December 7, 1726

1726 December 7 (Wednesday).  I rode over to Mr. Eagers upon the Affair of my absent Heiffer, But he was gone to Marlborough.  Hearing Mr. Thomas Ward[1] was at Mr. Allens[2] Mill I went Thither and met with him.  Mr. Allen requested me to go in and see his Wife.  I did and had an hour or Two’s Discourse with her.  I both found and left her in a poor Melancholly, dejected, distressed Condition.  From hence I rode to Marlborough.  I went down to Mr. John How’s (who I heard had my Heiffer) first with Two Young Men, Nathaniel Oak[3] and Joshua Goardin, and then with Mr. Ward (who had kept the Creature all Summer and winter Last) to prove it mine, if they were able to give Testimony.  They said (upon Seeing her) that they were not only able but ready, if call’d thereto, to give oath it was mine.  But these all not satisfying Mr. How we went over to Mr. Woods and Chose him and Mr. Jedediah Brigham[4] to Determine between us.  Upon hearing us it fell with full Consent to me and I gave Mr. How 10 Shillings for keeping her.  After this (it being Somewhat after nine o’Clock) I went to Mr. Brecks where I Lodg’d.

[1]Of Westborough.

[2]Ephraim Allen who lived in that part of Westborough which became Northborough in 1776.

[3]Nathaniel Oak (Oaks, Oakes), Jr. of Marlborough, later a resident of that part of Lancaster which became Bolton in 1738.

[4]‘ Son of Samuel Brigham of Marlborough and the proprietor of a tannery in that town.  Hudson, Marlborough, pp. 334-335.

December 8, 1726

1726 December 8 (Thursday).  Mr. Breck walked with me to Mr. Woods’s.  Here was Old Mr. How[1] of Hopkinton who told over the Manner and Methods of Mr. Barretts[2] coming into Hopkinton and Settling there.  Mr. Woods went up with us to Mr. Brecks where we din’d upon a Turkey.  When Near night I came away, but meeting Mr. Jacob Amsden[3] I went in with him into his Father Behmans,[4] and thence I came home with Mr. Amsden.

[1]John How who was prominent in the establishment of the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton in 1724. Manual of the First Congregational Church in Hopkinton (Boston,
1881), p. 20.

[2]Reverend Samuel Barrett, first minister at Hopkinton.

[3]Of Marlborough.

[4]Jacob Amsden married Sarah Beaman, daughter of Thomas Beaman of Marlborough, October 28,1719.  Jacob Amsden, son of Isaac Amsden, Sr., of Marlborough lived in Westborough as early as 1722.

December 20, 1726

1726 December 20 (Tuesday).  William Clark Thrash’d Oates for me.  Mr. Barrett[1] expected according to word sent us but Came not.  Mr. Peres Rice here with Complaints against his uncle, Mr. Samuel Fay, etc.  He told me Some in the Town were Examining whether my marrying the Rutland couple was according to Law.  Mr. Breck sent home my Political State 12 volumes, and a Pamphlet, by his son Mr. Robert and young Rice of College.[2]

[1]Reverend Samuel Barrett of Hopkinton.

[2]Caleb Rice (Harvard 1730), youngest son of Caleb Rice of Marlborough.  Later the first minister of Sturbridge, Mass., 1736-1759.  Sibley, III, 774-775.

December 27, 1726

1726 December 27 (Tuesday).  I rode to Mr. Barretts.  Here was Mrs. Ford[1] and Mrs. Leasingby.[2]  O’bed I read Mr. Moodys[3] Memoirs of Joseph Quasson and Just Sentiments on the protestant Religion.  I likewise dip’d into Mr. Cooper’s[4] Account of Mr. John Coney.

[1]Probably Mrs. Stephen Ford of Charlestown.

[2]This name appears several times but extensive search reveals no clue to the identity of the person.

[3]Samuel Moodey or Moody, A Summary Account of the Life and Death of Joseph Quasson, an Indian (Boston, 1726).

[4]William Cooper, The Service of God. . . Preach’d on . . . the Death of Mr. John Coney [An Appendix, Containing a Further Account of Mr. John Coney, Collected from his Private Writings] (Boston, 1726).  Cooper (Harvard 1712) was minister of the Brattle Street Church in Boston, 1716-1743.  Sibley, V, 624-634.