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Rockland, Plymouth, MA

The Town first settled around 1673. It was formerly the northeast section of Abington. Population was 4,000 when incorporated under its present name. Rockland derived its name geologically from its rocky nature. A "large rock" is mentioned in the description of the Town Seal. Rockland was incorporated March 9, 1874. rockland-ma.gov

Rockland includes: Hatherly.
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1890 Rockland Massachusetts
Rockland is a new and thriving town at the middle of the northern border of Plymouth County, on the Hanover Branch of the Old Colony Railroad, 19 miles from Boston. The station — Rockland — lies between the centre and Boxborough village, a little southwestward.

The post-offices are Rockland and Hatherly. The town is bounded on the north by Weymouth and Hingham; on the east by Norwell and Hanover; on the south by Hanson; on the west by Abington; while Whitman adjoins on the southwest. The assessed area is 5,719 acres. There are nearly 1,000 acres of woodland, containing oak, maple, birch and pine. The geological formation is sienite and carboniferous, with here and there a bed of blue slate, of iron ore, and of peat. The surface in the northern section is somewhat elevated, but not hilly. Beech Hill in the south, and Round Top on the south part of the east line , are the highest points. North of the first is the extensive Beech Hill Meadow, through which flows a tributary of North... Read MORE...

1895 - Rockland
Rockland, a post-village in Rockland township, Plymouth co., Mass., on the Old Colony Railroad, 19 1/ 2 miles S.S.E. of Boston. It has a savings-bank, a newspaper office, 3 churches, and extensive manufactories of boots and shoes. Pop. of township in 1890, 5213.
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
1906
Rockland, a banking post-village in Rockland township (town), Plymouth co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 19 1/ 2 miles SSE. of Boston. It has extensive manufactories of boots and shoes and tacks. Pop. of the town in 1900, 5327.
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 things to do and places to visit in and around Rockland:
Abigail Adams Cairn:

Pay a visit to this historical site dedicated to Abigail Adams, the wife of President John Adams. The cairn is a tribute to her and is located on a scenic spot.

Rockland Memorial Library:

If you're a bookworm or just appreciate a quiet place, the Rockland Memorial Library is a great spot. Check out their events and book clubs.

Hiking at Ames Nowell State Park:

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the trails at Ames Nowell State Park. It's a beautiful place for nature walks, bird watching, and picnics.

South Shore Model Railway Club:

Model train enthusiasts, this one's for you. The South Shore Model Railway Club is a fascinating place with intricate model train setups.

Enjoy a Slice at Christo's to Go:

Grab a delicious slice of pizza at Christo's to Go. It's a local favorite, and they offer a variety of toppings to suit every taste.

Veterans Memorial Stadium:

Check out the Veterans Memorial Stadium if you're a sports fan. It hosts... Read MORE...

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

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male ancestorNathan TUBS (1773, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA - 4 March 1860, Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam PINKHAM (1793, , New Hampshire, USA - 9 July 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary S. NOAH (1799, - 1 May 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn MANE (1801, , Ireland - 4 December 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJosiah SOULE (1802, Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA (Cedar Crest) (South Duxbury) (West Duxbury) - 13 June 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorClarissa W. FISH (1805, , Vermont, USA - 15 January 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam STUDLEY (19 June 1806, Abington, Massachusetts, USA - 18 July 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorWilliam O'DONNELL (1813, , Ireland - 7 February 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorDaniel O'DONOVAN (1820, , Ireland - 7 November 1886, Rockland, Massachusetts, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Rockland, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorCharles Jones ORCUTT (30 April 1853 - 15 September 1906) and female ancestorSarah Ruthena BEAL (March 1854 - 15 March 1939) married 10 February 1876
male ancestorAnthony Patrick MCENROE (24 June 1843 - 5 August 1896) and female ancestorMary A LYNCH (1863 - 25 September 1895) married 19 August 1884
photo of Clifton Linwood CROCKER Clifton Linwood CROCKER (10 April 1879 - 30 December 1952) and photo of Annie Lillian SPIERS Annie Lillian SPIERS (3 April 1882 - 11 October 1964) married 7 August 1901

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