Due to this fact and the gradual growth of the number of people in the Beverly section, the citizens requested in that "the brethren of Basse river be allowed separate religious services. Rogers signature is the best we have seen in any document signed by him. The separation was authorized and thus the Beverly colony was established.
John Stone went with the others to Beverly from Salem, and after settling his family in a small cabin, devoted his efforts to fishing and farming. Elinor and the small children tended the house and small garden.
In the grants of he is recorded as receiving 10 acres and on January 1, was awarded an additional 30 acres. From the seven persons indicated we deduce his family consisted of his wife Elinor Haskell, her children, Roger, William, Mark and Joan Haskell and his own son John, by a former wife. Others have found traces of Elinor in certain Essex County deeds and believe that she died in , but we are without further data and must drop her from our story. John Stone undoubtedly built the house that subsequently went to Robert Roundy. He either had a cabin on land of his own or took over the Stone home.
Brother William owned land but was hardly old enough to occupy it before he married.
Brother Mark, as a seaman, could have lived anywhere but probably considered Beverly his real home. We must now use our imagination regarding Joan, who remained unmarried, and would naturally conclude that she lived with either Stone or Roger until each of them passed away and then with some of her nieces or nephews. Roger was listed in Beverly as a farmer on his own land. However, during the first few years in the Salem colony he followed the sea and made fishing a means of livelihood, being The Salem-Beverly Picture 15 associated in this with his father-in-law to be.
Here was the beginning of the courtship of Roger and Elizabeth, and we can picture the two slipping away at dusk for a walk, hand in hand, along the path from the plantation by the salt marsh to the shore facing Winter Island. There they could sit and view the harbor and far off Marblehead. With the sun setting in the west and casting its rays with constantly changing colors of copper and purple on the rocks of the distant headlands, the sea birds winging to their nests and the lapping of the waves against the shore, there could be real romance.
In December of he served on the jury. He acquired a large amount of land, commencing with the grant of a fishing lot on February 7, , and in April of the following year, receiving another grant of 60 acres next to land of John Woodbury in Beverly. On Christmas Day of the same year, he requested and was granted a 10 acre lot for his eldest son. His fairness was very evident, as he interceded about the same time for a grant of meadow land for Roger Haskell who received six acres.
It was proved at Salem, January 30, It reads: "I bequeath to Roger Haskell, my son-in-law all the land lying near the Basse River being all the land given me by the town 16 Chronology of Haskell Family of Salem to hould and enjoy all said land to himself and his heirs forever. Now let us follow the activities of patriarch Roger 1 in Beverly. The testimony relates the story and we can picture the quarrel.
On reaching the pit, William, according to his testimony, was told by his father to go to the lower side of Trasks oxen from where he saw Trask hit his father who then took up the pitchfork. Haskell claimed he struck in self defense, also said that Trask in taking clay had laid open a hole some six feet deep near his door which was very dangerous. It also damaged his fences, while opening the gate let out his cattle, besides the carting was over his land, Trask pretending he had leave. He pleaded he had possessed the land for 13 or 14 years and "he would like to know how those who said it was a highway knew it to be so as he had enjoyed it longer than some of them knew their right from their left; and they were strangers.
Jeremiah Massey age 70 stated the pit in the lane was within the bounds of the 20 acres long since granted to William Newberry. John Saffal stated that Haskell being a surveyor told Trask to stop while John Miller contradicted it. Let us enjoy the evening visit with the Fowlers. We wonder what they substituted for our bridge table. I guess that they had cider and doughnuts as they sat by the glowing logs, and while the women knitted, the men discussed the crops, the weather and the church. He was the constable of Basse River Side for Salem for two years, Constables were not more popular then than now.
