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Tradition has long held that the Agawam called the place Shenewemedy, meaning "the pleasant place by the flowing waters." More recent historians believe that Shenewemedy was how the Agawam pronounced New Meadows, rather than a word in their own language.
The General Court of Massachusetts renamed the place Topsfield in 1648, undoubtedly after Toppesfield, England, a small parish in the county of Essex north of London. The Salem witch trials of 1692 touched Topsfield directly.
Sarah Wildes and Elizabeth Howe from Topsfield were hanged along with Rebecca Nurse.
Many other Topsfield residents were accused of witchcraft until the hysteria ended in May 1693, when the governor of Massachusetts set free all of the remaining persons accused of witchcraft and issued a proclamation of general pardon.
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In that year alone, however, over 160 people, mostly from Essex County, Massachusetts, were accused of witchcraft.Neighborhood Scout contains condition alerts to highlight conditions that are extreme, whether good or bad.They claimed the land north of the Danvers River, the whole of Cape Ann and from there to the Merrimack River.If there was not a name available, we named the census tract by the largest street intersection in the census tract (e.g., Worcester, MA (Lincoln St/Plantation St) Zip codes were developed by the Postal Service for the purpose of delivering mail, but were never intended to define coherent neighborhoods.
In addition, Zip Codes can have as many as 10 distinctly different census tracts contained within them.
Indeed, Topsfield was founded in part based on "alarming" 1633 news that the Roman Catholic French had planted settlements nearby and intended to send settlers "with divers priests and Jesuits among them".