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[218] State aid to the families of men in the military and naval service during the four years of the war, and afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $7,368.75; in 1862, $23,332.19; in 1863, $32,099.71; in 1864, $28,000.00; in 1865, $17,000.00. Total amount, $107,800.65.


Incorporated Dec. 8, 1725. Population in 1860, 2,566; in 1865, 2,575. Valuation in 1860, $1,283,920; in 1865, $1,292,951.

The selectmen in 1861 and 1862 were Charles F. Abbott, Daniel T. Morrison, John W. Frederick; in 1863 and 1864, John W. Frederick, Daniel T. Morrison, George W. Gage; in 1865, Daniel T. Morrison, George W. Gage, Samuel G. Sargent.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during all the years of the war was Charles Shed.

1861. The first legal town-meeting, to act upon matters relating to the war, was held on the 30th of April, at which it was voted to appropriate five thousand dollars ‘for arming, equipping, and furnishing volunteers;’ and a committee, comprising the selectmen, Eben Sawyer, I. P. Flint, John C. Webster, and Daniel Currier, was appointed ‘to disburse the money.’ It was also voted that each citizen of Methuen who has entered the military service, or who shall hereafter volunteer, be ‘paid from the time he enlists until he is discharged a sum of money sufficient to make the whole amount received by him equal to twenty-six dollars a month;’ and that ‘the sum of fifteen dollars be paid to each citizen of the town who shall become a member of the volunteer company recruiting in Methuen, and hold himself in readiness to be mustered into the United-States service, in addition to his monthly pay.’ August 26th, Voted, to pay State aid to the families of volunteers as provided by law.

1862. July 21st, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who shall enlist in the military service, and be mustered in and credited to the quota of the town. August 2d, It was voted to pay to each of the forty-seven volunteers required to fill the quota of the town two hundred

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