Place:Bradford, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

Alt namesMerrimac
Rowley Village
TypeFormer municipality
Coordinates42.767336°N 71.076229°W
Located inEssex, Massachusetts, United States     (1668 - 1897)
Also located inRowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States     (1639 - 1668)
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States     (1897 - )
Contained Places
Ancient Burying Ground ( 1665 - )
Elmwood Cemetery
Riverview Cemetery ( 1672 - 1850 )
Inhabited place
Groveland ( 1668 - 1850 )

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Bradford is a village and former town, in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Eastern Bradford is the current town of Groveland, while western Bradford was annexed by the city of Haverhill, and today consists of the part of Haverhill on the south bank of the Merrimack River. While its separate existence from Haverhill has been largely obscured, the names of many locations in the area still bear the Bradford name.

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Bradford (from Vital Records of Bradford Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849)

"The territory included within the limits of Bradford was originally a part of Rowley and was first known as "Merrimac Lands," and "Rowley Village by the Merrimack," and then as "Merrimack," which name was changed to Bradford at a town meeting held Jan. 7, 1672, in memory of Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, several of the settlers having emigrated from that place.

At a session of the General Court held May 27, 1668, it was recorded: "In ansr to the petition of the inhabitants of Rouley liuing ouer against Hauerill, the Court, hauing considered the peticon, pervsed the towne of Rouleys grant to the petitioners, heard Rouley deputy, and also considering a writing sent from Rouley, wth what els hath been presented in the case, doe finde that there is liberty granted the petitioners by the towne of Rouley to prouide themselues of a minister, & also an intent to release them from their towneship when they are accordingly prouided, and therefore see not but this Court may grant their petition to be a towneship, provided they doe gett & setle an able & Orthodox minister, & continue to majntejne him, or els to remaine to Rouley as formerly."

The first town meeting was held in 1668, the "orthodox minister," Rev. Zechariah Symmes, of Charlestown, already having been secured. The meeting house was erected in 1670. The town first paid a colonial tax on October 13, 1675.

On March 8, 1850, part of its territory was set off and incorporated as the town of Groveland.

On January 4, 1897, the town of Bradford was annexed to the city of Haverhill.

The population of Bradford at different periods was as follows: 1765, 1125; 1776, 1240; 1790, 1371; 1800, 1420; 1810, 1360; 1820, 1600; 1830, 1856; 1840, 2222; 1850, 1328; 1895, 4736."