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History of Woonsocket
by E. Richardson
Woonsocket: S. S. Foss, Printer, Patriot Building, Main Street, 1876.

p. 25 - 27.



The first settlers of Providence emigrated chiefly from the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies.  The Pawtucket river had, therefore, to be crossed.

It was necessary that Roger Williams should cross in a canoe, for no artist would brave the ridicule of an astonished world by seating the founder of a State and of a great moral truth, upon an ox-cart in the middle of a shallow stream, surrounded by his household goods, his cattle and his family.  But it was neither imperative nor reasonable that his companions in exile should have adopted the same mode of transportation, for there were five points upon the river where at its average height it might easily have been forded.

The first of these 'wading places' was at a point called the Ware*, now Central Falls.  The second was at 'Blackstone's Wading Place'**, now Lonsdale.  The third was at 'Pray's Wading Place'***, now Ashton.  In the immediate vicinity of this place was an estate, owned by JOSHUA VERIN,**** who, it will be remembered, was expelled from the Colony under the conscience dogma of Roger Williams.  The precise locality of this historic spot is the farm of the late Capt. Benoni Cook, near Lime Rock. The fourth 'wading-place' was at Senetchonet Island*****, now Manville.  The fifth was Woonsocket.

*R.I. Col. Rec., Vol. IV, page 451.
**Prov. Trans. Rec., page 125.
***From an original MS in possession of Wm. R. Cook, Esq.
****Smithfield Council Rec., Book 1, page 32.

I think before we cross the busy stream to which Woonsocket is so largely indebted, we had better stop a moment and pay it our respects, for notwithstanding its kindness to us, it has been thus far a sadly neglected river.  But ploughmen instead of poets, artisans rather than artists, have lived, loved and died upon its banks; and during their lives, while diverting its foaming waters to useful ends, they have deprived the lovers of romantic scenery and good fish of much enjoyment.  Not only have the verdant meadow and the jagged rock disappeared in some localities beneath its placid bosom, but the farm laborer is no longer compelled to stipulate that salmon shall not for his chief article of diet.*  All the flights of fancy that its admirers have bestowed upon it, have been employed to prove that its course through the village, which now inscribes the letter 'W' of the name of the town**, was at one time in striking contrast with that of some of the dwellers upon its banks.  But the deep fissures and cavities worn by its waters in the blue mica slate at the 'Falls', are evidences that it has pursued its crooked ways for so many ages, that we may indulge in the reasonable hope that it will never return to its ancient bed.  But although the river has not been sufficiently honored in song to awaken a smile of approval or of pity for the poet, it has been honored with names to a remarkable degree.

*Aged people have informed me that before the construction of dams upon the river, salmon were so plenty that, unless otherwise agreed upon, they formed the chief article in the farmer's bill of fare. **In relation to the meaning of the work Woonsocket, the reader must made his own selection from the following:  1.  Dr. Ballou gives it 'Pond on the Hill'.  2.  S. C. Newman, from woone (thunder), suckete (mist).  3.  I have been told that Dr. J. Hammond, Trumbull, Pres. of the American Philological Association, gives it as 'The place where the water comes down.'

It has been called the Seekonk, the Narragansett, the Patucket (sic), the Neetmock, the Nipmuck, the Great, and finally the Blackstone.

In ancient times it was occasionally called the Blackstone, but not until the beginning of the present century did this name come into universal use.  It was no named in honor of William Blackstone (or Blaxton), who was the first white settler upon its banks, or, indeed, with the present limits of Rhode Island.

The first grant of lands west of the river was obtained from the Indians 'by God's merciful assistance, without monies or payment'.  The bounds thereof and the consideration therefor were equally indefinite - its description being 'the lands between the Pawtucket and the Pawtuxet rivers, up the streams without limit'.

But the grantee evidently deemed his title to be valid, as he afterward disposed of twelve-thirteenths of the same to his companions, for a consideration in money.

p. 27 - 29.

Among these thirteen original proprietors of Providence was William Arnold.  Many of the descendants of this man became famous, and one of them was infamous in the history of our country.

