Historical Sources

“Every tradition should be tested by comparison with contemporary records. If the two are not in conflict, the oral tradition may be accepted. But if there is discord, the tradition must yield.”
—Henry Worth, 1911


The following is a list of sources that have been consulted over the years in the preparation of materials distributed in print, online, and in walking tours by the Fairhaven Office of Tourism.


Antonucci, Thomas and Antonucci, Michael, Lizzie Borden: Did She?. . . or. . . Didn’t She?, Historical Briefs, Inc., Verplanck, NY, 1992.

A Two Hundred Year History of the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, 1794-1994, Jean Campbell, committee chair, First Congregational Church, Fairhaven, MA, 1994

Bates, Joseph, The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, Steam Press, Battle Creek, MI, 1868, facsimile edition by Southern Publishing Association, Nashville, TN, 1970

Benac, Albert F., ed., Eldred in Print & Recollections of a Fairhaven Artist, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 2007

Bernard, Donald R., Tower of Strength, A History of Fort Phoenix, printed by Reynolds-DeWalt Printing, New Bedford, MA, 1975

Bernard, Donald R., The Life and Times of John Manjiro, McGraw Hill, NY, 1992

Birely, Robert, ed., The Family of Ebenezer Peirce and Charity Hinds of Freetown, Massachusetts, self published, Fall River, MA, 2002

Blasdale, Mary Jean, Artists of New Bedford, A Biographical Dictionary, Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford, MA, 1990

Bradford, William, Of Plymouth Plantation, edited with notes by Samuel Eliot Morison, Knopf, NY, 1952

Brault, Alyson & Medeiros, Manuel, St. Mary’s Church, Fairhaven, MA, 1983

Burns, Cherie, Searching for Beauty: The Life of Millicent Rogers, St. Martins Press, NY, 2011

Burt, Merlin D., Adventist Pioneer Places: New York & New England, Review & Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, MD, 2011

By-Laws, George H. Taber Lodge, A.F.& A.M.

Cabral, Stephen L., Tradition and Transformation: Portuguese Feasting in New Bedford, AMS Press, New York, NY, 1989

Comisky, Kathleen Ryan, Secrets of Old Dartmouth, 1976

Cushing, Muriel Curtis, ed., Philip Delano of the ‘Fortune’ 1621 and His Descendants for Four Generations, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 2002.

Dexter, Franklin B., Two Lectures on the History of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, C.D. Waldron estate, printers, Fairhaven, MA, 1919

Dias, Earl J., Henry Huttleston Rogers: Portrait of a “Capitalist,” self published, Fairhaven, MA, 1974

Dias, Earl J., Mark Twain and Henry Huttleston Rogers: An Odd Couple, Millicent Library, Fairhaven, 1984

Dias, Earl J., ed., Mark Twain’s Letters to the Rogers Family, with notes and introduction by the editor, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 1970

Early, Richard, ed., Fairhaven Sesquicentennial Program, 1962.

Ellis, Leonard Bolles, History of New Bedford and Its Vicinity, 1602 – 1892, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1892

Evans, Lenore, et. al., A Patchwork History of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Tiverton Historical Society, Tiverton, RI, 1976

Fairhaven High School students, About Our High School, second revision, third printing, Fairhaven, MA, 1979

Federal Writers Project, Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Charles E. White and Roger Thomas, eds., American Guide Series, WPA, 1939

Gillingham, James L., et al., eds., A Brief History of the Town of Fairhaven, Fairhaven, MA, 1903

Glennon, Beverly, Dartmouth, The Early History of a Massachusetts Coastal Town, 2001

Goodwin, John A., The Pilgrim Republic, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA, 1920

Grant, Frederic D., Jr., Riverside Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery Corp., Fairhaven, MA

Grayson, Stan, A Man for All Oceans, Tilbury House Publishing, Thomaston, ME and New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA, 2017

Gurney, Judith Jenney, ed., The Jenney Book, John Jenney of Plymouth and his Descendants, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1988

Harris, Charles A., Old-Time Fairhaven, Reynolds Printing, New Bedford, MA 1947

Harris, Charles A., Old-Time Fairhaven, (Vol. 2) Reynolds Printing, New Bedford, MA 1952

