Massachusetts RE: [S-R] Place Names - Modern versus old
- 1. Originally the area known today as Massachusetts was occupied by the
Algonkian Indians. They were first seen there by white men about 1500. The
tribes were made up of the Massachusett, Mohican, Nauset, Nipmuc, Pennacook
Pocomtuc and Wampanoag Indians.
2. The Massachusetts Bay Colony established its first code of laws in 1641.
3. Massachusetts did not become an area unto itself until it adopted its
first constitution in 1780.
4. Massachusetts became the sixth state to join the United States on
February 6, 1788.
I would guess that the DAR would call the place the Massachusetts Bay Colony
before 1780 and Massachusetts after the state constitution was adopted in
1780. It would not become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of the United
States of America until February 6, 1788.
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Gordon L. Grening
Sent: Monday, August 07, 2006 10:27 PM
Subject: RE: [S-R] Place Names - Modern versus old
Good point taken. I wonder what members of the DAR use. Would they put
Boston, Mass. Colony, England!!
Anyone out there know any New England genealogist. I wonder if the DAR has
a web site.
Have a feeling my great-great grandfather would roll over in his grave if I
said he was born in Hungary and not Slovakia. He was a Rusyn and from what
I understand they really hated the Hungarians. But then I don't think they
were too nuts about the Slovaks either.