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.
Susannah Dwinnell Devenish Kilham was born on September 5, 1687 in Topsfield, Essex County, Massachusetts. Her parents were Michael and Mary Dwinnell.
She married John Devenish who was probably a descendant of Thomas Davenish.
John probably died and she then married a man named Kilham. Her second husband was probably a descendant of Austin and Alice Kilham.
She had died by the time her father’s will was written. Her father left forty shillings “to my Daughter Susannah Killum’s child."
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."
Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America by Henry Whittemore
Devenish or Davenish-Thomas Davenish of Salem 1639 admitted with wife Mary of the church 1641, freeman June 2 of that year, had Mary baptized July 18 1641; and Bethia, November 30, 1642; probably other children.
Goodman was a courtesy title before the surname of a man not of noble and Goodwife or Goody was the courtesy title for a married woman not of noble birth.
Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 9
25th day of the 5th moneth 1639
Thomas Dauenish is rcceaued to be an Inhabitant within this Towne, & there is graunted vnto him tenne acres of land for planting ground
At a gen'll towne meeting held
the 10th of 6th moneth 1642.
Granted to goodmaan Devenishe an lulargemt to be sett out to his land uere the Mill by Captaine Traske & Jeffry Massy.