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oak trees, marked with stones about them, in the line of Plimp-
ton township, by the Northwest side of the old country read
that leads from Plymouth town to Middleborough, and the
Hue between Plimpton and Plymouth, north precinct, North
about seven degrees Westerly unto a great black-oak, formerly
marked, by the southeast side of a ruadwiiy near the hill
eullcd BrewBter's bill, the said tree being a former bound of
Plimpton township; and from tbence North forty-seven and
an half degrees Westerly about four hundred and eighty rods
to a heap of stones on a cleft rock, and from thence North
about five degrees Westerly about two hundred and twenty-
eight rods to n long stone set in the ground, and other stones
laid nbout it, about three rods to the Westward of the old cellar
which was Thomas Shui'tleff's ; and from tbence North three de-
grees westerly about a mile and forty-two rods to the west corner
bounds of the land which did belong to Peter West, deceased,
being a pine-tree marked, by Jones River pond ; and from
thence over sd. pond North eight degrees Westerly unto the
South corner bounds of Jonathan Crookcr ; and from thence
between the sd. North precinct and the town of Pembrook
North about forty-three degrees Easterly about one huudred
and seven rods by the range of the sd. Crooker's laud unto
the north corner of the 145 th lot, which now belongs to Wil-
liam Cooke; and from thence Enst unto the Northwest Corner
of Eloatban Fish; and from thence by the range of the sd.
lot, being in number the 127 th lot, East-South-Eaat unto the
Northeast corner of sd. lot at the brook called Pine brook ;
and from thence the sd. line between the sd. North precinct aud
the town of Duxborough, to run on a straight line tu the ancient
corner bounds between the townships of Plymouth und Dux-
borough, being a heap of stones by a white-oak tree marked to
the Northward of y e brook culled Mile brook ; and from tbence
by the bounds between Duxborough and Plymouth until it
come down to the bay ; and from thence by Duxborough line
over the bay until it meet with the line first mentioned.
" Sent down for concurrence.

" J. W H.L.Win, S'ec'y.
"In the House of Representatives,

" June 3, 1726, read and concurred.

" Wii. Duoi.kv, Sjjr.
u Consented to.

" Wm. Dumsieu."

On the 16th of June, 1726, 0. S., corresponding
to the 27th, N. S., the following act passed :

"Anno Reuni Regis Gkoiu.ii Duodecimo.
"An Act Panned by the Great and Generull Court or Atrntmbly

of Hid Majesty's Produce of the Masaavhunettn li<in fur Dt-

vidimj the Town of Plymouth, and Erecting a New Town

there by the name of Kimjuton.

"Whereas, the Town of Plymouth, within the County of
Plymouth, is of great extent for length, and lyes eoinmodiously
for Two Townships, and the North Precinct thereof being of
lute sufficiently filled with Inhabitants who labor under great
Difficulties on several accounts, and have thereupon addressed
this Court that they may be set off a distinct and separate
Township. lie it therefore Enacted by the Lieut.- Gotemour,
Council, and Jiepreaentativet in Generull Court a est mbled, and
by the Authority of the $awe, That all the Lands lying within
the said North Precinct, in Plymouth, aforesaid, particularly



described aud bouuded by an Order of this Court passed at tbeir
present Session, be and hereby are set off and constituted a
separate Townsbip, by the name of Kingston, and that the In-
habitants of said Township be vested with the Powers, Privi-
leges, and Immunities that tho Inhabitants of any Town of this
Province by Law are or ought to be vested with. Provided,
And be it further Enacted, That nothing in this act contained
shull be construed, deemed, judged, or intended to hinder or
prejudice the right and interest of all or any persons whatso-
ever in any of the Common and Undivided Lands within the
Towns of Plymouth and Kingston aforesaid, but the same shall
remain as heretofore. Provided, aUa, and be it further En-
titled. That the Inhabitants of the said Town of Kingston shall
be liable and .-ubject (notwithstanding there being set oil' and
constituted a Township aforesaid) to pay their proportion of all
Province, County, and Town rates for this present year, in the
Towns to which they respectively belonged, and shall be accord-
ingly assessed in such Towns in the saine manner as they would
have been if this Act had never been made, Anything herein
before contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

'* Passed in Council and signed.

"J. Willard, Sec'y.

" Passed in the House of Representatives and signed.

" Wii. Dudley, Speaker.

" Consented to.

" Wk. Duumeii."

