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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''East Bridgewater''' ''  
  
== History and Tidbits ==
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=== Brief History  ===
  
=== Neighboring Communities  ===
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The area was first settled in 1660 as the outgrowth of Duxbury and the newly created Bridgewater (in 1656). The area became defined as the East Parish of Bridgewater in 1723. During this time, the area was in Plymouth Colony. The area 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. The area set off from Bridgewater in 1823 to form the town of East Bridgewater.
  
== Family History Resources ==
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== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 43. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref>  ==
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Village or section names include Beaver, Brown's Crossing, Cinder Hill, Curtisville, Eastville, Elmwood (formerly Joppa), Harmony, Matfield, Northville, Satucket, West Crook, Westdale, and Westlake.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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| 14 June 1823
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| Incorporated as a town from part of Bridgewater.
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| 23 Feb. 1838
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| Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
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| 20 Mar. 1846
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| Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established and part of each town annexed to the other.
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| 11 Apr. 1857
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| Part of Halifax annexed and border established.
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| 4 Mar. 1875
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| Part set off with part of Abington to create the new town of South Abington (now Whitman).
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|-
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| 24 Apr. 1875
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| Part annexed to Brockton.
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|-
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| 21 Apr. 1931
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| Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
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|}
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== Town Histories ==
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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Works written on the town include:
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=W_gOAAAAYAAJ&printsec=titlepage&source=gbs_summary_r#PPP9,M1 Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater] (Google Books)  
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*William Allen, ''History of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts'' ([East Bridgewater, Mass.], 1980), [59] pp.<br>This is a reprint from the D. Hamilton Hurd, ''History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts'' (Philadelphia, 1884).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/15079518 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>
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*''The East Bridgewater Sesquicentennial, 1823-1973'' (East Bridgewater, Mass., rep. ed., 1990), 96, [4], [14] pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/71339792 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>
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*''Earlier Days in East Bridgewater'' ([East Bridgewater, Mass.], 1977), 32 p.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4657544 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Bridgewater,_Massachusetts East Bridgewater Wikipedia page].
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== Vital Records  ==
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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[[Image:MA Plymouth Co East Bridgewater map.png|right|400px|File:MA_Plymouth_Co_East_Bridgewater_map.png]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.eastbridgewaterma.org/Public_Documents/EBridgewaterMA_Clerk/index East Bridgewater Town Clerk's Office]<br>175 Central Street<br>East Bridgewater MA 02333<br>Phone 508-378-1606<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, misc. rec., 1769-1870, {{FHL|25309|item|disp=FHL film 1059955}}; vital records, 1823-1906, {{FHL|679995|item|disp=FHL film 2079746}}.
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*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1754-1915, on 76 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1917).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|231223|item|disp=FHL film 873752 Item 3}} and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofea01east Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=v9zgCuDkFvwC Googe Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/8812383 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231223|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/E1 V2v}}.
  
=== Genealogy Societies ===
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::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church of East Bridgewater [from copies as originals are lost] (C.R.1), Union Church of East and West Bridgewater (C.R.2), and New Jerusalem Church, Elmwood (C.R.3). Deaths are included from Old Central Cem., Central St. (G.R.1), Hudson Tomb Cem. (G.R.2), Thayer Burying Ground (G.R.3), Whitman Burying Ground, Harvard St. Cem. (G.R.4), New Central Cem. off Hobart St. (G.R.5), Beaver Cem. (G.R.6), Union Congregational Cem., Pleasant St. (G.R.7), Elmwood Cem., West St. (G.R.8), and Northville Cem. (G.R.9).<br><br>
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== Cemeteries ==
  
=== City or Town Website  ===
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day East Bridgewater. Remember that this was part of "old" Bridgewater. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.<br>
  
=== City or Historical Libraries  ===
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#Beaver Cemetery, 1809. (A)
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#Central Cemetery, 1846. (A)
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#Hill or Smallpox Cemetery, n.d., off West St., Elmwood.
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#Hudson Tomb, 1819.
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#Joppa or Elmwood Cemetery, 1847. (A, B)
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#Northville Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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#Old Graveyard or Old Central Cemetery, 1685. (A, B)
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#Osborne Cemeter Site, at 713 Pond St., n.d.
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#Thayer Burying Ground, n.d.
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#Union Cemetery, 1842. (A)
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#Whitman Cemetery, 1816. (A, B)
  
=== Nearest Family History Center ===
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].<br> (B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}
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== Churches ==
  
Hingham Massachusetts <br>379 Gardner St<br>Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 781-749-4815<br>Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; Th 9am -2pm; Sat 9am-1pm<br>Closed: Aug: Saturdays
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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.
  
