Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Modern town borders of Amesbury in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Town Hall

Town Clerk

Phone: 978-388-8100
Fax: 978-388-8150

Quick History

Establishment and former town name(s) [1]

23 May 1666: Salisbury-new-town established as a town, from part of Salisbury

27 May 1668: Name of the town of Salisbury-new-towne changed. "Salisbury new toune..may be named Emesbury." The spelling in the margin of the records is "Amsbury". (Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. IV, part 2, p. 376.)

Archiac name: Emesbury, Little Salisbury, New Salisbury, Salisbury-new-toune.

Section/Villages within the town: Allen's Corner, Amesbury Ferry, Attitash, Meadow Brook, Pleasant Valley, Pond District, Rings Corner, Rocky Hill, Salisbury Point.


Boundary Changes [1]

15 May 1667: Bounds between Salisbury-new-towne and Haverhill established.

12 May 1675: Just and full bounds allowed to "Amesbury". (Massachusetts Bay Records, Vol. V, p. 40.)

15 March 1844: Part of Salisbury

11 April 1876: Part established as Merrimac.

16 June 1886: Part of Salisbury annexed.

1 July 1886:

13 April 1981: Town charter adopted.

9 April 1996: New town charter adopted which established city form of government.

Neighboring Communities


Early records. Information about early residents of Amesbury before 1680 may be found in Norfolk (old) County records. Norfolk (old) County was discontinued in 1680, but her records are still available.[2] For more details about these early records see Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy.



The first "cemetery" in Amesbury is believed to have been at the location where the large rock known as the  "Golgotha Stone" is now.  The names of the 18 men who were the first settlers are listed on the plaque:  

Richard Currier, Thomas Barnard, Orlando Bagley, Anthony Colby, Thomas Macy, John Bailey, John Hoyt, John Colby, Philip Challis, William Barnes, George Martin, William Huntington, Valentine Rowell, Henry Blaisdell, William Sargent, Edward Cottle, Jarret Haddon and John Weed

Church History and Records



  1. USGS GNIS FID 614180
  2. Google
  3. Hometown Locator


Societies, Libraries and Museums

Town Records

Vital Records

  1. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the Year 1850 Google Books


  1. 1.01.1 Historical data relating to counties, cities, and towns in Massachusetts (Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1997), [FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997].
  2. "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.

Adjacent towns: Essex Co.: Merrimac | Newburyport | Salisbury | West Newbury | New Hampshire: Rockingham Co.: Newton | Seabrook | South Hampton