History of Springfield, MA
Volume II
Pages 491-518

Continued

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Granted to Benjamin Sheldon thirty shillings for the use of his bull this year past.

Granted by a vote to the Inhabitants of Agawam the sum of five pounds more for the support of schooling there and that there be allowed them with this Grant and the Grants heretofore mad them in the whole sum of eleven pounds for that end and to be paid as it becomes due to John White, provided they discharge the town of all grants heretofore made for that purpose saving the said sum of eleven pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Paucatuck the sum of three pounds ten shillings for the support of a school there and to be paid as it becomes due to Ebenz Miller.

Voted that all grants of money made at this meeting and the last Town Meeting be paid out of the Treasury of said Town.

Voted that John Worthington's Bond be delivered to him upon Thomas Fields giving a Bond to the Treasurer for what is due thereon taking a good surety, with the advice of the Selectmen.

Att a Town Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and Regularly assembled on the Second Tuesday of March being the 12th day Anno Dom 1733-4 to choose such Officers as the Law Directs to serve the Town for the year en-suing and to take some method to erect a work house if the Town think fit so to do, also to choose a committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer that shall be chosen. Also to pass proper votes for Regulating the Town measures.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

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William Pynchon Jun'r chosen Clerk and Treasurer of sd Town for the year ensuing. [III - 398.]

Lt. Pelatiah Bliss, Mr. John Burt, Mr. Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, Mr. Ebenezer Warriner and Mr. John Ely chosen Selectmen of sd Town for the year ensuinge.

David Mirick, Ebenezer Hitchcocke, Nathal Burt 2nd, Jonathan Worthington and Hezekiah Day chosen Constables of said Town for the year ensuing.

Lt. John Ferry, John Ely and Ephraim Colton Sen'r, chosen Assessors of sd Town for the year ensuing.

Benjamin Stebbins, John Morgan, Ephraim Bartlett and Timothy Nash chosen Tithing men of sd Town for the year ensuing.

Samuel Barker, Natha'l Williston, Samuel Ball, Josiah Leonard Jun'r, Joseph Stebbins, Ebenezer Morgan, David Chapin, John Chapin, Jun'r, Amos Stiles, Jonathan Cooley, Samuel Day, Simon Colton, chosen Fence Viewers of sd Town for the year ensuing.

John Harmon chosen Sealer of Leather in sd Town for the year ensuing. [III - 399.]

Voted that there be overseers of the Poor chosen.

Deacon Ebenezer Parsons, Tilly Mirrick, John Bagg, Thomas Colton and Jonathan Chapin chosen overseers of the Poor in sd Town the year ensuing.

Thomas Terry Jun'r chosen hogg reave in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Voted that Nathl Burt 2nd be excused from serving as Constable in sd Town the year ensuing he having hired Timothy Nash to serve in his roome (place).

Timothy Nash chosen Constable in sd Town for the year ensuing.

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Voted that David Mirick be excused from serving as Constable he having hired Ebenezer Hitchcocke to do his part of the service.

Voted that the Selectmen be a committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer before the Town meeting for granting town charges.

Voted that the consideration of erecting a Work House be deferred.

Voted that Joseph Leonard Jun'r be excused from serving as a fence viewer having served lately.

Benjamin Leonard was chosen fence viewer in sd Town the year ensuing. [III - 400.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified and regularly assembled on the 18th day of March Anno Dom 1733-4.

To consider of some proper measures to be taken relating to the incroachments of the Town of Suffield on the sd Town of Springfield and make proper votes in order to settle the dividing line between the two towns aforesaid and to consider of the report of the committee appointed to lay out the outward commons on the West side of the Great River in Springfield and to make proper votes for the settlement of that property and also to choose a Measurer of Land, also to pass votes about the Town stock of powder and set the same and get a new stock if it be thought proper, and to give instruction to the Selectmen about getting a grammar school master with regard to thesum, also to pass votes about the overseers of the Poor whether they that were chosen be continued or not.

Lt. Pelatiah Bliss chosen Moderator.

Voted that William Pynchon Esq, John Leonard & Ebenezer Parsons Sen'r be a Committee to confer with a Committee to be chosen by the Town of Suffield about running the line between Springfield and Suffield and that the [III - 401.] said Committee chosen at this meeting be directed with a Surveyor and chainmen on oath provided the Town of

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Suffield will agree hereto to cause the Line to be run between sd Town according to the stating the same by the grants of Suffield Township, and that the Committee make report of their doings hereunto know the pleasure of the Town thereon. Also voted that if the sd Town of Suffield will not do anything relative to the aforesaid vote that the committee chosen by this meeting be directed and improved to cause the said Line to be run by a Surveyor on oath as aforesaid first giving notice to Suffield thereof.

Nothing further ws acted at this Meeting. [III - 402.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified and regularly assembled May 15th 1734.

To choose a Representative, also to choose such Town Officers as are necessary in the place of those who refused when chosen last March Annual Meeting. Also to pass votes for the allowing hoggs to run and go at large being yoked and ringed as the Law directs.

Lt. Ephraim Colton chosen Moderator.

Capt. William Pynchon Jun'r chosen Representative.

Voted that hoggs may go at large being yoked and ringed as the Law directs. [III - 403.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified and Regularly assembled November 18th Anno Dom 1734.

