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Wrights in History of Montague: a typical Puritan town

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Source: History of Montague: A Typical Puritan Town 1910. Pressey, Edward Pearson. URL: https://archive.org/stream/historyofmontagu01pres/historyofmontagu01pres_djvu.txt

  • "We will not follow the long service, nor take more than a passing notice of Mr. Judah Wright, the tything man, who perambulates the aisles, seeing that everybody is an attentive listener except himself. Carrying a staff, tipped at one end, perhaps with a squirrel's tail, he thrusts it in the face of a sleeping maiden; and with the other, capped with a deer's hoof, he silences some mischief making boy. The interest in this scene for us lies in the fact that here are the town and the church all in one. Gathered as church members to-day, the men may assemble in the same place as citizens and voters on the morrow." [Page 26]
  • "In April, 1773, the town chose its committee of correspondence, consisting of Moses Gunn, Elisha Allis, Stephen Tuttle, Judah Wright, Nathaniel Gunn, Jr., and Moses Harvey, and during the same month they sent to Boston a letter, which closed with the ringing declaration " that a criminal and scandalous inattention or indifference to our rights may be an infamy never justly charged upon us, esteeming a tame submission to slavery more infamous than slavery itself." In the following July, the fourteenth day of the month was set apart, by vote of town meeting, as a day of religious observance. Boston harbor being closed, by command of the royal government, our townsmen pledged themselves to suspend all commercial intercourse with Great Britain, and to abstain from purchasing or consuming any British wares from and after August 1." [Page 27]
  • "Relics of the Montague Indians in great numbers have gone into the collection at Memorial Hall, Deerfield. A great many relics were collected by the Bardwells from Montague plain and along the river. Rufus Thornton collected many on Dry hill and on his place near the foot of Harvey hill, southeast of the village. A stone tomahawk has recently been found by George Holcomb on the place of the "first settler," Ebenezer Marsh, near Sunderland line, and a mile from the river. Peskeomskut occupied both banks of the Connecticut, and many relics have been found there, near the site of the present Grand Trunk hotel. There have been many collectors at Turners Falls, and at Riverside, opposite. The fine collection of Leonard Barton may be seen in the historical rooms of the Carnegie library at Turners Falls. Dr. Anson Cobb of the Center made an extensive collection, now in possession of his son at his residence. Another smaller collection was made by Dr. Wright, and is with his son George Wright, now in Deerfield. Indian skeletons were exhumed on L street at the Falls in 1873. And on the opposite shore Mr. Smith dug out seven skeletons in a sitting posture, each about seven feet in stature. When the Millers Falls trolley road was being excavated, north of Lake Pleasant, several skeletons were discovered, indicating regular burial." [Page 61]
  • "One thing is clear, that there was a growing spirit amongst the people here. As fast as their eyes opened to the light a majority swung towards it. It became harder to collect church fines. In 1763, Judah Wright had been fined for neglect of worship and compelled to give a note in payment of the fine. He fought his case and, on December 6, had his note returned to him. He proved, "a sore leg." And afterwards avenged himself by turning Baptist minister.There was, however, no organized resistance to the ecclesiastical tyranny of the town until about 1768, when the district of Montague, which was of course the Congregational church, brought suit against a group of Anabaptists for neglecting worship and other delinquencies. These people had organized a church of their own the year before." [Page 112]
  • "In August, 1772, a severe blow was struck at Massachusetts in a more direct way. There came an imperial order that henceforth all judges should be paid by the crown. Samuel Adams came forward with a scheme to meet this new device of oppression, a plan of agitation by letter, a sort of round robin parliament to reach every intelligent man in the Province, and constitute the whole population a perpetual Provincial Congress. April 6, 1773, there was a town meeting in Montague to hear about the plan. It was "voted to choose as a Committee of Correspondence, Moses Gunn, Moses Harvey, Elisha Allis, Stephen Tuttle, Peter Bishop, Judah Wright and Nathaniel Gunn, Jr. The meeting adjourned to April 20 at one o'clock to receive the report of the committee, in reply to the efforts of the town of Boston. The following letter, the composition of Doctor Moses Gunn, was read "in very full meeting." And when the doctor laid down the paper on the table, the citizens called enthusiastically to hear it read through again. It is a remarkable document, in the main, clear cut in its language and decisive in tone; and it has imbedded within it the principles of self-government underlying the New England town meeting and the constitution of the United States..." [Page 122-123]
