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Friday, May 05, 2006

Direct Tax of 1798 - Rumford

Source: William Berry Lapham, History of Rumford, Oxford County, Maine: from its first settlement in 1779 to the present time (Augusta Me.: Press of the Maine Farmer, 1890), pp. 51f.
DIRECT TAX OF 1798

In one thousand seven hundred and ninety-eight, a direct tax was laid upon the real estate of the country by the General Goverment. The tax in Pennecook, now Rumford, was assessed October first of that year. Elijah Livermore of Livermore, was the principal assessor, and his assistants were Nathaniel Perley, William Livermore and Stephen Putnam, the latter known in Pennacook as Stephen Putnam, Jr. Twenty seven houses were taxed in Pennacook, and thirty-seven resident owners of land. The non-resident lands were also taxed. This list as an historical value, as it shows approximately, at least, the number of households at this period. The population was probably made up of twenty-seven families, and ten single men who had bought lots and were making clearings. It will be noticed that Timothy Walker of Concord, and John Stevens' heirs, also of Concord, were large owners of the non-resident lands of the town:

Names, No. acres, Value
Philip Abbot, 500, $800
David Abbot, 200, $500
Jacob Abbot, 420, $720
Osgood Eaton, 100, $400
Benj. Elliot, 180, $480
Jacob Farnum, 200, $480
David Farnum, 300, $600
Benj. Farnum, 400, $550
Joshua Graham, 400, $544
Gustavus A. Goss, 100, $500
Samuel Goss, 100, $350
William Godwin, 200, $420
Robert Hinkson, 100, $350
Abram Howe, 100, $170
Samuel Hinkson, 100, $85
Phineas Howe, 120, $320
James Harper, 300, $480
Moses Kimball, 100, $255
Daniel Knight, 480, 535
Names, No. acres, Value
Francis Keyes, 1300, $1450
Benj. Lufkin, 200, $540
John Martin, 580, $735
James McAlister, 100, $200
Edmund Page, 100, $200
Stephen Putnam, 700, $603
Stephen Putnam, Jr., 230, $375
Benj. Rolfe, 487, $600
Henry Rolfe, 300, $385
Jeremiah Richardson, 100, $320
Joshua Ripley, 300, $250
Samuel Stevens, 100, $100
Benj. Sweat, 100, $311
Nathaniel Sanborn, 100, $250
John Taylor, 200, $355
Ebenezer Virgin, 100, $260
John Whittemore, 300, $250
Abel Wheeler, 300, $340


NON-RESIDENT.
Names, No. acres, Value
Jeremiah Andrews, 600, $500
Enoch Adams, 300, $250
Joshua Atherton, 300, $250
Increase Dolly, 100, $260
Richard Dolloff, 200, $500
John Chandler, 300, $250
Ephraim Farnum, 300, $250
Benj. Farnum, 300, $250
Moses Gale, 300, $250
Names, No. acres, Value
Ezekiel Merrill, 100, $85
Henry Martin, 480, $350
John Martin, 100, $85
Capt. Marsh, 300, 250
Wm. R. Partridge, 100, $123
Heirs of John Stevens, 5260, $4370
Eleazer Twitchell, 300, $250
Col. Timo'y Walker, 6700, $5625

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