[Transcribed by Dale H. Cook]
"The town being mett together the twentieth of September, 1677, did arran and agree to give freely to Mr. Keith twenty-and-four pounds, to be paid at his housethe one half to be paid in Indian corne, and the other half in boards and clapboards, by the last of April insuing the date here of; and the said twenty-four pounds to be raised by way of rate upon the inhabitants of the town, which was given to Mr. Keith toward the building of him a conuenient roome or dwelling-house; the boards at 5s. a hundred and clapboards, shaven, at 5s. a hundred."
This house, in which many of his children were born, was probably not enlarged, with a convenient room, until the summer of 1678.
The inventory of Rev. James Keith, recorded in the fourth volume of the probate record, page 185, was taken Aug. 25, 1719, by John Field, Isaac Johnson and John Ames, Jr., and contains ten items of personal property, amounting to 167 lbs. and 11s., and shows the in ternal division and arrangement of the house at that time, corresponding to the rooms and condition of the house at the time of the alteration in 1837, to wit:
|2. In the new chamber, one feather bed, case of|
|draws, chairs, tables and looking glass,||28,||16,|
|3. To things in new lower roome, one feather|
|bed with its furniture, 2 tables, table-cloth, napkins|
|chairs and wheels.||17,||5,||6|
|4. To the old west roome, one bed, bedding,|
|with chairs and chest,||13,||15,|
|5. To the old chamber, to lumber||3,||7,||6|
|6. To the things in the kitchen, of pewter, iron|
|and brass vessels, with tables and chairs||12,||19,|
|7. To quick stock,||21,|
|8. To hay, 6 load,||10,|
|9. To library of books,||30,|
|10. To money,||2,||15,|
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