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Plymouth County
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Including the Village of North Abington

See also the sites for the parent town of Bridgewater and the daughter towns of Hanover, Rockland and Whitman

Dyer Memorial Library

Dyer Memorial Library, Abington
Home of the Historical Society of Old Abington

What's New Lookups Resources Families Books Newspapers Records Cemeteries Town Reports Societies History Census Maps Government Web Sites USGenWeb

New Information on This Site

March 9, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

May 3, 2004 — The 1790 Federal Census Data is now online.

June 22, 2003 — The newest addition is a series of transcriptions from Town Reports. The first to be posted are 1871 Deaths and 1871 Almshouse Residents from the 1872 Abington Town Report, transcribed by Natalie Fix.

April 29, 2003 — There is a new page for Abington Family Researchers and Websites where you can list specific Abington families that you are researching or web sites specializing in Abington families.

April 26, 2003 — A list of Abington newspapers has been added, showing library holdings on microfilm.

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Lookups and Resources


If you have any Abington material and would like to volunteer for lookups please send email to Dale H. Cook.

When requesting a lookup please use the email link following the listing for that book, limit your request to one or two specific names on separate lines, and please thank the volunteer for their time and effort.



Professional genealogist and genealogical editor Scott Andrew Bartley hosts web pages about Massachusetts counties, cities and towns. Researchers will find historical and genealogical data and links of use to those working at any level. His Abington page contains essential information for anyone researching Abington and its families, and his Plymouth County page is equally valuable.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books and Journal Articles About Abington

You can find copies of books for sale by using the search engine at

Books that are no longer in copyright can often be found online at Internet Archive Text Archive, Family History Books or Google Books. Additional books are available through two sites that many libraries offer access to - and Heritage Quest Online.

"History and Description of Abington, Mass., Aug. 1816" (Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 2nd Series, 7 (1818):114-124).

Aaron Hobart, Historical Sketch of Abington, Plymouth County, With an Appendix (Boston: Samuel N. Dickinson, 1839; Reprinted with modern index Salem, MA: Higginson Books, 1998).

Celebration of the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Incorporation of Abington, Massachusetts, June 10, 1862... (Boston: Wright & Potter, 1862).

Benjamin Hobart, History of the Town of Abington, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, From Its First Settlement (Boston: T. H. Carter and Sons, 1866; Reprinted Salem, MA: Higginson Books, 1987).

William Lincoln Palmer, "Diary of Sergeant John Burrell, 1759-1760" (New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 59 (1905):352-354). Burrell served at St. John, New Brunswick, during the French and Indian War, and was grandson of John and Rebecca (———) Burrell of Weymouth.

F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 Volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912).

Official Program of the Commemorative Exercises of the 200th Anniversary of the Incorporation of the Town of Abington, Mass. (Rockland, MA: A. I. Randall, Printer, 1912). This June, 1912 celebration included participation by the daughter towns of Rockland and Whitman.

Martha Campbell, Abington and the Revolution and Earlier Wars (Rockland, MA: Abington Bicentennial Committee, 1975). Well documented work on early Abington history.

Francis G. Walett, William D. Coughlan and Aaron Hobart, Old Abington in the American Revolution (Abington: Dyer Memorial Library Trustees, 1976).

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A newspaper often had a succession of titles on its masthead during the course of its publication. Some libraries list newspapers by the last title used, followed by previous titles. Other libraries list all holdings under the most common, most familiar or most recent title. For each title the library's holdings are given.


Boston Public Library - Microtext Department

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1712 to 1850:
F. Apthorp Foster, Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, 2 Volumes (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1912).

Vital Records 1712 to present:
Town Clerk
Abington Town Hall
500 Gliniewicz Way
Abington, MA 02351-1675
Fax: 781-982-2138
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vital Records 1841-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
Fax: 617-288-8429
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1921 to present:
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Or order online:  Births  Marriages  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from


Deeds and Probate

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds
50 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-830-9221
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Researchers can search grantor books or grantee books at no charge.
Images of the Plymouth County deeds are now online at

Plymouth Probate and Family Court
52 Obery Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
Fax: 508-746-6826
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Images of the Plymouth County probate records are now online at in two groups of image sets, one consisting mainly of case files and one consisting mainly of record books. Navigating the image sets of the oldest probate records can be a bit confusing, so I have prepared A Brief Guide to the "Old Series" of Plymouth County Probate Records (1686-1881).

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Vital Records from Town Reports

Cemeteries and Cemetery Transcriptions

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Abington Public Library
600 Gliniewicz Way
Abington, MA 02351-1641
Fax: 781-878-7361
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Weds. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Fri. 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (No Saturday Hours in the summer).

Dyer Memorial Library
28 Centre Avenue
Abington, MA 02351
The Dyer is a private library that houses historical and genealogical information on the Abington area including Whitman and Rockland. It is the home of the Historical Society of Old Abington.

Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc.
PCGI is a non-profit genealogical society whose monthly meetings are held the first Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:00 PM at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Meetings generally feature a guest speaker and the public is welcome.

Old Colony History Museum
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on holidays and on Saturdays preceding Monday holidays
Museum Admission: Adults - $4.00, Children 12-18 and Seniors - $2.00
Genealogical Research: $7.00 per day

South Shore Genealogical Society
PO Box 396
Norwell, MA 02061
Meetings: The second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at 1:30 p.m. at the John Curtis Free Library, Rte. 139, Hanover, MA.
For beginners, amateurs and professionals interested in genealogical research in Plymouth and Norfolk Counties.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007
Fax: 617-536-7307
Library Hours: Tues. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Thurs. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Closed Sun. and Mon.
The library is closed for some holidays - call or see the website for details.
For non-members there is a daily admisssion fee for the research library.

NEHGS is nation's oldest genealogical society, founded in 1845. It offers unsurpassed resources for New England research including the Boston research library of over 200,000 volumes. Members not in the Boston area appreciate their extensive online resources including all issues of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, the nation's oldest genealogical journal, published quarterly since 1847. Online resources also include member access to vital records through 1915, an ever-growing collection of online books, and databases derived from some of the Society's immense manuscript holdings.

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
Hours: Mon. - Weds. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thurs. 9:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

Deborah Sampson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

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History, Census Data and Maps

In 1664 Andrew Ford of Weymouth and his brother-in-law James Lovell purchased 200 acres of land in Plymouth Colony known as the Souther Grant. Andrew's portion became known as Ford's Farms. The first settler on Ford's Farms was Andrew Ford, Jr., who built a house at what is now the intersection of Washington St. and Adams St. in about 1679. Andrew Jr. was followed by his brothers James, Ebenezer and Samuel.

The inhabitants of what is now Abington petitioned the General Court for incorporation in 1706, but the petition was denied, primarily because there was no minister settled there. In 1711 Rev. Samuel Brown was engaged as minister, and a new petition was successful. Abington was incorporated on June 10, 1712, from Ford's Farms, certain lands adjoining, and part of northeastern Bridgewater.

Early industries included lumber, pottery, and tanning, which led to the production of shoes in small shops. By the early 19th century the shoe industry became the largest source of employment in the town, and by the time of the Civil War the industry was dominated by several large manufacturers. The arrival of the Old Colony Railroad in 1845 gave the residents of Abington and other Plymouth County towns the opportunity to shop in and commute to Boston, beginning the evolution of many towns into bedroom communities. As with other area towns the shoe industry in Abington began a decline in the years before WWII.

Two portions of the original town have become seperate towns. On March 9, 1874, East Abington was incorporated as the town of Rockland, and on March 4, 1875, the town of South Abington was incorporated, and was renamed Whitman in 1886.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 1,263     1776 (Prov.) 1,293     1790 (U.S.) 1,453     1800 (U.S.) 1,623
1810 (U.S.) 1,704     1820 (U.S.) 1,920     1830 (U.S.) 2,423     1840 (U.S.) 3,214
1850 (U.S.) 5,269     1855 (State) 6,937     1860 (U.S.) 8,257     1865 (State) 8,576
1870 (U.S.) 9,308     1875 (State) 3,241     1880 (U.S.) 3,697     1885 (State) 3,699
1890 (U.S.) 4,260     1895 (State) 4,207     1900 (U.S.) 4,489     1905 (State) 5,081
1910 (U.S.) 5,455     1915 (State) 5,646     1920 (U.S.) 5,787     1925 (State) 5,882
1930 (U.S.) 5,872     1935 (State) 5,696     1940 (U.S.) 5,708     1945 (State) 6,374
1950 (U.S.) 7,152     1955 (State) 9,407     1960 (U.S.) 10,607     1965 (State) 11,790
1970 (U.S.) 12,334     1975 (State) 13,456     1980 (U.S.) 13,517     1990 (U.S.) 13,817
2000 (U.S.) 14,605                              


Census Data

Currently available: 1790 Federal Census



1893 Topographic Map of Abington (865 x 900 - 576 kb)
From the 1893 Abington Quadrangele (15 minute series)

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Abington Town Government Websites

Abington Home Page

School Department

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Other Abington Websites

See also the sites for the parent town of Bridgewater and the daughter towns of Hanover, Rockland and Whitman

Commonwealth Communities page for Abington

Scott Andrew Bartley's Abington page.

Abington Mariner (Weekly Newspaper)

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USGenWeb Sites

Plymouth County, MA - USGenWeb

Plymouth County Records Online - USGenWeb

Massachusetts Genealogy - USGenWeb

The USGenWeb Project - Home Page

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Please note that although I was born and raised about 5 miles from Abington
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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