Monday, April 12, 2010

Southwick Info

1639 - there were two acres of land set off for each of the persons Annanias Conklin, Obediah Holmes, and Lawrence Southwick; and there was granted to the glass men several acres of ground adjoining to their houses. This was in the neighborhood of Aborn street and near Strong Water Brook," (now, 1881, Salem and Peabody).--Felt's Annals of Salem.
1653 - Lawrence Southwick is overseer Wm. Bacon's will.--Town Records, p. 235.

1657, Lawrence Southwick and Cassandra his wife, an aged and grave couple, inhabitants of Salem, Mass., and members of First church, who for entertaining two strangers, viz.: John Copeland and Christopher Holder, were committed to prison at Boston. Lawrence was released as being a member of First church, to be dealt with by said congregation; but Cassandra was kept in prison seven weeks and then fined forty shillings for owning a paper written by the two aforesaid strangers in reference to the truth and the Scriptures. Gov. Endicott putting questions to her to ensnare her and bring her under the law, which was illegal, said law being enacted to punish any person who should write or hold any heretical papers, said papers were not proved to be heretical but were the truth.

5th Month, 16, 1658, Old Style, Lawrence, Cassandra and their son Josiah were imprisoned at Boston for being Quakers, and were kept there twenty weeks on a charge of violating a law enacted while they were in prison.

April 8, 1659 - Lawrence Southwick of Salem bought of Edward Lummus, of Ipswich, 3 acres of land.--Salem Records.

Above timeline from: Descandants of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick of Salem, Massachusetts

Savage on Lawrence Southwick:

SOUTHWICK, LAWRENCE, Salem 1639, with. w. Cassandra join. the ch. and was adm. freem. 6 Sept. of that yr. I presume, and on 6 Dec. foll. had John, Josiah, Daniel, and Provided bapt. at once. Other ch. were Mary, w. of Henry Trask, and Deborah. He was, I suppose, a glass blower, had gr. of ld. for house lot of two acres; but in the dark days of delus. against the quakers, 1658 and 1669, the whole fam. suffer. much, fines and imprison. fell on all, and the d. Clarissa was subj. to gr. severity. When the fines of Daniel and Provided were unpaid, the tender-hearted Gen. Court, with intent to magnify the glory of God, order. them to be sold for slaves to any Christians in Virg. or Barbados. We are permit. to rejoice, that the sentence was not enforc. and the f. with his flock found refuge at Shelter isl. near the East end of L. I. where in peace he made his will of 10 July 1659, allow. in 1660; James the ch. Daniel. Provided, John, Josiah, and ds. Mary, w. of Henry Trask, and Deborah; and his w. and hims. d. within three days of ea. other, it is said. See Felt, II. 580-2, and Col. Rec. IV. part first, pp. 349, 366, 7, and 410. Much as they might love their native ld. the dan-ger from their opin. requir. banishm. it seem. with a proviso, that they should suffr death for return". SAVAGE, VOL 4 DICT FIRST SETTLERS OF NE Pg 91

Death: Died in 1660 on Shelter Island, New York; while seeking refuge from their persecution as Quakers. Aged about 60.

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