It is said that Lieutenant-Governor Dunimer sug-
gested the name of the new town on the 28th of
May, that being the birthday of His Majesty King
George the First, then the reigning sovereign of
England. The name Ashburton had been suggested,
but the people did not seem to fancy it. Soon after
the incorporation of the town it was ordered in Coun-
cil, and passed the House of Representatives June 24,
1726, "That Maj. John Bradford, a principal inhab-
itant of the town of Kingston, is empowered and di-
rected to notify and summon the inhabitants duly
qualified for votes to assemble and meet together to
choose town officers to stand unto the next annual
election, according to law."

The following is the warrant for the first town-
meeting held in Kingston, and the names of the per-
sons chosen to fill the different offices will be given :

" Pursuant to an Order of the Great and General Court to me
directed, these are to notify and summon the inhabitants of tho
town of Kingston qualified for votes to assemble and meet to-
gether at the meeting-house in Kingston uforosaid on Monday,
the twenty-ninth day of August instant, at ten of the clock in
the forenoon, to choose town officers, to stand until tho next
annual ulection, according to law. Dated at Kingston afore-
said, the thirteenth of August, Anno Domini 1726."

At this meeting Maj. John Bradford was chosen
moderator; Joseph Mitchell, clerk ; Benjamin Eaton,
Thomas Croad, aud Jacob Mitchell, selectmen and
assessors; Ensign Wrestliug Brewster, treasurer;
Joseph Mitchell, constable ; Seth Chipman, tithiug-
man ; John Gray aud Samuel Foster, hog- reeves ;
Robert Cook and Jacob Cook, Jr., fence-viewers ;

Samuel Ring, surveyor. At the next town-meeting
in December the debt was about one hundred and
fifty-six pounds, of which Rev. Mr. Stacy's salary
was sixty pounds, and the school appropriation forty

Having passed the period of the incorporation of
the town, its history for the succeeding century will
be given in the form of annals, and that will embrace
most, if not all, that is recorded of the church history
down to the year 1800 ; also items from the records
relating to the schools during the same period will be
put in their proper places.


FROM 1727 TO 1884.

Annals.— 1727, March 20. The salary of Rev. Mr.
Stacy was to be ninety-five pounds. The school to
be kept four months at Robert Cook's and eight
months at the school-house near the river. John
Cook, Caleb Stetson, and Gershoin Bradford were
chosen " to clear all ye brooks and rivers of all obstruc-
tions to the passage of fish."

1728. Voted to build two seats at each end of the
meeting-house above the galleries for negroes and
Indians to sit.

1729. John Pratt was "allowed the liberty of
dwelling in the school-house near Mr. Sevcr's for ye
space of three mouths' time that the school shall not
be kept."

1730. Jan. 20. Giles Rickard's name as school-
master first appears this year, but he probably had
been employed previously. At a town-meeting twelve
pounds were raised " to supply Francis Wilkes and
Jonathan Belcher, Esq., agents of the sd. house at
the Court of Great Britain, to enable y m to solicit y'
affairs of this country."

March 9th. The minister's salary was raised to oue
hundred aud twenty pounds. The selectmen were
ordered to have " suitable wiudows made at the ends
of y" meeting-house against the uppermost galleries
where the iudians and negroes sit." James Cobb was
" to take care of the indians aud negroes that on y°
Sabbath-day they resort to those seats which are
built for them in said meeting-house." Seth Chip-
man and John Fiuney were chosen " to take care and
to suppress those youths that are vicious or disorderly
on Sabbath-days."

December 7th. " Choose Cornelius Drew to take



care of and to regulate the indiao and negro servants
on the Sahbath-days."

1732. Forty-five pounds were raised for the school.

1735. For several years past rewards have been
offered by the town for the killing of wild-cats.

173C. Jabez Washburu was chosen to repair the

1737, A presentment for not having a pair of
stocks in this town. Voted " to build a pair, and
the selectmen are to see that they are made accord-
ing to law."

1738, The minister's salary this year was one hun-
dred and forty-five pounds, and Mr. Rickard's sixty

1739, March 5. Stringent fish laws were passed at
this meeting.

May 21st. Voted " to give Mr. Giles Rickard, the
present schoolmaster, one week out of his year's ser-
vice to improve for his own advantage in hay-making

Died this year Samuel Drew, the ancestor of the
Duxbury and Kingston families of that name. He
was the son of John Drew, who arrived in Plymouth
about 1642, and was, like his father, a prominent
ship-builder. He was in Duxbury, 1713, but after-
wards removed to Kingston.

