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From: "Eve Ferguson" <>
Subject: Re: Springfield
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 08:57:46 -0500
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Hi Colleen and all who offered help with the location of Springfield.
Many Thanks for the this, I am sure now The Mary Smith from Witham is not
mine, and my Mary Smith from Springfield is missing from the 1851 Index.
maybe SKS could check the actual census for her with her family in Gt.
Leighs Husband Joseph,54 Mary 51 children Joseph 12, John 9, William 20
and Sarah 23.
Eve (Canada now)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Colleen" <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 7:11 PM
> Hello Eve,
> Springfield is still there, though it has been largely swallowed up -
> you rightly suspect - by the larger town of Chelmsford. So engulfed that
> hard to find on the maps. However, when I was there a few months back, I
> could still see vestiges of the old village or hamlet - not sure which
> was in its heyday. Walking around the ancient church of All Saints,
> set on a pretty green, there are still picturesque old cottages and
> give us a hint of how Springfield looked in the days before the property
> developers moved in. Opposite the church are the gorgeous Dukes
> two lovely, red brick dwellings, my in laws used to lived in one of
> they are the former estate workers' cottages of Dukes Priory, the priory
> still located to the rear of the cottages. I would think the cottages
> built during the 18th century, I'm not sure about the age of the priory.
> Springfield Hall Park is still there too. Nearby is lovely Moulsham
> an old Chelmsford street crammed with rumpety old cottages, pubs and
> Cooks Mill, a large, white, weather boarded flour Mill is still intact
> though inside has been transformed into niche retail units, these have
> sympathetically slotted into the original structure of the interior of
> mill, so that little of its character has been lost.
> During the 16th century, Springfield grew out of the Springfield estate
> the wealthy Pynchon family. William Pynchon born in Springfield in 1590
> eventually to become treasurer of the colony of Massachusetts, and named
> US estate Springfield after his former English one.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Eve Ferguson" <>
> > Hi All
> > My Mary Smith says on 1851 census born Witham. but on the 1861 says
> Springfield. I have a map showing Witham but Springfield must have been
> swallowed up by another town. Does anyone know exactly where it was
> > Eve