1st To receive the Report of the Committee appointed to account with the Town Treasurer that so the State of the Treasury may be known and to pass proper votes thereon.

2dly To consider what sum or sums of money is needful to be raised for defraying the charges that hath or may arise in said Town for this present year and to Grant the same.

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3rdly To take some proper measures for preventing any incroachments by the Inhabitants of any neighboring Towns on this Town, either with respect to the land, timber etc belonging to said Town.

4thly To appoint some suitable person to preferr a Petition to the General Assembly to obtain a Grand of some land for the support of the grammar school.

5thly To choose a committee to take proper measures to remove any incumbrances that now are or hereafter may be made upon any street, lane or highway in the Town by fences or otherways.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

Granted for the support of a grammar school 55
Granted for the support of a school on the West side the river 30.
Granted for the support of a school at Longmeadow 25.
Granted to William Pynchon Jun'r for his services as Town Treasurer one year 5.
Granted to the Inhabitants of Upper Chiccupee for support of a school and to be paid as it becomes due to John Chapin the sum of 5.

120.
[III - 404.]

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Lower Chiccupee and to be paid as it becomes due to Henry Cahpin the sum of four pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Paucatuck and Tattum for supporting a school there the sum of three pounds and to be paid when it becomes due as the Selectmen shall order.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Agawam for supporting a school there eleven pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to John White.

Granted to Ephraim Colton for three dayes and halfe assessing fourteen shillings.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the place called Skipmugg

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the sum of three pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Thomas Horton for supporting a school there.

Granted to the Inhabitants at Ireland for supporting a school there the sum of four pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Joseph Ely Sen'r.

Granted to John Ely for four dayes and halfe assessing eighteen shillings.

Granted to John Ferry for six days assessing and for paper twenty five shillings and five pence.

Granted to Henry Chapin for the use of his bull this year one pound ten shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Brooks for the use of his bull this year two pounds. [III - 405.]

Granted to Thomas Horton for the use of his bull this year two pounds.

Granted to William Warriner for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to John Burt for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Hitchcocke for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to the widow Abigail Parsons for the use of her bull this year fifteen shillings.

Granted to John Horton for the use of his bull this year one pound ten shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Warner for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to John Chapin for the use of his bull this year thirty five shillings.

Granted to Nathal Dumbleton for the use of of his two bulls this year forty pounds.

Granted to Abel Chapin for the use of one bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Warriner for the use of his bull this year twenty shillings.

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Granted to Benjamin Stebbins Sen'r for the use of his bull this year forty shillings. [III - 406.]

Granted to Nathal Ely Jun'r for the use of his bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted to John Bagg for the use of his bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted to Joseph Ely Sen'r for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Nathl Hitchcocke for the use of his bull this year thirty shillings.

Granted to Ebenz Morgan for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Leonard for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Henry Wright for the use of his bull this year thirty five shillings.

Granted to Simon Colton for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Amos Stiles for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Nathal Burt Sen'r for the use of his bull this year twenty shillings.

Granted to Caleb Chapin for the use of two bulls this year, 1733, twenty shillings. [III - 407.]

Granted to Jonathan Stevenson for the use of two bulls this year forty shillings.

Voted that the Selectmen are hereby ordered notwithstanding any vote to the contrary to order the Treasurer to pay to Joseph Ely Sen'r four pounds granted last year for supporting a school in Ireland.

Granted to Timothy Dwight Esq fifty shillings for running & platting a Line between Springfield and Suffield.

Granted for the support of the Poor fifty pounds.

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Granted for Contingent charges ten pounds out of which the Assessors are to be Paid for making the Town Rate this year.

Granted for defraying the charges of wolves and wildcats fifteen pounds.

Granted to William Pynchon Esq, Ebenezer Parsons & Joseph Leonard for two days each and John Leonard one day. In running the line between Springfield and Suffield, six shillings per day being in ye whole forty two shillings.

Granted to Increase Sikes nine shillings and six pence for a pair of shoes for Sarah Stevenson.

Granted to Pelatiah Glover Jun'r nine shillings and eight pence for mending the school house glass windows on the West side the River.

Granted to Joseph Miller four shillings for nails for the repairs of the school house the West side the River. [III - 408.]

Granted to Nathanl Brewer for a window frame for the school house the West side the River two shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Parsons for shingles for the school house the West side the river, eighteen pence.

Granted to Johy Ely four shillings for repairs at the school house the west side the river.

Granted to Samuel Keep for repairing Longmeadow Pound ten shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Ely for repairing Longmeadow school house six shillings.

Voted that there be and is hereby granted a Rate or Tax amounting to the sum of two hundred pounds to be raised and assessed upon all the Poles and Estates Rateable by Law in the Town of Springfield. And that the Assessors of said town assess and proportion the same according to Law on the sd Poles and Estates, and that they direct the Constable or Constables to whom they comit the said Assessment to pay in the same to William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of said Town or his successor in said office by the First Day of March next for defraying the Debts and Charges of sd Town according to the Grants made for the same.

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Voted that the Selectmen are hereby directed to order the Payment of all sums granted at this meeting out of the Town Treasury for discharging the same. [III - 409.]

