|EARLY SETTLEMENT OF BRIDGEWATER.||59|
[Thanks to Betty White for transcribing the History section]
|Families in 1790,||- - - - -||830|
|Houses in 1800,||- - - - -||740|
The last United States land tax was in the West, $505.47; South, $552.99; East, $579.82; North, $598.52; Titicut, $150.54. Total, $2,387.34.
Emigration from the town was formerly very great, and of course the increase of population in it was small. They first went to the western part of the State, and into New Hampshire and Vermont. Afterwards principally into Maine. Emigration of late has been less frequently, and of course population has increased.
Bridgewater with Abington constitutes the 3d Regiment in the first Brigade, and 5th Division of the Massachusetts militia.
MISCELLANEOUS EXTRACTS FROM EARLY RECORDS IN A
|1656.||June.The town was incorporated.|
|"||November 3.It is agreed upon by the town that all who neglect to attend a town meeting after lawful warning shall pay 1s. 6d.; and for tardiness, and not answering when their names are called, 9d.and the same for going away before the meeting is closed.|
|"||Nathaniel Willis and Lawrence Willis bind themselves to free the town from any charge in keeping their brother Jonathan Willis.|
|"||About the holsters bought of Goodman Hill. Goodman Hayward, Sen., and Goodman Harris, having engaged for the payment of them, being 12s., the town is willing to pay it them again in their rate in the best of their pay, which they shall be amerced to pay out of their rates.|
|"||It is agreed that there shall be five wolf-traps made.|
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