Pcitures of old buildings and people

Haverhill Land Holders, 1650

This page is a slight adaptation of page 72 in Chase's "History of Haverhill."  While not a census, it does give an indication of the families living there at the time.

This year there were forty-three freemen in town, nineteen of whom had taken the oath of fidelity. The following table contains the names found in the records of 1650 and previously, with the year in which the name first appears: and also the valuation of each man’s property, according to the vote of November 6, 1643. Neither the date or valuation should, however, be considered as more than an approximation to the truth :

1641 
John Favor, *
John Robinson,
1642 
John Ward, ** £ 80
Tristram Coffin,
Hugh Sherratt, 50
William White, 50
Thomas Davis,
John Williams, 80
1643 
Abraham Tyler, 60
Richard Littlehale, 40
1644 
Henry Savage,
Job Clement,
1645 
Christopher Hussie,
Daniel Hendrick, 120
Henry Palmer, 60
George Corliss,
1646 
Thomas Hale,
James Davis, 200
John Ayer, 160
Daniel Lad, £ 40
Joseph Peasley,
John Davis,

1646 
Thomas Davis, 100
Thomas Davis, 100
James Fisk,
William Butler,
Bartholomew Heath. 140
1647 
Samuel Gile, 40
1648 
Thomas Linforth,
John Eaton, 80
Thomas Whittier, 80
1649 
George Goldwin
Goodman Moice & 3 Sons,
Abraham Morrill,
Christopher Lawson,
Richard Ormsby, 70
Win. Holdridge,
1650 
Robert Ayer, 80
John Ayer jun, 80
Thomas Ayer,
John Chenarie,
George Browne, 80
John Hoit,
Goodman Hale.

 

The following table contains the valuation of those to whom house lots were laid out at various times, but whose names do not appear previous to 1650:—

Robert Clement, Sen, £ 50
Thomas Eaton, £ 40
John Clement, 35 40
Matthias Button, 60
Robert Swan, 30
Steven Kent, 200
John Haseltine, 40
James Davis Jr, 130
John Johnson, 90
Peter Ayer, 60
John Carleton, 90
Richard Singletary, 60
Joseph Johnson, 50
John Huckins, 480
John Page jun, 40

* Names against which no amount is placed, are those of persons for whom we can find no record of a house lot being laid out. Some of them, if not all, probably purchased the right of others to lands.

** We do not know whether these pounds were the English pounds sterling (sixteen ounces of silver) or the pound of Troy weight (sixty-two shillings) but presume they were the latter. If so, each pound was equivalent to $5.83.