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== Brief History  ==
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This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Rockland. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.
  
Rockland is a relatively recent town created from Abington. The area was formed as the Third or East Parish of Abington in 1813 and it was this part that became Rockland in 1874. The earlier history of this region will be that of [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]]. The town is in Plymouth County.
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=== Town Clerk ===
  
== Historical Data<ref>William Francis Galvin, ''Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts'' (Boston, new ed., 1997), 98. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/37416784 WorldCat (Other Libraries)]; {{FHL|677425|item|disp=FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997}}</ref> ==
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242 Union St<br>Rockland, MA 02370<br>Phone: 781-871-1892 x 1<br>Fax: 781-871-0386<br>Email: [mailto:clerk@rockland-ma.gov clerk@rockland-ma.gov]<br>[http://www.rockland-ma.gov Website]
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=== Brief History  ===
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Rockland is a relatively recent town created from [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]]. The area was formed as the Third or East Parish of [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]] in 1813 and it was this part that became Rockland in 1874. The earlier history of this region will be that of [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]]. The town is in [[Plymouth County, Massachusetts Genealogy|Plymouth County]].
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=== Historical Data  ===
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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), 98. [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.
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<center>'''Associated names''' </center>  
 
Village or section names include Hatherly.  
 
Village or section names include Hatherly.  
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== Town Histories  ==
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=== Town Histories  ===
  
 
Works written on the town include:  
 
Works written on the town include:  
  
*Charles F. Meserve, "History of Rockland" in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., ''History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts ...'' (Philadelphia, 1884).<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/cu31924028818206#page/n755/mode/2up Internet Archive].<br>
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*Charles F. Meserve, "History of Rockland" in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., ''History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts ...'' (Philadelphia, 1884).<br>Digital version at [http://archive.org/stream/cu31924028818206#page/n755/mode/2up Internet Archive].<br>  
 
*Elijah Shaw, ''History of the Parish and Church of the Third Congregational Society in Abington, now the First Congregational Church in Rockland, Mass.'' (S.l., 1890), 68 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-the-parish-and-church-of-the-third-congregational-society-in-abington-now-the-first-congregational-church-in-rockland-mass/oclc/18943156&referer=brief_results WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
*Elijah Shaw, ''History of the Parish and Church of the Third Congregational Society in Abington, now the First Congregational Church in Rockland, Mass.'' (S.l., 1890), 68 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/title/history-of-the-parish-and-church-of-the-third-congregational-society-in-abington-now-the-first-congregational-church-in-rockland-mass/oclc/18943156&referer=brief_results WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
*Martha G. Campbell, ''Stories of Old Abington, Massachusetts: the research reporter in Old East Abington'' (Abington, Mass., 1965), 117 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/title/stories-of-old-abington-massachusetts-the-research-reporter-in-old-east-abington/oclc/39213483&referer=brief_results WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
*Martha G. Campbell, ''Stories of Old Abington, Massachusetts: the research reporter in Old East Abington'' (Abington, Mass., 1965), 117 pp.<br>[http://www.worldcat.org/title/stories-of-old-abington-massachusetts-the-research-reporter-in-old-east-abington/oclc/39213483&referer=brief_results WorldCat (Other Libraries)].  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland,_Massachusetts Rockland Wikipedia page].
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland,_Massachusetts Rockland Wikipedia page].
<div style="width: 147%"><center>[[Rockland, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>
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<div style="width: 100%"><center>[[Rockland, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
== Vital Records  ==
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=== Vital Records  ===
  
[[Image:{{MAPlyRockMap}}]]The town's vital records are available in many locations:  
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The town's vital records are available in many locations: {{MAPlyRockMap}}
<center>'''Original records''' </center>
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<center>'''Original records''' </center>  
 
*[http://rockland-ma.gov/town-departments/town-clerk/ '''Rockland Town Clerk's Office''']<br>242 Union Street<br>Rockland MA 02370<br>Phone 781-871-1874 x120<br>Email [mailto:clerk@rockland-ma.gov clerk@rockland-ma.gov]  
 
*[http://rockland-ma.gov/town-departments/town-clerk/ '''Rockland Town Clerk's Office''']<br>242 Union Street<br>Rockland MA 02370<br>Phone 781-871-1874 x120<br>Email [mailto:clerk@rockland-ma.gov clerk@rockland-ma.gov]  
*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Vital records, 1874-11905, {{FHL|690245|item|disp=FHL films 2080575–2080576}}.  
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*Microfilm of the originals created by the Family History Library, Rockland vital records, 1874-1905, {{FHL|690245|item|disp=FHL films 2080575–2080576}}.<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-DR5%3An667416421%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].  
*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>
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<center>'''Published records''' </center>  
There are no published version of Rockland's vital records.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
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There are no published version of Rockland's vital records.  
<center>[[Rockland, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center><br>
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<center>'''Online records''' </center>  
== Cemeteries ==
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*Rockland vital records, 1874-1905, 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-DR5%3An667416421%3Fcc%3D2061550 FamilySearch].<br><br><br><br>
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<center>[[Rockland, Massachusetts#top|Top of Page]]</center>  
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=== City Directories ===
  
