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Call No.: MS Am 628
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Documents concerning citizens and town of Medway, Massachusetts,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Materials documenting town and personal affairs in Medway, Massachusetts.
See also MS Am 623 and MS Am 821 for papers collected by the same donor.
Medway, Massachusetts was first settled in 1657 and was incorporated in 1713. Elijah Clark (1727-1801) was a prominent Medway citizen who served as Town Clerk (1762-1764, 1766-1768, 1771-1778, 1783-1792), Selectman (1761-1775), and Representative to the General Court of Massachusetts (1776-1779, 1785). Elijah was also appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1775. Elijah married Bathsheba Harding (1731-1819) in 1751 and they had ten children: Theodore (1752-?), Eunice (1753-1838), Elijah (1756-1805), Hannah (1759-?), Jotham (1761-1777), Bathsheba (1764-1766), Prudence (1766-?), Bathsheba (1769-1831), Joseph (1771-?), and Abijah (1775-1802).
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Town meeting warrants, 1764-1793
- II. Tax rates and assessments, 1762-1780
- III. Church-related documents, 1772-1798
- IV. Other documents, 1768-1792
Collection includes manuscript documents and printed documents with manuscript additions related to the people and town of Medway, Massachusetts. Many of the documents bear the signature of Medway resident Elijah Clark. Items include town meeting warrants, tax assessment lists, church sermon journals, voting returns, estate inventories, and other town-related documents.