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Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA - Main Street looking East, Marlboro, Mass.

Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA

Originally part of Sudbury, it was set off as Whipsuferadge Plantation in 1656 and was incorporated as a town in 1660 and named for Marlborough, England. The adjoining Native American plantation of Okammakamefit was annexed in 1718. Shoe manufacturing was begun in 1812.

Marlborough includes: French Hill

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Main Street looking East, Marlboro, Mass.

Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

Peoples National Bank, Marlboro, Mass.

Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

Public Library

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First Baptist Church and Marlborough Savings Bank

Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

Main St. looking West, Marlboro, Mass.

Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

French Catholic Church

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R.R. Station, Boston & Maine

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Williams Tavern

"Williams House was built in 1662 by Lt. Abraham Williams near the eastern shore of what is known today as Lake Williams. It was licensed in 1663, the first tavern in the area for "feeding man and beast," and was burned to the ground during the King Philip War in 1676. Lt. Williams rebuilt the building, naming it Williams Tavern, and operated it until 1772, when it was taken over by his grandson, Colonel Abraham Williams..."

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High School

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Main St. from Common, looking East

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First Church - Congregational

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St. Mary's Church

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  • 1657 - Marlborough is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1660 - Marlborough is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • Marlborough's Founding

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  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through Marlborough, Massachusetts in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts and used by George Washington's army on March 17, 1776 (Evacuation Day) to free Boston from British control during the American Revolutionary War.

    General Henry Knox Trail - Historic Marker reads:
    "Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775-1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British army to evacuate Boston."

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  • News  1827 - ACCIDENT.
    In Marlborough on Wednesday last, as the workmen were raising the frame of a building designed for an Academy and Masonic Hall, an accident occurred of very painful consequences. When the whole frame except the roof had been raised, there were eleven persons standing on the roof. In this situation, the support of the beam gave way, and the beam broke and fell, precipitating the whole eleven into the cellar; in falling, the beam was broken and shattered into several pieces. Five of these persons escaped almost unhurt though they had fallen fifteen or twenty feet, from the plate to the cellar, landing among heaps of stones, broken timbers, and rubbish. The remaining six were all badly bruised, three of these had bones broken and were otherwise much hurt. No lives were lost at the time; but one of the unfotunate[sic] workmen was so badly bruised that his chance of recovery was thought to be very small; we have not since ascertained his fate. Some of the others have the prospect of a long ... Read MORE...

  • 1839 - Marlborough
    Marlborough [Marlboro], Massachusetts
    Middlesex county. This is a large farming town, with a soil of great fertility and undulating surface.—The inhabitants are principally devoted to agricultural pursuits, and by their industry and skill, have acquired a great degree of independence. Among the productions of the town are fat cattle, pork, fruit, and all the varieties of the dairy, a large amount of which is annually sent to Boston market. A branch of Concord river, and a number of beautiful ponds, water the town.—The manufactures consist of boots, shoes, straw bonnets, leather, chairs and cabinet ware: annual amount, about $75,000. Marlborough, the Indian Okamakamesit, was first settled in 1654. It was taken from Sudbury in 1660; it suffered much during the Indian wars, and was for many years the residence of a number of Indians who had embraced the christian religion. The villages are very pleasant: the richness of the soil, and surrounding scenery; its excellent roads and... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - MARLBOROUGH. [Pop. 2,101. Inc. 1660.]
    Marlborough was probably first settled by the people of Sudbury, to which town it belonged before it was incorporated.

    The Indian name was Okommakamesit, and the young settlement suffered so severely, that, during Philip's War, the inhabitants abandoned the town altogether.

    Marlborough was originally a very large township, and included Northborough, Westborough, and Southborough, now in Worcester County. It depends chiefly on agriculture.

    Distance from Concord, 14 miles; from Boston, 25.
    An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
  • 1848 - Marlborough
    A tract of land, six miles square, was granted to a number of petitioners, inhabitants of Sudbury, in 1656: which was incorporated by the name of Marlborough, in May, 1660. The Indian name of this place was Okommakamesit. The last distinguished leader of the tribe, who resided here, was Onomog. By the reason assigned in the petition for the land, it appears that the English settlement was begun about 1654. The infant town was severely checked in its growth by the invasion of the savages. In Mr. Packaed's account of the town (Mass. Hist. Coll., 4th vol.) is stated, that, on the Sabbath, when Mr. Brimsmead was in sermon, March 20, 1676, the worshipping assembly was suddenly dispersed by an outcry of ‘Indians at the door.’ The confusion of the first moment was instantly increased by a fire from the enemy; but the God whom they were worshipping shielded their lives and limbs, excepting the arm of one Moses Newton, who was carrying an elderly and infirm woman to a place of safety. In a few ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Marlborough
    Marlborough, a post-township of Middlesex county, Massachusetts, intersected by the Lancaster and Sterling Branch railroad, 34 miles W. from Boston. Population, 2941.
    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.
  • Marlborough Massachusetts, 1890
    Marlborough is an ancient and very thriving agricultural and manufacturing town, lying in the southwest part of Middlesex County, about 25 miles west of Boston. Its boundaries are Hudson on the north, Sudbury and Framingham on the east, Southborough on the south, Northborough on the southwest and Berlin on the northwest. The assessed area is 12,732; of which 3,939 acres are woodland. The Marlboro Branch of the Fitchburg Railroad terminates at Marlboro (centre); and the Framingham, Clinton and Fitchburg Division of the Old Colony Railroad crosses the southwest corner and has a station at South Marlboro and Marlboro (centre).

