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== History and Tidbits ==
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=== Brief History  ===
  
=== Neighboring Communities  ===
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This area was first settled in 1669 part of Plymouth Colony. 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 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. It was established as a town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton in 1734.
  
== Family History Resources ==
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== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 55. [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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Bridgewater was once called Monponsett.
  
=== Cemeteries  ===
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Village or section names include Halifax Station, Monoponsett, and South Halifax.
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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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| 4 July 1734
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| Established as a new town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 717]
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| 20 Feb. 1824
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| Part of Bridgewater annexed
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| 16 Mar. 1831
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| Part of Plympton annexed
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| 11 Apr. 1857
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| Part annexed to East Bridgewater and borders established
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| 6 Feb. 1863
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| Border between Halifax and Plympton established and part of each town annexed to the other town
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|}
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<div style="width:147%"><center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Town Histories  ==
  
=== Historical Societies  ===
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Works written on the town include:
  
=== Genealogy Societies ===
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*Guy S. Baker, ''History of Halifax, Massachusetts'' (Halifax, Mass., 1976), 191 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2986167 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|269611|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 H2b}}.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax,_Massachusetts Halifax Wikipedia page].
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Vital Records ==
  
=== City or Town Website  ===
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[[Image:MA Plymouth Co Halifax map.png|right|400px|File:MA_Plymouth_Co_Halifax_map.png]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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*[http://www.town.halifax.ma.us/Pages/HalifaxMA_Clerk/index Halifax Town Clerk's Office]<br>499 Plymouth Street<br>Halifax MA 02338<br>Phone 781-293-7970<br>
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, 1734-1856, {{FHL|390700|item|disp=FHL films 904375 and 770906}}; 1841-1905, {{FHL|679998|item|disp=FHL film 2079888}}.
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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, 1703-1902, on 56 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index
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*Official state copy of vital records started in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>
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*''Vital Records of the town of Halifax, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849'' (Boston, 1905).<br>This volume was microfilmed by the Family History Library, {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL film 874033 Item 3}} (with digital link) and in digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofto00hali Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10063 Ancestry] ($), and [http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/0_halifax_index.htm abstracted online].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/6000344 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|224774|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/H4 V2b}} (with digital link).<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Cemeteries  ==
  
=== City or Historical Libraries  ===
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For a map of their location with links to some transcriptions, see [http://plymouthcolony.net/halifax/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net].<br>
  
=== Nearest Family History Center  ===
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#Central Cemetery, 1830. (A)
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#Drew Family Plot, 1807. (A)
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#Hudson-Briggs Family Tomb, 1819. (B - on the East Bridgewater town line)
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#Perkins Lot, 1811. (A)
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#Sturtevant / Monponsett Pond / East Cemetery, 1728. (A)
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#Thomson Cemetery, 1734. (A)
  
Hingham Massachusetts <br>379 Gardner St<br>Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States<br>Phone: 781-749-4815<br>Hours: T 6:30pm-9pm; Th 9am -2pm; Sat 9am-1pm<br>Closed: Aug: Saturdays
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}<br> (B). ''Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].<br>  
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>  
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== Churches  ==
  
{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}}
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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.
  
[[Category:Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts]] [[Category:Towns_in_Massachusetts]]
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#[http://www.halifaxcongregationalchurch.org/ Halifax Congregational Church], 1734, records good, but no records before 1824.
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#Baptist Church, n.d., no longer extant with some records with the Middleborough Town Clerk.
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#[http://www.connecttocalvary.com/ Calvary Baptist Church], n.d.
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#[http://www.ourladyofthelakehalifax.org/ Our Lady of the Lake Church], n.d.
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Newspapers  ==
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#''Halifax Reporter'', 1984-present.
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<center>[[Halifax, Massachusetts|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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The following is list of research facilities in town:
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[http://holmespubliclibrary.org/ Holmes Public Library]<br>470 Plymouth Street<br>Halifax MA 02338<br> Phone 781-293-2271<br>Email [mailto:hfxpl@sailsinc.org hfxpl@sailsinc.org]
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== References  ==
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{{reflist}}
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: ''' '''''Plymouth Co:''''' [[Bridgewater, Massachusetts|Bridgewater]] | [[East Bridgewater, Massachusetts|East Bridgewater]] | [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]] | [[Middleborough, Massachusetts|Middleborough]] | [[Pembroke, Massachusetts|Pembroke]] | [[Plympton, Massachusetts|Plympton]]</center><br>{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}} <!--Designed by Scott Andrew Bartley in conjunction with the Mass. Wiki Team on 8 May 2012--> </div>
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[[Category:Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts]]

Revision as of 13:32, 15 May 2012

United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Halifax

Brief History

This area was first settled in 1669 part of Plymouth Colony. 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 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. It was established as a town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton in 1734.

Historical Data[1]

Associated names

Bridgewater was once called Monponsett.

Village or section names include Halifax Station, Monoponsett, and South Halifax.

Border changes
Dates Events
4 July 1734 Established as a new town from parts of Middleborough, Pembroke, and Plympton. [Prov. Laws, 2: 717]
20 Feb. 1824 Part of Bridgewater annexed
16 Mar. 1831 Part of Plympton annexed
11 Apr. 1857 Part annexed to East Bridgewater and borders established
6 Feb. 1863 Border between Halifax and Plympton established and part of each town annexed to the other town
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records

File:MA_Plymouth_Co_Halifax_map.png
The town's vital records are available in many locations:
Original records
Published records
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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Halifax. For a map of their location with links to some transcriptions, see PlymouthColony.net.

  1. Central Cemetery, 1830. (A)
  2. Drew Family Plot, 1807. (A)
  3. Hudson-Briggs Family Tomb, 1819. (B - on the East Bridgewater town line)
  4. Perkins Lot, 1811. (A)
  5. Sturtevant / Monponsett Pond / East Cemetery, 1728. (A)
  6. Thomson Cemetery, 1734. (A)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(B). Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].

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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. Halifax Congregational Church, 1734, records good, but no records before 1824.
  2. Baptist Church, n.d., no longer extant with some records with the Middleborough Town Clerk.
  3. Calvary Baptist Church, n.d.
  4. Our Lady of the Lake Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Halifax Reporter, 1984-present.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is list of research facilities in town:

Holmes Public Library
470 Plymouth Street
Halifax MA 02338
Phone 781-293-2271
Email hfxpl@sailsinc.org

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 55. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Bridgewater | East Bridgewater | Hanson | Middleborough | Pembroke | Plympton