Early Inhabitants of Ipswich

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Featured image: The Pilgrim Fathers: Departure of a Puritan family for New England
1856 by Charles COPE

Ipswich is the country’s best-preserved Puritan town, and its residents have been the proud custodians of its history. Many people trace their roots back through several generations to Ipswich, one of the earliest towns in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Town Historian Gordon Harris leads customized tours for people wishing to “walk in the footsteps of their forefathers.”

English origins of the Great Migration

Ipswich Genealogy Resources

Settlers and early inhabitants of Ipswich

Partial list, arranged alphabetically

 

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  1. I expected to see the families of Moses Cox and Humphrey Wise here.They are related to others here, like the Perkins family.

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  2. Hi Gordon, I LOVE and appreciate all of time and research you put into Historic Ipswich. I’m looking for info on Peter Lurvey “removed from Ipswich to Gloucester” apx. 1704.

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  3. Thanks, I added links at https://historicipswich.org/early-inhabitants-of-ipswich-massachusetts/.

    John Parish first appears at Braintree, MA in 1664 and soon afterwards is in Mendon, MA. In 1685 he married his second wife, Mary Wattell of Chelmsford, MA. They moved from Mendon to Chebacco Parish in Ipswich (now the town of Essex) after the Indian attacks of 1691-2. In Ipswich, four children were born to them: Sarah born 1692, William born 1694, Isaac born 1697 and Rachell born 1699. Prom Ipswich they removed to Connecticut, where, on 15 Nov. 1704, John Parish and Mary his wife were admitted to the first church of Preston by letter from the Ipswich church. Here he died in 1715.

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  4. This is a fantastic resource. Many many thanks. I found a number of families that my ancestors married into on your list. However, I did notice one family missing from your list that I hope you will add — descendants of John Parish. Their book and genealogy is entitled ” New England Parish families ” by Roswell Parish. I am one of their direct descendants. . Thanks “Sam”

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