The Committee appointed to make up accounts with Capt. William Pynchon Jun'r, Treasurer of the Town of Springfield having presented to this meeting their report setting forth that they had attended the said service and upon the balance of said Treasurers accounts there is due to the Town the sum of One hundred and twenty five pounds and seven pence, half penny, which the Committee are of the opinion that the sd Treasurer is accountable for. Voted that the said Report be accepted and the sd Treasurer is discharged from his accounts saving he is accountable for the sd sum of one hundred and twenty five pounds seven pence.

Voted that Capt. William Pynchon Jun'r be and hereby is desired and impowered in behalfe of the Town of Springfield to prefer a Petition to the General Court to obtain a grant of some of the unappropraited lands in this province the better to enable the sde Town to support a grammar school.

Voted that John Leonard, James Phillips and Abel Leonard be a committee to inspect and make inquiry in the best manner they can into the Incroachments or trespasses of the Inhabitants of the neighbouring towns on the comon lands Rights or Priviledges of the Inhabitants of this Town and duly make report to a proper meeting.

Voted that Samuel Keep, Tilley Mirick, Thomas Stebbins and Francis Ball be a Committee to take the care [III - 410.] and inspection of the Boundaries between the land of parti-cular persons and the highways appropriated in this Town according to Law.

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified and regularly assembled on Tuesday the 11th day of March Anno Dom. 1734/5 to choose such officers as the law directs to serve the Town for the year ensuing. Also to appoint a comittee to make up and adjust accounts with the Treasurer

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What is to be done about John Crowfoot's boy.

that shall be chosen at this meeting. Also to consider what is proper to be done with respect to John Crowfoots boy that was bound to William Colton some years past. Also to pass votes relating to the Town stock of powder with regard to have it disposed of or kept.

William Pynchon was chosen Moderator.

Lt. Pelatiah Bliss, Ebenz Warriner, John Burt, John Ely and Luke Hitchcocke 2nd chosen Selectmen for the year ensuing.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Clerk and Treasurer of sd Town for the year ensuing.

Japhat Chapin, Samuel Bliss Jun'r, Joshua Field, Nathal Ely & Josiah Day chosen Constables in said Town the year ensuing. [III - 411.]

Capt. John Day, Thomas Stebbins and Thomas Colton chosen assessors in said Town for the year ensuing.

Nathal Bliss Jun'r, John Harmon and John Ely 3rd chosen Tithing men in said Town for the year ensuinge.

William Stebbins, David Burt 2nd, Timothy Bliss, Christian Vanhorne, Thomas Miller Sen'r, Miles Morgan, John Day Jun'r, Daniel Parsons, Thomas Warriner, Benjamin Chapin Jun'r and Jonathan Chapin & Samuel Mirick chosen Fence Viewers in said Town the year ensuing.

Lit. John Burt chosen Surveyor of Hemp and Flax in said town the year ensuing.

Benjamin Colton, Increase Sikes Jun'r, Thomas Mirick 2nd, Francis Ball, Samuel Day, Isaac Morgan, John White, Caleb Chapin & Jonathan Cooley chosen Surveyors of highways in said Town the year ensuing.

Voted that the present Selectmen be a committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer and make report at the next Town meeting for granting Town rates etc. [III - 412.]

John Crowfoot's son Josiah.

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Voted that in consideration of the uneasiness of John Crowfoot and William Coltons desire that the sd Crowfoots son, Josiah may be discharged from being his Prentice that the Selectmen be and hereby are directed to deliver up sd Coltons Indenture made by the Selectmen heretofore upon said Coltons delivering up his Indenture of sd Josiah Crowfoot to the Selectmen.

Voted that the Selectmen at the charge of the Town provide some suitable place in the Meeting-house for the security and safe keeping of the Town stock of Powder and ammunition and that the Treasurer dispose of the Town stock of powder or such part thereof as shall be thought best to the best advantage he can for the Town by selling the same, and the produce thereof to be disposed of by him to obtain a new stock so far asit will purchase.

Voted that Japhet Chapin and Samuel Bliss Jun'r be excused from serving as Constables this year they having hired a man to serve in their roome (place).

Pelatiah Hitchcocke chosen Constable in said Town for the year ensuinge. [III - 413.]

Att a Meeting of the Freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield qualified and assembled according to Law on the 15th day of May Annoque Dom: 1735.

To choose such Persons to serve as Town Officers in the roome or place of such as were chosen in the March meeting last past to serve the Town in Respective offices and do refuse the same, and to pass such votes as may be thought proper to recover the fines of those that do refuse to serve in the office they were chose to serve - and to take into consideration the circumstances of Joseph Barker that is to say, with regard to his present distressed circumstances he being reduced to a poor and low condition and he with his family in a suffering condition. As also to pass votes for the paying Steward Southgates demands for running the line between Springfield and Brimfield and pass on the survey thereof according to the return made by the persons appointed to run the same. Also to pass votes for Reserving the wood and timber on the Training place so called on the East side of the Great River.

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William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

John Fowler chosen Constable in the place of Josiah Day chosen in March last who refused, for the year ensuing. [III - 414.]

Voted that Josiah Day be excused from paying a fine for refusing to serve in the office of Constable he having hired a man to serve in his place.

