Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA - Washington Square showing Oxford and Women's Clubs, Lynn, Mass.
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Washington Square showing Oxford and Women's Clubs, Lynn, Mass.
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Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
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Where is Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA?  Lynn was settled by colonists from the New England Company in Salem in 1629. Early settlers relied primarily on family farming and shell fishing although an iron works was established in the city in 1643.

Leather tanning became a major industry very early on and by 1775 there were a string of tanneries along Black Marsh Brook, called Tanney Brook, to the harbor. When the Eastern Railroad was extended from Boston to Salem in 1837, it went through Lynn, encouraging growth in the shoe industry and a factory district was created as well as shoe workers' neighborhoods of boardinghouses. The Civil War brought great prosperity to the city and further growth of the shoe factories. Even the fires of 1869 and 1889, which destroyed much of the central business district from Central Square to Broad Street, didn't stop expansion. The gutted buildings were simply replaced by five and six story shoe factories.

While Lynn developed its major industrial capacity, handsome summer estates were being built along its shore by the middle of the 19th century. These established the city as a fashionable Boston resort area. At least a dozen large shore estates were built and other land was subdivided for increasingly suburban residential development. When Lynn Shore Drive was opened in 1910, it encouraged the development of high rises to take advantage of the shore view.

Lynn, now the largest city in Essex County, is an urban manufacturing and commercial center, densely populated and culturally diverse. Residents are proud of the city's long history, which parallels the history of New England as a whole.

It is located in eastern Massachusetts on the northern shore of Massachusetts Bay and is bordered by Saugus and Lynnfield on the west, Peabody and Salem on the north, Swampscott and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, and Nahant and Revere on the south. Lynn is 9 miles north of Boston; 51 miles east of Worcester; 95 miles south of Portland, Maine; and 229 miles from New York City.

Narrative compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. www.ci.lynn.ma.us/ aboutlynn_history.shtml

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1629 - Lynn founded

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1629 - The first tannery in the U.S. began operations in Lynn.

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1860 - February 22 – Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages. The strike spreads throughout New England and eventually involves 20,000 workers.

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February 22, 1860
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1885 - May 19 - 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)

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1889 - Accidentally Shot Dead
LYNN, Mass., Nov. 27. - William F. Sartelle, of Worcester, Massachusetts, a performer in a dime museum here, was shot dead last night. He was performing a trick with a rifle, which he apparently loads with leaden bullets, and then requests some one to shoot at him, appearing to catch the bullet in h...Read MORE...


1889 - $10,000,000 FIRE! A CITY GOES UP IN FLAMES. Lynn, Mass. Desolated. - Boston Subscribes Nearly a Million Dollars For the Sufferers.
Lynn, Mass, the city of shoes, was visited Tuesday afternoon by the greatest fire in its history and with two exceptions the conflagration is the most disastrous which ever visited New England. The exceptions are the great Boston fire of 1872, which destroyed between three and four hundred millions ...Read MORE...


Lynn Massachusetts, 1890
LYNN is a manufacturing town on the seaboard in the extreme southern part of Essex County, 11 miles northeast of Boston, with which it is connected by a street railway, and by the Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad and by the Eastern line of the Boston and Maine Railroad; the latter connecting i...Read MORE...


1899 - SEIZED BY A LEOPARD. Lynn Boy Goes too Near the Cages at the Circus.
The next time the Forepaugh-Sells Brothers circus visits Lynn, Mass., Frank Ducey, a 10 year old boy, will not be so much interested in getting a near view of the leopard.

Frank was gazing at the animal when it sunk his sharp claws into the boy's face, and when the keeper sprang to the cage the l...
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1903 - NOT KNOWN HERE. Railroad Man Killed At Lynn Said To Belong In Portsmouth.
A Lynn dispatch of the 18th stated that a man named Moorehouse, an employe of the milk train, with his home at Portsmouth, was fatally injured on Thursday evening and later died at the Lynn hospital.

It stated that his family had been notified and the body would be sent to this city.

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1910 - AGED WOMAN BURNED TO DEATH AT LYNN
Lynn, Feb. 9. - While working around her kitchen range today the clothing of Mrs. Mary S. Coombs caught fire and before her niece, who heard her cries for help, could extinguish the flames, she had received burns which resulted in her death an hour later, Mrs. Coombs was 81 years of age.
The Boston Journal
Boston, Massachusetts
February 10, 1910
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1923 - FIVE PERSONS DIE IN APARTMENT FIRE. TEN REPORTED MISSING WHEN ESSEX CASTLE HOUSE IS CONSUMED.
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Lynn, Mass., April 19. - Five persons are known to have been killed, and ten are reported missing, in a fire in the Essex Castle Apartment House here.

