From the Manual for the General Court, 1906

Counties, Cities and Towns of Massachusetts

The tables that follow under this heading were prepared by Robert T. Swan, Esq., Commissioner of Public Records

The asterisk (*) following a date signifies that it is Old Style.  (click here to understand what an "Old Style" date means)

Names of cities are printed in small capitals; of extinct cities, towns, and districts in italics.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY. Incorporated May 10, 1643.

Cities and Towns

First mentioned in Records of the State, or therein Recorded as Established or Incorporated.

Form what Established or Incorporated, Change of Boundary, Incorporation as a City, Extinction, etc.

Acton,

July 3,* 1735

Part of Concord with Willard's Farms. Dec. 11,* 1747 bounds between Acton and Concord established. April 28, 1780 part included in the second district of Carlisle.

Arlington,

April 13, 1867

Name changed from West Cambridge. April 30, 1867 the act took effect.

Ashby,

Mar. 6, 1767

Parts of Ashburnham, Fitchburg, and Townsend. Nov. 16, 1792 part of Ashburnham annexed. Mar. 3, 1829 part of Fitchburg annexed.

Ashland,

Mar. 16, 1846

Parts of Framingham, Holliston, and Hopkinton. April 28, 1853 part to be annexed to Hopkinton when a certain sum is paid by Hopkinton. May 2, 1863 the act took effect.

Ayer,

Feb. 14, 1871

Parts of Groton and Shirley.

Bedford,

Sept. 23,* 1729

Parts of Billerica and Concord. Feb. 26, 1767 part of Billerica annexed. June 9, 1768 part of Lexington annexed.

Belmont,

Mar. 18, 1859

Parts of Waltham, Watertown, and West Cambridge. Jan. 31, 1861 bounds between Belmont and West Cambridge established. Feb. 25, 1862 part of Cambridge annexed and bounds established. April 19, 1880 part annexed to Cambridge. April 28, 1891 bounds between Belmont and Cambridge established and part of each place annexed to the other place. May 23, 1903 bounds between Belmont and Watertown established.

Billerica,

May 29,* 1655

Common land. May 14,* 1656 eight thousand acres of common land granted to Billerica. May 15,* 1657 certain lands granted to Billerica. May 26,* 1658 bounds between Billerica and Andover established. May 22,* 1661 four thousand acres of land granted to Billerica. Oct. 10,* 1666 bounds between Billerica and Woburn established. Oct. 12,* 1669 bounds between Billerica and Woburn established. June 27,* 1701 bounds between Billerica and Chelmsford and Concord established. Sept. 23,* 1729 part included in the new town of Bedford. Dec. 17,* 1734 part established as Tewksbury. July 28,* 1741 bounds between Billerica and Woburn established. Feb. 26, 1767 part annexed to Bedford. April 26, 1750 part included in the second district of Carlisle.

Boxborough,

Feb. 25, 1783

Parts of Harvard, Littleton, and Stow established as the district of Boxborough. Feb. 20, 1794 bounds between Boxborough and Littleton established. Nov. 4, 1835 the district made a town by chapter 15 of the Revised Statutes. April 30, 1890 bounds between Boxborough and Littleton established.

Brighton,

Feb. 24, 1807

Part of Cambridge. Jan. 27, 1816 part of Cambridge annexed. May 21, 1873 Brighton annexed to Boston if the act is accepted by both places. Oct. 7, 1873 the act accepted by both. Jan. 5, 1874, the act took effect.

Burlington,

Feb. 28, 1799

Part of Woburn. Jan. 20, 1800 part annexed to Lexington.

