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G. Elms, vice-president ; Otis L. Bonney, secretary ;
Mrs. I. McLellan, treasurer.

Military. — The spirit awakened by the wars with
Great Britain survived long after peace was declared,
and military companies were organized and uniformed,
whose parades attracted much attention, and the day
was passed as a holiday. These soon superseded the
parades of the enrolled militia, whose promiscuous dress
of black hats and white hats, green jackets and gray,
had uot the charm of the blue uniform of the volun-
teer companies, and these received much encourage-
ment. About the time of the incorporation of the
town the Hanson Light Infantry was formed, chiefly
through the influence of Nathaniel Collamore, who
was commissioned captain, with Ebenezer B. Keen,
lieutenant, and Nathaniel Wales ensign.

The following were musicians : Thomas Guruey,
fifer ; Ezekiel Turner, clarionet ; Seth Turner, clar-
ionet ; Warren Bourne, bass drum ; Isaiah Kecnc,
tenor drum ; E. B. K. Gurney, Kent bugle.

In the fall of 183G a second light infantry com-
pany was formed in the south part of the town, its
members in part belonging to other towns. This had
its armory at Martin Bryant's hall, iu Pembroke.
This was called the Washington Guards, whose com-
manding officers were Daniel Collins, William D.
Bearce, E. B. K. Gurney, aud W. H. H. Bryant.
The first parade was made in May, 1837. The
muster-roll of the Guards numbered eighty-two names,
of whom fifty are now living. In 1847 it was decided
to petition for disbaudment, which was granted. Since
then there has been no active military organization.

Theodore L. Bonney Post of the Grand Army of
the Itepublic was instituted in January, 1870, and
was named in memory of a young soldier who died
in hospital in Virginia. It has had the following com-
manders : Bradley S. Bryant, Otis L. Bonney, Thomas
Drew, Charles Atwood, Josiah G. Cook, John Bar-
ker, Nathaniel T. Howland.

Military Record. — Hanson has no military record
preceding the Rebellion, only in that of Pembroke,

but the West Precinct shared in the sentiments and
participated in the resolves that were passed at differ-
ent times, and its citizens responded to the call fur
troops in proportion to their numbers. Those known
to have been in the French and Indian war are :

Leonard Hill
Consider Cole.
Nathaniel Cox.
Nathaniel Cushing, Jr.
Thomas Stetson.
John Record.
Abner Bisbe.
Elijah Cushing.
Jacob Bonney.
l)aniel Crooker, Jr.

Asa Robinson.
Samuel Rauisilell, Jr.
Increase Robinson.
Zcpbauiah Hatch,
ti ideon Bisbe.
John Lcavitt.
William Pierce.
Samuel Bennct.
Joseph Stetson.
John Puuipelly.

Revolutionary War. — Muster-roll of a company
that marched from Pembroke, West Parish (now
Hanson), to Marshfield, on the alarm of April 19,
1775. Term of service, two days:

Elijah Cushing, capt.
Edward Thomas, 1st lieut.
Lemuel Bonney, 2d lieut.
Joshua Barker, sergt.
Simeon Jones, sergt.
Noah Bonney, sergt.
Snow Baker, sergt.
Jabez Hatch, tiler.
Isaoo Hobart, drummer.
Henry Perry.
William Phillips, Jr.
Richard Phillips.
Gideon Ramsdell, Jr.
Jacob Leavitt.
Abel Bourn.
Matthew Tilloye.
Samuel It ill.
Alexander Sopor, Jr.
Benjamin Ramson, Jr.
Seth Bearco.
Francis Josselyn.
Elisha Records.
Saiauol Bonney.
Edward Hayford.
Joseph Jlullis.
Adam Perry.
Gamaliel Bisbee.
Noah Perry.
Howland Reals.
Joseph Bonney.
Nathaniel Cushing.

Elijah Cushing, Jr.

Henry Monroe, Jr.

Thomas Osborn.

John Bonney.

George Osborn, Jr.

