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(West Cambridge)

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Arlington, Middlesex, MA

The Town of Arlington was settled by European colonists in 1635 as a village within the boundaries of Cambridge, Massachusetts under the name Menotomy, an Algonquian word meaning "swift running water". A larger area, including land that was later to become the town of Belmont, and outwards to the shore of the Mystic River, which had previously been part of Charlestown, was incorporated on February 27, 1807 as West Cambridge. In 1867, the name "Arlington" was chosen in honor of those buried in Arlington National Cemetery; the name change took effect that April 30.

Included in Arlington are: Pierces Bridge Station, Arlington Heights, Brattle Station, and Lake Street Station. mass_lookup.htm

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1839 - West Cambridge
West Cambridge [Arlington], Massachusetts
Middlesex county. This was a parish of Cambridge, called "Menotomy," until its incorporation in 1807. A part of the lands are low and swampy, but the general features of the town are pleasant. Spy, Little, and a part of Fresh ponds lie in this town; they abound with fish, and add much to the beauty of the place. These ponds cover an area of about 200 acres, and furnish large quantities of ice for transportation. In this town are some very pleasant villages, numerous country seats, and well cultivated farms. Large quantities of milk are daily taken to the Boston market, and this place is a considerable mart for cattle from the interior country.
Sucker brook, though a small stream, furnishes a good water power. The descent of this stream is so great, that dams are erected in the town for appropriating its water nine different times. The mechanical operations of West Cambridge consist of dying and printing calico, pulverizing drugs, medicines... Read MORE...

1854 - West Cambridge
West Cambridge, a post-township of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, 6 miles N. W. from Boston. The principal village is on the Fitchburg railroad, from which diverges the Lexington and West Cambridge Branch railroad. It is built principally on one extended street, and contains 3 or 4 churches and several stores. Population in 1840, 1363; in 1850, 2202.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1867 - West Cambridge is renamed Arlington

Arlington Massachusetts, 1890
Arlington is a pleasant suburban town in the southeastern part of Middlesex County, five miles northwest of Boston,— to which it is easily accessible by street railroads and by the steam cars of the Boston and Lowell system. On the north of it is Winchester ; on the opposite side of the beautiful Mystic Pond of 232 acres is Medford, — which, with Somerville and Cambridge, forms a crescent boundary on the east ; while on the southwest is Belmont, and on the west, Lexington. Arlington and Arlington Heights are the post-offices, also villages and railway stations with Brattle Station and Lake Street.

Sienite is the principal underlying rock coming into view. The land is level in the southeastern part, but rises from the middle of the town northeast and southwest to an elevation of about 360 feet above sea-level, about which is the village of Arlington Heights (formerly Circle Hill). There are a pretty church, good public schools, and upwards of 80 dwellings, with several societies or... Read MORE...

1895 - Arlington
Arlington, a post-village of Middlesex co., Mass., in Arlington township, on the Middlesex Central Railroad, 6 miles N.W. of Boston. It has 5 churches, a savings-bank, a newspaper office, and manufactures of pianos, picture frames, saws, &c. Pop. of the township in 1890, 5629.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to see and things to do in Arlington:
Arlington's Great Meadows: If you're a nature enthusiast, this is the place to be. Enjoy walking or biking through the scenic trails and take in the beauty of the great outdoors.

Spy Pond Park: A picturesque spot, Spy Pond Park offers a relaxing environment for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or even some kayaking. The pond is particularly beautiful during sunset.

Arlington Center for the Arts: Explore the local art scene at the Arlington Center for the Arts. They often host exhibitions, workshops, and events that showcase the talent of the community.

Jason Russell House: Dive into Arlington's history by visiting the Jason Russell House, a historic landmark that played a role in the opening battle of the American Revolution. The house is a museum, providing insights into the town's past.

Arlington Reservoir Beach: Beat the summer heat at the Arlington Reservoir Beach. It's a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying water activities. Don't forget to pack a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorJoseph ADAMS (6 March 1657, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 20 July 1701, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorDaniel ADAMS (3 January 1690, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 9 February 1780, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn HICKS (1725, - 19 April 1775, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge))
female ancestorHarriet HILL (1808, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 6 June 1879, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary A. STEARNS (1810, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 11 April 1893, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSusan Jane HUFFMASTER (1821, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 17 January 1879, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorEsther Lombard NORCROSS (1841, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 23 March 1873, Medford, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorThomas J. WHITE (1848, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge) - 2 April 1874, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorCharles S GEORGE (1857, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA* - 1936, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA (West Cambridge))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorWilliam DENNEY (1833 - ) and female ancestorEllen E KELLY (1838 - ) married 7 June 1857
male ancestorEdward Preble OFFUTT (30 October 1884 - 29 July 1970) and female ancestorLaura BERRY (21 March 1890 - 5 December 1978) married 16 October 1912
male ancestorGeorge W OLIVER (1859 - ) and female ancestorKathleen (Katie) GERRY (22 August 1873 - 10 October 1961) married 19 September 1914
male ancestorFrancis Cyprian FLYNN (16 September 1904 - 11 April 1984) and female ancestorLouise V MURPHY (9 April 1903 - 11 March 2001) married 1927

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