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West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - Indian Hill Farm, West Newbury, Mass.

West Newbury, Essex, MA

West Newbury was first settled in 1635 as part of neighboring Newbury. On February 18, 1819, the General Court of Massachusetts passed an act "to incorporate the town of Parsons." The initial proposals had been made in the late 18th century, but determined resistance from the town of Newbury, which had already lost Newburyport, blocked the measure for decades. On June 14, 1820, the legislature passed another act to change the name to West Newbury.

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Indian Hill Farm, West Newbury, Mass.
West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA

Indian Hill Farm, West Newbury, Mass.

West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA

Rocks Bridge, West Newbury, Mass.
West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA

Rocks Bridge, West Newbury, Mass.

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1839 - West Newbury
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Essex county. This is part of the ancient town of Newbury and was taken from it in 1819.

This pleasant town lies on the S. side of Merrimack river; 33 miles N. from Boston, 20 E. from Lowell, and 4 W. from Newburyport. Population, 1837, 1,448.

This is a fine township of land, and many excellent farms and country seats are found within its limits. Asbestos and marble are found here.

Although most of the inhabitants of the town are professional farmers, still there are manufactures of bar iron, combs, chaises, leather, and shoes: annual value, about $75,000.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - WEST NEWBURY. [Pop. 1,560. Inc. 1819.]
This town was a part of Old Newbury, and formed the second parish of it.

It lies on the south bank of the Merrimack, opposite Amesbury, with which it is connected by a bridge.

West Newbury is chiefly an agricultural town.

Distance from Salem, 16 miles; from Boston, 34.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1886 - John C. Carr, of West Newbury, Mass., having for fifty-two years served as town clerk, absolutely refuses re-election. - Boston Herald.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
May 15, 1886
West Newbury Massachusetts, 1890
West Newbury is a remarkably pleasant agricultural town in the northerly part of Essex County, 38 miles northeast from Boston. The Merrimack River separates it from Haverhill and Merrimack on the northwest, and from Amesbury on the north. Newburyport bounds it on the east; Newbury on the southeast; and Groveland on the southwest. Near the middle point of the Merrimack River border, a fine bridge, one third of a mile in length, connects it with Rocks Village, in Haverhill; and a street railroad connects with Haverhill and Groveland The places mentioned, and the Byfield station at the south, afford railroad conveniences. The post-offices and villages are West Newbury (centre) and Artichoke in the eastern section.

Long Hill, Indian Hill, and other eminences, with Crane's and Dole's ponds, beautifully diversify the landscape Indian Brook from the centre, and Artichoke Brook in the eastern part of the town, flow into the Merrimack; and Beaver Brook in the south, into Parker River. The... Read MORE...

1895 - West Newbury
West Newbury, a post-village of Essex co., Mass., in West Newbury township, about 32 miles N. of Boston, and 6 miles E. by N. of Haverhill. The township is bounded N.W. by the Merrimac River. Pop. of township, 2021.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
West Newbury, a post-village of Essex co., Mass., in West Newbury township (town), 6 miles E. by N. of Haverhill. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1558.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in and around West Newbury:
Old Town Center:
Start your exploration in the heart of West Newbury's Old Town Center. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the historic streets, lined with colonial-style houses and charming New England architecture.

Pipestave Hill:
For outdoor enthusiasts, Pipestave Hill is a must-visit. It offers hiking trails, scenic views, and a chance to connect with nature. Perfect for a morning hike or a picnic with family and friends.

Mill Pond:
Head to Mill Pond for a serene experience. The pond is a great spot for fishing, kayaking, or simply enjoying the peaceful surroundings. If you're lucky, you might spot some local wildlife.

Main Street Art:
Check out Main Street Art, a local gallery that showcases the talent of West Newbury's artists. It's a fantastic place to appreciate and support the arts in the community.

West Newbury Library:
Don't miss the West Newbury Library. It's not just a place for book lovers; it often hosts community events, book clubs, and lectures. Check... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorSolomon HOLMAN (1671, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 7 May 1753, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary BARTON (1673, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 18 October 1736, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorEdward HOLMAN (26 January 1699, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 12 May 1742, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorThomas HOLMAN (24 June 1717, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 1790, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
female ancestorAnna CHASE (1760, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 1848, New Hampton, Belknap, New Hampshire, USA)
male ancestorMoses Austin STEVENS (30 August 1840, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 29 July 1859, West Newbury, Massachusetts, USA)

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