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The Line of Thomas Fessenden, Cambridge, Mass.

Updated February 7, 2001

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All information is taken from Edwin Allan Fessenden book "The Fessenden Family in America, Volume 1 & 2. Library of Congress Catalog Card No 75-158409.

Thomas Fessenden (1684-1738)was the 6th child of Nicholas Fessenden (1650-1719) who was the founder of the Fessenden family in America.

The first Fessendens in America of whom we have any record were John Fessenden and his wife Jane. The exact date of their coming is a little doubtful; some accounts say that they arrived in 1628, others in 1636 or 1638, but it seems certain that they were in Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1638 and resided at what is now the southeast corner of Winthrop and Eliot Streets. He sold this property in 1639 and purchased a house and lot described as being on the west side of Eliot Street, south of Mt. Auburn Street, in Cambridge, this was the Fessenden family residence for more than a century.
John Fessenden bought six acres of land in Charlestown in 1642 from N. Davis; his widow Jane sold it to John Watson and Mary Cook in 1673. This land adjoined Charlestown and the Cambridge commons.

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