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Subject: Re: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Thomas Smith (1664-1700) / Abigail(Smith/Skiffe/?) Barnstable MESS!
Date: Fri, 09 Oct 2009 13:19:52 -0000
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Salem was settled by people who went up from the Cape. The Cape Ann area was already well known and well established as a good fishing area.
The group on the Mayflower was actually 2 - the group that came from Leiden Holland and the "strangers" - those who joined the "saints". Roger Conant and the "strangers" headed north, started Salem, and the rest to come. They were less interested, I think, in religious freedom and more interested in establishing businesses and trades.
Then around 1629 others came with the trading companies, and I believe in 1630 the Winthrop ships came, and Boston was established.
In the mid 1670s settlers all over Eastern Mass and other colonies came together in King Phillip's War and I think there was more movement between the various settlements by the 1690s.. Abigail and Jonathan were born post-witch trials, which encompassed way more than local Salem.
>From a couple of things I found in books at Google, Thomas Smith was a representative to the general court, which met in Boston - is it possible he stayed there? or sent Abigail there later? Your Parks ended up in Sutton - close to Worcester - so maybe they weren't aversed to travel.
Good luck in your search.
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