Westhampton (Mass.) Town Records
1779-1901
10 boxes (5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 799

Abstract

Originally settled by Europeans in 1762, the town of Westhampton, Massachusetts, was separated from adjacent Northampton and incorporated in September 1778. Situated in the western reaches of Hampshire County, it was principally an agricultural town, producing apples, other fruit, and maple sugar, with only minor industry. The town still retains its rural character: a century after incorporation, the population had grown to just over 500, and nearly 1,500 a century later.

The Westhampton collection provides an extensive record of public life and local governance in a typical small Hampshire County town. Spanning from 1779, just after the date of incorporation, through the turn of the twentieth century, the collection includes extensive records of town meetings, including warrants, agendas, and summaries; records of the Overseers of Poor, the schools, militia service, and the Congregational parish; materials on roads and highways; and a large quantity of financial records.

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Westhampton (Mass.) Town Records
1779-1901
10 boxes (5 linear feet)
Call no.: MS 799

Background on Westhampton

Detail of town meeting records, Jan. 2, 1779

Detail of town meeting records, Jan. 2, 1779

Beginning as the so-called Long (or West) Division of Northampton, Mass., the town of Westhampton was first settled by Europeans in about 1762, growing gradually until it separated and was officially incorporated in September 1778. A year later, a Congregational Church was established in Westhampton with the ordination of Enoch Hale, a young graduate of Yale and brother of the patriot Nathan Hale. Overcoming some initial tension in the settlement over the location of the church, Hale remained in the pulpit for fifty years, ministering to the rural population of about 300.

An agricultural town throughout most of its history, Westhampton has been a small center for the production of beef and lamb, dairy products and wool, apples, berries, and maple sugar. The branches of the Manhan River that flow through town provided a source for water power that spurred the development of minor industry in the mid-nineteenth century, however the town has maintained its rural character. The town's population has risen slowly from about 500 in the middle of the nineteenth century to just over 1,500 in 2000.

Contents of Collection

The Westhampton collection provides a detailed record of public life and local governance in a typical small Hampshire County town. Spanning from 1779, just after its incorporation, through the turn of the twentieth century, the collection includes extensive records of town meetings, including warrants, agendas, and summaries; records of the Overseers of Poor, the schools, militia service, and the Congregational parish; materials on roads and highways; and a large quantity of financial records.

Series descriptions
1779-1901
6 boxes (3 linear feet)

The administrative records offer a long perspective on the early history and development of a small town in the Berkshire hills. At the heart of the series is a dense set of records documenting town meetings from 1779 (the second official town meeting) through the late nineteenth century, including copies of warrants to call meetings, agendas and instructions, and in some cases the results of votes. Other key functions of local government in Massachusetts are more or less well represented, including the church, schools, militia, and road maintenance, and there are particularly valuable records for the Overseers of the Poor. Dating mostly between 1825 and 1855, the Overseers' records offer insight into antebellum approaches to public relief for the poor and elderly in a rural town, both through documenting the forms of relief offered and the contracts forged with persons charged with their care.

1779-1801
4 boxes (2 linear feet)

The records in Series 2 document the town's finances from the time of its incorporation until the end of the nineteenth century, including a thick series of bills and receipts for services rendered to the town, warrants from both Hampshire County and the state authorizing tax collection, highway tax assessments, and detailed records of taxes assessed and valuations of property.

Collection inventory
Series 1. Administrative records
1779-1901
6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Bond, D. W. and H. H.
1872-1873

