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Newburyport, Essex, MA

The abolitionist movement reached a peak with the activities of William Lloyd Garrison, who was born in Newburyport and raised in its anti-slavery climate. His statue stands in Brown Square, which was the scene of abolitionist meetings.

Newburyport includes: Worcester Heights, Artichoke, Belleville, Daltonville, Flat Iron Point, Guinea, Joppa, Moultonville, Plum Island, and Three Roads. mass_lookup.htm

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Kensington, New Hampshire, sketches and reminiscences by Mace, Ida M Published 1909

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  • 1635 - Newburyport is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1764 - Newburyport is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1839 - Newburyport
    Newburyport, Massachusetts
    One of the shire towns of Essex county. This is considered one of the most beautiful towns in New England. It lies on a gentle acclivity, on the south bank of the Merrimack, at the union of that river with the ocean. In point of territory, it is the smallest town in the commonwealth, being only one mile square. It was taken from Newbury in 1764. Population, in 1837, 6,741. This place has been and now is considerably noted for its commerce and ship building. Some of the old continental frigates were built here, and in 1790, the tonnage of the port was 11,870 tons. Of late years the foreign commerce of the place has diminished, in consequence of a sand bar at the mouth of the harbor. This place has considerable inland and foreign commerce. It has four whale ships, and a large amount of tonnage engaged in the freighting business and the cod and mackerel fisheries. Tonnage of the district, in 1837, 22,078 tons.

    The manufactures of Newburyport consist of...

  • 1845 - NEWBURYPORT. [Pop, 7,161. Inc. 1764.]
    This town was the port of Newbury until it was separated by the
    act of incorporation.

    It is compactly built, and is remarkable for containing less land
    than any other town in the State, not even excepting Hull.

    Its situation on the bank of the Merrimack, gradually rising
    from the water, renders it one of the most beautiful towns in the

    A series of misfortunes, among which was the disastrous fire of 1811, which consumed about 250 buildings in the centre of the town, for several years checked the commercial activity of Newburyport.

    It is fast recovering, however ; and the establishment of several
    large factories and the great attention paid to education, give indications of reviving prosperity.

    Among the great men of Newburyport, were Chief Justice Theophilus Parsons, surnamed the Giant of the Law, and Jacob Perkins,
    the inventor of the nail machine, the bank-note plate, and many other
    curious and useful things.

    Newburyport contains the tomb of the...

  • 1851 - Newburyport is incorporated as a city

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1854 - Newburyport
    Newburyport, a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex county, Massachusetts, 34 miles N. by E. from Boston, is situated on the right bank of the Merrimack river, and at the union of the Newburyport with the Eastern railroad. Lat. 42° 48' 32" N., Lon. 70° 62' 47" W. It stands on a gentle acclivity, commanding a beautiful prospect, and is laid out with great regularity, in the form of a parallelogram. Near its centre, at an elevation of 60 feet above the surface of the river, is a small pond, comprising an area of about 6 acres. This has been surrounded with a wall and terraced promenade, rendering it one of the most attractive features of the place. The harbor of Newburyport is spacious and safe, but obstructed at its en trance by a shifting sandbar. The town is considered one of the pleasantest in New England. The principal public buildings are the custom house, ft large granite structure with an elegant Grecian portico; the court house ; the new city hall, a beautiful... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - Rescue of the Missing Newburyport Pilot.
    The Newburyport Herald of the 25th inst. has the following account of the arrival home of the missing and mourned pilot:-

    The day of miracles is passed - so it has, and let it go; but so long as Michael Stevens, Jr., shall live, we shall look upon him as one risen from the dead. While we were all lamenting that this worthy man was gone, and the flags had drooped in mourning for the dead - while people were stopping each other at the corners of the street to talk over the matter, and some were raising a subscription for the benefit of his family - after we had published his obituary, and already had another paragraph written, calling for a material testimonial to aid the widow and orphans - as suddenly as though he had fallen from the heavens above, Captain Stevens, yesterday, at noon, appeared in our streets. Wildly the story goes about town; speedilyhe is rushed home to a family mourning his demise; instantly the flags from half-mast are run hard up, and gladness is upon all... Read MORE...