== Genealogy and History Websites ==
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#First Parish Church [Unitarian] (now [http://www.gracebiblehome.org/ Grace Bible Church]), 1724, records good.
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#[http://www.uccofeb.org/ Union Congregational Church], 1826, records good.
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#New Jerusalem Church, 1838, records good.
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#Satucket Methodist Protestant Church, 1842-1850, location of records unknown in 1889 [building purchased by the Roman Catholic Church].
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#Trinitarian Congregational Church, 1849-1861, records in private hands in 1889.
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#Methodist Episcopal Church, then Baptist Church, 1850-1860, records in private hands in 1889.
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#Methodist Episcopal Church, 1857, records fair.
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#[http://stjohneb.org/ St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church], 1863, condition not given.
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#Universalist Church, n.d., location of records unknown in 1889.
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#Abundant Faith Family Church, n.d.
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#[http://www.communitycovenant.com/ Community Covenant Church], n.d.
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#East Bridgewater United Methodist Church, n.d.
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#Elmwood New Church, n.d.
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#Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnessess, n.d.
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== Newspapers ==
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=7NP3bnSaio8C&pg=PA275&dq=Vital+Records+of+Whitman+Massachusetts&as_brr=1#PPA1,M1 Vital Records of East Bridgewater Massachusetts to 1850]
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No newspapers have ever been published in East Bridgewater.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}}
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The following is list of research facilities in town:
  
[[Category:Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts]] [[Category:Towns_in_Massachusetts]]
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[http://eastbridgewaterlibrary.org/ East Bridgewater Public Library]<br>32 Union Street<br> East Bridgewater MA 02333<br>Phone 508-378-1616<br>
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East Bridgewater Historical Society<br>175 Central Street<br>East Bridgewater MA 02333<br>No phone or website
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== References  ==
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''' '''''Plymouth Co:''''' [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] | [[Brockton, Massachusetts|Brockton]] | [[Halifax, Massachusetts|Halifax]] | [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]] | [[West Bridgewater, Massachusetts|West Bridgewater]] | [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]</center><br>{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}} <!--Designed by Scott Andrew Bartley in conjunction with the Mass. Wiki Team on 8 May 2012--> </div>
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Contents

Brief History

The area was first settled in 1660 as the outgrowth of Duxbury and the newly created Bridgewater (in 1656). The area became defined as the East Parish of Bridgewater in 1723. During this time, the area was in Plymouth Colony. The area 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. The area set off from Bridgewater in 1823 to form the town of East Bridgewater.

Historical Data[1]

Associated names

Village or section names include Beaver, Brown's Crossing, Cinder Hill, Curtisville, Eastville, Elmwood (formerly Joppa), Harmony, Matfield, Northville, Satucket, West Crook, Westdale, and Westlake.

Border changes
Dates Events
14 June 1823 Incorporated as a town from part of Bridgewater.
23 Feb. 1838 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
20 Mar. 1846 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established and part of each town annexed to the other.
11 Apr. 1857 Part of Halifax annexed and border established.
4 Mar. 1875 Part set off with part of Abington to create the new town of South Abington (now Whitman).
24 Apr. 1875 Part annexed to Brockton.
21 Apr. 1931 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

File:MA_Plymouth_Co_East_Bridgewater_map.png
The town's vital records are available in many locations:
Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church of East Bridgewater [from copies as originals are lost] (C.R.1), Union Church of East and West Bridgewater (C.R.2), and New Jerusalem Church, Elmwood (C.R.3). Deaths are included from Old Central Cem., Central St. (G.R.1), Hudson Tomb Cem. (G.R.2), Thayer Burying Ground (G.R.3), Whitman Burying Ground, Harvard St. Cem. (G.R.4), New Central Cem. off Hobart St. (G.R.5), Beaver Cem. (G.R.6), Union Congregational Cem., Pleasant St. (G.R.7), Elmwood Cem., West St. (G.R.8), and Northville Cem. (G.R.9).

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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day East Bridgewater. Remember that this was part of "old" Bridgewater. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Beaver Cemetery, 1809. (A)
  2. Central Cemetery, 1846. (A)
  3. Hill or Smallpox Cemetery, n.d., off West St., Elmwood.
  4. Hudson Tomb, 1819.
  5. Joppa or Elmwood Cemetery, 1847. (A, B)
  6. Northville Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  7. Old Graveyard or Old Central Cemetery, 1685. (A, B)
  8. Osborne Cemeter Site, at 713 Pond St., n.d.
  9. Thayer Burying Ground, n.d.
  10. Union Cemetery, 1842. (A)
  11. Whitman Cemetery, 1816. (A, B)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3

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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 Parish Church [Unitarian] (now Grace Bible Church), 1724, records good.
  2. Union Congregational Church, 1826, records good.
  3. New Jerusalem Church, 1838, records good.
  4. Satucket Methodist Protestant Church, 1842-1850, location of records unknown in 1889 [building purchased by the Roman Catholic Church].
  5. Trinitarian Congregational Church, 1849-1861, records in private hands in 1889.
  6. Methodist Episcopal Church, then Baptist Church, 1850-1860, records in private hands in 1889.
  7. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1857, records fair.
  8. St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 1863, condition not given.
  9. Universalist Church, n.d., location of records unknown in 1889.
  10. Abundant Faith Family Church, n.d.
  11. Community Covenant Church, n.d.
  12. East Bridgewater United Methodist Church, n.d.
  13. Elmwood New Church, n.d.
  14. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnessess, n.d.
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Newspapers

No newspapers have ever been published in East Bridgewater.

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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is list of research facilities in town:

East Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union Street
East Bridgewater MA 02333
Phone 508-378-1616

East Bridgewater Historical Society
175 Central Street
East Bridgewater MA 02333
No phone or website

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 43. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Bridgewater | Brockton | Halifax | Hanson | West Bridgewater | Whitman