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Wheeler's mills were in the present village of Williamsュville, upon the mill site owned at this date by H. H. Hoyt, just above where the stream rushes through the deep gorge in the rocks, over which the present bridge stands. Tradition says the old bridge stood above the mills, opposite the spot where now stands the residence of the late Wm. H. Williams. From the location of the old road, it appears that the east bridge near the mouth of the Branch, stood some rods further up the stream than the present one.

 

 

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EXTRACTS FROM THE FIRST TOWN RECORDS

VOTES FOR COUNTY AND STATE OFFICERS

NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE.

 

In March, 1782, the town voted to grant the sum of four pounds, silver money, to pay Luke Knowlton for a book which he had procured to register deeds, and in April they accepted from him the gift of a book for town records, and ordered all their former records copied therein.

March 27, 1781, the town cast its first vote for County officers, and Luke Knowlton was chosen to carry the vote to Putney, as pointed out by act of the Assembly, but how many, or what officials were voted for, the records fail to show.

The first vote on record for Governor, Lieut.-Governor, and Treasurer, was taken on the first Tuesday of September, 1794, and stood as follows: Governor, Thomas Chitュtenden, 29 ; Isaac Tichenor, 44; Nath'l Niles, 3. Lieut.-Governor, Jonathan Hunt, 64. Treasurer, Calvin Knowlton, 28 ; Sam'l Cutler, 16 ; Dea. Moses Kenney, 1.

On Tuesday, the 30th of October following, we find the first vote recorded for a Representative in Congress Jonaュthan Hunt, 48 ; Stephen R. Bradley, 1 ; Lewis R. Morris, 1;

 

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Nath'l Niles, 2. Not until September, 1797, do we find any record made of the election of a Town Representative, when we find Ebenezer Allen elected to the General Assembly. Yet it appears from the State records that the town was represented at a much earlier date, and why no record was made of the fact, we are unable to give even a reasonable conjecture. Doubtless many facts that would be of especial interest now, have been lost in the same manner.

 

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COLLECTION OF TAXES.

 

The first record we find referring to the sale of the office of tax collector to the lowest bidder, is March 24, 1788, when it appears that Artemas Bruce, Jr., bid off the posiュtion of first constable for two pounds, and that of collector of town rates for two pounds and sixteen shillings. In 1799 the office of first constable was bid off by Luke Brown, he treating the town to ten mugs of flip. For collecting town rates he received $9.75. As time passed on the contest for the first constable's office waxed warm, and in 1810 Zatter Butterfield paid $3.00 for it, and in 1811 Ebenezer Morse gave $10 for the office. In those days the custom of warning people out of town, to prevent their becoming legal paupers, was almost universal, and we suppose it was the fees that accrued to the constable in that business that made the office so desirable.