Colonial Massachusetts Genealogy
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Massachusetts Colonial Timeline
1620 - The Pilgrim Colonists
entered Cape Cod harbour, signed the Mayflower Compact and landed
fifteen or sixteen men to explore the coast.
1621 - The Pilgrims held their
first full Sunday meeting on shore, most of the town of Plymouth being built.
1621 - Death of Rose Standish,
wife of the Captain of Plymouth.
1621- A meeting at Plymouth
was held which determined the manner and division of labour in building the
town: "The germ and bud of the N. E. Town Meeting"
1630 - John Winthrop and others of
the Massachusetts Bay Colony arrived at Salem.
1631 - The ship Lyon from
Bristol, Eng., arrived at Boston, with Roger Williams, and supplies for the
1635 - Boston Latin School
founded. Among the early pupils were Benjamin Franklin and Samuel
1636 - The General Court
voted £400 to found a college. This was the beginning of Harvard
1638 - Reverend John Harvard
left property to the college valued at £750, and gave it to his
valuable library. In honor of the gift, the College was named
1639 - The citizens of
Dorchester established a free school for the town.
1673 - The first Postal
Service was established to go between New York and Boston, monthly.
1675 - King Philip's War began at
1692 - The Court of Salem, Mass.,
began its fateful trials for witchcraft
1692 - Five persons were hanged
for witchcraft at Salem, Rev. George Burroughs among them.
1699 - Treaty of Peace
ratified between Massachusetts and the Sagamores of the Maine Indians.
1704 - First issue of the Boston
News Letter, the first American newspaper.
1706 - Benjamin Franklin was born
1711 - The English fleet, for the
conquest of Canada, arrived in Boston harbour.
1721 - The first observance of
Thanksgiving Day, at Plymouth, begun on Thursday, closed with a state dinner
1731 - The boundary line
between New York and Massachusetts was settled.
1755 - The Town Meeting of Sharon, Mass. as
the custom long had been, took action on the salary of their minister.
1770 - Battle of Golden Hill, Mass. First
blood shed in defence of American Colonial rights.
1774 - Gen Gage became the last Royal Governor
1775 - Parliament declared Massachusetts to be
Source: A Year Book of
Colonial Times Compiled by the Rev. Frederick S. Sill, D.D. Member of the
Society of Colonial Wars, E. P. Dutton & Company, New York, 1899
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