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Wildes Family Papers
2 Linear feet (2 boxes)
This collection contains the
papers of the Wildes family, early settlers of Topsfield, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content Note
This collection contains the papers of the Wildes family, early settlers of
Topsfield, Massachusetts. The papers include legal documents, accounts, receipts,
inventories, town tax records, bills and maps. There are also papers of the related
Averell, Peabody, and Perkins families.
The legal papers include deeds, warrants, minutes, acquittals, probate
documents, summons, and depositions. There are also copies of early deeds assigning
lots of land in Topsfield. The financial papers include accounts, receipts, bills,
inventories, promissory notes, and Topsfield tax records. The collection also
contains a small notebook and account book of Ephraim Wildes, two property boundary
maps, and copies of vital records for Mary and Hepzibah Peabody.
Ephraim Wildes was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts, in
February 1665, the son of John and his second wife Sarah (Averill) Wildes. He served
as town treasurer and constable in Topsfield, and later as selectman, juror, and
grand juror. He married Mary Howlett in 1689; their surviving children included
John, Mary, Ephraim, Jonathan, Susannah, Sarah, Dorothy, Jacob, Priscilla, Samuel,
Hannah, Amos, Nathan, and Elijah. Ephraim Wildes died on April 2, 1725, in
John Wildes was born on June 25, 1690, in Topsfield,
the son of Ephraim and Mary Wildes. He was a house wright in Topsfield and was
active in town affairs, acting as moderator of town meetings twenty-two times and
elected selectman in thirteen years. He married Phebe Perkins in about 1714; their
surviving children included John, Katherine, Zebulon, Elisha, Sarah, and Amos. John
Wildes died on September 27, 1750, in Topsfield.
Elisha Wildes was born on September 23, 1720, in
Topsfield, the son of John and Phebe Wildes. He served as constable and selectman in
Topsfield. He married Mary Bradstreet in 1754, and their children included Sylvanus,
Mehitable, and Sarah. Elisha Wildes died on June 26, 1787, in Topsfield.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Wildes, Elisha, 1720-1787
Wildes, Ephraim, 1665-1725
Wildes, Jacob, 1702-1774
Wildes, John, 1690-1750
Formulas, recipes, etc.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex