Abington, Massachusetts

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*Aaron Hobart, ''An Historical Sketch of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1839), 176 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/anhistoricalske00hobagoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=DMwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6702615 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|820241|item|disp=FHL fiche 6078737}}.  
 
*Aaron Hobart, ''An Historical Sketch of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1839), 176 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/anhistoricalske00hobagoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=DMwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6702615 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|820241|item|disp=FHL fiche 6078737}}.  
 
*Charles A. Snow, ''A Historical Discourse given on the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Baptist Church, South Abington, Mass., November 6, 1872'' (South Abington, Mass., 1873), 32 pp.<br>A digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=DcwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
 
*Charles A. Snow, ''A Historical Discourse given on the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Baptist Church, South Abington, Mass., November 6, 1872'' (South Abington, Mass., 1873), 32 pp.<br>A digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=DcwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington,_Massachusetts Abington Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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*William Lincoln Palmer, "Diary of Sergeant John Burrell, 1759-1760" in the ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 59 [1905]: 352-354.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington,_Massachusetts Abington Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br>
 
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== Vital Records  ==
 
== Vital Records  ==
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
 
*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
*''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912), 2 v.<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL film 873756 Items 1-2}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofab00abin Internet Archive] and Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=ziy7CGKXzVsC vol. 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=is4UAAAAYAAJ vol. 2]).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1044201 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/A1 V2v}}.
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*''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912), 2 v.<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL film 873756 Items 1-2}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofab00abin Internet Archive], Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=ziy7CGKXzVsC vol. 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=is4UAAAAYAAJ vol. 2]), and [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10000 Ancestry] ($).<br>Database version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Abington American Ancestors] ($)<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1044201 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/A1 V2v}}.
  
 
::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Third Church of Christ (C.R.3), Fourth Congregational Church (C.R.4), and First Baptist Church of Christ (C.R.5). Deaths are included from Mt. Vernon Cem. (G.R.1), Maplewood Cem. (G.R.2), Abiah Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.3), Samuel Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.4), Old Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.5), Lane Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.6), Wilkes Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.7), Beal Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.8), Mount Pleasant Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.9), High Street Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.10), Small Pox Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.11), Mount Zion Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.12), Colebrook Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R. 13), Old Cem. [on Washington St.] (G.R. 14), Beech Hill Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R. 15), Old Cem. [between Abington and North Abington] (G.R. 16), West Abington Cem. (G.R. 17), Cobb Family Burying Ground [West Abington] (G.R. 18), and The Plain Cem. [West Abington] (G.R. 19).<br>
 
::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Third Church of Christ (C.R.3), Fourth Congregational Church (C.R.4), and First Baptist Church of Christ (C.R.5). Deaths are included from Mt. Vernon Cem. (G.R.1), Maplewood Cem. (G.R.2), Abiah Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.3), Samuel Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.4), Old Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.5), Lane Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.6), Wilkes Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.7), Beal Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.8), Mount Pleasant Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.9), High Street Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.10), Small Pox Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.11), Mount Zion Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.12), Colebrook Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R. 13), Old Cem. [on Washington St.] (G.R. 14), Beech Hill Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R. 15), Old Cem. [between Abington and North Abington] (G.R. 16), West Abington Cem. (G.R. 17), Cobb Family Burying Ground [West Abington] (G.R. 18), and The Plain Cem. [West Abington] (G.R. 19).<br>

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Brief History

The first land grant in this area was to Nathaniel Souther, Secretary of the Plymouth Colony, in 1654. The first settler was Andrew Ford in 1668. This area was part of Bridgewater at that time and set off as its own town in 1712. Abington was in Plymouth Colony. The town was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Historical Data[1]

Associated names

Abington at one time was called Manamooskeagin.

Village or section names include Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, and West Abington.

