MARBLEHEAD was settled about the year 1629. Authorities differ as to the exact part of England from whence these settlers emigrated, though all agree that they were English, and that they made their settlement in the northeastern part of the town, near the headland now known as Peach's Point. They were fishermen, a rough, illiterate race, accustomed to a life of toil and hardship, probably from infancy, and they were therefore neither dismayed nor disheartened at the difficulties attending the founding of a settlement in the wilderness.
A few years before the coming of these settlers a settlement had been founded four miles north of their landing place, and the village thus formed had been named Salem. This township included in its boundaries a large portion of the land now comprised in nine or ten towns of Essex County, one of which is Marblehead. Though a corporate port, and within the limits of Salem, the little peninsula seems to have been known even at that early day by a distinct name. The Rev. Mr.Higginson, writing of the place in 1629, speaks of the rocky headlandswhich line the shore as "Marble stone, that we have great rocksof it, and a harbor hard by. Our plantation is from thence calledMarble-Harbor."
The name Marblehead is mentioned for the first time in the Colonial records of 1633.
From The History and Traditions of Marblehead, by Samuel Roads Jr, 1880, pp 7-8
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