(Source: Nason, Elias, 1811-1887. A gazetteer of the state of Massachusetts : with numerous illustrations on wood and steel / by Elias Nason. -- Boston : B.B. Russell, 1874. -- p. 344-345)
occupies the north-western extremity of Franklin County, and contains 38 farms, 38 dwelling-houses, 50 voters, and 201 inhabitants. Its boundaries are the Vermont State line on the north, the Deerfield River (separating it from Rowe) on the south-east, and Florida on the south and west. The town has an area of 12 square miles, which is drained by the Deerfield River and a fine affluent running diagonally through the place, and bearing the name of "Mill Brook." The land is rough and mountainous, resting on a basis of calcareous gneiss, and rocks of the Quebec group. It is chiefly adapted to the growth of timber, and the rearing of sheep, of which it has 143. It produced, in 1865, 4,000 pounds of maple-sugar, and prepared, by four saw-mills, 86,000 feet of lumber for the market. The opening of the Hoosac Tunnel, near this town, has much enhanced the value of its noble forest. Monroe has two district-schools, for the support of which it appropriated, in 1871, $250. Its valuation is $52,227; and rate of taxation, $3.73 per $100.
This place was formed of the "gore" north of Florida, named in honor of President James Monroe, and incorporated Feb 21, 1822. The settlement was commenced about the beginning of this century by Daniel Caneday of Coleraine, who was soon joined by Ebenezer Howard, Samuel Gore, the Rev. David Ballou, and others.
The Revs. MOSES BALLOU, HOSEA F. BALLOU, and J. HIX, Universalist ministers, were born in this town.
|Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886777 item 7)|
|Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886876 item 1)|
|Part title, etc.||Dates||LDS FHL|
|Births, deaths, marriages, and marriage intentions with some deeds||1793-1855||0766943|
|Births, marriages, and deaths||1850-1900||1888837|
|Holdings: LDS Family History Library (for LDS FHL microfilm numbers, see the table above)|