Levi Wade.

Abraham Jossclyn.

Nehcmiah Ramsdcll.

Joshua Pratt.

train Robinson.

Gain Robinson, Jr.

Isaiah Ccarcc.

Isaac Thomas.

Jacob Bearco.

Ichabod Howland.

Matthew Whittcn, Jr.
John Whittcn.
Joseph Howland.
James Torrey.
Thouias Records.
Ebcuezer Bouncy.
Samuel Ramsdcll, Jr.
Josiah Cushing, Jr.
Lot Dwclley.
Richard Buker.
Richard Lowdon.
Reuben Harden.
George Osborn.
James Tillson.
John JcHrey.
Theophilus Cushing.

Muster-roll of a company of minute-men that
marched from Pembroke, West Parish (now Han-
sou), to Scituate and Marshfield, on the alarm of
April 19, 1775. Term of service, eleveu days. Pay
of captain, £6 per month ; 1st lieutenant, £4 per
month ; 2d lieutenant, £3 10s. per month ; men,
£2 4s.:

James Hutch, capt.
Consider Cole, 1st lieut.

Eleazer Hum Win, 2d lieut.

James Cushing.
Africa Ilamblin.
William Cox, Jr.



Caleb Ilowhioil, sergt.
Thomas Fuller, sergt.
Natbaniel Thouiaa, sergt.
Seth Phillips, sergt.
Daniel Crooker, eorp.
Samuel Howland, corp.
Ephraiui Briggs, corp.
Linus Tower, corp.
Ezekiel Bonney, titer.
Isaac Wade, drummer.
Increase Kobinson.
Isaac Beals.
Isaac Moore.
Christopher Phillips.
Isaac Bonney.
Elijah Cusbing (3d).
Eleazer Bisbee.
Leonard Hill.
Thomas Lincoln.
Ephraiin Lindsay.
William Bonney.
Benjamin Ouilliam.

John Stetson.
Daniel Child.
Benjamin Mud roe.
Abraham Josselyn, Jr.
Seth Cox.
William Hayford.
Jonathan Bonney.
Charles Jewetts.
Dauiel Gurrick, Jr.
Richard Buker, Jr.
Samuel Harden.
Abijah Leavitt.
Samuel Qorham.
Seth Perry.

Isaac Phillips.

Reuben Clark.

Daniel Beals.

Lott Phillips.

William Gould.

Alexander Soper.

Uezekiah Pearce.

Gershoin Ramsdell.

Levi Crook.

Men belonging in Capt. Thomas Turner's company,

Col. Thomas' regiment, marched April 20, 1775.

Term of service, three days:

Micah Foster. Micah Lowden.

Perry Harden. Daniel Bonney.

Zcphaniah Hatch. Joseph Josselyn.

Men in Capt. Freedom Chamberlin's company, en-
listed May 3, 1775. Term of service, three months
six days; travel, thirty miles:

Zephaniah Hatch. Fisher Hatch.

Isaac Bowen Barker. Charles Bisbee.

Thomas Cusbing. William Cusbing.

Muster-roll of men in the company of Capt. Eleazer
Hambliu, in Col. John Thomas' regiment ; company
composed of men from Pembroke, Abington, Stough-
ton, Bridgewater, Kingston, Marshfield, Hanover, aud
Boston. Enlisted May 1, 1775, for three mouths:

Eleazer llamblin, capt. George Osborn.

Increase Robinson, ens. Thomas Osborn.

Isaac Moore, sergt. Eleazer Bisbc.

Seth Phillips, sergt. Leonard Hill.

Linus Tower, sergt. Simeon Records.

William Bonney, corp. William Phillips.

Africa Hamblin. Europe llamblin.

Abijah Levitt. Levi Wade.

Richard Buker. William Hayford.

Buujauiin Munroe. Isaac Phillips.

Roll of travel of a military company under the
command of Capt. Thomas Turner, in camp, Jan. 10,
1776 ; names of Hanson men :

Consider Cole, 2d liout. Reuben Clark.

