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THIS town was taken from Lancaster, and was part of what was called "Lancaster New Grant.” It was incorporated
The church here was embodied in 1743, and Rev. John Rogers was ordained their pastor. On account of difference
of opinion between him and his people about some minor doctrjnal points of religion, he was dismissed in 1757.
But about one fifth of the society adhering to him, a poll society was made of them by the legislature, with whom
he preached till prevented by the infirmities of age; and was dismissed from them in 1788. After the settlement
of the controversy with Mr. Rogers, the church and town proceeded to the choice of a minister, and in 1762 Rev.
Francis Gardner was settled their second pastor. After the dismission of Mr. Rogers from the “poll society,” that
church and society was dissolved, and the members united with Mr. Gardner's church. Rev. William Ba scorn, the
successor of Mr. Gardner, was installed in 1815, and was succeeded by Rev. Abel Conant, in 1824. Rev. Phillips
Payson was ordained pastor of the 2d church in 1825; he was succeeded by Rev. Ochus G. Hubbard, in 1833.
This is a pleasant town, and contains much excellent land. The north and western parts are hilly, the land rising
in long regular swells: the eastern part, through which Nashua river passes, has extensive plains and tracts of
The above is a south eastern view of the central part of Leominster village, which consists of upwards of 30 dwelling
houses, in the immediate vicinity of the two churches represented in the engraving. This place is 20 miles from
Worcester, 7 from Lancaster, 5 from Fitchburg, and 41 from Boston. There are 5 churches, 2 Congregational, (1 of
which is Unitarian.) 1 Baptist, and 1 Universalist. Population, 1,944. In 1837, there were 5 paper mills in this
town, and 17 comb manufactories; value of combs, $80,800; males employed, 84; females, 47.
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