  • News  1868 - The man who now pays the largest income tax in Newburyport, Mass., began life by working in the Newburyport Herald office for two dollars and a half a week.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    May 30, 1868
  • News  1869 - The recent earthquake at the East was very severe at Newburyport, Mass.,
    shaking the doors and windows and many movable things in the houses. The people generally were awakened by the commotion. An old brick mansion, built seventy years ago, having the thick massive walls so common in those days, was shaken from the roof to the cellar, rattling the doors and windows and creating general alarm among its occupants. The people in their beds were very sensible of a vibrating motion beneath them.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    October 30, 1869
  • News  1871 - A Newburyport, Mass., dispatch states that Leonard Choate, known as the Newburyport "Fire-bug" has been sentenced to state prison for life, for committing numerous incendiary acts in that city and vicinity.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    February 18, 1871
  • News  1888 - Three earthquake shocks occurred on the morning of the 23d at Newburyport, Mass., and houses four miles from town were violently shaken.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 28, 1888
  • News  1888 - On the 19th Mrs. Elizabeth Worth White, of Newburyport, Mass., celebrated her one hundredth birthday.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    November 24, 1888
  • 1890 Newburyport Massachusetts
    NEWBURYPORT, anciently the port of Newbury, and now a port of entry, a city, and a seat of justice for Essex County, is delightfully situated on the southwest bank of the Merrimack, — the city proper being about three miles above its entrance to the ocean. The city stands on ground rising gradually from the water, the higher portions commanding a wide and beautiful view of the river and of the sea from the Isles of Shoals to Rockport on Cape Ann. It lies in latitude 42° 48´ north and longitude 72° 52' west. It is 38 miles northeast of Boston by the Eastern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad, with the Danvers Branch coming in from the west and connecting it with Haverhill and Lawrence. A street railroad also connects it with Amesbury Mills. It is bounded on the north and northeast by the Merrimack (which separates it from Amesbury and Salisbury) , south by Newbury, and west by West Newbury.

    Artichoke River, rising in West Newbury, forms a part of the line with that town, and... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Newburyport
    Newburyport, naber-e-port', a city, port of entry, and one of the capitals of Essex co., Mass., is finely situated £n the S. bank of the Merrimac, 3 miles from the ocean, $ miles N.N.E. of Boston, and about 11 miles E.N.E. of Haverhill. Lat. 42° 48'32" N.; lon. 70°52'47" W. It stands on a gentle declivity, commanding a beautiful prospect. The streets, which extend upward from the river, are short, and terminate at High street, a wide and umbrageous avenue which is lined with residences. The streets are mostly wide, straight, and well shaded, and on High street, hear State, is a small lake surrounded by a terraced promenade. The harbor is spacious, but the entrance of it is obstructed by a sand-bar. The retail trade is mostly transacted on State street, which extends nearly southward and # prolonged (under the name of Newburyport turnpike) to Salem. The city contains a court house, a granite custom house, a city hall, a marine museum, a public library of about 14,000 volumes, 16... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - Injured in Ball Game
    Andrew Pettingill 17 years old, and a member of the senior class of the Newburyport High school, was seriously injured in a ball game at the local grounds Saturday. Young Pettingill was at the bat when he was struck on the side of the head by a swiftly pitched ball. At first he did feel any bad effects but shortly afterward he became unconscious, and a physician who was summoned ordered his removal to the hospital. His condition is reported as critical.
    Daily Kennebec Journal
    Augusta, Maine
    May 4, 1903
  • 1906
    Newburyport, a city, port of entry, and one of the captials of Essex co., Mass., is finely situated on the S. bank of the Merrimac River, 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, 35 miles NNE. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine R... It stands on a gentle declivity, commanding a beautiful prospect. The harbor is spacious. The city contains a court-house, custom-house, city-hall, a marine museum, a public library, homes for aged women and destitute children, the Putnam Free School, etc, and has cotton and woollen-factories, large saw and planing mills, and extensive manufactures of machinery, boots and shoes, combs, celluloid goods, cordage, cars and carriages, silver-ware, hats, brushes, etc. Some ship-building is carried on. Pop. in 1990, 13,538; in 1890, 13,947; in 1900, 14,478. Newburyport is the birthplace of William Lloyd Garrison. George Whitefield is buried in the Old South Church.
    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 - Newburyport has something for everyone. Here's a list of some of the best places to go and things to do in this picturesque New England town:
    1. Plum Island:

