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    Another petition of the same date requested the appointment of Capt. Robert Barber for a field officer: “that he would give much the best satisfaction. We understand a certain Mr. Jones has been mentioned, who will not answer the valuable purpose of peace in sd Town.” It was signed by seventeen men, twelve of those on the above petition marked * and Joshua Harris, Elisha Lathrop, Ezekiel Wells, Richard Clark, and Isaac Walker. Samuel Jones was a major in the Twenty-Fourth Regiment the previous year.

    It was in 1785 that a petition was presented to the General Assembly by Col. Elisha Paine and others, to form a new town out of portions of territory of the towns of Lebanon, Hanover, Canaan and Enfield. The part, of Canaan to be included was in the southwest corner. The petition was not successful.