Town Meetings - 1748 to 1755
Extracted from
Copy of the old records of the town of Duxbury, Mass.,
from 1642 to 1770 : made in the year 1892.
Plymouth: Avery & Doten, book and job printers, 1893,



[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]




1747-8. Mch 21. Record No. 5. Page 50.
At a Town Meeting in Duxburrough March 21st Anno Domini 1747-8. The Town chose Major Bradford, Moderator for said day, and then proceeded to elect Town Officers. They also chose Samuel Weston, Phillip Delanoe and Deacon Arnold to view the highway in order to turn Green harbor brook in the Grist mill stream, and also view and make report of the highway over the South River near the house of Joseph Delanoe by the old dam, by next May meeting of the town, and chose Samuel Seabury, and voted he should draw money out of the Town treasury for to pay said Town's part of the charges in repairing Barstow's bridge, he being accountable to the town for the money. The town also voted to appropriate the money that the town had for the land that was sold at Souhegan to and for the use of a Grammar School in said town, and voted that Mr. Saml. Seabury and Samuel Weston give Major Bradford a proper receipt upon their receiving the money, that is, £750 old tenor, and voted that the above said Select men pay in the interest of said money to the Treasurer, as they receiye the money.

1748. May 12. Record No. 5. Page 52.
At a Town meeting in Duxborrough May 12th Anno Dom 1748, The said town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for the day, and also chose Gamaliel Bradford representative to serve at the next General Court at Boston the year ensuing, and Nathaniel Samson and Ebenezer Samson petit Jurors to serve at the next inferior Court at Plymouth, and a vote of the town whether or no, they would choose another Constable in room of Abraham Samson, dismissed by the Court, and it passed in the Negative. And voted Miles Standish should go and ask Mr. Saml. Veazie whether or no he would accommodate the matter, and agree with the town about a suit depending at Court next week, between himself and this town, and said Standish acquainted Mr. Veazie accordingly with said message, and Mr. Standish came to town meeting accordingly and told said town that he, Mr. Veazie was willing for to accommodate the matter, provided the Town and he could agree about it. And then the town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq, Mr. Samuel Alden and Mr. Samuel Seabury, their agents for to Agree or accommodate the difference now subsisting between Mr. Veazie and said town. But if Mr. Veazie and the above said Agents should fail of agreeing or accommodating of the difference now subsisting as above said, that then the aforesaid Agents have full power from said town for to answer Mr. Veazie at Court. And said town voted that the high way over the South river be had or laid out over the old Saw Mill dam near the house of Joseph Delanoe, Isaac Partridge being obliged to make and maintain a good floom for term of Twenty years next coming, for the stream to pass through, and voted that the owners of the Grist Mill viz Mr. John Southworth, Mr. George Partridge, Mr. Joshua Delanoe and Dr. Eleazer Harlow, shall turn Green harbor brook from the bridge at the going over in the side of the high way to the land of Phillip Delanoe's, provided said owners shall keep good the way from any damage it may thereby sustain.

1748. June 6. Record No. 5. Page 52.
At a Town meeting in Duxborrough June 6th 1748, The Town chose Mr. Saml. Seabury Moderator for said day and chose Grand and petit Jury men. A vote was asked the town whether or no they would give up their right in the Common Meadows to the Proprietors, and the vote passed in the Negative. And also voted to hire out said Common meadow to the highest bidder in the said town, for the present year. Edward Arnold Esq and Deacon John Wadsworth protest against any of the votes about the said meadow, and the town have hired out their said Common Meadow to Edward Arnold Esq for Sixty Eight pounds the present year in Old tenor.

1748. June 6. Pamphlet B. Page 32.
At a meeting of the Proprietors of the second division of the Common land which belonged to the towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, upon the 6th day of June Anno Domini 1748, The said Proprietors voted that their former Committee for selling land &c viz Edward Arnold Esq, Capt. Nehemiah Cushing and Mr. Joshua Soule, should pay to the said Proprietors whose names are in the list that was accepted by the said Proprietors at their last meeting at Pembrook as voters among the said Proprietors, from which said 10th day of May the said meeting was adjourned to the first Monday in June, instant viz that the said Committee should pay to the said Proprietors each one their respective proportion in the money due, and coming to them by sale of the above said lands.

1747. Aug. 22. Pamphlet B. Page 33.
These are to give notice unto, and desire all the Freeholders and inhabitants within the town of Duxborrough that have any interest in the second division of the Common lands which formerly belonged to the townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, and are lying within the said townships, that they assemble and meet together at the Public Meeting house in Duxborrough on Monday the 28th day of September next, at eleven of the clock in the forenoon, then and there to act and do on the following articles as they shall then think proper. First, to choose a Moderator. Secondly, To see whether the Proprietors of the said lands will lay out lots in said lands to such Proprietors as had not lots laid out to them in the said division, if there be a sufficiency of land there for, or make them any other satisfaction in lieu thereof. Thirdly, To lay out such pieces of Common land for Public uses as shall be thought necessary. Fourthly, To choose a Committee to sell such pieces of land as the said Proprietors shall then think proper. Fifthly, To act and do any other thing that the said Proprietors shall then think proper or necessary to be done. pr JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk. Duxborrough August the 22 A. D. 1747. The above written is a copy of the notification or warrant for all the afore said Proprietors meeting, from September the 28th Anno Domini 1748, to June 6th in the same year. Transcribed pr JOHN WADSWORTH, Prop Clerk.