The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Abington. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
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Rockland was published in 1875, 1878/9, 1882, 1884/5, 1887/8, 1888/9, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1898-1911/2, 1913-1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1 (some with Brockton).
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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] ($) has 1875, 1882, 1888/9, 1892, 1896, 1898-1911/2, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1.
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*[http://www.bpl.org/ Boston Public Library] has 1902-1916, 1919-1931.
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*[https://familysearch.org/ Family History Library (Salt Lake City)] has 1888/9, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1902, 1904, 1907, 1909, 1911/2, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1 on {{FHL|1026210|item|disp=FHL various film records}}.
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*[http://www.fold3.com/browse.php#223%7C fold3] ($) has 1896, 1898, 1904.
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*[http://www.mass.gov/anf/research-and-tech/oversight-agencies/lib/ Massachusetts State Library] has 1884/5, 1888/9, 1892, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1911/2, 1916, 1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1.
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*[http://library.nehgs.org/search~S0?/drockland+mass./drockland+mass/1%2C4%2C10%2CB/exact&FF=drockland+mass+directories&1%2C2%2C New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)] ($) has 1878/9, 1882, 1884/5, 1887/8, 1888/9, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1898-1911/2, 1913-1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1 (some with Brockton).
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Rockland. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.  
  
 
:#Beal Family Cemetery, 18th century. (A, B)  
 
:#Beal Family Cemetery, 18th century. (A, B)  
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:#Wilkes Cemetery, 1830. (A, B)
 
:#Wilkes Cemetery, 1830. (A, B)
  
Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). ''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912). [See links on [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]] page for various versions of this source.]<br>(B). [http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept., Mss A 352.<br>
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Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:<br>(A). ''Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850'' (Boston, 1912). [See links on [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]] page for various versions of this source.]<br>(B). [https://www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx New England Historic Genealogical Society], Manuscripts Dept., Mss A 352.<br>  
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== Churches  ==
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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.  
 
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.  
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:#Christian Science, n.d.  
 
:#Christian Science, n.d.  
 
:#Kingdom of Jehovah's Witnesses, n.d.
 
:#Kingdom of Jehovah's Witnesses, n.d.
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== Newspapers  ==
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=== Newspapers  ===
  
 
:#''Rockland Standard'' (name varied), 1874-2005.  
 
:#''Rockland Standard'' (name varied), 1874-2005.  
 
:#''Rockland Independent'', 1884-1933.  
 
:#''Rockland Independent'', 1884-1933.  
 
:#''Rockland Mariner'', 1999-2006
 
:#''Rockland Mariner'', 1999-2006
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== Libraries and Historical Societies  ==
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=== Libraries and Historical Societies  ===
  
 
The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
 
The following is a list of research facilities in town:  
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[http://www.rocklandmemoriallibrary.org/ '''Rockland Memorial Library''']<br>20 Belmont Street<br>Rockland MA 02370<br>Phone 781-878-1236<br>Email [mailto:info@rocklandmemoriallibrary.org info@rocklandmemoriallibrary.org]  
 
[http://www.rocklandmemoriallibrary.org/ '''Rockland Memorial Library''']<br>20 Belmont Street<br>Rockland MA 02370<br>Phone 781-878-1236<br>Email [mailto:info@rocklandmemoriallibrary.org info@rocklandmemoriallibrary.org]  
  
== References  ==
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[http://www.dyerlibrary.org/hsoa.html '''Dyer Memorial Library''']<br>28 Centre Ave.<br>PO Box 2245<br>Abington MA 02351<br>Phone 781-878-8480<br>Email [mailto:info@dyerlibrary.org info@dyerlibrary.org]<br>Serving the towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: '''''<b>Plymouth Co.:</b>'' [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]] | [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]] | [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]] | [[Hingham, Massachusetts|Hingham]] | [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]] | [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]] '''''Norfolk Co.:''''' [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]]</center><br>
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<center>'''Adjacent towns: '''''<b>Plymouth Co.:</b>'' [[Abington, Massachusetts|Abington]] | [[Hanover, Massachusetts|Hanover]] | [[Hanson, Massachusetts|Hanson]] | [[Hingham, Massachusetts|Hingham]] | [[Norwell, Massachusetts|Norwell]] | [[Whitman, Massachusetts|Whitman]] '''''Norfolk Co.:''''' [[Weymouth, Massachusetts|Weymouth]]</center><br>  
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{{Towns in Plymouth County in Massachusetts}} <!--Designed by Scott Andrew Bartley in conjunction with the Mass. Wiki Team on 6 June 2012-->  
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Latest revision as of 18:48, 22 September 2017

United States
Massachusetts
Plymouth County
Rockland

This is a historical and genealogical guide to the town of Rockland. You will find help with town histories, vital records, city directories, cemetery records and cemeteries, churches, town records, newspapers, maps, and libraries.

