Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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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: :*Haverhill (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Haverhill, Methuen, and the northern part of Lawrence in Massachusetts, and Atkinson, Hampstead, Plaistow, and part of Salem in New Hampshire) :*Salisbury (now in Essex County, Massachusetts including present-day towns of Salisbury (or Colchester), Amesbury, and Merrimac in Massachusetts, and Newton, South Hampton, and part of Seabrook in New Hampshire) :*Exeter (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Exeter, Brentwood, Epping, Fremont, Newmarket, and South Newmarket) :*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) :*Portsmouth (now in Rockingham County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Portsmouth (or Strawberry-bank), Greenland, New Castle, Newington, and part of Rye) :*Dover (now in Strafford County, New Hampshire including present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco), Durham, and Stratham) Old Norfolk County was discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of New Hampshire was formed. 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 as part of: *"Old Norfolk County Records," Essex Antiquarian 1, no. 2 (February 1897): 19-24 continued in additional issues. Each volume indexed. Part of NEHGS American Ancestors Search. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Film 599729 Item 2+; Book 974.45 B2a. *Essex Society of Genealogists (Lynnfield, Massachusetts), Essex County deeds 1639-1678 : abstracts of volumes 1-4, copy books, Essex County, Massachusetts (Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 2003). At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974.45 R28e. Includes a fullname index. === References ===

  1. "Old Norfolk County Records," Essex Antiquarian 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19-20. 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.