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William Eager Comes to Marlborough

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Once again, I owe the following information to Ms Jennifer Ehle, direct descendant and genealogist for William Eager.  Eager came to Marlborough with a large family.  His children with Ruth (Hill) Eager included William, born at Malden in 1662, Zacchariah, born at Malden in 1667, Abraham, born at either Malden or Cambridge about 1670, Zerubabbel, […]

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The Sale of Indian Land

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The sales of the Indian Plantation land of Okammakemesit (located within colonial Marlborough) were of two types – direct sales to individuals and the larger sale of the remaining land to all proprietors of Marlborough. The sale to individuals involved particular plots of developed land sold under hardship by individual natives. After King Philip’s War, […]

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The Story of Mount Ward

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The Sudbury Fight Part Four Marlborough’s Mount Ward conservation land, near the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Marlborough, is named after Eleazar Ward, youngest son of William Ward. In Charles Martyn’s short biography of William Ward he wrote, “Eleazer … was shot down as he rode over a hill between Marlborough and Sudbury.” This is […]

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Indian Victory Spells Their Doom

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Part Three of Series In the previous installments of this series, we saw that the marauding enemy Indians had won a great victory at Sudbury, approaching to within twenty miles of Boston, burning numerous homes as close as present day Weston, confronting numerous army units and town militia, killing over sixty Englishmen, and nearly annihilating […]

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The First Attack on Marlborough

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On January 14, 1676, the War Council in Boston, feeling that enemy Indians were in winter encampment and on the defensive, withdrew all the soldier garrisons on the frontier. This resulted in attacks on the family of Thomas Eames in present day Framingham, the attack on Lancaster, and the plans for attacks on the other […]