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[249] by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, $307.46; in 1862, $1,628.58; in 1863, $2,259.00; in 1864, $2,020.00; in 1865, $1,419.06. Total amount, $7,634.10.

The ladies of Topsfield worked heartily in the cause of the soldiers during the war, and forwarded to the army money, clothing, and hospital stores to the value of five hundred dollars.


Incorporated May 10, 1643. Population in 1860, 1,105; in 1865, 591. Valuation in 1860, $550,780; in 1865, $463,558.

The selectmen in 1861 were Samuel Porter, William Moulton, John Gentlee; in 1862, Samuel Porter, John Gentlee, Solomon E. Kimball; in 1863, Rufus A. Dodge, Francis M. Dodge, Solomon E. Kimball; in 1864, Rufus A. Dodge, John Gentlee, Solomon E. Kimball; in 1865, Rufus A. Dodge, Francis M. Dodge, William B. Morgan.

The town-clerk in 1861 was Benjamin C. Putnam; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, Joseph Cook. The town-treasurer in 1861 and 1862 was Stephen Dodge; in 1863, 1864, and 1865, Amos Gould.

1861. At a legal town-meeting held on the 7th of May, one thousand dollars were appropriated to aid the families of citizens who have enlisted, or may enlist, ‘in the service of their country in the present war.’ The selectmen, together with Amos F. Hobbs and Amos Gould, were appointed to visit the families ‘and appropriate the money as in their judgment it is needed.’ In addition to the appropriation, one hundred and fifty dollars were raised by private subscription and placed in the hands of the committee.

1862. April 7th, The treasurer was authorized to borrow two thousand dollars for aid to soldiers' families during the year. July 22d, Voted, to pay a bounty of one hundred and fifty dollars to each volunteer (to the number of fifteen) who shall enlist in the military service for three years, and be credited to the town, provided they enlist within thirty days and are legal citizens of the town. August 5th, The same bounty was voted to nine-months volunteers. December 3d, The selectmen

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