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History of the Town of Westford, in the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts 1659-1883
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History of the Town of Westford, in the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts 1659-1883. Rev. Edwin R. Hodgman, A.M. Paperback, (1883), 2016, Illus, Index, 548 pp.
A careful study has been made of the records of Chelmsford, which was the mother-town; and the facts in regard to the settlement of the west precinct have been sought out and presented. The records of deeds in the office of registration at East Cambridge have been examined and much valuable information has been obtained. The archives of the State house in Boston have also been examined with much painstaking. Search has been made in the records of neighboring towns, and several town histories and family genealogies have been consulted.
This work follows the familiar method of used in the late 1800s of documenting local histories, and includes the following: Information and background on Westford Town History Association; the early history of Westford from settlement to incorporation; town involvement in the Revolutionary War, and extracts from town records spanning the Revolution to 1800; the War of 1812; the Civil War, including an alphabetical list of soldiers with dates of service and regiment 1865-1882; topography; industry and manufacturers; ecclesiastical and educational histories; biographical sketches of significant figures; genealogies of principal Westford families prior to 1800; military companies and chronologically arranged lists of town officials, marriages, marriage intentions, and births and deaths.