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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Abington''' '' <br><br>
  
''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' Abington
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=== Brief History  ===
  
== Town Hall  ==
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The first land grant in this area was to Nathaniel Souther, Secretary of the Plymouth Colony, in 1654. The first settler was Andrew Ford in 1668. This area was part of Bridgewater at that time and set off as its own town in 1712. Abington was in 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.
  
[http://abington.depina.net/ http://abington.depina.net/]<br>500 Gliniewicz Way <br>Abington, MA 02351
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== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 11. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref>  ==
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
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Abington at one time was called Manamooskeagin.
  
== Historical Facts ==
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Village or section names include Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, and West Abington.
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<center>'''Border changes''' </center>
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|-
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! width="100" scope="col" | Dates
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| 10 June 1712
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| Abington established from part of Bridgewater and adjoining land [Acts and Resolves - Mass. Bay, 21: 605].
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| 14 June 1727
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| Part included in the new town of Hanover.
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| 31 Mar. 1847
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| Border between Abington and Weymouth established.
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| 21 Mar. 1861
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| Border between Abington and Randolph established.
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| Border between Abington and Hingham established.
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| 9 Mar. 1874
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| Eastern part established as the new town of Rockland.
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|-
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| 4 Mar. 1875
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| Southern part established as part of the new town of South Abington [now Whitman].
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|}
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== Town Histories ==
  
==== Establishment and former town name(s) <ref name="MaTowns">[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref>  ====
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[[Image:{{MAPlyAbiMap}}]]Works written on the town include:  
  
'''10 June 1712:''' Established as a town from part of [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] and certain lands adjoining {Prov. Laws, Vol. XXI, page 605}
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*Benjamin Hobart, ''History of the Town of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement'' (Boston, 1866), 453 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyoftownofa00hoba Internet Archive], [http://books.google.com/books?id=EF9AAAAAYAAJ Google Books], and on [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=16885 Ancestry] ($).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1515424 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|262595|item|disp=FHL film 1033649}}.
  
'''Archiac name:''' Manamcoskragin
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::The appendix of this book covers over hundred pages devoted to the genealogy of town families.. It includes the families: Beal, Blake, Blanchard, Brown, Cobb, Cooke, Corthell, Dunbar, Dunham, Dyer, Ford, Gurney, Hobart, Howe, Howland, Hunt, Jacobs, Jenkins, King, Lane, Nash, Noyes, Payn (i.e. Paine), Pool, Pratt, Reed, Stetson, Studley, Thaxter, Torrey, Walker, Wheeler, and Whitman.
  
'''Section/Villages within the town:''' Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, West Abington.  
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*"History and Description of Abington, Mass., Aug. 1816" in ''Massachusetts Historical Society Collections'', 2nd Series, 7 [1818]: 114-124.<br>No digital version available.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/741827093 WorldCat (Other Libraries)].
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*Aaron Hobart, ''An Historical Sketch of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts'' (Boston, 1839), 176 pp.<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/anhistoricalske00hobagoog Internet Archive] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=DMwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6702615 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|820241|item|disp=FHL fiche 6078737}}.
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*Charles A. Snow, ''A Historical Discourse given on the 50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Baptist Church, South Abington, Mass., November 6, 1872'' (South Abington, Mass., 1873), 32 pp.<br>A digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=DcwTAAAAYAAJ Google Books].
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington,_Massachusetts Abington Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center>
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== Vital Records  ==
  
{{wpd|Abington,_Massachusetts|Wikipedia}}  
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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://abington.depina.net/ Abington Town Clerk's Office]<br>500 Gliniewicz Way<br>Abington MA 02351<br>Phone 781-982-2112<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1712-1860, {{FHL|390605|item|disp=FHL films 904376–904378, 770907}}; 1850-1905, {{FHL|737654|item|disp=FHL films 2111177–2111178}}.
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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, 1712-1892, on 79 fiche. Soon to be 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. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912), 2 v.<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL film 873756 Items 1-2}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofab00abin Internet Archive] and Google Books ([http://books.google.com/books?id=ziy7CGKXzVsC vol. 1] and [http://books.google.com/books?id=is4UAAAAYAAJ vol. 2]).<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1044201 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231249|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/A1 V2v}}.
  