Harris, Charles A., Old-Time Fairhaven, (Vol. 3) Reynolds Printing, New Bedford, MA 1954

Hemingway, Natalie S., 100 Years of East Fairhaven, MA, Schooling History 1845 – 1945, East Fairhaven Improvement Association, Fairhaven, MA, 2007

Hemingway, Natalie S., East Fairhaven (Naskatucket) Massachusetts History, Book 1, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 2010

Hemingway, Natalie S., East Fairhaven (Naskatucket) Massachusetts History, Book 2, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 2011

Hemingway, Natalie S., East Fairhaven (Naskatucket) Massachusetts History, Book 3, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 2012

Hemingway, Natalie Sylvia, North Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Historical Tour, North Fairhaven Improvement Association, Fairhaven, MA 2006

Hickok, Ralph, Fairhaven A Lens on History, Fairhaven Heritage Center, Fairhaven, MA, 2009

Hubbard, Elbert, Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Business Men, H.H. Rogers, (Vol. 25, No. 5., November, 1909), Roycrofters, East Aurora, NY, 1909

Howland, Franklyn, History of the Town of Acushnet, 1907, reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA

Judd, Lewis S. Jr., Fairhaven, a Descriptive and Historical Sketch, Franklin Engraving, Boston, MA, 1896

Knipe, Mabel H., Czar of Fairhaven, Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA 1980

Knipe, Mabel H., Century of Concern, Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA 1983

Knipe, Mabel H., House of Transition, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1977

Knipe, Mabel H., Thee Will Fill It Up, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1979

Knipe, Mabel H., The First Gift, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1977

Knipe, Mabel H., The Girl in the Window, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1983

Knipe, Mabel H., The Story of a Town House, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1977

Knipe, Mabel H., Under a Bushel, Clement E. Daley Advertising, New Bedford, MA, 1983

Lash, Joseph P., Eleanor and Franklin, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., NY, 1971

Leary, Lewis, ed., Mark Twain’s Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers 1893-1909, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1969

Lopes, Myra A., But Then There Was More, self published, Fairhaven, MA 1993*

Lopes, Myra A., Captain Joshua Slocum, A Centennial Tribute, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 1994

Lopes, Myra A., Captain Slocum’s Life Before and After the Spray, self published, Fairhaven, MA, 1997*

Lopes, Myra A., Castle On the Hill, self published, Fairhaven, MA 1998

Lopes, Myra A., Look Around You, self published, Fairhaven, MA 1990*

Lopes, Myra A., Looking Back, self published, Fairhaven, MA 1991*

Lopes, Myra A., Seeing It All, self published, Fairhaven, MA 1992*

Lopes, Myra A., The Fairhaven Improvement Association Updated History to 2005, Harbor View Publishing Company, Fairhaven, MA 2005

Lopes, Myra A., Pride in Our Past, Harbor View Publishing Company, Fairhaven, MA 2007*

Luey, Beth, House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, MA, 2017

McCabe, Marsha, ed., A Picture History of Fairhaven, Spinner Publications, New Bedford, MA, 1986

Mosgrove, Mildred C., The Memorial Church, Fairhaven, MA, 1920

Nagakuni, Junya & Kitadai, Junji, translators, Drifting Toward the Southeast, The story of Five Japanese Castaways Told in 1852 by John Manjiro, Spinner Publications, Inc., New Bedford, MA, 2003

New Bedford & Old Dartmouth, A Portrait of a Region’s Past, Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford, MA, 1975

Our County and its People, a Descriptive and Biographical Record of Bristol County, Massachusetts, The Boston History Co., Boston, MA, 1899

Parr, Ed, The Last American Whale-Oil Company: A History of Nye Lubricants, Inc., 1884-1994, Nye Lubricants, Inc., Fairhaven, MA, 1996

Pease, Zeph. W., et al., eds., New Bedford Massachusetts, Its History, Industries, Institutions, and Attractions, Board of Trade, Mercury Publishing Co., New Bedford, MA, 1889

Peirce, Ebenezer W., Indian History, Biography and Genealogy: Pertaining to the Good Sachem Massasoit of the Wampanoag Tribe, and His Descendants, Z.G. Mitchell, North Abington, MA, 1878

Peirce, Ebenezer W., Peirce’s Colonial Lists, pub. orig. Boston, 1881, repr. for Clearfield Co., Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1995.