Alexander Sopor. Daniel Crooker.

Nathaniel Chambcrlin. Nathaniel Soper.

Thomas Lincoln. Abraham Josselyn.

Isaac Wade. Reuben Hodges.

Josiah Thomas. Perry Hardon.

Gershom Ramsdell. John Ramsdell.

William Delano. Isaac llobart.

James Hatch's company from Pembroke, West
Parish (now Hanson), to Braintree and Weymouth,
on the alarm of March, 1776 :

James Hatch, capt.
David Tilden, 1st Heut.
Josiah Gushing, 3ergt.
Alexander Soper, sergt.
Joshua Barker, Bergt.
Isaac Moore, corp.
A. Josselyn, Jr., corp.
Isaac Wade, drummer.
Ezekiel Bonney, fifer.

Ephraim Lindsay.

Marlborough Whitten.

Abel Bourn.

Alexander Soper, Jr.

Natbaniel Thomas.

Noah Bouney.

Simeon Jones.

Benjamin Ramsdell.

David Beals.
Abijah Levitt.
Isaac Bonney.
Levi Wade.
Reuben Harden.
Increase Robinson.
Samuel Ramsdell, Jr.
William Gould.
George Osborn.

Nelson Buker.

Eleazer Bisbe.

Willi, mi Delano.

Daniel Garnet.

Lot Dwellcy.

Isaac Hill.

Isaac Hobart.

Christopher Phillips.

Men in Capt. Freedom Chamberlin's company who
marched on the alarm of March 5, 1776, to take pos-
session of Dorchester Heights. Term of service, five
days :

Jusiah Thomas.
Isaiah Stetson.
Micah Foster.

Isaac Thomas.
Perry Harden.

Men in Capt. James Hatch's company that marched
from Pembroke, West Parish (uow Hanson), to Rhode
Island, Dec. 9, 1776. Term of service, sixteen days ;

James Hatch, capt.
Ephraim Lindsay, sergt.
Samuel Howland, corp.
Isaac Wade, drummer.
Matthew Whitten.
Ebenezer Bonney.
Abel Bourn.
Eleazer Bisbe.

David Beals.

George Osborn.
Hugh Osborn.
Samuel Harden.
Reuben Harden.
John Bonney.
Jacob Levitt.
Lot Dwelley.

Men in Capt. Ichabod Bonney's company that
marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of Dec. 9,
1776. Term of service, seventeen days :

Joseph Josselyn.
Perry Harden.
Daniel Bonney.

Josiah Thomas.
Isaac Thomas.
John Kamsdell.

Men in Capt. John Turner's company that inarched
to Rhode Island under resolve of General Court of
Sept. 25, 1777. Marched September 23th. Term
of service, one month and one day :

W illiam Thomas.
Gershom Ramsdell.
Samuel Howland.
Isaiah Keen, tiler.
Zephaniah Hatch.
Charles Bisbe.
Isaac Bisbe.
Samuel Harden.
MeUar Lindsay.

Joseph Bonney.
Samuel Hill.
Simeon Jones.
Noah Perry.
Gideon Ramsdell.
Isaiah Bearee.
Abel Bourn.
John Allen.



Men in Capt. Ichabod Bonney's company that did
duty on Castle (Noddle's) Islaud (in Hull) in Col.
Sparhawk'a regiment, — two months' service, — dis-
charged Dec. 11, 177S:

Elijah Bisbc.
George Osborn.
Pcleg Osborn.
Jauies Cole.
Matthew \V bitten.

William Thouias.
Henry Munroc.
Zcphuniah Hatch.
Nathaniel Torrey.
Levi Wade.

Six months' meu, under a resolve of June 5, 17S0 ;
served live months and twenty-eight days :

E|ihraitn Tillson.
Bennett Puinpclly.
Poleg Duuimon.
Michael Osborn.
Benjamin Cox.

Henry Monroe.
Alleu Dwelley.
Isaac Thomas,
Daniel Russell.
Joseph Robinson.

