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A History of Framingham, Massachusetts,
Including the Plantation, from 1640 to 1847;
With an Appendix Containing a Notice of Sudbury & Its First Proprietors.
Also, A Register of the Inhabitants of Framingham Before 1800;
With Genealogical Sketches.

By William Barry, Boston, Mass., 1847

Order item B573


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Early History of Framingham

1630 Connecticut Indians bring grain to the starving Massachusetts Bay Colony along a trail now known as the Old Connecticut Path, Framingham's oldest road.
1633 John Oldham leads a group of explorers along the Connecticut Path, becoming the first Englishmen to set foot on the land that would become Framingham.
1640 The first land grant, 600 acres on the east side of Lake Cochituate, is awarded to the widow of Rev. Josse Glover. The land is not immediately occupied for settlement or farming.
1647 John Stone sells his Sudbury property and moves his family to the west side of the Sudbury River, at what is now Saxonville. He becomes Framingham's first settler.
1660, Oct. 10 Thomas Danforth, an official of the Bay Colony and Harvard College, receives 250 acres of land in payment for his services. Danforth will accumulate over 15,000 acres and name the land Framingham after the town of his birth in England where it is spelled Framlingham.
1676, Feb. 1 During the Indian uprising known as King Philip's War the remote farm of the Eames family on Mount Wayte is attacked. Mary Eames and several children are slain in the Eames Massacre.
1693, Mar. 2 The first petition to incorporate Framingham as a town is submitted to the General Court and denied. Thomas Danforth was opposed.
1693, spring The first of several families persecuted by the Salem witch hunt of 1692 arrive at Framingham Plantation and settle in an area to become known as Salem End.
1699, Nov. 5 Thomas Danforth dies, opening the way for those residents who want to organize a town government.
1700, June 5 Danforth's Farms are incorporated as the Town of Framingham. The first Town Meeting is held on August 5. The meetinghouse was located in the Old Burying Ground on Main Street.

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