The Indian name for this locality was “Pentucket” – but the early settlers applied the name of Haverhill in compliment to Rev. John Ward, the first minister, who came from Haverhill, England. “Mr. Ward & Newberry men” petitioned the General Court on May 13, 1640, for permission to begin a new plantation on the Merrimack river, which was granted provided “they build there before the next Courte.” Though the town was settled and houses erected in 1640 it was not until November 15, 1642, that a title to the land was purchased of the Indian owners.
- In June, 1641, the Court appointed men to determine the bounds “between Salsberry and Pantucket alias Haverhill.”
- In 1643, a law was passed by the General Court requiring records to be kept of births, marriages and deaths in each town and in Haverhill, Richard Littlehale was chosen “clerk of the Writs and Town Recorder,” and the first meeting of which proceedings are recorded was held November 6, 1643.
- In 1645 the plantation of Haverhill was incorporated as a town.
- An island in the Merrimack river was granted to Haverhill on May 23, 1650.
- October 14, 1651 bounds were established.
- October 19, 1654 bounds between Haverhill and Salisbury were established.
- May 18, 1664 bounds between Haverhill and lands of Maj. Gen’l Dennison were established.
- December 8, 1725 the western part of the town was included in the new town of Methuen.
The population of Haverhill at different periods was as follows:
1765 – 1,980
1776 – 2,810
1790 – 2,408
1810 – 2,682
1820 – 3,070
1830 – 3,896
1840 – 4,336
1850 – 5,877
1907 – 41,242
Other Haverhill, Massachusetts Resources:
- 1860/1 Directory of Haverhill and Bradford
- 1880 Directory of Haverhill, Mass.
- 1887 Directory of Haverhill and Bradford
- 1889 Directory of Haverhill and Bradford
- 1894 Directory of Haverhill and Bradford
- 1902 Directory of Haverhill and Groveland
- 1922 Haverhill Strangers’ Directory
- A memorial of John Greenleaf Whittier from his native city, Haverhill, Massachusetts
- A record concerning Lt. John Carlton of Rowley and Haverhill, Massachusetts, and his descent from King Edward the Third who ruled England from 1327 to 1377 and about John Carlton and Jane Gilmore Carlton of Woolwich, Maine, married December 18, 1760
- An historical sketch of Haverhill in the county of Essex and commonwealth of Massachusetts
- An oration delivered at the commemoration of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of Haverhill, Mass.
- Ancestry of Lawrence Williams : part I ancestry of his father, Simeon Breed Williams, descendant of John Williams of Newbury and Haverhill, Mass., 1600-1674; part II ancestry of his mother, Cornelia Johnston, descendant of Thomas Johnston of Boston, Mass., 1708-1767.
- Bartholomew Heath of Haverhill, Massachusetts and some of his descendants
- Centennial discourse delivered on the one hundredth anniversary of the organization of the Baptist Church, Haverhill, Mass. $$$
- Certain early ancestors; genealogies of the Butterfields of Chelmsfold, Mass., of the Parkers of Woburn and Chelmsford, Mass., of the Hohns of Ontario, Canada, of the Johnsons of Roxbury, Mass., and of the Heaths of Haverhill, Mass. Compiled by Cora Elizabeth Hahn Smith.
- Chaplain Smith and the Baptists, or, Life, journals, letters, and addresses of the Rev. Hezekiah Smith, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, 1737-1805
- Descendants of Chase Whitcher of Warren N.H., fourth in descent from Thomas Whittier of Salisbury, (Haverhill) Mass.
- Descendants of John Hutchins of Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts
- Descendants of John Page (1614-1687) of Hingham and Haverhill, Massachusetts : together with genealogical records of certain branches of the Mead, Jeffers, and Hunkins families. $$$
- Descendants of John Williams of Newbury and Haverhill, Mass., 1600-1674
- Eldredge, Harwich to Haverhill : being notes on the early Eldredge generations and direct descendants of Robert Eldred(ge) of Chatham and Harwich
- English roots of the Haverhill and Ipswich Emersons
- First era in the history of Haverhill, Mass.; comprising the period from the settlement of the plantation of Pentuckey (1640) to the conclusion of permanent peace with the Indians
- Genealogy of the Ela family : descendants of Israel Ela of Haverhill, Mass.
- Genealogy of the Messer family and descendants of Richard Mercer and Hannah Satchwell of Haverhill, Mass.
