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Westford

Incorporated Sept. 23, 1729. Population in 1860, 1,624; in 1865, 1,568. Valuation in 1860, $796,440; in 1865, $998,438.

The selectmen in 1861 were John W. P. Abbot, Jacob Smith, Eli Tower; in 1862, John W. P. Abbot, Jacob Smith, Phinehas Chamberlain; in 1863 and 1864, John W. P. Abbot, Edward Prescott, George B. Dupee; in 1865 John W. P. Abbot, George T. Day, William Reed.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Leonard Luce. The town-treasurer during the same period was Sherman D. Fletcher.

We have not received so full an abstract of the patriotic record of Westford as we would have desired. We know, however, that it was not behind any town of its size and wealth in the Commonwealth, in fulfilling every obligation demanded of it by the State or nation during the entire period of the Rebellion. Frequent meetings were held, at which money was appropriated for the payment of bounties, and for the proper care and comfort of the families of its soldiers.

Westford furnished one hundred and seventy-two men for the war, which was a surplus of fifteen over and above all demands. Four were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town on account of the war, exclusive of State aid, was twenty-six thousand one hundred and eighty dollars and fifty-eight cents ($26,180.58).

The amount of money raised and expended by the town during the war for State aid to soldiers' families, and repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $488.27; in 1862, $2,151.60; in 1863, $2,828.00; in 1864, $2,907.50; in 1865, $2,150.00. Total amount, $10,525.37.

The ladies of Westford all through the war were active in their efforts and liberal in their contributions for the soldiers in the ranks, and for the sick and wounded in the hospitals.


Weston

Incorporated Jan. 1, 1712. Population in 1860, 1,243; in 1865, 1,231. Valuation in 1860, $1,016,605; in 1865, $1,103,274.

The selectmen in 1861 were Benjamin Pierce, Jr., Alonzo S.

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