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Manchester, Essex, MA

The municipality of Manchester, Massachusetts was incorporated by an act of the Great and General Court (legislature) of the Commonwealth in 1645. Most recently, by means of petition to the Legislature, approval was granted to officially change its name to Manchester-by-the-Sea. Thus, the name the Town was commonly known as for many decades became legal some 344 years after its incorporation. manchester.ma.us

Manchester-by-the-Sea includes: Kettle Cove and North Yarmouth.
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  • 1629 - Manchester is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1645 - Manchester is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1839 - Manchester
    Manchester, Massachusetts
    Essex county. This is a flourishing fishing town on Massachusetts bay, 26 miles N.E. from Boston and 5 S.W. from Gloucester. It was taken from Salem in 1645. Population, 1837, 1,346. There are a number of vessels belonging to the town employed in the fishing and coasting business. The value of the fishery, the year ending April 1, 1837, amounted to $12,800. The value of the articles manufactured was $96,473. Those articles consisted of vessels, boots, shoes, leather, chairs, cabinet ware, palm-leaf hats, and ships' wheels. The village is very pleasant, and commands fine prospects. Although Manchester is a rocky, rough township, it can boast a rare native production in this climate,—the magnolia, a beautiful flowering tree.
    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 - MANCHESTER. [Pop. 1,855. Inc. 1645.]
    Manchester, when a part of Salem, was called Jeffrey's Creek. The Magnolia, a beautiful flowering tree, is found in this town, and no where else in New England, in a native state.

    The inhabitants are more or less connected with navigation.

    Distance from Salem, 8 miles; from Boston, 26.
    An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
  • 1854 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-village and seaport of Essex county, Massachusetts, on the Eastern railroad, 9 miles N. E. from Beverly, and 23 miles N. E. from Boston. The industry of the inhabitants is chiefly directed to the manufacture of cabinet-ware, which employs a capital of $500,000. Incorporated in 1045. Population of the township, 1648.
    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.
  • Manchester Massachusetts, 1890
    Manchester, one of our most beautiful towns, lies along north side of Massachusetts Bay, in the southeasterly part of Essex County, 8 miles northeast of Salem, and 25 miles northeast of Boston. It is on the Gloucester Branch of the Eastern Division of the Boston and Maine Railroad, which has stations at West Manchester, Manchester and Magnolia. Manchester is the principal village and the post-office. Other villages are Crescent Beach, Kittle Cove Village, West Manchester and Newport. Northeast of Manchester village is Rosedale Cemetery; and a locality beyond, near Baker's Pond, formerly bore the name "North Yarmouth."

    It is bounded on the north by Essex, on the east by Gloucester, on the south by the sea, and on the west by Beverly and Wenham. Its shore line is about 4 miles. In the offing are House, Kettle and several smaller islands. The area is 5,134 acres; about two-thirds, chiefly along the northern side of the town, being well filled with forests of oak, pine and hemlock.... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-village of Essex co., Mass., in Manchester township, on the Atlantic Ocean, and on the Gloucester Branch of the Eastern Railroad, 23 miles N.E. of Boston. It has 3 churches, and manufactures of chairs and cabinet-furniture, &c. It is a popular seaside resort, and has several fine beaches and bold promontories. Pop. of the township, 1560. Here is a noted mass of rocks in the sea, called Norman's Woe.
    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
    Manchester, or Manchester-by-the-Sea, a post-village of Essex co., Mass., in Manchester township (town) on the Atlantic Ocean and on the Boston and Maine R., 23 miles NE. of Boston. It has manufactures of furniture, etc. It is a popular sea-side resort and has several fine beaches (including a "singing beach") and bold promontories. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2522. Here is a noted mass of rocks in the sea, called Norman's Woe.
    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
  • News  1907 - BOSTON MAN'S SUMMER COTTAGE IS DESTROYED.
    Manchester, Nov. 24. - A summer cottage which Charles Head, the Boston broker and banker, was building for his daughter, Mrs. Philip Stockton of Boston, on Glouscester road, was burned today, the loss being fully $40,000. F. L. Whitcomb of Boston was the contractor and he was to have turned the house over to Mr. Head next week. The fire started from a heater in the basement. Several workmen lost their kits. The house was a two-story frame structure, finished in stucco. The amount of insurance is not known.
    The Boston Journal
    Boston, Massachusetts
    November 25, 1907

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male ancestorNathaniel MASTERS (1613, , England (United Kingdom) - 1 July 1708, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea))
male ancestorWilliam ALLEN (1615, , England (United Kingdom) - 10 May 1679, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea))
female ancestorRuth PICKWORTH (1635, - 5 April 1716, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea))
female ancestorHannah GRIFFIN (12 April 1653, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea) - 20 April 1699, Southold, New York, USA (Mattituck))
female ancestorRuth MASTERS (1656, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea) - 17 August 1701, Wells, Maine, USA)
male ancestorJ. Frank ALLEN (1857, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea) - 9 November 1899, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea))
male ancestorThomas W SACO (1891, Sicily - 1945, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea))
female ancestorDorothy May SACO (1921, Manchester, Massachusetts, USA (Manchester-by-the-Sea) - 1985, Winter Haven, Florida, USA)
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