Names from the pay-roll for rations to and from
camp ; also for traveling home, at the rate of one
day's pay for twenty miles' travel :

Francis Josselyn.
Gamaliel Bisbe.
John Allen.
Rouben Harden.
David Bcals.

Joseph Robinson.
George Osborn.
Hugh Osborn.
Seth Cos.

Three years' men in the Continental army :

Lot Dwelley.
Fisher Hatch.
Africa Hauiblin.
Michael Peirce.
Isaac Phillips.
Linus Tower.

Isaac Foster.
Jabez Hatch.
Bennett Puuipilly.
Jerrus Phillips.
David Robinson.
Isaac Thomas.

The following took part in the war of 1812 :

John Thomas. Richard Eversou.

Benjamin Thouias. Nathaniel Cole.

Seth Foster. John Cook.
Benjamin Bowker.

Rebellion. — Duriug the war of the Rebellion
Hanson proved itself loyal to the cause of the Union,
and promptly responded to every demand made by
the government, including the first, that of April 15,
1SG1. As (mite a number were members of the
Halifax company, they received their summons during
the night of April loth, and left for Boston on the
morning of the next day, from whence they departed
the following morning on steamer for Fortress Monroe.
The town had its representatives in every department
of the army, its soldiers sharing the privatious of war
in field, hospital, and, worse than all, the rebel prisons.

Names of those who served the call for three
mouths from April 16, 18G1 :

Rouben Smith, Jr.
Jason Smith.
George II . Bourne.
E. Henry Guruey.
William \V. Hood.

Theodore L. Bonney.
Jacob P. Hill.
Francis C. Hill.
Willard Howard.
Charles W. Corson.

Alouzo Capen.
William B. Harlow.
Erastus W. Eversou.

Frederic Otis Everson.
John II. Perry.
Edwin S. Thayer.
Morton V. Bonney.


Seth M. Briggs. Edwin B. Cook.

Charlos II. Stetson. Albert M. Thayor.

Isaiah Stetson. Elbridgc G. Fuller.

Benjamin H. Bearce. Josiah Bourno.

Thomas Gurney (2d). Jacob V. Hill.

William Vf. Hood. Bernard C. Real.

Augustus M. Sampson. Algernon V. Peterson.

Thomns W. Bourne. Lawrence McGull'.

Thatcher Keene. Horatio N. lloud.

John Drayton. Charles W. Whiting.

Morton V. Bonney. John Brown.

Henry Cook. Edward Orcutt.
Andrew C. Brigbam.


Charles W. Dcnham. George S. Golbcrt.

Alonzo Capen. Horatio Foster.

Ichabod Bosworth. Henry L. Ewell.

Freeman P. Hawland. Francis C. Hill.

James H. Howland. Freeman J. Gurney.

Augustus F. Elms. Nathaniel T. Hatch.

Henry W. Whitten. Benjamin II. Bearce.

Thomas G. Clark, Jr. Isaac Bourne.

Joseph E. Prouty. Edwin W. Pratt.

Stephen Bates. Cyrus Drew.

Josoph L. Leavitt. David Kingman.

John C. Ames. Austin Luther.

Andrew W. Fish. John Drayton.

Joseph H. Everson. Philcmou W. Ramsdell.

Josiah Bourne. Josiah G. Cook.

John Barker. Joseph B. Loring.

Orange S. Pratt. L. Irvin Lane.

Daniel B. Daland. Reuben Willis.

George T. Sampson. Charles F. Stevens.

Henry A. Soper. Michael Donnelly.

Andrew J. Shaw. George W. Uayward.

Edward P. Mansfield. Erastus W. Everson.

Herbert M. Luthor. Johu 11. Perry.

Edward Y. Luther. Thomas Gurney (2d).

Jeremiah Stetson. Daniel Bourne.

Edwin L. Stetson. Calvin T. Phillips.

James Coolican. Thomas Drew.

