Town of Milford
Annual Minutes
Copied by : Jayne Davis Szaz

Comments on My Transcription of the Town of Milford Annual Town Meeting Minutes

In the early 1990s Marion Brophy made photocopies for me of the Town of Milford Annual Town Meeting Minutes at the New York State Library in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York, in reply to my request for information about my great great great grandfather, Christopher ELLI.S. As far as I know, the Minutes I have transcribed are all that remain of the Town of Milford's Annual Town Meeting Minutes, but I may be wrong about that; there may be Minutes for years before 1811 and after 1840. For anyone who wants to inquire of the library, its address is New York State Historical Association/The Farmers' Museum, Research Library, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, New York 13326, its telephone number is 607-547-1400, and its website is The call number for the Town of Milford Annual Town Meeting Minutes is N593.82(2). However, the Minutes for 1812 and 1813 are probably lost; if not, Marion would have sent copies of them to me also.

I have transcribed the information from The Town of Milford Annual Town Meeting Minutes for 1811 and 1814-1840 and have entered the information into separate documents by year. My comments are in brackets [ ].

You may notice that some pages are missing and, I presume, lost, and that some of the page numbers within the documents are out of sequence. That apparently happened because the responsible town clerk did not enter the information about an event until some time after the event. For instance, information from page 256 appears in the years 1827, 1828, and 1829 because information for those years appears on that one page. Also, some page numbers appear in two consecutive years because the town clerk continued writing minutes for the current year on the sheet used for the previous year rather than taking a new sheet of paper.

The page numbers are as they appear in the original document. Where [New page, unnumbered] appears at the top of the page, the photocopying must have cut off the page number. These missing page numbers seem to be the odd-numbered pages.

I have copied the text as it appears in the original document, which means I have retained the spelling of the original document. . Where I could not read letters or words, I have substituted underlining of the same length as the missing letters or words. There is little punctuation; the first, a comma, shows up in the late 1820s.

Where the town clerk left a space blank that should have been filled with a name or a word or words, I have typed (blank).

The researcher should look through all of the years to find her/his ancestor(s) because some of the names were spelled one way on one page and another way on another page or pages. Some of the names appear over the entire span of years while others appear only once or twice.

[New page, unnumbered] 

We the comrs of Highways for the Town of Milford do hereby Regulate & Alter Some of 
the Road in Said Town in the Following Manner Viz

Third Ward
Beginning at Thomas Cunninghams and Ending at William Jewells South Line

26th Ward
Beginning at William Jewells South Line and Runing to Benjamin Westcotts Barn and 
from the Highway to the Center of the Bridge neer Mumfords Mills

4th Ward
Beginning at Benjamin Westcott’s Barn and Ending at William Scott’s South Line

44th Ward
Beginning at the Center of the Bridge neer Edsons Still and Ending at the 
Intersecting the Road neer Caleb Wells	Se page 166

17th Ward 	See page 166
Beginning at the Intersecting of the Roads neer Joshua Roger’s and Ending at the 
Intersecting of the Roads neer John R FCischo’s House 

24th Ward
Begining at the Gide Board at the Hartwick Line neer Ruebin Barnards and Ending at 
the Intersecting the Road neer Bates Tavern. Now the schoolhouse

Milford 15th January 1816			Andrew Shute }Comrs of
						James Horth    }Hways
						Jacob Edson T Clerk

Page 160

Milford 27th February 1816
This day we the undersigned have audited and Alowed the Account of Jacob Dietz  
Supervisor of Said Town and find in his hands the sum of Five Dollars and Seventy 
Cents. Given under our hands at The day above Written

						Henry Scott  }Justices of
						Ezra Adams } the Peace
						J. Edson T Clerk

[New page, unnumbered]

At the annual Town Meeting of the freeholders  and Inhabitants of the Town of 
Milford held at the house of John Bivvens in Said Town on Saturday the 5th Day of 
March 1816 the under named persons were Elected officers in Said Town for the year 

John Moore			Supervisor_____
Ezra Adams			Town Clerk____
Aaron Lane			
Joseph Mumford		Afsefsors
Peter Collier			______________
Samuel Bixby			Cons & Collector
Levi Adams			Comrs
Samuel Carpenter		of
James Westcott____________Highways______
Joseph Mumford		Overseers
Daniel French			of Poor______
David French
William Scott			Constables
Samuel Carpenter		_______________
Henry Scott			Comrs
Ezra Adams			   of
James Westcott_		Schools________
Alexander Conkey		Inspectors
James Culley			       of
Jacob McDonald		Schools________
John Moore
James Westcott		Pound
Asahel Marvin
Simeon Walling
Willhelmus Yauger		Masters
Peter Collier____________________________
Daniel Fairchild
David Bates

[The positions to which Daniel Fairchild and David Bates were elected are not 
given. A page appears to be missing here that gives that information and the 
remainder of the names of the persons elected and to what positions they were 
elected at this town meeting.]

