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Early Families of Brookline, Massachusetts

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  • Capt. John Winchester (1676 - 1751)
    From Winchester Notes (Google eBook) Fanny Winchester Hotchkiss Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1912 - Winchester family - 367 pages.  Page 15: (Gen. III) CHILDREN OF JOHN AND JOANNA (STEVENS) WI...
  • Dr. Thomas Boylston (1645 - 1695)
    Parents Thomas Boylston (1614 - 1653) Sarah (Unknown) Cheney (____ - 1704) Spouse Mary Gardner (1648 - 1722) Thomas Boylson married Mary Gardner Dec. 13, 1665 [Source: Early Massachus...
  • Captain Samuel Aspinwall (1662 - 1727)
    In 1727, at the age of sixty-five, the Captain was drowned in Charles River, not far from his farm. One can imagine something of the sensation this event must have produced in this thinly settled town;...
  • Lucy Aspinwall (1738 - 1815)
  • Lieut. John White, of Roxbury (1642 - 1695)
    2.  Lt. John White (John1); b. circa 1642 at Watertown, MA; m. Elizabeth Bowles, daughter of John Bowles and Elizabeth Heath; d. 28 Mar 1695. He resided at Brookline, MA. Elizabeth Bowles was bapti...

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From A History of Brookline, Massachusetts, from the First Settlement of Muddy River Until the Present Time: 1630-1906; Commemorating the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Town, Based on the Early Records and Other Authorities and Arranged by Leading Subjects. Containing Portraits and Sketches of the Town's Prominent Men Past and Present; Also Illustrations of Public Buildings and Residences (Google eBook) John William Denehy Brookline Press Company, 1906 - Brookline (Mass.) - 255 pages. Page 83:

Brookline has always been so intimately connected with Boston that its social, family and intellectual life has in reality been a part of the history of that city. The annals of the town, as chronicled by Miss Harriet F. Woods, in Historical Sketches of Brookline, contain many interesting and some amusing accounts of neighborhood events, incidents and happenings, together with narratives about ancient and more recent village or town worthies, descriptions of old houses and estates, family histories, and much genial gossip— all of which combine to present an interesting picture of a quiet, contented, but rather humdrum and somewhat isolated community, with no particularly distinctive characteristics to distinguish it from other similar contemporary places.

Of the sixteen family names represented in the petition asking for the incorporation of the town in 1705, eleven are now preserved in the names of streets, places and squares, namely:

  • Sewall
  • Gardner
  • White
  • Stedman
  • Winchester
  • Aspinall
  • Devotion
  • Holland
  • Boylston
  • Woodward and
  • Seaver.

The descendants of some of these families and of others who resided in the town at its formation still hold property, and the names of those first families endure in a few instances.