petition from the inhabitants of Cambridge, which was subscribed by very many hands, in which they testified and declared their good content and satisfaction they took and had in the present government in church and commonwealth, with their resolution to be assisting to and encouraging the same, and humbly desiring all means might be used for the continuance and preservation thereof: and at the same time and the next day several petitions of like nature from Wooborne, Dorchester, Redding, Chelmsford, Concord, Billirrikey, Boston, Dedham, and Meadfield, and also one from several inhabitants of Roxbury, all which are on file.
Mass. Col. Rec., IV.
(ii.) 136, 137.
The Cambridge petition, for some reason, has been removed from the Massachusetts Archives to the Judicial Court Files for Suffolk County, in the Court House, Boston. The Cambridge petition is here inserted, partly on account of its patriotic spirit, and partly to preserve the list of names appended to it:—
To the honou
, was one of the first settlers in Billerica, where he spent his long and useful life.
He was the first Captain of Billerica, was chosen Representative in 1684, Town Clerk 20 years, and one of the most eminent land surveyors of his time.
（Farmer.) He m. Elizabeth, dau. of John Poulter 22 Nov. 1654; she d. 7 Oct. 1689, a. 56, and he m. Esther, wid. of Josiah Converse of Woburn, and dau. of Elder Champney of Camb.
17 Nov. 1690.
His children were Mary, b. 29 Jan. 1655-6, m. John Parker of Chelmsford 4 June 1678; Elizabeth, b. 27 May 1657, m. Simon Hayward of Concord 7 Mar. 1686-7; Jonathan, b. 18 Feb. 1658-9; John, b. 23 Jan. 1660-61, d. 7 Feb. 1660-61; John, b. 22 Feb. 1661-2, d. 4 June 1664; Lydia, b. 1 June 1664, m. Edward Wright; Samuel, b. 5 Feb. 1665-6; Anna, b. 8 Mar. 1667-8, m. Oliver Whiting 22 Jan. 1689-90; Thomas, b. 29 Ap. 1670, d. 31 July 1670; Nicholas, b. 1 July 1671, d. 8 Mar. 1693-4; Sarah, b. 13 Dec. 1676, m. William French.
Of this family, only two sons survived th