Among his sons was THOMAS ARNOLD.  [TRANSCRIBER'S NOTE: someone crossed this sentence out in the book in pencil, and wrote below: 'Wm and Thos half bros.  Thomas Arnold was not a son, but a half brother of William Arnold']  He is said to have immigrated from London to Richmond, Virginia; from thence to Watertown, Mass.; and from thence to Providence, where he arrived a short time after his father.  He eventually settled in the valley of the Moshassuck, near where now stands the lower Quaker meeting-house, where he passed the remainder of his days.  He died in September, 1674, aged fifty-eight years, and his estate was divided by the Town Council of Providence* between his widow and his five surviving children.  Among these children were Richard, who was the eldest, and Elizabeth, who was the wife of Samuel Comstock.  RICHARD ARNOLD and SAMUEL COMSTOCK were the first settlers of Woonsocket,  But before I can place them in peaceful possession of their estates, there is much that remains to be told.  If I make the narrative sufficiently plain, you will be let into some strange secrets, and you will realize that 'history is --- history!'

*Prov. Trans. Rec., page 324.  For descendants of this man, see appendix.

The original proprietors of Providence did not at first attempt to divide their unlimited estate.  It would have been like setting bounds to space.  The simply located themselves as their immediate fancy or convenience dictated, erected their dwellings, planted their corn and reared their children - some selecting their meadows in the valley of the Pawtuxet and others upon the banks of the Pawtucket rivers and their tributaries.  After a time the settlers upon these streams became distinguished from each other, and known - the one as the 'Proprietors of Pawtuxet', and the other as the 'Proprietors of Providence'.  At last, when the population had perceptibly increased, each party began to clamor for a division of territory, which in width was bounded by the rivers, and which in length was 'without limit'.

To state the points of disagreement which existed between the (so called) Providence and Pawtuxet proprietors, is not only beyond my power, but it was beyond that of the disputants themselves.  This is evident from the futile attempts of one party to limit infinity*, and of both parties to produce impossible lines**.  In the midst of this dispute Richard Arnold and Samuel Comstock came to Woonsocket.  Moved, probably, by the beauty and fertility of the region, and taking the 'up stream without limit' clause in the deed from the Indians to mean something, as proprietors of Providence they proceeded to occupy and improve the lands.

*The up-stream-without-limit clause means Sugar Loaf Hill, Burit's Brow, Observation Rock, Absolute Swamp, Oxford and Hipses Rock.  But the cattle may go far enough north to return at night, and not trespass.  --  Prov. Trans. Rec., page 128.
** A line ordered to be set seven miles west of Fox Hill, and from then to be run 'north to the Pawtucket river. Prov. Trans. Rec., page 100.  This was afterwards known as 'Seven mile line'.  It was ordered run June 4, 1660.

The heat of the Pawtuxet controversy had gone out to the surrounding Colonies, and had been felt even in the courts of Europe.  Every attempt to solve the problem had increased its intricacy.  Every step taken in the labyrinth had deepened its obscurity.  At last an epistle - it was called 'loving epistle' - was written by Roger Williams to the proprietors of Providence.  It was a master-piece.  It solved the problem by breaking the slate, and dissolved the obscurity by destroying the labyrinth.

In 1653*, the Providence proprietors had declared the act to be unjust which divided the Pawtuxet men twenty miles, and defined the 'up-stream-without-limit' point to be far north from Hipses Rock, etc., as the cattle could go and return at night.  The 'epistle' referred to not only indorsed the declaration of the Providence men, but it virtually restricted the territory of the Providence Grand Purchase itself, by advising the purchase of lands which had hitherto been thought to be within its limits.  After much discussion, it was finally voted 'to parley with the Indians for Niswosaket**, Wayunckeke and the region thereabouts.'

*Prov. Trans. Rec., page 128.
**It is thus spelled in R. I. Col. Rec., but Staples gives it Miswosakit, which agrees with the original.

Many of the Indian deeds given in consequence of this action, may be found in 'Staples's Annals of Providence'.  Among them is one from Waumsittou to Thomas Olney, sr., and others.*  This transferred certain 'grounds and meadow, lying and being on the west side of Seekonk or Pawtucket River, EXCEPTING a tract of land about four or five miles, which had been given leave to William, of Massachusetts, to dispose of, said land beginning at the old field of Wasquadomisk', etc.