1748. July 10. pamphlet. B. Page 34.
These are to give notice unto, and desire all the proprietors, freeholders and other inhabitants within the town of Duxborrough that have any interest in the second division of the common lands which formerly belonged to the towns of Duxburrough and Pembrook, and lying within said townships, that they assemble and meet together at the Public Meeting house in Duxborrough, on Monday the Eleventh of July next at Ten of the clock in the forenoon, then & there to act and do on the following articles and things herein after mentioned, as they shall think proper or needful Imprimis to choose a Moderator, and then to receive or accept of (if the said proprietors see cause) the report and return of the committee which they chose at their meeting at Pembrook on the 10th day of May last, viz Daniel Lewis, Jr Samuel Seabury and Samuel Weston to divide their Common Meadow into three parts, said meadow is lying in Duxborrough above said, at a place called Rouses point, and also that the said proprietors draw their lots or choose some indifferent person to draw their lots or parts in the said meadow for them, but if the said proprietors do not see cause to act any thing relating to their acceptance of the report of the said Committee, or drawing their lots in the said meadow, then the said proprietors to act and do any thing else that they shall see cause in dividing, Selling, or disposing of their above said Meadow, and also to dispose of any other parcel of land belonging to the above said division viz Second division of their common lands (if any there be) not as yet disposed of, and also to take care to recover their part of the rents due to them for the hire of said meadow. Dated in Duxborrough upon the 10th day of June A. D. 1748. pr JOHN WADSWORTH. Proprietors Clerk. The above written is a copy of the notification or warrant for holding the above mentioned proprietors meeting. Transcribed pr JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk.

1748. July 11.
At a meeting of the proprietors of the second division of Common land, which belonged to the towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, at the Public Meeting House in Duxborrough upon Monday the 11th day of July Anno Domini 1748. The said proprietors chose Isaac Little Esq of Pembrook their Moderator, and then after some proposals about disposing or dividing their common meadow, a previous vote was asked of the said proprietors viz whether or no they would proceed on a division of their aforesaid Common Meadow, and the vote was passed in the affirmative, viz that they would proceed to make a division of the said meadow, but the day being so near spent that they, the said proprietors proceeded no farther at that time, but adjourned their meeting till that day fortnight coming viz, being the last Monday in July inst, being the 25th day of July aforesaid at ten of the clock in the forenoon. The above written is recorded by JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk.

1748. July 25. pamphlet. B. Page 35.
At a meeting of the proprietors of the Second division of the common lands which belonged to the towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, at the Public Meeting house in Duxborrough upon the 25th day of July A. D. 1748 the said meeting being continued by adjournment from the 11th day of July, instant, a vote was asked of the said proprietors, viz whether they would proceed to a division of their Common meadow lying in Duxborrough above said, at a place called Rouses point, according to a vote of the said proprietors at their meeting in Duxborrough' above said upon the 11th day of July A. D. 1748, the above said vote of the said proprietors which, was asked on the above said 25th day of July A. D. 1748 was as followeth, viz. Whether they the saki proprietors would proceed to divide their above said Meadow into three parts, but the vote passed in the Negative. The above written was recorded by JOHN WADSWORTH, P. Clerk. At the above said Proprietors meeting July 25th, A. D. 1748. Isaac Little Esq desired and demanded of said proprietors, that they would set off to him, his right in the above mentioned Common Meadow, which is his two rights, or shares, also Edward. Arnold Esq desired of the proprietors that they would set off, or divide to him all his rights or shares in the above mentioned.

1728. June 1. pamphlet. Page 36.
Know all persons whom it may concern, That the proprietors of the undivided lands in Pembrook and Duxborrough, have by their committee, sold and, bounded out, two acres of their said land to Joshua Soule for the sum of £10 old tenor to them in hand, paid by said Soule, said two acres are part of the forty fourth lot in their last division, and begins at the South East corner of said forty fourth lot, and, runneth to the Westward of the line of said lot 16 poles to a stake and stones, in a line, and from thence it runneth to the Northward 20 poles to a stake and stones, and from thence the North end. thereof is bounded to the Eastward by a squaring line with the South end down to Christopher Wadsworth late of Duxborrough's dec. swamp a little to the North on the Easterly side to the first mentioned corner of the said 44th lot of which it is a part. June the 1St 1748. EDWARD ARNOLD. NEHEMIAH CUSHING.

June 1. Page 36.
Know all men whom it may concern, That the proprietors of the undivided lands in Pembrook and Duxborrough, have by their committee sold, and bounded an half acre of land, be it more or less, lying in Pembrook, bounded by Thomas Burton's, land, and by Joseph Fords Jr land, and by the highway that leads from Burtons to Hobamoks pond, with the fence on it, and all the privileges belonging to the same. Signed by us as a committee June 1st 1748. EDWARD ARNOLD. JOSHUA SOULE.

1748. Sept. 19. Record No. 5. Page 53.
At a Town Meeting in Duxhorrough, September 19th Anno Domini 1748, The Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day, and likewise the said meeting was for to adjust the said Towns debts and to raise money to defray the same, and likewise ordered the select men forthwith to make a rate to raise money for to defray these debts and charges--- Amounting to £335.01s. Particulars follow. At this meeting Town officers, and Jurors were chosen.

1748/9. Mch 1. Record No. 5. Page 54.
At a Town Meeting in Duxhorrough, March 1st Anno Domini 1748/9. At said meeting they chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day, and John Wadsworth, Town Cleric The town also chose town officers. At this meeting a vote was asked whether they would pay Mr. Samuel Veazie his due, and the vote passed in the Negative.

1749. May 15. Record No. 5.
At a Town meeting iu Duxborrough May 15th 1749 said meeting chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day, and the town chose Gamaliel Bradford their representative for the year ensuing. The Town chose John Samson their agent to inform the Court to be holden at Plymouth on the third Tuesday in May, instant, concerning au action of trespass that Edward Arnold dec. commenced against Capt. Nehemiah Cushing of Pembrook, for mowing the Town's meadow, the year past.

