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History Of The Town Of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
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History Of The Town Of Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts: From the Grant of Hathorn’s Farm 1676-1878. Ithamar B. Sawtelle. Softcover, (1878), repr. 2001, New, Illus., Map, New Index, 492 pp.
‘I have written a Histoty of the Town of Townsend, embracing most of the incidents worthy of record, covering a period of two hundred years. …I have labored faithfully to portray some of the characteristics of our Puritan ancestors, in the dry details of this local history. . . .1 have endeavored to exhibit the patriotism of our pilgrim fathers, during the revolutionary struggle, in a manner that will suggest the cost of liberty, the price of which is eternal vigilance.’
Topics covered include: the physical geography of the town, land grants and original proprietors with accounts of early settlers, ecclesiastical history with accounts of significant leaders, the Baptists and Universalists, meeting-houses, military units, cemeteries and bequests, the Revolutionary War, the Shays rebellion, educational history, mills and manufacturers, the War of the Rebellion, lawyers and physicians, college graduates, prominent individuals, town officers, marriages, brief genealogical sketches of the descendants of Daniel Adams and the Whitney family, and much more. Lists of names, excerpts from original documents, a map of the town (1732), numerous portraits of significant citizens, and a new full name index augment the text. #S1793 ISBN 0-7884-1793-2