*Staples's Annals of Prov., page 575.

p. 29 - 32.

In an instrument dated December 2, 1702, I find that the 'four or five miles' referred to was originally 'obtained in two purchases, but all being in one parcel'.  I have had the good fortune, through the kindness of Ephraim Sayles, Esq., of Smithfield, who has the original document, to see a copy of the deed, which conveyed what I conceive to be the north-western portion thereof.  I think this document to be of sufficient importance to give in full, for thereby Richard Arnold and his friends were reduced for the time to the level of 'squatter sovereigns', and upon it, as well as the 'up-stream-without-limit' instrument so often referred to, rest the titles to the lands of Western Woonsocket:

'Be it known unto all men by these presents, that I, William Minnion, of Penskepage, in ye Collony of ye Massachusetts Bay, have passed over a tract of land unto Edward Inman and John Mowry, of Providence, etc., being two thousand acres more or less, ye bounds of their land lying from Loqueesit northward.  Ye first bound is a chestnut tree on ye South, marked on four sides at ye first Indian field on Wessulkuttomisk Hill, running a mile due North, and then upon a line to Ummohbukkonit, taking in all ye meadows, and so to run to Nysshuacuck, and so to a champ of pines called ye Keys, and so to ye spring called Wessukkattomsuk, to ye chestnut tree above-mentioned, and so to Pawtucket River, and on ye end of THE MILL north to Pawtucket River.  To have and to hold without any trouble or molestation by any Indians, and for the true performance hereof, I have sett my hand and seal ye 14th day of May, 1666.  WILLIAM MINNION.  In the presence of Danl. Abbott, John Steere.'

The foregoing represented a belt of land about one mile in width, extending from the saw-mill before-mentioned to 'Wionkhege'.  Loqueesit, spoken of as being south of said tract, was a large territory extending from where Manville now is, westerly beyond Lime Rock and southerly into what is now North Providence.

Wessukkuttomsuk spring was what is now known as Crook Falls Brook, sometimes called Crooked River.

The Keys was in the vicinity of Stillwater.

Nysshacuck I have supposed to be Sayles Hill, because John Mowry, who was sometimes called 'Nysshacuck John' lived there at one time.  But as he removed from thence to the western part of the town, my supposition had been disputed.  The remains of him and his wife, however, repose on Sayles Hill.

The mill north of Pawtucket river was the saw-mill of Richard Arnold, to which I shall have frequent occasion to refer.

The other places mentioned in the deed I am unable to locate with any degree of accuracy.  Neither can I give the precise bounds of the territory.  It is sufficient for my purpose to say, that Western Woonsocket, Union Village, Slatersville and the region around Woonsocket Hill, was included within its limits.

In the foregoing instrument but two grantees are alluded to, namely - Edward Inman and John Mowry.  But there was another proprietor, namely - Nathaniel Mowry, a brother of John.  He was also the son-in-law to Edward Inman, having become the proprietor of Joanna in the same year that he did of the Wesquadomisk territory.  He was at that time twenty-two years of age.  It may be that he is mentioned in the other Indian deed to which I have referred, but this important document has thus far escaped me.  It is spoken of in ancient instruments as the 'thousand acre purchase', and was probably bounded on the north and west by the tract which has been described - on the east by the Pawtucket river, and on the south by Louisquisset.

Soon after the transactions above alluded to, Edward Inman disposed of one-sixth of his right to John Steere and one-sixth to Thomas Walling.  There were now five proprietors, namely - Inman, holding four parts; Steere, one; Walling, one; John Mowry, six; and Nathaniel, six.

The first division of the lands was made April 12, 1668.  Each proprietor had for immediate use three hundred acres of upland and swamp and six acres of meadow.  The remainder for a time remained undivided.

The meadows were chosen as follows:  Inman, the first choice; John and Nathaniel, in partnership, the second; Steere, the third; Nathaniel Mowry, the fourth; Walling, the fifth; and John Mowry, the sixth choice.

It is unnecessary to give the details of further divisions.  Transfers were made, from time to time, to the Blackmans, the Bucklins, the Phillips, the Balkcolms, and others.  I hasten down to the 26th of April, 1682.  At this time the town of Providence appointed trustees - consisting of Arthur Fenner, William Hopkins, John Whipple, jr., Thomas Olney, jr., and our old friend, Richard Arnold - to set bounds to this extensive tract, and settle the differences which had arisen among the proprietors, who were then Edward Inman, John and Nathaniel Mowry and Stephen Arnold, the uncle of Richard.

p. 32 - 33.

