14 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

in Marshfield.   Even at this late day, he is troubled with foxes, and has killed the past winter five of them.   There is still growing, or was a few years ago, a shoot of the apple tree planted by Peregrine upon this place, and a portion of the timbers of the house occupied by Peregrine is still in existence in the dwelling of Mr. Ewell.   Notwithstanding this place is among the earliest settled in Marshfield, the region thereabouts is perhaps the most sparsely inhabited of any village in town.   It is two and a half miles north of the Webster place.   Mr. White joined the church in his 78th year, and died in Marshfield in 1704, aged 84.   His descendants were many and honorable.   Notwithstanding he served as a soldier in the Indian wars and gained the title of Captain, he seems to have led a peaceful life, except that at one time we find in 1649 a Mr. Hollaway and Peregrine White were indicted for fighting.   We think that Hollaway must have been the aggressor, for we found elsewhere that "Hollaway was fined 5s. for abusing and provoking Sprague."   Yet there is no doubt that our beloved townsman was a lively, gay youth and kept things moving about him.   The last direct descendant of Peregrine living on the place was Miss Sybil White, a maiden lady, who removed from there about a quarter of a century ago, as it was considered unsafe for her in her old age to live there longer.   A while before her departure from the home place, her brother, John White, carried on the farm with her, but he became insane and was removed to the hospital.   It was after this event that she felt compelled to leave it and remove to the village of East Marshfield, now Marshfield Hills, some three or four miles distant.   The author became a neighbor and was acquainted with this rather eccentric woman up to the time of her death.   She was a good and pious woman.   A short time before her death, she was a little worried because she knew of no near heir to whom she could leave her property, and finally she adopted a novel method of finding one.

 

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