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 1860, 1,521; in 1865, 1,484. Valuation in 1860, $802,214; in 1865, $706,117. The selectmen in 1861 were John D. Wilson, James Precket, Paul M. Barnes; in 1862, John D. Wilson, Granville S. Allen, Edmund D. Hathaway; in 1863, John D. Wilson, Edmund D. Hathaway, Elijah D. Chase; in 1864, John D. Wilson, Elijah D. Chase, John W. Peabody; in 1865, John D. Wilson, Ruel Washburn, Philip Evans. The town-clerk in 1861 and 1862 was Silas P. Richmond; in 1863, George W. Hall; in 1864 and 1865, Don. C. H. Hathaway. The town-treasurer in 1861 was John D. Wilson; in 1862, 1863, and 1864, James Burr; in 1865, Guilford Hathaway. 1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters connected with the war, was held on the 9th of May, at which one thousand dollars were appropriated to assist the families of volunteers living in the town; and John H. Macomber, Thomas Leeburn, and James W. Hathaway were appointed to disburse the same in an equitable and proper manner. 1862. July 19th, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist for three years military service, and be mustered in to fill the quota of the town. The selectmen were authorized to borrow the money to pay the same; and Marcus M. Rounsville and David B. Hill were chosen ‘to attend to the business of recruiting.’ August 7th, The bounty was increased to two hundred dollars, provided the quota of the town is filled by the 15th of the month. F. A. Cleveland, Granville S. Allen, Bradford W. Clark, and James H. Hathaway were added to the recruiting committee. August 22d, The town voted to pay a bounty of two hundred dollars to each volunteer who would enlist in the military service for nine months, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town, said bounty to be paid only to those who are inhabitants of Freetown. The selectmen were authorized to borrow money to pay the same. 1863. No action appears to have been taken by the town in its corporate capacity in relation to the war, although recruiting and the payment of State aid to soldiers' families were continued as before.
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