyoke do consider the state of sd high wayes & endeavor the enlargement of the same & make report of their doings here in to the Town. [III - 282.]
It was proposed to nominate some men to answer the Petition of the Inhabitants on the west side of the great River at the present Generall Court respecting a School for them: & it was disliked.
And it was agreed to & voted that the said West side Inhabitants have liberty to get a school master to teach their children to read & write & that the charge be carryed on by ye Town in the same manner as the schoole affaire is carryed on, on the East side of the great River according as the Law directs: And the like vote was passed for the Inhabitants of the Longmedow.
Nextly it was proposed whether the highway where the brooke runs along by said highway or the street should be maintained at the Town's charge, & this also was wholy rejected. It was also proposed whether it was the desires of the Town that the waters of said brooke should be turned out of said street or highway into the medows & the Town did manifest it as their desire it should be soe.
January 9th, 1706-7.
At a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
It was agreed to & voted to give John Miller thirteen pounds for his dieting the Widow Swinke the year past. Also it was agreed to & voted to raise forty shillings to buy clothing for sd Widow Swinke.
It was also voted to allow five pounds to satisfy for the schooling that have been carried on at Longmedow the summer past.
ffurther it was voted to allow thirteen shillings & four pence to satisfy those persons who have relieved John Killum in his late sickness & want.
February 17, 1706-7.
At a meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, which meeting the Selectmen ordered to acquaint the Town that the Assessors had raised the school rate on the poles & estates only, without laying anything of payment on the scholars that come to schoole.
It was questioned whether it was a legal meeting & two Constables present affirmed that had taken an effectual course
to warn the Inhabitants: It was farther debated or demurred whether to act because so many of the Inhabitants were called of to go to the upper Towns, because of tidings of the army of the enemy. Then it was put to vote whether the persons present would allow this to be a meeting & the vote was for the affirmative. And further it was voted whether to pay the schoolmaster according to the former manner, & there the vote was for the affirmative: but divers persons dissenting did enter their dissent, viz:
Mr. John Pynchon 2nd
James Warriner Sen'r
James Warriner Jun'r
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r
Luke Hitchcocke Jun'r
Samuell Bliss 3rd
Joseph Parsons Jun'r
Nathanll Burt Jun'r
Increase Sikes Jun'r
Jonathan Burt Jun'r
Also at this meeting the West side of ye Great River Inhabitants did desire the Town would grant them a tract of land on the great hill west from their Meeting-house extend from ye south end of sd hill to ye northerly end of Chickuppi field. Also a tract of land the South side of Agawam on the Plain from Benjamin Leonards land, down to Samuell Coopers for house lots.
ffebruary 28, 1706-7
At a Town Meeting ordered to consider for the grant of their desires (see page 283 & 221) what method to raise the schoolmasters salary & the due for keeping the school at Long Medow.
It was put to vote whether the schoolmasters dues should be raised on the Towns poles & estates wthout laying any thing on the scholars & ye vote was for ye negative. It being declared that the scholars paying three pence per weeke, the dues by reason of that way would be sixteen pounds sixteen shillings & sixpence, & then it was put to vote that whether the sd £16 16s 6d should be layed on the scholars & the vote for the affirmative part [III - 283.] Then it was declared that the charge for schooling lands would be £10 18s 6d & then it was put to vote whether to raise siad sum on the Town, yt is the Towns poles & estates & ye vote was for the affirmative.
It was further voted that there should be a committee to consider of such orders & by laws as have been formerly made & to prepare to show at ye next Town meeting & also to draw up other orders & by Laws as may be profitable for the Town to present as aforesd to ye Town for approbation in order to present ym to the Generall Sessions the next May to be approved of & rendered binding to all the Inhabitants of this Town: according to act Title Townships: See 5th & that Mr. Joseph Parsons, Mr. John Pynchon 2nd, Capt. Colton, Henry Chapin Sen'r, Lieut Abel Wright, Benjamin Leonard & Jno Holyoke be this committee.
March 11, 1706-7.
At the General Town meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield:
Capt. Thomas Colton, John Mirick, Samuell Bliss 3rd, Benjamin Leonard & Jno Holyoke were chosen Selectmen for the managing of the prudential affaires of the Town & said Capt. Colton, Benjamin Leonard & Jno Holyoke were chosen Assessors for ye Towns taxes.
John Holyoke was chosen Clerk for the Town.
Benjamin Stebbins, George Colton & James Miricke were chosen Constables & sworne.
Jonathan Ball, Joseph Cooley Sen'r, David Morgan Sen'r, Ebenezer Wariner were chosen Surveyors for the high wayes of the Town.
Obadiah Miller, Thomas Miricke, Joseph Parsons Jun'r, Samuel Day & Samuell Keep were chosen Tithing men.
Jonathan Burt Jun'r & Nathaneel Bliss Jun'r, John Hitchcocke Jun'r & Thomas Stebbins Sen'r Ebenezer Day & Josiah Leonard, James Barker & Joseph Ely, Isaac Frost & Thomas Barber, Benjamin Chapin & Ebenezer Chapin were chosen viewers of fences.
William Crany, Nathanel Morgan, Henry Rogers & Charles ffere, Thomas Hail & Samuel Colton, Thomas Jones & Joseph Stebbins were chosen field drivers.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer for Leather.
John Burt, Nathanll Burt Jun'r & John Petty were chosen Measurers for Lands.
Henry Burt was chosen Sealer for weights and measures.
It was voted that the Selectmen receive the schoolmasters accounts of the scholars coming to the school & that they demand of their parents & masters the payment due upon the account of sd scholars coming to schoole.
It was voted to allow Samuel Warner twenty one shillings for the planke used for the bridge he made over the Mill River & that the persons who did worke at said bridge have their sd worke set off as highway worke.
It was voted that the Selectmen dispose of or let out the town land at the reere of Pelatiah Bliss his homelot.
At the former meeting viz: January 9th 1706-7, the Inhabitants of the east side the great River February 28th, presenting their Petition to the Town to grant them a tract of land for the house lots, the Town did vote that most at the sd Meeting grant them with others to have their Petition etc: (see page 221 of this booke for the further record of said Grant.)
May 9th 1707.
At a meeting of the ffreeholders & Inhabitants of ye Town of Springfield.
Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Representative to attend her Majesties service in the great Genera Court or Assembly the 28th Day of this Instant May during yr session & Sessions.
Whereas there hath been difficulty & contradiction about payment the Townes present Schoolmaster his dues for the year past whether to raise in on poles & estates only, or on the scholars, also according to former custome & practise, it was agreed to & voted, that the Selectmen lay the whole matter before the General Quarter Sessions this instant Month of May, & the Town to rest in the determination of the Justices of the Peace, that come from other Towns of the County, excluding the Justices of the Peace dwelling in Springfield & the sd Justices of the Peace at sd sessions did determine the sd schoolmaster dues be paid as the other Town charges are paid, as attests Jno Holyoke, Clerk for the Towne.
At this meeting sundry rules, orders & bylaws drawn up by a Committee chosen for that end were read & voted to be
prsented to the next General Quarter Sessions for the approbation & were prsented to the General Quarter Sessions May 20, 1707 & are recorded pages 31-32 of this booke. [III - 284.]
December 23, 1707.
At a meeting of the inhabitants of the Town of Springfield.
At this meeting it was declared that the Constables of several years are defective of collecting the ministry rate, the school rate and the Country rate and ye Representative Rate & it was voted & agreed that the Selectmen examine the Constables & if it may be made manifest that any Constable had not money enough in their List to pay charges that now the Selectmen raise money to satisfy the same.
It was voted & agreed that the Selectmen discourse wth John Miller to find what charge the Town need to expend for Widow Swinkes diet & clothing & that ye Selectmen see to have so much raised.
It was voted to pay for Leather to cover some Town Record books.
It was voted to allow the schoolmaster Mr. David Parsons pay for three quarters of a yeere & wt the Towns lands falls short of satisfying together wth the scholars pay, that the same be assessed on the Inhabitants.
At this meeting a Commissioner & five trustees were chosen to make a valuation of all the rateable estate of this Town of Springfield, Major John Pynchon was chosen Commissioner, & Joseph Parsons Esq, Capt. Thomas Colton, Lieut Jos Stebbins & Lieut Abel Wright & Benja. Leonard were chosen Trustees who are to act according to the Act of the last Sessions of the General Court respectively.
