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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Pembroke'''  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts Genealogy Guide|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Pembroke'''  
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Pembroke. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There is a detailed guide for the town set off from Pembroke: [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]].
  
 
== Brief History  ==
 
== Brief History  ==
  
Pembroke is situated at the head of the navigatable portion of the North River known for ship building. The first settlers were Robert Barker and Dolor Davis near Herring Brook. It was the site of the first sawmill in the colony for the first forty years. An iron works was established by 1720. The town was in Plymouth Colony. The town was in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  
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Pembroke is situated at the head of the navigable portion of the North River known for ship building. The first settlers were Robert Barker and Dolor Davis near Herring Brook. It was the site of the first sawmill in the colony for the first forty years. An iron works was established by 1720. The town was in [[Plymouth Colony|Plymouth Colony]]. The town was in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]] when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the [[Dominion of New England|Dominion of New England]] from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts|Plymouth County]], though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with [[Massachusetts Bay Colony|Massachusetts Bay Colony]] in 1691 that became the [[Massachusetts|Commonwealth of Massachusetts]].  
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== Historical Data  ==
  
== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 91. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> ==
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The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 91. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> with additions from various sources.
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
Pembroke at one time was called Major's Purchase, Marshfield Upper Lands, and Mattakeeset.  
 
Pembroke at one time was called Major's Purchase, Marshfield Upper Lands, and Mattakeeset.  
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| West Parish set off as the new town of Hanson.
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| Second or West Parish (The Major's Purchase) set off as the new town of [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]].
 
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| Border between Pembroke and Hanson established.
 
| Border between Pembroke and Hanson established.
 
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== Town Histories  ==
 
== Town Histories  ==
  
[[Image:{{MAPlyPemMap}}]]Works written on the town include:  
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Works written on the town include: {{MAPlyPemMap}}
  
 
*Henry Wheatland Litchfield, ''Ancient Landmarks of Pembroke'' (Pembroke, Mass., 1909), 188 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/ancientlandmarks00litc Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008651164 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13276468 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|251679|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P2 H2L}}.  
 
*Henry Wheatland Litchfield, ''Ancient Landmarks of Pembroke'' (Pembroke, Mass., 1909), 188 pp.<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/ancientlandmarks00litc Internet Archive] and [http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008651164 Hathi Trust].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/13276468 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|251679|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P2 H2L}}.  
 
*Barbara Merrick, "The Original Church Records of Gad Hitchcock, D.D., 1748 to 1803: Deaths" in the ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 136 [1982]: 31-42.<br>Scanned version of these pages found [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~machanso/images/hitchcockbaptisms.pdf online].<br>  
 
*Barbara Merrick, "The Original Church Records of Gad Hitchcock, D.D., 1748 to 1803: Deaths" in the ''New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 136 [1982]: 31-42.<br>Scanned version of these pages found [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~machanso/images/hitchcockbaptisms.pdf online].<br>  
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembroke,_Massachusetts Pembroke Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><center>[[Pembroke, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembroke,_Massachusetts Pembroke Wikipedia page].<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
 
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== Vital Records  ==
 
== Vital Records  ==
  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
*[http://www.pembroke-ma.gov/townclerk.html Pembroke Town Clerk's Office]<br>100 Center Street<br>Pembroke MA 02359<br>Phone 781-293-7211<br>  
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*[http://www.pembroke-ma.gov/townclerk.html '''Pembroke Town Clerk's Office''']<br>100 Center Street<br>Pembroke MA 02359<br>Phone 781-293-7211<br>  
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Vital records, 1694-1844, {{FHL|460864|item|disp=FHL film 423494}}; 1663-1897, {{FHL|460968|item|disp=FHL film 423495}}; Town and vital records, 1711-1841, {{FHL|442653|item|disp=FHL films 423498-423499}}; Proprietors of the Common Land (includes family records, 1702-1771), {{FHL|3072|item|disp=FHL film 417932}}.  
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Pembroke vital records, 1694-1844, {{FHL|460864|item|disp=FHL film 423494}}; 1663-1897, {{FHL|460968|item|disp=FHL film 423495}}; Town and vital records, 1711-1841, {{FHL|442653|item|disp=FHL films 423498-423499}}; Proprietors of the Common Land (includes family records, 1702-1771), {{FHL|3072|item|disp=FHL film 417932}}.<br>These records are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DRZ%3A1790707903%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1662-1897, on 75 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index  
 
