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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Middleborough'''  
  
== History and Tidbits  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Middleborough. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There is a detailed guide for the town set off from Middleborough: [[Lakeville, Massachusetts|Lakeville]].
  
=== Neighboring Communities ===
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== Brief History ==
  
== Family History Resources  ==
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The area was first seen by two messengers from the [[Plymouth, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] settlement in 1621 to Massasoit. They lodged with their Indian guide at Namasket. It was noted that it was the site of an Indian village where many died quickly a few years ago. This was the place that almost a half century later became the first white settlement in the modern town. The sixteen families there had to evacuate during the King Philip's War in 1675. This large land mass was divided and the southwest part became the second precinct in 1719. The third precinct was designated in 1743 from the northwest part of town called Titicut. This land all first part of [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The town was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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== Historical Data ==
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 76-77. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>
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Abington at one time has been called Assowamsett Neck, Cotuckticut, Ketiticut, Middleberry, Namaskett, Quittaub, Quittaquas, and Titicut.
  
=== Genealogy Societies  ===
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Village or section names include Barden Hills, Bull's Eye Crossing, Court End, East Middleborough, Eddyville, Fall Brook, Four Corners, Highlands, Mount Carmel, Muttock, North Middleborough, Namasket, Neck, Peaseville, Puddingshire, Purchade, Putnams Rock, Rocky Meadow, South Middleborough, Star Mill Village, Tack Factory, The Green, Thomastown, Titicut, Walnut Plains, Wappanucket, Waterville, and West End.
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{| border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1"
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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! width="500" scope="col" | Events
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|-
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| 1 June 1669
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| Established Namassakett shall be the town of Middleberry. [Ply. Col. Rec., 5: 19]
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| 1 June 1675
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| Border between Middleberry and Bridgewater established. [Ply. Col. Rec., 11: 241]
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| 28 Sept. 1680
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| Certain lands called Assowamsett Neck and places adjacent granted to Middleborough.
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| 4 July 1734
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| Part included in the new town of Halifax.
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|-
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| 11 Dec. 1734
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| Part annexed to Plympton.
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|-
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| 24 Mar. 1849
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| Bounds between Middleborough and Carver established.
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|-
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| 13 May 1853
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| Second or West Parish set off as [[Lakeville, Massachusetts|Lakeville]].
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|-
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| 7 Mar. 1921
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| Border between Middleborough and Carver established.
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|}
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== Town Histories  ==
  
=== City or Town Web site  ===
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyMidMap}}
  