1749. July 24. Record No. 5. Page 54.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough July 24th 1749, Said Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day, and said town hired out their meadow with all the grass that is now standing on it, to Robert Sampson for £125 in Old tenor bills of credit, for the present year, and said town chose Capt. Samuel Alden for to prosecute any person or all persons, or agree with any person or all persons that has cut or carried away any grass, hay, or sedge, or shall hereafter presume to cut, or carry away any grass, hay or sedge off of the Town's salt meadow for the present year, as he shall think proper. At this town meeting Jurors were chosen.

1749. Aug. 16. Record No. 5. Page 55.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough Aug 16, 1749, Said Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day. The said meeting was for to adjust the town's debts, and to raise money to defray the same, and ordered the select men to forthwith to raise the money by making a rate amounting to £291. 15s. 04d. And voted that Dr. Eleazer Harlow should draw out of the treasury £37.10s in order to pay Mr. Isaac Bowls for keeping school one quarter of a year. And said town ordered, that Phillip Delanoe, John Samson, Benjamin Prior, Briggs Alden and John Wadsworth Jr all of them to go down to Mr. Veazie and discourse with him, to see whether or no he would leave the contentions and differences now subsisting between the Town and Mr. Veazie, an Ecclesiastical Council, or referees, and to make their report to the Town accordingly of what he saith unto it, and then the Town adjourned their meeting to September next at, or on the 14th day, at 3 o'clock afternoon.

Sept. 14.
At said Town Meeting held in Duxhorrough, held by adjournment on the 14th day of September, and the Town chose Peleg Wadsworth, Clerk for the day and Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator. The said Town chose Capt. Samuel Alden, and Mr. Samuel Seabury and John Samson, a Committee to settle the . difference now in controversy between the Rev. Mr. Samuel Veazie and said town, and gave them free power to act and do as they shall think proper, provided that Mr. Veazie will leave the work of the ministry in said town or else to call an Ecclesiastical Council to hear and determine what they shall think proper to be done about it.

1749/50. Feb. 19.
A Town meeting in Duxborrough, upon the 19th Feb. A D 1749/50. Saml. Seabury Moderatoró To, choose Jurors.

1749. Dec. 29. Pamphlet. Page 37.
These are to give notice unto and desire all the freeholders and other inhabitants, and all the Proprietors within the Townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, and any others who have any right or interest to or in a certain tract of Salt Meadow lying within the township of Duxborrough above said, in the County of Plymouth, commonly called, and known by the name of Rouses Point, which said Salt meadow is pact of, and belonging unto the Second division of the Common lands which belonged to the above said towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, That they assemble and meet together at the Public Meetin house in the first precinct in Pembrook above said, on Tuesday the 30th day of January next ensuing the date hereof, at 11 o'clock in the fore noon, then and there, to act, and do on the following articles and things herein after mentioned, viz 1st To choose a Moderator, and then, if the said Proprietors shall think it proper or needful, to make choice of some person or persons, to represent them as their Agent or Agents and authorise them with full power in behalf of the said Proprietors, to sue the Town of Duxborrough, or any of the inhabitants thereof, or any others, in an action of trespass and ejectment or any other ways that they shall think proper, to recover of said town of Duxborrough, or any of the inhabitants there of or any others, the damage done by them or any of them to the said Proprietors, by mowing the above said Salt meadow, and carrying off the grass or hay which grew and was made thereon without leave or allowance from the above said Proprietors, and also the above said Agents to do anything needful where by the said Proprietors may each of them have their respective rights set off to them, and to be put into possession thereof. Dated December the 29th A D 1749. pr JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk. The above and what was written on the other leaf is the copy of the warrant for holding the Proprietors meeting there in mentioned.

49-50. Jany. 30. pamphlet. B. Page 38.
At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the second division of the Common lands which belonged to the Towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook held at Pembrook upon the 30th day of January A. D. 1749-50. The said proprietors chose Daniel Lewis Esq Moderator for said day, and then the said proprietors proceeded and chose Mr. Joshua Soule their agent to represent them, and authorized him with full power in the behalf of them, the said proprietors to sue the said town of Duxborrough, or any of the inhabitants thereof or any others, in an action of trespass or ejectment, or any other ways that they shall think proper, to recover of the said Town of Duxborrough or any of the inhabitants thereof or any others, the damages done by them or any of them, to the above said proprietors by mowing the above said salt meadow and carrying off the grass or bay which grew and was made thereon, without leave or allowance from the said proprietors, and also any thing needful, whereby the said proprietors may each of them have their respective rights set off to them, and be put into possession thereof.

1749-50. Mch 5. Record No. 5. Page 56.
At a town meeting held in Duxborrough March 5th A. D. 1749-50. The town chose Major Bradford Moderator for the said Day, and proceeded to choose town officers. The Town also voted to dismiss the Rev. Mr. Samuel Veazie from the work of the Ministry in said Town, and also chose Capt. Samuel Alden, Mr. George Partridge and Samuel Seabury a committee to acquaint Mr. Veazie of his dismission, and that they have no further service for him to do as a Minister, and have fully empowered the afore said Committee to agree with Mr. Veazie relating to his past services as to his salary, either by themselves or by leaving the difference now subsisting, to such men as they, the said committee and Mr. Veazie shall choose relating to his salary. And the town accepted of the list of the Jurors made by the Select men as the law directs.