Box 1: 1
Burt, Levi and H.W. Montague: Appraisal of yearling heifer
1900

Box 1: 2
Church: Deed
1828

Box 1: 3
Church: Parish Records
1853-1873

Box 1: 4
Church: Parish Records
1874-1880

Box 1: 5
Church: Parish Reports
1852

Box 1: 6
Church: Parish Reports
1855-1856

Box 1: 7
Church: Parish Reports
1857-1859

Box 1: 8
Church: Parish Reports
1860-1862

Box 1: 9
Church: Parish Reports
1863-1864

Box 1: 10
Church: Parish Reports
1865

Box 1: 11
Church: Parish Reports
1866-1865

Box 1: 12
Church: Parish Reports
1870-1871

Box 1: 13
Church: Parish Reports
1872-1874

Box 1: 14
Church: Parish Reports
1875-1876

Box 1: 15
Church: Parish Reports
1878

Box 1: 16
Church: Parish Reports
1897

Box 1: 17
Church: Settlement with Enoch Hale
1828

Box 1: 18
Clapp, Charles C. Appraisal of sheep attacked by dog
1865

Box 1: 19
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Senate... [Broadside]
1788 Nov. 19

Box 1: 20
Correspondence (miscellaneous)

Box 1: 21
Death Certificates
1876

Box 1: 22
Death Certificates
1879

Box 1: 23
Death Certificates
1880

Box 1: 24
Death Certificates
1882

Box 1: 25
Death Certificates
1883

Box 1: 26
Death Certificates
1884

Box 1: 27
Death Certificates
1885

Box 1: 28
Death Certificates
1886

Box 1: 29
Death Certificates
1887

Box 1: 30
Death Certificates
1888

Box 1: 31
Deeds
1827

Box 1: 32
Dog Warrants
1862-1900

Box 1: 33
Elections
1833

Box 1: 34
Elections
1843

Box 1: 35
Elections
1844-1845

Box 1: 36
Elections
1864

Box 1: 37
Elections
1884-1894

Box 1: 38
Elections
1897

Box 1: 39
Elections
1900

Box 1: 40
Fencing Contract (for Cemetery)
ca. 1850

Box 1: 41
Inn holder licenses
1847

Box 2: 1
Juror lists
1897, undated

Box 2: 2
Library Committee Report
1880

Box 2: 3
Marriages

Box 2: 4
Liquor Licenses
1865

Box 2: 5
Lunatic Asylum
1829

Box 2: 6
Massachusetts Acts and Resolves
1828-1837

Box 2: 7
Massachusetts Acts and Resolves
1845-1848

Box 2: 8
Massachusetts Acts and Resolves
1862-1872

Box 2: 9
Massachusetts Circular Letter
1833-1858

Box 2: 10
Military
1833

Box 2: 11
Military
1843

Box 2: 12
Military
1862 July - Sept

Box 2: 13
Military
1862 Oct - Dec

Box 2: 14
Military
1864

Box 2: 15
Military
1897

Box 2: 16
Military
1900

Box 2: 17
Military Aid
1879-1880

Box 2: 18
Military: Civil War
ca.1862-1865

Box 2: 19
Military: Draft Quota
1862

Box 2: 20
Military: Receipt for Town Bounty
1862

Box 2: 21
Military: State aid
1880

Box 2: 22
Miscellaneous documents
1831-1872

Box 2: 23
Mitchell, Volney v. Norman Morton writ to attach goods
1847

Box 2: 24
New York and Boston Railroad
1847

Box 2: 25
Notice to all Those who are interested in protection game birds
1849

Box 2: 26
Overseers of the Poor
1829-1831

Box 2: 27
Overseers of the Poor
1832-1842

Box 2: 28
Overseers of the Poor
1844-1852

Box 2: 29
Overseers of the Poor
1852-1855

Box 2: 30
Overseers of the Poor
1859-1875

Box 2: 31
Overseers of the Poor
1900

Box 2: 32
Overseers of the Poor. Accounts for support of Absalom Hathaway
1829-1830

Box 2: 33
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1831-1833

Box 2: 34
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1846-1849

Box 2: 35
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1850-1851

Box 2: 36
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1852

Box 2: 37
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1853

Box 2: 38
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1854-1855

Box 2: 39
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1856-1859

Box 2: 40
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper agreements
1863-1873

Box 2: 41
Overseers of the Poor: Pauper Journal
1825-1844

Vol. 1

Bound volume containing record of expenses and agreements for care of the poor.

