Fun Fact

During a lull at the reference desk, I decided to brush up on some Genealogy resources–and came across an interesting bit of trivia. According to Ancestry’s Red Book, New England towns used to have an official called a “Hayward” or “Hog Reeves”. This official was responsible for keeping one person’s animals out of another person’s property. Haywards were elected annually at the town meeting, and were often but not always, the most recently married men in town. (1989 edition, page xviii).

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