Excerpt from Deerfield Town Book
146 CHAPTER 3
aforesaid fence running along the brow of the hill, the aforesaid
Captain Jonathan Wells having made a swap.
March 7, 1698
It was agreed and voted that a school be continued
in the Town. That all heads of families that have Children whether
male or female between the ages of six and ten years shall pay by
the poll to said school whether they send such children to School
That a School house be built upon the Town Charge
in the year 1698. The dimensions of said house to be 21 foot long,
eighteen foot wide and seven foot betwixt joints. Voted affirmatively.
That a Committee shall be chosen to look after
the building of said School House and to hire a schoolmaster. Voted
That the persons of a Committee of the Town did
choose and empower in the carrying on of the school house aforesaid
and in hiring a school master were Mr. Jonathan Catlin, Benoni Stebbins,
and William Arms.
March 21, 1698
At a legal town meeting in Deerfield, Captain
Wells, Moderator. Further relating to a school, it was then agreed
that what children soever shall be sent to said school above the
age of ten years or under the age of six year shall pay for according
to the time that shall improve said school. Voted affirmatively.
November 11, 1698
Whereas Captain Jonathan Wells was made Choice
of to Represent said town in the Great and General Court held in
Boston some time in the month of may in the spring the date hereof
and accordingly did serve. Said court being adjourned until some
time in the month of November. At this meeting said Wells desire
of the town to know of him whether they expected he should attend
(until next) adjournment or no; upon Consideration the Town voted
on the negative.
And whereas said Wells desire further yet for
nonattendance on said adjournment he said Wells were fined after
he had taken due care for prevention of the same. The town considering
it to be rational that they should bear the fine together with him
. . . did consent to do it and it was voted in the affirmative.
December 27, 1698
The Town agreed to alter their former way of
raising town charges for this year and concluded to raise said rates
by way of appraisal of ratable estate to which end Appraisers were
Chosen: Sergeant Elizazar Hawks, Sergeant Benoni Stebbins, Simon
Beaman and Edward Allen, whose work was to appraise all ratables
According to their best judgment and conscience upon these rules
1. Land not exceeding 2 pounds per Acre; and
so to descend Downward proportionate to the rule; having respect
to distance of lands from home and as for goodness what it is rationally
and not what it is by Industry.
2. Stock: an ox at 3 shillings and a cow at 2;
and a horse at 3; the first and to descend downward according to
Age and goodness.
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