The Parson’s Hearth


Certainly, by the early years of the eighteenth century Topsfield and other Massachusetts towns were prepared to play their monumentally important roles. The social and political structures of such towns and villages in turn strengthened the network of local representatives to lower houses of assembly, not just in Massachusetts but in virtually all the colonies. This grass-roots experience with independence was critical in creating a rhetoric in opposition to the authority of monarchical government. In all the events that helped set the country free from Britain, Topsfield played an important role. Sixty-three Topsfield men stood at Lexington Common on April 19, 1775, among them ten Goulds, thirteen Townes, and sixteen Perkinses.