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NINTH ANNUAL REPORT 

OK THE 

PEABODY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 

INCORPORATED AUGUST 15TH, 1896. 



OFFICERS, 
President, 
Ist Vice President, 
2d Vice President, 
Treasurer, 
Assistant Treasurer, 
Recording Secretary, 
Corresponding Secretary, 
Curator, 
Librarian, 
Chairman Ilosiiitality Com., 



IQO4— 1905. 

Francis H. Ai'pi.ktox 
Thomas Caruoi.l 
Miss S. J. C. Needham 
Sylvam's L. New u a LI, 
Hki.kn C. Allen 
Mahy a. Fohnkss 
Mks. L. J. Thomas 
Maky a. OsnoKN 
Mks. Lyman P. Osbokn 
ilits. U. P. Grosvenoh 



Daniel IL Felton, 
MisH Makv \V. Xkjhoi. 
HiClIARIlS B. Macki.nti 



DIRECTORS. 

Robert H. Gowixo, Miss Helen C. Allen, 

Mi{-*. Nan( V J. Moulton, Akthik F. Poole, 
<ii,.Mi>s Mai:v M. Kaim.kv. Os( ak F. Sakkokd. 



DELEGATE TU THE BAY STATE LEAGLE. 
Rev. O. F. Safford, D. D. 



REGULAR MEETINGS, 1904-1905. 
1004. 
May 4. Annual Meeting. Reading of annual reports, election of oHicers 
and tran.saction Kf liu.siness. 

Nov. 17. A joint meeting of tlie Peabody Hi.'^torical Society with P.etbia 
Southwick ('liai)ter. Daughters of tlie Revolution, was held at the 
rooms of the Historical Society. The speaker of tlie evening was 
Kev. George M. Bodge of Westwood, on "The Narragansett Fort 
Figlit, Dec. 10, 1675." Members of the Old Salem Chapter, Sons of 
the Revolution, and North Bridge Chapter, Daughters of the Rev- 
olution, were j)re8cnt. After the address tlieiu was an informal 
reception and light refreshments were served. This was a most 
enjoyable occasion. 



Feb. 1.5. 



A most interesting lecture was given by Mr. James Duncan Phil- 
lips on "Old Salem Ships and Ship Masters." 



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Apk. 19. This anniversary was suitably observed by an address by Dr. A. P. 
Putnam, President of the Dauvers Historical Society, Mr. J. K. 
Cole, Master of the Centre School, and Pvev. Geo. A. Hall of the 
South Church. Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" was read by 
Miss Winifred Doyle and Edward Everett Hale's "New England's 
Chevy Chase" by Miss Ruth Penniman. After the literary exer- 
cises an informal reception was held and light refreshments 
served. 



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NEW MEMBERS. 

Feb. 15, 1P05. 

Mrs. Jacob C. Rogers, Mrs. Ira F. Pray, 

Rev. G. W. Penniman, Mr. W. W. Woodman, 

Mr. Thomas J. Relihan, Mr. Charles E. Stone, 

Mr. William F. Bushby, Mr. S. E. Cassiuo, 

Mr. Daniel F. Bresuahan, Mr. Arthur Elliot, 
Mr. Milburn P. Ward. 



NECROLOGY. 



Joseph Henry Osgood, Sept. 12, 1839— May 18, 1904 

Elizabeth Cook Kimball, June 18, 1840— May 18, 1904 

Charles Osborn Warner, Sept. 2(5, 1861— Sept. 8, 1904 

Samuel B. Stimpson, Aug. 5, 1830— Dec. 27, 1904 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



The Treasurer of the Peabody Historical Society respectfully submits his 
annual report for year ending May 3, 1905. 

Balance from last report, .... $129.95 

Received Admission from new members, . . . 7.00 

Dues paid, ...... 123.00 

Interest from Savings Bank, . . . 3.52 

Gift, ...... 1.00 

Sale of Post Cards, .... 55.35 

Sale of Upham's Proctor's Memorial, . . 2.25 

Check from Town for 19th April, , . . 5.00 



-$327.07 



Paid rent to April 1, 1905, .... $150.00 

Electric Light, ..... 5.59 

Expressage, M. &. A., . . . . . .60 

Expressage, Reid, .... 3.00 

Expressage, McGoldrick, . . . .1.00 

Hospitality Committee for Socials, February and 

April meetings, .... 4.63 

Post Cards, ...... 30.75 

Thorp, Martin & Co. for lettering, . . . 1.50 

Flags for graves of Revolutionary Soldiers, . . 1.32 

Printing Annual Report, .... 4.00 

Printing Circulars, ..... 2.50 

Printing for Vital Statistics, .... 2.55 

Paper, Envelopes, Cards, etc., for Secretaries and Treasurer, 16.09 

Balance in hand of Treasurer, .... 103.54 



-$327.07 



S. L. Nkwhall, Treas. 



REPORT OF CURATOR AND LIBRARIAN. 

