Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1840 - 1849



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11840 Order for treasurer to pay Caleb Cogswell $29.80 as abatements on parish tax, 1840 [signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, Daniel Norton, H.C. Cogswell } parish Com.
228 M[-] 1840 Petition for articles to be included in warrant for Parish meeting.
To Messrs Issachar Burnham, Caleb Cogswell and [-] Mears } Parish committee First parish in Essex.
Gentlemen Committee I would request you to insert the following articles in your warrent for the annual Parish meeting

Article. To see if the parish will alter the singer seats in their meeting house for the better accommodation of their singing choir according to a plan which shall be laid before the said meeting and raise a sum of money for that purpose -
Article. To see if they will authorize and instruct their parish committee to take measures to prevent the unnecessary defacing and injuring their meeting house by designing persons.

By complying with the above request you will greatly oblige yr mst obt svt [signed] Robert W. Burnham } one of the legal voters in said Parish Essex M28-1840

311 April 1840Receipt.
Essex Ap. 11 1840. Recd of the parish committee orders on the parish treasury for my salary the past year ending the twenty sixth of March 1840 to the amount of five hundred & fifty dolls, also an order on the same for twelve dolls 63/100, being the amount of interest due me for orders not paid; the whole being in full of all demands which I have against the parish up to March 26, 1840, as I relinquish to them the remaining balance of fifty dolls. [signed] Robert Crowell
49 April 1841Warrant for Parish meeting.
Robert W. Burnham, constable, is asked to post the following articles [paraphrased]
  1. to choose a moderator,
  2. to choose all necessary parish officers
  3. decide how much money to raise for the support of Rev. Robert Crowell and other parish expenses.
  4. decide how much compensation to give the parish officers
  5. decide how parish lands will be improved,
  6. see what method they will adapt to clear the incumbrances from their lawful way to their pasture land.
  7. see what time they will direct their collectors to settle with their Treasurer.
525 Jan 1842 Petition for parish meeting

To the assessors of the first parish in the town of Essex - gentlemen, The subscribers being inhabitants of and voters in the first parish in the town of Essex hereby request you to call a meeting of said parish to be held on Monday the 7 day of February next at 1 o'clock PM to act upon the following articles, viz.

  1. To chose a moderator to preside at the meeting
  2. To see if the parish will raise or hire a sum of money not exceeding five hundred dollars to purchase an organ for the use of the parish and to pass any votes respecting the same they may think proper
  3. To see if the parish will make any repairs or alterations in their Meeting House. And raise or hire money for that purpose or
  4. To see if the parish will dispose of their present Meeting house and build a new house for publick worship. And raise or hire money for that purpose. And pass such notes as may be necessary to carry the same into effect.
Essex, Jany 25th 1842. [signed] Winthrop Low, Francis Burnham, Wm H. Mears, Albert Cogswell, Moses B. Perkins, H. C. Cogswell, Caleb Cogswell, Caleb S. Gage, Francis Haskell
610 Feb 1842 Warrant for Parish meeting.
Caleb Cogswell, one of the constables of the town of Essex, is asked to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to see if the parish will sell and dispose of their parish lands, for the purpose of raising money to enable the parish to remodel their meetinghouse. (Provided the parish and the minister shall give their assent) and for the purpose of an organ for the use of the Society.
[signed] Samuel Burnham, Ezara Perkins, Jr.} parish assessors
717 Feb 1842 Committee report, alterations to meeting house

The committee chosen by the Parish at their meeting of the 7th inst. to report a plan of alteration in their meeting house and to estimate the expense of such alteration and to learn the situation of the Parish in regard to accommodations in this house, together with the expediency of purchasing an organ for the use of the Parish, respectfully report the following:

The plan of alteration is to floor over the house about 8 feet above the present floor leaving about 17 feet in the 2d storie to be occupied as the meeting house to contain 72 pews on the floor, gallery accross the south end for singers, pulpit at the north end, the expense of which including the chimneys and furnaces for warming the house, and the finish of the lower storie for a Town house we think will not exceed 1550$ (for particulars we refer you to the plan which will be exhibited), we find in looking over the Parish that 27 families own pews or parts of pews and 48 families that do not own pews or parts of pews. The whole number of pews owned by members of the Parish as near as we can tell are 36 and 37 are owned by somebody else. This surely is a bad state of things more than one half of the pews owned out of the Parish. The committee are slow to believe it good policy for this parish to drive another nail in this house until it becomes a Parish House. In considering that part of our duty relative to the purchase of an organ the committee agree that it will awaken and deepen an interest in Sacred music.
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, John Choate, Francis Burnham, Wm [-]. Isaac [-]} committee

830 April 1842 Bill for remodeling meeting house.

First Parish in the Town of Essex Dr. to Caleb Cogswell April 30, 1842
Going to Ipswich to buy lumber 3/ one day to Salem to buy lumber 6/ passage 4/6 2.25
one day buying timber in Essex 6/ shoveling & storing sand 3/ 1.50
one day to Boston to buy furnace 6/ passage for two 2.85 expenses 58 cts 4.43
Teaming sand & water day 3/9 teaming and storing sand 1 day 7/6 1.87
Tending masons day 3/9 going to Ipswich to examine furnace 4/6 1.37
one day to Salem to get sashes & buy lumber 6/ expenses 1/6 1.25
1 2/3 gross screws 1.18 5 lb clapboard nails 30 cts, one lb glue 18 cts 1.66
day to Manchester for Mahogany 3/ horse & waggon to Manchester 3/ 1.00
one day to Salem to get load of lumber 6/ expenses on the road 55 cts 1.55
paid J. Choate for 4 inch plank 3/4 one day to Salem to buy paint & oil 6/ [-] 3/ 2.06
5 lbs whiting 15 cts 2 cts for red 5 lbs clapboard nails 35 cts 33 lb sheet lead 2.15 2.67
horse & waggon to Ipswich for painter 3/9 2 days work painting at 7/6 3.74
2 lb glue 40 cts 5 days work painting 6.25 1 gal spirits 3/4 gal Jappan 4/ 7.88
1 gal spirits gal Jap 1 quart var [varnish] 1.97
passage to Salem for line & funl expenses .87 2.84
11 panes glass 88 cts 1 gal spirits 46 1 qt var ; 75 1 paper black 8 cts 1 lb white 3 2.30
3 b[-]ts 9 cts 4 days works painting 5$ 3 lbs nails 19, 4 brass buttons & screws 3/ 2.30
4 days works 4$ 6 cts for toll 1 days work 6/ 3 days works 3.00
pd Epes Story for plank $1.45 9.51
3 lbs 30 pn nails 19, 1 casklin[-] & freight 1.20, pd Knowlton for teaming 3/ 1.89
pd Aaron Cogswell for teaming 6/ 1 days work 6/
door handle & hinges 1.35 lock lead & nails $1.14 4.49 61.47
To 1 coal hod & poker 7/6 1.25
freight of furnace 10/6 1.75
four brass knobs at 2 .08
to paper & postage on letter 3/ .50
2 days works fixing lower part meet house 2.50
two thresholds 1/6 of G. [-]. Burnham .2567.80
paid Capt. Low $1.20 for team 1.20
paid Capt. Burnham 1/6 for paying money in Salem .25
paid on sundry bills $4.42 paid on bill .55 4.97
paid Thomas Griggs for [-] . .37
paid Grover Dodge team .8775.09
paid David Choate for [-] 2.9978.08
Recd payt [signed] Caleb Cogswell } for the committee

926 June 1842 Warrant for Parish meeting.
Caleb Cogswell, constable of Essex, is asked to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator,
  2. to see if the parish will sell and dispose of their parish lands by deed for the purpose of raising money to enable the parish to remodel their meeting house (provided the minister and the parish shall give their assent)
[signed] John Burnham, Ezra Perkins, Jr.} assessors & Parish committee
1027 Dec 1842 List of pew payments.

