Excerpt from Deerfield Town Book
7. That if after said mill is built and set going and trial being
made of it it does not answer the end and expectation of the owners and town and there
shall be any other place found to build a mill upon yet shall be thought Better
and more of in
Mill shall have the first offer of said
place and have liberty to remove their mill thither or build another
in said place before any other person shall
have liberty to build a mill in any place so found.
8. That the town shall afford to said Joseph
Parsons the help of 7 Cattle and Two men to draw the millstones to place.
Said Joseph Parsons to call for them in a time that
may be as little hindrance to their actions as he can.
October 30, 1694
That there shall be a Meetinghouse built
in Deerfield upon the town charge voted affirmatively.
That there shall be a Committee chosen
and empowered to agree with workmen to began
said building forthwith and carry it on as fast as may be voted
That the Meetinghouse shall be built the
bigness of Hatfield meeting house only the height to be left to
the judgement and determination of the voted affirmatively.
That there shall be a rate made on one
hundred and forty pounds payable this present year in pork and Indian
corn in equal proportion for carrying on said building voted
For carrying on said work there was chosen
a Committee of Lieutenant David Hoyt, Sergeant John Hawks, Henry
White, Thomas French, and Ensign John Sheldon. That the Committee
above said shall have full power to bargain with and let out unto
particular persons the several parcels of work for the carrying
on and completing said buildings as the falling, hewing, framing,
shingling, clapboarding voted affirmatively.
November 28, 1695
That all ye Green River lands shall be
rate free for the present year was noted on the
There being a place or plot of land Agreed
upon by the town whereon to set their meetinghouse now in building
the town have left it with the Committee chosen for to carry on
the building of said house.
That the model for the seats in said meetinghouse
shall be after the present model of Hatfield meetinghouse. Seat
only, two short seats on each side of the house more voted affirmatively.
That the panels or board of said seats
shall be of pine boards and not wainscoat voted Affirmatively.
March 2, 1696
At the same meeting it was agreed and voted
that a penalty of one shilling shall be laid upon every legal voter
not attending town meeting provided they be legally warned thereto.
December 22, 1696
That all Trained Soldiers belonging to
the Town of Deerfield shall labor about their fort next Monday and
Tuesday . . . in a general way beginning at one certain place of
the fort and so going on. Voted affirmatively.
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