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About meNicholas Busby (~1587 - 28 August 1657), early settler of Massachusetts. Originally from Norwich, England, Busby was made freeman at Newbury, MA in 1637. He soon thereafter moved to Watertown, where he was granted six acres of land on 9 April 1638 and was a selectman in 1640 and 1644. In October 1643 he was granted a bounty of 34 shillings by the General Court, for making cloth. In 1646 Busby and his family moved to Boston, where he opened a dry-goods shop. He was chosen constable of Boston 13 March 1647/8.

Busby married Bridget Cooke and had at least five surviving children: John, Abraham, Katherine, Sarah, and Anne.

About my libraryBusby's library is taken from his will, dated 25 July 1657. Of books, Busby writes: "I give & bequeath unto my two Sonns John Busby & Abraham Busby my printed bookes, in manner following that is to say to John Busby all my Phisicke books as Genndall [?] practice Barrowes method Dutch Phisicke & garden of health Mr Coggans treatis and the Dialogue of Phisicke Surgery with Plinneys Naturall Hystory. unto Abraham Busby my books of Divinitie vizt. Mr Perkins Mr Willet sinops and Comentary on the Romains & Mr Hierons two bookes, as for the rest of my books of divinitie or Hystory my desire is that they may Loveingly & Brotherly divide them between except the three Bibles, first the thicke Bible I give unto Anne Nickerson The Best bible to Sarah Grout and the bible in my Hamper to Katherin Savory."

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please contact Libraries of Early America coordinator Jeremy Dibbell.

GroupsLibraries of Early America

Real nameNicholas Busby

LocationSuffolk County, MA

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Member sinceSep 6, 2010

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