*Microfiche of the originals created by Archive Publishing covering town records that included vital records and a few other town records, 1662-1897, on 75 fiche. Part of [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2495 ''Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620–1988''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] ($); Index  
*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841. See the guide to the state for more information here.
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*Official state copy of vital records starting in 1841:<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/ '''Massachusetts Archives''']<br>220 Morrissey Blvd.<br>Boston MA 02125<br>Phone 617-727-2816<br>Email [mailto:archives@sec.state.ma.us archives@sec.state.ma.us]<br>[http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/archrs/hrsidx.htm Hours and Directions]<br> See the [[Massachusetts Vital Records|online guide]] for more information.
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
 
*''Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231232|item|disp=FHL film 873752 Item 1}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofpe00newe Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10109 Ancestry] ($), in a database on [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Pembroke American Ancestors] ($), and an [http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/0-index_pembroke.htm online transcription].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1044201 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231232|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P2 V2v}} with digital link.
 
*''Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911).<br>These volumes were microfilmed by the Family History Library ({{FHL|231232|item|disp=FHL film 873752 Item 1}}).<br>Digital versions at [http://archive.org/details/vitalrecordsofpe00newe Internet Archive], [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=10109 Ancestry] ($), in a database on [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=344&Da=190&Co=191&Rg=218&Ci=Pembroke American Ancestors] ($), and an [http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/0-index_pembroke.htm online transcription].<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1044201 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|231232|item|disp=FHL book 974.482/P2 V2v}} with digital link.
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*Charles Eliot Goodspeed, "Pembroke (Mass.) Records" in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 69 [1915]: 283-284, probably records of Rev. Daniel Lewis covering 1742 to 1743.<br>
 
*Charles Eliot Goodspeed, "Pembroke (Mass.) Records" in ''The New England Historical and Genealogical Register'', 69 [1915]: 283-284, probably records of Rev. Daniel Lewis covering 1742 to 1743.<br>
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>
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*Pembroke vital records, 1694-1844, 1663-1897, town and vital records, 1711-1841; Proprietors of the Common Land (includes family records, 1702-1771) are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A%2F%2Ffamilysearch.org%2Frecords%2Fwaypoint%2FMMBX-DRZ%3A1790707903%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].
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== City Directories  ==
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Pembroke was published in 1914 (under Carver).
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The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/telephonnoncurr.html online].
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Other holdings:
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 Ancestry] ($) has 1914 (under Carver).
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1914 (under Carver).
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1914 on {{FHL|1946856|item|disp=FHL film 2310273 Item 3}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has none.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1914 (under Carver).
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1022119~S0 New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1914.
 
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== Cemeteries  ==
 
== Cemeteries  ==
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pembroke. Use the map on [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net] to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
 
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pembroke. Use the map on [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/cemeteries.html PlymouthColony.net] to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
  