We the undersigned do hereby acknowledge ourselves to have received of the treasurer of the first parish in Essex the amount set to our respective names in full for our several interests in the pews of the meeting house of the said Parish, the number of which also stand against our names Essex Dec 27. 1842
On the lower floor
no. of
pew
[signature]sum
rec'd
  no. of
pew
[signature]sum
rec'd
5 Lucy Cogswell $ 6.00 4 Warren Carter .50
2 Ebenezer Haskell 6.00 43 Abigail Cogswell 6.00
[-]1 Winthrop Burnham 6.00 10 Sarah Story 3.00
51Luke Burnham 5.00 1 Susan Burnham 3.00
42 Ezra Perkins 7.00 20 Francis Burnham 6.00
10 Thomas Holmes 3.00 of 39 Francis Burnham 3.00
27 Zebulon Burnham 3.60 1/3 of 15 Jonathan Eveleth 5.00
27 Susan Burnham 1.80 1/3 of No.15 due to Thomas Choates widow
27 Anna Burnham 3.60 45 Winthrop Low 3.00
38 Solomon Choate 6.00 30 Betsey Story 4.50
34 Mary Choate 9.00 20 Warren L[-] 6.00
11 Daniel Norton 3.00 7  } Amos Burnham 4.00
36 Nehemiah Dodge 9.00     } Alfred Burnham 3.00
14 John S. Burnham 6.00 24 & 37 Hatti Burnham 5.00
3[-] William Marshall 7.00 No. 6 Josiah Burnham 4.00
25 John Burnham 6.00
4 Jacob Burnham 4.50

111843 Order To the treasurer of First Parish in Essex to pay Humphrey C. Cogswell five dollars fifty cents for wood and oil for year 1843. $5.50
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, Daniel Norton, H. C. Cogswell } Parish committee
12March 1843 Order to the treasurer to pay the Rev. Robert Crowell $17.00 for the purchase of wood from March 1842 to March 1843.
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton } Parish Com.
1311 Feb 1843 List of pews.

I hereby certify that the foregoing copy of the Appraisement of pews in the Old meeting house of the first parish in Essex is correct. Essex, Feb 11, 1843 [signed] Samuel Burnham } parish clerk

 $  $ Also 3 parish pews
32at 6=92
82=72
77=49
25=10
14=4
201=20
70 =347

[Reverse]

   No   $     No   $
Nimrod BurnhamPD 16 Parish pew 449
Ebenezer HaskellP   Heirs of Daniel Low 456
John P. Choate 36 Heirs of Jonathan Story466
Jacob Burnham 46 Joseph Choate 476
Jeremiah Cogswell 56 Jonathan Story 2 487
Josiah Burnham 66 Parish pew 494
Amos and Alfred Burnham76 Issachar Burnham 505
Michael Story 86 Luke Burnham 2 515
Heirs of Zacheus Cogswell96 Jonathan Lufkin Jr 524
Thomas Holmes 106 Parish pew 537
Daniel Norton 116 Gallery pews
John F. Burnham 12 6 John [-] 1 1
Lucretia Choate 13 6 Nathan Burnham 2 1
John S. Burnham 14 6 Jonathan Story 2 3 1
Jonathan Eveleth 15 6 Heirs of Moses Foster 4 1
Dexter 16 6 Jonathan Story 5 1
#Jonathan Lufkin 17 6 Heirs of Jacob Andrews 6 1
Elias Andrews 18 6 Heirs of Samuel Giddings 7 1
Heirs of Samuel Hardy196 Heirs of Thomas M. Burnham 8 1
Warren Low 20 6 Uriah G. Spofford 9 1
Winthrop Burnham 21 6 Samuel Burnham 10 1
Benjamin Burnham 22 6 David Low 11 1
Jacob Story 23 6 Amos Burnham 12 1
Nathaniel Burnham 24 6 Samuel Gorton 13 1
John Burnham 25 6 John Low 14 1
Francis Burnham 26 6 Zacheus Burnham 15 1
Heirs of Jacob Burnham276 Michael Burnham 16 1
David Choate 28 9 Jonathan Eveleth 17 1
Aaron Cogswell 29 9 Jeremiah Low 18 1
Jonathan Story 30 9 David Choate 19 1
William Marshall 31 7 Mary Choate 20 1
John Low 32 7 # Jonathan Lufkin
- three dolls of this sum was due 1 Jan
but was not paid [ - - - ]
Enoch Low 33 7
Mary Choate 34 9
John Mears 35 9
Nehemiah Dodge 36 9
Heirs of Nathaniel Burnham37 9
Solomon Choate 38 9
Parker Burnham 39 6
John Proctor 40 7
Heirs of Aaron Burnham417
Ezra Perkins 42 7
Heirs of Benjamin Cogswell437
14March 1843 Order for payment.
To the treasurer of the first Parish in Essex, pay the Rev. Robert Crowell the sum of twelve dollars for interest on his salary from March 1842 to March 1843. $12.00
Parish Com. [signed] Nathan Burnham 3, H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton
15March 1843 Order for treasurer to pay Rev. Robert Crowell $550 for his salary from March 1842 to March 1843
[signed] Nathan Burnham, H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton } Parish Comm.
16March 1843 Order for treasurer to pay Rev. Robert Crowell $17.00 for the purchase of wood from March 1842 to March 1843
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton
1726 June 1843 Order for treasurer to pay Rev. Robert Crowell $137.50 for one quarter of his salary from March 26 1843 June 26 /43
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton, Nathan Burnham 3 } Parish Committee
181 Nov 1843 Order for treasurer to pay Humphrey Cogswell $19.48 for coal &c. furnished to first Parish
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Nathan Burnham 3, Daniel Norton
19December 1843 Petition.

