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Abington, Massachusetts, USA - Cutting Ice at Abington Pond

Abington, Plymouth, MA

The area now occupied by the town was purchased in 1649 from Massasoit, chief of the Massachusett (Wampanoag) Indians, who knew it as Manamooskeagin. (Although supposed translations of that name exist, its meaning is unrecoverable.) It was settled in 1668, incorporated in 1712, and named for Abington, England.

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Abington, Massachusetts, USA

"Cutting Ice" at Abington Pond
Abington Pond and Mills. View from Island Grove, Abington, Mass.
Abington, Massachusetts, USA

Abington Pond and Mills. View from Island Grove, Abington, Mass.
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Abington was first settled by European settlers in 1668.

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Abington
Abington, Massachusetts
Plymouth county. This town is on the high land between Massachusetts and Narraganset bays. Three rivers rise here, two of which empty into the Taunton, the other into the North. It lies 19 miles S.S.E. from Boston, 22 N.W. from Plymouth, 18 N.N.E. from Taunton, and 8 S. of Weymouth landing. This town is noted for its manufactures of boots, shoes, and tacks. The total value of its manufactures, in one year, was $847,294, of which the amount of $82,000 was for tacks and $746,794 was for boots and shoes. There were 847 males and 470 females employed in the manufacture of the latter. Population, 1837, 3,057. This town was incorporated in 1712. Its Indian name was Manamooskeagin.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - ABINGTON. [Pop. 3,214 Settled 1668]
The Indian name of Abington was Manamooskeagin which means Many Beavers a name which has no application now but to the
industrious inhabitants who have displaced the animals.

Boots and shoes are manufactured to a very large amount.

Abington is said to be the best grazing town in the county.

Distance from Plymouth, 22 miles ; from Boston, 19
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
ABINGTON, a town in Plymouth co., Massachusetts, U. S., 20 m. SSE of Boston. Pop. in 1840, 3,214; in 1850, 5,200.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
Abington Massachusetts, 1890
Abington is an important and thrifty manufacturing town the northwesterly part of Plymouth County, having an area of 6,000 acres. Holbrook and Weymouth lie on the north, Rockland on the east, Whitman on the south, and Brockton on the west. It is twenty miles southeast of Boston, on the Cape Cod line of the Old Colony Railroad, which has stations at Abington, and North Abington; each of which also have post-offices. The population in 1885 was 3,699; when there were about 70 farms and 759 dwellings. On May 1st, 1888, the latter had increased to 812.

The geological formation is sienite, and carboniferous. In some localities blue slate, bog-iron ore, and peat are found. The land is somewhat elevated, and forms the water-shed between the North and Taunton rivers. The pond, with its groves, at the southern village is a charming place, and much frequented by pleasure parties.

The soil is in some parts very good, and the farms are fairly fertile, — the dairies, in 1885, yielding... Read MORE...

1895 - Abington
Abington, a post-township of Plymouth co. Ma: about 20 miles S. by E. of Boston. It is intersected by the Plymouth Branch of the Old Colony Railroad, and has manufactures of machinery and of boots and shoes. It contains villages named North Abington and Abington, on the railroad. Pop. about 5000. Abington has a national bank. A weekly newspaper is published in this township, which has 5 churches.
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
Abington, a banking post-township (town) of Plymouth co., Mass., 17 miles S. by E. of Boston. It is intersected by the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., and has manufactures of machinery and of boots and shoes. Pop. of the town in 1900, 4489.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Abington:
Island Grove Park:

A beautiful park with walking trails, picnic areas, and a pond.

Great for a leisurely stroll, family picnics, or enjoying the natural surroundings.

Abington Ale House:

If you're into local brews and good food, check out the Abington Ale House.

It's a popular spot for both locals and visitors, offering a variety of craft beers and a pub-style menu.

Frothingham Park:

This historic park is home to the Abington Bandstand, a gazebo where concerts and events are held.

A nice place to relax and enjoy outdoor performances during the warmer months.

Dyer Memorial Library:

If you appreciate history and literature, visit the Dyer Memorial Library.

Explore the collection, attend book clubs or literary events, and immerse yourself in the town's literary heritage.

Abington Depot:

Visit the Abington Depot, a historic train station that now houses the town's historical society.
Learn about Abington's past and its role in the development of the ... Read MORE...

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

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female ancestorMary PRATT (16 September 1675, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA* - 6 August 1746, Abington, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSarah FORD (1739, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 2 April 1813, Cummington, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorHannah BATES (8 May 1744, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 15 November 1838, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorThankful WHITE (25 May 1747, Randolph, Massachusetts, USA - 22 May 1822, Abington, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorSarah HUNT (17 October 1756, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 11 March 1825, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorElisha ADAMS (25 February 1772, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 23 February 1823, Abington, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorHannah BATES (1776, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 17 December 1855, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
male ancestorJudson BRIGGS (1780, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA (East Taunton) - 15 October 1845, Abington, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorAbigail TERRILL (TYRELL) (26 April 1780, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 23 April 1859, Shelburne, Massachusetts, USA (Shelburne Falls))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Abington, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorJacob COOKE (16 June 1691 - 20 November 1753) and female ancestorMary TIRRELL (HEARSEY) (22 August 1689 - 25 April 1738) married 21 January 1729
male ancestorElisha ADAMS (25 February 1772 - 23 February 1823) and female ancestorSarah "Sally" NORTON (7 December 1777 - 18 February 1844) married 31 January 1796
male ancestorWalter WELLS (25 April 1770 - 30 November 1853) and female ancestorAbigail TERRILL (TYRELL) (26 April 1780 - 23 April 1859) married 6 June 1807
photo of Orrin (Oran) ORCUTT Orrin (Oran) ORCUTT (7 August 1819 - 3 February 1882) and female ancestorMary Josselyn JONES (26 November 1821 - 24 January 1861) married 18 April 1841
photo of Clarence Allen RANDALL Clarence Allen RANDALL (15 June 1852 - 25 November 1947) and photo of Emma Bird HOLMES Emma Bird HOLMES (11 February 1857 - 17 April 1932) married 8 June 1875
male ancestorCharles Freeman MERRILL (20 April 1854 - 22 April 1938) and female ancestorMary HAFFEY (June 1859 - 28 December 1942) married 1 May 1879
male ancestorHerbert Francis TIRRELL (10 October 1859 - 3 March 1937) and female ancestorHarriet "Hattie" MAYNARD (2 February 1856 - 17 June 1886) married 23 May 1882
male ancestorGeorge H BLAKE (May 1864 - ) and female ancestorMarietta BATES (December 1868 - ) married 19 July 1885
male ancestorCharles Nelson HUNT (1865 - ) and female ancestorHelen Maria NASH (29 April 1864 - ) married 13 September 1885

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