ans of support.
The territory which they selected for their new home presented one of the fairest of landscapes,— diversified with upland and meadow, the Blue Hills and the river.
At first, the organization of the settlement was imperfect.
In 1633, a local government was organized; and the next year the town sent delegates to the first general court or legislature.
The community was still in its infancy, when William Sumner joined it. Two children were born to him after his arrival.
The le estates in fee-simple, and blessed beyond the usual measure with large families of children.
The Jacob or Jacobs family,—the maternal ancestors of Charles Sumner,—begins with Nicholas Jacob, who came to this country from Hingham, England, in 1633, settled in Watertown, and removed two years later to Hingham.
For the genealogy of the Jacob family, see History of Hanover, by J. S. Barry, pp. 319-335; and for that of the Simmons family, pp. 371-374. His son John was the father of David, th<