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Franklin, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

"Franklin, a post-township of Norfolk co., Mam., on the Norfolk CO., railroad 27 miles S. W. from Boston. Pop. 1818."

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.

"Franklin, a post-village in Franklin township, Norfolk to., Mass., on the New York & New England Railroad, 27 miles S.W. of Boston, and about 20 miles N. of Providence, It contains 5 churches, a national bank, a savings-bank, an academy, and 2 newspaper offices, Pop. about 1200; of the township, 4831. It has manufactures of straw goods, feltings, shoddy, and rubber shoes."

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

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  • 1737 - On December 23rd, Governor Jonathan Belcher signed papers giving legal existence to the West Precinct of Wrentham, later to become Franklin.
  • 1778 - (Franklin) On Mar 2nd, the West Precinct of Wrentham officially became an independent town.
    The name for the new town would be Exeter. The treaty of France, a project Ben Franklin had been working on for 3 years, had just been signed.... Read MORE...

  • 1786 - A donation of books from Ben Franklin to act as the start of a Franklin town library arrived in Franklin.
  • 1795 - In January a committee in Franklin was chosen to locate new schoolhouses and six districts were laid out,
  • 1845. FRANKLIN. [Pop. 1,717. Inc. 1778.]
    Before its incorporation, Franklin was a part of Wrentham.

    It was named after Dr. Franklin, who acknowledged the honor by a present of... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Franklin
    FRANKLIN was set off from Wrentham, in 1737. as a distinct parish, and incorporated as a town by the name of Franklin* in 1778. A church was... Read MORE...

  • 1859
    FRANKLIN, a township of Norfolk co., in the state of Massachusetts, 31 m. SSW of Boston, watered by Charles river and its branches. Pop. 1,717. A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
  • News  1880 - Beet Sugar Company
    A beet sugar company has been formed at Franklin, Mass., and the machinery is already ordered. The works will be nearly as extensive as those of the... Read MORE...

  • Franklin Massachusetts, 1890
    Franklin is a progressive and pleasant town lying in the southwest part of Norfolk County, 27 miles southwest of Boston by the New York and New... Read MORE...

  • News  1900 - CHURCH BURNED.
    Franklin, Mass., June 27 - St. Mary's Catholic Church, one of the largest structures in town, was totally burned early last evening the vestments and ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Franklin, a banking post-village in Franklin township (town), Norfolk co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 27 miles SW. of Boston. ... Read MORE...

    Franklin, Mass., (AP) - Five helpless children, trapped in their bedroom by flames, died a few minutes before midnight in a roaring farmhouse... Read MORE...

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