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Old Naumkeag; An Historical Sketch of the City of Salem, and the Towns of Marblehead, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers, Wenham, Manchester, Topsfield, and Middleton (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 ene 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1877. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... topsfield and middleton. Topsfield.--Settlement And Churches.--Its Part In The Witchcraft Delusion.--Original Settlers.--Prominent Men.--Population.--Valuation And Other Statistics.--Middleton.--Topograph.--Industries.--History.--Population, Valuation And Products. tit he town of Topsfield is the most northerly 'I' portion of the territory originally comprised in I Naumkeag. It was settled by people from (tmf Salem and Ipswich, in 1639, and was incorporated as a separate town on October 18,1650. The Indian name of the place was "Shenewemedy." "When it belonged to Naumkeag, it was known as the "New Meadows." The name Topsfield is derived from a parish in England, bearing that name. The first church was organized in 1663, with Rev. Thomas Gilbert as pastor. It is still sustained, and, until the formation of the Methodist church, in 1830, was the only religious organization in town. It is now of the Congregational order. Mary Estes and Sarah Wildes of this place, were executed as victims of the witchcraft delusion in 1692, and Abigail Hobbs was condemned to death on a like charge but was subsequently pardoned. In early times, bears and wolves infested the town,and it was threatened with Indian attacks, which led to the construction of a fort or garrison-house, (300) but history does not record that it was ever brought into requisition. Among the men recorded as original settlers or owners of Topsfield, we find Samuel Symonds, John Endicott, Simon Bradstreet, Zaccheus Gould, Francis Peabody, William Towne, Thomas Perkins, John Wildes, Nathaniel Porter and Abraham Redington. Among the distinguished men who hailed from the town, were Nathaniel Peabody, a statesman, physician and soldier; Jacob Kimball, a music composer and the author of "Rural Harmony"; Daniel Breck, ...

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