1740, May 27. By the records it does not appear
since the incorporation of the town that any repre-
sentative had been sent to the General Court until at
this time, afier a period of fourteen years, Capt. Ger-
shom Bradford was chosen their first representative.
For several, if not all the previous, years it is recorded
that the people voted not to send a representative,
but an excuse for not doing so.

1741, March 26. Voted "to pay Rev. Mr. Stacie's
salary the first Sabbath-day of every month through
the year." The town and church were soon called to
mourn the loss of their minister, for on the 25th of
August the Rev. Joseph Stacy died of a fever, aged
forty-seven years. He was born in Cambridge, 1694,
and served his time at the shoemaking business, but
afterwards received an education at Harvard College,
and was settled in the ministry here. He married
Patience Warren, of Plymouth, who died Jan. 13,
1730, in her thirty-third year. In a note left by
Rev. Z. Willis he says Mr. Stacy " was small of
stature and of great activity, delighted in gunning
aud fishing, for which amusements there was a good
opening in his day in this place. This passion he
did not indulge to the neglect of his studies, in which
he was very diligent. He was happy in the affec-
tions and love of his people. His abilities were
middling ; his piety was great." On the day follow-

ing his death a special meeting of the inhabitants
was held, and Francis Adams was selected as moder-
ator. Deacon John Washburn, Deacon Wrestling
Brewster, and Mr. John Faunce were appointed
agents " in behalf of y* town to treat with the minis-
ters of the neighboring towns in order to supplying
y* pulpit with a suitable person." Voted, " that the
Rev. Mr. Stacie shall be honorably buried at y*
charge of the town." The selectmen were added
to the committee " in order to provide those things
that shall be thought suitable and decent in order to
the funeral of Rev. Mr. Stacie, deceased."

A Mr. Clapp was the next candidate for the min-
istry, but nothing is recorded concerning him, ex-
cepting that a committee, consisting of Nicholas
Sever, Esq., Mr. Benjamin Eaton, Mr. John Faunce,
and Mr. Judah Hall, was appointed " to go to Taun-
ton to inquire after Mr. Clapp's character."

1742, March 1. Voted "to raise £160, old
tenor, for supplying the pulpit with a suitable person
for the year ensuing." The committee was instructed
to engage the Rev. Jedediah Adams to supply the
pulpit for a season. On the 12th of April both
church and town made choice of Rev. Mr. Adams as
their pastor ; but at a subsequent meeting of the
town, May 17th, " it refused to vote £160, old tenor,
to Rev. Jedediah Adams," and thus no settlement
was then made. At a church meeting, July 26th, it
was voted " that the Rev. Mr. Thaddeus Maccarty
be the pastor of the Church of Christ in Kingston,"
and the town by a unanimous vote, August 16th,
concurred in the same. The minister's salary was
fixed at £160, old tenor, or "an equivalent in the
new emission." Also a settlement of £300, old tenor,
or its equivalent, was voted, one-half to be paid the
first year, and the remainder the next.

September 20th. One hundred pounds, old tenor,
was added to the settlement, to be paid in two years
after the other should be paid ; and it was further
agreed, " that in consideration of the unanimity of
the church and town in the choice of Mr. Maccarty,
that after four years the town will add forty pounds,
old tenor, to his salary."

October 25th. " The ministers and messengers and
their wives were invited to the entertainment at the
ordination of the Rev. Mr. Maccarty, " which took
place Nov. 3, 1742. Rev. Ellis Gray, of Boston,
delivered the sermon, Rev. Mr. Eels, of Scituate, the
charge, aud Rev. Mr. Lewis, of Pembroke, the right
hand of fellowship.

December 6th. Voted " to allow Nicholas Sever,
Esq., for keeping the ministers, and his charge on
the road between Boston and Kingston, twenty-five



pounds;" also, "to allow Mr. Benj. Sampson for
keeping ministers, and keeping y" ministers at Mr.
Maecarty's ordination, y 8 sum of thirty-two pounds
iud ten shillings."

1743. March 14. The sum of ten pounds, old
tenor, was offered to any person belonging to the
town who might kill an "old grown wolf." A bridge
was built over Jones' River, between Robert Brad-
ford's and Capt. Bradford's ; and it was ordered, Sep-
tember 16th, to be built in same manner and method
as "Jones' River Great Bridge was built." This
was at the place now known as Triphammer.

