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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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Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA - V. M. Dunn
540 and 542 Main Street, Charlestown, Mass.
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

V. M. Dunn
540 and 542 Main Street, Charlestown, Mass.

Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA - City Square
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

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Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA - The Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, Charlestown, Mass.
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

The Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775, Charlestown, Mass.
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA - Bunker Hill Monument
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

Bunker Hill Monument

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1629 - Charlestown founded

www.wikipedia.org
2. CHARLESTOWN. [Pop. 11,484. Settled 1628.]
Charlestown, the oldest town in the county, and called Mishawum
by the Indians, was named after...Read MORE...

1848 - Charlestown
CHARLESTOWN was settled in 1628, being the oldest town in Middiesex county, and one of the oldest...Read MORE...

1859
CHARLESTOWN, a township in Middlesex co., in Massachusetts, 1 m. N of Boston, on the peninsula...Read MORE...

News  1866 - Fire at Charlestown
BOSTON, Monday, Dec. 17. A fire in Charlestown last night destroyed the wooden building at the...Read MORE...

News  1869 - A Morocco Factory in Charlestown, Mass., Burned.
BOSTON, Dec. 14. - The morocco factory of C. C. PERKINS, in Charlestown, including the machinery...Read MORE...

News  1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
Samuel F. B. Morse, inventor and patentee of electric telegraph; born at Charlestown,...Read MORE...

News  1898 - BIG FIRE IN BOSTON. DUST EXPLOSION BLOWS THE ROOF OFF AN ELEVATOR AND STARTS A BLAZE.
Boston, April 17. - The roof of the grain elevator at Hoosac Tunnel docks, Charlestown, was blown...Read MORE...

News  1910 - CAR SEALER KILLED IN FREIGHT YARD.
Patrick McGloin, a car sealer, living at 58 Chapman street, Charlestown, was so badly crushed...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 ...Read MORE...

1916
Charlestown, a former city of Middlesex co., Mass., since 1873 a part of Boston, contains Bunker...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here

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Ancestors Who Were Married Here


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1674
George STEDMAN (abt. 1650 - ) & Hannah OSBORN (30 April 1654 - )
married 4 April 1674

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

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

1684
Allen BREED (BREAD) (30 August 1660 - 29 December 1730) & Elizabeth BALLARD (2 November 1675 - 26 May 1743)
married 22 May 1684

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

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

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