1750. May 14. Record. No. 5. Page 57.
At a Town meeting held in Duxborrough May 14th A. D. 1750. A vote was asked whether or no they would choose a Representative, and it passed in the Negative, And then they chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said day, an then said Town chose Capt. Samuel Alden their agent to answer Mr. Joshua Soule at the next Court, in two actions which said Soule hath commenced against said town, or to agree with said Soule in the small action which said Soule demands of said Town for his service done about the late loan money, as he shall think proper. The town voted to pay the agents Capt. Samuel Alden Mr. George Partridge and Saml. Seabury what they agree to give the Rev. Mr. Saml. Veazie upon his dismission from the work of the Ministry in said, town and church, with the charge of the council, which is £147. 02s. 03a lawful money, and ordered the assessors to raise the money when they shall think proper, They chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq, Mr. George Partridge and Mr. Saml. Seabury a committee for the town to join with the church's committee in getting a suitable Minister to preach the Gospel in said town, And the said town voted to build a New Meeting house, and to make use of the old meeting house to the best advantage towards building the New one, and to have it so far finished. as to be comfortable to meet in, by October in the year 1751. And said town voted to choose a Committee of three men out of the three neighboring towns, to see where the said Meeting house should stand, and the said committee chosen are 11/1- Thomas Foster of Marshfield, Mr. John Boney of Pembrook, and Capt. Robert Bradford of Kingston, and said town have left the whole affair. with the' afore said committee, to determine where the said New Meeting house shall stand, and said Town have. chosen Deacon Arnold, Mr. George Partridge Mr.. Isaac Partridge and Mr. Benjamin Loring, a committee to wait upon, or assist the above said committee upon this affair of building a New Meeting house,' and the said town voted, that George Partridge and Joshua Loring should repair the old meeting house with lumber, and Glass as they shall think proper till such time as said should be taken down. And said town made choice of George Partridge and Peleg Sprauge a committee to report to the next town meeting, how much they shall think proper to enlarge or build bigger the New Meeting house, than the old one was, and to see if anybody or people will build it bigger or larger at their own cost and charge for the room in it which it is enlarged or made bigger.

1750. June 6. Pamphlet B. Page 39.
Plymouth ss. To Joshua Soule of Duxborrough (s) in the County of Plymouth, yeoman, and one of the Proprietors of the Common lands which belonged to Duxborrough and Pembrook. Where as application hath been made to me the subscriber, one of his Majesty's Justices of the peace for the County of Plymouth, by Joshua Soule Jonathan Peterson, James Arnold, William Southworth, and Ezra Arnold, all of Duxborrough in the County of Plymouth yeoman and Proprietors of the Common lands which belonged to the towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, That I would grant out a warrant for calling a Proprietors meeting in the Town of Duxborrough, for to choose a Clerk. These are therefore in his Majesty's name to will, and require you, the above said Joshua Soule, forthwith to warn, and give notice to the Proprietors of the Common lands which belonged to Duxborrough and Pembrook, That they assemble themselves and meet together on Monday the Twenty fifth day of June, instant at one of the clock in the afternoon at the meeting house in the said Duxborrough, Then, and there, in the first place to make choice of a Moderator to govern the meeting, and Secondly, to make choice of a suitable person for a Proprietors Clerk in the room of John Wadsworth late of Duxborrough, deceased, to enter and record all votes and orders that from time to time shall be made and passed in the Proprietors meetings. Here of fail not Given under my hand and seal the Sixth day of June, in the Twenty third year of his Majesty's reign. Anno Domini 1750. ELIJAH CUSHING.

1750. June 25. Pamphlet B. Page 40.
At a meeting of the Proprietors of the Common lands of Duxborrough and Pembrook on June 25 1750, at one o'clock in the afternoon, at the meeting house in Duxborrough, and at said meeting the said Proprietors chose Daniel Lewis Esq for their Moderator, to govern the meeting, and John Wadsworth their said Proprietors Clerk, who was sworn to the true performance of said office.

1750. July 4. Record No. 5. Page 58.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough July 4 A D 1750. The said town chose Mr. Samuel Seabury Moderator and then proceeded to draw Grand Jury men.

1750. July 25. Record No. 5. Page 58
At a Town Meeting in Duxborrough July 25th A D 1750. The town chose Major Bradford Moderator for the day. The said meeting was to adjust and pay the town's debts, and to make a rate to pay the towns charges. Particular charges follow, Amounting to £712, 03s. Money raised for the schcool 100.00. To be paid in the Old tenor or lawful money equivilent there unto.

1750. Dec. Record No. 5. Page 58.
The town chose a Committee to join the Church Committee in providing or choosing a candidate for to preach the Gospel to us this Winter.

1750. June 7. Pamphlet B. Page 61.
To Samuel Alden one of the Proprietors of the (s) Common and undivided lands belonging to the townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook within the County of Plymouth, Greeting, Whereas Six of the Proprietors of Common lands, have, by their request under their hands, made application to me the subscriber, one of his Majesty's Justices of the peace for the County afore said, To issue out a warrant for calling a meeting of the Proprietors of said land, to act upon the following articlesó viz 1st To choose a moderator to manage the affairs of said meeting. 2 To choose a Proprietors Clerk in room of Deacon John Wadsworth, the late Clerk, deceased. 3d To see if the Proprietors will suffer a default at the next Superior Court to be holden at Plymouth on the Second Tuesday of July next, in an action the said Proprietors commenced against the town of Duxborrough by their. Agent Mr. Joshua Soule, or to see if the Proprietors will take some other method to settle that affair, and choose an agent to manage the same. 4th To see if the Proprietors will take some method to raise money to pay their agent, his costs and charges he had been alread at, in said action. These therefore, in his Majesty's name, to will and require, you forthwith to warn and give notice to the Proprietors of Duxborrough and Pembrook aforesaid, that they meet and assemble together at the meeting house in said Duxborrough, on Monday the Twenty fifth day of this instant, June, at two of the clock in the afternoon Then, and there, to act on the particulars above mentioned, hereof fail not. Given under my hand and seal at Plymouth this 7th of June Anno Domini 1750. SAMUEL BARTLET, Justice of Peace.

