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Southwest Corner of 1955 Ayers Village, Massachusetts USGS Topographical Map

Historic USGS Maps of Ayers Village, Massachusetts Quadrangle

These maps are part of USGS Topographical Maps made since 1882. They’ve been broken down into quadrangle’s to make viewing them easier. We have digital copies of two different series for the Ayers Village, Massachusetts Quadrangle. One where Massachusetts portion was surveyed in 1942 and published in 1943; and another where they revised the Massachusetts portion in 1952, used New Hampshire aerial photographs taken in 1953 and fact checked those against a 1954 and 1955 field survey of New Hampshire, these were published in 1955. For information about these maps see Historic USGS Topographical Maps. 1943 Ayers Village, Massachusetts Quadrangle …

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Old Abbott Homestead in Andover

Pre 1662 Lot Owners in Andover Massachusetts

Early Andover settlers to whom house lots were given prior to 1662 and the sizes of their lots. Source: Philip J Greven, Four generations : population, land, and family in colonial Andover, Massachusetts (1970), 46.; PDF, Internet Archive ( Based upon evidence in Town Records and Town Bounds, passim.

Haverhill Massachusetts in 1820

Haverhill, Massachusetts Genealogy

The Indian name for this locality was “Pentucket” – but the early settlers applied the name of Haverhill in compliment to Rev. John Ward, the first minister, who came from Haverhill, England. “Mr. Ward & Newberry men” petitioned the General Court on May 13, 1640, for permission to begin a new plantation on the Merrimack river, which was granted provided “they build there before the next Courte.” Though the town was settled and houses erected in 1640 it was not until November 15, 1642, that a title to the land was purchased of the Indian owners. In June, 1641, the …

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