At the Meeting of the Proprietors of the Inner Commons in the Town of Springfield:
ffebruary 18, 1707-8.
Legally warned to regulate the affair of boxing turpentine trees. It was voted to restraine the boxing of turpentine trees wthin the inmost comons till the Town do order otherwise.
It was voted that if any person shall gather turpentine of
the pine trees wthin the said Inmost Comons, before the Town shal order it, such persons shal pay after the Rate of twenty shillings per barrel for the turpentine so drawn.
It was further voted that the Selectmen for the time being shal looke after the men yt shal trespass the order agt boxing turpentine trees & tht they see to the gathering of the twenty shillings penalty per barrel as above sd for the use of the Town of the men that shal presume to draw turpentine out of the trees above sd Inmost Comons, til the Town shal order otherwise.
ffebruary 27, 1707-8.
At a meeting of the proprietors of the Inner Comons of the Town of Springfield:
It was voted to draw turpentine wth Regulations.
It was voted to chuse a Comittee to consider some way to regulate the drawing of Turpentine & to prepare some draught thereof to prsent at the next General Town Meeting for approbation.
And it was voted that Joseph Parsons Esq., Mr. John Pynchon Jun'r, Pelatiah Glover, Japhet Chapin, Capt. Thomas Colton, Benjamin Leonard, Lieut Jose Stebbins, David Morgan Sen'r, Thomas Horton be the sd committee & that said Joseph Parsons appointed the time & place for the said Committee Meeting.
March 9th, 1707-8.
At the General Town meeting for Election of Town Officers for ye Town of Springfield:
John Hitchcocke Sen'r, Edward Stebbins, John ffere, Henry Burt & John Holyoke were chosen Selectmen for the ensuing yeer. [III - 285.]
John Holyoke chosen Clerk for sd Town for ye ensuing yeer.
John Hitchcocke Jun'r, John Bagg & Daniel Lumbard were chosen Constables for the prsent yeer, but David Lumbard hired Samuel Warner to be Constable in his stead, who was occupied of by the Town in sd meeting.
Joseph Stebbin Sen'r, Joseph Cooly Sen'r & Samuell Ely were chosen Assessors for ye yeer.
David Morgan Sen'r, John Burt, Tilly Miricke, Samuell Bliss Jun'r & Samuel Bedortha were chosen Tithing men for the yeer ensuing.
John Burt, Nathaneel Burt & John Petty were chosen Town Measurers for ye lands.
Pelatiah Bliss, Obadiah Cooley, Thomas Hale & Ebenezer Day were chosen Surveyors for high wayes.
Increase Sikes Jun'r was chosen Sealer for leathers.
Jonathan Ely & Thomas Colton Jun'r, Nathaneel Munn & Samuell Lamb, Joseph Bedortha Sen'r & Ebenezer Miller, James Stevenson Jun'r & Joseph Leonard Jun'r & Joseph Wiliston & Ebenezer Graves Jun'r, Jno Crowfoot & David Chapin were chosen ffence viewers also to be hay wards for the fields.
At the Town Meeting April 29th, 1708.
The Town accept of Ebenezer Chapin to be fence viewer in the room (instead) of David Chapin.
It was voted that such persons as shalbe chosen by the town to execute the law respecting swine & shalbe convicted of neglecting thereof, shalbe subject to the penalty of five shillings upon conviction, the one half thereof to the Informer, the other half to the Town Schoole & that this order be prsented to the Justices of the Peace at their next General Sessions of the Peace in Hampshire for ye approbation. This said order was approved of by the Justices at the Quarter Sessions May 13, 1708. (see page 32)
Samuel Warner & Ebenezer Wariner, John Atchison & Daniell Cooly Jun'r, John ffowler & Christian van Horeen & Nathanll Bancroft are chosen to execute the law respecting swine.
The needy condition of the wife of Philip Read was laid before the Town & the Town did appoint that the Selectmen consider the matter & that they do what is meet for the Town to do as to satisfaction for what reliefe hath been given her and as to what further reliefe that may be duty for the Town to afford, & further that the Selectmen continue the sending her away to her proper place or to her friends & that the Town be at some charge for the transport of her & her children & it was added that respect be to what recompence the friends of sd Read's wife may bestow on such as shal transport her & her children.
The Proprietors of the Outward Comons did appoint a meeting of sd Proprietors to be attended at the East Meeting-house at ten of the clock of the morning of the 11th day of this Instant March.
March 11, 1707-8.
Accordingly the Proprietors of the Outward Comons had a Meeting and at this meeting it was first voted, that the Precinct Proprietors should regulate their affair of gathering or drawing turpentine in the Inner Comons adjoining to their wood lots.
1. Regulation. That no turpentine shalb got on the East side the great River in Springfield, but what is got within two miles from the great River eastward & also wthin two miles westward from the westward side ye Outward Comons.
2. That no Proprietor shal worke above one thousand new trees, & that he shal have liberty from a Comittee (whom the Town shal appoint) in what place he shal worke said trees in the aforesd bounds wth as little damage as may be, to those persons that have this yeer began to bark, & yt yr be paid to the Town Treasurer for the use of the schoole, one shilling in [III - 285.] town pay for one hundred trees, so granted, & where any persons have barked above one thousand trees, he shalbe satisfyed for his labour by him that shal have the overplus of the thousand, to be determined by the sd Comittee.
3. That those who work any of their old trees, shal pay to the Town Treasury for the use of the school six shillings in Town pay for one thousand of said trees and that they shal declare to sd Comittee within one month from the fifth day of this Instant March, whether they wil worke them or no, & upon refusal to worke ym the sd Comittee are to dispose ym to any other persons on the terms aforesd.
4. As for the Inner Comons on the West side of the great River the sd Comittee are to dis-pose of the trees on the termes aforesd wthout any limitation as to place.
And Lieut Hitchcocke Sen'r & John Miricke are chosen to be the Comittee to inspect the affair of getting turpentine
according to the abovesd regulations & to prosecute any persons that my trespass agt said regulations.
And it was further concluded that the Outward Comons be liable to pay according to the abovesd regulations of the Inward Comons & that the affaire be alike under the care & management of sd comittee & that they allow to no Proprietor above two thousand trees in sd Outward Comon.
April 29, 1708.
At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants for Election of a Representative at the Sessions of the next Generall Courts.
Joseph Parsons Esq was made choice of to be Representative to attend the Sessions of the General Courts for the prsent yeer. And it was voted that our said Representative do Represent the Towns desires that we may have but Two Cortes in the yeer for this County of Hampshire.
June 2, 1708.
At a Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield.
It was voted at this meeting & concluded to ratify the vote of the Towne at the meeting May 30, 1708 respecting the school affair on the west side of the great River, & further that the Selectmen of this Town of Springfield be impowered to provide them the said west side Inhabitants a meet person to teach yr children to read & to write, & that the Inhabi-tants of the said west side the great River have liberty to adde from among themselves some one man to join with sd Selectmen to carry the affair, that the children of said west side Inhabitants may be taught to read & to write, & that what the scholars part to pay falls short of satisfying the charge, it be paid as other Town charges are paid.
Whereas Thomas Gilbert of Brookfield was convicted before Major John Pynchon Esq, of selling of strong drinke at sd Town wthout license and was sentenced by ye Justices of the Peace to pay forty shillings to the Grammer School in Springfield, & did Petition this town to forgive him or clear him from paying forty shillings, the Town did accept of his Petition & release him from paying said forty shillings.
It was also voted that a convenient sum of money for paying
the necessary charges for transporting of Philip Reads wife & her children to Concord, should be assessed on the Inhabitants of this Towne. [III - 287.]
Insert: See p.383 History of Concord and Index for the family of Philip Read/Reed of Concord. Philip Reed was of Concord 1670.
1708: Springfield asks Governor for men to keep garrison against the Enemy
At a meeting of the ffreeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualifyed and it was voted to send Joseph Parsons Esq to his Excellency our Governor to intercede with his Excellency that the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield may not be called away or impressed to keep garrison in other towns but continued in their owne Towne, for the defence yr of from the Enemy as also to interceed wth his Excellency that he further would please to send us men to garrison in this Town of Springfield for some time as also that the Selectmen do hire some meet persons to accompany their Agent in his going to his Excellency & his returning home.
