"At a meeting of the selectmen. Decem. 9, 1714. Mr. Ruggles his
sallery Eate and the Town Rate was made. Mr. Euggles his rate wiis
made 81-13-08 the town Rate was made 40-16-10
''And unto Daniel Kittredge, Constable, was committed to collect of
Mr. Ruggles his sallery Rate 41 - 04 - 04 and of the town Rate 20 - 12 - 02
"and you are ordered to pay out of the Town Rate as foUoweth :
to Lt. Stearns as Deputy 04-05-00
to Daniel Chamberlain 02-05-00
to Joshua Abbot for Ringing ye bell "00-17-00
to John Farmer for the Bridge 00 - 15 - 01
to deacon Sheldon for the Bridge 00 - 08 - 00
more for hiin as assessor 00 - OG - 00
more to him for rufiing Andouer line & labor about Sam Trull's
funeral 00 - 04 - 00
to sargt Brown as assessor 00 - OS - 00
for ruJiing Wobourn & Andouer lines 00 - 05 - 00
for work at ye Bridg & for Sam' Trull 00 - 08 - 06
to Sargt Dutton, 1 day at the Bridge 00 - 02 - 06
to Ephraim Kidder for Wobourn line 00 - 02 - 06
to Sargt^ Danforth for Ruiiing Chelmsford line 00 - 02 - 06
more to him for thre pine trees for the bridg 00 - 05 - 00
to George farley for two trees 00 - 04 - 00
to John Blanchard for taking the Inuoice 00 - 09 - 04
[ Tivo obliterated items] 00 - 09 - 00
"and unto Jaines Hosley, consta', was committed to collect of Mr.
Ruggles his salleiy Rate 40 - 09 - 04 and of the town Rate 20 - 04 - 08
"and you are ordered to pay out of the Town Rate as folio weth :
to Lt. Stearns as deputy 05 - 00 - 00
more to him as assessor 00 - 08 - 00
for rufiing Chelmsford and Lexington lines 00 - 05 - 00
for answering a presentment and paying 2^ at Ccmcord 00 - 05 - 00
to Oliver Whiting as assessor 00 - 09 - 00
for writing the Warrants & orders to y" Constables 00 - 03 - 00
AVriting in ye Town Book 00 - 05 - 00
nore for y 2 pair of gloues for Sam^ Trull's Burial & 2 shillings
paid at Concord 00 - 04 - 00
to Mr. Kidder for selectmen's expenses the last year 00 - 06 - 08
for this year 01 - 01 - 00
to ens Shed for a coffin for S. Trull 00 - 06 - 06
to Sam' Danforth for y grave . 00-03-00
to Lt. Hill for Lexington line 00 - 02 - 06
to Sam' Fitch for Concord line 00 - 02 - 06
to Josiah Fasset for s'^ line 00 - 02 - 06
to Ephraim Manning at ye bridg 00-01 ?
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to Oliver Whiting Jun' at y bridgv 00 - 01 ?
to John Baldwin 00 - 08 ?
To Coi-pi Sniuiu'l Fassot 00 - 09 - 00
to Jonathan Daiiforth 00-08-00
to 'J'iniothy Farley 00-08-00
In 1721, the State, as a measure of relief for extensive financial
embarrassments, established a Loan Ftind, which was distributed
proportionally to the various towns, and under the charge of trustees
loaned to citizens. The share of Billerica was £396, and her
trustees. n[)[)ointed November 6th, were Ebenezer Farley, Joshua
Abbott, and Jolin Neodhani. They were ordered "to let out the
said money to Interest at live per cent, for the use of the town, to
be dis|)osed of as the town shall order from 3-ear to year, until the
time set in the act-l)e expired, taking good Personal securit}' for said
money, no person to have above ten pounds nor under five ; also, it
was voted, that the said Trustees shall have twenty' shillings apiece,
given them out of the whole principal of said mone}-, and. a fifth
part of the Interest of the said money for their services as trustees
from year to year, for letting out and taking care of said money."
Persons borrowing from this fund gave mortgages to the Loan
Commissioners, and man}- of these mortgage deeds are on record
at the Middlesex l^cgistry. The interest for the first year was
appropriated towards the town charges. The loan was repaid to
the State in five annual instalments, 1726-30. But the process w^as
found so agreeable that it was repeated, and, in April, 1725, the
town voted to '-Receive their pro[)ortion of the £60,000 Loan," and
chose Joshua Abbott, Benjamin Tompson, and Dea. William Patten,
Trustees. The part of Billerica in this second loan was £496, o.s.
It ran for ten years instead of five, the first payment of one-fifth
part to the State being made in 1734.
In 1733, the clerk, then Joshua Abbot, began to enter the tax-
lists in the Records, aud from that date these valuable lists are
found regularly. The tax-payers were divided into two lists, the line
of division being Long Street or the Woburn and Chelmsford Road ;
designated North and South Lists at first, but after 1735 as E^ast and
West. In 1733 the Province tax was £54, 10s., 8d., the minister's
rate £143, lis., lid., and the town rate £104, 10s., making a total
of over £300, old tenor. The list follows, recast alphabetically,
giving only the minister's rate and designating by the letters "•N"
and "S" the list. Noi'th or South, on which the name occurs.
GLEANINGS FROM THE RECORDS.
TAX-LIST, 1733. — MINISTER'8 RATE.
Abbott, Jeremiah. JS.
Abbott. Dea.. Joshua, S. 1
Artherton. Dr. Benj-, ^''-
Baldwin. John. .V.
Baldwin, John, Jun"^.. (S'.
Baldwin, John. Ter\ X.
Baldwin, Jonathan, Jun
Baldwin. Josiah. 6'.
Baldwin. En*'. Thomas,
Baldwin. Thomas, Jun'.
Baldwin. William, .V.
Beard. p]benezer, *S'.
Beard. John, -V.
Blanchard, .fohn. S. 1