Billerica, Massachusetts, USA (North Billerica) - 1845 - BILLERICA. [Pop. 1,632. Settled 1653.]
The Indian name of this town was Shawshine or Shawsheen, the same as that of a branch of the Merrimack, that runs through it.
Billerica is probably a corruption of Villa-rica, though it may have been named after Billericay in England, a still worse corruption.
It was originally granted to Cambridge, and settled by families from that town, and from England.
The inhabitants are chiefly farmers, but some woollens, boots, and shoes are manufactured here.
Distance from Concord, 10 miles ; from Boston, 18.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
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