=== City or Historical Libraries ===
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*Isaac Backus, "An Historical Account of Middleborough" in the ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 3 [1794]: 148-153.<br>Digital version online at [http://books.google.com/books?id=eAoQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA148 Google Books].
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*Isaac Thompson, "Bills of Mortality for Middleborough" in the ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 8 [1802]: 79; 9 [1804]: [http://archive.org/stream/s1collections09massuoft#page/n244 235]; 10 [1809]: [http://books.google.com/books?id=sgcQAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA188 188]; 2&amp;supnd; Series: 2 [1814]: 261-263.
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*"Sketches of the Early History of the Town of Middleborough, in the County of Plymouth" in ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 3 [1849]: [http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=UATv4fSk6xkC&pg=GBS.PA213 213-220], [http://books.google.com/books/reader?id=UATv4fSk6xkC&pg=GBS.PA330 330-344].
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*''Book of the First Church of Christ, in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Mass., with notices of other church in that town'' (Boston, 1852 [i.e. 1854]), 124, 53 pp.<br>Digital versions from [http://archive.org/details/bookoffirstchurc01midd Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=ZYwsAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9273261 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|273156|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M2 K2b}}
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*Israel W. Putnam, ''First Church in Middleborough, Mass.: Mr. Putnam's Century and Half Discourses, An Historical Account: and a Catalogue of Members'' (Boston, 1854), 52, 124 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/firstchurchinmid00firs Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=JxsWAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and [http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89077236701 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/4645204 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1201482|item|disp=FHL fiche 6081404}}.
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*Thomas Weston, ''History of the Town of Middleboro, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1906-1969), 2v.<br>Digital versions for volume one online at [http://archive.org/details/historytownmidd00westgoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=JxsWAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/17397247 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] - vol. 1 and [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9592928 WorldCat (Other Libraries)] - vol. 2; {{FHL|271272|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M2 H2w v.#}} and {{FHL|1928727|item|disp=digital link for vol. 1}}.
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*George Ward Stetson, "History of Middleborough Churches" in the ''Middleborough Antiquarian'', 11 [Dec. 1969]: 2-4.<br>No online digital version available, but it is available electronically at the Middleborough Public Library computer.
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*Kenneth C. Leonard, ''The Beechwoods Confederacy 1709-1809: The Colonial History of Beechwoods: Middleboro-Taunton Precinct Massachusetts'' (Bowie, Md., 2003), xvii, 228 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/53969046 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|1199507|item|disp=FHL book 974.482 H2L}}.<br>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middleborough,_Massachusetts Middleborough Wikipedia page].<br>
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== Vital Records  ==
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.middleborough.com/clerk/index.html '''Middleborough Town Clerk's Office''']<br>20 Centre Street, 1&amp;supst; Floor<br>Middleborough MA 02346<br>Phone 508-946-2415<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Middleborough Proprietors' Records, 1661-1887 (includes some town meetings and vital records), {{FHL|405400|item|disp=FHL film 945018 Items 3-7}}; Vital records and indexes, 1674-1854, {{FHL|407104|item|disp=FHL films 945014–945016}}, Vital records and other records, 1757-1850, {{FHL|22798|item|disp=FHL film 1059954}}, and Vital records, 1847-1905, {{FHL|679964|item|disp=FHL films 2079623–2079624}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR4%3An1840657302%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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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, 1666-1915, on 211 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*Barbara Lambert Merrick and Alicia Crane Williams, ''Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records'' (Boston, 1986-1990), 2 v.<br>[Note: Volume One missed original v. 4, pt. 1, p. 50-61, can be found in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 33 [1935]: 39-46. Also missing are three marriages from county court records for 1693 and 1694 published in ''Pilgrim Notes and Queries'', 3 [1915]: 120-122 at 122]<br>Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=332 American Ancestors] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/14763148 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|527982|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/M2 V29m}}.
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Middleborough Proprietors' Records, 1661-1887 (includes some town meetings and vital records), vital records and indexes, 1674-1854, vital records and other records, 1757-1850, and vital records, 1847-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DR4%3An1840657302%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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== City Directories  ==
  
North Dartmouth Massachusetts <br>400 Cross Rd<br>North Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 508-994-0413<br>Hours: 1st &amp; 3rd M 10am-2pm; F 6:30pm-9:30pm; Sat 10am-2pm<br>Closed: July 4; week of Christmas
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Middleborough was published in 1884, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901/2, 1904/5, 1906/7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914/5, 1916/7, 1919, 1921-1923, 1928/9, 1930.
  