Cambridge,

Sept. 8,* 1636

The town of Newe Towne. May 2,* 1633 name changed to Cambridge. Mar. 13,* 1639 bounds between Cambridge and Watertown established. Oct. 7 * 1641 bounds between Cambridge and Boston established. Nov. 12,* 1659 one thousand acres of land granted to Cambridge. Oct. 19,* 1664 the grant renewed. Mar. 20,* 1713 part established as Lexington. April 19, 1754 bounds between Cambridge and Watertown established. June 4, 1755 part annexed to Waltham. April 18, 1761 part of Charlestown annexed. Mar. 6, 1802 part of Charlestown annexed. Feb. 24, 1807 part established as Brighton. Feb. 27, 1807 part established as West Cambridge. Jan. 27, 1816 part annexed to Brighton. Feb. 12, 1818 part of Charlestown annexed. •June 17, 1820 part of Charlestown annexed. Mar. 17, 1846 Cambridge incorporated as a city. Mar. 30, 1846 act of incorporation accepted by the town. April 27, 1855 part of Watertown annexed. April 30, 1856 bounds between Cambridge and Somerville established and part of each place annexed to the other place. Feb. 25, 1862 parts of Belmont and West Cambridge annexed. Parts annexed to Belmont and West Cambridge, and bounds established. April 29, 1862 bounds between Cambridge and Somerville established and part of each place annexed to the other place. April 19, 1880 part of Belmont annexed. Mar. 10, 1885 part of Watertown annexed. April 28, 1891 bounds between Cambridge and Belmont established and part of each place annexed to the other place. Mar. 9, 1898 bounds between Cambridge and Watertown established and part of each place annexed to the other. Mar. 29, 1898 bounds between Cambridge and Boston established.

Carlisle, District of,

April 19, 1754

Part of Concord. Oct. 6, 1756 the district annexed to Concord.

Carlisle,

April 28, 1780

Parts of Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford, and Concord established as the district of Carlisle. Sept. 12, 1780 part of the district of Carlisle annexed to Concord. Mar. 1, 1783 part of the district of Carlisle annexed to Chelmsford. Feb. 18, 1805 the district made a town. Feb. 17, 1865 part of Chelmsford annexed to Carlisle and bounds established. May 23, 1903 bounds between Carlisle and Concord established.

Charlestown,

Aug. 23,* 1630

Common land. Mar. 6,* 1632 bounds between Charlestown and Newe Towne established. July 8,* 1635 bounds between Charlestown and Boston established. Mar. 3,* 1636 bounds established "eight miles into the country from their meetinghouse." Mar. 28,*1636 bounds between Charlestown and Boston established. Oct. 28,* 1636 Lovel's Island granted to Charlestown provided they employ it for fishing. May 13,* 1640 certain common lands granted to Charlestown. Oct. 7,* 1640 certain common lands granted to Charlestown. Sept. 27,* 1642 part established as Woburn. Oct. 27.* 1648 Lovel's Island granted to Charlestown provided "half the timber and firewood shall belong to the garrison at the castle." May 2,* 1649 part established as Malden. Nov. 12,* 1659 one thousand acres of land granted to Charlestown. Oct. 21,* 1663 certain common lands granted to Charlestown. Oct. 19,* 1664 the grant made Nov. 12,* 1659 renewed. Dec. 17,* 1725 part established as Stoneham. June 7,* 1726 part annexed to Malden. April 19, 1754 part an-nexed to Medford. April 18, 1761 part annexed to Cambridge. Mar. 6, 1802 part annexed to Cambridge. June 21, 1811 part of Medford annexed. Feb. 12, 1818 part annexed to Cambridge. June 17, 1820 part annexed to Cambridge. Feb. 25, 1842 part annexed to West Cambridge. Mar. 3, 1842 part established as Somerville. Feb. 22, 1847 Charlestown incorporated as a city. Mar. 10, 1847 act of incorporation accepted by the town. May 14, 1873 Charlestown annexed to Boston if the act is accepted by both cities. Oct.7, 1873 act accepted by both. Jan. 5, 1874 the act took effect.

Chelmsford,

May 29,* 1655

Common land. May 14,* 1656 land granted to Chelmsford. May 31,*1660 bounds between Chelmsford and the Indian plantation at Patucket established. June 27,* 1701 bounds between Chelmsford and Billerica established. June 13,* 1726 "Wameset" annexed. Sept. 23,* 1729 part established as Westford. April 24, 1755 part annexed to Dunstable. April 28, 1780 part included in the second district of Carlisle. Mar. 1, 1783 part of the second district of Carlisle annexed. Mar. 1, 1826 part established as Lowell. Feb. 17, 1865 part annexed to Carlisle and bounds established. May 18, 1874 part annexed to Lowell. June 23, 1874 act of May 18, 1874 accepted by Lowell. Aug. 1, 1874 the act took effect.

