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HAMILTON, MASSACHUSETTS, TOWN RECORDS, 1806-1861





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-948-6012
Title:Hamilton, Massachusetts, Town Records
Dates:1806/1861
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box, 1 flat file)
Abstract:This collection of Hamailton, Massachusetts, town records includes some bills and receipts, school records, selectmen's papers, warrants for town meetings, some church-related documents, petitions, an opinion on a court case written by Leverett Saltonstall, a list of men enrolled in the militia, a tally of votes for 1846, and a plan of the parsonage on the common.
Collection Number:EC 11

Series List


Scope and Content Note

This collection includes some bills and receipts, school records, selectmen's papers, warrants for town meetings, some church-related documents, petitions, an opinion on a court case written by Leverett Saltonstall, a list of men enrolled in the militia, a tally of votes for 1846, and a plan of the parsonage on the common. It is arranged chronologically.


Historical Sketch

In June 1638, John Winthrop (1606-1676), son of the founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, bought most of present-day Essex County from Masconomet, chief of the Agawam Native Americans, for the sum of twenty English pounds. Hamilton was first settled in 1638 and was originally a section of Ipswich known as the "Hamlet." The first recorded land grant in the Hamlet was Matthew Whipple's farm, dated 1638. Three years later the new stagecoach road from Boston to Newburyport (Bay Road) was laid out through the Whipple land. Other early settlers of the Hamlet, including the Appletons, Winthrops, Lamsons, and Dodges, were attracted by countryside similar to the English farms and estates they had left behind. The town was incorporated on June 21, 1793, and named for Alexander Hamilton, whose portrait became the town seal in 1903. With the arrival of the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1839, the population center moved gradually southward toward the depot.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Adams, Samuel
Brown, Azor, Capt., 1787-1834
Brown, Israel D., 1781-1873
Brown, William
Cutler, Temple
Dane, George
Dodge, Allen W. (Allen Washington), 1804-1878
Dodge, Antipas
Dodge, Benjamin
Dodge, Elbridge, 1802-1889
Dodge, Henry, 1775-1835
Dodge, Jesse, 1783-1862
Dodge, Robert
Dodge, Seward, 1788-1835
Huntington, Asahel, 1798-1870
Lovering, Nathaniel A.
Manning, Thomas
Patch, Abraham
Patch, Daniel
Patch, Jacob L.
Poland, Oliver
Porter, Dudley
Saltonstall, Leverett, 1783-1845
Smith, Ammi
Smith, John, Jr.
Story, Samuel
Tuttle, John, Jr.
Whipple, William
Woodbury, John
Schools--Records and correspondence
Warrants (Law)
Essex County (Mass.)
Hamilton (Mass.)
Hamilton (Mass.)--History

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Hamilton, Massachusetts, Town Records, EC 11, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The school record book of A. Brown was purchased on August 10, 1932. The "copy of the return of the road leading to Edmund Knowlton's" and the Leverett Saltonstall opinion on court case were gifts of Charles F. Montgomery on July 1, 1954, as well as possibly other papers. The rest of the collection is from an unknown source.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, June 2018.


Related Material


"History of Hamilton, MA." Town of Hamilton, MA, Town of Hamilton, MA, 2018, https://www.hamiltonma.gov/about/


Daybooks of George K. Knowlton, chairman of the Hamilton (Mass.) School Committee, 1908-1911, MSS 0.366


Property appraisal of Hamilton, Mass., 1830, MSS 0.367


Account book of Isaac F. Knowlton, tax collector, 1881-1882, MSS 1208


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