| Much of the early history of Raynham, will be
found in the history of Taunton, of which it originally formed a part, being known as the east precinct
of Taunton. Although Taunton was settled in 1638, no settlement was made in
Raynham until 1652, when James Leonard, Henry Leonard, and Ralph Russel, from
Wales, located here for the purpose of setting up a "bloomary work."
Source: The History of Bristol County, MA.