We the undersigned hereby acknowledge ourselves to have receive the sum set to our several names in full for our interests in the pews of the meeting house of the North Parish in the town of Essex as valued by a committee appointed for that purpose - Essex Dec 1843
No. $  No. $
16John Dexter
by C. Dexter
6.00 30Jona Story 3d4.50
51.00 45 Susanna Story1.00
John F. Burnham3.00 Aaron Burnham
for the heirs
7.00
10Samuel Burnham1.00 Gallery pews
6Samuel Burnham
for Abel Andrews
1.00  Joshua Low
for Mary Burnham
1.00

2026 March 1844 Order for treasurer to pay Rev. Robert Crowell $139.50 for balance of his salary up to March 26 1844
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Nathan Burnham, Daniel Norton
2126 April 1844 Order for treasurer to pay Edward K. Goldsmith $28.64 for taking care of meeting house chapel &c.
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Nathan Burnham 3, Daniel Norton } Parish committee
2229 April 1844 Order for treasurer to pay David Choate $15.00 for collecting pew money
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton, Nathan Burnham 3d
2310 August 1844 Order for treasurer to pay U.G. Spofford $1.50 for notifying meeting
[signed] H.C. Cogswell
2412 Oct 1844 Order for treasurer to pay H. C. Cogswell $13.25 for coal & wood &c.
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, Nathan Burnham 3, Daniel Norton } Parish Comm.
2512 Oct 1844 Order for treasurer to pay H. C. Cogswell $19.20 for money paid to Spofford as balance on the chimney & furnace
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, H.C. Cogswell, Daniel Norton
2630 April 1845 Order for treasurer to pay David Choate Esq. $12.00 for collecting Parish Pew rents.
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, N. Burnham } Parish Comm.
2730 April 1845 Order for treasurer to pay John F. Burnham $4.75 for work.
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3d, H.C. Cogswell }Parish Committee
2830 April 1845 Order for treasurer to pay Samuel Burnham $1.35 for parish services
[signed] H.C. Cogswell, N. Burnham 3d } parish committee
2928 Aug 1845 Order for the treasurer to pay David Choate $15.00 (interest money)
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, Caleb S. Gage } Parish Committee
301 Oct 1845 Order for treasurer to pay Rev. Robert Crowell $60.45 for his salary from March 26th 1845 to May 4th 1845
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, Caleb S. Gage } Parish Comm.
314 Nov 1845 Order for Treasurer to pay the Rev. Robert Crowell $137.50
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3, Caleb Cogswell, Caleb Gage } Parish Committee
321 Nov 1845 Photocopy of grant of land.

