Friday, May 23, 2008

Prince Burial Ground

Today I found some notes relevant to this month's column:

"...the Prince Burial Ground at Beaver Brook in Danvers... about 300 ft east of the Station called Ferncroft on the Boston & Main Railroad (Eastern Division)."

"Robert Prince who came to Salem 1656 and bought the Prince Farm of one hundred eighty acres where St. John's College now stands. He married Sarah Warren daughter of John Warren of Watertown. She was 'cried out as a witch' and was removed to Boston jail where she died awaiting trial."

[These notes I had copied some years ago --at a cousin's home-- from a fragile old notebook written in 1922 by my great aunt Mary Eliot Nichols.]

I also found a photocopy of an article in the Danvers Mirror dated May 7, 1881. The article describes a visit to the home of Andrew Nichols. The opening paragraph contains several mentions of the "Prince farm": "This farm originally extended... " (see whole article).

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