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Hampden County, Massachusetts

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    Capt. Samuel Terry, Jr. (1661 - 1731)
    Capt Samuel Terry Jr. BIRTH 18 Jul 1661 Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA DEATH 2 Jan 1731 (aged 69) Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA BURIAL Enfield Street Cemetery, Enf...
    Sgt. Samuel Terry, Sr. (1632 - 1730)
    Samuel L. Terry Sr. BIRTH Apr 1632 Barnet, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England DEATH 1731 (aged 98–99) Enfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA BURIAL Springfield Cemetery, Spri...
  • Ruth Horton (1641 - 1662)
    Ruth Ely b.est 1641 d.12 Oct 1662 Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States F. Nathaniel Ely bef 1609 - 1675 M. Martha Unknown bef 1614 - 1683m. bef 1634 Samuel Ely est 1634 - 1691/92 Ruth Ely...
  • Joseph Baldwin, I (1609 - 1684)
    FTDNA Baldwin project Group 1 R-U106 Conn. yDNA RM-269 BALDWIN, Joseph, was one of the first settlers in Milford, in 1639. He was the son of Richard of Cholesbury, County Bucks, England. (1) Baldwin ...
    Aimo Wendell Moilanen (1920 - 2011)
    Syntymä / Birth "Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 September 2021), Aimo Wendell Moilanen, 1920. With his parents in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massa...

Please add profiles for those who were born, lived or died in Hampden County, Massachusetts.

Hampden County was split from Hampshire County in 1812, because Northampton, Massachusetts, was made Hampshire County's "shire town" in 1794; however, Springfield—theretofore Hampshire County's traditional shire town, dating back to its founding in 1636—grew at a pace far quicker than Northampton and was granted shire town-status over its own, southerly jurisdiction. It was named for parliamentarian John Hampden.

Factories in the county manufactured firearms, most notably the Springfield and M-1 rifles, used in the U.S. War of Independence, the American Civil War, and World Wars I and II.

The sports of basketball and volleyball originated in the county in the 1890s.

Adjacent Counties


  • Agawam
  • Chicopee
  • Holyoke
  • Palmer
  • Springfield (County Seat)
  • West Springfield
  • Westfield

Other Towns & Communities: Blandford, Bondsville, Brimfield, Chester, Depot Village, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Longmeadow, Monson, Monson Center, Montgomery, Russell, Southwick, Tolland, Three Rivers, Wales, Wilbraham and Woronoco



Hampden County History

Springfield Armory

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Genealogy Trails

USS Hampden County LST-803