26 HISTORY OF THE  

[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]

share, making the whole number of shares fifty-six, as has been before stated.   Of these proprietors, not more that one third actually removed and became inhabitants of the new plantation.   The rest from time to time conveyed their shares to their sons, or sold them to others, who became residents there.   The following original purchasers became permanent settlers, viz: —

THOMAS HAYWARD,   JOHN CAREY,
NATHANIEL WILLIS,   SAMUEL TOMPKINS,
JOHN WILLIS,   ARTHUR HARRIS,
WILLIAM BASSETT,   JOHN FOBES,
JOHN WASHBURN,   EXPERIENCE MITCHELL,
JOHN WASHBURN, JR.,   JOHN HAWARD,
JOHN AMES,   SOLOMON LEONARD,
THOMAS GANNETT, Mr. JAMES KEITH,
WILLIAM BRETT, Dea. SAMUEL EDSON.

   None of these, except Bassett and Mitchell, were among the Plymouth "Old Comers" or Forefathers, who arrived in the three first ships, viz: — the May Flower, the Fortune, and the Ann; nor is it ascertained at what time they came over; but it is certain they were here very early.   The names of most of them appear on the colony records soon after 1630.   In 1629 thirty-five of the Leyden people, with their families, arrived at Plymouth: and in 1630 sixty more came.   Many of the Bridgewater proprietors were doubtless among these.

   The plantation was incorporated into a separate and distinct town in June 1656, by the following concise and laconic order of court, agreeably to the usage of those early times: —

   "Ordered, that henceforth Duxbury New Plantation be allowed to be a township of itself, distinct from Duxbury, and to be called by the name of Bridgewater; provided that all public rates be borne by them in equal proportions: — "and the same year this proportion was settled by the court, by the following order: — The court have agreed that for the present year the town of Bridgewater is to bear one part of three with Duxbury, of their proportion of the country rates for the officers' wages and other public charges."   And by a tax assessed about that time, it appears that Duxbury accordingly paid £6, 0, 9, and Bridgewater £2, 0, 3.   The plantation in some early records had been called Bridgewater before its incorporation.   The

 

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