Place:Dunstable, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

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NameDunstable
Alt namesDunstable Centresource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25004295
TypeTown
Coordinates42.667°N 71.483°W
Located inMiddlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Contained Places
Cemetery
Old Dunstable Cemetery ( 1656 - 1741 )
Inhabited place
Nashua ( 1656 - 1741 )
Unknown
Dunstable ( - 1746 )
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Dunstable is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 3,179 at the 2010 census.

History

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Dunstable was first settled in 1656 and was officially incorporated in 1673. It is likely named after the town of Dunstable in Bedfordshire, England, home of Edward Tyng, the town's first settler. The original township of Dunstable, granted in 1661, consisted of two hundred square miles, including the towns of Dunstable, Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, Pepperell, Massachusetts, Townsend, Massachusetts, Hudson, New Hampshire, Nashua, New Hampshire, Hollis, New Hampshire, and parts of other towns as well. Increases in population leading to subsections becoming independent towns and the solidification of the northern boundary of Massachusetts in 1740 shrunk the town down to what remains today.

Today, Dunstable, in the face of urban sprawl, has held onto a largely rural character.

New Hampshire split

Until 1740, Dunstable was entirely a Massachusetts town, but the King in Council in that year fixed the province line between New Hampshire and Massachusetts so that it happened to split Dunstable between Middlesex County, Massachusetts and Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. In 1741, the new province line (eventually the state line) was run between the two provinces. In 1836, the New Hampshire legis- lature changed its Dunstable town's name to Nashua, effective on January 1, 1837.

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