Thursday, January 11, 2018

1731 Town Record of James Hildreth (1698-1761) of Westford, Mass.. --- Post 396 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1731 town record of Westford, Massachusetts for James Hildreth (1698-1761):

James Hildreth is among several Hildreths listed at the bottom of the left-hand page of the image above.

The heading of the left-hand page says:

This following assessment was made by the assessors of the town
of Westford october the 29^th 1731 to answer a tax or assessment granted 
and agreed upon by the inhabitants of sd Town regularly assembled
September the 25^th 1731 to defray the nessessary charges arising within
the sd town for the year ensuing and to pay the County tax.

The extracted information for James Hildreth Jr. is:

*  Name:      James Hildreth Jr.
*  Heads:     00 - 16 - 00
*  In Corn:   00 - 03 - 00
*  Personal: 00 - 03 - 06
*  ?ac^??:    01 - 02 - 06

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, ( : accessed 10 January 2018), Westford > Town Records, page 45 (image 34 of 778), James Hildreth Jr. tax assessment.

This is an annual tax assessment by the town of Westford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  

I think that James Hildreth Jr. is the one who is my 6th great-grandfather (James Hildreth (1698-1761 who married Dorothy Prescott in 1721).  There is another James Hildreth on the line above Jr.  There were several other James Hildreths in the town of Westford in this time period, and it is likely that my James is one or the other, presumably Jr. is younger than the non-junior one.  If mine is the other one, the total tax is 01 - 04 - 01 - not very different.

The two James Hildreths are in a group of Hildreths at the bottom of this page and the top of the left-hand page, including:

*  David Hildreth:         00 - 18 - 09
*  Joseph Hildreth:        01 - 05 - 08
*  James Hildreth:         01 - 04 - 01
*  James Hildreth Jr.     01 - 02 - 06
*  Ebenezer Hildreth:   01 - 06 - 00
*  Joseph Hildreth Jr.:  01 - 08 - 03
*  Ephraim Hildreth:    01 - 05 - 02

My James Hildreth has brothers named Ephraim, Joseph, Ebenezer and David, all sons of Ephraim Hildreth (1654-1731) and Anna Moore (1666-1760).  

The town of Westford was split off from the town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts in 1729, so this is one of the first tax records for the town.  There are other Westford town tax records for other years after 1731.  

James Hilsdreth (1698-1761) and Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774) are my 6th great-grandparents, through their son Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784).  


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