The following statement or something similar shows in several historical books and documents about Edward Allyn/Allen of Ipswich/Suffield “Edward Allen, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England, and settled as early as 1659, at Ipswich, Massachusetts; in 1662 he was occupying a farm owned by Rev John Norton of Boston; in 1670 his barn was burned by lightning, with sixty loads of barley, in 1678 he received a grant of sixty acres of land at Suffield…”
I was researching Rev. John Norton in an effort to find a possible family connection to our Edward. In doing so I came across a 96 page publication I had never seen before. “Ipswich Village and the Old Rowley Road” was published by the Ipswich Historical Society in 1914.
Pages 5-9 discuss the Norton-Paine Farms in quite a bit of detail. Page 6 says “The neighboring farm passed to John Paine of Boston, son of Mr. William Paine, at his father’s death and he mortgaged it to Mr. Norton, Oct. 14, 1662. The deed recites that it contained 250 acres, upland and meadow, with the mansion, dwelling house and barns, outhouses, etc. now in possession of Edward Allen.”
The article says the two neighboring farms were located at the neck of the North River. The publication includes a hand drawn map which does show the Norton-Paine farms and their relation to the North River, Egypt River and Muddy River. From that I was able to compare the area to more modern maps and pinpoint where Edward lived from 1659-1678 before moving to Suffield. The Norton (Paine) farm would have been located at the north end of today’s Farm Town Road. There is an Ipswich municipal recycling facility (Ipswich Transfer Station) there with an address of 180 Farm Town Road, Ipswich, MA. At the time of the 1914 publication, the Poor Farm was located there. The Latitude is N 42 degrees 43.058 minutes and the Longitude is W 70 degrees 50.766 minutes. This is 2-3 miles north of downtown Ipswich.
Caleb Kimball’s Pasture is also described in the publication on page 15. The map shows it was located next door to the Norton-Paine farms. Caleb was Edward Allyn’s brother-in-law. Caleb was killed at the Battle of Bloody Brook during King Philip’s War in 1675. Another brother-in-law Thomas was killed at Bradford in 1676 during the same war.
In reading about Rev. John Norton, he was clearly an extremist Puritan in his views, not unlike Oliver Cromwell who Edward is said to have served under back in England. Norton is credited by historians for instigating the persecution of Quakers in America.
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