Suffolk County, Massachusetts

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== Towns and Cities  ==
 
== Towns and Cities  ==
  
 
[[Image:Ma-suffolk.png|right|370px|Ma-suffolk.png]] The following is a list of present-day towns and cities in the county that are linked to their own individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and a list of villages and sections of the town or city. There will be a future master list found from the state page.  
 
[[Image:Ma-suffolk.png|right|370px|Ma-suffolk.png]] The following is a list of present-day towns and cities in the county that are linked to their own individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and a list of villages and sections of the town or city. There will be a future master list found from the state page.  
<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston (1630)]] - [[Chelsea, Massachusetts|Chelsea (1739)]] - [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere (1846)]] - [[Winthrop, Massachusetts|Winthrop (1852)]]</center> Boston needed to grow its tax base, so over the years, various towns were annexed to Boston. This towns had a vibrant history and their own set of records before they became part of Boston and thus Suffolk County. These towns are:<br><center>[[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury (1630-1868)]]<br> [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (1630-1870)]]<br> [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1807-1874)]]<br> [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630-1874)]]<br> [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury (1851-1874)]]<br> [[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park (1868-1912)]]</center><br> <center>[[Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center>  
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<center>[[Boston, Massachusetts|Boston (1630)]] - [[Chelsea, Massachusetts|Chelsea (1739)]] - [[Revere, Massachusetts|Revere (1846)]] - [[Winthrop, Massachusetts|Winthrop (1852)]]</center> Boston needed to grow its tax base, so over the years, various towns were annexed to Boston. This towns had a vibrant history and their own set of records before they became part of Boston and thus Suffolk County. These towns are:<br><center>[[Roxbury, Massachusetts|Roxbury (1630-1868)]]<br> [[Dorchester, Massachusetts|Dorchester (1630-1870)]]<br> [[Brighton, Massachusetts|Brighton (1807-1874)]]<br> [[Charlestown, Massachusetts|Charlestown (1630-1874)]]<br> [[West Roxbury, Massachusetts|West Roxbury (1851-1874)]]<br> [[Hyde Park, Massachusetts|Hyde Park (1868-1912)]]</center><br> <center>[[Suffolk County, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
 
== County Histories  ==
 
== County Histories  ==
  
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*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County (backup site)  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Suffolk The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Suffolk County (backup site)  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffolk_County,_Massachusetts Suffolk County Wikipedia page].<br>
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Suffolk County

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Brief History

Suffolk County was one of the four original counties when Massachusetts Bay Colony created counties in 1643 and had an undefined western border. It established and claimed as far west as Woodstock, Connecticut. Initially, the county included Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham, and Nantasket [now Hull]. In 1671, Mendon was added from Middlesex. For a brief time, the county was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The county was eventually became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All towns were lost to the creation of Norfolk County to the south. What remained were Boston and Chelsea. Hingham and Hull protested and thus remained in Suffolk County until they were transferred to Plymouth County in 1803. The city of Boston started annexing towns back: Roxbury (1868), Dorchester (1870), Brighton (1874), Charlestown (1874), West Roxbury (1874), and Hyde Park (1912). The county government was abolished in 1999, but its former jurisdiction is used for state offices as a district.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the historical county boundary series[1] with additions from various sources.