Joseph Smith. 1'hoiuaa Drake.

Theodore L. Ilonney. Edward Orcutt.

Otis L. Bonney. Morton E. Hill.

Isaac Ramsdell. Joseph T. Bourne.

John Lyons. Charles 11. Reinhardt.

Julius W. Monroo. John F. Curtis.

Joseph L. Fish. John Jcwctt.

Marcus F. Ames. Charles J. Xoble.

E. Henry Gurney. Louis C. Arnold.

Nathaniel T. Howland. Daniel S. Smith.

Thomas F. Whiting. John Willis.

Samuel D. Ramsdell. Michael Tooney.

Algernon J. White. George B. Everett.

Joshua L. Perkins. Jason Smith.

Seth F. Turner. Lorenzo T. Bates.
Edward Smith.


John D. Stebbins. Elbridge G. Bates.

Robert B. Oakes. Edward Holmes.

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Albert HowlanU.
John Drown.
Florin P. Eites.
Edwin Clark.
Joseph E. Prouty.
Elijah T. Ford.
Edward C. Tew.
Charles C. Moore.
William A. Lavender.
John II. Page.
John P. Clancy.
Nathaniel D. \V. Sprague.
James P. Jordan.

George T. Bowker.
John 0. Whitten.
George T. Delano.
Lyman B. Ram add 1.
Gershom B. Thomas.
James B. Soper.
George W. Turner.
John Bradley.
Benjamin F. Morrill.
Joseph Wilson.
Napoleon Telliee.
Simon Levis.
George T. Sampson.


Edwin B. Cook. Henry J. Perry.

Joseph F. Boarce. Gershom B. Thomas.

Charles H. Stotson. Charles II. Sprague.


Albert S. Barker. Charles F. Bowman.
Gudtavus Percival.

Edward Smith.
George S. Golbert.
John H. Perry.
Thuwas Drake.
Henry L. Kwcll.
Joseph T. Bourne.
James Coolican.
Stephen Gates.
Julius W. Monroe.
Andrew W. Fish.


Edward P. Mansfield.

Horatio Foster.
Daniel Bourne.
Austin Luther.
Murtuu E. Hill.
Theodore L. Bonney.
Augustus F. Elms.
John Lyons.
Joseph L. Fish.
George Thompson.



E. B. K. Gurney, son of Thonias and Deborah
(Keene) Gurney, was born in Abington, Mass., Sept.
24, 1S0S. His father was born in Abington, Dec.
18, 1789, and his mother was born in Pembroke,
Jan. 11, 1788. His paternal grandparents were
Thomas and Mary (House) Gurney, and his maternal
grandparents were Isaiah Keene — a soldier of the
Revolution — and Lydia (Bourne) Keene.

Mr. Gurney came to Pembroke (now Hansou)
when but sis years of age, and has resided there to
the present time. He was educated at the common
schools of his town, and early developed a taste and
talent for music. When but a child he became quite
a proficient performer on the fife, and on his twelfth
birthday he, iu company with another lad just his
age. played the fife for Capt. Job Luther, at a mili-
tary review. At fifteen he became a member of a
brigade baud warranted by Brig.-Gen. Ephraim

Ward, of Middleboro'. He also held a musician's
warrant from Col. Jesse Reed, of Maishfield. He
was leader of the Old Colony Brass Band uutil 18G2.
He also commanded a company of light infantry
called " Washington Guards" for five years. Capt.
Gurney has held every town office, most of them re-
peatedly. He was on the board of selectmen and
overseers of the poor for thirteen years (1858 to 1S79),
and served on committees almost every year. He
has been repeatedly chosen delegate to county and
State conventions.

