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tuxet House, tweuty-five or thirty skeletons were
exhumed, and in some of the graves wrought-iron
nails were found in a good state of preservation, and
also a substance that showed plainly it was some kind
of woven cloth. Some of the bones were examined by
scientific persons, who expressed their opinion that



they were Indian remains. If such was the fact, the
interments must have been made at a period when
the natives had adopted the English mode of burial.
It is well known that on the westerly side of Ridge
Hill, near where the railroad passes, there was a
burial-place of the natives, aud Deacon James Foster
at one time opened some of the graves aud fouud
therein implements such as was customary to be
placed with the body at the time of burial. Had
such articles been discovered in the first-named
burial-ground there would have beeu no question
raised upon the subject, but when one considers
that what was found there with the human remains
was of English manufacture, it is difficult uot to be-
lieve that many of the early settlers were there
buried. As Jones River was a ceutral poiut between
Plymouth and Duxbury, and a union of the two
towns at that place was actually suggested at one
time, it is very easy to suppose that that spot might
have beeu a common burial-place for the inhabitants
of quite an extensive territory, and this was the
place the writer had in his mind when the statement
was made on page 247 that Elder Brewster might
have been buried in Plymouth, even if not on the
hill in the town proper. A return to the house of
Governor Bradford, to which reference is also there
made, would have been less than half a mile in dis-
tance. But it is a matter of conjecture where many
of the early Pilgrims were buried, and it is hardly
probable that any light will ever be thrown upon the
subject whereby we shall ever know anything more of
their last resting-places.

The Hues of Dr. 0. W. Holmes come vividly to
mind :

" The weary pilgrim slumbers,

His resting-place uuknuwn ;
His hands were crossed, his lids were closed,

The dust was o'er him strown.
The drifting soil, the mouldering leaf,

Along the sod were blown ;
Hid mound has melted into earth,

His memory lives alone."

The Churchyard. — After the formation of Jones
River parish, Maj. John Bradford gave a lot of land
for the meeting-house and burial-ground, and that was
the only one used until the year 1840, when it was
enlarged on the northerly side. In 1854 the beau-
tiful Evergreen Cemetery adjoining this latter portion
of the old ground was laid out by proprietors, and
this part, with the rest of the old churchyard, is in
one inclosure. Within the limits of the old yard
nine hundred and thirtysix names are inscribed on
the gravestones that were erected there previously to
the year 1860. The oldest stone is to the memory



2SG



HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY.



of a child of Mr. Charles Little, and bears the


date






" Erected to the .Memory of


Feb. 14, 1717/18. Of the number of persons


who






John T
Major-General,


UOMAS,

Conimandcr-in-


are buried there, and whose names are given, one


died






Chief of tho Army in Canada in


in the one hundred and eighth year of his age,


four-






the Revolutionary War, who died


teen between niuety and one hundred years, niuety-






at Chauiblee, June 2, 1776, JK. 52."


uiue between eighty and ninety years, and one


hun-






" Here lyes y° Body


died aud twenty-two between seventy and eighty






of Mayjeak J


)IIN BllAlU'OUD,


years, thus showing a good degree of longevity for






who died Dec. S ,h ,
17V.


the inhabitants of the town.








In y e S


l iu year


A few inscriptions from some of the older g


rave-






of his age.


stones will be given here :


He lived near 62 y


ears with his wife."


'• Dcpositum hicjaeet








"Here lies buried the Body uf


JostiiMii Stacy Corpus








Nicholas Seveii, Esq.,


nupcr Ecclcsim Regiopolitame








who deceased th


e seventh day of


Pastoris Reverendi qui Obit








April, Anno Doui.


jne Thousand seven


August! vigessiuio quinto Die








hundred & Sixty-


bur, Aged Eighty-


Anno 17-41. .Etatis Sum








four years. He was many years first Justice


quadra gessiuio Septiuio."








of the Inferior Cou


rt for the County of










Plimouth, which office he resigned


" In memory of the








some years before his death."


Rev'd M r William Rand.








"Here lies Buried the body uf


Died March y° 14, 1779,








Mrs. Sauaii Skveii,


Aged 7'J years wanting 7 days.








wife of Nic


holas Sever,


Here ono whu long had ran the Christian Race,








of Kings


ton, Esq.,


Kindly relieved, recline? his hoary head,








who died Au


gust the 25 lb ,


And sweetly slumbering in this dark Embrace,








Anno D


am. 1756,


Listens the welcome Sound, Arise, ye Dead."