Overseers of the Poor. State Forms
ca. 1835

Box 2: 42
Parson, Henry W. Contract to build bridge
1852

Box 2: 43
Paternity Suit: Mary Slatten v. Cornelius F. Flynn
1876-1877

Box 2: 44
Pound: Countract with Seveuo Lynnam to construct town pound
1834

Box 2: 45
Roads and highways
1779

Box 3: 1
Roads and highways
1786-1789

Box 3: 2
Roads and highways
1790-1795

Box 3: 3
Roads and highways
1796-1800

Box 3: 4
Roads and highways
1801-1805

Box 3: 5
Roads and highways
1808-1811

Box 3: 6
Roads and highways
1830-1832

Box 3: 7
Roads and highways
1833

Box 3: 8
Roads and highways
1842-1846

Box 3: 9
Roads and highways
1855

Box 3: 10
Roads and highways (route 66)
1856

Box 3: 11
Roads and highways
1857-1872

Box 3: 12
Roads and highways
undated

Box 3: 13
School Committee
1830-1834

Box 3: 14
School Committee
1835-1838

Box 3: 15
School Committee
1839-1843

Box 3: 16
School Committee Annual Report
1838

Box 3: 17
School Committee Annual Report
1839

Box 3: 18
School Committee Annual Report
1840

Box 3: 19
School Committee Annual Report
1841

Box 3: 20
School Committee Annual Report
1842

Box 3: 21
School Committee Annual Report
1843

Box 3: 22
School Committee Annual Report
1844

Box 3: 23
School Committee Annual Report
1845

Box 3: 24
School Committee Annual Report
1846

Box 3: 25
School Committee Annual Report
1847

Box 3: 26
School Committee Annual Report
1848

Box 3: 27
School Committee Annual Report
1849

Box 3: 28
School Committee Annual Report
1850

Box 3: 29
School Committee Annual Report
1851

Box 3: 30
School Committee Annual Report
1852

Box 3: 31
School Committee Annual Report
1853

Box 3: 32
School Committee Annual Report
1854

Box 3: 33
School Committee District Registers
1840

Box 3: 34
School Committee District Registers
1841

Box 3: 35
Schools
1836-1853

Box 4: 1
Schools: Appraisal
1869

Box 4: 2
State forms (blank)
ca. 1845

Box 4: 3
Town boundary perambulation
1886

Box 4: 4
Town Clerk Oath of Office
ca. 1780

Box 4: 5
Town Meetings
1778

Box 4: 6
Town Meetings
1779

Box 4: 7
Town Meetings
1780

Box 4: 8
Town Meetings
1781

Box 4: 9
Town Meetings
1782

Box 4: 10
Town Meetings
1783

Box 4: 11
Town Meetings
1784

Box 4: 12
Town Meetings
1785

Box 4: 13
Town Meetings
1786

Box 4: 14
Town Meetings
1787

Box 4: 15
Town Meetings
1788

Box 4: 16
Town Meetings
1789

Box 4: 17
Town Meetings
1790

Box 4: 18
Town Meetings
1791

Box 4: 19
Town Meetings
1792

Box 4: 20
Town Meetings
1793

Box 4: 21
Town Meetings
1794

Box 4: 22
Town Meetings
1795

Box 4: 23
Town Meetings
1796

Box 5: 1
Town Meetings
1797

Box 5: 2
Town Meetings
1798

Box 5: 3
Town Meetings
1799

Box 5: 4
Town Meetings
1800

Box 5: 5
Town Meetings
1801

Box 5: 6
Town Meetings
1802

Box 5: 7
Town Meetings
1803

Box 5: 8
Town Meetings
1804

Box 5: 9
Town Meetings
1805

Box 5: 10
Town Meetings
1806

Box 5: 11
Town Meetings
1807

Box 5: 12
Town Meetings
1808

Box 5: 13
Town Meetings
1809

Box 5: 14
Town Meetings
1810

Box 5: 15
Town Meetings
1811

Box 5: 16
Town Meetings
1812

Box 5: 17
Town Meetings
1813

Box 5: 18
Town Meetings
1814

Box 5: 19
Town Meetings
1815

Box 5: 20
Town Meetings
1828-1836

Box 5: 21
Town Meetings
1838-1844

Box 5: 22
Town Meetings
1845-1848

Box 5: 23
Town Meetings
1850-1872

Box 6: 1
Town Meetings
1890

Box 6: 2
Town Meetings
1897

Box 6: 3
Town Meetings
1900

Box 6: 4
Voters Lists
1830

Box 6: 5
Voters Lists
1831

Box 6: 6
Voters Lists
1834

Box 6: 7
Voters Lists
1838

Box 6: 8
Voters Lists
1847

Box 6: 9
Voters Lists
1848

Box 6: 10
Voters Lists
1850

Box 6: 11
Voters Lists
1851

Box 6: 12
Voters Lists
1852

Box 6: 13
Voters Lists
1853

Box 6: 14
Voters Lists
1854-1855

Box 6: 15
Voters Lists
1858

Box 6: 16
Voters Lists
1859

Box 6: 17
Voters Lists
1862

Box 6: 18
Voters Lists
1863

Box 6: 19
Voters Lists
1864

Box 6: 20
Voters Lists
1865

Box 6: 21
Voters Lists
1866

Box 6: 22
Voters Lists
1883

Box 6: 23
Voters Lists
1884

Box 6: 24
Voters Lists
1885

Box 6: 25
Voters Lists
1887

Box 6: 26
Voters Lists
1888

Box 6: 27
Voters Lists
1890

Box 6: 28
Voters Lists
1892

Box 6: 29
Voters Lists
1894

Box 6: 30
Voters Lists
1895

Box 6: 31
Voters Lists
1896

Box 6: 32
Voters Lists
1897

Box 6: 33
Warren Bridge (circular letter)
1832

Box 6: 34
Series 2. Financial records
1779-1801
4 boxes (2 linear feet)
Appropriations
1860-1886

