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The present town of Berkley, then belonging to the neighboring towns of Dighton and Taunton, was first settled in 1638. It was officially incorporated as a separate town in 1735. The town was named for the philosopher and bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753), who lived in Newport, Rhode Island from 1728 to 1731. kids.kiddle.co
Berkley includes: Myricks and Segreganset.
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Main Entrance, Dighton Rock Park, Mass
"Dighton Rock State Park is an 85-acre (34 ha) Massachusetts state park located in the town of Berkley, managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The park is named after Dighton Rock, an 11-foot-high (3.4 m) glacial erratic that once sat on the banks of the Taunton River, covered with petroglyphs. It has since been moved to a small museum on the park grounds..." wikipedia
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1638 - Berkley is settled
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1735 - Berkeley is incorporated
Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1839 - Berkley
Bristol county. Berkley lies 37 miles S. from Boston, 18 E. from Providence, and 5 S. from Taunton. Population in 1837, 878. Taken from Dighton in 1735, from which it is separated from Taunton river. Some coasting vessels belong to this place, and some ship building is carried on. Assonet village, on Taunton river, is the principal place of business. The soil is light and sandy.
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 - BERKELEY [Pop. 886. Inc. 1735.]
This town was probably named in honor of George Berkeley, an Irish bishop, of great learning and philaathropy, who had visited this country a few years before for the purpose of benefiting the Indians.
Berkeley was once a part of Dighton and of Taunton, and contains the curious Dighton Rock, on which are many rude hieroglyphics, supposed to have been made by a people who existed before the Indian tribes that the Pilgrim Fathers found here. The meaning of the characters is as much a mystery as their origin.
The rock is on the bank of Taunton River, and is almost covered at high tide. Some have supposed that it was related to certain skeletons found at Fall River, a few miles below Berkeley.
Distance from Taunton, 5 miles; from Boston, 37.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1854 - Berkley
Berkley, a post-township of Bristol county, Massachusetts, 85 miles S. of Boston, on the E. side of Taunton river. Population, 908.
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.
1871 - Industrious Females
Although the town of Berkeley, Mass., contains only 800 inhabitants, its female inhabitants have earned $6,000 during the past year at straw sewing.
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Berkley Massachusetts, 1890
Berkley is a small agricultural town situated in the easterly part of Bristol County, about 40 miles south of Boston, and bounded on the north and northeast by Taunton, on the south and southeast by Freetown (from which it is in part separated by Assonet Bay), and on the west by Dighton and Taunton,— from the last of which it is divided by Taunton River, here a navigable, broad and beautiful stream. It is watered in the east by Cotley and Quaker brooks, and in the west by several affluents of Taunton River. The villages and post-offices are Berkley (centre) and Myricksville; and the railway stations are the latter, in the southeast part of the town, on the New Bedford and Taunton line, and Berkley, on the Fall River Branch of the Old Colony Railroad. The termination of the town southerly is a long point of land called Assonet Neck. A little south of it lies Conspiracy Island, probably so named from its connection with King Philip's conspiracy against the English, which resulted in the ... Read MORE...
1895 - Berkley
Berkley, a post-township of Bristol co, Mass., about 4 miles S. of Taunton, is bounded on the W. by the Taunton River. It has 2 churches. The noted Dighton Rock is in this township, Pop, in 1890, 894.
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
1899 - Berkley
BERKLEY. - This was the eleventh town formed in Bristol county, its territory formerly lying in the older towns of Dighton and Taunton, from which it was taken and incorporated on April 18, 1735. Since that date there have been several minor territorial changes. On February 26, 1799, a small part of Dighton was annexed, and on February 6, 1810, certain lands in Berkley belonging to Taunton were annexed; other Taunton lands were annexed on March 3, 1842. By act of April 1, 1879, Myricksville, or Myrick's Station, in Berkley, and a strip of land about a mile in width and two miles long, which were formerly within Taunton limits, were annexed to Berkley as a result of several urgent petitions. When the amount that this land should pay on the town debt of Taunton was fixed at $800, it was at once raised by private subscription, and the act was accepted by the town on the 12th of April, 1879.
Berkley forms a part of the Twelfth Congressional District, and with Dighton and the First and... Read MORE...
Berkley, a post-township (town) of Bristol co., Mass., about 4 miles S. of Taunton, is bounded on the W. by the Taunton River. The noted Dighton Rock is in this town. Pop. in 1900, 949.
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
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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Berkley, Massachusetts, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were born or died in Berkley.
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Hannah WHITMAN (24 August 1641, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley) - 8 October 1720, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram))
David BRIGGS (6 December 1669, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA (East Taunton) - 6 March 1756, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley))
Sara WITHEREL (1671, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram) - 1711, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley))
Rebekah AXTELL (22 November 1706, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley) - 24 January 1754, Mendham, New Jersey, USA)
Mary HAYFORD (23 April 1734, Middleborough, Massachusetts, USA (Middleboro) - 1811, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley))
Amos BRIGGS (1 July 1751, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley) - , )
Nehemiah NEWHALL (1770, - 12 January 1860, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley))
Ebenezer BABBITT (27 April 1772, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley) - 21 June 1858, Freetown, Massachusetts, USA (Assonet) (East Freetown))
Elijah NORCUTT SR (22 February 1774, Middleborough, Massachusetts, USA (Middleboro) - 10 September 1859, Berkley, Massachusetts, USA (Berkeley))
Ancestors Who Were Married in Berkley, Massachusetts, USAWe currently have information about ancestors who were married in Berkley.
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Jacob COOKE (16 June 1691 - 20 November 1753) and Rebekah AXTELL (22 November 1706 - 24 January 1754) married 11 November 1736
Lucius Root EASTMAN (25 January 1839 - 26 February 1916) and Rebecca Porter CRANE (14 March 1844 - 28 August 1921) married 15 November 1870
Lester Carleton DEMORANVILLE (26 May 1871 - 1934) and Julia BORDEN (16 October 1873 - 1945) married 18 October 1890
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