1750-51. Feb. 18. Record No. 5. Page 59.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxbury February 18th A D 1750-51, Miles Standish and John Hunt were drawn to serve as petit Jurors and Josiah Thomas as Grand Juror.

1750-51. Mch 11.
At a town Meeting in Duxborrough, March 11th A. D. 1750-51 Town officers were chosen.

1751. May 20. Record No. 5. Page 59.
At a town Meeting in Duxborrough May 20th A D 1751, Colonel Gamaliel Bradford was chosen representative to the General Court and asked to present a petition to the General Court to make an act to prevent all sorts of neat cattle going upon, or feeding upon Duxborrough beach for the future.

1751. Sept. 10.
Meeting for the drawing of Jurors. Sept 10th A D 1751.

Sept. 11.
Meeting for the drawing of Jurors Sept 11th 1751.

1751. Nov. 12. Record 5. Page 60.
A Town Meeting November 12th 1751. For the drawing of Jurors.

1752. Feb. 24. Jurors drawn.

May 12.
Jurors drawn.

Aug. 31.
Jurors drawn.

1752. Mch. 25. Record No. 5. B. Page 42.
Plymouth ss. To John Wadsworth clerk of the (s) proprietors of the common and undivided landsand meadows of the Townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, Greeting. Where as Phillip Delanoe and Seven others, proprietors of the above mentioned common and undivided lands, hath made application to me the subscriber one of his Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County of Plymouth, by their petition dated February 24th 1752 for a warrant for calling a meeting of said proprietors to be held at the meeting house in Duxborrough on Monday 20th day of April next at one of the clock in the afternoon, for the ends and purposes hereafter in this warrant expressed. These therefore in his Majesty's name to require you forthwith to warn and give notice to the proprietors of common and undivided lands and meadows, That they assemble and meet together at the public meeting house in Duxburrough, on Monday the 25th day of April next, at one of the clock in the afternoon. Then, and there in the first place to choose a Moderator 2d To see if the said proprietors will by vote revoke and set aside the power they gave their Agent Mr. Joshua Soule at their meeting held at the public meeting house in Pembrook Jany 30th A. D. 1749, to bring forward and prosecute an action in the law against the inhabitants of the town of Duxborrough, for the recovery of a certain piece of Salt Meadow lying in Duxborrough, called and known, by the name of Rouses point, and forbid him proceed any further in the prosecution of said action, and to do any other matter or tiling relative to said affair. And for your so doing, this shall be your sufficient warrant, Given under nay hand and seal, at Scituate in the County of Plymouth, this Sixth day of March A. D. 1752, and in the Twenty fifth year of his Majestys reign. THOMAS CLAP, Justice. Names of the proprietors or petitioners. PHILLIP DELANOE. SAML. ALDEN. GEORGE PARTRIDGE. JOSEPH SIMMONS. ABRAHAM SAMSON. PELATIAH WEST. JOHN SAMSON. JOSEPH DELANOE.

1752 April 20 Pamphlet B. Page 46.
At a meeting of the proprietors of the common and undivided lands and meadow in the Townshipsof Duxborrough and Pembrook, held in Duxborrough April 20th 1752, Did by their vote, revoke and sit aside the power they gave their Agent Mr. Joshua Soule, to prosecute an action in the law, against the inhabitants of the town of Duxborrough, for the recovery of a certain piece of Salt Meadow commonly called, and known by the name of Rouses point, and did by their vote, choose Mr John Samson and Mr Briggs Alden, for to go to the said Mr Joshua Soule, and acquaint him with the said vote, and to forbid him to prosecute the said action in the law any further. And they chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said meeting.

1752. June 11. Pamphlet B. Page 47.
Plymouth ss. To Joshua Soule of Duxborrough (s) in said County of Plymouth, yeoman, and one of the proprietors of commons and meadows belonging to Duxborrough and Pembrook, Greeting. Agreeably to a request of Ezra Arnold, Jonathan Peterson, Joshua Soule, Timothy Stetson, John Boney and Isaac Walker, six of the proprietors of the said common lands and meadow, These are in his Majesty, name to require you to warn and give notice to the proprietors of said common land and meadow, that they assemble and meet together at the old meeting house in Pembrook on the 13th day of July next at two o'clock in the afternoon, to see if said proprietors will restore the power that they gave their agent, Mr Joshua Soule, that was revoked at a meeting held in Duxborrough April 20th 1752. And further to see if the said proprietors will pay the said agent for his time and charge in commencing and carrying on an action against the town of Duxborrough, in order to recover a piece of salt meadow commonly known by the name of Rouses point lying in Duxborrough. Hereof Fail not you, and make return of this warrant with your doings therein unto the said Proprietors Clerk, at or before the time of said meeting. Given under my hand and seal, this 11th day of June in the Twenty Six year of his Majesty's reign. Anno Dornini 1752. THOMAS CROADE Justice of the Peace.

1752. July 13. Pamphlet B. Page 49.
At a meeting of the Proprietors of the common lands and meadows belonging to the Towns of Duxborrough and Pembrook, held at the old meeting house in Pembrook on July 13th 1752, And at said meeting, they never so much as chose a Moderator, Nor acted upon anything for that said meeting was called for, but they continued their meeting till about sunset on the same day, and the said proprietors would act upon nothing to their business, and then I dissolved their said meeting. JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk.