== Genealogy and History Websites ==
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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 [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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Other holdings:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1884, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901/2, 1904/5, 1906/7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914/5, 1916/7, 1919, 1921, 1928/9, 1930.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1889, 1892, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1904-1907, 1909, 1911, 1913-1917, 1921-1923, 1928/9, 1930.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1889, 1892, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1904-1907, 1909, 1911, 1913-1917, 1921-1923, 1928/9, 1930 on {{FHL|1025674|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1884, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901/2, 1904/5, 1906/7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914/5, 1916/7, 1921-1923, 1928/9, 1930.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1024416~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1884, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901/2, 1904/5, 1906/7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914/5, 1916/7, 1921-1923, 1928/9.
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== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Middleborough. For a map of the cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/middleborough/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject or see [http://www.friendsofmiddleboroughcemeteries.org/cemeteries.html Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries] website.
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:#Benson Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Central Cemetery, 1819. (A)
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:#Drake Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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:#East Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Eaton Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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:#Ewer Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Fall Brook Cemetery, 1819. (A)
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:#Gammons Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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:#Green Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Highland Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Hope's Rest Cemetery, 1884. (A)
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:#Indian Burial Site, n.d.<br>William B. Taylor, "An Indian Burial Site in North Middleboro" in the ''Middleborough Antiquarian'', 10 [Apr. 1969]: 2-4.
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:#Marion Road - Neck Cemetery, 1985. (A)
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:#Middleboro Infirmary Cemetery, 1933.
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:#Nemansket Hill Burial Ground, 1662. (A)<br>John W. Willard, "Records from the Nemasket Cemetery Middleborough, Mass." in the ''Mayflower Descendant'', 15 [1913]: 1-9, 100-110.
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:#Parish Burial Ground at the Green, 1717. (A)<br>John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records from the Old Cemetery at 'The Green,' Middleborough, Mass." in the ''Mayflower Descendant'', 12 [1910]: 65-71, 142-145, 198-202; 13 [1911]: 23-27, 117-120; 14 [1912]: 80-85, 130-136, 214-224. {Note: This supersedes Charles M. Thatcher's articles in ''The Genealogical Quarterly Magazine'' (v. 4, 1903) and ''The Genealogical Magazine'' (v. 1, 1906) by correcting 260 errors found.]
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:#Gilbert Peirce Cemetery, 19th century.
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:#Poor House Cemetery, 1832. (A)
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:#Purchase / Alden Cemetery, 1728. (A)
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:#Reed Cemetery, 1813.
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:#Rock / Thomas Cemetery, 1745.
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:#Sachem Street / Gammons Cemetery, 1828.
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:#St. Mary's Cemetery, 1891.<br>[http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services/Office-Detail.aspx?id=12290&pid=1484 Diocesan Archives], Lot sales, 1891-1913, 1932.
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:#Smallpox Cemetery, 1777. (A)<br>"Small Pox Cemetery, East Middleborough" in the ''Mayflower Descendant'', 12 [1910]: 256.<br>"Small Pox Cemetery, Brook Street, 1777" in the ''Middleborough Antiquarian'', 13 [Apr. 1972]: 5-6.
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:#South Middleboro Cemetery, 1768. (A)
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:#Tack Factory / Leonard Cemetery, 1819. (A)
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:#Thomas Cemetery, n.d.
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:#Thomastown Cemetery, 1806. (A)
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:#Tispequin Street Cemetery, 1838.
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:#Titicut Parish Cemetery, 1750. (A, B)
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:#Vernon Street Smallpox Burial Ground, 1778. (A)
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:#Wall Street Gravesite, n.d. (A)
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:#Wappanucket Cemetery, 1832. (A)
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:#Warrentown Cemetery, 1744. (A)
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:#Wood / Thomas Wood Cemetery, 1796. (A)
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). 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}}<br>(B). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscript Dept.
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== Churches  ==
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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. To learn more about church history, see the page of [http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/browse?type=lcsubc&key=Middleborough%20%28Mass.%29%20--%20Church%20history&c=x online links].
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:#[http://www.fccmiddleboro.org/ First Congregational Church of Middleborough], 1694, records good.<br>See books in the history section above. "Baptismal records of the First Congregational Church, 1710-1820, {{FHL|405213|item|disp=FHL film 945018 Item 1}}.
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:#North Middleborough Congregational Church (now [http://www.northcongregationalchurch.com/ North Congregational Church - United Church of Christ]), 1748, records "complete."
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:#First Baptist Church (now [http://www.fbcnm.org/ First Baptist Church of North Middleboro]), 1756, records good.
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:#United Brethren Church, later Second Baptist Church, and finally Fourth Baptist Church (extinct), n.d., records survive for 1795-1867.
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:#Third Baptist Church (now [http://www.rockvillagechurch.org/ Rock Village Church]), 1761, records good.
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:#[http://www.cbcmiddleboro.org/ Central Baptist Church], 1828, records incomplete.
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:#[http://www.centralcongo.org/ Central Congregational Church], 1847, records good.
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:#South Middleborough Methodist Episcopal Church (Now South Middleborough United), 1858, records good.
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:#Middleborough Methodist Episcopal Church, 1865, records good.
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:#[http://sacredheartstrose.org/ Sacred Heart Parish], 1885.
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:#[http://www.uumiddleboro.org/ First Unitarian Universalitst Society of Middleboro], 1889.
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:#[http://www.adventmiddleboro.org/ Advent Lutheran Church], n.d.
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:#[http://www.cosepiscopal.org/ Church of Our Saviour Episcopal], n.d.
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:#[http://www.lifehousenewengland.com/ LifeHouse Church], n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
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:#''Namasket Gazette'', 1852-1857.
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:#''Middleboro Gazette'' (title varies), 1857-1868.
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:#''Middleboro Gazette'', 1905-1977.
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:#''Nemasket River Journal'', 1977-1978.
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:#''Villager-Journal'', 1978-1980.
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:#''Middleboro Gazette'', 1980-2006.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:
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[http://www.midlib.org/ '''Middleborough Public Library''']<br>102 North Main Street<br>Middleborough MA 02346<br>Phone 508-946-2470<br>Email [mailto:midlib@sailsinc.org midlib@sailsinc.org]
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[http://middleboroughhistoricalassociation.org/ '''Middleborough Historical Association''']<br>18 Jackson Street<br>PO Box 304<br>Middleborough MA 02346<br>Phone 508-947-1969<br>Email [mailto:middleboroughhistory@yahoo.com middleboroughhistory@yahoo.com]
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== References ==
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: '''''<b>Plymouth Co:</b>'' [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] | [[Carver, Massachusetts|Carver]] | [[Halifax, Massachusetts|Halifax]] | [[Lakeville, Massachusetts|Lakeville]] | [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]] | [[Rochester, Massachusetts|Rochester]] | [[Wareham, Massachusetts|Wareham]] '''''Norfolk Co:''''' [[Raynham, Massachusetts|Raynham]] | [[Taunton, Massachusetts|Taunton]]</center><br>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Middleborough