I will give the description of the territory in the language of the trustees, which the reader may dissect and translate at his leisure.  It lieth in three parts, namely:

'1.  Two thousand three hundred and fifty acres lieth north and be west across the eastern end of said tract - part bordering upon Pawtucket river, and part upon a small stream called Wasquadomsett.

2.  One thousand acres at Wansaukit Hill, beginning at the south end of said Hill, and so ranging northward to the Pawtucket, the north end thereof bordering upon said river - the south-eastern corner being bounded with a snag tree, and from the said tree to range west to a low rock, which is a south-western corner bound; and from said rock to range north to a big rock standing in Pawtucket river - a white oak tree standing southward upon said rock a little way from the brim of the river bank, being marked for a range tree, the which said rock is a north-western corner-bound; and from said rock to following the river unto a walnut tree marked upon the brim of the river banks, the which said walnut tree is a north-eastern corner bound of the said thousand acres of land.

3. One hundred and fifty acres where James Blackmore's house once stood, the said land being four square, Blackmore's house in the middle of it.'

For some reason the tract of land upon which stood the saw-mill of Richard Arnold was not included in the territory granted to the Inman proprietors by the town.

But, April 14, 1707, the town granted to Capt. Richard Arnold and Ensign Samuel Comstock the lands which they had already occupied for so long a time.

Finally, after a controversy of upwards of forty years, the settlers of Woonsocket obtained a perfect title to their estates, and continued, without further trouble, to increase, multiply and replenish the earth.

In 1731, the town of SMITHFIELD was set off from Providence.  March 17th of this year the first town meeting was held at the house of Valentine Whitman, and officers for the new town were elected.

For one hundred and forty years the citizens of Western Woonsocket participated in the annual elections of Smithfield.  At last, after many struggles, old Smithfield was dismemebered; and March 8, 1871, a portion of its territory was annexed to the new town of WOONSOCKET.

p. 33 - 34.


A LIST OF SMITHFIELD TOWN OFFICERS, from its incorporation in 1731 to its division in 1871.

Richard Sayles  1731
Joseph Arnold   1732
Daniel Jenckes  1733
Joseph Arnold   1742
Thomas Sayles   1745
Joseph Sayles   1754
John Sayles             1756
Daniel Mowry, jr.       1770
Daniel Mowry (4th)      1780
Samuel Mann     1815
Thomas Mann     1817
George L. Barnes        1840
Orin Wright             1843
George L. Barnes        1844
Orin Wright             1845
Stafford Mann   1849
Samuel Clark, jr.       1855

John Sayles             1731
Israel Wilkinson        1751
Stephen Whipple 1755
Capt. John Angell       1756
Stephen Whipple 1761
William Buffum  1770
Arnold Pain             1772
Stephen Brayon  1786
Robert Harris   1792
Isaac Wilkinson 1817
Lewis Dexter    1840
Stafford Mann   1843
Samuel Clark            1844
Stafford Mann   1845
Robert Harris   1850
Henry Gooding   1855
Thomas Moies    1857
Reuel P. Smith  1858

Uriah Mowry     1731
Benjamin Pain   1732
Thomas Steere, jr.      1734
John Smith, jr. 1736
Richard Smith   1737
David Wilkinson 1738
Jos. Mowry (3d) 1747
Elisha Sayles           1753
Ezekial Comstock        1758
John Angell             1760
Hezekiah Herringdeen  1761
Thomas Sayles   1762
William Pullen  1765
Elisha Dillingham       1769
William Pullen  1770
Elisha Dillingham       1772
Jona Comstock   1775
Eli Read                1777
David Aldrich   1778
Job Mowry               1780
David Mowry     1799
Nathaniel Mowry (4th) 1800
Stephen Thornton        1801
George Chace    1802
Benjamin Sheldon        1804
Isaac Wilkinson 1805
Amasa Mowry, son of John  1810
Mark Aldrich    1822
Lorenzo T. Brown        1843
Mark Aldrich    1844
David S. Wilkinson      1845
Squire H. Rogers        1855
Stephen A. Alrich       1856
Renselaer L. Mowry      1861
Henry S. Cook   1869

p. 34 - 35.

