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Suffolk County, Massachusetts
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Website Updates:
July 2017
News-Illness: Hon. James G. Blaine Recovering from Illness - Contributed by Robin Line
Death Notice: Edward Burgess, Thomas O. Selfridge - Contributed by Robin Line
Death Notice: Joseph True
News-Events: 1844 Boston Fire
News-Crime: J. B. Kinsley Arrested for Embezzlement - Contributed by Robin Line
Misc News: Samuel J. Bridge Appointment

June 2017
Crime News: Louis Wagner Kills Fanny Spear, Young Girls Forced into Houses of Ill Repute - contributed by Robin Line
Death Notice: Dr. W. B. Read - contributed by Robin Line
Death Notice: Dr. J. S. Jones

Suffolk County
Suffolk County, established by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, initially included Boston, Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham and Hull. In 1793, most of the original Suffolk County except for Boston and Chelsea split off and became Norfolk County. In 1803, Hingham and Hull split off and joined Plymouth County. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the annexation of adjacent towns to Boston increased the size of Suffolk County. Suffolk County includes Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere.
Boston is the seat of Suffolk County.
[source:  City of Boston Archives Guide]

Suffolk County is one of four original counties created in Massachusetts in 1643
Like an increasing number of Massachusetts counties, Suffolk County exists today only as a historical geographic region, and has no county government.
All former county functions were assumed by state agencies in 1999.

Cities and  Towns
Boston * Chelsea * Revere * Winthrop


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