Vital Records of Topsfield, Massachusetts
Vital Records of Topsfield, Massachusetts: To the End of the Year 1849.
The following records of births, marriages and deaths include all entries
to be found in the books of record kept by the town clerks; the church records
now in the custody of the town clerk; the returns made to the Salem Quarterly
Court; cemetery inscriptions; and a private record of deaths, covering the
period of 1790—1853, now in the possession of Mrs. George Warren Towne, of
Danvers, Mass. These records are printed in a condensed form in which every
essential particular has been retained. All duplication of the town clerk's
record has been eliminated, but differences in entry and other explanatory
matter appear in brackets. Parentheses are used only when they occur in the
original record, usually enclosing the maiden name of a wife.
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The Indian name for Topsfield was “Shenewemedy,” but the first settlers applied the name of “New Meadows” to the grant of land which was made by the General Court, Nov. 5, 1639, to inhabitants of Salem and Ipswich. Oct. 18, 1648, the Court voted,— ”The village at the newe medowes at Ipswich is named Toppesfeild.” Oct. 18, 1650, it was established as a town.