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Upton

Incorporated June 14, 1735. Population in 1860, 1,986; in 1865, 2,017. Valuation in 1860, $722,751; in 1865, $736,082.

The selectmen in 1861 were Stephen L. Bosworth, Edward S. Leland, Elisha Fisk, Calvin H. Ruggles, Benjamin F. Holbrook; in 1862, A. T. Wood, Peasley P. Taft, Adams Fisk; in 1863, A. T. Wood, Calvin H. Ruggles, Adams Fisk; in 1864 and 1865, Velorous Taft, A. T. Wood, Henry W. Whiting.

The town-clerk during all the years of the war was Harvey Bradish. The town-treasurer in 1861, 1862, 1863, and 1864 was Winthrop B. Fay; in 1865, Elisha B. Fisk.

1861. The first legal town-meeting to consider matters relating to the war was held June 11th, at which it was voted to raise two thousand dollars for aiding such inhabitants ‘as have volunteered or shall hereafter volunteer for repressing the present Rebellion; the money to be called the ‘soldiers' fund,’ and to be appropriated by the selectmen in accordance with the act passed May 23d, entitled an act in aid of the families of volunteers and for other purposes.’

1862. March 4th, Fifteen hundred dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families during the year. July 21st, The selectmen were authorized to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer for three years service, when mustered in and credited to the quota of the town; also, to abate all the taxes of volunteers in the United States service belonging to that town. August 25th, The same bounty of one hundred dollars was authorized to be paid to volunteers enlisting to the credit of the town for nine months service. November 4th, Fifteen hundred dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families.

1863. September 28th, Thirty-two hundred and eighty-one dollars and eighty-nine cents were appropriated ‘to pay Upton's share of the State tax, according to an act passed April 29th, 1863, to provide for the reimbursement of bounties paid to volunteers;’ also, a sum of money to pay State aid to the families of men ‘who are or may be drafted into the United States service.’

1864. March 6th, Four thousand dollars were appropriated for aid to soldiers' families. April 9th, The selectmen were

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