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Oulde Newbury as it was anciently called, was settled, incorporated and paid its first tax in the spring of 1635. It derived its name from Newbury, a town in Berkshire, England, about fifty miles from London.

Until its incorporation, it was called by its Indian name Quascocunquen and was one of the largest towns in the county, having an areas of about 36,000 acres. Grants for this township were issued by the King of England to the adventurers who would come to America and take up a claim.

In the division of the land a list of the wealthier grantees was given and among them Captain Edmund Greenleaf said Edmund Greenleaf, being the common ancestor of the Greenleafs of America.