  • "The following company of minutemen was then organized. This was the same company that responded to the alarm of April 19 in connection with the battle of Lexington. They marched in the regiment of Colonel Samuel Williams of Warwick. Captain, Thomas Grover; Lieutenants, John Adams and Josiah Adams; Sergeants, Philip Ballard, Simeon King, Asa Fuller and Josiah Burnham; Drummer, Elisha Phillips; Privates, Elisha Wright, David Sprague, Til Borthrick, Henry Ewers, Elias Sawyer, Wm. Allis, Asa Smith, Joel Perkins, Jonathan Harvey, Moses Brooks, Uriah Weaks, John Brooks, Samuel Smith, Samuel Bardwell, Thomas Whiting, David Burnham, Nathaniel Nichols, Reuben Granby, Joshua Combs, Joseph Combs, Elisha Trizel, Joshua Searls, Zedodiah Allis, John Ewers, Moses Harvey." [Page 127]
  • "July 1, 1804: a list of men in service, with their ages and regiment numbers; Jedediah Bout well 33-52d (injured) David Burnham 25-10th, C. K. Burnham 23-34th, Levi Brizzee 20-2?th, Patrick Britt 36-10th, Oscar Britt 25-27th, Moses H. Bardwell 18-«d Heavy Artillery. Joseph Burns 28-30 Battery. W. G. Boutwell 22-8d Battery. William E. Bardwell 19-2d Heavy Artillery, Otis E. Caswell 35-32d, Andrew L. Cooley 18-2d Heavy Artillery, Henry Dickinson 27-10th, Henry Dewey 42-10th, Lewis A. Drury 39-2?th, E. S. Dewey 23 57th, James S. Day 18- 2d Heavy Artillery, E. Payson Gunn-drafted, Charles D. Gunn 34-25th, E. L. Goddard 27-31st (sick), J. W. Horton 34-34th, Dwight D. Holden 22-27th, George C. Kaulbaek 20-10th, H. W. Loveland 25- (in war). Frederick A. Loveland 23- (in war), Emerson Newton 18-34th, Truman Newton 27-34th, Marcus Newton 26-34th, J. P. O'Meeley 24-31 st, Joseph Potter 38-10th, Walter Pierce 20- (in war), Meander Patriek 25 (in war), Brigham S. Ripley 21- (in war), Elihu Rockwood 22- (in war), Frederick Spaulding 28 31st, Stephen F. Spaulding 22-3d, William II. Spear 24- (regular), Albert Smith 34 10th, Charles I). White 29-27th, George Wright 24 10th, Fredereiek E. Wright 18-2d Heavy Artillery. This list serves to illustrate how young the men are who usually go to war." [Page 178-179]
  • "There were in all about 3500 men from Franklin County serving in the "Civil war," of which Montague sent 120 out of a population of fifteen hundred or about half its able bodied men. Following is the list: E. S. Dewey, 10th, (). E. Caswell 32d, Guy Bardwell 10th, I). A. Boswell 10th, Patrick Britl 10th, S. S. Waterman 34th, Philip Atwood 10th, (). II. Littlejohn 10th, J. W. Potter 10th, David Burnham 10th, Walter Pierce 34th, Albert Smith 10th, C. K. Burnham 10th, Alfred Pierce 27th, Cyrus Marsh 34th, Brigham Ripley 27th, J. W. llorton 37th, J. W. Matthews 1st, L. H. Stone 52d, C. W. Stone 52d, H. W. Payne 52d, George D. Payne 52d, A. M. Webster 52d, L. I). Could 53d, Henry Taylor 52d, Chas. B. Wait 52d, George F. Wait 52d, John P. Sawin 52d, Truman Bowman 52d, Charles A. Murdoek 52d, G. N. Watson 52d, Charles P. Peeler 52d, S. S. Shaw 52d, J. D. Boutwell 52d, Christopher Arnold 52d, Henry J. Day 52d, A. H. Sawin 52d, J. S. Pierce 52d, George F. Adams 52d, J. L. Andrews 52d, E. N. Marsh 52d, John A. Bascom 52d, Erastus Burnham 52d, George S. Pond 52d, Parley H. Smith 52d, Frederick Sanderson 52d, Henry W. Sandford— P. H. Goddard 26th, E. L. Goddard 26th, Otis Spencer 27th, Julius Clapp 27th, Truman Ward 27th, Frederick A. Spaulding 26th, Stephen Spaulding 26th, Joseph Burns 22d, Charles D. Gunn 25th, William H. Adams 10th, E. F. Hartwell 10th, Dwight Armstrong 10th, George Reynolds 10th, David Pratt 10th, Frank Ripley 10th, John Brizzee 34th, Dwight Stewart 27th, A. E. Stevens 27th, Meander Patrick 26th, Edward Mawley 10th, Marcus Newton 34th, Tyler Williams 10th, Ethan A. Taft 37th, Morton E. Taft 27th, Levi Brizzee 27th, E. D. Burnham 10th, C. A. Clapp 10th, O. E. Caswell — L. A. Drury 27th, Henry Dickinson 10th, George P. Holden 27th, D. D. Holden 27th, H. W. Loveland 27th, Frederick Loveland 27th, L. D. Phillips 23d, E. R. Rockwood 10th, Manley Stowell 52d, William H. Spear 21st, T. O. Ansden 27th, Joseph F. Webster 10th, Charles P. White 27th, Charles C. Brewer 52d, Charles B. Gunn 52d, A. L. Cooley 27th, E. N. Stevens 27th, D. A. Stevens 27th, Oscar Britt 27th, James K. Knowlton — , Moses C. French 10th, George C. Kaulback 10th, John P. O'Meley 31st, Munroe Wright 10th, Gaines T. Wright 10th, E. W. Whitney 34th, Geo. A. Wright 10th, Otis S. Munsell 22d, E. P. Gunn—, W. E. Bardwell 2d Heavy Artillery, M. H. Bardwell 2d Heavy Artillery, F. E. Wright 2d Heavy Artillery, James S. Day 2d Heavy Artillery, Truman Newton 34th, Emerson Newton 34th, William G. Boutwell 3d Battery, Henry B. Graves 3d Light Artillery, W. J. Potter 34th, Edward L. Loveland 1st Heavy Artillery, D. L. Warner 12th, Charles Webster— C. N. Lawson 27th, R. N. Clapp 52d, Laureston Barnes — ." [Page 179-180]

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