USGenWeb Genealogical Site for the Town of

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 Massachusetts 
Bristol County
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Including the Villages of Algers Corner, Daley Corner, Easton Center, Easton Green,
Easton Station, Eastondale, Five Corners, Furnace Village, Gowards Corner,
Morris Corner, Morse Corner, North Easton, Pratts Corner and South Easton

Old Colony Railroad Depot

Old Colony Railroad Depot, North Easton, 1881,
Home of the Easton Historical Society

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New Information on This Site

March 11, 2008 — We have a new address! Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too. Please bookmark our new address.

April 9, 2007 — Thomas Keegan's newest transcriptions of Easton cemeteries are of the Old Burying Ground and the Oliver Howard Cemetery.

March 10, 2007 — Thomas Keegan has continued his transcriptions of Easton cemeteries, adding the stones in the Apollos Clark Cemetery and the Silas Phillips Cemetery, and revising one transcription in the Asa Newcomb Cemetery.

February 25, 2007 — Thomas Keegan has added transcriptions of the stones in the Almshouse Cemetery and the Asa Newcomb Cemetery.

February 19, 2007 — Thomas Keegan has provided transcriptions of the stones in the George Fergusson Burying Ground and the Thomas Manley Cemetery.

February 12, 2007 — Thomas Keegan has provided additional information about some of the smaller Cemeteries, as well as transcriptions of the stones in the Elijah Copeland Graveyard and the Old Bay Road Cemetery.

January 28, 2007 — Thomas Keegan of Easton has graciously provided some new information for the Cemeteries Page, some new photographs, and transcriptions of the three stones in the George Wilbur Cemetery.

August 19, 2006 — I have added a listing of Easton Newspapers held on microfilm by the Boston Public Library Microtext Department.

November 29, 2004 — The Cemeteries page has been revised to include photographs of the cemeteries and to update some information about them.

April 6, 2004 — I've added links to historic photographs in the Library of Congress.

March 26, 2004 — Special thanks to Barbara Tourtillott for providing links to her Easton Web Site and the many original records that she has transcribed and posted there. They include census returns for some years, as well as some useful portions of the Easton Town Records.

March 24, 2004 — I've added maps of the Taunton North Purchase, of Easton ca. 1750, and of North Easton in 1886. I've also added the 1868 deed of sale for the North Purchase which names the original proprietors, from William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886), pp. 20-21.

March 23, 2004 — Welcome to the brand new Easton USGenWeb page. I'll be posting notices here as new resources are added to the site.

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Lookups and Resources

Lookups

If you have any Easton material and would like to volunteer for lookups please send email to Dale H. Cook.
Please note that, due to the widespread abuse of GMail addresses by spammers, I can no longer accept email from GMail addresses.

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.

 

Lookups Available

Easton Vital Records 1697-1900 — Barbara Tourtillott.

William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886) — Barbara Tourtillott.

 

Resources

1668 Deed of Sale for the Taunton North Purchase which names the original proprietors, from William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886), pp. 20-21.

Easton Vital Records, 1697-1847, from John A. Maltby's Web Site.

1790 Federal Census Transcriptions from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1800 Federal Census Transcriptions from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1810 Federal Census Transcriptions from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1850 Federal Census Transcriptions from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1855 State Census Transcriptions (now complete) from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1860 Federal Census Index from Matt and Barbara's Family History Page.

Enrollment of Male Citizens 18 to 45 in 1862 from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

1880 Census Transcriptions for the Easton Almshouse from Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site.

There are two extremely valuable online sources for transcriptions of original Easton records. One is John A. Maltby's transcription of the Easton Vital Records. The other is Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site, including the families index to the town's vital records, 1697-1847, and transcribed pages from town records of warnings out. Barbara's site also includes census transcriptions and indices and other Easton records.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books, Newspapers and Records

Books About Easton

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

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 - Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest Online.


William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886).

Exercises Held at the Dedication of the Soldiers' Monument, Memorial Day, 1882, Easton, Mass. (Easton, MA: Printed at the Office of the Easton Journal, 1882).

Edmund C. Hands, Easton's Neighborhoods (Easton, MA: Easton Historical Society, 1995). Describes each of the town's villages, with its history and significance. Includes old photographs, and maps showing the homesteads of early settlers.

