Amherst, MassachusettsEdit This Page

From FamilySearch Wiki

United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Hampshire County Gotoarrow.png Amherst

MassachusettsHampshire CountyBerkshire CountyBerkshire CountyHampshire CountyFranklin CountyWorcester CountyMiddlefieldWorthingtonCummingtonPlainfieldGoshenChesterfieldHuntingtonWesthamptonSouthamptonEasthamptonNorthamptonWilliamsburgHatfieldHadleySouth HadleyGranbyAmherstPelhamBelchertownWareSavoyWindsorHinsdalePeruWashingtonBeckettOtisSandisfieldTollandBlandfordChesterGranvilleRussellMontgomeryWestfieldWest SpringfieldHolyokeChicopeeLudlowSpringfieldWilbrahamMonsonPalmerBrimfieldWarrenWest BrookfieldNew BraintreeHardwickBarrePetershamAtholNew SalemShutesburyWendellMontagueLeverettSunderlandWhatelyDeerfieldConwayShelburneBucklandAshfieldHawley
Modern town borders of Amherst in Hampshire County, Massachusetts.


Contents

Town Hall

http://www.amherstma.gov/
Town Hall
4 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
Ph: 413-259-3002
Email: info@amherstma.gov

Quick History

Named for Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst

Establishment and former town name(s) [1]

13 February 1759: Part of Hadley established as the district of Amherst. (Prov. Laws, Vol. IV, p. 173.)

23 August 1775: Made a town, by general act under which districts became towns.

Archiac name:

Hadley Third Precinct

Section/Villages within the town: Amherst Fields, Amherst Woods, Cushman, East Amherst, Echo Hollow, Factory Hollow, Flat Hill, Hampshire Village, Mill Valley, North Amherst, Orchard Valley, The Curragh, South Amherst

Extinctsection/villages within the town: Amherst City, Blackbird Island, Broad Gutter, Centre Village, Clark's Mill, Crow Hill, Depot, Amherst East Parish, East Village, Fairgrounds, Irish Hill, Kelloggville, North Amherst City, Amherst North Parish, Nuttingville, The City, The Patch, Slab City, Struthersville, West Amherst, Westville

Wikipedia

The earliest known document of the lands now comprising Amherst is the deed of purchase dated December 1658 between John Pynchon of Springfield and three native inhabitants, referred to as Umpanchla, Quonquont and Chickwalopp.[3] According to the deed, "ye Indians of Nolwotogg (Norwottuck) upon ye River of Quinecticott (Connecticut)" sold the entire area in exchange for "two Hundred fatham of Wampam & Twenty fatham, and one large Coate at Eight fatham wch Chickwollop set of, of trusts, besides severall small giftes" [sic]. Amherst will celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2009. The Amherst 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee has been established to oversee the creation and implementation of Town-wide activities throughout 2009.

Boundary Changes [1]

15 January 1789: Part of Hadley annexed.

28 February 1811: Part of Hadley annexed.

18 February 1812: Part of Hadley annexed.

17 February 1814: Part of Hadley annexed.

17 February 1814: Part of Hadley annexed

01 March 1815: Bounds between Amherst and Hadley established and parts of each town annexed to the other town.

Resources

Biography

Cemeteries

Church Records

Congregational

  1. A record of the observance of its two hundredth anniversary by the First Congregational Church in Amherst, Massachusetts: November 4-5, 1939
  2. Amherst, Massachusetts, its history and its people: with manual of Second Congregational Church of Amherst, its membership list from 1782-1924

History

  1. History of Town of Amherst 1731-1896
  1. Google Books
  2. Family History Library
  1. Essays on Amherst's history
  2. The handbook of Amherst, Massachusetts

Maps

  1. USGS GNIS FID 608974
  2. Google
  3. Hometown Locator

Minorities

  1. The history of the Black population of Amherst, Massachusetts, 1728-1870

Newspapers

Societies, Libraries and Museums

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].

Adjacent towns: Hampshire Co.: Belchertown | Granby | Hadley | Pelham | South Hadley | Franklin Co.: Leverett | Shutesbury | Sunderland



 

Need additional research help? Contact our research help specialists.

Need wiki, indexing, or website help? Contact our product teams.


Did you find this article helpful?

You're invited to explain your rating on the discussion page (you must be signed in).

  • This page was last modified on 15 January 2013, at 01:39.
  • This page has been accessed 2,294 times.