John Colton chosen Surveyor of the Highways in the place of Jonathan Cooley who refused to serve in said office.

Voted that the Selectmen order such supplies to Joseph Barker for his support of him and his family as they shall judge necessary out of the Town Treasury.

Joseph Ball chosen Tithing man in the place of John Ely 3rd who refused to serve in sd office.

Voted that the Town Treasurer take care that all persons who refused to serve to the offices chosen last March pay their fines.

Voted that the sum of one pound sixteen shillings and four pence be paid out of the Towns Treasury to Steward Southgate in full of his demands on this town for running the line & between Springfield and Brimfield as by his account presented to this meeting and allowed and that the Selectmen order the payment thereof accordingly.

[III - 415.] Springfield and Brimfield Line.

Hampshire SS: April 22d 1735.

Surveyed run Renewed and Preambulated the Line between the Town of Springfield and the Town of Brimfield beginning at a heap of stones by a dead pine tree old-marked, standing a little northward of the Bay Path or (more commonly called) the Old Rhoad to which heap of stones we added and thence run North by the Needle of the Surveying Instrument unto Chiccuppi in which line we raised and renewed Sundry old marks and made and erected many new ones. Spotted the trees with an axe and in the spot setting the mark in the margin -0- with the marking-iron, viz: from the sd heap of stones we first marked a little white oak by a pine stump then next the bottom of

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the hill we marked a pine straddle and laid stones upon a rock and just over the Brook we marked an ash straddle then next a pine tree standing on the south side of the Country road and laid a heap of stones on a flat rock in the road and marked a small white oak straddle with letters. Then the next is a white oak tree old-marked & renewed. The next a great chestnut tree and stones by it. Then to a poplar and then to a white oak tree. Then to a black oak tree old-marked and renewed and stones laid by it, then to a little white oak. Then over a run of water to a white oak. Then to a red oak straddle and then to a small pine a little westward of a swamp and small pine meadow. Then to a Red Oak Straddle [III - 416.]

Then to a tall pine. Then three small chestnuts marked successively. Then to a tall pine going down the hill. Then to a monument of stones just over a squechy place and then a heap of stones by a narrow swamp then to a pine tree. Then to pine straddles and then to a white oak straddle going down the hill. Then to a monument of stones on the rocky ledge point of the hill. Then pine straddle. Then to a Red Oak straddle. Then to a monument on a flat rocke. Then to a white oak over the run. Then to a straddle and then to a pine tree with letters on each side near the River and last to a little heap of stones on the bank about 4 foot west of a great rock in the brink of the river. From thence we returned to where we began and run south by the Needle raising sundry old marks - monuments of stones and old-marked trees to which we added and renewed and between the old marks we made and erected many new ones most of the trees marked as abovesaid, viz: from the first mentioned boundary we found an old pine stump old-marked and we renewed it. Then we marked a great white oak tree then a small pine, then a tall pine on the brow of the hill going down to a small brook called Castallion Brook. Then next a heap of stones on a rock and as a heap of stones then over a pine hill we marked several pine trees then over Twelve Mile Brook and then over a little plain to a white oak old-marked,

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marked and renewed being on the South side of a narrow poplar swamp then to another white oak there [III - 417.] up a hill to a monument of stones on a rock near the north end of the hill. Then to another monument of stones on a small rock higher up the hill then to a pine tree and then a small pine straddle and then to a chestnut tree, then to a white oak near the swamp and then to a smaller white oak over the narrow point of the swamp then up a small brook we marked several trees through swampy land to a great white pine otherways called spruce, old-marked and renewed then to a chestnut tree edge of the swamp then through the swamp and swampland for about fourscore rods we marked several trees and came to an old monument of stones to which we added a small white oak marked standing about a rod south of it which we renewed then next we marked a black oak and heap of stones by it, then to a heap of stones, then to stones on rock and then we marked several straddles and came to an old monument on a ledge of rocks then to a great chestnutt [III - 418.] then to a pine on the hill chopped on the West side then a heap of stones and then to a poplar in the narrow swamp and then two heaps of stones to a white oak on a rock, to stones on a rock by black oak straddle to monument on a rock and then to a small poplar on the Bear Hill and then to a heap of stones on a small rock on the brow of the hill where we left off and returned home. An on the 6th day of May 1735 we began where we left and continued our said line on the

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course aforesaid and going down the hill we made several monuments of stone upon rocks then we marked a white oak just over a path called Longmeadow Path we marked a beach, edge of the brook then a small ash just over the next bigger brook being both branches of Scantick then going up the next hill we marked two oak straddles and put stones about them. A pine straddle and stones at the root, then a poplar straddle and then next a walnut bush trimmed and stones about it and then next we came to a large old monument on a rocky ledge west end of a hill we renewed, then we next found a white oak tree old-marked then to a monument of stones at the foot of a little ledgy hill in which had been set a stake which we called the end of the sixth mile from the Old Road, then a monument [III - 419.] in the said ledge hill then over rocky flatland we found a small white oak marked & renewed it then we went up a steep hill and marked several trees viz: a chestnut, a black oak and some small straddles, then over the said Hill being a woody hill we marked several trees and toward the south side of it we came to a monument of stones among some small chestnut.

