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Stoughton, Massachusetts

Norfolk county. Some of the head waters of Neponset river rise in this town. When the Indians sold their lands in Dorchester, a residence was established for them at this place, and called Punkapog. There were 12 families of Christian Indians here in 1674. Mr. Elliot, the apostle of the Indians, had the chief agency in their removal.

There are two cotton and a woolen mill in the town, and manufactures of boots, shoes, shoe tools, and boot forms: total value of manufactures, the year ending April 1, 1837, exclusive of cotton goods, $525,940; of which $487,390 was for boots and shoes. Hands employed in the various manufactures, 928.

Stoughton was incorporated in 1736. It lies 20 miles S. from Boston and 10 S. from Dedham. Population, 1830, 1,591; 1837, 1,993.