John Arnold             1731
Major William Smith     1733
Thomas Steere   1734
Major William Smith     1735
Thomas Sayles   1737
Thomas Steere   1739
Jos. Smith              1747
Lieut. Thomas Arnold  1748
Thomas Steere   1750
John Sayles             1773
Ezekiel Comstock        1774
Henry Jenckes   1777
Capt. Sylvanus Sayles  1779
Caleb Aldrich   1780
Daniel Mowry, jr.       1785
William Waterman        1789
Joseph Farnum   1790
George Comstock 1792
Capt. Sylvanus Sayles  1794
Samuel Clark            1797
Duty Winsor             1800
John Jenckes    1801
Thomas Man      1802
Samuel Hill             1806
Thomas Man      1809
Benjamin Hall   1814
Thomas Buffum   1815
Daniel Angell   1816
Reuben Mowry    1818
Daniel Angell   1822
Thomas Buffum   1823
David Wilkinson 1824
Samuel B. Harris        1825
Morton Mowry    1827
Lewis Dexter            1830
Sessions Mowry  1834
Morton Mowry    1834
Samuel Clark            1841
Arnold Speare   1842
Lewis Dexter            1844
Thomas Buffum   1845
Robert Harris   1851
Richard Mowry   1854
Daniel N. Paine 1855
Lewis Dexter            1856
Charles Moies   1861
George Johnson  1868
Arlon Mowry     1869

Jos. Mowry              1731
Joseph Arnold   1735
Job Whipple             1736
William Arnold  1737
Thomas Shippy   1739
Jeremiah Mowry  1747
Thomas Owen     1848 (sic)
John Aldrich    1750
Ezekiel Angell  1761
John Sayles             1768
Caleb Aldrich   1774
Job Aldrich             1775
Daniel Smith            1777
John Man                1779
Stephen Whipple 1782
Jesse Jenckes   1783
Samuel Clark            1794
Duty Winsor             1797
Edward Medbury  1799
John Man                1801
Seth Mowry              1802
Elisha Steere           1807
Daniel Angell   1815
Thomas Angell   1816
David Wilkinson 1818
Morton Mowry    1824
Nathaniel Mowry 1827
Sessions Mowry  1830
Elisha Smith            1831
Simon Aldrich   1833
Stephen Sheldon 1834
Samuel Clark            1838
Dexter Aldrich  1841
Arnold Speare   1843
John Foster             1844
Daniel Sayles   1845
Bradford Bullock        1846
Daniel Pierce           1847
Robert Harris   1849
Israel Sayles           1851
Thomas Latham   1852
Henry Stone             1854
John J. Carpenter       1855
Charles Moies   1859
Arlon Mowry     1861
Edward A. Brown 1869

p. 35.

Thomas Steere   1731
John Mowry              1732
Joseph Arnold   1733
James Aldrich   1735
David Comstock  1736
John Brown              1737
Robert Staples  1747
John Aldrich            1748
Dr. John Jenckes        1750
William Jenckes 1761
Thomas Lapham   1766
Caleb Alrich            1772
Job Aldrich             1774
Abraham Matthewson  1775
John Man                1777
Stephen Arnold  1779
Stephen Whipple 1780
James Smith             1782
James Appleby   1789
Job Aldrich             1794
Duty Winsor             1796
John Man                1797
Seth Mowry              1801
Ahab Mowry      1802
Richard Buffum  1803
Stephen Buffum  1804
Samuel Hill, jr.        1805
Enos Mowry              1806
Nathan Aldrich  1809
Benjamin Hall   1811
James Appleby   1814
David Tucker    1815
Arnold Jenckes  1816
Jeremiah Smith, jr.     1817
Stephen Steere  1818
Morton Mowry    1822
Charles Appleby 1824
Nathaniel Mowry 1826
Jeremiah Whipple        1827
David Lapham    1830
Richard S. Scott        1830
Job S. Mann             1831
Cyrus Arnold    1834
Asahel Angell   1836
Dexter Aldrich  1840
Barney Dodge    1841
Alvin Jenckes   1842
Elisha Smith            1843
Gideon Mowry    1844
David Wilbur    1845
Benjamin Harris 1847
Robert Harris   1848
Richard Mowry   1849
Israel Sayles           1850
John Knight             1851
Richard Smith   1852
James Phetteplace       1854
Harris M. Irons 1856
John J. Carpenter       1859
William Mowry   1861
Baylies Bourne  1868
William P. Steere       1869
Edward G. Chace 1870

p. 35 - 36.

