The Puritans who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony brought with them a set of laws and practices from the Mother Country. They thought themselves a bit more civilized than their countrymen in England by using the courts to resolve their issues with neighbors. Perhaps fewer brawls took place in Essex County, but more lawsuits and civil matters resulted. That is great news for the historians and genealogists as many of these records were preserved.
Enjoy and learn from this series of articles posted in an ABC format that were written to help readers of “In the Shadow of Salem,” my historical novel set in that era.
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