- Genealogy of Thomas Ruggles of Roxbury, 1637, to Thomas Ruggles of Romfret Connecticut …; The genealogy of Alitheah Smith … and Samuel Ladd of Haverhill, Mass
- Haverhill : foundation facts concerning its settlement, growth, industries, and societies, etc., etc.. Haverhill, Mass
- Haverhill, Massachusetts : an industrial and commercial center
- Historical discourse delivered on the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Haverhill, Mass.
- Historical sketch of First Parish, Haverhill, Mass.
- History of the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, showing its industrial and commercial interests and opportunities; the commercial centre of a population of over 125,000, and the first shoe city in the world, 1905.
- Manual of the West Church, Haverhill, Mass., containing the form of admission, confession of faith, convenant and standing rules, and a catalogue of its officers and members, 1865
- Notes upon the ancestry of Ebenezer Greenough, and of his wife, Abigail Israel, and also, a list of their descendants
- Official pictorial magazine of the Haverhill tercentenary celebration, 1640-1940
- Pages and Pages : Green Mountain pioneers and other descendants of Amos Page (1726-1788) of Haverhill, Mass.
- Pushing westward : descendants of Hannah Duston through her great granddaughter Abigail (Dustin) Page of Cambridge, Vermont, 1788-1988
Abigail Dustin (1766-1814), daughter of Joshua Dustin and Rachel Jackman, was born at Haverhill, Mass. She was married 1788 at Haverhill to Thomas Page (b. 1766), son of Amos Page and Abiah Flanders. About a year after their marriage they left Haverhill and settled in the northern Vermont frontier. They had at least eight children. The first one born at Haverhill, Mass. and the others at Cambridge, Vermont. Thomas Page married a second time after his first wife’s death to Mrs. Polly Sloane Thayer, widow of Oliver Thayer of Georgia. Hannah Duston (1657-ca. 1738), daughter of Michael and Hannah Webster Emerson, was born at Haverhill, Mass. Her father was born in the parish of Cadney, Lincolnshire, England. She was married 1677 to Thomas Duston, Jr., the only son of Thomas and Elizabeth Wheeler Duston of Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, N. H. She had thirteen children, all born at Haverhill.
- Semi-centennial of Center Congregational Church and Society, Haverhill, Mass., with a Historical discourse
- Some memories of old Haverhill in Massachusetts
- The ancestry of Samuel Blanchard Ordway, 1844-1916 : with lines from Annis, Chase & Ordway of Newbury, MA, Bennett & Crowell of Manchester, MA, Challis of Salisbury, MA, Corliss, George & Heath of Haverhill, MA, Cross of Ipswich, MA, Forrest of Canterbury, NH, Hardy of Bradford, MA, Hill of Beverly, MA, Holmes of Marshfield & Boston, MA, Knight of Marblehead, MA, Shepard of Taunton, MA, Swaddock of Norwich, England, published 1990.
- The articles of faith and covenant of the First Baptist Church in Haverhill : with a list of members
- The colonial and revolutionary history of Haverhill
- The descendants of Thomas Whittier and Ruth Green of Salisbury & Haverhill, Massachusetts
- The descendants of William Neff who married Mary Corliss : January 23, 1665, Haverhill, Massachusetts
- The descendants of William White, of Haverhill, Mass. : genealogical notices
- The genealogy of the descendants of Henry Kingsbury of Ipswich and Haverhill, Mass
- The Guile-Gile-Guiles genealogy : descendants of Samuel Guile, one of twelve founders of Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1640 $$$
- The Haverhill academy and the Haverhill high school, 1827-1890. An historical sketch
- The Haverhill Emersons, by Charles Henry Pope
- The Hendrick genealogy : Daniel Hendrick of Haverhill, Mass. and his descendants : with an appendix containing brief accounts of several other Hendrick families
- The history of Haverhill, Massachusetts : from its first settlement, in 1640, to the year 1860
- The history of Haverhill, Massachusetts, by Benjamin L. Mirick, 1872
- The Ladd family : a genealogical and biographical memoir of the descendants of Daniel Ladd, of Haverhill, Mass., Joseph Ladd
- The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts ; with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton
- The Peaslees and Others of Haverhill and Vicinity
- The Rewey-Reuwee families in America : descendants of John (Rue) Rewey of Haverhill, Massachusetts, born ca. 1680
- Vital records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849
- Willis records, or, Records of the Willis family of Haverhill, Portland, and Boston