In the Six


y-lifth year










of her age."


" la memory of












Mr. Ebenezek Conn,








" Here ly


es y° Body


who died Dee. 8, 1801,








of Mrs. Pitisc


LLA WlSWALL,


aged 107 years,








widow of Rev.


elm bod Wiswall,


8 months, A 6 days.








late of Duxbury.


Obt. June Z, \.u.


When age, all patient & without regret,








1724, .


EX. 71.


Lies down in peace and pays the general debt,








In glory Christ unites the Just,


"lis weakness most unmanly to deplore








Tho' distant graves divide the dust."


The death of those who relish life no more."
















The


principal officers


of the town of Kingston


" Miss Lucy Little, Doccased Sep' 29th,




from 172G to 1885 have been as follows :


1756, Aged 37 years, 5 months.












Reader! Beneath this Mournful Pile is laid




MODERATORS AT THE ANNUAL MARCH MEETINGS.


What Once was Beauty and a Spotless Maid.




1727.


Thomas Croad.


1780. Ebunezur Washburn.


Here was each Virtue and each Grace combined,




1728-29.


Joshua Cushing.


1781. John Gray.


Fair was her Form, but fairer was her Mind.




1730.


N


cholas Sever.


1782-S4. Joseph Sampson.


So bright in Her The Sex's Virtues shone,




1731.


Gershom Bradford.


1785-86. John Gray.


They Seemed all centered in this Maid Alone.




1732.


N


oholas Sever.


1787. Eheiiezer Washburn.


Tho Uaruiouy of Life thus kept Intire,




1733.


Ju


dah Hall.


1788. John Gray.


She Joined at Death the Fair Angelic Quire;




1734-


35.


Gershom Bradford.


1789-91. Jcdcdiah Holmes.


The Fair Angelie Quire with Joy Contest




1736.


Nicholas Sever.


1792. John Gray.


They Ne'er had welcom'd a more Charming Ouest.




1737-


38.


Gershom Bradford.


1793-US. Jedediah Holmes.


Led by the Admiring Throng, She takes Her seat,




1739-40.


Nicholas Sever.


1799. Joseph Sampson.


And Half an Angel herb now Shines AOove compleat."


1741-43.


Gerahoui Bradford.


1800-1. Jedediah Holmes.






1744-54.


Nicholas Sever.


1S02. John Gray.


" Here lies deposited what was mortal




1755-


58.


Robert Bradford.


180.1. John Thomas.


of Ann Waiuikn Seven,




1759.


William Sever.


1804-6. Seth Drew.


daughter to the Hon. William Sever, Esq.,




1760-


62.


Robert Bradford.


1807-10. Joseph Holmes, Jr.


a Sarah his wife,




1703.


Jo


hn Thomas.


1811. James Sever.


who died Jan* y« 19, 178S, Anno Etntis 25.




1704-


72.


Robert Bradford.


1812. John Thomas.


How oft I gazed prophetically sad,




1773-


•75.


John Thomas.


1813. James Sever.


How oft I saw her dead while yet in smiles !




1776-


•77.


John Gray.


1814. Joseph Holmes, Jr.


In smiles she sunk her grief to lessen mine;




1778.


Ebene/er Washburn.


IS 15. Silas Tobey.


She spoke me comfort a increased my pain."




1779.


James Drew.


1S10. Joseph Holmes, Jr.



HISTORY OP KINGSTON.



287



1317-1S. John Thomas.
1519. Jo=>e|>h Holmes, Jr.
1320. George Russell.
1821-30. Eli Cook.
1S31. Alexander Holmes.
1832-35. Eli Cook.
1836. Thomas Cusbtnan.
1337. Josiah Holmes.
1S3S-39. James N. Sever.
1S40. Alexander Holuies.
1341. James N. Sever.

TOWN
1726-44. Joseph Mitchell.
1740-41). l'rancis Adams.
1747-54. Joseph Mitchell. 1
175o-i7. William Sever.
1758-03. John Faunee.
1764-00. John Thomas.
1767-63. John Faunee.
1769-73. John Gray.
1774-70. William Drew.
1777-1803. John Faunee.
1S04-0. Bildad Wuahburu.
1307-8. Georgo Russell.
1309-15. John Gray.



1842. John Gray, Jr.
1343-48. Alexander Holmes.
1847-49. Joseph Stetson.
1850. Thomas Russell.
1851-54. Alden S. Bradford.