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That Roger was a go-getter is evident by an interesting court account which records the following incidents: It began when Zachary Herrick was fined for abusing Roger Haskell when he was constable. The constable took a kettle for his tax rate, and Herrick coming in took Haskell by the shoulder and threatened to make an example of "all such knavish constables as him. Also that after he had paid once the 20 shillings of the meeting house rate, Haskell had demanded it twice. Edmund Grover aged 60 also stated this to be true. Anyway, they persisted at it later in the year, and caused Haskell to be fined eight shillings for talking "about quakers hew and cryes.
Notice also the apparent lack of money for he took kettles and barley, and we presume he paid them to the minister and other persons that the town owed. Unfortunately land transactions were not always recorded and even when done were not always accompanied by very definite data or measurements. In many instances we have located certain tracts and boundaries only after hunting for transfers by abutters. A long and diligent search is required to piece together these transfers and only when we find the key piece is the picture complete and our search successful.
Many of the deeds are real curios. Our ancestor, Roger acquired considerable land holdings, all of which are easily traced for he was frequently in the courts in connection with the boundaries. He appears to have started with 20 acres of upland in die year about the time that Hardy was granted a fishing lot.
There appears no record of his building a home but this is not strange for at that time only dwellings transferred for a consideration were recorded. However, our investigation warrants the belief that he had a dwelling on what is now Swan Street, on the right hand side and but a short distance from Cabot Street.
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This assumption is based on several facts after consultation with such an authority as Mr. Ulysses Haskell, the Beverly historian and prominent title conveyancer. The simplest reasons are that the house was located on a hill and faced a brook. There is such a hill and brook between Swan and Mason Streets along and near the line of the so-called "thousand acre tract. Company who knew the pit and location. In the way from the mill was laid out through his land.
Later, in the same year, Jacob Barney and Jeffers Massey were ordered to view this highway to the mill. William Dodge should make 15 rods of fence beginning at the upper end of the land now in possession of Roger Haskell, and so downward towards his house, which Haskell should complete the remaining part.
Herrick Street was called the "lane to Aunty Cokers. Therefore, the Haskell land must have been south of both these properties and east of Basse River. John Haskell deposed at the same time that William retained the farm for these seven years and until such time as he moved away, whereupon Goodman Herrick moved in on it. May we add that the initial search was confined to the author. Quite obviously it has been impossible to prove every essential detail. Nevertheless, we trust that the reader, with a little imagination, the map and this story will be able to visualize and enjoy the picture of these happenings of long, long ago.
Thorndike of Salem. It also locates this land as the 70 acres spoken of in the Hardy will, as it adjoined and must have been west of the six acre piece. Now let us picture some of the home life of these folks. It seems most likely that the Haskells lived with the Hardy family for an indefinite time. We wonder if the coming of the fifth child, Hannah might not have been the logical reason for requiring a much larger house.
It was usually faced south to take advantage of the sun. Naturally we must use our imagination when considering the probable interior construction of these old homesteads, but are justified in assuming that they were very much like others of that day. There are many old-timers still standing which 24 Chronology of Haskell Family provide us with the possible answer that it was a comfortable, practical dwelling. The author is the fortunate possessor of Maple Hill farm which has such a house, built sometime before It is located in the rural town of West Newbury, Massachusetts and due to its antiquity, type and excellent state of preservation, can very well be used as a probable example of houses of this and earlier times.
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Here are its general characteristics: A massive central chimney. On the ground floor are two large fire-places, one on the kitchen side and the other for the living room, or hall as it was known in the early days. There was a smaller one for the parlor and one each in the two large chambers on the second floor.
These latter fire-places are much smaller and very shallow, yet having a good draft. The chimney is built upon a brick arch as a foundation, this spacious opening being used today, as in earlier periods, for the storage of supplies such as potatoes, squash, apples and other edibles, for the long winter months. This chimney, defying the ravages of time, is as true in plumb today as when its bricks were laid.
The house was erected around the chimney it serving as a substantial support for the floors. The set-back at each floor provides support for the summer beams of hand-hewn oak.