It was further voted that the Inhabitants would oblige themselves to fortify ye Town & to chuse a Comittee to order or regulate the respective garrisons and it was voted that the Commission Officers of the Militia, the Selectmen of the Town and
Nathll Burt Sen'r
John Barber Sen'r
Benjamin Leonard Sen'r
be this Comittee: And effect the time & place of yr meeting. Major Pynchon is chose to appoint the same.
November 30, 1708.
At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
At this meeting the voters granted payment to be made for the Several particulars read to them, wch are set in the Selectmen's book of Towne debts for this yeer.
The Town did nominate & manifest their desire that the Petitioners for the Precinct at Chickuppi eastward of the town bounds should renew their petition to the Honoured Generall Court yr grant for the setting up a Town or Precinct for four yeers more after the wars are ended & made choice of Mr. John Pynchon to draw up a Petition to sd Court for them.
It was also voted & ordered that whatsoever persons shal send children to school in the winter time, that they provide
for each scholar one load of wood by that time the scholar or the child been at school two weeks or that such persons (as neglect to bring their load of wood as aforesd) shal pay in the Towne Rate so much as shal satisfy any other person or persons that shal bring to the school a load of wood for their scholar or scholars & the Selectmen manage this affair from time to time yeerly.
March 8, 1708-9.
At the General Town Meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Towne of Springfield:
John Hitchcocke Sen'r, John Miricke, John Day, Pelatiah Bliss & John Holyoke were chosen Selectment.
John Holyoke was chosen Towne Clerke.
John Burt, Nathll Burt Jun'r & John Petty were chosen Land Measurers.
Samuel Keepe was chosen Constable & sworn.
Isaac Frost was chosen Constable & sworn.
Joseph Stebbin was chosen Constable & sworn.
Mr. Joseph Parsons, Capt. Colton & John Day were chosen Assessors.
Samuel Lamb, Tilly Miricke, Obadiah Cooly, Samuel Day & George Colton were chosen Surveyors of the highwayes.
Ebenezer Parsons was chosen Sealer of Leather.
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r was chosen Town Treasurer.
Joseph williston, Thomas Bliss Sen'r, James Wariner Jun'r, Thomas Bliss Jun'r & Joseph Bedortha were chosen Tithing men.
Also fence viewers chosen, viz: [III - 288.]
Eliakim Cooly Jun'r
were chosen fence viewers & also hay wards or ffield drivers.
Mathew Crowfoot, Samuel Warner & Ebenezer Wariner, Samuel Wariner & Christian van Horeen, John Atchison & Daniel Cooly, Jun'r, Nathaneel Bancroft & Jonathan Worthington were chosen to execute the law about swine.
May 6th, 1709.
At a meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
Major John Pynchon Esq was made choice of to be Representative for this Towne to attend the sessions of Generall Courte for this yeer.
Also it was voted to allow the Selectmen to raise some money to defray some necessary charges, in special to pay for the schoole glass & to purchase standards for weights & measures as the Law requires.
December 1st, 1709. At a Town Meeting:
The voters at this meeting did approve of the paying for the several particulars yt were layd before them & are set in ye Selectmens booke of the Town debts for this yeer.
It was also voted to pay our schoolmaster Mr. Jno Sherman forty pounds in grain viz pease, rye, Indian corn & barley at the ancient town price or as to former schoolmasters. It was also voted to allow Capt. Thomas Colton thirty shillings to encourage or to enable him to provide schooling for Longmeadow for this winter, wch allowance, if it occasion strife or disturbance amongst his neighbors at Longmeadow he promises to forgive ye sd Towns allow-ance of 30 shillings.
It was voted to allow forty shillings to be raised for Su the Negro.
It was voted to allow Thomas Mirick, Samuel Bliss 3rd, & George Colton 12 shillings apiece for going to bring Mr. John Sherman our present schoolmaster.
Capt. Colton propounded to have a pound for the Longmedow Inhabitants.
Divers young men on the west side of the great River did desire liberty to take clay or dig & cart away clay at the highway going up Samuell Coopers hill, wch was granted to them provided they do not damnify said highway.
March 14, 1709-10.
At the Generall Town Meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield.
Mr. John Pynchon, Jun'r, Edward Stebbins, John Burt Sen'r, Nathaneel Munn & Samuel Bliss 3rd, were chosen Selectmen for the yeer ensuing.
John Holyoke was chosen Clerk to Record etc.
Obadiah Miller was chosen Constable & sworne.
Ebenezer Bliss Sen'r was chosen Constable & sworne.
Thomas Barber was chosen Constable & sworne.
Thomas Jones Sen'r, David Lumbard Sen'r, Jonathan Day, Thomas Colton Jun'r, John Bagg were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.
John Burt Sen'r, Nath Burt Jun'r & John Petty were chosen Measurers for Lands.
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r was chosen Treasurer for the Town & Mr. John Pynchon, Jun'r, Jos. Stebbins Sen'r, & Pelatiah Blisse were chosen & appointed to joine wth sd prsent Treasurer to exmine the accounts of the old Treasurer who was Mr. Pelatiah Glover Sen'r.
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r, Eliakim Cooly Sen'r & Samuel Ely were chosen Assessors.
James Wariner Sen'r, John ffere, Joseph williston, Joseph Cooly Sen'r & Benjamin Leonard were chosen Tithing men.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer for Leather.
Fence viewers also were chosen, viz:
Pelatiah Morgan & Joseph Ashley, Thomas Stebbins Sen'r, [III - 289.] & James Wariner Jun'r, John Day & Charles ffere, Samuel Leonard & John Leonard, Samuel Chapin & Henry Chapin Jun'r & Samuell Colton & Daniell Cooly Jun'r & the same men were chosen hay wards or field Drivers.
Matthew Crowfoot, Samuell Warner, Ebenezer Wariner, John Atchison, Barret Steel, Christian van Horen, Samuell Wariner, Jonathan Worthington & Nathanll Bancroft were chosen to execute the orders about swine.
For order about an highway through the wood lots east of the medows from the middle causeway to the upper causeway (see page 244) and for laying it out sd way four rods (see page 225).
At a meeting of the ffreeholders & other Inhabitants of ye Town of Springfield May 8th 1710:
The town at this meeting did order & Impower the Selectmen of sd Town to bargain wth & let out to what person or persons they may approve of, the land, the unimproved
land, of that said Townes in Chickuppi field on ye west side the great River, & that lyes on the westerly side of said land & within said field fence as also the Town's medow that lyes agt Edward Stebbins his houselot in the Town for yeeres or for some terme of yeeres for the Towns advantage, according to their discretion.
Colonel John Pynchon Esq was chosen Representative for the Town of Springfield to represent them in Sessions of the Great General Assembly for this yeer.
It was voted that whatsoever person shal be chosen to any office in sd towne that the law requires the Town to chuse men to serve in, and shal refuse or neglect to attend the office they are chosen to & be thereof convicted, & have no reasonable excuse to show for yr so refusing or neglecting & where the law lays no fine on such persons that they shal pay a fine to the Towne not exceeding the sum of twenty shillings. And it was further determined that this order be presented to ye Justices of the Peace for Hampshire, at the next Generall Sessions of the Peace for their approbation.
Henry Burt was chosen Tithing man in John ferre stead because refusing to take ye oath.
Gershom ffere applying himselfe to the Town for recompense for his keeping Su the negro, it was voted & ordered that said Gershom ffere for his intertaining her to this time, be paid three pounds in provision pay out of the town treasury, if it be yr to be had, & if not to be had yr, to have so much raised for him in the next Town rates.
November 27, 1710.
At a meeting of the ffreeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
It was voted that the Assessors do assess inhabitants the sum of four pounds nineteen shillings & eight pence to satisfy Mr. Thomas Tousey our former schoolmaster the unpaid part of his salary for keepig school.
Also it was voted that the Assessors do raise upon the Inhabitants in the Towns Tax for to pay our present schoolmaster Mr. John Sherman the sum of forty pounds.
Also it was voted the Assessors do raise in ye Town Rate
upon the Inhabitants the sum of nine pounds six shillings & five pence to pay Samuel Hitchcocke for his tending & dieting John Waller in his sickness the last yeer, as also the doctor & druggist.
It was voted also to raise twenty eight shillings to pay Samuel Ely so much, or what appeared to be unpaid of his salary for keeping schoole.
It was also voted that the Assessors rate the Inhabitants of this town the sum of eight pounds to satisfy Gershom ffere for his keeping Su the negro according to the agreement of the Selectmen.