The ^ifts as registered iu the Accession Book uow nuniher 2243, a gain of 
126 duriiitr the past year, the donors represeutinjj 19 members and 18 friends 
of the society. Two of our most interested nu-mbcrs, deceased durin^^ the 
l)a8t year, liave most generously remembered tlie Society by will, Miss 
Elizabeth C. Kimball leaving us the furniture in her home, and Mr. Sam- 
uel li. Stimpson his collection of family relics, personal scrap books and 
$1,000.00, the interest to be^ed in suitably placing and caring for them. 

The committee on Vital Statistics has now completed the copying of 
burial ground inscriptions and 88 Bibles, samplars, diaries, account books 
and every other original record which can be found. The work will con- 
tinue until all such matter bo exhausted. 

Wo are especially indebted to Mrs. .1. W. Hudson for a copy of the 
Unitarian Ohiirch Kecords and to Mr. William P. Upliam for a copy of 
"Friends' Records," the original of which cannot be found. 

Other gifts along this line of local interest are two jiamphlets, "The 
llouse of .John Proctor," by William P. Upham, anil "Capt. William Trask 
and some of his Descendants" by Mr. William B. Trask. 

Genealogies of the Winchester and Upton families presented by Miss Mary 
M. Farley. 

Genealogy of the .Stimpson Family in the .Stimpson collection. 

The following pamphlets are for sale by theSociety, the rooms being open 
to the public every Monday afternoon: — 

•'The Home of .lohn Proctor" by William P. Upham, . . .2.5 

*'Dedicalii)n of Memorial Tablet at IJirthplace of George Peabody," .25 

A folded sheet containing a list of some places of Historic Interest in 

our town, ........ .0.5 

Postal (^ards with local views . . . .03 each, or two for .05 

Phntiigraplis of local views, .... .10, .1.5, .2.5, .3.5, ..50 

for which wo aif iiidibiid to: Mis. ,1, W. Hudson. Mrs. .Ioh;i Shanahan, 
Mr. Fred W. Ilauar, .Mr. Williams, .Mr. George F. Low, Mr. Francis Whilten, 
Jr., .Mr. tieorge H. .Jacobs, .Mr. Irving M. Forrest, .Mrs. L. P. Usborn, .Sutton 
Home for .\ged Women and .South Congregational Church, the work of our 
local photoi^raphers being given the jireference when possible. 

We are indebted to Miss Raymond for the sale of about 1000 Post Cards 
during this past winter. Provided sutHcient advance orders are received, 
the .Society ]»roposes to issue during the coming year, the tenth of its ex- 
istence, an Illustrated .Souvenir of the town. 



POSTALS. 

1. Peabody Institute. 

2. George Peabody's Birthplace. 

3. Queen Victoria's Picture in Peabody Institute. 

4. Town Hall. 

5. High School. 

6. Soldier's Monument and "Old South Church.'' 

7. Lo-xington Monument. 

8. .John Proctor Memorial. 

9. Old Proctor House. 



10. Ship Rock. 

11. "Bovvditch House." 

12. Osborn House. 

13. Apple Tx"ee Laue, Osborn Farm. 

14. Peabody from Buxton's Hill. 

15. Catholic Church and Parochial Residence. 

16. Convent, Parochial School and Parochial Residence, 

17. Chestnut Street an 1 Town House. 

18. Elm Street and Entrance to Monumental Cemetery. 

19. Residence of Lewis Brown and Lynnfield Street, South Peabody. 

20. Silver Lake, West Peabody. 

21. Phelps' Mills, West Peabody. 

22. Home for Aged Women. 



The Committee on Vital Statistics have now a completed copy of every 
Gravestone Inscription in town. When published these names will be ar- 
ranged alphabetically, together with all such records of old Danvers previous 
to 1850. Tliey will, however, be kept intact in the room of the Historical 
Society, and may be examined at any time. 

The names of members of the Committee who have aided in this work are 
as follows: Miss Sarah J. C. Needham, Miss Hannah Marsh, Mr. Sylvanus 
L. Newhall, Mr. D. H. Felton, Miss May F. Herrick, Miss Mary M. Farley, 
Miss Mary A. Osborn, Mrs. Sarah B. Spaulding, Miss Grace Torr, Mr. D. 
Webster King, and Mrs. Elizabeth C. Osborn. 

Much information has been and will be gratefully received concerning 
abandoned burial places and removals. 

The following is a list of burial places in which the inscriptions have been 
copied, or about which some information has been obtained: — 

Brown Burial Lot, Winona Street, West Peabody. 

Bryant Burial Lot, Lynnfield Street, South Peabody. 

Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lynn Street, South Peabody. 

Felton Burial Lot, Prospect Street, Peabody. 

Old Felton IJurial Place, off Andover Street, Peabody. 

