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Newbury, Massachusetts, USA  - Old Garrison, Built 1636

In 1634, the ship "Mary and John" left the Thames River in England carrying John Parker, James Noyes, and other men, women and children bound for a better life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They wintered in Agawan (today Ipswich) and in the Spring of 1635 they moved up the Quascacunquen (today the Parker River) and landed east of the present day Parker River Bridge on Route 1A. At the end of the present day Cottage Road is a Memorial Bolder designating this spot, marking Newbury’s beginnings.

Newbury includes: Old Town, South Byfield, and Byfield. mass_lookup.htm

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Old Garrison, Built 1636

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Newbury, Mass. Noyes House Built 1646.

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Spencer Pierce House, Newbury, Mass. Built About 1670.

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Newbury, Mass, Country Club, Parker River.

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  • 1635 - Newbury is settled and incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1839 - Newbury
    Newbury, Massachusetts
    Essex county. This ancient and respectable town lies on Merrimack river, opposite to Salisbury. It formerly comprised the territory of Newburyport and West Newbury. The soil is of an excellent quality, and in a high state of cultivation. Parker and Artichoke rivers are pleasant streams; the former falls nearly 50 feet in the town, and affords it good mill seats. A part of Plum island is attached to this town. This island, about nine miles in length and one in breadth, extending from Ipswich river to the mouth of the Merrimack, is comprised of sandy beach and salt meadow; and is noted for the beach plum, which ripens in September.

    A curious cavern, called the "Devil's Den," contains specimens of asbestos, limestone, marble, serpentine and amianthos. The scenery on the high grounds is rich, variegated and beautiful.

    Dummer academy, founded in 1756, is a flourishing institution: it is situated in the parish of "Byfield."

    The manufactures of Newbury...

  • 1845 - NEWBURY. [Pop. 3,789. Inc. 1635.]
    The Indian name of Newbury was Quafcacanquen. It was originally a large town, and the settlement began on the banks of Parker's river.

    Newbury included Newburyport and West Newbury, and the greater part of Plum Island, which is a mere sand bank, belongs to Newbury. Dummer Academy, supposed to be the oldest in the State, is in Byfield Parish. The chief employment of the inhabitants is in ship building and the fisheries.

    Distance from Salem, 17 miles ; from Boston, 31.
    An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
  • 1854 - Newbury
    Newbury, a post-township of Essex co., Massachusetts, on the S. side of the Merrimack river, 34 miles N. by E. from Boston. It is intersected by the Eastern railroad. Population, 4426.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • News  1869 - Newbury, Mass., mourns the death of Betsy Rogers, a remarkable berry woman, whom a broken leg killed at the age of 96.
    She leaves the memory of 3,000 bushels of gathered berries, a snug sum of money, and five generations of descendants, embracing fifty persons.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 20, 1869
  • News  1870 - Miss Anna L. Coffin, who was chosen on the Newbury (Mass.) School Committee, declined to serve, as she could not attend to the duties if she would, and would not if she could.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 30, 1870
  • Newbury Massachusetts, 1890
    Newbury is an ancient and pleasant agricultural town in northeast part of Essex County, 32 miles northeast of Boston on the Eastern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad. Through it from the west also comes the Danvers, Haverhill and Newburyport Branch. It is bounded on the north by Newburyport, east by the ocean, south by Rowley southwest by Georgetown, and northwest by West Newbury. Its length from east to west, curving southward, is above 8 miles, and its width about 3 miles. The assessed area is 13,094, more than 2,000 acres less than the actual area.

    There are about 1,500 acres of woodland. A section of Plum Island forms the ocean frontage, — separated by an arm of the sea called Plum Island River, or Sound. Parker River with its branches — Little River from the north and Mill River from the southwest — are the principal streams, and furnish some motive power. The land is undulating, except in the vicinity of Plum Island Sound, and a large distance of Parker River, where... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Newbury
    Newbury, a township of Essex co., Mass., contains Newbury Old Town, a part of Byfield, and a part of Plum Island. It is traversed by the Eastern Railroad and a branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad. Pop. 1426.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
  • 1906
    Newbury, a township (town) of Essex co., Mass. It has woollen and felt-mills and manufactures of tobacco. Pop. in 1900, 1601.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906

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female ancestorJoan DEWILTSHIRE (12 February 1577, Ernley, Sussex, England - 5 February 1644, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorRichard BARTLETT (1580, Ernley, Sussex, England - 25 May 1647, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn CUTTING (1586, London, England - 20 November 1659, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn SWETT (24 April 1590, , England (United Kingdom) - 13 June 1651, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
female ancestorMary WARD (1592, , England (United Kingdom) - 6 March 1633, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn LOWELL (16 February 1595, Bristol, England - 10 July 1647, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorRichard KENT (1597, , England (United Kingdom) - 15 June 1654, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorJohn EMERY (29 September 1598, Romsey, Hampshire, England - 3 November 1683, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
female ancestorAlice GRANTHAM (1599, Romsey, Hampshire, England - 26 April 1646, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )

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male ancestorNicholas NOYES (23 November 1614 - 23 November 1701) and female ancestorMary CUTTING (1622 - 23 November 1701) married 1641
male ancestorJohn DAVIS (1623 - 12 November 1675) and female ancestorElinor MILFORD (1620 - 1685) married 17 December 1641
male ancestorJohn HUTCHINS (1604 - 6 February 1685) and female ancestorFrances ALCOCK (1612 - 5 April 1694) married 1645
male ancestorWilliam GERRISH (20 August 1617 - 9 May 1687) and female ancestorJoanna LOWELL (1619 - aft. 1664) married 17 April 1645
male ancestorHenry SEWALL (25 June 1615 - 16 May 1700) and female ancestorJane DUMMER (1627 - 13 January 1701) married 25 March 1646
male ancestorSamuel PLUMMER (1619 - 14 October 1702) and female ancestorMary BIDFIELD (1625 - 1701) married abt. 1646
male ancestorStephen SWETT (18 April 1620 - 9 January 1693) and female ancestorHannah MERRILL (1628 - 4 April 1662) married 24 May 1647
male ancestorJohn EMERY (12 June 1628 - 3 August 1693) and female ancestorMary WEBSTER (1630 - 3 February 1709) married 10 February 1648
male ancestorHenry JAQUES (1617 - 22 February 1686) and female ancestorAnne KNIGHT (5 May 1631 - 22 February 1704) married 8 October 1648
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