Generations of the Waterside People
 

The Massachusetts Bay Colony town of Newbury was established in May of 1635, with the founders arriving via the Parker River and settling what was to become known as "Olde Towne" nearby. The region along the Merrimack River was apportioned into 4 acre lots and settled in 1644 ~ which historians considered to be the year the Waterside was itself founded. By 1646, the Waterside people, so called, began growth and development in earnest ~ and by 1725 the ambits of the Waterside Third Parish of Newbury would be defined by the Comity's report to the General Court which the Court, accepted three years later.

It would be the ambitions of the 5th generation of the Waterside people that resulted in the petition for separation of the Waterside Third Parish of Newbury (in 1763) which was granted, incorporating the separate town of Newburyport on February 4, 1764.
In the year 1851, Newburyport's bounds annexed Joppa and Belleville (restoring the 1644 ambits of the Waterside, so called) ~ and with this incorporation, a city form of government would be inaugurated on June 24th of that year.


To follow is the delineation of the Waterside people's generations ~ with each generation of 30 years consisting of six 5-year terms of the Waterside Plan in Motion. The foundation of these generational milestones is a cairn of living stones ~ which today's generations of the Waterside people build upon, stone by stone:

Year
Generation
Generational Milestone
1644
1st
  the Waterside of the Massachusetts Bay town of Newbury settled
1674
2nd
   
1704
3rd
   
1734
4th
  in 1725, the Comity reports bounds and limits of the Waterside Third Parish
1764
5th
1st
the Waterside Third Parish of Newbury established as town of Newburyport
1794
6th
2nd
 
1824
7th
3rd
 
1854
8th
4th
in 1851, Newburyport with its present bounds was organized as a city
1884
9th
5th
 
1914
10th
6th
 
1944
11th
7th
1944-45, turn of events at WW II war fronts; victorious, soldiers home again
1974
12th
8th
 
2004
13th
9th
the 5- year term (1999-2004) began the Waterside Plan in Motion anew as guiding principles for the Master Planning process, coinciding with the planning and celebration of Newburyport's 150-year milestone as a city form of government in 2001. (Link within to milestones/cairn as an index of progress.)

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