However, life was abundant, with the number of children birthed by a mother often being in double digits.
The first town meeting of record in Andover was held in January 1656, for the purpose of clarifying land ownership matters.
Dudley Bradstreet, a son of Anne and Simon, was Andover’s first town clerk. He later served in many other capacities, including selectman.
Although early Andover was centered in what is now North Andover, by 1707 enough people had migrated to the south end of Andover that the first signs of a split between the towns emerged in the form of the south people wishing for their own church.
The primary reason was simple pragmatism: if you lived in the south section, it was a long ride to get to the existing church.
Obviously, that is how South Church got its name.
Bill Dalton writes a weekly column for the Andover Townsman. His email address is BillDalton@AndoverTownie.com.