1656A permanent settlement was established in Annisquam.People and Communities, Location and Setting, Neighborhoods, European Colonists

Edward Haraden came into possession of “a house upon the stage-neck with the stage and all belonging to it, and thirty acres of land, bounded with the river, and upon a line from Lobster Cove to the sea.” This was believed to be the first permanent settlement in Annisquam. The Robinson family had established a fishing post there in the 1630s. Before the end of the century, about seven other families had also settled in this area, called Planter’s Neck.

Edward Harraden was from Essex and bought 56 acres of land from Osmond Dutch, although it is unknown whether or not the house stood on the land when he purchased it. The house was later passed his descendant Betsy Harraden and her husband Thomas Saville, who kept a public house there. Later, soldiers were housed in the home during the War of 1812.

Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Procter Brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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