1855. John Gray.

1856. Alden S. Bradford.

1857. Samuel E. Cushman.

1858. John Gray.
1859-75. Alden S. Bradford.
1376-S5. Walter H. Faunee.

CLEHKS.
1810. George Thomas.
1817-20. Spencer Bradford.
1821-22. George Russell. ■
1823. Spencer Bradford.
1824-28. Pelcg Bradford.
1829-37. Joseph Sampson.

1838. Charles C. Faunee.

1839. Joseph Sampson.
1840-50. Charles C. Faunee.
1851-78. Nathan Brooks.
1879-80. llorbert Soule.
1881-82. Joseph S. liobbins.
1S83-S5. Daniel IVincc.



TOWN TREASURERS.
1726-50. Deacon Wrestling

Brewster.
1751-63. John Faunee.
1764-08. Cornelius Sampson.
1769-1803. John Gray.
1304-5. Crocker Sampson.
1S06-8. Judah Washburn.
1S09-26. Samuel Stetson.*
1827-23. Speneer Bradford.



1829-35. Eli Cook.
1S30-39. Joseph Sampson.
1340-42. David Beal.
1843-44. Joseph Sampson. 4
1845-57. Thomas Russell.
1358-78. Nathan Brooks.
1879-80. Herbert Soule.
1881-82. Joseph S. Bobbins.
1883-S5. Daniel I'rinee.



1726.

171'7

1729

1732.

1733-

1737-

1741,

1742.

174::.

1744-
1748.
1749-
1752.
1753.
1754.
1755
1756



SELECTMEN OF KINGSTON, 1720 TO 1385.

— Benjamin Eaton, Thomas Croade, Jacob Mitchell.
23. — Benjamin Eaton, Thomas Croado, Gershum Bradford.
31. — Gcrshotn Bradford, Francis Adams, Robert Cooke.
— Gershom Bradford, Samuel Foster, Joseph Mitchell.

36. — Francis Adams, Gershom Bradford, Joseph Mitchell.
1U.— Gershom Bradford, Suinuel Foster, Joseph Mitchell.
— Geisbom Bradford, Samuel Ring, Joseph Mitchell.
— Gershom Bradford, Samuel Foster, Robert Bradford.
— Gershom Bradford, Judah Hall, Robert Bradford.
47. — Nicholas Sever, Judah Hall, Robert Bradford.
—Nicholas Sever, Robert Bradford, William Ripley.
51. — Robert Bradford, Joseph Holmes, Joseph Mitchell.
— Robert Bradford, Samuel Foster, Joseph Mitchell.

— Benjamin Sampson, Robert Bradford, Joseph Mitchell.
— Nicholas Sever, Robert Bradford, Joseph Mitchell. 4

— Beujamin Lothrop, Samuel Ring, Cornelius Sampson.

57. — Robert Bradford, Benjamin Lothrop, Samuel Ring.



1 This year Mr. Mitchell died, and William Sever was chosen,
November 29th, to (ill the vacancy.

I Mr. Russell died, and George B. Holmes was chosen clerk

pro tan.

II Mr. Stetson resigned June 5, 1826.

* Mr. Sampson died December 0th, and Samuel Adams was
chosen treasurer. Mr. Adams resigned, aud Nathaniel Faunee
was chosen.

6 Mr. Mitchell died this year aud John Brewster was chosen.



1758. — John Faunee, John Fuller, John Gray. 6

1759-62.— Robert Bradford, John Gray, John Fuller.

1763. — Robert Bradford, John Fuller, Samuel Foster. 7

1764-69. — Robert Bradford, John Gray, John Thomas.

1770-74. — John Thomas, John Gray, Benjamin Cook.

1775. — John Thomas, John Gray, Ebene/.er Washburn. 8

1776. — John Gray, Ebenezer Washburn, Benjamin Cook.

1777. — Benjamin Cook, Ebenezer Washburn, Ebene/.er Cobb,
Jr.

1778. — Ebenezer Washburn, Jedediah Holmes, James Drew.

1779. — Peter West, Ebenezer Cobb, Jr., John Faunee.

1780. — John Gray, Benjamin Cook, John Faunee.

1781-84. — John Faunee, Jedediah Holmes, Joseph Sampson.

17S5— 86. — John Gray, Joseph Sampson, John Faonce.

17S7-88. — John Groy, John Faunee, Jedediah Holmes.

17S9. — John Gray, John Faunee, Ebenezer Washburn.

179(1-91. — John Gray, Jedediah Holmes, John Faunee.

1792-93. — John Gray, John Fauuce, Josiah Cook.

1794. — John Faunee, Josiah Cook, Jedediah Holmes.

