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When once a name has been found within that period, it has been followed to the last day of the pioneer's life; in a few cases this has ex- tended to the second or third decade of the following century. Only in very rare in- stances has the compiler ventured to in- troduce an opinion of his own, preferring to put the reader in possession of the materials out of which an individual opinion may be formed.
This has neces- sitated the scrutiny of the documents until 1720 for record of deaths and pro- bate proceedings. If you had the books before you and could read the peculiar chirography; if you critically studied the words employed, and tested your impressions by comparing one document with another; if you brought years of practise in this sort of reading to bear on the documents, — you would write down in your book the very things which are here presented. 1049; house, land, etc.; some lands at Newbury; 30 books; household effects.
But, meantime, by the liberality of the Athens of America and some lesser cities and towns, a good number of ancient town and church records have been copied with minute care and printed verbatim; the annals of both colonies have been made acces- sible in this way; and Suffolk county has set a fine example by its publication of almost a dozen volumes of deeds.
The state has issued Bradford's History; the notarial records of Lechford and Aspinwall have been brought out; these three volumes illuminating the period of the Pioneers remarkably. Historical Society, the His- toric-Genealogical Society, Essex Insti- tute, and other organizations have fixed in type many documents which the tooth of time had begun to gnaw ; and the task of the searcher has been wonderfully lightened.
How well he succeeded in this vast en- terprise, how much information he amassed and presented may be told by any genealogist of experience.
The scheme was Titanic; the service rendered was Herculean; the name of Dr. But full success in such a vast under- taking was at that date simply impos- sible; and searchers find at the close of each volume an alarming list of errata, discovered by the author while the print- ers were doing their work; and the roll- ing years have added astonishingly to the list. Savage lived he would have issued a corrected edition, no doubt.
While the names, dates and facts here stated have been taken by the compiler from the original documents or from such copies of them as have been made and verified by the highest authority, references are often given to pages in the Historic-Genealogical Register or other publications where copies or ab- stracts of the same may be seen. This volume represents the relative amount of matter which exists to-day about these people. But this is a char- acterizing list; this is sufficient to rank the pioneers for inspection.
This is particularly noteworthy in the case of the exceedingly valuable notes of Eng- lish wills, made by Henry F. A full copy of every original line about them would not change materially the impression here given. Governor William Bradford, who is the highest authority on the subject, tells us that the persons who came to Plymouth were called Puritans; that their English neighbors opprobriously & most injuriously imposed upon them that name of Puritans which it is said the Novatians out of prid did assume & take unto themselves." The colonists of Massachusetts Bay were chiefly Puri- tans, also; the most perfect understand- ing existing between the religious lead- ers of the two colonies in most respects.
All who came after the year 1650 found Massachusetts a reality, a single state, practically, although under two frater- nal colonial governments; all who came before that date helped essentially to make it. T^ A ^^ '»-' ^0 A THE Pioneers of Massachusetts, A DESCRIPTIVE LIST, Drawn from Records of the Colonies, Towns and Churches, and other Contemporaneous Documents. And they and their descendants went forth to settle other parts of the great land, and built the foundation of new states out of granite, quarried from Massachusetts ledges. BY CHARLES HENRY POPE, PASTOR FIRST CHURCH, CHARLESTOWN, BOSTON, COMPILER OF THE DORCHESTER POPE FAMILY, THE CHENEY GENEALOGY, ETC BOSTON, MASS. Thus it is the "Commonwealth of Massachusetts" where the largest number of American families had their first home this side of the Atlantic; and to her records and relics come yearly the largest proces- sions of pilgrims, seeking to obtain clues to the still earlier history of their ancestry. The term Bradford ab- horred was really a good, discriminatmg title, and it has passed into history. It is not correct, therefore, to call the people of one of the colonies "Pilgrims" and those of the other "Puritans," for both were Puritans in the fact of a holy determination to avoid every impure, de- grading fashion and to live by the stand- ards of the Revealed Word of God; and both were Pilgrims in the fact of making a journey from a high religious motive.