1744. A wolf was killed in the town this year.

1745. A trouble between minister and people be-
gan to be manifested during the early part of the
year. It was occasioned by the opposition of a ma-
jority of the parish to the famous preacher, Rev.
George Whitefield, then in the midst of his wonder-
ful career in New England. January 29th, it was
voted " not to allow itinerant preachers to preach in
the meeting-house, aud that Nicholas Sever, Esq.,
Mr. Judah Hall, Mr. Robert Bradford, Deac. Brew-
ster, Mr. John Faunce, Mr. Francis Adams, Mr.
William Ripley, Mr. Ebenezer Fuller, and Joseph
Mitchell be a parish committee, aud that they take care
to see that there be hooks and staples put to the case-
ments in the meeting-house, that nobody may get in
at unseasonable times to do damage in y c meeting-
house. Also that this committee shall have a pru-
dential power relating to the meeting-house and other
parish affairs, and particularly to itinerant ministers,
who haviug of late been troublesome in many places,
and as Mr. Maccarty may be in danger of being over-
borne by their insolence, the said committee are de-
sired to use their good office to prevent the same aud
to guard the meeting-house from them, viz. : itiner-
ant ministers." They were also requested to wait
upon the Rev. Mr. Maccarty and use their good
offices with him for the healing and accommodating
any difficulties which of late may have arisen, and to
preveut the like for the future. Later iu the year it
was rumored that Mr. Maccarty had invited Mr.
Whitefield, in spite of the wishes of the parish, to
deliver a Thursday lecture, aud the committee, to j
prevent his occupying the pulpit, had the church
fastcued against him. This caused a bitter feeling, j
and Mr. Maccarty immediately asked for bis dismis- |
sion. The church soon granted it, aud the town, )
November 7th, " concurred with the vote of the j
church to dismiss Rev. Mr. Maccarty from his pas-
toral office." He preached his farewell sermon the I
3d of November, ou the third anniversary of his or-
dination, but it was not printed until 1804, nearly

sixty years afterwards. The date of his ordination
does not appear on either the town or church records,
but the printed sermon is dated Nov. 3, 1745, and iu
it Mr. Maccarty refers to the sermon " preached at my
ordination, this day 3 years," and a foot-note to which
this sentence refers says, ''Nov. 3, 1742." If these
dates are correct, then the farewell sermon was
preached before the town had dismissed their min-
ister, for that action is on record November 7th, as
before stated. It may be that after the church had
granted his dismission, Mr. Maccarty preached his
farewell sermon without waiting for the decision of
the towu. A few extracts from the sermon are here
copied :

" However, amid ull the imperfections of my ministry, I hope
it has not been altogether an unsuccessful one. I have
not laboured in vain, and spent my strength for naught aud in
vain ; that some souls have been savingly wrought upon by my
ministrations. I hope I cunnot say with the dresser of the
vineyard of old to his Lord, ' Behold, these three years I come
seeking fruit on this tig-tree, und find none.' Vet thus much I
can say, that these 3 years have I couie seeking fruit, and find
but very little. ... In all probability I shall no mure preach
the gospel to you ; yet I hope you will have it preached to you
in a much better manner, in the power and purity of it, and
have it become the power of God to your salvation. It may be
I shall never see you all again in this world. However, I find
in myself a disposition to wish every one's welfare in alt re-
gards, temporal and spiritual. . . . And as to whatever has
occurred of a disagreeable nature to me (and some things have
occurred of this sort), I think I can say truly I indulge not a
malicious, reveugeful spirit towards any, but contrariwise, and
wish all the blessings of heaven may plentifully descend upon
you, and an increase of all the blessings of Hod's footstool. . . .
I know not how better to conclude than in the words of my
text. 'Therefore watch, and remember that by the space of"
three years I ceased not to warn every one, night and day,
with tears.' And now, brethren, I commend you to (Jud, anil
to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up aud to
give you an inheritance among all them that arc sauctilicd."

The following, relating to Mr. Maccarty, is takeu
from the church records, aud was written by Rev.
Z. Willis : " He was a mau tall of stature, slender
of habit, with a black, penetrating eye. As a public
preacher he was solemn, loud, searching, and rousing.
He and his people separated in a pot, for which they
were afterwards ashamed. He aud they for many
years afterward expressed an high regard for each
other. He was afterwards settled in the ministry,
and spent his days at Worcester; but, as he himself
iuformed me, was never so happy as in Kingston."
Mr. Maccarty preached in Kingston in 1780, just
after the ordination of Mr. Willis, and that was prob-
ably the last time. He died iu Worcester, July 18,

1746, Jan. 27. The church decided to give Rev.
William Rand a call to the work of the ministry, and
February 13th the town concurred with the same,



and, " in case he accepts, to allow him two hundred
puunds, old tenor." At the next town-meeting Mr.
Rand made the following answer:

" To the freeholders and other inhabitants of the town of Kings-
ton, assembled Mar. 14, 174U.
" Gentlemen, — I rec'd a copy ot' some votes of your meeting
of the loth of Feb. last by your committee, whereby I understand I
that the town has concurred with the Church in making choice
of uie for your minister. I have taken the mutter into serious j
and mature consideration, and have at last determined to accept
of your invitation, judging that there is a direction of Provi-
dence that I should settle iu the ministry among you. Gentle-
men, [ hope and can truly say that I seek not yours, but you.
As to the ulfer you make me in your vote, I accept of it for the
present ; but if the value of our paper currency sink as it has
done iu years past, I trust you will be willing to make a reason-
able allowance; and as you have in time past been so generous
as to provide tire-wood for your minister, it will be acceptable
tu me if you will do the like for me in such a way as shall be
most agreeable to you. And I trust you will provide for me a
house to dwell in, till such time as I shall have opportunity to
settle myself, at which time, if any persons shall be so good as
to atford me some small assistance towards my settling, it shall
be thankfully accepted.

" Wm. Rand."

September 12th. Esquire Sever was allowed sixty-
five pounds seven shillings, old tenor, for the install-
ment and boarding of the Rev. Mr. Rand.

1747, Feb. 16. Deacon Brewster was allowed
seven pounds eleven shillings, old tenor, for charges
in removing the Rev. Mr. Rand's family.

September 14th. Giles Rickard was allowed a
salary of one hundred pounds, old tenor.

1751. It was decided to eularge the meetiug-house,
aud Benjamin Sampson, Robert Bradford, Samuel
Foster, Esquire Sever, aud Benjamin Lothrop were
appointed a committee for that purpose. Jonathan
Holmes gave privilege to Deacon Wrestling Brewster,
Joseph and Micah Holmes, of Kingston, and Dr.
Pulycarpus Loring, of Plympton, to erect a grist-mill
at the mouth of Jones River Pond. There was a tbrge
or iron-mill then standing near the place.

1752. A second pair of stocks was made, and a
whipping-post added. They were located west of the
church, near the Adams line.

August 3d. " John Faunce was chosen to take care
of and search for iron ore in Jones River Pond."

September 18th. The twenty new pews iu the
meeting-house were sold at " public veudue." Pre-
vious to this time but few pews had been built, a
large part of the congregation sitting upon benches,
styled men's and women's seats, as appear many times
on the records.

1753. May 23. Nathan Bradford granted to Elisha
Stetson, Wrestling Brewster, David Sturtevant, and
Ichabod Bradford, owners of the grist-mill at Stony

Brook, a cartway from said mill to the county road,
for five and a half bushels of Indian corn yearly.

1754, March 18. " Chose Deacon Brewster and
Robert Bradford to take care and see that the meet-
ing-house be plastered overhead."

November 29th. John Brewster was chosen one of
the selectmen in place of Joseph Mitchell, deceased.
Mr. Mitchell was the first clerk of the town, and held
that office until his death, with the exception of the
years 1745 and 1746.

1756, May 17. Voted, " that the town stores of
powder, balls, &c, be lodged in the garret of the

1757, March 14. Dr. John Sever was allowed one
pound five shillings and four pence for medicine and
attendance on two Indian squaws.

1758, April 19. Died, Benjamin Sampson, the
ancestor of the earlier Sampson family of Kingston.
He was son of Stephen, of Duxbury, the son of
Henry, who arrived 1620. His name appears on the
town records as early as 1729, and in 1753 was one
of the selectmen, and representative to the General

1759 Giles Rickard, tho schoolmaster, was allowed
two shillings for one-quarter cord of wood that the
French family burned in the school-house. They
were probably some of the Acadian exiles. One of
the northwest roads was laid out this year, " begin-
ning at the county road that leads from the meeting-
house to Joseph Holmes', where the way turns out
that leads to Nathan Wright's," etc. Also the road
" from the meeting-house to Duxburough road that
goes by Thomas Adams'." This is the road from the
present Unitarian Church to the Patuxet House.

1760, March 26. Died, Israel Bradford, the grand-
son of Governor William Bradford. His name stauds
first on the petition for the separation of the town.

1761. Forty pounds were appropriated for the

1764. The town gave liberty to build a steeple to
the meetiug-house, and also the placing of a bell iu it,
as a considerable sum had been subscribed for that
purpose. Gershow Cobb had liberty " to build a
porch on the opposite end of the meeting-house from
where the steeple may be placed." It was ordered to
be built ten feet square, and the posts to be the same

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