Box 7: 7
Assessors: Warrant to Collect Taxes
1790-1799

Box 7: 8
Assessors: Warrant to Collect Taxes
1800-1814

Box 7: 9
Assessors: Warrant to Collect Taxes
1848-1867

Box 7: 10
Bills and Receipts
1811-1813

Box 7: 5
Bills and Receipts
1827-1829

Box 7: 6
Bills and Receipts
1830-1831

Box 7: 7
Bills and Receipts
1832-1833

Box 7: 8
Bills and Receipts
1834-1835

Box 7: 9
Bills and Receipts
1836-1848

Box 7: 10
Bills and receipts
1852-1857

Box 7: 11
Bills and Receipts
1868-1889

Box 7: 12
Bills and Receipts
1890

Box 7: 13
Bills and Receipts
1891

Box 7: 14
Bills and Receipts
1892

Box 7: 15
Bills and Receipts
1893

Box 7: 16
Bills and Receipts
1894 Jan-June

Box 7: 17
Bills and Receipts
1894 July-Dec

Box 7: 18
Bills and Receipts
1895 Jan-Mar

Box 7: 19
Bills and Receipts
1895 Apr-May

Box 7: 20
Bills and Receipts
1895 Jan-Sept

Box 8: 7
Bills and Receipts
1895 Oct-Dec

Box 8: 8
Bills and Receipts
1896 Jan-May

Box 8: 9
Bills and Receipts
1896 June-Aug

Box 8: 10
Bills and Receipts
1896 Sept-Dec

Box 8: 5
Bills and Receipts
1897-1901

Box 8: 6
Bills and Receipts
undated

Box 8: 7
Highway Assessments
1829

Box 8: 8
Highway Assessments
1832

Box 8: 9
Highway Assessments
1833

Box 8: 10
Highway Assessments
1836-1837

Box 8: 11
Highway Assessments
1839

Box 8: 12
Highway Assessments
1841

Box 8: 13
Highway Assessments
1841

Box 8: 14
Highway Assessments (Hathaway-Rhodes)
1851

Box 8: 15
Highway Assessments (Bosworth-Elwell)
1852

Box 8: 16
Highway Assessments
1853

Box 8: 17
Highway Assessments
1854

Box 8: 18
Highway Assessments
1856

Box 9: 7
Highway Assessments
1857

Box 9: 8
Highway Assessments
1864

Box 9: 9
Highway Assessments
1865

Box 9: 10
Highway Assessments
1866

Box 9: 5
Highway Assessments
1867

Box 9: 6
Highway Assessments
1868

Box 9: 7
Highway Assessments
1871

Box 9: 8
Highway Assessments
1876-1877

Box 9: 9
Selectmen Expense Report
1847

Box 9: 10
Tax doc. No. 2 Corporations existing under authroity of this Commonwealth
1871

Box 9: 11
Taxation Assessments
1812-1829

Box 9: 12
Taxation Assessments
ca.1830

Box 9: 13
Taxation: Country tax warrants
1829-1839

Box 9: 14
Taxation: Country tax warrants
1840-1848

Box 9: 15
Taxation: Country tax warrants
1850-1858

Box 9: 16
Taxation: Country tax warrants
1862-1869

Box 9: 17
Taxation: Country tax warrants
1871-1887

Box 9: 18
Taxation: Delinquencies
1870

Box 9: 19
Taxation: Enrollment to avoid draft
ca. 1862

Box 9: 20
Taxation: State tax warrants
1829-1845

Box 9: 21