#Briggs Cemetery / Barker Burial Ground, 1722. (A, B)<br>John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records in the Briggs Burial Ground, North Pembroke" in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11168.html 168-170].  
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:#Briggs Cemetery / Barker Burial Ground, 1722. (A, B)<br>John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records in the Briggs Burial Ground, North Pembroke" in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11168.html 168-170].  
#Brown Cemetery, 19th century. (C)  
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:#Brown Cemetery, 19th century. (C)  
#Centre Cemetery, 1715. (A, C)  
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:#Centre Cemetery, 1715. (A, C)  
#Chapel Ground Cemetery, n.d. (A)  
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:#Chapel Ground Cemetery, n.d. (A)  
#Friends Burying Ground, 18th century. (A, B)<br>John W. Willard, Stanley W. Smith, Edward H. Whorf, and Arthur M. Jones, "Friends Burying Ground, Washington Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11128.html 128].  
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:#Friends Burying Ground, 18th century. (A, B)<br>John W. Willard, Stanley W. Smith, Edward H. Whorf, and Arthur M. Jones, "Friends Burying Ground, Washington Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11128.html 128].  
#Seth Hatch Family Cemetery, 1799.  
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:#Seth Hatch Family Cemetery, 1799.  
#Loring Cemetery, 1815-1861.<br>John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records from the Loring Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11219.html 219-220].  
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:#Loring Cemetery, 1815-1861.<br>John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records from the Loring Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11219.html 219-220].  
#Luther Magoun Family Cemetery, 18th century.  
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:#Luther Magoun Family Cemetery, 18th century.  
#Paul Magoun Family Cemetery, 1844.  
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:#Paul Magoun Family Cemetery, 1844.  
#Silas Morton-Barstow Tomb, 19th century.  
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:#Silas Morton-Barstow Tomb, 19th century.  
#Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 19th century. (A, B, C)<br>Alicia Crane Williams, "Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pembroke Centre, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 35 [1985]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md35/MD35-065-068.pdf 65-68], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md35/MD35-163-166.pdf 163-166]; 36 [1986]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md36/MD36-059-062.pdf 59-62]; 37 [1987]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md37/MD37-007-010.pdf 7-10], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md37/MD37-171-172.pdf 171-172]; 38 [1988]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md38/MD38-061-062.pdf 61-62], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md38/MD38-181-182.pdf 181-182]; 39 [1989]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md39/MD39-059-060.pdf 59-60], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md39/MD39-167-168.pdf 167-168]; 40 [1990]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md40/MD40-185-186.pdf 185-186].  
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:#Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 19th century. (A, B, C)<br>Alicia Crane Williams, "Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pembroke Centre, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 35 [1985]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md35/MD35-065-068.pdf 65-68], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md35/MD35-163-166.pdf 163-166]; 36 [1986]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md36/MD36-059-062.pdf 59-62]; 37 [1987]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md37/MD37-007-010.pdf 7-10], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md37/MD37-171-172.pdf 171-172]; 38 [1988]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md38/MD38-061-062.pdf 61-62], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md38/MD38-181-182.pdf 181-182]; 39 [1989]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md39/MD39-059-060.pdf 59-60], [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md39/MD39-167-168.pdf 167-168]; 40 [1990]: [http://www.massmayflower.org/publications/md/md40/MD40-185-186.pdf 185-186].  
#Pine Grove / East Pembroke Cemetery, 1813-1900. (A)<br>John W. Willard and Stanley W. Smith, "Pine Grove Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11063.html 63-64].  
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:#Pine Grove / East Pembroke Cemetery, 1813-1900. (A)<br>John W. Willard and Stanley W. Smith, "Pine Grove Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11063.html 63-64].  
#Private Burial Ground, 1844-1850.<br>John W. Willard and Wdward H. Whorf, "Private Burial Ground on Hip Top on Water Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 12 [1910]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/12256.html 256].  
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:#Private Burial Ground, 1844-1850.<br>John W. Willard and Edward H. Whorf, "Private Burial Ground on Hip Top on Water Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 12 [1910]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/12256.html 256].  
#Randall Lot Cemetery, 1871.  
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:#Randall Lot Cemetery, 1871.  
#Sachem Lodge / High Street Cemetery, 19th century. (A)  
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:#Sachem Lodge / High Street Cemetery, 19th century. (A)  
#Stetson Burial Ground, n.d. (A, C)  
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:#Stetson Burial Ground, n.d. (A, C)  
#Two Mile Cemetery, 1707-1859. (A)<br> Stanley W. Smith, "Records from the Cemetery at the Corner of Water and Church Streets, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11086.html 86-87].
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:#Two Mile Cemetery, 1707-1859. (A)<br>Stanley W. Smith, "Records from the Cemetery at the Corner of Water and Church Streets, North Pembroke, Mass." in ''Mayflower Descendant'', 11 [1909]: [http://plymouthcolony.net/pembroke/md/11086.html 86-87].
  
<br> Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br> (A). ''Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911). [See links above for various versions of this source.]<br> (B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}<br> (C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscript Dept.  
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<br>Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). ''Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1911). [See links above for various versions of this source.]<br>(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/33438396 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|741281|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 V3}}<br>(C). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscript Dept.  
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== Churches  ==
 
== Churches  ==
  
 
The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.  
 
The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.  
  
#Society of Friends, 1708, records good.<br>Records on microfilm as Pembroke Monthly Meeting records, 1676-1876, {{FHL|415623|item|disp=FHL film 1335}}, includes Sandwich Quarterly Meeting minutes.  
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:#Society of Friends, 1708, records good.<br>Records on microfilm as Pembroke Monthly Meeting records, 1676-1876, {{FHL|415623|item|disp=FHL film 1335}}, includes Sandwich Quarterly Meeting minutes.  
#First Unitarian Church (now [http://www.firstchurchinpembroke.org/First_Church_In_Pembroke/Welcome.html First Church in Pembroke]), 1712, records good after 1763.<br>Records on microfilm, Church records, 1711-1899, {{FHL|444439|item|disp=FHL film 423501}}.  
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:#First Unitarian Church (now [http://www.firstchurchinpembroke.org/First_Church_In_Pembroke/Welcome.html First Church in Pembroke]), 1712, records good after 1763.<br>Records on microfilm, Church records, 1711-1899, {{FHL|444439|item|disp=FHL film 423501}}.  
#Second Religious Society [not in 1889 survey].<br>Records online as [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=15 Baptisms in the Second Religious Society, Pembroke, 1749-1825] ($).  
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:#Second Religious Society [not in 1889 survey].<br>Records online as [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=0344&Da=15 Baptisms in the Second Religious Society, Pembroke, 1749-1825] ($).  
#Methodist Episcopal Church, Bryantville, 1825, records fair.  
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:#Methodist Episcopal Church, Bryantville, 1825, records fair.  
#[http://stthecla.org/ St. Thecla Catholic Church], 1963.  
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:#[http://stthecla.org/ St. Thecla Catholic Church], 1963.  
#[http://www.northriverchurch.org/ North River Community Church], 1989.  
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:#[http://www.northriverchurch.org/ North River Community Church], 1989.  
#[http://www.pembrokeassemblyofgod.org/ Pembroke Assembly of God], n.d.  
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:#[http://www.pembrokeassemblyofgod.org/ Pembroke Assembly of God], n.d.  
#High Street United Methodist Church, n.d.
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:#High Street United Methodist Church, n.d.
 