I, Solomon Choate of Henniker in the County of Merrimack and state of New Hampshire, gentleman, in consideration of the love and good will which he has unto the inhabitants of the first Parish in the town of Essex in the County of Essex, does by these presents grant unto to inhabitants their heirs and assigns to a certain piece of land situated in said town of Essex containing in my own right six square rods more or less lying in common and undivided with certain proprietor or proprietors to me unknown. The whole proprietorship is bounded Northeasterly by the County road, southeasterly by land of Nathaniel Holmes southwesterly by land formerly of Thomas Emerton and northwesterly by land on which said parish meeting house now stands, or however otherwise the same may be bounded.

334 Nov 1845 Pew rent, tax receipt.

Capt. Samuel Burnham. To the First Parish in Essex, Dr. To pew rent for the quarter beginning Nov. 4, 1845 in advance $3.50. Essex, Nov. 4, 1845. Received payment
[signed] D. Choate, Treasurer of said Parish.

Capt. Samuel Burnham. To the First Parish in Essex, Dr. To tax for parish debt $5.18. Essex, Nov 4, 1845. Received payment
[signed] D. Choate, collector of said Parish

344 Nov 1845 Order for Treasurer to pay the Rev. Robert Crowell $137.50
[signed] Nathan Burnham 3, Caleb Cogswell, Caleb Gage } Parish Committee
351846-1865 Auditors reports bundled together. 1846, 1849, 1852, 1854-56, 1858, 1859, 1861, 1862, 1865.
362 Feb 1846 Order for the treasurer to pay Mrs. Mariam Choate $7.29 for interest on note taken up.
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, Caleb S. Gage }Parish Com.
3718 April 1846 Warrant for annual parish meeting.
A constable, Caleb S. Gage, is directed to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to choose all necessary officers
  3. to see what measures they will take to adjust their accounts
  4. to see what to pay the minister
  5. to see what compensation to allow for officers
  6. to see if they will take any measures to finish the basement storie of their meeting house and repair and paint the outside, and raise money for that purpose
  7. to see how they will warm their house when the wind is west.
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, N. Burnham, Caleb S. Gage} Parish Comm.
3823 April 1846 Order for treasurer to pay David Choate Esq. $21.83 as abatement on tax assessed in 1845
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, Caleb S. Gage } Parish Comm.
3924 April 1846 Pews
4016 July 1846 Petition for repairs and alterations to Meeting House.

To the committee of the First Parish in the Town of Essex

We the undersigned respectfully represent that sundry repairs are necessary to be made on the first Parish meeting house in said Essex, to wit, the porch on the North end to be taken off the windows in said end to be taken out, the windows in the basement to be replaced by the same size of those in front, the whole end to be clapboarded anew, south end to be striped [sic] of its present covering, all unnecessary windows to be taken out, bell deck to be new laid, the whole end in its present form to be new clapboarded, chimney in said house to be so altered as to carry smoke, the out side of the house to be painted. We therefore pray your honorable body to grant a warrent for a parish meeting for the purposes afforesaid (and also for the purpose of raising a sum of money sufficient for the payment of Parish debts) To be holden on Monday the twenty seventh day of July inst, at two o'clock P.M. and as in duty bound would ever pray Essex July 16th 1846
[signed] Samuel Burnham, H.C. Cogswell, Humphrey Burnham, U. G. Spofford, Jeremiah Cogswell, Philemon S. Eveleth

4127 July 1846 Warrant for parish meeting.
Caleb S. Gage, constable, is asked to post the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator
  2. to see if they will make and repairs and alterations on their meetinghouse and paint the outside and raise or hire money for the same.
  3. to see if they will raise a sum of money sufficient to pay the Parish debts.
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, E. K. Goldsmith, Albert Cogswell} Parish Committee
4217 April 1847 Warrant for Parish meeting.
Uriah G. Spofford, constable of Essex, is ask to post a the following articles:
  1. to choose a moderator,
  2. to choose all necessary parish officers
  3. decide the amount of Rev. Robert Crowell's salary,
  4. see if they will repair and paint the outside of the meeting house,
  5. see if they will make any improvements or alterations on the "basement storie" and chimney of their meeting house
  6. see if they will clear their Parish lands from all incumbrances
[signed] Caleb Cogswell, Albert Cogswell, E. K. Goldsmith} Parish Committee

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