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History of the town of Hampton Falls, N. H.

by Warren Brown

Excerpt:

bled the old church now standing at Rocky hill in Salisbury, Mass. A short time after this house was built the town of Pittsfield voted to build a meeting-house of the same dimensions and as nearly similar as possible to the one built at Hampton Falls, and the record of this vote can be seen on the Pittsfield records at the present time.

This meeting-house had a gallery on three sides; the men's gallery was on the west side and the women's on the east, with the singing gallery in front of the pulpit, which was a high one with a sounding board over it. It had high box pews, such as were in use at that time.

At an adjourned meeting February 7, 1769, a motion was made by Colonel Weare and a great many other persons present to reconsider the votes passed at the last meeting in order to agree on some method that the parish in general might unite in respecting a meeting-house, and the moderator was repeatedly desired to put the motion to vote, which he finally refused to do. The report of committee for selling the pews being read, the moderator was requested to put to vote whether the report should be accepted, which he also refused to do and dissolved the meeting.

At a meeting held October 16, 1769, it was—

Voted to abate all those persons' Rates that belong to Seabrook that are in arrearages in the minister Rates.

This is the first reference to the new parish of Seabrook upon our records.

After the new meeting-house was built Mr. Wingate refused to go there and dedicate it, although urged to do so repeatedly. There appear to have been quite a number who supported Mr. Wingate in the position he had taken in the matter, and the selectmen refused to call a meeting for the purpose of instructing and requiring Mr. Wingate to go to the new meeting-house to dedicate it, as the friends of the new meeting-house desired. As a result of this, the following call was issued for a meeting to be held January 30, 1770:

Province of 1 To the Constable, or Constables of the parish New Hampshire ) of Hampton falls in said province of Newhampshire greeting.

Wheras upon the Complaint of more than Thirty of the Inhabitants and Freeholders of the said parish of Hampton falls it hath

been made to appear that the Selectmen of said parish have and still do unreasonably deny to Call a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of said Parish agreeably to a petition to them made by fifty of the said Inhabitants and freeholders—Dated the third day of Jan. 1770.—This is therfore in his majesties name to order and Require him, to Notify and warn the Inhabitants of the said parish of Hampton falls to assemble themselves and meet together at the new meeting house in said Hampton falls, Near Jeremiah Lane's house on Tuesday the thirtyeth day of January Curt at one of the Clock in the afternoon then and there to act and vote on the following Particulars Viz. first to choose a moderator for said meeting—Secondly To pass a vote for the Revd Mr Pain Wingate the present minister and pastor of said parish to go to The said New meeting house as soon as conveniently may be And Dedicate the said house to the publick worship and service of god and there perform the Duties of his Sacred Function for the Future—and to pass any vote or votes Relating therto that the said Freeholders and Inhabitants when assembled Shall think fit. given under our hands and seals at Exeter in said province the seventeenth day of Jan)' in the tenth year of his Majesties Reign A Domini, 1770

This meeting was called by the new church party. The selectmen who refused to call the meeting were Samuel Prescott, Pain Rowe, and Abner Sanborn, all of whom voted on the test vote with the old church party. The moderator who had refused to put the motion to accept the report of the committee for selling the pews and then dissolved the meeting was probably Mecheeh Weare, who had been moderator since 1754, but was never elected again after this. This was the first town meeting ever called in the new meeting-house. It was a hotly contested meeting, and tradition says much bad blood was shown. Nathaniel Healey, then upwards of eighty years of age, led the new meeting-house party. The old church party was led by Mecheeh Weare. The test came upon the election of moderator. Capt. Jonathan Tilton was candidate of the new church party, and was elected. The vote was cast nearly upon sectional lines, the upper part of the town nearly to a man voting for Captain Tilton, and the lower part for some one else, probably Mecheeh Weare. The vote finally stood fifty-one for Captain Tilton to forty-eight against.


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