During the war of the Rebellion he gave nearly all
of his time to the raising of money to pay recruits,
up to the time when the law was passed authorizing
the town to vote money for that purpose. He was
recruiting and enrolling officer uuder Provost-Mar-
shal Capt. Hall, of Tauuton. His two sons enlisted
iu the army and served nearly through the war. Mr.
Gurney was for many years a shoemaker by occupa-
tion, but for the last twenty-five years he has been
engaged in surveying, probate busiuess, aud writing
of various kinds. He has been twice married, — first
to Almira Josselyn, Sept. 2S, 1S30 ; she was born
July 11, 1809, and died May 13, 1SC9. Their
children were Almira J., born June 4, 1831, married
William H. H. Bryant, Jan. 1, 1850 ; Mary M., born
June 19, 1832, married Jacob M. Bryant, June 19,
1850 ; Thomas, born Sept. 17, 1834, married Rebecca
Damon, Sept. 19, 1856; E. Henry, born Nov. 25, 1S36,
died Nov. 21, 1838; Deborah, born May 4, 1839,
married William W. Hood, of Turner, Me., Dec. 14,
1856; E. Henry, born Jan. 23, 1841, married Sylvania
W. Everson, Jan. 27, 1861 ; she died Dec. 7, 1SC6;
George, born March 24, 1843, died Sept. 10, 1843;
George, born Nov. 11, 1845, died Sept. 14, 1846;
Georgiaua L. F., born Jan. 17, 1847, married Capt.
Edward Y. Luther, Aug. 20, 186C ; he died Aug. 28,
1S75 ; Ella J., born Nov. 21, 1849; Helen E., born
Nov. 23, 1852, died Aug. 7, 1853. Capt. Gurney inar-
med, as his second wife, Desire S. Osborne, ace Hobart,
Nov. 20, 1872 ; she was born Aug. 16, 1808.

In politics Mr. Gurney was a Union man during the
war, aud has been a Republican since. Iu religion he
is broad and liberal iu his views, aud is what is termed
a "Free-thinker." His "creed," as he graphically
states it, is " to live as long as he cau, take all the
comfort he can, do all the good he can, and not tres-
pass on the rights of others."

Capt. Gurney has been an active and useful man in
the commuuity where his life has been spent, and in
the autumn of his days he has the satisfaction of
kuowing that he has deserved, and enjoys, the highest
respect and good-will of all who know him.




It is probable there were settlers in what is now
Duxbury iu 1630 or 1G31, but the first permanent
settlement occurred in about 1632 by people from
Plymouth. The record of the settlement is as fol-
lows :

"This year the people of [Plymouth] begin to grow in their
outward estates by tho Sowing of many People into the country,
especially into the M. C. [Mass. Colony]. By which means
Cattle and Corn rise to a great price, Goods grow plentiful, and
many aro enriched. Aud now their Stock increasing, the In-
crease vendible, there is no longer holding them together'
They must go to their great Lots, tbey can no otherwise keep
their cattle, and having Oxen grown, they must havo more laud
for Plowing and Tillage. By this means they scatter round
tho Buy [of Plymouth] quickly, and the Town wherein they
lived till now compactly, is soon left very thin, and in a short
time almost desolate. The Church also comes to be divided,
and those who have lived ao long together in Christian and
Comfortable Fellowship must now part."

The Indian name of the town was Mattakeeset.
It received the name of Duxbury from Duxbury
Hall, the seat of the Standish family in England.

The town, as origiually bounded, included the
present towns of Duxbury, Marshfield, Pembroke,
Hanover, and the Bridge waters.

" The first settlers of Duxbury," says Justin Win-
sor, in his excellent history of the town, " were,
many of them, of the highest respectability, and in
the colony attairs took prominent and active parts.
Of the twenty subscribers to the civil compact, signed
in the cabin of the ' Mayflower,' November, 1020,
who survived the fatal first wiuter, these became at
some future time inhabitants of Duxbury : Elder
Brewster, Capt. Standish, Mr. Alden, Mr. Howlaud,
Francis Eaton, Peter Brown, and George Soule.
Most of these were men of high repute among the
Pilgrims, and often elevated to the highest offices
among them, and in their number appear the names
which we find, with so much honor to themselves, re-
corded in their civil aud ecclesiastical history, aud

imprinted on their military annals with imperishable
fame. The name of Brewster is a token of their
purity and religion, aud that of Standish a memento
of their persevering endurance, their heroism and
their fortitude, while the names of Alden and of
Howland have come down to us as fit memorials of
that never-varying justice which has so nobly charac-
terized the lives of their rulers.