The dead:
FRANK TOZIER, 42.
GEORGE PHILPOT, 32.
MRS. ANTOINETTE HANLOU.
MISS MARGARET NUTTER.
HARRY FAIRCHILD.

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Died Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1633
George Farr (abt. 1590 - 24 October 1662) & Elizabeth Stowers (abt. 1619 - 11 March 1687)
married abt. 1633

1646
William Bassett (abt. 1624 - 31 May 1703) & Sarah Burt (abt. 1630 - )
married abt. 1646

1656
Samuel Davis (11 July 1639 - 14 June 1713) & Mary Meadows (1644 - 30 October 1710)
married 11 January 1656
Allen Breed (Bread) (27 January 1631 - 20 September 1706) & Mary Elizabeth Osborn (1634 - 30 November 1671)
married 28 March 1656

1662
Nathaniel Ballard (1636 - 12 January 1721) & Rebecca Hudson (1640 - 16 May 1724)
married 16 December 1662

1666
Nicholas Hutchins (abt. 1637 - September 1693) & Elizabeth Farr (abt. 1645 - )
married 4 April 1666

1668
Eleazer Lindsey (1644 - 20 May 1716) & Sarah Alley (15 April 1651 - 25 September 1731)
married 1 August 1668

1672
John Holmes (abt. June 1638 - 17 May 1676) & Sarah Farr (abt. 1647 - )
married abt. 1672

1676
Samuel Thatcher ( - ) & Mary Farnsworth (11 October 1660 - 16 August 1725)
married 11 April 1676

1681
Hugh Alley (15 October 1653 - December 1745) & Rebecca Hood (7 February 1662 - 9 December 1745)
married 9 December 1681

1683
John Lewis (30 March 1660 - 27 June 1711) & Elizabeth Brewer (9 December 1660 - 12 September 1700)
married 1 April 1683

1685
Moses Hudson (15 July 1658 - 27 September 1738) & Sarah Collins (9 January 1666 - 10 August 1747)
married 12 November 1685

1712
Thomas Cheever (1682 - 8 November 1753) & Mary Baker (24 April 1686 - 10 May 1753)
married 6 August 1712

1713
Joseph Newhall (6 February 1683 - 27 April 1742) & Elizabeth Potter (13 March 1691 - 11 December 1743)
married 26 November 1713

1723
Edmund Lewis (8 December 1695 - 29 September 1777) & Hepzibah Breed (Bread) (19 June 1697 - 15 March 1756)
married 8 January 1723

1725
Joseph Alley (22 June 1693 - 8 September 1767) & Hepzibah Newhall ( - 28 March 1744)
married 14 January 1725

1730
Thomas Cheever (25 February 1704 - 14 March 1735) & Eunice Ivory (abt. 1710 - )
married 5 March 1730

1748
John Lewis (16 October 1724 - 1777) & Elizabeth Newhall (24 July 1728 - 4 May 1779)
married 22 November 1748

1751
Joseph Alley (7 September 1728 - 3 November 1783) & Rebecca Hall (1735 - )
married 12 November 1751

1783
Ephraim Alley (1756 - 2 May 1821) & Hepzibah Lewis (10 June 1756 - 4 February 1828)
married 17 June 1783

1814
Joseph Cheever (6 March 1793 - 24 April 1860) & Hepzibah Alley (13 July 1794 - 30 May 1867)
married 16 October 1814

1853
Eugene (Hugues) Wood (Dubois) (21 August 1832 - 14 July 1915) & Mary Barry Cheever (2 May 1830 - 23 February 1906)
married 11 May 1853

1868
James J McKenna (November 1843 - 16 December 1919) & Annie Skerry (abt. 1854 - 6 January 1914)
married 3 May 1868

1878
Charles Sumner Wood (11 March 1856 - 6 October 1911) & Alice Addie Clark (4 June 1859 - July 1943)
married 20 June 1878

1883
William Herbert Nurse (Nourse) (10 June 1847 - 9 December 1898) & Henrietta M Clough (7 May 1861 - 1 January 1938)
married 18 May 1883
 




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