Whittredge court cases, Essex County, MA, 17th century



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






See also:

Whittredge court case, Essex County, MA 1668








About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; classical music; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. Besides (1) rogersgleanings.com, a personal site, he also hosts websites devoted to (2) the author Theodore Dreiser and (3) to the sociologist and social philosopher Pitirim A. Sorokin.
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