The Rich Men of Massachusetts

By Abner Forbes and J. W. Greene

Boston: W. V. Spencer, 1851




     As stated on the title page, this unusual little book contains "A Statement of the Reputed Wealth of About Fifteen Hundred Persons, with Brief Sketches of More than One Thousand Characters."   Those listed in the book had fortunes in 1851 estimated at $50,000 or more.   The "brief sketches" range from a single word to more than a page.   Not all of those listed herein were men - a small number of widows and spinster heiresses are included.

     This presentation consists of images of the 208 pages, each with links to the adjoining pages.   These are fairly large images and may load very slowly if you are using dialup.   Since the book is not indexed I have created an Index of Names to aid the reader.   My copy is rather discolored at each end, and the thin and rather poor-quality paper stock is rather foxed.   I have enhanced the contrast of the scans to make them easier to read.

     About 1870 someone added to my copy notes in pencil with revised estimates of worth for some individuals, mainly from Worcester and New Bedford.   Because those notes do not show up clearly in my scans I have erased them from the page images.   At the bottom of each page with penciled notes I have added in red the names of the annotated individuals followed by transcriptions of the notes.   Individuals with added notes are designated by adding a dagger symbol (†) to the page number in the Index.

     Note that town and county boundaries in 1851 were in places quite different than they are today.   For example, Charlestown was annexed by Boston in 1874 and is now part of Suffolk County, but in 1851 it was still part of Middlesex County and so will be found listed among the Middlesex towns.   In the listings below for the individual counties you will notice that some towns have no links - those towns have no rich individuals listed for them.   A few towns have no listed individuals but do contain a note, and links are provided for those towns.   The counties and towns listed below appear in the order in which they appear in the book.


Title Page



Suffolk County

Boston   Chelsea   North Chelsea
County Totals


Essex County

Amesbury   Andover   Beverly   Boxford   Bradford   Danvers   Essex   Georgetown   Gloucester   Groveland   Hamilton   Haverhill   Ipswich   Lawrence   Lynn   Lynnfield   Manchester   Marblehead   Methuen   Middleton   Newbury   Newburyport   Rockport   Rowley   Salem   Salisbury   Saugus   Topsfield   Wenham   West Newbury
County Totals


Middlesex County

Acton   Ashby   Ashland   Bedford   Billerica   Boxborough (Note Only)   Brighton   Burlington (Note Only)   Cambridge   Carlisle   Charlestown   Chelmsford   Concord   Dracut   Dunstable   Framingham   Groton   Holliston   Hopkinton   Lexington   Lincoln   Littleton   Lowell   Malden   Marlborough   Medford   Melrose   Natick   Newton   Pepperell   Reading   Sherburne   Shirley   Somerville   South Reading   Stoneham   Stow   Sudbury   Tewksbury   Townsend   Tyngsborough   Waltham   Watertown   Wayland   West Cambridge   Westford   Weston   Wilmington   Winchester   Woburn
County Totals


Worcester County

Ashburnham   Athol   Auburn   Barre   Berlin   Blackstone   Bolton   Boylston   Brookfield   Charlton   Clinton   Dana   Douglas   Dudley   Fitchburg   Gardner   Grafton   Hardwick   Harvard   Holden   Hubbardston   Lancaster   Leicester   Leominster   Lunenburg   Mendon   Milford   Millbury   New Braintree   Northborough   Northbridge   North Brookfield   Oakham   Oxford   Paxton   Petersham   Phillipston   Princeton   Royalston   Rutland   Shrewsbury   Southborough   Southbridge   Spencer   Sterling   Sturbridge   Sutton   Templeton   Upton   Uxbridge   Warren   Webster   Westborough   West Boylston   West Brookfield   Westminster   Winchendon   Worcester
County Totals


Hampshire County

Amherst   Belchertown   Chesterfield   Cummington   Easthampton   Enfield   Goshen   Granby   Greenwich   Hadley   Hatfield   Middlefield   Northampton   Norwich   Pelham   Plainfield   Prescott   South Hadley   Southampton   Ware   Westhampton   Williamsburg   Worthington
County Totals


Hampden County

Blandford   Brimfield   Chester   Chicopee   Granville   Holland   Holyoke   Longmeadow   Ludlow   Monson   Montgomery   Palmer   Russell   Southwick   Springfield   Tolland   Wales   Westfield   West Springfield   Wilbraham
County Totals


Franklin County

Ashfield   Bernardston   Buckland   Charlemont   Colerain   Conway   Deerfield   Erving   Gill   Greenfield   Hawley   Heath   Leverett   Leyden   Monroe   Montague   New Salem   Northfield   Orange   Rowe   Shelburne   Shutesbury   Sunderland   Warwick   Wendell   Whately
County Totals


Berkshire County

Adams   Alford   Becket   Cheshire   Clarksburg   Dalton   Egremont   Florida   Great Barrington   Hancock   Hinsdale   Lanesborough   Lee   Lenox   Monterey   Mount Washington   New Ashford   New Marlborough   Otis   Peru   Pittsfield   Richmond   Sandisfield   Savoy   Sheffield   Stockbridge   Tyringham   Washington   West Stockbridge   Williamstown   Windsor
County Totals


Norfolk County

Bellingham   Braintree   Brookline   Canton   Cohasset   Dedham   Dorchester   Dover   Foxborough   Franklin   Medfield   Medway   Milton   Needham   Quincy   Randolph   Roxbury   Sharon   Stoughton   Walpole   Weymouth   Wrentham
County Totals


Bristol County

Attleborough   Berkley   Dartmouth   Dighton   Easton   Fairhaven   Fall River   Freetown   Mansfield   New Bedford   Norton   Pawtucket   Raynham   Rehoboth   Seekonk   Somerset   Swanzey   Taunton   Westport
County Totals


Plymouth County

Abington   Bridgewater   Carver   Duxbury   East Bridgewater   Halifax   Hanover   Hanson   Hingham   Hull   Kingston   Marshfield   Middleborough   North Bridgewater   Pembroke   Plymouth   Plympton   Rochester   Scituate   South Scituate   Wareham   West Bridgewater
County Totals


Barnstable County

Barnstable   Brewster   Chatham   Dennis   Eastham   Falmouth   Harwich   Orleans   Provincetown   Sandwich   Truro   Wellfleet   Yarmouth
County Totals


Dukes County

Chilmark   Edgartown   Tisbury
No County Totals


Nantucket County

County Totals





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