The Old Flat Stone Marker Engraved by Surveyor, Stewart Southgate Marking the Line

Between Springfield and Brimfield.

And finally to a monument of stones among some small chestnut trees old-marked facing towards it standing round it to which monument we added and laid a flatt stone on top and engraved on it the "West End S.P." for Springfield and upon the east end "B.R." for Brimfield and "C" on the south side and "P" on the North Side which sd monument being in or near the Province Line we there ended our Line of Preambulation and Renewal of the Said Line was began and ended with the assistance and in the Presence of Parties sent from both said Towns and by their Request to me. - Stewart Southgate, Surveyor.

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Witnesses to Marking the Line between Springfield & Brimfield.

"Whereas we, James Warriner and Ebenezer Hitchcocke being appointed by the Selectmen of the town of Springfield and Ebenezer Graves [III -420.] And Nathaniel Hitchcocke Selectmen of the Town of Brimfield after legal warning given and recorded, we met and began Preambulation of the Line or boundary between the said Towns and having now ended and finished the same according as it is described and set forth by the Surveyors return above written we do hereby covenant, consent and agre on the part and behalfe of our Respective Towns to settle, establish and confirm the same as a Line or Boundary for each Town according as it is above described, renewed & set forth by said Return of which we have herewith made duplicates and set ot our hands this 7th day of May, Anno Dom. 1735.
James Warriner 2nd.
Ebenezer Hitchcocke
Ebenezer Graves (his mark)
Nathaniel Hitchcocke.

Att a Meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of said Town duly qualified & regularly assembled May 15, 1735.

Voted that the aforegoing Line described in the Return as aforesaid be the Dividing Line between Springfield & Brimfield provided the Town of Brimfield come into a vote of the like tenor and that the sd return be Recorded in Springfield Town Records with this vote.

William Pynchon Jun'r, Clerk of sd Town of Springfield. Entered from the Original accordingly and examined Per William Pynchon Jun'r, Clerk of ye Town of Springfield. [III - 421.]

Att a Meeting at Springfield of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of sd Springfield duly qualified and regularly assembled for the choice of Representative to represent the sd Town at the General Court May 15th, 1735.

The Selectmen having the directions of ye Meeting directed

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the freeholders and other qualified inhabitants to bring in their votes for some suitable person to serve for and to Represent the sd Town at the Great and General Court to be holden at Boston on the last Wednesday of May Instant Pursuant to the Sheriffs precept to them Directed who after having Recorded the votes and sorted them, declared that William Pynchon Jun'r Esq. was chosen by a great majority and then the meeting was dismissed.
[III - 424.]

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly quallified and Regularly Assembled at Springfield the 10th day of November Anno Dom: 1735.

To make all such grants of money to all persons to whom the Town is indebted, and to Order the payment of the same, and to pass all such votes as shall be agreed on for raising and assisting all such sum or sums on the inhabitants of said Town for the defraying the Debts and Charges in said Town, also to accept the Report of the Committees appointed to adjust accounts with the Present Town Treasurer and pass proper votes thereon.

William Pynchon Esq. chosen Moderator.

Granted to John Worthington for one quire of paper two shillings and eight pence.

Granted to John Chapin for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Warriner for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Joseph Ely Sen'r for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Chapin and John Chapin Jun'r five shillings each of them for one day each Preambulating.

Granted to Capt Isaac Colton for one day Preambulation and expenses, eight shillings and six pence.
[III - 423.]

Granted to Samuel Keep Jun'r for one day Preambulating. Six shillings.

Granted for the support of a grammar school the sum of fifty five pounds.

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Granted for the support of a school on the West side of the Great River thirty pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Upper Chiccuppee for schooling and to be paid as it becomes due for that end, to Jonathan Chapin the sum of five pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Lower Chiccuppee the sum of three pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Benjamin Chapin for supporting a school there.

Granted to the Inhabitants southward of Agawam River for support of schooling the sum of twelve pounds and the present committee for the precinct on the West side of the Great River are hereby desired to take the Inspection and Regulation of the school there for the best advantage of the inhabitants as near as may be, and that the same sum be paid as it becomes due for that end, to Samuel Mirick. [III - 424.]

Granted to the Inhabitants at the place called Ireland for supporting a school there, the sum of four pounds and that the same be paid to Joseph Ely Sen'r as it becomes due for that end, and that all grants of money made them heretofore for that end be void.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Skipmuck the three pounds granted them last year for schooling there and that the same be paid to Thomas Horton as the Selectmen shall order.

Granted to Christian Vanhorne the use of his bull this year the sum of twenty shillings.

Granted to Benjamin Stebbins for the use of his bull this year forty shillings.

Granted for supporting a school from Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, to Ebenezer Hitchcocke's in-clusive four pounds and to be paid as it becomes due to Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, aforesaid. Also granted

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for the supporting a school from Deacon Henry Burt to John Hancock's inclusive the sum of four pounds and to be paid as it becomes due for that end to John Burt.

Granted to Joseph Leonard for two day's Preambulation ten shillings.

Granted to John Leonard for one day's Preambulation five shillings. [III - 425.]

Granted to Samuel Day for one day's Preambulation five shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Miller Jun'r for one day's Preambulation five shillings.