1795. — Josiah Cook, John Gray, Ebenezer Washburn.

1796. — Ebenezer Washburn, Josiah Cook, Jedediah Holmes.

1797-98. — Ebenezer Washburn, Josiah Cook, Joseph Sampson.

1799-1302. — John Gray, Jedediah Holmes, John Faunee.

18U3. — John Faunee, Charles Holmes, Nathaniel Thomas.

1804-6. — Seth Drew, Josiah Cook, Joshua Delano.

1807-8. — John Faunco, Joshua Delano, Nathaniel Thomas.

1S09-12.— John Faunee, Nathaniel Thomas, Elisha Hall.

1813-14. — John Fauuce, Nathaniel Thomas, Robert McLaugh-
lin, Jr.

1S15. — Nathaniel Thomas, Robert McLaughlin, Jr., John Gray.

1 SI 6-20.— John Gray, Robert McLaughlin, Jr., Robert Cook,
Jr.

1821-22.— John Gray, Robert Cook, Jr., Spencer Bradford.

1S23-24. — John Gray, Robert McLaughlin, Jr., Spencer Brad-
ford.

1825.— John Gray, Eli Cook, Josiah Cook, Jr.

1826. — Josiah Cook, Jr., Eli Cook, Nathaniel Holmes.

1327. — Samuel Ring, Nathaniel Faunco, George Adams.

1828. — John Gray, Robert McLaughlin, Nathaniel Faunee.

1329. — Nathaniel Chandler, Josiah Holmes, Zebulon Iiisbec.

1830-33. — Zebulon Bisbee, Josiah Holmes, Samuel Adams.

1834. — Zebulon Bishee, Josiah Holmes, Nathaniel Faunee.

1835-37. — Nathaniel Faunee, Thomas C. Holmes, Asaph
Holmes.

1833-39. — Josiah Holmes, John Gray, Jr., James Foster.

1840-41. — Josiah Holmes, John Gray, Jr., Elkanah Cushman.

1842. — Nathaniel Faunee, Zebulon Bisbee, Samuel Adams.

1343-44. — Nathaniel Faunee, Samuel Adums, Thomas C.
Holmes.

1845-52. — Samuel Adams, Nathaniel Faunee, Alden S. Brad-
ford.

1353. — Alden S. Bradford, Thomas Cushman, Stephen Holmes
(2d).

1S54. — AMon S. Bradford, Stephen Uolnies CM), John Gray. 9

1S55. — Allien is. Bradford, James Foster, Nathaniel Faunee.



c An order from Genera) Court declared the March meeting
illegal, and another meeting was held Juno 7th, at which Robert
Bradford and Benjamin Lothrop were chosen in place of Messrs.
Faunee and Fuller.

7 Another meeting is recorded, at which John Thomas and
John Gray were chosen in place of Messrs. Fuller and Foster.

H Benjamin Cook was chosen in the place of Juhn Thomas
when the latter left town to join the army.

8 Mr. Gray afterwards declined, and Samuel E. Cushman was
chosen.



238



HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY.



1S.">6. — Allien S. Bradford, James Foster, Samuel Ailams.
IS57. — Edward Gray, Samuel Adams, Martin L. Tuppcr.
1S5S. — Johu Gray, Samuel E. Cushinao, Walter II. Faunce.
1859. — Kdward Gray, Samuel E. I'usuiuan, Walter II. Faunce.
1800-62. — Edward Gray, Samuel E. Cushiuan, dialled Evcison.
1SG3.— Edward Gray, Aldcn S. Bradford, Cornelius A. Bartlett. 1
1S64-65. Edward Gray, Aldcn S. Bradford, Charles Everson.
1S06-77. — Alden S. Bradford, Edward Gray, John F. Holmes. -
1878. — Aldeu S. Bradford, John F. Holmes, William S. Adams.
1S79 — Alden S. Bradford, Johu F. Holmes, Walter II. Fauuee.
1SS0-S4.— Walter II. Faunco, John F. Holmes, Philander Cobb.



REPRESENTATIVES TO

1710-41. Capt. Gershom Brad- i

ford.
1751. Joseph Mitehell.

1753. Benjamin Sampson.

1754. William Sever.
1755-5S. John Brewster.
1759-62. Capt. Robert Brad-

ford.

17G6-G9. William Sever.

1770. Capt. Robert Bradford.

1773. Johu Gray.

1775. John Gray. 3

177(1. William Sever and Bea-
con Eben'r Washburn.