Taxation: State tax warrants
1854-1871

Box 9: 22
Taxation: State tax warrants
1872-1887

Box 9: 23
Taxation: tax collectors returns
1851-1858

Box 9: 24
Taxation: taxation scales
1828-1864

Box 9: 25
Taxation: taxation scales
undated

Box 9: 26
Taxation: taxes paid
1848-1872

Box 9: 27
Taxes and valuation
1788

Box 9: 28
Taxes and valuation
1789

Box 9: 29
Taxes and valuation
1790

Box 9: 30
Taxes and valuation
1791

Box 10: 7
Taxes and valuation
1792

Box 10: 8
Taxes and valuation
1793

Box 10: 9
Taxes and valuation
1808-1809

Box 10: 10
Taxes and valuation
1811

Box 10: 5
Taxes and valuation
1812-1815

Box 10: 6
Taxes and valuation
1816-1818

Box 10: 7
Treasurer: Bonds
1794-1829

Box 10: 8
Treasurer: Bonds
1832-1838

Box 10: 9
Treasurer: Bonds
1840-1848

Box 10: 10
Treasurer: Bonds
1850-1868

Box 10: 11
Treasurer: Bonds
1871-1887

Box 10: 12
Valuation Lists
1825

Box 10: 13
Valuation Lists
1827

Box 10: 14
Valuation Lists
1828

Box 10: 15
Valuation Lists
1829

Box 10: 16
Valuation Lists
1831

Box 10: 17
Valuation Lists
1832

Box 10: 18
Valuation Lists
ca. 1835

Box 10: 19
Valuation Lists
1836

Box 10: 20
Valuation Lists
1837

Box 10: 21
Valuation Lists
1840

Box 10: 22
Valuation Lists
1845

Box 10: 23
Valuation Lists
undated

Box 10: 24
Warrants and receipts
1806-1812

Box 10: 25
Warrants and receipts
1813

Box 10: 26
Warrants and Receipts
1814

Box 10: 27
Warrants and Receipts
1815

Box 10: 28
Administrative information
Provenance

Gift of Westhampton Historical Society, Jan. 2014.

Other formats available

Series 1 has been digitized and is available through SCUA's online digital repository, Credo.

Related Material

The Westhampton Town Records are intimately related to the records of the town's First Congregational Church (MS 806), which have also been digitized and made available online through Credo.

Processing Information

Processed by I. Eliot Wentworth, Apr. 2014.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Westhampton (Mass.) Town Records (MS 799). Special Collections and University Archives, UMass Amherst Libraries.

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  • Churches--Massachusetts--Westhampton
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  • Taxation--Massachusetts
  • Town meetings--Massachusetts--Westhampton
  • Westhampton (Mass.)--History
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  • Receipts (financial records)
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