1750. Jany. 6. Record No. 5. Page 62.
We the subscribers being chosen a committee by the Town of Duxborrough to say where their meeting house shall stand, we having reviewed the inhabitants of said town, do think in the best of our judgment, that it would best accommodate the town in general, and order the same to stand at a stake and a tree marked, on the West side of the way that leads from Marshfield to Kingston, over against the corner of John Chanler's the second fence. Dated at Duxborrough June 6th 1750. THOMAS FOSTER, JOHN BONEY, ROBERT BRADFORD.

1752. May 12. Record No. 5. Page 62.
At a town meeting in Duxborrough, May 12th 1752, and said town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq. Moderator for said day, and chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq. their representative for the year ensuing, and the said town chose Mr. George Partridge their committee man for to join with the church committee, in procuring a Minister for to supply the pulpit for the future, and the town chose Mr. George Partridge to procure a school master for the town for the future. The town chose Capt. Samuel Alden Mr. Joshua Soule and Saml. Seabury, to look out and see where there can provide or procure a place to build a New Meeting house, and to make a report thereon to or at the next Town Meeting.

1752. July 9. Record. No. 5. Page 63.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough July 9th 1752 and said meeting was to adjust the Town's debts and to defray the same amounting to £93.09s.07d, and Colonel Bradford was chosen Moderator for said day. And the town voted that their Select men should continue and prosecute a complaint which the town of Duxborrough exhibited against the town, of Pembrook the last May sessions of the Peace, held at Plymouth, for not taking care of Gideon Soule a person non compas Mentis, as is needful. And the said town voted to build a New Meeting house the same highth and width that the old Meeting house was, and to lengthen 15 or 16 or 17 foot as the committee should think proper, and to have it done by September in the year 1753, and likewise to make the best use and improvement of the old meeting house, they can, towards building the New Meeting house and to set the New Meeting house at the Northerly corner of John Chanlers 2d Homestead by the crotch of the ways, or where the ways do part or meet, and said town chose Joshua Soule, George Partridge, Saml. Alden, Saml. Seabury and Jonathan a committee for the said town to take care and see that the said Meeting house be built according to said vote.

1752. Dec. 11. Record No. 5. Page 64.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough Dec. 11th 1752, Mr. Samuel Seabury was chosen Moderator. The town voted, to repair and enlarge their meeting house, where it now stands, and the town voted that their select men should continue a complaint they have already exhibited against the town of Pembrook at the next Inferior Court, and General Sessions of the peace, to be holden at Plymouth, for not taking care Gideon Soule a person Non Compes Mentis, for his needful support. The meeting then adjourned.

1753. Feb. 5. Record No. 5. Page 64.
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough Feb. 5th 1753, Gamaliel Bradford Esq was chosen Moderator for said meeting. And the town did by vote reconsider that vote that was passed at a Town Meeting held in Duxburrough on July 9th in the year 1752, for building a New Meeting house, and setting it on the land of John Chanler 2nd as said vote described it, and said vote is by this vote made null and void. And likewise at said meeting, the Town did by vote, reconsider and make null and void that vote that was made and passed at a Crown meeting held in Duxborrough, Dec 11th 1752 for repairing and enlarging of their Meeting house where it now stands. And then at this meeting in February 5th 1753 The Town voted to repair their Meeting house where it now stands, and said Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq, Capt. Samuel Alden and Mr. Samuel Seabury for their Committee for to see and take care to provide workmen and all other materials for to Repair said Meeting house at the cheapest rate they can, and to have it done by the middle of August next. And at said meeting the Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq and Samuel Alden, a Committee to accommodate the affair with Colonel John Winslow of Marshfield relating to his cattle and sheep feeding on Duxborrough beach. And at said meeting the Town voted that the income, or the profits of the Towns salt meadow lying on a place commonly called Rouses Point, shall be for the use and support of the Ministry that shall here after preach in the Town, and the Town those Isaac Partridge and Briggs Alden to procure a suitable person to supply the Pulpit this Winter.

1753. Feb. 23. Record No. 5. Page 65.
At a Legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough Feb 23 1753 Said meeting chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq their Agent to answer the petition of Susana Wadsworth and others, to the General Court of Sessions of the Peace to be holden in Plymouth for the County of Plymouth on the first Tuesday of March next, relating to the laying out of a way through some part of the Town above said, and to show cause why the prayer of the petition should not be granted relating to said way.

1753. Mch 26 Record No 5 Page 65.
At a Legal Town meeting held in Duxborrough March 23d 1753, and said meeting chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said meeting. Then Town then chose Town officers for the year ensuing Said town chose Mr Joshua Loring to procure a man to supply the Pulpit. and said town reconsidered their former vote about repairing their meeting house where it now stands; and said Town voted to build a new meeting house Fifty foot long and Forty foot wide and the same highth their old meeting house is, and voted to set it at a stake where the committee formerly appointed it, and the Town: made choice of Mr Joshua Soule Mr Jonathan Peterson and Mr Briggs Alden to see and get said meeting house done and finished as soon as may be conveniently accomplished.

1753. May 21 Record 5. Page 65.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough May Said meeting chose Mr Samuel Seabury moderator for the day and Gamaliel Bradford Esq. was chosen representative for the year ensuing. And at said meeting the town did by vote reconsider their former vote that they last made for building a new Meeting House at the stake the committee appointed, and the town voted to repair and enlarge their meeting house where it now stands, and the town chose Gamaliel Bradford, Samuel Seabury and Mr John Samson to repair and enlarge their meeting house.

1753. May 11. Pamphlet B.
At a meeting of the Proprietors of the common and undivided lands belonging to the Townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, held at the old meeting house in Duxborrough, May 11 1753, and Philip Delanoe was chosen Moderator for said meeting, and Briggs Alden was chosen their agent to answer Mr Joshua Soule at the next Inferior Court of common pleas to be holden at Plymouth, in an action he has commenced against said Proprietors.