Concord,

Sept. 3,* 1635

A plantation at Musketequid. Aug. 20,* 1638 bounds between, Concord, Dedham, and Watertown established. May 13,* 1651 bounds between Concord and Watertown established. June 27,* 1701 bounds between Concord and Billerica established. April 12,* 1717 bounds between Concord and Stow established. Sept. 23,* 1729 part included in the new town of Bedford. July 3,* 1735 part included in the new town of Acton. Dec. 11,* 1747 bounds between Concord and Acton established. Apri119, 1754 part included in the new town of Lincoln. April 19, 1754 part made the first district of Carlisle. Oct. 6, 1756 the first district of Carlisle annexed. April 28, 1780 part included in the second district of Carlisle. Sept. 12, 1780 part of the district of Carlisle annexed. May 23, 1903 bounds between Concord and Carlisle established.

Dracut,

Feb. 26,* 1702

Common land. Feb. 28, 1851 part annexed to Lowell. May 18, 1874 part annexed to Lowell. June 23, 1874 the act accepted by Lowell. Aug. 1, 1874 the act took effect. April 1, 1879 part annexed to Lowell.

Dunstable, (added link to history of Dunstable)

Oct. 13,* 1680

Common land. Jan. 4,* 1733 part established as Nottingham (N. H.). July 4,* 1735 part included in the new town of Litchfield (N. H.). June 8,* 1747 part of Groton annexed. June 8,* 1747 part of Nottingham annexed. June 7, 1753 part of Groton annexed. June 14, 1754 part of Nottingham annexed. April 24, 1755 part of Chelmsford annexed. June 22, 1789 part established as the district of Tyngsborough. Mar. 3, 1792 part annexed to the district of Tyngsborough. Feb. 25, 1793 part of Groton annexed. Jan. 26, 1796 part of Groton annexed. Jan. 29, 1798 bounds between Dunstable and the district of Tyngsborough established. June 18, 1803 part of Groton annexed. June 10, 1814 bounds between Dunstable and Tyngsborough established. Feb. 16, 1820 bounds between Dunstable and Groton established.

East Sudbury,

April 10, 1780

Part of Sudbury. Mar. 11, 1836 name changed to Wayland.

Everett,

Mar. 9, 1870

Part of Malden. April 20, 1875 part annexed to Medford. June 11, 1892 Everett incorporated as a city. July 19, 1892 act of incorporation accepted by the town.

Framingham,

Oct. 13,* 1675

Common land. June 25,* 1700 the plantation of Framingham established as Framingham. July 5,* 1700 certain common lands annexed. July 11,* 1700 part of Sherborn annexed. June 13,* 1701 bounds between Framingham and Sudbury established. June 16,* 1710 bounds between Framingham and Sherborn established. Mar. 7, 1786 part annexed to Southborough. Feb. 23, 1791 part annexed to Marlborough. Feb. 11, 1833 part of Holliston annexed. Mar. 16, 1846 part included in the new town of Ashland. April 22, 1871 part of Natick annexed.

Groton,

May 23,* 1655

The plantation of Petapawag. June 14,* 1715 bounds between Groton and Nashoba established. Sept. 10,* 1730 part annexed to Westford. June 29,* 1732 part included in the new town of Harvard. Feb. 27,* 1743 bounds between Groton and Littleton established. June 8,* 1747 part annexed to Dunstable. Jan. 5, 1753 part established as the district of Shirley. April 12, 1753 part established as the district of Pepperell. June 7, 1753 part annexed to Dunstable. Feb. 25, 1793 part annexed to Dunstable. Jan. 26, 1796 part annexed to Dunstable. Feb. 6, 1798 part annexed to Shirley. Feb. 3, 1803 part of Pepperell annexed. June 18, 1803 part annexed to Dunstable. Feb. 15, 1820 bounds between Groton and Dunstable established. May 18, 1857 part annexed to Pepperell. Feb. 14, 1871 part included in the new town of Ayer.

Holliston,

Dec. 3,* 1724

Part of Sherborn. Dec. 22,* 1744 bounds between Holliston and Hopkinton established. April 28, 1781 part of Hopkinton annexed. Mar. 3, 1829 part of Medway annexed and bounds established. Feb. 11, 1833 part annexed to Framingham. Mar. 27, 1835 part annexed to Milford and bounds between Holliston, Hopkinton, and Milford established. Mar. 16, 1846 part included in the new town of Ashland. April 1, 1859 bounds between Holliston and Milford established.

Hopkinton,

Dec. 13,* 1715

Certain common lands and the plantation called Moguncoy. June 14,* 1735 part included in the new town of Upton. Dec. 22,* 1744 bounds between Hopkinton and Holliston established. April 28, 1781 part annexed to Holliston. Mar. 8, 1808 part annexed to Upton. Mar. 27, 1835 part of Milford annexed, part annexed to Milford, and bounds between Hopkinton, Holliston, and Milford established. Mar. 15, 1846 part included in the new town of Ashland. April 28, 1853 part of Ashland to be annexed when a certain sum is paid by Hopkinton. May 2, 1853 three hundred dollars paid by Hopkinton and the act in effect.

Hudson,

Mar. 19, 1866

Parts of Marlborough and Stow. Mar. 20, 1868 part of Bolton annexed. May 1, 1905 bounds between Hudson and Berlin established. May 24, 1905 bounds between Hudson and Stow established.

Lexington,

Mar. 20,* 1713

The North Precinct in Cambridge. April 19, 1754 part included in the new town of Lincoln. June 9, 1768 part annexed to Bedford. Jan. 20, 1800 part of Burlington annexed. Feb. 28, 1853 bounds between Lexington and Lincoln established. April 4, 1895 bounds between Lexington and Waltham located and defined.

Lincoln,

April 19, 1754

Parts of Concord, Lexington, and Weston. Feb. 28, 1853 bounds between Lincoln and Lexington established.

Littleton,

Dec. 3,* 1715

Common land. June 14,* 1715 bounds between Nashoba† and Groton established. Feb. 27,* 1743 bounds between Littleton and Groton established. Feb. 25, 1783 part included in the new district of Boxborough. Feb. 20, 1794 bounds between Littleton and Boxborough established. April 30, 1890 bounds between Littleton and Boxborough established.

† Afterword Littleton.

Lowell,

Mar. 1, 1826

Part of Chelmsford. Mar. 29, 1834 part of Tewksbury annexed. April 1, 1836 Lowell incorporated as a city. April 11, 1836 act of incorporation accepted by the town. Feb. 28, 1851 part of Dracut annexed. May 18, 1874 parts of Chelmsford and Dracut annexed. June 5, 1874 part of Tewksbury annexed. June 23, 1874 act of May 18, 1874 accepted by Lowell. Aug. 1, 1874 the act took effect. April 1, 1879 part of Dracut annexed. May 17, 1888 part of Tewksbury annexed.

Malden,

May 2,* 1649

Part of Charlestown called Mystic Side. June 7,* 1726 part of Charlestown annexed. June 3,* 1727 part annexed to Reading. Dec. 21,* 1734 part of Malden annexed to Stoneham. Dec. 18, 1753 bounds between Malden and Reading established. June 10, 1817 part annexed to Medford. May 3, 1850 part established as Melrose. Mar. 9, 1870 part established as Everett. April 20, 1877 part of Medford annexed. Feb. 20, 1878 bounds between Malden and Medford established. Mar. 31, 1881 Malden incorporated as a city. June 9, 1881 act of incorporation accepted by the town.

Marlborough,

May 31,* 1660

Common land. July 2,* 1700 certain common lands granted to Marlborough. Nov. 16,* 1716 a tract of land called Agaganquamasset confirmed to Marlborough. Oct. 25,* 1717 Alcock's Farms granted to Marlborough. Nov. 18,* 1717 part established as Westborough. July 6,* 1727 part established as Southborough. July 11, 1783 bounds between Marlborough and Stow established. Mar. 16, 1784 part included in the new district of Berlin. Feb. 23, 1791 part of Framingham annexed. June 20, 1807 part annexed to Northborough and bounds established. Feb. 11, 1829 part annexed to Bolton. Mar. 16, 1838 bounds between Marlborough and Bolton established. Mar. 24, 1843 part of Southborough annexed. Mar. 19, 1866 part included in the new town of Hudson. May 23, 1890 Marlborough incorporated as a city. July 14, 1890 act of incorporation accepted by the town. May 16, 1901 bounds between Marlborough and Southborough established. May 1, 1905 bounds between Marlborough and Berlin established.

Maynard,

April 19, 1871

Parts of Sudbury and Stow.

Medford,

Sept. 28,* 1630

Common land. April 19, 1754 part of Charlestown annexed to Medford. June 21, 1811 part annexed to Charlestown. June 10, 1817 part of Malden annexed. April 30, 1850 part included in the new town of Winchester. April 20, 1875 part of Everett annexed. April 20, 1877 part annexed to Malden. Feb. 20, 1878 bounds between Medford and Malden established. May 31, 1892 Medford incorporated as a city. Oct. 6, 1892 act of incorporation accepted by the town.

Melrose,

May 3, 1850

Part of Malden. Mar. 15, 1853 part of Stoneham annexed. Mar. 27, 1895 bounds between Melrose and Stoneham located and defined. Mar. 18, 1899 Melrose incorporated as a city. May 8, 1899 act of incorporation accepted by the town.

Natick,

Oct. 14,* 1651

Indian plantation at Natick mentioned. May 31,* 1660 bounds of the plantation established. April 16,* 1679 exchange of land made with Sherborn. May 30,* 1679 the exchange of land with Sherborn ratified by the General Court. Oct. 18,* 101 bounds between Natick and Dedham established. Feb. 25,* 1744 part of Needham annexed. Feb. 23 1762 the parish of Natick established as the district of Natick. Feb. 19, 1781 the district of Natick made a town. June 22, 1797 bounds between Natick and Needham established and part of each town annexed to the other town. Feb. 7, 1820 part of Sherborn annexed. April 26, 1850 bounds between Natick and Wayland established. April 22, 1871 part annexed to Framingham.

Newton,

Dec. 15,* 1691

The town of Cambridge village, sometimes called Little Cambridge. June 21, 1803 an island in Charles River annexed. April 23, 1838 part annexed to Roxbury. April 16, 1849 part annexed to Waltham. June 2, 1873 Newton incorporated as a city. Oct. 13, 1573 act of incorporation accepted by the town. May 29, 1874 bounds between Newton and Boston established. May 5, 1875 part of Boston annexed. June 23, 1875 the act accepted by Newton. July 1, 1875 the act took effect. Mar. 29, 1898 bounds between Newton and Boston established. May 13, 1898 bounds between Newton and Boston established.

Newtowne,

July 26,* 1631

Common land. Mar. 6,* 1632 bounds between "Charles-Towne and Newtowne" established. April 7,*1635 bounds between Newtowne and Watertown, and between Newtowne and Roxbury established. May 2,* 1638 name changed to Cambridge.

North Reading,

Mar. 22, 1853

Part of Reading. May 27, 1857 bounds between North Reading and Lynnfield established and part of each town annexed to the other town provided the act is accepted by both towns. Jan. 7, 1858 the act accepted by North Reading. (Accepted by Lynnfield Nov. 3, 1857.) Mar. 12, 1904 bounds between North Reading and North Andover established. April 22, 1904 bounds between North Reading and Andover established.

Pepperell,

April 12, 1753

The second precinct of Groton made the district of "Pepperrell." Aug. 23, 1775 the district made a town by general act. Feb. 3, 1803 part annexed to Groton. May 18, 1857 part of Groton annexed.

Reading,

May 29,* 1644

Part of Lynn. May 29,* 1644 bounds between Reading and Woburn established. Oct. 14,* 1651 land granted to Reading. June 3,* 1727 part of Malden annexed. Sept. 25,* 1730 part included in the new town of Wilmington. Dec. 21,* 1734 part annexed to Stoneham. April 5 * 1751 bounds between Reading and Stoneham established. Dec. 18, 1753 bounds between Reading and Malden established. Feb. 25, 1812 First or South Parish of Reading established as South Reading. June 16, 1813 part of South Reading annexed. Mar. 22, 1853 part established as North Reading. April 10, 1854 bounds between Reading and Lynnfield established. May 2, 1905 bounds between Reading and Lynnfield established.

Sherborn,†

Oct. 7,* 1674

Common land. April 16,* 1679 exchange of land made with the plantation of Natick. May 30,* 1679 the exchange ratified by the General Court. May 17,* 1684 the grant of Oct. 7,* 1674 and the name Sherborne, then given, confirmed. July 11,* 1700 part annexed to Framingham. June 16,* 1710 bounds between Sherborn and Framingham established. Dec. 3,* 1724 part established as Holliston. Mar. 3, 1792 bounds between Sherburne and Medway established. Feb. 7, 1820 part annexed to Natick. May 3, 1852 the name of the town of Sherburne [sic] changed to Sherborn.

† See the extinct town of Sherburn. The spelling of the town name is given in each instance as found in the records.

Shirley,

Jan. 5, 1753

Part of Groton established as the district of Shirley. Aug. 23, 1775 the district made a town by general act. Feb. 6, 1798 part of Groton annexed. Mar. 3, 1846 bounds between Shirley and Lunenburg established. April 25, 1848 bounds between Shirley and Lunenburg established. Feb. 14, 1871 part included in the new town of Ayer.

Somerville,

Mar. 3, 1842

Part of Charlestown. April 30, 1856 bounds between Somerville and Cambridge established and part of each place annexed to the other place. April 29, 1862 bounds between Somerville and Cambridge established and part of each place annexed to the other place. April 14, 1871 Somerville incorporated as a city. April 27, 1871 act of incorporation accepted by the town. May 4, 1891 bounds between Somerville and Boston established.

South Reading,

Feb. 25, 1812

Part of Reading. June 16, 1813 part annexed to Reading. April 6, 1856 part of Stoneham annexed. Feb. 25, 1868 name changed to Wakefield. June 30, 1868 the act took effect.

Stoneham,

Dec. 17,* 1736

Part of Charlestown. Dec. 21,* 1734 part of Malden annexed. Dec. 21,* 1734 part of Reading annexed. April 5,* 1751 bounds between Stoneham and Reading established. Mar. 15, 1853 part annexed to Melrose. April 5, 1856 part annexed to South Reading. Mar. 13, 1889 part annexed to Wakefield. Mar. 27, 1895 bounds between Stoneham and Melrose located and defined. April 20, 1895 part of Woburn annexed to Stoneham.

Stow,

May 16,* 1683

The plantation between Concord and Lancaster called Pompositticut. April 12,* 1717 bounds between Stow and Concord established. Dec. 29,* 1730 part of Sudbury annexed. June 29,* 1732 part included in the new town of Harvard. Feb. 25, 1783 part included in the new town of Boxborough. July 11, 1783 bounds between Stow and Marlborough established. Mar. 19,1866 part included in the new town of Hudson. April 19, 1871 part included in the new town of Maynard. May 24, 1905 bounds between Stow and Hudson established.

Sudbury,

Sept. 4 * 1639

The new plantation by Concord. May 13,* 1640 land granted to Sudbury. May 2,* 1649 land granted to Sudbury. May 13,* 1651 bounds between Sudbury and Watertown established. June 13,* 1701 bounds between Sudbury and Framingham established. June 9,* 1721 certain farms annexed. Dec. 29,* 1730 part annexed to Stow. April 10, 1780 part established as East Sudbury. April 19, 1871 part included in the new town of Maynard.

Tewksbury,

Dec. 17,* 1734

Part of Billerica. Mar. 29, 1834 part annexed to Lowell. June 5, 1874 part annexed to Lowell. May 17, 1888 part annexed to Lowell. May 21, 1903 bounds between Tewksbury and Andover established.

