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Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
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Where is Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA? 

Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
Originally part of Middlesex County.

The county was created by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, when it was ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires". Middlesex initially contained Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Sudbury, Concord, Woburn, Medford, Wayland, and Reading. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Boston annexed several adjacent cities and towns including Charlestown and Brighton from Middlesex County, resulting in an enlargement of Suffolk County.

Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Originally called Mishawum by the Native Americans, it is located on a peninsula north of the Charles River, across from downtown Boston, and also adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor. Charlestown was laid out in 1629 by Thomas Graves. It was originally a separate town and the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; it became a city in 1848 and was annexed by Boston on January 5, 1874.wikipedia

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1629 - Charlestown founded
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2. CHARLESTOWN. [Pop. 11,484. Settled 1628.]
Charlestown, the oldest town in the county, and called Mishawum
by the Indians, was named after King Charles the First, by Winthrop,
the first Governor, who resided here before he crossed over to Boston.

Charlestown was first settled by some of the Salem people.

The present town is a...

1848 - Charlestown
CHARLESTOWN was settled in 1628, being the oldest town in Middiesex county, and one of the oldest in the state. It was incorporated in 1635. It derives its name from Charles I. of England, the reigning sovereign at the time of its settlement. Its Indian name was Mishawum. In 1628 “six or seven...Read MORE...

CHARLESTOWN, a township in Middlesex co., in Massachusetts, 1 m. N of Boston, on the peninsula between Charles and Mystic rivers; connected with Boston by two bridges; and with Chelsea and Malden by two bridges crossing the Mystic. The navy-yard in this township covers 60 acres, and contains two...Read MORE...

News  1866 - Fire at Charlestown
BOSTON, Monday, Dec. 17. A fire in Charlestown last night destroyed the wooden building at the corner of High and Pearl streets, formerly occupied as a Methodist Church. Loss, $10,000. The Armory of the Prescott Light Horse Guard, a school-room and several offices in the building were burned out.
The New York Times
New York, New York
December 18, 1866
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News  1869 - A Morocco Factory in Charlestown, Mass., Burned.
BOSTON, Dec. 14. - The morocco factory of C. C. PERKINS, in Charlestown, including the machinery and a portion of the stock, was destroyed by fire last night. The loss in 20,000, which is partially covered by insurance.
The New York Times
New York, New York
December 15, 1869
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News  1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor and patentee of electric telegraph; born at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1791; died in 1872; artist painter; exhibited his first drawings of telegraph in 1832; half-mile wire in operation in 1835; caveat in 1832; Congress appropriated $30,000, and in 1844 the first...Read MORE...

Boston, April 17. - The roof of the grain elevator at Hoosac Tunnel docks, Charlestown, was blown completely off by a dust explosion at 4 o'clock this morning, and the fire that followed not only destroyed the remaining portion of the immense structure, but consumed nearly the entire contenst, over ...Read MORE...

Patrick McGloin, a car sealer, living at 58 Chapman street, Charlestown, was so badly crushed between freight cars in the Fitchburg yard of the Boston and Maine railroad in Charlestown shortly before 6 o'clock last night, when an engine backed down on him, that he died a few minutes later in the...Read MORE...

News  1912 - SAVES THREE TOTS IN HOUSE ABLAZE. Oficer Takes Litle Ones From Their Beds in Charlestown.
Three children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Grant, all under 8 years of age, were taken from their beds on the first floor of the dwelling house at 88 Moulton street, Charlestown, by Patrolman T. B. S. Donahue of the City square station, shortly before 10 o'clock last night, when a lively fire was...Read MORE...

Charlestown, a former city of Middlesex co., Mass., since 1873 a part of Boston, contains Bunker Hill monument (commemorating the battle of Bunker or Breed's Hill), 221 feet high, a state prison, a United States navy-yard, and Sue public buildings, and has extensive sugar-refineries and other...Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here

Walter Palmer (October 1585 - 10 November 1661) & Rebecca Short (abt. 1610 - 15 July 1671)
married 1 June 1632

Thomas Richardson (3 July 1608 - 28 August 1651) & Mary Baldwin (abt. 1608 - 8 January 1664)
married 4 March 1635

Edward Larkin (2 June 1615 - 2 June 1652) & Joanna Butler (13 February 1618 - 27 January 1686)
married 11 March 1638

Thomas Pierce (abt. 1608 - 6 November 1683) & Elizabeth Cole (abt. 1619 - 5 March 1688)
married 1639

William Monroe (abt. 1625 - 27 January 1717) & Martha George (abt. 1628 - 1671)
married 1665

John Newton (20 October 1641 - 16 October 1723) & Elizabeth Larkin (17 May 1641 - 15 October 1719)
married 5 June 1666

Stephen Gary (abt. 1650 - bef. 16 January 1691) & Mary Manuell (abt. 1650 - )
married 14 August 1673

George Stedman (abt. 1650 - ) & Hannah Osborn (30 April 1654 - )
married 4 April 1674

Aaron Cleveland (10 January 1655 - 14 September 1716) & Dorcas Wilson (29 January 1657 - 20 November 1714)
married 26 September 1675

Stephen Gary (abt. 1650 - bef. 16 January 1691) & Patience UNKNOWN (abt. 1654 - )
married aft. 1679

Allen Breed (Bread) (30 August 1660 - 29 December 1730) & Elizabeth Ballard (2 November 1675 - 26 May 1743)
married 22 May 1684

Jonathan Farwell (24 July 1700 - ) & Susannah Blanchard (29 March 1707 - )
married 27 May 1723

Daniel W Hill (1831 - 7 December 1903) & Lucinda Esters (1828 - 17 August 1902)
married 25 May 1850

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