Believing that no History of Suffield can be so complete or valuable to the descendants of
its founders, as the records themselves, accurately transcribed, the writer
has modified a first plan, and will commence this work by making a copy of the
petitions, grants, and orders to and from the Massachusetts General Court; also
the acts of the Committee appointed by it to settle the town.
plan, with explanatory notes, involves much labor and research, as well as
Many matters pertaining to the Town's History previous to A. D. 1749, can only be
found in the Massachusetts Colonial Records at Boston, the Probate Records at
Northampton, and the Land and Town Records at Springfield. After that date, the
Connecticut Colonial Records, the Hartford Probate Records to 1821, and the
Suffield Records, contain similar important matter.
original first volume of Suffield Town Acts
is much worn, and the first sixteen pages, containing the acts of the Committee
to April 1, 1677, are lost.
the Town, in 1771, ordered a copy to be made of that part of the old volume
which related to the “Tenure of Lands."
This copy is now Vol. 1 Suffield Land Records, and includes the entire acts of the
Committee to 1682, and all grants and allotments of Land to 1724; but omits the
records of the Town Meetings, which contain the only existing account of the
trials and struggles of our ancestors for more than fifty years.
These have been transcribed; and the ancient orthography will be preserved from and
after the date April 1, 1677.
The old volume is before me! From pure reverence
the writer has, in its 206th anniversary year, procured for it a new binding, to
save, if possible, what remains. No care can much longer shield it from
Time's ravages--the preserving power of types and press alone can save the
treasures it contains. Its dingy pages, fading ink, and crumbling leaves,
make the transcription a labor.
This work is a "labor of love" on the part of the writer
and transcriber. If others shall derive the some pleasure in studying the
Town's early history, or a new interest shall be awakened in perpetuating the
annals and memorials of our noble ancestors, he will be amply rewarded.
HEZEKIAH S. SHELDON
Suffield, December 25, 1876.
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