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Incorporated March 16, 1785. Population in 1860, 639; in 1865, 579. Valuation in 1860, $246,739; in 1865, $239,097.

The selectmen during all the years of the war were Levi N. Campbell, Merritt Torrey, Samuel W. Lincoln, Albert Dyer, Merritt Jones, and Joseph Sears.

The town-clerk and town-treasurer during the same period was Freeman Hamlin.

There does not appear to have been any meeting held by the town during the year 1861 to consider matters relating to the war. Two meetings were held in July and August, 1862, and it was voted to pay a bounty of one hundred dollars to each volunteer who would enlist to fill the quota of the town. The immediate effect of which was that three persons enlisted for three years, and eighteen for nine months service. The town continued to furnish her quotas all through the war.

Plainfield furnished sixty-one men for the war, which was a surplus of seven over and above all demands. Three were commissioned officers. The whole amount of money appropriated and expended by the town for war purposes was four thousand five hundred and five dollars ($4,505.00). In addition to which twenty-seven hundred dollars were paid by men who were drafted for substitutes, and eighteen hundred and fifty-five dollars were voluntarily contributed by patriotic citizens to encourage recruiting.

The amount of money raised and expended for the payment of State aid to the families of soldiers during the war, and which was afterwards refunded by the Commonwealth, was as follows: In 1861, 00; in 1862, $299.61; in 1863, $877.60; in 1864, $233.90; in 1865, $210.91. Total amount, $1,622.02.

The ladies of Plainfield did all in their power for the sick and wounded, and to aid the Sanitary and Christian Commissions.


Incorporated Jan. 21, 1822. Population in 1860, 611; in 1865, 596. Valuation in 1860, $245,168; in 1865, $221,712.

The selectmen in 1861 were Eli W. Chapin, R. H. Allen, Edward A. Thomas; in 1862, 1863, 1864, and 1865, William H. Winter, Chester H. Gray, Franklin B. Paige.

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