Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1820 - 1829



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110 March 1820 Letter from the Church of Christ in Wenham inviting the Church of Christ in Essex to attend the installation of Rev. Ebenezer Sperry.
[signed] John Dodge, William Dodge} Committee of the Church
2Dec 1820 Receipt.

Second Parish in Essex. To John Choate, Dr.
For tending stoves and sweeping meeting house for the year 1820 $7.00
To one small cheste.75
received pay for the above [signed] John Choate

324 Jan 1821 Receipt.

Parish in the town of Essex to Wm Choate Dr. Jan 24th 1821
for hauling five cords of wood from the parish lot to Rev. Robert Crowell at 7/6 $6.25
March 7th 1821 Recd payment [signed] Wm Choate

426 March 1822 Order to pay minister.

To Mr. Nathan Choate treasurer of the first parish in Essex or his successor in said office, pay to Rev. Robert Crowell or order the sum of fifty dollars and his receipt shall discharge you for that same which you stand charged with on said parish books.
[signed] Solomon Choate, Wm Andrews Jun} assessors $50.00

[reverse] Parish order $50; Robert Crowell; Octr. 23rd 1822; No. 4
Essex 5th April 1822. paid ten dollars of the within order. $10.-

527 March 1822 Receipt.

Essex March the 27 1822 [or 1824]
First Parish in Essex to John Choate Dr
To service in meeting house for one year $7.00
to hausing wood.30
Received payment [signed] John Choate$7.30

6May 1823 Receipt.

The First Parish in Essex Dr. to Jacob Burnham
for 16 sheets paper $ 0.16; 8 sheets paper .08;
March 10 1824
24 sheets paper .24; and drawing parish capital and other writeing for the Parish $3;
to my Server[?] $6.
Rec'd pay [signed] Jacob Burnham $9.48

71824 Booklet. Assessors valuation for the First Parish in Essex, 1824, listing each resident with real and personal property itemized.
820 Nov 1824 Bill.
Samuel Burnham Dr. to Winthrop Low. Essex
1820 April 7to balance due on a settlement account $2.00
May 21 to wintering one cow six months 9.00
Sept 7 to one bushel of apples .25
11to half bushel of apples .12
Nov 20 to pasteureing one cow six months 10.00
1821 May 20 to wintering one cow six months 9.00
Nov 20 to pasteureing one cow six months 9.00
1822 April 14 to horse to Ipswich .40
May 20 to wintering one cow 11.00
Sept 12 to one barrel of cider 1.00
21 to horse and chaise to Salem 2.00
Oct 4 to one barrel of cider 1.00
8 to one bushel of apples .34
26 to three barrels of cider 3.00
Nov 11 to one barrel of cider 1.00
20 to pasteureing one cow six months 9.00
30 to 270 pounds of beef 3 cts lb 9.45
1823 May 20 to wintering one cow 14.00
July 19 to oxen and cart half day .60
21 to horse and chaise .20
Aug 26 to horse and waggon to Ipswich .62
29 to oxen and cart .45
Nov 20 to pasturing one cow six months 9.00
1824 May 20 to wintering one cow 11.00
Sept 21 to one barrel of cider 1.00
Oct 23 to one barrel of cider 1.75
Nov 1 to two barrels of apples 3.00
10 to one barrel of apples .70
13 to 3 barrels of cider 6.00
20 to pasturing one cow six months 9.00
$134.88
926 March 1825 Order for payment.

To Nathan Choate treasurer of the first parish in Essex or his successor in sd office, pay to Mr. Samuel Gorten or order the sum of seven dollars fifty cents and his receipt shall discharge you for that sum wich you stand charged with on the sd parish books.
[signed] Jonathan A. Story 3d, Nathan Choate} committee of said parish. $7.50

1013 April 1826 Minutes of parish meeting

At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of the fist parish in Essex qualified by law to vote in parish affairs held the 13th day of April AD 1826 the following votes were passed,
Voted that Nehemiah Dodge, Enoch Low and Capt. Francis Burnham be parish committee & parish assessors.
" That David Choate be parish collector.
" That Nathan Choate be treasurer
" That the sum of six hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to the first parish in Essex to defray ministerial charges the year ensuing
" That in income of the parish lands be appropriated towards defraying parish charges the ensuing year.
" That the sum of twenty five dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to the first parish in said Essex to be expended by the parish committee in repairing and rebuilding the parsonage fence by lands of Ebenezer Shillabur and the heirs of Thomas Low deceased.
" That the parish committee be authorized to make or cause to be made a division of the fence where the said parsonage pasture land adjoins land of said Ebenezer Shillabur.
" That the parsonage lands be rented out by the parish committee the present year to the best advantage for said parish.
[reverse side]
Voted that the parish collector settle his collection of taxes with the treasurer on or before the first day of April next.