Also that they raise twenty five shillings to satisfy some small debts of ye Towne. [III - 290.] It was further voted that the Selectmen do adjust the charges of the Widow Geralds wth respect to her keeping, dieting or medicining James Adams of the Town of Westerly in the Narragansett Country, & that the Assessors raise ym also on the Inhabitants that each respective person may have yr dues wch the Selectmen are to see paid respectively.
It was voted to have three men to joine wth the Town Treasurer to Inquire after any former town debts or credits, also that Samuel Bliss, 3rd, Joseph Willeston & Samuel Ely be the three men for this inquiry, & it was determined that they attend this Inquiry this day fortnight, and afterward that they agree upon the time or times for further Inquiry among themselves if there be further occasion for it & that they make return of their inquiry to the Town at the next General Town meeting.
It was also further voted & agreed that the bul mony & water workes rate should be added with the Town Rate.
March 13, 1710-11.
At the General Town meeting for Elections of Officers for the Town of Springfield:
Joseph Cooly Sen'r, Tilly Miricke, John Miller, Thomas Horton & John Holyoke were chosen Selectmen.
John Holyoke was chosen clerke.
Thomas Stebbins Sen'r, John Ely & Joseph Parsons were chosen Constables & sworn.
Joseph Willeston, Thomas Horton & John Miller were chosen Assessors.
John Hitchcocke Jun'r, Nathll Sikes Sen'r, Matthew Crowfoot, Nathanll Bliss Jun'r & Nathaneel Dumbleton were chosen Surveyors of the highwayes.
David Morgan Sen'r, John Warner, Obadiah Cooly, Nathanll Burt Jun'r, Ebenezer Jones Sen'r were chosen Tithing men.
John Burt Sen'r, Nathll Burt Jun'r & John Petty were chosen Measurers of Town lands.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Leather sealer.
Joseph Barker, William Scott, Benjamin Stebbins & Samll Wariner, Joseph Leonard Jun'r, Thomas Barber, Benjamin Chapin & Jonathan Chapin, John Burt Sen'r & Samll Sikes, Samll Stebbins & Jonathan Ely were chosen fence viewers; & ye fence viewers are chosen field drivers.
William Wariner & Samuell Hitchcocke were chosen to execute the orders about swine.
Nathaneel Bliss Sen'r was fined 6 pence for disorderlynes at sd Meeting as also Gershom Sen, James Tailor Jun'r & Henry Rogers Jun'r were fined 6 pence for Disorderlynes.
August 16th, 1711. At a Town Meeting:
It was voted to continue Mr. John Sherman gramer school master to the Town & to give him forty pounds per annum in Town pay & said Mr. Jno Sherman did declare his willingness to go on wth his teaching the scholars until the next Town meeting.
December 7, 1711.
It was voted to allow James Dorchester Sen'r for his keeping or dieting of James Osborn for the space of twenty three weekes this prsent yeer after the rate of three shillings & nine pence in Town pay viz: £4 6s 3d.
It was voted to allow the Comittee that spent their time to examine the arreares of the Rates in divers Constables hands 2s 6d per day. Three of ym three dayes apiece & one of ym for one day.
It was voted to allow Increase Sikes for making James Osborn a pair of shoes - eight shillings.
It was voted to allow the perambulators - being 15 men 4 shillings per man.
It was declared that the Selectmen agree wth Mr. Benjamin Colton to keep school [III - 291.] on the west side of the great River, & to pay him after the Rate of twenty pounds for halfe a yeer, but he kept the schoole for four months only, viz: from the thirteenth day of April to the thirteenth day of August next 13£ 6s 8d.
In the handwriting of Pelatiah Bliss.
March 11th Anno 1712.
att The General Town meeting for election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield.
The Honorable Colonel John Pynchon was chosen Moderator.
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r, Joseph Stebbins Sen'r, John Mirick, Samuell Bliss 3rd, John Ferry were chosen Selectmen.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Clerke for ye Town & sworn.
Samuell Lamb & Nathanell Morgan & Samuell Colton were chosen Constables.
Capt. John Pynchon, Samuell Keep & Samuell Ely were chosen Assessors.
The fence viewers that were chosen were:
Thomas Miller Sen'r
Joseph Ely Jun'r
It is also voted that the fence viewers be ye field drivers.
The Surveyors of Highwayes that were chosen were Samuell Sikes & William Warriner & Pelatiah Morgan & John Atchinson & John Miller Sen'r.
The Town Treasurer that was chosen was John Mirrick.
The Sealer of Leather that was chosen was Increase Sikes Jun'r.
The Tithing men were: John Herman, Thomas Jones Sen'r, Ephraham Colton, Samuell Warriner.
The Town Measurers were Henry Burt, Nathanll Burt Jun'r & John Petty.
It was also voted that the affaire of the school land on both sides the River be left with the Selectmen to let it out as they shal see cause for the Benefit of the Town
without any limitation as to time & it was voted to abate Gershom Ferry his fine for disorder att a former meeting.
March 24, 1712.
At a meeting of ye Inhabitantes of Springfield it was voted that Nathanell Sikes Jun'r should be a fence viewer for the present year also yt Samuell Bliss 3rd & Henry Burt & John Ferre be a Committie to examine ye accounts between the former Treasurer viz: Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r and ye Selectmen for ye last year, and to make returne of their doing to the Town. [III - 292.]
April 11th, 1712.
At a meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield.
It was voted at this meeting that Mr. Thomas Ingersol of Springfield shal have the whole sum of the money and goods mentioned in the Inventory of ye estate of John Marshfield of late deceased, the term of one year said Ingersol then paying the whole sum according to the Inventory for ye money part provided also sd Ingersol give sufficient security for the whole to the Town of Springfield.
It was also voted that ye present Selectmen shal give sufficient security in ye Towns behalfe to the Executors of ye Will of John Massefield for ye Inventory as also to take sufficient security of Mr. Thomas Ingersol in behalfe of ye Town for the money and goods in the inventory of John Massefield of late deceased.
It was also voted there shal none of ye Inhabitants of Springfield carry any sawmill logs out of the Town boundes on ye penalty of five shillings to be payed into the Town Treasury for each log so carryed. Benjamin Leonard and John Bagg entered their dissent from sd vote.
May the 6th, 1712.
At a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, Colonel John Pynchon Esq was made choice of to be Reprentative for this Town to attend the Sessions of the General Court for the present year.
At a lawfull Town meeting of the freeholders and other
inhabitants of the Town of Springfield on November ye 27, 1712.
It was voted that there shal be ten pounds in money raised or levied on ye Inhabitants for the relief of ye wife of John Killam; and there is five shillings granted for Capt John Pynchon for his drawing a copy of ye Inventory of the estate of John Mashfield and for Mr. Pelatiah Glover for writing done by him: one shilling and ten pence. Also there is granted to Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r twenty shillings for his service as Town treasurer also there was granted twelve pounds in Town pay for the building a school house on the west side of the Great River andit was also voted that the charge of the bulls that were hired by the Selectmen shall be added to each man's rate according to their just proportion according their number of cows & there was granted to Mary Killam twenty shillings for her tending her mother in her sickness.
At a lawful town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield ffebruary ye 10th, 1712-13. It was voted to raise four or five pounds for ye relief of James Osborn and it was voted that ye charge doth arise this year for the bulls hired by ye Selectmen it should be by ye Assessors added to each mans rate according to his number of cows, according to his just proportion. Voted also yt the charge also that there is for waterworks should be added to each mans rate according to their just proportion, viz: according to their interest in ye fields respectively. [III - 293.]
March the 10th.
At the Generall Town meeting for Election of Town Officers it being a lawful meeting. Colonel John Pynchon was chosen Moderator.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Clerk and sworn according to Law, the Selectmen that were chosen were Mr. Pelatiah Glover & Ebeneazer Parsons & Nathanell Burt Jun'r & Henry Burt & John Day.
The Constables that were chosen were Jeremiah Horton & Ebenezer Wariner & Samuel Leonard & the Assessors yt were chosen were Mr. Pelatiah Glover & Mr. Luke Hitchcocke
sen'r & Nathanll Burt Jun'r & the Town Treasurer chosen was Lieut John Mirrick & the Tithing men that were chosen were Jonathan Ely & Joseph Parsons & William Warriner & James Mirrick & John Ely and for Measurers for Land, Nathanll Burt Jun'r & Ebenezer Chapin & David Morgan Jun'r & Thomas Mirrick Sen'r & George Colton & Samuell Keep & Charles fere Sen'r & Nathanell Dumbleton & Eliakim Cooly, John Burt & Joseph Williston & Ebenezer Graves.