" Brewster was the very soul of the colony.
Striving with the holy design of meliorating the
condition of his fellow-men, he voluntarily left the
enticing allurements of a life at court aud preferred
the enjoyment with the people of God of those dear-
est liberties, the freedom of conscience and the pure
worship of their God in peace, even though in a
wilderness it might be, to the magnificence and splen-
dor of palaces and the presence of their haughty in-

" Miles Standish settled iu the southeastern part of
the town on the peninsula in about 1631. He prob-
ably built his house about the time of his first coming
to Duxbury, or about the year 1632. It was occu-
pied by him until his death in 105G. His son, Alex-
ander, then succeeded to the estate, who, it is said,
built au addition to it, in which he kept a store.

" No stone marks the resting-place of his ashes, and
we must seek iu vain the place where reposes what
was mortal of the immortal Standish. He was prob-
ably, however, buried on his farm, or perhaps in the
old burying-ground in that vicinity at Harden Hill.
He thus alludes to his burial in his will : ' My will
is, that out of my whole estate my funeral charges to
be taken out, aud my body to be burried in a decent
inauuar, and if I die in Duxburrow, my body tu be
layed as neare as conveniently may be to my two deare
daughters, Lora Standish, my daughter, and Mary
Standish, my daughter-in-law.'

" The landed possessions of Standish were extensive,
and his estate at his death, for the times, was consid-
erably large, amounting to £35S 7s. His house and
farm were valued at £140. Here are given some of
the items of the iuventory, chiefly for the purpose of



showing the condition of the first settlers generally, as
regards their domestic and household possessions :
Two mares, two colts, one young horse, with equip-
ments, two saddles, one pillion, and one bridle ; four
oxen, six cows, three heifers, one calf, eight sheep
two rams, one wether, and fourteen swine ; three
muskets, four carbines, two small guns, one fowling-
piece, a sword, a cutlass, and three belts. His furni-
ture : four bedsteads, one settle bed, five feather-beds,
three bolsters, three pillows, two blankets, one cover-
lid, four pair of sheets, one pair of fine sheets, and four
napkins; one table and table-cloth, another table, one
form-chair, one common chair, and four rugs ; four
iron pots, three brass kettles, a frying-pan, a skillet, a
kneading-trough, two pails, two trays, one dozen
trenchers or wooden plates, one bowl, and a churn ;
two spinning-wheels, oue pair steelyards, a warming-
pan, three beer-casks, and a malt-mill, and personal
apparel to the value of £10.

"John Alden settled in Duxbury in 1G31, on the
south side of Blue Fish River, and erected his dwell-
ing near Eagle Tree Pond.

" In 1G33 he was chosen a member of the Board
of Assistants to the Governor, and of this body he
continued, with few interruptions, to the time of his
death. In 1040, however, and for the ten succeeding
years, he was not of that number, being most of that
time a deputy from Duxbury. Iu 1006 he was the
"first on the Board of Assistants, and through the
remainder of his life he continued of that rank, and
was frequently styled the Deputy Governor, and on
him devolved the duty of presiding in the absence of
the Governor, and on these occasions he ruled with
dignity and perseverauce. He was often one of the
council of war, many times an arbitrator, a surveyor
of lands for the government as well as for individuals,
and on several important occasions was authorized to
act as agent or attorney for the colony. He was
chosen treasurer in 1050, and held that office for three
successive years.

" He died at Duxbury, Sept. 12, 1080, at the ad-
vanced age of eighty-seven years. He was, at the
time of his death, the last surviving signer of that
original compact of govcrunicut, signed in the cabin
of the ' Mayflower,' at Cape Cod, November, 1G2U, —

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