True extract from the parish book. Essex, May 2d 1826
[signed] Jonathan Story 3d clerk

The following persons annexed themselves to the first Religious Society in the Town of Essex (viz.) Capt. John Davis, Capt. Daniel Haskell, George Haskell, Henry Haskell, Ebenezer Burnham Junr} all belonging to Gloucester

1115 May 1826 Receipt.
To John Mears [signed] for putting up the pas[ture] wall - $2.00
1218 June 1826 Receipt.
The first parish in Essex to R. Crowell, Dr.
to cutting & loading 5 cords of wood at 3/ $2.50
rec'd pay [signed] R. Crowell
131 July 1826 Receipt.
The first parish in Essex to Josiah Low Dr.
to building thirty six rods and fourteen links of wall $26.05
Rec'd pay [signed] Josiah Low
141827 Booklet. Assessors valuation for the First Parish in Essex, 1824, listing each resident with real and personal property itemized.
1528 March 1827 Receipt.
To Enoch Low [signed] for services as assessor and committee $6.00
1628 March 1827 Receipt.
The first parish in Essex to proprietors of the Chapel Detr.
to rent of office one year ending April 1st 1827 $3.00
Rec'd paymt. [signed] Ezra Perkins} committee of sd proprietors
173 April 1827 Parish meeting.

At a legal meeting of the inhabitants of the first parish in Essex qualified to vote in parish affairs held on the third day of April A.D. 1827 at one oclock in the afternoon at the North meeting house in said town, the following votes passed (viz.)

Voted that the sum of five hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to the first parish in Essex to defray ministerial charges the ensuing year.

Voted that the Parish Committee and assessors have six dollars a piece for their services the ensuing year.

Voted that the parish treasurer have six dollars.

Voted that he collector have the same sum for collecting the parish tax (per centum) as he has for collecting the town tax.

Voted that the collector settle with the treasurer on or before the first day of April in the year 1828.

Voted that the income of the parish lands be applied towards defraying parish charges the present year.

At a legal meeting held the twelfth day of May A.D. 1827, Voted that the sum of fifteen dollars and seventy five cents be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to said parish to be appropriated in defraying the expense of the singers incurred the two years last past. - It was also voted that the sum of ten dollars be raised and assessed as aforesaid to defray the expenses of the singers the present year. True extract from the parish records [signed] Jona. Story 3d, P.C. [parish clerk]

[reverse side] List of persons signed off to the other side of the river in the year 1824, as follows (viz.) (Their certificates on file) Ebenezer Burnham, David Low, Aaron Eveleth, Jonathan Eveleth, James Eveleth

The following persons signed off, aforesaid, and filed their certificates with me previous to the first day of May last and in the course of the present year. William S. Foster, Thomas M. Proctor, Jeremiah Poland, Thomas Choate, Joseph Andrews, Moses Russ, Eleazer Andrews Junr., David Andrews, Ira Andrews, Adoniram Andrews, William Andrews Junr., Elias Andrews Jr., Thomas Proctor Junr, & David S. Andrews, (being 14)
[signed] J. Story 3d, P.C. [Parish committee]

183 Apr 1827 Finance report.

A statement of the expenses of the first parish in the town of Essex for the year ending April 1st 1827. Viz.
Rev. Mr. Crowell salary is 572.92
expense of wood and tending stoves 12.50
collectors fees for 1825 16.63
expense of building and repairing wall31.05
abatement on tax No 7 Capt Low collector9.14
abatement on Tax No 8 David Choate collector14.21
expense of cutting and hauling Mr Crowell wood10.50
assessors and clerks fees 23.00
rent of office 3.00
692.95
Amount of money assessed and
rent of parish lands is 733.93
expense deducted 692.95
Balance in favor of the parish 40.98
All which is respectfully submitted Essex April 3d 1827
[signed] Nehemiah Dodge, Enoch Low, Francis Burnham} committee of sd parish

1915 May 1827 Receipt.
Essex, May 15 1827. First Parish in Essex D John Choate Dr.
to cord and half of wood $8.00
to cutting and hauling 2.50
to cleaning meeting house and tending stoves6.00
to lines[?] and doors .25
to cutting[?] & setting six squares of glass .75
Recd payment [signed] John Choate $17.50
201 January 1828 Printed order of Services at the Dedication of Salem Church and installation of Rev. Justin Edwards.
217 Jan 1828 Receipt.
First Parish in Essex to David Choate Dr.
to collecting $656.11 being the parish tax for 1826 at 2.49 per centum $16.34
to collecting $48.64 behindments for 1823 and 1824 at 10 per c. 4.86
Pay rec'd [signed] David Choate, collr. $21.20
222 April 1828 Receipt.
First Parish in Essex to Enoch Low Dr to oil & candles $2.70.
rec'd payment Enoch Low by Henry Low
2315 April 1828 Minutes of parish meeting.