Granted to Jonathan Taylor for one day's Preambulation six shillings.

Granted to Amos Taylor for one day's Preambulation six shillings.

Granted to John Burt for the use of his bull two pounds.

Granted to William Warriner for the use of his bull two pounds.

Granted to Ephraim Stiles for ringing the nine oclock bell one year three pounds five shillings.

Granted to Abel Chapin for his bull thirty shillings.

Voted that the sum of six pounds be and hereby granted for defraying the charges of building a Pound at Agawam, to be paid by and as the Selectmen shall order.

Granted to Nathal Dumbleton for his bull forty shillings.

Granted to Joseph Ely Jun'r for the use of two bulls thirty five shillings.

Granted for Support of the Town fifty pounds.

Granted to Thomas Horton for the use of his bull thirty five shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Hitchcocke for the use of two bulls four pounds.

Granted to Ebenezer Hitchocke and James Jun'r for 4 days each and expences Preambulating between Springfield and Brimfield fifty three shillings. [III - 426.]

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Granted to Henry Chapin for the use of his bull thirty shillings.

Granted to Thomas Stebbins for eleven days Assessing forty four shillings.

Granted to Capt John Day for nine days Assessing thirty eight shillings.

Granted to Thomas Colton for three days assessing twelve shillings.

Granted to John Ferre eleven shillings and two pence. To Ephraim Colton eight shillings. To John Ely ten shillings - for their copying the Country List and paper.

Granted to William Pynchon Jun'r Esq. for his service as Town Treasurer this year, five pounds.

Granted to John Horton for the use of his bull two pounds.

Granted to Nathanl Burt for the use of his bull thirty shillings.

Granted to Capt Isaac Colton for the use of his bull thirty shillings.

Granted to John Bagg for the use of his bull two pounds.

Granted to Ebenezer Morgan for the use of his bull thirty shillings.

Granted to Josiah Leonard for the use of his bull thirty five shillings.

Granted to Samuel Chapin for the use of his bull twenty five shillings.

Granted to Thomas Terry for the use of his bull fifteen shillings.

Granted to Simon Colton for the use of his bull forty shillings.

Granted to David Burt 2nd, for the use of his bill forty shillings.

Granted to Ebenezer Leonard Sen'r for the use of his bull twenty shillings.

Granted to Samuel Mirick for the use of his bull twenty shillings. [III - 427.]

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Granted to defraying the charges of wolves and wildcats ten pounds.

Granted to the Inhabitants of the Upper and Lower Chiccuppees that is, to those of them that have been at the expence of erecting a Pound there, the sum of four pounds, their accounting of the same to be allowed by the Selectmen and to be paid as they shall order.

Granted for Contingent Charges ten pounds out of which the Assessors are to be paid for making the Town Rate, their accompt being allowed by the Selectmen.

Granted to the Inhabitants of Paucatuck and Tattum for supporting schooling there and to be paid as it becomes due, to Ebenezer Miller four pounds.

In answer to the Petition of Luke Hitchcocke 2nd and Samuel Warner and others, praying that four pounds may be granted for aid towards the support of schooling from sd Hitchcocke to Ebenezer Hitchcocke inclusively, and also that four pounds may be granted for schooling from Henry Burt to John Hitchcocke inclusively, Voted that the same be and hereby is granted accordingly and that the said sums be paid four pounds thereof to said Luke Hitchcocke and the other four pounds to John Burt, as they respectively become due.

The report of the Committee appointed to adjust accompts with William Pynchon Jun'r Esq., Treasurer of the Town of Springfield, setting forth that the balance of said account due to the Town is 145 4s 10-1/2d, whereof he hath in his hands [III - 428.] the sum of 95 8s 11-1/2d, the remaining part there being outstanding and due from sundry Constables which is 49 4s 10-1/2d to the Town.

Voted that all the several sums of money granted at this meeting be paid out of the town Treasury and that the Selectmen order the payment thereof pursuant to the grants.

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Voted that the sum of one hundred and seventy pounds be by a rate or Assessment raised and levyed on all the poles and estates rateable in this Town, and that the same be paid into the Town Treasury to William Pynchon Jun'r Esq, Treasurer or his successor in said office by the last day of March next and that the Assessors of said Town make the sd Assessment and rate accordingly and order the payment accordingly by the respective Constable or Constables to whom they commit the same. [III - 429.]

Att a meeting of the freeholders and other Inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified and regularly assembled on the ninth day of March Anno Dom: 1735/6, their annual Town Meeting:

The particulars inserted in the Warrant calling said Meeting as follows: To make choice of such officers to serve the Town for the ensuing year, as the Town is obliged by Law, as also the Receiveth of the Selectmen of their laying out a highway near the upper end of Longmeadow and proper votes thereon as by their report dated the 30th May last appears. Also to Grant to William Pynchon Jun'r Esq., thirteen shillings and six pence expended by him in the service of the Town, as also to appoint a committee to make up accounts with the Town Treasurer that shall be then chosen as also to take into consideration the circumstances of Thomas Lamb and make proper votes thereon and to take some methods to procure wood for the grammar schools and other schools as there may be occasion, as also consider Daniel Parsons desire for erecting a Grist Mill on Chiccuppee River and make proper votes thereon.

