Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties

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Name of County Date Formed Boundary
Changes
Parent County Counties Created by Boundary Changes
Barnstable 1685 Jun 02 Details Plymouth Colony none
Bristol 1685 Jun 02 Details Plymouth Colony none
Berkshire 1760 May 28 Details Hampshire none
Dukes (old) 1683 Nov 01 Details New York Colonial lands Dukes 1695
Dukes (new) 1695 Jun 22 Details old Dukes Nantucket 1695
Essex 1643 May 10 Details Massachusetts Bay Colony none
Franklin 1811 Jun 24 Details Hampshire none
Hampden 1812 Feb 25 Details Hampshire none
Hampshire 1812 May 07 Details Colonial lands Worcester 1731, Berkshire 1760, Franklin 1811, Hampden 1812
Middlesex 1643 May 10 Details Massachusetts Bay Colony Worcester 1731
Nantucket 1695 Jun 22 Details Dukes none
Norfolk (old) 1643 May 10 Details Massachusetts Bay Colony Essex 1643, southern New Hampshire
Norfolk (new) 1693 Mar 26 Details Suffolk none
Plymouth 1685 Jun 08 Details Plymouth Colony none
Suffolk 1643 May 10 Details Massachusetts Bay Colony Worcester 1731, Norfolk 1793
Worcester 1731 Apr 05 Details Middlesex, Suffolk, Hampshire none

References

  1. [http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Massachusetts/viewer.htm Massachusetts Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor; Gordon DenBoer, Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director and Digital Compiler; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant. Copyright The Newberry Library 2008.