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Middleborough. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There is a detailed guide for the town set off from Middleborough: Lakeville.

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Brief History

The area was first seen by two messengers from the Plymouth settlement in 1621 to Massasoit. They lodged with their Indian guide at Namasket. It was noted that it was the site of an Indian village where many died quickly a few years ago. This was the place that almost a half century later became the first white settlement in the modern town. The sixteen families there had to evacuate during the King Philip's War in 1675. This large land mass was divided and the southwest part became the second precinct in 1719. The third precinct was designated in 1743 from the northwest part of town called Titicut. This land all first part of 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

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

Associated names

Abington at one time has been called Assowamsett Neck, Cotuckticut, Ketiticut, Middleberry, Namaskett, Quittaub, Quittaquas, and Titicut.

Village or section names include Barden Hills, Bull's Eye Crossing, Court End, East Middleborough, Eddyville, Fall Brook, Four Corners, Highlands, Mount Carmel, Muttock, North Middleborough, Namasket, Neck, Peaseville, Puddingshire, Purchade, Putnams Rock, Rocky Meadow, South Middleborough, Star Mill Village, Tack Factory, The Green, Thomastown, Titicut, Walnut Plains, Wappanucket, Waterville, and West End.

Border changes
Dates Events
1 June 1669 Established Namassakett shall be the town of Middleberry. [Ply. Col. Rec., 5: 19]
1 June 1675 Border between Middleberry and Bridgewater established. [Ply. Col. Rec., 11: 241]
28 Sept. 1680 Certain lands called Assowamsett Neck and places adjacent granted to Middleborough.
4 July 1734 Part included in the new town of Halifax.
11 Dec. 1734 Part annexed to Plympton.
24 Mar. 1849 Bounds between Middleborough and Carver established.
13 May 1853 Second or West Parish set off as Lakeville.
7 Mar. 1921 Border between Middleborough and Carver established.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:
Barnstable CountyBristol CountyPlymouth CountyNorfolk CountySuffolk CountyFalmouthMashpeeSandwichBourneFairhavenAchushnetNew BedfordDartmouthWestportFall RiverFreetownBerkleyTauntonRaynhamEastonStoughtonAvonHolbrookCantonRandolphWeymouthCohassetBraintreeQuincyMiltonBostonHullHinghamScituateNorwellRocklandAbingtonBrocktonWest BridgewaterWhitmanHanoverMarshfieldDuxburyPembrokeHansonEast BridgewaterBridgewaterHalifaxPlymptonKingstonPlymouthCarverMiddleboroughLakevilleRochesterWarehamMarionMattapoisett
Town of Middleborough in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


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Vital Records

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

Original records
Published records
  • Barbara Lambert Merrick and Alicia Crane Williams, Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records (Boston, 1986-1990), 2 v.
    [Note: Volume One missed original v. 4, pt. 1, p. 50-61, can be found in Mayflower Descendant, 33 [1935]: 39-46. Also missing are three marriages from county court records for 1693 and 1694 published in Pilgrim Notes and Queries, 3 [1915]: 120-122 at 122]
    Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
    WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/M2 V29m.
Online records
  • Middleborough Proprietors' Records, 1661-1887 (includes some town meetings and vital records), vital records and indexes, 1674-1854, vital records and other records, 1757-1850, and vital records, 1847-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Middleborough was published in 1884, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901/2, 1904/5, 1906/7, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1914/5, 1916/7, 1919, 1921-1923, 1928/9, 1930.

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 Middleborough. For a map of the cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject or see Friends of Middleborough Cemeteries website.