Increase Sikes is chosen Sealer of Leather and the Surveyors chosen were:
Samuell Stebbins Obadiah Miller Benjamin Knowlton Luke Hitchcocke 3rd Ebenezer Miller Sen'r
Voted also the fence viewers be field drivers.
It was voted also to make choice of two persons to be a part of a committee to act in the affaire of Longmedow for the granting of land according to a former vote of the Town in that affaire & it is voted that Lieut John Mirrick & Samuell Bliss 3rd should be ye persons to act as a part of a committee in that affaire.
May 7th, 1713.
At a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants for election of a Representative to serve at the Sessions of the next General Courts, Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r was made choice of to be Representative to attend the Sessions of the General Courts for this prsent year & it is voted that Luke Hitchcocke 2nd be a Surveyor for highwayes this present year & it is also voted that the Selectmen doe in behalf of the town draw up and send a petition to the Generall Court that they would resolve this question, viz: whether the charge arising for the school be to be levied on ye Inhabitantes as the Province charge or whether a part on them and part on the schoolers.
August 26, 1713.
Att a lawfull Town meeting of the inhabitantes of Springfield it was voted that Benjamin Smith Sen'r should be Constable for the remainder of this present year.
Note by the transcriber - on the margin of this page to follow the meeting of March 10 is this: "Thomas Bliss ye 2nd was chosen Constable at this meeting and ye Town accepted of Ebenezer Warriner in his stead or place." [III - 294.]
November 26, 1713.
At a lawful Town meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
It was voted to raise fourty pounds in town pay for Mr. John Sherman for his keeping the school. There was also granted three pounds & ten shillings for Daniel Cooly's daughter keeping school. There was also granted fifteen pounds in money or corne at money price for Mr. Nathanell Downing for his keeping school. There was also granted two pounds ten shillings to James Dorchester for keeping James Osborn. There was also granted six shillings for the procuring a book for ye use of the Selectmen. It was granted to give ye Respresentative Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r four shillings to per day for what time he hath been imploid in ye sd service & there was also granted Lieut John Mirick twenty shillings for serving the town two years as Town Treasurer. It was also voted forty shillings per year whichis to be understood if John Miller will not take it on sd conditions. It was also voted to raise six pounds & three shillings to pay for the keeping the wife of John Killam. And it was also voted that what money is due on ye account of bulls & also for water be by ye assessors added according to our former custom.
March ye 9th, 1713-14.
At the General Town meeting for Election of officers for the Town of Springfield:
The Honored Colonel John Pynchon was chosen Moderator.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Clerk.
Mr. Pelatiah Glover & Lieut John Mirick & Serj't Joseph Cooly & Serj't John Ferre & Thomas Terry were chosen Selectmen and overseers of the poore. John Worthington and Ebenezer Day and Ebenezer Warriner were chosen Constables. And Benjamin Stebbins & Jonathan Bagg & Ebenezer Graves & Increase Sikes & Ebenezer Bliss Sen'r & George Colton were chosen Tithing men & Lieut John Mirrick was chosen Town Treasurer. Serj't Joseph Cooly Sen'r, John Ferre & Samuell Ely were chosen Assessors. Benjamin Knowlton, William Smith, Joseph Stebbins Jun'r, Henry Chapin Jun'r, John Harmon, Samuel Colton were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.
Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r was chosen Sealer of Leather.
John Hitchcocke, Serj't Samuel Lamb & Thomas Stebbins, Tilly Mirrick, Samuel Sikes, Samuel Cooly, Ebenezer Bliss Jun'r, Samuell Ferre, Josia Leonard, Isaac Frost, Joseph Ashley Jun'r, Nathll Morgan & John Fowler were chosen to be fence viewers & field drivers.
Nathanell Burt Jun'r & Henry Burt & John Petty were chosen Measurers for land: Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Samuel Bliss 3rd & Nathanll Burt Jun'r were chosen to be a committee to examine or look into the accompts of the former Treasurer for ye two yeers past & it is desired that they do it within a month & make returne of their doing therein at the next Town meeting. Luke Hitchcocke Sen'r, Sealer of Leather.
May 10, 1714.
Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, Col. John Pynchon Esq. was made choise of to be Representative for the Town to attend the Sessions of the Generall Court for this present year. It was voted also to raise six pounds to be imroved or ye Relief of John Crowfoot viz: his son and it is to be disposed of by direction from the Selectmen.
Following are made choice of to Execute the lawes respecting swine.
Nathanll Sikes Sen'r
Thomas Miller Jun'r
[III - 295.]
November 26, 1714.
At a Town Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield.
It was voted upon reading the Townes debts to choose a committee to join with the Selectmen to examine the Townes debts & credits and to order the Assessors to raise & levy a tax upon the Inhabitants of what they find the Town indebted and as they think needful to be levied. Voted and chosen for a committee to join with the Selectmen, viz:
Lieut Joseph Stebbins
Samuel Bliss 3rd
Nathaniel Burt Jun'r
Col. John Pynchon was chosen to be Respresentative for the remainder of this year.
It was further voted to allow Thomas Jones five pounds accounting the fifty shillings in that he hath already received.
At this meeting the Selectmen prsenting to the Town some money belonging to James Osborn from Jonathan Bliss, etc.
It was voted by the Inhabitants to choose a Commity to consider what methods might be left to recover and obtaine what right belonged to the sd James Osband from the sd Jonathan Bliss and to order the Town Treasurer to act according thereunto. Voted for a comittee: Capt. John Pynchon, Lieut John Mirrick, Pelatiah Bliss & Serj't Joseph Cooly and it was voted that the Committee appointed to consider of James Osbands concernments should search the records what right he might have as to land at Grape Swamp and what might be done and make report thereof at the next Town meeting.
March ye 8th 1714-15.
Att the Generall Town meeting for Election of Officers for the Town of Springfield.
The Honoured Col. Jno Pynchon was chosen Moderator.
Capt. Jno Pynchon & James Mirick & Samuell Bliss 3rd & Luke Hitchcocke, sheriff & Mr. Pelatiah Glover were chosen Selectmen.
Joseph Warriner was chosen Clerke & sworn.
Lieut Jno Mirick was chosen Town Treasurer.
Thomas Colton Jun'r
were chosen Constables.
Charles Fere Sen'r
James Taylor Jun'r
Luke Hitchcocke Jun'r
Natll Bliss Jun'r
were chosen Tithingmen
Lieut Jno Mirick
Nathll Burt Jun'r
Sarj't Jno Day
were chosen Assessors
Benjamin Cooley Jun'r
Natl Sikes Sen'r
Thomas Mirrick Sen'r
Daniel Morgan Jun'r
were chosen Surveyors of highwayes.
Joseph Cooley 3rd
Joseph Stebbins Jun'r
Nathll Sikes Junr'r
chosen fence viewers & chosen to be field drivers.
James Dorchester, Jun'r
were chosen to execute the law about swine.
Natll Burt Jun'r
were chosen Measurers for land.
And att this Generall Town Meeting it was voted that the Selectmen should take effectual care to provide a sufficient number of bulls for the Towns use, att the Town charge.
And it was further dated & concluded upon that the Assessors should draw a list of the names of those persons that may rightfully be accounted voters the which is to be read from time to time.
March 18th 1714-15.
Att a Town Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield. It was voted to abate Joseph Barker three pounds in his rent for the Town land for this year ensuing. [III - 296.]
May the 6th, 1715.
Att a Town Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of Springfield Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Esq was made choice of to be Representative for this Town to attend the Sessions of the Generall Court for this present yeare.
June the 13th 1715.
At a Town Meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of Springfield it being moved by some of the Inhabitants of the west side of the great River to have a highway laid out between Samuell Miller & Ebenezer Scots home lots into the woods. It was voted in the Negative.
November ye 28th 1715.
Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield belonging to the east side of the great River, Longmedow excepted att this Meeting. It was voted and concluded upon to raise 30 pounds for the repairing of Mr. Brewers house & barn, also the buildings belonging to the Ministry and it was further voted that Deacon Nathanael Munn & Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Henry Burt should lay out this thirty pounds for the effecting of the abovesd worke.
