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Norfolk (old) County, Massachusetts Genealogy

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Old '''Norfolk (old) County''' , Massachusetts and New Hampshire was one of the four original counties of [[Massachusetts Bay Colony]] counties. It was created 10 May 1643 on land partially in present-day [[Essex County, Massachusetts]], and partially in present-day [[Rockingham County, New HampshireGenealogy|Rockingham]] and [[Strafford County, New Hampshire Genealogy|Strafford counties, New Hampshire]].<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no. 2 (February 1897), 19. Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2; Book 974.45 B2a}}. Includes a map of the six towns.</ref> The old Norfolk (old) County included these six towns:
*'''[[Haverhill, Massachusetts|Haverhill]]''' now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including the present-day towns of:
:'''in [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]]:''' Haverhill, and [[MethuenLawrence, Massachusetts|MethuenLawrence]]north of the Merrimack River, and the northern part of [[LawrenceMethuen, Massachusetts|LawrenceMethuen]] :'''in [[New Hampshire Genealogy|New Hampshire]]:''' [[Atkinson, New Hampshire|Atkinson]], a southern wedge of [[Hampstead, New Hampshire|Hampstead]], [[Plaistow, New Hampshire|Plaistow]], and the southeast corner of [[Salem, New Hampshire|Salem]]
*'''[[Salisbury, Massachusetts|Salisbury]]''' now in [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] including the present-day towns of:
:'''in [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]]:''' Salisbury (or Colchester), [[Amesbury, Massachusetts|Amesbury]], and [[Merrimac, Massachusetts|Merrimac]] :'''in [[New Hampshire Genealogy|New Hampshire]]:''' a northeast wedge of [[Hampstead, New Hampshire|Hampstead]], southern [[Kingston, New Hampshire|Kingston]], [[Newton, New Hampshire|Newton]], [[South Hampton, New Hampshire|South Hampton]], and [[Seabrook, New Hampshire|Seabrook]]
*'''[[Exeter, New Hampshire|Exeter]]''' now in [[Rockingham County, New Hampshire]] including the present-day towns of Exeter, [[Brentwood, New Hampshire|Brentwood]], [[Epping, New Hampshire|Epping]], [[Fremont, New Hampshire|Fremont]], [[Newfields, New Hampshire|Newfields]], and [[Newmarket, New Hampshire|Newmarket]]
*'''[[Dover, New Hampshire|Dover]]''' now in [[Strafford County, New Hampshire]] including the present-day towns of Dover (or Cocheco), [[Durham, New Hampshire|Durham]], [[Lee, New Hampshire|Lee]], [[Madbury, New Hampshire|Madbury]], [[Rollinsford, New Hampshire|Rollinsford]], and [[Somersworth, New Hampshire|Somersworth]]
'''Discontinued.''' Old Norfolk County was for most purposes discontinued 22 January 1679/1680 when the Province of [[New Hampshire Genealogy|New Hampshire]] was formed. The northern four towns were transferred to New Hampshire. The towns of Haverhill and Salisbury were added to [[Essex County, Massachusetts]] for court purposes. But officials permitted deeds to be added to the old Norfolk (old) County records as late as 1714 from all parts of the old county.<ref>"Old Norfolk County Records," 20.</ref>
'''Records.''' Land deeds 1639-1678 1714 of the old Norfolk County and her towns are housed at the Essex County Registry of Deeds in Salem, Massachusetts. These deeds records were partially abstracted and published in:
*"Old Norfolk County Records," ''Essex Antiquarian'' 1, no.&nbsp;2 (February 1897): 19-24 continued continuing forward in additional issueseach volume from 1897-1909. At least partially covering Norfolk County deeds from 1639-1675, and some marriages. Each volume indexed. Part of NEHGS [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx American Ancestors Search]. {{WorldCat|18623145|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|53754|item|disp=FHL Film 599729 Item 2+; Book 974.45 B2a}}.
=== References ===
{{Massachusetts|Massachusetts}} {{New Hampshire|New Hampshire}}
[[Category:Norfold_Norfolk_(old)_County,_Massachusetts]] [[Category:Norfolk_County,_Massachusetts]] [[Category:Essex_County,_Massachusetts]] [[Category:Rockingham_County,_New_Hampshire]] [[Category:Strafford_County,_New_Hampshire]] [[Category:Extinct Counties of Massachusetts]][[Category:Extinct Counties of New_Hampshire]]
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