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Excerpts from "The Annals of Mendon"
Rules for settling the Plantation granted at Netmocke (now Mendon) listed as accepted from Braintree: Goodman Thompson required to settle before the end of the 7th month 1663
Before 24 March 1664 they were joined by:
First Town Meeting
"The ffremen and the rest of the Inhabitants Mett, June 7th.
1667 and then did choose for theire Selectmen to order their Prudentiall affairs, Coll.
Willi Crowne, Goodman Benjamin Alby, ffardinando Thayre, Dan: Lovett and John Thompson,
all swine shoud be "eyther yoaked, kept up or otherwise secured and looked toe." The hog reive was ordered "to take care that his order about swine be duly observed, and for his paynes and care herein he shall have fower pence for each animal he may find doing damage."
Dates in Mendon History
July 14, 1667
19 May 1669
1 Dec 1669
1 Jan 1671
14 June 1671
Division of the Plains.
John Thompson is listed as one of 37 shareholders of the undivided land of the township
1 Jan 1672
22 July 1662
1 Jan 1673
"It was also Agred upon that John Sprage and John Thomson junior shall be vewers of fence for the uper end of the Towne..."
1 Jan 1674
Inn Keeper Chosen
"John Thompson, senior, Chosen for the kepe an ordenery and publique Hous of Inter tainement."
This was the first public house in Mendon, and was located near the homestead of the late Hon. Charles C. P. Hastings
King Philip's War
"deserted Mendham was, this winter, (1675-6) laid in
ashes." (Hutchinson's "History of Massachusetts")
3 Jan 1680
16 Jan 1680
25h May 1685
John Thomson sr & jr sign petition to not give liquor to Indians "The glory of God is not a little wronged by the almost dayly Drunkenes of the Heathen and Religion much disgraced, but also our lives and the lives of our wives and children In dayly Hazard."
12 Mar 1686
2 Jan 1687
1 Jan 1694
Bounty on Wolves
John Thomson, one wolf May 4 1694 £1.00.00
By an Act of the General Court passed 20 Mar 1699, Wells, Kittery, York, Amesbury, Haverhill, Dunstable, Chelmsfor, Groton, Lancaster, Marlboro, Brookfield, Deerfiedl, Mendon and Woodstock were declared to be "Frontier Towns."
Nov. 9. 1685 "John Thomson, sen" (senior) died
Between 1699 and 1705 Samuel Thomson and Samuel, the son of John Thomson, had died
5th division of land
5 Mar 1711
3 Mar 1712
22 Dec 1713
6th division of land 1713
(Presumably the John Thomson sr. mentioned here was the previous jr. and now that the first John has died he gets the title, and his son becomes junior.)
23 Nov 1713
4 Mar 1717
24 Jan 1718
Incorporation of Bellingham
Nov 17, 1719 petition laid before the General Court
"That Wehreas ye above sd Inhabitance are Situated at a Remoat Distance from ye Respective Towns ... and that they have Little or no Benefit of Town Priviledges or haveing Benefit of ye Schools we do Respectively Pay to... Our Prayer Therefore is That your Honours would Graciously plase to Consider our Difficult Circumstances and grant us our petition...so we may be Enabled in Ceonvenient time to obtain ye Gospel & Public Worship of God Settled & our Inconveniences by Reason of our Remoatness be Removed: granting uw such Time of Dispence from Public Taxes....
signed by (in part)
approved 26 Nov 1719 with John Thomson, John Darling and John Marsh empowered to call a town meeting any time the following March
27 Nov 1719
5 Mar 1753
"Return of men enlisted or impressed for his Majesty's Service within the Province of Massachusetts Bay, in Col. Whiting's Regiment, under the Command of Jeffrey Amherst, Gen. and Commander in Chief of his Majesty's Forces for the Invasion of Canada.
Ezra Thompson....Apr 2, 1759. Out in 1758 at Crown Point. Age 23.
Joseph Darling Mar 24, 1759. Out in 1755 at Crown Point. Age 23.
Stephen Thompson, Corp. Apr. 26 to Dec 10. 32 weeks, 5 days £15.15..07