==== Boundary Changes <ref name="MaTowns"> [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/49562661 ''Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts''] (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].</ref> ====
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::This includes, in part, church records from the First Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Third Church of Christ (C.R.3), Fourth Congregational Church (C.R.4), and First Baptist Church of Christ (C.R.5). Deaths are included from Mt. Vernon Cem. (G.R.1), Maplewood Cem. (G.R.2), Abiah Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.3), Samuel Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.4), Old Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.5), Lane Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.6), Wilkes Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.7), Beal Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.8), Mount Pleasant Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.9), High Street Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.10), Small Pox Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.11), Mount Zion Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.12), Colebrook Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R. 13), Old Cem. [on Washington St.] (G.R. 14), Beech Hill Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R. 15), Old Cem. [between Abington and North Abington] (G.R. 16), West Abington Cem. (G.R. 17), Cobb Family Burying Ground [West Abington] (G.R. 18), and The Plain Cem. [West Abington] (G.R. 19).<br>
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== Cemeteries  ==
  
'''14 June 1727:''' Part included in new town of [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]].  
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Abington. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
  
'''31 March 1847:''' Boundaries between Abington and [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]] established.  
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#Adams Street Burying Ground [called Old Cem. in VRs], n.d. (A)
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#Bicknell Family Tomb, n.d.
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#Cobb Family Burying Ground. (A)
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#Cushing Family Tomb.
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#Gould Family Burial Ground or Indian Cemetery, 1798.
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#Hillside Cemetery, 18<sup><small>th</small></sup> Century.
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#Hunt Family Tomb, n.d.
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#Island Grove Cemetery or Centree Cemetery or French's Burying Ground, n.d.
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#Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1732. (A)
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#Old Church Burying Ground. (A)
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#Plain Cemetery, n.d. (A)
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#Richards Family Burial Ground.
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#Torrey Family Burying Ground.
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#West Abington Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  
'''21 March 1861:''' Boundaries between Abington and [[Hingham, Massachusetts|Hingham]] established.
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A) ''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912). [See links above for various versions of this source.]
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== Churches  ==
  
'''9 March 1874:''' Part established as [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]].  
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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.  
  
'''4 March 1875:''' Part included in the new town of South Abington (now [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]).
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#First Congregational Church, 1712, records good.
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#New Jerusalem Society, 1835, records good.
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#Fourth Congregational Church, North Abington, 1839, records good.
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#First Universal Church, 1863, records good.
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#St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church, 1864, older records to 1900/1920 at [http://www.bostoncatholic.org/Archives.aspx Archdiocese of Boston Archives].
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#Second Advent Church, n.d., church extinct by 1889, record location unknown.
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#[http://www.abingtonfbc.com/ First Baptist Church of Abington], 1886.
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#Assembly of God Brazilian Church, n.d.
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#Flame of the Covenant, n.d.
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#Joy in Life Luthern Church, n.d.
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#Life Giving Church, n.d.
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#South Shore Community Church, n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
  
'''7 March 1970:''' Town charter adopted.  
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#''Weekly News'', 1878-1879.
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#''Abington Advertiser'', 1962-1965, 1993-present.
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#''Abington Mariner'', 1990-present.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
==== Neighboring Communities  ====
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The following is list of research facilities in town:
  
[[Brockton, Massachusetts|Brockton]] | [[Holbrook, Massachusetts|Holbrook]] | [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]] | [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]] | [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]  
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[http://www.abingtonma.gov/pages/AbingtonMA_Bcomm/Historical/index Abington Historical Commission]<br>500 Gliniewicz Way<br>Abington MA 02351<br>Phone 781-982-0059
  
== Resources  ==
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[http://www.abingtonpl.org/ Abington Public Library]<br>600 Gliniewicz Way<br>Abington MA 02351<br>Phone 781-982-2139
 
 
==== Biography  ====
 
 
 
Also see: Genealogy, History
 
 
 
==== [[Abington, Massachusetts Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] (off page, due to long list)<br>  ====
 
 
 
==== Church History and Records  ====
 
 
 
==== Directories  ====
 
 
 
==== Genealogy  ====
 
 
 
Also see: Biography, History
 
 
 
==== History  ====
 
 
 
Also see: Biography, Genealogy
 
 
 
==== Maps  ====
 
 
 
#[http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:613459 USGS GNIS FID 613459]  
 
#[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Abington,+Massachusetts Google]
 
#[http://massachusetts.hometownlocator.com/maps/bigmap,n,abington,fid,613459.cfm Hometown Locator]
 
 
 
==== Military History and Records  ====
 
 
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
 
 
==== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ====
 
 
 
==== Town Records  ====
 
 
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
 
 
==== Websites  ====
 
  
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[http://www.dyerlibrary.org/hsoa.html Dyer Memorial Library]<br>28 Centre Ave.<br>PO Box 2245<br>Abington MA 02351<br>Phone 781-878-8480<br>Email [mailto:info@dyerlibrary.org info@dyerlibrary.org]
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<center>Thanks to the [http://www.massmayflower.org/ Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants] for their contributions to this page</center>
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''' '''''Plymouth Co:''''' [[Brockton, Massachusetts|Brockton]] | [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]] | [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]] | '''''Norfolk Co:''''' [[Holbrook, Massachusetts|Holbrook]] | [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]]</center><br>
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Abington

Brief History

The first land grant in this area was to Nathaniel Souther, Secretary of the Plymouth Colony, in 1654. The first settler was Andrew Ford in 1668. This area was part of Bridgewater at that time and set off as its own town in 1712. Abington was in 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[1]

Associated names

Abington at one time was called Manamooskeagin.

