Ancient map of Essex County with the words about Peabody's history and neighbors.
 
  • Voting Requirments

    by American Promise
    At each point in the city's history, who made the decision to change the form of government? Who voted to make the change?
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  • Pre-settlement: Naumkeag

    by S. M. Smoller
    Naumkeags were Algonquin Native Americans who lived under the government of the tribe.
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  • Salem Farmes, 1638

    by S. M. Smoller
    The first settlers of “Brooksby”, the “Farmes” and parts of Salem Village, arrived in 1626.  They endured the intolerance of the Quaker persecution, the trials of the witch hysteria and King Phillip’s War.
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  • Middle Precinct, 1710

    by S.M. Smoller

    Middle Precinct, Massachusetts Bay Colony - The first attempt to form a church in Peabody was in 1705 when a group attempted to have religious services among themselves; their association was called The Church of Christ in Salem Middle Precint, but a vote of the Freemen living in Brooksby failed to confirm this action.

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  • District of Danvers, 1752

    by S. M. Smoller
    In 1752, the Middle Precinct was incorporated into the district of Danvers and was called the southern village, or parish
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  • District of Danvers, 1776

    by J. W. Hanson
    On June 18, 1776, the town of Danvers "Voted, that if the Honorable Congress for the Safety of the United Colonies, Declare them Independent of the Kingdom of Great Britain, we the Inhabitants of this town, do solemnly Engage with our Live and Fortunes to support them in the measure." ( Hanson, J. W. )

    The Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted, and copied at length in the Town Record.
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  • Town of South Danvers, State of Massachusetts, 1855

    by S. M. Smoller
    Eighty years after the first citizen movement for an independent existence,  the village became the Town of South Danvers through an act of the Legislaturein 1855.
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  • Town of Peabody, 1868

    by S. M. Smoller

    In the 1860s, the inhabitants of the Town of South Danvers asked the legislature to allow them to change the name of their town to honor George Peabody. They listed their reasons as being "mistakes of travellers and misdirection of letters."

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  • City of Peabody, 1917

    by S. M. Smoller
    Women were allowed to vote for School Committee and elected Mary C. Harrington to a second term.
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