My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Doing Research at the Rowley, MA Town Hall


Rowley Town Hall
139 Main Street
Rowley, MA 01969
(978) 948-2081

I have a George Kilborn / Kilbourn born  1611 in Wood Ditton, England, and he had six children born in Rowley, MA. The family left Connecticut sometime before 1649. This is not a direct line, but Thomas Kilborn, the father, was my 10th great grandfather. So, as I mentioned, George had six children born in Rowley. One of the sons, Joseph had seven born in Rowley. One of Joseph's sons had six children born in Rowley! It was the third Joseph Kilborn's gravestone that I was able to find. He died in 1806. Because Rowley isn't too far from where I live, I was pretty excited to think George Kilborn traveled from Connecticut to Massachusetts, and I wanted to search for some clues searching for clues.

On May 9, 2019, my husband and I went to Rowley, MA specifically to speak with the Town Clerk, Susan G. Hazen. I am glad I made an appointment because she allocated a good deal of time for me. I had seen the cemetery the previous fall, so I knew it was huge.

When I walked in, there she was at the copy machine.
Two parts of the office. Look at the great Rowley books.

Births from 1925-1932.

The earlier binder has records from 1843-1908.

Their mapping system is pretty self-explanatory.

My Joseph Kilborn and his wife are listed on this page, and with the exact location in the cemetery, it made for a pretty easy find.

So, we strolled in the cemetery and couldn't find my couple because the sun was in the wrong direction. Darn, we knew we had to come back. And we did, on August 10th. (It was just a month later when we discovered Bill had brain cancer. A word to the wise, do all you can when you can.)

More records below

The Library is next door to the Town Hall, and both places share parking space behind the Town Hall. See a previous post, Rowley Public Library, posted on October 8, 2018.