Radcliffe, Jack, I Didn’t Know That!, Lucem Diffundo Publishing LLC, New Bedford, MA, 2001

Randall, George L., ed., Taber Genealogy: Descendants of Thomas Son of Philip Taber, Vining Press, printer, New Bedford, MA, 1924

Rebello, Leonard, Lizzie Borden Past and Present, Al-Zach Press, Fall River, MA 1999

Ricketson, Daniel, The History of New Bedford, published by the author, New Bedford, MA, 1858

Roosevelt, Elliott, with Brough, James, An Untold Story, The Roosevelts of Hyde Park, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, NY, 1973

Roosevelt, Sara Delano, with Leighton, Isabel and Forbush, Gabrielle, My Boy Franklin, Ray Long & Richard R. Smith, Inc., NY, 1933

Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, pub. orig. 1860-1862, repr. Genealogical Publishing Co. Baltimore, MD, 1998

Slocum, Joshua, Sailing Alone Around the World, facsimile reprint with introduction, Dover Publications, Inc., NY, 1956

Slocum, Victor, Capt. Joshua Slocum, The Adventures of America’s Best Known Sailor, Sheridan House Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1950

St. Joseph’s Church, 1905-1930, Fairhaven, MA, 1930

Steeholm, Clara and Hardy, The House at Hyde Park, The Viking Press, NY, 1950

Tarbell, Ida M., All in the Day’s Work, G.K.Hall & Co., Boston, MA, 1985

The Millicent Library, Annual Report, 1968

The Presentation of the Samurai Sword to the Town of Fairhaven Massachusetts, published by The Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA, 1918

Thomas, Joseph D. & Avila, Jay, eds., A Picture Postcard History of Fairhaven, Spinner Publications, Inc., New Bedford, MA, 2003

Travers, Milton A.. One of the Keys, 1676 – 1776 – 1976: The Wampanoag Indian contribution, Dartmouth Massachusetts Bicentennial Commission, Dartmouth, MA, 1975

Travers, Milton A., The Wampanoag Tribute Tribes of Martha’s Vineyard, M.A. Travers, 1960

Tripp, Thomas A., The Story of Fairhaven, Fairhaven, MA, compiled 1929

Tucker, Donald F., Demanche, Robert & Tucker, Caroline B., A Coastal Schooner Life on Southern New England Waters, Coral Press, Fairhaven, MA, 1999

Wakefield, Robert S. and Van Wood, Ralph, Jr., eds., Mayflower Families in Progress: Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and His Descendants For Four Generations, Fifth Edition, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 2000

Ward, Geoffrey C., Before the Trumpet, Young Franklin Roosevelt 1882-1905, Harper & Rowe, NY, 1985

Worden, Dora Pope, et. al., Genealogy of Thomas Pope and his Descendants, The Republican Press, Hamilton, NY, 1917

Wright, Mike, What They Didn’t Teach You About the American Revolution, Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1999



DeLano, George B., ed., Bonnes Nouvelles, the newsletter of the Delano Kindred, Inc., P.O. Box 2635, Duxbury, MA 02331



Acushnet Cemetery Memorial Record

Benac, Albert F. and Demanche, Robert, William Bradford, Artist at the Water’s Edge, Fairhaven, MA, ca. 1996

By-Laws of George H. Taber Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, C. D. Waldron, printer, Fairhaven, MA, 1906

Dedication of the Memorial Monument to Henry Huttleston Rogers

Fairhaven Improvement Association, “Fairhaven, Massachusetts: Striving, Thriving, Rising Fairhaven,” Fairhaven, MA, 1910

The Presentation of a Samurai Sword, The Millicent Library, Fairhaven, MA, 1918

The Tabitha Inn, Fairhaven, MA, 1908



Author unknown, “Cooke Hill,” undated newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper

Author unknown, “Early History of Burial Hill,” Fairhaven Star, August 11, 1888 (this recounts recollections of Ruth M. Boomer.)

