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The Rev. Mr. Samuel Cooke, Pastor of this Church, in whom were united the social friend, the man of science, the eminent and faithful clergyman whose praise was in all the churches, died 4th June, 1783, in the 44th year of his ministry, et. 75.’

His will, with two codicils, and other papers relating to the settlement of his estate, are on file at the probate office in East Cambridge. He mentions property in Hadley and neighboring towns in Hampshire Co., and in Newton and Cambridge.

In this year a committee was chosen to complete wall about burying place, and also empowered to procure gates and hang the same, so that said burying-place may be sufficiently enclosed.

Twenty-four shillings were granted the present Precinct clerk for his last year's services in that office.

Also, in 1783, voted to make repairs to the meeting-house by building a belfry at the northeast end of the same, for the bell to stand upon; and also a porch at the southwest part; also to cut up two of the hind-body seats on the men's and women's side for pews, and one pew at the northeast door and southwest door, and one pew at each stairway, and as many pews in the galleries as the inhabitants shall think proper; also to new glaze the meeting-house with sash-lights and new window-frames; also new doors, and to new clap-board said meeting-house, and to make such other repairs as may be necessary. The said pews to be disposed of to the highest bidder, and the money arising from the sale to be appropriated toward repairing the meeting-house.

Rev. Samuel Cooke's abstract of births, baptisms, deaths and marriages in figures Statistical, 1739-1783.

The admissions to the church during Rev. Samuel Cooke's ministry were 224, besides 121 by covenant and 3 by letter. The dismissions were 13. In addition to these, Mr. Cooke kept a record of the births, baptisms, deaths and marriages in his parish from Sept. 12, 1739, to his death, June 4, 1783.1 The abstract or summary here presented was prepared by Rev. Mr. Cooke.

1 Mr. Cooke's record of births is prefaced with the expression, ‘Born since Sept. 12, 1739.’ A star was placed by Mr. Cooke against the names of the children who died—especially in infancy. The record of births is vacant in 1768, 1739, 1761 and 1781. The record of Deaths is vacant in 1768, 1760 and 1779—it is inscribed with the expression, “Ah! Quis? Et qualis! Et quando?” These records have been used in the compilation of the Genealogical Register at the end of this work.

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