Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Old Norfolk County was included in the original grant given by the Plymouth Colony to Capt. John Mason and Sir Ferninando Gorges.  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Norfolk_(old)_County,_Massachusetts|Norfolk (old) County]]'' <br>
  
The county was formed in 1643, and was one of the four original counties created in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It contained the towns of Salisbury, Hampton, Haverhill, Exeter, Dover and Portsmouth. In 1680 when the Province of New Hampshire was formed, the towns in the county were divided between Essex County, Massachusetts (which received Salisbury and Haverhill), and New Hampshire which received the remaining settlements (Hampton, Exeter, Dover and Portsmouth). Old Norfolk County at that time ceased to exist, and has no relationship to the Norfolk County that was created in 1793 in Massachusetts.  
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'''Norfolk (old) County''' was one of the four original [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] counties. It was created in 10 May 1643.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19-20.  Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a}}. Includes a map of the six towns.</ref> It included these six towns:
  
There are four volumes of records of the Old Norfolk County housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. They have been digitized but are not currently online. They were abstracted by Sidney Perley in ''The Essex Antiquarian'' [published from 1897 to 1911]. Some volumes can be found at [http://www.books.google.com books.google.com]. There are &nbsp;deed abstracts from 1639 - 1678 which can be found at the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F1169736 FHL Collections]&nbsp;Book 974.45 R28.<br>
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:*'''Haverhill''' (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Haverhill, Methuen, and the northern part of Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Atkinson, Hampstead, Plaistow, and part of Salem in New Hampshire)
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:*'''Salisbury''' (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Salisbury (or Colchester), Amesbury, and Merrimac in Massachusetts, and Newton, South Hampton, and part of Seabrook in New Hampshire)
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:*'''Exeter''' (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Epping, Fremont, Newmarket, and South Newmarket)
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:*'''Hampton''' (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Hampton, Danville, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, East Kingston, North Hampton, and parts of Rye and Seabrook)
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:*'''Portsmouth''' (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Portsmouth (or Strawberry-bank), Greenland, New Castle, and part of Rye)
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:*'''Dover''' (now in Strafford County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco) and Stratham)
  
<references />&nbsp;The Essex Antiquarian, Vol I No. 2, Salem, MA 1897. Sidney Perley Editor.
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Old Norfolk County was discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of [[New Hampshire]] was formed.
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'''Records.''' Land deeds 1639-1678 of the old Norfolk County and her towns are housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. These deeds were abstracted and published as part of:
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*"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no.&nbsp;2 (February 1897): 19-24 continued in additional issues. Each volume indexed. Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2+; Book 974.45 B2a}}.
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*Essex Society of Genealogists (Lynnfield, Massachusetts), ''Essex County deeds 1639-1678&nbsp;: abstracts of volumes 1-4, copy books, Essex County, Massachusetts'' (Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2003). {{WorldCat|54973077|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1169736|item|disp=FHL Book 974.45 R28e}}. Includes a fullname index.
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Revision as of 19:48, 2 July 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Norfolk (old) County

Norfolk (old) County was one of the four original Massachusetts Bay Colony counties. It was created in 10 May 1643.[1] It included these six towns:

  • Haverhill (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Haverhill, Methuen, and the northern part of Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Atkinson, Hampstead, Plaistow, and part of Salem in New Hampshire)
  • Salisbury (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Salisbury (or Colchester), Amesbury, and Merrimac in Massachusetts, and Newton, South Hampton, and part of Seabrook in New Hampshire)
  • Exeter (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Epping, Fremont, Newmarket, and South Newmarket)
  • Hampton (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Hampton, Danville, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, East Kingston, North Hampton, and parts of Rye and Seabrook)
  • Portsmouth (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Portsmouth (or Strawberry-bank), Greenland, New Castle, and part of Rye)
  • Dover (now in Strafford County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco) and Stratham)

Old Norfolk County was discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of New Hampshire was formed.

Records. Land deeds 1639-1678 of the old Norfolk County and her towns are housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. These deeds were abstracted and published as part of:

References

  1. "Old Norfolk County Records," Essex Antiquarian 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19-20. Part of NEHGS American Ancestors Search. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a. Includes a map of the six towns.