    The land is finely diversified, rising into hills covered with fine farms and orchards, or sinking into valleys beautified by lakes, and streams and a rich and varied flora. Spoon Hill, in the north, overlooks a broad and beautiful sheet of water covering 250 acres, whose outlet is Fort-meadow Brook. Indian Head Hill, in the east, is a conspicuous object in the... Read MORE...

  • 1890 - Marlborough is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1895 - Marlborough
    Marlborough, a post-village of Middlesex co: Mass. in Marlborough township, on the Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg Railroad, and the Marlborough Branch of the Fitchburg Railroad, 32 miles W. of Boston. It has a high school, a national bank, a savings-bank, and 20 extensive mannufactories of boots and shoes, also manufactures of machinery and cigars. It contains 7 churches and 2 newspaper offices. Pop. of the township in 1880, 10,127; in 1890, 13,865.
    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
  • News  1897 - $150,000 FIRE LOSS.
    Marlboro, Mass., Nov. 5. - Fire broke out at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the three-story wooden block occupied by the Central Hotel and spread to the Corey block adjoining, which it completely destroyed, causing a total loss of nearly $150,000.

    There were about 40 guests in the Central Hotel, all of whom escaped.
    Massillon Item
    November 5, 1897
    Marlboro, Mass., Oct. 11. - Slippery rails on which leaves had fallen is given as the cause of a collision of electric cars in Monument Square this afternoon, the outcome being the injury of a dozen passengers.

    A car on the Worcester and Marlboro divisions of the Consolidated Street Railroad ran into one of the Marlboro Street Railway Company's cars. Motorman CHARLES WHITNEY, of the former, was probably fatally hurt and WILLIAM DALEY, his conductor, received internal injuries.
    Motorman GEORGE RAPPLYEA of the Marlboro car was bruised.

    The wreck of both cars was complete.
    The Post-Standard
    Syracuse, New York
    October 12, 1902
  • 1906
    Marlboro, a city of Middlesex co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 25 miles W. of Boston. It has extensive manufactories of boots and shoes, also manufactures of shoe-machinery, automobiles, hose-pipe, tires, lamps, electrical appliances, etc. Pop. in 1900, 13,609.
    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 go and things to do in and around Marlborough:
    John Brown Bell: Start your exploration of Marlborough with a visit to the John Brown Bell. This historic bell, cast in 1834, was used in the Civil War. It's now on display in Union Common and serves as a reminder of the city's rich history.

    Callahan State Park: If you're a nature enthusiast, you'll love Callahan State Park. This beautiful park offers hiking trails, picnic areas, and scenic views. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike.

    Solomon Pond Mall: For shopping enthusiasts, Solomon Pond Mall is the place to go. You can find a variety of stores, restaurants, and entertainment options here. It's a perfect spot for a day of retail therapy.

    Assabet River Rail Trail: If you enjoy biking or walking, check out the Assabet River Rail Trail. This scenic trail stretches for miles and takes you through some picturesque landscapes. It's a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the outdoors.

    Wayside Inn Grist Mill: Just a short drive from... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorThomas BRIGHAM (1603, , England (United Kingdom) - 5 December 1653, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
male ancestorWilliam WARD (15 May 1603, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England - 10 August 1687, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
male ancestorWilliam HUNT (27 January 1605, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England - 17 December 1667, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
male ancestorEnos HUNT (17 January 1605, Halifax, West Yorkshire, England - October 1677, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
female ancestorAnne LOKER (1 August 1605, Bures St Mary Suffolk, England - 5 December 1697, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
male ancestorRichard NEWTON (9 April 1609, , England (United Kingdom) - 24 August 1701, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
male ancestorJohn WOODS (6 February 1610, , England (United Kingdom) - 1678, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
female ancestorMary PARMENTER (1610, , England (United Kingdom) - 17 August 1690, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))
photo of Mercy HURDMercy HURD (1613, , England (United Kingdom) - 23 December 1693, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorThomas BRIGHAM (9 March 1641 - 25 November 1716) and female ancestorMary RICE (19 September 1646 - 30 May 1695) married 27 December 1665
male ancestorMoses NEWTON (20 October 1645 - 23 May 1736) and female ancestorJoanna LARKIN (1646 - ) married 27 October 1668
male ancestorJoseph Richard NEWTON (August 1648 - 24 September 1727) and female ancestorKatherine WOODS (January 1650 - 26 January 1716) married 3 August 1670
male ancestorWilliam WARD (22 February 1649 - 25 November 1697) and female ancestorHannah BRIGHAM (9 March 1650 - 8 December 1719) married 6 August 1679
male ancestorThomas HOWE (HOW) (12 June 1656 - 16 February 1723) and female ancestorSarah HOSMER (1658 - 7 April 1724) married 21 June 1681
male ancestorHenry BARTLETT (1660 - 15 December 1722) and female ancestorMary BUSH (17 November 1662 - 1720) married 6 December 1682
male ancestorNathaniel JOSLIN (21 June 1658 - 5 March 1726) and female ancestorHester MORSE (11 September 1664 - 27 August 1725) married 8 February 1682
male ancestorSamuel BRIGHAM (12 January 1652 - 23 July 1713) and female ancestorElizabeth HOWE (5 April 1665 - 26 July 1739) married 16 November 1683
male ancestorBenjamin RICE (22 December 1666 - 23 February 1748) and female ancestorMary RICE (6 August 1669 - 22 October 1736) married 15 November 1692
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