  1. Benson Cemetery, n.d.
  2. Central Cemetery, 1819. (A)
  3. Drake Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  4. East Cemetery, n.d.
  5. Eaton Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  6. Ewer Cemetery, n.d.
  7. Fall Brook Cemetery, 1819. (A)
  8. Gammons Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  9. Green Cemetery, n.d.
  10. Highland Cemetery, n.d.
  11. Hope's Rest Cemetery, 1884. (A)
  12. Indian Burial Site, n.d.
    William B. Taylor, "An Indian Burial Site in North Middleboro" in the Middleborough Antiquarian, 10 [Apr. 1969]: 2-4.
  13. Marion Road - Neck Cemetery, 1985. (A)
  14. Middleboro Infirmary Cemetery, 1933.
  15. Nemansket Hill Burial Ground, 1662. (A)
    John W. Willard, "Records from the Nemasket Cemetery Middleborough, Mass." in the Mayflower Descendant, 15 [1913]: 1-9, 100-110.
  16. Parish Burial Ground at the Green, 1717. (A)
    John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records from the Old Cemetery at 'The Green,' Middleborough, Mass." in the Mayflower Descendant, 12 [1910]: 65-71, 142-145, 198-202; 13 [1911]: 23-27, 117-120; 14 [1912]: 80-85, 130-136, 214-224. {Note: This supersedes Charles M. Thatcher's articles in The Genealogical Quarterly Magazine (v. 4, 1903) and The Genealogical Magazine (v. 1, 1906) by correcting 260 errors found.]
  17. Gilbert Peirce Cemetery, 19th century.
  18. Poor House Cemetery, 1832. (A)
  19. Purchase / Alden Cemetery, 1728. (A)
  20. Reed Cemetery, 1813.
  21. Rock / Thomas Cemetery, 1745.
  22. Sachem Street / Gammons Cemetery, 1828.
  23. St. Mary's Cemetery, 1891.
    Diocesan Archives, Lot sales, 1891-1913, 1932.
  24. Smallpox Cemetery, 1777. (A)
    "Small Pox Cemetery, East Middleborough" in the Mayflower Descendant, 12 [1910]: 256.
    "Small Pox Cemetery, Brook Street, 1777" in the Middleborough Antiquarian, 13 [Apr. 1972]: 5-6.
  25. South Middleboro Cemetery, 1768. (A)
  26. Tack Factory / Leonard Cemetery, 1819. (A)
  27. Thomas Cemetery, n.d.
  28. Thomastown Cemetery, 1806. (A)
  29. Tispequin Street Cemetery, 1838.
  30. Titicut Parish Cemetery, 1750. (A, B)
  31. Vernon Street Smallpox Burial Ground, 1778. (A)
  32. Wall Street Gravesite, n.d. (A)
  33. Wappanucket Cemetery, 1832. (A)
  34. Warrentown Cemetery, 1744. (A)
  35. Wood / Thomas Wood Cemetery, 1796. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(B). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscript Dept.

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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. To learn more about church history, see the page of online links.

  1. First Congregational Church of Middleborough, 1694, records good.
    See books in the history section above. "Baptismal records of the First Congregational Church, 1710-1820, FHL film 945018 Item 1.
  2. North Middleborough Congregational Church (now North Congregational Church - United Church of Christ), 1748, records "complete."
  3. First Baptist Church (now First Baptist Church of North Middleboro), 1756, records good.
  4. United Brethren Church, later Second Baptist Church, and finally Fourth Baptist Church (extinct), n.d., records survive for 1795-1867.
  5. Third Baptist Church (now Rock Village Church), 1761, records good.
  6. Central Baptist Church, 1828, records incomplete.
  7. Central Congregational Church, 1847, records good.
  8. South Middleborough Methodist Episcopal Church (Now South Middleborough United), 1858, records good.
  9. Middleborough Methodist Episcopal Church, 1865, records good.
  10. Sacred Heart Parish, 1885.
  11. First Unitarian Universalitst Society of Middleboro, 1889.
  12. Advent Lutheran Church, n.d.
  13. Church of Our Saviour Episcopal, n.d.
  14. LifeHouse Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Namasket Gazette, 1852-1857.
  2. Middleboro Gazette (title varies), 1857-1868.
  3. Middleboro Gazette, 1905-1977.
  4. Nemasket River Journal, 1977-1978.
  5. Villager-Journal, 1978-1980.
  6. Middleboro Gazette, 1980-2006.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Middleborough Public Library
102 North Main Street
Middleborough MA 02346
Phone 508-946-2470
Email midlib@sailsinc.org

Middleborough Historical Association
18 Jackson Street
PO Box 304
Middleborough MA 02346
Phone 508-947-1969
Email middleboroughhistory@yahoo.com

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 76-77. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
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