1753. July 16. Record No. 5. Page 66.
At a Town Meeting in Duxburrough, July 16th 1753, The said meeting was called to adjust the Towns Debts and charges amounting to £104.4s.5d. and the Town's select men were ordered to make a rate to discharge the above, and the Town chose John Samson, John Wadsworth and Jonathan Peterson, their committee to demand the money with interest thereunto belonging, of those persons that hired the money that was formerly granted to the Town by virtue of land that was sold at Souhigan, for the use of a grammar school, or else to see that said persons procure some good able bondsmen for the money aforesaid, with the interest thereof to their satisfaction for securing the said money to said Town, and at said meeting the Town voted that Judah Delanoe should cut, make and stack up the hay that grows on the towns salt meadow to the halves.

1753. Dec. 3. Record No. 5. Page 67.
At a town meeting held in Duxborrough Dec. 3rd 1753 and Gamaliel Bradford Esq was chosen Moderator for said meeting. And the Town sold Nathaniel Simmons their salt hay, that part of it that belongs to the town, for £6 to be paid in a year, and the town voted that the Select men should take care of Mary Daws and get her kept as cheap, as they can, and see after and enquire out her goods or personal estate if any she has.

1753. Sept. 3. Record No. 5. Page 67.
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough September 3rd 1753. And the Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said meeting. And at said meeting the Town concured by a very unaminous vote, with the vote of the church in this town, to give Mr. Jonathan Vinal a call to the work of the Ministry in this town, and also the said Town voted to give the said Mr. Jonathan Vinal, the sum of £60 a year in lawful money, with the use of the Town's meadow annualy, provided that he takes the office and settles in the work of the Ministry in this Town amongst us. And also voted to give Mr. Jonathan Vinal the sum of £133.06.08 in order to his settlement, provided that lie the said Mr. Vinal takes the the aforesaid office amongst us, that is one third part of the aforesaid sum of £133.06s.08d, to be paid in four months next after he takes office amongst us, and one third part of the said sum of £133.06s.08d, to be paid the next susceediug year, and the other third of the afore said sum to be paid the next year after the last aforesaid year, and this above said sum of £133.06s.08d, is to be paid in lawful money as aforesaid, provided the said Mr. Jonathan Vinal should take office and settle in the work of the Ministry in this town anomgst us. And at said meeting the Town chose a committee of three men, Mr. Samuel Seabury, Deacon James Arnold and Mr. Briggs Alden for their committee to join, with the church committee, to go and inform and acquaint the said Mr. Jonathan Vinal of their calling and proceedings with him in order to his settlement to the work of the Ministry amongst us in this town, and to report to the town Mr. Jonathan Vinal's answer thereto, and all this first above said sum of £60 in lawful money, a year, and the use of the Town's meadow is to continue to and for Mr. Vinal, while he continues with the Town in the work of the Ministry, and no longer. At the said meeting the vote was asked, whether or no that they would dismiss the partition of Mr. Palathia West and others, that they petitioned for relating to the affair about. the Meeting house, and the vote passed in the affirmative.

1754. Mch 25. Record No. 5. Page 68.
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough March 25th 1754 Said meeting made choice of Gamaliel Bradford Esq Moderator for said meeting and the Town then chose Town Officers for the year ensuing. The Town voted to pay Mr. Joshua Soule the sum of £17.08.04 in lawful money, for what lumber and service and provision he has made towards building a new Meeting house, and he is to stay till the next tax is made, for the money, and the town to have the lumber that the said Soule procured towards or for the said meeting house, and at said meeting, the town voted to pull down the two hind seats in the meeting house, and to tnake pews in that place, and to lengthen out the other seats as is convenient and Joseph Brewster to supply the Pulpit.

1754. April 27. Pamphlet B. Page 51.
These are to warn and give notice, To the Proprietors of the Common and undivided lands belonging to the Townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, that they assemble and meet together at the meeting house in Duxborrough on Monday the 13th day of May next, at one of the clock in the afternoon, Then and there to see if said Proprietors will by vote relinquish Quit or give up all their right title and interest in that piece of Salt meadow in said Duxborrough, commonly called Rouses Point, to said Duxborrough if said Duxborrough will by vote and pay the execution Mr. Joshua Soule has obtained against said Proprietors, or any part of the charge thereof, and to do any other business relating to that purpose that is needful &c. pr JOHN WADSWORTH, Proprietors Clerk. Duxborrough, April 27th 1754.

1754. May 13. Pamphlet B. Page 51.
At a legal Meeting of the Proprietors of the Commons and undivided lands belonging to the Townships of Duxborrough and Pembrook, held at the Meeting house in Duxborrough on Monday the 13th day of May at one of the clock in the afternoon, in the year 1754, and said meeting chose Col. Bradford Moderator, and at said meeting the said Proprietors did by vote give up all their right title and interest in their Common Salt Meadow in Duxborrough, if any they have, in a piece of salt meadow commonly called Rouses Point, to the Town of Duxborrough, if said town will pay the execution, or any part of it, that Mr. Joshua Soule has obtained against the said Proprietors, and then adjourned for the space of one hour.

