James Nailer, Quaker, persecuted by Puritans.

The Town is Full!

from Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Vol. I: 1633-1700 published in 1905 by Thomas Franklin Waters THE BODY POLITIC The political privileges of those early years of the seventeenth century, when Ipswich was a frontier town, were few. In a community so thoroughly religious, one would expect to find perfect brotherliness. But Religion was itself narrow.…

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A Ramble in Linebrook

Excerpts from A PEN-RAMBLE IN LINEBROOK by M. V. B. PERLEY This is ancient territory. There were vested rights, upon the southeast, as early as 1635.Before 1653 Ipswich-Linebrook was all improved. The earliest settlers were Batchelder, Foster, Sherwiii, Howe, Perley, Fowler, Davis, Grant, Burnham, Cooper, Burpee, Tenney, Pingree, Kimball, Chapman, Dodge, Jewett, Dresser, etc. The…

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Ye Gravel Street: Washington and Liberty Streets

One of the older established ways in town, Washington Street may have started as a footpath for Native Americans long before John Winthrop and the first settlers arrived. Today’s Washington Street was called originally called Bridge Street, and for two decades was known as Gravel Street for the two gravel pits on the hillside. It took a right turn…

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Nathaniel Ward: The Simple Cobbler of Agawam in America

Nathaniel Ward (1578–October 1652) was a clergyman born in Haverhill, Suffolk, England. Known for his caustic temperament he was a key player in the Puritan movement. Reprimanded by the Bishop of London for his activism and fervent espousal of theocratic polities, Ward emigrated to Massachusetts in 1634. Already in his 60’s, he served for two years…

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Argilla Road

Until the end of the 19th Century, The section of Argilla Road near the intersection with County St. was known as School Street, as shown in the 1884 map. The town’s first primary school was near this intersection, and indeed the South Green was long known as School House Green. Historic Argilla Road crosses pastures and…