1777. Capt. Eben'r Washburn.

177S. Isaac Brewster.

17S0. William Drew.

17S1-93. Eben'r Washburn.

1794-95. Maj. Scth Drew.

1796. Eben'r Washburn.

1797. Maj. Seth Brew.
1S00-2. Jedediah Holmes.
1303-4. Maj. Seth Brew.
1S05-S. John Fauuee.
1809-16. Col. John Thomas.
1819. John Thomas.
1822-23. Capt. John Gray.
1827-2S. Thomas P. Beal.
1829-30. Rev. /,. Willis.

1831. Spencer Bradford.

1832. Spencer Bradford. 4
183-1. George Russell.
1S35. Beucoo Seth Brew.
183C. Joseph Holmes.

1837. Beacon Seth Brew.

1838. Joseph Holmes.
1S39. James M. Sever.
1840. Josiah Holmes.



THE GENERAL COURT.

1541. Zcbulou Bisbee.

1542. Beacon Seth Brew.
1843. Uriah Bartlett.
1845. Uriah Bartlett.
1S46. Joseph S. Beal.
134S. Elkanah Cashman.

1850. Francis Johnson. 3

1851. Nathaniel Faunce.
IS52. Stephen Holmes (2d).
IS55. Nathan Brooks.

1856. Edward Gray.

1857. Henry lluut.
1S58. William Ellison. 6

1859. Job W. Brew.

1860. George Bradford, of
Duxbury.

1861. Frederick C. Adams.

1862. Henry B. McLaughlin,
of Buxbury.

1863. Alden S. Bradford.

1564. Augustus Weston, of
Buxbury

1565. Cephas Washburn.
1866. Jubez Keep, of Buxbury.
ISG7. Noah Prince.
1868. Eden Wadsworth, of

Buxbury.
1S69. Joseph A. Stranger.
1870-71. Hambleton E.Smith,

of Buxbury.

1872. Josiah Peterson, of Bux-
bury.

1873. Nahum Bailey, Jr.
1S74. Samuel Loring, of Bux-
bury.

1875. Stephen M. Allen, of
Buxbury.

1876. E. Everett Waterman.



1877. Georgo Bradford

Buxbury.
1S7S. Philander Cobb.

1879. William Savery.'

1880. Walter II. Faunce.



of XSSI. Pelcg McFarlin, of Car-
ver.
! 1882. Benjamin W. Bobbins.
1883-84. Frederick M. Harrub,
of Plyiuptuu.

STATISTICS.



I



Population in ISS0

Valuation of real estate, 1879

Valuation of personal estato, 1879

Hate of taxation, S7.20 per SloiiO

Number of dwelling-houses taxed in 1S79...,

Number uf acres of land '* " ....



1524

S73S,255

712,687

311
10,453



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH.



1 Mr. Bartlett afterwards declined, and Samuel E. Cushman
was chosen. -

-Mr. Gray deceased 1877, and William S. Aduins chosen
April 30th.

3 After Mr. Gray was elected, the town refused to send a
representative to his Majesty's court, but William Sever wus
elected a delegate to the Provincial Cougress at Watertown.

* This year the election for representative took place in
November, so the representative, Spencor Bradford, chosen at
that liiuo served in the session of 1833.

5 Mr. Johnson died Feb. 9, 1850, and Nathauiel Faunce wus
elected to 611 tbo vacancy.

6 Buxbury and Kingston formed ouc representative district,
and William Ellison, of Buxbury, was elected.



SAMUEL ABAMS.
This person, who was so well known by many of the
present generation, and whose familiar features are so
faithfully represented in this work, was the sou of
Francis and Mercy Adams, and was born June 23,
1790. He could well be called a representative of
the Adams family, as his parents were cousins, both
being grandchildren of the first Francis Adams, who
settled in Kingston about 1727, and from whom,
through the Holmes, Cook, and Stetson families, in
this town, so many of the prominent and wealthy citi-
zens also have descended. His father was a farmer,
and lived in the northerly part of the town near
Duxbury, where he died March 2G, 1823, aged
seventy-three. The mother lived to an advanced age,
dying Nov. 25, 1843, aged ninety. The late Dr. E.
Holmes, of Wiuthrop, Me., writes of her as "a very
humble and unpretending person, yet a very remark-
able woman. I have never met with a person of
more tenacious memory, nor one who, with so few
advantages of early education, hud it so well stored
with so many facts and traditions. She was upright,
honest, industrious, frugal, kind, and affectionate in
all the walks of life. She was a mother indeed not
only to her own family, but to all within the circle of
her acquaintance, ever ready to listen to the calls for
aid or counsel, aud, where there was sickness or grief,
spreading comfort, hope, and encouragement wherever
she went.'' After receiving what little education the
common schools of that day afforded he learned the
trade of a carpenter, and after reaching his majority
was for a while engaged iu that occupation. At one
time, after he had finished some work in a neighboring

' Buxbury, Kingston, Plympton, and Carver formed one
representative district, and William Savcry, of Carver, was
elected.