Village or section names include Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, and West Abington.

Border changes
Dates Events
10 June 1712 Abington established from part of Bridgewater and adjoining land [Acts and Resolves - Mass. Bay, 21: 605].
14 June 1727 Part included in the new town of Hanover.
31 Mar. 1847 Border between Abington and Weymouth established.
21 Mar. 1861 Border between Abington and Randolph established.
Border between Abington and Hingham established.
9 Mar. 1874 Eastern part established as the new town of Rockland.
4 Mar. 1875 Southern part established as part of the new town of South Abington [now Whitman].
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Town Histories

[[Image:

]]Works written on the town include:

The appendix of this book covers over hundred pages devoted to the genealogy of town families.. It includes the families: Beal, Blake, Blanchard, Brown, Cobb, Cooke, Corthell, Dunbar, Dunham, Dyer, Ford, Gurney, Hobart, Howe, Howland, Hunt, Jacobs, Jenkins, King, Lane, Nash, Noyes, Payn (i.e. Paine), Pool, Pratt, Reed, Stetson, Studley, Thaxter, Torrey, Walker, Wheeler, and Whitman.
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Vital Records

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

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Third Church of Christ (C.R.3), Fourth Congregational Church (C.R.4), and First Baptist Church of Christ (C.R.5). Deaths are included from Mt. Vernon Cem. (G.R.1), Maplewood Cem. (G.R.2), Abiah Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.3), Samuel Reed Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.4), Old Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.5), Lane Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.6), Wilkes Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.7), Beal Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.8), Mount Pleasant Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R.9), High Street Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.10), Small Pox Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.11), Mount Zion Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R.12), Colebrook Cem. [now in Whitman] (G.R. 13), Old Cem. [on Washington St.] (G.R. 14), Beech Hill Cem. [now in Rockland] (G.R. 15), Old Cem. [between Abington and North Abington] (G.R. 16), West Abington Cem. (G.R. 17), Cobb Family Burying Ground [West Abington] (G.R. 18), and The Plain Cem. [West Abington] (G.R. 19).
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Cemeteries

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

  1. Adams Street Burying Ground [called Old Cem. in VRs], n.d. (A)
  2. Bicknell Family Tomb, n.d.
  3. Cobb Family Burying Ground. (A)
  4. Cushing Family Tomb.
  5. Gould Family Burial Ground or Indian Cemetery, 1798.
  6. Hillside Cemetery, 18th Century.
  7. Hunt Family Tomb, n.d.
  8. Island Grove Cemetery or Centree Cemetery or French's Burying Ground, n.d.
  9. Mount Vernon Cemetery, 1732. (A)
  10. Old Church Burying Ground. (A)
  11. Plain Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  12. Richards Family Burial Ground.
  13. Torrey Family Burying Ground.
  14. West Abington Cemetery, n.d. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A) Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1912). [See links above for various versions of this source.]

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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, 1712, records good.
  2. New Jerusalem Society, 1835, records good.
  3. Fourth Congregational Church, North Abington, 1839, records good.
  4. First Universal Church, 1863, records good.
  5. St. Bridget's Roman Catholic Church, 1864, older records to 1900/1920 at Archdiocese of Boston Archives.
  6. Second Advent Church, n.d., church extinct by 1889, record location unknown.
  7. First Baptist Church of Abington, 1886.
  8. Assembly of God Brazilian Church, n.d.
  9. Flame of the Covenant, n.d.
  10. Joy in Life Luthern Church, n.d.
  11. Life Giving Church, n.d.
  12. South Shore Community Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Weekly News, 1878-1879.
  2. Abington Advertiser, 1962-1965, 1993-present.
  3. Abington Mariner, 1990-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is list of research facilities in town:

Abington Historical Commission
500 Gliniewicz Way
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-982-0059

Abington Public Library
600 Gliniewicz Way
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-982-2139

Dyer Memorial Library
28 Centre Ave.
PO Box 2245
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-878-8480
Email info@dyerlibrary.org

Thanks to the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants for their contributions to this page

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 11. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Brockton | Rockland | Whitman | Norfolk Co: Holbrook | Weymouth