Town Clerk

242 Union St
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone: 781-871-1892 x 1
Fax: 781-871-0386
Email: clerk@rockland-ma.gov
Website

Brief History

Rockland is a relatively recent town created from Abington. The area was formed as the Third or East Parish of Abington in 1813 and it was this part that became Rockland in 1874. The earlier history of this region will be that of Abington. The town is in Plymouth County.

Historical Data

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

Associated names

Village or section names include Hatherly.

Border changes
Dates Events
9 Mar. 1874 Third or East Parish of Abington (formed in 1813) set off as new town of Rockland.
23 Mar. 1878 Border between Rockland and Hanover established with part of each town annexed to the other town.
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Town Histories

Works written on the town include:

  • Charles F. Meserve, "History of Rockland" in D. Hamilton Hurd, ed., History of Plymouth County, Massachusetts ... (Philadelphia, 1884).
    Digital version at Internet Archive.
  • Elijah Shaw, History of the Parish and Church of the Third Congregational Society in Abington, now the First Congregational Church in Rockland, Mass. (S.l., 1890), 68 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries).
  • Martha G. Campbell, Stories of Old Abington, Massachusetts: the research reporter in Old East Abington (Abington, Mass., 1965), 117 pp.
    WorldCat (Other Libraries).
  • Rockland Wikipedia page.
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Vital Records

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


Original records
Published records

There are no published version of Rockland's vital records.

Online records
  • Rockland vital records, 1874-1905, are browsable (i.e. not indexed as of Nov. 2012) on FamilySearch.



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City Directories

Rockland was published in 1875, 1878/9, 1882, 1884/5, 1887/8, 1888/9, 1890, 1892, 1896, 1898-1911/2, 1913-1919, 1922, 1927/8, 1930/1 (some with Brockton).

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 Rockland. For more details regarding these cemeteries, see the state guide under cemeteries for books on the subject.

  1. Beal Family Cemetery, 18th century. (A, B)
  2. Nat Beal Cemetery, n.d.
  3. Ellis Family Burying Ground, 1778. (B)
  4. Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, 1907.
  5. Jenkins Family Burying Ground, 1778.
  6. Lane Family Cemetery, n.d. (A, B)
  7. Maplewood Cemetery, 1746. (A, B)
  8. Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 1849. (A, B)
  9. Old Town or Liberty Street Cemetery, 1770. (A, B)
  10. St. Patrick's Cemetery, 1848.
  11. Smallpox Cemetery, n.d. (A, B)
  12. Spring Lake or Samuel Reed Cemetery, 1805. (A, B)
  13. Spring Street or Evergreen or Abiah Reed Cemetery, 1834. (A, B)
  14. Stetson Family Burying Ground, n.d.
  15. Stoddard Family Burying, n.d.
  16. Torrey Tomb, n.d.
  17. Wilkes Cemetery, 1830. (A, B)

Abstracts of the cemeteries above are marked and keyed to:
(A). Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, 1912). [See links on Abington page for various versions of this source.]
(B). New England Historic Genealogical Society, Manuscripts Dept., Mss A 352.

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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. Congregational Church (now First Congregational Church in Rockland), 1813, records good (except one vol., 1853-1871, burned in Boston fire of 1872).
  2. Methodist Episcopal Church (now Hatherly United Methodist Church), 1832, records good.
  3. Rockland Baptist Church, 1856, records good.
  4. Holy Family Parish Catholic Church, 1883, records good.
    Baptisms to 1905 and Marriages to 1907 are at the Archdiocese of Boston Archives.
  5. Unitarian Society of Rockland (now Channing Unitarian Universalist Church), 1884, records good.
  6. Trinity Episcopal Church, 1920.
  7. Calvary Chapel of Boston, 1989.
  8. Christian Science, n.d.
  9. Kingdom of Jehovah's Witnesses, n.d.
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Newspapers

  1. Rockland Standard (name varied), 1874-2005.
  2. Rockland Independent, 1884-1933.
  3. Rockland Mariner, 1999-2006
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Libraries and Historical Societies

The following is a list of research facilities in town:

Rockland Memorial Library
20 Belmont Street
Rockland MA 02370
Phone 781-878-1236
Email info@rocklandmemoriallibrary.org

Dyer Memorial Library
28 Centre Ave.
PO Box 2245
Abington MA 02351
Phone 781-878-8480
Email info@dyerlibrary.org
Serving the towns of Abington, Rockland, and Whitman

References

  1. William Francis Galvin, Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts (Boston, new ed., 1997), 98. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 974.4 H2h 1997
Adjacent towns: Plymouth Co.: Abington | Hanover | Hanson | Hingham | Norwell | Whitman Norfolk Co.: Weymouth