ter BIoss were th» first settlers of
Dalton, and, with their families, for
a long time the only inhabitants.
Dalton was incorporated Nov. 4,
17S4. Population, 1830, 532.
Blake was a famous hunter, and
the moose which frequented the
pond called by his name often fell
by the accuracy of his shots. Blake
and Capt. Bucknam, (one of the
first settlers of Lancaster,) on a
hunting excursion, fired at a mark,
on a small bet. Bucknam fired first,
and cut, at the distance of twenty
rods, near the centre of a mark
not larger than a dollar. Blake
then fired, and on going to the tree
on which the mark was made, no
trace of the ball could be discover-
ed. Bucknam exulted: “Cutout
your ball,” said Blake, “ and you’ll
find mine o’top on’t.” The opera-
tion being performed, the two balls
were found, the one safely lodged
upon the other.
Berkshire co. Dalton lies 120
miles W. from Boston, and 13 N.
by E. from Lenox. Incorporated,
17S4. Population, 1837, 830. It
is watered by the E. branch of Hou-
satonick river. Its manufactures
consist of woolen cloth, iron cast-
ings, paper, ($37,500,) leather,
boots and shoes. Total amount in
one year, $47,815. In 1837, the
product of 4,238 sheep was 11,852
pounds of wool, valued at $5,725.
Damariscotta River, Me.
This river has its source in ponds
in Jefferson and Nobleborough; its
general course is southerly between
Newcastle, Edgecomb and Booth-
bay, on the west, and Bristol on the
east. It is navigable for vessels of
any burthen 16 miles, to the bridge
which crosses it between New-
castle and Nobleborough. Large
quantities of lumber descend, and
many merchant ships are built on
this broad and navigable arm of the
Worcester co. Dana lies 65 miles
W. from Boston, and 27 W. N. W.
from Worcester. A branch of Swift
river passes through the town.—
Some leather is tanned in Dana;
and 70,000 palm-leaf hats were
made in 1836, valued at $10,500.
Incorporated, 1781. Population,
Danbury, X. H.,
Is in the S. part of Grafton county,
and lies in the form of a diamond.
It is 16 miles S. by W. from Ply-
mouth, and 30 N. W. from Concord.
This town is generally hilly, al-
though there are some intervales.
In the N. E. part is a large hill.
The eastern section is watered by
Smith’s river. The first settle-
ment was made in Nov. 1771, and
incorporated June 18, 1795. Pop-
ulation, 1830, 786.
One of the shire towns of Fair-
field county. Danbury, the Pah-
quioque of the Indians, was first
settled in 1684. The soil of the
town is good, and agreeably diver-
sified by hills and valleys. The
borough or village is very pleasant-
ly situated in a valley, and is me-
morable for its sacrifices in the
revolutionary war. It was nearly
destroyed by the British, with a
large amount of continental stores,
April, 1777. It lies 22 miles N.
from Norwalk, 36 S. S. W. from
Litchfield, and 55 S. W. by W.
Robert Sandemaat, the foun-
der of a religious sect,died at Danbu-
ry in 1771, aged 53. See Bethel}Ct.
Rutland co. Situated near the
head waters of Otter creek, 17 miles
S. from Rutland, and 68 S. S. W.
from Montpelier. First settled,
1768. Population, 1830, 1,362.—
The surface of the town is rough