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That the reader may gain a more definite conception of the freeholders of the town, and the amount of money on which they were taxed at this time, we have herewith the grand list of 1786, from the original record:

£ s. d.
Alexander Osborn……… 12 0 0
Marshall Smith……….. 25 0 0
Phillip Stone………… 48 0 0
Samuel Smith…………. 26 0 0
Esril Hucker…………. 6 0 0
Isaac Chipman………… 9 0 0
Bijah Dunning………… 18 0 0
John Fisk……………. 31 0 0
??? Rockwood…………. 5 0 0
John Nobel Bennett……. 27 0 0
Samuel Lewis…………. 57 10 0
Nathan Smith…………. 38 0 0
Moses Johnson………… 32 0 0
James Wilcocks……….. 11 0 0
Jonathan Viery……….. 6 0 0
Nathan Manley………… 9 0 0

The above is for improved real estate. On the opposite page of the old record appears the following, which alludes to the personal property and improved land of the persons named:

Joshua Done, one head, £6 os od; two cows, two three year oalds, £l 0s 0d.
Asa Hemenway, one head, £6 0s 0d; two oxen, one horse, two cows, £17 0s 0d; two three year olds, two yearlings, twenty-eight acres of land, £14 0s 0d.
Solomon Moss [nearly illegible] one head two three yearlings, two cows, one hog, five acres of land, one hors, £21 10s 0d.
John Barber, two heads, one hors, two oxen, three cows, two yearlings, three hogs, seventeen acres of land, £4s 10s 0d.
Joel Barber, one head, £6 os od.
Isaac Barrows, one head two cows, two two yearlings, six yearlings, three acres of land, £23 10s 0d.
Abel Rice, one head, one cow, one acre and half of land, £9 1s 0d.
Ephraim Smith, one head, £6 0s 0d.
Capt. Benton twelve acres of land, £6 0s 0d.
Thaddeous Smith, one head, £6 0s 0d.
Elijah Alden, one head, two oxen, one cow, one yearling, two hogs, two acres of land, £22 0s 0d.
Elijah Smith, one head, one cow, three acres of land, £11 10s 0d.
Solomon How, one head, two oxen, one cow, three acres of land, £19 10s 0d.
James Barber, one head, one cow, one yearling, two hogs, seven acres of land, £ 1 s 10s 0d.
Edward Lewis, £14 0s 0d.
Daniel Haskins, £ 54 0s 0d.

The spelling of names above, as well as that of other words, is given literally as it appears on the records; it is not the least interesting part of the document. Two years later (1788) the grand list shows one hundred and sixteen names, besides those of the original proprietors named as tax payers, and in the population was four hundred and forty-nine souls.

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