Chelsea, Massachusetts

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Brief History

This area was settled by the Rumney Marsh Indians of the Pawtucket Tribe. English Capt. John Smith discovered it in 1614. Samuel Maverick settled here in 1624. Called Number Thirteen, it was annexed to Boston in 1634, where its earliest history lies. Rumney Marsh was divided among twenty-one citizens of Boston, but consolidated into seven farms by 1639. The village of Winnissimet grew up where the ferry linked it to Boston one and a half miles away (twenty miles by land). The northern part of Boston was set off as Chelsea in 1739. The last divisions were the northeast side was set off as North Chelsea in 1846 and shortly after the southern portion of this new town was set off as Winthrop in 1852.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Parts of Chelsea at one time were called Number Thirteen, Pullen Point, Rumney Marsh, and Winnissimet.

Village or section names include Bellingham, Forbes, Powser Horn Hill, and Prattville.

Border changes
Dates Events
10 Jan. 1739 Set off as the new town of Chelsea from parts of Boston called Winnissimet, Rumney Marsh, and Pullen Point or otherwise called Number Thirteen (except Noodle and Hog Islands) [Prov. Laws, 2: 969].
22 Feb. 1841 Part annexed to Saugus.
19 Mar. 1846 Northeast two-thirds set off as the new town of North Chelsea (later called Revere).
23 Mar. 1857 Chelsea incorporated as a city by act of 13 Mar. 1857.
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Town Histories


]]Works written on the town include:

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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 Unitarian Society of Revere (C.R.1) and Evangelical Congregational Church of Revere (C.R.2). Deaths are included from Revere Cem. (G.R.1), Revere Cem. as compiled by Mellen Chamberalin in history (G.R. 1a), Garden Cem. (G.R.2), Woodlawn Cem (G.R.3), Winthrop Cem. (G.R.4), and John Tewksbury's sexton's record (P.R. 1).
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  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 32. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Suffolk Co.: Boston | Charlestown (Boston) | Revere | Middlesex Co.: Everett