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== Newspapers  ==
 
== Newspapers  ==
  
#''The Union'', 1856.  
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:#''The Union'', 1856.  
#''Silver Lake News'', 1955-1956.  
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:#''Silver Lake News'', 1955-1956.  
#''Pembroke Mariner'', 1983-2003.  
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:#''Pembroke Mariner'', 1983-2003.  
#''Pembroke Reporter'', 1984-2006.
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:#''Pembroke Reporter'', 1984-2006.
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
 
== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
  
The following is list of research facilities in town:  
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The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
  
[http://www.pembrokepubliclibrary.org/ Pembroke Public Library]<br>142 Center Street<br>Pembroke MA 02359<br>Phone 781-293-6771<br>Email [mailto:feedback@pembrokepubliclibrary.org feedback@pembrokepubliclibrary.org]  
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[http://www.pembrokepubliclibrary.org/ '''Pembroke Public Library''']<br>142 Center Street<br>Pembroke MA 02359<br>Phone 781-293-6771<br>Email [mailto:feedback@pembrokepubliclibrary.org feedback@pembrokepubliclibrary.org]  
  
[http://www.pembroke-ma.gov/historicalsociety.html Pembroke Historical Society]<br>100 Center Street<br>PO Box 122<br>Pembroke MA 02359<br>Phone 781-293-9083<br>Email [mailto:pembrokehistoric@aol.com pembrokehistoric@aol.com]  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Massachusetts Gotoarrow.png Plymouth Gotoarrow.png Pembroke

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Pembroke. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries. There is a detailed guide for the town set off from Pembroke: Hanson.

Brief History

Pembroke is situated at the head of the navigable portion of the North River known for ship building. The first settlers were Robert Barker and Dolor Davis near Herring Brook. It was the site of the first sawmill in the colony for the first forty years. An iron works was established by 1720. The town was in Plymouth Colony. The town was in Plymouth County when counties were formed in 1685. For a brief time, the town was part of the Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689. The town is still in Plymouth County, though was in limbo, until the "Colony" was merged with Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691 that became the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Historical Data

The basic data is from the "Historical Data" publication series[1] with additions from various sources.

Associated names

Pembroke at one time was called Major's Purchase, Marshfield Upper Lands, and Mattakeeset.

Village or section names include Bryantville, Crookertown, East Pembroke, Fosterville, North Pembroke, Pembroke Center, Schooset, and Standish.

Border changes
Dates Events
21 Mar. 1712 Established as a town from part of Duxbury that was called Mattackeeset, a tract called Major's Purchase, and land called Marshfield Upper-lands at Mattakeeset. [Prov. Laws, 1: 684]
16 June 1726 Part included in the new town of Kingston.
4 July 1734 Part included in the new town of Halifax.
22 Feb. 1820 Second or West Parish (The Major's Purchase) set off as the new town of Hanson.
6 Mar. 1835 Border between Pembroke and Hanover established.
23 Apr. 1885 Border between Pembroke and Hanover established.
3 Apr. 1903 Border between Pembroke and Hanson established.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:


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Vital Records

The town's vital records are available in many locations:

Original records
Published records
This includes, in part, church records from the First Unitarian Church (C.R.1), Second Church of Christ (C.R.2), Baptist Church (C.R.3), and the Society of Friends of Pembroke [now with the New Bedford Monthly Meeting] (C.R.4). Deaths are included from Pembroke Centre Cem. (G.R.1), Stetson Burying Ground (G.R.2), Mount Pleasant Cem., Bryantville (G.R.3), Two Mile Cem. (G.R.4), Briggs Cem., North Pembroke (G.R.5), East Pembroke Cem. (G.R.6), High Street Cem. (G.R.7), Chapel Ground (G.R.8), and the Friends Burying Ground (G.R. 9).
  • Charles Eliot Goodspeed, "Pembroke (Mass.) Records" in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 69 [1915]: 283-284, probably records of Rev. Daniel Lewis covering 1742 to 1743.
Online records
  • Pembroke vital records, 1694-1844, 1663-1897, town and vital records, 1711-1841; Proprietors of the Common Land (includes family records, 1702-1771) are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.
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City Directories

Pembroke was published in 1914 (under Carver).

The Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.) has one of the largest collections of city directories in the country. They are likely to own most of the years listed above. Their collection is in microfiche, microfilm, and books, but there is no online inventory of their holdings except for microfilm. See their guide online.

Other holdings:

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Cemeteries

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Pembroke. Use the map on PlymouthColony.net to locate the cemeteries. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Briggs Cemetery / Barker Burial Ground, 1722. (A, B)
    John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records in the Briggs Burial Ground, North Pembroke" in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 168-170.
  2. Brown Cemetery, 19th century. (C)
  3. Centre Cemetery, 1715. (A, C)
  4. Chapel Ground Cemetery, n.d. (A)
  5. Friends Burying Ground, 18th century. (A, B)
    John W. Willard, Stanley W. Smith, Edward H. Whorf, and Arthur M. Jones, "Friends Burying Ground, Washington Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 128.
  6. Seth Hatch Family Cemetery, 1799.
  7. Loring Cemetery, 1815-1861.
    John W. Willard, "Gravestone Records from the Loring Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 219-220.
  8. Luther Magoun Family Cemetery, 18th century.
  9. Paul Magoun Family Cemetery, 1844.
  10. Silas Morton-Barstow Tomb, 19th century.
  11. Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 19th century. (A, B, C)
    Alicia Crane Williams, "Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Pembroke Centre, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 35 [1985]: 65-68, 163-166; 36 [1986]: 59-62; 37 [1987]: 7-10, 171-172; 38 [1988]: 61-62, 181-182; 39 [1989]: 59-60, 167-168; 40 [1990]: 185-186.
  12. Pine Grove / East Pembroke Cemetery, 1813-1900. (A)
    John W. Willard and Stanley W. Smith, "Pine Grove Cemetery, East Pembroke, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 63-64.
  13. Private Burial Ground, 1844-1850.
    John W. Willard and Edward H. Whorf, "Private Burial Ground on Hip Top on Water Street, North Pembroke, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 12 [1910]: 256.
  14. Randall Lot Cemetery, 1871.
  15. Sachem Lodge / High Street Cemetery, 19th century. (A)
  16. Stetson Burial Ground, n.d. (A, C)
  17. Two Mile Cemetery, 1707-1859. (A)
    Stanley W. Smith, "Records from the Cemetery at the Corner of Water and Church Streets, North Pembroke, Mass." in Mayflower Descendant, 11 [1909]: 86-87.


Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Pembroke, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1911). [See links above for various versions of this source.]
(B). Charles M. Thatcher, Old Cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts (Middleborough, Mass., 1995). WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 V3
(C). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscript Dept.

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Churches

The following is a list of churches established in town in order of organization date (if known) and condition of records in the 1889 survey if listed.

  1. Society of Friends, 1708, records good.
    Records on microfilm as Pembroke Monthly Meeting records, 1676-1876, FHL film 1335, includes Sandwich Quarterly Meeting minutes.
  2. First Unitarian Church (now First Church in Pembroke), 1712, records good after 1763.
    Records on microfilm, Church records, 1711-1899, FHL film 423501.
  3. Second Religious Society [not in 1889 survey].
    Records online as Baptisms in the Second Religious Society, Pembroke, 1749-1825 ($).
  4. Methodist Episcopal Church, Bryantville, 1825, records fair.
  5. St. Thecla Catholic Church, 1963.
  6. North River Community Church, 1989.
  7. Pembroke Assembly of God, n.d.
  8. High Street United Methodist Church, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. The Union, 1856.
  2. Silver Lake News, 1955-1956.
  3. Pembroke Mariner, 1983-2003.
  4. Pembroke Reporter, 1984-2006.
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Pembroke Public Library
142 Center Street
Pembroke MA 02359
Phone 781-293-6771
Email feedback@pembrokepubliclibrary.org

Pembroke Historical Society
100 Center Street
PO Box 122
Pembroke MA 02359
Phone 781-293-9083
Email pembrokehistoric@aol.com

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 91. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co: Duxbury | Halifax | Hanover | Hanson | Kingston | Marshfield | Norwell | Plympton