Townsend,

June 29,* 1732

The north part of Turkey Hill. Mar. 6, 1767 part included in the new town of Ashby.

Tyngsborough,

June 22, 1789

Part of Dunstable established as the district of Tyngsborough. Mar. 3, 1792 part of Dunstable annexed to the district of Tyngsborough. Jan. 29, 1798 part of Dunstable annexed to the district of Tyngsborough and bounds established. Feb. 23, 1809 the district made a town. June 10, 1814 bounds between Tyngsborough and Dunstable established.

Wakefield,

Feb. 25, 1868

Name changed from South Reading. June 30, 1868 the act took effect. April 2, 1870 bounds between Wakefield and Lynnfield established. Mar. 13, 1889 part of Stoneham annexed.

Waltham,

Jan. 4,* 1735

Part of Watertown. June 4, 1755 part of Cambridge annexed. June 25, 1766 bounds between Waltham and Weston established. April 16, 1849 part of Newton annexed. Mar. 18, 1859 part included in the new town of Belmont. June 2, 1884 Waltham incorporated as a city. July 16, 1884 act of incorporation accepted by the town. April 4, 1895 bounds between Waltham and Lexington located and defined.

Watertown,

Sept. 7,* 1630

"The town upon Charles River." Sept. 25,* 1634 part of New Towne to revert to Watertown, "if Mr. Hooker and his congregation shall remove hence." April 7 * 1635 bounds between Watertown and New Towne established. Aug. 20,* 1638 bounds between Watertown, Concord, and Dedham established. Mar. 13,* 1639 bounds between Watertown and Cambridge established. May 22,* 1639 bounds between Watertown and Dedham established. May 13,* 1651 bounds between Watertown and Sudbury established. May 13,* 1651 bounds between Watertown and Concord established. Jan. 1,* 1712 part established as Weston. Jan. 4,* 1738 part established as Waltham. April 19, 1754 bounds between Watertown and Cambridge established. April 27, 1855 part annexed to Cambridge. Mar. 18, 1859 part included in the new town of Belmont. Mar. 10, 1885 part annexed to Cambridge. Mar. 9, 1898 bounds between Watertown and Cambridge established and part of each place annexed to the other. May 23, 1903 bounds between Watertown and Belmont established.

Wayland,

Mar. 11, 1835

Name changed from East Sudbury. April 26, 1850 bounds between Wayland and Natick established.

West Cambridge,

Feb. 27, 1807

Part of Cambridge. Feb. 25, 1842 part of Charlestown annexed. April 30, 1850 part included in the new town of Winchester. Mar. 18, 1859 part included in the new town of Belmont. Jan. 31, 1861 bounds between West Cambridge and Belmont established. Feb. 25, 1862 part of Cambridge annexed. April 13, 1867 name changed to Arlington. April 30, 1867 the act took effect.

Westford,

Sept. 23,* 1729

Part of Chelmsford. Sept. 10,* 1730 part of Groton annexed.

Weston,

Jan. 1,* 1713

The West Precinct of Watertown. April 19, 1754 part included in the new town of Lincoln. June 25, 1766 bounds between Weston and Waltham established.

Wilmington,

Sept. 25,* 1730

Parts of Reading and Woburn.

Winchester,

April 30, 1850

Parts of Medford, West Cambridge, and Woburn. May 12, 1873 part annexed to Woburn.

Woburn,

Sept. 27,* 1642

Charlestowne Village. May 29,* 1644 bounds between Woburn and Reading established. Oct. 19,* 1664 two thousand acres of land granted to Woburn. Oct. 10,* 1666 bounds between Woburn and Billerica established. Oct. 12,* 1669 bounds between Woburn and Billerica established. Sept. 25,* 1730 part included in the new town of Wilmington. July 28,* 1741 bounds between Woburn and Billerica established. Feb. 28, 1799 part established as Burlington. April 30, 1850 part included in the new town of Winchester. May 12, 1873 part of Winchester annexed. May 18, 1888 Woburn incorporated as a city. May 29, 1833 act of incorporation accepted by the town. April 20, 1895 part of Woburn annexed to Stoneham.