1754. May 13. Record No. 5. Page 68.
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough May 13 1754 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and at said meeting, the Town chose Gamaliel Bradford Esq representative for the year ensuing, and said Bradford was chosen Moderator. The town voted to pay Mr. Joshua Soule £189.06s.10d. Old tenor, if said Soule will discharge the execution he has against the Proprietors of the Common and undivided lands in Duxborrough and Pembrook, provided said Soule will stay for his money till the next Town tax is made, and upon these conditions, Mr. Ezra Arnold promised to. pay £20 Old tenor towards said Souls execution, and said Town chose Capt. Saml. Alden, Mr. Abraham Samson and Mr. Briggs Alden, their Agents to go to Mr. Joshua Soule and haunt him, and use persuasive arguments with him for to abate some part of his execution that he has against the Proprietors which the Town has voted to pay upon the conditions above said, and to make a return to the Town Clerk as soon as may be. And voted to sell the timber that was got to build a new Meeting house with the next town meeting at a vendue, to the highest bidder.

1754. Record No. 5. Page 69
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough May 27 May 27th 1754 and Mr Gamaliel Bradford was chosen Moderator for said meeting, and then the Town did by vote concur with the Church of Christin this town relating to Mr Cornelius Jones settling in the work of the Ministry in this town, and said town did by vote give said Mr Cornelius Jones a call to the work of the Ministry in this town, and the town chose Capt. Samuel Alden, Mr Joseph Brewster and Deacon Ezra Soule to acquaint Mr Jones with it, and likewise the town voted to give the said Mr Cornelius Jones, seventy two pounds in lawful money, a year, with the whole use of the Town's meadow every year, provided that the said Mr Jones should take office and settle in the work of the Ministry in this town, and while he continues in the work and office of the Ministry, and no longer, and the town voted that the said Capt. Alden Mr Joseph Brewster and Deacon Soule, should carry the vote or message to Mr Jones. And at said meeting the town sold the white pine timber that was got for a new meeting house to Nathaniel Simmons for £4.13.04 in lawful money, and the town voted to let James Thomas and Reuben Peterson have the oak timber that was got for a new Meeting house, and to make the best of it that they could to advantage, and so to be accountable to the town for it next March. And at said town meeting, the town voted to expose their new Pews to sale at Public Vendue, at the meeting house next Monday come fortnight, to the highest bidder, at one of the clock in the afternoon, and the town made choice of Deacon James Arnold to be their Vendue Master for the purpose above said and with these conditions that the buyers or purchasers of the New Pews upon the lower floor, shall pay four dollars Ernest, down toward said Pews, and the residue of the money they are sold for, by the first day of August next, but if not, then the said buyers of said Pews must lose their Earnest Money given, and be quit of their Pews, and likewise, it was voted that whosoever bought the New Pews, up in the gallery must pay two dollars down as Earnest Money and the residue of the money of what they are sold for, by the first of August next, or else they must lose their Earnest Money and be quit of their Pews. And said town voted that their same committee that repaired and enlarged the Meeting house, should receive the money that the Pews are sold for, and to pay the charges that are due towards repairing and enlarging said Meeting house. Joshua Soule Plaintiff. DuXborrough Proprietors Defendants. Judgement for the Proprietors. Default £24.11.09 damages £2.02.06 cost. May Court 3rd Tuesday A. D. 1753. This above judgement is fully discharged as appears upon record at foot of said judgement by a receipt signed by the plaintiff in the words following. 177 P July the first 1754. Then received in full satisfaction for the above judgement and accordingly hereby discharge the same, both damages and cost. Attest EDWARD WINSLOW, Clerk.

1754. Aug. 12. Record No. 5. Page 70.
At a Town Meeting held in Duxborrough Aug. 12th 1754 Gamaliel Bradford was chosen Moderator, said meeting was to adjust the Town's debts and charges and to make a rate to defray the same. Amtg to £276.9s.3d. The town also voted to plaster the Meeting House.

1755. May 15.
A Town Meeting was held to draw Jurors.

1754. Dec. 16. Record No. 5. Page 71.
At a legal Town Meeting held in Duxborrough December, 16th 1754, Gamaliel Bradford Esq was chosen Moderator for said Meeting, and at said Meeting the Town did by a very unanimous vote, concur with the Church of Christ in this Town, and give Mr. Charles Turner Jr a call to the work of the Ministry in this town, and if in case the said Mr. Turner should take the office in the work of the Ministry in this town, That they the said town voted to give the said Mr. Charles Turner Seventy three Pounds, Six Shilling and Eight pence in lawful money, annually for his yearly salary, and likewise the whole use and improvement of the Town's salt meadow. Provided that if he the said Mr. Turner should take the office of the Ministry in this town, and while he continues in the office of the Ministry in this town, and no longer, and said salary is to begin at his ordination, and likewise at said meeting, Deacon James Arnold and John Southworth were chosen as a church committee, and Gamaliel Bradford Esq, Mr. William Brewster and Mr. Samuel Seabury, as a town committee, to go and acquaint Mr. Turner of the TOWD'S proceedings for him in order to his settlement in this place. And at said meeting the town voted that the school that is now kept at the North part or quarter of the town, should be followed and kept in each quarter part of said Town successively as their term comes, and so to go round with the Sun, for the future. And at said meeting Miles Standish and John Hunt were drawn out of the box to serve on the petit Jury at the next Inferior Court at Plymouth.

1755. Mch 3.
A meeting. for the choice of town officers.

May 19.
Grand Jurymen chosen and jurymen drawn.

1755. Aug. 18. Record No. 5. Page 72.
At a Town meeting held in Duxborrough August 18th 1755, The said meeting was to adjust the towns debts and charges, and the select men were ordered to forthwith assess the Town for the am't.

1756. Feb. 16. Jurors drawn.

Mch. 3. Town Officers chosen and Jurors drawn.

1756. Sept. 27. Record. No. 5. Page 73.
At a Town meeting held in Duxborrough Sept. 27, 1756. Said meeting to adjust the said towns debts and to raise money to defray the same amounting to £153.02s Gamaliel Bradford was chosen Moderator.

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