William Pynchon Esq., chosen Moderator of sd Meeting.

William Pynchon Esq., chosen Clerk and Treasurer of said Town for the year ensuing.

John Burt, Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, William Pynchon Esq., Capt John Day and Benjamin Chapin chosen Selectmen of sd Town for the year ensuing.

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David Burt Sen'r, Thomas Mirick Jun'r, Luke Hitchcocke 3rd, Samuel Ely and Ebenzr Cooke chosen Constables for sd Town for the year ensuing. [III - 430.]

Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, Capt. Isaac Colton and John Ely chosen Assessors in said Town for year ensuing.

Thomas Field, Ebenezer Miller Jun'r and John Ferre Jun'r chosen Tithing men in said Town for year ensuing.

Josiah Leonard, John Colton, Joseph Leonard Jun'r, Thomas Day, Ebenezer Colton, Ebenezer Day Jun'r, Thomas Glover, Joseph Williston Jun'r, Nath'l Warriner, Pelatiah Morgan Jun'r, Samuel Barker, Elisha Chapin, Isaac Chapin and Abel Leonard Jun'r chosen Fence Viewers in said Town for the year ensuing.

John Cooley chosen Sealer of Leather in sd Town for the year ensuing.

Granted to William Pynchon Jun'r Esq., the sum of thirteen shillings and six pence for copies about the Town Bounds and money he paid for one Mr. Hale being overated, and voted that the Selectmen order the payment of the same out of the Town Treasury accordingly. [III - 431.]

Voted that the present Selectmen be a committee to adjust and settle accounts with the Town Treasurer sometime before the meeting for Granting Town Charges next fall, and that they make Report to the Town of the same.

Voted that the Selectmen furnish Thomas Lamb (who lately has been turned upon the Town by Samuel Lamb as one of the Poor) with food and raynment according to their best discretion and that they place him hout in some good family that he may be taken care of and that Lt. Pelatiah Bliss, William Pynchon Jun'r Esq. and Thomas Stebbins be a committee to make the best enquiry they can whether there being Estate that belongs to said Thomas Lamb and what methods may be taken to obtain it, and how to oblige the said Samuel

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Lamb or others to support the said Thomas Lamb if any there be that ought so to do and to answer all charges the Town may be at in the affair, and make report to the Towne.

The Report or Return of the Selectmen of their laying out a highway towards the upper end of Longmeadow is as follows:

"We the Subscribers being desired (by sundry persons, Inhabitants of Longmeadow in Springfield, viz: Thomas Field, Joseph Cooley, Henry Woolcott, Jonathan Cooley & Amos Stiles) to lay out a highway towards the upper end of sd Precinct and partly through land granted to Benjamin Cooley February 2nd 1657 as appears [III - 432.] to us by an attested copy out of the Springfield book of Records as also provision made in said Grant for a sufficient highway.

"In answer therefore to the above said desire we have laid out a highway beginning at the Great River on the north side of the aforesaid Grant of land running east to the foot of the hill one rod and a halfe wide bounding north upon land formerly Granted to John Lumbard from thence southerly two rods wide until it comes to the top of the hill being about the southerly side of said Cooleys Grant. Springfield May 30, 1735."

Pelatiah Bliss, John Burt, John Ely, Ebenezer Warriner, Luke Hitchcocke 2nd, the Selectmen of Springfield.

Which said report having been read and considered voted that the Report be so far accepted as that the said way be approved as a highway, provided that Thomas Field, Henry Wolcott, Jonathan Cooley, Joseph Cooley and Amos Stiles the persons desiring the same pay all charges that may happen by means thereof.

Upon reading the Request of Daniel Parsons desiring the Town would grant him the priviledge of setting up a grist mill upon Chiccuppee River on the first or second Falls above Riding Place at the falls, provided he shall finish said Mill fit for service within two years after the Grant. Voted that Benjamin Chapin, Capt. John Day and Luke Hitchcocke repair [III - 433.] to the place aforementioned and view

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the same and make Report to the Town what they think may be best for the Town to do in the affair at the charge of said Persons.

Att a Meeting of the freeholders and other inhabitants of the Town of Springfield duly qualified, assembled on the fourteenth day of May Anno Dom: 1736.

To take into further consideration how the money lately granted for the supporting of schooling to the southward of Agawam River and Order how the same shall be disposed of, the former directions proving ineffectual as also to pass some orders and directions for the better Regulation of the school or schools there. Also to take into consideration the distress circumstances [III - 434.] of Jonathan Warriners wife and to give order to the Selectmen what methods shall be taken for her reliefe in her present illness, and to do what shall be thought proper with regard to him and his family.

William Pynchon Esq chosen Moderator.

Voted that Mr. Pelatiah Morgan, Benjamin Stebbins and Joseph Miller be added to the committee appointed to take Inspection and Regulation of the school southward of Agawam River for the best advantge of the Inhabitants as near as may be and that the determination of the Majority of the said committee (none southward of Agawam to have a vote in the affair) shall be conclusive and that the money granted for schooling there be ordered by the Selectmen agreeable to the former vote.

Voted that the Selectmen be directed to take such measures as they think needful in order to effect the cure of Jonathan Warriner's wife. Her husband having lately applied to them for reliefe in the affair and that the Charge be born by the Town.