Dates Events
10 May 1643 Suffolk County created as one of the four original counties formed out of Massachusetts Bay Colony. [Mass. Rec., 2: 38]
8 July 1663 Lost the section now called the northeast corner of Rhode Island when King Charles II granted that colony a charter that defined its borders. [Bowen's Disputes, 33; Swindler, 8: 368]
-- May 1664 Lost to New Plymouth Colony when provincial line is demarcated to what is now referred to as the "Old County Line." [Bradford, 427n]
27 Feb. 1664/5 Gained from Rhode Island Colony as royal commissioners set that colony's borders as the Blackstone River and the east side of Narragansett Bay. [Arnold, 1: 315]
15 Mar. 1689/90 Gained on county's undefined western border when Massachusetts created the town of Woodstock (now wholly within the state of Connecticut). [Bowen's Disputes, 53-58; Bowen's Woodstock, 1: 31]
7 Oct. 1691 Massachusetts Bay Colony given new provincial charter by King William III and Queen Mary II, but does not affect the borders. [Mass. Col. Acts, 1: ch. 27 (1692-1693), sec. 1, p. 63; Swindler, 5: 80]
18 Mar. 1711/2 The "Old Colony Line" declared the border between Suffolk, Bristol and Plymouth counties with no change in boundaries. [Mass. Col. Acts, 21: ch. 152 (1711), p. 799]
10 July 1731 Part of the western section set off with the western half of Middlesex County to form Worcester County. [Mass. Col. Acts, 2: ch. 8 (1730-1731), sec. 1, p. 584]
17 Feb. 1746/7 Southwestern tip annexed to Providence Plantations by royal settlement in 1746. [Arnold, 2: 157; R.I. Rec., 5: 207-209]
20 Nov. 1770 Small area changed to Plymouth County when Bridgewater gained from Stoughton. [Mass. Col. Acts, 5: ch. 15 (1770-1771), sec. 1, p. 116]
3 Mar. 1792 When Medway and Sherburne redefined their border, that also redefined the line between Suffolk and Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1792, ch. 23, sec. 1, p. 155]
20 June 1793 Southwestern three-quarters and town of Cohasset set off as new county of Norfolk. [Mass. Acts 1793, ch. 43, sec. 1, p. 272 and ch. 9, sec. 1, p. 314]
18 June 1803 Towns of Hingham and Hull annexed to Plymouth County. [Mass. Acts 1803, ch. 14, sec. 1, p. 246]
22 Feb. 1825 Minute change between Boston and Brookline adjusts border between Suffolk and Norfolk counties. [Mass. Acts 1825, ch. 90, p. 73]
25 Mar. 1834 Boston annexed Thompson Island from Dorchester, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1834, ch. 102, p. 129]
16 Mar. 1836 Border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1836, ch. 37, p. 681]
19 Apr. 1837 Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1837, ch. 202, sec. 1, p. 222]
22 Feb. 1841 Chelsea lost northern long but narrow strip of land to Saugus, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1841, ch. 30, sec. 1, p. 350]
3 May 1850 Water border between Boston and Roxbury, Norfolk County, established. [Mass. Acts 1850, ch. 281, sec. 1, p. 460]
21 May 1855 Boston gained from Dorchester, Norfolk County, a very small piece of land. [Mass. Acts 1855, ch. 468, sec. 1, p. 907]
3 Apr. 1860 Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1860, ch. 172, sec. 1, p. 138]
6 Jan. 1868 Border changed when Boston annexed the town of Roxbury from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1867, ch. 359, sec. 1, p. 754]
3 Jan. 1870 Border changed when Boston annexed the town of Dorchester from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1869, ch. 349, sec. 1, p. 646]
2 Apr. 1870 Border changed slightly when line changed from the center of the street between Boston and West Roxbury to the side of the street. [Mass. 1870, ch. 146, sec. 1, p. 21, 95]
18 June 1870 Boston gained a small piece of land from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1870, ch. 374, sec. 1, p. 290]
12 Apr. 1872 Boston gained Mt. Hope Cemetery from West Roxbury, Norfolk County. [Mass. 1872, ch. 197, sec. 1, p. 143]
5 Jan. 1874 Boston annexed towns of Brighton and Charlestown from Middlesex County.
Boston annexed town of West Roxbury from Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1, p. 716; ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 747; ch. 314, sec. 1, p. 810]
8 May 1874 Border changed slightly when a small piece of land gained from Brookline, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 220, sec. 1, p. 143]
29 May 1874 Border changed slightly when line between Boston and Newton, Middlesex County was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1874, ch. 277, sec. 1, p. 189]
1 July 1875 Border changed slightly when a small piece of land was lost to Newton, Middlesex County. [Mass. Acts 1875, ch. 184, sec. 1, p. 773]
27 May 1890 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1890, ch. 339, sec. 1, p. 299]
4 May 1891 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Somerville, Middlesex County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1891, ch. 294, sec. 1, p. 856]
13 Apr. 1894 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Brookline, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1894, ch. 242, sec. 1, p. 219]
29 Mar. 1898 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge and Newton, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 251, sec. 1, p. 185]
13 May 1898 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Newton, Norfolk County, was adjusted. [Mass. Acts 1898, ch. 431, sec. 1, p. 376]
29 Mar. 1910 Border changed slightly when the line between Boston and Cambridge, Middlesex County, was adjusted along the Charles River. [Mass. Acts 1910, ch. 312, sec. 1, p. 239]
1 Jan. 1912 Boston annexed the town of Hyde Park, Norfolk County. [Mass. Acts 1911, ch. 469, sec. 1, p. 450, and ch. 583, sec. 1, p. 600]
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Towns and Cities

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The following is a list of present-day towns and cities in the county that are linked to their own individual pages. There you will find a list of other names used for the town or city and a list of villages and sections of the town or city. There will be a future master list found from the state page.
Boston (1630) - Chelsea (1739) - Revere (1846) - Winthrop (1852)
Boston needed to grow its tax base, so over the years, various towns were annexed to Boston. This towns had a vibrant history and their own set of records before they became part of Boston and thus Suffolk County. These towns are:
Roxbury (1630-1868)
Dorchester (1630-1870)
Brighton (1807-1874)
Charlestown (1630-1874)
West Roxbury (1851-1874)
Hyde Park (1868-1912)

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County Histories

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Modern city and town borders in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

]] Works written on the town include:

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