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village, he returned home at the close of the day aud
fuund his father reaping alone in his field. Wishing
to render him some assistance, he joined in the work
aud labored until late in the evening. By overexer-
tion, the weather being very warm, he was soon pros-
trated with a rheumatic fever, aud after partially re-
covering therefrom suffered from a relapse, and the
effects of that severe sickness were visible throughout
his eutire life. It rendered him incapable of return-
ing to his former vocation, aud he soon turned his
attention to a manufacturing business.

Iu 1727 his great-grandfather, Francis Adams,
commenced business as a clothier and dyer at the
place on Jones River that had previously belonged to
William Counier. His son, John, succeeded to the
same business, and died in 1806. In 1818 this water
privilege was owned by a company styled the " Jones
River Manufacturing Company," and it was trans-
ferred that year to Messrs. Johnson, Hyde & Co.,
who built a cotton-factory there, and after a time



Samuel xVdams was appointed the agent of the com-
pany. For years he continued iu that capacity.

The factory was burned to the ground in March,
1845. By his habits of strict economy he accumu-
lated a handsome property. He was chosen one of
the selectmen iu 1830, and also the three years fol-
lowing. He was again elected to the same office in
1842, aud for the ten years succeeding, when, after
an intermission of three years, he served duiiug the
years 1856-57. After the death of Joseph Samp-
son, Esq., the town treasurer, in December, 1S44, he
was elected to fill the vacancy, but soon resigned the
office. He married, first, Priscilla Ford, of Marsh-
field, who died March 10, 1837 ; second, Abigail H.
Bearse, of Kingston. Mr. Adams died Nov. 12,
1863, in his seventy-fourth year. In 1883, Mrs.
Adams presented to the town the beautiful soldiers'
monument that now stands on the green, aud which
was dedicated November 1st, with appropriate cere-
monies.



19



HISTORY OF LAKEVILLE.



BY GEN. E. W. PIERCE.



CHAPTER I.



ABORIGINAL HISTORY.



What now constitute the territorial limits of
the township of Lakeville were from 1669 to 1853
embraced in and formed a part of Middleboro', the
period of time that elapsed between the date of the
incorporation of the latter and that of the former
being nearly one hundred and eighty-four years, or
only sixteen years less than two centuries, and yet at
the date when Middleboro' was incorporated, Plym-
outh had been settled by the white people nearly fifty
years, and the great and good old Massasoit, chief
sachem of the Indians in this part of the country,
had been dead some eight years. That first half-cen-
tury after the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth
witnessed the close of that long and remarkably peace-
ful reign of Massasoit, the accession to the vacated
throne by Wauisutta, eldest son of the dead monarch,
the suddeu death of Wamsutta, which event termi-
nated his reign in the same year in which it began, and
the coming into power as chief sachem of Metacom,
a son of Massasoit, and younger brother of Wam-
sutta, now much more familiarly and generally known
in history as King Philip.

Philip, as king and chief ruler over a comparatively
numerous and powerful people, established his seat of
empire at Pokanoket, now Bristol, It. I., from whence
he sent forth his maudates and issued decrees to nu-
merous sub-chiefs having the personal oversight and
particular rule of tribes or parts of tribes of Indiaus
inhabiting many different localities in what has now
come to be some half-dozen counties in the States of
Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Among these sub-chiefs above alluded to was Pam-
antaquash, or, as be was then familiarly known, the
Pond Sachem, which appellation was expressive or
descriptive of the locality of that people over which
he ruled, it being that section of country surrounding
immediately, bordering upon, and embracing those
290



beautiful sheets of water that long since came to be
known as the great Middleboro' Ponds.

The date at which we would call the particular
attention of the reader was in, or perhaps a little before,
the year 1668. King Philip had now been in power
about six years, and Pamantaquash, the sub-chief,
had doubtless attained to numerous years, aud being
in failing health deemed it proper to make provision
for a disposition of some of his sublunary interests,
which he did in a nuncupative will, that after his
death, being duly attested, found place in a book of



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