This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Lakeville. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
Lakeville was the west parish of Middleborough and thus the area was in Plymouth Colony in the beginning. 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. When incorporated, the town was part of Plymouth County where it remains.
The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series with additions from various sources.
Hanson once was called Assawampsit.
Village or section names include Beechwoods, Howlands, Lakeside, North Lakeville, Precinct, Turnpike, and Upper Four Corners.
|13 May 1853||Second or West Parish of Middleborough set off as the a town.|
|1 June 1867||Border between Lakeville and Taunton established.|
Works written on the town include:
- Gladys de Maranville Vigers, History of the Town of Lakeville, Massachusetts, 1852-1952 (Lakeville, Mass., 1952), 247 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries).
- Phyllis Elliott Draghetti and D. Evelyn Sylvia Norris, History of the Town of Lakeville: The Next Twenty-five Years, 1953-1978 (S.l., 1978), 78 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries).
- Kenneth C. Leonard, The Beechwoods Confederacy 1709-1809: The Colonial History of Beechwoods: Middleboro-Taunton Precinct Massachusetts (Bowie, Md., 2003), xvii, 228 pp.
WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482 H2L.
- Lakeville Wikipedia page.
- Lakeville Town Clerk's Office
346 Bedford Street
Lakeville MA 02347
- Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Lakeville vital records, 1853-1905, FHL film 2079625.
These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
- Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering vital records, 1853-1902, on 7 fiche. Part of Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988 at Ancestry ($); Index
- Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston MA 02125
Hours and Directions
See the online guide for more information.
There are no published vital records for Lakeville.
- Lakeville vital records, 1853-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
Lakeville was published in 1895, 1899, 1904/5, 1909, 1911/2, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1922/3, 1924/5, 1927/8, 1929/30, 1931/2.
The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.
- Ancestry ($) has 1904/5, 1911/2, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1922/3, 1924/5, 1927/8, 1929/30, 1931/2.
- Boston Public Library has 1911-1932.
- Family History Library (Salt Lake City) has 1911-1912, 1914, 1917, 1920, 1922-1925, 1927-1932 on FHL various film records.
- fold3 ($) has none.
- Massachusetts State Library has 1895, 1899, 1904/5, 1909, 1911/2, 1914, 1917, 1922/3, 1924/5, 1927/8, 1929/30, 1931/2.
- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston) ($) has 1895, 1899, 1904/5, 1909, 1914, 1917, 1924/5, 1927/8, 1929/30.
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Lakeville. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.
- Bedford Street Indian Gravesites, n.d. (A)
- Booth Cemetery off from Hafford Cemetery, 1784. (A, B)
- Booth Cemetery east of 174 County St., 1784. (A)
- Canedy Corner Cemetery, 1836. (A, B)
- Clark Cemetery, 1820. (A)
- Elisha Cudworth's House Cemetery, n.d. (A, B)
- Douglass Yard Cemetery, 1793. (A)
- Hafford Cemetery, 1799. (A, B)
- Haskell Cemetery, 1785. (A)
- Haskins-Reed Cemetery, 1819. (A, B)
- Horr Cemetery, 1858. (A)
- Howland Cemetery, 1797. (A)
- Indian Shore Cemetery, 1872. (A)
- Keith Cemetery, 1847. (A)
- Lang Cemetery, 1774. (A)
- Ichabod Leonard Gravesite, 1842. (A, B)
- Malbone Cemetery, 1785. (A)
- Massey Gravesite, 1828. (A)
- McCulley Cemetery, 1787. (A, B)
- Mullein Hill Cemetery, 1843. (A, B)
- New Bedford Road Cemetery, 1820. (B)
- Pickens Cemetery, north of Virginia Drive, 1830. (A, B)
- Pickens Cemetery, opposite Hill Street, 1840. (A, B)
- Pierce Cemetery, 1755. (A, B)
- Pond / Old Nelson Cemetery, 1724. (A, B)
- Precinct Cemetery, 1951. (A)
- Race Course Cemetery, 1778. (A)
- Reynolds Cemetery, n.d. (A)
- Rhode Island Road Indian Gravesites, n.d. (A)
- Richmond Cemetery, 1821. (A)
- Robbins Cemetery, 1848. (A, B)
- Royal Wampanoag Cemetery, 1794. (A, B)
- Sampson Cemetery, 1845. (A)
- Smallpox / Enoch Davis Cemetery, 1840. (A)
- Staples Cemetery Site (no stones), n.d. (A, B)
- Strobridge Cemetery, 1833. (A)
- Thompson Hill Cemetery, 1711. (A, B, C)
- Ward Cemetery, 1790. (A)
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Jean A. Douillette, Lakeville, Massachusetts Gravestone Inscriptions, 1711-2003: A Complete Compilation of Epitaphs from the Thirty-one Known Cemeteries in the Town of Lakeville (Boston, 1911). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.482/L1 V3d (in-FHL electronic link).
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.
(C). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscript Dept.
Note: Lakeville, Massachusetts Card File Cemetery Index, 1678-1890s, FHL film 1000001
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.
- Lakeville Congregational Church, 1725, records good.
- Baptist churches, n.d. (several known to exist, but no records survive).
- Union Grove Church, 1877, records good.
- Church of the Nazarene, n.d.
- His Land Bethany House, 1992.
- The Lakeville Family Worship Center, n.d.
- Lakeville United Church, n.d.
- Mullein Hill Baptist Church, n.d.
- Saints Martha and Mary Parish, n.d.
No newspapers have been published in Lakeville.
Migration routes for early European settlers to and from Lakeville, Massachusetts included:
Libraries and Historical Societies
The following is a list of research facilities in town:
Lakeville Public Library
4 Precinct Street
Lakeville MA 02347
Lakeville Historical Society
3 Precinct Street
Lakeville MA 02347
- William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 63. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. WorldCat entry; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.