Massachusetts County Creation Dates and Parent Counties

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Name of County Date Formed Parent County Progeny County
Barnstable 02 Jun 1685 Plymouth Colony none
Bristol 02 Jun 1685 Plymouth Colony none
Berkshire 28 May 1760
Hampshire none
Dukes (old) 01 Nov 1683 New York Colonial lands Dukes 1695
Dukes (new) 22 Jun 1695 old Dukes Nantucket 1695
Essex 10 May 1643
Massachusetts Bay Colony none
Franklin 24 Jun 1811 Hampshire none
Hampden 25 Feb 1812 Hampshire none
Hampshire 07 May 1662
Colonial lands Worcester 1731, Berkshire 1760, Franklin 1811, Hampden 1812
Middlesex 10 May 1643
Massachusetts Bay Colony Worcester 1731
Nantucket 22 Jun 1695 Dukes none
Norfolk (old) 10 May 1643
Massachusetts Bay Colony Essex 1643, southern New Hampshire
Norfolk (new) 26 Mar 1693 Suffolk none
Plymouth 08 Jun 1685 Plymouth Colony none
Suffolk 10 May 1643
Massachusetts Bay Colony Worcster 1731, Norfolk 1793
Worcester 05 Apr 1731 Middlesex, Suffolk, Hampshire none