Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Not to be confused with the newer Norfolk County, Massachusetts Genealogy created in 1793 from part of Suffolk County.
Old Norfolk County in Massachusetts and New Hampshire red; modern Norfolk County yellow.
Norfolk County in Massachusetts and New Hampshire (created in 1643 part of Massachusetts Bay Colony) had six towns shown in red and black. This is overlaid on a map of present-day MA and NH town borders in white.

Old Norfolk County, Massachusetts and New Hampshire was one of the four original counties of Massachusetts Bay Colony Genealogy. It was created 10 May 1643 on land partially in present-day Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy, and partially in present-day Rockingham and Strafford counties, New Hampshire.[1] The old Norfolk County included these six towns:

in Massachusetts: Haverhill and Lawrence north of the Merrimack River, and Methuen
in New Hampshire: Atkinson, a southern wedge of Hampstead, Plaistow, and the southeast corner of Salem
in Massachusetts: Salisbury (or Colchester), Amesbury, and Merrimac
in New Hampshire: a northeast wedge of Hampstead, southern Kingston, Newton, South Hampton, and Seabrook

Discontinued. Old Norfolk County was for most purposes 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 Genealogy for court purposes. But officials permitted deeds to be added to the old Norfolk County records as late as 1714 from all parts of the old county.[2]

Records. Land deeds 1639-1714 of the old Norfolk County and her towns are housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. These records were partially abstracted and published in:

References[edit | edit source]

  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.