[New page, unnumbered]

Voted to elect Three Constables exclusive of Constable and Collector 

Voted their shall be 3 Commifsioners and 3 Inspectors in Said Town for Schools

Voted that One Dollar per day be allowed to Inspectors of Schools while employed in 
the execution of their office

Resolved that the By laws as they stod last year Shall be in force the present Year

Resolved that $250.00 be Raised for the Support of the Poor the Present year

Resolved That the next annual Town Meeting be held at the house of John Bivvins

						Ezra Adams Town Clerk

Survey of a Road Say beginning where the line of Lots 38 and 39 Franklin Patent 
Intersect the Highway that Leades from Jeremiah Ellis mills in Middlefield to the 
Mills near to John Mumford and Runs from thence South 52 Degrees 30 minutes East 13
 Chains 50 links Thence North 80 Degrees 3 Chains Untill it Intersects the Highway 
east of John Fairchild Barn October the 12th 1816
						James Westcott } Comrs of
						Levi Adams      } Highways
						Ezra Adams      } T Clerk
David L Sayre Surveyor

Page 164

Survey of a Road in the Town of Milford Say Beginning at a White oak tree marked 
II–II stands on the line of Maryland and Milford and Runs from thence

North		21 Degrees	West 16 Chaines
North 		55 Degrees	West 26 Chaines
North		50 Degrees	West 6 .. 00
North		29 Degrees	West .. 4.00
North 		78 Degrees	West 4 .. 00
North		58 Degrees	West 10 .. 00
North		64 Degrees	West 11 .. 00
North		21 Degrees	West  1 .. 00
North		56 Degrees 	West 5 .. 00
North		  3 Degrees	East 4 .. 00
North		19 Degrees	East 1 .. 00
North		42 Degrees	West  3 .. 00
North		17 Degrees	East   3 .. 00
North		  9 Degrees	West 1 .. 00
North		20 Degrees	East 3 .. 00
North		24 Degrees	West 13 .. 00
North		10 Degrees	West 6 .. 00
North		25 Degrees	West 4 .. 00
North		59 Degrees	West 5 .. 00
North		27 Degrees	West 3 .. 00

Containing a distance of one Mile and a half and Thirty Six Rods

David L Sayre Surveyor				James Westcott } Comrs of
							Levi Adams      } Highways
							Ezra Adams      } Town Clk
Milford May
The 10 . . . 1816

[New page, unnumbered]

Marks of Cattle, Sheep and Swine
Henry Smith mark is a slit on the Upper side of the left ear

James Ray mark is a Crop of the Right ear and two Slits the under side of the Same

To the Town Clerk of the Town of Milford County of Otsego We the Undersigned ____ 
Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Town of Milford in Said County Represent that 
their has a vacancy hapned in the Said Town of a Constable by the Inability of 
David French to serve in the Capacity. We the undersigned therefore request You to 
notify a meeting of the Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Said Town To be held at 
the house of Thomas Cunningham in Said Town on the Eighth day of July next at One 
Oclock in the afternoon to Supply Said Vacancy Dated at Milford the 28th Day of 
June in the Year 1816

Freeholders Names
Daniel French					Jacob Edson
John Moore					M	Hughes
Thomas Baker					Ezekiel Hallett
Judah Waters Jun				Levi Stewart
Thomas Eldred				Elisha Potter
William Barnard				James McCollom
Henry Sc_ Scott				David Reyes
Thomas Cunningham				Charles Macka
						Ezra Adams } T Clerk
Agreeable to the above notice I Ezra Adams Town Clerk of the Town of Milford gave 
_ating to the Freeholders and Inhabitants of Said Town according to law that a 
Special Town Meeting be held at the house of Thomas Cunningham on the 8 day of July
 1816 for the purpose of Choosing a Constable to supply the place ____ationed by the 
Inability of David French it was unanimously Voted that Levi Stewart be Constable 
for the year 1816.
						Ezra Adams Town Clerk
						[The names and positions of the 
rest of the officers who signed this document were cut off by photocopying.]

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