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The amount of money raised and expended by the town for State aid to soldiers' families during the years of the war, and which was afterwards repaid by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $216.42; in 1863, $548. 56; in 1864, $561.67; in 1865, $212.19. Total amount, $1,538.74.

The ladies of Leyden raised by their individual efforts three hundred dollars for sanitary purposes in behalf of the soldiers.


Incorporated Feb. 21, 1822. Population in 1860, 236; in 1865, 191. Valuation in 1860, $63,074; in 1865, $79,375.

The selectmen in 1861 were Joseph H. Hicks, David Ballou, Martin Kingsley; in 1862, Joseph H. Hicks, Henry Hinsdale, Miranda Hines; in 1863, Joseph H. Hicks, Albert A. Hicks, Russell Stafford; in 1864, Jeremiah Giffard, David Goodsell, Alvin Tower; in 1865, Miranda Hines, Henry A. Legates, Albert A. Hicks.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer in 1861 was George H. Ballou; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, Henry Hinsdale.

1861. No action appears to have been taken by the town in regard to the war during this year.

1862. July 24th, It was voted ‘that we will raise two hundred dollars in aid of those who may enlist in the service of the United States from this town; that we will authorize our selectmen to offer one hundred dollars bounty to each man to the number of this town's quota.’ The selectmen were also authorized to borrow the money ‘upon the issue of town script.’

1863. March 2d, ‘Voted, to pay Miranda Hines one thousand and eighty-nine dollars and fifty-one cents, it being for money furnished by him to pay bounty to soldiers and aid to their families.’ October 5th, ‘Voted, to raise two hundred and seventy-six dollars and five cents, to pay bounty tax.’

1864. April 21st, ‘Voted, to raise one hundred and twenty-five dollars apiece for each of three soldiers procured at Boston, March 29, 1864, by Mr. Hines, and also one hundred and ’

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