At first, the organization of the settlement was imperfect.
In 1633, a local government was organized; and the next year the town sent delegates to the first general court or legislature.
The community was still in its infancy, when William Sumner joined it. Two children were born to him after his arrival.
The early records show that he entered actively on his duties as a citizen.
He became at once a grantee of land.
He was made a freeman in 1637; admitted to the church in 1652; was for twelve years a deputy to the general court; a selectman twenty-three years, nearly half the time, from 1637 to 1688; was a rater for five years, and a commissioner to try and issue small causes for nine years, from 1663 to 1671 inclusive.
In 1645, he was appointed one of a committee for building a new meeting-house, and in 1663 was chosen clerk of ye training band.
Roger, the second son
From his third son, George, who lived on Brush Hill, Milton, descended, in the fifth gener