Border changes
Dates Events
10 June 1712 Abington established from part of Bridgewater and adjoining land [Acts and Resolves - Mass. Bay, 21: 605].
14 June 1727 Part included in the new town of Hanover.
31 Mar. 1847 Border between Abington and Weymouth established.
21 Mar. 1861 Border between Abington and Randolph established.
Border between Abington and Hingham established.
9 Mar. 1874 Eastern part established as the new town of Rockland.
4 Mar. 1875 Southern part established as part of the new town of South Abington [now Whitman].
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Town Histories

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Town of Abington in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

]]Works written on the town include:

The appendix of this book covers over hundred pages devoted to the genealogy of town families.. It includes the families: Beal, Blake, Blanchard, Brown, Cobb, Cooke, Corthell, Dunbar, Dunham, Dyer, Ford, Gurney, Hobart, Howe, Howland, Hunt, Jacobs, Jenkins, King, Lane, Nash, Noyes, Payn (i.e. Paine), Pool, Pratt, Reed, Stetson, Studley, Thaxter, Torrey, Walker, Wheeler, and Whitman.
  • "History and Description of Abington, Mass., Aug. 1816" in Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 2nd Series, 7 [1818]: 114-124.
    No digital version available.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries).
  • Aaron Hobart, An Historical Sketch of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (Boston, 1839), 176 pp.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive and Google Books.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL fiche 6078737.
  • Charles A. Snow, A Historical Discourse given on the 50th Anniversary of the Baptist Church, South Abington, Mass., November 6, 1872 (South Abington, Mass., 1873), 32 pp.
    A digital version at Google Books.
  • William Lincoln Palmer, "Diary of Sergeant John Burrell, 1759-1760" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 59 [1905]: 352-354.
  • Abington Wikipedia page.




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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Third Church of Christ (C.R.3), Fourth Congregational Church (C.R.4), and First Baptist Church of Christ (C.R.5). Deaths are included from Mt. Vernon Cem. (G.R.1), Maplewood Cem. (G.R.2), Abiah Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.3), Samuel Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.4), Old Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.5), Lane Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.6), Wilkes Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.7), Beal Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.8), Mount Pleasant Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.9), High Street Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.10), Small Pox Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.11), Mount Zion Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.12), Colebrook Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R. 13), Old Cem. [on Washington St.] (G.R. 14), Beech Hill Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R. 15), Old Cem. [between Abington and North Abington] (G.R. 16), West Abington Cem. (G.R. 17), Cobb Family Burying Ground [West Abington] (G.R. 18), and The Plain Cem. [West Abington] (G.R. 19).
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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Abington. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Adams Street Burying Ground [called Old Cem. in VRs], n.d. (A)
  2. Bicknell Family Tomb, n.d.
  3. Cobb Family Burying Ground. (A)
  4. Cushing Family Tomb.
  5. Gould Family Burial Ground or Indian Cemetery, 1798.
  6. Hillside Cemetery, 18th Century.
  7. Hunt Family Tomb, n.d.
  8. Island Grove Cemetery or Centree Cemetery or French's Burying Ground, n.d.
  9. Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1732. (A)
  10. Old Church Burying Ground. (A)
  11. Plain Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  12. Richards Family Burial Ground.
  13. Torrey Family Burying Ground.
  14. West Abington Cemetery, n.d. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A) Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1912). [See links above for various versions of this source.]

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. First Congregational Church, 1712, records good.
  2. New Jerusalem Society, 1835, records good.
  3. Fourth Congregational Church, North Abington, 1839, records good.
  4. First Universal Church, 1863, records good.
  5. St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church, 1864, older records to 1900/1920 at Archdiocese of Boston Archives.
  6. Second Advent Church, n.d., church extinct by 1889, record location unknown.
  7. First Baptist Church of Abington, 1886.
  8. Assembly of God Brazilian Church, n.d.
  9. Flame of the Covenant, n.d.
  10. Joy in Life Luthern Church, n.d.
  11. Life Giving Church, n.d.
  12. South Shore Community Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Weekly News, 1878-1879.
  2. Abington Advertiser, 1962-1965, 1993-present.
  3. Abington Mariner, 1990-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is list of research facilities in town:

Abington Historical Commission
500 Gliniewicz Way
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-982-0059

Abington Public Library
600 Gliniewicz Way
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-982-2139

Dyer Memorial Library
28 Centre Ave.
PO Box 2245
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-878-8480
Email info@dyerlibrary.org

Thanks to the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants for their contributions to this page

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 11. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Brockton | Rockland | Whitman | Norfolk Co: Holbrook | Weymouth