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 Massachusetts 
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Including the Villages of North Rehoboth, Perrys Corner, Perryville and South Rehoboth

Goff Hall, Blanding Library

Goff Hall, 1866, home of the
Blanding Library, Rehoboth

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New Information on This Site

March 18, 2008 — We have a new address!   Many USGenWeb sites have relocated, and we have, too.   Please bookmark our new address.

January 24, 2008 — I've added Rehoboth baptisms from 1694 to 1707, originally published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1861.

December 29, 2004 — The Cemeteries Page has been extensively revised, adding additional information, revising the maps, and consolidating information into a definitive list of Rehoboth's fifty-two cemeteries and cemetery sites.

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

March 23, 2004 — Welcome to the brand new Rehoboth 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 Rehoboth 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.

 

Resources

1790 Census Transcriptions from Matt and Barbara's Family History Page.

1850 Census Index from Matt and Barbara's Family History Page.

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

Rehoboth baptisms from 1694 to 1707, originally published in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1861.

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Family Researchers and Websites

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Books and Records

Books About Rehoboth

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.

James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rehoboth, 1642-1896 (Providence: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1897).

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Vital Records

Published Vital Records 1645 to 1896:
James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rehoboth, 1642-1896 (Providence: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1897).

Vital Records 1645 to present:
Town Clerk
Rehoboth Town Hall
148 Peck St.
Rehoboth, MA 02769-3009
508-252-6502
Fax: 508-252-5342
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vital Records 1841-1915:
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 1916 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 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
11 Court St.
Taunton, MA 02780
508-824-4004
Fax: 508-999-1211
Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Order Probate Records Online

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Cemeteries

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Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries

Blanding Library
124 Bay State Rd.
Rehoboth, MA 02769
508-252-4236
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Trim Room houses a superb Rehoboth genealogical collection built around the work of the late genealogist Robert Sheldon Trim.

Rehoboth Antiquarian Society and the Carpenter Museum
P.O. Box 2
Rehoboth, MA 02769
Society: 508-252-4323
Museum: 508-252-3031
The Carpenter Museum is located at 4 Locust Ave. in Rehoboth, and is open March through November on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.

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 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 8:00 p.m.; Fri. 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Closed weekends.

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 and Photographs

Rehoboth's land was purchased from Massasoit by Edward Winslow and John Brown of Plymouth in 1641.   The town, originally known as Seacunck, was established by Rev. Samuel Newman and a group of his Weymouth parishioners on June 4, 1643, and it was incorporated in 1645.   For many years in the 17th century it was the most populous town in Plymouth Colony and then in Massachusetts.   It contained the beginning and the end of King Philip's War.   In 1668 Swansea was set off as a town.   The North Purchase was added in 1682, and in 1694 was set off as the town of Attleborough.   In 1812 the town of Seekonk was set off, containing what was the original town center of Rehoboth and most of its sources of water power.

Industries in the town have included wooden wares and jewelry.   Much of the industrial activity in the town was in the part which is now Seekonk.   One early industry within the present town was Ebenezer Peck's iron forge and trip hammer, started about 1722 near the Palmer River.

Population by Census

1765 (Prov.) 3,690     1790 (U.S.) 4,710     1800 (U.S.) 4,743     1810 (U.S.) 4,866
1820 (U.S.) 2,740     1830 (U.S.) 2,439     1840 (U.S.) 2,169     1850 (U.S.) 2,169
1855 (State) 2,107     1860 (U.S.) 1,932     1865 (State) 1,843     1870 (U.S.) 1,895
1875 (State) 1,827     1880 (U.S.) 1,891     1885 (State) 1,788     1890 (U.S.) 1,786
1895 (State) 1,810     1900 (U.S.) 1,840     1905 (State) 1,991     1910 (U.S.) 2,001
1915 (State) 2,228     1920 (U.S.) 2,065     1925 (State) 2,332     1930 (U.S.) 2,610
1935 (State) 2,777     1940 (U.S.) 2,736     1945 (State) 3,036     1950 (U.S.) 3,700
1955 (State) 4,211     1960 (U.S.) 4,953     1965 (State) 5,489     1970 (U.S.) 6,512
1975 (State) 7,009     1980 (U.S.) 7,570     1990 (U.S.) 8,656     2000 (U.S.) 10,172

 

Photographs

Colonel Thomas Carpenter House Photographs in the Library of Congress.

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Rehoboth Town Government and Institutions

Rehoboth Home Page

School Department

Rehoboth Congregational Church (Established 1721)

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Other Rehoboth Websites

Commonwealth Communities page for Rehoboth

Rehoboth News from the Taunton Daily Gazette

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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 20 miles from Rehoboth
I now live hundreds of miles away and do not have easy access to the town.

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