East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of East Bridgewater. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Town Clerk[edit | edit source]

175 Central St, Box 387
East Bridgewater, MA 02333
Phone: 508-378-1606
Fax: 508-378-1638
Email: dlivingston@ebmass.com

Brief History[edit | edit source]

The area was first settled in 1660 as the outgrowth of Duxbury and the newly created Bridgewater (in 1656). The area became defined as the East Parish of Bridgewater in 1723. During this time, the area was in Plymouth Colony Genealogy. The area was placed in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England Genealogy from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony Genealogy in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The area set off from Bridgewater in 1823 to form the town of East Bridgewater.

Historical Data[edit | edit source]

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Village or section names include Beaver, Brown's Crossing, Cinder Hill, Curtisville, Eastville, Elmwood (formerly Joppa), Harmony, Matfield, Northville, Satucket, West Crook, Westdale, and Westlake.

Border changes
Dates Events
14 June 1823 Third or East Parish of Bridgewater set off as the new town of East Bridgewater.
23 Feb. 1838 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
20 Mar. 1846 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established and part of each town annexed to the other.
11 Apr. 1857 Part of Halifax annexed and border established.
4 Mar. 1875 Part set off with part of Abington to create the new town of South Abington (now Whitman).
24 Apr. 1875 Part annexed to Brockton.
21 Apr. 1931 Border between East Bridgewater and Bridgewater established.
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

Works written on the town include:

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

The town's vital records are available in many locations:
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Town of East Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Church of East Bridgewater [from copies as originals are lost] (C.R.1), Union Church of East and West Bridgewater (C.R.2), and New Jerusalem Church, Elmwood (C.R.3). Deaths are included from Old Central Cem., Central St. (G.R.1), Hudson Tomb Cem. (G.R.2), Thayer Burying Ground (G.R.3), Whitman Burying Ground, Harvard St. Cem. (G.R.4), New Central Cem. off Hobart St. (G.R.5), Beaver Cem. (G.R.6), Union Congregational Cem., Pleasant St. (G.R.7), Elmwood Cem., West St. (G.R.8), and Northville Cem. (G.R.9).
Online records
  • East Bridgewater vital records, 1823-1905 are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories[edit | edit source]

East Bridgewater was published in 1869/70, 1872-1880, 1882, 1884-1887/8, 1889-1890, 1892, 1894/5-1919, 1921, 1924/5, 1931. There maybe more than the holdings listed below under Brockton that often included this town.

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day East Bridgewater. Remember that this was part of "old" Bridgewater. For location of cemeteries, see Plymouth Colony website. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Beaver Cemetery, 1809. (A)
  2. Central Cemetery, 1846. (A)
  3. Hill or Smallpox Cemetery, 1793, off West St., Elmwood. (A)
    Transcription online at bottom of page.
  4. Hudson Tomb, 1819.
    Transcription online at bottom of page.
  5. Joppa or Elmwood Cemetery, 1847. (A, B)
  6. Northville Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  7. Old Graveyard or Old Central Cemetery, 1685. (A, B)
    Transcription online after several pages of introduction.
  8. Osborne Cemetery Site, at 713 Pond St., n.d.
  9. Thayer Burying Ground, 1818.
    Transcription online
  10. Union Cemetery, 1842. (A)
  11. Whitman Cemetery, 1827-1879. (A, B)
    Transcription online.

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1917) [see links above under Vital Records].
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3.

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Churches[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. First Parish Church [Unitarian] (now Grace Bible Church), 1724, records good.
  2. Union Congregational Church, 1826, records good.
  3. New Jerusalem Church, 1838, records good.
  4. Satucket Methodist Protestant Church, 1842-1850, location of records unknown in 1889 [building purchased by the Roman Catholic Church].
  5. Trinitarian Congregational Church, 1849-1861, records in private hands in 1889.
  6. Methodist Episcopal Church, then Baptist Church, 1850-1860, records in private hands in 1889.
  7. Methodist Episcopal Church, 1857, records fair.
    Microfilmed records at the Family History Library, FHL film 1059955.
  8. St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 1863, condition not given.
  9. Universalist Church, n.d., location of records unknown in 1889.
    Microfilmed records at the Family History Library, FHL film 1059955.
  10. Abundant Faith Family Church, n.d.
  11. Community Covenant Church, n.d.
  12. East Bridgewater United Methodist Church, n.d.
  13. Elmwood New Church, n.d.
  14. Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, n.d.
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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

No newspapers have ever been published in East Bridgewater.

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Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

East Bridgewater Public Library
32 Union Street
East Bridgewater MA 02333
Phone 508-378-1616

East Bridgewater Historical Society
175 Central Street
East Bridgewater MA 02333
No phone or website

References[edit | edit source]

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 43. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Bridgewater | Brockton | Halifax | Hanson | West Bridgewater | Whitman