Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1830 - 1839



ItemDateDocument Description/ Transcription
126 March 1830
[or 1838]
Receipt. To John Choate [signed] for tending stoves and cleaning meeting house on year ending May 8, 183[-] $7.00
219 April 1830 Parish meeting.

At the last annual Parish meeting of the first parish in Essex, voted as follows (viz.) - (Note. the meeting was held April 19, 1830)

That David Choate, Francis Burnham, and Joseph Choate be parish committee & parish assessors.

That Nathan Choate be parish Treasurer

" Daniel Norton [be] parish collector

That the sum of five hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to said parish for the support of the Revd Robert Crowell and other parish charges the ensuing year.

That the income of the Parish lands be appropriated towards defraying parish charges the year ensuing.

That the parish collector pay to the parish treasurer one half part of he amount of the parish tax on or before the first day of November next - the residue on or before the first day of April A.D. 1831.

True extracts from the parish records [signed] Jonathan Story 3d. P. Clerk

[reverse] assessors of the first parish in Essex

314 April 1831 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 at their meeting house on Thursday the fourteenth day of April A.D. 1831 at 3 oclock P.M. the following votes passed (viz.)

Voted that David Choate, Samuel Burnham, Francis Burnham} be said committee and assessors

Voted that Nathan Choate be parish Treasurer, that John Choate Junior be parish collector, that said collector be paid $1.99 for each and every hundred dollars he may collect of the parish taxes the year next ensuing - and at that rate for a greater or less sum

Voted that the parish collector pay into the parish treasurer one half part of the amount of the parish tax on or before the first day of November next, the residue on or before the first day of April AD 1832.

" That the Parish Assessor shall not make any abatements of any persons tax after the first day of April AD 1832

" That the sum of four hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and estates belonging to said parish towards the support of the Revd Robert Crowell the ensuing year. $400

Voted that the Parsonage lands belonging to said parish be let by the parish committee to the best advantage for said parish, and the proceeds applied to defray parish charges.

Voted, to raise the sum of twenty two dollars, the same to be assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to said parish to defray the expense of the singers incurred the two years last past. $22

Voted that the sum of five hundred dollars be raised and assessed upon the polls and rateable estates belonging to said parish to be appropriated towards defraying the expense of repairing and painting the meeting house. $500

Voted that David Choate, Joseph Choate, and Samuel Proctor be a committee to settle with the parish treasurer

True extracts from the parish records, attest Jonathan Story 3d, P. clerk

425 Oct 1831 Order to collect taxes.

Pursuant to sundry votes of the inhabitants of the first parish in the town of Essex, passed at their annual meeting held the 14. day of April 1831, we have assessed the polls and estates of the inhabitants of said parish, the sum of nine hundred & sixty five dollars & thrity nine cents and have committed a list thereof to John Choate [-] collector of said parish with a warrant in due form of law, for collecting and paying in the same to Mr. Nathan Choate treasurer of sd parish, or his successor in office, one half on or before the first day of November next, and the residue on or before the first day of April next ensuing. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands at Essex the 25 day of October AD 1831.
[signed] David Choate, Francis Burnham, Samuel Burnham} assessors.
[signed] Mr. Nathan Choate

513 February 1832 Order for payment.

Nathan Choate to pay Daniel Norton $3.59,
[signed] Francis Burnham, Samuel Burnham} Parish Assessors

68 March 1832 Will.

Be it remembered that I Abigail Dodge of Essex in the county of Essex and Commonwealth of M[assachusetts,] widow, do on this twenty eighth day of March in the ye[ar of] our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two. [-] and publish this my last will and testament, in m[-] following, viz.

In the first place I give and bequeath onto the [-] Robert Crowell and Samuel Burnham and to the survivor of them, and to the executor, administrator and assigns of such survivors, the sum of one hundred dollars, to hold in trust for the use and benefit of the First Church of Christ in said town of Essex.

