In 1774 it was voted not to excuse the people who call themselves Antipedobaptists from paying ministerial taxes. In this year a committee was chosen ‘to regulate the school.’ Dea. Joseph Adams, Mr. Samuel Whittemore and Capt. Ephraim Frost were added to the standing committee to act for this purpose. It was also voted that the committee shall receive the money granted by the town, and employ ‘a school-master and school-mistresses to keep the school or schools, and pay them therefor.’ This is the most definite vote yet recorded regarding the schools, though the Precinct's portion of the town's school-money had before been previously mentioned, and committees appointed to expend it. It was voted this year to take down the belfry, and cover the bell.
The following notice was this year publicly read in church: ‘Widow Elizabeth Swan with her Children desireth prayers that God would sanctify to them his holy hand, in taking away her daughter and their sister Richardson, by death.’ [Esther (Swan) Richardson—wife of Zebadiah Richardson, of Woburn. She died at Woburn, April 19, 1774.—Wob. Records. ]