History of the Town of Lancaster, Massachusetts : From the first settlement to the present time, 1634-1879. Volume 1
- History of the Town of Lancaster, Massachusetts : From the first settlement to the present time, 1634-1879. Volume 1
- Nourse, Henry S. (Henry Stedman), 1831-1903
- Marvin, Abijah P. (Abijah Perkins)
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by Rev. Abijah P. Marvin ; Annotated by H. S. N.
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United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
Massachusetts--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
United States--History--French and Indian War, 1754-1763
United States--History--King William's War, 1689-1697
Politics & government
Manners & customs
Massachusetts > Worcester (county) > Lancaster
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Lancaster [Mass.] :
- Table of Contents:
[Prefatory Note of the Committee of Publication]
[Ch. I – Boundaries at Different Times; Scenery.] Addition to territory: New towns: Outline map: Hills: Intervales: River changes: Springs, lakes, brooks and rivers: Scenery: Minerals: Animals: Trees: Size of the ponds.
[Ch. II – The Purchase and Settlement of Lancaster.] Date of settlement: Sholan: Indian camp pasture: The pioneers: First two houses: Liberty of a township: Division of lots: Covenant of the planters: Their names and estates: Name of the town: Limited number of settlers: Suffrage: Wisdom of the fathers.
[Ch. III – Location of the First Settlers; Autonomy of the Town.] Names of the first settlers: First roads: Location of the first houses: The proprieters: The town not able to govern itself: The committee, and the selectmen: Arbitrators: Major Simon Willard: Self-government.
[Ch. IV – Character of the Settlers; The Natives; The Burning and Massacre.] Religion: The minister and his position: Education: Manners and customs: Character of the people: The Indians seduced by Philip: The burning and massacre: Total ruin of the settlement: Captivity of Mrs. Rowlandson: Fate of the Indians.
[Ch. V – Rebuilding; King William’s War.] Return of the settlers: The Rowlandson locker: Lost records: Petition to the general court for aid: The second meeting-house: Ministers: King Williams war: Indian raids: Massacre of Mr. Whiting and others.
[Ch. VI – Indian War; Garrisons; Third Meeting-House; New Territory.] Adjusting taxes: French and Indian attacks: Houses burned on George Hill: Sad death of Rev. Mr. Gardner: Meeting-house on the Old Common: Expedition to Port Royal: Garrisons: Last act of Indian violence in the town: Tahanto’s grant.
[Ch. VII — Annals; Education; Delegates; Church Covenant.] Extent of the town: Annals: Population: Delegates: Intelligence of the people: The minister’s house: Settlement of Rev. John Prentice: The church covenant: Names of male members.
[Ch. VIII – New Families; Lancaster Heroes.] Governors of the colony: Contest about a new grant: New families: Town meeting 1719: King George’s war: Heroes: Fairbanks: Harwell: The two Willards: John White: Petition of Eunice White.
[Ch. IX – Swarming Time.] Size of townships: Town government, at first, a duality: Bridge over the Penacook: Road across the Swan swamp to Concord: Roads: Schoolmasters Stow and Broughton: Enlarging the meeting-house: Seating the meeting-house: Incorporation of Harvard: County of Worcester: Roads and schools: Bolton becomes a town: Leominster set off in 1740: Salary of the minister: Two meeting-houses: Chocksett a precinct: Shrewsbury Leg: Town officers: Unstable currency.
[Ch. X – Spanish and French and Indian Wars; Fort Dummer.] Walpole opposed to the Spanish war: Lancaster soldiers lost in the West Indies: The old French and Indian war: Lancaster men at the capture of Louisburg: Col. Samuel Willard: Raid on Lunenburg: Fort Drummer: Col. Josiah Willard: Soldiers in the service.
[Ch. XI – The Church During the Ministry of Rev. John Prentice.] Respect for the ministry: Rev. John Prentice: Increase of population: Tax list of 1751: Owning the covenant: Dismissing members to form new churches: Laxity of morals: Discipline: Whitefield: Admission to the church and baptisms: Names of deacons: Death and character of Mr. Prentice.
[Ch. XII – The Last French and Indian War.] French and Indian hostility: Four expeditions in 1755: French neutrals: Soldiers at Crown Point: Battles at Lake George: Fort Drummer: Panic in New England: Small-pox in camp and at home: Energy of Pitt: Conquest of Quebec: Soldiers in the war: Rejoicing: Sermon of Rev. John Mellen.
[Ch. XIII – Annals, from 1743 to 1776.] Schools: Roads and bridges: The river straightened: Plan of general union: School districts: Shrewburg Leg: Grammar school: Neck bridge: Names of town officers: Population: State of morals: Education: Religious society of young men: Golden age of the town.
[Ch. XIV – Lancaster in the Revolution.] Prelude to the drama: Grievances: Resolutions: Aid for the poor of Boston: Arming: The rush to Concord and Lexington: Lancaster men at Bunker Hill: Continentals: Capt. Haskell: Col. Whitcomb: The Willards: Committees of correspondence and of inspections: Anecdote of Mr. Harrington: Declaration of Independence: Paper money: Fixing the market: Great drain on the town for men and supplies: List of soldiers.
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