Author unknown, “Oxford Burial Hill,” undated newspaper clipping from unknown newspaper

Author unknown, “Skeletons Unearthed,” Fairhaven Star, November 15, 1902

Author unknown, “Identity Probably Solved,” Fairhaven Star, December 27, 1902

“Account of the Raid of 1778 by Elijah Macomber, born May 14, 1754” as recorded by Henry H. Crapo, 1839, published in Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches, Number 23, New Bedford, MA, 1909

“A Home for Spouter Inn,” The Bulletin, Old Dartmouth Historical Society and Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA, Winter, 1954-55

Bernard, Donald R., Unpublished scripts for tours of Fairhaven and New Bedford, Spring & Summer, 1992, furnished to the Office of Tourism by Anne Bernard

Birely, Robert, Unpublished research notes relating to Joshua Slocum, the family of Ebenezer Pierce and the Oxford neighborhood

Braga, David, “Hell Hound Rogers or The Great Town Benefactor: Who Was Henry Huttleston Rogers,” Fairhaven, MA, 2016

Butow, R.J.C., “A Notable Passage to China, Myth and Memory in FDR’s Family History,” Prologue, National Archives and Records Administration, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall 1999

Cabral, Stephen L., PhD., Feast of Our Lady of Angels,” publishing history unknown, ca. 2005

Cromwell, Charles E. “Nimrod Activity in Buzzards Bay, War of 1812,” Fairhaven, MA, 2000

Darden, Genevieve M., “Slocum Was No Sailor,” Yankee, June, 1961

Darden, Genevieve M., “The Annual New England Tour of the 7th Day Adventists,” Yankee, July, 1960

Dawson, Jeffrey R., “The Bells of Fairhaven,” three parts in The Beacon, Fairhaven Historical Commission, 1975, 1976

Gifford, Preston W., Jr., “The Delano Connection” columns, VIP FOCUS, newsletter of the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historical Sites with support from the Hyde Park Historical Association, Hyde Park, NY. beginning Dec., 1993

Gillingham, James L., “Whaleships, Shipbuilding and Their Owners in Fairhaven” manuscript of talk, 1922, collection of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford, MA

Hathaway, Caroline W., “Arthur Hathaway and His Immediate Descendants,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #31, New Bedford, MA, 1910

Hathaway, Russell Jr., “Cooke’s Body Badly Wanted,” newspaper clipping, The Constitution, Atlanta, GA, November 30, 1902**

Kaneko, Hisahazu, “The Man Who Discovered America,” American Heritage Publishing Co., New York, NY, December, 1956

Kemp, Z. Willis, Diary, 1887-1888, Millicent Library Collection

McNaughten, Cynthia, Unpublished research notes

Parker, Grace M., “A Floating Home, Builder of La Liberdade at Work on the Spray,” Republican Standard, New Bedford, MA, November 28, 1891

Potter, Mabel L. “History of Sconticut Neck,” unpublished manuscript, written for the Roundabout Club, 1945

Richardson, George H., letter to the editor, Fairhaven Star, November 22, 1902

Smith, Donald S. “Sconticut Neck and Its Indian Past,” unpublished manuscript, copyright 1992

Tripp, George H., “The Town of Fairhaven in Four Wars,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #6, New Bedford, MA, 1904

Wood, Edmund, “William Bradford,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #26, New Bedford, MA, 1909

Worth, Henry B., “Early Land Owners of Fairhaven Village,” Morning Mercury, New Bedford, MA, Aug. 16 – Sept. 13, 1913

Worth, Henry B., “Oxford Village,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #43, New Bedford, MA, 1915

Worth, Henry B., “Popes,” unpublished manuscript, collection of Old Dartmouth Historical Society, New Bedford, MA, undated

Worth, Henry B., “Report of the Historical Research Section,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #32, New Bedford, MA, 1911

Worth, Henry B., “Ten Ancient Homes,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #3, New Bedford, MA, 1903

Worth, Henry B., “The First Settlers of Dartmouth and Where They Located,” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #39, New Bedford, MA

Worth, Henry B., “Thomas Taber of Dartmouth” Old Dartmouth Historical Sketches #43, New Bedford, MA, 1915



Church, Nathan; Terry, Phineas; Bradford, Marlbro; “An Inventory of the Real and Personal Estate of Ruby Allen Widow late of Fairhaven in the County of Bristol deceased,” Recorded February 2, 1836

Cooke, John, “Last Will and Testament,” witnessed by Aaron Savory and Thomas Taber, November 9, 1694, Proved April 16, 1696

