History of Malden, Massachusetts, 1633-1785 [2 volumes]


This large work provides a detailed history of Malden down through the American Revolution. Although there are no genealogies as such, there are numerous references to local residents, and thirty facsimiles of the autographs of early settlers. There is extensive discussion of the early land allotments with lists of grantees. The coverage of the Revolution includes a list of soldiers and sailors.

Chapters include: Old Maldon; Discoverers and Indians; Allotments and Settlement; Church and Town; Marmaduke Matthews; Joseph Hills and John Wayte; A Teacher and a New Meeting House; Michael Wigglesworth; Cheever and Wigglesworth; Pioneers, Soldiers, and Witchcraft; Town Officers and Common Lands; Poverty and Slavery; Highways and Bridges; David Parsons and Joseph Emerson; Charlestown Neighbors and Trouble; The South Precinct; The South Precinct Decadent; The Town School; Before the Revolution; Military Affairs and the French Neutrals; The Opening of the Revolution; Malden in the Revolution; Malden in the Navy of the Revolution; and, Soldiers and Sailors. The appendix includes: Rose Hills not Rose Dunster; and, The Plan of Malden.

There are extensive footnotes which cite sources, identify people and places, and expand on the main text. The work is attractively illustrated with over three dozen pen and ink drawings, mostly of early homes. An index to full-names, places and subjects adds to the value of this work. 

Deloraine Pendre Corey

(1899, 1992), 2013, 5½x8½, paper, index, 2 vols., 890 pp.

ISBN: 9781556135620