1641Per an order of the General Court, commissioners viewed and settled boundaries between Ipswich, Cape Ann, and Jefferies’ Creek (Manchester).Economy and Industry, Government and Public Service, Land Ownership, State Government

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Town Records Book 1, 1642-1715, pp. 1, 7.

Boundaries were settled throughout Massachusetts, including Cape Ann. The General Court apointed eight men to function as selectmen in governing the settlement before the town was incorporated the following year. Additionally, two deputies from Salem, Messrs. Downing and Hathorne, were chosen to allocate and dispose of all lands at Cape Ann. This was done in 1642.

Massachusetts Colony; Nathanial Bradstreet Shurtleff ed.; Massachusetts General Court. Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England. Printed by Order of the Legislature. Vol. 1. Boston: W. White, 1853. 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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