    Start your visit with a trip to Plum Island, a barrier island just off the coast. It's a haven for birdwatchers, with the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge offering numerous trails and opportunities to spot various bird species.

    Plum Island Beach is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. There are also options for kayaking and paddleboarding in the calm waters.

    2. Maudslay State Park:

    If you're a nature lover, Maudslay State Park is a must-visit. The park boasts beautifully manicured gardens, rolling meadows, and scenic woodlands.
    Explore miles of hiking and walking trails, and don't forget to bring a picnic to enjoy by the Merrimack River.

    3. Historic Downtown:

    Stroll through the historic downtown area, which is known for its Federal-style architecture and cobblestone streets. The downtown area is filled with unique shops, boutiques, art galleries, and antique stores.

    Make sure to stop by the Tannery Marketplace, a renovated mill ... Read MORE...

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

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female ancestorAnn WHEELER (20 December 1621, , England (United Kingdom) - 21 April 1687, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam MITCHELL (1630, Kittery, Maine, USA - 15 July 1654, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn WEBSTER (1632, Ipswich, Suffolk, England - 18 October 1716, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorHenry LUNT (20 February 1652, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 15 October 1709, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorHannah EMERY (26 April 1654, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 1 May 1705, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorDeborah COFFIN (10 November 1655, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA - , )
female ancestorMary WALKER (30 October 1669, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA - 4 March 1733, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )
male ancestorDaniel NOYES (23 October 1673, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA - 15 March 1715, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary ORDWAY (5 November 1714, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA - 21 January 1761, Newbury, Massachusetts, USA )

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male ancestorThomas MOODY (21 October 1668 - 31 March 1737) and female ancestorJudith HALE (6 July 1670 - 12 August 1757) married 24 November 1692
male ancestorJohn NOYES (15 February 1678 - 15 June 1719) and female ancestorMary THURLOW (1 May 1682 - 6 April 1747) married 8 December 1703
male ancestorJohn SARGENT (18 October 1817 - 26 December 1872) and female ancestorSarah Cummings WELCH (30 August 1819 - 12 October 1897) married 16 October 1839
male ancestorJohn Martin BUZZELL (11 September 1835 - 17 December 1902) and female ancestorHannah Dewolf HOWARD (30 August 1845 - 20 April 1925) married 25 August 1867
male ancestorBenjamin F PEACH (October 1840 - ) and female ancestorAdelaide L COFFIN (March 1848 - ) married 20 October 1870
male ancestorTheophile HARNOIS (8 November 1861 - 12 June 1947) and female ancestorMathilda SICARD (17 July 1859 - 29 November 1923) married 19 July 1880
photo of Franklin Eli GODDARD Franklin Eli GODDARD (January 1859 - 19 April 1935) and photo of Ida A FRENCH Ida A FRENCH (March 1857 - 3 February 1936) married 24 September 1881
male ancestorCharles Perry SARGENT (29 September 1876 - June 1936) and female ancestorMaud Eva GOVANG (29 September 1878 - August 1969) married 8 December 1895
photo of John Arold BROWN John Arold BROWN (1 January 1896 - 13 April 1963) and photo of Beatrice Marguerite TOOF Beatrice Marguerite TOOF (30 July 1900 - 23 October 1996) married 1922
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