Elm Street Burial Place, Peabody. 

Emerson Burying Ground, Lynn Street, Corner of Allen's Lane. 

Flint Burial Place, Newbury Street, West Peabody. 

Flint, old burial|places in fields rear of homes of Mr. Charles Williams and 
Mr. B. P. Danforth, West Peabody. 

Gibbs Lot, off Newbury Street, West Peabody. 

Jacobs Lot, off Lowell Street, Peabody. 

Jacobs Lot, off Gardner Street, Peabody, on North Street. 

King Cemetery and Tombs, Lowell Street, Peabody. 

Amos King Lot, Summit Street, Peabody. 

Larrabee Lot, off Lowell Street, West Peabody. 

Marsh Burial Place, on Jacobs, Colcord, Wyman Farm, off Lowell Street, 
West Peabody, 

Marsh Tomb, off Summit Street, South Peabody. 

Marsh Burial Place, off Lowell Street, rear of Mr. White's. 



Monumental Cemetery, Wallis Street, Peabody. 

Moulton Lot, Newbury Street, West Peabody. 

Proctor Lot and Tomb, Lowell Street, Peabody. 

Proctor Burial Place, (removed) off Lowell Street, Peabody. 

Proctor Lot, (removed) Newbury Street, West Peabody. 

Raddin Lot, Lynnfield Street, South Peabody. 

Taylor Lot, West Street, Corner Lake Street, West Peabody. 

Twiss Lot, West Peabody. 

Col. David Ui)ton Lot, Birch Street, West Peabody. 

Eli Upton Lot, off Birch Street, West Peabody. 

Upton Lot, Birch Street, Corner of Lowell Street, West Peabody. 

Wilson Lot, off Andovcr Street, Peabody. 

Wilson Lot, off Andover Street, Peabody. 

Very Lot and Tomb, Lynn Street, South Peabody. 



Daiivers Martyrs. 

Apkil 19, 1775. 



[The following poem was read by the writer at the close of his address at 
the recent commemoration of the Battle of Lexington by the Peabody His- 
torical Society. Some of the facts, then more fully related, may be briefly 
recorded here. Eight companies from all parts of old Danvers (now Dan- 
vers and Peabody), marched for the fight, April 19, 1775. One third of their 
300 men, in advance of the rest and running half the way, reached West 
Cambridge (Arlington), sixteen miles distant, in four hours. There they 
met the retreating foe, and in the fierce ensuing conflict, seven of our heroes 
were killed: — Samuel Cook, Benjamin Daland, George Southwick, Jotham 
Webb, Henry Jacobs, Eben Goldthwaite and Perley Putnam, all of whose 
names are inscribed on the monument in Peabody, erected to their memory 
in 1835. 

As stated by Eben Putnam, genealogist, Amos Putnam of Danvers, son of 
Amos and a youth of nineteen, was also eager in the race, but became ex- 
hausted, and fell and died on the way. His father afterward joined the Dan- 
vers settlers of New Salem, Mass., and there died previous to 1797. Mrs. 
Putnam, who was Lydia Trask, native of the old "Middle Precinct" (Pea- 
body), soon followed again the pioneers who had now removed to the wilds 
of Maine, where they had founded the present flourishing town of Houlton. 
There she lived until her death in 1820, at the age of 87, greatly revered for 
her noble character and her very benevolent and useful life.] 

Eternal pseans to the braves, 

Who, on the Nation's natal day, 

When tyrants strove to make them slaves, 

Chose early death with honored graves, 

Nor recked the cost, nor feared the fray. 

And still old Danvers likes to tell 
The story of her "sacred seven," 
Who, waked by Freedom's morning bell, 
Quick sought the far-off foe, and fell 
In glorious strife, and rose to heaven. 

O heroes, young and fair and strong. 
So swift to serve the cause divine ! 
As rolling years your fame prolong, 
To you we swell our grateful song ; 
For us, how brighter still ye shine ! 



One martyr more coinplt.-tcs the band ; 

No monument records the deed ; 

Yet, though his name was writ in sand, 

He, too, aflame for fatherland. 

Rushed to his fate with lightning speed. 

No hostile ranks, in proud array. 
With clash of steel or fire of gun, 
Were there his eager haste to stay. 
Where, spent and breathless on his way, 
He sank and died, but victory won. 

Dear angel guards, who gave your lives 
And all things else to make us free ; 
If, in our souls base wrong survives. 
And love of power or party strives 
To quench our zeal for Liberty ; 

If sordid, lawless gains we deem 

A vaster good than truth and right ; 

If Self, our idol, reigns supreme. 

Accounts the Golden Rule a dream, 

And mocks the Prince of Peace and Light: — 

Then warn us not to praise you more. 
Nor strew with flowers your hallowed dust ; 
But, like the patriot sires of yore. 
Pure offerings for our country pour, 
And not forget that God is just. 

A. P. Putnam. 



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