My earliest Whittredge ancestors (on my paternal grandmother’s side) came from England and settled in Essex County, Massachusetts. They, like many others at the time, were a disputatious lot and were involved in numerous court cases, often over what we — from a distance, historically speaking — would consider minor matters. The Essex County court records are extraordinarily complete and well preserved.
Below is a downloadable Word document wherein are contained excerpts of a few such cases.
— Roger Whittredge Smith
Whittredge court case, Essex County, MA 1668