Samuel Aldrich  1731
Elisha Smith            1732
Thomas Shippy   1733
Job Whipple             1735
John Brown              1736
Thomas Steere   1737
John Dexter             1739
Thomas Owen     1747
John Jenckes    1748
Capt. Daniel Mowry      1750
John Sayles             1755
Capt. Daniel Mowry      1756
Caleb Aldrich   1768
Stephen Arnold  1772
Abraham Matthewson  1774
Henry Jenckes   1775
Stephen Brayton 1777
Edward Thompson 1779
Arnold Pain             1782
John Angell             1785
Philip Mowry, jr.       1786
Arnold Pain             1789
Thomas Aldrich  1794
Daniel Smith, jr.       1796
Ezekiel Comstock        1797
John Jenckes    1799
Ahab Mowry      1801
Richard Buffum  1802
Samuel Hill, jr.        1803
Enos Mowry              1805
Job Arnold              1806
Benjamin Hall   1809
David Harris            1811
Daniel Angell   1814
Marcus Arnold   1815
Jeremiah Smith, jr.     1816
Reuben Mowry    1817
William Aldrich 1818
Geroge Chace    1821
Arnold Speare   1822
Jeremiah Whipple        1824
Barney Dodge    1827
Elisha Smith            1830
Wilder Holbrook 1831
Stephen Sheldon 1833
Andrew Weatherhead  1834
Dexter Aldrich  1835
Tyler Mowry             1836
Samuel Clark            1837
Stephen Steere  1838
Stephen Sheldon 1839
Barney Dodge    1840
Alvin Jenckes   1841
John Foster             1842
Daniel Sayles, jr.      1843
Lyman Cook              1844
James Phetteplace       1845
John Fenner             1847
Richard Mowry   1848
Israel Sayles           1849
John Knight             1850
Thomas Lapham   1851
Albert Cook             1852
John B. Tallman 1854
Harris M. Irons 1855
Daniel Mowry    1856
George Johnson  1857
George M. Appleby       1861
William Duane Aldrich  1862
George Johnston 1869

p. 36 - 37.

John Mowry              1731
Thomas Shippy   1732
James Aldrich   1733
Thomas Smith, jr.       1734
David Comstock  1735
Lieut. Jos. Smith       1736
Benjamin Pain   1737
Jonathan Arnold 1739
Capt. Daniel Mowry      1747
Baulston Brayton        1750
David Comstock  1754
Stephen Arnold  1768
Preserved Harris        1772
Henry Jenckes   1774
Jonathan Gully  1775
Jonathan Comstock       1777
Sylvanus Sayles 1778
William Waterman        1779
Arnold Pain             1780
Abraham Matthewson  1782
John Angell             1783
James Smith             1785
John Man, jr.           1786
Elisha Olney            1794
John Man, jr.           1796
Israel Taft             1797
John Pain               1799
Richard Buffum  1801
Daniel Winsor   1802
Enos Mowry              1803
Job Arnold              1805
Thomas Buffum   1806
Nathan Aldrich  1807
David Harris            1809
Stephen Buffum  1814
Thomas Angell   1815
Reuben Mowry    1816
David Wilksinson        1817
Winsor Aldrich  1818
George Chace    1822
Cyrus Arnold    1823
Abraham Winsor  1824
Barney Dodge    1826
Lewis Dexter            1827
Richard S. Scott        1830
Elisha Olney, jr.       1831
Asa W. Ballou   1833
Waterman F. Brown       1834
Asahel Phetteplace      1835
Dexter Aldrich  1838
Alvin Jenckes   1841
James T. Harkness       1842
Ahaz Mowry, jr. 1843
Christopher W. Kelly  1844
Bradford Bullock        1845
Albert Cook             1846
Isaac Wilkinson 1847
Israel Sayles           1848
John Knight             1849
Thomas Latham   1850
Samuel S. Mallory       1851
John J. Carpenter       1852
Daniel Mowry    1854
William Patt            1856
Arlon Mowry     1859
George Johnson  1861
Edward A. Brown 1868
Baylies Bourne  1869

p. 37.