At the annual Parish meeting of the inhabitants of the first parish in Essex qualified by law to vote in parish meeting held at their meeting house on Tuesday the fifteenth day of April A.D. 1828, the following votes were passed (viz.)

Voted that James Perkins, Aaron Cogswell and John Choate be parish committee and parish assessors the ensuing year.

Voted that Nathan Choate serve as parish Treasurer

" That David Choate serve as parish Collector.

" That the sum of five hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belinging to said parish, to be appropriated towards the payment of the salary of the Rev'd Robert Crowell the ensuing year.

Voted that the parish lands be let out by the parish committee to the best advantage the ensuing year.

At the adjournment of said Parish meeting held the sixth day of May AD 1828 the following votes passed (viz.)

Voted to refer the investigation of the subject matter respecting the money due to said parish from all the former parish collectors to the parish - committee to report thereon to said parish at the adjournment of this meeting.

Voted that one half part of the parish tax be collected and paid in to the parish Treasurer on or before the first day of November next, the residue on or before the first day of April AD 1829.

Voted that this meeting be further adjourned to the first Monday of November next at 5 oclock PM at said meeting house.

True extract from the parish records [signed] Jonathan Story 3d, clerk

N. B. At the parish meeting it was understood the collector have $2.48 per centum for the collection of the parish tax.

Names signed off from the parish since last year, viz) Rufus Low, Lucy Emerson, Solomon Andrews Jr., John Dexter, George W. Burnham & Capt. John Davis of Gloucester. Certificates thereof entered with me before May first 1828

2423 July 1828 Civil suit

Essex, July 23d 1828. In the case of James against Boyd, after fully hearing the particulars the parties and all the evidence on both sides of the case - we the referees do order and determine as follows viz. That the said Adam Boyd pay to the said Ebenezer James the sum of twelve dollars and fifty cents as a final balance in full of all amends, also that the said Boyd pay the referees nine dollars for their service in the case.
[signed] Jonathan Story 3d, Samuel Burnham

2523 Nov 1828 Receipt.
First parish Essex Dr. to Samuel Burnham
to triming & lighting lamps from March 23rd to the above date 71 times at 0/4 per time $4.42
to 5 gallons of oil4.80
to 5 lb of candles at 1/0 cents.70
to fuel and building fire 24 times1.50
to washing chappel &tc. .75
Rec'd pay for the bill [signed] Samuel Burnham$12.17
261829 Receipt.

The second parish in Essex. To Joseph Choate, Dr. Collecting five hundred and sixty eight dollars and seventy eight cents @ $2.07 cts per hundred for the year 1829.
Rec'd pay [signed] Joseph Choate

275 Jan 1829 Minutes of parish meeting.

At a legal meeting of the male inhabitants of the first Parish in the town of Essex qualified by law to vote in parish affairs held by adjournment on Monday the fifth day of January A.D. 1829 at the North meeting house in Said Town.

At which time and place - The parish assessors made a verbal report that after examining the parish treasurers Book it appeared to them that there was due to said parish from several of the former parish collectors, between four and five hundred dollars. It was then voted -

That the Parish treasurers cause the amounts against the several former parish collectors, that have not paid into said Treasurer the full amount of their lists with what they are respectively credited to be brought forward and distinctly stated in succession of said treasurers Book that it may more readily appear what is due to said parish from each and all of them.

Noted. That said parish treasurer and the parish assessors adopt and pursue such measures as will effect and produce a speedy settlement with said collectors. True extracts from parish Book. Jonathan Story, P. Clerk.

282 May 1829 Receipt.
First Parish in Essex to John Choate D.
to repairing two doors .33
to half day mending wall .50
[-] to taking down stoves .50
to half cord of oak wood 2.50
getting & putting up stoves 1.00
to service as assessor and committee4.00
Rec'd payment [signed] John Choate $8.83

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