END OF VOLUME THREE TOWN RECORDS

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RECORDS ENTERED OUT OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER.

Note by the transcriber. On the fly leaf in the back part of Volume Three are the entries below:

In the handwriting of Jonathan Burt.

Joseph Bedortha give an account of a stray horse of about foure years old as he guesseth of a brownish color branded with a K on his near shoulder a halfe peny cut on the near ear taken up by him the 24th day of December 1698. Recorded by me, Jonathan Burt, Towne Clerke.

Nathanyel Munn gives an account of his taking up of a stray hog or swine the 24th day of ffebruary 1698 which hog or swine is marked with slit toward the top of the foreside of the near ear, a black footspot on both sides of his head and a black spot on his taile, two sandish spots on his back. Recorded by me Jonathan Burt, March 1st 1698/9.

May 13, 1703: Samuel Ely of Springfield this day gives an account of his taking up a stray horse out of the General ffield on the west side of the Great River, of a Bay colour branded on the near shoulder with N & marked on the near ear with a little notch on the forehead side of the top of the near ear. Recorded by me John Holyoke, Clerk for sd Town.

Several of the Town Clerks made entries out of the order as the book was paged. The following were written upon unoccupied pages at the beginning of the book. They are printed as follows in this volume:

On the 5th day of October in the yeare 1675, a dy to be kept in memory by posterity when the Barborous heathen made an assault on this poore Town, killed two men and a woman and wounded several: One of which dyed soon after, burned downe 29 dwelling howses and barns, much corne and hay but God did wonderfully preserve us or we had been a

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prey to their teeth. God in his good Providence so ordered it that an Indian gave intelygence of the enemies designe to fall on this Town whereby we escaped with our lives for which we should give God the glory. Jonathan Burt, being an eye witness of the same.

At a Town meeting May 9th, 1699, Lieut John Hitchcocke and Lieut Abell Wright weare appoynted to lay out the highways at Skipmucke who give an account of theire settlement of those highwayes by them the 13th day of November 1699 as followeth:

"from the top of the hill at the hyer end of the Towne till it come to the lot of Abel Wright Jun'r, it is to be 20 rods wide and from Abell Wrights lot downe to the Brooke by Widow Horton's it is 4 rods wide and from the brooke cross the necke to the river 2 rods wide from this highway runs a highway eastward to the hyer wading place betwixt Rowland Thomas his land and Abell Wrights land to the brooke 5 rods wide and from the brooke by Lieut Wrights ffence to the brow of the hill 5 rods wide till it come to the hyer wading place and from the corner of Lieut Wrights lot till it come to the Bay Path 5 rods wide and from that highway at the hier end of the Towne that goeth to good wife Hortons from it runs a highway of 3 rods wide on the top of the hill to goodwife Beamons and the highways over the River as they now are to be stated highways and from the reare of the lots at the middle causeway to the ffoote of the hill at Skipmuck 20 rods and from thence to Colonel Pynchons at Skipmuck 10 rods and from thence by the Brooke till it come to the highway at Lieut. wrights lot 3 rods."

We find upon record in the record Booke of Henry Gregory having had a lotment of 3 acres of homelot from the Street to the Great River: Comparing Thomas Stebbins record with what is written in the old Towne Booke bearing date January 16th, 1638, namely: It is ordered that the 3 rod of ground that lyes betwixt John Woodcocks pall and Goodman Gregorye lott shal be appropriated 2 rod of it to Goodman

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Gregory and one rod to Richard Everit resigning 40 rod for a place for the Meeting-house which is to be alowed out of Goodman Gregorys lott: Goodman Gregory sold his lott to the Towne and in May first 1645 the Town gave sd lot to Thomas Stebbins on the conditions following:

That he should alowe six rods square for the Meeting-howse place and one rod in bredth for a way to the Trayninge Place lately purchased of him and ffrencis Ball, but we find no mention of that rod that was given to Richard Everit who deserted the Towne, we supose it fell into the Town hands againe, it being a way of great improvement for carting and also for the way to the Burying place we who were appoynted to look after highways, did June 7th 1700 stake out a highway betwixt the lott that now is Pelatiah Bliss and that lot as was Henry Gregory's now in the hands of Tylly Miricke to be one rod and half broad we who were appoynted to look after the highways in this Towne being informed that Obadyah Cooly had incroached upon the highways we who were appoynted, namely James Waryner, Lieut John Hitchcocke, Jonathan Burt, did upon the 7th day of June 1700 take a view of his sd Obadyah Cooly's fence and we did find he had incroached upon the highway at the lower end of the Towne by his howse within the gate aboute one rod in breadth and for some rods in length we did therefore order him to remove his fence in unto a stake we set up right to the second post from the gate and so it is to run straight about a foot from the corner of his barne to meet with his other fence or ditch. Also he hath incroached on the highway towards the Corn Mill and the Cartway toward Long Meddow he was ordered to take in his fence at the ditch within 3 foot of it and from thence to a forked black oake tree marked and from thence to a white oak marked and so a little bowing as the way runs to an elme tree marked about on rod within the fence and so to a stake we set up neere the Mill River about six or seven foot within the fence as it now standeth he was not to come into the highway about 3 foot from his old fence. See page 189.

Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth

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