I owe major thanks to Dan Fenn, producer of the Lexington Remembers program at LexMedia, our community TV studio, as well as my fellow members of the First Parish Lexington History Committee for getting me involved in the story of the parish’s and the town’s beginnings when Lexington was celebrating its tricentennial in 2013. First Parish also deserves thanks for providing me with several opportunities to lecture and even sermonize on the matters I was learning about.

I’m extremely grateful to the Lexington Minute Men, whose grant gave me both assistance and encouragement to pursue this project.

Others who provided valuable help include the following:

Jennifer Fauxsmith, Reference Supervisor at the Massachusetts State Archives, helped me locate most of the documents presented here, and reproduced them in the form of the excellent images I’ve used.

Donna Lopez, City Clerk of Cambridge, kindly gave me access to the ancient town records from 1712–1713 and permission to photograph the pages I needed.

Elaine Doran, Archivist and Collections Manager of the Lexington Historical Society, provided an image of Cambridge Farms/Lexington’s first church covenant, which now resides in the Society’s archives, and a portrait of A. E. Scott, the society’s first president and a contributor to the debate regarding the origin of the town’s name.

John C. MacLean, author of an exemplary history of the neighboring town of Lincoln (cited on the “Sources” page) was kind enough to meet me at the Lincoln public library to talk about how the excellent maps in his book were made and answer a rookie’s questions.

I also got a good deal of valuable information about the earliest period in Lexington from S. Levi (Sam) Doran, who holds the dual distinction of being Lexington’s youngest and best informed historian.

Thanks are also due to the always friendly and helpful reference librarians at Lexington’s own Cary Memorial Library.