A true copy [signed] G. Dodge

728 March 1832 Order for payment.

To Nathan Choate Treasurer of the First Parish in the Town of Essex or his successor in that office - Pay to David Choat or order the sum of four dollars and his recept shall discharge you for that sum which you stand charged with on 3d Parish Book. $4.00
Essex March 28th 1832
Francis Burnham, Samuel Burnham} Parish Assessors

828 March 1832 Order for payment.

Nathan Choate to pay Francis Burnham $4.00.
[signed] Samuel Burnham, Francis Burnham} assessors

928 March 1832 Order for payment.

Nathan Choate to pay Samuel Burnham, $4.00,
[signed] Francis Burnham, Samuel Burnham} parish assessors.

1028 March 1832 Receipt.

to Rufus Holmes [signed], to labor building wall round the parsonage land and pulling up wite-weed [sic] $1.50

112 July 1832 Receipt.

For preparing the chappell & meeting house for 34 evening lectures with oil &tc. from Decr 1831 to July 1832.
Rec'd Samuel Burnham $7.00

1216 March 1833 Receipt.

Rec'd of David Choate, as treasurer of the town of Essex, seventeen dollars & fifty cents being the interest on a note of three hundred & fifty dollars due him from the town.
[signed] Nehemiah Dodge $17.50

[reverse side] N. Dodge. Recpt No. 4; 17.50; Ex'd

1316 March 1833 Receipt.

Rec'd of David Choate as treasurer of the town of Essex twenty nine dollars & seventeen cents, being the interest on a note of one thousand dollars from April 20, 1832 to Nov. 23, 1832.
[signed] Abigail Dodge

[reverse side] Mrs. Abigail Dodge. Receipt No. 5; $29.17; Ex'd

1416 March 1833 Printed order for payment.

Mr. David Choate, treasurer for Town of Essex to pay Nehemiah Dodge, $16.75,
[signed] Issachar Burnham, Nehemiah Dodge} selectmen

1516 April 1833 Receipt.

Rec'd of David Choate as treasurer of the town of Essex fifteen dollars in full for interest on a note of three hundred dollars, dated April 23, 1829.
[signed] Mary Choate

[reverse side] Mary Choate; interest No. 6; $15.00; Ex'd

1620 April 1833 Receipt.

Rec'd of David Choate, as treasurer of the town of Essex fifty dollars in full for interest on a note of one thousand dollars dated April 20, 1826.
[signed] Isaac Haskell

[reverse side] Isaac Haskell; interest No. 7; $50.00; Ex'd

1715 May 1833 Bill.

First parish in Essex Dr. to David Mears for puting [sic] up parish wall $1.50

188 June 1833 Receipt.

Rec'd of David Choate as treasurer of the town of Essex, Five dollars in full for one year's interest on a note of one hundred dollars dated April 23d 1829.
[signed] Zacheus Cogswell

1927 Sept 1833 Receipt.

To Mary P. Choate [signed] for one year's interest on a $400 note - $20.00

204 May 1835 Receipt.
Essex, May 4 - 1835. First Parish in Essex
to Notifying meeting $ .50
to tending stoves and cleaning meeting house8.00
to cash paid cutting and hauling wood1.00
to three lamps shades 1.12
to light lamps 36 times - 12 4.50
to making 15 Fire [chapel?] .90
to 24 quarts of oil - 30- 7.20
to cleaning chappel one quart. 1.50
Recd payment [signed] John Choate24.72
2119 April 1836 Receipt.
to 2 pair bolts for singers seats at 5 cts .10
to 3 doz screws for do. .22
to 1 do. .04
to labor on said seats 3/ .50
to cutting, splitting & housing wood 4/6 .75
Rec'd payt [signed] Caleb Cogswell $1.61
2218 April 1837 Receipt.
to one cord of chips and hauling 4.84
to hauling two cords of chips 1.50
to cord of wood 2.75
to two brooms .67
to building fires in the meeting house and chapel 10.00
to sweeping the meeting house 8 times3.50
to oil pots .28
to oil cannister .84
to lighting the lamps in the chapel for meeting 12 times 3.00
to two glass shades for lamps 1.00
to five gallons of oil 6.00
to wicking .17
to lighting the chapel for singing school 16 times 1.12
to lighting the lamps in the meeting house 3 times .37
to one lb of candles .14
to lines to rum the doors upon .10
to one gallon of oil 1.20
deduct 4.12 for singing s.s.
Rec'd pay [signed] Edward Choate $33.33
2319 April 1837 Warrant for Parish Meeting. Robert W. Burnham, constable, is asked to notify the public of a parish meeting to
  1. choose all necessary officers,
  2. decide what method to take to raise money for ministerial expenses
  3. decide what method to take to raise money for ministerial allowance
  4. see what method they will take to improve their parish lands,
  5. see if parish will defray expenses of singing choir
  6. see if the meeting house will be altered and raise money for same or let any individual make alterations upon their own responsibility
[signed] Samuel Burnham, Ezra Perkins, Thomas Foster} Parish Committee [reversed signed] Robert W. Burnham, stating that the inhabitants have been notified of the warrant
2416 Jan 1838 Bill.

