Talk:Norfolk County, Massachusetts

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The map is incorrect, in that the towns of Brookline and Cohasset, which are part of Norfolk County, aren't marked in red. In fact, Cohasset's not on the map at all - it looks like it's fallen into the ocean. Can anything be done? AJD 07:44, 13 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Wow, it's taken a long time, but ... I've updated the map. Brookline was easy enough, as its borders were indicated on the map, though it wasn't colored in; Cohasset didn't seem to be indicated, so I just did my best based on other maps. Improvements are welcome. --Jfruh 18:27, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
Thanks! But: That's not actually Brookline. This is the fault of the lines on the map, not your fault, of course, but that little zone that you colored in actually contains both Brookline (part of Norfolk County) and Allston/Brighton (part of Suffolk County). The Suffolk County map doesn't get this right either. And as for Cohasset, well—what you've colored in is part of Hingham. Cohasset is Not On the Map. Fallen into the ocean. The boundaries of Plymouth County (containing Hingham) are right, but Cohasset is missing. AJD 18:41, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
Hmm, well, can you point me to a high-res better map? --Jfruh 19:46, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
You mean like these? The link is to the official town and county maps put out by the Mass. state gov't. AJD 19:53, 10 August 2005 (UTC)
Yeah, that'll do. I'll try to redo the maps in the next few days. --Jfruh 20:23, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

This page reports a per capita income of 32k+ while the value in the link is 53k+. I am assuming the 32k value is simply out of date? In any case one should be corrected/updated if the correct value can be found. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:48, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

Expansion question[edit]

How did Cohasset become separated from the rest of the county? -- Beland 03:04, 24 March 2006 (UTC)


I hope somebody can enter from where Norfolk county came. Sources say formed in 1793. Was it cut out of Suffolk County? (talk) 03:00, 19 February 2008 (UTC)

Norfolk County[edit]

Other Wiki sources state that it was originally incorporated in 1643, to cover all communities in the Massachusetts Bay Colony located north of suffolk county. (talk) 21:56, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Why original Norfolk County not recognized?[edit]

I have ancestors with vitals pointing there, so why is the history section not corrected with the information in the above section "Norfolk County"? (talk) 21:56, 6 June 2011 (UTC)

Boundary history details[edit]

  • NORFOLK (original, extinct)
10 May 1643 NORFOLK (original, extinct) created as one of four original counties in Massachusetts; NORFOLK included territory in Massachusetts and the New Hampshire settlements. (Mass. Recs., 2:38)
18 Sep 1679 NORFOLK (original, extinct) was eliminated when King Charles II made New Hampshire a royal colony separate from Massachusetts. (Swindler, 6:322; Van Zandt, 61)
  • NORFOLK (selected -- see source for complete)
20 Jun 1793 NORFOLK created from SUFFOLK. (Mass. Acts 1793, ch. 43, sec. 1/p. 272 and ch. 9, sec. 1/p. 314)
22 Jun 1797 NORFOLK exchanged with MIDDLESEX when town of Natick exchanged with town of Needham. (Mass. Acts 1797, ch. 22, sec. 1/p. 142)
08 Feb 1798 NORFOLK lost small strip to PLYMOUTH when town of Bridgewater gained from town of Stoughton [not mapped]. (Mass. Acts 1798, ch. 10, sec. 1/p. 164)
06 Mar 1804 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained South Boston from Dorchester. (Mass. Acts 1804, ch. 45, sec. 1/p. 412)
03 Mar 1829 NORFOLK exchanged with MIDDLESEX when town of Holliston gained from town of Medway. (Mass. Acts 1829, ch. 125/p. 200 and ch. 133/p. 209)
25 Mar 1834 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained Thompson Island from Dorchester. (Mass. Acts 1834, ch. 102/p. 129)
23 Apr 1838 NORFOLK gained from MIDDLESEX when town of Roxbury gained from town of Newton. (Mass. Acts 1838, ch. 167, sec. 1/p. 481)
06 Jan 1868 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained all of Roxbury. (Mass. Acts 1867, ch. 359, sec. 1/p. 754)
03 Jan 1870 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained all of Dorchester. (Mass. Acts 1869, ch. 349, sec. 1/p. 646)
07 Mar 1872 NORFOLK exchanged small areas with WORCESTER when town of Bellingham exchanged with town of Mendon. (Mass. Acts 1872, ch. 69, sec. 1/p. 57)
12 Apr 1872 NORFOLK lost small area to SUFFOLK when Boston gained Mt. Hope Cemetery from town of West Roxbury [change too small to display on interactive map; shapefile users see small_changes 1872_pt. for location]. (Mass. Acts 1872, ch. 197, sec. 1/p. 143)
05 Jan 1874 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained West Roxbury. (Mass. Acts 1873, ch. 286, sec. 1/p. 716, ch. 303, sec. 1/p. 747, and ch. 314, sec. 1/p. 810)
01 Jan 1912 NORFOLK lost to SUFFOLK when Boston gained all of Hyde Park. (Mass. Acts 1911, ch. 469, sec. 1/p. 450 and ch. 583, sec. 1/p. 600)
23 Mar 1928 Boundary between NORFOLK and PLYMOUTH was adjusted when line between towns of Hingham and Cohasset was adjusted [no discernible change]. (Mass. Acts 1928, ch. 160, sec. 1/p. 184)

- (talk) 21:33, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

The towns included in the new Norfolk County should be identified[edit]

It makes it very difficult to do genealogy when these articles are so vague. A list or map would be great. For example, was Medfield in Suffix County when absorbed? 2602:304:CDA6:51B0:ED:7FCF:42C9:4B07 (talk) 02:58, 14 May 2016 (UTC)