Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
Lush forests in Colonial America allowed settlers to build wooden homes.
She married Edmund Heard on September 26, 1672. He born in 1646 in Andover. He was the son of Luke Heard and Sarah Riddlesdale.
Elizabeth and Edmund's children included:
Elizabeth Heard Somerby (1672, married Anthony Somerby),
Abigail Heard (1676),
Sarah Heard (1676),
Edmund Heard (1680),
Nathaniel Heard (1685, married Agnes Hunt) and
Daniel Heard (1687).
On September 10, 1675 her father gave them the use of the northeast end of his house and provided that after he died it would be theirs if they paid 10£ each to her brother William and her sisters Abigail and Susanna. They built a new house on the estate.
Edmund died on December 28, 1713 and Elizabeth died in 1724.
Dane is also spelled Dayne, Deane, Dene, Denne
Mary White Rowlandson,Talcot
was captured by Native Americans
during King Philip's War
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Women played an essential role in American society as mothers and homemakers.
Early European settlers in the American colonies were mostly farmers and craftsmen. They had to work hard to provide daily neccesities for themselves.
History of Worcester and its People, Volume 1 by Charles Nutt
Heard.—Luke Heard, b. in Eng., settled in Salisbury, rem. to Ipswich, where he d. 1647, bequeathing in will, Sept. 28, 1647, to wife Sarah, sons John and Edmund.
Heard, Edmund (Luke), held various town offices in Ipswich; d. there 1713; m. Elizabeth Warner, dau. of Daniel, and she d. 1724 in her 77th yr. He had sons Edmund and Daniel, daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail.
Heard. Edmund (Edmund, Luke), b. Feb. 22, 1681, at Ipswich, m.
(1) 1706 Anna Tood, who d. June 13, 1709, in her 23 yr.; m.
(2) Deborah Osgood of Andover, d. Aug. 17, 1723;
(3) Sept. 5. 1724, Rebecca Knowlton, who d. 1728;
(4) Martha Kimball [daughter of Richard Kimball];
(5) Elizabeth (Lull) Caldwell, who was slain bv Indians.
from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Volume 2 edited by William Richard Cutter
Abiel Somerby, son of Anthony Somerby, born September 8, 1641, died December 27, 1671, aged thirty. He married, November 13, 1661, Rebecca Knight, daughter of Richard Knight, of Newbury.
1. Colonel Henry, born September 13, 1662. deputy to the general court; died November 24, 1723. without issue; married Elizabeth Moody, daughter of Samuel Moody.
2. Elizabeth, born December 20, 1664, married Daniel Moody.
3. Abiel, born August 24, 1667.
4. Abigail, born January 25. 1670 (twin) ; married Edmund Greenleaf.
5. Anthony [Somerby] (twin), born January 25, 1670, married Elizabeth Heard: has no descendants. 6. Rebecca, born June 7, 1672.
Ancestry and Descendants of Lieutendent Jonathan and Tamesin (Barker) Norris by Henry McCoy Norris
. . . Edmund Heard (3), b. 1646-47, d. 1713, of Ipswich, who mar. in 1672, Elizabeth Warner, b. 1648, d. 1724, dau. of Daniel Warner of of Ipswich, whose wife, Elizabeth, d. 1659, was dau. of William Denne who was in Am. in 1638. . .
The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.
from Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony by Thomas Franklin Waters, Sarah Goodhue, John Wise, Ipswich Historical Society
Daniel Warner conveyed to his son in law Edmund Heard and his daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Heard, the use of the northeast end of his house and provided that after his decease,
all my said dwelling house and outhouses, that shall be then standing upon the house lott that was my unckles, reserving still the privilege of the right of commonage, and the most of the house lot that was Robert Crane's, . . . provided he pay 10£ each to his son, William Warner and his daughters, Abigail and Susanna,
Sept. 10, 1675 (Ips. Deeds 4: 45).
Edmund Heard built a new house on the estate prior to 1715, as the conveyances reveal. He left three sons, Edmund, Nathaniel and Daniel. Edmund,
having purchased by right of redemption all the estate of my honored father, Edmund Heard, deceased, and part of the same belonging to my brothers Nathaniel and Daniel,
conveyed to Nathaniel,
the southwest end of the old dwelling house where he now dwells and half ye shop and one third part of the land or homestead.
This old house stood on the site of the Jeremiah Smith house, and the land included, measured 3½ rods 6 ft. from Jonathan Prince's, now Kimball's, line. To Daniel, he conveyed the northeast end of the house he then occupied, "the old house," with equal part of shop and land, and the same frontage, Sept. 12,1715 (30:80). The new house he reserved for himself.
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (orli) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.
The rod or perch or pole is a surveyor's tool equal to 5 1⁄2 yards.