Cooke, Sarah; Hathaway, Arthur; & Taber, Thomas, “A True Inventory of the Estate Goods & Chattels of John Cooke late of Dartmouth Deceased,”

Huttlestone, Rhoda, “Last Will and Testament,” witnessed by Stephen Merrihew, Joseph Tripp and Paul Spooner, September 11, 1841, Proved June 7, 1842

Gibbs, William L.B.; Allen, Rufus; Fish, Reuben; “Inventory of the Estate of Rhoda Huttlestone late of Fairhaven,” January 31, 1842, Recorded June 7, 1842

Town of Fairhaven Annual Reports, Reports of the School Committee, Reports of the Millicent Library, at Office of Town Clerk and/or Millicent Library Archives.

Wood, William, “Will and cocidil,”  witnessed by Lewis Taber, Ephriam Davis, Bartholomew Taber, May 14, 1773, presented July 6, 1778



OXFORD, drawn in 1791, copied in 1839, Millicent Library collection

PLAN OF FAIRHAVEN, 1831, Ammittai B. Hammond, https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/25152g76s

West Island and vicinity, Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. : surveyed in 1845 ; copied from the original in archives of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Office, for Mr. Horace S. Crowell, 27 State St. Boston, Mass. https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:hm50xz78m

Map of the city of New Bedford and the village of Fair Haven: from Actual Survey by H.F. Walling, 1850, C. & A. Taber Publishers, New Bedford, https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/15654635

BRISTOL COUNTY, 1852, C. & A. Taber Publishers, New Bedford, [inset map of New Bedford and Fairhaven dated 1851] https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:wd3766165

FAIRHAVEN, 1855, Ferd. Mayer & Co., NY, https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:1257bc97r

FAIRHAVEN, 1871, Atlas of Bristol County, F. W. Beers & Co. http://www.dartmouthhas.org/uploads/1/0/0/2/100287044/fairhaven.jpg and http://www.dartmouthhas.org/uploads/1/0/0/2/100287044/fairhaven_townmod.jpg

FAIRHAVEN, 1895, Atlas of Bristol County, Everts & Richards https://www.dartmouthhas.org/uploads/1/0/0/2/100287044/fairhaven__1895.jpg

Worth, Henry B., hand drawn Fairhaven maps showing early property lines and historical notations, ca. 1890-1915, collection of New Bedford Whaling Museum

“Tourist Guide and Map: Fairhaven Massachusetts,” drawn by Clifton Hacker, published by Fairhaven Improvement Association, 1952, 1956, 1958

“A Shopper’s Guide: Map of Fairhaven, Massachusetts,” Community Advertising Co., Brookline, MA, mid-late 1950s



Aquinnah Cultural Center https://www.aquinnah.org/

Caleb Johnson’s MayflowerHistory.com http://MayflowerHistory.com

Congregation of the Sacred Hearts United States Province https://www.sscc-usa.org/ourstory.html

Delano Kindred, Inc. http://www.delanokindred.us/

John Cooke: Fairhaven’s Pilgrim website http://john-cooke.blogspot.com

Lizzie Borden Virtual Museum and Library http://www.lizzieandrewborden.com

Manhattan home of Henry Randel, the father of H.H. Rogers’ second wife http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-henry-randel-house-no-38-e38th.html

Manjiro-Whitfield Friendship Society http://whitfield-manjiro.org

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/ Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Memorial Plaques and Monuments pages, compiled by Jim Cochran http://millicentlibrary.org/memorial-plaques/

Seventh-day Adventist Church http://www.adventist.org/information/history/

Those Other Franco-Americans: New Bedford, Part I, by Dr. Patrick Lacroix https://querythepast.com/other-franco-americans-new-bedford-part-1/

Those Other Franco-Americans: New Bedford, Part II, by Dr. Patrick Lacroix, https://querythepast.com/other-franco-americans-new-bedford-part-2/

When Americans Feared an Invasion From Their Northern Border, by David Vermette, https://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2019/08/07/when-americans-feared-an-invasion-from-their-northern-border/ideas/essay/


*More recent research has turned up inaccuracies and errors in these books and they should not be relied on for historical research.
**This sensationalistic 1902 newspaper article has little basis fact, containing both historical errors and fabrication.


Updated November 2023

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