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On February 26, 1739, his father deeded him another lot of his land. Francis Whitmore, 2d, signed the Church Covenant February 1, 1713. In full town meeting, a committee was appointed to consider building a new meeting house. The meeting adjourned to meet again March 14, and voted to build. There appears to have been some difficulty in arranging the location, for the residents of the West End, as it was called, signed a protest, and among the names signed to it are found John Whitmore, senior, and his two sons, Francis and John, junior.

Another plan was proposed, and this time the east enders protested. A compromise was effected (after a good deal of discussion) which seemed to have suited both parties, and the church was built.

Churches were not consecrated in those days by the Puritans, but on the first Sunday that the church was occupied Parson Turell preached from Psalm 84, first verse, ‘How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts.’

In town meeting March 7, 1748, Francis was appointed second constable, but he preferred to pay a fine of £ 10 rather than serve. Francis and his wife Mary presented a silver tankard with a cover to the church in 1761. This piece of silver, I am told, has had a little history. At the time of our Civil War, the First Parish decided to sell some of its silver for the benefit of the soldiers. This tankard was one of the pieces selected. Mr. C. O. Whitmore, living in Boston, heard of it, bought it and returned it to the church, which still possesses it.

Francis Whitmore, 2d, died February 6, 1771, at the age of 93. Not leaving a son, his name passed from his branch of the family. John Whitmore, 2d, was the third child of John and Rachel Eliot Whitmore and brother of the preceding Francis. He was born in Medford August 27, 1683, in the house near Whitmore's brook. The only allusion I have found to him is in connection with the church. He evidently was a good member of it. He signed the protest made against the new church

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