Mr. Brewer being uneasy respecting his not having equal proportion of grain, it was further voted that Deacon James Warriner, Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Deacon Natll Munns should
discourse him about this thing & make report of what his desires are to this Society.
January 16th 1715-16.
Att a Town meeting of the freeholders & other Inhabitants of Springfield, Capt. Jno Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Moderator for sd meeting.
It was voted at this meeting that Doctor John Sherman should have raised for him forty pounds for his teaching the school.
There was also granted to Mr. Natll Downing twenty five pounds for teaching the school on the west side of the great River.
There was also granted Longmedow for their school twenty three pounds.
There was granted to Ephraim Stiles forty shillings for ringing the bell.
There was also granted to Samuel Bliss 3rd for boarding Thomas Crowfoot one month sixteen shillings.
There was also granted to Deborah Gerrald seven pounds two shillings and four pence for her expense upon Thomas Crowfoot.
It was further voted that there should be seventeen pounds four shillings raised for the discharging of bulls.
There was further granted to Mr. Thomas Ingersol thirty shillings for clothing for James Osborn.
There was further granted Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Esq six shillings for a pair of shoes for James Osborn & there was further granted to him three shillings & eighteen pence for a pound lock.
There was granted to James Dorchester Sen'r nine pounds five shillings & six pence for his keeping James Osborn.
There was granted to John Harmon two shillings & six pence for clothing for James Osborn. [III - 297.]
There was also granted to Thomas Terry one shilling & six pence for his helping Thomas Crowfoot from Chickuppe to town.
There was also granted to Lieut John Mirick twelve shillings for two shirts for James Osborn & for paper twenty pence.
There was also granted to Mr. Pelatiah Glover one pound ten shillings for sundry writing for the Town & making Rates.
There was also granted to Mr. Pelatiah Glover & his son Pelatiah Glover four shillings a piece for their journeying to Hadley on the Towns concerne.
There was also granted to the estate of David Miller of Enfield ten shillings for his journey to Woodstock on Towns business.
There was also granted to Capt. John Pynchon for sundries expended for the use of John Killems wife & Thomas Crowfoot four pounds four shillings and three pence.
There is granted to Christian Vanhorn eight shillings for his making the pound gate, hooks, eyes & staple thereto.
There was also granted to the Widow Sarah Barber for dieting Thomas Crowfoot twenty shillings.
It was further voted and concluded upon that Capt. John Pynchon, Mr. Pelatiah Glover & Lieut Joseph Bedortha be a committee to treat with Northampton in order to an comodation of the differences between Springfield & Northampton respecting the bounds of the township of Springfield & Northampton. The time & place of the aforesaid committees meeting for effecting the aforesaid worke is to be left with Capt. John Pynchon and said committee is to make report of their said doings unto the said Town of Springfield and the charges of the said committee is to be born by the said Town of Springfield.
There was also further granted to the farmers of Chickuppe & Skipmuck twelve pounds towards schooling of their children for this yeare ensuing.
March 13th 1715-16.
Att the Generall Town Meeting for the Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield:
The Honoured Colonel John Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.
Joseph Warriner was chosen clerk and sworn.
John Fere Sen'r, James Warriner 2nd, Capt John Pynchon, Lieut Joseph Stebbins, Samuel Ely, were chosen Selectmen.
Thomas Terry, Nathanael Sikes Jun'r, John Harmon, John Cooley were chosen Constables.
Lieut John Mirick was chosen Town Treasurer.
Charles Fere Sen'r, Benjamin Stebbins, Joseph Leonard Jun'r, Natll Leonard, Samuel Keep, Thomas Colton, Natll Morgan, Jonathan Bagg, Ebenezer Chapin, Bon Vanhorn, Thomas Mirick Sen'r, Thomas Jones Sen'r, fence viewers and they were also chosen field drivers [III - 298.]
Thomas Hale, Thomas Bliss, Lt. David Morgan Sen'r, Willm Bliss, Henry Rogers Jun'r, John Leonard were chosen Tithing men.
Willm Warriner, Samuel Sikes, Natll Hitchcocke, Samuel Cooley, Serj't John Bagg, Jonathan Taylor, George Colton were chosen Surveyors for highwayes.
Natll Burt Jun'r, John Petty, Henry Burt were chosen land Measurers.
Joseph Ashley (alias Miller) Samuel Hitchcocke, John Lamb, David Morgan Jun'r, Natll Bliss 2nd, John Atchinson, Joseph Barker, Benjamin Ball, Gershom Hale Jun'r, Natll Bancroft were chosen to prosecute the law respecting swine.
Ensign Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer of Leather.
And it was further voted and agreed upon that those persons that run the Line for the Town (which was done by them at two times: the first time was in April; the last in october in the yeer 1715) should have for their service twelve pounds seventeen shillings & seve pence.
Voted that the Assessors shal have pay for fifty one days making the Rates the last yeare.
It was voted that the Inhabitants of the west side should have six shillings given them toward making their Ministers rate.
It was further voted that Lieut John Mirick should have for his service as Town Treasurer fifteen shillings.
March 28th 1716.
Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield.
Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.
It was voted and concluded upon that that vote which was made att the General Town Meeting March 8th 1714-15 shal continue still in force. Respecting the Townsmen providing bulls for the Towns use & at Town charge, only that the charge be defrayed in Town pay.
Those parts of the Town of Springfield Inhabitants which was by the Town voted to be precincts are as follows, viz:
1. The West side of the Great River.
2. The Longmedow.
3. The West side of Agawam River.
4. The upper Chickippi, East side great River.
5. The Lower Chickippi, East side great River.
6. Skipmuck, East side great River.
It was further voted that each of the places above mentioned should be allowed precincts respecting of schools. It was further voted that they should be continued precincts for three years. Voted that every Precinct shall pay to their one school. Voted that that precinct which doth neglect keeping a school that money which is raised upon them for the supporting of the schools shall return into the Town Treasury. Voted further to raise eighty two pounds in pay in order to the supporting the schools of Springfield.
It was further voted and concluded upon that all sorts of grain shall pass as formerly, [III - 299.] viz: wheat att four shillings per bushel. Pease att four shillings per bushel, rye at three shillings per bushel. Barley att four shillings per bushel, Indian corn att two shillings & sixpence per bushel. Oats att two shillings per bushel.
May 11th, 1716.
Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield.
Capt. John Pynchon Esq was chosen Moderator.
Mr. Luke Hitchcocke Esq was chosen to be Representative
for this Town to attend the session of the Generall Court for this present yeer.
Voted that the Selectmen of this Town of Springfield doe upon the charge of this Town send Thomas Crowfoot of sd Town to Mr. Kibbe of Reading or to any other person as the Selectmen of the Town shall in their discretion think meet in order to cure of his wound and that the sd Town of Springfield doe discharge the charge of the sd cure.
Att this meeting it was put to vote whether the Town would release Doctor John Sherman according to his desire from teaching the school & it was resolved in the negative.
June 15th 1716.
Att a meeting of the freeholders and others of the inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.
It was voted that there shall be some men appointed by the Town to git a grammer school Master. It was further voted that the Selectmen or any three of them shall have power to hire a grammer school master and that upon the Towns charge.
Voted that Mr. William Pynchon, Henry Burt Sen'r, Lieut John Fere shall join with Long Medow comittee to run the line between the Town and the Longmedow precinct.
Voted that what grain the Town Treasurer hath or shall have of the Towns shall be disposed of by him to the best advantage he can for the Towns use.
July 27th 1716.
Att a Town Meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of Springfield.
Samuel Ely was chosen Moderator.
Voted that the Town will petition the Quarter Session to have the liberty to settle the ferry in the Town so as shall be most for the towns advantage and the Selectmen shall manage the cause in the towns behalfe with Quarter Sessions.
November 2, 1716.
Att a Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield.
Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.
Voted to give Daniel Cooley for his bull this yeare twenty shillings.
Voted to give Mr. Thomas Ingersoule for bringing up Mr. Josiah Jaquish ten shillings. It was further voted to allow the accompt which the Selectmen brought in and read before the Town. It was further voted to raise twelve pounds for the Killems. It was further voted to raise for John Hale five pounds. Voted to raised for Thomas Jones five pounds. Voted to give the widow Steele four pounds. It was further voted to raise ten pounds in money for wolves. It was further voted [III - 300.] to revive the Bond which the Town have of Mr. Thomas Ingersoule: Voted that if the Bond be not revived by the first of February then the Selectmen shall sue it out.
