William Cohoun, of Swansea, Massachusetts

Part Three; What We Do Know; by Colleen Cahoon

The next historical reference to “Our William” is when he decided to leave Block Island, along with Joseph Kent, and others, seeking admission into the town of newly established, Swansea, Massachusetts.

William Cahoone, 22 Feb 1669/1670, WAS LISTED among those seeking admission, as an inhabitant, of the town of Swansea, Massachusetts and deemed ‘acceptable and agreeable to’ the following criteria:

i) That no erroneous person be admitted into the township as an inhabitant or sojourner.
ii) That no man of any evil behaviouor contentious person to be admitted
iii) That none may be admitted that may become a charge to the place. “

“At a town meeting lawfully warned, on the two and twentieth day of the twelfth month, commonly called February, in the year of our Lord 1669, (which became the second month of 1670)  it is ordered that all persons that are or shall be admitted inhabitents within this town, shall subscribe to the three proposalls above written, to the several conditions and explanations therein expressed, before any lot of land be confirmed to them or any of them.

“We, whose names are hereunder written, do fully, upon our admission to be inhabitants of this town of Swansea, assent to the above written agreement, made between the church now meeting here at Swansea and Capt. Thomas Willett and his associates, as the sd. agreement is specified and declared in the three proposalls afore written, with the several! conditions and explanations thereof concerning the present and future settlement of this town. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed. ”
(Signed by fifty-five persons.)

First Signers Admitted to the Town:

Thomas Willett,   Caleb Eddy,   John Myles,   John Myles, Jr. ,   John Allen,   Thomas Lewis,   James Brown,   Joseph Carpenter,   Nicholas Tanner,   Robert Jones,   Hugh Cole, Eldad Kingsley,   Benjamin Alby,   John Martin,   John Browne,   John Cole,   Samuel Wheaton,   Joseph Wheaton,   Thomas Barnes,   Nathan’l Paine,   Thos. Estabrooke,   Stephen Brace,   Richard Sharpe,   Gideon Allen,   Wm. Ingraham,   John Dickse,   Thos. Manning,   Wm. Bartram,   Wm. Cahoone,   Joseph Kent,   George Aldrich,   Sam’l Woodbury,   Nathan’l Lewis,   Nehemiah Allen,   John Thurber,   Sampson Mason,   Jona Bosworth,   Job Winslow,   Joseph Lewis,   Obadiah Bowen, Jr.   Wm. Hayward,   Richard Burgess,  Jno. Thurber, 2d   Jno. Butterworth,   Gerard Ingraham,   John West,   Zach. Eddy,   Thos. Elliott,   Hezekiah Luther,   Timothy Brooks,   John Paddock,   Nathan’l Toogood,   Samuel Luther,   Jere. Child,  Obadiah Brown, Senr. ”

[SOURCE :

Page 183B, Volume 010, Massachusetts Archives Collection (1629 – 1799)

Summary: ATTESTED COPY OF AN AGREEMENT AS TO THE CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION AS AN INHABITANT TO THE TOWN OF SWANSEA AGREED TO BY THOMAS WILLETT AND THE CHURCH OF SWANSEA, AND SUBSCRIBED TO BY ALL TOWN MEMBERS. (SEE PAGE 183A/. SEE V. 113, PAGES 599 AND 613-617. SEE ALSO, V. 11, PAGE 385B.)

The document was originally dated 1670/02/22 though the document was not finalized until 1711/07/02.


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