Springfield, Massachusetts

"Springfield, the parent town of Suffield, was settled in 1636, by families from Roxbury, and was called 'Aguam' or 'Agawam' until 1640; when the inhabitants in "Town meeting assembled," gave it the name of 'Springfield'; complimentary to Mr. William Pynchon, who came from a town of that name in England. Its boundaries were indefinite, but it embraced portions of Westfield and Southwick, the whole of the present territory of Springfield, West Springfield, Agawam, Chicopee, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Longmeadow, Enfield, Somers and Suffield. In 1673, it was a small village 'containing possibly 400 inhabitants, men, women and children, and 71 qualified voters; 1,500 would doubtless be an extravagant estimate of the white population in the Valley in Massachusetts at that time." Hezekiah Sheldon, "History of Suffield."