It was further voted to alowe the Town Treasurer twenty shillings for his service as such.
January the 9th 1716-17.
Att a Meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield on the East side the Precinct of Longmedow excepted.
Capt John Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Moderator for said meeting.
It was voted that what particular charge may arise upon the Inhabitants of the East side of the great River the Precinct of Longmedow excepted shall be added to the Ministers rate. Voted that the Society will pay the Rev. Mr. Daniel Brewers rate in money instead of Town pay provided that they can agree with him for time and price for the future. Voted that James Warriner Sen'r, Mr. Luke Hitchcocke & Lieut Joseph Stebbins should treat with Rev. Mr. Brewer respecting this thing. The Rev. Mr. Brewers return to the Society was that he would accept of 90£ in money instead of what he used to have in grain. The ninety pounds was put to vote & was resolved in the negative. Voted to give the Rev. Mr. Brewer eighty five pounds of money for the term of three years including this present yeare: pro-vided he accept of it in lieu of what he used to have in grain. Voted that Mr. Luke Hitchcocke & Lieut Joseph Stebbins should wait upon the Rev. Mr. Brewer to know his answer whether he will accept of it or not. The Rev. Mr. Brewer return was he desired to wait
till Monday or Tuesday next befor he gave an answer. Voted to accept of his desire.
Voted to give Nathaneel Munn twenty shillings for his service in waiting upon the Rev. Mr Brewer to Boston. [III - 301.]
At the Generall Town Meeting for Election of Town Officers March ye 12th, 1716-17.
The Selectmen that were chosen were:
Lieut Joseph Stebbins
Lieut John Mirick
Samuell Bliss 3rd
Lieut John Fere
The Clerk then chosen was Pelatiah Bliss who was then sworn.
The Constables then chosen were:
Joseph Ashley Jun'r
who were sworn to sd office.
The Tithing men that were chosen were:
Deacon Ebenezer Parsons
The Surveyors of highwayes that were chosen were:
Joseph Cooley 3rd
Ensign Thomas Colton
David Morgan Sen'r
John Stebbins Sen'r.
The Town Treasurer chosen was Lieut John Mirick.
The Fence Viewers chosen were:
Jonathan Chapin & Benjamin Chapin & Luke Hitchcocke 3rd & David Morgan Jun'r & John Hitchcocke Jun'r & Samuell Ely & Ebenezer Day & Lieut Joseph Bedortha & Pelatiah Morgan & Ebenezer Graves & Isaac Frost & Benjamin Stevenson.
The Sealer of Leather chosen was Increase Sikes.
The Measurers for land chosen were Henry Burt & Samuell Ely.
The persons to execute the law respecting swine were:
John Hancockand it was also voted that the
James Taylor Jun'r
Nathanell Bliss 2nd
Town Clerk, viz: Pelatiah Bliss should att the Town charge make or provide suitable assisters for the Town Records.
May 6th 1717.
At a lawful Town meeting of the freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield.
Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen to be Representative for the Town for this present year.
[III - 301.]
September ye 20th 1717.
Att a Town meeting Lieut Joseph Stebbin was chosen Moderator.
At this meeting it was voted that there be a Petition sent to the Generall Assembly praying that the dividing line between the Town of Springfield and Enfield may be established according as it was run last before the 30th of Aprill Anno 1684 and consent-ed to by the Committee and Inhabitants ofthe sd Town of Enfield on the sd 30th of Aprill 1684 and it was also voted that Capt. John Pynchon and Lieut Pelatiah Glover should draw up or prepare sd Petition in ye Towns behalfe.
November ye 22d 1717.
Att a lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield:
Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.
Voted to raise one pound & five shillings for Thomas Merick for his going to fetch ye schoolmaster & there was also granted to Pelatiah Bliss one pound & ten shillings for preparing Alphabets for ye Town Records & also granted to Pelatiah Bliss two shillings & sixpence for copies out of ye Record & there was granted for preambulation three pound & twelve shillings & it was voted that ye money be kept in ye Town Treasury until ye pre-ambulators do make return that they have done their worke & there was also granted to Lieut John Mirick seventeen shillings & sixpence for boards to make the Pound & there was granted to Joseph Ashley five shillings & two pence for his work about ye Pound & there was granted for Doctor Sherman two pounds & two shillings & four pence for what he did for Thomas Crowfoot & there was granted to Thomas Stebbins two shillings & six pence for his making a Constables stafe. Also granted to Benjamin
Bartlett three shillings for keeping Thomas Crowfoot & there is granted four shillings & six pence for mending the Pound onye west side of ye great River & it was voted to pay the Assessors for their worke & there is granted Lieut John Mirrick to have twenty shillings for serving as Town Treasurer & there is granted Thomas Mirrick three shillings & four pence for mending the school house & to Obadiah Cooley for mending the school house two shillings & six pence & to Ensign Nathll Sikes five shillings & six pence provided he satisfy ye Selectmen that his work is worth it & there is granted to defray ye charge of bulls eighteen pounds & thirteen shillings & there is granted for keeping James Osborn ten pounds & it was also voted there shall be five pounds raised for ye poore & there is granted five pounds for the schoole house on the west side of ye River & there is granted two pounds for reparing ye school house on ye east side ye River & there is granted three pounds for the schoole house at Longmeadow & there is granted eleven pounds & ten shillings for James Garralls keeping ye school at Longmedow & it was also voted that the Selectmen do at the Towns charges provide meete persons to carry on the affaire of schooling for the Town according to ye discretion of said Selectmen.
Voted also that every person that doth send any scholar to school from the fifteenth of October to the last of March and neglects to send a load of wood within eight or ten dayes after such schooler is sent that then there shall be four shillings added to such persons Town Rate & it was also voted that sd vote be presented to the Sessions for confirmation. [III - 303.]
January ye 1st 1717-18.
Att a meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield on the East side the River, ye Precinct of Longmedow excluded.
Capt. John Pynchon was chosen Moderator.
Voted that the glass windows of the Meeting-house be repaired and amended at the charge of the Inhabitants belonging to it. Voted that the underpinning of the Meeting-house
and the sheds over the windows be repaired and amended at the charge of the Inhabitants belonging to it.
Voted that James Warriner Jun'r and Joseph Parsons are appointed to effect the aforesaid votes and to lay out twenty shillings to effect the aforesaid votes and to Lay out twenty shillings in repairing anything else in the Meeting-house that shal be needfull and where as there was a former vote to give the Rev. Mr. Daniel Brewer eighty five pounds a year for three years it is now voted to add fifteen pounds thereunto for this year.
March ye 11th 1717-18.
Att the Generall Town meeting for Election of Town officers for the Town of Springfield:
Lieut. Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.
Lieut John Fere & Samuell Bliss 3rd & Ensign Henry Burt & John Worthington & Joseh Parsons were chosen Selectmen.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen clerk and sworn to sd office.
Thomas Hale & Increase Sikes & Thomas Chapin & Samuel Ball were chosen Constables.
Ephraim Colton & Lieut John Fere & Samuel Day were chosen Assessors. Lieut Jno Mirrick was chosen Town Treasurer.
John White & Thomas Miller & Samuel Colton & Samuel Sikes & Gershom Fere & Joseph Stebbins, Jun'r were chosen Tithing men.
David Chapin & John Hitchcocke Jun'r & Thomas Mirick Sen'r & Ensign Nathanel Sikes & Nathanel Bliss 2nd & Ensign James Mirrick & Joseph Leonard were chosen Surveyors of high wayes.
Deacon Nathanel Burt & Ensign Henry Burt & Samuel Ely were chosen Measurers for land. [III - 304.]
And Ebenezer Warriner & Samuel Warner & John Chapin & Thomas Terry Sen'r & Nathanell Sikes 2nd & John White & Samuel Stebbins & Capt. George Colton & John Burt & John Stebbins 3rd & Nathanel Morgan Sen'r & Samuel Barker were chosen fence viewers & field drivers.
May ye 7th 1718. At a lawfull Town meeting of the
freeholders & other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield, Capt Luke Hitchcocke was chosen Moderator.
Capt. Luke Hitchcocke was made choice of to be Representative for this Town to attend the Sessions of the General Court for this present year.
