Front Matter

MEETING HOUSE. 1729.[ house sketch ]

in which the first Town meeting
was assembled by
[ signature repro ]

Jonathan Bacon
[ object sketch ]

[[ Gravestone of
Jonathan Bacon
. ]]
[ house sketch ]

School House.
Bell House built in 1753.

[ house sketch ]

“As near to Benjamin Kidder’s wall
as can be with convenience.”
[ house photo ]

Bacon Homestead.

[[ Frontispiece. ]]

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HISTORY
of the
TOWN OF BEDFORD,

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS,
from its
EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1891.

embracing

An Account of Indian Claims and Troubles; Colonial Grants; Sketches of its Heroes; its Part in the Struggle for Independence and the War for Nationality; its Burial Grounds and Epitaphs; its Industrial Success, and a Record of its Whole Progress.

with a

GENEALOGICAL REGISTER OF OLD FAMILIES.

BY ABRAM ENGLISH BROWN,

Author of the History of the First Sabbath School of Bedford. [*1]

Illustrated.

“The kindly spot, the friendly town, where every one is known,
And not a face in all the place, but partly seems my own.” [*2]

“Write this for a memorial in a book.” — Exodus xvii. 14. [*3]

BEDFORD:
PUBLISHED BY THE AUTHOR.
1891.

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Copyright, 1890. All rights reserved by the Author.

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Dedication.
———
To the memory of
Jonathan Bacon,
and his associates in the work of incorporation,
this volume is gratefully inscribed by
THE AUTHOR. [*4]

———

“I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.” — Ps. Ixxvii. 5. [^1][*5]

———

“The fathers sleep, but men remain
As true and wise and brave as they;
Why count the loss without the gain?
The best is that we have to-day.” [*6]

Whittier.

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CONTENTS.

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Chapter.Chapter.
I. — Early Grants, etc.[[ 5 ]]XXII. — Public Grounds.[[ 51 ]]
II. — Organization.[[ 10 ]]XXIII. — The Ancient Meeting House.[[ 53 ]]
III. — Ecclesiastical.[[ 12 ]]XXIV. — Later Meeting Houses.[[ 55 ]]
IV. — Ecclesiastical.[[ 14 ]]XXV. — Professional Men.[[ 57 ]]
V. — Ecclesiastical.[[ 16 ]]XXVI. — Representatives to the General Court.[[ 60 ]]
VI. — Schools and Libraries.[[ 17 ]]
VII. — Military.[[ 21 ]]XXVII. — Early Customs.[[ 61 ]]
VIII. — Military.[[ 22 ]]XXVIII. — Records.[[ 62 ]]
IX. — Military.[[ 25 ]]XXIX. — Individual Military Service in Early Wars.[[ 65 ]]
X. — Military.[[ 28 ]]
XI. — Financial Troubles.[[ 30 ]]XXX. — Individual Service in Civil War.[[ 68 ]]
XII. — Charity.[[ 32 ]]XXXI. — Bedford Woman’s Experience.[[ 71 ]]
XIII. — Burial Grounds.[[ 33 ]]XXXII. — Mother Town of Bedford.[[ 77 ]]
XIV. — Highways.[[ 34 ]]XXXIII. — Epitaphs.[[ 81 ]]
XV. — Stages and Post Office.[[ 38 ]]XXXIV. — Homesteads.[[ 93 ]]
XVI. — Watercourses.[[ 40 ]]XXXV. — Clergymen.[[ 106 ]]
XVII. — Miscellaneous.[[ 41 ]][[ Supplementary. ]][[ 109 ]]
XVIII. — Enforcement of Law.[[ 43 ]]———
XIX. — Noted Occasions.[[ 44 ]]
XX. — Topographical.[[ 45 ]]SECTION II.
XXI. — Tax Collecting.[[ 47 ]]Genealogical and Biographical.
[[ Biographical. ]][[ 48 ]][[ General Index. ]]

SOURCE TEXT


EMENDATIONS

  1. “I have ∨ I have

ANNOTATIONS

  1. cf. Brown’s Historical address (1888) [ no scan ]
  2. cf. Allingham‘s “The emigrant’s adieu to Ballyshannon” (1858) [ poor scan ]
    in The Dublin University magazine: Volume LI (pp 173-174)
  3. cf. KJV’s Exodus 17:14
  4. “Jonathan Bacon”: d. 1754 (p 82)
  5. cf. KJV’s Psalm 77:5
  6. cf. Whittier’s “Our country” (1890) [ poor scan ]
    in The American advocate: Volume LII (p 144)
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