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This bibliography is a list of references used for the blog posts and for research for the book.  It is not comprehensive. It will include the resources that we have found most useful in researching and presenting these blogs. A book may be useful for different subject areas, but will only be listed once under the topic it represents the best. URL references will be included when available. We will add to this bibliography as we post blogs and find more helpful references. So visit it frequently.

At the bottom you will find a list of historical fiction novels from this era that we have found enjoyable. If you have resources or historical fiction novels you would like to recommend, please leave us a comment.


Fairbanks, Lorenzo Sayles. The Fairbanks Family in America 1633-1897. American Printing and Engraving Company, 1987.

Joseph, Ruth Fairbanks. "The English Paternity of Jonathan Fairbank of Dedham, Massachusetts: A Re-consideration." Private copy of her research.

Joseph, Ruth Fairbanks and James Swan. “Jonathan Fairbanks of Dedham, Massachusetts, and His Family in the West Riding of Yorkshire.” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 166 (2012): 165-87.


Prescott, William. The Prescott Memorial, or, A Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America, in two parts. Boston: H. W. Dutton and son, 1870.

Ward, Doris A. Cline. Prescott Unlimited. North Carolina: Ward Publishing Company, 1980-2003.


Defoe, Daniel. A Tour Thro’ the Whole of Great Britain, Divided into Circuits or Journies. Letter 8, Part3: South and West Yorkshire and Letter 8, part 10 Lancashire, Westmoreland and Cumberland. Published between 1724 and 1727.

17th Century Voyages

Cressy, David. Coming Over: Migration and Communication Between England and New England in the Seventeenth Century. Cambridge: University Press, 1987.

Josselyn, John. An account of two voyages to New-England : made during the years 1638, 1663. Boston : W. Veazie, 1865.

Mather, Richard. Journal of Richard Mather. Number Three. Boston: David Clapp, 1850.

Shipboard Journal of John Winthrop

What to Bring

Francis Higginson, “New England’s Plantation” (London, 1630), in Alexander Young, ed., Chronicles of the First Planters of the colony of Massachusetts Bay (Boston, 1846), pp. 266-267.

Josselyn, John. (as above)

Mayflower provision list:

New England and Massachusetts Bay Colony

New England

Abbott, Katherine. Paths and Legends of New England.

Anderson, Robert Charles., A Survey of New England 1620-1640. Boston: The New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2012.

Bancroft, George. History of the United States of America From the Discovery of the Continent. Vol. I. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1888.

Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of Boston and eastern Massachusetts.
New York: Lewis historical publishing company , 1908.

Hosmer, James Kendall. Winthrop's Journal : "History of New England", 1630-1649,
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1908.

Johnson, Edward. Wonder Working of Providence.

Miller, Perry. The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century, Volume 1. Harvard University Press, 1983.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Mayflower. New York: Penguin Group, 2006.

Savage, James, and John Farmer. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers in New England. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860.

Massachusetts Bay Colony

Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, fourth series, IX (1871). Port letters,Compare Virginia to Massachusetts in 1600’s

Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ...
By Massachusetts, Massachusetts. General Court.


Bond, Henry, and Jones, Horatio Gates. Genealogies of the families and descendants of the early settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, including Waltham and Weston : to which is appended the early history of the town. Boston : N.E. Historic-genealogical Society, 1860.


Cutter, William Richard. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of ..., Volume 1

Hill, Don Gleason. The Early Records of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts. 1636-1659. Vol. 3. Dedham, MA: Printed at Office of the Dedham Transcript, 1892.

Lockridge, Kenneth A. A New England Town. The First Hundred Years. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1970.

Mann, Herman. Historical Annals of Dedham: From Its Settlement in 1635-1847.

Parr, James L. Dedham: Historic and Heroic Tales from Shiretown. Charleston, SC:The History Press, 2009.

Worthington, Erastus. The History of Dedham: From the Beginning of Its Settlement, in September 1635, to May 1827. Dedham, MA: Dutton and Wentworth, 1827., 121.Smith, Frank. A History of Dedham Massachusetts. Dedham, Massachusetts: The Transcript Press. 1963.

Ye Fayerbanke Historical, Volume 1. Fairbank Literary Bureau , Dec 31, 1903.


Hurd, Duane Hamilton, History of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With Biographical…History of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With Biographical .… Vol.I, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis, & Co., 1889.

Marvin, Abijah P, History of the Town of Lancaster, From the First Settlement to the Present Time, 1643-1879. Lancaster, 1879.

Nourse, Henry Stedman. Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1725. Lancaster, 1884.

Nourse, Henry Stedman. All four volumes of Nourse’s history of Lancaster

Nourse, Henry Stedman. The Military Annals of Lancaster, Massachusetts. Clinton, Mass.,
W. J. Coulter, 1889.

Rowlandson, Mary. The Sovereignty and Goodness of God. Cambridge: Samuel Green, 1682.

The Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal, May 1826 Vol II No. 1, 1889

Birth Marriage and Death records for Lancaster Massachusetts.


Bryan, Dale; Crippen, Thomas George. Yorkshire Puritansim and early nonconformity: Illustrated by the lives of the ejected minister, 1660-1662. Bradford (England): J. Gregory, 1909.

Native Americans

Eliot, John; Hanmer, Jonathan; Eames, Wilberforce; Vail, Theodore Newton; Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation; Huntington Free Library. John Eliot and the Indians 1652-1657: being letters addressed to Reverend Jonathan Barnstaple, England. New York: The Adams & Grace Press, 1915.

Gookin, Daniel, "Historical Collections of the Indians in New England." Special Collections Publications. Paper 13. (1792).

Jaffee, David. People of the Wachusett. Greater New England in History & Memory1630-1860. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999.

Paul Grant-Costa and Tobias Glaza, eds., The New England Indian Papers Series, Yale University Library Digital Collections,

Wars and Battles


King Philips War

Revolutionary War

Historical Fiction about 17th Century New England

Brown, Amy Belding. Flight of the Sparrow. New York: Penguin Group, 2014.

Gregory, Phillippa. Virgin Earth. New York: Touchstone, 1999.

Zaroulis, Nancy. Massachusetts. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1991.