Benjamin Smith  1731
Thomas Sayles   1832 (sic)
John Dexter             1833 (sic)
John Brown              1835 (sic)
Benjamin Pain   1836 (sic)
John Dexter             1737
William Jenckes 1739
John Aldrich            1747
Benjamin Arnold 1748
Preserved Harris        1750
Stephen Whipple 1772
Job Aldrich             1773
Jonathan Gully  1774
Jeremiah Harris 1775
John Man                1776
Stephen Arnold  1777
Arnold Pain             1779
Job Aldrich             1780
Abraham Matthewson   1781
John Angell             1782
James Smith             1783
Philip Mowry    1785
Robert Latham   1786
Emor Smith              1790
Joseph Mowry    1792
Philip Mowry    1794
Ezekial Comstock        1796
Seth Mowry              1797
Daniel Winsor   1801
None                    1802
Elijah Derry            1803
Thomas Appleby  1804
Thomas Buffum   1805
Benjamin Hall   1806
Thomas Appleby  1809
Daniel Angell   1811
None                    1814
Arnold Jenckes  1815
David Wilkinson 1816
Stephen Steere  1817
None                    1818
Morton Mowry    1819
Jeremiah Whipple        1822
Barney Dodge    1824
Lewis Dexter            1826
Sessions Mowry  1827
Wilder Holbrook 1830
Daniel G. Harris        1831
None                    1832
Job S. Mann             1833
John Jenckes    1834
Samuel Clark            1835
Smith R. Mowry  1836
Barney Dodge    1838
Stephen Smith (2d)      1840
Pelatiah Metcalf        1841
Gideon Mowry    1842
Avery Gilman    1843
Lyman Wilmarth  1844
Johnson G. Horton       1845
Horace Trowbridge       1846
Israel Sayles           1847
John Knight             1848
Thomas Latham   1849
Alfred Allen            1850
Alden Coe               1851
John Knight             1852
Lewis Aldrich   1854
William Patt            1855
Charles Moies   1856
William P. Steere       1859
Harvy S. Bartlett       1861
William P. Steere       1863
Oscar A. Tobey  1869

p. 37 - 38.

Up to 1799 the Council consisted of but six members.  This year the seventh was added.

Elisha Olney            1799
Ahab Mowry      1800
Elijah Arnold           1801
None                    1802
Job Arnold              1803
William Aldrich 1804
Benjamin Hall   1805
David Harris            1806
Daniel Angell   1809
Stephen Buffum  1811
None                    1814
Jeremiah Smith  1815
Stephen Steere  1816
William Aldrich 1817
None                    1818
Daniel Winsor   1819
Arnold Speare   1820
Abraham Winsor  1822
Samuel B. Harris        1824
Lewis Dexter            1825
Sessions Mowry  1826
David Lapham    1827
Elisha Olney, jr.       1830
George Chace    1831
None                    1832
Andrew Waterman 1833
Edwin Harris            1834
Asahel Angell   1835
Uriah Benedict  1838
Burrill Aldrich 1839
Pelatiah Metcalf        1840
John Foster             1841
Lyman Cook              1842
Benjamin Harris 1842 (sic)
Ansel Holman    1844
William M. Farnum       1845
Albert Cook             1847
Asa Winsor              1848
Israel B. Purinton      1849
William Smith   1850
George B. Aldrich       1851
Robert Harris   1852
Henry Gooding   1854
James H. Chace  1855
Harden Knight   1856
Daniel Mowry    1858
William Mowry   1860
John N. Spaulding       1861
John J. Carpenter       1863
Benjamin Comstock       1864
Baylies Bourne  1866
Oscar A. Tobey  1869

In 1843, eleven Councilmen were elected.

8th     Edward Evans.
9th     Robert Harris.
10th    Bradford Bullock.
11th    William M. Farnum.

[End - chapter II.]


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