The settlement of New Meadows was incorporated as the Town of Topsfield by authority of the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1650. The church "gathered" on November 4, 1663 with the Rev. Thomas Gilbert. The third Meeting House was built on the Common in 1703 with Rev. Joseph Capen as pastor.
Hannah Dwinnell Bowery Curtis was born on March 12, 1709/10 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Dr. Michael Dwinnell and his first wife, Hannah.
She married Joshua Bowery (Bowere, Bowree, Bowry, Bowrey) of Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts on January 24, 1728/29.
They had at least two children. One child died on April 12, 1730 and was baptized on September 5, 1731.
After his death, she married Isaac Curtis on October 5, 1733. Isaac was born in 1701 in Topsfield and was the son of Ephraim Curtis and Elizabeth Kilburn. Ephraim was the son of Zacheus Curtis.
Hannah and Isaac's children included:
Ephraim Curtis (married Rhoda Smith), and
Hannah Curtis Joy (married Stephen Joy).
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.
Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts was first settled in 1629 and incorporated in 1649. It was originally a fishing village. Before the Revolution it was home base for privateers who plundered European ships.
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George Kilburn, son of Thomas Kilburn (1), was baptized at Wood Ditton, England, February 12, 1612. He came to Roxbury in New England as early as 1638 and was a member of John Eliot's church there. He removed to Rowley, where he became a proprietor. He was admitted a freeman there May 13, 1640. He married Elizabeth Barker, sister of James Barker. He died October 14, 1685. The inventory of his estate was returned by his widow Elizabeth November 20, 1685.
The children of George and Elizabeth Kilburn were:
Mary [Kilburn], born at Rowley, May 3, 1649;
Joseph [Kilburn], March 2, 1652-3, married Mary Trumball, May 3, 1678;
Jacob [Kilburn], December 1, 1654, soldier in the Indian wars in 1680; Samuel [Kilburn],
Isaac [Kilburn], January 26, 1659, married, July 24, 1684, Mary Cheney; he died December 19, 1713; was a deaf mute; Elizabeth [Kilburn], February 1, 1663.
Kilburn is also spelled Kelbourn, Kilbon, Kilborn, Kilbourn, Kilbourne, and Killburn.
Colonial legislatures granted land to a group of settlers (proprietors) who chose how to divide the land. They had some rights of governance.
from York Deeds
 Know all Men by these Presents that I Jesse Town of Arundel in the County of York within his Majtys Town Province of the Massachu Bay in New England Laborer for & in Consideration of the Sum of forty Pounds Money of the Province aforesd to me in Hand well & truly paid by Isaac Curtis of Topsfield in the County of Essex House Carpenter wch is to my full Satisfaction and Contentment have given bargained & sold & by these Presents have [freely fully absolutely] given bargained & sold unto [the sd] Isaac Curtes his Heirs & Assigns for ever one Messuage or Tract of Land situate lying & being in Arundel containing fifty Acres . . .
Joseph Bowree of Marblehead married Hannah Dwinel of Topsfield, at Topsfield, Jan. 24, 1728-9.
Hannah Bowrey married Isaac Curtis Oct. 5, 1733.
Hannah, daughter of Hannah Bowery, baptized Sept. 5, 1731.
Child of Joseph Bowery died April 12, 1730.
— Topsfield records.