Voted also that there be a committee to prepare a Petition to ye General Court with respect to their concerning of the ancient bounds between this Town & ye Town of Enfield & it was voted that Capt. Luke Hitchcocke & Lieut Joseph Stebbins & Samuel Bliss 3rd be sd Committee.
Voted also that the Selectmen have power to let out the Town meddow for the terme of two years & it is farther voted that ye Selectmen have power to lett out the Burying place at ye end of Pelatiah Bliss his lott for ye term of seven years & it was also voted that there be levied on the Inhabitants of the Town nine pounds for the procuring of a free ferry for this present year and twenty & five pounds for the year ensuing & that the nine pounds be raised this year and it was also voted that if there be not occasion for so much as the whole sum that then the remainder be paid into the Town Treasury and it is also voted that John Worthington & Joseph Williston & James Mirick be a Committee to see ye affair respecting the ferry effected & it is voted also that the ferry bekept at the upper wharfe.
August 22 1718.
At a lawful town meeting Lieut Joseph Cooley was chosen Moderator.
It was voted that the school house on the East side the Great River be removed to the East side of the street and that the house be new builded and that it be done at the cost and ye charge of ye Town and further it is voted that the Selectmen do take care that ye same be speedily effected.
At a lawfull Town meeting of the Inhabitants of Springfield
on the twenty sixth of December 1718 Samuell Bliss 3rd was Chosen Moderator.
The paying of the particular sums hereafter named were then granted:
To Increase Sikes for mending James Osborns shoes - two shillings
To a shirt for James Osborn 7 shillings.
To James Gerralls for keeping schoole att Longmedow 8 pounds 15 shillings.
To the schoole master on the west side the River 30 pounds.
To the two Chickuppi schooles six pounds.
To the school master at Longmedow 15 pounds & 5 shillings.
To Henry Burt for making a Pound gate & hanging of it 4 shillings.
To Samuell Bliss 3rd for running ye line between Springfield & Enfield 3 shillings & to John Worthington for running line 3 shillings.
To Colonel Partridge and Mr. Samuell Porter for running ye line between us and Enfield 3 pounds and there is also granted twelve pounds for the Assessors and four pounds and other contingent charge and further there is granted to Ephraim Colton for a bull one pound & eight shillings.
To Deacon Burt for a bull one pound & ten shillings.
To Nathanell Burt Sen'r for a bull 25 shillings.
To ye Cooleys for a bull one pound & 14 shillings also.
To Thomas Bliss for a bull 25 shillings.
To John Fere for two bulls one pound & ten shillings.
To Joseph Stebbins for one bull one pound 10 shillings.
To Samuel Lamb for one bull one pound & five shillings.
To Timothy Horton for one bull one pound & five shillings.
To Thomas Chapin for one bull one pound & five shillings.
To Benjamin Chapin for a bull fifteen shilings.
To Jonathan Chapin for a bull eight shillings.
To Nathanell Dumbleton for a bull one pound & 15 shillings.
To William Scot for a bull ten shillings.
To Benjamin Leonard for a bull one pound.
To Benjamin Beamon for a bull one pound & ten shillings.
To the Assessors Samuel Day & Ephraim Colton & Lieut John Fere upon ye valuation and making the Lists fourteen dayes and a halfe each or a piece the sum granted for that service was six pounds & 10 shillings and sixpence.
To Lieut John Fere for four dayes about making the County rates twelve shillings & there is granted for James Dorchester for keeping James Osborn eight pound and sixteen shillings.
To Capt. Luke Hitchcocks service as Representative eighty & eight dayes seventeen pounds & twelve shillings & to charges for or about setting ye line between this Town and Enfield three pounds & twelve shillings and to Ensign John Miller ten shillings & to Jonathan Ely ten shillings.
To charges for or about setting ye line between this Town & Enfield three pounds & twelve shillings and to Ensign John Miller ten shillings & to Jonathan Ely ten shillings.
To Lieut John Mirick for service of Town Treasurer twenty and five shillings and in answer to the Petition of Matthew Noble there is granted to him twelve pounds. In answer to the petition of the precinct of Longmedow there is granted three pounds and in answer to the petition of Nathanll Morgan & Jonathan Bagg the Town voted to abate three pounds of the rent of ye land for this year and it was also voted the Selectmen to make up the Towns accompts with Capt John Pynchon and pay what is his due from the Town.
In the first part of this meeting it was proposed to the Town whether they would grant the accompt of the charges and cost of the school house then presented by the Selectmen and it was voted in negative and on further considerations it was againe put to vote and the accompt and particular sums were granted.
May ye 7th 1718.
Ebenezer Warriner petitioned to the Town that they would grant him liberty to build a house in the highway between ye foot path that leadeth over Mill River and ye path that leadeth over the cartway: and at a
Town Meeting August ye 2nd 1718: ye above sd Petition of Ebenezer Warriner was granted. [III - 307.]
March 10th 1718-19.
At the General Town meeting for Election of Town Officers for the Town of Springfield Capt. John Pynchon Jun'r was chosen Moderator.
Samuel Day & Samuel Ely & Deacon Ebenezer Parsons & Lieut John Day & Ensign James Mirick were chosen Selectmen.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Clerk and he was then sworn to sd office.
Benjamin Chapin & Samuel Warner & Joseph Cooley 3rd & Jonathan Bagg were chosen Constables
Lieut John Mirrick was Chosen Town Treasurer & he was sworn to sd office.
Joseph Williston & Samuel Ely & Capt George Colton were chosen Assessors.
John Chapin & Eliakim Cooley & Lieut Joseph Bedortha & Jonathan Worthington & Daniel White & Obadiah Cooley & John Lamb were chosen Tithing men.
Nathanel Morgan & Benjamin Stebbins & Josia Leonard & Samuel Cooley & John Atchinson & John Hitchcocke Sen'r & Jonathan Chapin & Luke Hitchcocke 2nd & James Dorchester Jun'r wer chosen Surveyors of highwayes.
Samuel Lamb Sen'r & Ebenezer Hitchcocke & Christian Vanhorn & Samuel Ball & Joseph Leonard & Ebenezer Day & Samuel Colton & Nathanel Bliss Jun'r & John Bagg & William Scot & Ebenezer Chapin & Benjamin Wright were chosen viewers & ffield drivers.
Deacon Nathanll Burt & Henry Burt & Samuel Ely were chosen Measurers of Land.
John Hancock & Joseph Cooley 2nd & Jonathan Cooley & Thomas Chapin Jun'r & Born Vanhorn & John Stebbins Jr & Ebenezer Morgan & Nathanll Bancroft & Benjamin Stevenson & Samuel Barker & Thomas Miller Jun'r were chosen to execute the law respecting swine.
Pelatiah Bliss was chosen Sealer of Leather: the votes were carried in for County Treasurer.
May 11th 1719:
At a meeting of ye ffreeholders & of ye Town of Springfield, Capt Luke Hitchcocke was Chosen to be their Representative for this present year.
[III - 308.]
August ye 29th 1719.
At a legal Town meeting of ye Inhabitants of Springfield Lieut Joseph Stebbins was chosen Moderator.
Voted that the present Selectmen provide a meet person to teach the grammer schoole in this Town for the present year. Voted also that the present Selectmen take care for the supplying the schools in the precincts of the West side and the Longmedow with suitable persons to accomplish sd service. Voted also that the Selectmen imploy Mr. James Garreld in the service of teaching a grammer school in this Town if he be found capable.
Voted that Lieut Joseph Stebbins, Samuell Bliss and Samuell Ely be a committee to examine the Town Treasurers accompts.
Voted that John Barber have the Town ferry for the term of one year next insuing he paying to the Town Treasury the sum of six pounds & giving bond to attend sd ferry according to Law.
At a lawfull Town meeting of ye Inhabitants of Springfield December ye 18 1719: Voted to raise these several sums of money as followeth:
£ s d for ye school on the west side the great River 30 00 00 for ye school on the east side the River 28 10 00 for ye school att ye Longmedow 17 08 00 for William Scots bull 01 10 00 for Joseph Ely, bull 00 10 00 to Nathanel Dumbleton for his bull 01 10 00 to John White & Josiah Leonard for a bull 01 10 00 to Benjamin Leonard for his bull 00 10 00 to Ephraim Stiles for ringing of nine oclock bell 02 00 00 to Lieut John Day for a bull 00 05 00
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