The History of Otsego, NY 
Hartwick Town Meetings & Supervisors

THE FIRST TOWN-MEETING

The first town-meeting was held at the house of Joseph Lippitt. The first town-meeting of which any record exists on the town books was held March 6, 1804, at the house of Stephen Holden, and the following officers wre chosen, viz.:

Supervisor

Philip Wells

Town Clerk

Rufus Steere

Assessors

David Mathewson, Abner Alger, and John Davidson

Collector

Joseph Skiff

Poormasters

Micah Robinson and Josiah Maples.

Commissioners of Highways

Abner Adams, John Webb, and Eliphalet.

Constables

Perez Bradford, Thomas Johnson, Joseph Skiff, and Joel Holbrook.

Poundmasters

(each man - s barnyard a pound): Edward Dowd, Hopkins Burlingham, Nathan Davidson, and Reuben Bernard

Pathmasters and Fence Viewers.

Jeremiah Hopkins, Nathan Davidson, Isaac Carr, Josiah Burgham, Jos. Clark, Square Luthm, Isaac Hedges, Ichabod Perkins, Amos Winsor, Joshua Hinman, Thomas Greene, Jacob Allen, Simeon Ingalls, Nehemiah Burch, Daniel Murdock, Thos. Hall, Jr., Charles Alger, James Brownell, Edward Barr, Jr., Reuben Barnard, David Cole, Benjamin Bissell, Jos. Ashcraft, Isaac Barnes, Jeremiah Rumsey, James Gray, Royal Crosby, Joseph Porter, Lewis Adams, Thos. Johnson, Philip Wells, Moses Barnes, William Hughes, Joseph Winsor, Stephen Reynolds, Hebbard Fuller, Asabel Whipple, Daniel Green, and Samuel Carr.

At a meeting held March 5, 1805, it was

Resolved. That the new present Town of Hartwick shall be to their equal expense by a town tax towards Prosecuting to obtain a --------- from the Executors and curators of the late Reverend John C. Hartwick, deceased. And the now present town of Hartwick to be equally benefited by the profits that shall arise therefrom.

Resolved. The now present town of Hartwick raise by a Town tax one hundred and fifty dollars to enable a committee to prosecute again the Executors and Curators of the late Rev. John C. Hartwick.

Resolved. That Michaiah Robinson, Stukely Ellsworth, Thomas Loomis be a committee to carry into effect the above resolves.

At a special town-meeting legally warned at the house of Stephen Holden on Saturday the 17th day of August, 1805. Nathan Davison, Chairman,

Resolved, That the town will prosecute the business against the Executor of the Estate of the late Reverend John Christopher Hartwick, deceased.

Resolved, That the town shall raise the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars in addition to what was voted to be raised at the last annual town-meeting for carrying the above resolve into effect.

Resolved, That Henry Baker be a witness to see the inhabitants sign a power of attorney to authorize the Committee to prosecute agreeable to the foregoing resolves.

Rufus Steere, Town Clerk

The following is a list of the supervisors and town clerks from 1804 to 1878:

Year

Supervisor

Town Clerk

1804

Philip Wells

Rufus Steer

1805

- -

1806

-

Stukely Ellsworth

1807

- -

1808

- -

1809

- -

1810

- -

1811

- -

1812

- -

1813

- -

1814

Stukely Ellsworth

Isaac Burch

1815

- -

1816

- -

1817

- -

1818

- -

1819

- -

1820

- -

1821

- -

1822

- -

1823

- -

1824

- -

1825

Isaac Burch

Chester Wright

1826

- -

1827

- -

1828

- -

1829

- -

1830

- -

1831

- -

1832

- -

1833

Samuel Todd

Paris Pray

1834

Chester Wright

Robert W. Church

1835

Henry Baker

-

1836

- -

1837

Laban Mathewson

Harkins Smith

1838

Elisha Eldred

-

1839

Laban Mathewson

-

1840

- -

1841

Rufus S. Peters

-

1842

John Defendorff

-

1843

-

Chester S. Harrington

1844

Laban Mathewson

Wm. G. Purce

1845

-

Thos. McIntosh, Jr.

1846

-

Jarvis Caulkins

1847

Thos. McIntosh

-

1848

Thos. McIntosh, Jr.

Chester S. Harrington

1849

- -

1850

- -

1851

George Clark

-

1852

L. J. Luce

Edwd, M. Card

1853

Edward J. Almy

Chauncey T. Smith

1854

Wm. Davison

-

1855

Thos. McIntosh

-

1856

Prentis Brown

Thos. Purce

1857

Sheffield Harrington

Edwin A. Bissell

1858

- -

1859

James Steer

Delos W. Merrill

1860

Ephraim Swartout

Theron W. Bissell

1861

Peter S. Smith

Frederick Wilcox

1862

-

Henry A. Almy

1863

Ephraim Swartout

James H. Barney

1864

-

A. W. Stearns

1865

Wm. C. Davison

-

1866

-

James Brownell

1867

-

Adelbert Wells

1868

-

Albert fields

1869

James S. Perkins

Elisha Robinson

1870

-

Orrin Fitch

1871

Eben M. Temple

Dolphus S. Luce

1872

- -

1873

Solomon L. Robinson

Geo. E. Lewis

1874

-

Henry D. Robinson

1875

Eben M. Temple

Nathan B. Harrington

1876

- -

The present (1877) town officers are as follows:

Supervisor Rufus P. Luce
Town Clerk Henry K. Ball
Assessor Wm. H. Shore
Commission of Highways John M. Houck
Overseers of the Poor Perry Barton, John T. Wilson,
Collector John W. Beckley
Constables Robert B. Brownell, James K. Harrington,  Robert W. Gardner, M. H. Mercer, Abner Dean

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

Original website created by Debbie Axtman

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