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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Hanson. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

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Brief History

Hanson was the west parish of Pembroke and thus the area was Plymouth Colony in the beginning. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The area 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. When incorporated, the town was part of Plymouth County where it remains.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Hanson once was called Pembroke West Parish.

Village or section names include Bryantville, Burrage, Gurney's Corners, Indian Head Pond, Monponsett, New State, North Hanson, South Hanson, and Sodom.

Border changes
Dates Events
22 Feb. 1820 West or Second Parish of Pembroke set off as the new town of Hanson. (This was part of The Major's purchase in 1662 and made a precinct in 1746.)
3 Apr. 1903 Border between Hanson and Pembroke established.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

  • History of the Town of Hanson (typ., 1959?).
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • E. B. K. Gurney, "History of Hanson" as published in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men (Philadelphia, 1884), pp. 339-354.
    Digital versions at Internet Archive, Google Books (pt. 1, pt. 2, pt. 3), and on Ancestry ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482 H2h (in 2 pt.) or film 1000072 Item 2 (with digital link).
  • Mrs. Elroy M. Avery, "Baptisms in the Second Church of Christ in Pembroke, Mass., from 1748 to 1803" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 49 [1896]: 286-292, 426-430; 50 [1897]: 177-183, 317-321.
    Scanned version of these pages found online.
  • Barbara Merrick, "The Original Church Records of Gad Hitchcock, D.D., 1748 to 1803: Deaths" in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 136 [1982]: 31-42.
    Scanned version of these pages found online.
  • Hanson Wikipedia page.
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Vital Records

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Town of Hanson in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

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

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Congregational Church (C.R.1) and the Baptist Church of South Hanson (C.R.2). Deaths are included from Fern Hill Cem. formerly the Second Precinct of Pembroke (G.R.1), Hobart Cem. (G.R.2), and the Munroe Burying Ground in South Hanson (G.R.3).
Online records
  • Hanson town and vital records to 1846 are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Hanson was published in 1902/3, 1906, 1910, 1914.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries

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

  1. Fern Hill / Gravely Hill Cemetery, 1745. (A, B, online)
  2. Hobart Family Burying Ground, 1793-1899. (A, B, online)
  3. Howland Family Burying Ground, 1846-1869. (online)
  4. Munroe Family Burying Ground, 1759-1866. (A, B, online)
  5. Old Cemetery / Stetson Family Burying Ground, 1776-1872. (B, C, online)
  6. John Thomas Family tomb, 1832-1904. (A, online)
  7. Miscellaneous sites. (see online description)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Hanson, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1911) [see links above under Vital Records].
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995).
(C). Stanley W. Smith, "Gravestone Records from the Cemetery in Hanson, Mass., near Monponsett Railroad Station" in the Mayflower Descendant, 9 [1907]: 140-141.
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 Congregational Church in Hanson, 1748, records incomplete (see published records to 1803 under town histories above).
  2. First Baptist Church, South Hanson, 1806, records good (1812+).
  3. Universalist Church, 1825-1850, records good (in priv. hands, 1889).
  4. St. Joseph the Worker Church, 1956.
  5. Calvary Baptist Church, 1973.
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Newspapers

  1. Hanson Reporter, 1984-present.
  2. Whitman/Hanson Mariner, 1990-1992.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Hanson Public Library
132 Maquan Street
Hanson MA 02341
Phone 781-293-2151
Email hansonref@sailsinc.org

Hanson Historical Society
PO Box 52
Hanson MA 02341
Email hansonhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 56. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: East Bridgewater | Halifax | Hanover | Pembroke | Rockland | Whitman



 

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