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History of the Town of Plainfield, Hampshire County, Mass.

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History of the Town of Plainfield, Hampshire County, Mass.

from its settlement to 1891, including a genealogical history of twenty three of the original settlers and their descendants, with anecdotes and sketches
  • by Charles Newell Dyer (1850 - 1918)
  • published by Press of Gazette Printing Co, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1891

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Table of Contents

Chapter I Situation and Extent — Boundaries, Angles and Measurements— Surface— Streams and Ponds— Fish— Minerals— Soil— Productions— Timber
Chapter II Early Civil History— "Hatfield Equivalent"— Grants— First Settlers— First Town Meeting— Subsequent Meetings— List of Selectmen— Town Clerks— Representatives in General Court
Chapter III Church History— Early Ministers- Organization of First Church— List of Original Members— First Meeting-House— Price of Materials — Plan of Interior Dedication— Belfry and Bell— Sundry Items— Call and Settlement of Rev. Moses Hallock— Installation— Entertainment
Chapter IV Sketch of Rev. Moses Hallock— His School— Anecdotes— Colleague Called —Rev. Dana Goodsell — " Stop that Preparation"— His Successors— Deacons— Present Meeting-House— Daniels Fund— Organization of First Parish— Baptist Society— Advent Chapel
Chapter V Schools— First Location of Houses— Number Increased— Reduced in Number and Re-located—"Moving Committee"— Incidents of Removing— District System— List of School Committee— Statistics— Names of Present Pupils in the Public Schools
Chapter VI Town Hall— Roads— Early Modes of Travel— Lost in the Woods— Early Bridge Building— Present System of Repairing Roads— Road Commissioners — Names of Streets— Post Offices— Postmasters— First Mail Supply — Present Mail Facilities— Early Rates of Postage
Chapter VII Cemeteries— Bill of Mortality— List of Aged Deceased— Suicides— Sudden Deaths
Chapter VIII Stores and Manufactures— John Mack— I. K. Lincoln and Others— Jacob and Levi Clark— Leonard Campbell— Stores at Present Time— Robinson's Corn Mill— Warner, Whiting & Co.— Streeter's Factory— Tannery— Other Manufactures
Chapter IX Physicians— Dr. Torrey— Dr. Porter— Dr. Samuel Shaw—"Hit Him Another'"— Later Practitioners— Justices of the Peace
Chapter X Revolutionary Pensioners— Soldiers of 1812— Artillery Company —List of Soldiers in War of the Rebellion— Deaths Among— G. A. R. Post
Chapter XI College Graduates and Professional Men
Chapter XII Census— Valuation— List of Voters — Political Parties— Campaign of 1840. Bits from the Old Records — Incidents and Reminiscences — Fires
Chapter XIII Persons Now Living Here Over 75— Foreigners— Old Houses— General Type —Original Dwellings Now Standing— Singing Schools- "The Old Village Choir"— Dramatic Club— "Saddle the Dogs"— Contrast


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  • <span id='Dyer'>Dyer, Charles Newell.''[[Space: History of the Town of Plainfield, Hampshire County, Mass.| History of the Town of Plainfield, Hampshire County, Mass.]]'' (Press of Gazette Printing Co, Northampton, MA, 1891), [ Page ].
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