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'''Norfolk (old) County''' was one of the four original [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] counties. It was created in 10 May 1643.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19.  Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a}}. Includes a map of the six towns.</ref> It included these six towns:  
 
'''Norfolk (old) County''' was one of the four original [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] counties. It was created in 10 May 1643.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19.  Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a}}. Includes a map of the six towns.</ref> It included these six towns:  
  
:*'''[[Haverhill, Massachusetts|Haverhill]]''' (now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including present-day towns of Haverhill, [[Methuen, Massachusetts|Methuen]], and the northern part of [[Lawrence, Massachusetts|Lawrence]] '''in [[Massachusetts]]''', and [[Atkinson, New Hampshire|Atkinson]], [[Hampstead, New Hampshire|Hampstead]], [[Plaistow, New Hampshire|Plaistow]], and part of [[Salem, New Hampshire|Salem]] '''in [[New Hampshire]]''')
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:*'''[[Haverhill, Massachusetts|Haverhill]]''' now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including the present-day towns of:
:*'''[[Salisbury, Massachusetts|Salisbury]]''' (now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including present-day towns of Salisbury (or Colchester), [[Amesbury, Massachusetts|Amesbury]], and Merrimac, Massachusetts|Merrimac]] '''in [[Massachusetts]]''', and Newton, South Hampton, and part of Seabrook in New Hampshire)
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:::'''in [[Massachusetts]]:''' Haverhill, [[Methuen, Massachusetts|Methuen]], and the northern part of [[Lawrence, Massachusetts|Lawrence]]  
:*'''[[Exeter, New Hampshire|Exeter]]''' (now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including present-day towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Epping, Fremont, Newmarket, and South Newmarket)
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:::'''in [[New Hampshire]]:''' [[Atkinson, New Hampshire|Atkinson]], [[Hampstead, New Hampshire|Hampstead]], [[Plaistow, New Hampshire|Plaistow]], and part of [[Salem, New Hampshire|Salem]]
:*'''[[Hampton, New Hampshire|Hampton]]''' (now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including present-day towns of Hampton, Danville, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, East Kingston, North Hampton, and parts of Rye and Seabrook)
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:*'''[[Portsmouth, New Hampshire|Portsmouth]]''' (now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including present-day towns of Portsmouth (or Strawberry-bank), Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and part of Rye)
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:*'''[[Salisbury, Massachusetts|Salisbury]]''' now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including the present-day towns of:
:*'''[[Dover, New Hampshire|Dover]]''' (now in [[Strafford County, New Hampshire]] including present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco), Durham, and Stratham)
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:::'''in [[Massachusetts]]:''' Salisbury (or Colchester), [[Amesbury, Massachusetts|Amesbury]], and [[Merrimac, Massachusetts|Merrimac]]  
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:::'''in [[New Hampshire]]:''' [[Newton, New Hampshire|Newton]], [[South Hampton, New Hampshire|South Hampton]], and part of [[Seabrook, New Hampshire|Seabrook]]
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:*'''[[Exeter, New Hampshire|Exeter]]''' now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including the present-day towns of Exeter, [[Brentwood, New Hampshire|Brentwood]], [[Epping, New Hampshire|Epping]], [[Fremont, New Hampshire|Fremont]], [[Newmarket, New Hampshire|Newmarket]], and [[South Newmarket, New Hampshire|South Newmarket]]
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:*'''[[Hampton, New Hampshire|Hampton]]''' now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including present-day towns of Hampton, [[Danville, New Hampshire|Danville]], [[Hampton Falls, New Hampshire|Hampton Falls]], [[Kensington, New Hampshire|Kensington]], [[Kingston, New Hampshire|Kingston]], [[East Kingston, New Hampshire|East Kingston]], [[North Hampton, New Hampshire|North Hampton]], and parts of [[Rye, New Hampshire|Rye]] and [[Seabrook, New Hampshire|Seabrook]]
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:*'''[[Portsmouth, New Hampshire|Portsmouth]]''' now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including the present-day towns of Portsmouth (or Strawberry-bank), [[Greenland, New Hampshire|Greenland]], [[New Castle, New Hampshire|New Castle]], [[Newington, New Hampshire|Newington]], and part of [[Rye, New Hampshire|Rye]]
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:*'''[[Dover, New Hampshire|Dover]]''' now in [[Strafford County, New Hampshire]] including the present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco), [[Durham, New Hampshire|Durham]], and [[Stratham, New Hampshire|Stratham]]
  
 
'''Discontinued.''' Old Norfolk County was mostly discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of [[New Hampshire]] was formed. The northern four towns were transferred to New Hampshire. The towns of Haverhill and Salisbury were added to [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] for court purposes. But the government permitted deeds to be recorded in Norfolk (old) County records as late as 1714 from all parts of the old county.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," 20.</ref>  
 
'''Discontinued.''' Old Norfolk County was mostly discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of [[New Hampshire]] was formed. The northern four towns were transferred to New Hampshire. The towns of Haverhill and Salisbury were added to [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] for court purposes. But the government permitted deeds to be recorded in Norfolk (old) County records as late as 1714 from all parts of the old county.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," 20.</ref>  

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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Norfolk (old) County

Norfolk (old) County was one of the four original Massachusetts Bay Colony counties. It was created in 10 May 1643.[1] It included these six towns:

in Massachusetts: Haverhill, Methuen, and the northern part of Lawrence
in New Hampshire: Atkinson, Hampstead, Plaistow, and part of Salem
in Massachusetts: Salisbury (or Colchester), Amesbury, and Merrimac
in New Hampshire: Newton, South Hampton, and part of Seabrook

Discontinued. Old Norfolk County was mostly discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of New Hampshire was formed. The northern four towns were transferred to New Hampshire. The towns of Haverhill and Salisbury were added to Essex County, Massachusetts for court purposes. But the government permitted deeds to be recorded in Norfolk (old) County records as late as 1714 from all parts of the old county.[2]

Records. Land deeds 1639-1678 of the old Norfolk County and her towns are housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. These deeds were abstracted and published in:

References

  1. "Old Norfolk County Records," Essex Antiquarian 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19. Part of NEHGS American Ancestors Search. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a. Includes a map of the six towns.
  2. "Old Norfolk County Records," 20.