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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Abington'''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Abington'''  
  
 
This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Abington. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Abington: [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]], [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]], and South Abington (now [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]).  
 
This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Abington. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Abington: [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]], [[Rockland, Massachusetts|Rockland]], and South Abington (now [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]).  
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=== Town Clerk ===
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500 Gliniewicz Way<br>Abington, MA 02351<br>Phone: 781-982-2112<br>Fax: 781-982-2138<br>Email: [mailto:lmadams@abingtonma.gov lmadams@abingtonma.gov]<br>[http://www.abingtonma.gov Website]
  
 
=== Brief History  ===
 
=== Brief History  ===
  
The first land grant in this area was to Nathaniel Souther, Secretary of the [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]], in 1654. The first settler was Andrew Ford in 1668. This area was part of [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] at that time and set off as its own town in 1712. The area was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The area was in limbo until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].  
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The first land grant in this area was to Nathaniel Souther, Secretary of the [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]], in 1654. The first settler was Andrew Ford in 1668. This area was part of [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] at that time and set off as its own town in 1712. The area was placed in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The area was in limbo until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].  
  
== Historical Data  ==
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=== Historical Data  ===
  
 
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), 11. [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.  
 
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), 11. [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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Village or section names include Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, and West Abington.  
 
Village or section names include Center Abington, Musterfield, North Abington, Thicket, and West Abington.  
 
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| Second or South Parish set off with part of East Bridgewater as new town of South Abington [now [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]].
 
| Second or South Parish set off with part of East Bridgewater as new town of South Abington [now [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]]].
 
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== Town Histories  ==
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=== Town Histories  ===
  
 
Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyAbiMap}}  
 
Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyAbiMap}}  
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington,_Massachusetts Abington Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br>
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abington,_Massachusetts Abington Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br>
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
== Vital Records  ==
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
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Abington vital records, 1712-1860 and 1850-1905 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-DPL%3A1604195319%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
 
Abington vital records, 1712-1860 and 1850-1905 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-DPL%3A1604195319%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
== City Directories  ==
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=== City Directories  ===
  
 
Abington was published in 1869-1870, 1872-1874/5, 1884-1885, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1904-1905, 1907, 1909, 1911/2, 1916, 1922-1923, 1926/7, 1927/8, 1930/1.  
 
Abington was published in 1869-1870, 1872-1874/5, 1884-1885, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1904-1905, 1907, 1909, 1911/2, 1916, 1922-1923, 1926/7, 1927/8, 1930/1.  
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dabington+mass/dabington+mass/1%2C9%2C43%2CB/exact&FF=dabington+mass+directories&1%2C4%2C New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1884, 1889, 1892, 1900, 1904, 1909, 1916, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1.
 
*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/dabington+mass/dabington+mass/1%2C9%2C43%2CB/exact&FF=dabington+mass+directories&1%2C4%2C New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1884, 1889, 1892, 1900, 1904, 1909, 1916, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1.
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
 
<center>[[Abington, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
== Cemeteries  ==
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=== Cemeteries  ===
  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Abington. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/abington/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Abington. For location of cemeteries, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/abington/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony website]. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
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== Churches  ==
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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.  
 
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.  
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:#South Shore Community Church, n.d.
 
:#South Shore Community Church, n.d.
 
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:#''Weekly News'', 1878-1879.  
 
:#''Weekly News'', 1878-1879.  
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:#''Abington Mariner'', 1990-present.
 
:#''Abington Mariner'', 1990-present.
 
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
  
 
The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
 
The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
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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]  
 
[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]  
 
<center>Thanks to the [http://www.massmayflower.org/ Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants] for their contributions to this page</center>  
 
<center>Thanks to the [http://www.massmayflower.org/ Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants] for their contributions to this page</center>  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Abington

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Abington. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There are detailed guides for the towns set off from Abington: Hanover, Rockland, and South Abington (now Whitman).

Town Clerk

500 Gliniewicz Way
Abington, MA 02351
Phone: 781-982-2112
Fax: 781-982-2138
Email: lmadams@abingtonma.gov
Website

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. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the area was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The area 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 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 Third or East Parish set off as new town of Rockland.
4 Mar. 1875 Second or South Parish set off with part of East Bridgewater as new town of South Abington [now Whitman].
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Town Histories

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).
Online records

Abington vital records, 1712-1860 and 1850-1905 are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.

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City Directories

Abington was published in 1869-1870, 1872-1874/5, 1884-1885, 1889, 1892, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1904-1905, 1907, 1909, 1911/2, 1916, 1922-1923, 1926/7, 1927/8, 1930/1.

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 Abington. For location of cemeteries, see PlymouthColony website. 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 Centre 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 Lutheran 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 a 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