To the parish committee, gentlemen, you will oblige me by signing the above order. If I had an order from you in Sept. I have lost it. But I think I had not. If I had, the above will render it null and void. As I have had to hire money to live on, I have received the interest due me from the Parish by contract.
Essex Jan 16, 1838 [signed] R. Crowell

252 April 1838 Warrant for Parish Meeting. Robert W. Burnham is asked to notify the public of a parish meeting to
  1. choose a moderator,
  2. choose all necessary officers,
  3. vote on compensation for parish officers,
  4. assess and raise Rev. Robert Crowell's salary,
  5. see if the meeting house will be altered or remodeled,
  6. raise money for remodeling,
  7. see what they will do with the balance of tax in the hands of Capt. Winthrop Low,
  8. see what method they will take to improve their parish lands,
  9. raise money to defray parish charges,
  10. see if they will instruct someone to establish the boundaries of the parish lands about the meeting house
[signed] David Choate, Justice of the Peace
2623 October 1838 Order to collect taxes.

To Mr. Edward Choate collector of taxes for the first parish in the town of Essex in the county of Essex, greeting. In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are hereby required to levy and collect of the several persons named in the list herewith committed unto you each one his respective proportion therein set down of the sum total of such list amounting to six hundred and seventy four dollars and 12 cents, it being the sum granted and agreed upon by the inhabitants of said parish at their last annual meeting; for defraying the necessary expenses of said parish. And you are to transmit and pay in to the same unto David Choate esqr. Treasurer of said Parish or his successor in that office and to complete and make up an account of your collections of the whole sum, on or before the first day of February next, and if any person shall refuse or neglect to pay the sum he is assessed in the said list, to distrain the goods or chatels of such person to the value thereof, and the distress so taken to keep for the space of four days at the cost and charge of the owner, and if he shall not pay the sum so assessed within the said four days, then you are to sell at public vendue the distress so taken for the payment thereof with charges, first giving forty eight hours notice of such sale by posting up advertisements thereof in some public place in sd Parish; and the overplus arising by such sale, if any there be, besides the sum assessed and the necessary charges of taking and keeping the distress, you are immediately to restore to the owner; and for want of goods or chattels, whereon to make distress (besides tools or implements necessary for his trade or occupation, beasts of the plough necessary for the cultivation of his improved lands, arms, utensils for house keeping necessary for upholding life, bedding and apparel necessary for himself and family) for the space of twelve days, you are to take the body of such person, so refusing or neglecting and him commit to the common goal of the County, there to remain until he pay the same or such part thereof as shall not be abated by the assessors for the time being, or the Court of County Commissioners for said County.

Given under our hands at Essex [signed] Francis Burnham, John Perkins, Albert Cogswell} assessors of said Parish

2719 April 1839 Warrant for Parish meeting. Robert W. Burnham is asked to post the warrant to
  1. choose all necessary parish officers
  2. raise money to defray the ministers expenses,
  3. decide how to raise the money,
  4. decide how they will improve the Parish lands,
  5. raise money for Singing Choir
  6. see if the Parish will make any alteration in their meeting house and hire a sum of money for that purpose.
[signed] Samuel Burnham, Ezra Perkins, Thomas Foster} Parish Committee

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