 

Newspapers

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 1725 to about 1800:

James W. Lucas and David Allen Lambert, "Easton, Massachusetts, Vital Records," published in Mayflower Descendant from Vol 44 [1994] to date. This series, which is still in progress, currently includes events from 1699 to as late as 1799. — Email Dale H. Cook for lookups.

Vital Records 1725 to present:
Town Clerk
Easton Town Hall
136 Elm St.
North Easton, MA 02356
508-230-0530
Fax: 508-230-0539
Hours: Mon. 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tues. and Thurs. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vital Records 1841-1920:
Massachusetts Archives
220 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125
617-727-2816
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 and Statistics
150 Mount Vernon St., 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
617-740-2600
Or order online:  Births  Marriages  Divorces  Deaths

Massachusetts Vital Records Information from Ancestry.com

 

Deeds and Probate

Bristol County deed images are online at FamilySearch.org
Note: Looking for deeds in this collection can be confusing as this collection contains deed images from the Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River courthouses.

Bristol County Registry of Deeds - Northern District
11 Court St.
Taunton, MA 02780
508-822-0502
Fax: 508-880-4975
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bristol Probate and Family Court
40 Broadway St., Suite 240
Taunton, MA 02780
508-977-6040
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Order Probate Records Online

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Cemeteries

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Ames Free Library
53 Main St.
Easton, MA 02357
508-238-2000
Hours: Mon. and Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tues. and Weds. 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Closed Saturdays in July and August)

Easton Historical Society
Corner of Mechanic St. and Oliver St.
P.O. Box 3
North Easton, MA 02356
508-238-7774

Old Colony Historical Society
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
508-822-1622
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

Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695
617-536-1608
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.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116-3007
617-536-5740
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.

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History, Census Data, Maps and Photographs

Easton began as part of the 1668 Taunton North Purchase. In 1694 Clement Briggs became the first settler in what is now Easton, establishing his home near the current Green. The North Purchase became the town of Norton ("North Town") in 1711, and in 1713 a congregation was gathered in the eastern part of Norton. That area was incorporated as a precinct in 1722, and in 1725 became the town of Easton ("East Town").

The most notable early industry was the Ames Shovel Company which attained national prominence. The Ames family donated many landmark buildings to the town, and the estate of one family member was eventually sold to the Roman Catholic Church, becoming the nucleus of Stonehill College.

Among the many remarkable features of present-day Easton are a high percentage of land devoted to conservation and a great number of historical districts and locations.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 837     1790 (U.S.) 1,466     1800 (U.S.) 1,550     1810 (U.S.) 1,557
1820 (U.S.) 1,803     1830 (U.S.) 1,756     1840 (U.S.) 2,074     1855 (State) 2,748
1860 (U.S.) 3,067     1865 (State) 3,076     1870 (U.S.) 3,668     1875 (State) 3,898
1880 (U.S.) 3,902     1885 (State) 3,945     1890 (U.S.) 4,493     1895 (State) 4,452
1900 (U.S.) 4,837     1905 (State) 4,909     1910 (U.S.) 5,139     1915 (State) 5,064
1920 (U.S.) 5,041     1925 (State) 5,333     1930 (U.S.) 5,298     1935 (State) 5,294
1940 (U.S.) 5,135     1945 (State) 5,723     1950 (U.S.) 6,244     1955 (State) 7,324
1960 (U.S.) 9,078     1965 (State) 10,130     1970 (U.S.) 12,157     1975 (State) 13,183
1980 (U.S.) 16,623     1990 (U.S.) 19,807     2000 (U.S.) 22,299          

Barbara Tourtillott's Easton Web Site includes transcriptions of the Easton federal census returns for 1790, 1800, 1810 and 1850, and (still in progress) about half of the 1855 state census.

 

Maps

Map of Taunton North Purchase from William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886) [93.9 k].

Map of Easton ca. 1750, from William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886) showing roads and locations of houses. Warning - this is a large image [739 k].

Map of North Easton from William L. Chaffin, History of the Town of Easton, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: John Wilson & Son, 1886) showing individual houses and buildings in the village in 1886. Warning - this is a large image [954 k].

 

Photographs

Old Colony Railroad Station Photographs in the Library of Congress.

Old Milestones - Photographs in the Library of Congress.

Oliver Ames Free Library Photographs in the Library of Congress.

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Easton Town Government and Institutions

Easton Home Page

School Department

Stonehill College

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Other Easton Websites

Easton Community Web Site

Commonwealth Communities page for Easton

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USGenWeb Sites

Bristol County, MA - 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 Easton
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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