Topsfield Genealogy Project

Massachusetts Genealogy


Updated February 10, 2008

Topsfield History

The following history of Topsfield is taken from the Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society.

The town of Topsfield, without doubt derives its name from the parish of Toppesfield, in the County of Essex, England.  Samuel Symonds, the Assistant and Deputy Governor, who owned land in Topsfield and lived in Ipswich, had emigrated from the English parish and his children had been baptised in its church - - St. Margaret's.  The name "Toppesfield" was applied to this locality as early as March 21, 1642 when John Winthrop, jr. sold land lying near Mr. Symonds grant, to Henry Parks of London.  The deed describes the land as lying partly in "the Hamlett Village or place called Toppesfield in the parish of Ipswich."*

See Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society, Vol. VI, pp. 40-41.

The several acts of the Great and General Court relating to the founding and incorporation of the town are as follows:--

"Whereas the inhabitants of Salem have agreed to plant a village neare the ryver wch runs to Ipswich, it is ordered, that all the land neare their bounds, between Salem & the said ryver, not belonging to any other towne or person, by any former grant, shall belong to the said village."
Mass. Colony Records, 5 Nov. 1639.

"The village the newe medowes at Ipswich is named Toppesfeild."
Mass. Colony Records, 18 Oct. 1648.

Topsfield Data

Clicking on these links will take you to actual town records, newspaper articles, and other data.

  Buildings Constructed in Topsfield, 1900 - 1904 and 1915

  Chronology of Events in Topsfield, 1900 - 1904 and 1915

  Cummings Burying Ground Inscriptions

  Newspaper Articles Relating To Topsfield

  1790 Town Census

  South Side Cemetery Inscriptions

  The Topsfield Copper Mines - an article from the Topsfield Historical Collections about copper mining in
      Topsfield in the 1600's

  Topsfield Directory, 1901-1902

  Town Clerks of Topsfield, 1651 - 1739

  Vintage Postcards

  Vital Statistics of Topsfield to the End of 1849 - Compiled by John Slaughter and transcribed by Brenda Costello -
      Thanks, John and Brenda!

  Vital Statistics of Topsfield - 1900 - 1904 and 1915

Topsfield Resources

  Topsfield Historical Society

  Topsfield Roll Call - Who's researching who - submit your name/e-mail address

  Topsfield Town Library

  Topsfield Today


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Topsfield Massachusetts Genealogy Project established November 11, 2004.
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