Town of Raynham History and Resources

Much of the early history of Raynham, will be found in the history of Taunton, of which it originally formed a part, being known as the east precinct of Taunton. Although Taunton was settled in 1638, no settlement was made in Raynham until 1652, when James Leonard, Henry Leonard, and Ralph Russel, from Wales, located here for the purpose of setting up a "bloomary work." 

Source: The History of Bristol County, MA.

Community Profile Historic Maps Covering Raynham
Federal Census, 1790, Raynham A Historic Tour of Raynham, MA
Federal Census, 1800, Raynham Raynham Public Library
Federal Census, 1850, Raynham
Federal Census, 1860, Raynham
First Congregational Church of Raynham